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MAGAZINE STAFF: Editor: Teresa Buckner, Media Relations Coordinator Associate Editor: Mike Thornhill ’88, Director of Communications Contributors: Beth Hardin ’08, Director of Alumni Relations Rick Baker, Sports Information Director Matt Vader, Assistant Sports Information Director Carol Boggess, Professor of English Rebeccah Neff, sister of Noel Kinnamon Cindy Whitt ’06, Admin. Asst. to the Dean of Student Life Curtis Hunter ’62

Mars Hill [mahrz hil] noun 1.



A site in Athens, also known as the Areopagus, where Paul used persuasive reason and logic to preach Christ to the intellectuals of first-century Greece, as detailed in Acts 17:21 of the Bible. A town in the mountains of North Carolina known for the beauty of its surroundings and its welcoming, small-town atmosphere. A college in the town of Mars Hill which strives to provide the best in liberal arts education for its 1300-some students.

4. A concept (esp. for faculty, students, staff, and alumni of Mars Hill College) signifying that place where faith meets reason, to lay a foundation for a life of character and compassion.

MARS HILL COLLEGE ADMINISTRATION President: Dr. Dan G. Lunsford ’69 Executive Vice President: Dr. John Wells VP of Institutional Advancement: Bud Christman VP of Finance: Neil Tilley Executive Director of Planning & Auxiliary Services: Dr. Grainger Caudle Special Assistant to the President for Strategic Initiatives: Dr. Joy Kish ’82 Director of Human Resources Deana Holland


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In This Issue: Letter from the President ............................................4 Mars Hill College Celebrates Grand Opening of South Asheville Site ...............................................5 A Bird’s Eye View... Professor and Students Study Birds in WNC ................. 6

“Gladly Would He Learn and Gladly Teach” Remembering Noel Kinnamon ...................................8 Amazing Alumnus Curtis Hunter ’62 .......................11 Amazing Alumna Mary Margaret Fulk ’06 ..............14 MHC Named to President’s Community Service Honor Roll (for the fifth time) .................17 Lion Athletics: 2012 Fall Sports Recap.....................18 Lion Player Overcomes Setbacks to Play Lacrosse ................................................20 Young Alumni Weekend/Fiddlin’ 5K........................21 Homecoming 2012......................................................22 Alumni of the Year & Scenes from Homecoming 2012

Faculty/Staff ...............................................................24 Scholarly Achievements & News

Class Notes ..................................................................27

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When last I spoke through the presidential letter for Mars Hill, the Magazine of Mars Hill College, I made reference to the upcoming opening of Mars Hill’s second location, on Airport Road in south Asheville. I’m now pleased to announce that the new site opened on January 7 and classes began on the same evening. Classes in eight degree programs, including a master’s in education, are now available through Mars Hill’s Adult and Graduate Studies program in south Asheville. The new, beautifully-renovated facility has spurred excitement in Mars Hill’s adult programs throughout the region, and AGS reports an increase in applications from people who are specifically interested in taking classes at the site. In addition, AGS is set to begin its third cohort of master’s students at the end of May. On the main campus, enthusiasm continues to build in two arenas: new residential facilities and new degree programs. Steady progress on our two new residential facilities is clearly evident on and around “Men’s Hill.” Laurel and Dogwood residence halls, due to be complete by the fall semester, will house over 100 students in beautiful brand-new housing. Also this fall, Mars Hill will begin classes in its newest major: criminal justice. Dr. Barbara Sims, a professor with extensive experience in criminal justice education, was hired in the summer of 2012 to develop a program which will meet the professional needs of students, while being true to the Mars Hill’s liberal arts mission. The resulting program, recently approved by the faculty, already has students lining up to begin. The next curricular challenge for Mars Hill is to continue to evaluate the prospects for a new nursing program. By the time you receive this magazine, the board of trustees will have met to formally consider the potential of adding nursing to our growing list of professional majors. Such future plans are the foundation of Mars Hill’s new strategic plan for 2012-17, which was recently approved by the board of trustees. The plan, carefully constructed by faculty, staff, administrators and board members, aggressively tackles the future of the institution, to expand and provide services in a variety of ways that will appeal to potential students and donors. From this strength, we aim to transition into university status while remaining true to the historic legacy of Mars Hill College. Our goal, as always, is to move forward with an even stronger vision for the institution as the premier private university in the region. Dr. Dan Lunsford ’69 President


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Mars Hill College Celebrates Grand Opening of South Asheville Site Approximately 200 people attended the grand opening of the new south Asheville site for Mars Hill College on Airport Road on January 7. Two ribbon cutting ceremonies involving college officials as well as the Asheville and Henderson County chambers of commerce were part of the festivities. Dr. Dan Lunsford, president of Mars Hill College, expressed appreciation to all who had a part in making the new location a reality, including the MHC trustees, members of the administration, and college faculty and staff. AB Tech Community College will also lease space for classes at the site. Dr. Hank Dunn, president of AB Tech, said he was proud to be part of a cooperative effort with Mars Hill College to provide greater educational opportunities in the region. Programming at the new location will be administered through the MHC Adult and Graduate Studies (AGS) program. According to Marie Nicholson, Dean of the program, Mars Hill’s AGS classes are designed to fulfill the needs of working adults who would like to further their education. “The opening of a location in south Asheville expands opportunities for people throughout the region to take advantage of the degree programs offered through Mars Hill College,” Nicholson said. “The new Airport Road location makes Mars Hill classes more accessible for adult students in the Asheville and Hendersonville areas, who may not have time to drive to Mars Hill after work for class.”

Photos: Outgoing board chair Mike Groce, Dean of Adult and Graduate Studies Marie Nicholson, President Dan Lunsford and incoming Board Chair Dixon Free hold ribbon cuttings with members of the Asheville and the Henderson County chambers of commerce; approximately 200 people came to the opening reception.

Educational programs to be offered at the site will include general education and major classes toward bachelor’s degrees in education (elementary, middle grades, special education, integrated education and teacher licensure), business management, criminal justice and social work. Classes toward a master’s degree in elementary education also will be held at this site. Additional major programs may be added later. All classes are evening classes that will meet one night per week. Refreshments for the opening celebration were provided by Ruby Tuesday Restaurant.

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A Bird’s eye view...

MHC Professor and Students study bird populations in wnc

Encroaching development and climate change in western North Carolina are factors that will affect the bird species in the region, as well as the animals that prey on them, into the foreseeable future. But how will these species be affected, and to what extent? These were the questions that Dr. Scott Pearson ’84, Mars Hill College professor of biology, and his student assistants, Jaimie Little ’12 and Aki Masunaga ’11, undertook to answer in a research project begun two summers ago. “We wanted to know how residential development affects the diversity of birds in our area,” Pearson said. “And in particular, we wanted to study whether the phenomenon of building houses in the woods makes changes in the diversity of forest birds and the types of animals that prey on birds and their nests. The research was led by Pearson, in collaboration with Heather Lumpkin, a graduate student from the University of Wisconsin. Now Mars Hill graduates, Little, a zoology major, and Masunaga, a biology major, were hired to work on this project for two summers. Findings of the study were published in an article called “Effects of Climate and Exurban Development on Nest Predation and Predator Presence in the Southern Appalachian Mountains,” in the August 2012 issue of Conservation Biology magazine. The study compared frequency of nest predation in various sites within 20 miles of Mars Hill, which were chosen based on a variety of conditions, including: elevation, mean temperature, density of development and forest cover. The team placed artificial nests in a grid pattern on each site, baited with both real quail eggs and artificial clay eggs. They placed foam plates on the ground to record animal tracks and motion-activated cameras near the nests to record the predators that disturbed the nests. In general, the study found that as temperature and residential development rise, so does the frequency of predation. Predators of bird nests included raccoons, opossums, squirrels, blue jays, American crows, black bears, skunks, coyotes, and bobcats. Temperature had the greatest effect; predation rates were much higher at the warmer, low-elevation sites. Residential development also increased predation rates but to a lesser extent. 6

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Some predators such as raccoons, dogs, and domestic cats were more prevalent at sites with more houses. The study further determined that different bird species have different sensitivities to the factors of development and temperature. Pearson said, “This area of the southern Appalachians supports bird species that are indigenous to both the northern areas and southern areas of the United States. We found that species characteristic of more northern areas, which are found at higher elevations, tend to have a greater response to residential development. The first few houses don’t make much of a difference, but as a group, northern birds become less abundant as more houses are added in a forested area. In contrast, southern birds, as a group, are more tolerant of changing conditions.” According to the research, migrant birds, which spend their winters in the tropics, were most sensitive to residential development and to increases in nest predation rates. Only a few species, such as the American goldfinch and American robin, seemed to thrive with greater development, Pearson said. According to Pearson the research has implications for the future of western North Carolina. It also suggests ways to mitigate the damage that development causes to bird nesting areas.

“Creating, or leaving a ‘brushy edge’ of thick vegetation near residential clearings can mitigate some of the effects by giving birds a thick, protected area for nesting,” Pearson said. A complimentary analysis with MHC student Klara Rossouw ’13, found that housing developments that protected their tree cover and limited the density of houses retained most of the forest bird species. Such mitigating factors might make the difference in whether the variety of birds currently seen in western North Carolina will continue to thrive here. For Little and Masunaga, the study provided a chance to jump into the world of scientific field study. Every other day, the two students visited all the sites and gathered data, replacing and rebaiting the artificial nests with new track plates and new eggs. Back at the lab, Heather Lumpkin and others on the team would evaluate data, tracks, photos, and tooth marks in the eggs to determine exactly what predators had attacked the nests and how quickly they had done so after baiting. So, while the classic image of scientists conducting labwork held partially true for this study, Little and Masunaga often found that scientific research also involved wandering in the woods, at times hiking up near vertical mountain slopes, carrying up to 30 pounds of research equipment. “It was hard, sometimes exhausting, but I loved it,” Little said. “I loved the field work and I loved just being able to experience the dirty work of science.” Little said the experience confirmed her desire to pursue a graduate degree iin science at some point in the future. “I think a lot of people really don’t realize how much goes into a scientific study, but I think it’s super important for people like me who are considering furthering their education in graduate school to participate in an internship or other research opportunity like this. It helps you answer that question: is this type work a fit for me and for my life?” Masunaga, who is now in graduate school seeking a degree in marine biology, said she felt lucky to have been part of the study. “It was a really good experience, and I felt lucky to be involved in the project with a wonderful professor like Dr. Pearson,” Masunaga said. “I think that is one of the advantages of attending a small college like Mars Hill. There are fewer people in your major than at a larger school, and so you really have more opportunities for hands-on research and one-on-one learning with your professors.” In recent years, Mars Hill has made undergraduate research a focus, and most majors require students to complete a senior seminar that focuses heavily on research specific to the major. Many students also make research presentations at a spring program called SLAM, or Student Liberal Arts Mosaic. Not surprisingly, Masunaga did a presentation during her senior year on the bird research she had done with Dr. Pearson. Pearson said he finds it gratifying to see his students gain valuable research experience. “A project like this is a wonderful opportunity for undergraduate biology students to interact with graduate students, so that they can really see what graduate school will be like,” he said. “That interaction, plus the hands-on experience, is really the best way for them to determine if a career in science is what they want.”

Facing Page: Dr. Scott Pearson; Top: Jaime Little and Aki Masunaga collecting data; Middle: A deer is caught on camera checking out an artificial nest; Bottom: clay eggs. Mars Hill, The Magazine - Spring 2013


Gladly Would He Learn and Gladly Teach


Noel Kinnamon (1943–2012)

Of study took he most care and most heed Not one word spoke he more than was need And that was spoke in form and reverence And short and quick and full of high sentence. Sounding in moral virtue was his speech, And gladly would he learn and gladly teach ~~~ So Chaucer described the clerk in the Canterbury Tales, but the words seem equally appropriate to describe our own Noel Kinnamon, who died last fall at the age of 69. Students called him “Papa K,” or “Special K,” or “Mr. Shakespeare ”—nicknames he cherished. To his colleagues he was Noel, attentive “The Clerk” from mentor and generous friend. Chaucer’s Canterbury To the college administration Tales he was Professor Kinnamon, 8

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a quiet senior faculty member dedicated to the college. His collaborators respected him for his meticulous scholarship. Still others, including student editors of Cadenza (the student literary magazine) over the years, considered him the quintessential copy editor. Although he shunned the spotlight, he came alive in the classroom, awakening students to the thrill of reading British writers like Chaucer, Shakespeare, Sidney, Herbert, and Hopkins; to the pleasure of memorizing the Lord’s Prayer in Old English; or to the satisfaction of composing an expository essay or an original poem. No matter how we knew him or what we called him, Dr. Noel Kinnamon is a Mars Hill legend. As a member of the English department for 45 years (1966–2011), Noel Kinnamon taught thousands of students. But length of service and number of students served is only part of his story. He was a professor who successfully delivered a variety of courses to learners at different levels. In line with his work ethic and commitment to teaching, he always returned student essays, complete with copious marks and

helpful comments, the very next class period. That impressed his colleagues, especially those who teach writing; yet students valued his spirit even more than they did his preparedness. As one recalled, “Just his entrance into the classroom electrified the entire place.” Exactly how he generated that electricity remains a mystery, Noel Kinnamon, early in his teaching but students did respond. career at MHC. One entry appearing on the website Rate-my-professor describes him as “adorable when he gets excited or passionate about something.” Adorable is an interesting adjective for him, but certainly he was always excited about teaching and learning and passionate about his subject matter. His courses were both challenging and fun. Students frequently noted his high expectations but always added that he inspired them to meet those standards and was always willing to help. As for the fun, they must have enjoyed the poems he recited, the plays they dramatized, the interactive websites they created together. He even went so far as to prepare medieval dinners for his classes, bake Moravian cookies and bring them to the final exam, and send each student in the Shakespeare class a postcard from Stratford-on-Avon. As one student remembered, “He opened his heart and home to many of us and shared his love of literature and learning. I was young, scared, and away from home for the first time. To have such a dear kind gentle spirit help me through my freshman year has always been a significant memory.”

from the tobacco fields and threshing machines of his boyhood. But it was during those first four years that he developed his life-long passion for literature and music. In addition to the academic success that led to his being inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, he sang in the Duke Men’s Glee Club and continued his study of organ performance. Noel’s love of music is evident in his vast collection of sheet music and CDs, which is dominated by performances of his favorite organ pieces and performers, including Mars Hill College graduate Dr. Dan Locklair ’71, Professor of Music at Wake Forest University. Professor Kinnamon was most available to students in the classroom or in his office, where the door was always open, but he felt most at home when immersed in research. He made numerous trips to London, which he called his “second city,” and Maidstone, in Kent, where he spent countless hours in libraries, public records offices, and government archives, reading and transcribing often nearly illegible 16th and 17th century manuscripts and records related to the lives and literary works of the Sidney family. He also conducted research at other libraries such as the Folger Institute in Washington, DC; the Huntington Library near Pasadena, California; and, of course, the libraries at Duke and Carolina. In his last years at Mars Hill College, Renfro library gave one of its research carrels to Dr. Kinnamon so that he might have a campus space dedicated to his study.

His research resulted in the publication of seven books in collaboration with Dr. Margaret Hannay and Dr. Michael Brennan, and most recently, Dr. Hannibal Hamlin. He also contributed numerous articles to scholarly journals such as Christianity Today, Notes and Queries, George Herbert Journal, Spenser Review, Noel enjoyed their surprise when he told students, and Sidney Journal. As his especially basketball fans, that collaborator and friend, he was a graduate of both Duke Margaret Hannay, wrote, and Carolina. After completing Noel had an international his undergraduate years at Duke, reputation “as one of the he began graduate studies at most important textual UNC, where he received his scholars of his generation.” advanced degrees. He came to Along with his noteworthy Mars Hill College directly after accomplishments, he was receiving his master’s, and in his generous. As one fellow early years of teaching continued scholar acknowledged, to work toward his doctorate, “Noel’s immense erudition reaching that milestone in 1976. was always carried with Perhaps his generous support Noel Kinnamon poses with his sister, Rebeccah Neff great generosity to others.” for students derived from his at his retirement own undergraduate struggles This generous spirit is a to make a successful transition trait that many of Noel’s from his rural upbringing to the demands of academic Mars Hill colleagues appreciated. He was dedicated life. College must have seemed like an alien world, far continued Mars Hill, The Magazine - Spring 2013


Remembering Noel Kinnamon, Continued...

to the idea that a college committed to students should also support the continual development of its faculty, and for Noel that meant encouraging their scholarship and writing. He personally extended to colleagues pep talks, advice for seeking funding, and expert copy editing. The year he retired Noel and his sister, Rebeccah Ne, established a fund to assist faculty who need to travel for scholarly projects. Noel Kinnamon enriched the life of all who knew him. One of his many admirers, Kris Kramer, writing from England in his blog, September 19, 2012 summed it up: “His death echoes through London and Oxford where he published through OUP and conducted research and had friends, as well as [through] the Mars Hill community. I pray that his passing so quickly might teach lessons about our need to love others, be mindful of the margins of life, and count the blessed gift of life in all its fragility.â€? 4FWFSBMPG/PFM,JOOBNPOTGSJFOET GBNJMZNFNCFST and former students contributed to this remembrance.

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Dr. Kinnamon was also an accomplished poet, although only a few of his poems were published. “Seedtime� (right), written in memory of his father, Paul James Kinnamon, was published in Cornerstone Vol. 23, Issue 106, 1995. “Woodmanship� was also written in memory of his father, who helped him build his beloved house in the woods near campus. 10

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Seedtime: John 12:24 No gardening this year, you had begun to say, But the blood would thaw and you would plant again. This was your season; Your seeds would already Have found the light, and you would have told the fruit from the silver on the bough, soon you would have woven vines into cool green shade. And when your riches came in you would have given them away. You were right: we will remember you by this, each time we watch for a bud or sprout. The dark mute blaze that ďŹ lled your brain has made of you your own best harvest.

Woodsmanship The ďŹ rst to bloom, though I’d never seen it, The serviceberry bleeds now into fall, Weeks before the tenacious oak and beech, Its leaves high on a twisted trunk straining Through a canopy my father couldn’t Thin: a master of chain saw melody, He loved trees more, even the service tree, Though he never did see this one, and left It for me unawares, the very spot Where he stopped to rest the blood ballooning Near his heart or weary of the staunched ow Beneath a sapling, grown now and stained with A splash of crimson on the still vibrant Green, though it will spring again and ourish. September 6, 1985

Amazing Alumnus

Curtis Hunter ’62

“Living the Dream� How Three Retirees Rode 3,922 miles on the TransAmerica Bicycle Trail and Raised over $7,000 for Alzheimer’s Research

by Curtis Hunter ’62

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Curtis Hunter, continued But how did we get here and what led three guys in their 60s to do a self-supported bicycle ride across America? First, a little background. I am a 1962 alumnus of Mars Hill and will always have fond memories of the school. Some favorite professors included: L.M. Outten, Nona Roberts, Harley Jolley and John McLeod. The school, the instructors and the spiritual emphasis provided a caring environment that eased my transition from high school to college. After graduating, I transferred to UNC Chapel Hill where my wife, Carole Day 1: Virginia Beech, VA (Ridgeway), and I met at the Baptist Student Union. We married in 1965 and had three wonderful children, Michael, Rebecca, and Stephen. After four years in the Army, I had a 36-year career with the Veterans Benefits Administration, retiring in 2006. I hadn’t ridden a bike much since my teenage years but 30 years of jogging led to knee problems and I had to switch to a non-impact sport. I bought a road bike in 2006 and began commuting to work in DC via the George Washington Bike Trail. In 2008 I joined co-workers Don Williams and Bill Miller for the Des Moines Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI). Completing RAGBRAI led to other across-state rides in North Carolina, Colorado and a repeat of Iowa in 2010. During these rides we talked about riding across the country; gradually we talked ourselves (and our wives) into some serious planning. My brother-in-law and Don’s mother Above: Day 67, July 1: Curtis, Don, had late-stage Bill atop Togwatee (TOE ga tee) Pass, Alzheimer’s. Seeing Wyoming. what they and the family caregivers had gone through the past few years motivated us to use the ride to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Association. The TransAmerica Bike Trail was first ridden in 1976 as a part of the country’s bicentennial celebration. Since then, 12

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thousands have ridden the route using maps prepared by the Adventure Cycling Association. Many have documented their rides in online journals which provided useful information on how to prepare for the ride, what to take and what to expect along the way. The route goes through Virginia, Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Washington and Oregon. On April 26, 2011, Don, Bill and I began our east to west trek in Yorktown, Virginia. We prepared a schedule but our objective was to enjoy the ride and not be tied to a calendar. Online journals frequently mention the generosity and support of the people one meets along the TransAmerica Trail and we experienced this many times. All across the country we met people who went out of their way to be helpful, offer meals or recommend a place to get showers or stay overnight. They gave us renewed faith in our humanity. t

A young man ran out of a building in Mechanicsville, Virginia, to give us three bottles of cold water while we had stopped for a light.


June Curry (the Afton, Virginia, Cookie Lady) apologized for the condition of the bike house because she “can’t keep it up the way she used to.” Thousands of cross-country cyclists have stayed there since 1978.


Dee and Becky at Fat Daddy’s Pizza in Bevinsville, Kentucky, arranged an overnight stay at the Freewill Baptist Church when our camping options were nil.


Beth and Garry Feltus have been opening their Caneyville, Kentucky, home to TransAm cyclists for many years. Their email invitation offered us “…a place to stay, a hot meal, cold beer, bed and laundry if you’d like.” A major highlight.


Rachel, a local business person, insisted on paying for our lunch at Kelly Rae’s Country Café in Whiteville, Kentucky.


A lady at her Illinois farm warned us that a tornado watch had been announced and we should be ready to take cover quickly since there were no services available for the next sixteen miles.


Wade Booth, pastor, First Baptist Church of Pleasanton, Kansas, and wife, Janet, let us stay overnight in their parsonage after a very hot and windy ride. The alternative was camping in the heat with a water hose for a shower.


Jason Young, pastor, First Christian Church, Eads, Colorado, invited us to camp indoors at the church and showed us where we could go for a swim and get a shower.

Curtis Hunter, in the 1962 Laurel

People like these help make the U.S. a great place to live. At St. Louis, Bill’s wife and my wife, daughter, and son joined us for a two-day layover. It was great to reunite after a month on the road. My son, Stephen, had brought his bike and he rode with us for three days and 191 miles along the unpaved KATY Trail (in Missouri). The outstanding memory in Kansas was the long, hot, flat rides between small towns. We would ride from silo to silo; larger towns had three silos. In Fairplay, Colorado, Bill’s wife and mother-in-law joined us and we had an unplanned rest day due to snow on June 20! The next day we had a four-mile climb to the top of Hoosier Pass, the highest point on the TransAm Trail at 11,539 feet. Two days later Don’s wife joined us for a mini-reunion in Silverthorne. Riding and camping in the Tetons and Yellowstone was spectacular, but crowded on a July 4 weekend. I was surprised by the desert terrain in eastern Washington with its deep shades of green and brown “camouflage” colors. Fortunately, the temperature was in the 80s; normally it’s in the 100s. More surprising was the quick changeover to a tropical forest environment just two days later as we approached Portland, Oregon. Portland is the most bike-friendly city in America. They have well-marked bike lanes on most of the major roads in town. They also have street signs just for bicyclists showing primary destinations, the distance and the estimated time to bike there. Top: Day 80, July 14: Beautiful fields of contrasting colors in Washington State Bottom: Day 82, July 16: Bill, pluggin’ away on a 50-mile day from Umatilla, Oregon, to West Roosevelt, Washington. Columbia River on left; Oregon is across the river.

One of the more enjoyable aspects of the ride was tying into

the network of long-distance cyclists who share information about their rides online. We encountered them in every state. In Wyoming we met three brothers in their 20s, two on a tandem, riding across the country to Wilmington, North Carolina, up the east coast to Canada, and then across Canada and home to Oregon in 4.5 months. Their parting words were, “Remember to take time for Jesus, guys.” In Goble, Oregon, we met John and Ann Rhodes, a very fit 70-year old couple from New Zealand, who were riding a tandem from Vancouver to Denver. On our last day we stopped at the Fort Clatsop National Memorial, a re-creation of the campsite the Lewis and Clark Expedition used during the winter of 1805-06 before returning home. The last 20 miles seemed like all hills; after a final two-mile climb we crested the last one Curtis Hunter, “without a helmet,” and got our first look at and with his wife Carole. the Pacific. We took a picture to commemorate the moment and coasted the rest of the way into Seaside where we finished the ride at the Lewis and Clark Monument. I’m really glad I did the ride; it fulfilled a dream and gave me a tremendous sense of accomplishment. It settled the question about whether I could do more than a week-long across-state ride and I now know that I can climb long mountain grades and cope with cold, rain, heat, and wind. If you’re thinking, “I wish I could do that,” let me assure you that, with a little time on a bicycle, you can! Build up slowly to where you can bike 50 miles a day for 5-6 days; then do an across-state ride or two to build confidence and experience and you’ll be ready. That’s essentially what we did and it worked! We are grateful to everyone who contributed during the ride; we raised almost $7,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association. You can still make a secure on-line donation at: This has been a very brief description of the ride. If you’re interested in more detail my online journal is at: A map of our ride is at Mars Hill, The Magazine - Spring 2013


Amazing Alumna

Mary Margaret Fulk ‘06

by Teresa Buckner

It was a Mars Hill College class with the morbid title of “Death and Dying,” that Mary Margaret Fulk credits with igniting the spark that would lead to her profession. “I know that sounds weird, but I really loved that class,” she said. “It was about giving people end of life care that’s really affirming and dignifying and it touched me as something very important.” Death and dying is something that Mary Margaret confronts every day, as a program director with Arts for Life at Duke Children’s Hospital & Health Center. Duke Hospital, one of the most elite medical institutions in the world, treats patients facing a host of serious and lifethreatening conditions. 14

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Mary Margaret and other team members for Arts for Life use art projects to give pediatric patients and their families an outlet for emotional expression and creation in the midst of some of life’s most trying circumstances. “We get to bring light into a really dark time for patients and families,” she said. “No one would want to have a child or family member diagnosed with a chronic illness. But here at Arts for Life, we get to walk alongside families during their difficult journeys and we invite them to express themselves through art.” Mary Margaret’s association with Arts For Life started during her junior year at Mars Hill. Professor of Social Work Beth Vogler, who taught the Death and Dying

Mary Margaret Fulk in the 2007 Laurel.

class, put Mary Margaret in touch with her stepdaughter, Anna Littman. At the time, Littman had recently written and received a grant to begin the organization. During her senior year, Mary Margaret started working with Littman, and volunteering with Arts for Life at Mission Hospitals in Asheville. As a Bonner Scholar, she was able to use the many hours she spent with patients to fulfill the scholarship’s volunteerism requirements.

laugh in the midst of struggle and suffering is a valuable and important tool,” she said. In addition to Vogler, Mary Margaret credits the culture of Mars Hill College, and in particular, the work of the LifeWorks Office with helping to develop her passion for helping others. Her advice to high school students is find a college that will help you develop your passion in life.

“If you want to fly under radar, not get involved, and be Not long before Mary Margaret’s graduation in 2006, an just another face in the crowd, then Mars Hill isn’t the interim program director position school for you” she said. “But if opened with AFL in Asheville. She you want to be involved, connect applied, and with her alreadywith a strong and challenging “If you want to fly under extensive experience, she got the job. community, and know that radar, not get involved, professors and staff care about you “I graduated on Saturday, and I and your individual pursuits, then and be just another face in stepped into a job on Monday Mars Hill is your home,” she said. the crowd, then Mars Hill morning,” Mary Margaret said. “It was quite an adjustment.” That summer, a full-time position as program director became available at Duke Hospital. Mary Margaret applied for that position, and she has been in Durham for over five years.

isn’t the school for you, but if you want to be involved, connect with a strong and challenging community and know that professors and staff care about you and your individual pursuits, then Mars Hill is your home.”

One of the biggest characteristics she feels she learned from participating in the many LifeWorks service opportunities is that to be a compassionate and empathetic person, you must first learn to be an active listener.

Now, Mary Margaret calls on the “At Mars Hill, I learned it’s really lessons she learned in class and by hard to support a cause if you don’t experience to bring creativity, dignity, know anything about it. I learned and joy through artistic expression that it’s important to talk to people, to children and their families who to learn about them. Some of my Mary Margaret Fulk ‘07 are facing infusions, transplants, greatest experiences at Mars Hill chemotherapy, and a host of other point back to times when I just sat scary and sometimes painful and talked with people, listened treatments. The art table becomes to their life story, learned from their successes and as a conduit for expressing all the fear, pain and anger failures. I learned that to be an advocate, you must first of chronic illness for sick children and their family learn about the person or population that you want to members. advocate on behalf of. I also learned, I hope, to be a good “Art gives patients an outlet to express their feelings and listener. Part of the reason I connect with patients and to reconnect with their families. The physical journey of families today is that I’m good at listening. I don’t always a life-threatening illness is very emotional for the whole have answers, but I can listen,” she said. family. With Arts For Life, the whole family is invited Mary Margaret said her time at Mars Hill was a time of and encouraged to participate” she said. growth: academically, emotionally, and spiritually. She In the midst of a chronic medical diagnosis, caregivers sees her college years as a training ground for finding can sometimes fail to notice that siblings suffer from and developing her calling. emotional turmoil when a brother or sister is diagnosed “I can definitely look back and see God’s plan in leading with a chronic or terminal illness, Mary Margaret said. me to MHC and in leading me to Arts For Life. I’ve “Sometimes brothers and sisters can get overlooked been given the opportunity to work for an incredible during the medical process, but everyone is welcome at organization, and my hope and prayer is to simply do my the art table. One of my favorite things is to witness an job well, and to serve these incredible families with grace entire family work on the project at hand and become and humility, ” she said. excited about it. The ability to come together, smile and continued

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Mary Margaret Fulk, continued And in fulfilling that call, Mary Margaret finds joy for herself, even in the midst of what some might call dismal circumstances. “It’s a complete honor to get to be in my position and get to work with families, to learn from them, to share with them and just love them. Life is about relationships, and I get to form relationships with strong, brave, and creative children,” she said. “No one really knows where life will lead, so you have to choose each day to find joy in the journey. My journey has been pretty amazing so far, and I’m excited for what the future holds.”

Mary Margaret Fulk, poses with Dr. Dan Lunsford, shortly after being crowned 2007 homecoming queen.

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MARS HILL COLLEGE NAMED TO PRESIDENT’S COMMUNITY SERVICE HONOR ROLL For the fifth time since 2006, Mars Hill College has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll annually recognizes institutions across the nation for their commitment to and achievement in community service. The Honor Roll recognition increases the public’s awareness of the contributions that colleges and their students make to local communities and the nation as a whole. Nationwide, a total of 690 higher education institutions were named to the 2013 Honor Roll. Of this number, 113 institutions earned the recognition of Honor Roll with Distinction (a recognition that Mars Hill achieved in 2012.) According to LifeWorks Director Deb Myers, approximately 931 students, staff and faculty at Mars Hill College gave 45,675 volunteer hours of community service last year. (The 2013 award is for hours of service given the previous year.) This total includes hours given for service scholarships (for example, Bonner and Grayson scholarships), as well as planned service events on campus (such as MHC’s Day of Caring in August and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service in January). The amount does not include volunteerism on the part of individual students or participation in campus-based programs to raise money or awareness to address significant social issues, like hunger, illegal drug use, or bullying.

Scenes from the MHC Day of Caring in August and the Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service in January: (left, top to bottom): Several Mars Hill students, faculty and staff work at Fields of Hope in Mars Hill; Alexis Miller washes windows at the home of a Mars Hill resident; Dr. Dan Lunsford, president, cuts cabbage at Fields of Hope. (Right, top to bottom): Lacey Dill and Teona McCain stock shelves for the Backpack Program at Mars Hill Baptist Church; Jerry Previlus removes brush at the home of a Mars Hill resident; Clay Bunch cuts grass at the Anderson Rosenwald historic school site in Mars Hill and Chris Epperly washes a car at Beacon of Hope.

Myers said that community engagement through service to others is a vital part of the mission of Mars Hill College. “Community engagement connects Mars Hill College students to our community, both locally and globally,” she said. “Through service, students have the opportunity to positively impact the community in which they live while developing critical thinking and problem solving skills. Additionally, students apply classroom learning to real life experiences, improve interpersonal skills, and develop a lifelong commitment to make a difference in their community.” Mars Hill, The Magazine - Spring 2013


LION ATHLETICS: 2012 Fall Sports Recap Article by Rick Baker Photos by Cindy Whitt and Matt Vader

Mars Hill fall sports teams wrapped up a successful campaign that saw two Lion teams capture South Atlantic Conference championships, produce one AllAmerican, one Academic All-District performer, and 10 All-Region student athletes. Mars Hill athletics teams had 23 student-athletes named all-conference, including one player of the year and two coaches of the year. For the 16th consecutive season, the men’s cross country team won the South Atlantic Conference Championship behind First-Team All-SAC performances from freshmen Alex Griggs and Cesar Reyes, as well as senior Eric Blackburn. Carter Benge and Kiel Bollero earned second-team all-conference honors, and Chase Shermer was also named to the All-Freshman Team. Head Coach Mike Owens was named the conference’s Coach of the Year. Griggs placed third in the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional and advanced to the National Championships in Joplin, MO, where he placed 16th among freshman runners.

Above: Cesar Reyes; Below: Faith Trammell.

The women’s cross country team placed fifth at the SAC Championship meet. Faith Trammell was named First Team All-SAC for her performance in the event, while Savannah Hulbert was named to the All-Freshman team. The Lions went on the finish 14th in the Southeast Regional, with Trammell placing 17th as Mars Hill’s top performer.

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The football team tied for second in the SAC with a 6-4 overall record, 5-2 in conference play. Defensive lineman Troy Harris was named the conference’s co-Defensive Player of the Year. Joining him with First-Team AllSAC honors were Dimitri Holmes, Shaikel Davis, Nick Allison, and Mam Nyang. Deunta Jennings and Rudy Cabral earned second-team honors. Davis, Allison, and Harris were each named All-Region. The team was ranked as high as second in NCAA Super Region II and had a five-game winning streak during the season. For the second consecutive season, the men’s soccer team appeared in the NCAA Tournament. The Lions captured the South Atlantic Conference regular-season title, the first in school history, and finished 14-3-3 in conference Coach of the Year Gary Hamel’s first season. Midfielder Alex Mullen earned honorable mention All-American honors. Along with Mullen, Stephen Bivens, Zac Scott, Felipe Ferraro, and Shadi Harb earned All-Region honors. Gregg Munn was named Academic All-District for his excellence on the field and in the classroom, and was also named all-conference. Andres Diaz also earned All-SAC honors. The Lions were ranked as high as eighth in the nation during the season.

Dimitri Holmes

The women’s soccer team finished 6-13 overall and made the South Atlantic Conference Tournament as the eight-seed. Midfielder Alyssa Morris was named Second Team All-SAC after leading the conference in assists. The volleyball team finished 14-15 overall and earned the number seven seed in the South Atlantic Conference Tournament. The Lions pushed second-seeded Tusculum to the brink before falling in the tournament. Junior Marissa Wixson was named second-team allconference. The Lions won three games in a row twice during the season.

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Like most college athletes, Bobby Petersen grew up loving and playing all kinds of team sports. Eventually, he settled on lacrosse as his favorite and he began to throw his time and energy behind those skills that are particular to the sport. That work and focus paid off last year when Bobby transferred from a college near his home in Michigan to Mars Hill College and tried out for the lacrosse team as a walk-on. He made the team, which at the time was ranked 10th in the nation. It is an all-American story that is repeated over and over for college athletes. The story of man (or woman) and sport is usually a life-long and dedicated love affair. Bobby’s story is much the same. Except that every shot Bobby makes—every block, every play—he makes with one hand. Bobby was born with a condition that rendered one of his arms much shorter than the other. Playing any college sport one armed is astonishing, especially lacrosse, an intensely physical game that requires players to handle the stick with tremendous strength and eye-hand coordination.

“I really liked the area, and then I found out that Mars Hill had my major, so I decided to transfer,” he said. To improve his skills, Bobby spent the summer in Ontario playing Canadian “box” lacrosse with a traveling team. Then in the fall, he came to Mars Hill as a junior graphic design major and a walk-on member of the lacrosse team. Aside from his classes and practice, he said he has had little time for other clubs or interests on campus. “He does a good job,” said MHC lacrosse coach Dave Klarmann. “He works hard and he doesn’t hold back. He can’t do everything that some other attack players can do, but then, lacrosse is a game where you can minimize your weaknesses and maximize your strengths. And Bobby is good at that.”

But for Bobby, playing with what some might see as a limitation is just another day on the field. “I just don’t even think about it,” he said. “That’s how it’s always been.”

According to Klarmann, Bobby is “just one of the guys,” to the other players. “The nice thing is the guys pull for him, but they don’t cut him any slack,” he said. “If he stands there with the ball in front of the cage, they’re going to nail him. But when he scores, you can also tell that there’s a little extra pride there, throughout the team.”

Bobby traces his matter-of-fact attitude to his parents, who never tried to steer him away from an interest in sports. “When it came to sports, my parents treated me and my little brother and sister all the same. There was no difference,” he said, shrugging. “I wanted to play sports so I got to play sports.”

Bobby will admit he is not one of the standouts with the Lions, but he is a team player who is proud of his association with the team. “We’re a pretty darn good team. We have a lot of talent,” he said. “I don’t play a whole lot here, but I try to take my opportunities when they do put me in.”

As a relative newbie to the South, After playing hockey, basketball, Bobby Petersen Bobby is still adjusting to North football, and bowling as a child, Carolina’s version of winter he channeled his energies into (which, according to Bobby, is lacrosse in high school. “Once I hardly like winter at all) and to a southern culture that got to high school, I realized lacrosse was definitely my favorite sport and the one I wanted to put the most work does not revere lacrosse nearly as much as his Michigan hometown. But he is glad he made the move that would into. I kind of stopped playing a lot of the other ones, allow him to spend more time with the sport he loves. and I just tried to focus on lacrosse,” he said. After high school, Bobby played lacrosse on a club team “I would just say that if you want to do something, do it,” Bobby said. “I think you find a way to work around at Oakland University in Michigan But then he went to problems. They’re just setbacks; they’re not roadblocks.” visit a friend who was playing lacrosse at a small college in North Carolina called Mars Hill. 20

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Come to The Hill April 12-14 for Young Alumni Weekend. Dine and network with your fellow alumni at Jack of Hearts and El Dorado Latin Grill; play volleyball on the new sand courts behind Broyhill Chapel; and enjoy a presentation of the first play ever presented in Owen Theatre: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

On S Saturday, April 13, you can “Run for the Music” at the Fiddlin’ 5K. The event, hosted by the Liston B. Ramsey Fid Center for Regional Studies, will benefit the Bascom Lamar C Lunsford “Minstrel of Appalachia” Festival and the Junior Appalachian Musicians. The race will begin and end on the MHC campus and rrunners will pound up and down those famous Madison County hills to the beat of live local music. C After the race, join fellow racers and alumni on the MHC Afte quad for a Kid’s Dash, more good music, beautiful awards local artisans, and delicious refreshments from Earth Fare. made by lo Finally, whether you run or not, you are invited to engage in a service project with MHC’s LifeWorks office, and SoleHope, a nonprofit in western North Carolina that works with communities in Uganda to teach a trade and provide shoes for African children.

RSVP for Young Alumni Weekend, or for individual events at or (828) 689-1148 by 3/29; REGISTER for the Fiddlin’ 5K at ($25 race fee w/t-shir; $18 race fee w/out t-shirt)

HOMECOMING 2012 Alumni of the Year Dr. Caryl Guth followed her 1955 graduation from Mars Hill by obtaining BS and MD degrees from Wake Forest University, then moved to the San Francisco Bay area, where she practiced anesthesiology until her retirement in 2002.

When Marcus Thomas graduated from Mars Hill College in December of 1985, he believed he was headed toward a life and a career focused on his passion for active adventure. But then, a skiing accident in March 1986, left him paralyzed from the shoulders down.

Among other positions, she served as chair of the Department of Anesthesiology at Mills-Peninsula Hospitals and held leadership positions with the San Mateo County Medical Association, the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the California Medical Association, and California Association of Anesthesiologists.

About six months after the accident he received a set of Crayola paints as a gift to pass the time. The simple gift opened a new world and Marcus found that painting the scenes of nature kept him engaged in the outdoors.

After retirement, she moved back to Wake Forest, where she has endowed the Caryl J. Guth Chair for Holistic and Integrative Medicine. Her list of honors and awards is too long to list, but includes Distinguished Service Awards from the California Association of Anesthesiologists and the Wake Forest University Medical Alumni Association.

Painting has become Thomas’s full time occupation, with sales through calendars, art shows, and a website. Marcus and his wife Anne travel to art shows all over western North Carolina, Virginia and, in the winter, Florida.

Last fall, Thomas’s painting, Biltmore Winter, was chosen for the label of Biltmore Winery’s 2012 Christmas Wine. Together 2012 Alumni of the Year: (l-r) Susan Midgett, Dr. Caryl Guth, President Dan Lunsford, Dr. John Hough, Marcus Thomas with MHC alum Leslee Johnson ’96, he has also published a 25-year retrospective titled: Flight of the ~~~ Mind, A Painter’s Journey Through Paralysis. After leaving Mars Hill in 1954, Dr. John Hough received ~~~ degrees from Wake Forest University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Susan Odom Midgett graduated from MHC in 1986 with a BA in Elementary Education. Over the years His career path as a teacher and principal at schools in she has put her background in education to work in North Carolina and Virginia eventually led him back many capacities outside the traditional classroom to Mars Hill, where he became chair of the education department from 1962 to 1971. He continued to serve as from corporate training and project management for American Express Corporation. She also designs a professor in the education department until 1984. and facilitates curriculum for children’s programs at For a decade, he served as dean of educational services her church, and coaches swimming. She is active as at Catawba College and as a public school administrator. a community volunteer and has served on numerous He then returned to head up the education program at committees and held leadership positions with many Mars Hill from 1994 until his retirement in 1998. organizations over the years. Hough continued his formal education throughout his Midgett’s most ambitious volunteer effort to date career, served on numerous boards and committees, and has been a three-year campaign to raise funds for received a long list of awards, including North Carolina the construction of a new medical/dental clinic at Principal of the Year, Distinguished Educator Awards an orphanage in Southwest Haiti. Her quest to raise from MHC and the Southern Association of Colleges $240,000 for the project included two “Escape from and Schools, and selection to the MHC Athletics Hall of Alcatraz” swims across the San Francisco Bay. Fame. He is currently a member of the Mars Hill College In June of this year, she traveled with her husband, Board of Advisors. Robert, and their two children to Haiti for the ribbon cutting ceremony of the newly constructed Klinik Espwa (Hope Clinic), located at the Pwoje Espwa Sudorphanage. 22

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Scenes from Homecoming Weekend

Alumni and Friends Golf Tournament at Grove Park Inn

Homecoming Festival on the Quad Homecoming Game against Catawba College

Networking at the Student-Alumni Connection

Concert by Nashville recording artist Hannah Miller ’03

Homecoming King Allen Dedios and Queen Heather Lynn Huckabee

Marcus Thomas Exhibit and Book Reading

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LICATIONS...ACHIEVEMENTS...PRESENTATIONS...PUBLICATIONS...ACHIEVEMENTS...PRESENTATIONS...PUBLICATIONS.. Dr. Adrienne Akins, assistant professor of English published an article: “‘Next time, just remember the story’: Unlearning Empire in Silko’s Ceremony.â€? 4UVEJFTJO"NFSJDBO*OEJBO-JUFSBUVSFT 24.1 (Spring 2012). Akins also presented a conference paper: “‘The precious dust of this South’: Ned Douglass’s Memorial in The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittmanâ€? at the Conference of the Society for the Study of Southern Literature, March 2012.,Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Yael Baldwin, associate professor of psychology, has received a faculty fellowship from the Appalachian College Association. Baldwin plans a sabbatical during the 2013-14 academic year, during which time, she intends to complete research and write a book about the art of talk therapy. Dr. Carol Boggess, professor of English, authored an article, titled “Why College Students Should Read Harriette Simpson Arnowâ€? in Appalachian Heritage, Spring 2012. Dr. Gregory A. Clemons, professor of Spanish and coordinator of the modern foreign language program, delivered a paper at the South Atlantic Modern Language Association annual meeting in Durham, NC, Nov. 2012. He was a panelist for “Playing at Soldierâ€? : Gender and the Fantasy Quest as part of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature Discussion Circle. His paper was “Females Finding a Fit: Women in the Post-Apocalyptic Series The Vampire Earth by E. E. Knight.â€? Dr. Heather Hawn, assistant professor of political science, has been elected Secretary of the Women’s Caucus - South for the American Political Science Association. She is one of very few oďŹƒcers in the history of the association from non-research institutions. Hawn also presented a paper entitled “Utilizing Music in Teaching General Education Introduction to Global Politics Classesâ€? at the Southern Political Science Association conference, January 2013, in Orlando, FL. Dr. Jonna Kwiatkowski, associate professor of psychology, was a contributing author to a new general psychology textbook published by Jones & Bartlett Learning, titled -FBSO1TZDIPMPHZ, 2012. Kwiatkowski has also been instrumental in the development and implementation of Dr. Bob’s Sound School, a elementary curriculum for teaching music

and science. Dr. Bob’s SoundSchool is the hallmark education project of the Bob Moog Foundation Dr. Matthew Milnes, assistant professor of biology, co-authored an article (with Harris BN, Saltzman W, de Jong TR), titled “Hypothalamic-pituitaryadrenal (HPA) axis function in the California mouse (Peromyscus californicus): changes in baseline activity, reactivity, and fecal excretion of glucocorticoids across the diurnal cycle.â€? in General and Comparative Endocrinology, September 2012. Dr. Maria Moreno, assistant professor of French, authored an article: “Cecilia ValdĂŠs, the Endurance of a Cuban Mythâ€?, in the book, &YQBOEJOH-BUJOJEBE"O *OUFS"NFSJDBO1FSTQFDUJWF, published June, 2012. Dr. Kathryn Newfont, assistant professor of history, received the 2012 Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award for her book, Blue Ridge Commons: Environmental Activism and Forest History. The award has been presented annually since 1955 by the Western North Carolina Historical Association. Dr. Meredith Newman, associate professor of chemistry, received a “Friend of the River Awardâ€? from the Land of Sky Regional Council in Aug. 2012 in recognition of the water testing program that she established with her students. The program teaches students scientiďŹ c testing methods and provides valuable stream quality data on the French Broad River and its eight tributaries. Dr. Scott Pearson, professor of biology, received a grant from the Biofuels Center of North Carolina to study site suitability for biofuel production in western North Carolina. The proposal, titled Modeling Site Suitability for Biofuels Production in Western North Carolina, was one of 21 submitted across the state and one of only four which were approved for funding. Dr. Kimberly G. Reigle, assistant professor of English, published an article, “Staging the Convent as Resistance in The Jew of Malta and Measure for Measureâ€? in Comparative Drama, Winter 2012. Dr. Barbara Sims, professor of criminal justice, coauthored an article with Justine Taylor, Danielle Boisvert, and Carl Garver.: “An examination of gender and age in print media accounts of child abductions,â€? Criminal Justice Studies, I First, 1-17, 2012. Sims has also been elected to an Executive Counselor position for the Executive Board of the Minorities and continued...


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NEWFONT AND WALKER RECEIVE 2012 SNOW AND GIBBS AWARDS Dr. Kathryn Newfont, associate professor of history, has received the 2012 Gibbs Outstanding Teacher Award. Dr. Ashby Walker, assistant professor of sociology has received the 2012 Snow Caring Award. The Gibbs Awards was established in memory of Robert S. Gibbs, Sr., (MHC Bd. of Trustees, 1903-1943). The purpose of the award is to encourage and reward a member of the faculty who has exhibited: outstanding performance as a classroom teacher, outstanding development of teaching methods and materials, and a positive influence on students and other teachers. The Snow Caring Award was established by A.C. and Nancy Snow in memory of their daughter Melinda Jean Snow, a 1988 graduate of Mars Hill College. Also chosen by the Mars Hill faculty, its focus is the personal concern and mentorship shown by the recipient, both in and out of the classroom.

Dr. Greg Clemons, Mars Hill College professor of Spanish, for several years has taken a group of students to San Cristobal de las Casas, a city located in the central highlands region of the southernmost Mexican state of Chiapas. San Cristobal is one of six cities throughout the world that have been named “sister cities” through Asheville Sister Cities International. Last year’s travelers are pictured above at the ruins at Bonampak. They are: (front row, l-r) : Miranda Stephens, Ashley Blackford, Dr. Greg Clemons, Benoit Delcourt, Geri Solomon, Jim Johnson; (back row, l-r): Jane Goldthwait, Liz Romero, Lucas Morrow, Alexis Miller, Alton Brown. Miranda, Ashley, Liz, Lucas, Alexis, and Alton are MHC students. Clemons’ next trip is planned for May 2013.

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Women Section of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. She begins her one-year term in March 2013. Dr. Jessica Van Cleave, assistant professor of education, has received the American Educational Research Association’s Qualitative Research (SIG) Outstanding Dissertation Award. Her dissertation is titled, “Scientifically Based Research As a Regime of Truth: An Analysis Using Foucault’s Genealogy and Governmentality.”

Were you a student leader at the Hill? The Office of Student Involvement and Leadership is seeking to create a former student leadership database. This will allow the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership (Student Activities) to connect current leaders with alumni. Please send Michael Landis (mlandis@ the following information. t



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WELCOME NEW FACULTY AND STAFF Stacy Allen, Assistant to the Director of Auxiliary Services Jennifer Ammons ’99, Costumer, BA Theater Arts, Mars Hill College

Paula Kennedy, Student Support Services Academic Coordinator, Ed.D Educational Leadership, East Carolina University

Sheila Ammons ’84, Director of Accounting, BS Accounting, Mars Hill College

Kathleen Koontz, Disability Services Coordinator, MaEd Counseling, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Melanie Brown, Adjunct Faculty, Master of Social Work, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Carolyn Kuzell, Telemarketer, BA Political Science, Allegany College

Regina Caldwell, Adjunct Faculty, DMA, Viola Performance, Catholic University

Kelly Moore, Adjunct Faculty, MS Art Therapy, Florida State University

Chelsea Daugherty, Athletic Trainer, M.Ed Health Promotions, Auburn University

Shawna O’Farrell, Grounds Maintenance

Paige Faircloth ’12, Admissions Counselor, BA Political Science, Mars Hill College Carlton Gore II, Admissions Assistant

Amy Raymond, Adjunct Faculty, MS Elementary Education, Montreat College Marla Reese, Part-time Security Officer

James Green, HVAC Technician

Les Reker, Director of Rural Life Museum, MFA Painting, Queens College/City University of New York

Alaysia Black Hackett, Director of Multicultural Affairs, Master of Public Affairs, Western Carolina University

Charlotte Summey, Adjunct Faculty, Master of Social Work, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

DeAndre Howard, Assistant Director of Residence Life, Master of Juvenile Justice, Norfolk State University

Steve Tweed, Part-time Security Officer

Kimberly Hubbard, Housekeeping Supervisor, BS Human Services, Gardner-Webb University

Emily Wells ’12, Financial Aid Counselor, BS Business Administration, Mars Hill College

John Hunter, Head Tennis Coach, BA Writing and BS Psychology, University of Arkansas, Little Rock, BS Nutrition, University of Central Arkansas

Jason Wells, Part-time Security Officer, Associates in Automotive, AB Technical Community College

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Class Notes Mars Hill, the Magazine of Mars Hill College welcomes your personal snapshots when you send in news of weddings, babies, accomplishments, etc. Send your photos to:, or Alumni Office, P.O. Box 6792, Mars Hill, NC 28754.

Charles and Mary Ella Tysinger Barefoot, during their Mars Hill days, and now.

Charles Barefoot ’47 and Mary Ella Tysinger Barefoot ’47 celebrated their 65th anniversary on October 24, 2012. The Barefoots, who live in Lexington, NC, have nine grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Eleanor Ostwalt Poe ’47 and her husband, Joe T. Poe, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on August 23, 2012. The Poes live in El Paso, TX. Bob West ’57 and Edith Shepherd West ’58 celebrated their 50th anniversary on September 22, 2012. They were married in 1962 at Mars Hill Baptist Church. The Wests now live in Belvedere, SC. Jack Briggs ’59 was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the state’s highest civilian award, from the ofÀce of NC *overnor Beverly Purdue on October 9. Briggs, the owner of several funeral homes and one furniture company in NC, was cited for his contributions to the funeral industry, business interest and civic involvement. Holland Kendall ’67 (son of retired religion professor M.H. Kendall II,) has been the president of Kendall Optometry Ministry, Inc. since 2003. With primary emphasis in underdeveloped countries, KOM was established to serve the Lord by providing better vision to the people of developing countries. Pat Horton Williams ’71 was named the NC Division of Juvenile Justice’s 2011-12 Juvenile Justice Teacher of the Year in June 2012. Williams teaches exceptional children at Stonewall Jackson Youth Development Center in Charlotte, NC.

Patti Miller Fulk ’78 has been named the new artistic director for VOCE, a vocal ensemble in Surry County, NC. Carlos Showers ’79 and Sheila Hawkins Showers ’77 celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary on September 3, 2012. The couple lives in Black Mountain, NC. William David Guice ’79 of Brevard, NC, was appointed chief deputy secretary over the Division of Adult Correction for the NC Department of Public Safety in January 2013. *uice retired in 2009 after a 30-year career with the Department of Corrections. Mark Cabaniss ’82 (Board of Trustees) has founded a new company for which he will serve as President and CEO, named CandelaWorks Media, LLC. The company, which will be based in Nashville, TN, will engage in music publishing, recording, and broadcasting. Cabaniss was previously the President of Word Music in Nashville. Audrey Leonhardt Reneau ’83, principal of Clear Creek Elementary, has been named the 2013 Wells Fargo Principal of the Year for Henderson County Public Schools, NC. Anthony Scott Norton ’87 has been promoted to sergent with the Police Department of *astonia, NC. Norton joined the department in 2004. Dr. Julie Randolph Morrow ’89 (Board of Advisors) has been named assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction for Rowan-Salisbury Schools, in Salibury, NC. Rev. James Andrew Williams, IV ’91 of Winchester, KY, has been appointed district superintendent of the Lexington District of the Kentucky Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church John Lane LeVan ’93 has joined Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home of Statesville, NC, and Reavis Funeral Home of Harmony, NC, as a funeral director, embalmer & crematory operator. Joy Ponder ’94 has been named the Àrst female battalion chief of the Asheville, NC Fire Department. She was formerly a company ofÀcer in the AFD. Patrick Crudup ’95 was promoted to lieutenant in the Asheville, NC Fire Department. Patrick has received numerous commendations and credentials since joining the department in 2002. Randy Collins ’96 of Robbinsville, NC has been named director of the *raham County Cooperative Extension Office. He has been with the agency for 14 years. Mars M Ma arrss Hill, Hiilll, l, The The he Magazine Mag agaz a in ne - Spring Spri Spri Sp ring rin ng 2013 201 13

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Class Notes Kathy Ennis Alexander ’97 and her husband Chad had their fourth child on July 12, 2011. Chad and Kathy are pictured at Christmas 2012 with their sons: Logan (3), Chase (8), Cooper (19 mos.) and Parker (5). The Alexanders live in Chad and Kathy Ennis Alexander, and Lexington, NC. their four sons

Tamara Crain ’97 married *ary Johnson on January 26, 2013. The couple lives in Swannanoa, NC. Drew Stables ’01 has been hired as the pastor of family ministries at Second Baptist Church of Hamlet, NC. Stables was previously the minister of students at Berea Baptist Church in *reenville, SC. Parrish Phillips ’02 has been named the general manager of the Harbour Club in Charleston, SC. Previously, Parrish was assistant general manager in the Business and Sports Division at ClubCorp, a private club at *rove Park Inn in Asheville, NC. Jason Aycock ’05 is the new artistic director of Thalian Association Children’s Theater in Wilmington, NC. Jason is a former member of the Bailey Mountain Cloggers. His team Cripple Creek Cloggers has won three junior national titles. Cindy Tomberlin Whitt ’06 received the R. Randy Rice Service Award from the NC Housing OfÀcers Association. Whitt received the award for contributions Heidi Allison ’01, principal of Barnardsville Elementary School in Buncombe County, and Miranda Wheeler ’02, math teacher at Cane River Middle School in Yancey County, are the 2012 recipients of the Mars Hill College Educational Alumni Leadership Awards. Educational Alumni Leadership Awards are presented to one teacher and one principal annually who are alumni of Mars Hill College. Recipients are chosen by the faculty of the Mars Hill College education department based on outstanding service and professional excellence.


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to the residence life ofÀce at Mars Hill College. Cindy is the administrative assistant in the ofÀce of student development. Lesley Ladd ’07 married Barrett J. Rogers on December 29, 2012. The couple lives in Roxboro, NC. Angela Nugent ’08 married Brandon Croker on August 15, 2012 at Raylen Winery in Mocksville NC. The couple will reside in Winston-Salem, NC. Elizabeth Newton ’08 married Matthew Nichols on August 3, 2012. The couple lives in Arlington, VA. Matthew and Elizabeth Newton Nichols

ATHLETICS HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES Stuart Jolley ’86 and Michelle Johnson Chandley ’95 were inducted into the Mars Hill Athletics Hall of Fame in October 2012. Jolley has been a Àxture of Mars Hill athletics for 30 years as a public address announcer. He also served as the women’s sports information director and as the assistant sports information director in the late 1980s. Jolley has a master’s in education and has served as an administrator for Yancey County Schools since 2001. In the past, he has served MHC as president of the Alumni Association. He and his wife, Jackie, have two sons, Johnathan and Sam. Johnson starred as a women’s basketball player at MHC from 1991-95. Upon graduation she held every 3-point school record. Upon induction she is still the Mars Hill record holder for career 3-point Àeld goals (162), career 3-pointers attempted (459) and career steals (245). Johnson is a member of the 1,000-point club. She has a Ph.D. in biomedical science and has served as a research associate in the Quillen College of Medicine, Department of Biomedical Sciences at East Tennessee State University since 2008. She resides in Johnson City, TN. She is married to Tim Chandley and they are the parents of two children, Jeffrey and Emma.

Class Notes Jered Pope ’08 married Erica *illis on May 2, 2012. The Popes live in Weaverville, NC.

Carlos Oyaga Torres ’12, has been named assistant men’s tennis coach at *eorgia Southern University. Oyaga will be involved in all areas of the program including daily team practices, leading individual skill sessions, foreign and domestic recruiting, as well as on-court equipment.

Tyler Coates ’11 married Lynsey Rice on on August 11, 2012. The couple lives in Asheville, NC. Tayler Marie Ledbetter ’11 married Andrew Buckner on September 30, 2012 at the Little Pine Preserve in Marshall, NC. Tyler and Lynsey Coates

In Memoriam 1930s Rowena Kathleen Ray Atkins ’35 Statesville, NC, December 22, 2012 Carrie English Luther ’36 of Mars Hill, NC, July 28, 2012 Georgie Ellen Bradshaw ’37 of Townsend, TN, February 4, 2012 Mary Margaret Mull Shehan ’37 of Shelby, NC, November 9, 2012 Pauline Hartsell McKee Parker ’38 Clinton, SC, December 14, 2012 Dr. Paul Davis Early ’39 Winston-Salem, NC, January 2, 2013 David Wiggs Harris ’39 of Charlotte, NC, August 19, 2012 Edwin Kirkpatrick Hubbard ’39 of Burnsville, NC, October 2, 2012 Lores McBee Whitaker ’39 of Black Mountain, NC, July 1, 2012

1940s Thelma Beatrice Hollingsworth Frankel ’40 of Weaverville, NC, October 18, 2012

Ulyssis “Luke” Hafer ’40 of Taylorsville, NC, November 21, 2012

Perry W. White, Jr. ’42 Sanford, NC, January 11, 2013

Dr. Elbert Neil Johnson, Jr. ’44 of Columbia, SC, August 19, 2012

Myrtle Louise Thomas ’40 of Winston-Salem, NC, February 1, 2013

Frances “Jeannette” Harper Holscher ’43 of *astonia, NC, February 2, 2013

Col. Herbert Wallace Lester ’44 Kerrville, TX, December 21, 2012

Margaret Campbell Perry Abernathy ’41 of Maiden, NC, November 8, 2012 Marjorie Francis Foster ’41 of High Point, NC, January 9, 2013 Geneva Peek Ray ’41 of Weaverville, NC, November 4, 2012 Errol Kemp Reece ’41 of Burlington, NC, July 6, 2012 Elizabeth Cleo Tuten Williamson ’41 of Raleigh, NC, January 8, 2012 Ruth Etta Leonard Cook ’42 of Myrtle Beach, SC, July 11, 2012 Alice Watts Crews ’42 of Purlear, NC, August 19, 2012 Dr. Walter Joseph Harrelson ’42 of WinstonSalem, NC, September 5, 2012 Walter “WJ” Johnson ’42 of Winston-Salem, NC, October 10, 2012

Evelyn Grant Lee ’43 of Forest City, NC, July 12, 2012 Van Ralph Taylor ’43 of High Point, NC, August 22, 2012 Robbie “Bobbie” Gold Stockton Thomas ’43 of Charlotte, NC, September 15, 2012 Hugh Woodrow Watts ’43 of Shelby, NC, November 1, 2011 Dr. James Harold Anderson ’44 of Sylva, NC, August 30, 2012 Lorice Fogelman Britt ’44 of Severn, NC, January 8, 2013 Lydia Ruth Chisolm Campbell ’44 of Cayce, SC, November 23, 2012 Elizabeth “Betty” Mellichamp Wells Harrell ’44 of Florence, SC, December 20, 2012 William Harvey Johnson ’44 of *reensboro, NC, November 10, 2012

Leland “Bud” Kron Littleton 44 of Badin, NC, August 18, 2012 Hazel “Chris” Annette Crawley Starke ’44 Winchester, VA, January 3, 2013 Julia May Green Colson ’45 of Columbia, SC, November 1, 2012 Hazel “Chris” Thomas Fitch ’45 Laurinburg, NC, January 26, 2013 Jack Hughes, Jr. ’45 of Winston-Salem, NC, July 23, 2012 John “Bruce” Bailey ’46 of Marshall, NC, October 24, 2012 Arline Koonce Frazelle ’46 of Swansboro, NC, July 19, 2012 Phyllis Ann Gentry Koehnline ’46 of Chapel Hill, NC, October 24, 2012 Ruth Welch Buie McAllister ’46 of Colfax, NC, January 26, 2013

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In Memoriam Ethel Lawing Bridges ’47 of Troutman, NC, November 8, 2012

Herman “Milton” Huffman ’49 of Marion, NC, December 20, 2012

Raymond Tyrus Buckner, Jr. ’51 of Lincolnton, NC, November , 2012

Ned Tracy Faires ’58 of Calabash, NC, October 4, 2012

Lois Bernell Hunter Goble ’47 of Charlotte, NC, January 2, 2013

Percival Clyde “PC” Keener ’49 of Cary, NC, September 1, 2012

Finley Pace, Jr. ’51 of Hendersonville, NC, August 9, 2012

Marjorie Garrison Lucas ’58 of Marietta, *A, August 6, 2012

Susan Ann Brinson Howard ’47 of New Bern, NC, August , 2012

Doris “Dottie” Bennett Brinson Maple ’49 of New Bern, NC, November 2, 2012

Tommy Joe Payne ’51 of Abbeville, SC, January 23, 2013

Edward “Sandy” B. Sanderford, Sr ’58 of Selma, NC, August 8, 2012

Rev. Paul M Pridgen, Jr. ’51 of Chapin, SC, October 28, 2012

Kenneth Earl Swain ’58 of Prairieville, LA, May 24, 2012

Ann Morrow Taylor Scott ’51 of Taylors, SC, October 12, 2012

Jennings Lee “Wags” Wagoner ’58 Charlottesville, VA, January 2, 2013

Marion Hagood Mixson, Jr. ’47 of Asheville, NC, September 4, 2012 Dr. Percy Frank Walters ’47 of Monroe, NC, November 9, 2012 Carl Westmoreland ’47 of Macon, *A, July 2, 2012 Joseph Paul Wilson ’47 of Winston-Salem, NC, March 1, 2012 Callie Hazel Boyd ’48 of *reenwood, SC, August 4, 2012 Orval L. Buckner ’48 of Monterey, TN, August 24, 2012 Gilbert Hardy Lance ’48 of Asheville, NC, April 3, 2012 Harold R. Lominac ’48 of Williamsburg, VA, October 24, 2012 Jack Smith McGinnis ’48 Mooresville, NC, December 8, 2012 Dorothy Jane Weathersbee Register ’48 of Columbia, SC, February 16, 2013 Sonnie Boyles Simpson ’48 of *reensboro, NC, October 13, 2011 Josiah Wilson Francis ’48 of Winston-Salem, NC, January 23, 2013 Hazel Elizabeth Gaddy Bumgarner ’49 of Tallahassee, FL, October 18, 2012 30

Louis Pippin, Jr. ’49 of Atlanta, *A, February 19, 2013 Sherwood Clifton Tate, Sr. ’49 of Shelby, NC, October 13, 2012 Martha Louise Maxwell Wood, Ph.D. ’49 of Jonesboro, *A, April 18, 2012


Joretta Devinney Ball ’52 of Swansboro, NC, July 23, 2012 Popejoy Ballinger ’52 of Asheville, NC, July 14, 2012

Etta Sue Richardson Carrier ’50 of Seminole, FL, August 1, 2012

Charles “Bud” Holmes Baumgardner ’53 of Clovis, CA, December 25, 2011

Dr. Wilburn Lowe ’50 of Ormond Beach, FL, July 9, 2012

Hubert Ellis Lanier ’54 of Wilmington, NC, January 28, 200

Michael Lewis McGee ’50 of Spartanburg, SC, August 25, 2012

Gwen Cole Negron ’54 of Tampa, FL, June 20, 2012

Alberta “Jo” Sloan Philbeck ’50 Raleigh, NC, January 26, 2013 Elizabeth “Anne” Jennings Russell ’50 of Richmond, VA, March 18, 2012 Paul Franklin Scott ’50 of *reensboro, NC, August 13, 2012 Dr. Daniel Norman Stallings ’50 of *ranite Falls, NC, October 20, 2012 John Clyde Yates, Jr. ’50 of Salisbury, NC, February 5, 2013

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Richard Clark Childress ’59 of Westminster, NC, June 8, 2012 Margaret Jensey Collier English ’59 of Roanoke, VA, August 26, 2012

Dr. H. Dean Propst ’54 of Atlanta, *A, November 12, 2012 James Wilbur Mohorn ’55 of Johnson, SC, December 3, 2012 Jefferson “Pops” Edward Owens, Jr. ’55 of Statesboro, *A, October 31, 2012 Donald Ray Leach ’56 Burlington, SC, October 26, 2011 Jim R. Rogers ’56 Camden, SC, January 26, 2013 Louise “Lou” Wallen Snuggs ’57 of Atlanta, *A, January 13, 2013

The Mars Hill College community was stunned and saddened by the sudden passing of student Josh Ervin, 23, of Athens *A on October 21, 2012. Josh collapsed and passed away during a pick-up basketball game on campus, due to a congenital heart defect. Sympathy and blessings go out to the family of this young man.

Dr. Marvin Loran Gold ’59 of Lynchburg, VA, January 23, 2012

David Alan Collins ’72 of High Point, NC, November 13, 2012

Ronald Keith Harris ’59 Reidsville, NC, January 2, 2013

Richard Talmadge Sneed, Jr. ’72 of *reensboro, NC, November 28, 2012

Theo Anne Aldridge Telford ’59 of Durham, NC, September 20, 2012

Barbara Jean Gordon Payne ’73 of Asheville, NC, October 6, 2012

1960s Elizabeth Ann Miller Jenkins ’60 of WinstonSalem, NC, November 19, 2011

Betty Ward Bradley ’74 of Marshall, NC, November 11, 2012 Elsie Marcella Crowe ’75 of Sebastian, FL, March 3, 2012

Dr. Lamon Arlie Stewart, Jr. ’60 of Annapolis, MD, November 26, 2011

Floree Young Eaves ’75 of Asheville, NC, August 31, 2012

Ralph Franklin Anderson ’61 of Mars Hill, NC, July 2, 2008

Frances Yvonne O’Shields McKinna ’77 of Statesville, NC, August 12, 2012

Jessica Marie Boyette ’61 of Knightdale, NC, January 21, 2013 Esther Camellia Robbins Heatley ’63 of Lexington, VA, November 14, 2012 Shirley Ann Franklin Fender of Mars Hill, NC, October 23, 2012 William Michael Jackson ’68 of Dallas, NC, February 10, 2013 Louis Harrison Turner ’68 of Newport News, VA, September 15, 2012 Samuel “Buddy” McCoy Bass ’69 of Tamassee, SC, May 2, 2012 Charles Ervin Riley ’69 of High Point, NC, December 2, 2012 Janice Aretha Boydston Webb ’69 of Asheville, NC, December 8, 2012

1970s Cynthia Byler Yelton ’70 of Hillsborough, NC, September 20, 2012

James Willard Varnes ’77 of Arden, NC, November 14, 2012 Sarah June Haywood Daniels ’79 of Wilson, NC, February 12, 2013 Susan Diane Moore Hedgepeth ’79 of Asheville, NC, November 10, 2012

1980s Stephanie Ann Warren Tart ’81 of Mills River, NC, August 9, 2012 Norma Thomas Hayes ’82 of Charlotte Hall, MD, July 15, 2012 James Dawson Sather ’82 of Oklahoma City, OK, December 9, 2012 Quentin Lloyd Buchanan, Jr. ’83 Barkersville, NC, January 18, 2013 Mark Kristopher Davis ’89 Indian Trail, NC, September 10, 2012

Trustees and Friends Harold Winston Causby, Former Trustee of Shelby, NC passed away on November 18, 2012. He worked for Bassett Furniture and was known for supporting numerous ministries throughout the world. A longtime member of First Baptist Church Shelby, he was recognized as Layman of the Year by the North Carolina Baptist Men in 1982. Dr. Robert Garren passed away at age 8 on February 26, 2013. He was an Asheville-area dentist for over 35 years and a Trustee Emeritus of the college. Betty Duck, a former member of the Mars Hill College Board of Advisors, died in Winston-Salem, NC on December 26, 2012. She was a long-time resident of Mars Hill and a retired nurse. Her late husband of almost 50 years, Dr. Otis Duck, was the former Chairman of the Board of Trustees and the long-time college physician. Reba Williams who was featured in Mars Hill: The Magazine in Fall, 2011, died in December, 2012 in her home in Newport, TN at the age of 101. Reba was a college benefactor, an iconic Àgure in Newport, and a retired teacher whose students included Coach Steve Spurrier of the University of South Carolina. Her late husband Floyd graduated from Mars Hill College in 1929. Walter “Mickey” Hoyle’65 died after a courageous battle with cancer on January 11, 2013. He was a native of Asheville who helped build the family business, Hoyle OfÀce Solutions. He was a star basketball player at Mars Hill and is a member of the Mars Hill College Athletic Hall of Fame. Dr. William Henry Crouch ’48 passed away on December 29, 2012. He was a Trustee Emeritus of Mars Hill College, a well respected pastor, and the Àrst president of the Southern Baptist Alliance. He served 25 years as a volunteer police chaplain and was a former Chaplain to the NBA Charlotte Hornets as well as the Mars Hill College football team.

1990s Jennifer Lynne Coup Caballero ’96 of Hopkins, SC, August 16, 2012 Gary Rink Jones ’96 of Leicester, NC, July 24, 2012

Ryan Franklin Cauble ’09 of Bronx, NY, September 30, 2012

Faculty/Staff Eula Grindstaff Ingle retired faculty of Mars Hill, NC, December 14, 2012

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HOMECOMING 2013 October 3-6 Class reunions for 1973, 1988, and 2003. (Join the planning teams or plan your own affinity reunion today. For assistance, email or call Beth Hardin at (828) 689-1148.)

Thursday, Oct. 3rd Chili Cook Off Lion’s Growl pep rally

Friday, Oct. 4th Alumni and Friends Golf Tournament at the Grove Park Inn Alumni Board will meet in Pittman Registration in Blackwell and Ferguson lobbies Theatre Arts Reunion

Saturday, Oct. 5th

Bascom Lamar Lunsford Festival on the quad ( 10 am-4 pm Heritage Festival on College and Main Street ( 10 am-4 pm Alumni Choir in the Chapel Bascom Lamar Lunsford Ballad & Story Swap 1:30pm-3:30pm Football vs. Carson-Newman University, 2 pm Alumni Band Recognition of Alumni of the Year Homecoming Court Alumni of the Year Dinner Bascom Lamar Lunsford Evening Concert in Moore Auditorium 7-10 pm Theatre Arts Reunion & Concert Performance of Rivals, by C. Robert Jones

Sunday, Oct. 6th Homecoming Chapel Service

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