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Celebrating 225 Years of Building Strong Foundations for Great Futures


A Natural Gift

One man’s lifelong love for the College and the environment


In this issue... Faculty Profiles | Class Notes | Honor Roll of Donors

1787 First charter granted by the State Legislature for Franklin Male Academy.

1805 Franklin Male Academy opened on January 1. Matthew Dickinson, Yale College graduate, is the first principal.




Franklin Female Academy Charter granted by the N.C. State Legislature in September. It would be replaced with a charter in 1855 and renamed Louisburg Female College.

Main Building constructed.

The College and the Male Academy closed briefly when the Union Army occupied the grounds and the buildings.



Louisburg College becomes co-educational.

The Cecil W. Robbins Library constructed (named in his honor as president, 1955-74).


The E. Hoover Taft Jr. Classroom Building constructed.


The Clifton L. Benson Chapel constructed.





Washington Duke, Esq. of Durham purchases the College for $5,450.

Benjamin N. Duke gives Louisburg College to the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Davis Memorial Building erected on the north side of the Main Building.

Franklin County Building erected on the south side of Main Building; construction financed by the citizens of Franklin County.


Auditorium and theatre complex constructed on site of the former Mills High School. Officially named the Seby B. Jones Performing Arts Center (JPAC) in 2009 in honor of Mr. Jones and his family’s generous support of the College.


2005 2009 2012

Nationally-recognized Learning Partners program created.

Football returns to Louisburg after a 70-year absence.

President’s home purchased on Main Street.

Record number of students anticipated for 2012-2013 academic year; applications up 35% from previous year.

Our students may change, but our mission remains the same.

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ADMINISTRATION Dr. Mark La Branche President

Mr. Raymond B. Hodges Assistant Secretary and Chair of Finance and Endowment Committee

Dr. James Eck Dean of the Faculty and Executive Vice President for Academic Life

Dr. Edgar J. Boone Chair of Learning Enterprise Committee

Belinda Faulkner Vice President for Finance

Mr. William R. Cross ‘71 Chair of Advancement Committee

Jason Modlin Vice President for Student Life

Mr. David (Tad) DeBerry ‘85 Chair of Audit Committee

Stephanie Buchanan Tolbert ‘97 Vice President for Enrollment

OFFICE OF INSTITUTIONAL ADVANCEMENT Kurt Carlson Vice President for Institutional Advancement Carmen Johnston Manager of Donor Services Amy Scoggin McManus Director of Marketing and Communications and Columns Editor Jamie Eller Patrick ‘84 Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations Robert Poole Director of the Seby B. Jones Performing Arts Center Emily Zank Columns Assistant Editor

ALUMNI OFFICERS John C. R. Lentz ‘87 President, Alumni Association Robert Beck ‘53 President, Golden Anniversary Council


The Hon. Lucy Taylor Allen Secretary

Mr. Thomas L. Blalock Ms. Anne Dickson Bowen Mr. William H. Dove Mr. Clyde P. Harris Jr. Mr. H. John Hatcher 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 Mr. William “Bill” Shelton ‘69 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 Dietra Holloman President, SGA (2011-2012)

Dr. John Cameron Chairman of the Board

John C. R. Lentz ‘87 President, Alumni Association

Mr. Michael W. Boddie ‘77 Vice Chairman and Chair of Governance Committee

The Rev. Jon Strother Superintendent, Raleigh District - UMC

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 college and university students.

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Celebrating our History and Claiming a Great Future country; ward off dangers that may threaten it. …You will be called upon to practice and perfect those arts which alleviate the misfortunes of mankind, or which adorn and dignify their nature. You are to be conductors by which the sacred flame of liberty and of science is to be transmitted to succeeding generations.” Since that time, Louisburg College has become coeducational, and the opportunities of knowledge are afforded to people of all races and nations, but the purpose of a broad liberal arts education persists. The goals of sustaining democracy—alleviating the misfortunes of humanity and adorning and dignifying its nature—are even more relevant today. Although we did not formally become a college of the Methodist Church until the 20th Century, Methodists were always at the forefront of the educational enterprise. People like the Rev. John King, one of our first trustees, helped build our strong foundation so that today his great-grandson could enroll at the College.

Dear Friends, This year we celebrate our 225th anniversary as the oldest two-year college in the nation! In the early days of our country, before George Washington became our first president, the Louisburg Male Academy was chartered in 1787 with the understanding that education was an essential enterprise in the preservation and sustainment of a newborn democracy. In the 1805 commencement speech presented on behalf of the trustees, Mr. John Haywood outlines a mission that would echo over the years: “Young gentleman, your present pursuits are intended to fit you for the honourable discharge of those duties, which in a little time you will be called upon to perform … Then will it be expected from those rising to manhood, and whose destinies have afforded them the opportunities of knowledge, that they will understand and defend the constitution of their



As a college of the United Methodist Church, we see our mission as preparing the minds and hearts of our students so that they may discern what it is that God has uniquely called them to do, and be, for the world. Throughout our history, Louisburg has been revered as a place of academic transformation. We celebrate the many stories of lives transformed through the capable and dedicated nurture and care of their instructors, coaches, and College staff. This College that is so deeply rooted in the past continues to prepare its students for “Great Futures.” In its 225th year, Louisburg College is in the midst of a wonderful renaissance. The College that transforms is itself being transformed. Your support of the College will help us to continue to build momentum, and claim our own “Great Future.” In this magazine, we celebrate the transformative generosity of Allen de Hart and Roger Taylor ‘68. These are just two examples of a growing chorus of support for the College. I hope you will consider making a special gift in our 225th year. For the College,


The Louisburg College board of trustees is pleased to announce that the Allen de Hart family has donated the 91-acre De Hart Botanical Gardens and its estate to the College. The nature preserve, located five miles south of Louisburg on U.S. Route 401, is one of two botanical gardens owned by the De Harts (the other is a 165-acre wilderness area near De Hart’s birthplace and the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia). “The gift of the De Hart Gardens will mark one of the greatest historic developments in the 225-year history of the College,” says Louisburg College President Dr. Mark La Branche. “It represents an extraordinary legacy created by God, and fashioned through the mind, heart, and

hands of Allen de Hart. This gift will more than double the land mass of our campus, and significantly expand our learning environment.” During the remainder of De Hart’s lifetime, he and his family will continue living in the property’s ranch-style home and serve as caretakers of the Gardens’ forests, trails, lakes, and historic sites, and will monitor events such as concerts, weddings, and special educational tours. On the following pages, you will learn more about De Hart, the Gardens, and his lifetime of service to the College. We hope to see you at the Gardens one day soon!

A Natural Gift by Amy Scoggin McManus

De Hart explaining Yellowroot to Garden visitors Pam Beck and her son Taylor in 1992.


with the natural environment and hiking trails steadily grew into a passion that has spanned nearly 80 years and spurred the creation of two botanical gardens, collegiate courses in outdoor recreation, and nationally-known trail guidebooks. 6


FOLLOWING IN HIS FOOTSTEPS If you’ve ever hiked any of the hundreds of trails in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, or Florida, you’ve probably walked in Allen de Hart’s footsteps. After all, this 85-year-old hiker has measured more than 57,000 trail miles—more than twice the circumference of the world—using a wheel and topographic maps to calculate the distance. He has hiked another 10,525 miles on trails measured by others, including the Appalachian, Florida National Scenic, Grand Canyon, and shorter trails in over 38 states of the U.S.A., along with several in Europe. For the past four decades, he has tackled the immense challenge of mapping some 4,142 trails for his guidebooks and is known throughout the country as an expert trail designer and construction guide.

A CHANCE ENCOUNTER De Hart and his wife Flora moved from Virginia to Louisburg in 1957 after accepting professorships at the College. They lived in campus housing while their permanent home was constructed based upon their own design. In 1962, they were thrilled to move into the 11-room ranch house with its surrounding two acres of untouched woodlands in a serene and mostly uninhabited strip of land along U.S. Route 401 in Louisburg. “It was a spring afternoon in 1962 when Flora and I explored additional acreage of forest east of our new home,” says De Hart. “We found huge boulders covered with Wild Pink, a species found in only about 10 counties of North Carolina.” Wild Pink thrives on the ingredients of granite rocks, often grows in rocky seams, and blooms during the last three weeks in April and the first week of May.

In the early days, the couple called the Gardens “Greencroft” in honor of their first home near Charlottesville. By 1978, the Gardens were renamed the Franklin County Nature Preserve, and, in 1984, the State of North Carolina created a charter that would officially change the name to the De Hart Botanical Gardens Inc. Eager to share the beauty of their expansive gardens with the community, the couple decided to purchase more land—91 acres in all—and eventually constructed lakes, trails, and picnic areas. They held concerts for the public and welcomed botanists to research and explore the grounds, which boast some 300 plant species. The Gardens are also home to a waterfall, Paleozoic rock formations, indigenous groves of 200-year-old Beech Nut and Oak trees, patches of native orchids garnished with ferns, a bird sanctuary, the foundation ruins of a historic plantation home, and a haven for wildlife.

One of the two waterfalls visitors encounter while walking the trails.

A LIFETIME OF SERVICE De Hart says his main commitment and dedication has been in service to Louisburg College. From the time he and Flora arrived on campus in 1957, they were instant campus organizers. De Hart served as a full-time faculty and staff member for 36 years and another 16 years as a part-time employee. During the decade of growth and expansion under the leadership of then-President Dr. Cecil W. Robbins, De Hart established programs for cultural arts, testing and guidance, public relations, and publications. He formed a concert series which now bears his name, a lecture and foreign film series, a folk festival, and a visual art series. His establishment of a College and Community Arts Council developed into the Franklin County Arts Festival in 1978, and the International Whistlers’ Convention and

Wild Pink (Silene Caroliniana)

Fall foliage reflected in one of the two lakes on the property.

Music Festival developed in 1974 from the College’s Folk Festival, which De Hart founded four years earlier. “We are all better off by his efforts in bringing quality entertainment in arts programming,” said then-President Dr. J. Allen Norris Jr. in 1990.

reational activities for me since my childhood,” says De Hart. “I often followed my older brother, Moir, fishing and camping, and later led my two younger brothers on explorations of the large forests on our farm in Patrick County, Va.”

Retired since 2008, he continues to write and give During the summer of 1960, De Hart received a grant talks, and is active in the Friends of the from the National Science Foundation to study Mountains-to-Sea Trail (MST)—a propsychology at Florida State University. That “It was a spr ing gram he conceived and helped create experience, combined later with adafte r no o n i n 1962 when in the 1970s. Officially founded in vanced studies at Duke University, led F lo ra and I e xpl o red addi 1996, the MST has over 500 miles him to establish the Office of Testing tional acre age o f fo re st east o f of footpaths, roads, and state bike and Guidance at the College, out of our new ho me . We fo und huge routes already developed, and which grew a developmental reading boulder s covere d wi th Wild P i nk , more planned in the coming decourse and a learning skills program. a s p eci e s fo und i n o nly abo ut cade. When completed, the 1,000By 1970, he and Flora had written a 10 co unties o f No r th mile trail will connect Clingman’s textbook entitled Systems Approach to Dome of the Smoky Mountains to Caro l i na.” Learning. In the same year he published Jockey’s Ridge State Park at the Atlantic Cultural Arts Programming in the Two Year Ocean. Colleges in North Carolina, a textbook developed from a graduate course at UNC-Chapel Hill. It was from “Allen de Hart is a person who cares deeply about his the Florida State studies that he created the textbook Incommunity and volunteerism,” says Jeff Brewer ‘97, De troduction to Experimental Psychology, a companion to Hart’s former student and Friends of the MST board the four-hour course he taught in Louisburg’s Departmember. “From the MST, Whistlers’ Convention, LOUment of Science. U Arts, to his hiking books, and his Gardens, this man has done it all for his community and nation. He is the Involved in other services to Louisburg College during college professor who stands out as the one who taught the 1960s, he and several faculty who were members of me the most about myself and my life.” the American Association of University Professors organized a chapter for the College. This led to the creation of In December 2011, De Hart was granted professor emerthe College’s pension plan, faculty rank, and health initus status by the College. surance benefits. It was also in the early ‘60s that De Hart joined seven other college representatives from North Carolina to form the nucleus of the National Association A PLACE FOR ALL TO EXPLORE of Campus Activities (NACA), a collegiate marketplace for campus entertainment in the USA and Canada. Located within a 10-minute drive from Louisburg and a 20-minute jaunt from Raleigh, the Gardens are free During the 1970s and ‘80s, De Hart formed the Appaand open to the public seven days a week. The De Harts lachian Trail and Whitewater Club within the College’s ask that you sign the guestbook at the entrance just inDepartment of Recreation. Participants included facside the gazebo, refrain from smoking and littering on ulty, staff, and students who had an interest in hiking, the grounds, and never dig up or purposely disturb the backpacking, camping, whitewater rafting, and cave explants. Leashed pets are allowed and children under 12 ploring. “Hiking and camping have been important recyears of age must be accompanied by an adult.

READ MORE In addition to many newspaper and magazine articles, De Hart’s published outdoor recreational books include: Hiking and Backpacking (1979, 1983, 1994, 2000); North Carolina Hiking Trails (1982, 1988, 1996, 2005); South Carolina Hiking Trails (1984, 1989, 1994, 2001); The Trails of Virginia: Hiking the Old Dominion (1994, 1995, 2003); Hiking and Backpacking Basics (1985, 1992); Monongahela National Forest Hiking Guide (1988, 1993, 1999, 2006); Hiking the Mountain State; The Trails of West Virginia (1986, 1997); Adventuring in Florida, Georgia Sea Islands and Okefenokee Swamp (1991, 1995); Trails of the Triad (1997); and Trails of the Triangle (1997, 2007).



A sunny day on the Wedding Rock.

Friends of Allen de Hart have established an endowment fund in his honor at Louisburg College. The fund will support enhancements to the Gardens. For more information and to contribute, please contact Kurt Carlson, vice president for institutional advancement, at 919.497-3325 or

Seasonal serenity on the Gardens’ lakes.



“Two hundred twenty-five years after its founding, the College has a sense of optimism spurred on by a ‘can-do’ attitude.” — Dr. Jim Eck


by Dr. James C. Eck, Dean of the Faculty and Executive Vice President for Academic Life

Colleges often struggle to demonstrate the extent to which they are “mission-driven.” I’ve worked for fifteen years as a college faculty member and administrator; during that time, I have supported three missions: (1) We Nurture Persons: For God, For Learning, Forever; (2) We Educate Students for Responsible Leadership and Global Citizenship; and (3) We Build Strong Foundations for Great Futures. In my estimation, Louisburg is one of the most convincing “mission-driven” colleges in America. We build strong foundations for students who have the most to gain from higher education. There are literally thousands of examples of lives transformed by Louisburg College. College rankings are primarily based upon the characteristics of an entering class (i.e., inputs) and the size of an endowment. If we were to rank colleges based upon the changes that occur between matriculation and graduation (i.e., outputs), Louisburg College would rank near the top. As academic dean, I am most proud of these changes that occur for our students during college—it’s our hallmark of excellence. Serving as the academic dean of Louisburg College is a high calling and it is my honor and privilege to lead such a distinguished faculty. Looking forward, I believe in Louisburg College. I have confidence in



our faculty and students and I know that our best days still lie ahead of us. Two hundred and twentyfive years after its founding, the College has a sense of optimism spurred on by a “can-do” attitude. I am also not satisfied—there is a hunger for continuous improvement. We will continue to implement best practices in higher education and experiment with innovative approaches to teaching and learning. Historically, great colleges have had passionate advocates. Williams College had Mark Hopkins, Dartmouth College had Daniel Webster, and the University of Chicago had Robert Maynard Hutchins. Collectively, the Louisburg College faculty members serve as this college’s passionate advocates, and they are sincerely motivated by an intrinsic desire to engage our students in dialogue—similar to Plato and Aristotle, when the roles of teacher (expert) and student (novice) constantly reverse. U.S. President James A. Garfield once stated that “the ideal college is Mark Hopkins on one end of the log as teacher/ expert and a student on the other.” Louisburg College seeks to encourage and facilitate that ongoing and iterative conversation between faculty and students, thereby bringing greater definition and fulfillment to the meaning of a pragmatic liberal arts education.

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JOSH PARROTT Instructor of Religion

In the next few pages, six faculty members share their own stories of how and why they choose to live the mission of Louisburg College every day.They are but a sampling of the outstanding faculty we are blessed to have on our campus.

JANE MIDDLETON Instructor and Learning Specialist

LAURA KINZINGER Associate Professor of English

SUE BRIDGEMAN Instructor of Mathematics

CRYSTAL BRANTLEY Assistant Professor of English

JEFF OLBRYS Assistant Professor of Mathematics



JEFF OLBRYS I have been a faculty member at Louisburg College since August 2001. I am an assistant professor of mathematics. I never know what to say when people ask me where I’m from. I grew up in New London, Connecticut, a small town on Long Island Sound. I left to attend Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, just north of Chicago. After my third try at my junior year, I moved into Chicago and stayed for about 10 more years. I spent six years in the Navy, most of which I spent at the Naval Air Test Center, outside of Washington, D.C. After my hitch was up, I lived in southern California for three years until I moved to Decatur, Georgia, just outside of Atlanta. I lived there for 10 years until I moved to Raleigh.

I always know what to say when someone asks why I am at Louisburg College: because I drive to work every morning with a smile on my face. I get to spend my working hours exploring some of the most profoundly beautiful ideas that civilization has produced. As I tell my students, I didn’t become a mathematician because it was easy for me. It wasn’t. I got through grad school by spending many hours in the library, doing the work it took to make the material mine—and I think it makes me a better teacher. When one of my students doesn’t understand the textbook explanation, I can usually explain the concept three or four other ways, until we find the one that works for that particular student. Then I get to see the light bulb go on. That’s when I know I am in exactly the right place, working alongside an incredible group of colleagues, doing the work that I am supposed to be doing. No wonder I’m smiling!


Jeff Olbrys arriving at the answer with Bradley Holmes ‘10.

My employment history is likewise varied. When I started my undergraduate studies at Northwestern University, I knew I wanted to be a lighting designer in the theater. That lasted a couple of years until I realized that it was not my life’s work. Then I went to work in a hospital operating room, taking care of all the machines and ordering all of the supplies. Every chance I got, I looked over the surgeons’ shoulders and learned lots of anatomy up close. I had a terrific time, but, in order to advance professionally, I needed some letters after my name, and I started nursing school. That turned out to be a bad fit, so I decided to make a big change and enlisted in the Navy. I spent six years working on airplane electronics; it was like having a $90 million video game. My experience in the Navy earned me a job with the company that built my airplane. That was fun for a while, but I eventually realized my heart wasn’t in my work, and I started looking for other options. I earned a bachelor of science degree from Excelsior College and a master of science from Georgia State University. Then, with suitable letters after my name, I found Louisburg College.



When our alumni read my words, I will have taught English and Humanities courses for 33 years, the last 21 at Louisburg; however, who I am as a teacher is the woman who has traveled in wide gyres, tight quoits, sometimes a Mobius strip. Early yesterday morning, I walked our labyrinth’s convolutions in a halting tempo, aware of the outer ring and my retraced steps. In last night’s cold, I smiled at the Pleiades and their pursuer Orion, the moon’s apple-sliver, and Jupiter. I also found my zenith, my highest fixed point, yet I knew that zenith, a Persian word, means “the path or road rising above your head.” I am my fixed points, my wanderings, wonderings, and windings. I had a magical Wisconsin childhood, but my family moved to the then-hinterlands of eastern North Carolina (Tarboro) in 1960 when I was 9 years old. Living in the segregated South with my gentle German chemist-mathematician father, my artist grandfather, my younger sister, and my ardently-outspoken socialjustice-advocate mother was “interesting”—in terms of the Chinese curse “May you live in interesting times.” Books, writing, music, piano, art, science, and Nature became my lodestones and lodestars. I turned to Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, on a full scholarship bequeathed by Sallie Staton, a Tarboro woman who attended Vassar in 1897—but not before having to sue the estate. In a legal limbo, Staton’s will restricted the scholarship to “white girls” from Tarboro, which Vassar had rejected in 1962 and which the Staton heirs contested. Being the first Sallie Staton recipient and opening the opportunity to all young women (and men) in eastern and western North Carolina seem an important curve in many paths, including mine. Vassar’s worlds and whorls of books and

languages and literature Because of my eclectic (some say eccentric) and art and people were background, I teach wondrously dizzying, as composition, literature, was the anguishing and public speaking, creative “interesting” time of the writing, developmental Vietnam War. I majored writing, and developin art history—which mental reading. I have I adored and which served on every major seemed to connect evfaculty committee, and I erything in the uniwas honored to be selectverse—cum laude, Phi ed as humanities division Beta Kappa. I earned chair for two years. I am a Master of Fine Arts most proud that I resurin creative writing (porected the developmenetry focus) from UNCtal writing course in the Laura Kinzinger assisting Ontera Alford ‘13 of Rowland, N.C., in the writing center. Greensboro, with other mid-1990s and taught graduate work at West the first developmental Virginia University, the reading course a few years later; as with most colleges, University of Vermont, and North Carolina State Uniwe now have a robust developmental program to help versity. our students become successful on the college level. I always defined myself as a writer and a reader and I am sure that I will soon take our Labyrinth’s mannever thought about teaching until, after a number of dalic path again and will watch my breath be wreathed odd survival jobs, I began teaching for Shepherd Colagainst the night sky as I find my zenith and reflect on lege (now Shepherd University) in West Virginia. It my past and future paths, whether they be widdershins was an unusual teaching situation: located 150 miles or a surprising wending. Above all, I hope that what I from the main campus, I taught classes in 5 counties, do at Louisburg College will invite my students to do driving a weekly circuit of 800-1200 miles over mounthe same. tain ranges, as an itinerant professor. I’ve also taught for James Madison University, Blue Ridge Community College, and Lord Fairfax Community College in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, and I have taught literature for the National Endowment for the Arts and have led a number of creative writing workshops. I was about 4 years old when I first heard the word “college.” I was with my grandparents, taking what seemed I applied for an English opening at Louisburg so that like a very long road trip (actually only 27 miles) to pick I could be closer to my mother; I remember thinking, up my aunt for the weekend. As we went around the big “Louisburg, Louisburg …where exactly is Louisburg?” circular drive, I and then gasping when I looked at a map and realized looked in wonder that it, too, was on the meandering Tar River, a seemat a tall building ingly full circle. The College itself has been entwined in with stark white dire straits this past score (and has since its founding), columns and rows yet we have wound our way back to our central mission and rows of steps. for excellence in teaching. I so value my colleagues I so badly wanted and the difficult work they do every day—and for their to get out of the generosity as a community of teachers, scholars, and car and run up friends. and down those steps. I learned I have always patterned my teaching on that of my best later that this teachers: using the Socratic method and asking quesplace was called tions, posing possibilities, and asking for reactions; Louisburg Colnudging students to expand their ideas further, belege. That meming more interested in students’ questions than mine; ory came back showing them the sheer joy of words; making conto me so vividly nections to the world. Most of all, I want my students when I was hired by Louisburg College in the fall of to reflect (which becomes increasingly difficult in this 2010 as an adjunct English instructor. always-on electronic world).




From a very early age, I knew that I wanted to be a teacher. Growing up in rural Warren County, North Carolina, in the 1960s and ‘70s, I was not exposed to many mind-expanding experiences, but I was lucky to cross paths with a number of intelligent, dedicated teachers who inspired me to read everything I could and to never lose sight of my goal—being a teacher. After graduating from UNC-Greensboro, I spent the first dozen years of my career teaching history and English in local high schools. In the summer of 1986, I was selected as a fellow for the Capital Area Writing Project at NC State University and was inspired to attend graduate school there. Even though I was teaching full time and had very young children, I succeeded in obtaining my master’s degree. No doubt, I would not have been able to do so without the help of my family, colleagues, and professors—my “community.”

finding a job in a field that was flooded with teachers. I stayed the course and I have never regretted it. I completed all of my higher education in New York State, starting at a community college. I eventually earned my master’s degree in secondary education mathematics from Adelphi University in Garden City.

I have been teaching since 1974, either full-time or part-time. I have experience in middle school, high school, and college. When I was not teaching in a classroom, I was tutoring high school students and mentoring future teachers. Finally, in 2004, I joined the staff of Louisburg College as a part-time math instructor. I recently became a full-time instructor during the fall semester of 2011. Since I started my career, I have adhered to the philosophy that an educator guides his/her students to reach their full The last half of my potential by givteaching career has ing them the tools been at the college they need to suclevel. For 15 years, I ceed. These tools taught English and include a good humanities courses foundation in the at Vance-Granville Sue Bridgeman assisting freshman Tigana Eccleston ‘13 of Ft, Lauderdale, Fla., in the math lab. subject matter, Community Colself-confidence, and lege and was very good study skills. It is my belief that an educator must active in a number of professional organizations. Each elicit from students all that they are capable of becomday, I tried to engage students in the educational proing. cess and to insist that they recognize, develop, and use their abilities, just as my instructors had insisted of me. I believe that as a teacher it is most important to get Later, as an adjunct at Louisburg College, I recognized students involved in the learning process. I encourage its dedication to these same goals and readily accepted questions and strive to keep my students engaged by a full-time position. presenting math as a continuous story that flows beautifully. I support numbers and equations with reasons Climbing the steps in front of Main does not entice me and explanations. I always try to apply real-life situas it did when I was 4, but I certainly look forward to ations to math concepts. Lastly, I try to entertain my working with all those students who choose to climb students by making each class a performance, hoping them. to keep their attention and even getting them to look forward to attending class.

SUE BRIDGEMAN I knew I wanted to be a teacher when I was in fifth grade and I knew I wanted to teach math by the time I was in eighth grade. In high school, I was advised to search for another profession because I would have a hard time



After all these years of teaching, I am still excited about entering the classroom every morning. I have especially enjoyed my years teaching at Louisburg because of the positive environment of the College. It has been very rewarding to work with the students, faculty, and administration, as well as to attend chapel services.

JOSH PARROTT I began my time at Louisburg College as a part-time instructor of religion in the fall of 2007. Now, as a full-time faculty member, I have the privilege of teaching many different courses. While I have continued to teach and enjoy the traditional core curriculum classes, which include Old Testament, New Testament, and World Religions, I am thrilled to also offer classes from our catalogue that haven’t been taught in over 20 years! Those classes are Religion in America Today and The Bible, Yesterday and Today. I think it is exciting that we, as a small college, can offer students so many options for religious studies.

Being the first in my family to pursue higher education, I entered the College of William and Mary where I earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology in 1971 and a Master of Education in special education in 1973. When I retired from public education, my husband assured me of his support in going on to pursue my lifelong dreams of earning a doctorate and teaching at the college level. I received my doctorate in 2009 from the University of Georgia in reading education. Throughout my professional life, I have enjoyed some outstanding opportunities that have fueled my passion for further study and service, particularly involving students with learning differences. One of these opportunities involved studying at the Center for Applied Special Technology and participation in their National Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Consortium. My other areas of special focus include studies of highly successful dyslexics, optimal practices in teaching and learning, and key elements in interpersonal relationships found to facilitate learning. I find the collaboration and teamwork at Louisburg College stimulating, and the tasks involved in approximating UDL with our students sufficiently challenging.

In my classes, I strive to foster academic excellence and critical thinking. I want my students to become active learners who take responsibility for their education. Through class discussions and lectures, I try to help students understand the relevance of God’s word in their everyday lives. It’s my desire that they love God not just with their hearts, but also with their minds. My wife and I believe in these students and the rich history of Louisburg College. We are grateful for our time here thus far and look forward to continuing to invest ourselves in our vibrant college community.

JANE MIDDLETON I am a newcomer to Louisburg College, and I assist students through the Learning Partners program. My professional life spans 40 years in education as a teacher, administrator, supervisor, director, consultant, tutor, and college faculty member. Since joining the faculty at Louisburg College, I have been privileged to witness the subtle changes in thinking and behaving that transform our young adults into competent, capable, and accomplished professionals, prepared for lives of learning and service. This is definitely the capstone experience of my career.

By joining the faculty of Louisburg College, I am living my dream. I have become a part of a learning community engaged in dialogue and collaboration with other dedicated, diligent professionals for whom our mission is fulfilled with joy and purpose as we see our students flourish. I am blessed.



My Louisburg Story By Charles M. Rucker ‘72

Just three-tenths of a point and a determined professor were all that stood between Charles Rucker ‘72 and a bloody war.


at Louisburg College and I was among a couple of hundred students who assumed they would soon graduate. Back then it was a different place – a more spartan one. There was no Taft, no Hillman, no Norris Theater, no Jordan Student Center, and no Benson Chapel. Where the JPAC now stands, was the Auditorium-Classroom Building, an ancient, drafty structure of wood and brick where classes, performances, orientations, and graduations were held. And it was a different Louisburg. There was one restaurant in town that was open after 9 o’clock— Dick’s Drive-In; and I can vividly remember the night it burned and the period of mourning that followed. There was the Murphy House, but it closed early, was expensive, and the chances were excellent that you would run into a professor. I also remember a soft Friday afternoon. The world was in a yawn from a long winter’s sleep and the trees were just beginning to bear their first feathery buds. I was leaning into the cavernous trunk of my



’63 Ford Galaxy, carefully packing my guitar, fishing rod, eight-track tapes, and all the other equipment of youth. Oh, yes. This was going to be a good weekend, full of possibilities.

the trunk in a haze. I felt sick and weightless as if I were on a runaway elevator, and listened to the rest of what she was saying without hearing a single word.

Then I heard a woman’s voice. She was calling my name. I stood up. It was Ms. Zelda Coor, the registrar. She smiled briefly, then began. “Yesterday I was looking over students’ grades, and I saw the D that you earned in Art History . . .” She waited. I thought, “So what? I’m gonna graduate; and so why are you wasting my time?” She resumed, “Charles, are you proud of that D?” I lied, “No ma’am.” But the truth was that I was fine with it, and if she had just let me get the heck down the road, I’d have been even better. Then she sprung the trap with, “Well good, because I’ve made arrangements with Mrs. Kornegay for you to retake the entire course over the next five Saturdays - starting tomorrow.” Immediately I went numb. What guts! The shock was rude and surreal and my duffle bag looked sad and the rod and guitar seemed ridiculous and irrelevant. I shut

The low grade in Mrs. Kornegay’s class was largely due to my priorities, or lack thereof. I had cut probably half a dozen of her classes to fish in the dark cypress water of Franklin County lakes. After all it’s only art. What could it hurt? I had aced English under Mr. Wright, and had even done well in Dr. Goldston’s religion class. And the assumed A in PE from Coach Lanier would neutralize any unforeseen problems in Spanish. Now, in spite of my brilliantly-conceived survival plan, my next five weekends had just been hijacked by this well-meaning Samaritan. The following day started out rough. After watching the last of the rogues, revelers, and ne’er-do-wells roar away from campus, I had to fake everything from thanking Mrs. Kornegay for my second chance to having any fascination for art – much less its history. But, by the second

Saturday I was beginning to find the class interesting. We had covered the cave drawings of Lascaux and Altamira. These early artists drew animals which were easily recognizable as the ancestors of those living today. Bison, deer, and birds were being chased by enigmatic creatures who walked on their hind legs and carried tools. Some of this art was very good. Things began to make sense as I saw some relevance. Each Friday night I studied in my room on the second floor of Franklin. The whole dorm was deserted on the weekends. Its ancient, creaking wooden floors were marked by thousands of cigarette burns and the place fairly flitted with ghosts from Louisburg’s 185year history. By the light of a 40-watt bulb in my old goose-neck lamp I pored over the art of the Egyptian dynasties and the architecture of ancient Greece and wondered how many other students had spent perfectly good Friday nights studying in this very room for perhaps the very same reason. Before my eyes passed some of man’s greatest and most noble endeavors; and it occurred to me that in the last ten thousand years art had made a complete circle – only now the cave drawings were being made by Picasso, Rothko, and Jackson Pollock. By the fourth Saturday, I felt that our common sacrifices had made Mrs. Kornegay and me great friends, and I fully expected to slide into an easy A. Obviously she had other things to do on those sweet April Saturdays as well and probably felt quite generous with the B she gave me instead. And she was right. My GPA rose from 2.5 to 2.8. Like most other students, I regarded Louisburg as the perfect springboard to a more imposing university with all its impersonal chaos. Risking the wrath of three previous generations of Tarheels, I chose NC State instead. Graduating from Louisburg was one thing, but being accepted at State was something entirely different. If my transfer to State hadn’t made the cut, I would have certainly received notice that my draft status had fallen from the golden 4-F to 1-A with all its horrible premonitions—starting

with the customary “meet and greet” down at Fort Bragg. Even though the terrible battles of the late ‘60s were over, the Vietnam War would still limp on for another three years; during that time, many more thousands of good soldiers would be killed, maimed, or just return home to murmur in their sleep every night as the War sat softly at the foot of their beds. The Army was constantly looking for replacements and any young man with a suitable draft number and who wasn’t in college would do just fine. The ‘Nam was always there. I, thankfully, was accepted to NC State. There I declared English as my major. During my junior year I had been assigned an advisor whom I gradually came to genuinely like. He was a bass fisherman also and confessed that he would have wanted to become a large animal veterinarian if only there had been a vet school in North Carolina. We both liked Hemingway and hated Henry James and agreed that H. L. Mencken was pompous, yet highly effective. And that Shakespeare blew everyone else away. I retained him during my senior year and by then we had developed practically a back-slapping friendship. One gray afternoon while sitting in his office with my feet up on his desk, it occurred to me to ask him if he had a complete record of my grades all the way back to Louisburg. He said that he did. I knew that I couldn’t view the contents of the folder, but I asked him to retrieve my file anyway. He went to a metal cabinet, prowled around for a minute and returned to his desk with a manila folder. He plopped it down and was still smiling at something funny that I’d said. I asked if I might look through my own folder. He said no, but that he’d answer any questions that I might have. We both got quiet. There was one matter that I needed an answer for. I asked him about my grades and he assured me that I should graduate on time. I then asked him to look at my Louisburg transcript. He found it and was inspecting it closely. After a minute I asked him how close I had come to having my transfer rejected. His smile had long since vanished; it was all business now. He said nothing, but held up his left hand in a

pinch with only about one-fourth of an inch between his thumb and index finger. I asked, “Would a 2.5 have gotten me in?” He answered factually, “No, not a chance.” “How about with a hefty financial contribution?” “Not a chance…” We stared at each other in buzzing silence. That .3 had made all the difference. Without it, where would I have found myself on that day? I felt like I had just stepped over a landmine, which quite literally could have been the case. My mind shorted out like it did when Ms. Coor shot the entire month of April back in ’72. The news made me vaguely sick. Strangely, the combination of Louisburg and NC State may have saved my life. And take away Ms. Coor, and the whole thing falls apart. Several years ago I read in the College Bulletin that Ms. Coor had died. I thought about her and of that spring day in ’72 when a slight 5-foot tall woman went up against a smug 6-foot bodybuilder and they both won. Or, rather, I won. There was nothing in it for her. And I thought about Louisburg. What other college would have an administrator who would actually seek out a student for his ultimate well-being? Harvard? Princeton? Stanford? I think not. It was all so long ago. God bless Louisburg and also Ms. Zelda G. Coor.

Ms. Zelda G. Coor SPRING 2012


Transformation Jamie Eller Patrick ‘84, Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations


eflecting on my first year as director of annual giving and alumni relations at Louisburg College, I am intrigued anew by this serendipitous force that has been shaping futures for 225 years. As a Louisburg College alumna, I’m fortunate to be among those who’ve experienced firsthand how Louisburg College can transform lives. And, if you’re a particularly stubborn case, it just might have a go at yours more than once! Attending Louisburg College was decidedly not a part of my plan for worldly adventure. As a faculty child, I practically grew up on campus, and then promptly enrolled at UNC-Chapel Hill as a piano major. I’d scarcely unpacked when debilitating mononucleosis forced me home … and to Louisburg College. In denial, I com-

Are you somewhere or someone todayy because of the time you spentt on campus? Where are the special ial people you met along the way? What could it mean to reconnect? ect? Send us your Louisburg storyy to share with the world: or 919.497.3245



menced counting the days until I’d be back at UNC. An especially observant Louisburg professor finally pulled me aside and said, “Nothing very good is going to happen here for you until you first accept your reality.” For emphasis, over fall break he booted me out of our house and into Merritt dorm. Alas, UNC never did reclaim its freshman. Resistance being no match for providence, exactly two years passed. Somewhere between the old plank theatre and the drama of all things freshman, I chose to stay. That simple decision altered the course of my life. Now a junior at UNC, I was far off the music track, so I opted to pursue broadcast journalism. My new path led to a career in media, which, ironically, prepared me for service to the College today. A considerably humbler and more seasoned student, this time I came along willingly. Stories like mine are hardly unique. Like Louisburg College alumni, they’re everywhere! As the College marks its 225th anniversary, I invite you to celebrate the difference Louisburg College made in your life. Are you somewhere or someone today because of the time you spent on campus? Where are the special people you met along the way? What could it mean to reconnect?

You can share a bit of your own Louisburg College story with our students, alumni and friends just by providing your updated contact information to me at or 919-497-3245. Then, consider attending or even hosting an event or reunion, offering an internship or shadowing opportunity to a student, providing a professional reference or contact to an alumnus, becoming a class agent, advocating for admissions, or simply making a gift. Goethe said, “We must always change, renew and rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise we harden.” Most of us have long since forgotten the details of our classes at Louisburg. But our very lives call to mind profound lessons from beloved teachers and friends. When alumni say, “Louisburg College gave me my start,” or even “Louisburg College saved me,” I’m reminded of my own entry level ‘required course’ in receptivity. Louisburg College offers a transformative education that reaches far beyond the classroom —the kind that opens wide one’s entire being to embrace lifelong change, renewal, and rejuvenation.



classmates from 50 or more years ago gathered on campus Saturday, April 16, 2011, for the Golden Anniversary Council’s (GAC) Annual Reunion. The day’s events included a meeting of the GAC Board in the morning, followed by the Class of 1961 Induction Ceremony. After Council President Bob Beck “pinned” the newest members, Paul Wilson ‘61 regaled the group with a “stroll down memory lane,” recalling some of his fondest memories of his time at the College.

Ann Rawls of Rocky Mount, N.C., with Bill Bowers ‘39 of Charleston,W.Va.

Ed Woodhouse ‘56, Peggy Wilder ‘60, and Velma Brown ‘60 discussing their auction bids.

GAC members and guests twist and shout with College staff during the dance.

Later that afternoon, the Multi-Purpose Room was converted into a 1950s dance hall, complete with period memorabilia and live music by Professor Craig Eller’s band, The Troubadours. As the band played and the attendees bopped and swayed, the Council’s silent auction came to a close. The auction raised approximately $4,500, the proceeds of which helped fund the building costs for the College’s new labyrinth (see page 22 for the full story).

Not t o b e o ut d on e , Mother Nature weighed in at the end of the day with tornado warnings. After gathering around the big screen TV in the student center to watch the local weather reports, it was soon apparent that the safest spot for everyone was in the concrete-walled restrooms. Of course, our LC alums found a way to have fun with the situation by laughing, comforting one another, and sharing stories until the storm passed. Sadly, not everyone in the Raleigh area was spared from the storm’s wrath that day, but we are happy to report that our GAC members are fine and have quite a story to tell! During this year’s reunion on April 28, 2012, The Troubadours will return with their unique sounds of the ‘50s and early ‘60s, and the Council will host another silent auction, this time to benefit the restoration of the Arthur Person House. Check out our online newsletter, The Mid.Week.Message, during the first week of May for a full report and photos from the day!

(From L-R): Ann Rawls, Sarah Jernigan, Bill Bowers ‘39, and Horace Jernigan ‘47.

Members of the GAC, including Mary Foster ‘59, Velma Brown ‘60, Don Fish ‘60, Alicia Eller ‘65, and Charlotte Tippett (wife of the late Harvey Tippett ‘53), dancing the day away!




Alma Mater hant (L-R): Biggs, Reg Summer Interns unt H Pendergraft, and


four Louisburg College alumni returned to their alma mater to work as interns. Brittany Hunt ‘10 and T.J. Reghanti ‘11 interned in the admissions office, Nicole Biggs ‘09 interned with the Learning Partners program, and Samantha Pendergraft ‘10 interned in the office of marketing and communications. There are several reasons why these alums chose to return to LC for their internships, including a good working environment and making a difference. “It’s a helpful, happy environment, and I grew as a person in every way from being given the chance to work here for the summer,” says Hunt. “Working here allowed me to interact with new students and with people who continue to make a difference at the College.” They all feel that it is important to help others and give back to the College. “I enjoyed helping summer school students maximize their independence academically and hope that I have inspired some of that spark and motiva-




tion that my professors instilled in me while I was a student here,” says Biggs, who completed her Bachelor of Science in rehabilitation services at East Carolina University in December 2011. An internship is a graduation requirement at Peace College, where Pendergraft is now a senior majoring in communication and business administration. “I chose to work at Louisburg because I wanted to make a difference and give back to the College,” says Pendergraft, a second-generation alumna (her grandmother, Anne Weathersbee, attended the College in the 1940s and is an active member of the Golden Anniversary Council). These alums all believe that Louisburg College provided a strong foundation for their future academic and professional endeavors. “Attending Louisburg allowed me to solidify my love for writing,” says Hunt, now a senior majoring in English at NC State University who plans to attend graduate school for creating writing and then enter either the teaching or publishing field. “There is no doubt in my mind that writing is what I want to do,” she explains.

By Samantha Pendergraft ‘10 Summer 2011 Intern in the Office of Marketing and Communications

During their two years at Louisburg, all of these alums say that the College prepared them for a four-year university. “This internship was a great experience and it prepared me for the business world,” says Reghanti, who transferred to Appalachian State University where he is earning a degree in business management. “Not only did it prepare me for working in an office environment, but I also got to meet new people and enhance my communication skills,” he continues. “I needed an environment where I would be held accountable and where the faculty and staff would view me as more than just a number—a place where the professors knew who I was and genuinely cared about how I was doing academically, socially, and emotionally,” says Biggs, who was recently hired to serve as the office manager in the College’s Office of Student Life. They all agree that they could not have asked for a better internship and work environment. “Coming back to Louisburg College is like coming home,” says Hunt.

Celebration of the Windows for Education Project The College hosted a special dedication of Windows for Education on Saturday, December 3, 2011, in Benson Chapel. The dedication included lunch and a campus tour. The project, sponsored in large part by the United Methodist Men of Cary and First United Methodist Church of Cary, focused on three historic campus buildings: Old Main (1857), DaLarry Apel, former president of the Cary UMM; vis (1913), and FrankAlan Shepherd, current president of Cary UMM; and Bill Shuler, incoming president of the Raleigh lin (1927). Old Main, a District UMM enjoying refreshments following four-story brick building the dedication. with a Greek Revival façade, houses various administrative and student services offices. Davis, the west wing of Old Main, was erected in 1913 and contains a trustee conference room and offices. It was named for Mathew Davis, president of the College from 1896-1906. The Franklin County Building, or east wing of Old Main, was constructed with funds donated by the residents of Franklin County. This building supports educational and residential

functions. During the past three summers, the 300+ windows and frames in the three buildings were replaced or restored. “It was a pleasure having the Methodist Men of Cary and others who supported the project on campus for the dedication of Windows for Education,” says Jamie Patrick, Louisburg College director of annual giving and alumni relations. “They contributed significantly to the completion of this beautiful and meaningful restoration.” Over $35,000 was contributed to this project, in addition to College funds. The First United Methodist Church of Cary and the First United Methodist Men of Cary were major supporters through various fundraising efforts. Other churches, ministry officials, alumni, and friends of Louisburg College contributed as well, and the project included support from the Historic Preservation Foundation of North Carolina.

Edith C. Lumpkin Community Gallery Dedication On the evening of Friday, April 15, 2011, the College dedicated the Edith C. Lumpkin Community Gallery in the Seby B. Jones Performing Arts Center. Thanks to a generous gift given in Mrs. Lumpkin’s name by her sons, Parker and Willie Lee, the College was able to replace the roof on the 22-year-old facility. With some 100 friends and family members by their side, the brothers expressed their own — as well as their mother’s — deep appreciation and love for the College, and encouraged others to support the College. Guests were treated to a spread of tasty Asian-inspired dishes elegantly prepared and served by Chartwells Dining Services, and later attended a performance by the Golden Dragon Acrobats in the Frances Boyette Dickson Auditorium.

Members of the family of Mrs. Edith C. Lumpkin on either side of her portrait that now hangs in the Gallery’s entrance.




Meditation for All Souls by Samantha Pendergraft ‘10

Over the summer of 2011, Will Hinton, long-time professor of visual arts at Louisburg College, built a labyrinth in front of the Robbins Library on the campus of our small, private liberal arts college, which is rooted in the United Methodist Church. Hinton describes the labyrinth as “a tool that increases what we can accomplish.” It is also a tool, he says, “of transformation and a crucible for change in our lives — where a person’s psyche meets his or her soul.” According to Hinton, any person of any religion can meditate while following the path on the labyrinth. “Your path winds throughout the pattern and be-

Abdul Caesar ‘13 walks the labyrinth on a crisp fall day.



comes a mirror of the way in which we live our lives,” says Hinton. “In the Old Testament, it speaks about God’s people going on a journey. The New Testament describes Jesus Christ modeling a path of unconditional love and forgiveness. Now, and even then, a labyrinth represents our life’s journey.” Hinton recently came across a Jewish term, gilgul, which implies a reincarnation or a reclarification of souls. He finds this term very interesting, as it hits close to home for him, having grown up in the small town of Gatesville, N.C. (population 250), where the church and the community were highly valued. “When I see the labor and thought which shaped the labyrinth, it feels to

me that it was not me doing the work, but something much bigger, much older, much truer working though me,” he says, adding that he thinks his parents would be very proud. Hinton feels that the labyrinth will serve as a core component of the liberal arts experience of Louisburg College. “The three parts of spending time in the labyrinth consist of purgation, illumination, and union,” Hinton explains. “They are also known as release, receive, and return.” “This tool for walking meditation is open to Louisburg College students, staff, faculty, community members, and all folks on their journey—24 hours a

day, seven days a week, 365 days a year,” explains Hinton. People of all ages are welcome to visit the labyrinth, including children. After walking the labyrinth, they can create an image of it to take with them by using paper and crayon to create a rubbing of the bronze plaque at the entrance. “They [the children] seem excited and think it is cool to take a piece of the labyrinth experience home with them,” said Hinton.

To view a short, two-part documentary about the Louisburg College Labyrinth, search for “Building the Louisburg College Labyrinth” on com. To read more about the process of building the labyrinth, please visit Samantha graduated from Louisburg College in 2010 with an associate degree. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in communication from William Peace University. She served as an intern in the office of marketing and communications at Louisburg College during the summer of 2011.

His dream of building the labyrinth came true due to the vision and initial support from Louisburg College’s Golden Anniversary Club. Hinton takes great care in the placement of each brick along the laybrinth’s path.



Under the Oaks


Nothing could dampen the spirits of our faithful alums—not even a cold, rainy Homecoming day! On Saturday, October 29, 2011, several dozen alumni gathered to celebrate, catch up, and reminisce about their alma mater.

scaping around the campus); and Douglas Bryant ‘47 received the Distinguished Alumnus Award for serving as an outstanding ambassador to the College who personifies high achievement, leadership, and character.

The day kicked off with a meeting of the alumni board, followed by an awards breakfast. Awards were presented to the following alumni: Bob Beck ‘53 received the Cecil W. Robbins Award for his outstanding service and dedication to the College; Brian McCants ‘91 received the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award for significant accomplishments in his profession and community (Brian could not be there, but the award was accepted on his behalf by Bill Shelton, former alumni board president); Kyle Perkins ‘07 received the Young Alumnus Service Award for outstanding service to the College (recipient chosen by President La Branche; Kyle’s landscaping company is responsible for the beautiful land-

Later in the morning, faculty, staff, and members of the Louisburg community gathered in the Robbins Library for the dedication of the Louisburg College Labyrinth. President La Branche, the Rev. Larry Williams, GAC President Bob Beck, Chaplain Shane Benjamin, and Will Hinton, who created the labyrinth, spoke about its meaning and spiritual purpose. As the downpour continued, a group gathered in historic Person Place to enjoy an indoor tailgate BBQ lunch before heading out to the football field to see the Hurricanes take on Nassau Community College. The rain let up some, and, as the sun peeked out from behind a heavy cover of clouds, the Caniacs

cheered on their team. The drumline was on hand to pep up the crowd, as were the cheer and dance teams. During halftime, President La Branche presented the Homecoming King and Queen, Rashad Chavis and Kourtney Anderson. The ’Canes fought hard into overtime, but came up short, 25-19. Next on the schedule was Storytelling: Tales of Yesteryear and Today in Benson Chapel. Current and retired faculty, staff, and alumni joined Louisburg locals, including retired Chaplain Sid Stafford and long-time professor Craig Eller, as they shared stories about the College. Playing on a semi-dry softball field that afternoon, members of the current-day Lady ‘Canes team took on former Lady ‘Canes for the always exciting Alumni Softball Game. A dessert, hors d’ouevres, and wine reception was held in Person Place in the early evening hours to honor retired faculty and staff members.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28TH Yesterday: A Tribute to the Beatles performing in the JPAC

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29TH Tailgate Party | Football Game | 225th Anniversary Gala Evening Event



Award Winners (L-R): Bob Beck ‘53, Kyle Perkins ‘07, and Doug Bryant ‘47.

Former Chaplain Sid Stafford (left) listens intently as Paul Wilson ‘61 regales the group with tales of yesteryear during the storytelling session in Benson Chapel.

Indoor tailgating at Person Place (L-R): Jim and Wendi Eck, Jim Pfifferling (Chartwell’s Dining Services), and Paul Wilson ‘61 partake of the festive feast!

The Royal Court: Rashad Chavis ‘12 and Kourtney Anderson ‘12.

Members of the 2011-2012 softball team pose with former Lady ‘Canes after the annual Alumni Softball Game.



College Honors Late Alumnus for His Lifetime of Volunteer Service

GAC Member Receives Citizen Service Award

In 2012, the College named its Louisburg College archives in honor of MELVIN DOUGLAS “DOUG” EDWARDS ‘53, who passed away on November 22, 2011. Doug dedicated countless hours to organizing and restoring the College’s vast collection of books, photos, and memorabilia. Doug was born on October 27, 1933, in Franklin County. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Shirley Capps Edwards (pictured with Doug at the 2010 LC Homecoming game); his daughter Gretchen Lee Sutton and her husband Tim; and his grandson Kaiden Douglas Sutton. He also leaves behind three sisters, Mrs. Bobbie Wrenn of Louisburg, N.C.; Mrs. Kay Hickox of Virginia Beach, Va.; and Mrs. Sandra Fleming of Louisburg, N.C. Edwards was also blessed with a large number of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son, Douglas Keith Edwards. After graduating from Bunn High School, Doug attended Louisburg College and then went on to finish his degree at NC State University. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army, with time served as a map editor in the Army Map Service at the Presidio of San Francisco, Calif., and Schwetzingen, Germany. He served six years in the U.S. Army Reserve as a sergeant after his active duty service. He was a retired hydrologist with the United States Geological Survey of the U.S. Interior Department, where he specialized in information technology. He was a registered professional hydrologist and an emeritus member of the American Institute of Hydrology. Subsequently, he served as a system analyst with Metaphor Computer Systems of Mountain View, Calif., a system analyst with the Burroughs Wellcome Company of Raleigh, N.C., and was a retiree of Glaxo in Raleigh, N.C. After retirement, he continued to serve as a private consultant for system design and software development for several companies. From 2002 until 2008, Doug and his wife owned and operated Family Memories, a photograph restoration business. They were also specialists in working with digital art and operated a successful printing service. Doug was honored with the U.S. Interior Department’s Meritorious Service award in 1987. He was active in Louisburg College Alumni activities and was honored with their Distinguished Alumni Award in 2009.



ANNE WEATHERSBEE ‘47 was awarded the Citizen Service Award by the Raleigh Citizens Advisory Council on October 19, 2011. This award was presented to Weathersbee in recognition of her 30 years of contributions and her commitment to enhancing the quality of life for all Raleigh residents.“I was asked by the city to represent my area of Litchford Road in an attempt to give citizens ideas of city growth and how it should be regulated and controlled,” says Weathersbee. For three decades, she has served the North Raleigh City Advisory as its secretary, vice chairman, and chairman; during one of those years, she held all three positions. “I loved the contact with the citizens and leaders I met during this time,” she says. “I also like to be informed about what is going on around me. What better way is there to be informed than by getting involved in the groups that control the action?” Weathersbee was born in the house that she lives in to this day. She graduated from Millbrook School in 1947, Louisburg College in 1949, and East Carolina University in 1951. She is a lifelong member of Millbrook United Methodist Church, where she serves as the church historian and wrote a book of the church’s history. She is a member of United Methodist Women and has served as their president. Weathersbee presently chairs the Lucy Jones Circle, which is named in honor and memory of her mother. In July 2012, she will turn 84 years old. “I have been blessed in so many ways in my life,” says Weathersbee. “I have tried to give back or pass on the knowledge that I have gained. I have strived to help others solve their own problems.”

Business Organization Finds Success at State and National Levels Eigh members of Louisburg College’s Phi Eight Beta Lambda (PBL) chapter competed at Be tthe organization’s National Leadership Competition on June 23-26, 2011, in Orlando, Fla. This four-day competition is considered the pinnacle of the PBL experience, especially for those running for national office. In order to qualify, a student must place first or second in the state competition.

mat and appropriateness of business messages; format and style differences with international communications; and listening, oral, and nonverbal concepts.

PBL is a business fraternity that participates in state and national competitions against other PBL chapters throughout North Carolina and the rest of the country. PBL has forged th partnerships with industry leaders to underwrite competitive events and scholarships for students achieving national ranking. Every year, the best and brightest of PBL chapters nationwide convene to compete in leadership events, share their successes, and learn new ideas about shaping their future careers through workshops and exhibits.

On Friday, November 11, 2011, Advisor Nancy Hammersley accompanied a group of 10 PBL members to the Fall Leadership Development Conference in Greensboro, N.C., where they participated in three sessions: career development, entrepreneurship, and financial responsibility.

The Louisburg chapter’s crowning glory at this national competition was Gabriela (Gaby) Calamaco’s ‘11 (pictured) second place victory in the business communication category. The business communication event consists of two parts: an objective test and a writing sample. Objective test competencies include mechanics of appropriate business English; for-

“We are all very proud of Gabby,” says PBL Advisor Patrice Nealon. “Her dedication and determination are inspiring. She stood on the national stage accepting her award with great poise and decorum. As a 2011 Louisburg College alumna, she gives new meaning to our motto of ‘building strong foundations for great futures.’ You honor us, Gabby!”

“I love going to these conferences,” says LC sophomore and PBL member Lorenzo Crowder. “They help with everything from managing your finances to writing a resume—all skills I will use in the future.” Crowder, who plans to attend NC. State next fall, is in his second year of membership with PBL. Last year he won first place at the PBL State Competition in the category of emerging business issues, and attended the national conference in Orlando. To learn more about the Louisburg College PBL chapter, please visit their website at

College Recognizes Its Best and Brightest On Tuesday, April 19, 2011, Louisburg College held its annual Awards Day ceremony. Over 30 awards were given out to deserving students, faculty, and staff. Stephanie Tolbert, vice president for enrollment, and Fonda Porter, director of counseling services, received the Bessie Arrington Gupton Distinguished Service Award. Sophomore Jason Harrell

received numerous awards in math and science. All-American basketball players Jeremy Atkinson ‘11 (now a junior and member of the men’s basketball team at Western Carolina University) and Ariel Phelps ‘11 (now a junior and member of the women’s basketball team at Hampton University) both received the coveted Lousiburg College Scholar-Athlete of the Year distinction.

Coach Mark Vanderslice, Jeremy Atkinson ‘11, Ariel Phelps ‘11, and Athletic Director Mike Holloman ‘83.



Louisburg College Alumni and Friends Dear Alumni and Friends, Louisburg alumni and friends generously contributed $1,757,653 to the College between June 1, 2010 – May 31, 2011. Over 1,000 donors supported the Louisburg Fund, student scholarships, endowments, academic and athletic programs, and improvements to buildings and grounds. Included in the donor list are 149 members of the Louisburg Society, which recognizes annual gifts of $1,000 or more. The College is also grateful to our new members of the Old Main Society, who have included Louisburg in their estate plans. This year, in conjunction with Homecoming festivities (September 28-29, 2012) and a grand celebration of Louisburg’s 225th anniversary, we plan to announce the public phase of the Great Futures Campaign. This three-year effort will raise funds to make improvements on this historic campus and to enhance academic programs and the learning environment for students. The overall goal of the Great Futures Campaign is to raise $15 million. Significant accomplishments have already been made toward our goals during the leadership phase of the Campaign, with more than $9 million in gifts and pledges secured. Estate commitments by new members of the Old Main Society represent $5 million of the total and will be a source of gifts for student scholarships and other purposes in the years to come. Signs of the Campaign’s impact are everywhere. Twenty-five new donors have stepped forward to create new scholarship funds or add to existing ones. Several buildings have been significantly improved, including Holton Gymnasium (now the Roger G. Taylor Athletic Center) and the Seby B. Jones Performing Arts Center. Through the Campaign this year, the Arthur Person House will be restored and become a residence hall with accomodations for 15 students. Other capital projects on the agenda include significant renovations to the Jordan Student Center and the Art Building, and planning continues for an athletic field house. Enhanced facilities and continued improvements the College grounds are key aspects of the Campaign goal of preserving our historic buildings and campus. With the launch of the public phase of the Great Futures Campaign, you—our alumni and friends—will be asked to participate in the renaissance underway at Louisburg College. We are grateful to the many donors who have helped transform the campus in recent years and look forward to even better things to come. Let me know how I can be of help as you consider a gift to Louisburg College. In appreciation, Kurt Carlson Vice President for Institutional Advancement 919.497.3325 |



Recent Commitments to the

GREAT FUTURES CAMPAIGN Capital Improvements One Card System Chartwells

Baseball Batting Cage

Seby B. Jones Performing Arts Center Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Allen ‘85 Hon. Lucy Taylor Allen

Alumni and friends of Louisburg College baseball

Benson Chapel

Jordan Student Center

Arthur Person House

Mr. William M. Davis ‘61

Dr. Milton Gilbert Mr. and Mrs. Russell Odom ‘68 Estate of Dr. C. Ray Pruette Mrs. Sue Robertson

Golden Anniversary Club Nicholas B. Boddie and Lucy Mayo Boddie Foundation

Historic Holton Gymnasium

Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Mrs. Anne Fleming Coghill Ms. Evelyn Harris ‘73 Robert P. Holding Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Philip McGuire Mr. Howard Tang ‘70 Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Maury York ‘73

(Roger G. Taylor Athletic Center) AXA Foundation Ms. Betty Frazier Mr. and Mrs. William Rodenbeck Mr. and Mrs. Roger Taylor ‘68 Mr. Brian Wilder ‘94 Mr. Floyd Wingfield ‘67

Charitable Bequests Estate of Richard P. Butler Estate of James Conrad Gilliam Estate of Pearl Gomo ‘38 Estate of Frances Gwin ‘41 Estate of Jean McKinnon Hubbard ‘42 Estate of Willie B. Mullen Estate of Celia Purdie ‘37


Through a bequest to Louisburg College, Richard Butler established a scholarship in his and wife Etta’s memory.



Society of 1787

Members of the Society of 1787 have generously contributed $50,000 or more to the College in their lifetime. Anonymous Aramark Management Service Mr. and Mrs. Paul B. Barringer II Mr. and Mrs. Victor C. Barringer BASF Corporation Mr. and Mrs. Marvin E. Baugh ‘53 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 Burroughs Wellcome Company Mrs. John L. Cameron The Cannon Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Chandler Coastal Lumber Company Chartwells Corporation Mrs. Frances Boyette Dickson ‘35 Mrs. John Lee Edwards ‘38 First Citizens Bank and Trust Flagler Systems Inc. A.J. Fletcher Foundation Franklinton United Methodist Church GlaxoSmithKline Foundation Mrs. Ann Jennings Goodwin Felix Harvey Foundation Dr. and Mrs. Donald L. Henson Hodges Insurance Agency 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. Robert L. Luddy Mr. and Mrs. J. Parker Lumpkin II Mr. and Mrs. Willie Lee Lumpkin III The Marshall Group 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 Victor Small Trust Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Fred Roberson ‘62 Mrs. Sue C. Robertson Mr. and Mrs.* John A. Rogers Sellers Inc. Sprint Roger G. Taylor and Associates Mr. and Mrs. Roger G. Taylor Tri Properties The United Methodist Church Board of Higher Education & Ministry United Methodist Foundation James and Vedna Welch Foundation Mrs. Lois Brown Wheless* ‘40 Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation Mr.* and Mrs. Kenneth Wooten Jr.

Old Main Society

The Old Main Society recognizes alumni and friends who will support Louisburg College through an estate gift. Mr. and Mrs. Paul B. Barringer II Mrs. Mary M. Beauchamp Mr. Randy L. Brantley ‘83 Mr. Richard P. Butler * Mr. Richard L. Cannon Jr. ‘52 Mrs. Frances Terrell Cherney ‘42 Mrs. Anne Fleming Coghill Mr. Osborne Gray Davis ‘41 Mr. William M. Davis ‘61 Mr. J. Jackson Dean Mr. Arthur DeBerry Mr. and Mrs. D. Tad DeBerry ‘85 Mr. Allen de Hart Mrs. Frances Boyette Dickson ‘35 Mrs. Joyce Hubbard Fisher ‘41* Mr. William P. Franklin ‘52 Mr. and Mrs.* Kelman P. Gomo ‘38 Mrs. Ann J. Goodwin Mrs. Frances Gwin ‘41* Mr. and Mrs. John Hatcher Mrs. Carol Bessent Hayman ‘45 Mr. James H. Hight Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Hugh T. Jones Mr. and Mrs. Ben E. Jordan Jr. The Rev. Dr. and Mrs. Wallace H. Kirby Mr. Nelson Leonard Mr. and Mrs. J. Parker Lumpkin II Mr. and Mrs. Willie Lee Lumpkin III Mrs. Roberta Beckler Morris* Mrs. Beth Norris 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. and Mrs. Raymond A. Stone ‘47 Mr. Howard Tang ‘70 Mr. and Mrs. Roger G. Taylor ‘68 Mr. Benjamin H. Whitaker ‘86 Mrs. Peggy Lee Wilder ‘60 Mr.* and Mrs. Kenneth Wooten Jr. Mr. Arnold L. Wright*

Louisburg Society Charter Members

Contributed $1,000 or more annually between June 1, 2009 – May 31, 2011. AXA Foundation Mrs. Janet Gardner Adair Ms. Judith D. Adams 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 Boddie ‘77 Dr. and Mrs. Edgar J. Boone Mrs. Anne Bowen Mr. Carl Wood Brown Dr. and Mrs. C. Douglas Bryant Sr. ‘47 Bunn Heating & Air Conditioning Mr. Bob Butler Mr. H. Dwight Byrd ‘57 Mrs. John Cameron Dr. and Mrs. W. John Cameron Mr. G. Maurice Capps ‘57 Mr. Kurt Carlson Mr. and Mrs. Ronald D. Champion Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Chandler Chartwells Corporation Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated Estate of Nathan Cole Jr. Mr. Bryan W. Compton ‘95 Compton Family Foundation Ms. Sheilah R. Cotton Ms. Carolyn V. Cotton ‘57 Mr. and Mrs. James B. Cottrell ‘61 ‘62 Mrs. Susan Gardner Creed Mr. and Mrs. William R. Cross Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Davis Mr. William M. Davis ‘61 Ms. Tamaya I. Davis

JUNE 1, 2010 – MAY 31, 2011

Mr. and Mrs. D. Tad DeBerry ‘85 Mrs. Frances Boyette Dickson ‘35 Mr. and Mrs. William H. Dove Mr. and Mrs. Edwin M. Driver ‘53 ‘52 Dr. and Mrs. James C. Eck Mr.* and Mrs. M. Douglas Edwards ‘53 Mr. and Mrs. Tim Ehrsam Mr. J. Craig Eller Mr. Douglas M. Epling Mr. and Mrs. Lynn W. Eury Ms. Belinda Faulkner Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund Mr. and Mrs. Donald W. Fish ‘60 ‘59 First United Methodist Church of Cary First United Methodist Men of Cary Mr. Robert Fuller Fleming Ms. Sarah Foster Franklin County Franklin Regional Medical Center The Franklin Times Franklinton United Methodist Church Ms. Betty W. Frazier Mrs. Elaine Weldon Fuller ‘39 Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Gardner ‘44 ‘45 Mr. and Mrs. David Gardner H. Gillis & Associates Mr. Michael J. Gleason Estate of Pearl Gomo ‘38 Mr. Peter Goodrich Griffin ‘67 Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Griffin ‘64 Mr. Graham P. Grissom ‘36 The Rev. and Mrs. Rodney Hamm Mr. Gene Hammond Mr. Clyde P. Harris Jr. Mr. William L. Harris Jr. ‘66 Mr. and Mrs. John Hatcher Jr. Judge and Mrs. Robert H. Hobgood Hodges Ins. Agency Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Ray Hodges Mr. and Mrs. Frank B. Holding Robert P. Holding Foundation Mr. Alan G. Hollowell Mr. and Mrs. W. Seymour Holt ‘49 Hoof Hughes Law PLLC Mr. Richard E. Hunter Jr. ‘68 Mr. John William Hurley ‘53 IBM Matching Grants Arch C. Ingram Revocable Trust Estate of Henry Clayton Jackson Mr. Robert L. Jones Seby B. Jones Family Foundation Mr. Gary R. Jones ‘65 Mr. and Mrs. Ben E. Jordan Jr. Mr. Carroll Joyner The Kayne Foundation Kelly Electric Mr. Charles R. Knight ‘87 Dr. and Mrs. Mark D. La Branche

Ms. Elizabeth Landis Mrs. Jane Austin Lee ‘71 Mr. John C.R. Lentz ‘87 Eli Lilly & Co. Foundation W. J. Little Jr. ‘49 The 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. Billy R. Merritt ‘53 Mr. Nathan Miller Mr. and Mrs. B. H. Mixon Jr. Mixon Construction Company Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Jason Modlin Mr. William David Moon ‘45 Estate of Roberta B. Morris Mr. and Mrs. Roger Moulton ‘43 Estate of Willie B. Mullen Mrs. Jane Earley Newsome ‘64 Mrs. Beth M. Norris North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities The North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church Mr. and Mrs. T. Russell Odom PJM Interconnection, Matching Grants Mrs. Jean Austin Patterson ‘71 Ely J. Perry Foundation Mr. 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 Estate of Celia Grantham Purdie ‘37 Mr. and Mrs. G. Samuel Register ‘76 Mrs. Donna Rhoden Mr. and Mrs. Fred Roberson ‘62 Ms. Lisa Minton Robert ‘90 Ms. Sue C. Robertson Mr. and Mrs. William E. Rodenbeck Mr. and Mrs.* John A. Rogers Mr. Jean Paul W. Roy Mrs. Ann Rhem Schwarzmann ‘54 Mr. Ronald V. Shearin Mr. Joseph W. Shearon ‘51 Mr. and Mrs. William C. Shelton ‘69 Mr. Charles Sloan Mrs. Paula Smith Mr. Emmett C. Snead, III ‘71 Mr. and Mrs. Grady K. Snyder ‘50 ‘50 Mr. Carl Stafford Mr. Glendel U. Stephenson Mr. and Mrs. John F. Strotmeyer Jr. Stupp Brothers Bridge & Iron Co. Foundation Mr. and Mrs. C. Boyd Sturges Mr. and Mrs. Roger G. Taylor ‘68 Mrs. Barbara Johnson Thompson ‘62 Mrs. Ruby Chewning Thompson ‘59

Mrs. Edith Boone Toussaint ‘49 Travelers Motor Club Sales Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Leigh Traylor Jr. United Methodist Foundation Wachovia Matching Gifts Mr. Carl D. Wagner ‘50 Wake Electric Care Tommy Wallace Electrical Inc. Mr. Theron P. Watson James & Vedna Welch Foundation Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation Mrs. Peggy Lee Wilder ‘60 Estate of Joyce Hughes Witt ‘39 Ms. Cherry Woodbury Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Woodhouse Sr. ‘56 Mr. and Mrs. James T. Wooters ‘42 Mr. Maurice C. York ‘73 Otto H. York Foundation

Louisburg Society

The College’s premiere annual giving program, the Louisburg Society recognizes annual gifts of $1,000 or more in 2010-2011. Mrs. Janet Gardner Adair 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. 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 Bunn Heating & Air Conditioning Mr. Bob Butler Mrs. John Cameron Dr. and Mrs. W. John Cameron Mr. and Mrs. G. Maurice Capps ‘57 Mr. Kurt Carlson Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Chandler Mr. and Mrs. Ronald D. Champion Chartwells Corporation Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated Mr. Bryan W. Compton ‘95 Compton Family Foundation Ms. Sheila R. Cotten Mrs. Carolyn V. Cotton ‘59 Mr. and Mrs. James B. Cottrell ‘61 ‘62 Franklin County Mrs. Susan Gardner Creed Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Davis Ms. Tamaya I. Davis

*deceased SPRING 2012


Land conservation is a primary concern for Caroline County farmer EMMETT SNEAD III ‘71 and his wife, Ellen. As the proud owners of Snead’s Farm, located just outside of Fredericksburg, Va., the couple is working to protect their beloved farmland from overdevelopment. In November 2011, they signed an agreement that allows for a conservation easement of 293 acres of their property. The easement was purchased by Fort A.P. Hill, with funding provided by the Defense Department’s Army Compatible Use Buffer Program, and with technical assistance from the Conservation Fund and the Virginia Outdoors Foundation (VOF). The easement will be held by the VOF. As part of the agreement, the Sneads still own the property, and most types of development will not be allowed in perpetuity. An additional 16 acres the couple owns, which include the footprint of a former farmhouse, were not part of the easement. Snead says his main goal in creating the easement is to keep the land for farming. Located on U.S. Route 17, Snead’s Farm offers “pickyour-own fruit and vegetables,” as well as a program that allows customers to purchase “shares,” providing them a certain number of bags of produce, eggs, and other items throughout the year. Fort A.P. Hill, a 76,000-acre Army base that provides training for 90,000 troops every year, has been working to discourage development in the vicinity of the base for quite some time. The Army Compatible Use Buffer Program purchases land and easements in key areas to keep those properties from becoming overdeveloped. As of September 2011, the base had preserved nearly 9,000 acres under the program. Emmett attended Emory Henry College and double majored in business and economics. Then, “for fun,” he says, he attended Mary Washington University and obtained degrees in geography and geology. Emmett, a man of many talents, played basketball at Mary Washington and, to this day, holds the record for the highest score in one game, making 19 out of 23 shots. Of the three institutions he attended, Louisburg College holds a special place for him as the small school that offered him individual attention. “I loved all three colleges and each was the right choice at the right time in my life. A college education helps one to understand all kinds of people in all walks of life.” His career path kept him close to the land; for many years he owned his own business spreading fertilizer, primarily for Southern States. He also rented out farms to grow corn, soybean, and wheat crops. As a 10-yearold boy, Emmett would pedal his bike around town selling fruits and vegetables and he continued to sell the fruits of his labor at farmers’ markets until the age of 52. Ellen, a Statesville, N.C., native, recently retired from Old Dominion Spice Company in Richmond, Va., where she worked in research and development, and is now serving as the co-manager of Snead’s Farm. The couple has three children: Jessica, who graduated cum laude from NC State in 2011 and is now attending the VCU/MCV School of Pharmacy; and twins Savannah and Emmalyn, both seniors at James Monroe High School in Fredericksburg. Savannah plays on the field hockey and tennis teams and Emmalyn is on the volleyball and tennis teams. To learn more about Snead’s Farm, please visit their website at



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 Dr. and Mrs. James C. Eck Mr.* and Mrs. M. Douglas Edwards ‘53 Mr. and Mrs. Tim Ehrsam Mr. Douglas Epling Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund Ms. Belinda Faulkner First United Methodist Church of Cary Mr. Robert F. Fleming ‘64 Ms. Sarah Foster Franklinton United Methodist Church Ms. Betty W. Frazier Mrs. Elaine Weldon Fuller ‘39 Mr. and Mrs. David Gardner Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Gardner ‘44 ‘45 Mr. Michael J. Gleason Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Griffin ‘64 Mr. and Mrs. Peter G. Griffin ‘67 Mr. Graham Grissom The Rev. and Mrs. Rodney Hamm Mr. William L. Harris Jr. ‘66 Mr. and Mrs. H. John Hatcher Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Ray Hodges Mr. and Mrs. Frank B. Holding Mr. Alan G. Hollowell Mr. and Mrs. W. Seymour Holt ‘49 Mr. and Mrs. Richard E. Hunter Jr. ‘68 Mr. Gary R. Jones ‘65 Mr. Robert L. Jones Seby B. Jones Family Foundation Mr. Carroll Joyner Kelly Electric The Kayne Foundation Dr. and Mrs. Mark D. La Branche Mrs. Jane Austin Lee ‘71 Mr. John C.R. Lentz ‘87 The 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. Billy R. Merritt Mr. Nathan Miller Mr. and Mrs. Jason Modlin Mr. and Mrs. William D. Moon ‘45 The Estate of Roberta B. Morris Mr. and Mrs. Roger Moulton ‘43 The Estate of Willie B. Mullen 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 Mr. and Mrs. Ely J. Perry III ‘84 Pizza Hut of Clinton Inc. The Rev. and Mrs. Reginald W. Ponder Mr. and Mrs. Bland B. Pruitt, Jr. ‘62 The Estate of Celia Grantham Purdie ‘37 Mr. and Mrs. Fred Roberson ‘62 Ms. Sue C. Robertson Mr. and Mrs. William E. Rodenbeck Mr. and Mrs.* John A. Rogers Mrs. Ann Rhem Schwarzmann ‘54 Mr. Ronald Shearin


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. Carl Stafford Mr. and Mrs. Glendel U. Stephenson ‘52 Dr. and Mrs. Raymond Stone ‘47 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. Barbara Johnson Thompson ‘62 Mrs. Ruby Chewning Thompson ‘58 Mrs. Edith Boone Toussaint ‘49 Travelers Motor Club Sales Inc. United Methodist Foundation Mr. Carl D. Wagner ‘50 Tommy Wallace Electrical Inc. James and Vedna Welch Foundation Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation Mrs. Peggy Lee Wilder ‘60 The Estate of Joyce Hughes Witt ‘39 Mr. Wilton H. Williams ‘49 Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Woodhouse Sr. ‘56 Mr. and Mrs. James T. Wooters ‘42 Otto H. York Foundation

$500-$999 Mrs. Ruby Harris Barbour ‘55 Mr. James A. Barnes III ‘67 Mr. H. Dwight Byrd ‘57 Mr. and Mrs. William R. Cross ‘71 Duke Energy Foundation Mr. and Mrs. J. Craig Eller Dr. Diane Price Fleming Dr. and Mrs. Jimmy W. Foster ’60 ‘59 Franklin Regional Medical Center Mr. Peter H. Green ‘91 Mr. Richard L. Hibbits Mr. and Mrs. William J. Hinton Jr. Holcim IBM Matching Grants Insurance Services Office Inc. Dr. Alice Peedin Jacobs ‘64 Dr. Raymond E. Joyner ‘62 Mrs. Myrtle C. King Ms. Virginia M. Leath Mr. W. J. Little Jr. ‘49 Louisburg Baptist Church Louisburg United Methodist Church Mrs. Cynthia Durden McNeill ‘77 Mr. and Mrs. William D. Moon ‘45 Ms. Patrice Nealon Northwestern Mutual Foundation Mrs. Susan Mixon Parris ‘64 Gregory Poole Equipment Mr. J. G. Poole Jr. Mrs. Donna Rhoden Mr. Lawrence F. Ruggiero Mr. Robert F. Stevens ‘66 Ms. Irene H. Sykes Mr. Mark L. Wauford Mr. Wilton H. Williams ‘49 Wake Electric Membership Corporation Walmart

$100- $499 Mr. L. C. Adcock Mr. David B. Allen ‘70 Mrs. Rebecca Drake Allen ‘83 Mr. Robert W. Alston Jr. ‘60 Mrs. Joyce Boone Ammons ‘51* Judge and Mrs. James F. Ammons Jr. ‘75 Ms. Bucilla Angle Maj. and Mrs. William H. Arrington Jr. ‘64 Mr. and Mrs. Ronald W. Axselle ‘65 Mr. Fred S. Ayscue ‘62 Mr. John A. Bacik ‘85 Mr. George H. Bailey ‘73 Mr. and Mrs. Billy A. Baker Sr. ‘55 Mr. and Mrs. William H. Baker Jr. ‘52 Mr. Felix G. Banks ‘43 Mr. William R. Barksdale IV ‘78 Mr. Scott L. Barnes Mr. Charles J. Bartles III ‘63 Mr. and Mrs. Marvin E. Baugh ‘53 Mr. and Mrs. Samuel E. Beasley ‘70 Mrs. Mary M. Beauchamp Ms. Carole S. Beaver Mr. and Mrs. B. Farice Belk Jr. The Rev. and Mrs. James D. Bell ‘77 Mr. and Mrs. Thomas R. Bender Mrs. Lillian A. Benton Ms. Mary Lynne Benton ‘76 Mr. and Mrs. Wayne D. Benton Mrs. Donna Overby Blake ‘77 Bojangles - Tripark Advertising Ms. Delano R. Borys Mrs. Dorothy Midgett Brannan ‘48 Mr. and Mrs. Dewey L. Brannan Mr. Randy L. Brantley ‘83 Mr. Glenn D. Brewer ‘65 Dr. Robert E. Bridges Mr. Edward M. Brinkley Ms. Marie Britt Ms. Elizabeth Broome ‘54 Mr. Charles M. Brown Mr. Jerry D. Brown ‘77 Mr. and Mrs. Matthew A. Brown ‘68 Mr. and Mrs. Ralph A. Brown Mrs. Velma Ferrell Brown ‘60 Mr. and Mrs. W. Thomas Brown ‘62 Brunswick Landscape Services Inc. Dr. and Mrs. C. Douglas Bryant Sr. ‘47 Mr. James Bumpass, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Burns ‘55 Mr. Christopher D. Burns ‘74 Mr. Robert M. Burns ‘66 Mr. Thomas J. Burns ‘69 Mr. and Mrs. K. Wayne Burris ‘62 ‘62 Mr. and Mrs. Claude F. Burrows ‘43 Mr. Cary S. Butler ‘75 Mr. and Mrs. Henry Bynum Mr. Robert C. Byrd ‘62 Mr. Richard Byrd Mr. Michael A. Calwell Mr. Richard L. Cannon, Jr. ‘52 Dr. Patrick W. Carlton ‘57 Mr. and Mrs. James Carnes Ms. Dorothy H. Carroll Mr. Lee R. Casey Mr. and Mrs. Larry W. Castleberry ‘57

Cauthorne Paper Company Mr. and Mrs. James T. Chandler IV ‘67 Mr. Michael W. Chappell ‘78 Mr. W. Paul Childers Jr. ‘54 Clariant Corporation Matching Gifts Program Mrs. Mary Richardson Clements ‘55 Mr. Ray Clinebell Mrs. Sophia Spivey Cody ‘38 Anne H. Coghill Trust Mrs. Kadell S. Coles The Community Foundation of Western NC Mr. James E. Compton ‘65 Mr. Jawara D. Cooley ‘94 Ms. Haven B. Cooper ‘84 Mrs. Virginia Brittain Copping ‘50 Mrs. Louise Mason Cowart ‘42 Mr. Brad Crouse Mr. John Daly Mrs. Elizabeth White Davenport ‘60 The Rev. Alice Davis Mrs. Jamie Burnette Davis ‘85 Dr. Sarah Irwin Davis ‘42 Mr. Terry S. Davis ‘70 Mr. Charles E. Dawson Mr. R. Grady Dawson Jr. Mr. Allen de Hart Mr. Dean A. DeMasi Mr. Dennis M. Driscoll Duke Energy Foundation Mr. Clyde H. Dula ‘41 Mr. and Mrs. Talmadge H. Edwards Jr. Mrs. Ina Meekins Ernst ‘49 Mr. L. Randolph Everett ‘95 Mr. Frances F. Falls ‘62 Ms. Kendra L. Faulkner ‘93 Mr. James M. Featherston Jr. ‘42 Mr. and Mrs. Donald M. Fisher Mr. Glenn Fogleman Mr. and Mrs. David L. Foster ‘71 Mr. M. Scott. Foster Mrs. Velma K. Foster Mr. and Mrs. Ralph A. Franke Mr. William P. Franklin ‘52 Mr. Oscar M. Fuller ‘44 Future Financial Services LLC Mr. John W. Gary Mr. and Mrs. Ernest P. Gaster Jr. ‘50 ‘50 Dr. and Mrs. Milton H. Gilbert Mr. Willis A. Goodrum ‘52 Mr. and Mrs. James K. Gregory Jr. ‘62 Mr. E. Shelton Griffin ‘67 Mrs. Susan M. Guerrant Mr. Willis F. Gupton ‘42 Mr. and Mrs. Swayn G. Hamlet ‘57 ‘56 Mr. and Mrs. David A. Hanes Mr. Harry J. Harles ‘70 Mrs. Martha Foster Harper ‘59 Mr. Clyde P. Harris Jr. Mr. L. Reid Harris ‘45 Mr. Robert Ray Harris Mrs. Carol Bessent Hayman ‘45 Mrs. Rubie Riggan Hecht ‘52 Mr. and Mrs. Roger E. Heflin ‘65 Mr. Richard L. Hibbits Ms. Faye C. Hight Reid Hill Golf Shop

*deceased SPRING 2012


Mr. James O. Hillsman ‘67 Mrs. Deborah Stevens Hinkle ‘98 Mrs. Ruby Massenburg Hinson ‘42 Mr. and Mrs. William J. Hinton Jr. Dr. Thomas N. Hobgood Jr. The Rev. and Mrs. Hubert H. Hodgin ‘54 ‘54 Mrs. Celeste Hughes Hoffman ‘84 Mr. and Mrs. Michael L. Holloman ‘83 ‘90 Mr. Yuille Holt III ‘63 Mr. and Mrs. J. Bruce Hoof Mr. and Mrs. Lennon W. Hooper Jr. ‘50 Mr. and Mrs. Douglas R. Horn Mr. Kevin S. House ‘97 Ms. Lori House Mrs. Lynda Wooten Hudson ‘68 Mrs. Mary Wheeless Hughes ‘52 The Rev. Jack M. Hunter ‘62 Mr. Frank Hunter Mr. and Mrs. J. William Hurley ‘53 IBM Matching Grants J’s Salvage Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Albert S. Jacques Mr. Tommy Jenkins Mrs. Janie Johnson The Rev. Jesse L. Johnson Jr. ‘41 Mr. and Mrs. Tapley O. Johnson Jr. ‘60 Mrs. Carmen S. Johnston ‘01 Mrs. Candace Lester Jones ‘99 Mr. Ben E. Jordan Jr. Mr. Marvin L. Jordan ‘53 Mr. and Mrs. Orval D. Kalbfleisch Mr. Frederick L. Katz ‘61 Kem Sales Inc. Mr. L. Todd Kermon Jr. ‘67 Mrs. Susan R. Kessler Mr. Jeff Kidd Mr. and Mrs. Leonard A. Kilian Jr. Mr. Frederick J. Kissinger ‘63 Mr. Timothy L. Kunkle ‘73 Ms. Judy K. Kuykendall Lamm & Lamm Farms Mr. and Mrs. Stephen E. Lamm Jr. ‘65 ‘64 Mrs. Gail Fathera Laney ‘66 Mr. and Mrs. J. Harry Lange Jr. ‘61 Mr. and Mrs. John H. Lewis ‘69 ‘69 Mr. Phillip W. Liles Mr. H. Douglass Lindsay III ‘66* Mrs. Jane Moon Linsky ‘43 Louisburg Tractor & Truck Mr. and Mrs. Dale E. Luddeke Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Marks ‘56 Mrs. Marion C. Martin Ms. Mary A. Martin Mr. Warren Massenburg Mr. Daniel L. Massey ‘62 Mr. and Mrs. George Mattis ‘46 Mr. Wilton L. Matthis ‘56 Mr. and Mrs. D. Michael May ‘63 Mr. Duane N. McDonald ‘65 Mr. and Mrs. James L. McFarland ‘61 Dr. Thomas A. McKee Mr. and Mrs. Charles G. McLaughlin Mrs. Jacquelyn Smith McNamara ‘73 The Rev. George C. Megill The Rev. Charles Henry Mercer Sr. ‘38




Ms. Marianne Mercer ‘83 Ms. Diane Merritt Mr. Robert Merryman Jr. Dr. D. Edmond Miller Mr. Kelly Edman Miller ‘76 Dr. Louise B. Mitchum Ms. Rachael A. Modlin ‘50 Mr. and Mrs. S. Howard Montague ‘72 Ms. Wendy R. Moody ‘91 Ms. M. Sharon Moore ‘71 ‘87 Mrs. Elizabeth Coor Morris Mrs. Gwynn Torrence Morris ‘58 Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Morrisette Jr. ‘53 ‘53 Dr. Jeff Morrison Mrs. Anne Tucker Mulchi ‘53 Mr. Paul L. Nevitt ‘77 Mr. Marvin Newsom III Mr. William L. Nicolaro Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Norwicki Jr. Mr. Jeffrey V. Olbrys Mr. and Mrs. Dexter E. Oliver Oracle Corporation Matching Gifts Program Mr. Marion D. Outlaw ‘68 Mr. and Mrs. Bernard L. Page Dr. Earl W. Parker Ms. Jamie Eller Patrick ‘84 Mr. and Mrs. John G. Patronis ‘60 Mrs. Norma B. Patton Mr. Clarence W. Pearce Jr. ‘54 Ms. Susie T. Perdue Mrs. Mary Anne Peele Petteway ‘69 Dr. Jonathan D. Phillips ‘76 Linda M. Phillips Trust Mr. Frederick W. Pittard ‘77 Mr. William G. Pitts ‘47 Mr. E. Craig Pleasants ‘80 Mr. John R. Poe Jr. ‘63 Mr. L. Norwood Prichett Mr. Chester S. Ragland ‘73 Mr. Charles Rapp Mr. and Mrs. Clifford L. Reed Mr. and Mrs. G. Samuel Register ‘76 Raleigh District UMC Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Riggan Sr. ‘59 Mrs. Strowd Ward Riggsbee ‘45 Mr. and Mrs. Jose A. Rivera Mrs. Margaret Adcock Robinson ‘58 Mrs. Dori Liles Rockefeller ‘61 Mr. and Mrs. Brandon Rose Dr. and Mrs. Robert N. Rosenstein ‘68 ‘68 Ms. H. Ann Ross ‘71 SC Data Inc. Mr. Paul L. Sanderford Jr. ‘70 Mr. Randy A. Sandlin ‘81 Mr. Alan G. Saunders ‘73 Mr. Richard B. Schneider ‘73 Mr. Russell L. Sears ‘66 Seller’s, Inc. Mrs. Martha Cly Shaffner ‘65 Franklin County Farm Bureau Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Smith Mr. and Mrs. Julian J. Smith Mr. Steve Sparks Mrs. Mary Spector Ms. Cindy Spuria

Mr. Charles K. Stafford Mr. Kenneth C. Stafford The Rev. and Mrs. Sidney Stafford Mr. Dudley B. Stallings ‘46 Mr. and Mrs. E. Howard Stallings Mr. J. Gilbert Stallings Ms. Japlyne G. Stallings ‘46 Mr. and Mrs. Robert B. Stanford Mrs. Marcelle King Stanley ‘45 Mr. and Mrs. M. Graham Stewart Sr. ‘49 Dr. and Mrs. Paul W. Stewart Jr. Dr. and Mrs. Raymond A. Stone ‘47 Dr. W. Trent Strickland ‘61 Mr. and Mrs. Charles S. Stringfellow ‘72 Mr. and Mrs. James G. Tarrant Jr. ‘61 ‘62 Mrs. Susan Gay Temple ‘69 Mr. and Mrs. Larry E. Tetterton ‘56 ‘56 Mrs. Jennith Thomas Mr. and Mrs. Reuben D. Thompson ‘66 Dr. William T. Tillar III ‘61 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 Toney Ace Hardware Toney Lumber Company Mrs. Edith Boone Toussaint ‘49 Mr. and Mrs. Leigh Traylor Trinity United Methodist Church Mr. and Mrs. Larry E. Tubbs Mrs. Delores Cole Tune ‘62 Mrs. Janet Griffin Turner ‘44 Vector Engineering Inc. Mr. George W. Vetrovec Mr. and Mrs. William Wall ‘47 Mr. James M. Wallace Mrs. Jane Rosser Warfel ‘41 Mr. M. David Watson ‘69 Mr. and Mrs. Jerry L. Wauford Wells Fargo Foundation Mr. Robert L. Wells ‘60 Mr. Robert L. West ‘60 Dr. James P. West Mr. and Mrs. James Melton White Jr. ‘76 Mrs. Dorothy Blalock Whitfield ‘61 Mr. Russell A. Wilcock ‘48 Mrs. Louis R. Wilkerson The Rev. and Mrs. Howard M. Wilkinson ‘45 Mr. Gregory A. Williams ‘69 Mr. James A. Williams Mrs. Nellie Stallings Williams ‘47 Mr. Robert W. Williams ‘86 Walter and Marie Williams Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Walter L. Williams Mr. B. N. Williamson III Mr. Carlton F. Williamson ‘74 Mr. Arnold W. Wilson ‘69 Mr. and Mrs. Hubert L. Wilson Jr. ‘45 Mrs. Margaret Alston Wilson ‘69 Mr. Paul L. Wilson ‘61 Windham Printing Mr. Lemot Windham Mr. James F. Womble ‘54 Mr. and Mrs. Lenn Woodruff ‘58

Ms. Juanita B. Woods Ms. Kaye Yadusky The Rev. and Mrs. Thomas S. Yow III

Mr. James Michael Abernathy Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin T. Adcock Jr. ‘59 Mrs. Susan Steed Adcock ‘67 Ms. Angela Adkins Mr. Damon Adkins Ms. Genya V. Afanasyeva Mrs. Mavis McGowan Alder ‘40 Mr. and Mrs. Robert V. Allen Mr. Johns A. Alllen ‘85 Mr. and Mrs. Robert V. Allen Mrs. Gloria Tabron Alston ‘72 Ms. Deloris Ann Alston ‘77 Mr. and Mrs. Angel Aluarez Mr. and Mrs. Douglas L. Armstead Mr. Jimmy Arnold Mr. Abner M. Askew ‘46 Ms. Lakela Atkinson Mr. W. David Austin III Mr. Ebub B. Autry ‘99 Ms. Wendy Bailey Mr. Rossie V. Baker Sr. ‘57 Ms. Helen B. Baker Mr. and Mrs. Charles L. Ball Mrs. Jane Nelms Barber ‘70 Mr. and Mrs. Mario Barbieri Mr. and Mrs. Wayne M. Barker ‘64 Mr. Daniel Bartholomew Mr. John Basaldu Mr. Ryan D. Bashford Mr. Paul G. Bass ‘50 Rev. Ellis J. Bedsworth Mr. and Mrs. William B. Benge Mr. Steven H. Benner Mrs. Cynthia A. Bertolotti Mr. Samuel A. Blackwell III ‘64 Mr. and Mrs. John E. Blair Sr. Ms. Teresa Blumenauer Mr. and Mrs. George L. Boggs ‘67 Ms. Norma Bowden Mr. Randall H. Bowman ‘90 Dr. Martha Bragg Ms. Crystal Brantley Mrs. Susan A. Bridgeman Mr. Lewis W. Bridgforth III ‘90 Mr. Carl W. Brower Jr. ‘80 Mrs. Ann Marie N. Brown Mrs. Betty Lou Williams Brown ‘53 Mr. Edwin L. Brown Ms. Gail Brown Mr. J. Christopher Brown Mr. and Mrs. Patrick W. Brown Mrs. Nancy L. Bundy Mr. Donald L. Burgess Mr. and Mrs. Charles Burke Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Philip E. Burkhalter Mr. and Mrs. Steve Burnett Ms. Georgette Burnette Mr. an Mrs. James A. Byrd Mr. and Mrs. Walter C. Byrd Mrs. Dorothy W. Cahoon Mr. and Mrs. Edward L. Callear Jr. ‘67

Cover photography by Matt Hulsman.


In the fall of 2010, WENDY PERRY ‘80 began working with Our State magazine as a food stylist, and has since been named their recipe developer. The magazine gave her the task of creating several cakes that “scream North Carolina,” she says. One of yummy creations was featured on the cover of their February 2012 issue. To create these recipes, she rounded up a few quintessential North Carolina food traditions – Krispy Kreme doughnuts, country ham, pimento cheese, Nabs, and Pepsi – and created five new cakes with that old Carolina soul. The cover cake is a Country Ham and Maple Pancake Cake with Red-Eyed Buttercream Frosting. Other creations of Perry’s from the same issue include Pepsi ‘n Peanuts Molten Cake, Pimiento Cheese and Cornbread Cake, Krispy Kreme Kake, and Nabs Cake. Wendy is available to provide private chef services and can be reached at For a list of recipes and pictures, please visit

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By the age of 18, HOWARD TANG ‘70, a native of Malaysia, had lost both of his parents. Realizing that he had limited financial resources and few opportunities for a fulfilling future in his native country, Tang pursued his dream of achieving a college education in the United States. He obtained the addresses of seven institutions and began the selection process. After reviewing the Louisburg College catalog, seeing the beauty of the location, and discovering that Louisburg was a Methodist-supported institution, he opted for LC. With the assistance of a neighbor, an aunt, a foundation, and an association (of which his late father was a member), Tang arrived in Louisburg in 1968 with $40 in his pocket and a fierce determination to obtain an education. “Memories of Louisburg are plentiful,” says Tang, “but some of the most memorable include the fellow students I studied and roomed with.” He also recalls the support of the town of Louisburg and the kindness shown to him by local residents. “Since I was the only Asian student, I received sympathetic attention and I made sure I ‘toed the line.’” Returning home to Malaysia was not an option during the summer months, so the financial director at LC allowed Tang to stay in a dorm room at no cost. Tang worked at a furniture manufacturing plant to support himself, and, when work was not available at the plant, he worked with the City of Louisburg in the sanitation department, mowing city streets and the cemetery. Tang fondly recalls the influence of several professors, with the Rev. C. Wade Goldston topping the list. “He helped instill in me many of the righteous ways in everyday life. He was always calm and peaceful without being condescending.” He credits Al Wright with helping him overcome his homesickness, and Mike Palmer with helping him understand and accept the idiosyncrasies of the English language – in particular, the differences between the Queen’s English and American English. Tang received an associate in business from Louisburg College. After discovering that accounting was not his forte, he transferred to Atlantic Christian College (now Barton College), where he earned a degree in business administration. After a successful banking career with United Federal Savings and Loan and Pioneer Savings Bank, Tang retired in 1992. When queried about his greatest accomplishment, the obviously modest Tang says he doesn’t lay too much claim on any of his success; however, he does feel that enduring the loss of both parents at an early age fueled his quest to create a better life for himself. He and his wife Dina (pictured) reside in Rocky Mount, N.C., where he spends much of his time as an instructor in Tai Chi at Nash Senior Center and also volunteers at Nash General Hospital. They are the proud parents of a son, Anthony. A recent graduate of Wake Forest University, Anthony is employed by the University as an admissions counselor. Like any parent, Tang wishes to see his son achieve all of his own aspirations. For himself, he aspires to stay healthy and self-sufficient for the remainder of his life. The memories and influences at Louisburg College led Tang to contribute to the Louisburg College Endowment. His endowed scholarship fund will be known as the H. W. Tang International Scholarship and will be awarded to an international student—either a freshman who performed well in high school and achieved an above-average TOEFL score or a rising sophomore with at least a 3.0 GPA. Tang is thankful to have his wife’s support in giving something back to Louisburg College. “It is our dearest hope that some deserving student will make good use of what little we have to give.”



Mr. Bain A. Cameron Ms. Dorothy B. Carroll Mr. and Mrs. G. Rosser Carter Mr. Brian L. Caso ‘04 Mr. Michael Childs Mr. and Mrs. Van Clark Jr. Mr. Christopher B. Clark ‘89 Mrs. Grace H. Coffey Mrs. Virginia Spivey Coleman ‘42 Mrs. Hazel Lassiter Collier ‘45 Mrs. Leej Copperfield Mr. and Mrs. Brian R. Cory Mr. J. David Cothran ‘64 Mrs. Mae Bell Cox ‘47 Mr. and Mrs. James B. Crow Mr. Sidney B. Crowe Dr. and Mrs. J. Jeffrey Curry Mrs. Marquerite C. Curtis Mr. and Mrs. Lewis D. Custer Mr. James c. Cutchins III ‘96 Dr. Clifford G. Cutrell ‘47 Mr. and Mrs. James A. Dalton Mr. and Mrs. Billy Dameron Mr. Oren J. Dameron Mr. Oren J. Dameron Jr. ‘91 Mrs. Mary Ann Markey Daniel ‘71 Mr. John M. Daniels ‘79 Mrs. Betty Worrell Darden ‘49 Mr. and Mrs. Fred B. Davenport ‘48 Mr. Steven B. Davis ‘72 Mr. Charles M. Davis Jr. Mr. John W. Davis Mr. John G. Dawson III ‘76 Mr. and Mrs. Larry S. Dean ‘67 Deer Creek Farm Mrs. Maxine Finch Dew ‘45 Mr. R. C. Dickerson ‘45 Mrs. Patricia Wilson Dixon ‘58 Mr. Dennis M. Donahue ‘74 Mrs. Ann Dunham Donnell ‘45 Mrs. Judith Ammons Dorman ‘59 Mr. Herbert J. Dowling Mr. and Mrs. Douglas P. Duenkel Ms. Gail H. Duffy Rev. and Mrs. Earl G. Dulaney Ms. Ashley Duncan Ms. Rebecca Murphy Duncan ‘71 Ms. Terrie Dunn Mr. Michael D. Eaves ‘76 Mrs. Frances Edwards ‘64 Mr. Anton Edwards Mrs. Alisha Eller ‘65 Ms. Lila Ellerbrock Mr. Sam H. Elliott ‘52 Mr. and Mrs. Dan Ellis ‘70 Mr. Michael Ellsworth Mr. Seong Il Eom Ms. Mollie B. Evans Mrs. Erlene Jordan Evans ‘49 Mr. and Mrs. L. Nelson Falkner ‘65 The Rev. and Mrs. Charles J. Farmer The Rev. and Mrs. Horace T. Ferguson ‘60 ‘60 Mr. and Mrs. Donald W. Fish ‘60 ‘59 Ms. Vickie Fleming Mr. and Mrs. James G. Folks Mr. Donald M. Fox ‘79 Mrs. Prudence T. Frederick Ms. Doris O. Freeze


Mr. Lawrence H. Fulton Mr. Milagros A. Galeas Mrs. Pattie Joyner Gambardella ‘46 Mr. Brian Gano Mrs. Marietta Joliff Garrett ‘51 Mr. and Mrs. Pierre L. Giani Dr. Miller W. Gibbons The Rev. Alan C. Gibson ‘73 The Mr. and Mrs. Harold W. Gillis Ms. Sharolyn Gonzalez Ms. Monica Gordy Mr. and Mrs. Ray Gortney Mrs. Joyce Parris Grant ‘57 Mr. and Mrs. W. Lacy Gray Jr. Mrs. Mary Frances Morton Green ‘46 Mr. and Mrs. James Green Mr. Jeffrey A Greentree ‘73 Mrs. Brenda Hunt Grieshaber ‘71 Mr. Daniel Grinnan Jr. ‘64 Mr. Albert J. Grouge Jr. Mrs. Brandy L. Gupton Mr. and Mrs. William A. Haddock Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Lamont Hagerty Mrs. Lorie B. Hales Ms. Nancy L. Hammersley Mr. Fred H. Hanbury ‘73 Mr. and Mrs. Carl J. Hannigan Jr. Mr. James A. Harper ‘74 Mrs. Jean T. Hasty Mr. and Mrs. Walter Haynes Mrs. Martha E. Hedgepeth Mr. Tommy E. Herndon ‘67 Mr. Blake Herring Ms. Carah Herring Ms. Laurie S. Hershy Ms. Patricia M. Hester Mr. Lawrence G. Hickman Mr. Trevor Highfield Ms. Maggie Hill Mrs. Patricia Hinton Mr. Dennis C. Hobbie ‘66 Mr. Joe B. Hobbs ‘61 Mr. and Mrs. L. Douglas Hobgood ‘60 ‘60 Judge and Mrs. Robert H. Hobgood Mr. Ronald P. Hodul ‘78 Mr. Kris Hoffler Ms. Doris M. Hoffman Mrs. Jane Trump Hohn ‘61 Mrs. Joanne S. Holcomb Mr. and Mrs. J. Peter Holland IV ‘68 Mrs. Elmar Newton Holmes ‘58 Holroyd Agency Mrs. Miriam G. Honeycutt Dr. Edgar W. Hooks Jr. Mr. Lukas Horn Mrs. Marion Briggs Horn ‘68 Ms. Penny Howell Dr. Gayle C. Hoyme Mr. and Mrs. Terry Huffines Mr. and Mrs. Paul D. Hugill Mrs. Danylu Palmer Hundley ‘79 Mr. and Mrs. Cleatus Hunsinger Mr. Carroll T. Hunt Mr. and Mrs. Ronnie K. Hunt Ms. Sarah O. Hunter Mr. and Mrs. Scott L Hyman Ms. Phyllis M. Ihrie

Mr. James A. Irion Dr. and Mrs. David J. Irvine Mr. and Mrs. J. Dean Irving ‘66 Mr. W. Patrick Jackson Jr. ‘78 Mr. C. Boyd Jacobs Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Jamerson Mrs. Amy Cobb Johnson Mr. James T. Johnson ‘67 Mr. Robert W. Johnson ‘65 Mr. and Mrs. James L. Johnston ‘78 Mr. Russel P. Jones ‘51 Mr. Robert L Jones ‘66 The Rev and Mrs. Harris C. Jones III Mrs. Tammi L. Jones Mr. Mark L. Joyner Mr. and Mrs. Jon C. Judge ‘76 Mr. and Mrs. James E. Kallam Mr. J. Scott Kanich ‘92 Mr. and Mrs. Edward L. Kantor Mr. and Mrs. Thomas C. Kaufman ‘60 Ms. Harriet Kennedy-Engle Mr. and Mrs. H. S. Kennett Mrs. Amanda Ryan Kiger Mr. Hoke P. Kimball ‘72 Mr. W. H. Kincheloe Mr. and Mrs. W. McDonald King Jr. ‘77 ‘77 Ms. Laura L. Kinzinger Ms. Elizabeth D. Kirby Ms. Erin N. Knight Ms. Diana Koenig Mrs. Sara Davis Koontz Mrs. Cynthia H. Lambert Mr. and Mrs. H. Martin Lancaster Mr. Roderick E. Lane ‘84 Ms. Becky Lawrence Mrs. Patsy Conwell Lawrence ‘59 Mr. John C. Lee Ms. Beverly A. Lefler Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth A. Leimone ‘91 ‘91 Mrs. Tony Gupton LeTrent Jones 70 Mrs. Kathryn Coor Lewis Mrs. Wendy Lincoln Mr. Jeffrey Linney Mr. and Mrs. Glenn S. Linsky Ms. Mary Louise Lockhart ‘71 Mr. and Mrs. Joseph B. Long Sr. Mrs. Carol Myrick Long ‘69 Mr. Norman S. Lubus Mr. and Mrs. William G. Luck Mrs. Cristine P. Lynch Mr. and Mrs. John S. Lysher Mr. David R. Madigan Mr. Angel Maldonado Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm Mangum ‘51 Mr. and Mrs. Roberto J. Mariano Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Marquoit ‘67 Ms. Carol Martin Ms. Karen Martin ‘99 Mrs. Barbara J. Massey Mr. and Mrs. William Matz Jr. Mr. W. Charles May ‘75 Mr. John M. May ‘69 Mr. John McArthur Jr. ‘63 Mrs. Barbara Hudson McCoy ‘64 The Rev. and Mrs. Walter N. McDonald Mr. and Mrs. Raymond F. McGowan Mr. and Mrs. Charles L. McKee ‘67 ‘67

Mrs. Mildred Carter McKim ‘40 Ms. Amy Scoggin McManus Mrs. Audrey Marsh McPherson ‘50 Mr. and Mrs. Gary Meadows Mr. O. C. Melton Jr. ‘47 Mr. and Mrs. Gary Michener ‘70 Mr. Stephen A. Miller Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur L. Mills Mr. David Minard Miramar Inc Mrs. Holly Mitchell Ms. Randi Z. Molton Ms. Margaret F. Moody Moose Drug Company Mrs. Regina Creech Morgan ‘81 Mrs. Barbara B. Morotini Mrs. Mary Moody Morris ‘49 Dr. Raymond L. Murray Mrs. Sara Collier Newton ‘68 Mr. and Mrs. Lee Nicholson ‘72 Mrs. Dianne A. Nobles ‘93 Mr. and Mrs. Kevin D. Norman Mr. John L. Norwood Ms. Virginia Pinker Norwood Mr. Clay Norwood Mr. Paul Opanasenko Mr. and Mrs. John O’Shea Ms. Helen Othow The Rev. Joseph C. Parker ‘61 Ms. Alice B. Parks Ms. Leigh Ann Parrish Mr. Josh Parrott Ms. Judith W. Patton Mr. Brett F. Patton ‘85 Mrs. Kathryn Ward Paul ‘51 Mr. and Mrs. Linwood E. Payne Mr. and Mrs. Irvin A. Pearce Ms. Lisa M. Peeler Mrs. Marla R. Peoples Mr. Clay Perdue Mr. Mark M. Person Mr. Thomas W. Peterkin Jr. ‘65 Mr. and Mrs. G. Paul Phillips Mr. Frank W. Pierce ‘63 Mrs. Patricia Parrish Pollock ‘73 Mr. and Mrs. James H. Poole Jr. ‘65 Mr. Robert Poole The Rev. and Mrs. Ernest R. Porter Mrs. Fonda Porter Mr. and Mrs. Marcus H. Potter ‘68 Mrs. Tracy N. Potter Ms. Katie Lynn Price Mr. Kenneth R. Procise Mr. and Mrs. Carlton R. Procise Mr. and Mrs. Harry L. Propst Ms. Doris C. Pullen Mr. Bruce R. Pulliam Mr. Wilson Ray Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey D. Rayle Mrs. Barbara Medlin Raynor ‘58 Ms. Julie A. Reed Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Reeve ‘85 ‘85 Ms. Vicki Reid Mrs. Earline Whitehurst Revelle ‘45 Mr. W. Robert Rhinehardt ‘71 Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Rhodes Mr. Bernard Rice Mr. Jose A. Rivera

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Ms. Maria M. Rivera-Rubiang Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Roberson Mrs. Betsy Brodie Roberts ‘75 Mrs. Tena Williams Roberts ‘93 Mr. Robert Rogers Mrs. Brenda Starbuck Rosecrans Mr. John Sala Ms. Tracey Sala Mr. Brian W. Sanders Mr. and Mrs. Mario Santiago Ms. Janice A Sapp ‘71 Mr. Kenneth R. Schmidt Ms. Diane L. Schultz ‘69 Mr. and Mrs. Charles J. Schweikert ‘50 Mr. Chad Scott Mr. Janes P. Senter ‘40 Sentry Insurance Foundation Inc. Mr. David Sexton Mrs. Mae Asbell Shaw ‘40 Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Shingledecker Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Shingledecker Mrs. Alice Mustian Short ‘72 Ms. Robin A. Silke Mr. and Mrs. Timothy C. Sitterson Mr. Stuart Slinkard Mr. and Mrs. Ted N. Sloan ‘60 ‘60 Mr. and Mrs. Carlie G. Smith Mr. and Mrs. Charles Smith ‘51 Mr. Dan A. Smith Ms. Jacqueline T. Smith Mr. and Mrs. Marvin W. Smith Jr. ‘59 Ms. Michelle E. Smith Ms. Mildred Smith Mrs. Rita Peoples Smith Mr. Michael J. Snee ‘86 Mr. and Mrs. Lewis F. Snow The Rev. and Mrs. H. Gray Southern Mr. Stephen E. Spainhour ‘70 Mr. Tim Sparks Mrs. Dale F. Spaugh Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Springston Mrs. Anna Stallings Ms. Susan L. Steele ‘70 Mr. Wallace C. Stepp ‘64 Mr. Gaitley Stevenson-Mathews Ms. Brenda R. Stines Mr. Andrew Stokes Mrs. Carolyn Woods Stratford ‘60 Youngsville Woman’s Club Ms. Lois T. Stuller Mr. and Mrs. Conrad B. Sturges Jr. Ms. Melissa Sykes Mr. Michael Tedder Mr. Brian L. Tharp Mr. John C. Thomas ‘86 Mr. and Mrs. Albert E. Thompson Jr. Mr. and Mrs. George I. Tindall Mr. Dale Tompkins Mrs. Brooke C. Tubbs Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. Tubbs Mrs. Evelyn Smithwick Turner ‘43 Mr. Samuel A. Tuten Jr. ‘41 Dr. and Mrs. H.D. Tyndall Mr. Mark Vanderslice




Mr. David A. Vaughan ‘76 Mr. James H. Vaughan III ‘70 Mrs. Sandra C. Vazquez Mrs. Sandra Garman Vickers ‘68 Ms. Katherine Visintine Mr. Adam Wade Mrs. Clara S. Wade Dr. Robert S. Walton ‘64 Mr. Robert G. Warner Mr. J. O. Watson Ms. Emily L. Wauford Mr. James A. Weathers Mrs. Carol Dement Weeks ‘65 Mr. James J. Weishan Mrs. Rebecca W. Wells Mr. Lawrence M. Werger ‘69 Mrs. Jacqueline Wert Mr. and Mrs. James E. Wharton ‘68 Mr. John W. Wheelous III ‘69 Mrs. Eva Welch White ‘59 Mr. Steven Neal Whitfield ‘02 Mrs. Connie Womack Wicker ‘70 Mr. and Mrs. Robert V. Wilkinson ‘66 Mr. Curtis R. Williams Mr. and Mrs. D. Allen Williams Mr. and Mrs. Douglas P. Williams ‘66 Mr. and Mrs. James Williams The Rev. Dr. and Mrs. Larry Williams Mrs. Louise McCullen Williams ‘55 Mrs. Helen Mansfield Willie ‘46 Dr. Julian H. Williford Jr. ‘64 Mr. Kirt D. Wilson Dr. G. Curtis Wilson ‘47 Mr. Scott Winberry Mrs. Tina Mascia Winesette ‘80 Mr. and Mrs. Phillip L. Wise Mr. William D. Wittorff Mr. John R. Woodard Jr. Mr. and Mrs. J. Curtis Woodlief The Rev. Charles E. Woodruff Jr. ‘60 Mr. and Mrs. George E. Woods Mr. Robert D. Woods Mr. and Mrs. Steven P. Woods Mrs. Betty Wrenn Mr. Arnold L. Wright* Mrs. Iva H. Wright Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey L. Wright Mr. and Mrs. John S. Wright Mr. Steven B. Wright ‘77 Mrs. Yvonne Winstead Yantsios ‘56 Mr. and Mrs. Maurice C. York ‘73 Mr. Nicholas P. Zantopoulos Mr. Carl W. Ziegler Ms. Catherine Ziencik

Estates Estate of Roberta B. Morris Estate of Willie B. Mullen Estate of Celia Purdie ‘37 Estate of Joyce Hughes Witt ‘39

Corporations, Foundations and Matching Gifts Administrative Resource Management LLC The Paul and Merrill Barringer Family Foundation Blue Ridge Veterinary Clinic Nicholas Bunn Boddie and Lucy Mayo Boddie Foundation Bojangles - Tripark Advertising Brunswick Landscape Services Inc. Bunn Heating & Air Conditioning Cauthorne Paper Company Chartwells Corporation Clariant Corporation Matching Gifts Program Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated Coca-Cola Foundation The Community Foundation of Western NC Compton Family Foundation Deer Creek Farm Duke Energy Foundation Element One, Inc. Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund Franklin County Farm Bureau Franklin Regional Medical Center Dr. Miller W. Gibbons D.D.S. Hanover Resources LLC Holcim Robert P. Holding Foundation Holroyd Agency IBM Matching Grants Insurance Services Office Inc. J’s Salvage Inc. Seby B. Jones Family Foundation The Kayne Foundation Kelly Electric Lamm & Lamm Farms Lawrence Ruggiero Esq. Legacy Resources, LLC Little River Corporation Louisburg Tractor & Truck Miramar Inc Moose Drug Company Mountain Edge Mining Inc. North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities Northwestern Mutual Now That’s Marketing LLC Oracle Corporation Matching Gifts Program Paul W. Stewart Jr. DDS, PA Piedmont Surveys Inc. Pizza Hut of Clinton Inc. Gregory Poole Equipment Pre Con Inc. Reid Hill Golf Shop Robert’s Glass Co. SC Data, Inc. Seller’s Inc. Sentry Insurance Foundation Inc. Simply Organized Inc. Strickland Electric Company

Donors to Endowed Funds Alumni Appreciation Scholarship The Estate of Mrs. Roberta B. Morris Paul and Merrill Barringer Endowment The Paul and Merrill Barringer Family Foundation Marvin and Mary Jo Baugh Endowment Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Baugh The Beckler Memorial Scholarship Ms. Sue Guerrant Cameron Athletic Endowment Dr. and Mrs. W. John Cameron The Coltran-Robertson-Coleman Endowed Scholarship Ms. Sue C. Robertson Coor Family Scholarship Mrs. Jeannie M. Brown Mrs. Katheryn Coor Lewis Mrs. Elizabeth Coor Morris Coach J. Enid Drake Basketball Endowment Mrs. Rebecca Drake Allen ‘84 Mrs. Paula Drake Smith ‘74 Mr. Emmett Chapman Sneed III ‘71 Ms. Cindy Spuria General Scholarship Endowment Mr. James A. Harper R. Edward and Louise Hunter Endowment Mr. Frank Hunter Mr. Richard E. Hunter Jr. ‘68 William Moon and Jane Moon Linsky Endowment Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Linsky Blanche Hooper and Earl Meekins Scholarship Mrs. Mary M. Beauchamp Mercer Scholarship Fund Mr. Charles H. Mercer Sr.


Reflecting on her time at Louisburg, Mann remembers the attention she received from professors and the influence that Charley-John Smith and Al Wright had on her life. “Smith was my advisor and he signed me up for a behind-the-scenes theatre class,” she says. “I truly believe that class planted the seed for my passion for acting.” She remembers Al Wright as the caring English professor who went out of his way for students by offering private tutoring lessons. Mann truly enjoyed her two years at Louisburg, graduating in 1986. She transferred to Bauder College, a small fashion school in Atlanta. A few years later, she returned home to North Carolina to attend UNC-Chapel Hill and graduated in 1997, earning a degree in international studies. As a student at UNC, Mann had the opportunity to study in Madrid, Spain, and, while there, worked with Vogue España magazine as a stylist. In 2000, Mann followed her heart and pursued her dream of becoming an actress. With the full support of her loving family, she moved to New York City and began that quest. Her acting career resulted in roles in the soap opera One Life to Live (as Nurse Jennifer); on the television show 30 Rock (as a TV reporter); in the Sex and the City movie (as one of Carrie’s friends); and in It’s Complicated (as an architect). “It was so cool being a few feet away from Meryl Streep,” Mann says, referring to the star of It’s Complicated. “She is an amazing actress.” Always up for a challenge, Mann is now pursuing another passion: photography. “I still occasionally act, but I wanted to do something else.” As a professional photographer, her work has been used in various publications, including Forbes magazine. Her portfolio includes photographs of sporting events, weddings, interiors, portraits, food, and flowers. Mann covers Duke and UNC games for Raleigh’s WRAL news station when the teams play various tournaments in New York.

Photo courtesy of Jennifer Leigh Mann, © 2012.

Stupp Brothers Bridge & Iron Co. Foundation Dr. W. T. Tillar Optometrist Toney Ace Hardware Toney Lumber Company Travelers Motor Club Sales Inc. United Methodist Foundation Vector Engineering Inc. Wake Electric Membership Corporation Tommy Wallace Electrical Inc. Walmart Water Technology & Controls Inc. James & Vedna Welch Foundation Wells Fargo Foundation Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation Walter and Marie Williams Foundation

JENNIFER LEIGH MANN ‘86 was reared in rural Roxboro, N.C. As her senior year in high school was coming to a close, she realized she was not ready to attend a large university. As she considered her college choices, Wayne G. Winstead, her stepfather and a 1958 graduate of Louisburg College, suggested she give his alma mater a look. She applied, was accepted, and soon realized Louisburg was just the right fit.

Mann says she has even more dreams to fulfill, such as creating a documentary and acting in a film that “makes a difference in someone’s life.” She also hopes to own a photography business in North Carolina at some point in time. “At any age,” she says, “you can still do something you believe in.” To view her photography, please visit

For JEFFERSON INFANTE ‘02, the nephew of New York Yankees bench coach Tony Pena, baseball is a family tradition.

Herbert and Elsie Miller Scholarship Dr. D. Edmond Miller

At New York City’s Dewitt Clinton High School, Infante earned All-City honors and played in the All-Star Senior Game at Yankee Stadium. For a kid born and raised in the Bronx, playing Yankee Stadium was a “dream come true.”

Bill and Hazel Mullen Scholarship The Estate of Willie B. Mullen

Recruiters at Louisburg College recognized this young man’s talent and offered him a full scholarship in 2001 to play for the Hurricanes. “The Louisburg College baseball program is one of the best in the country,” says Infante, who helped lead the team to the NJCAA World Series during his second year. He remembers Louisburg as a great small school. “There were closer connections with professors, and many teachers helped me through my time at Louisburg,” recalls Infante, “but one that instantly comes to mind is Mr. Butts, my English professor. He always motivated me and helped me with research, even after I took his class.” Infante continued his studies and collegiate baseball career at Globe Institute of Technology in N.Y., Baruch College in N.Y., and Ramapo College in N.J. He played in three NCAA championships while at Baruch, and enjoyed a championship victory in 2009. While at Ramapo College, Infante was named All-Conference and earned All-American honors. His professional baseball playing career was just as successful. The Kansas City Royals selected him in the 2004 Baseball Draft. He played several years in the Royal’s farm system and later signed an independent league contract with the St. Joseph Blacksnakes in Missouri. Unfortunately, Infante’s professional baseball career came to a premature end due to a shoulder injury. Not one to give up, Infante extended his love of baseball into the business world. He now runs his own business in the Dominican Republic where he represents baseball players with first-year pro contracts. “I would love to take the company to the next level and represent as many baseball players as possible,” he says, adding, “I want to inspire them with their dreams and goals.” Infante also serves as the hitting coach for Grosseto, an Italian baseball team. The Italian Baseball League (IBL) was founded in 1948 and is comprised of teams from Bologna, Parma, Nettuno, Rimini, Godo, Novara, and Grosseto, as well as San Marino. As an avid community volunteer, Infante organizes academic clinics for student-athletes. And, in his free time—which is limited— he simply “loves to relax.”

Joel Porter Counseling Center Endowment The Rev. Dr. and Mrs. Reginald W. Ponder R.A. Endowed Scholarship Mrs. Norma B. Patton Mrs. Mary B. Southerland Blair Tucker Scholarship Mr. and Mrs. John Hatcher Jr. Lillian B. Watson Endowment Mr. Theron Watson John B. York Athletic Endowment Mr. Maurice C. York ‘73

Hurricane Club Mr. and Mrs. James T. Chandler, IV ‘67 Dr. and Mrs. James C. Eck Mr. Morgan S. Foster Mr. and Mrs. Michael L. Holloman ‘83 ‘90 Mr. Jeff Kid Mr. and Mrs. William C. Shelton ‘69 Mr. Roger G. Taylor ‘68


Bethel Baptist Ministries Calvary United Methodist Women First United Methodist Church of Cary Franklinton United Methodist Church Louisburg Baptist Church Louisburg United Methodist Church The North Carolina Conference of the UMC Raleigh District UMC Trinity United Methodist Church

College Faculty and Staff, including Emeritus Members Ms. Angela Adkins Mr. Damon Adkins Ms. Genya V. Afanasyeva Ms. Lakela Atkinson Ms. Wendy Bailey Mr. Daniel Bartholomew Mr. John Basaldu Mrs. Sandra Beasley Ms. Teresa Blumenauer Dr. Martha Bragg Ms. Crystal Brantley Ms. Susan A. Bridgeman Mr. Matthew A. Brown ‘68 Ms. Gail Brown Dr. George-Anne Willard Brown Ms. Georgette Burnette Mr. Bob Butler Mr. Kurt Carlson Mr. Michael Childs


Ms. Leej Copperfield Ms. Sheilah Cotten The Rev. Alice Davis Mr. Allen de Hart Ms. Ashley Duncan Ms. Terrie Dunn Dr. James C. Eck Mrs. Wendi Eck Ms. Frances Edwards ‘64 Mr. Anton Edwards Ms. Alicia S. Eller ‘65 Mr. J. Craig Eller Mr. Michael Ellsworth Rev. Charles J. Farmer Ms. Belinda Faulkner Dr. Diane Price Fleming Ms. Vickie Fleming Ms. Sarah Foster Mr. Brian Gano Ms. Monica Gordy Mr. James Green Mrs. Judy Green Mrs. Faye Griffin ‘64 Mrs. Brandy L. Gupton Ms. Nancy L. Hammersley Ms. Brenda G. Hawks Mrs. Martha E. Hedgepeth ‘93 Mr. Blake Herring Mr. Trevor Highfield Ms. Maggie Hill Mr. William J. Hinton Jr. Mrs. Patricia Hinton Mrs. Martha Hobgood Mr. Kris Hoffler Mr. Michael L. Holloman ‘83 Ms. Phyllis M. Ihrie Mr. Tommy Jenkins Ms. Amy Cobb Johnson Ms. Carmen S. Johnston ‘01 Mrs. Candace Lester Jones ‘99 Mr. Mark L. Joyner Ms. Laura L. Kinzinger Dr. Mark D. La Branche Ms. Becky Lawrence Mr. Jeffrey Linney Ms. Karen Martin ‘99 The Rev. Walter N. McDonald Ms. Amy Scoggin McManus Mr. David Minard Ms. Holly Mitchell Dr. Louise B. Mitchum Mr. Jason Modlin Ms. M. Sharon Moore ‘71 ‘87 Ms. Patrice Nealon Mrs. Sara C. Newton ‘68 Ms. Virginia Pinker Norwood Mr. Clay Norwood Mr. Jeffrey V. Olbrys Mr. Paul Opanasenko Ms. Helen Othow Ms. Leigh Ann Parrish Mr. Josh Parrott Ms. Jamie Eller Patrick ‘84 Mr. Brett F. Patton ‘85 Mrs. Marla R. Peoples The Rev. Dr. Reginald W. Ponder Mr. Robert Poole

Mrs. Fonda Porter Mrs. Tracy N. Potter Ms. Katie Lynn Price Ms. Vicki Reid Mrs. Donna Rhoden Mr. Bernard Rice Mr. Mac Rickets Mr. Robert Rogers Mrs. Amanda Ryan Kiger Mr. John Sala Ms. Tracey Sala Mr. Brian W. Sanders Mr. Chad Scott Mr. Stuart Slinkard Mr. Charles Sloan Mr. Charles M. Smith Mrs. Rita Peoples Smith Mr. Grady K. Snyder ‘50 Mr. Steve Sparks The Rev. Sidney Stafford Mrs. Anna Stallings Mr. Andrew Stokes Ms. Melissa Sykes Mr. Michael D. Tedder Ms. Jennith Thomas Mrs. Stephanie Tolbert ‘97 Mr. Mark Vanderslice Ms. Katherine Visintine Mr. Adam Wade Mr. Buster White ‘76 Mrs. Norma G. White Mr. Steven N.Whitfield ‘02 Mr. Scott Winberry Mr. Arnold L. Wright* Ms. Kaye Yadusky Ms. Catherine Ziencik

Mr. and Mrs. Leonard A. Kilian Jr. Ms. Erin N. Knight Ms. Judy K. Kuykendall Dr. and Mrs. Mark D. La Branche Mr. and Mrs. Joseph B. Long Sr. Mr. and Mrs. J. Parker Lumpkin II Mr. and Mrs. Willie Lee Lumpkin III Mr. and Mrs. Charles G. McLaughlin Ms. Amy Scoggin McManus The Rev. Dr. and Mrs. Reginald W. Ponder Mr. and Mrs. Marcus H. Potter ‘68 Mr. L. Norwood Prichett Mr. and Mrs.* John A. Rogers Mrs. Martha Cly Shaffner ‘65 Mr. Joseph W. Shearon ‘51 Mr. and Mrs. Julian J. Smith Mr. and Mrs. E. Howard Stallings Dr. and Mrs. Paul W. Stewart Jr. Dr. and Mrs. Raymond A. Stone ‘47 Mr. and Mrs. Larry E. Tetterton ‘56 ‘56 Mrs. Rebecca W. Wells Mr. and Mrs. J. Curtis Woodlief IBM Matching Grants Wake Electric Membership Corporation

Friends of the Arts

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

Mr. and Mrs. Forrest D. Adair Mr. L. C. Adcock Mr. and Mrs. Robert V. Allen Mrs. Lillian A. Benton Mr. and Mrs. Wayne D. Benton Ms. Delano R. Borys Mr. and Mrs. Dewey L. Brannan Ms. Marie Britt Mr. and Mrs. Claude F. Burrows ‘43 Dr. Robert A. Butler Dr. and Mrs. W. John Cameron Mr. Bain A. Cameron Mr. and Mrs. Ronald D. Champion Mr. Ray Clinebell Mr. and Mrs. Richard Creed Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Davis Mr. Allen de Hart Dr. and Mrs. James C. Eck Mr. and Mrs. Talmadge H. Edwards Jr. Mr. J. Craig Eller Mr. James M. Featherston Jr. ‘42 Mr. and Mrs. David Gardner Mr. and Mrs. Pierre L. Giani Mr. Richard L. Hibbits Mrs. Joanne S. Holcomb Mrs. Miriam G. Honeycutt Ms. Penny Howell

Honorary Gifts Gift in honor of Jeb Barlow ‘80 Mr. Bob Butler Gift in honor of Earl Beshears The Rev. and Mrs. Thomas E. Lofis Gift in honor of Mary Ellen Shaw Boyles ‘41 Mrs. Mae Asbell Shaw ‘40

Gift in honor of Bob Butler The Rev. Dr. and Mrs. Reginald W. Ponder Mr. Paul L. Sanderford Jr. Gift in honor of W. John Cameron Mr. Bob Butler Mrs. Beulah Cameron Gift in honor of Charles Davis Mrs. Martha Davis Gift in honor of Russell Frazier ‘54 Mr. Bob Butler Gift in honor of Harold L. Gillis Jr. ‘75 Mr. Harold L. Gillis Sr. Gift in honor of Ellis Hall Mrs. Katheryn Coor Lewis Gift in honor of William Hardin ‘85 Mr. Bob Butler Gift in honor of Ella Ann Holding Ms. Sarah Foster

*deceased SPRING 2012


Gift in honor of Charity Holland ‘37 Mrs. Katheryn Coor Lewis Gift in honor of Mike Holloman ‘83 Mr. Bob Butler Gift in honor of Blake Honeycutt Mr. Maurice C. York ‘73 Gift in honor of Dorothy Honeycutt ‘45 Mr. and Mrs. Winfield S. Gardner ‘44 ‘45 Gift in honor of Fred and Malene Irons Mrs. Katheryn Coor Lewis Gift in honor of Wil Jackson The Rev. and Mrs. Thomas E. Loftis Gift in honor of Don L. Jenkins The Rev. and Mrs. Thomas E. Loftis Gift in honor of Wallace Kirby The Rev. and Mrs. Thomas E. Loftis Gift in honor of Jamey W. Koenig ‘09 Ms. Diana Koenig Gift in honor of Mark La Branche Ms. Sue Guerrant Gift in honor of C.S. Loftis Jr. The Rev. and Mrs. Thomas E. Loftis Gift in honor of Thomas E. Loftis The Rev. Wilbur Ivan Jackson Gift in honor of Howard McCollough ‘74 Mr. Bob Butler Gift in honor of William McLean Mr. and Mrs. Winfield S. Gardner ‘44 ‘45 Gift in honor of Regina Miller ‘82 Mr. Bob Butler Gift in honor of T. Russell Odom ‘68 Mr. Bob Butler Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Hoof Gift in honor of The Rev. Dr. Reginald Ponder Mr. Bob Butler Gift in honor of Paul Sanderford ‘70 Mr. Bob Butler Gift in honor of Charles Sloan The Rev. Dr. and Mrs. Reginald W. Ponder-




Gift in honor of Sidney Stafford The Rev. Dr. and Mrs. Reginald W. Ponder The 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 Jones Center and equipment for the art department. Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin T. Adcock Jr. ‘59 Mrs. Mavis McGowan Alder ‘39 Mr. Robert W. Alston Jr. ‘60 Mrs. Joyce Boone Ammons ‘51* Mr. Abner M. Askew ‘46 Mr. and Mrs. Billy A. Baker Sr. ‘55 Mr. Rossie V. Baker Sr. ‘57 Mr. and Mrs. William H. Baker Jr. ‘52 Mr. Felix G. Banks ‘43 Mrs. Ruby Harris Barbour ‘55 Mr. Paul G. Bass ‘50 Mr. and Mrs. Marvin E. Baugh ‘53 Mr. Robert E. Beck ‘53 The Rev. Ellis J. Bedsworth ‘42 Mrs. Dorothy Midgett Brannan ‘48 Ms. Elizabeth Broome ‘54 Mrs. Betty Lou Williams Brown ‘53 Mrs. Velma Ferrell Brown ‘60 Dr. and Mrs. C. Douglas Bryant Sr. ‘47 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. and Mrs. Larry W. Castleberry ‘57 Mr. W. Paul Childers Jr. ‘54 Mrs. Mary Richardson Clements ‘55 Mrs. Sophia Spivey Cody ‘38 Mrs. Virginia Spivey Coleman ‘42 Mrs. Hazel Lassiter Collier ‘45 Mrs. Virginia Brittain Copping ‘50 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 Mrs. Elizabeth White Davenport ‘60 Dr. Sarah Irwin Davis ‘42 Mrs. Maxine Finch Dew ‘45 Mrs. Frances Boyette Dickson ‘35 Mrs. Patricia Wilson Dixon ‘58 Mrs. Ann Dunham Donnell ‘45 Mrs. Judith Ammons Dorman ‘59 Mr. and Mrs. Edwin M. Driver ‘53 ‘52 Mr. Clyde H. Dula ‘41

Mr.* and Mrs. M. Douglas Edwards ‘53 Mr. Sam H. Elliott ‘52 Mrs. Ina Meekins Ernst ‘49 Mrs. Erlene Jordan Evans ‘49 Mr. James M. Featherston Jr. ‘42 The Rev. and Mrs. Horace T. Ferguson ‘60 ‘60 Mr. and Mrs. Donald W. Fish ‘60 ‘59 Dr. and Mrs. Jimmy W. Foster ‘60 ‘59 Mr. William P. Franklin ‘52 Mr. Oscar M. Fuller ‘44 Mrs. Elaine Weldon Fuller ‘39 Mrs. Pattie Joyner Gambardella ‘46 Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Gardner ‘44 ‘45 Mrs. Marietta Joliff Garrett ‘51 Mr. and Mrs. Ernest P. Gaster Jr. ‘50 ‘50 Mr. Willis A. Goodrum ‘52 Mrs. Joyce Parris Grant ‘57 Mrs. Mary Frances Morton Green ‘46 Mr. Graham P. Grissom ‘36 Mr. Willis F. Gupton ‘42 Mr. and Mrs. Swayn G. Hamlet ‘57 ‘56 Mrs. Martha Foster Harper ‘59 Mr. L. Reid Harris ‘45 Mr. William D. Harrison ‘47 Mrs. Carol Bessent Hayman ‘45 Mrs. Rubie Riggan Hecht ‘52 Mrs. Ruby Massenburg Hinson ‘42 Mr. and Mrs. L. Douglas Hobgood ‘60 ‘60 The Rev. and Mrs. Hubert H. Hodgin ‘54 ‘54 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 The Rev. Jesse L. Johnson Jr. ‘41 Mr. and Mrs. Tapley O. Johnson Jr. ‘60 Mr. Russell Pascal Jones ‘51 Mr. Marvin L. Jordan ‘53 Mrs. Patsy Conwell Lawrence ‘59 Mrs. Jane Moon Linsky ‘43 Mr. W. J. Little Jr. ‘49 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 Mr. O. C. Melton Jr. ‘47 Mr. Charles H. Mercer Sr. ‘38 Ms. Rachael A. Modlin ‘50 Mr. and Mrs. William D. Moon ‘45 Mrs. Gwynn Torrence Morris ‘58 Mrs. Mary Moody Morris ‘49 Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Morrisette Jr. ‘53 ‘53 Mr. and Mrs. Roger Moulton ‘43 Mrs. Anne Tucker Mulchi ‘53 Mrs. Kathryn Ward Paul ‘51

Mr. Clarence W. Pearce Jr. ‘54 Mr. and Mrs. Elbert H. Phelps ‘52 Mr. William G. Pitts ‘47 Mrs. Barbara Medlin Raynor ‘58 Mrs. Earline Whitehurst Revelle ‘45 Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Riggan Sr. ‘59 Mrs. Strowd Ward Riggsbee ‘45 Mrs. Margaret Adcock Robinson ‘58 Mrs. Brenda Starbuck Rosecrans ‘54 Mrs. Ann Rhem Schwarzmann ‘54 Mr. and Mrs. Charles J. Schweikert ‘50 Mr. James P. Senter ‘40 Mrs. Mae Asbell Shaw ‘40 Mr. Joseph W. Shearon ‘51 Mr. and Mrs. Ted N. Sloan ‘60 ‘60 Mr. and Mrs. Charles Smith ‘51 Mr. and Mrs. Marvin W. Smith Jr. ‘59 Mrs. Evelyn Smithwick Turner ‘43 Mr. and Mrs. Grady K. Snyder ‘50 ‘50 Mr. Richard N. Stabell ‘59 Mr. Dudley B. Stallings ‘46 Ms. Japlyne G. Stallings ‘46 Mrs. Marcelle King Stanley ‘45 Mr. and Mrs. Glendel U. Stephenson ‘52 Mr. and Mrs. M. Graham Stewart Sr. ‘49 Dr .and Mrs. Raymond A. Stone ‘47 Mrs. Carolyn Woods Stratford ‘60 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. Janet Griffin Turner ‘44 Mr. Samuel A. Tuten Jr. ‘41 Mr. Carl D. Wagner ‘56 Mr. and Mrs. William Wall ‘47 Mrs. Jane Rosser Warfel ‘41 Mr. Robert L. Wells ‘60 Mr. Robert L. West ‘60 Mrs. Eva Welch White ‘59 Mr. Russell A. Wilcock ‘48 Mrs. Peggy Lee Wilder ‘60 The Rev. and Mrs. Howard M. Wilkinson ‘45 Mrs. Nellie Stallings Williams ‘47 Ms. Nell Alston Williams ‘54 Mr. Wilton H. Williams ‘49 Mrs. Louise McCullen Williams ‘55 Mrs. Helen Mansfield Willie ‘46 Dr. G. Curtis Wilson ‘47 Mr. and Mrs. Hubert L. Wilson Jr. ‘45 Mr. James F. Womble ‘54 Mr. and Mrs. Edwin W. Woodhouse Sr. ‘56 The Rev. Charles E. Woodruff Jr. ‘60 Mr. and Mrs. Lenn Woodruff ‘58 Mr. and Mrs. James T. Wooters ‘42 Mrs. Yvonne Winstead Yantsios ‘56 Mrs. Nancy Hayes Yarborough ‘42


Like most 18-year-olds, MICKEY DAVID CHAMBERS ‘89 was looking forward to going to college and finding his way in the world. He chose Louisburg College, he says, “because of the great music program and the smalltown atmosphere around campus.” During his first year, Chambers was focused on getting the dreaded general college subjects behind him and preparing for the future. What he remembers most about that time are the lasting friendships he forged along the way. He recalls with great fondness the sunny afternoons spent with fellow classmates on Louisburg’s picturesque campus, and still stays in touch with his college roommate, Brian Whitfeld, whom he describes as “a great guy – then and now.” Chambers recalls Professor Mize as one of the Louisburg instructors who had the most profound impact on him. “He was quite inspirational with his no-nonsense, personable approach to writing, which I have utilized in my life ever since that time, including the two books I published in recent years.” Chambers has an interesting and extensive educational background. He attended UNC-Chapel Hill after graduating from Louisburg, and later went on to attend First Union Banking School, NCNB Banking School, Piedmont Community College, Durham Technical Community College, Southeastern Theological Seminary, Liberty University, the International Association of Faith Based Counselors, and, finally, Master’s Graduate School of Divinity, where he earned his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees. He holds an associate degree in Bibical studies from Liberty University and an associate degree in applied sciences from Vance-Granville Community College. Perhaps as varied as his educational background is his career path, which took him from the banking field to a stint in accounting for the federal government, then on to the medical field, where he ran the outpatient radiology department for the Department of Veterans Affairs. Along the way, he also embarked on a career as an accomplished author and international speaker. He currently serves as the pastor of Antioch Baptist Church in Timberlake, N.C., in Person County. Chambers is proud of the two books he has published and views this success as one of his greatest accomplishments. His first book, The Best Is Yet

to Come, is a relationship-help book that has proven useful to couples in troubled relationships, and also valuable for those in strong relationships as they strengthen their bond. His second book, Perpetuity, is a historical perspective that takes readers on a 4,000-year journey through history to explore the theory that history is cyclical. Chambers feels blessed to have been able to travel the globe to five continents and 14 countries, sharing hope and encouragement with many in difficult circumstances, particularly in third-world countries. He has traveled to the Philippines, Peru, Kenya, India, Poland, Belarus, Romania, and Canada to speak at crusades and to offer leadership training courses, which include material from The Best Is Yet to Come. Chambers traveled to the Ukraine recently, where he served as an adjunct professor in marital studies at the Ukrainian Baptist Theological Seminary in Borislav L’Viv Ukraine. He recalls another Louisburg professor, Dr. Ricketts, as instrumental in his spiritual education. “That influence has proven invaluable in my life’s work as a pastor.” He is especially thankful to be a part of a thriving and growing church. “My accomplishments are not mine,” he says, “but God working through me. I do not take full credit for any of them.” When asked about his future dreams, Chambers says, “At the risk of sounding like a beauty pageant contestant, I truly aspire to continue to make a positive difference in the lives of as many people as possible all over the globe for as long as I am alive. I find my greatest joy in serving those around me.” “Although Louisburg represents a very brief period in my life,” Chambers explains, “I can honestly say that I am grateful to her for the opportunities and motivation she afforded me; I can truly say that I learned things there that propelled me toward many wonderful things in my life. I am eternally grateful for my ‘Louisburg Years,’ where I learned things I could not have learned anywhere else.” Chambers resides in Timberlake, N.C., with Missy, his wife of 17 years; their two children, Noah, 12, and Micah, 6; and their border collie, Dixie.

After graduating from high school, JAMES “JIM” EDWARD WHITE III ‘69 hoped to attend UNC-Chapel Hill, but knew he was not academically prepared for the rigors of a four-year university. So, instead, he chose to begin his education at Louisburg. “I knew the College had a reputation for requiring hard work and strong academics,” says White, “and I knew two years at Louisburg would give me the background I needed for a major four-year college or university.” His mother, Nina Gilgo White, attended Louisburg College in the 1940s, so he already knew quite a bit about the College. With a strong interest in history, White took as many history classes as possible during his two years at Louisburg. Before graduating with an associate of arts degree, he left his mark at the college by being involved with extracurricular activities. “As a freshman, I was president of the Young Democrats on campus, working hard in the election of 1968,” White recalls. “I also worked as feature and layout editor of the College newspaper. During my sophomore year at Louisburg, I was editor of Columns, spending most of my spare time working on it.”

Memorial Gifts In memory of Eleanor Perry Alston ‘24 Mr. Robert W. Alston Jr. ‘60 In memory of Juanita Alsup Mrs. Katheryn Coor Lewis In memory of Dorothy Kennedy Anderson ‘39 Ms. Harriet Kennedy-Engle In memory of Emerson Asbell Mrs. Mae Asbell Shaw ‘40 In memory of Mamie Liles Bailey ‘20 Mr. Phillip W. Liles

His fondest Louisburg memories are made up of the time he spent with fellow classmates. “While I have lost touch with most of them, I still cherish them and hold their memories close to me. There were a lot of great people at Louisburg,” he continues, “and two of them, Fred and Sue Whitty, are my neighbors and the Godparents to my youngest son, Jerry.” He also remembers the fun of Sadie Hawkins Day and the winter snows. “We would slide down the hill on food trays from the cafeteria during the snowy weather!” Of all the staff and faculty members, White clearly remembers the four that made an impact on his life: Dr. Cecil Robbins, Louisburg College President; Miss Ruth Merritt, English professor; Dr. Cortland V. Smith, history professor; and Robert Butler, sociology professor and Columns advisor. “I loved talking with these people about the subjects in which they were knowledgeable.” Other faculty members he fondly remembers are Flora de Hart, Sarah Foster, Wade Goldston, and Clara Frazier, all of whom he describes as “most helpful and encouraging.” White would eventually realize his dream of becoming a Tar Heel when he transferred to UNC-Chapel Hill in 1969. He majored in history and political science, and then went on to attend East Carolina University, where he received a master’s in education administration. He also took courses in history at East Carolina in order to teach in higher education. White spent most of his career in the education field. He was a teacher at several elementary schools and a professor at several well-known community colleges. White established his own publishing company, Mouth Truxton Publishing, in New Bern, N.C., and has published the books Portsmouth Island: A Walk in the Past, School Mom of Portsmouth: Memories of Lucy Beacham Gilgo, and Portsmouth Island: Memories of Nina Mann Dixon. His fourth book on Portsmouth Island, Paradise Lost: An Oral History of Portsmouth Island, was published in January 2012. He is currently working on two books that will be out in the spring of 2012: Years of Light, Vol. 3, a history of St. John’s Masonic Lodge in New Bern, and Years of Service: Grantham Lodge at Fifty, a history of Grantham Masonic Lodge in New Bern. White has been named Who’s Who of American Teachers, Who’s Who of American Administrators, and Outstanding Teacher numerous times, but says the relationships with his students are the highest points in his career. He was recently made an honorary member of Grantham Masonic Lodge No. 725, but feels his greatest achievements have been the publication of his books about Portsmouth Island. “My book Portsmouth Island: A Walk in the Past won the Willie Parker Peace History Award from the North Carolina Society of Historians,” White adds. He plans to continue writing and publishing books. “I have enough writing work lined up to last me at least another 10 years,” he says. In addition to writing, he also plans to travel and spend time with his family. White has been married to Nancy Brinson White for 38 years and they have three sons, James, Jason, and Jerry. In keeping with the family tradition, his son James graduated from Louisburg College in 1997. The Whites are the proud grandparents of Caroline and Tyler. White says he would love to reconnect with his Louisburg friends. Please feel free to email him at, and check out his website at to read more.

In memory of Edna Earle Baker Mrs. Katheryn Coor Lewis In memory of Virginia B. Banks Mr. and Mrs. John F. Strotmeyer Jr. ‘68 In memory of Jamima Williams Barefoot Mr. J. David Cothran ‘64 In memory of William Irving Barnes Mrs. Katheryn Coor Lewis In memory of Barney Bass Mr. and Mrs. John W. Strotmeyer Jr. ‘68 In memory of B. C. Bean Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Loftis In memory of Alice Edwards Bliley Mr. and Mrs. John W. Strotmeyer Jr. ‘68 In memory of Earl W. Bonner ‘48 Ms. Sarah Goster Mrs. Mary B. Southerland In memory of Carl Wood Brown Sr. Mr. Carl W. Brown In memory of Nellie Loftis Bryan The Rev. and Mrs. Thomas E. Loftis In memory of John L. Cameron Irvin and Ann Pearce In memory of Mary Lib Loftis Cobb The Rev. and Mrs. Thomas E. Loftis R. A. Cobb Jr. The Rev. and Mrs. Thomas E. Loftis In memory of Harry Coor Mrs. Katheryn Coor Lewis In memory of Worth Cotton ‘57 Mrs. Carolyn V. Cotton







In memory of Albert G. Cowart Mrs. Louise Mason Cowart ‘42

In memory of Katherine Kraft Harris Mr. and Mrs. John F. Strotmeyer Jr. ‘68

In memory of Edith Powers Mrs. Katheryn Coor Lewis

In memory of Marion Davidson Mr. and Mrs. John F. Strotmeyer Jr. ‘68

In memory of J. M. Harrison Mr. and Mrs. John F. Strotmeyer Jr. ‘68

In memory of Louise Harris Davis Mr. and Mrs. John F. Strotmeyer Jr. ‘68

In memory of Gordon E. Hawthorne ‘64 Mr. J. David Cothran ‘64

In memory of C. Ray Pruette Dr. William T. Tillar III ‘61 Ms. Sarah Foster Ms. Sue Guerrant Mr. Maurice C. York ‘73 The Rev. Dr. and Mrs. Thomas S. Yow III

In memory of Lida Couch Davis ‘49 Mr. Horce Jernigan ‘47 Mrs. Norma B. Patton

In memory of Lisa Owens Hooper ‘80 Mrs. Tina Mascia Winesette ‘80

In memory of Virginia L. Dement ‘43 Mrs. Carol Dement Weeks ‘65 In memory of Eugene D. Donner Mr. John F. Strotmeyer Jr. ‘68 In memory of Karen L. Dynia Mr. and Mrs. John F. Strotmeyer Jr. ‘68 In memory of Fred Fearing ‘35 Ms. Sarah Foster In memory of Beatrice Fox Mr. and Mrs. John F. Strotmeyer Jr. ‘68 In memory of Mildred Powell Fry ‘29 Mrs. Beth M. Norris Mr. Albert E. Thompson Jr. Ms. Clara S. Wade Mr. J. O. Watson In memory of Emily Taylor Gardner Mr. and Mrs. Matthew A. Brown ‘68 Ms. Sarah Foster Ms. Sharon Moore ’71 ‘87 Mrs. Anne Tucker Mulchi ‘53 Mr. Fred Roberson ‘62 Mr. Ronald V. Shearin Ms. Japlyne G. Stallings ‘46 Mr. and Mrs. Leigh Traylor

In memory of Reba Liles Irion ‘28 Mr. Phillip W. Liles In memory of L. Clarke Jones Mr. and Mrs. John F. Strotmeyer Jr. ‘68 In memory of Charles B. Loftis The Rev. and Mrs. Thomas E. Loftis In memory of Howard Marks Mr. and Mrs. John F. Strotmeyer Jr. ‘68 In memory of Elsie M. Miller Calvary United Methodist Women In memory of C. Douglas Morris ‘58 Mrs. Gwynn Torrence Morris ‘58 In memory of Roberta Beckler Morris Ms. Sue Guerrant In memory of Felton R. Nease Mr. and Mrs. C. Larry Ball Mr. Francis F. Falls ‘62 Ms. Sarah Foster Mr. Bruce R. Pulliam Mr. and Mrs. Lewis F. Snow

In memory of E. E. Ralston Mr. and Mrs. John F. Strotmeyer Jr. ‘68 In memory of William T. Sadler ‘53 Mr. Marvin L. Jordan ‘53 In memory of Leila Schulman Mr. and Mrs. John F. Strotmeyer Jr. ‘68 In memory of Howard C. Scott Mr. and Mrs. John F. Strotmeyer Jr. ‘68 In memory of Martha D. Shearin Mr. and Mrs. Matthew A. Brown ‘68 In memory of Nicholas A. Spinella Mr. and Mrs. John F. Strotmeyer Jr. ‘68 In memory of Alice Starnes Mr. and Mrs. John F. Strotmeyer Jr. ‘68 In memory of Cecil C. Stephenson Mr. and Mrs. John F. Strotmeyer Jr. ‘68 In memory of Lois A. Stokes Mrs. Mae Asbell Shaw ‘40 In memory of Henry C. Stokes Jr. ‘38 Mrs. Mae Asbell Shaw ‘40

In memory of Dorothy Odom The Rev. and Mrs. H. Gray Southern

In memory of Adolphus B. Ussery Jr. ‘50 Mr. Marvin L. Jordan ‘53

In memory of Rose Mehfoud Oley Mr. and Mrs. John F. Strotmeyer Jr. ‘68

In memory of Edward M. Walker Mrs. Jeannie M. Brown

In memory of Millard I. Patton Jr. ‘46 Mrs. Norma B. Patton

In memory of William M. Webb, III ‘62 Mr. Francis F. Falls ‘62

In memory of A. Watson Gillis ‘39 Mr. Harold Gillis, Sr.

In memory of Duffy L. Paul ‘50 Ms. Sarah Foster Mrs. Stroud Ward Riggsbee ‘45

In memory of Stokes Williams The Rev. and Mrs. Thomas E. Loftis

In memory of Leigh Gray Mr. and Mrs. John F. Strotmeyer Jr. ‘68

In memory of Essie Liles Perry ‘23 Mr. Phillip W. Liles

In memory of Sidney J. Gunst Mr. and Mrs. John F. Strotmeyer Jr. ‘68

In memory of Madaline K. Person Mrs. Janie Johnson

In memory of Douglas Ray Harrell ‘73 Ms. Rachael A. Modlin ‘50

In memory of Nick Pleasants First United Methodist Church of Cary

In memory of Aubrey Gay ‘58 Ms. Peggy Lee Wilder ‘60 In memory of Gary Gerloff Mr. and Mrs. John F. Strotmeyer Jr. ‘68


In memory of Josephine Perry Zealand ‘34 Mr. Robert W. Alston, Jr. ‘60

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We Remember Al Arnold “Al” Wright, highly esteemed Louisburg College faculty emeritus, passed away on Saturday, October 8, 2011, at the age of 79. Al was born in the small town of Weaverville, N.C., in 1932. At the age of 16, he lost his sight in an accident. He finished high school at the North Carolina State School for the Blind in Raleigh, and then went on to attend UNCChapel Hill, where he majored in sociology. His first job was as a caseworker with the N.C. State Commission for the Blind. He worked there for over two years before deciding to return to UNC to complete his master’s degree in English. In 1967, after teaching English part-time at UNC for two years, Al applied for a full-time position at Louisburg, where he taught English until his retirement in 1997. In 1995, Al was the recipient of the Naomi Dickens Shaw Award for Faculty Teaching Excellence and the Chaplain’s Service Award. He continued to teach at the College part-time until the spring of 2000. Robert Strickland, the College’s night librarian and webmaster, was assigned to assist and read to Al in the early 1980s through the College’s work study program. The two

became good friends, and Robert was with him when he passed away. “Al was the most remarkable person I’ve ever known,” shares Robert. “His erudition, wisdom, and good-heartedness could not fail to leave an impact on anyone who encountered him. That he was able to accomplish his achievements in the face of obstacles most of us can’t even imagine should be an inspiration for all of us.” Al was the son of the late John C. and Louise Adams Wright. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his sister, Elizabeth W. Ormand. Surviving are his brother-in-law, Robert Ormand Sr., of Columbus, Ohio; nephew, Robert Ormand Jr. (Janet) of Columbus, Ohio; nieces, Lou Odel (Bruce) of Mill Spring, N.C., and Laura Ormand of Columbus, Ohio; an aunt, Norene Adams of Toledo, Ohio; great nephew, John Odel (Tonya); great nieces, Kayla Edwards (Eli) and Nikki Ormand; and one great-great-nephew and one great-greatniece. The College held a memorial service for Al in Benson Chapel on Thursday, October 13.

Thrirteen Retired Faculty Members Granted Faculty Emeritus Status The Louisburg College Board of Trustees unanimously granted faculty emeritus status to the following individuals at their fall meeting on December 8, 2011: • • • • • • • • • • • • •

George-Anne Willard Brown Annette Carlyle Holt Edna Ruth Jones Jeffrey Lawrence Pierce Mac Linscott Ricketts Janet Hatley (White) Taylor Glendora Thomas-Powell Janis E. Walden Allen de Hart C. Edward Brown Sidney Stafford Charles “Charley-John” M. Smith Martha C. Hobgood

The group was invited to the College’s Christmas luncheon (pictured) last December, where they were honored and welcomed as new faculty emeriti.



“I want to express my personal sense of gratitude for their many years of dedicated service to Louisburg College,” said Dr. Jim Eck, executive vice president for academic life. “Thanks to our emeritus fac-

ulty, we have a strong foundation upon which to further develop a great future for our College. Please join with me in congratulating this most deserving group of retired faculty.”

Dedications Held to Honor Two Legendary Louisburg Figures On the evening of Wednesday, February 15, 2012, a group of former Louisburg College basketball players and their families, along with members of the LC faculty and staff, gathered in the Roger G. Taylor Athletic Center to dedicate the men’s locker room in honor of retired ‘Canes basketball coach, Enid Drake. Drake led the Hurricanes for five decades and inspired scores of players along the way, two of whom were present at the dedication of the newly-renovated facility. During the ceremony, Scott Wilder, who played for Drake in the 1990s, shared stories about the coach and professed his profound appreciation for Drake’s impact on his life and the lives of countless other players. Andre Gower, a former teammate of Wilder’s, was also present for the dedication. Wilder and Gower are not only close friends, but also work together at Wilder’s business, Premiere Sports Travel in Cary. President La Branche presented Drake with a plaque honoring him for his service to the College (pictured, top). A bronze engraved replica of the plaque will permanently hang in the locker room. On Tuesday, February 28, 2012, Historic Holton Gymnasium was officially re-named the Roger G. Taylor Athletic Center. During the ceremony, President La Branche presented Taylor with a commissioned painting of the Athletic Center (pictured, 2nd from top). Taylor later addressed the crowd before assisting with the tip-off shot for the men’s basketball game against Wake Technical Community College. Taylor is a 1968 graduate of Louisburg College and was a member of the basketball team. The facility was renamed to honor Taylor’s longtime contributions and generosity to Louisburg, including his current leadership role in a $500,000 fundraising effort to upgrade the facility, which already has resulted in new bleachers and a refinished court surface, among other improvements. Roger Taylor is owner of Roger G. Taylor and Associates, a financial services firm located in Rocky Mount, N.C. He serves on the College’s board of trustees, and is also a member and past president of the Louisburg College Hurricane Club. He is the past president of the Louisburg College Alumni Association, and, in 1992, was presented with the Distinguished Alumni Award. In 2007, he was inducted into the Louisburg College inaugural Athletic Hall of Fame.

RECOGNITION OF SCHOLAR-ATHLETES The Hurricane Scholar-Athlete Awards ceremony immediately followed the dedication. These awards are given to all studentathletes (pictured, bottom) who earn a semester average of 3.0 or higher. The program was established at Louisburg College in 2005 to encourage student-athletes to strive to be scholar-athletes. These students received awards based upon the following criteria: gold for a 4.0 average; silver for a 3.5 or greater average; and bronze for a 3.0 or greater average. A group of 105 scholarathletes received awards during the ceremony to recognize their academic achievements for the spring 2011 and fall 2012 semesters. SPRING 2012


Dear Hurricane Fans,


We’ve had an exciting and successful year in LC athletics.

Year in Review

Our football program had its best season (7-3) since it was re-established in 2005. The team placed two players on the NJCAA All-American Teams and beat nationally-ranked Lackawanna, 37-27. Both accomplishments were firsts in the short history of the program. Women’s soccer was nationally ranked for a few weeks during the course of their season for the first time in eight years. Men’s soccer had a great season, making it to the finals of the Region X Tournament, and Volleyball had a very solid season as evidenced by their qualification for the Region X Tournament for the first time in three seasons. Our men’s and women’s basketball teams both had outstanding seasons. The men finished 30-6 and had a great run in the NJCAA National Tournament, placing 5th. This is the highest finish for a men’s basketball team in our school’s history. The women’s basketball team also had a great season, finishing 31-2 with a 3rd place finish in the NJCAA Tournament. This was the first time in Louisburg College history that both basketball teams qualified for the NJCAA National Tournament in the same year. Our baseball team was recently ranked #1 in the NJCAA baseball weekly poll for two weeks, a first in the illustrious history of the program. Our softball team is enjoying a good spring, including a 11-game winning streak and men’s golf has competed well in various tournaments against four-year colleges. This has been a history-making year for Louisburg College athletics. I hope you had a chance to see some of our teams in action. It truly is a great time to be a Hurricane. We are LC! Mike Holloman Athletic Director

Hurricanes Basketball Finishes #7 in the Nation The Hurricanes finished the regular season with a 27-5 record and a final poll position at #7. After defeating Patrick Henry Community College, 75-69, the team cinched the Region X Championship title and earned themselves a trip to the National Championship. This was their third straight appearance at the Men’s Basketball DII NJCAA National Tournament, held this year in Danville, Illinois, from March 20-24, 2012. The ‘Canes earned a hard-fought 5th place finish at the championship after defeating Baltimore City Community College of Md., 82-72, and finished the overall season with an outstanding season record of 30-6. “It was a great experience for this group of guys to successfully take on the challenge of defending their spot at the nationals,” said Head Coach Mark Vanderslice. “Although we ultimately came up short of our overall objective of winning the national championship, I was proud of the way our players represented themselves by coming in 5th place for the first time in school history.”



Football Team Enjoys Record-Breaking Season In 2011, the Hurricanes recorded the most wins in school history by going 7-3. Ranked #24 in the country, the Hurricanes conquered the first nationallyranked team in Louisburg’s history by defeating the #14 team, Lackawanna College. The team wrapped up the season with the following accomplishments: • • •

18 Interceptions by the Hurricane Defense (#1 in NFC) 29.3 Points Per Game Scored in 2011 (#2 in NFC) 337.7 Total Yards Per Game Gained in 2011 (#2 in NFC)

NJCAA All-Americans: • 1st Team-Rasheed Williams (Running Back) • 2nd Team-Kewitt Koonce (Defensive Back)

2011 All-Northeast Football Conference Team Players: First Team: • Rasheed Williams-RB (Rasheed was also named the Offensive Player of the Year for the NFC) • Kewitt Koonce-DB • Cedric Chisolm-OT

NJCAA Team Rankings: • #1 Turnover Margin in the Nation (+20) • #13 Total Defense in the Nation • #22 Rushing Offense in the Nation

Second Team: • Titus Best-LB • Stephen Johnson-OG • Montez Hedgepeth-DL

NJCAA Individual Rankings: • Kewitt Koonce #2 in the Nation in Interceptions • Rasheed Williams #2 in the Nation in Rushing TDs (20) and #3 in the Nation in Rushing Yards (1,424) • Mike Jones #19 in the Nation in Scoring by Kicking (51 points)

Third Team: • Tomorris Roberts-TE • Sam Kidd-LB • Casey Clark-C • Keaston Jones-LB • Mike Jones-PK

Lady ‘Canes Take the #3 Spot in the NJCAA The Lady Hurricanes won the NJCAA Region X Tournament on March 11, earning an automatic slot in the Women’s Basketball DII NJCAA National Tournament at Illinois Central College on March 20-24, 2012. The Lady Hurricanes entered the tournament as the #4 seed and earned the #3 national title after defeating Kishwaukee College. For the past few years, the Lady ‘Canes have struggled to reach the top of the Region X and the NJCAA tournaments. This year, they proved the Louisburg College Lady Hurricanes are back! The team finished the regular season at #5 in the NJCAA poll with a combined record of 28-1, and the final season with a record of 31-2.

Photo courtesy of Illinois Central College.

“This experience was beneficial on all ends of the court,” said first-year Head Coach Brett Vana, “from teaching the girls how to prepare for a dynamic schedule with adequate rest, meals, and workouts, to handling such an emotional loss in the semifinal round. This truly is a special group with a bright future ahead of them. My greatest hope for them is that they remain humble and hungry and realize that we have unfinished business ahead of us.”



Women’s Soccer Scores National Ranking New Leadership, Same Success in Men’s Soccer The 2011 men’s soccer team was led by Stuart Brown (pictured, above, in white t-shirt), the new head coach. Brown came to Louisburg with over eight years of college-level coaching experience, serving as the assistant coach for three years and as the head coach for five years at Belmont Abbey College. The team completed another great season with a 14-6-1 record, but fell short in the Region X tournament final. Congratulations go to Coach Brown for being named the Region X Coach of the Year!

Post-season Accolades: •

The Lady Hurricanes wrapped up the 2011 season with a number of accomplishments. They ended a  strong season with a 12-5-1 overall record and a 10-3 conference record. The Lady ‘Canes also reached the semi-final game of the Region X Tournament, only to be narrowly beaten by eventual tournament winners Spartanburg Methodist. National Rankings: • Freshman forward Larie Bailey was ranked 23rd in the nation for goals scored during the season. 1st Team All-Regions Honors: • Larie Bailey • Iris Cruz • Zhantavia Johnson Second Team All-Region Honors: • Gemma Dugo • Kelly Wolz Head Coach Andy Stokes’ squad was ranked 13th in the nation earlier in the season—the first time in nine years that the team has made the national rankings.

Sunny Makh finished 2nd in the country in points, took 1st Team All Region, and earned All-American honors.

Additional All-Region Award Winners: • • • • •

Manuel Bedoya Nathan Mangione Josh Burdin Logan Ascercion Arnaldo Cabrera

Baseball Enjoys Early Success The Louisburg College Baseball Program started fast out of the gates this spring under first-year Head Coach Mike McGuire. The ‘Canes opened the season with a 27-game winning streak before suffering their first defeat. That fast start earned them a #1 ranking in the NJCAA College Baseball Poll—a first in the history of this program. The ‘Canes have been ranked in the top 3 in the country for the last six weeks and have national championship aspirations. The team looks forward to beginning their post-season quest at the Region X Tournament in Burlington, N.C., in early May. Coach McGuire comes to Louisburg from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C., where he served as the assistant head coach for six years. While at Winthrop, he was responsible for all aspects of recruiting and served as the catching and outfield



coach. Prior to serving at Winthrop University, he was the head baseball coach for three years at Lander University in Greenwood, S.C. Coach McGuire earned a Bachelor of Science in sports administration from the University of South Carolina. As a studentathlete, McGuire was the starting infielder for the Gamecocks and participated in two NCAA Regional Finals. McGuire continued his baseball playing career after graduation, when he was selected to play professionally for the Zanesville Greys Class A Frontier League. He ended his playing career in 1994 to attend Morehead State University in Columbia, S.C., where he earned his Master of Arts in health and physical education. He took his first coaching job as the school’s pitching coach and catching instructor.

Men’s Golf Tees Off After winning the fall Region X Championship, the 20112012 golf team hosted the 18-hole Hurricane Icebreaker Gamble Stroke Play Tournament on February 20, the 18hole Hurricane UFO Dispute Stroke Play Tournament on March 16, and the 36-hole Hurricane Fusillade Challenge Modified Stableford Tournament on March 17, all at Bull Creek Golf & Country Club in Louisburg, N.C.  The spring schedule includes  tournaments in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Williamsburg and Newport News in Va., and in Smithfield, New Bern, Clayton, and Raleigh, N.C. They will also compete in several tournaments  against other NCAA DII, NCAA DIII, NAIA, and additional NJCAA teams from all divisions this season. Just before final exams begin at the end of April, the Region X Spring Championship will showcase the Division 2 and 3 golf teams from Johnston, Surry, Craven, Rockingham, Sandhills, Central Carolina, and VanceGranville Community Colleges as they compete against Louisburg at the Emerald Golf Club in New Bern, N.C. 

Volleyball Serves Success On and Off the Court The Hurricanes kicked off the 2011-2012 season in high fashion with an old-fashioned pep rally before the opening Lady ‘Canes volleyball game. The Roger G. Taylor Arena was packed with students, faculty, and staff sporting red “We Are LC” t-shirts. The LC cheerleaders and members of the dance team got the crowd excited as the fall athletic teams were recognized during the rally. The Lady ‘Canes defeated VanceGranville Community College that evening—a great way to start the year! The Lady Hurricanes volleyball team kept the positive momentum throughout the 2011 season, finishing #4 in the conference and advancing to the Region X Tournament, which was hosted by Surry Community College. The LC Spikers proved to be strong student-athletes as well, with the team’s semester GPA average at 3.187. Seven members achieved a 3.5 GPA or higher. Region X Honorable Mention Honors: • Marissa Lanier • Whitney Williams 2011 All-Academic Region X Volleyball Team Members: • Ashley Walls • Emily Kennington • Marissa Lanier

Softball Starts Strong for Spring Season The Lady Hurricanes softball program saw a changing of the guard in late 2011 as Don Stopa was hired to lead the ‘Canes as head coach. Stopa replaced Monica Gordy who accepted the same position at Mars Hill College. Stopa came from Pima Community College in Tucson, Ariz., where he was part of a coaching staff that led the Aztecs to a #9 finish in the NJCAA and a record of 51-14 in the spring of 2011.

Tournament on April 27-29. The winner of the doubleelimination tournament earns a bid to the 2012 NJCAA World Series in St. George, Utah, May 17-19.

Stopa got the Lady ‘Canes going early in the spring of 2012, as the team went 17-3 in the first half of their season. The team’s hot start was highlighted by an 11-game winning streak that included a pair of conference wins over rival Pitt Community College. The Hurricanes will finish off their 2012 regular season on April 22 then head to Sumter, S.C., for the 2012 Region X



Class Notes

RAYMOND STONE ‘47, a retired community college leader, is now in his second term as president of the North Carolina Senior Democrats. He and his wife, Rachel, live on their farm 12 miles north of Louisburg, which is just a short distance from his birthplace.

SUE M. HODGIN ‘54 writes to the alumni office that she has wonderful memories of the many friendships from her time at the College that have lasted these long years, and how those of her marriage to a fellow student which have been more “beautiful and fulfilling than ever I could have imagined.” She and Hubert H. (Hugo) Hodgin have been together 56 years and have two “scrumptious” children. Their son Hugh is married to Michele Sutter and lives in Calif.; their son Harrison is a sophomore at CA-Berkeley; and their daughter Susan is married to Michael Stanton and lives in Cranston, R.I., where Mike works for the Providence Journal and Susan teaches at the Gordon School. Their children are Emma, 16, who attends Moses Brown School, and Henry, 10, who attends the Gordon School. Should any classmate or acquaintances from Louisburg days wish to contact her, she’d love to hear from you by email at

ELMAR NEWTON HOLMES ‘58, a deputy clerk in the town of Louisburg, was honored by the Franklin County Veterans Office as a veteran supporter. A bronze mold of her right hand was displayed at the North Carolina Veterans’ Memorial Park in Fayetteville, N.C., on July 4, 2011, during a special program honoring one veteran from each county in N.C. Holmes was nominated for volunteering her time and effort in helping families of veterans acquire medals, awards, markers, and other benefits. She also collects coupons, cancelled stamps, and gifts for the V.A. Hospital in Durham. THE REV. HORACE T. FERGUSON ‘60, pastor of Holly Springs United Methodist Church, retired from active service in June 2011 after 23 years of service. FRED ROBERSON ‘62 (pictured) played the Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland, in 2009. DR. THOMAS B. LOCKAMY JR. ‘64 has served as the superintendent of schools for the Savannah-Chatham County public school system since July of 2005. During his tenure with the district, Dr. Lockamy has created an inclusive model of school-community interaction. Among his array of new initiatives are the Community Engagement Task Force, the Guiding Coalition, the Professional Senate (teachers), the Student Senate, and the Instructional Support Senate. The tangible results include a reduction in the number of schools designated as “needs improvement” from 15 in 2005 to five in 2008, implementation of the District Accountability System, restructuring of the central office, implementation of the Random Administrative Inspection process, mandatory school uniforms for all students, and passage of the Edu-



cation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (ESPLOST) referendum. In 2006, he was nominated for the National Superintendent of the Year and received the Georgia PTA 2006 Outstanding Educator and PTA Advocate Award. In addition, he was honored during the 2007 Tribute to Community STARs luncheon for his outstanding achievements and contributions by the Savannah Technical College Foundation Community Council. SUSAN MIXON PARRIS ‘64 lives in Raleigh and is “retired and loving it.” In a recent note to the Alumni Office, she expressed her gratitude to the College for “helping her get her start.” CAROL DEMENT WEEKS ‘65 helped bring a Boys and Girls Club to Zebulon, N.C., and was named Zebulon’s 2010 Citizen of the Year for her work to bring the new facility to Zebulon, her commitment to the club, and her devotion to children and the community. Weeks also serves as secretary for the club’s board of directors. ANN MCMURRAY ‘69 retired from Davidson County Community College in August 2011 after serving the college in various capacities for more than 20 years. McMurray started her career at DCCC in 1988 in the foundation office, and, within a year, was made the foundation director. Through the years, she served as the coordinator of institutional advancement, then instructional support services, and as the chairwoman of the business technology division and engineering and manufacturing technologies division. She served as the College’s associate dean of student development from 2006 until 2011. DR. TOM AURAND PH.D. ’70 recently joined Land O’Lakes Inc. to direct the industrial, ingredient, and food service business for the cooperative. Aurand has over 30 years of experience in the food industry, ranging from food starch technical service at Tate Lyle to developing new fruit ingredients, such as dried sweetened cranberries, for Ocean Spray Cranberries. Tom served in several R&D roles at Rich Products, a global supplier of desserts, whipped topping, and frozen dough to the food service industry. He has been involved in several university advisory boards, providing insights into aligning the academic community with industry trends. He also serves on the board of directors for Graceland Fruit, a global supplier of infused dried fruit to the food industry. Aurand received his Master of Science and doctorate degree in food chemistry from Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. JAMES (JIM) FLOYD AMMONS JR. ’75 (pictured) was re-elected to the superior court bench in Fayetteville, N.C., on November 2, 2010. As a judge, Ammons has held court in juvenile, domestic, abuse and neglect, traffic, civil, and criminal courts. He has presided in hundreds of jury trials, including many death penalty cases. He has taught business law and criminal justice at Fayetteville Technical Community College, and also taught courtroom testifying and legal vocabulary at the Fayetteville Police Academy. Ammons has served as a group facilitator for the National Judicial College, and as a guest instructor at the North Carolina Judicial College. Ammons, his wife Sandy, and their two children have served Cumberland County as volunteers with numerous community groups. They strongly believe in giving back to the community that has given their family so much.

MIKE CHAPPELL ‘78 recently retired as the principal of Jones Dairy Elementary School in Wake Forest, N.C. Chappell served in the North Carolina public schools as a teacher and administrator for over 31 years. JANELLE MITCHELL MEDLIN ‘81 retired from compensation services with the Wake County public school system in February 2011, after 30 years of service. Her first grandchild was born in February 2012. “Now didn’t my daughter have perfect timing,” she writes, “just waiting for me to retire!?” JOHN HATCHER III ‘82 of Summerfield, N.C., married Lynn Ryan, a 2nd grade teacher in Forsyth County Schools, on November 12, 2011 (pictured). TONY BEASLEY ‘87 joined the Washington Nationals Double-A club as the manager of the Harrisburg Senators in May 2011. During his professional career, he played nine seasons as an infielder in the Baltimore and Pittsburgh systems.

Charles, works at the Progress Energy Hyco Plant in Roxboro, N.C. LEWIS BRIDGFORTH ‘90 recently passed the exam and received certification for IT Infrastructure Library Foundation v3. JOHN BATES ‘91 was appointed Grundy County (Illinois) State’s Attorney on March 15, 2011. He will seek to retain the position in the 2012 election. JEFF BREWER ‘97, former president of the Friends of the Mountains-toSea Trail (FMST) who served for 11 years, is now serving the FMST as its vice president. “One way or another, I will always be working on the MST in some way, shape, or form,” says Brewer. When he’s not doing trail work, Brewer says he spends time working on Native American beadwork and going to powwows across the US. He also enjoys spending time with his wife and their 2-anda-half-year-old daughter, Lalan. Brewer’s parents, Sheron Edith Ussery ‘72 and Lewis Glenn Brewer ‘72, also attended Louisburg College.

CLYDE BOYETTE ‘87 was inducted into the Johnston County Athletic Hall of Fame in June 2011. Boyette, who was named to the All-State team, was The Wilson Times Player of the Year in 1981. His career pitching record was 27-5 at North Johnston High School. He began his collegiate career at East Carolina University but only stayed there one semester. After a three-year stint in the U.S. Army, Boyette resumed his baseball career at Louisburg College. He helped the Hurricanes reach the Junior College World Series his second season there. He finished his career at NC State, where he compiled a career pitching record of 4-0. Since 1989, Boyette has been a member of the Wake County Sheriff ’s Department. He has been actively involved with youth baseball in the Garner area for 15 years.

BRYON WHITE ‘97 is the proud father of two beautiful girls: Abigayle, 5, and Grace Anne, 3. He and his wife, Dabney, will celebrate their 10-year anniversary in the Turks and Caicos in June 2012. The family lives in Yorktown, Va., and White is employed as a database designer/analyst with Serco Inc. on a contract to the U.S. Navy. “I am still chasing my dream of being an artist by working on some side projects in graphic design,” White says. “In addition, I have my ‘97 LC Student Art Show award-winning morph-drawing hanging in my home. Mr. Hinton [LC art professor] would be proud. I am still an avid fly-fisherman and participate in some triathlons and other races.” In addition to running in the Shamrock Half Marathon in Virginia Beach this past March, he has his sights on a full marathon in the fall of 2012.

DONNA KAY HUFF ALBRIGHT ’90 married Charles Edward Albright Jr. on May 26, 2011, at the Horry County Courthouse in Conway, S.C. She has two stepdaughters, Elizabeth Dilaine Albright, 15, and Mary Grace Albright, 10. She has worked at WKRX/WRXO/Channel 10, also known as Roxboro Broadcasting, since 1997. Her new husband,

CHARLES OLIVER ‘03 is serving his third year as head coach of the Steward Middle School Boys’ Basketball Team in Richmond, Va. He is also the district manager of the retail chain Collectors Heaven, which sells NFL, NBA, MLB, NCAA, and NHL merchandise.

SAMANTHA PENDERGRAFT ‘10 studied abroad for a week in Doha, Qatar, in December of 2011. “I had the opportunity to learn about Islamic religion and Arabic culture. I also got to hold a falcon, ride a camel, and go sand duning,” says Pendergraft, a senior at Peace College. “The best part of the trip was spending my 22nd birthday with some of my close Peace sisters and new friends from Qatar University. I felt as if I was at home even though I was half way across the world.” LESLIE M.COLLIER ‘90 married Bill Collier November 13, 2011.


DR. MICHAEL PALMER, a former Louisburg College English professor and a part-time instructor at VanceGranville Community College, was honored for his 57-year academic career, when he was inducted into the Caldwell County Schools’ Hall of Honor on Friday, April 1, 2011, at the Granite Falls First Baptist Church in Caldwell County. Palmer taught at Louisburg for 32 years.

The late Tom Griffis, son of Lucy Ann Norwood Griffis from the class of 1910, presented his mother’s class medal and framed diploma to President La Branche in the fall of 2011 (pictured). The items will be added to the Louisburg College archives collection.




Mary Gladys Capps Shearin of Chapel Hill, N.C. passed away on January 12, 2012, at the age of 101. Her daughter, Jane Shearin Caviness, shared with the alumni office that her mother remembered her Louisburg days with “great fondness,” and shared stories with her about chaperoned trips downtown on Saturday afternoons and “white glove” events on campus. Shearin was a student during the time that a portion of Main Building burned.

Donald Harvey passed away on June 23, 2011.


Doris Strange Heron passed away on August 11, 2011. Sophia C. Wall of Louisburg, N.C., passed away on January 28, 2012, at the age of 98.


Edith Modlin Davis of Rocky Mount, N.C., passed away on March 6, 2011, at the age of 95.


George R. Oliviere of Sarasota, Fla., passed away on March 1, 2012.


Gloria Simpson Wilson passed away on March 21, 2008.

George R. Wise passed away on June 21, 2011.



Ruth Braswell Jones passed away on October 26, 2011.

John Oglesby Gravely passed away on February 19, 2011.

Marion Weeks passed away on October 23, 2008.

Edward “Allen” Stallings passed away on November 3, 2008.

James L. Currie passed away on August 28, 2007.


John W. Cooke passed away on July 14, 2010. Dorothy Hardin Cowan passed away on August 4, 2011. Mandy A. Creech passed away on July 15, 2011. Cridlin Gaillard passed away on November 5, 2010. Thomas Eaton Holden of New York City passed away on October 3, 2011.

Winifred Baum Cahoon passed away on April 8, 2010.

Ernestine Strickland Robinson passed away on July 21, 2011.

Leroy Glenn Ford passed away on July 2, 2011.

Daisy Rowe passed away on July 11, 2011.

Sara Foutz Mitchell passed away on July 19, 2011.


Jewel May Smith Shotwell passed away on December 20, 2010. Mrs. Caroline Walker of Wilmington, N.C., passed away in June 2010.


Wallace Chappell passed away on March 20, 2011.


Anna Morton Sanderford passed away on September 7, 2010.


Carolyn M. Broadwell of Knightdale, N.C., passed away on December 24, 2011 at the age of 85.


Dr. Adam T. Brenny passed away on September 9, 2007.

Mary McCormic Coffman passed away on April 3, 2011, at the age of 89.

Lyndon “Russell” Jernigan passed away on December 13, 2011.

Kenneth McKethan passed away on March 18, 2011.

Lucille Lewis Schulthise passed away on January 18, 2012.

Frances S. Wellons passed away on December 8, 2010.

Merle Tunstall Selisker passed away on July 1, 2006.

Lois Brown Wheless of Atlanta, Ga., passed away on December 10, 2011.



Bennie Claybourne Harper of Bunn, N.C., passed away on March 20, 2012.

Pearl Gomo of Greensboro, N.C., passed away on March 26, 2011.

Weldon H. Kimball passed away on May 22, 2011.

Helen Matthews Hancock passed away on August 31, 2011.

Marion Hodges Sloan passed away on April 11, 2010.



Betty Thigpen Swindell of Edenton, N.C., passed away on January 1, 2012.

Wallace G. Flynt passed away on January 3, 2011.


Willie Francis Harrelson of Lexington, N.C., passed away on June 18, 2011 at the age of 85. Thelma Manning Truitt passed away on August 4, 2011.


Joyce Boone Ammons of Fayetteville, N.C., passed away on January 1, 2012, at the age of 80. Mrs. Ammons attended Louisburg College, where she received an associate of arts degree and a one-year business certificate. She continued her education at Greensboro College, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in English. After being awarded a Ford Foundation grant for graduate study, she earned a master’s degree at Vanderbilt University in 1954. She later attended UNC-Chapel Hill, completing courses for certification as a school librarian. Her career in business and education included employment at Louisburg College as the secretary to the presiJoyce with then-President Cecil W. dent and as the Robbins. assistant in the offices of public relations and alumni affairs; at UNC-Chapel Hill as the administrative assistant to the superintendent of the university service plants; with Methodist College as an assistant librarian; Recent photo of Joyce. and at College Lakes Elementary School in Fayetteville, N.C., as a librarian and media coordinator.

After retirement, she served on the board of trustees of the Cumberland County Public Library. In 1950, she met fellow Louisburg College student J. Floyd Ammons. They wed in 1954 and were married for 38 years, until his death in 1992. A devoted and active church member throughout her life, she joined White Oak Methodist Church in Nash County as a child. She and Floyd helped establish Amity Methodist Church in Chapel Hill, where they were charter members. She was a current member of Haymount United Methodist Church. Her immediate family members are a son and daughter-in-law, Jim (see class notes, pg. 52) and Sandy Ammons of Fayetteville, N.C.; a daughter and son-in-law, Jane and Mike Gilchrist of Raleigh, N.C.; a son, Tommy Ammons of Lillington, N.C.; a son-in-law, Joe Ciriano of Burlington, N.C.; and her mother-in-law, Gussie Ammons of Fayetteville, N.C.. Her siblings are Edith Toussaint of Raleigh, and Warren Boone of Spring Hope. Her sisters, Thelma Cooke and Edna James predeceased her. Her daughter, Joy Ciriano, died in 2010. Her grandchildren are Sarah and Jamie Ammons; Ashley, Emily, Charles and Grace Ciriano; and Elizabeth and William Gilchrist. Robert C. “Bob” Hill of Oxford, N.C., passed away on February 16, 2011, at the age of 80. George Blackwell Murphy passed away on October 30, 2011. Charles B. Trebuchon passed away on February 20, 2011.


Dr. Robert K. Melvin passed away on September 17, 2009.


Margaret Jackson Purkerson passed away on March 22, 2010. Lota Harrison Johnson passed away on September 6, 2011. Bobby McColluck passed away on April 26, 2011.


Doug Edwards (see page 26) of Raleigh, N.C., passed away on November 22, 2011. Nancy Davis Robbins of Raleigh, N.C., passed away on March 28, 2012. Harvey Tippett of Durham, N.C., passed away on March 10, 2012.


Dr. John C. LeMay D.V.M. of Durham, N.C., passed away on June 6, 2011, at the age of 84.


Wade A. Childress passed away on February 1, 2010. Lola Mae Jeans Clifford of Richmond, Va., passed away on September 6, 2011, at the age of 77. Nada Garber Cooke passed away on November 17, 2008.

Clyde Daugherty passed away on June 27, 2011. Alice Poyner Faircloth passed away on November 8, 2010. James William (Bill) Varker of Chesapeake, Va., passed away on January 7, 2012, after a long illness. He is survived by his wife, Lucy, and daughter, Susan Varker Rowling, along with a host of family members and friends. Throughout his life, he enjoyed serving in many civic and professional organizations and enjoyed a long career with the City of Chesapeake as its personnel director.


Colonel Mayland Cloice Baker of Selma, N.C., passed away on November 4, 2011, at the age of 80.

His passion for good food and music were well known to all who knew and loved him. Danny R. Hinton of Middlesex, N.C., passed away on February 20, 2012 at the age of 62.


Eddie Clifton Richards of Zebulon, N.C., passed away on January 14, 2012, at the age of 60.


Joe E. Morris passed away on November 27, 2010. Morris had a 32-year career with Guilford County Emergency Services, first as a paramedic and then as a communications (911) operator. At the time of his death, he was employed at N.C. Baptist Hospital in Emergency Communications.

The Rev. James A. Williams of Kittrell, N.C., passed away on January 22, 2011, at the age of 91.

Jane-Waring House Wheeler of Louisburg, N.C., passed away on September 5, 2011, at the age of 58.





William Lawrence Pratt passed away on April 15, 2011. Linwood E. Baird Sr. of Charlotte, N.C., passed away on September 10, 2011, at the age of 76. Mr. George Alton Dodson passed away November 30, 2011.

Michael Roy Hinson passed away on August 18, 2011. Cohen Long passed away on August 7, 2011.


Minister Robert H. Neal of Franklinton, N.C., passed away on September 23, 2011, at the age of 65.

Ross Person Lane passed away on August 22, 2011.

Jennifer Stewart passed away in 2011.

Joyce Wynn Stevenson passed away on June 9, 2007.



Edward Vause, former Louisburg College Eng-

Kenneth Mason passed away on August 1, 2011.


Dr. D. Barry Lumsden passed away on June 14, 2011. John Martin Tucker Sr. passed away on July 1, 2009.


Tony Glenn Fuller of Charlotte, N.C., passed away on November 8, 2011.


Henry Douglass “Doug” Lindsay III passed away September 23, 2011. The College’s Young Alumni Service award has been named in his memory.


Travis D. Pearce passed away on July 22, 2011.


Charles “Blue Boy” Bumpers Sr. passed away on October 10, 2011, at the age of 60. G. Dominic “Butch” Germano passed away March 25, 2011, at the age of 59. In 1977, Germano was one of the founding members of the band “The States,” which went on to receive a major label contract and toured with several bands, including “Hall and Oates.” In recent years, he was a restaurant owner, first with Zia Marie in Chic’s Beach, Va., and later with Razzo in Norfolk, Va.

lish professor, passed away on April 19, 2011, at the age of 86.

Martha Jeanette Fuller Rogers, wife of former Louisburg College Trustee John Allison Rogers, passed away on February 27, 2011. The Rogers were loyal supporters of the College, especially the performing and visual arts. The couple, who were married for 54 years, lived in Kittrell, N.C., and both participated in the family business of agriculture and real estate. Mrs. Rogers was blessed with the gift of song and shared her beautiful voice from the age of 3 with her community and fellow church members of Plank Chapel United Methodist Church. She also served her church in many other capacities, most notably as president of the United Methodist Women for many years and most recently she enjoyed participating in the Senior Circle. She was an avid reader and loved to travel. Her extensive travels often involved collecting antique carnival glass and sharing that passion with numerous friends from all over the world. Of all her travels, her favorite place to visit was her summer home at White Lake, N.C., where she made many family memories of swimming and boating with her children and grandchildren. Whether at home, church, or traveling, music always played an active part in her life as she generously shared her gift of song with those around her. Mrs. Rogers is survived by her husband, children, and grandchildren.



then & Now Love for Louisburg College runs deep in the Reghanti family, according to T.J. Reghanti ‘11 and mother Rita Patterson Reghanti ‘71. It all began with Rita’s stepfather, Dr. Marvin Pleasants ‘40, a local dentist with artistic talent who painted some of the presidential portraits that today grace Main Building. Later, brothers Bill and Lewis attended Louisburg, but it was through the tragic loss of a third brother, James Robert “Crow” Patterson, that Rita came to understand how community can also be a kind of family. Crow played football for Marshall University during Rita’s freshman year. On November 14th, 1970, after returning to West Virginia from a game at ECU where Marshall had been defeated, Rita learned that the chartered jet carrying her brother and his team had crashed, leaving no survivors. Overwhelmed by grief, she dropped out, but only briefly. A visit from chemistry professors C. Ray Pruett and Clara Frazier inspired her to return to Louisburg, go

onto to UNC-Chapel Hill, and ultimately become a pharmacist. “My family was torn apart. They were my professors. I respected them. Really, this whole community embraced us like that.” The concept of small classes with caring professors recently drew Rita’s son, T. J., to Louisburg College. In his role as a Louisburg College Ambassador, he served as a liaison between the College and visitors and was a popular campus tour guide. “My dad always says, ‘Start out strong,’ so I’m doing even more than I did in high school.” T.J. joined Phi Beta Lambda, the College’s business fraternity in 2011 and attended the state conference that spring. He is now a junior at Appalachian State University and pursuing a degree in business management. Rita says she enjoyed watching T.J. take his turn at something that transcends the academic. “I like the balance of the faith and the education. Louisburg College has been a wonderful experience for everyone in the family. And, now, it’s T.J.’s experience.”

College’s Counseling Director Makes an Impact at State Conference During the Annual N.C. SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) Conference, held November 18-20, 2011, in Raleigh, Louisburg College’s director of counseling services, Fonda Porter (pictured), was named the SADD Advisor of the Year. The annual conference is the training ground for students and advisors who make up the local SADD chapters across the state. Chapter leaders and representatives spend three days at a retreat, where they participate in prevention and peer leadership training. The N.C. State Highway Patrol, Alcohol Law Enforcement, the Sheriff ’s Department, representatives from various police departments, and Mothers Against Drunk Driving conduct highway safety workshops to educate the students about the latest and most effective tools in peer leadership related to their attitudes toward underage use of alcohol, drinking



and driving, seatbelt use, distracted driving, speeding, and other unsafe driving behavior. Members of the College’s SADD chapter presented “Project Impact,” a startling depiction of the number of people killed in accidents involving impaired operators, with each fatality represented by a stick pin.

2011-2012: The College Welcomes New Students! THOSE FIRST STEPS were taken on the bright summer afternoon of August 19, 2011, by 420 Louisburg College freshmen who followed a procession of faculty and staff along the same path they will walk for their graduation ceremonies in 2013. Led by a bagpiper, the group walked from the steps of Main to the Seby B. Jones Performing Arts Center where the freshman induction ceremony was held. President La Branche gave opening remarks to a packed audience of the students’ family members and friends. With the freshmen seated front and center, SGA President Dietra Holloman (pictured, below, on the far left with President La Branche) spoke to them about the many benefits of attending a small college. As she finished her address, she challenged them to “remember that the decisions you make in the

next two years will follow you the rest of your life.” Academic Dean Dr. Jim Eck led the students in signing the College’s honor code and reminded them that he has high expectations for each and every one of them. “You all have a 4.0 GPA and are on the dean’s list today.” Vice President for Enrollment Stephanie Tolbert (below, center, with President La Branche) and her staff took turns reading each of the students’ names, welcoming them into the Louisburg College family. Following the ceremony, the College hosted a BBQ dinner on the Jones Center lawn. Professor Craig Eller and his band, The Troubadours, provided live music as students dined and socialized with family, friends, faculty, and staff.



College Welcomes Two New Board Members


he College is pleased to welcome Ms. Anne Dickson Bowen of Charlottesville, Va., and Mr. William “Bill” C. Shelton ‘69 of Raleigh, N.C., (pictured, with President La Branche) to its board of trustees.

MS. ANNE DICKSON BOWEN Anne has been associated with Louisburg College her entire life through her mother, Francis Boyette Dickson. Ms. Dickson is a 1921 graduate of Louisburg College and served on the board of trustees from 1984‐1999. In 2010, the board of trustees named the College auditorium the Francis Boyette Dickson Auditorium in recognition of her loyalty, dedication, and extreme generosity to Louisburg College. Anne is a resident of Charlottesville, Va., and graduate of St. Mary’s Jr. College (Raleigh, N.C.). She works in the real estate industry and manages her own investments. She takes great joy in leading efforts to help support the mission of a number of non‐profits, including St. Anne’s‐Belfield School and the University of Virginia Art Museum.

MR. WILLIAM “BILL” C. SHELTON ‘69 Bill was born in Louisburg to W. F. and Anne Freeman Shelton. He graduated from Louisburg High School in 1967, Louisburg College in 1969, and ECU in 1971. He completed post-graduate courses at UNC-Pembroke in the late ‘70s. Bill worked for the North Carolina Department of Revenue for 31 years in their Lumberton, Laurinburg, Rockingham, and Raleigh offices. In 1991, he was promoted from field auditor to administration officer in the sales and tax division in Raleigh, retiring in 2004. Bill is also retired from the U.S. Army Reserve with 35 years of service, leaving as a lieutenant colonel serving as the North Carolina regional coordinator for the Army’s Command and General Staff Offices School based in Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. In 2005, Bill began working with Vericom Inc., a Raleigh telecom services consulting firm. In September 2010, he formed William Shelton Consulting LLC, providing telecom consulting services for Vericom Inc. and others. He is an active member of Trinity Baptist Church in Raleigh, where he serves as a recreation outreach center (gym) manager and also as an extended care teacher for 4 year olds. Bill is past president of Laurinburg Kiwanis Club in Laurinburg, N.C., and Highwood’s Kiwanis Club in Raleigh. Bill and his wife Karen are the proud parents of Chris, a residential mortgage broker in Raleigh, and Kelly, a school administrator for KinderCare in Durham, N.C. In 2006, Bill and a high school teammate were able to establish a granite memorial to teammate James Robert Patterson who was known to most as “Crow.” Patterson died in the tragic Marshall University plane crash in 1970. The football field was permanently named the James Robert Patterson Memorial Field and the stone memorial is known as “Crow Rock.”

The College’s Alumni Board is pleased to announce the addition of five new members this year: Maury York ‘73 Mike Chappell ‘78 (See Class Notes, page 53) Charles Rucker ‘72 (Author of My Louisburg Story on pages 16-17) Mary Charles Smith ‘98 Kyle Perkins ‘07 (Recipient of the Young Alumnus Service Award, page 24)



From L-R: Teresa Walters at the piano. Louisburg College trustee Tad DeBerry ‘85, his daughter Eleanor, Peggy Wilder ‘60, Carroll Joyner, and Kurt Carlson, vice president for institutional advancement, enjoy a reception honoring members of the College’s Old Main Society and Society of 1787.

College Hosts Special Events for Donors Two very special events last held this year in appreciation of the College’s donors, including members of Old Main Society, Society of 1787, Louisburg Society, and Friends of the Arts. Performing for a packed Benson Chapel on April 29, 2011, internationally-acclaimed pianist Teresa Walters enchanted the audience with compositions from Franz Liszt (1811-1886) to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the great pianist’s death. This special evening reception

Leading the Way

Front Row, L-R: Kiantta Reid, Ashley Walls, Keryn Shionis, Allie Ball, and Sara Christmas Middle Row, L-R: Mack Watson, Chalea Adams, Jonathan Blakely, and C. J. Phillips Third Row, L-R: Dalton DaCosta, Decola Williams, and Tyler Brownlee Back Row, L-R: Zach Wurl, LaQuel Bailey, Kendall Bennett, and JeJuan Griffin

and concert recognized Friends of the Arts and Louisburg Society members. On the evening of October 14, 2011, members of both Old Main Society (donors who have included the College in their estate plans) and Society of 1787 (donors who have contributed a total of more than $50K to the College) attended a reception given in their honor at the home of President and Mrs. La Branche.


created a unique leadership program for Louisburg College students. This past fall, 21 students were selected as peer leaders based on their role model and leadership characteristics. The program’s main purpose is to provide these students with the opportunity to work alongside their resident community coordinators (RCCs), help with programming, and strengthen their relationships with their residence hall peers. Each peer leader serves as a communications channel for their peers by relaying information to the RCC about ideas for programming, hall decorations, community standards, and more. Peer leaders receive leadership development during the semester through weekly staff meetings and regular interaction with their RCCs. They are expected to abide by the guidelines set by Jillian Cruser, peer leader program coordinator, and their respective RCCs.

“I hope to share my leadership skills and ideas with other students,” says LaQuel Bailey, a sophomore from Surry, Va., who plans to become a teacher and basketball coach after completing his bachelor’s degree. Another peer leader, Kiantta Reid, a sophomore from Garner, N.C., chose to attend Louisburg because of the small size of the campus. She shares that she has “shed much of the shyness” she arrived with, and has started sharing her ideas for educational programs with her peers. For Kendall Bennett, attending Louisburg has been akin to a second chance at academic success. “I did not have the best grades coming out of high school,” he explains, “and Louisburg is a stepping stone for me to excel in life.” Kendall says he hopes to “bring a little of what he knows from his life” to help his peers move in the right direction.



Common Challenge, Shared Hope By Barry Burger, Volunteer in the Office of Marketing and Communications

Over 130 faculty from more than 15 North Carolina colleges and universities were in attendance to discuss faculty roles in student retention and to share best practices regarding student retention. Attendees had the opportunity to attend concurrent workshops and plenary sessions that covered topics such as “Owning the Issue: Attention Equals Retention,” “Using Multimedia Tools to Improve Learning in Online Courses,” and “Retention Issues in Mathematics and the Sciences.” Several Louisburg College faculty members served as presenters, along with faculty and administrators from North Carolina Wesleyan College, Campbell University, St. Augustine’s College, and Lenoir-Rhyne University. “Rethinking Faculty Roles in Student Success: Thinking Systemically” served as the theme for the keynote address given by Dr. Patrick Terenzini during the Faculty Day of Scholarship hosted on Friday, March 23, by Louisburg College. Dr. Terenzini, a renowned professor at Penn State University, has nearly four decades of experience in higher education as a teacher, researcher, and administrator. He presented his findings regarding the research-based premise that individualized instructional approaches are consistently more effective in enhancing subject-matter learning than the more traditional approaches, such as lecturing. His presentation set the mood for the remainder of the day. The feedback from the sessions was overwhelmingly positive. Survey comments from one faculty member in attendance read, “The event itself was a rousing success. It seemed to me that there were some very productive dialogues and that there came out of this a sense of community, not just of a Louisburg community, but of a larger community of educators in similar environments.” A common theme that emerged during the day was the realization that institutions of higher learning share similar obstacles and therefore can learn from each other, and that, as new obstacles arise, new solutions are needed. In regard to retention, there was a clear message that retention will take care of itself if the focus is on the learning process. “The day was an amazing opportunity to share ideas with other institutions and learn from some of the industry leaders about best practices in retention efforts,” said Stephanie Tolbert, Louisburg’s vice president of enrollment. Louisburg College improved fall-to-spring student Program Presenters (From L-R): Anthony Locklear, director of college access programs at NCICU; Jason Modlin, vice president for student life, Louisburg College; Joretta Nelson, vice president/owner, Performa Higher Education; Dr. Patrick Terenzini, keynote speaker and Penn State University professor; Stephanie Tolbert ‘97, vice president for enrollment, Louisburg College; and Dr. Jim Eck, executive vice president for academic life, Louisburg College.



retention rates by 6 percent this past semester, and continues to study new and innovative ways to improve retention. Last summer, several North Carolina colleges joined together to form the Eastern North Carolina Consortium for Higher Education. The members include Barton College (associate member), Cape Fear Community College, Chowan University, East Carolina University, Edgecombe Community College, Elizabeth City State University, Louisburg College, Mt. Olive College, Nash Community College, North Carolina Wesleyan College, Upper Coastal Plains Learning Council (affiliate member), and Wilson Community College. The conference was made possible through grant funding from the U.S. Department of Education via the College Access Programs, sponsored by North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities. According to North Carolina Wesleyan College President and Consortium Chair James A. Gray III, the aim of the Consortium is “to promote cooperation among the member institutions for the sharing of ideas, information, services, and resources that will further their mutual goals and the economic development and growth of eastern North Carolina. Joint ventures among consortium institutions may include professional development and grant efforts, sharing of library resources, cross-registration, and other similar initiatives.” “Discovering, developing, and implementing strategies to help students persist on their path to fulfil their promise is sacred work,” Louisburg College President Mark La Branche remarked at the end of the day. “Louisburg College was honored to host this gathering of dedicated faculty in the ongoing quest to help students succeed.”

College Welcomes New Chaplain In May 2011, Rev. Shane Mario Benjamin (pictured) was appointed to serve as chaplain of Louisburg College by Bishop Gwinn, the Episcopal leader of the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Students Make a Clean Sweep of Their Community

Rev. Benjamin served as the pastor of Asbury Temple United Methodist Church in Durham, N.C., for 12 years before coming to Louisburg. He has taught courses at Duke Divinity School and St. Augustine’s College. He replaces our former chaplain, the Rev. Alice Davis, who began her appointment as pastor of Jefferson United Methodist Church in Goldsboro, N.C., in the summer of 2011. “We are grateful for her ministry among us,” said President La Branche of Chaplain Davis’ two years of service to the College.

President La Branche (left) and Dr. Jim Eck (right), with members of the softball team after a hard day’s work.

On Monday, August 22, 2011, the incoming freshman class of Louisburg College partnered with the Franklin County Solid Waste Task Force (FCSWTF) for “Operation Clean Sweep.” For three hours, Louisburg College Chaplain Shane Benjamin coordinated student volunteers as they spread out across the town of Louisburg, picking up trash along the streets, open areas, and sidewalks. Faculty and staff volunteers helped lead and transport groups of students during the service project. The FCSWTF supplied assistance along with maps, reach extenders, safety vests, litter bags, water, and refreshments. The group of approximately 250 volunteers cleaned up an 11-mile area of Louisburg, filling some 60 bags of trash and 40 bags of recyclable materials.

“Stormy Glow,” by Jennifer Downey.

The HeART of a College

This service project was intended to foster a greater connection between the campus and its neighbors and to introduce students to ways they can serve the community in which they live.

Through the tireless efforts of Louisburg College art professor Will Hinton, the College welcomes the works of artists from around the country in its Traveling Art Exhibition Series. Please join us next season as he brings another fascinating group of artists and their work to the College’s Edith C. Lumpkin Community Gallery. The first show of the series will feature the paintings of Jennifer Downey. Downey plans to fly here from her home in California for the show’s opening night. Her work addresses the feminine perspective and the resiliency of our planet’s environment. Stay tuned to for more information and a complete schedule this summer!

Nicole Interdonato, associate director of admissions, with Clean Sweep teammates Nick Costas ‘13, Richie Schattauer ‘13, and Brett Allen ‘13.



Summer Makeover Interns on a Mission Louisburg College science professor Jennith Thomas accompanied Louisburg students Terence Goard, Shakeila Jones, and Ryan Wegener (pictured, above) during the summer of 2011 to the Eastern Shore of Maryland. But instead of relaxing on the beach along with the locals and tourists who frequent the calming shoreline of the Chesapeake Bay, Thomas and her students were hard at work at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. The internship was funded by the Curriculum Improvements Partnership Award for the Integration of Research (CPAIR) grant from NASA, was created to support undergraduate science research at minority-serving institutions. The College’s share of the funding is $156,000, over three years, some of which will come to the College directly to be used to purchase classroom supplies and help to cover salaries and travel expenses. For the next two summers, Thomas will accompany a group of Louisburg students to Goddard and continue their participation in the project. “Team Louisburg,” as they’ve come to be known by Goddard personnel, has completed the first phase of the CPAIR research project. The group has monitored the satellite data of the Upper Tar River taken over the



last decade. Phase two will begin next summer. “We were very pleased that our mentor, Dr. Miguel Roman, wanted to keep us together for the entire project,” says Thomas. “Part two of the study will be an evaluation of disturbance versus biodiversity.” During the summer of 2012, the students will utilize computer applications that they have recently trained on to more specifically analyze the data. Thomas will return next summer with Goard and Wegener; however, Jones will likely be spending the summer as an intern at the Johnson Space Flight Center in Houston. The team delivered a presentation on their findings at the August 2011 meeting of the Earth Science Directorate. As a result of this research—which is planned to continue at least through 2013—the citizens of North Carolina will have access to new information and analysis that will provide insights into the state’s ongoing monitoring of the ecological functioning and biodiversity of the Tar River watershed. This vital watershed is recognized as one of the most important on the eastern U.S. coast because it is home to a number of endangered species, some of which cannot be found anywhere else on earth.


hroughout the summer of 2011, we continued to make improvements to our historic campus. Workers stripped layers of paint off the columns of Main and then applied a fresh coat to the majestic pillars. A new landscape design on Main lawn was completed, as was a sand volleyball court next to Merritt. We updated classrooms in Taft, created a coffeehouse/study lounge in the chapel lobby, and installed new bleachers in the Roger G. Taylor Athletic Center. Other improvements included: refurbished desk chairs for the residence halls; a T.V. and computer lounge in Franklin Hall, along with updated bathrooms with a more feminine design for the female–only residence; credit card vending options for the residence halls’ washers and dryers; expanded outdoor gathering spaces; and newly-installed emergency call boxes.


One student’s story of trial and triumph


ost teenagers—or, for that matter, anyone outside of the medical community—have never heard of Juvenile Pilocytic Astrocytoma. But for one Louisburg College freshman, it’s a familiar term. C. J. PHILLIPS ‘13 received the diagnosis in 2006 at the age of 16.

When he first began having severe headaches, vision trouble, and nausea, his mother took him to a physician who diagnosed him with migraines and sent him home with a prescription. But the symptoms continued, and, during a routine visit to the eye doctor, his ophthalmologist was stunned to discover a tumor on the optic nerve of his brain stem. After a 10-hour surgery to remove the grapefruitsized growth on his fourth ventricle, C. J. awoke from the anesthesia to find he was completely paralyzed and unable to speak. After a month of therapy, his speech returned, and, after two months, some of his dexterity had come back. But the journey to a fuller recovery would require two years of intensive physical and cognitive therapy. No one could have guessed at the time that he would eventually become a counselor at a camp that literally floats on the sea, or that he would find success at the collegiate level. However, C. J. was determined to not only regain his strength, but also to beat the odds that were so heavily stacked against him physically, emotionally, and cognitively. Growing up in the small town of Sparrowbush, N.Y., C. J. and his younger sister were homeschooled by their mother, Terry, a single parent who devoted much of her time and attention to her two children. C. J. was an active child who enjoyed playing soccer, riding his bike, and swimming. “I’ve always loved the water,” he says with a smile. And, having earned his certification to teach SCUBA just a year into his recovery, C. J. knew he had the skills and the passion to work on the water. “When I learned about SeaTrek, it looked like fun and I knew it was something I wanted to do.”

their different cultures. The boat stopped at one port every week to stock up on supplies and allow time for the crew to stretch their sea legs. During the summer of 2011, as C. J. set sail for another aquatic adventure, his mom, who had recently relocated to Franklin County, N.C., was making frequent visits to the College’s Admissions Office on behalf of her son. He had applied earlier in the year, and she was helping to finalize the process in his absence. As he embarked on his freshman year this past August, C. J. stepped onto a campus that was just the right fit for him. With plans for a career in pediatric intensive care nursing —a desire that was confirmed for him while going through cancer treatment—C. J. will complete his first two years at Louisburg, and then plans to transfer to either Appalachian State or UNC-Wilmington. “I’ve always wanted to help people,” he says, “and nursing will allow me to do that.” Although you would never suspect it when you meet him in person, C. J. still struggles somewhat with his cognitive skills. That’s where the Learning Partners program at LC comes into play. As a student of the program, C. J. receives the extra bit of help he needs to succeed in his coursework. “They are helping me understand new approaches to learning,” he says, adding, “I would recommend Learning Partners to anyone—it’s the bomb!” He is also quick to credit his biology teacher, Mrs. Diane Cooke with providing him the inspiration to excel in science. Along with his studies, C. J. is active in a number of extracurricular activities, including the College’s SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) chapter and the judicial board.

SeaTrek ( is a tropical adventure summer program in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) where teen-aged “campers” live and play onboard one of several 46-foot catamaran sailing yachts. With the encouragement of his family and permission from his doctor, C. J. caught a flight out of New York headed for the BVIs in the summer of 2007. Once there, he boarded a sailboat with 16 other campers and counselors for a month-long Caribbean adventure. Sailing within a 100-mile radius of the BVIs, C. J. was tasked with prepping meals for the crew and leading campers on a number of dives. The campers came from all over the world, and he enjoyed getting to know them and learning about

C. J. (far left) with SeaTrek campers during the summer of 2009.



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Class of 2011: Ready for a Great Future! LAST YEAR’S COMMENCEMENT exercises began with a graduates’ breakfast on May 6 in the Jordan Student Center. Students, family, and friends, along with several staff and faculty members, gathered to reminisce about their time at Louisburg and to celebrate their achievements. During the breakfast, each graduate was welcomed into the alumni association by Alumni Board President Bill Shelton. The following morning, the College held a traditional baccalaureate service in Benson Chapel. President La Branche opened the service with a reminder that baccalaureate is an “opportunity in the midst of our achievement to glorify God.” Guest speaker Chuck Cook, district superintendent of the Goldsboro district of the United Methodist Church, preached on the topic of fear and faith. Invoking Biblical passages in John 20, Cook talked of how Jesus’ first words to his disciples were “Peace Be With You.” Telling the graduates that “perfect love casts out fear,” Cook challenged them that as they “go out into unchartered territory, from the known to the unknown, to remember our God is in us and with us.” Led by bagpiper Robert White, a long line of faculty, staff, special guests, and graduates

processed from the steps of Main to the Jones Center where the commencement ceremony was held. Regina Miller ’82 (pictured, top right) delivered the commencement address in which she recounted stories from her life. “You learn who you are and what you want from your failures,” Miller told the audience. “If you have learned how to manage failure,” she went on to say, “you have succeeded.” Regarded as one of the all-time best women’s basketball performers in the school’s history, Miller was an All-American at the College under Coach Sanderford and, in 1981, led the Lady Hurricanes to one of the school’s two national titles. In October 2010, Miller was inducted into Louisburg College’s second Athletic Hall of Fame. And in April 2011, she was named as the new head coach for the women’s basketball program at the University of Illinois-Chicago. A special festival choir (pictured, bottom) consisting of Louisburg students and staff, as well as members of the local United Methodist Church’s choir, performed during the ceremony under the direction of Angela Adkins, the College’s director of choral activities. The day wrapped up with a reception in the lobby of the Jones center which spilled over onto the lawn as attendees enjoyed the beautiful spring day!



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Leave a Legacy. Beth Norris has… Beth Norris, trustee and wife of Allen Norris, Louisburg’s President from 1975-1992, has included the College in her estate plans so that students like Stefan Gailliard ‘13 and Loren Noonen ‘13 (pictured with Beth) are able to fulfill their dream of a college education. Please consider supporting future generations of Louisburg students through a bequest or a gift that pays you income during your lifetime. For more information, contact Kurt Carlson, vice president for institutional advancement, at 919.497.3325 or kcarlson@

Columns - Spring 2012  

The Magazine for Louisburg College Alumni & Friends.

Columns - Spring 2012  

The Magazine for Louisburg College Alumni & Friends.