Digital Argo 2015-16

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Remembering Stones 2015-2016 Shorter University Digital Argo Volume 103


Shorter University “Remembering Stones� Argo 2015-16 Volume 103

President: Dr. Donald Dowless Address: 315 Shorter Avenue Rome, GA 30165 Website: Founded in 1873


We Will Remember The concept of “remembering stones� was based on Joshua 4 where each of the 12 Israelite tribes left a stone to remember where they had been. They also told their children what the stones represented.

This yearbook theme was chosen to encourage the student body and their faculty to cherish memories and to leave a remembering stone (legacy) at Shorter University (SU). The legacies left by the students and faculty have been placed in the yearbook, so that they could l see how God worked in their lives during their journey at SU.

It is important that we remember the things most important to us and the journey that leads us to those things. Every move that an individual makes serves as a stepping-stone to one’s journey of life. The steps you take in life are up to you.


“Remembering Stones” “We Will Remember” By: Tommy Walker We will remember, we will remember We will remember the works of Your hands We will stop and give you praise For great is Thy faithfulness You’re our creator, our life sustainer Deliverer, our comfort, our joy Throughout the ages You’ve been our shelter Our peace in the midst of the storm With signs and wonders You’ve shown Your power With precious blood You showed us Your grace You’ve been our helper, our liberator The giver of life with no end [Chorus] When we walk through life’s darkest valleys We will look back at all You have done And we will shout, our God is good And He is the faithful One Bridge Hallelujah, hallelujah To the one from whom all blessings flow Hallelujah, hallelujah To the one whose glory has been shown [Chorus] I still remember the day You saved me The day I heard You call out my name You said You loved me and would never leave me And I’ve never been the same [Chorus] (inspired by Neh. 9:16, Ps. 77:11, 12) Tommy Walker WeMobile Music ©2005 CCLI #4556277 5

Student Life


Student Life


Starting a New Chapter in Life


Smiling Leaders (left to right): Junior Emily Mayes, sophomore Abi Valdes, and senior Emily Fusan are excited about mentoring incoming freshman. Photo by: Shorter Public Relations


he school year began in exciting fashion for incoming freshmen as they attended Camp Hawk, a fun-filled three-day experience for incoming freshman. “The connection that Camp Hawk brought to the freshman class was remarkable because by the time school started, freshmen had already bonded and established relationships,” First-Year Experience Coordinator, Troyanna Vickers said. “Finding Your Place,” this year’s theme, helped students identify their spiritual gifts. Freshman Jacob Sledge said that Camp Hawk was an experience that impacted him in a positive way and helped him connect with other students who had things in common with him. During Camp Hawk, freshmen participated in many activities from a play fair to chapel. Freshman Brooke Sims said the play fair helped her get adjusted best to being a college student. On Sunday, Baptist Christian Ministries associate Josh Pilgrim and the Jason Lovins Band led the worship service. Vickers said the freshmen really enjoyed hearing Pilgrim’s message and went crazy over the Jason Lovins’ Band. Camp Hawk had a positive impact on both students and staff. Freshmen had the opportunity to identify the staff who became valuable resources for their college careers. By: Sarah Johnson

Teamwork (left): Students participate in a team building activity. Photo by: Shorter Public Relations

Freshman Fun

Way Up: Shorter Orientation Staff (SOS) have fun on stage with new Hawks. Photo by: Will Lawson

Class of 2019: New students find a seat during Camp Hawk. Photo by: Will Lawson

Praising Jesus: Students worship during the Sunday morning session. Photo by: Will Lawson 9

To Come Together “T

he purpose of convocation was to focus on the institution’s mission and the opportunities that each individual had to fulfill within the personal, professional, and academic dimensions of his or her life,” said Dr. Donald “Skip” Martin, Executive Vice President and Provost. Convocation set the bar high for the incoming students on campus and created the framework for how they should achieve the institution’s mission.

“For incoming students, convocation served as a rite of passage into the academic fellowship and gave a glimpse of the academic vision,” Martin described. New students came to convocation feeling anxious but also excited about the journey ahead. Freshman Maddy Morlock said that she enjoyed the event because she learned more about the family atmosphere that brought Shorter together.




2 1. Enter to Learn: Walking through the Shorter gate is one of the many freshman traditions. 2. Waiting Patiently: Senior nursing students attend their last convocation. 3. Watching Intently: Freshman take in all the excitement of their first convocation. 4. Time to Sing: Dr. Alan Wingard, Dean of Fine and Performing Arts, leads in the singing of the Alma Mater. 5. Find a Seat: Peer mentors assist freshman in finding a seat. Photos by: Will Lawson 10

Shorter students gather for the annual Convocation to kick off a new year.


“It showed me a lot about what Shorter was about as far as morals and school spirit. All of the faculty being there made it very welcoming, too,” Morlock explained. Senior Katelyn Mullinex reflected on her time at Shorter and described her last convocation. “It really put everything in perspective. I made it to my last year.” By: Maggie Pruitt


1. Putting Her Heart in It: Sophomore Kristen Parish leads worship. 2. Before Chapel Begins: Students, faculty and staff visit before chapel begins. 3. Saying a Few Words: Dr. Alan Hix prays. 4. Taking All In: New Athletic Director Kim Graham enjoys the first chapel service of the semester. 5. Listening to God: Prayer during chapel was a big part of the service. Photos by: Will Lawson





he chapel theme for the school year was “Loving God, Loving Others, Living Community.” Vice President of Student Life Corey Humphries said, “We all live in community every single day in a variety of different ways, and if we love God, it’s easy to love others.” During the fall semester, the focus was about God-given gifts, talents, and abilities, focusing on 1 Peter 4:10. “Being aware of your gifts and using your abilities,


talents, and skills to bless and encourage others was what chapel services intended to teach students”, said Humphries. Senior Christian Studies major Noah Madden said that chapel reminded him of all the diversity in one room while the Gospel was proclaimed. “It was great to see many different people, from all situations of life who came together to worship and pray.


I was greatly impacted by the teaching and moments of worship,” Madden said. Every Wednesday at 11 a.m., chapel services were held to encourage students, faculty, and staff members to come together to worship the Lord Jesus Christ. “Chapel gave me the chance to worship and fellowship with other believers,” said senior psychology major Morgan Clemones. By: Cheyenne Frady

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Having a Girls Night Out: Kayla Miller, Hailey Johnston, Alexa Moore, and Cheyenne Golden enjoy a free game of bowling courtesy of the FAB staff.


Huddle Up: Shorter students gather together at the flag football game. Photo by: Will Lawson

he Fitton Activities Board (FAB) hosted many activities for students to fellowship, have fun and take a break from their studies. From grocery bingo to bowling nights, it was never an issue finding activities to ease the stress of college. FAB made these events possible with the help of the Student Government Association (SGA). Co-FAB Directors, Ada Panni, sophomore political science major, and Gracie Grant, sophomore biology and pre-med major, were responsible for making events happen for students around campus. For them FAB was not just a job. It was something they enjoyed. Their goal was to make every student feel at home. “I enjoyed FAB because it gave me an opportunity to plan activities for students so they could love Shorter as much as I do,” Grant said. The FAB committee was designed to allow people to build relationships through community and events. By: Kaitlin Kibble

Strike a Pose: Brandon Lutes and Associate Professor of Christian Studies Dr. Jeff Audirsch pose for a photo. Photo by: Will Lawson

Turning the Campus into a Community

Skating Fun: A student ice skates at the on-campus FAB event. Photo by: Will Lawson

Slipping and Sliding: Melanie Lawrimore and Cassie Thomas scream as they go down the water slide. Photo by: Will Lawson

Spending Quality Time Together: The women’s lacrosse team stays competitive in a game of bowling. Photo by: Will Lawson


1. Trying One of Everything: Justin Nguyen, cuts a slice of cake from the desert table in the Austin Moses room. 2. Cooking from Scratch: Jordan Cross cuts up a homemade pie that he made from oatmeal and melted chocolate drizzle. Photos by: Will Lawson


Celebration the World Over T

he Department of International Programs held two events this year to highlight the study abroad program and celebrate international students. The Food from Around the World Dinner, which was hosted in both the spring and fall semesters, strived to celebrate the different countries represented at Shorter. The event saw a high attendance, and many American students enjoyed this event as they got to taste new and exotic dishes. quote 14

Faculty and students celebrate the many cultures represented through our diverse student body.

The Study Abroad Fair, which occurred during International Education week, showcased all the options students had to study abroad for the summer, semester or spring break. Faculty who led study abroad programs also shared their educational travel plans with students. quote

By: Cheyenne Frady


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3. Chowing Down: Albert Chelimo samples various items from several different food stations at the international dinner. 4. Smiling for the Camera: Students from across the globe enjoy a meal together. 5. Carrying Two Plates Each: Brian Lancaster and Cristina Wade make their way from table to table experimenting with all kinds of new foods. 6. Preparing Nutella Crepes: Students and faculty enjoy the classic French breakfast cuisine. Photos by: Will Lawson 15

Coming Home


Shorter Royalty: President Dr. Donald Dowless and his wife Teresa celebrate with Taylor Camp, the homecoming queen, and Miles Mendiola, the homecoming king. Photo by: Shorter Public Relations


Singing His Heart Out: Alumnus Cliff Duren performs a concert as part of the homecoming activities. Photo by: Shorter Public Relations

omecoming is always a special time of year at many universities, especially at Shorter. This year’s homecoming was no different. The weekend began on October 8, 2015, with a welcome dinner, family festival, and a pep-rally for students, faculty, staff, and alumni. On Saturday, a tailgate party was held before the football game where the winners of the homecoming court were announced. The nominees for homecoming king were Noah Madden, Ryan Moore, Andrew Teare-Ketter, Spencer Wenzel, Joshua Adams, and Miles Mendiola. The nominees for homecoming queen were Taylor Camp, Ayana Walker, Dena Pierce, Alexia Ford, Alexis Smith, and Sarah Curlee. The winners were Miles Mendiola for homecoming king and Taylor Camp for homecoming queen. Overall, homecoming week brought together the past and the present, allowing students to enjoy life and be a part of a grand adventure on the Hill. By: Abbey Jacks and Sarah Johnson

Strike a Pose: Allison Miller and Caleb Britt enjoy the homecoming festivities. Photo by: Shorter Public Relations

Bringing Together The Past and Present

Game On: A student scores while playing corn-hole the festivities. Photo by: Shorter Public Relations

Riding the Bull: Tanner Jones enjoys the mechanical bull ride. Photo by: Shorter Public Relations

Sharing a Meal: Jessica Darnell and Sterlan Swords share a meal during the Friday night festivities. Photo by: Shorter Public Relations 17

Love Lasts a Lifetime T

hrough the hustle and bustle of passing finals and getting a step closer to graduation, some students were also planning for the day they said “I do.” For the majority of students here, a wedding was the last thing on their minds. For a few Shorter students, however, planning a

wedding was high on their priority list. According to sophomore communications arts major Rudi McWhirr, planning a wedding during in the middle of a chaotic semester was pretty stressful. “I was in charge of the rehearsal dinner. I had to make sure

that is was organized. It was okay for most of the semester, but it got difficult near the end,” said McWhirr. Planning a wedding can be hectic, but the stress of planning one day was nothing compared to memories that will last a lifetime. By: Jacey Owens




1. Marissa Mitchell and Chase Strickland 2. Brooke Holloway and Andrew Bolden 3. Sarah Armstrong and Robert Watson 4. Spencer Wenzel and Taylor Camp 18


1. Flipping Flapjacks: Anthony Chatman and Gina Floyd have the best job. 2. Getting Prepared: Corey Humphries speaks to workers before hungry students arrive. 3. Pinky Swearing: Tyler Parham and Addie Caldwell vow not to take each other’s pancakes. 4. Chugging Along: Students smile as they delay studying for a short period of time. 5. Waiting Patiently: Dressed in pajamas, students wait in line for their midnight snack. Photos by: Will Lawson





uring the week of finals, students and received a complimentary breakfast at the Hilltop Café prepared by the staff, faculty, and President Dr. Donald Dowless and his wife Mrs. Teresa Dowless. “I think it was a neat idea to have the event, especially during finals week when everyone was up late hours trying to study,” said sophomore biology major Lane Fletcher.

What is better than pancakes late at night?


Not only did the midnight breakfast provide students with a nutritious meal, it also gave students a chance to relax and have some fun in the midst of such a stressful time. The event helped remind students to not overwork themselves and to take study breaks. “Anytime you get reminded to put down your books and eat food was a win in my book. As students, we need constant


reminders to not put so much pressure on ourselves and just enjoy the little things,” said senior communication arts major Ayana Walker. Although the main reason for the event was to cater to the students, it also gave faculty and staff the opportunity to give back to the University and students.

By: Cecil Robinson

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Crowned with Beauty

Miss Shorter Crowned: Miss Shorter winner Meredith Howard poses with first runner-up Stephanie Marrero and second runner-up Millie Payne. 20

Walking the Walk: Sarah Curlee demonstrates grace in her gorgeous formal dress.

Dancing with Spirit: Sarah Lehto leaps high in the air during her dance routine.


eredith Howard, a junior voice performance major from Acworth, Ga., was crowned Miss Shorter University 2016 during the annual scholarship pageant at the Rome City Auditorium. Howard received a $2,000 scholarship and the opportunity to compete in the Miss Georgia Scholarship Pageant. “Howard was a very well-spoken, talented, intelligent, and beautiful young woman. She brought pride to the title of Miss Shorter University,” said Melanie Lawrimore, Assistant Dean of Students and Executive Director of the pageant. Stephanie Marrero, a junior psychology major from Birmingham, Ala., was the first runner-up and received a $500 scholarship. Senior psychology major Millie Payne of Toccoa, Ga., was second runner-up. The Miss Shorter Pageant, presented by Shorter’s Office of Student Life and the Student Government Association, featured a private interview, talent, lifestyle and fitness competition, on-stage interview, and an evening wear competition. Other contestants included: Sarah Curlee of Lilburn, Ga., Destiny Jenkins of Athens, Ga., Sarah Lehto of Adairsville, Ga., Caitlin Monteverde of Athens, Ga., Stella Parker of Gadsden, Ala., and Macy Seagraves of Nicholson, Ga. Lawrimore said that the pageant was a great success. “I think Meredith was a deserving winner, but all of the girls were special and had a chance at the crown. All of them should continue to pursue their platform issues because they all have the potential to change the world.” By: Cheyenne Frady

Big Hair and Glittery Dresses

Beautiful Inside and Out: (left to right) Sarah Lehto, Macy Seagraves, Caitlin Monteverde, Millie Payne, Meredith Howard, Stephanie Marrero, Stella Parker, Sarah Curlee, and Destiny Jenkins participated.






Hawks on the Fly (left): The team runs out to greet the fans at the start of a home game. Photo by: Shorter Public Relations


1st and 10 Hawks

he football team finished its 11th season with a record of 2-8 overall and 1-6 in conference. It was not the season the team or the school hoped for but, there were many highlights on the season. Senior Morris Mitchell explained his personal motivation and goal for the season. “My big goal this season was to come in everyday and lay down a new brick,� said Mitchell. He hoped his team could build up throughout this season to become something great. For the sixth time in Shorter football history, the Hawks faced a Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) team. The Kennesaw State University Owls hosted the Hawks September 19, 2015, for their third game in Team on His Back: their inaugural season. The Owls and Hawks battled back and forth the entire game, but the Owls came out on Junior fullback BJ McCoy runs the top in the last play of the game to win 18-10. ball during a home The next weekend, the Hawks traveled to Missouri to face another Division I game against Delta FCS team at Southeastern Missouri. The Hawks shocked the Redhawks, 26-21, State. Photo by: ending their nine game losing streak from last year. Shorter Public Re24


Light on His Feet (right): Freshman running back, Maurice Sutton, leaps over the defense of Delta State during a home game at Barron Stadium. A Quarterback with Quickness (below): Sophomore quarterback Aaron Bryant tries to fight his way around a Delta State defender. Photos by: Shorter Public Relations

2015 Football

Under the Lights In the Gulf South Conference (GSC), the Hawks defeated Mississippi College 42-23. The Hawks’ option attack was seventh in the nation rushing 299.3 yards a game as a team. In addition to team accomplishment, this season was filled with many individual highlights. Junior fullback B.J. McCoy was named GSC Player of Week two times during the season. The fullback became the only player in the GSC to total over 100 yards rushing in one game five times on the season. He rushed for 1,489 yards on the season, which was more than any other player in the GSC. He was also fourth in all of NCAA DII football for rushing. In addition, McCoy was nominated for the Harlon Hill Award. For the second year in a row, six football players were named to the All-GSC team. McCoy, in addition to senior safety Jordan Shaw, senior guard Chris Beno, junior defensive end Trevaris Horton, denfensive back Santavious Bryant, and sophomore special teams utility Rodney Jackson were named to the All-GCS team. All of the players relied on each other to accomplish their goals, and they looked improve next season. By: Maggie Pruitt 25


You Dig It?

Serve it Up (right): Sophomore Cheyenne McLemore serves during a home match at the Winthrop King Center. Photo by: Annis Graham


he volleyball team reached the Gulf South Conference tournament this year. The Lady Hawks finished their season in the semi-finals with a loss to the University of West Florida. The team finished the season with a 17-11 overall record and a 14-6 conference record. Junior Cheyenne Frady commented, “This season was a season of ups and downs. As a whole, we didn’t have quite the season we were hoping to have. We finished fourth in conference, but we also had a very young team. I felt we grew closer as a team this season and had great team chemistry, which is something that I felt made us better in some ways.” Frady also explained her goals as a team for her senior season. “As for next season, I know we will work to accomplish the goals we have set for ourselves. This year left us with a bit of a sour taste in our mouths. But through hard work in the spring and summer, we hope that next year will be our best season yet!” Frady said. The volleyball team always liked to have fans come to support them at the Winthrop King Centre. This year, they had a spirit night and a pink-out. By: Maggie Pruitt 26

Huddle of Hawks (left): The Lady Hawks huddle up before a home game at the Winthrop King Centre. The team was very close and loved to play with each other. Photo by: Annis Graham

Game Time Ready: Sophomore Kelsi Jones and senior Dena Pierce warm up before a home game. Photo by: Will Lawson

A Team Effort (below): The Lady Hawks keep their focus as they wait for Junior Elizabeth Dowd to spike the ball over the net. Photo by: Will Lawson

Flying High (bottom, left): The team works together to get the ball over the net to the other team during a home game. Photo by: Annis Graham

Dynamic Duo (right): Sophomore Tiffani Estep spikes the ball over the net with Senior Dena Pierce by her side. Photo by: Annis Graham

2015 Volleyball

Set it Up (bottom, right): Elizabeth Dowd looks to put her team in a good position off of a serve from the other team. Photo by: Will Lawson

Serve, Set, Spike


Hawks’ Hoops Drive the Lane (right): Junior point guard Phil Taylor scans the court for an open teammate after driving through the lane.

Get on the Floor (below): Senior forward Chris Daniels scrambles to recover the ball for the Hawks. Photo by: Dr. Fabrice Poussin

Circus Shot (below): Bennet trys to flip the ball into the hoop off-balance. Photos by: Dr. Fabrice Poussin

Power Through the Pressure (right): Taylor drives through the lane during a home game against Mississippi College. Photo by: Dr. Fabrice Poussin


he men’s basketball team finished the season 14-15 overall and 9-13 in conference. The Hawks qualified for the No. 8 seed in the GSC tournament at the end of the season. Junior Phil Taylor led the Hawks and the GSC in scoring this season. He helped the Hawks almost upset Alabama Huntsville in the final game of the season. 28

Student Support (right): The student section was packed during the last home game of the season. Photo by: Dr. Fabrice Poussin

Eyes on the Prize (below): Junior forward Taylor Adams focuses on making her free throws during a crucial point in a home game. Photo by: Dr. Fabrice Poussin

2015-16 Basketball Scoop and Score (top left): Senior point guard Shakierya McClendon scoops the lay-up in for the Lady Hawks during the first round of the GSC Tournament. Leading the Offense (bottom left): Junior point guard Brittney Green scans the court and calls a play to set up the offense. Photos by: Dr. Fabrice Poussin

Leading the Hawks (below): Coach Mitchell explains a play to one of the Lady Hawks. Photo by: Dr. Fabrice Poussin


he Lady Hawks had a memorable season after making it to the GSC tournament as the No. 3 seed, finishing 20-8 overall and 16-6 in conference. Junior Taylor Adams, who averaged a double-double, led the Lady Hawks during the season earning GSC Player of the Week four times, All-Academic selection, First Team All-Conference, and an honorable mention as an All-American by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. Adams was the only player in the GSC to average a double-double and led the conference in rebounds and steals. In addition, Coach Vic Mitchell captured his 500 career win as a head coach after the Lady Hawks defeated UAH. The Lady Hawks captured 20 wins this season for the first time since 2011. The Hawks and Lady Hawks also had 18 players recognized on the GSC Honor Roll. By: Maggie Pruitt 29

Offense and Defense: The different positions huddle up before a game. Photo by: Will Lawson

The Hawks Are Flying: The Hawks prepare for a home game. Photo by: SU Athletics

Refuse to Lose

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Ready for the Face Off (above, left): Senior defender Michael Williams gets ready for a face off to begin. Charging Forward (above, right): Sophomore defender Chris Woodward looks to take the ball towards the Hawks’ goal. Photos by: Will Lawson

Tactics (left): Kongpachith waits for her teammates to join in on the attack. Senior Leader (below): Senior midfielder Kari Chambers looks to get the offense going. Photos by: Will Lawson

Senior Smarts: Senior midfielder Andrew King scans the field during a home game. Photo by: Will Lawson


Patient Playing: Sophomore midfielder Tiffany Kongpachith watches as her team defends during a home game against Coker. Photo by: Will Lawson

he men’s and women’s lacrosse team played during the spring semester. However, they always had a tough preseason to endure before they hit the field. “As a team we worked hard every day so it could help us with the upcoming season. The idea was to make a name for ourselves in the inaugural year of the GSC,” said sophomore midfielder Tiffany Kongpachith. The lacrosse team joined three other teams to form the new GSC. The Lady Hawks faced many difficulties during the season, including many injuries, but they always played their best. “As a whole, we had several obstacles thrown at us. We still worked hard every day even through tough times; it builds character and trust in each other. I loved my team, and was proud of how much effort we put into lacrosse,” said Kongpachith. The Hawks lost their head coach towards the end of their preseason. Once the school hired a new coach, the atmosphere for the players turned around. “We were really happy with our preseason with our new head coach, then when we lost him at the end of the semester it made the season start a bit slow. Now, we are finally hitting out stride with our new coach to finish out the season and send our seniors out with a bang,” said senior defender Michael Williams. By: Maggie Pruitt 31


he SU golf teams were comprised of men and women from different states and countries. They traveled here to play the game of golf and wear the Shorter Blue. The golf teams participated in two seasons throughout the year. During the fall season, the men’s team finished 13th out of 17 teams at the University of North Georgia Fall Invitational. In addition, they finished 13th out of 14 teams at the University of West Georgia Matt Dyas Invitational. The women’s team had a tough fall season because they only had four healthy members who were able to play. In collegiate golf, the scores are Swing in Motion: Senior Claudia Orrantia pracadded together to determine the winners of tourtices her swing before starting a round. naments. “In the fall, we did not play as well. We only had four Photo by: SU Athletics. players so that made the season harder,” senior psychology major and golfer Claudia Orrantia explained. The Shorter golf teams played a sport together and made friendships that lasted a lifetime. “Becoming friends with my teammates and learning about their cultures, since most of us are international students, was one of my favorite parts of being on the team,” Orrantia said. By: Maggie Pruitt

2015-2016 Golf

Driver in Hand: Junior Alberto Hernandez tees off to start a round at the Matt Dyas Invitational. Adding it All Up (left): Senior Miles Mendiola and freshman Gunter Jordan take a break to add up their scores for a round during a tournament. Photos by: Michael Wade


Sink the Putt

Run, Eat, Sleep, Repeat. T

he men’s cross-country looked back on their most successful season with multiple personal records and accolades throughout the team. Most notably, last season freshman Alfred Chelanga became the first-ever Hawk to win a national championship after winning the NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships. It was held at Missouri Southern’s Tom Rutledge Cross Country Course in Joplin, Mo. Junior Brien Lancaster praised his teammates for a successful season and thanked God for allowing them to compete.“In comparison to previous years, we had some strong individual performances,” said Lancaster. The women’s team also had a successful season as they placed seventh in the GSC Cross Country Championships. Two members of the women’s team, juniors Leah Sikorski and Emily Budwalda, earned First-Team All-GSC recognition. By: Maggie Pruitt

Alone But Not Lonely: Junior Leah Sikorski is ahead of the pack during a race, but she knows her teammates are not far behind. Photo by: SU Athletics

In a Sea of Colors: Junior Leah Sikorski and senior Destiny Jenkins (pictured left) start the race strong. All You Got (left): Jenkins runs during an away race. Photos by: SU Athletics

2015 Cross Country All-Star (above, top): Freshman Alfred Chelanga was named National Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Going, Going, Gone: Chelanga won the NCAA DII National Championships (10k) in November crossing the finish line with a time of 29 minutes and 24.6 seconds. Photos by: SU Athletics


2015 Soccer

Defender on the Prowl (above): Sophomore center back Chanel Mosely stops the other team and looks to find her strikers. With the Laces (right): Junior midfielder Lora Bruce drives the ball up the field. Photos by: Gail Johnston

Touch, Step, Play

Quick First Touch: Junior midfielder Tabea Kirchner plays a first-time ball back to her supporting players. Touch in Control (bottom left): Junior midfielder Maggie Pruitt controls the bouncy pass during a game against Mississippi College. Eyes on the Field (bottom middle): Junior midfielder Julia Raymond scans the field for a pass. She’s a Keeper! (bottom right): Sophomore goalkeeper Alden Powell punts the ball up the field after a save. Photos by: Gail Johnston


he Shorter Lady Hawks soccer team finished with an overall record of 7-10 in the 2015 season. The season had its ups and downs, but the Lady Hawks showed their “never give up” attitude as they soared past last year’s conference champions, Valdosta State University, in a 1-0 win. Junior Maggie Pruitt said the most memorable part of the season, aside from the Valdosta State win, was their game against Emmanuel College. In the 4-0 win, one where Pruitt scored a goal, she said, “We played together as a team and got the job done.” In an overall inconsistent season, there were some high points. “Our team chemistry was not as good as it was last year, but I am hoping this spring we can put in some good work and be ready again for next fall,” said Pruitt. By: Cheyenne Frady 34

Hit the Pitch


Face of Determination (above): Sophomore striker Charlie Dennis looks to get the ball up the field during an away game. Photo by: SU Athletics

he men’s soccer team finished the season with an 8-9-2 record overall and a 5-3-1 record in the Gulf South Conference. The team started out slowly but finished the season in the semi-finals of the GSC tournament on a high note. One of the highlights of the Hawks’ season was defeating the Lee University Flames 2-1 in overtime. The Flames had been ranked in the top 20 in the nation in the NCAA coming into the game. However, the Hawks stunned the Flames to help push them into the GSC tournament. The first game of the tournament was against Christian Brothers. The thriller was won by the Hawks in overtime 4-3. Graduate student Josh Addinal scored the game’s winning goal to send the Hawks to the semi-finals of the GSC tournament. After the regular season was completed, two Hawks earned All-GSC team nominations. Sophomore Charlie Dennis was nominated for the GSC first-team, and graduate student Mark Hanlon received a second-team nomination. After the GSC tournament, senior goal keeper Austen Trevers and Dennis received All-GSC Tournament team nominations. By: Maggie Pruitt

Supporting Squad: The members of the men’s soccer team cheer on their teammates from the sideline. Photo by: SU Athletics United as One (right): The starters for the men’s team huddle up before an away game. Photo by: SU Athletics 35

Getting Focused (left): The softball team huddles before the start of an inning during a home game. Photo by: SU Athletics

2016 Softball

Up and Away (right): Junior Kameron Carter hits a home run during a home game for the Lady Hawks. Photo by: Jim O’Hara First-Base Fire: Junior first-baseman Ericka Bynum looks to catch a ground ball. Photo by: Jim O’Hara

Teamwork Makes The Dream Work T

he Shorter softball had impressive past seasons. The team participated in nine consecutive College World Series. In the last four seasons, they had two national championships, one runner-up national champion and one third-place finish. In 2016, the team held the number one softball team grade point average (3.87) in the country and were ranked number three nationally. Head softball coach Al Thomas said coaching at Shorter was a blessing for him in many ways. “I enjoyed using the very heart of softball as a tool for our young ladies to grow and mature. When our young ladies graduate, they will have had a life altering experience with Shorter softball and will be equipped to handle any of life’s challenges that may come their way.” Thomas wanted the team to focus on faith, family, academics and softball, in that order. The players logged approximately 50 hours of community service from September to April and completed two Christian service projects each season. Sophomore middle grades education major Abi Valdez said her favorite part about being a part of Shorter’s team was the intensity and fight to win the team has always had. “I enjoyed the girls on this team so much, and I feel like we did anything for each other, which made the softball experience so much better.” By: Cheyenne Frady 36


nclement weather caused a slow start to the season, but nothing stopped the Hawks baseball team. Junior education major Austin Miller said the attitude of the Hawk’s team was relentless, and they never gave up during practices or games. “The new head coach was really beneficial to our team because he produced a pro-level baseball atmosphere and expected us all to act like professional players,” said Miller. Echoing off of Miller’s point, freshman biology major Jacob Ramos said that the style of play and the way the team faced other teams, even if they were outmatched, was what differentiated the Hawks from other DII teams. “We would get out there and would be ready to take on anyone, regardless of their record or how they perceived us. We were unyielding,” said Ramos. The Hawks pulled through the team-building season and brought forth the heart of loving the sport, no matter the score. By: Jacey Owens

2016 Baseball

Hit, Then Run: Senior outfielder Brian Cabrera hits a bunt into the infield. Photo by: Will Lawson

Light on His Feet: Junior first-basemen Ty Cherry looks to pick up an out for the Hawks. Photo by: Karen Allen Let’s Play Ball (above right): Junior catcher Dustin Lawson warms up for the Hawks. Photo by: Will Lawson 37

Flying High (below): Junior Portia McManis leaps during her heptathlon event. Perfect Form (left): Sophomore Devonte Fletcher races to finish at the top of his heat. Photos by: Dr. Fabrice Poussin

Star Senior (above): Senior Ayana Walker runs hard during an indoor meet. Photo by: SU Athletics Running for Days (right): Robinson comes to the curve during an outdoor meet. Photo by: Dr. Fabrice Poussin

Light On Their Feet: Sophomore Cecil Robinson (left) and Chris Johnson (right) sprint to the finish. Photo by: Dr. Fabrice Poussin


Finish Strong (left): Sophomore Jasmine Crump stays composed and focused during her event at an outdoor meet. Photo by: Dr. Fabrice Poussin

rack and field women do it all. From pole vaulting and hurdling to sprinting a 200m dash, the track and field women’s team made their sport look easy. Anyone could run, but it took years of practice and dedication to run as efficiently and as quickly as the Lady Hawks’ Track and Field squad. Sophomore distance runner Neyasiah Mercado said she was humbled to train alongside a team of determined athletes. “Our team had the best work ethic. When it was cold outside and no one wanted to run, we ran, ” said Merecado. The team showed their fierce competitive drive in both the indoor and outdoor seasons this year. Senior 400m dash runner and NCAA Division II National Champion Ayana Walker said what made her team great was everyone’s talent. “The Lord blessed us all with incredible talents,” said Walker. “We were all competitive and hated to lose. We brought that attitude to practice every day. When it was time for us to compete, we had already practiced with winning in mind. That made the difference.” By: Alisha Provence 38


2015-16 Track and Field

his season the men’s track and field team had multiple athletes at the NCAA Division II Indoor National Championship in Pittsburg, Kansas. Out of the three male athletes who competed, two finished as All-Americans. Hurdler Supan Randeniya finished in sixth in the 60m hurdles, and sophomore Alreda Chelanga finished fifth in the 3000m and sixth in the 5000m. In addition, freshman sprinter Lester Miller also competed in the 60m dash, but he just missed making it to finals in his race. “Being a freshman and making it to nationals was such a humbling and fun experience. Although I did not perform how I intended to, my motivation for the rest of the season was to work harder and get back to that point next year,” said Miller. With a quick transition from indoor to outdoor, the men’s team set its sights on defending its conference title, NCCAA title, and made new goals of placing at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Championship. “With this being my final year, with no re-dos, we only had one shot. This year and last year we missed making it to the championship by six thousandth of a second, so we ran every meet as if it were our last,” said senior Gregory Roachford Jr. Furthermore, with the men’s team having a lot of underclassmen, the momentum for the season was centered on growth and preparation for the years to come. “With this being the final year, I had to finish out on a high note. Even when I am gone, the tradition that Coach Scott Byrd set for this program will live on through the younger class,” said Roachford. By: Cecil Robinson

Running to Live. Live to Run. Daunting Distance (left): Freshman Alfred Chelanga works to finish his distance race. Focus on the Curve (far left): Freshman Amber Littlejohn sets her sights to the finish line around the last curve. Teammates Until the End (below): Freshman Ansley Long and Sophomores Yamara Robinson and Shea Giles all finish at the top of the race. Photos by: Dr. Fabrice Poussin


Game, Set, Match

Fast and Furious: Sophomore Patrick Sanders serves during a home match. In Control (right): Sanders warms up before a home match. Photos by: Will Lawson


he men’s and women’s tennis teams have always had solid seasons. This year the teams looked to finish with winning records. The Hawks and Lady Hawks both beat their in-conference rival, Lee University, but fell to the top ranked Argos of West Florida. Both teams finished conference play by beating Alabama-Hunstville, and they played in the GSC Tournament in Mobile, Ala. The two teams were very close with each other on and off the court. Traveling together and helping one another made the season more enjoyable. However, the women’s team knew they could come back next season and play even better. “I have enjoyed the season, and we look forward to finish the season strong,” said senior Daniela Chipe. “I know my team will work hard for next semester, as well.” By: Maggie Pruitt 40

Set and Serve (right): Senior Daniela Chipe stands ready for her opponent to play the ball back to her side of the court. Photo by: Will Lawson

Talk With Your Racket, Play With Your Heart

Set and Serve (right): Sophomore Patrick Sanders looks to warm-up his serve during a home match. Photo by: Will Lawson

2016 Tennis



his year the cheer team traveled to the NCA Championships in Daytona, Florida. “The trip started off amazing. Wednesday consisted of practicing outside and mentally preparing ourselves for the competition,” senior Abby Patrick explained. Patrick explained how the boys did their own thing before competitions, but all the girls piled up in one room with all of their makeup and hair supplies to start getting ready. When it was time to go to the arena, the team blasted its music and walks to the stage with confidence. Patrick said their routine made history. They hit a perfect routine with no deductions earned the No. 5 score in the competition, which gave them a higher score than most Division I programs. The Hawks and Lady Hawks had another great performance the second and final day of competition. However, Blinn College did an extremely hard routine and won the division. The Shorter team received fourth place overall that day. “Of course, we were upset because we had all intentions of winning, but I was proud of my team!” Patrick said. By: Maggie Pruitt

Cheer Hawks

Loud and Proud: Senior Chad Butler cheers on the football team on the sideline. Photo by: Shorter Public Relations

School Spirit: The Hawks and Lady Hawks line up under the basket to cheer on the men’s and women’s basketball teams. Photo by: Dr. Fabrice Poussin All Together (above, right): The Cheer Hawks cheer on the football team during the fall semester at Barron Stadium. Photo by: Shorter Public Relations 42

2015-2016 Cheerleading

The Hawks Hit the Mat A

2015-2016 Wrestling

lthough not considered a premiere sport, the Hawks wrestling team deserves recognition. In the last six years of the program, the team made a name for itself. Head Coach Josh Henson said the thing that differentiated his team from others was putting Southeast wrestling on the map. “We carried the mantle for Southeast wrestling teams. That alone set us apart from other schools in the country. We traveled a lot, but it was nice to bring home wins after competing at schools in the North,” said Henson. The Hawks were a divided group this year: half of the team being seniors and the other half freshmen. Despite the age gap, Henson expressed that all of the guys got along well together and encouraged one another. The senior veterans led the team this season by raking in wins at most of their meets. Fifth-year senior Dalton Lane said although he would miss the sport, he was grateful for everything he could away from the wrestling program. “Coach desired for us to be better men both on and off the mat. He believed in us, and that fueled the motivation of our team,” said Lane. Kade Kitchens, a freshman, was the first-ever freshman from Shorter named All-American for the sport. Henson said that Kitchens had a great season and that the future of the wrestling team looked bright. By: Alisha Provence

Hook and Hold (left): Freshman Christian Flavin forces his opponent to the mat. Photo by: Mike Slade Face-Off (above, top): Senior Dalton Lane squares up against his opponent from NewBerry College to start the match. Photo by: Mike Slade Head-to-Head (above, middle): Lane works hard to hold off his opponent during a match at home. Photo by: Alisha Provence 43





Serving with a Smile: A learning community packs bananas at Rome Action Ministries. Photo by: Kara West

Making a Settling In: Freshman Hawks from various learning communities smile for the camera while assisting local non-profit organizations in service projects. Photo by: Peer Mentors




A New Milestone T

he purpose of learning communities (LC) was to introduce freshman to life at Shorter. LC’s allowed students to share classes with those who had similar interests and to gain a sense of security in their first college experience. Part of the LC experience required students to take a freshman seminar class, which taught students college survival skills. Upperclassman served as peer mentors and assisted freshmen in their transition from high school to college. Assistant Professor of French and English Dr. Fabrice Poussin said, “I believe the learning communities gave the incoming students a certain

sense of safety, as they were in a class for a limited amount of time per week. They did not have to fear exams as much as they may have in other classes.” Freshman Mary Barnes said that her LC taught her important time management skills. “It also helped me to branch out, make friends, and meet all kinds of majors. My first college friends were made through my LC.” Poussin said that his favorite part of teaching a learning community was hearing students’ concerns and getting to know them on a personal level. “I enjoyed their honesty as to the activities in which they had to take part. I was happily sur

prised to see that the students in my LC were determined to succeed and knew what they wanted and needed. They were aware of the work ahead and took the University very seriously. I was able to see the faith that students placed in God, and there was no question that they relied on God for guidance and strength,” said Poussin. “This class was a great way to introduce me to all the possibilities that college provides,” said Barnes. “Because of this class, I attended all kinds of events I would never have thought to go to otherwise.” By: Cheyenne Frady

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Students Leading Students: The 2016 peer mentors guide freshman during their transition from high school to college life. Photo by: Troy Vickers


Solid in our Studies


t the School of Education, the idea to think “Learner First” resonated through the classrooms of aspiring teachers. The mission of the School of Education was to provide experiences for students desiring to enter education and dedicating themselves to learning and teaching others. The School of Education offered degrees for Early Childhood Education, Middle Grade Education, Secondary Education, and Music Education. The graduates of the School of Education were expected to exemplify professional qualities and tend to the needs of others in their learning processes. Sophomore education major Ashley Keller said that the professors in the education school

Preparing Them for the Future: Dr. Kristy Brown, Associate Professor of Education, guides her students to become better teachers. Photo by: Will Lawson


School of Education Produces Top-Notch Teachers

helped her to adjust more easily to her major. “The professors were supportive and helpful. They knew how overwhelming it seemed at first and tried to make me feel at ease and confident,” Keller explained. During the spring of their sophomore year, students may enter the School of Education and apply to the Teacher Preparation Program (TPP). When asked about the impact the School of Education had on its students, Dr. Norma Harper, Dean of the School of Education, said, “The faculty in the TPP hoped to impact our majors and to think “Learners First” by providing rigorous and relevant academic coursework and school experiences to assure their success in teaching.” By: Maggie Pruitt

Educating Future Educators: (below) Sophomores Lindsey Smith and Kaitlin Little take notes in class. Taking notes and soaking up information was an important part of the learning process.

Asking Questions: (below) Sophomore Abi Valdes receives instructions on her project. Photo by: Will Lawson

Photo by: Will Lawson

“The professors are really supportive and helpful.� Ashley Keller Sophomore

Lunch and Learn: Education students work hard to prepare themselves to be future educators. Photo by: Will Lawson

Presentations and Explanations: Sophomore Sydney Oden gives a presentation to the class. Photo by: Will Lawson Intent to Teach (right): Education majors learn how to prepare lessons plans, vital for a teacher. Photo by: Will Lawson 49

Performing Arts and Music: (left) Austin Kimble and Jack Dodge perform at Barron Stadium. (right) Christina Barnes and Kyle Coleman perform in All My Sons. Photos by: Will Lawson

E G A T S e h t g n i k Roc A

pproximately 60 students, majoring in one of the nine degrees in the departments of music, theatre, dance, and art made up the School of Fine Arts program. According to Dr. John Reams, the Chair of Music, Theater, and Dance, “Our students were very talented. We were able to recruit great students who could work alongside our tremendous faculty and who helped transform talented students into professionals.” The program hosted annual events, which included musical theatre, opera, band, and choral performances. The students in the fine and performing arts considered their peers and professors as family. Senior musical theatre major Taylor Camp said, “I was 50

challenged as an actress, musician, and dancer. The theatre department professors always expected 110 percent from their students. That mentality definitely transferred into my core classes, and I became better in all aspects of life thanks to my professors,” Camp said. When asked about a professor who had made a great impact on her, Camp named Assistant Professor of Music Theatre Director, Sue Gaukel. Camp said, “She was an amazing, godly woman who showed me that the world of musical theatre was definitely my mission field. Thanks to her, I discovered why God gave me talents to use for Him.” Sophomore music education major Erin Dallmann said that Assistant Professor of Music,

Dr. Lynn Worcester, encouraged her students in their progress and was extremely patient when they took a little longer to completely grasp the material. “Going to her class always put a smile on my face, and I always came out more confident than when I went in,” Dallmann said. “The School of Fine and Performing Arts helped me grow not only in my talent, but also spiritually and gave me self-confidence,” said Dallmann. “The encouraging students and staff became my family. We lifted each other up when we may have wanted to throw in the towel, and instead praised each other when we conquered a difficult task. Here, I found friends who were as passionate about God and music as I was.” By: Cheyenne Frady

Cheering On (below): Sarah Adams cheers with Shorter pride. Photo by: Will Lawson

School of


Practicing to Perform: Students perfect their musical abilities through practice. Photo by: Will Lawson

Performing with Grace: Christine Barnes and Nathaniel Fox perform a scene from Death Takes a Holiday. Photo by: Will Lawson 51

It’s a Great Day to Save Lives N

ursing is a very versatile major. Shorter offered the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, which prepared students to meet the demands placed on nurses today. BSN nurses were recognized for their skills in critical thinking, leadership, case management, health promotion, and their ability to practice across a variety of settings from hospitals to school systems. Students sang the praises of the program. Macy Seagraves, sophomore nursing major, said,”The nursing program provided hands-on experience that will enable me to be an excellent healthcare provider. The staff was always extremely willing to work with me. I look forward to the next two years at in the nursing program.

By: Carlie Garrett Researching (left): Kendall Johnson looks up important information for her next exam. Teaching Future Nurses (below): Professor Rachel Johnson prepares students to be tomorrow’s medical professionals. Photos by: Professor Kelechi Benet

Friends at Work: Casey Gregg and Ansley Griffin work together on an assignment. Photo by: Professor Kelechi Benet 52

The School of Nursing focuses on helping and caring for others.

Duties of a Nurse: Zack Akvan and Courtney Underhill gain knowledge in their field of study. Knowledge is Key (left): Hannah Coffey, Sarah Beth Jenkins, and Abby Patrick study the aspects of nursing. Photos by: Professor Kelechi Benet

Checking Vitals: Tahn Nyugen and Brooke Holloway practice checking vitals. Learning with a Smile (right): Caitlin Wells shows excitement while learning to save lives. Photos by: Professor Kelechi Benet

Nursing Lab: Stephanie Rowles listens intently as she grasps the knowledge to become a better nurse. Photo by: Professor Kelechi Benet


Taking Care of Business



r. Melissa Hickman, Dean of Ledbetter College of Business and Associate Professor of Accounting, said that the best part of her job was preparing students for the real world. “Seeing and communicating with our students on a daily basis and having close interaction with them throughout the year was a huge advantage of Shorter and the College of Business,” said Hickman. According to Hickman, the college was committed to excellence in teaching and student development, providing a student-centered learning environment, characterized atmosphere, and services both to the college and to the community. As the department’s community service project for the past two years, the business school prepared hygiene packets for children in need at local elementary schools. Business professors sought to enhance character, Christian values, diversity, critical thinking, and professionalism throughout the curriculum and degree programs. Megan Smith, a senior marketing major, hoped to work at Turner Broadcasting Systems as an Event Marketing Specialist. She said that her experience at the Ledbetter College of Business helped prepare her for life after graduation. By: Alisha Provence

Success in Business (top left): Dr. Melissa Hickman honors Lucas Cavenco during Awards Day. Soaking it Up (left): Students learn about to master the world of business. Helping a Student (bottom): Prof. Heath Hooper guides a student on registering for next semester’s classes.


Conducting Labs (right): Dr. Kody Mullin’s zoology lab learns about echinoderms. Photo by: Kara West

Editing is Hard Work: Jacey Owens, Cecil Robinson, and Byron Watson design and edit yearbook spreads. A Helping Hand (top, left): Dr. Brent Baskin instructs Retha Tarleton about student ministry. Photos by: Alisha Provence


Learning English: Dr. Carmen Butcher teaches students how to write a paper. History Lesson (left): Dr. Charles Carter discusses the importance of history. Photos by: Chandler Stone

Let’s Get Educated

College of Arts and Sciences


he College of Arts and Sciences is the largest college at Shorter and houses 25 different degrees. Each degree had their own set of accomplishments. For example, the Department of Natural Sciences had high rates for getting students who wanted to go into professional medical fields into the schools of their choice. In the past 30 years, 86 percent of the medical school applicants were accepted to medical school. During the same time period, the national average was 50 percent. Additionally, the English department boasted about its 101st edition of the award-winning Chimes magazine, which was available on-line for the first time. The Chimes was a student-produced literary magazine that gave students, faculty, and staff a chance to have their work published. As one of the richest traditions at Shorter, The Chimes allowed others to see the heart of people through their publications. The communication arts students also made a name for themselves by taking over the student-led “The Periscope” newspaper, The Argo yearbook, and Hawk TV and Radio. Both The Periscope and The Argo were state, regional, and national award-winning publications and provided enthusiastic student journalists with media experience needed for the workforce. Students in the communication arts department also gained hands-on experience through internships. Junior communication arts major Daniel Farias said his internship with 11Alive News opened many doors for him. “I gained hands-on experience in a news environment, learning the ends and outs of interviewing, editing, and reporting,” Farias said about his internship. Associate Provost, the Dean of The College of Arts and Sciences, and recently elected Vice President of the Southeast region for Alpha Chi National Honor Society, Dr. Kathi Vosevich, said each department in the College of Arts and Sciences were doing special things and gave their time and talents to the success of Shorter University. “The students at Shorter are achievers,” said Vosevich. “From the Alpha Chi honor society to the math majors, each one contributed so much to this school and were greatly involved with the University and its mission.” By: Alisha Provence 57

Praying (right): Sarah Geil prays as Awards Day comes to an end. Photo by: Will Lawson Recognition (below): Argo editor-in-chief Abbey Jacks presents Dr. Charles Carter with the yearbook dedication award. Photo by: Will Lawson

Smile for the Camera (right): (left to right) Devon Mason, Joshua Adams, Perry Prather, and Caleb Britt show off their awards. Each were proud of their accomplishments. Photo by: Will Lawson

Campus Leadership: SGA President Caleb Britt prepares to pray during the ceremony.

Student Recognitions


Ashley Phillips

Tatiana Allen

Stephanie Rowles

Gavin Grant

Elle Crawford

Perry Prather

Rachel Butler

Megan Selvig

Awards Day


his year, dozens of students and faculty received awards at Shorter’s annual Awards Day ceremony. The purpose of Awards Day was to highlight the outstanding students and faculty before their peers, parents, and instructors. Awards ranged from academic scholarships to departmental accolades. Alisha Provence, a senior communication arts major, was this year’s Outstanding Senior for her department. “Holding that plaque in my hands was such an honor, but it wasn’t mine alone,” Provence said. “It belonged to the professors and peers who poured into my life and propelled me towards pursuing my goals. I will forever view my reward as recognition for the whole communication arts department while I was there. Shorter will always hold a special place in my heart.” Assistant Professor of History

Celebrate Academic Achievements

and teaching enthusiast Dr. Charles Carter received the Argo Yearbook Award during the ceremony. The Argo Yearbook Award recipient was chosen by students who nominated a professor who exemplifies the spirit of Shorter. Then, the Argo editorial staff chose the nominee. During his three years at Shorter, Carter has taught 10 separate history courses and has impacted many lives along the way. Sophomore communication arts major Cecil Robinson said that Carter was a special man who added flare and pizazz to the classroom. “I’ve always loved history, and Dr. Carter made it even better,” Robinson said. “His love for his students was encouraging. His only desire was to see us succeed.” Carter said he was humbled and deeply grateful to be this year’s Argo Award recipient. “I know the Argo staff worked hard with their annual project,”

Carter said. I was deeply touched and moved to receive such an honor. It really meant a lot to me to find out I had such an impact on students.” The Vulcan Materials Company Teaching Excellence Award went to Assistant Professor of French and English Dr. Fabrice Poussin in recognition of his outstanding contributions to undergraduate education, student learning, and campus life. Poussin said that he felt at home at Shorter, and that working here made it easy to fulfill a dedication to service to the Lord. “We have the highest percentage of brilliance I have ever seen in one institution, and that in itself is an incredible motivator,” Poussin said. “This institution and everyone in it made me a much better person every day and a much better Christian.” By: Kaitlin Kibble 59

Arts & Entertainment


Arts & Entertainment



he Marching Hawks impressed crowds this past season with their spirited performances during football games at Barron Stadium. Band members took great pride in being a part of the Marching Hawks. Freshman color guard member Baylee Garrett enjoyed being a member of the Marching Hawks. My favorite part was performing at football games. “Marching out on the field and performing at football games was the highlight of band.” She also said that Beth Taylor,

Associate Professor of Music and Director of Bands, took a lot of pride in teaching the entire group. Freshman trumpeter Jordan Kimbrell concurred, “Mrs. Taylor was passionate, not only towards the music but also the students. She has done this for a long time, so she knew exactly how to get it done.” All students with previous band experience were welcomed to join. Band offered class credit as well as scholarships.

By: Cheyenne Frady

Getting in Formation: The Marching Hawks perform their halftime show during a Saturday afternoon football game. Photo by: Shorter Public Relations 62

Get in Line with the Melody

Horns at Halftime: The Marching Hawks’ brass section entertained the crowd. Photo by: Shorter Public Relations

Where Words End, Music Begins T

Belting It Out: Audrey Goodman, Kyle Coleman, and Mary Saintfort perform at one of many concerts. Photo by: Chandler Stone

he Shorter choir continually practiced for its next concert or ensemble performance. Students loved their experience performing at the collegiate level. Junior history major Jordan Heath enjoyed being a part of this group and that the faculty exposed the choir to both classical and cultural music. Junior vocal performer major Taleeia Smith said she loved the opportunity to sing alongside both music and non-music majors. “Non-majors were welcomed into this environment to share their musical talent as well. That’s what I enjoyed most about our choir!” Said Smith. Having non-music majors involved helped bring the choir together in a bigger way and united people from various majors in the school. No matter the major, students had the opportunity to use their God-given talent to be a part of the singing Hawks. The choir had many concerts throughout the academic year. The team traveled to different states for participation in various competitions. The choir members loved being able to represent the school as dedicated artists. By: Abbey Jacks and Maggie Pruitt

Hawk Harmonizing: Avery Harris and Brooke Womack fine tune their year’s work.

Photo by: Chandler Stone

Strike a Pose: (right): The Shorter choir takes a break after their concert to pose for a picture. Photo by: Chandler Stone


Xerxes T

his year’s fall opera, “Xerxes”, was performed in the Callaway Theatre on campus. The opera was written by Handel and was performed entirely in Italian. The cast included Victoria Henson, Mary Saintfort, and Caitlin Monteverde, Avery Harris, Taleeia Smith, Jasmine Henry, and Jacob Case. The plot was about King Xerxes who fell in love with a young woman who was engaged to another man. In order to marry her, the king banished the other man to fulfill his own lustful desires. For the duration of the play, Romilda, the young, loved woman tried to win back her love. In the end, all relationships were restored. This entertaining, well-rehearsed opera was performed with great song, wit, and humor.

By: Sarah Johnson and Abbey Jacks

To play Xerxes was a challenging role because it was my first “pants” role. The part was originally written to be played by a male, but the vocals suited a female better. Victoria Henson Senior


Just a Lonely Boy: Avery Harris finds comfort singing by a tree. Photo by: Shorter Theater Department

Happily Ever After: The cast acknowledge each other during the curtain call. (From left to right): Jacob Case, Caitlin Monteverde, Meredith Howard, Victoria Henson, Mary Saintford, Avery Harris, and Taleeia Smith make up the cast. Photo by: Shorter Theater Department

Something Special: Meredith Howard and Avery Harris take a special look. Photo by: Shorter Theater Department

Let It Out: Mary Saintfort and Victoria Henson enjoy their time performing. Photo by: Shorter Theater Department


Death Takes a Holiday D

“ eath Takes a Holiday”, a beloved musical, was performed earlier this year by students in the musical theater department. The musical’s setting was in the 1920s and focused around the Lomberti family. A catastrophic event caused Death to appear. Death, otherwise known as Prince Sirki, was curious to understand and to feel human emotions. Thus, Death became human and took a holiday or vacation. The story focused on Death’s interaction with the Lomberti family as he experienced love, joy, and regret. Death struggled to fight his emotions and was ultimately left with a decision: stay with the woman he loved or abandon her and return to his grim occupation. Junior Jordan Heath, who played the lead role of Death, enjoyed participating in the musical. “I loved having a chance to play this character. It was a fun and exciting journey to experience. One of my favorite aspects of my character was getting to speak in a Russian accent. Additionally, the music was beautiful, and I loved having the opportunity to sing some of the songs.” Chelsie Burks, who played the part of Daisy Fenton, said that her character brought youthfulness and innocence to the show. “This show was so much fun because I was able to work with my fellow actors. Getting to work with more experienced and trained actors gave me the ability to go deeper into the story. Also, Professor Kevin Anderton, Assistant Professor of Theater, had a different way of directing than anything I’ve ever seen. Rather than telling us where to stand, he let us make choices based on our instincts. That kept the show fresh every time we performed it.”

Riding Around: Death and all of his friends take a ride in the car. Photo by: Shorter Theater Department

Singing and Dancing: Who says you can’t have a little fun while on stage? Photo by: Shorter Theater Department

By: Lauren Rawlins Sounds of the Trio: Taylor Camp and friends sing their hearts out. Photo by: Shorter Theater Department


Plot Twist: With the cast all present, the play begins to take a dramatic turn. Photo by: Shorter Theater Department

Making a Point: Jordan Heath, who played Death, gives an enthusiastic performance. Photo by: Shorter Theater Department

In the Zone: Christine Barnes and Abigail Mansfield show that being a maid is not always fun. Photo by: Shorter Theater Department 67

All My Sons S

horter University’s theater department produced “All My Sons” in September at the Callaway Theater. The play was set a year after World War II ended and centered on Joe Keller, the main character. Keller’s actions resulted in a gradual decline of tragedy and remorse. The play involved deception, love, and loss. Senior Taylor Camp, who played Kate Keller, said, “Chad Daniel, our director, cast this show perfectly. Our dynamic was exactly what it needed to be, and I really felt that the audience sensed that from watching the performance.” Emily Hill, who played Sue Bayliss, said, “I think my favorite moment was, of course, performances. My character was particularly rude, and it was fun to play such a contrast to my normal temperament. It was truly an adventure!” By: Destiny Jenkins All Photos By: Will Lawson

A Mother’s Heart: Mama Kate (Taylor Camp) cries while reading a letter to learn of her son’s suicide. Photo by: Shorter Theater Department

Emptying His Wallet: Jordan Heath throws money at Daniel Farias out of anger.

Comfort from Mother: Taylor Camp comforts her stage son, Daniel Farias.

Always Excited: Ann (Savannah Gillam) runs in for a hug. 68

Father’s Joy: Joe Keller (Jordan Heath) carries his son enthusiastically.

George Deever Arrives: Kyle Coleman explains to Mama Kate that her husband Joe is guilty of murder.

Pensive Moments (from left to right): Daniel Farias, Christine Barnes, Taylor Camp, and Jordan Heath reflect upon bad news they receive. Photo by: Will Lawson All Smiles (below): Savannah Gillam and Kyle Coleman gaze into each others’ eyes. Photo by: Will Lawson




his spring, many students came to the Rome City Auditorium to see the musical, “Showboat.” “It was an incredible bonding experience for our department. We were really challenged to stretch and grow to fill the space and bring such a beautiful piece to life,” said sophomore Sydney Hillman. “Showboat” told the story of the Hawks family and their showboat troop of actors in the Cotton Blossom floating theatre. This show was a great opportunity for everyone who loved theater to come together. Freshman Chelsie Burks said, “It was a really great experience and was a good way to bring both the vocal performance and musical theater majors together.”

By: Carlie Garrett and Abbey Jacks

Looking Stoic (left): Cameron Stewart will not let a little dirt get him down. Photo by: Shorter Theater Department

Role Playing (right): Savannah Gillam and Spencer Wenzel confess their love to each another. Photo by: Shorter Theater Department


Fancy Showgirls: Abigail Mansfield, Taylor Camp and Chelsie Burks dance their hearts out. Photo by: Shorter Theater Department

Sassy and Fun: Tim Mereus and Victoria Henson demonstrate their moves. Photo by: Shorter Theater Department

Dance with Me: Jacob Case and Christine Barnes dance the night away as they show off their one-of-a-kind duet. All Photos by: Shorter Theater Department

Dancing to the Beat: Taylor Camp and Emily Hill show what they can do.

Bidding Farewell: The stage crew is shocked to see her go.

In Her Eyes: Tanyah Anderson is ready to take on anything!


Imaginary Invalid A Production of Comedy and Satire


Hard Work Caring for an Invalid: Jessica Pickard (Angelique) and Emily Hill (Toinette) take Nick Fleming (Argan) to rest. Photo by: Chandler Stone

Outwitted: Nick Fleming (Argan) is tricked by Sydney Hillman (his wife) and Emily Hill (maid servant). Photo by: Chandler Stone

Hard to Get Along: Jessica Pickard (Angelique) argues with her stepmother (Sydney Hillman). Photo by: Chandler Stone

Angry and In Pain: Sick and grumpy Nick Fleming (Argan)beats Emily Hill (Toinette) with his cane. Photo by: Chandler Stone


he Shorter University Theater department presented the classical French play called “The Imaginary Invalid” in the Callaway Theatre on April 21-24. The play was created by French playwright Molière during the late 1600’s and was about a man named Argan who was a hypochondriac.

My Love: Jessica Pickard talks about her love Cleante played by Timothy Mereus. Photo by: Chandler Stone

“This play had something different for the audience members. Not only did it offer classical insight, but it also showcased the versatility of our students through their portrayal of different roles,” said director and Assistant Professor of Theater Kevin Anderton. This play was intended to be silly and at times even a little absurd. Sophomore musical theatre major Sydney Hillman played Béline, the evil stepmother who was only with the father and his children to take his money. “Unlike many of my other roles, I have never played an evil character. But because of our program, I’ve had the chance to play some interesting roles, which have helped me grow as a performer,” said Hillman. “The play helped students to be broader in their knowledge of theater,” said Anderton. The benefits for those having a part in this play were to gain firsthand insight on how the entertainment business was run. Furthermore, it helped students to become versatile in their work, which can better their chances of finding work upon graduation. By: Cecil Robinson

Let Me Tell You: Nick Fleming (Argan) rants about his many illnesses. Photo by: Chandler Stone

The Cast of Imaginary Invalid






Service in Action C

hristian Leaders On the Hill (CLOTH), the Christian studies department organization, equipped students through training, discipling, and providing hands-on ministry training. This year, CLOTH hosted a plethora of events including clothing drives and ministry training events. “We grew in our walk with the Lord and were more prepared to minister through the training and encouragement received from fellow CLOTH members,” said senior Noah Madden. Dr. Brent Baskin, Assistant Professor of Christian Studies and Youth Ministry and CLOTH adviser, believed the organization’s focus was not only on the students’ current ministry but also their future ministry. By: Sarah Johnson

Laughing It Off: Stephanie Hughes and Brea Cuthbert play the game of “bird on a perch” during a fall mixer. Photo by: Will Lawson

“CLOTH has created an opportunity for our majors to build community, serve the campus, and grow in knowledge and love for Christ.” All Smiles (left): Destiny KerrBrown smiles sweetly at the camera.

Hunter Storey, Sophomore Bonding Moments (right) Jena Lane and Retha Tarleton bond at a meeting.


Photos by: Will Lawson


ne of the most influential ministerial groups on campus was the Baptist Collegiate Ministries (BCM). Its mission was to seek God, share the Gospel, and serve others.

“Being around people who were joyfully obedient in making Christ known was so encouraging and contagious! ” Jena Lane, Junior

BCM annual events included a cookout, a progressive dinner, a retreat to Little River Canyon, the Confluence Conference, and the international student rafting excursion. Weekly events that happened around campus were Lunchbox, a student Bible study with free lunches, and Kids Extreme, a program aimed at ministering children in the community. Junior Abbey Jacks said her involvement with BCM taught her how to worship with her peers. “Worship was something we all had to practice daily and fully commit to when communicating with the Lord. Being with a group of peers while worshiping was very rewarding,” Jacks said. One of the greatest lessons Jacks learned through worship came from the song, “It is Well,” by Bethel Church. Some of the lyrics said, “Through it all, through it all, my eyes are on You.” Through all the chaos and stress, we can still find our joy in Christ, not only in private, but in community as well. Junior Jena Lane, the Kids Extreme leader, said that BCM impacted her life by encouraging her to share the Gospel. “Being around people who were joyfully obedient in making Christ known was so encouraging and contagious! I loved my BCM family and how the Lord was glorified through this organization,” Lane said. By: Sarah Johnson

Leading in Worship: Sarah Geil leads students in worship at a BCM rally. Photo by: Will Lawson

Worship through Technology: Austin Kibble, Addie Caldwell, Jonathan Hannah, and Chris Elsey serve God by helping with media used for worship. Photo by: Will Lawson



Lead. Serve.

“SOS helps engage new students by giving them a warm welcome to the Hill. SOS was a student-friendly organization centered around making you feel right at home.” Cecil Robinson, Sophomore, Communication Arts Major

“My wish for SUSAA is for it to gain a bigger presence on campus and make all students feel loved and welcomed on all parts of the campus.” Rachel Butler, Senior, SUSAA president 78

Engage. Share.

“ I’ve have throughly have enjoyed every moment of my SGA experience, both as a senator and an executive member. My favorite part was working alongside some of the best people on campus.” Allison Miller, Junior Political Science major , SGA Vice President

“As a student ambassador I have enjoyed getting to meet all of the prospective students and sharing everything I love about Shorter with them.” Ashtin Hyde, Junior, Communication Arts Major 79

Singing with Heart and Soul Music Students Prepare for Careers in Fine Arts

The Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) is a professional music sorority that is internationally known. Photo by: Chandler Stone

The College National Association for Music Educators(CNAFME) promotes choral singing and an understanding of the music discipline. Photo by: Chandler Stone

The Shorter National Association of Teachers of Singing(SNATS) advances knowledge of teaching and singing, while focusing on issues such as vocal health and teaching practices. Photo by: Chandler Stone 80

From the Lab to the World Science Majors Dedicate Themselves to Professional Development

Tri-Beta (left) consists of students in the science field who wish to study biology within the confounds of research. Photo by: Will Lawson

The American Chemical Society (right) focuses on getting students engaged in science. Students were grounded in the belief of professionalism through chemistry and the sciences. Photo by: Will Lawson

The Allied Health Club (left) helps others through means of physical therapy, hospitals, and other medical fields. The members of the club were dedicated to saving lives. Photo by: Will Lawson


Honoring Christ

Top of the Class: The 2015 Alpha Chi inductees stand with current members and are proud to represent Shorter academically. Alpha Chi members had to be in the top 10 percent of their class and embody a spirit of truth and character.

Faculty Support Students: Dr. Fabrice Poussin, Assistant Professor of English and French (far left) and Dr. Kathi Vosevich, Associate Provost and Dean of the College of Art and Sciences (far right), celebrate with Alpha Chi members during a time of fellowship after the ceremony.


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ince 1922, Alpha Chi members have been “making scholarship effective for good.” With over 300 chapters in the United States, Alpha Chi Honor Society inducted over 12,000 junior and senior students who were in the top 10 percent of their graduating class. Each chapter recognized achievements in general scholarship. Greek letters A (aletheia) and X (xapalthp) stood for truth and character. These two values have been upheld by thousands of students for the last 92 years. Dr. Kathi Vosevich, Dean of Arts and Sciences, Associate Provost, and co-sponsor of Shorter’s Alpha Chi chapter, said Shorter was also recognized as a Star Chapter for the sixth year in a row. This meant the school ranked in the top 10 percent of schools in the nation and was recognized by the Executive Director of Alpha Chi as an outstanding example. Based on Shorter’s outstanding chapter, Vosevich was the only one in the entire country to be trained by Alpha Chi to become a Certified Organization Advisor (COA) and has watched students thrive in their roles as academic leaders both on and off campus. Junior political science major Allison Miller said what separated Alpha Chi from other honor societies on campus was that it was not exclusive to certain fields of study. “Alpha Chi consisted of students from all majors. We had members with majors ranging from music to poAlpha Chi Sponsor litical science and to nursing,” said Miller. Miller was also one of the Encourages Students: elite students chosen to travel to Washington D.C. this year for the Dr. Jeff Audirsch, Alpha Chi convention. Assistant Professor of In October, 15 members were inducted into Shorter’s Alpha Christian Studies, became the Chi Honor Society chapter. One of those 15 was junior communicanew co-sponsor this year of Alpha tion arts major Cheyenne Frady. Although she was new to the orgaChi, along with Dr. Kathi nization, Frady said she was blessed and thankful to be part of such Vosevich, Associate Provost and a prestigious group. “As a new member, I’m excited for the future Dean of the College of Arts and opportunities that lie ahead for me through Alpha Chi,” said Frady. Sciences. Through the years, Alpha Chi has lived up to its motto “Ye Photo by: Shorter shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” Public Relations

By: Alisha Provence


Good English Gets Creative Appreciation of Literature: The goal of the English Club is to promote a love for literature and English. Back row from left: Daniel Ware and Zane Allen. Front row from left: Kristin Towe, Madison Hunt, Sarah Sandage, and Dr. Julie Pond, Assistant Professor of English. Photo: Melissa Baskin

Creativity: The Chimes , a publication of the English department, promotes writing and artwork. The staff also competed in annual writing competitions. Photo by: Kaitlin Kibble


Communicating Through Different Means

Want to Be on TV?: Kelechi Benet, Assistant Professor of Communication Arts, shows students how to use the camera in the TV production class.

A Finished Product: The yearbook class work together to edit spreads. This year, the Argo became all-digital for the first time.

Photos by: Alisha Provence

Can I See You?: Caleb Britt focuses on filming during the broadcast lab. Communication arts students worked in media labs to gain hands-on experience in their fields.

Student Professionals: The Periscope, Shorter’s student-led newspaper produces a printed newspaper bi-weekly and also has a digital version of the paper. Pictured from left to right are Editor-in-Chief Hannah Cauthen, Arts and Entertainment Austen Trevers, Sports editor Maggie Pruitt, News editor Byron Watson, and Opinions editor Jay Hawkins. Not pictured is Alayna Welker, the Web editor. Photo by: Melissa Baskin The Best of the Best: (from left) Daniel Farias, Cheyenne Frady, Alisha Provence, and Maggie Pruitt are the new inductees of Lambda Pi Eta, the communication arts honor society. Photo by: Will Lawson


Phi Mu: Imagine. Believe. Achieve

Painting for Sisterhood: Phi Mu hosted a painting party during one of their many fellowships. Members proudly displayed their artwork of a lion.


“Greek Life gave me a home away from home.” Carlie Garrett Sophomore


hi Mu is the second oldest national sorority, and its foundations are love, honor, and truth. They were dedicated to pursuing the interest of women on college campuses and in communities. Sophomore communication arts major Carlie Garrett said Phi Mu provided her with forever friendships. “Greek life helped me in so way ways. It gave me a home away from home with friendships that will stay with me forever,” said Garrett. Although the sorority valued the bond of sisterhood, what held them together was their philanthropy with Children’s Miracle Network. According to sophomore nursing major Macey Seagraves, Phi Mu raised thousands of dollars for the organization. “We supported sick kids by hosting fund raisers such as the car show. We raised $4000, and I personally enjoyed it because I knew we gave back to the community,” said Seagraves. Other Phi Mu events were Greek Week and Sweet Tea Tuesdays. By: Jacey Owens

Support for Each Other (left): The Phi Mu members support their sisters Sydney Hillman, Macy Seagraves, and Caitlyn Monteverde who compete in the Miss Shorter Pageant.

For the Children (right): Members visit The Children’s Miracle Network, the organization’s philanthropy.

Phi Mu Stylin’ (left): Members dress up for formal pictures made off campus. Phi Mu sisters enjoyed fellowshipping with one another.


Diamond Sisters Are Sisters Forever

A Made with Love: Members of Alpha Delta Pi sell baked goods for a Domestic Abuse Awareness Week. Photo by: Alpha Delta Pi Members.


lpha Delta Pi, a woman’s organization open to college students, focused on developing women as a whole. The club endeavored to provide unselfish service to mankind. From leadership opportunities to academic standards, Alpha Delta Pi endeavored to help women grow in their relationship with God. “Our sisterhood was truly a family, and we loved spending time together,” said Lambert. “Whether making a trip to the Ronald McDonald House Charities to serve families or dressing up for themed socials, we always had a good time together.“ Junior biology major Brianna Poss agreed with Lambert. “We included everyone. Loved on everyone. Our mission was to love God and love people, especially our sisters in Christ, “ said Poss. Since Alpha Delta Pi was relatively new to The Hill, their efforts to gain popularity did not go unnoticed. Their service projects and support of other organizations on campus were outstanding. By: Alisha Provence

Big and Little Love: Addie Caldwell learns that Brooke Sims is her little sister. Photo by: Alpha Delta Pi Members.

Bonds for Life: New pledges of Alpha Delta Pi display their popular diamond hand sign. Photo: Alpha Delta Pi members.

All Smiles: Cumberland Davis and her little sister Allyson Holmes are excited to be each other’s big and little sisters. Photo by: Alpha Delta Pi Members.


ZTA Puts the Zister in Sister


eta Tau Alpha (ZTA) was a sorority that encouraged sisterhood, love and friendship. ZTA members formed lifelong friendships, while also supporting their philanthropy of breast cancer awareness. “I wanted to join a sorority because I thought it was a great way to meet people. I didn’t realize the important impact it would have on me. I found lifelong friends and grew as a person because of this sorority,” said Emily Mays. Supporting philanthropies was a big part of ZTA. Ada Panni, political science major and ZTA vice president, said that helping to promote breast cancer awareness was important to the sisters because the disease affected so many women. The sorority partnered alongside organizations such as the American Cancer Society, Bright Pink, and the NFL to recognize survivors and educate others on how to take the appropriate steps to recognize the signs of breast cancer. ZTA hosted many on-campus events like Breast Cancer Awareness for the month of October, ‘Pink Week’, which included ‘Pink-ing out’ an SU football game, a fundraising pageant, and the annual Pink Up the Pace 5k in the spring. By: Destiny Jenkins


ZTA Bid Day: Zeta welcomes new, excited girls on bid day. Photo by: Zeta Tau Alpha Members

“Not only are we sorority sisters, but we are also sisters in Christ. I couldn’t ask for a better group of girls to support me through life.” Alyssa Marrs, Freshman

Sisters Battle for the Crown: Zeta’s compete in the annual lip-sync competition. This competition was one of many fellowships held through the year. Photo by: Zeta Tau Alpha Members


Better Men, Better Lives

Bro’s Night Out: The brothers get away from school and work to head out for a night on the town. Photo by: Delta Members

“Delta has allowed me to build lifelong friendships and has helped me to get more involved on campus.” Brice Duke Junior



horter’s chapter of Delta Sigma Phi has a long history of success. The fraternity’s motto, “Better Men, Better Lives”, impacted members by giving them executive-level leadership training. Delta Sigma Phi member Caleb Britt said his favorite part about being in this organization was being around men who strive for excellence. “Being in Delta Sigma Phi influenced me to be my best at all times,” Britt said. “We came from different backgrounds and walks of life, so we guided each other in becoming better men.” Delta Sigma Phi’s national philanthropy was the American Red Cross, and the local philanthropy was the American Cancer Society. The school’s chapter took part in two blood drives per semester, and the members volunteered for the Relay for Life race. By: Cheyenne Frady

Family is Forever: A family shows their close bond as f raternity brothers. Delta Sigma Pi was the only fraternity on the Shorter campus. They made a big impact on campus by showing Christ-like love to everyone. Photos by: Delta Members

New Recruits (below): The Deltas welcome the new brothers. This group of men became friends outside of the Delta brotherhood, too. Photos by: Delta Members

Brotherly Love: Will Lawson and Cameron Stewart show excitement because they are both active members in the fraternity. Photos by: Delta Members






Senior Portraits

Josh Adams

Ane Aldana

Tatiana Allen

Sarah Armstrong

DeRyan Arnold

Tamyr Awabdi

Christine Barnes

Jenna Barnes

Augusto Barreto

Aurore Beltrando

Shelby Beverly


Avery Armstrong

Class of 2016

Kayla Bijeaux

Bryant Santavious

Megan Camp

Lindsey Blackstone

Rebekah Buran

Lauren Campbell

Matthew Brock

Kaitlin Burton

Gregory Carswell

Seth Broome

Rachel Butler

Matthew Catanzano


Senior Portraits


Alexis Catillon

Lucas Cavenco

Kari Chambers

Ciera Champion

Nolan Chrisett

Wesley Clay

Morgan Clemones

Amy Cooper

Hannah Crigler

Darcy Criollo

Sarah Curlee

Fernando De Barros

Class of 2016

Carmen Del Real

Taylor Doster

Julian Duncan

Lauren Duplantis

Tamario Evans

Nicolas Ferrigno

Warren Fields

Wally Figaro

Alexia Ford

Ornella Frere

Emily Fusan

Yolanda Garrett


Senior Portraits


Sarah Geil

Megan Gibbs

James Gilbert

Juan Guerra Giraldo

Gavin Grant

Trevor Greenwald

Casey Gregg

Ansley Griffin

Jessica Hannah

Devin Helvie

Tina Henderson

Heather Holland

Class of 2016

Wallace Hunter

Amber Hurst

Destiny Jenkins

Joseph Keith

Sameeh Khatib

Andrew King

Jason Kinsey

Brittany Knott

Haley Lademann

Zandra Lake

Amanda Land

Gregory Lane


Senior Portraits


Ronald Lawhorn

Maisha Ludy

Ashley Lyles

Noah Madden

Patrick Massey

Chandler McCall

Miles Mendiola

Megan Mitchell

Morris Mitchell

Sunni Monterroso

Caitlin Monteverde

Ryan Moore

Class of 2016

Ryan Morrison

Erin Newberry

Dalena Ngo

Thanh Nguyen

Ashley Nuqui

Amelia Payne

Jamie Pelz

Ashley Phillips

Dena Pierce

Brice Prather

Madison Rice

Emily Ridgeway 103

Senior Portraits

Gregory Roachford

Grace Rogers

Brittany Rowland

Stephanie Rowles

Logan Ryan

Sarah Sandidge

Legor Santos

Amanda Schwartz

Megan Selvig

Arden Shanklin


Joshua Skinner

Alexis Smith

Class of 2016

Benjamin Smith

Megan Tarleton

Austen Trevers

Meagan Smith

Joseph Smothers

Nicholas Stutely

Demarcus Thomas

Kaitlyn Thompson

Thomas Tourinho

James VandenBrink

Ayana Walker

Kathryn Walker


Senior Portraits

Daniel Ware

David Wilson

Mary Wilson 106

Ervin Watkins

Robert Watson

Spencer Wenzel

Jonas Whehorn

Jessica Wray

Erin Wynn

Ariel Welch

Ashley Willingham

Kelsey Yates

Faculty and Staff

Bob Bagley

Dr. Brent Baskin

Melissa Baskin

Kelechi Benet

Shell Benjamin

Dr. Marcia Bost

David Brazich

Jen Chase

Dr. Bert Exsted

Susan Gaukel

Dr. David Aebisher

Dr. Mark Hamilton


Faculty and Staff

Dr. Norma Wynn Harper

Dr. Alan Hix

Daniel Huey

Kimberly Hunsucker

Dr. Earl Kellett


Dr. Dana King

Heath Hooper

Julia Houston

Dr. Cassandra Johnson

Dr. Chris Jones

Clayton Kitchings

Dr. Qiang Lu


James McElhaney

Emily Messer

Kelly Mills

Justin Mitchell

Dr. Susan Monteleone

Dr. William Mullen

Dr. Patty Nelson

Edwin Nyamwala

Dr. Angie O’Neal

Linn Pitts

Dr. Julia Pond

Dr. Fabrice Poussin


Faculty and Staff

Dr. Paige Sibley

Sheri Ransome

Gerry Schlitz

Jan Fields Sidwell

Mary Shotwell Smith

Beth Taylor

Dr. Nicole Vanderbush

Dr. Jerico Vasquez

Dr. Kathi Vosevich

Dr. Alan Wingard

Dr. Lynn Worcester


Dr. Hally Shaffer


Shorter University Executive Council

Dr. Donald Dowless President

Dr. Donald Martin Executive Vice President & Provost

Ms. Joan Blackwelder Executive Director of Advancement

Mr. Kim Graham Director of Athletics

Ms. Candi Himes Senior Executive Assistant to the President

Mr. Corey Humphries Vice President of Student Affairs

Ms. Emily Messer Vice President of Enrollment Management

Ms. Susan Zeird CFO & Vice President of Finance


History At Its Finest “Dr. Carter made me more confident in myself as a student. I’m more comfortable participating in my classes because of him.”

“Dr. Carter was very knowledgeable over the topics he teaches, and he really cares about his students.” 112

Dr. Charles Carter

D r. Charles Carter is a three year Assistant Professor of History at

Shorter University. He received his A.A. at South Georgia College (2001), his B.A. at University of Georgia (2003), his M.A. also at University of Georgia (2007), and his Ph.D. at Ohio State University (2012). In addition, Dr. Carter has also published his own book, article, book reviews, and an encyclopedia entry. Not only has Dr. Carter achieved many outstanding academic accomplishments, he has also been

renowned and respected by the students as an engaging, personable professor. Dr. Carter’s classes reflect an informative and animated presentation, while his energetic personality fuels his deep-rooted passion for history. Dr. Carter is an inspiration to many who cannot be easily overlooked. Therefore, it is with great pride and pleasure that he be awarded with this year’s Argo Yearbook Award in appreciation of his exceptional dedication to Shorter University. By: Abbey Jacks, Editor-in-Chief


A Word From the Editor-In-Chief This year I had the great opportunity to work as the Editor-in-Chief of the Argo Yearbook staff for Shorter University. Going in, I had no idea what my title fully meant, but I was ready to take on this new challenge. It stretched me and pushed me to limits I had not yet explored, but it was wellworth it. I learned many

new things about myself and about how to successfully produce a digital yearbook. I also had an opportunity to meet several new people and invest in them. Through this experience, I discovered the beauty of hard work and a little pressure to keep me motivated. Success comes from a committed

work ethic. It’s one that I saw in every staff member I came alongside of to produce this digital yearbook. I thoroughly enjoyed being a part of this Argo organization. I look forward to seeing the final product and reminisce over all of the remembering stones laid in the process. Abbey Jacks

Colophon BOOK The Digital Argo Volume 103 “Remembering Stones” Shorter University TYPOGRAPHY Headlines were set in Noteworthy Bold. Sub-headlines were set in Microsoft San Serif. Body copy was set in MS Reference Sans Serif. Captions were set in PT serif. 114



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Thank you to the Argo editorial staff and yearbook class for all of your hard work. A special thank you to our adviser Professor Melissa Baskin. We couldn’t have done this without you. Thanks for your encouragement and support.

The 2015-16 Digital Argo Editorial Staff Editor-In-Chief Abbey Jacks

Student Life Leah Sikorski


Maggie Pruitt

Academics Kara West

Organizations Sarah Johnson

Photographer Will Lawson


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