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Scholarship Opportunities Available for Students in STEM Majors
The Provost’s Report: America’s Premier Private Two-Year College
Contact Dr. Bob Bruck, assistant dean for STEM programs, by calling (919) 497-3203 or by emailing him at email@example.com to discuss the STEM opportunities available or to request a STEM scholarship application.
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The President’s Message
Mural Invites Community to Reflect upon State’s Motto
Quality Enhancement Plan
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Dean of Students: A Culture of Inclusiveness
Preserving the Past: The Tar River Center’s Oral History Project
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STEM Opportunities Continue to Grow
We are excited to offer STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) scholarships ranging from $500-$2,000 for qualified students who intend to pursue an associates degree in science at Louisburg College.
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Senator Burr Addresses 2015 Graduates Chaplain Shane Benjamin: Called to Serve
Pietas Kinzinger Honor Roll of Donors Message from the Alumni Office Class Notes
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Athletics: Year in Review In Memoriam
On the Cover STEM is the ticket to the future! Pursing a degree in science, technology, engineering, or math is a sure way of obtaining gainful and meaningful employment in an array of modern fields such as health sciences, environmental sciences, engineering, biotechnology, or biopharma. – Dr. Bob Bruck, assistant dean for STEM programs at Louisburg College
As the College’s revived Cross Country program crosses the finish line of its second year, Coach Jay Koloseus shares the four “truths” he believes are essential to being a successful—and happy— collegiate runner.
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Columns Staff Executive Editor Emily Zank Associate Dean for Academic Life
Managing Editor and Graphic Designer Amy Scoggin Wolfe Director of Publications Associate Editor Anne Roth Strickland Contributing Editors and Writers Barry Burger David Hibbard Brittany Hunt ’10 Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Research Photography Corey Nolen www.coreynolenphoto.com
President’s Cabinet Dr. Mark La Branche President Kurt Carlson Vice President for Institutional Advancement Dr. James Eck Provost Dawn Robinson Vice President for Finance Michael Holloman ’83 Athletics Director Jason Modlin Vice President for Student Life Stephanie Buchanan Tolbert ’97 Senior Vice President for Enrollment Management
Board of Trustees Michael W. Boddie ’77 Chairman Ely J. Perry III ’84 Vice Chairman Lucy T. Allen Secretary
John Allen ’85 Sen. Chad Barefoot Anne D. Bowen Sharon H. Bryson W. Britt Cobb, Jr. ’69 Marla Gupton Coleman ’62 William R. Cross ’71 David “Tad” DeBerry ’85 Com. Sidney Dunston H. John Hatcher, Jr. Emily Hodges Lynda W. Hudson ’68 Charles Knight ’87 Lynda C. Lumpkin Beth M. Norris Russell Odom ’68 Donald Parrott ’63 Rep. Dr. Bobbie Richardson Fred Roberson ’62 Franklin T. Roberts William C. Shelton ’69 John F. Strotmeyer ’68 C. Boyd Sturges III Roger G. Taylor ’68 Dr. James P. West Brian Wilder ’94 Peggy Winstead
Dear Louisburg College Family, This past year has been punctuated by excellence. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines excellence as something of “extremely high quality.” This October, we welcomed the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) on-site accreditation team. This visit was the culmination of several years of quality improvement and two years of exceptional preparation. The team’s report brought no recommendations—a rare and outstanding outcome. Our Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP)—Engaged Teaching Fosters Engaged Learning—was also received by our on-site team without recommendation and has placed us on a pathway of greater academic excellence. In November, our men’s soccer team won the NJCAA Division I National Championship Tournament, defeating Tyler Junior College in the second overtime to take home the crown. These young men are of extremely high quality on and off the field. In the fall, we celebrated the naming of the Roger G. and Gaile D. Taylor Honors Program. From a small beginning, the program has now enrolled more than forty outstanding students. This speaks to the increasing quality of our student body.
Ex-Officio Trustees Alex Cheek ’94 President of the Alumni Association Rev. Leonard Fairley Capital District Superintendent, NC United Methodist Conference Dr. Mark La Branche President of Louisburg College
Alumnus Roger Taylor ’68 received the honor of All-American basketball player and is a member of the Louisburg College Athletic Hall of Fame. A classmate of Roger’s described him as an “undersized center who found a way to out-jump the competition.” It would be difficult to find someone who has out-jumped Roger in his commitment to Louisburg College. This spring, we celebrated the successful conclusion to our Great Futures Campaign. A goal of $15 million was eclipsed and raised to $18 million, only to be eclipsed again!
Alumni Association Alex Cheek ’94 President of the Alumni Association William Hurley ’53 President of the Golden Anniversary Council
Enormous changes have occurred since the school was chartered in 1787, but the mission remains the same. Here it is described in the 1931-1932 College Catalogue: “The College strives to maintain an atmosphere and to place such influence about the students as will be conducive to the exercise of the best facilities of the mind, body, and spirit which will cultivate a most wholesome personality. That every student who goes from it may bear the evidence of a strong body, a welltrained intellect, and a pure and noble heart . . .”
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And in the words of our alma mater,
Related by faith to The United Methodist Church, Louisburg College is committed to offering a supportive community which nurtures young men and women intellectually, culturally, socially, physically, and spiritually. As a two-year residential institution, we provide a bridge for students to make a successful transition from high school to senior colleges and universities.
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Through your committed support we will continue the march of excellence into our 229th year! For the College,
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America’s Premier Private Two-Year College
these responses were accompanied by 1,142 supporting documents. The reaffirmation report, in total, consumed over a half gigabyte of information (i.e., 533 megabytes). After months of painstaking preparation involving the entire campus community, the on-site committee provided an exit report that heralded a historic outcome.
by Dr. James Eck, Provost and SACSCOC Liaison
Founded in 1787, Louisburg College is America’s premier private twoyear college. We were the first, and now the most enduring, example of a nimble College that prides itself on providing students with access to a rigorous and engaging educational journey. We’ve known for some time that Louisburg has been on a positive trajectory: we’ve attracted and developed a great faculty, and we’re admitting more students who grow and thrive in athletics and student organizations. Most importantly, though, we’re attracting more students who emerge as leaders because of their academic excellence. When I arrived at Louisburg in 2010, we began planning for our reaffirmation that would occur in 2016. Our president, Dr. Mark La Branche, envisioned a strategic plan that would serve as a beacon on the horizon. Horizon 2020: The Plan for Louisburg College has been tracked and implemented, forming a strong foundation for the College’s future. Shortly after
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the plan was written, the College received a Title III grant from the US Department of Education. By 2018, we will have infused nearly $2.25 million into information technology, faculty professional development, institutional effectiveness, and a collaborative learning commons. Colleges make a lot of claims, and most of them are superlative. Inquiring minds ask if the claims reflect reality and if the academic life of an institution is on par with its name recognition. Brand is an important and valuable marketing tool, yet outcomes are paramount. Colleges face mounting demands for accountability, viability, and performance. It’s important for Louisburg to self-advocate while remaining humble; it’s important for the College to celebrate its strengths, yet address opportunities for improvement; it’s important for us to reinforce our rich heritage while guaranteeing that the word “premier” not only suggests “the first” but also “the best.”
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) conducts a thorough review of colleges once every ten years. The process involves both an off-site review and an on-site review by peers. According to SACSCOC, “At the heart of the Commission’s philosophy of accreditation, the concept of quality enhancement presumes each member institution to be engaged in an ongoing program of improvement and be able to demonstrate how well it fulfills its stated mission.” The data gathered as part of the strategic plan and the Title III application processes were essential to our ultimate outcome.
After writing nearly one hundred responses to core requirements, comprehensive standards, and federal requirements, the College received no recommendations. A recommendation suggests that the College may not have completely achieved the stated standard. It is unprecedented at Louisburg College, and noteworthy within the region, for a college to undergo a reaffirmation without at least one recommendation. The College’s exit interview also touted the strength of our one-hundred-page Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) titled “Engaged Teaching Fosters Engaged Learning.”
Louisburg College wrote a compelling reaffirmation report. Assembling responses and collaborating with one another via thousands of emails, the Louisburg team leading the reaffirmation effort produced a final draft that included 106 separate web pages with responses to SACSCOC’s Principles of Accreditation, and
The collaboration of our reaffirmation team was amazing. Executive Director of English and QEP Director Crystal Brantley wrote responses for some of the most difficult and challenging requirements and standards.
Institutional Effectiveness Director Brittany Hunt ’10 gathered timely and necessary data to inform the process and wrote eloquent narratives that made a convincing case for compliance. Webmaster Robert Strickland ’82 spent hundreds of hours developing an online report that was cuttingedge in every way. Associate Dean for Academic Life and Title III Coordinator Emily Zank was the catalyst, editing the entire document, writing many cogent responses, and collaborating with me from the report’s first word through its last period. The quality of the professionals who I was most fortunate to have come alongside me through this multi-year process cannot be overstated; some of the very best faculty and staff in the nation work at Louisburg College. To be honest, we humbly envisioned this outcome, reminding ourselves that “Someone in the world could write a convincing case for compliance for each standard.” We, collectively, had to serve as that “someone.” I couldn’t be happier for Louisburg College and this resounding vote of confidence from our peers. Not only has the College received zero recommendations, anticipating its reaffirmation in
June 2016, but we have cemented our claim as “premier.” If you’re interested in attending a College where peers evaluated it to be (1) fulfilling its mission and (2) engaged in ongoing and continuous improvement, in every respect without a single exception, 501 N. Main Street, Louisburg, North Carolina is our address.
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Board of Trustees Welcomes Five New Members Five new members joined the Louisburg College Board of Trustees, effective September 2015. The new members include: SENATOR CHAD BAREFOOT Representing the 18th District, which includes Wake and Franklin Counties, Barefoot is one of the youngest members of the North Carolina Senate. Prior to his legislative service, he served as a policy advisor to the North Carolina House Majority Leader. Senator Barefoot earned a Master of Arts in Christian Ethics from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest and a Bachelor of Science in Public Management from Appalachian State University. Barefoot and his wife, Paige, have a son, Franklin, and a daughter, Louisa. They are active members of Capital Community Church. SHARON H. BRYSON Bryson has served as chief operating officer of the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants, becoming the organization’s chief executive officer in May 2016. An active volunteer, she has focused her work on adoption. She is an Advisory Committee member for the Noah Z. M. Goetz Foundation, a nonprofit that provides grant funding and education about the adoption process. Bryson received undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She and her husband, Keith, have one son, Matthew, who is a student at Louisburg College. COUNTY COMMISSIONER SIDNEY DUNSTON Dunston is serving his third term as chairman of the Franklin County Board of Commissioners, where he has served since 2004. He is pastor of God’s Vision Missionary Baptist Church and CEO of God’s Vision Ministries, Inc., a nonprofit that operates a food pantry, feeding more than 12,000 people each year.
Senator Richard Burr Delivers 2015 Commencement Address
New Trustees (clockwise from top left): Sen. Chad Barefoot, Peggy Winstead, Rev. Leonard Fairley, Com. Sidney Dunston, and Sharon H. Bryson
United States Senator Richard Burr addressed graduates during Louisburg College’s Commencement ceremony on May 8, 2015. Of the 126 students who received their Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degrees, five graduated summa cum laude; nine, magna cum laude; and eleven, cum laude.
A US Air Force veteran, Dunston earned a bachelor’s degree from Shaw University and a Master of Divinity from Shaw Divinity School. He is the proud father of four children and six grandchildren.
As part of the annual ceremony, awards were given in the following categories: Faculty Emeritus status was awarded to 2014-2015 Faculty Senate Chair, Business and Social Sciences Division Chair, and long-serving Professor of CIS and Engineering Graphics Matt Brown. Staff Emeritus status was awarded to Assistant Registrar Sandra Beasley. Emeritus status is an honor and distinction conferred by the Board of Trustees.
REVEREND LEONARD FAIRLEY Fairley was named Capital District Superintendent of the North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church in 2015. He served several churches in North Carolina before becoming superintendent of the Rockingham District in 2005. His church service extends to numerous boards and agencies of the Conference, as well as mission work.
The Naomi Dickens Shaw Award for Faculty Teaching Excellence was given to Kris Hoffler, assistant professor of English. This award is given each year to a member of the faculty who demonstrates teaching excellence.
Fairley earned degrees from Pfeiffer College and the Duke University School of Divinity. He and his late wife, Priscilla Ann Russell, have two children and two grandchildren.
The 2015 Brantley Award winners were Samantha Mikaela Calvery, Jocelyn Jaimes, Deshaun Markiss Faltz, Ty Alexander Kobylinski, and Frank Douglas Sturek. The Brantley Award is presented to the male and female candidates for graduation with the highest fulltime, two-year scholastic average. This exemplary group of students graduated summa cum laude with a perfect 4.0 grade point average. Deneysha Goods and Nicholas Skerpon received the Isaac D. Moon award, which is given to the most outstanding male and female candidates for graduation in the fields of leadership, scholarship, and citizenship. Natalie Manning, Cassidy Osgood, and Jacob Proulx were recipients of the 2015 Alumni Appreciation Scholarship award.
PEGGY WINSTEAD Winstead is a career educator who retired after thirty-one years of service in the Nash-Rocky Mount Schools. She earned bachelors degrees from Atlantic Christian College and East Carolina University, and she also holds a master’s degree from ECU. The Winsteads were major supporters of Louisburg College’s softball training facility, which bears their name. She and her husband, Thomas, have a son, John Thomas, and a daughter, Brandy, who is a Louisburg College alumna.
Provost Eck Receives Presidential Medal
Megan Ryals ’15 celebrates after the 2015 Commencement ceremony.
During the College’s annual Christmas luncheon this past December, President La Branche presented a surprised Provost Eck with the Presidential Medal—an honor bestowed upon very few in the 229-year history of the institution. Eck, who is celebrating his sixth year at Louisburg, has dedicated his energy and passion to the College’s academic success. “His tireless work on our ten-year reaffirmation of accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges led to a finding of no recommendations,” La Branche said, “clearing the way for reaffirmation in June 2016.”
a native of Clayton, NC, she was a member of the volleyball team and a scholar-athlete. She is continuing her studies at UNC Wilmington.
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Pep Band and Cheerleaders Represent College in Raleigh’s Christmas Parade Louisburg College was wellrepresented in the 71st annual WRAL-TV Raleigh Christmas Parade, entertaining roughly 60,000 people lining the streets on November 21. Both the Hurricanes Pep Band, under the direction of Hal Sargent, and the cheerleading squad, coached by Sequoia Sady, marched the entire length of the 1½-mile parade route. The parade is a long-standing tradition in the Triangle, touted as the largest Christmas parade held between Atlanta and Washington, DC. The route began at the corner of Hillsborough and St. Mary’s streets and proceeded alongside many of downtown Raleigh’s most iconic landmarks, including the State Capitol and the former Fayetteville Street Mall. The event, presented by the Greater Raleigh Merchants Association, offered spectators a great view of the College not only from the route itself, but also via broadcast television on WRAL and UNC Public Television channels the day of the event. WRAL rebroadcasted the seasonal favorite each Saturday in December leading up to the holiday, as well on Christmas Day.
Students and Faculty Explore the Mediterranean Louisburg College offered its first travel abroad opportunity in May of 2013 and the program has been going strong ever since. The first trip included Scotland, England, and Ireland. In May of 2015, a group of Hurricanes traveled to Italy and Greece, seeing such famous sites as the Vatican and the lost Roman city of Pompeii. They even climbed Mount Vesuvius and looked over into the still-smoking volcano that destroyed Pompeii. Along the way, the group was met by knowledgeable guides who shared intricate details and a profound look at the history of each location. The travelers agree that Florence, Italy, is one of the most beautiful places they have ever seen, and they also enjoyed time spent in the city of Sorrento, which is covered in sunshine and lemon trees. From Italy, the group boarded an overnight ferry—carrying NATO vehicles in the cargo hold and passengers of all nationalities—to the Greek port of Patras. Approaching the coast of Greece at dawn is a breathtaking experience no one can forget. While in Greece,
Football Trip Includes Stops at Civil Rights Landmarks
our Hurricanes explored Athens and visited the ruins of the Temple of the Oracle of Delphi, the Parthenon Temple complex, and the ruins of the Temple of Zeus. Not only did our travelers see some of the most historic sites in that part of the world, they also dined on some of the best food they’ve ever had.
When the Hurricanes football team scheduled a road game last fall against Huntingdon College in Montgomery, AL, devising a winning game plan wasn’t the only thing on firstyear Louisburg College Head Coach Trevor Highfield’s mind. He wanted the trip to accomplish something else, something more substantial than the results in the win-loss column. With the help of President Mark La Branche, whose ties to the area run deep from his years of service at Huntingdon, Highfield took advantage of Montgomery’s rich history and developed an itinerary for his players that included stops at several important landmarks in the fight for civil rights.
The May 2016 trip will be the longest student trip the College has ever organized, and we expect that it will be a great success. Covering five countries in thirteen days, travelers will visit Germany, Austria, northern Italy, Switzerland, and France.
Canes players and coaches visited the Civil Rights Memorial and the Dexter Parsonage Museum, where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and his family lived from 1954 to 1960. Dr. Howard Robinson, a historian and civil rights scholar at Alabama State University (who also delivered Louisburg College’s Spring Convocation on MLK’s legacy) guided the tours.
Kris Hoffler, assistant professor of English, leads these travel abroad excursions and is proud of the opportunity that global travel offers our students. “I say this without exaggeration, that these trips change lives and open eyes,” Hoffler explains. “They add to the value and breadth of experience the College provides.”
“I watched as we made these stops, and our players got quieter as they listened more and more to Dr. Robinson,” says Highfield. “It made a very big impact, for them to see the great lengths people have gone to in this country to make sure everyone has an equal opportunity. An experience like this is what college is all about.” Highfield, who has been part of the College’s football staff for eight seasons, has seen the college game at its highest level. He played in multiple Rose Bowls for the University of Washington, and was part of three conference championship teams and a national championship team in 1991. He
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believes in the values the game can teach studentathletes. “Many of my teammates have gone on to lead successful lives, but there are those who didn’t take their education as seriously as they should have,” says Highfield, who led the Hurricanes to a 7-1 record in his first season as head coach. “I saw some guys who were great players, but who couldn’t succeed personally. I always knew if I had the chance to lead a program that I wanted to build the entire man and make our country and our communities a better place.” Highfield’s guiding philosophy for his team is simple. “Build men of character and empathy, and they’ll go on to make a positive influence in the world,” he says. It’s his belief that educational experiences like the one in Alabama help his staff achieve that goal. “Our players had a chance to learn about the struggles and sacrifices of people during the civil rights era in a very real way,” says Highfield. “It brought it to life. It made an impact, and I think it helped our guys become more thoughtful, more empathetic people.” As for that game against Huntingdon, Louisburg won—37-0!
Hurst Presents Shakespeare Controversy Lecture at Prestigious Cosmos Club
Louisburg College cheerleaders and pep band members represent the College throughout the year at a variety of functions, including parades, athletic contests, and community fairs and festivals.
Norris Theatre Director Wally Hurst presented a lecture at the lunch meeting of the prestigious Cosmos Club in Washington, DC, on February 4, 2016. Hurst presented “Surprise! Shakespeare Got Italy Right” at the Shakespeare Authorship Table to about forty members and guests. The forty-five minute presentation included a lively question-and-answer session during which Hurst discussed many issues related to the Shakespeare authorship controversy now percolating in academic and theatrical circles worldwide. “It is now an incontrovertible fact that “Shakespeare” knew a great deal about Italy—its geography, its customs, its people, and the Commedia Dell ‘Arte. This fact alone makes it highly unlikely, if not impossible, to imagine that the author of the plays and poems attributed to William Shakespeare did not travel extensively in Italy,” Hurst said.
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At the Vatican (from l-r): Assistant Professor of English Kris Hoffler, Richard Patton ’16, Ellen Tootoo ’15, Honors Program Director Candy Jones ’99, Mckenzi Ellis ’15, Kai Willis ’15, and Hugo Hernandez ’15
He went on: “William Shakespeare of Stratford-Upon-Avon, on the other hand, never traveled outside of his home town and the city of London, as far as we know.” The mystery deepens!
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Cross Countryâ€™s Road to Nationals and the Coach Who Led the Way by David Hibbard, Contributing Writer
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cross country at the University of North Carolina, and it was Craddock who recommended Koloseus. “I was excited about the potential here and ready to get to work,” says Koloseus. He set about building relationships with high school coaches across the state, trying to identify students who were not only good runners but ones who also brought strong academic credentials with them. He also had to sell potential recruits and their parents on the idea of coming to a new, unproven cross country program. “I really spent a lot of time building those relationships with the students and their parents, as well as the coaches,” says Koloseus, who estimates 75% of his time is spent on recruiting. “But really, I was recruiting on a promise, the promise of being able to move on somewhere else and run competitively after their two years were done here.” Reynolds High School standout Jay Spieler (WinstonSalem) was one of those students. He was impressed with the vision Koloseus had for the Hurricanes program and the opportunities he believed it would provide. As a member of the Taylor Honors Program at the College, Spieler has excelled on the track and in the classroom. Both men’s and women’s cross country teams were all smiles as they celebrated their Region X championships at Owens Park near Louisburg. Both teams dominated their respective races, with the women claiming five of the top six spots, while LC runners accounted for the top eight finishers on the men’s side.
Koloseus knows a thing or two about successful cross country programs at a high level of competition—but it just as easily could have been soccer the Guilford, CT, native wound up coaching. That’s one of the first things you’ll notice if you spend any time around the talented men and women who comprise Louisburg College’s Cross Country teams. Coach Jay Koloseus will tell you that’s no accident. Indeed, “staying happy” is one of the four “truths” Koloseus believes are essential to being a successful collegiate runner. “A happy runner always beats an unhappy runner,” says Koloseus, 27, who is finishing up his second season as Louisburg College’s Cross Country coach. When you consider the remarkable results produced while building a program from scratch, it’s hard to argue with that philosophy. Men’s cross country, ranked eighth nationally, has won two of two Region X championships while the women captured their first regional title in the Fall 2015 season, seating them eighteenth in the nation. Last November, both teams advanced to the NJCAA National Championship meet in Ft. Dodge, Iowa— admittedly well ahead of the schedule Koloseus had mapped out in his mind when he accepted the job. “I thought we would have a good situation here at Louisburg because there’s a lot of local talent we can recruit, but I still thought it would be a five-year process to get to where we wanted to be.”
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“I’m the oldest of three brothers, and we’re all crazy competitive,” says Koloseus, known as “Coach Jay” to his teams. “I had planned on being a soccer star, or so I thought,” he says with a laugh. “The cross country coaches tried and tried to get me to run, and I really resisted it for awhile. But, once I tried it, I found out not only did I love it, but also I was good at it.” Being a high school All-American honors runner made him a highly-sought NCAA Division I recruit. Despite his early success, Syracuse University was late in recruiting Koloseus. Regardless, when asked, he jumped at the chance to join the highly respected program, and the Orange were Big East Conference champions during his time there. Koloseus enjoyed everything about the experience. “The camaraderie, the teamwork, the fun—I wouldn’t trade that for anything in the world.” After graduation, Koloseus headed south to grad school at Auburn University, where he served as an assistant coach with the Tigers’ Cross Country program. Meanwhile, at Louisburg, the search was under way for a coach who could revive the College’s dormant program. Athletic Director Mike Holloman was working with Dennis Craddock, the legendary director of track and field and
“My experience here has been outstanding, better than I could have dreamed,” says Spieler, who was runner-up in the Region X meet as a freshman. This fall, he landed sixth among the runners who claimed the first eight spots in the LC-hosted regional meet, all of whom were Hurricanes. “Winning the region as a team my freshman year was honestly a little more exciting because all we had was freshmen,” explains Spieler. “But, this year, it was a special experience as a team to take those first eight places in the regional meet.” Mariah Quintero, a sophomore from Round Hill, VA, says the men’s and women’s teams bonded through hours of training, competition, and bus trips.
“We worked hard all season long, and it was great to see that work pay off,” says Quintero, reflecting on their appearance in the national meet. “The bus ride to Iowa was long—but fun—and Coach picked some cool places for us to stop, stretch our legs, and run along the way.” Certainly, top-notch recruiting has helped Koloseus move the Hurricanes’ program along faster than many could have predicted. “I’m always on the lookout for studentathletes who are willing to put in the work to get better, and who want to be part of something bigger than themselves.” Koloseus has also refined a very intentional approach to training, a pyramid approach that is built on a foundation of what he calls “long, easy runs” of approximately fifteen or sixteen miles over the course of one hundred minutes. As the time of year approaches for competitions, longer runs are replaced with shorter, more intense workouts. Koloseus looks for students who want to live the lifestyle of cross country athletes, a second of his four “truths.” “They have to want to live the life and understand that we have to live a certain way, in accordance with certain rules when it comes to vitamins, diet, and academics,” says Koloseus, who also counts recovery time and competing as the final two truths. “Running is more than a sport, it’s a lifestyle.” Spieler and Quintero will continue their cross country careers at the NCAA Division I level. Spieler will run for Auburn, while Quintero will compete for George Mason University, not far from her home. Both believe Louisburg College has prepared them to succeed academically and athletically. “As a student, I have really been able to grow in this nourishing atmosphere and thrive in the honors program,” says Spieler. “I really appreciate the opportunities Coach Jay has given me to further my career as both a runner and a student.” “I want to study criminology and become a criminal behaviorist one day,” says Quintero. “I plan on running at George Mason, too. Cross country is something I won’t let go of for a long time.” SPRING 201 6 / COLUMNS
The Benjamin Family
(top l-r): Adero Benjamin-Bullock, Shane Benjamin, Luree Benjamin (center l-r): Justin Benjamin, Cheri Benjamin, Bree Kromah (bottom l-r): Jermaine Walthour, Tracy Walthour, Johanna Walthour, Jewett Benjamin-Bullock, Renyeh Kromah, Jalen Benjamin-Bullock, Sydney Benjamin
Called to Serve When considering the balmy beauty of the Bahamas, few could see why one would choose North Carolina over the port of Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas. Chaplain Shane Benjamin, however, found it to be less of a choice and more of a calling. “The call of God brought me into ministry,” says Benjamin. “It was one of the three things that kept me in North Carolina.” God’s call brought Benjamin to the United States in 1986. He was a non-traditional student—older than his counterparts and married to Cheri, his wife of forty-two years. Their first child arrived just one year into his venture into higher education; Benjamin worked days to support his young family and went to school part-time at night. In 1992, he graduated from Florida International University before making his way to North Carolina, where he enrolled in the Divinity School at Duke University, completing his Master of Divinity degree in 1997. “The other two reasons I stayed in North Carolina,” Benjamin explains in his calming, deep voice that captivates all who hear it, “were the people and the scenery.” Having been a resident of Durham during his time at Duke made him fall in love with the area, though it was a hectic, trying time. But, as Benjamin shares, “It was all worth it.” Benjamin worked for twelve years as a pastor of Asbury Temple United Methodist Church in Durham and also served at Durham’s Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, St. John United Methodist Church in Wilmington, and Smith Chapel United Methodist Church in Bolton, NC. In July 2011, Benjamin was called to Louisburg College, where he immediately felt welcomed by the generosity and hospitality of his co-workers. Today, the Benjamin family includes six children and seven grandchildren. Their middle daughter—Tracy Walthour—recently joined the Louisburg
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Farewell to a Faithful Servant
by Brittany Hunt ’10, Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Research
College family as campus guest coordinator for the Office of Admissions.
The Reverend Sidney Earl Stafford, former Louisburg College chaplain, professor of religion and philosophy, and United Methodist minister, passed away on July 3, 2015, from complications of Parkinson’s disease.
opportunity to talk and tell his stories gave him much joy. Many may remember his years as manager of Louisburg’s Town and Country Recreation Center and appreciate his role in helping to organize the first swim team.
In 1967, Stafford began his career in education at Louisburg College, serving as chaplain and dean of Religious Life for thirty-four years and professor of religion and philosophy for forty years, retiring from all duties in 2008. While at the College, he served many roles, receiving the Bessie Arrington Gupton Award for Outstanding and Extraordinary Service. Every year, a student is recognized with the Sidney Stafford Chaplain’s Award for their excellence in service on campus and in the community.
In 1985, encouraged by town leaders, Sidney decided to seek a seat on the Louisburg Town Council. He was elected and he went on to serve the town for a total of four terms. From this position, he became active in the Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments and was named Outstanding Region K Board Member in 2002.
Rev. Stafford taught Sunday school and was active in the day camp program sponsored by Louisburg United Methodist Church. He was a charter member of the Franklin County Civitan Club and, in 1976, received their award for Humanitarian of the Year. With the Louisburg College Christian Life Council, he sponsored an annual Christmas party for children, Red Cross Bloodmobile visits, and several Rock-a-Thons for the Easter Seals Society of North Carolina. In 1976 he was given the Easter Seals Volunteer of the Year award.
In his time at Louisburg, Benjamin has given back tenfold. He leads the Christian Life Council (CLC), a faith-based student organization. Members include graduate Jeremiah Campbell from Greensboro, NC, who leads a prayer session several evenings each week, as well as Epthious Farrell, a new student as of Spring 2016, who, like Benjamin, also hails from the Bahamas and plans to become a pastor. Benjamin admits that it is the students who push for communityimpacting projects. The CLC has left their mark working in a soup kitchen, “adopting” a local family, and sending anonymous care packages to fellow students. The team currently has a project in the works that would form a support group for cancer survivors, patients, and their families. The students, too, are being led to follow their own calling, and Benjamin supports them in any way he can. Opportunities to serve reach far beyond the College. Benjamin has been working to establish an alternative spring break, uniting his Bahamian roots with his students’ desire to grow spiritually and globally. The alternative break would take a team of fifteen to twenty students and faculty on a mission trip to Freeport, where they would work with Save the Bays, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to preserve the beautiful beaches of the Bahamas. Louisburg students would not only clean up beaches, but also learn about Bahamian culture. Benjamin, who calls the Bible “food for the soul,” has favorite verses for many different occasions. It is no surprise that one of Benjamin’s favorite psalms—“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me” Psalm 51:10— reflects the pure spirit of connections he spreads to everyone he meets.
A 2001 article in The Franklin Times called Sidney Stafford “Louisburg’s Modern-Day Renaissance Man,” an appellation that reflected his multiple talents, his many years of service, and his widespread influence in the town of Louisburg, in Franklin County, and at Louisburg College. That same year he was honored at an event on the Louisburg College campus sponsored by both the College and the town. “Sid Stafford Day” was a culminating event in recognition of his life and the variety of service to the community in which he had chosen to live.
In 1980, Sidney received the Governor’s Volunteer Award from Governor Jim Hunt. In 1982, he was named Franklin County Citizen of the Year by the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce. In addition, WYRN radio asked him to represent the County as Franklin County’s namesake Benjamin Franklin at the annual Whistler’s Conventions. He continued as Ben Franklin for twenty-five years, finally hanging up the costume in 1999.
Stafford was a man of great intelligence, generosity, and wit. He was a theologian who thought deeply but who always had a joke or funny story to share. He loved everyone, but he especially loved his family and his children. He was a good husband and a superior father whose example will extend into future generations. Always a child at heart, he spent many hours entertaining his own children as well as many in the neighborhood. He will be long remembered by those who knew him as their role model, their teacher, their mentor, their preacher, and their friend.
For many years, he co-hosted an openline talk show with Clay McBride and others on local radio station WYRN. That
Stafford is survived by his wife of fifty years, Grace Wright Stafford, four children, and ten grandchildren.
In December 2010, the College dedicated the painting Remember (above) to Stafford. Now hanging in the Benson Chapel lobby, the painting is part of a series from North Carolina Artist Kathy Ammon’s “Road to Damascus” collection that reflects on spiritual transformation and humanity’s need for faith—a fitting dedication to a man who shared his faith with all. This year, the College will hold a dedication ceremony, renaming the lobby of Benson Chapel the Stafford Lobby, in honor of Stafford’s extraordinary service to the College.
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Mural Invites Community to Reflect upon State’s Motto
design was cut by hand using a diamond blade wet saw. Meanwhile, Bob Elliott’s Masonry began brickwork on the site’s exterior wall. The Neuse Tile Company installers then prepared the masonry and affixed the letters to the wall. Broken pieces of blue commercial and hand-glazed tile, along with shards of old china, were then mortared into place to fill in the motto’s outlined letters.
by Amy Wolfe, Director of Publications
Designed by Louisburg College Professor of Art Will Hinton, this 8’ by 64’ foot tile mosaic is alive with the colors of Franklin County’s three high schools. The mural is North Carolina’s largest representation of the state’s motto, which, translated from Latin, reads “to be, rather than to seem.” The phrase and design speak to the connection between our College, community, and county. For Hinton—the project’s head architect—these three words invoke two spiritually-based themes near to his heart: “Walk the talk of our faith” and “How you treat the least of these is how you treat me.” The installation of this public work of art is integral to the College’s humanities core. “Louisburg College is located at the geographic center of Franklin County,” says Hinton. “We should also be the symbolic center of actions that are equitable, fair, and just for all.” With help from a host of generous donors, skilled craftsmen, and supportive colleagues, the mural was installed on the side of Bunn’s Heating & Air Conditioning headquarters during the summer of 2015. Robert Fagan, the principle owner of the business and building, was happy to have the building’s bare concrete wall enhanced with a public art project.
A grid of twelve-inch-square white tiles covered the floor of Louisburg College’s Hodges Fine Arts Complex where Hinton designed and created templates for each of the six-foothigh letters in the motto (pictured above). Every element in the
The colors of the county’s three high schools—Bunn, Louisburg, and Franklinton—serve as a brilliant frame to the mosaic, completed by Johnny Alford’s painting crew. General Contractor J. R. Leonard supervised the entire installation. To date, the project has been supported by seventy-five Franklin County businesses, individuals, organizations, and local governments, including the Town
of Louisburg, Franklin County’s Tourism Development Authority, the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, and the public school system. Through these contributions and those from individual donors, the College was able to secure funding for the $25,000 project. “This is a vision that has come to fruition thanks to the extraordinary talent of Louisburg College Art Professor Will Hinton and the contributions of individuals, private businesses, and local government,” says College President Mark La Branche. “It is our hope that this will serve as a model of collaboration and as a catalyst for further envisioning and development of similar projects in our county.” For more information about the project, please contact Will Hinton, professor of art, at (919) 497-3238 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Making of a Mural To watch the documentary, “Making of a Mural,” please visit www.louisburg.edu/news/makeMural.html.
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Colleagues of Neff say the same. Director of Counseling Services Fonda Porter, who compliments Neff’s thirty years of expertise, notes that Neff’s work is done with “care and compassion.” Neff is, as Porter continues, “a thorough student life professional of the highest caliber.”
Team Approach Provides Foundation for Inclusive Campus Community by Brittany Hunt ’10, Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Research
Work that betters the lives of students is never done; Neff and the
New dean of students builds a culture of inclusiveness among staff and students
Completing her Master of Higher Education and Student Affairs degree at Ohio State University in 1984, Neff began a career in residence life, applying knowledge about her passions in student development, equality, women’s rights, and diversity across college campuses. Her work has resulted in multiple awards for her accomplishments in each of these areas over the span of her career. “It takes a team approach,” Neff explains. “Everyone needs to feel comfortable. Knowing students on a more individual level while helping them learn in groups helps build a culture of inclusiveness.”
“Knowing students on a more individual level while helping them learn in groups helps build a culture of inclusiveness.” - Laurie Neff
While building her career, she raised two daughters, Meredith and Heather, with an appreciation for campus culture and global social justice issues. The sisters came to recognize the call to education. Meredith works in educational outreach programs in the field of elementary education. Heather, a college sophomore majoring in international relations, looks forward to navigating social entrepreneurship in India from a global perspective, hoping to
“Acknowledging how our students see the world—in such genuine and open ways—provides an opportunity for student learning across the campus community,” says Neff. “In class and out-of-class . . . it’s all important to help students grow and take advantage of those opportunities.”
Community Day Events Designed to Set Tone for School Year
Working in higher education is a profession that young people may not consider until beginning their college careers. Once immersed in academia, though, many students’ interest is sparked; for some, like Laurie Neff, dean of students, that interest becomes a passion and, subsequently, a career. Originally from Euclid, Ohio, Neff discovered her interest in higher education at Ohio’s Denison University—a small, liberal arts institution—where she accepted leadership positions in residence life as both a student and a professional. Majoring in psychology, Neff realized that the psychological methods she learned about in class were applicable to daily life; specifically, they were relevant to professional life on a college campus. “It flipped a switch for me,” says Neff.
Office of Student Life team recently kicked off a highly successful “Know Your Worth” series focusing on establishing foundations of “strength, wisdom, confidence and respect” in regards to development of selfworth in students. The four-session series ended April 11. Students who attended all sessions were invited to an appreciation and reflection dinner.
Sparking thoughtful discussion while starting our academic year off on the right foot was the idea behind Community Day, held August 31. In locations across campus, faculty and staff members led resident assistants and students in give-and-take sessions that examined the responsibilities and expectations of living on campus.
The 2015-2016 Student Life Staff (top, l-r): Gerard Wilder, Christopher Jones, Laurie Neff, Jermaine Jones, and Stephen Kronlage (Bottom, l-r): Cyne’lle Harris, Manuela Tsra, and Destiny Harris
Residential students met with those who share their hall floor, and commuters met with their peers to consider questions such as: What does it mean to live and learn together in a shared community? How do we treat each other as neighbors and roommates in residence halls? The meetings resulted in each group developing standards that they agreed were important for their community. After establishing common standards, students, faculty, and staff shared a meal, further breaking down barriers and opening lines of communication.
play a part in solving poverty-related issues. Giving her daughters solid exposure to education was important to Neff, who has gained strength and momentum by helping students find their voice. “Most students are coming in to college at the point of just becoming adults. We want them to know themselves and we want them to understand others.” Her work at Louisburg College, which began in June 2015, has already resulted in closer connections among students and staff alike. In her new position as dean of students, Neff oversees residence life, housing, counseling, and student engagement. On the administrative front, she has already laid the footing for upcoming collaborations with the First Year Experience program, and she is excited about working with staff to enhance the campus’s livinglearning communities. Anyone who has seen her in action would recognize that her work with our students has already made a lasting impact.
Each group of students agreed on a variety of standards that they could live by this year, identifying ways to resolve conflict or establish and respect personal boundaries. The standards were delivered via email to each community member, posted prominently in each residence hall, and referenced throughout the year in floor meetings, during programs, and in other settings. The standards don’t replace the governing policies of the College, and they don’t hold students accountable for policy enforcement. Instead, the standards represent a shift of control, developing an environment of individual and group empowerment and accountability, rather than relying solely on staff leadership. Community Day established strong relationships early in the academic year between students and faculty—a goal directly in line with the College’s
Quality Enhancement Plan, rooted in engaged teaching and engaged learning. The event was designed to create an environment where students and faculty can learn from each other outside the classroom and cultivate trust. Research has proven that the first few weeks of the academic year are critical to student acclimation and engagement with campus life. “Living in community is a hallmark of the residential college experience, and community is equally important for our commuting students,” says Vice President for Student Life Jason Modlin. “Peer influence factors prominently into college student behavior, as students desire to fit in with other members of their community. Mutually agreed-upon standards define group expectations and enable and empower students to be productive, responsible members of their community.”
“Ms. Neff has been there for me in more ways than one,” says sophomore Kennedy Peterson. “She always has a smile on her face and puts her students before herself . . . I can see that she definitely cares for and has an interest in her students. I am glad to know her.” Amahni Ogbonnaya, a sophomore from Franklinton, agrees: “Dean Neff is a person I could never forget. She makes me feel like I belong here at Louisburg College!” Emily Zank, associate dean for academic life, collaborates with students during a Community Day Session.
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most inspiring to so many of us is the great courage Laura brings to daily life: she is a person of tremendous moral strength.” Professor of Mathematics and Division Chair Martha Bragg also recognizes Laura’s passion, describing her as “the consummate professional. She faces each task with careful attention to detail and a relentless passion for the highest level of excellence. Deeply devoted to her students as well as to the College, she has served with distinction in the classroom and on numerous committees. Thank you, Laura. We will miss you.”
by Dr. James Eck, Provost
Pietas is a Latin word that means dutiful, loyal, and devoted. Laura Kinzinger exemplified pietas in her role as professor of English and chair of the Academic Affairs Committee at Louisburg College. Prior to her recent retirement at the end of the Fall 2015 semester, she was the College’s standardbearer, hoisting high the flags of academic rigor, integrity, governance, and fidelity. The collegium functions well when the work of the faculty flows freely from the Academic Affairs Committee to the Faculty Affairs Committee. In the years that Laura and I worked together, she always ensured that every issue of the faculty was brought forth for careful consideration, and I admired her unwavering attention to process. This Phi Beta Kappa graduate from Vassar College has been a source of light to me, and she has a genuineness, sincerity, and compassion that inspires her Louisburg College colleagues.
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Professor of Sociology Sheilah Cotten will always remember and be grateful for the years of service Laura gave to Louisburg College. “Laura has been a valued member of the faculty, providing dedicated leadership as chair of Academic Affairs, head of the Faculty Handbook Committee, chair of Faculty Affairs, member of Faculty Senate, and professor of English. Always stepping up to assist by writing documents for retirements, dedications, or any other special occasion, Laura’s expertise and best work came when called upon to complete difficult writing assignments or to sort through detailed information and documents that would overwhelm most people. Laura, thank you for your service to our faculty, to our students, and most importantly, to our College.”
Laura frequently pens letters at times when they are needed most by their readers. When holidays would approach, when my wife was struggling with cancer, or when we grieved the death of my mother, there were always handwritten notes of encouragement—balms for the soul— for us from Laura Kinzinger.
Amy Johnson, assistant professor and director of developmental English, admires Laura as a “voracious reader who quotes accurately the British poetry of John Keats.” Tommy Jenkins, assistant professor of English and division chair, reflects that “beyond her service to Louisburg College and her immense skill as a writer, what I will remember about Laura is her vibrant intelligence. Laura is the person to ask about writers and their work, and she is the person to seek out for knowledge regarding literary trends. She has
Professor Emeritus Matt Brown praises Laura “as an admirable model of long-term contribution to the academic life of Louisburg College. She is completely dependable and consistently holds the highest expectations of herself, her colleagues, and her students. She always displays integrity and candor while still being caring and considerate. Widely regarded as an eloquent and energetic author, Laura dutifully accepts numerous writing and editing tasks; she is also an accomplished poet. Certainly, she is a faithful advocate for the Louisburg College Faculty. But what is
the command of a variety of subjects and I will miss her ability to inspire my own reading.” Professor Emeritus Craig Eller heralds Laura as “broadly educated in liberal arts, intelligent, dedicated to the teaching profession, loyal to friends, professionally active, committed to high academic standards, and a feisty defender of the academy.” Laura anticipated her much-deserved retirement during the fall semester. According to Crystal Brantley, assistant professor and executive director of English, “When Friday comes around, ‘It’s Yay-Day!’ I don’t really remember how this ritual got started, but for the last year or so, I have found this greeting from Laura on my office door every single Friday. In the beginning, these celebratory words would be scribbled in Laura’s distinctive handwriting on a scrap sheet of paper. Lately, in anticipation of her final Yay-Day, they have appeared on brightly colored construction paper with numbers denoting exactly how many Yay-Days she had left. There were times following conversations during which we had intensely disagreed when I wondered if the sign would be on my door. But it was always there, making our next conversation much easier to start. Of course, my favorite sign appeared on the Friday after the SACS on-site visit since it proclaimed ‘the Mother-of-All-Yay-Days!’ Laura is now celebrating her ‘Mother-ofAll-Yay-Days,’ leaving behind a stack of these signs as a reminder for me to take time to celebrate time off and to keep the conversations going, even the tough ones.” Similarly, Emily Zank, associate dean and English faculty member, defines Laura as a “Renaissance woman,” recognizing her as “an amazingly talented writer, creative storyteller, ardent defender of academia, supportive mentor, fantastic cook, and fiercely loyal, compassionate lover of the animals blessed to share her home. I and other Writing Center faculty used to try stumping Laura
with archaic terms gleaned from old dictionaries. Not only could she define each word (even those we struggled to pronounce!), she would explain its etymology, quote literary works that use the term, and then use it in an original poem she scribbled down effortlessly. I am forever thankful to Laura for being a supportive friend and colleague; after hiring me, she nurtured me professionally at the College and personally as I made North Carolina my home. Though the College will be a little less colorful without our Countess of Language, I am happy for Laura and send her off to her next exciting adventure with this stanza of a poem she penned for my birthday several years ago: ‘For this gal who loves language, Let’s shout with shebangauge And even ying-yangguage. Let our hoorays have boomeranguauge, Loudly, or softly like meringueauge.’ Laura, thank you for the lives you’ve touched and the passionate legacy you leave at the College.” In a closing benediction, Assistant Professor of Religion and Faculty Senate Chair Josh Parrott honors Laura as “a generous colleague who is concerned with the education and development of our students. She is also a treasured friend who, since the birth of my son five years ago, has faithfully given him countless children’s books. Her advocacy on behalf of the faculty, especially during her time as chair of the Academic Affairs Committee, is particularly noteworthy, and we are grateful for her leadership.” Laura, the College’s benediction wishes you well and its valediction bids you farewell. You have brought great honor and pride to your parents, you have done your very best to advance the academy, and you’ve ensured that the infinite dialogue between the Socratic teacher and her Aristotelian student is well endued.
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Great Futures Campaign
TAYLOR ATHLETIC CENTER
Exceeds Goal by Twenty-Five Percent!
by Kurt Carlson, Vice President for Institutional Advancement
At the College’s 225th Birthday Gala in September 2012, we announced a Great Futures Campaign goal of $15 million, and I am pleased to report a final total of $18.8 million—a twenty-five percent increase over our original goal! Almost 3,000 alumni and friends of Louisburg College have supported the Great Futures Campaign since its inception on June 1, 2010. Your generosity has significantly touched the lives of our students both in and out of the classroom, enhancing every aspect of our historic college. The Great Futures Campaign, which closed in December 2015, has truly made a remarkable difference, contributing to what many in our community describe as the “Louisburg College Renaissance.” Gifts to the campaign helped fund $5 million in new
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construction and major renovations to campus facilities, including improvements to the Taylor Athletic Center, expansion of the Hodges Fine Arts Complex, upgrades to the Joyner Student Residence, renovations in the Robbins Library, updates in the Jones Performing Arts Center, and considerable upgrades to campus technology. Our historic grounds and buildings are now more beautiful than ever and provide optimal learning spaces that serve current and future needs of our students, faculty, and staff.
$500,000 to $999,999
Mr. Larry Brown* Mr. Allen de Hart and De Hart Botanical Gardens Mr. and Mrs. Roger G. Taylor ’68
$250,000 to $499,999
Mr. Frank B. Holding and Robert P. Holding Foundation Mr. E. Carroll Joyner Mrs. Roberta B. Morris* North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church Dr. C. Ray Pruette*
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$100,000 to $249,999
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Boddie ’77 and Nicholas B. and Lucy Mayo Boddie Foundation James E. and Mary Z. Bryan Foundation Mr. Richard P. Butler* Mrs. Beulah B. Cameron Chartwells Corporation Mrs. Anne H. Coghill Mr. Bobby C. Davis ’48* Mr. and Mrs. Arthur S. DeBerry and Family Mr. William Pete Franklin ’52 James A. Gray Endowment Mrs. Arlene Hodges*, Ms. Emily Hodges, and Mrs. Allison Hodges Westmoreland Hodges Insurance Agency Mr. and Mrs. W. Seymour Holt ’49 Dr. and Mrs. Mark D. La Branche Mr. and Mrs. J. Parker Lumpkin II Mr. Willie Lee Lumpkin III
Mr. Ronald R. Bagwell ’66 Cannon Foundation Coca-Cola Bottling Company Coca-Cola Foundation Mr. William M. Davis ’61 Golden Anniversary Club Golden LEAF Foundation Mr. Clyde Harris, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Robert D. Parrott ’63 Mr. and Mrs. William Rodenbeck Mr. Benjamin Hicks Whitaker ’86
$25,000 to $49,999
Ms. Judith D. Adams Dr. and Mrs. Leonard W. Aurand* Mrs. Dorothy M. Brannan ’48*
Edward and Louise Hunter Scholarship
Ronald R. Bagwell ’66 Scholarship
Anne Jones Christian Leadership Scholarship
Paul and Merrill Barringer Scholarship Marvin ’53 and Mary Jo Baugh Scholarship
Dorothy L. Brannan ’48 Endowment James E. and Mary Z. Bryan Foundation Scholarship Richard P. and Etta A. Butler Memorial Scholarship John L. Cameron Athletic Scholarship Peter A. Carlton Scholarship Anne Fleming Coghill Scholarship Coleman-Robertson-Coltrane Scholarship
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When you step foot on campus, the impact of the Great Futures Campaign is evident. Come back and see for yourself the results of your support. We look forward to your visit.
$50,000 to $99,999
R. P. and Maggie B. Holding Endowment
Dr. Thomas J. Aurand ’70 Scholarship
Blankenhorn Family Scholarship
Nearly another $7 million in campaign support was directed toward annual operations and College programs including Learning Partners, athletics, and the performing arts. The remaining funds—just over $7 million—were contributed to endowments and deferred commitments, creating more than twenty new scholarship funds. The deferred gifts—mostly estate commitments—will make additional support for students and campus priorities possible in the years ahead.
North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities Mrs. Frances Brower Paschal ’39* Rev. Dr. and Mrs. Reginald W. Ponder
Alumni Appreciation Scholarship
Beckler Memorial Scholarship
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Dr.* and Mrs. John Cameron Ms. Ruth M. Cooke Ms. Sheilah Cotten Mr. and Mrs. Lynn W. Eury County of Franklin Family of Emily ’46 and T. Scott Gardner* Mrs. Pearl Gomo ’38* Mr. James Goodnight and Goodnight Educational Foundation Mrs. Frances Gwin ’41* Mrs. Suzanne Kayne ’66 Mrs. Elizabeth M. Norris Mr. Ely J. Perry ’84 Mr. and Mrs. Bland B. Pruitt ’62 Mrs. Celia Purdie ’37* Ms. Sue C. Robertson Mrs. Ann Schwarzmann ’54* Mr. Howard Hoy Wah Tang ’70 Mrs. Paula Drake Smith ’74 Triad Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Winstead
Dr. John C. Lemay ’54 Memorial Scholarship William D. Moon ’45 and Jane Moon Linsky ’43 Scholarship Manning Family Scholarship Michael ’63 and Phyllis May Scholarship Blanche Hooper and Earl Meekins Scholarship Charles H. Mercer Scholarship Herbert and Elsie Miller Scholarship Vivian Proctor Mitchell Scholarship I. D. Moon Music Scholarship Bill and Hazel Mullen Scholarship Gary Ward Paul Scholarship
Ruth Cooke Scholarship
Reginald W. Ponder Scholarship
Coor Family Scholarship
R. A. Scholarship
Frances Boyette Dickson ’35 Endowment
H. W. Tang ’70 International Scholarship
J. Enid Drake Scholarship for Men’s Basketball
great futures campaign major donors Mrs. Frances Boyette Dickson ’35* and Family Mr. Robert Jones and Seby B. Jones Family Foundation Mr. R. Nelson Leonard* Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation
endow ments establishe d or supp orte d during the gre at futures camp aign
Roger G. ’68 and Gaile D. Taylor Honors Program Endowment
Sarah Foster Music Scholarship
Stallings and Thomas Memorial Scholarship
Pearl Harris Gomo ’38 Scholarship
W. Blair Tucker Memorial Scholarship
James A. Gray Endowment
Jesse and Helen Warren Scholarship
Bessie A. Gupton Scholarship
Lillian B. Watson Scholarship
Frances Gwin ’41 Scholarship
Jerry B. ’75 and Betty Wood Scholarship
Allen de Hart Botanical Gardens Endowment
York Athletic Endowment
For more information about leaving a bequest to Louisburg College, contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at (919) 497-3245 or email email@example.com.
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Honor Roll of Donors
Mr. Michael J. Gleason Estate of Pearl Gomo ’38 Mr. Peter Goodrich Griffin ’67 Mr.* and Mrs. Johnny Griffin ’64 Mr. Graham P. Grissom ’36 Rev. and Mrs. Rodney Hamm Mr. Gene Hammond Mr. Clyde P. Harris, Jr. Mr. William L. Harris, Jr. ’66 Mr. and Mrs. John Hatcher, Jr. Judge and Mrs. Robert H. Hobgood Hodges Insurance Agency, Inc. Mr.* and Mrs.* Ray Hodges Mr. and Mrs. Frank B. Holding Robert P. Holding Foundation Mr. Alan G. Hollowell Mr. and Mrs. W. Seymour Holt ’49 Hoof Hughes Law, PLLC Mr. Richard E. Hunter, Jr. ’68 Mr. John William Hurley ’53 IBM Matching Grants Arch C. Ingram Revocable Trust Estate of Henry Clayton Jackson Mr. Robert L. Jones Seby B. Jones Family Foundation Mr. Gary R. Jones ’65 Mr. and Mrs. Ben E. Jordan, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. E. Carroll Joyner The Kayne Foundation Mrs. Suzanne Kayne ’66 Kelly Electric Mr. Charles R. Knight ’87 Dr. and Mrs. Mark D. La Branche Ms. Elizabeth Landis Mrs. Jane Austin Lee ’71 Mr. John C. R. Lentz ’87 Eli Lilly & Co. Foundation Mr. W. J. Little, Jr. ’49 Rev. and Mrs. Thomas E. Loftis Mr. Robert L. Luddy Mr. and Mrs. J. Parker Lumpkin II Mr. Willie Lee Lumpkin III Mr. Billy R. Merritt ’53 Mr. Nathan Miller Mr. and Mrs. B. H. Mixon, Jr. Mixon Construction Company, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Jason Modlin Mr. William David Moon ’45 Estate of Roberta B. Morris Mr. and Mrs.* Roger Moulton ’43 Estate of Willie B. Mullen Mrs. Jane Earley Newsome ’64 Mrs. Beth M. Norris North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities Mr. and Mrs. T. Russell Odom ’68 PJM Interconnection, Matching Grants Mrs. Jean Austin Patterson ’71 Ely J. Perry Foundation Mr. Ely J. Perry III ’84 Pizza Hut of Clinton, Inc. Rev. Dr. and Mrs. Reginald W. Ponder Mr. and Mrs. Bland B. Pruitt, Jr. ’62 Estate of Celia Grantham Purdie ’37 Mr. and Mrs. G. Samuel Register ’76 Mrs. Donna Rhoden Mr. and Mrs. Fred Roberson ’62 Ms. Lisa Minton Robert ’90 Ms. Sue C. Robertson Mr. and Mrs. William E. Rodenbeck Mr. and Mrs. John A. Rogers Mr. Jean Paul W. Roy Mrs. Ann Rhem Schwarzmann ’54* Mr. Ronald V. Shearin Mr. Joseph W. Shearon ’51 Mr. and Mrs. William C. Shelton ’69 Mr. Charles Sloan Mrs. Paula Drake Smith ’74 Mr. Emmett Chapman Snead III ’71 Mr. and Mrs. Grady K. Snyder ’50 ’50
Louisburg alumni and friends generously contributed $1,598,921 to the College between June 1, 2014 and May 31, 2015. Nearly one thousand donors supported the Louisburg Fund, student scholarships, endowments, academic and athletic programs, and improvements to buildings and grounds. Included in this donor list are two hundred members of the Louisburg Society, which recognizes annual gifts of $1,000 or more. The College is also grateful to our new members of the Old Main Society, who have included Louisburg in their estate plans. SOCIETY OF 1787
Members of the Society of 1787 have generously contributed $50,000 or more to the College in their lifetime. Anonymous Lucy Allen Aramark Management Services Mr. Ronald Rucker Bagwell ’66 Mr. and Mrs. Paul B. Barringer II Mr. and Mrs. Victor C. Barringer BASF Corporation Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Eugene Baugh ’53 Mr. and Mrs. B. Mayo Boddie, Sr. Mr. and Mrs. B. Mayo Boddie, Jr. ’73 Mr. and Mrs. Michael White Boddie ’77 The Nicholas B. and Lucy Mayo Boddie Foundation Mr. and Mrs. William L. Boddie ’74 Branch Banking & Trust Co. James E. & Mary Z. Bryan Foundation Mr. William H. Bryan Burroughs Wellcome Company Mrs. John L. Cameron Cannon Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Chandler Chartwells Corporation Coastal Lumber Company Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated Coca-Cola Foundation Ms. Ruth M. Cooke Ms. Carolyn V. Cotton ’57 County of Franklin Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Davis Mr. and Mrs. Arthur DeBerry Mr. and Mrs. D. Tad DeBerry ’85 Mr. Allen de Hart De Hart Botanical Gardens, Inc. Ms. Jackaline Baldwin Dunlap Mrs. John Lee Edwards ’38 Eli Lilly & Co. Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Lynn W. Eury First Citizens Bank & Trust Co. Flagler Systems, Inc. A. J. Fletcher Foundation Franklin Veneers Franklinton United Methodist Church GlaxoSmithKline Foundation Mr. Kelmon P. Gomo Golden LEAF Foundation Mrs. Ann J. Goodwin Felix Harvey Foundation Dr. and Mrs. Donald L. Henson Hodges Insurance Agency, Inc. Ms. Emily Hodges Mr. and Mrs. Frank B. Holding Robert P. Holding Foundation Mr. and Mrs. W. Seymour Holt ’49 Mr. and Mrs. Hugh T. Jones Mr. Robert L. Jones Seby B. Jones Family Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Ben E. Jordan, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. E. Carroll Joyner Dr. and Mrs. Mark D. La Branche Mr. Robert L. Luddy Mr. and Mrs. James Parker Lumpkin II Mr. Willie Lee Lumpkin III The Marshall Group NC Community Foundation Mrs. Beth M. Norris The North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church
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North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities Novo Nordisk BioChem, Inc. Mr. Robert Donald Parrott ’63 Ely J. Perry Foundation Mr. Ely J. Perry III ’84 Rev. Dr. and Mrs. Reginald W. Ponder Mr. and Mrs. Bland B. Pruitt, Jr. ’62 Pruitt Lumber Co. Renaissance Charitable Foundation, Inc. Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Fred Roberson ’62 Ms. Sue C. Robertson Mr. and Mrs. William E. Rodenbeck Mr. and Mrs. John A. Rogers Sprint Mr. and Mrs. Roger Glenn Taylor ’68 Tri Properties The United Methodist Church United Methodist Foundation James & Vedna Welch Foundation Mrs. Allison Hodges Westmoreland Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation
OLD MAIN SOCIETY
The Old Main Society recognizes alumni and friends who will support Louisburg College through an estate gift. Mr. and Mrs. Paul B. Barringer II Mrs. Mary M. Beauchamp Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Wilson Bohannan ’60 ’62 Mr. Randy Lee Brantley ’83 Mr. Richard Luby Cannon, Jr. ’52 Mrs. Frances Cherney ’42 Mr. E. Wilson Clary, Jr. ’74 Mrs. Anne H. Coghill Ms. Carolyn V. Cotton ’57 Mr. William Moore Davis ’61 Mr. Allen de Hart Mr. J. Jackson Dean Mr. and Mrs. Arthur DeBerry Mr. and Mrs. D. Tad DeBerry ’85 Mr. William Pete Franklin ’52 Mr. Kelman P. Gomo Mrs. Ann J. Goodwin Mrs. Carol Bessent Hayman ’45 Mr. W. Seymour Holt ’49 Mr.* and Mrs. Hugh T. Jones Mr. and Mrs. Ben E. Jordan, Jr. Rev. Dr. and Mrs. Wallace H. Kirby Mr. and Mrs. James Parker Lumpkin II Mr. Willie Lee Lumpkin III Mrs. Beth M. Norris Mr. Thomas Wesley Parson IV ’73 Mrs. Julia Florence Paul ’48 Rev. Dr. and Mrs. Reginald W. Ponder Mr. and Mrs. Walt M. Pulliam, Jr. ’63 ’63 Mr. Peter Bland Saunders ’80 Mr. and Mrs. Job K. Savage ’36 ’36 Mr. and Mrs. William Claude Shelton Mr.* and Mrs. John Clark Shotton ’69 ’69 Dr. Raymond Allen Stone ’47 Mr. Howard Hoy Wah Tang ’70 Mr. and Mrs. Roger Glenn Taylor ’68 Dr. Robert Scott Walton ’64 Mr. Benjamin Hicks Whitaker ’86 Mrs. Peggy Ann Wilder ’60
LOUISBURG SOCIETY CHARTER MEMBERS
Contributed $1,000 or more annually between June 1, 2009 – May 31, 2011 AXA Foundation Mrs. Janet Gardner Adair Ms. Judith D. Adams ADAVICO, Inc. Lucy Allen Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Anderson, Jr. Mrs. Carolyn Riddle Armstrong ’66 Mr. and Mrs. S. Thomas Arrington, Jr. ’69 ’71 Mr. and Mrs. Paul Barringer II Mr. and Mrs. Marvin E. Baugh ’53 Mr. Robert E. Beck ’53 Nicholas Bunn Boddie and Lucy Mayo Boddie Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Michael Boddie ’77 Dr.* and Mrs. Edgar J. Boone Mr. Carl Wood Brown James E. and Mary Z. Bryan Foundation Mr. William H. Bryan Dr.* and Mrs. C. Douglas Bryant, Sr. ’47 Bunn Heating & Air Conditioning Mr. Bob Butler Mr. H. Dwight Byrd ’57 Mrs. Beulah Cameron Dr.* and Mrs. W. John Cameron Mr. G. Maurice Capps ’57 Mr. Kurt Carlson Mr. and Mrs. Ronald D. Champion Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Chandler Chartwells Corporation Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated Estate of Nathan Cole, Jr. Mr. Bryan W. Compton ’95 Compton Family Foundation Ms. Sheilah R. Cotten Ms. Carolyn V. Cotton ’57 Mr. and Mrs. James B. Cottrell ’61 ’62 County of Franklin Mrs. Susan Gardner Creed Mr. and Mrs. William R. Cross ’71 Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Davis Mr. William M. Davis ’61 Ms. Tamaya I. Davis Mr. and Mrs. D. Tad DeBerry ’85 Mrs. Frances Boyette Dickson ’35* Mr. and Mrs. William H. Dove Mr.* and Mrs. Edwin M. Driver ’53 ’52 Dr. and Mrs. James C. Eck Mr.* and Mrs. M. Douglas Edwards ’53 Mr. and Mrs. Tim Ehrsam Mr. and Mrs. J. Craig Eller ’65 Mr. Douglas M. Epling Mr. and Mrs. Lynn W. Eury Ms. Belinda Faulkner Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund Mr. and Mrs. Donald W. Fish ’60 ’59 First United Methodist Church of Cary First United Methodist Men of Cary Mr. Robert Fuller Fleming ’64 Ms. Sarah Foster* Franklin Regional Medical Center The Franklin Times Franklinton United Methodist Church Ms. Betty W. Frazier Mrs. Elaine Weldon Fuller ’39 Mr. and Mrs. David Gardner Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Gardner ’44 ’45 H. Gillis & Associates
Mr. Carl Stafford Mr. and Mrs. Glendel U. Stephenson ’52 Mr. and Mrs. John F. Strotmeyer, Jr. ’68 Stupp Brothers Bridge & Iron Co. Foundation Mr. and Mrs. C. Boyd Sturges Mr. and Mrs. Roger G. Taylor ’68 Mrs. Barbara Johnson Thompson ’62 Mrs. Ruby Chewning Thompson ’59 Mrs. Edith Boone Toussaint ’49 Travelers Motor Club Sales, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Leigh Traylor, Jr. United Methodist Foundation United Methodist Higher Education Foundation Wachovia Matching Gifts Mr. Carl D. Wagner ’50 Wake Electric Care Tommy Wallace Electrical, Inc. Mr. Theron P. Watson James & Vedna Welch Foundation Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation Mrs. Peggy Lee Wilder ’60 Estate of Joyce Hughes Witt ’39 Ms. Cherry Dickson Woodbury Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Woodhouse, Sr. ’56 Mr. and Mrs. James T. Wooters ’42 Mr. and Mrs. Maurice C. York ’73 Otto H. York Foundation
The College’s premiere annual giving program, the Louisburg Society recognizes annual gifts of $1,000 or more in 2014-2015. Mrs. Theresa M. Abernethy Ms. Judith D. Adams ADAVICO, Inc. Mr. Benjamin Hamilton Allen ’85 Mr. John Albert Allen ’85 Lucy Allen Ms. Patricia G. Alston Altria Group, Inc. Mrs. Carolyn Jane Armstrong ’66 Mr. and Mrs. S. Thomas Arrington, Jr. ’69 ’61 Mr. Ronald Rucker Bagwell ’66 Mr. Kenneth Allen Barlow ’56 Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Eugene Baugh ’53 Mr. Robert Edgar Beck ’53 Mr. and Mrs. Michael White Boddie ’77 The Nicholas B. and Lucy Mayo Boddie Foundation Dr. Edgar J. Boone* Mr. and Mrs. Steven Brooks ’71 Ms. Caroline S. Burnette, Attorney at Law, P. A. Mr. and Mrs. K. Wayne Burris ’62 ’62 Mr. Robert A. Butler Mrs. John L. Cameron Cannon Foundation Mr. Kurt Carlson Mr. and Mrs. Ronald D. Champion Mr. Steven Robert Charbonneau ’82 Chartwells Corporation Mr. W. Britton Cobb, Jr. ’69 Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated Coca-Cola Foundation Mrs. Anne H. Coghill Mr. and Mrs. Ned Coleman ’62 ’62 Ms. Sheilah R. Cotten Ms. Carolyn V. Cotton ’57 Mr. and Mrs. James Bryant Cottrell ’61 ’62 County of Franklin Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Davis Mr. William Moore Davis ’61 Mr. and Mrs. D. Tad DeBerry ’85 Mr. Allen de Hart De Hart Botanical Gardens, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. William H. Dove Mrs. Bernice Lee Driver ’52 Dr. and Mrs. James C. Eck Mr. and Mrs. Charles B. Efird ’70 ’70 Element One, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. J. Craig Eller ’65
Mr. and Mrs. Lynn W. Eury Mr. Donald Wayne Fish ’60 Mr. Robert Fuller Fleming ’64 Franklin County Board of Education Ms. Betty W. Frazier Mrs. Elaine Weldon Fuller ’39 Mr. and Mrs. David Gardner Mr. and Mrs. Winfield Scott Gardner ’44 ’45 General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, UMC Goodnight Educational Foundation Mr. Peter Hobart Green ’91 Mrs. Evelyn LeMay Harris ’73 The Sarah Starnes Harris Revocable Trust Mr. William Lee Harris, Jr. Mr. John Leroy Hatchell, Jr. ’65 Mr. and Mrs. H. John Hatcher, Jr. High Point Community Foundation Hodges Insurance Agency, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Frank B. Holding Robert P. Holding Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Michael L. Holloman ’83 ’90 Mr. and Mrs. W. Seymour Holt ’49 Mrs. Harriet Crawford Hoyle Mr. Franklin Y. Hundley, Jr. ’69 Mr. Richard E. Hunter, Jr. ’68 IBM Matching Grants Mr. Franklin L. Irvin, Jr. Johnny Bull’s Steakhouse Mr. Gary R. Jones ’65 Dr. and Mrs. John Richard Jones Mr. Robert L. Jones Seby B. Jones Family Foundation Mr.* and Mrs. Walter B. Jones ’65 Mr. and Mrs. Ben E. Jordan, Jr. Mr. Johnny C. King, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. Knight ’87 Dr. and Mrs. Mark D. La Branche Dr. Don Lee Mrs. Jane Austin Lee ’71 Mr. John C. R. Lentz ’87 Mrs. Jane Moon Linsky ’43 Rev. and Mrs. Thomas E. Loftis Mr. Robert L. Luddy Mr. and Mrs. J. Parker Lumpkin II Dr. Billy Manning, Jr. Mr. James T. Manning Mrs. Wendy Meyer-Goodwin Dr. Jane Middleton Estate of Vivian Proctor Mitchell ’49 Modern Exterminating Co., Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Jason Modlin Mrs. Cathy C. Montgomery Mr. William David Moon ’45 Estate of Roberta B. Morris Mr. Roger Moulton Mrs. Jane Earley Newsome ’64 Mrs. Beth M. Norris The North Caroliniana Society North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities Mr. and Mrs. T. Russell Odom ’68 Mr. and Mrs. Robert Donald Parrott ’63 Mr. Roger Glenn Penland ’60 Ely J. Perry Foundation Mr. Ely J. Perry III ’84 Pizza Hut of Clinton, Inc. Rev. Dr. and Mrs. Reginald W. Ponder Mr. J. G. Poole, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Jason Proctor Estate of Dr. C. Ray Pruette Mr. and Mrs. Bland B. Pruitt, Jr. ’62 RDP Management Consulting, LLC Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Allen Riggan, Sr. ’59 Mr. and Mrs. Dwight M. Riley ’86 ’88 Mr. and Mrs. Fred Roberson ’62 Ms. Lisa Minton Robert ’90 Ms. Sue C. Robertson Mr. and Mrs. William E. Rodenbeck Mr. and Mrs. John A. Rogers
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Mr. Charles Morehead Rucker ’72 Mr. Joseph W. Shearon ’51 Mr. and Mrs. William Claude Shelton ’69 Mr. Harold Sherrill ’44 Mr. Charles Sloan Estate of Mable Crickmore Sloan ’30 Mrs. Paula Drake Smith ’74 Mr. Warren Woodlief Smith ’75 Mr. Emmett Chapman Snead III ’71 Mr. and Mrs. Grady King Snyder ’50 ’50 Mr. Glendel U. Stephenson ’52 Dr. Judy Stover Mr. Paul Strickland Mr. and Mrs. John Frederick Strotmeyer, Jr. ’68 Stupp Brothers Bridge & Iron Co. Foundation Mr. and Mrs. C. Boyd Sturges III Mr. and Mrs. Howard Hoy Wah Tang ’70 Mr. and Mrs. Roger Glenn Taylor ’68 United Methodist Foundation United Methodist Higher Education Foundation Vance Construction Wake Electric Care James & Vedna Welch Foundation Wells Fargo Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Barry W. Whitaker Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation Mrs. Peggy Ann Wilder ’60 Mr. Wilton H. Williams ’49 Mr. Paul Lewis Wilson ’61 Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Winstead Winston-Salem Foundation Mr. Ray H. Womble, Sr. ’48 Mr. William H. Yarborough
$500-$999 Mr. and Mrs. Felix H. Allen ’83 Mr. and Mrs. Ronald W. Axselle ’65 Mr. William Ezra Bowers ’39 Mr. Randy Lee Brantley ’83 Bridgestone Americas Trust Fund Mr. and Mrs. W. Thomas Brown ’62 Dr.* C. Douglas Bryant, Sr. ’47 Ms. Katherine S. Burden Mr. Cary Stuart Butler ’75 Mr. Harvey Dwight Byrd ’57 Cellular Communications of NC, Inc. Mr. Michael Wayne Chappell ’78 Mr. James Edward Compton ’65 Mr. William R. Cross ’71 Mr. Marion Frank Erwin ’58 Ms. Belinda Faulkner First Citizens Bank & Trust Co. Franklin County Arts Council Mr. Michael J. Gleason Mr. Robert Anthony Gormly ’60 Gregory Poole Equipment Mr. Harry J. Harles, Jr. ’70 Mrs. Rubie Riggan Hecht ’52 Mr. William J. Hinton, Jr. Insurance Services Office, Inc. Dr. Alice Marie Jacobs ’64 Mrs. Linda Funke Johnson Ms. Judy Kuykendall Mr. Averette Mitchell Lamm ’66 Ms. Jan L. Linsky Mr. W. J. Little, Jr. ’49 Mr. D. Michael May ’63 Ms. Gena Walling McCray, PLLC Mr. Duane Nelson McDonald ’65 Mr. Billy Ray Merritt ’53 NC Community Foundation Mr. Richard Dean Niedermayer ’65 Northwestern Mutual Novozymes North America Inc Mrs. Susan Mixon Parris ’64 Mr. and Mrs. Joe Rhoden Richards Oil Company, Inc. Mr. Franklin Thomas Roberts Ms. Hazel Ann Ross ’71 Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Smith Mrs. Rebecca Willis Spade ’67 Spivey’s Carpentry
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Mr. Richard N. Stabell ’59 Rev.* and Mrs. Sidney Stafford Mr. Robert Francis Stevens ’66 Dr. Warren Trent Strickland ’61 Ms. Theresia Striedinger Toney Lumber Company Triangle Insurance & Associates LLC Mr. John Wesley Wheelous III ’69 Mr. and Mrs. Edwin W. Woodhouse, Sr. ’56 Ms. Kaye Yadusky Mr. Maurice Clifton York ’73
$100 - $499 Mrs. Heather Bedsworth Adkins ’97 Mrs. Mavis McGowan Alder ’40 Ms. Haven Cooper Allen ’84 Rev. Gary Edmund Allred ’87 Ms. Gloria Tabron Alston ’72 Mr. Robert W. Alston, Jr. ’60 Ms. Anna Rebecca Anderson ’94 Mrs. Ginger McFarland Anderson ’83 Mrs. Emily Wood Angel ’63 Mr. William B. Ayars Mr. John Andrew Bacik ’85 Mr. George H. Bailey ’73 Mr. Billy Alex Baker, Sr. ’55 Mr. William Horace Baker, Jr. ’52 Mr. Felix Gerard Banks ’43 Ms. Retha Barbour Mr. William Randolph Barksdale IV ’78 Mr. Robert S. Barnes ’48 Mr. Robert Teele Barnhill ’63 Mr. Darnell Alford Batton ’76 Mr. Ellis Beasley Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Ellis Beasley ’70 Mrs. Mary M. Beauchamp Mrs. Linda H. Beck Mrs. Haskins Rogers Bell The Rev. James D. Bell ’77 Ben Franklin Society Rev. Shane Benjamin Benjamin Motors, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Bennett ’69 Mrs. Lillian Benton Ms. Mary Lynne Benton ’76 Mr. David Carlton Birdsong ’60 Rev. H. Dean Blackburn, Jr. ’87 Mr. and Mrs. David Blair Ms. Delano R. Borys Mr. C. Dewey Botts Mrs. Mary Wheless Boyette ’67 Mr. William Clifton Branch ’68 Ms. Crystal Brantley Mr. Glenn DeLeon Brewer ’65 Ms. Susan A. Bridgeman Mr. H. Vinson Bridgers, Jr. ’70 Ms. Helen Elizabeth Broome ’54 Mr. and Mrs. Matthew A. Brown ’68 Mr. Neal Anthony Brown ’67 Mrs. Velma Ferrell Brown ’60 Dr. Robert Bruck Mr. and Mrs. Jefferson Carson Bulluck ’66 ’66 Mr. Christopher Dewey Burns ’74 Mrs. Patricia L. Bynum Mr. Robert Clay Byrd ’62 C & C Willford Farms, LLC Ms. Gemma M. Campbell Mr. Richard Luby Cannon, Jr. ’52 Cape Fear Aesthetics Mrs. Mary S. Cardozo Dr. Patrick W. Carlton ’57 Mr. James Carnes Mr. James Bryan Cash Catenacci Dance Mr. Obie Maynard Chambers ’67 Mr. James Thomas Chandler IV ’67 Mrs. Patricia Burnette Chastain ’80 Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Cheek ’94 ’14 Mr. William Paul Childers ’54 Mr. E. Wilson Clary, Jr. ’74 Mr. and Mrs. Ray Clinebelle Ms. Brandy R. Coats
Cokesbury UMC Senior Sunday School Class Mrs. Sandra Griffin Cole ’78 Mr. Thomas Gary Cole ’70 Mrs. Hazel Lassiter Collier ’45 Color Him Father Foundation, Inc. Mr. Daniel A. Connor Mrs. Virginia Brittain Copping ’50 Mr. David F. Couch Mrs. Elnora Louise Cowart ’42 Mr. Frank Price Cuthrell ’55 Mrs. Barbara E. Daggs Mr. Tucker Dewitt Daniel ’60 Mr. G. Drennen Davis, Jr. Mrs. Kellie Davis Mr. R. G. Dawson, Jr. Mrs. Carolyn Williams Dearing ’66 Mr. and Mrs. Dean A. DeMasi Mr. and Mrs. William T. Dement, Jr. ’68 Mrs. Cindy DeMoss Mr. Glynn Douglas Dickerson ’61 Mr. Willard A. Dickerson ’63 Mrs. Lynn M. Dillard Mr. Adrian Bradley Dozier ’60 Mr. and Mrs. Jerry R. Dudley Duke Energy Foundation Mr. Thomas Hunter Dula ’61 Mrs. Laurie Curtiss Eakes ’75 Mrs. Jean Ann Edwards ’67 Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Edwards Mr. Sam H. Elliott ’52 Mrs. Ann Day Eubanks ’60 Mr. Lee Randolph Everett ’95 Mrs. Sarah Coates Falkner ’65 Mr. Francis Fayette Falls ’62 Mr. Douglas Theodore Faulkner ’55 Mr. and Mrs. Jerry A. Faulkner ’54 Mr. Matthew B. Faulkner Mr. James Munford Featherston, Jr. ’42 Mr. Charles Ray Felmlee ’64 First United Methodist Church of Cary Mr. John Marvin Fisher ’57 Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Ford, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. David Foster ’71 Dr. and Mrs. Jimmy W. Foster ’60 ’59 Mr. Morgan Scott Foster Mr. William Pete Franklin ’52 Franklin County Farm Bureau Franklin Regional Medical Center Mrs. Karen Fratarcangeli Mr. and Mrs. Russell R. Frazier ’54 ’55 Fu Sing Corporation Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth A. Fuller, Sr. ’45 Mr. Oscar Macon Fuller ’44 Mr. and Mrs. Pierre Giani Mrs. Jean Blankenhorn Godbold ’66 Mr. Kenneth W. Goetze Mr. Willis A. Goodrum ’52 Dr. Daniel S. Gordon Mrs. Ann B. Greene Mr. James Kenneth Gregory, Jr. ’62 Mrs. M. Sue Gregory Mr. Brenda Hunt Grieshaber ’71 Mrs. Faye Strickland Griffin ’64 Mr. John Griffin Mr. Graham Paraham Grissom ’36 Rev. Carol Hays Grove ’98 Ms. Sue Guerrant Ms. Lisa E. Gurkin Mrs. Sandra M. Gurkin Dr. Thomas J. Hagan Mr. William Jennings Hair ’48 Mr. Arthur B. Hall Mr. and Mrs. Swayn Hamlet ’57 ’56 Mr. James Allen Harper ’74 Mrs. Martha Foster Harper ’59 Mr. Clyde P. Harris, Jr. Mr. John Wynton Harris ’71 Mr. L. Reid Harris ’45 Harris Pharmacy, Inc. Mr. John Stanley Hart ’59 Ms. Brenda G. Hawks Mr. Brian Steven Heckel ’73 Ms. Elizabeth L. Heffernan
Mr. Roger Eldon Heflin ’65 Mr. James Overton Hillsman Ms. Deborah Maureen Hinkle ’98 Mrs. Patricia Hinton Mrs. Martha C. Hobgood Dr. and Mrs. Thomas N. Hobgood, Jr. The Rev. and Mrs. Hubert H. Hodgin ’54 ’54 Mrs. Edeth Hill Hodnett ’68 Mrs. Celeste Hughes Hoffman ’84 Mr. and Mrs. John Holden Lewis ’69 ’69 Mrs. Nancy G. Holland Dr. Thomas Manning Holt ’64 Mrs. Blake York Honeycutt ’69 Mrs. Donna Ann Horton ’75 Mrs. Lois Mainwaring Houpe ’65 Mr. Kevin Scott House ’97 Mrs. Alice Faye Hunter Mr. Frank Hunter Rev. and Mrs. Jack Manly Hunter ’62 Mr. John William Hurley ’53 Innovative Pest Solutions Mr. John Deane Irving ’66 Donald C. Jaekel Revocable Trust Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Jamerson Mr. Tommy Jenkins Mr. Horace Jernigan ’47 Mrs. Susan C. Jessup Mr. Eric Ralph Joerg ’69 Mrs. Jackie T. Johnson Mrs. Jean Wrenn Johnson ’53 Mr. Robert Webb Johnson ’65 Mr. Tapley Johnson ’60 Ms. Carmen S. Johnston ’01 Mrs. Candace Lester Jones ’99 Mr. Robert Lewis Jones ’66 Mr. and Mrs. Jon Charles Judge ’76 Col. and Mrs. Wayne C. Kabat Mr. W. Brent Keever ’64 Mrs. Olivia Burton Kemp ’70 Mr. Robert Henry Kennedy ’53 Mrs. Margaret Webb King ’69 Dr. Sangsoon Koh Lamm & Lamm Farms Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Edward Lamm, Jr. ’65 ’64 Mr. John James Lampros ’64 Mr. Thomas Michael Lampros ’71 Mr. Roderick Earl Lane ’84 Mrs. Gail Fathera Laney ’66 Mr. John Harry Lange, Jr. ’61 Mrs. Dorothy Pierce Langshaw ’69 Mr. and Mrs. James L. Lanier, Jr. ’67 ’68 Mr. Michael Cole Lashley ’87 Mrs. Frances Gail Lee Mr. Robert Sterling Lentz ’70 Mr. Carlton Blake Lewis ’77 Mr. Robert Clay Lewis ’63 Ms. Mary Louise Lockhart ’71 Mr. and Mrs. Joseph B. Long Ms. Ramona Lopez-Finn ’78 Lorillard Tobacco Company Louisburg Tractor & Truck Mrs. Doris Cochrane Marks ’56 Mrs. Veronika Gertrude Marquoit ’67 Mrs. Rose Woodard Marshall ’56 Mr. Daniel Louis Massey ’62 Mrs. Gayle W. Matthews Mr. W. Forrest Matthews, Jr. ’64 Mrs. Mildred Boney Matthis ’46 Mr. Wilton Lee Matthis ’56 Mr. Kenneth Welton Mauck ’60 Mrs. Peggy Spencer May ’72 Mr. Kenneth Parker McCandless ’67 Mr. William A. McCarty ’66 Mr. Howard Gold McCullough ’74 Mr. Joshua Scott McLamb ’92 Mrs. Meg Harrington McLean ’66 Mrs. Jacquelyn Smith McNamara ’73 Mrs. Audrey Marsh McPherson ’50 Rev. Dr. Charles Henry Mercer, Sr. ’38 Ms. Marianne Mercer ’83 Dr. D. Edmond Miller Mrs. Dorothy Byrd Miller ’57 Mrs. Eula Hux Miller ’51
Mrs. Judy F. Mims Mr. David Minard Mrs. Peggy Joyce Minor ’57 Mrs. Jennifer Mitchell Wheeler ’97 Dr. Louise B. Mitchum Mr. Joe Alton Mobley ’69 Mrs. Elizabeth Jo Moore Mr. John Richard Moore, Jr. ’58 Mrs. Gwynn Morris ’58 Mrs. Julia Moore Morris ’80 Mr. Lewis Farland Morris, Jr. ’74 Mr. Garland Elias Mustian ’48 Mrs. Jean Marie Odom Mr. and Mrs. G. Hunter Olive ’72 Mr. Joseph P. Olivieri, Attorney at Law Mr. William Ivey Orrell ’93 Mr. Marion Daniel Outlaw ’68 Mr. Mark Anthony Pace Mrs. Mary Lee Pake ’53 Dr. Patricia G. Palmer Dr. Earl W. Parker Ms. Jamie Eller Patrick ’84 Ms. Nancy H. Patterson Mr. Clarence W. Pearce, Jr. ’54 Mr. Lee Hutcheson Pearce ’74 Mrs. Julie Fogleman Pearson ’78 Mr. and Mrs. Durwood Pegram Mr. Charles Jeffery Perry ’80 Mrs. Mary Anne Petteway ’69 Dr. Jonathan David Phillips ’76 Mr. Samuel Francis Pippin ’60 Mr. Frederick William Pittard ’77 Mr. William Gibson Pitts ’47 Mr. James Howard Poole, Jr. ’65 Powellsville United Methodist Church Mr. Norwood Pritchett Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth R. Quick ’61 Mr. John Glenmore Ransone ’71 Mr. Jesse W. Reel, Jr. ’61 Ms. Vicki Reid Mr. and Mrs. N. Earl Ridout ’65 Ms. Eula P. Robbins Ms. Dawn Robinson Mrs. Margaret Louise Robinson ’58 Mrs. Carla Cash Rolen Mr. Robin Rhea Rose ’75 Dr. and Mrs. Robert Nathan Rosenstein ’68 ’68 Mr. Edward Roscoe Salter ’51 Ms. Lisa Hart Sanders Ms. Janice Anne Sapp ’71 Ms. Elizabeth Denise Sapp ’71 Mr. Edward Rhone Sasser ’57 Mr. Alan Gregory Saunders ’73 Mr. James Bolivar Scott ’80 Mr. Russell Lane Sears ’66 Mrs. Martha Cly Shaffner ’65 Mr. Mark Odell Shambley ’72 Mr. Keith Shumate Skerpon’s Beverage, Inc. Mrs. Bonnie S. Smalley Mrs. Cynthia Smith Mrs. Mary Spector Dr. Kelvin Spragley Mr. Dudley Barbee Stallings ’46 Mr. and Mrs. Howard Stallings Mr. Gilbert Stallings Mr. Samuel Henry Stallings ’68 Mrs. Marcelle K. Stanley ’45 Wallace C. Stepp Associates, Inc. Mr. M. Graham Stewart ’49 Mr. Joey Glenn Stilley ’80 Dr. Raymond Allen Stone ’47 Mrs. Anne Roth Strickland Mr. and Mrs. Charles Stringfellow ’71 Mr. Walter B. Sturek Mr. and Mrs. Conrad B. Sturges Mr. Milton Keith Stutts ’75 Mr. Andrew Myers Sugg ’89 Mr. Garland Franklin Swartz ’63 Mr. Donald J. Talley Mr. and Mrs. James Green Tarrant ’61 ’62 Mrs. Jeanne Turnage Taylor ’73 Ms. Susan Treihart Teague ’68
Mr. and Mrs. Larry Edward Tetterton ’56 ’56 Ms. Jennith Thomas Mrs. Charlotte P. Tippett Mr. Glen Neal Titus, Jr. ’65 Mrs. Linda Crocker Todd ’64 Mrs. Stephanie Lynn Buchanan Tolbert ’97 Mr. and Mrs. Francis M. Toney, Jr. Trinity United Methodist Church Mrs. Delores Ann Tune ’62 Mr. William Troy Turlington ’59 Mrs. Jean Winstead Twisdale ’65 Mr. David Alan Vaughan ’76 Mr. Jackie B. Vick Mrs. Sandra Garman Vickers ’68 Mr. Paul Villatico Mr. and Mrs. Wilhelm Volk Mr. and Mrs. Thomas L. Walden Dr. Grayson Watkins Walker ’64 Mr. and Mrs. William Wall ’47 Dr. Robert Scott Walton ’64 Mrs. Jane Rosser Warfel ’41 The Hon. Charles Hillsman Warren ’69 Mr. Douglas Randolph Warrick, Jr. ’75 Watkins Woodworks, LLC Mr. John C. Watson III Mrs. Carol Dement Weeks ’65 Mr. Robert Luther Wells ’60 Dr. James P. West Mr. and Mrs. James Wharton ’66 Mrs. Joyce Smith Whitaker ’48 Mr. James Melton White, Jr. ’76 Ms. Norma G. White Mrs. Dorothy Blalock Whitfield ’61 Mr. George F. Whitfield Mr. Timothy Kamptner Wilcox ’78 Mr. R. Eric Wilkins Mr. James A. Williams Mr. John Williams Insurance Mr. John P. Williamson Mr. William Jenkins Williamson ’68 Ms. Ruth M. Willis ’42 Mr. Arnold Wayne Wilson ’69 Mrs. Nancy Rollins Wilson ’45 Mr. Stephen Nelson Wilson ’71 Mr. Marvin Graham Wooten ’75 Mr. James Thomas Wooters ’42 Yard Dog The Rev. Dr. and Mrs. Thomas S. Yow III Ms. Emily Zank
CONTRIBUTORS Mr. Clayton Wade Adams ’77 Ms. Elaine Adams ’77 Ada’s Pig Nursery Mrs. Susan Steed Adcock ’67 Mr. Damon Adkins Ms. Genya V. Afanasyeva Mr. Philip Vincent Albano ’64 Lt. Benjamin Grey Alexander ’75 Mrs. Lisa Allen Ms. Peggy C. Allen Ms. Susan Ambert Mr. Kenneth Rolf Andersen ’79 Mr. Jack Cathey Anderson, Jr. ’72 Ms. Jessica Anest Anonymous Mr. Ronnie Anthony Armstrong, Jr. ’10 Mr. Abner M. Askew ’46 Mr. Theodore Keola Awana ’08 Mr. Jason Crosby Aycock ’95 Mr. Fred Stanley Ayscue ’62 Ms. Lucinda M. Ayscue Mrs. Susan Rowland Ayscue ’78 Mr. Edward Orick Bagley III ’50 Mr. Bryan Bagwell Ms. Charlotte Bagwell Mr. Roderick Bailey Mr. Rossie Vivian Baker, Sr. ’57 Ms. Patricia Turner Barbour ’66 Mrs. Mary Maxwell Barnett ’99 Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Bartholomew ’61 Mr. Daniel Bartholomew
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Mr. Paul Gulley Bass ’50 Mr. and Mrs. R. Christopher Beck III ’67 ’65 Ms. Sylvia T. Bell Mr. Scott Benrube Mr. Nathan Biegenzahn Mrs. Torrey Sinclair Blackmar ’88 Mrs. Teresa Woosley Blackwelder Mr. and Mrs. Richard Blake ’63 Mr. J. Douglas Blowe ’91 Blue Ridge Companies Ms. Teresa Blumenauer Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Bohannan ’60 ’62 Mrs. Lisa D. Bolar Mr. William Parmele Bolton ’84 Mr. William Shelton Boone ’62 Ms. Sara Bortscheller Mrs. Tempe Selden Bowles ’64 Dr. Martha Bragg Mrs. Dorothy Midgett Brannan ’48* Mr. Jeffrey Derek Brewer ’97 Mr. Charles Broughton Mrs. Donna Jacobson Browe ’66 Mr. Carl Wesley Brower, Jr. ’80 Mrs. Eldie Montague Brummitt ’55 Mrs. Jessie Boone Bryan ’42 Ms. Maura Budusky Mr. Willard Sylvester Buffkin ’76 Mr. Perry M. Bullard ’59 Mr. Larry Douglas Bullock ’64 Mr. Donald L. Burgess Ms. Georgette Burnette Mrs. Phyllis Jean Burrell ’78 Mr. J. Hudson Burton III ’66 Mrs. Allison L. Byrd Mrs. Frances Strickland Byrd ’76 Mr. Edward Lionel Callear, Jr. ’67 Mrs. Frances Stephenson Callender ’63 Mrs. Romona Campbell Mr. William Ayden Carroll, Jr. ’96 Mr. Ernest Rawls Carter ’49 Mrs. Patsy Garrison Carter ’61 Ms. Helen D. Champion ’00 Ms. Rachel S. Chappell Mr. Terry Dale Chappell ’81 Mrs. Janet L. Chesson Mr. Robert Sargent Child ’63 Mr. Michael Childs Dr. Catherine Cutts Church ’72 Mr. Jeremiah Church Mrs. JoAnne Cioppi Ms. Nannette Levay Coates ’82 Mr. Cheshire Jackson Cole, Jr. ’66 Mrs. Virginia S. Coleman ’42 Mrs. Helen Davis Collie ’77 Mrs. Ann T. Collins Mrs. Lois J. Collins ’65 Mrs. Sue Snell Coney ’42 Mrs. Karen G. Connors Dr. Diane Cook Mr. Edward Troy Cooper ’71 Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Cooper Ms. Leej Copperfield Mr. Blaise Cornell-d’Echert Ms. Livia Corry Ms. Sheila M. Cowart ’94 Mrs. Julie W. Cox Mrs. Mae Bell Cox ’47 Ms. Natasha Hope Creasy Mr. James Sherwood Creech, Jr. ’66 Mrs. Connie Faye Crenshaw-White ’80 Mrs. Connie Clifton Culler Ms. Gayla Peed Currin ’73 Dr. Clifford Gray Cutrell ’47 Cuttin’ Cottage Mrs. Kathryn Allen Dabbs ’68 Mrs. Linda Allred Daves ’66 Mr. E. Alan Davis Mr. Jeffrey Craig Davis ’94 Mr. Reid Sexton Davis ’60 Mr. Steven Blane Davis ’72 Mrs. Teresa W. Davis ’95 Mr. Terry Stanley Davis ’70 Ms. Pinky Davis-Boyd
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Colonel Michael Lynn Dawkins ’73 Mr. Charles William Day ’67 Mr. and Mrs. Larry S. Dean ’67 Mr. Martin Dell Mrs. Pamela Alford Denning ’62 Mr. and Mrs. E. Wayland Denton ’75 Mrs. Teresa Davis Dew ’84 Mr. Neil Dixon Mrs. Patricia Wilson Dixon ’58 Mr. Dennis Meredith Donahue ’74 Ms. Gina Driver Ms. Terrie Dunn Mr. Charles Hamilton Eacho ’62 Ms. Mary Eason Ms. Amy Eaves Mr. Charles Toleston Eaves, Jr. ’71 Mr. Michael Davis Eaves ’76 Ms. Barbara Burrell Edgerton ’77 Mrs. Betty Hunter Edwards ’59 Mrs. Joy Harrison Edwards ’82 Ms. Kristen Edwards Mrs. Peggy M. Egan Mr. Jonathan Ehrlich Mrs. Shelley Eisenlohr Mrs. Carmen Morgan Ellis ’96 Mrs. Meg Ellis Mr. James Douglas Estep ’69 Ms. Tammy Evans Ms. Betty Farrar Mrs. Linda Cash Faulkner ’70 Mr. Mercer McArthur Faulkner ’66 Mrs. Betty Jean Ferrell ’60 Mrs. Deborah Faye Finch ’74 First Giving Dr. Diane Price Fleming Ms. Linda Flint Mrs. Tami Dement Flowers ’90 Mr. Lawrence Nelson Floyd ’72 Mrs. Nancy Clendenin Forbes ’83 Mrs. Linda Edwards Foster Ms. Michelle Foster Mrs. Marsha Fuller Fowler ’67 Mr. Donald Mark Fox ’79 Mrs. Janet Leister Franklin ’74 Ms. Cheryl M. Franklin Ms. Angela Marie Frederick ’96 Mr. Mark Freitas Mr. Cameron Arthur Frostick ’81 Mrs. Marietta Garrett ’51 Genesis Ms. Valerie Giannavola Rev. Alan Craig Gibson ’73 Ms. Lue A. Gilliam Ms. Mandy Girven Ms. Cassandra Glasco Mr. William Conrad Glass ’85 GlaxoSmithKline Foundation Mr. David Lester Godwin, Jr. ’62 Mr. James Mack Gold ’73 Mrs. Betty Ellis Goodbar ’50 Mrs. Martha Mitchell Goodman ’77 Mr. Donnie Lee Gordon Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Ayers Gordon ’68 Mrs. Joyce Parris Grant ’57 Mr. Phillip Reece Gray ’69 Mr. James Green Mr. Rob Greene Mr. Jeffrey Alex Greentree ’73 Ms. Kay H. Gregory Mr. E. Shelton Griffin ’67 Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Grinnan, Jr. ’64 Mr. and Mrs. Daniel W. Guin ’69 Gunther Properties, Inc. Mrs. Brandy L. Gupton Mr. David Hartwell Gupton, Jr. ’86 Mrs. Kathy Leonard Gupton ’73 Mr. Brett Hall Mr. Dennis Ray Harding ’62 Mrs. Betty Jean Harper ’86 Mrs. Ruth Bell Harrelson ’72 Mr. Harvey Douglas Harris ’61 Mrs. Jo Ann Moss Harris ’64 Ms. Stephanie Haskell
Mr. Brian Walker Hatch ’68 Ms. Leewyn Elisabeth Hatch ’96 Ms. Shay Hayes Mr. Joseph Jackson Hayes III ’95 Mr. William Tate Hayman ’89 Mrs. Robin Vann Heatherington ’96 Mrs. Keisha Hubbard Hensley ’98 Mrs. Linda Dail Herring ’62 Mrs. Kathryn Gray Hester ’69 Mrs. Jacqueline Hickey Mrs. Clare Highfield Mr. Trevor Highfield Mr. Albert Ronnie Hight ’68 Mr. and Mrs. James E. Hill Mr. and Mrs. William M. Hill, Jr. ’55 Mrs. Barbara Dunn Hilliard ’59 Mr. Dennis Conley Hobbie ’66 Mr. Ronald Paul Hodul ’78 Mr. Kris Hoffler Mrs. Jane Trump Hohn ’61 Mr. Edward Lee Holland ’61 Mr. J. Peter Holland IV ’68 Mr. John Hollemon Mrs. Elmar Newton Holmes ’58 Mrs. Barbara Harrell Hondros ’62 Mrs. Diane Merritt Hooks ’66 Ms. Deborah K. Hopper Mr. Charles Roberson Hough ’85 Mr. Franklin Thomas House ’64 Ms. Martha Tipton Howlett ’67 Ms. Donna Kay Huff-Albright ’90 Ms. Brittany Leigh Hunt ’10 Mr. Matthew Hunter Mr. Wally Hurst Mr. Richard Martin Hutson III ’86 Ms. Phyllis M. Ihrie Mrs. Joyce Mustian Inabinett ’58 Mr. and Mrs. Philip G. Inscoe Mr. James A. Irion Mrs. Marian S. Isley Mrs. Frances Ferguson Jackson ’72 Mrs. Robbie Eatmon Jackson ’77 Mr. Wesley Franklin Jackson ’60 Rev. Wilbur Ivan Jackson Mr. Thomas Adolphus Jennings ’70 Ms. Felicia Ann Jernigan ’79 Ms. Robin Johannesen Mrs. Argretta Reid Johen ’82 Ms. Amy Cobb Johnson Mr. James Thomas Johnson ’67 Ms. Kristen Danielle Johnson ’09 Mr. Vernon Johnson Mrs. Karen C. Jones Mr. Marvin Allen Jones ’60 Ms. Ruth Jones Mr. Davis W. Jordan III ’65 Mr. Mark L. Joyner Mr. John Scott Kanich ’92 Keene & Associates Insurance Agency, Inc. Ms. Gertrude H. Kennedy Mr. Stone Kennett Kidsenses, Inc. Mr. W. H. Kincheloe Mrs. Sara Purser King ’77 Ms. Laura L. Kinzinger Ms. Christy Lynn Knight ’90 Mrs. Amy Parrott Knott ’70 Mr. Stanley Kobylinski Mr. Jay Koloseus Mrs. Sara Davis Koontz Mr. Howard Michael Korsen Mr. and Mrs. John G. Koster, Sr. ’68 Mrs. Nancy Charlton Langford ’63 Mr. William Thompson Latham ’72 Mr. Robert E. Lathrop Mrs. Sue D. Latta Mrs. Doris D. Lee Mrs. Tonya Lee Mr. Marvin Henry Leggett III ’80 Dr. Tony Gwen Letrent-Jones ’70 Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Lelon Lewis ’68 Mrs. Judy Terrell Lewis ’77 Mrs. Katheryn Coor Lewis
Mr. Dan E. Liebenow ’72 Mrs. Dawn West Ligas ’91 Mrs. Dawn S. Light Mr. Edward Trotter Lippy ’61 Ms. Dawn Lishnoff ’97 Mrs. Rebecca Catherine Little ’62 Mr. Robert Leggett Littrell ’79* Mrs. Jean Williams Lloyd ’59 Mr. Harold A. Logan Mr. William Duemont Long ’96 Louisburg College Class of 1963 Mrs. Nancy Deitrick Lowery ’64 Ms. Dorothy S. Mabrey Mr. Justin Omar Rudie Magee ’13 Mrs. Jennifer Anne Maier ’94 Mr. George Theodore Mallis ’65 Mrs. Emily Williams Manley ’72 Mrs. Karen R. Mann Mr. John Carnek Marshall ’64 Ms. Karen M. Martin ’00 Ms. Leigh Mitchell Matan ’90 Mrs. Anne Shearin Matthews ’99 Mr. James Calvin Matthews ’61 Mr. John Milton May ’69 Mrs. Katherine Ewell May ’54 Mr. Willis Charles May ’75 Mr. John Estes McAllister III ’73 Mr. John McArthur, Jr. ’63 Mrs. Barbara Hudson McCoy ’64 Mr. Charles Latta McKee ’67 Mrs. Mildred Carter McKim ’40 Mrs. Alma McLamb Mr. Isaac Gregory Medlin ’84 Mr. Tim Medlin Mr. Daryl W. Mellott Mrs. Frances Mansfield Mercer ’72 Mrs. Louise Reaves Mills ’46 Mrs. Judy Cole Milton ’73 Mrs. Peggy T. Mims Mrs. Norma Swain Mitchell ’45 Mr. William L. Mitchell Ms. Rachael Aberteene Modlin ’50 Mrs. Jeannette Harrison Montgomery ’60 Mr. Robert Sterling Montgomery II ’75 Mrs. Diane Jones Moore ’66 Mrs. Regina Ruth Morgan ’81 Mrs. Kate H. Morrow Mrs. Sharon Rogers Morton ’76 Mr. and Mrs. Charles Floyd Murray, Jr. ’83 Ms. Eliza A. Myler Mrs. Marion Watson Nease ’72 Mr. Ralph Thomas Nevils, Jr. ’55 Mr. Paul Leroy Nevitt ’77 Mrs. Sara Collier Newton ’68 Mr. Michael Ryan Nolan ’05 Mr. Julius Wood Norman ’81 Mr. Edgar Ladd Norvell ’60 Mr. Larry Wesley Oakley ’69 Mr. Charles Wade Oliver ’03 Mr. Will Orbin Mrs. Amanda Sarah Young ’98 Mr. Jonathan Osowski Mr. A. Lloyd Owens III ’89 Mr. Robert D. Palmer II Mr. Charles Thomas Pappendick ’58 Mrs. Sarah Howlett Pardue ’92 Mr. Gilliam Bryan Parham ’75 Mr. Kevin Parrish Mr. Josh Parrott Mrs. LeNelle Jones Patrick ’92 Mr. Jason Patrick Mr. Wesley Patterson Mr. Brett Frederick Patton ’85 Mrs. Kathryn Paul ’51 Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Pearce Ms. Samantha Celeste Pendergraft ’10 Mrs. Marla R. Peoples Mr. Archie Clay Perdue ’68 Mr. Kenneth Perry Perdue, Sr. ’61 Mr. and Mrs. Sam Norris Perdue ’66 Mrs. Delaine Meek Perkinson ’70 Mr. Thomas Wood Peterkin, Jr. ’65 Mrs. Ronald Alan Phelps ’59
Mr. Robert Warren Pickard ’61 Rev. and Mrs. Reginald Wallace Ponder, Jr. ’84 ’83 Mr. Donald R. Poole Ms. Donna C. Poole Mr. Robert Poole Mrs. Fonda Porter Mr. and Mrs. Marcus Herbert Potter ’68 Mrs. Tracy N. Potter ’13 Mrs. Marjorie Chandler Prevatt ’62 Mr. Kenneth Price Mr. Shaun Price Mr. Billy D. Prim Ms. Sarah Purvis Mrs. Rebecca Joan Puryear ’65 Mr. Charles W. Queen Dr. Mialy Rabe Ms. Alyssa Rabert Mrs. Dorothy White Rascoe ’47 Mr. and Mrs. Wilson Ray Mr. David Franklin Read ’84 Mrs. Earline Revelle ’45 Mrs. Barbara Rice ’54 Mr. Bernard Rice Ms. Jacqueline W. Rich Ms. Courtney Richardson Dr. and Mrs. Mac L. Ricketts Mrs. Mary Strowd Riggsbee ’45 Mr. Julian P. Robb Mrs. Betsy Brodie Roberts ’75 Mrs. Carla Puryear Roberts ’83 Mrs. Nancy Garner Robertson ’59 Ms. Linda Robertson Mr. and Mrs. M. Edward Roebuck ’61 Mr. Robert Rogers Ms. Ann Coughlan Roote Mr. Charles Alton Royal, Jr. ’50 Ms. Sequoia Sady Ms. Tracey Sala Salem Plastic Surgery, Inc. Mr. Brian W. Sanders Mr. Hal Sargent Mr. Peter Bland Saunders ’80 Mr. Daniel P. Scanlon Mrs. Bobbie Finch Schatz ’80 Mr. Richard Bernard Schneider ’73 Ms. Leslie Margaret Schoelkopf ’79 Ms. Diane Louise Schultz ’69 Mr. Charles Julian Schweikert ’50 Mrs. Anne Scoggin Seagroves Realty, Inc. Rev. and Mrs. Caswell E. Shaw, Jr. Mrs. Linda Dorsey Shearon ’64 Mr. Mark Boone Shearon ’81 Mrs. Rose Manning Showfety ’56 Mrs. Sue Pleasants Sisson ’70 Mr. Ted Newton Sloan ’60 Ms. Allison Hope Smith ’02 Mrs. Betsy Turlington Smith ’64 Mr. Darrell Smith Mr. Douglas C. Smith Ms. Elizabeth Bailey Smith ’69 Mr. James Roland Smith, Jr. ’70 Ms. Josie Marie Smith ’97 Mr. and Mrs. Julian J. Smith Mrs. Knyata Smith Mr. Marvin William Smith, Jr. ’59 Ms. Mary Charles Smith ’98 Mr. O. Franklin Smith, Jr. Ms. Sharon Leigh Smith ’90 Mr. Shawn Franklin Smith ’89 Mrs. Virginia Carter Smith ’51 Mr. Michael James Snee ’86 Ms. Vickie L. Somers Ms. Heather Joyce Sorensen ’94 Mr. Richard Thomas Spain III ’72 Mr. Stephen Eugene Spainhour ’70 Mrs. Cozette Washburn Spears ’80 Mr. August Spieler Mr. Emerson Leo Spivey, Jr. ’52 Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Stager Mrs. Anna Stallings State Farm Companies Foundation Mr. Brandon Keith Staton ’04
Ms. Susan Lyn Steele ’70 Mrs. Mary G. Steensland Mr. David Olive Stephens ’66 Mrs. Bette W. Stephenson Dr. and Mrs. Paul Stewart Mr. Andrew Stokes Dr. Paul S. Stone ’52 Ms. Nicole Stovall Mr. Robert Perry Strickland ’82 Mrs. Tamala J. Swecker Mr. Louis M. Tanner Mrs. Frankie Wood Tate ’82 Mrs. Frances Merritt Taylor ’45 Ms. Melissa Taylor Mr. Benjamin Temple III ’75 Mr. Gene Tharrington Mrs. Mae Edla Shaw Mr. Jermaine Thomas Mr. and Mrs. Darryl W. Thompson ’59 Mrs. Rachel Breedlove Thompson ’59 Mrs. Yvonna L. Tibbals Mr. Chris Tolbert Mrs. Lucy Vester Tomlinson ’69 Mrs. Tonya H. Towler Mr. Robert Leroy Turnage ’66 Mrs. Evelyn Smithwick Turner ’43 Mr. Samuel Arthur Tuten, Jr. ’41 Mrs. Barbara Valentine Mrs. Patricia Van Tuyle Mrs. Mitzi W. Vance Mr. Christian D. Vanderneut Mr. Mark Vanderslice Mr. Daniel Varela Mr. Otis Nathaniel Vaughan ’56 Mrs. Sherry Gupton Vaughan ’75 Vector Engineering, Inc. Mr. Pradeep K. Vig Mr. James Vitt Mr. Adam Wade Mrs. Sara Barbara Wagoner ’69 Mr. Rickie Logan Wagstaff ’77 Mrs. Gina Cruz Walker ’83 Mrs. Doris S. Walston Mrs. Dorothy R. Wamsley Mrs. Ruth Coggins Ward ’49 Ms. Alice Ward-Poitier Mr. Thomas E. Wardrick ’90 Mr. M. David Watson ’69 Mrs. Anne Jones Weathersbee ’49 Mr. and Mrs. William Moore Weber, Jr. ’74 Mr. Thomas Welch Mrs. Catherine Johnson Wells ’75 Mrs. Rebecca W. Wells Mrs. Janice A. Wermers Mr. Bobby Earl Wester ’69 Mrs. Ruth Harris Wheless ’66 Mrs. Phyllis Bailey Whitaker ’53 Mrs. Connie Frances Wicker ’70 Ms. Lauren Bradlee Wilkerson ’10 Mr. David Lee Wilkins ’76 Mr. William Byrd Wilkins ’85 * Mr. Robert Vaughn Wilkinson ’66 Mrs. Bird Ramsey Williams ’45 Mr. Gary Williams Mr. Gregory Alan Williams ’69 Mr. Herbert Lee Williams ’40 Rev. Dr. and Mrs. Larry Williams Mr. Roy Lee Williams ’75 Mrs. Willie Louise Williams ’55 Mrs. Rachel Merritt Williamson ’54 Mrs. Helen Willie ’46 Ms. Betsy S. Winborne Ms. Allison Wirth Ms. Caitlin Withers Mr. Ian Wolf Ms. Amy Scoggin Wolfe Mr. and Mrs. James F. Womble ’54 Mrs. Grace Hayes Woodlief ’48 Mr. Steven Bradley Wright ’77 Mrs. Terry Ball Wright ’87 Mrs. Peggy Wyatt ’47 Mr. Steven B. Wynn Mrs. Evelyn McKinney York ’50
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Mr. Lewis Graham Young ’69 Ms. Pamela Reams Young ’76 Mrs. Madeline Zdon Ms. Catherine Ziencik Mr. David Shane Zumbro ’90
ESTATES Estate of Vivian Proctor Mitchell ’49 Estate of Roberta B. Morris Estate of Dr. C. Ray Pruette Estate of Mable Crickmore Sloan ’30
CORPORATIONS, FOUNDATIONS, AND MATCHING GIFTS Ada’s Pig Nursery Altria Group, Inc. Benjamin Motors, Inc. The Nicholas B. and Lucy Mayo Boddie Foundation Bridgestone Americas Trust Fund Ms. Caroline S. Burnette, Attorney at Law, P. A. C & C Willford Farms, LLC Cannon Foundation Cape Fear Aesthetics Catenacci Dance Cellular Communications of NC, Inc. Chartwells Corporation Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated Coca-Cola Foundation Color Him Father Foundation, Inc. Cuttin’ Cottage Duke Energy Foundation Element One, Inc. First Citizens Bank & Trust Co. Franklin County Farm Bureau Franklin Regional Medical Center Fu Sing Corporation Genesis GlaxoSmithKline Foundation Goodnight Educational Foundation Gregory Poole Equipment Gunther Properties, Inc. Harris Pharmacy, Inc. High Point Community Foundation Hodges Insurance Company Robert P. Holding Foundation IBM Matching Grants Innovative Pest Solutions Insurance Services Office, Inc. Johnny Bull’s Steakhouse Seby B. Jones Family Foundation Keene & Associates Insurance Agency, Inc. Kidsenses, Inc. Lamm & Lamm Farms Lorillard Tobacco Company Louisburg Tractor & Truck Ms. Gena Walling McCray, PLLC Modern Exterminating Co., Inc. NC Community Foundation North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities Northwestern Mutual Foundation Novozymes North America, Inc. Mr. Joseph P. Olivieri, Attorney at Law Pizza Hut of Clinton, Inc. RDP Management Consulting, LLC Richards Oil Company, Inc. Salem Plastic Surgery, Inc. Seagroves Realty, Inc. Skerpon’s Beverage, Inc. Spivey’s Carpentry State Farm Companies Foundation Stupp Brothers Bridge & Iron Co. Foundation Toney Lumber Company Triangle Insurance & Associates, LLC United Methodist Foundation Vance Construction Vector Engineering, Inc. Wallace C. Stepp Associates, Inc. Watkins Woodworks, LLC James & Vedna Welch Foundation
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Wells Fargo Foundation Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation Winston-Salem Foundation Yard Dog
York Athletic Scholarship Mr. Maurice Clifton York ’73
DONORS TO ENDOWED FUNDS
Coca-Cola Bottling Company Dr. and Mrs. James C. Eck Mr. Morgan Scott Foster Mr. and Mrs. Michael L. Holloman ’83 ’90 Dr. and Mrs. Mark D. La Branche Mrs. Frances Gail Lee Richards Oil Co., Inc. Mr. and Mrs. William E. Rodenbeck Spivey’s Carpentry
Alumni Appreciation Scholarship Estate of Roberta B. Morris Ronald R. Bagwell Scholarship Mr. Ronald R. Bagwell ’66 Marvin and Mary Jo Baugh Scholarship Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Eugene Baugh ’53 John L. Cameron Athletic Scholarship Mrs. Jane Austin Lee ’71 Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Pearce Peter A. Carlton Memorial Scholarship Dr. Patrick W. Carlton ’57 Coor Family Scholarship Mrs. Katheryn Coor Lewis Mrs. Jane Trump Hohn ’61 Ms. Deborah K. Hopper Mrs. Ann Pearce Lanier ’68 Allen de Hart Endowment Mr. Emmett Chapman Snead III ’71 Coach J. Enid Drake Basketball Scholarship Mrs. Paula Drake Smith Mr. Warren Woodlief Smith ’75 Mr. Emmett Chapman Snead III ’71 Sarah Foster Music Endowment Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Cooper Ms. Sue Guerrant Mr. Willis A. Goodrum ’52 Ms. Rachael Aberteene Modlin ’50 Dr. Patricia G. Palmer Mr. Fred Roberson ’62 Mr. David Alan Vaughan ’76 Mr. Paul Lewis Wilson ’61 R. Edward and Louise Hunter Scholarship Mr. and Mrs. Steven Brooks ’71 Mr. Frank Hunter Mr. Richard E. Hunter, Jr. ’68 Mrs. Betsy Brodie Roberts ’75 John C. and Louise A. LeMay Scholarship Mrs. Evelyn LeMay Harris ’73 Manning Family Scholarship Mrs. Theresa M. Abernethy Dr. Billy Manning, Jr. Mr. James T. Manning Mrs. Cathy C. Montgomery Blanch Hooper and Earl R. Meekins Scholarship Mrs. Mary M. Beauchamp Mercer Scholarship Rev. Dr. Charles Henry Mercer, Sr. ’38 Herbert and Essie Miller Scholarship Dr. D. Edmond Miller Vivian Proctor Mitchell Scholarship Estate of Vivian Proctor Mitchell ’49 Isaac Deane Moon Music Scholarship Mr. William David Moon ’45 William Moon and Jane Moon Linsky Scholarship Ms. Jan L. Linsky Mrs. Jane Moon Linsky ’43 State Farm Companies Foundation Gary Ward Paul Memorial Scholarship Mrs. Kathryn Paul ’51 Reginald W. Ponder, Sr. Scholarship Rev. Dr. and Mrs. Reginald W. Ponder R. A. Endowed Scholarship Mrs. Joyce Smith Whitaker ’48 Blair Tucker Scholarship Mr. and Mrs. H. John Hatcher
CHURCHES Cokesbury UMC Senior Sunday School Class General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, UMC North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church First United Methodist Church of Cary Powellsville United Methodist Church Trinity United Methodist Church
FRIENDS OF THE ARTS Ms. Peggy C. Allen Mrs. Lillian Benton Ms. Delano R. Borys Mr. Charles Broughton Mr. Robert A. Butler Mr. James Carnes Mr. and Mrs. Ronald D. Champion Ms. Rachel S. Chappell Mr. William Paul Childers ’54 Mr. and Mrs. Ray Clinebelle Ms. Pinky Davis-Boyd Mr. Allen de Hart Mr. Dean A. DeMasi Dr. and Mrs. James C. Eck Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Edwards Mr. and Mrs. J. Craig Eller ’65 Ms. Betty Farrar Mr. and Mrs. David Gardner Mr. and Mrs. Pierre Giani Mrs. Ann B. Greene Mr. Arthur B. Hall Mrs. Alice Faye Hunter IBM Matching Grants Mr. and Mrs. Philip G. Inscoe Ms. Gertrude H. Kennedy Ms. Judy Kuykendall Dr. and Mrs. Mark D. La Branche Mr. and Mrs. James L. Lanier, Jr. ’67 ’68 Mr. and Mrs. Joseph B. Long Mr. and Mrs. James Parker Lumpkin II Dr. Jane Middleton Mr. and Mrs. Durwood Pegram Mr. and Mrs. Marcus Herbert Potter ’68 Mr. Norwood Pritchett Mr. John A. Rogers Mrs. Martha Cly Shaffner ’65 Mr. Joseph W. Shearon ’51 Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Smith Mr. Darrell Smith Mr. and Mrs. Julian J. Smith Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Stager Mr. and Mrs. Howard Stallings Mr. and Mrs. Larry Edward Tetterton ’56 ’56 Mr. and Mrs. Thomas L. Walden Mrs. Rebecca W. Wells Mr. John Wesley Wheelous III ’69 Mrs. Peggy Ann Wilder ’60 Rev. Dr. and Mrs. Larry Williams
BRAVO SOCIETY First Citizens Bank and Trust Co.
Franklin County Farm Bureau Franklin Regional Medical Center, Novant Health Catenacci Dance Novozymes North America, Inc. Johnny Bull’s Steakhouse Dr. Don Lee Mrs. Jean Marie Odom Fu Sing Corporation Innovative Pest Solutions
GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY CLUB Mr. Philip Vincent Albano ’64 Mrs. Mavis McGowan Alder ’40 Mr. Robert W. Alston, Jr. ’60 Mrs. Emily Wood Angel ’63 Mr. Abner M. Askew ’46 Mr. Fred Stanley Ayscue ’62 Mr. Edward Orick Bagley, III ’50 Mr. Billy Alex Baker, Sr. ’55 Mr. William Horace Baker, Jr. ’52 Mr. Rossie Vivian Baker, Sr. ’57 Mr. Felix Gerard Banks ’43 Mr. Kenneth Allen Barlow ’56 Mr. Robert S. Barnes ’48 Mr. Robert Teele Barnhill ’63 Mr. Paul Gulley Bass ’50 Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Eugene Baugh ’53 Mr. Robert Edgar Beck ’53 Mr. David Carlton Birdsong ’60 Mr. and Mrs. Gordon W. Bohannan ’60 ’62 Mr. William Shelton Boone ’62 Mr. William Ezra Bowers ’39 Mrs. Tempe Selden Bowles ’64 Ms. Helen Elizabeth Broome ’54 Mrs. Velma Ferrell Brown ’60 Eldie Montague Brummitt ’55 Mrs. Jessie Boone Bryan ’42 Dr. C. Douglas Bryant, Sr.* ’47 Mr. Perry M. Bullard ’59 Mr. Larry Douglas Bullock ’64 Mr. and Mrs. K. Wayne Burris ’62 ’62 Mr. Harvey Dwight Byrd ’57 Mr. Robert Clay Byrd ’62 Mrs. Frances Stephenson Callender ’63 Mr. Richard Luby Cannon, Jr. ’52 Dr. Patrick W. Carlton ’57 Mr. Ernest Rawls Carter ’49 Mrs. Patsy Garrison Carter ’61 Mr. Robert Sargent Child ’63 Mr. William Paul Childers ’54 Mr. and Mrs. Ned Coleman ’62 ’62 Mrs. Virginia S. Coleman ’42 Mrs. Hazel Lassiter Collier ’45 Mrs. Sue Snell Coney ’42 Mrs. Virginia Brittain Copping ’50 Ms. Carolyn V. Cotton ’57 Mr. and Mrs. James Bryant Cottrell ’61 ’62 Mrs. Elnora Louise Cowart ’42 Mrs. Mae Bell Cox ’47 Mr. Frank Price Cuthrell ’55 Dr. Clifford Gray Cutrell ’47 Mr. Tucker Dewitt Daniel ’60 Mr. Reid Sexton Davis ’60 Mr. William Moore Davis ’61 Mrs. Pamela Alford Denning ’62 Mr. Glynn Douglas Dickerson ’61 Mr. Willard A. Dickerson ’63 Mrs. Patricia Wilson Dixon ’58 Mr. Adrian Bradley Dozier ’60 Mrs. Bernice Lee Driver ’52 Mr. Thomas Hunter Dula ’61 Mr. Charles Hamilton Eacho ’62 Mrs. Betty Hunter Edwards ’59 Mr. Sam H. Elliott ’52 Mr. Marion Frank Erwin ’58 Mrs. Ann Day Eubanks ’60 Mr. Francis Fayette Falls ’62 Mr. Douglas Theodore Faulkner ’55 Mr. James Munford Featherston, Jr. ’42 Mr. Charles Ray Felmlee ’64 Mrs. Betty Jean Ferrell ’60 Mr. and Mrs. Donald Wayne Fish ’59 ’60
Mr. John Marvin Fisher ’57 Mr. Robert Fuller Fleming ’64 Dr. and Mrs. Jimmy W. Foster ’59 ’60 Mr. William Pete Franklin ’52 Mr. and Mrs. Russell Frazier ’54 ’55 Mrs. Elaine Weldon Fuller ’39 Mr. Oscar Macon Fuller ’44 Mr. and Mrs. Winfield Scott Gardner ’44 ’45 Mrs. Marietta Garrett ’51 Mr. David Lester Godwin, Jr. ’62 Mrs. Betty Ellis Goodbar ’50 Mr. Willis A. Goodrum ’52 Mr. Robert Anthony Gormly ’60 Mrs. Joyce Parris Grant ’57 Mr. James Kenneth Gregory, Jr. ’62 Mrs. Faye Griffin ’64 Mr. Graham Paraham Grissom ’36 Mr. William Jennings Hair ’48 Mr. and Mrs. Swayn G. Hamlet ’57 ’56 Mr. Dennis Ray Harding ’62 Mrs. Martha Foster Harper ’59 Mr. Harvey Douglas Harris ’61 Mrs. Jo Ann Moss Harris ’64 Mr. L. Reid Harris ’45 Mrs. John Stanley Hart ’59 Mrs. Rubie Riggan Hecht ’52 Mrs. Linda Dail Herring ’62 Mr. William M. Hill, Jr. ’55 Mrs. Barbara Dunn Hilliard ’59 The Rev. and Mrs. Hubert H. Hodgin ’54 ’54 Mrs. Jane Trump Hohn ’61 Mr. Edward Lee Holland ’61 Mrs. Elmar Newton Holmes ’58 Mr. W. Seymour Holt ’49 Mr. Thomas Manning Holt ’64 Mrs. Barbara Harrell Hondros ’62 Mr. Franklin Thomas House ’64 Mr. John William Hurley ’53 Mrs. Joyce Mustian Inabinett ’58 Mr. Wesley Franklin Jackson ’60 Dr. Alice Marie Jacobs ’64 Mr. Horace Jernigan ’47 Mrs. Jean Wrenn Johnson ’53 Mr. Tapley Johnson ’60 Mr. Marvin Allen Jones ’60 Mr. W. Brent Keever ’64 Mr. Robert Henry Kennedy ’53 Mr. John James Lampros ’64 Mr. John Harry Lange, Jr. ’61 Mrs. Nancy Charlton Langford ’63 Mr. Robert Clay Lewis ’63 Mrs. Jane Moon Linsky ’43 Mr. Edward Trotter Lippy ’61 Mrs. Rebecca Catherine Little ’62 Mr. W. J. Little, Jr. ’49 Mrs. Jean Williams Lloyd ’59 Mrs. Nancy Deitrick Lowery ’64 Mrs. Doris Cochrane Marks ’56 Mr. John Carnek Marshall ’64 Mrs. Rose Woodard Marshall ’56 Mr. Daniel Louis Massey ’62 Mr. James Calvin Matthews ’61 Mr. W. Forrest Matthews, Jr. ’64 Mrs. Mildred Boney Matthis ’46 Mr. Wilton Lee Matthis ’56 Mr. Kenneth Welton Mauck ’60 Mr. D. Michael May ’63 Mrs. Katherine Ewell May ’54 Mr. John McArthur, Jr. ’63 Mrs. Barbara Hudson McCoy ’64 Mrs. Mildred Carter McKim ’40 Mrs. Audrey Marsh McPherson ’50 Rev. Dr. Charles Henry Mercer, Sr. ’38 Mr. Billy Ray Merritt ’53 Mrs. Dorothy Byrd Miller ’57 Mrs. Eula Hux Miller ’51 Mrs. Louise Reaves Mills ’46 Mrs. Peggy Joyce Minor ’57 Mrs. Norma Swain Mitchell ’45 Ms. Rachael Aberteene Modlin ’50 Mrs. Jeannette Harrison Montgomery ’60 Mr. William David Moon ’45 Mr. John Richard Moore, Jr. ’58
Mrs. Gwynn Morris ’58 Mr. Garland Elias Mustian ’48 Mr. Ralph Thomas Nevils, Jr. ’55 Mrs. Jane Earley Newsome ’64 Mr. Edgar Ladd Norvell ’60 Mrs. Mary Lee Pake ’53 Mr. Charles Thomas Pappendick ’58 Mrs. Susan Mixon Parris ’64 Mrs. Kathryn Paul ’51 Mr. Clarence W. Pearce, Jr. ’54 Mr. Roger Glenn Penland ’60 Mr. Kenneth Perry Perdue, Sr. ‘61 Mr. Ronald Alan Phelps ’59 Mr. Robert Warren Pickard ’61 Mr. Samuel Francis Pippin ’60 Mrs. Marjorie Chandler Prevatt ’62 Mrs. Margaret Beck Pruitt ’62 Mrs. Dorothy White Rascoe ’47 Mr. Jesse W. Reel, Jr. ’61 Mrs. Earline Revelle ’45 Mrs. Barbara Rice ’54 Mr. Thomas Allen Riggan, Sr. ’59 Mrs. Mary Strowd Riggsbee ’45 Mr. Fred Roberson ’62 Mrs. Nancy Garner Robertson ’59 Mrs. Margaret Louise Robinson ’58 Mr. Charles Alton Royal, Jr. ’50 Mr. Edward Roscoe Salter ’51 Mr. Edward Rhone Sasser ’57 Mr. Charles Julian Schweikert ’50 Mr. Joseph W. Shearon ’51 Mrs. Linda Dorsey Shearon ’64 Mr. Harold Sherrill ’44 Mrs. Rose Manning Showfety ’56 Mr. and Mrs. Ted Newton Sloan ’60 ’60 Mrs. Betsy Turlington Smith ’64 Mr. Marvin William Smith, Jr. ’59 Mrs. Virginia Carter Smith ’51 Mr. and Mrs. Grady King Snyder ’50 ’50 Mr. Emerson Leo Spivey, Jr. ’52 Mr. Richard N. Stabell ’59 Mr. Dudley Barbee Stallings ’46 Mrs. Marcelle K. Stanley ’45 Mr. Glendel U. Stephenson ’52 Mr. M. Graham Stewart ’49 Dr. Paul S. Stone ’52 Dr. Raymond Allen Stone ’47 Dr. Warren Trent Strickland ’61 Mr. Garland Franklin Swartz ’63 Mr. James Green Tarrant ’61 ’62 Mrs. Frances Merritt Taylor ’45 Mr. and Mrs. Larry Edward Tetterton ’56 ’56 Mrs. Rachel Breedlove Thompson ’59 Mr. Linda Crocker Todd ’64 Mrs. Delores Ann Tune ’62 Mr. William Troy Turlington ’59 Mrs. Evelyn Smithwick Turner ’43 Mr. Samuel Arthur Tuten Jr. ’41 Mr. Otis Nathaniel Vaughan ’56 Mr. Grayson Watkins Walker ’64 Dr. Robert Scott Walton ’64 Mrs. Ruth Coggins Ward ’49 Mrs. Jane Rosser Warfel ’41 Mrs. Anne Jones Weathersbee ’49 Mr. Robert Luther Wells ’60 Mrs. Phyllis Bailey Whitaker ’53 Mrs. Joyce Smith Whitaker ’48 Mrs. Dorothy Blalock Whitfield ’61 Mrs. Peggy Ann Wilder ’60 Mrs. Bird Ramsey Williams ’45 Mr. Herbert Lee Williams ’40 Mrs. Willie Louise Williams ’55 Mr. Wilton H. Williams ’49 Mrs. Rachel Merritt Williamson ’54 Mrs. Helen Willie ’46 Ms. Ruth M. Willis ’42 Mrs. Nancy Rollins Wilson ’45 Mr. Paul Lewis Wilson ’61 Mr. Ray H. Womble, Sr. ’48 Mr. and Mrs. Edwin W. Woodhouse, Sr. ’56
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Mrs. Grace Hayes Woodlief ’48 Mr. James Thomas Wooters ’42 Mrs. Peggy Wyatt ’47 Mrs. Evelyn McKinney York ’50
MEMORIAL GIFTS WERE MADE IN HONOR OF THE FOLLOWING ALUMNI AND FRIENDS Mrs. Daisy B. Adams Mrs. Robin Drake Adams ’81 Mrs. Mabel Allen Mrs. Helen Benton Dr. Edgar Boone Mrs. Nancy McCrary Burgess ’66 Mr. Claude “Pete” Burrows ’43 Mr. John L. Cameron Dr. W. John Cameron Mr. Archie Dail Cooke ’57 Mr. Worth Cotton ’57 Mrs. Martha Crouch Mr. Bobby Coy Davis ’48 Mrs. Virginia L. Dement ’43 Mr. Edwin Moore Driver ’53
Mrs. Joan Eck Mrs. Florina Edwards Mr. Jimmy Fidler Mrs. Sarah Foster Mr. Maylon Frazier Mr. Richard H. Greene ’65 Mr. John Wayne Griffin, Sr. Mrs. Arlene Hodges Mr. Ray Hodges Mrs. Dorothy Kennedy Honeycutt ’45 Mr. R. Edward Hunter Mr. Greg L. Jenkins ’65 Mr. Ted Franklin Latta ’58 Mr. Walter McDonald Mr. Philip Ennis Meekins ’47 Mrs. Ruth Merritt Mr. Walter Joseph Nott Mr. Daniel Ottavio ’72 Mr. Duffy Paul Mr. Gary Ward Paul Mrs. Lavinia Taylor Ruark Mr. Jimmy Shaw Mr. Joseph Badger Shelor Mr. David L. Shepardson, Sr. Mrs. Mary Ann Siewers Rev. Dr. John Thomas Smith ’58 Rev. Sidney Stafford
Alums Reconnect at Homecoming 2015
Mr. Emerson Stokes Mr. Henry C. Stokes, Jr. ’38 Mrs. Lois Ashbell Stokes Mr. Harvey L. Tippett ’53 Dr. Janet Leonard Wester ’66 Mr. David M. Whitaker Mrs. Pearle Gatling Williams ’29
Reconnect was the theme of Homecoming 2015. The two-day event included a Flower Power party at Historic Person Place, which set the mood for a Friday evening concert by The Fifth Dimension in the Jones Performing Arts Center (JPAC). Saturday saw six alumni and members of the College community honored at the annual Alumni Awards brunch, where guests enjoyed a College update by President Mark La Branche in the newly renovated Duke Dining Center. The threat of inclement weather canceled the football game, but campus tours and an alumni reception brought opportunities to see more renovations and to mingle with old friends.
HONORARY GIFTS WERE MADE IN RECOGNITION OF THESE INDIVIDUALS Mrs. Sandra Beasley Mrs. Ruth Cooke Mrs. Sheilah Cotten Mrs. Belinda Faulkner Mr. Russell W. Frazier ’54 Mrs. Emily Hodges Mrs. Candace Jones ’99 Dr. Mark La Branche Mrs. Jane Moon Linsky ’43 Mr. Tom Loftis Mr. and Mrs. William Moon ’45 Mrs. Bessie Norwood Mr. Robert Poole Mrs. Allison Hodges Westmoreland
The following alumni and members of the Louisburg College community were recognized with annual awards from the Alumni Association during the October 3, 2015, homecoming festivities: Brittany Hunt ’10 Henry Douglass “Doug” Lindsay III ’66 Young Alumnus Service Award
Celebrate Our Hurricanes Family with Annual Alumni Awards
Trent Strickland ’61 Distinguished Alumnus Award Richard Hunter ’68 Distinguished Alumnus Award
by Jamie Eller Patrick ’84, Director of Annual Giving & Alumni Relations
Each year at homecoming, the Louisburg College Alumni Association honors notable alumni and community leaders by presenting five prestigious awards, described below. Do you know a deserving alum or member of the campus or greater community who meets the criteria for any of these awards? If so, Louisburg College welcomes your nominations. To submit a nomination for consideration in the next round of alumni awards, download an alumni award nomination form at: www.louisburg.edu/alumni/alumninom.pdf.
The Outstanding Young Alumnus Award was established in 1993. This award recognizes an alumnus who has graduated within the past fifteen years and achieved significant accomplishments in a profession or in the community.
The Cecil W. Robbins Public Service Award was established in 1997 in honor of former Louisburg College President Dr. Cecil W. Robbins. This award honors an alumnus or member of the community who has shown exceptional dedication to Louisburg College by contributing outstanding and meaningful service to the College. Selection is based on contributions of time, effort and/or commitment, and enrichment of the mission and standing of Louisburg College.
The Henry Douglass “Doug” Lindsay III ’66 Young Alumnus Service Award was established in 2011. This special presidential service award honors an alum who has graduated within the past fifteen years and has demonstrated extraordinary service to Louisburg College through the commitment of time and effort on its behalf.
The Allen de Hart Humanitarian Award was established in 2013 in honor of former Louisburg College Professor Allen de Hart, its first recipient. This award recognizes a visionary alumnus or member of the community who is renowned for a breadth of creative endeavors and lasting accomplishments that serve and uplift humanity.
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CELEBRATING THE RETURN OF THE COLLEGE’S THEATRE PROGRAM The Louisburg College Class of ’65 was inducted into the Golden Anniversary Club (GAC) at the annual GAC Reunion Saturday, April 18, 2015. The induction coincided with a Theatre Alumni Reunion, celebrating the return of live theatre to the College. The festivities began with “Shakespeare: Man, Myth or Pen Name?,” a talk delivered by Norris Theatre Director Wally Hurst. Brunch was served in the Jones Performing Arts Center (JPAC), with remarks by President Mark La Branche and a special guest, former Louisburg College Theatre Director Charley-John Smith. Guests enjoyed a backstage tour before a colorful production of Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, presented in the comfort of the refurbished Norris Theatre, followed by an afternoon cast party and silent auction offering everything from original art and jewelry to gift certificates and gourmet foods. Proceeds are used by the GAC to fund College-related projects.
The Distinguished Alumnus Award was established in 1978. This award is given to an alumnus who is an outstanding ambassador of Louisburg College, personifies the highest values on which the College was founded, and is renowned in his or her community, family, and church.
Return your completed document with any attachments to: Jamie Patrick Louisburg College Office of Alumni Relations & Annual Giving 501 N. Main Street Louisburg, NC 27549
Golden Anniversary Club and Theatre Alumni Reunion
Shekanah Solomon ’10 Outstanding Young Alumnus Award (pictured, above, with President La Branche and Alumni Association President Alex Cheek ’94)
Reunion Attendees (from L-R): Alicia Suarez Eller ’65, Bill Wilson ’64, Delores West Woodard ’65, Gary Jones ’65, Darryl Perry ’64, and Jean Winstead Twisdale ’65
Sheilah Cotten Dr. Cecil W. Robbins Public Service Award Rev. Sidney Stafford Allen de Hart Humanitarian Award (given posthumously, and accepted by his wife, Grace Stafford, on his behalf)
Joins us for Homecoming 2016, Saturday, October 29!
Special guest and former Louisburg College Theatre Director CharleyJohn Smith.
Alums gather in the Holt Lobby of the JPAC for a reunion reception (from L-R in forefront): Sara Christmas Cheek ’14, Maria Hurst, local thespian Sarah Byrd, Loren Noonan ’13, and Parker Hubbard ’15.
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Jeanne Krischer Sheldon ’72
Helen Allen Garrison ’59 retired in 2000 from the Fairfax County (VA) Public School System. Her career as a high school English teacher spanned thirty-eight years. These days, she is enjoying retirement while also working as a landscape and home renovation consultant. Helen lives in Falls Church, VA. Robert Thomas Quillen ’63 attended Louisburg College for two semesters before joining the US Army in 1963. He served in Vietnam and in the first Gulf War before retiring as a chief warrant officer 4, aviation maintenance technician, after thirty years of service. He notes that when he attended the College, his last name was spelled “Quillin” due to a mistake on his birth certificate that was not discovered until he joined the Army. Virginia “Ginny” Donald Smith ’69 and Barry Stephen Smith ’68 celebrated their 45th wedding
anniversary on Jan. 1, 2016. Ginny recently retired after a forty-year career as a second grade teacher in Durham (NC) Public Schools. She and Barry have three sons who are all married, and the couple enjoys their two grandchildren—with a third on the way this spring! Ginny is the children’s director at her church and stays busy with a variety of altruistic projects with her educational sorority Alpha Delta Kappa
Butch English ’71 enjoyed a successful career in a
variety of leadership roles with State Farm Insurance. After retiring from State Farm, Butch followed his passion for sports and NASCAR racing, establishing Butch English Sports Marketing. His company works to acquire sponsorships for NASCAR teams and counts Joe Gibbs Racing among its primary clients. Butch and his wife, Linda Hawkins English ’71, live in Cornelius, NC.
Judge James F. Ammons, Jr. ’75 who serves the Superior Court in Fayetteville, NC, has been awarded the Law Enforcement Commendation Medal by the le Marquis de Lafayette Chapter of the North Carolina Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. The award recognizes outstanding achievement and dedication to the maintenance of law and order.
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Woody Smith ’75 is pictured here with his
grand niece and nephews (left to right) Emma, Bailey, and Luke Massey. Their grandmother is Woody’s sister, Jackie McNamara ’73, and their great-grandmother is Betty Smith ’42, who was secretary to Louisburg College Presidents Robbins, Norris, and May. Years ago, Betty started a tradition of giving her grandchildren Louisburg College apparel. Woody reports that the family tradition continues, as Emma, Bailey, and Luke are wearing their first Louisburg College t-shirts in this photo!
posted to Facebook in January 2016 that she spent a day in Charlotte, Florida, visiting with classmates
Sara Keen ’72 and Mary Duke Worsley ’72.
“Those were the days my friends,” she wrote. (Pictured from L-R: Jeanne, Sarah, and Mary)
Alice Marie Jacobs ’64 will retire in 2016
after more than sixteen years as president of Danville Area Community College in Danville, IL. During her tenure, Alice led two successful fundraising campaigns, allowing the college to expand its campus and programming for area students. In 2015, she was appointed as the first and only community college president to serve on the Illinois Board of Higher Education by Gov. Bruce Rauner. In retirement, she will continue to serve the board and will also serve as a peer reviewer with the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. Alice previously served as president of Kaskaskia College in Centralia, IL, as well as vice president of instruction and student development at Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington, NC. Jacobs, who also held positions at Rochester Community College in Minnesota and Kellogg Community College in Michigan, started her career as executive secretary to Louisburg College President Cecil W. Robbins. An ever-proud Louisburg College alum, Alice was featured on the front page of the Danville Commercial News in March with her Louisburg College t-shirt when the Hurricanes men’s basketball team participated in the NJCAA Division II National Tournament, which was hosted by Danville Area Community College.
James Douglas Bell ’77 was appointed lead pastor of First United Methodist Church in Rocky Mount, NC, in 2014. He had previously served the same church as associate pastor from 1982 to 1985, shortly after his graduation from Duke Divinity School. He lives in Rocky Mount. Steve Loftis ’79 is the golf coach at Northern High School in Durham, NC. He lives in Hillsborough, NC.
Leonard Harrison ’80 lives in Tampa, FL, where he is the owner of Gulf Coast VIP, a mobile marketing company. Becky Fisher Parks ’81 is the owner of Parks Agency, LLC in Rocky Mount, NC, and North Myrtle Beach, SC. Tempie Diane Holmes Goyette ’83 became a proud
grandmother in a not-so-usual way last year. All three grandsons were born within five days of each other in June 2015! She lives in Charlotte, NC.
Randall Bowman ’90 is an archivist in the Archives and Special Collections Department of the Carol Grotnes Belk Library at Elon University in Elon, NC. Recently named archives librarian, Randall has worked at Elon since 2000. He lives in Whitsett, NC.
Kathleen Koch Mooring ’91 graduated from Mount
Olive College in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in education. Kathleen currently lives in Goldsboro with her husband Jim; they just had their first grandbaby in January 2015.
Rosemarie Baker ’97 was hired in August 2015 as
program marketer for the Job Driven Initiative Grant at Vance-Granville Community College in Henderson, NC. Rosemarie lives in Clarksville, VA.
Melissa Holland ’00 married Jaime Robertson on September 20, 2015, at Summerfield Farms in North Carolina. Jeffrey Lee Post ’04 is engaged to Dr. Valerie Chan. The couple will marry on May 21, 2016, and they will live in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Mandy Hunter Kelly ’05 married her longtime
sweetheart, John Kelly, on November 7, 2015. Mandy and John enjoyed their honeymoon in Charleston, SC, before returning home to Raleigh. Mandy reports that she and John are “owned” by their three cats!
Jeremy Hines ’06 has served as a kindergarten
teacher’s assistant at Foust Elementary School in Greensboro, NC, for the last three years. He is also the head baseball coach for the Academy at Lincoln Middle School and head boy’s basketball coach at Southern Guilford Middle School. Jeremy lives in Greensboro.
Alex Cheek ’94 and his wife, Sara Christmas Cheek ’14,
celebrated the birth of their son, Alexander “Tripp” Cheek III in June 2015. Alex has already committed Tripp to become a member of the Louisburg College Class of 2033! Alex, Sara, and Tripp make their home in Louisburg.
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Godspeed to Retiring Faculty and Staff Sue Bridgeman began teaching math at the College in
2004, starting as a part-time faculty member and becoming a full-time member seven years later. She completed her higher education in New York State, starting at the community college level, and eventually earning a Master of Science in Secondary Education Mathematics from Adelphi University in Garden City, NY. A teacher since 1974, Bridgeman has taught at all levels from seventh graders to college sophomores. “It has been an honor and a privilege to have been a part of the Louisburg family for the past twelve years,” she says. “My teaching career has come full circle. I started at a small Catholic school and I am finishing at a small Methodist College. Religion, family, education, and service have always been the driving forces in my life. At Louisburg College, I got to do what I love and I got to do it with the best administrators, faculty, staff, and students that I have ever worked with—and that comes from the bottom of my heart.” “Sue Bridgeman exemplifies what it means to be an educator, and she will be sorely missed as a member of our faculty,” says Emily Zank, associate academic dean. “Over the seven years I’ve worked with her, I’ve been inspired by how Sue passionately and selflessly gives all that she has to her students as well as to her colleagues.” She plans to spend more quality time with her husband who has been retired for the last five years, visit family and friends who live out of state, work in her garden, and “just relax.”
Kurt Carlson is retiring this May as vice president for
Institutional Advancement after six years of service. “Kurt came to us at a critical time and reestablished a strong advancement department,” said President La Branche. “The extremely successful conclusion of our Great Futures Campaign was built upon the foundation of his work.” In retirement, Carlson plans to travel with his wife and spend time with family and friends.
Alicia Eller ’65 was born and raised in Chile, South America, and attended Escuela Normal de Angol (teacher’s training school). She moved to the United States in 1962, subsequently graduating from Louisburg College with an associate of arts, and later cum laude from Meredith College with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish. She taught fourth grade at Gold Sand Elementary in Franklin County for four years; Spanish at Louisburg High School for twenty-six years; and served as a part-time Spanish instructor at the College for
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fifteen years. She will retire this year but plans to continue to enjoy the College’s concert series and stay connected with her colleagues and students by attending occasional campus events. Always generous and energetic, Eller enthusiastically gives a great deal of her personal time to the College and the community, through acting in theatre productions; singing and playing the guitar with student groups and during chapel services; teaching Latin dances to students; and giving guitar lessons. She taught Spanish to adults at Tar River Baptist Association for many years, and Eller also served as a Spanish translator for Franklin County schools; as an organizer and sponsor of Louisburg High School’s Spanish Club; as a special consultant for the Franklin County Schools English as a Second Language program; as a language interpreter for the Franklin County courts; as a teacher of Latin Dance, guitar, Zumba, and aerobics; and as the children’s choir director and member of the chancel choir and chimers at Louisburg United Methodist Church (LUMC). She looks forward to having more free time to work on her projects—both inside and outside the house—and having time to travel with family and friends. “Louisburg College has been my home away from home,” she says. “It has been a blessing to be a part of this college, this town, and a member of LUMC.”
Diane Fleming joined the College as a part-time instructor of English in 2004. Her training is in educational leadership/curriculum, instruction, and supervision. “I enjoyed working with all my colleagues, and I miss them and the students very much,” Fleming says. Not one to slow after her 2015 retirement, she says she will continue in her civic work and stewardship of her family’s Century Farm in Red Oak, NC. She has restored the homeplace to be a most welcoming, warm home—furnished with family heirlooms, her people are there in photographs and loving spirits. She tends the pecan grove her ancestors planted and the memorial graveyard on the edge of the garden. She truly feels joy being in that place. But Diane has been a steward in another way. She cared for students and managed a reading classroom here at Louisburg College—many semesters teaching four reading classes back to back. “I try to follow her example of respect and graciousness,” said Amy Johnson, a colleague in the Humanities Division. “She has cared for me, too—and for that friendship and stewardship I am so very thankful.”
Gabriela Calamaco Storey ’12 Phyllis Ihrie, the College’s
payroll officer, has ensured a high level of professionalism in her role, while also graciously sharing her musical talents as a piano accompanist during chapel services, student programs, and receptions. A graduate of the Watts Hospital School of Practical Nursing, Ihrie’s career in financial services began later in life, and she has enjoyed working with “sweet, helpful colleagues and getting to know the students” during her time at the College. She says she will cherish the friendships she’s made at Louisburg and looks forward to some much-needed rest and “me” time, which includes trips to the beach, volunteer work, and visiting out-oftown family members. She plans to continue as the pianist at Louisburg United Methodist Church, where she has played for the past twenty-eight years. “Phyllis has been a treasured part of the Louisburg College Community,” says President Mark La Branche. “Not only has she performed well in her role as payroll officer, but she has also graced the College, church, and community as a gifted pianist. She is a beautiful spirit who has brought beauty to our community.”
Dr. Louise Mitchum retired from the College in 2015 after ten years of service as an assistant professor, director of the First Year Experience course, and faculty advisor to Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. “Louise has been a champion in her desire to advance the mission of the College,” says President Mark La Branche. “The expertise she brought to our First Year Experience program has helped greatly in our transformation. Louise’s passion for advancing the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society has led to a revived and robust chapter.” “Louisburg College offered me an opportunity to pursue my passion for helping college freshman make a successful transition to college, to go the distance as college students, and to leave with an undergraduate degree in hand,” says Mitchum. Her husband accepted a job in Concord, NC, in 2016, which moved them to his hometown and closer to both of their parents. Louise is enjoying retirement, but shares that she misses the daily interaction with students.
by Amy Wolfe, Director of Publications
Her smile is illuminating, much like the light that breaks through the fanlight windows at Triangle Insurance Company in downtown Louisburg. Now in her third year as a personal lines account manager, Gabriela “Gaby” Calamaco Storey ’12 has reason to smile, as she relishes the early career success she’s enjoyed since graduating from Louisburg. A native of Franklin County, Gaby chose to live at home and commute to class, but that did not keep her from engaging in campus activities. She was a member of the National Honor Society, the Commuter Club, and Phi Beta Lambda (PBL)—the world’s largest business organization for college students. Through Louisburg College’s PBL chapter, Gaby participated in both state and national leadership conferences. “It was such a great experience to be able to represent Louisburg with my peers and really challenge ourselves in the competition,” Gaby shares. Her crowning achievement came when she took second place in the business communication category at the 2011 national competition. “Being able to bring home an award for Louisburg was the icing on the cake!” Gaby completed an Associate of Science in Business at Louisburg and she continued her education at Meredith College in Raleigh where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. Recognizing her potential, Triangle Insurance Company hired her during her senior year as a personal lines account manager, so she began assisting with quoting, issuing, and servicing new and existing policies before she even finished her bachelor’s degree. “My experience at Louisburg College was essential in learning how to communicate easily with customers,” explains Gaby. “There was a big emphasis on networking in my business courses, and I see why now. It truly is important to know how to talk to someone to be successful in the professional world.” Low student-to-teacher ratios made a large impact on Gaby’s decision to attend both Louisburg and Meredith. She advises current and future Louisburg students to utilize the resources that are available to them, to listen to their professors’ advice, and to take advantage of the networking opportunities. “It’s rare to find professors like the ones I had at Louisburg,” says Gaby, who points out how much support she was given from her business professors, including current PBL advisor and Executive Director of Business Brian Sanders. “They were always available to help me academically, but also whenever I just needed to talk,” she reflects. “They really cared about my success—both in and out of school.”
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helped move our College forward for over thirty years. Dr. Martha Bragg will forever be a part of the rich tradition of excellence in teaching at Louisburg College. She will be missed and may her life be continually blessed! Thank you, Martha, for all you have given and done for each of us and our beloved Louisburg College!”
Teacher, Lifelong Learner, and Servant Leader: Dr. Martha Farmer Bragg by Dr. James Eck, Provost
Since I arrived at Louisburg College in 2010, we have bid farewell to many of our long-serving faculty members. The College owes its greatest debt of gratitude to its emeritus faculty members who have paved the road for the institution we proudly serve today. Joining the rank of “emeritus” is one of the College’s most valuable gems: Dr. Martha Bragg. Dr. Bragg joined the Louisburg College faculty in 1982, and, among the current full-time faculty, she is the salutatorian in terms of her length of service. Over her thirty-four years of service, Dr. Bragg has consistently shown her dedication to this institution where she has devoted so much of her life, especially through her willingness to step in where support was needed. Dr. Bragg became a teacher because, in her words, “I wanted to be just like Ms. Williams, my excellent Algebra I high school teacher. In Geometry class, I discovered that my teacher, Mr. Budd, had attended Appalachian State, and, although no one in my family had ever been to college, somehow I believed I would also attend App State and become a math teacher.” With encouragement from her family and friends she achieved her dream, attaining her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in math at Appalachian State, and completing her Ph.D. in math education at NC State. Her early career was in the public school system, teaching grades seven through twelve. She found her niche, however, after a stint as a trainer for the NC State Board of Education. “Realizing that ‘training’ was teaching, my new goal became obtaining a college teaching position, and I joined the faculty of Louisburg College in 1982,” Dr. Bragg reflects. She rose through the ranks, moving from instructor to professor, teaching the gamut of math courses at the College. In 1999, Dr. Bragg took on a new role as the chair of the Mathematics and Science Division. Her leadership didn’t stop there, though; she served the College as the interim academic dean for ten months between 2008 and 2010.
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Ms. Emily Zank, associate academic dean, notes that “Dr. Bragg has faithfully served the College and has been an invaluable resource to her colleagues over the years. Through the various roles she’s fulfilled, she has handled matters fairly and promptly. I have appreciated Dr. Bragg’s assistance on a multitude of projects and wish her a welldeserved, relaxing retirement.”
Her growth was not limited to her professional career; she has remained the model learner, often taking additional courses herself at the College, including courses in computers, education, and, most recently, three years of Spanish. In fact, Dr. Bragg was the recipient of the Spanish award—an award recognizing outstanding accomplishment—twice!
Instructor of Mathematics Sue Bridgeman shares her gratitude for her close colleague: “Dr. Bragg has always been an inspiration to me because she exemplifies what it means to be an effective teacher and leader. She is a very knowledgeable, compassionate, and dedicated teacher. I
Dr. Bragg has earned other accolades as well. She was featured in the 8th annual edition of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers in 2004 and she has won the Naomi Dickens-Shaw Award because of her teaching excellence. In addition to these recognitions, Dr. Bragg attained status as a tenured faculty member and achieved the College’s highest faculty rank of professor. Hers is indeed a career to reflect upon with pride.
am very grateful to have had the opportunity to work with her during my tenure at Louisburg College.” Similarly, Dr. Diane Cook, associate professor of biology, says, “Martha has been a consistent source of inspiration and guidance, not just for me or for the members of our division or for the students she teaches, but for the College as a whole. Her gentle spirit and positive work ethic will truly be missed.” The transparency scroll, attached to the overhead projector, has generated many examples of algebraic equations and solutions with Dr. Bragg at the helm. She reminds us of the importance of the Louisburg College mission, something worthy of a long-term commitment. During her tenure at the College, Dr. Bragg made a positive impact on the lives of her students and colleagues; she left nothing to chance . . . instead, she was that shining example of an authentic and genuine faculty member . . . someone who is irreplaceable and unforgettable.
On a more personal note, Dr. Bragg was essential during my transition in 2010. She helped to expose me to the “organizational saga” of Louisburg College, provided keen insights during that first critical year, and shared her true mastery of College policy. I quickly learned if I have a question about the College Catalog, how the curriculum has evolved over time, or what the prerequisites or co-requisites are for any course, my best source of information is Dr. Bragg. She is humble and collegial in her spirit: she works well with others, she never speaks badly about anyone, and she can resolve conflicts effectively while objectively describing the rationale that undergirds her decisions. She has earned the respect and admiration of the entire Louisburg College faculty, and her legacy will be one of great significance. Dr. Bragg once commented that “I enjoy teaching, learning, and serving at Louisburg College. It’s great to be at a place like Louisburg where faculty and staff see possibilities in every student—perhaps possibilities that students have not recognized in themselves—and where students are given opportunities every day to learn and to grow.” Ms. Sheilah Cotten, who has the longest tenure among the current full-time faculty, describes Dr. Bragg as “A selfless, dedicated, professional, quiet, and effective leader of the faculty; a valued friend and colleague whom when called upon served graciously as division chair, academic dean, and as a member of many faculty and institutional committees. Her insight, knowledge, and experience has
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efficient and effective rehearsals of any musician with whom I’ve studied or worked. I don’t remember that she ever had to raise her voice in admonition, which is amazing—I think we were a wild bunch of young adults! She was eternally well-prepared and organized, and she was exceedingly articulate in her instruction. Miss Foster’s personal mantra—by which she lived, worked, and periodically intoned to her students when it was needed—was the French phrase, “Noblesse oblige.” This phrase would contextually translate to her students as “If you have the gift of music, you are obligated to shape and sharpen it, and then use it well and generously.” For Sarah, the obligation went beyond producing music, and into every element of her professional and personal life.
by David Vaughan ’76
Sarah Elizabeth Foster joined the Louisburg College faculty in the fall of 1945, just months after graduating with high honors in music from Greensboro College. Miss Foster subsequently earned a master’s degree in music from Columbia University and made her entire professional career at Louisburg College. At the conclusion of the 1985-1986 academic year, she retired as the senior member of the faculty and continued to live happily in Louisburg until her sudden death on June 2, 2014, at the age of 90.
I left Louisburg College for a senior institution in 1976. Sarah and I enjoyed regular and faithful contact as well as personal visits for the ensuing thirty-eight years until her death. At her funeral, I was given my birthday card, already written, addressed, and sealed by Sarah in advance of my birthday later that month. I am bereft of words when I try to measure her impact on my life.
Miss Foster’s funeral service was conducted at her home church in Mocksville, NC, and she was buried alongside family members in the town’s Rose Cemetery. She is survived by nephews, a niece, her long-time friend and housemate Professor Emerita Ruth Cooke (now residing in a Raleigh memory care facility), and a vast chorus of former students and faculty/staff colleagues.
Louisburg College provided Sarah with a wonderful and nurturing environment for her to hone her craft, and she liberally paid back that “debt” by supporting the College until her last breath. Like the outstanding sports teams of the Canes (for whom she cheered), Sarah’s touring choir honorably represented Louisburg College in hundreds of first-rate concerts in United Methodist churches in central and eastern North Carolina during her forty-one faculty years. Sarah supported the College with her financial gifts and quietly yet diligently worked to see that the College would live and grow into its evolving mission. I was honored to speak at an alumni gathering in 2013 to celebrate Sarah’s contributions to Louisburg College—and she was kind enough, later, to tell me that the following remarks represented a fair characterization.
I first met Miss Foster in the summer of 1974 when I came to the campus to audition for an I. D. Moon Scholarship (Mr. Moon was a former faculty colleague and neighbor of Miss Foster). Miss Foster was beginning her thirtieth year on the Louisburg College faculty. At my audition, Miss Foster made some written notes while I played two prepared pieces on the grand piano in her studio, and she had me play scales and sight-read a couple of hymns and choral arrangements. She then thanked me politely for coming, and dismissed me without showing any bit of approval or disapproval. I had arrived at this interview with the excessive level of self-assuredness that is typical of an eighteen-year-old pianist, and I departed in total awe of the woman who would become my life-long mentor and friend.
Back in the mid-1980s James Taylor, singer-songwriter, a favorite son of North Carolina, recorded a song that he had composed: “Only One.” Who doesn’t like “J.T.”? His singing is always pleasant, so easy to listen to. Almost all the texts he chooses or writes are compelling, thoughtprovoking, and sometimes even inspirational:
This text could very easily describe Sarah’s commitment to her work—of teaching, mentoring, and especially promoting Louisburg College. “I got two long legs like to carry me—two sharp eyes to look for the light— I got two strong arms to hold on tight—and two good friends on my left and right— But only one only one.”
Miss Foster was well qualified to teach piano, voice, and music survey courses—including the course Church Music Methods and Materials—but her passion was centered in choral music. She conducted the most
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“You are my only one—you are my only one— Don’t be leaving me now, now you’re my only one.”
Sharpness is a word that describes Sarah well; she was intelligent, talented, of keen intellect, understanding, and interested in others (particularly her former students and colleagues). Hold on tight—well, she did that, with such grace and flair, during her years of service on this faculty, all the while spreading the name of Louisburg College throughout eastern North Carolina and the North Carolina Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. She had two good friends, too—one was her beloved sister Letty (herself also a fine music educator), and, of course, Ruth Cooke (our friend, too), who encouraged and supported Sarah’s work. And two legs? Oh, yes; the women in my class would talk enviously about Sarah’s legs at supper after rehearsals. “Oh, my goodness,” they’d say, “did you look at her legs!? I wish I could have Miss Foster’s legs!” But only one only one? It was Louisburg College for Sarah. “Now there’s only one road before me—too many turns in the way, Thousands of things to do today, millions of moments, I must admit— But only one only one.” The one road before her was the pursuit of excellence and the spirit of grace. Yes, there were many turns in the way: trying to motivate college freshmen and sophomores isn’t always a very easy job, but Sarah did with such happiness, excitement, and always a positive, constructive attitude. (Though there was that time that she herself threw a brown-and-serve roll on the bus back from a Swan Quarter concert!) Sarah had thousands of things to do, such as programs to plan, textbooks to select, music to practice, meetings to attend, and tours and church visits to organize. There were millions of moments in her teaching career—some of them memorable even for me, especially when she delivered a well-researched and practical Louisburg College Commencement address in the old A/C Auditorium. But only one only one? It was Louisburg College for Sarah. She made a life-long impression on all who find themselves shaped by her competence and grace. However, her real legacy is woven inextricably into the fabric of our alma mater, and certainly in the hearts of her students and friends. Long live Sarah Foster, and long live Louisburg College! David Vaughan ’76 of Burlington, NC, served as a member and president of the Louisburg College Alumni Association in the 1990s, and he is retired from a career in academic administration at UNC Greensboro.
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Walter Williamson ’68: Artist-in-Residence
William “Byrd” Wilkins ’85
Walter Williamson ’68 describes himself as a “working Hollywood actor.” This spring, he chose to come home to the College as an artist-in-residence, performing the world premiere of his new one-man show Victoria’s Boy, centered around King Edward the VII of England. In addition, he has performed The Meditations of Four Fathers, a Biblically-based dramatic reading, at area churches, community centers, and for Louisburg College students. He has received a warm welcome from faculty, staff, and students alike here at Louisburg.
The College community lost a true gift with the passing of William Byrd Wilkins on October 31, 2015. The former Louisburg College instructor of drama and the gentle giant known to everyone as “Byrd” was just fifty years old when he passed away after a brief, yet hard-fought battle with pancreatic cancer.
by Walter Hurst, Director of Norris Theatre
From early childhood, Williamson wanted to be an actor. “I remember always being in rehearsal and performance from about the age of five,” he says. During his teen years in Richmond, VA, he acted, wrote, designed, and directed for numerous community theaters before beginning formal studies at Virginia Commonwealth University while he was still a teenager. Mentoring by Robert John Versteeg at Louisburg College followed. From the beginning, Williamson recognized that Louisburg College consistently provides its students opportunities to shine. “I did everything from The Merchant of Venice to Camelot, working onstage and backstage, from acting to set construction to costumes. It was a fantastic learning experience, and one for which I shall be eternally grateful.” He was cast by director Joe Layton to play Governor White in the long-running Paul Green outdoor drama The Lost Colony on North Carolina’s Outer Banks near Manteo. While there,
january 19, 1965 – october 31, 2015
by Amy Wolfe, Director of Publications
Williamson helped found the annual Elizabethan Festival before going off to London as an international finalist for the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Upon his return to the states, he began a series of jobs in dinner theaters, stock companies, and repertory companies traveling the East Coast. The Barter Theater in Abingdon, VA, provided his first Actor’s Equity assignment, which was followed by long associations with The Flat Rock Playhouse and The Virginia Museum Theater. New York came calling, and Williamson left Virginia to work in multiple Off-Broadway and touring productions.
His ties to Louisburg—the town and the College—stretch back to the mid1960s when he was born the youngest of seven children to Ruby and the late Herman Wilkins. His father maintained the athletic fields and worked as a custodian long before Byrd would attend—and eventually teach at—the College.
From New York, Williamson moved to Los Angeles in the early 1990s and several movie assignments followed. He has appeared in The Muse with Albert Brooks, Sharon Stone, and Andie MacDowell; The Omega Code with Casper Van Dien, Michael York, and Catherine Oxenberg; and For Pete’s Sake with Barbara Streisand. His bestknown roles, however, are the result of a “last-minute, no-time-to think-about-it blind audition for a role as some sort of opera singer,” Williamson recounts. The same day he auditioned, he was told he had the role—for Adam Sandler’s Mr. Deeds. This began a series of assignments, including a stint as the warden’s “political advisor” in The Longest Yard—also with Sandler—and several related television projects that grew out of his association with Sandler’s projects. “Adam is a genuinely nice man: funny, talented, and thoroughly professional. I was impressed with both his generosity and hospitality while working with him on these many projects.” Williamson also plays rich pirate Marquis D’Avis in “Pirates of the Caribbean: Tales of the Code-Wedlocked”—a short film prequel to the popular Pirates of the Caribbean movie series.
Byrd’s passion for drama was evident by the time he’d learned to walk and talk. As a child, he would play the roles of comic book heroes and perform for an audience of family and friends in his front yard. While attending Louisburg High School, he sang in the choir, acted in several theatre productions, and played on the football team. He continued to hone his craft at Louisburg College while completing an Associate of Arts degree with a theatrical arts concentration in 1985. He furthered his education at the University of North Carolina-
Greensboro, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Drama in 1987. In the early 1990s, he moved to Minnesota, working as a professional actor and drama teacher. In 1999, he relocated to New York City to continue his studies at the Actors Studio Drama School, attending the renowned New School in Greenwich Village, where he received his Master of Fine Arts in Acting. His stage and film credits include Broadway performances in The Lion King and Little Shop of Horrors; commercial appearances; and screen credits for his film roles in several movies such as Running Scared (2006), Overnight Delivery (1998), and as a preacher in “A Town Called Mercy,” a 2012 episode of the British science fiction series Dr. Who. Byrd’s career eventually took him to stages in Alaska, Germany, and England. While living in London, he worked at The Pendragon Primary School for children with special needs and autism. He used drama as a therapeutic tool to help the students with their emotional and social development as well as communication skills. “I am an actor and teaching artist using theatre to promote healing and social change,” Byrd once said. He returned to Louisburg in 2013,
playing a vital role in the resurgence of the College’s dormant theatre program. He taught Acting I and II; Introduction to Drama, Rehearsal, and Performance; and Crossroads (a first-year orientation course for freshmen). “Students who have never acted before learn more about themselves, their creativity, and their beautiful uniqueness,” he said during his first year teaching at the College. “They rise to the challenges presented and exhibit heartfelt, honest, truthful acting.” In 2014, he played John the Baptist in the College’s community theatre production of Godspell, alongside his close friend and Louisburg College Professor of Art Will Hinton, who portrayed Jesus. “Byrd understood that the best way to understand his story was to listen to your story,” Hinton shared in his eulogy for Byrd. “His goal was to stand with the least of these among us. He saw it as his purpose to comfort the afflicted, and to afflict the comfortable.” Byrd’s friend Michelle Best, a filmmaker and fellow classmate at The New School, followed Byrd with a camera during the last few months of his life. The resulting documentary is set to premier on film festival circuits later this year.
Between productions, his long-standing interest in writing resurfaced, resulting in the publication of several plays and four books directed at young readers regarding theater and other subjects. His latest novel, Porter’s Brandy, is currently in search of a publishing home. Williamson continues to divide his time between acting and writing, and he recently sold his first screenplay. Louisburg College is honored to have hosted him as our Spring 2016 Artist-in-Residence.
Aldelis Reyes, a sophomore from Rhode Island, assists Williamson during a rehearsal of Victoria’s Boy in Norris Theatre.
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Byrd (far right) as John the Baptist, with the cast of Godspell.
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Strike up the Band!
The 1934-35 Louisburg College Orchestra
Pursuing a passion for music and performance has become an option for Louisburg College students. Thanks to the commitment of Director Hal Sargent, Louisburg College now has a robust pep band that continues to expand. In a single year, the band has grown from a handful of percussion students to nearly twenty musicians who play a wide range of instruments. The drum line, coupled with a growing wind ensemble, creates a great sense of optimism as the College continues to diversify musical offerings and further the College’s mission by developing students’ skills in and appreciation of music—enrichment that will last a lifetime. The revived and expanded pep band has become a mainstay of College events, with performances during holiday festivities, at Admissions open houses, and at various athletic competitions. The band has also
Music Homecoming On this chilly spring morning you can hear the sounds of drills and sanders as the aroma of fresh paint wafts through the air. Come August, there will be a sense of renewal within the arts at Louisburg College. After a generation of music courses being taught in different venues
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A large multi-use space, two offices, practice rooms, and restroom facilities will all be completely renovated by the Fall 2016 semester. Hiring a full-time music faculty member to
helped spread holiday cheer and exposure for the College across our larger community through participation in Raleigh’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the popular, televised WRAL-TV Christmas Parade. Additionally, the percussion ensemble performed in April at the Percussive Arts Society’s Day of Percussion in Raleigh. A corresponding formal percussion class has been developed, allowing students to learn about all percussion—from the drum set and snare drum to marimbas and steel pans. Plans for Fall 2016 will bring a guitar class to campus, continuing the expansion of musical offerings. “Louisburg’s unique approach to music wants all students to be a part of the musical arts and gives them an opportunity to find their ability in music through instrumental or voice while they are at the College,”
explains Sargent. “Louisburg College’s music goal is to encourage a student’s lifelong love of music through performance.” The pep band also serves an important role in the social success of students, as many of them report they have developed stronger self-confidence, a sense of pride, and discipline through involvement with the group. Students also reflect that membership in this musical group has helped them feel at home on campus. May 2016 graduate Javier Parker of Durham shares, “Mr. Sargent wants us to learn about music while performing . . . pep band is like a family on campus and I have really enjoyed it.” Sargent hopes that the band can grow alongside the College chorale, ultimately attracting a robust variety of students engaged in music.
“Taft Talk” Advances Engaged Learning
by Brittany Hunt ’10, Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Research
around our campus, the Division of Humanities is honored and excited to welcome the music program back to its permanent home in the Ray Hodges Fine Arts Complex (HFAC), located next to the Taft classroom Building and the Jones Performing Arts Center (JPAC).
by Brittany Hunt ’10, Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Research
The central premise of Louisburg College’s current Quality Enhancement Program (QEP) is explained in the Plan’s title: Engaged Teaching Fosters Engaged Learning. Faculty members across campus are exploring and modeling innovative concepts designed to position students as engaged and active participants in their own learning.
lead and grow offerings in the musical arts, both on campus and in the community, will further the College’s musical renewal. The Hodges Fine Arts Complex will continue to reach its potential as these musical offerings join the College’s current visual arts offerings. Future plans for the final phase of the HFAC include a digital media lab for courses on digital photography, video production, and music mixing.
In an effort to stimulate intellectual curiosity, the College hosted the first “Taft Talk” on the evening of September 30. As the name would imply, the Taft Talk was held in the Taft classroom building; students, faculty, and staff were invited to learn about how one term shares similarities across several different disciplines. The first theme, replication, was derived through conversations with science faculty and resulted in the colorful work of art depicting DNA replication—painted by students in the Foundation Drawing class—in Taft’s lobby (pictured). Building upon the word’s foundation in the field of biology, the Taft Talk explored the meaning of replication in other areas. “This was a wonderful interdisciplinary opportunity to bring together faculty members from several different academic departments, while engaging ourselves and our students in the exploration of a common topic,” Professor of Art Will Hinton says.
Art offerings taught in the HFAC speak to the core of the College’s liberal arts foundation. These music spaces undergoing renovation, as well as other recent improvements to the center, all add up to an inspiring space for students studying the arts, a place that invites students to, as Professor of Art Will Hinton puts it “Come sing your story, come draw your story, and come build your story.”
Four faculty members gave presentations of approximately ten minutes each. Biology’s Jennith Thomas described the process of replication in cells and how essential replication is to sustaining life. Tommy Jenkins of the Humanities division discussed the use of replication in writing. Sue Bridgeman explored the role of replication in mathematical theory and how it can affect the outcome of problems and equations. Working from a historical perspective, Dr. Kelvin Spragley showed how protest movements have benefited from replication, copying the strategies of previously successful campaigns. Following the presentation, students and faculty took an opportunity to ask questions and further the discussion at a reception in front of the DNA replication mural in the lobby of Taft.
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Success of Louisburg’s QEP will be measured in part by assessing student attainment of the following student learning outcomes:
1. Students will make connections between course content and issues of real-world significance by synthesizing those connections in discipline-specific assignments.
Louisburg College’s Quality Enhancement Plan
by Emily Zank, Associate Dean for Academic Life
Close your eyes and picture a college class. Most likely, you immediately saw a class full of forwardfacing students seated in neat rows, silently scribbling down information from the professor’s lecture. Key terms fill the chalkboard, and little-to-no interaction occurs unless a student raises his hand to ask a question of the professor, who serves as the knowledge holder. Now, imagine that same class, but this time envision teams collaborating around the room. All student groups are eagerly attempting to design a unique solution to a realworld issue posed by the instructor. Some are assembled in a circle, debating the merits of one approach while another group stands at the Smartboard, researching the issue’s context. Off in a corner is a team quietly leaned over an electronic tablet, mapping out their suggested plan. In this reimagined classroom, the instructor acts as a coach, guiding this multifaceted approach to learning. Circling around to each group, she provides feedback on both process and progress, encouraging more questions, alternate views, and providing additional resources. Classroom learning has changed significantly since the College’s founding in 1787, and this sort of transformation is occurring every day at Louisburg College thanks to its Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). In addition to proving compliance with about one hundred core requirements, comprehensive standards, and federal requirements, colleges are mandated to develop a QEP in order to renew their accreditation granted by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). The QEP must address a “key issue emerging from institutional assessment [that] focuses on learning outcomes and/or the environment supporting student learning and accomplishing the mission of the institution.” Through a collaborative process that involved faculty, administration, students, trustees, alumni, and other stakeholders, Louisburg developed Engaged Teaching Fosters Engaged Learning. Reviewed by the SACSCOC on-site committee in October 2015, the QEP passed muster without recommendations for revision.
2. Students, working with an existing knowledge base, will identify key, relevant elements in significant texts.
Zeroing in on student motivation and lack of engagement as obstacles to success, the QEP Steering Committee devised a plan to improve classroom engagement, motivate students, and impact achievement of learning outcomes. Through research, the Committee identified ten of the most engaging, effective teaching strategies that position students as active participants in their learning. As the infinity logo suggests, an infinite cycle of engagement occurs when faculty increase their use of engaging teaching strategies in their classrooms—students engage more fully with their coursework and perform better, leading to more engaged teaching.
3. Students, in collaboration with one or more peers, will solve intellectually rigorous realworld issues.
Louisburg’s ten effective and engaging teaching strategies include:
Implementing a project of this scope requires significant faculty professional development. At colleges nationwide, faculty members are experts in their disciplines, but they are not necessarily expert teachers. Engaged Teaching Fosters Engaged Learning surrounds faculty with growth opportunities by bringing experts to campus, encouraging participation in off-campus conferences, and hosting peer workshops in the Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning so faculty can supplement one another’s knowledge base.
• 2015-2016: Problem-based Learning, Critical Inquiry, Case Study Analysis • 2016-2017: Student Projects, Essays, Personal Response Papers • 2017-2018: Revision and Resubmission of Assignments, Portfolio-based Assessment
Dr. Todd Zakrajsek, associate research professor and associate director of Fellowship Programs in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, is a national expert of engaged student learning strategies and serves as an external consultant by facilitating Infinity Academy, an annual enrichment group for Louisburg’s faculty who teach a course in which the QEP’s impact will be assessed. In his letter of endorsement, Dr. Zakrajsek noted the QEP is “based solidly on current evidence in higher education” and “has the potential to be truly transformational for Louisburg College and one that may well serve as a model for other institutions.”
• 2018-2019: Small-group Discussion, Role-playing Activities
Each year, faculty development will revisit previously covered topics as well as explore six common dimensions of those effective strategies, including: • Collaboration
Infinity Academy meetings have already been transformative for faculty members. Dr. Kelvin Spragley, assistant professor of history explains, “I have thought more critically about the type of inquiry and assessment that takes place within my classroom. As a result, my students feel they are receiving more focused and
• Technology • Research • Oral Communication • Metacognition
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• Disciplinary Literacy
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real-world instruction . . . which provides opportunities for students to juxtapose their in-class learning with events taking place in society.” Assistant Professor of Math Dr. Genya Afanasyeva acknowledges Infinity Academy and QEP sessions “make me focus more on problem-solving techniques and strategies . . . affecting not only the QEP course I teach [Quantitative Literacy], but also my other classes.”
The 2015-2016 Infinity Academy assembled instructors of Writing & Inquiry, American History I, and Quantitative Literacy to learn how to best set the stage for learning. Dr. Zakrajsek emphasizes that “significant student learning is the result of carefully designed student experiences through careful planning by and support of the campus faculty. Students are not able to learn well if faculty are not kept up to date and supported with respect to contemporary pedagogical practices. Essentially, one must know both where students are expected to end up at the end of the educational process and how faculty will be supported in their efforts to get students to those desired outcomes.” Assistant Professor of Math Ruth Barnes appreciates that the QEP “has made me reflect and examine my teaching practices, looking for more ways to engage students. I question how I deliver material and the way that I assess student knowledge.” Similarly, Assistant Professor of English Tommy Jenkins reflects that
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“Infinity Academy addresses both the theory of pedagogy and the practical application of classroom engagement. It has given me clear techniques to use in my daily teaching to reach students and increase the successful completion of student learning outcomes.” An important component of the QEP is a thorough assessment plan so faculty can track student improvement in meeting outcomes due to changes in teaching. Dr. Elizabeth Jones, doctoral program director for Holy Family University’s School of Education and past editor of the Journal of General Education serves as the College’s assessment consultant. Each summer, Dr. Jones and Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Research Brittany Hunt ’10 work with a group of faculty who teaches courses with QEPembedded assessments to develop student assignments, rubrics, and other assessment tools to document and further improve student success at meeting QEP learning outcomes. Ms. Hunt also coordinates the College’s participation in a number of national assessments to see how our students compare to their peers. Though not each faculty member teaches a course with QEP-embedded assessments, all faculty are committed to implementing new instructional strategies. By compiling portfolios, faculty document risk-taking, reflection, and modification for future classroom attempts, tracking their growth as educators. As Ian Wolf, instructor of English explains, “Avoidance of [teaching] stagnation is a community effort, creating not only a verdant field of creativity and innovation, but also the systematic infrastructure to share that creativity and innovation with one another, leading into a positive-feedback
loop of growth.” Caitlin Withers, instructor of history, says, “I feel more comfortable sharing both my successes and failures . . . with the QEP, faculty will continue to inspire and motivate one another to evolve, adapt, and create an educational environment revolving around student participation in the classroom.”
Heather Hamilton Ross ’05 by Barry Burger, Contributing Writer
Heather Hamilton Ross spent her early years in Doraville on the northeast side of Atlanta, GA. When she was ten, her family moved to Greensboro, where she attended Southeast Guilford High School. Heather enjoyed playing basketball and had even considered collegiate sports beyond high school— she’d put together a recruiting tape and everything—but she was not actively seeking an opportunity to play. Heather had been accepted to University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, but a surprise event brought her to the Louisburg College campus.
Louisburg College is proud of Engaged Teaching Fosters Engaged Learning and of the faculty’s commitment to continuous growth and improvement. In just its first year, the QEP has become a catalyst for significant institutional improvement and is quickly becoming one of the College’s hallmarks of excellence. Professor and Director of International Education for Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education at Samford University Dr. Clara Gerhardt served as the SACS team’s QEP evaluator. In her report, Dr. Gerhardt detailed her interaction with the Steering Committee, noting, “Enthusiasm for the QEP was pervasive and noticeable. Faculty members have begun initiating aspects of enhanced teaching techniques ahead of the approval of the QEP, prompting students to express their excitement about the initiative. Faculty conversations indicated an engagement in the QEP that is broader than the specified courses to be used for assessment purposes. Given the institution’s focused mission to position students to succeed in continued educational endeavors, the QEP . . . provides an exceptionally well suited platform upon which to build.” QEP Director Crystal Brantley sums up the QEP’s initial impact well: “It has not taken long for the QEP to become the ‘heartbeat’ of our academic life. Undoubtedly, the QEP has infused ‘new blood’ into classrooms across campus. As someone who has been teaching for thirty-seven years, I am excited by not only the changes I have been making in my classroom, but also by the enthusiasm, creativity, and growth that is occurring all around me.”
pleased to act as a tutor for Louisburg College and occasionally tutored my teammates on the road.” During her freshman year she earned a spot as a marshal at graduation, a great honor based on academic performance. She was the recipient of the Chemistry award her sophomore year.
After graduation from Louisburg, Heather continued her education at UNC Chapel Hill, where she initially majored in biology. Her sports background continued to influence her path, so she soon changed her major and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Exercise and Sport Science. She continued her journey at East Carolina University (ECU), where she was awarded a masters degree in physical therapy. It was at ECU where she was exposed to research “I don’t recall having heard of and knew she wanted more. She left Louisburg College until I met Coach Greenville for Richmond, VA, earning a Holloman during a scouting visit to Doctor of Philosophy in Anatomy and one of my games. Neurobiology. The funny story is he “My time at Louisburg left Heather was there to recruit a accepted her a large impression. It is first faculty couple of other players and I got a look.” As a one of the reasons I am so position in the result of Holloman’s enthusiastic to now be at Department recruiting trip to that of Physical a small private liberal arts Therapy at the game, Hamilton was offered a scholarship university with similar values. University of to play on the where It feels like I am in some way Florida, Hurricanes women’s she continued basketball team and honoring my beginnings by her postan opportunity to continuing my career at doctoral training play softball as well. in stem cell such an institution.” biology. In addition, she was offered academic - Heather Hamilton Ross Currently scholarships. Heather an associate found the campus professor at Brenau University in appealing, not too far from home, and Gainesville, GA, she is busy helping to it seemed like a nice way to continue build a new physical therapy doctorate sports for a while. program and initiating a research Heather flourished at Louisburg, program. Aside from working toward playing both basketball and softball. these goals, she has a strong passion Heather excelled academically as for exposing physical therapy students well, earning high marks. She was to research. “That is how I was put on very proud of her ability to strive for my current career track, and in every the best, even as sports took her out class of students there will be a few of the classroom on occasion. “I was who have the interest, passion, and
tenacity to follow a similar course,” Hamilton explains. Ultimately, she will continue to promote physical therapy and rehabilitation as critical components of advanced technology efforts to heal devastating injuries. “I have always loved the human body. Of the sciences, the study of form and function was what always drew me in.” Heather credits Louisburg College with setting her on the path to success by teaching her how to master time management. Living away from home was something that was very easy at Louisburg, so, once she was part of a larger institution, she was not shocked by being on her own. “My time at Louisburg College left a large impression on me. Looking back, I see the high value of a small school for so many students. It is one of the reasons I am so enthusiastic to now be at a small, private liberal arts university with similar values. It feels like I am in some way honoring my beginnings by continuing my career at such an institution.” Hamilton’s accomplishments have been many. “I feel that my biggest accomplishment has been to earn the opportunity to speak at the annual meeting for my profession, the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Combined Sections meeting,” she explains. “I feel this is an exciting endorsement of the work that I do, and I feel proud to represent my profession in this way.” Heather credits her successes to a number of people. “It all starts with my parents,” she reiterates. “They made it possible for me to attend Louisburg College. In pursuing my career, I have a very supportive husband who really has made all of this possible—even as he pursues his own career and interests. Our kids make it all worth the effort. We’re working extra hard because we want to make them proud and provide a solid future for them, but we also want to show them that hard work and dedication pay off.” SPRING 201 6 / COLUMNS
Paige and Al Sayles heard about Rivera and encouraged him to go back to school, offering to pay his tuition through the Z. B. Collie Foundation. He jumped at the chance and transferred to North Carolina State University (NCSU), where he found the workload to be nothing like what he had seen before. He states, “I am forever thankful to the Sayles, and I can comfortably say that Louisburg College provided me with the strong foundation needed for the transition to NCSU.” Rivera had cultivated effective study habits in his two years at Louisburg, which made it easier to cope in his new environment in Raleigh. Not to be deterred, he employed the same work ethic he had shown at Louisburg and graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering.
Uriel Rivera Quintero ’09 by Barry Burger, Contributing Writer
Born in a tiny clinic located in Tepantitla, a town in Hidalgo, Mexico, Rivera was twelve when he was brought to Louisburg—along with his brothers and sister—to be reunited with his parents. It was in Franklin County Schools that he began his journey as an undocumented student in the US. A quick study, he learned how to read and write English, but it took more time to polish his verbal skills. When he entered Louisburg High School, it was a rough beginning. Academically he was achieving all A’s, but he found it difficult to find his way socially: “I made a few friends, quality friends, who are still involved in my life today. I cannot say I was an outcast, but I did remain somewhat separated from the majority of the students.” He concentrated on his studies and graduated second in his class. “Although I did not graduate as valedictorian, I was proud to be first loser only to my best friend, Ben Lord,” Rivera explains.
I am so
that destiny situated my dear
within an arm’s reach of my home.
The law provides for elementary and secondary education to be provided to undocumented students, but the path to higher education for these students is challenging at best. Requirements and eligibility for grants or scholarships differ from state to state and even from school to school. In North Carolina, Rivera discovered he was ineligible for financial assistance; no grants or scholarships from state-supported schools could be awarded to him, and he was subject to out-of-state tuition fees. These challenges posed a major hurdle for his family financially. Fortunately, the answer was literally right around the corner.
His determination to obtain his education and achieve his academic goals was obvious. When asked about his motivation, he explained that his focus has shifted over time. Rivera was forthcoming about the fact that early in his academic career his primary reason for striving for excellence was selfish—he wanted the recognition and attention. As he matured, he began to realize that the need to make his parents and family proud created a drive so big that he felt he could overcome any difficulties. “I learned that many goals in life will involve not just me, but also those people dear to me who are striving to be better every day and just need an extra push. My life values have been impacted for the greater good by knowing people like the Sayles. I want to be like them and help others just for the sake of helping.”
“I am so thankful that destiny situated my dear Louisburg College within an arm’s reach of my home,” Rivera reflects. He was able to live at home with his family while taking advantage of endowments given by very generous organizations and the College’s own merit scholarship program which did not require him to be a US citizen. The attraction was not solely based on financial feasibility; he was also drawn in by the small class sizes and the College’s personal advising program. Rivera concentrated on his studies at Louisburg College and graduated summa cum laude. He was the recipient of the Isaac D. Moon award, which is given to the highest achieving student. After graduating from the College, he was unable to afford further education so he waited to transfer to a four-year institution. in the colorful conference room of Novozymes’ North American headquarters
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When asked if he had any advice for current Louisburg College students, Rivera replied without hesitation. “I have never been good at giving advice, but I would like to say enjoy the comfort of the one-on-one dedication you receive at Louisburg College because once you leave you are definitely going to miss it. Also, make the most out of each and every class and don’t be afraid to reach out to your professors. Believe me, they have a passion for helping their students in any matter. One last thing is to devote extra time to working with your advisor, checking which core courses you might need for transfer to a four-year university, and making sure that the university will accept your credits. I lied, one last thing. Attend all of the concerts at the Jones Performing Arts Center. They are free to you and very enriching.” Rivera is currently employed as a process engineer with Novozymes North America, where he is responsible for ensuring that all material produced meets quality
levels and specifications. His future aspirations include a promotion to senior management at Novozymes and the pursuit of a doctorate— either in chemical engineering or in medical school. Forever grateful to his parents for their support, Rivera is proud that they never gave up because the money wasn’t there or because he was undocumented. “They always encouraged me to keep fighting for my dreams and that eventually all of the hard work would pay off.” In describing his determined family, Rivera says, “My father has done an exceptional job of keeping us all together. We are always looking for opportunities to assist each other and to enjoy family time as often as possible. My brothers and sister are very hard workers and joyful people to meet. We are a caring, hardworking, and positive family who wishes nothing but the best for all society.” Rivera devotes his leisure time to his “beautiful wife Eliza” and their son, Enrique, who brings happiness to this amazing man every day. Currently residing in Louisburg, he returns to the College on occasion for speaking engagements. He hopes one day to fund a full scholarship to Louisburg College for students who might face hardships like he encountered. He emphasizes, “The sooner I can achieve this goal, the better—I will be very, very happy.” We have no doubt that he will succeed.
Looking back on Louisburg College days, Rivera recognizes that each and every professor made a huge impression upon him not only
- Uriel Rivera Quintero
academically, but also personally. He found everyone at the College to be caring and supportive, and he did not have a “favorite” professor, but rather a substantial list of those he was close to and considered dear friends as well. “There was a very special staff member, Mrs. Sandra Beasley, in the Registrar’s Office who always cared about my education, and I will always be very thankful to her.”
Rivera with the “Zymobile,” Novozymes’ company car that is powered by flex-fuel, a bio-fuel technology
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Tour Booklet Attracts Visitors to Historic Louisburg When the Tar River Center for History and Culture (TRCHC) held a public meeting in 2013 to learn about citizens’ priorities, heritage tourism headed the list. Attendees quickly recognized Louisburg’s large historic district as an asset and urged the Tar River Center to promote it. Subsequently, TRCHC Director Maury York developed a strategic plan that included the creation of a walking tour booklet for Louisburg. Tour Historic Louisburg, North Carolina: Walk, Bike, or Drive, published in April 2015, fulfilled that objective.
Documenting School Desegregation in Franklin County
The attractive publication is the result of more than a year of work by a team of enthusiastic volunteers. Members included Lucy Allen, who served for many years as mayor of Louisburg and currently is secretary of the Louisburg College Board of Trustees; Person Place Preservation Society President Sharon Billings; and Dru York, an experienced architectural historian. Beginning with information contained in Vickie E. Mason’s The Historic District of Louisburg, North Carolina (1990), the committee selected a representative sample of the town’s rich historic district, conducted extensive research to supplement Ms. Mason’s work, and crafted carefully-worded entries for each of the forty-four properties. Dru York provided photography, creating a visual record of each of the structures.
by Maury York, Director of the Tar River Center for History and Culture
The Tar River Center for History and Culture (TRCHC) recently spearheaded a project to record interviews with individuals and couples directly involved during the 1960s desegregation of public schools in Franklin County. Funded by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council—an affiliated nonprofit aligned with the National Endowment for the Humanities—the effort resulted in twelve recordings from students, parents, teachers, an administrator, and an attorney who assisted the Franklin County Board of Education as it struggled to balance divergent views on how to bring Franklin County schools into compliance with requirements of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. A committee consisting of local citizens and Louisburg College faculty members—Professor Will
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Hinton, Dr. Kelvin Spragley, and project director Maury York— conceived and carried out the initiative. With the help of local attorney Charles Davis, interviews were conducted by York, Hinton, and Spragley after studying a timeline of events compiled from articles published in The Franklin Times from 1965 through 1968. Local African Americans, including the Reverend Luther Coppedge, filed a lawsuit in 1965 to end the so-called “freedom of choice” method of integration and bring about complete desegregation. Interviewers sought a more complete understanding of the public schools’ status prior to integration. Specifically, they wanted details concerning the motivation of those who sought change and how people of differing backgrounds felt about the process. The interviewees addressed these issues openly and honestly, sometimes making points that had not been anticipated. For example, Robert
Taylor, who left the all-black Perry School to teach at Bunn High School early in the county’s integration process, pointed out that African Americans lost an important sense of community when they left familiar schools and deeply caring teachers.
Published as a run of seven thousand copies, the first edition of the booklet contains a brief history of Louisburg followed by numbered entries for each building. A foldout map at the end of the booklet is keyed to the entries, making it easy for users to flip back and forth between the map and the descriptions, which include brief information about the history and important architectural details of each structure. The thirty-four-page booklet includes structures found on the Louisburg College campus, local residences, churches, and a school. The properties range in date from the late eighteenth century— Green Hill, the site of the first annual conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1785—to the Franklin County Training School of 1951. The list includes examples of Georgian, Federal, Greek Revival, Queen Anne, Colonial Revival, and Craftsman architecture.
The project culminated in a public program held in Louisburg College’s Benson Chapel on October 19, 2015. It epitomized President Mark La Branche’s desire for the TRCHC to unite people around a sense of shared history. A very diverse crowd of approximately 175 citizens and students listened to remarks from six of the interviewees. Many in the audience rose following the panel discussion to share their own experiences and perspectives, and some of the remarks were deeply moving. The event drew widespread publicity and resulted in a follow-up program produced by WUNC Radio in Chapel Hill. The TRCHC is making interview transcripts, audio excerpts, and photographs of the interviewees available online: www. louisburg.edu/tarrivercenter/ oralHistoryProject.html.
The Franklin County Tourism Development Authority—and more than a dozen businesses and individuals—provided funds for the project. Thus far, hundreds of copies have been distributed to Interstate Highway visitor centers and area historic sites. A digital version of the booklet is available on the TRCHC website (www.louisburg.edu/tarrivercenter/historicTour.html). Printed copies can be obtained by contacting Maury York at (919) 497-3252.
Map Captures Moment in Time in Franklin County History The Tar River Center for History and Culture Foundation has published a handsome reprint of the O. W. Gray & Son map of Louisburg. Originally included in the company’s National Atlas (1882), the map shows houses, public buildings, and commercial structures throughout the town and gives the names of property owners. Of particular interest to Louisburg College alumni are the Louisburg Male Academy and Louisburg Female College buildings, located in the original town common set aside after the founding of Louisburg in 1779. Printed in color on heavy, acid-free paper, the map measures 31 x 18 inches and is suitable for framing. Copies are $20 and can be mailed for an additional $5. To order by mail, send a check for $25 (made payable to the TRCHC Foundation) to the Tar River Center for History and Culture, Louisburg College, 501 North Main Street, Louisburg, NC 27549. For further information, contact Maury York at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (919) 497-3252.
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Charlie Davisson (l) with Julio Baretto of New Life Total Fitness
J. M. Dickens of Triangle Insurance Company with Hank Niblock (r)
Vickie Bottoms of Village Dairy Bar & grill with Matt Beasley
Job Shadowing Class Offers Students Valuable, Hands-On Experience
and then Franklin County Schools, I worked with a lot of different people in the community on various committees and projects. I have many connections from living in such a small community for a long time. Even though Louisburg is small, I was able to find a match for each student.”
by David Hibbard, Contributing Writer
The smell of home cooking wafts through the Village Dairy Bar & Grill in Louisburg as lunch time comes to an end. It’s the classic “meat-and-three” restaurant, a place where Louisburg College student Matt Beasley feels right at home. “Ever since I was young, I’ve been around cooking,” says Beasley, who grew up in Cedar Grove, NC. “My grandmother was always cooking something, and I just became interested in it. I think that’s also why I became interested in the idea of starting my own restaurant someday.” Thanks to a new course at the College called Professional Transitions, Beasley had the opportunity to spend part of the fall semester learning more about the restaurant business by shadowing Vickie Bottoms, owner of Village Dairy. Taught by Associate Registrar Marla Peoples, the course is designed to give students a chance to explore careers they may eventually pursue. A five-week on-site job shadowing component is sandwiched between the classroom portions of the course. Students first examine the results of their Holland Codes and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator assessments—two tools that help align personality and preferences with appropriate career choices—and then research potential careers. Students also discuss worksite behavior, where to find jobs, and how to ask solid, relevant questions. When they return from job shadowing, students reflect on their experiences and how it might influence their future career choices. Coursework culminates in the creation of a resume, used in mock interviews with faculty and staff. Students utilize their new skills during these
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practice interviews and receive feedback, ensuring that each participant has the skills to nail a real interview. The course is selective, open only to those who meet several academic prerequisites, including a minimum 2.8 GPA and the completion of twenty-eight credits of college work prior to enrolling in the class. Students meet regularly with Peoples and write several papers for the course throughout the semester. The small class size allows the students to share their experiences and learn from each other.
“The whole class was so helpful to me because it gave me the entire picture of what it’s like to own a business and to run a restaurant,” says Beasley, who successfully completed his Louisburg College coursework after fall semester and is now enrolled at Western Carolina University, where he is seeking a degree in entrepreneurship. “Ms. Bottoms has actually started a restaurant from scratch, which is something I eventually want to do.”
Peoples, who has lived in Louisburg for more than thirty years, is able to draw upon her network of local connections to help students find the right opportunities. “While employed with the Franklin County Health Department
Hank Niblock first became aware of Triangle Insurance in Louisburg when he visited the company’s office with the Louisburg College chapter of Phi Beta Lambda, an organization for students interested in business. Niblock also noticed that the company was active in the local community, something that appealed to him, so he pursued a job shadowing opportunity with owner J. M. Dickens last fall.
Kyle Valentine (l) discusses exercise techniques with physical therapist Chris Carter at Carolina Physical Therapy Associates.
“Besides learning about insurance, I really learned how important it is to have a good relationship with your
clients,” says Niblock. “J. M.’s really good at building trust with his clients, and I feel like I learned so much about that from him.” In addition, Niblock says his time with Triangle gave him a more complete picture of running a business, and that he learned it requires skills in many different areas.
“I have many connections from living in such a small community for a long time. Even though Louisburg is small, I was able to find a match for each student.” - Marla Peoples, Professional Transitions Instructor
“You have to make sure your whole staff is on the same page, and that you’re working towards a common goal. I also learned that marketing and advertising is huge. If you want to have a successful business, you have to market yourself. But you have to have the right mix of marketing along with an ‘at-home’ feel that makes your clients comfortable.”
After growing up in Winston-Salem, Niblock says the experience opened his eyes to the possibility of being a small town business owner someday. “I can’t say for sure that I would go into insurance, but I really like the idea of having my own business in a smaller town. There’s a chance to develop great relationships with customers, and, at the same time, you can be very active in the local community.” Interested in pursuing a law degree, R. J. Arthur from Holly Springs shadowed attorney Joseph Olivieri; Kyle Valentine, hailing from Chesapeake, VA, did his shadowing experience with Louisburg native Chris Carter at Carolina Physical Therapy Association near the hospital. Charlie Davisson from Raleigh could often be found working out with Julio Baretto at New Life Total Fitness gym, learning about becoming a personal trainer and owning a gym. Triana Springfield’s love for writing led to her shadowing of The Franklin Times Editor Gary Cunard. “I enjoyed teaching this course so much,” Peoples says. “The students were all very motivated and excited about the job shadowing component. I was very proud of them both inside the classroom and in the community.”
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Sara Roberson ’10 & Bradley Holmes ’10 by Amy Wolfe, Director of Publications
Sara Roberson and Bradley Holmes met on Louisburg College’s campus in 2008 during their freshman year. As a member of the College’s cheerleading team, Sara rooted from the sidelines as Bradley kicked field goals for the Hurricanes football team. They became fast friends, sharing their love of sports, and they soon found themselves falling in love with one another. A year later, they graduated from Louisburg and continued their educations together at East Carolina University (ECU). Bradley received his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from ECU in 2012, completed basic training for the United States Coast Guard (USCG) in 2015, and is now stationed in Yankeetown, Florida. He wishes to pursue a career with the USCG as a maritime enforcement officer. In 2015, Sara opened Ashton Ross Designs, an embroidery company that creates monograms and custom designs for adult and children’s clothing, gifts, and accessories (www. facebook.com/ashtonrossdesigns0413/). On April 4, 2015, Sara and Bradley married at the Kenan Chapel at Landfall in Wilmington, NC. Jarena Hubbard ’10, Caroline Smith O’Neal ’10, and Nicole Biggs ’10 served as wedding attendants. Nick Silverstein ’10, who planned to be a groomsman, was not able to attend due to a modeling assignment that took him to Japan just a few weeks before the wedding. The couple currently resides in Crystal River, Florida (just outside of Yankeetown).
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Taylor Honors Program Graduates First Class and Welcomes Generous Gift The Taylor Honors Program is proud to celebrate a generous $100,000 gift from Mr. and Mrs. Roger G. Taylor ’68. The donation will allow the program to further its mission of encouraging, communicating, and rewarding academic excellence and leadership. This year, in recognition of their support, the College proudly named its program the Roger G. and Gaile D. Taylor Honors Program. An additional gift from Don Parrott ’63 will provide further support for honor student scholarships.
are expected to be actively engaged in their educational journey, completing twelve hours of coursework during their four semesters at the College through honors-designated courses. In addition, students take advantage of enhanced travel and cultural opportunities, participate in student activities, and complete a service learning project designed to develop their leadership skills in a constructive and meaningful way. Students retain Honors Program status by earning no less than a B in any honors course and by maintaining an overall grade point average of 3.0.
Learning Partners Graduates (from l-r): Stedman Davis, Jeremiah Campbell, Javoris Little, Rimini Brown, Patrick Lennon, Will Dawes, Shannon Hoey, Dana Johnson, Eleanor DeBerry, Miel Moore, Richard Patton, and Matt Bryson (not pictured: Alex Abing and Ameer Edwards).
Learning Partners Celebrates Largest Graduating Class in Program’s History from Davidson College, UNC Greensboro, UNC Jeremiah Campbell, AA The College’s Learning Appalachian State Wilmington, and UNC A leader in the Louisburg Partners program is proud by Karen Martin Director of Learning Partners and Accessibility Services
“I am most grateful to Roger and Gaile Taylor for their continued generosity to Louisburg College and for their support of our Honors Program students,” said Candace (Candy) Jones ’99, program director. “Their financial support will allow us to expand our educational and travel experiences to an increasing number of highly-qualified students. The Taylor Honors Program will provide an enriching educational experience for generations The 2015-2016 Taylor Honors Program students of scholars.” with the program’s director, Candy Jones ’99, in front of the Joyner Student Residence. Honors students
to announce its largest graduating class in the history of the seventeenyear-old program. The 2015-2016 graduating class includes: Alex Abing, AA Alex completed his degree at Louisburg in the fall of 2015, and he is currently spending time at home in England, considering his next step.
Rimini Brown, AA Rimini has applied to UNC Charlotte and plans to major in communications. Matt Bryson, AA Matt plans to major in business management, and he is awaiting admissions decisions from East Carolina University and Appalachian State University.
College chapel programs and member of the pep band, Jeremiah is transferring to Greensboro College where he will major in psychology and minor in band. Jeremiah plans to pursue a career in counseling and work with individuals in therapeutic residential settings.
Stedman Davis, AA Stedman has been accepted to Barton College where he plans to major in communications with a minor in public relations.
Asheville; she plans to major in early childhood education.
Ameer Edwards, AA Ameer has developed a strong interest in history, sociology, and economics since his enrollment at Louisburg and plans to become a social activist. He intends to transfer to an in-state college to major in a related field of study.
Will Dawes, AA Will is awaiting an admission decision from the Winston-Salem Fire Academy.
Dana Johnson, AS Dana is a member of the Louisburg College Cross Country team and is being actively recruited by a number of colleges. She plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in radiology or a related field.
Eleanor DeBerry, AA Eleanor is awaiting admission decisions from
Patrick Lennon, AA Patrick is awaiting admissions decisions
University, and Western Carolina University. He plans to major in sports management. Javoris Little, AA Javoris has been accepted to UNC Wilmington—his school of choice—where he plans to major in marine biology. Miel Moore, AA Miel is awaiting admissions decisions from UNC Wilmington and the North Carolina School of the Arts. He plans to major in film production. Richard Patton, AS and AA Richard plans to major in business and is currently awaiting admission decisions from North Carolina State University, East Carolina University, and Barton College.
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Six Hurricanes— Kiante Brewer, Ivan Cockman, Natalie Manning, Hank Niblock, Robert Smith, and Colton Young—were chosen this spring to lead a panel discussion on Harriet Beecher Stowe, Harriot Jacobs, and the formation of a modern American voice. The discussion was part of the 16th Annual Undergraduate Symposium Participants (from l-r): Hank Niblock, Natalie Honors Manning, Kiante Brewer, Ivan Cockman, Colton Young, and Symposium, Robert Smith hosted by the Lloyd of the Humanities Division. “It is International Honors College, a testament to their engagement a division of the University of with challenging academic North Carolina at Greensboro material. Louisburg College (UNCG) continues to push students to UNCG’s Undergraduate Honors Symposium invites students from colleges and universities across North Carolina to submit their papers for presentation. Selection is highly competitive, showcasing the best work of the state’s honors students in an academic conference with concurrent sessions. “I am so proud of the exemplary academic work our students produced in order to be accepted at the 16th Annual Undergraduate Honors Symposium,” says Tommy Jenkins, who also serves as chair
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strive for high achievement and this type of exposure will be beneficial to the students in their future scholarly pursuits.” Louisburg College students who demonstrate a high level of interest, initiative, and ability are admitted into the Roger G. and Gaile D. Taylor Honors Program. Named for Louisburg College alumnus Roger G. Taylor ’68 and his wife, Gaile, the program offers enhanced learning opportunities and scholarships, encouraging and rewarding academic excellence and leadership.
Business Students Learn Valuable Lessons While Lending a Hand
Hardee’s Restaurant Opens in Louisburg A new Hardee’s restaurant opened in Louisburg on August 18, 2015, at the corner of South Bickett Boulevard and Johnson Street.
Assistant Professor and Executive Director of Business Studies Brian Sanders is always looking for innovative ways to bring learning to life for his students. As the idea of social responsibility—the concept that businesses have an obligation to make the world a better place—has gained momentum around the globe, Sanders seeks to teach the concept in a way that makes a lasting impression upon his students. Approximately four years ago in his Introduction to Business (Business 131) courses, Sanders began incorporating a project that supports an entrepreneur through the microlending site Kiva.org. Kiva is one of multiple microlending sites that works to provide low- or no-interest loans to entrepreneurs in developing countries, helping them grow their businesses and support their families. Inspired by President La Branche’s Convocation address in which he spoke about his summer trip to Rwanda, the Fall 2015 section of Business 131 elected to support a Rwandan woman, Clementine (pictured, center, in pink skirt) and her small business selling second-hand clothing. Reports from Kiva tell Sanders and his students that Clementine has been able to grow her business. “For her, that growth allows for things that we tend to take for granted here,” Sanders says. “She’s now secure in the knowledge that she will have enough food for her children because she’s able to buy animals like goats and chickens.”
The theme of the restaurant’s décor is Louisburg College, with the College’s colors in the seating areas, and its history and identity adorning the walls. This is the 337th Hardee’s currently operated by the Boddie-Noell Company, whose leadership, past and present, shares a long history with Louisburg College. The chair of the Louisburg College Board of Trustees, Mike Boddie (pictured, above, in the restaurant’s dining area), is the president of the company. Mike and his brothers, Bill and Mayo, are all alums of Louisburg College, along with Mike’s nephews, Bunn, Bill Jr., and Penn. The entire family has been very generous in their support of a number of projects and programs.
Clementine has also been able to pay back the loan she received from Sanders’ fall semester class, which allowed the Spring 2016 section of Business 131 to re-lend that money to another striving entrepreneur. They’ve chosen to support Rosemary, a Kenyan woman who is working to build her mixed farm in hopes of meeting the growing demand for cereal in her region. “In our business courses, we introduce real-world situations and case studies into our classes as often as possible to help better engage our students,” Sanders says. “Personally, I have been extremely impressed by how receptive our students have been to this project. Each student has done his or her own research and advocated, often passionately, to the class on behalf of their chosen entrepreneur. For some students, it was very important that we help a female entrepreneur. For others, it was a need to focus on a certain part of the world, or to focus on a certain industry that really captured their attention. We make our decisions as a team. Seeing our students learn the importance of social responsibility in business firsthand, and knowing that they will take that knowledge out into the business world one day, makes this an incredibly rewarding experience not just for them, but for me as well.”
STEM Opportunities Continue to Grow Innovations spurred by technology have impacted virtually every aspect of our lives, and changes seem to be coming faster than we can sometimes comprehend. Whether it’s the latest, greatest smart phone or an important medical breakthrough, technology is impacting our world at breakneck speed. This landscape provides an opportunity for today’s students to launch exciting, successful careers that depend on a foundation in STEM—science, technology, engineering, and math.
Cotten Featured in ECU Alumni Magazine Photo by Cliff Hollis. Courtesy of East Carolina University.
UNC Greensboro’s Undergraduate Honors Symposium Invites Six Hurricanes to Conduct Panel
Estimates predict there will be as many as eight million STEM-related jobs in the United States by 2018. While high schools seem to be doing a good job of responding to the growth in STEM-related fields— North Carolina alone has developed more than forty STEM-themed high
Professor Sheilah Cotten, who has taught and coached at Louisburg College since 1977, is featured in the Winter 2016 edition of East Carolina University’s alumni magazine. You can read the story here: www.ecu.edu/cs-admin/mktg/east.
schools—a high attrition rate among these students once they move on to college has resulted in empty seats in upper-level STEM courses at fouryear colleges and universities, leaving a deficit between the number of jobs and the number of capable graduates.
fifty students by Fall 2018. Existing STEM and environmental clubs on campus will help our new recruits feel at home in Louisburg. The College has also developed a STEM scholarship, awarded for the first time in the 20152016 academic year.
Louisburg has a unique opportunity to both address this important need and give our students an advantage. Under the leadership of Assistant Dean for STEM Programs and Distinguished Professor of Environmental Science Dr. Bob Bruck and with assistance from the Office of Admissions, the College will actively recruit high school students who show interest and aptitude in STEM. The College aims to recruit twenty-five students to enter the STEM concentration during the Fall 2016 semester, with aspirations of admitting as many as
Louisburg is well-positioned to attract and develop STEM students, already offering the necessary math and science courses in STEM-related fields and providing necessary prerequisites for four-year STEM degrees. Additional courses focused on wind and solar technologies will also be added, preparing students for successful certification in specific areas of renewable energy. Growth plans include increasing the number of math and science faculty to meet the needs of the program as it expands. SPRING 201 6 / COLUMNS
Charting the Course to a
Championship by David Hibbard, Contributing Writer
Daylight was dwindling and the unseasonal warmth of a late November Saturday was giving way to an early evening chill as Martin Dell stood on the sidelines of a soccer field in Martinsville, VA. In just his second season as head men’s soccer coach at Louisburg College, Dell had been building toward this moment since his arrival. His Hurricanes squad—nationally ranked #1 in the NJCAA—was locked up in a scoreless duel with Tyler (TX) Community College, awaiting the start of sudden death overtime in the national championship game. It was the ultimate in sports drama—the next team to score would win the title Would all the hours of recruiting, practice, and team-building put in by Dell, his staff, and his players be rewarded with the joyous celebration and trophy presentation that accompanies a win? Or would it end in heartbreak, tears, and a silent two-and-a-half hour bus ride back to campus? Dell was about to find out. 60
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NOT HIS FIRST RODEO The journey to Martinsville began before the start of the 2014 season when Dell arrived to helm the Louisburg program. A native of Hertfordshire County, England, Dell brought impeccable credentials with him, coaching successful squads for more than twentyfive years at various levels—from youth leagues to Olympic Development Program (ODP) athletes to high school and college teams. Dell knew what he was looking for in a college coaching position, and he believed he’d found it at Louisburg. “The history of men’s soccer here is pretty rich. We’ve always been one of the top twenty programs nationally and one of the top teams in the region,” Dell says. “LC has sort of always been knocking on that door of being one of the top teams in the country. We’re able to recruit top talent, both locally and nationally. Dell says that it’s Louisburg’s campus culture, inspired by a desire to see students succeed and a willingness to go the extra mile to make that happen, that made the position appealing.
“We didn’t quite mesh together as a team in 2014,” Dell says. “That little piece of chemistry wasn’t quite there. We had individual players who were quite good, but we needed that chemistry.”
BUILDING A WINNING CULTURE Following the 2014 season, Dell and Assistant Coach Ted Awana set out to find that last ingredient to put the Hurricanes over the top. “As we recruited for 2015 we paid a bit more attention to not only playing ability, but also to character and motivation. We made sure they would fit the mentality that would provide a strong team.” Dell also looked to a core group of returning sophomores in 2015 to set a solid example for their younger teammates.
The Hurricanes had several opportunities to celebrate during their journey to the NJCAA national title. Here, the Canes pose for the camera after a 3-0 win on November 1 against Patrick Henry Community College sealed the Region X championship.
“We were fortunate to have some guys coming back from that 2014 team who could serve as real leaders,” Dell says. “They are good players, very solid academically, who could set the example we wanted.”
make sure we didn’t lose again,” says Kao. “We played every game like it was the last.” Indeed they did.
One of those players was forward Max Blackmore, who had come to LC from Guilford, England. He quickly emerged as a top player with fourteen goals and ten assists during his freshman season, and he sensed the difference in tone as preparations began for the new year.
The Hurricanes bounced back the next afternoon to claim a 2-1 victory over Community College of Baltimore County-Essex, the first of what would eventually become fifteen straight wins over the remainder of the regular season. Ranked #1 in the country for the better part of October, Louisburg rolled into postseason play flying high. Just three more wins would secure the Region X Championship title, one of which was a shutout match against Patrick Henry (VA) Community College that would close the tournament. Louisburg hosted the fourteam Southeast District the following weekend, earning a berth in the national tournament with a 3-1 win over Darton State (GA).
“Coach Dell made it clear that he was going for a different type of team in 2015,” Blackmore says. “We worked hard as a team, and every player worked for one another.”
Admissions and financial aid staff members got creative as they supported the Hurricanes during LC’s victory over Darton State in November at the NJCAA Southeast District Tournament.
“There’s a big commitment to athletics throughout the College,” Dell says. “It starts with Dr. La Branche and the administration and goes from there. Everyone wants to help us. We bring recruits to campus and the guys on our maintenance staff shake hands with potential players, welcoming them to campus. Everyone has a hand in it.” Dell’s tenure got off to a fast start as his first LC team in 2014 finished the season with a record of 20-2-2. The Hurricanes won ten of their final eleven matches of the season, but the year ended in pool play at the national tournament. It was a good year, but not a great one. Something was missing.
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Midfielder Alex Kao of Paris, France, also recognized early on that things were different. “I could tell something very special was happening. Everyone was on time for practices from the first day of the preseason—we were more committed to working hard and working for each other.”
The team’s streak now carried nineteen wins, and the belief was starting to grow among the players. “I’d have to say that game was a massive boost to our national championship hopes,” says sophomore defender Steven James of Sussex, England. “We dominated from start to finish, not only scoring in the first few minutes, but also playing and working well against a tough opponent.”
A STUMBLE, FOLLOWED BY A STREAK The players’ dedication and commitment to working hard was tested early. After a win against USC -Salkehatchie to open the season, the Hurricanes traveled to Baltimore for a weekend tournament where they faced perennial national power Monroe (NY) College in the opening game. LC managed just eight shots in the match, only forcing two saves from Monroe’s goalkeeper as the Hurricanes lost, 2-0. “After that game, I don’t think anyone even believed we could get to the national tournament,” says Kao. But in many ways the result was a blessing in disguise. “From that game forward, our main objective was to
“For me, once we got through that first tough game against Massasoit, I knew it would take something extremely special to beat us,” says Blackmore, who finished the season as the NJCAA national leader in scoring with thirty-five goals, nine assists and seventynine total points. “We were all nervous going into that game, but our confidence grew and grew because of that win.” As it turned out, it was the Hurricanes who would summon something special. In the semifinals, Pima gave Louisburg all it wanted, and the game was tied following ninety minutes of regulation time. Freshman Ben Foulds moved LC into the championship game with his goal just four minutes into overtime to secure a 2-1 win for the Hurricanes. The next afternoon, November 21, Louisburg and Tyler met in a tightly contested championship match. Goalkeeper Braulio Linares-Ortiz, who’d shut out opponents eight times so far during the season, had kept Tyler off the scoreboard all afternoon. But the Hurricanes hadn’t managed a goal in thirteen shots either, and the game was scoreless heading to overtime. So there stood Martin Dell, alone with his thoughts, his team so close to achieving its goal.
“Once you get to overtime, and it’s the fourth game in six days, you have to believe you’ve done all you can do to prepare your team for this situation,” Dell says.
The Hurricanes entered the NJCAA National Tournament in Martinsville as the #1 seed, a direct result of the season’s hard work and an overall record of 20-1. LC won its pool with two-goal victories over Massasoit (MA) Community College and Iowa Western Community College, putting the Hurricanes in the semifinals against Pima (AZ) Community College.
The first ten-minute sudden death period was scoreless; the tension mounted. At 1:28 into the second overtime, freshman Jaric Spath threaded a perfect crossing pass to Blackmore, who blasted a shot into the corner of the net, earning an astounding twenty-third consecutive victory. The Hurricanes were national champions for the first time in school history. SPRING 201 6 / COLUMNS
Helping Our Local Community
National Player of the Year Max Blackmore is interviewed by Marilyn Payne of WRAL-TV at a December celebration for the team on campus. Blackmore led the nation in goals (35) and total points (79).
“What a tremendous feeling,” says Dell. “You know how hard your players have worked to achieve that goal. They earned it, they put in the work, put in the effort, and it was a thrill to see that rewarded.” Midfielder Robert Smith from Cary, NC, says being part of a national championship team finishing with a final record of 24-1 is something he’ll never forget. “We learned to enjoy the experience. Whether it was team dinners in the dining hall or ten-hour bus rides, we enjoyed it all.” Blackmore was named NJCAA National Player of the Year and joined Steven James on the NJCAA first-team All-American squad, while Dell was named NJCAA National Coach of the Year. In December, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America named its Junior College All-American team, with Blackmore, James, and Linares Braulio-Ortiz earning first-team recognition.
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Alex Kao was named to the second team. Thanks to the generosity of donors who supported the effort, every member of the team received national championship rings during a ceremony held in February.
SETTING THE STANDARD Dell’s pride in his team’s results on the field is surpassed only by his satisfaction in seeing his players leave Louisburg prepared for the next phase of their lives. “Our role is to make sure they’re on track academically to earn their degree here and then go on to a four-year school,” says Dell. “And it’s great if soccer turns out to be an opportunity for them at their next stop.” Alex Kao will continue his soccer career at the University of Connecticut, Steven James at West Virginia University, Sam Popp at
Northern Michigan University, and Zephania Ward at UNC Greensboro. Blackmore’s collegiate eligibility has expired, but Dell says he has realistic aspirations of playing professionally. Beyond soccer, the players agree that Louisburg has prepared them for whatever is next in their lives. “The small class sizes here make it possible to get extra help from your professors if you need it,” says Blackmore.
Louisburg College students, faculty, and staff have a reputation for being generous with their time, talent, and resources in the Louisburg and Franklin County community and beyond. This year has been no different. At any given moment, it was likely that you would find our campus community reaching out to individuals and organizations who could use a helping hand.
together in the Joyner House and Davis Hall. Canes for Change students apply to participate in at least five service projects per semester.
Both fall and spring semesters at the College begin with the Student Engagement Fair, held in the Jones Performing Arts Center. Local businesses, vendors, and community organizations are invited to exhibit, displaying information about their services and speaking with students about the work they do and the impact they can have on the community. The fairs introduce students to a variety of service opportunities they may not realize exist in their own backyard.
Hurricane Outreach, open to all students, alerts the campus Canes for Change member Curtis Williams at the Franklin community County Boys & Girls Club’s Christmas Party to upcoming service students throughout the school year. opportunities Multiple visits have been made to the both on and off campus. Together, Club, during which Louisburg College these groups are responsible for our students painted walls, helped with students’ active participation in a wide needed repairs, and, most importantly, variety of service projects. This year, our Canes helped local children through spent countless hours interacting with children. In addition, our students the United Way’s Build-a-Backpack collected funds to host a Christmas party program, packing school supplies for at The Boys & Girls Club and gave each more than one thousand kids in need. child a gift. They also became familiar faces at The Boys & Girls Club of Franklin County, Our Student Government Association where the community has benefited also gets in on the community service from the volunteer service of Louisburg action by sponsoring a blood drive on campus each semester and by hosting a Veterans Day luncheon in November to honor all College faculty, staff, and students who have served in the armed forces.
Under the leadership of Student Engagement Coordinator Stephanie Haskell, two service groups are available for students who want to be active in the community. Canes for Change celebrated its inaugural semester in Fall 2015 as a living-learning community comprised of twenty-nine students who live
Students also helped out at a local women’s conference, played Ultimate Frisbee with students at a middle school, assisted with Family Day at Vollmer Farm, pitched in at a local baseball tournament, unloaded sweet potatoes for the annual United Way holiday food drive, and can regularly be found cleaning cages at the Franklin County Animal Shelter. The College intends to continue our legacy of service. If you have a local need that you believe may be a good fit for our student groups, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
For Kao, who arrived from France without knowing how to speak much English, Louisburg has made a lasting difference in his life. “It would have been harder somewhere [besides] Louisburg because I was part of a family here. I’m very thankful for my teammates, coaches, and professors. I have had a great experience at Louisburg. I met some people who will be friends for the rest of my life, and I made history with an unbelievable team.”
Student Engagement Coordinator Stephanie Haskell (far right) and Hurricane Outreach and Canes for Change students helping with the Build-a-Backpack program, making sure local children had the supplies they needed to start the school year last August.
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Athletic Facilities Upgrades
Year in Review
by Mike Holloman, Athletic Director
The Louisburg College Hurricanes have had another great year with the highlight being our men’s soccer team’s success in winning the NJCAA National Championship. This is the first time LC has won a national championship in a men’s sport and the fourth national championship in school history. Our Hurricanes also won five Region X Championships and seven teams were nationally ranked during their seasons. Our men’s and women’s cross country teams both won Region X Championships and advanced to the NJCAA National Championship in Fort Dodge, IA. Football had a great year, finishing 7-1 and ranked 15th in the final NJCAA national rankings. Men’s basketball won their fifth Region X Championship since 2010 and advanced to the NJCAA National Tournament in Danville, IL. Softball won the Region X Tournament and advanced to district play. This was the first regional championship for our storied softball team in almost a decade. Our student athletes continue to perform well in the classroom as indicated by our annual Hurricane Report Card (HRC) and Hurricane Scholar-Athlete Awards
Updated locker rooms for the Women’s Softball and Basketball Teams
program. The 2014-2015 HRC exhibited that our athletes had the highest retention (75.7%) and graduation rates (61.88%) for the four years that we have prepared the HRC. During our annual Hurricane Scholar-Athlete Awards program, 139 student-athletes received awards for achieving 3.0 GPAs or higher during the previous fall or spring semesters. The 139 students honored are the most students recognized in the history of the Hurricane Scholar-Athlete Awards program. Twenty-eight of these students attained perfect 4.0 GPAs. We continue to make facility improvements and upgrades. We have constructed new dugouts and a backstop at Cotten Softball Field. These additions have transformed our softball field into a small collegiate stadium. Additionally, during the past year, we have added new outfield fencing at Frazier Field and additional spectator shelter cover on May Field.
Upgraded weight room in Taylor Athletic Center
New padding and dugout (pictured on page 66) for Cotten Field
Handicapped-accessible elevator at Taylor Athletic Center
Our teams continue to bring excitement and notoriety to our campus. They also continue to make us proud to be Hurricanes. We would love for you to visit and see a game sometime.
Members of the softball team watch their teammates play from Cotten Field’s newly renovated dugout.
2015 Scholar-Athletes: Spring and Fall On January 27, 2016, the College held its annual Scholar-Athletes Awards program, honoring 139 student-athletes. The program was held in the Roger G. Taylor Athletic Center prior to the men’s basketball game against Wake Technical Community College. The Hurricanes Scholar-Athletes Awards program was established at Louisburg College in 2005 to encourage student-athletes at Louisburg to be scholar-athletes. The awards are given to all varsity student-athletes who earn a semester grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Student-athletes received awards based upon the following criteria for the Spring and Fall 2015 semesters: gold (GPA of 4.0); silver (GPA of 3.5-3.99); and bronze (GPA of 3.0-3.49).
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President Mark La Branche and Athletic Director Mike Holloman gave remarks during the program; Assistant Professor of Religion Josh Parrot served as the guest speaker.
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Baseball | Spring 2015 In Keith Shumate’s final season as head coach, the Hurricanes posted a 13-28 overall record. Shumate, who spent three seasons leading the program, was succeeded last summer by former LC Assistant Coach Blake Herring, who returned after four years as the pitching coach at Carson-Newman College. After a tough 3-16 start to the season, the team gained some traction in the second half of the schedule. Louisburg won four of its final six regular season games, and, after an opening game loss to Pitt Community College in the Region X Tournament, the Hurricanes staved off elimination with a 12-1 win over USCSalkehatchie. Florence-Darlington Tech ended LC’s season the next day with a 4-3 win. Offensive leaders included shortstop Ty Kobylinski, who hit .344 on the year, and first baseman C.J. Needam, who led the team with 5 homers to go along with a .315 batting average. It was a tough year for the pitching staff, which posted a 5.75 ERA. Left hander Jeremy Swan had a 3.49 ERA in 49 innings of work, while right hander Chance Pulley led the staff with 42 strikeouts.
Men’s Basketball | 2015-2016 Neil Dixon made a successful debut as LC’s new men’s basketball coach, guiding the Hurricanes to a 28-7 overall record, a Region X Championship, and an appearance in the NJCAA Division II National tournament in Danville, IL. The Hurricanes won eight of their final nine regular season games—a run which propelled them to three straight wins in the region tournament. In the national tournament, the men won their opening round game against South Mountain Community College before losing in the quarterfinal round in overtime to Kirkwood Community College, 89-83. In the consolation bracket, the Hurricanes were defeated by Lansing Community College, 112-108. Coach Dixon’s first LC team was sixth in the nation in scoring (91.2 points per game) and sixth in rebounding margin (+14.9 per game). Sophomore guard C.J. Hill, who averaged 16.4 points per game, led a balanced roster that saw five players score in double figures. Sophomore forward Jamarcus Hairston, the team’s secondleading scorer at 14.0 points per game, led the Hurricanes in rebounding (8.8 rpg).
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Women’s Basketball 2015-2016 Coach Shay Hayes’ team started the 2015-2016 season on a nine-game winning streak en route to a final 23-7 record, including an 11-4 conference mark. The Hurricanes advanced to the Region X Championship game before their season ended with a 70-68 overtime loss to Cape Fear Community College. LC dominated the home portion of its schedule, posting an 11-1 record in games at the Taylor Athletic Center. The Hurricanes’ season was highlighted by balanced scoring across the lineup, with Iresha Cooper (12.7 ppg) and Jasmine Gray (11.5 ppg) among four players who scored in double-figures. Cooper (7.7 rpg) and Jasmine Covington (6.3 rpg) led the Hurricanes in rebounding, and, as a team, Louisburg out-rebounded opponents by nearly 9 rebounds per game. Cooper and Covington were named to the All-Region X team at the end of the season.
Cheerleading | 2015-2016 The 2015-2016 Louisburg College Cheerleading team had a long and eventful year. Throughout both semesters, they cheered on football and basketball players while putting together a cheer/stunt/dance/tumbling routine for their annual competition. In March, the cheerleaders attended the Cheer Ltd. Nationals at CANAM in Myrtle Beach, SC. After a long year of intense practices, injury setbacks, and personnel changes, the team spirited out in front of a large crowd and put on their best performance to date. The LC cheerleaders came out on top over the other two-year colleges in their division and received an Outstanding award for their routine. “I could not be any more proud of this team than I was in that moment at CANAM,” explains Sequoia Sady, cheerleading coach. “While watching them from the sidelines, my heart was racing and my fingers were crossed just hoping that every stunt/jump/tumbling sequence would hit perfectly. And, it did! This team unwaveringly stuck together and encouraged each other so that they could reach their goals. Some of the women had very little cheerleading experience, so to see them build up their skills to a collegiate level in less than a year was amazing. You would not believe how far they have come since last summer and how much hard work
they had to put into making this routine a success.” In case you missed the chance to see their performance live, watch the video at www.youtube.com/ watch?v=Su7JvmntYRY. Go Canes!
The Hurricanes’ successful season was noticed by four-year schools in the region. Offensive lineman Theis Bagnkop signed a National Letter of Intent with the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, while defensive lineman Elridge Boykin signed with Liberty University.
Cross Country | Fall 2015 The second season of competition for the resurrected Louisburg College Cross Country program proved to be magical, as head coach Jay Koloseus led both men’s and women’s teams to Region X titles and appearances in the NJCAA National Championship meet. See page 10 for an in-depth look at the Hurricanes’ Cross Country teams and a recap of the 2015 season.
Golf | Spring 2015 The spring season saw LC host the Hurricane UFO Dispute Medal Play Tournament at The River Golf and Country Club near Bunn in March. The Hurricanes finished fourth in the team competition, led by Devin Herring, who placed seventeenth individually. The following day, Louisburg hosted the Hurricane Fusillade Modified Tournament, using a Stableford scoring system, at The River. The Hurricanes finished fourth, again led by Herring with an eighth-place individual finish. Other spring competition saw the Hurricanes participate in the fiftyfour-hole Marine Federal Credit Union Intercollegiate Tournament at Camp Lejeune, where they finished fourteenth out of twenty-nine teams. LC placed eleventh out of thirteen teams at the Glenn Heath Shipbuilders Memorial Tournament in Williamsburg, VA, as Evan Sauer tied for thirty-third place.
Football | Fall 2015 Trevor Highfield took over as the Hurricanes’ head coach in 2015, after previously serving as defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator. His first season coincided with Louisburg’s departure from the Northeast Football Conference, a move that helps the program save travel costs and play a schedule of opponents located in North Carolina and the Southeast. By any measure, Highfield’s first season at the helm was a success, as the Hurricanes won their first seven games and narrowly missed an undefeated season, dropping the season-finale against Nassau Community College. In their seven wins, the Hurricanes held six opponents to 17 points or less while scoring at least 30 points in each of those contests. Louisburg wore down opponents with the nation’s top NJCAA rushing attack, averaging 336 yards per game. Ferrell Murchinson (675 yards) and Darian Curley (619 yards) spearheaded the Hurricane ground game, combining for seventeen rushing touchdowns. Sophomore Darron Downing took the majority of snaps as quarterback, completing 48% of his attempts for 693 yards and seven touchdowns. Sophomore Sam Mobley (11 rec., 269 yards, 3 TD) and freshman Brooks Cunningham (8 rec., 228 yards, 3 TD) were Downing’s top wide receiver targets. Defensively, freshmen Jadin BaileyJones led the team with 44 tackles, Mark Bailey recorded a team-high 4.5 sacks, and linebacker Jordan Oates had 3 interceptions.
Men’s Soccer | Fall 2015 It was an unforgettable season for the Hurricanes, who capped the school’s first national championship in men’s soccer with an overtime win in the title game. The team’s run to the title is chronicled in a feature story on page 60.
Women’s Soccer | Fall 2015 Seventh-year Head Coach Andy Stokes guided his team to an 11-6 overall record, including 9-3 in conference play, against a schedule that included four nationallyranked opponents. The Hurricanes started the year hot, winning eight of their first eleven games of the season. The year came to an end in the NJCAA Region X Tournament semifinals, as Louisburg lost a heartbreaking 3-2 overtime game to Spartanburg Methodist. Sophomore goalkeeper Abigail Ross earned third-team NJCAA All-American accolades for her performance during the 2015 season. Ross posted 5 shutouts and a 1.05 goals-against-average for the Hurricanes in fifteen games, earning nine victories.
Another sophomore, forward Carisa Jones, led Louisburg in both goals scored (16) and points (37), en route to honorable mention All-Region honors. She scored 9 of those goals during a twogame span early in the season, including a 5-goal, two-assist effort in a win against USC-Salkehatchie on September 7. Three days later, she added 4 goals in Louisburg’s win over Wake Tech. Other offensive leaders for LC included freshmen Hannah Rayman (10 goals, 11 assists, 31 points), Allexis Taylor (11 goals, 4 assists, 26 points) and Maddison West (11 goals, 1 assist, 22 points). Ross and sophomore defender/midfielder Regan Collins earned first-team All Region X recognition, while West, Rayman, and sophomore midfielder Selena Montelongo were named to the second team.
Softball |Spring 2015 The Hurricanes finished 31-16 overall while finishing third in Region X play with a record of 14-6. LC captured the Region X Championship, battling back from the loser’s bracket in the region tournament to win consecutive games against Spartanburg Methodist for the title. In the District I tournament the following week, Louisburg was eliminated with back-to-back losses to Shelton State (AL). The team’s successful season was bolstered by a stretch in early March that saw the Hurricanes win fourteen of sixteen games. LC hit 42 home runs during the season, good for thirtieth in the nation in the NJCAA. Sophomore Megon Smith led the team with 10 homers, followed closely by sophomore Kim Mobley with 8. Smith paced the Hurricanes with a .385 batting average, 42 runs-batted-in and also led the squad in extra-base hits with 25. Freshman Ryan Kostandin hit .369 while driving in 28 runs and stealing 15 bases. Freshman Lauren Sitterson was the starting pitcher in twenty-five of the team’s forty-seven games, working 155 innings. She finished the season with a 19-8 record with eighteen complete games and a team-best 2.21 ERA. First-year Head Coach Hope Creasy stepped down last summer to join the coaching staff at her alma mater, Radford University. Michelle Carlson was hired as head coach in August after a three-year stint as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Radford. Carlson, who has also served as an assistant coach at Georgia Southern and Winthrop, was part of successful Radford teams as a
player. The Highlanders won 123 games during her playing career, and Carlson was a two-time All Big South Conference academic team member, and she also earned 2006 NFCA Scholar-Athlete honors.
Volleyball | Fall 2015 California native Caitlin Withers took over as head coach of the Louisburg volleyball team for the 2014-15 season. A standout club and high school player, Withers enjoyed a successful collegiate career at the University of South Carolina, where she earned her undergraduate degree in history. More recently, she had gained head coaching experience on the high school level at nearby Franklinton High. Withers’ first Louisburg team finished the season with a 6-16 overall record, scoring two wins each against VanceGranville Community College and Central Carolina Community College, plus wins over Guilford Tech and Pitt Community College. Top individual performers for LC included sophomore Taylor Lickliter, who led the team with 130 kills, followed closely by fellow sophomore Erica Hildebrand with 126. Hildebrand also led the Hurricanes with 32 blocks. Sophomore Summer Reece had 431 of the team’s 500 assists, while freshman Jessica Dempsey recorded a team-high 318 digs. New Volleyball Coach Named Ryan Sullivan has been named head volleyball coach at Louisburg College. Sullivan replaces 2015-2016 Coach Caitlin Withers, who stepped away from Hurricanes Athletics to join the Louisburg College history faculty in a full-time capacity. Sullivan graduated in 2012 from Indiana University (IU), where he was a member of the men’s club volleyball team as well as a volunteer assistant coach with IU’s Intercollegiate Women’s Volleyball program. Serving as an assistant coach at Villanova since 2014, Sullivan has been heavily involved in recruiting, opponent scouting, video exchanging, developing players, and coaching two All-East Region players—all while helping lead his team to a berth in the 2015 NCAA Division I National Tournament.
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In Memoriam 1932
Mary Elizabeth Hughes Tetterton January 7, 2015
Agnes Chasten Savage September 20, 2015 Job Kitchin Savage August 10, 2015
Allison David Melvin January 1, 2012
Mary Ayscue Rupp October 19, 2015
Geraldine Oliver Rhodes April 6, 2014 Faye West Warren January 4, 2015 Bruce M. Wilson January 1, 2001
John T. Belcher January 1, 2008 Wiley Sanders Elliott April 9, 2015 Hilda Barnes Gouldin January 23, 2015 H. R. Haire June 3, 2014 Savonne Matthews Medlin July 29, 2015
Genevieve Ellis Bell February 21, 2015 Elam Carlton Carr, Jr. June 1, 2015 LaRue Wilder Kelly July 27, 2014 Lois Pickerling Perry February 25, 2014 Ruth Scott Swanson January 1, 2011 Samuel Arthur Tuten August 22, 2015 Thomas Everett Yancey September 16, 2014
Pauline Litchfield Davis September 19, 2014 John S. Pollard February 15, 2015 Joseph Raymond Woodard January 24, 2015
1943 Inez Koonce Banks February 13, 2015 Claude F. Burrows October 25, 2014 Howard Carden June 21, 2015 Laura Swindell Hemenway October 25, 2008 Inez Koonce Nobles February 13, 2015 Dorothy Eure Poulk April 19, 2015 Kathleen Griffin Wilson January 22, 2012
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Frances Powell Anderson June 5, 2014 Annie Cowan Cockrell November 24, 2014 Ida Hight Harris December 22, 2006 Doris Strange Phelps February 24, 2016 Nannie Margaret Roberson February 1, 2015
Donald Lee Harris August 17, 2014 Robert Jerld Keeter December 24, 2005 Rose Manning Showfety October 18, 2014 Peggy Dixon Wright September 12, 2015
Lawrence Gray Barefoot May 22, 2014 James Haywood Bass May 7, 2015 Robert Graham Berry February 21, 2010 George William Davis, Jr. January 24, 2014 Robert McDonald Poulk March 30, 2014 Jack Furman Stanley March 27, 2012
Nancy Bird Berger September 11, 2015 Edward Noel Brooks January 7, 2016 Fay Kennedy Champion April 1, 2015 Clarence Garner, Sr. December 10, 2014 Bobby Eugene Green December 1, 2003 Allen Perry Harris January 31, 2008
1965 Valda Lancaster Blanton June 24, 2015 Michael George Bolling August 20, 2014 Joseph Lewis Falzone January 1, 2014 Walter Baskerville Jones June 19, 2015 Russell Ray Knowles January 29, 2014
Martha Goldston Kirkpatrick January 1, 2014 Mildred Cox Porter December 27, 2014
Ida Liskey Sawyer April 14, 2015 Japlyne Gray Stallings January 28, 2016
Creighton Cuthrell Becker July 9, 2015 Dr. Charles Douglas Bryant, Sr. March 30, 2016 William Gibson Pitts March 25, 2015 Marion Hodges Sloan April 11, 2010
Dorothy Midgett Brannan February 15, 2015
Mary Coley Ingold October 15, 2013 Jean Terris Rabil January 1, 2014
Anne Carter Mustian January 11, 2002 Faye Bullard Royal February 21, 2014
Audrey Todd King July 15, 2014 Inez Stallings Owens August 17, 2015 Alawoise Strickland Flanagan February 9, 2015 Betsy Everette Ipock March 18, 2008
1953 Hal Clifton Perry June 29, 2015 1954
Frederick Dale Adcock July 29, 2013 Janet Bailey Scott April 20, 2015
Jimmie King Ellington December 2, 2014 George Anderson Meads, Jr. December 22, 2014
George F. Hill March 20, 2015 Frederick Pierce Johnson October 29, 2015 Charles J. Rogers III January 10, 2015 John Thomas Smith April 30, 2015 Henry Lins Temple September 19, 2015 Allan Wade Umstead June 9, 2014
1959 Christine Elliott Callis May 12, 2015 Lucy Ann Haislip January 1, 2007 John Stanley Hart January 1, 2016 Jerry Ellis Jones February 14, 2008 Clyde Roland Owens May 12, 2014 Joseph Paul Shaw, Jr. January 23, 2015 Wilbur Willard Strickland October 7, 2013 Lynwood Asheley Williams August 31, 2001 1960
Hugh Alexander Clark October 18, 2013 Frank Martenis Park III June 13, 2015
Nancy Harlow Fitzpatrick January 1, 2013 Howard Vance Harrell, Jr. May 5, 2015 Joseph Arthur Szabo, Jr. February 9, 2014 Sarah Miles Tate January 29, 2014
Beverly Ridout Downey March 23, 2007 Bruce Elliott McCormick August 5, 2015 Janet Leonard Wester February 3, 2015
Donnie Bruitt Bunn November 10, 2015 Bruce Gregory Cross November 8, 2015 John Clark Shotton April 2, 2015
Mourning the Loss of a Louisburg Champion William Marvin Spence July 3, 2015
Larry Edward Joyner March 23, 2015
William Carroll Gay, Jr. November 23, 2015 Bonita Tippett Hamm September 10, 2015 Benedict Boswell Randolph June 3, 2006
Edith Gail Dement April 19, 2015 Guy Woodard Rawls III September 9, 2006
Bertie Alric Parker January 9, 2014
Helen Davis Collie November 7, 2015
Linda Donnell Stuart November 7, 2009 Lee Wilson White May 10, 2014
Michael Wallace Senf March 4, 2015
William Byrd Wilkins October 31, 2015 (see memorial on page 43)
Marvin Amos Biles II January 1, 2006
Joseph Elman Johnson July 7, 2015
Pamela Radford Kearney July 7, 2015 Douglas Boyd Rorie February 25, 2010
Brandon Thomas Davis January 10, 2008 Zachary Earl Myers September 4, 2007
1971 Edith Gail Dement April 19, 2015
Joshua Meguaine Woods January 12, 2016
Carlton Ray Coker October 10, 2013 Ewell Gene Goss July 21, 2015
Joe Johnson ’06 died on July 7, 2015, when the small plane he was piloting collided with an Air Force F-16 fighter jet near Charleston, SC. His father, Michael Johnson, also died in the crash.
Joe Johnson was a highly-acclaimed pitcher who enjoyed a successful career at Louisburg College. A native of Moncks Corner, SC, Johnson was a standout pitcher at Berkeley County High School. He was drafted in 2006 by the Atlanta Braves in the thirteenth round and spent two seasons in the minor leagues. Following his baseball career, Johnson began a career in real estate, working as an appraiser. He also pursued his interest in aviation, working part time for Delta Airlines with the goal of someday becoming a commercial pilot.
Robert Edward Cox November 11, 2015 Jack Manley Hunter November 2, 2014 David Elmo Jeffreys, Jr. December 23, 2014
The Louisburg College family remembers Dr. William John Cameron of Eden, NC, 1941- 2015 Cameron served as a member of the College’s Board of Trustees from 2001-2015, and as its chairman from 2008-2012. He cherished his service on the Board, and was presented with the prestigious presidential medal upon his retirement as its chairman in 2012. His family established the John L. Cameron Athletic Scholarship and funded the construction of Cameron Athletic Field. “It is impossible to measure the impact that the Cameron legacy has had upon Louisburg College,” said President Mark La Branche. “The leadership, love, and loyalty of this family have never wavered. John served as chair of the Board of the Trustees during very difficult times. His steady hand and undying optimism helped sustain the College to a place where it would thrive again.” “The impact of this legacy has been very positive and rewarding for me and my family,” Cameron said in a 2009 interview. “Volunteering for and supporting Louisburg College serves a constructive, Christian, and challenging cause. It is noble work because Louisburg College is filling a gap for students who need a chance at a college education; it is opening doors that help build character and lay groundwork for success; and it is providing a great value for our students, their families, and the Louisburg community.” Cameron was born in Louisburg on September 13, 1941. His family members have enjoyed ties to the College for much of the last century. His father, the late Dr. John L. Cameron, served as the College’s
athletic director from 1937-1943; his mother, Beulah Bradley Cameron, attended three summer retreats of the Epworth League (the precursor to the United Methodist Youth Fellowship) at Louisburg College while she was in high school; and his oldest son, Will, graduated from the College in 1989. Cameron attended North Carolina State University, where he earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Transportation Engineering. He was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity and multiple honor societies, including Gold Chain and Phi Kappa Phi. He also earned a master of regional planning degree from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. A captain in the US Army, he was awarded a Purple Heart, Bronze Star, and Army Commendation Medal for his service in Vietnam. Cameron founded a transportation management consulting firm, TransTech Management, Inc., following his tenure as a Partner at Ernst & Young in Washington, DC. Service to his community was very important to him. While living in Falls Church, VA, he served on the City Council, the Planning Commission, the Village Preservation and Improvement Society, and as chairman of the Public Utilities Committee. He was on the Land Use Policy Committee for the Metropolitan Washington (DC) Council of Governments, and served as president of the 2005 Preservation Society Committee in Eden, NC. Cameron was president of both the Junior and Senior High Methodist
Cameron (far right) with his mother Beulah Cameron and son Will Cameron ’89 in a photo that ran on the cover of the fall 2006 issue of Columns.
Youth Fellowships at Hayes Barton United Methodist Church in Raleigh. In his later years, he relished attending services at West Market Street United Methodist Church in Greensboro, NC, and the wonderful supportive friends he made there. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his loving wife Joan Gilbreth Mabes Cameron; siblings Ann Cameron Pearce (Irvin) of Raleigh, NC, and David Bradley Cameron (Martha) of Union Mills; children William John Cameron, Jr. of Stafford, VA, James Chadwick Cameron of Orlando, FL, David Lansing Cameron (Marte) of Kristiansand, Norway, George Dewey Mabes IV of Eden, NC, and Molly Elizabeth Mabes of Charlotte, NC; and grandchildren Josh, Jacob, Eva, and Liv.
CAMERON MEMORIAL FOUNTAIN Louisburg College recently announced that it will raise funds to construct a fountain as a way to memorialize and honor Dr. Cameron’s invaluable contributions. The Dr. William John Cameron Memorial Fountain (rendering pictured), will include the engraved words of “To Dream the Impossible Dream,” a song that came to represent his life’s journey. Donations may be made in John’s memory to Louisburg College for the Cameron Fountain.
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