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The Pathway to Education 224 Years and Counting...


Admissions Counselor Katie Price does her best to focus on the task at hand as workers remove layers of paint from the window casings of Main.

A YEAR OF CAMPUS RENOVATIONS Scrape, scrape, pound, pound, beep, beep…ah, the sounds of improvement. You could hear them all around campus this past year as decades of paint were stripped from window casings and replaced with a fresh coat, outdated storage tanks were removed, and outdoor seating areas were installed.

ADMINISTRATION Dr. Mark La Branche President

Dr. James Eck Dean of the Faculty and Vice President for Academic Life Belinda Faulkner Vice President for Finance

The many updates to the College this year included restoration of two-thirds (175) of the windows on the Franklin-Main-Davis Complex; removal of five underground storage tanks; new lighting on the Main lawn; new carpeting, restoration of the altar, and seat reupholstering in Benson Chapel; and a complete renovation of the first three floors of Franklin Hall. Also on the list of completed renovations were new curtains for the Frances Boyette Dickson Auditorium, as well as improvements to the lobby of the Seby B. Jones Performing Arts Center. The majority of these improvements were made possible by the contributions of a steady and growing number of generous supporters who believe in the mission of the College and understand the importance of maintaining the beauty of this historic campus.


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Upcoming Events

At Louisburg College, we take great pride in presenting exciting visual arts exhibits throughout the academic year. We book an eclectic variety of exhibits from outstanding working artists. In addition, we end each semester with a show of our own students’ works. All exhibits are housed in the Edith C. Lumpkin Community Gallery of the Seby B. Jones Performing Arts Center. SOMEPLACE LIKE HOME: Paintings by Shade Elam Maret (work pictured) Tuesday, 3/15/2011—Saturday, 4/23/2011 Opening Reception and Gallery Talk/Slide Lecture by Shade Elam Maret, 3/15/2011 at 7 pm SPRING STUDENT ART SHOW Tuesday, 4/26/2011 Opening Reception and Awards at 7 pm (one night only) FRANKLIN COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM SHOW, K—11 Thursday, 5/19/2011—Friday, 5/27/2011 FRANKLIN COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM SHOW, GRADUATING SENIORS Thursday, 6/2/2011—High School Graduation Ceremonies Opening Reception and Awards 6/2/2011 at 7 pm (set-up on Tuesday, 5/31/2011) Columns cover photo by Leigh Ann Parrish;

Jason Modlin Vice President for Student Life Stephanie Buchanan Tolbert ‘97 Vice President for Enrollment OFFICE OF INSTITUTIONAL ADVANCEMENT Kurt Carlson Vice President for Institutional Advancement TBA Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations Carmen Johnston Manager of Donor Services Amy Scoggin McManus Director of Marketing and Communications and Columns Editor Robert Poole Director, Seby B. Jones Performing Arts Center ALUMNI OFFICERS William Shelton ‘69 President, Alumni Association Robert Beck ‘53 President, Golden Anniversary Council BOARD OF TRUSTEES Dr. John Cameron Chairman of the Board Mr. Michael W. Boddie ‘77 Vice Chairman and Chair of Governance Committee

Ms. Lucy Taylor Allen Secretary Mr. Raymond B. Hodges Assistant Secretary and Chair of Finance and Endowment Committee Dr. Edgar J. Boone Chair of Learning Enterprise Committee Mr. William R. Cross ‘71 Chair of Advancement Committee Mr. David (Tad) DeBerry ‘85 Chair of Audit Committee Ms. Phyllis Bailey Mr. Thomas L. Blalock Mr. William H. Dove Mr. H. John Hatcher, Jr. Mr. Clyde P. Harris, Jr. Mr. Seymour Holt ‘49 Mr. Billy R. Merritt ‘53 Ms. Beth M. Norris Mr. Russell Odom ‘68 Mr. Ely J. Perry, III ‘84 Mr. Fred Roberson ‘62 Ms. Sue C. Robertson Ms. Kim D. Spivey Mr. John F. Strotmeyer ‘68 Mr. C. Boyd Sturges Mr. Roger G. Taylor ‘68 Dr. James P. West EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS Ms. Rashetta Bellamy President, SGA (2010-2011) Mr. William C. Shelton ‘69 President, Alumni Association Rev. Jon Strother Superintendent, Raleigh District - UMC

LOUISBURG COLLEGE 501 N. Main Street Louisburg, NC 27549 1.800.775.0208 919.496.2521 OUR MISSION 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 seniors to colleges and universities.


Leaning Forward in Faith, Claiming a Great Future

Dear friends,

In nearly 225 years of service, Louisburg College has experienced many cycles of renewal. Regardless of the challenges we have faced, those surrounding the College have always leaned forward in faith to claim a great future. Once again the College is in a period of renewal, and we are reaching out to claim a great future for the institution, but also in the lives of our students. Louisburg College continues to be a place where young lives are transformed and futures are changed.

Mark and Mona La Branche, Christmas 2010

I recently attended the celebration of the life of Mildred Fry, Louisburg College class of 1929. Mildred was one of our oldest living alumni, living to the age of 99 1/2 (her obituary is on page 56). In 1929, as she attended the College, the Great Depression began and the Main Building suffered from a devastating fire. It must have been a very challenging time for her and the College, but Mildred always leaned forward in faith when it came to Louisburg College. Through her 81 years of engagement with the College as a student, alumna, trustee, and trustee emeritus, she witnessed and participated in numerous cycles of renewal.

It is important for an institution to have faithful and loyal friends when the road gets tough, but it is even more important that faithful and loyal friends join us on the road of renewal. We are stepping into a Great Future. The Great Futures Campaign described on pages 4-5 will help to ensure that Louisburg College will move into the future even more effectively in its mission to transform the lives of our students. It is my hope and prayer that you will join us! Faithfully yours,

President, Louisburg College

Aftermath of the Main Building fire, 1929


Watch this space over the next three years as Columns reports on the progress of the Great Futures Campaign and the people whose vision and generosity will help Louisburg College flourish into its third century.


his fall, Louisburg College will launch the three-year public phase of a $15 million campaign that will provide muchneeded improvements in program and facilities. The Great Futures Campaign goals include renovations to the Seby B. Jones Performing Arts Center, the Holton Gymnasium, and the Jordan Student Center, as well as funds for scholarships and an Academic Success Center for all students. There are also plans to construct a fieldhouse near the College’s athletic fields. Already, the College has raised almost $3 million through gifts in the campaign’s “quiet phase” (read about recent campaign commitments on page 36). The campaign’s fundraising priorities are one outcome of an intensive planning process involving members of the President’s Cabinet, trustees, and key faculty and staff leaders over the past year. Another result is a three-year strategic plan that plots out improvements in all areas of the College. The campaign and strategic improvements are aimed at advancing one fundamental goal: to ensure that the only private twoyear college in North Carolina will continue to provide deserving students with a high-quality and affordable residential college experience. A successful conclusion to the Great Futures Campaign will help Louisburg write an exciting new COL UMN S 4

chapter in its remarkable history. The college that traces its beginnings to 1787, which survived closure during the Civil War and averted bankruptcy in the Great Depression, will earn new distinction as the oldest two-year, coeducational, church-related college in America. “The story of Louisburg College is a story of perseverance,” says Dr. Mark La Branche, who became the school’s 27th president in January 2009. “It is a long history of preparing students for the world in which they will live. The Louisburg story is compelling for alumni and all those who support us, and is the source of our greatest strength.”

higher education,” he says, “creates a pathway of social mobility for generations of students, serves as a strong social witness, and fulfills an important aspect of the mission of the United Methodist Church.” “We aim to create believers in our alumni and larger communities,” he declares. “Our student body has changed over the years but our mission is unchanged. We are continuing our work in transforming the lives of students and helping them become good citizens in a democracy that needs good citizens more than ever.”

Dr. La Branche himself attended a two-year college, which has proved to be a formative experience in his life as well as his education. As an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, with eighteen years of parish ministry experience, he emphasizes the College’s faith-based mission. He speaks of helping students “lay hold” of their potential, and applauds the “incredible staff and faculty” for their devotion to the mission. “People are called to be here. That’s part of the Methodist tradition—an academic transformation that has a social mission,” he says.

“This campaign is an essential next step in strengthening and anchoring the College,” the president says. “We need an Academic Success Center that would let us be the best we can be for our students. That center would take the studentdevelopment tools and strategies of our highly successful Learning Partners program and, to the extent possible, make them available to the entire student body. That’s a reflection of our desire to do more of what we already do well. We want to be true to our mission even as society has changed. We can be a significant institution in our region while rebuilding our historic ties to the Louisburg and Franklin County communities.”

“The mission of Christian higher education is to challenge each student to ask the simple, but profound question, ‘What has God called me to do with my life?’ Providing quality, affordable, and accessible

There is evident and growing excitement about the transformation this campaign can accomplish in Louisburg’s facilities and programs. Faculty, staff, and key volunteer leaders, called “champions,” talk

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about their hopes for new programs and improved facilities (see sidebar of campaign priorities and champions). They eagerly outline what new technology and classroom space could mean to students across the curriculum, from art to mathematics, and how nice it would be for small groups to have meeting spaces in the Student Center, rather than in large classrooms. Athletes imagine what it would be like to change clothes in a new fieldhouse, rather than on the fourth floor of Main Building, and what a renovated gymnasium would look like. Inevitably, discussion turns to the importance of more scholarship support for students at Louisburg—the kinds of students who would benefit the most from help. Jeff Olbrys, assistant professor of mathematics, knows very well how Louisburg helps students. Ten years ago, the Lockheed-Martin engineer and navy veteran took a cut in pay to begin a more rewarding life as a teacher at Louisburg. Over those years, Olbrys has had what he calls “the best seat in the house” to watch what Louisburg can do. “I get to be in the front of the classroom

“The Louisburg story is compelling for alumni and all those who support us, and is the source of our greatest strength.” —President La Branche

Campaign Priorities

Annual Giving

GOAL: $3,500,000 Champions: William Shelton ’69 and Robert Beck ‘53

Capital GOAL: $3,500,000 PRIORITIES GYMNASIUM RENOVATION $500,000 Champion: Roger Taylor ‘68 NEW FIELD HOUSE $1,500,000 Champion: TBA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER UPGRADES $350,000 Champions: Parker and Lynda Lumpkin, Lucy Allen

and I can see when the light bulb goes on, when a student really gets it.” Over ten years he has seen a lot of students “get it,” he says.

STUDENT CENTER RENOVATION $250,000 Champions: Sue Robertson and Russ Odom ‘68

“Part of our mission historically is helping students make the transition from wherever they start to success in the university down the street. We only get them for a small slice of time—two years—but in that time a student can come here and become a leader and be a starting player as a freshman. It’s easy to see the effect we have as teachers,” says the former engineer. “I think that is true of donors. You can make a big, big difference with a gift to Louisburg. A $100,000 gift to Duke is one of a great many. But here, that $100,000 would transform the classroom experience of mathematics. We give a lot of value for the money.”


Be a champion for Louisburg College. Support the people and values of this historic College that mean the most to you. You will help today’s faculty do the College’s special work—transforming the lives of deserving students. For further information about the Great Futures Campaign and ways to support it, contact Kurt Carlson, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, 919.497.3325 or *Bobby Wayne Clark is a writer specializing in higher education issues. He has worked at Brown, Wesleyan, Duke, Guilford, and Elon in various journalistic and communications positions.

Program GOAL: $1,000,000 PRIORITY Academic Success Center $500,000 Champion: John Strotmeyer ‘68

Endowment and Planned Giving GOAL: $7,000,000 Champion: Dr. Reginald Ponder PRIORITIES UNRESTRICTED $3,000,000 SCHOLARSHIPS (MERIT AND NEED) $2,000,000 LECTURE SERIES $100,000

C O N C E RT S TAG E D E D I C AT E D On the evening of November 12th, Louisburg College and the children of Emily and Scott Gardner (pictured below) proudly dedicated the Emily and Scott Gardner Concert Stage in the Frances Boyette Dickson Auditorium of the Seby B. Jones Performing Arts Center. During a dinner at the Person Place, friends and family members gathered with President La Branche and a group of LC staff to dine and share fond memories of their parents. Emily and Scott met at Louisburg College and married in 1948; both were members of the Class of 1946. As a member of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church for over sixty years, Emily served faithfully as a Sunday School teacher, choir member, circle member, youth leader, and board member. Emily was honored to serve on the Louisburg College Board of Trustees from 1992-2008. Scott had a successful career as owner of Warrenton Furniture Exchange, and was also very supportive of the College. Both regularly attended the Allen de Hart Concert Series. Honoring their parents: (From L-R) Cathy Gardner, David Gardner, Janet Adair, Susan Creed, and Richard Creed at the November dedication

Emily, who passed away in November 2009 at the age of 81, was preceded in death nine years ago by Scott. The couple are survived by a son, David Gardner, and his wife, Cathy, of Warrenton, along with two daughters: Janet Adair, and husband, Dodd, of Birmingham, AL, and Susan Creed and husband, Richard, of Greensboro. They also have nine grandchildren: Angela Thatcher; Clint Lorek; Matthew Gardner; Lauren, David, and Scott Adair; and Jason, Megan, and Adam Creed; and two great-grandchildren: Avery and Breanna Thatcher.

2010 Speaker Series: A View From the Top The College was honored to host Supreme Court Correspondent Robert Barnes (pictured) as the guest speaker in the Fall 2010 Speaker Series held October 19th in the Frances Boyette Dickson Auditorium. Barnes has been a reporter and editor at The Washington Post for more than twenty years, covering politics, government and, since November 2006, the Supreme Court. Early in his career at the Post as the deputy national editor in charge of domestic policy, he supervised coverage of the Supreme Court, Justice Department, the census, demographics, and race. As political editor during the first term of the Clinton Administration, he coordinated coverage of national politics, the White House, and Congress. He also served as metropolitan editor, directing the Post’s local coverage of the District, Maryland, and Virginia.

Presidential Inauguration On Friday, April 16, 2010, The Rev. Dr. Mark David La Branche was installed as the 27th president of Louisburg College.

Although La Branche had served as acting president since January 2009, this very special day allowed the College and surrounding community the chance to officially recognize and celebrate La Branche’s leadership. The day began with a luncheon for delegates and College trustees in the south wing of the Seby B. Jones Performing Arts Center. Preceding the inaugural program, Mr. Alan Davis, the great-great grandson of the 11th president of Louisburg College, Matthew S. Davis, and the grandnephew of the 12th president of Louisburg College, Mary Davis Allen, kicked off the inaugural ceremonies with an organ concert in the Frances Boyette Dickson Auditorium. Trumpeter Don Eagle joined Davis in the processional music, “The Crown Imperial.” The processions were led by College Marshals Lisa Burchfield George, Scott Jeffrey Clagg, Shakeila Lashawn Jones, and Chief Marshall Uriel Orlando Rivera-Quintero. The inaugural program, which was presided over by Dr. John Cameron (pictured far right), Louisburg College chairman of the Board of Trustees, included greetings from the Mayor of Louisburg; NC Representative Lucy T. Allen; and Mr. Alfred Gwinn, bishop of the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. The Rev. Jon Strother, the Raleigh district superintendent of the United Methodist Church, delivered the invocation. Bishop Paul Duffey, the bishop in residence at First United Methodist Church in

He returned to reporting in August 2005 as a political reporter and columnist, and began covering the Roberts Court in its second term. He took a brief break to cover the presidential race during the summer and fall of 2008, and returned to the court after the election. He covered the nominations and confirmations of Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. He gave up all thoughts of law school for a career in newspapers after taking a journalism class at the University of Florida. It did not occur to him, as it apparently did to others, that he could do both.


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The First Family (L-R): Son, Robert, and his wife, Mindy; Mark and Mona La Branche; Granddaughter, Maggie Delikat; Daughter, Emily Delikat; and Mona’s parents, Delores and Russell Maxwell


Montgomery, Alabama, gave the inaugural address. Duffey, who La Branche describes as his “mentor,” spoke of the president’s “vision, persistence, desire for growth, and an ability to recognize all who help.” Miss Shekanah Solomon, student body representative for the inauguration, reflected upon La Branche’s integrity, persistence, openness, and hospitality. A festival choir, comprised of Louisburg College students and choir members from Louisburg United Methodist Church, performed throughout the program. Ms. Phyllis Ihrie from the College’s business office accompanied the choir on the piano. Mr. Larry Speakman, LC director of chorale activities, and Mr. Craig Eller, LC English professor and Louisburg United Methodist Church choral director, provided musical direction. The program came to a close with La Branche delivering an inaugural response in which he recognized the commitment of the College faculty and staff. “They stood firm in the face of what sometimes appeared to be overwhelming challenges, and cleared a path for God’s providence to work.” A reception on the lawn of the Jones Center following the inauguration included live music by a string quartet.

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Profiles in TEACHING Profiles in

TEACHING Profiles in TEACHING One of the most important roles for an academic dean is to serve as an advocate for the faculty. With the following “Profiles In Teaching,” we showcase the talents of eight full-time faculty members at Louisburg College. As you read about my colleagues, you will clearly sense their commitment to our students as we work together to continue to build strong foundations for great futures—just as we have for last 224 years. I have had the privilege of serving as academic dean since June 1, 2010. I am honored to lead a group of faculty members who not only have extensive expertise within their fields of study, but who also care deeply about learning and how to help our students achieve the highest levels of success. If you’re wondering where transformational learning occurs, that’s what we do here at Louisburg College—one student at a time.

Biology Instructor Jennith Thomas with students

— Dr. James Eck, Dean of the Faculty

Dr. James (Jim) Eck serves as the dean of the faculty and vice president for academic life. Prior to coming to Louisburg, he spent five years at Samford University (Birmingham, Alabama) and eight years at Rollins College (Winter Park, Florida). Jim earned an undergraduate and graduate degree in psychology from Ball State University (Muncie, Indiana), an MBA from Samford University, and a PhD in higher education from the University of Georgia.

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y name is Will Hinton. I’ve been employed at Louisburg College for over twenty-seven years, where I hold the rank of professor of visual art. I currently teach Foundation Drawing 111A, Ceramics-Pottery 136A, and Art Appreciation 111A. I am also responsible for all curatorial work in the Louisburg College Permanent Art Collection and in the Traveling Exhibitions Art Gallery housed in the Jones Auditorium.

and academics at Louisburg High School. My oldest daughter, Camilla, is graduating from North Carolina State University in the Spring of 2011, majoring in fashion marketing and design.

I grew up in northeastern North Carolina in a small town named Gatesville, population 300. I knew everyone in the town. Both of my parents grew up there, and both of my grandmothers lived there. One of them, Addie, taught me how to work with my hands, sewing, cooking, and gardening. The other one, Camilla (a 1919 LC alumna), taught me about perseverance, history, and politics. I have always trusted in this strength of “family.” Each semester I try to create in my classes some sense of this community, trust, and interdependence which was modeled for me growing up. Louisburg College has provided me the metaphorical and physical space to realize my potential as an artist and an educator. Ideas and quotes are both vital and cheap to me at the same time. What I mean is that one should not hold on too tightly to either, because you won’t move on to the next one. The quote that I am looking at right at this moment as I type this is from one of my heroes, Vincent Van Gogh, “I am not an adventurer by choice, but by fate.” I turn my head and I see this from Leonardo da Vinci, “Where the hand does not work with the spirit there is no art.” My partner of twenty-five years, Pat, is one of our librarians here at Louisburg College, and is also an accomplished landscape painter. My youngest daughter, Zoe, is sixteen and enjoys both athletics


I received my A.A. Degree from Chowan College in 1977, my B.F.A. from East Carolina University in 1980, and my M.F.A. from The New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 1982. I have completed additional academic work at both Duke University and North Carolina State University. In addition to my teaching responsibilities here at LC, I have been fortunate to teach at two of the most respected art and craft schools in the United States: Penland School of Crafts in the mountains of NC, and at Anderson Ranch in Aspen, Colorado. I have planned, created, and installed five different public art

installations across NC, and received a National Endowment for the Arts grant for my design team’s work with The Arts Council of Wilson. In 2001, I created and installed the Davis Circle College Seal—a permanent installation on the LC campus. Since 1983, my work has been shown in twenty individual and group exhibitions. I am in the midst of ideation and design of our Louisburg College Labyrinth to be installed in the Summer of 2011 in front of the Cecil Robbins Library. Initial project funding has come from the Louisburg College GAC, the Franklin County Arts Council, and LC Trustee Fred Roberson.


During my tenure I’ve been the 1995 LC Commencement Speaker, the 1988 Outstanding Faculty Member (initial recipient), the 2005-2006 Faculty Chair, Chair of the Franklin County Annual Fund Drive, and member of the following committees: Faculty Senate, Salary and Benefits, LC Bicentennial, Faculty Development and Evaluation (chair), Academic Affairs, Long-Range Planning, Public Affairs, and SACS Steering Committee.

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A labyrinth is an ancient spiritual tool. Seen at its core, a tool is an instrument of amplification. A tool increases what we can accomplish. A labyrinth is a tool of transformation and a crucible for change in our lives. It is a container which you walk into, contemplate, and out of; where your psyche meets your soul. A labyrinth is also a devotional tool where walking meditation takes place. It heals and comforts, confronts and supports, as it helps the participant remember the ancient paths where others have journeyed before. A labyrinth allows us to experience the rhythm of our souls as we are woven into the mercy of God’s grace and forgive-


ness. This winding circuitous walk symbolizes a pilgrim’s walk with their faith. The Louisburg College Labyrinth is patterned on the floor labyrinth in Chartres Cathedral. Our labyrinth is a seven circuit circular labyrinth which will be forty feet in diameter, constructed out of cut common brick and cast concrete. My goal is for this installation to be sturdy enough for a car to drive over it and a tractor to scrape ice off of it; while retaining a lyrical, delicate invitation for a child to dance their way on its winding path. This tool for walking meditation will always be open to our Louisburg College students, staff, faculty, and alumni; as well as all community members and visitors on their particular journey.

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Dan Bartholomew


s full-time faculty at Louisburg College, my mission is to develop a multifaceted music program. Our students come to us with an abundance of talents; our charge as teachers is to provide guidance and opportunities for that talent to be put to use, for the benefit of both the student and the community.

include implementing a pep band with a drumline to provide support to our athletic teams. I grew up in a rural community along the Kentucky/West Virginia border and I feel great loyalty toward that region. However, in the five years since my husband and I married and bought a home in Franklin County, this place has become dear to us and to our family. Even before my recent employment as music faculty at Louisburg College, I volunteered with the Franklin County Arts Council, serving on the Board of Directors and as a judge of the 2009 International Whistler’s Competition in Louisburg.

My responsibilities on campus this semester have included individual piano and voice lessons, music appreciation classes, and a small vocal ensemble. In addition, I have had the privilege to work closely with Chaplain Davis to provide music for our weekly chapel service. I have come to know many of our students as My own musical training and curious, talented and enthusihistory are vital to the teachastic, and as I look at my class er I am today. I rosters for received a bachthe spring “It is my belief that as elor’s degree in semester I human beings we all have fine arts with an am thrilled emphasis in clariand optimis- a special connection to net performance tic. I have music.” from Marshall every conUniversity where I fidence that also participated in and comwe have some amazing music pleted the prestigious Society in our future here at the Colof Yeager Scholars academic lege and I am blessed to be a program. I earned a master of part of it. My immediate plans



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music in clarinet from Ohio University and completed four semesters of graduate work in ethnomusicology at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. Throughout my life I have been active as a vocalist and I currently sing with the chancel choir at Louisburg United Methodist Church. It is my belief that as human beings we all have a special connection to music and that as a teacher I should take full advantage of that fact. I look forward to helping make music an important asset and attribute of Louisburg College and the Louisburg community.


y first day with Louisburg College was August 16, 2010—the day before the first day of classes. Most students have been here longer than I have so it’s hard to imagine that anyone has been here a shorter period of time. I have the opportunity and pleasure to work and learn with students enrolled in general chemistry, chemistry of life, and elementary algebra. After obtaining an associate’s degree earlier in life from Haywood Community College, it wasn’t until I was forty-three years old that I earned my undergraduate degree in chemistry from Western Carolina University (my second attempt at higher education—there was a time when surfing was just more important…). I earned my graduate degree in chemistry from the same college two years later. Before completing my degrees, I was a stone mason and then a general contractor. Believe me when I say that I fully understand the value of education. I have experienced firsthand the opportunities that education offers and the doors it opens. I WINTER 2011

know the difference it makes— in one’s thinking, understanding, planning, and in her/his job opportunities and earning potential. I spent eleven years working as a research and development manager for Nomacorc, LLC, in Zebulon, NC. During this time I had the opportunity to develop an early prototype wine closure that became the leading global synthetic wine closure, with sales of two billion closures in 2008. I worked with legal entities to create and protect patents (I have three) and helped our company comply with governing agencies (FDA and EU). In that role, I had the opportunity to travel to Australia, South Africa, Argentina, Germany, and France. I have never been good at completely leaving the classroom behind. Even while doing this work, I taught several courses at community colleges, as well at Western Carolina and NC State. When I’m not working or teaching or learning, I enjoy coastal fishing and oil painting. I also like to garden and cook (and eat). I have been known to knock the little white ball around the golf course, too. For me, life-long learning is the only option. Last year I enrolled, as a non-degree student at NC State, in microbiBuilding Strong Foundations for Great Futures

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ology coursework. It was fascinating to learn about the zillions of tiny complex organisms that inhabit the earth with us. In my new role at Louisburg, I welcome the opportunity to engage students. My goal (in addition to teaching basic chemistry and concepts) is to challenge them to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. In the process, they are engaging me to find the best and most effective strategies to present essential and sometimes difficult materials. We began our coursework together by thinking and expressing our mutual expectations; this agreement has provided the background for this exploration. We address challenges as opportunities for reframing and exploring varied classroom strategies (daily quizzes, small group work and even occasional M&M candy rewards) that lead to the development of new and life-long learning skills and ultimately success. The students know that I am a true chemistry geek. If sharing my authentic excitement, curiosity, and joy about chemistry gets them to wonder about chemistry and/or how things work in the universe, they’re thinking— and learning. That’s why I’m here…and delighted to be part of Louisburg College. C O L U MNS 1 3



have been at Louisburg College since 2002, teaching biology, world regional geography, and botany. I have served on the Judicial Board since 2004 and have also been one of the faculty members on the Board of Trustees’ Building and Grounds Committee.

them study this curriculum as surely as they do their academics. It upsets me when my students waste their time and money, and I noticed that they were always done with lab in less than the allotted three hours. According to

I attended the University of Oklahoma, and also West Texas A&M University where I earned a B.A. in geography magna cum laude and an M.S. in biology. My academic work prepared me to be a scientist, but the rest of my life prepared me to teach.

God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.’”

I was a professional actor for seven years, and can draw on that experience to gather and hold my students’ attention. I also designed kitchens, toiled in an editorial library, worked in the kitchen of a nursing home, worked in various scientific labs, and wrote a “Dear Abby” horoscope column for a newspaper in New Mexico. My life has made me a generalist, which is critical for teachers. Our students haven’t come here just to study biology, geography, math, or English, they have come to learn about being independent, cooperative, and self-directed, and we help


Kansas State University, which teaches all its introductory biology courses this way. I learned that this form of teaching is called “studio instruction,” and that as far as anyone knew, the only schools in the country offering studio biology courses were Kansas State University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Louisburg College. Our studio strategy is still being honed to provide the best instruction possible for each student, but $450 times forty students per semester means that students are spending “I am a believer in $18,000 worth of otherFrederick Buechner’s wise-wasted instructional observation: ‘The place time actually learning. I have worked in the field on environmental impact statements and Playa Lake research, but since coming to Louisburg College, I have devoted most of

my time to teaching both here and in the community (the College used to offer a summer science camp for local youngsters, and my colleagues and I judge science fairs and visit elementary schools in Franklin and surrounding counties). Recently, however, we were offered an opportunity to partner with Virginia State University on a grant from NASA. Thanks to this grant, four of our best students will intern for eight weeks at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Washington, DC in 2011, 2012, and 2013—twelve students in all. This is an opportunity offered to only a few, and I am excited to have participated in bringing it to Louisburg. I am here because this is where I was led to fulfill my vocation. I am a believer in Frederick Buechner’s observation: “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”

Louisburg College is partnering with Virginia State University on a CIPAIR (Curriculum Improvements Partnership Award for the Integration of Research) grant from NASA supporting undergraduate science research at minority-serving institutions. Our share of the funding is $156,000 over three years, some of which will come to the College directly to be used for classroom supplies and help to cover salaries and travel expenses. Each summer for the next three years (2011, 2012, 2013), Thomas will accompany a group of four LC students to an internship at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Washington, DC. Participants will receive a stipend for this internship and their expenses will be covered by the grant. my calculations, a student who leaves the lab an hour early each week wastes about $32 each time—almost $450 per semester—and I have that much less time to teach. I wanted to give the students more time on task, so I asked to be able to offer my classes as three two-hour blocks of teaching time per week. Each day we have lecture and some kind of activity to reinforce the concepts we’ve been learning. A year or so after we started, I read an article about

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“We will be initiating a research project on the local level, and then inputting our data to the computers at the GSFC for analysis,” Thomas explains. “No project has been chosen yet, but I’m leaning toward doing something with the Tar River. I hope to meet with representatives from the Tar River Conservancy in the coming months to discuss our options for partnering on this project.” For more information about CIPAIR, please visit


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Karen Martin

“I look forward each day to collaborating with our students as we work together to learn how to express language clearly on paper.”




his is my sixth year at Louisburg College. When I was hired to “run” the Writing Center, I was told that not many students utilized the free service that the College offered. My job, then, was to make the Writing Center a welcoming place where students would want to get help with their writing. Now, the Writing Center is a thriving and, at times, overflowing support center where students come and go each day for grammar, writing, and revision tutoring. I also teach English classes as needed, including expository writing, argument-based writing, and literature courses. Currently, I am a member of the Handbook Committee and the Academic Affairs Committee. Prior to obtaining my M.A. degree from Duke University, I worked as an editor on several published projects at Duke University Medical Center. Then, as a graduate student, I had the privilege of studying with Harvard’s visiting professor, Dr. George Gopen, who helped me define a way to teach writing that is both logical and learner-friendly. His

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have a long association with Louisburg College. Not only am I the director of Learning Partners, a program serving college students with learning disabilities (LD) and AD/HD, but I am also an alumna of the College. I came to LC through the Weekend College Program in 1997 after my youngest child, Olivia, started pre-school. While working on my degree, I was hired as a financial aid counselor. Learning Partners (LP) began as a pilot program in 1999, and, after some discussion with LP personnel and a profound passion for understanding differences in learning, I decided my career path led in the direction of psychology, with an emphasis on LD and AD/HD.

approach, interestingly enough, built on my earlier tennis training with Dennis van der Meer, who emphasized breaking entire strokes and strategies down into the most basic elements, making the pieces easier to grasp and to incorporate as successful habits. I find both of these teaching strategies useful in helping students understand how to put a paper together successfully. After receiving my graduate degree, I worked as a dissertation writing consultant for Dr. Edgar Boone’s (a LC Trustee) NCSU doctoral students. In addition, I served as an editor for Suzanne Stevens, a Winston-Salem based author and dyslexia specialist who proBuilding Strong Foundations for Great Futures

vided an excellent introduction to dyslexia, AD/HD, and other learning disabilities as well as to teaching strategies for LD students. Both roles prepared me to work with flexibility and with an appreciation for a myriad of writing styles and abilities. Now, at Louisburg College, I look forward each day to collaborating with our students as we work together to learn how to express language clearly on paper. The successes of each student always make me happy, but I strive daily to find ways to improve my teaching so that more students will benefit from being enrolled at Louisburg College and utilizing the Writing Center.


I received my bachelor’s degree in psychology from Peace College, and interned with the disability office at Peace and the LP program at Louisburg while finishing up that degree. Upon graduation, I became a full-time learning specialist in LP while working on my master’s in clinical psychology at North Carolina Central University. In 2008, after five years as a learning specialist, I completed my master’s degree and became the director of LP, the very program that informed my career path almost ten years prior! While in college, I discovered that I had struggled with undiagnosed AD/HD. Because this disorder is often a “hidden disability,” particularly in girls with the Inattentive Type, diagnosis is sometimes made late in life. However, this struggle set me on a quest for knowledge and a life of service to others who struggle with differences, and I am so fortunate to have a job I love where I am able to share strategies and give hope to young adults with similar challenges. I tell my students that big successes come by taking small steps consistently over time. My own life attests to that, and I encourage students to keeping moving forward in spite of setbacks that come their way. “I tell my I am interested in the relationship between psycho-educational testing and intervention strategy. My thesis focused on college students with LD and AD/HD, SAT scores, and the influence of academic supports on student outcome. As part of my practicum, I completed 750 hours at Whitaker School conducting psychotherapy and psychological testing for troubled youth. In addition to serving as the director of disabilities at LC, I am a member of the Learning Enterprise, Division Chair, Academic Life, and Academic Council Committees. My son, Isaac, continues the tradition of attending LC, where he is currently a sophomore.


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students that big successes come by taking small steps consistently over time.”

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came to LC in 1977 after completing my master’s in education from East Carolina University. I was hired by President J. Allen Norris, Dean C. Edward Brown, and Athletic Director Russell Frazier, for all of whom I have much admiration, respect, and gratitude. My life’s work has been all about and for Louisburg College. This is the place that I could make the biggest difference in the lives of young people. Hopefully, I have opened as many doors of opportunities for our students as have been opened in my own life. I was blessed to have had the opportunity to coach at Louisburg for twenty-eight years. During that time, the student-athletes I worked with left me with many treasured memories and experiences. Serving as Region X Director and NJCAA Softball Committee Chair provided me opportunities to travel nationally and internationally, develop professionally, and form lifetime friendships with my fellow coaches in women’s sports. In addition, I have served on numerous committees as a COL UMN S 1 8

member of the faculty, including committees of the Board of Trustees; Faculty Senate; Faculty Review; Faculty Professional Development and Evaluation; and Academic Affairs and Student Life.

improving and innovative technologies used in the classroom. Traditional lecture and classroom instruction is rapidly being replaced by a multitude of different learning systems and techniques utilizing online and web-based programs.

Being a teacher first and always emphasizing the STUDENT in student-athlete, I It is essential that LC continwanted to end ues to improve my career as an its information instructor in the “My life’s work has been technology infraclassroom. Menstructure and we all about and for Louistally and physiexpand our utilizacally exhausted tion of technology burg College. This is the after twentyin the classroom. place that I could make eight years of Laptops, Ipads, and coaching, I was Smartphones are the biggest difference in offered an opsupplying the lives of young people.” quickly portunity to access to ebooks, teach the sociolaudio books, and ogy courses that our beloved an unlimited array of resource Bob Butler had taught for material that is rapidly transso many years. Infused with forming education as we have new energy and enthusiasm, traditionally known and underI attended NC State and NC stood it. Through the use of Central for a summer and fall technology, I believe we can session, taking coursework, improve our student learning and renewed my love for and outcomes and better increase knowledge in sociology. Curour ability to reach the nurently in my thirty-fourth year, merous students we have I hope to continue in the classwith various learning styles room as long as my passion and needs. In today’s society, burns inside for academia and I just as sport is entertainment, can be of value to the students education requires offering I serve. students an exciting and challenging opportunity to learn! I am very interested in the Building Strong Foundations for Great Futures


Tommy Jenkins



n a sparkling clear August day in 2007, I arrived for my first day as an instructor at Louisburg College. I strode through the front doors of Taft confident, yet a little nervous, and I immediately realized I had no idea where my classes were located; I had left the schedule sheet at home. Luckily, some nice soul quickly let me know the room numbers and I was on my way. Now in my second year as a full-time faculty member, I find myself one of the veterans who can point the way to both new faculty and students. I love to teach. It took me a while to recognize my true career calling, but I have now found a wonderful home, more than just a job, at Louisburg College. Once upon a time I was living in Manhattan and working at a large publishing firm. I had received promotions, been given some major responsibilities, and had a clear professional path. But I soon understood that it was not what I wanted. I wanted to teach and learn and be in an environment where those things were possible. After living in New York for almost ten years, I gave up the corporate job and the big city life and moved back to North Carolina. Small gestures can often be life-altering events. After I finished graduate school at NC State, a professor sent me an e-mail from Louisburg College about opportunities to teach part-time. I jumped at the chance and now I can look on my deci“We are blessed to sion to move, my decision have a wonderful to go back to school, and my decision to respond to a faculty. I consider forwarded e-mail as acts of myself very lucky” fate. Or they were at least acts pretty close to fate. That is what it felt like when I found my calling here at Louisburg. Teaching English composition, literature, and creative writing allows me to impart things I have learned both in school and in the corporate world. Having also studied film at Columbia University—and I actually made a couple of short films—I think I am able to relate English and the written word to other mediums. I like to bring in exercises learned from creative writing classes into a first year English composition class because it forces students to see a topic in a different perspective. It also shows students that we are going to expand our conceptions of analysis in college. I am thrilled to be a part of Louisburg College and to work daily with our students. It is a joy to see student progression. We are blessed to have a wonderful faculty. I consider myself very lucky.


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2010 Alumni Events Spring Alumni Weekend

The College hosted its Spring Alumni Weekend April 15th and 16th. The weekend began with a meeting of the Golden Anniversary Council. Council President Robert Beck ‘53 presided over the meeting in which the group discussed council business and upcoming events.

Members of the Golden Anniversary Council gathered in Benson Chapel during the Spring 2010 Alumni Weekend Other weekend events included campus history tours, hosted by College staff member Leigh Ann Parrish; an alumni luncheon; an awards dinner; a meeting of the Alumni Association; an art studio open house hosted by Art Professor Will Hinton as he created a piece of pottery; the inauguration of President La Branche; and tours of the Franklin Male Academy Building (on campus) and Person Place (adjacent to campus on Main Street), where guests could stroll through two of Louisburg’s most historic buildings, view displays, and record memories through oral interpretation.

Sandhills Alumni Gathering Alumni from the Sandhills area gathered for fellowship on Thursday, August 26th, at the Fayetteville Public Library. The event was hosted by Bill Hurley ‘53 and Doug Bryant ‘47. Sandy and Bill Hurley ‘53 at the Sandhills gathering


Fall Homecoming

On Saturday, October 16th, the Louisburg College family celebrated Homecoming. The weather was perfect, the grounds were immaculate, and the various events were outstanding. The day was filled with some great wins on the football field, soccer field, and volleyball court, along with the presentation of the Homecoming Court and an inspiring Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Each Hall of Fame inductee reminded us of Louisburg’s long lineage of transformative leaders and transformed lives. Highlighting the Hall of Fame induction were a number of fascinating archival displays prepared by our Library, Advancement, and Athletic staff, with special help from LC alumnus, Doug Edwards ’53. The LC softball team hosted an Alumni Game Saturday afternoon. It was a great event that allowed former players to step back on the field and play against the current Lady ‘Canes. The first pitch of the game was thrown by Shirley and Doug Edwards ‘53 at Ms. Japlyne “Jackie” the Homecoming football game Stallings ‘46, a member of the LC women’s baseball team in the 1940s. Stalling’s career included a stint playing for the Rockford Peaches, an All-American Girls Baseball League playing out of Rockford, IL. As the sun set on this beautiful day, alumni gathered in the historic Person Place for dessert before making their way over to the Jones Performing Arts Center for an awesome and heartwarming performance by the bluegrass group, IIIrd Time Out. The night ended as our students celebrated with a Homecoming Dance.

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Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees with President Mark La Branche (far left) and LC Athletic Director Mike Holloman ‘83 (far right): (L-R) Sheilah Cotten, accepting for Ruth Cooke (Faculty Member and Women’s Basketball Coach); William “Tank” Hardin ’85 (Baseball); Bob Butler (Faculty Member and Mentor to Athletes); Paul Sanderford ’70 (Women’s Basketball Coach); Howard McCullough ’74 (Baseball); Regina Miller ’82 (Women’s Basketball); and Jeb Barlow ’80 (Men’s Basketball)

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They either played or coached for Louisburg College during their successful sports careers and the College was proud to officially induct them into its Second Athletic Hall of Fame during Homecoming. Noted North Carolina Sportscaster and Radio Personality Reese Edwards emceed the event, introducing the in-

ductees, who each gave acceptance speeches. Former LC Baseball Coach and current ECU Coach, Billy Godwin, also spoke during the ceremony, fondly recalling his coaching years at the College. At a BBQ reception after the ceremony, former LC Basketball Coach J. Enid Drake signed copies of the book, Road to Hutchinson: J. Enid Drake’s 52 Years’ Coaching Journey by J. Andrews Smith.

Keep an eye on your mailbox and on our website at for information about the GAC Reunion on April 16th and the 2011 Homecoming (L-R): Japlyne “Jackie” Stallings ‘46, softball player Lindsey Holtz, and Coach Monica Gordy at the 2010 softball reunion game


Weekend coming this fall!

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hen joy and duty clash, let duty go to smash!” Not exactly the selfproclaimed motto you would expect of a highlysuccessful businesswoman, but, for Pamela Barefoot ‘69, the SBA’s 1999 Virginia Small Business Person of the Year and recipient of the 2003 Outstanding Woman Entrepreneur Award in the United States, it’s the motto she chooses to live by.

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“Every once in a while, I have to take off and go somewhere,” says Barefoot, a Louisburg alumna and owner of Bay Beyond Inc. (trading as Blue Crab Bay Co.), a Chesapeake Bay-inspired specialty food and gift wholesale/ retail business on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. Her wanderlust —sparked by a letter written in 1929 that she found tucked inside a book she had purchased for fifty cents at a downtown thrift shop as a Louisburg College student some 40 years ago —has taken her around the world and inspired her to take chances, both personally and professionally. “Every spring,” says Barefoot, “I would pull out that letter and re-read it.” The two-page type-set plea, written on the 22nd day of March, 1929, begins simply with “Dearest Lady,” and closes with the signature of a woman by the name of “Amy BVD.” Hoping to persuade the friend to travel abroad with her, Amy writes, “Must you really stay home to care for your brother’s children? I do so want you to come. Why not follow the philosophy of Rebecca of Sunny Brook Farm—‘when joy and duty clash, let duty go to smash!’”

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Barefoot spent the first seventeen years of her life living and working on a tobacco farm near Four Oaks, North Carolina—a place where, she says, “I learned that hard work builds character.” Her childhood was filled with a close-knit group


of cousins and anchored by grandparents who had raised nine of their own children in and around Four Oaks. During her childhood, travel consisted mostly of “short family trips in Ford station wagons with my parents and siblings to see relatives.” Barefoot was especially close to her cousin Michael and felt rather lost when he left North Carolina to attend Northwestern University, but was also inspired by his determination to go to college. Barefoot began considering her options, eventually deciding to attend Louisburg. “Being a country girl, I liked that it was in a small town,” she explains. “I had not traveled much and was hesitant to go to a large city. Louisburg was a good stepping stone.” During the brief time she spent at Louisburg, Barefoot managed to immerse herself in all that the small liberal arts college had to offer, enrolling Barefoot as an “Island Girl” in LC’s in an honors English 1969 production of “SOUTH PACIFIC” class, playing an “Island Girl” in the theatre department’s production of “South Pacific,” and establishing life-long friendships. “I think Louisburg gave me a strong foothold to burst forward into the world on my own,” she says. In spite of Mrs. Gladys Bailey, Merritt Dorm’s strict housemother, Barefoot and fellow residents cut loose on occasion. “We would

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have to sign out every time we left the dorm, recording where we were going and with whom,” she says. She laughingly recounts “panty raids” in which the girls in Merritt Dorm would throw various undergarments out of the

Barefoot in her Merritt dorm room, 1969

windows onto the boys below. At a time when girls were only allowed to wear jeans if they were on their way to theatre practice, Barefoot pushed the dress-code boundaries. “I was always getting in trouble for wearing my skirts shorter than the allowed 2” from the knee.” This past year, with the utilization of social media, Barefoot and a handful of former classmates have been in contact with their drama teacher, Mr. Versteeg. “We are all in agreement that he was a big force in our lives and helped us to be better people.”

Upon completing her degree in psychology, Barefoot began working with at-risk youth —something she was good at, but, after four years, knew was not going to be her long-term career choice. Using money she raised through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and donations from tobacco companies, Barefoot traveled back home to photograph and document tobacco farms and the people who owned and worked them. Upon completion of her self-published book, Mules and Memories, A Photo Documentary of the Tobacco Farmer, Barefoot sold many of the 10,000 printed copies at tobacco festivals in Virginia and North Carolina. While living in Richmond, Barefoot met and married Jim Green. By the early 80’s, the couple was living on Berkeley Plantation in Virginia when a friend invited them to visit the state’s Eastern Shore. They immediately fell in love with crabbing, clamming, and the tidal rhythms of the Chesapeake Bay on one side and the rolling waves of the Atlantic Ocean on the other. Knowing they had found a new place to call home, the couple packed their belongings and soon found themselves living amongst the quiet serenity of the shores of Onancock.

“I think Louisburg gave me a strong foothold to burst forward into the world on my own.”

Near the end of the ‘69 spring semester, Barefoot was invited by a classmate to visit Virginia Commonwealth University—a sprawling campus located in the heart of Richmond’s “Fan District.” Barefoot took one look and was hooked, and by the next school year, she flew from the nurturing nest of Louisburg College to the fast-paced avenues of Virginia’s capital. VCU offered the chance to earn a bachelor’s degree


and, for Barefoot, the opportunity to explore the unknown – an undertaking partially inspired by the letter she’d found just one year before.

Browsing a bookstore one day, Barefoot happened upon the book Beautiful Swimmers —Watermen, Crabs and the Chesapeake Bay. Inspired by the watermens’ stories, she began experimenting with crab and clam dips in her farmhouse kitchen, hatching the idea for the Blue Crab Bay Co. brand, and eventually expanding the line to include everything from coastal-themed snacks and Bloody Mary mixers

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with clam juice to seaweed soaps.

great a treasure to just toss away.”

Barefoot hails from a family of successful entrepreneurs. Her much-beloved cousin, Michael, owns A Southern Season, a large-scale gourmet and gift shop in Chapel Hill, and her mother, now in her eighties, owns and operates Barefoot’s TLC Nursery near Four Oaks.

Going by the name on the letterhead, Barefoot ran a search for Van Deusen, and came across a man in California who had hundreds of them in his family tree. “I sent him a message through Ancestry’s site and heard back from him shortly thereafter. He said he did not have Amy’s name on his tree, but he would be glad to help me research it. A couple of hours later, he sent me a link to a photograph on Flickr. It was Amy, her husband Edwin, and daughter Marjorie on the very cruise she referred to in the eighty-year-old letter! I got chills seeing her face for the first time. I posted a message to the Flickr site owner and did not hear back. But Peter (my new friend in California) was persistent and kept looking, coming across census logs and ship manifests with her name. Six days later, after lots of web research, I managed to track down Amy’s great-grandson in Texas…and from there her four grandchildren.”

“I started the business out of desperation,” recalls Barefoot. “There were no jobs here. If you wanted to work, you had to create it yourself.” Soon after she opened the business, she sent out brochures to specialty shops throughout Virginia. Much to her delight and surprise, “the business took off very fast,” she says. “There was a niche there that was empty and ready to be filled.” Since that time, Barefoot has moved Bay Beyond’s headquarters to a 24,000 square-footbuilding not far from her waterfront home. Her husband, a former boat builder and bronze wildlife foundryman, along with a staff of twenty dedicated employees, help run the thriving wholesale and retail business.

A Letter’s Long Journey Home

While recovering from foot surgery in 2009, and feeling somewhat restless in her immobility, Barefoot did a bit of research on the genealogy site “My husband asked if he could look up the name of someone he used to know, and a light bulb went off in my head… could I possibly find Amy’s family? I kept thinking it was such a special letter that it should be in the hands of the family; it was too WINTER 2011

During Memorial Day Weekend of 2009, Barefoot traveled to Media, Pennsylvania, where she met Barb Banet, Jan Alexander, Steve Edwards, and Dave Edwards, all four of the Van Deusen grandchildren. “Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that a photo we uploaded to Flickr would play an important role in an amazing detective story—and lead to surprising information about our grandmother and also to such a wonderful connection to Pam Barefoot,” says Banet. “It is nothing short of incredible that Pam was able to find us after all these years,” adds Alexander. “Without her determination and persistence—and the internet—it would never have happened. Everyone in our family has mementos from our

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grandmother’s many trips to Europe, handed down to us by our mother. Thanks to Pam, and the letter she found that our grandmother wrote, we now have a greater appreciation of those ‘treasures’ from abroad. We now realize that traveling ‘meant the world’ to Amy. How nice that Amy’s letter ended up bringing so much pleasure to Pam through the years!” For Barefoot, the experience of placing the letter in the hands of the family was “amazing. They were the perfect recipients, very interested in history.” The group spent the long weekend together, getting acquainted and sorting through Amy’s historic travel photos from the early 1900s in which she led tours of Europe, along with old letters and postcards from that era. Since that first meeting, she has kept in contact with the grandchildren, who were so touched by Barefoot’s determination to find them, that they sent two antique sterling silver spoons engraved with a “V” on each handle to Barefoot and her husband. The package included a note that read, “Welcome to the family.”

The Louisburg College Board of Trustees is pleased to welcome two new members: Ms. Kim Spivey and Mr. H. John Hatcher, Jr.

From L-R: Barefoot, Dave Edwards, Jan Alexander, Barb Banet, and Steve Edwards

Prior to forming her own firm, she was the Director of Diversity and Employee Engagement for Wachovia Corporation. In her various roles, Ms. Spivey has advised managers and senior leaders on a wide range of business functions including finance, legal, operations, brokerage, retail sales, marketing and wealth management in both the corporate and non-profit sectors. She has developed and implemented successful strategies for mergers and acquisitions, new business creation, employee branding and engagement, communications, culture change, organizational redesign, and team performance. Her clients value her keen understanding of their business challenges and objectives and describe her as adept at quickly identifying the critical path to achieving improved performance. Ms. Spivey lives in Charlotte, NC.

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Having a trusted group of employees to steer the ship in her absence has allowed Barefoot more time to do some traveling. Just recently, Barefoot spent two weeks in Scotland—a trip that included a stop on the Isle of Skye, the home of her greatgreat-great grandparents. “Taking a trip refreshes me and makes me want to get back to work,” she says. “I always come back with new ideas.” With a successful business to run and many more journeys in her sights, don’t expect Barefoot to be slowing down any time soon. “Thankfully, I have time to work on my special side projects. I hope to write a small book about four sisters from North Carolina I met when I was working on my book about tobacco farmers in the 1970s.” She also hopes to do another tobacco farming photo book. “You can’t be afraid to take chances,” she says. “If you have an idea, don’t just sit on it, act on it. Lots of people have ideas, but you have to act on them.” C

Crossing the Atlantic: Amy Van Deusen (left) with her husband, Edwin, and daughter, Marjorie, 1929


Ms. Kim Spivey has over twenty-five years of experience in organizational strategy leadership, leadership development, human resources, and financial sales and service management. She received her B.A. in American government from the University of Virginia and an M.A. in organization development and management from Fielding Graduate University.

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Mr. H. John Hatcher, Jr., was raised in a strong Methodist home but graduated from two Baptist-affiliated colleges, Mars Hill and Wake Forest. In the midst of his formal education, he joined the US Army and served three years on active duty, most of which was overseas. On his return to Wake Forest, he married Blair Tucker, a Wake Forest College co-ed and Louisburg native. They have been married 54 years. Mr. Hatcher was a banker for more than twenty-seven years. His career spanned from Winston Salem to Asheboro, High Point, Raleigh, Mocksville, and finally, Cary, which has been home since 1970. He began a second career in commercial real estate and is a broker with White Oak Commercial in Raleigh. He is also a retired officer of the North Carolina Army National Guard, with more than twenty years of service. As a member of Cary’s First Baptist Church for more than thirty years, he served as church moderator and chairman of the Board of Deacons. He and Blair are now active members of Greenwood Forest Baptist Church, where he is a deacon. He has served as a trustee and member of the Foundation Board of Mars Hill College and has been Advisory Board chairman of the Salvation Army, as well as an enthusiastic bell ringer. Mr. Hatcher is also active in Rotary, having served his Cary club in many capacities, including president. He was district governor of Rotary International’s District 771. In addition, he has been active in the Cary Chamber of Commerce, serving as president; in American Legion Post 67, a former commander; the North Carolina Division of the American Cancer Society; and member of the Wake County Bond Financing Authority. Mr. Hatcher and his wife are the proud parents of three children and two grandchildren. He and his family have maintained strong ties to Louisburg, with extended family and lifelong friends there.


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NJ C A A S O F T BA L L H A L L O F FA M E heilah Cotten was officially inducted as the lone member of the 2010 NJCAA Softball Hall of Fame Class Thursday, December 9, 2010. During the National Fast-Pitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Annual Coaches’ Meeting in San Diego, CA, Cotton was presented with a ring and honored for her decades of service to both the NJCAA and her student-athletes. Cotten describes the award as “a humbling experience and honor.”

ARRAY OF ATHLETIC ACHIEVEMENT After a successful career as a student-athlete at East Carolina University and a brief coaching stop at North Carolina State University, Cotten began her career with the NJCAA in 1977 when she took a teaching position at Louisburg College. It wasn’t long before Coach Cotten took on the responsibility of coaching two different teams at Louisburg.

38-36 and in 1988 won the Region X Championship while also making it to the NJCAA National Tournament.

Cotten began coaching women’s fast-pitch softball in 1986, but it wasn’t until 1989 when she really hit her stride in the sport. In 1989, Louisburg finished as the Region X runner-up and again in 1990. In 1991, Louisburg won the Region X/ District C Championship and made it to their first NJCAA Tournament where they finished in As a Hurricane, Cotten has been very diverse in seventh place. Two players from that squad (Keeterms of coaching responsibilities. She first began sha Estes, Donna McLamb) received All-American her coaching journey in 1977 as both the men’s accolades. The next year, the Hurricanes finished tennis coach and the women’s volleyball coach. As runner-up in the Region X tournament, falling the men’s tennis coach, she found a great deal of short of qualifying for the national tournament. In success, tallying an overall record of 35-9 and a 1996, Cotten and the Hurricanes again made it winning percentage of .800 until she left the sport to the Region X Championship but lost to Chatin 1980. In her four years as women’s volleyball tanooga State Tech and Community College in coach, Cotten excelled by accumulating an overall district play. Then in 1997, Cotten found her record of 93-45 and most success by winning in each year (‘77, ‘78, the Region X/District C ‘79, ‘80) her teams Championship and taking won the Region X her team all the way to a championship, made fifth place finish at nationan NJCAA Tournaals. That year, she coached ment appearance, and one NJCAA All-American she was named the (Ameka McDougal) and Region X Coach of three Academic All-Amerthe Year. icans. The next year, Louisburg would have to settle In 1981, Cotten for a Region X Runner-up switched to coaching finish. In 1999, Cotten’s women’s slow-pitch team again won the Region softball where she X/District C Championship continued her winand made their way back ning ways by posting to the NJCAA National Cotten (far left, back row) with the 1984 slow-pitch team an overall record of Tournament, finishing in 90-48. From 1983 to seventh place with one All1985, Cotten won the Region X Championship, American (Misty Faircloth). From 2000 to 2004, made an NJCAA Tournament appearance, and the Hurricanes would win the Region X Champiwas selected the Region X Coach of the Year. onship, and in 2005 they won both the Region X and District C Championship en route to a 12th In 1986, Cotten gave up her duties as head coach place at nationals. of slow-pitch softball and began coaching yet another two sports when she took over the LouisIn her twenty years as the head fast-pitch softball burg women’s basketball program and the sport coach at Louisburg, Cotten not only produced that would gain her the most prosperity: fast-pitch an impressive overall record of 516-293, but also softball. From 1986 to 1988, Cotten produced helped fifty-six graduates receive scholarships to a winning record in women’s basketball by going NCAA Division I or Division II schools. Under

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Cotten’s guidance, fifteen players were selected NJCAA All-Americans and fourteen made Academic All-American status. The highly decorated coach was not only passionate about sports, but also about her player’s success in life. From 1990

From 1988 to 2000, Cotten served as the NJCAA Region X Women’s Director. Her duties included the supervision and administration of women’s athletics in Region X, while also serving as a regional representative on the national level. Between the years of 1990-2000, Cotten served as the NJCAA fast-pitch softball committee chair. In that position, she played a major role in establishing sports procedures, implementing divisional play, and assisting in the development of international play in NJCAA softball. In 1992, she began a nine-year stint as the NJCAA District C Director for women’s soccer, volleyball, and women’s basketball. Until 2000, she was responsible for creating guidelines for district tournaments in each sport as well as supervising district playoffs in each of these respective sports.

Cotten (center) coaching the women’s basketball team in the early 1980’s until her retirement from coaching, Cotten’s players amassed a graduation rate of ninety-two percent.

A Career Filled With Credit In 1981, Cotten was inducted into the East Carolina University Athletic Hall of Fame. Having set many of ECU’s single game records for women’s basketball between the years of 1971-75, Cotten became the first female athlete ever to receive that honor. In 2000, she received the Naomi Dickens Shaw Award for Excellence in Teaching from Louisburg College and was also selected for the “Who’s Who among American College Teachers.” In 2001 she was nominated for the Carnegie Institute’s CASE Professor of the Year Award which honors undergraduate teachers who excel in both teaching and positively influencing the lives of their students. In 2003, Louisburg showed their appreciation for her services by naming their softball facility “Sheilah R. Cotten Softball Field.” In 2007, she was inducted into the Louisburg College Athletics Hall of Fame after thirty years of providing unequaled athletic and academic guidance to her student-athletes.


Thoug hts Sha red by Coa ch Cotten’s Form er Pl a yers a nd Stu dents

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From 1992 to 2000, she also held the title of NJCAA Sectional Director for Women’s Basketball. With this title came the responsibility of ranking the top teams from the southeastern U.S., as well as developing the women’s basketball national poll each season. Over the last thirty years, Cotten has been a crucial part of Louisburg College’s athletic success as well as the growth of fast-pitch softball within the NJCAA. Her actions, accomplishments, and the influence she has had in her time Cotten looks out on the field named of service to not for her, 2004 only the NJCAA but also to her student-athletes exemplify what every coach strives to accomplish in their career. C

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come professionally and personally and I am in awe at the positive impact she has had and continues to have on the lives of so many women.

pushes you to be the best you can be on and off the field! As a coach, she is enthusiastic, fun, and encouraging. She puts a lot of support into the college also. I am grateful I got recruited by her and learned a lot of life lessons, as well as had the best time of my life at Louisburg College.

From the time I stepped onto the Louisburg College campus as a young female not having a clue which road to travel, Coach Cotten believed in me. No matter how much I thought I knew James Wood ‘99 Coach Cotten was and still is a teacher, everything, she never once gave up on leader and mother figure of youthme. Coach Cotten took me under her ful minds, not only for her teams, wing and molded me into the person I Alana Thomas ‘02 am today. She made me realize my fam- but other students in her classrooms. She helped mold, guide, and prepare Coach Cotten was at the core of my ily should always be first and I should motivation when I attended Louisnever take life for granted. Her dedica- each of us for what is called “society.” Coach Cotten has helped those of us burg College. She knew more about tion to her students and her desire for in her life become who we are today. my talents and flaws then I knew. each of us to become successful on and Her accomplishments on the field are She made sure to push me as much as off the field will forever be I needed in order to see the instilled in all of us. She things I needed to change in taught us all to work hard order to become an amazing and to never give up. Coach athlete, and most of all, a sucCotten is the reason we cessful woman. I owe much of all hold Louisburg College who I am today to her. I had near to our hearts. Her many things that I needed to dedication, heart, motivaimprove about myself and she tion, and passion has been played a great role in that. I placed in all of us and will forever be grateful for the because of that, she is not hard work and dedication she only a great mentor and has placed in each young lacoach, but a friend that we (L-R): Samantha Beavers, Jina Stamey, Toni Champ, Unknown, Cat Smith dy’s life she has encountered. all continue to seek guidYoung, Coach Cotten, Melissa Register, and Alana Thomas at a wedding of Even today, she still cares ance from and hold very one of their former LC teammates for each of us deeply and has close to our hearts. Coach never forgotten to make sure Cotton, for all you have we are still working to improve ourtremendous but her influence off the done for me and for never giving up on selves and become better at whatever field is felt through her former players me, “Thank You!” we do every day. She is a true leader, who are nurses, coaches, doctors, lawmentor, teacher, coach, and most of all, yers, teachers, and most importantly, Kim Nesbitt Jones ‘98 friend! She should be very proud of the parents. I would like to say that I am very role she has played in helping so many thankful to have had such a kind, caryoung ladies achieve their success and Emily Allen Stanley ‘98 ing, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable develop their character. She has the biggest heart of anyone I softball coach in Coach Cotten. I think know and she always saw potential in that she went above and beyond as a the people no one else saw potential in. Cat Smith Young ‘02 softball coach to ensure that all of us Coach Cotten is funny, patient, kind, First off, I want to thank her for being who played for her learned a whole and honest, all of which made her the such a great leader. Without her being lot more while in college besides just coach she was. I owe two of my best part of my life I would not be where softball. Although she will always be I am today. It takes a very special and thought of as a great coach, she is much college years to Coach Cotton! caring individual to dedicate their life more than that to those who have to young girls succeeding. She only Sherry Ray Thompson ‘97 played for her. I think Coach Cotten is Coach Cotten taught me what it truly has the young ladies for two years and a role model to all who have played for means to be motivated and have deterhas such a tremendous impact on us her and that many of us still look up to mination. She was a great role model for the rest of our lives. I’m extremely her and ask for her advice. and it was an honor to play softball for blessed to have “accidently” fallen into her. the program under her guidance. She Amber Joyner ‘00 is now a part of my family and always Coach is my mentor. She helped me will be. Thank you coach for caring so Becca Scarboro ‘05 to grow as a person and continues to much about someone that you knew Coach Cotten is a dedicated coach challenge me well after graduating and so little about when we first met; you whose job doesn’t just stop on the playing for her. She’s a voice of reason are truly deserving. Congratulations! field. She gets involved with her playand a constant reminder that I can (Together, Lady Canes) ers to ensure they turn into successstrive to be a better person. I admire ful members of the community. She where she started and how far she has WINTER 2011

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What’s NXT in Healthcare? By Amy Scoggin McManus


om Jennings ’70, a native of Elizabeth City, NC, grew up on a farm in rural America. “By doing so,” he says, “on a farm that had no limits or boundaries, I was free to explore the unknown. My days of dreaming, thinking of the future, and challenging thinking started on that farm, in the school, and the country Methodist Church that I attended.” Growing up, Jennings says, some of the best teachers from his early school years graduated from Louisburg. His older brother and three of his aunts are also LC alumni, so when it came time to think of college, “Louisburg was the choice for me.”

healing effects associated with environmental aesthetics, analyzing and addressing workflow considerations, and working in partnership with some of the world’s leading medical equipment and clinical technology manufacturers. Fueled by a passion for architectural design in healthcare and a mission to create designs that improve the human condition, Jennings started NXT in 2006, a nonprofit innovation firm based in Greer, South Carolina. Launching the company with a contract from the Department of Defense to design the “Patient Room of the Future,” NXT has led collaborative research efforts that address new workflow concepts, architectural and interior design systems, and advanced technology platforms that can enhance patient/physician communications.

Jennings says his years at Louisburg helped him to evaluate issues in a very open fashion, and also to prepare him academically for his later years of study at Wake Forest and “NXT is a graduate work at “Louisburg College platform George Washset the stage for me to rethink ington. “It healthcare in was a tough and I am very proud to a totally difschool, and have attended this great ferent manner if one could college that is so rich than we see it survive then today,” explains one could easin history.” Jennings. “This is ily transfer to larger what healthcare reinstitutions without form is all about: to chaldifficulty—as was the lenge what is there and to come up case with me at Wake Forest.” with new, innovative solutions for this opportunity that lives ahead During his twenty-five-year of us. I kept asking people, ‘Why planning career at Spartanburg do we have to limit smart design in Regional Healthcare System, Jenhealthcare to facilities?’” nings led the transformation of the healthcare system from a tertiary Jennings credits Louisburg College referral hospital into a world-class with opening new doors for him medical facility, earning a numand creating a foundation for future ber of national design awards for success. “My years there taught me projects such as the Gibbs Cancer a sense of discipline by appreciatCenter and Emergency Room of the ing all elements of society.” As a Future. Central to the success of student, Jennings bonded with sevthose projects was Jennings’ insiseral teachers who had a profound tence on maximizing the potential

and lasting effect on him. “Some of the teachers I still remember are Clara Frazier, Avery Dennis, C. Ray

Honor Roll of Donors Louisburg College gratefully recognizes our 2009-2010 Honor Roll of Donors. Between June 1, 2009—May 31, 2010, 929 alumni and friends of Louisburg contributed and pledged a total of $1,334,806 to the College.

Pruette, James Williams, Coach Drake, Elizabeth Johnson, and Professor Synder. Louisburg College set the stage for me and I am very proud to have attended this great college that is so rich in history.” Jennings believes that channeling the power of design into healthcare is critical to the industry as well as to the patient, noting growing competition among healthcare providers to meet the evolving expectations of today’s consumers. “More importantly, it’s the right thing to do,” he says. “When we can get people out of their specific areas and move them to think about designing an overall healthcare experience, that’s when we can really make a difference. We owe it to patients to push ahead and look 10, 20 years from now— not today, not tomorrow. That’s what NXT is all about.” C If you have ideas about how to improve healthcare, please email Tom at tjennings@ For more information about NXT, visit

Contributions supported the Louisburg Fund, student scholarships, programs, improvements to buildings and grounds, and endowment. Included in the donor list are 109 inaugural members of the Louisburg Society, which recognizes annual gifts of $1,000 or more. We are also grateful to our new members of the Old Main Society, who have included Louisburg in their estate plans. Thank you again for your generosity to Louisburg College. Kurt Carlson Vice President for Institutional Advancement 919.497.3325

Society of 1787

Old Main Society

The Old Main Society recognizes alumni and friends who will support Louisburg College through an estate gift.

Members of the Society of 1787 have generously contributed $100,000 or more to the College in their lifetime. Anonymous Mr. and Mrs. Paul B. Barringer, II BASF Corporation Nicholas Bunn Boddie and Lucy Mayo Boddie Sr. Foundation Mr. Mayo Boddie, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Mayo Boddie, Sr. Mr. and Mrs. Michael Boddie ‘77 Mr. William L. Boddie Mr. and Mrs. Bayard L. Bragg Branch Banking & Trust Company James E. and Mary Z. Bryan Foundation Mrs. John L. Cameron The Cannon Foundation Mrs. Frances Boyette Dickson ‘35 First Citizens Bank and Trust Flagler Systems, Inc. A.J. Fletcher Foundation Franklinton United Methodist Church Mrs. Emily T. Gardner* ‘46 GlaxoSmithKline Foundation Mrs. Ann Jennings Goodwin Felix Harvey Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Ray Hodges Mr. and Mrs. Frank B. Holding Robert P. Holding Foundation Mr. and Mrs. W. Seymour Holt ‘49 Independent College Fund of North Carolina Mr. and Mrs. Hugh T. Jones Mr. Robert L. Jones Seby B. Jones Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Ben E. Jordan, Jr. Mr. Carroll Joyner Eli Lilly and Company Foundation Mr. and Mrs. J. Parker Lumpkin, II Mr. and Mrs. Willie Lee Lumpkin, III Microsoft Corporation Mrs. Roberta Beckler Morris* North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church Novo Nordisk BioChem, Inc. The Rev. Dr. and Mrs. Reginald Ponder Mr. and Mrs. Bland B. Pruitt ‘62 Victor Small Trust Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation Mr. and Mrs. John A. Rogers Sellers, Inc Mr. and Mrs. Roger G. Taylor ‘68 Tri Properties The United Methodist Church Board of Higher Education & Ministry United Methodist Foundation Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Wooten, Jr.

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Mr. and Mrs. Paul B. Barringer, II Mrs. Mary M. Beauchamp Mr. Randy L. Brantley ‘83 Mr. Richard P. Butler Mr. Richard L. Cannon, Jr. ‘52 Mrs. Frances Terrell Cherney ‘42 Mrs. Carolyn V. Cotton ‘57 Mr. Osborne Gray Davis ‘41 Mr. J. Jackson Dean Mr. Arthur DeBerry Mr. and Mrs. D. Tad DeBerry ‘85 Mrs. Frances Boyette Dickson ‘35 Mrs. Joyce Raye Fisher ‘41 Mr. and Mrs. Kelman P. Gomo ‘38 Mrs. Ann J. Goodwin Mrs. Carol Bissent Hayman ‘45 Mr. and Mrs. Hugh T. Jones Mr. and Mrs. Ben E. Jordan, Jr. The Rev. Dr. and Mrs. Wallace H. Kirby Mr. and Mrs. J. Parker Lumpkin, II Mr. and Mrs. Willie Lee Lumpkin, III. Mrs. Roberta Beckler Morris* Mr. Thomas Wesley Parson, IV ‘73 Mrs. Frances Brower Paschal ‘39 Mrs. Julia C. Paul The Rev. Dr. and Mrs. Reginald W. Ponder Mr. and Mrs. Job K. Savage ‘36 ‘36 Mr. and Mrs. William C. Shelton ‘69 Mr. and Mrs. John Clark Shotton ’69 ‘69 Dr. Raymond A. Stone ‘47 Mr. and Mrs. Roger G. Taylor ‘68 Mrs. Peggy Lee Wilder ‘60 Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Wooten, Jr.

Louisburg Society

The College’s premiere annual giving program, the Louisburg Society recognizes annual gifts of $1,000 or more. Ms. Judith D. Adams The Hon. 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 & Lucy Mayo Boddie Sr. Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Michael W. Boddie ‘77 Dr. and Mrs. Edgar J. Boone Mr. Carl Wood Brown Dr. and Mrs. C. Douglas Bryant, Sr. ‘47 Mr. Bob Butler Dr. and Mrs. John Cameron Mr. and Mrs. G. Maurice Capps ‘57

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Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Chandler Chartwells Corporation Mr. Thomas Chilton Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Cole, Jr. Mrs. Carolyn V. Cotton ‘57 Mr. and Mrs. James B. Cottrell ‘61 ‘62 County of Franklin Ms. Suzanne S. Daugherty Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Davis Mr. William M. Davis ‘61 Mr. and Mrs. D. Tad DeBerry ‘85 Mr. and Mrs. William Dove Mr. and Mrs. Edwin M. Driver ‘53 ‘52 Mr. and Mrs. M. Douglas Edwards ‘53 Mr. and Mrs. J. Craig Eller Mr. and Mrs. Lynn W. Eury Ms. Belinda Faulkner First United Methodist Church of Cary First United Methodist Men of Cary Mr. and Mrs. Donald W. Fish ‘60 ‘59 Mr. Robert F. Fleming ‘64 Ms. Sarah Foster Ms. Betty W. Frazier Mrs. Elaine Weldon Fuller ‘39 Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Gardner ‘44 ‘45 Mr. Harold L. Gillis Mr. and Mrs. Kelman P. Gomo ‘38 Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Griffin ‘64 Mr. and Mrs. Peter G. Griffin ‘67 Mr. Clyde P. Harris, Jr. Mr. William L. Harris, Jr. ‘66 Mr. and Mrs. H. John Hatcher, Jr. Judge and Mrs. Robert H. Hobgood Mr. and Mrs. Ray Hodges Mr. and Mrs. Frank B. Holding Mr. and Mrs. W. Seymour Holt ‘49 Mr. and Mrs. Richard E. Hunter, Jr. 68 Mr. and Mrs. J. William Hurley ‘53 Mr. Gary R. Jones ‘65 Mr. Robert L. Jones Seby B. Jones Family Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Ben E. Jordan, Jr. The Kayne Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. Knight ‘87 Dr. and Mrs. Mark D. La Branche Mrs. Jane Austin Lee ‘71 Mr. John C.R. Lentz ‘87 Rev. and Mrs. Thomas E. Loftis Mr. Robert L. Luddy Mr. and Mrs. J. Parker Lumpkin, II Mr. and Mrs. Willie Lee Lumpkin, III Mr. Nathan Miller Mr. Ben H Mixon Jr. Mr. and Mrs. William D. Moon ‘45 Mrs. Jane Earley Newsome ‘64 Mrs. Elizabeth M. Norris North Carolina Community Foundation North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities Mr. and Mrs. T. Russell Odom ‘68 Mrs. Jean Austin Patterson ‘71

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Mr. and Mrs. Ely J. Perry, III ‘84 Pizza Hut of Clinton Inc. The Rev. Dr. and Mrs. Reginald W. Ponder Mr. and Mrs. Bland B. Pruitt, Jr. ‘62 Mr. and Mrs. G. Samuel Register ‘76 Mr. and Mrs. Fred Roberson ‘62 Ms. Lisa Minton Robert ‘90 Ms. Sue C. Robertson Mr. and Mrs. John A. Rogers Mr. Jean Paul W. Roy Mrs. Ann Rhem Schwarzmann ‘54 Mr. Joseph W. Shearon ‘51 Mr. and Mrs. William C. Shelton ‘69 Mr. Charles B. Sloan Mrs. Paula Drake Smith ‘74 Mr. Emmett Chapman Snead, III ‘71 Mr. and Mrs. Grady K. Snyder ‘50 ‘50 Mr. and Mrs. Glendel U. Stephenson ‘52 Mr. and Mrs. John F. Strotmeyer, Jr. ‘68 Mr. and Mrs. C. Boyd Sturges, III Stupp Brothers Bridge and Iron Co. Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Roger G. Taylor ‘68 Mrs. Edith Boone Toussaint ‘49 Mr. and Mrs. Leigh Traylor United Methodist Foundation Wake Electric Care James and Vedna Welch Foundation Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation Mrs. Peggy Lee Wilder ‘60 Otto H. York Foundation

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Mr. and Mrs. Leonard W. Aurand Mrs. Ruby Harris Barbour ‘55 Rev. and Mrs. James D. Bell ‘77 Mr. Major H. Bowes ‘58 Mrs. Dorothy Midgett Brannan ‘48 Mr. H. Dwight Byrd ‘57 Mr. Kurt Carlson Mr. and Mrs. Ronald D. Champion Mr. and Mrs. William R. Cross ‘71 DBA Norlina Grading, LLC Mr. Allen deHart Mr. and Mrs. Bobby J. Dorsett, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Gerald A. Edwards Mr. Jerry A. Faulkner ‘54 Dr. Rodney S. Foth Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Gleason Mr. Peter H. Green ‘91 Mr. and Mrs. Herman A. Hecht ‘52 Holcim Dr. Alice Peedin Jacobs ‘64 Mr. and Mrs. Horace Jernigan ‘47 Mr. Carroll Joyner Kelly Electric Mr. and Mrs. Michael A. Kelly Mrs. Myrtle C. King Mr. and Mrs. James D. Kutch Mr. and Mrs. James L. Lanier, Jr. ‘68

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by becoming a member of the OLD MAIN SOCIETY

The Old Main Society recognizes alumni and friends who include the College in their estate plans. By leaving a legacy at Louisburg, you can also can receive significant tax savings and annual income during your lifetime. There are many ways to support Louisburg in your estate, including a bequest or naming the College as a beneficiary of an insurance policy, trust, or charitable gift annuity. Your gift can be designated to support programs meaningful to you, such as student scholarships.

Louisburg Baptist Church Louisburg United Methodist Church Mrs. Cynthia Jean McNeill ‘77 Mr. and Mrs. Roger Moulton ‘43 Mr. William C. Murphy ‘85 Mrs. Susan Mixon Parris ‘64 Mrs. Frances Brower Paschal ‘39 Mrs. Norma B. Patton Mr. and Mrs. William H. Pierce ‘38 Mrs. Donna Rhoden Mr. and Mrs. Job K. Savage ‘36 ‘36 Mr. Russell L. Sears ‘66 Mr. Richard N. Stabell ‘59 Mr. Robert F. Stevens ‘65 Mrs. Ruby Chewning Thompson ‘59 Mr. and Mrs. Ray H. Womble, Sr. ‘48 Mr. and Mrs. James T. Wooters ‘42 Mr. William H. Yarborough Trinity United Methodist Church Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC

Recent Commitments Toward the Great Futures Campaign Include:

To learn more about the Old Main Society, please contact Kurt Carlson, vice president for institutional advancement, at 919.497.3325, or by email at Excellent resources about planned giving can be found on the United Methodist Church Foundation’s website at GREAT NEWS FOR DONORS AGED 70 ½ AND OLDER In 2011, donors over the age of 70 ½ can make tax-free gifts from their IRAs of up to $100,000.

“Do all the good you can, By all the means you can, In all the ways you can, In all the places you can, At all the times you can, To all the people you can, As long as ever you can.” — John Wesley

$100 - $499

Mrs. Nancy Garrette Adams ‘40 Mr. L. C. Adcock Estate of Nona Gamble Trust ‘27 Alliance One International Mr. Robert W. Alston, Jr. ‘60 Mrs. Joyce Ammons ‘51 Mrs. Frances Handley Andrus ‘43 Maj. and Mrs. William H. Arrington, Jr. ‘64 Ms. Connie Atkinson Mr. Richard D. Auger ‘39 Mrs. Linda Marie Averette ‘61 Mr. and Mrs. Ronald W. Axselle ‘65 Mr. G. Michael Bach Mr. and Mrs. G. Brooks Baines Mr. and Mrs. Billy A. Baker, Sr. ‘55 Mr. Rossie V. Baker, Sr. ‘57



Mr. and Mrs. J. Parker Lumpkin, II Louisburg, NC Mr. and Mrs. Willie Lee Lumpkin, III HOLTON GYMNASIUM Morehead City, NC Mr. and Mrs. Roger Taylor ’68 $150,000 —to support installation of a new Rocky Mount, NC $125,000—to acquire new bleachers and roof. The community gallery in the Jones refinish the gymnasium floor. In recogni- Center will be named in honor of Edith C. tion for this commitment, the College will Lumpkin, mother of Parker and Willie Lee. Mrs. Lumpkin, who passed away in 2005, dedicate the Roger Taylor Court this fall. was a longtime member of the Louisburg College Board of Trustees and great advoSTUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS cate for the arts in Franklin County. Robert P. Holding Foundation Smithfield, NC Mr. and Mrs. David Gardner $50,000—for scholarship assistance in Warrenton, NC 2010-2011. Mr. and Mrs. Richard Creed Greensboro, NC Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Dodd Adair Atlanta, GA Birmingham, AL $106,000—for scholarship assistance in $25,000—to support improvements to the 2010-2011. Dickson Auditorium (see story on page 6).


William M. Davis ‘61 Beaufort, NC $42,000—to support improvements to Benson Chapel (see inside front cover) and the donation of Oriental carpets for Main Building and the President’s House.


Estate of C. Ray Pruette Franklinton, NC $375,000—unrestricted purposes. Dr. Pruette, a beloved longtime member of the faculty, passed away in 2008.


Estate of Harold and Roberta Morris Charlotte, NC $400,000—addition to the Alumni Appreciation Scholarship, which the Morris’ established in 1994. Harold “Ham” Morris was a member of the class of 1940 (see obituary for Roberta Morris, page 57).

Mr. and Mrs. William H. Baker, Jr. ‘52 Mr. and Mrs. Felix G. Banks ‘43 Mr. William R. Barksdale, IV ‘78 Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Barnes ‘48 Mr. Scott L. Barnes Mr. and Mrs. Fred L. Bartholomew, Jr. ‘58 Mr. and Mrs. Charles J. Bartles, III ‘63 Mr. Ryan D. Bashford Rev. Dr. Clarence B. Bass ‘42 Ms. Janet Baxley Ms. Sally V. Beaman Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Beasley ‘70 Bethesda Realty LLC Mrs. Mary M. Beauchamp Ms. Carole S. Beaver Mr. and Mrs. Norman A. Beaver Mrs. Penni D Beaver Ms. Helen T. Beckwith Mr. Harvey Layton Bedsole’51 Mrs. Genevieve Ellis Bell ‘41 Mr. and Mrs. William B. Benge Mrs. Helen S. Benton Mrs. Lillian Benton Ms. Helen M. Blair Mr.* and Mrs. Earl W. Bonner ‘48 ‘48 Ms. Delano R. Borys Mrs. Octavia Beard Bowman ‘51 Mr. and Mrs. Robert Boyette ‘67 Dr. Robert E. Bridges Ms. Nadine M. Brohawn Mr. Edwin L. Brown Mr. and Mrs. Matthew A. Brown ‘68 Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Brown Mrs. Velma Ferrell Brown ‘60 Mr. and Mrs. W. Thomas Brown ‘62 Mr. and Mrs. Jackie L. Bryant Mr. and Mrs. Wayne R. Bryant Mr. and Mrs. Jefferson C. Bulluck ‘66 Mr. and Mrs. George P. Bunn ‘54 Ms. Ann Burns Mr. Christopher D. Burns ‘74 Mr. Robert M. Burns ‘66 Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Burns ‘69 Mr. Cary Stuart Butler ‘75 Mrs. Elizabeth P. Byrd Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Byrd ‘62 Mr. Bain A. Cameron Mrs. Beulah Cameron Mr. and Mrs. Nyal D. Camper ‘60 Mr. Richard L. Cannon, Jr. ‘52 Dr. Patrick W. Carlton ‘57 Mr. and Mrs. James Carnes Mr. Larry W. Castleberry ‘57 Mr. and Mrs. James T. Chandler, IV ‘67 Mr. Michael Wayne Chappell 78 Mr. Gilbert W Chichester Mr. W. Paul Childers, Jr. ‘54 Clariant Corporation Matching Gifts Program Mrs. Sophia Spivey Cody ‘38 Ms. Anne H. Coghill

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Gary Cole ‘70 Mrs. Gayla G. Collins The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina Mr. and Mrs. Dwight E. Compton, Sr. Mr. James E. Compton ‘65 Ms. Patsy Comunale Mr. and Mrs. Archie D. Cooke ‘57 Mr. and Mrs. Charles B. Coor Ms. Sheilah R. Cotten Mr. and Mrs. Joseph T. Coulter ‘64 Mrs. Louise Mason Cowart ‘42 Ms. Beth B. Cox Mr. W. Dempsey Craig ‘62 Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Crowe Mr. and Mrs. Scott G. Cumby Ms. Margaret M. Curran Dr. and Mrs. Clifford G. Cutrell ‘47 Rev. Alice Davis Mrs. Jamie Burnette Davis ‘85 Dr. Sarah Irwin Davis ‘42 Mr. and Mrs. V. Weyher Dawson, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Clifford T. Dean, Jr. ‘40 Mr. and Mrs. Dean A. DeMasi Mr. and Mrs. E. Wayland Denton ‘75 Ms. Betty Allred Dorsett Mr. and Mrs. William H. Dove Mr. and Mrs. Thomas C. Drake, Jr. Mr. Dennis M. Driscoll Duke Energy Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Edwards Mr. James L. Edwards Mr. Sam H. Elliott ‘52 Mrs. Ina Meekins Ernst ‘49 Mr. Todd Estes Mr. L. Randolph Everett ‘95 Mr. Francis F. Falls ‘62 Mr. and Mrs. John H. Farley Mr. James M. Featherston, Jr. ‘42 First Citizens Bank & Trust Co. Dr. Diane Price Fleming Mr. Wallace G. Flynt ‘48 Mr. and Mrs. David Foster ‘71 Dr. and Mrs. Jimmy W. Foster ‘60 ‘59 Mr. Morgan S. Foster Mr. Ben S. Foust ‘41 Fox Services LLC Mr. Harry L. Foy, Jr. Franklin Regional Medical Center Mr. William P. Franklin ‘52 Mr. Oscar M. Fuller ‘44 Mr. Lawrence H. Fulton Mr. and Mrs. David Gallagher Mrs. Jayne Gallagher Mrs. Emily Taylor Gardner * ‘46 Mr. William M. Garmon Mrs. Marietta Joliff Garrett ‘51 Mr. and Mrs. Ernest P. Gaster, Jr. ‘50 ‘50 Mr. Herbert Felton Gay ‘69 Mr. Kenneth E. Gilliam ‘64

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Doing the DEW In his book Mountain Dew, Minges and Me, Alden Hobbs, Jr. ’80, tells the story of his boyhood years in Kinston, North Carolina, his favorite soft drink, and his connection to the family of bottlers who produced it. His neighbors were the late Hoyt Minges of the Minges Bottling Group, and his family, which included Hobbs’ best friend Ty. “We grew up and hung out together,” he said. “And we drank a lot of Mountain Dew.” Mountain Dew, which originated in Knoxville, Tennessee, had people’s names on the bottles in the 1950s and 1960s. After Pepsi bought Mountain Dew, Hoyt Minges got the first franchise in the early 1960s and produced Mountain Dew at his bottling plant in Kinston. The eighty-two-page book features old photos, documents, timelines, and text tracing to the invention of Pepsi in downtown New Bern in 1898 through the Minges family history with Pepsi and their community involvement. Ten years ago, Hobbs began collecting some of the estimated 1,000 named bottles, which he said have become a collector’s item around the country. “I have all the Kinston bottles and I collect the ones with four or more names on them,” he said. His collection includes about 100 bottles, and he continues to buy and sell, mainly on eBay. Hobbs attended Louisburg College from 1979-1980. “Louisburg got me started for my next steps in life,” says Hobbs. “This being my first time away from my home in Kinston, Louisburg gave me the tools to be independent and enjoy the college life. Apart from the studies, I remember going with friends to Laurel Mill, Chick’s, P.C.’s, and Dick’s Drive-In for a burger and fry; it seems like it was just yesterday.” He went on to attend ECU where he studied geology. His uncle, Bill Hobbs, was then president of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco and Hobbs eventually left school to take a job as a tobacco buyer with the company. His career in tobacco lasted fifteen years and included traveling several states, and a six-year stint as an internal grader of the leaf quality in South America. In the early 90’s, Hobbs left the grind of a tobacco world behind for a job with the U.S. Postal Service in Pollocksville, N.C. Hobbs married his wife Karen in 1991. The couple lived in Kinston and later in the crossroads community of Tick Bite, near Grifton, before moving to New Bern in 1998 where Karen is an assistant district attorney. The couple have two children—Alden III, a junior at New Bern High, and a daughter Rachael, an eighth-grader (pictured). Hobbs’ book, published this year, is $25. For more information, call 252-633-9041.

Mr. and Mrs. Robin V. Goodman Mr. Willis A. Goodrum ‘52 Mr. and Mrs. James K. Gregory, Jr. ‘62 Mr. E. Shelton Griffin ‘67 Mr. and Mrs. Graham P. Grissom ‘36 Mrs. Carol Hays Grove ‘98 Mrs. Susan M. Guerrant Mr. Willis F. Gupton ‘42 Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence R. Gurley Mr. Anthony L. Guzzo Mr. Jason H. Hall ‘90 Mr. and Mrs. Swayn G. Hamlet ‘57 ‘56 Mr. John Twelvetrees Hamlett ‘95 Dr. and Mrs. Douglas Hammer Mr. R. Ray Harris ‘57 Ms. Brenda G. Hawks Mrs. Carol Bissent Hayman ‘45 Ms. E. L. Heffernan Mr. and Mrs. Roger E. Heflin ‘65 Rev. Julian B. Helms, Jr. ‘72 Mr. Russell Davis Herring ‘82 Mr. Richard L. Hibbits Mrs. Jean Von Canon Hilton ‘39 Mrs. Deborah Stevens Hinkle ‘98 Mrs. Ruby Massenburg Hinson ‘42 Mr. and Mrs. William J. Hinton, Jr. Dr. Thomas N. Hobgood, Jr. Mrs. Celeste Wheless Hoffman ‘84 Mrs. Annette J. Holler Mr. and Mrs. Michael L. Holloman ‘83 ‘90 Mr. Bernard B. Hollowell ‘42 Mr. Yuille Holt, III ‘63 Mr. and Mrs. Lennon W. Hooper, Jr. ‘50 Mrs. Theresa L. Horn Hospira Employee Giving Dr. and Mrs. Wilson S. Hoyle, Jr. ‘62 ‘63 Mr. Edgar B. Huckabee, Jr. Ms. Lynda Wooten Hudson ‘68 Mrs. Mary Wheless Hughes ‘52 Mrs. Alice Faye Hunter Rev. Jack Manly Hunter ‘62 Mr. Markel Isham J’s Salvage Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Johnson, Jr. ‘46 Mr. and Mrs. Tapley O. Johnson, Jr. ‘60 Mrs. Janie P. Johnson Rev. Jesse L. Johnson, Jr. ‘41 Ms. Carmen S. Johnston ‘01 Mr. and Mrs. Edward C. Johnston, Sr. Mrs. Candy Lester Jones ‘99 Mrs. Phyllis Pleasants Jones ‘84 Mr. and Mrs. Marvin L. Jordan ‘53 Mrs. Edna Moye Joyner ‘44 Mr. and Mrs. Jon C. Judge ‘76 Mr. and Mrs. Thomas C. Kaufman ‘60 Ms. Mary Ruth Kelley Dr. Albert Kelling, DDS, PA Mr. and Mrs. Graham C. Kennedy ‘52 Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Kennedy ‘53 Mr. L. Todd Kermon, Jr. ‘67 Mr. and Mrs. Leonard A. Kilian, Jr.


Mrs. Tammy Koonce Mr. John G. Koster, Sr. Mr. Timothy L. Kunkle ‘73 Ms. Judy Kuykendall Lamm and Lamm Farms Mr. T. Michael Lampros ‘71 Dr. Rodman L. Lancaster ‘42 Mr. and Mrs. Wilson Laney ‘66 Mr. and Mrs. J. Harry Lange, Jr. ‘61 Mrs. Ellene D. Leonard Mr. and Mrs. Roger LeQuire Mr. and Mrs. John H. Lewis ‘69 Mr. Phillip W. Liles Mr. H. Douglass Lindsay, III ‘66 Mrs. Jane Moon Linsky ‘43 Louisburg Foods, Inc. Louisburg Tractor & Truck Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Marks ‘56 Mr. Daniel L. Massey ‘62 Mr. and Mrs. George Matthis ‘46 Mr. Wilton L. Matthis ‘56 Ms. Betty H. Mattocks Mr. and Mrs. D. Michael May ‘63 Mr. Duane N. McDonald ‘65 Rev. and Mrs. Walter N. McDonald Mr. and Mrs. James L. McFarland ‘61 Mr. and Mrs. Charles G. McLaughlin Mr. and Mrs. John McPherson ‘50 Meadow Ridge Farm Mr. Billy Ray Merritt ‘53 Mr. and Mrs. David Miller ‘57 Dr. and Mrs. D. Edmond Miller Mr. Kelly Edman Miller ‘76 Mr. David Minard Mr. William L. Mitchell, III Mr. Jason Modlin Mr. and Mrs. S. Howard Montague ‘72 Mrs. Gwynn Torrence Morris ‘58 Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Morrisette, Jr. ‘53 ‘53 Mrs. Anne Tucker Mulchi ‘53 Ms. Irene T. Murphy Dr. Paul G. Neal, DDS Ms. Patrice Nealon Mr. Paul L. Nevitt ‘77 Mrs. Inez Koonce Nobles ‘43 Northwestern Mutual Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Norwicki, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Stephen C. Page Ms. Yvonne J. Page Mr. and Mrs. Charles Pake ‘53 Mr. and Mrs. John G. Patronis ‘60 Mr. Clarence W. Pearce, Jr. ‘54 Mr. Ralph H. Pegram ‘47 Ms. Susie T. Perdue Mrs. Essie Liles Perry ‘23 * Mrs. Mary Anne Peele Petteway ‘69 Dr. Jonathan D. Phillips ‘76 Piedmont Surveys Pilot Lions Club Mr. Samuel F. Pippin ‘60 Mr. John R. Poe, Jr. ‘63

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Mr. James H. Poole, Jr. ‘65 Mr. and Mrs. Edsel H. Privette ‘52 Mr. Chester S. Ragland ‘73 Mr. and Mrs. David D. Reynolds Mr. and Mrs. Douglas K. Richmond Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Riggan, Sr. ‘59 Mrs. Strowd Ward Riggsbee ‘45 The River Golf and Country Club Mr. Jose A. Rivera Mr. Elbert Roberson, Jr. Mrs. Margaret Adcock Robinson ‘58 Mrs. Dori Liles Rockefeller ‘61 Rose Mini Storage ‘82 Dr. and Mrs. Robert N. Rosenstein ‘68 ‘68 Ms. Hazel Ann Ross ‘71 Mr. and Mrs. Carles A. Royal, Jr. ‘50 ‘51 Mr. and Mrs. Edward R. Salter ‘51 Mr. Randy Addison Sandlin ‘81 Mr. Alan G. Saunders ‘73 Mrs. Dorothy Swindell Sawyer ‘51 Mr. Robert A. Scott ‘81 Mrs. Martha Cly Shaffner ‘65 Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy E. Short Mr. and Mrs. Michael Shotwell Ms. Kay H. Sims Mr. Creighton W. Sloan ‘66 Mrs. Donna Smith Mrs. Elizabeth M Smith Mrs. Ruth T. Smith Mr. and Mrs. Tasker B. Southerland ‘54 Mrs. Mary Spector Spicer Automotive Mrs. Frances D. Spivey Mr. and Mrs. Dudley Barbee Stallings ‘46 Mr. Howard Stallings Mr. J. Gilbert Stallings Ms. Japlyne Gray Stallings ‘46 Mr. and Mrs. M. Graham Stewart, Sr. ‘49 Dr. and Mrs. Paul W. Stewart, Jr. Dr. and Mrs. Raymond A. Stone ‘47 Mrs. Danielle L. Strickland Mr. Johnnie D. Strickland Dr. and Mrs. W. Trent Strickland ‘61 Mr. and Mrs. Charles Stringfellow ‘72 Mr. and Mrs. James G. Tarrant, Jr. ‘61 ‘60 Mr. and Mrs. Robert Taylor Mr. and Mrs. Larry E. Tetterton ‘56 ‘56 Ms. Jennith Thomas Mr. and Mrs. Reuben D. Thompson ‘66 Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Timberlake ‘64 ‘59 Mr. and Mrs. G. Neal Titus, Jr. ‘65 Mrs. Linda Crocker Todd ‘64 Mrs. Stephanie Buchanan Tolbert ‘97 Mrs. Sara Hux Townsend ‘43 Mr. and Mrs. Leigh Traylor Trinity United Methodist Church Mrs. Delores Cole Tune ‘62 Mrs. Janet Griffin Turner ‘44 Mr. Samuel A. Tuten, Jr. ‘41 Vector Engineering Inc. Mrs. Sandra Garman Vickers ‘68

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Law Office of James E.P. Walker, PC Mr. and Mrs. William Wall ‘47 Mr. and Mrs. Edward Walukiewicz Mr. Thomas E. Wardrick ‘90 Mrs. Jane Rosser Warfel ‘41 Mrs. Anne Jones Weathersbee ‘49 Mr. and Mrs. J. Michael Weeks ‘65 Mrs. Rebecca W. Wells Mr. Robert L. Wells ‘60 Mr. and Mrs. Edward D. West, Jr. Dr. James P. West Ms. Mary E. West ‘41 Mr. John Wesley Wheelous, III ‘69 White Plains United Methodist Church Mr. James Melton White, Jr. ‘76 Mrs. Louis R. Wilkerson Ms. Brenda H. Wilkins Rev. and Mrs. Howard M. Wilkinson ‘45 Mrs. Bird Ramsey Williams ‘45 Rev. and Mrs. Larry C. Williams Mrs. Louise McCullen Williams ‘55 Mrs. Nellie Stallings Williams ‘47 Mr. and Mrs. Wilton H. Williams ‘49 Mr. Ben N. Williamson, III Mr. Carlton F. Williamson ‘74 Mr. and Mrs. Wiley Williamson ‘54 Dr. Julian H. Williford, Jr. ‘64 Mr. Arnold W. Wilson ‘69 Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Wilson ‘69 Mr. David Mark Wilson ‘70 Mr. and Mrs. Hubert L. Wilson, Jr. ‘45 Mr. Paul L. Wilson ‘61 Mr. James F. Womble ‘54 Mr. and Mrs. Edwin W. Woodhouse, Sr. ‘56 Mr. and Mrs. Lenn Woodruff ‘58 Mr. Rod Wyatt Ms. Kaye Yadusky Mr. and Mrs. Maurice C. York ‘73


Mr. James Michael Abernathy Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin T. Adcock, Jr. ‘59 Ms. Genya V. Afanasyeva Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Alexander ‘47 Ms. Edith L. Allen Mr. John A. Allen ‘85 Ms. Deloris Ann Alston ‘77 Mrs. Doris Roberson Andrews ‘62 Mrs. Kathleen Britt Arnold ‘40 Mr. and Mrs. Woodrow W. Atkins Ms. Wendy Bailey Mr. and Mrs. Wayne M. Barker Mr. William Taylor Bartholomew Mr. James W. Bartley Mr. John Basaldu Mr. Paul G. Bass ‘50 Ms. Donna J. Beckner Ms. Alma E. Beghtol Mr. Justin Berg

Ms. Suzanne R. Cross Mr. and Mrs. James B. Crow Ms. Nancy W. Crowe Mr. Oren J. Dameron Mrs. Betty Worrell Darden ‘49 Mr. and Mrs. Fred B. Davenport ‘48 Dr. and Mrs. D. W. Davis ‘51 Ms. Katherine Davis ‘39 Mr. Steven B. Davis ‘72 Mr. R. Grady Dawson, Jr. Ms. Carolyn Jean Day ‘71 Mrs. Kaydene Dean Mrs. Pamela Alford Denning ‘62 Mr. and Mrs. Mark Dickens ‘83 Mr. and Mrs. R.C. Dickerson ‘45

Ms. Stephanie Nicole Biggs ‘09 Ms. Twana L. Biram Mr. Samuel A. Blackwell, III ‘64 Mr. and Mrs. David C. Blake ‘50 Ms. Teresa Blumenauer Mr. and Mrs. Wayne R. Bobbitt, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. George L. Boggs ‘67 Ms. Karen Ann Bond ‘82 Ms. Anna L. Boothe Ms. Norma Bowden Mr. Randall H. Bowman ‘90 Dr. Martha Bragg Mr. Arthur Brayboy Bread of Life Worship Center Ms. Dottie Brezeale Ms. Susan A. Bridgeman Mr. Lewis William Bridgforth, III ‘90 Mr. Robah A. Britt Mr. Charles Broughton Mrs. Donna Jacobson Browe ‘66 Dr. and Mrs. Benjamin Brown Ms. Gail Brown Ms. Lena H. Brown Ms Carol M. Browning Mr. and Mrs. Charles G. Buie, Jr. Ms. Linda A. Burkhead ‘59 Mrs. Georgette Burnette Mr. and Mrs. Claude F. Burrows ‘43 Mr. and Mrs. J. Hudson Burton, III ‘66 Mr. and Mrs. Edward D. Byrum Mr. and Mrs. Edward L. Callear, Jr. ‘67 Mrs. Frances S. Callender ‘63 Calvary United Methodist Women Mrs. Donna S Cannon Mr. Clark Card Mr. Brian L. Caso ‘04 Mr. and Mrs. Norman M. Cassie Ms. Katherine Causby Mrs. Helen D. Champion ‘00 Mr. Michael Childs Mr. Willie R. Clanton Mr. Christopher B. Clark ‘84 Mr. Paul Clemens ‘07 Mr. and Mrs. Michael S. Clemmons Ms. Mary L. Coates Ms. Nannette L. Coates ‘82 Mrs. Helen Cochrane Dr. and Mrs. John H. Coker Mrs. Virginia Spivey Coleman ‘42 Mr. and Mrs. Charles Coles Mrs. Hazel Lassiter Collier ‘45 Ms. Sheilah R. Colthorpe Mrs. Emma Snell Coney ‘42 Mrs. Janie Manning Conrad ‘44 Mr. Michael Dexter Cooley ‘76 Mr. Edward T. Cooper ‘71 Mrs. Julia W. Coor Ms. Leej Copperfield Mr. J. David Cothran ‘64 Mrs. Mae Bell Cox ‘47 Ms. Rosalyn S. Crandell

Mrs. Patricia Wilson Dixon ‘58 Mr. Dennis M. Donahue ‘74 Mrs. Ann Dunham Donnell ‘45 Mrs. Stephanie D’Souza Ms. Ashley Duncan Ms. Terrie Dunn Ms. Frances Edwards ‘64 Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Edwards Ms. Alicia S. Eller ‘65 Ms. Charla B. Ellis Mr. R. T. Ellistrom Mr. John Elmore Mrs. Frances Emory Mr. David A. Evans, Jr. Mrs. Erlene Jordan Evans ‘49


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Despite having a “low GPA coming out of high school,” Christopher Wright ’93 managed to maintain Dean’s List standing for most of the two years he was a student at Louisburg College – no small feat for someone who struggled with focus issues throughout high school. “Louisburg was great because I was taken from my familiar environment with all its distractions. I was suddenly forced to pay attention to myself and the school that I had just sent myself to.” Wright earned an A.A. from Louisburg and went on to attend UNC-Greensboro where he received a B.F.A. in painting and printmaking. “Mr. William Hinton of the Art Department was a huge inspiration to me,” Wright recalls. “The Art Building in general, and my time working there for Hinton and the school was a great experience. Here was a man, a man with a wife and young children, who taught art at a college in a quiet little town, who owned a cute modest home, and still made art on a regular basis. Early on I realized that I wanted to be him in some ways. I didn’t realize it then, but I never had any real older male figures in my life, so it was great to not only finally have one, but have a new friend as well. Will and I are in touch here and there, but I’ve always missed my time there for sure. My roommate Mike Yocum and his friend Mike Isenberg were a very big deal to me as well. Very good memories all around.” Wright, who now lives in Oakland, CA, with his partner, Amie Towle, and their six-month-old son, Mason, works as a commercial-based illustrator for a San Francisco skateboard company. “My art for my job is all skulls and daggers,” he says. “My art when separated from my job is overly clean and detailed, and has a strong nod to ol’ timey illustration styles.” To view samples of Wright’s work, visit

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Mr. and Mrs. Michael M. Ewanish Ms. Donna Falkner Mr. and Mrs. L. Nelson Falkner ‘65 Rev. and Mrs. Horace T. Ferguson ‘60 ‘60 Mr. and Mrs. Joseph F. Fitzpatrick Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Fleming Mrs. Carolyn Foxx ‘74 Franklin Appliance Center Mrs. Jo Floyd Frazier ‘54 Mr. William J. Frazier ‘63 Ms. Hattie B. Fulton Mrs. Pattie Joyner Gambardela ‘46 Mr. Brian Gano Garner Country Club Garner Eastern Star Dr. Genevieve Hodgin Gay ‘41 Mr. and Mrs. Ronald C. Gay Mr. and Mrs. Pierre Giani Mr. and Mrs. Alan C. Gibson ‘73 Mrs. Betty Ellis Goodbar ‘50 Ms. Monica Gordy Mr. Harold B. Green Mr. and Mrs. James N. Green Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey A. Greentree ‘73 Mrs. Brenda Lee Grieshaber’71 Mr. Daniel Grinnan, Jr. ‘64 Mrs. Brandy L. Gupton Bishop and Mrs. Alfred W. Gwinn Mr. James Hairston Mr. and Mrs. Ernest E. Hall Ms. Esther S. Hall Ms. Tara Hamilton Ms. Donna B. Hamm Ms. Dorothy J. Hannan Mr. James Allen Harper ‘74 Mr. and Mrs. Howard V. Harrell, Jr. ‘63 ‘62 Mr. and Mrs. Henry Harriss Mr. Oscar H. Harriss Ms. Shirley M. Hart Mr. and Mrs. Wilson Hayman Mrs. Martha E. Hedgepeth ‘93 Ms. Karen R. Heinch Mr. and Mrs. Ira L. Helms, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Francisco J. Fernandez Mr. Trevor Highfield Mr. and Mrs. Raymond R. Hight, Jr. ‘68 Ms. Maggie Hill Mrs. Barbara Dunn Hilliard ‘59 Mr. James O. Hillsman ‘67 Mr. Thomas B. Hines Mr. Joe B. Hobbs ‘61 Mr. and Mrs. L. Douglas Hobgood ‘60 ‘60 Mr. Ronald P. Hodul ‘78 Mr. and Mrs. J. Peter Holland, IV ‘68 Mrs. Hazel Holloman Mrs. Elmar Newton Holmes ‘58 Ms. Babs Holtzman Dr. and Mrs. Edgar W. Hooks Hudson Manor Ms. Deborah E. Hughes Ms. Emily P. Humphries ‘04

Mrs. Danylu Palmer Hundley ‘79 Mr. and Mrs. Cleatus Hunsinger Mr. and Mrs. Scott L Hyman Ms. Phyllis M. Ihrie Mr. Jerry M. Ingram ‘39 Mrs. Jean Finch Inscoe ‘52 Dr. and Mrs. David J. Irvine Mr. and Mrs. J. Deane Irving ‘66 Rev. and Mrs. Wilbur I. Jackson Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Jamerson Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Jennings ‘70 Mr. and Mrs. Ellis R. Jensen Mr. and Mrs. Hector F. Jimenez Mrs. Beatrice Lewis Johnson ‘42 Mr. James T. Johnson ‘67 Mr. and Mrs. Phillip R. Johnson Mr. and Mrs. James L. Johnston ‘78 Mrs. Mary W Jones Mr. William J. Jones, Jr. Mr. M. M. Jordan Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Y. Joyner Mr. Mark L. Joyner Mr. and Mrs. James E. Kallam Mr. J. Scott Kanich ‘92 Mrs. Olivia Burton Kemp ‘70 Mr. Christopher J. Keravuori ‘85 Mr. W. H. Kincheloe Ms. Laura L. Kinzinger Mrs. Sara Davis Koontz Mr. Nandor P. Kozma ‘62 Dr. Matthew T Kuber Ms. Elizabeth Kutch Mr. Gregory J. Kutch Mrs. Sharon Lee Landreth ‘67 Mr. and Mrs. Ross P. Lane ‘61 Mr. and Mrs. R. Brent Langford ‘63 Ms. Randi L. LeHew Mr. Coye Lewis Ms. Erika Lewis Mrs. Katheryn Coor Lewis Mr. and Mrs. Thomas L. Lewis ‘68 Mr. Jeffrey Linney Mr. and Mrs. Glenn S. Linsky Ms. Frances M. Little Livingston’s Packing Company Ms. Mary Louise Lockhart ‘71 Mr. and Mrs. Joseph B. Long Mr. and Mrs. Michael B. Loyd ‘80 Mr. and Mrs. Rick O. Lynch 74 Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm Mangum ‘51 Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Marquoit ‘67 Ms. Karen Martin ‘99 Mrs. Marion C. Martin Ms. Carolyn C. Massey Mr. Kenneth W. Mauck ‘60 Mr. John M. May ‘69 Mr. Willis Charles May ‘75 Mr. John McArthur, Jr. ‘63 Mrs. Barbara Hudson McCoy ‘64 Mr. and Mrs. Thomas H. McDonnell Mr. and Mrs. Charles L. McKee ‘67 ‘67

Mrs. Mildred Carter McKim ‘40 Ms. Amy McManus Mrs. Ruth Scholar Medley ‘45 Mr. John Meeks Mr. O. C. Melton, Jr. ‘47 Ms. Sharon W. Menking Ms. Elizabeth Michael Mr. and Mrs. Daniel J. Miller Mrs. Victoria L Mills Dr. and Mrs. Edward L. Mitchell Ms. Holly Mitchell Mr. William C. Mitchiner ‘64 Ms. Louise B. Mitchum Ms. Rachael A. Modlin ‘50 Ms. Helen Moore Ms. M. Sharon Moore ‘71 ‘87 Mrs. Regina Creech Morgan ‘81 Mr.* and Mrs. Eugene Morris Mr. David Lee Moser Mr. and Mrs. Subirendu Mukherjee Mr. Stuart P. Murphy Dr. Raymond L. Murray Mr. and Mrs. Jon Nance Mrs. Jean McAnally Neville ‘66 Mr. and Mrs. C. Hartwell Newton, Jr. ’61 ‘68 Mr. and Mrs. Lee Nicholson ‘72 Mr. Bryan Nieman North Carolina Association of Registers of Deeds Mr. Jeffrey V. Olbrys Old Hickory Farms Mr. and Mrs. Daniel E. O’Neill Ms. Helen Othow Ms. Suzanne Ozment Mrs. Nellie S. Padgett Mr. and Mrs. Gilliam B. Parham ‘75 Dr. Earl W. Parker Rev. and Mrs. Joseph C. Parker ‘61 Ms. Alice B. Parks Ms. Leigh Ann Parrish Mr. and Mrs. Ulysses J. Parrott, Jr. Rev. and Mrs. Brooks Patten Mr. and Mrs. Brett F. Patton ‘85 Mrs. Kathryn Ward Paul ‘51 Mr. and Mrs. Irvin A. Pearce Mr. and Mrs. Jeffery L. Pearce Mr. and Mrs. Philip D. Pearce ‘42 Mr. and Mrs. Sam N. Perdue ‘66 Mr. and Mrs. Karl T. Pernell Mr. Elvis T. Perry Mr. Mark M. Person Mr. Thomas W. Peterkin, Jr. ‘66 Mr. W. Horace Petty ‘46 Mr. and Mrs. Elbert H. Phelps ‘52 Ms. Marie Phillips Mrs. Mary Alexander Poage ‘35 Mr. Justin Polizzi Mr. Robert Poole Mrs. Fonda Porter Mrs. Elaine Carroll Pulley ‘60 Mr. and Mrs. Walter M. Pulliam, Jr. ‘63 ‘63 Mr. Berkley Raleigh

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Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Reeve ‘85 ‘85 Mr. and Mrs. Billy L. Revelle ‘45 Mrs. Dorothy Watson Richardson ‘42 Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Richardson Dr. and Mrs. Mac L. Ricketts Mrs. Sharon Williams Ridges ‘84 Mr. and Mrs. John Riggs ‘54 Mrs. D. Louise Riley Mr. Jose A Rivera Mrs. Katherine D. Roberson Mrs. Betsy Brodie Roberts ‘75 Mr. and Mrs. Willie B. Robertson ‘48 Mr. and Mrs. Neil A Rock Mr. Robert Rogers Mr. and Mrs. Danny Rollins Ms. Jenna A. Roy Mr. Caryl F. Roycroft Mr. and Mrs. Jason K. Ruger Mr. and Mrs. Henry Runion Ms. Susan Marie Rush ‘76 Ms. Amanda Ryan Mr. and Mrs. Roland T. Sain Mr. and Mrs. John Sala Mr. and Mrs. Rafael Sanchez Mr. Brian W. Sanders Ms. Janice A. Sapp ‘71 Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Schaaf Mr. Richard Bernard Schneider ‘73 Ms. Diane Louise Schultz ‘69 Mr. and Mrs. Charles J. Schweikert ‘50 Mr. Boyd A. Scott Mr. James Pearce Senter ‘40 Mr. David Sexton Mrs. Mae Asbell Shaw ‘40 Mr. Ronald V. Shearin Mr. Hayami Shibasaki Mrs. Alice Marie Short ‘72 Ms. Deronda M. Short Simply Organized Mr. and Mrs. Ted. N. Sloan ‘60 60 Mr. and Mrs. Charles Smith ‘51 Mr. Darrell Smith Ms. Jacqueline T. Smith Mr. and Mrs. Julian J. Smith Mr. and Mrs. Marvin W. Smith, Jr. ‘59 Mr. Thomas M. Smith Mr. and Mrs. Royce L. Snipes Mr. and Mrs. Willis B. Sorrell Mr. Stephen E. Spainhour ‘70 Mr. and Mrs. Spivey, Jr. ‘52 Ms. Margie B. Stafford Ms. Jina Danielle Stamey ‘99 State Farm Companies Foundation Ms. Susan L. Steele ‘70 Mr. Wallace C. Stepp ‘64 Mr. and Mrs. William H. Stewart Ms. Phyllis Stitt-Colbert Mr. Andrew Stokes Strayer University Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Street Strickland Electric Company

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Expressions of Pride and Appreciation By Gary Hynden, proud parent of a Louisburg College alumnus I would like to take the opportunity to thank the Louisburg College faculty and staff for everything they did to help our son, Michael Hynden, when he was a student from 2005-2007.

further searching, she found that Louisburg had modeled its Learning Partners Program after Landmark’s. Being less than four hours from our house, Louisburg became our focus.

Michael suffered a head injury during childbirth that caused physical issues, which were fixed, thank goodness. It also resulted in a learning disability.... auditory processing. School was a struggle as he grew up. In fifth grade, he was finally officially identified for Special Education. My wife, Grace, a fifth grade teacher of special ed, gifted and every other type of student, made sure Michael got what he needed from the public school system. She also worked tirelessly with him on homework, projects and the like.

Long story short, Louisburg College was a wonderful experience for Michael. The Learning Partners Program was exactly what he needed. Coach Muhlman was kind enough to let Michael be the manager of the football team, which was brand new after 60-70 years. Michael had the opportunity to be a student ambassador so he could share his enthusiasm with prospective students. He also has fond memories of playing golf with Robert Rector (rest his soul) and even hauling brush to the county landfill with Mr. James Green! Louisburg College was perfect.

Grace researched colleges that had special programs and discovered Landmark College in Vermont. After

Louisburg College enabled Michael to achieve his goal of attending Virginia Tech, where he graduated in May 2010 with a degree in History. He was fortunate there, to have been one of the student managers of the Hokies’ football team. Now Michael has moved on to Columbia Theological Seminary (Presbyterian) in Decatur, GA. He wants to be a minister or possibly a youth minister. We could not be more proud. Thank you for the parts that everyone at Louisburg College played in Michael’s success. It was a true springboard for him.

Michael ‘07, with cousins, at his Virginia Tech Graduation, 2010

Mr. Andrew M. Sugg ‘89 Mrs. Janie Lee Sutton ‘58 Mrs. Jean Swanson Ms. Winifred L. Swartz Mrs. Betty Thigpen Swindell ‘47 Mr. Michael D. Tedder Mr. and Mrs. David A. Thomas Mr. John C. Thomas Mrs. Helen Tomlinson Mr. Dale Tompkins Mr. Robert Toth Ms. Karen J. Trunzo Mrs. Evelyn Smithwick Turner ‘43 Mrs. Martha Holden Turner ‘39 Mr. and Mrs. Robert Turner Mr. David A. Vaughan ‘76 Mr. William W. Vaughan Ms. Katherine Visintine Mrs. Sophia Clifton Wall ‘33 Ms. Berline C. Waterfield Mrs. Lenorma Saunders Waters ‘46 Mrs. Lucille M. Watson Dr. and Mrs. William Lamar Weems Mrs. Doris S. West Wetherell’s Oilfield Contractor Mrs. Phyllis Bailey Whitaker ‘53 Mrs. Eva Welch White ‘59 Ms. Norma G. White Ms. Darlean Whiters Mrs. Connie Frances Wicker ‘70 Ms. Joyce H. Wiggins Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Wilkerson Mr. and Mrs. Robert V. Wilkinson ‘66 Mr. Gregory Alan Williams ‘69 Mrs. Helen Mansfield Willie ‘46 Mr. Amos Wilson Mr. and Mrs. Bryan S. Wilson Mr. and Mrs. Chris A. Wilson Mr. Daniel O. Wilson ‘06 Dr. G. Curtis Wilson ‘47 Ms. Mary Wilson Ms. Mary Lou Wilson Mr. Stephen Nelson Wilson ‘71 Mr. and Mrs. Phillip L. Wise Ms. Juanita Wood Mr. and Mrs. Jerome R. Worsley Mrs. Betty Wrenn Ms. Joan J. Wrenn Mr. Arnold L. Wright Mr. Thomas E. Yancey ‘41 Mr. Lewis G. Young ‘69 Mr. and Mrs. Carl W. Ziegler


Estate of Arch Ingram Estate of Henry Clayton Jackson Estate of Nathan Cole, Jr. Victor Small Trust

Corporations, Foundations &Matching Gifts

Alliance One International AT&T Foundation Albert L. Kelling, DDS, PA AXA Foundation The Paul and Merrill Barringer Family Foundation Bethesda Realty, LLC Nicholas Bunn Boddie and Lucy Mayo Boddie Foundation Chartwells Corporation CKB Limited Clariant Corporation Matching Gifts Program Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina DBA Norlina Grading LLC Duke Energy Foundation Element One, Inc. Eli Lilly and Co. Foundation Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund First Citizens Bank & Trust Co. Fox Services LLC Franklin Appliance Franklin County Farm Bureau Franklin Regional Medical Center Garner Country Club Holcim Robert P. Holding Foundation Hospira Employee Giving Hudson Manor IBM Matching Grants J’s Salvage, Inc. Seby B. Jones Family Foundation Kayne Foundation Kelly Electric Matthew T Kuber, MD, FACC Lamm and Lamm Farms Law Office of James E.P. Walker, PC Livingston’s Packing Company Louisburg Foods, Inc Louisburg Tractor & Truck Mixon Construction Company, Inc. Norlina Auto Parts North Carolina Community Foundation North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities Northwestern Mutual Foundation Patco East, Inc. Paul G. Neal, DDS Piedmont Surveys, Inc. Pizza Hut of Clinton, Inc. PJM Interconnection The River Golf and Country Club, Inc. Rose Mini Storage Simply Organized, Inc. State Farm Companies Foundation Strayer University Strickland Electric Company Stupp Brothers Bridge & Iron Co. Foundation

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United Methodist Foundation Vector Engineering Inc. Wachovia Matching Gifts James and Vedna Welch Foundation Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC Wetherell’s Oilfield Contractor Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation Otto H. York Foundation

College Faculty & Staff

Rev. and Mrs. Larry C. Williams Mr. and Mrs. Bryan S. Wilson Mr. David Mark Wilson ‘70 Mr. Rod Wyatt

R. Edward & Louise Hunter Endowment Mr. and Mrs. Richard E. Hunter, Jr. ‘68

William Moon & Jane Moon Linsky Endowment

Donors to Endowed Funds

State Farm Companies Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Linsky

Cameron Athletic Endowment Ms. Ann C. Pearce Mrs. Beulah Cameron Dr. and Mrs. John Cameron

Blanche Hooper and Earl Meekins Scholarship

The Coltran-Robertson-Coleman Endowed Scholarship

Herbert and Elsie Miller Scholarship

Mrs. Mary M. Beauchamp Dr. D. Edmond Miller

Ms. Sue C. Robertson

Gary Ward Paul Scholarship Mrs. Kathryn Ward Paul ‘51

Coor Family Scholarship Mrs. Nadine M. Brohawn Mr. Charles G. Buie Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Charles B. Coor Mrs. Julia W. Coor Ms. Beth B. Cox Mr. and Mrs. Scott G. Cumby Mr. James L. Edwards Mr. David A. Evans, Jr. Mr. William J. Jones, Jr. Ms. Frances M. Little Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Morris Ms. Marie Phillips Mrs. Elma Dare Snipes Mrs. Frances S. Worsley

Joel Porter Counseling Center Endowment The Rev. Dr. and Mrs. Reginald W. Ponder

R.A. Endowed Scholarship Mrs. Norma B. Patton

Blair Tucker Scholarship Mrs. Helen T. Beckwith

Lillian B. Watson Endowment Mr. Theron P. Watson

Coach J. Enid Drake Basketball Scholarship Ms. Connie Atkinson Mr. and Mrs. G. Brooks Baines Mr. and Mrs. Wayne R. Bobbitt, Jr. Ms. Lena H. Brown Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Brown Mr. and Mrs. Jackie L. Bryant Mr. and Mrs. Wayne R. Bryant Mr. and Mrs. Dwight E. Compton, Sr. Mr. Michael Dexter Cooley ‘76 Mr. and Mrs. Thomas C. Drake, Jr. Mr. John Elmore Mr. Herbert Felton Gay ‘69 Mr. and Mrs. Ronald C. Gay Mr. Kenneth E. Gilliam ‘64 Mr. Russell Davis Herring ‘82 Mrs. Ellene D. Leonard Mr. and Mrs. John H. Lewis ‘69 Mr. and Mrs. Michael B. Loyd ‘80 Rev. and Mrs. Walter N. McDonald Ms. Sharon Moore ‘71 ‘87 Mrs. Paula Drake Smith ‘74 Mr. Emmett Chapman Snead, III ‘71 Mrs. Danielle L. Strickland Mr. Johnnie D. Strickland Mr. and Mrs. Roger G. Taylor ‘68

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Hurricane Club

Mrs. Penni D Beaver Mr. and Mrs. James T. Chandler, IV ‘67 Mr. Sidney B Crowe Ms. Margaret M. Curran Mr. and Mrs. Donald W. Fish ‘60 ‘59 Mr. Morgan S. Foster Mrs. Hazel Holloman Mr. and Mrs. Michael L. Holloman ‘83 ‘90 Mr. Edgar B. Huckabee Mr. and Mrs. Michael A. Kelly Mr. Mark M. Person Mr. Jean Paul W. Roy Mr. and Mrs. Michael Shotwell


Calvary United Methodist Women First United Methodist Church of Cary First United Methodist Men of Cary Louisburg Baptist Church Louisburg United Methodist Church The North Carolina Conference of the UMC Trinity United Methodist Church White Plains United Methodist Church

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Ms. Genya V. Afanasyeva Ms. Wendy Bailey Mr. John Basaldu Mrs. Sandra Beasley Ms. Teresa Blumenauer Dr. Martha Bragg Ms. Susan A. Bridgeman Mr. Matthew A. Brown Ms. Gail Brown Mrs. Georgette Burnette Mr. Kurt Carlson Mr. Michael Childs Ms. Leej Copperfield Ms. Sheilah R. Cotten Rev. Alice Davis Ms. Ashley Duncan Ms. Terrie Dunn Dr. and Mrs. James C. Eck Ms. Frances Edwards ‘64 Ms. Alicia S. Eller ‘65 Mr. J. Craig Eller Ms. Belinda Faulkner Dr. Diane Price Fleming Dr. Rodney S. Foth Mr. Brian Gano Ms. Monica Gordy Ms. Judy Green Mrs. Faye Griffin ‘64 Mrs. Brandy L. Gupton Mr. James Hairston Ms. Brenda G. Hawks Mrs. Martha E. Hedgepeth ‘93 Mr. Trevor Highfield Ms. Maggie Hill Mrs. Patricia G. Hinton Mr. William J. Hinton, Jr. Mr. Michael L. Holloman ‘83 Ms. Phyllis M. Ihrie Ms. Carmen S. Johnston ‘01 Mrs. Candace L. Jones ‘99 Mr. Mark L. Joyner Ms. Laura L. Kinzinger Dr. Mark D. La Branche Mr. Jeffrey Linney Ms. Karen Martin ‘99 Ms. Amy McManus Mr. David Minard Ms. Holly Mitchell Ms. Louise B. Mitchum Mr. Jason Modlin Ms. M. Sharon Moore ‘71 ‘87 Ms. Patrice Nealon Mr. Jeffrey V. Olbrys Ms. Helen Othow Ms. Leigh Ann Parrish Mr. Justin Polizzi Mr. Robert Poole Mrs. Fonda Porter Mrs. Donna Rhoden Mr. Robert Rogers Ms. Amanda Ryan

*deceased WINTER 2011


Mr. John Sala Mr. Brian W. Sanders Mr. David Sexton Mr. Charles B. Sloan Mr. Andrew Stokes Mrs. Jean Swanson Mr. Michael D. Tedder Ms. Jennith Thomas Mr. John C. Thomas Mrs. Stephanie Buchanan Tolbert ‘97 Ms. Katherine Visintine

Friends of the Arts

Mr. L. C. Adcock Balloons, Etc. LLC William Taylor Bartholomew Mrs. Helen S. Benton Mrs. Lillian Benton Ms. Delano R. Borys Ms. Dottie Brezeale Mr. Charles Broughton Dr. and Mrs. Benjamin Brown Mr. and Mrs. Claude F. Burrows ‘43 Mr. Bob Butler Mr. and Mrs. Bain Cameron Mr. Clark Card Ms. Katherine Causby Mr. and Mrs. Ronald D. Champion County of Franklin Mr. Allen de Hart Mr. and Mrs. William H. Dove Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Edwards Mr. J. Craig Eller Dr. Diane Price Fleming Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Fleming Mrs. Emily Taylor Gardner * ‘46 Mr. and Mrs. Pierre Giani Ms. Babs Holtzman Mrs. Alice Faye Hunter Mrs. Jean Finch Inscoe ‘52 Mr. and Mrs. Leonard A. Kilian, Jr. Ms. Judy Kuykendall Dr. and Mrs. Mark D. La Branche Mr. and Mrs. Joseph B. Long Mr. and Mrs. J. Parker Lumpkin, II Mr. and Mrs. Charles G. McLaughlin Mr. and Mrs. Roger Moulton ‘43 Mr. Stuart P. Murphy Dr. Earl W. Parker Wake Electric Care Mr. and Mrs. John A. Rogers Mr. Darrell Smith Mr. and Mrs. Julian J. Smith Mrs. Frances D. Spivey Mr. Howard Stallings Dr. and Mrs. Paul W. Stewart, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Larry E. Tetterton ‘56 ‘56 Mr. Leigh Traylor, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Turner Mrs. Rebecca W. Wells Mrs. Peggy Lee Wilder ‘60

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Gift in honor of Sidney Stafford

Honorary Gifts

The Rev. Dr. and Mrs. Reginald W. Ponder

Gift in honor of Earl Beshears Rev. and Mrs. Thomas E. Loftis

Gift in honor of Michael & Margie Brohawn Mrs. Nadine M. Brohawn

Gift in honor of Clyde Brooks Rev. and Mrs. Thomas E. Loftis

Gift in honor of Bob Butler The Rev. Dr. and Mrs. Reginald W. Ponder

Gift in honor of Charles and Martha Davis Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Y. Joyner

Gift in honor of Harold L. Gillis, Jr. Mr. Harold L. Gillis, Sr.

Gift in honor of Ellis Hall Mrs. Katheryn Coor Lewis Gift in honor of Charity Holland Mrs. Katheryn Coor Lewis

Gift in honor of Dorothy Honeycutt Mr. and Mrs. W.S. Gardner ‘44 ‘45 Gift in honor of Fred & Malene Irons Mrs. Katheryn Coor Lewis Gift in honor of Wil Jackson Rev. and Mrs. Thomas E. Loftis

Gift in honor of Don L. Jenkins Rev. and Mrs. Thomas E. Loftis

Gift in honor of Wallace Kirby Rev. and Mrs. Thomas E. Loftis

Gift in honor of Mark La Branche Ms. Sue Guerrant Mr. Bill Lord

Gift in honor of C. S. Loftis, Jr. Rev. and Mrs. Thomas E. Loftis

Gift in honor of Tom Loftis Rev. Wilbur Ivan Jackson

Gift in honor of Walter McDonald Mr. Creighton Wesley Sloan ‘66 Gift in honor of Reginald Ponder Mr. Bob Butler Mr. Charles Sloan

Gift in honor of Mary Strowd Riggsbee Mr. and Mrs. W.S. Gardner ‘44 ‘45 Gift in honor of Charles Sloan

The Rev. Dr. and Mrs. Reginald W. Ponder

*deceased COL UMN S 4 8

Gift in honor of Edith Toussaint Ms. Karen R Heinich Gift in honor of Nancy Williams Rev. and Mrs. Thomas E. Loftis

Golden Anniversary Club

Thanks to the generosity of the Golden Anniversary Club – alumni who graduated 50 or more years ago – the College was able to support new lighting in the Auditorium and equipment for the Art Department. Mrs. Nancy Garrette Adams ‘40 Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin T. Adcock, Jr. ‘59 Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Alexander ‘47 Mrs. Joyce Ammons ‘51 Mrs. Frances Handley Andrus ‘43 Mrs. Kathleen Britt Arnold ‘40 Mr. Richard D. Auger ‘39 Mr. and Mrs. Billy A. Baker, Sr. ‘55 Mr. Rossie V. Baker, Sr. ‘57 Mr. and Mrs. William H. Baker, Jr. ‘52 Mr. and Mrs. Felix G. Banks ‘43 Mrs. Ruby Harris Barbour ‘55 Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Barnes ‘48 Mr. and Mrs. Fred L. Bartholomew, Jr. ‘58 Rev. Dr. Clarence B. Bass ‘42 Mr. Paul G. Bass ‘50 Mr. and Mrs. Marvin E. Baugh ‘53 Mr. Robert E. Beck ‘53 Mr. Harvey Layton Bedsole ‘51 Mrs. Genevieve Ellis Bell ‘41 Mr. and Mrs. David C. Blake ‘50 Mr.* and Mrs. Earl Bonner ’48 ’48 Mr. Major H. Bowes ‘58 Mrs. Octavia Beard Bowman ‘51 Mrs. Dorothy Midgett Brannan ‘48 Dr. and Mrs. C. Douglas Bryant, Sr. ‘47 Mr. and Mrs. George P. Bunn ‘54 Ms. Linda A. Burkhead ‘59 Mr. and Mrs. Claude F. Burrows ‘43 Mr. H. Dwight Byrd ‘57 Mr. Richard L. Cannon, Jr. ‘52 Mr. and Mrs. G. Maurice Capps ‘57 Dr. Patrick W. Carlton ‘57 Mr. Larry W. Castleberry ‘57 Mr. W. Paul Childers, Jr. ‘54 Mrs. Sophia Spivey Cody ‘38 Mrs. Virginia Spivey Coleman ‘42 Mrs. Hazel Lassiter Collier ‘45 Mrs. Emma Snell Coney ‘42 Mrs. Janie Manning Conrad ‘44 Mrs. Carolyn V. Cotton ‘57 Mrs. Louise Mason Cowart ‘42 Mrs. Mae Bell Cox ‘47 Dr. and Mrs. Clifford G. Cutrell ‘47 Mrs. Betty Worrell Darden ‘49 Dr. Sarah Irwin Davis ‘42 Dr. and Mrs. D. W. Davis ‘51

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Ms. Katherine Davis ‘39 Mr. and Mrs. Clifford T. Dean, Jr. ‘40 Mrs. Patricia Wilson Dixon ‘58 Mrs. Ann Dunham Donnell ‘45 Mr. and Mrs. Edwin M. Driver ‘53 ‘52 Mr. and Mrs. M. Douglas Edwards ‘53 Mr. Sam H. Elliott ‘52 Mrs. Ina Meekins Ernst ‘49 Mrs. Erlene Jordan Evans ‘49 Mr. Jerry A. Faulkner ‘54 Mr. James M. Featherston, Jr. ‘42 Mr. Wallace G. Flynt ‘48 Dr. and Mrs. Jimmy W. Foster ‘60 ‘59 Mr. Ben S. Foust ‘41 Mr. William P. Franklin ‘52 Mrs. Jo Floyd Frazier ‘54 Mrs. Elaine Weldon Fuller ‘39 Mr. Oscar M. Fuller ‘44 Mrs. Pattie Joyner Gambardela ‘46 Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Gardner ’44 ‘45 Mrs. Marietta Joliff Garrett ‘51 Mr. and Mrs. Ernest P. Gaster, Jr. ‘50 ‘50 Dr. Genevieve Hodgin Gay ‘41 Mr. and Mrs. Kelman P. Gomo ‘38 Mrs. Betty Ellis Goodbar ‘50 Mr. Willis A. Goodrum ‘52 Mr. and Mrs. Graham P. Grissom ‘36 Mr. Willis F. Gupton ‘42 Mr. and Mrs. Swayn G. Hamlet ‘57 ‘56 Mr. R. Ray Harris ‘57 Mrs. Carol Bissent Hayman ‘45 Mr. and Mrs. Herman A. Hecht ‘52 Mrs. Barbara Dunn Hilliard ‘59 Mrs. Jean Von Canon Hilton ‘39 Mrs. Ruby Massenburg Hinson ‘42 Mr. Bernard B. Hollowell ‘42 Mrs. Elmar Newton Holmes ‘58 Mr. and Mrs. Lennon W. Hooper, Jr. ‘50 Mrs. Mary Wheless Hughes ‘52 Mr. and Mrs. J. William Hurley ‘53 Mr. Jerry M. Ingram ‘39 Mr. and Mrs. Horace Jernigan ‘47 Mrs. Beatrice Lewis Johnson ‘42 Rev. Jesse L. Johnson, Jr. ‘41 Mr. and Mrs. Marvin L. Jordan ‘53 Mrs. Edna Moye Joyner ‘44 Mr. and Mrs. Graham C. Kennedy ‘52 Dr. Rodman L. Lancaster ‘42 Mrs. Jane Moon Linsky ‘43 Mr. W. J. Little, Jr. ‘49 Mrs. Virginia Deibel Lundell ‘34 Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm Mangum ‘51 Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Marks ‘56 Mr. and Mrs. George Matthis ‘46 Mr. Wilton L. Matthis ‘56 Mrs. Mildred Carter McKim ‘40 Mr. and Mrs. John McPherson ‘50 Mrs. Ruth Scholar Medley ‘45 Mr. O. C. Melton, Jr. ‘47 Mr. and Mrs. David Miller ‘57 Ms. Rachael A. Modlin ‘50 Mr. and Mrs. William D. Moon ‘45 Mrs. Gwynn Torrence Morris ‘58 Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Morrisette, Jr. ‘53 ‘53 Mrs. Mozelle Seely Moulton ‘43

*deceased WINTER 2011


Mrs. Anne Tucker Mulchi ‘53 Mrs. Inez Koonce Nobles ‘43 Mr. and Mrs. Charles Pake ‘53 Mrs. Frances Brower Paschal ‘39 Mrs. Kathryn Ward Paul ‘51 Mr. Clarence W. Pearce, Jr. ‘54 Mr. and Mrs. Philip D. Pearce ‘42 Mr. Ralph H. Pegram ‘47 Mr. W. Horace Petty ‘46 Mr. and Mrs. Elbert H. Phelps ‘52 Mr. and Mrs. William H. Pierce ‘38 Mrs. Mary Alexander Poage ‘35 Mr. and Mrs. Edsel H. Privette ‘52 Mr. and Mrs. Billy L. Revelle ‘45 Mrs. Dorothy Watson Richardson ‘42 Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Riggan, Sr. ‘59 Mr. and Mrs. John Riggs ‘54 Mrs. Strowd Ward Riggsbee ‘45 Mr. and Mrs. Willie B. Robertson ‘48 Mrs. Margaret Adcock Robinson ‘58 Mr. and Mrs. Carles A. Royal, Jr. ‘50 ‘51 Mr. and Mrs. Edward R. Salter ‘51 Mr. and Mrs. Job K. Savage ‘36 ‘36 Mrs. Dorothy Swindell Sawyer ‘51 Mrs. Ann Rhem Schwarzmann ‘54 Mr. and Mrs. Charles J. Schweikert ‘50 Mr. James Pearce Senter ‘40 Mrs. Mae Asbell Shaw ‘40 Mr. Joseph W. Shearon ‘51 Mr. and Mrs. Charles Smith ‘51 Mr. and Mrs. Marvin W. Smith, Jr. ‘59 Mr. and Mrs. Grady K. Snyder ‘50 ‘50 Mr. and Mrs. Tasker B. Southerland ‘54 Mr. and Mrs. Spivey, Jr. ‘52 Mr. Richard N. Stabell ‘59 Mr. and Mrs. Dudley Barbee Stallings ‘46 Ms. Japlyne Gray Stallings ‘46 Mr. and Mrs. Glendel U. Stephenson ‘52 Mr. and Mrs. M. Graham Stewart, Sr. ‘49 Dr. Raymond A. Stone ‘47 Mrs. Janie Lee Sutton ‘58 Mrs. Betty Thigpen Swindell ‘47 Mr. and Mrs. Larry E. Tetterton ‘56 ‘56 Mrs. Ruby Chewning Thompson ‘59 Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Timberlake ‘64 ‘59 Mrs. Edith Boone Toussaint ‘49 Mrs. Sara Hux Townsend ‘43 Mrs. Evelyn Smithwick Turner ‘43 Mrs. Janet Griffin Turner ‘44 Mrs. Martha Holden Turner ‘39 Mr. Samuel A. Tuten, Jr. ‘41 Mr. and Mrs. William Wall ‘47 Mrs. Jane Rosser Warfel ‘41 Mrs. Lenorma Saunders Waters ‘46 Mrs. Anne Jones Weathersbee ‘49 Ms. Mary E. West ‘41 Mrs. Phyllis Bailey Whitaker ‘53 Mrs. Eva Welch White ‘59 Mrs. Bird Ramsey Williams ‘45 Rev. and Mrs. Howard M. Wilkinson ‘45 Mrs. Louise McCullen Williams ‘55 Mrs. Nellie Stallings Williams ‘47 Mr. and Mrs. Wilton H. Williams ‘49 Mr. and Mrs. Wiley Williamson ‘54 Mrs. Helen Mansfield Willie ‘46

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Dr. G. Curtis Wilson ‘47 Mr. and Mrs. Hubert L. Wilson, Jr. ‘45 Mr. James F. Womble ‘54 Mr. and Mrs. Ray H. Womble, Sr. ‘48 Mr. and Mrs. Edwin W. Woodhouse, Sr. ‘56 Mr. and Mrs. Lenn Woodruff ‘58 Mr. and Mrs. James T. Wooters ‘42 Mr. Thomas E. Yancey ‘41

Gift in memory of James H. Edwards

Memorial Gifts

Mr. John Strotmeyer, Jr. ‘68

Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Morris

Gift in memory of Fred Fearing Ms. Sarah Foster Judge and Mrs. Robert H. Hobgood

Gift in memory of Beatrice Fox Gift in memory of Emily T. Gardner

Gift in memory of Juanita Alsup Mrs. Katheryn Coor Lewis

Gift in memory of Edna Earle Baker Mrs. Katheryn Coor Lewis

Gift in memory of Jamima Williams Barefoot Mr. John David Cothran ‘64

Gift in memory of Barney Bass Mr. John Strotmeyer, Jr. ‘68

Gift in memory of B. C. Bean Rev. and Mrs. Thomas E. Loftis

Mr. Matthew A. Brown ‘68 Ms. Rosalyn S. Crandell Ms. Sarah Foster Mrs. and Mrs. W.S. Gardner ‘44 ‘45 Ms. Sharon Moore ‘71 ‘87 Mrs. Anne Tucker Mulchi ‘53 Mrs. Nellie S. Padgett Mr. and Mrs. Fred Roberson ‘62 Mr. Ronald V. Shearin Ms. Japlyne Gray Stallings ‘46 Mr. and Mrs. Roger G. Taylor ‘68 Mrs. and Mrs. Leigh Traylor Mr. Charles E. Wilkerson Ms. Juanita Wood

Mr. John Strotmeyer, Jr. ‘68

Mrs. Peggy Lee Wilder ‘60

Mr. John Strotmeyer, Jr. ‘68

Gift in memory of Douglas Ray Harrell

Gift in memory of R. A. Cobb, Jr. Rev. and Mrs. Thomas E. Loftis

Mr. Edward Roscoe Salter ‘51

Gift in memory of Harry Coor

Gift in memory of Katherine Mary Kraft Harris

Gift in memory of Worth Cotton

Gift in memory of Mattie Harrell Jackson

Mr. John Strotmeyer, Jr. ‘68

Estate of Henry Clayton Jackson

Mr. John Strotmeyer, Jr. ‘68

Mrs. Helen Ayscue Bonner ‘48 Mr. Horace Jernigan Mrs. Norma B. Patton Mr. John Strotmeyer, Jr. ‘68


Gift in memory of Leila Schulman Gift in memory of Martha D. Shearin

Gift in memory of Nick Pleasants

Mr. John Strotmeyer, Jr. ‘68

Gift in memory of Alice Starnes Mr. John Strotmeyer, Jr. ‘68

Gift in memory of Cecil Collett Stephenson Mr. John Strotmeyer, Jr. ‘68

Gift in memory of Adolphus B. Ussery Mr. Marvin Lawrence Jordan ‘53

Gift in memory of Margaret Blanch Warren Mrs. Pearl Harris Gomo ‘38

Gift in memory of Stokes Williams Rev. and Mrs. Thomas E. Loftis

Gift in memory of Josephine P. Zealand Mr. Robert W. Alston, Jr. ‘60


Gift in memory of L. Clarke Jones, Jr Gift in memory of Charles B. Loftis

The Cecil W. Robbins Public Service Award – established in 1997 in honor of former president, Dr. Cecil W. Robbins. This award, presented during Alumni Weekend, honors an alum or member of the community who has shown exceptional dedication to Louisburg College by contributing outstanding and meaningful service to the College. The individual is selected based on his/her contributions of time, effort, and/or commitment, and for enriching the mission and standing of Louisburg College.

Gift in memory of Eugene Morris

The Distinguished Alumnus Award – established in 1978. This award, presented during Alumni Weekend, is given to an alum 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.

Rev. and Mrs. Thomas E. Loftis Mr. Charles G. Buie Jr.


Mr. Marvin Lawrence Jordan ‘53

The College will accept nominations for the following awards until September 1, 2011. The awards will be presented at Homecoming Weekend in the fall of 2011. To download a nomination form, please go to

Mr. John Strotmeyer, Jr. ‘68

Gift in memory of Eugene Dennis Donner

Gift in memory of William “Bill” T. Sadler

Gift in memory of Alva Johnson

Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Johnson, Jr. ‘46

Gift in memory of Lida Davis

Mrs. Edith Boone Toussaint ‘49


Mr. John Strotmeyer, Jr. ‘68

Gift in memory of Marion Davidson

Gift in memory of Mrs. M. L. Rowland

First United Methodist Church of Cary

Gift in memory of J.M. Harrison

Ms. Carolyn V. Cotton ‘59

Mr. Markel Isham

Gift in memory of Nicholas Anthony Spinella

Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Johnson, Jr. ‘46

Ms. Nadine M Brohawn Mrs. Katheryn Coor Lewis Dr. and Mrs. Edward L. Mitchell Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Morris Ms. Marie Phillips

Gift in memory of Donald R. Richardson

Gift in memory of Duffy Paul

Gift in memory of Madaline K. Person

Gift in memory of Leigh Gray

Ms. Sarah Foster Ms. Sue Guerrant Mr. Maurice Clifton York ‘73

Mrs. Norma B. Patton

Gift in memory of Peggy Ivey Hawley

Gift in memory of Nellie Loftis Bryan

Mr. Harold Gillis, Sr.

Gift in memory of C. Ray Pruette

Mr. Matthew A. Brown ‘68 Mr. and Mrs. Johniie M. Dickens ‘83 ‘80 NC Association of Registers of Deeds

Gift in memory of Essie Lyles Perry

Gift in memory of A. Watson Gillis

Mrs. Katheryn Coor Lewis

Gift in memory of Milliard I. Patton

Ms. Rachael Aberteene Modlin ‘50

Gift in memory of Carl Wood Brown Mr. Carl Wood Brown

Rev. and Mrs. Thomas E. Loftis

Mr. John Strotmeyer, Jr. ‘68

Ms. Mary L. Coates Mrs. Helen Cochrane Ms. Suzanne R. Cross Ms. Frances Emory Garner Country Club Garner Eastern Star, Chapter 321 Ms. Esther S. Hall Mr. Phillip W. Liles Mr. David Lee Moser Mr. Elvis T. Perry Ms. Mary Wilson

Mr. John Strotmeyer, Jr. ‘68

Gift in memory of Mary Lib Loftis Cobb

Gift in memory of Rose Mehfoud Oley

Ms. Sarah Foster Mrs. Strowd Ward Riggsbee ‘45

Gift in memory of Gary Gerloff

Rev. and Mrs. Thomas E. Loftis

Gift in memory of Edith Powers

Mr. John Strotmeyer, Jr. ‘68

Gift in memory of Aubrey Gay

Gift in memory of Alice Edwards Bliley

Mrs. Amy L. Coor Ms. Julia Coor Ms. Beth B. Cox Mrs. Beth T. Cumby Mr. James L. Edwards Mr. David A. Evans Jr. Mr. Lawrence R. Gurley Mr. William J. Jones, Jr. Mrs. Elizabeth Morris Ms. Frances M. Little Dr. and Mrs. Edward L. Mitchell Ms. Suzanne Ozment Mrs. Cindy S. Pearce Ms. Marie Phillips Mrs. Elma Dare Snipes Ms. Lucille M. Watson Mrs. Frances S. Worsley

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The Outstanding Young Alumnus Award - established in 1993. This award, presented during Alumni Weekend, recognizes and honors an alum who has graduated within the past 20 years and who has achieved significant accomplishments in a profession or in the community.

STAND-OUT STUDENTS David Safran was nominated as a “Stand-Out

Student” by Learning Specialist Lorna Nelson because, she says, “he has encouraged, coached, and tutored students who need help.” As young children, David and his twin brother were diagnosed with dyslexia, a phonics disorder, and ADD. After struggling to graduate from Broughton High School eight years ago, David attended a tech school where he trained to repair cars. He worked as a Land Rover technician for a few years, and then went into medical sales. After a mission trip to Guyana with his church, Highland United Methodist, David began to ask himself what he really wanted to do with his life. He decided to attend college to earn a business degree. Armed with plenty of enthusiasm and a healthy savings account, David began researching college options. He landed on the Louisburg College Learning Partners Program through an internet search, and quickly realized it was the right fit for him. “Learning Partners is the key to my success in earning a college degree,” David says. “David is very devoted to his success,” according to Nelson, who says his discipline is impressive. In addition to attending classes, David works as a part-time security officer at the RBC Center. He plans to earn his A.A, in business with the goal of eventually running his own property management company.

Sophomore Leonora (Leo) Lamptey was

nominated by Chaplain Alice Davis as a “Stand-Out Student” for “constantly encouraging her classmates to do the right thing.” Leo, originally from Ghana, Africa, is the daughter of Henrietta Quarcoo and Michael Lamptey. After graduating from Knightdale High School, Leo chose to attend Louisburg because of the small class sizes, the fact that it is churchaffiliated, and the helpful and friendly teachers and staff.


“Leo has shown great enthusiasm and excitement for Louisburg College,” says Chaplain Davis. “In an effort to promote a culture of respect and character on campus, Leo has been known to use Facebook to send positive messages to her classmates in the area of health, attitude, manner of dress, proper use of language, and good study habits. I believe she embodies characteristics of a ‘Cane for Christ,’ as well as for the College.” Leo is a member of the Christian Life Council, Hall Council, Phi Beta Lambda, Phi Theta Kappa, and serves the College as a Student Ambassador. She says she loves working with and caring for children, and plans to attend UNC-Chapel Hill or ECU to finish her degree, with the goal of eventually becoming a pediatrician.

Cedric Chisholm, a freshman from Charleston,

SC, was nominated as a “Stand-Out Student” by Head Football Coach John Sala for his “perseverance to succeed.” In spite of an amazingly difficult year in which he lost both parents to cancer, Cedric has committed himself to excelling at Louisburg—on and off the field. After graduating from West Ashley High School where he was a member of the football, wrestling, and track teams, Cedric attended a community college near his home in Charleston. Academically, he struggled, due to personal reasons and distractions, he says. With an eye on a fresh start, and a determination to play football at the collegiate level, Cedric looked to Louisburg. “Although he was academically ineligible to play during the 2010 football season, Cedric continues to come to practice every day, never missing for any reason,” says Sala. Through hard work and sheer determination, Cedric earned a 3.35 GPA with a 17-credit course load during the Fall 2010 semester. “I have no choice but to succeed,” Cedric explains, “If I stay focused on short-term goals, I will achieve in the long term.” Some of those goals include eventually playing football at the University of Miami, or with the USC Gamecocks where his brother, Garrett, is a senior on the football team. Cedric hopes to eventually become a physical therapist and have his own practice.

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Cristiana Rose,

David (Dave) Louis Brown, a

“Being at Louisburg has been a great experience so far,” says Cristiana. “I’ve learned to take on a lot of responsibility and have grown up a lot.” Cristiana, who learned about Louisburg at a college fair last year, wants to share her enthusiasm for the College with her friends back home, in hopes that they will also consider attending. She chose to attend Louisburg because of its small size, churchaffiliation, and its close proximity to her home and family.

“Dave has been an excellent first-year student thus far,” says Purnell. “He has really shown school spirit and tremendous leadership amongst his peers.”

a freshman from Wilson, NC, was nominated as a “Stand-Out Student” by Stephanie Tolbert, VP of Admissions, after she volunteered to take information about the College home with her over fall break to share with members of her youth group at Antioch Outreach Ministries, her home church.

Sophomore Lindsey Holtz knows how difficult it can be to find time to study. As a softball player and vice president of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society of two-year colleges, Holtz manages to carve out a few hours every week to not only tutor her peers, but to also organize the volunteer schedule. Holtz and fellow PTK members offer free tutoring in the Taft Computer Lab every Tuesday from 8-10 pm. “The PTK After Hours [tutoring] has been a lifesaver for helping me with my math homework,” says LC student Jimmy Penny. “Those students are so kind and nice to help out their fellow students. I recommend this service to all Louisburg College students.” “We worked with Dr. Mitchum [PTK advisor] and other faculty members to get the program started,” says Holtz. She believes part of what makes the peer tutoring successful is that it’s “less intimidating to be tutored by your peers than by teachers.” After graduating from Louisburg, Holtz plans to earn a bachelor’s degree and pursue a career in the marketing/advertising field. WINTER 2011

freshman from Knightdale, NC, was nominated as a “Stand-Out Student” by his Hall Mentor Von Purnell. Dave recently noticed the foosball table in the Student Center was broken and decided to do something about it. He approached James Hairston, the College’s Student Events Coordinator, and volunteered his time to repair the table as a service to the College. He worked with Mr. Purnell to repair the foosball table and also helped fix a broken ping-pong table.

Dave is a cheerleader for the ‘Canes and also volunteers his time to play the role of the “Stormy” — the College’s mascot — at athletic events. Dave, the son of David and Cassandra Brown, graduated last year from Knightdale High School. His father, who attended Louisburg in 1979, encouraged his son to attend. “I came here to be the best I can be, and to be myself,” says Dave of the goals he has set for himself. “I hope to grow as a person,” he continues, “and make the best of these years.” He plans to complete a degree in secondary education at a four-year institution after he completes two years at Louisburg, with the goal of becoming a high school history teacher. Sophomore Gabby Calamaco was nominated as a “Stand-Out Student” by Brian Gano, LC assistant dean for housing. “As president of the Commuter Club she is doing a great job pulling the group together and leading them,” says Gano. “I enjoy working with her in the Commuter Club. When something needs to be done, I know that she will get it done. She has an excellent personality that I believe is the reason our club is growing and attracting new members every meeting.”

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Mrs. Susan Ray Smith ‘73

CLASS NOTES Mildred Cole Cooke ‘39

Cooke (pictured) celebrated her 90th birthday on May 7th at her ancestral home in Durham, NC, where she lives with her youngest son, Edward Cooke ‘68. She has another son, Ret. LC Robert U. Cooke, and a daughter, Beth Cooke Barnhill, eight grandchildren, and twelve great-grandchildren. Mildred remains in very good health and enjoys her passion of baking almost daily. She also loves walking, and watching game shows and golf on TV. She has “vivid and fond” memories of her Louisburg College experience.

Elnora Louise Mason Cowart ‘42

Cowart (pictured at LC Alumni Day, 2000, with husband, Al ‘50 (to her left) and Doug Joyner ‘42) recently wrote the College to share her Louisburg Story. She attended the College at the age of fifteen with the goal of becoming a teacher. After a twenty-sevenyear teaching career, she retired to take care of her ailing mother. Her husband, Albert G. Cowart, was a former teacher and dean of men at LC, and had a long career in education. Sadly, Cowart’s husband has passed away, and although she says she is “lost without him,” she finds joy in regularly hearing from her former pupils.

Tapley O. Johnson, Jr. ‘60

A graduate of North Carolina State University and a fortysix-year veteran of the insurance industry, Johnson retired in January 2009 as chairman of Tapco Underwriters, Inc., an insurance agency he founded in 1983. He is married and has three children and eight grandchildren. He and his wife, Jean, are very involved with the College of Charleston. He serves on the College of Charleston Foundation Board and Jean serves on the advisory board for the School of the Arts. In addition, they are avid basketball fans and follow the Cougars to most of their games. They enjoy spending time in the north woods of Maine and also enjoy their small farm in the North Carolina mountains where they have three donkeys, two goats, a pony and several chickens.


Billy Noble ‘64

Noble graduated from NC State in 1967 with a B.S. in Textile Chemistry. He retired from Cognis Corp. in 2001 and now lives in Manteo, NC.

Jim White ‘69

White was recently chosen as Editor for the Doctor’s Creek Journal, the official magazine for the Friends of Portsmouth Society. He has also recently published a new book, Portsmouth Island: A Walk in the Past. In addition to teaching history at Mount Olive College in New Bern, White is the owner and president of Mount Truxton Publishing Company in Trent Woods, NC. He is married to the former Nancy Brinson and they have three sons and two grandchildren.

Margaret (Margee) Hickok Styles ‘70

Styles and her husband retired from Oyster Bay, NY, and moved south to Ocala, FL, in 2005. The couple has four children and five granddaughters. Sadly, her daughter Mandy passed away following a brief and very courageous battle with cancer on December 23, 2007. As a result, the Amanda Styles Cirelli Foundation for Pediatric Cancer Research was created. Mandy was an elementary school teacher who adored children. For more information about the foundation, please visit

Sonny Sherrill ‘71

As Founder and Superintendent of North Raleigh Christian Academy, Sherrill (pictured) reports that the school has completed a six-million-dollar expansion of it campus with a three story academic building, an elementary gymnasium, and soccer park/ fieldhouse. Now Wake County’s largest private school and the third largest private school in North Carolina, NRCA has an enrollment of 1500 students in just fifteen years of existence.

Ann Grant Winstead ‘72

Winstead was elected President and CEO of Tarboro Savings Bank, SSB, on October 1, 2010. She is married to Scott Winstead and has two grown children and six grandchildren.

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On June 30, 2010, Smith retired after thirty-two years of working in the Carteret County School System as a high school science teacher. The last thirteen years of her career she served as the Principal of Cape Lookout High School, grades 9-12. She has three daughters: Katherine, Caroline, and Jennifer. Caroline attended Louisburg College and graduated with an A.A. in 2009. “It was wonderful having the opportunity to revisit Louisburg while my daughter was a student there,” says Smith. “Even though things were definitely different, I felt as though I had never left when I stepped onto the campus nearly thirty-five years later. What a wonderful school. My daughter loved it as much as I did!!”

J. Herb Bailey ‘77

On January 31, 2011 Bailey resigned as Director of Gift Planning at UNCW and went full-time into fundraising consulting. Bailey was named President of PAX Global, Senior Partner of Development Systems International, and Senior Faculty of the National Development Institute.

Smith (pictured) wrapped up her role in the movie, “I Hate Tom Petty,” in the summer of 2010. The movie tells the story of a rock ‘n’ roll band, with Smith playing the role of a singer named Sasha. A native of Henderson, NC, Smith has been acting since the age of three. She is the daughter of Charley-John and Rita Smith, both teachers at Louisburg College.

Wheeler and her husband Ron Wheeler, Jr., welcomed a baby daughter, Molly Jane, on November 15, 2010. Molly was born at Rex Hospital in Raleigh weighing 8 pounds, 1 ounce. She joins big brother Jack Clayton Wheeler, who is four years old. The Wheeler family lives in Zebulon, NC.

Boddie-Noell Enterprises recently named Wendy Perry ‘80 (pictured) as Corporate Hospitality Specialist at its historic Rose Hill Conference Center near Nashville, NC. Perry brings more than three decades of experience including event planning, facility management, catering and personal chef services and hospitality related credentials.

Tony Byron Marshall ‘04

She will promote and handle business and corporate events for the Rose Hill facility, both in the beautifully restored 250-year-old Rose Hill manor house as well as the adjacent Nathan Hall banquet and event center, both of which are set amid a picturesque 900-acre working farm.

Denise Lloyd Bell ‘84

Bell and her husband Jimmy E. Bell ‘81 have two daughters, Brittany, age 16, and Lauren, age 12. She teaches 2nd grade at Royal Elementary School.

Young is the owner of a Fortune Hi-Tech Marketing, Inc. business.


Josie Smith ‘97

Jennifer Ann Mitchell Wheeler ‘97

Wendy Perry ‘80

Dale Young ‘87

J. Harrison Moncure ‘90

Moncure (CPCU, CLU), Principal Agent of Moncure & Associates, Inc. Nationwide Insurance and Financial Services, credits Louisburg College with giving him “the educational foundation I needed to succeed at VCU,” where he obtained his BS in business and two professional insurance designations. In a recent letter to the College, Moncure wrote, “Thank you, Louisburg, for guiding me down the right path, for holding high ethical standards, for my strong work ethic, and for being able to weather this tough economic climate we’re all facing now.”

Marshall received a review from “Classical Voice of North Carolina’s Best Performances” in 2008 for his superb ability as a concert pianist and organist. The review came from the performance of the Mozart Coronation Mass in C Major K.317 with the Wilmington Choral Society. Marshall resides in Wilmington, NC, where he teaches weekly at the Odgen Baptist Church Academy of Music, which he founded in 2008. He is also the concert pianist for the Wilmington Choral Society. He served Louisburg College’s Music Department as their accompanist with professor Glendora Thomas-Powell from 2001-2007, and was a student at LC from 2003-2004, after which time he matriculated to the University of North Carolina at Wilmington to complete his degree in music education and piano performance. “I love Louisburg College and all that it stands for,” says Marshall. “I would not be where I am today had it not been for the support, education, and opportunity that I received and still have today from my LC family! It is my prayer that I can continue to serve and support Louisburg College as often as I can.”

LaDarius Terrell McEachin ‘09 McEachin is currently attending East Carolina University where he plans to graduate in May 2011 with a major in industrial distribution logistics and a minor in business administration.

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In Memoriam

REV. TROY JAMES BARRETT ‘42 passed away on June 9, 2007.

NANCY MCCRARY BURGESS ‘66 passed away on May 7, 2010, in Roanoke Rapids, NC. Mrs. Burgess retired from the Durham Public Schools in 2001, then returned that same year to work part-time at Carrington Middle School. She loved people, traveling, and Duke sports. She and her husband established the Don and Nancy Burgess Athletic Scholarship at Duke in 1986. She was a member of Duke’s Chapel United Methodist Church. She is survived by her husband of forty-one years, Donald L. Burgess and several family members. EARL JUDSON BYRD ‘48 passed away on April 13, 2009, in Hillsborough, NC. NYAL “DWIGHT” CAMPER ‘60 passed away in June, 2010. CAROL SMITH CHILDERS ’55, wife of William “Paul” Childers ’55, passed away on July 26, 2010.

TAYLOR R. COPPING, SR. ‘49 passed away on December 12, 2009, in Richmond, VA. Mr. Taylor proudly served in the Army Air Corps, received his M.S. at the University of Richmond, and later served as Executive Director of the American Lung Association in New Mexico and Virginia. He was an avid golfer and accomplished guitarist. Mr. Taylor is survived by his devoted wife, Virginia Brettain Copping ‘50, three children, three grandchildren, and two sons-in-law. MARY N. COPPLE, FRIEND OF THE COLLEGE, passed away in 2010. MILDRED POWELL FRY ‘29 Louisburg College celebrates the life of Mildred Powell Fry. Mrs. Frye passed away December 23, 2010, in Wilmington, NC, at the age of 99. She graduated from Louisburg College in 1929 (pictured). She began her service on the Louisburg College Board of Trustees in 1976, and was awarded Trustee Emeritus status in 1997. Mildred was a member of the Hayes Barton United Methodist Church for over sixty-five years. She led in many capacities in the United Methodist Church, both local and worldwide. She was a member of the General Board of Church and Society for eight years, the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry for four years, elected to General Conferences three times, and Jurisdictional Conferences four times. She was a delegate to World Methodist Conferences in Denver, Hawaii, and Nairobi. She recruited women into leadership positions and represented the unheard members of our society. In meetings, she often asked, “Who gets left out?”


Mrs. Fry served as President of Church Women United for two years, President of the Women’s Society of Christian Service, and President of the North Carolina Conference United Methodist Women. She was the first woman President of the North Carolina Council of Churches, which granted her its Distinguished Service Award. The Raleigh News and Observer named her “Tar Heel of the Week” in 1983. Mrs. Fry served as a trustee of the Methodist Home for Children for eight years. She was awarded the Meritorious Service Award from Louisburg College, where she served on the Board for twenty years, and received the President’s Medallion from Methodist College. Her loyalty and service to Louisburg College has created a lasting legacy. Her husband, Donald K. Fry, passed away in 2003. She is survived by a son, Donald K. Fry, Jr. and wife Joan of Charlottesville, Virginia; a daughter, Sandra F. Sink of Kure Beach; two grandsons, Jason Fry and wife Emily of New York City; and Joel Sink of Raleigh, North Carolina; and a great grandson, Joshua Marcus Fry of New York City. DANIEL JEROME “JIGGS” FUSSELL, SR. ‘32 Mr. Daniel Jerome “Jiggs” Fussell, Sr., a member of the class of 1932, passed away on August 24, 2010, at the age of 96. Mr. Fussell (pictured) was affectionately nicknamed “Jiggs” by his Aunt who enjoyed the comic strip “Jiggs & Maggie.” As a young man, he participated in collegiate football, basketball, and baseball, receiving the first athletic scholarship awarded by Louisburg College. He was inducted into the first class of the LC Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007. He is preceded in death by his wife of sixty-four years, Mary Elizabeth Baker, a classmate at Louisburg. He was committed to public service, serving as the mayor of Rose Hill in the 1960s and as a member of the Duplin County Board of Commissioners, where he still holds the record for thirtytwo years of continuous service. He was a champion for mental health services and was honored as the “Outstanding Chairman for Mental Health in North Carolina.” In 1972, Mr. Fussell and his two sons, David, Sr. and Dan, Jr., planted ten acres of Muscadine grapes in Rose Hill, NC. That venture would eventually evolve three years later into the founding of Duplin Winery, the largest and oldest continuous winery in North Carolina, the largest winery in the South, and the largest Muscadine winery in the world. The winery is still in the family, with his grandchildren now at the helm, selling a record 310,000 cases last year. Mr. Fussell is survived by two sons, Daniel Jerome Fussell,

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Jr. and his wife Jo Ellen; David Geddie Fussell and his wife Ann; and daughter Elizabeth “Lisa” Fussell Lathe. He also is survived by several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

who plan to return to the college for their second year and also plan a career in biology. Dr. Nease was often able to attend the Awards Day ceremony and congratulate the recipients in person.

MRS. RACHEL BROOKS FOX FUTRELL ‘41 passed away on September 29, 2010, at the East Carolina Heart Center in Greenville.

Louisburg College President Dr. Mark La Branche delivered the eulogy for Dr. Nease at the family’s request.

AUBREY LEONARD GAY ‘58 passed away on May 3, 2010.

JANIE HOLLAND NUNN ‘43 passed away in July, 2006

BRANDON EUGENE GRANGER ‘98 of Egg Harbor Township. NJ, passed away on December 26, 2010.

DEBORAH ODOM RIGGS ’72 passed away on September 1, 2010, in Port St. Lucie, Florida. She is survived by her husband, Robert (Bob) Riggs, and mother, Frances B. Odom, and family of Rocky Mount, NC.

ANNIE SHERLOCK GRIFFIN ‘44 passed away on January 1, 2010. FRANCES GWIN ‘41 passed away on October 20, 2009. GORDON E. HAWTHORNE ‘64 of Chesapeake, VA, passed away on July 18, 2010. ELLA G. HELD ‘51 passed away on February 20, 2009. LISA OWENS HOOPER ‘81 passed away from cancer in late 2007. WARREN MASSENBURG Former Louisburg College Trustee Warren Massenburg died on January 11, 2011. Mr. Massenburg served on the Board of Trustees from 1991 to 2003. He lived an extraordinary life. Born the twelfth of fourteen brothers and sisters, he overcame the challenges of poverty and prejudice to become the first African-American to be elected to the Franklin County School Board. In addition, his entrepreneurial spirit lead to the establishment of a number of nursing homes, as well as the Bull Creek Golf and Country Club. The loyalty and generosity that he and his wife Selma have shown to Louisburg College is significant. We celebrate his life and extend our sympathies to Selma and his family. ROBERTA MARGARET BECKLER MORRIS, wife of the late Harold A. ‘Ham’ Morris, passed away October 9, 2010. Mr. Morris, a 1940 graduate of the College, served on the Board of Trustees from 1991 until his death in 1996. Mr. and Mrs. Morris established the Alumni Appreciation Scholarship at Louisburg College. DR. FELTON NEASE Dr. Felton Nease (pictured with students), an emeritus member of the LC faculty, passed away on September 23, 2010, from injuries related to a September 13 car accident. Dr. Nease joined the Louisburg College family in 1957 and taught science until his retirement in 1984, upon which his wife, Pauline, and his daughter, Laura, established an award in his honor. The award is given to outstanding first-year students in biology


DANIEL JOHN (DANNY) OTTAVIO ’72 of the Outer Banks, NC, passed away on May 6, 2010, in Norfolk, VA. “For those of us who knew Danny and our days at Louisburg, Danny made life full and colorful,” said classmate Jack McAllister ‘72. WILLIAM EDWARD RAMSEY ‘66 passed away on March 11, 2010. Mr. Ramsey owned Christy’s of Havelock and was President of Fike-Ramsey General Contractors in Atlantic Beach. He served as past president of the Havelock Chamber of Commerce, was a past director of the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce, was an active member of the Carteret County Board of Realtors and Home Builders, and was a past director of BB&T in Havelock. He was an avid fisherman, hunter and loving husband and father. ESSIE LILES PERRY ‘24 passed away on February 9, 2010, in Garner, NC. RUTH LYTLE PHILLIPS ‘40 passed away on February 5, 2011. MARGARET OGBURN RAPER ’54 passed away on December 17, 2009. MARION RUTH HODGES SLOAN ‘47 passed away on April 11, 2010, in Washington, NC. MILDRED LUCILLE SNOW ’50 passed away on February 3, 2010. REGINALD THOMAS STYRON ’42 passed away on March 27, 2010. He is survived by his wife, Sarah P. Styron. DR. E. BEN WARD ‘43, a dentist in Whiteville, NC, passed away on October 5, 2009. According to a classmate, “he rang the bell every morning to wake all up in time for family-style breakfast.” WILLIAM MILLER WEBB, III ‘62 passed away on May 13, 2010, in Durham. DR. ANGELA HORTENSE WILLIAMS ‘79 of Warrenton, NC, passed away March 22, 2010 in Durham. Dr. Williams was a podiatrist who owned and operated Warrenton Foot Specialists since 1991. JOSEPH BROWN YOUNG ‘97 passed away on August 29, 2009, from coronary artery disease. His mother says that the “he learned discipline at Louisburg College and was able to excel in life and work because of that discipline.”

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by Amy Scoggin mcmanus

Two-time grammy-nominee Travis Cherry ‘94 on realizing his dreams and remembering his roots


still amazed that the same eighteen-year-old who walked on Louisburg’s campus in 1993 is now a twotime Grammy-nominated music producer!” says Travis Cherry ’94, owner of Simplee Uneek Music, an Atlanta-based production company he founded in 1996. Inspired by some of the R&B and Hip Hop greats— think Stevie Wonder, R. Kelly, Dr. Dre, and Quincy Jones, to name a few—Cherry has managed to set himself apart from everyone else, he says, because he is so committed to his brand. “I try to sound different from everyone, and I also try to give people an experience when they are in the studio with me. I love making people smile and laugh, and I also love to teach people something about themselves that they may not have known was there. It’s very therapeutic.” As a child growing up in Raleigh, Cherry had hopes of one day becoming a veterinarian. As he approached graduation from Enloe High School,

he was offered academic and track scholarships to schools as far away as the University of Pittsburg, but he ultimately decided to stay closer to home. “At the time, I was young and didn’t have the confidence to go to a school that far from home. Plus I had just started singing in a group, and I had a cool job in Raleigh working at Mr. Carwash. I had walked to work all summer long to save money to buy my neighbor’s BMW and I didn’t want to leave any of that. So after visiting other schools, Louisburg seemed like a great place for me. The campus was small and the class sizes felt like I wouldn’t get lost in the shuffle whenever I needed to talk to my professors. It had a great feel.” In the two years he attended Louisburg, Cherry embraced all that college life had to offer. His band, Simplee Uneek, even played their first show at The Coffeehouse on LC’s campus in November 1993. “I actually learned a lot about discipline at Lou U, and I met a lot of great people who ended up transferring to Saint Aug. at the same time I did. I learned how to be on my own being at Louisburg and how to survive in an unfamiliar place.” Cherry specifically remembers an incident that happened during his second semester at Louisburg. “I forgot the gentleman’s name, but he was my English professor. I remember he made me rewrite a paper at the very end of the semester—like literally told me to rewrite it as we were leaving from class. I had to have it under his door before he got to his office the next morning in order to pass his class. It definitely helped me learn how to work under pressure and how to meet a deadline, which is pretty much how I work now.” Cherry transferred from Louisburg to St. Augustine’s College, then moved to Atlanta in 1996 to

further his music career. “I know I wouldn’t have been willing or able to do it if I hadn’t gone to Louisburg College,” Cherry says. “You have to take full advantage of courses that are offered which may not be along the lines of what you are aspiring to do,” he continues. “I took courses in college which helped to prepare me for a career as a veterinarian, but I also took sociology, psychology, and some business courses. I realized that along with what I liked, there were other interesting things that I enjoyed. I even took beach volleyball for my physical education class, just for the challenge.” Cherry says he was recently talking with a younger cousin who wants to have a career in music and he advised him to take full advantage of the college experience. “Use it to take a piano course or a guitar course,” Cherry told him. “Take a small business class. Learn the tools which you will be using in your craft and find other angles that you may not expect.”

“My business partner, James Montague, is very active in the area. He’s one of the best minds I’ve ever met. He does so much for small businesses in Raleigh and around North Carolina, as well as overseas. He actually has me traveling to China in April to meet with their government and work with a film company there on some projects. I enjoy the opportunity of partnering with them and exposing them to my sound and what I do. I want to learn and contribute to the arts there, as well as in North Carolina. “Most of all,” he says, “I want to keep being an inspiration to younger kids that I’ve had a chance to mentor. That means a lot to me. I get so caught up with working that I forget that everything I do means something to more than just me and my family.”

“I love making people smile and laugh, and I also love to teach people something about themselves that they may not have known was there."

Cherry says he started producing out of frustration. “I used to sing in a group and I always wrote songs, but it was frustrating not being able to get the music sounding like what I was hearing in my head. Around 1998 when my group broke up, I went and bought my own equipment and spent a year learning MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface), and teaching myself basic piano and how to record vocals. Just anything that could help me get all these ideas out.” In addition to producing, singing, and playing the piano, Cherry also plays the drums and writes music. He spends most of his days in the studio, working with seasoned artists, as well rising talents in the music industry. “I just partnered up with Manuel Seal (super songwriter!), so I’m looking forward to the music we are about to create together.” He is equally excited to be working with Janeen Simone and a seventeen-year-old out of Chicago named Kamryne. “I definitely enjoy the experience of breaking an artist.” With two nominations in his relatively short career, Cherry hopes to eventually “bring a Grammy home to Raleigh.” He also plans to set up more projects in the Raleigh community and to do some international traveling in the near future.

Cherry is what you might call a “life-long student.” “I love to play golf, I love reading, and I love to go bowling. I’ve been studying every book I can find on The Great Depression. I didn’t get to learn from my grandparents how they learned to live with very little, so I want to learn how they lived during that time, and how they were able to save so much money and make smart investments with so little.” As the father of his three-year-old daughter Jaden, Cherry understands the importance of taking time for family and friends. “I love cooking out,” he says, “and not just putting food on the grill, but sitting down with my friends and having an all-out competition on the grill. We will take a Saturday afternoon when we’re all free, and light the grill up. Usually that goes well into the night until we end up bowling on the Nintendo Wii at 3 am!” “There’s a quote I love in Latin,” says Cherry, “translated it means, ‘To have peace, prepare for war.’ I believe if you want to do something great in your life, be ready to fight against anyone and everything that would prevent you from accomplishing that dream.” With his work appearing on the Gold-selling album Back of My Lac by J. Holiday and on Jennifer Lopez’s 2008 album, Brave, along with an appearance on Episode three of the first season of BET’s Keyshia Cole: The Way it Is, it is clear that Cherry lets nothing stand in the way of his dreams.




Nineteen members of the LC Chapter of Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) Business Fraternity attended the 36th Fall Leadership Development Conference (FLDC) in Greensboro, NC (pictured).

It’s a win-win for the College and the Town of Louisburg. The College has acquired a spacious residence for its president, and one of Louisburg’s grand old homes has been preserved. The house at 213 North Main Street, known as the Reavis-Allen House, stands as a reminder of simpler times, when summer afternoons were spent on the front porch, sipping cool drinks, enjoying the cross-breeze, and waving to passing neighbors. Built in 1906 for Peter Reavis, a tobacco merchant, the house now serves as home to Louisburg College President Mark La Branche, his wife, Mona, and their miniature Schnauzer, Bella. For nearly four years the College has been leasing a residence outside the city limits in Woodland Hills, a subdivision some two miles from campus. Over a year ago, a Presidential Housing Committee was formed to study residential options. The committee set criteria for the home, including: 1) close proximity to campus, 2) attractive setting with high visibility, 3) historic district location, 4) ample entertaining space with good flow, and 5) affordability – all of which were met with the purchase of this house. The committee and the College’s Board of Trustees studied several options, including building a new structure, but the desire to support the preservation of an historic home won out. “It is just good stewardship,” says Ray Hodges, chairman of the Presidential Housing Committee. The Committee calculated that the cost of purchasing a renovated home would be over 30% less than building a new one. The College will also reduce its monthly expense by nearly 30% compared to the cost of leasing the Woodland Hills house. In keeping with a desire to preserve historic buildings in Louisburg, the College is in the initial planning phase for the renovation and preservation of the Arthur Person House at 601 North Main Street.

OVER TWO CENTURIES OF LC HISTORY PRESERVED The Louisburg College Archive Collection contains photographs, college publications, correspondence, and artifacts that illustrate the rich and unique history of the College. Located in the Cecil W. Robbins Library, the Archives are the only repository for material that documents the history of Louisburg College and its administration, faculty, staff, and alumni over the past 150 years of Louisburg’s 224-year history as an educational institution.

To view copies of the College’s catalogues and annuals from as far back as the late 1800s, please visit and use keyword “Louisburg College.”

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“The recognition our chapter received at this year’s conference is a result of a very committed group of students led by a very strong officer team,” says PBL Advisor Patrice Nealon. Attendance at the FLDC prepares a chapter for the State Leadership Conference (SLC) held in Charlotte April 7-9, 2011. Each member will compete in two events chosen from four classifications: individual, team, chapter, and recognition events. This year’s SLC has seventy-two total events. First and second place winners are eligible to compete at the National Leadership Conference (NLC) June 23-26, 2011, in Orlando, Florida.

AN EVENING OF CLASSICAL MUSIC On November 1, Louisburg College and First Citizens Bank were proud to have Ms. Ella Ann Holding (pictured) perform a piano concert in Benson Chapel, during which the Julliard-trained pianist played compositions by Beethoven, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, and Debussy. A native of Smithfield, NC, Ms. Holding earned a bachelor of music degree cum laude from Salem College where she received the Distinguished Alumnae award in 1996. As a student of Bruce Simonds, she acquired a master of music in piano performance at Yale University School of Music, twice winning the concerto competition. Ms. Holding received additional study at Julliard School of Music, working with Katherine Bacon. She was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music in London where she studied with Hilda Dederich. Ms. Holding has performed with the Yale University Orchestra, the North Carolina Symphony, the South Carolina Philharmonic, and the Spoleto Festival. Performing in recitals and on numerous concert series in Virginia and the Carolinas, she joins Professor John Adams in duo-piano concerts and performs chamber music with the Leros Trio. Ms. Holding is featured on Albany Records’ “Chamber Music of Hunter Johnson.” The late Mr. Johnson was a Composer Laureate of North Carolina. At its commencement, Campbell University awarded the Honorary Doctor of Human Letters to Ms. Holding. She had previously been recognized there, receiving the Presidential Meritorious Award. Ms. Holding held the first artist-in-residence position there for nine years. Currently, she is serving on the Board of Trustees for the North Carolina Symphony.

The picture on the right was given to the College’s Archive Collection by Mark Person of Richmond, VA. His grandmother, Gwendolyn Railey DeBerry ‘04, is part of the group above pictured on the steps of the Main Building over 100 years ago.


The conference program included leadership workshop sessions, regional meetings, a keynote speaker address, leadership workshop tracks (financial responsibility, business technology/social media, etiquette, leadership building skills, and career development), and a preview of upcoming state and national leadership conferences. LC was recognized as a NCPBL “Gold Star” Chapter for reaching initial state goal, and also recognized on the regional and state level for recruitment and membership.


Ms. Holding was “delighted” to be performing at Louisburg College, she told the audience members, sharing that her grandmother for whom she was named, Ella Etta Richardson, had attended LC and taken piano lessons at the College in the late 1800’s.


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The Year In Review By Holly Mitchell, Sports Information Director and Volleyball Coach


In 2010, the Louisburg College men’s basketball team made their first ever appearance in the NJCAA DII National Tournament. In the first round of completion as the seventh seed, the

‘Canes faced Grand Rapids Community College (MI). The team came out strong and pushed ahead to lead at the half, 50-36. The break did not stop the momentum of the ‘Canes, who were able to use their quickness to out-hustle Grand Rapids, defeating them 88-66. With the victory over the Raiders, the ‘Canes advanced to the second round of competition. Here, they faced the number-two-seed Kirkwood Community College of Cedar Rapids (IA), who have a tradition of top tournament finishes. After a hard-fought fight, the ‘Canes were unable to slow down the Eagles, falling short 70-52. This was not the end for the Hurricanes. They would have one last opportunity to battle for national placement against Kishwaukee College of Malta, Illinois. The ‘Canes played hard and held close to the Kougars throughout the game, losing by just six points, 91-85. The Hurricanes ended their season with an outstanding 29-7 record. COL UMN S 6 2

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The Women’s Basketball team completed their 2010 season with a shining record of 20-6. In March, the Lady ‘Canes competed in the NJCAA Region X Tournament hosted by Brunswick Community College. The team faced Catawba Valley Community College in the semi-final round, defeating them 61-42. By advancing to the Championship game, the Lady ‘Canes would face Region X rivals Patrick Henry Community College. The Lady ‘Canes knew they would have a tough fight against this undefeated ballclub. Although they maintained a lead throughout the majority of the game, they found themselves struggling to score late in the fourth quarter. The Lady ‘Canes fought hard but were defeated, 61-58.

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The LC softball team concluded their 2010 regular season of competition boasting an impressive season record of 26-13 and a conference record of 14-4. Their outstanding accomplishments are a testament to hard work on and off the field. The ‘Canes were plagued in 2009 with inju-

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ries and unable to complete their regular season. Thanks to an outstanding recruiting class brought in by second-year Head Coach Monica Gordy, the ‘Canes reclaimed their position as one of the top ballclubs in the NJCAA. Although they were not eligible this year for the post-season tournament, the Lady ‘Canes did receive several honors, including the Region X Player of the Year, four First Team All-Region, and one Second Team AllRegion awards.


The LC Baseball team concluded the 2010 regular season with a record of 33-16. The Hurricanes then headed to the Region X Tournament at the Burlington Athletic Park in Burlington, NC for two days of intense competition. The ‘Canes entered the tournament as the third-seed, facing the number-six-seed Florence Darlington Tech in the first round of competition. With a slow start, the ‘Canes were unable to score any runs, falling 4-0 against the Stingers. The tough breaks would continue for the ‘Canes in the second game of the double-elimination tournament when they faced #7 Surry Community College. The WINTER 2011

‘Canes split the regular season with the Knights 2-2, but were unable to pull this one out, coming up short 1-0.


The Hurricanes Football team started the 2010 season with a big win over Erie Community College. The Hurricane defense held the Kats to just twelve points, while the offense posted strong numbers; the ‘Canes won 48-12. Throughout the season, the Hurricanes posted big wins, including ones over Edward Waters College and George Mason University. In their final game of the season, the Hurricanes defeated the Alfred State College Pioneers 23-12. This additional win brought the season record to 6-4. Starting in 2011, the Hurricanes will be competing for the first football conference championship in Louisburg College’s history. The team was unanimously voted into the Northeast Football Conference as a permanent member last year. Louisburg College now joins ASA, Dean College, Erie Community College, Hudson Valley Community College, Lackawanna College, and Nassau Community College as NFC members.

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The 2009-2010 Louisburg College Hurricanes scored high on the fields and in the classrooms. Ninety-three student-athletes earned a 3.0 gradepoint average or higher, and 106 medals were given to honor last year’s Hurricane ScholarAthletes.

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Poet Laureate Carol Bessent Hayman ‘45

Hayman, poet laureate of Beaufort and Carteret County, NC, has authored several collections and anthologies of her work, including special-occasion books. A member of state and national professional writing councils, Ms. Hayman was the founding president of Carteret Writers and served as president of the Poetry Council of North Carolina, Inc. from 1996-98. She served as poet-in-residence at Louisburg in 1982, and in 1997 received the College’s President’s Medallion. She served on the LC Board of Trustees in the 1960s and ‘70s during President Robbin’s tenure. She is currently an adjunct teacher in the continuing education program of Carteret Community College. Since 1999 she has written a biweekly column for the Carteret County News-Times.

STUDENT AMBASSADORS TAKE THE LEAD AT LC The 2010-2011 Louisburg College Student Ambassadors regularly volunteer their time and talent to the College, taking on leadership roles around campus and in the community. Student Ambassadors make up a prestigious organization whose members are specifically chosen based on character and academic excellence. The Ambassadors, who will act as tour guides and event coordinators, each play a part in representing Louisburg College and impacting its future.

Living in her family home in Beaufort, Ms. Hayman writes with special commitment to her coastal hometown. Her Lovely Day cards and books can be found in area bookstores and in libraries across the nation. Her husband, Dr. L.D. Hayman, Jr., passed away in 1993. She has one daughter, and a son who attended LC. To view some of Hayman’s work and learn more about her, please visit

A Message From Our Chaplain

When I entered The Divinity School at Duke University in the fall of 2002, I knew God would someday have me do critical work in campus ministries. I recall a conversation with one of my Duke colleagues in which I prophetically shared, “I am going to serve God in Higher Education someday.” In the summer of 2009, I left the local church as an associate and embarked on what I call a critical mission: I became the chaplain at Louisburg College.

In Honor of Our Former Chaplain On the evening of Friday, December 3, a group of faculty and staff gathered with friends and family members of Sid Stafford to celebrate the dedication of a painting in his name. The painting, “remember,” which now hangs in the Benson Chapel lobby, was acquired by the College to honor Sid, and made possible by donations given in his name. Having served the College for over forty years as its chaplain, and many more years following that as a professor, his ties to the institution are far-reaching and his service is highly respected and appreciated.

I entered the community of campus ministries with some experience as a chaplain gained during my field education at Duke. Often I marvel at the way God has placed me as spiritual leader of nearly one thousand souls on the campus of Louisburg. One of my greatest joys is to pray daily for each of them. Our colleges and universities need full time pastors to offer the love of Jesus Christ to hurting students, staff, and faculty. With the prevailing influence of violence and other ills of society, pressure is mounting on us all. I believe having a spiritual presence on any campus in this nation sends a powerful message of hope for the future. Together, we can change a generation for Jesus Christ and send forth strong young men and women into the world.

As his friends and family members took turns sharing fond memories, Sid sat alongside Grace, his wife of forty-six years, smiling, laughing, and, at times, wiping away tears.

The work is challenging, to say the least, but it is rewarding. I have seen lives transform for Christ among students, staff, and faculty. I look forward to continual service in campus ministries.

The large acrylic painting depicting a baptism was created by North Carolina Artist Kathy Ammon, whose collection, “Road to Damascus,” was recently displayed as part of the College’s Traveling Exhibition Series.

God’s Servant,

Alice Wade Davis

(L-R): President Emeritus Reggie Ponder, Sid Stafford, and Faculty Emeritus Bob Butler. The three men attended Duke Divinity School together in the 1950s and have been good friends ever since.



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