Volume 41, Number 1 Spartanburg, South Carolina Fall 2008
The Wofford Village â€” award-winning senior housing (page 4)
From the Archives Literary Societies: debating, speaking, and socializing
efore fraternities, before football or baseball, and even before the Civil War, literary societies were an important part of student life at Wofford. These groups' major influences on campus life in the 19th and early 20th century are something of a mystery or curiosity to today’s students and alumni. Few people today have ever heard of them, and if they’re remembered at all, it’s mostly for the artifacts they left behind. What were these mysterious groups, what did they do, and what made them disappear? On Oct. 1, 1854, barely two months into the college’s history, eight students, which was almost the entire student body, met in the chapel to form the Calhoun Literary Society. Named for John C. Calhoun, the first literary society was also the first in a long series of student organizations on campus. They formed the society because they were “desirous of perfecting ourselves in the useful arts of public speaking, and of cultivating fraternal feelings….” They chose officers, appointed committees, and began holding weekly meetings. In their early days, the societies met on Friday nights, usually for several hours. The faculty gave the society a room in Main Building, and members raised funds to furnish it. Among their early purchases were several spittoons, and members were fined severely for missing the spittoon. For four years, the society grew with the student body, inducting virtually all new students into membership. Once the Calhoun Society had become too large, a second society, the Preston, was formed by 15 students. Named in honor of South Carolina College President and U. S. Senator William C. Preston, the society initially suffered from being smaller than the Calhoun, as the Calhoun members used their larger numbers to award their members most campus offices and honors. Eventually the societies worked out agreements to share those responsibilities equally, and over time, their numbers became more equal. A history of the Preston Society notes that the only furnishings in their room at first were two benches, a small table and two candles, but they soon remedied this problem. During the Civil War, with most students away, the two societies merged briefly into the “Consolidated Society,” an arrangement that lasted through the fall of 1866. For half a century, these two societies met weekly, sponsoring debates, declamations, and social events. In 1872, the Board of Trustees made society membership mandatory, ruling that “the faculty ought not to permit any student to remain in college who declined to unite with one of them.” The faculty and trustees considered participating in the societies as an important part of a student’s training. In the oral culture of the late 19th century South, the ability to speak in public and exercise leadership in a community was an important part of a student’s preparation. The societies, then, were training ground for public speakers of all stripes, and societies proudly claimed legislators, lawyers, judges, and clergy among their alumni.
Pictures of two literary society presidents: T. O. Lawton, class of 1904, president of the Calhoun Literary Society (left), and E. L. Culler, class of 1897, president of the Preston Literary Society. In the 19th century, their weekly meetings went something like this: The roll was called, minutes read, queries for future debates suggested, essays read and questions debated. Following debate, there would be an oration at least once a month, and the miscellaneous business was transacted. Any excuses a member might have could be presented, assignments for the next debate made, and the roll called one more time to make sure no one had left without an excuse. Finally, the meeting would adjourn. Truly these were well-organized groups, with presidents, vice presidents, critics, censors, recording and corresponding secretaries, and treasurers. The critics were responsible for correcting any errors in pronunciation or grammar, and for keeping time on all debaters, declaimers and speakers. The censors were responsible for reporting any violation of the society’s constitution or bylaws. Most of the officers were excused from debating or making speeches during their term of office, which usually only ran for a third of an academic year. Each month, the society would elect an orator, who would have one month to prepare his address. The societies contributed to the campus well beyond their weekly debates. Many works of art in the college collection came from the literary societies, including several portraits of Wofford’s presidents and the Albert Capers Guerry portrait of John C. Calhoun. The societies each had a library, which eventually became part of the college library. All of the college’s publications – the “Journal,” the “Bohemian,” and the “Old Gold & Black” – were started and initially managed by the societies. As the student body continued to grow, a third society, the Carlisle, named in honor of President James H. Carlisle, was formed in 1905. A fourth, the Snyder, named for President Henry N. Snyder, was founded in 1920. However, the societies had, according to some observers, already entered a period of slow decline by the time the Carlisle came into being. Competition from fraternities, sports and other activities in the growing city of Spartanburg drew attention away from the debating clubs. Even in the 1890s, some students complained about the “flippant” members of one society, suggesting they were in the group only to meet the letter of the faculty’s rules. In fact, only in 1935 was society membership made optional. After that point, many of the societies merged, eventually into one society. It appears that society went out of existence in the early 1950s. The literary societies present an interesting view into life at Wofford through several generations, and the archives holds a collection of society materials that document their weekly and yearly activities. by Phillip Stone ’94
Some of the literary society artifacts in the college’s archives include photos of the society rooms, like this one from the Calhoun Society, and programs from society events.
In this issue...
Wofford’s Student Affairs staff has turned move-in day into a celebration and hearty welcome to the Wofford community. When new students arrive, a fan club of resident assistants and peer mentors greets them with cheers and strong backs. In a matter of minutes, cars are unloaded, and families can enjoy their students’ first day of college.
WOFFORD TODAY... Village wins national award, Medal of Honor recipient visits campus, Wofford fares well in college guides...............4 Shared Worlds finds a home at Wofford..............5 DEVELOPMENT... Santee Cooper sponsors lecture series in conjunction with environmental studies, Wofford’s campaign by the numbers...............6 Faithful Methodists plan scholarship gifts to benefit Wofford students...............7 ON CAMPUS... Hawkins retires, Goldey selected for SENCER...............8 Faculty and staff appointments and promotions...............9 Littlejohn Collection research uncovers insights into Johnson/ Dunlap connection.............10 Community of Scholars stretches academic expectations.............11 Photos from Mt. Athos, pages 16-17
STUDENTS... Students help Boys and Girls Clubs SPARK, Computer Science students return from competitive national internships.............12
Volume 41, Number 1 • Fall 2008 Visit Wofford Today online at www.wofford.edu/WoffordToday
offord Today (USPS 691-140) is published four times each year by the Office of Communications and Marketing, Wofford College, 429 N. Church St., Spartanburg, SC 293033663, for alumni and friends of the college. Issued quarterly: fall, winter, spring and summer. Periodicals postage is paid at Spartanburg Main Post Office, Spartanburg, South Carolina, with an additional mailing entry at Greenville, SC.
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ATHLETICS... Fall Quick Hits, Wofford inducts Hall of Fame athletes ...........14 Cloninger plays the PGA Senior tour, See Richardson Building renovations.............15 Professors share photos from inspiring Mt. Athos journey........ 16-17 For and About Alumni... Wofford’s Alumni and including weddings, photos, notes and profiles of Wofford alumni........ 18-31 Admission departments worked together to throw send-off parties for students, page 29
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for the most up-to-date news, check the Wofford Web site at www.wofford.edu Vernon Baker receives Sandor Teszler Award
ernon Baker, the only living AfricanAmerican recipient of the Medal of Honor during World War II, received the Sandor Teszler Award for Moral Courage and Service to Humankind on Sept. 11, 2008, at Wofford’s 154th opening convocation. The Teszler Award Baker represents the highest ideals that the college community espouses, and it carries with it an honorary degree, a citation, and a $10,000 cash award. Orphaned at age 4, Baker was raised in Wyoming by his grandparents. During adolescence, he spent two years at Father Flanagan’s Boys Home in Omaha, Neb. He graduated from high school in Iowa, and worked for a time as a railroad porter. Enlisting in a segregated Army troubled by racial tensions, he earned an officer’s commission and served in Italy with the 92nd “Buffalo” Division. In combat, Mr. Baker earned a Purple Heart, Bronze Star, and the Distinguished Service Cross for valor. He was one of the most highly decorated soldiers in the Mediterranean Theater. On January 13, 1997, 52 years after Mr. Baker’s World War II military service, President Clinton presented him with the nation’s highest decoration, the Medal of Honor. He had earned this distinction in action on April 5-6, 1945 near Viareggio, Italy. Mr. Baker continued his military career after World War II, and helped lead the Army through desegregation in the late 1940s. He joined the Airborne along the way and made his last jump at age 48. He also became one of the first African-Americans to command an all-white company. After retiring from the Army, he spent nearly 20 years working for the Red Cross. Today, he lives in Northern Idaho with his wife, Heidy.
National publications give Wofford high marks
eaders of Forbes magazine’s first listing of “America’s Best Colleges” (Sept. 1, 2008) learned that their methodology produced some interesting results. “Haverford College, for example, beats out Stanford. Sarah Lawrence is ahead of Brown. Wofford College outpaces Cornell, Duke, Johns Hopkins and Dartmouth.” While commercial magazines and guidebooks doing ratings always claim far more precision than is warranted, a pattern of quality emerges across the genre. Stacked against 4,000 higher education campuses across the nation, Wofford always makes the top 300. Wofford is an “up-and-coming school to watch,” according to U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges.” Wofford appeared at #9 among liberal arts colleges on “schools to watch” list, a new feature in the magazine this year. These institutions, “have recently made the most promising and innovative changes in academics, faculty, students, campus, or facilities.” U.S. News annually releases its rankings of best colleges in a variety of categories. In the “Great Schools, Great Prices” list, Wofford was included on a list of 40 liberal arts colleges. Wofford also continues to be a first quartile school among the nation’s liberal arts colleges, among the ten best in the South. In the Best 368 Colleges (2009 Edition) published by the Princeton Review, students were asked “Are your instructors good teachers?” Wofford scored in the top 20. For the complete story on Wofford’s college guide listings, visit www.wofford.edu and click on newsroom. Better still, go to the appropriate section on the home page and see how Wofford compares to other colleges and universities in its results on the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), a proven assessment tool prepared by educators for the use of educators. by Laura H. Corbin
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Wofford’s Village housing receives national recognition University Business Magazine selects innovative apartment-style living
he Village, Wofford College’s apartmentstyle housing for its senior students, has been named as the top “Dorm of Distinction” in its category by University Business Magazine, a national publication. This was the second national honor for The Village, designed by McMillan Smith & Partners Architects, PLLC, of Spartanburg. In October 2007, the complex was recognized nationally in the 27th Annual Builder’s Choice Design & Planning Awards presented by Builder magazine. Plans already are under way for Phase IV of The Village, expected to encompass a 45,000-square-foot footprint on Evins Street adjacent to the Reeves Tennis Center. The projected plans include an open, but covered, patio/ pavilion area, flanked on one side by a small eatery; free-standing food carts; a convenience/grocery store; a high-tech classroom; and possibly offices for Career Services, on one side. Plans are for the tennis center and Ben Wofford Books to be located on the other side. An outdoor patio is planned for above the pavilion, with loft-style apartments that will accommodate 54 students on each side. The facility will be LEED Silver certified. Wofford was chosen for the “Dorms of Distinction” honor for its ability to meet the needs of today’s student including: • Making students feel at home • Fostering a sense of community through interior and/or exterior spaces • Helping keep students and their belongings safe • Incorporating green elements in an aesthetically pleasing way Nominations were accepted for on-campus and off-campus student residences for two- and fouryear colleges and institutions. “We received tremendous response to this program,” says Melissa Ezarik, managing editor of University Business. “Institutions sent in photos and renderings and had to complete a questionnaire that was very specific.” “University Business is greatly respected and read by everyone I know who is looking to improve the quality of student life, so it is an honor for us to be selected for inclusion,” says Robert L. Keasler, vice president for operations at Wofford. “It highlights Wofford’s commitment to create a living environment for our students that encourages interaction and a connection with each other.” “McMillan Smith & Partners worked closely with Wofford toward a mutual goal – the creation of a stimulating and highly anticipated senior year experience for students,” says Ron Smith, managing principal with the firm. “The urban village environment creates a sense of community that engages immediately, creates a positive experience, and reinforces the student-to-college relationship.” Phase III of The Village was ready for the opening of the fall 2008 academic year, allowing all of the college’s seniors to be housed in the complex on Evins Street. The 1,200-square-foot apartments each feature four private bedrooms, two full baths, a full-size kitchen, dining area with dinette set and four chairs furnished, four kitchen bar stools, large front porch or balcony with one rocking chair per student furnished, and more. For an in-depth look at Wofford’s recognition in University Business magazine and other winners and runner-ups, check out the August issue or visit www.universitybusiness.com. by Laura H. Corbin
SHARED WORLDS BRINGS YOUNG CREATIVE WRITERS FROM ACROSS THE GLOBE TO WOFFORD FOR...
nnovative programming... interdisciplinary, experiential sessions filled with vitality and the sense of infinite possibilities... unfettered brainstorming and collaborating... a challenging environment for students to think in new and unexpected ways.... Shared Worlds is a residential summer creative writing camp designed for high school students who love to read and write science fiction and fantasy. “At Shared Worlds,” explains Noah Reveley-Hunt, a high school sophomore from New Hampshire who attended Shared Worlds this past summer, “groups of students create an imaginary world complete with geography, cultures, history and even fashion for the first week while attending classes with Wofford professors on law, religion, astronomy and alien DNA. Then, in the second week, we began writing fiction in the world our groups just created.” At the heart of the Shared Worlds experience is Creative Group Time (CGT), during which “students discuss, negotiate, and really listen to each other. They were almost constantly asking ‘what if?’ and speculating answers,” says Jeremy Jones, who conceptualized the camp. “For example, members of Steve Zides’ world group asked, ‘What if plants could walk?’ The group then generated more questions and extrapolated more possibilities. For instance, if plants could walk, then how would their relationships with humans be different? Seemingly small changes in a world have a ripple effect and lead to a variety of unexpected consequences.” At the end of the first week, each group had developed most of their world, and began to write stories that took place in that world.
(Above) Taylor Livingston and Noah Revely-Hunt and (Below) Chant’e Glass-Walley and Miranda Severance during Creative Group Time.
Professor Steve Zides surrounded by a class of professors and students. Left to right are Stephyn Duck, Lyndsey Werner, Christine Dinkins, Ben Dunlap and Zach Kuthe
But, as they quickly discovered, working in a shared setting requires negotiation, compromise and collaboration. “To me, these teens weren’t just creating fantastical settings,” says Jeff VanderMeer, the assistant director of Shared Worlds and the two-time World Fantasy Award-winning author of “City of Saints and Madmen” and “Shriek: an Afterword.” “They were part of a teen think tank, and part of the challenge was coming up with solutions to creative issues or questions. Solving those kinds of challenges will help them later on, no matter what career they choose as adults.” The 19 students who attended 2008 Shared Worlds came from California, Georgia, Illinois, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Japan. They brought with them enthusiasm and a wide variety of backgrounds and interests. “One of the interesting things about these kids,” says Ekaterina Sedia, the Russian-born novelist of “The Secret History of Moscow,” who visited Shared Worlds toward the end of the first week, “is that to them multiculturalism is a default, and they are influenced by media produced in other countries (especially Japan) to a great extent. Another endearing thing was that [by the time they arrived] they were already developing cultures based on China and India. I also liked that not everyone there wanted to be writers — there were aspiring artists and game designers, all the kinds of people who can actually use some world-building skills and team work.” When not in class or CGT, students gathered for a variety of activities geared toward team building and creative expression. Associate Professor of Biology Stacey Hettes led drum circles three times a week and talked about entertainment and listening to each other. A yoga instructor helped wake everyone up, and a graphic designer helped with manipulating images and adding graphics to the online wiki developed by each group. “Shared Worlds revolves around a deep and abiding belief that if teachers have faith in students, students will exceed expectations,” says Jones. The program took years to build, and the inaugural session ended all too quickly. “My favorite aspect of Shared Worlds was that it gave these creative students a chance to be with others like themselves,” says Dr. Christine Dinkins, associate professor of philosophy at Wofford, who was one of the primary instructors in the program. “Even if we had taught them nothing (and I think we taught them a lot!), that in itself would have been a wonderful gift to all of them.”
The next session of Shared Worlds is scheduled for July 19 through Aug. 2, 2009. Students will be able to choose creative writing, game-design or illustration as their area of focus for the second week. Novelist Holly Black, who is best known as the coauthor of the Spiderwick Chronicles, will be on campus for three days. Online registration and further information are available at sharedworlds.wofford.edu.
by Jeremy Jones
Fall 2008 • Wofford Today • 5
Development Update reunion challenges Wofford, Santee Cooper collaborate a-plenty! on energy-related lecture series This year’s reunion classes are working HAND over fist to increase reunion giving. If you’re in a reunion class or the Terrier Top 5, it’s not too late to lend a HAND.
For the classes of 2003-2008 REUNION: Make your plans to shake a lot of HANDS at Wofford’s first-ever Terrier Top 5 reunion on Friday, October 10 at Wild Wing Cafe. Tickets are only $5 and may be ordered at homecoming. wofford.edu. Facebook Challenge: HANDS down, the Class of 2008 won the challenge to get the largest percentage of their classmates to join their Facebook group. The challenge is over, but it is not too late to reach out to your Wofford friends — go to www.wofford.edu/topfive for further instructions on how to join. “Gimme 5” Challenge: The class with the highest percentage of donors to the Annual Fund wins. All you have to do is HAND over $5 or more by Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008. Gifts of all sizes are welcome but there has to be some cash involved — pledges don’t count. High Fives: Winners of each challenge will receive Koozies (to keep those HANDS warm) at the reunion, plus the winner of the Gimme 5 Challenge will get reimbursed for their Terrier Top 5 reunion ticket! Will your class be on top? Check out the standings, updated weekly at www.wofford.edu/topfive.
Class of 1968 Reunion Challenge:
Not to be outdone, the Class of 1968 has been issued a challenge. A member of the class has agreed to match — dollar for dollar — all new and increased donations (based on 2007 UAF gift) to the Unrestricted Annual Fund up to $40,000.
Class of 1978 Reunion Challenge:
In celebration of their 30th reunion, Jim Crawford ’78 has challenged his classmates to increase participation and giving to the Annual Fund as well. Jim has agreed to match – dollar for dollar -- all new and increased donations (based on 2007 gifts) up to $30,000.
Class of 1988 Reunion Gift:
The Class of 1988 has set a goal of $30,000 and 40 percent participation in Annual Fund gifts this year.
Class of 1998 Reunion Gift:
The Class of 1998 has set a goal of $20,000 and 40 percent Annual Fund participation.
So — ALL HANDS ON DECK — pull out your checkbook or credit card and take advantage of these opportunities to give current Wofford students a hand up. Want to see who’s on board so far, visit www.wofford.edu/gifts/reunionchallenge. 6 • Wofford Today • Fall 2008
Electricity producer to commit $25,000 annually to project
offord and Santee Cooper, South Carolina’s state-owned utility, are collaborating to create a lecture series for the college’s Glendale Shoals Environmental Studies Center on the Lawson’s Fork Creek in Glendale, S.C. The “Santee Cooper Lecture Series on Sustainability and Energy Issues” will bring speakers from around the world, giving them a platform to discuss timely and pressing environmental issues with Wofford faculty and students, as well as students from the Spartanburg County public school systems and interested citizens. Santee Cooper has committed $25,000 annually for the series, beginning in 2009. “This is an exciting time to address problems, issues and values associated with energy and sustainability,” says John Lane, director of Wofford’s environmental studies program and the Glendale Shoals Center as well as an associate professor of English. “Through this lecture series, Santee Cooper provides the Wofford community and the Spartanburg community with a powerful forum for meetings and discussions with some of the leading thinkers in the world on these issues.” “Energy policy opportunities and challenges are at the forefront of South Carolinians’ minds. This robust collaboration between academia and public power will foster critical thinking, innovative dialogue and enhanced value to the state,” says Lonnie Carter, president and CEO of Santee Cooper. “For Santee Cooper, protection and improvement of our environment are equal in importance to providing affordable energy.” As the state’s largest producer of electricity, Santee Cooper provides low cost, reliable power in an environmentally responsible manner to more than 2 million customers in all 46 counties of the state. Santee Cooper has been involved in energy efficiency and conservation efforts for more than 40 years, and in 2001, became South Carolina’s first electric utility to generate and offer Green Power to its customers. Since then, Santee Cooper has launched Green Power Solar Schools, begun four wind demonstration projects, distributed more than 750,000 compact light bulbs, added solar power to the grid and added dozens of other programs and initiatives to help conserve energy, help the environment and help customers save money. Recently, Santee Cooper unveiled Santee Cooper Green, a program bringing together all the ecofriendly, conservation-minded approaches that Santee Cooper practices and ways customers can “go green.” The state wide utility also recently announced a bold new plan to generate 40 percent of its energy (four times current levels) from non-greenhouse-gas emitting resources, biomass fuels, energy efficiency and conservation by 2020. At a minimum, one lecture will be planned for the spring and the fall semesters, beginning with the spring of 2009, when the Glendale Shoals Center will be christened. Guest lecturers will be on the campus of Wofford and the Glendale Shoals Center for two to four days. by Laura H. Corbin
The Campaign for Wofford Major Funding Priorities Goal Permanent Endowment (student & faculty support) Endowed faculty professorships/chairs (25) Endowed scholarships Novel Experience program
Total (as of 8/31/08)
$25,000,000 $30,000,000 $500,000
$9,886,961 $33,855,484 $24,929
Unrestricted Annual Fund $10,000,000 Terrier Club $9,000,000 Friends of the Library
$7,823,830 $7,539,231 $127,515
Annual Fund Support
Enrichment Funds for Academic & Campus Programs
Interim Program, Bonner Scholars Program, Success Initiative, Vocational Discernment & Pre-Ministerial Program, Learning Communities, Creative Writing Concentration
Restoration & renovation of Old Main 7,200,000 Endowed maintenance fund for Old Main Renovation of Andrews Field House/offices $1,500,000 Baseball stadium/field project $1,800,000 Residence hall $5,000,000 Other facilities
$5,983,993 $619,125 $1,025,860 $1,368,729 $5,000,000 $10,265,328
New program for business leadership, Conference Center, Alumni College (program funding, endowment and facility support), etc.
Hart ’31 and Margaret Bishop Booth
The Rev. J. Claude Evans ’37
Caroline and Newell Whitener
United Methodists continue legacy of generosity Three families make separate scholarship gifts to the college
The college awards the scholarships annually from the endowed fund to deserving students on the basis of financial need, outstanding character and academic merit. The Booths also hoped that their scholarship recipients will one day make their own generous gifts to the college making it possible for others to benefit from a Wofford education. A retired assistant vice president for Barclays American, Mr. Booth, who died in 1999, also n The S. Hart Booth Jr. ’31 taught school and served in the and Margaret Bishop Booth U.S. Army during World War II Endowed Scholarship Fund after graduating from Wofford. received a substantial boost this year with the settlement of the es- Mrs. Booth worked for Southern tate and trust of Margaret Bishop Bearings and Parts for 30 years until her retirement in 1973. Booth. Both were active members of “They were salt of the earth Hawthorne Lane United Methodpeople,” says Director of Gift ist Church, serving the church Planning Smith Patterson ’67, and community in a variety of who enjoyed visiting the Booths ways including as volunteers for in their retirement community. Mobile Meals, The Bethlehem “Most of our visits were spent Center and The Wesley Nursing talking about the real legends of Methodism. For them the church Center. The Booths also donated a portion of their assets to the definitely came first.” South Carolina United Methodist From the Booths, Wofford Foundation. received a bequest, the proceeds from the Wofford Pooled Income Fund and designated amounts n The Caroline M. and Newell from three separate trust acR. Whitener Endowed Scholarcounts. The addition brings the ship Fund was established with a principal of the scholarship estab- $500,000 bequest in March 2008 lished in 1984 by the Booths in upon Mr. Whitener’s death (Mrs. memory of their parents, Mr. and Whitener died in 2006). The Mrs. Robert Joseph Bishop and Whiteners shared a concern that the Rev. and Mrs. Stannie Hart the most qualified and deserving Booth, to more than $2 million
n the Methodist tradition, they spent their lives giving to and serving others. In that same tradition, they faithfully sowed financial seeds that would eventually “yield their fruit in its season” (Psalm 1:3). The season is now, and thanks to these loyal United Methodists, Wofford will reap a harvest of scholarship endowment that will benefit generations of students.
students in college today were not considering careers in the ministry. To address the problem, they made Wofford a beneficiary of their will and designated the scholarship created from the bequest for students who are planning to become ministers. At a luncheon held at the college on June 13, Jack Whitener, Newell’s brother, spoke about the family’s Methodist heritage and their confidence in Wofford to train future generations of Methodist ministers. During his remarks he paid special tribute to three distinguished Wofford graduates, United Methodists and relatives who the Whiteners honored with their gift: Dr. James Barrett ’55, Dr. Charles Barrett ’55, and Dr. William C. Reid ’55. “It brings significant joy to me to know that this scholarship is given in memory and honor of people I admire greatly,” says Dr. Ron Robinson ’77, Wofford’s Perkins-Prothro Chaplain. “This scholarship… will enable Wofford to educate young women and men who will make similar contributions to church and society. One day, people will tell stories of recipients of the Newell and Caroline Whitener Scholarship with great admiration and fondness, and in those stories, the impact of this gift will continue
the legacy of Barrett, Barrett and Reid.” Mr. Whitener retired as general manager of Greenwood Mills-Harris Plant. A long-time member of Main Street United Methodist Church in Greenwood, he served as chairman of the board of stewards, chairman of the finance committee, president of the fellowship class and the Methodist Men’s Club, a member of the board of trustees of the church, and a delegate to the South Carolina Annual Conference. He was a graduate of North Carolina State University and a World War II veteran. Before retiring Mrs. Whitener worked for Greenwood Mills and as co-owner of Arnold Building and Plastering Contractors. A talented china-painting artist and avid gardener, she served the church on the altar guild, administrative board, finance committee, staff-parish relations committee, and as circle leader of the United Methodist Women for 14 years. n The Rev. J. Claude Evans ’37
and his wife, Maxilla, both died in 2007, leaving Wofford and Spartanburg Methodist College (SMC) as beneficiaries of a trust established through The Spartanburg County Foundation. Each year Evans Scholars at both colleges will receive a scholarship distribution from the fund. Preference for the new Evans scholarships at Wofford will be given to Evans Scholars from SMC who plan to earn a bachelor’s degree at Wofford and eventually enter the ministry. Evans enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a United
Methodist minister, editor of the “South Carolina Methodist Advocate” and beloved chaplain at Southern Methodist University (SMU). Evans also was considered a revolutionary in the ministry. He danced down the aisles of the sanctuary, rode a motorcycle to church, brought his dog to worship, and spoke eloquently for racial integration in the church and state. Evans, who received an honorary degree from the college in 1957, supported Wofford’s decision to desegregate saying that the decision “places Wofford squarely behind the tenable educational theory that capacity to learn, and not race, should be the standard for admission.” In 1942, Evans, who was only two years out of seminary at Duke University, preached a sermon on race at Washington Street Methodist Church in downtown Columbia, S.C. According to his son, Evans “was just 25 years old, in his first appointment as an associate pastor, and that Sunday he was filling in for the main minister who was on vacation.” The sermon created controversy in the church, and the church board voted not to let Evans preach again. Almost 54 years later, Washington Street UMC invited Evans to return to the pulpit as a visionary and leader in the church’s desegregation movement. “These families demonstrate once again the vitality and importance of Wofford’s United Methodist heritage,” says Patterson. “Their scholarship gifts will ensure that Wofford always educates and sends energetic and enthusiastic servant-leaders out into the world.” by Jo Ann Mitchell Brasington ’89
(Left to right) Jack Whitener, Mason Barrett (widow of James Barrett ’55), Dr. Charles Barrett ’55, President Benjamin B. Dunlap and Harriet Reid Strait (widow of Bill Reid ’55) following the luncheon and check presentation for the Whitener scholarship. Fall 2008 • Wofford Today • 7
Donna Hawkins retires after 34 years in financial aid; Walton to take over
or 34 years, Donna Hawkins ’78 helped thousands of students and parents complete the complicated forms, pinch the necessary pennies, and sometimes even slide through a loophole or two on their way to a college degree. “She wasn’t the most visible person on campus, but for many, many students she was the most important person in helping make their Wofford education possible,” says Vice President for Enrollment Brand Stille ’87. “She served students with all the resources at her disposal.” Hawkins, who includes nine years as director of financial aid at the University of South Carolina Upstate as part of her career in financial aid, says she enjoyed working with students and parents. Besides helping students receive the funds for which they were eligible, Hawkins says keeping the college in compliance with strict national and state financial aid requirments was the second part of her job. “I was definitely known for bending the rules, but not to the point of breaking them,” says Hawkins. Stille agrees that Hawkins had the ability to use the rules to the students’ advantage. “She is extremely knowledgeable of all the guidelines and regulations,” says Stille. “Her knowledge allowed her to find Hawkins ways to help students when it might look difficult at first.” In the case of studying abroad, Stille says Hawkins always encouraged students to go even if it made her job a little more difficult. “Donna worked hard to provide any flexibility that the guidelines allowed to enable students to take advantage of opportunities like Interim, studying abroad or summer school,” says Stille. Hawkins, who first joined the Wofford staff in 1973 as a receptionist for the Admission Office, was one of the first women to graduate from the college. “I may even have been the first pregnant student on Wofford’s campus. I was expecting my first child while I was working and taking classes,” she says. Dr. Dan B. Maultsby ’61, retired dean of the college, first met Hawkins in one of his sociology classes. “She was, of course, an exceptional student,” says Maultsby. Later, after Maultsby was appointed director of financial aid, he joined Hawkins who was already serving as assistant director in the department. “When I took that job, Donna had to become the teacher, and I was the student. It took me a year to learn from Donna what I needed to know in financial aid. When I became dean of the college, it was with confidence that I appointed Donna director of financial aid,” says Maultsby. Head Football Coach Mike Ayers says he first met Hawkins when he was an assistant coach at Wofford and has always admired her ability to make everyone’s day a little brighter. “She’s one of those people who when you see the job that she was able to do and what she went through, she inspires you to realize no matter how tough it is, you can still get through it,” says Ayers. Hawkins, who battled cancer during her last year at Wofford, is now ready to embrace retirement. An avid traveler, she and her husband, also retired, already have a few trips planned. She also wants to spend time with her grandchildren. “They were actually one of the reasons I wanted to go ahead and retire. There’s a limited amount of years when spending time with Nana and Papa is still cool,” she says. Still, Hawkins says she’ll miss the friends and colleagues from her “home away from home,” and the job that was as much a calling as a vocation.
Kay Walton, who has served as assistant director of financial aid at Wofford since 2001, has been named director of financial aid at Wofford. Before coming to Wofford, she served as the director of financial aid at the University of South Carolina Upstate. Walton brings 20 years of experience in helping students obtain financial aid. by Sarah Harste ’09
Goldey in lab surrounded by students.
Goldey elected as SENCER Leadership Fellow
r. Ellen S. Goldey, professor of biology, has been elected a 20082009 SENCER Leadership Fellow by the National Fellowship Board of the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement. Fellowships honor educators for their exemplary leadership and commitment to the improvement of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education. The fellowships provide opportunities for honorees to continue their efforts. SENCER Leadership Fellows are elected to 18-month terms, following nomination and application review. A total of 76 fellows were chosen from among the nominees drawn from the 1,300 eligible faculty members and academic leaders. SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities) is the signature program of the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement, a research center affiliated with Harrisburg University of Science and Technology. A faculty development and science education reform initiative supported by the National Science Foundation, SENCER stimulates student engagement in science and mathematics through courses and programs focused on real world problems. This method extends the impact of student learning across the curriculum to the broader community and society. “Ellen Goldey has been at the forefront of the National Science Foundation efforts to improve and enhance science education in America at the undergraduate level,” says Dr. David S. Wood, dean of Wofford. “It comes as no surprise that the NSF and SENCER have chosen to honor her. They have made a wise and strategically smart selection.” On behalf of the National Fellowship Board, David Ferguson, distinguished service professor of Stony Brook University and board chair, expressed his congratulations and had this to say about the honoree: “Ellen has done important, path-breaking work using a learning community platform to foster deeper learning in the sciences and connected learning to liberal arts disciplines. Her interest in improving learning has led to a new focus in her work on assessment. As a SENCER Leadership Fellow, Ellen plans to work to support the expansion of SENCER courses at Wofford and to assist peers, on a regional and national basis, in developing more effective assessment strategies designed to enhance achievement and deepen learning.” In April, Goldey, along with Dr. Byron McCane, the Albert C. Outler Professor of Religion and chair of the department, represented Wofford in Washington, D.C., at the poster session and reception of SENCER’s Washington Symposium. by Laura H. Corbin
8 • Wofford Today • Fall 2008
Wofford begins fall with new faces and major changes in academic affairs
reorganization of Wofford’s academic affairs staff, including bolstering study abroad and international programs as well as enhancing academic planning, will provide for more effective support for the college’s faculty and students. In addition, personnel changes – both additions and promotions – have been announced as well as new faculty appointments and lecturers for the fall semester. n Dr. Boyce M. Lawton III has been appointed vice president for academic administration and planning. Dr. Ana María Wiseman has been named dean of international programs, and Amy Lancaster ’01 has been promoted to assistant dean for international programs and academic administration. Sara Milani has joined the staff part-time as coordinator of international student services under Wiseman. “Our recent reorganizing in academic affairs is designed to allow us to more effectively provide support Lawton and help for our faculty and students,” Dr. David S. Wood, dean of the college, says. “We must continue to be creative, flexible and forward-thinking in our academic programs while honoring our core commitment to a liberal education. The faculty is engaged in many important new initiatives and the college is now better positioned to sustain our momentum at the heart of the institution, the academic program.” Wiseman will continue her involvement in all aspects of Wofford’s academic programs, having served as associate dean. “Dr. Wiseman’s primary focus will continue to be Wiseman providing leadership in our efforts to enhance and expand our travel programs, enrich our faculty development efforts in the international arena, and strengthen our Interim term,” Wood adds. “She is highly regarded internationally in the growing and important field of study abroad, and we are fortunate to have her continued presence among us.” Lawton’s duties “will stretch across many areas, to include general academic administration, academic planning and new program development,” Wood says. “He will help us follow through with many of our current efforts and assist all of us as we seek to launch new initiatives. He Lancaster will work closely with Dr. David Whisnant, vice president for technology, to spearhead efforts aimed at providing more instruction technology opportunities. Boyce brings into our office 20 years of diverse experience in higher education, and he will be available to work with faculty on a myriad of ideas and opportunities.” Lancaster will continue her work in the study abroad area, the coordination of first-year student advising and the Interim program. Before coming to Wofford, Sara Milani was at Clemson University as the associate director of international student programs in the Gantt Intercultural Center, where she worked with international student programming, advising, and intercultural and diversity training.
n In career services, Scott Cochran ’88 was named director and Jennifer Almond ’07 assistant director. Cochran comes to Wofford from UPS Capital where he served as the vice president of marketing, technology and credit card services. This was a global role that included offices in the U.S., Shanghai, Taipei, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom. Prior to joining UPS Capital in 2001, Cochran served in a variety of senior management roles in finance, operations, sales and marketing with GMAC Financial Services. In addition to his experience in the U.S., he served two years in Germany designing and implementing a pan-European marketing structure for GMAC Europe. He received an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business in 1995. After graduation, Almond joined the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs and worked in a variety of management and customer service positions.
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In the Office of Communications and Marketing, Mark S. Olencki ’75 was named college photographer and digital imaging manager, and Brett W. Borden was named assistant director of news services. Olencki is a working photographer with more than three decades of experience in Spartanburg. His nature photography Almond has appeared recently in Fourth Genre magazine and the National Geographic book “Heart of a Nation.” Excerpts from his photo journals appeared recently in The Chattahoochee Review. In 2000, Olencki was selected for a Spartanburg artists’ exchange program with the community of Winterthur, Switzerland, and exhibited his photographs in both cities. His photographs have been included in the permanent Deno P. Trakas was appointed to the Laura and Winston Hoy collection of the state of South Endowed Professorship of Literature. Carolina as well as the private collections of many businesses Robert C. Jeffrey was promoted to professor of government. and individuals. Olencki’s photographic work has been featured in several Hub City Promotions to associate professor: books, including “Textile Town” A.K. Anderson ’90, religion (2002), “The Seasons of Mark A. Ferguson ’94, theatre Harold Hatcher” (2000), “The Stacey R. Hettes, biology Lawson’s Fork” (2000), and James R. (Jim) Neighbors, English “New Southern Harmonies” (1998), as well as two books produced for The following new faculty appointments have been made for the Spartanburg Area the Fall Semester 2008: Chamber of Commerce, Stefanie H. Baker, associate professor, biology “Spartanburg: Anne Janeen Catlla, assistant professor, mathematics International Flair, Southern Charm” (1999) Jenny Bem Johnson, assistant professor, accounting and “Spartanburg: Si Liu, assistant professor, Chinese n Robert L. Keasler, senior vice president of operations, Portrait of the Good Life” John D. Miles, assistant professor, English and Whisnant announced changes in their departments. (1993). Before coming to Jesse E. Moshure, technical director, Wofford Theatre Jason Womick ’94 has been named assistant vice president Wofford, Olencki operated Patricia C. Nuriel, assistant professor, foreign languages of institutional research and information management. a photo/graphic design Wesley Pech, assistant professor, economics Jason Burr ’01 was named director of information business in Spartanburg, Kimberly Adell Rostan, assistant professor, English management, and Brian Rawlinson ’95 was named director Olencki Graphics Inc., Julia Sexeny, assistant professor, English of network services. and has been the book Joseph A. Spivey, assistant professor, mathematics Womick now is responsible for the direction and designer for 33 Hub City management of all institutional research and information titles. management initiatives. He is Wofford’s chief institutional Borden has been a Others who teach: research officer and will manage the collection, analysis and writer/editor since 1989, Reed M. Chewning ’93, class lecturer, English dissemination of internal data as well as external data, such when he served as editor Mike Corbin, lecturer, fine arts as national surveys and institutional external assessments. of Needle Arts magazine in Womick also will be involved in the implementation of James Houck, lecturer, physics Louisville, Ky. He wrote for additional software, services and Web projects that relate to Business First of Louisville, Christina Jeffrey, lecturer, government the informational needs of the college. Louisville Magazine and the Roger Lutterall, lecturer, music Burr is both the chief architect for all college reporting Courier Journal before moving Ron Miller, lecturer, fine arts and the chief Web programmer for college Web initiatives. to Florida in 1995. Borden Scott J. Neely ’00, class lecturer, philosophy He is responsible for the creation, management and covered several different sports Marsha H. Redden, lecturer, psychology delivery of accurate and timely informational reports to for the Daytona Beach NewsPatrick N. Whitfill, lecturer, English various groups within the college. He also is responsible Journal before moving on to Kevin York-Simmons, lecturer, religion for prioritizing, implementing and managing college Web nascar.com. In 2000, Borden Capt. Matthew Blackwelder, assistant professor, military science programming initiatives. moved to Charlotte and started 1st Lt. Rosa Looney, assistant professor, military science Rawlinson now will lead the information technology working for the Carolina Panthers, group responsible for the campus network and non-Banner- where he spent seven years as a related servers. He also is responsible for the design and writer. He also has been a freelance management of our technology-equipped classrooms, and writer for espn.com for two years. for Information Technology’s role in projects involving new by Laura H. Corbin construction and renovation of existing buildings.
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Discovering surprising connections in the Littlejohn Collection
Anne Dunlap visits with Mabel Level during Mrs. Level’s 95th birthday party. Mrs. Level lives in one of the houses “back of the college.”
“My dear Wife: I have written you several letters since I have been a prisoner and it adds much to my unpleasant position to think that it is not likely [that] you have received any of them [and that you] may be in great distress about me. I cannot, however, but hope some of them may have reached you and informed you of my unfortunate condition and relieved your anxiety as to my being killed or wounded.” So begins a letter written by W.E. Johnson, a Confederate lieutenant who was captured and held prisoner from May 30, 1864, until the close of the Civil War. This and 22 other letters, all from 1864, are housed in the Littlejohn Collection, a special collection here at Wofford which I have the pleasure to curate. As a prisoner-of-war, Johnson had the unfortunate honor of being a member of the group that has come to be known as the “Immortal Six Hundred,” a group of about 600 captured Confederate officers. The Six Hundred were, by order of U.S. Secretary of War, transferred to and held in a prison camp on Morris Island (outside Charleston) and, due to the camp’s proximity to Federal batteries, purposely exposed to incoming Confederate artillery fire. Though exposed to “friendly fire,” none of the Confederates died as a direct result of the shelling, but several dozen did die from sickness and infections caused by their imprisonment. Johnson wrote to his father on Sept. 11, 1864, from Morris Island: “We are here for retaliation and are fed exactly as the Federal Officers are said to be fed in Charleston — that is, on short rations of salt meat and crackers.” The deliberate placement of the Confederate prisoners-of-war in harm’s way was an act of retaliation by the Federal administration, who viewed the placement of Federal POWs in Charleston (ostensibly unduly exposed to Federal fire) as highly improper. Needless to say that this handful of letters provides excellent fodder for research and stand on their own merits as illustrative historical materials. But this collection also hits home at the college, as Lt. Johnson is the great-great grandfather 10 • Wofford Today • Fall 2008
STUBBORN by John Lane ’77 Anne Dunlap in front of the portrait of her great-great grandfather, W. E. Johnson. of Wofford’s Anne Dunlap, wife of Wofford President Benjamin B. Dunlap. She told me recently that she even has the necklace Johnson made for his wife and mentions in a Nov. 6, 1864, letter: “…the work entirely of my own hands…I spent many long, lonesome hours upon it and you must appreciate it for that reason.” In some letters Johnson asks his wife to send more tools for him to work with, but more often he requests money and boxes containing “provisions.” “I can just see them in my mind running around and packing up boxes of food for him, because everyone would have been so concerned about him,” says Mrs. Dunlap, who grew up listening to family lore and is familiar with the places where Johnson grew up and lived in Kershaw County. On Nov. 10, 1864, Johnson wrote to his wife: “I received the fine box and you seemed to have known exactly what I needed…. Send butter, the jar you sent me was delicious.”
“[S]end me newspapers. I may receive them and you know my propensity for reading papers.” Mrs. Dunlap says she laughed when she read that in a letter dated Sept. 18, 1864 — she told me she also has a “propensity” for reading newspapers: “I am always reading newspapers, cover-to-cover, everyday!” Interestingly enough, the letters from Johnson have another Wofford connection: The greatgreat uncle of Wofford’s John Lane (Environmental Studies) – Lt. Christopher Lane, of North Carolina – was also a prisonerof-war and one of the Immortal Six Hundred, though he did not survive his captivity. Referring to Johnson and Christopher, Lane once remarked to me: “They could have known each other.” On this page is a poem written by Lane about his great-great uncle not coming home from the war. Lieutenant Christopher Lane is one of those officers memorialized at the Fort Pulaski National Monument in Savannah, Ga. by Luke Meagher
When my great-great Uncle Christopher did not return from the war his sad sister sat and watched the hoed fields where Stantonsburg Pike split south for Goldsboro. This was how he would come. She knew he was stubborn, and not one to give up, when neighbors whispered he was dead. Back then, nothing was sure, not death, and certainly not history, unreliable as hearsay. No one had told her brother Chris had died of diarrhea in a Yankee prison. Six months was not long for news to fly north over corduroy roads and hard-pan fields, and so all she knew was how her brother once boy-wrestled a mule to Greene County loam. Surely the war or death was not strong as a Greene County mule, so she slouched at the edge of her father’s fields, waiting for Christopher pulling hard in his harness. Once she saw a dull grey slouch pass Wooten’s Crossing. It could be Christopher she thought as she stood. But not. He passed, some tired Rebel, a gentleman still, tipping his bent hat her way. Family history says she sat there until new cotton obscured the road and great-great grandfather Lane, fed up with such women’s nonsense, dragged her wore out body home.
Community of Scholars: What higher education is all about
Dr. John Moeller (left) and Sam Hall studied velvet ant behavior.
Fellows of the 2008 Community of Scholars 1. A.K. Anderson ’90, Belief Amidst Bombshells: Western Christian Public Thought, 1900-1965 a. Will Prosser ’10: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Problem of Evil b. Kathryn Hall ’09: Modern Vatican Patronage in Rome: Addressing Spatial Worship Needs through Modern Innovation 2. Kara Bopp, Examination of Cognitive Training in Older Adults with and without Alzheimer’s Disease a. Danielle Rekers ’10: Portraits of Alzheimer’s Disease in the Upstate 3. Mark Byrnes, The “Great Debate” over U.S. intervention in World War II a. Jacob Henerey ’10: Black Slave Owners in South Carolina b. Katherine Campbell ’09: The Symbiotic Relationship of Science and Art in the 16th Century 4. Mathew Cathey, Packings of Conformal Preimages of Circles a. Ka Yan Chan ’11: How Much Money Will You (or your parents) Need for Your Education? A Study in Mathematical Budgeting Models 5. G.R. Davis, Coping with stress in arid environments: Animal behaviors in southern Africa a. Travis Boyd ’09: The Effects of Over-the-Counter Stimulants on Appetite and Weight Gain in Laboratory Rats b. Brandon Hunt ’09: The Effect of Shifting Photoperiods on Appetite in Laboratory Rats, a potential animal model for the study of effects of shift work on humans 6. Trina Jones, Soulless Personalities a. Mary Francis Dassel ’09: Sacred Emptiness: A Comparative Study of Apophatic Discourses in Meister Eckhart and Nagarjuna b. Blake Ruble ’10: The AIDS pandemic in Africa and the Humanitarian Response 7. John Moeller, Collective adaptation in behavior of ants a. Samantha Hall ’09: Stridulation patterns of the Velvet Ant 8. David Pittman ’94, The effect of high-fat diet on gustatory responses to fatty acids in obese-prone and obeseresistance rats a. Molly McGinnis ’09: Effect of the benzodiazepine, chlordiazepoxide (CDP) on the normal feeding patterns of water restricted rats across sweet, salty, sour and bitter tastants. b. Lindsey Richardson ’09: Effect of benzodiazepines on the consumption patterns of various taste stimuli (sweet, sour, salt and bitter) in water-replete rats 9. Tracy Revels, More Than Three-Pipe Problem: Creating a Sherlockian Pastiche a. Lindy Bunch ’09, Mary I: A portrait in words b. Kemper Wray ’10, Homage to the Square: The Bauhaus Influence in the Art of Black Mountain College 10. Anne Rodrick, Entertainment, Education, Economics: A Preliminary Exploration of the Victorian Public Lecture Circuit a. Vanessa Lauber ’08, Returning Presidential Scholar b. Sara White ’10, Redundant Women: Changing Gender Roles in Victorian England 11. Deno Trakas, Because Memory Isn’t Eternal: A Story of Greeks in the Upstate of South Carolina a. Leia Boudet ’10, Reconstructing National Identity: Forced Immigration and the Turkish-Greek Population Transfer of 1923 b. Sara Khalil ’11, One Wonder of the World to Another: Transitions of Egyptian Immigrants c. Jessica Miller ’09, Understanding the Experience of Undocumented Hispanic Immigrant Women in the American South
ill Prosser ’09 was in Prague attending an international Bonhoeffer conference centered around the German theologian’s letters and papers from Nazi prison. Half a world away, Samantha Hall ’10 was out in the hot summer sun collecting velvet ants in the Upstate of South Carolina. What do these events have in common? They’re both part of Wofford’s Community of Scholars, a summer research program directed by Dr. Charles Kay that is now in its third year. It’s not just any research program, though. As was literally the case with Hall, it encourages students to get their hands dirty in real research. “It is a genuine research program,” says Kay, a professor of philosophy. “There are other programs around the country where students do research-like things, either to assist a professor or simply to do a project that’s in the methodology of research but not really new or original. But these are all original projects. They’re things that haven’t been done before. And, at least in theory, they’re all publishable if they’re successful.” Case in point: The research done in the first year of the program by students Kimberly Smith, Megan Crowley and Cameron Corbin with Dr. Dave Pittman, associate professor of psychology, involving rats and dietary fats was published in the Chemical Senses Journal. It has helped all three students move on to higher levels of study. “It’s really amazing some of the things these students have accomplished,” Kay says, “and this is a community. They all worked on research full time for the summer. There were a wide range of topics here. The different projects may not have had a lot in common in terms of research to talk about, but the students can talked about methodologies and how things were similar and different.” Prosser, who flew to Prague July 21, chose Bonhoeffer because “he is among a handful of most admired Christians of the 20th century.” Hall chose her project because of some prodding by John Moeller, associate professor of biology, and because of her lifelong passion for insects. She may not be traveling to exotic cities in Europe, but she does use Google Earth to find anthills in the Sandhills. “I think it’s a great program,” Hall says. “I would like to do research later during grad school and even after, so this is definitely an advantage in terms of applying for grad school but also simply for the experience itself. I’ve gotten experience working with other professors and students from other colleges who I’ve collaborated with on this project. This program has also taught me that there is a lot more in research than I could have possibly thought before. In science, your projects are reviewed by peers and aren’t automatically accepted as valid or correct. It’s been a great experience so far.” The program, which varies in size and scope from year to year, completed its third year of its funding from the Fullerton Foundation (with matching funds from Wofford). With the future in mind, Kay has completed a grant request to extend the program. He says the structure of the program, or lack thereof, makes it a success. “We don’t have a lot of bureaucracy,” he says. “One of the nicest features of the program is that the time from concept to acceptance and then project is very short. You find out within a month whether you’re in or not. If you apply to a big grant agency it might take a year or more. For undergraduate students, a year or more is forever.” Whether a student is in an air-conditioned building in Prague collecting notes or a sweltering field near Spartanburg gathering insects, the program is something that will stay with them forever. And that’s what higher education is all about. by Brett Borden
Fall 2008 • Wofford Today • 11
Computer science students continue to land high-powered, national internships
r. Angela Shiflet, Wofford’s Larry Hearn McCalla Professor and chair of the department of computer science, has produced a pipeline of sorts for Wofford students with internships that go above and beyond the norm. “When I read about the projects some of these kids are doing, I think, ‘I want to go!’,” says Shiflet. “They’re really so exciting. And they’re doing things that really need to be done. It’s not just busywork. They are in the midst of high-powered things.” High-powered as in NASA. High-powered as in jet propulsion laboratories. And high-powered as in Vanderbilt Med School. “One of the things that Wofford does very well is prepare people to think and problem solve and learn new things and communicate,” says Shiflet. “What these students are exposed to not only in terms of their field but also in terms of meeting people is incredible. For example, Trey Bingham ’09, a biology major with emphasis in computational sciences, and Brad Neff ’09, a computer science major are working at NASA Ames in California this summer. Bingham’s internship involves the computational analysis of the evolution of proteins. Neff’s involves deploying a remote unmanned aircraft system. “Wofford has sent a number of students to various NASA institutions,” says Shiflet. “We are a member of the South Carolina Space Grant Consortium. Our students and faculty members can apply for funding from South Carolina and the state will pay for their summer internship program. “We’ve also sent 13 or 14 students to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in southern California. This year we don’t have any at the jet propulsion lab, but we have Trey and Brad at NASA Ames in northern California. We got another student, Marshall Washburn ’09, into an internship at NASA Langley.” The internships develop in many different ways, and the students sometimes do much of the legwork themselves. “One of our students, Kristin Kountz ’09, is a chemistry major who is getting an emphasis in computational science and wants to go to medical school,” says Shiflet. “She’s very interested in research that’s being done at Vanderbilt University’s medical school. “Kristin took it upon herself before fall break to contact the person who is the head of undergraduate internship programs. She told them she’d be there on her fall break and asked to speak to them for a couple of minutes. She was thinking she’d be lucky to get a 15-minute interview with the person. Because of Kristin’s initiative, that person set up an entire day for her. She had med students take her out to lunch. They were so impressed with Kristin that they offered her an internship by the end of the day.” Usually Shiflet has a much more prominent role. “For 11 summers I’ve done research internships for faculty members at various government laboratories,” she says. “That was so beneficial that I wanted the students to have opportunities like that. We’ve been working with that for a number of years, trying to get students into it. “If I hear a really good talk from someone who’s doing some kind of nifty research, I’ll go up to that person afterward, give them my card, and tell them about Wofford’s computational science program and the computer science program and what the students are able to do.” Sometimes it requires extra effort. “When you first tell them about the students they’re like, ‘Yeah, uh-huh,’ but when you tell them what courses the students have had and what they know, their tone changes considerably. Suddenly it’s, ‘Oh really?’ and they’re making eye contact and they become excited about the possibilities. “A number of internships have developed through that process,” she says. “Making personal contacts is really good. Also, sometimes just looking on the Internet and seeing that someone is doing something really nifty and (Top) Trey Bingham at NASA e-mailing them. Or seeing programs that look interesting and getting the students to make the contacts and follow (Bottom) Kristin Kountz with her through.” internship P.I., Dr. David L. Tabb, at by Brett Borden Vanderbilt University’s medical school.
Children from the Boys and Girls Clubs learned to make puppets with the help of SPARK! students from Wofford and Converse.
Summer residence program SPARK!s creativity and service
offord’s Andrews Field House became a puppet production studio between June 16-19 this summer as renowned puppeteer Beth Nixon of Ramshackle Enterprises and volunteers from Wofford and Converse Colleges helped children from the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Spartanburg create giant puppets. On June 20, the larger-than-life puppets and 150 local youngsters, accompanied by college students, marched in the Creative SPARK! Parade. The parade was the first offering of SPARK!, a new collaboration between Converse College and Wofford designed to inspire dynamic and creative collaborations among local college students to be shared with the community. “SPARK! made its creative debut during this parade, and we were pleased that the community came out to see and support the youngsters from the Boys and Girls Club as they maneuvered the ginormous puppets along the parade route,” says Marianna Taylor, assistant director of Wofford’s Success Initiative. “The SPARK! students indeed used their creative spirit to build stronger bridges between their colleges and the Spartanburg community.” SPARK! was a five-week residency program composed of 16 students (nine from Wofford and seven from Converse) who were selected from a pool of applicants. Brent Glenn, assistant professor of theatre at Converse, and Kris Neely, director of Wofford’s Success Initiative upon which SPARK! is based, served as advisors. by Laura H. Corbin
(Left) Sydney Fogle ’11 walked the parade as a French fry activist. (Below) Cameron Ledbetter ’11 holds up his paper mache Wofford shield before the parade.
Wofford welcomes largest ever class of first-year students
offord College’s Class of 2012, with 416 first-year students who began classes on Sept. 1, is the largest, most well-prepared incoming class in the college’s history, according to Brand Stille ’87, vice president for enrollment. Stille points out that the 213 men and 203 women who make up the Class of 2012, come from 27 states and six countries, including such faraway places as Rwanda, Tanzania and New Zealand. “More than half of the incoming students ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school class,” says Stille. “And the middle 50 percent scored 1145-1330 on their SAT. On top of that, one out of every 13 was either valedictorian or salutatorian of their high school class, and 16 were student body presidents of their high schools.
Fun facts about the Class of 2012:
• 33 are the first in their families to attend college • One is a homecoming queen who drives a racecar • One was a caddy at the U.S. Open • One has been to the top of six fourteeners (mountains that have elevation of 14,000 feet or more) • One wrote and edited a trilogy that is in the process of being published • One claims to have memorized every pop song since his year of birth (1991) • One is a triathlete • One is a semi-professional kayaker • One traveled to China to install water treatment systems for three weeks • One has nine siblings and lived in Alaska for 12 years • One started a program that raised $1,500 in relief for Katrina victims • One can pogo stick jump for 1,110 consecutive jumps (would have done more but got pushed off by a friend) • One saved a peer from drowning during the Duke University Marine Lab • One was the South Carolina Beta Club vice president • One was a three-time state champion in two different sports • One is a Greek folk dancer • One won a Battle of the Bands in Montgomery, Ala., and his band put out a CD • One ranked cum laude on the National Latin Exam
year head coach Ralph Polson, were defeated 5-1 by the Demon Deacons, more than 1,200 fans attended the Let’s Go. game and $12,000 was raised. In late August at the Terrier The Deacons used the match to FanFest, the Wofford Athletics honor Genna Wiley, the wife of former Department introduced a new interactive Wake Forest men’s soccer trainer Steve marketing campaign for the marketing Wiley. She died from cancer just days and promotion of its 18 varsity sports after Wake Forest won the national programs. title last season. The Deacons wore “Let’s Go.” is the title of a new commemorative pink Nike jerseys comprehensive marketing campaign during the game, while Wofford wore created by Assistant Athletics Director white jerseys with pink numbers. for Marketing and Promotions Lenny Fans had an opportunity to bid on Mathis and Marketing Assistant Lisa these game-worn jerseys and other Cherry. For approximately four months, memorabilia in a silent auction during the marketing office worked with the game. All proceeds from the event The Creative Edge, an advertising, benefited Susan G. Komen for the Cure. marketing and public relations firm The Wofford team will wear the in Spartanburg, to give the athletics white and pink jerseys at home on department a fresh, new look. Oct. 18 against Furman. Following the “The goal of the Let’s Go game the jerseys will be auctioned campaign is to remind our on-campus off. Also taking part in pink events community, Wofford alumni as well will be volleyball on Oct. 19 against as the Spartanburg area just what Appalachian State and women’s soccer makes Wofford a special place – the on Oct. 17 against UNC Greensboro. people,” says Mathis. “That is why we highlighted not only our student-athletes and coaches in the campaign, but fans, alumni and youth because we are in this together. Quite simply, it’s our constant reminder – Let’s Go support the Terriers.” The “Let’s Go.” campaign has opened additional avenues for marketing the department as well. One aspect of this is through a partnership with Fairway Outdoor. The football, basketball, baseball, tennis and volleyball programs all will be featured on billboards around Spartanburg from August 2008 through March 2009. The “Let’s Go.” billboard at the top of the page features head coach Mike Gilmartin Ayers, student body president Brent Troxell, linebacker Seth Goldwire, fan Gilmartin in Cape Cod League Cameron Brown and Kimberly Ward ’87. Wofford shortstop Michael Gilmartin
Fall Quick Hits
The Wofford men’s soccer team took part in a special exhibition game on Aug. 19 at Wake Forest to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer. The match was against the 2007 NCAA National Champions and preseason No. 1 team in the country, according to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and CollegeSoccerNews. While the Terriers, under direction of first14 • Wofford Today • Fall 2008
SoCon players to participate in the prestigious wooden bat league. “It was a great experience to compete against the caliber of player that plays in the Cape Cod League,” says Gilmartin. “We were playing in front of 3,000 people every night and it was the best summer I have ever had playing baseball. It will definitely help me for the upcoming season.” Gilmartin was one of 14 Terriers to play in summer wooden bat leagues. Also of note was Kyle Behrendt, who was named to the Coastal Plains League All-Star team. He led the Gastonia Grizzlies with a .339 batting average, which was third in the league.
It’s time again for the Terrier Ball! The 2008 event will be held on Oct. 11 following the Wofford football game against Chattanooga. For tickets or more information, please visit athletics.wofford.edu or call 864-597-4090.
Over the summer, the Wofford Athletics Department added several new staff members. On the mens basketball staff, Mark Prosser returns to Wofford after four seasons at Bucknell. Jay McAuley also joins Mike Young’s staff as an assistant coach. Barry Slagle has joined the men’s soccer coaching staff and will work with Ralph Polson. Shelton Stevens is a new addition to the strength and conditioning staff. In the administrative offices, Tyson Thompson will intern with the media relations department. Justin Burger is the facilities intern. Adam Smith has joined the staff as account executive for IMG College, which will handle the marketing and multimedia spent the summer playing in the Cape rights for Wofford this season. Cod League for the Cotuit Kettleers. Working with Spartanburg During the regular season, he played Regional Sports Medicine, Will in 29 games at shortstop and had a Christman took over as Head Athletic .257 batting average. He had 28 hits, Trainer. Mark Mancebo joined the 11 RBIs and two homeruns as the team staff as an assistant athletic trainer, won the Western Division with a 24-18 while Burena Smith will be with the record. Cotuit was defeated in the Cape Terriers as an intern. Championship by the Harwich Mariners. by Brent Williamson In the playoffs, Gilmartin added five hits and three runs as the starter at shortstop. Gilmartin was one of only five
President Benjamin B. Dunlap congratulates Bill Drake during halftime of Wofford’s win against Presbyterian College on Aug. 30. Drake (far right) and Travis Wilson (center) both were honored during the Hall of Fame ceremonies.
College inducts 2008 Hall of Fame Class
ormer Wofford student-athletes Nathan Fuqua ’03, Mike Lenzly ’03 and Travis Wilson ’03 were selected by the Hall of Fame committee of the Terrier Club Board of Directors as the 2008 inductees into the Athletic Hall of Fame. In addition, the Hall of Fame honored the late Grover Eaker ’34 as the Distinguished Service Award winner and Bill Drake as an Honorary Letterman. The Hall of Fame recognizes “those former athletes and coaches who, by outstanding athletic achievements and service, have made lasting and significant contributions to the cause of sports at Wofford, the Spartanburg community, South Carolina and the nation.” Fuqua, now an assistant coach for the Terriers, and Wilson were football standouts while Lenzly excelled in men’s basketball. Fuqua was a four-time All-SoCon honoree and earned All-America honors. Wilson holds college records for most total offensive yards in a season and is the only player in Wofford’s history with more than 4,000 rushing and 2,000 passing yards. Lenzly was a three-time All-SoCon selection and is the only player with a triple-double. Bill Drake has been the voice of the Terriers at football, mens basketball and womens basketball games for more than 20 years. He hosts the popular “Awake With Drake” morning radio show on WOLT 103.3 FM, a program that has aired since Drake arrived in Spartanburg in 1976. Grover Eaker was an early supporter of Wofford athletics through the founding of the Eleven Club in 1946, the predecessor of the Terrier Club. He served as president of the Terrier Club six times and served as the annual campaign leader on numerous occasions. A man of character of principle, Eaker was the manager of Aug W. Smith in Spartanburg and later at Meyers Arnold. He also served in a wide variety of leadership roles in the Spartanburg community, including the Lions Club, Chamber of Commerce, United Way and YMCA. He also was the president of the Wofford National Alumni Association. by Brent Williamson
Cloninger wore Wofford pride on his sleeve in U.S. Senior Open
f you happened to be watching the 2008 U.S. Senior Open, maybe you saw a player wearing the distinctive “W” logo. Your eyes were not deceiving you. Rick Cloninger ’79, participated in the championship event held from July 31 to Aug. 3 at the Broadmoor Country Club in Colorado Springs, Co. Cloninger was a football and baseball star at Fort Mill High School before entering Wofford. While on campus, he played both sports and was named NAIA All-District as a senior quarterback. He began playing competitive golf a few years after graduation, and has now taken his game to a new level. Last year, he just missed qualifying for the Open. This year, he led Clonginger (above) in front of the field with a 67 in the the leader board Asheboro, N.C. at Broadmoor. qualifying site. Right, Cloninger On the first wears his Wofford day of the U.S. logo shirt to sign autographs behind Senior Open, Cloninger shot Fuzzy Zoeller. a two-under par 68 to place his name on the leader board. Things did not go quite as well on day two. Cloninger shot a 74 on the day, but his two-day score was good enough to be one of only five amateurs to make the cut to play on the weekend. “Saturday morning I teed it up with Jay Haas in front of 5,000 people on the first tee,” recalls Cloninger. “The group in front of us was Bernhard Langer and Ian Woosnam, and the group ahead of them included Greg Norman. I have never been over a ball any more nervous. All I was hoping to do was not top it.” The third day he held his own and was two-over par with a 72. He headed into the final round tied for 18th as the top amateur. Cloninger finished the tournament tied for 40th ranking as the second-best amateur in the field. “I have a great deal of respect for what the professionals do and the guys who play at the highest level just do it differently,” says Cloninger. “They are very seasoned. Making it through all four days is something I need to do better.” For this Wofford graduate, not much compares to playing golf in front of 30,000 people in the shadows of the Rocky Mountains and having millions of people watching the event at home on television. “It was probably the greatest experience of my life so far,” says Cloninger. “To be out there and be around your idols of golf and to then play well was significant. It was an unbelievable opportunity, and I am absolutely going to try it again next year.” Cloninger still lives in Fort Mill, S.C., and works for Carolina CAT.
Richardson Physical Activities Building reopens with a new look and plenty of energy
by Brent Williamson
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Mt. Athos by foot and eye Sitting in the Acorn Café, the art historian, the chemist and the biologist, all photographers, previous travel companion and colleagues, sat contemplating the disparity between the modern and the ancient, the mundane and the extraordinary, the tranquility and flat out exhaustion that made their recent journey to Mt. Athos, a peninsula in northern Greece that bears the same name as the mountain on the peninsula, an experience that they will never forget. The debriefing of sorts lasted several hours, and I left with the both the desire to find a way to sneak onto the male-only peninsula (with exception for female cats and chickens) and an awesome respect for the monastic lifestyle that has served as both a refuge and example for centuries. Interview and captions by Jo Ann Mitchell Brasington ’89
r. Peter Schmunk, professor of art history, initially saw a reference to Mt. Athos in a medieval art history textbook, then “occasionally but intriguingly in guide books and the odd magazine article…. Finding cultural treasures in a remote location was appealing,” he says, “that and seeing the distance between monasteries given in hours of walking time.” Before the journey even began, Schmunk spent almost a year gathering research and about six months of planning, including completing the necessary paper work and receiving the required permits and approvals. It took far less time to convince Dr. G.R. Davis, professor of biology, and Dr. Dave Whisnant, vice president for information technology, to join him on the journey. In fact, convince is a strong word. He asked, and they said “yes” immediately. (Photo of the Icon Painters Terrace at Agia Anna by G.R. Davis and above right, cross on the top of Mt. Athos by Peter Schmunk)
heir journey began with a week at a convent turned hostel in Rome where Schmunk was pursing research on contemporary church architecture on the periphery of the city. From Rome they flew to Thessaloniki where they took a longdistance bus to Ouranopolis, then a ferry to the port of Dafni on Mt. Athos. (Above right, Domes of Rome from the Vatican by G.R. Davis and right, Docheiariou Monastery from the boat to Dafni by Dave Whisnant)
ccording to Whisnant, “Mt. Athos is the most vertical place I’ve ever been in my life.” The mountain rises 6,600 feet above sea level, the peak of which Davis and Schmunk reached in less than four hours. The peninsula is the home to 20 monasteries and additional clusters of monastic dwellings, each with its own attached chapel, called sketae. At sketae, monks follow an idiorhythmic way of life that they have established individually in contrast to the coenobitic or communal mode of existence in the monasteries. (Right, Trail to Iviron: Stavronikita and Mt. Athos in the distance by Dave Whisnant)
n Kerasia (a place whose name literally means “cherry tree”) they found a monk baking bread in a wood-fired oven. With him Whisnant and Davis discussed the chemistry of the process. The monk, Father Kalinikos, gave the professors a beautiful, spacious room overlooking the olive and cherry orchards on the way to the sea. Although the group had to pay for their permits, once on Mt. Athos the hospitality of the monks was free — the rooms, the simple but delicious meals and the impromptu tours of medieval libraries, caves, and even cherry groves. For example, according to Davis, on the evening of their stay at Kerasia, “Father Kalinikos asked if we wanted to eat some cherries before he handed us the buckets and led us out to harvest cherries, some of which would be shipped to a mission in Thessaloniki…. They were the best cherries we’ll ever eat.” (Right, olive and cypress trees at Kerasia by G. R. Davis and market quarter cherries in Thessaloniki by Dave Whisnant)
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hey touched 700-yearold manuscripts, ate in trapezes around marble tables with monks and abbots that people have been sharing meals on for half a millennium or more and discussed theology with a monk who was once a professor of religion at Harvard University. They met Father Maximos at Simonopetra, a monastery built around a cone of rock. “You never know what impact a pilgrimage might have,” Maximos told the Wofford professors, “so guests, regardless of their reason for coming to Mt. Athos are welcome.” According to Schmunk, that welcome included a small strong Greek coffee, a glass of liquor, water and a Turkish delight (a soft, jelly-like sweet made of starch and sugar) upon arrival. (Left, Simonopetra monastery by Peter Schmunk, the blue in the background of this and many of the other photos is the Agean Sea)
or the monks on Mt. Athos, bells ring at 3:30 a.m. calling them to a morning liturgy that lasts from 4-7 a.m. Meals consist of vegetables grown on site, olives, heavy bread, kollyva (a dessert made of boiled wheat, nuts, raisins and sugar), wine and silence, except for the reader who shares a spiritual text. The monks do their chores in long robes, regardless of the heat, in a quiet reverence meant to offer a compelling example of a life devoted to Christ. Only 10 non-Orthodox (and 100 Orthodox) men per day are admitted to Mt. Athos. (Left, Evening at Agia Anna by G. R. Davis)
ew visitors to Mt. Athos choose to hike between monasteries. Davis, Schmunk and Whisnant, however, agree that walking enhanced their experience and led them to places that they would have missed in a vehicle. “For us, one of the principal reasons for going was to walk in a rugged, semi-wild landscape,” says Schmunk. “Trails ranged from ancient mule paths paved with rock to vague foot-trails gradually becoming overgrown because most modern pilgrims choose to travel by van on the relatively new gravel roads.” According to Whisnant, “the mule paths that we walked on were basically made of large rocks piled together. You might think up was hard and down was easy, no!”
hotography is a way for me to sharpen my visual examination of a place,” says Schmunk. The professors took photos where they could… of the rich colored stucco that gets more beautiful with age, of stained glass windows, of robes and wine bottles, and even of a donkey carrying a red recliner up the trail. (Below left to right) Robe hanging by window sill with wine bottles by Dave Whisnant, Porchlight at Magistis Lavras by G. R. Davis, fir tree and copper dome by Peter Schmunk, and Agia Anna Skete – donkey chair by Dave Whisnant.
Congratulations to Dr. G. Truett Hollis, who turned 80 on May 24,
2008. Hollis celebrated his birthday at a party hosted by his neighbors in Pasadena, Calif.
The Rev. Donald R. O’Dell began
his 12th year as minister of Pacolet Presbyterian Church in August 2008. O’Dell’s wife, Carolyn, provides the special music each Sunday for this small (9 members) but active church. The couple lives in Spartanburg.
Dr. D. Glen Askins was honored at a retirement celebration June 26, 2008, given by his colleagues at the Medical University of South Carolina. The university also announced a campaign to endow the D. G. Askins Jr. M.D. Scholarship, which was established in 2004. Askins currently is serving as interim program director of the physician assistant program at the University of New England at Portland, Maine. It was nice to hear from Curtis Hipp who lives in Cayce, S.C. Hipp wrote that he hopes to attend Homecoming this fall, and that he and his wife, Jane, will celebrate their 52nd wedding anniversary in December 2008.
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of BB&T. Harrill and his wife, Elizabeth Ann, divide their time between Reunion, Homecoming 2009 Seabrook Island, S.C., and Forest Class Chair, William N. Bradford Jr. Dr. Gerald W. Gibson and his wife, City, N.C. Rachael, live in Maryville, Tenn. Gibson celebrated his 15th year as president of 1966 Reunion, Homecoming 2016 Maryville College in 2008. Class Chair, J. Hayne Culler Sr. The Rotary Club of Union presented 1960 Bill Graham with an attendance award Reunion, Homecoming 2010 in May 2008. Graham has completed Class Chair, S. Austin Peele 41 years of service, 40 years of which Living in Pawleys Island, S.C., Pep Dargan is vice president and financial he has had perfect attendance at Rotary meetings. He owns Graham’s Flowers consultant for Wachovia Securities. and Gifts and lives in Union, S.C., with his wife, Cleo. 1961 Reunion, Homecoming 2011 Class Chair, Richard L. Robinson
Dr. Charles “Buddy” Garrett Reunion, Homecoming 2017
retired July 1, 2008, after practicing forensic pathology for 42 years. Garrett was the graduation speaker at the Medical University of South Carolina’s spring commencement exercises and is serving as president of the Joint Alumni Council at the university for 2008-09. He lives in Jacksonville, N.C. In June 2008, the Henderson County Education Foundation Inc. announced that Dr. Donald C. Jones will continue to serve as its executive director. Jones has served on the board since 2000. He and his wife, Patsy, live in Hendersonville, N.C.
50th Reunion, Homecoming 2008 Class Chair, John R. Brown William Kennedy is serving his second term on the 21-member board of directors of the Lexington County Health Services. Kennedy was awarded one of the foundation’s highest honors, the Stilwell Award for Achievement 1963 in Philanthropy, for his contributions Reunion, Homecoming 2013 made to further the quality of life for the Class Chair, Andrew C. English James Larry Harrill wrote to us people of the Midlands. Kennedy and that he retired as senior vice president his family live in Columbia, S.C.
Class Chair, Hubbard McDonald Jr. John Edgar Johnson III retired as an attorney in Pass Christian, Miss., and then survived Hurricane Katrina, which destroyed his home. He relocated to Lake Toxaway, N.C., with his wife, Katherine. Johnson is looking forward to reconnecting with Wofford and all his SAE brothers. Bob Meek and his wife, Nancy, live in Hickory, N.C. Meek is a constituent service representative for Sen. Elizabeth Dole. In this role he serves as an immigration specialist.
1968 40th Reunion, Homecoming 2008 Class Chair, Ronald G. Bruce On Jan. 1, 2008, the law firm of Hull, Towill, Norman, Barrett & Salley announced the return of Neal W. Dickert
Skinners celebrate 50th anniversary Talmage ’56 and Beverly Skinner celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary surrounded by family and friends at Wofford. Above (l to r) are Artie Hendrix ’90, the Skinners’ son-in-law, grandson T.K., Beverly, granddaughter Smith, Valerie Skinner Hendrix ’90 and Talmage.
How to remember Wofford in your will
ncluding a bequest provision in one’s will is an easy way to support Wofford without affecting your current cash flow. Since you are not actually making a gift until after your lifetime, you are able to revise your bequest at any time.
By making Wofford a beneficiary of your will, you qualify for membership in the college's Legacy Society. Contact Smith Patterson ’67 (864-597-5196) for more information.
If you have a valid will, but want to add a bequest for Wofford, you only need to add a codicil, or amendment, to the existing document. Bequests can take several forms. You can leave a specific dollar amount, a percentage of the residue of your estate, or the remainder of your estate. Following is sample wording for a charitable bequest: “I, [name], of [city, state, zip], give, devise, and bequeath to Wofford College, 429 North Church Street, Spartanburg, S. C. 29303 or its successor, [a specific dollar amount, a specific percent of the residue of the estate, or the residue and remainder of the estate] for its unrestricted use and purpose.”
If you wish, you can designate a specific use by the college for the proceeds of your bequest. We are happy to consult with you and/or your legal advisor about your particular needs, questions or concerns. Please feel free to contact the Office of Gift Planning at 864-597-4196.
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to private practice. Dickert served 11 years as a Superior Court judge with the Judicial Circuit. He lives with his wife, Floride, in Augusta, Ga. Bob Gray retired from Medtronic Inc. in August 2007. He and his wife, Sandra, live in Charlotte and Bob wrote to us that (they) are “enjoying spending more time with (their) sons’ families, and especially (their) two grandchildren.” The couple loves to travel and enjoyed recent trips to Brazil and Europe. Dr. Rodger Stroup was guest speaker at the Marlborough Historical Society monthly meeting in May. Stroup is director of the South Carolina Department of Archives and History and State Historic Preservation Officer. He lives in Columbia, S.C., with his wife Martha.
The United Way of Anderson welcomed new board member Rex Maynard in July. He previously had served as president of the Anderson County United Way and president of the United Way of South Carolina. Maynard lives in Belton, S.C., with his wife, Louise. Cam Varner lives in Evans, Ga., with his wife, Marsha. Varner retired as executive director of the Aiken County Help Line on June 30, 2008. He had been with the agency for 15 years.
Reunion, Homecoming 2011 Class Chair, Kenneth E. Smith
Reunion, Homecoming 2009 Class Chair, Richard L. Myers Jimmy Littlefield was named Superintendent of the Year by the South Carolina Association of School Administrators on June 3, 2008. Littlefield is superintendent of Spartanburg County School District 1. He and his wife, Gail, live in Campobello, S.C.
1973 Reunion, Homecoming 2013 Class Chair, E. George McCoin Jr. Ed Chewning and his wife, Win Anne, live in Mount Pleasant, S.C. Chewning is owner of the executive recruiting firm, The Chewning Group, LLC.
1974 Reunion, Homecoming 2014 Class Chair, Jerry L. Calvert Jim Laseter has retired as chairman and chief executive officer of Wray Ward. He and his wife, Carla, split their time between Charlotte, N.C., and Charleston, S.C.
Reunion, Homecoming 2010 Class Chair, Arthur W. Rich Ralph Ortenzi and his wife, Margaret, live in West Palm Beach, Fla. Ortenzi 1975 is president of R.A.O. Shipping Co. Reunion, Homecoming 2015 Class Chair, John O. Moore
J. Timothy (Tim) Cash lives in Cowpens, S.C. Cash currently is involved in a project to create a 12-acre greenway and community/senior center for the town of Cowpens. Living in Greenville, S.C., with his wife, Beth, John Fort works for First Commercial Realty.
Chauncey W. Lever Jr. again is listed in "The Best Lawyers in America," the world’s premier guide. Lever is a partner in the law firm of Foley and Lardner, LLP, which has offices in America and abroad. He specializes in public finance law. Lever and his wife, Martha, live in Jacksonville, Fla. Their son, Zachary Lever ’05, is attending law school at the University of Florida in Gainesville.
fifth among all real estate companies and third individually in 2007. Reggie Gosnell lives in Conway, Dr. Richard Covington and his S.C., with his wife, Cheryl. Gosnell is wife, Starr, live in North Myrtle Beach, chief of police for the city of Conway. S.C. Covington works for Carolina 1978 Health Specialists. Jim Grayson lives in Simpsonville, 30th Reunion, Homecoming 2008 S.C., with his wife, Carlene. Grayson Class Chair, Richard Krapfel Tim Babb is owner of the insuris sales director for Solvay Pharmaance consulting firm, Spartan Benefit ceuticals. TuVox, a caller experience company Systems. Babb lives with his wife, Agnes, based in Cupertino, Calif., announced in Columbia, S.C. Living in Simpsonville, S.C., Mariin June 2008 the addition of Dr. Walter lyn Louise Foster is a retention specialRolandi to its staff. Rolandi will lead a ist with Charter Communications. new practice area for caller experience benchmarking and usability that will perform design review and assessment 1979 of touch-tone and speech recognition Reunion, Homecoming 2009 systems. Prior to TuVox, Rolandi was the Class Chair, Wade E. Ballard Nancy Bryant competed in the founder and owner of The Voice User Interface Co.and a frequent columnist for 2008 West Virginia Senior Sports Speech Technology magazine. He lives Classic, where she participated in the women’s 3-on-3 basketball tournament. with his family in Columbia, S.C. Her team won the silver medal. She also won medals in discus, shotput and 1977 javelin, and qualified to compete in the Reunion, Homecoming 2017 nationals. Bryant will be competing in Class Chair, C. Stan Sewell Jr. Living in Aspen, Colo., Scott Da- the North Carolina State Finals this fall vidson founded Aspen Associates Realty in track and field as well as swimming Group in 2006. The company ranked and Bocce. Bryant tells us that “(she) loves retirement!” Reunion, Homecoming 2016 Class Chair, John W. Gandy
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Rhem, McDowell and Winslow to receive alumni awards during Homecoming Weekend
Schedule changes for Homecoming 2008 and Family Weekend
he Wofford National Alumni Association will hen Homecoming rolls around — Oct. 10-12 — alumni and friends will notice a break from honor three people during Homecoming weekend the traditional slate of class reunions. 2008 activities, Oct. 10-12. The awards will be Beginning this year, instead of holding reunions every five years, the college will only celebrate 10presented at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, in the Papadopouyear class milestones, but campus affinity groups will begin hosting reunions for their alumni members. los Building. “The new schedule will let alumni reunite with their fraternity or sorority, or athletic team or other John Rhem ’71, of Houston, Texas, will receive campus group between 10-year reunion cycles,” says Debbi Thompson ’88, director of alumni and the Distinguished Service Award. Stewart parents programs. “Many schools are moving away from five-year reunions since it can be difficult for Winslow of Spartanburg will receive the alumni to come back that often. The affinity group reunions are perfect for a small college like Wofford, Distinguished Citizen Award. The Young where students form relationships across a range of class years.” Alumna of the Year award will be presented For example, this year Kappa Sigma will host a reunion for the classes of 1955-1962, and Zeta Tau to Monique McDowell ’92 of Atlanta, Ga. Alpha will celebrate its 30th anniversary on campus with a reunion for all sisters. In addition, all footRecipients of the awards are chosen by ball team alumni who played for Mike Ayers are invited to reunite during the Terrier Ball. the Wofford Alumni Executive Council, Another new initiative is the introduction of the Terrier Top 5, a special joint reunion of the five whose president this year is Dorothy Acee most recent graduating classes, with the Class of 2008 attending as guests. This year, the classes of Thomas ’96 of New York City. 2003-2008 will gather at Wild Wing Café for the first Terrier Top 5 reunion party. A former chair of the Wofford Annual The popular downtown street party and lunch on the lawn before the football game will remain Fund and the 1990 president of the National Homecoming staples that give all alumni a chance to meet Wofford friends and classmates. Rhem Alumni Association, Rhem is a corporate attorney in the firm of Rhem Golvach, P.C. He Family Weekend (Nov. 7-9) “Puttin’ on the Dog” party moves to Friday night has been active in the cultural and civic life amily Weekend activities remain the same as last year, with one significant schedule change: the Putof Houston, serving organizations ranging tin’ on the Dog party for students and their families will be held on Friday, Nov. 7. This year, the from the Houston Bar Foundation to the AsChairmen of the Board will perform beach music favorites at The Village. sociation for Corporate Growth to the Texas Chamber Orchestra. Rhem is a founding board member of a new non-profit organiFor a complete schedule of events and registration information for Homecoming and Family zation, The Institute for Sustainable Peace, Weekend, visit alumni.wofford.edu or contact the Alumni Office at 864-597-4185. which is devoted to reconciliation and peacekeeping throughout Winslow Schedule of Homecoming events: the world. In addiFriday, Oct. 10 3 - 5 pm...................................................................... Classes Without Quizzes tion, Rhem 6 - 9 pm........................................................50 Year Club reception and dinner has worked 6:30 - 8:30 pm.............................Reunions for the Classes of ’68, ’78, ’88, ’98, tirelessly to Terrier Top 5 (Classes of 2003-2008), Zeta Tau Alpha 30th give Wofford Anniversary, Kappa Sigma Reunion for Classes 1955-1962 a higher 8:30 - 11:30 pm............................................................. Downtown Street Party visibility in the region, and two of Saturday, Oct. 11 9:30 am - 12:30 pm...............................................................Tennis round robin his children, McDowell 10 - 11:30 am......................................................................Academic reception William 10 am - noon....................................................Alumni and faculty book signing (Will) Rhem 11 am - noon............................................. Alumni service awards presentation ’00 and Elizabeth (Liz) 11:30 am - 12:30 pm..............................................................Chemistry drop-in Rhem ’04, are Wofford 11:30 am - 1 pm................................. Campus Union President alumni drop-in graduates. 11:30 am - 2 pm........................................ Lunch on the Lawn of Main Building Winslow is a national1 - 3 pm........................................................................Reunion of Religion 340 ly respected horticulturist 3 pm.....................................................Wofford vs. Chattanooga football game with 26 years of experiAfter the game.........................Association of Multicultural Students reception, Family Weekend Highlights ence, 19 with Milliken & Alpha Sigma Phi reunion Co. A Clemson Univer7 pm - midnight..........................................Terrier Ball, football players reunion Friday, Nov. 7 from the Mike Ayers years sity graduate, his talents 2 - 5 pm...................................... Parents Advisory Council meeting are reflected in projects 2 - 5 pm.................................................... Meetings with professors such as the Greenville5:15 - 6:30 pm.................Senior reception with Tommy Brittain ’75, Sunday, Oct. 12 chairman of the college’s Board of Trustees Spartanburg International 11 am.................................................................Homecoming Worship Service 7 8 pm. . ...............................................Troubadour Series Concert Airport, the Carolina 2 pm....................................................................Women’s Soccer vs. Samford 8 -11:30 pm...............................................Puttin’ On The Dog party Country Club, and the Noble Tree Foundation. He has played the lead role in implementing, cataloguing Saturday, Nov. 8 and mapping the Roger Milliken Arboretum at Wofford 8:30 - 9:30 am............................................ Heritage Club reception since its inception and has contributed significantly to the 9 am - noon.............................................. Meetings with professors vast improvement in the appearance of the campus since TBA..................................................................... Volleyball vs. Elon 11:30 am - 2 pm.....................................Family Weekend luncheon 1987. 11:30 am - noon............................... “State of the College Address” A 1995 graduate of Washington & Lee University by President Benjamin Dunlap School of Law, McDowell is an attorney with Kilpatrick 1 pm . ......................................... United Methodist Fun (UMF) Day Stockton in Atlanta, Ga. She focuses her practice on 3 pm . .................................. Wofford vs. The Citadel football game employee benefits matters including retirement plans and business transactions. She is a member of the South Carolina Bar and the State Bar of Georgia, where she serves on Sunday, Nov. 9 the women and minorities in the profession committee. 9:30 - 10:30 am.................................. Good morning reception with President & Mrs. Dunlap Her involvement in community organizations includes 11 am............................... Family Weekend Service of Worship led serving on the steering committee of the Fulton County by college Chaplain Ron Robinson ’78 United Way. 2 pm................................................Volleyball vs. UNC Greensboro
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1980 Reunion, Homecoming 2010 Class Chair, Paul Kountz Jr. Carolina Sailing & Marine, providing performance sailors, cruisers and boaters with equipment and supplies, is owned by Rick Simpson. He and his family live in Winston-Salem, N.C. The Bailey Foundation announced the election of James L. Switzer to its advisory committee in May 2008. The foundation provides financial support for religious, charitable and educational organizations. Switzer currently serves as managing resident director and first vice president of investments with Merrill Lynch. He lives with his family in Spartanburg. Candace Frye Thomas and her family live in Marshall, Minn. Thomas is a high school language arts teacher within the Marshall School District.
Living in Fort Mill, S.C., Chuck Worthy works for Belk as the director of their new E- Commerce Fulfillment Center in Pineville, N.C.
1985 Reunion, Homecoming 2015 Class Chair, Timothy Madden Living in Charleston, S.C., David Carter works as an information technology specialist for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Carter retired as a major from the U.S. Army Reserve in February 2008. He served as a chemical officer during Desert Shield/Desert Storm and as a transportation officer during Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Stewart Ellison is president and owner of Cypress Pest Control. Ellison, his wife, Beverly, and their children live in Greenville, S.C. Bo Fulton lives with his family in Kernersville, N.C. Fulton is vice president of Deutsche Bank Trust Co. located in Winston-Salem, N.C. The Rev. Joseph James, his wife, Kathy, and their children, Aaron, Joe and Lewis, live in Gaffney, S.C. James is minister at Buford Street United Methodist Church.
Reunion, Homecoming 2011 Class Chair, George P. Watson Rebecca Cubbage Dukes is director of data, curriculum, and testing for Allendale County Schools in Fairfax, S.C. Dukes, her husband, Charles, and sons, Adam (13) and Aaron (5), live in Branchville, S.C. The family suffered a loss in March 2008, when a tornado 1986 ripped through their hometown and Reunion, Homecoming 2016 destroyed her husband’s family business, Class Chair, Brand Stille Carolyn Mills Lovell is a medical Dukes Farm Supply. Dukes’ husband counselor at the Medical College of teaches at Bowman Academy. Georgia. Lovell lives in Batesburg, S.C., with her husband, Charles. 1982 The School Foundation of Florence Reunion, Homecoming 2012 School District I announced in July Class Chair, Madison Dye Jr. the appointment of Hood Temple as Prestige Pillow announced the appointment of Christopher Davis as vice chairman of the board of directors. president in July 2008. Davis has been Temple is an attorney with the Hyman with Prestige for 13 years, serving the Law Firm in Florence. He and his wife, last five years as chief financial officer. Kellie, have four children. He lives in Hickory, N.C. Dr. March Seabrook and his wife, 1987 Anne, live in Columbia, S.C. Their Reunion, Homecoming 2017 Stephen Grabow is vice president youngest son, Richard Seabrook ’12, is at Wofford and oldest son, Nelson of claims for Florida Farm Bureau Seabrook, is a member of the class of Insurance Companies. Grabow lives 2009. Seabrook currently serves on the in Gainesville, Fla, with his wife, South Carolina Medical Association Michelle, and children, Thomas (5) and Ella (2). Board of Trustees. Brian Jones and his wife, Kimberly, live in St. Petersburg, Fla. Jones is a 1983 developer with the commercial real Reunion, Homecoming 2013 estate firm of DBSI. Class Chair, W. Scott Gantt Kimberly D. Harris is director David Smith is the owner of DNA General Contracting Co. located in of special events for the University of Duluth, Ga. Smith started the com- Florida Foundation Inc. Harris and pany in 2007 after eight years with the her husband, Julian Compton, live in Andersen Window Corp. The company Alachua, Fla. Living in Moore, S.C., Danny Shelrecently received the Georgia Unlimited works at the Spartanburg location of ton Commercial Contractors license, the 4 YOU! Custom Gifts and Awards. highest level of licensure available in the state.
1984 Reunion, Homecoming 2014 Class Chair, Kenneth Kirkpatrick Stephen O. Edwards is director of auxiliary services at Sweet Briar College. Edwards, his wife, Wynde, and sons, O’Neill (17) and Caleb (13), live in Lynchburg, Va. Darrin McCaskill is a teacher and coach in Spartanburg School District 1. McCaskill lives in Boiling Springs, S.C., with his wife, Yana, and daughter, Ava Elizabeth.
20th Reunion, Homecoming 2008 Class Chair, C. Lane Glaze Walter Barefoot, his wife, Anja, and children, Joshua and Lydia, live in Florence, S.C. Barefoot is managing shareholder for the Florence office of the law firm, Turner Padget. He wrote to us that he is looking forward to his 20th reunion this fall and hopes to see lots of familiar faces and old friends. Dr. Diana Dodds Harper and her son, Evan, recently completed an open water scuba diving certification. After a
Physician’s health care model could ease doctor shortages as baby boomers retire
s he approached retirement age, Dr. William M. Spinelli ’72 began thinking about how to structure the next phase of his life. After practicing family medicine for nearly 30 years, Spinelli, 57, found the long hours, late nights and weekends spent on call increasingly difficult to manage, but he wasn’t ready to hang up his stethoscope for good. He also was looking for ways to devote more time to community service in a number of areas, including mentoring at-risk youth, environmental activism and volunteer teaching in the public schools. Spinelli proposed a plan to the Allina Medical Clinic, a non-profit 575-physician group with 48 clinics throughout Minnesota, including Hastings, the Minneapolis suburb where Spinelli practices. “The model would take the late career physician and offer them a limited or part-time work schedule with benefits provided at a full-time level,” he says. “What they would do to make up the difference between part-time work and full-time work would be community engagement.” Allowing older doctors to be active and involved community members is crucial to retaining their expertise beyond the typical retirement age, says Spinelli. “I have associates who are Spinelli doing international medical work, community free-clinic work and community activism that has no medical connection.” It’s equally important, he continues, to keep them on the job. By some estimates, as many as 70 million baby boomers will retire during the next 10 years, with as few as 40 million workers to replace them. He adds that family doctors are retiring in disproportionately large numbers, with fewer new doctors to take their places. “There aren’t enough family physicians because it’s no longer a desired specialty,” he explains. “The current medical student comes out of school with anywhere between $150,000 and $180,000 of debt, plus a mortgage to pay and children to raise, so they choose the more lucrative specialty fields.” Part-time work could be the key to managing anticipated shortages of family medicine physicians, says Spinelli. By adopting his model, older physicians would also have more time to spend in mentoring younger doctors and modeling behaviors — two invaluable methods of imparting wisdom many doctors find difficult to squeeze into schedules that are already maxed out. “Younger physicians stop in on a daily basis to ask questions about patient care, X-ray results, lab analysis,” he says. “The senior physician’s knowledge and experience would become available to the community in ways that would not have been possible earlier in their careers. Doctors and patients in areas served by Allina Medical Clinics will have an opportunity to benefit from Spinelli’s plan, which Allina has agreed to implement. Spinelli received additional good news in May when he was awarded a $60,000 medical fellowship from the Bush Foundation of St. Paul, Minnesota. Alice Sanborn, assistant director of the Medical Fellows Program at the Bush Foundation, says Spinelli’s work is a natural extension of the organization’s mission to develop leaders and strengthen communities in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. “What Bill is proposing is very unique,” she says. “There is a shortage of physicians in these states, especially in the rural areas, and the doctors who are there are overworked and at the edge of burnout. If there is a way retiring or older physicians can ease the load, then his model could have a significant impact on healthcare.” The fellowship will pay the tuition and expenses for Spinelli to study for a master of public affairs degree at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. The MPA credentials will give him a voice in a growing number of national policy discussions in response to a 2004 report published by the Harvard School of Public Health exploring the need to redefine retirement for baby boomers, most of whom can reasonably expect to live 20 to 30 years beyond age 65. The study also debated the potential success of a national effort to engage boomers in addressing community issues. There is interest in adapting Spinelli’s model to fit other professions. To date, he’s received inquiries from researchers at the North Carolina Center for Creative Retirement in Asheville and from Civic Ventures, a San Francisco, Calif., organization promoting retirement careers. He plans to use a portion of his fellowship stipend to conduct site visits with professional groups around the country. “I’d love to hear from anyone who is considering these issues, regardless of their line of work,” he says. Readers may contact Spinelli via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Once he completes the master of public affairs degree, Spinelli isn’t exactly sure where life may take him. “I won’t practice medicine again in the same way that I have in the past, but I know I’m not ready to give it up completely.” One thing is certain: with his new health care model in place, he won’t have to. by Lisa Mincey Ware
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Morrow’s innovation could improve data storage
Alumni & friends in the news
aul Morrow ’02, who graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in May, has developed a nanomaterial that has never before been produced. The nanomaterial is an array of freestanding nanoscale columns composed of alternating layers of magnetic cobalt and nonmagnetic copper. Morrow’s Koger-Thomas makes three-dimensional arrangement of the magnetic and non-magEbony Magazine list netic layers creates a material enny Koger-Thomas ’00 was that exhibits promising magnetic surprised when she opened properties for data storage and the February issue of Ebony magnetic field sensing at room magazine and found herself listed temperature. Similar technology as one of the magazine’s “Thirty is currently in use in hard drives Rising Leaders Under 30.” around the world, but they both She was traveling from New use a two-dimensional film design York to Alabama in January and for the layers. was in the Charlotte, N.C., air“Because the nanostructure port. She subscribes to the maga- is three-dimensional, it has the zine but bought it at the airport potential to vastly expand data because of the famous personali- storage capability,” Morrow says. ties and articles mentioned on the Morrow also has developed a front cover. microscopic technique to measure “I had a long layover in Char- the minute magnetic properties of lotte, too, so I needed something his nanocolumns. Prior to his into read,” says Koger-Thomas, a novation, no such method existed human resources specialist in the that was fine-tuned enough to U.S. Army’s Aviation and Missile sense the magnetic properties of Command. one or even a small number of The list included men and freestanding nanostructures. women throughout the county He is currently working to who have distinguished themfine-tune the device to detect the selves as young lawyers, doctors, properties of just one nanocolpoliticians, government employ- umn. His discoveries have been ees and media personalities. published in two articles in the journal Nanotechnology.
Edens named outstanding young banker
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r. Walter Rolandi ’76 is leading TuVox’s design review and empirical assessment of touch-tone and speech recognition systems. “As both a speech interface expert and steadfast caller advocate, Walter has been a trailblazer in the development of some of the most innovative voice apWilkins appointed U.S. plications today, and has helped callers solve problems quickly attorney and enabled companies to realize substantial savings,” says Dr. alt Wilkins ’96 was conSilke Witt-Ehsani, vice president, firmed as U.S. attorney TuVox Design Center in Cuperfor the South Carolina District in 2008 after serving as assistant tino, Calif. The new practice area will U.S. attorney for the past three focus on the analysis of client years. During his tenure in the requirements; dialog, prompt and office he was recognized with the persona design; call scripting; U.S. Attorney’s Award for Outbehavioral usability testing; and standing Contribution to the Asvoice talent selection and coachset Forfeiture Program, the U.S. ing. Increased focus also will be Attorney’s Award for Outstanding placed on the design of Spanish Prosecution and the U.S. Secret and multi-lingual applications. Service Award for Outstanding “I’m excited to join TuVox Prosecution. Prior to joining the because of my desire to put U.S. attorney’s office, Wilkins additional muscle behind my served as a staff attorney, office caller advocacy and quest for of general counsel for Lockheed improving the caller experience,” Martin Aircraft Argentina. He says Rolandi. “I feel that TuVox’s also practiced law with the firm emphasis on the caller provides of Leatherwood Walker Todd & me with a tangible avenue to Mann in Greenville, S.C., and served as an adjunct professor at improve the way callers interact with automation.” Greenville Technical College.
Watch for Melvin in Washington
raig Melvin ’01, a WIS-TV news anchor and one of the most familiar faces in the Columbia, S.C. area, left the station in July to become a reporter and anchor on NBC-owned WRCTV in Washington, D.C., placing Melvin in a top 10 TV market. Melvin will be the weekend evening anchor, and week-day fillin. He’ll also get some in-depth reporting assignments. He won an Emmy in 2006, and in 2007 was named best anchor by the state broadcaster’s association. “Wounded Warriors,” a series he reported from Germany that profiled soldiers injured in Afghanistan and Iraq, earned an Edward R. Murrow Award.
Deloitte Consulting names Porter managing director
eloitte announces that Stanley E. Porter ’89 has been named managing director of Deloitte Consulting LLP’s Greater Washington, D.C. practice. Shealy becomes beta Porter counsels global energy concerns in matters regarding reader for bestseller strategic planning, mergers and ichard N. Shealy ’90 is a beta acquisitions, enterprise goverreader for New York Times nance and finance operations bestselling author Jim Butcher improvement. Porter also serves (“The Dresden Files,” “The Codex on the board of Deloitte ConsultAlera”). Beta readers check the ing LP, as well as acting as client basics (spelling and grammar) but service lead for both Pepco Holdalso keep a close eye on continuings Inc. and the United States ity, theme, facts, character develDepartment of Energy. opment and even tone.
Look for Horne on PBS this fall with RoadTrip Nation
ichael Edens ’98 has been recognized by the South Carolina Bankers Association (SCBA) as this year’s outstanding young banker. The award recognizes outstanding service to customers, outstanding contributions and dedications to the state’s commerical banking industry, and outstanding accomplishments and service to the community “Michael is a true leader who is well thought of by his peers, his customers and members of the community. He consistently achieves exceptional sales results and takes pride in a job well done,” says Chuck Garrett, president and CEO of NBSC.
Rolandi helps TuVox expand caller services
yle Wayne Horne ’08 didn’t waste much time making an impact on the outside world. He and two friends from high school heard about something called Roadtrip Nation, a show on PBS in which three young men travel around the country interviewing people, looking for direction in life. They applied, fought their way through a lengthy application process (essays, lots and lots of essays) and were finally chosen. As part of the job, Horne spent 39 days of this summer in an RV traveling across America and loving every minute of it. The show will air on PBS in the fall. “It’s been awesome so far, I really have had my breath physically removed from me a couple times by the beauty of the countryside,” says Horne. “It’s outrageous sometimes. But more than that, we’ve gotten to experience people sharing their minds and hearts with us. “What a blessing it is to be able to hear somebody’s honest take on life and truth and reality and what’s valuable and worth pursuing in life. People really are walking treasure chests, and we casually stroll by them everyday. It’s amazing what happens when we open up to each other.” Horne says his experience at Wofford has helped him immensely on this project. “Being at a small college, you see a lot of the same faces, and those some faces become people, and those people become friends and so on, as opposed to a big school where most faces remain random faces,” he says. “I really think what gradually tempers our understanding of people are the stories behind those people. You start to see everybody as an actual person with dreams and vices and hopes and failures. “(My experience at Wofford) has really helped me listen to people on this trip. We came across a lot of people and interview them, and it really helps keep it fresh when you honestly believe every person has something unique and authentic to offer.” Horne has been given so much advice from the people he has interviewed that he feels he needs a period following the Roadtrip Nation experience to process it all. “The hard thing about this trip is that in almost every interview people are sharing with us these massive pieces of wisdom,” he says. “It’s almost unfair, both to us and to them, to move on to the next person a day later or even an hour later sometimes. After each one of these interviews, I feel the need to go sit in the woods for six months to think about what just happened, just to give their words the respect and time they deserve. When this whole thing is over, a lot of thought and unpacking will still need to happen.” by Brett Borden
week long trip to remote areas of Honduras on their third medical mission trip, Harper and her sons, Austin (18) and Evan (13), went diving off the coast of Honduras at Roatan. The family lives in Altamonte Springs, Fla. Dr. James (Jay) Lawrence was presented the Excellence in Leadership Award by the National Conference of Gerontological Nurse Practitioners in September 2007. Lawrence also received the 2008 Nurse Practitioner State Award for Excellence. This award is given annually to only one nurse practitioner from each state. Lawrence lives in Atlanta, Ga. Living in Florence, S.C., Ronald G. Vereen is a project manager for the Internal Revenue Service.
1989 Reunion, Homecoming 2009 Class Chair, Michael R. Sullivan The Laurens County Chamber of Commerce announced the appointment of Dr. Cynthia Jones Pitts to its board of directors on June 30, 2008. Pitts is the Upper Savannah Regional Education Center coordinator. She lives in Clinton, S.C.
1990 Reunion, Homecoming 2010 Class Chair, Scott W. Cashion
Paula Blackwell Bulman and her husband, Jamie, announce the birth of their son, Lucas Ray Bulman, June 18, 2008. He joins big brother Jake. The family lives in Matthews, N.C. Artie Hendricks and his wife, Valerie Skinner Hendricks, announce the birth of their son, Talmage Kirkwood Hendricks, Oct. 8, 2007. He joins big sister Smith (6). Artie is director of operations for Partners in Caring at Duke University Medical Center, and Valerie teaches English at Leesville Road High School. The family lives in Raleigh, N.C. Lisa Deavenport Ireland, her husband, Eric Ireland ’92, and their two children, Grace (5) and Eli (2), moved to Simpsonville, S.C., in February 2008. The couple had lived in Ohio for the past 14 years. Lisa is director of talent acquisition and diversity for Ashland Inc. and Eric is global marketing manager for Hexion Specialty Chemicals. Lisa says that they are “looking forward to reconnecting with friends and getting involved with local Wofford events again!” Kevin Martin, his wife, Diana, and children, Daniel and Ryan, live in Atlanta, Ga. Martin is a partner of Leblon Cachaca, one of the fastest-growing spirits companies in the U.S. Living in Hendersonville, N.C., Susan Christos McKenney is a nurse practitioner with Western Carolina Medical Associates in Fletcher, N.C. She also has obtained board certification in advanced diabetes management. It was nice to receive an update from Richard Shealy, who lives in Kearny, N.J. Shealy wrote us that he has had the pleasure of becoming a beta reader for New York Times bestselling author Jim Butcher. Beta readers check spelling and grammar and also keep a close eye on continuity, theme and character development. Shealy says that “it’s demanding but rewarding work.”
1991 Reunion, Homecoming 2011 Class Chair, Leslee Houck Page
Dr. Christine Christensen Phillips and her husband, Mike, live in Zionsville, Ind. Phillips works for Eli Lilly and Co. as principal regulatory scientist. In this role she negotiates with the Federal Drug Administration for approval of new drugs to treat neurological and psychiatric diseases.
1992 Reunion, Homecoming 2012 Class Chair, Nikki Palmeri Chunn John Richard Baggenstoss is sales director for Merced Systems, a company that develops advanced performance management products. Baggenstoss and his family live in Decatur, Ga. Will Britt became a partner with the law firm of Bruner, Powell, Robbins, Wall & Mullins, LLC, in May 2008. Britt and his family live in Columbia, S.C. Congratulations to Jerome Hall and Andrew Hewitt ’06 who earned the top prize in the charity golf tournament that preceded the BMW Pro-Am golf tournament in May. Hall and Hewitt finished the round with a 10-under-par score, winning $20,000, which they donated to the Spartanburg Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Mark Ward and Anne Thompson Ward ’95 proudly announce the birth of Charlotte Neal Ward, born Dec. 12, 2007. She joins big brother, Layton, age 7 and big sister Madison, age 5. Mark and Anne are enjoying living in Spartanburg and look forward to seeing everyone at the Wofford football games this fall.
1993 Reunion, Homecoming 2013 Class Chair, Sarah Copeland Sawicki Dr. Noel Brownlee lives in Piedmont, S.C., with his family. Brownlee is a pathologist at Pathology Associates and Consultants of Greenville. He will teach a biology course at Wofford in the spring of 2009. Jody Patrick Legare and his wife, Stephanie, announce the birth of their daughter, Peyton E. Legare, June 19, 2008. The family lives in Indian Trail, N.C. Living in Duluth, Ga., Frank Dyer is director of product marketing for Onity, a facility management technology company. Prior to joining Onity’s management team, Dyer was a senior product marketing manager for AT&T. Michelle Carey Parks is project manager for First Federal. She lives with her family in Charleston, S.C. Heidi Avera Putnam and her husband, Matthew Putnam ’94, live in Greenville, S.C., with their daughter, Miller Kate. Heidi is a landscape designer with Cityscape Design, and Matthew works for Customer Effective as a software consultant. Midlands radio and TV personality Jeff Roper has joined Orangeburg’s STAR 105.1 as morning host. He is a two-time winner of the Country Music Association Broadcast Personality of the Year award while with WCOSFM in Columbia and WSOC-FM in Charlotte. Roper and his wife, Angie, live in Lexington, S.C.
Harris dresses Kambui School children out in Wofford gear
reg Harris ’90 played soccer for the Terriers. He also served in the U.S. Peace Corps from 1998-2000. These two threads became connected at a Wofford Alumni game this past April. Harris had taught at the Kambui School for the Deaf in Ngewa, Kenya, while in the Peace Corps. Having already gone back to Kenya three times, he was determined to bring something back with him on his fourth return trip this summer. “I love the people, the culture, and the natural beauty of the place,” explains Harris. “It’s such a diverse country, with the beauty of the landscape and everything. It’s not just a National Geographic experience, looking at wild animals.” While elephants, giraffes, gorillas, lions, and zebras are all native to the Dark Continent, terriers are not. Harris decided he could at least dress people like Terriers. “I got in touch with (new Wofford soccer coach Ralph) Polson and asked him if I could take some uniforms back with me,” says Harris. “He was all too happy to help out. He gave me 25 sets of full uniforms…jerseys, shorts and socks. Because of him I was able to make the donation to the athletics program at my old school.” When he returned to Ngewa, Harris saw students he had taught eight years ago. It was nice to see their faces again, especially when he popped open the boxes containing the uniforms. “Sheer delight,” said Harris of their faces. “You don’t see a lot of American clothing items over there, especially in the rural areas. Maybe second-hand or hand-me-down items, if that. These were sharp-looking new black uniforms. They really stand out, and the coolest thing is they all have the Wofford logo on them.” Harris says the uniforms will be used by the men’s and women’s teams, in soccer and in volleyball. They won’t provide extra leaping ability or foot speed, but figuratively they could put an extra bounce in each athlete’s step. “What’s the old adage? If you look good, you feel good?” asks Harris. “I’m hoping that’s the case here.” by Brett Borden
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Howze finds his artistic voice in stencil Nation
he most common exposure many of us have to the use of stencils may be numbers painted in parking spaces. But there is also a vast and rich artistic culture based on work with stencils. In the book “Stencil Nation: Graffiti, Community, and Art,” Russell Howze ’91 has chronicled and paid tribute to stencil artists and their work worldwide. Howze says he became “obsessed” with stencil art in the 1990s. He first noticed stencil graffiti in Clemson, S.C., shortly after graduating from Wofford. A few years later, while traveling in Europe to study art, he was struck by more such graffiti, particularly that with political overtones. After settling in San Francisco in 1997, “(I) found dozens of stencils on the sidewalks of the Mission and Haight neighborhoods. Some had faded away with time, and others got painted over almost as soon as the stencil’s paint had dried. I felt compelled to photograph as many stencils as I could before they disappeared, so I ended up with a box of photographs of stencils from all over San Francisco.” Howze, a self-taught graphics designer who says he got his start using early Apple computers as part of the Old Gold & Black staff, began creating his own stencils. Efforts to learn more about the craft connected him to a network of experienced stencil artists. The idea for a book came to Howze in 2002. It took several years to find a publisher, but in the meantime, he founded a Web site devoted to stencil-making, www. stencilarchive.org. By the time he had a book This globe stencil in Seattle, Wash., deal in place with Manic D Press, was created during a stencil jam hosted an award-winning San Franciscoby a community arts center. based publisher, Howze had a lot of the content in place. He’d become friends with many of the artists published on his Web site and featured them in various sections of the book. “Other parts took more work,” he says, pointing to his efforts to document the history of stencil design. “Stencil art dates back 35,000 years... The tool as we know it today developed in China, hopped to Japan, and then appeared in Europe.” Stencil graffiti has been used for information and propaganda in political and military struggles around the world, and the style was a popular advertising innovation among American punk rock bands of the late 1970s. Howze is attracted to the simplicity and power of the art form. “Using a cut out stencil is an easy way to post a message over and over. I’ve heard artists call stencils ‘the poor man’s printing press,’ supporting the idea that you can take a pocket knife, a cereal box, and a can of spray paint and say anything you want on the streets of your city.” An interesting aspect of stencils is the way many artists use them to interact with the environment. In the 1970s, artist John Felkner found a junked car and stenciled on it the message “Rust Wins.” On an abandoned inner city high-rise apartment building, he stenciled “Broken Promises.” While those stencils are as simple as a series of block letters, other artists create complex and layered designs — impressively textured images of people, animals or architecture. “Stencil Nation” includes all this and more in just under 200 pages. The book features photographs of stencils from San Francisco and other American cities but also from as far away as Tokyo and Tel Aviv. Howze includes a short glossary of stenciling terminology as well as stencil-making tips from artists. Outside of chronicling stencil art, Howze has worked in a variety of arts-related and non-profit activist organizations, including as a “carny“ with a group that puts on eco-themed festivals. Travel in his career affords Howze the opportunity to always be on the lookout for new and different stencil art. Reflecting on his four years at Wofford, he says his liberal arts education has enabled him “to basically create a life that isn’t quite the norm.“ He adds, “Prodding professors helped me realize that what you read isn’t necessarily the whole story. There’s always that unheard voice, who in my world most likely has made a stencil and painted it on a wall in an attempt to be heard.” by Baker Maultsby ’92
Saddler Taylor and his wife, Amy Courtney Stevens Plyler and her Fortenberry Taylor, announce the husband, Ross Plyler ’00, announce birth of their son, Jack “Culley” Wiggins Taylor, Dec. 21, 2007. He joins big brother Creighton (7), and big sister Mattie Flynn (5). The family lives in Irmo, S.C.
the birth of their daughter, Annette Catherine Plyler, May 27, 2008. The family lives in Greenville, S.C. Courtney is corporate counsel for Guardian Building Products and Ross is an attorney with the law firm of Collins and Lacy. Susan Harris Worley is a home1994 maker and preschool teacher at Christ Reunion, Homecoming 2014 the King Lutheran Preschool. Worley Class Chair, Alicia Nunamaker Trueslives in Cumming, Ga., with her husdail Dorothy Stuckey Campbell band, Timothy, and daughters, Natalie and her husband, Todd, are pleased and Sallie-Kate. to announce the birth of their twin daughters, Lucy Riley Campbell and 1997 Reece Claiborne Campbell, on June Reunion, Homecoming 2017 23, 2008. They join big sister Ella (3). Class Chair, Beth Mangham Guerrero Michael Clowney and his family The family lives in Charlotte, N.C., and Dorothy reports that she is enjoying are relocating to Fort Mill, S.C., from Charlotte, N.C. Clowney has joined being a stay-at-home mom. Working for Extended Stay Hotels as First Citizens Bank in Rock Hill, S.C., assistant general counsel, Christopher as an area commercial relationship Dekle lives in Spartanburg with his wife, manager. Shelley Haddock Dempsey and Susie, and son, Charles (1). Trey Jarrard lives in Alexandria, Va. her husband, Scott, announce the He works for the United States Secret birth of their son, Cooper Haddock Service and is assigned to the Dignitary Dempsey, Dec. 21, 2007. He joins big Protective Division. brother Aiden (2). The family lives in Libby McIntosh and her husband, Columbia, S.C. Laura King Duncan and her husKen, announce the birth of their daughter, Katherine “Kate” Rose Ken- band, Jason, announce the birth of their nickell, Jan. 9, 2008. The family lives daughter, Margaret Ann Duncan, Sept. 28, 2008. The family lives in Duncan, in Savannah, Ga. S.C. Grandpa, Dr. Gerald King ’63, is excited to finally have a grandchild. 1995 Living in Macon, Ga., with his Reunion, Homecoming 2015 wife, Lauren, and son, Clarke (2), Bud Class Chair, Brandie Yancey Lorenz Ann Coursey Kinsey is an anesthe- Jones is a principal of Middle Georgia siologist at St. Anthony’s Hospital. She Solutions. Leah Robertson Mabry and her lives with her husband, Richard, and husband, the Rev. Luke Maybry ’98, son, William, in Atlanta, Ga. Phil Petros was admitted to the announce the birth of their daughter, partnership of PricewaterhouseCoopers Caroline McClain Maybry, July 23, effective July 1, 2008. Petros resides in 2008. She joins big sister Julia (1). The Winston-Salem, N.C., with his wife, family lives in Charlotte, N.C. Laura Pence Massey and her Daphne, and their two daughters, Logan husband, Jerry, announce the birth of (5) and Abby (2). Living in Parkville, Md., Dr. Dwain their daughter, Celia Marie Massey, Pruitt is interim assistant dean of the Jan. 12, 2008. The family lives in College of Liberal Arts at Morgan State Charleston, S.C. Laurie Lomax Patton and her University. husband, Joel, announce the birth of their son, Durham Patton, Feb. 7, 1996 2008. Laurie teaches special education Reunion, Homecoming 2016 at Berea Middle School. The family lives Class Chair, Curt L. Nichols Jr. Congratulations to Christi Owen in Travelers Rest, S.C. The Rev. Kristen RichardsonBrown, who earned a master of divinand her husband, John, live in Frick ity degree from Princeton Theological Orangeburg, S.C. Richardson-Frick Seminary on June 23, 2008. Brown and became pastor of St. Paul United Methher husband, Dr. Kelan Brown ’00, live odist Church in June 2008. in Durham, N.C. Kelan is a physician Working for Live Oak Bank, Chad radiology resident at the University of Reed and his wife, Karson, live in North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Living in Asheville, N.C., W. James Wilmington, N.C. Living in Columbia, S.C., Shannon Johnson is a partner with the Van Willis Scruggs is executive director of Winkle Law firm. Johnson specializes the South Carolina Bar Foundation. in construction law and is the firm’s Scruggs wrote us that she managed to construction and professional design find time for some theater in between group leader. her family and job at the foundation, The Rev. Edward McCutcheon and his wife, Stephanie Blanton and also was able to attend her 10-year McCutcheon ’98, live in Greenville, reunion last year at Wofford. Julie Mitchell Smoak and her husS.C. Edward was recently appointed band, Jonathan, announce the birth of campus minister of Wesley Fellowship their daughter, Maggie Rebecca Smoak, at Furman University and Stephanie Jan. 23, 2008. She joins big brother Kyle is a pharmacy resident at Palmetto (3). The family lives in Spartanburg. Richland Hospital. Julie is an adjunct biology instructor Doris Bryant Mobley and her husband, Carter, announce the birth at the University of South Carolina of their son, Hollins Hamilton Mob- Upstate. ley, July 17, 2008. The family lives in Savannah, Ga.
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1998 10th Reunion, Homecoming 2008 Class Chair, Casey B. Moore Melanie Goings Campbell and her husband, Jay, announce the birth of their daughter, Pressley Ann Campbell, May 23, 2008. The family lives in Boiling Springs, S.C. Matt Daniels and his wife, Katherine, announce the birth of their son, Franklin Steele Daniels, July 28, 2008. He joins big brother Nelson (23 months). The family lives in Charlotte, N.C. Michael Edens of The National Bank of South Carolina was named Outstanding Young Banker for 2008 at the South Carolina Bankers Association’s annual convention held June 12-15. Edens is the private client services manager at the bank’s Columbia, S.C., office. The award is the most prestigious honor presented in South Carolina’s banking industry. He lives with his wife, Cynthia, in Columbia, S.C. Mallory Edwards is the owner of Secure Shred, a document destruction business. Edwards and his wife, Millan, live in Spartanburg. Elizabeth Lindsey Helm and her husband, Patrick Joseph Helm ’00, announce the birth of their daughter, Amelia Caroline Helm, Feb. 18, 2008. She joins big brother Jimmy (2). Elizabeth is chief pharmacist for United States Public Health Service. The family lives in Georgetown, S.C. Clay Heslop and his wife, Ashley Sumner Heslop ’99, live in Charleston, S.C., with their daughter Sydney (2). Clay is chief financial officer for Southcoast Community Bank and Ashley practices law at Turner Padget. Jenny Jo Sobers Johnson and her husband, Lee J. Johnson ’00, announce the birth of their daughter, Noel Elizabeth Johnson, April 21, 2008. She joins big brothers Samuel (5) and Nathan (2), and big sister Joy (4). The family lives in Herreid, S.D. Having completed a fellowship in medical oncology and hematology at the Medical University of South Carolina in June 2008, Dr. Lee Milling has taken a position as an oncologist at Waccamaw Oncology in Murrells Inlet, S.C. Milling and his family live in Pawleys Island, S.C. Living in Nashville, Tenn., Jason Schmiedt is a reimbursement manager for LifePoint Hospitals Inc. Andrew Sevic is a senior auditor with the accounting and business advising firm of Elliott Davis. He and his wife, Jeanna, live in Williamston, S.C.
1999 Reunion, Homecoming 2009 Class Chair, Zackery O. Atkinson Zach Atkinson and his wife, Katie, announce the birth of their son, Zackery Owen Atkinson Jr., July 8, 2008. The family lives in Camden, S.C. Dr. Aaron Bliley and his wife, Melissa Langehans Bliley ’00, announce the birth of their son, Luke Middleton Bliley, June 23, 2008. He joins big brother Jack (4). The family lives in Florence, S.C. Amy Carpenter Dodson , her husband, Billy, and their two sons have moved to Oceanside, Calif., where they are stationed at Camp Pendleton Marine
Manning rides campaign wave as editor of official Obama for President blog I
nternet “blogs” are commonplace nowadays in the world of politics, but Laurin Manning ’03 got in on the act early on with her South Carolina political blog, LaurinLine. Now, she’s ridden the wave to become editor of the official blog for Barack Obama’s campaign for president. “I’ve always wanted to write, I’ve always loved technology, and I love politics,’ says Manning. “This is a logical nexus of my interests.” Manning’s old blog, written while she was in law school at the University of South Carolina, was one of the best-read in the realm of South Carolina politics. She was a natural to work on a presidential primary in the state last winter, but when she accepted an offer from the Obama camp, she had to put LaurinLine on hold. While her blogging experience helped her get the job, Manning says she did a little bit of everything during the primary campaign, including graphic design for events promotion and preparing briefing memos for key speakers. Asked to stay on after the South Carolina Manning at Obama campaign primary in February, Manning moved on to other contested states. headquarters. Her work attracted notice from campaign higher-ups, who later tabbed her as editor of the national Obama blog. She moved to Obama headquarters in Chicago during the summer. The term “blog” comes from “weblog,” sites that compiled links — with added commentary — from around the Internet. The sites quickly gained popularlity as bloggers created content niches on everything from sports to culture to politics. Political blogs are among the most popular and influential, with most sites pushing either a conservative or liberal point of view. Blogs offer interactive communication among readers, as well, creating forums for debate and discussion. Manning’s job is clearly to promote Obama’s candidacy. She brings together news articles and editorials that support his cause and coordinates the commentary of staff writers located around the country. Sounds simple enough. But in a presidential campaign, news and commentary come at a quick pace and important developments can take place at any moment. “You have to be creative, and you have to be resourceful, particularly out in the field,“ Manning says. “There are times you’re under extreme time crunches, and sometimes you have to go on no sleep. Unexpected things happen all the time, and you either let them distract you and stress you out or you adapt and overcome.” If her candidate wins in November, it may bring new opportunities for Manning. Interviewed for this story in August, however, she admits nothing is certain. She does plan to one day return to South Carolina. But, she says, “I’m not going to turn down a job in the White House, I can tell you that.” by Baker Maultsby ’92
New releases The Wofford bookshelf
dited by Dr. Terry Lipscomb ‘66, a new collection of the letters of Pierce Butler (1790-1794) makes an important contribution to our understanding of how the U.S. Senate worked in its early years, when it often conducted its business behind close doors. Butler’s Irish humor and colorful turns of phrase make getting to know him particularly fascinating for those who enjoy South Carolina history at its best. Lipscomb has been associated with the South Carolina Department of Archives and History and the South Caroliniana Library for more than 35 years. He has written extensively on the colonial period and the early national period. This latest book, subtitled “Nation Building in the New American Republic,” is published by the University of South Carolina Press.
he Edwin Mellon Press has published a new book by Dr. Cindy Wesley ‘90, who is currently a member of the department of religion and philosophy at Lambuth University in Jackson, Tenn. “The Role of Pietism and Ethnicity in the Formation of the General Conference of German Baptists, 1851-1920” examines the history, doctrine, ethnic identity, and mission of the denomination. She holds a Ph.D. in church history from McGill University, a M.Phil. in ecclesiastical history from the University of St. Andrews, and a M.T.S. from Vanderbilt Divinity School.
by Doyle Boggs ’70
immy Buffett has his “Coconut Telegraph,” but he’s got nothing on nature writer John Lane’77, director of the environmental studies program at Wofford, who sends his musings into the world each week in a popular newspaper column named after the ubiquitous green vine that’s swallowing the South. Lane held a celebration and reading on Sept. 8 in Spartanburg as Hub City released “Best of the Kudzu Telegraph”. To purchase a copy of the book for $11.95 visit www. hubcity.org/nature/best-of-the-kudzutelegraph.html. It’s a great read and a great gift!
ongratulations to Dr. Gregory Plemmons ‘87, who claimed the 2008 Barry Hannah Prize for Fiction for his short story, “Kidding Season.” The annual literary contest is sponsored by the Yalobusha Review, Department of English, University of Mississippi. The story is available on line at www.olemiss.edu/yalobusha/winning_entries/ Plemmons.htm. Plemmons is a physician and medical director at the Vanderbilt Children’s hospital, Nashville, Tenn. He is a nationally known authority on prevention and treatment of childhood obesity.
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Kuszaj spends summer in Yellowstone as an Educator of Excellence
or Sarah Kuszaj ’99 and 11 other North Carolina teachers, “summer school” this year meant classes in an open field looking up at snow-covered mountains, having breakfast interrupted by a curious American bison, and learning first-hand about one of America’s most distinctive eco-systems. The dozen teachers from across the state spent nine days in Yellowstone National Park participating in an Educators of Excellence Institute sponsored by the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. They were chosen after a competitive application process and have joined more than 280 outstanding educators who have participated in this program since 1987. Kuszaj, who teaches biology and marine ecology at the Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School, participated in another institute in Belize in 2006 that stressed ecology, but the focus at Yellowstone was more on animal life and geology. “I decided to apply for this institute because I want my students to do more learning by looking closely at the world around them — simply appreciating their surroundings. We will not be able to see an elk grazing by the side of the road on most of our field trips, but the principle is the same. “The Yellowstone institute is a very structured program with some wonderful instruction by rangers and other experts in small groups. We kept a journal and responded to e-mail questions from our students back home that can be accessed through the museum Web site, www.naturalsciences.org. “I would like to encourage all Wofford graduates who teach science in North Carolina to look into the Educator of Excellence network and the programs it offers. The museum has a great partnership with teachers across our state.” Kuszaj adds. What’s next? “I’m hoping for a winter trip to Yellowstone,” she says. “The guides say the snow and ice there create a whole different world.” by Doyle Boggs ’70
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Corps Base. Amy is a stay-at-home mom for J.J. (5) and Gabe (2).
New York Center for Children.
Reunion, Homecoming 2012 Class Chair, L. Yorke Gerrald Gale Jaime Belford lives in Springfield, Va. Belford is a facility security officer for a department of defense contractor. Margaret Pickens Clayton lives in Spartanburg with her husband, Harry, and daughter Sophie. Clayton is marketing director for Clayton Construction Co. Living in Spartanburg, S.C., John Alexander Dobson works for AssureSouth Inc. as part of its property and casualty risk management and advisory team. Rob Hammett and his wife, Callie Crenshaw Hammett ’03, announce the birth of their daughter, Mary English Hammett, June 21, 2008. The family lives in Spartanburg. Wilmot Irvin is a corporate leasing consultant for the Marietta, Ga., firm of Port Properties. Irvin lives in Atlanta, Ga. Lucas McMillan earned his Ph.D. in political science and joined the Lander University faculty in August. His dissertation was titled “Transforming Statecraft: The Involvement of American State Governments and Governors in U.S. Foreign Relations,” and he published an article in the journal Foreign Policy Analysis in July. Jamie Martin Newton and her husband, Brad, announce the birth of their son, Brayden Bradley, April 9, 2008. The family lives in Fountain Inn, S.C. Dr. Dan Slade and his wife, Allison Jones Slade ’04, live in Boston, Mass. Dan is a postdoctoral fellow in infectious disease at Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital. Allison works as a nanny/ teacher. Laura Key Triplett and her husband, Todd, announce the birth of their son, Cole Christopher Triplett, June 14, 2008. The family lives in Fort Mill, S.C. Living in Moore, S.C., Ross Andrew Vereen is a senior quality control analyst for Henkel.
Reunion, Homecoming 2010 Class Chair, Andy Hoefer Jr. It was nice to hear from Brian Clark, the head coach for the men and women’s tennis program at the University of South Carolina-Lancaster. Gale tells us that he has missed his playing days at Wofford, and is looking forward to college coaching. Scott Farrell and his wife, Mary Ellen, live in Ludlow, Ky. Farrell is vice president of US Bank in Cincinnati, Ohio. Aaron Hipp and his wife, Pamela, live in Lake Forest, Calif. Hipp is a graduate student at the University of California at Irvine. Anthony “Andy” Hoefer wrote us that he has completed his Ph.D. in English at Louisiana State University and has accepted a postdoctoral fellowship at Georgia Tech. Hoefer says that he and his wife, Kate, are looking forward to being closer to home and to catching up with the Atlanta-area alumni. Living in Greenville, S.C., Bradley McCrary works in the sales department of the textile firm William Barnet and Sons, LLC. Jeff Morton and his wife, Dr. Jane Ferguson Morton, live in Roswell, Ga. Jane is a post doctoral fellow in behavioral psychology at the Marcus Institute in Atlanta, Ga. Bradley Steven Talbert and his wife, Jennifer, live in Islandton, S.C. Talbert is market vice president, business development, for Hilton Head Regional Healthcare and oversees all strategic development, growth initiatives, physician recruitment and community relations.
2001 Reunion, Homecoming 2011 Class Chair, Jenna Sheheen. Bridges Mark Brown teaches English and journalism at Greenwood High School and served on the State Department of Education’s Journalism Materials Review Board during the summer. A guest editorial that Brown wrote about Tim Russert was published in the Greenville News, the Greenwood Index Journal, and an abbreviated version appeared in The State (Columbia).
Emory Henderson Campbell
and her husband, Jared, announce the birth of their son, Bishop McIver Campbell, May 23, 2008. He joins big sister Anna Claire (2). The family lives in Potomac Falls, Va. It was nice to hear from Dr. Alex Duvall and his wife, Claire Essex Duvall ’02. The couple has relocated to their hometown of Georgetown, S.C., and Alex is working in private practice as a family physician. Laura O’Tuel Fincher, her husband, Micah, and son, Will, live in Atlanta, Ga. Laura is human resources recruiting manager for EMS Technologies Inc. and manages the entire recruiting function for this Forbes Top 200 Corporation. Mary Elise Voitier Pesses and her husband, Josh, live in New York, N.Y. Pesses is a therapist and evaluator at the
2003 Reunion, Homecoming 2013 Class Chair, Tracy A. Howard We had a nice note from Samantha Sarratt Adair and her husband, Dr. Will Adair ’04, who live in Spartanburg. Will graduated from dental school at the Medical University of South Carolina, and has joined Cherokee Family Dentistry in Gaffney, S.C. Samantha is an assistant solicitor with the 13th Circuit Solicitor’s Office in Greenville. Lindsey Smith Batavia and her husband, Neil, live in Greenville, S.C. Lindsey works for Gary Player Group as client services manager for Gary Player Design. Living in Fort Mill, S.C., Crystal Craig works for Comporium Communications as Microsoft desktop and server administrator.
lives in Columbia, S.C., with her husband, Turner, and children, Turner and
Elizabeth. Gerrelda is a revenue agent with the Internal Revenue Service. The Rev. Blake Kendrick is associate pastor and minister to students at Greenwood First Baptist Church. Kendrick and his wife, Anna, live in Greenwood, S.C. Michael Montgomery has joined the law firm of Sowell Gray after working for the South Carolina Supreme Court. He lives in Columbia, S.C., with his wife, Beth.
2004 Reunion, Homecoming 2014 Class Chair, Fred A. Byers
Dr. Shannon Ardaiolo lives in Gallup, N.M., where she is serving a year-long residency at the Gallup Indian Medical Center. Her duties include providing primary eye care to the Navajo Nation. Ardaiolo received her graduate degree in 2008 from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry.
Kenny Camacho and Meridith Dobish Camacho ’06 are the proud to annouce the birth of their daughter, Evangeline Wren, Aug. 10, 2008. The family lives in Columbia, S.C., where he continues to work on his Ph.D. in English at the University of South Carolina. Meredith is a special education teacher at Spring Valley High School. Dr. Erin Kelley Carnes is a resident physician at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. Carnes and her husband, Jason, live in WinstonSalem, N.C. Matt Davis and his wife, Tiffany, live in Clinton, S.C. Davis is owner of a State Farm Insurance Agency located on Broad Street in Clinton. Red Rock Developments, a commercial real estate development company, announced the appointment of Katherine Haltiwanger as assistant vice president of marketing and administration in late May. Prior to joining Red Rock, Haltiwanger was South Carolina’s state finance director for the John McCain presidential campaign. She lives in Columbia, S.C. Living in Anderson, S.C., Jenn Hardin works at AnMed Health Medical Center. Hardin graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina’s College of Pharmacy in May 2008. Elizabeth Grace Hunter lives in Raleigh, N.C. Hunter is a financial analyst at Duke University Hospital System. J. R. McNair lives in Jonesboro, Ga., and works for Structure Small Business Development Center Inc. Jennifer Lowe Stockwell lives with her husband, Adam, in Braselton, Ga. She teaches at Dacula Middle School. Craig Andrew Thomas is owner of C.S. Thomas Construction, LLC. Thomas and his wife, Molly, live in Pooler, Ga.
2005 Reunion, Homecoming 2014 Class Chair, Ryan M. Walker Bonnie Allen has joined the Greenville, S.C., law firm of Haynsworth, Sinkler, Boyd P.A. as an associate after receiving her law degree from
the University of South Carolina. Allen’s work will focus on business litigation. Living in Lawrenceville, Ga., Jennifer Ferguson is a physical therapist for Physiotherapy Associates.
Jonathan Marshall Holder
received his juris doctorate degree from Charleston Law School on May 10, 2008. Holder was elected to be a senator for the school each year, was editor of the Maritime Law Review and gave more than 100 hours of pro bono service to local and/or state organizations. Kayce Hughes lives in Charleston, S.C. She is a member of the audit staff for the certified public accounting firm of WebsterRogers, LLP. Ginny Gray Pryor, her husband, William ’04, and their two children, William (4) and Lily (2), live in Boiling Springs, S.C. Ginny is a certified public accountant with the firm of SwaimBrown P.A. Beth Butler Southwick lives in Charleston, S.C. She is human resources manager for Charleston Place Hotel. Working as a management consultant with Carlisle & Gallagher Consulting Group, Ryan Steele lives in Charlotte, N.C. Matt Turbeville is founding partner of Top Tier Investments, LLC. located in Conway, S.C.
2006 Reunion, Homecoming 2016 Class Chair, Hadley Green Living in Columbia, S.C., Meg Beacham is a graduate assistant for the Carolina Alumni Association and is attending graduate school at the University of South Carolina. Joel Bowers is director of business development for the freight brokerage firm of Transales. Bowers lives in Columbia, S.C. Working as a financial analyst for Johns Manville, Jacquelyn Shurburtt Burhead lives in Spartanburg with her husband, Jason. Anne Maybank Cain is office manager for Peters Paint & Wall Covering Inc. She lives in Charleston, S.C. Living in Boiling Springs, S.C., Kim Collins is a graduate student at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Virginia Crumpler works for the Chapel Hill Carborro City Schools as a teacher assistant at Estes Hills Elementary School. She lives in Chapel Hill, N.C. Ashley Cox Dyson is a physician’s assistant at John Health Clinic. Dyson lives in Lynchburg, Va., with her husband, Clayton. Living in Charleston, S.C., Sarah Evans is director of development at Addlestone Hebrew Academy. Working as visual designer, Carey Gannaway lives in Ocean Isle Beach, N.C. Meghan Gasmovic received her master’s degree in accounting from North Carolina State University in 2007 and has joined PricewaterhouseCoopers as an audit associate. She lives in Charlotte, N.C.
1979 Rebecca Compton married Ross Douglas Smith, March 22, 2008. The couple lives in Beaufort, S.C. She is a media specialist for Beaufort County School District.
1994 James David Langford Jr. married Laura Blaine Corn, May 10, 2008. The couple lives in Landrum, S.C. He is the owner of Langford Land Surveying and she attends Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology.
1995 Leroy Weathers Brigham married Jennifer E. Tucker M.D., June 7, 2008. The couple resides in Augusta, Ga. He is an attorney and partner with Bell & Brigham.
1996 Herbert John Fleming Jr. married Kay Lynn Hammond, June 21, 2008. They live in Greenville, S.C. She is associated with the Spartanburg County Public Library in administrative services. He is vice president and branch manager of Morgan Stanley in Greenville. Christi Reid Owen married Dr. Kelan James Brown ’00, May 25, 2008. The couple lives in Durham, N.C. He is a resident in radiology at the University of North Carolina Hospital in Chapel Hill.
1997 Amber Moon Heintzberger married Juergen Grosserhode, March 22, 2008. The couple lives in New York City, N.Y. She is a freelance writer and photographer. Dr. Robert Johnson Morgan married Dr. Stephanie Lee Eschenbach, May 31, 2008. The couple will make their home in Atlanta, Ga., until Stephanie completes her residency in radiology at Emory University. He is in his fifth year of residency as chief resident in orthopaedic surgery and has a one-year fellowship in sports medicine at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C. 1998 Jennifer Kelly Rice married Samuel “Anthony” Scrivener, June 6, 2008. The couple lives in Columbia, S.C. They are self-employed as benefits consultants.
1999 Candace Michelle Ghoens married Franklin Jeffords, Jan. 19, 2008. The couple lives in Hartsville, S.C. She is a commercial analyst for Sonoco. Dr. Allyson Cannon Varn married John Conrad “Rad” Monferdini, June 14, 2008. The couple lives in Columbia, S.C. She is a general dentist in practice with her father in Lugoff. He honorably served as captain in the United States Marine Corps and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in counselor education at the University of South Carolina.
2000 Caroline Prater Burgess married Brendan Francis Dalton, April 26, 2008. They live in Winthrop, Mass. She is an insurance liability representative for ELCO Administrative Services in Canton. He is an account sales executive with Allied Waste Services in Boston. Angela Jae Miller married Brenden Mehaffey, June 21, 2008. They live in Pasedena, Calif. She is a planning analyst and finance manager for Applied Minds Inc. Walter Joseph Werner Jr. married Jessie Lyn Morgan, April 11, 2008. The couple resides in Safety Harbor, Fla. He is a felony prosecutor in the State Attorney’s Office, 6th Circuit in Clearwater. She is a proposal writer with Wade Trim Engineering in Tampa.
2002 Laura Yorke Gerrald married Knox Riley Gale, Aug. 9, 2008. They live in Decatur, Ga. She is associated with Event Transportation and he is employed by Coca Cola Inc. Michael William Hall married Kelly Taylor Wilson, May 31, 2008. The couple resides Columbia, S.C. He is a regional revenue manager with Extended Stay Hotels and she is a third-year student at the University of South Carolina School of Law. Amy Michelle Imfeld married Miguel A. Coles, June 6, 2008. The couple lives in Nashville, Tenn. She is a third grade teacher at St. Bernard’s Academy and is pursuing a Master of Education degree at Vanderbilt University. He is pursuing a MBA at the Owens Business School at Vanderbilt University. Christine Ann Latham married Hugh Bernell “Bo” Betchman III, July 19, 2008. They live in Mount Pleasant, S.C. She is a 4th grade teacher for the Charleston County School District. He is a territory sales manager for Jeld-Wen Inc.
2003 Alison Ruth Caviness married Richard Hughes Gibson, June 21, 2008. The couple lives in Charlottesville, Va. They are both working on their doctorate in English at the University of Virginia.
2004 Fred Anthony Byers III married Collins Kimbrell Warlick, June 28, 2008. They live in Charlotte, N.C. He is pursing a M.B.A. from the McColl School of Business at Queens University of Charlotte and is a development coordinator with First Colony Healthcare. She is a teacher with Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. Blake Hansford Cleveland married Elizabeth Laura McDowell, June 21, 2008. The couple resides in Charleston, S.C. He is a student at the Medical University of South Carolina. Michael McDonald Davis married Leah Ashley House, Aug. 9, 2008. They live in Columbia, S.C. He is a fourth year medical student at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. She is a registered nurse at Lexington Medical Center. David V. Dufour, Jr. married Sarah Jane Mandlehr on February 1, 2008. The couple lives in Louisville, KY. He graduated from Brandeis School of Law in 2007 and is General Council for Eastern Livestock Company, LLC, a national commodities brokerage firm. She graduated from Brandeis School of Law in May and is studying for the bar. Mary Elizabeth Forrest married Jason Diaz Batson, July 26, 2008. The couple resides in Rock Hill, S.C. She received her Doctor of Medical Dentistry degree from the Medical University of South Carolina and is practicing with Dr. Susan Collins, D.M.D., P.A. Family Dentistry in Rock Hill. He is a senior relationship banker with RBC Bank in Charlotte, N.C. Jessica Claire Miles married William Seth Gibson, June 28, 2008. They reside in Wilmington, N.C. She is a student in the Master of Arts
and Religion program at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, S.C. He is a student in the Master of Divinity program at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary and is a chaplain at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington. Jessica Elizabeth Shay married Thomas Alan Henrikson Jr., July 19, 2008. The couple lives in Charlotte, N.C. She is the assistant to the director of the global studies program at Providence Day School in Charlotte. He is a senior audit associate at Reznick Group P.C. Dr. James Nicholas Wallace married Nicole Leeanne Grubbs, May 24, 2008. The couple lives in Charleston, S.C. He is a first year internal medicine resident at the Medical University of South Carolina. She is a pharmaceutical sales representative for Abbott Laboratories.
2005 Sara Cowles Gilchrist married Joshua Steven Whitley, Aug. 9, 2008. The couple resides in Charleston, S.C. She is associated with Morgan Keegan in Charleston. He received his Juris Doctor from the College of William and Mary in May and is a law clerk for the Hon. Dennis W. Shedd ’75 of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Mitchell Lance Nimmich married Elizabeth Bo Yung Saine, July 19, 2008. The couple lives in Greenville, S.C. He is a student at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. Jonathan Schaffner Wheeler married Darby Jill Graham, May 24, 2008. The couple lives in Lexington, S.C. He is a graduate assistant football coach for the University of South Carolina. She is associated with CDA Architects. Diana Denise Williard married John Patrick Madonna, Aug. 8, 2008. The couple lives in Simpsonville, S.C. A teacher and blue belle coach at Dorman High School, she also coaches the dance teams at Wofford and Spartanburg Methodist College. He is associated with Fluor Enterprises.
2006 Charles Christopher Cook married Mary Jane Kimbrough ’07, May 31, 2008. They live in Durham, N.C. She is a student at the North
Carolina Central University School of Law. He is an assistant sports information director at Duke University. Adam Robert Dox married Courtney Lanier Stewart, June 7, 2008. The couple resides in Chapin, S.C. He is a sales representative for Advanced Video Inc. She is associated with Focus Eye Care Centers and a photographer in Columbia. Sarah Burgess Gowan married Zachary Daniel Hinton, June 28, 2008. The couple lives in Greenville, S.C. She is a third year student at the Medical University of South Carolina School of Medicine. He is a field representative for U.S. Congressman Gresham Barrett. Andrew Landrum Hewitt married Hayley Kristen Walden, May 24, 2008. They live in Spartanburg. He is associated with Arthur State Bank.
2007 Lori Rhea Willis married Justin Wayne Richards, July 29, 2008. The couple lives in Roebuck, S.C. Michael James Wood married Caitlin Elizabeth Price ’08, May 24, 2008. The couple lives in Charleston, S.C. He attends the Charleston Law School and she attends the Medical University of South Carolina. Derek James Tiller married Sarah Reader, April 5, 2008. They live in Cumming, Ga. He is a coach and teacher at Peachtree Ridge High School in Suwanee.
2008 Patricia Ashley Brown married Stephen Phillip Harris, June 28, 2008. She is associated with the Department of Defense in Maryland. He is pursuing a Master of Divinity degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. Ryan Lloyd Hoover married Mallori Lea Lancaster, Aug. 9, 2008. They live in Union, S.C. Laura Lynn Williams married Andrew Joseph Stubbs, June 14, 2008. They live in Hilton Head, S.C. Adam Halden Wood married Sarah Elizabeth Treffinger, July 12, 2008. They live in Mauldin, S.C. He is an assistant product manager with Synnex Corp. She is a first-grade teacher at Oakview Elementary.
2009 Brandon Wilson Grigg married Megan Elizabeth Brown, June 14, 2008. The couple lives in Boiling Springs, S.C. A senior at Wofford majoring in accounting, he serves as minister of music at Eastside Baptist Church and is associated with McAbee, Talbert, Halliday & Assoc. She is a teacher at Clifdale Elementary School.
Cowles Gilchrist and Josh Whitley on their wedding day. They gathered with Wofford friends around their Old Main replica cake during the rehearsal party the night before.
2001 Heather Jane Hill married David Josef Kochamba, Aug. 9, 2008. They live in Atlanta, Ga. She is an attorney relationship manager with Security Credit Services, LLC. He is an assistant financial center manager with Washington Mutual Bank. Richter Ayden Meyer married Jacquelyn Brooke Holland, June 7, 2008. The couple lives in Charlotte, N.C. They are both associated with Bank of America.
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Visit alumni.wofford.edu for more information about these other upcoming alumni events: Oct. 14..................... Wofford gathering in Augusta, Ga., 6-8 pm Oct. 30........................ Wofford Theatre Production, "70 Scenes Halloween," Cast Party to follow Nov. 7-9........................Family Weekend with PAC Fall Meeting and Heritage Society Event Nov. 10-17...................... Provence, France, Traveling Seminar Nov. 15................. Samford Pre-Game Event, Birmingham, Ala. Dec. 4............................. Wofford gathering in Florence, 6-8 pm Dec. 4-11......................................Alpine Christmas in Germany
TAILGATING TERRIERS: (Above, left to right) Emerson Bell, Margie Craft, Brandy Bartee, Annie Rivers and Bailey Bartee enjoy a Wofford tailgate before the Carolina Panthers game in Charlotte. (Below) Chef Dennis Guthrie (L) and Chef Ken Robinette at the Wofford vs. Presbyterian College game.
(Above) Will Gramling ’98 and his daughter Clara at the Spartanburg alumni fall kick-off Oyster Roast. (Left) Buddy ’76 and Susan Corn also enjoyed reconnecting with friends at the event.
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A graduate student at West Virginia University, Erin Higgenbotham lives in Morgantown, W.Va. Living in Davidson, N.C., Ashley Mamele works as program advisor for campus events at Davidson College. Christine Savvakis is a systems programmer for QS/1 Data Systems. She lives in Greenville, S.C. Rachel Smithson lives in Savannah, Ga., and has a management fellowship with the City of Savannah. Living in Raleigh, N.C., Brooke Tidwell is a property manager for the homeowner association management firm of PPM Inc.
(Above) Children of faculty and staff dressed up in Wofford fan gear for the first football game of the year on Aug. 31. Here they posed with Wofford President Benjamin B. Dunlap at the college’s fall faculty and staff picnic.
Sending ’em off: The college’s alumni and admission offices coordinated “send off ” events for students leaving for college. Above, from the Charleston send-off party. Below, from the Charlotte send-off.
Reunion, Homecoming 2017 Class Chair, Hunter L. Miller Working in the Columbia, S.C., area with NBSC, Wilkes Brown is a recent graduate of the bank’s six-month Management Associate Program. After earning his bachelor’s degree in business economics, he served in Washington, D.C., as an intern for the International Foundation. Lewis Lovett lives in Charlottesville, Va., where he is the middle school student ministries director at Trinity Presbyterian Church. Living in York, S.C., Blake Miller is a pharmacy intern for CVS Pharmacy Banie Parris is a project associate with the public relations firm of Hayes & Associates. She lives in Lexington, S.C. Taite Quinn has joined Compass Communications as marketing manager. She formerly worked for First Citizens Bank as a personal banker. Quinn lives in Travelers Rest, S.C. Working with the accounting firm of Elliott Davis, LLC, Sharon Slider lives in Charlotte, N.C. Living in Columbia, S.C., Philip W. Vann works for First National Bank of the South as a commercial banking officer. Working as a teacher at Ashley Hall, Caroline Ward , lives in Charleston, S.C. Terrance Ware lives in Spartanburg and is a teller for Suntrust Bank. Living in Charleston, S.C., Christopher Williams is a research specialist at the Medical University of South Carolina. Robert Welborn has joined the
Wofford staff as an admission counselor.
2008 Reunion, Homecoming 2018 Class Chair, Nathan Madigan Living in Columbia, S.C., Martha Albergotti works for the S.C. Department of Commerce in its economic development department. Austin Baker lives in Spartanburg and is a teacher at Dorman High School. Kinli Bare lives in Clover, S.C., and is enrolled at the Charlotte School of Law. Chris Collins works for First Citizens Bank in Greenville, S.C., as an area specialist.
Matthew Davis joined First National Bank of South Carolina in May as a financial reporting analyst. He served as an accounting intern with the bank for six months prior to his appointment as analyst. Davis lives in Moore, S.C. Living in Charleston, S.C., Jason DeKoster is a recruiter for the staffing agency Aerotek. Megan Early has joined Launch, a Spartanburg-based marketing firm, as project manager. She lives in Greer, S.C. Stephanie Leanne Fontenot lives in Rocky Mount, N.C. Fontenot is a clerk with the law firm of Battle, Winslow, Scott & Wiley. Working as development manager for the South Carolina State Museum Foundation, Liz Fortson lives in Columbia, S.C. Ashley Glasgow works as an auditor for KPMG, an audit, tax and advisory service company. She lives in Conway, S.C. Working as a research assistant for 10Best Inc., Emily Ann Hummel lives in Greenville, S.C. Living in Juticalpa, Honduras, Yumi Kobayashi is a math teacher at DayStar, a private bilingual school. Jamie McClain is a medical student at the Medical University of South Carolina. He lives in Charleston, S.C. Mary-Catherine McClain lives in Tallahassee, Fla., and is attending graduate school at Florida State University. Allison Merrill lives in Greenville, S.C. She is marketing and event coordinator for The Children’s Museum. Amanda Lane Prillaman is a medical student at the Medical University of South Carolina. She lives in Charleston, S.C. Working as a credit analyst for First Citizens Bank, Mark Reynolds lives in Columbia, S.C.
Lauren Satterfield and Kelly Jones have joined the Wofford staff as admission counselors. Laura Elizabeth Smith lives in Charleston, S.C., where she is a medical student at the Medical University of South Carolina. Working as a publicity intern at Peachtree Publishers, Alyson Soward lives in Roswell, Ga. Matthew Samuel Sumner is a financial advisor for Edward Jones Investments. He lives in Spartanburg. Elizabeth Weiskittel lives in Atlanta, Ga., where she is a customer support analyst for Blackbaud, a software company that provides service to non-profit organizations. Sarah Whitener has joined Rhodes, Young, Black & Duncan as an accountant. She lives in Lawrenceville, Ga. Living in Greer, S.C., Adam H. Wood is an associate product manager for Synnex Corp. Caitlin Price Wood lives in Hanahan, S.C., and is a student in the physicians assistant program at the Medical University of South Carolina.
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Learning to use the past:
Wofford grads working in historic preservation
on’t just celebrate the past — use it!
· Use it to catalogue and preserve the legacy of scores of individuals, ranging from painters of masterworks to enslaved ironworkers and carpenters. · Use it to encourage one of the purest forms of recycling through the revitalization of historic homes and public buildings. · Use it to build better communities by defining a common sense of place, where technology, talent and tolerance can flourish. Recent Wofford graduates are taking this advice to heart in the new millennium. Will Hamilton ’06, Josh Skinner ’03, Meg
The historic preservation degree program offers the option of a thesis or a professional project. Will Hamilton (below) did the professional project, an assessment and inventory of the cemetery at Charleston’s Second Presbyterian Church, with recommendations for restoration and systematic preservation. This was a ninemonth project, involving analysis, mapping, and photography of all of the 750-760 markers in the cemetery. The major principle is “do no harm,” which often occurs in well-meaning cemetery projectsthe key is recognizing the problem tombstone by tombstone and then using the appropriate techniques. Second Presbyterian Church is located in the Wraggsboro section of Uptown Charleston, a suburb c. 1800 that still includes many fine examples of federal architecture. Most of the graves date from the early 19th century, with occasional burials continuing until about 1900.
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Richardson ’05, Julius Richardson ’06 and Kate Joseph ’03 have pursued master of science in historic preservation degrees through a collaborative program between Clemson University College of Architecture, Arts and the Humanities, and the College of Charleston. The paths taken by these alumni into the MSHP program have been strikingly similar, although they admit to having different specialties. “My interest in making a career in historic preservation came from two directions,” Hamilton says. “First, I had experience in construction during the summers in high school, and I knew I didn’t want a desk job. I wanted to work actively in the outdoors and ultimately have my own contractor’s license. But my courses at Wofford with Dr. Philip Racine and Dr. Tracy Revels got me interested in specializing in Southern history.” There was also the appeal of an opportunity to learn “applied history” in Charleston, which after the Civil War was often labeled “a place too poor to paint and too proud to whitewash.” Then came Hurricane Hugo, an influx of money, and interest in refocusing on Charleston’s “Age of the Pinckneys,” 17301820. According to Hamilton, restoring buildings in a place such as Charleston requires large investments. The owners obviously need to have knowledge and passion as well as resources, and they usually need specialized professional help to accomplish their goals. “There are now 50 contracting firms doing this kind of work in Charleston alone, but the opportunities aren’t limited to obvious places. My hometown of Rock Hill and other places in across the South have lots of possibilities,” he says. Skinner says that anyone who studies at the beautiful Wofford campus cannot help but acquire some understanding of how a sense of place and history influence peoples’ lives, but he also says that he was very fortunate to have had the opportunity to do an internship and then become associated with James Meadors ’81, one of the leading preservation contractors in Charleston. “My main focus is masonry repair,” Skinner says. “In fact, I have spent the past year and a half working on various projects within the same two-block tract
in downtown Charleston. It is amazing how much work there is and how much the residents appreciate quality work that is historically sensitive. Overall it has been a wonderful experience, one that I never imagined when I came to Wofford.” “I majored in history,” Meg Richardson says, “but I didn’t think I wanted to be a teacher or a lawyer.” She spent a year working at Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, where she learned about the MSHP program. When she called home to tell her parents she had been accepted, she learned that her younger brother, Julius, also was planning to enter the program that fall. Since completing the program, Meg has been in Gulfport, Miss., where historic preservation specialists face many challenges related to damage from frequent hurricanes. “My thesis was on the problem of demolition by neglect of historic properties,” Meg says. “I am really passionate about this subject. Although the problem and its solutions will vary from community to community, it is important that the language of the relevant preservation ordinances are clear enough to be enforceable. Also, governing bodies can use revolving funds or another techniques to save threaten structures. Having a little money available for grants for preservation projects is usually the decisive factor in saving a threatened building.” Julius was an art history major who was particularly drawn to his core class in architectural design, a field that definitely has become computer-assisted. He is considering taking the next step and becoming a preservation architect. His thesis involved a careful analysis of the architecture, building techniques and materials used at the Thorntree plantation (1740) in Williamsburg County. More recently, he has been studying the impact of urban sprawl in South Carolina’s Dorchester and Berkeley counties. These Wofford alumni have enjoyed their graduate studies, and now they are finding an interesting range of professional opportunities. Meg Richardson speaks for all when she says, “I am excited that a really good cohort of our graduates came in on the ground floor to build a reputation for future participation in the MSHP.” by Doyle Boggs ’70
(Above) Masonry is Josh Skinner’s area of expertise. (Below) For 25 years, James Meadors ‘81 has been committed to the architectural integrity and charm of the South’s historic structures by faithfully restoring and recreating the architecture for future generations. The Meadors Construction Co. team of architects, artisans and craftspeople is known for using the latest technologies to restore or recreate lasting and beautiful structures in the historic districts of Charleston, and throughout the Southeast. Meadors’ son, James Meadors Jr., is a member of the Wofford Class of 2012.
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Raymond Burleigh Lark, June 13,
2008, Gaffney, S.C. Mr. Lark served with the Army in Europe during World War II, rising to the rank of major. For 47 years, he managed a Community Cash grocery store in Gaffney. He served organizations such as Cherokee County school board, the Salvation Army, the Red Cross, the United Way and the Chamber of Commerce. The Raymond Lark Sunday School class at Buford Street United Methodist Church was named in his honor.
Oliver Albert Tucker, July 16, 2008, Greer, S.C. A founding member of the Wofford Eleven Club (now the Terrier Club), Mr. Tucker was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a retired principal in Spartanburg County School District 5. He was a member of Memorial United Methodist Church and the Greer Kiwanis Club.
George Benjamin Hartzog Jr., June 27, 2008, McLean, Va. Mr. Hartzog, who was honored by Wofford in 1972 with an honorary doctorate, is remembered for a remarkable nine-year tenure as director of the National Park Service. He led an unprecedented expansion of the nation’s system of parks, wildlife refuges and historic sites and helped secure passage of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. He also appointed the first AfricanAmerican park superintendent and promoted women to senior positions. Mr. Hartzog’s other achievements included critical work on the Jefferson National Expansion Project (the Gateway Arch) in St. Louis. After leaving the Park Service in 1972 in the wake of a controversy with Bebe Rebozo (a close friend of President Nixon), Mr. Hartzog practiced environmental law and wrote an autobiography, “Battling for the National Parks.” In 1990, he received the Henry M. Jackson Award for Distinguished Public Service. The award honors unsung heroes who have exemplified the highest standards for excellence in government. Describing why he considered the park system so important to the nation’s well being, he said, “The need for people to get outdoors and have an association with the land is inherent in us as human beings.”
Marion Miller Dowling, June 6, 2008, Boiling Springs, S.C. When he retired, Mr. Dowling was a vice president of the Sun Coast Corp. of Louisiana. A U.S. Army captain, he served in Europe during World War II. The family suggested memorials to the Wofford College Annual Fund. Robert Joseph McPherson, June 23, 2008, Hartsville, S.C. From 1942 through 1946, Mr. McPherson served in the Army chemical corps. He then joined Kershaw Oil as chemical laboratory director and later was affiliated with Hartsville Oil. He was a
member of St. Luke United Methodist Church. Charles Madison Sanders, May 13, 2008, Rock Hill, S.C. Mr. Sanders was a command pilot in the Marine Corps during World War II, rising to the rank of major. He then owned and operated Sanders Plumbing & Heating Co. until he retired to farming on the Catawba River. Dr. Oliver Rhett Talbert, June 2, 2008, Charleston, S.C. Dr. Talbert began the practice of medicine in the Army Air Force and then joined the faculty at the Medical University of South Carolina. He was founding chair of the department of neurology, serving until 1971, when he opened a private practice. He retired in 1999. He was a distinguished community and church leader who is particularly remembered as the founder of Charleston Alert, for which he received a Freedom Foundation of Valley Forge Award in 1967.
Andrew Dowling Woodham Sr.
June 5, 2008, Bishopville, S.C. An Army veteran, Mr. Woodham owned an insurance agency in Bishopville and was very active in the civic life of the community, including the Lions Club and the Masons. For 40 years, he was the church treasurer at Bethlehem United Methodist Church.
Woodrow Wilson “Woody” Deaton, July 4, 2008, Bridgewater, Va. Mr. Deaton was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Force, serving in the South Pacific during World War II. He was a professional musician and a music educator, teaching in several South Carolina school systems. He later was associated with Howard Johnson Motor Lodges. He was also a Baptist and a Mason.
John Foster Smiley Sr., June 13,
2008, Sumter, S.C. After serving in the Navy as a pharmacist’s mate during World War II, Mr. Smiley worked with the farming industry and was associated with Pennington Seed Co. at the time of his retirement. He was a charter member of Pergamos United Methodist Church and for more than 50 years was an active member at Aldersgate UMC in Sumter.
Lemuel Harrell “Hacky” Walker,
July 25, 2008, Spartanburg, S.C. Mr. Walker attended Wofford before World War II, when he joined the Army Air Force. Based in Italy, he was a tail gunner on a B-25 bomber. After completing his college degree at the University of South Carolina, he became senior partner in the Spartanburg insurance firm of Walker, Walker and Higgins. He was honored many times for his achievements and was active in a number of professional associations. He was a charter member of St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church
June 30, 2008, Goldsboro, N.C. For 32 years, Mr. Kinley served United Methodist churches in eastern North Carolina until he retired in 1985. He settled in Goldsboro and became a member of the New Hope UMC.
2008, Johnsonville, S.C. A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, Mr. Willis was a retired teacher and coach. From 1986 through 1998, he served as a mayor of Johnsonville. He taught the men’s Bible class at the Johnsonville United Methodist Church and was active in the Johnsonville Masonic Lodge.
The Rev. Grady Lee Kinley,
Gertrude Myra Mahaffey Alexander, July 10, 2007, Chesnee, S.C. For 43 years, Mrs. Alexander was associated with Spartanburg County School District 2, first as a teacher and then as one of the first women in South Carolina to serve as principal of a public elementary school. She was a life-long member of Providence Wesleyan Church.
Theodore Elvin “Ted” Derrick Jr., June 11, 2008, Gilbert, S.C.
After military service in the Korean War, Mr. Derrick began a career as an engineering draftsman and retired from LEXCO Steel. A member of Mt. Horeb United Methodist Church, he is remembered as a successful Dixie Youth baseball coach.
Carlisle Lawton Rast, June 19,
2008, San Francisco, Calif. Mr. Rast was a teacher of English and social studies, first in the Army in Korea and later at Hyde Park High School in Chicago. Later, he was involved in youth marketing and retail training in the Baymark area of San Francisco as well as the cultural life of the city.
Rufus Child Roper Jr., June 14,
2008, Raleigh, N.C. A U.S. Army veteran, Mr. Roper worked with the A&P Co. for 14 years. At the time of his retirement, he was associated with the U.S. Postal Service. He served as a Scoutmaster for 12 years.
William Clinton “Bill” Baker,
May 6, 2008, Walhalla, S.C. Mr. Baker worked for Duke Power and the Walhalla City Cab Co. before he retired. He was a member of the College Street Baptist Church. Walter Needham Bass, June 7, 2008, Durham, N.C. Mr. Bass was a retired United Methodist minister in the North Carolina Conference.
John Roger Bragdon, Feb. 5, 2008, Duncan, S.C. Until he retired, Mr. Bragdon was a business owner, guidance counselor and hospital administrator in Greeneville, Tenn. While in Greene County, he was a leader in the Asbury United Methodist Church, the Chamber of Commerce, the United Way and other civic organizations. He served as a colonel in the Army in the 1950s and was active in the American Legion.
Randolph Edens Willis, July 11,
The Rev. Hugh Morril Thompson, June 5, 2008, Kingsport, Tenn. Mr. Thompson served in the Army in Korea and worked as an accountant in Atlanta until 1966. He then completed his seminary training and served as senior minister of Oakwood Forest Christian Church from 1968 through 1988. His later career included serving churches in the United Kingdom.
Vance Lyn Brabham Jr., May 30, 2008, Florence, S.C. Mr. Brabham was president of V. Lyn Brabham General Contractors. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church.
The Rev. Thomas Manning Matthews, Aug. 13, 2008, Manning, S.C.
Sidney Lanier Wheatley, April 10, 2008, Spartanburg, S.C. For 30 years until he retired, Mr. Wheatley taught at Paul M. Dorman High School. He also served 32 years in the U.S. Navy Reserve. He was a member of Mount Zion Baptist Church.
Clarence Pickens “Pat” Satterwhite Jr., July 19, 2008, Pinehurst,
N.C. Mr. Satterwhite served in the U.S. Navy and then began a teaching career in Saudi Arabia. Since 2003, he had lived in Pinehurst, teaching English as a second language in the Moore County Schools. Chris Penn Wilburn, May 18, 2008, Savannah, Ga. Mr. Wilburn was a graduate of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in London and a member of Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church. He was well known for his work as a chaplain and counselor, especially during a 16-year term as employee assistance counselor for the City of Savannah. He was also active in the polio survivors’ association and was an officer on the board of Consumer Credit Counseling.
William Jeffrey Crowe, July 3, 2008, Marietta, Ga. Associated at the time of his death with Houston Brothers of Marietta, Mr. Crowe was well known as an outstanding athlete and coach. From 2005-2007, he served a president of the board of Lost Mountain Football.
Mr. Matthews was active as a minister in the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church from 1960 through 1994. A Mason and a Shriner, he was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Coward. John Edward McCurry, May 11, 2008, Hendersonville, N.C. A U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, Mr. McCurry was the former owner of the Waverly Inn and a member of St. James Episcopal Church.
Dr. Marshall Stewart Funderburk Jr., June 16, 2008, Orangeburg, S.C. A lieutenant colonel in the Army Medical Corps during the Vietnam era, Dr. Funderburk was a general surgeon who began his practice in Orangeburg in 1976. He was a member of Jericho United Methodist Church.
Dr. George Irvan “Bud” Whetsell Jr., June 8, 2008, Bowman, S.C. For 20 years, Dr. Whetsell was dean of students at Orangeburg Calhoun Technical College and also taught in the University of Houston’s doctoral engineering program. Active in a number of civic organizations and projects, he was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church and the Rotary Club of Orangeburg.
The Rev. Talmadge Davis Belding Jr., June 9, 2008, North Augusta, S.C. Retiring after 35 years service with the E.I. DuPont Co. and Westinghouse, Mr. Belding studied at the Erskine Theological Seminary and became a United Methodist minister, serving the Vaucluse-Pentecost Charge.
Theodore Edward Andrae IV, May 27, 2008, Orangeburg, S.C. Mr. Andrae was the owner of Daniel Island Nursery and Landscaping in Mount Pleasant and also was a real estate agent.
Hatie Beulah Copeland Jeffries, May 17, 2008, Spartanburg, S.C. Mrs. Jeffries worked at Wofford for 23 years prior to joining the staff of the Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. She was survived by 23 greatgrandchildren and eight great-great grandchildren. Emily Wolfe Seabrook, June 20, 2008, Columbia, S.C. Mrs. Seabrook was the daughter of the late Julian Wolfe ’15 and a civic and social leader in the South Carolina midlands. She was the grandmother of Andy Hoefer ’00. Marion Helen Sullivan Smith, June 5, 2008, Roebuck, S.C. “Miss Helen” was a beloved member of the Wofford Food Service team for 23 years, primarily working in the catering area and in the faculty dining room. In 1988, she received the college’s Mary Mildred Sullivan Award. In retirement, she was a member of the Enoree Baptist Church and enjoyed working in her rose and vegetable garden.
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