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reenville College alumni tell me it never rains on All College Hike Day. This day, I am inclined to believe them. It is Wednesday, September 15, the sun is shining and the weather is fine as we start our 5.6 mile trek to Durley Camp.

Walking beside me is John Hammond, class of ’76, and the 2009-10 recipient of the NBA Executive of the Year Award as General Manager of the Milwaukee Bucks. In my short time here I have learned not to be surprised by GC alumni. One might think a busy man like Hammond would only be willing to fly down for a morning to be with our students. But no, he has already met with a number of them at a 7:30 am class, and now he is joining the entire student body, our faculty and staff for GC’s annual All College Hike. Hammond is actually indicative of a certain kind of GC student—he was a student athlete. Later in the day, he shares with the students the tragic story of how he lost his best friend in a terrible mishap during a Panther basketball practice session. And then he recounts what he found most amazing about the experience: “everyone—coaches, faculty, staff and students—literally everyone looked out for me. The entire campus took me under their wing, and watched out for me.” Hammond’s life was changed forever. Oddly enough, it was changed at a college that has at times been ambivalent about athletics on campus. From almost its inception, GC students clamored for the opportunity to participate in sporting events of one kind or another. Just as often the board and administration responded with a resounding “no.” But students have a way of wearing down boards and administrations, trust me. Around the end of the 19th century a Tennis Club gained a toe-hold. And shockingly, both men and women played—together no less! Later came baseball, basketball, and a running club, but these were largely just that, “clubs.” It was not until the early 1940s that intercollegiate athletic teams formed on the GC campus. What followed in its train were storied names like Rich Stephens, John Strahl, Ish Smith, Phyllis Holmes, Myra Wilkins, and now Ordell Walker. It has been a rich history, but one marked more by the character of the athletes than by what they accomplished on the field of play. In the mid-1980s Greenville College introduced intercollegiate football into the athletic program. Not surprisingly, given the College’s history, there was an uproar. Surely the presence of football players would change the spiritual tenor of the campus and tarnish the College’s reputation. More than twenty years later, I can happily report that our football program enhances the spiritual tenor of the campus and burnishes the College’s reputation. This is the way with GC athletics. We play hard and we have fun, but more importantly our athletic program is committed to coaching for character.

Larry Linamen, President


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ON THE COVER: Senior Running Back Anthony Ambers from Apple Valley, CA. THE RECORD (USPS 2292-2000) is published quarterly for alumni and friends of Greenville College by the Office of College Advancement, Greenville College, 315 E. College Ave., Greenville IL 62246. Phone: (618) 664-6500. Non-profit class postage paid at Greenville, IL 62246. Vol. 101, No. 2. EDITOR: Walter Fenton ’84. CREATIVE DIRECTOR & PUBLICATION MANAGER: Annie Zeller. GRAPHIC DESIGNER: Pancho Eppard ’00. PHOTOGRAPHY: Pancho Eppard ’00, Lucas Harger ’11, Beky Smith ’12. DISTRIBUTION MANAGER: Brianne Cook ’05. CONTRIBUTING WRITERS: Heather Bush ’11, Walter Fenton ’84, Morgan Hatt ’12, B.J. Schneck ’01, Annie Zeller. For information about advertising in THE RECORD, call Annie Zeller at (618) 664-6512 or email Views and opinions expressed by individuals in this publication do not necessarily reflect the views of Greenville College.



MARCHING TO THE BEAT OF A NEW DRUM For the first time in Greenville College’s history the driving rhythm of drums and horns are being heard at GC sporting events.


Unconventional training techniques and a commitment to keeping things in perspective helped Edgar Townsend become GC’s most successful hurdler, and one of the best ever in NCAA Division III track and field.


Head Coach Ordell Walker asks himself and his assistant coaches, “If Jesus Christ were a football coach, how would He have done it?” And they try to do just that.


Donald Jones, class of 1952, is the founder and president of Forge Resources Group, and shows no signs of slowing down.



Panthers Leap into GC’s New JV Programs . . . . . . . . . 8

Campus Happenings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

Ten Days in Bolivia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Find Out What’s New . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Alumni In Memory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 FALL 2010


In the Zone and on the Edge, but Keeping it All in Perspective by Annie Zeller

Coach Johnson and hurdler Edgar Townsend focus before a race.

“Edgar Townsend (class of 2010) has done something we might not see again for a very long time,” says Greenville College Athletic Director, Doug Faulkner.


e is referring to Townsend’s amazing feat of winning three NCAA Division III national titles in the span of one year. Townsend finished first in the 110-meter hurdles at the track and field outdoor national championships in 2009 and 2010. Between those repeat victories, he also rose to the top of the podium for his stellar performance in the 55-meter hurdles at the 2010 indoor championship. It is no slight on Townsend’s abilities to say that what he has accomplished is improbable. As Faulkner notes, the margin for error in events like the 110- and 55-meter hurdles is paper thin. A poor start, a clipped hurdle or a slight let-up at the finish can mean the difference between first and last place. Tenths or even one-hundredths of a second frequently separate the winner from the runner-up. And in order to even get in the final race, an athlete must first qualify by either winning or placing high enough in


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“qualifying heats” just to have the chance to run for the gold. At any step of the way, all of Townsend’s hard work and determination could have come crashing down. But it never did. Why it never happened says a lot about the relationship between Townsend and Coach Bob Johnson. Johnson has been coaching at GC for 23 years. In addition to coaching track and field, he has coached cross country and soccer. “We’ve got a great track and field head coach in Brian Patton,” says Faulkner, “but Brian would be the first tell you that Bob [Johnson] is looked upon as the dean of GC’s coaching staff.” Johnson is obviously doing something right when it comes to coaching hurdlers. In addition to coaching Townsend to the top in both 2009 and 2010, Johnson also coached GC’s Jarod Renford (class of ’08) there as well in 2008. A Greenville College athlete has now placed first in the

NCAA Division III 110-meter hurdles for three years running. IN THE ZONE AND ON THE EDGE Leaping over hurdles, while trying to run as fast as you can, is perhaps one of most dangerous events in track and field. In practice sessions Johnson pushed Townsend into what he calls the “danger zone.” He explains that hurdling requires speed, agility, and complete concentration. It is a dangerous event, and unless an athlete practices at a high intensity level he will not be prepared for it. For Johnson, having Townsend go to that “danger zone” in practice was absolutely critical preparation for the event. “When hurdlers practice on the edge – they race on the edge. I’m not sure that’s the textbook way of doing things, but it’s been effective for our athletes,” he says. Townsend clearly knew what it meant to get in that “zone” and go out on the “edge.” “You don’t get a national champion out of a vacuum,” says Johnson. “Edgar was quick, fast, and strong, but perhaps most importantly, courageous. He was willing to go where other athletes would not go, and to risk what other athletes would not risk in order to be the best that he could be.”

SPORT AS BREAKFAST While Coach Johnson is serious about the “zone” and the “edge,” he manages to keep what he is doing in perspective, and he believes his principal responsibility is to help athletes do the same. Recalling Jesus’ resurrection appearance to His disciples on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, Johnson draws a lesson about giving his athletes a respite from their work and a place to find joy. “Jesus called the fishermen from their work; he invited them to join him on the beach where he had made them breakfast. My philosophy is that sport is like that breakfast. It’s a gift we’ve been given to enjoy.” Coach Johnson’s unconventional training techniques and his commitment to keeping things in perspective helped Edgar Townsend become GC’s most successful hurdler, and one of the best ever in NCAA Division III track and field. “I have to thank God for everything He has given me,” says Townsend. “I really am blessed to have my coach, my dad, [and] everyone from my school. They all helped me get to where I am today. I have to thank everybody. A lot of hard work went into it, and all their dedication just made me work harder.” FALL 2010


Biblical Football


by Annie Zeller

t is Friday, the day before a Greenville College Panther football game. But instead of the sounds of shoulder pads and helmets clashing, coaches barking out instructions, or whistles shrieking to start a drill; the sound of a ninety man chorus fills the air. It is team chapel time for the Panthers. Life is more than just football, and Head Coach Ordell Walker plans to make sure his players never forget that. Football has been a part of Coach Walker’s life for as long as he can remember. He loved playing for his high school team, and after succeeding there he headed to Trinity International University (TIU) to play four years as a defensive tackle. It was at TIU where Walker met Coach Scotty Kessler. As Walker explains it, Kessler became more than a coach—he was a mentor. While Walker grew up in a Christian home, he was not a believer in Jesus Christ when he started college. “Scotty and the other coaches started to share their beliefs with me, and watching how they lived, and what they said appealed to me,” says Walker. “I thought about what they said and applied that to how to win in football. By the end of my career at TIU, God captured my heart. I’m a changed person because of a football program that was built on spiritual principles.” After graduation, Walker joined the TIU coaching staff to work alongside Coach Kessler. Two years later Kessler was offered the head coaching position for the Greenville College Panther football program. When he went, Walker went with him. “Coaching with Scotty was the initial draw to GC, but it’s all the other people that keep me here now,” says Walker. “I enjoy the entire coaching staff I have to work with. 4

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And then there’s the sense of community my wife, kids and I have found here.” But it’s not just the people and community that have kept Coach Walker at GC and excited about taking the head coaching position. “At Greenville I have the opportunity to do football the way I want to do it.” Walker calls this way “Biblical Football.” He explains, “I ask myself and my assistant coaches, ‘If Jesus Christ were a football coach, how would He have done it?’ And we try to do just that by looking at Christ’s life in the scriptures and applying His example to every facet of the program.” The program’s foundation is the conviction that somehow it is all for the glory of God. The coaches take this seriously as they strive to integrate Scriptural truths and their spiritual beliefs into every facet of football. They challenge their players to do likewise. While it might sound strange to a lot of NCAA Division I programs, and definitely odd to professional clubs, Walker’s goals are two-fold. First, that everyone who comes to play at GC has the opportunity to learn more about Jesus, or to learn about Him for the first time. And second, that every player is challenged to think about the legacy he will leave behind. “It’s hard for guys to look ahead at this age and think beyond the present. I try to challenge them to think about what they want people to say about them when they’re gone. When guys think that way they have goals, a future, they want to leave a positive legacy and that begins to influence the decisions they make day by day. I want them to think long term; not short term.” These goals extend onto the field as well. The Panther Football motto is “Championship play – Championship lives.” Walker believes that being a

“I want to maximize the time I have with these guys. If they win a championship here, but then someday can’t get it done as a dad, a husband, or in their job, then we haven’t done our job.” FALL 2010


The Panther Football team bends s knee in prayer alongside an opposing team after a game.

(Right) Coach Walker runs drills during practice.

“Ordell is not a screamer or yeller, he’s just a towering, gentle presence,” says GC Athletic Director Doug Faulkner. “We will be having a big coaches meeting, and maybe someone begins to share that they’re struggling personally or professionally. Ordell is the guy who calls us to prayer, and invites us to get on our knees. He’s a great man, and just the kind of guy you’d want your son to be around.” champion is not what you achieve, but it’s who you are. “Championships are byproducts of the things we do every day; the way we practice, the way we play, the decisions we make.” He challenges his team not to take “the road to success,” but instead live on the “success road” in the way they play and in the way they live. Coach Walker is excited about his inaugural 2010 season at the helm of the GC Panthers. “We have a big senior class this year and I would love to see the team reach new heights, take the program to new places, and experience the playoffs again.” But more importantly he says, “I want to maximize the time I have with these guys. If they win a championship here, but then someday can’t get it done as a dad, a husband, or in their job, then we haven’t done our job.”

“I wouldn’t be who I am today, and in this position at Greenville if not for coaches who took a chance on me. I just wanted to play football and get an education, but my life was transformed because they modeled Christ-like living for me,” says Walker. “I’m a product of a program built on Biblical principles, and I want to give those same opportunities to guys at GC.” Coach Walker loves football and is plenty serious about practicing and playing hard. But a greater passion is for renewed and revitalized communities. “Communities are changed when individuals are transformed. I believe GC Football is a place where God can transform lives and therefore change many communities as the players live and teach others what they have learned here.”

This is Ordell Walker’s first year as the Panther’s Head Coach. Walker coached two years of high school football, followed by two years assistant coaching at Trinity International University in Deerfield, IL before beginning at Greenville College. Walker and his wife Beth have two sons Elijah, 5 and Levi 3 and live in Greenville, IL.


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Marching to the Beat of a New Drum:

Panther Corps Pep Band Begins by Morgan Hatt

For the first time in Greenville College’s history the driving rhythm of drums and horns are being heard at GC sporting events. In its inaugural year the new Panther Corps Pep Band is adding noise and excitement across the campus. Will Fairbanks, GC’s new Director of Bands, says his goal for the Panther Corps Pep Band is to be the energizing force the crowd needs to help give GC athletes the momentum only a strong and excited crowd can provide. “You put a band or a drum line in there and the crowd gets pumped up and they start yelling, and that inevitably pumps up the football players,” says Fairbanks. “The pep band will definitely be a plus, especially in those tight situations when the team needs a boost from the crowd.” Fairbanks comes to the College from the state of Texas where he has successfully built marching band programs. He has already recruited approximately 20 students to participate in the new band. In its first year the group will serve as a pep band, but the ultimate goal is to create a marching band of 50 or more students. The Panther Corps will play songs designed to reach all ages. Fans can expect to hear marching band classics, but also top 40s type tunes. “In addition to beats meant to stir-up Panther spirit,” Fairbanks says “the Corps will take pride in playing The National Anthem before athletic contests.” The College is excited about the new program and believes it will make a positive contribution to the College and ultimately the entire community. FALL 2010


Panthers Leap Into GC’s New JV Programs by B.J. Schneck


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he beginning of the 2010 fall semester brought an increased number of student-athletes to Greenville College’s campus. Last winter the College decided to create junior varsity teams in a number of its athletic programs. In conjunction with the admissions office, the athletic department embraced the concept and produced recruiting results that exceeded expectations. At last count, approximately 44 percent of incoming students planned to participate in one of the College’s athletic programs. Overall, 34 percent of the traditional student body will wear the Panther uniform. This year Greenville College will sponsor full JV schedules in football, men’s soccer, volleyball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, and baseball. The concept of JV programs is not new to the campus as several teams have sponsored JV teams when the number of participants permitted. However, the increased focus on promoting these programs during the previous year has led to an alltime high in the number of student-athletes attending the College.

“The growth in the number of students that Greenville College has witnessed this fall is a testament to prayer and the tremendous efforts of our coaching staff and admissions personnel,” said athletic director Doug Faulkner. “We’re thankful for the role we’ve played in helping the College achieve its goals. We look forward to seeing these new studentathletes engaged in our community and on its playing fields.” In order to accommodate the new JV programs, Greenville College has added a number of fulltime and graduate assistant coaches. Practice schedules and venues are also being adjusted so JV athletes have the opportunity to train and prepare for their games. The Greenville College athletic department sponsors teams in men’s and women’s cross country, football, men’s and women’s soccer, and volleyball in the fall. The men’s and women’s basketball and indoor track and field teams compete throughout the winter. The spring schedule brings baseball, softball, men’s and women’s tennis, and men’s and women’s outdoor track and field.

Ten Days in Bolivia by Heather Bush


uring the summer of 2010, the Greenville College men’s and women’s basketball teams traveled to Cochabamba, Bolivia to spend ten days partnering with Christ for the City International (CFTC). The teams returned to Illinois on August 16 with hearts full of the inexpressible joy that comes from serving Christ and His children.

shared Christ with the teams we played, and people around us. We taught basketball skills to children ages three through thirteen as we shared Christ’s love with them. However, the impact the children had on our lives was far greater than what we expected. Their willing hearts and smiling faces taught us a lesson of Christ’s love that we never expected to learn from such small messengers.

Our entire team was excited for the experience ahead of us, but we had no idea of what God actually had in store for us. We stepped off the plane in Bolivia and were met with hugs and smiles from the CFTC staff; we instantly knew something was different about this part of the world. Everywhere we looked, we saw joy.

“Traveling to Bolivia was a real eye opener and allowed us all to experience life in a whole new light,” said senior guard Joel Pezzelle. “Joy should not come from what we are provided, but instead it should come from what we can provide to others,” shared sophomore center Katelyn Wise.

Our teams experienced this joy for the full ten days as we held basketball clinics for kids, and

“Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy.” 1 PETER 1:8

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Forging Ahead by Walter B. Fenton

Bang! Bang! Bang! A 750 pound forge hammer quickly rises and then falls applying 16,000 pounds of pressure to a red-hot piece of steel. Heat radiates from a glowing orange furnace. The sun streams down through a vent in the ceiling creating shafts of light in the smoke and haze, and then—bang, bang, bang—another red hot piece of metal is pounded into an essential part for a plane, train or piece of NASA equipment. This goes on almost every day of the year at Dekalb Forge in Dekalb, Illinois, and at several other forges in Illinois and Wisconsin.


he founder and president of Forge Resources Group is Donald Jones, class of 1952. Jones started in the business right out of college and has been at it ever since. While other forges closed down, Jones not only managed to keep the Dekalb plant open, he actually expanded his operation and continues to do so to this day.

Jones’ only passion. He is still very active in his church on both the local and national levels, and he brings the same entrepreneurial spirit for business to the service of his church. Jones, a member of the Christian Missionary Alliance Church, is instrumental in helping his denomination plant new congregations in underserved communities.

Although Jones is now 80, he shows no signs of slowing down. One almost needs to run to keep up with him as he briskly escorts visitors around one of his plants. However, Jones is more than happy to explain the intricate process of taking scrap metal, melting it down to iron ore and then literally pounding it—or more technically stamping it—into useful parts and pieces for thousands of products. And more often than not his forges stamp out pieces for very large products like trains, planes and even aircraft carriers.

Jones delights in reopening shuttered church buildings. He likes to find creative and dedicated pastors, and invest resources in building a dynamic and spirit-filled local congregation. “I enjoy the work so much because it often results in more conversions and baptisms than we see in other situations.”

When asked why he does not retire, he replies, “To what, to Oprah? No thanks! I have passion for what I’m doing, and I intend to keep on doing it. I’m doing what I enjoy, and I think having a good, positive routine is also a major health benefit.” Turning raw metals into finish products is not 10

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When asked what makes Don Jones tick, good friend and former GC President Rich Stephens said, “The key value in Don’s life is loyalty, loyalty especially to God and the church, to his family, and to Greenville College as an arm of the church. His loyalty to GC has been unrelenting, intentional, and generous!” “I learned in College that you have to accept life as it is, and then still be happy despite the setbacks,” says Jones. In short, Jones himself continues to forge ahead. FALL 2010


You’re Making a Difference Ninety-five percent of Greenville College students receive need-based financial aid from The Fund for Educational Excellence. With head and heart, hands and feet, they learn, grow and go to serve. You make a difference in their lives so they can make a difference in the lives of others. Thank you!

TO MAKE A GIFT TO THE FUND FOR EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE: Visit us online at (click on the orange give box in the upper right hand corner) Call the Greenville College Advancement Office: 618-664-6500

The Greenville College experience was, and continues to be, special to us. It profoundly impacted our lives. That experience was only possible because of extraordinary, generous, and sacrificial professors, parents, administrators, and alumni. We want to be those extraordinary, generous and sacrificial people now and give that experience to students each year. As Winston Churchill said, “You make a living by what you get - You make a life by what you give.” God did not call Abraham or us as Christ-followers to simply be blessed. God called Abraham, me, and you to be a blessing. We are merely agents of God’s blessing. – Scott ’99 and Yvi Martin ’01 Giffen


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Greenville College Welcomes New Vice President for Advancement New Vice President for Advancement Walter Fenton is no stranger to Greenville College. Fenton graduated from GC in 1984 and now returns to campus to lead its advancement efforts. He looks forward to meeting with alumni and friends of the college, and creating long-lasting partnerships to continue to enhance the value and reputation of Greenville College both nationally and globally.

10 Things You Can Do for Greenville College  Pray for Greenville College on a daily basis.  Visit the Greenville College website often.

After graduating from Greenville with a B.A. in History and Political Science in 1984, Fenton continued his education at Yale University, completing a Masters of Divinity Degree in 1990 and a Masters of Sacred Theology in 1991. Fenton also completed studies at Vanderbilt University, receiving a Masters of Arts in Religion in 2004. “I am excited about the opportunity to play some role in helping young people have the type of faith and learning experience I had when I attended the college. I know firsthand that GC is an institution that transforms lives and builds a person’s character,” says Fenton.


 Encourage your church to host the College Choir or one of its many music touring groups.  Give annually to The Fund for Educational Excellence.  Encourage a prospective student to inquire about or visit Greenville College.  Attend a GC athletic event when one is in your area.

Brianne Cook

Coordinator for Research and Processing

Pancho Eppard Graphic Design

Kristin Koehnemann Office Assistant

 When you give to the College give via an automatic account deduction, give online or call us at 618-664-6500.  Host a GC alumni gathering.  Find a reason to make an annual visit to the College.  Send a note of thanks and encouragement to one of your favorite professors.

Erin Swarm

Administrative Assistant for Donations and Records

Pam Taylor

Director of Advancement

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Dr. V. James Mannoia, Jr., Tenth President of Greenville College, Receives Presidential Emeritus Status During his tenure, Mannoia maintained a consistent focus on the value of transformation made possible through a quality Christian liberal arts education.


uring their May, 2010 meetings the Greenville College Board of Trustees unanimously voted to award Dr. V. James Mannoia, Jr. Presidential Emeritus status. According to Board Chair Rebecca Smith, “great strides were made with Jim during his years on campus through the adult learning partnerships, as well as experiencing growth in our enrollment. Another significant area was to increase the College’s financial stability. I count it a distinct pleasure to have worked with him on a Board level and his contributions to the College were greatly appreciated.” Dr. Mannoia assumed the presidency of Greenville College on January 1, 1999 and retired from his nine year post on June 30, 2008. During his tenure, Mannoia maintained a consistent focus on the value of transformation made possible through a quality Christian liberal arts education. He sharpened the college’s vision for the “liberating arts,” tightened financial systems, and enhanced campus curb appeal. He also saw during his tenure the following new buildings and projects come to fruition: Blankenship Apartments, Dietzman Center, Mannoia Hall, Oak Street Residence Hall, Briner Center, Whitlock Music Center, Tidball Alumni House, Ganton Circle Project, Claussen Plaza/Page Circle Project, Maves Art Gallery Project and the White Environmental Center to name a few. While at GC, Mannoia helped shape the COR general education curriculum, and assisted in the creation of masters programs in Education and Teaching, as well as the Undergraduate Teacher Education Partnership with nearby Lewis and Clark College and Kaskaskia College. Mannoia also championed the


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development of the “Greenville in Africa” offcampus semester experience in Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Mannoia’s investment in students extended beyond traditional expectations of a college president. He engaged students in the classroom as lead instructor for COR 401, the senior capstone course, in the dorms for late night “Fireside Chats,” in regular meetings with GC Student Association presidents and cabinet members, at multiple sporting events, and on Scott Field in between classes and meetings. Dr. V. James Mannoia, Jr. now serves as the Senior Fellow for International Development for the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU). He also is an Independent Consultant in Higher Education and part-time Professor at Old Dominion University & Regent University. Dr. Mannoia resides in Virginia Beach, VA.


Digging into the Community:

New Students Begin the Year with Service

Greenville College students and staff constructed a new walking/running track at William S. Waite Park in Greenville, IL on August 23 to begin the school year by serving the local community. Students and faculty spent the day digging, raking and spreading gravel to complete the 0.6 mile project. For 11 years, new students and GC Student Development staff planted trees and cleaned up trash along the Meramec River during new student orientation. Last year, the staff decided to bring the group’s service to bear on

local community projects instead. “As the local event focus has unfolded, we have been delighted to see students serve and take some pride in the local community,” said Vice President and Dean of Student Development Norm Hall. At the end of the service day, students and faculty had moved over 400 tons of crushed lime to create the new trail. Greenville College hopes to continue its partnership with the local Park District to realize a vision of improved parks for the citizens of Greenville.

GC Summer Research Experience Chemistry Department Chair Dr. Darrell Iler launched the GC Summer Research Experience during the summer of 2010. Seven students spent the three months engaging in research with four of our current faculty, Dr. Darrell Iler, Dr. Shani Golovay, Dr. George Peters, and Dr. Richard Lombardini, and professor emeritus Dr. Hugh Siefken. The results of their research will be presented during Homecoming this year. Six additional students applied for and were awarded REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates)


positions at major universities around the country.

High Enrollment and Record Breaking Retention at Greenville College During a time of economic uncertainty for so many colleges and universities, Greenville College announces high enrollment and record breaking retention for the fall 2010 semester. Traditional enrollment, after a slight down year in 2009, is back up with 1,122 students enrolled. Greenville College also announces record breaking student retention, with 86.8 percent of last year’s students returning this fall. All of the faculty and staff go above and beyond to create a community that helps students engage and learn. Enrollment in non-traditional, online, and summer courses is also on the rise. The College served more than 2,000 students in non-traditional courses during the past academic year. Approximately 600 students participated in summer programs, which included a full schedule of online courses, and specific programs designed for teachers who wanted to add endorsements to their teaching certificate. Greenville also celebrates the recently published US News & World Report “America’s Best Colleges” article, in which Greenville College not only maintained a top tier position, but the college also improved its ranking, moving up more spots than any other college in the Midwest baccalaureate college category this year.

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ilwaukee Bucks general manager John Hammond, a 1976 Greenville College graduate, received the NBA’s top annual front office award as he was announced as NBA Executive of the Year on April 25, 2010

William Craig ’41 turned 90 years old in good health. William began as an obstetrician at U of M Hospital in 1944 and delivered 5700 babies over 30 years, along with one set of triplets. 1403 N Seymour Rd, Flushing, MI 48433.

“It’s just God’s grace that I’m sitting here,” said Hammond. “I believe there are a lot of good, qualified people in this league that can have jobs like this and have opportunities like this. I was just chosen.”

50s D. Ray Heisey ’54 was the keynote speaker at the Shanghai Disciplinary Development Symposium in Shanghai, China June 11-14, 2010 and at the 16th conference of the International Association for Intercultural Communication Studies in Guangzhou, China June 18-20. His topics included Intercultural Communication in Its International Context and Iranian Perspectives on Communication in an Age of Globalization. 2000 Carlton Rd, Kent, OH 44240.

60s Phil Wise ’60 celebrated his fiftieth year in banking on May 28. He currently serves as the Executive Vice President at Busey Bank in Decatur, IL. 130 Southmoreland Pl, Decatur, IL 62521.

Hammond was voted to the Greenville College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998. He also received Greenville College’s distinguished alumnus award in 2009. “John Hammond is a loyal alum who loves Greenville College and appreciates the education and athletic experience he received while attending from 1972-76, said Greenville Athletic Director Doug Faulkner. “John still keeps tabs on the Panthers and always responds when asked for advice or help in any way.”

70s Raymond ’71 and Regina (Smith ’70) Shaw are co-pastors of Disciples United Methodist Church in New York. 33 E Albion St, Holley, NY 14470. Donald G. Bastian ’73 was awarded the Partnership Award by Word Guild of Canada on May 15, 2010. The award is given annually to an individual or organization that has shown exceptional support and encouragement for Canadian writers and editors who are Christian. Bastian was cited for his long experience in the secular press and his teaching on publishing at Ryerson University. He owns Bastian Publishing Services in Toronto. Robert Prindle ’73 celebrated 35 years of singing professionally with The Lyric Opera of Chicago. He has performed with Joan Sutherland, Marilyn Horne, Luciano


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Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Renée Fleming, Kathleen Battle, Samuel Ramey, The Chicago Symphony, and before nearly 10,000,000 audience members during his career. 900 Chicago Ave, Unit 606, Evanston, IL 60202. Linda (McFarland ’75) Minter retired from AT&T on May 31, 2008 after 23 years of service and is now a part-time switchboard operator at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville, IL. Linda and her husband Michael are the legal guardians of their two grandsons, Cody and Lucas. 1980 N Keebler Ave, Collinsville, IL 62234. Steve Peay ’76 is the Associate Professor of Church History at Nashotah House in Nashotah, WI. 8513 Jackson Park Blvd, Wauwatosa, WI 53226. Joyce Schneider ’76 received her Masters of Divinity from Claremont School of Theology in Claremont, CA in May, 2010. 6322 W

Poinsettia Dr, Glendale, AZ 85304. Mary Cunningham ’79 is the Pastor of the Virden First and Girard United Methodist Churches in Illinois. This is her sixth year of ministry as a pastor in the Illinois Great Rivers Annual Conference. 211 S Church St, PO Box 58, Virden, IL 62690.

Michael ’92 and Amanda (Fuqua ’94) Wiegand, a son, Archer William David, born December 3, 2009. 151 Woodlake Rd, Seymour, IL 61875.

Daniel ’97 and Martha Hummer, a son, Will Sebastian, born November 17, 2009. 788 Brookside Parc Ln, Avondale Estates, GA 30002.

80s Philip married Pam (McDavid) Eccles ’84. 5522 Purpura Dr, Indianapolis, IN 46236. Patty (Huff ’85) Erickson received the 2009 Nurse Exemplar Award for Teaching at John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital in Phoenix, AZ. Patty works as a Clinical Education Consultant for the Medical/Surgical, Orthopedics, Outpatient, Radiology, PICC specialized and Admission nurses. 17450 N 60 Ave, Glendale, AZ 85308. Tracey (Glynn ’85) Wolff provides professional softball instruction at Professional Baseball Instruction of Illinois in Lake Barrington, IL. 422 Osage St, Wauconda, IL 60084.


Alison ( Parmenter ’94) married Cary Cremeens on October 17, 2009. Alison is an Adoption Specialist with Children’s Home + Aid in East St. Louis, IL. 2832 Dogwood Dr, Granite City, IL 62040. Jim ’95 and Christi (Ward ’95) Kitterman adopted a son, Jonathan Abiso, born June 22, 2009, from Ethiopia on January 1, 2010. 937 Feather Sky St NW, Salem, OR 97304. christi.kitterman@earthenvessels.

Kristin Johnson ’97 received her Master of Arts in Christian Ministries from The Assemblies of God Theological Seminary in May, 2010. 1915 S Sagamont, Apt 1, Springfield, MO 65807. Michael Malone ’99 started work in February, 2010 to open a new charter school in St. Louis, MO for the 2011-12 school year. 5951 Marwinette Ave, St. Louis, MO 63116.

00s Rebecca (Gigous ’00) and Mayford Combs, a son, Ian William, born October 25, 2009. 3335 Fuller Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508.

Carrie (Stewart ’90) and Jeffrey Derico, a daughter, Cassidy Shayla Marie, born January 26, 2010. 10916 Inspiration Dr, Acton, IN 46259.


Marcos Whyte ’95 is the Assistant Principal of Redan High School in Stone Mountain, GA. 3920 Appleton Ct, Decatur, GA 30034.

John Higgins ’90 married Rev. Valerie (Jones) on April 17, 2010. 102 E Washington, Kentland, IL 61910.

Jill (Johnson ’96) Morris adopted a daughter, Mallory Laraine LiSha, born May, 10, 2007, from China on June 29, 2008. She married Alex Morris on November 13, 2009. 4022 Cadence Dr, Spring Hill, TN 37174.

Tim ’00 and Tracy Lee (Marrinan ’00) Sievers, a daughter, Arabella Joy, born November 13, 2008. Tim is the Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of FALL 2010



Flathead County in Kalispell, MT. 99 Vista Loop, Kalispell, MT 59901.

in Marshall, IL. Christina is a stay at home mom. 1309 Plum St, Marshall, IL 62441.

Wesley ’01 and Jerica Bell, a son, Jaykob Ronald Dean, born June 23, 2009. Wesley is a detective for the Wichita Police Department in Wichita, KS. 695 N Ryan Rd, Conway Springs, KS 6703.

Amanda (Trempert ’06) married Justin Honaker on May 24, 2008. 1957 W Aspen Creek Dr, Nampa, ID 83686. Amanda Landis ’06 is the new Chemical Hygiene Office and Laboratory Coordinator in the Science Department at Greenville College. 819 N Locust St, Apt A, Greenville, IL 62246.

Becky (Cooper ’01) and Nick Erdmann, a son, Maxwell Roydon, born June 2, 2010. 320 N Main St, PO Box 489, Paullina, IA 51046. Andy ’01 and Jaycie (Smith ’03) Johnson are involved in long-term church plant work with TEAM missions ( Heather (Mann ’02) married Benjamin Parker on October 3, 2009. Heather is the Administrative Assistant at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Lakeland, FL. 1014 W Beacon Rd, Lakeland, FL 33803.

Ginger Jordan ’03 graduated from Asbury Seminary in May, 2010 and is now the Director of Spiritual Formation and Experiential Learning at Central Christian College in McPherson, KS. 419 Gildersleeve, McPherson, KS 67460. Theresa (Megal ’03) married Benjamin Thompson on February 5, 2010. Theresa graduated from the Defense Language Institute on August 26, 2010 and was promoted to 3rd class Petty Officer in the United States Navy. 5623 Hamilton Wolfe Rd, Apt 831, San Antonio, TX 78240. Kimberly (Cuppett ’04) and Clark Kays set off on a ten-month journey to travel to four continents and over 20 countries in June, 2010. Follow their adventure at www. 40 E 9th St, Unit 503, Chicago, IL 60605. Amber (Johnson ’04) married Joshua Morris on August 21, 2010. Amber works at Bethel University in Nashville, TN. 1803 Broadway Unit 202, Nashville, TN 37203. Eric ’04 and Christy (Grimes ’04) Moss, two daughters, Anouk and Amelie, born February 4, 2010. 525 S Chicago Ave, Bismarck, IL 61814.

Matthew Wright ’02 is the Director of Adult Programming of the tennis department at the Wheaton Sports Center in Wheaton, IL. 1219 Briarbrook Dr, Wheaton, IL 60189. Elgin ’03 and Christina (Dillon ’04) Combs, a son, Isaiah Riley, born February 12, 2010. Elgin is a youth and worship pastor


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Chelsie (Ackley ’05) married Kyle Flanagan on July 24, 2010. 1022 Miller St, Apt A, Washington, IL 61571.

R.C. Sayler ’04 earned a Master of Fine Arts, completing the program with Honors, from The Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI. Sayler’s work was part of the RISD Graduate Thesis Exhibition at the Rhode Island Convention Center and was also included in a show in New York, NY.

Paul Reese ’08 is the head chef at Café Roma, a non-profit coffee community in Macomb, IL (www.caferomamacomb. com). Paul completed his coursework for a masters of Music in Choral Conducting and Musicology at Western Illinois University. 1 ½ N Side Square, Apt N, Macomb, IL 61455. Tressa (Stanley ’08) married Mark Rosone on July 28, 2010. Tressa teaches middle school English and History at Collinsville Christian Academy in Collinsville, IL. 2001 LaSalle St, Belleville, IL 62221. Taija (Covington ’09) married Jordan Charnley on September 26, 2009. 531 W Lawrence, Springfield, IL 62704. Robert Kirbach ’09 completed postgraduate training in pastoral leadership and was ordained into gospel ministry in the spring, 2010. 317 Maurice St, Alton, IL 62002. Susan (Jones ’09) Nance is the Assistant to the Chief Development Officer at Volunteer Ministry Center in Knoxville, TN. 3112 Conner Dr, Knoxville, TN 37918. Micah ’10 married Stephanie (Houser ’10) Chapman on June 6, 2010. Micah is pursuing his masters in Sports Management at West Virginia University. 8 Grapevine, Morgantown, WV 26505. Joshua Zink ’10 is spending one year with the Vincentian Service Corps working with poor and marginalized people in St. Louis, MO. 7338 Balson Ave, St. Louis, MO 63130.

In Memory Dr. Lawrence Schoenhals ’35 died on August 8, 2010, at age 98. Lawrence attended Fort Wayne Bible Institute and then entered Greenville College as a student and band director. He met his first love, Mildred Mae Head and married her on his graduation day in 1935. Lawrence went on to earn a master’s degree in Mathematics and Music from the University of Michigan. He committed himself to Christian higher education and began by leading the music program at Central Christian College in McPherson, KS, heading the music department at Huntington (College) University in Huntington, IN, and then moving to Seattle Pacific (College) University. At Seattle Pacific, Dr. Schoenhals served as music professor, director of the School of Music, registrar, dean of administration, administrative vice president, and president. During these years, he earned a Ph.D. from the University of Washington in higher education and directed music for the worldwide radio broadcast, the Light and Life Hour. In 1969, Dr. Schoenhals became president of Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, NY and was later inducted into the college’s Hall of Fame for his leadership and contributions to the school as well as the Free Methodist denomination. From 19731980, Dr. Schoenhals served as the General Secretary of Higher Education and the Ministry at the Free Methodist Headquarters in Winona Lake, IN. He married his second wife, Ruth, in 1979. In 2004, he moved to Warm Beach Senior Community. Greenville College has an endowed Fine Arts Symposium named after Dr. Schoenhals and his late wife, Ruth.

Dr. Olmstead was an ordained minister in the Free Methodist Church and served several pastorates. He also taught in three schools, including Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, KY. For over 23 years he was an editor at David C. Cook Publishing Company (now Cook Communications Ministries). Dr. Olmstead was a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, traveled to Israel, and was listed in the Directory of American Scholars Second Edition. After retirement from the Cook Company, he made an in-depth study of Gerontology receiving his Associate of Applied Science degree in Gerontology Mental Health in 1984. Dr. Olmstead then earned a Specialist in Aging certificate from the Institute of Gerontology at the University of Michigan and in 1996, at age 81, he earned his fifth degree in Psychology from Judson College. Mary Ann (Hermann) Heath ’38 died on January 15, 2010, at age 91.

Carl H. Stowe ’49 died on September 15, 2009, at age 89. After graduation, Mr. Stowe served as Bond County States Attorney from 1956-1960, conducted a simultaneous private law practice, and taught in business and public schools. Beginning in 1981, he engaged in private law practice with his son, Charl K. Stowe ’74. Stowe was an Honorary Member of the Illinois State Bar Association and in 2003 he celebrated his 50th year as an attorney. He served in England and France with the Army and Air Force during World War II. He was an active supporter of veterans groups and the Christian Church and Church of Christ fellowships. Esther (Herman) Hutchinson ’51 died on July 10, 2010, at age 80. F. Virginia Stimer ’54 died on April 19, 2010, at age 80. Virginia received her RN from Harper Hospital, Detroit, in 1950 and continued her education at Greenville College to earn a bachelor of science in Nursing, and a bachelor of arts in Sociology. She earned her Masters in Nursing Administration from the University of Colorado and Midwifery degree from Bethesda Hospital in Sydney, Australia in 1976. Virginia also received seminary training in 1970 and 1976 at Nazarene Theological Seminary, and Masters in Education from Azusa Pacific University in 1981. Virginia served for 29 years from 1965-1994 as a medical missionary under the Church of the Nazarene in Papua New Guinea (PNG). She was a general nurse as well as the director of nursing at Kudjip Nazarene Hospital, teaching principal of Nazarene College of Nursing, serving as the supervisor/advisor to the Papua National Church, and secretary of the PNG Medical Council for seven years. In retirement she was active in community organizations, hospice, helping at a local elementary school, serving in her church and most recently was a senior companion for the home-bound elderly.


Dr. C. Elvan Olmstead ’36 died on March 16, 2010, at age 96. Elvan graduated at the head of his class from Greenville High School in 1932 and Magna Cum Laude from Greenville College. He continued his education, receiving a BD from McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago in 1939 and a Ph.D. in Religious Education from Yale University in 1943.

Carl Rice ’43 died on April 4, 2009, at age 88. Carl worked at Manhattan Project, Columbia University, NYC; K-25 Plant, Oak Ridge, TN; Solar Aircraft, Des Moines, IA; Pre-engineering Department, Greenville College, Greenville, IL; and McDonnellDouglas Aircraft, St. Louis, MO. He also served as a sixth grade boys Sunday school teacher for 25 years. Carl and his wife Alice ’44 were married for 64 years.

Ceville B. Hinman ’62 died on June 24, 2010, at age 70. Kenneth Barry ’66 died on August 14, 2010, at age 66. Ken attended Greenville College where he majored in biology and education and minored in Spanish. He also sang in the a cappella choir, participated in the mission club and spent four summers and vacations in Mexico as a college missionary. Ken was an active member in both the Spanish and Science clubs, and served as the Chaplain for the class of 1966. He met his wife Judi ’66 and they got married after graduation. FALL 2010



Ken attended Asbury Theological Seminary, but then decided he wanted to be a teacher and accepted a job teaching Science in the Farmington Public schools in Farmington, MI in 1969. He worked as a Science teacher in Farmington for eleven years and loved teaching. During that time, Ken and Judi were blessed with the gift of adoption and received their son Jonathan in 1971 and their daughter Carmen in 1972. Ken worked in various roles and states for the Upjohn Company, which later became Phizer, from 1978-2005. After retiring, he and Judi settled in Asheville, North Carolina. During retirement, Ken served on the board for both Rotary and Guardian Ad Litem, was a member of the Arden Presbyterian Choir, and was master gardener. Cynthia (Looney) Peterson ’81 died on August 21, 2010, at age 51. Peterson was born in Rochester, NY and graduated from Fairport High School in Fairport, NY 1977. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in English from Greenville College in 1981, she married Robert Peterson. She worked for Gannett newspapers and KISS radio in Los Angeles, CA, and later with her husband in their company, Peterson Resource Group. Michael Scanland ’86 died on August 26, 2010, at age 46. Michael was the student director of AgapeFest in 1986. Following graduation he started his own concert promotion company and after 10 years sold that company to Jam Productions in Chicago, IL. He expanded Jam’s Christian division and then formed a new

company called Concert Services, Inc. (CSI), under which he continued to produce Christian concerts in Chicago and across the Midwest. Scanland was also a co-owner of Sonshine Festival, a Christian music festival in Willmar, MN, and Ignite Chicago. Scanland served in various consulting roles with AgapeFest since his graduation. Most notably, he funded the festival for three years in the early 2000s when the financial viability of the festival came into question, essentially saving the festival and establishing a new business model that paved the way for continued fiscal stability. Justin Chesnut ’07 died on October 16, 2008, at age 24. Justin graduated from Effingham High School in 2002, as valedictorian of his class. In 2006, he participated in Phi Beta Lambda national competition in Nashville, placing 4th in Management Analysis & Decision Making. In 2007, he placed 7th in the national competition held in Chicago. Justin graduated from Greenville College Magna Cum Laude with majors in Business Management and Social Work and was employed by Patterson Technology Center as a support specialist in Effingham, IL. In May, 2010, the first Justin M. Chesnut Phi Beta Lambda Award was presented during Greenville College Honors Chapel. The Chesnut family, in conjunction with the Greenville College Business Department, established this annual award in Justin’s memory.

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Above and Beyond MAKE A DIFFERENCE – FOREVER Your annual gift to The Fund for Educational Excellence is absolutely essential. You make it possible for students to attend Greenville College today. But maybe you are ready to go above and beyond! There are many ways to take your giving to a whole new level. Here are some ways to get from here to there. • Make an additional gift to GC this year. Give to the Greenville College Endowment Fund. Your gift will be regarded as principal. Only the income it generates will be used to support students and build a stronger Greenville College. • Make a gift of stocks or bonds, or make Greenville College a beneficiary on your life insurance policy. • Visit an attorney, prepare a will and include Greenville College in your estate planning.

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The purpose of this information is to provide general gift and financial planning information. It is not intended as legal, accounting or other professional advice. For assistance in planning charitable gifts with tax and other financial implications, the service of appropriate advisors should be obtained. Consult an attorney for advice if your plans require revision of a will or other legal document. FALL 2010







Ten Days in Bolivia




During the summer of 2010, the Greenville College men’s and women’s


basketball teams traveled to Cochabamba, Bolivia and returned after 10 days with hearts full of the inexpressible joy.




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The RECORD, Fall 2010  
The RECORD, Fall 2010  

The Fall 2010 edition of the RECORD features our Panther Athletics program and life beyond the lines for our student-athletes.