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Summer 2014

From The President Dear Alumni and Friends, Let me take this time to thank you for the support of Georgetown College you have shown over this past year. As the college celebrated commencement a few weeks ago, we were reminded of the many guideposts in our lives. A student’s time at college is transforming in ways we can never imagine. Whether it is finding your spouse or lifelong friends who share life’s ups and downs, or coming to know the professor who becomes your mentor and guide, the college years are wonderful and exciting in the life of a young person. We are privileged at Georgetown College to share many of these experiences. This year has had its challenges, but we are looking forward to a future of fulfilling our mission of “preparing students to engage in their life’s pursuits with thoughtfulness and skill by providing an exceptional educational experience in a vibrant Christian community.” Our faculty and staff are committed to serving students and ensuring Georgetown College is one of the finest Christian colleges in the country. We are adding two new programs this fall and will be looking into other programs that will attract new students. You can read about these programs later in this publication. Carolyn and I have enjoyed meeting many of you over the past several months. Your kindness and support of the college does not go unnoticed. As we travel across Kentucky, I am aware that our founders picked the Bluegrass region to start this college for its beauty and central location. As you travel this summer across the Commonwealth and find yourself in our vicinity, take a moment and visit Georgetown. I think you will find a campus that is teeming with excitement and energy, ready to meet a new and talented freshmen class in August.

Kind regards,

M. Dwaine Greene


Friendships Through the Years


President’s Club


Mike Berry Visits Speaker Series


Service Learning


Healing for Haiti

6 Garth Students One recent addition to the view on campus is


“Fantasy and Dreams” Symphonic Band Concert

this banner on the Anne Wright Wilson Fine Arts


Foust Series

Building, designed to reflect the center of GC’s


Belle of the Blue

academic world - its students.


Celebration of Life: Honoring Doc Birdwhistell


Farm to Campus




Dr. Lunceford Retires


New Additions Welcomed to Hall of Fame


A closer look at the arts at Georgetown


mission statement


Hatfield Lecture


Curry Award


New Programs Launching This Fall


3-2 Nursing Program

The mission of Georgetown College is to


prepare students to engage in their life’s


Spring Sports Highlights

pursuits with thoughtfulness and skill by providing an exceptional educational experience in a vibrant Christian


Giving Back


Taking the Lead: Two New Deans on Campus

the College offers excellent academic


New Trustees Are All Alumni

programs in the liberal arts, sciences,


Welcome, Dr. Rasberry

and professions.




In Memoriam

community. Distinguished by its emphasis on outstanding teaching and mentoring,

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PUBLISHER Jim Allison DesignERS Laura Hatton ‘02 Maddy Fritz ‘13 CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Jim Allison, Jenny Elder, Caitlin Knox ‘14, Robin Oldham ’69 / MA ’72, Laura Owsley ‘92 Photos Paul Atkinson, Richard Davis, H.K. Kingkade ‘83, Collin Smith ‘14 For comments, questions and information, contact: Office of College Relations & Marketing 400 East College Street Georgetown, KY 40324-1696 502.863.7922

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Class of ‘92-’93 These five ladies are some of my best friends to this day, 22 years after graduating from GC. We vowed that we would get together at least once per year no matter where we lived. This idea came about when Amy Arnold Dreisbach told us about her parents’ outings with her dad’s fraternity brothers (pictured at the top of page 4). We decided to follow in their footsteps.” -Laura Owsley ‘92

L to R: Michele (Pry) Sturgeon ‘96, Becky (Becknell) Cunningham ‘96, Julie (Botkin) Scoggins ‘96, Susan (Thompson) Rogers ‘96, Trisha (Bowen) Ridener ’96, and Allie (Arnold) Dale ‘96. Lisa (Acey) Hale ‘96 and her family have now moved to Hawaii.

Class of ‘96

Knight Hall, 1992. Seven bright-eyed high school grads, some education majors, from different counties & states came together thanks to BSU. After freshman year, we banded together and went to Pierce Hall, where we stayed for the next 3 years. There we watched Friends, laughed, cried, went on doughnut runs, investigated Tent Girl, and had the time of our lives. Now, 18 years later, six of us live in central Kentucky. We’ve celebrated marriages and births, seen musicals, watched the Derby, visited Chicago, swam, fished, and had dinner together on a regular basis. We are planning a trip to celebrate us all turning 40. Georgetown educated us, brought us together, and gave us a lifetime of friendship. Fun fact: when we go to a restaurant we use the name ‘Pierce’ on the waiting list.” -Michele (Pry) Sturgeon ‘96



After pledging Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity together, the seven of us knew that our friendship was one that would last a lifetime. Our times together were rewarding. We met our life’s partners at Georgetown. Most of us married within months after graduating, and amazingly we are all still married to the same girl! Bobby Joe McMahan and his wife Nancy (Herndon) gathered the group the first summer at Burnside Lake in Somerset in 1963. We have gathered each summer (and sometimes also in the winter) for over 50 years. We enjoy the gatherings and retelling the stories of Georgetown. We keep getting older, but the stories keep getting better!” -Bob Hieb ‘61

Ed ’65 and Judy (Keith) ’64 Watkins, Dr. Ron ’62 and Kay (Varney) ’62 Waldridge, Phil ’64 and Marian (Curry) Arnold, Bobby Joe ‘62 and Nancy (Herndon) ’66 McMahan, Bob ‘61 and Roxann (Vaughn) ’63 Hieb, Lucien ‘62 and Jean (Hale) Borders, Doug ’63 and Linda (Wooten) ’64 McKinley

Heather (Hughes) Zegarski ’96 organized a reunion in April 2014 for fellow GC graduates. Many had not seen each other since they graduated. After spending the morning catching up at brunch in the Caf, they enjoyed enjoyed the rest of the afternoon tailgating at Keeneland.

Class of ‘95-’99 L to R:

Clark Hale ‘96, Matt Young ‘96, Jonathon Young, James Koeppe ‘95, P.J. Oliver ‘95, and Mike Johnson ‘96 at their 20th annual camping trip.

We started making this trip before any of us were married or into our professional careers. So though many things have changed in our lives, we have kept this annual trip the same. We’re still telling the same stories we created 20 years ago!” -James Koeppe ‘95

Class of ‘95-’96

The roots of these lifelong friendships grew from our time at GC. We’re so thankful for the time we spent at Georgetown and how our experiences shaped us into the people we are today.” -Jesse (Hines) Farley ‘09

Class of ‘09-’11 L to R: Jordan and Layne (Bush) ’11 Allen, Tyler ’09 and Sara (Dehner) ’10 Cardin, Michael Clemons ’09, Ely & Nelson ’09 Heard, Jesse (Hines) ’09 and Ryan Farley ‘09

There is never a dull moment when this group reconnects!”-Layne (Bush) Allen ‘11

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2014 Fulbright awardees.

Fiona McElrath, Dalton Graves, Lauren Abbott, Sam Wright perform a scene from Grimm Tales for President’s Club dinner guests.

Graduating seniors Leanndra Padgett, Birmingham, AL; Emily Krick, Ashland, KY; and Kelsey Castaneda, Columbia, KY, are this year’s Fulbright recipients, bringing to 31 the number of GC Fulbright winners since 1989. They will have English teaching assistantships in South Korea, Ukraine, and Slovak Republic, respectively.

President’s Club enjoys recognition dinner and Maskrafters theatre

This year’s President’s Club dinner, held in the Milton and Kathleen Neal Fireside Room of the Ensor Learning Resource Center, was attended by nearly 100 alumni and friends. Along with dinner and an update on the college’s strategic renewal plan from President Greene, guests were treated to a Maskrafters performance of acts from the spring theatre production of “Grimm Tales,” an original adaptation of Grimm’s Fairy Tales by Professor Ed Smith ‘88 and his wife Betsy ‘86. Georgetown’s Maskrafters is Kentucky’s oldest collegiate theatre troupe.

Mike Berry ’83 visits speaker series

“We invited President’s Club members to be our guests, enjoy a fine meal, meet some of our outstanding students, and have direct access to President Greene,” said Dr. Todd Rasberry, VP for Institutional Advancement. The Business Administration and Economics Department Paraphrasing the College’s newly-revised Mission Statement, he added, and Phi Beta Lambda host an Invited Speaker Series “We hope all our alumni will want to partner with us in preparing students throughout each academic year to provide students with to engage in their life’s pursuit by providing an exceptional educational an opportunity to hear successful business people from experience in a vibrant Christian community by becoming various industries. Kentucky Derby Festival President and members of the President’s Club.” CEO Mike Berry ’83 visited this year. Berry described for students how the private, non-profit, Kentucky Derby A minimum $1,000 annual gift to the College earns Festival is structured and funded, how it contributes to membership in the President’s Club. In addition to the dinner, the economy of Louisville and Jefferson County, and the benefits include invitations to the President’s Box at Toyota Stadium for various activities associated with the three-week event Tiger football, and other exclusive campus activities. You may use that precedes the world-famous race. your credit card to make a secure online gift at​.

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Around Campus

Service Learning gives elementary students early start in art

Georgetown College Art Education students enjoy introducing youngsters at nearby Garth Elementary School to the essentials of art through a weekly after school Art Club offered as part of a collaborative among the college’s Service Learning Program, Department of Art, and Fine Art Galleries. Since there are currently no art classes at Garth, this is a wonderful opportunity for young people who might not otherwise get to experience works of art in a professional museum/gallery setting. Upwards of 20 students participate in the program, now in its second year. “They get the opportunity to see art and learn how to act around it. It’s really fun – they get to create art of their own as part of the experience,” says Jeanette Tesmer, Director of Art Galleries/Curator of Collections for GC. “I’m blown away by it; we end up with some really awesome pieces of art.” (continued below)

Healing for Haiti

While Dr. Timothy C. Wilson ‘93 is perhaps best known as an orthopedic surgeon who also serves as team physician for Tiger athletics, he is increasingly gaining recognition as one who is actively involved with mission work in Haiti, assisting those who are still reeling from the trauma of the 2010 earthquake. The Ashland, Kentucky, native returned to campus early this year to share photographs and videos of Haiti and its people. Citing his own experience of being led to outreach apart from his chosen field, he said, “No matter what career you choose, we’re all called to missions... Learn from the best people in your field, complete mission work, and make the most of your college years,” he counseled.

The Garth students benefit from receiving basic art knowledge that will “aid in their critical thinking, science, and math in the future,” says Tesmer, who adds that because many of the Art Education students themselves are not art majors they are finding ways to connect important lessons in art with their own current studies. Tesmer also says it is hoped that the outreach can be expanded to other Scott County schools which do not have an active art program.

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Around Campus

Tiger Symphonic Band Seniors Katie Morris, Cynthiana, KY; Nathan Vertuca, Midway, KY; Crystal Jackson, Morganfield, KY; Travis Mazurek, Berea, KY; and Michelle Larberg, Sylvania, OH, were recognized at the Tiger Symphonic Band’s “Fantasy and Dreams” annual spring concert in April celebrating the 169 th year of bands at

Hatfield Lecture

Alumnus Dr. John Wheeler ‘86, now Professor of Chemistry at Furman University, is greeted by students after delivering the college’s annual Charles Hatfield Lecture, during which he reflected on how his GC relationships and experiences – bolstered by a foundation rooted in strong faith – contributed to his career choice. Endowed by family and friends in 1955, the annual lecture brings to campus an outstanding scientist noted for his or her Christian witness. Dr. Wheeler has published over 30 scientific articles of biomedical relevance, and has been honored as Furman’s Townes Professor of Science and as a national Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar.

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Foust Series

The Foust Artist Series concluded its 31 st season with a spring concert by The Association, one of the most successful bands of the 1960s. “Windy,” “Cherish,” “Along Comes Mary,” and “Never My Love” are some of the top selling, easily remembered songs that had people singing along and “dancing in the aisles,” said Dr. Sonny Burnette, who coordinates the Foust Artist Series. The Foust Series was established in 1983 through an endowment by the late Mary Louise Foust, class of 1938, as a memorial to her parents. L to R: Band members Bruce Pictor, Del Ramos, Jordan Cole, Jules Alexander, and Jim Yester.

Kyndal Curry, Elizabeth Feldpausch, and Olivia Coleman with President Dwaine Greene. (Photo Courtesy of Collin Smith, The Georgetonian)

Belle of the Blue

Long a tradition, the annual selection of Belle of the Blue is an exciting event for Georgetonians. The 2014 Belle of the Blue scholarship award winner is Elizabeth Feldpausch, a senior from Fisherville, KY She represented Kappa Delta Sorority. First Runner Up was Kyndal Curry, a senior mathematics major from Carrollton, KY, representing Kappa Alpha Fraternity. Olivia Coleman, a junior from Hendersonville, TN, representing Rucker Village, was Second Runner Up and was also named Miss Congeniality. As Belle of the Blue, Ms. Feldpausch became eligible to represent Georgetown College in the Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival in Pineville in late May.

Curry Award Dr. Thomas Cooper is the recipient of Georgetown Cooper is Georgetown’s James Graham Brown College’s 2014 Curry Award for Faculty Excellence Professor and Chair, Department of Business (presented at the annual Founders Day Convoca- Administration and Economics. He has provided tion officially opening the spring academic term). leadership for his department for 15 years. Dr. Rosemary Allen, Provost and Academic Dean, The Curry Award, one of three significant faculty cited Cooper’s “quiet competence” and “extraor- awards given annually, is named in memory of Drs. dinary capacity to think carefully about academic Ralph and Gwen Curry, two long-time leaders of matters as he serves in high stakes positions” on the Georgetown faculty and former chairs of the campus. As a teacher, Cooper is described as English department. It is intended to recognize “challenging, influential and interesting,” someone three elements of faculty life that were important who empowers students to take charge of their to the Currys: service to faculty, excellence in own learning, and who teaches how to think, not scholarship, and dedication to students. what to think.

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By Caitlin Knox ‘14

Department of MUSIC Dr. Pete LaRue has seen his students become music teachers, doctors and lawyers. His “band scholars,” as he calls them, can participate regardless of their major/ minor. To Dr. Pete, it’s all about “helping young people grow up.” The Fighting Tiger Grrr… Pep Band is everpresent at football and basketball games, boosting school spirit with every tune. GC’s music department is somewhat unique in that it has a movie star, former skydiver, TV show chef/musician, and accomplished composer wrapped into one professor – Sonny Burnette – who strongly believes that “music contributes to a person’s health and well-being.” Both LaRue and Burnette look for innovative ways to educate liberal arts students in the appreciation of music. LaRue’s “Eight O’Clock Scholars” version of Music Appreciation always has a waiting list, and Burnette’s History of Rock & Roll (offered in both traditional and online formats) has become one of the college’s most popular general education options in the arts.

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Right: Dr. Pete LaRue is an accomplished trombone player and director of Georgetown’s Summer Camps. Below: The Fighting Tiger Grrr... Pep Band, also directed by Dr. LaRue, at a football game.

Department of Art

Daniel Graham with two of his art students.

Department of theatre & film studies Professor George McGee, who has acted alongside Russell Crowe and the late Mickey Rooney, thinks every young actor should get a chance to talk to seasoned, successful actors. Students at GC have the benefit of talking to accomplished performers that visit the college, such as Hollywood screenwriter Charles Edward Pogue, who wrote Dragonheart and The House of the Baskervilles, and Nick Clooney, father of actor George Clooney, who has a storied entertainment career of his own. McGee is confident that such opportunities can give theatre students the advice they need from seasoned professionals. As an actor, director, writer, and filmmaker, Dr. Ed Smith ‘88 has a hand in every aspect of the theatre. As chair of the department, Smith tries to incorporate every type of theatre, including original works like Wonderboy and Last Night Karaoke (written by McGee) and Grimm Tales (an adaptation by Smith and his wife, Betsy ‘86, herself an alumna). “Our students have gotten to experience being in a world premiere of a show,” says Smith. Smith and McGee make sure their students perform traditional shows as well, and give them the chance to create a few original independent films. Both professors have seen many of their students become successful actors and directors, but they also note they have seen just as many turn out to be surgeons and teachers. Smith says that they are in the “transformation business,” teaching young people how to be leaders, and how to work with people. “Theatre is the art form most like life as you would see it lived,” he says, pointing out that by acting out life lessons, you are experiencing them.

Daniel Graham is probably the only professor you will meet with tattoos of Teddy Roosevelt and Mr. Rogers. A sculptor and printmaker, his favorite part of teaching is the heart-to-heart talks with students. “College is not just your education; the conversations outside of class are your own kind of research as you discover yourself,” he says. Photography, one of the most popular art classes, is taught by Professor Darrell Kincer. “I try to meet everyone at their level,” Kincer says. He finds projects every student can do, regardless of their experience behind a camera. Mr. Kincer is a professional photographer who started out his college career in Christian ministries. GC’s art galleries can be a intimidating, with such works as a Picasso and a Renoir in their permanent collection. Jeanette Tesmer, Director of Art Galleries and Curator, wants to help art become more approachable.

Left: Actor/journalist Nick Clooney shared from his book The Movies That Changed Us: Reflections on the Screen during a campus visit this spring as part of the Dept. of Theatre and Film Studies’ Invited Speaker Series. He talked about how movies can shape public opinion on topics such as racism, women’s issues, and war. Right: Dr. Ed Smith ’88 and Betsy Brannock Smith ’86 in period costume for the television production Kentucky Governor’s Mansion: A Century of Reflection. Below: Scene from a recent Maskrafters production.

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Ira “Jack” Vinson Birdwhistell (Doc) in his classroom in John L. Hill Chapel.


F O N O I T A R B CELE c honoring Doll Birdwhiste

Stories. Tears. Laughter. It was In giving the Commencement Benediction, Rev. Mary Alice Birdwhistell ‘09 expressed appreciation for the outpouring of love for her uncle.

Dr. Rosemary Allen presents the Cawthorne Excellence in Teaching Medallion posthumously to “Doc” Birdwhistell’s family. At the memorial service, John L. Hill Chapel was filled to capacity with family, friends, colleagues and students.

Doc’s caring spirit will always be remembered for his famous phrase,

“Shine On!”

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all to celebrate and remember the life of long-time Georgetown College professor Ira “Jack” Vinson Birdwhistell, known to many simply as “Doc.”

Doc Birdwhistell, associate professor of religion, passed away unexpectedly on February 7, 2014, at his home in Lawrenceburg, from a heart attack. The service was a tribute to the long-time teacher, friend and colleague through music, words and mementos displayed in the Chapel. Hundreds who couldn’t attend in person watched from their computers and mobile devices. Doc’s passion for Georgetown College was always evident. A 1968 alumnus, he completed his advanced degrees at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and served as a pastor in Kentucky Baptist churches before returning to the College in 1979 as campus minister. He transitioned to faculty in 1997. Doc was an encourager. A man with many interests. Always optimistic. His impact on students and colleagues alike is legendary. As Sophomore Tyler Phillips told the student newspaper The Georgetonian, “When I decided to come to Georgetown, graduates from my home church would tell me ‘You have to meet Doc Birdwhistell!’” said Phillips. “Meeting him proved every one of their stories true. He lived compassion.” Dr. Sheila Klopfer, head of the religion department, said, “Doc embodied in his teaching career and life the best that a Christian Liberal Arts institution offers.”

In remembrance of their dad, son Daniel and daughter Cory Birdwhistell Curl have established the

Doc Birdwhistell Shine On Endowed Fund to support grants to Georgetown College students for study and travel experiences related to growing in their faith. Alumni and friends may donate to the Shine On Fund by contacting the college’s Office of Institutional Advancement or visiting​.

President M. Dwaine Greene accepts the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Farm to Campus Membership Certificate from Ag Commissioner James Comer.

Under the Farm to Campus program, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture will partner with Georgetown College and food service vendor Sodexo to put more farm-fresh Kentucky Proud products in the college’s food service system. Georgetown’s participation in the program will include a unique composting project involving GC, the KDA, and the Scott County Extension Office. They will work together to compost material from the college and make the compost available to area farmers. “As a member of the Farm to Campus program, Georgetown College is making more local food available for students, faculty, and staff,” Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said. “At the same time, you are helping Kentucky family farmers and small businesses make a living. On behalf of all Kentucky farmers, thank you, Georgetown.” “Georgetown College is thrilled to be a participant,” GC President Dwaine Greene said. “Not only does such a program signify cooperation in agricultural and economic stewardship, but it also honors Georgetown College’s 185-year tradition of connecting education and community here in central Kentucky.” Josh Eckman, Sodexo’s site manager at the college, explained that composting completes the circle of farm product from grower to consumer to soil. It is wholly endorsed and supported by the Georgetown Sustainability Initiative (GSI), a student-led collaborative committed to exploring issues that affect Earth. Commissioner Comer and President Greene were joined by Earl Goode, chairperson of the Georgetown College Board of Trustees; U.S. Rep. Andy Barr; State Sen. Damon Thayer; State Rep. Ryan Quarles; State Rep. Tom McKee; and Georgetown Mayor Everette Varney, among others. Faculty, students and trustees who attended the luncheon were served Kentucky Proud products from Slone Farms, Tripple Ridge Farms, Pleasant Hill Farm, Lincoln Co. Product Auction, Townsend Sorghum Mill, Kight’s Pecan Orchard, Kenny’s, Weisenberger Mill, Grow Farms, Evan’s Orchard and Cider Mill, and Gallrein Farms. Georgetown College joins Asbury University, Campbellsville University, Eastern Kentucky University, the University of Louisville, Morehead State University, and the University of Pikeville in the Kentucky Proud Farm to Campus Program.

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Giving back The William H. Owens Scholarship

Lauren Kyleigh Combs ’14

Georgetown College juniors and seniors who are graduates of an accredited high school in Perry County, Kentucky, are eligible for the William H. Owens Scholarship, established in 2013 by Dr. Fred Owens and his wife Patti to honor Dr. Owens’ brother. The Owens brothers, both graduates of Hazard High School, were recipients of this award. Thanks to the William H. Owens Scholarship, the two were able to attend and matriculate from Georgetown College. Two scholarships will be awarded each year. A junior recipient will also be eligible for the scholarship in their senior year. Lauren Kyleigh Combs, class of 2014, daughter of Jerry and Sherrie Combs of Hazard, was the first Owens Scholarship recipient. A Cum Laude Biology major with a minor in Chemistry, Lauren is a member of Kappa Delta Sorority and as a student was actively involved in numerous other campus organizations. Fred Owens graduated from Hazard High School in 1952 and Georgetown College in 1955. He graduated from medical school at the University of Louisville in 1959 and

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Those words were exemplified by Jeffrey and Anna (Feichter) Chalfant ‘13. In honor of the guests at their December wedding, they demonstrated their love for one another as well as their alma mater by making a financial gift. “Our favorite idea was to forego a favor that would likely be thrown away and forgotten, and instead give $1 in honor of each of our guests to the place that brought us together in the first place – Georgetown College,” wrote the Chalfants in a letter that accompanied their check. “We hope it will help Georgetown College, a place very dear to our hearts, continue to grow and thrive.”

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did additional training at the University of Kentucky, West Virginia University and the University of Southern California. Dr. Owens is an ear specialist in Dallas, TX, where he has established a school for children who have had cochlear implant surgery, a surgery which he and his son perform. This surgery permits children who suffer profound deafness the ability to hear, but they need years of speech therapy before they are ready to enter regular kindergarten or elementary school. These are primarily preschoolers, and this training is not available in public schools in Texas. Bill Owens has served on the board of the school since it opened twenty years ago. Bill Owens graduated from Hazard High School in 1950 and Georgetown College in 1953 and received an honorary degree, Doctor of Letters, from the college in 1998. He completed graduate work in Physics at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. in 1958. He taught Physics at the U.S. Naval Academy, Western Kentucky University, Georgetown College, and Centre College and served as President of Pikeville College from 1985 until 1997. He came out of retirement to serve as President of Buckhorn Children’s Home, where he attended school in 1943, from 2007 until 2011. He now resides in Danville, Kentucky.

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“Dr. BowersCampbell has excellent academic credentials, experience in the trenches as a public school teacher, and admirable success in the classroom at the college level,” said Dr. Rosemary Allen, Provost. “She brings a fresh perspective and high energy, and she clearly has the strength and integrity necessary for this important leadership role.” Her selection has the full support of Georgetown’s president, Dr. Dwaine Greene. “We look forward to working with her as the education program continues its upward trajectory,” he remarked. “I am thankful and excited,” BowersCampbell said. “The strategic renewal at Georgetown College provides a great opportunity to partner with committed faculty and a supportive community to impact classrooms throughout Kentucky.” Before coming to Georgetown in 2012, Bowers-Campbell taught high school level English and was a professor at Gainesville State and Athens Technical College in Georgia. She currently directs the Graduate Literacy Education program. She has received numerous grants and awards, and is an accomplished published author on such topics as literacy, teacher training, and motivational teaching.

After serving in the role as interim, Ms. Laura Wyly has been officially named Dean of Students. “I look forward to working with her as a member of the Executive Cabinet,” said President Dwaine Greene. Dean Wyly joined the College’s student life staff in 2008. Since then, she has had various responsibilities including Area Coordinator for Residence Life, Director of Residence Life, and Associate Dean of Students. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to serve the College in this capacity,” said Wyly. “I believe deeply in the opportunities provided by Georgetown College, the potential of our students and the talent of our staff and faculty. I am so thankful to be a part of such a wonderful community.” Wyly succeeds Dr. Todd Gambill, who was Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students. Gambill left Georgetown in early 2013 to become Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at Indiana University Kokomo. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation at the University of Kentucky.

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New Board of Trustees members are all alumni Five Georgetown College alumni were elected to the Board of Trustees during the October 26 meeting of the board in Georgetown. They began their terms of service in January. The five new trustees are: David Adkisson ’73; Tucker Ballinger ’94; David Knox ’64; Sarah Wilson ’81, and Guthrie Zaring ’87. The new trustees, who bring the board to 26 members, are elected to initially serve a three-year term.

David Adkisson

Tucker Ballinger

David Knox

Sarah Wilson

Guthrie Zaring

David Adkisson is a cum laude graduate. He was SGA’s vice president his junior year, and its president his senior year. He was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha and the Baptist Student Union, a dorm counselor, and on the Georgetonian’s staff. David earned a master’s degree from Harvard. He later served as mayor of Owensboro and is a former president and CEO of the Owensboro Chamber of Commerce. He is a board member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, former chair of the American Chamber of Commerce Executives, current chair of the Council of State Chambers, and President of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. He serves on the board of the Governor’s Scholars Program. Dave and his wife, Bonnie ’75, live in Lexington and are the parents of Kendra and Cyrus.

During his student days at Georgetown, Tucker Ballinger was the linebacker on the Tigers’ 1991 National Championship Team and a member of Kappa Alpha Order. Today, he serves on the boards of the American Red Cross, REACH (Resource, Education, and Community Housing), Commerce Lexington, CureKY Kids, and the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority.

David Knox was a chemistry major and biology minor and was a member of Kappa Alpha Order. After graduating from Georgetown, he entered the University of Kentucky School Of Law, which he completed in 1969. During his law career, David practiced with Greenebaum, Doll & McDonald and also has served as an Assistant County Attorney, Assistant Commonwealth Attorney, Court of Appeals Judge, Circuit Judge, and District Judge before his retirement. He was awarded the Henry V. Pennington Outstanding Trial Judge Award.

Sarah “Bookie” Hayes Wilson is a magna cum laude graduate of Georgetown College where she was a member of Kappa Delta. She later earned the MLS degree from the University of Kentucky. A former owner of The Cotton Patch Women’s Clothing Store in Lexington, Bookie currently works with the Woodford County Public Library. Additionally, she is a former legislative analyst for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Today, she serves on the Early Childhood Literacy Council.

At GC, Guthrie Zaring was a biology major/ chemistry minor and president of the Student Foundation. He was a member of Phi Kappa Tau and received a Christian Leadership Scholarship. Guthrie is a therapeutic account manager for Sunovion Pharmaceuticals and a realtor with Julie Pogue Properties in Anchorage, KY He is a former institutional trustee of the Kentucky Independent College Fund and has served on the boards of the Farmington Historic Plantation, Headley-Whitney Museum, Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities, and the Kentucky Independent College Fund. He is a former president of the Georgetown College Alumni Board.

Tucker is president/ CEO of Forcht Bank in Lexington. He is a graduate of both Leadership Kentucky and Leadership Shelby County. These days, Tucker enjoys running and coaching youth sports. Tucker and his wife, Kay, have two children, Bella and Benton.

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David is retired . He and his wife, Barbara ’63, live in Georgetown. They are the parents of Emily and David.

Bookie and her husband, Judge, are the parents of two daughters, Betsy and Maggie, who is a 2014 Georgetown graduate.

Guthrie and his wife, Lisa, are parents of Drayden, Patrick, and Elizabeth.


Welcome, Dr. Rasberry Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Todd W. Rasberry, Ph.D. joined the Georgetown College executive team in March. Described by President M. Dwaine Greene as an “exceptionally gifted, energetic and effective leader,” Dr. Rasberry brings a high level of skill and experience to the role, having held development positions at several other colleges. Rasberry is also an ordained United Methodist minister. He served as a church pastor and director of an Interethnic Parish before making the move to higher education. A native of West Texas, Todd and his wife, Blanche, proud parents of two grown daughters, are completing their transition to Kentucky. Both say they have been made to feel right at home and “a part of the GC family.” The Rasberrys are avid horse lovers. Living near beautiful horse farms and the Kentucky Horse Park made the opportunity at Georgetown even more attractive. “I have been surprised at how quickly I began calling myself a Kentuckian,” he said. “I thought it might take me several years. For a Texan to want to call himself or herself anything other than a Texan speaks very highly of Kentucky.” But Todd hasn’t lost his Texas roots. On any given day, he can be spotted wearing his boots and cowboy hat.

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new programs >>launching this fall

Change is a part of growth.

Recently approved by the Board of Trustees, the strategic renewal plan was designed to keep Georgetown College thriving. In the words of Provost Dr. Rosemary Allen, “Temporary pain is necessary for long-term growth. We cannot be afraid of change, or we’ll be sliding backward as the world moves on around us.”

Sports Administration Georgetown College has a strong tradition of student athletes. While several

undergraduate classes specializing in sports have been available, no major has existed to satisfy student interest in sports management until now. A faculty committee spent a year developing this curriculum and is pleased to see it come to fruition. The Sports Administration major contains a core set of classes with the option of two tracks of study – either Communication and Media Studies or Kinesiology. Interdisciplinary study includes business/economics, kinesiology/health, and relational/social classes. Dr. Kenneth Sibal ‘04, Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Studies, says, “Students will be able to tailor the major to fit their individual goals, needs, and aspirations.” There are three overarching objectives, he adds. Sports Administration majors at Georgetown College will be able to 1) relate foundational knowledge of sports administration, 2) think critically about personal and social issues within sports-related organizations, and 3) apply this knowledge and critical thinking to an integrative sports administrative experience.

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Implementing attractive programs with growth potential is one aspect of the plan, which is why two new academic offerings are already garnering widespread interest: a Sports Administration major and a Sociology emphasis in Social and Criminal Justice.

Sociology Emphasis

and minor in Social and Criminal Justice

Students passionate about building a more just society will enjoy this program. Expanding

on existing offerings in the Department of Sociology, it is unlike any other program in Kentucky higher education, according to Dr. Eric Carter, Sociology Department Chair. Dr. Carter points out that it is not just technical skills, but the critical thinking and civic engagement involved in this liberal arts setting, that make this program unique. Michael Littrell, a deputy sheriff completing his Ph.D. in sociology, will be the primary professor. The coursework is designed to prepare students for careers in the criminal justice system and associated organizations. “We noticed that a lot of students were looking for it (a social and criminal justice degree),” said Dr. Sarah Cribbs, a Sociology professor. “We saw this as an opportunity to provide students something they wanted which aligns with the rich tradition and mission of our department.” Seven new classes for this major are being added.


Nursing Arts Program prepares future health-care professionals

Since 1992, Georgetown College and the University of Kentucky College of Nursing have maintained a dual degree Nursing Arts partnership.

60 Jordan ‘09 and Jennifer Heflin ‘08 with their children, Brinley and Landon.

Number of students who have enrolled and graduated from the Nursing Arts partnership (or will graduate in the next year).

Undergraduates attend GC for three years and the University of Kentucky for two years through the Nursing Arts Program. Graduates receive degrees from both institutions: a Bachelor of Science with a major in Nursing Arts from GC and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Kentucky. UK College of Nursing’s Dr. Patricia Burkhart notes that “students from Georgetown come well prepared to engage in the academic and clinical functions of the nursing discipline. Many have pursued advanced degrees in a variety of nursing specialties. They are working locally as well as across the nation.” “Choosing to do the dual degree nursing program at Georgetown is one of the best academic decisions that I have ever made,” says Peyton Blanton, currently enrolled in the UK College of Nursing. “This program allowed me to develop wonderful relationships with my professors at Georgetown and take advantage of the small class sizes that Georgetown has to offer. I felt very prepared when I started nursing school. My classes at Georgetown prepared me for the workload of nursing school and taught me the proper way to study.” Peyton says she really liked the 3-2 program because it enabled her to take part in such campus activities at Georgetown as the dance team and student government that she might not have been able to do on a larger campus. “I cannot say enough good things about Georgetown,” she added. “The professors really care about the students and as a result of going to GC I feel more well-rounded than my peers at UK.” Two alumni of Georgetown’s Nursing Arts program are now working professionals. Jordan Heflin ‘09 and his wife Jennifer (Bolton) ‘08 both work at the University of Kentucky Children’s Hospital. Jordan works mostly with hematology/oncology patients while Jennifer works throughout the hospital but deals mainly with premature infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). CONTINUED ON PAGE 30

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Top L to R: Trustee Granetta Bingham Blevins, class of 1980, who served as acting president from July to October 2013, displays the Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree she was awarded during the commencement ceremony. In his presentation, Dr. M. Dwaine Greene cited her exceptional dedication to worthwhile causes “which has touched the lives and touched the hearts of many people,” and expressed appreciation for her contribution to the college of time, talent, and resources. Next to Dr. Blevins is Trustee Dr. Robert Doty ‘62.

Dr. Todd W. Rasberry, Dr. Rosemary Allen and Dr. M. Dwaine Greene pause on the steps of Giddings Hall with Dr. Dan Boone, President, Trevecca Nazarene University, featured speaker for Georgetown College’s 2014 Baccalaureate Worship Service.

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Senior Zachary Losey, a Cum Laude Biology major from Independence, KY, was chosen by his classmates to deliver the senior address. In his remarks Mr. Losey picked up on the College’s ‘Live, Learn, Believe’ tagline, encouraging his fellow graduates to not only have faith but to also believe in themselves, their abilities, and their futures. Moments before the commencement ceremony, seniors Collin Smith, Caitlin Knox, and Rachel Floyd show excitement as they anticipate receiving their diplomas. The President’s Honor Award, recognizing an outstanding student who combines both academic and extracurricular excellence, went to Caliesha Comley, a summa cum laude Sociology major from Richmond, KY. For the first time, two commencement ceremonies were held on the same day (one Undergraduate and one for Graduate Education).

As we congratulate the recent graduates of Georgetown College, we also welcome them as they join a succesful and diverse network of proud Georgetown alumni.

Top Left to Right: The Graduate Dean’s Honor Award given to Ashley Hughley who earned her Master of Arts in Education/LBD. Dr. Yoli Carter made the presentation.

Dr. Scott Takacs offers congratulations to Jonny Boribong after the commencement ceremony. Receiving his diploma, senior Bill Ngha shakes hands with President Greene. The Class of 2014 is all smiles after their degrees are conferred and tassels have been turned. What better time for a selfie with President Greene than when being presented your diploma. Wes Smith, Park Hills, KY, took advantage of the opportunity.

Mary Alice Birdwhistell ‘09 poses outdoors with

Dr. H.M. Lewis. The ceremony was held in the Davis-Reid Alumni gym due to rain.

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BASEBALL: The Tigers came into the season ranked 13 and have skyrocketed from there. The team reached a program high No. 3 in the April 29 coaches’ poll and finished No. 5. Posting a 22-3 record in MSC play, Georgetown secured the school’s first-ever MSC regular season title. After losing their first opening round game, the team won four games, 37 innings (one 10-inning game) in 29 hours to advance. Overall the Tigers finished 46-11 with their first trip to Avista NAIA Baseball World Series since 1988. Martin Lemus earned MSC Player of the Year, while Micah Baumfeld was named Coach of the Year. Tyler Arthur, Tyler Coker, Lemus, Armando Lomeli and Craig Ramsey were named to the first team, while Brain Barry and Steven Mancilla earned second team all-conference. Baseball had four MSC All-Academic honorees.

BASKETBALL: GC women’s basketball came into the season with its highest preseason ranking, No. 4. They stayed ranked inside the Top 10 all season and were ranked as high as No. 3. The Tigers received an at-large second-seed (highest in program history) in the 2014 NAIA Women’s Basketball Division I Tournament. This is the third straight season Georgetown has been to the national tournament. Kourtney Tyra and Andrea Howard were both honored as NAIA All-American players. Tyra, for the second straight season, was WBCA All-American. As for the 2013 defending national champions, LACROSSE: Coach Brandon Davis was dealt some unlucky breaks with injuries, the key one to his goalie, during the fall season. GC tallied a 5-6 record; however, the team stepped up and finished the year with a 26-13 win over Wilmington College. Against a lot of second and third year teams, the first-year program tallied several decisive wins. Of the four close losses, the average goal difference was 2.75. The future of lacrosse looks bright as Coach Davis welcomes a strong recruiting class as the Tigers lace up for varsity competition in 2014-15. SOFTBALL: Winning 24 of the final 30 regular games, the Tigers entered the MSC Tournament as the second seed. GC won the first two games in the tournament, and after falling into the consolation bracket, secured three wins to take the title for the first time since 2009. GC advanced to the NAIA National Tournament Opening Rounds for the first time since 2009. Jessica Claxton, Chelsea Riney and Kayla Williams earned MSC All-Conference first team honors, while Ashley Coppage and Taylor Shaw were second team.

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Photo: University of the Cumberlands Multimedia & Athletics

Men’s basketball was ranked No. 1 in preseason and stayed there for the early portion of the schedule. The team was once again tested by the tough Mid-South Conference competition, preparing them for the rigors of the 2014 Buffalo Funds NAIA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament. It was the Tigers’ 23rd consecutive year making the tournament and 32nd overall – both records in the NAIA. Georgetown made another deep run in Kansas City, finishing in the quarterfinals. Overall, the women had five MSC All-Academic honorees and four NAIA Scholar Athletes, the men had one MSC All-Academic honoree, and Monty Wilson was named NAIA All-American. TENNIS: Women’s tennis finished the spring season winning 14 of their final 16 matches. Along the way they beat several MSC teams that were receiving votes and upended NCAA Division II Great Midwest Athletic Conference Davis & Elkins. GC advanced to the semifinals of the conference tournament, giving No. 22 Campbellsville a fight in a three-plus hour match. Men’s tennis battled the weather, injuries and a small roster. However, seniors Ryne Least and Gustavo Echeverria provided many exciting moments in doubles competition. By midseason these two men had defeated the top MSC

doubles teams. Like their female counterparts, the men started the spring season 0-2 and then went 7-7 over the final two months, stringing four wins together on the spring break trip. The women had three MSC All-Academic honorees and two NAIA Scholar Athletes, and the men had two MSC All-Academic honorees and one NAIA Scholar Athlete. GOLF: Due to harsh weather conditions, the Women’s team was only able to perform at two matches before the MSC Championships – which expanded from a two round format to three. The women finished sixth led by Sydney Swingo’s Top 10 individual finish. The men’s trip to Florida helped to give them one extra match, where Madison Huegel and Jacob Flora finished in the Top 5 – medaling for the match and helping Georgetown to a second place finish. Huegel, a freshman, placed fourth in the Blue Raider Classic with a six-over par. The Tigers finished eighth in the MSC Championship. The women had three MSC All-Academic honorees and two NAIA Scholar Athletes, and the men had two MSC All-Academic honorees and one NAIA Scholar Athlete.

men (finishing less than four points away from third) nearly tripled their score in the MSC Championship meet from a year ago. With numerous records shattered by both the women’s and men’s teams, a handful of athletes were close to hitting standards to secure spots in the national tournament. Tayler Godar, in her second 800-meter race of the season, became the first Tiger since 2010 to qualify for the NAIA National Meet. The sophomore broke a school record with her 2:15.27 time at the Toledo Invitational to advance to her second national meet of the season – in the fall she ran in the 2013 NAIA National Cross Country Meet. The women had five MSC All-Academic honorees and four NAIA Scholar Athletes, and the men had nine MSC All-Academic honorees and two NAIA Scholar Athletes.

TRACK and FIELD: Women’s track and field just competed in the MSC Championship meet and nearly doubled their score from a year ago and moved up two spots in the final standings. The Top L to R: Kourtney Tyra, Kaelin Roberts, Sydney Swingos, Bea Cameron Bottom L to R: Gustavo Echeveraria & Ryne Least, Monty Wilson, Madison Huegel Photo: University of the Cumberlands Multimedia & Athletics

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Around Campus

L-R, President Dr. Dwaine Greene; Mrs. Sheretta West; Mr. Brian Evans and Mrs. Robbi Barber, GC Office of Diversity. A ceremony on March 31 formally unveiled the pillar at the main entrance to the Ensor Learning Resource Center bearing the permanently engraves names of Ralpheal West and David Boyle, Jr., inaugural Bishop Scholar graduates. Georgetown College’s Bishop Scholars Program was established in 2005 through a partnership with alumni of the former historically black Congratulations to Dr. Joe Lunceford upon his retirement after 33 years Bishop College in Texas. West and Boyle graduated in 2012. as a religion professor. The former pastor and chaplain of the U.S. Air Force came to Georgetown College in 1981. Dr. Lunceford is admired and respected by colleagues, current students, and alumni, and through the years has been one of the strongest supporters of the college community. He was selected to give this year’s “Last Chapel” address, during which time he reflected on life and the often unexpected route it takes, citing some of his own experiences. “A mark of maturity,” he told his audience, “is to be able to enjoy the trip when God puts you on a detour.” Dr. Lunceford concluded his presentation with motivational remarks directed particularly to students: “The difference between success and failure,” he told them, “is who wants it the most.”

Dr. Lunceford Retires

Left to Right: President Dr. M. Dwaine Greene; Mrs. Sheretta West; Mr. Brian Evans and Mrs. Robbi Barber. A ceremony on March 31 formally unveiled the pillar at the main entrance to the Anna Ashcraft Ensor Learning Resource Center bearing the permanently engraved names of Ralpheal West and David Boyle, Jr., inaugural Bishop Scholar graduates. Georgetown College’s Bishop Scholars Program was established in 2005 through a partnership with alumni of the former historically black Bishop College in Texas. West and Boyle graduated in 2012.

Additions to the Hall of Fame During the Founders Day Convocation, John M. Ballbach ‘82, of Bryn Mawr, PA, and William B. and Ann Bolton Bevins of Georgetown, KY, were inducted into the 2014 Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame was established in 1993 to honor outstanding alumni and friends who have made distinctive contributions to Georgetown College during their lifetimes. Inductees are memorialized with marble plaques placed in their honor in the Richard and Karen Ward Room of the Anna Ashcraft Ensor Learning Resource Center.

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1978 Mike Summers has been hired by University of Florida as

1956 Raymond “Corky” Withrow was honored by the Kentucky State Senate during the 2014 Legislative Session in recognition of his induction into the Kentucky High School Basket -ball Hall of Fame. After his stellar career at Central City High School, he played basketball for Georgetown College and then went on to a successful minor league career in baseball. (L to R: Corky Withrow with Senator Jerry P. Rhoads, D-Madisonville)


offensive line coach. Summers joins the Gators’ staff after spending the 2013 season as the running game coordinator and offensive line coach at Southern Cal. Summers played defensive back at GC after prepping at Tates Creek High in Lexington. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from GC in 1978 and a postgraduate degree from Kentucky in 1980.

Steve Pickworth is now Executive Vice President of Business Development at Unirisx. Philadelphia-based Unirisx, LLC is a developer of world-class, SaaS-based, core administration solutions for property and casualty (P&C) insurance organizations.

Ronald Bogle writes, “Now living in Chapel Hill, I am retired from the Superior Court bench in North Carolina. I continue to travel the country training judges, law enforcement, local, state and national audiences on a favorite topic among teens and collegians, underage drinking prevention. After graduation from Georgetown, I entered active duty in the Army, serving in Vietnam. Following graduation from law school, I later served in the U.S. Navy Reserve. In May, 2013, I was selected by the Defense Department, effective October 1, for a three-year appointment as state chair of its Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) operational committee in North Carolina. Still find time to wander the country in search of elusive trophy trout, but two grown sons and two grandsons are my pride and joy.”

Michael Jon Montgomery, Mason, OH, is a 2013 inductee into the Continental Amateur Baseball Association (CABA) Hall of Fame.

1975 J. Kathryn Peters has been named executive director of the

1993 (M.A. ’98)

Carmen Wood Coleman, former super-

intendent of Danville Independent Schools, has joined the University of Kentucky College of Education and the National Center for Innovation in Education at UK.

1994 Lance J. Lawrence has been promoted to Senior Vice President and Market Executive for First Security Bank’s Lexington Region.


Kentucky Housing Corporation.

James Koeppe has accepted a position as Director of Recreational Sports at the University of Illinois-Springfield.



Thomas McAllister has joined Mt. Washington Savings Bank in Cincinnati, OH, as chief credit officer. He will be responsible for the bank’s loan review program and underwriting of commercial real estate loans.

Heather Barger and Fred Macdonald were married April 5, 2014. The wedding ceremony was held at Spindletop Hall in Lexington, KY.

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1999 Brian C. Thomas has been appointed Kentucky Retirement Systems (KRS) General Counsel, effective December 1, 2013. He has served in the KRS legal division for over seven years having joined KRS as Staff Attorney in 2006. Prior to that he served three years as an Assistant County Attorney in the Fayette County Attorney’s Office. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from GC and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Kentucky College Of Law.

2000 Robert Ours and Annie (NKU 2005) Ours, Hebron, KY, are proud to announce the birth of a girl, Carolyn Aileen Ours. Carolyn was born on Thursday, December 05, 2013 in Erlanger, KY Her big brother Jude is very excited to have a little sister!

K.C. Goodin has been hired as associate head coach at Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro, KY.

Dr. Chad Kinsella, a native of the Cincinnati area, with degrees from Georgetown College and the University of Cincinnati, has been selected to receive the Young Faculty Teaching Award at Lander University in Greenwood, SC, where he is an assistant professor of political science.


Jesse Darland is now Title Manager for

Arcadia Publishing, Charleston, SC.

Jeremy Shoulta, also a graduate of Baptist Seminary of Kentucky, has accepted the pastorship at Maranatha Baptist Church, the home church of President Jimmy Carter, in Plains, GA.

2007 Corporal Eamonn Donahue, a team leader with Black Sea Rotational Force 14, received Marine of the Week February 14, 2014, for his outstanding leadership, and ability to inspire his peers and junior Marines. Along with Marine of the Week, Donahue also celebrated graduation of Corporal’s Course, and claiming the title of ‘honor graduate’ after the rigorous three-week long course at Mihail Kogalniceanu, Romania. Lucas Gravitt, who teaches German at Scott County High School,

2001 Stacy (Dunavent) Lilly and Jarrod Lilly are proud to announce the birth of their twin boys, Clayton Michael Lilly and Kirkton Charles Lilly. The twins were born on Friday, March 08, 2013, in Cincinnati, OH. Clayton weighed 4lbs. 10oz and Kirkton weighed 5lbs. 11oz.


is launching the Central Kentucky German School for students ages 5-12, with curriculum modeled on a traditional German Saturday School design and infused with interactive technology.

Ashley Foree is now Director of Association Services for the Kentucky Retail Federation. The Henry County native will be working primarily with AgriBusiness Association of Kentucky and the Kentucky Propane Gas Association, two association affiliates under KRF.

Blake Reichenbach married Kate Hansen on Nov 9, 2013. Kyle Duane Boblitt is now head football coach for Thomas Nelson High School in Bardstown, KY.


J. Zachary Bailes, M.Div., is now Director of Philanthropy for Barton College, Wilson, NC.


Tiffany Margaret Durr married Riley Edward Bishop on January 4, 2014.

Their ceremony was held at Mead Gardens, Winter Park/Orlando, FL.

2010 Danielle Rust Pierson plans to enroll at the University of Oxford in the fall to pursue her MBA. Her husband, Michael, a USAF Captain, will soon deploy and is scheduled to return in December. Danielle, Michael and daughter Ella reside in Newmarket, Suffolk, United Kingdom.

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Holli Anne Patton and Mark Edward Pritchard were married on November 23,

2013 in Decatur, GA. Holli is a Training and Implementation Specialist for Longleaf Solutions. Mark currently works for State Farm and will be opening his own agency within the coming months. The couple resides in Atlanta, GA.

Shelbyville, KY native

Brenton Tyler Curry married Alayna Rivera of Orlando,

FL on December 1, 2013. The wedding was held at Maitland Art Center, Maitland, FL. They reside in Orlando.


Lyndsey Rae Meek is engaged to Alec Wesley Lewis ’12. After

Georgetown, the bride-elect completed the University of Kentucky nursing program. She is now a registered nurse at UK Hospital. Alec is completing a degree in mechanical engineering at UK after earning his undergraduate degree in mathematics from GC. A June wedding was planned.

Whitney Carson is now relationship manager for the Commercial Lending Team of First Merchants Bank in Shelbyville, KY.

2012 Victoria Elizabeth Engelhardt is engaged to Jake Amis. After George town, the bride- elect began teach- ing high school English as part of Teach For America in Appalachia and will be completing her Teacher Leader Master of Arts from GC in May ‘15. Jake is currently stationed at Pope Army Air Force Base in Fayetteville, NC, and will complete his B.S. in Business Administration next May. A July wedding is planned for next year.

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In Memoriam 1934

Frances Woods née Wynn 1/26/2014 | Danville, KY


Virginia Huff 2/28/2014 | Middlesboro, KY


Jean Pomeroy née Asher 1/17/2014 | Lexington, KY


Jane Easley 11/12/2013 | Stamping Ground, KY Hal Griffin 2/24/2014 | Prospect, KY


Joseph Caines Madison 1/12/2014 | Hillsdale, MI Harold Eugene Moore 12/17/2013 | Mentor, KY



Virginia Costell née Peniston 2/6/2014 | Turners Station, KY

Tim Kays 11/3/2013 | Grass Valley, CA

David “Opa” McMurty 3/13/2014 | Lexington, KY

Orlando Krieger 12/12/2013 | Shelbyville, KY


Willard Conner 12/23/2013 | Cynthiana, KY


Virginia Hutchinson née Juett 3/11/2014 | Louisville, KY Patrick H. Tignor 1/16/2008 | Madras, OR


Elizabeth Adams née Moore 9/19/2013 | Centerpoint, AL Richard Branham 10/23/2013 | Charlottesville, VA

Harold “Dutch” Scholl, Sr. 3/27/2014 | Fort Thomas, KY


Alan H. Class 2/19/2014 | Berkley, MI John R. Maners 12/11/2013 | Independence, KY


Betty Ann Hudson née Fawkes 2/13/2014 | Louisville, KY Parker J. Nevels 12/7/2012 | Danville, KY Lavonne Williamson née Heath 10/23/2013 | Lexington, KY


Shifra Rin 3/25/2012 | Wynnewood, PA William Halbert Tucker 11/29/2007 | Owensboro, KY


Bob Carlton 1/31/2014 | Salisbury, NC Don Fields 4/12/2013 | Lexington, KY

Peggy Hayes née Wiglesworth 1/15/2014 | Orlando, FL

Vester Lewis 6/29/2012 | Stearns, KY

Joy E. Smolinski née Pope 11/12/2013 | Mt. Clemens, MI

Norma Young née Lucas 4/5/2013 | Hendersonville, TN

Patricia Pruitt née Sorrell 4/13/2014 | Georgetown, KY


Carolyn J. Edstrom née Robeson 12/27/2012 | Muskegon, MI Cecil Clayton Fisher 11/22/2013 | Madison, IN


Charles H. “Hoot” Gibson 4/2/2014 | Stamping Ground, KY


Nancy A. Thomas née Mulberry Harralson 12/11/2013 | Sauquoit, NY Betty Tripure née Baker 2/3/2014 | Lexington, KY


Gail Cunningham 2/11/2014 | Bowling Green, KY Joyce Stillwell née Drury 10/26/2013 | Louisville, KY



Donna Hendricks née Broyles 11/8/2013 | Boynton Beach, FL

Dorothy Miller née Waits 10/6/2012 | Rochester Hills, MI

Vernettie Currin née Lucas 1/17/2014 | Glendale, CA

Bertram Myers 1/14/2014 | Louisville, KY

Theodore R. Newman 12/11/2013 | Lexington, KY

J. C. Jones 10/7/2013 | Frankfort, KY

William Madison Portman 2/22/2014 | Hendersonville, TN

James Olin Richards 9/20/2013 | Thomaston, GA

Helen Wiglesworth née Penn 2/25/2014 | Cynthiana, KY




Roy Butler 4/7/2014 | Shelbyville, KY

Wilbur R. Venerable 7/26/2013 | Bloomington, IL

James Albert Gray 3/5/2014 | Shelbyville, KY

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Hugh Haycraft 4/6/2014 | Evanville, IN


Ruth Luttrell née Huffaker 10/27/2013 | Louisville, KY

Susan Traylor née Wesley 1/21/2014 | Georgetown, KY


Jack “Doc” Birdwhistell 2/7/2014 | Lawrenceburg, KY Eudell Hall 1/10/2014 | Lexington, KY


Robert E. Johnson 5/22/2010 | Overland Park, KS


Phillip Breeding 2/28/2014 | Georgetown, KY


David H. Scearce 3/24/2014 | Arlington, TX


Gary Ray Burton 11/24/2013 | Lawrenceburg, KY


Peggy Tschauner née Railey 2/25/2014 | Shelbyville, KY


Leonard W. Holbrook 5/13/2003 | Harriman, TN


Jasper J. Smith 5/9/2004 | Alexandria, VA


Bartlett Dickinson 11/7/2013 | Georgetown, KY Roy Dobyns 11/12/2013 | Dandridge, TN Billy Fain 1/28/2014 | Georgetown, KY Ira Harris 12/6/2013 | Florence, KY Tom Hill 4/15/2014 | Georgetown, KY

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George Hirst 4/1/2014 | Louisville, KY Verlin Kruschwitz 2/6/2014 | Louisville, KY Ben Mallin 2/16/2014 | Cincinnati, OH Pete McDonald 3/27/2014 | Georgetown, KY Ilse Newbery 11/22/2013 | Layton, UT Paul Orberson 12/5/2013 | Lexington, KY Asa Irvin Overall 3/4/2014 | Shelbyville, KY

Book it and we’ll see you there!

David Parke 11/16/2013 | Richmond, KY JoAnn Parker 3/19/2014 | Georgetown, KY Doris Proctor 1/3/2014 | Louisville, KY Tommy Stamper 1/6/2014 | Winchester, KY

Frances Bates 3/17/2014 | Georgetown, KY

James Tilford 12/24/2013 | Louisville, KY

Joe Brueck 1/14/2014 | Raleigh, NC

Alice Walters 12/7/2013 | Georgetown, KY

Gary Bush 2/23/2014 | Frankfort, KY

William Whitlock 10/26/2013 | Ashland, KY

Ann Cravens née Powell 3/4/2014 | Bowling Green, KY

Dale Yates 12/3/2013 | Harrodsburg, KY

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Charles Gibson ‘61

Faithful Georgetown College alumnus and retired football, basketball, and baseball coach, Charles “Hoot” Gibson died in a tractor accident on his Scott County farm April 2, 2014. A native of Scott County, Hoot was a well-known and admired figure throughout his life. An outstanding athlete, he was a four-year letterman in football and was an Honorable Mention All-State selection at Garth High School in Georgetown. He also was a member of Garth’s basketball, baseball, and track and field teams. After entering Georgetown College in 1957, Hoot never missed a game as a four year starter on the Tiger football team. While in college, Hoot served in student government, was elected vice president of the sophomore class, and was a member of Kappa Alpha Order. After graduating from Georgetown, he was hired as an

Irvin Overall Irvin Overall, a longtime friend of Georgetown College passed away March 4, 2014 in Shelbyville, KY Born in Lawrenceburg, he was a graduate of the University of Kentucky’s College of Agriculture where he earned both the bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in ag economics. A World War II veteran, he served on the Pacific Front. He was a farm analysis specialist in the Louisville area until his retirement at age 55. He was a deacon at First Baptist Church, Shelbyville.

Albert Suffoletta ’50 Albert Suffoletta, longtime local business leader and faithful Georgetown College alumnus, passed away May 5, 2014. Affectionately known as “Suff,” he was a first generation Italian-American and a veteran of World War II. A native of Toronto, Ohio, Suff entered Georgetown College in 1946 with three friends from the Army. He soon met another Georgetown College student, the former Myra Greene ’50, who would become his wife. Suff and Myra were married for 62 years. While a student at Georgetown, Suff was a member of Kappa Alpha Order. In 1961, he founded Suff’s Furniture when he began selling carpet out of his home in Georgetown. Today, Suff’s Fine Furniture and Oriental Rugs employs its third generation of the Suffoletta family and has two locations, one in Georgetown and one in Jessamine County. Suff was a leader in the Georgetown community throughout his life. He was described as “a foundation for downtown Georgetown and the entire community” by the Georgetown News-Graphic. Suff served on the Georgetown City Council for many years and was vice-mayor of the city for two terms. Suff was the first

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assistant football coach at Carroll County (Ky.) High School where he was named Coach of the Year in 1966. Hoot returned home to Georgetown in 1967 where he continued his coaching career and later became dean of students and co-director of athletics at Scott County High School. He was an assistant coach under Bill Wilson ’59 when Scott County won its first state football championship in 1975. He was inducted into the Georgetown College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009. Hoot was an active member of Georgetown Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher. Hoot is survived by his wife, Kathy Carter Gibson; his brother Bradford (Helen); sister, Glenda (Jerome); and a host of extended family and friends. His memorial service was held at Georgetown Baptist Church on April 7. Included among honorary pall bearers were members of the Georgetown College football team. Memorial gifts may be made to Georgetown Baptist Church or The Charles “Hoot” Gibson Memorial Football Fund at Georgetown College.

Irvin married the former Mary Witherspoon Hambrick ’44 in 1950. Following their marriage, he joined Mary and other members of his new family to become involved in the life of Georgetown College in a variety of ways. The Overalls have been frequent visitors and active supporters of the college through the years. In addition to his wife, Irvin is survived by their children Sara Price ’71 and Asa Overall ’79; their families; and his sister Linda Bell ’49.

chairman of the Scott County Parks and Recreation Board. He led the effort to build Georgetown’s first public swimming pool which opened in 1970, two years after the passing of his son, Robert. The Georgetown City Council soon voted to name the pool and park in memory of Robert Suffoletta. Suff was a member of a group of business and political leaders who traveled to Japan to participate in negotiations to bring Toyota Motor Manufacturing to Georgetown. He received the Georgetown-Scott County Outstanding Citizens Award in 1972 and the Georgetown College Alumni Achievement Award in 1988. Suff also was a charter member of the Kentucky Horse Park Board. He had served as president of the Georgetown/Scott County Chamber of Commerce and the Kiwanis Club. He was a director of Whitaker Bank and a member of St. John’s Catholic Church in Georgetown. Suff was a member of the Georgetown College Board of Associates in the 1980s. In addition to his wife, Suff is survived by his son, Richard (Sandy) Suffoletta, daughter Jean (Kevin) Tennant, three grandchildren, and four great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Robert. Memorial services were May 7 at St. John’s Catholic Church, Georgetown.

Verlin Kruschwitz ‘61

Verlin C. Kruschwitz, 99, a retired pastor, former president of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, longtime Georgetown College trustee and trustee emeritus, died February 7. Affectionately called “Krusch,” he was a 1935 graduate of Taylor University in Indiana. He earned his master’s degree from Southern Seminary in 1935 and his PhD from that same institution in 1942. He served as pastor of four Baptist churches in Kentucky including St. Matthews Baptist in Louisville from 1941-1952 and Severns Valley Baptist Church in Elizabethtown from 1952-1980. Throughout his ministry Krusch was a respected and admired pastor across the Kentucky Baptist Convention. He was instrumental in leading Severns Valley Church to be a perennial leader in Cooperative Program giving in the state. Additionally, he led Severns Valley in several building and expansion

Robert Carlton ‘57 Dr. C. Robert “Bob” Carlton, former professor of mathematics and computer science at Georgetown College, passed away January 31, 2014, at Novant Health Rowan Medical Center in Salisbury NC. Born in Covington, KY, Dr. Carlton was a 1957 graduate of Georgetown College. He received his master’s degree from Northwestern University and his doctorate from George Peabody University, now part of Vanderbilt University.

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 18: NURSING ARTS “Georgetown College provided us with a well-rounded college experience that prepared us for the nursing program at UK,” said Jordan, a former Tiger football standout, who added that finishing many of the basic requirements at Georgetown enabled him to better focus on UK nursing school studies. “Jennifer and I both agree that GC has some amazing professors who want nothing more than for you to be successful in whatever you choose to pursue in life.” Jordan explained that he always wanted to work in the medical field and Jennifer, who was already in the dualdegree program, encouraged him to consider nursing. What appealed to him was actually getting to be hands-on with patients and develop a more personal relationship. “As a College of Nursing, we are glad that we can provide this pathway for students from Georgetown to

programs during his twenty-eight years as pastor of that congregation. During his years at Severns Valley, he baptized more than 2,000 people and initiated a number of mission projects. Krusch served as president of the Kentucky Baptist Convention in 1961 and 1962 and was chair of the search committee when Dr. William Marshall ’57 was called to serve as secretary-treasurer of the Kentucky Baptist Convention. Krusch was elected to serve as a trustee at Georgetown College in 1956 and continued his service until 1984. During his tenure as a trustee, he was elected board chair three times and served on the presidential search committees for GC presidents Robert Mills, Ben Elrod, and W. Morgan Patterson. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by Georgetown College in 1974 and was inducted into the Georgetown College Hall of Fame in 2010. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth. He is survived by his three sons, Bill ’68 (Marlis ’72); Bob ’75 (Vicki); and Ken ’78 (Michelle) and their families.

Dr. Carlton had served as chair of the mathematics and computer science department at Catawba College in Salisbury from 1981 until his retirement. A member of First Baptist Church, Salisbury, he sang in the choir and served as a deacon. Dr. Carlton is survived by his wife of 55 years, Elizabeth Bradshaw “Libby” Carlton ’60; their children, Dr. Karen Carlton ’79; Kevin Carlton, and their families. Among other survivors are his brother, former GC vice president for development J. Richard Carlton ’50 and his wife, Mary ’50.

experience the best of both worlds as they begin their education in a small, faith-based institution and then complete the nursing education in a comprehensive medical science learning center,” explains Dr. Patricia Howard, Interim Dean of the UK College of Nursing. Dr. Mark Johnson, Professor of Biology, is the Nursing Arts Program coordinator for Georgetown College. “It has been a privilege for me to advise these students and work closely with the College of Nursing at UK, an outstanding, nationally recognized nursing program,” Johnson said. “I have enjoyed seeing these students progress from Georgetown to UK to receive their B.S.N. and often further to M.S.N. and Ph.D. programs in nursing.” For information on the program and admission requirements, Dr. Johnson may be contacted at: 502-863-8086

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