in this issue Sciences Alumni Achievement Commencement
The Georgetown College Magazine FALL 2015
PUBLISHER Jim Allison
The Science of Service: Medical Alumni Giving Back
DesignERS Laura Hatton ‘02 Maddy Fritz ‘13
Taking a Chance, Living a Dream: Chelsea Clarke’s Travels
CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Jim Allison, Jenny Elder, Rev. Dr. Bryan Langlands, Laura Owsley ‘92, Elizabeth Sands Wise Photos Jim Allison, Paul Atkinson, Richard Davis, H.K. Kingkade ‘83 For comments, questions and information, contact: Office of College Relations & Marketing 400 East College Street Georgetown, Ky. 40324-1696 502.863.7922 GC Magazine is published by the Georgetown College Office of College Relations & Marketing. © Copyright Georgetown College, 2015 POSTMASTER Send address changes to: Office of College Relations & Marketing Georgetown College 400 East College Street Georgetown, Ky. 40324 FAX: 502.868.8887 E-MAIL: email@example.com Georgetown College admits students of any race, color and national or ethnic origin.
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AROUND CAMPUS 13
Baccalaureate & Commencement
Georgetown Reading Camp: The First Year
Snapshots of Campus Life
Earl Goode Wins Boy Scout Award
Winnie Bratcher Is Now Registrar Emeritus
Preparing Students for Success
From GCPals to Equine Science
New Healthcare Management Professor
Society of Healing Arts
Learning Starts Here: Miracle-Gro Trip
Three Fulbrights Receive Teaching Grants
Spring Sports Review
Tribute to Coach Mullins
Hensleys’ Gift to Softball
Endless Summer: Ministering Worldwide
From the President
Dear Alumni and Friends, s the campus prepares for the new academic year, I am reminded of the rich history of educating young minds that the College has enjoyed through its many years. As you read this issue of GC Magazine, you will read of amazing accomplishments of alumni who step from Georgetown into opportunities, places, and situations which we would hardly have imagined. It is wonderful to learn of how the students are traveling the world, and using their gifts and skills to impact communities across its broad expanse. Now as we welcome a class of new students, with all the excitement that any new journey produces, I encourage you to join me in praying for these students as they transition to College. New challenges, responsibilities, programs, relationships, opportunities, decisions, friends, etc. are before them. It is exciting to think, first, of the wonderful successes they will experience at the College and, second, of the extraordinary things they will accomplish in their years after Georgetown. It is quite likely that in a few years we will see them featured in pages of this very magazine. So for now, please enjoy the pages which follow. And do so with a joyful smile, knowing that there will be many more stories to be told, and many more amazing experiences to be chronicled. Best to all!
M. Dwaine Greene
Biology, Chemistry, and Pre-Health Programs
Preparing Students for Success By Elizabeth Sands Wise
When Dr. Benjamin Warf ‘80 moved with his wife and six children to Uganda in 2000 to work in a remote hospital with CURE International, he thought he was leaving his academic career in pediatric neurosurgery behind. But, as Warf says of his journey, “God’s plans were much more than I could have asked or imagined.” As the founding medical director of CURE Children’s Hospital in Mbale, Uganda, he encountered high rates of neurological disorders, including hydrocephalus (“water on the brain”). Without treatment, 50% of children with hydrocephalus will die before the age of two and the standard treatment in the United States—inserting shunts to relieve the liquid—is not only costly but requires time-intensive follow-up care. Warf’s Ugandan patients’ limited resources made the procedure nearly impossible. Warf developed a new, minimally invasive, shuntless treatment — a lower cost solution that required much less post-surgery care. During his six years in Uganda, Warf also designed a neurosurgery training program in order to equip other surgeons with new treatment options for hydrocephalus patients. According to CURE Hydrocephalus, a division of CURE International, approximately 79% of children suffering from hydrocephalus live in the developing world where treatment options are rare to nonexistent.
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As a result of Dr. Warf’s pioneering work, CURE Uganda is now recognized as a leader in the treatment of hydrocephalus and the CURE Hydrocephalus Surgeon Fellowship program has trained and equipped dozens of surgeons to respond to this serious neurological disorder. As it turned out, when Warf moved to Uganda, he wasn’t leaving his academic career behind. A little over a decade later, Warf was awarded a MacArthur Foundation Genius grant for his pioneering work with hydrocephalus and he now serves as the Hydrocephalus and Spina Bifida Chair and Director of Neonatal and Congenital Anomalies Neurosurgery at Boston Children’s Hospital, and as Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at Harvard Medical School. In addition, Warf continues to be involved with CURE International, serving as the Medical Director of CURE Hydrocephalus, as Director of Research for the CURE Children’s Hospital of Uganda, and as a member of the CURE International Board of Trustees. Warf’s academic and medical career and his vocation to serve in medical missions remain tightly intertwined. Certainly Dr. Warf’s achievements are extraordinary — his hydrocephalus treatment alone has already saved tens of thousands of lives in Uganda—but that a GC alumnus was equipped to do such extraordinary work shouldn’t be surprising to those familiar with the exceptional science program at Georgetown College. President Greene notes that, “One cannot help but be deeply impressed with the quality of work done in the sciences at Georgetown.” A Georgetown education grounded in the health-related majors — biology, chemistry, biochemistry, and pre-health — not only equips students academically, preparing them for success
in graduate and professional school. It also helps them identify and distill their vocation. Through concrete, hands-on and independent lab research, rigorous classroom expectations, and personal relationships with professors, alumni like Warf are making an imprint on the world. Warf says the overall understanding of his vocation continued to evolve for years after college. It was the relationships with faculty that “helped begin my preparation not only intellectually, but also in regard to my future spiritual formation.” Dr. John Blackburn remembers Benjamin Warf’s desire to learn and his willingness to go the extra mile. Blackburn, who taught at Georgetown for twenty-nine years, was Chair of Chemistry when Warf was a student. He has remained in contact with Warf through the years. “Anything you say about Ben in terms of academic ability, in terms of morality, in terms of personal characteristics, you simply speak in superlatives,” Blackburn said. “He was a wonderful student to have and I’m not at all surprised by all of the success that he has had.” Relationships with faculty are central to the Georgetown experience. In the discernment process for those students interested in health-related careers, faculty support is critical. “All of the faculty really do care about helping students figure out what they want to do,” says Associate Professor and Chair of Biology Dr. Tracy Livingston. “We take the time to get to know them and their interests and try to help them find shadowing and/or internship opportunities that will further expose them to a potential career. This occurs in the classroom, during advising sessions and usually outside of classes in the hallways or offices. I think the science faculty are approachable, and students appreciate our availability and willingness to talk with them.”
Starting in Fall 2015, all new GC students will be enrolled in the College-to-Career program. Students who meet the benchmarks for the Career Exploration Level will be awarded career development funds (up to $500 during their junior or senior year). Students who complete both levels will be awarded the Harper Gatton Leadership Medallion.
Ongoing College-to-Career opportunities include:
Giving back in ways which prepare students for their LIFE’s PURSUITS
Résumé Café TigerNet Jobs Fair Career advising Student Internships Job-Shadowing Emerging Leaders workshops Declare a Major Day Mock interviews Law & Graduate School Fair Tiger Career Development Grant LinkedIn workshops Senior Year Jumpstart
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FROM GCPALS TO EQUINE SCIENCE
PAEMS Camp gives students Preview of math and science Careers
High school students spend two weeks on Georgetown’s campus each summer to see how their interests in the sciences may lead to related careers. Led by faculty in the Natural Life and Science Division, GC’s Pre-College Academic Experience in Math and Science (PAEMS) is for 10th, 11th and 12th grade students with an exceptional interest in natural sciences and mathematics. Mornings are for biology and chemistry while afternoons are devoted to astronomy and computer science. Evenings are reserved for environmental science. On clear nights, stargazing is possible using the college’s telescopes. Program field trips included the University of Kentucky Medical Center, the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, KY, Natural Bridge, Hagyard Davidson McGee Equine Medical Institute, and the Nature Academy. This marked the 25th year for the PAEMS program. Funding in part is provided by the Margaret Voorhies Haggin Trust. Participants for 2015 came from Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia, and California.
The Georgetown College Program to Accelerate Learning in the Sciences (GCPALS) prepared Abby Gates ‘15 to present research at the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Southern Section Meeting in Atlanta. Conducted at Kentucky Equine Research (KER), the study examined the effects of nonstructural carbohydrate (NSC) levels on equine stress and behavior using heart rate variability indices. Gates performed the study in 2014. Designed as a hands-on internship, she spent many hours each day at the research facility. She was responsible for data collection and all aspects of horse care for the project. “This has given me the priceless opportunity to not only perform research as an undergraduate, which itself can be a difficult goal to obtain, but also to present it at a regional meeting. I really enjoyed being able to share the research with like-minded people, not to mention being able to attend other presentations,” Gates said. GCPALS is a nationally unique program that provides support for 20 summer research students per year. Program participants work with Georgetown College faculty to arrange research internships at Georgetown or any other research institution of their choosing across the country. Over 100 Georgetown College science majors have participated in this program and conducted research in universities, government agencies and non-profit institutions from the campus coast to coast.
To be a College of Distinction, a school must demonstrate: • Engaged Students • Great Teaching • Vibrant Community • Successful Outcomes
www.georgetowncollege.edu/paems Registration opens in October.
Above: Dr. Meghan Knapp, Associate Professor of Chemistry, leads a lab discussion. PAEMS faculty for 2015 included Dr. Meghan Knapp, Associate Professor of Chemistry; Dr. Danny Thorne, Associate Professor of Computer Science; Dr. Jonathan Dickinson, Associate Professor of Math, Physics, and Computer Science; Dr. Jana Henson, Instructor of Biology; Dr. Tracy Livingston, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Biology; and Dr. Rick Kopp, Professor of Biology. Dr. Kopp also coordinates PAEMS.
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Congratulations, Georgetown College! Georgetown College students earned college credit and valuable life experience while participating in study abroad programs in eight countries, as well as through academic internships and service learning opportunities. This year, 21% of undergraduates were in a service-learning class. Since its inception in the fall of 2012, the GC service learning program has provided almost 600 students with opportunities to work with over 35 unique community partners.
Business & Economics Welcomes Gheens Associate Professor of
Healthcare Management From senior class president at Henry Clay High School to nutritionist and RN, to research director and professor, to healthcare executive and higher education administrator, Dr. Sarah Elizabeth Whitis prides herself on being a lifelong learner.
Bringing that love of learning and extensive experience in clinical medicine and research as well as executive business administration back to central Kentucky, Whitis joined the business and economics department this year as Gheens Associate Professor of Healthcare Management. While clinically active as a registered nurse and dietician, Whitis served as a faculty member of the Department of Nutrition and Food Science at the University of Kentucky before moving into research at the UK College of Medicine. After serving as executive director of cardiovascular research, Whitis enrolled at the University of Southern California for doctoral work in public finance, organization development, administrative theory, and higher education administration. Provost Rosemary Allen says Whitis “really does share that broad comprehension of the nature of the field—not just from the business side of it, but also from the healthcare provision side.” On the West coast, Whitis excelled in executive administrative roles at both public and private health systems, medical centers, and college campuses. According to Dr. Tom Cooper, Chair of the Business Administration and Economics Department, “The breadth of Dr. Whitis’s experience makes her an exceptional person to fill this position. She has held management positions in numerous healthcare organizations at a variety of levels, ranging from chief nursing officer to director of operations to board member. In several of those positions, she was responsible for strategic planning and quality improvement, so she has first-hand
experience with many major issues facing healthcare providers today.” According to Whitis, Georgetown College is in a unique position to provide students with integrity-based training in healthcare administration: providing not just skills to solve problems and acquire knowledge, but the ability to “reconcile these difficult, difficult decisions” made at the administrative level. Healthcare is different from other industries, she points out, “because in healthcare, you’re talking about life and death.” Students pursuing accounting in a hospital system, for example, need to “understand the anatomy of a healthcare financial organization” says Whitis. “I have worked in a system in which the business officers were required to do rounds with the clinical side, so they didn’t become so detached—their vision and mission of their work had a home.” Connecting students’ vision and mission as administrators to real-world experiences is key. What Whitis doesn’t want, she says, are students who leave Georgetown for a career in healthcare administration “having never set foot in a healthcare facility.” As Dr. Whitis explores the possibility of a new major in healthcare administration, she hopes to learn what it means to be a distinctly Georgetown proud program producing graduates who are wellequipped to enter the complicated world of healthcare administration. Building on Georgetown’s heritage as a Christian liberal arts institution — already home to talented and caring faculty — a rigorous, integrity-based program in healthcare administration can flourish.
The Society of Healing Arts offers mentoring and leadership for Georgetown College Pre-Health Association students. Young alumni in healthcare fields are invited to campus each spring to share their life experiences and offer guidance for those interested in pursuing careers in healthcare. Left: Panelists this spring included Dr. Carson Keally ’10, D.M.D.; Dr. Amanda Bolton ’10, Ph.D., Neurobiology; Dr. Matt Birdwhistell ’04, D.O. (Osteopathic Physician/Internal Medicine); Dr. Rachel Thomas ‘08, D.O. (Osteopathic Physician/Pediatrics); and Dr. Carrie Meek Gaby ’07, M.D. Not pictured: Ms. Amanda Scott Wombles ’08, Physical Therapist.
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Alumnus Mike Lukemire ‘80 pays it forward for GC students with a trip to Scott’s Miracle-Gro R&D headquarters
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Few have enjoyed a show-and-tell event quite like the one a contingent of GC students, faculty and administrators experienced in mid-April when Mike Lukemire ’80 arranged for them to travel by corporate jet to the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company R & D headquarters in Marysville, Ohio, where he is executive vice president and chief operating officer. The biology and chemistry students in the group spent the entire day with members of the R&D team, gaining valuable insight into the lawn and garden industry, the science associated with it, and internship and career options. Top-level executives, managers, researchers, scientists, and numerous others spent the day sharing information on R&D functions, organizational structure, field research, processes for launching products, packaging, regulations, laboratory work, and so much more. They gave a full explanation of the roles and responsibilities of R&D associates and led a full discussion of skills and competencies important to R&D positions. “We were impressed by the collaboration and across-theboard skills that are utilized,” commented Dr. Patrick Sheridan, Associate Professor of Chemistry. “I was so impressed by their work and passion for their research.” In fact, he was so impressed that he says he intends to tweak his organic chemistry lab curriculum to introduce activities geared toward skills that they learned about on the tour. Dr. Sheridan created quite a wish list for the chemistry program as a result of the visit. Students also came away inspired by how much the team members care about the environment. “Wow! What an awesome experience,” wrote Stella Hundley, a biology major from Shelbyville, in a follow-up thank you to Mr. Lukemire. “The company produces much more product than I knew, and so much goes into the production.” Jacob Flora, a chemistry major from Lawrenceburg, wrote, “The R&D department is incredible and I love the company’s drive for success. The personnel were extremely well-spoken and knowledgeable – something I strive to be.” Other biochemistry, biology, and chemistry students who were chosen for the trip were Paige Charis, Madisonville; Aaron Benge, Louisville; Turner Altman, Pikeville; Aaron Settles, Brandenburg; and Angie Mikos, Harrisburg, Pa. Other Georgetown College representatives included Mr. Mike Calhoun, Major Gift Officer; Dr. John Blackburn, Trustee and Professor Emeritus of Chemistry; Dr. Todd Rasberry, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, and Dr. M. Dwaine Greene, President. Lukemire began his career with the lawn and garden products company in 1995 and was named chief operating officer in 2014. Responsible for the Company’s worldwide
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portfolio of consumer brands and products, he is accountable for overall leadership of the Global Consumer business, including Marketing, Sales, Research and Development and Global Supply Chain, as well as the Company’s Scotts Lawn Service business and leading growth in emerging areas. Prior to his appointment as COO, Mr. Lukemire had several progressive assignments, including director of operations, vice president of manufacturing, and senior vice president, Global Supply Chain. He was also executive vice president, global technologies and operations, responsible for Global Supply Chain, Research and Development and Business Transformation. Mike also served as regional president, responsible for leading the company’s business development, marketing and sales efforts in the southeastern U.S. He led the North American sales function until March 2014, when he was named executive vice president for the entire North American business. Subsequent to the visit to the Miracle-Gro campus, Mr. Lukemire was asked to reflect upon his time as a Georgetown College student. He said Georgetown introduced him to some of the best friends he has ever had in his life and that he was able to develop relationships with professors who treated him “like a person and not like a number.” In particular he cited Dr. Blackburn and now-retired mathematics professor Dr. Austin French. “Dr. Blackburn was one of my greatest influences,” he related. “I was not the greatest student, and even though I wasn’t his top student, he took the extra time and effort to teach me. He really cared about all students, and he gave his attention to everyone.” Both professors, he said, valued him as a person and showed it. Those relationships made a lasting impact. “Throughout my career, this resonated with me. I really believe that we need different talents and capabilities in an organization. It’s important to value people, all people matter.” Does Mr. Lukemire see benefit to a liberal arts education? To that, he gave an emphatic yes. “Liberal arts programs help you
be more than one dimensional,” he said. “If you’re going to lead and manage a group, you have to value diverse thoughts and capabilities. It helps you deal with all types of people and cultures. Studying liberal arts allows you to gain this depth when you study beyond your subject area. Even though I was a double biology and chemistry major, some of my favorite classes were religion, philosophy, arts, etc. A liberal arts degree makes you a better-rounded leader.” What was another benefit from his Georgetown College experience? “Georgetown really helped me develop a value for diverse thinking,” he said. “I was raised a good southern Baptist and coming to Georgetown challenged my conventional thinking in life. It helped me come to conclusions on what I believe versus what I was taught to believe.” And what advice would Mr. Lukemire give graduates entering the workforce? “Don’t limit yourself and be open to all opportunities. Use your degree as a gateway to your career,” he replied. “You have the added benefit of having a liberal arts education. My degree was in chemistry, but I cannot remember chemical reactions anymore. What I do remember, and apply in my job every day, is problem solving and critical thinking that came from my whole education experience.” Mr. Lukemire’s success story inspired Turner Altman, a biology major from Pikeville, who said the time spent at Scotts Miracle-Gro taught him a lot about how business works and gave him a better understanding of all that goes into R&D to bring products to the marketplace. Of Mr. Lukemire, Altman said, “His accomplishment gives us hope that our GC education can lead to success,” said Altman, “especially since he described himself as an average student in college.” It also gave Altman a greater appreciation for the personal attention Georgetown College students receive from their professors, noting that Mr. Lukemire credited much of his success to the guidance he received as an undergraduate from his professors. It is a practice among current faculty for which Georgetown continues to be recognized.
TOP: GC students Angie Mikos, Paige Chavis, Jacob FLora , Aaron Settles and Turner Altman in a Scotts Miracle-Gro R&D lab where plastics and containers are tested to make sure bottles and sprayers hold up to time, temperature and chemicals. ABOVE: Students get a tour of the Scotts Marysville campus.
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The Science of
Georgetown College students learn the value of service to others through missions. One prime example is in the medical field. Not only are these distinguished alumni serving their patients, they are taking time to help those who need it the most, at home and abroad.
A rising second-year medical school student at the University of Louisville, Caitlyn Easterling ‘14 just returned from a medial mission trip in Tanzania. A group of 10 medical students and two physicians from UofL traveled to Mufindi in southern Tanzania for two weeks, where they partnered with Igoda Children’s Village. “Each day, we set up clinics in surrounding villages where we saw almost 1,000 patients during our stay. One chooses to go on a medical mission trip for many reasons: adventure, learning the culture of another country, or simply a meaningful vacation. However, it is much more than that - it truly is a life-changing experience and we come back far more changed by it than the people we are there to help.”
GC alumni are making a difference around the world
Dr. Whitney Shultz Wilson ‘09 shared, “I do mission trips because I love Jesus. Cliché, I know, but I do it as a way to love people in a tangible way - through dentistry. I was involved with Campus Ministries and twice traveled with them to Brazil. I also went to Guatemala, with a separate organization. Now, as an employee of Hope Smiles, we not only provide dental care for the underserved, but our team also aims to inspire other dentists to share the love of Christ with their patients. Hope Smiles is involved in local outreach and international service. I recently traveled with my husband to Uganda and was able to assist the dentist and his team. I will soon be going to Haiti to visit with our program there.” Former SGA president and now pediatrician at Mack & Poole Pediatrics in Lexington, Dr. Rachel Thomas ’08 went to Honduras during undergrad, Ecuador twice during residency, and Zambia for a month long rotation in January. She shared, “I got to do multiple trips in residency through the University of Kentucky Pediatric Global Health Track. Participating in medical missions is a humbling experience and it makes me a better physician. It reminds me how to practice medicine with minimal resources, without internet, advanced lab and radiologic tests that are so readily available in the US. It improves my physical exam skills because that’s all you have in some remote locations. Experiencing life in other countries, especially the underserved areas, makes me see life differently at home. It makes me appreciate the small conveniences that we forget that we have here in the US. Medical missions brings me a lot of joy. I come home after every trip and feel that I have been given more by the community there than I could have ever provided. The people are always so welcoming, grateful, and loving. They treat you like family the second you arrive and while living there in their community they usually feed you, house you, wash your clothes, and care for you in all other ways. You are truly a part of their community and culture while you are there!”
When asked why Dr. Jacob Vincent ‘92 goes on medical mission trips, he said, “We go because Iglesia Bíblica Petra Nicaragua asked us to come and serve alongside them as they planted churches on the island of Ometepe. It has been one of the joys of my life to be a part of the work the Lord is doing there. We want to bring needed medical care to the people of the island, but more than that, we want them to know Jesus Christ. The medical care we offer has temporary impact, but if people come to Christ through the work of the pastors and churches there, it becomes an eternal work.”
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You will meet new people,
have new experiences, try new things. College is a time to figure out what makes you you and why. Take time to learn who you are and who you want to be.” Chelsea Clarke ‘07’s advice to prospective students
Taking a Chance Living a Dream Chelsea Clarke ‘07 credits her undergraduate experience at GC with developing her passion for exploring the world and its people, culture, food, and overall experience. She has been scuba diving in Indonesia, trekked through the desert on camelback in India, participated in the Great Wall Marathon in China, been paragliding over Bogota, and more. As a student, Chelsea traveled each year with Campus Ministry. She spent alternative spring breaks on mission trips to Brazil and Haiti, and landed a summer internship in Rome, Italy, at Rome Baptist Church. After graduating with a double major in Political Science and Communication, Chelsea went on to pursue a Masters of Divinity from Mercer University’s McAfee School of Theology focusing on social justice issues with an Urban Missions concentration. From there, she joined the Peace Corps and spent 2010-2012 teaching English at Sichuan Normal University in Chengdu, China. She then “took a chance,” as she put it, and moved to Washington, D.C. where she made what she describes as her fifth grade “what do you want to be when you grow up” dreams come true. She was hired as project manager for the Global Experiences and Events department at National Geographic. Chelsea describes her work as “developing new lines of business using National Geographic’s iconic photos, videos, grantees, research, magazines, science, and exploration to create new, entertaining, immersive ways of engaging with the world.” And there is travel. Lots of it. “I travel a lot for work,” she says, “which is one of my favorite parts of working at National Geographic. My life-long goal is to visit every country in the world, and I’m slowly checking them off
my list.” So far she is up to thirty countries with the expectation of visiting at least seven new ones this year. The Walton, Ky. native always thought she would go to a large out-of-state school, but her mom, who had attended GC for one year, convinced her to visit. Chelsea said she remembered meeting the late professor of religion “Doc” Birdwhistell who just “radiated passion for the school.” She said if the professors cared that much about their students and the college community, then “that was something I wanted to be a part of.” Chelsea was a member of Alpha Gamma Delta and active in Panhellenic, College Democrats, and Christian Leaders Scholars. “I had a lot of great influencers while at GC,” she noted, including former Dean of the Chapel Dwight Moody ‘72 and Dr. Melissa Scheier, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science. She credits former campus minister Cynthia Insko with influencing her decision to focus her studies on social justice. “One day Cynthia gave me a book written by Gary Haugen (founder of International Justice Mission) . . . it had a cataclysmic effect on me. I helped organize the beginnings of the social justice involvement of Campus Ministry and I went on to seminary to focus on social justice and international ministry.” Chelsea says the experience at Georgetown is what you make of it, adding that the religious courses and the inclusive community makes is possible to question, process, and develop a foundation of belief that can carry one through life. “Whether you are actively involved in a faith community or have no religious affiliation, the ability to do that in a safe place that allows room for exploration is incredibly valuable,” she says.
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On what turned out to be a beautiful morning, graduates heard encouraging words of a bright employment future from keynote speaker David Adkisson ‘73, president and CEO of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and a current Georgetown College Trustee. Adkisson cited a rebounding economy, greater demand for employees with liberal arts degrees, and an eight year low in unemployment as reasons for optimism. He said employers now are in need of more graduates, especially liberal arts graduates, to take leadership positions. His full commencement speech is available at youtu.be/uMihgJOZ5g0.
Victoria Engelhardt ‘12 is congratulated by her father, Kurt, on receiving her M.A. in Teacher Leadership during Graduation Education Commencement.
Alumnus and former trustee Randy Fox ‘60 was awarded an honorary doctorate. He receives congratulations from President Greene as Board Chair Granetta Blevins looks on.
J. Scott Dellinger of Georgetown received the Graduate Dean’s Honor Award from Dr. Bowers-Campbell.
Seniors Meredith Ann Scalos and Devanny King were each recipients of a President’s Award. Meredith, from Campbellsville, majored in political science. Devanny, a Medina, Oh. native, earned her degree in business administration/communication and media studies. The President’s Award recognizes outstanding students who combine both academic and extracurricular excellence.
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Dr. Joy Bowers-Campbell, Assistant Professor and Dean of Education, with Graduate Education Commencement speaker Dr. Ron Chi ’89, founding principal and program director of The Learning Center in Lexington.
Baccalaureate speaker, Louisville native Dr. Greg S. Barr, Senior Pastor of St. Matthews Baptist Church, a 1986 GC graduate, encouraged the spirit of giving back to one’s alma mater during his remarks.
The Cawthorne Award recognizes the teaching excellence that exists at Georgetown and accentuates the ways in which faculty go above and beyond expectations. It was established in 1988 and, with one exception, has been presented annually since then.
The most recent recipient is Dr. Melissa Scheier, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science. Dr. Scheier is “a passionate advocate for students whose dedication to their education and support knows no rival,” said Dr. Rosemary Allen, Provost, in announcing the award recipient at commencement. “One student nominator references Dr. Scheier’s ‘rather unorthodox pedagogical methodology’ relating to students, spurring debate and discussion, provoking laughter when laughter will help, but also provoking students in other ways if that’s what will get them to think,” said Dr. Allen. “Another student nominator enthused, ‘she encourages us to question the status quo in order to make things better’.” Dr. Allen quickly added, “She does the same for us sometimes by getting a bit in your face, but always with a heart and spirit that is true and good,” noting that Dr. Scheier’s dedication to her students and her passion for education is to be deeply admired. Every member of the full-time faculty is eligible. Since its inception, 27 full-time faculty members have received the award. Nominations are made by faculty peers with final selection by the Faculty Development Committee. Any full-time faculty member may nominate one individual and the nomination may include letters of support from students. We are proud of our faculty, 96% of whom have a doctorate or other terminal degree. All faculty members invest a large portion of themselves in the teaching endeavor and the success of these efforts, in large part, is intertwined in the success of the Georgetown College faculty as a whole.
2015 Melissa Scheier, Ph.D. Associate Professor and Chair, Political Science
2008 Karyn McKenzie, Ph.D. Professor and Chair, Psychology
2002 Rosemary Allen, Ph.D. Professor of English (Now Provost & Academic Dean)
2014 Ira “Doc” Birdwhistell, Ph.D.** (Posthumously) Associate Professor of Religion
2007 Mark Johnson, Ph.D. Professor of Biology
2001 Paul Redditt, Ph.D.* Professor of Religion
2006 Barbara Burch, Ph.D. Professor of English
2000 Christine Leverenz, Ph.D. Professor of Math, Physics, and Computer Science
2013 Rick Kopp, Ph.D. Professor of Biology 2012 Brad Hadaway, Ph.D. Professor of Philosophy 2010 Doug Griggs, Ed.D.* Professor of Education 2009 Ed Smith, Ph.D. Professor and Chair, Theatre and Film
2005 Pete LaRue, Ed.D. Professor of Music 2004 George McGee, M.F.A. Professor of Theatre & Film
1999 Patricia Cooper, Ph.D.* & Lindsey Apple, Ph.D.* Associate Professor of Spanish; Professor of History
2003 Rebecca Powell, Ed.D.* Professor of Education
1998 Keon Chi** Professor of Political Science
1997 Joe Lunceford, Ph.D.* Professor of Religion
1991 Steven May, Ph.D.* Professor of English
1996 Daniel Tilford, M.M.E* Associate Professor of Music
1990 James Heizer, Ph.D.* Professor of History
1995 Austin French, Ph.D* Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science
1989 Frank Wiseman, Ph.D.* Professor of Chemistry
1994 Margaret Greynolds, M.A.* Professor of Communication Arts
* Professor Emeritus ** Deceased
1993 John Blackburn, Ph.D.* Professor of Chemistry 1992 Gwen Curry** Professor of English
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Distinguished Athletes All-Conference First Team Chaselyn Allgeier, Doreen Brabble, Lauren BruunBryant, Noah Cottrill, Micah Crawford, Shelby Engle, Jessica Foster, Tayler Godar, Merrisa Heraldson, Kaya Kelly, Devanny King, Deondre McWhorter, Maggie Murdock, Savannah Robinson, Kaysie Smith and Kyle Weidemer All-Conference Second Team Bea Cameron, Duran Elmore, Natalie Fiepke, Shae Henry, Sharyl Higgins, Tony Kimbro, Payton Lobdell, Tristan Nosek, Scarlett Shelby, Rachel Simms, Emily Snow, Cassidy Taylor and Sandy Young Cheerleader of the Year Kaya Kelly
Center: Whitney King
Gold Glove Honors Steven Mancilla and Damian Rutherford MSC All-Academic Wilson Allen, Alexis Bahl, Chris Bartlett, Corey Carter, Jessica Claxton, Corri Collins, Austin Crawley, Shelby England, Jessica Foster, Rob Franzen, Sydney Goyette, Kelsey Gregory, Trey Gross, Sean Hale, Marissa Hale, Haley Hart, Hayley Hamman, Jacob Haun, Sharyl Higgins, Austin Keene, Devanny King, Jimmy Lacy, Adrienne Letcher, Keira Lopez, Marissa Massie, Ashli Mayes, Miranda Mullins, Maggie Murdock, Madi Ortega, Shawna Parson, Lindsey Pelfrey, Ryan Rodriguez, Taylor Roy, Scarlett Shelby, Rachel Simms, Nick Slucher, Sydney Swingos, Catharine Tincher, Zach Turpin, Kyle Weidemer and Steven Whisler
MSC Female Student-Athlete of the Year Devanny King NAIA All-American Noah Cottrill, Jessica Foster, Devanny King and Deondre McWhorter NAIA Scholar Athletes Wilson Allen, Chris Bartlett, Corey Carter, Corri Collins, Austin Crawley, Jessica Foster, Marissa Hale, Haley Hart, Jacob Haun, Devanny King, Jimmy Lacy, Marissa Massie, Miranda Mullins, Maggie Murdock, Ryan Rodriguez, Nick Slucher and Zach Turpin NWLL Academic All-American Lindsey Woosley NWLL All-American First Team Bea Cameron and Merrisa Heraldson NWLL All-American Second Team Doreen Brabble and Lauren Bruun-Bryant NWLL All-American Honorable Mention Kaysie Smith NWLL West Region Defensive Player of the Year Bea Cameron NWLL West Region Freshman of the Year Lauren Bruun-Bryant NWLL West Region Player of the Year Merrisa Heraldson
BASKETBALL - Women’s basketball battled through the toughest league in the NAIA. The Tigers finished 14-12 with big wins over No. 19 Lindsey Wilson, No. 12 Our Lady of the Lake and No. 16 Shawnee State University. GC also touched the community by raising money for Lauren Hill’s family in a Play for 22 game and to fight breast cancer in the Play for Kay – Think Pink game. Men’s basketball won 21 of its first 25 games, helping coach Chris Briggs tally win 100 in just three-plus seasons at the helm. The Tigers finished 25-8 and advanced to an NAIA record 24th straight national tournament, 34th overall – also an NAIA record. Deondre McWhorter and Noah Cottrill both eclipsed 1,000-points during the season.
TRACK and FIELD – Women’s track and field had another good season, finishing 5th in the MidSouth Conference Championships. Tayler Godar and Maggie Murdock came home with individual titles, while Godar advanced to the NAIA National Championship meet in the 800-meter run for the second straight season. The junior ran a 2:15.20, breaking her record from her sophomore year. Murdock took the MSC title in pole vault. Men’s track and field also finished the season strong at the Mid-South Conference Championships. Georgetown finished 5th with a pair of wins in pole vault and the 4x400-meter relay. Kyle Weidemer took his second straight pole vaulting title, while Austin Keene, Christian Marshall, Micah Crawford and Erick Mills outpaced the competition by two seconds for the relay championship. CHEER – GC’s Kaya Kelly helped the Tigers to a 3rd place finish in the season-ending championship in Frankfort. Kelly, a sophomore, was the 2014 MSC Freshman of the Year. GC finished just behind Campbellsville University and University of Pikeville.
BASEBALL – After battling with the preseason No. 1 Faulkner Eagles to open the season, Georgetown played only one game in more than a month due to weather cancellations, but the team won 18 of the next 32 games when play started to form a more regular pattern. The Tigers finished fourth in a tough Mid-South Conference before finishing the season with an early exit from the league tournament, finishing the year 18-18.
TENNIS – Four early matches were scratched due to weather, but that did not slow the Tigers’ women’s tennis team out of the gate. The ladies went 4-0 to start the season. The team of three freshman, a sophomore, three juniors and a senior, hit a rough patch battling several highly-ranked conference teams and an NCAA Division II team. Georgetown dropped five of the final seven matches before heading into postseason. The Tigers regrouped for the lone upset on day one in the Mid-South Conference tournament, beating the University of the Cumberlands 5-4. Georgetown finished the season 9-7 with a lot of talent returning. Shae Henry
TENNIS – Men’s tennis was extremely young this season – four freshman, a sophomore, two juniors and a senior – but found a rhythm near the end of the season that has coach Michael Cunningham very excited for the future. GC defeated NCAA Division II Cedarville and Mid-South Conference foe Cumberland University on back-toback days by the score of 5-4. The team then hit the road against three very solid Indiana teams to finish out the regular season. While the Tigers lost all three of those matches, Cunningham saw vast improvement with his young group never hanging their heads or shying away from a challenge. Chris Bartlett
SOFTBALL – The softball Tigers also struggled with the snow and rain, missing out on the entire month of February and not playing their first game until mid-March. In all, Georgetown canceled 18 games to start the season. The team then went on an offensive onslaught, outscoring opponents 193 to 83 in the first 18 games of the season. Junior Shelby Engle broke the team’s season home run record in that period with 11 fourbaggers. Teams began to pitch around her. She finished with 12 for the year.
LACROSSE – Georgetown opened play in the National Women’s Lacrosse League with a bang. The first-ever varsity program went 12-4 and finished third in the nation. The Tigers defeated two No. 1s during the season – the defending national champions and this year’s national title winners. GC won the NWLL West Region regular season title with a perfect 6-0 mark. The team advanced to the national tournament, going 2-1 for third place and a solid grasp on No. 3 in the nation. Center: Women’s Lacrosse Team with teammate, No. 12, Kyra Smith. Smith joined GC lacrosse through the organization Team Impact.
GOLF – The women’s team opened with a win in Florida, but weather prevented much practice and thwarted a promising season. Sydney Swingos won the tournament at the World Golf Village, carding a two-day total of 175. GC battled in the Mid-South Conference Championship and finished 6th overall. Swingos led the way with a top 25 finish and tied for 22nd in the three-day event. Men’s golf found a stride behind freshmen Kaleb Lester and Connor Danis. The Tigers took 4th in the golf challenge in Florida, finished 2nd in their home event and took 7th in the Mid-South Conference Championship. Danis finished tied for 6th in Florida, while Lester carded a top 10 finish in Florida and the conference tournament. Sydney Swingos
The softball facility at the Georgetown College athletics complex has received a major upgrade. A generous gift to the college from the estate of the late Anna Mary Hensley and her family made it possible. Completed in early spring, the two-story Anna Mary Hensley Press Box includes a seating area at ground level behind home plate, an equipment room, a modern press box, women’s and men’s restrooms and a provision for future expansion to include a locker room. “Grandmother always loved her sports. She had a special connection with Georgetown College, not only with us going to school there, but with her faith,” said Nancy Moreland Wood ‘86. “It only seems fitting that her gift would be to Georgetown and to women’s athletics. I’m sure she will be watching the Tigers from her new seat in heaven . . . cheering them on.” Softball coach Thomas Thornton sees the improvements as beneficial to the recruitment of student-athletes. “We already have one of the best fields around, but now with the surroundings looking better it will enhance how future recruits look at the softball program. And when I told the team about the renovations they cheered - mainly for the bathrooms,” he added with a
smile, noting that for years the only facilities available were portable toilets. “The press box is huge because it allows us a better place to keep the stats crew out of the weather since we play a number of games in poor climate, and we can now keep our sound system in a permanent structure.” Thornton also says he is now able to discuss with directors of all-star games and tournaments the possibility of hosting some of these events at Georgetown College. “That previously was not possible due to the lack of facilities.” Team members are thrilled. Senior Cassidy Taylor noted that, “As a softball program we are growing on and off the field, and this will be a great addition to our complex.” Junior Rachel Simms is similarly pleased. “When our team first heard that our field would be getting improvements, everyone was so excited. The best part isn’t that we will have a press box and bathrooms, it is that someone was thinking of us and we are so thankful that they were. NAIA schools don’t have an unlimited financial fund to spoil their sports teams with, so this has been a pleasant surprise. I know this means a lot to the coaches too, because we are one big family where they serve as our guardians, and like every parent, they want what is best for their girls. The opportunity for them to improve the place where we spend so much time together is a blessing.” Sophomore Chelsae Osborn sums it up and looks forward to next season: “We are so thankful for the new additions for our field. We could not be more blessed.” “Georgetown College is fortunate to have Anna Mary Hensley’s family serve as an example of the difference that can be made by providing excellence for future generations of students,” said Todd Rasberry, Ph.D., Vice President for Institutional Advancement.
President Greene assists the late Anna Mary Hensley’s daughter, Nell Jo Vick, and granddaughter, Nancy Moreland Wood ’86, with ribbon cutting. To his left is Mrs. Hensley’s grandson, Robert Moreland ’90. Absent when photo was taken: granddaughter Amy Phillips.
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Donald Craig Mullins ‘91 Father, husband, follower of Christ, friend and passionate football coach and player, Craig Mullins left this world too soon. The long-time assistant coach died May 11, 2015, at the age of 45, following a battle with lung cancer. His generous and mindful ways have carried and resonated deeply with those whose lives he touched.
The saying goes, drop a pebble into the water and watch the ripples go. Every day, we make choices that wash waves over those around us, and some rare individuals create waves of influence that alter this world for the better. Georgetown College was fortunate enough to experience the blessing of one such unique man, Craig Mullins. Jason Falls, GC Sports Information Director from 1998-2000, remembers Mullins as one who lifted up “even the most insignificant of role players,” referring to himself. An SID, said Falls, is responsible for publicizing while the coaches and players win games and get noticed. But hours after the Tigers won the 2000 National Championship, as Falls was walking to a restaurant to join a post-victory celebration, Mullins held the door, saying ‘Jason, you are a big part of this, too.’ “I almost cried,” said Falls. “That remains one of my proudest moments. But that was Craig Mullins. He was the offensive coordinator for an unbeaten championship team. He had just completed the task of guiding the team to the ultimate success, but he was complimenting me.” Devon Golden ’13, a member of the women’s basketball team from 2009-2013, came to know Coach Mullins when he headed the Student-Athlete Leadership Committee. “I was president his first year as leader of this group,” she related. “The one word I think best describes him is ‘serve.’ He was always serving others with a smile on his face.” She added that it only took a couple of years of bi-weekly meetings for Coach Mullins to impact her life with his service, heart and fervor for life. “I know I speak for countless people when I say that his service made an immeasurable, permanent impact,” Devon said. Chris Hogan ’93, a friend, GC teammate and roommate at California University Pennsylvania where Mullins earned a
masters, recalled fondly that Craig was one of the most determined people he ever met. “He pushed himself and anyone around him,” said Hogan, “because he knew better was available. He was a constant encourager. His smile and laugh could change your mood.” Hogan said Mullins was the kind of friend you always miss because you can never replace them. Another GC teammate, fellow GC coach and friend, Steve Hill ’94, described Craig as a man of character. “You always knew that he was telling you was the truth. No hidden agendas. He would take on the toughest topics with kids and tell them the truth. They respected his honesty,” said Hill. “I respected Craig because he always made time for individuals. He was genuinely interested in what you were saying. The greatest thing I will remember was Craig’s laugh. I think some of my most enjoyable moments were the bus rides. I loved watching him laugh at juvenile jokes of players and listening to his beautifully timed sarcasm. A little part of me passed when Craig won his ultimate prize of eternal life.” Mullins was offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Tigers for 16 years. He helped GC to a 155-36 record during that time, including two NAIA national championships (2000, 2001). Georgetown College was also a four-time national finalist (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002) during his tenure. Mullins also served as the program’s head strength coach and was a professor of kinesiology. In 2011, Mullins was named the American Football Coaches Association NAIA Assistant Coach of the Year and 1999 AFCA’s NAIA Coordinator of the Year. He also coached the Mid-South Conference and NAIA Player of the Year from 1999-2001. In 2004, Mullins, a native of Ft. Thomas, Ky., was inducted into the Northern Kentucky Athletic Directors Hall of Fame. He is survived by his wife, Heidi, and two sons, Cade and Coy.
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“Moses” Speaks to His Grandchildren
Kentucky Women: Their Lives and Times
Robert L. Wayne ‘52
Edited by Melissa A. McEuen ’83 and Thomas H. Appleton Jr.
Robert L. Wayne served as a preacher across three states, spanning an incredible eight decades. Learn about his life, his early years, his family, his call to serve, his religious training, and his pastoral influence in the lives of those who trusted and followed his guidance. Meander with him through time he recalls the work he has done, the people he has met, the places he has explored around the world, the marriage ceremonies he has conducted, his retirement, and even the illnesses he has bravely overcome. Learn about his growing family, the boards on which he has served, and the churches that have flourished under his leadership. This memoir speaks to the struggles and triumphs of religious life, personal and community growth, and rich lessons taught and learned over a lifetime.
Featuring new books written or edited by or about alumni and other members of the Georgetown College community
Better than My Own Life Laura Thomas Weddle ‘55
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Explore a history as dynamic and diverse as Kentucky itself. Covering the Appalachian region in the east to the Pennyroyal in the west, these essays highlight women whose aspirations, innovations, activism, and creativity illustrate Kentucky’s role in political and social reform, education, health care, the arts, and cultural development. Shawnee chief Nonhelema Hokolesqua, western Kentucky slave Matilda Lewis Threlkeld, the sisters Emilie Todd Helm and Mary Todd Lincoln, reformers Madeline McDowell Breckinridge and Laura Clay, activists Anne McCarty Braden and Elizabeth Fouse, politicians Georgia Davis Powers and Martha Layne Collins, sculptor Enid Yandell, writer Harriette Simpson Arnow, and entrepreneur Nancy Newsom Mahaffey represent a broad cross section of those who forged Kentucky’s relationship with the American South and the nation. With essays on frontier life, gender inequality, medical advances, family strife, racial challenges and triumphs, widowhood, agrarian culture, urban experiences, educational theory and fieldwork, visual art, literature, and fame, the contributors have shaped a history that is both grounded and groundbreaking.
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Contributors, among others: A. Lindsay Apple, GC Professor Emeritus of History, and Melissa A. McEuen, Ph.D. Professor of History, Transylvania University
The stories in Better Than My Own Life, occurring from the Great Depression years of the 1930’s to the more recent 1970’s, are set either on Central Kentucky tobacco farms or in the Appalachian Mountains to the East. These stories delve into the hearts and minds of a diverse set of characters whose choices and intentions determined their destinies. The collection gives the reader a glimpse of the many emotions love, hate, resentment, and jealousy - which can only be resolved by the transformative power of love. Each story provides insights into the machinations of the human heart.
Laura Thomas Weddle ‘55
In this collection of closely related short stories, Weddle creates a portrait of a rural Kentucky community. Young, old, black, white, tenant farmer, landowner, preacher, teacher: their lives are woven together and their choices help determine each others’ fate.
The Office of Faith and Service actualizes our mission “to ignite spiritual growth by engaging with and sharing the Way of Christ” by encouraging students to invest their summers in full-time ministries.
Endless Summer GC Students Serving in Summer Ministries
BY Rev. Dr. Bryan K. Langlands Campus Minister | Director, Office of Faith & Service This summer, scores of Georgetown College students and recent alumni served both far and near. Eric Balmer, a Common Ground (student-led campus ministry) Team Leader for 2015-16, served as a full-time ministry intern at his home church, Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, in Cincinnati. When asked about his experiences over the summer, Eric claimed that “I’ve been able to see God in the lives of all of the children and students in many ways that have inspired me to demonstrate the love of Christ with more authenticity.” Another Common Ground student leader, Katie Baker, chose to serve much farther away from home this summer. Katie interned all summer with a missions organization called Inca Link in Peru. She coordinated with teams from the United States who traveled to South America to learn and serve on short-term trips. “I knew the Lord was calling me to international missions,” Katie said, “but I didn’t exactly know what that meant. Of course, I still don’t fully understand. But, this summer, being a missionary intern and working for God’s Kingdom has been really awesome. I’ve been abundantly blessed by the natives here in Trujillo, Peru and their willingness to follow God even when it’s most difficult.” Three of our students, Tanner Brondhaver, Hans Mikelsoo and Susannah Heuer traveled with Rev. Ken Holden, Executive Director of the Marshall Center for Christian Ministry, and folks from F.O.C.U.S. Ministries here in Georgetown to serve at an orphanage in Uganda. “How can I possibly put a life-changing, sixteen-day trip to Uganda into words?” Tanner wondered. “You quite possibly cannot. God brought me 8,000 miles from home to show me that the same God I praise is the same God that they praise. I had intentions of sharing about the Lordship of Christ with the Ugandan people, but after a few short days, God quickly put on my heart a new message - a message of encouragement because these brothers and sisters in Christ ‘get it.’ They understand what it means to love and praise God with everything you have. Standing in church, I was so overwhelmed with the amount of love and joy that everyone had that it brought me to tears.” Twenty-three of our students and a couple of recent alums worked in Sandusky, Oh. with Campus Outreach (a guest religious organization) and learned about Christian discipleship and evangelism. Other GC students served at various Christian youth camps. Hannah Kinsey, a Rooted (weekly Tuesday night student-led worship celebration) band leader for 2015-2016, led youth at a Crossings Camp here in Kentucky. Joseph Lane, who became a Christian on one of our Alternative Spring Break trips last year, served with Youth Works in Minnesota. We are thankful for the servant-leadership of our students and look forward to seeing what adventures Christ has in store for them next!
Above, L to R: Top: Jordan Moody, Matthew Loxley, Sean Kratchman, Logan Martin, Patrick Harp, Seth Roush, Michael DeSantis, Trey Gross. Middle: Kaya Kelly, Jana Dye, Micaela Bates, Landry Jung, Haley Armstrong, Michael Elder, Taylor Elder, Jessica Foster, Shelby Beam, Morgan Lusby. Bottom: Sarabeth Marlowe, Kim Garcia, Chandi Wilson, Chelsae Osborn, Sharyl Higgins, Shelby Vogel, Rachel Rouse, Hannah Slone, Michaela Adams. BELOW: Susannah Heuer and Tanner Brondhaver making friends with local children in Uganda.
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Three GC Alumni Awarded Fulbright Teaching Grants
L to R: Victoria Engelhardt ‘12, Collin Smith ‘15, and Jonathan Balmer ‘14 are the latest recipients of Fulbright English teaching grants, bringing the number of Georgetown students to receive the award to 34 since 1989. Ms. Smith, who majored in German with minors in English and Music, is teaching in Hamburg, Germany; Mr. Balmer, an English and History double major, went to South Korea, and Ms. Engelhardt is spending a year in Taiwan.
I am very proud
of our three grant recipients, and of all of the Georgetown College students who applied this year. They represent the combination of academic excellence and commitment to service that is a hallmark of our students. The Fulbright program is designed to promote cultural understanding, and our graduates are superb ambassadors to the world, representing both their College and their nation.” Provost Dr. Rosemary Allen
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“I was a shy, timid freshman,” Collin remarked upon learning of her award. “I had no clue where I was going or what I wanted to do with my life. I ended up taking German for my foreign language. It appealed to the music student in me. By the time I had finished my general education requirement, I was hooked.” Collin spent the 2014-15 academic year in Germany and interned with a German company this spring. “The only exposure to American culture comes through television and movies, which is not always the truest picture,” she said. “I want to show off Kentucky to the world, and living abroad has given me the chance to show off the lesserknown parts of the U.S.” Collin says that looking back on herself as that shy freshman from Bowling Green, “I would never have thought I would get this opportunity. I always saw the Fulbright Program as something out of my grasp and above my reach.” She expressed her gratitude to Dr. Holly Barbaccia, Associate Professor of English and Dr. Bess Dawson, Visiting Assistant Professor of German, for inspiring her, the student life office for her leadership opportunities, and Provost Dr. Rosemary Allen, campus advisor for the Fulbright program. Collin held positions in various campus organizations, worked as an RA and as a tutor, was social media coordinator for student life, and a photographer for The Georgetonian. Jonathan studied abroad in Brazil and England. As an undergraduate, he applied for a Fulbright teaching assistantship in Brazil. He received a “recommendation,” but “no final offer.” He was encouraged to try again by Dr. Allen, who he described as the best advisor on campus. “Trying again is a massive part of my Georgetown College (and life) story,” says Jonathan. “I was encouraged to try again when the results did not meet my expectations the first time. These lessons of persistence have served me well.” During this past year, the Mason, Oh. native lived in Georgetown and taught English and Journalism at Western Hills High School in Frankfort. He earned his teaching certificate through GC’s Teacher Education Program. Jonathan credits Dr. Barbaccia (“hands-down the most difficult professor I had but who helped me hone my writing and thinking”), Dr. Lisa Eddy, Assistant Professor of Education (“who encouraged me to develop the character to ensure all the knowledge and abilities I developed would not go to waste”), and Dr. Roger Ward, Professor of Philosophy (whose ‘Seminar in Vocation’ course “helped me see education as far more than a job … and spurred an already thriving sense of adventure balanced by a conviction of responsibility to God and the world around me”). Jonathan was a member of the President’s House Association (PHA), Writing Center, a staff writer for The Georgetonian, and involved in campus religious life. “The Christian tradition, the liberal arts education, found in campus ministries and classes at Georgetown, I believe, formed me into the person I am today,” stated Jonathan. “What I learned and experienced here, I will take not only to South Korea as I teach there, but throughout my entire life.” Victoria is a Phi Kappa Phi summa cum laude graduate. She was president of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority, 2010 Belle of the Blue, and studied Theology at Oxford University. After graduating, she taught high school English in Barbourville through Teach for America Appalachia, an AmeriCorps program that deploys teachers to disadvantaged communities. She was honored as 2014 Appalachia Corps Most Valuable Teacher. She received her M.A. in Teacher Leadership in May. “My class motto is ‘Own the Places You Will Go!’” says Victoria. “I talk with my students about how they can take ownership of goals in their own lives. I share my story of how I ended up in Barbourville, including how I applied (in 2011) and was not selected then to receive an ETA grant to Taiwan.” Victoria credits her students with pushing her to seek the grant again. “Pursuing the Fulbright was exemplifying several of my class values,” said Victoria. “Mostly, it is showing students how important it is to persevere and never give up on a dream. It may take some time and a lot of effort, but dreams really do come true!” One accomplishment she is very proud of is co-authoring Facing Addiction in Knox County, Kentucky: It’s Our Move, a book on empowering her current community to overcome drug abuse. After finishing her Fulbright year, Victoria will join the staff at Liberty Collegiate Academy in Nashville, where she will teach upper middle school literacy.
New Partnership Bridges Entry into Georgetown College
Presidents Julian and Greene sign “BCTC Tiger Trail Bridge to GC” agreement
Kentucky high school students who do not immediately meet Georgetown’s admission requirements may benefit from a new agreement between Georgetown and Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC). The “Bridge to Georgetown College: BCTC Tiger Trail” partnership was signed by Presidents Dr. Augusta Julian of BCTC and Dr. M. Dwaine Greene of Georgetown College. Students enroll full time at BCTC, live on the Georgetown College campus, and take one course per semester at Georgetown after successful completion of their first BCTC semester. Bridge students may earn an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree at BCTC and then complete their Bachelor’s degree at Georgetown College. “We are pleased to be able to strengthen our ties with BCTC,” commented Dr. Greene. “Our institutions share a common goal in helping students find the right path to academic success.” “This great partnership gives students direct involvement in
campus life at Georgetown College while supporting their academic success at BCTC. With our new campus under construction in Scott County, BCTC looks forward to working closely together to support more students through the pipeline to a bachelor’s degree,” said Dr. Julian. For freshman admission, a student must submit a completed application, an official high school transcript and SAT or ACT scores to the Georgetown College Office of Admission. If a student does not meet admission requirements, but his or her application demonstrates being college-ready in English and reading with high potential upon successful completion of BCTC course work, that student may be invited to participate. Bridge students will have access to the academic support services of both colleges. Participants must earn a minimum of 24 transferable semester credit hours and have a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average during their first year at BCTC to remain in the program.
This summer was GC’s inaugural year hosting
Georgetown Reading Camp Local civic leaders and community volunteers joined with GC faculty, staff and students to inspire 3rd through 5th grade students to develop their reading skills. Reading instruction was offered through games and activities, presentations in art and science, and by hearing celebrity guest readers.
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below: With nearly 100 young athletes, Trilogy Lacrosse was one of many athletic camps utilizing campus facilities this summer. Activities are coordinated by our Summer Programs and Camps (SP&C) staff.
LEFT: â€œLiving the Great Commissionâ€? was the 5th consecutive Bishop Revival theme. Rev. Dr. Ross Cullins, pastor of Solid Rock Baptist Church, Houston, Tx., receives a certificate of recognition from Bishop Scholar Samuel Gilbert. BELOW: Former Tigers visit with President Greene during the 118th annual inter-squad scrimmage at Toyota Stadium.
LEFT: Georgetonians, including Dr. Greene, give the gift of life through blood donations. Blood drives are held several times throughout the school year. RIGHT: The Winterpast Theatre Scholarship for a theatre major is now named the George McGee Winterpast Theatre Scholarship in honor of theatre professor McGee. It was established in 2004 through the generosity of Debra and Franklin Ensor and is awarded annually at academic awards day.
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earl goode ‘62 wins good scout award Alumnus, trustee, and former board chair Earl A. Goode
‘62 received the Thomas W. Moses Good Scout Award
on June 1, presented by the Crossroads of America Council, Boy Scouts of America, during its 31st Annual Scouting Awards Dinner. The award is one of four given by the council to recognize outstanding service and commitment to youth. Goode and his wife, Vicki, also a GC graduate, have one daughter.
ABOVE: Black History Month: Artifacts from the Underground Railroad are viewed by students following a talk by historian Jerry Gore of the National Underground Railroad Museum, Inc. LEFT: Dr. Lynn Robson, Tutor in English at Regent’s Park College, University of Oxford, returned to deliver the annual McCandless Lecture, started when Georgetown College and Regent’s Park College formed a partnership in 1999.
WINNIE BRATCHER RECEIVES REGISTRAR EMERITUS TITLE Hired as Registrar in 1981, Mrs. Bratcher retired on June 30 of this year. “Supporting students has been the focus of my 34 years at Georgetown,” Mrs. Bratcher commented. “The Registrar desk is a catbird seat. From there, one can see possibilities to create the missing piece in the degree completion puzzle a student might be working on. I had the opportunity to struggle with a number of them, and I cherish the thank you notes I found when I cleaned out my office in June.” When she came to Georgetown College, registration was in Alumni Gym, with faculty sitting at long tables and students lined up to sign a sheet to register for each class. Later, GC experimented with advisors using the phone to call the Registrar’s Office with schedules they and the advisee had agreed on, a practice “that didn’t work - there weren’t enough phones to handle the calls!” Bratcher said. Registration at Georgetown College went online in 2000. “My (then) assistant, Tom Cannon, and I spent many hours working with ITS creating the online registration procedures. At first, we registered during the day, but the students cut classes to register and, of course, the faculty complained. So that is why students start registering at 7 a.m.!” What’s next for the Registrar Emeritus? “Right now I have many tasks waiting that I did not get finished before I officially left my desk,” she said, noting that the past year has been extremely busy. Mrs. Bratcher also plans to be available as needed to assist Georgetown College’s new registrar, Dr. Bryan Crawley, as he transitions to his position. “We are so grateful that Mrs. Bratcher will be continuing to lend her expertise and experience to the Registrar’s Office,” said Dr. Rosemary Allen, Provost. “Her understanding of institutional history is unmatched. But I am also so glad that after so many years of tireless service, she will have time for her family and for herself. We all wish her joy in her retirement, she has earned it!”
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Roger L. Nicholson is now Of Counsel with
Dr. Mike S. Stacy has been
Steptoe & Johnson PLLC, Charleston, W.Va.
named Superintendent of Beechwood Independent School District, Fort Mitchell.
Bobby McDowell has been elected Chairman
1953 Ed Laughary and his wife, Judy, are in their 10th year as fulltime “RVers.” They are “enjoying God’s beautiful handiwork throughout North America!” He added that they “relish the fact that Georgetown College continues to promote a Christian education.”
of the Scott County Democratic Party’s Executive Committee. McDowell previously served as chairman from 1980-1988. He is a former Georgetown City Councilman, and retired from Kentucky state government in 2014 with 27 years of service.
Ann Colbert Wade played the Inaugural Recital on the newly installed Noack Pipe Organ at Christ Lutheran Church in Jeffersontown, Ky., on October 5, 2014, where she has been Director of Music since 1976.
1970 Richard L. Avey retired July 31 from First Baptist Church of Cabot, Ar., after having served as Associate Pastor, Outreach and Missions, for 18 ½ years. “I will be available for pulpit supply and revivals,” he wrote, adding, “I have also recently been elected to serve as a trustee for the International Missions Board of the Southern Baptist Convention.” He and his wife Ann look forward to enjoying the outdoors and traveling “in the next chapter of our lives.”
Sharon Whitehead retired June 30, 2015, as dean of Arts and Sciences at Somerset Community College, Somerset. She was recognized with the Rosebud Award from the Iota Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, a local honorary organization for women educators.
principal at Royal Spring Middle School in Georgetown.
Rebecca Mitchell Sims has joined Kentucky Prime Realty, a farms, commercial, and residential real estate firm in Harrodsburg.
Cate Pearson (M.A. Education ‘07), L.C.S.W., recently accepted the position as Clinical Coordinator/ Staff Therapist with Kilgore Samaritan Counseling Center, a faith-based agency in Louisville.
Sara Crum is now principal of Nicholasville
Monte Lucas is now President of Jamison RFID
Keith Griesser (M.A. Education ‘99) is interim
2001 Erin Smith Rowland and husband Brent
High School, Maysville on July 1.
Rowland welcomed their 3rd son, Ellis Richard Rowland, on April 17. He joins big brothers Brayden and Coy.
Deidre (Stuart) Randles (see photo below)
Chris O’Hearn became principal at Mason County
1992 Shannon Leigh Gullett (M.A. Education ’00) is on leave from Royal Spring Middle School in Georgetown, to serve a year with the Kentucky Department of Education as Education Recovery Specialist.
Jamie (Tisdale) Hill and Peter Hill were married on September 13, 2014, in Circleville, Oh., amongst family, friends and Phi Mu sisters. They reside in Randolph, N.J.
Kristin Pickerell is among Louisville Business First magazine’s 2015 “Forty under 40” honorees. She is director of quality and clinical effectiveness,
1977 Kim Graham became the athletic director at Shorter University in Rome, Ga.
1979 Sherrill G. Smith is now the head coach of the Midway University, Midway, Ky. women’s soccer team. He will also serve as interim athletics director.
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Deidre (Stuart) Randles is in her 13th year of teaching German at Grace Christian Academy in Knoxville, Tn. In 2015, the school hosted its 5th exchange group with the Mönchsee Gymnsium in Heilbronn, Germany. The cultural immersion exchange has been held every other year since 2006. Diedre is pictured front row, second from right; her son is on the back row, third from right.
Norton Audubon Hospital, Norton Healthcare, Inc. After graduating from GC, she earned her Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees from Bellarmine University.
Denielle Shelley Braun, D.O., received the
Amanda Brungs became engaged to Kyle Brown
2014-2015 Outstanding Medical Student Award from the University of Kentucky East Kentucky Family Medicine Residency. Denielle earned her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine in 2015 from Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College.
(University of Kentucky, 2008) on April 3, 2015. They plan a May 2016 wedding in Cincinnati, Oh.
Rachel Thomas, D.O., has completed her three year pediatric residency at the University of Kentucky after earning her degree from Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine at the University of Pikeville. She has joined the pediatric practice of Mack and Poole in Lexington. During residency, Dr. Thomas was named Outstanding Resident of the Year in Neonatology and was Resident of the Month several times.
Claude Anderson, now with Turner Broadcasting,
Shannon Marshall is teaching
Atlanta, Ga., married Kayla Villa on April 11, 2015. He is the son of Rosalee Roberts Anderson ‘70, Frankfort, and the late Martin F. Anderson ‘59.
Lora Ann Hood wed John Hood on June 13, 2015, at Serenity Falls, Cosby, Tn.
Matt Duncan is now vice president and commercial lending officer for Field and Main Bank, Henderson.
5th grade at Garfield Elementary School in Miles City, Mont.
Roberto Aspillaga has been named women’s tennis head coach at University of Texas El Paso (UTEP). Aspillaga comes from Stephen F. Austin State University, where he was the women’s tennis head coach since July 2013. The native of Santiago, Chile, was also an assistant at Kentucky, Purdue and Colorado prior to landing his first head coaching position. He was associate head coach at Colorado.
2010 Georgetown College cross country and track and field programs.
Clay Elliott (Kappa Alpha) and Elizabeth Lee (Sigma Kappa) were married in Lexington on June 27, 2015. Clay is employed by All Phase Electric and Elizabeth is entering her third year of Pharmacy School at UK. The new Mr. and Mrs. Elliott are residing in Lexington.
John Hunter, a rookie on the Walmart FLW Tour, who was a part of the No. 1 ranked Tiger bass fishing team, was recently named the FLW Co-Angler of the Year for 2015.
2015 Abigail Lee Gates joined Equine Land Conservation Resource, located at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington as Operations Manager.
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2011 Stephon Burton is now Assistant Development Kentucky Farm Bureau’s 2014 Discussion Meet, has been selected for the 2015-16 Partners in Agricultural Leadership (PAL) honors program sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF).
Kandice (Kidd) Whitehouse is now Executive Director of Scott County Hospitality House, Georgetown, succeeding Rev. Stacey Cruse, Class of 1980, who retired.
Luke Garnett has been named head coach for
Cameron Edwards, (center) winner of the
Director for Athletic Development and Ticketing at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn. He joined the Pioneers on April 15, 2015.
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Ruby Rudd Gray 3/2/2015 | Danville, KY
Anna Mary Coakley Faulconer 11/9/2013 | Florence, KY
Katherine Wolfe Ewing 7/18/2015 | Louisville, KY Edith Christine Fogle 1/9/2013 | Middleburg, KY
Ruth Levi Whitaker 3/30/2015 | Berry, KY
Loretta Bailey Jacobs 12/12/2009 | Mount Vernon, KY Clarence Eugene Moore 5/29/1989 | Irvine, KY
Robert Parker Comley 11/8/2013 | Frankfort, KY
Mary Dorman Pierce 11/20/2011 | Oklahoma City, OK
Margaret Paul Lucas Fainer 1/27/2014 | Ventura, CA
Fred W. Christian 4/15/2015 | London, KY Leila Elizabeth Florence 9/13/2012 | Coxs Creek, KY
Marguerite Overbey Hall 3/5/2015 | Louisville, KY
Ramon Cathcart 11/11/2003 | Hopkinsville, KY
Dorothy Keeton Hindman 3/25/2015 | Russellville, KY
Sandra Cornett Crook 4/30/2015 | Madison, MS
Lloyd R. Mealer 2/15/2015 | Union City, GA
Donald Craig Mullins 5/11/2015 | Morehead, KY
Lester Abner 3/24/2015 | Lexington, KY
Martha Gatewood Ross 4/11/2015 | Lexington, KY
Mary Louise Larson Crutcher 3/28/2015 | Louisville, KY
Robert Edwin Teasley 6/8/2015 | Tulsa, OK
Mary Jane Lucas Yelton 5/5/2015 | Florence, KY
Evelyn Eddleman Gordinier 3/15/2015 | Anchorage, KY
Kathryn Anne Meredith Spalding 5/1/2015 | Elizabethtown, KY
Daniel Corman 4/9/2013 | Lexington, KY
Drucilla Corley Bain 7/7/2015 | Louisville, KY
Joyce Gayle Wynn 5/6/2015 | Louisville, KY
J. William Jones 10/7/2013 | Hopkinsville, KY
Melbourne S. Courtney 3/7/2015 | Madisonville, KY Marilyn Jean Russell Lamkin 5/5/2015 | Louisville, KY
Carol Elizabeth Godfrey Badgett 5/6/2015 | Frankfort, KY Gerald Bishop 5/5/2015 | Lexington, KY
Alvin Lee Roberts 9/13/2013 | New Castle, KY
Mary Morris Dieffenwierth 4/20/2015 | Port Charlotte, FL
Fannie Lois Brown Hardin 7/11/2015 | Louisville, KY
Roberta Mitchell Franklin 5/23/2015 | Lexington, KY Paul Henry Grossman 5/12/2015 | Owensboro, KY George Poore 4/14/2015 | Reno, NV
Robert L. Moore 4/18/2015 | Cumming, GA
John Thomas Johnson 4/29/2015 | Carlisle, KY
William J. Caple 5/27/2015 | Lexington, KY Steven Lee Knuettel 11/28/2014 | Dallas, TX
George D. Gorin 3/19/2015 | Louisville, KY
Michael Patrick Lynch 6/25/2015 | Huntington, WV
Lisa B. Bridges Clare 4/19/2015 | Frankfort, KY
Robert Douglas Thompson 5/16/2015 | Louisville, KY
Kenneth Masaru Hashizume 6/10/2012 / Mililani Town, HI
Audrey Glass Luttrell 1/14/2014 | Stamping Ground, KY
Zorabeth Crowder Jaggers 3/1/2015 | Nicholasville, KY
Bonnie Jo Lemay Burkette 7/8/2015 | Adams, TN
Gary Branson Billiter 7/2/2015 | Frankfort, KY
Larry Bruce Hall 1/9/2015 | Georgetown, KY
Roger O. Anderson 8/22/2012 | Hurricane, WV
Betty Lou Greene 12/10/2012 | Ashland, KY
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Billie Nunn House 6/12/2015 | Georgetown, KY
Peggy Lee Gardner Kollars 3/16/2015 | Statesboro, GA
Robert L. Cargill 4/4/2015 | Fort Worth, TX
Jack Meisburg 3/11/2015 | Louisville, KY David A. Nelson 7/10/2015 | Owensboro, KY James A. Roberts 5/10/2015 | Lexington, KY
This list is representative of submissions made before August 1, 2015. If you would like to recognize a loved one in a future issue of the magazine, please email Kathleen_Johnson@ georgetowncollege.edu.
Jim Roberts James (Jim) Allan Roberts, a good and loyal friend of Georgetown College, died May 5, 2015 at age 83. A native of Owensboro, he lived in Lexington and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church. Mr. Roberts served in the Navy and Naval Reserves for 19 years with an ending rank of Lieutenant Commander. He worked for the Kentucky Department of Transportation in the bridge design division until his retirement. Even though he graduated from the University of Kentucky with a civil engineering degree, Mr. Roberts appreciated the mission of Georgetown College and was very supportive of the music and international travel programs. He liked meeting students and attended Tiger football games and campus events. Mr. Roberts loved woodworking and built many pieces of furniture as well as a sailboat. He also enjoyed the arts, bike riding and the outdoors. He was a very humble person and enjoyed having weekly lunches with his friends. Survivors include his sister, Betty R. Yager, nephews Pat (Hope) Yager, Al (Linda) Yager, and Jim (Demetria) Yager, as well as their children and grandchildren, all of Owensboro.
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