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Fall 2011







Features 7 Creation as Catalyst:

Exploring the Connection Between the Creator and the Cosmos

10 The Story of Seeds:

How a Handful of Montreat Students Have Inspired an Environmental Ethic on Campus

12 Standing on the Edge of Wonder:

Reflections on the MSEE Hawaii Field Experience

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16 All over the Map:

One Student’s International Journey to Montreat College

18 Emulating Nature’s Economy:

Entrepreneurial Alum Hunt Briggs Innovates Revolutionary Technology for Environmental Sustainability


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5 Letter from the Editor

29 Faculty Bookshelf

21 President’s Report

30 Insights on Stewardship

26 College News

34 Class Notes

28 Faculty News

35 Calendar of Events

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Reflection Volume 15, No. 2, Fall 2011



Reflection is published by the Montreat College Communications Department and is mailed free of charge to alumni and friends of the college. Please contact the editor with story ideas or items of interest at 828-669-8012 ext.3778 or email Letters are welcome.

Annie Carlson Inés Mueller Dr. Brad Daniel Aaryn Joyner, ’10 Andrea Thompson, ’12 Melissa Wilson, ’01 Anna Jane Joyner Jennnifer Haynes, ’00 Daniel Brunson Inés Mueller Photo Archive PO Box 1267 (310 Gaither Circle) Montreat, NC 28757 ©Montreat College 2011

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Letter from The editor The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. (Psalm 19:1-3, NIV) One major perk to living near Montreat is its extensive, accessible trail system. I have spent countless hours hiking with my lab, exploring the cove through the Greybeard, Rainbow, and Lookout trails. I delight in experiencing Montreat’s wilderness through the seasons, from the tropical-looking wild orange azaleas in spring to the delicate galax blooms in winter. Here, in the college’s backyard, creation sings God’s praises through tiny creeks, lush mosses, and squeaking squirrels. When in Montreat’s gentle mountains, my spirit can’t help but join the psalmist in glorifying the Creator, his intricate design, meticulous attention to detail, and abundant creativity. I am humbled by my smallness on this planet, recognizing that I am but dust, a mere breath in the history of the world. But, before I can feel a moment of despair, I am flooded by the Creator’s deep love for me. Though I seem insignificant, Jesus sacrificed his life for me; he cares about each detail of my life, however trivial it may seem. It is through God’s creation that I begin to grasp “how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ” (Eph. 3:18, NIV). At Montreat College, our Christian faith drives our desire to care for creation, and we glorify God for his extravagant work. This is reflected in the following articles on an adventurous graduate field studies course, an energetic student club, a budding environmental consultant, the cutting-edge work of an alumnus, and a professor’s “creaphilic” approach to environmental studies. Each story, in its own personal way, illustrates how the Creator has revealed himself through his handiwork, leading to transformed, redeemed lives.

Annie Carlson, M.A. Director of Communications Fall | 2011 5

FAITH AND LEARNING: A MONTREAT COLLEGE PERSPECTIVE Each day, Montreat College faculty commit to presenting the integration of faith and learning as the distinctive task of our Christian liberal arts college. Our foundational presupposition is the understanding that all truth is God’s truth. Marshall Flowers, Jr., Ph.D. Senior VP and Provost


“As I see it, the Christian life must comprise three concentric circles, each of which must be kept in its proper place. In the outer circle must be the correct theological position, true biblical orthodoxy and the purity of the visible church. This is the first, but if that is all there is, it is just one more seedbed for spiritual pride.

We hold faithfully to Christ’s words in John 8:31-32 (NIV), “To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” For the faculty at Montreat College, our faith informs and clarifies the learning experience, and at the same time we find that the learning experience supports our faith.

“In the second circle must be good intellectual training and comprehension of our own generation. But having only this leads to intellectualism and again provides a seedbed for pride.

One renowned Christian apologist of the 20th century, Francis A. Shaeffer, wrote in his book, No Little People, the following perspective that summarizes the quest we, as faculty, pursue when working together with our students on the integration of faith and learning:

“These three circles must be properly established, emphasized and related to each other” (p.74).

e believe that the unifying purpose of faith integration inspires purposeful learning not present at today’s secular research university. Montreat faculty members compel our students to think Christianly by developing a Christian worldview large enough to give meaning to all the disciplines.

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“In the inner circle must be the humble heart – the love of God, the devotional attitude toward God. There must be the daily practice of the reality of the God whom we know is there.

At Montreat College, we are committed to sustaining a positive climate for the integration of faith and learning.

Creation as Catalyst:

Exploring the Connection Between the Creator and the Cosmos Brad Daniel, Ph.D.

“In the beginning

, God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1, NIV). From that point forward the chronology, sequence, and relevant processes involved would be discussed, debated, argued, interpreted, reinterpreted, and re-imagined. Few subjects have the ability to promote more heated discussion at the interface between science and the Christian faith than creation, evolution, and the age of the earth and universe. On a broader scale, these issues often are oversimplified into antagonistic

dichotomies, such as that defined as science versus Christianity. Lost in all of the rhetoric is the impact of God’s creation on those who believe in him and, in turn, the impact that humans can have on creation. Some early scientists considered the pursuit of scientific knowledge to be an attempt to understand the inner workings of God’s creation. This pursuit went beyond understanding the human body to understanding the structure and function of soil, water, and air and the various physical, Fall | 2011 7

chemical, and biological processes that interconnect them. A lifetime committed to such work went beyond mere intellectual curiosity. It was considered a privilege to do so, and some scientists have come to believe in God precisely because their study of the natural world led them to conclude that the universe could not be the result of some cosmic accident or random event. They saw purpose and design in nature. This should not come as a surprise since it could be argued that God has designed into the fabric of creation evidence of his existence, his design, his divine nature, and eternal power (Rom. 1:20; Job 12). The testimony of creation is powerful, for the environment represents a reminder of God’s love and an example of God’s provision; yet, for many, it represents much more. We could have been created in any context, but we were created in the context of a Garden, not by accident but by choice. Should we be surprised, then, that nature encourages so many 8 Fall | 2011

to consider the existence of a Creator, that it can inspire a sense of awe and wonder, or that it serves as a place of comfort or healing when


one is going through difficult times? erhaps

the Garden was intended not only to provide water and food, but also to regenerate us mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. For many of us, the creation does this today.

Several years ago, I developed a conceptual model based on research I was conducting that attempted to describe several ways that Christians often view the role of the environment. One of the positions described in that model was also the most prevalent in the study. I refer to it as the catalyst position. As catalyst, the environment serves as a source of inspiration. It encourages introspection, reflection, and the construction of metaphors.

the bigger questions in life when we observe the beauty of a sunset or the views afforded by a mountain peak? Why are people often calmed by sitting next to bodies of water? With nature serving as a catalyst, perhaps sunsets, rainbows, mountain peaks, and bodies of water stimulate questions, encourage reflection, and evoke certain emotions because they were designed to do so.

Studying and experiencing the natural

world encourages one to ponder its beauty, simplicity, interconnectedness, structure,

and function. In the Christian worldview, the

It inspires a sense of awe and wonder. It provokes questions about who we are and how the universe and everything in it came to be. These outcomes reflect what I

have come to call “creaphilia,” or a love of creation derived from the belief that God created and sustains the entire cosmos. Due to this creaphilic connection, creation has an impact on those who take the time to immerse themselves in it even if for only a brief period of time. Why do our thoughts often turn to

field of environmental studies is devoted to understanding more than just the structure and function of God’s handiwork. It explores the connection between Creator and creation, the artist and the painting. It is a privilege to do so and, should we ever get confused, we can always… “ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; 8 or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. 9 Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? 10 In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.” (Job 12:7-10, NIV)

Dr. Brad Daniel teaches courses in Environmental Studies, Outdoor Education, Biology, and Comparative Worldviews. He is past chair of the Natural Sciences Department and the current co-chair of the Outdoor Education Department. A strong believer in lifelong learning, he is currently finishing his third Master’s degree (Liberal Arts). He is the recipient of the 2000-2010 Professor of the Decade Award, the David L. Parks Distinguished Professor Award for 2002-2003 and 19861987, the Teacher of the Year Award given by students, and the Sears Outstanding Teaching Award. Dr. Daniel has taught at Montreat College since 1984. Fall | 2011 9

The Story of Seeds:

How a Handful of Montreat Students Have Inspired an Environmental Ethic on Campus Aaryn Joyner, ‘10 and Andrea Thompson, ‘12

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how to grow their own food, as well as to provide fresh produce for the college. As the project progressed, other objectives emerged including teaching sustainable living skills and community development. The garden is now called the Garden of Eatin’, and it yields organic produce from spring until late fall for everyone involved to enjoy. The Department

of Environmental Studies and Seeds continue to collaborate in sponsoring Montreat College’s community garden. Participation is open to all

Montreat College’s

current creation care campaign started with a seed, a seed of hope from a group of students, alumnae, and professors who have a heart for the Lord and stewarding His magnificent creation. This seed continues to transform lives at Montreat by practicing justice and compassion. As part of a Christian community, many students feel the call to encourage our campus to do our part in protecting God’s creation. This is based on the belief that God placed humanity in charge of His creation. Therefore, out of love and respect for the Creator, we should love and care for it, protecting it and using it wisely. In the spring of 2009, a handful of students took action and established a club, aptly named Seeds. Seeds was established with a vision of

students working together, bringing about needed transformations on campus.

Under the guidance of Environmental Studies Professor Dr. Brian Joyce, Seeds’ first endeavor was to start a campus garden. The initial purpose of the garden was to provide an outdoor classroom for students to learn

students, faculty, friends, and academic courses. After much hard work and cooperation among faculty, staff, and students, Seeds has become one of the most active clubs on campus, growing to more than fifty members, starting new student worker positions, assisting in the attainment of three grants, and gaining national attention within its first year. Today, Seeds provides four student paid officer positions including co-presidents, a recycling coordinator, and a garden manager. The primary

mission of Seeds is to provide a student voice for

Montreat College in fulfilling its responsibility to uphold the Biblical mandate of caring for God’s creation through working towards a more environmentally sustainable and socially

responsible campus. This mission directly contributes to the fulfillment of Montreat’s greater mission–to be Christ-centered, studentfocused, and service-driven. Moreover, Seeds strives to provide an open and organized platform for members of the student body who desire to work together in increasing our campus’ standards of stewardship. This past spring marked the second annual dorm energy-saving competition called The Fall | 2011 11

Residence Energy Challenge. This event is part of Seeds’ ongoing efforts to conserve energy on campus. The dorm that reduces its electricity use by the largest percentage wins the competition and receives prizes donated from local, sustainably-minded businesses. The Residence Energy Challenge 2011 was won by Davis Hall for the second year in a row. Each resident of Davis reduced their energy use by an average of 30.59%!

With the launch of both the Garden of Eatin’ and the Residence Energy Challenge programs last year, Seeds was thrilled to win the National Wildlife Federation "Chill Out" film competition, gaining Montreat College national recognition and winning a grant for $1,000 to further support student-led environmental initiatives. Watch our two-minute video at campusecology/chillout/co11_winners.cfm.

Seeds continues to engage student body, administration, and community in energy stewardship and creation care. Our main outreach efforts include campus-wide recycling and awareness, the Residence Energy Challenge, hosting guest speakers, holding annual environmental awareness film series, and organizing service learning trips. We have coordinated a sustainability internship program serving as an ongoing campus sustainability resource for the administration and student body. We continue to maintain and “tend” the Garden of Eatin’ to be used as a resource to the Montreat College curriculum, student

Students gather in the Garden of Eatin’ for the annual Community Day.

life, and community. We are also grateful to have received training and ongoing support from various organizations such as Renewal, Restoring Eden, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, and the Keeper of the Mountains Foundation. College is a great opportunity to make positive changes in our lifestyles and invest in strengthening our campus and communities. From the simplest act of recycling, or helping to cultivate a garden, to the more ambitious goal of addressing our current energy crisis,

we, the student leaders of Seeds, are proud to be partnering with the Montreat College

administration, faculty, partner organizations, and alumni to become not only a more sustainable campus, but also a restorative one.

Aaryn Joyner graduated in May of 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Outdoor Education. Andrea Thompson, an Environmental Studies major, will graduate this May. Andrea continues leading Seeds as a current student, and Aaryn offers support as a local alum. If you would like to support Seeds’ efforts or find out more information on Montreat College’s creation care initiatives, please contact Andrea Thompson at 12 Fall | 2011

Standing on the Edge of Wonder:

Reflections on the MSEE Hawaii Field Experience Melissa Wilson, ‘01 Stand on top of a volcano at midnight and watch its caldera glow. Walk a black sand beach scattered with Hawksbill turtles resting after lunch and a swim. Sip local organic espresso in a tasting room on the plantation it was grown. Collect limpets and hermit crabs in a black lava tide pool. Zipline through pineapple fields; snorkel along the second largest barrier reef in the world; sleep in a church basement when your campsite doesn’t work out; survive nine plane rides, two boat rides, and over fifty mini-van rides. Then you will have to exclaim, “THERE IS A GOD!” While my friends and students like to tease and question whether I really studied any

“science” on my recent trip to Hawaii with the Master’s in Environmental Education program (MSEE), I am confident that my experience on the newest land on earth was definitely grander than a mere vacation. For if anyone thinks he can travel across the world to an island in the middle of the Pacific and not be changed by the hand of God, he is surely a fool. Our primary aim as a master’s cohort was to study the biogeographical regions of five Hawaiian Islands and to look at the cultural, environmental, and ecological issues affecting each location. However, just as the psalmist, theologian, and naturalist alike have postulated, this natural world changes us. Fall | 2011 13

I can’t remember clearly if it was the wild Kauai chickens that woke us at 4 a.m. or the sea sickness on the T-top of a snorkeling boat that brought me to the realization that this trip was going to be more than a few science lectures on a world-class beach or waterfall trail. Instead,

Hawaii was about forming and shaping me into a new creation.

Honestly, I should not have been surprised. God’s original intention for us was to live in the coolness of the garden and to learn life lessons as we walked with him throughout the day. Hawaii, as close to Eden as anything I have seen, provided me time away from daily distractions and gifted me with “space”-- space where I could see God in the things he has made. From ocean vista views that spanned 2,390 miles to any other major landmass to galactic night sky viewing from telescopes on top of the highest volcano in the world; from hikes through the rain forest unafraid of poisonous snakes or spiders (there are none!) to swims among sea turtles, rays, and tropical fish; from picnic table dinners with my cook group to late night Musubi (a Hawaiian spam and seaweed delicacy), I found God in all that he had made.

If I learned anything in Hawaii, it is that everything is spiritual. The very ground we walk was created in an instant by God’s words. Our

bodies were each formed with intricate care by his hands. He orchestrates every sunset, He is a part of every new day. He creates every animal

with a special ecological purpose. We need not search, for he is already here. This sounds simple, doesn’t it? Yet for many, including me, it is so profound. Raised in a world where science is reduced to the seven-step scientific method and history, English, biology, math, and Bible are all separate subjects, many of us have missed the connection that God is in all things. We have been made to reduce our understanding of the world to cause-effect relationships that are easily tested, repeatable, and quantifiable. Yet, if we spend much time outside, we notice that our world is magical. Like a child when she holds her first earthworm after a rain, or like a dog when it sees a mountain creek after a long hike, this world rewards each one of us with wonder. It is the type of wonder that makes

us shout, “God is so good and present here!”

While some may wish that their environmental master’s experience might enable them to craft a thesis that is published or to learn fancy theories like Worster & Abram’s Sense of Place, Down’s Issue-Attention Cycle, or Neuman’s Spiral of Silence, my master’s experience has given me the chance to fall in love again with the God I met in my teens. (Don’t worry, I learned a lot from those theories and will hopefully be published, too!) Yet, as I sit on my porch this morning drinking Molokai organic espresso and watching the sunrise over a red oak filled with robins in my front yard, I can’t help but be thankful for wonder -- wonder that fills me with an understanding that God is here.

Mel Wilson is a Montreat College Outdoor Education alum (’01) and is currently completing her Master’s in Environmental Education at Montreat College. She has taught Biology 101 & 102 lab for the past five years for the Montreat College Natural Sciences Department. She enjoys helping Seeds, the college’s environmental club; writing for an online lifestyle publication; and hanging out with her husband, Charlie, and adopted daughter, Sarah, on their sailboat. 14 Fall | 2011

Images from the MSEE students’ photography collection of the The Hawaiian Islands course.

EV 555: American Ecosystems – The Hawaiian Islands Course Description

Students will have the opportunity to travel and visit field study sites and public education facilities in selected biomes and life zones. Ecosystem comparisons will be developed with attention given to geography, flora, fauna, weather, and climate. Special emphasis will be placed on environmental education programs that educate the public on biomes and life zones. Students will travel as a group for this two-week experience. They will plan all educational aspects of the course.

Student Reflections on American Ecosystems “The American Ecosystems class to Hawaii was an unforgettable experience of which I am thankful. Not only did I learn a great deal about the formation of the islands and interesting geologic features, but I also grew personally and spiritually.” –Kelly Ibrahim

“This experience [of the MSEE Hawaii course] has been transformative for me in that I am able to see how developing a way of communicating stewardship roles to people of faith will provide a pathway to changes we need to see in our world.” –Amanda Lanier

“The trip helped me to understand how adventure education and environmental education can be a powerful combination.” –Katie Hicks

“The trip was astounding not only in the things we saw and experienced but the fellowship and friendship we developed with one another.” –Sandy Lee

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All Over the Map:

One Student’s International Journey to Montreat College Annie Carlson, M.A.

Selina Vincent

, an Environmental Studies major, felt called to study at Montreat College, but her path to the small mountain cove is far from ordinary. God has set an adventurous course before this Montreat College junior, a journey that started in Bangalore, India, and has led through Malawi, the Philippines, and Bangladesh, with a final stop in Mongolia. How has this truly international student found tucked-away Montreat College? It began with a thirst for learning and a passion for God’s creation. Selina was born 16 Fall | 2011

in Bangalore, but two years later departed to Africa with her family. At the time, her father worked for World Vision as the leader of a rapid response team. Raising a family in communities torn apart by war and disease proved difficult, and her parents decided to send Selina and her siblings to a boarding school back in Bangalore where extended family could watch over the children. The strain of the separation led to much prayer, asking God to provide a safe place for the family to live together, yet still allowed them to follow their call to serve those in distress. A position in the Philippines opened, and the Vincent family reunited there.

Living in the Philippines, an archipelago comprised of over 7,000 tropical islands, exposed Selina to the diversity of God’s creation -- its beauty, intricacies, and vastness. Selina describes the vibrant coral reefs, sprawling mangrove forests, and eaglesized fruit bats. The Philippines is home to the second-longest contiguous coral reef system on the planet, and over 500 species of coral are found throughout the islands. Selina describes how she “fell in love with nature” there, exploring new, beautiful places each year through Faith Academy, the American school she attended. Through Faith Academy, she visited places such as Taal, a volcanic island that rests within another Philippine island, and historic Corregidor, a small rocky island that once served as a Philippine-American fortress during World War II. After calling the ecologically-rich Philippines home throughout elementary school and middle school, Selina’s family moved to Dhaka, Bangladesh, one of the poorest and most politically corrupt countries in the world. Though surrounded by poverty, Selina was able to attend the American International School, rated the second best American educational institution outside of

Her classmates’ homelands ranged from Germany to Ethiopia, or both, the United States.

like one of her friends who had a parent from

each country. Selina describes how she discovered that “the world is so much bigger than me” in this international setting, and her mind was opened to a global perspective. As she began researching colleges, she knew that she wanted to attend an American school because of her American education thus far. Her father gave her a few basic requirements: It must be a Christian

environment, have the major she is interested in, and she must be able to get a job after she graduates. Through searching the internet from Dhaka, Selina discovered Montreat College. Selina describes how she researched the area and academic offerings of Montreat, and she was drawn in by the natural beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the quality of the Environmental Studies program. The Christ-

centered, intimate atmosphere gave her a safe

space to grow in her faith while building strong, positive relationships that would support and

encourage her. Without a campus visit, Selina flew to the other side of the world and began her college career in Montreat. Selina, now in her third year at the college, boasts about the strong environmental education she is receiving at Montreat, praising her knowledgeable professors and diverse experiences. Selina has a clear vision of her future career as an international environmental consultant. She hopes to work with companies both in the United States and abroad, teaching them about environmentally sustainable practices and helping them make ecologically-positive changes to the way their business operates. Selina’s family moved to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, the year Selina headed to Montreat, because her dad took a position as the Executive Country Director for World Vision. Now she calls Mongolia home, though she hasn’t lived there yet. God has taken Selina on quite a journey in her short twenty-one years; only time will tell how God will use this extraordinary young woman and her Montreat education to extend his Kingdom and care for his Creation in the years to come. Fall | 2011 17

Emulating Nature’s Economy: Entrepreneurial Alum Hunt Briggs Innovates Revolutionary Technology for Environmental Sustainability Anna Jane Joyner

“I miss the mountains. Something seems strange to me when there are no mountains. There’s a sensation that something is missing,” reminisces Asheville native and Montreat College alum, Hunt Briggs. As an undergraduate at Montreat, Hunt’s love of the mountains drew him to the and thus began his journey to becoming an award-winning innovator for sustainable waste and energy systems. Growing up in Appalachia, Hunt always admired the beauty of the natural world, but at Montreat he learned to view it through a new lens. “The wilderness became the classroom,” Hunt recalls. 18 Fall | 2011

“We learned about the origins of the Appalachians by scrambling up Table Rock. Dr. Brad Daniel took us up Black Balsam so we could touch metamorphic rock, and taught us the Leave No Trace ethic of backcountry travel. Dr. Mark Lassiter demonstrated how to mimic a Carolina Wren’s distress call, attracting all the birds within earshot.” One of Hunt’s favorite classes at Montreat was Dr. Brad Daniel’s course on American Ecosystems. “North America has such a variety of diverse ecosystems. We toured around the United States for a month and visited some form of each. It was

a great way to experience the things we’d been learning.” This class deepened Hunt’s love for God’s creation, and his desire to care for it.

Hunt Briggs and his Montreat College classmates ready to embark on the 1998 American Ecosystems course, an environmental studies class that tours over twenty national parks in less than a month. As Hunt’s interest in ecology grew, his classes also exposed him to ways that human systems are harming the environment. “Montreat opened my eyes to the concept of an “ecological footprint,” reports Hunt. “How everything from our food and transportation choices, to energy production, and our built environment affects the world around us. I started to see that some things aren’t the way they should be; for instance, people generate a staggering amount of trash, but throughout the rest of the natural world, there is no trash. For the first time, I began to understand the huge impact humans are having on the planet. That was scary for me.” Not one to stand by and do nothing, Hunt decided to become part of the solution and switched his academic focus from pre-med to environmental sustainability. Under the guidance of Dr. Mark Lassiter, Hunt gained invaluable experience in the lab. Participating in one of Dr. Lassiter’s projects that sought to generate bio-fuel from household paper, Hunt became curious about ways that today’s waste could be converted into tomorrow’s resources. Little did he know then, this first foray into waste-to-energy systems would lead to a similar professional pursuit

“Dr. L assiter was a very influential mentor. He was always encouraging many years in the future.

to me and really inspired my vision for finding innovative, sustainable solutions.” At Montreat, Hunt’s paradigm shifted with regard to the environment. “I grew to perceive humans less as isolated beings surrounded and supported by the fruit of the environment, and more as interconnected participants within a larger ecosystem.” He also started to seek a future wherein a love for God’s creation–including each other–propels us toward more sustainable systems and lifestyle choices. Recognizing that the world’s business community needs to promote environmental justice through innovation and action, Hunt sought out graduate programs in entrepreneurship. “We need to make it financially feasible for folks to get on board with caring for people and the environment,” assesses Hunt. After graduating from Montreat, Hunt went on to get his Master’s degree in Entrepreneurship from Western Carolina University in 2006. He taught high school science for several years, and served as an energy consultant for the Environmental Defense Fund at Biltmore Farms in Asheville, NC. In 2008, he returned to school to get an MBA and a Master’s in Environmental Science through the University of Michigan’s Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise.

There, he teamed up with several other Michigan graduate students to launch ReGenerate Solutions, a company dedicated to revolutionizing how society perceives and processes waste.

Specifically, Hunt and his ReGenerate partners have developed a new waste management technology dubbed the “COWS.” An acronym for “Compact Organic Waste Station,” the COWS™ system is essentially an “eco-dumpster” that composts food waste while creating energy. Through a process called anaerobic digestion, the machine uses bacteria to convert food waste into a methane-rich gas, which is used to produce hot water on site. This innovative technology eliminates waste while providing sustainable and affordable energy. Fall | 2011 19

ReGenerate seeks to promote the type of business model that aligns with architect Bill McDonough’s “cradle to cradle” design concept, which models human industry on natural cycles. Renowned evangelical environmental scientist and professor, Dr. Cal Dewitt, addresses the disconnect between current human systems and God’s creation in his book Earth-Wise: A Biblical Response to Environmental Issues: “Ours is mainly a flow-through economy. It taps creation’s wealth at one point and discards byproducts and wastes at another. Nature’s economy is cyclical; ecosystems sustain themselves by cycling materials. Our economy threatens creation’s economy.” ReGenerate hopes to help amend this reality and uses God’s waste-free creation as the primary model for the COWS™ unit.

Hunt (fourth from left) and his ReGenerate colleagues during the Accelerate Michigan Challenge award ceremony in December of 2010. Hunt’s team won $25,000 in this competition. Summing up their vision for the project, Hunt relays: “ReGenerate sees organics going to a landfill as a wasted opportunity. We want to help the food industry get more of the embedded energy out of their food, and then return unused nutrients back to the soil rather than send them to a landfill, where most of the carbon is released to the atmosphere as methane, a heattrapping greenhouse gas 23 times as potent as CO2.” When this product reaches the market, customers

will include food-service operators such as college cafeterias and supermarkets. Hunt and his partners have a small-scale prototype running now, and further prototypes are just around the corner, leading to the launch of a commercial pilot program. The potential impact of the COWS™ project is huge. According to Hunt, a single Compact Organic Waste Station can divert 1-2 tons of food from the landfill annually, avoiding the production of greenhouse gases equivalent to 600 tons of CO2. Hunt and his partners anticipate that in a few years, the COWS™ herd will save annual emissions equivalent to over 50 million gallons of gasoline. Hunt and his ReGenerate partners have won a number of distinguished awards for the COWS™ unit including a $100,000 “Think Green” prize sponsored by Waste Management at the Rice Business Plan Competition, the University of Michigan’s Dow Sustainability Student Innovation Challenge, and first prize at the Accelerate Michigan Innovation competition last December.

Encouraged by his alma mater’s budding commitment to sustainability, Hunt sees great potential for Montreat. “Montreat College embraces the values of creation stewardship, service to community, and the inherent value of all people. There’s a real opportunity for the college to grow its leadership position and to distinguish itself as an advocate for social and environmental responsibility in the faith community and in higher education.”

“Jesus’ message of love and care for others aligns with the core principles of eco-justice,” underscores Hunt, “and many environmental problems could be avoided if everyone shared the Christian ethic of stewardship for all of creation.”

For the past several years Anna Jane Joyner has worked with Renewal: Students Caring for Creation, Restoring Eden, and the Sierra Club to engage people of faith in caring for the environment. She holds a degree in Environmental Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Aside from writing and spending time with loved ones, her greatest passion is ending the destruction of the Appalachian Mountains, streams, and communities through mountaintop removal coal mining. 20 Fall | 2011

president’s Report 2011

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Letter from the President While this Reflection issue is dedicated to the intergration of faith in Environmental Studies, which is one of our stronger programs at Montreat College, I want to focus on a different environment to help you understand how Montreat College is performing. Anyone who has studied the financial environment this past year knows the roller-coaster ride of up and down market earnings and the forecast of anything that resembles stability. We all need more faith! We need faith in God’s provision when things around us don’t make sense – faith during times of great volatility in our world’s political, religious, and economic climates. Raising about $5 million in cash and commitments this past fiscal year encourages us that more than 1,300 donors have faith in the direction God is taking Montreat College. We marvel at his provision, even during these times of financial uncertainty. This past year, gift income to the College reached its highest level in our ninety-fiveyear history. We thank God who tells us to “trust in him with all our heart and lean not on our own understanding; in all our ways acknowledge him and he will direct our paths.” It is this promise that helps maintain our faith.

Highlights from this fiscal year ending June 30, 2011: • Alumni continue giving at increased levels – 12% of those solicited, up from 9% the prior year. • The Galax Society grew to thirty-three members. Each person has provided for Montreat College in his or her will or trust. If you too have made this decision, please let us know. • Foundation gifts (family and organizational) exceeded $2.2 million. • Two commencement exercises yielded 464 graduates – our largest in one academic year. • Countless lives were touched – one at a time – life on life, both in and out of the classroom. Please page through the entire annual report and join me in thanking God for his mercy, grace, and good provision at Montreat College. May your faith be expanded this year as you serve the Lord. In Christ,

Dan Struble, Ph.D. President

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Revenues and Expenditures 2010-11

Revenues $18,485,306

Expeditures $16,787,575

FALL enrollment 2007--11

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Gift Income 2007-11

Donors 2007-11

Alumni Participation 2007-11

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Board of Trustees 2010-11 Rev. Thomas W. Allen Mrs. Cynthia F. Anderson Mrs. Ann K. Ashley Mr. W. Allen Bell Mr. Joseph R. Budd Dr. Marnie M. Crumpler Mrs. Alexandra H. Davis Dr. William E. Dudley Mrs. Deborah L. Elmore (ex officio) Rev. William F. Graham IV Mr. William B. Haynes Mr. Rex V. Hoffman III Mr. William A. Mitchell, Jr. Mr. William S. Orser (Chairman) Mr. G. Richard Query Mrs. Dale G. Reid Mr. E. Moss Robertson, Jr. Major General Mastin M. Robeson USMC (Ret.) Mrs. Suzanne R. Sloan Mr. Vincent J. Smarjesse Mrs. Letta Jean Taylor Dr. Samuel B. Thielman Mrs. Lynne P. Veerman Mr. Robert G. Watt Dr. Luder G. Whitlock, Jr. Rev. James P. Wood Mr. Bernard H. Wright, Jr.

Heritage Donors

$100,000-$999,999 Lifetime Giving Mr. and Mrs. Kristin Lloyd Allen Dr. and Mrs. Stephen G. Anderson Mrs. Dorothy B. Beaty

Mr. and Mrs. James F. Bell, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Richard P. Budd Mr. and Mrs. William T. Carey Mrs. Katherine Belk Cook Mr. and Mrs. Donald R. Cooper II Mrs. Sylvia Crawford - Davis Dr. Margaret F. Finley Dr. and Mrs. Joseph M. Gettys, Jr. Ms. Martha Guy (‘38) Mr. William B. (‘85) and Mrs. Cynthia Haynes Mrs. Lucielle G. Hunter Dr. and Mrs. William W. Hurt Mrs. Betty Ann Inman Mr. and Mrs. Howard F. Johnston Mr. Rufus A. Long Mr. and Mrs. John A. Mawhinney, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. William S. Orser Mr. and Mrs. G. Richard Query Mr. and Mrs. Robert Merrill Ronningen Mrs. Irene B. Scarborough Rev. and Mrs. James W. Taylor, Jr. Mr. John W. Thatcher Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Veerman Mrs. Nell Watt Mrs. Hope W. Williams Mr. and Mrs. Bernard H. Wright, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Wynne III

Legacy Donors

$1 million+ Lifetime Giving Mrs. Rose Ann Gant Mr. and Mrs. William A. Mitchell, Jr. Dr. Elizabeth E. Morgan Dr. Ida A. Morris Dr. Virginia M. Snoddy Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Zeiser

Galax Society Rev. Carter Blaisdell Dr. and Mrs. L Jerry Bobilya Ms. Virginia W. Buchanan Ms. Ann W. Bullard (‘58) Mrs. Mabel H. Cleveland (‘42) Ms. Willa Ruth Cramer Mrs. Sylvia Crawford-Davis Ms. Carol F. Davis (‘53) Mr. Albert S. Dillon Dr. Jo D. Faddis (‘61) Mrs. Martha G. Franklin Dr. Fanchon F. Funk (‘55) Mrs. Eloise Williams Gilreath (‘39) Anonymous Alumna (‘43) Mrs. Lucielle G. Hunter Mrs. Victoria E. (‘49) and Mr. Lincoln Johnson Dr. and Mrs. John W. Lancaster Ms. Jane B. Lumb (‘48) Mr. and Mrs. John A. Mawhinney Fr. Ms. Elizabeth H. Maxwell Mrs. Catherine H. McCormick Dr. and Mrs. Matthew McGowan Mrs. Linda K. Moore Mr. Alfred M. Pfaff and Mrs. Johnnie Zorn Anonymous Alumna (‘58) Mrs. Jean B. (‘59) and Mr. Bill Raabe Mr. Mark K. Schubert (‘04) Mr. and Mrs. James M. Skidmore, Jr. Dr. Virginia M. Snoddy Rev. and Mrs. James W. Taylor, Jr. Major E. Adrienne Van Dooren (‘79) Miss Sarah V. Waller (‘71) Mr. Robert W. and Maggie H. Wynne

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College news



Environmental Studies major Autumn Adams interned at the NC Arboretum for three and a half weeks this summer. She taught environmental science lessons to kids varying from two years old to sixth grade. Autumn especially enjoyed working with the Eco Camp, programs for all ages that teach about the wilderness through art, games, exploration, and hiking adventures. 1


The 2010-11 Montreat College Women’s Basketball team has been recognized for its


outstanding performance in the classroom. The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association has published its annual Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll and the Cavaliers came in at #25. A cumulative G.P.A. of 3.312 for the year put them at this position. Montreat is appearing in the poll for the first time in school history, and is the lone representative from the Appalachian Athletic Conference.

Head Volleyball Coach Christy Mooberry


published an article titled “Training Ownership and Work Ethic” in the June/July 2011 issue of Coaching Volleyball magazine. The magazine is produced by the American Volleyball

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Coaches Association, the leading organization for the sport of volleyball.

Dr. Brad Daniel taught twelve Montreat students in an intensive field study course at the Cherokee Reservation. The students studied the cultural history, land use ethics, and environmental perspectives of the eastern band of the Cherokee Nation, as well as the natural history of the area they inhabit. As part of the experience, students discussed tribal government structure with Principal Chief Michell Hicks, met with tribal elder Jerry Wolfe, listened to renowned storyteller Lloyd Arneach, and sampled authentic Cherokee dishes at a local restaurant. 4

David Friedrichs, a Business Marketing major, interned with the International Mission Board in Richmond, VA, this summer. As the marketing and media intern, he exercised his creativity through various graphic design projects. He also learned about effective marketing tools such as social networking.


Paula James interned at RHA Health Services

in Asheville as a Drug/Alcohol/Mental Health

Provider. As part of the internship, Paula sat in on client assessment and evaluations, as well as observed anger management groups.

Kayla Basto completed her summer internship

overseas in Belize. Kayla worked with the native Mayan people, teaching them how to respond in emergency situations. One of her most memorable moments of the summer was swimming through a gigantic cave.

The School of Professional and Adult Studies

has partnered with the Adult Studies program at North Carolina Wesleyan College (NCWC) to offer graduate level degree programs at their locations in both Rocky Mount and Raleigh. The partnership affords graduates of NCWC a fast-tracked admissions process and the opportunity for Montreat to utilize their facilities at a reduced rate. This partnership fulfills part of the Professional and Adult Studies program’s vision within the next few years of expanding program offerings throughout North Carolina. In addition to this partnership, the School of Professional and Adult Studies has signed an articulation agreement with the Carolina College of Health Sciences in Charlotte for our BSN program.

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FACULTY News 4 1

Dr. Patrick Connelly, Assistant Professor of History, completed his Doctor of Philosophy degree in History from Emory University. His dissertation was titled “Nietzsche, Christianity and Cultural Authority in the United States, 1890-1969.”

Dr. Andrew Bobilya and Dr. Brad Daniel, Outdoor Education professors, presented a


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summary of research findings at the all staff training for the North Carolina Outward Bound School (NCOBS) on June 7, 2011. The presentation was titled “Lessons from the Field: What Are NCOBS Students Saying?” Approximately 80 NCOBS field instructors and administrators were present. This was done as part of an ongoing research partnership between NCOBS and Dr. Bobilya, Dr. Daniel, and Professor Ken Kalisch. 3

Montreat College professors Dr. Cynthia Howell, Dr. Hub Powell, and Dr. Don Shepson were recently granted tenure and were promoted to the rank of Associate Professor. In addition, Dr. Gary Van Brocklin was promoted to the highest ranking faculty status at the College—Professor.

Callan White-Hinman, Associate Professor of Theatre Arts, performed a lead role in 4

Naomi Wallace’s OBIE winning play One Flea Spare at NC Stage in Asheville, NC. Professor White-Hinman also played the role of Amanda Wingfield in the Immediate Theatre Project’s production of The Glass Menagerie

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6 by Tennessee Williams in June 2011. Professor White-Hinman was voted among the top three local actors in the “Best of WNC 2011,” an annual contest in the Mountain Xpress, Asheville’s independent newspaper.

National Security Agency (NSA). Wave Systems Corporation, a leader in cyber security, sponsored Dr. Teo’s attendance at these events. Dr. Teo has also been appointed as a Liaison Member of the Trusted Computing Group (TCG).


Dr. Jim Shores, Associate Professor of Communication, and his wife, Carol, led the

English professors Dr. Don King, Dr. Cynthia Howell, Dr. Rich Gray, and Professor Cathy Adams received an Appalachian College

Association (ACA) planning grant to promote undergraduate research for Montreat College’s literature students. As part of the grant, the professors attended the ACA Undergraduate Research Conference at the University of North Carolina at Asheville in July 2011, meeting with similar groups from other ACA schools. Currently they are preparing a follow-up proposal for a $10,000 grant that would allow them to work closely with eight Montreat College English majors next spring and summer. The areas of research will include 19th-century American writers such as Emily Dickinson and Henry David Thoreau, 17th-century British writer George Herbert, and the role of nature in the fiction and poetry of C. S. Lewis.

Dr. Jeff Teo, Associate Professor of Computer Information Systems, was invited 6

and sponsored to attend two conferences – the Trusted Infrastructure Workshop (TIW) 2011 and Trust 2011: 4th International Conference on Trust and Trustworthy Computing held at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, this past summer. Dr. Teo also attended the 2nd Annual NSA Trusted Computing conference in Orlando, FL, in September, led by the


Couple’s Retreat at Laity Lodge in Texas with three-time Grammy Award winner Ashley Cleveland over the July 4th weekend. After being in England with his family for two weeks, Jim also was a speaker/performer for Wounded Warriors in Texas, ministering to wounded veterans from the War in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Sue Diehl, Associate Professor and Reference Librarian, retired this summer from Montreat

College after ten years of service. As the Library Archivist and Historian, Sue has been widely respected by her faculty colleagues. She will continue to work with the President’s Office on a special project for the college centennial.

Dr. Beverly Watts, a School of Professional and Adult Studies adjunct professor in the Master of Arts in Education program, completed her Doctor of Philosophy in Education from Capella University. Her concentration was in post-secondary and adult education. As part of her research and dissertation, Watts focused on the relationships of mathematics anxiety, mathematics self-efficacy, and mathematical performance. Fall | 2011 29

FACULTY BOOKSHELF Brad Daniel, Ph.D. Professor of Biology, Environmental Studies, and Outdoor Education “Nighttime Adventures: Exploring and Appreciating the Mysteries of the Night by Leading Walks After Dark,” Green Teacher. Issue 93 (Summer 2011) “Learn from My Mistakes; Using a Dialectical Approach for Training Outdoor Educators” Green Teacher Issue 91 (Winter 2011) Don King, Ph.D. Professor of English “The Early Writings of Joy Davidman,” Journal for Inklings Studies (March 2011) Ken Kalisch, M.S., Andrew Bobylia, Ph.D., Brad Daniel, Ph.D. Professors of Outdoor Education “The Outward Bound Solo: A Study of Participants’ Perceptions,” Journal of Experiential Education. 34:1 (2011)

Paul Owen, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Biblical and Religious Studies “The Last Wolf of Carolina,” Valley Voices: A Literary Review (Spring/Summer 2011) Darren Proppe, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies “Effects of Road Networks on Bird Populations,” Conservation Biology. Co-authored with A.V. Kociolek, A.P. Clevenger, and C.C. St. Clair. 25:2 (April 2011) Cathy Adams, M.A., M.F.A. Instructor of English Composition “Chuan,” Shifting Balance Sheets: Women’s Stories of Naturalized Citizenship & Cultural Attachment. (Wising Up Press, 2011) Timothy D. Howell, M.Div., Ph.D. Adjunct Professor of Bible and Religion The Matthean Beatitudes in their Jewish Origin: Literary and Speech Act Analysis (Peter Lang Publishing, 2011)


Much Fruit “By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.” –John 15:8, ESV

Meet Kimberly Turner

Will you consider giving a gift that bears much fruit in college students like Kimberly ?

Senior, Interdisciplinary Studies Major

Keystone Scholarship

Insights GIVING on

Have you considered the variety of ways you can financially support Montreat College? Opportunities to give go far beyond writing a check or paying with a credit card. Please prayerfully consider the opportunities below.

Joe B. Kirkland, M.A. Vice President for Advancement

Outright Gifts

Outright gifts of cash, securities, or other property provide immediate financial assistance for the college.

income, reduce your taxes, unlock appreciated investments, rid you of investment worries, and ultimately provide very important financial support.

Appreciated Securities

Gifts of Real Estate

A gift of highly appreciated and marketable securities helps save taxes twice – it provides an income-tax charitable deduction and capital gains tax savings.


Leave your legacy by making a gift in your will to Montreat College. You may consider bequeathing a percentage of your estate.

Charitable Gift Annuity

Your contribution of cash or securities into a charitable gift annuity not only supports Montreat College, it also provides you or your loved ones with fixed payments for a lifetime. These payments are based on your age at the time of the gift. There are also positive tax benefits available through a charitable gift annuity.

Charitable Remainder Trust

While there is no single way to achieve all of your personal and financial goals, one strategy can meet many of your needs. In the right circumstances, this plan can increase your

When you give a gift of real property to Montreat College, you may claim an income tax charitable donation based on the full market value of the gift, avoid capital gains taxes, and eliminate certain costs associated with the transfer of real property. Any type of real estate you own can be donated to Montreat College: house, farm, rental property, business property, land, vacation home, and more. Montreat College requires an appraisal and environmental study before accepting a real estate gift, so please consult with us in advance.

Matching Gifts

Many corporations encourage employee and board member philanthropy by matching their gifts to certain worthy causes. As you plan to make a gift, you may want to ask whether your employer or corporate affiliates participate in such a program.

To learn more about these giving opportunities or to make a gift, please contact Mr. Joe Kirkland at 828-669-8012 ext. 3745 or email Fall | 2011 31

Class Notes



Sheridan Garbacik (’62)

Sheridan is retired and widowed. She has five children, nine grandchildren, and loves traveling.

John Fries (’65)

John retired from the position of Assistant Superintendent for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. He is currently working part-time as a leadership consultant with Flynn Heath Holt Leadership specializing in executive coaching of public and private school leaders. He and his wife Gail live on Lake Norman and have four grandsons ages three to nine. They are active members of Denver United Methodist Church. They both sing in the choir and John is a trustee.

Mitchell Allen Parker (’75)

You can reach Mitchell at mitch1950usa@

Charles Ledsinger (’78)

Charles has been happily married for 32 years living in Cumming, GA. His daughter Elizabeth is twenty-two years old and a junior at Gainesville State College. His wife Gerry (Class of 1983) is in her twentieth year as an elementary school teacher in Forsyth County Schools; Charles approaching twenty years with the Cherokee County Water Authority. He is looking forward to retiring in about four years.

Karen Carroll (’78)

Karen’s daughter, Devin Elizabeth, was accepted into the education school at Boston College. She is a gymnastics and track scholar athlete. 32 Fall | 2011

Ken Pierce (’82)


Ken Pierce and his wife Aisyah of twentyfive years are now living in Vancouver, British Columbia.  He is serving at Tenth Ave. Alliance Church as the pastor of discipleship.  Being empty-nesters for the first time has its challenges, but they are working through those changes by God’s grace. However, they miss their kids very much, who are still in the U.S. Ken and Aisyah would love to hear from any old friends at

Garrett Cooper Stanfield (’89)

Garrett is in his eighth year of teaching K-12 English at the Xinde English Training School in Yangzhou, China.

Rayburn Greene (’00)

Rayburn has started working on a master’s degree with Capella University with a major in Emergency Management; he will graduate in December 2012.

Jason Bryant (’02)

Jason Bryant has spent the last eight years in Massachusetts attending seminary and serving in youth ministry at several churches. He is now in North Carolina looking for a full-time youth pastor role at a gospel-grounded church closer to family.

Justin (’01) and Jennifer (’03) Barbour


Justin and Jennifer live in Charleston, SC, and attend Rockville Presbyterian Church on Wadmalaw Island. Justin is an occupational therapist for a home health company. Though




he’s not highly passionate about his line of work, he’s good at it - both patients and fellow staff appreciate his character and good work. They have a two-year-old son named Dylan with another named Wesley on the way. Jenifer has enjoyed motherhood and has stayed connected to the Nature Program on Kiawah Island either working from home or for special programs. She has recently updated her Captain’s license to a Masters so she can run eco-motorboat tours.

Graham Ottley (’04)


Graham and Sarah got married in 2007. They currently reside in California just south of Yosemite National Park.  Graham works with a Christian adventure-based ministry called Summit Adventure.  Summit Adventure operates wilderness courses in the Sierras, Mt. Rainier, Ecuador and Israel.  They are currently running a college semester program called Immersion Service and Adventure Semester (ISAS) that is available to students at Montreat.  Besides working, Sarah and Graham have kept themselves busy with their dog Murphy. He is a Queensland / Australian Shepherd mix and keeps them on their toes.

Jen Burdette Strickland (’06)

Jen married Chris Strickland in 2009 and are expecting their first baby, a boy, in November 2011.

Andrew Honeycutt (’06)

Andrew and his wife, Kim, just had their first child on April 15, 2011. Her name is Ila Michelle Honeycutt; she weighed 5 lbs 12 oz and was 19” long.

Jennifer Manis (’07)


Jennifer Manis is married to Vern Manis, a staff sergeant in the Air Force. They have two beautiful children; Isabella is two-years-old and Lil Verno is almost three months now. They are stationed in the beautiful Charleston, SC, area. Jennifer is a stay-at-home mom and loves every minute of it. Vern plans on making a career out of the Air Force.

Carlie Howard (’09)

Carlie Howard finished a job in April with Senator Don Balfour in the Georgia Legislative Session. On May 16th, Carlie started a full-time job as an administrative assistant for Senator Jack Murphy and Senator Butch Miller. She is excited about what God is doing in her life in Atlanta. She hopes to pursue acting and theater now that she is settling into a more permanent job. You can reach her at carlie.e.howard@

Wendy Gram (’10)

Wendy and her husband, Rollin, are missionaries with United World Mission. Wendy has worked in children’s ministry, led women’s Bible studies, and served in outreach in Croatia, England, and the United States. She also advises missionaries in children education. Rollin is currently teaching theology courses in Central and Eastern Europe. They have three children: David, James and Rachel.

Justin B. Kennedy (‘11)

Recent graduate of the Master of Arts in Education program at Montreat College, and a kindergarten teacher at River Oaks Academy Fall | 2011 33

in Charlotte, will present the research for his Capstone project at the annual fall Teacher Education Forum in Raleigh. The forum is sponsored by the North Carolina Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators. The theme for the fall conference is “Passion, Purpose, and Professionalism: Teaching in Critical Times.”

Pawana Burlakoti

Pawana Burlakoti finished a Master’s in Economics from University of Massachusetts Lowell in 2006. She is currently working for a company called Kenexa as a compensation consultant. She lives in Burlington, MA, with her husband and eight-month-old baby boy.

Obituary Kortney Blythe Gordon (’05)


Kortney Blythe Gordon, 28, of Manassas, VA, along with her unborn daughter, Sophy Joy, were taken from this earth and placed into the arms of their loving Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on October 8, 2011. Kortney was born on March 13, 1983 in Santa Rosa, CA. Kortney was coming back from

a Students for Life of America Conference in Georgia when she was struck and killed instantly in a head-on collision. Kortney and her husband Benjamin were expecting Sophy in February of 2012. Kortney’s life verse was “to live is Christ, to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21, NIV), which she lived to the fullest. She is waiting in heaven to be reunited with her beloved husband, Benjamin Gordon; parents, Kristin Blythe and Larry Blythe and his wife Jane; mother and father-in-law, Natalie and John Gordon; sister, Ashley Owen and her son, Elijah; brother, Jeff Blythe and brother-in-law, Nathaniel Gordon; maternal grandmother, Shirley “Shashee” Hamilton; paternal grandmother, Sharla Blythe; uncle, Don Blythe and his wife Brenda; aunt, Renee O’Brien and her husband Chet; loving cousins: Dawnelle, Jesse, Mike, Nick, Jaron and friends. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Student for Life of America www. <http://www.studentsforlife. org> . If you would like to send a message to Kortney’s family, please send it via Kortney’s email at

Homecoming 2011 Photos are on Flickr!

Go to to view a slideshow of this year’s Homecoming and Family Weekend.

Don’t miss out on the Italian Holiday 2012! Pictured in the photo at left are Montreat College alumni and family members in front of the Leaning Tower of Pisa in March of 2007. They were part of a larger group led by Dave Walters (C’69) that visited Rome, Siena, Florence, Pisa, and Italy. A return trip to Italy for alumni, family, and friends is scheduled for March of 2012. For more information and registration visit the Alumni Travel Program at You can also email Dave Walters, Director of Development, at 34 Fall | 2011

Calendar of events Opening Convocation

January 12 at 11 a.m. Gaither Chapel

Friends of Music Performance Rodrigo Rodriguez, guitar February 5 at 3 p.m. Chapel of the Prodigal

Montreat College Alumni Sweetheart Dinner Dance February 11

Friends of Music Performance Kimberly Cann, piano April 22 Chapel of the Prodigal

Montreat College Choir Spring Concerts

May 4 and 5 at 7 p.m. Chapel of the Prodigal


May 12 at 2 p.m. Anderson Auditorium

For a full listing of Friends of Music events email Timothy Wilds at to subscribe to the bi-annual Friends of Music Newsletter.

Bob Watt Business Partnersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Golf Tournament June 2012 The Cliffs at Walnut Cove

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