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ColumnS RIGHT NOW News Magazine Maagazine for Louisburg College Alumni & Friends


Dr. Mark La Branche President Dr. Rodney Foth Executive Vice President and Vice President for Academic Life Belinda Faulkner Vice President for Finance Tracey Sala Vice President for Enrollment Management Jason Modlin Vice President for Student Life Brian Allen Director of Alumni and Annual Giving Amy Scoggin McManus Director of Publications and Media Relations Columns Editor Carmen Johnston Manager of Donor Services Cover photo taken by Louisburg College student, Andrew Newbold

LOUISBURG COLLEGE 501 N. Main St. Louisburg, NC 27549 (919) 496-2521

in this issue

2 A Message From the President 4 RIGHT NOW

Updates on alumni, faculty, students, and friends

6 Taking the Helm

The Reverend Dr. Mark La Branche charts a new course for the future as he becomes the 27th president of Louisburg College

9 Alumni Office News 10 No Joy in Mudville... But a Ray of Hope Louisburg College English Professor, Twana Biram, shares a story of triumph in the face of adversity

12 Our FOLCS

Faces of Louisburg College Students

114 Learning Partners

A place where ALL students are given the tools for success

16 Remembering Those We’ve Lost

A tribute to Dr. C. Ray Pruette and Mrs. Judy Parrish

17 Class Notes 18 The College Recognizes Dr. Rodney Foth

A special thank you for his time and dedicated service as the College’s interim president

19 The Arts Are Alive at Louisburg College! 20 Spotlight on Giving

Dr. John Cameron explains why giving to the College is important to him and his family

A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT Dear Friends of Louisburg College, What a joy it is for Mona and me to join the Louisburg family. We were impressed throughout the process with the thoroughness and commitment of the search committee, and the passion for the institution evident in the heartfelt engagement of trustees, alumni, faculty, staff, and students of Louisburg College, as well as the citizens of Louisburg and Franklin County. Louisburg College is steeped in, and rooted by, over 220 years of tradition. What is evident about the history of the College is that it has gone through several evolutions as it sought to adapt to serve the present age. It is clear that Louisburg College will continue to evolve as it claims its mission for a new age. The roots that have anchored the College in difficulty and prosperity are best described by its mission statement:“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.” This mission makes Louisburg College distinctive among institutions of higher education in North Carolina and beyond. These words will be our “North Star” as we strive together for the success of every student in our care, and for those for which Louisburg would be a great fit as they begin their college studies. I have always found inspiration and strength in the words of the prophet Isaiah found in chapter 43:19, “Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” I believe with all of my heart that God is already doing a new thing at Louisburg College. The “RIGHT NOW” theme that is emerging on campus reminds us all that today is the day of new beginnings. I hope that we can all believe this together, and that everything we communicate about the College will reflect this hope. It will be important that we all renew our commitment to the success of Louisburg College by offering our prayers, redoubling our devotion, and investing our resources, RIGHT NOW. For the College,

Mark La Branche

Louisburg College hosted the 2008 National Junior College Athletic Association’s Region X Volleyball Tournament on November 8, 2008. The team went into

the tournament as the number three seed, defeating region rivals Surry Community College in the semi-finals by 3-0. They played Brunswick Community College for the championship, but came up short with a 1-3 loss. Head Coach Holly Mitchell and the Lady Canes would like to thank the students and faculty for their support this year and for a record turnout at the tournament.

Men’s Golf Team Goes to the National Championship

The 2008-2009 Lady Canes Volleyball Team Front Row (L-R): Courtney Martin; Nina Silver; Lashonda Bynum Middle Row (L-R): Heather Lorenz; Jessica Ball; Caroline Prine; Okezi Ivri; Emily Angell; Jessica Nichols Back Row (L-R): Head Coach, Holly Mitchell; Manager, Tashima Harris; Safiya Ghaffar; Lauren Riley; Bianca Lee; Audriana Hall; Assistant Coach, Misty D’Ottavio

Louisburg College was the runner-up in the NJCAA Division III Men’s Golf Championship this past June. They lost the 72-hole championship at Chautauqua Golf Club in Chautauqua, NY by only four strokes and tallied a 1218 score (rounds of 302, 303, 299, and 314). Tyson Lynn was second-team All-American with a 300 score. Peter Teifer was honorable mention All-American with a 302 score. The course was a par 72 for each round.

riends...alumni...faculty...students.... Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Program Louisburg College an the United States and Army intend to initiate Ar an ROTC program beginning with the be spring 2009 term. sp The College has been working with Col. w Douglas Still for the D past three years to pa realize this program. re ROTC will be offered aas an elective course (MSL101) and hosted by the ROTC program at North Carolina State University under the direction of LTC. Kenneth Ratashak. In addition to the classroom offerings, participating students will have the opportunity to be involved in the Ranger Challenge Team, Color Guard Team, Scabbard and Blade Honors Club, and much more. A link on the Louisburg College website will be posted soon with more detailed information about this program and its many benefits.

The 2007-2008 Men’s Golf Team (L-R): Logan Peck; Coach, Charles Sloan; Tanner Norton; Greg Fish; Peter Teifer; Tyson Lynn; and Tripp Shaw

Caring for the Campus and the Community Residence Life sponsored a Breast Cancer Awareness program on October 16, 2008 in the Alumni Room. Approximately sixty students attended the event and received information about breast cancer prevention. In addition, a fundraiser for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Research


LC Alumni Receives 2008 State Trail Advocacy Award Jeff Brewer of Raleigh, president of the Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail (FMST), was named North Carolina’s recipient of the 2008 State Trail Advocacy Award. Brewer, 32, attended Louisburg College from 1995-1997 and is a 1999 graduate of North Carolina State University. He volunteers for and has been president of the non-profit FMST since 1997. Working closely with state and federal agencies, FMST is building a nearly 1,000-mile hiking trail from the Great Smoky Mountains to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. American Trails, a national trails advocacy organization, specifically cited Brewer for helping craft an agreement between the US Army Corps of Engineers, North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation, North Carolina Wildlife Commission, local governments, and other state and federal agencies for a construction and management plan covering a fifty-mile section of the trail near Falls Lake. The

Photo courtesy of Margaret Lillard

LC Hosts the 2008 NJCAA Region X Women’s Volleyball Tournament

Brewer lays out the vision of the Mountains-toSea Trail and explains to a group of volunteers how the trail will be built agreement broke a logjam that had delayed construction for nearly twenty-five years. American Trails, which is head-quartered in Redding, California, names one person in each state as a Trail Advocacy Award recipient. The award recognizes persons who have provided consistent support for trail planning, development, and maintenance. The recipients were announced at the organization’s National Trails Symposium in Little Rock, Arkansas November 15-18, 2008. Brewer is employed as a Project Manager by Matrix Health and Safety Consultants.

foundation was held during October. The College hosted a candlelight vigil in memory of victims of domestic violence on October 23, 2008 on the steps of Main building. The vigil was sponsored and facilitated by Safe Space, Inc., Franklin County’s domestic violence shelter. Phi Theta Kappa members initiated a campus-wide recycling effort this fall. Receptacles for paper and plastic waste were placed in student life offices, the registrar office, the business office, the computer labs in Taft Hall, and in the library.

who wish to stop using tobacco. The College also instituted a dress code for students. This effort is designed to help students understand that how we dress says much about ourselves and our respect for others. Finally, the College began Community Unity, a weekly chapel and assembly program for which freshmen student attendance is mandatory. The goal of this program is to have the college community come together on a regular basis to hear common themes and share with one another. Preliminary observations indicate that these policies are having a positive effect on our community.

New Policies Help to Improve Campus Life

Haunted Hall

Louisburg College implemented three new policies for Fall 2008 designed to promote a healthier, more unified living and learning environment. Effective August 1, 2008, Louisburg College became a tobacco-free campus. Information has been distributed to assist students and employees

Louisburg College hosted a Haunted Hall for students on October 29, 2008. The student turn-out was amazing — approximately 300 students attended the event! Organized by Student Activities, the second floor of Franklin Hall was decorated with several themed rooms, including a

graveyard, chophouse, witches’ chamber, and vampires’ lair. Several of the student life staff, one faculty member, and our auditorium manager participated as actors to help make this event a success.

Front Row (L-R): Mandy Ryan, Laura Carroll, Robert Poole, Shannon Brade Back Row (L-R): Brian Gano, Jason Modlin, Justin Berg, Jina Stamey, Tanisha Williams, Brett Kiger, David Minard

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tudents...friends...alu friends...alumni...faculty...students...friend L Professor to LC Present Paper on P JJapanese a Novelist at International Conference C L Larry Johnson, assistant professor of English at Louisburg College, will present a paper in January 2009 at the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities in Honolulu. His paper, “Mishima, the Unambiguous, and Myself: Living Through a Writer’s Legacy,” concerns the Japanese novelist Yukio Mishima (19251970) and Johnson’s personal relationship with the author’s work, including two poems about Mishima, whose works helped Westernize Japanese literature and whose spectacular suicide shook the nation. In the spring of 2008 Johnson taught a freshman honors course entitled, “Escape from the Wasteland: Beauty, Nihilism, and Hope in the Works of Two Postwar Japanese Novelists.” This course, half of which dealt with Mishima’s works, inspired Johnson to write a personal essay

describing his reactions to and study of this internationally recognized author.

LC Professor Publishes Cookbook Louisburg College English Instructor Wanda Wade Mukherjee stirred up a delightful little cookbook with Wake Forest M Mayor Vivian Jones and her si sister, Jonnie Anderson. Mukherjee’s Paper Journey Press published Time Jo Changes: Stories and Recipes C from Jovi’s Kitchen this fr O October. Part memoir/part cookbook, Time Changes co te tells the story about how Mayor Jones and her sister, M Jonnie, reinvented themselves in mid-life, opening a restaurant that has catered to governors, industry leaders, and college presidents. “Vivian and Jonnie have an incredible sense of humor. The stories they told made me laugh out loud. After they closed the restuarant, people were always approaching

them for recipes. So I suggested that they let me put it together and publish it for them,” says Mukherjee. Mukherjee has owned The Paper Journey Press for five years and has published nineteen titles including, The Day the Black Rain Fell, by former Louisburg mayor the late William Shelton, father of Louisburg alumnus Bill Shelton. The book may be purchased at the Cotton Company in Wake Forest or online at

Former LC Student Releases Second Book Cheryl Brown-Avery, a former Louisburg College student, recently released Where it All Began, a continuation of her earlier work, Summers To Remember, a poignant account of growing on her grandparents’ farm in a rural area of Franklin County.

g n i k Ta m l e H the by Amy Scoggin McManus

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ttart art out byy doi doing ing w what h is necessary; n ecessary; y tthen hen d doo w what h is possible; ssiblle;; aand nd ssuddenly uddeenly you u are are doing the impossible. possible. Th Thes esee wo es words, w ord rds, firstt spoken sppoken by St. Francis of si, have provided inspiration in nsp spir irat atioon for foo Dr. Mar Assisi, Mark La Branche h t his hi life. lif La L Branche B h bbelieves l li th throughout thatt inspiration is found in a well-thought-out strategy, a non-anxious presence, and words of encouragement. He steps into the role of president at Louisburg College this January – not just as an administrator, but as a visionary leader. “Though the position of president is at the top of the organizational chart,” says La Branche, “the president is a servant to all. As a leader, it is my job to encourage the success of others.” La Branche is just beginning to form his vision for the College and says he has a lot of listening to do. “Ultimately the vision cannot be mine alone, but one shared by all constituents. Overall, I would like to see Louisburg College reemerge as a healthy and thriving institution. In my role as a public servant, church leader, nonprofit leader, and college administrator, I have seen the power and benefit of collaboration. As its next president, I will bring this attitude of collaborative leadership to Louisburg College, the city of Louisburg, Franklin County, and the state of North Carolina.” La Branche, who began his own journey toward higher education as an undergraduate at a two-year college, has encountered a number of twists and turns along the road to becoming a college president. After earning a certificate in respiratory therapy studies from Pensacola Junior College, La Branche went on to receive a bachelor of arts from the University of South Alabama; a master of divinity from

Emory; and a doctor of ministry from Boston University School of Theology. He firmly believes that every fork in the road has been precipitated by God’s calling upon his life. “From the medical field, to the ministry, to higher education… with each step I sought to discern what God was calling me to do.” La Branche describes his own two-year college experience as a crucial bridge on his path to success and has high hopes for the future success of Louisburg. He believes that his main challenge will be to reignite that flame of hope for the College’s future among its constituents. “We will work together to build confidence in the mission of Louisburg College,” says La Branche. “Fundraising is a combination of best practice and art. My initial goal is to insure that the College is employing the most effective practices in its fundraising efforts.” He believes fundraising is most successful when there is a high level of confidence in the institution, as well as a solid relational foundation. “A great deal of my time,” he says, “will be spent forming and strengthening the relationships with the alumni and friends of the College.” Prior to coming to Louisburg, La Branche served as senior vice president for external affairs at Huntingdon College, during which time the College journeyed from financial difficulties and subsequent probation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, to financial health and significant growth. “I believe the experience and knowledge gained,” he points out, “will serve me well in responding to similar challenges and opportunities at Louisburg College.” Huntingdon’s successful recovery from its financial challenges was a collaborative one, during which

potential of students,” says La Branche, “and I believe the mission La Branche gained valuable insights into the many facets of Christian higher education is to challenge each student to that are crucial to a college’s financial stability, namely the ask the simple, but profound, question, ‘What has God called importance of enrollment and retention of students. “In tuition me to do with my life?’ I have seen the church benefit from the driven institutions, enrollment and retention are critical. determination of the College to prepare the next generation of When enrollment is at an appropriate level the college can leaders for church and community. Providing quality, affordable, begin molding its entering classes and improving the profile of and accessible higher education creates a pathway of social incoming students. Working with the administrative team at mobility for generations of students, serves as a strong social Huntingdon,” he continues, “we were able to take the necessary witness, and fulfills an important steps to significantly increase “I believe this is a day of new beginnings. aspect of the mission of the enrollment and begin to United Methodist Church.” address retention. Over the It is important that we all renew our La Branche feels that one of past five years, enrollment has commitment to the success of Louisburg his most important duties as a increased over forty percent.” College by offering out prayers, redoubling college president will be to keep In outlining what he believes are the steps to our devotion, and investing our resources.” a close eye on the health and effectiveness of the college by increase recruitment, La monitoring its vital signs on a daily Branche says they include, - Dr. Mark La Branche basis and nurturing its growth in “the clear differentiation of ourselves among other President, Louisburg College all areas. “I believe that this is a day of new beginnings at Louisburg,” institutions of higher he says, “and that everything we communicate about the College education; the use of predictive modeling in the admissions will reflect that hope. It will be important that we all renew our process; the leveraging of financial aid; the creation of admission commitment to the success of Louisburg College by offering our pipelines into areas of academic and programmatic strength; prayers, redoubling out devotion, and investing our resources. and the engagement of all constituencies in the process of Through the entire presidential search process, my wife, Mona, recruitment, including alumni and the United Methodist and I both looked for confirmation that this was what we were Church.” La Branche knows the reality that students are, in called by God to do,” he explains. “Many things confirmed the many cases, underprepared for college work, and has witnessed call along the way, not the least of which was the discernment of first-hand Huntingdon’s success with a number of programs the search committee in making the decision to ask us to come. implemented to increase student success and ultimately student We are honored and excited to be joining the Louisburg family.” retention. Among these strategies designed to increase retention In addition to are a first-year experience class, learning labs, a grade recovery his work, church, program, and an early reporting system to assess risk. Although and community this program is in its early stages of implementation, the results involvement, La are promising according to La Branche. Branche enjoys In addition to increased recruitment and retention efforts, running, reading, La Branche believes that a reconnection with the Church also and spending time played a major role in Huntingdon’s growth. As an ordained elder with his family. in the United Methodist Church with eighteen years of parish He is celebrating ministry experience, La Branche says he has been challenged in twenty-eight years the past to inspire congregations to claim a vision of growth. “I of marriage to bring a strong appreciation for the potential of the church-college Mona, a registered connection,” he says. In his role directing church relations, La nurse and certified Branche has seen the college and church exercise this connection midwife. They are with great benefit to both in numerous ways. During the six the proud parents of years he has served on the senior team at Huntingdon College, Emily and Robert, which is also a college of the United Methodist Church, he says who are both United Methodist student enrollment has increased from twenty graduates of United percent, to more than thirty percent of the student body, and that Methodist liberal he has also witnessed United Methodist Church apportionment La Branche and family, Easter 2008, (L-R): Mark and Mona; daughter, Emily, with husband, Andy, and arts colleges. Emily giving increase both in the amount asked of churches and the granddaughter, Maggie; son, Robert, with wife, Mindy is married to Andy percentages received. Delikat and they live in Gainesville, Florida with their daughter, La Branche embraces John Wesley’s vision of combining Maggie. Robert and his wife, Mindy, live in Alexandria, Virginia, knowledge and vital piety. “The life of the mind and the life of and both work in Washington, D.C. the spirit is a powerful context for developing the full gifts and

The time is

RIGHT NOW to lay the groundwork for our future...

Louisburg College is launching the most ambitious and comprehensive ďŹ nancial campaign in its 221-year history. Having established an initial ďŹ nancial goal of $20 million, the EYE ON THE FUTURE campaign has a compelling reason for alumni and friends to commit their resources to this project. With an eye on the future, this campaign will ensure that Louisburg College continues to provide young men and women with an exceptional education. This education emphasizes the traditional Christian values of respect, fairness, compassion, integrity, graciousness, honesty, and forgiveness which are all essential elements for the well-educated leaders of tomorrow. To download a pledge form, please visit our website at:

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ALUMNI OFFICE NEWS Giving: The Time is RIGHT NOW by Brian Allen, director of alumni & annual giving

Louisburg College is on the move; it is a new day here, full of energy and excitement! Dr. Mark La Branche, our new president, will join us in January. We appreciate all of your support over the years, and know that 2009 will be extraordinary. I arrived here in October as your alumni director and I have enjoyed my time so far meeting all of you and getting to know your vision for this great institution. This College is full of history and we need you to continue to be our biggest advocate, spreading the word in your neighborhoods, schools, workplaces, and churches. Since mid-October your giving has been on the right track. We have made tremendous progress, but the work is not done. This spring, I ask you to help us recruit students, invite students to intern at your office, be a mentor to a student, and, most importantly, give back financially, as you are able. Beginning in January, the Alumni Office will begin a “Hurricane Tour,” the purpose of which is to introduce Dr. La Branche to your communities and allow him to meet and exchange ideas with you. The areas we have scheduled right now to visit are Raleigh, Durham, Fayetteville, Sanford, and Richmond. If you would like us to come to your community, please contact us today. In addition to the Hurricane Tour, the Alumni Office is launching a new Friends of the Visual Arts program. This will be a member-only group that will support our Art Department and Galleries. Membership is affordable for anyone who has a passion and love of the arts. More information about this program will be sent out in early 2009. The Alumni Office is working to recruit individuals to sign up for a Collegiate License Plate. These plates will be issued by the NC DMV once we receive 300 applications. This is an excellent promotion tool for the college. The DMV fee is $25, and the college will receive $15 back for each plate. An application is available online under Alumni & Friends. As I end this update, I want to remind you of some important dates coming up. Our Alumni Board of Directors meeting will take place on January 24, 2009. This will be a day of fellowship, where we will tend to the work of the college and meet our new president. The Golden Anniversary Council will meet on January 29, 2009. We will cap off the spring with our Alumni Weekend April 17-18, 2009. This will be a time for our reunion groups to reminisce about the past and catch up with old classmates. We will also have a Hall of Fame event, as well as a Silent Auction, the proceeds from which will benefit our Annual Fund. If you would like to donate items for the auction, please contact the Alumni Office as soon as possible. And, get ready... the next BIG EVENT is planned for September 2010. If you are interested in serving on the planning committee, please contact the Alumni Office at 919.497.3245 or email at RIGHT NOW is a day of new beginnings at Louisburg College. We hope you are inspired by our new leadership and positive outlook. Best wishes to you and your family for a great new year!

Brian Allen

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NO JOY IN MUDVILLE... But a Ray of Ho by Twana Biram

As I endure the unrelenting heat wave that has been June, I stay indoors as much as possible, but still keep my finger on the pulse of my favorite sport: baseball. My St. Louis Cardinals hold their own in the National League Central Division, and that makes me smile. However, just four weeks ago, I wasn’t smiling at the end of a baseball game. The NJCAA Baseball PlayOffs in Burlington probably missed most of Franklin County population’s radar, but for me, at least, it served as an almost impossible-to-miss metaphor for how this last year at Louisburg College evolved. I began my fourth year of teaching English Composition and Literature classes at Louisburg, feeling optimistic and comfortable. Our new president offered possibilities, prospects, and promise. An interesting group of incoming freshman, a stable, well-adjusted returning class, and peers with whom I enjoyed working and interacting combined to make the upcoming academic year of 2007-2008 look fresh with potential. However, the year which had begun so brightly, gradually began losing its shine; in early winter, the school began to face a series of struggles ranging from money woes to the quick exit of the new president. As the obstacles mounted, I realized how much I’d come to love the College. Since I live in Raleigh, I had not often made the trip back to Louisburg to attend the many athletic and extra-curricular events in which the students participate. Amid the College’s difficulties, I knew I wanted to be


as involved as possible with my students and the institution I had come to care about so much. So I began to pay more attention to the activities in which my students were involved so I could somehow connect outside the classroom. The answer presented itself through baseball. I’ve always loved baseball. My husband and I grew up in the Ohio Valley near Pittsburgh during the thrilling years of Roberto Clemente, Willie Stargell, and my “hometown” hero, Bill Mazeroski, playing gritty baseball for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Then, when we moved near St. Louis in the summer of 1984, we began to follow the Cardinals in baseball for several years of magic base stealing, the wonder of watching “the Wizard,” Ozzie Smith, making miracles at short-stop, and the audacious managing of “White Rat,” Whitey Herzog. When we relocated to North Carolina, my only hope lay in what I’d seen of the Carolina League in Bull Durham. Instead of the Bulls, we found the Mudcats. Our son re-created Five-County Stadium in an eight-year-old’s bedroom and had a lead story written about it in the Zebulon Guardian. After I accepted the teaching position at LC, I discovered its baseball program’s almost legendary status, so it seemed only right to bring my small gallery of baseball write-ups from the Martins Ferry Times Leader about Mazeroski, and my few Cardinal pictures and put them on the walls of the very first office I’d ever had in my fourteen-year teaching career. Many

rreceived eceived the following f email from Chris Powell this past July. He is one of the reasons why I love my job and the students here at Louisburg College!

Dear Mrs. Biram, Biram This is Chris Powell from your American Literature class. I just wanted to thank you for supporting the baseball team this past season and being an excellent teacher and friend. I recently signed a scholarship to play baseball at Presbyterian College in South Carolina. It is a Division I school so I will be playing excellent competition. I feel very blessed that I was placed in your class last year. The enthusiasm you had for literature rubbed off on me. You really inspired me and I will alway be grateful. Sincerely, Chris Powell

students noticed the baseball related items on my office walls, and I talked baseball with the students, but I’d never attended any sporting event—not even a baseball game. Then, as the spring of 2008 rolled toward graduation, one of my students, a pitcher named Paul Clemens, invited me to come and see him throw that afternoon. Since the game started right after classes, I could go directly to the field and not have to make the round trip to Raleigh. I went and I loved it. The kids played amazing ball and the stands were filled with fans and parents who were friendly and pleased to see faculty members at a game. I decided to reach out some more. Because of that one baseball game, I attended poetry readings, art shows, recitals, and Spring Open House. The experiences I enjoyed at Open House came about because of baseball. My husband, a former collegiate scholarship football player for Virginia Military Institute, had begun attending weekend games with me, bringing his scorebook and helping me keep the minutia of rules straight. He had played baseball throughout his youth, and through high school, lettering in that sport as well as a couple of others. He admired the level of play the Hurricanes put together, and it became a fun way for us to spend time together. Some of the football players attended a baseball game when we were there; I introduced them to my spouse and they immediately asked if I were going to see them play in the spring game. My husband, who had been joking with them about the agony and joy of being a defensive player, answered “yes” at once. Following the College’s spring Open House, we attended the football team’s scrimmage, mingling with perspective students and parents. We also saw the Varsity versus Alumni soccer game where we chatted with former soccer players I’d taught from previous years, as well as with several of the women’s soccer players. We caught the second game of a doubleheader. There we met some of the women’s softball players whom we’d seen play a couple of times. I’d never attended an Open House, but because of baseball, I did this year and I ended up coming together and mixing with people I would never have met otherwise. During the next weeks of

After the secon second game of the Region X playoffs, (from L-R): Chris Boggs; Me; Pau Paul Clemens, Louisburg pitcher who was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the seventh round of the draft this past summer; an and Dustin Johnson, a shortstop who came to LC for one ye year to play with Coach “A”


classes, basketball players checked to make sure I would attend their games in the up-coming year. Football players who hadn’t seen us at the scrimmage were pleased that I’d been there and wanted to know if I’d come see them play in the fall. Class attendance improved, assignments suddenly came in on time, and it wasn’t just from the athletes. The people whose art I’d seen perked up; the ones whose poetry I’d praised, smiled more, and I’ve never had such high grades on a literature final in my career. I had photos taken with many graduating students, met their families, and sincerely knew I belonged at Louisburg College. Although classes were over and grades handed in, not everything had culminated. The Louisburg Hurricanes baseball team entered the regional play-offs feeling just as I had back in August--this was the year. They had every right to feel that. Their record amazed me; they had a bye in the opening game because of their fine season. As my husband and I joined their parents, grandparents, siblings, girlfriends, other coaches and classmates to watch them play on Thursday, I felt such pride to be part of Louisburg College. This team of young men, half of whom had taken classes with me, had come together to play beautiful baseball. They brought me more than that, though. Sitting in the Burlington Royals’ stadium, I watched moms and dads whose sons had spent two full years at Louisburg support and encourage some whose kids had come to LC after a year at another college, just for the opportunity to play in this program, with these two coaches. I saw folks hug a guy who was from Oklahoma because his parents could not come so far to see him play. I talked to a dad who drove

four hundred miles to watch his brilliant son play left field. As I told him what a wonderful student that young man is, he just stared in disbelief. I exclaimed to a guy wearing a Louisburg hat, “Hey, that’s a ‘birds on bat’ pin!” (We loyal fans recognize this symbol for the St. Louis Cardinals at forty paces.) He grinned, “Yeah, when I moved down here, I thought I’d have to go without baseball, but here are these kids — ain’t they something?” and we two Cardinal fans smiled like idiots. An incredible come-from-behind win thrilled us as the team used wily base running to put them in place to take advantage of, and score the winning run on, an improbable wild pitch—a very wild pitch since the catcher had called for a pitch out to walk a potentially dangerous batter. Everyone grinned like idiots. I kept trying to get in my car, but excited player after excited player ran over to thank me for coming and to ask, “Are you coming tomorrow?” The Louisburg players acted like gentlemen. They cheered each other; they encouraged the guy who sagged, and pumped up the slugger who popped out. They filled me with admiration for their class and style. The actions of the other teams and their fans did not stand up to the light. All the other teams had four coaches on the roster; we had two. One team reverted to Little League as they waved their hats upside down flashing the inside white lining, trying to distract our pitcher. Our boys shone like they knew how they would behave in the Bigs, and I could see where they’d learned it: from dignified and friendly upbringing. They

had warmhearted parents, like the mother who had taken hundreds of photos, then gave copies to other parents—and some to me when I mentioned how many of the guys I’d taught—at her own expense. Other moms helped her sort them into envelopes so she could distribute them. That kind of open-hearted generosity and caring stands out and these qualities had obviously rubbed off on those parents’ sons. Still, on Mother’s Day 2008, cold, wet, and sad, they had to accept a runner’s up trophy. Through tears of immense gratification, I watched that left fielder show poise as he alone seemed to hear the announcement to present the trophy. Head a bit bowed, he walked briskly over, accepted the round disk, and got his teammates’ attention so they could pose for a final picture of the 2008 Louisburg College Hurricanes baseball team. I’m certain there were no smiles in that photo. Those guys had really thought their final photo would be in Colorado where the College World Series took place. Many of those in the stands looked bemused. Half the team has gone on to other schools, others received draft offers in June, and several are back in classes at Louisburg. That’s where I find my hope. Most people know the poem “Casey at the Bat” and its melancholy last line, “There is no joy in Mudville--Mighty Casey has struck out.” Baseball demands that we hang tough. Most people think The Natural has a happy ending because of the film starring Robert Redford. The author of the original book, Bernard Malamud, however, chose to have Roy Hobbs strike out, just like Casey. In the tightly written novella, Hobbs goes down swinging, doesn’t get the girl, never meets his son, and is forgotten: he is not “the best who ever played the game.” w As I think back over the yyear and the punch after punch the college has taken, and yet, still hurting, has begun again this fall, I also see the players, parents, fans, aand coaches—heads down, tired, confused—making ti their way out of Burlington’s stadium on Mother’s Day and remember several players who came up and hugged me hard saying, “See you next year, Mrs. B.” Yeah. In baseball and college, there is always next year—not the same year, but a new year, fresh and filled with hope.

andrew newbold

Louisburg College freshman Andrew Newbold’s love and gratitude for the College is a apparent the moment you meet him. “Louisburg College,” he says, “has committed itself to academic excellence while preserving a wonderful sense of communal learning and living. This a College views its students as individuals with a voice to be heard - it’s a special thing that’s C hard to find at other colleges. While I have been challenged academically, I’ve also been h cchallenged on a personal level to discover what I wanted to do with the rest of my college ccareer,” he explains. “Louisburg has given me the chance to figure that out. I have not had a single teacher that has not gone out of his or her way to make class beneficial for me and all students,” he says. “I’ve been encouraged by them all, but I would have to say that Mr. a Hinton, my art professor, has made the deepest impact on me. His enthusiasm and desire to H tteach makes class something to look forward to.” “I have placed my Christian faith at the center of my life,” says Newbold. “I’m also an avid baseball fan, and enjoy photography and web design. I plan to attend the School of Design b at NC State and major in graphic design.” As a recipient of the 2008 Alumni Appreciation a SScholarship, Newbold has been able to realize his dream of a college education. In addition tto his studies, he is serving as a student ambassador, is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, and ccommits eight hours of service per week to the Learning Partners Program where he is putting his graphic design skills to work, creating professional-quality marketing materials to help h promote the program.

Against many odds, RaShanda Holden is a college student. Just after she graduated from Southern Vance High School in Middleburg, NC, both of her parents became seriously ill. As the oldest of six children, Holden had to step in and help out, putting off her dreams of furthering her education for the time being. When her parents’ health improved, Holden had the chance to attend college. She chose Louisburg because of its close proximity to home. “I am a single mom of two beautiful kids - a five-year-old daughter, Tiquirian, and a three-year-old son, Tizaerian. My parents stepped in to help care for them so that I can live out my dream of going to college.” Holden travels back to Middleburg every weekend to be with her children. She is excelling at Louisburg, and credits the Louisburg College staff for the encouragement and support she has received that has contributed to her success. “Ms. Kinzinger, my English III teacher, along with my mentors, Tanisha Williams and Laura Carroll, always have something positive to say to keep me headstrong,” explains Holden. “I plan to attend Duke University when I leave Louisburg to study neurology.” Holden is active in the local community as a volunteer at ACTS, where she helps to feed the homeless. She also regularly visits nursing home residents, offering them company and comfort. “A lot of people there never have family come to visit them,” she says, “so I like to spend time rashanda holden with them and bring a smile to their faces – it makes me happy, too.” Holden also enjoys reading, writing poetry and short stories, and loves to ride horses. She is the recipient of the Bill and Hazel B. Mullen Memorial Scholarship and the Whitehead Scholarship. Holden often recites a favorite quote to herself when she feels overwhelmed with all she is juggling: “A person can only fail at what they choose to fail at in life, so if you choose to succeed, then success will be what you get.”

Megan Finch had a lot to think about when considering where to attend college. Her father had attended Louisburg College and she knew it had a great reputation for providing individualized attention for its students. But, what ultimately sold her on coming here was something unique to this school. “I feel that if I were to go to a bigger college like NC State, I would be overlooked and not get the attention that I need,” says Finch. “I decided to come to Louisburg because I loved the sense of family I had been introduced to. I was planning on transferring to Peace College after my first year here, but then I had troubles at home and I knew Louisburg College would readily open its doors to me and help me out as much as possible. I also knew that the school community would help, and that I could count on the friends I had made here to help me through my hardships, including Kaye Yadusky of the Learning Partners Program. She has provided encouragement and a place to stay when I have needed it most.” That is not to say it has been an easy journey. “I have to pay my tuition out of pocket. I am working megan finch two part-time jobs, one on campus and one off campus, but even with that, the jobs just do not pay enough for me to be able to cover all my monthly expenses,” explains Finch. Because she made the decision to come back to Louisburg late in the year, by the time she applied, most of the scholarships were gone. But that fact is not stopping her from achieving her goals. “I am planning to go into Elementary Education,” Finch says. “I love kids and I want tomorrow’s generation to learn and make the World a better place for the next generation. I hope to inspire kids to know that they can do anything they put their minds to.” Finch enjoys spending her free time volunteering with children at church, painting, swimming, sewing, and being outdoors whenever possible. Tristan Alston should be struggling in college. He has a learning disability – Attention Deficit Disorder – w which makes it difficult for him to focus in a classroom setting. But, he is excelling here at Louisburg College. ““I chose to attend Louisburg because of the small classroom setting and the individualized attention of tthe Learning Partners Program,” Alston explains. “As a student with a learning disability, some of the cchallenges I face are being able to concentrate in class and find a quiet place to study, and in a college dorm that is extremely challenging. The Learning Partners Program has helped me overcome many of d tthose challenges,” he says. “I have learned how to focus on my lessons and understand my own learning sstyle. The program has prepared me to continue my education at a four-year university.” His ultimate goal is to attend pharmacy school and one day run his own pharmacy. g He is quick to credit the staff here at Louisburg for helping him to get closer to this goal. “Ms. Tara Hamilton and Ms. Jennith Thomas, both science professors; Mr. Jeff Olbrys, my math professor; along tristan alston with Ms. Kaye Yadusky, and all the Learning Partners staff, have really encouraged me to work hard and do my best in my endeavors to become a professional in the math and science field.” Alston spends his free time lifting weights, exercising, and playing basketball and video games. As a student ambassador for the College, he volunteers four hours per week in the Admissions Office. He is the recipient of the John R. Armstrong, Mary E. Casanova, and the Bill and Hazel Mullen scholarships. For sophomore Holly Gupton, a Louisburg native, coming to Louisburg College has offered her the opportunity to experience college life in a close-to-home environment. “I wasn’t ready to leave home yet, so I decided to come here,” she explains. Gupton doesn’t have to look very far for family while on campus – her aunt, Brandy Gupton, manages the College bookstore. In addition to being a full-time student, Gupton is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and a student ambassador. She also works part-time at Moss Foods as a cashier, and admits one of her greatest challenges is balancing everything. “It’s difficult to fix time for school, work, and family,” she explains. But, all of this hard work is sure to pay off for Gupton, who plans to eventually transfer to Meredith College and earn a teaching degree – something she is passionate about. “I love teaching,” says Gupton. Drawing, hanging out with family and friends, and shopping are also high on the list of activities she enjoys. Gupton is the recipient of the Franklin County Grant, Bill and Hazel B. Mullen Memorial Scholarship Grant, and the North Carolina Grant, all of which have allowed her to pursue her education at Louisburg.

holly gupton

When Louisburg College freshman, Nathan Woods, was a high school student at St. Damien’s R RC High School in Manchester, England, he knew his college future would include playing soccer. A After researching various programs, he realized that Louisburg seemed like an ideal place to weave a academics with sports. He arrived here last January, and is now one of three captains on the men’s soccer tteam. He has faced a few challenges since first arriving in the States, mainly figuring out Algebra – a subject h he had never taken in England. But, with the help of math professor Jay Clarke last semester, Nathan h has excelled in the subject. “I liked the way he taught and the principles he used,” Nathan explains. “He m motivated me to do well in his class because of the high standards he kept for himself.” When Nathan is not on the soccer field or in the classroom, he likes to play cards, go fishing, and keep fit in the gym. Last semester he volunteered as a soccer coach at one of the local parks in nathan woods Louisburg. In the near future, he hopes to transfer to a Division I school where he can continue to play soccer and complete his education. He ultimately hopes to obtain a degree in health education, and either teach or work as a health advisor. Nathan is the recipient of the Elizabeth Faulkner Memorial Scholarship and the Louisburg College Faculty Scholarship.

Learning Partners

A place where ALL students are given the tools for success

by Amy Sc Scoggin coggin McManus with input from Karen Martin and Kaye Yadusky

In the mid-1990s, it became clear to the provider of disability-related accommodations at Louisburg College that federally-mandated accommodations alone were not providing all of the services needed for students with learning disabilities to achieve success in the college environment. So, in the fall of 1999, the Learning Partners Program at Louisburg College was launched. Louisburg College offers one of the few comprehensive academic support programs in the Southeast for college students with learning disabilities (LD) and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD). The Learning Partners Program is a fee-based service that provides students with one-on-one tutoring and academic coaching twice weekly by experienced, professional learning specialists. Students receive intensive, interactive tutorials and strategy training, and gain insights into their unique learning profiles. As students build self-reliance and learning skills, they gain the selfconfidence needed to succeed in college academics and beyond. “It is a wonderful thing to see bright students grow and gain self-confidence as they develop skills and strategies to succeed in college,” says Program Director, Karen Martin. “I chose to attend Louisburg because of the small classroom setting and the individualized attention of the Learning Partners Program,” says student, Tristan Alston. “As a student with a learning disability, some of the challenges I face are being able to concentrate in class and find a quiet place to study, and in a college dorm that is extremely challenging. The Learning Partners Program has helped me overcome many of those challenges,” says Alston. “I have learned how to focus on my lessons and understand my own learning style. The program has prepared me to continue my education at any four-year university.” The program has been evolving since its inception to meet the specific needs of the student population and to become consistently more effective. This past spring, the program was restructured to bring additional services to the enrolled Learning Partners students, providing more opportunities for collaborative learning, community building activities, peer mentoring, Learning Specialist and Coordinator of Development and leadership skill development. Students have access to learning labs and Student Programming, Kaye Yadusky (seated), as a place to complete homework and network with other Learning and Program Director, Karen Martin, in the Learning Partners lab Partners students. One of the learning labs remains open in the evenings, providing more access to important assistive technologies. The lab is also available for student and faculty-led study groups. “The students are building profound relationships based in learning, accountability, and in encouraging each other to succeed,” says Kaye Yadusky, learning specialist and coordinator of development and student programming for Learning Partners. “They have built a learning community that is both productive and fun.” “As a mother of a student who struggled with ADD in college,” says Judy Green, administrative assistant for learning support and disability services at Louisburg College, “I find it rewarding to see the positive difference Learning Partners makes in our students’ lives. I wish my son could have gone here; the program really does change lives.”

Your Bridge to Learning - PROGRAM MISSION Learning Partners students, Evan Tate and Kyndal Moore, in the learning lab

To provide students diagnosed with learning disabilities and/or Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder the individualized support and coaching they need to develop their learning skills, realize their academic goals, and work toward becoming successful independent learners.


nnouncing the introduction of Community and Corporate Learning Partners. Members of the community and area businesses are invited to join a growing list of individuals who participate in the Learning Partners’ vision for the future, offering financial assistance and/or service toward future growth and enhancement of the Learning Partners Program.

Community Learning Partners Judith Adams John Cameron Lynn Eury Don Fish Emily Gardner Roddy Jones

Joan Mabes The Nicholas B. and Lucy Mayo Boddie Foundation Beth Norris Fred Roberson Cynthia Smith

Corporate Learning Partners Jurywatch, Inc

Pruitt Lumber Company

Tuxedo Junction

Corporate Learning Partner and CEO of Jurywatch, Dr. David Ball, a nationally recognized trial consultant, author, instructor and trainer, recognizes the value of Louisburg College’s Learning Partners Program. In order to encourage growth and awareness of the program’s important mission, Dr. Ball has issued a M a t c h i n g G r a n t C h a l l e n g e and will match gifts up to $1,000 made to the Learning Partners Program.

The Learning Partners Program at Louisburg College is changing lives and opening doors for creative, motivated, young people who are prepared to meet the emerging challenges the 21st Century presents,” says Ball. “I encourage anyone who is interested in supporting a program that is on the right track to get involved with Learning Partners right away!

For more information, please contact: Louisburg College Learning Partners Director, Karen M. Martin, M.A. 501 North Main Street Louisburg, NC 27549 Learning Partners Office Administrative Assistant, Judy Green Phone: (919) 497-3236 Email:

Quick Facts 50% of our students have a cumulative GPA of ~3.3 or above.

Many Learning Partners students hold leadership positions on campus, serve as college ambassadors, and will graduate with honors this year.

The College C Family Loses Two Beloved Members C. Ray C y Pruett Pruette te, 90, passed away Saturday, August 30, 2008 following a valiant battle with born h cancer. He was bor rn October 3, 1917 in Stokes, NC . He was married to the late Margaret Maria Allen fifty-nine Alle llen Pruette for fifty-n nine years, and is survived by a brother, James Hardy Pruette; a sister, Elizabeth Eli lizabeth Ann Hill; a niece, niece, Vicki Hill; a grandniece, Jennifer Hoaglund; and his dear friend and companion, co ompanion, Ann Varker Goswick. Pruette joined the Louisburg College faculty in 1949 and retired in 1985 as chairman of the Lo physical science division and professor of chemistry and physics, with p nearly thirty-seven yea years of dedicated service. During his tenure at Louisburg College, he served as College Marshal and Chairman of the ser Graduation and Awards Award Committee for thirty years; Chairman of the Louisburg College St Steering Committee Self-Study for the Southern Association of Colleges a and Secondary Schools; chaired the Faculty Affairs Committee of the College; and upon his retirement in 1985 received a Distinguished Service Award from the College. In 1997, he S was the first recipient of L Louisburg College Alumni Association’s Cecil Award, the award given for the highest W. Robbins Public Service A commitment and dedicated sservice to the College. “He was one of the most ded dedicated faculty members we have ever had,” says current faculty member, Allen de Hart, “and he had an enormous amount A of respect from his students.” That sentiment was shared by many. “He was a vibrant and involved educator whose sstudents thought the world of him,” recalls Enid Drake, former Louisburg College men’s bask basketball coach. Ruth Cooke, former professor of physical education, describes Pruette as a tiredless ambassador who loved the school. “Teaching was Ray’s passion,” she t says, “and indeed he was a master teacher. Some who observed his fervor and zeal in the classroom called his teaching style ‘preaching.’ His lectures,” she remembers, “were enhanced by his skilled delivery of jokes and stories, of which he rememb had hundreds!” Although he stood only 4’ 8”, he was described by many who knew him as a giant of a man. “He was dedicated to his students,” says Cooke, “spending whatever time was necessary to help them achieve his demanding requirements. His students responded with respect and appreciation for him. The College has lost a true friend.” Judith Belche Parrish, 66, passed away on Tuesday, August 12, 2008. Mrs. Parrish was born on June 6, 1942

and was raised in Castalia, NC. She married Billy Glenn Parrish, former Louisburg College business manager, in 1963. The couple met while in high school and married just after Parrish obtained her master’s degree in library science from East Carolina University. During the early years of their marriage, the couple lived in the Louisburg campus barracks that had been converted to apartments, along with other faculty members. Parrish began her career at the College in 1965 as the assistant librarian. She served eighteen years in this position, and then twenty-two years as the library director. In 2001, she cut back to part-time director, and then completely retired in 2005. She is survived by her husband; their daughter and son-in-law, Melissa and Keith Atkins; their son and daughter-in-law, Felton and Andrea; and granddaughters, Sophia, Phoebe, and Lauren. “Judy Parrish radiated graciousness, friendliness, deep compassion, and professionalism— mighty qualities in this petite woman,” says Laura Kinzinger, professor of English. “When I came to Louisburg College over eighteen years ago, Judy was one of the first to make me feel at home, with her warm smile, impish eyes, and her sincere interest in my family. Students instinctively understood her genuine willingness to help them; one of my students returned wide-eyed from a research trip to the library and explained, ‘I’ve just met someone who is a real lady—I mean a really true lady, as my grandmother used to say about special people.’ Judy, of course, was simply being herself—but her everyday workaday self was indeed special.” “Judy’s service to the college was exemplary,” says current head librarian, Pat Hinton. “She oversaw major developments in the library. The very first computers for student use on the college campus were located in the library and Judy helped to make this possible. She also worked to build a solid collection and advocated for the widest range of resources to serve the students and to support the mission of the college.” On a more personal note, Hinton recounts Parrish giving her young daughter, Zoe, a ride through the library on a wheeled book cart. “Zoe had such a great time, weaving through the aisles and riding up and down the elevator on her library tour with Mrs. Parrish,” Hinton fondly recalls. A few of Parrish’s many passions were reading, working in her yard, and spending time with her grandchildren. She is described by those who knew her best as a “people person” and as someone who encouraged and inspired others to work together to get things accomplished. “When I think of Judy, I think of her ever-present smile, her kindness, her competence, and her devotion to duty,” says Ruth Cooke, former physical education professor. “These attributes personified the life of one who was admired and appreciated by the Louisburg College family and the citizens of the community. Judy was truly a good person who will be remembered fondly by all who knew her.”

Class Notes... Class of 1936 Louise Teague Britt is living at Glenaire Retirement Home and will turn 90 this year. Class of 1938 Evelyn Ayscue Rupp is still living on her own in Greendale, Indiana, walks daily about two miles, faithfully attends her church, and celebrated her 89th birthday this year.

C Class of 1967 Peter G. Griffin and his wife welcomed their P ssixth grandchild, Matthew Charles Griffin, on M March 12, 2008.

Matthew Charles Griffin

Class of 1976 Jonathan D. Phillips was recently named “University Research Professor” by the University of Kentucky. He is currently a professor of earth surface systems at U.K. Class of 1983 Argretta Reid, of Henderson, N.C., recently married Reverend Henry Johen. Reid has a six-year-old son, Isaiah. She graduated from Barton College in 2004, and is now employed with Vance County as a human resource director. C Class of 1991 Jayme R. Clarke of Clayton, N.C. is the owner and Ja o operator of Clear Choice Home Inspections. He en enjoys spending time with his two children, Robbie a n Alex. and

Class of 1940 Mae Ella Asbell Shaw gives financially to Louisburg College in honor of her brother, Emerson Asbell; her sister, Lois Asbell Stokers; and her husband, James C. Shaw. She says they all loved Louisburg College. Class of 1950 David C. Blake celebrated his 79th birthday this past June -- Happy Birthday, David! He is single and resides in Salemburg, N.C. Edna Sue Rhodes is retired from the N.C. Department of Revenue and is enjoying her grandchildren, great grandchildren, church work, and taking trips. Class of 1956 Nada G. Cooke recently retired from Haywood County Schools, where she worked for 30 years. She also recently retired from Western Carolina University, where she had been an instructor for eight years. Class of 1961-1962 Jimmy (‘61) and Linda (‘62) Cottrell, of Louisburg, celebrated the 50th anniversary of their business, Rustic Building Supply, on June 6, 2008. They have both worked there for over 40 years. Class of 1963 William Frazier is retired from Pittsfield Schools, where he was chair of the Guidance Department. He now works part-time as the Coordinator of Tutors for Pittsfield Schools and is also a pastoral leader at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Pittsfield. Class of 1964 Larry Barefoot and fellow classmates have been getting together every year at the home of John Lanford in Gloucester, VA. They have remained friends since first meeting at LC in the Fall of 1962. According to Barefoot, “We all made terrible grades (and take all the responsibility for that), but eventually graduated from fourFirst Row (L-R): Larry Barefoot, David Cothran year institutions and Second Row: Ricky Creech became fairly successful Third Row (L-R): John Lanford, David Rice and productive members Last Row: Gordon Hawthorne of society.”

C Class of 1968 Becky Forrest Hanner and her husband live B a at Reynolds Plantation at Lake Oconee in Greensboro, GA.

Lily Duong

A Amber Thomas Duong and her husband, Tommy, b became the proud parents of their daughter, Lily, on Fe February 17, 2008.

Class of 1998 Laura Crow Miller was married in May 2007. Her husband is a pilot in the Army and they are currently posted at Fort Campbell Kentucky. Class of 2001 - 2002 Daniel H. Seay (‘01) and Emily Vann Traylor (‘02) were married in 2005. Their son, Ethan, was born in 2007, and they live in Leland, N.C. Chuck Edwards (‘02) and Allison Rowe (a graduate of Meredith College), both of New Bern, N.C., were married on October 25, 2008. Allen Thomas (‘02) was Edwards’ best man. The couple honeymooned in Antigua, BWI, and they currently reside in New Bern.

Mr. and Mrs. Chuck Edwards

In Memorium William (Bill) Ariall, athletic director, coach, and teacher at Louisburg College from 1955-1959, died February 2007. He left LC to become the athletic driector and head of the physical education department at Greensboro College for close to twenty years. He is survived by his wife, Sarah Ariall. Shirley Alease Carver Fitzgerald (‘44) died March, 26, 2008 in Roxboro, NC. Charles McNeil Ipock (‘43) died September 12, 2008. Judy Belche Parrish, 66, former library director at Louisburg College, died August 12, 2008 (see page 16 for more details). C. Ray Pruette, 90, former professor of chemistry and physics at Louisburg Collge, passed away Saturday, August 30, 2008 (see page 16 for more details). Zeta Mae Tyndall (‘40) died September 23, 2008, at her home, attended by her friends and family.

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A s 2008 comes to a close, so does the tenure of Interim President Dr. Rodney Foth — and what a year it’s been! Foth took over the presidential duties this spring when then-president, Dr. J. Michael Clyburn, left the College after serving less than a year in the position. In the wake of that transition, Foth provided a steady hand and dedicated leadership throughout the following months. In honor of his tireless service, the Board of Trustees presented him with two dinner-for-two certificates valued at $125 each for dinners at the Capital City Club in Raleigh and the Angus Barn. He also received a standing ovation from the entire board.

Dr. John Cameron (left) recognizes Dr. Rodney Foth for his dedicated service to the College

Chairman of the Board, Dr. John Cameron, cited Foth’s persistence in pursing the ROTC program as illustrative of the many things he has done — and continues to do — for Louisburg College. “ROTC will be good financially for the school and the individuals,” said Cameron during the presentation in December. “It will send a good message to outsiders that we have such a program, and will instill leadership and patriotic principles in a growing number of our young men and women.” Cameron also cited Foth’s strong leadership during the SACS review periods, for both his written and in-person presentations to the Committee in Asheville and San Antonio, as well as hosting SACS representatives on campus. “He, along with Belinda Faulkner, our vice president for finance, has been at the forefront of implementing strong financial control measures that are enabling our emergence from SACS probation.” “I would like to extend my heartfelt appreciation to Dr. Foth for all the hard work he has done during this critical time for the college,” said Karen Martin, director of learning support and disability services at the College. “Not only has he led the entire college during a very difficult period, but he has continued to personally assist the Learning Partners Program, and I am truly grateful for his support.” Foth will continue his duties as the executive vice president and vice president for academic life after Dr. Mark La Branche assumes the presidency this January.

The Arts Are Alive @ Louisburg College! From the recent student art show to the upcoming Gatlin Brothers concert, you don’t have to look very far to experience the arts at Louisburg College. So, please join us in 2009 for the remaining exhibits and concerts of the 2008-2009 season. For more information, visit our website at...

All artwork on this page was created by Louisburg College students and exhibited at the 2008 Fall Student Art Show

Spotlight on Giving dr. john cameron Why do you support Louisburg financially and by serving on boards? Volunteering 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.

What impact has Louisburg had on your life and your family? My family has a long history of serving and supporting Louisburg College… through four generations. My maternal grandfather, Rev J.W. Bradley, put two of his nieces through college here, one of whom was May Queen in the early 1930s. My mother, Mrs. Mrs. John L. Cameron, Will Cameron, and John L. Cameron, attended three summer retreats of the Epworth Dr. John Cameron League (the precursor to the United Methodist Youth Fellowship) at Louisburg College while she was in high school, and my father, the late John L. Cameron, was the Athletic Director at the College from 1937-1943. We were thrilled at Dad’s induction into the Louisburg College Athletic Hall of Fame last year. Following in the family footsteps, my oldest son, Will, graduated from Louisburg College in 1989, before going on to finish his education at Eastern Washington University in Spokane, WA. Louisburg College was a critical link in his educational success. My family established the John L. Cameron Athletic Scholarship, and my mother gave money sufficient to fund the construction of a new field in the athletic park, now known as Cameron Field. Various members of my family have consistently provided small unrestricted gifts, as well as funds to support the endowed athletic scholarship, the Learning Partners Program, and other causes. The impact of the above legacy has been very positive and rewarding for me and my family, and it provides the foundation that spurs me on to keep improving the College and our programs.

Why is Louisburg College so important to the town and surrounding communities? Louisburg College trustees, administrators, staff, faculty, and students must continue to earn the support of the town and surrounding communities. At the same time, I hope that the citizens will continue to recognize and appreciate those who give many hours freely and those who sacrifice higher paying positions elsewhere for the love of the college and the love of teaching, guiding, and serving young men and women. The College and the town need each other. This point was vehemently driven home in the late 1950s when a planning committee of the United Methodist Church recommended the merger of Louisburg College with a nearby senior college and the abandonment of its physical plant. By joining hands, the College, its alumni, and Franklin County citizens thwarted this decision. Today, as then, the College and the communities share many common goals and work toward common outcomes; this legacy of cooperation must continue.

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Columns - Winter 2009  

The Magazine for Louisburg College Alumni & Friends.

Columns - Winter 2009  

The Magazine for Louisburg College Alumni & Friends.