Dimensions Winter 2015

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Magazine for Alumni & Friends of Newberry College

AFRICANAMERICAN PIONEERS Alumni who blazed the trail at Newberry College.



Office of Institutional Advancement Scott Joyner, Vice President scott.joyner@newberry.edu


The Journey Begins

The Class of 2015 is already making its mark.


African-American Pioneers


Jill Johnson, Director of Marketing jill.johnson@newberry.edu DESIGN

Alumni who blazed the trail at Newberry College.



Campus News


Newberry Wolves


Class Notes


In Memoriam




The Last Word

Kate Hyde, Senior Graphic Designer CONTRIBUTORS



Office of Alumni Relations Jeff Wicker ’02 alumni.relations@newberry.edu CLASS NOTES

Submit alumni news and photo to alumni.relations@newberry.edu or address to Dimensions Magazine in the Office of Alumni Relations, 2100 College Street, Newberry, SC 29108 IN MEMORIAM

If you know of Newberry College alumni or former faculty and staff who have passed and are not recorded here or if you learn of others in the coming months, please let us know. If possible, provide a copy of the obituary or funeral bulletin to the Office of Alumni Relations.

Newberry College’s newest alumni are ready to make their mark on the world. Whether they go on to graduate school or directly into the workforce, they’re prepared to share their knowledge and experience with passion and purpose. What’s next for the Class of 2015? Here are a few of their stories.

Nicole Teal High School Math Teacher Landrum High School, Spartanburg District One Nicole sailed through high school and her freshman year of college, but the waters grew a bit choppier with the more challenging courses of her sophomore year and beyond. She credits strong relationships with her professors and their dedication to her success for guiding her through the squalls. Launching her career as an educator, Nicole teaches Algebra 1, Calculus and Probability/ Statistics courses. She’s also helping with the school’s after-school peer-to-peer tutoring program and helping with the marching band. A master’s degree in Mathematics, and possibly a doctorate, are goals on the horizon for Nicole.



Maria Rivas & Greg Stone Graduate Students Sherman College of Chiropractic Maria and Greg both are enrolled in the Doctor of Chiropractic program at Sherman College where they’ll be exploring the philosophy of chiropractic, studying various chiropractic techniques and learning how to help their future patients lead healthier lives. Greg had no intention of going on to graduate school, but when he learned about the world of chiropractic at a college job fair during his senior year at Newberry, he was soon committed to his future career path. Maria says the academic rigor of her undergraduate program at Newberry make her feel confident about her ability to thrive in graduate school and in her future career as a health professional.

“My time at Newberry College has truly been life-changing. I have nothing but gratitude for Newberry and my chiropractic mentor, Dr. Alison Kyzer-Gardner ‘09, for helping me realize my potential and for continually pushing me to pursue my dreams.” Maria Rivas, Graduate Student


Caitlyn Smith Promotions and Marketing Coordinator Augusta GreenJackets Baseball Team Caitlyn’s long-term career goal is to run the marketing or promotions department of a Major League Baseball team. Working with the Augusta GreenJackets, a minor league team affiliated with the San Francisco Giants, is the next step toward achieving her goal. Whether Caitlyn is planning and executing in-game promotions, designing advertisements, ballpark signage and fan giveaway items or organizing community appearances by Auggie, the team mascot, no two days are ever quite the same at the ballpark.

“I am eternally grateful to my faculty advisor, Dr. Jodie Peeler. She convinced me to always keep fighting for what I wanted and to keep working hard regardless of hardships I faced with internships, classes or personal issues. She was always there to listen and advise.” Caitlyn Smith, Baseball Marketer



Second Lieutenant James Christian Gilchrist Active Duty Transportation Officer, United States Army Working at his first duty station in Fort Hood, Texas, with the 3rd Armor Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Christian is responsible for ensuring Army troops and supplies get where they need to go. Organizational ability is crucial and he appreciates the Army’s finely tuned systems and processes that keep things running smoothly. A Sociology major, his experience at Newberry College has helped Christian on the job in unexpected ways. The diverse environment he experienced as a student at Newberry has helped him communicate effectively with fellow soldiers regardless of gender, race, religious practice or personal background.

“My long-term career goal is to retire from the United States Army with 20 years of service and then embark on a new career working for the Federal Government in Washington, D.C.” Second Lieutenant James Christian Gilchrist, U.S. Army


NSF Grant Funds National Effort to Digitize Biodiversity Collections Newberry College is one of nine South Carolina colleges and universities selected to receive a $2.5 million National Science Foundation grant to digitize thousands of plant specimens into a database that can be used by researchers around the world.

“This work will allow botanists around the world to more effectively explore one of the most specimen-rich regions of Earth.” Dr. Charles Horn Professor of Biology (pictured right) The more than 21,000 plant specimens in the Newberry College Herbarium will be digitized beginning in 2016. Dr. Charles Horn, professor of Biology and curator of the Newberry herbarium, will lead the project. Horn has personally collected thousands of specimens in the herbarium and has discovered species unique to the Southeast region that were previously unknown to researchers.

ABOUT THE PROJECT Newberry College is a member of SERNEC (Southeast Regional Network of Expertise and Collections), a consortium of 233 herbaria in 13 states in the Southeast region of the United States. The $2.5 million NSF grant made to SERNEC is part of a national effort coordinated by the iDigBio program at the University of Florida. It was created to improve understanding of how changes in biological diversity affect human societies. All data resulting from the various national projects will be available through a specimen portal located at iDigBio.org/portal. NSF Grant Participants Clemson University Converse College Francis Marion University Furman University Newberry College USC - Columbia USC - Salkehatchie USC - Upstate Winthrop University

The Southeast region is botanically rich, with biodiversity hotspots in both the Appalachian mountain range and the coastal plain. Though millions of plant specimens and related data have been collected from this region, most reside in herbaria (plant libraries) that are not readily available in formats that are easily searched or retrieved. Digitization will make this valuable data accessible.



Dr. John Lesaine ’07 Newberry College Teacher of the Year

Top Teachers “Peggy and John are both wonderful examples of the impact our alumni can have on the lives of others. They are outstanding professors and we are fortunate that the College is the beneficiary of their dedication and talent.” Dr. Maurice Scherrens President


Associate Professor of Sport Professions Dr. John Lesaine was honored as the Newberry College Professor of the Year in recognition of his dedication to students and his enthusiasm to inspire future leaders. After earning his master’s degree, Lesaine returned to his alma mater to serve as assistant women’s basketball coach. He went on to make a difference in the lives of students in the classroom rather than courtside as a member of the faculty. Lesaine also inspired and motivated Newberry students as the campus site director for Call Me MISTER, a national recruitment and support program designed to increase the number of elementary school teachers with diverse backgrounds. A frequent Chapel presenter, Lesaine partners with Pastor Ernie Worman to produce Around the Table, a weekly campus radio program, conversing about God’s love and grace and ministry from every angle.

Dr. Peggy Barnes-Winder ’86 SCICU Teacher Of The Year Professor of Sport Professions Dr. Peggy Barnes-Winder was recognized for her dedication to teaching by the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities at its annual Excellence in Teaching awards dinner held April 14. Each of the 20 SCICU member institutions selects one faculty member to receive the award, which includes a $3,000 professional development grant for the professor. Barnes-Winder first came to Newberry College as a student and star athlete, graduating in 1986. She returned to her alma mater in 1990 as a faculty member. In both 2002 and 2012, she was selected Newberry College Professor of the Year. She received the L. Grady Cooper Award for Excellence in Teaching and Service (2010-11) and was the recipient of the W.C. “Billy” Carter Professorship (2013-14) for selfless giving to the campus community and alumni.

fabulous five Newberry College is pleased to welcome our incoming class of new faculty who joined us fall semester 2015. They’ll soon be making their mark and making a difference in the lives of our students. They’re the perfect example of our brand promise: Passion, Purpose and Personal Attention!

ABOVE (LEFT TO RIGHT): Meredyth Goodrau, Melissa Awenowicz, Lindsey Beebe. RIGHT: Patrick Casey, Naomi Simmons.

Melissa Awenowicz Chair, Department of Teacher Education Lindsey Beebe Assistant Professor of Biology Patrick Casey Assistant Professor of Music Naomi Simmons Assistant Professor of Sociology Meredyth Goodrau Assistant Professor of Nursing

Retiring Faculty & Staff With heartfelt thanks for their years of service to Newberry College, we bid farewell to a few of our colleagues who retired in 2014. Joseph Franklin Chair, Business Administration: 5 Years of Service (1) Janet Long Assistant Professor of Music: 20 Years of Service (2) Kathy Lovett Assistant Professor of Biology: 21 Years of Service (photo not available) 1. Joseph Franklin

2. Janet Long

3. Nancy Warren

Nancy Warren Customer Service Specialist: 28 Years of Service (3)



150 Years After Appomattox Dr. J. Tracy Power, assistant Professor of History and director of the Newberry College Archives, was the featured speaker at The Ultimate Petersburg (and Appomattox) Campaign Tour and Symposium 150th Anniversary Commemoration. Power, an expert on the men, mission and motivation of Robert E. Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia, shared his insights in a talk titled, “‘If We, The Army of Northern Virginia, Are Defeated, All Is Lost:’ The Last Week of Lee’s Miserables,” at the event held at Pamplin Historical Park and The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier, at Petersburg, VA, on April 3, 2015. Power is the award-winning author of Lee’s Miserables: Life in the Army of Northern Virginia from the Wilderness to Appomattox, lauded by scholars as a landmark work on the subject. “The Bivouac” by sculptor Ron Tunison, Installed at Pamplin Historical Park, 1999

1. Or Not To Be Laura Lanni, Assistant Professor of Chemistry Alive, Anna considered leaving her husband. Dead, she naively believes she has escaped this difficult choice. How cruel for relationship problems to tag along to the dead side.

Recently Published by Newberry College Faculty




2. “Tips” Dark Corners Pulp Magazine Warren Moore III, Professor of English Twenty-four tales of tantalizing titillation and scintillating serialized stories from some of the best pulp fiction writers in the industry. Moore also is the author of Broken Glass Waltzes, a featured author in Dark City Lights: New York Stories and is a regular contributor of crime fiction short stories to Dark Corners Pulp Magazine. 3. “Shinjū, No Shinjū” Dark Corners Pulp Magazine David Rachels, Professor of English, Department Chair Serialized stories from some of the best pulp fiction writers in the industry. Rachels has published other fiction works this year, including “Will Bennie Crack?” in The Flash Fiction Offensive; “Elderwood” in Pulp Modern; “The Body” in Near to the Knuckle; and “Black Eyes” in Shotgun Honey.

McDowell Honored by Academy of Nursing Education Dr. Betsy McDowell, chair of the Department of Nursing at Newberry College, is one of 22 distinguished nurse educators selected by the National League for Nursing to be inducted into the prestigious Academy of Nursing Education. The Academy fosters excellence in nursing education by building on the knowledge of outstanding nurse educators and engaging its Fellows to serve as mentors and resources for new educators and those in clinical practice who aspire to become educators.


By definition, a pioneer is the first person to do something important. Four African-American alumni achieved notable “firsts” as students at Newberry College. Admittedly, they were reluctant pioneers – just trying to get a good education and better their prospects like any other student. Nevertheless, they made their unique mark on Newberry College history through determination, perseverance and hard work.


AFRICAN-AMERICAN PIONEERS President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act in 1964. The following spring, Newberry College signed the required Assurance of Compliance or risk losing federal funding. Later that year, the Board of Trustees unanimously resolved it would not interfere with any admission decisions for qualified students. In 1966, first African-American student enrolled at Newberry College.

View excerpts of the interviews with Nancy Lou, Carolyn, Marshall and Peggy at www.newberry.edu/Pioneers

“I want to inform you that Newberry College will enroll our first black student this fall,” Newberry College president A.G.D. Wiles said to the student body at the Opening Convocation of 1966. “I expect you to treat her, as ladies and gentlemen, with the same respect and collegiality you would treat any of your classmates. Her name is Nancy Lou Anderson. She is from Newberry. She is a student at Newberry College and she will graduate from Newberry College. Anybody who has a problem with that should take it up with me.” It would be four more years before another black student enrolled at Newberry College, but with the arrival of this lone woman, the slow process of racial integration had quietly begun at Newberry College. WINTER 2015


UMI NANDEDI – NANCY LOU ANDERSON-GLASGOW ’70 First African-American Student Enrolled at Newberry College


mi Nandedi – Nancy Lou Anderson-Glasgow was eager to attend college far from Newberry and her very protective grandmother. She demanded Nancy Lou enroll no further away than Columbia. Given the choices, Nancy Lou opted for Newberry College.

Newberry’s financial aid package made the school an attractive option, but the prospect of attending the previously all-white college made her apprehensive. “They assured us there would be 10 of us together,” Nancy Lou said. “I was motivated that there would be others and I could live at home to save on expenses.” However, given the vitriol surrounding desegregation efforts in other communities, the College hoped to ease into integration. They would enroll just one student and attempt to avoid all publicity. “I’m thinking, if God


himself didn’t know I was here I wouldn’t tell him,” she quipped. Nancy Lou often felt isolated and alone; occasionally, afraid. She recalled the heart-pounding apprehension of the intense stare of a white man who followed her in his car as she rode her bicycle to school. “I never shared that with anyone,” she said. “Not with my professors or the dean. I just prayed and trusted in the Most High.” Some students, even a few professors, refused to speak to or associate with Nancy Lou; others inadvertently let hate words slip into their conversations. Nancy Lou focused on the

people who welcomed her. The AfricanAmerican community also kept a watchful eye and rallied around her in support. When Nancy Lou took her first teaching job at Batesburg-Leesville Middle School, she vividly remembers a young boy, excited by the novelty of the experience, running the halls yelling, “Y’all, we got a black teacher!” Nancy Lou’s students began to ask questions about race and culture. “I began to do my research,” she said. Part of her cultural and spiritual journey led her to embrace the name Umi Nandedi and the clothing that celebrated her cultural heritage. “Every culture has something to bring to the table,” Nancy said. “We just have to learn to appreciate the differences; and there are more similarities than there are differences.”

CAROLYN PITTS-GLYMPH ’73 First African-American Female Residential Student Carolyn Pitts-Glymph was raised in Newberry County by her grandmother. Her collegeeducated parents, with limited prospects for professional careers in the Deep South, moved up North for work. In Carolyn’s family, attending college wasn’t a question; it was an expectation. Carolyn was set to attend Spelman College, but with one sister already in school and her brother right behind, money was tight. Newberry College was a better option for the family. Carolyn moved a little bit at a time into a single room at Derrick Hall, the administration again hoping to ease students into the idea of AfricanAmerican students living on-campus. “It was 1969,” she said. “It was not the time to put a black girl and a white girl in the same room.” In the first weeks living on-campus, Carolyn encountered awkward avoidance. Her hall mates waited on the steps outside the communal showers until Carolyn was through. Finally, one woman, exasperated by the silliness of waiting, joined Carolyn to get ready for the day. “After that, I had to wait on the steps like everyone else, so my fun days were over,” she said with an impish smile. “I never had a class with any other AfricanAmerican students,” said the Political Science major. The experience turned out to be a precursor to her work life. During a long and successful career in the Governor’s office, she often was the only person of color in the room. It gave her the opportunity to prove she’d earned her place at the table. “When you go to work in a competitive world, you have to strut your stuff, especially if you have brown skin,” she said. Being a trailblazer can be a difficult path to follow. Would Carolyn choose the same path if she had it to do over again? “I can’t think of a thing I would do differently.”



MARSHALL PRINCE ’81 First African-American alumnus elected to the Board of Trustees If Marshall Prince learned anything from his mother and father, it was the value of hard work. As share croppers in Manning, SC, Marshall and his six siblings and their parents worked in the fields of their family farm planting and harvesting tobacco, cotton and soybeans. The family made a living, but Marshall’s mother often spoke of her dream that at least one of her children would go to college. His brother, Matthew, went to technical college to be an electrician, but Marshall was the first to pursue a bachelor’s at Newberry College. The youngest of the Prince daughters, Hazel ’84, followed him to Newberry three years later. At Newberry, Marshall was a man on a mission. He worked hard, studied hard and avoided the distractions that often sidelined freshmen. His friends teased him about his single-minded focus on academics, but the specter of the grueling labor of the cotton fields loomed large in his mind. “I wanted a career path so I would never have to go back to that,” he said. “I was ALL IN.” After a successful undergraduate career, Marshall attended law school. He served as a prosecutor for the Clarendon County Solicitor and delighted in the opportunity to clerk for the Hon. Matthew J. Perry, Jr., the illustrious civil rights attorney and federal judge who was himself an AfricanAmerican trailblazer. For the past 23 years, Marshall has served with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of South Carolina, including 15 years as a criminal prosecutor. He was elected to the Newberry College Board of Trustees (2002-2014), the first African-American alumnus to serve in that role. For Marshall, the cotton fields of Clarendon County are a thing of the distant past. “Newberry College prepared me for bigger and better things.”


PEGGY BARNES-WINDER ’86 First African-American full-time professor First female athlete inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame (1998) Outstanding Young Alumnus (2004) Peggy Barnes-Winder and her six siblings looked to athletics as the key to unlocking the door to a college education. That’s not to say they didn’t focus on getting good grades, but they counted on athletics to give them an edge – and scholarship dollars. The strategy panned out for Peggy who came to Newberry College as a two-sport athlete in basketball and volleyball. Sixteen years had elapsed since the first AfricanAmerican student (Umi Nandedi Nancy Lou Anderson-Glasgow) had enrolled at Newberry College. Their numbers had grown, though a substantial number of African-American students, like Peggy, were student-athletes. When Peggy arrived in 1982, being an AfricanAmerican student at Newberry had essentially become a non-issue. “I was aware of race issues but not really affected by it,” Peggy said. It wasn’t until she returned to Newberry College as a professor that race factored much into her consciousness. “I was the first African-American full-time professor,” she said. “I was the only one in so many different places!” As a result, Peggy developed a keen sense of standing on the shoulders of the AfricanAmerican pioneers who preceded her. “The opportunities I have now I really attribute to those who came ahead of me,” she said. Today, Newberry College is one of the most diverse colleges in South Carolina: 33 percent of the student body are students of color; of those, 25 percent are African-American. “Today, we take so much for granted – we don’t really know their stories.” As the benefactor of their efforts, “It’s part of my responsibility to keep educating.” “I think I’m right where I need to be at this time in history.”



Wolves in the Pros

With more than 500 student-athletes participating in 17 NCAA Division II men’s and women’s sports, as well as cheerleading and dance, Newberry College has steadily raised its competitive profile. As a growing number of players are drafted for professional sports, Newberry College is attracting more attention from pro scouts on the lookout for hidden gems.

Low Country King Edmond Robinson ’14 was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the 2015 NFL Draft. The first NCAA Division II player taken in that draft, he was the team’s seventh round pick, 232nd overall. Edmond is the first Newberry College alumnus in 41 years to be drafted into the NFL – not since Greg Hartle ’74 was selected in 1974 as the 10th round (251st overall) pick of then-St. Louis Cardinals. The Wadmalaw Island, SC, native was a multi-sport standout at St. John’s High School and since the draft has achieved celebrity status in the island communities surrounding his hometown. He’s taking his newfound fame in stride. “To me, I’m just the same regular guy doing what I said I wanted to do,” he said in an interview last spring with the Charleston Post and Courier. Edmond has become an inspiration to young and old alike in his hometown and, based on his NFL performance so far, that inspiration is sure to expand far beyond his Low Country stomping grounds.

Former Wolves in the Pros Baseball (MLB) Ryan Cranmer: Batavia Muckdogs (Miami Marlins) Casio Grider: Winnipeg Goldeyes (Independent) Albert Baur: West Virginia Black Bears (Pittsburgh Pirates)

Former Newberry College student-athletes currently playing on pro teams throughout the world.


Football (NFL) Edmond Robinson: Minnesota Vikings Ron Parker: Kansas City Chiefs Brandon Bostick: Arizona Cardinals Corey Washington: Detroit Lions

Men’s Basketball (International) Danny Huffor: Cheshire Phoenix, England Aegir Steinarsson: KR Basket, Reykjavik, Iceland Dondray Walker: Corio Bay Stingrays, Australia Men’s Soccer (International) Debola Ogunseye: Gençlik Gücü S.K., N. Cyprus Tornubari Nyonebue: RBAC FC, Thailand Will Dieterich: UMF Tindastóll, Iceland Marvin Torvic: TSV 1860 Rosenheim, Germany

Scholar-Athletes Hit Academic High Points Wolves teams turned in solid performances during the 2014-15 season, but their performance in the classroom was cause for celebration over the summer. Student-athletes earned a cumulative grade point average higher than 3.0 for the academic year for the first time in school history. The Newberry College Athletic department consists of 19 varsity sports whose 533 student-athletes compiled a 3.01 cumulative grade point average. Of the 19 varsity teams, 14 had team GPAs of 3.0 or greater, including an impressive 3.407 GPA for the women’s basketball squad. Newberry also applauded 73 student-athletes who earned D2ADA Academic Achievement Awards, which requires a GPA of 3.5 or higher among the eligibility requirements. Additionally, 126 student-athletes were named to the South Atlantic Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll.

ECAC Announces Division II Wrestling League

The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) has formed the ECAC Division II Wrestling League to begin competition for the 2015-16 season. Newberry College is a charter member of the inaugural league, which is slated to run from November to February and includes the following schools: Belmont Abbey College, Coker College,Emmanuel College, King University, Limestone College, Newberry College and The University of North Carolina at Pembroke. With the creation of the ECAC DII Wrestling League, wrestlers will have expanded opportunities to qualify for postseason competition and garner individual awards, while the ECAC reinforces its position as the nation’s largest intercollegiate athletics conference. The league will not hold an individual tournament, but will crown a dual champion each season with the teams wrestling each other in a round-robin format.

Earned D2ADA Academic Achievement Awards

Named to the South Atlantic Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll

Varsity teams with team GPAs of 3.0 and above

Student-athletes enrolled at Newberry College

Official Team Outfitter of Newberry Wolves Sportswear designer and manufacturer Adidas has signed on to be the Official Outfitter of Newberry College Athletics through the 2018-19 academic year. The new apparel, footwear, uniform and accessory partnership will be serviced by First Team Sports of Greenville, SC. The all-sport agreement will assist in containing costs throughout the athletic department, make branding more consistent and provide additional fundraising streams for the College. Adidas is the official uniform, footwear and apparel provider for more than 100 collegiate programs and has marketing agreements with the National Basketball Association, National Football League, Major League Baseball and Major League Soccer.

save the date

Men’s & Women’s Basketball Reunion SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6

Baseball & Softball Reunion SATURDAY, APRIL 9

Questions? Email alumni.relations@newberry.edu or call 803.321.5676



National Publication Showcases Newberry College The Chronicle of Higher Education, an award-winning newspaper covering all aspects of higher education, showcased Newberry College’s enrollment success story in its March 26, 2015 edition. The Chronicle article, “How One Small College Attracted Its Largest Incoming Class Ever,” described how Newberry College went back to the basics to attract a record-breaking incoming class for 2014-15. How did we do it? We focused our efforts on how we could make the greatest impact and deliver the best value to students. We completely revamped our financial aid model to make more money available to more students and locked in their tuition rate for the four years they’d be in school with us.

Phys Ed Students Build Teaching Skills Through Hands-On Learning





Newberry College students preparing to work and teach in the field of Physical Education got some valuable hands-on experience conducting a PE class for home-schooled students. The brainchild of Dr. Carla Cruickshanks, assistant professor of Sport Professions, the Home School Physical Activity Program allows Teacher Education students to plan, implement and reflect on physical education lesson plans that meet South Carolina’s PE standards. Approximately 35 home-schoolers ranging in ages from Pre-K to 10 and up attended the eightweek program offered both fall and spring semesters on the Newberry campus. Dr. Peggy Winder’s Adapted Physical Education class partnered with Special Olympics last spring to bring a 3-on-3 basketball tournament to campus. Newberry students officiated the tournament and helped participants with skill development activities.

NEWBERRY COLLEGE STUDENTS PUT THE KIDS THROUGH THEIR PACES. 1. Casey Baldwin 2. Cole Watson 3. Alstevis Squirewell and Zach Blair

Muller Center to Focus on Vocation & Civic Engagement Students, professors and community leaders have a new resource on campus – The Muller Center at Newberry College, which aims to help both the campus and the broader community engage in conversations and activities related to ethics, vocation and civic engagement.

“One of the distinctive elements of Newberry, as a Lutheran institution, is its emphasis on vocation,” said Dr. Krista E. Hughes, the Center’s inaugural director. “In the Lutheran tradition, vocation refers not simply to one’s career or trade but to one’s more comprehensive life purpose. A key aim of the Muller Center is to invite students, faculty and staff to consider what it is to live a life of meaning, service and self-reflection.”

Through opportunities for volunteerism, community-based learning, leadership development and vocational reflection, the Muller Center helps students to explore questions of civic responsibility and ask how their skills, knowledge and interests might be placed in service to the common good. Building on the work of the former Values Based Learning Program, the Center connects students and faculty with community partners, often as a central component of a class project. Established in January 2015, The Muller Center was made possible by the bequest of Mr. John D. Muller, Jr., a faithful Lutheran, committed environmentalist and generous benefactor to Newberry College. The Center has launched a range of programs. The Center has hosted a “Community + Campus for the Common Good” workshop, recruited student volunteers, assisted faculty with course development and sponsored its first Student Research Fellow, Karley Young ’17, who is investigating the issue of food insecurity in Newberry County. The Center also is co-sponsoring a year-long series on race relations, developed in collaboration with the Office for Diversity Education, Student Affairs and the Athletic Department. Purpose exploration programming will begin in Spring 2016.



1. Steve Watson ’74


G. Baylis Corley ’46 was named Pastor Emeritus at the 277th anniversary celebration of Resurrection and St. Matthews Lutheran Parish, the oldest Lutheran church in the SC Synod. He served as their pastor from 1960-1983.


Lewis Lockaby ’50 was inducted into the Greenville Heritage Textile Hall of Fame. John Davenport ’56 was recently recognized for 60 years of membership as a Master Mason.


Hugh Maxwell Williams ’60 has spent the last 12 years serving as a host for foreign exchange students from Asia. He resides in Greenwood, SC.

2. Paul Derrick ’79

3. Elizabeth Suzanne “Betsy” Amick ’95

mysteries, and playing with her grandsons, Jackson Neal (13) and Lincoln Neal (2). The Rev. Handlee Vige ’69 retired from Apostles Lutheran Church in Brandon, FL after 40 years as a pastor. He also served Holy Trinity in Ft. Walton Beach, FL and St. Timothy in Melbourne, FL.


Tom Galardi ’72 of Aiken, SC was appointed by Governor Haley to serve on the South Carolina Ethics Commission. Tom is retired from his position as Chief Investigator for the 2nd Judicial Circuit Solicitor’s Office. John B. Halloran ’73 is a managing partner of Temples-Halloran Funeral Home Funeral Home in Columbia, SC.

Dr. Tom Crump ’66 was inducted into the York Sports Hall of Fame May 12, 2015.

Jerry Helms ’74 was featured in a recent article in The Charlotte Observer about his impact on the theme park, Carowinds. Jerry started with a summer job at Carowinds while at Newberry College and is currently the vice president of Operations. The “J.R. Helms Mining Company” sign at the entrance of the Goldrusher roller coaster is in his honor.

Kathryn (Wright) Pack ’69 is retired. She enjoys bridge, crossword puzzles,

Steve Watson ’74 released his selfproduced album Heat It Up, Feb 9, 2015.

Jim McMahan ’62 was recently honored by Berea High School alumni. Jim was the school’s first band director and served many years in that capacity. The school’s band room is named in his honor.


4. Robyn (Brown) Mickens ’98

He previously released Watson’s Riddle in 2011 on Palmetto Records (Sony). Steve was a member of the Bruce Hornsby Band from 1978-1984. He later moved to Los Angeles to become a studio guitarist. Some of his credits include Hill Street Blues, Magnum P.I., The A-Team, Hunter, Murder She Wrote, and L.A. Law. 1 Zelma (Hedrick) Harris ’75 retired Aug 1, 2014, after 30 years of service at Virginia Tech. She is now relaxing, reading and planning her next adventure. Dr. James Ann (Lynch) Sheley ’76 was hired as the chief planning and initiatives officer for Richland School District Two. She most recently served as the director of elementary schools for Lexington County School District One. Rev. G. Reggie Cruse ’77 was recently named Chaplain at Manning Correctional Institution in Columbia. He also is one of approximately 100 women and men throughout the state trained for the Situation Control (crisis negotiation) team. He and his wife Amanda (West) ’80 reside in Lexington, SC. Rev. Dr. Billy Lowe ’77 is celebrating 24 years as pastor of Cherryville First Presbyterian Church in Cherryville, NC.

Roger Seim ’77 is in Maple Grove, MN and was appointed the 2015 president of the Million Dollar Round Table Foundation. A financial advisor at MassMutual Financial Group and active community volunteer, Seim will lend his expertise to the philanthropic efforts of an organization that unites 42,000 service-minded professionals from 400 companies in 71 countries. He has been a member of the MDRT for 33 years, achieving Platinum Knight status. G. Von Wessinger ’77 recently retired as branch manager with First Community Bank in Chapin, SC after 37 years in the industry. Dr. Howell W. Lewis ’78 is a faculty member at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA, teaching in their Orthodontic graduate program. Paul Derrick ’79 was named 2015 North Carolina Super Lawyers List. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The list recognizes no more than five percent of lawyers in the state. 2


Dr. Wade Beale '80 is principal at Echols County Elementary-Middle School in Statenville, GA. With 35 years in education, Wade spent 31 years as a physical education teacher and coach. He was named Florida High School Baseball Coach of the Year in 1993 and also won 117 games as a head football coach. Dan Austin ’81 is the assistant head strength and conditioning coach at the University of South Carolina, where he works with football and men’s soccer. He has won nine world powerlifting championships and 15 national championships. He also holds several world records in the deadlift and combined total lift. He was voted into the Powerlifting Hall of Fame in 2011. Dan co-authored the book, Powerlifting, which was published in 2012.

Wendell Davis ’81 retired after 34 years in law enforcement, serving the last 21 years as director of the Orangeburg Department of Public Safety. Donna (Fanning) Harward ’82 was named Teacher of the Year at Pacolet Elementary School. She has 18 years teaching experience with the last 10 as a fourth grade teacher. Tim Medlin ’82 was named Region X Baseball Coach of the Year. He led the USC Sumter Fire Ants to a berth in the NJCAA World Series in Grand Junction, CO. Sue Paprocki ’82 has been working for the Veterans Administration for 26 years in Pittsburgh, PA as a kinesiotherapist. She now works in the Restorative Care program for veterans. Sue won the 2012 FEB-Excellence in Government Award Program GOLD award for outstanding contributions to science (medical) as a result of developing weekly “Restorative Rounds” as a multidisciplinary team approach. Jim Riser ’83 is the head athletic trainer at Permian High School in Odessa, TX, home of Friday Night Lights. Rev. Donald J. Johnson ’85 has been named pastor at Butler Memorial Presbyterian Church in Savannah, GA. He is pursuing his Doctor of Ministry at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Rev. Richard Krug ‘85 married William Gebauer on Sept 28, 2014 at Calvary Episcopal Church, Pittsburgh, PA, where they met 11 years ago. Richard has served as pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church (ELCA), North Versailles, PA since 1994. More than 300 family, friends, colleagues and parishioners gathered to worship and celebrate with them. John “Bootsie” Griggs ’86 was named Rotarian of the Year for Hartville, SC. Chris Wise ’87 has been named assistant vice president for Student Affairs at Virginia Tech. He entered Virginia Tech

as a graduate assistant and spent the next 28 years there, with the last eight as director of Recreational Sports.


Stephen Hampton ’94 was named principal at Legacy Charter School in Greenville, SC. He served the last six years as principal at JohnstonEdgefield-Trenton Middle School. Elizabeth Suzanne "Betsy" Amick ’95 and Anthony William Ard were wed Dec 15, 2012 at Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church in Chapin, SC. They now reside in Irmo, SC. 3 Denise (Wicker) Evans ’95 was named Teacher of the Year at Newberry Elementary School. Dr. Andrea D. Blake ’96 is a licensed doctor of chiropractic and recently opened a new practice in Joliet, IL. Ivory (Williams) Matthews ’96 is deputy executive director of the Greenville Housing Authority. James W. “Ren” Henderson III ’98 and Lauren Elizabeth Grier were married July 4, 2014 in Las Vegas, NV. Robyn (Brown) Mickens ’98 and her husband, Jesse, welcomed a son, Jesse Gabriel Mickens, on June 20, 2014. 4 Brion Rutherford ’98 is athletic director at Summerville High School (SC). He previously served as principal of Oakbrook Middle School. Dr. Brice Cockfield ’99 was named principal at Carolina Springs Middle School in Lexington, SC. Leslie (Mathis) Echols ’99 has been named head coach for the first ladies’ golf team at North August High School. Dr. Shawn Suber ’99 was named director of special projects and state and federal programs in Richland School District Two’s Teacher and Learning WINTER 2015 DIMENSIONS


5. Shirolyn Johnson ’05

6. Tammy Currey ’06

department. He previously served as principal at L.W. Conder Elementary Arts Integrated Magnet School in Columbia, SC.

Todd Walker ’03 was named director of operations at Laurens County Memorial Hospital in Laurens, SC. He previously worked at Oconee Memorial Hospital.


Tyson Azevedo ’04 is head baseball coach at West Ashley High School in Charleston, SC.

Huger Caughman, Jr. ’00 was selected the Newberry County District Teacher of the Year for 2015-16. He teaches math at Newberry High School. Jeffrey Tucker ’00 was inducted into the inaugural Athletic Hall of Fame class at Chapin High School. Ashley Smith ’01 is currently district athletic director for the Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission. Dr. Adam Blackstock ’02 is associate professor of Percussion Studies at Troy University and is principal timpanist with the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra. His duties at Troy University include teaching private lessons and percussion methods courses and is the instructor/arranger for the “Sound of the South” marching percussion section. Ryan Hyler ’02 is a project development manager at Landmark Builders in Columbia, SC. 20  DIMENSIONS WINTER 2015

Kristin Caughman ’04 is the new chorus teacher at Mid-Carolina Middle School. Jennifer Leigh Pepin ’04 married Jason William Hamilton on June 6, 2015. She worked as an elementary school teacher in North Carolina and Georgia from 2004-2013. She is now an instructor of education at Thomas University in Thomasville, GA, and is pursuing her doctorate of Education in Curriculum and Instruction at Valdosta State University. Marcus Cheeks '05 is now the general manager at Fatz Cafe in Clinton, SC. His wife Kate (Coates) ’05 is now the middle school Physical Education teacher and varsity volleyball coach at Newberry Academy, where both their daughters attend. Parkes Coggins ’05 was named CEO of Community Health Systems in Marion, SC.

7. Nicole (Johnson) Griffin ’06

Jack Easterby ’05 was named team chaplain for the New England Patriots, serving them during their run to Super Bowl XLIX. He previously served in the same capacity for the Kansas City Chiefs. Shirolyn Johnson ’05 wed Steven Fredette Aug 16, 2014 at Bethlehem Baptist Church, in Columbia, SC. Jeffrey Lampkin ’05 provided the music for the ceremony, with Chad Grant ’06 in the wedding party. 5 Courtney (Garrett) Pruitt ’05 was named head women’s basketball coach at Alcorn State University in Lorman, MS. She was previously head coach at Wiley College in Marshall, TX. Tammy Currey ’06 welcomed a son, Henry Eli Richard Currey on March 20, 2015, at 9 lbs and 20 1/4 inches long. 6 Nichole (Johnson) Griffin ’06 and her husband, Jamie, were blessed with their first child, Elloreigh McLayne, on April 12, 2014. She weighed 8 lbs 9 oz and was 20 1/2 inches long. 7 Karisa (Dinges) King ’06 was inducted into the St. Bede Academy Hall of Fame. She works as a registered nurse in the ICU at Unity Point Methodist and St. Margaret’s Hospital in Peoria, IL.

8. Albert Robertson ’06

9. Melanie (Metze) ’07 & Michael Corn ’08

10. Amanda Price ’08 & Jamie Ketten, Jr. ’09

Albert Robertson ’06 was one of five finalists for South Carolina’s Teacher of the Year. He is a seventh grade Social Studies teacher at Meadow Glen Middle School in Lexington, SC. 8

Mazzie Drummond ’07 is head girl’s basketball coach at Greer High School in Greer, SC. He also serves as offensive coordinator for the Yellow Jackets football team.

Lindsey Long ’09 wed Patrick McKissack Wannamaker Saturday, May 2, 2015 at Saint Paul United Methodist Church in St. Matthews, SC.

Melissa Dawn Thomas ’06 and William Watson Weathers were married on June 20, 2015, at the Weathers residence in Bowman, SC. Cayci (Stokes) Banks ’03 served as the matron of honor with Lisa (Wessinger) Williams ’05 and Lofton (Gowin) DuBose ’06 in the wedding party.

Emily Ruth Huggins ’07 and David Zade Liptak were married June 14, 2014 at Central United Methodist Church in Newberry, SC.

Jareth Bailey ’10 was named Teacher of the Year at Buford High School for the 2013-14 academic year.

Melanie (Metze) ’07 and Michael Corn ’08 welcomed their first child Katharine Ann Corn on June 5, 2014. She was 5 lbs 10 oz and 19.75 inches long. 9

Charlie Goens ’08 was named head baseball coach at Davis and Elkins College in Elkins, WV. Amanda Elizabeth Price ’08 wed Jaime Lee Ketten, Jr. ’09 on March 15, 2014. 10


Kayla (Cromer) Bishop ’10 is Teacher of the Year at Boundary Street Elementary School in Newberry, SC. Sheridan Moran ’10 was named head wrestling coach at Jesuit High School of New Orleans, LA.

KA Reunion More than 30 alumni from the classes of 1966 to 1974 gathered in August 2014 for a reunion with their fraternity brothers in Kappa Alpha. They enjoyed the beautiful weather and majestic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains at the High Hampton Inn and Country Club in Cashiers, NC.



WHAT’S NEW? Whether it’s a wedding, a job promotion or a new baby in your life, please share your news with the Newberry College family! New address? Be sure to let us know. Email your updates to alumni.relations@newberry.edu.

11. Gryff Carosiello ’13

Walter Simmons ’10 was hired as D.C. Department of Employment Services, American Job Center Operations Program Manager in Washington, D.C. He is the youngest program manager at the agency. He was selected to attend a White House Summit on Working Families in June 2014, jointly hosted by the Center for American Progress, the Department of Labor and the White House Council on Women and Girls. Speakers included President Obama, Michelle Obama, Vice President Biden, Dr. Jill Biden, Robin Roberts and Maria Shriver. He had the opportunity to meet with Senior Advisor to the President Valerie Jarrett, House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi and Secretary of Labor, Tom Perez. Anna Ruth Brown ’11 and Justin Cody Branton ’06 were married June 20, 2015. Carlisle “Kyle” Marshall Edens ’11 and Amber Lindsey Tourville were married June 21, 2014, at First Presbyterian Church in Orangeburg, SC. Travis Andrew Tourville ’11, Andrew Dean Shuler ’11, and James Kornegay Thompson ’08 were members of the wedding party with Marshall Lynn Edens ’80, father of the groom, serving as best man. 22  DIMENSIONS WINTER 2015

Carley (Jeter) Farmer ’11 was named Teacher of the Year at Whitmire Community School. Brie Logue ’11 is working at the South Carolina Department of Education in Public Affairs. Jeremy Rinder ’11 was named to the Aiken County Teacher of the Year Honor Court. Molly Beth Wofford ’11 wed Ryan Matthew Etheridge on June 21, 2014, at Orangeburg Lutheran Church in Orangeburg, SC. Petra “Tricia” Ulch ’11 was named school nurse coordinator for the Newberry County School District. Maria Luz Besio ’12 was runner up in the 110th FiberCorp Cup Argentine Amateur Championship, held Nov 12-16, 2014. Besio returned to defend the title she attained a year ago, the highest championship honor available in her home country. Faith Franklin ’12 is a human resources and payroll specialist at Mungo Homes in Irmo, SC. Joseph Freeman ’12 has been accepted to the CRNA program at Welford College in Naples, FL.

Kelton Hall ’12 was named a Human Resources Career Foundation Program participant with Boeing, serving as a strategic business partner through four rotations in various areas of Human Resources over the next three years. He is a graduate of the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina with a master’s degree in Human Resources. Felder Leaphart ’12 graduated in May 2015 from MUSC with a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration. He is a data and financial analyst with McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence, SC. Tonya Tuberville ‘12 has taken an educational fellowship with Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education at the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta. James Boatright II ’13 is the director of bands at Newberry High School. Gryff Carosiello ’13 spent this past summer in South Africa, primarily serving Newton Park Methodist Church in Port Elizabeth. He is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity degree at Duke University and is scheduled to graduate in May 2016. 11

Alex Hatch ’13 was named head women’s lacrosse coach at St. Andrews University in Laurinburg, NC. Jake James ’13 appeared on Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Ranch on CMT. He is presently pursuing a career in professional wrestling. Ashton (Tobias) Johnson ’13 was named first-year teacher of the year at Warrenville Elementary School in Warrenville, SC. Andrew Wigger ’13 is a reporter for The Newberry Observer. Kaitlyn Hudson ’14 is a public relations representative with Complete Public Relations in Greenville, SC. Heeley Eleanor Ott ’14 and John Walker Wyatt ’13 were married June 27, 2015, at Branchville United Methodist Church in Branchville, SC. Marley Ott ’14 served as the maid of honor, with Rebecca Eddy ’14 and Kayla Phlegar ’15 also serving in the wedding party. Edmond Robinson ’14 was selected in the 2015 National Football League Draft as the 232nd overall pick in the seventh round by the Minnesota Vikings. Tabitha Rodriguez ’14 is employed by IBC Bank in Corpus Christi, TX. Both Hannah Rohrer ’14 and Theresa Bishop ’15 worked as staff for the ELCA National Youth Gathering in Detroit, MI in July 2015. Sarah Katherine (Kate) Roper '14 and Spencer Ryan Eck '13 were married on March 7, 2015. Kate is in her second year at MUSC in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. Spencer is serving as a 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Army and is stationed at Fort Stewart in Georgia. Lindsay Belue ’14 recently accepted a teaching position at Waccamaw Elementary School.

Herringtons Ring NYSE Opening Bell Richard Herrington ’69 and his wife, Retha Lindler Herrington ’70 had the pleasure of ringing the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange on March 26, 2015, surrounded by delighted industry colleagues. The opening bell signaled the launch of the Initial Public Offering for Franklin Financial Network, Inc., the holding company of Franklin Synergy Bank where Herrington serves as chairman and CEO of the Tennessee-based company. A 40-year banking industry veteran, Herrington co-founded Franklin Financial Corporation (Franklin National Bank) in 1989 where he served as president and CEO until 2002 when he was selected by Civitas Bank Group (then Cumberland Bancorp) to engineer the successful four-year turn-around of that troubled banking organization. He is active in the community serving on the boards of various education-focused organizations. He earned his B.A. in Economics from Newberry College and his M.A. in Economics from Florida State University.



Kevin Sinkler ’14 and Danielle Dubose were married November 20, 2014 in Columbia, SC.

Charles E. Bowers ’33 08.10.14 Julia Kate Sease ’34 08.02.15 Ellen Elizabeth Harmon Arant ’38 06.10.14 Rachel Fulmer Lever ’39 04.18.14

David Morris Singley ’43 09.10.14 Herbert “Herb” Otto Chambers ’44 01.14.15 Elizabeth Shealy Hunter ’44 06.22.14 Evelyn Neel Long ’44 08.06.15 Willie Floyd Ruff ’44 08.11.14 Jean Feagle Shealy ’44 07.27.14 Barbara Caughman Steadman ’44 04.28.14 Frances Elouise Kneece Cone ’45 02.26.15 Doris Epting Derrick ’45 06.02.15 John Henry Fulmer, Sr. ’46 03.02.15 Carroll Little Kester ’46 12.19.14 Jane E. Baldwin Mandell ’46 10.06.14 Marvin T. “Inky” English ’48 03.10.15 Martha Cromer Gooding ’48 05.20.15 Ruby Louise Pugh Connelly ’49 07.07.15 William David Kibler ’49 07.23.15 Robert Rhett Sansbury ’49 07.31.15 Frederick G. Scurry ’49 05.23.14 Nelson Leroy Shearouse ’49 06.23.14 Martha Carlisle Wingard ’49 10.22.14



Coty French ’15 has been hired as a teacher at Green Charter School in Greenville, SC. Kalley Laymon ’15 was recently hired as a band teacher at H.E. McCracken Middle School in Bluffton, SC. Caitlyn Smith ’15 was hired as the Promotions and Marketing Coordinator for the Augusta GreenJackets.

In Memoriam 1930s

James Elbert Ringer, Sr. ’40 03.03.15 Frances Carolyn (Henderson) Kester ’41 12.29.14 Mary Katherine Reiser Stelling ’41 03.24.15 Margaret Scruggs Crum ’42 06.26.14 Elise Maybin Wise ’42 03.02.15

Francis W. Allen ’50 10.07.14 Philip Sydney Aull ’50 09.10.14 James Harvey Cogburn ’50 07.11.14 George William “Bill” Haigler ’50 10.14.14 Marquis Emanuel “Mark” Hallman ’50 07.27.14

Spreading the Word! Jennifer Jack Howard ’99 isn’t shy about sharing her love of her alma mater. As an English teacher at Clinton High School, she encourages students to see for themselves all the great things Newberry has to offer. At the high school’s commencement rehearsal, teachers are allowed to wear T-shirts from their favorite colleges. Naturally, Jennifer was clad in Newberry gear. “This is one of my favorite pictures from last year,” snapped with CHS seniors committed to Newberry. “I am who I am because of the time I spent on campus, and I know these students will find it to be a very special place too,” Jennifer said. LEFT TO RIGHT: Joita’ Watts and Allie White (now Newberry freshmen), Jennifer Howard ’99, Peyton Spangler (also a Newberry freshman), and Hezikiah Simpson.


Oscar Robert Horton ’50 03.20.14 Joan Epting Ringer ’50 11.27.14 Eugene L. Epting, Jr. ’51 10.23.14 Malcolm Joel Taylor ’51 06.23.14 James Robert Cromer ’52 06.16.14 Belton Henderson Johnson ’52 11.26.14 R. Wyman Stuck ’53 10.15.14 Dorothy Margaret Laird Kopczynski ’54 01.30.15 Grover Clarence Talbert ’54 06.10.14 Agnes Althea Funderburk ’55 11.28.14 Mary L. MacNeal Roth ’55 06.04.15 Joyce Owen Shealy ’55 08.13.15 Evans Eugene “Sonny” Proctor ’56 05.29.15 James Thaddeus Wicker, Jr. ’56 07.31.14 Luther Roy Wise ’56 02.02.15 Molly Doolittle ’57 05.02.15 Weldon Lane Eaves ’57 05.19.14 Raymond Edgar Schwab ’57 08.15.14 Harry Odelle Harman ’58 04.18.14 Carolyn “SoSo” Sophie Brandt Woods ’58 08.23.14 Charles Oliver Cope ’59 11.21.14 Heber Ralph Corley ’59 10.20.14 Emma Jean Kittrell Gallagher ’59 03.31.15 John William Tebeau ’59 04.30.14


John Jacob “Jake” Hallum, Jr. ’60 08.06.15

Wilbur Dwight Scurry ’60 06.15.14 Thomas Harrell Westwood ’60 12.06.14 Elford B. Roof ’61 07.05.14 Donald Devoy Satterfield ’61 o5.14.14 Ellen Esther Stoudemire ’61 03.21.15 James Augustus “Gus” Moody ’62 04.11.15 Madison T. Pitts ’62 11.23.14 Yoder L. Bedenbaugh ’63 02.20.15 Kathleen Castor Fesperman ’63 02.27.15 Donovan Paul Kornahrens ’63 12.06.14 Donald Richard Wicker ’63 04.06.15 Sarah Annelle Witt Butler ’64 07.19.15 Donald Kenneth Cone ’64 08.04.15 Hubert Leo Pegram ’64 11.04.14 Nina Sue Price Bedenbaugh ’65 01.29.15 Floyd Wyman Bundrick ’65 08.05.14 Whetsell Evans McDaniel ’65 01.21.15 Charles Howard “Butch” Mallon, Jr. ’66 03.15.15 Jane McLeod Siegling ’66 07.10.15 Randolph Hinson Thornton ’67 05.29.15 Diane Ruff Johnson ’68 06.17.15 Richard Dennis Nelson ’68 05.19.14 Robert Carl “Bobby” Oxner, Sr. ’68 01.02.15


Shaaron Leigh (Corts) Lenox ’70 06.13.13

John Clayton Wilhoit ’72 11.13.14 Carol Paysinger Fulmer ’73 01.08.15 Robert Clifton Barrett ’74 03.15.15 Eugene L. Epting III ’74 09.13.14 William Aaron Franklin ’75 03.02.15 Owen King Wingate ’76 12.24.14 James “Jim” Lonnie Creech, Jr. ’77 09.08.14 Dennis K. Mayer ’79 01.08.15


Susan E. McClellan ’80 05.14.14 Jeffrey W. McCray ’82 05.10.14 Jospeh L. Durant ’84 04.25.15


Glenn H. Shealy ’90 05.17.14 Robert Claire Schnackenberg, Jr. ’92 07.29.14


Lashita Chewanne Smith ’03 06.12.14


Kristin Dowd Miller ’13 02.02.15

Former Board of Trustee

L. Travis Brannon, Jr. 12.04.14 Rev. James Robert “Jim” Crumley, Jr. 04.07.15 W.E. Ehrensperger 07.14.14

Carl Edward Renken, Sr. 06.24.15 Clifford A. Zeckser 06.14.14


Marsden Beverly Carmichael 01.31.15 Edward Joseph Da Rin 08.03.14 Wilfred Ray Guest 11.24.14 David Marvin Hackney 04.20.14 Edmond Eugene Klamer 01.14.14 John Randolph McDaniel, Jr. 07.07.14 Lawrence Welford Pollard, Jr. 02.13.14


Ted L. Boozer 02.19.15 James Richard Clary, Jr. 06.30.14 Edgar L. Clements, Jr. 09.30.14 Michael Craig Epting 01.20.15 Stephen A. Guerriero 03.10.15 Myra Hale-Carter 06.19.15 Robert William Leonard 08.12.15 Edward Frazier Lominack, Jr. 01.15.15 David Alfred Marsh 08.10.14 Faye Brown McKenzie McKissick 12.14.14 Mark E. Padgett 12.15.14 Cyril L. Shull 05.03.14 Thomas Rhett Smith 01.07.15 Brian Michael Stanton 08.28.14 F. Kenneth Stone 06.22.14 Matthew Gregory Williams 02.04.15

Strickland Named ELCA Executive for Worship Rev. Kevin Strickland ’04 accepted a call in August 2014 from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to serve as their Executive for Worship. His work focuses on keeping worship – the heartbeat of the church, pumping strong and ensuring congregations remain inspired and spiritually fed. “Worship is at the heart of our mission and provides an opportunity for us to be made whole and encounter the holy,” Strickland said. He is responsible for planning weekly chapel services at the ELCA offices in Chicago as well as planning worship for key events, such as triennial church-wide assemblies, the Conference of Bishops and the ELCA church council. “In 10 years, if I can still feel like I’m making a difference and fulfilling a sense of call for the church,” Strickland said during a recent visit to Newberry College, “then I’ll feel like I’ve done good work whether that’s in this position or in a different one.”



Charli Wessinger ‘93 is Sweet on Bees The song lyric claims, “Love Makes the World Go Round.” It’s probably more accurate to say honey bees make the world go round. Seventy-five percent of Earth’s plant species depend on pollinators such as honey bees. Unfortunately, honey bees are in serious decline and the waning bee population has Charli Wessinger ’93, deeply concerned. By day, Charli is Newberry College’s Director of Educational Technology, where she helps professors utilize technology to enhance learning and improve the classroom experience. After hours, she rides herd on honey bees on the family farm. Charli and her younger sister, Gina, took over the family Christmas tree farm in 2011—along with the honey bee colonies tended by previous generations. Both Charli and Gina are certified bee keepers and members of the Mid-State Bee Keepers Association. Many of Charli’s bees originally came from Newberry College. A thriving honey bee colony makes its home at Newberry and swarms have formed several times from that colony. Charli and Gina capture the swarms and relocate them to their farm near Chapin, S.C. Charli tries to do her part but she worries about the future of these important pollinators. Two of the biggest threats to honey bees are destruction of their natural habitat and overuse of residential and agricultural pesticides, which weaken the immune system of bees and hinder their ability to ward off diseases, mites and other pests. Worker bees who collect nectar are hardest hit by pesticides. As worker bees die off, the hive loses its primary source of food support and the hive falls victim to Colony Collapse Disorder. “The decline of honey bees is a real threat,” Charli said. “Their population has declined by nearly 50 percent over the past 70 years. Anyone can help by creating a bee-friendly environment in their own back yard.”

making a bee-friendly back yard 26  DIMENSIONS WINTER 2015

• Avoid or limit the use of pesticides on your lawn or garden. • Adopt natural pest control by using lady bugs or praying mantis to eat harmful insects • Plant a pollinator-friendly garden filled with sunflowers, rosemary, lavender, poppies and bee favorites of buckwheat, white clover and fruit trees, bushes and vines. • Support local beekeepers by buying locally raised honey • Start a hive or two – or more – of your own! Consult with a local beekeeper or check with your state’s bee keeping organization to learn more.

Check Out Our New Website! Same URL, new look. www.newberry.edu If you haven’t been to www.newberry.edu lately, check it out. We launched a new mobile-friendly website in July. We partnered with DuBose Web Group, owned by Newberry College alumnus Blake DuBose ’05.

Entrepreneur and lifelong tech junkie, Blake DuBose ’05 says the secret to business success can be distilled into the “Four Ps” of passion, preparation and persistence–all balanced with a personal life. Springing from a long line of entrepreneurs, Blake seized the opportunity to launch Columbia, S.C.based DuBose Web Group in 2007. Blake graduated from Newberry College with a double major in Business Administration and Psychology. In a recent interview with Carolina Money magazine, he noted Newberry’s impact in equipping him to succeed in the business world. “My education [at Newberry] was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I didn’t fully appreciate until I entered the workforce,” he said.

www.newberry.edu Alumni Directory Update As some alumni may be aware, Newberry College experienced issues with its most recent attempt to produce an alumni directory. The company contracted to deliver the product, Alumni Research, Inc. (ARI), filed for bankruptcy in August, severely jeopardizing the likelihood of a directory ever being delivered. ARI has been responsible for producing past Newberry College directories, and we are greatly disappointed with their most recent efforts. The Office of Alumni Relations has been working with affected parties for nearly two years to determine the proper channels to reach a resolution. With ARI based in Florida, we reached out to the Florida Attorney General and learned that more than 40 organizations have been impacted by the bankruptcy and have ongoing complaints with ARI. The Florida Attorney General’s Office recently filed a claim for unfair and deceptive trade practices for prepaid and undelivered directories. They have requested all formal complaints be filed with them. You may reach the Citizens Services department with the Florida Attorney General at 850.414.3990, or at www.myfloridalegal.com. WINTER 2015 DIMENSIONS


Spring 2016 Events JANUARY FRI 15

7:30 pm

SAT 23

TUE 26

8:00 pm

SAT 30

Faculty Piano Recital featuring Sarah Masterson & Wanda Neese AMC Recital Hall

Jazz on the Lawn AMC Lawn

THU 14

Madrigals Concert Wiles Chapel

SAT 16

Spring Football & Spring Fest Details at www.newberry.edu (Events)

8:00 pm

Science Olympiad (Junior Division) Details at www.newberry.edu/academics

MON 18

Woodwinds & Guitar Chamber Ensembles Concert AMC Recital Hall

THU 21

Newberry College Singers Wiles Chapel

FRI 22

Newberry Chamber Orchestra Wiles Chapel

8:00 pm

8:00 pm

Jazz Big Band Tour Details at www.newberry.edu (Events) Locations TBA Wind Symphony & Symphonic Band Concert Wiles Chapel

SAT 27

Science Olympiad (Senior Division) Details at www.newberry.edu/academics)


Guitar Concert featuring guest artist Christopher Berg AMC Recital Hall

THU 25

7:30 pm

Woodwinds Showcase Recital AMC Recital Hall

8:00 pm

7:00 pm




Admission Saturday Visit RSVP: admission@newberry.edu



8:00 pm

MON 25

11 am&8 pm TUE 26

7:30 pm

Opera Scenes Newberry Opera House

Wind Symphony & Symphonic Band Concert Wiles Chapel



High School Jazz Festival Details at www.newberry.edu (Events)



Jazz Big Band Concert Wiles Chapel


WED 30

Brass & Percussion Chamber Ensembles Concert AMC Recital Hall


THU 31

Vocal Showcase Recital AMC Recital Hall

1:00 pm

8:00 pm

8:00 pm


2:00 pm

11:00 am

2:00 pm

Jazz Big Band Concert AMC Recital Hall Baccalaureate Wiles Chapel Commencement Eleazer Arena

Events listed are free unless otherwise noted. View the complete calendar of events at www.newberry.edu. Find sports schedules, scores and more at www.NewberryWolves.com .

the last word

W HAT WE BELIEVE At Newberry College… WE BELIEVE in the strength of the family. We are committed to providing our students – our College family – with a sense of purpose (and vocation) as they develop their passion in life and become contributors to a greater society. WE BELIEVE that regardless of where a student was born or what their financial position in life may be, the power to affect their future rests in their own hands. William Jennings Bryant said it best when he wrote, “Destiny is not a matter of chance; Destiny is a matter of choice.” Dr. Maurice Scherrens, President

“We believe there is no better investment than in the minds of today’s youth.”

WE BELIEVE that our students come to Newberry College with a dream. Many are first generation students and Newberry College is their game-changer as they pursue their life’s dreams. Our students come with an abundance of heart, believing if they work hard they can make good things happen in their lives. We become their dream-catcher! Nelson Mandela said, “Our greatest fear is not our insecurity but it is the greatness within us.” We accept the challenge to help each of our students realize their potential. WE BELIEVE there is something special and unique about each one of our students and we embrace our role in providing an environment where they can engage in leadership activities. WE BELIEVE our faculty and staff play an important role in seizing the moment in which the learning process is transformed for a student from being simply a destination to an exhilarating lifelong journey. WE BELIEVE that our alumni and friends are crucial partners in helping us achieve the goals and objectives of the College’s first-ever comprehensive capital campaign. WE BELIEVE there is no better investment of time, effort or money than in the minds of today’s youth. Your support will, indeed, make a difference for our students. Your generosity will elevate us from good to great. Thank you for being a valued member of the Newberry College family. We believe we couldn’t do what we do without you. Sincerely,

Dr. Maurice Scherrens President

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