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SPRING 2011 Office of Institutional Advancement Dr. Walt Griffin, President Dr. William H. Baker, Vice President for Institutional Advancement K.C. Barnhill, Director of Alumni and Parent Programs Kelly Curtis ’99, Associate Vice President for Development/ Director of Capital Campaign Brandi Hartman ’97, Director of Advancement Services Mandy Hoyle ’09, Assistant Director of Capital Campaign Eric Lawson, Director of Communications Keith Shambaugh, Assistant Director of Advancement Services Eric Stahl, Director of Athletics Development and Marketing Tisha Thompson, Director of Development Gidget Granger, Administrative Assistant Board of Trustees
Alumni Association Board of Directors Robin Owenby Dixon ’93, President Amy Osborne Crotzer ’98, Vice President Betty Stewart Ellison ’60, Secretary Diana L. Bedenbaugh ’99, Treasurer Henry L. Jolly ’61, Parliamentarian Ann Harrelson Ayres ‘58 Brian J. Bauer ’99 Bonnie Camp Blackwell ’07 Betty Kinard Dixon ’57 Rebecca Kovacevich Ferguson ’95 Thomas Hobbs ’00 Jason Kaup ’96 Linda Smith Laliberte ’95 Jack Olker ’00 Ruth Hannon Parker ’66 Phyllis Owen Spearman ’60 Katherine Ramos Tipton ’06 Nathan D. White ’03
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Co n t e n t s SPRING 2011
ON THE FIELD
Cerino Steps Away
New Residence Hall Opens
Limestone Saints Lead Conference
Limestone Center Offically Dedicated
Zimbabwe Natives Ready to Make Their Mark
Marian Wright Edelman Leads MLK Jr. Event
Clarke Heads Men’s Lacrosse
Scholars, Dollars, and Chocolates
New Wrestling Assistant Coach
New Health Care Degree Initiated
Lady Saints Soccer – New Head Coach Limestone Official Publishes and Best Season Since 2006 Article in The Sport Digest 7 New Softball Assistant Coach Community Music School Established 8 New Women’s Lacrosse Assistant Coaches
Chorus Tours Austria
New Volleyball Head Coach
Jenzabar Provides Winne Davis with Technology 9
Men’s Soccer Has New Assistant Coach
448 New Alumni
Emmie Evans Named Distinguished Alumna
Two Programs Receive Reaccreditation
New Members of Limestone Faculty
New Directors Appointed
Timken East Replaces Old YMCA
In the community
Renaissance Man Bids Farewell
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Hall of Fame
Graduate Named Columbia Chief of Police
When the Saints Go Marching In
Class of ’59 Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Education Major Leaves Impact
Bowles Receives Award
The Not-So-Ordinary Event
Graduate Earns Coaching Post
Eric Lavendar Shares Tales
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President’s Perspective Henry Adams once noted, “A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” One of the key reasons for Limestone College’s survival and success for 166 years has been the outstanding faculty who have committed their careers and lives to our Limestone students. The recent retirement of Professor Andy Cox, after 43 years at Limestone, has prompted me to reflect upon and share some thoughts with you about our wonderful past and present faculty members. Many of our older alumni have frequently reminisced about their experiences with some of the legendary Limestone faculty—Montague McMillan, Louise Agnew, Miriam Thompson, Ron Killion, and Winnie and Andrew Jackson Eastwood. One of the highlights of my time at Limestone was the opportunity, shortly after my arrival on campus, to be a guest at “Dr. Mac’s” 100th birthday party. I want to assure you that today’s Limestone faculty continue that tradition of excellence. Our faculty have studied at many of the finest American universities. This year, 80% of our day faculty have the Ph.D. or other appropriate terminal degree in their disciplines; in the 1990s, only 45% held terminal degrees. Many of our outstanding day faculty also teach in our Extended Campus Internet Program and at our Extended Campus Classroom Program evening sites in Gaffney and Greer. In our Internet and evening programs, we also have many longtime faculty who must meet the same rigorous academic qualifications as our day faculty. Our faculty are hired, retained, and promoted based primarily upon their teaching abilities. While a number of our faculty engage in research for publication, all engage in research to remain current in their academic fields and provide our students with the most current information in their disciplines. While many colleges and universities are increasingly relying on part-time faculty and graduate assistants to teach a large percentage of their undergraduate classes, at Limestone 90% of our day classes are taught by full-time faculty and staff. These individuals do not have to spend time on their own graduate course of studies or have to teach at several institutions to make a decent living. Their total commitment is to our Limestone students, and we believe our students as a result are much better served than those at many of our sister colleges and universities.
Fortunately, there are available several avenues of recognition for our most outstanding faculty. Each year we are able to nominate a faculty member for the South Carolina Governor’s Professor of the Year recognition as well as a Professor of the Year recognition by the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities. Both of these programs host banquets in Columbia for the nominees and administrators from each college and university. For more than twenty years, the Fullerton Foundation has provided funding which allows us to annually honor five of the best Limestone faculty with Fullerton Teaching Awards and cash stipends. One of the greatest pleasures during my time at Limestone has been the opportunity to visit with our emeriti faculty and benefit from their wisdom and advice. Sadly, a number of those retired faculty have passed away in recent years – Lorraine Bonnell, June Foster, Bill Gordon, Bob Henderson, Montague McMillan, Krishna Mehra, Fred Paschal, Frank Sheldon, Mary Simpson, Ivie Smith, John Sullivan, and Bill Sutton. Many of our alumni were deeply influenced by these wonderful professors. Today we have ten living emeriti faculty – Cathy Cash, Bert Cline, Andy Cox, Nancy Derminer, Carolyn Hayward, Sister Mary Mauldin, Bobby Moss, Emmie Rector, Joe Sandhu, and Sara Setzer. I am sure each of these individuals would welcome any communication from former students. Limestone College strives to continue to recognize its emeriti faculty and keep them involved in the life of the campus. They are invited to march in the academic procession during May and December commencements. At the annual faculty-staff dinner each year during the Christmas season, they are introduced and their total number of years of service to Limestone is announced. It is not unusual for the collective years of service for the emeriti faculty in attendance to approach 300. For several years, we have been holding an emeriti faculty luncheon on campus each May. We have an opportunity to visit with our retired faculty, remind them how much we appreciate their long service to Limestone, and provide them with an update on recent developments at the college. No college can achieve greatness without an outstanding faculty. Be assured that the tradition of faculty excellence continues at Limestone today. Best wishes!
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New Residence Hall Opens; Eases Student Overflow As students returned to Limestone College’s main campus in January for the start of the spring term, many of them had a new place to call home. Located beside McMillan Hall at the corner of Griffith and East O’Neal Streets, the new residence hall features suite-style living for 96 students.
(Left to Right: Hannah Mills ’11 (Richmond, VA) , Cameron Weiner ’15 (Naples, FL), Emily Wallace ’11 (Winchester, KY), and Zachary Nimmons ’15 (Greenville, SC) share a laugh in one of the numerous common areas in the new residence hall.
In testament to the quality of the Limestone Experience, the College has been bursting at the seams with steady increases in its day Student population, while some area colleges have suffered the ravages of decreasing enrollment in recent years. In an effort to handle the overflow, some Limestone students have even been temporarily living in nearby hotels. The new residence hall features twelve eight-person suites with a common living area inside each suite (and others throughout the hall), as well as laundry facilities.
Josh Wood ’12 in his new residence hall suite.
“I was thinking of living off-campus next year but now my mind is made up to return here for my senior year, and serve another term as a Resident Advisor,” said Josh Wood ’12 of Gastonia, NC, who was among the first to move into the new hall.
o n c a m pu s Limestone Center Officially Dedicated Dr. Karen Gainey, Executive Vice President and Vice President for Academic Affairs, presides during dedication service of the Limestone Center.
With students, trustees, faculty, staff, and members of the community onhand, Limestone College showed the continued progress that has been its staple as it rededicated its newest building, the Limestone Center, in a ceremony on Friday, October 22. First named Southside Elementary School and serving African-American children before hosting students of all races as the Limestone Elementary School, the building has been transformed into a state-of-the-art facility that now houses the majority of Limestone’s athletic offices and is home to the College’s Theatre Department. Within its walls, the unique blending of academics and athletics under one roof is obvious. Features include the College’s Athletics Hall of Fame, a media room with widescreen televisions that can be used for various meetings as well as for individual teams to review game film, an intimate New Residence Hall 150-seat theatre, and a set design workshop. Among the many features of the building is a redesigned exterior that includes stone facades and covered entry ways across the front of the facility. The interior has been completely redone with hardwood flooring and an array of wall wraps that celebrate Limestone athletics history. “At Limestone, we envisioned how this historic facility, with much hard work and investment of both money and time, could serve the needs of our students,” said Dr. Walt Griffin, President of Limestone. The product of those dreams is what you see before you today and what probably cannot be found on any other college campus in America — a building that serves the needs of both an academic department (theatre) and an athletics department. It is a building which dramatically symbolizes Limestone’s commitment to excellence both in academics and athletics.” l to r: Aaron Watkins ’10, Matthew Ferguson ‘11, and Tim Leftwich ’09 in a scene from “Moonlight and Magnolias” in the new Limestone Center Theatre. Photo by John Parris.
Media Room in Athletics section of Limestone Center. This room is used to review game film and for various meetings.
The exterior of the Limestone Center features stone facades and covered entrances.
o n c a m pu s Marian Wright Edelman Leads MLK, Jr. Event at Limestone Using a rapid fire delivery filled with jaw-dropping statistics and impassioned calls to action, Marian Wright Edelman delivered a blistering speech in Limestone College’s Fullerton Auditorium during the College’s celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. Once taking to the podium, the Civil Rights icon and and founder of the Children’s Defense Fund immediately launched into astonishing poverty figures in America that seem to be at odds with the country’s sense of literal worth and might. “What good is it to be the richest and most powerful country in the world while at the same time we lose our soul and character?”, she rhetorically asked the audience. She noted that in 2009, 44 million people were in poverty, up from 40 million in 2008—the third consecutive annual increase in the number of people in poverty—and that the 2009 figure is the largest number in the 51 years for which poverty estimates have been published.
Marian Wright Edelman (left) after her speech in Limestone’s Fullerton Auditorium.
Edelman then pivoted quickly to the problems of poverty and lack of education in America, and the propensity of both leading to what she calls “from the cradle to the prison” routine, especially for minorities. “Roughly 40% of black children in this country are born poor, and 70% are born out of wedlock,” she said. “And how sad is it that today, in the year 2011, that 80% of black and Latino children cannot read or compute at the 4th, 8th, and 12th-grade levels? What chance at success do these young people have if they cannot even read?” Again and again, Edelman, a Yale educated lawyer, emphasized that education and civic involvement are the keys to turning back the dangerous trend of poverty and crime. “For years, I’ve been encouraging people to stay out of law school and major in education instead. We need as many people in the classroom as we can get. “So many of us get caught up in celebrating the life of Dr. King rather than following it. The drug dealers are open for business 24-hours a day 365 days a year; it’s time we realize that we do not need to wait on Dr. King to come back because he’s not. The time to act is now; the time to do what is right is ripe.”
Scholars, Dollars & Chocolates a Sweet Deal for Dessert Fans and College Students Alike They came, they danced, and they ate during the 4th Annual Scholars, Dollars, and Chocolates Scholarship Banquet held September 30th. The event is an opportunity for Limestone alumni and friends to help raise funds to support Limestone scholarship grants for Cherokee County students. “We easily surpassed our goal of raising $20,000 for the event,” said Tisha Thompson, Director of Development. The evening included homemade chocolate desserts, dinner, and dancing. Each year, Limestone awards $1,500 to graduates of Cherokee County high schools in addition to a wide variety of other financial aid.
Couples dance the night away during Limestone’s 4th Annual Scholars, Dollars, and Chocolates Scholarship Banquet.
o n c a m pu s New Degree Program in Health care Administration Initiated A new Limestone College degree program is just what the doctor ordered for students interested in health care management and administration as well as contributing to the well-being of others. The comprehensive Health Care Administration degree program focuses on areas specific to the health care industry such as health care policy, finance, law, and economics. “This is all about serving our students,” said Dr. Penelope Nall, who designed the degree and serves as Assistant Professor of Business Administration, Finance, and Accounting at Limestone. “We believe it is important to tailor their options to provide them with as many (career) choices as possible, instead of attempting a one-size-fits-all approach. With more distinct degrees to choose from, we hope to offer them the best of all opportunities in the business world.” While many of the country’s industries are slow to recover from the stagnant U.S. economy, careers in health care continue to grow. According to U.S. News & World Report, hospitals, which employ more than four million people, added 135,000 jobs in 2008 and 19,400 more in the first half of 2009 alone.
Dr. Penelope Nall, Assistant Professor of Business, Finance, and Accounting.
Even though the program was initiated just this year, it is proving to be a very popular major as 68 students are currently enrolled.
The Sport Digest Publishes Article by Limestone Official Ernest Meyers, Coordinator of Testing and Assistant Director of Sports Information at Limestone, has published an article detailing the mission of a small North Carolina town to land an amateur baseball team. The article appeared in The Sport Digest, an online journal with an audience of approximately a quarter of a million people. In his article, entitled “The Flight of the Owl: A Financial Look at an Amateur Baseball Team and Its Community,” Meyers opens with the triumphant Forest City Owls “hoisting the franchise’s first Coastal Plain League Championship trophy,” before pivoting quickly into chronicling the team’s locale transition from Spartanburg, S.C. to Forest City, N.C. Meyers, who earned his Master’s of Sports Science in Sports Management from the United States Sports Academy in December, originally wrote the article as an assignment for his Sports Finance course. The article details the efforts of officials with Forest City (population 7,549) to lure the franchise from Spartanburg (population: 39,673), where the team was known as the Spartanburg Stingers.
o n c a m pu s Limestone Community Music School Established; Kindermusik Offered In September, Limestone College’s Music Department unveiled a program that provides students—of both private and public schools as well as those who are homeschooled—and other members of the Cherokee County community an opportunity to receive one-on-one music instruction from Limestone music faculty, current Limestone music majors, and Upstate professional musicians. Housed in Limestone’s Carroll Fine Arts Building, the Limestone College Community Music School features weekly one-on-one instruction in voice, percussion, piano, guitar, string, woodwind, and brass as well as offerings of the popular Kindermusik program. John Sizemore, Adjunct Professor of Music, who leads the program and also directs a similar program at James F. Byrnes High School in Duncan, SC, says that one-on-one music lessons can translate into a wise investment for a student’s future success. “It has been my experience that most students who take part in private lessons also do very well in auditions for music scholarships, which can range anywhere from $8,000 over $200,000,” he said. “For more information about Kindermusik at Limestone, visit www. limestone.edu/communitymusicschool.
Limestone College and Community Chorus Tours Austria In early July, members of the Limestone College & Choir took their talents and their suitcases to Europe to entertain audiences in Austria. During their tour, Chorus members delighted audiences with performances during a mass at St. Stephen’s Cathedral (Vienna); a festival presentation of Mozart’s “Coronation Mass” (Salzburg); a joint appearance with the Alaska Children’s Choir at Mirabel Palace (Salzburg) in a room where Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart wrote music on numerous occasions; Basilica of St. Michael in Mondsee, site of the wedding scene for the classic film “Sound of Music;” and St. Nikolaus Church in Bad Ischl (Salzburg). “Many of our students described their experience of singing in the cathedral spaces as ‘ethereal’ and ‘awesome’,” said Dr. Gena Poovey, Professor of Music and Chair of Limestone’s Music Department. “(The tour) was an amazing experience as we shared something very personal with our audiences, these people of a different culture, of a different language, who we will never know by name or see again, but they and we were joined as one in the beauty of our surroundings and in the music.”
Singers and fellow travelers on the steps of Mirabel Palace, the inspiration for the “Do Re Mi” song setting in “The Sound of Music.”
o n c a m pu s Jenzabar Foundation Provides Technology Funding for Limestone’s Winnie Davis Hall of History The Jenzabar Foundation of Boston, Massachusetts awarded a $20,000 grant to Limestone College for the installation of interactive technology in its Winnie Davis Hall of History. With the grant, Limestone was able to complete the comprehensive renovation of Winnie Davis Hall of History by equipping its six classrooms with custom-built multi-media computer systems that allow professors and students to—among other tasks—access the Internet, watch video presentations and participate in multi-party conferencing. The Foundation is funded by Jenzabar®, Inc., a leading provider of software, strategies and services developed exclusively for higher education to address needs in enrollment, retention, and advancement. “We are constantly seeking ways to improve the learning experience for our students through innovative technologies,” said Dr. Walt Griffin, President of Limestone. “The multimedia technology now available in Winnie Davis enables our students to access a wide array of resources and interactive technology that are necessary for the success of current students and for those of generations to come. Jenzabar is a wonderful partner to have in an endeavor such as this. Their commitment to profoundly impacting the lives of students and communities the world over is one that we share.” Robert A. Maginn, Jr., Chairman of the Jenzabar Foundation, presented Griffin with the $20,000 check in Orlando, Florida in early June. The Jenzabar Foundation issues grants to institutions of higher education and other charitable organizations with similarly aligned missions, and helps promote the activities of grant recipients within their communities and on a global level. The Jenzabar Foundation is a charitable and educational organization that received its initial funding from Jenzabar, Inc.
Dr. Jonathan Sarnoff, Associate Professor of History and Chair of Limestone’s History Department, incorporates a large computerized monitor into one his classes in Winnie Davis Hall of History.
o n c a m pu s Over 400 New Limestone Alumni Limestone College conferred 448 degrees to graduating seniors during December commencement exercises in the College’s Fullerton Auditorium. Andy Cox, Professor of Art and former Chair of the College’s Art Department, and Carolyn Hayward, Director of the College’s Library, were designated as professors emeriti in honor of their retirement from Limestone. Cox has served the College for 43 years and Hayward is retiring after 16 years of service.
Four members of the Class of 2010 are in a festive mood as they line up for the processional from A.J. Eastwood Library to Fullerton Auditorium.
Randall Roark ’10 (left) is presented with his degree from Limestone President Dr. Walt Griffin in Fullerton Auditorium.
Two Limestone Programs Receive reAccreditation In almost every area of industry, accreditation is a highly valued status. In the world of academia, it means that students and the public can have confidence that a degree from that institution reflects quality. In November, the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) reaccredited Limestone’s Department of Music for the maximum tenyear period. The accreditation process included an on-site visit by NASM officials, a self-study by the department, and a judgment by the NASM commission. Limestone’s Department of Music has been accredited by NASM since 1946. Also gaining reaccreditation for the maximum ten-year period was Limestone’s Athletic Training Education Program, which received the good news in August from the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Students are required to graduate from a CAATE-accredited program in order to take the national certification exam for athletic training.
Students of the nationally accredited Limestone Music Department perform on the Fullerton Auditorium stage. 10
o n c a m pu s New Members of Limestone Faculty
Left to right: Dr. Paula Shubert, Dr. Penelope Saurino, Dr. Patricia Hoskins, and Dr. Jessica White-Phillip.
Limestone College welcomed four accomplished women to its faculty during the 2010-2011 academic year.
assessment, and implementation of individualized education programs for young children.
Dr. Patricia Hoskins is an Assistant Professor of History and College Historian at Limestone. She earned her Ph.D. in History from Auburn University, and her master’s and bachelor’s degrees in history from Eastern Kentucky University. Her primary areas of research include antebellum Southern culture, frontier studies, modern Appalachia, slavery and the Atlantic world, Civil War home front and Reconstruction, Jewish history, the Civil Rights Movement, and South African history. Prior to joining Limestone, she served as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Troy University and Graduate Assistant at Auburn.
Dr. Jessica White-Phillip, whose principal areas of research are biochemistry and bioorganic chemistry, has joined Limestone as an Assistant Professor of Biology. After earning her bachelor of science in biology at the University of Wisconsin, she successfully completed her Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology—with a concentration in Chemical Biology and Drug Design—from the University of Texas at Austin. As a Research Mentor at Texas, she supervised eight undergraduate and pharmaceutical doctoral students and assisted in training new students in laboratory methods and protocols and developed research plans.
Dr. Paula Schubert is an Assistant Professor of Education. She earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Clemson University, her master’s degree in education from Berry College (Rome, GA), and her bachelor’s in elementary education from the University of Missouri. She also earned her Early Education of the Handicapped Validation from Xavier University (Cincinnati, OH). Her teaching experience in early childhood education includes instruction at pre-school, kindergarten, and upper elementary levels. As an early intervention teacher, her responsibilities included supervising and mentoring other professionals to improve their capabilities in identification,
Dr. Penelope Saurino comes to Limestone from the Department of Elementary and Middle Grades Education at Western Carolina University. At Limestone, she is an Associate Professor of Elementary Education. Saurino earned her doctorate in Education from Boise State University, her master’s degree in Education from North Georgia State University, and her bachelor’s degree in Education from Florida State University. Prior to serving as an Assistant Professor of Education at Western Carolina, she served as an Assistant Professor of Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of West Georgia and Field Experience Director and Adjunct Professor of Education at Eastern Oregon University.
o n c a m pu s New Directors of Human Resources and Financial Aid Appointed In October, Sharon Hammonds was named the College’s Human Resources Director. The Batesburg-Leesville, SC native earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Clemson University, and her master’s degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology from the University of West Florida. She comes to Limestone after serving as Assistant Director of Human Resources at Spartanburg Community College and Director of Human Resources (South Carolina) for Proaxis Therapy in Greenville. Bobby Greer ’10 was named Director of Financial Aid in January. A native of Union, SC, Greer joined the College in 2006 as a Financial Aid Counselor, and steadily rose through the ranks to Assistant Director of Financial Aid, and later as the department’s Interim Director. Greer earned his associate’s and bachelor’s degrees in Liberal Studies with a minor in Business Administration from Limestone with magna cum laude honors.
Bobby Greer and Sharon Hammonds
Timken East Replaces Old YMCA When the Cherokee County YMCA moved to a new location in June, the facility that it had long used beside Timken Gym was purchased by Limestone College and renamed Timken East. Today, the building is used primarily for physical education instruction and for intramural recreation. The building includes an auxiliary gymnasium, a dance studio that is now utilized by the Saints Cheerleaders, racquetball courts, and a weight room equipped with cardiovascular training equipment and free weights.
o n c a m pu s Hayward Retires as Director of Library During December 2010 Commencement, Carolyn T. Hayward, Associate Professor of Library Science and Director of A.J. Eastwood Library, was designated Associate Professor Emerita of Library Science. At the time of her retirement, the Peoria, Illinois native had been Director of the Library since 1994. “I have always loved libraries,” Hayward said from the podium in Fullerton Auditorium. “If you had asked me as a teen I might have told you I wanted to be a librarian when I grew up. When my youngest child was in high school, I pursued my (Master of Arts) degree in Library Science.” She had already earned an Associate Degree at Monticello College (Alton, Illinois) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Florida. I knew that I wanted to be an academic librarian at a small college. I have been fortunate; I found a profession that I love and worked in a place that I enjoyed.”
Carolyn T. Hayward during December Commencement.
Andy Cox, Professor Emeritus of Art, joins in the applause for Carolyn T. Hayward, Associate Professor Emerita of Library Science, during December Commencement. Cox and Hayward were recognized with emeritus designation during the Commencement.
in the community When the Saints Go Marching In By Reverend J. Ron Singleton, Limestone College Chaplain and Director of the College’s Christian Education & Leadership Program
Since March 2006, six Limestone mission teams have journeyed to southern Brazil to bring hope to those living in impoverished circumstances. Four years later, the seed planted by the mission continues to grow and produce fruit, and is even expanding to other areas. These trips are made possible by the faithful stewardship of generous Christians like Bobby and Beth Dobson, and Duane and Drada Hoover and others.
Cody Carpenter ’14 surrounded by teens at the Methodist mission church in Castro, Brazil.
The teams work with a Brazilian mission agency, Bridge International, both in and beyond the city of Curitiba. The first trip was to visit several orphanages and one favela (a makeshift settlement), called Vila Pantanal, situated on a former city dump. In addition to sharing their faith, team members offered training programs to unskilled workers. On subsequent trips, the teams continued efforts at Vila Pantanal and worked to help open a home for abandoned, abused, and neglected children in the nearby small town of Morretes.
In 2009 the team expanded their efforts to Itapoa, a small beach town in a neighboring state, helping to launch a similar church-based mission project. There, the teams are igniting new hope to an impoverished community through support of a project to transform discarded fish skins into high quality, marketable, leather goods. In addition to learning a marketable trade, women, men, and children are invited to experience how following Jesus Christ can transform their lives. A woman named Terezinha, who has resided in the impoverished village of Pantanal for many years, is a living example of our teams’ personal impact. The primary industry in her makeshift village is collecting and sorting recyclables from the city’s trash. For nearly thirty years, Terezinha turned to alcohol for relief. Her occasional attempts at sobriety had failed largely due to a lack of sustainable hope. The spring 2009 Saints mission team brought hope in the form of a sewing machine to Terezinha and other women in Pantanal. Sewing classes in the village church enabled them to learn and develop marketable skills. Terezinha soon realized that she had not only a talent for sewing, but an ability to teach others to sew. She has found a new sense of purpose, re-dedicated herself to Christ, and has been sober for more than a year. In May 2010, just weeks before our team was set to arrive in Vila Pantanal, a young man named Patrick who lives there was literally run over by a delivery truck, resulting in a painful paralysis that had left him bedridden. Neither his doctors nor family were sure that he would be able to walk again. Living in an impoverished village, he had little access to rehab or therapists. When several members of the mission team came to his home, sang, and prayed with him, he was so inspired that someone from so far away cared enough to visit him, that he—for the first time since his accident—got up from his bed and walked them to the door. Following their visit he began walking a little bit each day, and was able to eventually return to work in late August. Patrick’s experience is a perfect example of the power of Christian love. In Acts 3, Peter and John, two of Jesus’ disciples encountered a man “lame from birth.” Peter said to the man, “I have no silver or gold, but what I have I give you; in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, stand up and walk.” He took the man’s hand and “immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. And the man stood and began walking, and leaping, and praising God.” Patrick recognizes the students who came to him in the name of Christ as the instruments through which God restored his strength. Not only is the impact of this mission being felt in Brazil. Jeremy Parker ’10 has participated in three trips, each with half of the support being raised by his home church in Virginia. “Every time I go to Brazil it is like a spiritual revival for me. The people there are very spiritual and I get back to the states, and I want to be involved in Christian study groups and programs, and get involved with the church,” he said.
in the community Education Major from Canada Leaves Impact in Cherokee County by Scott Powell of The Gaffney Ledger
Few Limestone graduates have traveled farther than Kayla Hamalainen ’10 during their education careers. The education major came to Limestone from Vancouver, Canada where she was a standout softball player. Her prowess on the diamond led to a 2-year stint at Lake City Community College in Florida before she traveled to Limestone College for her final two years. Before leaving Gaffney, Hamalainen initiated a tutoring program to help elementary students in Cherokee County embark on their own academic careers. She spent the past several months working with the Student Government Association and the Limestone College athletics department to line up student-athletes—she has 20 students committed—for a tutoring program at Limestone-Central Elementary.
Kayla Hamalainen ’10 (left) and Chad Hudson ’97, Principal of Limestone-Central Elementary
"The idea started in September with our Student Government Association. We wanted to do an outreach program in the community where our students at Limestone College could get involved in working with kids in Cherokee County schools," Hamalainen said. "We were able to coordinate with our athletics department so our student athletes can help with the tutoring program. We hope to have it up and running by the end of January."
The Not—So—Ordinary Breast Cancer Awareness Event There are creative ways of spreading awareness about breast cancer, and then there are methods that fall into the category of being truly inspired. Count the efforts of College Nurse Sandy Green in the latter category. A two-day event in October (Breast Cancer Awareness Month) brought festooned bras, massage therapy, body wraps, and free breast exams to the Limestone main campus. The Bedazzled Brassieres contest kicked things off, as students, faculty, and staff were encouraged to decorate bras. All participants were given “Save the Ta-Tas” t-shirts and a winner was given the “Best in Show” award. The next day, a “Pamper Me Pink” event—complete with free massage therapy, pink smoothies, body wraps, foot baths, and education materials—was held in Stephenson Banquet Room for members of the campus family as well as the community.
Sandy Green inspects one of the Bedazzled Brassieres entries.
on the field Cerino Steps Away from Lacrosse to Become Full-Time Athletics Director In June, Mike Cerino relinquished his duties as Head Lacrosse Coach to focus all attention on his duties as Director of Athletics. Cerino founded the Saints lacrosse program in 1990, and built it into a national powerhouse, culminating in the College’s first national championship (2000). He is the College’s all-time wins leader for men’s lacrosse, with 128 victories and 66 losses (.660). “Four years ago Dr. Griffin offered me an opportunity to return to Limestone to lead the men’s lacrosse program and begin a career as an athletics administrator. Over those four years our department has grown to 22 intercollegiate sports programs with over 500 athletes and the need to expand our athletics facilities has become paramount,” noted Cerino. Under Cerino’s leadership, Limestone has completed an NCAA institutional self-study and compliance blue print review, conducted a gender equity review to ensure the department’s Mike Cerino, Limestone College compliance with Title IX, expanded the athletic training department in both staffing and Athletics Director equipment, re-branded the athletics marks and logos, redesigned the athletics website, and secured an exclusive and favorable buying contract with a sports apparel company to support the various athletic programs. In addition, Cerino secured the necessary funding to add field hockey and men’s volleyball; all while maintaining the budgetary goals of the Athletics Department.
Cross Country Both the Limestone College men’s and women’s programs faced one of the more challenging schedules in recent years in 2010 as they competed against primarily Division I competition. To open the season, the teams traveled to the Mountaineer Open in Boone, N.C., hosted by Appalachian State, before taking part in the Charlotte Cross Country Invitational. The Furman Cross Country Invitational represented the high-water mark for both teams as the men finished 8-of-11 in a primarily Division I field while the women were 9-of-13. Both squads then rounded out the regular season competing at the USC-Upstate and Lenoir-Rhyne Invitationals. The latter was the only non-Division I regular season event that Limestone attended. Justus Kirwa ’12
The men’s team then finished 7-of-11 at the Conference Carolinas Championships while the women were 10-of-11. The Saints were led by Justus Kirwa ’11 (Kapsabet, Kenya) who finished 12th out of 84 participants.
Limestone Saints Lead the Conference in Academics When Conference Carolinas announced its Fall 2010 Presidential Honor Roll, Limestone College led the way with 148 student-athlete honorees, the highest number among the 11 conference members. The achievement clearly illustrates Limestone’s continued commitment to promote the league’s “Academics and Athletics Working Together” philosophy. Of the 148 Limestone Saints named to the honor roll, women’s lacrosse had the most with 17 student-athletes, while baseball was a close second with 16. Field Hockey placed 10 studentathletes on the Honor Roll and wrestling had nine representatives. Each student-athlete named to the fall list achieved a minimum GPA of 3.2, up from 3.0 in previous years, on a 4.0 scale.
on the field Zimbabwe Natives Ready to Make Their Mark in Limestone Field Hockey By Scott Powell; Gaffney Ledger
Tanya Jansen and Bernice Jere were playing in a national hockey festival in southern California last year when their college destiny took a major turn. The Zimbabwe national team members met their new field hockey coach during a social event at the “Festival of Tours,” the world’s largest amateur hockey event. The California sporting event featured 225 teams from 24 states, the District of Columbia, Canada and Zimbabwe. Field hockey is a fast-paced sport similar to soccer played with a plastic ball and flat sticks shaped like candy canes. A conversation with Limestone College Field Hockey Coach Lindsay Jackson convinced Jansen and Jere to travel halfway across the world to join the second-year women’s field hockey program.
Bernice Jere (left), Lindsay Jackson (Head Coach for Saints Women’s Field Hockey), and Tanya Jensen.
“I have always wanted to come to the United States. It has been a dream of mine,” said Jansen, who is a psychology major at Limestone. “I had never heard of Limestone until I met Coach Jackson on Senior Night at the tournament in California. She was so cool and excited that it made me want to come be a part of the field hockey program’s growth here. One of the things I liked about Limestone College is it’s a very small town close to what I am used to (when I was) growing up.”
Zimbabwe has 12 million people and is located in the southern part of Africa between the Zambezi and Limpopo rivers. One of its national sports is field hockey. Zimbabwe won the gold medal in the 1980 Olympics. Jansen played the midfield and attack positions in field hockey while growing up in a village called Masvingo. Jere, who plays the attack position, comes from Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare. Jere has relatives in the Washington, D.C., area and listened to a lot of college offers from coaches before deciding to come to Limestone. Her skill at scoring goals led to a spot on one of Zimbabwe’s national high school field hockey teams where she became friends with Jansen. Jere is excited about continuing her education and athletic career at Limestone. “I think it’s important to learn about different cultures,” Jere said. “This is a really good experience and a chance to further my education. I would like to become a diplomat and reach out to help people.” Economic uncertainty and spiraling prices have led to hyper-inflation in Zimbabwe with prices doubling every 1.3 days in the fall of 2008. Last April, the Zimbabwe government decided to suspend the use of their domestic currency in favor of the U.S. dollar and some other currencies. “The economic crisis has caused so many people to leave the country,” Jere said. Jere and Jansen both dealt with limited computer and Internet access while finishing their private school Cambridge education in Zimbabwe. Technology issues and international paperwork requirements made for a long admission process into Limestone. Initially recruited last summer, Jere wasn’t admitted to Limestone until the middle of April. Jansen completed her admissions process in May. “The financial aid package offered by Limestone College was a major factor in being able to come here,” Jansen said. “It would have been difficult for our families to afford college without it.” “It’s amazing the amount of support schools put into field hockey here,” Jansen said. “It’s really nice to be a part of the new field hockey program at Limestone. Hopefully, we can help them win some games.”
on the field Men’s Lacrosse J.B. Clarke is the new Head Coach of the Saints Men’s Lacrosse team. He is the fifth coach in the 21-year history of the program.
Clarke comes to Limestone after a 12-year tenure as the Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach and Assistant Director of Athletics at Washington College (Chestertown, MD), where he guided the Shoremen to a combined 138-63 (.687) overall record. In that time, he reached 100 wins faster than any coach in Washington College history. Under his leadership, the Shoremen appeared in the NCAA Division III Tournament seven times and in the Centennial Conference Championship Game in eight consecutive seasons. Clarke mentored 28 United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) All-Americans and 78 All-Centennial Conference honorees while at Washington College. Clarke earned his bachelor of arts in history from Southern Connecticut and his master’s degree in sports business from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Prior to his stint at Washington, Clarke served as Offensive Coordinator at Loyola College (Baltimore, MD.), Head Coach at Greensboro College in North Carolina, and Offensive Coordinator at Duke University. Currently, Coach Clarke serves on the Intercollegiate Men’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IMLCA) Board of Directors and over his career has been a member of the USILA Division III All-America Committee, the USILA National Poll Committee and US National Team Selection Committee. Brendan Storrier ’10, a two-year member of the Saints Men’s Lacrosse program, made the jump from player to Assistant Coach following two tremendous seasons in the Blue and Gold in 2008 and 2009. The LaFayette, N.Y. native earned a pair of NJCAA All-American selections and helped lead Onondaga Community College to the 2006 National Championship before coming to Limestone.
He helped lead the Saints to a 22-6-0 record and a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances while leading the team in goals, assists and points in both seasons. As a junior in 2008 he tallied 44 goals and 33 assists for 77 points and posted 34 goals, 18 assists and 52 points as a senior. His 2008 points total still ranks eighth all-time in Limestone history while his 33 assists that season are the ninth most in a single season.
Following the 2008 campaign he was named a USILA Second-Team All-American and earned First-Team All-Conference Carolinas honors following both of his seasons with the Saints.
Wrestling Joby Shreckhise ’09, one of only six All-Americans in team history, has returned to his alma matter to serve the Saints Wrestling program as Assistant Coach. As a wrestler, he joined the Saints in the inaugural season of 2004-05. Following a sixth place finish in the NCAA Joby Shreckhise ‘09 Division II East Regional as a freshman, he posted a 24-17 overall record in 2005-06 and once again finished sixth at the NCAA East Regional. He capped off his Saints wrestling career with a tremendous senior campaign that saw him finish with a 22-6 record, a
third-place finish at the regional competition and an eighthplace finish at the NCAA National Championships in the 174 lbs. weight class. That performance earned him AllAmerican status and, at the time, made him only the fourth Saints wrestler to claim those honors. In addition to his accomplishments on the mat, the Grottoes, Va. native was even more successful in the classroom as he earned Academic All-American status following the 2006-07 and 2007-08 campaigns. In 2008, he was also a key reason that Limestone College wrestling as a team was named the 2007-08 National Wrestling Coaches Association AllAcademic Team with a 3.23 cumulative GPA. He graduated with honors with a bachelor of science degree in biology and chemistry.
on the field The Lady Saints Soccer Team finishes with seven wins under first-year Head Coach Matt Smith to wrap up their best season since 2006. Matt Smith was named Head Coach in March, coming to Limestone from Presbyterian College where he served as an assistant coach since 2005. He also has extensive coaching experience with the South Carolina Olympic Development Program and the Columbia United Football Club, and is a member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and holds a NSCAA National Diploma and a NSCAA Goalkeeping Diploma. Coach Smith earned a bachelor of arts in history from Trevecca Nazarene University (TN). Following the season, four Saints were named to the AllConference Team. Midfielders Ashley Alderin-Fleagle ’12 (Kernersville, N.C.) and Madi Dulisse ’11 (Burlington, Wisc.) were named Second-Team while forward Vanessa Jarrett ’12 (Ottawa, Ontario) and junior keeper Kristen Alderin-Fleagle ’12 (Kernersville, N.C.) earned Third-Team honors. Dulisse posted seven goals and an assist while Jarrett led the team with eight goals. The Alderin-Fleagle twins were also honored after Ashley posted career-highs in goals (4), assists (7), and points (15) while Kristen played every minute in the net and recorded 105 saves while allowing a respectable 1.54 goals per match. Women’s Soccer Head Coach Matt Smith
Ashley Alderin-Fleagle ‘12
The Lady Saints contributed a healthy representation to the 2010 Academic All-Conference team. In all, six members of the 2010 squad were selected. Seniors Dulisse, Meredith Wingerson (Salisbury, N.C.), Diane Boyce (Toccoa, Ga.), and Casey King (Linthicum, Md.) were selected after compiling a GPA of 3.25 or higher and were joined by juniors Ashley and Kristen AlderinFleagle. Limestone ranked second among the 11 Conference Carolinas members as 17 student-athletes were named Academic All-Conference.
So f t b a l l Amanda Kamekona, a two-year (2008 and 2009) member of the perennial national powerhouse UCLA softball program brings the wealth gained from her stellar career in Los Angeles to the Saints Softball program where she has been named Assistant Coach. Amanda Kamekona
The Chino Hills, CA native earned a pair of NFCA Third-Team All-America selections and helped lead the Bruins to a 96-20 overall record, a Women’s College World Series appearance, and a pair of NCAA Super Regionals. As a senior Kamekona started all 56 games during the Bruins 45-11 campaign and recorded nine homeruns, 40
RBIs, a .557 slugging percentage and was 12-of-13 in stolen bases. She led the team with 19 doubles and her RBI total was second on the club as was her 61 hits. That season Kamekona was named NFCA Third-Team All-America, Easton Second-Team All-America NFCA All-West Region and First-Team All-Pac-10. Also listed among her achievements with UCLA is a program-record eight RBI performance that earned her USA Softball, NFCA and Pac-10 Player of the Week honors in 2008. For her career, she ranks fourth all-time in slugging percentage at UCLA and her 19 doubles as a senior is the second most in program history. Kamekona holds a bachelor of arts in sociology from UCLA and a pair of associate of arts degrees in social and behavioral science and transfer studies from Mt. San Antonio College (CA).
on the field New Assistant Coaches for Women’s Lacrosse In November, Emily Bikowski joined the Saints Women’s Lacrosse program as an Assistant Coach. She comes to the Saints program after serving as Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach at Richland Northeast High School (Columbia, S.C.). She was also Head Coach of the women’s lacrosse team at her alma mater, Bishop O’Connell (Arlington, Va.), from 2006-08.
An accomplished lacrosse player at Longwood University, Bikowski played four years for the Lancers and garnered numerous honors during her playing career. The most illustrious of these were three straight IWLCA Division II All-America honors from 2002-2004. As a sophomore in 2003, the native of Fairfax, Va. was named the Division II Midfielder of the Year as well as earning the first of two straight NCAA All-Tournament selections. Bikowski currently holds a bachelor of science in Anthropology from Longwood and her master’s in archaeology from the University of South Carolina. In July, Head Coach Scott Tucker turned to a familiar face to complete his coaching staff by hiring Saints lacrosse standout Lauryn Wise ’09. One of the most decorated players in team history, Wise was a member of four straight Conference Carolinas championship teams and helped lead the Saints to a 54-14 overall record and three trips to the NCAA Tournament Semifinals.
As a result of her prowess on the field, Wise garnered a number of impressive individual awards throughout her career. That list is topped by a pair of Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Association First-Team All-America selections in 2007 and 2009 as well as three All-Region honors. She was also named as an All-Conference Carolinas selection three times, including being named the 2009 Player of the Year. She also earned a pair of All-Tournament honors, coming in 2006 and 2008, and was named Tournament Most Valuable Player as a freshman. Wise earned her bachelor of arts in history from Limestone.
Volleyball Assistant Coach Rick Banis has been named the Interim Head Coach for the Limestone Saints Men’s and Women’s Volleyball programs. He replaces Tim Loesch who led the Saints to a record of 123-114 in seven seasons as Head Coach.
Lady Saints Volleyball The Limestone Lady Saints Volleyball Team won six of their final 10 matches, and completed the season with a 10-20 record and were 6-13 in league play. Six of Limestone’s victories on the year came in straight sets while they netted a pair of impressive wins over Carson-Newman (3-1) and Augusta State (3-2) late in the season. They were also very competitive against 2010 regular season champion Lees-McRae as they dropped a pair of 3-1 decisions but were competitive in both matches.
Banis takes over following his first season as an Assistant Coach for both Rick Banis the men’s and women’s program. He has previously served as Head Coach of the Women’s Volleyball program at MidAmerica Nazarene University (KS) for the last two years and was a graduate assistant with the Lewis University men’s team. He was also an Assistant Coach for the College of Saint Mary (NE) Women’s Volleyball team. Banis earned his bachelor of science in psychology and sociology from Newman University (KS).
Middle-hitter Jordan Preville ’12 (Lansing, Mich.) led the team with an average of 3.01 kills. Outside-hitter Holli Dawson ’12 (Beaufort, S.C.) was second in digs (2.83) and third in kills (2.06). Junior outside hitter Kassi Boedeker ’12 (Phoenix, Ariz.) was second on the club with an average of 2.11 kills while setter Danielle Seibert ’12 (Napierville, Ill.) led the team in blocks (0.45) and assists (8.47). Libero Rebecca Kerrison ’14 (Charleston, S.C.) led the team defensively with 3.17 digs per set.
on the field Men’s Soccer The Saints Men’s Soccer season concluded with a second-place finish in Conference Carolinas for the second consecutive season. Midfielder Keegan Ziada (Melbourne, Australia) was named First-Team All-Conference and National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) First-Team All-Region following a stellar season in which he paced the Saints with nine goals, six assists, and 24 points. He also earned an Academic AllConference nod before being named the 2010 Conference Carolinas Men’s Soccer Scholar Athlete of the Year. Forward Jack Bailey ’14 (London, England) was named First-Team All-Conference and NSCAA Third-Team All-Region. Lee Smyth ’12 (Somerset, England) was honored as a Second-Team All-Conference and NSCAA Third-Team All-Region selection. Forward Junior Ellis ’11 (Toronto, Ontario) and defender Mike Stephenson ’12 (Bristol, England) joined Smyth on the Second-Team All-Conference list while midfielder Tom Morris ’11 (Berkshire, England) was named Third-Team All-Conference. Academically, the Saints were just as impressive as the team was awarded the prestigious NSCAA Team Academic Award for the third consecutive season. Limestone, the only member of Conference Carolinas to be recognized this season, was honored after posting a 3.03 GPA during the 2009-2010 academic year. In addition, Morris, Stephenson, and keeper H.B. Lockwood ’11 (Anderson, S.C.) were also named to the Academic AllConference team as each student-athlete posted a GPA of 3.25 or higher.
Keegan Ziada ’12
Jamie Davies (London, England) has been appointed Assistant Coach. He joins Limestone after spending two seasons with the semiprofessional team West Virginia Chaos, a member of the Premier Development League (PDL), where he served as a player his first year before taking over as an Assistant Coach the following year. Prior to that, he spent two years playing for the New Orleans Jesters, also a member of the PDL. Davies was twice named to the PDL Team of the Week during the 2007 season before being invited to the United Soccer League (USL) Combine at the conclusion of the year. Davies earned a bachelor of science in sport management from William Woods University (MO). His coaching resume is extensive as he has coached at every level from high school to professional. After earning his United States Soccer Federation ‘D’ Coaching License in 2006, he was hired to be the assistant coach for the women’s varsity team at Germantown High School in Memphis, Tenn. During the 2007 season, Germantown qualified for the conference playoffs.
Emmie Evans Rector Named DISTINGUISHED AlumNA at Winthrop Emmie Evans Rector, who enjoyed a long and successful teaching career at Limestone, has been named a Distinguished Alumna by Winthrop University, her alma mater. Rector spent 32 years on the Limestone faculty and was named a Professor Emerita of Health and Physical Education in 1990. In 1998 she was inducted into the Limestone College Athletics Hall of Fame for her contributions to the Athletics Department, including serving as the Volleyball coach and founding the Alpha Gamma Epsilon Athletic Sorority. In 1987, she was named a College Honorary Alumna and in 1990 the College presented her with a Limestone College Lifetime Athletic Pass. Always a student proponent, she and her husband established the James W. Rector, Jr. and Emmie Evans Rector Scholarship in 1994. In 2002, Limestone’s tennis center was named in her honor. 21
Limestone’s Renaissance Ma n Bids Farewell In defining a Renaissance man, Leon Battista Alberti (140472) said it perhaps best: “[He is] a man who can do all things if he will.” Encyclopedia Britannica brings the notion into present-day terms. “Contemporary Renaissance men are individuals whose nearly-literal thirst for knowledge guides them on their quest for truths in multiple interests.” By those definitions, Andy Cox is indeed a Renaissance man. Forty-three years after joining the Limestone College faculty and teaching scores of courses including painting, art history, ceramics, design, sculpture, printmaking, drawing, and photography, Cox decided to retire from the rigors of teaching fulltime. He will, however, continue to offer one class per semester. During December 2010 graduation exercises, he was name Professor Emeritus of Art at Limestone.
His architectural skills have enabled him to design and painstakingly construct meticulous items such as sailboats, telescopes, optical devices, and model airplanes. His artwork, juried into national and international exhibits and collections, runs the gamut in terms of media (watercolor, oil, pottery, raku, scrimshaw, photography and a whole host of others) has been included in the South Carolina Arts Commission State Collection, the Chrysler Museum, Mint Museum, and in Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibits. Purchases of his paintings, drawings, and ceramics have been made by individuals in Japan, Europe, and throughout the United States. He earned his bachelor of arts with a minor in French from Murray State University and his M.F.A. in painting from Miami University (OH). 22
A self-professed enthusiast for communication of any kind, Cox has recently turned his attention to the study of ethnomusical musical instruments. Among the items he has constructed are drum-like udus of Africa; shakuhachi of Japan; native North and South American flutes; and numerous early keyboard and string instruments. Today, Cox is among a handful of craftsmen in the country who make mbiras, thumb-pianos that sit within a large gourd. He’s become such a master-craftsman at making them that an mbira concert using some of his creations was recorded live in the United Kingdom’s Durham Cathedral and broadcast by the BBC in 2001. Other concerts using some of his instruments have been staged in a wide variety of places including Aachen, Germany; London, England; Bruxells, Belgium; Madrid, Spain; San Francisco, Portland, Boston, and New York City. They also have been included in classes and performances in several universities including Harvard, Tufts, Winthrop, Oregon State, and Florida. But fortunately for Limestone College and her students, in addition to being a Renaissance man, Cox is also one heckof-an instructor to boot. “My students have been such a significant part my life. We’ve kept in contact throughout the years and we’ve kept growing,” said the Union City, Tennessee native who joined the Limestone faculty in 1967. The love affair between Cox and Limestone seems to have begun while he was making his way to the College for his initial interview for a faculty position. “I stopped in downtown Gaffney to ask for directions to the College and wound up talking with a few people who turned out to be Limestone students. I can vividly recall being so awestruck by how worldly and intellectually inquisitive they were; they were just like those one would find at the larger renowned universities in the land. And I quickly found that it was the nature of Limestone that instilled that within them. “During a conversation with Mark Small (’86) in a recent visit to campus, I asked what Limestone had given him. He said that although he was not using his major in his present vocation, Limestone gave him and her students the confidence to be creative and to explore their options. For him, that was an ideal that allowed him to embrace change that would better himself and his family. “I truly believe that if we as instructors can teach students to firmly believe in their own conceptionalized world, they’re going to be successful. Many of my students are scattered throughout the world, and are flourishing in the paths they’ve chosen to walk.” To truthfully gauge an instructor, the most reliable place to turn is not his curricula vita but rather to his students. In Cox’s case, it is to those students to whom he devoted late hour upon late hour, weekend upon weekend, and holiday upon holiday to assist with projects. 23
Marlene Mueller ’70: “As a freshman in Andy’s class, I knew instantly that I had chosen the right major in Studio Art. He is a true model of what an artist should be and he leaves behind a legacy of curiosity. His class assignments were ones that mattered, that challenged our curiosity and imagination. He has been a mentor in every sense of the word.” Kim Schoel ’83: “Instructors often see students as mirrors of their own creations. Good instructors (the likes of Andy Cox), approach a student as an individual struggling to discover his/ her creative edge. He never failed at challenging our minds rather than merely making us fulfill rote course requirements. The experience and education I received through him guides me to this day!” Maggie Simonsen ’87: “My parents were wonderful and taught me many things, but Andy taught me self-honesty and to look at life with the most critical thinking and honesty possible. In other words, he taught me to pare down all elements to see things as they truly exist. He mastered being unconventional while teaching respect for protocol. His knowledge of art history was so innate that he taught the coursework as if he experienced first-hand the very periods in history we studied. Art gave me a definite identity when I was at an age of searching. But, Andy insured that my capacity for becoming who I am was not dictated solely by art. When I count the people in my life other than family whom I will never forget, Andy is the very first of only a few.” Trey Burns’ 06: “Andy Cox, Pops, whatever you call him, is a force of nature and an institution. He is the Renaissance Man of Granberry pouring with esoteric knowledge and calm wisdom, he’s a Zen monk and a mad scientist, the wizard prophet, and the only real teacher I ever had. I became interested in art
Drawing by Eric Smalley ‘98.
and photography after taking one of his classes as an elective. He pulled me aside one day, after the class where I showed my first 35mm prints, and said to me, “Darn it boy, start taking this stuff seriously and get in some more art classes; you’ve got it!” I listened, and it was the phlogiston that started a journey for me. I went on to get my M.F.A. and have been working internationally as a professional artist, photographer, and videographer—turning what others had called ‘hobbies’ into a life. Andy helped me to find myself, and has helped so many others; he is our teacher.” Nathan Brines ’07: “Prior to my sophomore year at Limestone, I had never taken an art class, but since that first photography class with Andy Cox I am now currently finishing my M.F.A. in photography with plans to teach. He completely changed how I thought about art, the learning process, my culture, and my perspective on life. I bought a plane ticket to Paris, France where I lived for a short while, despite not knowing a single word of French. This was a life-changing experience that was a direct result of the confidence built within me by my experiences with him. He has continued to email and keep up with me four years after my graduation from Limestone, but that is not much different than all of the out-of-class hours that he put into teaching while I was there.” Dustin Blanton ’08: “Andy Cox is a man with endless amounts of knowledge to teach. He loves to speak of life; the small things most take for granted, the things that really make life worth living. He taught me how to fall in love with art and showed me how to get lost in a work for hours, forgetting about everything that existed outside the artist’s limits. He also taught me how to create a relationship with my works, not wanting them to end until they told me they were finished. He taught me patience, technique, craftsmanship and many other things. Through his unorthodox assignments, I began thinking in ways I had never thought before, which made me who I am today.” Mr. Cox has reached out and touched the lives of many of his students, molding them in a way that will never be forgotten. Few among us can say with accuracy that we excel at whatever we do. Even fewer can be proven to have made a tremendously positive impact upon the lives of others while doing it. But Andy Cox is indeed among the few.
“I truly believe that if we as instructors can teach students to firmly believe in their own conceptualized world, they’re going to be successful. Many of my students are scattered throughout the world and are flourishing in the paths they’ve chosen to walk.” 24
Alumni News 2010 Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees During Homecoming Weekend 2010, Limestone inducted Colleen Travers Ferebee ’81 and members of the 1989 Softball Team into the Athletics Hall of Fame. Ferebee played for the Saints softball team during the 1980 and 1981 seasons after transferring from Harford Community College (Bel Air, Maryland). She was named to the All-State Team in 1980 and was presented with the Coach’s Award for her performance during the 1981 season.
Colleen Travers Ferebee ’81 (left) with Limestone Athletics Director Mike Cerino.
A business administration major, Colleen graduated from Limestone with honors and was named to the Dean’s List and Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. She was a member of the College’s Orientation Committee, Phi Kappa Theta Sorority, and the Alpha Chi Honorary Fraternity for Academics. She was elected by her fellow students to serve as Senior Class Senator and as Senior Class Representative for May Court.
After earning her degree from Limestone, Colleen was hired by Pfeiffer University to serve as their Associate Director of Admissions until 1987 when she accepted the position of Registrar with Stanly Community College (Albemarle, North Carolina). In 1997, she began a six-year tenure as Vice President of Ferebee Supply, which is owned by her husband Joe (who played baseball for Pfeiffer). Since 2005, she has worked as a substitute teacher for Stanly County Schools. Photograph by Mike Slade, Limestone Athletics
1989 Limestone Saints Softball Team Relying upon a balanced attack, the 1989 Limestone Saints Softball Team completed the season ranked 16th in the country. Under Head Coach Dennis Bloomer ’85, the team advanced to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) in Midland, Michigan with a 30-8 record and #12 national ranking. At the NAIA, the Lady Saints were defeated by Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPU) and and St. Mary’s. Along the way, the team defeated top-seeded Francis Marion College and arch-rival USC-Spartanburg (now USC-Upstate) to earn the College’s first District 6 tournament title. The Saints also bested the District 25 champion from Miami, Florida in two straight games. Such success was not exactly a surprise as the Saints entered the season ranked #19 in the nation, and raced out to a 11-0 record. The team was paced throughout the season by All-American Shayna Ferguson ’90 (.432.29 RBIs), Vicki Morris ’90 (.323/27 RBIs), and Sandra Riepke ’92 (.343). Debbie Rozier ’92 (pitcher) finished the season with an 11-1 record and a 0.85 ERA, and was named Most Valuable Player for the District 6 tournament. Members of the 1989 Limestone Softball Team: Front row: Robin Kidd Lori McManus Hinkle Shayna Ferguson Terri Kelley Debbie Rozier Back row: Danny Higgins Jimmy Martin Ann Strickland Crawford Albina Belisle Christie Reeder Dove Sandra Riepke Teri Terrapin Anton Vickie Morris Amanda Smith Dennis Bloomer 25
Extended Campus Graduate Named columbia Chief of PolicE During the latter part of 2010, things became very busy in the life of Randy Scott ’06. Before that, he was busy enough as a 16-year veteran with the Richland County (SC) Sheriff’s Office. But on October 4, he took a telephone call asking if he would be interested in moving to the nearby Columbia Police Department to serve as its Chief of Police. Since then, things haven’t been quite the same for him. But he’s quick to proclaim he would not have it any other way.
men and women who were interested into law enforcement. I fell in love with law enforcement instantly; it is the ultimate community service job, and is one of the few fields out there that truly allows you to help people. I also quickly learned that if a career was to be made in law enforcement, continued education was paramount. You will not see that officially written in a law enforcement job description, but it’s understood to be that way.
“For the longest time, I’ve taken a real delight in making people happy. And that’s what policing is all about: making people happy and meeting the needs of a community,” said the 41-year-old Chief Scott.
The Columbia, SC native did not have to look far in finding a program right for him. “The Limestone Extended Campus site in Columbia was the perfect match,” he said. “Looking back on it, one of the best parts was that discovering that my classmates were people just like me; professionals with no other reason to be there than to earn that degree. But the icing on the cake was the commitment of our instructors and, especially, Walter Smith who was our director. They cared so much about us and were so strongly dedicated to our futures that they would not settle for anything less than success in our studies.”
But do not misinterpret a police chief’s desire to make people happy as a sign of weakness. Because for all his gentlemanlike banter—which is peppered with countless uses of phrases such as “How can I help you today, sir?” “Yes, sir” and “No, sir,”—Chief Scott has the strength, determination, and pedigree to make him the logical selection for his current position. He is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, a graduate of the FBI National Academy, a certified hostage negotiator, and a Special Protection Officer for the U.S. Secret Service. Chief Scott is also a Limestone graduate. “Just before I left the Marine Corps, I was introduced to their ‘Troops to Cops’ program, which was designed to help transition those service
Chief Scott’s personal Limestone experience was such an impact in determining the success he enjoys today in his career, that he has returned to the Columbia site as an instructor; teaching a new generation of professionals how to take that next step on their own pathways to success. 26
Alumni news Bowles Receives Award for Education Efforts Dr. Ann Bowles ’74, who currently serves as Vice President for Academic Affairs at Spartanburg Methodist College, is the recipient of the 2010 Martha Kime Piper Award. The award is named for the first woman president of a public higher education institution in the state, and is given annually to recognize a woman with a record of advancing and supporting women in higher education and the education of women in South Carolina. Throughout her career, Dr. Bowles has actively worked to advance and support women in higher education. She previously served at SMC in the 1990s as director of special programs. Prior to returning to SMC, she served as chief academic officer at North Greenville College. She is or has been a member of the Business and Professional Women Dr. Ann Bowles ’74 of Spartanburg (and serves as Scholarship Committee Chair, on the Publicity Committee, and as a member of their Education Foundation); the first women to serve on the Spartanburg District Five Board of Trustees; is an active member of First Baptist Spartanburg where she served as Past President of Sanctuary Choir, served on the Church Music Committee and the Education Foundation Committee; and is a past member of South Carolina Higher Education Assessment Network.
2006 Graduate Earns First Head Coaching Post In July, Pfeiffer University hired Amy Yates ’06 to serve as Head Coach for its softball team. It is her first head coaching position following three seasons as an assistant under longtime Saints Head Coach Jimmy Martin.
Amy Yates ‘06
Yates was influential in the development of Saints softball since she arrived on campus in 2003. One of the most accomplished players in the history of the program, she played for Limestone from 2003-06, bursting onto the scene earning Freshman of the Year honors in the Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference. That season also marked the first of three straight All-Conference First-Team selections and a Second-Team honor following her senior year. In addition to the regular-season accomplishments, Yates was also named to the 2004 and 2005 All-Tournament Teams.
One of the most devastating offensive players in Saints history, Yates is currently ranked in the top-five in the program for games played, hits, triples, home runs, RBIs, runs and stolen bases and is the all-time leader with 56 doubles.
Class of ‘59 Celebrates 50th Anniversary Editor’s note: this photograph of the Class of 1959 during Homecoming Weekend was mistakenly omitted from the previous edition of Limestone Today. Appearing in the photo left to right are: (Front row) Patricia Irick Banks, Susie Kim Park, Dibbie Crosland Chapman, Drada Pate Hoover, and Ethelynn Hames Boozer. (Second row) Dell Shirley Robbins, Margaret Burns Koller, Ann Berry Derrick, Dianne Rivera Scoville, Millicent McCurry Harril, Jo Ann Fralick Jones, and Marian Biggerstaff Wallace. (Third row) Beverly Duncan Monroe, Ruth Brady Way, Sylvia Turner Zupp, Jean Mathews, David Peeler, Dot Bishop Cash, Matha Whetstone Cucci, and Eric Lavender ’77 entertained national Mary-Jo Cudd Combs. Not pictured: Harold Campbell. audiences during Halloween 2010.” 27
New Members of Limestone Board of Trustees During the summer months, seven individuals joined the 39-member Board of Trustees.
Dr. W. Donald Barrett
Dr. Wade Ronald Barrett • Graduate of Clemson University and the University of Louisville School of Dentistry • President of Cherokee General Dentistry • Served in the US. Army Dental Corps for five years; awarded the Army Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service in Europe • Two-term President of Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce • President of Cherokee Sertoma Club • President of Cherokee County Family YMCA • Member of Board of Advisors of Salvation Army for eight years • He and his wife, Mary Nell, have two daughters. Ashby Lee Blakely • Graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne College and John A. Gupton College A.A.S. Mortuary Science • Owner (with his wife, Debbie) of Blakeley Funeral Home & Crematory • Member of National and South Carolina Funeral Directors’ Association • Board member of Miracle Hill Ministries • Member of Steering Committee for “Go Tell Upstate” Crusade • He and his wife, Debbie, have two sons and two daughters.
Ashby Lee Blakely
Margaret Brown Clary
W. Kenneth Edwards
Julie W. Lowry
Margaret Brown Clary ’64 • Graduate of Limestone College and Meredith College’s M.Ed. Program • Adjunct faculty member at Meredith College • Member of President’s Advisory Board, Limestone • Volunteer for Meredith Reads • Meals-on-Wheels volunteer for Wake County, NC • Life member of Parent Teacher Association • She and her husband, James B. Clary, have two sons. • Vice Chair of Deacon Board and Chair of Christian Education Commission; First Baptist Church, Raleigh, NC W. Kenneth Edwards • Graduate of Johnson C. Smith University and Graduate School of the South at Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, LA) • Vice President and Branch Manager of The Palmetto Bank; Gaffney • Served as Chairperson of the Cherokee County Disability & Special Needs Board, and the Gaffney Housing Authority; member of Board of Trustees for Cherokee County Boys & Girls Club and Cherokee Technology Center • Has served on Board of Directors for Cherokee County Family YMCA, Salvation Army, Gaffney Rotary Club, and the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce • He and his wife, Shirley, have four children and nine grandchildren. Julie W. Lowry ’65 • Graduate of Limestone College • Taught high school English and College Speech • Previously served as Limestone Trustee from 1998-2001 • Has provided key leadership for Spartanburg Technical College Foundation Board, Sandhills Bank Board of Directors, Spartanburg Regional Hospital Heart Board, PRIDE Taskforce, Cleveland Park Restoration Committee, Urban League of the Upstate Board, Spartanburg Development Council Board, Spartanburg County Medical Society Alliance, Leadership Spartanburg, and Friends of the Arts Board. • Has earned her pilot’s license • She and her husband, Dr. W. Brownlee Lowry, have one daughter and one son. 28
Bill H. Mason • Founder, Owner and President of Bill Mason Enterprises, LLC (Franchisee of McDonald’s Restaurants in the Upstate of South Carolina) • Founder and member of Board of Directors with First National Bank of the Carolinas • Member of Board of Directors for American Community Bank (Monroe, NC), Hospitality Committee (Chesnee, SC), and Cherokee County Family YMCA • Member of Executive Board of Directors for GSA-Co-Op (McDonald’s Owners/Operators Marketing Cooperative for South Carolina) • He and his wife, Helen, have one daughter and one son. Bill H. Mason
Charles S. Patton • Graduate of University of South Carolina Upstate • President of Buford Street Drug Store & True Value Hardware; Gaffney • Served as Char of Deacons, current Co-Chair of Building Steering Committee; Cherokee Creek Baptist Church • Member of Gaffney Lions Club and Downtown Business Association of Gaffney • He and his wife, Michelle, have one daughter and one son.
Charles S. Patton
Grady Randolph Named Limestone’s Philanthropist of the Year Cherokee County native and resident J. Grady Randolph has been named Limestone College’s Philanthropist of the Year.
Grady Randolph, Limestone’s Philanthropist of the Year
Currently serving his second term on Limestone’s Board of Trustees, Randolph has generously supported projects to renovate and maintain campus buildings and their contents, including the Winnie Davis Hall of History and Granberry Art Building. He also has been a stalwart supporter of the Limestone Fund, the Saints Club athletics booster organization, and the Limestone College and Community Choir.
In making the presentation, Limestone President Dr. Walt Griffin said, “Grady has demonstrated that any hope for the future lies in not taking, but in giving. He knows that ‘giving and sharing have always been the way wise men and women have built the world for others and for themselves.’ For all that he does to make this world a better place and for all that he does for Limestone, we are proud to honor him as our Philanthropist of the Year.” Limestone College is not the sole beneficiary of Randolph’s generosity and helping hand. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Randolph--now a retired manager of J. Randolph, Inc. one of the largest specialized haulers in the state--dispatched his trucks to Mississippi to carry disaster relief items. He also provided his trucks for assistance with the Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child, a shoebox mission project. For First Baptist Church in Gaffney, he has been appointed Life Deacon after serving on the church’s Board of Deacons, and served as the bus driver for trips taken by the First Baptist Young at Heart Seniors Group. His steady hand also provided safe journeys for participants in the Salvation Army’s after-school program while he served as volunteer bus driver. He has been a member of the Gaffney Lions Club for many years and as served as President of that organization. In addition to his current leadership position with the Limestone Board of Trustees, Randolph is also a Board member for the Gaffney Board of Public Works and First Piedmont Federal. In 1998, Randolph was named South Carolina Motor Carrier Executive of the Year by the South Carolina Trucking Association, Inc., an organization for which he served as Board member and President. The plaque he received for that award noted, “He comes through time after time with a handshake, a smile, and a humble and sincere heart.”