Volume 3 No. 1
Piedmont has a Whale of a Tale!
PCT works magic with ‘Godspell’
CONTENTS Top Stories 1 2 3
Students move into new dorm Students go International Wetlands gets planted
College Life 4 5 5 6 7
Students get a grip Habitat for Humanity Debate team ‘Imagine the Future’ Atlanta Boy Choir
December Graduation Neighborhood Grant Program New Programs Theatre raises the roof Music ensembles Art collaboration Nursing accreditation renewed
Fall sports recap Lacrosse coming to PC Dombrowsky named JV baseball coach Winter sports recap
Graduate School Graduate programs continue growth First doctoral class begins
Alumni & Friends 24 25
Alumni Spotlight: Lois Barr (’26) Alumni Spotlight: Meredith Henderson (’06)
26 Class Notes 28 Obituaries
Donor Report 29 31
Athens 16 17 18
19 21 21 22
Academic News 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Thanks to donors Financial report
Drug seminar set for May Religion and the Liberal Arts Athens ‘Lights the Night’
Piedmont College W. Ray Cleere President
Special Projects Coordinator Sandi Tatum
Editor David Price Director of Public Relations
Alumni Information Brandy Aycock Associate Director of Institutional Advancement
Graphic Artist Regina M. Fried Publications Coordinator
Justin Scali Associate Director of Institutional Advancement
Donor Relations Susan Mills Alumni and Donor Records Coordinator Published by the Office of Institutional Advancement
Third class postage paid at Gainesville , Georgia Published Semi-Annually Postmaster Send Address Changes to: Piedmont College Institutional Advancement P.O. Box 6 Demorest GA 30535
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Overlooking the Demorest campus, New Bedford Hall adds room for 48 students. A similar dorm now under construction will add another 47 beds.
Piedmont’s newest residential hall, New Bedford, is complete, and 48 women students have moved in. Named for the small Massachusetts whaling town, the new building carries a lot of symbolism connecting Piedmont to its New England roots and liberal arts ideas. The new dorm sports a stainless steel whale weathervane atop the cupola, featuring symbols of literature, religion, and geography. Since the completion of New Bedford, work on a second dorm right next door has begun. The name of the new dorm is Plymouth, and it too will be constructed by Scroggs & Grizzle of Gainesville. Adding the second dorm will increase Piedmont’s resident student capacity to more than 500. Plymouth will be almost identical to New Bedford with the same color scheme, room layouts, and similar architecture. The
New Bedford Hall sports a stainless steel sculpture of a whale created by local artist David Wall to capture part of Piedmont’s New England heritage.
dorm will house 47 students and provide a Resident Director suite. The weather vane going atop Plymouth is a shallop, a boat that is used to go from anchored ship to shore. The shallop represents the transitions that students have in college from high school to professional life. Plymouth will be Piedmont’s connection to New England and the Congregationalists, while New Bedford is Piedmont’s connection to New England and the liberal arts. Along with the new dorm, more parking will be added with 200 additional spaces. This increase will accommodate students living in the two dorms and visitors for commencement and athletic events.
Two balconies at New Bedford Hall overlook much of the Demorest campus, making an ideal study spot for juniors Sara Gardiner of Maysville and Kate Meents of Lilburn.
Students move into New Bedford
PC studies go International
PC students have the opportunity to study abroad for up to a full semester, or take part in shorter travel-study trips, such as these students who studied art in Japan this past summer. A new International Studies major allows students to focus even more on the language, culture, and economies of other countries.
Piedmont College is offering a new major, called International Studies, to prepare students to live and work in a globally connected world. Dr. Viviane Daigle, Director of Interdisciplinary Studies, said this new major will show students the changing globe. Students will have opportunities to travel on the College’s Maymester trips and study abroad in England or China to enhance what they learn in the local classroom. “The International Studies major should attract students who are interested in learning and understanding more about the world of the future,” said Daigle. “As the College looks to the future, we realize students will need to develop a global perspective to be successful citizens of the world.” International Studies is part of the Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) department, which means students can structure their coursework and mix curriculums from different departments. IDS currently has community journalism as a major and women’s studies as a minor. Students, however, can
mix majors such as theater and mass communications or English and theater to create an independent major. International Studies, which was approved during the fall semester, is a combination of classes from business, political science, anthropology, mass communications, foreign language, literature, and history. Some courses include International Relations and Global Issues from political science, Telecommunications and Globalization from mass communications, and upper level foreign language courses. Students are required to take 42 hours to complete the degree. In doing so, graduates will develop an understanding of the language and culture of one geographic area of the world, as well as an understanding of the political climate, economics, and history of the region. The new program opens doors for students in corporations, federal and state agencies, and non-government organizations. For more information about the program, contact Viviane Daigle at vdaigle@ piedmont.edu.
“As the College looks to the future, we realize students will need to develop a global perspective to be successful citizens of the world.”
Planting wetlands trees
Danielle Vidd plants a tree for posterity.
Some 15 faculty, staff and students gathered Jan. 16 and 17 to leave a unique mark on the Demorest campus. Over the two day period they planted some 3,800 trees in the wetlands area of the former Lake Demorest as part of a restoration project. Volunteers used their dibble planting bars to plant four types of trees: water oak, swamp chestnut oak, cherry bark oak, and persimmon. Everyone worked in pairs and were told to plant randomly so the trees look as natural as possible. Over time the trees will turn into bottomland forest, which is a forest on low, flat ground that drains poorly. Normally, bottomland forests occur along streams that occasionally flood. The trees are tolerant of flooding. Before the planting started onethird of the 50 acres of wetlands was already bottomland forest and beaver swamp. Dr. Carlos Camp, professor of biology and leader of the project, said eventually the college will plant 6,000 trees in the area, and with luck at least 50 percent of the trees will survive.
Cayla Banks, left, uses a dibble stick to dig a hole as Nikki King drops in one of the 6,000 tree seedlings to be planted in the wetlands area of the former Demorest Lake.
Rappellers get a grip
(Top) Kami Anderson gets some last-minute instructions before going over the edge at Buckâ€™s Pocket State Park in Alabama. The Outdoor Club took a break from backpacking to try rappelling at the 120-foot-drop at the park. The group started out on a 40-foot-drop for training. Club leaders have planned other events for the semester, including horseback riding, two-day hikes, kayaking, and another rappelling trip.
First Ethics Bowl
From left, the team of Matt Collins, Korey Jacobs and Colton Peppers quickly works out their response to a question in the first Piedmont Ethics Bowl. Teams of three students each were given a few minutes to consider the ethical implications of a variety of topical and news events and submit their conclusions in two-minute presentations to a panel of judges. The Ethics Bowl was a project of the QEP Team and the School of Business. The winners were the team of Cadman Kiker III, Brandon Callahan and Michael Barry.
Lending a hand for Habitat for Humanity Seven members of the Piedmont Rotaract Club traveled to Cleveland to work on a Habitat for Humanity house. The group helped with finishing parts of the project by doing landscaping, insulation installation in the ceiling and crawl space, cleaning floors and surfaces, and finishing base boards.
From left, Sasha Ugi, Alyssia Crump, Tom Gagnon of Habitat for Humanity, Janice Moss, Dale Van Cantfort, Joy Ugi, and Tim Suda put their carpentry skills to work helping to build a house in White County.
Debate Team competes in Kentucky tourney In September, the Debate Team competed at the 2009 Western Kentucky University and Ohio State University Forensics Fiesta in Bowling Green, Ky. President Michael Barry and Cadman Kiker advanced to the quarter finals, while Tim Hudson and Dustin Ingram won matches during the tournament. During this tournament, Piedmont students debated against Gainesville State College, the United States Air Force Academy, and the University of Alabama. The Piedmont Debate team changed to the parliamentary debate format in 2008. This school year is the first year the team has competed in the new format. During a parliamentary debate, students are given a topic at the tournament and have 15 minutes to research before the debate starts. Previously, when the team did policy debate, the team would research the same topic all year. In January, the group competed at Gainesville State College, where the team members won awards. Barry received an award for being 12th out of 18 among the best varsity debate speakers. Brandon Callihan came in third as a debut/novice speaker. Vice President Roman Rogers came in 5th as a debut/novice speaker. During the tournament, in which they debated teams from Florida State University, University of Tennessee, and Walters State
College, Piedmontâ€™s debate team won four matches. Topics for the matches have includ-
ed health care, security in the United States, and global warming.
Michael Barry (left) and Cadman Kiker III show off some of the hardware they brought home from Western Kentucky University and Ohio State University Forensics Fiesta held in Bowling Green, Ky.
Students compete to ‘Imagine the Future’
From left, Jasmin Severino, Nallie Xiong, Amanda McGahee, Carmen Fortner, Marissa Gallagos, and Phillip Ayers were winners in the second ‘Imagining the Future’ competition sponsored by the Quality Enhancement Plan committee.
Piedmont’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) committee sponsored the second annual “Imagining the Future” competition in which students identify a local, national or international need and propose ways to help meet that need. This year’s competition covered a range of topics from cancer, to science in schools, to homeless children. The winners were selected by three judges, including last year’s Demorest winner, Joan Sims; Cornelia Mayor Margaret Ballard; and Athens judge and Piedmont adjunct professor Michael Coleman. Amanda McGahee and Carmen Fortner from the Demorest campus represented Dr. Gene Pease’s PC 101 class. They proposed holding a fashion show and dance to raise money for cancer research. In November, the
group hosted the fashion show and dance and raised just over $300. Phillip Ayers and Marissa Gallagos, also from the Demorest campus, proposed a project to help middle school students improve their science scores. Their plan is to tutor students at the middle schools and have students come to Piedmont for extra tutoring. They also created kits including beakers, test tubes, goggles, gloves and other materials, along with a CD showing various experiments for the students to use. Jasmin Severino and Nallie Xiong from the Athens campus proposed an activity that will help homeless children in Athens. They hosted a basketball fundraiser and held bake sales that raised $430 to purchase hygiene products and educational material for the Athens homeless shelter.
Piedmont alumni to gather April 16-17 Alumni and friends from across northeast Georgia are invited to two days of golf, baseball, reunions, theatre, music, food and fun in Demorest April 16-17. Alumni Weekend 2010 begins Friday, April 16, with the Coach Cave Memorial Golf Tournament. Also on Friday, there will be a tour of the Athens Campus with lunch at the Café on Prince and thrift store shopping. The weekend will include performances by the Theatre Department of the “The Miss Firecracker Contest” and a student art exhibition. On Saturday, the Letter Club, Torch, Walker School of Business and the School of Education will each hold breakfast meetings.
PC Young Alumni will tour north Georgia vineyards, and the alumni men’s women’s soccer teams will compete at at Walker Fields. The Alumni Association will gather in the Lakeside Dining Room for an awards luncheon to recognize outstanding graduates. All alumni are welcome to watch softball play a double header against LaGrange. All alumni are invited to attend a social at the president’s home at 4 p.m., and the evening will end with a variety of alumni reunion dinners starting at 6 p.m. To register, or for more information about times, call 1-800-868-1641; or visit the Piedmont website at www.piedmont. edu/alumniregistration.
Atlanta Boy Choir performs
In December, the world-renowned Atlanta Boy Choir traveled to Piedmont Collegeâ€™s Demorest campus to perform for the college and community. The Boy Choir has scheduled an encore performance in Demorest on May 15. The choir, the Atlanta Boy Choir Alumni, and Dr. James Mellichamp on the Sewell Organ, performed a variety of pieces, including spirituals and Hanukkah and Christmas music.
The Atlanta Boy Choir is comprised of boys ages 5 to 14. Maestro Fletcher Wolfe, Founding Director and Conductor, has led the choir all over the United States and to other countries including Austria, Germany, Ukraine, Russia, France and Spain. The choir has performed in front of presidents, popes, and crowned heads of state since its beginning 52 seasons ago.
The Atlanta Boy Choir and Boy Choir Alumni performed at Piedmont in December and will return for an encore performance May 15.
Register now for Cave Golf tourney Get out your clubs and sign up for the Piedmont College Coach Cave Memorial Golf Tournament at The Orchard Golf and Country Club on Friday, April 16. The annual tournament is named for the late Leon Oâ€™Neal Cave, who served as a coach and athletic director at Piedmont from 1948 to 1983. The entry fee includes greens fee, cart, goody bag and lunch. Each registered golfer also will receive a $20 discount card, ball marker and divot tool, and free putter fitting from Edwin Watts Golf. Entry fees are $95 per player or $380 per foursome. Hole sponsorships are available for $150. To register for the tournament or for more information, call 706-778-3000 to contact Justin Scali at extension 1530 or Brandy Aycock at extension 1170. Registration will start at 11 a.m., and lunch at 11:45 a.m. The four-person Lauderdale tournament will begin with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. More information about the tournament and registration is available online at www.piedmont.edu/golf. Golfers will have the chance to win several prizes, including a Hole-In-One prize of a new Buick provided by Hayes, Buick, Pontiac, GMC and Cadillac of Toccoa. Cash prizes will be given out to the top four teams. There will also be prizes for the closest to the pin, longest drive, most accurate drive, putting contest, raffle winners and more!
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PC graduate’s unexpected gift contribution and the sacrifices that they both have made. With two Purple Heart medals, he reported back to Ft. Lewis in Washington in January. Cleere and Piedmont Board Chairman Thomas A. “Gus” Arrendale III presented diplomas to some 300 graduates who received bachelor’s, master’s and education specialist degrees. The baccalaureate speaker was Dr. Marilyn Ayers-Berrong (’76), professor of education at Piedmont and a coordinator of the college’s off-campus cohort education program. Dr. Berrong was principal at North Habersham Middle School from 1989-93. She joined the faculty at Piedmont in 2000. Berrong talked about the meaning of excellence and how successful people in every field are unwilling to be satisfied with the status quo. “You have the tools to become a very active and positive change agent in whatever mission you pursue,” she said.
Spc. Richie Thibeault arrived just in time to see his wife, Ginny, receive her eduction diploma.
Among the 300 graduates at the December commencement ceremonies was one who received a special graduation surprise. Ginny Ferguson Thibeault of Demorest received her diploma for a Bachelor of Arts degree in early childhood education, but that could hardly compare with the graduation present she received two days earlier at Mt. Yonah Elementary School in White County, where she was completing her student teaching. A television news crew from Atlanta’s Channel 11 was in the classroom, supposedly doing a story about how local schools were marking the Christmas season. What Ginny did not know was that they were really there to film a special homecoming—her husband, Army Specialist Richie Thibeault of Clarkesville, arriving home in time for her graduation after being wounded twice in Afghanistan. The couple was married on April 5, 2009, just two weeks before Thibeault was deployed to Afghanistan. On August 10 he was wounded by a round from an AK-47, and when he returned to duty the next month, his patrol ran over an “IED” or improvised explosive device. This time Thibeault spent three weeks in the hospital in Germany and then two more weeks in Washington before he was released to come home for the holidays. During the graduation ceremonies, both Ginny and Richie received a standing ovation from the crowd on hand when Piedmont President Ray Cleere recognized the
Dr. Marilyn Ayers-Berrong delivered the December commencement address.
Neighborhood Grant program expands Piedmont’s Neighborhood Grant Program, which provides financial aid for students who are at least age 25, has expanded to cover seven new counties. Counties added to the program are Union, Lumpkin, Hart, Madison, Elbert, Dawson, and Forsyth. The original nine counties are Towns, Rabun, White, Habersham, Stephens, Hall, Banks, Franklin, and Jackson. For the students who qualify, the Neighborhood Grant covers 50 percent of the regular tuition. Students may also qualify for other state and federal aid, such as Pell Grants or HOPE scholarships, further reducing their total tuition cost.
“There were many deserving students who could not benefit from the original program,” said Lovell. “We are growing and meeting the demand of the students.” The program is currently helping more than 200 students on the Demorest campus, a 40 percent increase since fall 2007. The Neighborhood Grant is only offered on the Demorest campus, and the expanded program went into effect spring 2010. Kim Lovell, Director of Financial Aid, said the program was revised to help students
Counties shown in green have been added to the popular Neighborhood Grant Program, which provides tuition grants for students age 25 and above who are working toward their first college degree.
willing to drive an hour to get to the campus. All of the counties or parts of the counties are within the hour commute time. “There were many deserving students who could not benefit from the original program,” said Lovell. “We are growing and meeting the demand of the students.” Admissions Specialist Parks Miller, who works with the Neighborhood Grant students, said the addition of more counties will widen the opportunities for students and Piedmont. Many of the students Miller works with did not go to college right after high school, or are students who had their college ca-
reers interrupted. “When students go back to school, many of them are very focused on their education,” he said. Brooke Kowalsky of Hollywood is currently receiving the Neighborhood Grant. She’s 27 and a sophomore nursing major. “Without the grant, I would not be able to go to school,” she said. “I can now go back to school and take full-time credit hours.” Kowalsky decided not to go to college right after high school, but once she started working she realized the importance of a college education. “Education is something I respect and desire. I love learning at this age,” she said.
Navigator Wins Awards
The staff of The Navigator, the Piedmont College student newspaper, received eight awards at the Georgia College Press Association Better Newspapers Conference in February. The newspaper staff earned one first-place award in General Photography, and Leah Cunningham received first place for Best Column. They earned a second- place award in General Advertising and thirdplace awards in Improvement, Best Campus Community Service – Sports, and Best Campus Community Service – Editorial. Pictured, from left, are staff members Mary Beth Yeary, Dustin Ingram, Matthew Jackson, advisors Stacy Simon and Dale Van Cantfort, Sadie Blankenship, Michael Barry, and Joy Ugi.
New programs for business and arts Agreements help technical college graduates earn PC BA degrees Piedmont continues to add new articulation agreements to help students attending technical schools earn bachelor’s degrees. The agreements allow students who go to select technical schools to transfer some course credits to Piedmont. Over the past year Piedmont has concluded agreements for nursing, education, and criminal justice degrees. The college recently added business to this list. Students from North Georgia Technical College in Clarkesville or Athens Technical College, for example, can transfer classes from the accounting and business administration technology associates programs. Business School Dean John Misner says the typical student will finish a bachelor’s degree in two and a half years at Piedmont after completing their associate’s degree. Right now the business program has 250 undergraduates with about 50 concentrating in accounting. “The articulation agreement is providing us with students who have completed a lot of their groundwork courses,” said Misner. “The associate’s programs allow the students to be prepared to get a bachelor’s degree.” Students who transfer to the Athens or Demorest campus from the technical schools can choose to study accounting or select a concentration in business administration such as management, marketing, general business, or small business. Students from the technical schools have to meet certain guidelines to be awarded transfer credit. So far, the articulation agreements are with North Georgia Technical College, Athens Technical College, and Griffin Technical College. There are four pending agreements with other colleges.
Mary Beth Williams works on a graphic arts project with professor Kaitlin Wilson-Bryant. A new BFA program will link the study of art, music, theatre and business.
New BFA in Arts Administration to provide ‘hands on’ arts management experience The music, theatre, art, and business departments at Piedmont are coming together to offer a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Arts Administration. Students will take courses from the different departments and have a concentration in music, theatre, or art. “This BFA will set the students up with a strong base in the arts and prepare them for graduate school,” said theatre department chair Bill Gabelhausen. Each student will have to complete nine required hours in each fine arts department, 21 hours in business courses, 18 hours in their preferred concentration, three internship hours, and a capstone course. Because of the nature of the degree, the departments did not have to change any courses but did add art administration internships. The internships offered will be mainly internal. Students with an art concentration will manage the Art Gallery; students with a
theatre concentration will help manage the Mainstage Cleere Theater, Black Box Theater, and Arrendale Amphitheater; and students with a music concentration will help manage Chapel and Brooks Hall events. “This degree will give us another level of variety when bringing students to the college,” said music department chair Dr. Wallace Hinson. “This can be a major draw for students because it makes them more marketable in the workplace.” Hinson, Gabelhausen, and art department chair Chris Kelly all said this degree will give students a different alternative to a performance or teaching degree. Students will be required to take performance classes because it is important for the students to understand all aspects of arts management. “We are excited to bring the four departments together,” said Kelly. “This is a handson degree and a practical degree.”
Theatre Department raises the roof
The cast of ‘You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown’ included, front, Sky Ross as Schroeder; and back, Katie Sawhill as Lucy, John King as Charlie Brown, Christina Brown as Sally, Moleek Simmons as Linus, and Jennifer Fuller as Snoopy.
Heather Thomas as Rose sings ‘We Beseech Thee’ in ‘Godspell.’
The Piedmont College Theatre Department continues to perform successful and diverse plays in the Swanson Center for Performing Arts and Communications. During this academic year, the plays have varied from children’s musicals to Greek tragedies. The first production in October was “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown,” directed by the newest theatre department professor, John Spiegel. The children’s musical is based on the comic strip “Peanuts” by Charles M. Schultz. In this version of the play, Charlie Brown is joined by Sally Brown, Linus, Lucy, Schroeder and Snoopy for songs such as “My Blanket and Me,” “The Kite,” and “The Baseball Game.” Along with the main performances Oct. 1-4, two matinees were also performed for local schools. Later in the fall semester, Bill Gabelhausen directed Euripides’ play “Trojan Women” in the Swanson Center Black Box Theater. The play, written in 415 B.C., is about the fate of the women of Troy at the end of the Trojan War. Gabelhausen’s version of the play included women dressed from wars through the ages. “Godspell,” a musical written by Stephen Schwartz, was the pick for the first spring performance. It is a contemporary musical based on the Gospel according to St. Matthew and includes songs such as “Day by Day,” “Bless the Lord,” and “Beautiful City.” Godspell first opened in 1971 and since then has been performed 2,124 times off-Broadway and 527 times on Broadway. The final performance of the academic
and 2 p.m., April 19, in the Swanson Center’s Blackbox Theatre.
year will be the “The Miss Firecracker Contest” to be performed 7:30 p.m. April 15-18;
Above, Mat Fried (’09) played Jesus in the PCT production of ‘Godspell,’ a contemporary retelling of the Gospel of St. Matthew, which featured a vibrant cast of students, below.
Music ensembles perform Christmas and classic works Piedmont’s Chorale, Chamber Singers, Wind Ensemble, and Cantabile performed works from Bach to Billy Joel in a series of fall concerts. The Chorale presented its 21st Annual Service of Lessons and Carols in early December. The group presented works by Bach, Handel, and Mendelssohn, along with the traditional carols and hymns of the holiday season, during which the audience members were invited to sing. The ensemble was accompanied by organist Joy Hayner, soloists Andrea Price and Jonathan Pilkington. and the Habersham Central High School Singers conducted by Bobby Ivey The Chamber Singers, directed by Dr. Wallace Hinson, performed their fall concert entitled “The Poet Sings.” The concert included compositions by Kenneth Jennings, Bach, Eric Whitacre, Moses Hogan, and others. Organist Louise Bass accompanied the Chamber Singers during the performance. The 25-member Wind Ensemble, directed by Ann Alford, performed classic band pieces. The November performance selections included “First Suite in E Flat” by Gustav Holtz, “Amparito Roca” by Jaime Texidor, and Christmas pieces, including “A Christmas Festival” by Leroy Anderson.
The Chamber Singers, pictured here with director of ensembles Dr. Wallace Hinson, will perform at Spivey Hall in Morrow at 3 p.m., Sunday, April 11, accompanied by organist Louise Bass. General admission tickets are $15, available through the Spivey Hall website (www.spiveyhall.org).
The final Piedmont student group, Cantabile, performed “It’s About Time,” which director Dr. Wallace Hinson described as pieces that investigate time, such as seasons,
times of day, and literal time. Hinson, along with nine select Piedmont College singers, presented pieces from the Renaissance and contemporary periods.
Dr. Lauren Ringwall directed the Piedmont Chorale (shown left) during the Christmas season concert, ‘A Service of Lessons and Carols.’
Art hosts collaboration
Art students and faculty with visiting artists from the ‘Collaborations’ exhibit, including Ted Metz, Virginia Scotchie, Rick Hirsch, Kenneth Baskin, and Scott Meyer.
The Art Department hosted several art shows throughout fall 2009 and the beginning of 2010 at the art gallery in downtown Demorest. Georgia College and State University Professor Sandra Trujillo displayed 3-D decorative heads and 2-D artworks of mixed media as part of a a solo tour called “Churros Locos,” in which she presents ceramic pieces influenced by the Spanish tradition of festival masks. She obtained her B.A. in religious studies from the University of California and M.F.A. in ceramics from the University of Colorado, and is now a professor at Georgia College and State University teaching ceramics and 2D/3D design. Another show hosted in the art gallery was a very rare type of exhibit. Four ceramic artists, all professors at different universities, came together to do a show called “Collaborations.” Scott Meyers is a ceramic professor at the University of Montevello, Rick Hirsch is a professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York, Kenneth Baskin is an assistant professor of art at McNeese State University, and Virginia Scotchie is head of the ceramics department at the University of South Carolina. Their show, “Collaborations” opened October 22 and ran through November 22 at the art gallery. The art department presented a series of drawings and paintings by artist Rondal Reynoso in the gallery from January 14 through February 14. Reynoso began drawing when he was in college and noticed how the same ethnic groups sat with each other at lunch. Reynoso drew a sketch of his observations that he later called “Societal Portraits.” Now
Reynoso is the head of the Art Department at Louisiana College. During the month of April, more art exhibits will be shown in the gallery. A student exhibition will start at 5:30 p.m. on April 15 and run through April 22. The day after this exhibit, April 23, an exhibition of student capstone projects will be held starting at 5:30 p.m.
Andrea Price wins state voice competition Piedmont voice professor Andrea Price competed for the National Association of Teachers of Singing Artists Award and won at the state level. She was one of two competitors to move on to the southeastern regional competition that will take place in Florida later this year. For the competition, Price performed 14 different pieces of music, each in a different language and format. During her 15-minute audition, she was able to choose her first song and the judges chose the rest of the songs she performed.
Rick Hirsch, art professor from the Rochester Institute of Technology, works on a ceramic piece for the ‘Collaborations’ show.
German class attends Atlanta forum Piedmont’s German 102 class recently attended the forum “The European-American Agenda,” held in Atlanta on the Georgia Tech campus in January. The students and faculty members, Dr. Stephen Whited and Monica Schulte, met with the German ambassador, Dr. Klaus Scharioth, along with the German Consul General in Atlanta, Dr. Lutz Goergens. Both welcomed the Piedmont group and briefly investigated their knowledge of the German language. The French ambassador, Dr. Pierre Viemont, was present as well, and the two ambassadors discussed European-American interactions. The forum covered a wide range of topics, and Scharioth and Goergens said it is necessary for Europe and America to unify and work together on issues, including climate change and energy independence, worldwide nuclear disarmament, economic and financial problems of failing states, Afghanistan and Iran, and terrorism. The ambassadors also noted during the discussion that half of the world’s wealth is in the hands of the United States, Germany and France; however, it is expected that in 30 years, the amount of wealth controlled by these three countries will only be about one third. In addition, the ambassadors declared
Front from left, Monika Schulte, Jacob Douylliez, Kim Allen, and Nikki King; center: Phillip Ayers, Ambassador Dr. Scharioth, Andy Armson, and Michael Peterson; back: Generalkonsul Dr. Goergens, and Dr. Stephen Whited.
the intention of meeting more often among participating European Union countries this year. Scharioth pointed out that the meaning of “world power” is no longer important, and the European Union is not a competi-
tion. All participating members are in the same interest group and looking toward the same goals. The Consul General, Dr. Goergens, will speak in the fall at the Demorest campus.
Nursing accreditation renewed The Georgia Board of Nursing in Macon has continued approval of Piedmont’s Daniel School of Nursing through December 31, 2013. At right, student nurse Daniella Reiswig works with “injured” patients during a disaster drill held at Piedmont in March 2009. The drill, which involved all county emergency agencies is an annual event that features first-year student nurses as “victims,” and senior student nurses as triage nurses. The School of Nursing offers the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree for students preparing for initial licensure and for Registered Nurses with either an Associate’s degree in nursing or a diploma in nursing who wish to complete the BSN.
The 2009-2010 Annual Fund campaign is now under way! The 2010 Annual Fund has been a success so far thanks to the support of people like you. If you have not made your 2009-2010 Annual Fund contribution yet, there is still time. You have until June 30th! Join us today. Use the postage paid envelope in this issue of the Journal or give online at www.piedmont.edu.
One Gift â€˘ Many Returns
SCHOLARSHIPS The Annual Fund not only helps Piedmont to increase enrollment and expand academic programs, but also provides scholarships. Piedmontâ€™s policy is to meet 100 percent of demonstrated, unmet financial need through grants, loans, work and/or scholarship programs. The College provides more than $4 million in scholarships each year and more than 95% of students receive some financial assistance. That aid gives Piedmont students who may not otherwise be able to attend the chance to excel. The work-study program was recently expanded to make opportunities for student employment more abundant. For more information on the Annual Fund, visit the Annual Fund website at www.piedmont.edu/fund.
Come join us with your One Gift for Many Returns.
Athens to host drug seminar “Illicit Drugs and Their Impact on the Community” is the topic of a one-day seminar to be held May 14 at the Piedmont College Athens campus. Sponsored by Piedmont College and the Atlanta Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration, the conference will run from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The cost for the seminar is $30 and includes lunch at the college, located at 595 Prince Avenue. Sessions will examine “Prenatal Alcohol
Exposure and Ability, Academic Achievement and School Functioning in Adolescence,” “Current Drug Trends,” “Using Social Indicators to Identify Contributing Factors to Substance Abuse Related Social Consequence,” and “Prescription Medicine Abuse and Morbidity Trends.” For additional information or to register, contact Mitzi Heck at Piedmont College at 706-433-1759 ext. 8185 or e-mail mheck@ piedmont.edu; or visit www.piedmont.edu.
Dr. Merrill Norton, clinical associate professor at the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy, presented a lecture on the effect of drugs and the development of the adolescent brain, during the first seminar on illicit drugs held at the Athens campus. The second seminar will be held May 14.
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Piedmont College alumni can get a free, permanent e-mail address; show their Piedmont pride; and keep in touch with the Alumni Office with a new service offered by the college. Students who graduated in Spring 2008 and afterward will retain their Piedmont e-mail addresses. Alumni who graduated before that date can now sign up as well. With a permanent Piedmont e-mail address, you won’t have to change e-mail addresses each time you move or change jobs. You can even set up your account to automatically forward your e-mail to any other account that you may have. Your Piedmont e-mail account will include five gigabytes of storage and is administered by Microsoft to guarantee secure and reliable service. Visit the Alumni page at www.piedmont.edu for more information.
Religion Conference examines Appalachia Religion professor Dr. Barbara Brown Taylor led a symposium at Piedmont College in Athens to examine the role of religion in Appalachian culture. The third in a series of annual conferences on “Religion and the Liberal Arts,” this year’s symposium was titled “Vanishing Appalachia: Keeping Faith on Uneven Ground” and included workshops on Appalachian religion and culture, ranging from shaped-note singing to story telling. Held Feb. 19-20 at the Athens campus and the Classic Center, the symposium attracted 125 participants for the two days of talks, demonstrations and book signings. Taylor, who delivered the keynote address at the opening banquet, is the Butman Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Piedmont, where she has taught since 1998. An Episcopal priest since 1984, Taylor spent 15 years in parish ministry and is the author of numerous books on religion and preaching, including “An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith.” Author and historian Bill J. Leonard, founding Dean of the Divinity School at Wake Forest University, delivered the plenary address on the topic of the demise of Appalachia. Leonard is the author of 17 books, including “Appalachian Christianity: Profiles in Regional Pluralism and Baptists in America.” He discussed how changes in population have affected small Appalachian churches and businesses. Plans are already being made for next year’s symposium. For more information, contact Brandy Aycock at 1-800-868-1641 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Barbara Brown Taylor delivered the keynote address about ‘Vanishing Appalachia.’
The Shook family of Young Harris, Ga. provided a backdrop of Appalachian music for the seminar, performing at the opening dinner and conducting workshops in shaped-note singing, an early 19th century style of church music that endures in Appalachian regions today.
Taylor named to list of top national pastors Religion professor Dr. Barbara Brown Taylor has been named one of the nation’s top 10 living pastors, along with Billy Graham and Charles Swindoll. Taylor was sixth on the list when the numbers were released Feb. 3. The poll was conducted by LifeWay Research of Nashville, Tenn., in November by contacting 1,002 protestant pastors nationwide. The random sample was drawn from a list of all protestant churches where the senior pastors, priests, or ministers were interviewed. Interviewees were given the open ended statement: “Name the top three living Christian preachers that most influence you.” When Taylor heard she had made the list, she didn’t even know the poll was taking place. The poll surprised her for many reasons, including the fact that she hadn’t been a pastor since 1997 and she was the only woman on the list. “It’s nice to be on any list with Billy
Graham,” she said. “What I am the happiest about is that Piedmont College made it on the list.” This isn’t the first time Taylor ended up on a similar list. In 1996, Baylor University in Texas conducted a poll to find the 12 most effective preachers in the English-speaking world. The preachers on the list were invited to the campus to participate in conferences or present sermons. Taylor is also editing a series of books “Feasting on the Word,” a collection of lectionary commentaries. For this project she is working with David L. Bartlett, professor of New Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur. Taylor is the author of 12 books, including “Leaving Church,” for which she was named the 2006 Author of the Year by the Georgia Writers Association. Her newest book, “An Altar in the World” has just been released by Harper Collins and is included on the New York Times best-seller list.
Athens students, faculty and staff â€˜Light the Nightâ€™
Students, faculty, and staff from the Piedmont Athens campus came together and raised money for the Light the Night Walk to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The group raised a little over $1,600 in honor of Emily Cotrell, a Piedmont employee who passed away in 2009 from a blood borne cancer.
With the recent warm weather, it is hard to believe this photo was taken at the Athens campus just three weeks ago when a rare late winter storm dumped four inches of snow on the campus.
Coach’s Award to freshman Kaitlyn Pannell of Monroe. The Coach’s MVP Award went to sophomore Justine Clay of Buford. The GSAC All-Conference Team included Clay and Induni, as well as junior Katie Porter of Buford, senior Casey Lovelady of Oakwood, senior Erin Pippin of McDonough; and junior Nicole Hood of Alto. The GSAC All-Freshmen Team included Macie Rooke of Sugar Hill and Katherine Metz of Suwanee. The GSAC All-Acadmic Team includes Pippin, Lovelady, Clay, senior Caitlin Hurd of Conyers, junior Sara Lindsley of Lawrenceville, and senior Jessica Powell, also of Lawrenceville.
Team MVP Brian Gaid The Piedmont College Letter Club recognized outstanding athletes for the men’s and women’s fall sports recently at a banquet held at the campus in Demorest.
Men’s Soccer Coach Jimmy Stephens (’95) presented the team’s Most Valuable Player Award to sophomore goalkeeper Brian Gaid of Marietta. Senior forward Jorge Pradilla of Dacula earned the Coach’s Award and was also named the Great South Athletic Conference Player of the Year for the second year in a row, as well as earning a spot on the National Soccer Coaches of America’s South Region Team. Named to the GSAC All-Conference Team with Pradilla were senior Jeremy Stille of Duluth, senior Bryan Prevatte of Buford, and sophomore Nick Weatherby of Grayson. Sidney Smith of Dallas was named the GSAC Freshman of the Year, and Brian Ruelbach of Grayson also was named to the GSAC AllFreshman Team. Six players were named to the GSAC AllAcademic Team. They were Pradilla, Stille, Jake Krieger, Joey Krieger, Josh Mitchem of Snellville, and Joe Banford of Winder. The soccer men finished with a 9-9-1 record and took second in the GSAC Tournament, falling to Maryville in the finals.
Women’s Soccer Coach Stephen Andrew (’04,M’07) presented the Player’s MVP award to junior Kaitlyn Induni of Lawrenceville and the
In volleyball, coach Sid Feldman presented the Lion Award for Courage to freshman Shelby Fooshee of Newnan. The Lion Student Athlete Award went to junior Jennifer Granlund of Millbrook, Ala.; and the Most Improved Award went to freshman Hallye Jerkins of Buford. The GSAC All Conference Team included junior Kalin DeMarrais of Lawrenceville, senior Tyler Baldonado of Atlanta, and junior Michelle Tesina of Canton. Granlund was named the All-Conference Libero defensive specialist.
Fall Sports Recap
All-Conference Defensive Specialist Jennifer Granlund
The GSAC All-Academic Team includes Baldonado; Granlund; senior Nikki Cole of Roswell; sophomore Rachel Powell of Tallahassee, Fla.; and senior Katie Tucker of Ellijay. The GSAC Sportmanship Award went to sophomore Erin Krause of Johns Creek.
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The volleyball team finished with a record of 24-9 and took second place in the GSAC tournament to Maryville.
Cross Country Coach Scott Stanley presented the men’s MVP award to junior Michael Fidero of Lilburn. The Most Improved Award went to freshman James Maxwell of Lavonia, and the Senior Leadership Award went to sophomore Matt Collins of Roswell. The men took first place in the GSAC Championships, and Fidero was named to the NCAA All-South team. For the women, freshman Michelle Sosia of Monroe was named MVP, and freshman Leah Cunningham of Clarkesville was named Most Improved. The women finished sixth at the GSAC Championships.
GSAC Cross Country champs include, from left, Matt Collins, Michael Fidero, James Maxwell, Montez Jones, Wesley Milton, and Aaron Saylor.
Coach’s MVP Justine Clay
GSAC Player of the Year Jorge Pradilla
Players’ MVP Kaitlyn Induni
Dombrowsky named JV baseball coach
By Lee Robin Piedmont’s Sports Information Director Richard Dombrowsky (M’05) is moving to a new position within the Athletics Department. Beginning this spring, Piedmont is fielding a full-time junior varsity baseball team, and Dombrowsky is the head coach. According to Athletic Director John Dzik, Piedmont has always had a JV team but not on a full-time basis. “We have reached critical mass in terms of numbers and student athletes who are interested in baseball, and we had to make a decision whether we were going to keep just a varsity program and eliminate people or if we were going to accommodate additional student-athletes by having a varsity and junior varsity program,” said Dzik. Dombrowsky, who will continue as associate head coach of the varsity team under coach Jim Peeples, has been at Piedmont for eight years and said he was excited when the position was offered to him. “I’m not saying I’m the perfect man for the job, but I know I’ve been there, and I’m really excited to help these kids out,” he said. With the full-time JV team, coaches will have the opportunity to observe up-andcoming players. Players will also have the opportunity to hone their skills with increased practice and playing time. Dombrowsky said that the team roster will consist of 20-24 players.
Sports programs expand with lacrosse and JV baseball
Lacrosse team to take field in 2012 With lacrosse growing more and more popular in Georgia, Piedmont has decided to add the spring sport to its athletic offerings. The college will start with a men’s lacrosse team and then add a women’s team later, says Athletic Director John Dzik. The athletic department currently has 14 teams and Dzik feels adding lacrosse will do a lot for Piedmont. The team will open up potential avenues for recruiting students from Georgia and schools outside the state. “Because lacrosse is growing at the high school level in the South, more colleges are adding lacrosse teams,” said Dzik. The process to start the team has begun with advertising for the head coach, and interviewing will begin with the intent to have a coach by the end of spring. The new coach will have an entire year to recruit. There will be no formal team playing in spring 2011. “In 2012 we will assess where we are as far as athletes and progress,” said Dzik. He said maybe in 2012 the team will play club lacrosse. A realistic goal for the lacrosse team to play intercollegiate matches is spring 2013. While the head coach recruits for players, some changes are going to take place. First, because soccer and lacrosse will use the soccer field for matches, the college will need a practice field. Second, seating modifications will need to be made in order to keep spectators safe during matches.
Winter Sports Recap Men’s Basketball The men’s basketball team posted a 1511 record, their best in the seven years that Piedmont has played in the NCAA Division III, and beat Maryville College for the first time during the regular season. But they had their playoff hopes snapped, 69-67, by a buzzer-beater against Lagrange College in the semifinals of the Great South Athletic Conference Championships Feb. 26. The Lions’ three seniors, J.C. Herebia, of Pharr, Texas; Michael Rubio of Cumming; and Sam Coppage of Ringgold were all
MVP Amber Satterfield
named to the GSAC All-Conference Team. Additionally, freshmen Tyler Arnold of Calhoun and Josh Chapman of Gainesville were each selected to the All-Freshman Team. Rubio, Tracey Gardner and Josh Haymore both of Gainesville, Daniel Lampl of Pendergrass, Will Martin of McDonough, Peter Ricks of Alpharetta, and Phillip Sloan of Ringgold were named to the All-Academic Team honoring players of sophomore academic standing or higher who carry a 3.25 cumulative grade point average. For the second consecutive year Herebia was the Lions’ leading scorer as he deposited 14.1 points per game. He also pulled down a team-best 146 rebounds for a 5.6 average. The All-Conference honor is the second consecutive for the senior forward. Rubio also makes his second appearance on the GSAC All-Conference team after averaging 13.3 points per game. He was the team leader in three-point field goals with 42
and second on the team in steals with 37. Coppage earned his first All-Conference honor after a senior year in which he averaged 9.8 points after overcoming a knee injury to start the season. The point guard dished out a team-high 79 assists while shooting a league-leading 88 percent from the free throw line (95-107). At the P-Club Athletic Banquet, Tracey Gardner of Gainesville picked up the Most Valuable Player award, and Mike Chatman of Snellville earned the Coach’s Award. Herebia was named the Teammate of the Year, and he and Rubio were recognized for going over 1,000 points in their PC careers. Lampl earned the team Academic Award. Women’s Basketball The Piedmont women posted an even 14-14 season record but were denied in postseason play after dropping a heart-breaker to Maryville College in the GSAC final game. Piedmont was up 56-51 with just 1:36 remaining when Maryville rallied and ran off six unanswered points for the win. The third-seeded Lady Lions defeated sixth-seeded Salem College 84-58 to move up to the GSAC Tournament semifinals, where they upset second-seeded LaGrange College 66-61 to advance to the final round against Maryville. Senior Lisa Jennings of Suwanee and sophomore Sada Wheeler of Lula were named to the All-Conference team. Jennings was third on the team with a season average of 7.9 points per game including a squad-best 41 tri-fectas. In conference play this season the guard averaged 9.8 points per game and connected on 44 percent of her attempts from the floor. Wheeler, who joined the team over the holiday break, averaged 15 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. Wheeler earned four double-doubles in 15 games played. Guard Amber Satterfield of McCaysville and forward Laura Simmons of Gainesville were both named to the league’s All-Academic team by carrying at least a 3.25 GPA. At the P-Club banquet, Satterfield was named the team MVP, and Mandy Beasley of Suwanee earned the Lady Lion Award. Wheeler and Alyssa Jones of Villa Rica shared the Best Offensive Player award, while Shanice Wheeler of Kennesaw was named the Most Valuable Defensive Player.
MVP Tracey Gardner
Cheerleading Cindy Dye of Rabun Gap earned the Most Spirited cheerleading award and shared a Most Improved award with Danielle Vidd of Cumming, who also earned the Coach’s Award. Aubrey Tidwell of Lawrenceville was named the Most Valuable Cheerleader, and the team Academic Award went to Kristen Payne of Hoschton. Captains this year were Tidwell and Sarah Simler of Buford.
Most Spirited Cindy Dye
Graduate programs continue to grow From humble beginnings, Piedmont College graduate studies have come a long way. In fall of 1995, there were 35 master’s candidates enrolled at the Demorest Campus. Today, more than 1,500 graduate students are enrolled at Demorest and Athens and across north Georgia. Piedmont now offers not only master’s degrees in education and business, but also education specialist and education doctorate degrees. “That is impressive growth,” says Anthony Cox, newly appointed director of graduate admissions. Cox said there are a number of factors that have led to growth of the graduate program. “Certainly Piedmont boasts an exceptionally strong faculty. We strive to offer programs that are practical and convenient, and the faculty and staff make personal connections with the students. However, what cannot be overlooked are the students themselves. When the students say positive things about our graduate programs, the word spreads that Piedmont is an impressive option,” he said. Octavius Mulligan, assistant principal at Habersham Central High School, started at Piedmont College in 1989 as an undergraduate student. He went on to complete his master’s and education specialist degrees with Piedmont, and is now part of the first education doctorate cohort. “For me, Piedmont College has been a transformative process that started with my undergraduate work and continues to this day in the Ed.D. program,” Mulligan said. “If it were not for Piedmont, I would not be
who I am today as an educator.” Michelle Estatico, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in education from UGA and is now enrolled in the master’s cohort program in Gwinnett County, teaches math at Grayson High school. “Piedmont has been a great experience for me as an educator to grow professionally and personally.” she said. “The program works well with my schedule as a full-time teacher and allows me to not only better myself in the classroom but also expand my knowledge of education as a whole. The professors truly care about their students and their well being. It is nice to go to graduate school at a place where everyone really knows your name. I had such a great master’s degree experience that I plan to pursue my specialist degree through Piedmont as well.” The graduates of the MBA program also offer glowing opinions of their Piedmont experience. Dominique Bennett, Director of Patient Financial Services at Athens Regional Medical Center said, “With the multitude of on-line higher educational opportunities, I wanted to pursue my graduate degree via personal interaction with knowledgeable business professionals, both students and professors. Piedmont College has a dedicated staff of professional business men and women who teach due to their passion for their areas of expertise. Their passion shows in their interaction with students and the quality of the education I received. As a working mother of two children, Piedmont College had a flexible class plan that would work within my hectic schedule.”
Octavius Mulligan, assistant principal at Habersham Central High School, talked to the Piedmont Board of Trustees about his experiences as an undergraduate and graduate student at Piedmont.
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Alumni Spotlight: Lois Barr, Class of 1926
Lois Barr of the Class of 1926 talks about her days at Piedmont College
Having a President of the United States win a Nobel Peace Prize is nothing new to Piedmont’s oldest alumni, Lois Elizabeth Mongold Barr (’26) of Blairsville. Barr was born in 1906, when President Roosevelt received the honor—and that’s Theodore, not Franklin. When Barr entered the Piedmont Academy as an eighth grader in 1919, Woodrow Wilson was in the White House, and the 18th and 19th Amendments to the Constitution had just been ratified, ushering in prohibition and giving women the right to vote. Habersham County was celebrating its 100th birthday, and the newspaper headlines touted a U.S. Navy aircraft that had just made the first transatlantic flight. Calvin Coolidge was serving his second term as president when Barr graduated in 1926, and A.A. Milne released a children’s book called Winnie-the-Pooh. In Detroit, General Motors produced is first Pontiac. Members of the Piedmont Alumni Office, Brandy Aycock and Sandi Tatum, recently met with Barr to reminisce about her days at Piedmont. You can watch the complete interview at www.piedmont.edu/barr. How did you come to attend Piedmont College? I went to the Piedmont Academy. I was just barely 13. There was a group of young people I knew from Clayton who were going, so at the last minute my family got me ready
to go, too, at the spur of the moment. I was so late registering that I couldn’t get into the dormitory. So they rented a room in a house off-campus, and I had to live in that for a while. I was separated from the group I went with. I eventually moved into the dormitory. Which dorm did you move into? It was Commons Hall [a former hotel on Central Avenue]. That was mostly college students, but it was fine for me because it had the dining room, and I worked my way through school. All the years I was there, and I was there seven years, I believe there was only one year I was in another dormitory. What were your jobs on campus? When I started, after classes, we gathered in a room in the back of the kitchen where we prepared vegetables, peeled potatoes and stringed beans. That’s what I did to begin with. Then over the years I set the tables for meals, helped during the time of the meals, and afterward. I don’t think I ever had to do dishes. I remember there was some sort of dishwasher. Not any of us ever had to wash dishes. I escaped that. I don’t mind washing dishes now, but it would have been terrible then. I worked in the dining room for a number of years, and then I graduated to working in the library. I did that during my final years.
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What were the things you did for fun while you were at Piedmont? We never left campus—hardly ever anybody went away for weekends. A few did on special occasions. We had programs and things on campus that we did. The societies all had programs at special times. People came to do lectures and presentations. We always had something to go to … in the auditorium on the weekend. That was the time we could have dates and fun time. We would have special dinners in the dining room. We would go into great detail for that. We did not have dances. Dancing was not allowed. But the girls did dance after dinner in the auditorium. Dancing was forbidden, but I don’t remember anything ever being said about it. Now that’s the great college event. We made great preparations for the programs. Going in all types of weather and gathering shrubbery out of the woods and fixing the stage. We were kept busy, and we did have classes on Saturday, too. On Sunday afternoon we could have dates for an hour and a half or two hours to go walking. The main place to go walking
was around that pretty lake. We had to go to church every Sunday and we had vespers at 5 p.m. How did you become a German major? The year I was finishing up my high school, I didn’t have a full schedule. I had some time, so I started taking courses at the college. I could schedule German easily. I took it for four years, and I think for two of the years I was the only one in the class. I knew my forefathers came from Germany, and it was just an interest. When I graduated there was no need for it. It was not conversational German; [the professor] was more interested in the literature. When I was there most of [the professors] were from New England. What’s the biggest thing you remember happening at Piedmont? The most tragic thing happened the first year I was there when the girls’ dormitory burned. It was a big frame building, and the building I should have been in. It had college students in it, and it hosted the Academy students. I got moved from that residence off campus into Commons Hall instead of that dormitory where I should have been. It was terrible, it happened at night and I remember being wakened. I was on Commons Hall on the top floor, and the screaming woke us. I went across the hall
to someone else’s room and saw the fire. One of the girls jumped from one of the top windows. It was tragic. Mrs. Spence was the house mother of that dorm.* Who was the president when you were there? Jenkins. He was there for a long, long time. He was there all the years while I was there and after I left. I never felt close to him, he was away a lot trying to get money. [Frank E. Jenkins was president from 1910 to 1930.] Were there any traditions at Piedmont you remember? The rivalry between classes was always great. The seniors were supposed to have a banner, and the juniors were always trying to get the banner. There was a great to-do about it. The seniors were trying to protect it, and juniors were trying to get it. There was such great rivalry and activity between the classes.
*Green Hall, which burned on Jan. 21, 1920, stood about where Stewart Hall is today. The fire claimed the life of 15-year-old Florence Weeks. Mrs. Martha Harper Spence was the wife of the Rev. Charles Spence, Piedmont’s first president when it was founded as the J.S. Green Collegiate Institute in 1897. “Mother Spence” lived on the campus until her death in 1934.
Alumni Spotlight: Meredith Henderson After Meredith Henderson (B.A. ’06) bought Verlon’s Florist, now named Blue Willow, two years ago, she created a wreath
that has turned into a nationwide hit. Henderson contacted a friend in wholesale distribution and now her wreaths are sold at Barney’s, T.J. Maxx and small shops nationwide. The wreaths come in two sizes and during the holidays, clients could pick between seven colors: white, silver, copper, green, red, champagne, and lavender. It takes a couple of hours to handmake the grapevine and poly-mesh fabric wreaths. During the holidays Henderson and co-worker Jo Whited made about 50 in house. “I knew I liked them and others liked them too,” said Henderson. “But I didn’t expect them to do as well as they have done.” Along with wreaths, they made garland, mailbox decorations, door baskets, and stocking holders out of the same maMeredith Henderson, right, and co-worker Jo Whited with one of terials and colors. Henderson hopes to Henderson’s wreaths that are now sold across the country. start a spring line in April.
The business partnership between the wholesale distribution company and Blue Willow will allow for more wreaths to be made in bulk. The wreaths have been shown in numerous wholesale markets across the U.S. The company Henderson is working with has a permanent show room in Atlanta and temporary show rooms in other major cities. Henderson kept the name Verlon’s Florist for a while because it is how the store was known. She wanted to meet and get to know clients before starting the slow transition. The new name, Blue Willow, is taken from the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Curly Willow plant, which she uses in many of her designs.
ALUMNI & FRIENDS The Rev. Henry V. Langford (’42) of Richmond, Va., was a recipient of the 2009 Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church Trailblazer Award in Richmond, Va., for his outstanding contributions to the community. Dr. Robert Lamb (’52) of Milledgeville is enjoying retirement after 47 years in education. He served as a high school band director, classroom teacher, elementary school principal, central office administrator and consultant with the Georgia Department of Education. After graduating from Piedmont, he earned master’s, specialist, and doctoral degrees at UGA. He and his wife, Eloise, have been married for 55 years. Joseph Grist (’54) of Lexington, Va., was named to the Abraham Baldwin Agriculture
College Athletics Hall of Fame. Grist played basketball at ABAC from 1947-49 and in his sophomore season helped lead the Stallions to the national tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas. Grist would later attend the University of Miami to play basketball, and also played basketball at Piedmont College after serving in the Army. He was inducted into the Piedmont Athletic Hall of Fame in 1981. Gary Stephenson (’69) lives in Toccoa and enjoys attending almost every Piedmont athletic event and the “P” Club events. John W. “Bill” Williams (’69) of Martin recently published his fourth book, Soul-Connecting, a collection of 64 poems. It is available through Blackwelder Press. Johnny Solesbee (’71) of Baldwin, publish-
PC Teachers of the year Congratulations to the following teachers who were named Teacher of the Year for their respective schools or systems. We are sure there must be others we have missed, so if you received a similar award, e-mail David Price at dprice2@ piedmont.edu. Yvonne Ring (’96, EdS’03) of Clayton was selected the Rabun County Teacher of the Year. Jennifer Hubbard (M’01) of Union Point was named Teacher of the Year at Union Point Elementary School. Tony McCullers (’00, M’01) of Monroe was named Teacher of the Year at North Oconee High School. Tony taught five years at Eastside High School and has taught at NOHS since 2005. He teaches web design and computer programming and is also assistant coach for the NOHS Titan’s baseball team. He was named Assistant Coach of the Year for the 2009 AA season. Tony is married to Julie Phillips McCullers (’02), who teaches third grade at Malcom Bridge Elementary in Oconee County. They have two children, Cam, 4, and Maeve, 1. Priscilla Jones (M’02) of Greensboro was named Teacher of the Year at Greensboro Elementary School. James Glenn (M’03, EdS’06) of Suwanee was named the Teacher of the Year for Gwinnett County High Schools. A teacher for 10 years, Glenn teaches advanced placement social studies at Norcross High School.
Elizabeth Royer (M’04) of Hull received an award from the Georgia Association of Teacher Educators as one of two Supervising Teachers of the Year. She teaches at Alps Road Elementary School in Clarke County. Nancy Watkins (EdS’04) of Blue Ridge is Teacher of the Year at Blue Ridge Elementary School, where she teachers art, music and drama. Ron Prescott (M’05) of Jefferson was selected Teacher of the Year at Jackson County Comprehensive High School. Debbie Pruitt (’05, M’08, EdS’10) of Cleveland received the Teacher of the Year award at Mt. Yonah Elementary School in Sautee, where she has taught kindergarten for six years. Stephanie Ring (M’08) of Hull has been named the Teacher of the Year for both Commerce Middle School and for the entire Commerce School System. Tanisha Wright (’08, M’09) of Greensboro was named Teacher of the Year at Greene County Preschool. Krista K. Ivester (M’09) of Mt. Airy is the systemwide Teacher of the Year for Habersham County Schools. Math teacher Joy Watson Miller (M’05) of Winder was named the Westside Middle School and Barrow County Middle Schools Teacher of the Year. Mindy Blankenship (EdS’05) of Greensboro was named Teacher of the Year at Anita White Carson Middle School in Greene County.
er of The Northeast Georgian in Cornelia, is retiring after 42 years in the newspaper business. Johnny began writing sports stories for The Daily Times in Gainesville while still in high school and later worked as a reporter, editor and publisher at weeklies in Cumming, Gainesville and Winder, and as managing editor of the Gwinnett Daily News in Lawrenceville. For the past 21 years, he has been publisher of The Northeast Georgian and regional publisher of its affiliate newspapers in Dawsonville, Dahlonega, Cleveland and Clayton. Benjamin Hinton (’85) of Gastonia, N.C., celebrated his 19th anniversary as pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church. Hinton previously served as pastor of Friendship Baptist Church in Toccoa for seven years. He also serves on the faculty of the National Baptist Congress of Christian Education. David Foster (’88) of Cornelia has been named manager of marketing and member services with Habersham EMC. Vance Brown (’90) of Rocky Face was recently promoted to vice president of innovation and technology at carpet manufacturer Mohawk Industries. Laura (Deweese) Bell (’99, M’04) and Mark Bell (’01) of Blairsville welcomed their first child, Logan Patrick Bell, on May 29, 2009. Deidre Boswell (’02, M’06, EdS’07) of Winterville has founded Educreations, a company which markets Grammar Calendars, kits that she created to aid in the teaching of grammar. The multi-media kits include charts, a CD of grammar songs, DVD demonstrations, and diagnostic software for teachers. For more information visit Deidre’s website at www.educreations.org. Dr. R. Alexander Pyron (’04) of New York was the keynote speaker for the 36th annual meeting of the Kansas Herpetological Society in November 2009. He discussed aspects of his research on common kingsnakes. Dr. Pyron is one of the nation’s leading authorities on snake systematics, the study of snake classifications and the evolutionary relationships among them. He recently completed a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at Stony Brook University and has been named the Robert F. Griggs assistant professor of biology at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Continued Next Page
Get ALUMNI & FRIENDS All The News FAST! B r a n d o n Ridgeway (’05) and his wife, Sarah, of Boulder, Col., welcomed their first child, Noah Daniel Ridgeway, on Jan. 13, 2010. Jerry Neace (’06, M’08) was recently elected mayor of Baldwin.
Daniela Guevara (’09) (center, above) is a talent director for Lanza Group in Atlanta. The company specializes in Hispanic marketing, public relations and events. She has worked with companies such as Coke and Chick-fil-A. Photo Caption: Daniela working with Coke’s account as Project Manager for Hispanic Marketing campaign in Atlanta. Joni Renae Martin (M’09) of Toccoa and Benjamin Jason Keith of Clarkesville were married Dec. 19, 2009, at Refuge Baptist Camp in Carnesville. Joni teaches in Jackson County. Melissa Hoffman (’10) of Lilburn is working as a writer and ad designer for e4 Design in Norcross, which produces trade show events and exhibits.
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Karen VaughnSmith (M’06) of Snellville was recently the featured artist for Miyazawa Flutes, Ltd. Karen is a well-known flutist and has performed in a number of Piedmont’s outstanding musical productions. She is piccoloist of the Gainesville Symphony and a private flute teacher. To read the interesting interview, go to www.miyazawa. com and refer to Karen’s name under the artists tab. Allie Baker Phillips (’07) of Royston and William Cory Bohannon of Martin were married Sept. 12, 2009, at the Tucker Plantation in Colbert. Will Joseph Begnaud (’08) and Margaret Anne Jones were married Oct. 10 at the University of Georgia Chapel in Athens. Will is an assistant manager with Enterprise Holdings, and Margaret teaches seventh grade in Gwinnett County. Katie Rivers (’08) of Demorest has started her own natural light, on-location photography business. She takes photos for weddings, engagements, babies, maternity, families, senior photos, and much more. Her portfolio and blog are located at www.katieriversphoto.com. Jennifer Pilgrim (’08, M’09), photo right, married Army Specialist Christopher Cox on October 10, 2009, at the Berry College Chapel in Rome, Georgia. The two met during high school in 2004 when they both served as state and national officers for Future Business Leaders of America. Cox has served one year in Afghanistan and will be returning later this year. After a honeymoon to Ocho Rios, Jamaica, the couple and their dog, Gracie, now live in Colorado Springs, Colo. Brian Carter (’09) of Demorest is a videographer for Windstream Communications in Cornelia. In addition to videoing and editing shows and events, he also produces and hosts his own show called “Blitz,” which is a sports talk show with interviews and highlights of regional high school sports. The show airs at 3
p.m., 8 p.m., and 11:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays on Windstream Channel 4. Ashley Chima (’09) is a sales coordinator at Citadel Broadcasting in Atlanta, parent company of Kicks 101.5 and True Oldies 106.7. Ashley says the best part is she gets to see famous performers at the station when they come to Atlanta, including American Idol finalist Danny Gokey, The Band Perry, and Tyler Dickerson.
OBITUARIES Former Piedmont Trustee W. Loy Johnson (’50) of Jackson, Miss., died Feb. 16, 2010. He was 81. While at Piedmont, he was vice president of his class and a member of the The Piedmont Owl newspaper staff. Mr. Johnson had a long and distinguished career with Kerr-McGee Chemical Corporation. In 1993 he returned to Piedmont to serve as assistant to the president, and his wife, Dr. Imogene T. Johnson (’50) served as a consultant to the Education Department. In 1994 the Johnsons received the Alumni Service Award, and in 2004 they established the Imogene T. Johnson Graduate Reading Scholarship. Johnson Residence Hall on the Demorest campus is named in their honor. Mr. Johnson served as a trustee from 1995-2001 and in 2003 he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Business Administration. 1930s Jacob “Jack” Cohen (’37) of Van Nuys, Calif., died Nov. 23, 2009. He was 94. Mr. Cohen was a WW II Army combat veteran who fought at the Battle of the Bulge. He had a long and successful business career, was an avid tennis player, and loved politics and public affairs. 1940s Lottie Lou Golden Adams (’49) of Cornelia, died Feb. 7, 2010. She was 95. Mrs. Adams taught at North Habersham and Habersham Central high schools for a total of 41 years. Juanita Snelling Boyd (attended 1948-49) of Elberton, died Nov. 21, 2008. While at Piedmont. Mrs. Boyd was a member of the women’s basketball and softball teams. Fred M. Huff (’48) of Eastanollee, died Nov. 9, 2009. He was 82. Mr. Huff’s entire teaching and coaching career from 1948-1994 was at Stephens County High School. He was a promoter of county music throughout Northeast Georgia and hosted special events country shows on WNEG. Mildred Farmer Lloyd (’48) of Bishop, died June 1, 2007. She was 91. Ruby Lott Lockerman (’42) of Columbus, died May 3, 2009. She was 90. Mrs. Lockerman was a retired elementary school teacher and pricipal, having lived in 11 states and Puerto Rico. While at Piedmont, she was a reporter and editor for the student newspaper, The Piedmont Owl. In 1993 Mrs. Lockerman established the DanaCarter Scholarship in memory of PC President Malcolm Boyd Dana (1939-44) and Professor of French, Earl Kendall Carter. Deane Mathis Puckett (’42) of Gainesville, died Jan. 16, 2010. She was 96. Mrs. Puckett was retired from the Gainesville City Schools. Kathryn Moye Sharpe (’42) of Charleston, S.C., died Oct. 5, 2009. She was 86. Mrs. Sharpe began her professional career as a high school teacher and guidance counselor. She was a professor at Charleston Southern University, where she founded the Sociology Department. After obtaining her Ph.D., Dr. Sharpe became a licensed
psychologist, specializing in marriage and family therapy. Survivors include her husband William H. Sharpe (’41), whom she met on a tennis court at Piedmont. The Sharpes were married for 63 years. Richard “R.H.” Thomas (’46) of Lawrenceville, died Oct. 9, 2010. He was 85. A WW II veteran, Mr. Thomas served in Africa, Italy, and France as a medical technician in the 36th General Hospital. He taught high school chemistry and math before becoming a State Farm agent, serving Lawrenceville for 43 years. Mr. Thomas helped organize the Gwinnett County Basketball Officials Association and was an avid Atlanta Braves fan. 1950s Maisie Bryant Beacham (’50) of Demorest, died Feb. 9, 2010. She was 85. Mrs. Beacham taught third grade in Franklin and Habersham counties for 41 years. Survivors include her daughters Terri Beacham Wood (’83) and Kay Beacham. Eugene H. Harden (’50) of Gainesville, died March 5, 2010. He was 83. Mr. Harden served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1945-46 and retired from the Georgia Dept. of Transportation in 1992. While at Piedmont, he was a member of the baseball team. Survivors include his brother Herman “Chic” Harden (’61). Martha Bellamy Rumsey (’52) of Clayton, died Feb. 21, 2010. She was 78. Mrs. Rumsey was teacher and media specialist for 32 years and retired from the Rabun County School System. Survivors include her husband Ray Rumsey (’54) and daughter-in-law Donna Rumsey (’89). Faye Wise Dalton (’57) of Hollingsworth, died Nov. 8, 2009. She was 95. Mrs. Dalton taught in White and Habersham counties, and retired after 34 years at Baldwin Elementary School in Banks County. She was inducted into the Habersham Assoc. of Educators Retired Teachers Hall of Fame and in 2000 received the Georgia Retired Educators Association Leadership Award. Jonnie Emmett Dalton (’58) of Homer, died Jan. 19, 2010. She was 91. Mrs. Dalton taught in the Banks County School System for over 30 years. Survivors include her grandchildren Cranley (’89) and Joy Ward (’89). Hugh L. Doss (’51) of Largo, Fla., died Feb. 7, 2010. He was 79. Mr. Doss was an Army veteran of the Korean War and was the owner of Doss Construction Company. Jack B. Holcomb (’51) of Gainesville, died Jan. 8, 2010. He was 85. Mr. Holcomb served in the U.S. Navy from 1941-46 in both the Atlantic and Pacific Theaters, and achieved the rank of Quarter Master. He was decorated four times with two bronze stars. Mr. Holcomb began his long career in education in the early years of Truett-McConnell College in Cleveland, where he served as coach of the first men’s and women’s basketball teams.
James Marvin Madden (’58) of Anderson, S.C., died March 27, 2009. He was 76. Mr. Madden was a Korean War veteran, serving with the U.S. Air Force at Clark Field in the Phillipines. He retired in 1993 as Chief Accountant at UniroyalGoodrich Tire Co. James P. Sosebee (’57) of Gainesville, died Sept. 29, 2009. He was 74. Mr. Sosebee served in the U.S. Army. He worked from Milliken Textiles Inc., retiring in 1999 as manager of the New Holland Plant. While at Piedmont, Mr. Sosebee was a member of the baseball and basketball teams. Polly Head Stamey (’52) of Cleveland, died Feb. 7, 2010. She was 82. 1960’s Dow T. Baker (’64) of Lavonia, died Sept. 27, 2009. He was 89. Mr. Baker taught in the Franklin County schools. He was also an accomplished pianist and taught piano. George Dennis Payne (’69) of Toccoa, died March 18, 2010. He was 63. Mr. Payne was a math teacher with the Stephens County School System, and had served as a member at large of the Stephens County Board of Education. From 197981, he was an adjunct professor of mathematics and computer science at Piedmont. Survivors include his sisters and brothers-in-law, Judy and Garvis Kinsey (’71), and Dianne and Wayne Harlow (’78). 1970’s Lucille Arrendale Franklin (’78) of Turnerville, died Jan. 28, 2010. She was 77. Mrs. Arrendale was an RN with Tugalo Home Health Agency. Phillip G. Hodge (’71) of Cleveland, died Jan. 5, 2010. He was 61. 1980s Douglas S. King (’85) of Atlanta, died Dec. 30, 2009. He was 48. Ethel Ledford Drown (’85) of Richland Hills, Texas, died Dec. 23, 2007. She was 59. Mrs. Drown was a commissioned bank examiner with the Texas State Department of Banking. She was a member of the Torch of Piedmont. Survivors include her husband Richard M. Drown (’85). 1990s Emma Jean Pagels (’93) of Toccoa, died Nov. 16, 2009. She was 68. Mrs. Pagels was a retired second grade teacher in the Stephens County schools, a member of Stephens County FFA Alumni, and a former director of Special Olympics. 2000s Daniel R. Leuthner (M’05) of Nicholson, died Oct. 16, 2009. He was 33. Mr. Leuthner was a special education, social studies, and math teacher at East Jackson Middle School, where he was also the cross country and track coach, and electric vehicle sponsor. He was an avid mountain biker and hiker. Survivors include his wife Leslie Stone Leuthner (M’04).
Gifts to Piedmont College reached just over $1.6 million in the past year. On the following pages are listed the names of donors who made contributions during the fiscal year of July 2008 to June 2009. Because we value every donor and appreciate every gift, the following list is not divided into categories based on dollar amounts. You may be listed in one of the four following categories: Alumni and Friends, Organizations and Foundations, Honoraria and Memorials, and Churches. Although the lists have been carefully compiled and the names formatted according to the donors’ requests, if your name has been inadvertently omitted or incorrectly listed, please call the Office of Institutional Advancement at 1-800-868-1641 so that we may correct the information for the future. To all who contributed over the 2008-09 fiscal year, the students, faculty and staff of Piedmont College thank you for joining us in this 113-year effort to bring high-quality higher education to the students of northeast Georgia. President Ray and Ashley Cleere
DONOR REPORT Anonymous Donor B. Evans Acree (’50) W. Richard Acree (’48) Mr. Sidney A. Adair Phillip & Cynthia Adcock John J. Ahnen (’02) William & Onnalee Ahrens Mr. and Mrs. Phillip L. Albertson Jimmy R. Alewine (’60) Gaynell Allen (M’03) M. Clifton Amos (’67) Delores Bonnie Anderson (’72) Mrs. Leesa P. Anderson Stephen E. Andrew (’04, M’07) Dr. Donna G. Andrews Estate of Russell C. Archer Edward D. Ariail (’80) James Armstrong (’44) Mr. Gus Arrendale Bob Ash (’43) Estate of Caroline Ashley Brandy B. Aycock Coach Doc Ayers (’49) Ms. Eleanor Baader J. Philip, Jr. (’69) & Margaret Ballard Mr. William R. Bannister Mr. Soleyman Barin Mr. Charles W. Barr II James F. Beall, III (Ed.S’07) Mr. Christopher G. Beasley Montine & Tom Beasley Mr. and Mrs. Timothy T. Beasley Ms. Amy J. Bell Mrs. Jane D. Bell Mr. and Mrs. Jerry H. Bennett Ronald G. Bennett (’85, M’99) Donald L. & Anne A. Bentley Dr. Marilyn A. Berrong (’76) Estate of Edwin H. Bingham Mr. Mack Bird James & Billie Black
Lisa L. Black (M’01, Ed.S.’07) Bruce (’52) & Lora Lancaster Blasingame (’51) Dr. J. Thomas Bowen Dr. Richard J. Bower Mrs. Ann Stripling Boyd (’40) Janice Farmer Boyd Pat & Del Bradshaw (’74) David R. Brady (’77) Elsie Burrell Brady (’52) Mr. & Mrs. Lewis A. Brannon Dr. Ellen C. Briggs Ray & Pauline Brock Mr. and Mrs. John J. Broderick Stan (’68) & Pamela D. Brookshire (’68) Dr. Louie A. Brown (’61) Vance Brown (’90) Mr. and Mrs. Earl M. Bryant Mrs. Jennifer Buchanan Andrew W. Buice (’99) Mrs. Jamila Burgess Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Burgess T. Mark Burns (’74) Richard J. Burrell (’51) Estate of M. Reynolds Bush Donna Z. Bye (’69) Mrs. Nancy L. Byers Mr. Lee Cady Tim (’80) & Janie Cagle C. Lyndol Cain (’53) Ms. Barbara N. Camp Helen Cannon James D. Cantrell (’60) Jonathan W., Sr. (’81) & Martha Kelly Cantrell (’80) Jack M. Carey (’54) Ed & Nancy A. Carmack (’88) Mrs. Cynthia M. Carpenter Nettie Ben Wilmot Cash (’47) Mr. Brian Cate Mr. and Mrs. Thomas L. Chambers
Alumni and Friends Dr. R. Windy Charles Chris Cheek S. N. Charles Cho, M.D. (’57) Timothy & Brenda Clancy Ray & Ashley Cleere Charles (’46) & Florence “Jill” H. Clement (’46) Bill & Beth Cochran Elaina Craven Cochran (’08) Ms. Joan S. Cochran Dianne (’69) & Lewis Cody (’67) M. J. Cofer Robin L. Coile (’82) Ms. Linda M. Coley David & Lea Collins Raymond E. Collins, Sr. (’58) Rob & Maya Collins Rev. Dr. Jack & Mrs. Nancy Cook Mr. Brian Cornett Robert (’53) & Eloise W. Corry (’52) Bill Corry (’51) Tom Cosby (’59) Mr. and Mrs. Michael K. Crandall
Jim & Cheryl Crysel Robert T. Cutting, M.D. Ms. Kathryn D’Antignac Junior & Kay David Dr. Viviane L. Daigle Trigg L. Dalrymple (’64) Loretta W. Dalton (’86) William T. Dalton (’39) Randy & Terri Daniel Wanda Darby Eric & Linda Davies Drew (’96, M’04) & Molly Knight Davis (’04) Annie Rose Allen Davis (’51) C. W. (’47) & Margie Davis Mr. Harrison N. Davis Jewel S. Davis John & Candy Davis Judy & Wilfred Davis Steve & Pam Davis Dr. Prachuab Dechawan (’70) Mrs. Graham H. Dellinger Richard K. DeMore (’72) Ms. Patricia Diak Dr. Sandra B. Dickson Anderson Dilworth (’53) Rosemary W. Dodd (’69)
Evelyn West King (’61) and Brenda Hinkle
Richard Dombrowsky (M’05) Janet Donston (’65) Joyce Garrett Dooley (’71) David & Susan Drevlow Mr. and Mrs. David W. Duke Steve & Anne Duke Mr. & Mrs. Paul Duncan Gerald H. Dunn (’65) Ronald Durrance family Shawn Durrance family Mr. John Dzik Mr. Michael R. Eastman C. J. (’07) & Carla Herron Edenfield (’04, M’10) Mr. Frank Edge Adam (’00) & Kelly Church Edwards (’97, M’02) Elliot Eggleston (’56) Carol Ann Epperson (’63) Lee (’01) & Laura Green Evans (’00) Charles W. Fagan (’57) Pete (’93) & Nancy B. Farmer (’96) Aubrey M. Finch (’51) Maria Fisk, MSN, RN Robert H. Floyd, Sr. (’51) Dr. Laura Rogers Fortson David C. Foster (’88) John C. (’69) & Bobbie Carpenter Foster Teresa Foster Guy M. Fouts (’66) Robert & Pauline Fowler Fred M. Free (’50) Mrs. Carol E. Freytag Lauren A. Fritsch (’05, M’07) Mr. and Mrs. James Frye Mr. and Mrs. William H. Gaik David & Jenni Gailey Ms. Donna D. Gailey Rosa Gailey Mark & Sarah Gardner Mr. Marvin B. Gardner, Jr.
Alumni and Friends Jimmy A. Garner (’77) Mr. Bobby Gastley Robert H. Geis (’69) Patricia Hensley Givens (’60) Ms. Jean S. Gleason Mrs. Nancy C. Gleason Madeline Wilmot Goodlett (’45) Mr. and Mrs. John A. Graf Dr. & Mrs. W. Vance Grant, Jr. (’43) Casey & Clara Grantham David Greene & Jane McFerrin Dr. Paul Greene Mr. Mack H. Guest III Rev. Dr. Robert Haldane, Jr. Paul E. Haley (’99) Ben & Marcia Hall Lisa Hallford Marcia N. Hallford Eloise R. Hancock Estate of Anna W. Hannum Ms. Beverly Hans Ms. Linda W. Hansen Mr. Lewis Harper Chip Harris Mr. & Mrs. Bruce Harvey Dr. & Mrs. Phillip A. Hayner Estate of Florence W. Haynes Mr. D W Hazen Handley Heard & June Heard Lois A. Heilmann Few Hembree (’70) Ms. Frances S. Hemphill Bonnie Manning Henderson (’52) Edgar M. Henderson (’37) Mrs. Jane E. Heuson Mrs. Judy M. Hibbard Jane G. Higdon (’70) Max Hill Mr. and Mrs. Ray C. Hinkle Dr. C. Wallace & Mrs. Jennifer P. Hinson (’95) Tim & Jerilyn Hitch Jim Hoban Mr. James C. Hobbs III Dr. Lisa G. Hodgens Ms. Bess D. Hodkinson Mr. L. R. Holbrook Michelle A. Holland (’09) George (’58) & Rena West Holt (’58) Mr. Cliff Hood Marion & Louise Hudson Fred M. Huff (’48) Lloyd (’50) & Helen Cannon Hunter (’51) William & Mary Hussey Wilma Hutcheson-Williams Mr. Steve Hyser Tinsley H. Irvin (’54) Jeff & Sherrie Jenkins Michael H. Jensen (’07, M’08) Ben W. Jernigan, Jr., DMD Mrs. Barbara H. Johnson Douglas M. Johnson (’66) Mr. Kenneth S. Johnson Mr. Richard L. Johnson Mrs. Susan D. Johnston Mr. Lance G. Jones Ms. MariAnne Jones Dr. & Mrs. Walter N. Kalaf Mrs. Martha Kaulbach Helen D. Keilbach (’35) Russell Keiser
Mr. Chris Kelly Jeff F. Kelly (’02) Bill & Stacia Kennedy Mr. Donald R. Keough Mrs. Janice Kesler Dr. Madge H. Kibler Evelyn West King (’61) Mr. Ralph W. King Mr. Drew Kirby Mr. Daniel J. Knauer John Knight Roland & Charlotte Knight Rev. Dr. & Mrs. Peter N. Knost Ms. Linda E. Kobel Koester family Ms. Carol E. Kokesh Mr. & Mrs. John Kollock Justin (M’08) & Tonya Fowler Koonz (’08) Mr. Keith Koonz John (’58) & Rosa Maria Valdes Kuiken (’59) Susan Spaeth Kyle (’95) Roy L. Lackey Kathryn Jordan Lancaster (’48) Timothy & Suzanne Elder (Ed.S’03) Peggy Oliver Lattanzi (’52) Dolford & Martha Layson Jasper S. & Delene W. Lee Robert & Tina Lee Mr. Gary D. Lemmons Richard L. Lester, III (’70) Bobby Lewallen (’56) Bruce Lewallen (’68) Jerry R. Lewallen (’81) Daryl E. Lewis (’77) Marjorie Fields Lewis (’39) Ms. Joanne P. Lipsey Mr. and Mrs. Randy Long Mr. Paul T. Lord Betty Griswold Los (’56) Sarah Cisson Loudermilk (’48) Betty Payne Love (’53) Kim Carver Lovell (’92) Robert Lower Marcia & Bill Loyd Edna Stanley Lybrand (’44) Paul & Joan Lyle Mr. J. Tristan Lynn Dr. Timothy F. Lytle Mrs. Natt Maddox Kevin Maguire Shirley & Jay Maguire Mrs. Patricia H. Mapp Mr. Ethan Martin Billy C. Massey (’61) Justin M. Mathews (04, M’07) William P. Matthews (’69) Margaret Mattis Mr. Stephen D. Mayeux Carolyn McCague Don and Lori McEachin Don McElwee J. Stanley McFarlin (’74) Dr. Gary R. McGillivary JD McGuirt (’97) Mark & Becky McIntyre Mr. Tyler M. McKay Mr. and Mrs. Woodrow McKay, Jr. Arnold (’65) & Shirley Jordan Meeks (’72) Dr. James F. Mellichamp Jan & Laura Anne Melnick John L. Merritt (’62)
Emily Berryman Michaud (’42) Houston & Beverly Miers Glenn & Patricia Miller Lewis R. Miller (’63) Mrs. Linda S. Miller Mrs. Nancy S. Miller W. Parks (M’00) & Cathy D. Miller Susan Mills Beverly & Ira Mitlin Laurance R. Mitlin Marjorie Mitlin Cheryle Mollycheck Mr. and Mrs. Grant E. Montgomery Dr. K. Michael Moody Dr. Kara Keel Moody (’94) Steve & Thomasa Moon Anne & Elton Mooney Mr. Ferrell Morgan Hon. Handsel G. Morgan, Sr. (’42) Mr. J. S. Morgan, Sr. Carol & Joe Morgan
William Roy Pipes Joseph I. Pitts, Ph.D. (’68) Linda G. Pitts (’90) John Pollock William Pollock Rex G. Poole (’60) Wayne Popham Henry & Montine Powell Mr. Phil J. Prescott Dr. Andrea M. Price Bernice W. Price J. Byron Puckett (’93) Thomas & Paige Queen Frank Quiles (’97) John Raney (’97) Mr. and Mrs. Daniel G. Ray Meredith A. Ray (’07) Sara Garthright Ray (’44) Mr. and Mrs. Verlin Reece Frances Reed Tommie Reed Ruby Allen Reid (’58) Mr. & Mrs. Paul J. Reeves Mrs. Patricia G. Reynolds
Joe B. Sartain, Jr. (’54) Mr. and Mrs. Earl Satterfield John & Cheryl Satterfield Justin (M’06) & Katie Wood Scali (’06, M’07) Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Schlief Roy & Nancy Schmidt Mr. Harry Schwartz Dr. LeRoy C. Schwarzkopf Dr. Linda Scott Wayne & Ginger Seelbach Charles K. Sewell (’54) Kenneth L. Sewell (’59) Mr. and Mrs. George Sexton Mrs. Maggie Shane Randy Sharian (’76) Juanita Fields Shaternick (’44) Patricia S. Sherrer, Ph.D. Mike and Diane Shelton James F. Sievers (’63) Bradley G. Simmons (’87) Stacy F. Simon Mr. Blaine H. Simons Alison U. Singer (’93, M’06)
Alumni baseball players returned for a reunion matchup against the current varsity team to prove that they have not lost a step on the diamond.
Pamela Dodd Motes (’78) Reid (’59) & Deloris Newberry Mullins (’58) Dr. Keith R. Nelms Mr. Gregory R. New Tom Newman Audrey & Darrell Odum Mr. and Mrs. Gregory K. Odum Ms. Renee Orlovsky Mr. William B. Orlovsky Ms. Shirley A. Owen Dr. A. Melton Palmer, Jr. Dr. Joe L. Palmer Mr. Charles A. Parker Rev. W. Alton Parris (’47) Faye Ayers Payne (’54) Patty A. Payne (’02) Mrs. Wanda J. Payne Gene Pease, Ed.D. Mrs. Patricia K. Peck Mr. Robert A. Pereda Robert Perry (’54) Mr. William P. Perry Nancy Carey Peters (’53) Brown (’43) & Selina Patterson Pinkston (’42) Joseph M. Piper (’95) Dr. William E. Piper
Dr. & Mrs. Louis A. Riccardi Ms. Barbara A. Rice Mr. Thomas A. Richey Mignon J. Ridings (’52) Mr. Cesar Rivera Mr. Ernesto L. Rivera, Sr. Mr. Kenneth E. Roach Lucille Robertson Rev. Michael S. & Dr. Emily K. Robertson Mr. Robert P. Roddewig Barry & Linda Rodery Hillard & Robbie Rodery Sidney, Jr. (’61) & Suzanne Swaim Roland (’61) Mr. and Mrs. Timothy M. Roland Sharon Roller (’97) Allison Ashurst Ross (’96) Mrs. Marilyn Rothschild Mary Jane Oliver Rowley (’53) Mr. William M. Russ Russell Seabolt David (’56) & Edra Russi Charles W. Sanderlin (’58) Dr. & Mrs. F. Stuart Sanders Rev. James Sanders (’48) William P. Sands (’56)
Dr. Ralph B. Singer, Jr. Dock C. Sisk (’72) Mrs. Constance Slater Mr. Fred Slater Randy Smith (’89) Ms. Linda N. Smith Marcia Smith Susan Smith-Patrick Mrs. Dorothy M. Sosebee Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert J. Spencer Ms. Betty R. Stamm M. J. Stansell (’58) Grady (’53) & Ann Hawkins Starnes (’53) Chris & Suzanne Stein Larry & Vickie Stein June Cannon Stephens Gary (’69) & Mary Stephens Stephenson (’68) Mr. and Mrs. Frederick A. Stone Mrs. Betty Taylor Stovall (’82) H. Calvin & Nancy H. Stovall Sydney Stucky William (’61) & Rudene Alley Studdard (’61) Ms. Emily Sharon Summers Dean & Kay Swanson Mr. Stephen Syfan
Alumni and Friends Carolyn Jane Tadlock Debra K. Taylor (’96, M’97) Dr. Edward C. Taylor Mr. Todd Taylor Lynn B. Tench (’78) Mr. James S. Thacker Mr. Kenny Thompson Mike & Betsy Thompson Dr. and Mrs. Robert E. Thompson Randall O. Tucker (’79) Doris & Archie Turner Vickie Webb Turner (’95, M’01) Mrs. Shirley E. Ulrich Dr. Dale & Mrs. Tara Van Cantfort Ms. Donna Van Lear Dr. Cynthia L. Vance Linda Fisher Vandergriff (’71) Karen J. Vaughn-Smith (M’06) Mr. Alfred Vorherr Mr. John A. Vorherr Jane P. Voyles (Ed.S’04) Mr. Robert Waddell Terry Wade Mark & Dawn Waldrop Estelle Parker Wall (’54)
Ms. Ruthann B. Walton Stanley P. Warkala, Ph.D. Len (’59) & Shelby Parks Warner (’59) Mrs. Virginia Webb Wilma Leach Webb (’49) Dr. James B. Welsh Nancy M. West (’50) Mr. and Mrs. Rodney M. White Eric White (’73) Max E. White, Ph.D. Larry and Evie Whitfield Scott Whitlock (’84) Stanley (’98) & Marisa S. Whittington (’96, M’98, Ed.S’03) Mrs. Barbara Wiggins Earl & Frances Wiggins Elizabeth Wiggins Cheryl L. Williams (Ed.S’07) Cindy Williams (’04) Mrs. Pamela M. Williams Van Owens Williams (’51) Antoinette Willsea, MSN, RN Wesley & Celeste Durham Wilson (’53)
Andrea L. Witt (Ed.S’07) Lawton & Linda Wofford (’99, M’01) Estate of Wallace Roy Wood Greg & Denise Woodward
Mrs. Patricia J. Woodward Mr. Benjamin R. Wynne Richard (’93) & Shannon Dillinger York (’98)
David (’62) & Rosemary Jones Zimmerman (’63)
Alumni basketball players put on a show for the younger fellows during a reunion match in October.
Businesses and Foundations Acree Oil Company Adams Ellard & Frankum PC Alliance for African American Music Ansley Communications Group, Inc. Ariail Tire Inc. AT&T Foundation Baker’s Heavy Equipment Repair Service, Inc. Bank of America Endowment Fund C&H Mechanical & Plumbing Company Cadence Bank, N.A. Camp-Younts Foundation Carolina Burglar & Fire Alarm Co.
Charles Black Construction Company Chartwells/Compass Group USA Division Cochran’s Jewelry Cody Road Workshops Community Bank & Trust Cooltemper U.S.A. Cornelia Fieldale Employees Recycling Fund Currahee Trailers, Inc. D & L Leasing, LLP D’s Food Store, Inc. Dairy Queen/Grimsley Enterprises, Inc. Darden Restaurants Foundation Matching Gift Program
Darlene Rogers Cleaning Service Debbie S. Mollycheck Attorney at Law Debra’s Magic Mirror Deloitte Foundation Matching Gifts Program Delta Airlines Foundation Matching Grants to Education Program DMD Design Group, LLC Duke Energy Foundation Matching Grants Program Elder Financial Services, Inc. Fly & Form, Inc. Fred C. and Katherine B. Andersen Foundation Fuller E. Callaway Trust
Alumni got together to tour a north Georgia vinyard during last year’s Alumni Weekend activities. A similar tour is scheduled for this year’s annual get-together.
George F. & Sybil H. Fuller Foundation Georgia Foundation for Independent Colleges Grant-Reeves VFW Post 7720 Habersham Broadcasting Co., Inc. Habersham County Board of Education Habersham Electric Membership Corporation Habersham Hardware Harry Webster Walker II Charitable Trust Haynes Mailing Service Helen S. McPheeters Trust Hickory Hill Landscaping Holcomb’s Office Supply & Christian Products Hunter Funeral Home IBM Corporation Matching Grants Program Johnny’s NY Style Pizza & Subs Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies Matching Gifts Program Kelly & Hardin, Inc. Latex Construction Company Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation, Inc. McAllister Tree Service, LLC Midway Electric, Inc. Milliken & Company Matching Gifts Program Nelson Rivera Jr. Agency Inc. Nordson Corporation Matching Gifts Program North Habersham Middle School PTSO Paragon Service Technologies, Inc. Phillip Adcock, D.M.D Pritchett Tire of Baldwin LLC Riverchase Company
Roman Tile Russell A. Seabolt, D.M.D. S and B Farms LLC Scroggs & Grizzel Contracting, Inc. Specialty Clinics of Georgia. Orthopaedics Standard Chemical, Inc. State Farm Companies Foundation Matching Gift Program SunTrust Bank SunTrust Directed Funds: Greene-Sawtell Foundation SunTrust Directed Funds: Woolford Charitable Trust Fund The Coca-Cola Foundation Matching Gifts Program The Hobbs Foundation Corp. The Jim Cox, Jr. Foundation The Milton V. Brown Foundation The Robertson Trust Thomas A. and Lucile M. Moye Trust Thomas B. Musser Trust Tucker Investigations, Inc. US Auto, Inc. Virginia DeNubila Living Trust Vulcan Materials Company William H. Guild Charitable Trust Willis, Vanek, Ball & Fischer, P.A. WOW! Discount Promotions & Apparel, LLC
Honoraria and Memorials IN MEMORY OF Mildred Gambrell Adair Sidney A. Adair Mike Adcock Jasper S. & Delene W. Lee James A. Ash (’43) Bob Ash (’43) Charles & Mildred Barr Charles W. Barr II Martha H. Bartlett (’04) David Greene & Jane McFerrin Coach O’Neal Cave Guy M. Fouts (’66) Trent G. Chima Jasper S. & Delene W. Lee Gail Criminger Patricia S. Sherrer, Ph.D. Louise Kidder Davis Brandy B. Aycock Dr. Barbara N. Camp Jim & Cheryl Crysel Harrison N. Davis Ronald Durrance family Shawn Durrance family Jean S. Gleason Ross & Nancy Gleason D.W. Hazen Cliff Hood Susan D. Johnston Jay & Shirley Maguire Frederick & Helen Stone Stanley P. Warkala, Ph.D. Larry & Pamela Williams James Roy Farmer (’36) Janice Farmer Boyd W. Vance Grant, Sr. & Myrtle Haynes Grant (’42) Dr. & Mrs. W. Vance Grant, Jr. (’43) Carol Stevens Hancock (’35) Robert T. Cutting, M.D. Lisa Hallford Marcia N. Hallford Brannon Hancock & Jennifer Holst Eloise R. Hancock Mr. & Mrs. Thomas R. Hancock & Nathan Paige H. Harvey Frances S. Hemphill Barbara H. Johnson Dolford & Martha Layson Gregory R. New Rev. James Sanders (’48) James S. Thacker Ruthann B. Walton Elizabeth Wiggins Harold S. King (’61) George (’58) & Rena West Holt (’58) Evelyn West King (’61) Atos D. “Joe” Lattanzi (’51) Peggy Oliver Lattanzi (’52)
Madeline Wilmot Goodlett (’45) Alfred A. Michaud (’42) Emily Berryman Michaud (’42) J. Robert “Bob” Murphy (’48) Beverly Hans John Henry “Hank” Patrick Susan Smith-Patrick Ewell W. Payne (’54) Betty Payne Love (’53) Faye Ayers Payne (’53) Ronald J. “Ronnie” Perona (’05) Richard Dombrowsky (M’05) Justin (M’06) & Katie Wood Scali (’06, M’07) Jesse W. Ray (’43) Sara Garthright Ray (’44)
Willie Yates Reynolds (’31) Ann Stripling Boyd (’40) Betty Curry Sanders (’48) Rev. James Sanders (’48) DeWitt E. Sosebee, Sr. (’54) Dorothy M. Sosebee Miriam Goodwin Thacker Jane D. Bell Graham H. Dellinger Lisa Hallford Marcia N. Hallford Hickory Hill Landscaping Bess D. Hodkinson Mr. & Mrs. John Kollock Mrs. Natt Maddox Patricia K. Peck Harry W. Walker II Edward D. Ariail (’80) Martha Kelly Cantrell (’80)
Coach O’Neal Cave James D. Cantrell (’60) Drs. Ray & Ashley Cleere Lois A. Heilmann Nancy Carey Peters (’53) Dr. David L. Greene Randy Sharian (’76) Sue McEntire Roach Elaina Craven Cochran (’08)
Wendell W. White (’77) Eric White (’73)
Donald G. Ryder (’61) Ben W. Jernigan, Jr., DMD Martha Kelly Cantrell (’80)
Wallace Roy Wood (’51) Robert (’53) & Eloise W. Corry (’52)
Dr. Barbara Brown Taylor Kenneth S. Johnson
June 30, 2009 With Comparative Amounts for 2008
Assets Cash and cash equivalents Accounts receivable (net of allowance for bad debts) Unconditional promises to give (net of allowance for uncollectibles) Unrestricted investments Permanently restricted investments Temporarily restricted investments Collections Property and equipment (net of depreciation) Other assets Total Assets
Accounts payable Deferred tuition revenue Student deposits Long-term debt Annuity payment liabilities Total Liabilities
12,473,132 9,769,755 32,494,839 170,778 57,690,802 796,210
29,636 6,223,997 8,644,918 43,761,841 170,778 56,192,640 267,483
1,146,923 2,547,080 50,663 17,988,400 621,222
740,536 2,458,687 89,699 18,888,400 1,534,144
226,490 257,709 679,542 31,540,568
201,140 698,162 2,735,502 39,447,076
Unrestricted Available for operations Net investment in plant Temporarily restricted Annuity fund Special purpose contributions Trust fund Endowment Permanently restricted Endowment Trust fund Total Net Assets
Total Liabilities and Net Assets
Angela M. Luzar (’01) John J. Ahnen (’02)
Total Endowment: $44,571,119 (as of 2/28/10)
Donald P. Whipple (’65) Janet Donston (’65)
IN HONOR OF
Statement of Financial Position
Carroll T. Love (’36) Edna Stanley Lybrand (’44)
Myra E. McFarlin (’48) Nettie Ben Wilmot Cash (’47)
Elizabeth P. Walter Stan (’68) & Pamela D. Brookshire (’68) Helen Cannon Lee C. (’01) & Laura Green Evans (’00) MariAnne Jones Mr. & Mrs. Grant E. Montgomery June Cannon Stephens Dean & Kay Swanson
The accompanying notes are an integral part of this statement. These ﬁnancial statements are a condensed presentation of the annual audit by Amos & Company, Certiﬁed Public Accountants.
Churches Arbor Grove Congregational Church Jackson, Michigan
Rockwood First Congregational Church Rockwood, Michigan
Central Congregational Church La Mesa, California
South Hills Congregational Church Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Central Congregational Church Ladies Benevolent Society Derry, New Hampshire Congregational Church of the Messiah Los Angeles, California Evangelical Congregational Church McKeesport, Pennsylvania First Congregational Church Toulon, Illinois First Congregational Church Peterson, Iowa
Southeast Conference United Church of Christ Atlanta, Georgia Southeastern Michigan Association of Congregational Churches Clarkston, Michigan Union Congregational Church of Weymouth & Braintree Braintree, Massachusetts United Church of Christ Local Church Ministries Cleveland, Ohio
Lyndol Cain (’53), Celeste Wilson (’53), Wesley Wilson and Trudy Cain got together at last year’s P-Club Breakfast.
First Congregational Church Women’s Union Falmouth, Massachusetts
Statement of Activities
First Congregational Church of Royal Oak Women’s Fellowship Royal Oak, Michigan First Congregational Church of Wayne Wayne, Michigan First Congregational United Church of Christ Ocala, Florida Liberty Congregational Church Dewy Rose, Georgia Michigan Conference of Congregational Christian Churches, Inc. Livonia, Michigan National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Oak Creek, Wisconsin North Shore Congregational Church Milwaukee, Wisconsin Old South Church in Boston Boston, Massachusetts Peachtree Presbyterian Church Atlanta, Georgia Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims Brooklyn, New York Plymouth Congregational Church Lansing, Michigan
For the year ended June 30, 2009 With Comparative Totals for 2008 Unrestricted
Public support, revenues and reclassiﬁcations Gross tuition and fees Contributions Investment income (operations) Interest and dividends Sales and services of auxiliary enterprises Other sources Net asset restriction changes Total public support, revenues and reclassiﬁcations Operating expense Educational and general Instruction Academic support Student services Institutional support Operation and maintenance of plant Scholarships Auxiliary enterprises Total operating expense Changes in net assets from operating activities
Temporarily Restricted $
Permanently Restricted $
4,042,372 2,522,931 1,772,959
2,542,159 21,021 (38,113,994)
2,542,159 32,717 -
2,577,355 1,067 -
12,271,291 2,312,618 3,022,971 4,473,774
12,271,291 2,312,618 3,022,971 4,473,774
11,752,065 2,208,244 3,007,431 3,944,660
2,141,310 1,291,067 1,597,782
2,141,310 1,291,067 1,597,782
2,681,754 1,306,607 1,430,024
Non-operating income (expenses) Gain (loss) on sale of ﬁxed assets Other income Investment income (loss) Net appreciation (loss) in fair value of investments Payment to life income beneﬁciaries Actuarial change in annuity obligations
(571) 529,263 14,493
(571) 529,263 (1,548,412)
27,910 (52,450) -
(6,509,885) (150,312) 912,922
(6,481,975) (202,762) 912,922
(7,915,042) (258,650) 79,121
Total non-operating income (expenses)
Plymouth Congregational Church Wichita, Kansas
Changes in net assets
Preston City Congregational Church Preston, Connecticut
Net assets at end of period
Net assets beginning of period
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