Georgetown College Alumni are Everywhere! THE GEORGETOWN COLLEGE MAGAZINE | FALL 2016
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Greetings, As president, I have enjoyed many visits with alumni who expressed their appreciation for their learning and living experiences at Georgetown. They are deeply grateful for the quality of education that they received, for the living experiences they enjoyed, for the friendships they developed, and for the overall way in which they were prepared for the further stages of their lives. This issue of GC Magazine highlights a particular segment of the College’s alumni, by featuring a few who are now living and working outside of the United States. Some are native to the countries in which they now reside, others are United States citizens who have elected to live and work abroad. We are proud of them all, as we are especially pleased that Georgetown College played a formative role in their lives. You may find of particular interest the suggestions that the featured alumni have for our future graduates, relative to making the most of their college years.
Best regards to all!
M. Dwaine Greene President
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I hope that you will read with interest and enjoyment this edition of the GC Magazine. I also hope that you will be alert for alumni gatherings in your area. Over the next few months, several of us from the College will be traveling throughout the Commonwealth and nearby states to host what are termed ‘Love and Loyalty’ rallies. These will be informative and enjoyable visits with alumni as we press toward the goal of having at least 25 percent of Georgetown’s alumni contributing financially to the College. So join us at the rallies as a demonstration of your love and loyalty to your alma mater. It is with joyous anticipation that we look forward to seeing you there!
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Despite the rain and threatening weather which caused the ceremony to be held inside Davis-Reid Alumni Gym instead of on Giddings Lawn, spirits and enthusiasm were high as Georgetown College conferred 218 degrees during its 2016 Commencement on Saturday, May 14. Of this number, 174 degrees were Bachelorâ€™s while 44 were Master of Arts in Education. Dr. M. Dwaine Greene, president of Georgetown College, presided. The Commencement speaker was 1967 summa cum laude alumnus Robert L. Mills, Jr. A retired banking executive, Mr. Mills is the son of the late Robert L. Mills, Georgetown Collegeâ€™s president from 1959-1978. There were three prestigious honors presented this year.
The Don and Chris Kerr Cawthorne Award for Excellence in Teaching, Georgetown College’s highest recognition for teaching, focuses attention on its educational mission. Its recipient for 2016 was Dr. Mark Christensen, Professor of Biology and Dwight M. Lindsay Endowed Chair. “One of the things that all of us who teach have to accept is that it’s not enough to be smart and know your subject,” said Provost Dr. Rosemary Allen in presenting the award. “A good teacher has to know how to convey that accumulated knowledge in a way that students can understand. This year’s winner is cited over and over by students and colleagues as someone who possesses that gift of taking the immensely complex and making it comprehensible.” Dr. Christensen, she said, empowers students to learn, teaching them to understand a concept by asking them to explain it to him, mentoring students in research, and encouraging students as they discover that they are capable of achieving more than they ever believed possible.
Other coveted awards are the President’s Award recognizing an outstanding student who combines both academic and extracurricular excellence, and the Graduate Education Dean’s Award for academic success and potential as a teacher.
Apart from maintaining an excellent academic record, “she goes far beyond simply holding the leadership title,” said President Greene. “She is dynamic, stands out, and inspires and engages others, making them feel comfortable and encouraging them to grow as well.”
Graduate Dean’s Award
The Graduate Education Dean’s Award went to Matthew Olsen, a Spanish specialist at Athens-Chilesburg Elementary School in Lexington, who has completed Georgetown College’s teacher leadership program. In presenting the award, Dr. Joy BowersCampbell, Assistant Professor and Dean of Education, cited Olsen’s innovativeness both within and outside the classroom. In particular, it was noted he has developed his own custom ebooks for teaching students Spanish and is even experimenting with incorporating multimedia into them to supplement the language instruction.
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The President's Award was presented to Ms. Remy Alexis Kennedy, a summa cum laude double major in Psychology and Communication and Media Studies from Shelbyville. The first in her family to attend college, she has had a great impact as a campus leader, as a Peer Educator in Freshman Seminar, as an Admission tour guide, as president of Psy Chi Honor Society, as a senior class officer, and as president of Sigma Kappa Sorority.
Christian Service Awards PRESENTED AT BACCALAUREATE
Mr. Mills '67
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In his remarks, Mr. Mills spoke of the value of a liberal arts education, telling graduates they should never fear failure. He cited numerous examples of individuals who had experienced failure in their professional lives but who had learned from it and went on to achieve success because of their ability to adapt. “It is your background in the liberal arts that deepens your understanding, it opens you up,” he said. “Studying the liberal arts sets the emotional tone that changes the nature of relationships and guides you in the big challenges in life.”
An integral part of the Baccalaureate service each year is presentation of the Marshall Center for Christian Ministry Christian Service Awards. They affirm selected members of the college family for their dedication to Christ and exemplary service in His name. Recipients are individuals who live out the humility of servanthood, and the courage and authenticity of their Christian faith. “Our recipients are people whose lives reflect a servant’s heart, and whose Christian faith is lived out each day with courage and authenticity,” said Rev. Ken Holden, Executive Director of the Marshall Center, as he prepared to announce the names of those being honored at the 2016 Baccalaureate in John L. Hill Chapel. “Every nomination our selection committee receives highlights the reality that we are a campus family filled with people of faith and exemplary lives of Christian service. Every nominee is truly deserving of recognition. That truth makes the selection of only a few people quite a challenge.” The three annual recognitions are named for outstanding individuals who have been associated with the college. They are the George Walker Redding Faculty Award, the Kenneth Claiborne Fendley Staff Award, and the Norman and Martha Yocum Lytle Graduating Senior Award. Awardees receive a certificate, a monetary gift, and the heartfelt appreciation of the College community. Funding for the awards is provided by the families of the beloved Georgetonians for whom the awards are named. This year’s recipient of the George
Ms. Kylie M. Fitzsimmons, a member of the Class of 2016, was selected by her peers to deliver the Senior Address. Presentation of the Senior Class Gift to the College, the largest in recent memory, was made by class officer Alex Caudill.
Dr. John Henkel receives the Redding Faculty Award from Dr. Wallace Williams, chair of the Marshall Center for Christian Ministry Board of Directors.
Walker Redding Faculty Award was Dr. John Henkel, Assistant Professor of Classics and General Studies. In announcing the selection, Rev. Holden said Henkel’s nominators described him as a great example of the strength and breadth of the school’s Christian faculty, one devoted to students and to academics and to Georgetown College, a professor with a strong work ethic, and an individual who goes above and beyond to help students succeed. It was Mr. Jeremiah Tudor, Director of Admission, who received the Kenneth Claiborne Fendley Staff Award. His nominators said he demonstrated countless times a willingness to serve others, striving always to communicate the Christian mission of the college to students and parents. For the second successive year, the selection committee determined that two outstanding students were deserving of the Norman and Martha Yocum Lytle Graduating Senior Award. Recipients were Mr. Alex Caudill, a political science major from Henderson, and Ms. Hollis Dudgeon, a Spanish/ Philosophy major from Crestwood. Mr. Caudill’s nominators cited a person of vision, passion, and charisma, one strong in faith who allows that faith to guide every aspect of his life, and one who single-handedly kept the Newman Center alive on campus.
Leslie Sturgill, daughter of Kenneth Fendley, presents the Fendley Staff Award to Jeremiah Tudor, Director of Admission.
The Marshall Center for Christian Ministry presented each student with a copy of the Good News Bible provided through an endowment established by Mrs. Maribeth P. Hambrick, Class of 1949, and Wanda P. Higbee, Class of 1957. The late Robert Bratcher, a 1941 graduate, was the New Testament translator of the Good News Bible and also chaired the Old Testament translation committee.
Hollis Dudgeon accepts her Graduating Senior Award from Mr. Norman Lytle.
Alex Caudill is presented a Graduating Senior Award by Mr. Norman Lytle.
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Fellow students, in nominating Ms. Dudgeon, used such terms as integrity, caring, faithful, and wellrepresenting Jesus Christ. She was described as one “with abundant joy and love for every single person and thing that is contagious.”
Academic Achievement Recognized
The campus community paused to celebrate outstanding student achievement during the 2015-2016 academic year with the presentation of dozens of awards during Academic Honors Day on Tuesday, April 26. The ceremony included special recognition by departments within the five major academic divisions: Fine Arts, Humanities, Natural and Life Science, Professional Studies, and Social Science. While all awards are significant in rewarding excellence in academic pursuit, the prestigious Dean’s Award represents a true milestone. There were two honorees this year: Braden Ross Bocard, a pre-med senior with a major in Biology and a minor in Chemistry, and Tyler A. Phillips, a senior religion major.
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In presenting the Dean’s Award, Dr. Rosemary Allen cited the academic achievements and excellence in service outside of the classroom of both young men. Mr. Bocard, she said, has served his fellow students well, acting as a tutor in multiple disciplines and as a First-Year Family Groups leader. He has served the college and his world as a leader in the campus Sustainability Initiative. A recently completed honors project in Biology is an example of his “impressive engagement in scientific research, which has already resulted in publication in two
Agreement extension keeps Baptist Seminary of Kentucky on campus
much respected journals.” He will be attending medical school at the University of Louisville. Of Mr. Phillips, Dr. Allen noted that in nominating him for the award one professor commented, “I have taught hundreds of students in my 16-year tenure (at Georgetown College) and I can honestly say that I have never had a better student.” Another wrote, “And with all those smarts, he’s as humble and hard working as they come.” Phillips has served his fellow students in FirstYear Family Groups and in a variety of ministry activities. He intends to continue that tradition of service when he attends seminary, said Dr. Allen. After the presentation, it was revealed to Dr. Allen and others that the Academic Dean’s Award recipients had been college roommates all during their four years at Georgetown College. Dr. Allen was excited to learn what positive influences these two had been on one another.
Young Scholars in the Baptist Academy Engaging and Celebrating the Work of Paul Fiddes By Dr. Roger Ward
In addition to these, Fiddes participates regularly in the Young Scholar meetings. This year we focused on his work with the topic “Trinity and Participation.” Participation in God flows from our life in creation and being drawn into the life of the Trinity as the shape of God’s own living and developing presence, one image of which is entering the divine dance, or Perichoresis.
Senior scholar Brian Haymes, pastor and former principal at Bristol Baptist College and President of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, provided the covenantal context of Dr. Fiddes’ extensive work for the Baptist community. The historical perspective of our conversation revealed the active power of God drawing us into the life of Trinity, even in times of social and religious change. This is basis of our shared life and ultimate hope. These papers will be published in a forthcoming issue of the Perspectives in Religious Studies journal.
Our participants reflect the diversity and richness of Baptist theological inquiry and higher education. Stephanie Peek, (Southwest Baptist, Truett, Baylor) explored the challenge to cultural power and the promise of radical inclusion in the gospel of Mark, arguing that participation in God’s life extends beyond passivity. Christopher Shelin,(Louisiana College, Duke, International Baptist Study Centre Amsterdam) engaged questions of personal identity and Fiddes’ description of the role of the
Young Scholars in the Baptist Academy is an initiative of Georgetown College. I am its director. The planning team includes Andy Chambers (Missouri Baptist), Beth Newman (Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond), Sheila Klopfer (Georgetown College), Doug Henry (Baylor), and Brad Creed (Campbell).
Baptist Seminary of Kentucky will continue to occupy classroom and office space on the Georgetown College campus. A three year extension of the agreement was signed in August by Georgetown College President M. Dwaine Greene and Dr. Everett McCorvey, Baptist Seminary of Kentucky board chairman.
At the time of BSK’s initial move, Dr. Earwood said, “Baptist Seminary of Kentucky has located on the campus of Georgetown College because of the College’s Baptist identity, excellent reputation for liberal arts education, and a sense of permanency given their significant historical roots dating to 1829.”
BSK first moved from Lexington to the Georgetown College campus in 2010. Dr. Greg Earwood, recentlyretired BSK founder and president, was on hand to witness the extension signing.
Thirty students are enrolled for the fall 2016 BSK term. Of those, one-third are alumni of Georgetown College.
Planning is underway for next year’s Young Scholars in the Baptist Academy. Details will be forthcoming.
Dr. Dwight A. Moody, a 1972 Georgetown College alumnus, is serving as interim BSK president.
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Young Scholars in the Baptist Academy gathered in July at Regent’s Park College, University of Oxford, to honor Dr. Paul S. Fiddes, Professor of Systematic Theology and Principal Emeritus of Regent’s Park College. An ordained Baptist minister and committed ecumenist, Dr. Fiddes has established a profound presence in the Baptist academy. His books on Baptist identity, the Trinity, the creative suffering of God, and Wisdom, coupled with his work with Baptist World Alliance and ecumenical conversations with Roman Catholics and Islam set his work and influence on the very highest level.
departed saints who remain present to and in God. Kate Hanch (Missouri Baptist, Garrett) explored Julian of Norwich’s metaphor of One-ing as a mystical kind of participation with God. Steve Harmon (Howard Payne, Southwestern) surveyed Fiddes’ Trinitarian account of koinonia as a ground for Christian unity. Adam Glover (Georgetown College, Univ. of Kentucky) argued for the ontological relation of divine participation and the Eucharist. And David Wilmington (Washington and Lee, Duke, Baylor) delved into music and jazz to argue that covenant bears the dynamics of musical harmony.
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Georgetown College alumni are
everywhere! Through the years, we have been fortunate to welcome many international students from all over the globe. Many students have enjoyed living and working abroad in various geographical locations as well. After completing their degrees they have gone on to a wide-variety of careers. We are proud of each and every one of them and their accomplishments. While this is by no means a complete listing, a few of our prestigious alums have shared where their lives have taken them since graduating.
JEFF BOWERSOX, PHD Lecturer in Modern German History University College London, UK | Class of 1995
Jeff enjoys living and working abroad and is particularly fond of Oxford where he still resides. “Getting to live in Oxford, which is one of the most picturesque cities I know, as well as having an enormous amount going on, and to work in London, which is perhaps the most exciting and multicultural city in the world, are things I never imagined I’d get to do,” he said. “But more generally, the experience of getting to know a place means encountering so much that is unexpected. That’s exciting, but it also forces you to think about where you’ve come from. So I’ve found myself paradoxically drawn closer to my Kentucky roots as a result of being overseas.” As an undergraduate, he especially enjoyed Comparative History of Fascism taught by Dr. Clifford Wargelin (Professor and Chair, Department of History). Its structure was such that students had the opportunity to lead discussions based on historical sources, he said, and one that he found “really refreshing” and an approach he uses in developing his own classes. Asked how a Georgetown College liberal arts education prepared him for his career, he said having a well-rounded education helped him relate to students whose first interest might not be his own. “To this day, it continues to help me make unconventional connections between my field and other disciplines, whether that be in art
or philosophy or literature or even the sciences, and that is really important for a historian trying to communicate with people inside academia and the wider public.” For current college students as well as high school students in the college search, Jeff advises “be curious. The best thing about universities in North America is the opportunity to explore your own interests, and that means following that little voice in your head that says, "Hey, that sounds kinda’ cool, I’d like to know more.” He also said that while everyone needs a job after college, “don’t make marketability or presumed salary your chief focus. You are more likely to know what you want out of your career and your life if you have sampled widely and kept seeking out answers to your own questions.” And, he adds, “You’ll find that employers like people who know how to find answers.” For any student who may be entertaining the idea of having a career abroad, his advice is, “First, don’t be afraid to dream big about where you’d like to be and what you’d like to do. Second, do your homework and find out what sorts of opportunities are available to you and what sorts of barriers stand in your way – don’t be afraid to get in touch with people to find this sort of stuff out. And third, when you know what you’re looking for, take the plunge.” As far as living and working abroad, Jeff said there are “Americans all over the place” but advises that while it’s important to find a community of people who understand where you are coming from, “don’t by any means limit yourself to hanging out with them. Learning about a new place really requires that you engage with your neighbors, classmates, and colleagues. You’ll learn more valuable lessons in those interactions and relationships than in anything else you do.” His recently published book, Raising Germans in the Age of Empire – Youth and Colonial Culture, 1871-1914, is now available from Oxford University Press.
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A 1995 graduate with a major in History and a minor in German and Spanish, Dr. Jeff Bowersox always hoped for a career as a university professor. After Georgetown College, he pursued a Master’s degree at the University of Cincinnati and then a Ph.D. at the University of Toronto. From there he earned a tenure-track position at the University of Southern Mississippi where he remained for four years before moving his family to Oxford, United Kingdom. In Oxford, he said, “I was fortunate enough to get a one-year research fellowship at King’s College London before teaching at the University of Worcester for a year. After a year’s experience in the UK, two years ago I moved to University College London where I hope to stay for quite a while.”
CHIA-WEI WOO, PHD President Emeritus, San Francisco State University; President Emeritus, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology | Hong Kong | Class of 1956 One of over 40 Georgetown College graduates who have become college and university presidents, ChiaWei Woo was appointed President of San Francisco State University in 1983 at the age of 45, becoming the first Chinese American to head a major university in the United States. He also has the distinction of being the Founding President of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, which he considers the highlight of his impressive career. Born in 1937 in Shanghai, Professor Woo came to the U.S. in 1955 and enrolled at Georgetown College. After graduating with a BS in Physics/ Mathematics, he enrolled at Washington University in St. Louis where he earned both a MA and a PhD. Later he taught at Northwestern University, and served as Northwestern’s Physics and Astronomy Department chairman, then as a Provost at the University of California, San Diego.
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Now retired and living in Hong Kong, but staying extremely busy as head of several large higher education projects, Woo has enjoyed an illustrious
career in physics research and higher education. Since 1964, he has published 120 papers and books in various fields of physics, as well as four books on his experiences in United States and China. He has received many honors and awards for professional achievement and civic contribution. He was National president of the Association of Chinese-Americans during 1986-88 and served as the U.S. China Olympics Liaison for the 1984 Summer Olympics held in Los Angeles. Professor Woo came to Georgetown College intent upon becoming a scientist. He graduated with a double major in Physics and Mathematics but said one of his favorite undergraduate courses was Music Appreciation, which was his “first experience with classical music.” For any current student considering living and working abroad, Professor Woo encourages having interest in, knowledge of, and respect for other cultures as well as a genuine dedication to international cooperation and peace, humility and empathy, a team spirit, and willingness to learn from others.
TORE KARENBAUER Missionary Northwest Haiti Christian Mission | Class of 2015
Within two weeks of graduating with a degree in International Business and Public Health, Tore moved to Haiti to follow her dream of a vocation ministering to others. Her first six months were as an intern with NWHCM. Afterward she was taken on as a fulltime staff member. “I live, work, and serve in the poorest zone of the poorest country in the western hemisphere,” she says. “I work in all of our medical programs doing a lot of administrative and organizational work. I am also working on a community health evangelism ministry at our churches in rural Haiti.”
Tore cites Discovering Vocation, taught by Dr. Roger Ward, as the class which prepared her for her career. “I took the course right before I went on a three month summer internship to Haiti,” she said. “It helped me prepare for a vocation, not just a job. That is exactly what I found in Haiti; a vocation that brings an unexplainable joy despite the hardships that come with it.” Like most other Georgetown College graduates, she values highly her liberal arts education. “The best thing that Georgetown College allowed me to do was to study abroad. My sophomore year, I spent six months studying in Australia. I learned a little of what
As an undergraduate, Tore says she was stretched to take classes that she would not have chosen along with those of her choosing. “I am starting to see myself using knowledge from some of the classes that I thought I would never use again,” she said. “Georgetown taught me to embrace diversity and change as well as teaching me problem solving skills. I use those on a daily basis.” The Northwest Haiti Christian Mission has a birthing center, an eye clinic, a dental office, general clinic, laboratory, pharmacy, and surgery center on its campus. The goal for the ministry “is to teach better health practices while also showing Christ’s love.” Most recently, she shared, she has started working in the nutrition program, “which is for children who are 2nd to 3rd degree malnourished.” Tore started working with the little boy in this picture with her when he was two years old and weighed only nine pounds. “In the last four months, a sickly, extremely malnourished child transformed into a beautiful, fullof-life, little boy,” she says. “Without this program, he
probably would not be alive right now.” Tore has been traveling to Haiti since 2009. She enjoys talking to the Haitian people, seeing the country, and learning its culture through the eyes of the residents with whom she has formed relationships. For students contemplating a career outside the United States, her council is to seek opportunities for studying abroad as quickly as possible and to begin learning the native language of the chosen country to fully be a part of the culture. “If you have the opportunity to go or live abroad, do not hesitate. Yes, it is scary to move away from friends and family; however, the lessons you learn and the experiences you will have once out of your comfort zone will not be found anywhere else. The experience of being fully immersed in a different culture will stretch and mold you into a better version of yourself.” Tore maintains a blog at www.tkarenbauer.blogspot. com and invites anyone interested in learning more about her work or NWHCM to email her: email@example.com.
CHARLOTTE PAYNE BRAMMER Attorney Roskilde, Denmark | Class of 1992 As an undergraduate, Charlotte was focused on becoming an attorney. And that is just what she has become. The American Studies/Psychology major who minored in Sociology and History at Georgetown College is now Head of Section of Educational Processes at Roskilde University, one of five Universities in Denmark. In her career as a lawyer, she has experienced Family Law, Housing Law, Refugee Law, and now, Educational Law. Charlotte credits her undergraduate liberal arts education with helping her mature while staying focused on her career goal. Along the way, she took advantage of opportunities to advance in her career. Always ambitious, she said if an opportunity didn’t present itself she “helped it along by suggesting an advancement myself,” noting “And I usually got it.”
She enjoys life abroad and considers attaining intercultural wisdom a highlight. Her advice for any student who may be considering a career abroad is to “go for it. The experience will last you for life. If it doesn’t work out, you can always return back home.” For undergraduates, she counsels “be determined with your studies, but also make time to enjoy your youth while in college. Do your best and make both yourself and your parents proud.” The best advice the Shelbyville, Ky. native ever received, she said, was from her father, Charles Edward Payne, who told her she could be anything she wanted to be. “And I believed him.”
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it meant to be alone in a new culture. I was stretched and I grew up a lot. Georgetown taught me that my world and my potential goes beyond the borders of the United States.”
DAVID WERNSING General Manager Union Iron Works, an Ag Growth International Company | Decatur, IL |Class of 2004
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David enrolled at Georgetown College as a non-traditional student after a successful engineering career with Grain Systems (GSI) in their grain dryer and international sales division. He was attracted to Georgetown College’s Commerce, Language and Culture program (now International Business and Culture) because he saw it as a way to better prepare him for advancing his career in our global society.
abstract ideas in a clear, concise manner. For current students, he cites the importance of learning a foreign language and encourages taking advantage of any opportunity to study abroad. “Find what you are good at and then be passionate about it,” he advises. And for those students wishing to pursue a career abroad, he says, “Do it while you are young. Set aside prejudices. Be flexible and be patient.” He adds, “Be safe at all costs. Have complete situational awareness and never let your guard down.”
Since graduation, David has traveled to over forty countries and lived for two years in Winnipeg, Canada. His first job after college was as strategic accounts manager for CTB, Inc., a BerkshireHathaway Company. From there he moved to Union Iron and then AGI as director of international sales. That took him to AGI’s Winnipeg office where he eventually became director of North American sales for the company’s newly formed commercial division. Early in 2016, he was asked to be general manager at Union Iron and he and his family moved back to Taylorville, Illinois.
Asked about a highlight of living and working outside of the United States, he said there are too many to note a single one. “The exposure to so many diverse cultures and languages is itself a highlight,” he said. “I’ve come to appreciate subtle differences in perspective between cultures and how those small differences affect relationships and, therefore, business.”
David credits his liberal arts education at Georgetown College with helping him improve his writing skills and teaching him how to communicate
For high school students searching for a college, David’s advice is to “find a college that outwardly embraces your values – the rest will fall into place.” Beyond that and upon enrollment, he says “connect with your key professors early. Take advantage of their office hours.”
MATIAS CARCAMO DAVILAV Export Manager – Concha y Toro Winery Santiago, Chile | Class of 2009 It was the Georgetown College partnership with Colegio Bautista de Temuco (Chile) that led Matias to Kentucky. As an undergraduate at Georgetown College, he studied finance and economics and excelled as a member of the Tiger tennis team.
December, 2011, he decided to return to his native Chile.
After graduation, his passion for tennis led him to employment with a tennis club in Louisville. But after a year there, he decided to pursue a MBA at the University of Kentucky. At the same time, to get as much experience in the business world as possible, he held internships with Tempur-Sealy, Wadell & Reed Financial, and Alltech. Then, in
Matias credits his undergraduate liberal arts studies at Georgetown College with preparing him for his current position. “It definitely helps a lot to have classes in history, chemistry, English composition, communications, and many others,” he says. “At work, I always have to write business
After interviewing with several companies, he accepted a position as Export Coordinator for one of the leading wineries in the world. He is now Export Manager in charge of Canada and Africa at Concha y Toro Winery.
reports and make presentations in front of other people. The wine industry and its production processes require having some basic knowledge of chemistry also. "And I think you often end up in conversations about history, science, etc., so it’s important to know and to understand ‘other’ topics in addition to that in which you specialize and master. It empowers you as a person.” While coming to the U.S. was his international study abroad, Matias encourages students to study and live abroad for a period of time. “It’s a fantastic experience that will surely have so many benefits to your personal and professional life,”
he says, noting that several of the companies he interviewed with in Chile were very interested in him because of his education and work abroad. “My advice is to enjoy college every single minute, study hard, play sports, and make lots of new friends,” says Matias. “In my opinion, the best thing about Georgetown College is that it is a smaller college and the number of students is rather limited. This is a wonderful advantage because classes are very personalized and the relationship with teachers is very close. It’s like you are part of a huge family.”
JOHN YOUSIF RAGHEB Public Relations Specialist, U.S. Embassy Cairo, Egypt | Class of 1999
“The biggest advantage of a liberal arts education is teaching students how to think critically and inclusively,” he says. “It made my transition from natural science to social science much easier and helped me to make better career and life decisions.” After college, John pursued studies in international relations. He earned a Master’s in Political Science at the American University in Cairo. His first job out of college was as a marketing representative for a publishing firm. He later joined the public affairs section of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo. In his current role, he works with Americans who are living and working in Egypt. He says he can easily identify with what they experience living abroad. Doing so he says gives individuals an edge on understanding why different people act in different ways and how certain incidents are interpreted differently. For any student contemplating studying abroad or having a career abroad, John says he believes that spending time in a foreign country greatly shapes your personality and appreciation for how others think and live. He also says learning a second language is almost a must if one wants to live abroad.
“But most important is your readiness to think beyond the town or the city that you have grown up in and start thinking more globally. I mean we all tend to believe that the world is only the place where we live, but it is not,” he says. “You have to appreciate and respect different cultures in order to enjoy living and working in foreign countries.” For current college students and even high school students looking for a college fit, John says to take as many different and diverse courses in your first two years as you can “to find out what you really like.” His advice is to have courage to explore different things and “do not shy of trying new things even if they sometimes contradict what you have learned beforehand.” The goal of a college education is encouraging students to ask questions and seek answers, he commented. “Sometimes we do not end up with the right answers but the thinking process that we go through is enlightening and at the end this is what life is: continuous process of finding answers.” For anyone wondering how John chose Georgetown College, he explained that “back in the 1990s, there were few resources (pre-Internet) to learn about U.S. educational institutions. I relied upon Amideast (America-Mideast Education and Training Services) college catalogs and chose GC because I thought a small college in a small town would help me adapt more easily and improve my English more quickly.”
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For John Ragheb, international study meant coming to the United States. Egypt is his home nation and he came to America and to Georgetown College planning to pursue a career in the medical field. It was his studies in History of Western Philosophy and Christian Theology courses that inspired him to switch his career choice to social science and humanities.
EDUCATION IMPACT: THE IMPORTANCE OF
By Libby Harris ‘66
The Weldon and Elizabeth Harris Scholarship for Educators.
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The gift of education is a mighty power. For those who have grown up in a world where a college degree is the next expected step after high school, it may be difficult to imagine what it was like just a short two or three generations past. Back then, not every family saw the need for additional education or the benefits a liberal arts education would make for a child. College was often looked upon as too expensive and only for the wealthy or elite members of society. Thankfully, Georgetown College has a long history of alumni, friends of the college, churches, and businesses contributing to the scholarship funds in order to offer the “gift of education” to students who have a financial need. Without these funds, many students would struggle to meet tuition needs. Often a small scholarship would cover the cost of book or room and board for a semester. My husband, Weldon Harris ’65, and I have always appreciated the education we received at Georgetown College. Our goals were very different; however, we both were set upon reaching these goals through our education. Both of us have used our liberal arts education in all aspects of our lives. We knew we had a special bond to Georgetown College, but only recently did I learn through genealogy study that Elijah Craig, a founder of the College, was Weldon’s fifth great uncle. Weldon and I have now celebrated our Golden Graduation Anniversaries. This has given us time to reflect upon our time spent at Georgetown College, the teachers
who made such an impact on our lives, the life-long friendships we made, and the fact that we found each other at Georgetown College. Our school has always had a special place in our careers and lives. We have tried to support the school from the time we were first married, from attending alumni meetings to giving to fundraising, to finally including Georgetown College with a bequest in our first will. As the years have passed, we began to feel the need to establish an endowed scholarship in our name for students with financial needs. This type of scholarship had a special place in my heart as I received such a scholarship as an incoming freshman to Georgetown College years ago. It made a huge difference for me and my family in the decision for me to come to college. Since 2010 we have enjoyed meeting four of the students who have received The Weldon and Elizabeth Harris Scholarship for Educators. It is so exciting for us to listen to their goals, college experiences, and ways in which the scholarship has helped. We feel it is a privilege to have such a small part in passing the “gift of education” to these young students who will, hopefully, pass on their “gifts of education” to all they encounter in their lifetimes.
Georgetown College is appreciative of the continuing support of Weldon and Libby Harris for its academic mission. Naming opportunities are available. For information on how you can establish a scholarship or bequest to Georgetown College, please contact Dr. Todd Rasberry, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Rasberry@georgetowncollege.edu, 502-863-8044, or Deb Sewell, Director of Development Services, Deborah_Sewell@georgetowncollege.edu, 502-863-8037.
L-R, Dr. Rosemary Allen, Provost; Dr. Granetta Blevins, Chair of the Board; Mr. Wil James, President, TMMK; Mrs. Carolyn Greene, First Lady; and Dr. M. Dwaine Greene, President.
TOYOTA GIFTS GEORGETOWN COLLEGE $1MILLION During a campus ceremony at which time the gift was announced, Wil James, president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky (TMMK), stated, “For the last 30 years, Georgetown College has been a wonderful neighbor and partner to Toyota. We need great minds and talented individuals now and will continue to need them into the future. So to help build a pipeline of capable employees, Toyota is investing in science, technology, engineering, and math across Kentucky and across this nation.” In academic year 2016-2017, Georgetown College will have an estimated 350 students pursuing degrees in STEM-focused fields. With support from Toyota’s grant, approximately $6 million will be awarded in direct aid scholarship funding to students in these fields of study. Each year, Georgetown College provides approximately $17 million in total direct aid scholarships to students. “As president, it is a great privilege to stand at this podium and offer genuine thanks to Toyota on behalf of so many students who will benefit from this generosity,” said Georgetown College President Dr. M. Dwaine Greene. “We are, indeed, grateful and we look forward with joy to the wonderful successes of our students and to continuing the long and close relationship between Toyota and Georgetown College.”
Over the last 30 years, Toyota has partnered with Georgetown College on other scholarship initiatives, giving more than $1.5 million prior to this grant. “Personally and on behalf of the full board (of trustees), I want to express my sincere gratitude for your generous gift and recognition of Georgetown College as a worthy partner,” said Dr. Granetta Blevins, chair of the Georgetown College board of trustees. Since July 1, 2010, 136 students who have completed Georgetown College education programs are certified to teach in a STEM field and are working as educators in Kentucky public schools. Thirty-nine of these educators are certified to teach in more than one STEM field. “Toyota’s gift of $1 million is important to the College in providing direct aid scholarship support to students in STEM fields and those who will teach STEM courses in public schools,” said Provost and Dean of the College Dr. Rosemary Allen. “Because graduates have a Kentucky teaching certification, they stay in Kentucky.” Georgetown College attracts students for the academic programs of biology, chemistry, bio-chemistry, environmental sciences, engineering arts, physics, mathematics, computational sciences, and education. The high quality of preparation students receive has earned the College an outstanding reputation from educators, employers, and graduate schools across the country.
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Incoming students with interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) will benefit from the $1 million grant Georgetown College received in April from Toyota Motor North America, Inc. To create a multiplier effect, Toyota’s funding emphasizes providing opportunities for future STEM teachers as well.
GEORGETOWN COLLEGE SENIOR RECEIVES
Fulbright Grant Disbelief. Excitement. Anxiety. Excitement. Disbelief. These are the words Sarah Bailey used in
describing her range of emotions upon learning she is the recipient of a 2016 Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship. The Carlisle native is Georgetown College’s 35th Fulbright scholar since 1989. A Spanish major with a double minor in biology and chemistry who graduated in May, she will be teaching in Mexico for one year.
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“Being accepted to Fulbright is an incredible honor and a surprise,” she said. “The application process was suspenseful because there are two rounds of selection that candidates must make it through to finally be accepted.” Sarah initially applied in October 2015. She said she had been told it could be June before she heard a final word. “The anticipation to finally hear back was intense and I was definitely ready to know what the next year after graduation had in store for me. That said, I couldn’t be more excited to be granted this amazing opportunity.” When she enrolled at Georgetown College as a freshman, Sarah contemplated pursuing a degree that would ultimately lead to a career in medicine as a physician’s assistant. During that first year, however, she explored GC’s Spanish Immersion Program and over time found that her love for the Spanish language and culture were slowly and subtly nurtured. By her sophomore year, she was leaning toward Spanish as a major and decided to, as she put it, “take the plunge to study abroad in a Spanish-speaking country in order to gain a higher grasp of Spanish and experience firsthand a culture that I had studied so much in the classroom.” As a junior, she declared Spanish as a major and subsequently spent a year abroad in Seville, Spain. “During my time there, I had the opportunity to teach English to the children of two families that lived close to my homestay,” she said. “What started out as a fun way to make some extra Euro turned into something I looked forward to each week. When my two semesters in Spain
were over, my first goal was finding the next opportunity that would take me abroad again.” Sarah said she was enamored with travel and immediately began looking into other programs. That was when she was reminded of the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship which she had heard about in her freshman year. “When I found out that Mexico was especially trying to push international relations with the U.S. and they were expanding their Fulbright program to open spots for more students, I decided to apply,” she explained. “More than anything, I am excited to share my own culture and worldview with the people I meet in Mexico both inside and outside of the classroom, and to expand my own worldview in return.” Sarah says she hopes to represent the United States from her perspective as a native Kentuckian. “While in Spain, I learned very quickly that most Spaniards’ concepts of the U.S. and Americans were limited to what they saw in movies and through international news stories. While I expect Mexico to have a much more in-depth understanding of the United States given its proximity, I still think there is much to gain from genuine interaction and cooperation that the Fulbright program encourages in its participants.” For herself, Sarah hopes to increase her fluency in Spanish and to one day be able to comfortably use the knowledge of a second language in her future career. Deep down, she still aspires to a career in the medical field. “I believe that a broader understanding of both the culture and language of Mexico can help me better serve a wider range of patients,” she said. “If possible, I would also like to shadow or volunteer in a hospital setting while in Mexico to better understand the basis of their healthcare system and to practice medical Spanish and the basics of hospital interpretation.” Dr. Rosemary Allen, Provost, is confident Sarah will be successful. “I am so happy for Sarah, who will be our first Fulbright English Teaching Assistant to go to Mexico.
Her extraordinary range of academic abilities will make her the perfect resource for her students in Mexico; she will also be an impressive representative of the United States as a Fulbright cultural ambassador.”
“I think my experience both as a tutor at Georgetown and in Spain helped my application get as far as it did, and these jobs had a huge impact on my decision to apply in the first place.”
Still somewhat conflicted on a career path, Sarah hopes that the year in Mexico will help her made a decision.
She also advises, “Talk to your professors about the opportunity as soon as you’re interested in the program and develop close relationships with the faculty as they are fantastic resources for advice, networking, and letters of recommendation. I have no doubt that my personal relationships with my professors and the amount of time I have worked with them on various projects, classes, clubs, et cetera, made a difference in my application.”
Looking back on her years as an undergraduate, Sarah’s advice to any student with an interest in pursuing a Fulbright grant is to start early. She says certain programs highly prefer applicants with teaching experience of some type, a background knowledge of a foreign language, and volunteer experience.
Sarah is looking forward to expanding her knowledge, engaging with a local community, and establishing a youth mentorship program wherever that may be in Mexico. Undergraduates with interest in becoming a Fulbright Scholar may get more information about the application process online. http://www.georgetowncollege.edu/ academics/fulbright-program/
DAVID WILHITE NAMED CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER C. David Wilhite, CPA, has been named Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer for Georgetown College after the unanimous vote of the Board of Trustees. He succeeds James A. Moak, Jr., who has retired. Selection of Mr. Wilhite followed an extensive, well-coordinated search which yielded a large pool of applications. Prior to the final decision, the pool was narrowed to three outside candidates and one internal candidate. “From a competitive field, David rose to the top,” stated President Dr. M. Dwaine Greene. “He is a CPA with twelve years of experience here as the College’s Controller. In addition to his demonstrated accounting expertise, he has a wider range of skills and a professional maturity which makes him well-suited to the post. With his strong support of Georgetown’s mission, we have a person whom I am pleased to situate in the CFO position.”
Before joining the staff of Georgetown College in 2004, Wilhite served as chief financial officer in an equinerelated business. He previously held a similar position for a thoroughbred horse farm as well. His private industry experience also includes a number of years with an accounting firm. He is a graduate of the University of Kentucky where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting with High Distinction and Honors in Accounting. He is a member of Beta Alpha Psi and Beta Gamma Sigma and the Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants. Wilhite and his wife, Elaine, are parents to Nathan, a Class of 2014 Georgetown College alumnus with a degree in Accounting; Oliver, who graduated from Georgetown College in 2016 with a degree in Political Science; and Claire, who graduated from Lexington Catholic High School in May.
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“If I were to eventually become a physician’s assistant and work in hospital medicine, I would like to work in a community where there is a large Hispanic population and where I would be able to use my Spanish and a more in-depth understanding of the Mexican culture to better serve patients. But if I find that teaching is a passion, then my experiences in the classroom in the next year will greatly influence my future as a teacher or professor.”
Then, in 1838, Giddings became president and saved the college from dying out. He was very young (being only in his late 20s) and he was only president for one year, but in that one year he accomplished much. He renewed the college’s conventional Baptist traditions and raised an $80,000 endowment for the college. Unfortunately, it was his hard work and dedication to the college that shortened his life. He died from physical exhaustion after all of the work and horseback traveling he did to raise the endowment. By Andrea Bellew ‘16
3. THE PRESTIGIOUS GIDDINGS HALL IS HOME TO... BOURBON?
Giddings Hall, the first building on campus, was built in 1841, but it was known as Recitation Hall then. It was renamed Giddings Hall in memory of Rockwood Giddings in 1908. It was used for many different purposes. It held classrooms and there was also space for a theater and oratorical halls. It now houses Financial Aid, the President and Provost’s offices, and much more. It still occasionally used as for classes, though, because Dr. Allen, Provost and Dean of the College, uses the Gheens Room to hold her English classes.
1. OUR FOUNDING
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There are two founding dates associated with Georgetown College: 1798 and 1829. The story behind this stems from Elijah Craig, founder of the Rittenhouse Academy, and our former Baptist association. Elijah Craig travelled to Big Spring in 1787, which was before Kentucky had officially become a state. After moving there, he changed the name of the town to Lebanon, and then, eventually, to Georgetown, so he created the college’s namesake.
In 1798, Rittenhouse Academy received a land grant, which is why one of the founding dates is 1798, and that land grant was sold by 1816; some of the proceeds funded the purchase of part of the campus. Then, in 1829 (the other founding date), the Kentucky Baptist Education Society was chartered and authorized to set up an academy, and they decided to put that academy on the Rittenhouse Academy property in Georgetown. Thus, Georgetown College, a school of liberal arts education, was born as the first Baptist college in Kentucky.
2. ROCKWOOD GIDDINGS SAVES GEORGETOWN COLLEGE Rockwood Giddings is the namesake for Giddings Hall. Without him, Georgetown College may not have survived or be where it is today because the college’s first few years did not run smoothly. Our first elected president never made it to Georgetown because he died while visiting his son in D.C. The next two presidents did not maintain the Baptist roots, which led Silas Noel, chairman of the Kentucky Baptist Education Society trustees, to lose interest in Georgetown College.
Despite all of the academic prestige that the history of this building evokes, it may have a little bit of scandal related to it as well. One of the interesting things about Giddings Hall is the legend surrounding the columns’ construction. There are some different versions of a legend about bourbon or whiskey being in the columns of Giddings. One version suggests that the bricks were made on campus and bourbon barrels were used to help create the shape of the columns. Another version of the legend says that students made the clay brick and stuck some bourbon in the columns. There is also a version claiming that a barrel of Elijah Craig’s whiskey was hidden within one of the columns.
4. J.J. RUCKER MAKES A PLACE FOR WOMEN AT GEORGETOWN COLLEGE
J.J. Rucker graduated from Georgetown College in 1854 and returned about a decade or so later to work as the director of the Georgetown College Female Seminary, as well as a professor of mathematics. He is and was known for his development and support of women’s education. The Georgetown College Female Seminary was a separate educational program until the institute merged upon the test run of the coeducational program in 1891; the coeducational program was then permanently established in 1892. The merger made Georgetown the first coeducational college in Kentucky. In 1895, Rucker Hall was built in Rucker’s name to serve as the women’s dormitory. Rucker helped raise $50,000 for construction of the building, which
5. EXCELLENCE IN ATHLETICS
One person (out of many important people) who stands out in Georgetown College’s history of athletics is Robert Hinton. He was a graduate of Georgetown who excelled in athletics. After graduating from Georgetown, he went to Yale University and won the Intercollegiate Gymnastic Individual Championship at Philadelphia. His involvement with athletics didn’t end after graduate school, though, because he went on to become the director of athletics at Georgetown and coach of all sports in 1906. During this time, Georgetown had football, track, basketball and baseball teams. In 1907, the field outside of Bush Center for Fitness was named the Hinton Athletic Field, which is where practices and games for the football, baseball and track and field teams were held until the development of the athletic complex on east campus in the early 1990s. One of his greatest achievements as coach was leading the track team to five consecutive state championships. Hinton coached until 1919, and during his time he led the teams to many victories in individual games and championships. These teams competed in the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Association (KIAA), later renamed the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (KIAC), until the establishment of the Mid-South Conference in 1995. Now, Georgetown has many sports for both women and men, which include the original four, as well as volleyball, golf, soccer, tennis, dance, lacrosse, fishing, and more. We have won 5 national titles between the football and basketball teams and many MSC and tournament titles in football, basketball, baseball, softball, and volleyball.
6. THE COLLEGE ALMOST MOVES TO LOUISVILLE
In the mid-1950s, discussions began that revolved around creating an extension of Georgetown College in Louisville and moving some of Georgetown College’s operations to the extension. This proposal provoked much debate for a few years. According to Robert Snyder’s, A History of Georgetown, funding campaigns for the creation of buildings began in 1957, and in 1958, a tract of land was purchased. However, despite the fact that developments were being made and Louisville was a more prosperous area, various groups of people were against the idea.
Snyder wrote that the alumni association felt that the extension would be a breach of trust for Georgetown College supporters. Seventy percent of the faculty who attended a meeting about the extension voted “no.” There were also petitions signed by 2,000 residents of the city of Georgetown that were sent to the trustees. Then, in the make-orbreak meeting of the trustees, a final decision was made about Georgetown College’s future. This decision was so important that former US Senator John Sherman Cooper, who was a trustee at the time and not able to attend all of the meetings because of his busy schedule, flew in from Washington to vote in the meeting. “No” votes ended up winning by one with 16 trustees saying “no” and 15 saying “yes.”
7. A LUCRATIVE PERIOD OF THE ARTS
In the 1950s, Georgetown College was graced with the talents of Orlin and Irene Corey. They worked together to create many theater productions. They began creating one of their most popular plays, "The Book of Job," soon after they started working at the college. Job was a religious drama based on the Biblical character Job that Orlin produced and that Irene created the costumes and masks for. She made costumes that reflected the Byzantine period and the performer’s faces displayed mosaic patterns that fascinated audiences. This production brought much acclaim to Georgetown College. Eventually, Job went on to be performed at the Brussels World Fair, London, Paris, and more.
Also in the 50s, the Nunnelley Music Building gained a new $6,500 practice organ for students to use. Snyder wrote that Associate professor Lucille Bradley considered the acquisition of the organ as one of her major of accomplishments during her years of education. The year of 1956 also presented the Chapel Choir and a chorus the opportunity to perform a shortened version of Mozart’s opera "The Marriage of Figaro" at the Mozart Festival, which was celebrating the two hundredth anniversary of Mozart’s birth. Today, the college produces great theater under Professors Ed Smith and George McGee. The Maskrafters, Kentucky’s oldest collegiate theatre company, recently performed an original production, "A Complete History of Kentucky: The Interesting Parts." Three students played whacky hosts that led audiences through an evening of Kentucky Educational Theatre (K.E.T.) where various sketches in one act showed some of Kentucky’s history. As for the music department, even though it no longer
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was a large American Gothic style structure once located in what is now known as South Campus. Rucker Hall graced the campus until 1971, which is when it was torn down in order to allow the construction of the building that can be seen there today. It held almost everything the girls would need: dorms, dining and entertainment. Today, Rucker’s name still lives on in South Campus with the Rucker Village townhouse apartment complex.
offers a major or minor, liberal arts courses are still provided and the Pep Band, Chorale and more are still running strong.
8. ACCOMPLISHMENT IN RELIGION
As a Christian college, Georgetown College prides itself on creating courses, organizations, and opportunities that promote strong religious lives. Many students put their religious education and experiences from Georgetown to good use after graduation. One such student was the late Dr. Robert Bratcher. He graduated in 1941, and after continuing his education, he and his wife became Southern Baptist missionaries in Brazil. He also taught New Testament and Greek at the South Brazil Theological Seminary.
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In the 1950s, he began his career as a Bible translator for the American Bible Society. He began working on translations that put the sacred texts into common, modern English. First, he produced and published "Good News for Modern Man: The New Testament in Today’s English Version," and, as of today, over 100 million copies have been distributed. The New Testament (NT) translation was published in 1966, and 10 years later he published The Good News Bible, which included the NT translation and the Old Testament translation that was created by the team of scholars he chaired. This Bible is now called the Good News Translation. Today, all Georgetown students receive a free Good News Translation upon graduation.
9. THE CREATION OF A THRIVING STUDENT CENTER
Ira Porter, who was a trustee for 58 years, worked hard to gain funding for all of the improvements the college wanted to make in the 1960s. During this time, plans began being proposed for dormitory improvements and the construction of a student center and a science center. The Cralle Student Center was built in 1965, and, at the homecoming that year, was dedicated to Mr. Cralle. Porter was good friends with Mr. Lee Cralle, a funeral director, who ended
up donating $650,000. This donation marked the largest in all of the college’s history to that time. The enormity of this donation does, of course, make it quite interesting, but what adds even more intrigue is the man who made the donation. One would most likely expect a donation of that size to come from an alumni member or someone who had worked for the college for years. Mr. Cralle did not have ties to the college in those expected manners, though. He did go to Georgetown College, but it was only for one semester. So, it was thanks to Porter’s friendship and encouragement and Cralle’s belief in the institution and the education Georgetown provides that students for the past 50 years have had the privilege of a student center.
10. A QUALITY EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE REFLECTED IN OUR ECONOMIST RANKING
The Economist Ranking calculates the value added to a college student’s future earning by picking a certain university or college. The Economist website says that the ranking is for “students who want to know which colleges are likely to boost their future salaries by the greatest amount, given their qualifications and preferences regarding career and location.” The ranking is based on a formula that corrects for conditions separate from the education provided, such as SAT scores, sex ratio, race breakdown, college size, whether the institution was public or private, and the subjects students chose to study. Georgetown College is ranked 43rd in the nation out of 1,275 four-year non-vocational colleges, and it is in the 96th percentile. Georgetown is almost 200 places higher than any other Kentucky institution on the list. The data of the Economist ranking suggests that Georgetown provides alumni $7,074 more in earnings than what is expected, since the expected earnings are 35,026 while the median earnings are 43,000.
Dr. Dave Forman ’72, pictured with his wife, Donna, has retired after 40 years of service to Georgetown College. During that time he held a number of leadership positions. Most recently, he was Director of Institutional Research.
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BOOKSHELF Featuring new books written, edited by or about alumni and other members of the Georgetown College community.
GOD’S LEMONADE STAND – 101 SIPS TO REFRESH YOUR SOUL Becky Juett Miller | ‘75
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Becky’s self-published 114-page paperback volume contains daily devotions to help get your day started off with Jesus. She has been writing since her high school days in Ohio when she was Social Editor of her school newspaper. Years later she wrote for the Madison Spirit section of the Huntsville (Al.) Times. She is a contributor to Hopelifter: Creative Ways to Spread Hope When Life Hurts by Kathe Wunnenberg. Her God’s Lemonade Stand appears weekly in the Eastern Kentucky Voice newspaper. Why the title "God’s Lemonade Stand?" This title is a God thing when Becky was attending her first Arizona Courage To Write Retreat in 2009. Drinking a sip of comforting spiritual refreshment daily is what Becky wants her readers to gain. Her primary goal is to get them into God’s word on a daily basis. The book serves as a companion to her daily devotions on BlogSpot and Facebook. Becky graduated in 1975 with a BS in social work and was a member of Phi Mu. She represented her sorority as a Homecoming candidate, and worked on the yearbook staff. After Georgetown College, she earned a MA degree in Agency Counseling from Troy State University. Becky is a military veteran having served honorably six years attaining the rank of Captain. It was while she was in the U.S. Army that she met and later married her husband, Colonel (Ret) David P. Miller who was a career Army Officer. The couple has two grown sons.
EDEN HILL Bill Higgs | ‘74 This is a first novel from alumnus Bill Higgs who taught at GC in 19851986. Bill holds a BA in religion and social work, a MDiv., and a PhD in Old Testament languages. He is husband of awardwinning author Liz Curtis Higgs who received an honorary doctorate from Georgetown College in 2010. Their son, Matthew, graduated in 2009. The softcover 384-page novel is described as an invitation to go back in time to a place where service stations provided true service, loyalty ran deep, and neighbors were like family. Nothing seems to change in Eden Hill, Kentucky, and that’s just fine with Virgil T. Osgood. He’s been content to raise his family and run the only service station in town. But when a new station is set to open right across the road from Virgil’s pumps, he suddenly faces obstacles in his career, his marriage, and his self-worth that he’s never even dreamed of. Cornelius Alexander wants his new Zipco station to succeed and help establish a strong foundation for his growing family. As long as he follows the Zipco guide, he’s sure to be a success—and prove his father wrong. Reverend Caudill wants to be a conduit for grace in his town, but that grace is challenged by the changes sweeping through in the early 1960s. For the sake of this small town, Virgil and Cornelius must learn to get along, but how do you love your neighbor when his very presence threatens to upend everything you hold dear?
Kelly Samples McNew | ‘12 "I Pinky Promise" is the extraordinary story of a girl’s pursuit of purpose in the midst of tragedy. At the age of ten, as Kelly witnessed her dad die and come back to life an hour later, she discovered the true meaning of pain, heartache, and faith. Nearly two years later, Kelly’s dad tells the story of what he saw while he was without a heartbeat. The same day he decided to describe what he saw in Heaven, Kelly and her brother are hit by a drunk driver and she wasn’t expected to live. Battling overwhelming odds, the story of Kelly’s triumph over adversity will inspire and encourage. Her later encounter with the drunk driver, and the promise that would change her life, is a moving story of hope, redemption, and perseverance. The 222 page paperback volume was released in July, 2016 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. Kelly resides in Bagdad, Kentucky, with her husband, Ben, and their three dogs. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, as well as helping others in her small town community. She feels that God’s purpose for her life is to share her family’s story. You can visit Kelly at www.ipinkypromise.org.
THE LEGEND OF THE CHRISTMAS MONKEY AND OTHER STORIES OF THE SEASON Steve Monroe | ‘73 Ready for a new Christmas tradition? Here’s something for a family read on Christmas Eve. The writings of Steve Monroe are always inspired by the lives of people he has observed. "The Legend of the Christmas Monkey" is no exception. This second edition was shaped by the story of Ramsey Carpenter, Miss Kentucky 2014, and her battle against MS. Courage and perseverance personified, Monroe said. The central story follows a family and their history with a sock monkey dressed for Christmas. The other two stories tell of a grandmother donating her life’s work as a quilt, and the 1st Christmas in a new firehouse, Readers will meet Sally Deaton, grandmother, mother, and loyal friend, and walk with her through a turning point as the grandest work of her life is given new meaning. They then will join the firefighters of Engine Company 21 as they battle a blaze that threatens a new residential neighborhood on a Christmas Eve filled with falling snow and a surprise. Selected proceeds from book sales are donated to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for research. The author’s daughter Rebecca was diagnosed with MS in 2014 at age 40. She controls it with medication. Facebook.com/TheChristmasMonkey
GREEN AND BURNING, GLAS AGUS A DHO P. Kathleen McCoy | '81 Kathleen McCoy's poetry is luminous in the best sense: her close attention to the concrete particulars of experience casts them in a sharp, clear light, and which in turn makes them brighter, almost iconic in their import, inviting consideration of larger truths. Kathie graduated in English summa cum laude with honors in creative writing, advised by the late Dr. Gwen Curry. This is her debut poetry collection. She now chairs the English Division at SUNY Adirondack in upstate New York and teaches creative and poetry writing. She and her twin sister, Chris, also a 1981 alumna, grew up on a farm in the Appalachian foothills of southeastern Ohio. Her life experiences include working as a graduate teacher, waitress, factory assembler, dental hygienist, and legal assistant while completing a doctorate from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
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NAIA Player of the Year: Deondre McWhorter; NAIA All-American: Deondre McWhorter, Noah Cottrill, Tony Kimbro; MSC Player of the Year: Deondre McWhorter; MSC All-Conference: Deondre McWhorter, Noah Cottrill, Tony Kimbro; NAIA All-Tournament Team: Deondre McWhorter, Noah Cottrill, Tony Kimbro
MEN’S BASKETBALL Georgetown College men’s basketball vied for its second national title in four seasons and sixth overall as the No. 1 Tigers went 32-4 with regular season and postseason Mid-South Conference titles – first time since 2011 to sweep both crowns. After a wild ride of ups and downs through the first four games of the grueling tournament, GC fell 100-99 off a last second shot in overtime to Mid-America Christian in an instant NAIA national tournament classic. It was the school’s 25th consecutive appearance and 35th overall, both NAIA records. Deondre McWhorter received numerous accolades – MSC Player of the Year, NAIA Player of the Year, MSC All-Conference and All-American status. He finishes as the only player in Georgetown history to record 2,000plus points, 1,100-plus rebounds and 200-plus blocks. He graduates as the school’s all-time leading blocker with 226. Noah Cottrill and Tony Kimbro were also all-conference and All-Americans.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Georgetown College women’s basketball took on one of the toughest schedules and made a phenomenal run winning seven of eight games at one stretch. In that span they beat No. 1 Campbellsville University on the road. The Tigers (14-15) also defeated No. 15 University of Pikeville and RV Cumberland University to start to gain national attention. They fell just a few votes shy of advancing to the national tournament after a hard fought loss to UPike in the opening round of the Mid-South Conference tournament.
MSC AllAcademic: Bradley Bailey, Rob Franzen, Trey Gross, Sean Hale, Larkin Heldt, Cody Maples, Hector Marmol, Robert Morris, Jake Purkins, Seth Roush, Damian Rutherford, Blake Schumann, Graham Smith, Steven Whisler, Patrick Zazzaro
NAIA All-American: Jessica Foster; MSC All-Conference: Jessica Foster, Teonia McCune; NAIA Scholar Athlete: Jessica Foster; MSC All-Academic: Jessica Foster, Shelby Beam, Emilie Ziese, Ashli Mayes.
BASEBALL Following a mid-season loss to Campbellsville University, Georgetown College baseball sat one game above 500, 18-17. The Tigers found a rhythm from there to win 12 of their final 17 games and earn the right to host an opening Mid-South Conference tournament series. They needed to take two road wins in the final conference weekend against Shawnee State to secure home field advantage. After dropping game one, Georgetown took a 2-1 win in 10 innings – a game that was originally scheduled or just seven innings. Then came back the next day and down 8-4 with two outs in the eighth, rallied for seven runs in the eighth and one more in the ninth for the 12-8 win. In the best of three, Cumberland University used late inning rallies to upset Georgetown and end the season at 30-24. Freshman Ryan Garner was honored as MSC Co-Freshman of the Year, while Nicholas Lugo and Sam Medina earned conference Gold Glove honors. Co-Freshman of the Year: Ryan Garner; MSC All-Conference: Jovan Hernandez, Robert Longtree, Nicholas Lugo, Hector Marmol, Chaz Meadows, Sam Medina; MSC Gold Gloves: Nicholas Lugo, Sam Medina;
NAIA All-American: Chaselyn Allgeier; MSC All-Conference: Chaselyn Allgeier, Shelby Engle, Rachel Simms, Sandy Young, Jessica Claxton, Emily Snow; MSC All-Academic: Alexis Bahl, Jessica Claxton, Sydney Goyette, Kara Howard, Rachel Simms
LACROSSE Georgetown College women’s lacrosse had a very successful second season of varsity competition. The Tigers roared out of the gate as No. 3 in the national polls, garnering great respect the season prior. The ladies continued to deserve the respect through a 10-1 run in the regular season and even sliding up a notch to No. 2. The team finished 14-4 after a second straight NWLL National Tournament semifinal appearance and a first-ever NAIA National Women’s Lacrosse Invitational finals appearance. The only loss of the regular season came at the hands of No. 1 Savannah College of Art and Design on the Bees home turf. Georgetown fought hard, but fell 19-13. The team won the next six games with the average margin of victory being 14-plus goals. Senior Bea Cameron finished off her illustrious GC athletic career as the NWLL Defensive Player of the Year. Postseason honors were abundant for the entire team as Cameron, Laura Cuseo, Avery Blackmon and Rachel Kidwell were all named NWLL and NAIA All-Americans. Also earning NAIA All-American status were Merrisa Heraldson and Katherine Leighty. NWLL All-American: Bea Cameron, Avery Blackmon, Rachel Kidwell, Laura Cuseo; NAIA All-American: Bea Cameron, Avery Blackmon, Rachel Kidwell, Laura Cuseo, Merrisa Heraldson, Katherine Leighty; NWLL Defensive Player of the Year: Bea Cameron; NWLL Academic All-American: Anna Joy Thompson, Brooklyn Fox; NWLL South Region All-Conference: Bea Cameron, Avery Blackmon, Rachel Kidwell, Laura Cuseo, Merrisa Heraldson, Kaysie Smith, Samantha Dearing; NAIA Independent League All-Conference: Bea Cameron, Avery Blackmon, Rachel Kidwell, Laura Cuseo, Merrisa Heraldson, Katherine Leighty, Doreen Brabble, Samantha Dearing
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For the second straight year Jessica Foster earned All-American status, while she and fellow senior Teonia McCune were all-conference honorees. McCune became the first Tiger, male or female, to tally 200 blocks and finished just behind men’s leader Deondre McWhorter. McCune finished with 219, while McWhorter had 226.
The Georgetown College softball team had two dominant stretches over the course of the 2016 season. After starting 9-9, the Tigers tallied 10 wins in the next 12 games. They also had a 7-0 stretch as they were rolling through Mid-South Conference foes. Georgetown finished third in the league behind nationally ranked Campbellsville University and Lindsey Wilson College. Despite a rocky postseason, the Tigers finished 27-21 and had a program first – Chaselyn Allgeier was named NAIA All-American honorable mention. The sophomore set a single-season record with 74 hits, while senior Shelby Engle had a single-season record in slugging percentage with a .869.
MEN’S TRACK & FIELD Georgetown College men’s track and field team showed great improvement over the season, even finishing a point out of second in the Mount Saint Joseph Invitational. The Tigers expanded growth in scoring field and sprinting points helped bolster the tradition rich history in distance events. Youthful sprinters Alec HigdonBurgess and Amir Ziyad as well as newcomer Graham Smith in the throwing events helped to stack points. Numerous personal bests and season highlights came from seniors Jacob Hanser and Nick Slucher. Slucher finished up his career by chasing down the competition in the 1,500-meter run as one of his 10 events in the decathlon. He won the race, giving him enough points for fourth in the decathlon. Hanser finished thousandths of a second off the school record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in the conference meet as well for an exciting end to his career.
MSC All-Conference: Grant Carr, Christian Marshall, Austin Snider, Amir Ziyad; NAIA Scholar Athlete: Nick Slucher; MSC Academic All-Conference: Grant Carr, Parker Craig, Alec Higdon-Burgess, Austin Keene, Cody Maples, Marcus Price, Blaine Skeen, Nick Slucher, Graham Smith
WOMEN’S TRACK & FIELD Tayler Godar became the first modern era Georgetown College track and field athlete to earn NAIA All-American status with her thrilling fifth-place, school-record setting finish in the 800-meter run. Her time of 2:12.66 was one of four school-records she set in that race alone this season in just eight meets. She broke the record three straight times – in the Mid-South Conference finals, NAIA prelims and NAIA finals. Helping Godar make this women’s season one of the best in recent history was Kristen Just, Kayla Dudick, Sydney Berry, Karina Egger, Haley Oliver and Maggie Mallok. The latter set three school records during her freshman throwing campaign. The other school record that fell this season was Godar beat her 1,500-meter run time in the MSC finals, qualifying her for two races at the national meet. The ladies had its highest finish for third in the Mount Saint Joseph meet and took fifth in the conference championships. NAIA All-American: Tayler Godar; MSC All-Conference: Tayler Godar, Sydney Berry, Kayla Dudick, Karina Egger, Kristen Just, Haley Oliver; NAIA Scholar Athlete: Kristen Just; MSC Academic All-Conference: Sydney Berry, Tayler Godar, Kristen Just, Haley Oliver
WOMEN’S TENNIS Georgetown College women’s tennis reestablished itself as a national contender in the fifth season of Tiger alums Jessica and Michael Cunningham coaching. After a narrow loss to No. 21 Savannah College of Art and Design – Atlanta, the Tigers won 15 of their final 20 regular season matches with big wins over four ranked or teams receiving votes that helped to put them back in the Top 25. One of the five losses in that span was to No. 14 Cumberland University, 5-4. The Tigers entered the postseason as the No. 3 seed in the Mid-South Conference tournament, cruising 5-1 over University of Pikeville in the opening round. In the semifinals, GC faced Cumberland again. This time falling 5-1 to end the season. MSC Champion of Character: Kelly Swanson; MSC All-Conference: Shae Henry, Amanda Moore, Kaelin Roberts, Kelly Swanson; MSC All-Academic: Natalie Fiepke, Shae Henry, Emily Novak, Danielle Pittman, Kelly Swanson
MEN’S TENNIS Georgetown College men’s tennis found youthful exuberance that led to some highlight moments and hopes of a bright future. Freshman Ryo Takeda garnered much respect as he challenged numerous ranked opponents at the No. 1 singles position. Fellow freshman Cole McCreary had some nice moments in doubles and singles, while sophomore Tristan Nosek continued to develop into a solid contributor for coaches Jessica and Michael Cunningham. After starting 0-4, the Tigers had a great spring break trip and won three of their five matches. A pair of wins over NCAA opponents bookended the rest of the regular season with the thriller coming on Senior Night. The veterans led the youthful bunch in a 5-4 victory over Cedarville. Georgetown entered the Mid-South Conference tournament as the sixth seed and fell to University of Pikeville. MSC All-Conference: Ryo Takeda, Tristan Nosek; MSC All-Academic: A.J. Berk, Tristan Nosek
WOMEN’S GOLF Georgetown College women’s golf had a good first season under new head coach Taylor Elder. The Tigers were in fourth after day one of a cold and windy University of Pikeville tournament. They finished sixth, the highest finish of the season. After an early start in Florida, Georgetown did not play until April. The team played seven rounds of golf
in 16 days, leading to some of the tough finishes. Junior Sydney Swingos continued to be the leader, finishing 21st at the Mid-South Conference championships. MSC All-Academic: Haley Hart, Jordan Meade, Sydney Swingos; NAIA Scholar Athlete: Haley Hart, Sydney Swingos
MEN’S GOLF Georgetown College men’s golf had a good first season under new head coach Austin Sparks. The Tigers finished third in University of Pikeville’s invitational behind a fourth place finish from Connor Danis. Kaleb Lester had a breakout performance in the Mid-South Conference championships. The sophomore jumped from 11th after day two to finishing fourth. His strong day three earned him MSC all-conference honors, the first Tiger since Marcus Lake in 2012 to receive the recognition. Georgetown as a team finished sixth. MSC All-Conference: Kaleb Lester; MSC All-Academic: Cameron Everett
as Lawyer of the Year in the area of criminal law for the Lexington area. The recognition is based on peer review survey of confidential evaluation by fellow attorneys. Guthrie also is a Fellow of both the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Board of Criminal Lawyers.
(Austin College, 2010) in Austin, TX on October 3, 2015. Stephanie True Cooper is an ordained minister and currently serves as Associate Pastor at the University Baptist Church in Austin.
J. GUTHRIE TRUE has been named by Best Lawyers
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KITTY DOUGOUD, Kentucky Heritage Council’s Main Street Program Administrator, has taken on the duties and title of Site Development Program Manager.
ROBERT BAUGHMAN is now with Town & Country
Bank and Trust Company in Lawrenceburg, Ky. as vice president, lending officer and business development officer.
MICHAEL NOFTSGER has been promoted to Executive Vice President of Bank Administration at Forcht Bank.
STEPHANIE TRUE married Ashley Marie Cooper
SETH JONES and RACHAEL GOTT JONES are celebrating the birth of their first child, a daughter, Caroline Story Jones. She was born on July 27, 2016. AMY THAXTON LONGEWAY and her husband, Russ, welcomed a baby girl, Abigail Lynn Longeway, in September, 2015. Amy recently took a new position with UK Healthcare as the Director of Accounting. She, her husband, and two children currently live in Lexington, KY.
SAMUEL ELBRIDGE RINES has joined Avalon Advisors, LLC, in Houston, Texas, as Director, Senior Economist, and Portfolio Strategist.
JACOB PANKEY, who is the Boyle County Fiscal
MICHAEL FINLEY is now Director of Sales – Southwest
Court Finance Officer, was the recipient of the Rising Star Award at the Danville-Boyle County Chamber of Commerce 2016 Annual Celebration. This award recognizes the “valuable contributions of young professionals and is designed to specifically spotlight career achievements and community involvement of young professionals.”
JORDAN ROWE and TANIESHA SHELTON married on July 16, 2016. Jordan is a news anchor/reporter for 104FM WIKY in Evansville, IN.
MARTY GIBSON has been named president at Farmers National Bank of Danville, Ky.
Florida for WCI Communities in the Tampa/St. Petersburg area.
MICHAEL GABHART is recipient of the Unified
Technologies Mike Fischer Award for 2015. It recognizes “the employee who has gone above and beyond to keep Unified at the leading edge of the industry,” according to Unified’s Web site. He was recognized not only for exceeding 2.5 million in sales in 2015 but also for creating the concept now known as Unified’s “Managed Services” offering and developing a new partnering strategy to grow the business in 2016.
DR. GERRY TOLBERT recently joined the Northern Kentucky Health Department as Medical Director.
LAURA LEE HATTON is now with Fruit of the Loom in Bowling Green as graphic designer. On Sept. 1, JOANNA LANE joined NFCA (National Fastpitch Coaches Association) as Director of Education and Program Development.
EMILY BRANDON, a manager at Greater Louisville,
Inc., has been named one of Louisville’s 2016 Forty Under 40 honorees. Sponsored by Business First, it recognizes talented young professionals who are making important contributions to the local business community.
CASSI REAMS JONES, D.O. has joined the Sebastian (Fl.) Physicians Group specializing in internal medicine. She earned her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine at Pikeville and completed her residency at Norton Community Hospital.
MARCUS PERNELL is now a member of the
Community Living Support team at Quest Farm, Inc.
CAITLIN KNOX is now administrative assistant to the Lower School Head at the John Cooper School in The Woodlands, Texas.
GRANT HARNED has joined the Lexington HeraldLeader as Customer Success Analyst. He recently earned a Master of Science, Communication from North Carolina State University.
KAYLA LEWIS is now Marketing Assistant and Graphic
Designer for Commonwealth Bank & Trust Company at its headquarters in Louisville. She is married to Donnie Haire.
KENNETH SPEARS is currently a Judicial Law Clerk in the Houston, Texas Law Offices of James Okorafor & Associates. SAMUEL GILBERT III is now assistant campaign manager for Gulf Coast Events, Inc., a marketing and advertising firm located in Houston, Texas. HUNTER CHILDERS has joined Baptist Health Lexington as Patient Access Representative.
SHAWN COMBS of Cynthiana has been named
Georgetown College’s first bass fishing team coach.
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The Georgetown College Ministry Festival has been moved to April 26-28, 2017. Please watch for dates in GC Magazine and e-mails. The Georgetown College Ministry Festival is a gathering of GC alumni and friends to celebrate the role of the college in shaping young leaders for Christian mission and ministry. Inspired by the GC Ministry Reunion of 2006, the college will recognize outstanding alumni who serve as role models for current students.
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The original Rucker Hall for women, Circa 1895. Also, available: the official Seal of Georgetown College and the John L. Hill Chapel (available in a limited quantity)
3rd in the collectible series of Christmas Ornaments.
In Memoriam JUDY APPLE | ’65
Judy Young Apple died May 17 after a three-year battle with cancer. Born in Tupelo, MS, Judy graduated from Central High School in Memphis, TN then entered Georgetown College in September 1961. During her years in college, Judy was cheerleader and a member of the Wordmasters and Kappa Pi. She was in the Homecoming Court her junior year. She also was a member of Sigma Kappa and served her sorority as second vice president.
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After graduating from college, Judy and her husband, Dr. Lindsey Apple ’64, lived in South Carolina for a brief period. They returned to Georgetown in 1971 when Lindsey joined the faculty of Georgetown College. Judy was recognized as a talented artist whose work ranged from pen and ink to watercolor and oils. She began her career as an art teacher in 1977. Among other accomplishments, Judy created a program of arts education at The Lexington School which continues to provide a basis for academic and practical instruction in art to young people. She was a founding member of the Scott County Art League, the Scott County Arts Consortium, and Art-onMain in Georgetown. Judy was an active member of Faith Baptist Church in Georgetown. In addition to her husband, Judy is survived by two children, Lisa and Paul, their spouses, four grandchildren, a sister, and other family members in Mississippi, and Florida.
DR. BILL BEVINS, JR. | ’78
Dr. Bill Bevins, Jr., of New Castle, CO, died June 27 while hiking in the Colorado Mountains. A native of Georgetown, Dr. Bevins completed medical school at the University of Louisville in 1982. He obtained a Family Practice Specialty, a Tropical Medicine Specialty, and was working towards a Master of Arts Degree in Global Leadership. An emergency room physician and medical educator, Dr. Bevins served in Kenya for five years and later in Central Asia, where he managed emergency medicine and residency programs. He and his wife, the former Jan Smith ’76, returned to Colorado in 2013. Memorial Services were conducted at New Creation
Church in Colorado on July 2 and in the John L. Hill Chapel at Georgetown College on July 16. In addition to his wife, Dr. Bevins is survived by their two sons, Will and Joe; his mother, Ann; four siblings and their families.
EDMUND “PETE” EISENBRAUN
Dr. Pete Eisenbraun passed away July 29, 2016 at Taylor Manor Nursing Home in Versailles, KY. After joining the chemistry faculty of Oklahoma State University in 1962, he later was named Professor, then Regents Professor at the school. He and his wife moved to central Kentucky in 2003. Following that move, he became involved in the life of Georgetown College and took special interest in the Department of Chemistry.
KYLE HUBBARD | '63
Kyle Hubbard died August 12 at Norton Brownsboro Hospital in Louisville. During his undergraduate days at Georgetown, Kyle was president of Kappa Alpha, the sophomore class, Young Democrats, and the Student Government Association. He also was voted Most Outstanding, Most Likely to Succeed and Mr. Georgetonian. After Georgetown, Kyle completed his law degree at the University of Louisville. He was an attorney in Louisville for many years. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran and a member of the Kentucky Air National Guard. He served as a trustee at Georgetown College from 198794. He later was a trustee at Campbellsville University and was a member of the Foundation Board of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He was a candidate for Congress in 1974. Kyle is survived by his wife, the former Tina Grogan ’63; their son, Kyle Jr., his wife, Stacey; their son, Mason; and Kyle’s brother, Carroll ’59 and his family. Memorial services were August 17 at Westport Road Baptist Church, Louisville.
CHUCK JOHNSON | '64
R.C. “Chuck” Johnson passed away April 20 after a courageous battle with cancer. Born in Georgetown, Chuck had been a prominent community leader and businessman for many years. He became a third generation funeral director at the familyowned Johnson’s Funeral Home when he succeeded his father at the age of 19. Chuck was a longtime, loyal friend of Georgetown College. During his days as a student, he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha. Following his graduation, Chuck and his wife, the former Frankie Cagle ’66, remained active in the life of their alma mater. At one time, Chuck was a member of the Georgetown College Board of Associates. As a community leader, Chuck served as president of the Scott County Library and the Children’s Montessori School. Recently, he and Frankie had been honored with the Ambassador Award presented by the Second Chance Society. He was an active member of Faith Baptist Church in Georgetown. In addition to his wife, Chuck is survived by his three children and one grandson.
Patrick Sapp ’98 passed away July 26. A native of Carrollton, KY, Patrick was an outstanding athlete in high school. He continued to excel as an athlete as a member of the Georgetown College football team. He was a Distributor Sales Specialist for Neogen and was an active participant at Calvary Baptist Church, in Lexington, KY. Patrick met his wife, the former Heather Penn ’99, during their student days at Georgetown. In addition to Heather, Patrick is survived by their children, Morgan and Parker; his parents, James and Patsy Sapp; a brother, sister, and nephew. He also is survived by his in-laws, Frank ’68 and Rita Penn ’72 and their son, Allen. Memorial services were conducted August 1 at Calvary Baptist Church.
JOHN SCHAEFER | ’49
John Schaefer passed away in Georgetown on August 14. He was a former owner of Convenient Food Mart/Dairy Mart in Georgetown. For several years, he served on Georgetown College Board of Associates. He was an active member of Georgetown’s Gano Baptist Church where he was a deacon, choir member, greeter, and member of the Adult Men’s Sunday School Class.
Jack Dale Hood 7/30/2016 | Harrodsburg, KY
Milton Taylor Cundiff 4/4/2012 | Louisville, KY
Ruth Helen Barnes Tucker 8/18/2012 | Madisonville, KY
Marjorie Dobbs Drew / Heinrich 4/18/2016 | Tallahassee, FL
Eula V. Whiteker Lawrence 3/12/2016 | Corbin, KY Ruth Widick Dyson 3/18/2016 | Nashville, TN
William Ellis Alexander 12/13/2015 | Louisville, KY John Schaefer 8/14/2016 | Georgetown, KY
Clarence C. "Rick" Ricketts 5/9/2016 | Palm Beach, FL
Truett Beighle 9/30/2014 | Florence, KY
Robert H. Skirvin 4/9/2016 | Hamilton, OH
Jack Gary Williams 5/31/2016 | Georgetown, KY
Don Terry Gatewood 2/3/2016 | Plantation, FL Frank Leslie Powers 3/31/2016 | Niceville, FL Gerald W. Chance 6/6/2013 | Cincinnati, OH Joyce Ann Hunt Roark 1/4/2016 | Winchester, KY
Delbert Calvin Milburn 6/18/2016 | Danville, KY Richard Owsley Carlton 8/22/2016 | Danville, TN
Wendell Aaron McCourt 3/14/2016 | Frankfort, KY
Judith Stringer Brown 7/20/2016 | Georgetown, KY
William Cuvier Early 3/27/2016 | Winchester, KY
Dr. William "Bill" Bevins, Jr. 6/27/2016 | New Castle, CO
Robert "Robbie" Davis 7/1/2016 | Nicholasville, KY Rev. James Michael Smith 8/20/2015 | Lexington, KY
Michael P. Farmer 3/3/2016 | Lexington, KY
Jack Gary Williams ’59 passed away May 31, 2016 in Lexington, KY.
Hobart "Hobie" Carrol Hanberry 5/21/2016 | Owensboro, KY
Kyle Truett Hubbard, Sr. 8/12/2016 | Louisville, KY
A native of Paintsville, KY, Jack was an outstanding athlete in high school and college.
Martha Ellen Dawson Waller 8/1/2016 | Owensboro, KY
While at Georgetown, he was a four-year starter on the basketball team and became the second Georgetown Tiger basketball player to reach the 1,000 point plateau in his career. He earned all-conference honors three times. He also was a member of the track team and was undefeated in the 220-year dash.
He also was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity.
Rev. Donald "Don" Lee Searles 10/29/2015 | Austin, TX
Judy Young Apple 5/17/2016 | Georgetown, KY
Gylispie Arnold Duncan 3/8/2016 | Louisville, KY
JACK WILLIAMS | ‘59
After graduation and service in the U.S. Marine Corps., Jack was a teacher, coach, and school administrator for 41 years. Jack was inducted into the Georgetown College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002 and into the Paintsville High School Alumni Association Sports Hall of Fame in 2004. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, June Bonny Williams; two children, three grandchildren; and two step grandchildren.
Billy Wayne Johnson 5/8/2016 | Gulfport, MS Normand D. Burgess 6/5/2006 | Fort Thomas, KY
Henry M. (Buzz) Frazier 3/19/2016 | Louisville, KY
Helen Lynne Stevens 6/22/2016 | San Jose, CA
Rebecca Tyler Crawford 5/24/2016 | Bardstown, KY
Roy "Chuck" Charles Johnson 4/20/2016 | Georgetown, KY
Nancy Miller Martin 1/20/2016 | Irving, TX
Judith "Judy" Lee Allen Bandaries 8/7/2016 | New Orleans, LA
Dr. Delbert G. Fann 1/25/2007 | Shelbyville, KY
Roger Comer 10/18/2015 | LaGrange, KY
Barbara Ann Bell-Brown Smith 11/2/2015 | Madison, WI
Nancy Alice Hill McFarland 11/7/2009 | Owensboro, KY
Betty Jane Towles Graves 7/27/2016 | Stamping Ground, KY
Ronald William Duvall 3/26/2016 | Gilbert, AZ
Michael Lee Eads 4/1/2016 | Mount Sterling, KY
Harold Stephen Case 3/9/2016 | Lexington, KY
Patrick Benton Sapp 7/26/2016 | Georgetown, KY
Julie Faith Gabhart Bowen 7/29/2016 | Lawrenceburg, KY
Robert Joseph McClintock 4/6/2016 | Georgetown, KY
Johnnie Colson Machlitt 8/22/2016 | Villa Hills, KY
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