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Greetings, Georgetown College has long been known as a place where students can receive an exceptional educational experience in a vibrant Christian community. That reputation has been earned through decades of strong relationships between our faculty, students, and alumni. Indeed, our faculty are a primary reason why Georgetown students graduate with a high level of academic preparation, conditioned by confidence to move toward the next chapter in their lives.
In these pages, you will also meet Amber LeAnn Bridges, a 2009 graduate who has forged her own distinctive path. A semester of studying abroad in Italy during her sophomore year aroused in Amber a passion for international travel. Building from her Georgetown College studies in art and biology, she journeys the world while pursuing her passions of travel, fitness, and photography. Last year, in 2017, she completed her goal of visiting all seven continents before her 30th birthday, as she travelled to Antarctica. I am confident that you will enjoy seeing photographs from her travels.
In this issue of the GC Magazine, we are pleased to feature Dr. Mark Johnson, an outstanding Professor of Biology who has spent the past 33 years at Georgetown teaching and mentoring his students. His contributions to their development were recently recognized by his being presented the Collegeâ€™s 2017 Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award. While the award was well-deserved, what has brought him the most joy is seeing the successes of his students across many years and professions. Dr. Johnson is retiring at the end of this 2017-2018 academic year, and, as he steps into the next chapter of his life, we extend him our deepest appreciation and best wishes.
There are many stories to tell of faculty accomplishments, and of our alumni who move beyond Georgetown to impact the world. I hope that you will enjoy viewing the ones within this magazine. Then, as coming weeks unfold, take the time to share your stories with Georgetown College staff in our advancement and public information areas. Also know that you are always welcome on campus, and, as you carve out time for a visit, please drop by my office as well. Meeting Georgetown alumni always adds a joyous dimension to my day. Best to you all, Dwaine Greene
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Hall of Fame
2018 Hall of Fame inductees Franklin and Debra Ensor and Mary Ann Dowling with President Greene at a celebratory luncheon following Foundersâ€™ Day Convocation on January 23.
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Hall of Fame
Two couples whose lives have long been intertwined with Georgetown College were honored with induction into the school’s Hall of Fame during the January Founders’ Day Convocation. They are Mary Ann and the late Thomas Walter Dowling, Jr. and Debra and Franklin Ensor. The Dowlings have been loyal members of the Georgetown College family since their undergraduate days which began in the 1950s. Mary Ann majored in elementary education. She went on to earn a M. Ed at the University of Cincinnati and a Reading Specialist Degree from Lynchburg College. Her husband, Tom, excelled as an outstanding athlete as an undergraduate and went on to become a nationally respected coach and athletic administrator serving not only his alma mater but also Liberty Baptist College and Cumberland College, now the University of the Cumberlands. He was Mid-South Conference Commissioner from 1995-2002, was inducted into the Georgetown College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005, and served as a trustee at Georgetown College from 20032006. Sadly, Coach Dowling passed away on January 7 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Few couples have had a greater or more lasting impact on the life of Georgetown College than have Franklin and Debra Ensor. Following graduation, Franklin became a successful businessman in Louisville. Debra dedicated her exceptional gifts in the music and theatre ministries of churches in Georgetown, Shelbyville, and Louisville. The Ensor’s support for their alma mater has been consistent and significant. Franklin served on the College’s Board of Trustees for sixteen years, three of which were as board chair. He also was a member of the Board’s athletic committee for several years. Franklin and Debra provided funding for the George McGee Winterpast Theatre Scholarship for a non-traditional student with an interest in theatre and were instrumental in establishing the Clyde F. and Anna Ensor Scholarship to provide assistance for deserving Georgetown College students. The longstanding and close relationship between the Ensor family and the College is evidenced also in the Anna Ashcraft Ensor Learning Resource Center, one of the College’s most beautiful and widely utilized buildings. 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 by marble plaques placed in their honor in the Ward Room of the Ensor Learning Resource Center.
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NEW TRUSTEES The Georgetown College Board of Trustees has added two new trustees. Both are serving a fouryear term. They are Tim Jenkins, a 1983 graduate, and William J. (B.I.) Houston who previously served as a trustee and is a past board chair. Expressing his delight at having both as part of the leadership team, President M. Dwaine Greene said, “B.I. brings a wealth of wisdom and experience. Likewise, Tim is regarded as a wise and well-respected leader by all who know him. They both have a deep love for and commitment to Georgetown College. I am certain they will bring an added depth of strength and wise counsel to our already strong board.” TRUSTEES David Adkisson Dr. Bob Baker Tucker Ballinger Dr. Greg Barr Dr. John R. Blackburn Granetta Blevins Norman L. Brown Dr. Robert Doty Howard Ensor Randy Fields Earl Goode Dr. Horace P. Hambrick Bob Hieb William J. Houston Tim Jenkins David Knox Melanie Ladd Mike Lukemire Robert L. Mills Frank Penn J. Guthrie True John Ward Sarah “Bookie” Wilson Guthrie Zaring
Board Chair David Knox agreed. “The Board is fortunate in having B.I.’s impressive experience as a proven leader and effective trustee. Also, Tim brings valuable experience and insight. His skills as an admired administrator and committed public servant will add greatly to the Georgetown Board.” Jenkins, a resident of Georgetown, Kentucky, is the Scott County Property Valuation Administrator. He has held that position since being elected in 2006. As an undergraduate, Jenkins majored in Economics. He was vice president of Lambda Chi Alpha, was part of the Georgetown College Student Foundation, and served as an officer of the Student GC Magazine Spring 2018 6
Government Association. In addition, he was a founding member of the Kentucky Intercollegiate State Legislature. Following graduation from college, Jenkins worked in manufacturing management, wholesale distribution management, and real estate sales and appraisal. He was a member of the Georgetown City Council from 2001 to 2006. Jenkins and his wife, Leandra, are the parents of two sons, Hunter and Taylor. Houston is from Peewee Valley. He is president of Houston Consulting, a business turnaround consulting practice, as well as CEO of Allied Ready Mix and master chair of Vistage International. When he was last a trustee, he served as chair of the presidential search committee which ultimately brought Dr. Greene to Georgetown College. Houston has been active in churches and served as board chair at Crestwood Baptist Church. Currently, he is involved in a new Louisville church plant, Journey, A Community of Grace. He and his wife Debbie have three married children and five grandchildren with a sixth due in April. Two of their children, Porter ‘04 and Crawford ‘08, and a daughter-in-law, Margaret ‘07, are graduates of Georgetown College.
Exercise is Medicine on Campus Recognition Earned for Second Consecutive Year Georgetown College is among 61 colleges and universities recently recognized by Exercise is Medicine® for participating in the EIM on Campus program. EIM-recognized schools promote physical activity as a vital sign of health to their campus community. For the second consecutive year, Georgetown College received silver level recognition for its EIM initiative which is growing in various directions on campus. EIM on Georgetown’s campus is a collaborative effort between the Kinesiology and Health Studies Department (Dr. Leslie Stamatis & Dr. Brian Jones), the Student Wellness Center (Becki Hogsten, PA-C and Megan Redditt, LPCC) and the Campus Wellness Program (Eric Karls, M.Ed.). From addressing the concept of exercise as medicine in Lifetime Fitness courses to prescribing exercise for individuals who visit the Wellness Center, to offering activities as part of October’s EIM Month, EIM is a movement that continues to evolve on Georgetown’s campus. “We want to continue to promote the idea that there is no pill one can take that offers as many health benefits as regular physical activity,” said Dr. Stamatis, associate professor. “We want to continue to look for ways to support our entire campus community in being as active as possible.” The awards were given as part of the 2017 Exercise is Medicine® World Congress, held in conjunction with the American College of Sports Medicine’s Annual Meeting. “Each of these campuses has made a difference at their school by making physical activity a priority,” said Dr. Carena Winters, chair of the Exercise is Medicine on Campus program. “These college and university leaders are making movement a part of the daily campus culture and providing students the tools necessary to strengthen healthy physical activity habits that will benefit them throughout their life.” GC Magazine Spring 2018 7
Carrie Cook Named Writing Center Director Associate Professor of English Carrie Cook is now Georgetown College’s Writing Center Director. Dr. Cook takes over from Dr. John Sadlon who retired after an illustrious 38-year career as Professor of English. The Writing Center seeks to help writers improve by supporting them in their process. A holistic approach to tutoring is taken, focusing first on higher-order concerns of meaning and organization. Working with students one-on-one, Dr. Cook says the aim is to help writers develop skill, fluency, and confidence. Dr. Cook has been on the faculty since 2006. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from Kentucky State University, a Master’s from Eastern Kentucky University, and a Ph.D. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
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March 2017- Kayaking near Almirante Brown Base, Antarctica.
â€˜09 Amber LeAnn Bridges
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Sedona, Arizona, USA January 2018
As a high school student in her hometown of Independence, Kentucky, Amber LeAnn Bridges made a list of the top three things she most wanted from her college experience. They were to play soccer, study art, and study abroad. In her search for the perfect fit, she soon determined that it was to be found not too far from home at Georgetown College. Unable to decide between art and science for a major, however, she compromised and pursued both, graduating in 2009 with a major in art and a minor in biology. While working toward her degree, she also excelled on the college’s women’s soccer team, developing among her teammates “lifelong best friends.” Now an avid world traveler and photographer, it was the opportunity for study abroad in Italy as a college sophomore that “opened my eyes to my passion for international travel,” she says. “I studied for a semester each in Florence, Italy, and then on the Gold Coast of Australia during soccer off-season. It was perfect because I was able to travel the world while still pursuing my degree.”
COUNTRIES VISITED AFRICA: Morocco 2x ASIA: Hong Kong and Macau (China) 2x India Indonesia Japan Philippines Thailand Vietnam MIDDLE EAST: Turkey Israel Jordan Lebanon ANTARCTICA: Antarctica EUROPE Austria Belgium 2x Croatia Czech Republic Denmark France 3x Germany 2x Great Britain Greece Hungary Italy 5x and lived there for 5 months Monaco Montenegro Netherlands 3x Norway Portugal
Spain 3x Switzerland 2x Vatican NORTH AMERICA: Canada Mexico 3x United States (45 of the 50 states) CENTRAL AMERICA: Belize Costa Rica 2x El Salvador Honduras Nicaragua Panama CARIBBEAN: Bahamas Dominican Republic Jamaica Territories: Grand Cayman Curacao St. Croix Puerto Rico OCEANIA: Australia -Lived there for 5 months New Zealand SOUTH AMERICA Argentina Chile Colombia Ecuador 2x Uruguay
Amber’s experience through Georgetown’s International Study Program gave her the confidence to travel anywhere in the world on her own, she explained. “After my first study abroad at Georgetown, I made a goal for myself to travel to all seven continents before I turned 30 years old,” she commented recently. In 2017, “with two months to spare,” she checked off her final continent and traveled to Antarctica. “Since my first international trip in 2004, I have traveled to 50 countries and over 40 of the United States.” After Georgetown, she went on to earn a master’s degree in nursing from Mount St. Joseph University and has now become a certified scuba divemaster. Her goal is to continue to make a living by pursuing her passions. Now residing in Covington, she has turned that passion for the combination of international travel, photography, and fitness into a career. She is what she describes as “a professional wedding, destination, and travel photographer.” She says she loves doing destination wedding photography and has taken photographs all over the world including India, Morocco, Mexico, Dominican Republic, and, of course, coast to coast in the U.S. Photos from her work and travel may be viewed online at www.AmberBridges.com. “I love doing destination weddings and (have) booked many of them through making friends while studying and traveling,” she explained. “I want to continue to combine my passions and degrees to make a living while living life to the fullest.”
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August 2016-Volcano boarding down an active volcano in Leon, Nicaragua.
As a former collegiate soccer player, fitness continues to be a priority in Amber’s life also. “While home, I strength train five days a week, play indoor soccer, and do yoga. While traveling, I choose activities to stay fit while exploring destinations for such challenges as ice and rock climbing, caving, hiking, surfing, and scuba diving.” A photo showing her ice climbing a glacier in Argentina in February 2017 was posted on her travel Instagram account (@follow__Amber) and described this way: “Ice climbing on Viedma Glacier in Patagonia. It taught me how far I could push myself both physically and mentally to make it to the top on each climb.” The photograph was picked up and posted January 30 on Women’s Health Magazine’s Instagram page (@womenshealthmag), which added, “Never be afraid to soar to new heights.” Amber credits Georgetown College with expanding her horizons by giving her exciting international travel opportunities. Her goals now include working as a travel nurse, being a scuba divemaster abroad, learning the Spanish language, training to complete a fitness competition, and “booking more destination weddings.”
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“What I learned to value most in life are my relationships and experiences, and Georgetown gave me lifelong friends and once-ina-lifetime experiences,” she said. For high school students looking for a college home and for current college undergraduates as well, Amber counsels, “Find your passion and make a career out of it! Put in the work. Don’t expect things to just fall into place, make it happen for yourself.” Recalling what Women’s Health Magazine posted on Instagram, Amber said, “Never be afraid to soar to new heights.” GC Magazine Spring 2018 12
January 2014- Photographing a local wedding ceremony in Punjab, India. Amber booked this wedding from making friends while studying abroad in Italy 7 years prior.
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such a joy “working with the outstanding colleagues in the Biology department, the science division, and across campus, both faculty and staff!”
PROFESSOR OF BIOLOGY MARK JOHNSON COMPLETES A DISTINGUISHED 33-YEAR TEACHING CAREER AT GEORGETOWN COLLEGE ON JUNE 30.
Beloved for his warmth, humor, and investment in the success of his students, Johnson received Georgetown College’s 2017 Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award. A commemorative plaque was presented to him on behalf of the College by Ms. Alex Lopez, director of academic success, at the annual faculty and staff service awards program. Based upon nominations by colleagues and students alike, the annual award highlights the critical role academic and career advising plays in the success of undergraduates.
HE HAS TAUGHT MICROBIOLOGY EVERY SEMESTER SINCE JOINING THE FACULTY IN 1985 AFTER EARNING HIS PH.D. AT THE UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY. Since 1992, he has also been the liaison and program coordinator for GC’s dual-degree Nursing Arts program with the University of Kentucky College of Nursing. Over 60 students have completed the dual-degree nursing program, and, he enthused, “Many have pursued advanced degrees in a variety of nursing specialties.”
Colleagues find it difficult to imagine the Biology department without his presence. They cite his many contributions from outstanding teaching to his service as coordinator for Nursing Arts.
What led Mark Johnson to Georgetown College all those years ago?
“We will especially miss him because he makes this such a great place to work and learn,” commented Dr. Rick Kopp, Professor and Department Chair.
“I heard that the biology department was in need of someone to teach microbiology, genetics, and immunology,” he commented recently. Upon learning of the impending retirement of then-Professor Genevieve Clark, “I submitted my resume and Dr. Dwight Lindsay and Dr. Tom Seay invited me for an informal interview.”
“Mark combines humility with a terrific sense of humor and an eagerness to help. His genuine interest in the lives of his students and colleagues is illustrated by his uncanny ability to remember a former student’s hometown or what they did after graduating.” He further stated,
Johnson said he later learned that Dr. Lindsay had reached out to a lab tech and GC biology graduate, Jane Smith ‘78, with whom he, as a graduate student, had collaborated in plant physiology at UK. “Apparently, Dr. Lindsay was checking up on me,” he smiled.
“Someone recently said that Mark Johnson may be the nicest person around, and I couldn’t agree more.”
Asked what differences he sees among today’s students versus those when he started teaching, Johnson expressed the belief that undergraduates are being stretched and pulled in too many directions. “Students need to sit back and appreciate the wonders of biology and the natural world.”
Smith remembers Johnson well. In an email to him after learning of his retirement plans, she wrote, “Dr. Lindsay called me and asked what I knew about you, and I told him ‘of everyone I knew at UK you were the only one I thought would be a good fit at Georgetown’.” She went on, “I just wanted to tell you how delighted I am that it worked out for you. I hope you have enjoyed your time there.”
What’s next for Mark Johnson after retirement?
“ Wanda and I hope to travel and visit many of the National Parks,” he said of him and his wife. “We enjoy traveling cross-country by car.”
Indeed, Johnson has enjoyed his years at Georgetown College. “The most rewarding aspect of my career has been observing the successes of our graduates,” he remarked, adding how it has been
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By Jonathan Sands Wise, Ph.D. VP of Enrollment Management
GEORGETOWN COLLEGE OFFERS OUR STUDENTS A LOT OF OPPORTUNITIES TO SUCCEED, ESPECIALLY THROUGH THE PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS THAT THEY FORM WITH FACULTY AND STAFF AND THROUGH OUR CALLING AND CAREER CENTER. We are also thrilled to offer students several new opportunities through some exceptional new Programs of Distinction. Along with our traditional and amazingly successful Honors programs, which allow students to complete high-level research, and study at Oxford University (for no additional cost!), we also offer the Christian Scholars Program, Equine Scholars, and our wonderful Band and Chorale programs. Georgetown is now proud to offer additional programs that help students to prepare for specific careers, all of which offer guaranteed internships, personalized advising, and great networking opportunities, along with unique experiences specific to each program. New programs include the Health Scholars program for pre-med and related health fields, Healthy Living and Leadership for allied health fields (such as personal or athletic training), Pre Law, and programs designed for students majoring in Art or Theatre and Film. There are now more ways to prepare for success at Georgetown College! Who do you know that should be in these programs? GC Magazine Spring 2018 15
HEALTHCARE ADMINISTRATION PROGRAM 1ST GRADUATING CLASS
Georgetown College is celebrating the graduation of its first Healthcare Administration (HCA) students this coming spring – one year earlier than originally anticipated. The program received its initial approval in spring 2016; as of this writing, a total of 19 students have declared HCA as a major or minor or have plans to do so in the coming semesters. Four will graduate in May 2018. Dr. Sarah E. “Libby” Whitis, Gheens Associate Professor – Management and Healthcare Administration, joined Georgetown College in fall 2015 to teach management and to develop the College’s new initiative in Healthcare Administration. With over 30 years of executive healthcare administration and clinical experience as well as 15 years of higher education teaching and administration experience (assistant professor, associate dean), Dr. Whitis is uniquely qualified to build GC’s HCA program. The HCA program is an integrity-based program designed to educate and train all graduates in competencies specified by the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) as well as focus on workforce readiness skills and evidence-based practice. The design of each HCA course assures each student the opportunity to put theory into practice and apply critical thinking skills in complex problem solving. An essential part of each course is a practitioner project in addition to a required internship in the healthcare field. GC alumni have provided outstanding support in developing practitioner opportunities, guest speaking to classes on their expertise, and serving as “coach” for the project. Alumnus Mark D. Birdwhistell ‘77, has been one of the program’s strongest supporters since Healthcare Administration was introduced. Now Vice President for Administration & External Affairs for University of Kentucky HealthCare, Birdwhistell is both an advocate and mentor for the program. GC Magazine Spring 2018 16
Considered an expert on healthcare policy and Medicaid reform with over 30 years experience, he is a much sought-after speaker at the national level on both. He still finds time each semester, however, to return to campus as a speaker for the introductory class on healthcare administration which explores healthcare policy, organization, and management, and to serve as program advisor and project coach. Through his support, internship opportunities exist at UK Healthcare for Georgetown College healthcare administration majors. Birdwhistell graciously took time from his very busy schedule to share his thoughts about the GC Healthcare Administration program, and its importance as an academic offering for Georgetown College. GC Magazine: Since the introduction of Healthcare Administration as both a major and minor at GC, you have been active as advocate and mentor. As an alumnus long involved in healthcare policy and reform, what benefit(s) do you see this program offering? Mark Birdwhistell: This program is particularly close to my heart. My late brother, Dr. Jack Birdwhistell (“Doc”) had a vision for this program and he observed how I had taken my Georgetown College liberal arts foundation and channeled that into a dynamic career in health care. He wanted his beloved Georgetown College students to get a jumpstart toward these types of opportunities. Before he died, Jack had asked me to prepare a proposal for this major. He gave that proposal to Georgetown College leadership and to President Greene. At Jack’s memorial service in John L. Hill Chapel, Dr. Greene pulled me aside to say, ‘We need to make your brother’s vision a reality.’ Jack would be very pleased because this program focuses not only on teaching students theoretical knowledge, but also on preparing them for the future. By the end of the program, students demonstrate workforce readiness skills, meet industry standards of competency, and have gone through a rigorous internship which stimulates their future careers while providing them with extensive networking opportunities. Upon graduation, students are ready for a seamless transition into the workplace and/or graduate study.
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GCM: What further development or expansion would you encourage? MB: I encourage the program to continue building relationships with health care organizations and federal and state agencies across the state and nation to give students as much hands-on experience as possible across many different types of institutions. Having this diverse knowledge will broaden studentsâ€™ perspectives on what health care is now and what it could, and should, look like in the future. GCM: Having been involved in healthcare policy and organization for three decades or so, what critical changes have you seen? Do you now foresee? How can this next generation of leaders contribute? MB: Health care delivery is rapidly changing. Part of this is due to advances in technology, but most of it is driven by payment policies and legislative and regulatory action at the state and federal levels. More specifically, the scope of Medicaid coverage and payment has been a recurring theme, particularly over the last few presidential administrations. I encourage our future leaders to study the history and financial impact of Medicaid as they begin to explore sustainable solutions, such as the engagement opportunities included in Kentuckyâ€™s recent Medicaid waiver. Finally, substance abuse disorder, and opioid abuse in particular, has risen to the forefront of the health care landscape over the past decade. In fact, 30% of hospital patients in our state struggle with substance abuse disorder. Our next generation of leaders should be aware of the breadth of this problem and should focus on finding ways to help our communities fight this scourge. GCM: What areas of healthcare administration need the most attention? MB: Itâ€™s valuable for students to gain exposure to all areas of health care administration, but to then narrow their interests to an area in which they can become an expert, whether they are intrigued by operations or information technology or nursing. The more focused students are about a particular area, the easier it will be for them to find mentors and to build their knowledge base. Students need the ability to communicate clearly their interests and goals. GCM: You have been instrumental in establishing internship opportunities in the UK HealthCare program for GC students. What types of projects do students participate in at UK? MB: The first two weeks of the internship involve a full immersion experience here at UK HealthCare. The students are paired with a member of our senior leadership team, and they attend work with GC Magazine Spring 2018 18
their leader each day. They are exposed to all sectors of healthcare administration, from nursing to information technology, and are provided with a “feast of facts” from which they can identify their areas of greatest interest. I particularly enjoy watching the transformation as the students arrive the first day looking lost in a world of acronyms and jargon, very quietly observing the new environment. By the end of the first week, they are fully engaged and enthusiastically sharing ideas and stories of interesting people and experiences that they had encountered that week. They quickly connect these experiences to classroom lecture topics which for me appear as “lightbulb on” moments in their respective educational journeys. Upon the conclusion of the two-week internship, the students each hone in on an area of interest, around which they craft their final reports. This gives the students an opportunity to explore one particular area in great depth, conducting research and interviews with experts in that area. The project empowers students to begin building their professional networks in a specialized area, giving them invaluable contacts who can mentor them after graduation. GCM: What advice and counsel do you offer high school students who may be considering study and a possible career in health care? Are there areas with more potential than others? MB: I would advise high school students to take advantage of every opportunity to get immersed in the world of health care. For example, at UK HealthCare, we offer a teen volunteer program that enables students to witness hospital operations first hand. I also recommend staying abreast of the latest health care news and trends by regularly reading health care periodicals and websites. All sectors of health care need hardworking and ethical people who are open to learning and growth. Health care is a field that we will always need, and one that will only continue to grow with our aging population.
Mark Birdwhistell has received numerous awards for his achievements in the area of healthcare and disability rights, and has been published on topics such as private payer strategies, aging and independent living, and Medicaid.
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DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE AND FILM STUDIES
WEB-BASED INTERNET COMEDY The Department of Theatre and Film Studies is planning to produce a web-based internet comedy series. The project is in keeping with the objective of the school’s Maskrafters Academy which, with its focus on developing new work for stage and screen, gives theatre and film students the chance to explore their own ideas, and provides the tools for them to become content creators. All Maskrafters Academy students receive $500 during their senior year to allow them to direct a play or film for their senior project.
While this will be the first major video production for the department in more than five years, Smith and his students have not been idle. In recent years, students with a yen for the adrenaline rush of film-making have been creating videos for Georgetown College’s Office of Admission and producing videos for non-profit organizations in Lexington and Cynthiana as well as for businesses in the city of Georgetown. In addition, Smith has produced and filmed a documentary project, “Shifting Gears: The Cynthiana Rod Run” with student assistance.
“I’m excited to be directing for the screen again,” enthused theatre and film professor Ed Smith, department chair, in announcing this original video project for the web. Smith has been and continues to be a mentor to students who have gone on to professional success.
Past Georgetown College full-length film productions under Smith’s guidance became official entries at over a dozen film festivals in the U.S., England, and Ireland. Many will remember “Surviving Guthrie,” for example, the story of an unruly college professor
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and the daughter who set out to reform him. It was a pioneering venture for the department and the first feature film to be produced by a Kentucky college film and theatre department.
U.S. Another Georgetown College alumnus, Elizabeth Maines McCleavy ‘13, is now a production assistant in the art department at Paramount Studios working on the NBC television production of “Timeless.”
“Surviving Guthrie” had its world premiere in 2012 at the Kentucky Theatre in Lexington. It won honors at the Secret City Film Festival in Tennessee and won “best feature” and “best of festival” at the Myrtle Beach International Film Festival later that year.
For the current web comedy project, Smith expects that there will be calls for extras and background artists for scenes set across the Georgetown College campus. Students who participate in the college’s Maskrafters Theatre troupe, as well as a cross-section of the campus community, will be included.
The forthcoming web-based comedy series carries the working title “I’ll Do Anything.” The premise is to follow a student who is assigned to work a series of ‘odd’ campus jobs. The focus, as always, is to be on telling really good stories. The idea for the series germinated from a discussion in a special topics class. Originally conceived by a student who is no longer enrolled, Dr. Smith believed the idea was worthy enough to pursue as a major project. It was turned over to theatre and film studies senior Harry Smith who has crafted eight episodes. Other students have weighed in on scripts as well and additional material is being written.
“There are a wide number and variety of parts,” Smith commented. His goal is to start the web series and structure it in such a way that it can be continued in the future. “One of the fun things about (working in) film is that people don’t have to have a bunch of acting experience to get involved,” he said. “And really, not just get involved, but be really, really good on screen! I welcome and encourage fun, interesting, and interested people to get involved.”
Department of Theatre and Film Studies students will be involved in all aspects of the project taking on a multitude of jobs, including recording location sound, writing original music, editing the episodes, designing the look of each location with set dressing, creating graphics and other artwork, advertising and marketing, and, of course, acting.
Smith, himself, received his bachelor’s degree from Georgetown College in 1988. He then earned a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina and his doctorate from the University of Texas. He joined Georgetown’s faculty in 1996. The professor performs frequently for the Kentucky Humanities Council’s Chautauqua series, sometimes as U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Marshall Harlan and often in the role of the legendary Adolph Rupp who coached the University of Kentucky Wildcats men’s basketball team for 42 years.
“These are real jobs and experiences that may lead to greater opportunities,” commented Professor Smith, noting the successes of recent graduates. As an example, he cited Jesse Harris ‘06, who, as a theatre and film studies major, conceived and wrote “Surviving Guthrie” while in Smith’s screenwriting class. After graduating, Harris went on to earn an MFA in film at Emerson College. He is currently on the writing staff of the Marvel Netflix series, “Jessica Jones.”
More information about the Department of Theatre and Film Studies and Maskrafters Academy is available online at http://www. georgetowncollege.edu/academic-program/ theatre-and-film. Or contact the Office of Admission at 502-863-8009.
Two other graduates, Austin Conway ‘13, and Shay McCleavy ‘14, are now enrolled at USC and pursuing degrees in what is the top-ranked film program in the
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Two of Georgetown Collegeâ€™s three prestigious faculty awards for the 2017-2018 academic year have been awarded. They are the John Walker Manning Distinguished Teacher and Mentor Award and the Curry Award for Faculty Excellence, both honored professors of English. The third, the Don and Chris Kerr Cawthorne Award for Excellence in Teaching, is presented at spring commencement.
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DR. HOLLY BARBACCIA MANNING AWARD WINNER “She is the professor that itches for someone to knock on her door during office hours. She teaches just as much in the hallways as she does in the classroom.” That’s how one student described this year’s Manning Award winner, Dr. Holly Barbaccia. It was presented during Georgetown College’s opening convocation in September marking the official start of the school year. Dr. Barbaccia is chair of the Department of English and has been on faculty since 2005. Dr. Barbaccia was also described as one who shapes her students into better human beings through her investment in both their academic and personal success. Students wrote of their great respect for her effectiveness in the classroom and also of their great love for her role as their mentor and friend. Said another in making the nomination, “much like her office door, her heart and arms are always open to students in need.” Presented annually, the Manning Award recognizes faculty for being involved with students, for a demonstrated leadership in mentoring and counseling students in their academic course work, for a demonstrated collegiality and high moral character, and for having contributed to the college academic community above and beyond regular duties. “The Manning Award is special because students make nominations and have a significant voice in choosing the winner,” said Provost Rosemary Allen. GC Magazine Spring 2018 23
BARBARA J. BURCH CURRY AWARD FOR FACULTY EXCELLENCE The recipient of the Curry Award for Faculty Excellence
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and mentoring students, since she has always been 100%
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every other award this College gives for teaching, advising, committed to a student-centered vision of a faculty member’s
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the nomination letters as a key figure in upholding the core
special spiritual daughters, and I know that Ralph and Gwen are
principles of our liberal arts mission,” commented Provost Allen
out there joining me in celebrating the presentation.”
as she prepared to announce Professor Burch as the recipient.
The Curry Award is named for Drs. Ralph and Gwen Curry,
“Her scholarship often addresses this issue, but more importantly
long-time leaders of the College’s faculty and former chairs of
for the life of the college she has modeled and promoted the
the Department of English. It is intended to recognize three
central tenants of our educational values. With faculty, she has
elements of faculty life that were important to the Currys: service
conducted faculty workshops, taking the lead for many years in
to faculty, excellence in scholarship, and dedication to students.
the development of effective practices for teaching in a liberal arts
The award recognizes faculty who combine excellent teaching
context. She has been central to the development of our general
and academic research with the very important behind-the-
education program for over a decade and initiated the creation of
scenes work of faculty committees and special projects.
the Georgetown College Skills Manual.
Dr. Burch has been on the faculty since 1994. She is a Phi Beta
“As a member of the College Planning Council, she has
Kappa graduate of the University of Kentucky where she earned
been a stalwart advocate for liberal arts education. She was an
both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. She holds a Ph.D.
exemplary department chair, but perhaps her greatest impact
from the University of Michigan.
has been in the vision she has brought to our Honors Program since she took over in 2009 – bringing personal investment
The Cawthorne Award, the College’s highest recognition
increase its success rate, tripling the number of students who
Saturday, May 12, 2018.
and innovation that allowed us to strengthen the program and
for teaching, will be presented during commencement on
complete their Honors degree.”
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FOX ENDOWMENT The Virginia “Ginny” Isbell Fox Endowment honoring the late 1958 Georgetown College alumna was established in 2017 for general support through an estate gift she made to the school. One of the College’s primary goals, as identified by the strategic planning process, is to substantially increase the Georgetown College endowment, a perpetual fund composed of donor gifts that are retained and invested by the college. An endowment such as this provides a vital and stable source of support and helps ensure Georgetown College’s long-term success. The stated purpose of the Fox Endowment is to provide discretionary support to fulfill the mission of the College. As an undergraduate, Ginny served as Vice President of Sigma Kappa, was a member of Phi Alpha Theta, Baptist Student Union, Future Teachers of America, the International Relations Club, and a member of the Dream Girls Court of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. She remained deeply involved in the life of Georgetown College after graduation and received an Alumni Achievement Award in 2001. In 2017 prior to her death she was inducted, along with her husband, Randy ’60, into the Georgetown College Hall of Fame. Both Ginny and Randy serve as an example of how hard work, sound values, and exceptional loyalty can make a difference in the ministry and outreach of their alma mater. A strong endowment is a key indicator of the quality and financial strength of a college. A strong endowment enables Georgetown College to better position itself for the future. To find out how you may contribute either unrestricted or restricted funds to the Endowment, contact Office of Institutional Advancement at 502-863-8041 or email email@example.com.
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PARKS SCHOLARSHIP ENDOWMENT The Paul and Phyllis Parks Scholarship Endowment at
Georgetown with giving him opportunities that he
Georgetown College continues the legacy of the late,
would not otherwise have experienced and starting
long-time institutional supporter Dr. Paul J. Parks. The
him on the path that led to his career.
1943 alumnus, former trustee, and trustee emeritus passed away in February 2017. The proceeds of an
After graduating, he served in the U.S. Navy and
estate gift will fund the scholarship.
later in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict. Following service to his country, he studied at the
Dr. Parks generously supported scholarship programs
University of Mississippi and then the University of
for deserving students during his lifetime. His
Louisville where he earned his medical degree in
contributions provided students with the invaluable
1948. He practiced Internal Medicine in Bowling
one-of-a-kind academic experience with personalized
Green, Kentucky until 1999.
faculty mentoring in small classes for which Georgetown College is widely acclaimed.
Dr. Parks became a Georgetown College trustee in 1963 and served on the College’s board for 26 years,
The purpose of the scholarship fund is to provide
including six years as chairman. He was named trustee
merit-based financial support to one or more qualified
emeritus in 1999.
students. Individuals selected must be affiliated with a church, participate in Christian service opportunities,
He and his wife Phyllis were active Christians in
and demonstrate academic excellence in their studies.
churches wherever they lived. Dr. Parks served First
The award is renewable if the student demonstrates
Baptist Church, Bowling Green, as Deacon, Sunday
satisfactory progress toward completion of a degree
school teacher, senior choir member, and in volunteer
and remains in good standing.
work of all types. Likewise, he was active in his medical organizations, serving as president of the
Dr. Parks always believed Georgetown College
Kentucky Medical Association in 1976-77, receiving
provided extraordinary opportunities for learning and
its Distinguished Service Award in 1988. Dr. Parks
discovery and did what he could to extend the financial
was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree
aid program to help students.
from Georgetown in 1989 and was inducted into the College’s Hall of Fame in 2012.
“If he could help even one student experience the outstanding academic rigor and warm community
It is testimony to his commitment to Georgetown
feeling of Georgetown College, he would be thrilled,”
College’s mission that he would leave a legacy created
commented eldest daughter, Paula Wallace’79 who,
by his life’s work that will benefit generations of
along with her sister, Phoebe Jones ’81, followed their
Georgetown College students to come.
dad’s footsteps in attending Georgetown College. “Daddy always wished that anyone who wanted to
Individuals interested in extending their legacy beyond
study at Georgetown College could afford it. We hope
their lifetime, protecting their loved ones, and reducing
this scholarship ensures that for deserving students.”
taxes might consider a planned gift to Georgetown College. Such generosity is vitally important to the
The Madison County, Kentucky native, one of 14
financial security of Georgetown College.
children, was enrolled at Georgetown College
For more information, contact the Office of Institutional
during the lean years of WWII. He credited
Advancement. Phone 502-863-8041 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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IF YOU ARE AGE 70 Â½ OR OLDER, AN IRA ROLLOVER IS A SIMPLE AND EASY WAY TO USE YOUR INDIVIDUAL RETIREMENT ACCOUNT TO REDUCE TAXES AND HELP GEORGETOWN COLLEGE PROVIDE QUALITY EDUCATION TO DESERVING STUDENTS. There are benefits to you: Your gift will qualify for your 2018 required minimum distribution. You will not have to pay federal income tax on the amount given from your IRA (up to $100,000 per year), so you benefit even if you do not itemize your tax deductions. What to do? Simply tell your IRA plan custodian to make a transfer from your IRA account directly to Georgetown College. GC Magazine Spring 2018 27
For more information, contact: THE OFFICE OF INSTITIUTIONAL ADVANCEMENT (502) 863-8041 email@example.com
“When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” This famous expression could never have been more pertinent than in 2017 when alumni led by Martha Chatham Pryor ‘79, stepped up to demonstrate their financial support for Georgetown College through its “Love and Loyalty” fundraising campaign. After learning from Trustee Bookie Hayes Wilson ‘81, that alumni donations to the college were down and the school “needed a big shot in the arm” Martha, “after much thought and prayer” established the Support Georgetown – Love and Loyalty page on Facebook. “I knew sending a few notes or making phone calls would only reach a few friends. I was hoping to spread the message to as many friends as I could,” she said. Indeed, she did. Aided by other graduates including Scott Fitzpatrick, Julie Greer Anderson, Charlotte Stickle Elder, Diana Jones Emrich, Keith Griesser, Heather Hughes Zegarski, Melanie Thomas Ladd, Bookie Hayes Wilson, Marsha Oakes Eden, and Chrissy Carter Stacy who quickly formed an outreach committee, membership on the page soon approached nearly 6,000. This energetic outreach, which included writing and calling, motivated alumni from several decades to step up thereby increasing annual giving from 11 to over 26 percent in fiscal year 2017. The efforts contributed to the College’s ability to balance its budget and realize a long-needed financial surplus.
“What a blessing the past few months have been as old friends have reconnected, new friendships have been made, and we’ve all been reminded of the pivotal role our Georgetown played in our lives,” commented Martha in a post to Facebook. “My prayer is that our wonderful support
will continue. As always, we will share our memories, our stories, our pictures, and our love for our school on this page.”
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For her untiring leadership, Martha was honored last fall on National Philanthropy Day in a ceremony presented by the Association of Fundraising Professionals KY, Bluegrass Chapter, as one “who has made a significant contribution of time and resources to nonprofit agencies and therefore richly enhance the quality of life in our communities.” In December, 2017, thanks to these extraordinary alumni outreach efforts coupled with aggressive marketing efforts by staff in the Office of Institutional Advancement, Georgetown College received two awards from the Kentucky affiliate of CASE, the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, at its annual conference. One was Overall Best Practices in Communications and Marketing; the other category was Overall Best Practices in Fundraising. Judges were all out-of-state advancement professionals. Then, in January, 2018, at the annual CASE District III conference, Georgetown College received the Grand Award for Alumni Relations in recognition of the success of the series of Love and Loyalty rallies held across the Commonwealth and in Atlanta, Cincinnati, and Nashville. Martha Pryor with Laura Owsley at Together4GC event in Louisville
The new fiscal year is underway. No resting on laurels, however. Martha and her alumni committee continue to demonstrate their passion and commitment to sustain the annual alumni giving level at or above last year. Rallying to the theme Together4GC for fiscal 2018, they encourage annual giving in support of Georgetown College’s long-standing culture of academic excellence.
Get updates and make a gift at gogc.me/4gc Anyone interested in joining the Support Georgetown – Love and Loyalty page on Facebook.com should reach out to one of the aforementioned alumni for an invitation.
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Alumni support for Georgetown College was supplemented by gifts from members of the overall campus community and citizens of the City of Georgetown and Scott County on Nov. 28, “GC Giving Tuesday.” The 2017 event was held in conjunction with National Day of Giving which falls the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving. Among Georgetown College’s greatest advocates, of course, are the employees who actively promote the values and support the mission. The generosity of faculty and staff is a point of pride for the school. With their giving, faculty, staff, and retired faculty help to ensure Georgetown College continues to be one of the top small liberal arts colleges in the country and known for providing its students with a strong, personalized education. Georgetown’s talented and hardworking faculty, staff, and administrators are all invested in providing Georgetown College students with a meaningful experience. For the 2017 “GC Giving Tuesday,” they were joined by students, community leaders, and yes, alumni. Participation in this one-day effort not only helps to ensure the College’s success, it also influences gifts from corporations and foundations, which consider faculty and staff giving rates when determining their own support for Georgetown College. When requesting substantial grants and gifts, GC can make no better case for support than the fact that its employees believe wholeheartedly in the school’s mission and contribute financially.
FOR GC GIVING TUESDAY, A TOTAL OF 783 DONORS MADE GIFTS TOTALING $101,101. A dozen of those were gifts of $1,000 or more. The steering committee which planned and promoted the event along with a Student subcommittee that encouraged student participation are to be congratulated on the day’s success. Downtown Georgetown merchants and other businesses which supported the day by displaying posters in the weeks leading up to the special day deserve our sincere thanks as well.
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Grant Carr, a senior sports administration major from Cynthiana and Aubrey Walker, a senior health science major from Lexington were voted Homecoming King and Queen.
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It was a full weekend of activities, with something for everyone. There were plenty of old favorites like SongFest in Hill Chapel, of course, and the Golden Agers (graduates of 50 years or more) lunch at the Conference Center, but this year also saw the addition of a gathering at Country Boy in Georgetown sponsored by Republic Bank and featured live music by GC alumnus Wes Smith ’14 and an alumni art show in the Anne Wright Wilson Fine Art Gallery.
On Saturday alumni, friends, and families scattered across the campus for open houses hosted by residence halls and Greek organizations. This year, the Kids Zone with its petting zoo, pony rides, face painting, games, and crafts for kids was moved from the stadium to south campus and it proved to be extremely popular among our young visitors. Likewise, the reunion tents in the Mills Quad attracted alumni from the 70s, 80s, 90s, and 2000s who enjoyed reconnecting with former classmates and heard music played by Taylor Dye ‘15, and her band.
OTHER WINNERS: Best Musicality: President’s House Association
Added to all this was the annual Diversity Brunch, football player reunion, visits with current and retired faculty, tailgating outside of Toyota Stadium, presentation of the Homecoming court, and crowning of the Homecoming King and Queen. To cap the weekend, the Georgetown College Tigers football team topped Kentucky Christian University 59-0 at Toyota Stadium. ENJOY THE PHOTOS ON THE FOLLOWING PAGES FROM HOMECOMING WEEKEND.
Keith and Teresa Peck Ellis, Kathy Reyher Woods, Pam Martin Cottle, and Becky Craig Walker tailgating before the football game.
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Theme: “90s Kids Only”
The women of Sigma Kappa took overall first place in the competition. Sigmas also won in the “Most Original” category.
Most Original: Sigma Kappa Best Choreography: Kappa Delta Most Humorous: Lambda Chi Alpha Best Georgetown Spirit: Alpha Gamma Delta Second Overall: Phi Mu Third Overall: Alpha Gamma Delta The SongFest evening starts with a performance by the cheerleading and dance teams. While the judges tally their scores and prepare to announce winners, the Hip-Hop team provides entertainment.
Bookie Hayes Wilson, Melanie Thomas Ladd, Julie Greer Anderson, Martha Chatham Pryor, Heather Hughes Zegarski (front row); Charlotte Stickle Elder, Diana Jones Emrich, and Director of Alumni Relations Laura Owsley – at the Distinguished Alumni Brunch honoring two in the picture – Charlotte and Martha
Joe Lane, Demetria Quincy, Hans Mikelsoo, and DJ Johnson at the Diversity Brunch
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Dr. David Fraley with Dr. Michael Newcomer – one of the Distinguished Young Alumni award winners
KD alumnae brunch at their house â€“ Anne Barnett Lee, Norma Kays Barnett, and Judy Blake Stockton
Ken and Sandy Roggenkamp Hale at homecoming lunch at East Campus
Sigma Kappa alumnae brunch at the house â€“ Marsha Oakes Eden, Lisa Reeves, Stacy Reccius Heckman, Tonyia Harvey Buck, Lisa Blue Postell, Rachel Vincent Etherington, Susan Shook Smith, and Nannette Hooker Nelson
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Robin and Jeana Cook Oldham with their daughter Hunter Oldham Weinberg and granddaughters Anne Miriam, Eloise and Bea
Pam Kerr Vice, Barry Birdwhistell, and Leslie Greene Williams enjoyed catching up with friends in the quad.
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1. Retired professors Margaret Greynolds and Macy Wyatt in the quad mingling with former students 2. Taylor Dye â€™15 grad singing in the quad 3. Kids Zone in Quad 4. Tiger and kids in the Kids Zone
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CHARLOTTE STICKLE ELDER ‘96 DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI Overwhelmed. That’s how an emotional Charlotte Stickle Elder ’96 said she felt at being recognized as one of Georgetown College’s five 2017 distinguished alumni honorees during Homecoming on Saturday, Oct. 21. Awards recognizing individuals who have distinguished themselves professionally and through service to Georgetown College as well as their respective greater communities were presented during the ceremony attended by alumni, families, and friends in the Jones-Hall-Nelson Suite of Cralle Student Center. “So many of the qualities that I was recognized for this weekend were cultivated in classrooms of Georgetown College,” commented Elder, who praised her former professors for their guidance and friendship. Faculty members helping students discover themselves continues to be one of the enriching qualities of the Georgetown College experience. Elder majored in Sociology and minored in Youth Ministries while an undergraduate. After Georgetown, she received a Master of Arts in corporate and organizational communication in 1998 from Western Kentucky University. Activities during her undergraduate years included playing in the pep, concert, and jazz bands, holding membership in Sigma Kappa Sorority, and being a founding member of the Kentucky Private Colleges Student Government Association. Currently, she is a professor in WKU’s Department of Communication, a position she has held for 18 years. Service to others and the promotion of human rights for all citizens has always been her calling. In recognition of her outstanding service to her community, she was a 2017 recipient of a Women of Achievement Award presented by the Bowling Green Human Rights Commission. Charlotte served as president of the GC Alumni Board (2016-2018) and is a regional alumni coordinator for the Warren County area.
Georgetown College’s recognition of alumni achievement dates back to 1953. Since then, nearly 150 individuals have been so honored demonstrating the outstanding accomplishments of Georgetown graduates.
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President Greene with 2017 Distinguished Alumni Martha Pryor, Kathie Winograd, Michael Newcomer, Charlotte Elder, and Nolan Bean.
DR. KATHIE WILDER WINOGRAD ‘79 DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI Dr. Winograd is Central New Mexico Community College president, a position she has held since 2007. She is the first female president of the college, which serves more than 28,000 students at five campuses, the Workforce Training Center and the Advanced Technology Center in the Albuquerque-Rio Rancho metro area. Winograd is a highly respected leader in the New Mexico education community. She is a strong proponent for student success, educational reform, educational collaboration, and building stronger partnerships with business and community organizations. After Georgetown College, where she earned bachelor’s degrees in psychology and therapeutic recreation, she received a master’s degree in higher education administration from the University of Louisville and a doctor of education degree in education leadership from University of New Mexico.
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MARTHA CHATHAM PRYOR ‘79 DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI Martha Pryor is a loyal alumna who spearheaded the drive to increase awareness of Georgetown College’s “Love and Loyalty” campaign during the past fiscal year. Few graduates have demonstrated more love and loyalty for their alma mater than has Pryor. Her efforts contributed significantly to raising the percentage of annual alumni giving from 11 percent to 26 percent. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and teaching for two years she elected to be a stay-at-home mom to raise her five children. During those years, she maintained her connection with education through involvements with PTA, being a homeroom mother, and teaching pre-school. She also led children’s choirs in various communities where she, her husband, and children lived throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky as well as in other states. Her devotion to Georgetown College is a dedication to the legacy of many family members who also graduated from GC: her parents, a brother and sister, and a brother-in-law, uncles, aunts, and cousins. GC Magazine Spring 2018 40
NOLAN BEAN ‘02 DISTINGUISHED YOUNG ALUMNI Nolan M. Bean, CFA, CAIA, is Managing Principal at Fund Evaluation Group, LLC, a position he has held since 2011. Prior to his current position, he served as associate, vice president, and senior vice president. He has been an investment professional since graduating with a BS in Business Administration/Finance in 2002. He went on to earn an MBA in Finance and Quantitative Analysis from the University of Cincinnati Carl H. Lindner College of Business. Bean was named one of the world’s 10 most influential investment consultants of 2016 and 2017 by Chief Investment Officer Magazine through the Knowledge Broker Award. In 2011, he was named “Consultant of the Year” by Institutional Investor’s Foundation and Endowment Money Management.
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DR. MICHAEL NEWCOMER â€˜05 DISTINGUISHED YOUNG ALUMNI Michael Newcomer has been Director at Goldsmith & Co. since 2014. Goldsmith & Co. is an executive search firm focused on connecting leading firms in the global financial services industry with the most talented senior executives and experienced investors. He joined Goldsmith & Co after four years as co-founder and partner of Elm Talent Group, a boutique search firm focused on asset management and technology. An avid entrepreneur, he has also founded educational and non-profit services. He graduated from Georgetown in 2005 with a BS in Chemistry after which he was a graduate research assistant at Los Alamos National Laboratory working in the center for non-linear studies. He has since earned MS and Ph.D. degrees from Yale University.
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WINTER COMMENCEMENT Celebrating Past and Future Georgetown College celebrated student accomplishments by awarding degrees during its 2017 Winter Commencement held Friday evening, December 15, in John L. Hill Chapel. The campus-wide event was a time for graduates, family members, and friends to gather in celebration of past and future.
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From Left to Right: Dr. Rosemary Allen, Dr. Bowers-Campbell, Dr. Carmen Coleman, and President Greene
The undergraduate and graduate education combined
The Commencement address was given by Dr. Carmen
of Arts in Education degrees. President M. Dwaine Greene
College alumna who is the acting chief academic officer
ceremony awarded 18 Bachelor’s degrees and 149 Master
Coleman, pictured second from right, a Georgetown
presided, noting the event as a milestone, one of life’s
for the Jefferson County Public Schools. Dr. Coleman holds
landmark occasions, for those individuals who had met all
both a Bachelor’s (1993) and Master’s (1998) degree from
requirements for graduation.
Georgetown College and earned a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Kentucky.
A special part of the evening was the bestowing of the
Graduate Education Department’s prestigious Dean’s Award.
In her inspiring remarks, Dr. Coleman suggested five
Rank One, School Principalship Certification in Georgetown
elaborating on each:
It went to Christine Deel of Ludlow, who has completed her
important rules for graduates to follow in their careers,
College’s new Principal Program. Deel is a teacher and
• Seek to learn from those who are the very best at what
guidance counselor with Boone County Schools at North
Pointe Elementary, a position she has held for 16 years.
• As you seek to learn, reach out and ask questions.
• Rise above day-to-day turbulence – those little ‘fires’
“She is an outstanding student, often taking assignments to the next level in order to reach a greater depth of
we battle daily – and seek ways to move forward.
it isn’t sensible.
benefit of the doubt. In short, apply the Golden Rule.
• Evaluate. When something doesn’t make sense, maybe
knowledge and preparation as an aspiring school
administrator,” said Dr. Joy Bowers-Campbell, Dean of
• Be nice. Be humble. Respond and give others the
Graduate Education, as she prepared to announce the
name of the award recipient. “Most importantly,” added Dr. Bowers-Campbell, “she is fully committed to servant
Spring undergraduate and graduate commencement will
leadership and making education decisions that are best
be held Saturday, May 12, at 10 a.m. on Giddings Lawn.
for kids in the P-12 environment.”
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From Left to Right: Christine Deel of Ludlow, KY was bestowed the prestigious Deanâ€™s Award by Dr. Bowers-Campbell
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Business Administration and Economics Department faculty and Phi Beta Lambda welcomed alumnus Mike Berry ‘84 in November for its monthly Invited Speaker Series. The President and CEO of the Kentucky Derby Festival talked with students on “The Business of Fun.”
Students visit with Fayette County, Ky. Circuit Judge Pamela Goodwine and Montgomery County, Ohio Juvenile Court Magistrate Gerald Parker, Jr. ‘04, (fifth and sixth respectively from the right) just before the judges shared their personal leadership styles during a workshop on campus. The monthly Diverse Leadership series is presented by the Georgetown College Bishop Scholars Program and the Graves Center for Calling and Career. The workshops feature presentations by professionals and give student leaders exposure to diverse styles of leadership.
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Georgetown College’s Equine Scholars Program is honored to have received a financial gift from Equestrian Events, Inc. (EEI) which manages the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event held annually at the Kentucky Horse Park. The gift is in recognition of the volunteer efforts of students during what is one of the most prestigious equestrian competitions in the world. Eileen Cody, left, Coordinator of the Equine Scholars Program, and Todd Rasberry, VP for Institutional Advancement, rear center, accepted the gift presented by Lee Carter ‘95, second from left, EEI Executive Director, Bailey Milam ‘17, EEI Development Assistant, and Sandy Suffoletta, a member of the EEI Board of Directors. The ceremonial check was signed by EEI President Stewart Perry.
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Dr. Matthew Wilson ’94, delivered the annual Charles Hatfield Memorial Lecture. This annual lectureship features noted scientists also known for their Christian witness. It was presented as part of the Hill Chapel Worship Gathering. Basing his talk on Proverbs 3:5-6, the title was “Trusting the Plans of God.” Wilson is now Associate Professor of Internal Medicine – Nephrology at Vanderbilt University Medical School. The Ashland, Kentucky native holds both a M.D. and Ph.D. in Pharmacology from Vanderbilt and recently earned a Masters of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. In the photo, he is second from the right with his former GC professors Dr. John Blackburn, Dr. David Fraley, and Dr. Frank Wiseman. Drs. Blackburn and Wiseman are now Professors Emeriti. The projected image from photo archives is Wilson as an undergraduate talking with Dr. Wiseman. Dr. Fraley, a professor of Chemistry, cochairs the Hatfield Lecture Committee with Biology professor Dr. Tim Griffith.
In a ceremony at Lexington’s Griffin Gate Marriott, designated National Philanthropy Day, Martha Chatham Pryor ‘79, was honored by the Association of Fundraising Professionals KY, Bluegrass Chapter, as one “who has made a significant contribution of time and resources to nonprofit agencies and therefore richly enhance the quality of life in our communities.” In this photo, Martha, fourth from left, is congratulated by Georgetown College President M. Dwaine Greene, Granetta ‘ 80 and Al Blevins ’80, Leslie Williams ‘77, Tempa Hohman ‘79, Martha’s husband Gayle Pryor, and Laura Owsley ‘92, GC’s Director of Alumni Relations. Martha was one of 23 Outstanding Community Honorees for 2017 representing various nonprofit agencies.
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Tucker McEwen ‘03, now a Major in the U.S. Air Force, was back on campus. A former football Tiger, he watched practice and visited with Head Coach Bill Cronin. He also caught up with fellow KA’s Robert L. ‘Flash’ Williams ’66 and Noel Caldwell ’02. After graduation from GC with a bachelor’s in physics, Tucker completed his master’s in military studies at American Military University. He is now a co-pilot on the military version of a Boeing 757 commonly referred to as Air Force Two when primarily used by the Vice President, the First Lady, and the Secretary of State. Tucker, his wife, Sara (Blewitt) ‘04, and their three children reside in the Washington, D.C. area.
Members of the GC Admission staff performed a musical number to help launch this year’s faculty/staff Together4GC giving campaign. Pictured L-R, Tricia Gaetz, Dir. Annual Gifts, Admission staff members,Olivia McKown, Zach White, Maura Shirley, Jeremiah Tudor and Dr. Jonathan SandsWise. Also pictured are committee members Dr. Rick Kopp and Doug Bradley.
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Regent’s Park College, University of Oxford, celebrated Jubilee 60, its North America Reunion, on campus. Regent’s Park, Georgetown College’s Oxford partner, has been part of Oxford University since 1957. Featured speakers were Dr. Marshelle Woodward ‘06, now Assistant Professor of English at Canisius College, who studied at Regent’s Park in 2005; Dr. Lynn Robson, Supernumerary Fellow in English and Director of the Visiting Student Program at Regent’s Park, and Rev. Dr. Robert Ellis, Regent’s Park Principal. They are pictured with Dr. Brad Hadaway, Director of Oxford Programs at GC, and GC’s Provost, Dr. Rosemary Allen. The partnership gives qualifying GC undergraduates the opportunity for travel and study abroad at Oxford.
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Former Bishop Scholar and 2010 alumna, Ms. Stella Brown, now a trademark attorney for a law firm in Chicago, was September’s Diverse Leadership speaker. Stella was the first Bishop Scholar to study abroad in GC’s Oxford University partnership. Pictured with Stella, 4th from right, are some of the nearly 30 students invited to participate in the series because of their recognition by faculty, coaches, and staff for having leadership potential.
The Woman’s Association of Georgetown College (WAGC) began its 121st year by presenting scholarships to deserving young ladies. Pictured L-R: Dr. Jack Reed, Ashton Trunnell, senior from Owensboro, WAGC recipient, Kelsi Dunham, a sophomore from Henderson, the Wilma Reed Memorial Scholarship recipient, President M.Dwaine Greene.
Professor of Psychology Dr. Susan Hart Bell ‘75, center, 2017 Cawthorne Excellence in Teaching Award winner, delivered the annual Cawthorne Lecture. In discussing “Psychology of Technology: The Connected Brain,” she addressed both the negatives and positives of our society’s propensity for near-constant online activity. Pictured L-R, Jay Castaneda, associate professor and dept. chair, Professors Regan Lookadoo, Karyn McKenzie, Jennifer Price, Provost Rosemary Allen, and associate professor Rebecca Singer.
Kentucky’s 2017-2018 Poet Laureate Frederick Smock ‘76, was hosted by the Department of English in November. Now a professor of English at Bellarmine University, Dr. Smock read selections from his “Book of Earthly Delights,” poems from Larkspur Press. He reminded students how poetry is an exercise of inspiration and creativity and that its meanings and effects are intensely personal, both to writers and readers, and shared tips for getting published.
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The GC Gospel Choir sang at Hanging of the Green, the traditional start of the holiday season. L-R: Jessalyn Brown, Terriana Coleman, Kirsten Lacy, Zach Munez, Zachary Barber, London Polk, Skyelar Houston; and directing is Savanah Jackson.
The annual Bishop Scholars sign-in process during fall opening convocation solidifies the student commitment to the program and to Georgetown College and represents the partnership with Bishop College alums. At the table: L-R: Jarred Reed, Ft Worth, TX; Dr. Greene; Jonathan Wade, Ft Worth, TX. Standing LtoR: Jessalyn Brown, Lexington, KY; Keith Hackett, Louisville, KY; Robbi Barber, Director; KeAndre Johnson, Ft Worth, TX; Catherine Bruce, Chicago, IL; Terriana Coleman, Louisville, KY; Tâ€™Yona McWilliams, Detroit, MI; Zachary Barber, Georgetown, KY; Savanah Jackson, Dallas, TX.
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Three employees were recognized for 35 years of employment at the annual faculty and staff service awards ceremony. Brenda Power, building services, and Bill Goins, ITS, are pictured. Professor Christine Leverenz, who retired at the end of June, 2017 was unable to attend.
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FO OT BA LL CAMERON OSHODI: SECOND TEAM NAIA/AFCA ALL-AMERICAN 10 MSC ALL-CONFERENCE HONOREES 26 MSC ACADEMIC ALL-CONFERENCE HONOREES COACH BILL CRONIN NAMED 2018 AFCA PRESIDENT GC Magazine Spring 2018 55
Under the guidance of a solid veteran class – 20-plus seniors – as well as some key production by several of the youthful talent – Georgetown College football returned to the NAIA National Football Championship Series. The Tigers finished 9-2 on the season and were a score shy of making things even more interesting in the quarterfinal match up at No. 2 Reinhardt University. GC picked up an impressive road win over No. 6 Baker University to start the postseason before being paired up with Reinhardt – which finished as the runner-up to University of Saint Francis. It was the first playoff appearance since 2014 and the first win since 2011. Cameron Oshodi earned second team NAIA/AFCA All-American. Ten Tigers were MSC All-Conference honorees: Mitchell Wessel, Andrew Wilks, Cameron Oshodi, Dustin Haraway, Kishawn Walker, Ross Cox, Daric Pugh, Jordan Nicoll, Starr Thompson, and Nathan Bader. GC had 26 MSC Academic All-Conference honorees: Nathan Bader, Zachary Barber, Luke Collins, Blake Ellis, Jake Etler, Conner Ford, Shawn Gilliam, Riley Hall, Dustin Haraway, Dylan Haraway, Kody Kasey, Nick Kathman, Kyle Longworth, Clayton McCune, Robert McFarland, Jack Nguyen, Cameron Oshodi, Daric Pugh, Gus Schrader, Luke Sharrock, Hayden Shelton, Nathan Swartz, Starr Thompson, Andrew Wilks, Ryan Woolf, and Jake Zabonick; and 13 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes: Nathan Bader, Zachary Barber, Luke Collins, Blake Ellis, Jake Etler, Conner Ford, Shawn Gilliam, Riley Hall, Dustin Haraway, Dylan Haraway, Kody Kasey, Nick Kathman, Kyle Longworth, Clayton McCune, Robert McFarland, Jack Nguyen, Cameron Oshodi, Daric Pugh, Gus Schrader, Luke Sharrock, Hayden Shelton, Nathan Swartz, Starr Thompson, Andrew Wilks, Ryan Woolf, and Jake Zabonick.
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TWO SHUTOUTS 6 MSC ACADEMIC ALL-CONFERENCE HONOREES KYLE SETTLE NAMED DAKTRONICS-NAIA SCHOLAR-ATHLETE
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Georgetown College men’s soccer had a strong showing with seven wins, including a 6-1 game over MSC foe Shawnee State and shutouts against Ohio Christian and University of Pikeville. Nick Gregory jumped into the top 10 for most goals in a season, tying for fourth with Josh Johnson. Take out four games – they played 18 total – against three ranked opponents and one NCAA team, and Georgetown outscored its opponents 35-29. Six athletes were MSC Academic All-Conference: Nick Gregory, Michael Hatfield, Ben Hoertz, Spencer Holder, Austin Howard, and Kyle Settle. Settle was also a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete.
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SIX DAKTRONICS-NAIA SCHOLAR-ATHLETES JODI DEJOHN NAMED COSIDA ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAN
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Junior Bethany Massey and freshman Megan Martin became the first two Georgetown College women’s soccer players to earn NAIA All-American status in more than a decade. The Tigers were 11-6-2 this season, advancing to the semifinals of the MSC tournament in Bowling Green, Ky. GC posted seven shutout wins, including a baker’s dozen blanking of Midway University on senior night. Massey’s nine assists ties her for second best all-time in a season, while Martin’s 76 saves moves her into seventh all-time. Six Tigers were named MSC All-Conference: Martin, Zoe Stovik, Massey, Emma Schneider, Jodi DeJohn, and Lindsey Dunn. The women had an impressive conference leading 18 MSC Academic All-Conference honorees: Emily Anderson, Emily Conner, Jodi DeJohn, Lauren Duggins, Haley Harned, Sophie Hughes, Cleome Kerseg, Bethany Massey, Fatima Maxwell, Elise McKinney, Carlie Molique, Keri O’Toole, Ariel Rudd, Emma Schneider, Josey Sobolewski, Zoe Stovik, Emily Wright, and Skye Zimmer. Six of which earned Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete: Elise McKinney, Jodi DeJohn, Emily Wright, Skye Zimmer, Lauren Duggins, and Fatima Maxwell. Jodi DeJohn also earned CoSIDA Academic All-American honors.
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CR OS SC OU NT RY WOMEN’S FOUR NAMED MSC ACADEMIC ALL-CONFERENCE KARINA EGGERDAKTRONICS-NAIA SCHOLAR-ATHLETE MEN’S THREE MSC ACADEMIC ALL-CONFERENCE GRANT CARR NAMED DAKTRONICS-NAIA SCHOLAR-ATHLETE
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WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY Seniors Lucy Berlanga and Karina Egger paced the Georgetown College women’s cross country team that had its best showing at the Berea College Invitational. The women finished fourth out of 12 teams. They also shined at the MSC preview race, finishing third, edging ahead of Campbellsville by nearly a minute. Berlanga was in sight of being the first non-Shawnee State runner to cross the finish line in early November at the conference championships when her body gave out, ending her hopes of an individual qualification to the national meet. The team also would have finished higher in the standings, but still showed strong with a fifth place finish against eight conference teams. GC once again edged out Campbellsville with the impressive finish of the three, four and five runners beating CU Tigers same spots by several runners. GC’s three and four runners finished back to back, which really helped and the other finished inside the Top 40. Four athletes were named MSC Academic All-Conference: Lucy Berlanga, Haley Carr, Karina Egger, and Tori Hafner, while Egger also earned Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete.
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MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY Georgetown College men’s cross country team struggled through the unforeseen absences of two veteran leaders, but the youthful group still managed to improve and battle every race. The Tigers had their best showing in the second meet of the season when they finished sixth at the Berea College Invitational. Four freshmen – Justin Tavner, Ethan DeRossett, Wesley Qualls and Blake Borwig - were in the top six team runners in the Mid-South Conference meet. Tavner led the way and DeRossett and Qualls joined senior Grant Carr and junior Ben Peterson as the five in the countable times. Three athletes earned MSC Academic All-Conference: Carr, Erick Mills and Peterson, while Carr was also a DaktronicsNAIA Scholar-Athlete.
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JENNY HOWELL AND CAROLINE RICKS NAMED NAIA ALL-AMERICANS FIVE TIGERS NAMED MSC ALL-CONFERENCE 13 ATHLETES EARN MSC ACADEMIC ALL-CONFERENCE RENEE WHITE AND JENNY HOWELL NAMED DAKTRONICSNAIA SCHOLARATHLETE HONORS
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Georgetown College volleyball had a solid season with 22 wins and a program best sixth straight trip to the national tournament. The Tigers only tallied six losses on the year, two of which were to eventual national champion Lindsey Wilson College. Two losses were at the national tournament and one was in the MSC semifinals to Campbellsville University. Georgetown suffered only one set back to an unranked team through the entire season. Jenny Howell and Caroline Ricks were named NAIA AllAmericans. Five Tigers were named MSC All-Conference: Jenny Howell, Caroline Ricks, Ashton Meckle, Kassidy Rauh, and Jessica Tapp. GC had 13 athletes earn MSC Academic All-Conference: Raeann Corder, Alexxa Gearheart, Olivia Grass, Jenny Howell, Lindsay Leick, Lauren Luebbers, Jessica Mattingly, Ashton Meckle, Stevie Ogburn, Kassidy Rauh, Sarah Snyder, Jessica Tapp, and Renee White. Renee White and Jenny Howell earned Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete Honors.
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TIGER BOOKSHELF The Pyrate Principles Legendary Keys to Transform Your Life, Business, or Organization Steve Monroe ‘73 Tentmakers Publishing Group | Paperback, 140 pages, January 2018 The Pyrate Principles™ is a fun-filled and eye-opening voyage from ancient seascape to the New World of business. The parchment-like pages of this publication present ancient advice in pirate dialect, an exploration of each idea as it applied in days of yore, and applied examples for today’s reality. Learn about Blackbeard and other Brethren of the Coast and their adventures, and come away with the weapons of the infamous captain’s wisdom - all based on pirates’ deeds... and misdeeds. This book will transform your life, and the future of your business or organization, as you set sail toward greater richness - and untold treasures. The author is donating proceeds from the sale of the book to Georgetown College, the Pi Kappa Alpha Foundation, and others.
Every Degree Debt Free How to Pay for College & Graduate School Without Loans: How I did it. How any student can do it. And why it’s worth it. Jordan Hall, JD ‘12 Create Space Independent Publishing Platform | Paperback, 196 pages, March, 2018 From the author: This isn’t a book about school. It’s a book about money and setting young people up for long-term success. I wanted to go to college and I wanted to go to law school—but I didn’t want to take out loans, and my parents couldn’t help. So, I engineered a battle plan to cash flow both. Student loans in America are completely out of control. Our culture blindly endorses the notion that students who desire an education are required to submit to decades of debt. But this is a premise I was simply unwilling to accept—even if it meant delivering pizzas, mowing thousands of lawns, obtaining a real estate license, learning how to sweep chimneys, and a slew of other exploits. We have encouraged a generation to pursue a good thing in a bad way, which for many has yielded devastating results. It is possible to obtain a degree—at any level—without loans. It’s time to disrupt the system of higher education in America.
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Class Notes 1970 Joseph E. Lambert, who retired in 2008 from the Supreme Court of Kentucky after a decade as chief justice and nearly 22 years as a justice, was honored in February 2018 by having his official portrait dedicated during a ceremony at the state Capitol. It will hang in the corridors of the second floor of the Capitol. 1972 Dr. Linda Frost was honored by the Association of Professional Chaplains at their 2017 meeting for 25 years of service to the organization and the profession. Now retired, Dr. Frost lives in Corpus Christi, Texas and worked with American Red Cross Disaster Spiritual Care Services in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. 1974 Mike Ayers who also earned his M.A. in Education from GC in 1976 has announced his retirement, concluding a 30-year career as head football coach at Wofford College. A native of Cincinnati, Ayers played prep football at Glen Este High School. He earned a football scholarship to Georgetown College, where he was a three-time All-District 24 selection at linebacker while also starting at offensive tackle. He earned all-district honors as a catcher on the baseball team in addition to competing in gymnastics and wrestling. He has been inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at both Glen Este and Georgetown. 1975 Steve Hutton is Director of the Kentucky Center for Instructional Discipline/Kentucky Positive Behavior Interventions and Support. The organization provides technical assistance to over 500 schools throughout the Commonwealth helping to implement positive behavior interventions and support. An elementary education major at GC, he went on to earn a Master’s in Reading and a Rank 1 in Administration from Xavier University.
1977 Lucas Gravitt was named German Teacher of the Year by the Kentucky chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German. 1980 Kathy Reyher Woods has joined Field & Main Bank as Lexington Market President. She previously served as Senior Vice President of the Central Kentucky Market for Commercial Bank in West Liberty, Kentucky. Al Blevins has been named 2017 Realtor of the Year by the Lexington Bluegrass Association of Realtors. 1983 Tim Jenkins, Scott County Property Valuation Administrator, has been elected to the Georgetown College Board of Trustees. He will serve a four-year term. 1985 Julie Smoot Janson, executive vice president, external affairs, chief legal officer and corporate secretary for Duke Energy, is one of five Beechwood Schools Hall of Fame inductees. Janson is the primary legal advisor to Duke Energy’s board of directors and senior management, and she leads the Office of the General Counsel, which includes the company’s legal, corporate governance and ethics and compliance functions. She has her law degree from University of Cincinnati. Garvel Kindrick has joined ZeeMee.com as Director of Data Research. Rhonda L. Cash retired in December 2016 after 31 years of teaching elementary school in Kentucky counties of Martin, Franklin and Warren. Her longest tenure was at Richardsville Elementary in Bowling Green. She now lives near her family in Louisville.
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1992 Laura Owsley, director of alumni relations, received an Alumni Relations Award during the 2018 CASE District III Conference in Atlanta.
receive this recognition but know that surpassing the $10 million goal to raise $12.1 million was the result of teamwork and generous donors who rose to the occasion to support the health of our communities,” said Roy.
1993 Kimberly Barnes Porter has been named director of the Batesville (IN) Memorial Public Library.
2008 Jason L. Ayers has joined Community Trust and Investment Company in Lexington as a relationship officer for private wealth services.
1996 Juan Dontrese Brown has been named RandolphMacon College’s new executive director of The Edge program. The Edge integrates R-MC’s liberal arts education with an intentional focus on the skills and opportunities students need to gain a competitive advantage in their careers or when applying for graduate school.
2009 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC attorney Gregory E. Mayes Jr. has been invited to join the Louis D. Brandeis American Inn of Court and selected for the board of directors for Wellspring. Mayes practices business litigation in the firm’s Louisville office.
Shelley Burdine Prevost has joined Crouch and Associates as Regional Director and Performance Consultant. She has served as a Columnist for Inc. and Huffington Post. Her articles have been syndicated internationally and in over two dozen publications. In 2015, Shelley gave a TEDx talk entitled “Lead Like a Girl.”
Tyler C. Wash is the newest addition to the central office staff of Delta Sigma Pi, one of the largest co-ed professional business fraternities in the United States. He is Executive Vice President of the Leadership Foundation. Mary Alice Birdwhistell was formally installed as senior pastor at Calvary Baptist Church, Waco, Texas, on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018. The ceremony was part of Calvary’s 90th Anniversary celebration.
2001 Dave and Ashley (McCray) Willis ’03 are now ministry partners with MarriageToday.com. “We’re honored to be part of their team and believe this new partnership will help us strengthen more marriages than ever before.”
2010 Chelsey Reid has joined the University of Kentucky as a prevention education specialist in the Violence Intervention and Prevention Center.
2004 Gerald Parker, Jr. has been recognized as one of the 2018 Top Ten African American Men in Montgomery County, Ohio. He is the Juvenile Court Magistrate there and primarily presides over juvenile delinquency and traffic cases.
2013 Cheryl Lyn Brumley completed her Master’s in Educational Theatre for Colleges and Communities from NYU in May. She is now in her first year as a Theatre Arts Instructor at Campbellsville University. She recently received the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival 2018 Meritorious Achievement Award for “Excellence in Costume Design.”
2005 Roy Lowdenback has received the Duke of Paducah Award for leading the “Celebrating Miracles, Transforming Lives” Comprehensive Baptist Health Paducah Capital Campaign. He was also made a Kentucky Colonel. “I feel honored to
Johnathan Rogers who teaches 6th grade math at Henry County Middle School in New Castle has been honored as Henry County Middle’s Teacher of the Year.
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JIM LEWIS ’51 Jim Lewis, a longtime pastor, Baptist leader, and former Georgetown College trustee passed away October 11, 2017.
DR. EUGENE ENLOW ‘44 Dr. Eugene I. Enlow, longtime Baptist pastor, author, and denominational leader, passed away on November 15, 2017 in Louisville. While enrolled at Georgetown, Dr. Enlow served with his father in leading revival meetings throughout the commonwealth. As a student at Southern Seminary in Louisville, he served as pastor of churches in Pendleton County and later Woodford County. He earned three degrees from Southern Seminary.
After completing his undergraduate degree at Georgetown, Jim entered Southern Baptist Seminary in Louisville. He later served as pastor of five churches in Kentucky, including Westport Road Baptist Church in Louisville where he served for 21 years before retiring from the pastoral ministry. Jim was president of the Kentucky Baptist Convention. He later became president and co-founder of Baptist Homes, Incorporated, a senior care facility in Louisville. He served as a trustee at Georgetown College from 1967-1974 and was one of the founders and a trustee of the Baptist Seminary of Kentucky. He was a member of the Male High School Hall of Fame. In 2001, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Georgetown College. Jim is survived by Alois, his wife of 72 years, three children and their families.
Following seminary, Dr. Enlow served as pastor of Louisville’s Bethany Baptist Church for twelve years, then pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma for fourteen years. Returning to Louisville, he was pastor of Beechmont Baptist Church for fourteen years. He retired from that pastorate in 1988. Dr. Enlow was a faithful Georgetown College alumnus. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Georgetown in 2011. For his 90th birthday, Dr. Enlow wrote his book, The Enlow Papers, A legacy of Faith that summarizes his personal walk with Christ and contains his favorite scriptures, sermons, life observations, and humor.
SARAH RICHIE NEWELL ’54 Sarah Richie Newell, a retired teacher and community volunteer, passed away September 26, 2017 in Louisville.
His funeral service was November 18 at Broadway Baptist Church in Louisville. Memorial gifts may be made to Georgetown College.
A native of Princeton, KY, Sarah enrolled at Georgetown in 1950. She served as president of Sigma Kappa sorority and was named Most Outstanding Student during her junior year. Later in life, Sarah served as a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, Seven Counties, in particular with the suicide prevention intervention program, and with other organizations and ministries. She and her husband of 63 years, Rick Newell ’53 were active members of Louisville’s Broadway Baptist Church as well as First Presbyterian Church in Richland, Michigan where the Newell family spent each summer. The Rick and Sarah Newell Scholarship was established at Georgetown College in 1996.
BLANCHE COLLINS ’47 Blanche Elizabeth May Collins passed away October 27, 2017 in Georgetown. She served as executive secretary in the Office of Development at Georgetown College for more than twenty years. She is survived by 4 children, their spouses, 8 grandchildren, and 10 great grandchildren. MYRA GREENE SUFFOLETTA ’50 Myra Greene Suffoletta, a faithful alum and community leader, died February 9, 2018. Born in Georgetown, she met her husband Albert “Suff” Suffoletta at Georgetown College. They opened Suff’s Furniture Store in 1961. Myra and Suff were instrumental in building the Robert Lonnie Suffoletta Family Aquatic Center in Georgetown. Myra and Suff were loyal Georgetonians and frequent visitors to the campus.
AL PFEFFER ‘55 Al Pfeffer ’55, a retired teacher and coach passed away March 12, 2018 in Louisville. He was a member of the 1956 U.S. Olympic Baseball Team and later played for the old Louisville Colonels minor league baseball club. In 1988, he founded Free Clothing Enterprise, an organization that gave shoes to children in the Jefferson County School System. That organization would later expand to provide shoes and clothing to needy people in eastern Kentucky.
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JACKIE SNYDER ‘93 Jacquelyn “Jackie” Howard Snyder ’93 passed away December 12, 2017 in Louisville, Kentucky. While at Georgetown, she was a member of Sigma Kappa. A retired teacher, she was an active member of Southeast Christian Church in Louisville and was involved in a number of Bible study groups and mission organizations. She is survived by her husband, Mark, F’84, their children Lilia, Landon, and Leighton; her mother, and three siblings.
E. B. SMITH ‘56 E.B. Smith ’56 died February 9, 2018. After graduating from Georgetown, he became an aerospace engineer for General Electric. Following his retirement from GE, he and his wife, the former Sylvia Strickler ’56, were founding partners of cleftRock Retreat Center in Rockcastle County, Kentucky. E.B. also was a pastoral counselor at Trinity Baptist Church in Lexington, Kentucky. He and Sylvia had traveled as missionaries to China for several years.
MARY KATHRYN ‘KATIE’ PERKINS BARNES ’01 Mary Kathryn ‘Katie’ Perkins Barnes ’01 passed away February 12, 2018. Katie was a home healthcare nurse in Frankfort, Kentucky. DR. CHARLIE BOEHMS Former GC Professor of Biology, Vice President and Provost Dr. Charlie Boehms, former professor of biology, vice president of academic affairs and provost at Georgetown College, passed away at his residence October 19, 2017.
JOAN RAGSDALE STREIBLE ’57 Joan Ragsdale Streible passed away in Louisville on November 28, 2017. For many years she served as Minister of Children’s Education at Louisville’s Bethlehem Baptist Church. After retirement, she led that church’s ministry for the homebound for nearly 20 years.
A native of Whites Creek, Tennessee, Dr. Boehms was a veteran of the Korean War. He was inspired to become a teacher after meeting a Navy shipmate who was illiterate. He studied to become a teacher at Peabody College where he would complete his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He earned the PH. D. at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
GINNY FOX ‘58 Hall of Fame Inductee Virginia “Ginny” Isbell Fox passed away on December 28, 2017 at The Episcopal Church Home in Louisville. Born in Union City, Tennessee, Ginny taught school for several years before she retired to raise her family. In 1983, she and her husband, Randy, founded Foxcard, Inc., which owned and operated Ginny’s Hallmark Shops. Before their retirement, Ginny and Randy owned 13 stores in Louisville and Southern Indiana.
After teaching at Austin Peay University, Dr. Boehms joined the biology faculty at Georgetown College. He later was named vice president of academic affairs and provost at Georgetown. While at Georgetown, he helped develop a student exchange program. Following retirement, Dr. Boehms and his wife, Sammye, returned to Clarksville, Tennessee. The Boehms were active members of Hillsdale United Methodist Church.
Ginny was a longtime member of Broadway Baptist Church where she served as deacon and Sunday school teacher. She was a member of the Lydia Sunday School Class and sang in the choir. She also was a member of PEO Chapter A and the Northfield Garden Club. She served as treasurer of the Younger Woman’s Club and was a member of the board of the Louisville Deaf Oral School.
In addition to his wife of 65 years, Dr. Boehms is survived by two children and five grandchildren. KAREN KING Former GC Trustee Karen King, who served on the Georgetown College Board of Trustees from 2000-2009, passed away at her home November 29, 2017. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Mt. Vernon, Kentucky and had served that city as mayor.
Ginny was presented a GC Alumni Achievement Award in 2001. In 2017, Randy and Ginny Fox were inducted into the Georgetown College Hall of Fame.
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Kenneth Earl Arbuckle Greenville, KY 12/26/2017 CLASS OF 1962 Carolyn Jeanette Kelly North Fort Myers, FL 4/25/2017
CLASS OF 1938 Ernest Judson Weller Mill Valley, CA 12/21/2017 CLASS OF 1939 Lyda Coomes Taylor Bardstown, KY 12/21/2017 CLASS OF 1944 Dr. Eugene Isham Enlow Louisville, KY 11/15/2017 CLASS OF 1946 Jean Talmage True Johnson Oxford, MS 9/7/2017 CLASS OF 1947 Patricia Porter Newton Louisville, KY 8/26/2017 CLASS OF 1950 Dr. Edwin Raymond Davis Hopkinsville, KY 10/19/2017 Rev. Louis W. Sheperd Russell Springs, KY 8/6/2017 Myra Greene Suffoletta Lexington, KY 2/9/2018 CLASS OF 1951 Rev. James B. Lewis Louisville, KY 10/11/2017 James “Jim” Leo Cloar, Jr. Chandler, AZ 9/30/2017 CLASS OF 1952 Bobby Joe Larkey Winchester, KY 8/31/2013 Rev. Ralph Jackson Park Hamilton, MT 12/16/2016 Nancy Bergman Lacy Holland, MI 3/5/2018 CLASS OF 1953 Mickey Joyce Martin Birmingham, AL 12/10/2016 Rebecca Sue Parks Slagle Fayetteville, GA 11/28/2017 CLASS OF 1954 Rev. Orville Heath Griffin Georgetown, KY 9/18/2017
Sarah Frances Richie Newell Louisville, KY 9/26/2017 Rev. Richard Davis Clement Lewisburg, KY 10/27/2017 CLASS OF 1955 Peggy Chamberlain Grossman Owensboro, KY 9/16/2017 Colleen Burk Nelson Glen Ellyn, IL 12/10/2017 Larry Nash Lankford Whispering Pines, NC 2/20/2018 CLASS OF 1956 Harold W. Craycraft Canton, MS 2017
Gale Marie Holtzclaw Bandy Lexington, KY 8/7/2012 Connie Rice Logan Sedona, AZ 6/28/2017 Thomas “Tom” W. Dowling, Jr. Georgetown, KY 1/7/2018 Gale Marie Holtzclaw Bandy Lexington, KY 8/7/2012 CLASS OF 1963 Betty Garnett Wright Ammerman Falmouth, KY 10/7/2015 Brenda Louis Ader Agee Clarksville, IN 11/29/2017 Mary Douglas Penn Pickruhn Sebring, FL 1/25/2018
Loretta Whitaker Georgetown, KY 12/11/2017
CLASS OF 1964 Dr. David Lee Thomasson Saint Louis, MO 7/31/2016
Joseph Franklin Hunt Melbourne, FL 11/14/2017
Turville Noel Inman Leesburg, FL 12/14/2017
Edwin Bradshaw Smith Richmond, KY 2/9/2018
Alma “A. Sue” Sue Juett Louisville, KY 12/26/2017
CLASS OF 1957 Marica I. Hall Dever-Johnson Louisville, KY 9/21/2017
CLASS OF 1966 Billy Ragon Helton Hazard, KY 3/5/2018
Charles Franklin Gray Bartlett, TN 5/21/2017
CLASS OF 1967 Wanda Perry Georgetown, KY 1/1/2018
CLASS OF 1958 Virginia “Ginny” Isbell Fox Louisville, KY 12/28/2017 David Paul Hildreth Bowling Green, KY 1/27/2018 CLASS OF 1959 William Franklin Wilson Georgetown, KY 9/3/2017 CLASS OF 1960 Barbara Ellen Bush Louisville, KY 12/30/2013 Una Moore Lee Shelbyville, KY 9/9/2009 CLASS OF 1961 Rev. Joseph Carl Simpson Glen Cove, NY 5/12/2015
CLASS OF 1969 Carlon Dale Wright Lawrenceburg, KY 2/17/2018 CLASS OF 1970 Margaret Rose Taylor Hohman Winchester, KY 8/11/2017 Floyd Thomas Whistler Corydon, IN 8/14/2017 Sharon Ann Puckett Garrison Louisville, KY 11/24/2012 Betty “BJ” LuJean Conley Louisville, KY 11/24/2016
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CLASS OF 1971 Marjorie Joanne Overpeck Ritchie Winchester, KY 8/2/2014 CLASS OF 1972 Rev. Ronald Dean Moore Georgetown, KY 8/25/2017 CLASS OF 1975 David Vaughn Craig Lexington, KY 10/5/2017 CLASS OF 1980 Katherine Mull Simonides Tulsa, OK 9/16/2017 CLASS OF 1987 Kevin T. Collins Wilmore, KY 8/14/2017 CLASS OF 1990 Rex Gordon Sanders North Vernon, IN 2/18/2018 CLASS OF 1992 Pamela Joyce Brandley Lexington, KY 11/11/2017 CLASS OF 1993 Jacquelyn Ann Howard Snyder Louisville, KY 12/12/2017 CLASS OF 1995 Benjamin David Stone Georgetown, KY 9/22/2017 CLASS OF 2001 Letha Anne Lowe Jonesville, KY 10/21/2018 Mary “Katie” Kathryn Perkins Barnes Frankfort, KY 2/12/2018 CLASS OF 2015 Jeffrey Tabor Brach San Pedro, CA 12/26/2017
FRIENDS & FORMERS Larry Addington Ashland, KY 7/23/2015 Robert L. Bertram Jamestown, KY 8/7/2017 Dr. Charles Nelson Boehms Clarksville, TN 10/19/2017 Carol Jean Lieburt Brannock Georgetown, KY 1/4/2018 Eunice Ann Hedgecock Brooks Maysville, KY 7/8/2016
Pastor James Alexander Carter, Jr. Columbus, OH 10/20/2017 Blanche Elizabeth May Collins Georgetown, KY 10/27/2017 James K. Combs Seminole, FL 4/12/2014 Dr. Harry Karrick Daugherty Charlotte, NC 7/4/2017 Frank David Day Springfield, OH 2/14/2015 Kathleen Penrod Fortune Tampa, FL 2/4/2017 Karen Kay King Mount Vernon, KY 11/29/2017 Shirley Jane Worth Michael Newton, NC 12/23/2017 Jeanette Curd Montgomery Versailles, KY 12/1/2016 Mary Betty Morrison Georgetown, KY 12/22/2017 Raymond Morrison Georgetown, KY 1/5/2018 Martha Tatum Napier Rancho Mirage, CA 2/24/2018 Nancy S. Neely Franklin, KY 5/8/2010 Nancy M. Points Paschen Westerville, OH 8/16/2017 Dr. Betty Rose Nabors Railey Murray, KY 12/26/2017 Kathryn G. Sebree Lexington, KY 8/28/2000 Raymond Lindy Shelton Louisville, KY 1/2/2018 Joan Ragsdale Streible Louisville, KY 11/28/2017 Norma Helen Bassett Tipton Georgetown, KY 10/20/2017 Emma Katherine Underwood Georgetown, KY 8/5/2017 Dr. Gary R. Wallace Lexington, KY 1/10/2018 Carlos Wells Paintsville, KY 8/26/2017
“If ever there were a ‘man for all seasons’ it was Eric Herschell Clark,” says Gus Moss ‘60, who recalls Clark as having been a friend of T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia), a survivor of the Battle of Dunkirk during WWII, owner of a trucking company in South Africa, a big game hunter, and most notably a Southern Baptist Missionary to Kenya. Clark earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from Georgetown College in 1956, according to college records. He had transferred to Georgetown from Campbellsville College (now Campbellsville University) where he earned an associate degree in religion. He later attended Southern Seminary in Louisville and became an ordained minister. Clark was born in suburban London, England in 1919. As a young man, his joy of speeding on a motorcycle connected him to fellow speed enthusiast Lawrence. He became a truck driver for the British Army and was deployed with the British Expeditionary Force to Belgium and France. He was among the last soldiers to be evacuated from the beaches of Dunkirk in 1940. Information available online indicates he continued service in the British Army until 1946. Upon leaving military service, Clark moved his family to Cape Elizabeth, South Africa where he started a trucking business. Later, he would move to Harare, Southern Rhodesia where he continued shipping medical supplies. It was during that time that he became acquainted with a Southern Baptist Missionary stationed at Sanyati Baptist Hospital. Clark and his wife, Phyllis, whom he had married in 1940, became Christians and decided to devote their lives to Christ.
Pursuing his new dream of becoming a Southern Baptist Missionary himself and returning to Africa, he came to the United States, enrolled at Campbellsville, and then Georgetown College. Local historian and journalist Ann Bevins ’56, remembers Clark as the “Englishman who was a live wire on campus.” Gus Moss recalls having worked “side by side” with Clark at the Western Auto Store then located on Main Street in downtown Georgetown and operated by his father Gordon Moss.
After college and seminary, Rev. Clark and Phyllis were appointed by the Southern Baptist Mission Board and returned to East Africa in 1959. In 1960, Clark, Phyllis, and their daughter Valerie settled in City of Kisumu, Kenya becoming one if the first missionaries to evangelize in that area. He would return to the United States for two furloughs where he served as a visiting professor at Georgetown College. He became a naturalized United States citizen in 1963. Clark’s life ended sadly and dramatically according to Moss who recalls hearing a story from his dad that while Clark was on a big game hunt in Kenya in 1968, another hunter wounded a Cape Buffalo. It was protocol to “finish off” a wounded animal. Reports at the time stated that the wounded animal charged and Clark was killed. He was buried in Kenya. Later, his wife planned to move Clark’s body to Stamping Ground, Ky. where they had lived. However, when his body was exhumed, it was discovered that he had been killed by two bullets, not the charging animal as originally reported. Speculation was that communist factions in Kenya may have killed him because they were known to have constantly harassed Christian missionaries. Clark’s body rests at Kisumu Cemetery near the shore of Lake Victoria. Source/Photos: Greg Rogers, FindAGrave.com GC Magazine Spring 2018 72
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