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Continuing the Faith Series: Ambassador Andrew Young on Faith and Civil Rights

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

Equipping agents of transformation, renewal, and reconciliation

Letter from the President students to minister to each other and outside our gate: in “College News” and “Faculty Notes,” you can read about field studies and overseas adventures, specialized conferences, published papers, and other ways our students and professors are immersing themselves in the wider world.

Welcome to the “new” Reflection! You have, no doubt, noticed the new size and engaging format of this issue of Reflection. We hope this design proves attractive, since you can expect to receive three issues per year rather than two. Adding an issue of Reflection will help us chronicle our activity for you, for we are in a very busy season at Montreat College. This spring alone, our 10-year reaffirmation of our regional accreditation (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) is in process, as is our teacher education accreditation (NCATE). We are also taking over marketing and recruiting in our School of Professional and Adult Studies (SPAS) from the partner (IPD) that helped us start the school in 1994. Further, we are looking ahead to Montreat College’s 100th birthday coming in 2016!


Howard Fisher was one Jamaican student who did not walk across the stage in May. Howard, at 6 feet 5 inches and with a winning smile, was a leader among the Jamaicans, on the soccer team, and on campus. He touched our hearts in a very special way, and we were terribly grieved when he passed away early this semester following an aggressive case of aplastic anemia. We celebrated his life and academic achievement at commencement by awarding him his Bachelor of Science degree in Communication.

Where earlier issues of Reflection explored the first part of our mission statement: “ChristCentered, Student-Focused, Service-Driven,” we now turn our attention to the second part: “Equipping agents of transformation, renewal, and reconciliation.” We are blessed to have alumni who provide living examples of what such an agent might resemble, and you may well be inspired by the stories of Kathy Haley (’82) and Cyndy Fike (’04).

Yes, our students and graduates face sorrow and loss, and you’ll read of that in this issue. But each life rests on the sure foundation of Christ and, ultimately, the peace He promises and the transformation He brings. So, this Reflection may arrive in a new format, but it holds to the same truths and reveals the same hope that Montreat College has embraced for nearly a century.

Two new features added to this issue recognize some means by which we equip our

Dan Struble, Ph.D. President

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Dr. Dan Struble, President of Montreat College

Finally, we are approaching the end of an extraordinary chapter of our history. In the summer of 2006 we made arrangements with a foundation to provide ten Jamaican students with a Montreat College education. The foundation defaulted, but we made a commitment to work with the students to help them continue. Many of those students will graduate in May. They have made a profound impact on the College, and a small part of their story is told inside.

Table of Contents

Photos Content: Montreat College Communications Office archive

College News


Kathy Haley Embraces “Extra Years of Life”


Hope and History Frame Young’s Vision


A Rich Life and a Grand Legacy


Harmony in the Second City


Faculty and Staff News


Class Notes


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: Michael Dechane DESIGN/LAYOUT: Inés Mueller WRITERS: Cliff Green, Michael Dechane CONTRIBUTING WRITERS: Joe Kirkland, Ellen Goodman, Lauren Roberts COVER ART: The Rev. Dr. Albert G. Peery, Ambassador Andrew J. Young, and Dr. Dan Struble gather during Young’s lecture at Anderson Auditorium. Photograph by: Kim Hayes, Mountain Retreat Association

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COLLEGE NEWS Montreat College Student Achievements

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Three students accompanied Dr. Mark Wells to Oxford University April 16-18 when Dr. Wells presented a paper at Christ Church College at the International Soren Kierkegaard Society meeting.  Wells was joined by Colin Cunningham, a sophomore majoring in Bible and Religion; senior Lucian Willoughby, a history major; and junior Brandon Williams. The foursome traveled to London and Oxford, toured literary and historic sites, and attended the conference. Dr. Wells’ paper was entitled “The Concept of the Eternal in Kierkegaard’s Three Upbuilding Discourses of 1843.”

with a major in Theater) authored a paper entitled “Popular Culture in the Historical Context of the Wakefield/ York Mystery Plays with Relevance to Modern Interpretative Perspective.” Stephanie also took one of the medieval stories, “The Crucifixion,” and wrote and filmed an updated version with an Appalachian flavor, which she presented at the symposium. Cody Bellows (’09 in Creative Writing) received notice from the Appalachian College Association-University of North Carolina-Asheville that her paper titled “Shadowed Stories: How Ernest Hemingway’s Short Stories Reveal His Obsession of Death” will be published in the Undergraduate Research Symposium E-Journal.  Bellows wrote the paper while enrolled in Montreat College’s EN 480 Special Topics course.

Stephanie Routh (left) and Ashley Craig (right)

Two recent graduates of Montreat College will see papers published in the Appalachian College AssociationUniversity of North Carolina-Asheville Undergraduate Research Symposium Proceedings. Ashley Craig (’09 in Communication) wrote a paper entitled “Establishing a Community Environment for the Development and Production of the Medieval Mystery Play in the Appalachian Mountain Region.” Stephanie Routh (’09

Newsom (left), Roccanti (center), and Greene (right) at Coker College to present their papers.

Three current Montreat College students presented papers at the Coker College Undergraduate Humanities Research Conference on February 19-20 in Hartsville, South Carolina. Spring 2010 | Reflection


College News –– Montreat College Student Achievements


Senior Rikki Roccanti’s paper “The Search for Redemptive Love in D. H. Lawrence’s Sons and Lovers” explored the protagonist’s search for love and used C. S. Lewis’ The Four Loves as a touchstone for her arguments. Junior Corrie Greene’s study of Paradise Lost yielded her paper, “Milton’s Adam and Eve: A Study in Equality,” which posits that Adam and Eve were equally flawed, equally devoted, and equally redeemed. Finally, Kayla Newsom, a junior in Communication penned “‘Doublet and Hose’: A Look at Shakespeare’s Disguised Heroines,” which examines the roles Rosalind, Portia, and Viola play and notes that three of Shakespeare’s most beloved heroines must first “become” male to achieve their iconic places in literature.

receive a Mimio unit to use in his or her classroom in the future.

The Montreat Teacher Education Program is happy to announce that they have been designated as a Mimio “School of Distinction.” Mimio is a company that makes innovative, interactive teaching technologies, including interactive whiteboards. Education majors have received free software, and in all methods classes, they are creating original lesson plans, which will be featured on the Mimio website at The Education Department has obtained three mimio units that can be checked out for Education students to use in classrooms as they complete early field experiences and student teaching. Each student who completes the Education program at Montreat College will

Camelia Campbell (left) and Direna Cousins (right) sit behind the desk of a set at Halogen Network.

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Students majoring in Communication visited the headquarters of the Halogen Network in Charlotte, NC on Feb. 26. Halogen is a Christian television network that launched in November 2009.  Students toured their production facilities, met production personnel, and talked with Halogen’s Director of Programming and General Director.  The students observed the workflow of a television production facility, created a professional relationship between Montreat College and Halogen, and learned more about how Halogen acquires programming.

Photo: Provided by Dr. Jim Shores

The Communication Major has launched a new Facebook page.  The goal is to provide a) a place for Communication Majors to create community online and b) a central hub of communication for the major regarding announcements and events.

College News –– Montreat College Student Achievements

Photo: (Left) Provided by Dr. Jim Shores / (right) Dr. Mark Lassiter

Montreat College’s Wetland Ecosystems class visited Cumberland Island National Seashore and Okefenokee Swamp Wildlife Refuge March 13-17 over spring break.  Dr. Jim Shores and twelve students studied the ecology, flora, fauna, conservation history, and conservation issues associated with these natural wonders in south Georgia.  Highlights included canoeing 6 miles in the Okefenokee, observing alligators, camping on Cumberland Island, petting an armadillo, and riding beach cruisers through the salt marsh!

Student in Cumberland Island National Seashore.

Dr. Mark Lassiter and four students traveled to Orlando, Florida February 27-March 4, 2010 as they represented Montreat College at Pittcon, the premier scientific instrumentation and laboratory science conference in the world. Hosting as many as 20,000 attendees from industry, academia, and government from 90 countries worldwide as well as over 1,000 vendors, Pittcon supports and funds science education and outreach to students from kindergarten through

Students pose for a photo on the floor of the Pittcon science conference in Orlando.

adult programs. Joining Lassiter were senior biology majors Holly Duckworth and Elyse Gildernew and junior biology majors Kimberly Ott and Benjamin Hall, who were uniformly impressed by the seriousness of the work and the chance to meet and minister to people from all over the country and world. SPAS MBA candidates Michael DeAngelo, Liz Griffith, and Tracey McCrain completed three months of in-depth market analysis and provided specific marketing plans for Blue Ridge Chair Works as part of the students’ MBA program. The North Carolina Small Business and Technology Development Center introduced the SPAS students to Alan Davis, the president of Blue Ridge Chair Works, and Davis was delighted with the results of McCrain, Griffith, and DeAngelo’s work. “The team had a very firm grasp of marketing best practices and used their knowledge to very precisely identify the weakness in my business,” said Davis, who added that the SPAS trio “offered great and logical solutions to those problems.” Spring 2010 | Reflection


College News –– Montreat College Student Achievements

A profile of Montreat College was featured in March 2010 in Green Awakenings, a publication by Renewal, a student-led creation care movement on campuses throughout the U.S. and Canada. Renewal’s desire to encourage “communities in the Christ-centered stewardship of all God’s creation” led them to Montreat to report on the college’s formation of the Campus Stewardship Committee, the creation care student group Seeds, and the studentled “Garden of Eatin’” garden project. While Montreat College was one of fifty institutions included in the magazine, a separate page was dedicated to profiling senior Outdoor Education major Aaryn Joyner and her commitment to campus sustainability and included a photograph of Joyner and junior Seeds member Andrea Thompson. Green Awakenings saluted Aaryn’s involvement in Seeds and her success in drafting the college’s first sustainability plan. Further, Seeds organized events for Earth Day on April 24 and hosted hundreds of people on the Black Mountain campus. After 8

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Student volunteers continue to cultivate the “Garden of Eatin’” and other campus projects.

spending their morning collecting litter out of Flat Creek and alongside a stretch of Highway 70, Seeds members, other students and faculty, and guests from Montreat and Black Mountain gathered near the communal garden, the Garden of Eatin’, to grill out and listen to live music. Seeds also announced the winners of the Residence Energy Challenge, a competition among the dormitories to reduce their consumption of energy, and scores of raffle-ticket holders chose prizes donated by local sustainability-minded businesses. Heather Williams, a 2008 graduate of Montreat College and a current candidate for a Masters in English at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, received two awards for her academic research paper entitled “The Difference of One’s Sun Rise”: Conflicting Time in Sindiwe Magona’s Mother to Mother. Western Carolina faculty selected Williams’ paper to receive the Humanities Award as the finest in that department, and she was also chosen as the winner of the Best Overall Research Presentation award during the recent Graduate Research Symposium at Western.

Photo: Provided By Dr. Brian Joyce

Montreat College announced on February 22 the names of the two recipients of the 2010 Colonel Lee B. Ledford Awards for Student Research, given annually by the Appalachian College Association. The winners, Carla Porterfield and Todd Yancey, will receive $3,142 each. Porterfield (Environmental Studies) and Yancey (Outdoor Education) will both use the grant money to take part in filming a documentary tracing Montreat College’s American Ecosystems class as Dr. Jim Shores leads 25 Montreat students to 20 national parks in 27 days during the summer of 2010.

Trans forma tion Transformation

The Montreat College mission statement reads:

“Christ-Centered, Student-Focused, Service-Driven: Equipping agents of transformation, renewal and reconciliation.�

Illustration: I. Mueller

This issue of Reflection is dedicated to sharing some of what that equipping agents of transformation looks like today at the college, as well as capturing some of the work that our alumni have been doing in the world as they live out their faith and the Montreat mission.

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Kathy Haley Embraces “Extra Years of Life” It’s a cumbersome thing to haul around all the time, but Kathy Smith Haley (’82) needs the wheelchair for work. She says it’s “an effective prop” that concentrates her audience’s attention when she talks to them. For Haley, a probation officer for Polk County, Florida, the wheelchair symbolizes how dangerous domestic violence can be.

Around 8:00 p.m. that evening, Kathy arrived at her father’s house at the end of a day on which she had served her husband, David Haley, with divorce papers. Stepping out of her car, she saw Haley emerge from the bushes holding a handgun. When Kathy fled, Haley shot her three times. He stood above her helpless figure and aimed once more. Seventeen years later, Kathy is not afraid of the word “miracle” to describe the next minute of her life. “He pointed the gun at my head … but then he flinched and shot me in the stomach instead.” Thinking his wife was dead, Haley killed himself.

Kathy (Smith) Haley (’82)

The wheelchair serves another purpose in Kathy’s life. Since October 6, 1992, the night on which her estranged husband shot her four times, it has been where she spends hours each day and her means of moving around her house, getting to work, and living the “extra years of life” she feels God gave her in the aftermath of a shooting that left her without the use of her legs. 10

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Transported to the hospital, Kathy began a solid year of surgeries and rehab in four medical facilities. Though Kathy’s circumstances were dire, her hope didn’t flag. “I ended up in a rehab center that catered to the very elderly. And did I ever learn to not feel sorry for myself. The patients I met had broken necks and couldn’t move – and I could move an arm. I watched a man who literally couldn’t scratch his nose … and he was happy. How dare I lament my position in life if he was joyful?”

Photo: Provided by Kathy Haley

“I was lying on my dad’s driveway, dying. I prayed to God for forgiveness.” Recalling her dilemma, she laughs, “But I didn’t have time to mention every single sin!” In the dark, bleeding heavily, paralyzed, and with the use of only her left arm, she found her new-fangled cell phone and blindly hit “redial” … and a co-worker answered! Kathy lived.

And what about those nights when big questions gnawed at her? “Yes,” Haley says, “of course I wondered, ‘God, why’d you do this to me?’ But that became ‘Lord … thanks for keeping me alive.’” But this was not the first instance in Kathy’s life when a damaging event transformed itself into a moment of grace. Though hardly as dramatic, Kathy Smith experienced trials as a student at Montreat College (then Montreat-Anderson College) that humbled and matured her.

Photo: Rick Runion for The Ledger (Lakeland, FL)

“Coming to Montreat from Florida was the first time away from my parents, and it showed,” Kathy recalls. “I had one of the few cars on campus – an orange Ford Festiva! – and I’d drive girls into town. I drank and fell in with the wrong crowd.” Arriving home past curfew one night with a car full of classmates, Kathy was suspended for a week and sent home. Her parents scolded her for low grades and took her car away; it was a chastened woman who returned to the mountains from the Sunshine State. “That was a genuine wake-up call for me,” declares Kathy. “God let me mess up, but He didn’t let me get in too much trouble. I’m blessed that I was at Montreat, because if I’d attended some secular school without this caring oversight, I might have done some real damage.” The conclusion to this episode was full of mercy: “There was definite reconciliation and forgiveness, and I did everything different, and better, after that. I received counseling from the Dean of Academic Affairs, Francie Griffin, and she spoke to me with great respect and compassion.”

Just as Kathy found respect even when at her worst, so she makes a determined effort to respect all those who come before her … even those who have committed acts of domestic violence. In fact, Kathy’s Christian faith is integral to her career: the frustration she faces working against an entrenched bureaucracy and repeat offenders and victims too frightened or confused to cooperate forces her to exhibit mercy and patience that can come only from God. “God wants me to show compassion, not judgment.” It’s gratifying when a victim of abuse approaches Kathy – in a store or a restaurant - and says, “It took a year, but things Kathy at her Florida home. are better. My kids are happy,” but those rewards are too rare: “Our system needs to change,” declares the experienced probation officer. So, to help create that change, Kathy tells her story constantly. She speaks to groups ranging from 10 to 500 people, to counselors, attorneys, law enforcement officials, women’s advocacy groups, and on college campuses. “The people I meet have problems, and my duty is to solve problems.” There is no resignation in her voice, despite the size of the task that awaits her at work each day – and in getting to work. Instead, there is resolve when she says, “I know why I’m still here.” Spring 2010 | Reflection


Hope and History Frame Young’s Vision

Montreat College and Montreat Conference Center welcomed Andrew J. Young to Anderson Auditorium on Monday, March 22, 2010. The former U.S. Congressman and Ambassador to the United Nations delivered a “Faith and Civil Rights” lecture to an audience of 650 people. The speech was part of the ongoing Faith Series of speeches as well as the latest in the Calvin Thielman Lecture Series at the college.

After opening remarks by Montreat Mayor Letta Jean Taylor, Dr. Dan Struble, President of Montreat College, and the Rev. Wade Burns, Young took to the same stage where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had spoken; the weight of the past was not lost on Young, as his conversational speech blended stories from his time with King, observations on the changing racial climate in the world, anecdotes about favorite presidents, and lessons we should heed from U.S. history. During his speech and when the Rev. 12

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Dr. Albert G. Peery, President of Montreat Conference Center, conducted a question-and-answer period afterward, Young expressed hope for a future when economic opportunity would be widespread for every American and for those in struggling countries. Those were fitting words from a man whose latest work is as the founding principal and chair of GoodWorks International, an organization that embraces Young’s long-held mission of facilitating economic development in the Caribbean and Africa. Remembering his visit in 1965 to Montreat to attend the Christian Action Conference, Young praised the warm embrace he and his wife received from the white community of western North Carolina and the way in which members of the Christian faith overcame racial barriers before society at large did. On this evening in March, 2010, 45 years after Young’s first visit, the Conference Center, the College and a large audience in Montreat seemed very happy to welcome Young back.

Photo: Kim Hayes, Mountain Retreat Association

Andrew Young (left) captured the audience in Anderson Auditorium as members of the Montreat Conference Center and Montreat College looked on from the stage.

Wilson Scholars Reflect Benefactor’s Spirit

Photo: Montreat College Communications Office

Mentee and mentor: Jackson (left) and Dechane (right).

I am so grateful for Stephen and the chance to spend time with him every week over the last couple of years. When I was asked to serve as a staff mentor as part of the Wilson Scholar experience, I was glad to say “Yes!” but I had no idea then what a beautiful thing it would be in my life. I am so proud of Stephen and thankful for the chance to see what the Lord has done in his life here as a student and leader on campus. Our times of prayer and many walks around campus talking about the Lord and our lives have been a tremendous encouragement and blessing to me. The Lord has grown and changed us both! The more I have learned about the life and spirit of Miss Elizabeth Wilson, of her work with and on the behalf of past generations of Montreat College students, the more humbled and thankful I’ve grown for her life’s work and investment. Supporting this opportunity for students is a wonderful way to honor her life and the Lord’s work through her and so many here at the college. Michael Dechane, Director of Communications and Sports Information

To say that God has changed my life here at Montreat is an understatement. God has completely transformed my life in every way imaginable since I set foot on this campus and one of those ways has been through the Wilson Scholar program, and in particular through the mentoring experience I have had with Michael for the past two years. As a Wilson Scholar I have learned numerous lessons in the work environment and have gained valuable experience that will go with me as I graduate from Montreat and step into the work world. But I have also grown in my relationship with the Lord through this mentoring experience. Being able to spend time each week with someone who has become a very close friend and share life experiences and what the Lord has been doing in our hearts is something for which I am truly grateful. God has used Michael to reveal more of Himself to me and to help me grow in my personal journey with the Lord. Words cannot describe how thankful I am for this experience; I would not trade it for anything else I could have done at Montreat. Stephen Jackson, Senior and Four-Year Wilson Scholar

Established in honor of Miss Elizabeth Wilson, the Wilson Scholar Program has benefitted many Montreat students for generations. Elizabeth Wilson

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A Rich Life and a Grand Legacy

I attended Montreat College from 197779 when it was a two-year school, but I’d originally planned to attend East Carolina University. However, fearing I’d be swallowed up at such a large school, I switched to Montreat at the last minute. It was the best decision I ever made: it transformed my life. For I found a home at Montreat College. With only 400 students and a nurturing faculty, it felt like family. That was important because my parents had recently divorced and, at 17, I felt particularly vulnerable. 14

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I was embraced by close and lasting friendships and dedicated professors. I loved canoeing and backpacking in the mountains, square dances in the barn, sled races on borrowed cafeteria trays, and guitar sing-alongs by a cozy fire in the dorm. The environment of a Christian college allowed me to make straight A’s for the first time in my life. For example, I’d made a D in high school algebra, but under Dr. Adams’ tutelage, I got an A in college algebra. In fact, all the faculty and staff made a daily commitment to the students: tutoring, dining, leading clubs and activities, coaching, hiking the trails, and attending church with us. Sadly, my two years at Montreat passed far too quickly. As graduation neared, I wished desperately that it were a four-year school: I didn’t want to leave! Montreat’s a magical place, and I’d made incredible friends who would soon be scattered across the U.S.

Photo: Provided by Adrienne Van Dooren

Elizabeth Adrienne Van Dooren (’79) proves that one well-lived life can seem like many. To learn more about her adventures, read the letter Adrienne recently wrote to Montreat College explaining the foundational place the college has played in her fascinating life and the amazing gift she has pledged to the college.

In hindsight, though, I see that I had to leave the safety and warmth of Montreat’s cocoon to fully become the butterfly I was meant to be. At Wofford College, I witnessed cadets repelling from helicopters onto the campus square; this led me to a 20-year career as an Army Officer, traveling the globe from Honduras and Panama to Korea and Japan and every country in Europe.


I commanded soldiers, was a Secretary of Defence Fellow under SECDEF Cheney and General Powell, and served as a White House Military Aide under President Bush Sr. and President Clinton. If the Army transformed me into a confident and competent leader, it was my experience at Montreat College that ensured I was also a caring one. Upon retirement, I did an “about face” from Army to Artist to Author. I became a widely-known expert on green home makeovers and house-flipping and wrote a book entitled The House That Faux Built: Transform Your Home with

Paint, Plaster and Creativity (you can download two free chapters at www. The project brought together over 100 artists and artisans to transform a dated 1940’s home; 100% of the book’s profits went to build a Habitat for Humanity House for hurricane victims. Naturally, I included Montreat College, as well as a mention of then-Dean Larry Wilson, in the book’s acknowledgements, for I remain connected to the college and visit often. In fact, I have made a long-term attachment to the college by participating in the Galax Society Planned Giving program and have pledged, in my will, a significant portion of my estate to Montreat College. [For more on the Galax Society, see Joe Kirkland’s article on Page 24.] I hope my gift will serve the college in some important way - just as Montreat College has helped transform me. Spring 2010 | Reflection


FCA Runs the Good Race partners with the Least of These (LOT) Ministry to feed the homeless. At sporting events, Montreat’s FCA members run many half-time shows to raise money for organizations such as the Presbyterian Children’s Home.

FCA is a student-run organization that meets casually every Sunday night in Gaither Fellowship Hall. Open to all students, FCA welcomes athletes and nonathletes, Christians and non-Christians. Anyone on campus can attend and join the group in food, fun, and fellowship.

Additionally, people who come are going to be challenged with the Word. FCA participants often discuss their position as a student, an athlete, or a Christian and are held accountable to Jesus. FCA gives students a chance to share their testimonies with others if they feel so compelled and to be refreshed and encouraged by a different speaker every week. For example, one Sunday, Tim Lewis, a Montreat graduate, spoke on Jesus’ temptation by Satan in the desert, and explained how we all have trials in our lives. Lewis pointed out that while we are in the desert, God has a greater plan for us all.

FCA gives students a place to grow with each other. This year, the organization has tackled an ambitious slate of service projects and efforts to spread the gospel. FCA reminds its athletes that sports are a platform for them to spread the gospel and encourages them to do so. FCA

For anyone interested in learning more about Christ or building closer relationships with other students on campus, FCA is the place to be Sunday nights at 8:00. The organization provides a friendly, laid-back atmosphere and encourages all to join in.

“We’re proud to wear the name of Montreat College on our uniforms and on the side of our vans, but we represent something much greater,” says Erin Cross, a member of the leadership team of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) at Montreat College.


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Photo: Montreat College Communications Office

Students gather at an FCA meeting in Gaither Fellowship Hall for worship, fellowship, and fun.

But the core of FCA’s mission is fellowship. This year especially, a core group of members have become regulars who attend every Sunday. Ben Hall, a member of the FCA leadership team, says that the people who show up each week have definitely made lasting friendships. “We talked about the camp feel: how you feel so close to each other after being in camp together. You just say, ‘I’m going to be vulnerable to this person and share where I’m at with them.’”

Harmony in the Second City

Cyndy Fike at work: helping students engage with art and life.

Photo: Provided By Cyndy fike

There’s really no room to be cynical when talking to Cyndy Fike. That’s because when she speaks about the “dream job” she holds now, Cyndy declares that the position allows her to mesh all her passions in a ministry that serves underprivileged and challenged youths and lower-income seniors while creating music and hope in inner-city Chicago. In fact, Cyndy, a 28 year-old 2004 graduate of Montreat College with a degree in Outdoor Education, knew for years that she wanted to play her guitar and work with kids. So, when Music National Service, a non-profit organization, began appealing for musicians to work with children in one of four cities nationwide, Cyndy felt as

if she had been preparing for the position for more than a decade. This singer-songwriter applied and was asked to serve as one of only 20 MusicianCorps Fellows in the United States, a diverse and talented band of musicians working in Chicago, San Francisco, New Orleans, and Seattle. They seek to create self-sustaining music programs in lower-income school systems where interest is rampant, talent is brimming … and instruction and instruments are woefully scarce. A native of Amarillo, Texas, Cyndy came to Montreat because of its renowned Outdoor Education program, and while she worked toward that degree, she coupled her bustling energy and artistic ability to Montreat College’s virtues to make her time at Montreat rich and Spring 2010 | Reflection


lasting. “I loved OE, but I didn’t want to work in a camp all my life. But the commitment to experiential education here, and the way we were spurred to service, helped shape the role I wanted to play in society.” Encouraged by former Chaplain Bill Cain’s call to serve, Cyndy volunteered at the Asheville Boys and Girls Clubs and on community days in Montreat, played her guitar, and dreamed of a way to see her talents coalesce. “Montreat is great about relationships. It made me determined to build relationships.” A college-sponsored service trip to Los Angeles helped her understand that she “was always drawn to working in an urban environment,” so it made sense, after graduating from Montreat, to move to Philadelphia and tackle a year-long service project called Mission Year, working as an inner-city volunteer, teaching neighborhood kids how to play guitar, and making critical discoveries about her own talents. Then it was off to another metropolis as Cyndy enrolled in Columbia College in Chicago to earn her Master of Arts in Management with a focus on Youth Arts and Community Development. It helped her as she “sought out a proper niche.” A brief stint saw her back in the mountains, at Camp Woodson in Swannanoa, NC, where she counseled adjudicated youths and started a digital music program that sought to offer kids a creative, constructive outlet. There it was, yet again: kids and music. So. Here was a highly educated and motivated guitarist and song-writer, eager to serve in an urban environment. And here was MusicianCorps, offering a fellowship to twenty people who were willing to serve in a pilot program bringing music to just those overlooked kids Cyndy loved. 18

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Cyndy Fike leapt at the opportunity and has scarcely slowed down since. “I work at three places, with three different groups of amazing people,” she says of days spent at New Sullivan Elementary School, Russell Square Park (which resembles a Boys and Girls Club), and at Villa Guadeloupe, a lower-income senior center. In all three locations, she operates “much like a Peace Corps worker.” That has meant finding old guitars, partnering with workshops and musicians to solicit donations, and recruiting help. “I’ve become very resourceful.” At New Sullivan, she works with autistic children and with a pre-school group as well. At Russell Square Park, Cyndy shepherded 8-12 year-olds as they formed a non-traditional rock/hip-hop band composing their own music and writing their own lyrics. It was at Russell Square Park that NBC Nightly News filmed and interviewed Cyndy working with her charges for a March 2010 news segment. Cyndy acknowledges that lots of friends called about that nationallybroadcast story, but she was excited primarily because exposure for the program might mean more donations, more instruments, another year for her fellowship, more time with the children. Cyndy, who plays with her band Nelken in venues around Chicago, knows about overcoming stage fright. But she experienced it from a different viewpoint on Saturday night, March 20, when she watched her kids stage their first concert. The band, calling themselves “Rockin’ with Swag,” played through their nerves and performed before 200 teachers, children, and parents bursting with pride. And hope. The community center was packed. Once again, there was no room for cynicism.

Davis Personifies Volunteer Spirit A spirit of service is a beautiful outgrowth of the Christian soul. At Montreat College, we recognize how central this fruit is, including it in the tenets of our College mission: Christ-Centered, Student-Focused, Service-Driven. Beyond the gate, service and volunteerism are also vital, especially in the difficult financial struggles we face as a nation today.

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Like many other college communities, Montreat has come to rely greatly on volunteers to coordinate planned events like the lectures in our new Faith Series, and in the wake of unplanned tragedy. Dozens of people gave enormous amounts of help, time, counsel and prayer as our community worked to get one of our beloved students, Howard Fisher, back to the United States for treatment when he became ill and was then hospitalized in Jamaica over the Christmas break. It was again volunteers who prayed with and helped in many other ways when our community was rocked by the news of Howard’s death and we came together to memorialize him. There truly isn’t a facet of the college that isn’t touched and supported by those who make the effort to see how they can help at Montreat. For over fifteen years now, our Communications Office has been blessed with the faithful and helpful work of a very special volunteer named Carol Davis. Every year, Carol writes hundreds of press releases about our graduates and honor roll students, maintaining thorough and organized records for us as she does that work year after year. Further, she undertakes the much-needed (and glorious!) work of

printing, folding, and distributing “This Month” for us throughout the year -- as well as stuffing, addressing, and sorting for mailing THOUSANDS of envelopes for us and for Friends of Music. A 1953 graduate of Montreat College, this beautiful woman has continued to give faithfully here at the college for so long, and she has recently decided to continue giving for many, many years by including Montreat College in her will as a member of the Galax Society. There are many folks like Miss Davis who do a tremendous amount of volunteer work here at the college. Many of you reading this have given your time, Carol Davis’ Montreat treasure, talents College graduation photo. and faithful prayers to further the work the Lord continues to bless here. Many programs and opportunities for students simply wouldn’t be possible without your work. We are very thankful and blessed to have you in this community. In the days ahead, as our community pushes ahead toward our Centennial Celebration, there will be a great need and opportunity for others to volunteer and prepare the college for its next 100 years of dedicated service to Christ. To inquire about those opportunities, contact Joe Kirkland at Spring 2010 | Reflection


International Students: Far-reaching Transformation

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JJ Estevez (Dominican Republic) I went from being catholic to being more protestant since I’ve been here, and my faith has really grown. I’ve become a Christian since coming here. Being at Montreat has also helped me 20

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in other ways. I’m a business major, and I’ve learned a lot of business concepts that I can apply to my future, but mostly I think about how the people here actually care about me -- that’s an advantage of coming to a small school.

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Tarick Cowan (Jamaica) Being at Montreat has taught me how to be more tolerant. I have had to adjust to many different things -- being at class on time, different language, saying different words -- and the culture is mad different. Before I came to Montreat, I was a “wild child” and coming here has taught me how to calm down and be more responsible, an adult. Alex Popa (Romania) It has been nice to have so many internationals at Montreat, because in high school I was just labeled “the Romanian.” We really are kind of like each other’s family here, especially my teammates on the soccer team. Not only are we brought together by the sport,

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Walk around the Montreat College campus and you’re likely to hear the accents of students from Kenya, Russia, Jamaica, Sierra Leone, Australia, Brazil and many other countries, for our college is blessed with students who have traveled far to come to our cove. Learning about other cultures and hearing different perspectives makes the world at once smaller and broader. Some things - such as our need for God’s love - are universal, but the way in which God shapes people’s lives are unique. Read these five testimonies from foreign students to see the way in which God used Montreat to transform their lives … and you’ll probably be able to surmise how He used these remarkable people to transform the college, too.

but they don’t have any family here, and I don’t have any family.

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Direna Cousins (Jamaica) Montreat is very special. At first I didn’t like it, but after being here over three years and getting to know people -- I like being in this community at Montreat. I don’t like everyone here, but even that has made me more humble and just more mature in handling certain situations. That has also given me strength in different ways and definitely taught me patience. People here are always going to stop and say “Hi!” to you around campus, and you’re gonna have conversations that make you take a seat and look at life -- it has made me more reflective. When I first came to Montreat,

I didn’t want to stay. But now, even though I’m excited to leave, a part of me is really going to miss being here. Elena Pashina (Russia) I was spiritual when I came to Montreat, but it was here that I found Christ and was saved. I have faced insecurities and fears to reveal the events that shaped my character and spirit. I changed my post-modernist view to Christian, which gave me so much confidence and strength. I learned that breaking points in our lives happen for a good and right reason. At Montreat I got introduced to community prayer, reading Scripture, and integrating faith into learning. God blessed me with wonderful people around me and taught me how to love

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my neighbors. I feel like I am fully equipped to step into the challenging world. I believe my changed perception of work could lead me to make right career decisions. I am inspired to make a change in the business world and help two powerful nations (Russia and the U.S.) reconnect in peace and wisdom. I am thrilled to serve my Lord and fulfill His purpose in my life. Direna Cousins Spring 2010 | Reflection


Wood and Helms Receive Alumni Awards

Jim Wood: from undergrad to Board of Trustees.

Jim Wood – Class of 1973 – School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) Recipient Jim Wood grew up in Montreat, North Carolina and began preaching when he was fifteen. In 1973, he graduated from Montreat-Anderson College at age eighteen. At Gordon College in Massachusetts, Jim earned a Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude and then married Susan McDonald of Shreveport, Louisiana. After two years as house parents and teachers in Mississippi, Jim and Susan moved to New England where he graduated summa cum laude from GordonConwell Theological Seminary with a Master of Arts in church history. After six years of pastoral ministry in New England, Jim became Senior Pastor of Mount Vernon Baptist Church in Atlanta, where he led the church through six years of rapid growth. Many were surprised when Jim and his family left a thriving ministry in Atlanta to fulfill the vision for which they had prayed for over twenty years. 22

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In 1991 Jim and Susan founded Wears Valley Ranch out of a profound burden for children from families in crisis. Located in the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee, Wears Valley Ranch provides loving homes and tutorial education in a fully accredited K-12 school as well as therapeutic counseling to children from difficult situations. In the past nineteen years, they have served thousands of families in crisis and welcomed over 135 children into long-term residential care. Jim serves as executive director of Wears Valley Ranch and headmaster of St. Andrew’s School. Relying on donations and refusing both debt and government funds, a committed staff and over 400 volunteers each year make an eternal difference in the lives of children. Each home is staffed with a married couple who model Christian love for the children. This innovative, holistic and thoroughly Christian approach to caring for children has influenced numerous children’s homes in the United States and now, through partnership with World Orphans, is being implemented in orphanages around the world. Each summer Wears Valley Ranch also hosts Camp Arrowwood, using adventure recreation and sports to build relationships and point children to Jesus. Through his Abiding in Christ Ministries, Jim travels and speaks at conferences and retreats and is a frequent pulpit guest in churches.

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Each week, he preaches five separate sermons in Wears Valley where he is a teaching elder at Covenant Community Church. Jim hosts a nation-wide radio broadcast, Abiding in Christ, airing weekdays on Sirius 161 and XM 170. He and his wife Susan have authored eleven books. They are parents to three biological and four adopted children, all of whom evidence a genuine love for Jesus. The Woods’ greatest joy is to see their children, and others who have been in their care, following Christ and living in the truth of His Word.

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James Helms: a life-long student and soldier.

James Helms – Class of 2009 – School of Professional and Adult Studies (SPAS) Recipient James “Jamey” Helms completed his Bachelor of Science in Management in July of 2009 and walked in the December 2009 graduation ceremony in Montreat. Jamey says that Montreat College helped him realize his dreams of attaining a degree in higher education while reinforcing his core beliefs in a Christ-centered life. He can honestly say that without the SPAS program, he would not have a degree today. Jamey is an active duty soldier serving with the North Carolina National Guard. He currently sits on the

Executive Council, Finance Committee, and Time and Place Committee for the North Carolina National Guard Association. This organization works to assist soldiers and provides a voice for soldiers on a state and national level. This organization has well over 10,000 members. Jamey is also part of an organization called CART, which stands for Community Action Response Team. CART is in the beginning stages but has two chapters with growing support to attempt to reach a national level. It is a non-profit, non-fundraising organization that helps communities deal with service members and their families’ needs during intense times of deployment. Currently they are helping hold job fairs for disabled vets with a large corporation in the Charlotte area. Jamey, who grew up in Monroe, N.C., is a member of Herman Baptist Church in Waxhaw, NC. One of his favorite verses is Proverbs 16:23, which reads “The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips” (King James Version). Jamey’s faith plays a large role in his duties and responsibilities in the North Carolina National Guard. According to Jamey, “soldiers come from all different walks of life; many of these soldiers are here today looking for a sense of purpose, direction and authority. I am just one of the many leaders these soldiers come in contact with, and my goal is to be a positive influence to all.” Jamey has been married since 1995; he met his wife, C.J., who is a Registered Nurse, in Fayetteville. In his rare moments of spare time, he likes playing golf and running. Spring 2010 | Reflection


Always Growing, Always Giving Montreat College Flourishes as the Galax Society Endures

The Galax plant is an evergreen perennial native to the mountains of North Carolina whose beauty remains striking year round. If you have hiked around the college during springtime, most likely you have seen this wonderful plant with flowering spires and shiny green leaves. At Montreat College, this vibrant plant lends its name to the Galax Society, which is the group of special friends and alumni of the college who make a planned giving decision to include Montreat College in their estate settlements.

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The prized Galax plant

So we in the Advancement Office have been humbled to receive four notices of estate settlements – the inclusion of Montreat College in the last will and testament of former friends and alumni – during the few months that have passed since we published the Fall 2009 issue of Reflection. This heartfelt decision influences the lives of those at the college today and enriches the experience of the students who will be at Montreat College tomorrow. One of the college’s Board of Trustees members, Letta Jean Taylor, and her husband Skip, share how they adjusted their charitable giving for maximum impact in the lives of their current and future friends in the cove at Montreat College:


Just as the Galax flourishes in every season of the year and is a unique member of the southern Appalachian forest, so has its vitality come to symbolize the enduring gift made to the college by the members of the Galax Society. Each year, we publish the membership in the President’s Annual Report to salute its members’ charitable giving decisions, which affect the life of the college now and deepen the impact made by members after they depart this life.

Skip and Letta Jean Taylor

Around the world, needs are overwhelming - especially in this challenging economy. How can we, as members of the body of Christ, be good stewards of our money, time and talents? For years, Skip and I struggled with how to distribute our charitable giving. We gave to many different ministries and causes but had that nagging feeling that the impact was not as great as we desired. In the early 1990s we attended a donor event and talked to one of the board members of a philanthropic organization. He told us that he and his wife, after much

prayer, had decided to support only four or five ministries in a substantial way. They felt that the impact for the kingdom was greater than sprinkling their donations more sparsely over many ministries. They also increased the amount of giving from 10% upward -- a percentage point greater each year. That wise counsel resonated with both of us, and our giving pattern changed. Each year we evaluate our giving, usually choosing three or four ministries to support with not only money but with our time and energy. When people call and ask for donations, we say, “Thanks so much for your appeal. We have already designated our charitable giving for this year.” Our challenge and advice? - Get involved with a ministry. See what they are doing and if its work resonates with your heart. When you think that the ministry represents what God wants you to do, then give of your money, time, and talent.

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Current Galax Society Members Rev. Carter Blaisdell Dr. and Mrs. L. Jerry Bobilya Ms. Virginia W. Buchanan Mrs. Mabel Humphries Cleveland (’42) Lt. Col. John A. (’79) and Mrs. Brenda Crawford Mrs. Sylvia Crawford - Davis Ms. Carol Frances Davis (’53) Dr. Jo D. Faddis (’61) Mrs. Martha G. Franklin Dr. Fanchon F. Funk (’55) Anonymous Alumna (’43) Mrs. Lucielle G. Hunter Mrs. Victoria E. (’49) and Mr. Lincoln Johnson

Ms. Jane Bachman Lumb (’48) Mr. and Mrs. John A. Mawhinney Jr. Ms. Elizabeth H. Maxwell Mrs. Catherine H. McCormick Mrs. Linda K. Moore Mr. Alfred M. Pfaff and Mrs. Johnnie Zorn Anonymous Alumnus (’58) Mr. Mark K. Schubert (’04) Mrs. Virginia M. Snoddy Major E. Adrienne Van Dooren (’79) Miss Sarah V. Waller (’71) Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Watt

If you would like to learn more about Galax Society membership or discuss maximizing the impact of your charitable giving, please contact Joe B. Kirkland III at or 828-669-8012, extension 3745. The Galax Society was established for friends and alumni of Montreat College who bequest the college in their will, trust,or final estate settlement. Spring 2010 | Reflection


Keystone scholarship Goal:$1.65 Millon please help us get there $482,000 still needed as of May 15

Did you read my “not normal” testimony in the letter you received recently? Here are a few highlights:

At my former college it was normal to be lost in a sea of 20,000 students. At Montreat the president’s wife knew my name during a campus visit. My stunned expression said, “This is not normal.” At Montreat I can meet right away with a professor instead of being told I have to wait 3 weeks. Discussing my future with someone who cares is amazing. “This is not normal.” Montreat has borne fruit in me. God has equipped me to serve and give to others. For the first time in my life I am able to serve others … “This is not normal.” I encourage you to provide this “not normal” experience for more young people like me. Please consider giving a gift to the Keystone Scholarship. Allison Cornelius, Class of 2012

• Mail a check (postmarked by June 30) to: Montreat College Advancement Office P.O. Box 1267 Montreat, NC 28757

Write “Bear Fruit Bag” in the memo line of your check of $25 or more and we’ll send you a FREE reusable grocery bag. Thank you for considering bearing fruit for Montreat College students.

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WAYS TO BEAR FRUIT WITH A • Online at KEYSTONE SCHOLARSHIP GIFT: • Call the Advancement Office at 800-849-3347

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Faculty and Staff News Dr. Kimberly Greene Angle’s novel Hummingbird has been shortlisted for the 2010 Children’s Crown Award, which lists twenty nominees selected by a panel from hundreds Dr. Kimberly Angle of books published between 2008-2009. Finalists for the award will be announced in May. Dr. Angle, the Director of Creative Writing at Montreat College, has seen her novel receive critical success since it was published in June 2008. Hummingbird was also named as a nominee for the Georgia Children’s Book Award 2010. Angle is currently working on her next novel. Information about Dr. Angle and her work can be found at the website kimberlygreeneangle. On Tuesday, March 23, Executive Director of Auxiliary Services David Carr delivered an address entitled Team Building: The Wheel of Change to the North Carolina David Carr Athletic Directors Association. Carr’s speech reviewed team building from the perspective of the Lakota (Native American) Medicine Wheel, which taught that leadership, vision, community and innovation were necessary for groups to come together, and he challenged the NCADA to develop a leadership philosophy.

Professor of Art and Chair of the Fine Arts Department Jim Southerland says that “no art experience equals the challenge and joy of painting en Jim Southerland plein air” – in the open air. Such is Southerland’s devotion to and accomplishment in this demanding discipline that he has been elected as a Signature Member of the International Plein Air Painters (IPAP) organization, a distinction that was awarded to only four members of the guild worldwide for 2010. Southerland was recognized for “professionalism, artistic maturity, and consistency of work” over his career, and he admits that receiving IPAP’s highest honor is a feather in any plein air artist’s cap. Southerland has been a member of the Advisory Panel since 2003, but Signature membership is far more exclusive, and he was gratified when the nominees were winnowed down to 20 finalists before he was elected. Dr. Mark Wells, an Associate Professor of Philosophy and Ethics, presented a paper entitled “How Do You Beat Socrates at His Own Game: Aporia, Truth Dr. Mark Wells and the Eternal in the Philosophical Fragments” to a joint meeting of the North Carolina Spring 2010 | Reflection


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Sandi Huddleston-Edwards, a Charlotte SPAS Adjunct English Instructor, has authored two Christianbased novels on love, family, faith, and forgiveness that are now available online and through the Montreat College bookstore. Richard’s Key was published in March 2007 and Roy’s Sandman was published in April 2009. You may find those books – and purchase them – through this link: www. Further, be sure to contact Sandi at if you are interested in having her sign your copies of her novels. From March 5-7, Dr. Mark Wells presided over two sessions of the Philosophy of Religion section of the conference sponsored by the Southeast Commission on the Study of Religion (SECSOR).  This is a regional meeting that brings together scholars from four national professional organizations, including the American Academy of Religion, Society of Biblical Literature, and the American Society of Oriental Religions. 28

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Dr. Brad Daniel’s research abstract, “Canvas, Catalyst, Crucible: Exploring the Role of the Setting in the Wilderness Expedition Experience” will be published in an upcoming edition of the Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership, a peerreviewed journal. Dr. Brad Daniel This study by Dr. Daniel was one of only six which was presented at the Outdoor Leadership Research Symposium at Estes Park, Colorado on February 20. The event was held as part of the National Conference on Outdoor Leadership sponsored by the Wilderness Education Association.  Dr. Daniel also presented two workshops at the conference. Outdoor Education Professors Ken Kalisch, Andrew Bobilya, and Brad Daniel have written an article that will be published in the upcoming edition of INSITE magazine, a publication of Prof. Ken Kalisch the Christian Camp and Conference Association (CCCA). The title of the article is “A Good Kind of Alone: Increasing Ministry Effectiveness through Solitary Reflection.”

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Philosophical Society and South Carolina Philosophical Society in Charlotte, NC. Wells’ paper sides with Soren Kierkegaard’s belief that the truth must be instilled in us by a teacher/God, in opposition to Socrates’ contention that we possess the truth in us by nature.

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A research paper by Dr. Brad Daniel, Dr. Andrew Bobilya, and Professor Ken Kalisch will be published in the next edition of the Journal of Outdoor Dr. Andrew Bobilya Recreation, Education, and Leadership, a peerreviewed journal.  The paper is titled “Lessons from the Outward Bound Solo: Intended Transfer of Learning.” During the Spring 2010 semester, Dr. Jim Shores and his wife Carol Anderson were chapel speakers at Geneva College, Eastern Mennonite University, Anderson College, Gardner-Webb University, and Montreat College.  Dr. Shores heads up the Communication Major here at Montreat.  He and his wife have a Christian theatre company called Acts of Renewal that tours nationally performing at colleges, conferences, and churches.  They have toured for 18 years and have created material for Focus on the Family and Family Life Today, have performed with Steven Curtis Chapman and Third Day, and served speakers like Dennis Rainey, Luis Palau, and Crawford Loritts.  Themes this spring include Faith and Doubt, the Role of Suffering, Sabbath & Rest, and Healthy Relationships.  Acts of Renewal is creating new marriage material for upcoming events with Family Life, including an upcoming Family Life Cruise next winter!  Dr. Brad Daniel presented two workshops at the PEAK conference at Camp Greenville on Feb. 13. PEAK stands for “Preparing Educators for Adventures with Kids.”

On March 26-27, Dr. Dottie Shuman and Dr. Brad Daniel conducted a weekend training session at Brown Summit Environmental Education Center north of Greensboro. The purpose of the session was to train facilitators how to teach a new required workshop on teaching methods for the state of North Carolina’s environmental education certification program. Dr. Dottie Shuman Dr. Daniel and Dr. Shuman wrote both the facilitator’s and participant’s guides for the workshop. Fourteen formal and non-formal educators participated in the training session. Dr. Barbara A. Nelson, the Director of Nursing and an Associate Professor at the Charlotte campus of the School of Professional and Adult Studies, has been asked to present the Montreat College Nursing Program’s Conceptual Model at Indiana Wesleyan University this summer at the 2nd Biennial FaithBased Innovations in Faith-Based Nursing Dr. Barbara A. Nelson Education Conference, sponsored by Sigma Theta Tau, the National Honor Society of Nursing and Nurses Christian Fellowship. Dr. Nelson was also recently appointed to the Covenant Village of Colorado’s Extended Living Facility Management Advisory Board for a 4-year term. Spring 2010 | Reflection


Class Notes Jane Schiraldi (’53) and her husband Peter enjoy visiting Montreat each year in the fall. Both Peter and Jane have been entertaining recently in coffee houses, churches, and single and senior centers.   Bettye Hampton Fulmer (’60) transferred to Erskine College where she received BA degrees in both English and in Christian Education. She furthered her education at The University of South Carolina where she received her MAT in English and an Education Specialist in Personnel and Administration degree.  She served as DCE at Myrtle Beach 1st Presbyterian Church from 1962-65, taught English at Myrtle Beach High from 196667, and retired from Airport High in 1995 after 28 years of teaching senior English and serving as Head of the English Department.   Beth (Hall ’61) Player is currently residing in Fayetteville, N.C.  She and four other members of the Class of 1961 recently gathered together for a lunch, a time thoroughly enjoyed by all. Shirley (Pound ’63) Schaeffer recently moved to Charlottesville, VA, where she will be able to enjoy more time with her son, a Professor at the University of Virginia, her daughter-in-law, two grandchildren, and extended family members.   Evelyn (Kunz ’64) Peebles has retired from teaching, and is currently living in Athens, GA.   30

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Billy Woody (’68) is retired from 30 years in civil service and is also retired from the U.S. Army after 37 years of service. He currently works for Congressman Heath Schuler, 11th District.   Mike Hayes (’75) married Sharon Boyd in 1979. He has 3 children: Elyse 24, Alyson 21, and Boyd 17.  Mike and Sharon served as United Methodist missionaries in Botswana and Zimbabwe for 13 years.  They currently live in Wilmore, KY.  Mike is working for Kellogg Brown & Root in data services at AR Ramadi, serving the 82nd Airborne in Iraq.  He would love to hear from old friends and can be e-mailed at or Helen Dowling (’79) has been working in the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center for eight years. She most recently became the Assistant Director of Gift Planning.  She is also a graduate student at Wake Forest University and is currently working on earning her MA in Liberal Studies.   Elaine (Furr ’79) Schrodt is currently living in Clayton, NC with Scott, her husband of 24 years and their son, Zach. Elaine would love to hear from old friends and classmates and can be reached at

Dorothy (Thomas ’79) Wilson lives with her husband, Bill, in Easley, SC.  Bill is a physician with Easley Family Practice, and Dorothy is a home health nurse with SC DHEC. Son David, 23, is completing an internship with Disney; son Ben, 18, is a freshman at Erskine College; and daughter Hannah, 15, is a sophomore at Wren High.  

Randy Olson (’94) and his wife Wanda are currently living in Georgia. Wanda works for Reinhardt College in Waleska. Randy is the Administrator for their local church and is a student (MATL program) at Bethel Seminary.  They take care of their 3 children and Wanda’s mom, who has Alzheimer’s.   Cathy (Willis ’95) Robinson lives with her son, Cameron, in Locust, North Carolina.  Cameron is 9 and is very active. Cathy is going back to school to earn her Bachelor of Arts in Education.  

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The Heykoop family

Brent Heykoop (’91) is currently living in Tucson, Arizona with his wife, Allison, and their nine children. Brent is a Master Sergeant with the United States Air Force where he is a Weather Forecaster, while Allison homeschools their children. Allison also writes a blog which chronicles the chaos and hilarity of being a mom to 5 boys and 4 girls. You can find the blog at www. Kathryn (Temple ’92) Caldarera has been married for 15 years and has 4 children: 3 girls and 1 boy.   Scott Jeffreys (’92) is the pastor of Forest Park Presbyterian Church in Statesville, NC. His wife Malia is a respiratory therapist at Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem.  They have 4 children: Bethany 15, Parker 12, Ingrid 8, and Simon 4.

Carol McMahan Leonard, her husband Justin, Grace Mary, and Lydia Ruth

Carol (McMahan ’96) Leonard and her husband, Justin (’03), are currently making a home in Statesville, NC, with their daughters: Grace Mary 3, and their newest arrival, Lydia Ruth, born at home on July 24, 2009. Carol considers it a blessing to be home fulltime with Grace and Lydia, and she enjoys reading theology in her spare time. Justin teaches 6th grade science for Iredell-Statesville Schools. He also enjoys beekeeping. Both Carol and Justin would love to hear from old friends and ask that they look them up if they are in the area. Carol can be reached at Spring 2010 | Reflection


Class Notes

Stephen Savell and his wife Nicole

Stephen Savell (’98), since graduating, has joined the Navy and transferred to the Air Force, where he works as a Combat Rescue Officer with Pararescuemen and SERE Specialists and was recently promoted to Major. Stephen is currently living in Germany with his wife, Nicole, of 2 years. He is preparing for a quick 4-month deployment followed by a move to Fairchild AFB in Spokane, WA. Barbara (Burns ’01, SPAS) Smith married Bill Smith in April 2000, and is currently working in Lincolnton, NC, as a Career Development Specialist for Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont. She also obtained her Global Career Development Facilitator Certification this year. Barbara came from a manufacturing background, and she says that being able to obtain her BA Degree in the Charlotte Adult Program enabled her to obtain the job of her dreams.   Karla Sirhan (’01) is currently living in Florida and is the Director of Human Resources for a large entertainment development. Karla states that obtaining her BBA through Montreat provided her the background and credibility to navigate the corporate environment. 32

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Aaron Connell (’04) worked as a contract observer with NOAA in 2005.  She is currently employed by the USCG as a Marine Science Technician and is living in Guam.   Andrew Bauman (’05) and his wife have recently started a non-profit organization called Collective Hope, which is committed to fighting global poverty.  They are in the process of trying to get the word out and to gain support from communities. To support Collective Hope or to find out more information, visit them on the web at

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Tony Moreau (’05) is currently the pastor of Nesbitt’s Chapel UMC which is located between Black Mountain and Bat Cave.   Jenny (Burdette ’06) Strickland is currently studying at the University of Phoenix Online and will graduate in 2011 with a Masters in Secondary Education. Jenny and her husband plan to go to Japan after they both graduate.   Janell Carter (’09) recently accepted a position in Jefferson, NH, working for the North American Family Institute as a Direct Care Counselor. She works with co-ed teens in an intensive level, shortterm care residential facility.

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Eva (Harvey ’97) Craig is currently teaching 5th Grade in Henderson County.  She is very grateful that she had the opportunity to attend and graduate from Montreat College.

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Obituary: Nancy Boyd Garrison (’36)

Marrying John Garrison in 1980 brought Nancy Boyd back to the United States, where she taught fifth graders for 12 years at Clear Creek Elementary School in Charlotte, NC before she retired after completing forty years of ministry in education.  From 1990 until her death, she lived in Black Mountain, NC and was active at Black Mountain Presbyterian Church and in Alumni functions at Montreat College. An endowed scholarship was established in 1989 in honor of Nancy Boyd Garrison by Robinson Presbyterian Church.

For years, the endowment fund hovered around $14,000, short of the $30,000 level necessary to provide one student scholarship. Nancy Garrison’s lifelong dedication to higher education continues beyond her earthly journey. As a member of the Galax Society, she provided a portion of her estate to fully endow the scholarship that bears her name. In coming years, as many as 8-10 students will receive the Nancy Boyd Garrison Endowed Scholarship. Please consider a gift to the endowment in memory of Nancy.

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Nancy Boyd Garrison (’36) passed away peacefully on January 21, 2010 at age 92 after a life dedicated joyfully to education and Christian missionary work.  Born in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina in 1917, Mrs. Garrison graduated from Montreat-Anderson College in 1936 and received a teaching degree two years later from Flora McDonald College in Red Springs, NC.   After that, her determination to present the Gospel and educate children led her to teach for five years, earn a Masters degree in Religious Education, serve as a Director of Christian Education, and hold workshops throughout the Southeast.  Appointed by the Presbyterian Church in the U.S. as an Educational Missionary, she taught in Garanhuns, Brazil for eighteen years before moving to Imperatriz, Brazil to run an adult literacy program and teach at the State High School.

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Calendar of Events

June - July: Virginia Pendergrass Exhibit (Hamilton Gallery, L. Nelson Bell Library, Montreat, NC)

June 29: Montreat College Business Partners Golf Tournament (The Cliffs at Walnut Cove, Asheville, NC)

July 3: Montreat Fourth of July Parade (Montreat, NC)

August 24: Opening Convocation (Montreat, NC)


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June: A Call to Prayer (Every Wednesday, 3:00-3:30, Gaither Chapel, Montreat, NC)

Connect 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.

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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 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 Admissions, 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 or 828-667-5044. To give us some feedback about Reflection magazine or to send a story idea, call or e-mail Michael Dechane, 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. Spring 2010 | Reflection


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How is your team really doing? Poor communication? Lack of trust? Weak conflict resolution? Low collaboration?

Need a hand? We can help. It’s what we do with teams, small and large, every day at the Montreat College Team and Leadership Center. For more information, contact David Carr at or 828.669.8012 ext 3539, Black Mountain, NC Montreat College Team and Leadership Center

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