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Columns SPRING 2010

Heart Soul Of a Small Town and

A Visit with Alumnae in Summerville



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From left to right: Penny Merritt Merriman ’73, Katherine Brasington McIntosh ’58, Sandi Elizabeth Inman Engler ’96, Dr. Regina Dawn Lemmon ’97, Marlena Redfern Lewis Myers ’64, Tara Williams White ’95, Kathleen Aughtry Randall ’73, Lisa Yaxis ’08, Mimi Irvin Chester ’85 Photos by Gary Eaton Office of the President 803.786.3178 Office of Advancement 803.786.3650 1.866.456.2527 toll free Office of Alumnae Relations 803.786.3645 1.866.456.2527 toll free Office of Admissions 803.786.3871 Office of Public Relations 803.786.3084


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his is certainly a time for celebration at Columbia College. With the support of many of you, we have successfully completed our Imagine Campaign, raising more than $25,000,000 for facilities, endowment, and programs. It was the hard work and enthusiasm of our campaign volunteers and the generosity of our many donors that made our success possible, and I express the gratitude of the entire campus when I say a huge thank you to all of you who wrote letters, made calls, came to meetings, arranged gatherings, made speeches, and donated time, energy, and, yes, money to this effort. In its history, Columbia College has engaged in targeted campaigns for such pressing needs as the Bush Science Center and the Breed Leadership Center. That is all the more reason it is important to celebrate our success with this ambitious, comprehensive undertaking. As a result of the Imagine Campaign, we have added the McNair Scholars endowment and the J. E. Reeves Endowed Chair in Leadership Studies; built a new athletic complex with the Price Pavilion, the Younts Soccer Stadium, the Sutton Softball Field; renovated the library with the Vandiver Reference Center, the Overton Instructional Classroom, and the Phillips Collaborative Learning Center; and supported the operations of our curricular and co-curricular programs. Because of the generous support of alumnae and friends, we have been able to continue to make payments on the Student Union, while balancing our operational budgets. While celebrating the dollars that added up to the success of the campaign, it is important for us to remember what the Imagine effort was really all about, and that is our students, faculty, staff, and the legacy of leadership and United Methodist values that have been part of Columbia College for 156 years. This year we have celebrated the selection of our senior, Homa Hassan, as The National Collegiate Honors Student of the Year, the naming of Dr. Lynne Noble as a Fulbright Scholar to teach in Mongolia next spring; the award of a Medal of Honor in the Arts to Professor Wrenn Cook, and numerous student awards, presentations, performances, and competitions. While the campaign made possible many positive changes at the College, the most important thing your support accomplished is to help us continue to offer high-quality, values-based, liberal arts education for current and future Columbia College students. Thank you!

2008-2009 Growth in Athletics

Campaign Milestones Summer 2006 A Campaign Kick-off with Zing

Trustee Joe Blanchard, Imagine Campaign chair, provided the $1.5 million lead campaign gift.

Fall 2006 Gifts that Inspire

2007–2008 A Twenty-First Century Library

The Sutton Softball Field was made possible by a gift from Jack and Maggie Sutton and was dedicated in fall 2008. Softball was added in spring 2009. The City of Columbia provided a $1 million grant as part of a public-private partnership. The Dollie Isgett Younts ’51 and Kerry Younts Culp ’79 Soccer Field was given by Melvin and Dollie Younts and dedicated in fall 2009. The Price Pavilion was given by trustee Leonard L. Price and dedicated in his honor.

The Million Dollar Roundtable was formally established in fall 2006 to recognize the exceptional generosity of donors who reach $1 million in lifetime gifts.

Nell Williams Overton’s ’43 desire to see the sixties era library fully renovated became reality in 2008. Her gifts provided an instructional classroom, a help desk, theater, and enhancements to the children’s area. Trustee Leonard Price underwrote the library’s new Kay Price Phillips ’65 Collaborative Learning Center, dedicated to his daughter. The Rita Eldridge Vandiver ’64 Reference Center was dedicated thanks to a gift from Bill and Rita Vandiver.

Spring 2007 Creating a Legacy

The R. Wright Spears Heritage Society inducted its first members, recognizing those who support the College with $25,000 or more through planned giving.

Spring 2007 The McNair Scholars

Robert and Janice Suber McNair ’59 established the McNair Scholars Program, an endowed program that provides scholarships for academically gifted students with a calling for community service.

Spring 2007 Introducing the Koala Callers

The Janie Farmer Myers ’37 Call Center was dedicated with a gift from Berlin G. Myers Sr. Students now serve as Koala Callers, reaching out to alumnae for pledges supporting the Loyalty Fund.

Fall of 2008 Dynamic Duo Rallies Alumnae Support

Led by Paul and Claire Wilson Yarborough ’67, the Alumnae Campaign was formally launched. This effort focused on strengthening the personal connection of alumnae with the College as well as to increase alumnae giving. It also represents the first time a couple has worked together to foster a greater sense of pride among graduates, their spouses and their families.

December 2009 A New Chair

The J.E. Reeves Endowed Chair in Leadership Studies was established as a result of raising a $1 million match toward a $500,000 challenge grant.

Fall 2009 For the Guys

The Men of Columbia College was launched as part of the Alumnae Campaign effort cultivating enthusiasm and loyalty among alumnae spouses, fathers, and male evening program graduates. Membership in the charter class ends June 2011.

Spring 2010 Women Rocking Science and Math

The National Science Foundation awarded the College a major grant to support scholarships in math, science and information technology.

Yay! We Did It!

The “Through These Gates” walk culminated with the announcement of the successful completion of the Imagine Campaign, fifteen months early, during Alumnae Weekend 2010.


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lumnae Weekend festivities began on campus Friday, April 23, with a 50th reunion luncheon for the Class of 1960. Later that evening, alumnae from all classes attended “the Big Party” for a night filled with Alumnae Awards honors, Low Country cuisine, music and dancing at the historic 300 Senate Street event venue.

Photo by Allen Anderson

A little rain did not stop our “Through These Gates” walk on Alumnae Day, April 24! Nearly 200 participants—alumnae, spouses, students, faculty, staff and families—proudly celebrated Columbia College as we walked from the State House grounds to the front gates of the campus. The 4 mile walk was the culmination of four great years of fundraising ending with more than $25 million raised in the Imagine Campaign.


Classes celebrating reunions joined in the fun, especially the “golden” Class of 1960 serving as grand marshals. Great spirit and enthusiasm swept the crowd as the day kicked off with registration on campus. Participants shuttled to the State House where the walk began and proceeded down Main Street like a “Sea of Purple.” The Men of Columbia College worked a water station for walkers along the route. Following the walk, back on campus, Dr. Caroline Whitson recognized recent achievements and announced successful completion of the campaign for a big Fighting Koalas cheer. Later in the day, the senior class presented its official class doll for the 100+ year old collection displayed in Alumnae Hall and guests toured the campus while classes held reunions. A memorable Alumnae Day indeed!


Martha Smith Kneece ’55, Lee Gordon Brockington ’81, Deborah Silver Stroman ’84, and Nan Binnarr Carter ’04 were honored by the Columbia College Alumnae Association during their annual Alumnae Weekend festivities, April 23-24 (left to right).

Distinguished Service Award

Wil Lou Gray Outstanding Educator Award

early career, she taught piano in public schools before joining the family business full time. Her family established and operated an independent telecommunications firm that served the Gilbert area, the Pond Branch Telephone Company, which later became PBT Telecom, Inc. Kneece served for 34 years as corporate secretary and 43 as a director until her retirement in 1997. Known for her leadership and service to the community, Kneece has served on the Board of Lexington Medical Center, the Board of Visitors and the Board of Trustees of Columbia College. She has received many honors, including South Carolina’s highest honor, The Order of the Palmetto. She was awarded an honorary doctorate by Columbia College and has received the Columbia College Medallion, the College’s highest honor. In 2003, a residence hall on campus was named in her honor. Kneece and her husband, Everett Kneece, established a charitable fund called the Foundation for Rural Education and Development, which provides college scholarships to deserving rural students who are willing to return to rural areas to work after graduation. A life member of the Pond Branch United Methodist Church, Kneece is an active church leader and is the heart of their music program. She has served as organist and pianist for 63 years in addition to being choir director. She has four children, six grandchildren and three stepgrandchildren.

a degree in physical education. Stroman played basketball and volleyball at Columbia College and received All-American Honorable Mention in both sports. In her 26th year as a public school teacher, she teaches physical education and serves as chair of the electives department for Lower Richland School District. She also serves as the Richland School District One lead high school physical education teacher. Stroman has coached girls’ and boys’ track, volleyball and girls’ basketball for Lower Richland and her impressive record includes track championships and six basketball state championship titles. Her career win-loss record is 392-104. She was Lower Richland’s 1999 Teacher of the Year, South Carolina State Girls’ Basketball Coach of the Year, The High School Sports Reports Statewide and Class 4-A Coach of the Year, The State newspaper 4-A Coach of the Year and Richland School District One High School Coach of the Year in ’06, ’07, ’08, and ’09.

Martha Smith Kneece, class of 1955, is a native of Pond Branch, South Carolina. In her

Deborah Silver Stroman is a 1984 Columbia College graduate with

Young Alumna Service Award

Nan Binnarr Carter is a 2004 magna cum laude graduate of Columbia

Lee “Moo” Gordon Brockington, researcher and writer, is a senior interpreter for

the Belle W. Baruch Foundation at Hobcaw Barony in Georgetown County. A 1981 graduate of Columbia College, she is a popular lecturer and guest speaker, and a participant in the Seminar for Historical Administration at Colonial Williamsburg. She is a former curator of education for the Historic Columbia Foundation and an instructor of history at Coastal Carolina University. She and her family are residents of Pawleys Island, South Carolina. Brockington is the author of three books: Pawleys Island: A Century of History and Photographs; Plantation Between the Waters, A Brief History of Hobcaw Barony; and Pawleys Island, Stories from the Porch. She contributed the Pawleys Island entry in Walter Edgar’s The South Carolina Encyclopedia, and she regularly contributes a variety of articles appearing in periodicals. She is recognized for ongoing involvement in community affairs, often in leadership positions, and for engendering partnerships in outreach programs and service organizations.

College and majored in behavioral science. Professionally, she has served as events coordinator for Harvest Hope Food Bank and director of development and community relations, Cancer Services for Palmetto Health Foundation. In her most recent role at Palmetto Health Foundation, she helped coordinate events such as the McDaniels Golf Classic and the highly successful Walk for Life supporting breast cancer awareness, education, patient and family support and research. She is currently a stayat-home mother, and remains active in the community. She is a member of Cayce United Methodist Church and regularly volunteers her time and talent supporting Palmetto Health Foundation. A proud alumna of Columbia College, she has served in a leadership role with the Alumnae Council, is always eager to return to campus as a volunteer or mentor, and was a key member of the “Through These Gates” event team.

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Career Achievement Award



These Gates



On Saturday, April 24, Columbia College celebrated its past, present and future by joining a “Sea of Purple” as it flowed from the State House grounds to pass through the historic campus gates.




Three honorees received Columbia College’s highest award, the Medallion, at a dinner and awards ceremony held last fall on November 5. Recipients of the 2009 Medallion Award include Dr. Vivia Lawton Fowler ’76, Dr. Jan Love and Betty Ulmer McGregor ’51. The Medallion is presented annually to those individuals whom the College wishes to recognize for exceptional accomplishments, leadership, and service.

Dr. Vivia Lawton Fowler is dean

and vice president for academic affairs for Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia. She received the B.A. in religion and sociology from Columbia College, the M.A. in religion from the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, and the Ph.D. in philosophical and psychological foundations of education from the University of South Carolina. First consecrated a diaconal minister in 1980 and now an ordained deacon in The United Methodist Church, she served churches in South Carolina for ten years before joining the faculty of Columbia College where she held teaching and administrative roles from 1986 to 2007. She became dean of Wesleyan College in June 2007, where she oversees all academic areas of the College. Fowler’s honors include Columbia College Omicron Delta Kappa Professor of the Year (1995), Columbia College Outstanding Professor (1996), S.C. Governor’s Distinguished Professor Award (1997), and The United Methodist Church’s Francis Asbury Award (2002). She has been nationally recognized for her work to support and advance efforts to improve student learning and transitions into and through higher education. She led Columbia College’s Foundations of Excellence in the First Year of College initiative and the College’s participation in the Wabash National Study of Liberal Arts Education. A frequent speaker in churches, her passion is sharing the stories of biblical women through character presentations and biblical instruction. She has developed monologues for ten biblical women. She and her husband Richard have two adult children. Richard lives in Columbia and is executive director of the TriCounty Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse. Stephen, an attorney, and his wife, Stani Terzieva ’06, live in Charleston. Claire, also a Columbia College alumna, is a management recruiter and lives in Columbia.

Photos by Allen Anderson and Rebecca Munnerlyn

Dr. Jan Love is dean and professor

of Christianity and world politics at Emory University. She has served since January 2007 as the ninth dean of the Candler School of Theology. She is an internationally recognized leader in church and ecumenical arenas and a scholar of world politics, particularly issues of religion and politics, conflict transformation, and globalization. She is known for facilitating constructive relationships among people and groups with deeply held differences and for her work in racial justice. Prior to coming to Emory, she served as the chief executive officer of the Women’s Division, the administrative arm of the United Methodist Women, an organization with operations in 60 countries. From 1982 to 2004, she was on the faculty at the University

of South Carolina in the departments of religious studies and government and international studies, where she directed the International Studies M.A. and Ph.D. programs. She represented The United Methodist Church on the World Council of Churches in Geneva, Switzerland, from 1975 to 2006, and led the WCC delegation to the United Nations 4th World Conference on Women in 1995. Since 1970, she has served on the boards of several United Methodist Church agencies and is currently a member of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. She also serves on the UMC University Senate’s Commission on Theological Education as well as the Wofford College Board of Trustees. At their General Conference in 2000, the United Methodist Council of Bishops recognized her for “Exceptional Leadership in Ecumenical Arenas. ”A graduate of Eckerd College, she received her master’s degree and doctorate from Ohio State University. She has authored two books on international relations as well as scores of scholarly articles, book chapters, and reviews. She and her husband, Dr. Peter Sederberg, have two adult children.

Betty Ulmer McGregor was

named the 2009 South Carolina Mother of the Year by the Association of American Mothers of South Carolina. She went on to be honored as the 2009 National Mother of the Year during the association’s national conference held in Seattle, Washington. A native of Cameron, South Carolina, she graduated from Columbia College in 1951. Soon after graduation, she married Sam McGregor, and with him established their home in Hopkins. He was called into military service in 1952, and their first child was born at Fort Benning, Georgia. When her husband’s military service was complete, the family returned to Hopkins and the busy life of a family dairy farm. They were blessed with four additional children and she became active in the community, church, and schools. Now, they experience the joy of eight grandchildren. Their children are: the Reverend Elizabeth McGregor Simmons, a Presbyterian minister; Jean McGregor Trice, a nurse and office manager; James Rhett McGregor, a civil engineer; Dr. John Ulmer McGregor, a Clemson University department chair; and the Reverend Sam Evans McGregor Jr., a Presbyterian minister. McGregor believes that parenting is an awesome responsibility, requiring prayer, energy, sacrifice, time, and love, and her children express that she passed on to them her values, which emphasize the importance of faith, family, and friends. She was endorsed for Mother of the Year by South Carolina family and community leaders and recognized by The South Carolina General Assembly for this state and national achievement.

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A Visit with Alumnae in Summerville


olumns visited with a group of Columbia College alumnae in Summerville, South Carolina, on a gorgeous spring afternoon at the home of Berlin and Marlena Myers. Summerville is a pretty bedroom community just a few miles north of Charleston, where Berlin has been mayor for 24 years. Marlena, our gracious hostess on this day, has been a leader in her community and a dedicated supporter of Columbia College. One by one the women arrived and gathered around the dining room table with iced tea and a slice of chocolate iced 12-layer cake. A few of them knew one another, but one might assume they’d been friends for years with the spontaneous and energetic conversation that ensued. Without exception, each of these women plays an important leadership role in the community—whether in a classroom, a clinic, a courtroom, or a charitable organization—their passion shows. When Regina Lemmon says, “My motto is to pay it forward,” her words resonate around the table. Columbia College is where many have chosen to share their time and expertise, or even support scholarships, to benefit the young women who follow in their footsteps. Asked to share a few thoughts and recollections about Columbia College, and what they’ve done since, each had a unique journey with common threads:

Katherine “Kitty” Brasington McIntosh ’58

William have three children and three grandchildren. Together they own and operate a small arts and antiques business. “Two of my Columbia College classmates have granddaughters about the same age as mine and we get together every year with the girls. We took our granddaughters to Washington, D.C., last year, which was a hoot.”

Kitty was born in St. Matthews and has lived in Summerville since 1967. At Columbia College, she majored in religion and certified to teach. She laughs, “Oh, I was never going to teach,” and says in distinctive Marlena Redfern Low Country tones, “but Daddy said that if I didn’t get certified to teach he wouldn’t pay for my education. Lewis Myers ’64 Not only did I want to major in religion, I wanted to “My great story about Columbia College, which I love major in speech and all kinds of things, but I’m so to tell, just typifies what the College is all about. I was glad I went into education. I love it. My husband was on the board of Big Brothers and Sisters and they were appointed dean of students at Trident Technical College, which is what brought us to having their annual meeting in the gym at Columbia Summerville. I’ve taught at the College of Charleston since 1974, after earning my College. This was around 1978, and I ran into Dr. master’s degree in early childhood education.” Selden Smith, who taught me history when I was at the “I’m now very committed to working in the poverty schools with College of College in the sixties. He looked at me and said, ‘You Charleston field students. I am also very interested in preservation education, know, I don’t remember your name, but I remember Southern decorative arts and Low Country studies. I’m semi-retired now, teaching your face. I don’t ever forget faces.’ He asked, ‘When part time, and have recently done some research on the Barbados-Charleston did you graduate?’ I told him that I didn’t graduate but had left in the middle of my C O L U M B I A Cjunior O L Lyear E G and E got married. And he said, ‘You know, you really should come back 8 connection and the development of culture in Charleston.” Kitty and her husband

and get your degree.’ I just politely agreed and didn’t think much more about it. I want you to know that two days later, I had a letter in the mail from history professor, Dr. Bob Moore, and Dr. Smith. It said they had checked out my records and they wanted me to come back to school and finish my degree, and they would work with me. I couldn’t believe they had taken the time to go to all this trouble for me. Because of that one act of kindness, I went back and finished in 1980 and then worked for the College for 18 years, first in continuing education and then in advancement. I even met my husband Berlin because of Columbia College. One act of kindness can change a life, and that one really changed mine.”

Kathleen “Kathy” Aughtry Randall ’73

“I loved Columbia College for a lot of reasons, and I probably love it more now than I did when I was there. One of the stories I always remember is that I was one of the four people who went with Mr. Charles Pfeiffer on the “Out West Cowboy and Indian Tour.” In today’s world no one would ever let their daughters take a road trip with a guy in a ten year old station wagon he’d outfitted with a refrigerator in the back and an air conditioner that was not built in,” she laughs. “But he was so knowledgeable about Indian tribes. We went to the second mesa of the Hopi Indians where they did their dance for us and we ate with the chief. We camped out every single night—yes, on the ground! I will never forget seeing a sign on a convenience store that said ‘No Indians Allowed’; it opened our eyes to the appalling discrimination against Native Americans. Mr. Pfeiffer taught me that we’re all the same tribe no matter where we’re from.” After graduating, Kathy taught 12th grade English at Brookland-Cayce High School for six years. She then tried a stint in graduate school before applying for a job where

she interviewed with Phil Lader, in Hilton Head. Kathy remembers, “He said, ‘I don’t really think you are right for this job, but I have a different job for you,’ and I went to work on his Renaissance Weekend. When Lader decided to run for governor, he asked me to run his campaign office even though I knew nothing about politics or fundraising.” Marlena Myers, as it happens, spearheaded his fundraising effort. “He didn’t win that race, but we had a great time. I learned something important from Lader, who was a Harvard Law School graduate, when I asked him why he never practiced law. He said, ‘I never went to law school to practice law, I went to law school because it opened doors.’ So, at 40 years old, I went to law school, which was probably the best thing and the hardest thing I ever did.” After finishing law school she went to work for the McNair Law Firm in Columbia. “While I was working there, I did some work for Amoco (now BP) and they offered me a job in governmental affairs. I worked for them until retiring in February after 18 years. Now, I’m starting my own business, consulting with a Columbia law firm and a biofuels company based in California…another adventure!”

and marching on bananas…when you are doing that crazy stuff in the middle of the night there is no time to be homesick.” She continues, “I was majoring in German and Dr. Mary Hatch saw this little sheltered small town girl and said, ‘Now Penny, I think it is a good idea for you to study abroad.’ I packed my bags and immersed for ten weeks at the University of Salzburg. Before then, I had been with my family from Easley to Greenville.” After Columbia College, she completed her master’s degree in public health education and taught health at Easley Junior High School for four years. She then moved to Columbia to lead a federal health grant initiative and traveled the state. “Along the way, I married and dropped out of the professional world for a while to raise our boys. One day when I was so weary with little children, I went to Kathy Randall’s house for dinner. She asked everyone what they wanted to be doing in five years, and I didn’t have an answer. She and her husband pointed me toward Leadership South Carolina.” Recharged after completing the program, she worked as an event planner for four years and became very involved in education issues. She was urged to run for the school board, was successful and served four years. Next, she was appointed as a Dorchester County magistrate and became associate chief judge. In 2009, she was appointed associate probate judge and served until retiring last year.

Mimi Irvin Chester ’85

“All my cousins went to Columbia College and it was the only school I applied to. I had gone previously to an all girls Catholic school for junior high and high school, before moving to Summerville during my 10th grade year. I was a business major from the start, but all my friends were education majors. Columbia College was a wonderful experience and I still stay in contact with my girlfriends that are all over, and quite a few of them have come back to Summerville. Ours was a military family that moved a lot, so I’ve always been very outgoing and never meet a stranger, but Columbia College gave me so much confidence that I could do anything or be on anybody’s committee.” She recalls, “Right out of college, I had big plans to go to New York and set the business world on fire. I didn’t have a desire to teach then, though my grandmother and all my aunts were educators. I tried a bunch of other jobs, including sporting goods sales and working at a resort. The resort job was lost with Hurricane Hugo and I was grateful to find an entry level filing job at The Citadel. Just two weeks later, Lt. General Watts needed a new executive assistant. A good word was put in for me and I was offered the job. So, I literally moved from the back file room to the president’s office, where I worked for seven years. I keep saying I need to write a memoir because there are a lot of stories from those interesting times at The Citadel, including the arrival of Shannon Faulkner, the first female cadet. The changes were hard for those of us who believe so strongly in single gender education. When the president retired, I returned to school to get my teacher’s certificate and now teach at DuBose Middle School, where I recommend Columbia College to all the young women I see.”

Tara Williams White ’95

“I was going to Clemson, until I visited Columbia College and stayed for a weekend. I think it was Follies weekend. I had a friend who was going to visit, and Penny Merritt Merriman ’73 I had a cousin who went to Columbia College, but I “I did not choose Columbia College because I would get a had never seriously considered it. After that weekend, good education, I chose it because it was fun. Looking back, I I came home Sunday evening and said, ‘Mom and actually think my mother liked it because Dr. Milton Ariail was Dad, I want to go to Columbia College!’” Tara became her cousin,” says the Easley native. “I went for a weekend president of her Columbia College class, and says “I visit and had just the best time, it was so warm and friendly. loved every second of Columbia College and have But seriously, what sticks out in my mind, in addition to good about ten or twelve classmates who are still close academics, is that Columbia College embraced Southern friends and we get together twice a year. We are all therapists or teachers in the culture, hospitality and graciousness. And you know what? school districts, so Martin Luther King weekend is our firm get-together date every Manners have gotten me where academics wouldn’t. The year. We call ourselves the Purple Hooters—we won’t go into that—but I cherish professors cared more about integrity than your grade.” She those friendships so much.” She adds “I majored in elementary education and remembers the “rat week” tradition, “I was a little bit homereceived my master’s degree in administration from The Citadel. I am not quite sick…and rat week was the key to getting over homesickness! It’s too bad they don’t do ready to leave the classroom yet, and I love teaching. Johnnie Cordell Breed it anymore. I remember walking across campus with ‘the garb’ on, and Elizabeth “Liz” funded the Leadership Center while I was at Columbia College, and leadership Gilland ’72, who took it very seriously, would see the poor freshman and yell, ‘Hey rat, became such a push. Now I’m involved in the Summerville Elementary effort to drop to the ground and fry like bacon!’ So I did it and she would say, ‘ Fry harder!’” The be designated the first school in South Carolina to have a curriculum model called room of women erupts in uproarious laughter as Penny continues, “ And the blindfolding w w w . c o l u m b i aThe s c .Art e dofu Leadership. So it feels like leadership is part of the plan for my life!” 9 Photos by Gary Eaton

Sandi Elizabeth “Beth” Inman Engler ’96

“I decided to pursue nursing after finishing my biology degree at Columbia College. I later completed my masters to become a physician’s assistant and just recently returned to Summerville with my family.” Beth is married and is a busy mom with two small children, one adopted from Guatemala. She now works for a Summerville family medicine practice after ten years in oncology in Hilton Head. “We had a great ten years in Hilton Head, but my husband and I wanted to return to a small town to raise our children. It’s great to be back and I recently reconnected with several Columbia College friends through Facebook. I’ve also stayed in touch with two roommates, Kathryn Bobo Griffin ’98, who is in Columbia, and Amanda Savitz Ziegler ’97, who is in Louisiana.” In fact, Beth met Marlena Myers during a visit to the doctor on the morning of the Summerville get-together. Marlena laughs, “She saved me so I could make it through a busy day!” Beth says “So many Columbia College graduates talk about the confidence they gained from their experience there. As a physician’s assistant, the nurses I work with comment on my confidence and say that patients find it reassuring. I wouldn’t trade my time at Columbia College for anything.”

Dr. Regina Dawn Lemmon ’97

“I knew from the moment that I came on campus for an interview that Columbia College was the place for me. I came to the College along with four of my classmates from high school. We were from Manning, a very sleepy town. Four friends going to the same college was just wonderful…I was with the same people from kindergarten through twelfth grade!” She recalls, “During my time, there were a lot of changes at the College. For the first time, residence halls allowed residents and visitors to come and go 24 hours, which was a huge change.” Lemmon looks back on her time at the College as transformational, “ I remember growing so much as a person. The leadership opportunities that I had seemed endless, because in a small town there are often just one or two people who are the stars. At Columbia College, I think I was vice president of my class every year, and I was vice president of SGA during my senior year. The friends that I had at Columbia College followed me on to graduate school, where all the CC alums stuck together in our speech language pathology masters program. ” Now, she finds Columbia College connections everywhere, “A few years ago, a woman recognized me in church, and whispered, “Hi, we need to talk!” It turned out she had been at the College my freshman year, and now she lives in my neighborhood and we’ve become great friends.”

Lisa Yaxis ’08

“My dear,

everything you need is around this table.” —Marlena Redfern Lewis Myers ’64


“I double majored in public affairs and political science, with a minor in history. Before going to Girls State, probably the only alumnae I knew were Mrs. Merriman and Mrs. Randall. If you attended Girls State, you got a free Columbia College application, so I filled it out even though I was dead-set on Carolina. Columbia College offered me a scholarship, so that made up my mind. I was very nervous going there, and didn’t know a soul. A very sweet admissions counselor set me up with Caroline Salter ’08, from Edisto, as my roommate—she said we kind of looked alike—and we ended up being best friends. We lived together all four years, and there is a group of about eight of us who still talk and see each other all the time.” Lisa is now studying law at the Charleston School of Law, in her second year. “My roommate now is also a Columbia College friend, Katie Orvin ’08, and she is studying law too.” When asked what she wants to do with her law degree, Lisa says, “I’m not really sure. When I was at Columbia College I worked at the State House. I was a page for a short time and then a legislative aide for the Republican Women’s Caucus. I was also a student worker in the Alumnae Relations office, working for Lisa Livingston ’91. It was such a neat experience hearing alumnae stories about their years at the College. Meeting those women and hearing their stories are some of my favorite memories from Columbia College. Right now, I am an intern at the Charleston office of McNair Law Firm and I’m the president of Women in Law, and we do a lot of community service.” Kathy Randall chimes in and says, “When Lisa is ready, she needs to run for office!” The whole table chimes in, “I’ll be your event coordinator…I’ll be your campaign manager!” and Marlena sums it up, “My dear, everything you need is around this table.”


A Planned Giving Story:

Alice Anne Springs Scarborough ’49

Alice Anne Springs Scarborough’s second home was the library. Whether during her days as a young student browsing the stacks in one of the public libraries where she spent her long career; or volunteering in her church library…for Alice Anne, a day at the library was a day well spent. A native of Myrtle Beach, S.C., her first trip to Columbia was the day she began her studies at Columbia College. After completing her undergraduate degree in English, she later completed a second bachelor’s degree in library science at the University of North Carolina. She married Julian H. Scarborough Jr. and maintained close ties with her Columbia College classmates over the years, despite moving briefly abroad and then settling for many years in Winston-Salem, N.C. Loyalty and affection for the College was a family affair: her sister Judy Springs Haile ’51 and two cousins, Tootsie Springs Donevant ’52, Louise Springs Crews ’42, and her aunt, Louise Wilson Springs ’15, were also alumnae. Over the years, her own family grew to include two children and seven grandchildren. She enjoyed carefully cataloguing and preserving her family’s history in words and pictures from which she created an archive for generations to come. And, with an estate gift to 1928–2009 Columbia College, she established a legacy benefiting future generations of students. Estate gifts are an accessible way that alumnae can propel Columbia College forward, while honoring those who are part of her rich history. Alice Anne’s decision to include the Columbia College J. Drake Edens Library in her estate plans was due largely to the meaningful alumnae connections she maintained throughout her life and the knowledge that her gift could make an important, long-term impact for her alma mater. Nell Williams Overton ’43 and Rita Eldridge Vandiver ’64 were among her alumnae friends who shared a belief that libraries are vibrant centers for both research and collaborative learning. Added to the generous support of her alumnae friends and the ongoing support of other donors, Alice Anne’s estate gift came at a transformational time in the development of the J. Drake Edens Library. Bill Hodgin, senior vice president and trust officer with Wachovia Trust, and a personal friend of the Scarborough family, assisted her in this process. He recalls, “Alice Anne deeply believed that Columbia College was an exceptional part of her life. She was devoted to the College and wanted to do something for it by leaving a gift in her will. She wanted to give back to something that had been such a positive force in her life.”

Making a Planned Gift A simple estate planning process is an easy way to designate a gift with transformational impact. Alice Anne set up an IRA as part of a trust to support Columbia College’s J. Drake Edens Library. Her gift has helped the library enter the 21st Century through technology enhancements and other improvements that will serve students and faculty for years to come. There are many ways to make a mark upon your alma mater that lasts well beyond a lifetime. Learn more by making an appointment for a personalized illustration of a full range of ways to meet personal planning objectives while securing the future of Columbia College. Contact Sandra Jo Burke, 803.786.3736 or

Alum to Alum…In Remembrance

What made our college experiences so unforgettable? Your answer is always “my professors”...those passionate teachers from past and present who contribute to the living spirit--the heart and soul--of Columbia College. We hold them near and dear because they believed in us when we did not believe in ourselves. They pushed us. We were awed by their knowledge and dedication, and were reassured that they truly cared about our success. Conversations between alumnae always include a desire to know what’s happened to their favorite faculty members. Many alumnae also wish to contact

Cecil Bierley

Department of Business and Economics 29 years, 11 months

Dr. Thomas Cuttino

Department of Human Relations 26 years

Sarah Dawsey

Department of Education 10 years

Louisa Harrell

faculty and I am pleased to tell you about a new service, Koala Grams. For $1, you can send a message to a current or former member of the faculty. Messages are hand delivered and presented beautifully to these special folks. The link to send a Koala Gram is By sending a message, you will also show your support of the Loyalty Fund. Along with the great joy we find in reconnecting with faculty, there is also the sadness of learning that some are no longer with us. Please join me in celebrating the lives of those who passed away during this academic year.

Department of Business and Economics 19 years, 10 months

Dr. Harris Parker Jr.

Department of Religion and Philosophy 57 years

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Dr. Aracelis Shaw Department of Modern Languages and Literatures 30 years

(Partners of the Americas)

Bertha Davis Taylor ’96 House Mother 18 years


Soccer Facility Shines With Support

of the Younts Family


olumbia College recently announced the dedication of the newly renovated soccer field at the College’s athletic complex on Carola Avenue, near the campus in the Eau Claire community. The facility was named the Dollie Isgett Younts ’51 and Kerry Ann Younts Culp ’79 Soccer Stadium in honor of the mother and daughter alumnae, respectively. A reception and dinner honoring Melvin Younts and Dollie Isgett Younts of Fountain Inn, South Carolina, was held at the athletic complex’s Price Pavilion which overlooks the playing fields.


Dollie Isgett Younts ’51


Kerry Ann Younts Culp ’79

Mr. and Mrs. Younts are generous supporters of Columbia College athletics. Beginning with their support in developing the property into a soccer field in 2001 and most recently with upgrades including permanent seating, a press box, ticket booth, field lighting and a new scoreboard, the Younts have been instrumental in transforming the property into a collegiate-level facility. “We thought that supporting the athletic program could be a unique and important contribution to a women’s college. People often first think of football and baseball as collegiate sports, but athletics are an important part of the women’s college experience,” said Melvin Younts. “We know it boosts recruiting too, so there is long term impact that supports growth. Being able to honor my wife Dollie and our late daughter in this way has been a wonderful experience for our family.” The Younts’ gift was a leadership gift in the development of the Columbia College athletic complex that has inspired additional support from individual donors as well as grant funds from the City of Columbia. “I have very fond memories of my time at Columbia College,” said Mrs. Younts. “We enjoy supporting our alma maters and both Melvin and I maintain friendships and alumnae connections from our college years.” While Younts was not a collegiate athlete herself, she notes the important role that athletics has played in her children’s and grandchildren’s lives. “Our son has coached, and all of our grandchildren have participated in various sports, including soccer.” Columbia College President Caroline Whitson, Board of Trustees Chairman Jim Apple, and Athletics Director Ana Oliver were among those who offered appreciation and thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Younts for their critical support. “They had remarkable vision. It was difficult to imagine what this piece of property could become when I first saw it,” said Dr. Caroline Whitson. “It was a diamond in the rough, and Melvin and Dollie have shaped it with their support and love for Columbia College,” said Jim Apple. Ana Oliver, who has worked closely with the Younts during the recent improvement phase, expressed her deep appreciation, “Getting the details right for this facility has been so important, and we could not ask for better partners than Mr. and Mrs. Younts in this project. Their vision has inspired our athletes and energized our entire program. We are thankful every day that we practice and play on this fantastic field, which is now among the best in the region.” The first power-up of the new field lights was a highlight of the event, which was attended by Younts family members and friends, trustees, donors, faculty and staff. Mr. and Mrs. Younts were presented with a memento wall hanging to commemorate the event, which included photos of the facility and the class photos of Dollie Isgett Younts ’51 and Kerry Ann Younts Culp ’79.


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January 12

Dr. Erin Freeman, associate conductor of the Richmond Symphony, visited Columbia College while in town for a guest appearance with the South Carolina Philharmonic. Her grandmother is alumna Cornelia Rickenbacker Freeman ‘33, a great patron of music arts in the state.

February 12-13

Senior dance majors Jennifer Becker, Elyse Cox, Amanda Ling, Chelsea Stackhouse and Emily Woodard presented “Of These Different Pieces” in the annual BFA Dance Concert.

February 24-27

The Columbia College Theatre Program presented SHORTS 2010. The cast and production team included actors Michelle Burgess, Rachel Davis, Megan Miller, Lauren Norton, Laura Sessions, Marisol Slater, Amber Stroud, and Morgan Smalls; stage manager Samantha Wiley; director Indira CuretonCummings; technical director Patrick Faulds and program coordinator Sara Nalley. 14

February 10

Scenes from Founders Day 2010: Dr. Sandra O’Neal, John Meadors, Bishop Jack Meadors, Reverend Toni White, and Hannah Meadors Cromley ’03. (Below) John and Tumpy Payne Creech ’56, Bishop Meadors, Barbara Dennis Corley ’49 and Reverend Baylis Corley.

February 19

The tradition continues…Follies was a night of hilarious student skits and faculty “foolies,” with the senior class cast taking first place.

February 26-28

The Mark Twain Centenary exhibit table at the South Carolina Book Festival was coordinated by Director of Grants John Myers with the help of volunteers. Myers joined the advancement staff in October.



March 24

March 31

Christie Santonie, from The Billies music duo, performed a piece from her series “Music with a Message: Living on Purpose” through which she highlighted the lives and efforts of women leaders throughout history.

Senior Chapel, a special celebration for the Class of 2010.

April 22

April 19-23

The Columbia College Choir, Chorus, and Hi C’s teamed up to present a Broadway-themed The Human Relations Student Association sponsored the Spring Concert, conducted by Dr. Rebecca Johnston and accompanied by pianist Allison Hilbish. annual CC Clothesline Project, one of hundreds of Clothesline Project events held across the country to raise awareness of domestic violence and abuse.

Photo by Kim Truett

April 29

Student Fun Day was a chance to enjoy the sunshine and relax before final exams.

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April 30

The red carpet was rolled out for the first annual CC Video Awards. “Celebrities” and fans arrived with entourages and lots of enthusiasm to recognize student’s work.


Where Are They Now? Columns Catches Up With Retired Faculty


Guthrie Darr

golf clubs. Now, Darr spends his leisure time visiting the Senior Center located within the community, listening Guthrie Darr retired from the College in 1993 to music, playing computer games and keeping fit with after serving 44 years as professor of music. Besides regular exercise. directing choral work at the College, he taught He received many awards during his career in classes in music history, appreciation and theory and music, among which are the Elizabeth O’Neill Verner woodwinds at both the graduate and undergraduate Award, the City of Columbia’s prestigious James Y. Perry levels. Early in his music career Darr was an Lyre Award, the Betty Jean Suber Groh and Guthrie Darr accomplished oboist, and his choral collaborations Endowed Chair in Music and Choir Mastery. Betty Jean with music notables such as conductor Robert Shaw Suber Groh ’50 was Darr’s first accompanist at Columbia of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra are among his College. Most recently, the Reverend Elizabeth “Libba” proudest accomplishments. Clyburn Minus ’62, an associate minister at Aldersgate After retiring from Columbia College, Darr United Methodist Church in Shelby, N.C., established an continued to direct the choir of Shandon United endowed scholarship in his honor at Columbia College. Methodist Church, the Columbia Choral Society Darr is much loved and respected by his former and the Carolina Chorale, a chorus that he formed students, who appreciatively describe him as being in 1974 with grant support from the National “tough and demanding” as a teacher. Nancy Brannen Endowment for the Arts and the South Carolina Kelley ’58, longtime organist at Shandon United Arts Commission. Fully retired since 1999, Darr Methodist Church, worked with Darr at Shandon from was invited to serve as a special guest director of 1959 until he retired, says, “I was the envy of all of my the chancel choir for the October 2009 Shandon college friends because ‘Mr. Darr’ sat on the organ bench Centennial service. His “magical music touch” beside me during the services. I always told everyone brought back many memories for family and friends. that this was my one claim to fame.” He and Winona, his wife of 61 years, recently When asked if he had always been in love with moved to Still Hopes Episcopal Retirement music he responded, “I’ve loved my experience in music. Community, where they enjoy friendships with other Music performance played a major role in my life and I Columbia College-connected people. For many miss it.” years he was an avid golfer and played three or four He will celebrate his 87th birthday on August 10. times a week. After losing a leg a few years ago His e-mail address is He would enjoy to circulation problems, he reluctantly hung up his hearing from his former students.


Harriett Jane Olson, Staley Lecturer

Harriett Jane Olson, the 2010 Staley Lecturer, spoke at the first chapel service of Women’s History Month held on March 3, at College Place United Methodist Church. Olson is deputy general secretary of the Women’s Division of the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church. She spoke on the work of United Methodist Women in addressing the needs of women, children and youth around the world. As deputy general secretary, she is the chief executive officer of the Women’s Division, the national administrative and policymaking arm of United Methodist Women. United Methodist Women is a nearly 800,000-member organization within The United Methodist Church. Its purpose is to foster spiritual growth, develop leaders and advocate for justice. United Methodist Women members give about $20 million a year for its global mission work related to women, children and youth. A graduate of Houghton College and Harvard Law School, she served as senior vice president for publishing at The United Methodist Publishing House prior to joining the General Board of Global Ministries. The Staley Distinguished Christian Scholar Lecture Series is funded by the Thomas F. Staley Foundation of Larchmont, N.Y. The series brings Christian speakers who are relevant to today’s culture to college campuses throughout the country. The foundation believes that the message of the Christian Gospel can be presented in a contemporary light making it relevant and meaningful to all generations. Harriett Jane Olson with Rev. Tiffany D. Knowlin ’03.



Public Health Delivery and Science – Get the

Community Arts Management –This program is designed to

the program also do service-learning and will be trained to deliver public health through our partnership with Eau Claire Community Health Centers. Students will work hand-in-hand with doctors, nurses, physician’s assistants, and more. Clinical experience combined with classroom study!

ment and leadership. This program assists students in integrating civic engagement into the language and values of the arts by developing partnerships with arts, culture, research, education, social service, business and entrepreneurial ventures.

edge on applying to any allied health field, including medical school, physician’s assistants, public health, and more. Students in

Child Life Specialist – Every children’s hospital currently is required to include child life specialists on its staff to help medical professionals in the smooth delivery of services to families and children. We are partnering with Palmetto Richland Children’s Hospital to have the only program of its kind in the Southeast. Students will work at the hospital throughout this program and spend their last semester completely at the hospital. Then, students sit for their board certification.

E-Marketing – Get involved with cutting edge business. This

program brings together our marketing and CIS web-development programs. Students will also have the opportunity to combine E-marketing with minors in foreign languages to build bi-lingual and tri-lingual E-marketing websites, preparing them to work in the global economy.

prepare students interested in the arts for careers in arts-based community development, advocacy, or business enterprises — all grounded in public engage-

Writing for Print and Digital Media – This program

prepares students for careers in new media by honing students’ skills in research, writing, and editing, as well as print, video, and Web production. The program offers flexible groupings of courses for students interested in writing, editing, publishing, and production careers in print media, public relations, digital video, and Web publishing.

Organizational Leadership, Advocacy and Social Justice – This program develops students’ knowledge of the

issues and debates that dominate human rights and social justice scholarship today, including an understanding of regional, national, and global contexts. Drawn from an interdisciplinary perspective, the program helps students to identify and build on individual, family, and community strengths, while promoting positive social change. Students complement their coursework with hands-on experience in organizations that serve disadvantaged or disempowered clients and communities.

SIX New Majors at Columbia College

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CLASS NEWS Who doesn’t flip to Class News first when her new issue of Columns arrives? It’s the next best thing to calling your classmates personally for an update! Who got married…finished graduate school…landed a new job…retired…new grandbaby? Your classmates want to know! It’s easy to submit your news online here: Or send via snail mail to Alumnae Relations, 1301 Columbia College Drive, Columbia, S.C. 29203. This issue of Class News reflects news submitted between July 24, 2009, and April 15, 2010.

1930 Julia Crider Garris celebrated her 101st birthday on April 10.

1935 Edith Mixson Long is 95 and doing well. She lives with her daughter, Cathy Long Mixon ’65, in Hampton and has three grandchildren: Nicole Mixon Holland ’94, Nina Mixon Vaughan ’96, and Natalie Mixon Moon ’04. She also has five great-grandchildren.

Delores and John have camped in 49 states across the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Martha Davis Ellerbe enjoys spending time with her six grandsons and two granddaughters, ranging in age from 2 to 18. Barbara Cope Inglett has four grandchildren who attend the University of South Carolina. Jean Andrews Kling enjoys spending time with her three children and five grandchildren. She does a lot of reading and Bible Study and enjoys participating with her church. Sadie Brunson Thompson has enjoyed working with the Class of 1960 reunion committee for the past five years preparing for their 50th reunion held on April 23-24.

grandchildren. Cynthia Perry Smith is enjoying her first granddaughter, Eliza Gray Ban Hyning.

1970 Jane Todd Bell has a new grandson, James

T. Bell Jr., born on July 27, 2009. She now has three grandchildren. Edna Harrison Crews retired in 2006 after more than 30 years in education. She is the regional director for Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina. Louise Brogdon Galloway enjoys spending time with her nine grandchildren. Janice Mathis Griffin and her husband Warren are the proud grandparents of three grandchildren: Abigail, 4, Joshua, 2, and Avery, 1. Mildred “Mitzi” Winesett retired in May after 21 years as director of counseling services at Columbia College.

1971 Charlene Northcutt Herring retired as chief

academic officer from Richland School District Two, where she was in education for 36 years. She is a consultant with the school district and also serves as the Mayor of Ridgeway, S.C.

1972 Carolyn Snidow Leonard’s oldest daughter

Maggie received her master’s of divinity degree in May from Columbia Theological Seminary (Presbyterian), Decatur, Ga. Her daughter Claire graduated from Bard September 2008. Dorothy A. Norton enjoys Bible Study at College with a degree in art studio and is an artist and church and attends lectures with the University club. punk rock musician in Brooklyn, N.Y. Her son Tommy is a sophomore at Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Fla. 1950 Edwina Garrett Crane and her husband William celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on February 18. 1961 Sydney Glover Friddle has a granddaughter, Karen Johnson Williams announced her retirement as the chief judge of the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals. They have three children: Candy Crane Shuler ’73, Carl Kate Friddle, who will be a freshman at Columbia She was appointed to the Court of Appeals in 1992 upon Crane, and Sally Crane, who attended Columbia College College this fall. Sydney’s daughter and son-in-law, for two years before transferring to the University of South Steve and Kelli Holly, have a new daughter Maggie in the recommendation of the late Sen. Strom Thurmond, Carolina. Mary Holler Jeffords teaches jewelry fabrication addition to their two children Stephen, 13, and Reed, R-S.C. She became the first female appellate court judge on the 4th Circuit court, which hears appeals from the in her home. 10. Lucy Tucker Moore has a granddaughter, Ana district courts in South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Catherine Moore, born on October 10, 2009. 1954 Motte Gresham Grey is retired and enjoys the West Virginia, and Maryland. She had served as the company of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 1962 Carolyn Carter Powers’ husband, Reverend circuit’s chief justice since July 2007. 1955 The Episcopal Church of the Advent in Spartanburg, Jimmy Powers, passed away on November 27, 2009. 1973 Meredith Valois Hyman’s grandaughter, Lois Jean Medlen Timbes is currently serving her third S.C., dedicated a memorial statue on the church grounds Hyman, daughter of her son, Alex Hyman, celebrated term on the Conway City Council. in thanksgiving for the life of the late Mabel Carlisle Brice, her first birthday. Carol Wienges Laffitte has a new who passed away on June 17, 2006. Elaine Horton grandson, McNeill Laffitte, born on February 15 to her 1963 Patsy Hinnant Irby retired from teaching Littlejohn’s husband Bill has retired. Their two grandsons son and daughter-in-law Montague and Lauren. Anita in the Charleston County School District and now are moving to Charleston to pursue higher education. Sarah enjoys the company of her husband of 46 years, Hart Maness’s son, Michael Hart Maness, was married Blakely Skenes has four grandchildren. Kevin is in graduate Preston Irby. Patsy takes horseback riding lessons to Margaret Tinsley Lynch on February 27 in Greenville, school at Georgia Tech. Carol is a junior at Georgia Tech. S.C., where they live. Tinsley is the daughter of the late and is happy to have all three of her daughters Nicholas attends Guilford Technical Community College and and granddaughters near her. Katherine Childers Susan Scott Lynch ‘72. Zachary is in high school. Rowland and her husband, Herbert R. Rowland, 1975 Betty Erwin McDonald has four married children 1956 Carolyn Bayne Hamby stays busy with her family are both retired and stay busy with church and civic and nine grandchildren. Her three daughters are all activities. Herbert is currently the chairman of the and volunteers at the Soup Kitchen. Camden County Board of Education. Their grandson Columbia College graduates. Her son, Kevin McDonald, is moving to Greenville, S.C., this summer and will Jonathan is a sophomore at Georgia Tech, majoring 1957 Shirley Hilton Baird’s son, James Christopher become a Federal Magistrate Judge. in chemical engineering. Baird, is serving in the Air Force at the World Headquarters of NATO in Brussels, Belgium, where he is a diplomat. His 1976 Gessner Snowden Dunn’s granddaughter son, James Bryan Baird, is in the first grade in Brussels. The 1965 Allene Hallman DuBose enjoys spending graduated from Florida State University in 2009 and time with her husband and their four grandchildren. family will return to the United States in July 2011. Barbara teaches fifth grade in Tallahassee, Fla. Jacquelynn Betty Stuck Shealy’s youngest son, David, died in Courtney Thomas, author of Just Pick Up the Pieces, Segars plans to retire from her current position as a September 2009 from a massive heart attack. He spoke at the Trinity United Methodist Church social last librarian at Ruby Elementary School in June 2011. was 28 years old. Betty and her husband James October. Barbara and her husband Norman are retired and Jacquelynn and her husband live in Hartsville and are are both retired and enjoy spending time with their live on Lake Murray near Chapin. active in the community. four grandchildren. Betty plays the organ for various

1945 Ruth Suddath Green moved to Dalton, Ga., in

1958 Susan Jones Helms’ brother-in-law, James Bradley, church services. teaches several business classes at Columbia College.

1960 Patricia “Patty” Owens Amick is the dean of

arts and sciences at Greenville Technical College, where she has been a faculty member for 16 years. Jean King Corbett and her husband John are retired and enjoy their life together. They are involved in their community and enjoy traveling. They have five grandchildren: Michael, Allyson, Alexandra (Alex), Matthew, and Christopher. Michael is a cadet at West Point, Allyson is in nursing school, Alex and Matthew are in 9th grade, and Christopher is in 7th grade. Delores Buddin Derrick and her husband John have been married for 48 years. They are retired and enjoy camping. 18

1966 Carroll Kay Luck retired after 38 years in

education. She and her husband Steve enjoy the opportunity to travel and take frequent trips to visit their grandchildren.

1968 Linda Jones DuRant retired in March 2009

after 40 years with SCETV. She is the vice president of the executive committee of the South Carolina Conference of United Methodist Women.

1969 Jerolyn Long Carroll retired from teaching

and enjoys spending time with her husband and three


1977 Becky Laffitte has been named to the 2010

list of South Carolina Super Lawyers, a listing of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Kathie Mahaffey Planton has been teaching for 33 years and is excited about having her own classroom after teaching many years in portable classrooms.

1978 Julia Floyd was named the September

“Woman of Character” in the Sasee Magazine. She was nominated for her volunteer service to Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church. Robyn Fairey Richardson has two daughters, ages 26 and 22, who are in medical school.

1979 Betsy Geddings Harvey’s son received

his master’s degree from The Citadel. Her daughter graduated from Winthrop University in May.

1980 Lucy McIntyre Lee married her high school

and college sweetheart, Colin Lee, in 2007. They reside in Newberry where she is teaching and loving it. She has two grandchildren, Lucy, 3, and Olivia, 1. Cynthia Sharpe Peake’s twin sons Chris and Jay received their master’s degrees from the University of South Carolina in 2009. Chris is an auditor with Grant Thornton and Jay works at BP Barber, an engineering firm. Cynthia’s youngest child, Zack is a junior at Brookland-Cayce High School. Mary Lynne Wiggs works with disabled 5, 6, and 7 year olds in the Wake County Public School System in Raleigh, N.C. In 1985, she received her master’s of divinity degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C.

1981 Suzanne Addison Sheahan resides on the

eastern shore of Maryland and teaches preschool at Kiddie Academy in Stevenville, Md. Suzanne and her husband S.P. have three sons. Thomas and David are both currently in college and Andrew is a senior in high school.

1985 Davis Ellerbe Guerriero stays busy with

her four children: Joseph, Anna Louise, Luke, and Martha Grace. Tracie Leonhardt delivered her first major national speech at the American Osteopathic Association. She also is writing a cookbook.

Rehabilitation Services at a sub-acute rehabilitation facility in Tampa, Fla.

2003 Bronwen E. Bethea received the Gold TOP

teacher award for the 2007-2008 school year from the Charleston County School District. Along with the prestigious award, she also received recognition in The Post and Courier and a cash award. She teaches fourth grade math and science at Orange Grove Elementary Charter School and is pursuing a master’s degree in elementary school counseling at The Citadel.

2004 Lisa Bush Bostic will begin classes at the

University of South Carolina School of Medicine in August. Holly Boyet currently serves as president for the local Pasco County Chapter 944 CEC and is the current vice president/president-elect of the Florida Council for Exceptional Children.

2005 Candice Brown Ellis is a first grade teacher

at Pinecrest Elementary School and was named Greenwood School District 50 Teacher of the Year in August 2009. Stephanie King MacLeod teaches elementary Spanish for District Seven in Spartanburg County. Rebecca Kleinbach Murphy is a certified parks operator (CPO). The certification is issued through the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds and offers park operators and staff the opportunity to earn the highest professional designation possible in the RV park and campground industry.

2006 Jade C. Huell received her master’s of art

1988 Mary Sutton Long received her National Board of Teaching certification.

degree in speech communication from the University of South Carolina and is working on her doctoral degree in performance studies at Louisiana State University.

1993 Lenora Addison-Miles serves on the Board

2008 Vivian Rivers Waddell attends the University

of Directors for the South Carolina Society of Certified Public Managers. She has been a member of the society since 2005. Janet Skipper Stuckey has taught second grade for eight years at Johnsonville Elementary School, where she is a member of the Celebration Day Committee. She has also received her National Board Certification. She is married to Jonz Stuckey and they have three children: Claire, Jack, and Sam.

1994 LaJuana Donnelly Delaney published her

first book, Lucy’s Imagination, the first in a series of “Lucy Books” and they are all based on her childhood experiences. The book’s website is Nicole Mixon Holland has three children: Taylor, 10, Josh, 7, and Zach, 2. She is homeschooling two of her three children. Peggy McClinton Makins was the speaker at the annual banquet of Operation Impact, a community service organization. She teaches in Richland County School District One in the Columbia area and has been recognized as Teacher of the Year three times.

1995 Acacia Bamberg Salatti works in the Obama Administration as the deputy director of the Center for Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships in the Department of Health and Human Services.

1996 Sandi Elizabeth “Beth” Inman Engler is a

physician assistant in the office of David Castellone, MD, C. Stuart Dawson, MD, and Deborah Berry-Taylor, FNP. Gloria J. Robinson has her first granddaughter, Rebecca Soliel.

of Exeter, UK. She received a three year research fellowship and teaches 80 hours per term. Emily E. Watts and her boyfriend, Jeremy Infinger, and their dog Diddle reside in North Carolina. Emily is a lead preschool teacher at Chesterbrook Academy in Huntersville, N.C., where she works with three-year-olds.

2009 Anita J. Mixon received the Outstanding

Graduate Student Award from The University of Alabama. The award goes to graduate students making extraordinary contributions to The University of Alabama and/or to the community through their academic and extracurricular activities. As part of the award, Anita was involved in the traditional Alabama “The Tapping on the Mound” ceremony, a tradition since the early 1900s, held on April 9. Chelsea J. Wrenn has been accepted into the doctoral program for physical therapy at Baylor University, San Antonio, Tex.


Mary Ellen Sample Robinson ’90, M.S.N., nursing, University of South Alabama, December 2009 Keisa A. Brooks-Bacote ’01, M.S., applied psychology, Francis Marion University, May 2006 Precious L. Love ’01, M.B.A., business administration, University of Phoenix, May 2009 Kristan M. Murray ’02, M.A., health administration, Medical University of South Carolina, May 2008 Natalie Mixon Moon ’04, M.A., human resources, University of South Carolina, April 2009

2000 Ashley Willis Fowler has a five-year-old

Anjosia P. Brown ’05, M.Ed., education, Southern Wesleyan University, December 2009

2002 Elizabeth Boozer is the director of

Ellen Wooten Phillips ’07, M.S., communication sciences and disorders, Western Carolina University, May 2009

daughter, Savannah McKee Fowler.

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Solar Energy Comes to Columbia College The South Carolina State Energy Office has awarded Columbia College $193,530 in federal stimulus funds to install a solar thermal water heating system for student residence halls and the College athletic center. This is the College’s first solar energy conversion project.
 The College will install solar thermal water heating systems in Mirse and Wesley Halls and in the Godbold Athletic Center. The 37 panel solar system will supplement steam water heating produced from natural gas. 
 This clean energy project funded by the Energy Office is part of $3.3 million renewable and alternative energy grants awarded to 12 non-profit organizations and government entities in South Carolina. 
 “By installing these solar thermal water heaters, Columbia College will make significant steps towards energy efficiency as the College replaces older systems which cost much more to operate,” John Clark, director of the Energy Office, reports. 
 This summer, Columbia College will host the 2010 Annual Conference of the SC Environmental Education Association, a family-friendly environmental organization that promotes South Carolina’s unique natural history and the potential for adventure through environmental education. Individuals of all ages are welcome. The conference dates are June 11 through June 13. Rooms are available on the Columbia College campus at $50 per night for a two room suite. For more information, contact Josh Castleberry, Conference Chair, at 803.778.6601 or castleberryjs@cctech.ed .


CLASS NEWS Fatima A. Zeidan ’07, J.D., Charleston School of Law, May 2010


Dr. James Milton Ariail Bonnie Egleston Holstein ’62 Margaret McLeod Ward ’65 Dr. Billie Hudson Bagby Ariail Chapter Alumnae Club MaryAnn Smith Crews ’59 Worthe R. Baker Rebecca “Becky” Baker Pugh ’62 Beverly Bryan Baxley ’52 Mr. and Mrs. Arthur W. Baker (Edith Edens ’52)

Reverend Dr. Thomas E. Cuttino Mr. and Mrs. Robert T. Barham (Helen Jeffords (H)) Donna Padgett Barth ’79 Dr. and Mrs. Michael C. Broome (Charlotte Stackhouse ’75) Susan Culclasure Parker ’58

Esther Derrick Britt ’51 Judith Ann McCormack Rowell ’68

Sarah Dawsey Ariail Chapter Alumnae Club Mr. and Mrs. Robert T. Barham (Helen Jeffords (H)) Dr. and Mrs. Michael C. Broome (Charlotte Stackhouse ’75) Shirley J. Butler Joye G. Hipp Rebecca “Becky” Laffitte ’77 Lin C. Lake Carolyn “Sissie” Snow McAlister ’51 Katrina S. Riley Dr. Linda B. Salane Candy Crane Shuler ’73 Mary Risher Tatum ’50

Faye Still Broadway ’64 Shelby Davis Sansbury ’64

Susan Allen Smith Wood Dow E. Louise Turner Atherton ’51

Kelly Wise Burbage ’93 Alissa A. Wise ’95

Iris Redfern Emery ’84 Mary Parson Hugee ’82 Candy Crane Shuler ’73

Cecil H. Bierley Mr. and Mrs. J. Luke Hause (Edith Collins ’56) Nelrae Truesdale Bostick ’49 Roberta Simmons Josey ’49 Robin Clark Nicholson ’65 Marjorie “Margie” Faucett Patterson ’49 Mr. and Mrs. Jim Bozard (Jackie Johnson ’48) Kathie Bozard Barker ’73

Martha Nealy Burton ’54 Candy Crane Shuler ’73 Dr. William “Bill” W. Butler Natalie Robelot Gibson ’69 Louise Cross Caison ’33 Mr. and Mrs. David A. Bendt Jack V. Caughman Mr. and Mrs. Robert T. Barham (Helen Jeffords (H)) Doris Daniel Cole ’72 Candy Crane Shuler ’73 L. Arlen Cotter Ariail Chapter Alumnae Club Mr. and Mrs. Arthur W. Baker (Edith Edens ’52) Dr. and Mrs. Michael C. Broome (Charlotte Stackhouse ’75) Mr. and Mrs. James M. Cannon Jr. (Kathryn Verdery ’55) Tumpy Payne Creech ’56 MaryAnn Smith Crews ’59 Lisa Kennerly Livingston ’91 The Honorable and Mrs. Berlin G. Myers Sr. (Marlena Redfern ’64) Margaret “Meg” Ward Pace ’62 Marjorie “Margie” Faucett Patterson ’49 Dr. and Mrs. Selden K. Smith (Dorothy Gasque ’61) Joanna Batson Stone ’47 Dr. Caroline B. Whitson Mr. and Mrs. James R. Young (Joan Vaughan ’56) Sandra Creel ’65 Linda Collins Bush ’65


Doris Duffie Culvern ’44 Linda Truesdale Girndt ’77 Nancy S. Hester Carol W. Hicks Lorraine Burke Marchione ’50 Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence J. Miller Jr. Alyson Duffie Price ’86

Arthur F. Evans Jr. Rachel B. Lever ’73 Scott Fuller Ariail Chapter Alumnae Club Sue Reeves Givens ’63 Katherine “Kitty” Brasington McIntosh ’58 Ruth Anne Reeves O’Cain ’94 Anne Kizer Reeves ’63 Ludy Godbold Sara Avant Erexson ’43 Lu Ann Godbold Haywood ’58 Dr. Philip E. Graef Mary Lou Moss Beasley ’76 Jocelyn A. Clarkson ’73 Debra Stewart Hester ’75 Dr. and Mrs. W.R. Griffin (Anne Frierson ’24) Carolyn Eleazer Clamp ’57 Elizabeth Moss Haigler ’39 Mr. and Mrs. William J. Leake (Mary Eloise Haigler ’67 ) Louisa L. Harrell Dr. and Mrs. Selden K. Smith (Dorothy Gasque ’61) Dr. Mary G. Hatch Jocelyn A. Clarkson ’73 Clelia Derrick Hendrix ’41 Donna Gregory Dowling ’68 Myra Mullen Eskew ’69 COLUMBIA COLLEGE

Judith Ann McCormack Rowell ’68 Patricia Younger Weaver ’65 Lillie Edens Herndon ’86 Ariail Chapter Alumnae Club Mrs. C.C. Ariail Mr. and Mrs. Fred M. Auld Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Arthur W. Baker (Edith Edens ’52) Mr. and Mrs. William E. Bode Jr. Annette H. Boette Mary O. Bostick Brooks Family Foundation Mr. and Mrs. John J. Brooks (Jane Catles ’58) Kay Kittrell Chitty Janet Alexander Cotter ’56 Mr. and Mrs. Henry H. Dorn Jr. Mr. and Mrs. John L. Edens Jr. Mr. and Mrs. J. Luke Hause (Edith Collins ’56) Lydia H. Howard Mr. and Mrs. John H. Lumpkin Jr. Patricia C. McAlister Nancy A. Means Ann Nelson Richland Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees Dr. and Mrs. Selden K. Smith (Dorothy Gasque ’61) Princa M. Wright Jill Fielder Huntley ’76 Ann White ’76 Elizabeth “Buffie” Cross Hutto ’70 Mr. and Mrs. Joseph R. Cross Jr. Sarah H. Cross ’99 Lucy Dickerson Irick ’73 Thomas W. Irick Jr. Dan S. Judd Patricia Myers Felder ’66 Dr. Emily King Betty Ann Brown Truesdale ’50 Marion A. Knox Sr. Mr. and Mrs. Robert T. Barham (Helen Jeffords (H)) Bruce Terminix Co Inc Margaret D. Carroll Mr. and Mrs. C. Douglas Chavous Janet Alexander Cotter ’56 Mr. and Mrs. Tommy L. Davis (Ellen Claussen ’72) Mr. and Mrs. John Dunbar Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Foster Ruth S. Green ’45 Mr. and Mrs. Thomas L. Gregory Mr. and Mrs. J. Luke Hause (Edith Collins ’56) Dr. Laurie B. Hopkins Rebecca “Becky” Laffitte ’77 Dr. and Mrs. Reid H. Montgomery Jr. Susan Culclasure Parker ’58 Dr. and Mrs. Selden K. Smith (Dorothy Gasque ’61) Terminix Service Co. Inc. Lawrence “Larry” Fefebvre The Honorable and Mrs. Berlin G. Myers Sr. (Marlena Redfern ’64) Betty Lind Suzanne Berry Burriss ’76 Susan K. Glymph Melissa A. Hawkins ’76 Patricia Cheatham Vassy ’76

CLASS NEWS Gertrude Gillespie Boozer Long ’36 Rebecca A. Epting Raymond James Charitable Endowment Fund Julius Lopez Mr. and Mrs. Walter M. Smith (Linda Sue Neal ’64) Susan Scott Lynch ’72 Anita Hart Maness ’73 Louise Scott Virginia Derrick McCormack ’39 Judith Ann McCormack Rowell ’68 Rebecca “Becky” Bynum McCutchen ’74 Candy Crane Shuler ’73 Sherry Redfern McDonald Mr. and Mrs. James M. Cannon Jr. (Kathryn Verdery ’55) Margaret McFadden ’45 Ariail Chapter Alumnae Club Mary Butler Jeralyn K. Fallaw Ruth S. Green ’45 Mr. and Mrs. Gerald R. Griffin Kathryn W. Liverman Lisa Kennerly Livingston ’91 Grace Lybrand ’47 Medicine Mart Pharmacy of Lexington S.C. Dorothy “Dot” Ott Plummer ’46 Sara Bruner Psillos ’48 Thelma Rast ’45 Dorothy McLeod Stucke ’45 Hannah Campbell Meadors ’56 Mary Ann Reeves Phillips ’56 Frances “Peaches” Melton Merritt ’60 Allison Cooper Dillard ’63 Sarah Risher Watford Moore MaryAnn Smith Crews ’59 The Honorable and Mrs. Berlin G. Myers Sr. (Marlena Redfern ’64) Alawee Gibson Tucker ’39 Jennifer Mungo Carrie Scott Ramella ’97 Odetta Nakaahiki Dr. Laurie B. Hopkins Ms. Nease-Bell Rebecca “Becky” Laffitte ’77 Linda Shirley O’Neal ’73 Candy Crane Shuler ’73 Laura T. Padgett ’95 Mr. and Mrs. Bucky Huiet Cassandra M. Padgett Carolyn Patterson Parker Jennie Finlayson Guyton ’36 Dr. Harris H. Parker Jr. June M. Alexander Ariail Chapter Alumnae Club Mollie L. Bame ’00 Mr. and Mrs. Robert T. Barham (Helen Jeffords (H)) Keller H. Barron Donna Padgett Barth ’79 Mr. and Mrs. William L. Belvin Jr.

Dr. and Mrs. Neal R. Berte Mr. and Mrs. Curran Bowen (Kaki Burris ’91) June Price Breland ’59 Myra C. Bristol Reverend and Mrs. Donald Britt (Patricia Shelley ’65) Mr. and Mrs. John J. Brooks (Jane Castles ’58) Dr. and Mrs. Michael C. Broome (Charlotte Stackhouse ’75) Betty Jane Young Brown ’57 Helen Banks Bruner ’55 Shirley J. Butler Dr. and Mrs. Raymond P. Bynoe Mr. and Mrs. James M. Cannon Jr. (Kathryn Verdery ’55) Class of 1957 Celeste G. Cobb Tumpy Payne Creech ’56 Betty Anne Cribbs ’58 Dr. and Mrs. Charles R. Croghan Jr. John W. Culclasure Mr. and Mrs. Otis S. Culclasure Dr. and Mrs. Talley F. Culclasure Mr. and Mrs. Talley F. Culclasure Melissa B. Cunningham ’01 Reverend Edward L. Davidson and family Dr. Craig W. Davis Dr. and Mrs. Donen Davis Mr. and Mrs. H. Parker Evatt Dr. Vivia Lawton Fowler ’76 M. Sue Frazier Mr. Kenneth E. Gaines and Ms. Barbara J. Anderson Ann Parker Gallop Peggy H. Gregory Josephine Matheny Griffith ’64 Dr. and Mrs. George O. Hallman Mr. and Mrs. John Keitt Hane Jr. (Evelyn Crutchfield ’58) Mr. and Mrs. Flynn T. Harrell (Anne Turner ’57) Dr. Carlanna L. Hendrick Mr. and Mrs. Robert R. Hill Sr. (Jewell Powell ’60) Annie Martha Spell Hills ’39 Dr. Laurie B. Hopkins Mr. and Mrs. Jack S. Hupp Dr. James H. Herlong Mr. and Mrs. J. Rhett Jackson Jr. Mr. and Mrs. William R. Jackson (Gayle Long ’62) Mr. and Mrs. Bob Johnson Christopher M. Johnson Mr. and Mrs. C. Robert Jones Jr. Dr. and Mrs. Charles Joyner (Jean Dusenbury ’62) Mr. and Mrs. W. Howard Jones Dr. and Mrs. William P. Kennedy Mr. and Mrs. Robert King Rebecca “Becky” Laffitte ’77 Jerry C. Livingston Lisa Kennerly Livingston ’91 Reverend Dr. and Mrs. David A. Long III (Vermelle Brearley ’59) Madge G. Major Dr. and Mrs. Nicholas P. Mandanis Brenda Pugh McCutchen ’65 Katherine “Kitty” Brasington McIntosh ’58 Dr. Jason B. Munsell Dr. and Mrs. Robert J. Moore (Meribeth Black ’93) Sara L. Nalley ’63 Palmetto Health Operating Room Staff Mr. and Mrs. Walter M. Patrick Jr. Reverend and Mrs. Charles G. Pfeiffer Mr. and Mrs. Christopher A. Powell Mr. and Mrs. Dalton S. Prickett Mr. and Mrs. William T. Putnam Sybil Robinson Rhodes ’58 w w w. c o l u m b i a s c . e d u

Nord Family Foundation Awards Grant Support to the Columbia College Leadership Institute

The Leadership Institute at Columbia College has been awarded a $20,000 grant from The Nord Family Foundation in support of the 2010 Summer Leadership Institute empowerment program for middle and high school girls.The Nord Family Foundation is a private family foundation located in Amherst Ohio, about thirty miles west of Cleveland. The Nord Family Foundation, in the tradition of its founders, Walter and Virginia Nord, endeavors to build community through support of projects that bring opportunity to the disadvantaged, strengthen the bond of families, and improve the quality of people’s lives. The Leadership Institute at Columbia College, established in 1990, prepares women to assume leadership within their professions and communities, to lead innovation and change throughout their lives, and to be effective in a global society. The Leadership Institute also provides an outstanding series of outreach programs, seminars and networking events for women throughout South Carolina. Programs range from summer residential programs for high school girls to professional development workshops and a major speakers series featuring women of national renown. Through a highly-respected academic program and innovative leadership initiatives, The Leadership Institute is creating an outstanding legacy of leadership enhancement for women of all ages.


CLASS NEWS Dr. and Mrs. George B. Richardson Frances L. Roper K. Amanda Potts Ruthven ’02 Dr. Linda B. Salane Mr. and Mrs. David M. Sanda Mr. and Mrs. Flaminio Sanchez Mr. and Mrs. R. Wade Sanders Jr. and family Mary Addis Shivar ’95 Arlene Foster Shuler ’61 Candy Crane Shuler ’73 Dr. and Mrs. Jack M. Smith Dr. and Mrs. Selden K. Smith (Dorothy Gasque ’61) Dr. and Mrs. Sidney T. Smith Dr. Mary L. Steppling Mr. and Mrs. John S. Stith Dr. Roger Strickland C. Alden Sweatman Jr. Dr. Helen Tate Mr. and Mrs. Arthur M. Taylor Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Albert C. “Skip” Tenny (Rebecca Long ’70) Reverend and Mrs. T. Reginald Thackston Barbara W. Thomas University Specialty Clinics - Surgery Dr. Caroline B. Whitson Alissa A. Wise ’95 Mr. and Mrs. James R. Young (Joan Vaughan ’56) Martha Susanne Parker Dr. and Mrs. Neal R. Berte Annie Martha Spell Hills ’39 Kathy Riley Lowder ’67 The Honorable Grady L. Patterson Jr. Ariail Chapter Alumnae Club Mr. and Mrs. Arthur W. Baker (Edith Edens ’52) Brooks Family Foundation Mr. and Mrs. John J. Brooks (Jane Catles ’58) Mr. and Mrs. James M. Cannon Jr. (Kathryn Verdery ’55) Janet Alexander Cotter ’56 Mr. and Mrs. J. Luke Hause (Edith Collins ’56) Mr. and Mrs. Sam E. McGregor (Betty Ulmer ’51) Dr. and Mrs. Robert J. Moore (Meribeth Black ’93) Joanna Batson Stone ’47 Betty Ann Brown Truesdale ’50 Vicki Pullen ’69 Carey Lee Hudson ’85 Katherine Magness Ramsaur ’66 Judith Steedly Bartholomew ’66 Rebecca Wimberly Turberville ’66 Maidie S. Reynolds ’13 The Honorable Karen Johnson Williams ’72 James C. Ritter, Sr. Mary Ritter Allen ’51 Daisy Ritter Rippy ’45 Aleth Ritter Jeffrey Allen Rogers Anne Ackerman Rogers ’53 Susan Ballenger Rogers Anne Ackerman Rogers ’53 Elizabeth “Betty” Hills Rollins Mr. and Mrs. Rutledge B. Leland III (Katherine “Kathy” Graham ’67) Candy Crane Shuler ’73 22

Dr. Henry B. Rollins Bonnie Egleston Holstein ’62

Dr. Danielle Saunders Walsh ’91 Carolyn James Weaver ’59

Alice Anne Springs Scarborough ’49 Roberta Simmons Josey ’49 Gunn Bente “GB” Olsen Marjorie “Margie” Faucett Patterson ’49

Dr. Rhea Thomas “Tommie” Workman Sandra Cooper Owen ’66 Mary Spurrier Carroll ’69

A. Ceil Sheriff Jane Sheriff Davis ’72

Paula Allen ’65 to Rolly Sagan, November 1, 2008

Karl Lennart Sjoberg Ariail Chapter Alumnae Club Joyce Hart Mann ’57 R.H. Smith Ann White ’76 Marion Moye Houck Smoak ’50 Rebecca “Becky” Laffitte ’77 Mary Teal Stackhouse Candy Crane Shuler ’73 Reverend and Mrs. William C. Stackhouse Mr. and Mrs. G. Randall Grant (Suzanne Stackhouse ’68) Bertha Davis Taylor ’96 Mr. and Mrs. Keith Brewington Mr. and Mrs. J. Luke Hause (Edith Collins ’56) Elaine Ewing Jones ’48 Sonya Barrineau Monts ’94 Dorothy Derrick Thomas ’35 Judith Ann McCormack Rowell ’68 Dorothy Douglas Traylor ’45 Ruth S. Green ’45 Daniel E. Turbeville Dale Brogdon Lidikay ’76 Charles “Chuck” Van Hoorne Rebecca “Becky” Laffitte ’77 Winifred “Winnie” Lloyd Vosburgh ’81 Nancy L. Vosburgh ’66 Nancy Lynn Smith Waters ’47 Evelyn Guyton Johnson ’47 Dr. and Mrs. Hugh E. Smith (Martha Meares ’47) Helen Leysath Wheeler ’39 Horace H. Leysath Jr. Ginny Williamson ’73 Ann White ’76 Anne Jones Wilson ’48 Frank Wilson Sr. Nan Walker Wilson ’09 Rieppe Clark Brooks ’69 Nancy Snyder Gardner ’69 Jackie Spann Hewitt ’39 Tracie J. Leonhardt ’85 Marjorie Herbert Lucas ’60 Mary Hewitt Marshall ’60 Rae Bundrick Miles ’59 Ruby Nolan Nolan ’52 Miriam Acosta Phipps ’64 Jane Mabry Spann ’65 Sandra M. Steele ’71 Carol Rich Storey ’68 Betty Sheriff Sutton ’53 COLUMBIA COLLEGE


Kathie Bozard ’73 to William Barker, November 7, 2009 Jacquelynn Segars ’76 to Timothy W. Uhl, December 30, 2009 Tara Elizabeth Freeman ’84 to Frederick Ketley Morrison Jr., September 12, 2009 Catherine Butler ’93 to John R. Perry, February 14, 2010 Catherine Thomas Parrish ’94 to Ron Williams, June 19, 2009 Enreicka Mozelle Thompson ’95 to Alfred Alston, January 30, 2010 Lindsay Harrison Gillespie ’99 to Robert P. Willsey, May 10, 2009 Rebecca Lynn Winstead ’99 to Donald Ray Craft II, November 7, 2009 Keisa Ayana Brooks ’01 to Shawn L. Bacote, July 23, 2005 Mary McConnell “Mac” Nowell ’01 to Charles Richard Martin Jr., October 24, 2009 Paige Lee McClure ’02 to Matthew Robert Payne, September 26, 2009 Atiya Lavasia Lark ’03 to Kyle Brahian Collins, July 18, 2009 Laura Beth Buzhardt ’04 to Steven Howard Hibbard, November 7, 2009 Lauren Elizabeth Roy ’04 to Samuel W. King, August 27, 2004 Samantha Renay Minor ’04 to Joshua Lucas Linn, August 29, 2009 Stephanie Danielle King ’05 to Shawn Allen MacLeod, October 3, 2009 Christa Allyn Newman ’05 to Jesse Tyrus Sheehan, November 7, 2009 Jozetta Antoine Singleton ’05 to Travell Blair, July 18, 2009 Sarah Elizabeth Clark ’06 to Christopher Adam Back, October 10, 2009 Ellen McNeill Wooten ’07 to Jerry L. Phillips III, June 6, 2009 Anna Marie Branham ’08 to Christopher Allen Sutton, October 10, 2009 Rachel Marie Carter ’08 to Kyle Caughman, December 5, 2009 Marguerite Jones Crapps ’08 to Brenton David Ricard, November 14, 2009

CLASS NEWS Amanda Nicole Garvin ’08 to William Charles Meyer, June 20, 2009

Mildred Heape Pou ’36 Livingston, S.C., November 19, 2009

Mary Lofton Gowin ’08 to Michael Blake DuBose, July 18, 2009

Mary Puette Wimberly ’36 Reidsville, N.C., February 3, 2010

Cara Frances Lee ’08 to Thomas Alphonse Kropinski, November 28, 2009

Ethel McDuffie Overton Lea ’37 Sumter, S.C., October 4, 2009

Katherine Ashley Williams ’09 to Daniel Randolph Cain, October 17, 2009

Ann Thompson Butler ’38 Orlando, Fla., October 29, 2009


Sarah Risher Watford Moore ’39 Walterboro, S.C., March 12, 2010

Stephanie Spooner Tavernetti ’95, a daughter, Marielle (Ellie) Mae, September 30, 2009

Sarah Lee Vaughan Abercrombie ’40 Spartanburg, S.C., February 26, 2010

Mary C. Long ’95, a daughter, Liby, August 29, 2009

Angela Nesbit Harris ’96, a daughter, Kayla Simone, July 8, 2005, and a son, James Andrew IV, March 19, 2008 Amy Murray Holcomb ’97, a son, Ian Gregory James, December 4, 2009 Manisha Johnson Arceneaux ’97, a daughter, Morgan Ann, April 8, 2009 Stacy Garrett McConnell ’97, a son, Garrett Michael, April 19, 2008 Katherine “Katie” V. Rotureau ’98, a daughter, Cailey Lisenby, January 21, 2010 Jayme Bee Brumfiel ’99, a daughter, Madelyn Grace, May 28, 2009 Kimberly Williams Murphy ’99, a daughter, Kaylee Elizabeth, December 6, 2009 Andrea C. Drake ’00, a daughter, Cristina Alena, July 2, 2009 Virginia Startsman McDonald ’00, a son, Jacob Arthur Startsman, January 21, 2010 Jenny Henry Johansson ’01, a daughter, Dreama Ruth, 11, and a son, Jacob Samuel, 10, adopted May 19, 2009

Nell Mixon Corder ’41 Kingstree, S.C., November 14, 2009 Phyllis Ellen Janes ’41 Batesburg, S.C., September 23, 2009 Adeline Rainsford Stehle ’41 Clinton, S.C., May 27, 2009 Leona Altman Rutland ’42 Mount Pleasant, S.C., August 25, 2009 Marjorie Riley Shuler ’43 Cameron, S.C., February 6, 2010 Doris Duffie Culvern ’44 Columbia, S.C., December 5, 2009 Margaret Garner McFadden ’45 Florence, S.C., November 9, 2009 Ruth Covington Sharpton ’45 Orangeburg, S.C., November 23, 2009 Ann Carter Mackay ’47 Orangeburg, S.C., September 19, 2009 Nelrae Truesdale Bostick ’49 Columbia, S.C., September 8, 2009 Aubrey Clark Godowns ’49 Orangeburg, S.C., October 5, 2009

Carlee McCartha Myers ’01, a daughter, McKenna Reagan, April 8, 2008

Alice Anne Springs Scarborough ’49 Charleston, S.C., September 23, 2009

Heather Black Long ’02, a daughter, Fiona, December 31, 2009

Mary Snelgrove Caulder ’50 Birmingham, Ala., February 18, 2010

Kathryn Vassy Turman ’02, a son, Jack Wiatt Lyell, January 7, 2010

Marion Moye Houck Smoak ’50 Bamberg, S.C., October 21, 2009

Lil Fuller Mason ’03, a daughter, Lucy Mills, August 27, 2009

Sarah Graham Tarrant ’50 Forest Acres, S.C., December 2, 2009

Sandra Hall Slowinski ’08, a daughter, Elizabeth Kay, December 8, 2009

Agnes Shuler Shealy ’51 Spartanburg, S.C., February 24, 2010


Pamelia Sale Cromer ’52 Jacksonville, Ark., July 31, 2009

Gertrude Bowman Whetstone ’30 Rowesville, S.C., March 16, 2010 Marguerite Gramling Thompson ’32 Orangeburg, S.C., January 8, 2009 Ruth “Esther” Hinnant Brown ’33 Columbia, S.C., December 29, 2009 Louise Cross Caison ’33 Summerville, S.C., March 24, 2010

Major NSF Grant Received for Women’s Scholarships in Chemistry, Math and Computing

Dixie Burch Godwin ’55 Greeleyville, S.C., August 30, 2009 Charles Bristoe Presley ’55 Anderson, S.C., April 11, 2009 Sue Carolyn Covington Barnard ’56 Warner Robins, Ga., July 8, 2009 Delia Stackhouse Snowden ’57 Marion, S.C., October 14, 2009 w w w. c o l u m b i a s c . e d u

Columbia College has been awarded a $595,510 grant by The National Science Foundation (NSF) to support the “Development of Women Scholar-Leaders in Chemistry, Mathematics and Computing.” The bulk of the funding will be dedicated to scholarships for students who meet the eligibility criteria. The grant period began February 15, 2010, and expires January 31, 2015. The goal of the scholarship program is to increase the number of women and minorities graduating with baccalaureate degrees in chemistry, mathematics, and computing. A joint venture of the College’s chemistry, mathematics and computing programs, this project builds upon a 2003 NSF grant and supports 18 four-year scholarships for women. Dr. Julia P. Baker, associate professor of chemistry; Dr. Adrienne Oxley, assistant professor of chemistry; Dr. Madeleine Schep, associate professor of mathematics and computer and information science; and Dr. Nieves A. McNulty, professor of mathematics and computer and information science, will administer the program. Admissions, financial aid and career services personnel at Columbia College and industry representatives will also be involved. Diverse programs will help build a community among scholarship recipients and facilitate their success as scholar-leaders. Columbia College will recruit nine students for fall 2010 and another nine for fall 2011. The scholarships are for $7,500 per year per student. “Our goal is to recruit three chemistry majors, three math majors and three computer and information science majors each year,” says Dr. Julia Baker. “This is an opportunity to broaden the participation of women and minorities in chemistry, mathematics and computing, which will lead to more of these underrepresented groups in South Carolina entering related careers in the twenty-first century workforce,” she adds. 23

CLASS NEWS Frances “Peaches” Melton Merritt ’60 Rock Hill, S.C., March 20, 2010 Sandra Wheeler Nichols ’61 Greenville, S.C., November 18, 2009 Irene K. Hinson Keisler Columbia, S.C., January 29, 2010 Martha “Marty” Bradley Mote ’62 Saluda, S.C., January 12, 2010 Fay Still Broadway ’64 Barnwell, S.C., January 16, 2010 Sandra C. Creel ’65 Conway, S.C,. October 8, 2009 Katherine Magness Ramsaur ’66 Williamsburg, Va., October 24, 2009

Reverend Robert C. “Bob” Faulkner Former Board of Trustee Member Florence, S.C., August 13, 2009 Audrey Jane Geitz Hunt Former Board of Visitor Member Columbia, S.C., August 18, 2009 Marion A. Knox Sr. Former Board of Visitor Member Columbia, S.C., July 31, 2009


Lynn George Addy ’73 Annie Laurie Kennerly George ’33

Sybil Clyburn Tait ’66 Apex, N.C., March 4, 2010

Jim Apple Rebecca “Becky” Laffitte ’77

Barbara Woods Schaeffer ’71 Columbia, S.C., September 23, 2009

Robert T. “Bob” Barham (Helen Jeffords Barham (H)) Susan Culclasure Parker ’58 Marthalyn Barham Schimsa ’77

Doris Daniel Cole ’72 Williamston, S.C., March 9, 2010 Anita E. Kinard ’80 Irmo, S.C., March 12, 2010 Patsy Harris Boulware Pearson ’82 Washington, D.C., April 8, 2010 Lillie Edens Herndon ’86 Columbia, S.C., December 3, 2009 Alecia A. Lilly ’88 Asheboro, N.C., May 29, 2009 Sandra Griffith Bennett ’95 Chapin, S.C., March 14, 2009 Diana K. Sinclair ’98 Monroe Township, N.J., June 29, 2009 April Lynn Quinton ’02 Salley, S.C., October 23, 2009 Leslie Marie Scott ’04 Hopewell, Va., August 15, 2009 Faculty/Staff Reverend Dr. Thomas E. Cuttino Retired Faculty Columbia, S.C., February 28, 2010 Sarah M. Dawsey Retired Faculty Columbia, S.C., January 4, 2010 Louisa L. Harrell Retired Faculty West Columbia, S.C., July 29, 2009 Dr. Harris H. Parker Jr. Retired Faculty Columbia, S.C., January 27, 2010 Bertha Davis Taylor ’96 Former House Mother Winnsboro, S.C., December 4, 2009 Board Members William H. “Bill” Blount Former Board of Visitor Member Chapin, S.C., January 10, 2010 24

Caroline Dargan Former Board of Visitor Member Myrtle Beach, S.C., August 16, 2009

Mr. and Mrs. William Barker (Kathie Bozard ’73) Rachel B. Lever ’73 Max and Joy Barker Beth Westbury Dr. Michael C. Broome Moo Brockington ’81 Norma Fisher McLean ’80 Deborah Simpson-Enlow ’96 Millie Warren Brunson ’72 The Honorable Karen Johnson Williams ’72 Columbia College Financial Services Department Beth Westbury Mr. and Mrs. L. Arlen Cotter (Janet Alexander ’56) Rebecca “Becky” Laffitte ’77 Dr. Thomas E. Cuttino Sara Phifer Burnside ’78 Guthrie Darr Margaret Smith DuBose ’54 Mary Frances Vause Kennedy ’56 Ms. Dawsey Jean Fletcher Aylor ’74 Dr. David D. Day Laurel Kennerly Eddins ’00 The Honorable Jim DeMint The Honorable Karen Johnson Williams ’72 Eugene Eaddy Drucie Connelly Eaddy ’55 Gene and Catherine Eaker Kay Kasting Rohde ’69 Elaine Kirby Ferraro ’70 Virginia Kirby Schoonover ’78 Dr. Vivia Lawton Fowler ’76 Dr. and Mrs. Selden K. Smith (Dorothy Gasque ’61) Dr. Helen Tate


Robyn L. Gibson Julie Ann Shelton ’92 Mary B. Gilkerson Jai-Shirel W. Marshall ’09 The Honorable Lindsey Graham The Honorable Karen Johnson Williams ’72 Dr. Christine Hait Hayley Driggers Bowers ’99 Christina D. McCormick ’06 Dr. George O. Hallman Sara Phifer Burnside ’78 Stephanie Bouknight Eaddy ’84 Amy E. Stoudemire ’94 Dr. Melissa Heidari Ellen Wooten Phillips ’07 Becky Hines Hendrix ’68 BLASTIN Jackie Spann Hewitt ’39 Mary Hewitt Marshall ’60 Heather Hilliard Sandra S. Delapp Marsha M. Harper Leslie W. Harrison Sherry B. Hooper Marguerite R. Wyche Bertha Pate Jones Eva Ann Orr McLean-Kendrick ’61 Dawn Smith Jordan ’86 Ariail Chapter Alumnae Club Stephanie McNulty Kelley Columbia College Afternoon Club Mary Blackwell Kilby ’72 Mary Leslie Hudson Parsons ’72 Lois A. Klemy Beth Westbury Jacqueline “Jackie” Tumbleston Kohn ’67 Charleston CC Alumnae Club Ann Cassels Laffitte ’47 Rebecca “Becky” Laffitte ’77 Sydnor Rosalie Laffitte ’73 Ann White ’76 Rebecca “Becky” Laffitte ’77 Dr. and Mrs. Henry L. Laffitte Sydnor Rosalie Laffitte ’73 Leah Johnson Lake ’69 Ann White ’76 Elwood Layman Mary Frances Vause Kennedy ’56 Carolyn Snidow Leonard ’72 Mary Leslie Hudson Parsons ’72 Dr. Imogene “Peggie” Lipscomb Ann White ’76 Martha L. White ’71 Mary Lynne Johnson Loftus ’92 The Honorable Karen Johnson Williams ’72

CLASS NEWS Dr. Jan Love Dr. and Mrs. Selden K. Smith (Dorothy Gasque ’61)

Dr. Edmund Shay Julie Ann Shelton ’92

Betty Ulmer McGregor ’51 Dr. and Mrs. Selden K. Smith (Dorothy Gasque ’61)

Arlene Foster Shuler ’61 Susan Culclasure Parker ’58

Bishop Marshall L. “Jack” Meadors Jr. Rebecca “Becky” Laffitte ’77

Dr. Selden K. Smith Moo Brockington ’81 Ann Gasque Depta ’58 Marie V. Hightower ’94

Dr. Sara L. Mott Joyce Thompson Bumgarner ’69 Julie Morgan Culbertson ’67 Barbara Jennings Douglas ’62 Frances Moore Horton ’66 Sandra Cooper Owen ’66 Anne W. Rivers ’67 Ann Terry Smith ’64 Sara L. Nalley ’63 Dawn Nalley Brooks ’93 Jai-Shirel W. Marshall ’09 Stephen R. Nevitt Carey Lee Hudson ’85 Rebecca Duffie Penland ’86 Stephanie Sullivan Olsen ’88 Mr. and Mrs. J. Pat Sullivan Jr. Dr. Sandra O’Neal Hayley Driggers Bowers ’99 Jennie Chaplin ’87 Dr. Harris H. Parker Jr. Carolyn Eleazer Clamp ’57 Donna Nichols Culclasure ’70 Drucie Connelly Eaddy ’55 Roberta Lindler Ferrell ’64 Natalie Robelot Gibson ’69 Susan Lyles McLane ’66 Frances L. Roper

Dr. and Mrs. Selden K. Smith (Dorothy Gasque ’61) Selden K. Smith Jr. Reverend R. Wright Spears Jane McWhirter Canady ’65 Carolyn Bayne Hamby ’56 Mr. and Mrs. Robert R. Hill Sr. (Jewell Powell ’60) Evelyn Guyton Johnson ’47 Mary Frances Vause Kennedy ’56 Rebecca “Becky” Laffitte ’77 Jo Tindall Ringer ’77

Dr. Mary L. Steppling Rachel Steppling Elger ’02 Dr. Ellen C. Fagan ’76 Sara L. Nalley ’63 Carrie Scott Ramella ’97 Dr. Roger Strickland Ann F. Cadle ’81 Debra Stewart Hester ’75 Sister Catherine Unterseher Alexandria E. Fleming ’06 Dr. Tracy West Jenny Henry Johansson ’01

Liz Johnston Patterson ’61 Dwight F. Patterson III

Dr. Caroline B. Whitson Educational Foundation of SC Business Professional Women’s Club Beth Westbury

Reverend Charles G. Pfeiffer Carolyn Eleazer Clamp ’57 Jocelyn A. Clarkson ’73 Roberta Lindler Ferrell ’64 Jo Tindall Ringer ’77 Diane Coward Senn (H) Elizabeth Lawson Thompson ’80 Washington Street United Methodist Church Charles Pfeiffer Circle Dr. Lou Rigley Ellen Wooten Phillips ’07 Carol Hydrick Riley ’72 The Honorable Karen Johnson Williams ’72 Dr. Linda B. Salane Jai-Shirel W. Marshall ’09 Louise R. Slater Eileen DeVillier Schell ’05 Ariail Chapter Alumnae Club Dr. Ed Sharkey Melinda M. Williams ’04

the Greek Islands and Istanbul!

Dr. Leigh Ann Spell Dr. Ellen C. Fagan ’76 Carrie Scott Ramella ’97

Mary Leslie Hudson Parsons ’72 The Honorable Karen Johnson Williams ’72

Reverend and Mrs. Charles G. Pfeiffer Eugenie G. Comer ’66

Travel to Greece,

The Honorable Karen Johnson Williams ’72 Mary Leslie Hudson Parsons ’72 Julia Bridges Williamson ’72 Mary Leslie Hudson Parsons ’72 Roxanne Dusenbury Wilson ’72 The Honorable Karen Johnson Williams ’72 Mr. and Mrs. Melvin K. Younts (Dollie Isgett Younts ’51) Mr. and Mrs. Arthur W. Baker (Edith Edens ’52) Reverend Paul A. Betsill Mr. and Mrs. E.R. Culp Mr. and Mrs. Jack S. Hupp Christopher G. Isgett Marion A. Knox Jr. Rebecca “Becky” Laffitte ’77 Carolyn “Sissie” Snow McAlister ’51 The Honorable and Mrs. Berlin G. Myers Sr. (Marlena Redfern ’64) Mary Ann Reeves Phillips ’56 Mr. and Mrs. Mathew S. Springs

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ow would you like to spend next spring touring the beautiful whitewashed isles of Greece...discovering the city from which a legendary beauty incited the Trojan War...exploring the ruins of Ancient Ephesus...visiting the breathtaking Blue Mosque...and shopping in the Grand Bazaar? In Athens, you can climb the Acropolis to view the majestic Parthenon, see the Presidential Guards, visit the stadium where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896, shop in the Plaka market district, and much more. The Division of Behavioral Sciences and Human Inquiry is sponsoring a trip in May 2011 and the entire Columbia College community is invited. The 12-day package (May 14-25, 2011) is $3250 for students and $3700 for adults. The trip includes round-trip airfare, hotels, all breakfasts, five dinners and guided tours. A $500 deposit is required to register. To learn more about the trip, please e-mail or call Barbara Parker at 803.786.3785 or


Faculty Awards Dr. Lynne Noble Awarded a Fulbright

Dr. Lynne Noble, professor of early childhood education at Columbia College, has been selected to teach educators and teacher candidates in Mongolia as a Fulbright Scholar. She will teach and conduct cross cultural/comparative research in Mongolia from February through June 2011. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to “increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.” With this goal as a starting point, the Fulbright Program has provided almost 300,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential—with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. Why Mongolia? Noble explains, “For several years I have been encouraged to and considered applying for a Fulbright. I have eagerly searched for awards that I felt would match my interests, knowledge and skills and where I might develop a respectful and mutually beneficial relationship with my hosts. This year, I was delighted to find that the first specialization listed by the award in Mongolia was early education. This is my passion, and I am assuming it is a priority in Mongolia.”  She adds, “While in Finland supervising my students’ international teaching practicum, I found that the principal of the elementary school where we were working had just come to Helsinki from four years in Mongolia!  After talking extensively with him about Mongolia, the people and culture, and education there, I was not only convinced this would be a great match, but very excited about all the possibilities.”

Munsell, Thompson, Zubizarreta, and Cook Receive Awards Three Columbia College faculty members have received top honors for excellence in teaching. Dr. Jason Munsell, associate professor of communication and program coordinator for communication studies, received the 2010 Undergraduate Students’ Choice Award for Teaching Excellence; Dr. Diane Thompson, professor of social work and director of the social work program received the 2010 Faculty Excellence Award; and Dr. John Zubizarreta, professor of English and director of Honors and faculty development received the 2010 South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (SCICU) Excellence in Teaching Award. The Faculty Excellence and SCICU Award winners are selected by a committee of faculty. The Students’ Choice Award is organized by the Student Government Association (SGA) and the recipient is determined entirely by students. In addition, Wrenn Cook, program coordinator for dance and director of the South Carolina Center for Dance Education, has been named a 2010 recipient of the Winthrop University Medal of Honor in the Arts. The award acknowledges and recognizes the unique roles of individuals and groups who have made a significant contribution to the arts, as well as those who have positively impacted the quality of the cultural life in communities across the Carolinas.

Retiring Faculty and Staff This year, four beloved

members of the Columbia College family are retiring after long careers with the College. Join us in wishing them bon voyage on their journeys ahead into exciting new adventures! At a reception held in their honor, each shared favorite moments and memories.


Dr. Michael C. “Mike” Broome 33 years of service Division Head Languages and Literatures; Stackhouse Associate Professor of English

Dr. Sandra R. O’Neal 34 years of service Professor of English


Candy Y. Waites

18 years of service Director of Community Leadership Programs

Mitzi Winesett ’70

21 years of service Director of Counseling Services

Columbia College and Midlands Technical College Formalize, Expand Programs for Transfer Students


olumbia College and Midlands Technical College (MTC) formalized an agreement that allows a more seamless transition into Columbia College for MTC students who aspire to earn a four-year degree there. The formal Bridge Program agreement was signed on March 1 at Columbia College by Columbia College President Caroline Whitson and Midlands Technical College President Marshall (Sonny) White Jr. The agreement between the two colleges is designed to enhance the transfer of students from Midlands Technical College to Columbia College. This collaboration is intended to serve students by providing program support and services that facilitate the transfer process and prepare students desiring to matriculate at Columbia College. “We believe it is important to make the educational path as smooth as possible for all students,” said White, “This program gives Midlands Technical College another opportunity to provide access to students who want to attend Columbia College.” “Our data shows that transfer students from Midlands Technical College perform well and graduate at the same rate as our traditional students,” said Whitson. “They are wellprepared when they arrive and perform well academically. Transfer students find excellent faculty support here to meet their educational goals.” To reinforce student engagement and support the transition from Midlands Technical College to Columbia College, students will be offered the opportunity to participate in identified Columbia College programs and events while still in attendance at Midlands Technical College. These opportunities may include but are not limited to campus and cultural events provided students meet the eligibility criteria for these programs. Midlands Technical College is a comprehensive, multi-campus, public two-year college serving the primary region of Richland, Lexington and Fairfield counties of South Carolina. The College enrolls approximately 18,000 credit students annually, and provides continuing education to 30,000 individuals and hundreds of area businesses each year.

FCC Commissioner Mignon



Keynotes Commencement

ederal Communications Commissioner Mignon Clyburn delivered the Commencement address in ceremonies at the Township Auditorium on May 8. The College awarded 195 bachelor of arts degrees, 6 bachelor of fine arts; 3 bachelor of music; 22 bachelor of science. Of the 226, thirty-nine graduated with honors. Following her nomination by President Barack Obama, Mignon Clyburn was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate on July 24, 2009, and sworn in as Commissioner on August 3, 2009. Her term runs until June 30, 2012. Commissioner Clyburn has a long history of public service and dedication to the public interest. Prior to her swearing in as Commissioner, she served for 11 years as the representative of South Carolina’s Sixth District on the Public Service Commission of South Carolina (PSC). She was sworn in for her first term in July 1998, and was subsequently reelected in 2002 and 2006. She served as chair of the PSC from July 2002 through June 2004. Most recently, Clyburn served as the chair of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ (NARUC) Washington Action Committee and as a member of both the association’s Audit Committee and Utilities Market Access Partnership Board. She is also a former chair of the Southeastern Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (SEARUC). Clyburn served for 14 years as the publisher and general manager of The Coastal Times, a Charleston-based weekly newspaper that focused primarily on issues affecting the African American community. She owned and operated the family-founded newspaper following her graduation from the University of South Carolina, where she earned a bachelor of science degree in banking, finance and economics. For well over two decades, Commissioner Clyburn has been actively involved in myriad community organizations including the Columbia College Board of Visitors, South Carolina State Energy Advisory Council, the Trident Technical College Foundation, the South Carolina Cancer Center Board, the Palmetto Project Board (as secretary/treasurer) and has enjoyed previous service as chair of the YWCA of Greater Charleston and on the boards of Reid House of Christian Service, EdVenture Children’s Museum, Trident Urban League and the Trident United Way. In a separate ceremony, Columbia College graduate commencement was held at College Place United Methodist Church, where 57 candidates received a master’s degree in divergent learning and 3 received a master’s degree in human behavior and conflict management

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