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Magazine for Alumni & Friends of Newberry College





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Students take classroom to community.


Wolves Win!


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Practice Makes Perfect

Newberry clinches SAC championship.


Helping in Haiti

FCA embarks on third annual mission trip.


In Luther’s Footsteps

Professor preaches in Luther’s church.



Campus News


Newberry Wolves


Class Notes & Memoriums




The Last Word


Newberry Breaks into the Top 20 Regional Colleges Newberry College got some exciting news when the 2017 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings were released in the fall. Newberry earned three rankings overall in the national magazine’s annual report and rocketed ahead in the rankings for Best Colleges in the South to #16 in the 2017 report, up from last year’s #41 spot. Newberry once again appeared on the list of Best Colleges for Veterans (South), ascending the rankings to the #8 spot from #28 in 2016. The College also appeared in a new ranking for 2017, landing the #3 spot for Best Value for Regional Colleges in the South.

Best Regional Colleges in the South

Best Value

Best Colleges for Veterans

“We have worked hard to create a highly competitive financial aid package and to offer innovative programs, such as the Loan Repayment Promise. The new rankings demonstrate that we are among the best private colleges for quality and value in the region and a very attractive choice for students.” Joel Vander Horst Dean of Enrollment Management

Oakland Mill Receives Historic Preservation Award Oakland Mill this summer received the South Carolina 2016 Historic Preservation Award, which honors exceptional accomplishments in the preservation, rehabilitation and interpretation of South Carolina’s architectural and cultural heritage. The award is sponsored by the Palmetto Trust, the South Carolina Department of Archives and History and the Office of the Governor. Built in 1912 and expanded in 1949, Oakland Mill was one of the largest employers in the City in the early- to mid-20th century. However, operations slowed with the decline of the textile industry in the 1970s and 1980s. When the business officially closed in 2008, the Oakland Mill Development Group acquired the 400,000-plus square foot property for renovation. The development includes 64 market rate apartments and 59 student apartments for much needed student housing with an additional 14,000 square feet available for future development as office, retail or classroom space. Former Newberry College Board of Trustees member Billye West and current Board member Misty West accepted the award on behalf of the West family, Oakland Mill Redevelopment LLC, and Jumper Carter Sease Architects. WINTER 2016 DIMENSIONS


Who’s Who? 15 Newberry Student Movers and Shakers

Newberry had an outstanding group of graduating seniors named to the 2017 edition of Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, a national recognition program for U.S. college students since 1934. Students are selected based on leadership on and off campus, academic ability and community service. They were honored at the Founders Day Convocation on Nov. 11, 2016. Kelly Ann Cardew Madison Marie Darby-McClure Olivia Rose Fraunfelter Lauren Olivia Knight Leah Ashley Minor Alexis Rae Nystrom Sarah Marie Reed Christopher William Ringer David Christopher Schroer Connor Roxby Sorensen Talya Natasha Stocksdale Madison Ann Tepfenhart Kaitlyn Diane Willard Alli Michelle Wimberly Karley Frances Young For details about the accomplishments and future plans of these 15 senior standouts, visit our student recognition page at www.newberry.meritpages.com

ABOVE: Price received the hood signifying his doctorate degree during the convocation. BELOW: Sixty years after World War II, Price still wears his bomber jacket with pride.

Newberry Awards Honorary Doctorate to World War II Veteran Newberry College honored 2nd Lt. D. Murray Price with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree as part of its annual Founders Day convocation held Nov. 11, on Veterans Day. A highly decorated veteran, Price flew 40 combat missions in the Pacific theater as co-pilot of a 10-man B-24 bomber. He spent his post-war career in the wholesale food distribution industry and, like so many members of the Greatest Generation, was tireless in his service to others through his church, nonprofit boards and industry organizations. Two of his children, Debbie ’74 and Jerry ’76, are Newberry College alumni. Price supported his son as a founding member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity at Newberry, which inducted him into membership in 2010 in thanks for his support. The 94-year-old World War Two veteran was both pleased and humbled by the award. “It’s hard for me to encompass the thoughts of a high school kid that had his B.A. degree from the School of Hard Knocks and his master’s degree from the College of Experience, winding up with an honorary doctor’s degree,” Price quipped. “I’m very honored.” Read the complete story at www.newberry.edu (News)


Newberry Campus Eatin’ More Chikin Chick-fil-A devotees were thrilled with the news that the 30-mile drive to their favorite fast food would soon be a thing of the past. That’s because the wildly popular restaurant opened on the Newberry campus in Kaufmann Hall with the start of the fall 2016 semester. Chick-fil-A Express offers a streamlined menu of the restaurant’s most popular selections. “The new Chick-fil-A Express has received a very enthusiastic response from both the campus and local community,” said Tiffany Bell, general manager for Sodexo, which manages the new restaurant along with all the College’s food service and catering.

Loan Repayment Promise Program Offers Enhanced Benefit for Future Grads The Newberry College Loan Repayment Promise was a big hit with freshmen and transfer students when the College rolled out the program to the fall 2016 incoming class. The program is free to families and makes a very simple promise: If your salary is modest after graduation, Newberry will help repay your federal, private alternative and parent PLUS loans. We’ve even increased the eligibility threshold to $40,000 (up from $36,000 last year!) We’re investing in students’ future success because worries about college loans shouldn’t prevent students from pursuing their dream.







Hester Foo ’19 Graphic Design & Digital Marketing

Wan “Abby” Lai ’19

Accounting & Business Administration HOME CHURCH:

Christ Lutheran Church, Malaysia


Elisa Perez Trejo ’19 International Studies

Johor Bahru Lutheran, Malaysia


Iglesia Cristo, Mexico

How to Build a Better Leader

ELCA Scholarship Program Invests in Education for International Women Elisa Perez Trejo knows her home country of Mexico is facing some serious problems. When she considered how she could make a difference, she realized the first step would be education. So when a local missionary told her parents about a scholarship program offered by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Elisa jumped at the chance to broaden her horizons by studying in the U.S. “I really want to help my country, and my education at Newberry College is the first step toward that opportunity,” said Elisa, who hopes to work as a community organizer. “When I go back home, I’ll be prepared.” Elisa is one of a handful of women selected to participate in the ELCA’s International Women Leaders initiative, which provides women nominated by ELCA global 4  DIMENSIONS WINTER 2016

companion churches with scholarships to pursue higher education at ELCA colleges and universities. College studies in Hester Foo’s home country of Singapore are more intently focused on classes within the discipline. The liberal arts approach was a new experience for her. “My parents encouraged me to experience a different culture and people,” said Hester, who lives in Singapore but worships in Malaysia. “It was really a big step for me.” Scholarships are nearly nonexistent in Abby Lai’s home country of Malaysia. Being selected for the ELCA scholarship strengthened Abby’s sense of empowerment. “This scholarship makes me believe I can strive for more,” she said. “I’ve never been so focused on my studies.”

$352,000 Grant Funds Summer Theological Academy For High Schoolers


Newberry College has received a $352,000 grant from Lilly Endowment Inc., to establish Called to the Common Good: Theological Academy for High School Youth. The summer program invites high school students to consider how the Christian theological tradition can help them reflect on pressing ethical issues, such as poverty and environmental degradation, and to explore their own calling to a life of meaning and service. The program launches June 3, 2017, when up to 24 rising high school juniors and seniors will gather on Newberry College campus for nine days of theological and moral exploration. Dr. Krista E. Hughes, director of the Muller Center at Newberry College will facilitate the academy in collaboration with the College’s Religion faculty and as well as local churches and nonprofit organizations in Newberry. For more information or details on how to apply, contact Muller.Center@newberry.edu.

Keepin’ It Fresh New majors and program partnerships help Newberry ensure that its programs remain relevant to student career aspirations. New Majors Criminal Justice Digital Marketing

Healthcare Management Sport Management*

New Concentrations Forensic Biology Biblical Theology Forensic Psychology Church Leadership Experimental Psychology Philosophical Theology *replaces P.E. w/ Sport Management concentration


Nursing Expansion The Nursing program will increase the number of candidates admitted to the Pre-Licensure Nursing major. Currently, 24 students are admitted to the Pre-Licensure Nursing program in the fall only and available seats quickly fill. Beginning with the spring 2017 semester, an additional 16 seats will open. After that, the program will admit 16 students each spring and fall for a total 32 seats per year. Additionally, the RN to BSN program also will be available online starting in May 2017. Dual Degree Partnerships 3 + 4 Pharmacy B.S. Newberry College + Pharm.D. Presbyterian College 3 + 2 Engineering B.A. Newberry College + B.S. Clemson University 3 + 2 Forestry & Environmental Management B.S Newberry College + M.A. Duke University



Practice Makes Perfect

Local partnerships help students apply their knowledge outside the classroom

It’s one thing to learn about lesson plans or the free enterprise system in class. It’s another thing altogether to apply those concepts in actual practice. Newberry College faculty from a variety of disciplines are finding interesting ways to help students not just study concepts but to experience them. Not only does experiential learning bring classroom concepts to life for students, it gives them invaluable experience that can give Newberry students a competitive edge landing internships during college and jobs after graduation. Untangling Tax Returns Doing their taxes makes most people cringe; but not the students in assistant professor of Accounting Susan Shurden’s class. They went through rigorous testing and training in class to become IRS-certified tax preparers for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, which provides free assistance preparing basic tax returns. Newberry students applied their classroom knowledge while providing a valuable service to Newberry County families with modest incomes.


Home Schoolers Go to College Ninety-nine home school students in grades K–12 came to campus fall semester for weekly sessions in Physical Education and Music. Each week, Newberry students in those majors developed and taught age-appropriate lesson plans. The home school partnership, now in its seventh year, is the brainchild of associate professor of Sport Professions Dr. Carla Cruickshanks. Looking to expand the opportunities for both Newberry students and the home schoolers, Cruickshanks partnered with assistant professor of Music Education Dr. Patrick Casey. Newberry music students planned and led music-oriented activities, taught the recorder and directed a youth chorus.

Undercover Investors Students in Paul Smith’s Inquiry 101 class may have had a hard time wrapping their heads around big ideas like the freeenterprise system, capitalism and supply and demand. But the broad concepts all came together when the students investigated actual tax delinquent properties scheduled for auction. They calculated the maximum bid they would pay for each property, then attended the tax sale as “undercover investors” and compared their calculated bids against the actual sale prices.



FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Jackson Swindler, Will Elm, Head Coach Todd Knight, Cole Watson, Joe Blue.

Earning Their Stripes Football Honor Society Highlights Leadership and Service Winning a single game or an entire championship season requires more than solid coaching and stellar athletes. Winning requires personal leadership – a quality highly valued by Newberry Wolves head football coach Todd Knight. To emphasize the importance of personal leadership, Coach Knight founded The Order of the Gray Stripe, an honor council that recognizes football players who demonstrate strong moral character, motivation to work hard on and off the field and the willingness to serve as an example to their teammates. Members of the Order of the Gray Stripe sign an oath of leadership and service before they are awarded the distinction of wearing a gray stripe down the center of their helmets to signify their membership in the honor council, a highly coveted distinction to the entire football team. “We introduce the Gray Stripes program during training camp to encourage players to contribute on a broader level beyond their sport,” Knight said. “It encourages them to work hard on the field and in the classroom, and to make a difference in the community.” Gray Stripes are the voice of their team. They help make decisions, advocate for their teammates and propose new ideas affecting the team as a whole. They also serve as ambassadors to the community during frequent public appearances and service activities. 8  DIMENSIONS WINTER 2016

“The Gray Stripes represent the best of Wolves football. They are leaders because they willingly take on the responsibility of helping to mold and shape their teammates to be more than they thought possible – on the field and in life.” Todd Knight, Head Football Coach

“Leadership can sometimes be a heavy burden to carry,” Knight said. “That’s why very few players earn the Gray Stripe designation. It takes men of great character to take on the responsibility of leading by example.” Sporting the gray stripe on their helmets easily identifies members to the entire team. It has proven to be a strong motivator to encourage players to become leaders in the eyes of their coaches and teammates and to go above and beyond expectations.

Giving Back For a Newberry student-athlete, serving others is a key ingredient in the formula for success For student-athletes at Newberry College, being part of the team means going beyond the classroom and the demands of the sport to serve the campus and local community. Wolves teams participate in dozens of service opportunities, such as running youth sports clinics and events, mentoring children, visiting nursing homes or helping people across the state when disaster strikes. “Any time we can give back, especially to young athletes in the community, it’s an opportunity for us to remember how far we’ve come and maybe even inspire the athletes coming behind us to chase their dreams too,” said senior Volleyball team captain Madison Darby-McClure.

“All of our coaches encourage their studentathletes to commit to community service. I’m proud that so many teams are choosing to make a difference through volunteer service.” Ralph Patterson, Athletic Director

• Women’s Golf raised more than $45,000 as part of their See the Sky Again event to raise money for flood victims. • Football and Men’s Basketball provided positive role models through weekly visits to local elementary schools where they joined kids for lunch, read books with them and helped them from their cars during morning drop-off. • Women’s Soccer and the Scarlet Poms teamed up to organize and implement the Newberry Kids Fire and Safety Day, which included demonstrations and education from local firefighters. • Men’s Soccer ran twice-weekly practices and coached participants in the Newberry County Recreation Department’s youth soccer league. • Women’s Lacrosse helped stuff Operation Christmas child boxes. • Wrestling helped develop, publicize and implement the City of Newberry Youth Wrestling League. • Women’s Basketball supported game day operations for field hockey, soccer, volleyball and football.

Men’s Basketball (above) helped English professor Warren Moore remove belongings from the family’s house after last year’s devastating floods. Softball and Baseball (left) worked with special needs children at Jumpstart Pediatrics Grasshoppers games. Newberry athletes helped Grasshoppers play ball and presented them with gifts at the team awards ceremony.

• Men’s and Women’s Tennis conducted high energy drills and played doubles with kids participating in the first South Carolina Area Seven Special Olympics Tennis event. • Cheerleading hosted a cheer camp and competition for participants in the Newberry County Recreation cheerleading program. • Softball participated in a variety of activities throughout fall semester with the elderly residents of J.F. Hawkins and Springfield Place retirement communities.



Newberry Wolves Win South Atlantic Conference Championship “Ladies and gentlemen, it gives me great pride and pleasure to present to you the 2016 South Atlantic Conference football champions, your Newberry College Wolves!” Despite injuries and other setbacks, the Wolves battled for every point in the final quarter of the championship game against the Wingate Bulldogs. They seized a 27-22 victory, clinching their third-ever and second outright conference championship and making them the #2 seed in the 2016 NCAA Division II Football Championship. Although subsequently defeated in the quarterfinals, the Newberry Wolves finished the season with 7-0 in the SAC and an impressive 10-2 record overall.

PA announcer Dr. John Lesaine moments after the Wolves clinched their win before a raucous crowd of 4,257 at Setzler Field.

It Takes a Village to Raise a Winning Team COACH OF THE YEAR Head football coach Todd Knight was named South Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year after leading the Wolves to one of their most successful seasons in school history.


ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA Junior offensive lineman Sam Hall was named Academic All-America First Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Hall is Newberry’s thirdever Academic AllAmerica selection.

HARLON HILL NOMINEE Senior quarterback Raleigh Yeldell was named Newberry’s firstever finalist for the prestigious Harlon Hill Trophy, awarded annually to the NCAA D-II College Football Player of the Year.

Fall Sports Roundup MEN’S & WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY Head Coach Phil Peterson Men’s Cross Country achieved a second place finish at the Augusta Invitational and fourth place finishes at the Carolina Challenge and USC Upstate Invitational. The women finished third at the Carolina Challenge and third at the Augusta Invitational. FIELD HOCKEY Head Coach Anne Kietzman Wrapping up their fourth season as a Division II sport at Newberry, the Field Hockey team continues to mark improvement. MEN’S GOLF Head Coach Howard Vroon Men’s Golf finished in the top five in every tournament they played during the fall season. They set a school record in their win at the UNG Fall Invitational, shooting 33 strokes under par. The team is ranked #13 nationally. WOMEN’S GOLF Head Coach Clarissa Childs Women’s Golf finished the fall season fifth of 12 teams at the Newberry College Regional Preview in November with four players finishing in the top 15. Head coach Clarissa Childs was named to the Women’s Golf Coaches Association Board of Directors for 2016-18 as D-II Director.

MEN’S SOCCER Head Coach Bryce Cooper During their first season with head coach Bryce Cooper, Men’s Soccer doubled their winning percentage and goalkeeper Brad Dixon finished the season ranked in the top 10 in Division II in saves. The team earned its second consecutive National Soccer Coaches Association of America Team Academic Award. WOMEN’S SOCCER Head Coach Deedee Sanguinetti Newberry entered the 2016 SAC Women’s Soccer Championship as the #8 seed and finished the season 7-10-1, 4-6-1 SAC. MEN’S & WOMEN’S TENNIS Head Coach Mark Gardiner Both teams concluded the short fall season with a 4-0 record. Fernando España was Newberry’s first men’s tennis player to earn Academic All-District honors. The women’s team earned its fourth consecutive ITA All-Academic Team Award during the spring 2016 season. VOLLEYBALL Head Coach Todd Hay Wolves Volleyball finished the season 20-12. They set a school record with 16 SAC victories and earned the #3 seed in the 2016 SAC Volleyball Championship.

Patterson Leads Athletics Ralph Patterson has been named Director of Athletics. He was Vice President for University Advancement at Lander University and Erskine College before that. He coached college basketball for 18 years.

Stewart Named SID Randall Stewart returns to Newberry as Director of Athletic Communications having interned in the department in 2013. Previously, Stewart was athletic media relations director at Brevard College.

Newberry Honors 2016 Hall of Fame Inductees SAC Honors Wells Eric Wells ’87 has been named the 2016 SAC Distinguished Alumnus. He is a Newberry Trustee and past president of the Athletic Club.

The Newberry College Athletic Hall of Fame honors Newberry alumni and coaches, and others who have made exceptional contributions to the Newberry athletics program. Congratulations to this year’s Hall of Fame Honorees (left to right): Bryant Blanton ’11, Wrestling; David Horton ’60, Baseball; Keith McAlister ’73, Football, Baseball; Keath Porterfield ’97, Football; Inga Woiwode ’08, Women’s Soccer.

Volleyball VIP Senior volleyball player Madison DarbyMcClure ’17 was named 2016 Academic AllAmerica Third Team by CoSIDA.



Helping in Haiti

FCA mission trip in hopes to have students in the right place to make a difference Whether you’re grabbing a rebound, blocking a kick or catching a pop fly, you have to be in the right place at the right time to be successful. A group of students in the Newberry College Fellowship of Christian Athletes hopes their seven-day mission trip to Haiti in December will put them in the right place at the right time to have a lasting impact on the people of the small, impoverished nation. The FCA group partnered with Disciple’s Village in Haiti. The organization strives to reduce the incidence of orphaned youth by working with communities to provide facilities for schools and churches, clean drinking water, safe housing and micro-lending to boost family stability. Led by Dr. Don Lawrimore, assistant professor of Teacher Education, Newberry’s FCA group went to Haiti last year [pictured in this story] and to Dominican Republic the prior year. The students will share Christ’s love through both humanitarian and Gospelbased activities. They’ll repair homes and start construction on a village school. They also will tutor conversational English, teach Bible classes, and play games with the younger children at the orphanage and challenge the older youth in sporting events.



Jasmine Bates Megan Swarthout Diana Rausch William Holbrook Amanda Boyd Kelly Cardew Samuel Hall

Dylan Southerland Cydney Shaw Connor Roudabush Wan Shia Lai Dewey Wilson Mia Wideman

“One week per year on its own won’t achieve this goal. However, the cumulative impact of many efforts, can have an eternal effect on every life we encounter.” Don Lawrimore, Assistant Professor of Teacher Education

FCA has raised the funds for a church/school building, but they still need funding for a well to provide clean, fresh water. For questions, contact don.lawrimore@newberry.edu or 803.321.5609.



IN Luther’s footsteps


For a Lutheran minister and scholar, it would be a dream come true to preach at the same church in Wittenberg, Germany, where another professor’s scholarly questions 500 years before sparked a doctrinal revolution. For one fortunate Newberry College professor, that dream came true.

The Rev. Dr. Wayne Kannaday ’75, professor of Religion at Newberry College, got a once in a lifetime opportunity during the summer of 2015 to stand where Martin Luther stood and to share the Gospel in The Great Reformer’s own church. Luther, then a Bible professor at the University of Wittenberg, posted his 95 Theses on the door of Castle Church on Oct. 31, 1517. Luther intended to spark faithful debate on matters of doctrine and papal authority. However, in the climate of his day, Luther’s questions ignited protests that ultimately led to a permanent break with the Catholic Church and spurred the reforms that gave way to Protestant denominations, including Lutheran, Presbyterian, Baptist and Methodist. Wittenberg, Germany has been a tourist destination ever since for pilgrims of many religious traditions. Lutherans, in particular, are drawn to the area for its rich history and religious significance. Because thousands of English-speaking tourists visit Wittenberg each year, town officials and church leaders founded the Wittenberg English Ministry (WEM) in 1997 to offer a more

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: A Luther statue stands in the town square in front of Town Church (right of Luther statue); The doors of Castle Church where Luther posted his 95 Theses; Kannaday preached in Town Church in front of its beautiful altarpiece.



fulfilling and meaningful worship experience for visitors. WEM offers visitors to Lutherstadt (Luther Town), worship services in English at both Castle Church (Schlosskirche) and Town Church (Stadtkirche). Pastors from around the world serve for two weeks at a time, providing Protestant services to English-speaking visitors. “People come from many different places to ground their tour of the city in an Englishspeaking worship experience at Wittenberg,” Kannaday said. Kannaday first learned about the opportunity to preach in the Land of Luther when Mark Scott, a WEM board member, sought a last-minute replacement for a scheduled pastor.

The Artistry of the Reformation The famed Wittenberg Altarpiece at Stadtkirche (Town Church) is a mustsee attraction for visitors. Designed by Lucas Cranach in 1547, it is the focal point of the sanctuary and an important image for understanding the Protestant Reformation. One panel of the altarpiece is a depiction of Johannes Bugenhagen, pastor of the church during Luther’s lifetime, holding the Keys of St. Peter and directing the faithful poor in one direction and the rich people in another. Another panel shows a version of the Last Supper with Jesus, Judas, Peter and John. The rest of the table is occupied by members of the Wittenberg community who would have been recognizable to the people in the pews at that time. “Theologically, Cranach was making the statement that when we commune, Jesus is at the table with us, that we are sharing in the Lord’s Supper,” Kannaday said. “Cranach was saying with art what Luther and Philip Melanchton [a Luther contemporary and fellow Wittenberg professor] were saying in theological rhetoric. I found that very powerful.”

Kannaday was eager to seize the chance to preach in Wittenberg, but with just a few months to prepare, he’d have to tie up many loose ends created by the sudden change in summer plans. Ultimately, he and his family decided to go despite the limited time to prepare for international travel and two weeks of sermons. Kannaday led church services from May 19 – June 2, 2015. He preached at Corpus Christi Chapel on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and led a more formal service at Town Church on Saturday. He invited Christian Preismeier, a direct Kannady’s wife, Helen Doerpinghaus and his son, Chris Kannady, descendent of Martin accompanied him to Germany. Luther and a member of the governing board for the Martin Luther genealogical society, to join him for the first Saturday service. It was the first time worshipping in the church for both men. “Town Church was really Luther’s church,” Kannaday said. “To share a worship experience in a place that is both so beautiful and historically significant was really humbling and deeply meaningful. It was one of the spiritual highlights of my experience at Wittenberg.” The town of Wittenberg has been preparing in earnest for the 500th anniversary of the posting of the 95 Theses, which marked a major turning point in the history of Christianity. Preparations include a garden laid out in the shape of the Luther Rose. The garden features 500 trees donated by dozens of Lutheran organizations, including the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the South Carolina Synod. Other key attractions, such as Luther’s house and the Wittenberg churches, also have undergone renovations in anticipation of the heightened attention and substantially larger number of visitors. Although he calls his experience in Wittenberg a once in a lifetime opportunity, it is an experience Kannaday would be more than willing to repeat. “Many clergy members would like to volunteer for this ministry, especially with the 500th anniversary quickly approaching,” Kannaday said. “I gave notice I would definitely be open to coming again!”


Jackie Swindler ’79 Honored with Namesake Award Former Newberry police chief Jackie Swindler ’79 recently had a law enforcement award named in his honor in recognition of his leadership and service to fellow officers and the communities they serve. The South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers’ Association created the Jackie Swindler Award for Ethics and Excellence, which it will award annually, in recognition of Swindler’s consistently educating, mentoring and promoting ethics, integrity and excellence in law enforcement. Swindler retired in 2014, having served 39 years with the City of Newberry Police Department and the last 21 of those years as the Newberry chief of police. In 2014, he was appointed as the Law Enforcement Liaison for the South Carolina Department of Social Services.

TOP: Several SCLEA officials attended the launch ceremony for the award named after Swindler (left to right): SCLEA past president Sheriff Leon Lott, Swindler, current SCLEA president Capt. Chris Cowan and SCLEA executive director Ryan Alphin. ABOVE: Sheriff Leon Lott, former president of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers’ Association presented Swindler with the award named in his honor.

Swindler has been recognized repeatedly for his leadership in law enforcement. Previously, he has been honored as the South Carolina Law Enforcement Officer of the Year and received the prestigious Strom Thurmond Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement. Swindler is married to Sherry (Horton) Swindler ’79, who is an elementary school counselor in the Newberry County School District. They have two sons, Jackson ’15 and Joshua.

Hope Walker ’11 continues to move up the ranks in South Carolina Republican politics while gaining extensive experience with campaigning, fundraising, event planning and constituent service. She was named executive director of the SCGOP in February, making her the first woman in the history of the South Carolina Republican party to occupy that post. She was tasked with leading the state party through the 2016 presidential election. Walker began working with the SCGOP in 2011 as member services director. She was appointed SCGOP political director in 2013 and was named the Republican National Committee/SCGOP state director in 2014. She also previously served as state director for Mike Huckabee for President.




Dr. Charles Carlisle ’44 was honored for outstanding service to Erskine College (where he was vice president for Business and Finance), to the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church and to the Abbeville Rotary, where he has accumulated more than 50 years of perfect club attendance. Vernetha Fulmer Renwick ’48 is adjusting to life without Robert, her devoted husband of 64 years. Robert was called to his Heavenly Home on July 9, 2015, after brief illness. He was a lifelong resident of Newberry and a member at St. Mark Lutheran Church. The couple loved and supported Newberry College and were interested in its progress. Vernetha retired from Newberry College in 1995 after 19 years of service. Their four children and their families reside in Charlotte, NC, and in Greenville, Spartanburg, and Sumter, SC. Mary “Bunny” (Metze) Winston ’49 has relocated to the Golden Isles of Georgia.


Wofford Bennett Gunter ’53 is retired and enjoys golfing, reading, admiring the beauty of the mountains, teaching Sunday School and delighting in the joy of spending time with his wife and family. The Rev. Henri Bishop ’55 dedicated 58 years as an ordained minister within the Evangelical Church in America (ELCA).

He is now a tree farm manager in Pomaria, SC. Bishop served in four parishes. He spent 15 years in the mission field in Malaysia and Singapore and served for 36 years on the Global Mission Committee of the SC Synod, which took him to Guyana, Japan, Tanzania and Colombia. Bishop and Carolyn, his wife of 59 years, have four children and seven grandchildren.


Gene Hendrix ’60 is slowing down at age 77 and has switched from long car trips to airplane travel. Dr. Julian Mims ’64 recently completed a bus trip to Canada and the Pacific Northwest with his wife, Ethelyn. The Rev. Dr. Fred Schott ’65 and his wife, Jan Westrick, have relocated from Princeton, NJ to Sante Fe, NM. Julia (Richardson) Parker ’66 is Director of Liturgical Music and University Organist at Mount St. Mary’s RC Seminary in Emmitsburg, MD, a position she assumed five years ago after relocating from Columbus, OH. Pat Merrick ’67 was inducted into the Trumbull County (OH) Sports Hall of Fame during a ceremony held Oct. 30, 2016. Bill Eargle ’68 received the Clifford C. Schrupp Award from the Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit in recog-

Roomates from 1961 and 1962 still get together for reunions on a regular basis. Pictured left to right are Virginia (Heyward) McDaniel ’61, Glenda (Hawkins) Reeves ’61, Ann (Sowell) Woodruff ’62, Frances (Shealy) Sprawls ’61, Eileen (Hill) Ward ’61, and Mildred (Williamson) Glasscock ’61.


nition of his work in fighting discriminatory housing practices. Dr. Bill Miracle ’69 earned both his master’s and doctorate degrees in Counseling from the University of Georgia. He retired on June 30 after 36 years of service as Dean of Students at Bridgewater College in Virginia and has opened a new chapter in his career as Executive Assistant to the President. Bill and his wife, Andrea, are still in the process of renovating the 1900s farmhouse they bought 35 years ago. They have two children, Molly and Andy, and three grandchildren, Harrison, Audrey and Dean. Kathryn (Wright) Pack ’69 celebrated the birth of her granddaughter, Willow Eve Pack, on Feb. 15, 2016. She also has two grandsons, Jackson Neal (3) and Lincoln Neal (2). John Smith ’69 is retiring from Great Falls High School in Great Falls, SC, where he served as athletic director and head boys basketball coach, amassing eight state championships in his 47-year coaching career. Smith’s 943 career wins rank him 21st nationally.


Bill Hilton ’70 has entered his 35th year of research, education and conservation initiatives at Hilton Pond Center for Piedmont Natural History, a nonprofit he established in 1982 on family property

near York, SC. He has banded nearly 65,000 wild birds from 126 species on the property, including 5,400-plus Rubythroated Hummingbirds, making the center the most active year-round banding station in the Carolinas. Hilton’s activities are documented on his award-winning websites www.hiltonpond.org and www. rubythroat.org. Fr. William Broome ’72 is a Catholic priest serving with the religious order of Missionaries of the Holy Apostles, Provincial House in Cromwell, CT. Marion Waters ’72 was named Educator of the Year by the Greater Greer Education Foundation. He will retire at the end of the academic year after a long career in education, most recently as principal of Greer High School. Keith McAlister ’73 retired after a 40-year career in education, most recently as the Design and Construction Director for the Lexington-Richland 5 School District. Wendell Altman ’75 and his wife, Mille (Winston) Altman ’76, have relocated to the Golden Isles of Georgia. The Rev. Wayne Kannaday ’75 had his article, “Happily Ever After: An Approach for Novice Readers of Revelation,” published in a festschrift series of essays in honor of Ted Peters, Kannaday’s most influential teacher at Newberry College. Mary (Robinson) Walker ’75 was named the 2016 South Carolina Personnel Administrator of the Year by the South Carolina Association of School Administrators. She is Chief Human Resources Officer for Lexington County School District One. She received the Joseph M. Bedenbaugh Administrator of the Year Award last year and was honored to have the award presented in person by its namesake. 1 Mike Harper ’76 was named Head of School at Memorial Day School in Savannah, GA.

The Rev. Dwight DuBois ’77 recently released The Scattering: Imagining a Church that Connects Faith and Life, published by Wipf & Stock. The book asserts that when we become as good at scattering the church as we are at its gathering, both pastors and members will find new joy, purpose and vitality in giving themselves away for the sake of the Gospel. SGM Bob Brickley ’78 recently retired from the South Carolina National Guard after a 36-year career. Command Sargent Brickley assumed duties as State Command Sargent Major, South Carolina National Guard, in July 2010. He served as the Adjunct General’s personal advisor for all enlisted-related issues, particularly those affecting training and quality of life. Janet (Parkman) Jordan ’78 and her husband, Steve, moved to Lake Murray in August 2015 after 18 years living in Lexington. Janet has owned her own association management company for 20 years and is a founding partner of Two Gals and a Fork Food Tours, which offers historical walking food tours in Famously Hot Columbia’s Vista. Two Gals is expanding their food tour options to Newberry and plans to offer its first food tour of Newberry in September. She remains involved with Newberry Athletics as Secretary of the Lettermen’s Club and encourages all former lettermen to join. 2 George Liebenrood ’78 was promoted to Assistant Superintendent for Instruction for the Latta School District. He most recently served as Principal of Latta High School. He and his wife, Lynn (Robinson) Liebenrood ’77, have lived in Latta, SC, since 1980.


Berry Walton ’80 retired from the Hall County School System in Gainesville, GA, after 35 years in education as both administrator and high school football coach. He recently celebrated the birth of his first grandchild.

1. Mary (Robinson) Walker ’75

2. Janet (Parkman) Jordan ’78

Peggy (Bowers) McLean ’81, who serves as director of Kershaw County Economic Development, has been named the South Carolina Economic Developers’ Association Local Developer of the Year. McLean helped bring 550 jobs and more than $200 million in new capital investment to Kershaw County, which boasted a total annual payroll of more than $19.5 million for announced new jobs. Jerome Singleton ’81, commissioner of the South Carolina High School League, is president-elect in 2106-17 for the Board of Directors of the National Federation of State High School Associations. Cathy (Smith) Meshach ’84 was named Assistant Director of Bands at Colleton County High School and Colleton County Middle School. Her husband, Joe Meshach ’85, will serve as Adjunct Brass and Visual Director for the schools.



Rachel Connelly ’85 received her Doctorate of Ministry in Missional Leadership from Luther Seminary in Saint Paul, MN, in May 2014. Jim Fisher ’85 was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame on March 23, 2016, during a ceremony in New Castle, IN. Todd Elmore ’86 was selected as the new Chief Deputy of the Union County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina. Katrina (Wright) Brisbon ’87 was promoted to Vice Procurement Services Executive of the Defense Information Systems Agency at Fort George G. Meade in Maryland. Col. Patricia Sellers ’87 retired from the U.S. Army in 2015 after 28 years of active duty service, including multiple combat deployments and overseas tours of duty. She lives and works in Michigan, but South Carolina will always be home and she visits as often as possible. The Rev. Fred Thompson ’88 was ordained Jan. 17, 2016, as an Episcopal priest. He also was promoted to Graduate Program Coordinator for the College of Nursing at Medical University of South Carolina. Marina Akers-Epps ’89 has served in federal government for more than 22 years. She is supervisor of the Configu-

ration Management section of the Division of Industrial Prices for the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Marina is the mother of four daughters and has two 3-year-old granddaughters. The Rev. David Gold ’89 was named Senior Pastor at Crossroads Baptist Church in Fort Myers, FL. His wife, Julie (Stiglitz) Gold ’86, is a Pre-K special needs teacher at Pinewoods Elementary in Estero, FL. Amy Hart ’89 recently accepted a new position with Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices C. Dan Joyner, REALTORS in Simsonville, SC.


Tom Henderson ’91 joined the University of Dubuque (Iowa) Advancement Office as a Develoment Officer. Tiffany (Dufford) Johnson ’91 was named TAP mentor teacher at McCormick Elementary School, where she teaches second grade. Pam Frick ’92 has been named head volleyball coach at Darlington High School where she has served as a health and physical education teacher since 1995. Steven “Skip” Hutfles ’92 was named City Administrator in Lancaster, SC. He served in a similar capacity in Fredonia, KS, from 2008-2015.

Dr. Chris Burkett ’93 has been promoted to Associate Provost at Columbia College where he has served as a faculty member for 10 years. 3 Elli (Townsend) Cucksey ’93 completed her Master of Library and Information Science at Kent State University in December 2015 and serves as the Public Services Librarian at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, OH. Willis Fortson ’93 was named store manager by TD Bank for their Clinton, SC location. Sean Miller ’94 recently began a new position as Controller with W.P. Law, Inc. in Lexington, SC. Doug Shaw ’94 was named Coach of the Year by the South Carolina Football Coaches Association for the 2016 season. He is Head Football Coach at Palmetto High School. Betsy (Amick) Ard ’95 and Anthony Ard welcomed twins, Kenlee Elizabeth and Aidan Timothy, into the world Aug. 2, 2016. The family resides in Irmo, SC. 4 Chad Leaphart ’96 was named Athletic Director and Head Football Coach at Gilbert High School in Gilbert, SC. Nicole McNeely Thompson ’98 was honored as the 2017 South Carolina Middle Level Assistant Principal of the

Vickie (Saye) Henderson ’90 is an actor, teaching artist and vocalist, based in Columbia, SC, whose work includes live stage, film, TV, commercials, voice-overs and vocalist. She is Director of Education and a performing company member at Trustus Theatre, a professional theatre house in Columbia. She also is on-air lottery draw talent for the South Carolina Education Lottery and a host for the WLTX-TV Spotlight segments on Noon Day news. She was named Jasper Arts Magazine’s Artist of the Year in Theatre in 2013, and was awarded the 2015 Individual Artist Fellowship in Acting by the South Carolina Arts Commission.


3. Dr. Chris Burkett ’93

4. Betsy (Amick) Ard ’95

Year by the South Carolina Association of School Administrators in recognition of her work at Oakridge Middle School in Clover, SC. Jennifer (Jacks) Howard ’99 was named Teacher of the Year for South Carolina School District 56. Eric Thompson ’99 was inducted into the Whitmire High School Hall of Fame during a ceremony held Sept. 9, 2016.


Garner Regenovich ’00 and his wife, Mary Holland Regenovich, were blessed with the birth of their first child, Caroline Wright Regenovich, born on June 28, 2016. The live in Columbia, SC. 5 Brett Wadford ’00 was named Development Director of the South Carolina chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Matt DeWitt ’02 was named City Manager for the City of Newberry effective Oct. 1, 2016, the first Newberry College alumnus, according to records, to hold this position. Albert Garrett ’02 was inducted into the Laurens District 55 High School Hall of Fame on Sept. 23, 2016. During his

5. Garner Regenovich ’00

high school career, he was a four-year letter winner in basketball, a two-time all-region selection and both an all-state selection and Coaches Association AllStar Game selection in his senior year. He was also a four-year letter winner at Newberry College. Tony Thomas ’02 was appointed Director of Transportation for Darlington County School District. He previously served as assistant principal at North Hartsville Elementary School. Bradley Adams ’03 was named Athletic Director and Head Football Coach at Union County High School. He spent the previous six seasons as Head Football Coach at Georgetown High School where he was the all-time wins leader. Cayci (Stokes ’03) and Charlie Banks ’05 welcomed twin daughters, Annie and Mary Georgia, to their family on May 26. They join their big brother, Lucas, and big sister, McLane. 6 Kyle Cannon ’03 was named Principal at Newberry High School.

6. Cayci (Stokes) ’03 & Charlie Banks ’05

Jason Haltiwanger ’04 was named Head Girls Basketball Coach at Oakbrook Prep in Spartanburg, SC. Roger ’05 and his wife Valerie (Perry) Espinoza ’06 welcomed Elise and Elisha to their family. The twin boy and girl were born in February 2016. Roger and Valerie are overjoyed by God’s blessings and thankful for their large family. Quiana’ (Anderson) Reed ’05 was crowned Mrs. South Carolina on May 29, 2016, and represented South Carolina at the Mrs. United States pageant held Aug. 1-4 in Las Vegas, NV. Dr. Kayce (McLeod) Shealy ’05 was granted tenure and promoted to Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice in the School of Pharmacy at Presbyterian College, where she also serves as Director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Development. She earned her Pharm.D. degree from the University of South Carolina. She was president-elect of the South Carolina Pharmacy Association for 2016-17 and will be installed as president for the 2017-18 term in June.

Tom McGrath ’03 was named Director of Development at Upcountry History MuseumFurman University, a Smithsonian Affiliate. WINTER 2016 DIMENSIONS


7. Alicia (Koon) Carpenter ’06

8. Erica (Greer) ’06 & Zach Lybrand ’06

Alicia (Koon) Carpenter ’06 married Bryan Carpenter on May 24, 2015. Lori Koon ’12 served as maid of honor, with Katie Kidd ’09, Monica Scott ’06, and John Martin Huggins ’06 also serving in the wedding party. 7 Daryl Daleen ’06 was named Head Football Coach and Assistant Athletic Director at Woodstock Academy in Woodstock, CT. Russell Haltiwanger ’06 is now director of Fountain Inn Parks and Recreation. Jared Long ’06 was promoted to General Manager of Ellett Brothers Marine Division. Erica (Greer ’06) and Zach Lybrand ’06 welcomed their first child Rhodes Zachary on July 27, 2015. Erica is an associate attorney with Columbia-based law firm Rogers Townsend. Zach teaches history at Sandhills Middle School and coaches football and track at Swansea High School. 8 Albert Robertson ’06 received the 2016 Outstanding Teacher of American History award from the South Carolina State Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution during their spring conference in Columbia, SC. 22  DIMENSIONS WINTER 2016

9. Melissa (Thomas) Weathers ’06

Melissa (Thomas) Weathers ’06 and her husband, William, were blessed with their first child, William “Watson” Weathers, Jr., on March 29, 2016. 9 Wyatt Chocklett ’07 was promoted to Chief Operating Officer at TriStar Horizon Medical Center, a 157-bed facility in Dickson, TN, that is part of the TriStar Health network of hospitals. Josh Cruse ’07 and his wife welcomed their first child, Paige Ila Cruse, on Feb. 23, 2016. Josh Stepp ’07 was named the 2015 AAAA Lower State Coach of the Year by the South Carolina Football Coaches Association. He also was named Coach of the Year by The State newspaper. Charlie Goens ’08 is the Head Baseball Coach at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Princess Anne, MD. Derrick Hines ’08 and his wife, Rebecca, celebrated the birth of their second daughter on June 1, 2016. Derrick recently was named Campus Director for the South Carolina Teaching Fellows Program at the University of South Carolina.

10. Paige Derrick ’09

Travis Howard ’08 is assistant groundskeeper with the Texas-based El Paso Chihuahuas, the AAA affiliate for the San Diego Padres major league baseball team. Rozalind Sumter ’08 is Human Service Coordinator at Santee Wateree Department of Mental Health. Brooke Tumblin ’08 married Eric Grooms on Feb. 27, at Calvary Baptist Church in Florence, SC. Lindsey Landgrebe ’10 was maid of honor with Greta (Hewett) Greene ’08 also serving in the wedding party. Stephanie (Frady) Wiesman ’08 recently received full licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Georgia. She works in a private counseling practice in Atlanta and works extensively with adolescents and adults struggling with mood disorders. Paige Derrick ’09 married Michael Starnes on April 7, 2016. 10 Dr. Allison (Kyzer ’09) and Brandon Gardner ’07 were married Nov. 21, 2015, at Corinth Lutheran Church in Saluda, SC. Brandon proposed between games at a Newberry College doubleheader

11. Elyssa Parnell ’12

in spring 2015. Allison is the owner of Midlands Chiropractic in Newberry and Brandon works in the Cherokee County Narcotics Unit.


Brandon Gantt ’10 is Assistant Principal at Nursery Road Elementary School in Lexington, SC. Katie Shealy ’10 and Daniel Werts were married on April 2, 2016, at Mt. Tabor Lutheran Church in Little Mountain, SC. Ben Bowers ’11 has served as University Fire Inspector at the University of South Carolina since November 2014. Dean Hutto ’11 and Sara Shuler wed Aug. 13, 2016, at Providence United Methodist Church in Holly Hill, SC. Ashley (Cromer) Williams ’11 is a Foster Care Case Worker with the Newberry County Department of Social Services. Faith Franklin ’12 married Justin Felix on May 21, 2016, at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Newberry, SC. Members of the wedding party included Rachel Franklin ’19, Shannon Johnson ’12, Sarah Grigor ’10 and Liz Galloway ’12.

12. Andrew Wigger ’13

John Allen Meetze ’12 was promoted to Endoscopy Clinical Coordinator at Lexington Medical Center. Elyssa Parnell ’12 and Daniel Byron Haven, Jr., were married March 19, 2016, at Stone River in Columbia, SC. Members of the wedding party included Rebecca (Shaffer) Stevenson ’13, Casey Stevens ’14, Alaina Brown ’14 and Faith Carnes ’13. 11 Trey Dennis ’13 is a staff accountant with Jarrad Nowell & Russell LLC in Moncks Corner, SC. Danny Huffor ’13 recently signed with the Worcester Wolves in the British Basketball League. He competed with the Cheshire Phoenix last year, averaging 16.1 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. Tyler Sturkie ’13 married Lauren Belk on June 11, 2016, at Trinity Baptist Church in Cayce, SC. Members of the wedding party included DJ Hearsey ’13, Andy Vogel ’13, Evan Darr ’13, Alex Brown ’13, Evan Brown ’13 and Chas Goodwin ’14. Brieann Wierzbinski ’13 and Matthew Bootker were united in marriage Oct. 15, 2016, at the Big Apple in Columbia, SC.

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.

Kimberly Seabrook ’12 served in the wedding party. Andrew Wigger ’13 received two awards from the South Carolina Press Association for 2016: first place in Sports Enterprise Reporting and second place in Column Writing, both for the 2-3 Times Weekly Division. 12 Jermale Paige ’14 was named head baseball coach at Colleton County High School in Walterboro, SC. Emily Rickenbaker ’14 married Chase Moyer Oct. 29, 2016, at the Dairy Barn at Ann Springs Close Greenway in Fort Mill, SC. Members of the wedding party included Sara Hyatt ’11 and Shannon Newman ’14. BJ Young ’14 was inducted into the Region VI Hall of Fame during a ceremony on April 13, 2016, for career accomplishments in wrestling. Summer Bartek ’15 lives in Athens, GA, where she is a night shift nurse on a Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Athens Regional Medical Center. Gabrielle Brody ’15 is continuing her soccer career with Mitchelton Football WINTER 2016 DIMENSIONS


Club of the Mount Franklin Women’s Premier League in Australia. Blaine (Hite ’15) and Josh McElwee ’12 were married Oct. 1, 2016, at Senate’s End in Columbia, SC. Members of the wedding party included Christine (Connelly) Meetze ’15, Summer Bartek ’15, Kevin Rufus ’13, Robby Scaggs ’13 and Hunter Wynn ’13. Dondray Walker ’15 signed a professional basketball contract with the Corio Bay Stingrays in Geelong, Victoria, Australia. Greg Wilks ’15 workes at HyBridge Solutions. He recently received SHRM-CP certification and is a member of the Human Resources professional groups SHRM and SHRA. Kelly Duncan ’16 is a staff writer with the Newberry Observer. Alstevis Squirewell ’16 signed a free agent contract with the Green Bay Packers.

In Memorium 1930s

Ellis Lee Stockman ’37, May 1, 2016


Harriett Wannamaker Harden Gamble ’41, October 24, 2014 Cecil Guy Boggs ’42, March 29 2016 Ernestine Barnes Williams ’42, September 14, 2016 Olga Eargle Carter ’44, May 31, 2015 Robert O. Derrick ’44, October 30, 2015 Elizabeth “Betty” Rice Boone ’45, June 20, 2016

Hazel Ballentine Pitts ’46, December 27, 2015 Ann Lee Hutto ’47, March 25, 2016 Owen M. Holmes III 49’, December 31, 2015 Cyril Oliver Havird ’49, February 3, 2016 Duward Cleckley Fulmer ’49, March 5, 2016 Ernestine (Mize) Neel ’49, August 15, 2016


Alton McSwain Dominick ’50, February 9, 2016 Lewis Tyler Lockaby ’50, March 7, 2015 Gene C. “Chick” Guinn ’50, October 28, 2015 Leland M. Caulder ’50, January 16, 2016 Jess Sidney Ballentine, Jr. ’51, September 26, 2015 Herbert Moore Loadholt, Sr. 51’, January 22, 2016 Claudia G. Oxner ’51, March 11, 2016 Richard Henry Ruff ’52, April 19, 2016 John Holcombe Bedenbaugh ’53, August 21, 2016 Martha Lominick Dixon Rucker ’53, March 3, 2016 Elton Morris Wilson ’53, January 27, 2016 Rose Nell (Smith) Brandt ’54, October 10, 2016 Wade Martin Brodie ’54, October 3, 2016 Donald Clark Maxwell ’54, July 29, 2016 Paul Owen Slice ’54, February 19, 2016 J. Samuel Derrick ’55, February 24, 2016 Michael Joseph Maksim, Sr. ’55, July 13, 2016 Julianne “Julie” Monts Barker ’56, August 19, 2015

William Larkin Porter ’56, October 17, 2015 Thomas Anthony Corea ’57, August 2, 2016 Charles W. Haile ’57, April 21, 2016 John Gordon Peery ’57, March 10, 2016 Paul Davis ’57, May 10, 2016 Samuel Terry Dukes ’58, September 1, 2015 Ruben H. “Olie” Olawsky ’58, September 16, 2015 Ann Drafts Koch ’58, November 22, 2015 John Linwood “Lindy” Richardson ’58, April 15, 2016


Linda L. Haskell ’60, April 3, 2016 Jan Michael Miller ’60, October 13, 2016 Henry Edward Schaefer ’60, December 7, 2015 George Walter Bruce ’61, October 13, 2016 Gerald Thomas Perry ’62, January 24, 2016 David L. Laird, Jr. ’62, May 10, 2016 Donald Wesley Greer, Jr. ’62, June 30, 2016 Thomas Gordon Jackson ’63, October 19, 2016 W. Vernon Luckey ’64, February 23, 2016 George Decatur Rast, Jr. ’64, October 21, 2015 Ronald R. Hall ’64, April 28, 2016 Richard Thomas Smyth ’65, January 25, 2016 Larry Eugene Cromer ’66, January 18, 2016 Stephen Alex Gimbel ’66, May 25, 2016

Vic MacDonald ’75 was promoted to editor of The Clinton Chronicle in January 2016, reflecting his contributions in journalism and photography and to the leadership of the 116-year-old newspaper. With the change in position, he will continue to cover news, sports, features and editorials, with the added responsibility of leading the new MyClintonNews.com website. He married Patricia Little Adamson on Oct. 1, 2015, and they live in Laurens, SC.


Susanne McCutcheon Alewine ’67, June 7, 2016 Allen Thompson Webb ’69, May 2, 2016


Meet the New President of the Alumni Board of Managers

John Rauch Barnwell ’70, September 9, 2015 JoAnne Marie Polk Morrell ’72, February 23, 2015 Mary Elizabeth Schuette Moravitz ’77, March 25, 2016


Nancy (Padgett) Oates ’80, June 3, 2016 Margret Louise Nichols Fussell ’82, October 30, 2015 Mitchell Jerome Shuler ’88, April 26, 2016


Kimberly Elizabeth Pollard ’00, October 27, 2015 Raymond Paul Crompton ’04, March 18, 2016


Norwood Bruce Boney, Jr., December 6, 2015


Bennie Bennett, April 16, 2016 Richard C. Garvin, April 26, 2016 Nancie Johnson Green, November 15, 2015 John “Frank” Mishoe, December 6, 2015 Lloyd Pate “Buck” Regan, February 9, 2016 Bobby Lee Rowe, March 19, 2016 Charles Copeland “Cope” Veronee, June 16, 2016

Faculty & Staff

Eugenia “Jean” Lamar Brown, Staff, December 26, 2015 Kevin Douglas Cook, Faculty, March 31, 2016 Catherine Lovett, Faculty, August 29, 2016 Catherine Cable Richard, Faculty, October 3, 2016 Fred A. Smith, Faculty, July 14, 2016

Author and advisor, wife and grandmother, mentor and entrepreneur… just a few of the roles in the life of Mary Grate-Pyos ’81. The latest addition to that growing list of roles is her two-year term as president of the Newberry College Alumni Board of Managers. Mary spent 19 years in civil service, but in the spirit of the entrepreneurs she often advises, she shifted gears in 2000 to start her company, Financially Focused, Inc. “Leaving a comfortable salary to start my company was both my toughest decision – ever, and my greatest adventure,” Mary said. “But, no regrets!”


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. PLEASE SEND ADDRESS CHANGES & CORRESPONDENCE TO

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

The author of “Wealthy Woman – Wise Choices,” her financial counsel has been featured in countless industry and lifestyle publications and as a former columnist and radio personality. The self-described “proud geek in pearls” also hosts My Pearl Power events to educate, encourage and empower women in their finances and lives. Mary’s favorite quote comes from Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Nothing great is ever achieved without enthusiasm.” Her enthusiastic hope for her new role with Newberry is, “To do my ultimate best as president of the Board of Managers.”



Homecoming 2016 More than 4,200 alumni and friends came to campus for Homecoming 2016, themed to commemorate our 160th year of preparing students for successful careers and meaningful lives. The ribbon-cutting for the beautifully renovated Center for Teacher Education was an exciting highlight. [Check out details and photos on pages 1-5 in the Annual Report section of this publication]. Homecoming was a special day with food, fun, football and friendships renewed!


The Class of ’66 swapped stories and shared memories at their reunion dinner. Fifty years after graduation, they had plenty of stories to tell!


2016 Alumni Awards Alumni Distinguished Service Award:

CSM Robert H. Brickley Jr. ’78

ABOVE: Members of the Class of 2000 gathered during Homcoming to rededicate the Victory Bell

Tower, which was their class gift, originally dedicated on May 7, 2000. Pictured (left to right) are Courtney Southard Giles, Jessica Draeger, Andrea Hammond, Lisa C. Hermann, Kelly Chapman Furtick, Dr. John Hudgens, Mrs. Martha Hudgens, and Amanda Wise Looper.

The Noah & Pansy Derrick Outstanding Friend of the College Award: Joel M. Carter

The Phillip T. Kelly, Jr. Outstanding Young

Alumni Award: Parkes B. Coggins ’05

The Thomas A. Epting Outstanding

Alumni Award: Otho L. Shealy ’48



Spring 2017 Events JANUARY THU 19

4&7 pm FRI 27

7:30 pm

Speaking the Dream A dramatic presentation from the life of The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Wiles Theatre


Central Region Chorus Concert High school mass choir conducted by Dr. Chris Sheppard Wiles Chapel


Jazz on the Lawn AMC Front Lawn

MON 10

Jazz Combo Concert AMC Recital Hall

TUE 11

Eric Mintel Quartet Concert AMC Recital Hall

WED 12

The Passion Narrative Wiles Chapel

TUE 18

Brass and Percussion Chamber Ensembles Concert AMC Recital Hall

THU 20

Newberry College Singers & Madrigals Concert Wiles Chapel

FRI 21

8:00 pm

Newberry Chamber Orchestra Concert Newberry Community Hall

MON 24

Opera Scenes


5-7 pm

Columbia Area/Music Alumni Social Location TBD

SUN-WED Jazz Big Band Tour


Details at www.newberry.edu (Events) Locations TBA

SAT 18

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

SAT 25

SAT 25

Alumni Association Ring Ceremony Wiles Chapel Basketball Reunion & Lettermen’s Club Winter Social Details at www.newberry.edu (Events) Wiles Chapel


All State Jazz Festival All State Bands perform at 11:30 am & 12:15 pm Newberry College Jazz Big Band performs at 1 pm Wiles Chapel

TUE 14

Faculty Recital Dr. Barry McGinnis and Dr. John Roberts Wiles Chapel

SAT 25

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

8:00 pm


28-29 8:00 pm


Theatre: The Miracle Worker Newberry Opera House


7:00 pm 7:00 pm 7:00 pm 10:00 am 7:30 pm 8:00 pm

8 pm

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

AMC Recital Hall MAY


Jazz Big Band Graduation Concert AMC Recital Hall


Baccalaureate Wiles Chapel


Commencement Eleazer Arena

2:00 pm

11:00 am

2:00 pm

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

BIGGER AND BETTER IS ON THE HORIZON As 2016 draws to a close, all I can say is that it has been an incredible year! In August, we surpassed our previous enrollment record with the largest incoming class in College history. In September, we followed up with the grand opening of the Center for Teacher Education (formerly Speers Street School). This $3.5 million renovation is our first academic capital project since the 1990 construction of the Herman Langford Communications Center. As the Scaling the Summit capital campaign nears the end of year three, we’ve raised $16 million in cash and pledges toward the $35 million campaign goal – impressive for the College’s first-ever comprehensive capital campaign. Dr. Maurice Scherrens, President

“We promise bold and courageous leadership dedicated to advancing the core values of your alma mater.”

We have even bigger plans for 2017! We will start construction on a new 75-bed residence hall adjacent to Walker Hall that we expect to be ready for occupancy in the Spring 2018 semester. Our plan also includes renovation of Derrick, Smeltzer, Kinard and Cromer residence halls. We anticipate another record-breaking incoming class, which we expect will put us within striking distance for 1,200 students and our largest ever total enrollment. We also anticipate adding two new NCAA Division II sports – Men’s Lacrosse and Men’s/Women’s Track & Field. And, we will continue to develop more of our degree programs for online delivery to provide greater flexibility and appeal to a broader spectrum of learners. These are a few of the initiatives that will improve and support the fiscal health of the institution and position us for continued growth. YOU personify the core values of Newberry College in your daily lives and in your support of our efforts to provide students with a transformational education. You are the reason for our success and the source of our inspiration. In return, we promise bold and courageous leadership dedicated to advancing the core values of your alma mater. Wishing you all the best in 2017. Sincerely,

Dr. Maurice Scherrens President

NONPROFIT ORG US POSTAGE PAID COLUMBIA SC PERMIT #1183 2100 College Street Newberry, SC 29108 www.newberry.edu


Homecoming 2017 October 20-22

Newberry College vs. Limestone Class of 1967 (Golden Newberrians 50 Year Reunion) Class of 1992 (25 Year Reunion) Class of 2007 (10 Year Reunion)


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