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renewal Christ-Centered, Student-Focused, Service-Driven:

Equipping agents of transformation, renewal, and reconciliation

Letter from the President Greetings from Montreat College, a Christcentered community of thoughtful professors and invested staff committed to equipping agents of transformation, renewal, and reconciliation. For generations, God’s people have ventured through Montreat’s stone gate seeking peace and courting adventure, and the leafy walking paths and rocky nooks have refreshed the hearts of many. Montreat College’s bucolic setting promises not only restoration, but also renewal, which is embedded in our educational mission. In the last issue of Reflection, we shared about the transformational work being done by Montreat College students, alumni, and faculty. In this issue, we delve into the multitude of ways Montreat College lives out its mission to equip agents of renewal. Our hope is that God will use Montreat College to edify and encourage its students so that they are equipped to renew their spheres of influence after they graduate, wherever the Lord calls them, whether they nurture a family, paint a community mural, care for the environment, or work faithfully in their vocation. Articles in this issue about our campus stewardship initiative, Fine Arts department, and student work program illustrate our efforts to challenge students to wrestle with the question music business professor Kevin Auman poses in our Fine Arts story: “Where can you be a part of your industry in a way that is redeeming?” In Romans 12:2, Paul exhorts believers to “be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Our parents’ testimonials provide a glimpse of how Montreat College has been a catalyst for renewal in students’ lives. We seek to provide an environment that promotes growth for all of our students – in their intellectual, emotional, and spiritual lives. Parents share about the “deep roots” grown here, how their children “flourished” under the guide of “life mentors” who were also professors. 2 Fall | 2010

Dr. Dan Struble, President of Montreat College The summer offered renewal for a number of our students, staff, faculty, and alumni. In our College News section, you can read about how twenty-four students and three faculty members explored God’s creation through American Ecosystems, a twentyseven day excursion to twenty national parks. Also venturing into the wilderness – but by sea kayak rather than sleeper coach – Outdoor Ministry major Brittany Miller spent her summer in the Georgian Bay of Canada on Leadership and Discipleship in the Wilderness, a course designed to help college students develop servant leadership in an intentional community. Students are not the only outdoor adventurers this summer: Dr. Andrew Bobilya, alum Shane Sullards, and former Outdoor Education professor Dr. Darwin Glassford all climbed Mt. Rainier. Dr. Bobilya also published chapters in a book this summer, as did Dr. Karen Struble, Anne Oxenreider, and Dr. Elizabeth Mburu. What a summer we’ve had! We ask for your prayers that God would strengthen and renew our faculty and staff as we begin our 95th academic year. Thank you for joining us in our mission to equip students to renew God’s world.

Dan Struble, Ph.D. President

OF CONTENTS College News


Christ-Centered • Student-Focused • Service-Driven

Montreat College is a Christ-centered liberal arts college in the Presbyterian and Reformed tradition and North Carolina’s only member of the national Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).

EDITOR: Annie Carlson GRAPHIC ARTIST/ DESIGNER: Inés Mueller WRITERS: Cliff Green, Annie Carlson CONTRIBUTING WRITERS: Joey Higgins, Amy Sperry, Lauren Roberts COVER ART: Drew Powell explores forest flora on American Ecosystems, an Environmental Studies course. Photograph by: Jim Shores, Environmental Studies and Communication Professor. Reflection is published by the Montreat College Communications Department and is mailed free of charge to alumni and friends of the college. Photos are provided by the Montreat College Photography Archive unless otherwise noted. Reproduction of Reflection without permission is prohibited. Please contact the editor with story ideas or items of interest at 828669-8012, ext. 3778 or e-mail acarlson@montreat. edu. Letters are welcome.

Renewal Cultivating Creation:


Redeeming Art:


An Ethic of Service:


Faculty News


Class Notes


Calendar of Events


Campus Stewardship Grows at Montreat College

Shaping Future Musicians, Actors, and Artists

How Student Work Renews Our Campus Daily

REFLECTION, Montreat College Volume 14, No. 2, Fall 2010 Box 1267 (310 Gaither Circle), Montreat, NC 28757 Phone: 828-669-8012 Fax: 828-669-9554



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Introducing North Carolina’s First Master’s in Environmental Education Libby Wilcox of the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources calls Montreat College’s MSEE a “wonderful addition” to the curriculum which will “fully equip students to address major environmental challenges.”

The First MSEE Cohort

From Appalachian State to Warren Wilson to Wake Forest to UNC-Asheville, there are scores of four-year colleges and universities in North Carolina. But until June 2010, not one of those institutions offered a Master of Science in Environmental Education degree. So it was with great excitement that on June 1, 2010, the Outdoor Education Department welcomed its first Dr. Shuman and Dr. Daniel cohort of students into the new MSEE program at Montreat College. Dr. Dottie Shuman, a professor in the Outdoor Education Department, says that the eleven students who have enrolled can expect a rigorous two-year program before graduating with a unique degree that leaders in environmental education in the state are already hailing as necessary.

Montreat’s location among the Blue Ridge Mountains will allow MSEE candidates to help renew, preserve, and study vital ecosystems – and stunning landscapes. In fact, Superintendent of Mount Mitchell State Park Jack L. Bradley calls Mount Mitchell (the highest peak east of the Mississippi) and Montreat College “partners in showing people how connected we are to the world in which we live” and says that the mountain will serve as a “teaching laboratory” for the Montreat students. As a Christian college, Montreat seeks to equip its graduates in the MSEE program to deepen their understanding of environmental issues from a variety of perspectives while always recognizing God’s Team Building Initiative sovereignty over the world he created. Outdoor Education Department Co-Chair Dr. Brad Daniel says this important balance can be achieved through sound stewardship, reasoned education, and innovative problem-solving. Shuman encourages students interested in pursuing the MSEE at Montreat College to visit the website at and learn about the schedule, curriculum, faculty, and the (literally) sky-high hopes for the program. Fall | 2010 5






Racheal Bryson (‘10) spent two months in Europe working on an archaeological dig in Spain and on her Greek in Greece. Arriving in Europe on June 1, Bryson worked through a research program called Ecomuseo de Cavalleria in Menorca, Spain from June 3-22. Digging in a necropolis, a Roman burial ground, Bryson helped unearth at least two skeletal remains and located a Visigoth earring inside the grave. The more important find in which Bryson was involved, though, was an incense burner in the shape of Tania, a Phoenician and Carthaginian goddess. After exploring Barcelona and Rome for ten days, Bryson traveled to Santorini and Anafi, Greece to study Attic Greek from July 3-24 through the Hellenic Education & Research Center. (To read more about Racheal’s adventures, visit Featured Stories at 1

Spending three hours a day driving to and from a scary job may not sound like an ideal summer pastime, but Morgan Mills (’11) says she “couldn’t wait to get to work every day.” From June 14-July 30, the elementary education major from Clyde, NC commuted to Rosman Elementary School to teach summer classes to students ranging in age from 4 to 12 and including several special needs kids. Mills came away with funny and poignant 6 Fall | 2010


stories – and a renewed sense of confidence and purpose. “I was actually chosen to be the lead teacher even though my fellow teachers were thirty years old. It says a lot about the education program at Montreat that I had so many lesson plans ready!” The Cavalier softball player laughs as she explains the “scary” part of the job: “I used to be a little scared of the sixth graders – it’s such a wild age.” But after working with them, she says, she might consider teaching grades other than first and second: “I want to teach and coach the sixth graders, too!” Three Montreat students lived and worked in California’s Yosemite National Park this summer. Amelia Browning (’11) and Rebekah Henderson (’11) completed internships towards their degrees in Outdoor Education. Browning worked for the Student Conservation Association doing visitor-use surveys and Henderson worked with the Delaware North Company as a natural and cultural history interpreter.  Brock Gudeman (’12) enjoyed recreational rock climbing while working at a hotel in the evenings and seeking to set up an internship for next summer in Yosemite. Dr. Dottie Shuman traveled to Yosemite, observing her interns and touring the park with the three students and is pleased to report that park supervisors of the students were very complimentary 2




about the Montreat students’ high level of skill and knowledge and their positive attitudes.

Twenty-four students and three faculty members explored 20 national parks in the American West and Pacific Northwest this summer. American Ecosystems is a Montreat College biennial summer academic program, 4

Brittany Miller (’11), an Outdoor Ministry major, participated in Leadership and Discipleship in the Wilderness, a course offered by the Coalition for Christian Outreach to college students throughout the country. This summer Brittany earned college credit by joining seven other students on a month-long sea kayaking trip in the Georgian Bay of Ontario, Canada. On LDW, Brittany practiced outdoor living skills, learned environmental ethics, and developed leadership ability. (To learn more about Brittany’s life in a sea kayak, visit Featured Stories at 5

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College News

Rackell Smith (‘10), Shaneika Henry (‘10), and Jared Nielsen (‘12) represented Montreat College at the 2010 National Leadership Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, July 9-12. Accompanied by Dr. Hub Powell, the students won accolades for placing seventh in the Marketing Analysis and Decision Making competition.  On Friday, July 9, the trio from Montreat completed the first half of their competition, comprising 100 questions, in order to qualify for the second half, which was the oral presentation on Sunday.  Dr. Powell sought to place Montreat’s high finish in perspective: “It was David against Goliath; we competed against huge state schools such as Cal-Berkeley, Nebraska, and Arizona State. But our Cavaliers were on their game. Finishing in seventh speaks not only to the quality of our students, but to the caliber of our academic programming. God has been good to Montreat!” 3

a 27-day whirlwind tour that ventures to national parks including the Grand Canyon, Death Valley, the Redwoods, Crater Lake, the San Juan Islands, Yellowstone, Devils Tower, and the Badlands. Led by Dr. Brad Daniel, Melissa Wilson, and Dr. Jim Shores, the trek departed via a chartered sleeper coach on May 22 and returned June 16. Students studied the ecology, geology, climate, conservation history, dominant flora and fauna, and conservation issues associated with each national park. Todd Yancey (’10) and Carla Porterfield (’11) filmed a documentary of the American Ecosystems journey as part of a grant received from the Appalachian College Association.

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ewal Stories of How Montreat College Equips Students to Impact the World

Cultivating Creation:

Campus Stewardship Grows at Montreat College

Redeeming Art:

Shaping Future Musicians, Actors, and Artists

An Ethic of Service:

How Student Work Renews Our Campus Daily Fall | 2010 9






ust as Jesus stated, “Behold, I am making all things new,” so a number of Christians believe they are called upon to be faithful stewards of the earth, a movement within the Christian community which has come to be called, in many circles, Creation Care. “Creation Care” may be a term that is new to many, but stewarding the land and our resources is an old tradition at Montreat College and, indeed, in western North Carolina. On a campus threaded with springfed streams in a stunning mountain setting and as a college known for programs in Outdoor Education, Environmental Studies, and Outdoor Ministry, Montreat prides itself on its connection with the ground beneath our feet and the wildlife that shares our cove. So it’s not surprising that a stewardship movement would find active participants at Montreat College. The Chairperson of the Campus Stewardship Committee, Vice President Joe Kirkland, sees a proper place for this growing interest on a Christ-centered campus: “God asks for our best efforts, so along with our call to proclaim Christ to the world and care for the souls of the men and women at this college, we can also help the next generation of Christian believers that emerge from our classrooms to remember that in Genesis 2:15, God commands Adam to enter ‘the 10 Fall | 2010

Garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it,’ and that task is still appointed to us.” In addition to a 20-member Campus Stewardship Committee, the student organization called Seeds pursued an energetic schedule during this past year and has ambitious plans for the 2010 -11 year as well. Both groups seek to influence thinking about how we treat the only planet God gave us to live on. Indeed, as Dr. Brad Daniel, Co-Chair of the Outdoor Education Department, explains,

“Stewardship is often described, even in Christian circles, as some new-age environmental movement concerned with saving the earth. It’s not about saving the earth. It’s about being obedient to how we should live the Christian life. The Bible contains many passages that speak of stewardship of God’s creation.”

Daniel adds that stewardship at Montreat College “is not a new initiative – it has been listed as an educational goal of the college for some time.” In 2010, cultivating and keeping our Master’s garden can mean buying local produce – which reduces costs and fuel consumption and supports neighbors, removing toxins from the watershed, saving energy, and reducing waste. Encouraging people to take manageable steps like these is one of the goals of Seeds. Founded by Aaryn Joyner (’10) in April 2009, the student group has become the most active Creation Care entity at Montreat College … and earned the school some national recognition. When Renewal, a national creation care publication, featured Seeds and interviewed and photographed Joyner and rising senior Andrea Thompson, it was in large part because of Seeds’ accomplishment in planting the Garden of Eatin’, a half-acre plot of land on the Black Mountain campus where, during the summer of 2010, Seeds is growing cantaloupe, tomatoes, peppers, sunflowers, and much more, growing apple and peach trees for future harvests, and leading by example in a quest for greater sustainability.

While admiring Seeds’ work, Kirkland is further encouraged by the stewardship he has seen in practice all over campus: in the dining hall, in classrooms, in dormitories. Aramark Corporation, which supplies and serves the food on campus, has worked closely with Montreat College to make Howerton Dining Hall a model for conservation and reduction in waste. Sharon Randall, the Front Line Manager in Howerton, says, “Aramark is

Elsewhere, Jim Southerland, the Chairman of the Fine Arts Department, reports that the art studio courses “use no solvents in painting, no aerosols in drawing, use washable painting ‘rags’ and strive for a minimal use of paper towels.”

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It seems that momentum for Creation Care is increasing on campus and in a mindset that is committed to responsible, godly stewardship of our resources and our institutional efforts.

As a part of that commitment, the issue of Reflection magazine you are reading has been produced through a Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified printer, using the most environmentally-friendly processes, on a paper that is 55% recycled and 30% post-consumer fiber, thereby saving one ton of wood and over 4,700 gallons of water. Only Jesus can truly make all things new, but we at Montreat College can act as good and faithful stewards of our campus and strive to send out into the world agents of renewal who show reverence for the Creator by respecting the creation. Fall | 2010 11


When members of Seeds aren’t tilling and weeding, they are conducting the Residence Hall Energy Challenge, a competition among the dormitories that rewards the hall that can reduce their energy and water consumption by the greatest margin (a title that Davis Hall earned in spring 2010). Or they are welcoming hundreds of people to an Earth Day celebration featuring a cook-out, live music, an ultimate Frisbee match, and a three-hour long litter clean-up along Flat Creek.

determined to be the industry leader in sustainability, recycling, and other measures.” She cites specific efforts that Aramark and Montreat College have taken to that end: “Tray-less dining reduces water usage and food waste. We purchase local food products whenever possible. We recycle cans, cardboard, and plastic, and we compost as much as we can.”

REDEEMING aRT: Shaping Future Musicians, Actors, and Artists

Lauren Roberts stood at the door to Gaither Chapel, listening as someone played “Liz on Top of the World,” a piano solo from Pride and Prejudice. It was not the first time that she had been drawn from her desk in Gaither Hall to listen to music swelling out from the Chapel, and Roberts, the Director of Alumni Relations at Montreat College, says, “It’s stirring to hear our students create

this beautiful music. There’ve been days when the Chapel band or a music student singing or playing has lifted my spirits and sent me back to work inspired.”

Many students, faculty, staff and visitors could tell their own version of Roberts’ story of a moment of renewal spurred by the trained and talented hands and voices of the students in Montreat College’s Fine Arts Department, which offers majors in Music Performance, Music Business, and Worship Arts. Further, many students tackle minors in Theatre, Music, and Art.

redemption. Students respond to the truth of the Gospel through their artistry, offering their creativity to God and His creation. Fine Arts professors guide students in how to take this offering into the world, educating them on their role as shapers of the culture in the art community and beyond.


Professor of Music Dr. Eunice Stackhouse has rejoiced as the Music program has grown from five to thirty students in the past few years, and she links that rapid growth to the passion her subject engenders among those students. Immersed in private lessons, ensembles, and lessons with her students, Stackhouse can recite countless tales of heartbreak, serendipity and triumph as elegiac as the operas her voice majors sometimes sing, dramas centered on the handicapped piano student who learned to use the pedals, the home-sick Korean student who found comfort in her playing, the Russian who was able to finish her degree in part because of a field trip to a harpsichord shop, and more.  “Many young people have found spiritual renewal and growth through Christian fellowship and the support we provide each other,” says Stackhouse.

2010 Music Scholarship Competition Participants

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Rising Montreat senior Mandy Noerper confirms the bond between music and the spirit when she says, “As I grow into the person I want to be, I continue to explore music in new ways.”

The audiences that attend the Friends of Music concerts, the surge in students majoring in music, and the growing influence of the Music Business major have people at Montreat College thinking big thoughts. Kevin Auman, the Director of Music Programs at Montreat College, says his students, in fact, seek to influence and shape the music industry itself.  “Our students plan to fully engage in the culture we live in – American culture.  We ask constantly, ‘where can I be a part of the music industry in a way that is redeeming?’”

And how does one break into a competitive industry, let alone change it? What if others are equally talented and driven?  “Our students,” opines Auman, “have one huge advantage.  A young person whose character causes her to work hard, be reliable, strive to pursue what her employer needs … that person is gold.  We train professionals who are capable, smart, ready to hit the ground running.  But


One might forgive Callan White-Hinman if, when Kevin Auman says “character,” she hears the word “characters.” “As the Associate Professor of Drama at Montreat College and a working actress who has appeared on more than fifteen television programs (including JAG and The Practice) White-

Hinman revels in finding plays that fit her assertion that “good theatre is like a prayer or a calling to empathize and understand. Drama lifts the heart’s ability to reach out to others.” White-Hinman’s eloquent expression of her craft motivates her to find “students who dare to journey beyond their limitations to create and share a story that all need to hear.” As with any expression of art, whatever images and scenes of grace, humor, and pathos appear on stage result from endless hours of training, honing talent, minutiae, and sweat.  Students in Theatre work through their Theatre Ensemble class, which embraces chances to perform before people who benefit from seeing pain, redemption, and the value of their own lives Fall | 2010 13


“People are appalled at videos, lyrics, lifestyles of musicians,” Auman continues, “yet that’s a picture of the human condition when there are no restraints. But to follow Jesus is to be involved in the culture, to know people, to invest in thoughtful engagement.  So we have to know the music business and look for opportunities to renew it.”

character – honesty and integrity – is what distinguishes our students from their competitors and which can change an industry.”

on stage. That’s why the troupe acted before inmates at local prisons last year, in addition to the more traditional performance of The Little Prince on stage in Gaither Chapel, starring Daniel Sellers (’13).  The professional theatre series at Montreat invites professional actors to campus to perform and speak, and such relationships have led to recent performances at Montreat of a stage version of The Screwtape Letters, Corrie Ten Boom, and Last Train to Nibroc.  Students have worked, as well, in the tech and understudy Chad Britts (’09) performs area at NC Stage in a scene from “All I Really Asheville. Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten” in Gaither Chapel in 2009.

The spiritual element of the dramas that inhabit the stage at Montreat does not come by chance, for White-Hinman believes that a play “can provide answers to the weary souls who can hear only the sorrow of their own voice and who need joy and hope and beauty.”


Montreat College is a remarkably lovely place, but the faculty and students working and majoring in Art still manage to embellish the beauty of the campus and create new ways to see the world around us. Of course, at times, that means that an artist stands behind her easel painting a study of 14 Fall | 2010

mist-covered mountains or a vibrant waterfall, but art students and artists also bring vivid life to posters, t-shirt competitions, the Camaraderie of Writers contest, the lively logo that graces Seeds events, and other activities at Montreat. Urged on by Professor of Art and Chair of the Fine Arts Department Jim Southerland, who has guided artists on campus for nearly a quarter century, students sculpt and paint in an encouraging environment that yields work that refreshes, questions, and challenges.  Joanna King, a May 2010 graduate and the Salutatorian of her class, enjoyed both the “structure and freedom” of her classes with Southerland and saw her work displayed in an exhibition entitled “Synthesis” in “Faron” by Joanna King Hamilton Gallery during April-May 2009. An English and History double major, King speaks of painting in a wry metaphor:

“I paint because I love to paint. My relationship with Art is like any other relationship - it requires a lot of love, attention, patience, and interceding from God.” Contemplating the dynamic relationship between the Creator and creator, Montreat College art students pour mental, emotional and spiritual energy into their work. Their artistic response to God’s love and grace renews the heart of the artist and those who hear the music, see the paintings, and experience the drama on stage. It is through this renewal that students engage with the world, offering glimpses of Christ’s redemption and hope.


Fine Arts

Timothy Wilds, baritone Vance Reese, piano Sunday, September 12 at 7 p.m. Chapel of the Prodigal, Montreat

Kyiv Symphony Orchestra and Chorus Thursday, September 23 at 7 p.m. First Baptist Church, Asheville

Charles McKnight, recorder Blake Hobby, harpsichord Gail Schroeder, viola da

Teresa Sumpter, piano Tuesday, November 16 at 8 p.m. Chapel of the Prodigal, Montreat

Worship Arts Convocation Tuesday, December 9 at 11:00 a.m. Gaither Chapel, Montreat

Christmas Concert Featuring the Montreat College Choirs Friday and Saturday, December 10 and 11 at 7 p.m. Chapel of the Prodigal, Montreat


Tuesday, October 12 at 8 p.m. Chapel of the Prodigal, Montreat

Drama Department Presents Terra Nova, a play. Performances on November 12, 13, 19, 20 Friday performances at 7:30 p.m. Saturday performances at 1:30 p.m. Manor House Gym, Black Mountain Campus

Student Departmental Recitals Tuesday, October 5 at 8 p.m. Tuesday, November 9 at 8 p.m. Tuesday, December 7 at 11 a.m. (during Convocation) Chapel of the Prodigal, Montreat

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od sometimes chooses odd circumstances in which to inspire or speak to his people. For example, Moses saw the glory of God from a cleft in the rock, and Balaam’s life was saved by a talking donkey whom God had allowed to see an angel. And Linda Harrison, the Supervisor of Housekeeping at Montreat College, has a similarly unusual and charming story. Talking about one of the students in the college’s Work Program, she says, “One young man said his faith was strengthened because of cleaning toilets.”




Student Work Our

Naturally, Harrison needed to explain further: “This student worked in housekeeping, and he was assigned to clean the Chapel of the Prodigal. Going there early each morning gave him peace, but he also learned humility: he’d never done that kind of labor before, and he said he felt God’s presence even in the humble work of cleaning toilets.” For Tom Oxenreider, the Assistant Dean for Work & Vocation at Montreat, this student’s experience reflects the goals of the Work Program, which grew out of the President’s Think Tank in 2008 and will employ nearly 200 students during the 2010-11 academic year. “The

work program is an opportunity for students to develop a strong work ethic and critical thinking skills … and consider some of the ways God has gifted them.” In fact, students employed in the Work Program at Montreat College join the permanent maintenance and housekeeping staff in the daily renewal of campus. Working late and rising early, crews vacuum and scrub, trim lawns, check boilers, deliver furniture, fix leaks, and tackle any number of electrical and plumbing troubles. While helping make Montreat’s campus beautiful is a vital way to present a clean and inviting image to visitors, student workers influence guests on campus and others in need in dramatic ways. 16 Fall | 2010

Student Workers, clockwise from left: Caleb Hofheins, Emily Fitchpatrick can attest to that. The Founder and President of On Eagle’s Wings Ministries, Fitchpatrick oversees the Hope House located outside of Asheville, one of the few places in the United States that offers a safe house for domestic minor victims of sex trafficking. Several female students from Montreat College, including recent graduates Jenna Givens (’09) and Katie Kovarik (’09) have worked as interns at Hope House, and Fitchpatrick was thrilled with their work and hopeful that other ambassadors from Montreat can serve there. Says Fitchpatrick:


“ he Montreat students face a hard task, because the girls we shelter at Hope House are hard to minister to; they’re scarred and have built barriers. But because Hope House doesn’t receive government funding, the victims we serve – girls who have been abused and have had things demanded of them – start to understand that we don’t have an agenda, and we don’t want anything back from them.

the student workers who escorted her around campus and welcomed her son. She wrote to Dr. Struble:


thic of Service: Renews Campus Daily

Krystale Jones, Ashleigh Musselman, Elena Pashina

Jenna and Katie’s love and commitment helped as we sought to affect restoration and healing for these abused girls.”

And while not every story calls for renewal in quite as desperate a manner as those, the Work Program does put Montreat students in places to change lives every day. Four current Montreat students working in the Admissions department lead campus tours for families visiting with prospective students, and each has experience watching the school come alive for firsttime visitors. Elena Pashina (’10) keeps posted near her desk an e-mail she received from a mother of a current student who wrote to Dr. Dan Struble praising

A theme seems to emerge among the student workers who learn from the professionals that hard work well done is praise to God and a service to all who pass under the arch. Caleb Hofheins, a May 2010 graduate of Montreat, verifies this. “Most of the tasks I work on in the Registrar’s office are repetitive and uniform, but it is crucial that I remain devoted to the details in order to do the job well. If the smallest detail is neglected, larger things can fall apart. One misconstrued record can create problems for more people than myself. This summer, I’ve been humbled to see that I am a human who makes mistakes, but I worship a God who is intimately involved with the smallest details of my life.” For years, campus work has been funded by the Federal Work Study program, but the initiative on Montreat’s campus to develop a work program as integral to the College’s educational philosophy led the college to invest in student work and seek funding independent of the Federal Government. To that end, Oxenreider says that the college labors to provide opportunities for students to serve hither (in tasks ranging from building the climbing wall in Davis Hall to painting to guiding visitors) and yon (at Eliada and at Hope House, for instance). But the hard job of providing jobs is worth it. Assessing the vital efforts of the Work Program students, Oxenreider concludes that “the meaningful work done by these students touches all aspects of college life.” It seems safe to say that the challenges and accomplishments seen in the work program, in turn, touch the lives of all the students involved in this growing outreach of Montreat College. Fall | 2010 17


Students with similarly powerful stories include Amy Peck (’10), who worked in the equine therapy program at Eliada Home in Asheville, and Daniel Lattimore (’11), who spent time at the Presbyterian Home for Children in Black Mountain.

“ want to commend your staff for their kindness and helpfulness during our admissions and orientation process …. Elena answered more than twenty questions, sometimes even writing me at night! The other students really helped with my son’s move in and by letting me know how well he has been doing.”

A Lifetim

Autumn Sign Montreat Ca School of A rt s a n d S c i e n c e s The three-hour procession that I witness every August as new students drive through the Montreat gate creates a range of strong emotions in me. While everything is exciting for the eager young people moving into their dormitories and meeting future best friends, that day marks the end of a work year for me and my partners on the Admissions staff. You see, the countless hours spent talking to parents and prospective students, giving campus tours, reading application essays, and traveling on recruiting trips culminate with the arrival of each year’s new students. Seen in a certain way, their beginning is an end for me. For thirteen years, I have felt the physical and emotional toll of the recruiting cycle. BUT, FOR THIRTEEN YEARS, I HAVE ALSO REJOICED TO SEE THOSE STUDENTS BRING THEIR TALENTS AND PERSONALITIES AND DREAMS TO CAMPUS AND RENEW VENERABLE BUILDINGS AND CLASSROOMS WITH SMART IDEAS, NEW QUESTIONS, AND FRESH HOPE. And, for thirteen years, the abiding knowledge that we in Admissions labor for an institution that makes a difference in the lives of those who study in this cove – and beyond - provides a sense of peace. This peace, His peace, gives us the renewed strength needed to jump right into the next recruiting cycle. In fact, by the time you read this, the Admissions 18 Fall | 2010

staff will be traveling to college fairs, telling students that Montreat College will help to shape Christian women and men who will in turn help to shape a world in need. The Mission Statement of the Admissions Office is “To recruit and admit a diverse and academically strong group of students who are seeking a Christcentered education.” Helping to further His kingdom by following this call provides our staff with renewed energy for the tasks we are blessed to take on. If you know a high school student who would benefit from attending Montreat College, please contact the Admissions Office at 1-800-622-6968 or We also offer Planning for College seminars for schools and churches at no charge. Contact the Admissions Office for details.

Joey Higgins, Director of Enrollment Marketing and Communication

me of Learning:

nals New Opportunities Across ampuses S c h o o l o f P r o f e ss i o n a l a n d A d u lt S t u d i e s It’s easy this time of the year to lament the end of summer or long for lazy days at the beach, but for most working adults like you, almost every day requires hard work as you seek a better life for yourself and your family. If your plan to attain that better life includes furthering your education, then Montreat College’s School of Professional and Adult Studies (SPAS) is made just for you. SPAS respects your commitment to family and career and designs its programs to accommodate your demanding schedule. Because we know you’re always busy and would rather be at home than in a classroom, OUR CLASSES MEET ONLY ONCE A WEEK AND PROVIDE A STREAMLINED AND PROVEN CURRICULUM WHICH ALLOWS MOST STUDENTS TO COMPLETE THEIR DEGREE IN APPROXIMATELY TWO YEARS. You and classmates form into a cohort which stays together throughout your program, a structure which makes your weekly study group cohesive and supportive. We incorporate Christian faith into learning and find that our diverse population of students with varied professional experiences creates energy and new ideas.

In our effort to help you improve your life and career, we offer associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees at both the Asheville and Charlotte campuses in fields such as Business, Management, Education, and our most recently-developed program, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. As I begin my new role as the Vice President, my vision is to expand our class offerings, which this year comprises over 390 students in 26 programs. In the years ahead I see no reason why our great staff cannot bring this number to over 1,000 students in the SPAS program. So, whatever season of the year comes, the time might be right for you to explore a degree at Montreat College. After all, hard work – and some extra effort now – might just mean that someday, you can have more lazy days at the beach. Please contact the Admissions Department in Asheville at 1-800-806-2777 or in Charlotte at 1-800436-2777 with questions and to express interest in our programs. Jonathan Shores, Vice President for Adult Studies Fall | 2010 19

Fall Harvest YIELDS MORE FRUIT SOME PEOPLE CONSIDER FALL TO BE AN ENDING. The end of summer: the end of pool days, of outdoor concerts, and of things in bloom. But I grew up on a college campus in a small town in western New York.  Fall was exciting.  New students on campus, new friends, and new exhibits and happenings heralded a thrilling new beginning.  Fall was a time of renewal for me. I just returned to work from summer vacation, happily anticipating the fall semester, and I was greeted by a stack of notes from incoming freshmen and parents expressing their thanks to donors and alums, like you, for their part of the KEYSTONE SCHOLARSHIP.  This outpouring of gratitude renewed me for another year of working, writing, calling, asking, organizing, e-mailing, creating, and designing all things “KEYSTONE SCHOLARSHIP.”   My prayer would be that your heart would also experience renewal for our Christ-centered mission by reading two testimonials, beginning with this eloquent student testimonial: “I am so very grateful for your gift to the college which will help me pursue an elementary education degree. ATTENDING A SCHOOL THAT VALUES THE

NATURAL BEAUTY OF MOUNTAINS AND STREAMS AS WELL AS THE BLESSING OF A CLOSE KNIT COMMUNITY IS A WONDERFUL ANSWER TO THE HOPES I’VE HAD. May your giving be returned to you a hundred-fold in countless, unexpected ways! May your every need and request be provided with the same grace and graciousness that you have shared.”

University, and after philosophy classes and the guidance of her professors, she walked away from her faith - at least for now. About three years ago I heard a young man from my children’s high school say he was thankful for Montreat College because everything he was taught at college reaffirmed what he had learned from his parents and church.  At that point I began to pray that my son might be able to attend Montreat.  Therefore, I am joyful that my son is enrolled as a student at Montreat College for the fall 2010 semester; without this wonderful gracious gift of the Keystone Scholarship, it would not have been possible.  I am so thankful to you and to God for providing through you.  Please pray with me that my son will value and use this gift to the fullest to prepare for a life of service to and fellowship with God.” Renewal is the fruit of God’s work in our hearts. It is a gift to us - in much the same way that fresh, ripe fruit is God’s gift to us.  We can’t really produce a luscious “Pink Lady” or “Red Delicious” even if we plant the apple tree. Neither can we really produce the renewal of heart, mind, and spirit that we all crave. God does this work in us and for us. Praise God! This school year the KEYSTONE SCHOLARSHIP will be “Bearing MORE Fruit.”  As God renews your compassion for students seeking a Christ-centered education, consider joining in this fruit-bearing activity by giving a gift. Blessings on your ongoing renewal.

I was humbled and moved as well by the full-page letter from the parent of an incoming freshman. Here’s part of that testimony: “I can attest to the value of a Christ-centered education. My oldest child went to a State 20 Fall | 2010

Amy Sperry

Director of the Keystone Scholarship


from Home “I

truly feel you, and all those at Montreat College teaching my daughter, are partners with me in carrying on what God led me to start so many years ago. I want to thank you and everyone else at Montreat who have made her feel so welcome and such a valuable part of the college.  My heart is able to rest secure that her further training is in capable hands, which leaves me able to focus on my four remaining children.  Thank you for your faithfulness in being unapologetically bold for Christ and encouraging my precious daughter in her desire to do likewise!

- G. Beatrice Coffman, mother of Audrey Coffman Hampstead, NH Spring, 2009


would heartily recommend that anyone seeking a Christian education for their child to consider Montreat College as their first choice. Their education is excellent; their professors are outstanding; their leadership is godly. We are proud to tell anyone that our son Bradley graduated from this great institution! - Wyn and Diane Harter, parents of Bradley Harter Charlotte, NC Fall 2007


College is not a safe haven that isolates young adults from today’s negative and dangerous influences, but a Christian influenced garden that allows that adult child to develop their own deep roots. Rather than graduating from a vacuum into the real world, our son was led to grow stronger. Montreat assisted him to become more emotionally and economically prepared for life. Rather than prevent the storms in a climatecontrolled greenhouse, Montreat provides a little more water when needed, some nutrients when warranted, a boundary fence when necessary, and the sunshine of God’s message to grow toward.  Some of his professors are what I would term life mentors, and his ‘band of brothers’ provides a community of fellowship that I hope will be there for him long after we are gone. - Carol Platt, mother of Joshua Platt Winter Haven, FL Spring 2009


you for all that God is doing through you and others at Montreat with the student body there. My son has flourished beyond anything we could have wished and prayed for during his time at Montreat. We have been humbled by what God is doing in his life and by the people He has put in his path.

- Neil Jackson, father of Stephen Jackson Melbourne, FL Fall 2009

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Dr. Jim Shores was awarded Best Original Screenplay at the Gideon Media Arts Conference at the end of May. The Gideon Conference is held annually at Ridgecrest Conference Center to promote networking and increase craftsmanship among Christian filmmakers. Shores’ screenplay, Hunks, is a feature-length teen comedy about the two ugliest teenagers in the world who find a car that turns them into the two most attractive guys in the world – but only while they’re in the car. The screenplay is under consideration by several production companies. Shores is Associate Professor of Communication at Montreat College. He spent last summer in the Act One Writer’s Program in Los Angeles where Hunks was workshopped extensively with industry professionals. Shores is currently in re-writes with Los Angeles screenwriter Key Payton on an actionadventure film inspired by the best-selling book Wild at Heart by John Eldridge. Shores is also currently in production with two Montreat students, Todd Yancey and Carla Porterfield, on a documentary chronicling American Ecosystems, a Montreat College summer academic program in which 24 students explored 20 national parks in 27 days. The project is funded by the Ledford Grant from the Appalachian College Association. The documentary is being considered for the Halogen Network in Charlotte, NC. Dr. Andrew Bobilya (’96), Associate Professor and Co-Chair of Outdoor Education, just as 22 Fall | 2010


former Montreat student Shane Sullards did (see Class Notes), summitted 14,410-foot high Mt. Rainier in Washington this summer. A team that included Montreat College graduate and former professor Dr. Darwin Glassford and Bobilya reached Camp Muir (at 10,080 feet) on July 21, Glassford (left) and Bobilya (center) spent a day in on Mt. Rainier 60-mph winds practicing snow skills on July 22, and then, on a clear and sunny day, reached the summit at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, July 24. Bobilya was excited to share a mountaineering experience with his mentor, Glassford, who also performed Bobilya’s wedding ceremony, proud to complete a rigorous climb and stare down the 2,000 foot vertical drop one can see only from the peak, and overjoyed to reunite with his wife and two young daughters. Dr. Mark Wells worked on a Summer Research Fellowship at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN from June 26 - July 30, where he learned the Danish language, read the works of Soren Kierkegaard in Danish, and wrote about Kierkegaard’s idea of “the eternal.”


Dr. Mark McCarthy worked with the College Board and spent the third week of June in Fort Collins, Colorado, grading AP European History exams. Immediately after that, he traveled to New York City and worked in the Archives of the American Bible Society at the end of June and the beginning of July. “Working in an archive, at least for me, means opening up a bunch of folders containing letters and other correspondences that could be anywhere from 10 - 200 years old and then trying to construct some narrative that seems to make the best sense out of all the different pieces of information.” Dr. McCarthy explored the American Bible Society’s contact with Russian Evangelicals during the 19th century.

Oxenreider and Struble were two of the specialists who provided contributions to the book. Oxenreider wrote sections on topics such as a baby’s temperament and sensory exploration with babies. Dr. Struble contributed chapters on postpartum depression and self-care for new

On April 30, 2010, Struble and Oxenreider participated in a book-signing with Dr. Huff at the L. Nelson Bell Library on the Montreat College campus. Jose Larios, Montreat College Cross Country and Track head coach, hosted the third annual Cavalier Distance Running Camp from July 12 - 17, welcoming students to campus for an intensive course in running and training.

Larios, the Director of the Cavalier Distance Running Camp, explained that the camp is “an opportunity for developing runners to train and learn as much as possible about distance running,” and this year, 49 middle and high school runners, representing the largest camp to date, came to the mountains to train at altitude and enjoy the camaraderie available in a beautiful setting. “What makes our camp different from many others across the country,” Larios added, Fall | 2010 23


Anne Oxenreider, M.Ed., Writing Program Director, and Dr. Karen Struble, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor of Psychology, recently contributed to an awardwinning book about infant parenting. Caring for Your Newborn: How to Enjoy the First 60 Days as a New Mom, edited by Olson Huff, M.D. and Nicole Rawson Huff, received the Gold Medal in parenting from the 14th Annual Independent Publisher Book Awards held in New York City on May 25, 2010.

moms. Both Oxenreider and Struble are also regular contributors to www.sixtysecondparent. com, an award-winning website for parents with young children.

Faculty Notes “is that we want to provide an intensive, encouraging summer running camp experience in a Christ-centered environment.” Dr. Elizabeth Mburu, adjunct professor of Bible and Religion at the Charlotte campus of Montreat College, has recently published a scholarly work entitled Qumran and the Origins of Johannine Language and Symbolism. The book is in the series Jewish and Christian Texts in Contexts and Related Studies edited by Dr. James H. Charlesworth.  It analyzes the linguistic parallels between the Gospel of John and the sectarian Qumran document, the Rule, and it investigates the degree of semantic continuity in their respective uses of truth terminology. The major premise is that the Rule provides linguistic clues which illuminate our understanding of how the author of the Fourth Gospel used truth terminology and expected it to be understood.  Although her area of specialization is Gospel literature, with a focus on the Gospel of John, her interests also include Second Temple Literature (with a special emphasis on the Dead Sea Scrolls), Linguistics, Greek Grammar and Syntax, Biblical Theology and Hermeneutics. Dr. Brad Daniel and Dr. Andrew Bobilya have chapters in the forthcoming book, Sourcebook for Experiential Education: Key Thinkers and Their Contributions from 24 Fall | 2010

Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group. The book contains descriptions of the impact of numerous scientists, explorers and educators on experiential education. Dr. Daniel wrote a chapter on Alexander Von Humboldt while Dr. Bobilya and Dr. Daniel co-authored a chapter on Eleanor Duckworth based on an interview they conducted with her. Professor Callan White-Hinman of the Fine Arts Department has been industrious this spring and summer. In May, she was Guest Lecturer at Youth With a Mission, where she taught an Acting for the Camera class. During the first week of June, she taught a two-session class at the Gideon Film Festival at Ridgecrest. She recently finished judging the finals of the Emmy voting for best daytime performances. Further, she acted in Asheville in the N.C. Stage’s professional Theatre Company production of Dead Man’s Cell Phone. One review of White-Hinman’s performance noted that while her character, Mrs. Gottlieb, is “ridiculous … almost straight out of Oscar Wilde,” White-Hinman’s nuanced interpretation made the audience feel compassion for the character. The reviewer wrote that one audience member watched White-Hinman leave the stage after one scene and remarked, “Wow, she’s a pro.” Finally, White-Hinman will be directing students in the fall in a full-length play entitled Terra Nova, about Robert Falcon Scott’s failed attempt to reach the South Pole first, and their fatal attempt to return home.

Welcome Aboard!

Meet Our New Trustees

We are privileged to introduce to you our six new members of the Board of Trustees, individuals who bring diverse experience and wise leadership to our institution. The Rev. Thomas “Tommy” W. Allen serves as Rector of

Major General Mastin M. Robeson, USMC (Ret.) is

Church of the Holy Cross in Stateburg, South Carolina. An alumnus of Montreat College, Allen earned a B.A. from Montreat and an M.Div. from Trinity Episcopal Seminary. He and his wife Kimberly reside in Sumter, South Carolina.

President and CEO of TRGSolutions LLC in Taylors, South Carolina. He earned a B.B.A. from Bryan College and a Master’s in Military Arts and Sciences from Kansas State University. He and his wife Nancy have four children.

Dr. Marnie M. Crumpler is

Mr. E. Moss Robertson Jr.

Executive Pastor of Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, Georgia. She earned a B.A. from Wake Forest University, an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a D.Min. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. She and her husband Mark have two children.

owns Moss Robertson Mazda Cadillac in Gainesville, Georgia. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Georgia State University and completed the GM Leadership Series at Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. He has one daughter and is a member of First Presbyterian Church of Gainesville.

Ms. Dale G. Reid resides in Charlotte, North Carolina, and previously served as Vice President and Creative Director for Reid Associates. An alumna of Montreat College, Reid earned an A.S. from Montreat and a B.A. from St. Andrews Presbyterian College. She and her husband Don have six children and are members of Calvary Church.

Mr. Vincent “Vince” Smarjesse is the Managing Member/CEO of Frontier Syndicate, LLC, in Asheville, North Carolina. He earned a B.S. from the United States Naval Academy and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He and his wife Lynn have three children and are members of Biltmore Baptist Church.

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From Montreat to Malawi: One Alum’s Call to Renewal

By Lauren Roberts, Director of Alumni Relations Andrew Bauman spent four years at Montreat College studying “a bigger world,” and then he went out and started trying to make part of it better. A Bible and Religion major with an emphasis in Worldviews, Bauman (’05) and his wife Christy were led by God to seek “a big narrative to live by and live for,” and subsequently felt God’s calling to aid and renew his people in the poverty-stricken country of Malawi, Africa.  Thus, around the beginning of 2010, the Baumans started a non-profit called Collective Hope with their extra wedding money.  Rather than using their funds for a house down payment, they purchased an eleven-acre plot of land outside of Lilongwe, Malawi, in the district of Kaduwa.  After interviewing community members in Lilongwe about their most desperate needs, the Baumans proceeded to plant crops, buy farm animals for a farm co-op with the local villages, dig a well for farm irrigation and drinking water, and provide education for six orphaned children.  Currently, the couple is further working to launch medical clinics offering pediatric care and sustainable business projects such as bee keeping.  Collective Hope’s goal is to empower local villages through sustainable

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farming, education, economic development, and medical care. The couple currently lives in Seattle, Washington in an intentional community located in an economically depressed neighborhood. When asked how Montreat College prepared him for the world, Andrew answered,

“My time at Montreat was an intricate part of my development of a global ministry and for deepening my heart towards the poor and broken of this world.” Not only is God renewing the lives of many Malawians through Collective Hope, he is changing Andrew and Christy Bauman as well. Andrew said, “When we come to the realization of our own depravity, true renewal and redemption sneak in.”

Homecoming and Parents’ Weekend

October 1 - 2, 2010


Friday, October 1

Golf Tournament Registration BBQ Dinner Barn Dance Alumni Basketball Coffee House

12:00-4:00 pm 4:00-7:00 pm 5:30-7:00 pm 6:30-9:00 pm 7:30-9:30 pm 9:30-11:00 pm

Black Mtn. Golf Course Barn Barn Barn Gym Barn

5k Race Free Pancake Breakfast Free Climb on Wall Alumni Association Meeting Fun Fall Activities Pictorial History of Montreat

7:30 am 8:00-10:00 am 9:00-12:00 pm 9:30-10:00 am 9:30-5:00 pm 10:00-11:00 am

Black Mtn. Campus Howerton Dining Hall Davis Hall Howerton Dining Hall Gaither Lawn Hamilton Gallery/Library

Open Residence Halls

11:00-3:00 pm

Men and Women’s Dorms

Lunch on the Lawn

11:30-1:30 pm

Gaither Lawn

Heritage Luncheon

11:45-1:30 pm

Gaither Fellowship Hall

Alumni Volleyball Game

1:00 pm

McAlister Gym

Women’s Soccer Game

2:00 pm

Black Mtn. Campus

Men’s Soccer Game

4:30 pm

Black Mtn. Campus

Free Spaghetti Dinner

5:30-7:00 pm

Gaither Lawn

Saturday, October 2

Requires Preregistration Reunions: Please visit for an updated schedule and reunion information. You may also register online or call 828-669-8012 ext. 3709. Fall | 2010 27

MARGARET BAKER SIMONDS (’44) – I’m still married to 2 11




Joe, who is the same man that used to visit me while I was at Montreat. We got married on April 30, 1944 and we have 3 daughters. We also have 10 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

GLENDA SELMAN OWEN (’52) – Henry and I celebrated

our 52nd anniversary in the middle of December. Our son, Robert, lives in Arizona. Our daughter, Teresa, and son-in-law Andrew live in Iowa with our five homeschooled grandchildren. The oldest is now 15 and the fifth is 5. We all enjoyed a get-together in Dallas in early December.

MARY FAYE BRITT STRICKLAND (’53) – There have been




Born November 24, 2009 Matthew (’01) and Jules Corrado 2


Born April 6, 2010 Caroline Simmons Bullock (’02) and Brad Bullock (’02) 3


Born March 12, 2010 Lisa Gibson Johnston (’93) and Phillip Johnston 4


Born November 25, 2007 and October 8, 2009 Lindsey Eckenroth Migliori (’07) and Tyler Migliori 5


Born December 1, 2009 Johanna Gledhill Wright (’03) and Nathan (’02) Wright 6


Born August 2, 2010 Leah Kelley Brown (’05) and Travis Brown 28 Fall | 2010

no major changes since I reported last year. I am still in excellent health. Due to my husband’s illness, we are no longer able to travel far from home. I continue to have fond memories of Montreat and my dear classmates.

CAROLYN CATHEY VOYE (’57) – I am a resident of the

skilled nursing section of Westminster Towers Health Center in Bradenton, Florida.

SYLVIA HALEY BOYER (’58) – I fondly recall a very

memorable Sunday school lesson during which Mrs. Elizabeth Wilson read from Numbers about “when life seems to go dry,” comparing the Israelites’ wandering through the desert to how we live. Dry times come, but God meets our needs, keeping His faithful promises forever. We sang the hymn “Great is Thy Faithfulness.”

GRACE CAUDILL ERNST (’61) – My husband and I are the

proud grandparents of our first granddaughter, who was born on October 7, 2009 in Colorado. Her name is Amelia Grace Knowles.

REV. RONALD O. BROWN (’65) – I have been the Pastor

of Enka Baptist Church for 11 years. Louise and I just celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary. We have 2 children and 3 grandchildren.

DARLENE PHOEBUS TURNER (’70) – I teach at Artspace

Charter School in Swannanoa, NC. I got married on July 11th, 2009 to Richard Gartz. We live in Ridgecrest, NC. I would love to hear from all of my friends from the class of 1970. E-mail:

DAVID B. FITCH (’72) – My family returned to Seattle


in 1973, and I graduated from the University of Washington in 1976. I’ve resided here for the last 37 years. I’m an avid Husky fan, skier, private pilot, and guitar player. I’ve climbed both Mt. Rainier and Mt. Hood, been catapulted off of the USS Kittyhawk, and played basketball with Michael Jordan. None of these compare to God’s blessings of a great family and living in the Pacific Northwest, and my memories of Montreat are more precious than ever.

ANITA FORTNER (’72) – I am retired from Mitchell

County Schools after 30+ years of teaching K-8 Music Education. I have one 18-year-old son who will be attending Lees McRae College in the fall of 2010. My husband also retired from Mitchell County Schools after many years in administration.

ANNE DUNBAR SAUNDERS (’74) – I retired from the

Poquoson Police Department in Virginia on January 1, 2010, after 30 years of service. I am currently enjoying retirement and looking for part-time employment.

DEBBY LOGAN RODDEN (’78) – I work in sales with

Evergreen Enterprises Inc. I live in Fuquay Varina, NC, and I am married with two grown children.

SANDRA EDMISTEN TREXLER (’78) – I am currently the

EDIE B. ADAMS (’80) – I have been married to Kirk

Adams for 26 years. I have 3 children in college: Anna, Jim, and Eddie, who is also in the Army National Guard. I am still employed as a registered nurse.


Yadkinville, NC. My husband and I have a utility construction company. I have a granddaughter who is 2 years old and another on the way. My main job is being a grandma, and I love it.

SHANE SULLARDS (’99) – I have a goal to climb the

highest mountain in every U.S. State, and this summer I checked off my 26th peak when I climbed Mt. Rainier

BONNIE WHITWORTH PREWETT (’03) – I am currently

teaching in the Douglasville, GA area. My husband and I will celebrate our 2nd anniversary in June. We are also excited to announce we are expecting our first child November 8th. We can’t wait to start this new journey. We are blessed beyond compare!

LISA PLUMMER BAY (’05) – I got married on April 4th, 2010, and my new name is Lisa Modenbach.


married KC Bosserman on October 2nd. I completed an MFA in Graphic Design from the University of Florida, where I also served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Graphic Design. I also just celebrated 10 years at my advertising/design firm, Creative Root. I apply the lessons learned at Montreat, specifically those of Dr. Tisa Lewis, in my profession daily. He says, “no matter the title of your major, a Montreat College education equips you for the real world.”


Robert A. “Rob” Justus II of Hendersonville, N.C. went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, July 10, 2010 at the Elizabeth House. He was 52 years old. A native and lifelong resident of Hendersonville, Justus was the son of Robert A. Justus and the late Elizabeth “Libby” Drake Justus, who passed away in 2007. Justus graduated from East Henderson High School and attended Montreat College in 1978. Justus worked at several jobs before being afflicted by muscular dystrophy. A member of Covenant Presbyterian Church, he was an avid sports fan and loved the outdoors. Rob Justus was buried at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Hendersonville.


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Class Notes

administrative secretary of Grace Lutheran Church. My husband, Tom, is retiring from Watauga County Schools after 32 years of service. His last position was Principal of Cove Creek Elementary School. Our daughter, Heather, graduated from Appalachian State University in May of 2010, and married Josh Wullenweber on May 22, 2010. Our daughter, Sarah, is working on her Ph.D. in Chemical Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

in Washington. Our team reached the 14,000+ foot summit at sunrise, where I read an unopened letter that my wife had written me 11 years before while she herself was at Rainier’s summit.

CALENDAR of EVENTS SALT Retreat September 17 – 18

Each fall, 40 to 50 students immerse themselves in Asheville during the annual SALT Retreat. Students serve the homeless community while deepening their understanding of homelessness in experiential ways.

Community Day September 21

A little work! A little play! And lots of fun and fellowship with members of the Montreat community! Join Montreat residents, employees, and students in a day of team work to keep the community looking neat and well-kept. Afternoon classes will be canceled, and all are invited to participate. The Montreat College Student Government Association will be coordinating activities for the afternoon.

Community Book Club

Do you enjoy good discussion with other book lovers in your community? If so, attend the Friends of the Library Community Book Club the third Tuesday of every month -- September 21, October 19, and November 16. The September selection is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, and the October selection is On the Road Home by Rusty Frank. The Community Book Club meets in the Archives Room of the L. Nelson Bell Library from 3 - 4:30 p.m. Contact Elizabeth Pearson at epearson@montreat. edu for more information.

Homecoming October 1 – 2

Join fellow alumni for a weekend of fellowship and relaxation. Events include a barn dance, pancake breakfast, 5K run, golf tournament, slideshow of Montreat’s history, and a hymn sing.

Acts of Renewal Performance October 16

Join us for a performance from Acts of Renewal, a professional Christian theater company run by Montreat Professor Dr. Jim Shores and his wife Carol Anderson, a tandem who have toured nationally for 19 years. The goal of Acts of Renewal is to use excellent theater to glorify God and point to Christ as the source of hope and meaning. Contact Allie Bennett at for more details.

Crossroads 2010: The Faith and Culture Project October 19 – 21

The Faith and Culture Project recognizes the powerful medium of the popular arts as a revelation of the realities of the human condition including its beauty and truth by seeking to engage with popular culture and to discern the positive and negative messages woven within culture as they relate either directly or indirectly to the Christian faith. Through conversations with artists, performances, and discussions, students will explore this year’s music focus.

Montreat College Chapel (open to the public) Thursdays at 11 a.m.

This worship service is a time for our college community to exalt the Lord. Worship is led by the student chapel band and incorporates contemporary songs and historic hymns of our faith as well as the proclamation of the Word. 30 Fall | 2010

with the College

To set up a Charitable Gift Annuity, call or e-mail Joe Kirkland, VP for Advancement, at or 828-669-8012, ext. 3745. To send your alumni update for the next issue of Reflection’s “Class Notes,” call or e-mail Lauren Roberts, Director of Alumni Relations, at or 828-669-8012, ext. 3709. To update your mailing address or contact information, call or e-mail Kelly Rosky, Director of Advancement Services, at or 828-669-8012, ext. 3708. To give a gift to the Keystone Scholarship, call or e-mail Amy Sperry, Director of the Keystone Scholarship, at or 828-669-8012, ext. 3777.

To register for events, call or e-mail Allie Bennett, Events Coordinator, at abennett@montreat. edu or 828-669-8012, ext. 3710.

To talk to someone about referring a high school student for admission, call or e-mail Joey Higgins, Director of Enrollment Marketing and Communication,at or 828-669-8012, ext. 3782.

To talk to someone about pursuing a degree in the evening in Asheville, Black Mountain or Charlotte, call or e-mail Shannon Wooten, Associate Enrollment Coordinator, at swooten@ or 828-667-5044.

To give us some feedback about Reflection magazine or to send a story idea, call or e-mail Annie Carlson, Director of Communications, at or 828-669-8012, ext. 3778.

To talk to the college chaplain about speaking in your church, call or e-mail Steve Woodworth, Chaplain, at or 828-669-8012, ext. 3772.

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