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he annual ritual has begun. High school graduates are enrolling in college just as they have done for the last 94 years at Spartanburg Methodist College. The “freshman fifteen” will soon claim its standard place on the waistlines of our students. Academic work and late night “bull sessions” in the residence halls help students stretch the limits of their knowledge and enable them to claim their new identity as they emerge from the cocoon of life at home. While spring is considered to be the season of new life, at SMC, new life emerges more fully every fall! In their first semester, freshmen experience what Thomas Wolfe once wrote: “You can’t go home again.” Students that dare spread new wings find this statement refreshing. And yet, for other students, the new life is tempered with a dose of nostalgia and a longing for the way things used to be. Just as one cannot step into the same river twice, students cannot return to the same home they left when they began their college career. “Birth pains” come with new life. In my first semester as a freshman at a two-year, residential, United Methodist college in North Carolina, I was scared, excited, filled with questions, but uncertain about my future. Fortunately, my journey began in an environment much like that which exists today at Spartanburg Methodist College, where nurturing professors challenged me to learn at a much faster pace and in greater depth in subjects that I thought I had already mastered. It was a rude awakening when I received my first test grade in college! Needless to say, the low grade motivated me to invest more time studying, to set better priorities, and to identify my learning style as I discovered that learning produces change! My colleagues on the faculty and staff at SMC understand the importance of allowing students to make decisions, to hold them accountable for their actions, and to remain steadfast to the standards we expect of our students. Tough teachers who care challenge students to grow, to mature, and to develop a life-long love for learning. We set our sights high at SMC because our future depends upon the outcome of our work. I am proud of our students as they experience the birth pains of new life. They face many questions and struggle with the uncertainty of life in a world that is much different after 9/11 and the destruction left in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Students ask many questions, but one that is particularly penetrating: “Should I invest time, energy, money and long hours of study to face an uncertain future?” The resounding answer from those who have been down Longfellow’s “Road Less Traveled” is YES! Take the less traveled path, experience fully the joys and the challenges that everyone encounters in life. Discover the truth that the journey is at least as important as the destination. Those of us who work with students year after year understand that the most rewarding part of our work is seeing students emerge as campus leaders, dedicated student-athletes, and mature young women and men preparing to claim their place as our future leaders. We could not help students develop into responsible adults without the generous support of Trustees, faculty, staff, parents, and our many friends. Your support of our work and your prayers for our institution and the students we serve make a positive difference as we educate the leaders of tomorrow. Sincerely,

Charles P. Teague President of the College


4 Officers of Spartanburg Methodist College


4 — Sparrow Hall to be SMC's Largest Residence Hall 7 — First Paralegal Graduates 8 — SMC Hosts NJCAA Half Marathon 9 — Transcending Great Walls 12 —Four Decades of Service 14 —2005 Alumni Awards 15 —For SMC Alum, There's No Business Like Show Business 23 —Freshmen Day of Service Marks Fifth Year 24 —SMC Golf Classic

President Charles P. Teague Vice President for Institutional Advancement C. Sterling Case Vice President for Enrollment Management Daniel L. Philbeck Vice President for Business Affairs Bruce E. Whelchel Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs Mark W. Gibbs

Spartanburg Methodist College Board of Trustees


6 — Happenings 8 — Vision 2005 Update 8 — Gifts 16 — Alumni Update 16 — Alumni News 22 —Spotlight on New Faculty/Staff

— 2005-2006 —

Chairperson — Mr. Daniel Foster Vice Chairperson — Mr. Jerry Calvert Secretary — Ms. Mellnee Buchheit


Mr. Charles Atchison Mrs. Edie Bostic Mrs. Martha Chapman Mr. Arthur F. Cleveland, II Mrs. Phyllis DeLapp Dr. Edgar H. Ellis Reverend James O. Gilliam, Jr. Mr. John Gramling Reverend Larry Hays Mr. Patrick Henry Reverend John W. Hipp Mrs. Anne Irwin Mrs. Lucile A. Miller Ms. Jean Osborne Mr. Bill Painter Mrs. Liz Patterson Mrs. Patsy Simmons Mr. Howard Suitt Reverend Kenneth B. Timmerman Mr. Andy Westbrook


The joy of achievement — Graduation 2005 photos by Tom Nebbia and Ed Welch

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Frontiers magazine is a publication by Spartanburg Methodist College, printed for alumni and friends. Please Note: The address for Spartanburg Methodist College is 1000 Powell Mill Road, Spartanburg, SC 29301-5899. The phone number is (864)587-4000, and the fax number is (864)587-4355. Our website is — Ed Welch, Editor



Sparrow Hall is Under Way

Sparrow Residence Hall will be a 30,471-square-foot three-story facility that will house 123 students. McMillan Smith and Partners Architectural Firm is the Architect and Trehel Construction is the builder. (McMillan - Smith Architects sketch) new $4.8 million residence hall for Spartanburg Methodist College came a step closer to reality April 20 as the College’s Administration and Trustees joined members of the Sparrow family for a groundbreaking ceremony. The new three-story residence hall is being named in memory of the parents of Mr. John Sparrow, a Lake City businessman, and in honor of the Sparrow family, strong supporters of SMC. During the groundbreaking ceremonies Sparrow expressed thanks on behalf of his family for the opportunity to be part of the College’s future. “We believe that SMC is on a wonderful mission and we appreciate the Board of Trustees, administration and the faculty and all of you others who are helping to make this a successful journey,” said Sparrow. Sparrow and his wife, Juanita, were joined by several family members: their son, Wesley, a 1978 graduate of the College; Rev. Mike Alexander and his wife, Betsy, who is John Sparrow’s niece; Henry Sparrow, John’s nephew, an alumnus and a former Director of Admissions of the College; Henry’s wife, Linda Sparrow; and their daughter Susie Dekle. Before ground was broken, SMC President, Dr. Charles Teague, Trustees Chairman Dan Foster, members of the faculty and staff, and a student expressed their enthusiasm for the new residence Hall. Teague expressed his excitement about being able to accommodate more students in the new facility. Teague noted that Sparrow Residence Hall,


Members of the Sparrow family, along with President Teague and College Trustees, turned the first shovels of earth during a groundbreaking ceremony April 20 for Sparrow Residence Hall. Pictured from left are Wesley Sparrow; John and Juanita Sparrow; SMC President, Dr. Charles Teague; and Trustee Anne Irwin.

which is located across the street from the recentlycompleted Bridges Residence Hall, will not only house more students, but will also have a larger lobby and share a beautiful new courtyard with the adjacent Barrett Learning Center. Another addition Teague


Frontiers Magazine — Fall 2005 noted was a new parking lot that will be constructed behind Sparrow Residence Hall. Rev. Candice Sloan, the College’s Chaplain, read the 84th Psalm and gave a dedicatory prayer, giving thanks for the Sparrow family and praying for God’s guidance to the designers and builders as they work toward completion of the residence hall. Dan Foster, Chairman of the SMC Board of Trustees, commended the Board’s Building and Grounds Committee, saying it would be hard to imagine the project’s outcome if it were not for their hard work. Foster also noted the professional assistance of the facility’s designer, McMillan - Smith Architects; the builders, Trehel Construction; and Landscape Architect, Mark Byington. Campus appearance, Foster said, is among the top three factors students consider in deciding which college to attend. With that said, Foster expressed confidence that the landscaping will enhance SMC’s attractiveness to prospective students. “Upon this solid foundation, new generations of students will be accorded a nurturing environment from which to grow and prosper physically, spiritually and academically. The Sparrow family commitment to support the personal development of our young men and women is but an indication of their love for the traditions we share so dearly at Spartanburg Methodist College,” added Foster. SMC Trustee, Patsy Simmons, Chairperson of the Building and Grounds Committee, expressed the possibility that Sparrow Hall could be opened to students as soon as August, 2006. “Your vision, John, and your dream symbolizes your faith in an education at SMC,” said Simmons, projecting that the new residence hall would house as many as 7,000 students in the next 50 years, and that its presence would also benefit Summer School students as well as participants in athletic camps, conferences and seminars. Joanndra “Shay” McCrea, a student from Johnsonville who recently graduated, expressed gratitude to the Sparrow family for providing “a great living and learning environment.” McCrea shared her vision that lifelong friendships would be developed in the form of activities programs, study halls, and making memories of the college experience. “Bricks and mortar to a college are like flesh and bone to the human body,” said Dr. Arthur Hartzog, Dean of Students. “Permeating the physical nature of the bricks and mortar, however, is the spirit of the College begun with a vision and nurtured by those entrusted with it,” continued Hartzog. Terry Stephenson, Chair of the Division of Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Computer Science, stated that Sparrow Residence Hall “will enhance the quality of student life and therefore improve the learning environment of Spartanburg Methodist College.” Teague reminded those attending the ceremony of the many contributions of John Sparrow and members of his family, including the H. Booker Sparrow Endowed Scholarship Fund, named for his

father. The lobby in Bridges Residence Hall, Teague added, is also named for his father. “Many students come through this institution and receive support from the Sparrows in those ways,” said Teague.

Location of Sparrow Residence Hall, showing parking and an attractive courtyard unifying the new facility with Barrett Learning Center. Students and faculty members walk by as construction progresses on Sparrow Residence Hall.

Pyzon Moore of Trehel (left) checks the blueprints as foundation work moves forward.



Happenings — Wilkerson Assumes Bainbridge Presidency

Sworn In

Dr. Thomas A. Wilkerson, who has served as Vice President for Academic Affairs at SMC since 1997, was named President of Bainbridge College in Bainbridge, Ga. Wilkerson assumed the presidency at Bainbridge July 1. Dr. Mark Gibbs, Professor of Religion, is currently serving as Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs while the search proceeds for a new VP.

Erin Gainey was sworn in as president of the Student Government Association during Convocation, held September 14 at Camak Auditorium. Pictured from left: Liz Patterson, SMC Trustee; President Teague; Gainey; and Dr. Arthur Hartzog, Dean of Students. A group of SMC students traveled to Columbia April 20 for University Day, organized by SCICU (South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities). While at the Statehouse the college representatives were welcomed by Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer (center). Pictured from left are Carolyn Sparks, Assistant Dean of Financial Aid; Catie Mahanes of Moore; Addam Willingham of Greenwood; Stephanie Raines of Pickens; Bauer; John Johnson of Hartsville; Danny Philbeck, Vice President for Enrollment Management; and Farran Fry of Little River. Gov. Mark Sanford proclaimed April 20 as “Independent Colleges and Universities Day.” Representatives of various colleges came to Columbia to say “thank you” to legislators across the state for supporting higher education opportunities for students to attend a private college in South Carolina. These opportunities, Philbeck adds, are made possible through legislative support of the S.C. Tuition Grants Program. SMC is one of 20 member institutions of SCICU. More than 31,000 students are served by independent colleges and universities located throughout the Palmetto State.

SMC Participates in University Day

LEFT: Members of the SMC Troubadours sang the National Anthem just before the opening Kickoff of the Wofford Terriers' season opener Sept. 3 against Georgetown (Ky.). BELOW: The Troubadours performed during Convocation Sept. 14 at Camak Auditorium.

SMC Troubadours Debut 6

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Paralegal Program Graduates First Class

LEFT: First graduates of the Paralegal Certificate Program at SMC. Pictured from left: (front) Carmen Jones, Sarah Wallace, Josephine Smith, Amy Wilborn, Nancy Mierek, (back) Jacquine Morris, Marjorie Jones, Lisa Stephens, Teresa Thomas, Kimberly Washburn. RIGHT: Sheila Michelle Sinclair waves as she heads to Davis Mission Chapel for graduation ceremonies.


leven graduates have the distinction of being the first class in the Paralegal Certificate Program at SMC. During the August 13 ceremony at Davis Mission Chapel, President Teague presented the certificates to each graduate. In his opening remarks, Teague commended members of the Paralegal faculty and advisory committee for their efforts which made it possible to bring the program to SMC. Teague also commended the program’s director, Yvonne Harper, and Eugenia Hooker, Executive Director for Academic Services. “You have definitely opened the door for all the classes that will follow,” Harper told the graduates. Graduation speaker, Chuck Ewart, president of the Ewart Group, noted the historic significance of the ceremony in the life of Spartanburg Methodist College and said to the graduates, “It is a historic day in your lives as well.” “Each one of you are influencers of souls,” said Ewart, noting the sacrifices the graduates and their families made over the past couple of years. Ewart added, “Attitude is going to be the key to your success.”

SMC Plans to Expand Administrative Facility Plans are moving forward to expand the Phil Buchheit Administration Building to accommodate increasing demand for space. The expansion will include the Vassey Information Technology Center, which will house a growing computer services area. Also planned is a new boardroom with state-of-the-art videoconferencing capabilities. McMillan-Smith Architects has been selected by the SMC Trustees to design the new wing, and Trehel Construction has been selected to make the approximately 5,000-square-foot expansion a physical reality. The Buchheit building was constructed in 1966, enlarged in 1979, renovated in 1995, and further expanded with the addition of a new lobby in 1998. The building houses administrative offices for the President, Vice President for Business Affairs, Vice President for Enrollment Management, Registrar, Executive Director of Information Technology and Computer Services, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid and their respective staffs. The building also houses the Admissions Department.



Retired Professor, alum, wills $500,000 to SMC

Vision 2005

Providing for the Future he purpose of the Spartanburg Methodist College $20 Million “Vision 2005” Total Funds Campaign is very plain – provide financial resources to strengthen the College. Scheduled to be completed by June 30, 2006, the campaign has received commitments of $17,884,093 from the Annual, Capital, Endowed Scholarship and Program, Planned Giving and Government Grant elements of the total funds effort. To help the College acquire the remaining $2,115,907 needed to reach the goal, Drs. Edgar and Charlotte Ellis have offered a $1 million Challenge Grant to the trustees of the College. To satisfy the challenge, the College and the trustees must secure $1 million in new capital commitments by November 30, 2005. To date, new capital commitments of $114,000 have been received with $614,000 in pending requests still outstanding. Since the beginning of our campaign in January 2001, it is very evident how quickly contributions are going to work in the lives of our students: ¾Two new residence halls have been planned, one completed and one under construction; ¾Several older buildings have been upgraded or renovated; ¾New signage, landscaping and College entrances have been completed; and ¾Over 400 new students have begun classes this Fall. These are just some of the accomplishments that thousands of friends have helped us with over the last four years. Spartanburg Methodist College has been helping serve the higher educational needs of deserving students for 94 years. Our faculty, staff, alumni and Trustees continue to work diligently on providing the best educational program possible. Maintaining excellence in our higher educational programs is always ongoing. We hope you will continue to help us maintain our mission. Your generosity is always appreciated-and for that, we are grateful.


SMC administrators describe Robert “Doc” Warren as a long-time supporter who is very interested in the institution’s work and ensuring that students overcome financial obstacles to attending college. Warren, 83, is a retired history professor from Bloomsburg University (Pa.) who attended SMC. Rev. Mike Bowers, Director for Gift Planning at SMC, was aware of a $300,000 will commitment to a scholarship fund he established many years ago. Warren announced the gift would be $500,000, exceeding the College’s initial expectations. The initial intent of the fund, according to Bowers, was to provide a loan to students that would be repaid once they were in a career. Bowers added that Warren later converted the fund to an outright scholarship and has provided regular support to the fund for many years. “Dr. Warren is a long-time supporter and is very interested in the work of the College,” said Bowers, adding, “He is very interested in helping students who need financial assistance in order to attend college. It would not be out of character for Dr. Warren to be very generous in his estate plan towards the College.”

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SMC has been selected as a host site for the 2005, 2007 and 2009 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Half Marathon Championships. The 2005 event will take place Nov. 19, with a 8:30 a.m. start at the corner of St. John and Church streets in downtown Spartanburg. The Half Marathon Championships are open to any NJCAA college with a cross country program. According to Eric Cummings, Head Cross Country Coach at SMC, the bid to host the event was made in conjunction with Team Spartanburg and the Spartanburg Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. Jules Bryant, Executive Director of the Spartanburg Convention and Visitors Bureau, is delighted that the Half Marathon is coming to Spartanburg and welcomes the opportunity to introduce these athletes to Spartanburg. Bryant added that the Half Marathon will have a positive economic impact on Spartanburg, as area businesses such as hotels and restaurants see an influx of visitors to the event.


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“And then it seemed like we had never been without her, like we had always known her face, her spirit. Now I can’t imagine living without her. What if we had given birth to a daughter and had never gone to China? Where would Della be now, and how would we live without her? We thank God that didn’t happen.” This photo, taken at Liangping Social Welfare Institute, gave the Evans family their first glimpse of Della, pray. The more Jill prayed simply identified as about the situation, the “Li.” stronger her convictions grew.

- Jill Evans’ paraphrase of adoptive parent Elizabeth Gillespie. Quote from Adoption is Another Word for Love.

“In terms of 70 percent of the world’s population we are wealthy – not by American standards – but to the world. I just really began to feel like we have so much to offer a child who has nothing,” Jill commented. Jill began to discuss adoption with Ricky. Together they weighed the pros and cons of adopting a child from another country. At the time Jill was nearing 40 and Ricky had just turned 46. They wondered if age would be a factor. While Ricky and Jill were pondering the possibility of adoption, they communicated by e-mail with a friend who had an adopted daughter from Guatemala. Because the friend’s family is similar to the Evans family in many respects, Ricky and Jill felt they could adopt a child from a foreign country.

The Evans family at China’s Great Wall, from left: Dewey, Jill, Dwight, and Ricky.


or Della Rose-Li Evans, the Great Wall was not the fabled Chinese landmark that draws tourists from around the World, but rather the walls of an orphanage in Liangping, China. Thanks to SMC alum and former staff member Jill Simpson Evans (’84) and her family, Della has gone past the walls that represented the only life she knew. Jill, a former Director of Alumni Affairs at SMC, is currently the Executive Director of the Pickens County Chapter of Habitat for Humanity. She and her husband Ricky Evans, who is Assistant Principal at Pickens Middle School, already had two older children. The Evans family would easily be content with life at their comfortable home near Easley, S.C., but an unforgettable experience during a trip Jill took a few years ago changed all of that.

“Ricky’s heart is pretty soft, too, and before we left we pretty much knew we were going down that path,” recalled Jill. Their hearts set on adopting a little girl, Ricky and Jill visited Worldwide Adoption, an adoption agency in Spartanburg, and spoke with Missy Ewing. While evaluating their options, Ricky and Jill became convinced that God was leading them to adopt a Chinese girl. Although they could easily have adopted a child from any of several countries, China’s adoption program is very well-organized, highly structured, and fair. Some of the programs in other countries are less stable and less consistent with how they handle paperwork, requirements, fees, and other details. Some countries, such as Russia, would have required two trips – one to see the child and approve them, then another trip following a lengthy approval process from the government. “We didn’t think emotionally we could do that,” said Jill.

Discovery “I went to Honduras on a global village trip for Habitat for Humanity in the summer of 2003 with no intentions of doing anything other than doing my mission trip thing – going, working hard, then coming home,” Jill recalled. But while there, Jill noticed that the children of the village followed her group as they walked along the streets. She found out that some of the children were orphans. Instead of being annoyed by the children, Jill realized that any spare bit of attention these youngsters could get as a result of their constant pulling and tugging meant the world to them. When Jill returned, she couldn’t put the Honduran children out of her mind, so she began to

More than 1,500 orphanages exist in China, housing mostly girls. Female infants tend to become outcasts of society because of cultural conventions that emphasize the value of male offspring in Chinese families. Further exacerbating the plight of female offspring is the


SPARTANBURG METHODIST COLLEGE Although only one parent was required to go, Ricky and Jill decided it was important that their sons Dwight, then 12, and Dewey, then 10, experience first-hand Della’s world and the adoption process.

Great Walls (continued) Chinese government’s “One-Child” policy. In China, baby girls are often abandoned by the side of the road or left on a doorstep or drive where they hope they will be found and taken to an orphanage. The few boys found in orphanages usually have a physical defect of some kind.

Chongqing, which is located in Southeastern China, has 35 million people in a land area similar to that of South Carolina, according to Jill. “Everywhere you look, there are high rises with dirty, grimy little apartments. Now when we went to Liangping, Della’s village, which was very rural and three hours from Chongqing, we felt we were in old storybook China, with rice paddies and people with pointed hats,” she said.

Ricky and Jill filed the first of the adoption papers with the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service in November, 2003. In the days to come, they went through a mountain of paperwork to complete their adoption dossier. In February, 2004, the adoption dossier was finally completed and sent to the Chinese Center for Adoption Affairs. Another seven months passed before they received the first glimpse of their daughter – through a photo sent in the mail.

Ricky and Jill had traveled in Europe before and were able to get around on their own. But China is not a country to go to and just figure out, they noted. Traveling with other adoptive families helped, and they were assigned a facilitator from the Chinese Center for Adoption Affairs to assist in processing the necessary paperwork and gaining necessary approvals. “They know every paper that has to be notarized and every government office she has to go to. We didn’t have to figure anything out,” said Jill.

“On September 10, 2004, we received our referral of Della. This packet contained the first photo we ever saw of Della, a brief description of her abandonment, and a brief health and personality report,” recalled Jill. Within this package was a form where they had to respond whether or not they would adopt Della. Without further hesitation, Ricky and Jill responded “yes” and immediately returned the paperwork to Worldwide Adoption.

With Della, the Evans family is now complete.

“Those papers were then sent back to the Chinese Center for Adoption Affairs, where they began making plans for our group of nine families to come to China to get our babies,” said Jill. The trip was organized by Americans Adopting Orphans (AAO), a Seattle-based agency that works directly with the Chinese Center for Adoption Affairs to plan the logistics of the trip.

Soon after their arrival at Chongqing, the Evans family met their facilitator, Richard Chen, at a group dinner on the evening of November 7. At 2 p.m. the next afternoon they went to a large Chinese department store to purchase baby items. At 4 p.m. the same day, the Evanses and other adoptive families arrived at the Chongqing Civil Affairs Office to meet the babies.

First Encounter “We stood there and they brought the babies in – all nine at one time,” said Ricky, adding that at that point they were given 24 hours to make a decision and finalize the adoption. At 17 months old, Della was next to the oldest baby in the group of nine babies being adopted. It is not unusual for a girl baby to be abandoned within 48 hours of her birth, Jill noted, adding that Della’s birth mother probably held on to her daughter as long as she could, then abandoned her when she was five months old. Ricky and Jill know Della’s birthday – June 10, 2003 – because her birth mother pinned it on her shirt.

“The paperwork – that’s the killer,” Ricky admitted, adding that Jill did 95 percent of the paperwork and he got it notarized. They had to send paperwork to Columbia to get a state birth certificate, go through a background check by SLED (State Law Enforcement Division), and go through the INS (U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service) for fingerprinting and additional background checks. Ricky and Jill credit State Sen. Larry Martin’s office for helping them navigate the red tape, as well as the guidance of Worldwide Adoption, their international adoption agency.

Ricky and Jill’s initial encounter with Della didn’t go so smoothly. Jill recalled that Della cried most of the time. She was shaking and hiding her face at first. There was little improvement when they took her to their hotel. Jill said that Della cried consistently during their first week together.

To China On November 1, 2004, the Evans family departed for China. After flying into Beijing, they traveled to Chongqing, the province where they and other adoptive families would meet the children for the first time.

“Della had been with the same nanny for 12 months. It was her life and she was comfortable with


Frontiers Magazine — Fall 2005 Della now feels at home with her new family, picking up quite a bit of English with a Southern accent. And unlike many of her American counterparts, her favorite foods include broccoli and green beans. Jill explained that while children from Chinese orphanages aren’t starving, the orphanages have limited resources, including food. Because of this she says the children tend to gorge themselves at mealtime. “It takes so long for them to understand that there is enough and there is going to be more, and so in those first few days with their new family they will eat until they make themselves sick,” said Jill, adding that Della initially would cram her mouth full of food when they started eating together.

Della enjoys playing in her new backyard

“She’s doing wonderfully,” said Jen Kahn of Worldwide Adoption, a caseworker for the Evans family. “She really had a tough start, but I would have never dreamed that in such a short time she would have adjusted so well. She’s just doing wonderfully and that really is typical. When you are struggling at first then you think how is this ever going to work out – it always does. It’s just a matter of time sometimes.”

it – she didn’t know anything else,” said Jill, adding that Della had never seen Western faces and had never heard English. She was put on a bus for a threehour ride to encounter strangers. Della would initially approach Dwight and Dewey and start playing with them, but she rarely approached Ricky, because of his moustache and goatee, which are not worn by Chinese men. To help ease Della’s fears, Ricky shaved off all facial hair.

Once again the parent of a toddler, Jill reflected on how different her life is from the time she was a young mother with two baby sons. “The things that used to undo me, I’ve learned with age what matters and what doesn’t. When my sons were this stage, I was still working full-time at a very high stress job, and I gave that all up several years ago. It’s really been to me a joy to redo it at 40-something, because you enjoy it a different way,” quipped Jill. She said her faith has been an integral part of adopting, saying that – out of thousands of children – God picked Della to be part of the Evans home.

A difficult decision faced Ricky and Jill before they left China with Della when their facilitator kept encouraging them to take her to the orphanage for a visit. Unsure of how the return would affect Della, Ricky reasoned that she had already been abandoned before and would probably think she was being abandoned again. The facilitator reassured Ricky and Jill that the visit would give the baby a sense of closure to once again see her nanny and then leave with her adoptive family.

Adopting Internationally While there are advantages to adopting internationally from China, adopting families must plan for an extended stay and consider expenses involved in the travel and the adoption process itself. The Chinese require a minimum two-week stay. However, the Evans family spent an additional week for sightseeing around Beijing.

“She saw her nanny, lunged for her and loved her, but she kept glancing back to see if we were still there,” recalled Jill. “After about 10 minutes, she just reached for me.” From that moment on, Della’s disposition with her new family improved. Ricky noted that once Della figured out they would keep her, she was a changed child. Jill said that before leaving China, they went to the U.S. Embassy in Guangzhou - where Della received her passport and officially became a U.S. citizen.

Jill observed that the minimum two-week stay means visitors spend money in Chinese shops, restaurants and hotels. But Ricky and Jill feel the outcome was worth the sacrifice and expense and encourage other families considering international adoption to contact them.

Homecoming They returned home November 21 and Jill said Della immediately made herself at home. “By the time we came home she was comfortable going to any of the four of us. The night we got home it was 4:30 in the morning. She ran through the house like she had been here forever,” said Jill.

Ricky and Jill are available to speak about international adoptions and the processes involved. They also have a PowerPoint presentation about adopting internationally. Jill also serves on the Parent Advisory Board of Worldwide Adoption. They can be reached at For additional information, they encourage going to WorldWide Adoption’s Website: or calling (864) 814-1336.

Dewey and Dwight appear to be adjusting well to having a little sister for the first time. “It’s different,” said Dewey. Dwight added, “It’s different, but we love her a lot.”




Geddis Retires from SMC J.L. Geddis (center) with his wife, Shelba (left); daughter, Rhonda Wood; and son-in-law, Greg Wood (right); at a retirement luncheon May 10 at SMC. Geddis is seated in a rocking chair presented to him as a retirement gift. One day while shopping in downtown Spartanburg, Geddis encountered A. G. Carter, Spartanburg Junior College’s Dean. With the distinguished voice of an English Literature professor, Carter asked Geddis about his future plans. Carter said that the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools visited the College and pointed out the need for a financial officer with a Master’s degree. Carter then asked Geddis if he was interested in interviewing for the position. Geddis interviewed with then-President, Dr. H. Lester Kingman and was hired for the position of Assistant Treasurer with a starting salary of approximately $5,500 a year.


name change. Four presidents. Computerization. Record construction of facilities. Those are but a few items in a long list of major developments J.L. Geddis has seen during his 41-year tenure at Spartanburg Methodist College. Members of Geddis’ family and friends joined past and present colleagues for a luncheon May 10 to honor his service. President Charles Teague recognized Geddis during graduation ceremonies May 7 by saying he has “served the College with distinction.” Geddis enrolled as a student at the College, then known as Spartanburg Junior College, in the late 1950s. Like many students at the time, Geddis divided his time between studies and holding down a job. Geddis worked at Lyman Printing and Finishing, where he inspected new textile material for defects.

“When this opportunity came up, we decided we would stay here and work for less money,” said Geddis, who looks back with no regrets but admits it was difficult to take the job at first because of limited pay and limited resources. “We would turn adding machine tape over and run it through again on the back side,” Geddis recalled, adding that there was also a lot of deferred maintenance, which showed in the building and grounds at the time.

“I grew up in the Gramling community a poor kid. I didn’t have any money. I knew I would have to work to go to college,” said Geddis, who worked on the second shift and went to class in the morning. Geddis worked eight hours a day and managed to maintain a full-time course load as well. He continued working at the plant while at Wofford College, although he said he worked fewer hours at the time. Geddis had ample motivation to complete his education.

When Geddis started his job, the Business Office was located where the circulation desk of the Burgess Library is currently located. As with any new employee, he observed the routines and processes in the Business Office. Geddis recalled that the College used to maintain one large ledger with cash transactions recorded on one side and cash payments on the other side, a system used since 1911 when the institution was founded. In the early 1960s Geddis said much of the work was still being done by hand.

“I knew I was not going to stay on the farm and was not going to stay in textiles,” Geddis recalled. After graduating from Wofford, Geddis continued at the University of South Carolina, where he earned an MBA degree. He also served in the Navy Reserve. Geddis married Shelba Allison, whom he met while both worked at Lyman Printing and Finishing. They were wed September 1, 1962. While at USC working on his MBA, Geddis enjoyed the graduate courses he took in money and banking. He interviewed with Wachovia, who considered placing him at a bank in the Greenville, N.C. area. But neither he nor Shelba were interested in moving so far away from home and family.

Geddis’ first challenge came from Henry Gramling, Chair-


Geddis as a student, 1959

Frontiers Magazine — Fall 2005 man of the Trustees, to develop a budget that was more than just a one-page cash flow statement.

Numerous construction projects in the 1960s and 1970s kept the activity level up in the Business Office. Projects in the 1960s included the Buchheit Administrative Building, Burgess Student Center and Willard Hall. In the 1970s Kingman Hall, the current Montgomery Geddis in the Science Building, and Business Barrett Learning Center Office, were added to the 1972 campus, as well as improvements to several existing buildings. He noted that extensive landscaping transformed the campus from red dirt to a grassy, beautiful campus. During the 1980s and 1990s, outdoor athletic facilities were also greatly improved.

“They wanted an operating budget,” said Geddis, who visited his counterparts at Wofford College and decided to adopt their bookkeeping practices. The new procedures worked, and the Trustees accepted it. Geddis saw the Business Office move into more sophisticated record-keeping and, some years later, computerization where ledger entries could be organized electronically. He is particularly proud that during his tenure the auditors consistently gave the college a clean financial bill of health. Other key improvements, according to Geddis, included the development of an Administrative Cabinet with a new structure of Vice Presidents responsible for key institutional areas, and a revitalized Development Office. Geddis became Vice President for Business Affairs under that new organizational structure. Dr. George Fields, a former SMC President, recalled, “I can remember coming here without experience to start a development program and a capital fund campaign. People like J.L. helped me get a kick-start and for that I am very grateful.”

Geddis retired from the business office in 2002 and focused on being a faculty member. He kept a teaching load for three more years, where he could stay in the classroom and continue to work with students as a professor of Business and Economics.

Geddis also recalled that in the 1980s the College purchased its own telephone switching equipment, saving thousands of dollars on telephone bills while at the same time enabling rooms in the residence halls to have phones. At the same time cables were laid for a new computer system, a development Geddis says put the College years ahead many other private colleges. He credits Federal Title III funding for enabling them to add technology to the College, which included a computer network and accounting software that was used by the college for many years.

Geddis currently enjoys retirement at his Lyman home with Shelba. He said he has more time now to travel. He also looks forward to spending more time with his new granddaughter, as well as working in his garden and playing golf. But Geddis’ love for his field is evident as he continues to keep abreast of the Stock Market and follow current economic trends.

Each semester Geddis would step out of the Business Office and into the classroom, where he would share his knowldege as a professor of Accounting, Economics and other business courses. Geddis loved the classroom and working with students and would often teach more than one class each semester. The most rewarding aspect of teaching for Geddis was to watch students gain confidence in their abilities.

“I am going to look for an intellectual challenge in finance or something like that – not a job,” stated Geddis, who is interested in the area of International Finance. President Teague recognized J.L. Geddis and his wife Shelba (left) during graduation ceremonies May 7.

One student success story Geddis is proud of is Dan Foster, a student in the 1970s whose progress he followed when he attended Clemson University and became successful in the local business community. Foster, who currently chairs the SMC Board of Trustees, acknowledged Geddis’ lasting impression by saying, “In a lifetime I think you meet one or two people who really make a difference in your life. J.L. is certainly one of those two for me who have come here and had someone to take me under their wing and instill some confidence in me.” Geddis also saw his daughter Rhonda attend SMC and graduate. “I was proud to see her go here and then to Converse, where she received two Master’s degrees,” said Geddis, noting that SMC and the motivation of faculty members gave her a good start.




During Alumni Weekend April 2, SMC recognized some of its graduates for their achievements. The Distinguished Service Award went to Alex and Louise James of Greenville, S.C. The Distinguished Service Award is given each year to highlight the exemplary leadership the recipients have given to advance the mission of the College, demonstrated by their loyalty, support, and continued interest in the work of the institution. Alex is a man-made fiber scientist and has been a professional engineer since 1956. He received two Bachelors of Science degrees in both Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. James founded his own firm, Alex James and Associates. He is also the Technical Editor of the International Fiber Journal and is a member of several engineering and technical societies. Louise was employed with Southern Bell for 10 years and for Alex James and Associates for 18 years. She enjoys volunteering with Meals on Wheels, the Greenville Symphony Guild, and the South Carolina Professional Engineering Auxiliary. She is a former Greenville United Methodist Conference District Trustee and has served on many local Methodist Committees and Official Boards. Roger White (right) expresses appreciation to Spartanburg Methodist College after receiving the Alumni Arts and Humanities Award, presented by President Teague during an awards luncheon April 2, part of the College’s Alumni Weekend. White attended SMC from 1983 to 1985. White currently works with advertising and publicity and as Auditions Coordinator for the Dollywood winter audition, which searches for talent to perform at Dollywood, the popular theme park located at Pigeon Forge, Tenn. (see his story on the facing page) Pat and Marvis Henry receive the Alumni of the Year Award from President Teague (right). The Henrys are both graduates of the College (then known as Spartanburg Junior College). An attorney and current SMC Trustee, Pat is President of Thompson and Henry, P.A. He has also served on the Board of Trustees at both Garden City Chapel and Conway Hospital, as well as on the Advisory Board for Wachovia Bank. Marvis taught school for several years in Texas, Alaska, Myrtle Beach and Richland County, South Carolina where she was named Teacher of the Year in 1970. She is active in their community, lending a hand with local charities in their time of need. Brian Edward Pruitt receives the Young Alumnus of the Year Award from President Teague. As a student at SMC, Pruitt played baseball and golf. Upon graduation he transferred to Furman University and then to the University of South Carolina Upstate where he earned a computer science degree. At USC Upstate Pruitt was President of the Computer Science Club. Pruitt worked with Milliken and Co. in the information systems division and is currently a Systems Programmer for QS/1 Data Systems in Spartanburg where he has been employed for five years. He and his wife, Leah, also a SMC alum and Director of Alumni Relations, reside in Inman.

Reaching Out to Hurricane Victims tudents, faculty and staff S donated 80 health kits and two flood buckets to UMCOR (United

Methodist Committee on Relief). The kits contained basic personal hygiene supplies, which included towels, combs, nail files, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and sterile bandages. They also made a $100.00 donation to UMCOR. Also, Atchison Transportation, owned by SMC Trustee, Charles Atchison, sent several buses to Louisiana and Texas to transport

hurricane victims in September. A few days after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, Atchison sent six buses to New Orleans Convention Center to transport approximately 600 evacuees to Houston, Texas. A few weeks later, Atchison sent four buses to the Western Louisiana coast and the Beaumont, Texas area to transport residents displaced by Hurricane Rita. The Federal Emergency Management


Agency (FEMA) Transport Management Services office contracted the service with Atchison.

Frontiers Magazine — Fall 2005 Dollywood, he has worked as Production Stage Manager for shows such as Fire on the Mountain, Christmas in the Smokies, Let the Good Times Roll, and Buddy Baxter’s Bandstand USA. This past season he was Production Stage Manager for Randy Parton’s Country Heart and Soul concert show. White has also worked as Stage Manager for China’s Dragon Legend Acrobats and concert artists such as Kenny Chesney, Patty Loveless, Connie Smith, Terri Clark, Aaron Tippin, and Dolly Parton. Currently, White works as Auditions Coordinator, which includes identification, set-up and operation of Dollywood’s winter audition tour when the theme park searches for talent to fill slots for the upcoming season. This position also includes coordinating publicity and advertising for the tour. Although he initially had concerns about whether or not a career in theatre would pay off, White says he found his niche in theme park entertainment. “I would encourage anybody looking for a career to find something you really like to do and make your career out of it. You will not go wrong,” said White, adding a note of gratitude to SMC for providing him with opportunities to learn and grow. White is proud of his two intelligent, beautiful and talented children, Dalton, 7, and Hannah, 4. He serves on the parish council at Holy Cross Catholic Church, is a lector (reader) during Mass, and is a certified Catechist. This past Christmas, he produced an original play at the church that he wrote and directed called The Gospel According to Gabriel, a unique look at the birth of Christ as seen through the eyes of the Angel Gabriel. White has also been very active with Sevier County Relay for Life, an annual cancer fundraiser.


Country performer Margo Smith (right) discusses her performance in Dollywood’s Dollywood’s Back Where I Come From show with Roger Roger White.

for SMC Alum

White Finds Niche in Theme Park Entertainment


or most of his life, Roger W. White (’85) has been mesmerized by the bright lights and excitement of show business. His efforts were recognized this past spring when SMC presented him with the Alumni Arts and Humanities Award during Alumni Weekend (see previous page). While attending SMC, White continued his involvement in theatre, taking classes from Drama professor Kent Newberry and working in SMC Players productions. He also worked as a public relations assistant and sports information assistant and wrote for the Trailblazer. White was elected SGA Vice-President as a freshman and SGA President as a sophomore. While he was involved in many areas on campus, White also was a part-time announcer and newscaster at WSPA-AM. White has been very active in the theatre since he was in the eighth-grade, performing in student productions of The King and I, Arsenic and Old Lace, Once Upon a Mattress, Wiley and the Hairy Man, The Liberty Cat, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. After attending SMC, White graduated from the University of Montevallo with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Theatre. White’s credits include Playhouse on the Square in Memphis, Tenn., Busch Entertainment Corporation (Busch Gardens) in Tampa, Fla. and Williamsburg, Va. and Richard Porter Productions in Las Vegas. In 1993, White found that the Smokies and show business were a great combination. He joined Herschend Family Entertainment, which produces shows at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. While at

White (left) talks about a performance with the Back Where I Come From cast members Amy Bebout, Shane VanCamp and Jonathan Cobb at Dollywood.



Greetings from the Alumni Office


s you know, in the spring we celebrated Alumni Weekend 2005. We enjoyed many exciting events including dinner at the Fire Mountain Grill, Class Reunions, Drama Recognition and Production and, best of all, the Alumni Awards Luncheon. During this special time several alumni asked how they individually, or with their class, could help support a scholarship for current and future students. I would like to present you the opportunity to join with other alumni and help our students. Show your Pioneer Pride by simply enclosing your contribution in the envelope provided in this magazine. By giving to the Alumni Loyalty Fund, you will be giving another young person the opportunity to become one of us, a proud SMC Alumnus. Sincerely, Leah L. Pruitt ‘98 Director of Alumni Relations With Christmas around the corner, honor your loved one with a personalized brick for our “Walk of Memories.” Contact Leah L. Pruitt at (864) 587-4225 or for more information and ordering.



wife Edna are enjoying retirement.





Mae Young Allen (‘36) is enjoying retirement in Spartanburg, S.C.

Nannie Love Allen (‘40) writes that she has been married 61 years as of January 6, 2005, to Dr. Leonard R. Allen. Both live in Clemson, S.C. Nannie is a retired school teacher.

Jack M. Andrews (‘34) is enjoying retirement in Greenville, S.C. Edward Cameron (‘36) is enjoying his retirement in Olivia, N.C. Sarah H. Lineberry (‘35) of Spartanburg, S.C. is enjoying retirement. Mary S. Thrower (‘38) of Charleston, S.C. is alive and well. We received news that she was deceased and her name was noted in our last issue as being deceased. We apologize for the error and are thrilled that she is alive and well. Winifred Dean Turner (‘38) of Alma, Ga. is retired from Southern Bell. M. Scott Willis Sr. (‘38) is enjoying his retirement in Aiken, S.C., while supporting his Alma Mater.

Tyrus Wood (‘41) is enjoying retired life in Spartanburg, S.C. Col. Thomas H. Nichols (‘41) is retired and lives in Greenwood, S.C. with his wife, Eyra K. Nichols. Ruby Bishop Pagano (‘42) of East Brunswick, N.J. recently lost her husband, Ralph. Our deepest sympathy to Ruby and her family. Hazel J. Stringfield (‘42) writes, “I am very sorry to miss Alumni Weekend this year (2005). My sister is very ill.” Hazel lost her sister, Laura Barkley, after she wrote this message. Our deepest sympathy to Hazel, Ruby Pagano (Hazel’s SJC classmate and friend), and Laura Barkley’s family and friends.

Thomas W. Barksdale (‘40) recently wrote the following, “I am retired after 50 years with the same company. I was a POW with Germans for 15 months in Stalag XVIIB. I am now totally disabled.” Vivian C. Edge (‘40) is retired and lives in Reidville, S.C. Lucy Tedder Davis (‘41) recently wrote that, though retired, she is “busier than ever.” She spends her time doing visitation for her church and does volunteer work for several agencies.

Marian B. Easler (‘43) is enjoying retirement in Spartanburg, S.C. Margaret Hughes Hanning (‘43) is retired in Rock Hill, S.C. Faye Nix Jay (‘43) of Greenville, S.C. proudly has a granddaughter, Leslie Day, attending SMC this year.

Grady L. Fincher (‘41) of Sumter, S.C. is enjoying retirement. Ray P. Lybrand (‘41) of Albemarle, N.C. and his


Anna Divver Vaughan Allen (‘44) is a professional volunteer. She recently wrote, “One day I’m going to write Divver’s Epistle to the ‘old alums’ and it will include more than when I retired and how many grandchildren I have. I want to know what has happened to all of you!” Ms. Betty H. Barkley (‘44) of Gastonia, N.C. writes, “I’m a widow approaching 80 and enjoying retirement to the “fullest.” I am blessed with good health and a wonderful family!” Marguerite Smith Compton (‘44) recently wrote, “I certainly do enjoy reading the Frontiers magazine (this widow at age 80-plus) with so much good news and photos. I save all of them. If I get lonesome, I start re-reading again!” Beth Mahon McCarter (‘44) is enjoying life in Fountain Inn, S.C. Mary Elizabeth O’Sullivan (‘44) is retired in Savannah, Ga. Virginia R. Boiter (‘45) retired from the Spartanburg County Library. She enjoys traveling to Arizona to visit her

Frontiers Magazine — Fall 2005 daughter and family and also to Maryland to visit her son and his daughter. Sara Calvert (‘45) is a homemaker in Eatonton, Ga. She and husband Grady are enjoying retirement years. Guy F. Fain Jr. (‘45) went into the U.S. Army Air Corps and finished Wofford College in 1949. He is married to Naomi Scott Fain (1949). Betty Woodfun Pope (‘46) and her husband, Ray (‘45), live in Inman, S.C. Betty Crocker Shuler (‘46) of Holly Hill, S.C. is enjoying retirement. Lois Lewis Brown (‘47) and Walter Brown are retired and living in Pickens, S.C. Grace Kellett Junker (‘47) is proud that her gifts to the College are matched through a Matching Gift Company. J. Fred Lister (‘47) is enjoying retirement in Columbia, S.C. Edward T. Hinson (‘48) is enjoying retirement in Rock Hill, S.C. Gilbert W. Littlejohn (‘48) is retired in Greenville, S.C. Lafayette H. Thompson (‘48) is enjoying life in Asheville, N.C. Noami Scott Fain (‘49) and her husband, Guy F. Fain, Jr. (‘45) have been married for 55 years and live in Moore, S.C. Albert Bernard Martin (‘49) of Spartanburg, S.C. is enjoying his retirement years. Leonard A. McDowell (‘49) is retired and resides in Chesnee, S.C. Alma Jolley Riley (‘49) is retired and lives in Columbus, Ohio. 1950s Helen Gregory Sanders (‘50) is enjoying life in Charleston, S.C. Frances Austin Day (‘51) retired after teaching 40 years in Whitesburg, Ky. Elementary School. She

has two sons and five grandchildren.

Betty McNeill Sells (‘54) and husband, Ed, recently cruised on the Queen Mary II to Alaska this past August. They are enjoying their three grandchildren. Betty is retired and enjoying substitute teaching in the Mobile County, Ala., School System.

Rev. Samuel H. Poston (‘51) is Older Adult Coordinator for the Spartanburg District of the S.C. UMC; received the David Camak Society Human Gold Award May 29, 2005; and he coordinated Yah-Yah Fund Day for Older Adults on August 17, 2005 at St. James UMC in Spartanburg, S.C.

Ralph D. Vaughan (‘54) lives in Galax, Va. and enjoys his retirement years.

Saralyn T. Overstreet (‘51) is enjoying life in Hazlehurst, Ga.

Judith Casey Bishop (‘55) and J.D. traveled to Thailand in March 2005 for a fabulous tour of Bangkok and Chiang Mar areas. They live in Spartanburg, S.C.

Eugene L. McLean (‘51) of Rockingham, N.C. is a retired Industrial Engineer.

Nora Hutchins (‘55) lives in Spartanburg, S.C.

Lawrence M. & Betty V. Jamerson (‘51) are retired in Virginia Beach, Va. Ray F. Smith (‘51) and wife Nell (‘55) lived in Greenville, S.C. where Ray is enjoying retirement. James E. Brantley (‘52) of Cartersville, Ga. retired from the Hanover Insurance Co. He is enjoying retirement with his wife, Elizabeth.

Shirley Childress Hanson (‘56) and husband, Bob, live in Crocker, Mo.

Ruth Kelly Cannon (‘54) is secretary at Cannon’s Campground UM Church in Spartanburg, S.C.

Wirron Leonard (‘56) attended SJC for one year and transferred to Wofford where he graduated n 1958. He is now retired from the banking business, most recently being associated with BB&T.

Roland Elmore (‘54) is President of Fabric and Yarn Associates of Spartanburg, S.C. (In the Spring issue there was a Roland Elmore

Eunice Amerson Rowell (‘56) lives in Greenwood, S.C.

Allen E. Long (‘54) of Pacolet, S.C. is a retired United Methodist Minister. Rev. Long is married to Jean Bell Long (‘55).

Bates Scoggins (‘56) graduated from Wofford College in 1958, retired from Kohler Co. after 39and-a-half years in 1997. He and his wife, Pat, live in Union County, S.C. They have two children and

Mary Artur Sims Powers (‘54) of Union, S.C. is retired.


Walter Corn (‘58) and his wife, Patricia Davis Corn (‘59), are both retired and enjoying life in Spartanburg. Wayne Fields (‘59) of Lancaster, S.C. is retired. Elizabeth Jack (‘59) is still enjoying retirement and living in Spartanburg. 1960s

Philip D. Greer (‘60) has retired as a special agent with the Internal Revenue Service in Columbia, S.C.

Wanda Mattern Doverspike (‘56) lives in York New Salem, Pa. with her husband, who is a retired Methodist Minister. They have three children.

Betty Angel Ridings (‘52) is enjoying retirement in Spartanburg, S.C. and loves life!

Ruby Dority Marshall (‘56) lives in Hartsville, S.C.

Jean Bell Long (‘55) is a retired public school teacher. She is married to Rev. Allen E. Long of Pacolet, S.C.

Mark Causey Jr. (‘56) lives in Supply, N.C.

Maxine Fogle Owen (‘52) is retired and lives in North, S.C.

Barbara T. Stone (‘56) resides in Greenville, N.C.

William S. Frey (‘60) is VP Operations with William B. Reily & Co., Inc. in New Orleans, La., but he resides in Kenner, La.

Dorothy Williams Bales (‘56) lives in Georgia.

M. Jeannette Hatzenbuhler (‘52) is enjoying living in Jupiter, Fla.

Benita Davis Stavely (‘56) has retired from teaching.

Carolyn Ferguson Patterson (‘55) is a retired educator in Greenwood, S.C.

Barbara H. Murphy (‘55) is enjoying life in Gainesville, Va.

Joseph H. Frye (‘52) is enjoying retirement in Spartanburg and he loves to fish.

three grandchildren.

Patricia S. Wood (‘60) is a retired United Methodist Minister. She lives in Greenville, S.C. Sidney Lee Williams (‘61) has retired from Laurens County Schools as an attendance clerk. Duane Turner (‘62) is employed with Milliken & Co. in Spartanburg, S.C. Duane’s wife, “Bootsie” is Milliken & Co.’s Senior Employment Manager. Mr. Robert MacInnes (‘63) of Charleston, S.C. has retired. Wallace Burns (‘63) of Bowie, Md. is selfemployed as a Business Research Analyst. Dale Norris Reily (‘63) is a retired teacher now homemaker in Destin, Fla. Patricia Moore Byrd (‘64) lives in Pawleys Island, S.C. Michael D. Clayton (‘64) of Seneca, S.C. is retired. Ralph C. Driggers, Jr. (‘64) is enjoying retirement in Pawleys Island, S.C. Mary Ruth Findley Hauser (‘64) of Pilot Mountain, N.C. has been

SPARTANBURG METHODIST COLLEGE News (continued) married for 42 years to Tom Hauser. Tom will retire in March of 2006 after 40 years with First Citizens Bank. They have two grandchildren, 6 & 8. Mary Ruth works with CoxNeedham Funeral Home as Administrative Assistant but is semi-retired. J. Ron Faulkenberry (‘64) is the Dean for the School of Education of Francis Marion University in Florence, S.C. Kay D. Waddell (‘64) is a IT Consultant with Fidelity Information Solutions. Charles H. “Chuck” Johnson (‘66) is owner of Spartan Marketing in Spartanburg, S.C. James D. “Jimmy” Trout Jr. (‘66) and his wife, Elaine Kelly “Lanie” Trout, are enjoying the birth of their new granddaughter, Sarah. Sarah’s mother is Betsy Trout Kneisley (‘96). Nancy Foust Watson (‘66) is enjoying retirement in Chesnee, S.C. Norman W. Kirkland (‘67) of Mt. Pleasant, S.C. is a Network Manager with BellSouth. Brenda Libner (‘67) is Administrative Specialist with USC-Sumter. David H. Clark (‘68) of Holly Hill, S.C., is a manager with the Holly Hill Farm and Home Supplies company. Roger L. Ezell (1968), a self-employed Marshall, N.C. plumbing contractor, enjoys supporting SMC. Robert N. Davis (‘69) of Pomaria, S.C. is employed with Winn-Dixie as a Manager. 1970s G. G. Cutter (‘71) and his wife Ann King Cutter live in Manning, S.C. They have two children: John and King. G.G. was on the SMC Baseball Team in 1970-1971. He is employed with First Palmetto Savings Bank. B. T. DeShields (‘71) resides in Piedmont, S.C.

Janis C. Patton (‘71) is the owner of Patton Pharmacy in Woodruff, S.C.

children: Charles David, 24, who works at Shaumaker, Inc.; and Megan Lee Wade, 18, a Clemson University sophomore.

Paul E. “Bucky” Tillotson (‘71) has taught and coached for 30 years at Aiken High School.

Gloria Alma Elledge (‘76) retired from the Federal Government and is a teacher in K-4 at Duncan First Baptist Church CDP. She wanted to use the degree she received in Early Childhood Education before she retired again. She loves working with children.

W. Bernard Welborn (‘70) recently wrote a letter of thanks to SMC for enhancing his quality of life. He is retired and living in Greenwood, S.C., and is an avid golfer. Dewey L. Whaley (‘71) of Elizabethton, Tenn. is employed with the Department of Energy.

John Dean Hamrick (‘76) is a retired Greenville county Deputy Sheriff. He lives in Landrum, S.C.

Michael A. (Tony) Smith (‘72) of Summerville, S.C. is a Senior Special Agent with DHS/ICE.

Foster M. “Billy” Routh III (‘76) of Columbia, S.C. is Program Manager-Strategic Communication with the S.C. Budget and Control Board.

Charlie Sams (‘72) is the Pastor of Starnes Cove Baptist Church in Alexander, N.C.

Debbie Ballenger Austin (‘77) is a kindergarten teacher with Union Methodist Kindergarten in Columbia, S.C.

Stephanie Bailey Sloan (‘72) is in real estate sales in Murfreesboro, Tenn. She has a son, Matthew. Barbie Smith (‘72) of Easley is an Officer with American Security. Barbie was adopted and found her biological mother in 1983. Her story caught the attention of an area newspaper that year. The newspaper article was about Barbie’s concern on how her adoptive parents would feel toward her biological mother. It turns out they became one happy family. Barbie also has an adopted sister, Mrs. Betty Webb of Leesville, S.C.

Jack Bishop (‘78) of Spartanburg, S.C. has been employed with the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office since 1978. He is currently in charge of the Sex Offender Registry, however he was sergeant of Forensics for more than 27 years.” Darryl McClure (‘78) of Belmont, N.C. is a Supervisor II with the City of Gastonia, N.C. He has a daughter, Terra. Darryl is the director at Erwin Community Center, City of Gastonia Recreation and Parks Department.

Wayne W. Federline (‘73) works for Shriners Childrens Hospital in Greenville, S.C. He has a daughter: Gabrielle Hannah, 8.

Patsy M. Davis (‘79) is a Media Specialist with Aiken Middle School. She has two daughters, aged 10 and 17.

Donald Babb (‘74) of Arden, N.C. is a lieutenant with the city of Asheville, N.C., Police Department.

S. Eric Lowman (‘79) is an Area Senior Vice President with BB&T. He lives in Beaufort, S.C.

Morris O. Woodring (‘75) of Mountain City, Tenn., is a Principal and teacher with Johnson City Middle School.

Robert M. Sherfield, Ph.D. (‘79) is a Professor with the Community College of South Nevada.

Jennifer Carswell Wade (‘75) works for PCA International Photography Company. She has two

Patricia Jolly Tate (‘79) of Pacolet, S.C. is an Executive Assistant.


1980s Angle “Gus” Clark (‘80) graduated from Keller Graduate School of Management of Devry University this past June with a MBA in Marketing. Tony L. Hollifield (‘80) is employed with ProvidentPiedmont Farm and Garden. He resides in Chesnee, S.C. Karen L. Anders Turner (‘82) and her family are missionaries with the Wycliffe Bible Translators in Tanzania, East Africa. Carmen Stokes Simons Williams (‘83) of Mt. Pleasant, S.C. and husband Charles Henry Raymond Williams wed October 17, 1992 and have a son Daniel, 10. Carmen also has two other children, Theodore Jervey Simons VI, 17, and Taylor Anne Simons, 15. Keith Wall (‘83) is a student at the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C. Lassie “Ann” Hewatt (‘84) of Dunwoody, Ga. wrote that she was having a “crazy” spring and summer. By the time this issue of Frontiers hits the mail, maybe she will be wanting the “crazy” to return. We are proud to have Ann for a SMC grad! Terri Rollins Kemmerlin (‘84) is a Business Education Teacher with Wade Hampton High School, Hampton District 1, Varnville, S.C. Matthew Coffin (‘85) has been a state trooper with the S.C. Highway Patrol since 1993 and is stationed in Columbia, S.C. He is married to Lisa, a home health nurse. They have two children, aged 11 and 14. Laurie Darragh Fallaw (‘85) has been working for the past 15 years with the alcohol and drug abuse prevention field as the Director of Community Outreach in Greenwood, S.C. She and husband Kevin have one child, Hampton L. Fallaw.

Frontiers Magazine — Fall 2005 Kiffin Hope (‘86) and wife, Jennifer, reside in Missoula, Mont. Kiffin moved out west in 1994, first to Denver, Colo. then Missoula. The couple has two children: Katie and Lizzie. Kiffin has undergraduate degrees from USC-Upstate and SMC. He earned his Master of Humanities degree from the University of ColoradoDenver in 2001, where his studies and thesis work emphasized deep ecology and environmental philosophy. Kiffin has volunteered for numerous nonprofits over the last several years and presently serves on the boards of the Sierra Club’s Bitterroot/ Mission Group and the Missoula Food Cooperative. He works at Wildlands CPR in Missoula, a national grassroots conservation group emphasizing forest restoration. Mary A. Sczechowicz (‘85) is Financial Secretary with St. James UM Church, Spartanburg, S.C. Jacqueline Courtney Johnson (‘86) is Education Associate with the S.C. Department of Education in Columbia, S.C. Tammie Brownlee Jones (‘88) and her husband, Willie, live in Lexington, S.C. Willie was deployed to Afghanistan for one year. They have been married since July, 1988, and have a son and a daughter. The military family spent three years in Hawaii. Tammie completed a Bachelors Degree in Psychology 1998 at Marymount University in Arlington, Va. In 2004, she received a MBA from the University of Phoenix at the Hawaii campus. She is three classes away from completing a second Masters degree from the University of Phoenix (online campus) in Management of Human Resources. She will begin working on a Ph.D. in Business Administration in January of 2006. She owns the Teecoffeeshop, an online business. Tammie recently wrote, “I just wanted to take this oppor-

tunity to thank SMC for my beginning and let them know that they are always in my thoughts.” Tammie adds that they plan to move in June. “I am not sure where we will go but SMC is always on my mind.” Damon F. Manale (‘88) is the owner of Manale Landscaping LLC in North Charleston, S.C.

Jean Parker Carter (‘60) at a Christmas in April party for her daughter, Kacee Lominack (right) and son-in-law, Andrew Lominack (left). Pictured at center is Jean and daughter Cara.

Mike McGee (‘88) is a P.E. teacher with the Union County Schools at Lockhart, S.C. He has spent five years as the head baseball coach, three years as assistant football coach, and athletic director for two years. He is the proud daddy of daughter Mallory, 7 and son Jake, 3.

“My memories of SJC are very fond. I was a cheerleader, in the May court, chorus, was voted the Prettiest Girl in the freshman class, worked at Fowler Brothers’ Cleaners, the library, and worked in the kitchen. My studies took me to (then) Winthrop College where I participated in the Methodist Student Foundation. After graduation from Winthrop, I married my high school sweetheart, Steve Cooper, son of the late UM Rev. and Mrs. George “Sam” R. Cooper. Steve and I lived on the campus of Wofford College. Steve’s father was minister at Duncan Street UMC. While Steve attended classes at Wofford, I worked as a secretary for the Rev. Voight Taylor at Bethel UMC. During our time at Wofford, Steve served as a lay preacher at a nearby rural UMC, I taught the ladies’ Sunday School class. The Rev. Dr. Robert DuBois was the district superintendent. Steve and I moved to Auburn, Ala., where he continued his studies beyond his degree from Wofford. While in Auburn, Steve passed away. I moved to Columbia and attended St. Mark UMC and worked as an administrative assistant at the S.C. Dept. of Education. Later I returned to my home in Colleton County and began a teaching

Sherry Lawson Waddell (‘88) is a Benefits Administrator with R.D. Anderson Applied Technology Center. She resides in Woodruff, S.C. Charles Williams (‘88) and his wife Ashley were married in 1991 and have two children: Charles and Harrison. 1990s Randy Anderson (‘90) of Anderson, S.C. is a supervisor with Alltel Communications. Suzanne Wisenbaker Kenrick (‘91) married Steve Kenrick in 1999. Suzanne has been employed by Department of Veterans Affairs as a Recreation Therapist since 1995. They have three children: Justin, Shelby, and Shane. Lee Miller (‘91) and his wife, Amy, and their son Robert live in the Lowcountry where Lee is a physical therapist. He has been practicing for about seven years. Jerry C. Smith (‘94) is Vice President of BB&T Insurance Services and lives in Roebuck, S.C. Wells Shepard (‘95) is the Director of Admissions for LaGrange College, LaGrange, Ga. Wells is a former employee with the SMC Admissions Office.


career. Later I remarried and became the mother of two wonderful daughters, Kathleen Carter (Kacee) Parker Lominack and Mary Caroline “Cara” Parker. After joining the staff at the S.C. DOE, my daughters and I moved to Columbia and became members at Shandon UMC. Kacee is a graduate of Presbyterian College and was married in June 2004 to Andrew Blalock Lominack of Greenville. She is with the Greenville Family Partnership and Andrew is with the Corporate Office of Ryan’s in Greer. Cara is a graduate of Columbia College and is now an admissions counselor at Columbia College. After my retirement of 30 years in education, I have worked in various interesting positions— WIS- TV, Logan Community School, Congaree Land Trust, and now as secretary to the (retired) Rev. Joe Alley (part-time supply pastor) at Whaley Street UMC. I have spent my other hours volunteering as a Charter Board Member of the Palmetto Chapter of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Meals of Wheels, Habitat for Humanity Store, S.C. Chapter of Leukemia, Lymphoma, Myeloma, and Canoeing for Kids which was founded by Jay Alley, son of Joe Alley.”

SPARTANBURG METHODIST COLLEGE News (continued) Stephen McNeill (‘97) is a Minister at Millbrook Baptist Church in Aiken, S.C. and is married to a fourth-grade teacher. Todd Monteith (‘98) is a Network Marketing Salesman in Greenville, S.C. Tiffany Harmon Whittle (‘98) and husband, Wesley T. Whittle (‘97) celebrated their second Wedding Anniversary. Tiffany was presented three awards at a state medical technology conference: the Omicron Sigma award; the Keys to The Future award; and the SCSCLS Member of the Year Award for 2004-2005. She will become the next President of the South Carolina Society of Clinical and Laboratory Science in 2006. Catrina Harris (‘99) is married to Scott Fernanders. Catrina is employed with the Spartanburg Humane Society as a Veterinary Technician. She wrote the following note to SMC, “Over the past six years I have grown a lot mentally. I give my parents the credit most of all, but my professors at SMC really made an impact on my life.” 2000s Denise Brognano (‘01) graduated from Converse in May, 2004, with a BA in Art Therapy, Studio Art. She is a volunteer at SAFE Homes in Spartanburg, S.C. Robyn Elizabeth Greene (‘01) graduated from Columbia College in May, 2003, and graduated from Western Carolina University in May, 2005, with a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Denise Jones (‘01) graduated from Coastal Carolina University with a degree in Psychology. She is now attending graduate school. Terrance Miley (‘01) graduated from South Carolina State University in December, 2004, with a degree in Business Management.

Ben Motes (‘01) is attending college and planning to be a history teacher.

the Georgia Summer Games this past year. She has been running the soccer venue at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga. There are more than 2000 athletes participating in 20 sports.

Debra Lynn Newman (‘01) recently wrote, “The 18 months I spent at SMC was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I’ll carry it with me always!”

In Military Service W. Sterling Anderson, II (‘93) is with the U.S. Army. He was called back to active duty on Jan. 10, 2005 and is serving as a JAG officer. He is part of the mission for homeland security in the Washington, D.C. area.

Aaron Gash Pickens (‘01) expects to graduate in 2005 from USC Upstate with a major in Physical Education/Corporate Fitness. He wrote, “Ms. Porter, thanks for your letter. It’s good to hear from you and keeping in touch with SMC.”

Lt. Col. Charles E. “Eddie” Edge (‘85) continues to serve on active duty with the U.S. Army at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

Nicholas Ware Tarver (‘01) graduated from Valdosta State University with a degree in Accounting on December 12, 2003. He is currently employed with Equity Residential Properties in Augusta, Ga. He wrote, “I am a regional accountant for Equity Residential Properties and have 25 properties in North Carolina for which I am responsible. I am engaged to be married Oct. 15, 2005 and have recently bought my first house in North Augusta, S.C. Special hello to Mrs. Corn, Ms. Porter, and Coach Kenneally.”

Jeff Fulton (‘04) is serving with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan as a Combat Engineer. He plans to finish a degree at Clemson University when he returns from Afghanistan.

Samantha Harrison Rogers (‘96) is married and has a beautiful daughter, almost two years old, named Madison JoAnn (above). Samantha works as a preschool teacher while working toward an Associates in Early Childhood Development Degree.

Elizabeth Hartley (‘03) lives in Great Falls, Mont., and is with the U.S. Air Force Security Forces. Angela Marie Lowery (‘01) is serving a second tour of duty in Iraq. David Padgett (‘88) was reactivated into the military service in Kuwait/Iraq. From 2003 to 2004, he spent more than a year serving with the 812th Transportation Battalion as the S-4/ Logistic Officer. He was awarded the Bronze Star for his work in logistics planning and Up-armoring over 500 Humvees and Trucks within the battalion. He is glad to be back home with his wife, Renee, and their two children, James and Carlina. He is employed with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department both a Police Officer and Research, Planning & Analysis.

Bret McIver (‘02) of Jackson, S.C. received a bachelor’s degree in Communications and Theatre (Emp. Communications) and a minor in religion at Charleston Southern University this past May. Annie M. Ferguson (‘02) is a Sales Manager with Palmetto Dunes Resort, Bluffton, S.C. Nicklaus Sprouse (02) wrote that he recently graduated from Coastal Carolina University with a BA in Psychology. He is in the early stages of employment with a law enforcement agency and plans to either stay in the Upstate or move to Columbia.

Births Betsy Trout Kneisley (‘96) gave birth to a daughter, Sarah on April 5, 2005. Betsy is a former employee of the College.

Jill Viles (‘02), former SMC soccer player, coached a Special Olympics team at


Stacie Luedecke Williams (‘96) is pictured with her husband Craig Williams and their daughter Savannah and son Garrett. The Williams family recently enjoyed a vacation to Cape San Blas, Fla., where Stacie writes that the beaches were beautiful and the sunset spectacular. Highlights included deep-sea fishing and just relaxing at the beach watching their daughter building sandcastles. Autumne Kirby Relich of Lexington, Ky. and husband Mark are parents of Curtis Kirby Relich, born March 21, 2005. He is 8 lbs. 6 oz. and 21-1/2 inches long. They have two other children: Christina Elizabeth (almost 6) and Nicholas Alexander (almost 3).

Frontiers Magazine — Fall 2005 Marriages Gretchen Anderson (‘94) wed Jamie Reeves on December 28, 2003. They live in Pickens, S.C. Laura Mary Barnes (‘99) of Greenville, S.C. married Jason Everett Putman of Anderson, S.C. on Saturday, July 9, 2005 at Fairfield Mountains Chapel followed by a reception at Lake Lure Golf and Beach Resort. Laura graduated from The Medical University of S.C. with an MS in Occupational Therapy and works for the Greenville Hospital System. Kelly Turner Harvey (‘02) married Jay Harvey (‘02) on July 17, 2004. Kelly graduated from Wofford College in May, 2004, with a BA in Finance. She is employed by Atkins & Associates Financial Planning. Daniel Holder (‘90) married Tracey Watson on March 20, 2004. Brandie Davis Love (‘98) married Nathan C. Love on August 7, 2004 and is living in Columbia, S.C. She graduated from Columbia College in 2000 with a BA degree in Public Affairs and worked at Columbia College for threeand-a-half years in the Annual Fund Office. Her husband, Nathan, is a 1997 graduate of the Citadel and works for Synovus Trust. Brandie began working at USC in the Donor Relations Office in August of 2004. Shannon E. Montgomery (‘91) recently married Matthew Grady, a Major in the U.S. Army stationed at Fort Bliss, Tex. She is currently working on a Masters Degree at Webster University. Maj. Grady is a 1994 West Point Graduate. The couple live in El Paso, Tex. Diana “Jamie” Owens Bright (‘05) of Enoree, S.C. and James Christopher Bright of Moore, S.C. were married May 14, 2005. Jamie was a runner in the Women’s Cross Country Team and

has returned this year as the team’s assistant coach.

commanded the 178th Field Artillery Battalion, received the WWII Victory Medal, Army Occupation Medal (Japan), State of S.C. Meritorious Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, and S.C. State Service Medal. He is also survived by a daughter, two sons, seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a daughter.

James Donald Powell (‘81) married his high school sweetheart, Lori. Graduates of Clemson University, they have three children. He has been a Benefits Consultant for 20 years. Lori is a Chemical Engineer but worked as a Research Chemist for five years. Andrew Whitney (‘87) married Tina Carraway on October 4, 2001. Andrew is Senior Manager for Radio Shack in Florence, S.C. He has been with the company for more than 14 years.

Olivia L. Gibboney, former Women’s Basketball Coach at SMC, died at Sunnyside Retirement Community in Harrisonburg, Va. Our deepest sympathy to family, friends and former students/colleagues.

Deaths Devan Marie Advincula (‘05) of Charleston, S.C., died July 26, 2005 in a car accident. Our deepest sympathy to friends and family. Marie was on both the President’s and Dean’s Lists at SMC. Vada Hartley Kovolski (‘41) of Durham, N.C. has passed away. Our sympathy to her daughter, Joann Richards, and family. Claude Dyches Jr. (‘69) died on Feb. 15, 2005. Our sympathy to his wife, Jane Reed Dyches (1965), family and friends.

Robert (Bob) Stancil, SMC Freshman English Teacher and Dean of Men in 1950, passed away on April 30, 2005 in The Methodist Retirement Center in Charlotte, N.C. at 79 years of age. A. Allen Leonard (1958) of Reidville, S.C., retired Pharmacist from Al’s Pharmacy, died in June of 2005. O. Ruth Alverson McNutt (1938) of Coal City, Ala. died on January 23, 2005. Her father is the late Rev. Lonnie Gordon Alverson, her mother, Bessie Eleanor Moore Alverson. She was a lifetime teacher in Alabama and Florida and left behind eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Guy Fowler (‘57) died July 22, 2005. He married Faye Effler, also an SMC alum who served on the Alumni Council for a term. Our deepest sympathy to Faye, family and friends. Henry G. Flynn Jr. (‘50) of Boiling Springs, S.C. passed away on April 1, 2005. Our deepest sympathy to his wife, Betty Ruth Dodd, family and friends. Henry graduated from Wofford College in 1952. He retired from textile management after working with Spartan Mills and Butte Knit in Spartanburg, S.C. He served in the Merchant Marines from 1945-1946, was in the U.S. Army, where he was a paratrooper with the Occupation Forces in Japan, and joined the S.C. National Guard as a Commissioned Officer in 1950. He retired in 1978 as a Lieutenant Colonel,

Walter Plexico, former SMC faculty member, died June 16, 2005. Our deepest sympathy to his family and friends. J. Marshall Reid (‘48) died on Friday, July 1, 2005 in Inman, S.C. Our deepest sympathy to family and friends. Mr. Reid was both a SJC and Wofford College graduate with a Master’s degree from The University of Alabama. He served the Spartanburg area educational school system for more than 57 years.


Whitney Tilley (‘05) of Abbeville, S.C., died July 23, 2005. While at SMC, she was a captain of the Women’s Cross Country Team. She was active in athletics and was also a lifeguard. She is survived by her parents, Gary and Katy Tilley, and twin sister, Courtney Tilley, who also attended SMC. James Robert Turner (‘43) of Spartanburg died July 20, 2005. Our deepest sympathy to wife Patty, son Richard and wife Kathy and their children: Cameron John, Hamilton James, and Miles Emory Turner of Arlington, Va., and seven sisters. James was a 1941 honors graduate of Wellford-LymanTucapau High School. He received degrees from Buckwell University, Harvard School of Business Administration, and the University of South Carolina Law School. He served in the U.S. Navy Air Corps in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. He served in the S.C. House of Representatives 1954-1957 and was Children’s Court Judge 1957-1964. He was founder and president of the S.C. Trial Lawyers Association (1958) and was president of the Spartanburg County Bar Association. He was a member of Bethel UM Church, in Spartanburg, S.C.; Hejaz Temple of Greenville, S.C.; the Mid-City Shrine Club; and the Spartanburg Lions Club. Donald Miles West (‘50) of Spartanburg died June, 2005. Our deepest sympathy to family and friends. William D. White Jr. (‘67) of Bishopville, S.C. was killed in a car wreck on February 2, 2005. Our deepest sympathy to his family and friends. Phyllis E. Wooten (‘84) is deceased.


New Faces



FACULTY David Ashmore, Professor of Sociology comes to SMC with many years of teaching experience and as a caseworker with various Human Services agencies. He most recently worked with the S.C. Department of Health and Human Services in Abbeville. Ashmore has also taught at Southern Illinois University and Western Carolina University. He has a Master of Arts Degree in Sociology from Southern Illinois University and a A.B. Degree in Sociology from Indiana University. He is currently working on a Doctorate in Sociology from Southern Illinois University. Walter Bolter, Ph.D., Professor of Accounting and Economics comes to SMC with a wealth of experience as an economist and as a professor of economics and finance. He has taught at Wofford College, Spartanburg Technical College, Flagler College and was a Chair of the Business Administration and Economics Department of Montgomery College in Takoma Park, Md. Bolter also worked in Washington, D.C., as a chief economist for the U.S. House of Representatives Commerce Subcommittee on Telecom, and as Chief of the Division of Economics, Accounting and Depreciation for the Federal Communications Commission. He was also a Senior Economic Fellow at the Center for International Research on Communications and Information Technology in Melbourne, Australia. Bolter earned his Ph.D. and Master’s degrees at the University of Maryland. He also holds Master’s degrees in Accounting and Engineering, as well as a Bachelor’s degree from Georgia Tech. Bolter has also been a CPA in Maryland and West Virginia and a PE-EIT in Georgia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. A native of New Jersey,




Bolter has lived most of his life in the Southeast. He now resides in Chesnee. Jessica Harwood, Professor of Biology, has a teaching background in higher education and high school, having taught Freshman English Composition at Clemson University, Introductory Literature at Piedmont Technical College and Science at T.L. Hanna High School in Anderson. She has a Master of Arts degree in Professional Communications from Clemson University, a Master of Science Degree in Botany from the University of WisconsinMadison and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology, Summa Cum Laude, from Ohio Wesleyan University. At Clemson, Harwood also edited online publications and designed and maintained Web sites. She was also a Tissue Culture Technician and Science Writing intern at CAMBIA (Center for the Application of Molecular Biology to International Agriculture) in Canberra, Australia; and a public relations intern at Emory Healthcare in Atlanta, Ga. Her academic achievements include a Sigma Xi Research Presentation Award and memberships in Phi Sigma (Biology honorary society), Sigma Tau Delta (English honorary society) and Phi Beta Kappa. Harwood also has a Master Gardening Certificate.

STAFF Allison Jean Caulk, Admissions Counselor is a 2002 SMC graduate. Caulk also received a Bachelor of Science degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of South Carolina Upstate. She has served as a volunteer with Big Brothers – Big Sisters of Spartanburg. Caulk is a native of Roebuck, S.C., and is a graduate of Dorman High School. She is the daughter of Steve and Lou Caulk. Caulk plans to continue




her education in counseling at the graduate level. Mark Mancebo, Director of Athletic Training is a Certified Athletic Trainer and received his Master’s Degree in Health Science and Education from Western Carolina University. He also received a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology at California State University-Sacramento. A native of Citrus Heights, Calif., Mancebo is the son of Dennis Mancebo and Charlene Mancebo. Michael Reese, Director of Athletic Fundraising, is a graduate of Clemson University, where he received a BS degree in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management. Reese has also been associated with Krispy Kreme of Spartanburg. A native of Boiling Springs, Reese is a 2000 graduate of Boiling Springs High School. He has also worked as an intern for IPTAY, YMCA, and the Wofford College Athletic Department. He is the son of Spartanburg businessman and State Senator Glenn Reese (DSpartanburg) and Janis Reese. Teresa Sims, Assistant Director of Residence Life – No stranger to SMC, Sims has served as a residence hall director at SMC since 2003. She is now in the full-time position of Assistant Director of Residence Life. Sims has been an instructor of Reading and English at SMC, Director of the Advisement Center at USC Upstate, Director of Advisement in the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities at Clemson University, and an admissions counselor at Clemson University. Sims received a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts degree from Clemson University. She has also done course work in a M.Ed. program for Student Affairs at Clemson and doctoral work in an Educational Leadership Ph.D. program at Clemson.

Frontiers Magazine — Fall 2005

Assignment 1: Service Incoming Freshmen Reach Out for Fifth Year in a Row

he first assignment for incoming freshmen at Spartanburg Methodist College didn’t involve picking up a pencil or opening a book. Instead, some put on work gloves and picked up paintbrushes or gardening tools, while others spent time with nursing home residents or youngsters. The assignment was Freshmen Day of Service. On Aug. 20, students, faculty and staff went to 20 different sites around Spartanburg County in an outreach to citizens in the surrounding community.


Students worked at the following sites: Anderson Mill Elementary School, The Arts Partnership, Bethlehem Center, Bethel UMC, Camp Mary Elizabeth (Girl Scouts), Charles Lea Center, Divinity Care Facility, Habitat for Humanity, The Haven and Second Presbyterian Soup Kitchen, Middle Tyger Community Center, Middle Tyger YMCA, Mobile Meals, Pine Street YMCA, SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition Thrift Store, South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind, Spartanburg Children Shelter, Spartanburg Housing Authority, Spartanburg Humane Society, Spring Arbor Assisted Living, and Windsor House West. For many of these students, Freshmen Day of Service is just the beginning of a lifestyle of service to others. Through Kappa Sigma Alpha service fraternity and other organizations, SMC students return to many of these sites and others to engage in additional service to their community.


One of the largest fund-raising tournaments in the Greenville - Spartanburg, SC area! Your participation benefits nearly 300 student-athletes. RIVER FALLS PLANTATION IS LOCATED ALONG HIGHWAY 290, DUNCAN, S.C., JUST OFF I-85. SHOTGUN STARTS: 8:00 A.M. AND 1:30 P.M. For details on the Fall Golf Classic and the 2006 Spring Golf Classic, contact Michael Reese, Director of Athletic Fundraising for details by phoning (864) 587-4310 or E-mail You can also go to our Website: SPARTANBURG METHODIST COLLEGE 1000 Powell Mill Road Spartanburg, SC 29301-5899

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