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The University of Virginia’s College at Wise Fall 2009


REVIVAL Born at UVa-Wise, this band is climbing their way to the top of the music scene PLUS How alumni in the business of entertainment are weathering the tough economy Emerald Robinson ’03

Adam Chaffin ’05

Jody Lewis ’01

Brian Marcus ’94

Jake Johnston ’04

from the

Chancellor Dear Alumni and Friends, This is truly a wonderful time for our new students to become part of the UVa-Wise family! With the opening of the new Gilliam Center for the Arts, our fine and performing arts programs are housed under one roof for the first time in our College’s history. Laboratories and classrooms in the renovated Science Center are full of activity, and we are close to opening our new Dining Commons, where students, faculty and staff soon will enjoy a coffee shop and other amenities. Construction is well underway on the new information technology wing of Smiddy Hall, and pre-planning work is in progress for a new library, which will link the upper and lower portions of campus. In about 20 months, the $30 million Convocation Center will be ready to host a variety of sporting events, concerts and conventions. All this progress prompts visiting alumni to imagine what college life is like on campus today. It’s not uncommon to see alumni chatting with students about the changes that are taking place as our campus is enhanced. Interaction between students and alumni is something we encourage at UVa-Wise because different generations have plenty to teach each other. Two articles in this edition of The UVa-Wise Magazine highlight the ways our alumni lend a hand to our students and recent graduates.

Chancellor David J. Prior was awarded the 2008 President’s Award at the Wise County Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner and Gala on April 18. Find out more in Faculty & Staff Notes on page 4.

Many of our recent graduates are working to build careers in the entertainment field, a difficult task made even harder by the recent economic downturn. You will meet some of these ambitious professionals featured in the cover story and read about how they are weathering the economic storm, with some learning more about their craft from other alumni. Another article spotlights a successful intern program that has been in place for nearly two decades between UVa-Wise and the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy, Virginia’s regulatory agency for the mining and gas industries. The program selects computer science majors to serve as interns who develop useful software programs. This strong partnership has garnered DMME several national and state technology awards while giving our students an edge in a competitive job market. Lastly, I would like to introduce you to a new type of article in our magazine, a piece that we hope will educate, inform and, most importantly, spur conversation among our readers. In this first “conversation piece,” you will read about the digital divide, which affects many people throughout the world, including our own region. How and why are we – and other rural areas – affected by this technological issue, and what is being done to alleviate the problem? As always, we thank you for your generous and consistent support which helps UVa-Wise fulfill its mission to make a college education accessible. Sincerely,

David J. Prior Chancellor



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Editor Roger Hagy, Jr. ’05 rbh8y@uvawise.edu


Assistant Editors Cassandra J. Sproles ’00 cjp2q@uvawise.edu Kathy Still ’84 kls7ad@uvawise.edu Alumni Editors Pamela J. Collie ’93 pjc9w@uvawise.edu Jo Stewart ’84 js9w@uvawise.edu P r i n c i p a l Ph o t o g ra p hy Tim Cox, Tim Cox Photo/Graphics Co n t r i b u t i n g Wr i t e r s Pamela J. Collie ’93 Aaron Collier Roger Hagy, Jr. ’05 Chris Myers Lexie Ramage Allie Robinson Cassandra J. Sproles ’00 Kathy Still ’84 O t h e r Co n t r i b u t o r s Gina Chisenhall ’89 Jenny Salyers Magazine Design Roger Hagy, Jr. ’05 rbh8y@uvawise.edu

Co n t a c t U s E-mail: magazine@uvawise.edu Phone: 276-328-0130 The UVa-Wise Magazine One College Avenue Wise, VA 24293 magazine.uvawise.edu


Class Acts Whether performing, creating or selling, UVaWise alumni are pursuing fame and success in entertainment throughout the nation while facing the challenge of a struggling economy.


Across the Board They may not be little red hotels or green houses, but new buildings are popping up everywhere on the UVa-Wise campus. Read about the latest construction updates and view new photos of the ever-transforming campus.


Bridging the Digital Divide Universal access to computers and the Internet remains a worldwide problem. In the College’s region, leaders are willing to move mountains to deliver technology access to every citizen.


Headlines @ Wise Athletics News Alumni News Classnotes Honor Roll of Benefactors OtherWise

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New facility named Gilliam Center for the Arts The new $14.4 million fine and performing arts facility at UVa-Wise is now officially the Gilliam Center for the Arts, following action taken Oct. 12 by the UVa-Wise Board. The facility is named in honor of the Gilliam family’s unwavering and generous support for UVa-Wise. The Gilliam family has a long history of generosity toward UVa-Wise and its students and is a staunch advocate for education and cultural activities throughout the region and beyond. Family matriarch Betty J. Gilliam is a professor emeritus of art at UVa-Wise. She arrived at the College in 1960, and in addition to touching the lives of countless students in her nearly three decades of teaching, she quickly brought fine art to the community by borrowing pieces from the Virginia Museum of Art to the College. She organized the art exhibit at the Virginia-Kentucky District Fair and taught art at remote sites throughout Southwest Virginia. She was instrumental in establishing the public library in Wise and assisted in the setup of the Harris Gallery. With the opening of the Gilliam Center for the Arts in August, the fine and performing arts programs are housed under one roof for the first time in the College’s history. The



facility is designed to inspire and engage the region through a broad range of performances and exhibitions. The visual art area offers generous studio space and updated technology in the ceramics and paper arts studios. The art gallery provides an elegant exhibition space and will allow the College to host professional, juried and private collection shows. The music section includes rehearsal spaces for a variety of bands and choirs, state-of-the-art digital audio and piano labs, student practice rooms with built-in recording and playback capabilities, a dedicated one-on-one teaching studio and versatile performance space. Although work on the theater area is not yet finished, it will include a full-scale theater with exceptionally equipped scenic and costume studios, a rehearsal studio and a courtyard suitable for performances. When finished later this year, the theater will feature robotic lighting, a computer-driven winch system, a large motorized turntable and a digital audio console with editing and playback software. Read more about the Gilliam Center for the Arts and other recent construction projects on page 14.

Noteworthy UVa-Wise signs articulation agreement with Big Sandy CTC

UVa-Wise Board Vice Chair and Campaign Cabinet Co-Chair Marcia Adams Gilliam ’82, Chancellor Emeritus Joseph C. “Papa Joe” Smiddy, Delegate Terry Kilgore ’83, Senator Phillip Puckett ’67, University of Virginia Board of Visitors member Don Pippin ’58, UVa-Wise Board Chair Jim Gott ’72, UVa-Wise Chancellor David J. Prior, Senator William Wampler, Delegate Bud Phillips ’74, Quesenberry’s, Inc. President Spencer Quesenberry and David Oakland, a principal with VMDO Architects, ceremoniously break ground on construction of the $30 million Convocation Center.

Construction begins on Convocation Center State lawmakers and regional leaders joined UVa-Wise on July 1 to break ground for a $30 million Convocation Center, the largest capital project in the College’s history. When the Convocation Center is completed in two years, the facility will seat 3,000 for sporting events, with additional seating for concerts or convocation activities. The facility will give the region its first venue to seat large crowds, something economic developers have said is needed to boost growth and development in the region. “It’s on the fast track,” Chancellor David J. Prior said. “We are looking forward to hosting all sorts of programs and events.” The Virginia General Assembly approved funding for the Convocation Center in April 2008 in legislation that authorized nearly $1.5 billion in bond financing for building projects at state

colleges and facilities. The Southwest Virginia legislative delegation stood behind the project in Richmond and kept the Convocation Center in the legislation. “This is going to be the centerpiece for the region,” said Delegate Terry Kilgore ’83. Senator Phillip Puckett ’67 joined the delegation in noting that UVa-Wise is working to boost the region’s economy. The Convocation Center is vital for future growth and development, the lawmakers said. “It will be the crowning jewel,” Senator William Wampler said of the Center. Delegate Bud Phillips ’74 said the region was once considered a frontier, but Southwest Virginia has been transformed by hard work and a commitment to the future. “This is a new frontier where nothing is out of reach for the folks in our region,” Phillips said.

UVa-Wise now offering ROTC program UVa-Wise began offering an Army ROTC program on campus this fall. The UVa-Wise Board approved the ROTC program in May following earlier approval by the Faculty Senate this spring. “We are very excited to initiate an ROTC program at UVa-Wise,” said Chancellor David J. Prior. “We were the only public college or university in Virginia without an ROTC program.” UVa-Wise Provost Gil Blackburn said there was high interest in establishing an ROTC program on campus for several years. “The holdup was that we needed a commissioned officer to serve as professor

of military science and a non-commissioned officer to work with the program,” he said. UVa-Wise is collaborating with East Tennessee State University on the ROTC program. Commissioned officers from ETSU are the instructors of record for ROTC coursework offered at UVa-Wise. An officer from ETSU will be on campus several days a week to offer military science courses. The Virginia Army National Guard has posted Sgt. First Class William Willis on the UVa-Wise campus to assist with the program. Willis, a Dryden native, has served in the U.S. Army and the Virginia Army National Guard for more than two decades.

UVa-Wise continues its mission to boost access to higher education throughout the region by inking an articulation agreement with Big Sandy Community & Technical College. The agreement, signed on July 22 by Chancellor David J. Prior and BSCTC President George Edwards, is designed to allow graduates of the Kentucky college to transfer easily to UVa-Wise. “Partnering with Big Sandy Community & Technical College is a natural outgrowth of our mission,” Prior said. “UVa-Wise is an excellent college and we welcome this partnership,” Edwards said.

UVa-Wise still graduating students with least debt UVa-Wise is again the top public national liberal arts college whose students graduate with a low debt load, according to the latest issue of U.S. News and World Report’s annual college guide. The UVa-Wise Class of 2008 completed their degrees with less debt than students at any of the nation’s other public liberal arts colleges. UVa-Wise remains at the top of the lowest debt list of public liberal arts colleges for the sixth consecutive year.

Watch UVa-Wise TV programming online Highland Cavalier NewMedia recently launched a new Web site, www.uvawise.edu/newmedia, featuring live streaming video available to those with high-speed Internet. The new site offers information on the UVa-Wise NewMedia initiative and video archives of features by CAV-TV, the studentproduced campus news program. FALL 2009


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Clark ’92 teaching totally paperless class in persuasion The paperless experiment Amy Clark ’92 is conducting for her UVa-Wise course in persuasion is working so well that the assistant professor of rhetoric says she won’t be returning to days of prose-filled papers and multiple trips to the copy machine. “I can’t say we’re 100 percent paperless, but I may make just one trip to the copy machine a week for my classes,” Clark says. Clark says the reward of writing comes when others read a writer’s work. Students miss the reward if only the professor reads their work. Using social media as a tool, Clark decided her students would create and maintain a blog and get instant feedback from Clark and their classmates. The comments and feedback help students revise their work and turns

writing into a social process, Clark says. The entire process allows students to draw on their knowledge of so-called “new media” and teaches them to present themselves professionally online. “We talked about how their images, their words, even the color of their blogs factor into the professional experience,” she says. “It gives them the skills they will use when they graduate.” At conferences across the nation, Clark says she hears that traditional research papers are dying or gasping for breath. She sees the same trend at Wise. “The more students become engaged in new media, the more they will resist the traditional approaches to writing,” she says. “I think it’s important to tap into what students know will make them more marketable and will increase their skills.”

Faculty & Staff Notes (Mercer University Press), portrays Adams as a profound philosopher and civic humanist. Adams, born in 1919, was a professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He died in 2003, but his philosophy continues to inspire others.

journal “Evolution and Development.” Hill co-wrote the article “A Sensitized Genetic Background Reveals Evolution near the Terminus of the Caenorhabditis Germline Sex Determination Pathway” with E. S. Haag.

Blevins ’91 wins Russell County award The Russell County Chamber of Commerce awarded Shannon Blevins ’91, director of economic development for UVa-Wise and director of the Southwest Virginia Technology Development Center, the Distinguished Citizenship Award in Economic Development on April 24. Blackburn profiles The award is given to a person who has Southern philosopher contributed to Russell County’s progress in new book through specific actions and work. Maynard Adams, a major intellectual Hill publishes cover figure of the second story for journal half of the 20th Robin Cook Hill, century, is the subject of a new book penned assistant professor of developmental by Glenn Blackburn, professor emeritus of biology, recently published the cover history and senior scholar. article for the July/ Blackburn’s book, “Maynard Adams: August issue of the Southern Philosopher of Civilization”

Michael appears on C-SPAN2’s Book TV George Michael, assistant professor of political science, discussed his critical biography of radical right-wing activist and Liberty Lobby founder Willis Carto on C-SPAN2’s Book TV in January.

Prior wins Wise County Chamber award UVa-Wise Chancellor David J. Prior received the President’s Award at the Wise County Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner and Gala on April 18. Bob Spera, the chamber president, presented the award and noted Prior’s “great vision and exceptional leadership” at UVa-Wise. Spera said Prior has led the College in the completion of many construction projects during the largest building phase in its history. Prior has served UVa-Wise since 2005.



Smith receives 2009 Outstanding Contribution Award Accurate, consistent and hardworking are the three words used most often to describe Pearl Smith, winner of the 2009 Outstanding Contribution Award at UVa-Wise. A fiscal technician in the Office of Development, she has been with the College for a decade. “Pearl is a hard worker and she takes her job seriously,” said Gina Chisenhall ’89, director of gift accounting. “Pearl prepares her work with assiduousness that is unequaled.”

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‘AIM’ ing for a culture of education UVa-Wise and MECC team up to broaden access to higher education in region BY KATHY STILL ’84 Delegate Bud Phillips ’74 says often that creating a strong culture of education will bring lasting economic growth and prosperity to Southwest Virginia. Building the thriving culture of education that Phillips envisions requires long-range planning, clear vision, hard work and a special kind of teamwork that includes mutual respect and commitment. It takes the kind of teamwork that is ongoing now at UVaWise and Mountain Empire Community College to make it happen. The work both colleges are doing together to extend access to higher education brings the region much closer to the culture of education that Del. Phillips calls a key to Southwest Virginia’s future. “There is a unique sense of collaboration between our two institutions,” said UVa-Wise Chancellor David J. Prior. “Both have a deep dedication to serve the citizens of this region. The opportunities provided by MECC mesh wonderfully well with those provided here at UVa-Wise.” Chancellor Prior says the strong relationship is not accidental. “It is the result of years of hard work on the part of the leadership, faculty and staff at both institutions,” Prior says. Perhaps the AIMS Higher Scholars, a program that bridges high schools, the community college and the four-year college, is the best example of how the region benefits from the partnership. AIMS is a joint program between UVa-Wise and Mountain Empire Community College that allows qualified students from the region to complete an associate’s degree tuition-free at MECC. The students then transfer to UVaWise to complete a bachelor’s degree, also tuition-free. Students become AIMS Higher Scholars by succeeding in a specific series of classes beginning in eighth grade until high school graduation.

UVa-Wise Chancellor David J. Prior and MECC President Terrance Suarez say the AIMS Higher Scholars program provides a college blueprint for students and their families.

“AIMS is the poster child,” Prior says. “It allows us to present to families a blueprint for a college degree for their children.” MECC President Terrance Suarez said AIMS started in Scott County and proved successful. In order to grow the culture of education, the program needed to expand. “We got the idea that if we could create scholarships and expand it, it would further the culture of education,” Suarez says. “We decided to seek funds from the Virginia Tobacco Commission, and the request was successful.” UVa-Wise received 19 AIMS scholars

this fall. MECC enrolled about 130 new AIMS scholars this fall, which means UVa-Wise should see a large crop of transfer students in two years. AIMS is not the only partnership between the colleges. Both serve as economic development engines for the region and often work together. “We’ve done nicely with these partnerships,” Suarez says. Suarez announced his retirement earlier this year, but he and Prior say the strong relationship between the two institutions will continue. “We’re limited only by our imaginations,” Suarez says.

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The tuba ensemble of the UVa-Wise Marching Highland Cavaliers at a recent home football game

‘Band’ aid UVa-Wise helps restore Dickenson County band program, reaches out through music education BY KATHY STILL ’84 Like most Dickenson County residents, UVa-Wise Campus Police Chief Steve McCoy remembered fondly the days when the rousing sound of the Clintwood High School fight song echoed across Ralph Cummins Stadium at Friday night football games. The sound of the mighty Green Wave Marching Band was silenced nearly a decade ago when budget concerns and diminished participation ended band programs in Dickenson County. Clintwood fans cheered loudly when visiting high school bands performed at half time, but it just wasn’t the same. The Green Wave was facing a tough battle with the J. I. Burton Raiders last fall in a key Southwest Virginia matchup. McCoy knew Burton’s talented marching band would be in the stands energizing Raider fans and inspiring the football team in the process. Thinking it would be nice to even the playing field a bit, McCoy had a thought. Why not invite the UVa-Wise Marching Highland Cavaliers to play for the Clintwood fans? McCoy had no idea that the conversation



he would later have with UVa-Wise Director of Bands Richard Galyean would play a big part in the rebirth of band programs in Dickenson County. “The whole thing started with my conversation with Steve,” Galyean recalls. “The Clintwood High School principal called soon after and asked me to bring the band. I was happy to oblige.” Galyean asked the high school staff to locate music for the Green Wave’s fight song. Music major Ben Harding arranged the piece and the Marching Highland Cavaliers traveled to Clintwood. “We arrived in town and received a warm greeting from the fans,” Galyean says. “That’s really how it got started.” Several weeks after the game, Jewell Askins ’73, director of teacher education at UVa-Wise and a member of the Dickenson County School Board, asked Galyean if he would speak to her fellow board members about ways the College could help the county rebuild the band program. “Community outreach is one of the goals of our music program,” Galyean

says. “I told the school board that we would love to do all that we can to help them re-establish band programs in Dickenson County.” At the request of Dickenson County Schools Superintendent Haydee Robinson, Galyean brought the Wise Guys tuba/euphonium ensemble of talented students to perform for fifthgraders to introduce them to band. “The fifth-graders were one of the best audiences I’ve ever played for,” Galyean says. “They were just wonderful.” Earlier this summer, Dickenson County hired band directors Jason Sparks and Shelly Molinary to teach music to fifth-, sixth- and seventh-graders in all of the county schools. It will take several years for today’s elementary and middle school students to take the field at Haysi, Ervinton and Clintwood high schools at half time, but band is back in Virginia’s youngest county. “It’s so exciting to be a small part of this,” Galyean says. “Our mission is to reach out to the region’s communities.”

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Former U.Va. rector appointed to UVa-Wise Board The University of Virginia’s Board of Visitors has appointed Thomas F. Farrell II to serve on the UVa-Wise Board. Farrell, a former member of the Board of Visitors and former rector of the University, serves as chairman, president and chief executive officer of Dominion. “I have enjoyed working closely with the College at Wise community for these last eight years and am honored to serve on the College’s Board,” Farrell said. “Mr. Farrell’s long record of dedicated service to the University of Virginia and his steadfast support of the College at Wise are well known,” said Chancellor David J. Prior. “We are delighted to formally welcome him to our Board.” Board of Visitors member Don Pippin ’58, who also serves on the UVa-Wise Board, called Farrell’s leadership inspiring. “Adding Mr. Farrell to the College Board at Wise is like adding Babe Ruth to the Yankee batting order,” Pippin said. “He has been and will continue to be a strong advocate of our College in Richmond and Charlottesville,” said Jim Gott ’72, chair of the UVa-Wise Board. Farrell earned his undergraduate degree in economics in 1976 and his law degree in 1979, both from U.Va. A member of the board of directors of Dominion Resources and Altria, Inc., he also serves on the board of trustees of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Van Daniel chemistry professorship established The University of Virginia’s Board of Visitors has established the Van W. Daniel III Professorship in Chemistry at UVa-Wise. Funds to honor Daniel by establishing a permanent endowed professorship in his name were provided by anonymous donors. The professorship honors Daniel’s extraordinary and longtime service to its students and the Department of Natural Sciences. “I never expected to receive such an honor for simply doing a job that I love and that has rewarded me in so many ways,” Daniel said. The endowed professorship will “make a strong science program stronger” and will “expand opportunities for collaborative research with students,” Daniel said. Daniel has served UVa-Wise since 1970.

Fulfilling the Dream...

Campaign Update (as of August 31, 2009)


Gifts to date


$10 million

$ 19,762,208


$ 3 million

$ 4,119,592

Academic Programs

$ 4 million

$ 3,234,098


$ 8 million

$ 8,152,696

Dining Commons

$ 8 million

$ 4,000,600

Residence Hall

$ 2 million



Convocation Center Project $10 million $ (Supplemental funds for Convocation Center, Greear Gym renovation)


Gilliam Center for the Arts

$ 4 million

$ 4,000,300

Great Ideas

$ 1 million

$ 3,791,121


$50 million

$ 47,061,115

FALL 2009


Quite the lineup Alumni in the business of entertainment include (clockwise from left) Folk Soul Revival band members Justin Venable ’09, Allun Cormier, Jordan Bledsoe, Daniel Davis ’06 and Brandon Sturgill, actress Emerald Robinson ’03, radio personality and aspiring screenwriter Jake Johnston ’04, aspiring actress and UVa-Wise student Mackenzie Martinez, Cavalier Comics owner Brian Marcus ’94, G2K Games co-owner Jody Lewis ’01, and radio personality and actor Adam Chaffin ’05.




Whether performing, creating or selling, UVa-Wise alumni are pursuing fame and success in entertainment (and the business of entertainment) throughout the nation while facing the challenge of a struggling economy.

By Roger Hagy, Jr. ’05


ackenzie Martinez has more on her mind than her communication and theater classes at UVa-Wise. It’s Sept. 1, and this Haymarket native is just beginning her junior year at the College, and yet she’s already living in the future, planning her acting career in Hollywood while she’s still in school. That’s a daunting plan for a typical student, but Martinez is not just brimming with confidence, she’s overflowing with it. “I’m going to move to Los Angeles, pursue the acting career and get a job at a temp agency,” Martinez says matter-of-factly. When Chancellor David J. Prior met Martinez during his rounds as a typical student for the “Chancellor for a Day” event earlier this year, he noticed that same confidence and thought of UVa-Wise alumnus Frank Taylor ’70 (featured in a recent issue of The UVaWise Magazine). Taylor, a veteran character actor and one of the stars of the Oscar-nominated “Junebug,” seemed like the perfect source of advice for a young actress with big Hollywood aspirations. “He called me as soon as I sent him an e-mail,” Martinez says. “He told me to get a video camera and record myself doing a monologue from a movie and when I was finished to watch and critique myself to keep perfecting my craft.”

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uch like Martinez, a crop of young UVa-Wise alumni are pursuing entertainment careers and the dream of seeing their name in lights. The challenge, of course, is being discovered and surviving while waiting for that big moment. Survival today, however, is an even greater challenge with a struggling national economy that can be very unforgiving to young entertainers trying to break into a business fraught with obstacles and barriers to success. Take Folk Soul Revival, a local band – formed at UVa-Wise – billing themselves as “just the right mix of rowdy and roots.” Band members Daniel Davis ’06, Justin Venable ’09, UVa-Wise student Brandon Sturgill, former UVaWise student Jordan Bledsoe and Allun Cormier have camped out, slept in tents and shared a cramped Dodge truck to Nashville during their time on the road playing gigs. Of course, it’s all a part of the journey for these laid-back guys, whose attitude is reflected in their down-to-earth sound. Their first album, “Good Enough,” juxtaposes folk, bluegrass, Americana, traditional and even a tendency toward pop across its 10 tracks. The band’s attitude toward their debut set is respectably humble and self-effacing, with a resulting ambition to perfect their sound day by day. “The economy really affected that first album,” Davis says with a sarcastic laugh. “We knew this was good, but we could do better.” “Well, that’s the title, ‘Good Enough,’ ” Venable says, sparking a round of laughter from his band mates. It’s good that they can find humor in their work, as they have faced challenges and learned lessons the hard way. When the band first started playing in bars, they didn’t sign any contracts, and their resulting take was less than stellar. “We’ve been paid $90 before,” Venable says. “It’s not a good feeling to walk away from an act disappointed. We put all this in and then we weren’t even given enough respect to be paid what we deserve.” And that’s the harsh reality for these budding entertainers: They love their music, but it’s also one of their jobs (if not their only job). Venable coaches baseball, Sturgill is student teaching and taking classes fulltime, and Cormier is a waiter and roofer, while Davis is pursuing a master’s degree in occupational therapy, and Bledsoe is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. “This is my priority,” Cormier says. “Everything else I do, this comes first.” “I’m a full-time student,” Davis says. “This is my job, and it works out well.” The guys agree that writing and performing are only part of the job. Part of their success stems from their use of social networking Web sites MySpace and Facebook, but something more grassroots has worked even better. “Honestly, word of mouth is the best social network



Daniel Davis ’06

Justin Venable ’09

Jordan Bledsoe

UVa- Wise student Brandon Sturgill

Allun Cormier

for us,” Bledsoe says. “We’re a little farther than I thought we would ever be.” The band is now hard at work on their second album while doing bigger and better gigs, including the Rhythm and Roots Reunion in Bristol in September (not to mention an outdoor concert by the lake at UVa-Wise). “Musically and vocally, we’ve evolved,” Sturgill says. Despite their evident progress, the guys remain humble. When told they’re comparable to the popular folk band, the Avett Brothers, the band members are clearly flattered. Their aspirations are equally humble. “We just want to live comfortably,” Cormier says. “Yeah, no $15 million mansions,” Venable jokes. “Of course, we’ll be as big as they’ll let us be,” Bledsoe quickly adds.


iming high is a good strategy. Just ask actress and model Emerald Robinson ’03, who is pursuing her career in Los Angeles and beyond. That career path is never what Robinson planned, however. As a student at UVa-Wise, the Honaker native worked with The Highland Cavalier newspaper. For

one article, she interviewed Jon Minick, a former instructor of theatre at the College. “He said, ‘Why aren’t you up there on stage?’ ” Robinson recalls. “So I became Shelby for ‘Steel Magnolias.’ ” Shelby was obviously a good role for Robinson. Upon her graduation from Wise, she assumed the tragic character’s mantle once again in North Carolina, kicking off a series of acting jobs in different playhouses in the South and a role in the independent film “A Dance for Bethany,” also starring the aforementioned Frank Taylor. “Meeting him brought some inspiration to me,” Robinson said. “He came from the same college, so I was really inspired for my career.” Next came New York City and ultimately Los Angeles in January 2008. “I knew to work consistently to pursue my dream, that’s where I needed to go,” Robinson says. “I’d rather be on the east coast, but L.A. is where I need to be.” Robinson says she expected to do the traditional waitress-by-day/actress-by-night work to make ends meet, but she started off with an acting job in a play pretty quickly. She was soon hired to help with background on the set of “The Young and the Restless.” Her moment arrived, however, when the soap opera gave her a recurring role as another character’s on-screen assistant. Since then, Robinson has appeared on “Days of Our Lives” and regularly models for the InStyler, a rotating iron for straightening hair which regularly appears on infomercials and the QVC shopping network. No job is too big or small for Robinson, which keeps her busy and keeps her afloat. “I’m constantly available, and I’m constantly working at getting work,” she says. “I’ve made sure I’ve done everything I can in this economy.” Robinson says she has found that people are intrigued about her home in Southwest Virginia and that the region’s familial tendencies have helped her in connecting with people. “One of the biggest challenges in this industry is to not change yourself,” she says. “The challenge is to dare to be unique, especially coming from Southwest Virginia.” Indeed, Robinson is fashioning herself as more than just an actress and model and is doing more work behind the scenes, as well. She recently produced and starred in “Categorized,” a short film about a young lady who is tied to her schizophrenic fiancé and childhood friend. “We see her go through whether she will leave or stay,” Robinson says. “Because it’s a short film, I had to immediately find the emotional attachment and why she is so invested in the relationship that she wouldn’t just walk out the door.” Robinson’s intimate explanation of her character is fascinating to hear. The process of how she develops all of her characters is even more fascinating. “I probably read my script 100 times aloud to myself,” Robinson explains. “And then I just start dreaming of myself as that character and what has happened to them and what makes them who they are.... I understand the

Emerald Robinson ’03 (right) on NBC’s “Days of Our Lives”

role so much, all that’s left to do is live and breathe it.” Robinson and her writing and producing partner plan to take “Categorized” on the festival circuit. No matter what, she has a bright outlook on her career, hoping to work in television and star in period pieces. “For me, being an actor is an opportunity to live a life that I’ve always wanted to live,” she says, adding with a laugh, “I want it all!”


dam Chaffin ’05 and Jake Johnston ’04 want it all, too, and by the diversity of entertainment projects they are involved with, they’re well on their way to getting it all. Chaffin and Johnston are hosts of the “Midnight Mutants” radio show, which began locally during their time at UVa-Wise and now airs online and for stations in New York and Washington, D.C. Before he met Johnston, Chaffin started the show in 2003 after gaining radio experience doing PSAs and a movie review segment on a Coeburn station. Johnston came aboard later, and the guys have kept the show alive through the years, conducting interviews, sharing humor and playing music. They’re even attracting bigger names to their show, such as Dave Coulier of “Full House” fame. They haven’t limited themselves to radio, however. They regularly perform together as “Adam and Jake,” writing and singing their own humorous songs. Chaffin also acts and does stand-up comedy, while Johnston does behind-the-scenes contract work in filming and producing. “One might ask why I don’t focus just on acting, stand-up or radio,” Chaffin says. “The truth is, I want to excel in all those things. I love entertaining people.” Chaffin is eager to get his acting career off the ground. In the independent horror film “Deadlands 2: Trapped,” he started as an extra but eventually managed to earn some dialogue... as a zombie, no less. “When I had the makeup on, one lady thought I had been hit by a car,” Chaffin jokes. “It’s that realistic.” Reality really hit when Chaffin landed a reality show gig. Yes, reality shows are cast and scripted, and Chaffin’s role was a young fiancé who “confesses” about his partner’s faults to a camera. The video is then shown to the partner, and “havoc” ensues. Chaffin filmed for a couple of days before the production was canceled due to a lack of funding. “That was a big disappointment,” Chaffin admits. “I really didn’t want to make my way through reality TV, but you have to do what you have to do.” Much like his friend and colleague, Johnston tries to FALL 2009


do as much work as he can to stay active in the business. “The media industry is very difficult to break into and sustain a career in,” Johnston says. “That’s one of the reasons why I went to graduate school. I felt like a master’s degree would help me make money in a career while pursuing what I love to do.” Johnston has worked as a production assistant with ESPN and later performed filming, editing and writing duties for the sports department of the Lexington NBC affiliate, WLEX. That job scored him the opportunity to interview and film at the Kentucky Derby in 2007. “Jobs in the media are tough to find right now, since the economy is doing so poorly, but hopefully that will get better soon,” Johnston says. “I’m constantly writing and coming up with new ideas for television shows and films.” In fact, Johnston and Chaffin are currently developing a television comedy pilot. Individually, they’re both developing screenplays in various genres and maintaining a realistic outlook for their careers. “You’re never going to come up with something entirely original,” Johnston says. “You just need to be unique in how you put it together and present it.”


f course, performing or producing isn’t the only means for an entertainment-focused career, to which Brian Marcus ’94 can attest. Owner of Cavalier Comics in Wise, Marcus is excited about Disney’s recent purchase of Marvel Comics. Some fans see it as a step back for the comic publisher and worry that their favorite characters and books will become more childish under Disney ownership. Marcus disagrees.

Adam Chaffin ’05

“This is the biggest thing to hit the industry since Marvel’s bankruptcy in the ‘90s,” Marcus says. “Disney and Marvel aren’t stupid. They won’t let the fans down, but they will bring in new fans, especially younger ones.” Marcus has every right to postulate on behalf of the popular fiction industry. He has been selling comic books, graphic novels, toys and card games for more than a decade, and he’s seen the ups and downs of the comics and gaming industry, not to mention the overall economy. After graduating from the College, Marcus worked at the store for owners Kevin Lambert ’90 and Brian Steffey. In 1996, Lambert left the store, allowing Marcus to become a partner in the business. Ultimately, Steffey left in 1999, leaving Marcus as the sole owner. “I owe a lot to them,” Marcus says of the previous owners. “They gave me a chance.” Marcus says his education at the College helped him become a good businessman, as well. “The business classes really helped me out,” he says, crediting professors like David Kendall and Chris Achua. “When I first got to the store, I would say this should be done this way, this should be done that way.... It felt like second nature.” Marcus now enjoys success with the store, thanks to the increasing popularity of super hero characters like Batman and Wolverine and the demand for related merchandise. Marcus, however, remembers not so long ago when the industry nearly fell apart. In the late 1990s (when Marcus became partner and then sole owner of Cavalier Comics), comics publishers began mass-producing books that speculators said would

Jake Johnston ’04 Frank Taylor ’70

Jody Lewis ’01, co-owner of G2K Games



Brian Marcus ’94, owner of Cavalier Comics

Former UVa-Wise theatre instructor Mark Salyer

be worth high dollars in the future. However, because so many copies of a supposedly valuable issue were produced, it lost its value almost instantly. The market became oversaturated, the industry plummeted, and Marvel Comics went bankrupt. “It almost destroyed the entire industry,” Marcus says. “When Marvel got out, the speculators left and the fans came back.” How did Marcus’s store survive? “Because there were so many extra books, there was too much overhead, so I ordered the bare minimum,” Marcus says. “Card games helped tremendously.... That’s the reason a lot of the stores are still here.” Since then, the super hero movie genre has become highly profitable for Hollywood, and, by extension, for comics merchants like Marcus. He says a new trend is the rise of trade paperbacks, which collect a series of individual comics issues into one book. “There’s not as many people buying the monthly books, but I’m not losing sales,” Marcus says. “It evens out, and it’s gotten people back into comics, with a lot of casual readers.” Of course, casual readers can also become regular monthly readers, so Marcus sees nothing but good on the horizon for his store and the pop fiction industry overall. Marcus’s friend Jody Lewis ’01 couldn’t agree more. As co-owner of G2K Games (with his brother Brian), Lewis has seen nothing but good this decade since opening their video game stores. Even with pinched pockets, people still buy games, Lewis says. In fact, video games sales today surpass box office receipts at movie theaters. “Games used to be seen primarily as toys,” Lewis says. “But as people have grown up playing games, the games have matured, too.... It’s an acceptable form of entertainment now.” Being the only local video game store has its advantages, too. “When you’re in a rural market like we are, you’re kind of insulated from the ups and downs in the economy,” Lewis says. G2K began humbly as a small store in downtown Norton, selling PC games and offering in-house gaming. Since then, the business has grown to four stores, with locations in Norton, Claypool Hill, Middlesboro, Ky., and the Abingdon Cinemall movie theatre. The store’s Web site, www.g2kgames.net, also serves as a portal for gamers nationwide to sell their used games to G2K, who then stock their stores with classic or rare titles that are otherwise difficult to find in the local area. That service to the local gamers is what drives the company, Lewis says. “We’re not just in it for the money,” he says. “We love this stuff, and we wanted to give back to the community in a unique way. The money stays local, and that’s important to us, to help the local economy.” Lewis says the College helped him become the professional he is today. “The College helped me mature and open up a little bit,” Lewis says. “I’ve always been a bit shy, but the size of the classes helped me to get to know the instructors.”


ark Salyer says help can come before and after college, too. A former theater instructor at UVaWise, Salyer is the founder of ArtReach, an organization which brings professional theatre instruction to rural communities. Because of his connection to the area, Salyer brought ArtReach to the Appalachian Children’s Theatre in Wise first. “There’s a huge amount of talent in the area,” Salyer says. “I want to encourage people to go out and explore and have confidence in their abilities.” Salyer hopes to carry ArtReach to inner cities, as well. He also regularly invites UVa-Wise alumni to visit him in California to gain some experience on the West Coast and supplement the arts education they received as students. Speaking of UVa-Wise students, whatever happened to Mackenzie Martinez? “I met up with Frank Taylor, and he gave me even more advice about the acting business,” Martinez says just a few weeks after her initial phone call with Taylor. The actor met with Martinez at the UVa-Wise campus, where she gave him a tour of the campus, including the recently completed Gilliam Center for the Arts. “One thing struck me about Mackenzie,” Taylor says during a phone call from a hotel room in Atlanta, where he’s auditioning for new acting roles. “She had on a pair of sandals and stepped in some mud on campus. Her foot was encased in mud, but she just scraped it off and kept on walking and talking. I thought, ‘You know, she handled that well, so she’ll do fine in Los Angeles.’ ” Taylor plans to continue working with Martinez to offer whatever help he can. During Homecoming weekend, he gave her one of his old film scripts and told her to start preparing for a role in the script. Martinez will then come to Taylor for a mock audition, which they will record and then critique. Taylor would love to help other students at UVa-Wise in a similar way, perhaps even organizing a “reader’s theater,” where actors come together and dramatically read a play without sets, costumes or props. The actor now draws a pension from the Screen Actors Guild, but he’s not finished with his career by a long shot. Taylor will appear in several film projects, including “Obselidia,” the horror film “The Crazies” and “Blood Done Sign My Name,” in which Taylor portrays Thad Stem, a well-known North Carolina literary figure. “Sure, I want to make a living,” Taylor says, “but there’s another fire that burns that causes you to do this stuff... I just want to keep acting.”

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Across the

BOARD The College's Campus Transformation Takes Shape

hey may not be little red hotels or green houses, but new buildings are popping up everywhere on the UVa-Wise campus. With the completion of three projects, the transformation of the College’s campus is beginning to take shape. The new Residence Hall opened its doors, and renovated classrooms in the Science Center greeted students in August. The opening of the Gilliam Center for the Arts gave musicians, artists and actors the chance to come together under one roof for the first time in the College’s history. The Dining Commons and the IT wing of Smiddy Hall will soon be completed, and renovation on Smiddy Hall will begin in December. The opening of the Convocation Center in 2011 will begin a new era in the history of UVa-Wise and the community. Now it’s your turn to see all the big changes across campus.






Hanbury Evans Wright Viattas Contractor: Rentenbach Completion: August 2009 Students were welcomed to the new residence hall at the beginning of the fall semester. The facility features 120 beds, study areas and recreational space. Punch list work is ongoing and will be completed by the beginning of the spring semester.



Hanbury Evans Wright Viattas Contractor: Rentenbach Completion: November 2009 Painting, floor finishing and glass installation are underway. Walk-in coolers are in place and the remainder of the kitchen equipment will be delivered and installed soon. The building will be fully operational at the beginning of the spring semester.

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SCIENCE RENOVATION Architect: VMDO Contractor: Quesenberry's, Inc. Completion: December 2009 Classrooms and labs are open and operating in the newly renovated Science Center. Work on the entrance lobby, administrative offices and the second floor conference room, along with the greenhouse, vivarium and observatory site should be finished by the end of the fall semester.


SMIDDY / IT FACILITY Architect: Train & Partners Contractor: Rentenbach Completion: December 2010 The IT Facility of Smiddy Hall will be complete by the end of the fall semester. Windows are being installed and the walls are being painted. Completion of the IT Facility signals the beginning of the renovation of the existing Smiddy Hall. The newly renovated Smiddy Hall has a target completion date of December 2010.




GILLIAM CENTER FOR THE ARTS Architect: Bushman Dreyfuss Contractor: Quesenberry's, Inc. Completion: Spring 2010 The art and music portions of the Gilliam Center for the Arts are complete. Work on the theater, rehearsal studio, scene shop and lobby will be completed in time for the spring semester. The building will be completed with landscaping and a pedestrian-friendly road between the Center and the Dining Commons.


CONVOCATION CENTER Architect: VMDO Contractor: Quesenberry's, Inc. Completion: Fall 2011 The site work and the foundation work are underway for the College’s $30 million Convocation Center. Steel structure work is expected to begin in January 2010. The building, which will play host to local and regional events, is scheduled to open in fall 2011.

Stay on track! Keep up to date with ongoing construction at UVa-Wise by visiting the “Building the Dream...” construction Web site at www. uvawise.edu/construction.

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Bridging the


DIVIDE Though the concept of a digital divide was first introduced more than a decade ago, the problem of ensuring everyone has computer and Internet access is felt around the world even today. In the College’s region, there are some who are willing to move mountains to deliver the Internet to every citizen.

By Cassandra J. Sproles ’00

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The idea of a digital divide was introduced to the nation in 1996 from a stage in Knoxville, Tenn., where Vice President Al Gore challenged the nation to “make sure that our children will never be separated by a ‘digital divide’.” At that time, the digital divide referred to the socioeconomic gap between those who had access to computers and those who did not. Since the widespread ownership of computers and use of the Internet began in the late 1990s, the term has changed to encompass connectivity and education issues relating to access to the Internet. During this decade, efforts to bridge the digital divide have mainly focused on the “last mile,” or the delivery of broadband services to either first-time Internet users or users who access the Internet using the slower dial-up method. Without an infrastructure or backbone already in place for the delivery of broadband services, finding a solution to the last mile problem has proved to be expensive for communities around the world. Bridging the last mile becomes particularly problematic in rural communities for many reasons. In the Appalachian region UVa-Wise calls home, it isn’t just the cost that keeps citizens from logging on to the Internet. What is it about this region that – even though we are in one of the wealthiest nations in the world – keeps everyone from having readily available and reliable Internet access, and why is this so important? Defining Appalachia The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) defines Appalachia as a region that “follows the spine of the Appalachian Mountains from southern New York to northern Mississippi.” The 205,000-square-mile region includes all of West Virginia, portions of Tennessee and Kentucky, and nine other states. The region is comprised of 420 counties and more than 24 million people. The



ARC classifies 40 percent of the region’s population as rural when compared to 20 percent of the national population. However, simply saying that 40 percent of the region is rural doesn’t go far enough to explain how geography influences last mile connections. Not only do long distances between connection points drive up the cost of access, the Appalachian Mountains themselves play a part in expense and making connectivity difficult. Also, though it is hard for some to imagine, there are still residents who don’t have a home computer (although some people do not have a computer and Internet access by choice). In addition, computer education is a concern in rural areas, again because of access issues like finding money to consistently fund classes and getting rural users to a central location to take classes. Eric Smith, an assistant professor of political science at UVa-Wise, feels the digital divide in Appalachia goes hand-in-hand with transportation. The lack of access to major roads and forms of transportation limits mobility and causes isolation, just as limited access to the Internet and its wealth of information could limit the region’s upward mobility in relation to a number of issues like the economy and education, resulting in further isolation from technological access for the region. Economy “Diversifying the economy in the region has been challenging in part because of the lack of an interstate system close by,” says Shannon Blevins ’91, director of economic development for UVa-Wise and director of the Southwest Virginia Technology Development Center in Lebanon. “Today, telecommunication and information technology companies are a totally different matter. There has to be a fiber optic infrastructure in place before a location is even considered for a company location or expansion.” Having reliable high-speed access

also can help attract technologyrelated companies to rural areas. For example, the town of Lebanon is now home to Northrop Grumman and CGI, in part because of the work Bristol Virginia Utilities (BVU) did with the Cumberland Plateau Planning District. Blevins says the LENOWISCO Planning District and the Cumberland Plateau Planning District, in partnership with BVU and Sunset Digital Communications, October 8, 2008 have gone a long way in helping to Where is Appalachia? The 205,000-square-mile Appalachian region is comprised of 420 counties and more than 24 million people. (Source: Appalachian Regional bridge the digital Commission) divide for businesses in Southwest placement courses. While students are says Smith. “And at the same time Virginia, but a lot of residents still aren’t able to access information online at there are islands of development and connected. school, that luxury may not be available wealth in Appalachia all with the same “Deploying fiber optics throughout to them at home, putting them at a characteristic: These localities have made the region put Southwest Virginia on the distinct disadvantage when compared it easy to be online.” map,” says Blevins. “But the last mile is to their classmates in the same school or still a problem.” students across the country or around Education “(The digital divide) still has an the world. Nobel Peace Prize-winner Kofi effect on economic development,” The Internet has made the world a Annan once said, “Knowledge is power. says Stacey Bright ’94, executive vice smaller place but has broadened the field Information is liberating. Education is president and chief financial officer for of competition in many ways. the premise of progress, in every society, BVU. “We live in a global society now,” in every family.” Economic development is vital says Smith. “If we want our children to Nearly every institution of in keeping communities and their compete we have to give them the tools learning in the United States has access populations happy, healthy and to do so.” to the Internet. With the advent of engaged. The ARC reports that access Not only is the lack of Internet online schools and distance learning, to broadband helps out the tourism and access a problem for traditional students, connectivity issues take on new crafts industries and can help expand the working adults who wish to further their importance in the world of education. customer base. It also helps traditional education can be limited. Rural children in particular can businesses to run more efficiently and “Many working adults who aspire benefit from distance learning, which keep in touch with their customers. to higher education cannot access can allow them to take courses not “We have been surrounded by offered in their schools, such as advanced distance education programs for online explosive growth for the past 30 years,”

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education,” says J. Keith Fowlkes, vice chancellor for information technology for UVa-Wise. “With this, our nation will experience higher numbers of ‘working poor,’ unemployment, crime and stunted national gross domestic product. In short, we may never discover the true potential of our country’s people.” Finding a Solution In April 2009 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, began the process of developing a national broadband plan to ensure that every American has access to broadband capability. According to the FCC press release, the Commission will seek input from “consumers, industry, large and small businesses, nonprofits, the disabilities community, governments at the federal, state, local and tribal levels and all other interested parties.”

Eric Smith, assistant professor of political science, UVa-Wise


By February 17, 2010, the Commission must deliver a plan to Congress that will “provide a roadmap toward achieving the goal of ensuring that all Americans reap the benefits of broadband.” Locally, the LENOWISCO Planning District Commission and Sunset Digital Communications have been working for almost a decade to lay a broadband backbone in the area so businesses and citizens in the City of Norton and the counties of Lee, Wise and Scott have the opportunity to be connected to the Internet. LENOWISCO Executive Director Glen “Skip” Skinner says the organization’s involvement came about from a request to assist Big Stone Gap with broadband connections between the hospital and a proposed assisted living facility. Around the same time, the organization was doing a lot of work with water systems in the area, and

Shannon Blevins ’91, director of economic development, UVa-Wise


Stacey Bright ’94, executive vice president and CFO, Bristol Virginia Utilities

Paul Elswick, owner of Sunset Digital, suggested that LENOWISCO place fiber optics in the ditches the organization was digging. “This coincided with the creation of the Virginia Tobacco Commission, which was looking at a lot of tech-based projects,” says Skinner. “LENOWISCO put in an application to get connectivity.” With the help of legislators like Senators William Wampler and Phillip Puckett and Delegates Terry Kilgore ’83 and Joe Johnson, LENOWISCO received a grant to help with the installation of a state-of-the-art fiber optic network designed and maintained by Sunset Digital. The LENOWISCO Rural Area Network became one of the first of its kind in the nation. “In the beginning, we wanted to have every business in the planning district have access to fiber optic line within two years,” Skinner says. “Then in 10 years, every resident.” Skinner says the public-private

J. Keith Fowlkes, vice chancellor for information technology, UVa-Wise

Glen “Skip” Skinner, executive director, LENOWISCO

partnership has resulted in 350 miles of fiber optic cable with 900 customers and funding for an additional 5,000 customers. LENOWISCO has applied for another series of grants through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to continue adding customers to the network. Bright’s company, which has also received funding from the Virginia Tobacco Commission, partners with Sunset Digital and LENOWISCO to help provide “an interconnection that allows BVU to provide broadband connectivity to customers that have remote offices.” “Once residents and businesses are connected, the economic opportunities are almost limitless,” Skinner says. “It can increase the number of jobs available locally as well as increasing activity in a net positive way… community-based assets to increase community-based wealth.” Apart from helping provide broadband access to the region,

LENOWISCO has also put learning centers into operation through Rural Development Grants. For two years, communities like Rosehill, Ewing, St. Charles and Blackwater were recipients of computers that were put into a common area for the community to use. The learning centers also provided instruction in basic computer and Internet use. Fowlkes says he believes the government will have to play a large part in the solution to this problem much as it invested in rural electricity in the 1936 Rural Electrification Act. “This ‘rural datafication’ infrastructure build-out would be expensive but would ensure that every person in the United States has access to the same electronic resources that are so important to lifelong learning and intellectual inquiry,” Fowlkes says. “I believe that only time will tell if our nation sees the core value of access to electronic resources for all people.”

What do you think? What are your thoughts about the digital divide throughout the world, nation and region and how the problem is being tackled? Send us your thoughts about this issue for possible inclusion in a new “Letters to the Editor” section of The UVa-Wise Magazine. E-mail your letter to magazine@uvawise.edu or mail to: The UVa-Wise Magazine One College Avenue Wise, VA 24293

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For 20 years, UVa-Wise students have been quietly working with the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy to learn computer science skills and help the organization win prestigious awards.

for talent



computer science internship program crafted two decades ago between UVa-Wise and the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy is garnering national awards for the agency and giving UVa-Wise graduates an edge in a tight job market. The successful program saves tax dollars, prepares workers for jobs in the region’s emerging high-tech economy and gives interns a decent wage and a powerful résumé. The benefits of the program spread beyond the DMME headquarters in Big Stone Gap and the UVa-Wise campus. Computer programs created by the interns help DMME manage its constantly changing coal and gas permitting and regulatory operations. Other state and federal agencies like the Virginia Division of Game and Inland Fisheries, the Department of Historic Resources, the Department of Environmental Quality, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Army Corps of Engineers and the Office of Surface Mining and Reclamation Enforcement are also finding the programs useful. The private sector also benefits since coal companies find the software helpful when filing mining permits electronically. THE ORIGINS What started out as a way for two UVa-Wise graduates to boost their alma mater and provide extra hands for Virginia’s mining and gas regulatory agency grew into a robust relationship by 1994. Nearly 20 UVaWise students have completed internships at DMME over the past decade. The partnership started in the late 1980s when DMME staffers David Sanders ’84 and Mary Baker ’80, both former coal company interns, suggested the agency consider taking on some interns. Creating an intern program, they thought, would boost their alma mater and give DMME some extra help in the process. “We are fans of intern programs and we wanted to support our college,” says Sanders, a senior programmer analyst. “It took us a year or two, but we got the first interns here in 1989.”



THE PROCESS DMME interns gain real world experience, says Sanders, vice chairman of the Advisory Committee for Software Engineering and Computer Science with the UVa-Wise Department of Math and Computer Science. “We stagger them,” Sanders says. “We’ll pair a senior with a sophomore until we get the sophomore up to speed. We branch them off when we find their individual talents, and we build on their strengths.” Many interns land computer-programming jobs at various companies after graduation. A few still work at DMME and mentor a fresh crop of interns. “The work they do here is directly related to the careers they will hold for the rest of their lives,” Sanders says. “Some find out early here that computer programming is not for them, but we always have some students who just stand out.” Matthew Stanley ’04, for example, stood out. AN EDGE Stanley was splitting time between classes and a job at a local discount store when he got the chance to be a DMME intern. Earning about $3 more an hour at DMME meant he could shed his blue work vest and spend more time studying. Earning course credit for the 20 hours a week he worked at DMME was an added benefit. With no downside in sight, Stanley began an internship that had a lasting impact on his future career. “The internship gave me confidence,” Stanley says. “It gives you an edge.“ At DMME, Stanley was pleasantly surprised to find he would do more than sit at a desk and write code. He worked alongside experienced DMME officials and felt part of the team. He helped create a database for DMME to inventory Virginia’s vast abandoned mined lands. The entire experience gave him solid job experience. He sharpened his skills and enhanced his self-esteem by presenting technical papers before audiences of seasoned coal and gas regulators. “I gained so much experience as an intern,” he says.

Among the team of professionals and UVa-Wise interns at DMME are (seated) David Sanders ’84, Todd Richardson, (standing) Matt Stanley ’04, UVa-Wise student Coty Breeding, Mary Baker ’80 and UVa-Wise student Daniel Vanover.

“My résumé was full of projects that I had completed for DMME. Employers would not be taking a blind chance on me.” Stanley landed a job with Wise County Public Schools after graduation. After a short stint working at Mountain Empire Community College, he was back at DMME, this time as a senior programmer analyst. THE TRADITION CONTINUES In addition to his day job, Stanley is an adjunct professor at MECC and a member of the community college’s Business and Technology Advisory Committee. Through it all, Stanley emerged with the belief that a computer science degree at UVa-Wise is a valuable commodity. “I’ve known several people who got computer science degrees at other colleges, but you can go to school at UVaWise, stay closer to home and not run up a big student debt,” Stanley says. Stanley believes in supporting his alma mater and its students. Now it’s his turn to work with the latest crop of DMME interns. He enjoys sharing his professional experience and knowledge with the students. Ryan Hayes was one of the interns who worked with Stanley. “DMME gave me experience working on long-term projects and experience working with other developers,”

says Hayes, now a senior consultant with the Discovery Channel. AWARDS AND REWARDS Todd Richardson, chief technology officer with DMME, says the agency has received two Southwest Virginia Technology Council awards, two Digital Government Achievement awards and two National Association of State Chief Information Officers awards. Interns have been essential to each award. DMME is a finalist this fall for another NASCIO award specifically related to the intern program. DMME is rightfully proud of the awards, but the staff realizes that the intern program brings the agency more than a shiny plaque for the office and national bragging rights. Richardson says the open-minded interns keep abreast of new technology and developments, which means some workers at DMME often find themselves being taught a thing or two by the interns. “They can fix a lot of simple little problems in computer programming,” Richardson says. “It helps us immensely. Nationally, we’re a leading agency in terms of information technology in mines, minerals, gas and coal regulatory programs. We’ve proven it. Other agencies want to mimic what we do with our internship program. We are a leader in a lot of areas, and our interns are exposed to this every day.” FALL 2009


tradition and legacy

Though the years have brought change to UVa-Wise, there are some traditions and legacies that remain steadfast in the College’s history. BY ALLIE ROBINSON, UVA-WISE STUDENT The story of the three “Wise men” and their snowedin night at the Wise Inn has become the stuff of legend, but their legacy is not the only one UVa-Wise can claim. During the past 54 years, certain aspects of the College have become renowned in their own right. Each generation of students has added their own traditions, but there are a few mainstays. Each building on campus has its own story to tell, from the newly renovated Crockett Hall to Bowers-Sturgill Hall (formerly Martha Randolph Hall) and from Zehmer Hall to the pool at Greear Gymnasium, the campus facilities serve as a daily reminder of the history of the College. Zehmer Hall, one of the College’s first buildings, was once the heart of campus for many. During summer sessions, the College community gathered outside the building, in the courtyard area between Zehmer Hall and the John Cook Wyllie Library, and cut a watermelon or two, according to Brian Wills, the Kenneth Asbury Professor of History, UVa-Wise historian and author of “No Ordinary College.” “It was sort of the front porch,” he says of Zehmer Hall. Wills says that during the Vietnam War, students and faculty would hold protest debates outside the building by what is now the Betty J. Gilliam Sculpture Garden, when speakers perched on the low walls by the building to argue about the conflict. Before the Wyllie Library was built, Zehmer Hall was home to the College’s collection of books. The area which now houses campus media services and CAV-TV is where Registrar Sheila Cox Combs ’72 remembers the library. “I remember when the library was built,” says Combs. “Students would go between classes and take books across the way to be shelved. Everyone helped.”



Students play Rook in the original Jefferson Lounge in Zehmer Hall.

Zehmer Hall was also once home to the Jefferson Lounge, which today is on the fourth floor of the C. Bascom Slemp Student Center. A fireplace is virtually all that remains of the former lounge, which was located in the area that is now split into spaces for the Writing Center and Student Support Services. In its heyday, the Jefferson Lounge was best described as a “living room” for campus. Before Cantrell Hall was built, it served as a short-order cafeteria. Students could get a sandwich and listen to music on the jukebox or play chess or Rook with their friends. Sometimes, a fire would crackle in the fireplace under the bust of Thomas Jefferson, which now resides in the Chapel of All Faiths. “There was always a card game going on,” says Combs. “That place was home away from home. [The jukebox] was forevermore playing music.” She says in the late 1960s, there were about 100 residential students, so the rest of the student body – commuters – used the Jefferson Lounge as a common area between classes. It was a place to eat, a place to study and a place to catch up with friends. Sharon Daniels ’88 says it was the heart of campus. “The place was always packed,” she says. “Students had close interaction with their professors there.... Students got a part of their education [because of that].” Daniels says there were dances every Thursday in the lounge, sponsored by various clubs. Pam Collie ’93, director of alumni relations, says the tradition was ongoing while she was in school and today, nonformal dances are still held on Thursday nights. The University of Virginia has also contributed a mainstay to the campus. In 2003 the University shared, on permanent loan, a capital from the original Rotunda building in Charlottesville. The building burned in 1895 and all six capitals, which sit atop the columns, fell. Five

As the College’s “living room,” the original Jefferson Lounge in Zehmer Hall saw many students, faculty and staff pass through its doors.

The original Jefferson Lounge was the venue for many card games, including this poker tournament in the early 1970s.

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A capital from the original Rotunda in Charlottesville is on permanent loan to the College from the University of Virginia.

The new Jefferson Lounge in the C. Bascom Slemp Student Center provides space for students to relax, watch television and chat with friends.

are still on the grounds in Charlottesville, says Chancellor David J. Prior, and UVa-Wise has the other, which currently sits by the campus lake. But life at a college doesn’t happen solely in academic structures. Other mainstays are less tangible. Combs says one thing that has remained constant over the years is the relationship between the faculty and students, especially between students and their advisors. Daniels, who worked on campus for 33 years, says that when she left, she knew every member of the faculty and staff and nearly every student. Daniels remembers the tradition of decorating the bust of Thomas Jefferson when it was in the Jefferson Lounge. She says students would put a Santa Claus hat on it at Christmas or sometimes put cigarettes near the bust as though Jefferson were smoking. The tradition continues today, with current students now sometimes dressing the statue of Thomas Jefferson that overlooks the campus.

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Another campus mainstay is the honor pledge, which reads, “I, (name), certify as a student at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise that I have neither received nor given aid on this (test, exam, etc.).” Combs says when she was a student, honor court representatives taught students about the honor system in mini-sessions, and students had to pass a test on the system in order to register for classes. “The Honor System was really at the forefront of our minds,” she says. Today, students are expected to sign the pledge to all their work and the pledge hangs in each classroom. Buildings, dances and dressing Jefferson’s visage. Hundreds of people have walked through the halls of Zehmer Hall, strolled past Crockett Hall or fished in the campus lake. All have contributed in making the College what it is today, making the ordinary a memorable tradition. FALL 2009


Bringing the world

INSIDE With the continued growth of international faculty members, the College is working hard to introduce its students to a wider world.



hile the College’s history has been peppered with professors from other countries, the number of international faculty members has increased exponentially during the past five years – and not only in subjects like foreign language. International faculty members instruct a variety of subjects, such as economics, history, math, biology and art, just to name a few. Academic Dean Amelia Harris believes that having international faculty members is a way to enrich the lives of students beyond the disciplines they teach. “They all bring something of their own cultures and ways of thinking to their classes and to their interactions outside the classroom, expanding students’ experience beyond the boundaries of Southwest Virginia,” Harris says. For 11 years Kevin Jones, associate professor of biology, has been teaching students about the “fabulous natural environment” of Southwest Virginia, which is more than 4,000 miles away from the small village on the outskirts of London where he grew up. While Jones’ specialty is the plant world, he likes to teach his students about “capturing the diversity of life” in the human world – something he hopes that he and the rest of the international faculty impart in their classrooms. “It is imperative to a liberal arts education to represent a broad spectrum of ideas,” Jones says. “Life is not always black and white, and I think international faculty have a unique opportunity to give students the power to think in diverse ways.”



“International faculty members are like living windows into an open world,” says Witold Wolny, field director of international programs. Before coming to UVa-Wise, Wolny lived in Seville, Spain, to where he had moved from his home country of Poland. He came to Wise with a group of professors from the University of Seville on an exchange trip in 2001 and liked the atmosphere of the area. Now he helps students and other faculty members broaden their horizons through study abroad programs. For students who can’t afford to study abroad or have trepidation about travel, international faculty serve as a means of exposing them to a culture they would not otherwise have a chance to experience. History professors Tom Goyens (Belgium) and Donald Leech (Britain) say they often have opportunities to inject a bit of their culture and experience into the classroom. “I don’t wear my background on my sleeve, but I don’t suppress it either,” Goyens says. “When I mention it or draw comparisons, students are genuinely interested and often ask follow-up questions.” Goyens says teaching Western civilization gives him

Among the several international faculty members at UVa-Wise are (seated) Rut Roman, Tom Goyens, Donald Leech and Kaushiki Saha, (standing) Kevin Jones, Zafar Khan and Esteban Ponce.

the opportunity to talk about Belgium and to elaborate on the different attitudes among Europeans and Americans regarding war, economic security and other matters. “Students appreciate this kind of outsider perspective,” he says. “It takes them out of their comfort zone.” Leech says he often shares his views and experiences in the classroom to “help dispel stereotypes and generate mutual respect,” in turn showing students that people from other cultures are quite normal. Kaushiki Saha, a teaching fellow in mathematics from India, believes international faculty are important to an institution the size of UVa-Wise because students get used to being around people of other nationalities. “When students go for higher studies they go into big universities, which have larger numbers of international students and faculties,” says Saha. “That can make students very shy and lost among their classmates, although they are curious and want to mingle with others. This will make it easier for them to be in a different kind of environment.” Spanish professors Rut Roman and Esteban Ponce, a couple from Ecuador, are prime examples of international

faculty who bring their culture to the classroom and beyond. “Teaching foreign language is teaching culture,” says Ponce. Both say they are representatives of Latin American culture in the classroom and have placed high importance on teaching heritage inside and outside of their classes. The couple is involved in a number of groups, including the Spanish honor society, Sigma Delta Pi, which is reaching out to Spanish speakers in the area and teaching English as a Second Language (ESL). They also help head up “la mesa Hispana” (the Hispanic table), which encourages Spanish speakers to meet in the cafeteria and practice their language skills. But immersing the students in Ecuadorian culture is perhaps the most enlightening thing the duo has done for students. They have twice taken UVa-Wise students to see their homeland, once in 2007 and again this summer with a mission to collect oral histories and traditions. “We tried to be independent and stay away from tourist areas,” Roman says. “It was nice to see how much the students enjoyed the trip and the practice in speaking the language.” Assistant Professor of Economics Zafar Khan hopes to have the same kind of impact on his students with a nineday trip to his homeland of India. Khan says beyond his classroom interjections of Indian culture, he has proposed a weekly meeting of international students and faculty to “go beyond just one [College-sponsored] international week each year.” Members of the international faculty say they have chosen to teach at UVa-Wise for a number of reasons, including the small class sizes and the geographical location. For others, like Leech and Jones, it was the kinship they felt with students from the area and their approval of the College’s mission. “As a first-generation college student myself, I am enthusiastic about helping others in a similar situation,” Leech says. Jones, who was also a first-generation college graduate, wants to impart to his students that no matter what their background or where in the world they come from, they are able to accomplish whatever they desire. “It’s all right to dare to dream!” he says with enthusiasm. Though international faculty members may not realize it, they are critical for the mission of the College. “Our strategic plan, ‘Creating the Future 2012,’ calls for creating a collegewide global emphasis,” says Harris. “What better way is there of launching that initiative than by adding scholars from other countries to our faculty? In doing so, we provide not only the students, but also the members of the faculty, staff and community with the opportunity to associate with individuals from other cultures and to learn from them.” FALL 2009


Athletics News Dual force ‘Two Brads’ excel in football and baseball They are a double play on the field and on the diamond. Brad Ricker and Brad Robbins are a rare breed: two-sport collegiate athletes who excel in both sports and in the classroom. The two-sport male athlete is not uncommon at institutions below the NCAA Division I level. What makes Robbins and Ricker unique is the combination of sports they play. The two Brads are not just part of the two Highland Cavalier programs but play significant roles in both football and baseball. After backing up the starter the past three seasons, Robbins took over the reins of the UVa-Wise offense at quarterback this fall. Ricker is one of the signal caller’s main targets at wide receiver where his numbers have steadily improved each year. On the diamond, Robbins is a left-hand power hitter while Ricker is the speedy, base-stealing outfielder. “They are unique athletes to do both sports, work well and are two great kids,” says Hank Banner, UVa-Wise head baseball coach. Head football coach Bruce Wasem agrees that playing two sports is rough, but Ricker and Robbins excel at both. “Both of them bring such great work habits and dedication that helps make the difference,” Wasem says. This fall the two teammates have been key parts of the Cavs’ football success. Robbins is seeing his first significant time under center since his last season in high school and has produced without fail. Six weeks into the 2009 season, the quarterback rated second in the MidSouth for both passing yards per game (274.8) and total offense per game (273.0). He has produced 1,649 yards on 112 of 198 attempts with 12 touchdowns. Ricker has caught 15 of those passes for 242 yards with three scores.



By the end of the football campaign, Ricker should become the 11th UVaWise player to amass at least 1,000 yards receiving for his career. He needs 161 yards after totaling 839 yards on 43 receptions and seven touchdowns. Robbins can be projected to move up as high as fourth in passing yards and touchdowns, of which he has 2,080 yards and 16 scores at this point in his career. When they hang up their cleats for the last time, Ricker and Robbins will head straight for the gymnasium to begin preparations for baseball. Even though the two miss portions of each season, Banner says they are dedicated athletes. Robbins will put on a baseball jersey for the fourth year playing multiple spots on the diamond including first base, pitcher and designated hitter. Ricker will be in his third year in the outfield. In three years, Robbins has written his name as the top spot in four career and six season UVa-Wise records. With the 2010 season looming, the powerhitting left-hander has a real chance to put a lot of the program’s hitting records out of reach for years to come. With more than 460 at-bats in 141 games, the senior has a .426 average, second best, with records of 33 home runs, 150 runs batted in, 358 total bases and a .778 slugging percentage. He led the team in five categories last spring including a record 64 RBIs. The speedy Ricker will have this spring and the 2011 season for Banner’s club. He has built a real spot in the outfield for the Cavs. The junior baseball player improved his average by 82 points to .371, RBI by 12 to 16 and doubled his runs (23) and hits (26). The outfielder has swiped 10 and 11 bases the past two years and will move into the top five in the Cavs career records with five more swipes in the spring.

Brad Ricker Brad Robbins

Montgomery named women’s hoops coach UVa-Wise recently hired Jason Montgomery as head coach of the women’s basketball team. The new Cavalier women’s hoops director brings an impressive .656 winning percentage as head coach and comes off a championship season at Volunteer State Community College to direct the NAIA program. UVa-Wise struggled the past three seasons, including posting a 6-24 mark last year after a 24-10 record in the 20052006 season while taking the Appalachian Athletic Conference tournament and making its first NAIA National Championship appearance. Montgomery says his first season includes a unique mix of goals. “In the short term, we feel we have the talent to compete for a conference title in our final year in the AAC,” he says. “We are looking to the future and will be laying the foundation for the move to the MSC. We will be expanding our recruiting footprint as we know the importance of increasing the talent level exponentially over the next couple of classes.” Montgomery is no stranger to turning around women’s basketball programs. The veteran coach performed the task at St. Catharine College, Nature Coast Technical High School and most recently at Volunteer State. Last season, Montgomery led Volunteer State to a 27-3 mark, a school record for wins, a number 15 final ranking in the National Junior College Athletic Association DI Top 25 and a fifth ranking offense in the NJCAA. He was named both the TCCAA Western Division and NJCAA Region VII Coach of the Year. With Nature Coast Tech High School, he produced an 85-31 record, three FHSAA 3A Sweet 16 placings and three conference and two district titles in four years. The Lady Sharks’ 2005 record of 26-3 ranked the team fifth in the state in the final FSWA poll. Montgomery’s final two teams were 21-8 and 23-6, which netted him a total of 11 Coach of the Year honors in four years following a 15-14 campaign his first season. Montgomery engineered one of the most impressive single

season turnarounds in the nation during the 20012002 season at St. Catharine College. Following an 11-20 first season, his second squad improved by 12 wins to 23-8 and a TJCCAA West runner-up finish. The Cavs’ eventual move to the Mid-South Conference in the 2010-2011 season will not present Montgomery with an unfamiliar challenge. “I feel I bring some unique qualities to the challenge, having played football and tennis at the Mid-South’s Campbellsville and coaching in Tennessee in the heart of one of the best NAIA conferences in America,” says Montgomery. “I believe I have a good feel for the type of players we will need to recruit to be successful. I’m known as a tireless worker and a good recruiter, which are two qualities that will be key in the building of the program.” The new Cavs leader will bring a new style of play that he hopes will translate into the success that has brought his career head coaching mark to 174-91. “My teams have always been known for a couple of things,” he says. “We are an aggressive, trapping, multiplelook, defensive team that uses that pressure to be a great transition basketball team. This has resulted in my teams being in the top tier of the nation in team offense year in and year out.” Montgomery earned a Bachelor of Science in history with a minor in political science from Campbellsville University in 1996.

Follow the Cavs online with Facebook Want to stay up-to-date with the Highland Cavaliers? Members of Facebook can now “become a fan” of the College’s athletic teams on the world’s most popular social networking site. Fans can find updates on their favorite men’s and women’s teams, the latest scores and statistics on favorite players, as well as updates about parking or changes to a schedule. See photos and videos, or post your own fan photos to

the page. With more than 675 fans, the Highland Cavalier Athletics page has become a popular spot for fans to gather and talk about their favorite UVa-Wise teams. Join the fun and “become a fan” of the Highland Cavaliers. To access the page on Facebook, just search for “Highland Cavalier Athletics” when logged in at Facebook.com, or visit www.tinyurl.com/cavsfacebook.

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Alumni News Holbrook ’73 named alumni president Darrell Holbrook ’73 has been named the new president of the UVaWise Alumni Association Board. Holbrook is employed by Paramont Coal Company, a subsidiary of Alpha Natural Resources, as an underground mine superintendent. He has served on several committees and organizations promoting and developing coal mine safety and production. He most recently served on the Governor’s Virginia Coal and Energy Commission. Holbrook was employed by Clinchfield Coal Company’s engineering

department in 1972. He remained with Clinchfield Coal serving in many management capacities until 1997, when he joined Coastal Coal Company and El Paso Corporation. Holbrook graduated from UVa-Wise with a Bachelor of Science in business and public administration. For many years, Darrell has dedicated his time and resources as a member and officer of both the Highland Cavalier Club and The University of Virginia’s College at Wise Alumni Association Board of Directors. Darrell resides in Castlewood with his wife, Joy.

Cavs for a Cure highest fundraisers

Next alumni trip set for Greece

Cavs for a Cure, the UVa-Wise Relay for Life team, raised the most money in Wise County again this year, with a total of $13,877. The Wise County Relay for Life raised $113,113. Above, members of the Cavs for a Cure Relay for Life team are (front row) Peggy Johnson, Tammie Hale, Jo Anne Harding ’76, (middle row) Misty Stidham, Crystal Fleming, Donna Adkins, Steven Sproles ’00, Pat Bevins ’94, (back row) Debbie Vanover, Vada Lawson, Jo Stewart ’84, Teresa Mutter, Gina Chisenhall ’89 Laura Pritchard ’91 and Francene Meade. Not pictured: Renay Balthis, Autumn Chisenhall, Beau Chisenhall, Terry Chisenhall, Pam Collie ’93, Susan Herron, Sydney Johnson, Katherine Lane ’03, Slade Potter and Irene Robinson.



Following the success of last year’s trip to Ireland, the UVa-Wise Alumni Association will host a trip in 2010 to Greece for alumni and friends of the College. Set for July 16-27, 2010, travelers will enjoy a tour of Athens and visit the Parthenon, the Acropolis Museum, Ancient Mycenae, Olympia, Delphi and Meteora. Travelers also will have the opportunity to enjoy a relaxing, four-day cruise to the Greek Islands and Turkey. Optional tours include ancient Ephesus, the island of Crete, the Palace of Knossos and Santorini, believed to be the lost continent of Atlantis. The cost of the 12-day, 11-night Greek voyage is $3,140 per person for double-occupancy lodging, which includes round trip airfare, 11 breakfasts, five lunches and eight dinners. Space is limited, and occupancy is on a first-come, firstserved basis. To reserve your spot, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 276-328-0128 or alumni@uvawise.edu by Friday, Jan. 15, 2010.

Making the rounds Alumni Association hosts variety of events The UVa-Wise Alumni Association sponsored events this year to raise money for the Association and to visit with alumni and friends. UVa-Wise and Alumni Association representatives gathered with friends and alumni in Raleigh, N.C., at the Bahama Breeze Island Grille to update them on the College’s growth and Alumni Board activities. Thirty alumni and guests attended. The UVa-Wise Class of 2009 gathered at Carl Smith Stadium on May 14 for the 2009 Senior Tailgate Party. More than 240 people, including seniors, Alumni Board members, faculty and staff enjoyed food, games and prizes at the event. The 23rd annual Cavalier Alumni $elebration brought 350 alums and friends to the Lonesome Pine Country Club on May 9, 2009. The Alumni Association raised $17,000 toward operating costs at this year’s event.

Above, Brad Hart ’01 and Bridgett Hart ’01, Scott Kiser ’00 and Kristy Kiser ’00, Joe Kiser ’00 and Selena Kiser ’00, and Thomas Kennedy ’02 and Natasha Kennedy at the Cavalier Alumni $elebration. Below, Barbara Sturgill and Ron Sturgill ’61, Jim and Sandra Ashley ’86, and Jim and Stephanie Michnowicz ’00 at the Raleigh, N.C., alumni gathering.

Above, Suzanne Radawi, George Hunnicutt III, Corey, Lindsay and Juliet Myers, and George and Lotus Hunnicutt at the Cavalier Alumni $elebration. Below, graduating seniors enjoy the 2009 Senior Tailgate Party.

Above, L. Preston Hancock and Tonya Hancock ’56 at the Raleigh, N.C., alumni reunion. Left, graduating seniors fill their plates at the 2009 Senior Tailgate Party, hosted by the UVaWise Alumni Association.

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Alumni News

DREAM Living the


Alumni return for Homecoming Sunny skies greeted hundreds of alumni as they gathered for reunions, picnics, pep rallies and football during Homecoming 2009 festivities. Alumni received a special preview of the new Gilliam Center for the Arts, featuring musical performances and the alumni art display in the new gallery. Left, friends and family of sophomore quarterback Nick Leftwich show their support.

Marching Highland Cavalier Band member Lloyd Tomlinson strums some chords during the band’s halftime show.

Above, anchors for the College Fanz Sports Network get a dose of Cavalier pride from the cheerleaders and marching band.

Above, Homecoming King Luke Parks and Homecoming Queen Marshell Bradley.



At right, Joe Culbertson ’87,Terry Lambert Franchi ’83,Valeri Colyer ’83, Rod Colyer ’83, Sheila Daugherty May ’84,Tracy Jones ’87,Wendy Jones ’88 and John Brickey ’86.

Below, former football players Elgin Hicks ’98, Lewis Johnson ’00,William “Boo” Miller and Kevin Williams ’99 reunite with former football coach Bill Ramseyer and his wife Mary.

Alumni News

Above, Billye Henson, May Straughan and Barbara Keene enjoy the new gallery at the wine and cheese reception and tour for the Gilliam Center for the Arts. At left, Phil Shelton, professor of biology, leads a group of musicians during the Gilliam Center for the Arts open house. At left, Bill Maxwell ’59 and Paul Buchanan ’59 reunite at the Class of 1959 luncheon.

Below, Marcus Bratton (#17) celebrates his game-clinching pick-off that sealed the Cavs’ Homecoming victory against Georgetown.

Above, professors and students from the Department of Visual and Performing Arts gather with alumni to discuss artwork and celebrate the opening of the Gilliam Center for the Arts following the wine and cheese reception and tours.

Chancellor Emeritus Joseph C. “Papa Joe” Smiddy joins members of the first four-year graduating class at the Class of 1970 reunion.

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John A. Mullins is retired and lives in Charlotte, N.C., with his wife Willene.

David G. Sturgill is a teacher with Roanoke City Schools. He and his wife Kathy reside in Vinton and have two children, Sean and Aaron.

CLASS OF 1963 Sam L. Starnes is a self-employed insurance adjuster in Kingsport, Tenn. He has three children, LeAnne, Sherri and Karen. CLASS OF 1965 Gail McKee and her husband Edward Ray reside in Owens Cross, Ala., and are the proud grandparents of University of North Alabama student Alexa Brooke Brown (19), Tristan Jake Brown (7) and Taryn Gabrielle Brown (6).

CLASS OF 1976 Everette B. Orr recently completed the Sierra Club’s one-day 50 km hike on the C&O Canal from Washington, D.C., to Harpers Ferry, W.Va. Everette is a financial advisor with Orr Financial Planning, LLC, in McLean.

arts in his home gym. He and his wife Renee have four children: Oliver, Colin, Audrey and Grant. CLASS OF 1985 Anthony VanNostrand and Raye Jean VanNostrand, with son Tyler (2), welcomed their second child, Jordan Raye, on Feb. 17. The VanNostrands reside in Virginia Beach.

CLASS OF 1979 Pamela Hale serves as branch library supervisor for MontgomeryFloyd Regional Library and lives in Christiansburg.

Children of Anthony VanNostrand ’85

CLASS OF 1966 Kenneth Dotson and his wife Judith reside in Midlothian and have restored the home of Kenneth’s maternal grandparents, located in Wise less than a mile from the College. They enjoy traveling and visiting with friends and relatives. CLASS OF 1969 Bill Kinser earned a bachelor’s degree in commerce from the University of Virginia in 1971 and his MBA at Virginia Tech in 1982. He retired from Corning Glass Works in 2004 as vice president after 28 years. Currently, he and his wife Linda have homes in Destin, Fla., and Lake Lanier, Ga.



Zacharay K. Cochran is president of Cochran Industries, Inc. He and his wife Charlotte have two children, Sharayah and Nathanael, and reside in Oakwood.

Rhonda A. O. Kilgore recently earned a master’s degree in education administration and supervision at the University of Virginia. She is an instructor with Mountain Empire Community College and an instructor of leadership, marketing and government with Scott County Schools. Rhonda’s husband John Kilgore ’85 is the director of the Scott County Economic Development Authority. Rhonda was recently selected by the Southwest Virginia Technology Council to participate in the “Zero-G Experience,” which involves a jet ride that simulates different types of gravity and weightlessness.

CLASS OF 1984 Sheila D. May earned her administrative rank I, director of special education certification from the University of the Cumberlands. She currently teaches selfcontained special needs students at John Hardin High School in Elizabethtown, Ky. Sheila coordinates the Peer Tutoring Program and is a sponsor for the Future Educators of America. She and her husband Les have two children, Nickolas and Abbie.


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Stephen M. Mullins serves Crutchfield Corporation as a chat product advisor and is pursuing a master’s degree in education online with the University of Phoenix. Stephen has been a mobile disc jockey since 1996, plays music in a family rock band and teaches martial

Lisa D. Baker teaches first grade at Shady Grove Elementary and resides in Mocksville, N.C., with her husband Kevin and their children Jordan (15) and Rachel (12). Lisa enjoys reading and spending time with her family and dogs.

Baker ’74 promotes education in reproduction sciences CLASS OF 1990 Scotty L. Cox is an engineering technician with A&G Coal. He lives in Pound. Brenda Powers Holbrook is a library media specialist for Gatlinburg-Pittman High School. She has two children, Brendan and Dustin, and resides in Sevierville, Tenn. Sonia Collins Smith is a registered nurse in the Intensive Care Unit at James H. Quillen Virginia Medical Center. Sonia has two children, Amber Gibson and Tyler Compton. CLASS OF 1994 Tina Boggs Dickson is an executive assistant for VF Imagewear in Nashville. She and Donnelle Dickson were married in March 2008. The couple resides in Murfreesboro, Tenn., with Donnelle’s sons Devan (10) and Ian (5). CLASS OF 1996 Hannah Sluss Walker is a flight attendant with Delta Airlines. She volunteers as a financial coach and is pursuing a master’s degree in professional counseling. CLASS OF 1997 Benjamin C. Mullins received his juris doctorate at the University of Tennessee in 2000. He is employed with Frantz, McConnell & Seymour in Knoxville, Tenn. Benjamin and his wife Skyli have one child, Autumn Star Mullins. Elizabeth G. Mullins is an administrative assistant with the Graduate Medical Education Consortium (GMEC) at UVa-Wise. She has one daughter, Valerie, and three grandchildren, Madelyn Faith, Michael Chase and Matthew Gage Moore. Sarah Pilkenton is an assistant professor

With her research in the field of infertility, Doris Baker ’74 has literally helped to create life and to teach others about the process. Baker, an associate professor in the College of Allied Health Professions at the University of Kentucky, developed the Reproductive Laboratory Sciences degree program at the university in response to a lack of formal education in the field. “I decided that it’s really pretty bad that we have this dynamic new field of assisted reproduction, where we’re handling someone’s future baby... yet there was no education to prepare people for this field,” Baker says. Currently, she is the education chair for the American College of Embryology and the National Gammy/Embryo Registry. She also has served as a legislative monitor for the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Baker has met with lawmakers to persuade them to include infertility treatments in health insurance and to support funding for stem cell research. Baker’s current research is an attempt to make the use of sperm donors safer for the mother and the baby and lessen the possibility of birth defects from sexually transmitted infections that may occur during intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection. Baker credits most of her success to the Bachelor of Science degree in medical technology that she received at UVa-Wise (formerly Clinch Valley College). “I have used it in every single position I’ve had, in every job – from being in a clinical lab to a research lab and later in pharmaceutical and marketing,” she says. After studying at three different universities and teaching at various institutions, Baker calls Clinch Valley College her very favorite. Even though she hasn’t had the opportunity to return to Wise, Baker remembers it fondly, especially her memories of the Jefferson Lounge in Zehmer Hall where students relaxed and exchanged ideas. “I actually think that was the last time that I sat around and talked about philosophy or the world. I think I knew more about what was happening in the world,” Baker says. “I don’t think I’ve done that since, so I hope people still do that at the College.” Baker and her husband John Woodward have one son, Justin Woodward (24). They also have two cats, Jaxx and Sylvester, and Leo, a turtle. - Lexie Ramage, UVa-Wise student

with Framingham State College in Massachusetts. Sarah and her husband Luis Smith live in Westborough, Mass. Charles Rhoton received a master’s degree in education from Virginia Tech in 2002. He is employed as a teacher and coach with Washington County, Tennessee schools. He and his wife Valarie have one child, Aidan, and live in Jonesborough, Tenn.

CLASS OF 1998 Joshua D. Hughes is a group sales manager with Enterprise Rent-a-Car in Richmond. Joshua and his wife Mendy

Joshua D. Hughes ’98 with family

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Classnotes welcomed their first child, Noah Jackson. Scott Wade has been an instructor of history at Tidewater Community College in Virginia Beach since 2006. His prior work experience includes the National Park Service, the National Museum of American History and Colonial Williamsburg, where he served as an historic interpreter. He lives on the eastern shore of Virginia with his wife Melinda, whom he met in Mike O’Donnell’s French class at UVa-Wise.



Christopher D. Charles lives in Longview, Texas, and serves as the pastor of Summerfield United Methodist Church. He has four children, Justin, William, Ethan and Lilly.

Angela Mullins Belcher is a Family Assessment and Planning Team (FAPT) aide with Clintwood High School. She lives in Clintwood and has one child, Ethan Alexander.

Katie DeFore is an internal medicine physician focusing on pulmonary and critical care with Norton Community Hospital of Mountain States Health Alliance. She and her husband Kal Khasawneh have one child, Rami.

Adams ’93 holds on to her love of basketball As a Division I women’s basketball referee, Paula “Crickett” Adams ’93 is used to the roar of the crowd, but during her time at UVa-Wise the crowd roared for her when she stepped out onto the court as a member of the women’s basketball team Although she is now an 11-year officiating veteran, Adams never imagined herself in the black-and-white striped shirt with a whistle hanging around her neck. But it’s a role that she says keeps her in touch with the game that she started playing in the sixth grade. “It keeps me involved in the game that I love,” she says. “It is something that you have to work at constantly. Once I started, it was addictive.” Her success as a standout player at Pound High School originally led Adams to Virginia Intermont, but when former Pound girls’ basketball coach Preston Mitchell (now an instructor of history at the College) accepted the head coaching position at UVa-Wise, Adams decided to head back to Wise County. During her three-year career, Adams helped lead the Lady Cavaliers to a 67-25 record. She also achieved individual success, winning the team’s Defensive Player of the Year award during her first season and Offensive Player of the Year in her second season. She earned All-Conference honors during her senior season and was named All-District and team Co-MVP. For her career, Adams finished with more than 1,200 points and 400 assists, averaging 14.8 points and 5.74 assists per game. In 2005, she and Mitchell were inducted into the College’s Athletic Hall of Fame. “It was an honor to be inducted into the HOF,” she says. “It was even more special because I was inducted with Coach Mitchell.” Adams, who received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology during her time at the College, says her fondest memories are the stories Mitchell would tell his team on road trips. “The memories are mostly of the friendships that were formed,” she says, “and the road trips when we would sit in front of the bus and listen to Coach Mitchell tell stories of games and players from past years.” Adams says the game of basketball has taught her important lessons like effective communication and has helped her to mature as a person. “Being a part of a team taught me how to relate to different people on a consistent basis,” she says. “I learned how to deal with loss and the importance of friendships that are formed. Basketball is more than winning and losing, it’s about adjusting and growing as an individual. Basketball teaches you more about life than anyone can imagine.” - Aaron Collier, UVa-Wise student



Nathan Horne and Angela Dean Horne ’01 have relocated their family to Morgantown, W.Va., where Nathan received a job promotion with CNX Gas. They, Children of Nathan Horne ’00 along with big and Angela Dean Horne ’01 sister Josie, welcomed their son Benjamin on March 17, 2008. Sherry Lynn Matney is a special education teacher with Pike County Schools in Kentucky. She is in her ninth year as a teacher of exceptional children, working with middle school children in reading and math. She has two children, Nathan and Amy. CLASS OF 2001 Ricky Neal Bolling, Jr. and Nikeshia June Pendegrass Bolling ’02 welcomed their son, Noah Gavin Son of Ricky Neal Bolling, Jr. ’01 Bolling, and Nikeshia June Pendegrass on June 5, Bolling ’02 2008. Ricky completed his Ed.S. in administration and supervision at the University of Virginia in May. Ricky is employed as the assistant principal of Coeburn Primary School. Nikeshia is a nurse in the Birthing Inn at Wellmont Lonesome Pine Hospital in Big Stone Gap. George A. Adkins is a teacher with Martinsville City Schools.

Classnotes CLASS OF 2002 Rachel Lynn Boatright Rose received a master’s degree in counseling and human development in 2005 and serves as a licensed professional counselor at UVa-Wise. Rachel enjoys public speaking and has presented at the Help, Hope and Healing conference at Mountain Empire Community College, the Southwest Virginia Technology Development Center and UVa-Wise. Rachel and her husband Chris live in Wise with their 3-year-old son Ryan.

City, Tenn. His wife Tiffany Hobbs Dula ’03 is an English teacher with Carter County Schools in Tennessee.

Regional Medical Center. Mary has two children, Emma and Ella, and lives in Abingdon.

Hana Zibdeh-Lough graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in 2007 and completed a pediatric internship at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, in 2008. Hana and her husband Erik were united in marriage on March 8, 2008, at Judges Hill in Austin, Texas. The couple resides in Charleston, W.Va., where they both are completing their medical training.

Stephanie Mullins Gibson is a pediatric physical therapist in North Carolina. She received her doctorate in physical therapy from Elon University in 2007. In October 2007, Stephanie married John Gibson. The wedding party included fellow alumni Ray Mullins ’06 and Jennifer Jefferson Clary ’03.

Patrick Deel and Sabrina Hurley Deel ’03 were married in 2002. Since receiving his pharmacy degree from the Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy at Shenandoah University in 2005, he has served as a pharmacist at Buntings and Northside Drug Center in Bristol, Va. Sabrina is employed as a realtor with Highlands Realty. They welcomed their daughter Chloe Faith on Jan. 5.

Hana Zibdeh-Lough ’02 with husband

Julie Adkins Scott and her husband Jason celebrated their son Chase’s first birthday with an “Elmo” Julie Adkins Scott ’03 with family party on July 3. Julie is the director of the C. Bascom Slemp Student Center at UVa-Wise. Jeria Kiser Robinson and Billy Robinson welcomed their son Peyton Kiser Robinson on Dec. 16, 2008, weighing 6 pounds, 3 ounces. Jeria is a corporate EOS administrator with Carter Machinery Company, and Billy serves as a senior associate at Brown Edwards & Company. The Robinson family resides in Salem.


Sabrina Hurley Deel ’03 and Patrick Deel ’02 with daughter Chloe

Catherine “Shannon” Reed O’Leary was recently hired as financial aid counselor at Regent University in Virginia Beach after working at the Culinary Institute of Virginia in Norfolk since 2006. Stephen Dula earned a master of divinity degree at the Emmanuel School of Religion and is the youth minister at Walnut Christian Church in Johnson

Mark Ray Davis received his master’s degree in 2004 in sports management and his teaching license in 2008 in special education Son of Mark Ray from Virginia Davis ’03 Commonwealth University. He married Kathryn Hunt in 2007, and they welcomed Kaleb Jackson Davis in June 2008. Mark is currently teaching special education at Cumberland Hospital and coaching baseball at Richmond Baseball Academy. Mary Elizabeth Gilbert Dollar is a DRG coordinator with Wellmont Bristol

Son of Jeria Kiser Robinson ’02 and Billy Robinson ’02

James Stacy and his wife Amber have one daughter, Kennadi Grace. They live in Radford. Chuck Slemp was honored recently as the co-champion of the William B. Spong National Moot Court Tournament, sponsored by the College of William & Mary School of Law. Representing Regent University, Slemp and his

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Classnotes teammate, Audre Honnas, defeated New York University’s team in the finals to take home the championship. Chuck’s wife, Erin Worley Slemp ‘03 received her master’s degree in education with a concentration in character development and classroom management from Regent University in December 2008. CLASS OF 2004 Christopher M. Reece is a community banker in Lebanon. He graduated from the Virginia Bankers Association School of Bank Management at the University of Virginia. Christopher and his wife Tiffany have a son, Michael Peyton Reece (2). Jeffrey Roark is retired from Data Ensure, Inc. He and his wife Vicki have one son, Michael, and live in Big Stone Gap. Ella Smith was the second-place recipient of the William Wade and Helen Record Walker Teaching Excellence Award at Pikeville College, where she teaches Spanish. Lindsay Rutherford Wilson graduated in May from the Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine with a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree and has begun her residency in family medicine at the Carilion Clinic in Roanoke. CLASS OF 2005 David Allen Bostic and Erica Danielle Jensen ’06 were married on Aug. 8, 2008. David is a business teacher and coaches David Allen Bostic ’05 and Erica varsity Danielle Jensen ’06 baseball and junior varsity basketball at Council High School. He has been accepted into



Virginia Tech’s educational leadership program. Erica graduated from East Tennessee State University in 2008 with a Master of Arts in counseling with a concentration in elementary and secondary school counseling. Erica is a guidance counselor at Honaker High School, Swords Creek Elementary School and Givens Elementary School. She also serves as the varsity cheerleading coach. Kristi Foster and R. Chad Longworth ’09 were united in marriage on July 3 at Boone Lake. The wedding party included alumna Emily Houchins Baker ’06. Kristi completed her MBA through King College in May 2009 and works as a senior admissions counselor at UVa-Wise. Chad teaches physical education at J. J. Kelly High School and serves as the head baseball coach. Kristi and Chad make their home in Wise. Tabitha Hackney and Adam Smith were united in marriage on Sept. 27, 2008, at the Carnegie Hotel in Johnson Tabitha Hackney ’05 and Adam City, Tenn. Smith ’05 Family and friends, including several UVa-Wise alumni, attended the wedding. Tabitha received a master’s degree in human services with a specialization in marriage and family from Liberty University in 2008 and is pursuing a Master of Education in professional counseling at Lindsey Wilson College. She currently is employed by Frontier Health as a family therapist at Wise County Behavioral Health Services in Big Stone Gap. Adam is currently part-owner of Lonesome Pine Dairy Queen, Inc., and co-owner of STAT Rentals, Inc. After honeymooning in the United Kingdom, the Smiths make their home in Norton with their two dogs, Keele and Bunker. Roger Hagy, Jr. traveled with his sister LaDonna Silvers in September to

Hollywood, where they walked the red carpet and attended the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris at the Nokia Theatre. They Roger Hagy, Jr. ’05 with his visited sets for sister, attending the 61st television shows Primetime Emmy Awards and upcoming in Los Angeles. films at Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures, Universal Studios and Warner Bros., and walked on stage at the Kodak Theatre, home of the Academy Awards. They spotted several stars during their tours, including Tony Shalhoub, Richard Karn, Keke Palmer and Snoop Dogg. Sabrina M. Hill is a fifth-grade teacher at North Tazewell Elementary School and coaches middle school girls’ volleyball. Sabrina is in her fourth year of teaching in Tazewell County. Christopher Cole Osborne received his master of arts in technical and professional communication from Eastern Carolina University in 2008. Brandy Sharp received her master’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and teaches honors world history and AP government at Mountain View High School in Stafford County. CLASS OF 2006 Amy Lynn Goff serves as a social worker in Roanoke. Nathan Kiser and Krystal Showers were married in 2008. Nathan is a flooring sales specialist with Lowe’s. Matthew Peak is a legal intern with Ruta & Soulios, LLP, in New York. He is pursuing his juris doctorate. Nora Leslie Kern and Jaxon Wilkens were married on July 7, 2007. Nora received her juris doctorate from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in May 2009.

Classnotes CLASS OF 2007 Matthew Luke Adkins earned his MBA at King College this year. He is employed as a staff accountant for Cumberland Resources and lives in Abingdon. Whitney Renae Antolick married Trenton Wilhelmi of Grapevine, Texas, on June 13 in Gretna at the home of her grandparents, Kenny and Freda Saunders. The wedding party included fellow alumni LeAnn Gunther ’07, Courtney Conner ’04, Kari Hubbard ’07 and Jill Barber ’09. Whitney is currently attending graduate school at Radford University, where she is pursuing a master’s degree in communication sciences and disorders. The couple resides in Radford. Ray C. Damm is a business analyst with the Doe Fund in New York. Sheena Whitt Lee is a sixth-grade teacher with Norton City Schools. She and her husband, UVa-Wise student Aaron Lee, live in Big Stone Gap. Michael McBride graduated in May from Radford University with a master’s degree in counseling and human development and was awarded the Most Outstanding Student Affairs Counseling Student Award. He is employed with Virginia Highlands Community College in Abingdon as a career planning specialist/service learning coordinator and resides in Bristol, Tenn.

Whitney Renae Antolick ’07 with wedding party Deloitte Consulting, LLP, as a senior analyst with the Federal GovernmentApplication & Information Solutions Group.

CLASS OF 2009 Myron “Mo” Haskins is a youth counselor in Danville and coaches football at Gretna High School. Kimberly Renee Hayes works as a therapeutic day treatment counselor for Family Preservation Services. She resides in Marion with her golden retrievers, Ryley and Parker. Jessica Roloff works with Family Preservation Services. She and David Compton ’09 were united in marriage at UVa-Wise. Julie Nicole Fritz McConnell serves as a

George H. Bailey, Jr. ’77 passed away Aug. 6 due to injuries sustained in an auto accident. He worked at Don Hill Pontiac and Rick Hill Imports, was a former Norton Auxiliary police officer and sergeant and was an ambulance driver with the Norton Rescue Squad.

William Tyler Roberts is the director of financial reporting and analysis with WM Coffman, LLC, and lives in Abingdon.

Phyllis Bise ’67 passed away June 26 after a three-year battle with ovarian cancer. She owned The Finishing Touch Interior Design Studio for 18 years and lived in Chattanooga, Tenn., for 24 years, and in Marco Island, Fla., for five years.

Reggie R. Dorsainvil is employed with

Ryan David Mottram is a staff accountant with ManTech International Corporation in Fairfax. Jekeymia Robinson is attending graduate school at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C. He currently serves on the UVa-Wise Alumni Association Board of Directors as the 2009 class representative. Christopher H. Spurlock is a logistics and warehouse specialist with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management in Richmond.

In Memoriam

Adam Michael Meadows is a teacher for Scott County Schools and an adjunct instructor for Northeast State Community College. He and his wife Crystal Dougherty ’07 were married on May 30 in the Betty J. Gilliam Sculpture Garden on the campus of UVa-Wise.


Title I parental involvement specialist for Washington County Public Schools. She lives in Damascus.

Martha Ann Oblinger ’83 passed away July 30 after a six-year battle with cancer. She was a teacher at Dudley Primary School and was active in a variety of civic and religious organizations. Revonda Suzette “Suzy” Honaker Taylor ’96 passed away Aug. 20. A lifelong resident of Southwest Virginia, she worked as an LPN instructor for Russell Country Career and Technology Center and had also worked at both Home Nursing Company and Russell County Medical Center.

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B E N E FAC TOR S The faculty, staff, students and alumni of The University of Virginia’s College at Wise gratefully acknowledge the generosity of the following donors during the 2008-2009 year. The gifts listed on the following pages were made between July 1, 2008, and June 30, 2009.

Philanthropist Society Members of the Philanthropist Society have included the College in their will, named the College as a beneficiary of life insurance, made a gift of paid-up life insurance or deeded property to the College while retaining use of the property for their lifetime. Emma Addington† Luther F. Addington† Morton O. Alper† Anonymous Anonymous Anonymous† Carol Atwood† Jettie E. Baker Lavonne Baker ’71 Raymond C. Bice, Jr. Glenn Blackburn Jere Noel Blackburn Hattie Bolling† Kermit A. Bolling† Elizabeth G. Cauthen Jirina H. Chapin† Gertrude Cherry† Phyllis Marks Cohen† Wallace M. Cohen† Paul F. Dishner† Donna Fields ’77 Jerry L. Fields ’75 Kathy Sutherland Finn ’84 Larry Fish ’63 Charles I. Fuller, Jr.† Dorthy Gilley Garrison† Sterling L. Gilliam† Verta Hamilton† Robert C. Hancock† Avis Holda * ** *** **** †



Cass Holda† James W. Holyfield Martha A. Holyfield Anne Jackson† Harold C. Jackson Betty M. Johnson Elmer R. Johnson ’56† Dennis F. Kern ’72 Charlotte King† E. Glenwood King† Clinton Lambert† Lucille Lambert† Gertude Manhal† Martha Markusich† Frank B. Mayorshi ’61 Gerry Mayorshi ’56 Helen McFall Leland V. McFall Virginia Irene Meador† David W. Mersereau Marianne Mersereau ’84 Jean D. Moore Ronald L. Moore ’61† Jill O’Donnell Michael E. O’Donnell Laura Lyon Peters† Anne P. Phillips Joseph T. Phillips Don R. Pippin Gloria R. Pippin ’73

Ron Redman Lelia M. Richmond† Eliza S. Rigg Kent Rigg Carson Robbins Laura M. Sage Robert H. Sage ’79 Debra A. Sarvela ’79 Paul D. Sarvela Ben F. Sergent Nancy H. Sergent Clyda Rae Simms ’76† Albert Dewey Smith ’02 Helen M. Stallard Nicolas A. Starkovsky Kathleen Miller Strunk† Gaye Sturgill Kathleen Sturgill† William J. Sturgill ’56 Farley Sutherland Helen Jackson Sutherland James Darryl Swartz ’01 Jennifer R. Swartz Frederick Gordon Tice† Thelma Phipps Weaver† Roy L. Wells Ruth B. Wells Harold C. Wright† Joan M. Wright Roger E. Wright

Denotes five consecutive years of giving to the College Denotes 10 consecutive years of giving to the College Denotes 15 consecutive years of giving to the College Denotes 20 consecutive years of giving to the College Denotes the friend or alumnus is deceased

DARDEN SOCIETY ($25,000 & above) Alpha Services* Anonymous Anonymous** Anonymous Center for Scholarship Administration, Inc.* Coal Energy Resources, Inc.*** Columbus Phipps Foundation** Eastman Chemical Company Fas Mart W. Heywood Fralin, Sr. & Cynthia K. Fralin Marvin W. Gilliam, Jr. & Marcia E. Adams Gilliam ’82*** Richard B. Gilliam, Sr. ’74 & Leslie F. Gilliam** James M. Gott ’72 & Eva M. Gott*** Martin Gott & Christy Gott* GPM Investments, LLC Don M. Green ’61 & Phyllis Green**** Estate of Robert C. Hancock Napoleon Hill Foundation* Greg Jordan ’93 & Susan Jordan ’82* Knights of Columbus, Glenmary Council #7853*** Michael G. McGlothlin & Sandra Keen McGlothlin** Larry J. McReynolds ’70 & Rita McReynolds**** Lacy & Mattie Meador Scholarship** Don Nicewonder & Etta Nicewonder Norton Community Hospital**** Oliver Coal Sales*** Mike Quillen** Donnie Ratliff & Victoria G. Ratliff* Hunter J. Smith** Robert F. Stallard ’76 & Jeannie N. Stallard ’80** Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation**** Wise Kiwanis Club*** John O. Wynne & Susan S. Wynne

JEFFERSON SOCIETY ($10,000 to $24,999) Anonymous** Anonymous* Blankenship/Justice Scholarship Fund Cumberland Resources Corporation** Carroll W. Dale & Patricia Dale ’58*** Dirk Paxton Davis ’85 & Jennifer Davis** Gaynell Fowler* Fay Bond Gillespie ’70 James K. Hammond ’72 & Angela B. Hammond** Billye B. Henson Lee & Phipps, PC** Lewey K. Lee ’64 & Brenda B. Lee ’70**** Massey Foundation* E. Morgan Massey & Joan Massey* William B. Massey, Jr.* William B. Massey, Sr.* William E. Massey, Jr. & Rebecca C. Massey* John Matney & Becky Matney ’84 Lawton Mullins ’04 Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Special Fund #4 of The Norfolk Foundation* Nova Coal Company Pepsi Cola Bottling Company***

Paul L. Phipps ’72 & Barbara R. Phipps ’83*** Franklin D. Robertson** Scholarship America* Clyde Stacy* Hiram A. Street William J. Sturgill ’56 & Gaye Sturgill**** SunTrust Bank* VA-KY District Fair Wise County Schools Educational Foundation

WASHINGTON SOCIETY ($5,000 to $9,999) The Clara Abbott Foundation* Aker Enterprises* Tom Aker, Jr. & Sharon Aker* Rex Baird & Sally S. Baird ’92**** Fred A. Bays ’86 & Teressa Y. Bays** N. R. Burroughs Education Trust* Greg Carter Ann Cawood CGI Technologies and Solutions Inc. Cleveland Indians Baseball Company Thomas M. Costa & Mary E. Martin*** R. Winston Ely ’61 & Tamara S. Ely ’90**** Christopher D. Freeman ’82* Jack H. Gibbs Trust Fund** Carol Sue Gilbert ’56**** Goodman & Company, L.L.P. Charles H. Henderson III & Mary M. Henderson* James N. Humphreys* Isle of Wight Academy Kline Foundation**** Russell M. Large & Charlene Large ’87 Marty Materials Company* Mullins Insurance Agency, Inc.* Rick L. Mullins ’91 & Jillian Mullins** National Bank and Trust Company Penn Virginia Operating Co. LLC* Joseph T. Phillips & Anne P. Phillips** David James Prior & Merry Lu Prior Billy B. Rose ’84 & Michelle W. Rose ’86 Jimmy C. Stewart & Jo Stewart ’84**** Bardin Thrower & Eleanor Thrower**** UMWA Dickenson-Russell Training & Education Fund Verizon Communications Virginia Electric Supply, Inc. Wise Lions Club

CHANCELLOR’S SOCIETY ($1,000 to $4,999) Judith P. Abbott ’77**** Abingdon High School Adkins, Elkins & Hunnicutt*** Mike L. Allen ’81 & Mary Beth Allen*** Richard S. Alper & Kate A. Herrod Alpha Sigma TAU National Foundation, Inc. Altria Group, Inc. Scholarship Program American Energy, LLC* An Achievable Dream Foundation Kemper Andrews Memorial Scholarship Anonymous Anonymous Anonymous* Anonymous*** Anonymous* Arlington Community Foundation R. G. Atkins Educational Trust

J. B. Atwood, Jr. & Freda A. Atwood*** Khalid J. Awan & Theresa Awan* Katherine E. Baldwin ’08 Ted Barnette & Karen Barnette* Todd Barnette & Crystal Barnette*** Wendell Barnette ’63 & Brenda Barnette** Bassett Kiwanis Scholarship Education Foundation Howard L. Baucom & Barbara Baucom* Jeff P. Bedford & B. A. Bedford Loretta Bolling* Morgan E. Bolling ’58 & Betty M. Bolling ’57, ’70** Botetourt County Public Schools Lucy Williams Bowman** Bristol Compressors, Inc. C. C. Brooks Lawrence Brown & Mary Elizabeth Gibson ’89 Carol P. Buchanan* Edward C. Bunch Burger King Scholars, Inc. C. R. Pate and Company* C. S. & S. Coal Corporation Castlewood Lions Club Elizabeth G. Cauthen** Cavalier Pharmacy, Inc.* China Garden Terry E. Chisenhall & Gina Chisenhall ’89* City of Martinsville Albert Lee Clark ’85 & Michelle P. Clark ’87*** Mike Clisso* Coeburn High School College & Career Scholarships, Inc. Bobby H. Colyer, Sr. ’57 & Margie L. Colyer**** Mike Combs & Sheila B. Cox Combs ’72**** Perry V. Cook ’70 & Saundra P. Cook*** Lucy Corr Village Volunteer Auxiliary County of Wise** Crutchfield Corporation* William G. Crutchfield, Jr.* George E. Culbertson ’57 & Nancy B. Culbertson ’77**** Cumberland County Public Schools Foundation, Inc. Ralph Cummins & Carolyn Cummins** Van W. Daniel III**** Richard Davidson & Phyllis L. Davidson*** W. Scot Davis & Denise S. Davis Delta Coals, Inc.*** Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Germany Alumnae Chapter Designing Smiles Cosmetic Dental Centre Dickenson County Fair Dickenson County Freewill Baptist Conference** Keith Dishner & Linda Q. Dishner ’71**** D. Michael Donathan** Bernard E. Dotson, Jr.* Double T, LLC Dale C. Dunn, M.D. East Carter’s Valley Ruritan Club F. Wayne Edwards ’62 & Brenda P. Edwards**** Lu Ellsworth & Phyllis P. Hatcher ’75* Environmental Monitoring, Inc. Ervinton High School ESI, Inc.* Thomas Francis Farrell II & Anne Tullidge Farrell Fellowship of Christian Athletes First Bank & Trust Company* FALL 2009


First Community Bank, N. A. Food Country USA #20 Roger D. Fraley & Irene Foust Fraley* The Galax Foundation for Excellence in Education Gene H. Garrett ’78 & Bonnie Garrett** William A. Goins & Rhonda K. Goins ’90* Grand Lodge Scholarship Fund Greenspring Village, Inc. Andrew K. Gurney ’63 & Barbara Gurney* Don C. Hall Memorial Foundation Garland A. Hall ’91 & Melissa Hall* Mary D. Hancock Elsey A. Harris III & Amelia J. Harris** Ray M. Harris Scholarship Haysi High School Ron Heise & Julia R. Heise*** William C. Horne ’91 & Rebecca Horne ’91** Ruth B. & George T. Huff Scholarship International Scholarship and Tuition Services, Inc. Charlie R. Jessee ’62 & Jill Jessee ’62 Jewell Smokeless Coal Corporation**** John I. Burton High School John S. Battle High School Judith E. Johnson ’94** Sewell F. Johnson, Jr.** Gary W. Juhan & Lynne C. Juhan** The Justin Foundation K. S. & J. Roustabout Services, Inc. Kahn and Garrett DDS Robert D. Kilgore & Courtney Lynn Kilgore ’89*** William D. Kilgore, Jr. & Christa Kilgore* S. Alex Knox & Deborah P. Knox**** L & D Well Service, Inc. George & Frances Lambert Scholarship Wilma R. Lambert** Steve Lawson ’78 & Valerie S. Lawson ’87*** The Lee-Jackson Foundation Jeffrey N. Leftwich ’89 & Barbara O. Leftwich John C. Marion & Janet Marion Martinsville Area Community Foundation Julia Matney Math Scholarship J. T. Minnie Maude Charitable Trust Miners Exchange Bank**** Preston W. Mitchell*** Jean D. Moore Motive Power, Inc. Danny G. Mullins ’70 & Kim Mullins** Freddie E. Mullins ’71 & Karen S. Mullins ’74* Frederick J. Mullins ’66 & Jennifer Mullins* Jack B. Mullins** N. Carroll Mullins ’70*** The National Bank of Blacksburg National Merit Scholarship Corporation Oscar Neece & Sharon Neece ’90* Nelson Co. Summer Festival, Inc. Don Newlon & Cynthia Johnson Newlon ’92** Norton City Schools Norton Insurance Agency, Inc.* Payless Super Markets**** Scott Perkins & Rhonda M. Perkins ’73*** Pine Mountain Lumber, LLC Don R. Pippin ’58 & Gloria R. Pippin ’73**** Bess R. Poff Scholarship Foundation, Inc. Randall J. Porter ’80 & Gina A. Porter ’81 Powell Valley National Bank*** Josephine C. Propper* Quesenberry’s, Inc.* Ford C. Quillen Scholarship Fund** Rainbow Gymnastics* Bill Ramseyer & Mary A. Ramseyer***



Christopher W. Ratliff ’98 & Sonya Renee Ratliff ’02* Rising Mount Zion Baptist Church J. Philip Robbins & Patricia P. Robbins Betty M. Roberts Joe H. Roberts & Lona W. Roberts* Romak Construction, Inc.** Edwin R. Roop ’76 & Karen M. Roop**** Thurston Rose ’63 & Mary Ann Rose ’63**** Rotary Club of Bluefield, VA Rotary Club of Scott County The Scholarship Fund of Alexandria* Scholarship Program Administrators* Andy Scott ’05 & Wendy B. Scott* Seabee Memorial Scholarship Association Second Chance Learning Center SWVA James P. Senter ’60 & Ginger Rose Senter Ben F. Sergent & Nancy H. Sergent* Bobby L. Shortt & Judy D. Shortt Norma A. Siemen ’85**** Tommy Skeens ’72* Joseph C. Smiddy & Reba Graham Smiddy**** Smith Mountain Lake Lions Club South-West Insurance Agency**** Sportswise*** St. Paul High School Iloe Read Stallard** Tracy Stallard Ervin Stiltner* Strongwell* Student VA Education Association Sturgill Funeral Homes**** Sturgill Law Office, PC* Jeffery Allan Sturgill ’74 & Kathy Sturgill Ronald B. Sturgill ’56 & Barbara S. Sturgill Sykes Enterprises, Inc.* Tazewell Baseball Boosters, Inc. Tennessee Grocers Education Foundation Theta Theta Lambda Chapter William A. Thompson III & Jan Chaffin Thompson* John D. Tickle Samuel Tierra Geneses Hair Salon UVa-Wise Alumni Association** Valley Broadcasting & Communications, Inc. Victory Christian Fellowship Roger C. Viers ’64 & Beverly W. Viers**** Virginia Association For Family & Community Education, Inc. Virginia Baptist Foundation, Inc. Virginia Baptist Mission Board Virginia Business and Professional Women’s Foundation Virginia Credit Union, Inc. Virginia High School Virginia Sheriffs’ Institute, Inc. Jesse Walker Foundation David W. Wall & Frances M. Wall ’73*** Walton Family Foundation, Inc. Bruce Wasem*** H. H. Webb & Nora Midkiff Webb Benevolent Trust Roy L. Wells ’56 & Ruth B. Wells**** Westmoreland Coal Company Sam M. Wharton ’65 & Debra A. Wharton ’78*** Thelma M. White ’73 William Byrd High School Philip C. Williams S. Hoyt Williams & Dawneda F. Williams**** Carolyn S. Winters ’82* Wise County Animal Hospital**

Winston Witt & Judy Witt*** Wolfe, Williams Rutherford & Reynolds** The W. A. Wolfe, Jr. & Phyllis P. Wolfe Foundation The Woman’s Club of Lynchburg Danny L. Wood ’75 & Phyllis B. Wood ’75** D. A. Woolfrey Jr. Foundation Terry W. Wright & Dinah J. Wright ’84** Yenli Yeh Isam Zibdeh & Iman Zibdeh ’88***

FOUNDER’S SOCIETY ($500 to $999) A & A Enterprises, Inc. Anonymous**** Bob Adkins & Teresa Adkins American Legion Post 229 David B. Amos ’03 & Stephanie Amos Greg Andranovich ’78* Anonymous Nell Asbury** Auxiliary to Wellmont Lonesome Pine Hospital Steve Banner & Rita Jo Banner ’74* Barnette Enterprises, Inc.*** Jerry C. Bentley & Karen Lynn Bentley Pat R. Bevins ’94* Clifton P. Bishop & Sara A. Bishop Gilmer W. Blackburn & Martha Burke Blackburn* Brian Keith Blanton ’92 & Daphne Dawn Blanton ’93** Briar Wood High School Brookville Band Boosters Keith Bumgarner & Theresa Bumgarner Taylor R. Burgess ’95 Wesley D. Burke & Karen Y. Burke ’84* Robert J. Cantrell ’78 & Eileen Cantrell* Joseph R. Carico ’95** Castlewood High School Chateau Morrisette, Inc. Chesterfield Cheerleading League Ray A. Chitwood ’78 Clintwood High School Coeburn Civic League* Colgard Outdoor Sports* Terry Collier* Copper Creek Ruritan Club James S. Cox ’75 & Susan Leigh Cox ’73*** Johnny Crewey Memorial Sports Scholarship Luciano D’Amato & Janice D’Amato*** Double Kwik Kleaners Claude E. Elkins, Jr. ’93 & Ruth A. Elkins* Ronald K. Elkins & Katherine McDermott Elkins Simeon E. Ewing & Glenda F. Ewing** Falcon Coal Corporation* Farmers & Miners Bank* Jim Flanigan Doug Fleming & Sue Ellen Fleming* Franklin County High School Fraternal Order of Eagles John D. Fulton Gasco Drilling, Inc. Bill Gatton Greg Gilbert & Dawn Gilbert ’82** Earl S. Gillespie & Sylvia P. Gillespie ’58* James B. Gilley & Irene K. Gilley Terence M. Gilley ’78 Grayson County High School The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation Louella Short Greear ’64*** Dwayne A. Grimes ’05 & Kriseda W. Grimes

Delvin L. Hairston Scholarship Fund Gary A. Harvey ’91 & Melissa Harvey* Haysi Kiwanis Club, Inc. A. Darrell Holbrook ’73 & Joy P. Holbrook ’77*** Frances L. Holbrook ’77** Noah W. Horn†* Betty M. Humphreys** Hunt Commercial Properties Group International Coal Group, Inc. Robert Isaac, Sr. & Dorothy Isaac*** J. A. Street & Associates** Jackson River Technical Center Betty M. Johnson*** Robert M. Joines & Lorene E. Joines Tim Jones ’81 & Martha S. Jones* Joy Mining Machinery Keith Family Limited Partnership Kevin R. Kilgore ’86 & Hattie J. Kilgore ’88* Kingsport Chamber Foundation, Inc.* Kingsport Times News Kirkwood Otey Chapter No. 10, U. D. C. Kiwanis Club of Cosmopolitan Kingsport Klockner Pentaplast of America, Inc. Gregory Lee Kress ’81 & Tracy Kress L. C. Bird High School Band Boosters Michael R. Lambert ’78 & Ginger Lambert ’78* Tony Lawson ’74* Lynchburg Area Detachment #759 Marine Corps League, Inc. Donnie Maine & Rita E. Maine* MASCO Builder Cabinet Group Maxim Engineering, Inc.* Frank B. Mayorshi ’61 & Gerry Mayorshi ’56**** Benjamin R. Mays ’85 & Kim Mays Tommy McAmis & Denese McAmis Ricky Dean Meade ’89 & Holly P. Meade** Frank D. Molinary ’72 & Constance W. Molinary ’80* Richard G. Motley & Reva A. Motley Jettie Greer Mullins ’97* Kevin W. Mullins ’93** Mutter Insurance NAPA Auto Parts*** Nash & Powers Insurance National Association of College Stores National Philanthropic Trust Eddie W. Neely & Jeni L. Neely ’74* Noah Horn Well Drilling, Inc.* Norfolk Southern Corporation Michael E. O’Donnell & Jill O’Donnell**** Everette B. Orr ’76 & Linda D. Orr** Osbourn Park Choral Boosters Oxbow Corporation John W. Peace II & Tabitha H. Peace ’00* Philip Morris USA Inc. Augusto A. Portuondo & Daisy Portuondo** Laura D. Pritchard ’91* Marcia K. Quesenberry** Paul R. Quillen ’56 & Mary Addington Quillen ’85* Fred L. Ramey, Jr. ’88 & Jessica Lynn Ramey ’88*** Norman C. Ratliffe & Mabel C. Ratliffe* Rhythm & Roots Reunion Robinette Steel*** Robert H. Sage ’79 & Laura M. Sage*** Johnny Salyers & Jenny L. Salyers Cathy L. Sandidge ’71****

S. Buford Scott & Susan Bailey Scott* Susan B. & S. Buford Scott Trust Fund* Larry Sexton & Jennifer V. Sexton Shawnee Girl Scout Council, Inc. Phil Shelton* Shockoe Missionary Baptist Church Eddie Skeens ’76 & Marianne H. Skeens Joshua Ryan Skeens ’02* Joseph Carl Smiddy Southwest Surgical* St. Mark’s Church John R. Stafford III* Joe Stallard & Pat H. Stallard*** K. Matthew Stanley ’04 & Kimberly M. Stanley ’06 Rodney D. Stanley ’97 & Laura Gail DeelStanley ’98 Staunton River High School Football Booster Club Billy J. Stewart & Louanna B. Stewart Kathy Thacker Stewart ’77*** Edward G. Stout ’71 & Linda D. Stout ’72* Ralph Stuart Stowers Scholarship May B. Straughan* Tallwood High School Kenneth J. Tiller & Gillian Huang-Tiller Timberland Express, Inc. David Tipton Scholarship Fund Town of Wise* TRANE United States Bowling Congress The University of Virginia’s College at Wise Student Services* Anthony Ray VanNostrand ’85 & Raye Jean M. VanNostrand* Virginia Academy of Science Virginia Burgular & Fire Alarm Association of N O V A Virginia Division United Daughters of the Confederacy Volunteer High School Wampler Appraisal Service* Russell Wampler ’90 & Jenny Lee Wampler ’04*** G. C. Wharton IV* J. Clayton Willis ’56 & Shirley G. Willis**** Brian S. Wills & Elizabeth S. Wills ’74**** Wise Business Association Wise County Chamber of Commerce** Radford E. Wolfe & Shirley J. Wolfe**

CAVALIER SOCIETY ($300 to $499) Michael H. Abbott ’82**** J. D. Adams & Sherry Adams ’88 Ad-Out, Inc.** Rick Amari & Mary Ann Amari ’89 Arlington Police Beneficiary Association, Inc. Axton Baptist Church Bobby Bates & Debbie J. Bates Adam M. Bell ’00 & Tammy N. Bell ’99 Michael D. Berry ’05* John C. Blanton ’62 & Judith A. Blanton ’62** Lowell Blevins & Rosemary Blevins** David S. Burgess ’94 & Rachel D. Burgess ’06 Gary D. Burgess & Linda Burgess Callao Ruritan Club Mark A. Caruso & Carol B. Caruso Bruce Chamberlin Tommy N. Chester ’73****

Chilhowie Christian Church Clarke County High School Cochran Industries, Inc. Zachary K. Cochran ’83 & Charlotte J. Cochran Bill Collie & Pam J. Collie ’93** Roderick Alan Colyer ’84 & Valeri J. Colyer ’83**** Diane Cornett ’88 Otho E. Craft, Jr. & Margaret Hollyfield Craft** Curtis Deel Insurance Agency* Sharon S. Daniels ’88*** Clinton F. Dean & Peggy J. Dean* Roger B. Dingus & Carla S. Dingus James W. Dotson & Sylvia J. Dotson* Dover Baptist Association Robert H. Easterling* Edward Jones Investments Terry W. Edwards ’83 & Gleda A. Edwards Paula C. Ely Fairbanks Coal Kristina Feeser Ricky H. Fogg & Michele P. Fogg ’80** Gap Development Corporation* Bill Gembach & Rue Gembach Jerry G. Gibson & Kimberly A. Gibson ’84 S. Michael Goodnough & Rita H. Goodnough Gretna High School Blake Harrison Memorial Scholarship Ernest F. Harvey Francis C. Hayes & Anna G. Hayes Glynn Helbert & Fredia Helbert* Keith D. Horton & Ann N. Horton ’81 Walter San Horton & Barbara W. Horton Bob Howard ’77 & Susan Howard** Jack R. Howard & Patricia K. Howard* Joe T. Howard & Frances F. Howard ’70**** Innovative Graphics & Design, Inc. James W. Joines & Drucilla Joines Dennis F. Kern ’72* Joe Douglas Kilgore & Brenda M. Kilgore** Nolan L. Kilgore ’67 & Betty L. Kilgore ’67* James R. Lawson ’94 & Lori Lawson L. B. Lyle & Betty Lyle** Archie Maggard & Marsha Maggard* Dwayne E. Maggard & Carla Maggard** Brenda S. McClellan ’66* Royce V. Meade & Linda S. Meade* Preston D. Miller, Jr. H. Ronnie Montgomery & Sandy Montgomery* Mountain Energy Resources, Inc. Thomas E. Neff ’86 & Rene M. Neff New Peoples Bank, Inc.** North Carolina Community Foundation J. Clay Parker ’96 C. E. Pendleton & Betty J. Pendleton Perry Cook Signs Gregory Perry & Carol L. Perry Bob Pippin John C. Pollak & Harriette Pollak* Mark Ramsey & Suzanne Adams-Ramsey ’80 Redman Family Trust Ron Redman & Carolyn K. Redman Richlands High School Riggs Oil Company, Inc.* Arnie Riggs* Edward A. Riner ’79* Troy Robinson & Mary C. Robinson ’82**** Danny Ray Rowland ’84** Paul D. Sarvela & Debra A. Sarvela ’79** FALL 2009


Ronald David Sheppard, Jr. & Carla D. Sheppard* Terry L. Shortt**** Shane Stapleton Neal Stidham & Donna S. Stidham ’84* Michael L. Still ’84 & Kathy L. Still ’84 Thomas E. Neff Insurance Agency Thompson & Litton* Thrower, Blanton & Associates, P.C.* Todd’s Hair Studio* Charles A. Vestal ’92 & Lorraine A. Vestal Patricia Ward* Walley Witt ’70***

CENTURION SOCIETY ($100 to $299) A & A Employment Services, Inc. Kevin W. Abel Charles A. Absher & Chollie B. Absher Access College Foundation Christopher Achua & Pauline Reed-Achua* Don G. Adams & Anna Adams** James W. Adams ’94 & Stephanie R. Adams ’92*** J. Marty Adkins ’85 & Marybeth M. Adkins ’92* Darlene Phipps Ahrens ’78 George Aichel & Zelma M. Aichel** Bonnie M. Aker ’73* Ben E. Allen & Dotty Allen Paul D. Altarez ’99* Ray D. Ammon & Teresa H. Ammon Mike Anders & Sandra Anders Kathy C. Andersen ’80* Timothy Scott Anderson ’05 Appalachian After Hours Care PC Appalachian Community Federal Credit Union Appalachian Technical Services* Terry E. Arbogast & Odelia G. Arbogast* Jack R. Arnold ’58 & Darlene Arnold Donald H. Askins & Gloria Jewell Askins ’73 Alan Atwood & Suzi Atwood* Jim Baird & Paula C. Baird ’76 Eddie Baker & Judy D. Baker ’78 John D. Baker ’71 & Joanna M. Baker Larry O. Baker ’67 & Patricia A. Baker*** Drema C. Bales Ralph E. Bandy, Jr. ’88 & Debora D. Bandy ’80 Anne Barker ’89* Gary L. Barker ’65 & Sue Anne Barker* Claire A. Barnette Billy Bartlett & Allison Bartlett Bartlett’s Hometown Heating & Cooling George M. Barton ’81 & Lisa Barton ’81 Michael G. Basham & Betty Basham*** BCBE Properties LLC Martha D. Beach M. A. Bean Pat Bean John P. Beck Clarence L. Begley Belcher Trophies LLC Jerry Bell & Trina Bell Bella Gose, LLC Charles W. Bennett ’58* Charles David Bentley ’70 & Katherine Sue Bentley ’81 David Bentley Beta Sigma Phi, Virginia Alpha Phi, Chapter 3092 Jack H. Beverly, Sr.* P. Scott Bevins ’89 & Becky Bevins ’91*



John E. Black & Rowena S. Black* Glenn Blackburn & Jere N. Blackburn*** C. R. Blair* Blake & Moody CPA’s, Inc. Allen Blanken Donald W. Blansett ’71 & Teresa Blansett* Brandon D. Blanton & Amanda G. Blanton Dennis R. Blevins ’90 & Shannon R. Blevins ’91 Robert C. Bloomer ’91 & Elise M. Bloomer Teresa Scott Boggs* Wendell C. Boggs & Tana M. Boggs Lawrence Bolling, Jr. ’73 & Sandy Bolling** Timothy R. Bolling ’84 & Gina Bolling Wallace Bolton Gary L. Bond ’62*** Bonnie Aker Rentals, LLC Helen Bowen* Michael Bowman Rick E. Bowman ’80 Louise Stone Bragg William Lee Brannon & Belinda L. Brannon Branson Construction, Inc. Danny L. Breeding & Ginger T. Breeding ’77 John H. Brickey, Jr. & Shirley R. Brickey John H. Brickey III ’86** Bristol Office Supply, Inc. Don Brooks* Sean Andrew Brown ’94 Valerie A. Bruce* Robert Burton Donnie Cagle* Bill W. Call & Betsy C. Call Christopher G. Campbell ’89 Alan A. Campoli Shawn Carpenter & Jonette Dixon Carpenter ’01* Carroll Engineering Company Clifton W. Carson & Regina R. Carson* Julie D. Cartagena ’86 C. Joseph Carter ’04 & Kristina L. Carter ’04* Cassell Electric Company, Inc. Billy Cassell Sandra M. Cassis CGMW Properties, LLC Terrell R. Chamberlin & Helen P. Dotson ’75 Dorothy Chittester Elijah J. Christman ’03 The Church of the Good Shepherd Scott Church & Deidre Anne Church ’84**** Helen M. Clark** James E. Clark & Phyllis J. Clark Mark W. Clark & Leigh G. Clark* Inis L. Claude, Jr. & Marie S. Claude Roger Clevinger John E. Clogston & Reita R. Clogston Cochran Family Foundation* George M. Cochran & Lee S. Cochran* Dave Cole Casey B. Colley Wendi Leigh Collier ’96 James J. Collins & Joan F. Collins*** Robert D. Collins & Pamela Minor Collins ’79 Robert D. Collins ’88 & April D. Collins ’93 Robert Ronald Collins ’59 & Barbara Benko Collins*** Randy V. Compton ’74 & Phyllis Compton* B. V. Cooper & Shirley F. Cooper ’75 Thomas V. Cooper & Constance S. Cooper* James E. Cornett & Sue Cornett* Dwight Counts Michael D. Cox Crabtree Buick-Pontiac Mike Craft

Alexander T. Crockett & Rebecca L. Crockett* Anna Lee Culbertson** Eugene Carl Culbertson & Mildred W. Culbertson** Steve D. Curran ’75**** Matthew Cusano & Jacqueline Cusano* Gary Cutlip & Bobbie Cutlip AnnaMarie D’ Souza D. J. Radiator Sales & Service John Dale Steve Dallman Dari Delite LLC Data Ensure, Inc. David A. Blevins Insurance Agency* Whitney Davis & Kimberly T. Davis ’92 C. Fletcher Dean ’86 & Jane Meade-Dean ’89** John Y. Dean Martha G. Dean Thomas W. Dean & Amy S. Dean ’83 Timothy Ray Dean William R. Deel ’74 Mark DeLeon ’08 & Melissa W. DeLeon ’02 Diamond Jewelry Wholesale* Deanna Dickenson* Ron W. Dickenson ’71 & Judy G. Dickenson ’74 Feng S. Din Cleo E. Dingus Charlotte C. Dison ’56* David E. Dodson & Linda L. Dodson Robert L. Dorton Chad Dotson David Dotson & Henrietta Dotson Rosalind Dreyfus Jeffrey H. Driver & Terri C. Driver ’86* Joseph L. Drum ’70 & Sandy Drum Larry Dye Lawrence Eagle & Ellen Elizabeth Sovern** Donald E. Earls ’61 & Sandy Earls Neva Edds Alex Edwards ’80 Jeffery L. Elkins ’86 & Cindy A. Elkins S. Michael Evans & Wanda R. Evans Extreme Fitness, Inc. Fab Shop, Inc. Imogene O. Fields Kathy Sutherland Finn ’84* James Allen Fischer ’61 & Sue Fischer*** Rose E. Fischer* Larry Fish ’63* Flaming Coal, Inc. Dana C. Fleming Jackie O. Fleming & Crystal B. Fleming Foggyboot Enterprises, LLC* Alycia Fogle Jason Fogleman Erwin Forrest Charles B. Foulkrod & Sarah S. Foulkrod* Foundation for the Tri-State Community, Inc. J. Keith Fowlkes & Talitha Fowlkes Jack E. Fox & Betty Fox Leon R. Fox & Shirley Fox Sally B. Frazer Fred Arrington Trucking Co, Inc. Freedom Ford Teddy Fryatt & Tonya Fryatt David Wayne Fuller ’89*** Brock Anthony M. Funk ’08 & Terri A. HillFunk ’07 Raymond W. Gallagher & Linda Hill Gallagher ’71 Rick D. Galyean & Cathy L. Galyean James H. Garrett Stephen Garrett & Debbie Garrett ’75

Gilford Gibson* Margaret E. Gilbert ’71* Mike G. Giles & Lisa S. Giles Tyler G. Giles ’03* Garnett P. Gilliam & Carolyn B. Gilliam ’63* Gary Gilliam ’79 & Tracey L. Gilliam ’98 Patricia A. Gilliam ’73 Sterling L. Gilliam†** Glass Slipper Bridal Boutique, Inc.* Kara L. Goins ’98 Frank Good†* Louise Witt Good* John N. Graham & Blanche H. Graham Sam D. Graham, Sr. & Jane O. Graham Larry D. Greear ’72 & Kaye K. Greear ’74 Eric T. Greene ’91 & Kathy M. Greene Allen Gregory & Ann Y. Gregory** Paul R. Guill & Patricia H. Guill ’92 George H. Gumm & Rebecca T. Gumm* John E. Guy ’87 & Gail Guy* Hagy & Fawbush Funeral Home, Inc.* Roger B. Hagy, Jr. ’05 J. C. Hale & Donna G. Hale ’71 John R. Hall & Joan C. Hall ’61*** Richard A. Hall ’70 & Doris M. Hall** Jo Anne Harding ’76* Brian M. Harris ’05 & Amanda K. Harris ’04 Doug Harris Robert G. Harrison & Susan P. Harrison* Bradley C. Hart ’01 & Bridgett B. Hart ’01 Charles W. Hartgrove ’97* Gary L. Hartsock ’73 & Deborah M. Hartsock Jason M. Harvey ’00 & Olivia M. Harvey ’03 Bennett K. Hatfield & Debbie Hatfield Chris Haverly Bob L. Hayes ’59* HDC Builders, Inc. Kirby Hearl**** Ben Hendrickson, Jr. Dennis G. Hensdill & Glenna B. Hensdill ’77* Reed Hensley James A. Hepner, Sr. Jennifer G. Hickman ’83 Highlands Equipment Supply LLC Bobby W. Hill & Bernice Hill Kevin D. Hill ’03 & Elizabeth A. Humphreys-Hill ’05 Larry J. Hill ’62 & Brenda Hill**** Mr. Michael K. Hill & Robin Cook Hill George L. Hiller & Laura M. Hiller Heath Hillman James E. Holbrook Roger A. Holbrook* William J. Hooper & Barbara Hooper Jim Hopkins Chad Horvat ’06 Judith A. Hounshell Gene Hubbard & Martha Carol Hubbard ’84 Jim D. Hughes ’71* Michael H. Hughes ’71 & Alice Hughes ’77** Michael R. Hughes & LeAnn M. Hughes* Joseph F. Hunnicutt ’82 & Crystal G. Hunnicutt Fran G. Hunt ’80 & Martha Hankins Hunt ’81* Impressions of Norton, Inc.* James O. Ireson ’90 & Sherri R. Ireson*

Mary J. Isaac ’73** Robert E. Isaac, Jr. ’85* J & M Parts Delivery, Inc. Karen Jackson Ronald L. Jackson & Brenda H. Jackson ’78 Craig B. James & Sheryl T. James Jennings Insurance Agency* John W. Jerrell ’97 & Bethany H. Jerrell ’95 Jerry B. Peters Sales, Inc. Jessee Real Estate Albert S. Johnson ’71 & Sandra Johnson ’71 Benny Johnson Christopher A. Jones & Tammie W. Jones Sandra L. Jones ’97* Homer W. Jordan ’61 JR’s Home Repairs Phillip C. Justice, Jr. ’97 K & F Venture LLC Gregory Kallen* Tim Keen Kennedy Enterprise LLC Harold Kennedy, Sr. ’55 & Billie Pat Kennedy**** J. Jack Kennedy, Jr. ’78 Thomas A. Kennedy ’92 & Natasha M. Kennedy**** Tommie D. Kennedy & Laurie M. Kennedy Travis Kennedy, Jr. ’90* Lonnie L. Kern & Ada L. Campbell* Bobby L. Ketron & Suzan H. Ketron ’85*** Randall Kilgore & Dana G. Kilgore**** H. Matt King & Haley M. King Harold G. Kirk & Donna M. Kirk C. Scott Kiser ’00 & Kristy J. Kiser ’00 Jack Kiser & Mary B. Kiser* Joseph B. Kiser ’00 & Selena M. Kiser ’00 Oren Eugene Kitts & Kathy B. Kitts Jim A. Knight & Jeanette D. Knight*** Charles E. Koiner & Linda B. Koiner Christopher L. Kommes ’94 & Karen Kommes Joseph R. Koons & Nancy A. Koons Carolyn R. Krams Bobby Kyle Eric N. Lane ’99 & Misty H. Lane* Wayne R. Lane & Linda A. Lane* Ronnie Large & Jane Kilgore Large Roy R. Laster* Lawn Rangers, LLC Lawson Water Conditioning* Charles F. Lawson Clint Lawson, Jr. ’76* Judy D. Lawson ’81 Skip Lawson & Kristi Lawson* Warren S. Leap III ’00 & Lydia B. Leap ’00 Lee Supply Company Bill J. Lee & Mary Jane Lee**** Dante S. Lee & Lisa S. Lee* Robert A. Leonard ’57 & Robin K. Leonard*** Liberty Towing Service LLC Robert E. Linkous & Ronda Linkous Joseph Lipari Dwayne Lipe Little Acorn Oil Company Lonesome Pine Orthopaedics PLC Robin Lovell Jo Lozier Frederick A. Luntsford, Jr. ’71 & Ava Gail Luntsford*** Derek N. Lyall ’02 Stephen R. Madden, Jr. & Marietta A. Madden Maggard Sales & Service

Lynn Michele Manchester ’96 & Kathleen M. Wachala Robert L. Mandell & Jacquelyn A. Mandell James Maness** Paul Marcum ’61* Michael Martin & Marquerite Martin Jonathan Keith Mason ’02 Michael B. Mason ’72 & Teresa Stepp Mason ’77* Robert Massie & Rebecca A. Massie ’84 James E. Masters & Suzanna E. Masters William F. Maxwell ’59 & Marilyn Maxwell* McAfee Law Firm, PC Chris McCall ’05 & Lena F. McCall ’01 Mike McCall & Jennifer A. McCall* Ron D. McCall ’72 & Linda McCall*** W. Frederick McClellan ’76 & Robin M. McClellan ’77 Dan McCoy** Emory W. McCoy & Janet M. McCoy Mark W. McCoy & Jennifer L. McCoy Robert G. McCoy & Hilda S. McCoy Steve McCoy & Wilma McCoy** Frederick C. McDonald & Nancy B. McDonald John T. McGuire ’99 & Misty D. Matching Gift Corporations‡ Allstate Giving Campaign Bank of America Bank of America Foundation Eli Lilly and Company Foundation Fannie Mae Foundation GEICO Corp. GlaxoSmithKline Foundation KPMG Foundation LabCorp Corporate Community Affairs Lexis-Nexis Merck Partnership For Giving Merrill Lynch & Company Nationwide Foundation R. J. Reynolds Foundation VF Foundation Wachovia Foundation ‡About Matching Gifts Almost 1,000 corporations match gifts made by employees, board members, retired employees and spouses to their institution of choice. Matching gifts enable you to double or even triple your gift to UVa-Wise. Alumni and friends receive full credit and recognition for personal gifts as well as corporate matches. Participation is simple. Just search the HEP/CASE Matching Gift Network at www.matchinggifts.com/rit to find out if your company matches gifts and to obtain contact information for the program manager. Please obtain a matching gift form, complete the form, submit it to your employer and watch your gift grow! Thank you for making the extra effort – and for your doubled support! If you have additional questions, please contact the Office of Development at 276328-0129. FALL 2009


McGuire ’99 Rod McKinnis Randy McMahon ’80 & Laura McMahon*** David W. McMillan ’97 & Sascha E. McMillan James W. Meade ’63 & Myra Meade Richard D. Meade ’71* Virginia H. Meador*** William B. Medlin Ronald W. Meister & Jane M. Sovern** Blakley A. Mellinger ’06 & Amy T. Mellinger Joseph G. Messer ’71 & Deborah B. Messer* Toby Middleton & Glenis Middleton Ronald S. Miles and Kathy S. Miles** Anna K. Miller ’00* Duane A. Miller ’94** James H. Miller & Mary Ann Miller** James L. Miller II & Kyla Bohon Miller ’88** Shane Miller & Jennifer R. Miller*** William H. Miller ’66 & Patricia Miller** Prospero M. Miranda, M.D. & Elsa S. Miranda Moccasin Gap NAPA* John Mooney Jeffrey B. Moore ’92 & Angela G. Moore ’93 Randy Moore ’80 & Imelda Moore ’81* Thomas Moore & Darlene H. Moore** Allen Morefield E. M. Morgan Jewell B. Morgan ’76* Morris Concilium Group Morris Michael Mosberg & Brenda K. Mosberg ’71 Kris Motz ’95 & Sandy Motz James C. Mullen & Laura W. Mullen Mullican Flooring Bryan L. Mullins & Michelle F. Mullins* Chris Mullins David W. Mullins Don J. Mullins ’56 & Cathy D. Barker* Donnie R. Mullins ’83 & Janie A. Mullins** Emory A. Mullins ’90 & Justin M. Mullins Freddie E. Mullins ’96 & Marnie Rae Mullins ’97 James Ron Mullins & Nola L. Mullins ’83 James Wesley Mullins* Mark A. Mullins ’96 & Robin R. Mullins Roger W. Mullins & Sue C. Mullins Tom E. Mullins & Alma R. Mullins** Muskingum Behavioral Health Staff Lyle C. Mutter Mark W. Mutter Richard Myers & Cathy Sue Yates-Myers ’78 National Group Protection, Inc. David C. Nauss & Patricia J. Nauss* Steven E. Nauss Russell D. Necessary ’87 & Martha C. Necessary** Stephen W. Niece, Jr. ’05 & Katie H. Niece Bob G. Nixon and Sharon H. Nixon* Norton Track & Roller Inc. Thomas R. Novelly & Nancy Freitas Novelly NRV Investments Ronald D. Oakes & Phyllis A. Oakes Richard J. O’Brien & Valerie M. O’Brien Jeffrey O’Quinn & Dawn Allison O’Quinn ’89* Jack R. Orcutt & Lynne M. Orcutt Dennis Orr & Mona L. Orr** C. Cole Osborne ’05 Stephanie T. Osborne ’04 Michael L. Owens & Eileen M. Owens Joseph C. Palumbo & Sandra C. Palumbo Judith Paranthaman S. K. Paranthaman†



Charles H. Parsons, Sr. & Sue Parsons**** Jennifer L. Partin Wesley M. Pattillo & Zelma M. Pattillo ’58** Norman Payne & Joyce Payne Richard H. Peake** Dan Pennington Florine B. Pennington** Michael L. Perry ’05 Personalities Salon Edwin M. Phillips ’69 & Frances M. Phillips ’71* Glyn R. Phillips, Jr. & Paulette B. Phillips ’87* Ray Phillips Jerome R. Pietras & Kathleen D. Pietras Sharon M. Pigeon ’68 Joe M. Pilkenton & Janice Pilkenton*** F. Scott Pippin & Kathy A. Pippin* James Poitier ’05 Brownie E. Polly, Jr. & Barbara C. Polly*** Kristen Paige Porter ’78 J. T. Potter, Jr., M.D., P.C. Krista M. Poulton ’05 Powell Mountain Energy, LLC Robert L. Powell & Sharon A. Powell Lyndon R. Powers ’81 & Joyce Powers Tony G. Powers ’87 & Patricia A. Powers Pro-Art Association Providence PTO C. Michael Puckett ’66 & Marketta H. Puckett Matthew H. Puckett ’95 & Susan B. Puckett Bob Quillen & Myrl Quillen** Renata R. Quillen* Elizabeth H. Ramsey Joe D. Rasnick ’82 & Glenda K. Rasnick* Donald R. Ratliff ’84 Joey L. Ratliff ’94 & Christa L. Ratliff ’95 Ronald S. Ratliff ’74 & Teresa T. Ratliff ’00 Mark A. Raymond ’99 & Miranda Raymond Barbara Ann Reed*** Linville G. Reed†**** Thomas M. Reed & Deata T. Reed ’73 Julie A. Reeder ’79 Brian Reilly ’84 Reuben’s ATV’s and Cycles Larry Richardson & Betty Richardson** William D. Ridenour & Nancy C. Ridenour Ridgeview Real Estate James S. Riggs** Jason Riggs & Karen Ely Riggs Walter E. Rivers & Teresa E. Rivers*** William C. Robbins & Mendy Jo Robbins Doug Roberts & Rochelle Lynn Roberts ’01** Neal Jason Roberts ’96 & Lori A. Roberts ’97* Bruce K. Robinette & Patsy Y. Robinette**** Robinson Auto No. 3 Bradley D. Robinson ’01 & Laura F. Robinson ’01* Roger’s Auto Sales* Leonard David Rogers ’85 & Donna Rogers ’96*** Stanley Rogers & Ruby W. Rogers ’74*** George S. Roland & Teresa I. Roland ’66 Tony D. Roop ’97 & Amy D. Roop** Vada Rose* David L. Rouse* Justin B. Runyon ’98 Mark D. Russ, M.D. Joe B. Salyer, Jr. & Nancy H. Salyer ’80* Joe Salyers Greg L. Sanders* H. W. Sandidge, Jr.†** Helen F. Sandidge** Jane Ann Sandidge* Sarah Sandidge

Joe A. Scardo ’63 & Gerry Scardo** Steven T. Schlotterbeck & Brenda L. Schlotterbeck Margie Schoenewald Jimmy Seay Sidney R. Sewell & Carolyn W. Sewell ’78* Eugene T. Seymour & Elizabeth Seymour Ricky A. Shelton* James W. Shiner, Jr. & Vicki B. Shiner ’76 Bobby J. Short ’90 & Angela Short* R. Mack Shupe Signature Printing & Graphics Roncie Silcox ’70 & Lettia P. Silcox William Clark Siler & Carol Chamberlin Siler ’89 Brenda Sizemore Glen “Skip” Skinner & Jan P. Zentmeyer* Brack E. Slate ’68 & Rosemary M. Slate Christina Smith ’00* Ella M. Smith ’04* Lane A. Smith III ’89 & Honi Smith** Mark D. Smith & Debra L. Smith Maureen T. Smith C. Scott Snodgrass ’89 & Elizabeth P. Snodgrass ’88 Carl R. Snodgrass ’58 & Louise A. Snodgrass* Jacob P. Somervell ’99 & Cynthia E. Somervell ’99 Don Sorah & Wanda Sorah Southwest Disposal, Inc.* Maurice A. Sovern & Georgia M. Sovern* Kenneth Spurlock, Jr. & Martha Spurlock James W. St. Clair & Doris Arrington St. Clair St. Paul Builders & Supply Company* B. R. Stafford Addison M. Stallard & Elizabeth H. Stallard F. Harold Stallard ’66 & Katherine B. Stallard ’71 Lee Stallard ’69**** Bobby D. Stanley* Dennis F. Stanley & Teresa C. Stanley Don Stanley Mary Sue Starnes Roy T. Starry & Georgia B. Starry ’73 Al Stecker & Jane B. Stecker**** John W. Steffey ’93 Paul Richard Steinman III & Karen A. Steinman ’63 Danny L. Sterling & Kimberley P. Sterling ’97** Jentlea E. Stewart ’71 Keith D. Stewart & Joan S. Stewart ’99 Bobby Ray Stidham* Misty N. Stidham William N. Stokes, Jr. ’74 & Toni Gilliam Stokes ’74* Clarence Stone II ’74 & Marilyn K. Stone* Michael Strouth ’80 & Carolyn S. Strouth ’67* C. Jeffrey Stump Robert Stump & Alice M. Stump Larry D. Sturgill ’84 & Patricia Sturgill Mark E. Sturgill ’90 & Kimberly H. Sturgill ’89* Robbie Dane Sturgill ’72 & Judy B. Sturgill William J. Sturgill & Tara Dishner Sturgill ’04 Richard A. Sult ’62 & Sondra A. Sult Robert F. Summers & Twila F. Summers ’70 J. Kenneth Surber, Jr. ’78 & Julia A. Surber* Tommy Swisher Clifford F. Tabor, Jr. ’82 & Karla S. Tabor Barry Tapscott Glenn O. Tapscott James G. Tarvin & Lisa W. Tarvin Jim Tatum

Debra J. Taylor Tazewell Wrestling Club Michael Thomas & Karrie M. Thomas* Anne A. Thompson Charles Thompson & Tammy Thompson James C. Thompson & Melissa M. Thompson Jerry Tiller ’58 & Linda G. Tiller ’67* Kevin D. Tiller TK Logging, Inc. A. Leon Tomblin & Jenny L. Tomblin Tony Powers and Associates Trevor Supply Company, Inc.* Turkey Gap Coal Company, Inc.* Catana Turner* Debbie Vanover Steven L. Vest & Gayle S. Vest* Tommy R. Vestal ’03 Lucille G. Vicars Virginia Gamma Zeta Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa Sorority, Inc. David P. Volk & Heather L. Volk R. L. Wallen ’76 & Jennifer S. Wallen Jonathan Walters Charles R. Ward ’76 & Brenda H. Ward ’76 Ernie W. Ward & Debbie Ward** Claude V. Warren & Berniece Warren** G. B. Washburn, Jr. & Krystal F. Washburn Edwin D. Watson ’76 & Debra D. Watson ’91**** Michael Wells Western Branch Girls Softball Booster Club Roger D. Whitaker ’70 & Brenda L. Whitaker Emmet T. White & Betty Orr White ’66 Jerry Wayne White ’74*** Damon L. Williams ’90 & Melanie S. Williams*** David L. Williams ’67 & Ann L. Williams** Sandra E. Williams ’58 Shirley J. Williams* Leo Stanley Willis & Barbara M. Willis**** Ross Wilson Stan Wilson & Linda H. Wilson**** Joyce R. Winston**** Wise County School Board Joseph A. Wolfe** Joseph E. Wolfe ’72 & Jami Wolfe** Ella Wood Lawrence C. Worley & Ann M. Worley ’73 John W. Wright & Kay D. Wright** Michael D. Wright ’72 & Diane D. Wright* Troy W. Wright* Bobby L. Yates & Mildred Kirby Yates ’71* Roman Zylawy & Eileen Zylawy

RED & GRAY SOCIETY ($1 to $99) AARP Big Stone Gap Chapter 4455* Dorothy C. Adams ’93 Wade Adams & Jennifer L. Adams ’00 Mary R. Adcock ’77 Mark Addington & Lori Kay Addington ’99 Norma J. Addison ’09 Drew Adkins Matthew L. Adkins ’07 Robert E. Allen & Sherry Ann Allen ’88 Grace M. Allio ’70

Barry Wade Allison ’92 & Mary Beth Allison ’00** Dale Allison ’96 & Sherry C. Allison ’00 Alpha Psi Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma International Melisha A. Alsup ’07 Festus Amarteifio ’09 American Hometown Publishing, Inc. Victoria C. Anaele-Dibia ’09 D. E. Anders & Joyce M. Anders Patsy L. Anderson ’71* Bruce F. Angell & Dana K. Angell ’79 Anonymous Appalachian Gardens LLC Appalachian Graphics, LLC Dan Appel & Cheryl E. Appel ’95 Michael C. Archer ’08 Daniel D. Armstrong ’97* Camden E. Arthur ’98 & Alida Kuhn April G. Ashby ’09 James P. Ashley & Sandra D. Ashley ’86** Michael G. Auby & Laura E. Auby ’87 Verda K. Ayers ’71 Cathy L. Baker ’79 D. Greg Baker ’82 Danny Baker ’97 & Anne Marie Baker ’86 Eric S. Baker & Leslie T. Baker Mary B. Baker ’80 Russell L. Baker ’72 & Brenda A. Baker David Barker Michael Barnette ’97 & Michelle H. Barnette ’97 Michael R. Barnette Shana D. Barnette ’99 Larry R. Basenback & Penny L. Basenback James R. Beason George E. Belcher & Nancy K. Belcher ’83 Gary D. Bellamy & Carol O. Bellamy ’70 James W. Bellamy, Jr. ’97* Creed Beverly ’57 & Elizabeth T. Beverly Melissa Coleen Bevins ’01 BHS of Lake Norman Inc. Doyle Bickers & Phyllis M. Bickers Ernest D. Blackburn & Jean Blackburn Slade Blair Robert A. Blevins ’90 & Cindy L. Blevins ’91 Benny A. Bloomer ’63 Daniel Garland Board ’92 & Deanna P. Board Garry L. Bogan, Jr. ’04 James D. Boggs ’79 & Donna E. Boggs ’81* Joseph C. Boggs, Sr. & Karon K. Boggs Michael A. Bolling & Robin M. Bolling Thomas W. Bolling & Diane Bolling Amy C. Bond ’75 Robert E. Botts ’72 & Mrs. Diane Botts Jetta L. Bova Beth Ann Bowman ’99 Felix Don Bradley & Lois Ann Bradley ’90 John P. Bradwell & Amy Lynn Bradwell ’97 J. Harry Bratton ’57 Jeffrey W. Bray ’00 & Kelly M. Bray Wayne Brickey & Sue Brickey George Brooks & Hazel M. Brooks Mildred Brooks Ricky Lee Brown ’04 & Rachel W. Brown ’04 Phyllis Brummitte* James W. Bryant ’77 & Dianna Gail Bryant ’02 George S. Burgan ’89 Kellie S. Burke ’05 Pamela K. Burke ’05 William Butler & Antonia R. Butler Jessica R. Cain ’05*

Mark A. Calhoun ’78 & Sandy Calhoun* Jeanne V. Callaway ’79* Joseph M. Calloway ’07 & Lori M. Calloway ’06 James E. Campbell Frank J. Cantone & Teresa L. Cantone Frank W. Cantone & Rosaria Sarah Cantone Kayla L. Cantrell ’08 Lucille C. Carico Lue E. Carson Carl L. Carter ’62 & Rita C. Carter* David M. Carter & Betty Wells Carter ’72 Matthew A. Carter ’04 & Susanna G. Carter David Wayne Carty ’73 & Rebecca H. Carty ’73* Timothy H. Carty ’91 John D. Cassell ’63 & Janice W. Cassell Dara N. Castle ’09 Aaron F. Cathell ’06 & Ashley L. Cathell ’07 James N. G. Cauthen & Helen M. Cauthen James A. Chapman ’91 & Mary C. Chapman Betty Charles Robert L. Childers & Debborah Childers* Robert Edgar Childress ’84 & Nancy E. Childress William P. Childress ’03 Venus Clark ’57 Paul Lesley Clendenon ’95 & Cindy Renee Clendenon Johnathan K. Clevinger ’05 & Jennifer Clevinger Fred R. Coeburn, Jr. ’93 & Hye Cha Coeburn Teri S. Coffey Troy C. Coffey & Virginia D. Coffey Adam Cole ’06 & Rachel A. Cole ’06 Darrell H. Cole & Judy Diana Cole ’87 James N. Collie & Sherry Collie Carter Collins ’56 & Anna B. Collins Michael D. Collins ’08 Nathaniel L. Collins & April L. Collins ’03 Britt C. Colvin Bobby Colyer, Jr. ’80 & Elva K. Colyer ’01 Frank Colyer & Shirley J. Colyer Edward D. Conley & Pam K. Conley ’84* Jim Cook & Betty L. Cook Julie Cook Chris Cooper ’06 Michael Counts ’72 & Deanna K. Counts* Matthew R. Cradic ’04 Danny Craft & Doris B. Craft ’72 Eric Craft & Elizabeth “Opie” Craft ’95 R. Jack Cress ’63 & Marian W. Cress Curtis R. Crews & Peggy B. Crews John A. Crockett ’86 & Shelli R. Crockett* Tamsyn M. Crosswhite ’09 Gary E. Crum & Millicent S. Crum Vincent Dale ’99 & Christy M. Dale ’00* Kevin O. Dalton ’00 & Mary A. Dalton Michael D. Darnell ’86 James L. Daugherty ’72 & Paula Daugherty* Patricia D. Davenport ’98 Arthur B. Davies IV ’77 & Nancy W. Davies Cruce Davis & Linda C. Davis ’84 Danny D. Davis & Monica L. Davis ’97 Greta Denise Davis ’77 Jefferson W. Davis ’95 & Rebecca J. Davis Eric M. Dean ’06 Mark Deel & Patricia C. Deel ’95 Ritchie S. Deel ’05 Adam DeLeon ’04 & Alicia DeLeon William Andrew Delph, Jr. ’97 & Kelly McBride Delph Michael V. Denmark & Tammy L. Denmark FALL 2009


Chad Dickenson & Susan L. Dula Dickenson ’97 Donald Elmer Dingus & Joetta Nash Dingus ’57** Jason M. Dingus & Jenni L. Dingus ’04 Dixon Educational Consulting Danny L. Dixon ’70 & Maxie L. Dixon Doris’s Beauty Shop Cory Dotson Robin D. Dotson ’81 & Karen D. Dotson ’83 Valice M. Dougherty Jimmie Doyle & Vivian Doyle Gary L. Dutton & Gayle Sandefur Dutton ’02 Thurman Dykes & Judy Dykes Theodore Eagle Jeanette Ecker Gregory P. Edwards ’70 & Christina Edwards ’70 Ray Eldridge ’83 & Norma J. Eldridge* R. G. Ellis & Susan R. Ellis Ray Ellis & Mary Ellis Doug Elosser & Bonnie Elosser Wesley L. Elswick & Brenda K. Elswick ’86* Kenneth W. Ely ’71 & Anna F. Ely Charlotte W. Estep ’70* Steven Estes & Donna Kay Estes ’78 Thomas F. Evans & Diane C. Evans Timothy Fanney & Linda Fanney Travis W. Fannon ’09 & Megan S. Fannon ’06 David M. Farley & Judith G. Farley ’65 Daniel W. Fast & Teena M. Fast ’90 James C. Fawbush Russell L. Fee & Stephanie S. Fee ’87 Julie S. Fields ’09 Brandon Fletcher & Heather D. Fletcher ’08 John D. Floyd & Jacquelin H. Floyd Roger L. Ford & Becky Ford Betty L. Fox ’65 Edsel B. Fraley ’88 & Charlene H. Fraley* Ed Franks ’94 & Shannon C. Franks ’94 Reba P. Frazier ’09 Robert L. Frost, Sr. & Brenda A. Frost Robert Lee Frost, Jr. Ronald H. Fuller ’56 and Carole Fuller Fred Tiny Funk, Jr. & Roxanne C. Funk Eric A. Gardner ’02 & Katherine Gardner ’97 Roger L. Gardner ’71 & Linda M. Gardner William A. Garnett & Sammie L. Garnett ’65 Damion T. Garrison ’02 Christopher L. George & Carla Anne B. George ’91 Kate G. Gerhard Brian K. Gibson ’91 James H. Gibson ’62 & Lorene A. Gibson ’57 Bill P. Gill & Jolene Gill Catherine M. Gillespie Katharine Scott Gilliam and Alexander G. Gilliam, Jr. Denny R. Goss & Sandra I. Goss ’74 Barbara I. Gover Maurice J. Gover Tom Goyens Frank W. Gravely & Australia Gravely Greater Wise #2 Day Shift Charles L. Greer & Delores J. Greer Gary W. Grimes & Mary A. Grimes Mike Grimes & Patricia J. Grimes ’04 Stephen L. Groshel ’94 & Carla Groshel Thomas F. Haigler and Thomas F. Haigler G. Thomas Haines & Pamela F. Haines* Blake Hall & Ann Hall ’90 Kevin T. Hall & Tammy Sue Damron-Hall ’89 Carla B. Hallstead ’87 Anzie Allen Hamm & Eulane B. Hamm



Josh M. Hamm ’05 & Jamie A. Hamm Bill Hampton Hank Hankins & Mary N. Hankins* Sharon T. Harris ’84 Tiffany Elizabeth Harris Zantara B. Harrison ’09 K. David Hart & S. Hope Hart ’70 Wayne Hawkins & Bridgette A. Hawkins ’94 Pat Haynes & Judy Haynes Tim Haynes & Diana H. Haynes ’98* David Henderson Stephen C. Hesford & Kimberly A. Hesford Carter Hess Darrell Hess & Vickie L. Hess ’89 Edward Hess & Pamela D. Hess ’73 Aaron C. Hicks ’97 & Candi N. Austin-Hicks Marilyn A. Hilliard R. W. Hilt & Jane C. Hilt ’75 Jerry L. Hobbs & Victoria Johnson Hobbs ’83 Bobbie Jo Hodges ’94 Debbie K. Hogg* Holding Funeral Home, Inc. Jerry E. Hollyfield ’77 & Cynthia Ann Hollyfield ’82 Bill Holsclaw Rose M. Holyfield Darin G. Honeycutt & Katie M. Honeycutt ’93 Nathan A. Hood ’04 & Jessica L. Hood ’05 Jermiah C. Hopkins ’06 & Ann-Delyse Hopkins ’07 Leigh P. Hopp & Sarah F. Hopp Michael D. Hoskins ’84 Dennis C. Hubbard ’79 Jeff Hubbard & Becky Hubbard Larry Hubbard & Diane Hubbard William R. Hubbard ’63 Charles D. Hunt ’64 & Rosalind W. Hunt Steve Hurst & Yvonne R. Hurst Walter E. Hylton & Melinda Kay Hylton ’02* Brian D. Ison & Dottie S. Ison ’86 Jackie’s Shiver Shack Clemon L. Jackson & Gloria J. Jackson ’79 Janet Miller Jensen ’75 Danny B. Jessee ’72 & Rosemary B. Jessee* Edward L. Jessee & Ranessa O. Jessee Gary F. Jessee ’73 & Yvonne Jessee* Drew Johnson ’78 & Pamela S. Johnson ’79 Lisa Johnson Neil Johnson & Andrea Johnson ’93 Peggy S. Johnson Thomas C. Johnson & Sarah M. Johnson ’07 Christopher D. Jones & Carmen R. Jones ’01* John W. Jones III & Betsy T. Jones Roy D. Jones ’72 & Vicky A. Jones* Wendy C. Jones ’88* William Jones & Betty L. Jones ’87* Donnie W. Jordan ’98 & Courtney Love Jordan ’97 Joshua V. Justice ’07 Gonul B. Kaya ’03 William E. Kea ’93 & Paula S. Kea Leanne K. Kelly Ken Edds Properties Dennis L. Kennedy ’79 & Jane C. Kennedy ’78 Travis Kern John H. Kilgore, Jr. ’85 & Rhonda A. Kilgore ’87* Vickie L. King ’83 Sam Kitts & Lenora Lucas Kitts Joseph R. Klochak, D.M.D. Robert M. Kompelien James A. Kring & Sarah Teresa Kring ’83 Laurie Ann Lakatosh ’84* Gregory E. Lambert ’85 & Tana G.

Lambert ’86 David Lane & Vicki Lane Roger D. Langrel & Mary A. Langrel ’67 Marie Lanningham Tabitha L. Lantz Brian W. Lawson & Kimberly A. Lawson James G. Lawson ’58 & Rose M. Lawson Jessica B. Lawson ’09 Donald J. Leech Angie Lemke Rosanne C. Letson ’81* Albert W. Linkous ’61 & Barbara B. Linkous Lindsay M. Lipps ’08 Michael J. Lipps ’02 & Linda P. Lipps ’96* Timmy Lipps & Tammy Lipps Danny L. Lloyd & Mary Ellen Lloyd* Jay T. Lloyd ’08 Allen LoBiondo & Vicki LoBiondo Brian B. Lockhart & Ellen R. Lockhart ’87 Chris L. Lockhart & Lois F. Lockhart Lone Mountain Processing Dan A. Long ’62 & Linda H. Long Chad Longworth ’09 & Kristi F. Longworth ’05 Erik Lough & Hana Zibdeh-Lough ’02 Joshua A. Lowe ’02 Natasha R. Lowery ’09 Jeffrey A. Lutz ’02 & Loretta J. Lutz Nick Lyall ’09 Nadine P. Lyons ’76 Heath Mabe & Wendy M. Mabe ’01 Marjorie M. Mabe ’74 Kenis L. Maciel ’04* Tommy J. Maggard & Cathy A. Maggard ’80 James E. Mahaney & Lisa W. Mahaney ’84 Brian K. Marcus ’94 Richard Marcus & Jo Ann Marcus ’83 Les Marvin & Carol L. Marvin ’89 Joseph S. Matney ’63 & Christinia A. Matney** A. Sidney Maupin & Mildred S. Maupin Lester Maupin & Violet Maupin Robert P. Maupin & Kimberly S. Maupin T. J. McAmis ’00 & Rosiland McAmis Douglas E. McCall & Louise B. McCall J. Wesley McCowan & Reba McCowan Paul McGarry M. Steven McKenzie ’90 & Karyn McKenzie Mark B. McKinney & Rebecca L. McKinney ’05 Jennifer McQueen George L. McReynolds & Glenna Ball McReynolds ’70 Sarah Love McReynolds ’87 * Donald W. Meade & Donna D. Meade Ruby C. Meade ’58* Stephanie Meade Faye G. Metzl ’59 Janice M. Mihelarakis Samuel J. Miles ’00* Timothy P. Miles ’00* Sheila K. Miller ’92 Thomas R. Miller & Rhonda Miller ’68 Allen D. Mink & Kaye C. Mink ’82* Edward Allen Monk & Margaret J. Monk Gratt Monk & Christine Monk Donald Moore & Felicia G. Moore ’91 Jean R. Moore* Lester I. Moore ’75 & Carolyn W. Moore ’75 Steven K. Moore & Suzanne R. Moore ’93 William P. Moore & Rebecca B. Moore Mary C. Morris Denvil Mullins ’59 & Connie P. Mullins E. Mark Mullins ’89 & Amy Leigh Mullins ’92

Jessica D. Mullins ’09 Jonathan E. Mullins ’07 Juanita B. Mullins Michael T. Mullins ’75 & Jeanne Mullins Paula B. Mullins* Phillip C. Mullins & Patricia L. Mullins ’98* Robert M. Mullins Rusty Mullins ’91 & Jennifer C. Mullins Sam Mullins & Kenna L. Mullins ’85 Tona M. Mullins Wallace Mullins & Deborah Mullins Earl N. Mumpower Jr. & Elizabeth A. Mumpower ’71 Mark A. Munsey, Jr. ’56 & Jane S. Munsey ’81 Kimberly Murphy ’04 Keith Mutter & Teresa Mutter NCH Accounting Department Samuel R. Needham & Judy C. Needham ’96* Thomas L. Nelson ’74 Jessica M. Newman ’09 James L. Newton & Betty E. Newton ’83 James W. Nunley & Connie P. Nunley ’72* Ugwuala Nwauche & Cecilia N. Nwauche ’04 Mike O’Bryan & Denise G. O’Bryan ’88* Gene G. Orr & Frances G. Orr Cheyenne D. Osborne ’08 & Heather D. Osborne ’05 Donald R. Osborne & Rebecca K. Osborne Joshua R. Owens & Amber L. Owens ’08 Louit W. Owens ’64 & Mary K. Owens Matthew Oyos & Cindy Wilkey Kimberly C. Painter Charles W. Pangle & Rhonda Pangle* Don F. Parker & Judith A. Parker Michael E. Pendergast ’71 & Alice Marie Pendergast Dorothy P. Perkins J. K. Perkins ’91 & Connie J. Perkins ’90 Zane P. Perkins ’09 Jack C. Phelps, Jr. ’75 & Eva C. Phelps ’75 Paul A. Phillips ’96* Jim Phipps Sheila R. Phipps ’91 J. Freddy Poff & Regina D. Poff ’00 Carroll W. Porter & Patricia K. Porter Joseph H. Porter ’56 & Marie M. Porter Kathryn V. Posey Pound Red Ramblers Joe C. Powers & Susan R. Powers* L. Jeanne Powers ’80 Mike A. Powers & Regina M. Powers ’81 Krista L. Price and Dennis R. Price ’92 Roger Profitt ’98 Anthony Pyanoe ’79 & Nancy J. Pyanoe ’79 Melvin E. Quillen & Phyllis H. Quillen ’75 Michael R. Radcliff & Sherry L. Radcliff B. Robert Raines ’71 & Donna I. Raines ’58 Augustus M. Raney & Pat Flanary Raney Larry W. Rasnake ’71 & Patricia F. Rasnake Carol Rasnick ’76 Christopher Rasnick & Sandra Rasnick ’88 Craig S. Rasnick ’93 & Aimee Rasnick ’92 Paul R. Ratliff & Melissa L. Ratliff Kathy Redman Michael E. Reed

Richard A. Reeves & Jessica Renee Reeves ’01 Daina T. Reynolds ’78 & Jane Brangenberg Reynolds Jasper E. Reynolds ’76 & Rita D. Reynolds ’72 Charles B. Rice ’76 & Katherine B. Rice Bryan C. Richards ’90 & Jani L. Richards Lou Ella Richards Ronald K. Richardson & Willie J. Richardson Danny E. Rife II ’05 Michael E. Rife ’91 & Kelly D. Rife Eliza S. Rigg**** Donald R. Roberts & Dorothy H. Roberts Martha F. Robinson Michael B. Robinson ’03 & Tamara S. Robinson ’93 Susan F. Roche Cody L. Rose ’09 Matthew W. Rose ’06 & Mirandy Easterling Rose ’07 Randy K. Rose ’80 & Ann L. Rose Michael W. Rowland ’80 & Tina D. Rowland Lenda Ruff Patrick Ryan Caroline M. Sabo ’74 Danielle M. Sadler ’04* Frederick K. Saffouri ’97 & Denise Lynn Saffouri ’97* Chad Salyer & Breanne Dotson Salyer ’05* Gary W. Salyer ’75 & Sonia F. Salyer ’90* Jonathon W. Salyer ’08 & Britney A. Lawson ’09 Marlene F. Salyer ’95 Donald H. Salyers, Sr. & Opal G. Salyers Michael F. Samerdyke & Elizabeth Steele Samerdyke Kenneth C. Sanders ’84* Stanley R. Satterfield & Lou Castle Satterfield ’58 Terry Schaaf & Lori Schaaf Albert J. Schramm & Helen Schramm John T. Schropp R. Matt Schwarz & Janice M. Schwarz ’86* Billie Jean Scott Grace S. Scott Jason A. Scott & Julie A. Scott ’03 William D. Scott & Peggy W. Scott ’83** David William Shelton ’93 & Ami M. Shelton* Ashley B. Sheppard ’06 J. Charlene Shortt ’74* Larry Amos Shortt ’70 & Katherine B. Shortt ’75 Tony Cardell Shortt ’70 & S. Kay Shortt ’66* Barry L. Simmons ’91 Matthew Slemp ’05 Erchel Edward Sluss ’58 & Glenda Sluss Danielle C. Smith ’09 H. William Smith ’05* Jamie J. Smith ’00 Karen S. Smith ’85 Kyle Smith & Carrie A. Smith ’98 Luis J. Smith & Sarah J. Pilkenton ’97* Nancy Smith Pearl M. Smith Thomas A. Smith & Kathy K. Smith ’06 Thomas E. Smith ’83 & Page H. Smith Cindi L. Smoot Joshua A. Spears ’07 & Jamie C. Spears ’07 Charles J. Sprinkle & Brenda S. Sprinkle ’93 Steven R. Sproles ’00 & Cassandra J. Sproles ’00

Chris Spurlock Curtis A. Stacy ’74 & Betty H. Stacy ’73* Elizabeth G. Stallard ’57* John L. Stallard & Sara Jo Stallard Jay Patrick Stanley ’96 & Aleasha Stanley Matthew R. Stanley ’05 Randy Doyle Stanley ’78 & Betsy Stanley* Trudy W. Stanley ’67* Karin Ficus Stapleton ’79 David Starnes William H. Starnes, Jr. & Sophie Starnes Muneen J. Stenberg Don Stephens, Jr. & Jonelle Stephens ’85 Andrea J. Stewart ’09 Randall D. Stidham & Vicki A. Stidham ’79 Russell J. Street ’03 & Charlotte Street Gennett Strength ’64 Sheena L. Strouth ’09 Jack C. Sturgill ’57 & Virginia Sturgill Johnny S. Sturgill & Barbara S. Sturgill Fonso F. Sutherland & Clara F. Sutherland ’71 Tim F. Sutherland & Robin M. Sutherland Yvonne K. Sweeney ’71* Farhad Tahbaz & Dina C. Tahbaz ’71* Foster E. Tankersley & Cynthia A. Tankersley* Ashley E. Tanner Calvin B. Taylor & Tina Taylor The Cleaners Arnold H. Thomas & Victoria I. Thomas Phyllis Marie Thomas ’02 HOW PRIVATE FUNDS MAKE A DIFFERENCE UVa-Wise is provided with a base of support from the Commonwealth, but private gifts make the difference by funding scholarships and various projects. During the ongoing construction phase, it’s easy to see how private funding has helped to transform the UVa-Wise campus throughout the years. Below is a list of major projects that were funded fully or in part by private gifts, enhancing the campus. Construction Chapel of All Faiths Dining Commons Gilliam Center for the Arts Betty J. Gilliam Sculpture Garden Humphreys-Thomas Field House Bill Ramseyer Press Box C. Bascom Slemp Student Center Carl Smith Stadium Renovations Bowers-Sturgill Hall Lila Vicars Smith House Science Center lecture hall Zehmer Hall Humphreys Tennis Complex Burchell “Slew” Stallard Field Additions Campbell Slemp Edmonds Wing (at Wyllie Library) Fred B. Greear Gymnasium seating McGlothlin Suite (at Carl Smith Stadium)

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Ronald G. Thomason & Elizabeth Nesbitt Thomason ’89 Town & Country Garden Club Brandi N. Trail Andrew F. Traynor, Jr. Judson R. Trippe, Jr. & Mary Ellen M. Trippe Yvonne A. Tucker ’70 Clifford Turner & Shirley L. Turner Ronny V. Turner & Gloria V. Turner ’71** David Tweel & Carla Tweel Amy L. Varson ’79* Santana L. Vasquez ’07 Joe J. Vaughan & Mary L. Vaughan Tasha Viers ’09 Virginia Financial Innovation Corp. Walter D. Vliet & Molly Day Vliet ’57 Richard Wacker Juanita B. Wade ’72 J. C. Wagner & Mona J. Wagner ’86 Hannah S. Walker ’96 Geri L. Wallace ’78* Daniel L. Wallen ’66 Bruce G. Walzer ’74 & Mary Lou Walzer* Nancy K. Wampler Walter Ware & Andy Ware Hazel W. Washburn Ashley Nicole Watkins ’09 Timothy J. Watkins & Karen D. Watkins ’95 Barbara Jean Wells Barry R. Wells & Martha W. Wells ’73 T. Lynn Wells ’57 William D. Wendle ’93 & Teresa F. Wendle Joseph R. Werling & Elizabeth R. Werling ’99 Adam S. Wharton ’06 Lora C. Wharton ’06 Samuel M. Wharton III ’04 Edwin R. White & Tracey P. White ’84* G. Roger Whited ’90 Greg Whittaker & Chantale Whittaker ’71** Marion M. Wiles ’92 Joe Williams Kevin M. Williams ’94 & Blairanne Williams* Peggy A. Williams ’77 Sara G. Williams ’99 Jeffery L. Willis & Jeannie M. Mullins-Willis ’98* Kelly G. Willis ’92 & Diane E. Willis Regina Willis Danny Wilson J. Milton Wilson & Norma D. Wilson James M. Wilson ’01 & Jessica A. Wilson ’01



M. Blake Wilson, Jr. Jessica A. Winebarger ’09 Rebecca A. Winslow Harold Witt & Dorothy H. Witt Buford H. Wright ’67 & Carolyn S. Wright* Grant W. Wright ’09 Greg Wright & Cindy Wright Allene Smith Yates ’81 Anthony K. Yates Donald Young & Malissa A. Young ’05 Casey L. Zaczek ’09 Christopher Zernel & Laura M. Zernel ’98

Gifts by Class Year Class of 1955 Harold Kennedy, Sr.**** Class of 1956 Carter Collins Charlotte C. Dison* Ronald H. Fuller Carol Sue Gilbert**** Gerry Mayorshi**** Don J. Mullins* Mark A. Munsey, Jr. Joseph H. Porter Paul R. Quillen* Ronald B. Sturgill William J. Sturgill**** Roy L. Wells**** J. Clayton Willis**** Class of 1957 Creed Beverly Betty M. Bolling** J. Harry Bratton Venus Clark Bobby H. Colyer, Sr.**** George E. Culbertson**** Joetta Nash Dingus** Lorene A. Gibson Robert A. Leonard*** Elizabeth Genette Stallard* Jack C. Sturgill Molly Day Vliet T. Lynn Wells Class of 1958 Jack R. Arnold Charles W. Bennett* Morgan E. Bolling** Patricia S. Dale*** Sylvia P. Gillespie* James Glenn Lawson, Sr. Ruby C. Meade* Zelma M. Pattillo** Don R. Pippin**** Donna Inez Ison Raines Lou Castle Satterfield Erchel Edward Sluss Carl R. Snodgrass* Jerry Tiller* Sandra E. Williams

Class of 1959 Robert Ronald Collins*** Bob L. Hayes* William F. Maxwell* Faye G. Metzl Denvil Mullins Class of 1960 James P. Senter Class of 1961 Donald E. Earls Roy Winston Ely**** James Allen Fischer*** Don M. Green**** Joan C. Hall* Homer Wayne Jordan Albert Walker Linkous Paul Marcum* Frank B. Mayorshi**** Class of 1962 John C. Blanton** Judith A. Blanton** Gary L. Bond*** Carl L. Carter F. Wayne Edwards**** James H. Gibson Larry J. Hill**** Charlie R. Jessee Jill Jessee Dan A. Long Richard A. Sult Class of 1963 Wendell Barnette** Benny A. Bloomer John D. Cassell R. Jack Cress Larry Fish* Carolyn B. Gilliam* Andrew K. Gurney* William Roy Hubbard Joseph S. Matney** James W. Meade, Jr. Mary Ann Rose**** Thurston Rose**** Joe A. Scardo** Karen A. Steinman Class of 1964 Louella Short Greear*** Charles D. Hunt Lewey K. Lee**** Louit W. Owens Gennett Strength Roger C. Viers**** Class of 1965 Gary L. Barker* Judith G. Farley Betty Leffel Fox Sammie L. Garnett Sam M. Wharton*** Class of 1966 Brenda Swindall McClellan* William H. Miller** Frederick J. Mullins* C. Michael Puckett Teresa I. Roland

S. Kay Shortt* F. Harold Stallard Daniel L. Wallen Betty Orr White Class of 1967 Larry O. Baker*** Betty L. Kilgore* Nolan L. Kilgore* Mary A. Langrel Trudy W. Stanley* Carolyn S. Strouth* Linda G. Tiller* David L. Williams** Buford H. Wright* Class of 1968 Rhonda J. Miller Sharon M. Pigeon Brack E. Slate Class of 1969 Edwin M. Phillips* Lee Stallard**** Class of 1970 Grace M. Allio Carol O. Bellamy Charles David Bentley Perry V. Cook*** Danny L. Dixon Joseph L. Drum Christina Edwards Gregory P. Edwards Charlotte W. Estep* Ronald C. Flanary**** Fay Bond Gillespie Richard A. Hall** S. Hope Hart Frances F. Howard**** Brenda B. Lee**** Glenna Ball McReynolds Larry J. McReynolds**** Danny G. Mullins** N. Carroll Mullins*** Larry Amos Shortt Tony Cardell Shortt* Roncie Silcox Twila F. Summers Yvonne A. Tucker Roger D. Whitaker Wally Witt*** Class of 1971 Patsy L. Anderson* Verda K. Ayers John D. Baker Donald W. Blansett* Ron W. Dickenson Linda Q. Dishner**** Kenneth W. Ely Linda Hill Gallagher Roger L. Gardner Margaret E. Gilbert* Donna Gail Hale Jim D. Hughes* Michael H. Hughes** Albert S. Johnson Sandra Johnson Frederick A. Luntsford, Jr.*** Richard D. Meade

Joseph G. Messer* Brenda K. Mosberg Freddie E. Mullins* Elizabeth A. Mumpower Michael E. Pendergast Frances M. Phillips* B. Robert Raines Larry W. Rasnake Cathy L. Sandidge**** Katherine B. Stallard Jentlea Emmer Stewart Edward G. Stout* Clara F. Sutherland Yvonne K. Sweeney* Dina C. Tahbaz* Gloria V. Turner** Chantale Whittaker** Mildred Kirby Yates* Class of 1972 Russell L. Baker Robert E. Botts Betty Wells Carter Sheila B. Cox Combs**** Michael Counts* Doris B. Craft James L. Daugherty* James M. Gott*** Larry Douglas Greear James K. Hammond** Danny B. Jessee* Roy D. Jones* Dennis F. Kern* Michael B. Mason* Ron D. McCall*** Frank D. Molinary* Connie Parsons Nunley* Paul L. Phipps*** Rita D. Reynolds Tommy Skeens* Linda D. Stout* Robbie Dane Sturgill Juanita B. Wade Joseph E. Wolfe** Michael D. Wright* Class of 1973 Bonnie M. Aker* Gloria Jewell Askins Lawrence Bolling, Jr.** David W. Carty* Rebecca H. Carty* Tommy N. Chester**** Susan Leigh Cox*** Patricia A. Gilliam Gary L. Hartsock Pamela D. Hess A. Darrell Holbrook*** Mary J. Isaac** Gary F. Jessee* Rhonda M. Perkins*** Gloria R. Pippin**** Deata T. Reed Betty H. Stacy* Georgia B. Starry Frances M. Wall*** Martha W. Wells Thelma M. White Ann M. Worley

Class of 1974 Rita Jo Banner* Randy V. Compton* William R. Deel Judy G. Dickenson Richard B. Gilliam, Sr.** Sandra I. Goss Kaye K. Greear Tony Lawson* Marjorie M. Mabe Karen S. Mullins* Jeni L. Neely* Thomas L. Nelson Ronald S. Ratliff Ruby W. Rogers*** Caroline M. Sabo J. Charlene Shortt* Curtis A. Stacy* Toni Gilliam Stokes* William N. Stokes, Jr.* Clarence Stone II* Jeffery Allan Sturgill Bruce G. Walzer* Jerry Wayne White*** Elizabeth S. Wills**** Class of 1975 Amy C. Bond Shirley F. Cooper James S. Cox*** Steve D. Curran**** Helen P. Dotson Debbie Garrett Phyllis P. Hatcher* Jane C. Hilt Janet M. Jensen Carolyn W. Moore Lester I. Moore Michael T. Mullins Eva C. Phelps Jack C. Phelps, Jr. Phyllis H. Quillen Gary W. Salyer* Katherine B. Shortt Danny L. Wood** Phyllis B. Wood** Class of 1976 Paula C. Baird Jo Anne Harding* Clint Lawson, Jr.* Nadine P. Lyons W. Frederick McClellan Jewell B. Morgan* Everette B. Orr** Carol Rasnick Jasper E. Reynolds Charles B. Rice Edwin R. Roop**** Vicki B. Shiner Eddie Skeens Robert F. Stallard** R. L. Wallen Brenda H. Ward Charles R. Ward Edwin D. Watson**** Class of 1977 Judy Abbott**** Mary R. Adcock

Ginger Tiller Breeding James W. Bryant Nancy B. Culbertson**** Arthur B. Davies IV Greta D. Davis Glenna B. Hensdill* Frances L. Holbrook** Joy P. Holbrook*** Jerry E. Hollyfield Bob Howard** Alice Hughes** Teresa Stepp Mason* Robin M. McClellan Kathy Thacker Stewart*** Peggy A. Williams Class of 1978 Darlene Phipps Ahrens Greg Andranovich* Judy D. Baker Mark A. Calhoun* R. Jeffrey Cantrell* Ray A. Chitwood Donna Kay Estes Gene H. Garrett** Terence M. Gilley Brenda H. Jackson Drew Johnson J. Jack Kennedy, Jr. Jane C. Kennedy Ginger H. Lambert* Michael R. Lambert* Steve Lawson*** Kristen P. Porter Daina T. Reynolds Carolyn W. Sewell* Randy D. Stanley* J. Kenneth Surber, Jr.* Geri L. Wallace* Debra A. Wharton*** Cathy Sue Yates-Myers Class of 1979 Dana K. Angell Cathy L. Baker James D. Boggs* Jeanne V. Callaway* Pamela Minor Collins Gary G. Gilliam Dennis C. Hubbard Gloria J. Jackson Pamela S. Johnson Dennis L. Kennedy Anthony Pyanoe Nancy J. Pyanoe Julie A. Reeder Edward A. Riner* Robert H. Sage*** Debra A. Sarvela** Karin Ficus Stapleton Vicki A. Stidham Amy L. Varson* Class of 1980 Suzanne Adams-Ramsey Kathy C. Andersen* Mary B. Baker Debora D. Bandy Rick E. Bowman Bobby Colyer, Jr. Alex Edwards

Michele P. Fogg** Fran G. Hunt* Cathy A. Maggard Randy McMahon*** Constance W. Molinary* Randy Moore* Randall J. Porter L. Jeanne Powers Randy K. Rose Michael W. Rowland Nancy H. Salyer* Jeannie N. Stallard** Michael Strouth* Class of 1981 Mike L. Allen*** George M. Barton Lisa Barton Katherine Sue Bentley Donna E. Boggs* Robin D. Dotson Ann N. Horton Martha Hankins Hunt* Tim Jones* Gregory L. Kress Judy D. Lawson Rosanne C. Letson* Imelda Moore* Jane S. Munsey Gina A. Porter Lyndon R. Powers Regina M. Powers Allene Smith Yates Class of 1982 Michael H. Abbott**** D. Greg Baker Christopher D. Freeman* Dawn Gilbert** Marcia E. Adams Gilliam*** Cynthia Ann Hollyfield Joseph F. Hunnicutt Susan T. Jordan* Kaye C. Mink* Joe D. Rasnick* Mary C. Robinson**** Clifford F. Tabor, Jr. Carolyn S. Winters* Class of 1983 Nancy K. Belcher Zachary K. Cochran Valeri J. Colyer**** Amy S. Dean Karen D. Dotson Terry W. Edwards Ray Eldridge* Jennifer G. Hickman Victoria Johnson Hobbs Vickie L. King Sarah Teresa Kring Jo Ann Marcus Donnie R. Mullins** Nola L. Mullins Betty E. Newton Barbara R. Phipps*** Peggy W. Scott** Thomas E. Smith Class of 1984 Timothy R. Bolling

FALL 2009


Karen Y. Burke* Robert E. Childress, Jr. Deidre Anne Church**** Roderick Alan Colyer**** Pam K. Conley* Linda C. Davis Kathy Sutherland Finn* Kimberly A. Gibson Sharon T. Harris Michael D. Hoskins Martha Carol Hubbard Laurie A. Lakatosh* Lisa W. Mahaney Rebecca A. Massie Becky Matney Donald R. Ratliff Brian Reilly Billy B. Rose Danny R. Rowland** Kenneth C. Sanders* Jo Stewart**** Donna S. Stidham* Kathy L. Still Michael L. Still Larry D. Sturgill Tracey P. White* Dinah J. Wright** Class of 1985 J. Marty Adkins* Albert Lee Clark*** Dirk P. Davis** Robert E. Isaac, Jr.* Suzan H. Ketron*** John H. Kilgore, Jr.* Gregory E. Lambert Benjamin R. Mays Kenna L. Mullins Mary Addington Quillen* Leonard David Rogers*** Norma A. Siemen**** Karen S. Smith Jonelle Stephens Anthony Ray VanNostrand* Class of 1986 Sandra D. Ashley** Anne Marie Baker Fred A. Bays** John H. Brickey III** Julie D. Cartagena John A. Crockett* Michael D. Darnell Clinton Fletcher Dean** Terri C. Driver* Jeffery L. Elkins Brenda K. Elswick* Dottie S. Ison Kevin R. Kilgore* Tana G. Lambert Thomas E. Neff Michelle W. Rose Janice M. Schwarz* Mona J. Wagner Class of 1987 Laura M. Auby Michelle P. Clark*** Judy Diana Cole Stephanie S. Fee John E. Guy*



Carla B. Hallstead Betty J. Jones* Rhonda A. O. Kilgore* Charlene Large Valerie S. Lawson*** Ellen Renee Lockhart Sarah Love McReynolds* Russell D. Necessary** Paulette B. Phillips* Tony G. Powers Class of 1988 Sherry Adams Sherry Ann Allen Ralph E. Bandy, Jr. Robert D. Collins Diane Cornett Sharon S. Daniels*** Edsel B. Fraley Wendy C. Jones* Hattie J. Kilgore* Kyla Bohon Miller** Denise G. O’Bryan* Fred L. Ramey, Jr.*** J. Lynn Ramey*** Sandra Gwen Rasnick Elizabeth P. Snodgrass Iman R. Zibdeh*** Class of 1989 Mary Ann Amari Anne Barker* P. Scott Bevins* George S. Burgan Christopher G. Campbell Gina L. Chisenhall* Tammy Sue Damron-Hall David Wayne Fuller*** Mary Elizabeth Gibson Vickie Lynn Hess Courtney L. Kilgore*** Jeffrey Neal Leftwich Carol Lee Marvin Ricky Dean Meade** Jane Meade-Dean** E. Mark Mullins Dawn Allison O’Quinn* Carol Chamberlin Siler Lane A. Smith III** C. Scott Snodgrass Kimberly H. Sturgill* Elizabeth Nesbitt Thomason Class of 1990 Dennis Ray Blevins Robert A. Blevins Lois Ann Bradley Tamara S. Ely**** Teena M. Fast Rhonda K. Goins* Ann Hall James O. Ireson* Travis Kennedy, Jr.* M. Steven McKenzie Emory Allen Mullins Orana Sharon Neece* Connie J. Perkins Bryan C. Richards Sonia F. Salyer* Bobby J. Short* Mark E. Sturgill*

Russell Wampler*** G. Roger Whited Damon L. Williams*** Class of 1991 Becky Bevins* Cindy L. Blevins Shannon R. Blevins Robert C. Bloomer Timothy H. Carty James A. Chapman Carla Anne B. George Brian K. Gibson Eric T. Greene Garland A. Hall* Gary A. Harvey* Rebecca Horne** William C. Horne** Felicia G. Moore Rick L. Mullins** Rusty Mullins J. K. Perkins Sheila Rae Phipps Laura D. Pritchard* Michael E. Rife Barry L. Simmons Debra D. Watson**** Class of 1992 Stephanie R. Adams*** Marybeth M. Adkins* Barry Wade Allison** Sally S. Baird**** Brian K. Blanton** Daniel Garland Board Kimberly T. Davis Patricia H. Guill Thomas Arnold Kennedy**** Sheila K. Miller Jeffrey B. Moore Amy Leigh Mullins Cynthia Johnson Newlon** Dennis Ross Price Aimee Rasnick Charles Anthony Vestal Marion Marshea Wiles Kelly G. Willis Class of 1993 Dorothy C. Adams Daphne Dawn Blanton** Fred R. Coeburn, Jr. Pam J. Collie** April Dawn Collins Claude Edward Elkins, Jr.* Katie Meade Honeycutt Andrea H. Johnson Greg Jordan* William E. Kea Angela G. Moore Suzanne Renee Moore Kevin W. Mullins** Craig S. Rasnick Tamara S. Robinson David William Shelton* Brenda Sprinkle John W. Steffey Bill D. Wendle

Class of 1994 James W. Adams*** Pat R. Bevins* Sean A. Brown David S. Burgess Ed Franks Shannon Christine Franks Stephen L. Groshel Bridgette A. Hawkins Bobbie Jo Hodges Judith E. Johnson** Christopher L. Kommes James R. Lawson Brian K. Marcus Duane A. Miller** Joey L. Ratliff Kevin M. Williams* Class of 1995 Cheryl E. Appel Taylor Raymond Burgess Joseph R. Carico** Paul Lesley Clendenon Elizabeth “Opie” Craft Jefferson W. Davis Patricia C. Deel Bethany H. Jerrell Kris Motz Matthew H. Puckett Christa B. Ratliff Marlene F. Salyer Karen D. Watkins Class of 1996 Dale Allison Wendi L. Collier Linda P. Lipps* Lynn Michele Manchester Freddie E. Mullins Mark A. Mullins Judy Christian Needham* J. Clay Parker Paul A. Phillips* Neal Jason Roberts* Donna Rogers*** Jay Patrick Stanley Hannah S. Walker Class of 1997 Daniel D. Armstrong* Danny Baker Michael Barnette Michelle H. Barnette James W. Bellamy, Jr.* Amy Lynn Bradwell Monica L. Davis William Andrew Delph, Jr. Susan L. Dula Dickenson Katherine Gardner Charles W. Hartgrove* Aaron C. Hicks John W. Jerrell Sandra L. Jones* Courtney Love Jordan Phillip C. Justice, Jr. David W. McMillan Jettie G. Mullins* Marnie Rae Mullins Sarah J. Pilkenton* Lori A. Roberts* Tony D. Roop**

Denise Lynn Saffouri* Frederick K. Saffouri* Rodney D. Stanley Kimberley P. Sterling** Class of 1998 Camden E. Arthur Patricia Diana Davenport Laura Gail Deel-Stanley Tracey Lynn Gilliam Kara L. Goins Diana Heath Haynes* Donnie W. Jordan Patricia L. Mullins* Jeannie M. Mullins-Willis* Roger Profitt Christopher W. Ratliff* Justin B. Runyon Carrie A. Smith Laura M. Zernel Class of 1999 Lori Kay Addington Paul D. Altarez* Shana DelForge Barnette Tammy Nelson Bell Beth Ann Bowman Vincent Dale* Eric N. Lane* John Thomas McGuire Misty D. McGuire Mark A. Raymond Cynthia Elaine Somervell Jacob P. Somervell Joan S. Stewart Elizabeth R. Werling Sara Griffith Williams Class of 2000 Jennifer L. Adams Mary Beth Allison** Sherry C. Allison Adam M. Bell Jeffrey W. Bray Christy M. Dale* Kevin O’Neal Dalton Jason Matthew Harvey C. Scott Kiser Joseph B. Kiser Kristy J. Kiser Selena M. Kiser Lydia B. Leap Warren S. Leap III T. J. McAmis Samuel J. Miles* Timothy P. Miles* Anna K. Miller* Tabitha H. Peace* Regina D. Poff Teresa T. Ratliff Christina Smith* Jamie J. Smith Cassandra J. Sproles Steven R. Sproles Class of 2001 Melissa Coleen Bevins Jonette Dixon Carpenter* Elva K. Colyer Bradley Chadwick Hart Bridgett Barnette Hart

Carmen Robertson Jones* Wendy Martin Mabe Lena F. McCall Jessica Renee Reeves Rochelle Lynn Roberts** Bradley Dave Robinson* Laura Faye Robinson* James M. Wilson Jessica A. Wilson Class of 2002 Dianna Gail Bryant Melissa Worley DeLeon Gayle Sandefur Dutton Eric Allen Gardner Damion T. Garrison Melinda Kay Hylton* Michael J. Lipps* Joshua Aaron Lowe Jeffrey A. Lutz Derek N. Lyall Jonathan K. Mason Sonya Renee Ratliff* Joshua Ryan Skeens* Phyllis Marie Thomas Hana Zibdeh-Lough Class of 2003 David B. Amos William P. Childress III Elijah J. Christman April L. Collins Tyler G. Giles* Olivia M. Harvey Kevin D. Hill Gonul B. Kaya Michael B. Robinson Julie A. Scott Russell J. Street Tommy R. Vestal Class of 2004 Garry L. Bogan, Jr. Rachel W. Brown Ricky Lee Brown C. Joseph Carter* Kristina L. Carter* Matthew A. Carter Matthew R. Cradic Adam DeLeon Jenni L. Dingus Patricia J. Grimes Amanda K. Harris Nathan A. Hood Kenis L. Maciel* Lawton Mullins Kimberly Murphy Cecilia N. Nwauche Stephanie T. Osborne Danielle M. Sadler* Ella M. Smith* K. Matthew Stanley Tara Dishner Sturgill Jenny Lee Wampler*** Samuel M. Wharton III Class of 2005 Timothy Scott Anderson Michael D. Berry* Kellie Sue Burke Pamela K. Burke

Jessica R. Cain* Johnathan K. Clevinger Ritchie Scott Deel Dwayne A. Grimes Roger B. Hagy, Jr. Josh M. Hamm Brian M. Harris Jessica L. Hood Elizabeth A. HumphreysHill Kristi F. Longworth Chris McCall Rebecca Lynn McKinney Stephen Wendell Niece, Jr. C. Cole Osborne Heather D. Osborne Michael L. Perry James Poitier Krista M. Poulton Danny E. Rife II Breanne Dotson Salyer Andy Scott* Matthew Slemp H. William Smith* Matthew Rodney Stanley Malissa A. Young Class of 2006 Rachel D. Burgess Lori M. Calloway Aaron F. Cathell Adam Cole Rachel A. Cole Chris Cooper Eric M. Dean Megan S. Fannon Jeremiah C. Hopkins Chad Horvat Blakley A. Mellinger Matthew W. Rose Ashley B. Sheppard Kathy K. Smith Kimberly M. Stanley Adam S. Wharton Lora C. Wharton Class of 2007 Matthew L. Adkins Melisha A. Alsup Joseph M. Calloway, Jr. Ashley L. Cathell Terri Anne Hill-Funk

Ann-Delyse Hopkins Sarah M. Johnson Joshua V. Justice Jonathan E. Mullins Mirandy Easterling Rose Jamie Chandler Spears Josh A. Spears Santana L. Vasquez Class of 2008 Michael C. Archer Katherine E. Baldwin Kayla L. Cantrell Michael D. Collins Mark DeLeon Heather D. Fletcher Brock Anthony M. Funk Lindsay M. Lipps Jay T. Lloyd Cheyenne D. Osborne Amber L. Owens Jonathon W. Salyer Class of 2009 Norma J. Addison Festus N. Amarteifio Victoria C. Anaele-Dibia April G. Ashby Dara N. Castle Tamsyn M. Crosswhite Travis W. Fannon Julie S. Fields Reba P. Frazier Zantara B. Harrison Britney A. Lawson Jessica B. Lawson Chad Longworth Natasha R. Lowery Nick Lyall Jessica D. Mullins Jessica M. Newman Zane P. Perkins Cody L. Rose Danielle C. Smith Andrea J. Stewart Sheena Leigh Strouth Tasha Viers Ashley Nicole Watkins Jessica Ann Winebarger Grant W. Wright Casey Lynn Zaczek

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FALL 2009


OtherWise Not your typical spring break BY ALLIE ROBINSON, UVA-WISE STUDENT


y spring break this year wasn’t terribly different from that of other college students. I packed my bags, grabbed my passport and headed for a sunny destination near the equator. I also took vaccines and signed a “what to do with my body in case I die” form. That’s because instead of hitting the beaches in Cancun or the Bahamas, my destination was the landlocked country of Sudan, which has seen violent civil war for the past 50 years. The north and south of Sudan are driven from each other because of racial, religious, lingual and monetary barriers. The capital, Khartoum—where President Al-Bashir lives—is in the north, and that government is the one that is responsible for the Darfur conflict in western Sudan. In March I went to the town of Yei in southern Sudan with 10 other young adults as part of a mission trip. I became involved through my participation with the UVa-Wise Wesley Foundation. Our team was there for the children. In places like Yei, children are not terribly important. Birth control is not widely used, health care is practically nonexistent, and teenage girls get married and start a lifetime of childbearing. If one lives to be an adult, he or she has earned a voice in the community. Children have little-to-no influence on society. We were there to show them

UVa-Wise student Allie Robinson (left) with Sudanese children

someone cared. During the weekday, we ran a Bible school of sorts for a school of 1,100 children. The school taught kindergarten through seventh grade (most don’t advance past this level), and the kids ranged in age from 5 to about 25. The need to work and raise children and the lack of funds often pull children away from school for several years. Many of the school children had never before seen white people, or at least, not so many at one time. They found our hair and skin fascinating and would touch it to see if it was different than theirs. One morning, I felt a little tug at my elbow and looked down to see a girl comparing my light-colored arm hair to that of my friend’s dark-colored

arm hair, and then looking on her arm to see if she could find some. That moment—and the moments I spent bouncing down the dirt roads avoiding land mines, playing soccer with children who have never seen a stadium and walking through the streets of Yei—taught me that as dissimilar as we of differing nations pretend to be, we have much in common. We value family, desire a functional governing body and try to get by with what we have, loving and aiding those who have less. I went to Africa with the notion of sharing a message of hope and love with Sudanese children, but I came back to the States with that message deeply engrained in my own heart. The children of Africa shared it with me.

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