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Volume 43, Number 2 Spartanburg, South Carolina Winter 2010

Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina, taken by Daniella Fatti ’11

From the Archives

The 1889 football team started Wofford’s football tradition “On

Saturday morning, December 14, 1889, the foot ball teams of Furman University and Wofford College played a very interesting and exciting game at the Encampment Grounds, Spartanburg, S.C. The players were: Furman­— Jones, Hammett, Young, Sneider, Padgett, Lott, Edwards, Little, Rodgers, and Tate. Substitutes: Wilkins, Scott, and Sirrine. Wofford—Bruce, Bearden, Clyde S., Bearden, Clyde H., Covington, Ellerbe, Fleming, Haynes, McRoy, Rankin, and Rouquie. Substitutes: Dent and Calhoun. The Wofford team wished association rules to govern the game, but Furman protesting, after some discussion, it was decided to play by the old rough-and-tumble rules. Prof. J. H. Marshall umpired with great satisfaction to both sides. The game lasted one hour and a half, with two fifteen minute rests, and was won with ease by Wofford, the score being five to one. Furman’s team did some good playing, but it was evident from the first that the superior strength and skill of the Wofford boys would win the game. Much of Wofford’s success was due to the instruction of Edwin Kerrison, Esq., a graduate of Yale, who kindly trained the team and acted as coacher during the contest. The game was replete with good plays. Bruce and Haynes did good work, while the goal kick of Bearden has scarcely been excelled on a foot ball field. The visiting team left on the afternoon train wiser and sadder men, having learned though ‘they receive instruction in their heads, not feet’ at Furman, a little education of the pedal extremities is requisite to make good foot ball players. Another game will be played in Greenville Saturday, January 14. The boys will go under the management of Prof. Marshall, whose efforts to establish athletic sports at Wofford deserve the greatest commendation.” • G. Rouquie

Vintage football pants and helmet (c. 1890)

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Several members of the Class of 1891 (above) played in the 1889-1890 football games against Furman. The rest would have been enthusiastic supporters.


his article, first published in the January 1890 Wofford College Journal, is probably the best account we have of the first intercollegiate football game played in South Carolina. But what do we know about those Wofford students who played in that first game? Recently I dug through some of the sources in the archives to see what I could find out about the players. Eugene M. Bearden was a sophomore from Asheville, N.C. who graduated in 1892. In 1908, according to the Journal, he was living in Asheville. William W. Bruce was a junior from Marlboro County and an 1891 graduate. His class biography says, “In football circles, Bruce, the rusher, was feared, admired, praised. He won a reputation which awed the hearts of students of two colleges. His 180 pounds of bone and muscle and his number 7 shoes – were they not enough to terrify?” Samuel Clyde was a freshman from Orangeburg. He became an insurance agent and later a Methodist minister like his father. He

died in the fall of 1896, leaving a wife and a small child. C. Hovey Clyde was a senior from Pickens, and after graduating in 1890, he entered the Methodist ministry. He served churches in the Western North Carolina Conference, dying in 1918 J. C. Covington was a sophomore from Marlboro County and an 1892 graduate. In 1908, according to the Journal, he was living in the Clio area of Marlboro County. One of his sons also played football in 1914-15, right after the college re-instated football. Cash Ellerbe was a freshman from Marion, S.C., who attended for two years. James Lawrence Fleming, a junior from Spartanburg, graduated in 1891. His class bio called him the “athlete of our class, boxer, base and foot-ballist, tennis player, gymnast.” W. Thornwell Haynes, a freshman from Spartanburg, graduated in 1893. After graduation, he joined the diplomatic service. He served as an American consul in a number of postings in Asia and Europe between 1900 and 1925. There is a portrait of him in the college collection. Robert C. McRoy was from York and graduated in 1892. The son of a Methodist minister, he entered the ministry himself.

Arthur E. Rankin was a sophomore from Asheville, N.C. Later reports indicated that he was a bookkeeper for an Asheville bank. Gabriel Rouquie was a junior from Georgetown and vice president of the class of 1891. His son, Gabriel Rouquie, graduated in 1937, and his grandson, Gabriel Rouquie, graduated in 1970. William D. Dent, a substitute, was an 1892 graduate and returned to Columbia after graduation. The identity of the other substitute is confusing. The article only lists him as “Calhoun” and there were two of those in the student body, C. Ramsey Calhoun and J. A. Calhoun. The Wofford and Furman teams met a month later, in January 1890 in Greenville, where Wofford won again, this time by a score of two goals to one. by Dr. Phillip Stone ’94 college archivist

In this issue...

Winter 2010

WOFFORD TODAY... Goodall Center earns LEED Platinum; Wofford again makes Open Doors top 10............... 4 Consolidating ministry, service and sustainability in new campus Center for Global and Community Engagement............... 5 DEVELOPMENT... Campus under construction; Abney Scholars meet foundation executives . ............ 6

The new digital “sandbox” in the Sandor Teszler Library opened this fall. The completely soundproof, wireless room can be configured in a variety of ways to serve the needs of different study groups using the space. It’s one of the many library enhancements coming from a task force made up of Wofford faculty, staff, students and alumni.

Construction begins on The Village Phase V............ 7 STUDENTS... Fuller heads for Ghana as Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar; Amazon donates funds for Shared Worlds............... 8 “WoCoders” and Southern Guards both earn recognition in off-campus competitions............... 9 STUDENT-ATHLETES... Hall of Fame inductees; Quick hits; Sign up for basketball legends ticket party............. 10

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ON CAMPUS... Wiseman recognized with lifetime achievement award; News briefs............. 11 PHOTO FEATURE... It was a smash... Homecoming 2010........ 12-13

A little Wofford fan holds up a handmade sign of support during the Homecoming win over The Citadel. More Homecoming photos on pages 12-13.

For and About Alumni... including births, weddings, photos, notes and profiles of Wofford alumni........ 14-23 1970s Championship football team reunites and funds endowed scholarship............. 14

On the cover: Daniella Fatti ’11 won first place in the IES Abroad Student Experience Photo Contest for her photo of the Perito Moreno Glacier in Buenos Aires during the Spring 2010 semester. The students sitting on the precipice are from Wofford and George Washington University.

Class of 1960 breaks giving record............. 15 John Linton wants Wofford to enjoy Lowcountry hospitality at Woodlands Inn............. 17 Dr. Aaron Hipp finds inspiration on Wofford’s campus and arboretum............. 18 Melia Brannon McCraw shares love of Wofford and art............. 20


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 29303-3663, 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, S.C.

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Goodall Environmental Studies Center earns LEED Platinum


offord’s Goodall Environmental Studies Center at Glendale has received the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Platinum certification, the highest achievable level of LEED – the first academic building and only the third non-residential facility in the state to achieve that level. LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) is the leading national green certification program, which reviews building performance in five areas: energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality, materials selection, sustainable site development and water savings. College business office representatives on the project team included Bob Keasler, senior vice president, and Lani Foster, director of special projects, as well as John Lane ’77, director of the Goodall Center. The architectural team came from McMillan Pazdan Smith of Spartanburg. Donnie Love was the lead architect, working closely with Chris Swale, construction administrator, and other staff members. Key members of the engineering team were Bob Richards (project manager & consultant for Wofford); Hamp Crow at Wade Crow Engineering (me-

chanical engineer); Steve Smith at Matrix (electrical engineer); Trey Blackwood at Blackwood & Associates (civil engineer) and Mark Byington of Innocenti & Webel (landscape architect). The Goodall Environmental Studies Center is located in the restored and renovated former Glendale Mill office building overlooking the Lawson’s Fork of the Pacolet River in the historic textile mill town of Glendale. It serves as the hub of activities for Wofford’s environmental studies program. Numerous elements were considered by the Green Building Council in the rigorous certification process. “The Goodall Center uses approximately 32 percent less energy annually than average buildings of the same size and type,” says Keasler. “It also uses 45 percent less potable, or tap, water than comparable buildings.” The center also uses nonpotable water from Lawson’s Fork Creek for toilet flushing, and it uses stored rainwater or irrigation. The building has a highly reflective “cool” roof that contributes minimally to the “heat island effect,” Keasler adds. “Also, 78 percent of the construction waste was recycled and not land filled.

Many regional construction materials with high recycled content as well as low emitting construction materials were selected for use.” According to Lane, “The LEED Platinum designation serves as an indication of Wofford’s leading role in the national conversation around sustainability. It’s also a great teaching tool. The LEED process is complex, and in the end, gratifying. In the Goodall Center, our students see the end results of that process in this efficient and beautiful building.” From the vantage point of the center on the Lawson’s Fork Creek, students have on-the-ground interactions with the natural and cultural issues they read about in the classroom. The central great room is a gathering place for students, faculty and community members to learn about such topics as environmental writing, sustainable living and the history, geography and culture of the Glendale community. A library and office space serve as a base of operations for managing the use of the center. The center has two laboratories – the Auto Bell Car Wash Laboratory and the B.G. Stephens

Dr. Chuck Smith, Duke Energy endows assistant professor scholarship for students of biology, conducts majoring in environmental evening labs on site at the Goodall studies In a major boost for the environmental Environmental Studies Center. studies program, Duke Energy has made a $100,000 commitment to Wofford that Laboratory – for research ranging will establish an endowed scholarship from toxicology studies in biology program for majors. The program also and chemistry courses to natural may include internships with Duke Energy related to the environment and history surveys. conservation of energy resources. The Trammell Terrace pro“Thanks to this excellent gift from vides an outdoor space for classes, Duke Energy, which will enable the seminars and other activities. environmental studies program to attract The Carolyn Fawcett Converse outstanding students as well as provide Garden contains a pollinator internship opportunities, Wofford students garden, a native grape vineyard, a will gain indepth insight into the energy field beyond the classroom,” says Marion bog, and herb, berry and heirloom vegetable beds. The garden Peavey ’65, senior vice president for is open to the public and available development and college relations. “In addition, Duke Energy is providing handsfor classroom use. on experience for students planning by Laura Hendrix Corbin careers related to the environment.”

Wofford ranks among top 10 in nation for baccalaureate study abroad


offord is ninth among the nation’s top 40 baccalaureate institutions for undergraduate students studying abroad for credit, according to the 2010 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, released Nov. 15, confirming the college’s commitment to its students becoming global citizens. Wofford, which consistently has ranked in the top 10 over the past 15 years, is one of only two South Carolina colleges included in the baccalaureate list, and one of only three in all the lists in the report – 40 doctorate institutions, 40 master’s institutions and 40 baccalaureate institutions. The rankings are based on the number of students studying abroad and the number of degrees conferred. Since 2008, more than 4 • Wofford Today • Winter 2010

1,000 Wofford students have studied abroad in 64 countries on all seven continents. The Open Doors report is published annually by the Institute of International Education with funding from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The report is based on the academic year 2008-09. For the first time in the 25 years that the data has been tracked, the total number of U.S. students studying abroad for academic credit did not increase. However, the report found that there were notable increases in the number of U.S. students going to study in less traditional destinations. Fifteen of the top 25 destinations were outside of Western Europe, and 19 were countries where English is not a primary language.

“We have seen a higher level of student engagement among students who have studied in non-traditional destinations, according to the NSSE (National Study of Student Engagement) reports that we have done,” says Dr. Ana Maria Wiseman, dean of international programs. “We are excited about the trends that indicate that our students are selecting quality programs that provide high-impact experiences as identified by NSSE, such as direct enrollment options, servicelearning and guided research in less commonly selected destinations. Wofford students participating in non-traditional programs in 2008-09, Wiseman says, opted for a semester in China, Fiji, Latin America, Ghana, Japan, Morocco, Russia, Senegal and

Thailand. “Furthermore, our students participated in facultyled as well as language immersion and service-learning Interim (January term) programs in Chile, China, Egypt, Guatemala, Mexico, Nepal, Nicaragua, Peru and South Africa during January 2009.” Wofford encourages and assists students wishing to study abroad through scholarships and financial aid packages. “We continue to be successful in our study abroad participation partly because of our intensive ongoing orientation program that includes thorough advising, various workshops and other events,” says Amy Lancaster, assistant dean for academic administration and international programs. “We encourage students to set intercultural, linguistic, academic and

other personal goals to maximize their study abroad experience. We also stress reflection as part of the process, so students are regularly considering what they are learning while working toward a common goal of global citizenship.” In addition, Wofford faculty are encouraged to study abroad through the Milliken Faculty Development Seminars Abroad. In 2009, 13 faculty and staff members went to Buenos Aires, Argentina, and early in 2010, 19 traveled to Shanghai, China. They will travel to Granada, Spain, and Rabat, Morocco, in January 2011, and to Bahia, Brazil, in 2012. by Laura Hendrix Corbin

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student resident sustainability advisors are working this fall to increase awareness about recycling and sustainability on campus. Having already placed recycling bins in each fraternity house, their next goal is to place one of these on each floor of the first-year residence halls.

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Salehani ’12 worked last spring to bring together students of all faith backgrounds to build pluralism and encourage people to work together to serve others. The organization, chartered as the Interfaith Youth Core, partnered with Twin Towers during the Halloween carnival to serve the children in Spartanburg. They also partnered with the organization “Togetherness” to host a discussion about what religion is and how it affects people.

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is the host institution for the newly forming South Carolina chapter of Interfaith Power and Light, an organization that seeks to mobilize a religious response to global warming in congregations through the promotion of renewable energy, energy efficiency and conservation. In October, the Office of the Chaplain partnered with Upstate Forever to host a Creation Care Training event for congregations in the Upstate.

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Bonner Scholars on an education issue-based team are partnering with District Seven Schools to provide college access training to high school students, in direct support of a community goal that 40 percent of Spartanburg adults will hold bachelor’s degrees by the year 2030 (currently only 19 percent do).

service projects, service learning, and the work of individuals and groups. The resident sustainability advisors, Interfaith Youth Core and Interfaith Power and Light are examples of organizations that are serving the college, the community and the larger world. “Wofford people are making a positive difference in the world. We have so many students, faculty, staff and alumni who engage in acts of philanthropy and service. And our Methodist roots ground us in the call to work for social justice. Being citizens actively engaged with our communities is who we are,” says Dr. Ron Robinson ’78, PerkinsProthro chaplain and professor of religion. Service to others and spiritual exploration have long been part of campus life at Wofford, but this fall, there is a new Center for Global and Community Engagement designed to institutionalize the commitment and better equip students to build more just, compassionate and sustainable communities. The center has presidential cabinet status at Wofford. In addition to Robinson, Jessalyn Story, director of service learning and Bonner Scholars, and Allyn Steele ’05, director of community sustainability and coordinator of Bonner Scholars, are also professional staff working out of the center. The Center for Global and Community Engagement encompasses:

Bonner Scholars Program… an endowed service-based scholarship program that builds partnerships between students and nonprofit or governmental agencies in the Spartanburg area. Scholars participate in meetings, retreats and trips designed to support their development as change agents ervice is built into the ethos and as student leaders of other of the college through campus organizations engaged in student-led organizations, service, solidarity, philanthropy or


Goals of the Center for Global and Community Engagement: • To prepare the next generation of moral, engaged, productive citizens; • To develop positive social change through education, action and reflection; • To serve as a strong moral and spiritual, multidisciplinary facet of the Wofford community; • To increase awareness of the impact of our personal, institutional and societal choices; and • To connect the work of our campus community to a wider movement and the global community.

justice work. THE Campus Ministry Center…seeks to inspire participation in the spiritual journey; engage in the theological exploration of vocation; and build more just, compassionate and sustainable communities. The Campus Ministry Center is a valuable resource of encouragement, contemplation and connection for the Wofford community. A variety of individuals and groups, including Roman Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist and Hindu relate to the Center. Office of the Chaplain… Robinson leads campus events and provides a pastoral and social activist presence for the campus. The chaplain counsels with students, faculty and staff as they grapple with spiritual matters, relationship concerns and vocational issues. The chaplain organizes and equips individuals and groups to address issues related to poverty, justice and the environment. Office of Community Sustainability… helps the campus community understand, address and bring an end to any institutional choices that negatively impact communities near and far. The office works with students, other campus offices, and local, state, national and global organizations that are working on sustainability projects. The current main project is the development of a Climate Action Plan for the campus. Service Learning Center… connects the campus to the larger community and integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience. The center offers resources and support to

Top to bottom: Mitch Worley ’11 volunteers at Skylyn Place assisted living, Perkins Prothro Chaplain Ron Robinson ’78, and a scene from the Twin Towers annual Halloween carnival for children in the community. Wofford’s many individuals and groups engaged in service, solidarity, philanthropy or justice work. The center is currently building a campus-wide infrastructure to bring the diverse efforts and initiatives together for deeper community impact and stronger student development. “This generation of students has a can-do attitude, and they want to be involved. At the Center for Global and Community Engagment we seek to bring an attitude of mindfulness and maturity to that involvement,”

says Robinson. “Doing that on a 21st century campus means creating a big tent under which people with diverse backgrounds and viewpoints gather, find common commitments and address important issues in a comprehensive manner. Our center serves as that big tent for Wofford.” by Kelsey Leahy ’10 Leahy is an AmeriCorps VISTA, working this year on the staff of the Center for Global and Community Engagement.

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Development Update

Year 2 of the Wofford Forever Challenge We met the challenge during 2009, and the college earned the $200,000 challenge grant from Trustee Mike Brown ’76. Will 2010 bring a second year of success and another $200,000? The answer is in your hands. The college needs 400 new donors of three-year pledges to the Annual Fund by Dec. 31. If you did not make a gift during 2008 or 2009, your commitment of at least $150 to be paid over three years ($50 per year) could make the difference.

Students meet foundation executives at Abney Scholars Luncheon Carl Edwards, executive director of the Abney Foundation (far left), and David King, associate director of the foundation (far right), enjoyed meeting the John Pope Abney Scholars at Wofford at a luncheon on Nov. 4 in the Papadopoulos Building. This annual event is one of the highlights of the year for Wofford’s Abney Scholars because they are able to thank Edwards and King in person for the generosity of the Abney Foundation. The John Pope Abney Scholarship Fund is the largest endowed scholarship fund at the college.


hen alumni returned to the campus for Homecoming 2010, they heard something new in the “State of the College” address from President Benjamin B. Dunlap. Accustomed to descriptions of development and capital projects moving forward one or two at a time, they learned that the coming summer months will be a transformative time on the Wofford campus. Some of the projects Dunlap outlined were obvious to passers by, while others represent crucial behind-the-scenes investments in infrastructure and sustainability that will benefit students for years to come. They also heard a challenge to Wofford alumni and friends to help implement a sound financial plan to make the vision a reality. Construction moves ahead on Phase V of The Village. 6 • Wofford Today • Winter 2010

Marsh Hall, all dating from the 1950s and 1960s. Focusing on sustainability issues, the Wofford Board of Trustees has approved a $14 million revitalization program for these older residence halls and some of the other buildings on campus. Preliminary work already has been accomplished. Heating/ventilation/air conditioning (HVAC) systems in these buildings are of paramount interest. Updating them not only can save thousands of dollars in Residence Hall energy expenses, but also will Renovations improve temperature and humidMany Wofford juniors and ity control. Over the summer of sophomores now are housed in 2010, some make-air units were three modern residence halls installed in Shipp and DuPre, and designed in suite configurations. they have been working well. Building another such housing As the project continues, unit is anticipated by the fall of extensive monitoring equipment 2012. However, major upgrades and controls will be installed and have been overdue for Greene energy-conserving windows and Hall, DuPre Hall, Shipp Hall and lighting will be placed in various

Use the enclosed envelope, call 864-597-4191 or visit to make your gift to either the Unrestricted Annual Fund, Terrier Club or Friends of the Library.

locations across the campus. Work will begin in two pilot areas of Shipp and DuPre in January 2011 to help determine the feasibility and costs of certain renovations in individual rooms as well as what can be accomplished in the available threemonth time frame. Bathrooms in aging residence halls and some of the older academic facilities represent a special challenge because of changes in student expectations and building codes. In gutting and reconfiguring them, the college plans to install low-flow sinks, showers and toilets as well as new floor and wall tile. In May, Shipp and DuPre will close for renovation and reopen in September. For Greene and Marsh, a similar schedule will be followed in the summer of 2012.

Montgomery Family Music Building

A recent six-figure commitment from an alumnus will speed along the remodeling of the former Baptist Collegiate Ministry Center into a first-rate Montgomery Family Music Building. Work on the $1 million project now is projected to begin in the spring, and the building should open in the fall of 2011. Members of the college faculty and staff have been working with McMillan Pazdan Smith Architects to finalize the conversion plans for presenta-

tion to the Board of Trustees this winter for approval. About 700 Wofford students participate in the college’s various music programs, and the new building will provide them with four soundproof classrooms that double as rehearsal spaces. The project also includes faculty offices, seminar rooms and individual practice areas.

Organic Chemistry Lab

While fund raising continues for the project, indications are that construction may begin as soon as classes end this spring on the new $1.1 million organic chemistry laboratory on the third floor, east wing of the Roger Milliken Science Center. This facility will increase the number of sections of organic chemistry that can be offered each semester. It also will allow students to work more effectively as individuals, undertaking their own research projects under the direction of faculty mentors. “These exciting new projects represent a well-conceived combination of the attractive, the functional and the sustainable,” says Robert L. Keasler, senior vice president for operations and finance. “Our challenge from the trustees is to bring them in on schedule and on budget, and we plan to do just that.” by Doyle Boggs ’70

Architects rendering of the Phase V building in The Village: The west wing is on the left, and the Grand Galleria is in the center. Evins Street is in the foreground.

College breaks ground on Village Phase V Construction to be completed for fall occupancy


he sound of heavy equipment cranking up just outside a bedroom window ordinarily might not be welcome, but at Wofford this fall, it’s music to the ears of the student body. It means that construction is underway on the $11 million Phase V of The Village, Wofford’s distinctive apartmentstyle housing community for seniors. If all goes according to schedule, the crown jewel of the college’s residential community will be ready for occupancy in the fall of 2011. “For our generation, The Village literally is the place we always wanted to live when we grew up, says Danner Benfield ’13. “The apartments have all the amenities. Your friends live next door. Now, with Phase V coming on line,

some key student services and academic centers. The signature space in the 52,000 square foot project is a Grand Galleria. It’s an openair dining and gathering spot with a deli and urban market. It features 21-foot ceilings and one of the largest ceiling fans imagin-

able. Two mezzanines overlook the Galleria, providing offices, a meeting area and classrooms in a suite for the Center for Professional Excellence. In the east wing, there also will a large meeting space and lecture hall as well as several classrooms and study areas. The cutting-edge

learning environment will feature advanced technology and 24-hour interactive amenities for some of the classes and activities related to the world of business. “I don’t think that it is possible to overstate the impression that The Village has been making on prospective students,” says

“For our generation, The Village literally is the place we always wanted to live when we grew up,” says Danner Benfield ’13. we’ll be able walk through a national arboretum to classes and services — even a deli restaurant— in five minutes or less. And you’re downtown in ’College Town,’ as Spartanburg calls itself. What more could anyone want?” The first four phases of The Village have provided apartment-style housing for 350 seniors, and the building known as “Phase V” will add another 80 beds in loft-style configuration that features balconies with a view. But there’s much more: Phase V was designed by the internationally respected Atlanta architect Keith Summerour, and it will support not only The Village but also the traditional residence halls along Evins Street. It will provide

For additional information contact the Wofford Office of Development, 864-597-4200. Gifts may be pledged over three to five years. A portion of each gift will be placed in a permanent endowment fund to provide support for the maintenance of Village facilities.

Wells Shepard ’98, director of admission. “Many families tell us they chose to look at Wofford because of The Village, and they already know about afternoon games of sand volleyball, bocceball and Quidditch, and live bands on the green in the evening. “As they leave, they say that no other campus offers anything like The Village. At many universities, the seniors scatter or move off campus entirely, while at Wofford seniors living in The Village redefine their college experience in terms of a real “new urban” community. “We are very excited that Phase V is coming next fall, with the deli and the Galleria and the Center for Professional Excellence,” Shepard adds. “We do our best to share that enthusiasm, and we know that prospective students are listening because of what their high school classmates repeat back to us when they too arrive at Wofford several weeks later.” “In spite of the immediate financial challenges that all colleges and universities face these days, Wofford has been able to maintain its momentum,” says Marion Peavey ’65, senior vice president for development and college relations. “The Board of Trustees feels that the time is now for us to leverage our strong enrollment and financial situation and move ahead to realize the original vision for The Village. Board members and other friends have responded very favorably to detailed proposals from our staff. Still, we are hopeful that this wonderful plan will be enhanced by additional gifts before the end of 2010, and then in the early months of 2011. Naming opportunities in the Phase V building are still available for donors.” by Doyle Boggs ’70

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hared Worlds, Wofford’s science fiction/fantasy teen writing camp, has been awarded a $15,000 grant from to help support the 2011 session in the areas of guest writer invitations, scholarships for students with financial need and general operating expenses. Shared Worlds 2011 will be held July 17 through July 30, marking the camp’s fourth year of operation at Wofford. Media coverage for Shared Worlds has appeared in the Guardian, the Washington Post book blog, and many other out-

lets. Founded in 2008 by its present director, Jeremy L.C. Jones, the program is designed for rising 8th through 12th graders. It uses an innovative approach to writing fiction and realizing full creative potential, all in a safe and structured environment. During the first week of the camp, students build science fiction or fantasy worlds in groups, aided by Wofford faculty who provide information in areas such as government, biology and cartography. In the second week, the students fine-tune their worlds and write stories set within those worlds, receiving professional feedback from award-winning authors. Participants also learn problem-solving and team-building skills useful for any career. Guest instructors for the grant year of 2011 will include World Fantasy Award winner Jeff VanderMeer, assistant director of the program; Hugo Award-winning editor Ann VanderMeer; Philip K. Dick Award finalist Minister Faust; World Fantasy Award winner Ekaterina Sedia; Macmillan Writer’s Prize winner Nnedi Okorafor; and trend-setting game designer Will Hindmarch. “We’re utterly thrilled and humbled by the grant.’s support is so important for the continued stability and growth of Shared Worlds,” says VanderMeer. “I’ve taught writing workshops all over the world for the past 20 years. I can honestly say that Shared Worlds is unique and a very important space in which teens can develop

their creativity and nurture their imaginations while also getting the necessary structure and institutional support.” Dr. Tim Schmitz, who directs the college’s special summer programs, notes that “Wofford is delighted to host Shared Worlds, and I am very pleased that sees promise in what the program is attempting to achieve. As an educator at the college level, it is increasingly clear to me that, in a small way, Shared Worlds provides a valuable supplement to high-school education by creating a great space for teen creativity.” Shared Worlds is one of a diverse range of not-for-profit author and publisher groups receiving support for programs dedicated to developing new voices and new books. These include the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, Lambda Literary Foundation, Clarion Foundation, Poets & Writers, The Loft, Copper Canyon Press, The Moth, Seattle Arts & Lectures, Richard Hugo House, WriteGirl, Milkweed Editions, ACT Young Playwrights Program, 826 Seattle, Voice of Witness, Open Letter, Archipelago Books, Pen American Center, Words Without Borders, the Association of Writers & Writing Programs, Girls Write Now, Asian American Writers Workshop, New York Writers Coalition, and the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers.

Fuller named 2011-2012 Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar


Wofford College senior from Spartanburg, Regina Fuller, has been named a 2011-2012 Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar. She will leave for studies at the University of Ghana this summer after she finishes the requirements for her bachelor’s degree in Spanish and intercultural studies. “In my year of traveling around the world as Wofford’s Presidential International Scholar in 20092010, I left two places vowing to return,” Fuller says. “One of those was Brazil, and I’m headed there during this January Interim term. The other was Ghana. “I looked at my options to study there, and the Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships excited me,” Fuller says. “I have the opportunity to earn credits at one of the leading universities in sub-Saharan Africa, and I’ll also exchange information with Rotarians and others outside the university. I’m Fuller particularly looking forward to renewing acquaintances with friends I met in January 2009, as well as spending more time with a very good band and a folk-dance company that welcomed me.” Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships were created in 1947 to further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries and geographical areas. Over the past 30 years, more than a dozen Wofford graduates have won these fellowships. Until recently, most of them went to European countries, but Fuller is the second consecutive Wofford graduate to select an African destination. Elise Boos, a 2008 graduate and also a former Presidential International Scholar, traveled to Uganda for a year of study in 2009-2010. She is now a student at the LSU School of Medicine. Known in the 18th century as a center of the African-American slave trade, the “Gold Coast” achieved its independence from Great Britain in 1957, choosing Ghana as its new name. The university, located just outside the capital city of Accra, enrolls 42,000 students of many different backgrounds. Classes are taught primarily in English, and Fuller plans an academic focus in Swahili and gender studies. Fuller has been known at Wofford as a dedicated researcher and student with a global perspective. In addition to her Presidential International Scholars project, “Exploring the African Diaspora,” she studied Afro-Caribbean culture and the rejection of African identity in the Dominican Republic and Brazil. She also completed an internship on Capitol Hill with U.S. Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., and she participated in Bard College’s Globalization and International Affairs Program in New York City in the summer of 2008. For the summer 2010 Community of Scholars, she worked on a film documentary on the music and dancing she observed during her Presidential International Scholars year of travel. Fuller is a member of the Blue Key Honor Society and Twin Towers service-learning organization. She is a past vice president of the Association of Multicultural Students and was one of the organizers of “Engaging Our World” social justice conference held at Wofford in 2007. “One of the things that I have learned in my travels as an African-American is that there are a lot of misconceptions about the United States around the world,” Fuller says. “In many places, Americans have a reputation of being rich and aggressive in unappealing ways. I think Rotary Ambassadorial Scholars play an important role in altering some of those stereotypes. While abroad, I hope to serve as a goodwill ambassador to Ghana and give presentations to Rotary Clubs and other groups. Upon returning home, I want to share experiences, leading to a greater understanding of West Africa in general and my host country in particular.” by Doyle Boggs ’70

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“WoCoders’’ place second in programming contest

Front row, left to right: Glenn Hope ’11, Kenton Roush ’13, Jesse Dixon ’12 and Dr. David Sykes. Back row, left to right: Tony Humphries ’13, Jesse Hanley ’12 and Whitney Sanders ’12.

Sanders wins individual award


Kappa Sigma organizes 5K for Karl Kappa Sigma Fraternity at Wofford held its inaugural 5K for Karl race/walk on Nov. 6, starting and ending in front of Main Building. They raised $6,130 for the Karl Alexander Memorial Scholarship fund during the event. Alexander died in July from a heart condition. He was a member of the Class of 2013.

hitney Sanders ’12 won the individual student research trophy and helped lead the “WoCoders” computer programming team to a runner-up finish in the 24th annual competition at the Southeastern Regional Conference of the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges (CCSC). A second Wofford team finished seventh among the 21 competing teams, which included representatives from Mercer, Roanoke, Furman, The Citadel and Bob Jones University. The purpose of the conference, held at Spelman College in Atlanta, Nov. 12-14, is to promote exchange of information among students, faculty and staff at smaller colleges who are concerned with computer use in the academic environment. Events during the weekend included paper presentations, the contests, and the conference banquet and luncheon.

Kiplinger’s values Wofford’s quality and price


The Southern Guards marched in the Spartanburg Veteran’s Day Parade on Nov. 11.

Southern Guards shine in Ranger Challenge regionals


he Southern Guards Ranger Challenge team finished fifth in their 19-team division and 12th among 41 units overall in the annual competition at Fort Pickett, Va., Nov. 5-7. It was one of Wofford’s best Ranger Challenge showings ever, with the team finishing ahead of all of the South Carolina campuses participating. Other competitors came from Virginia and North Carolina. The two-day Ranger Challenge competition involves grueling challenges ranging from a grenade assault course to land navigation. Just as the Rangers set themselves apart from conventional infantry units in the Army, Ranger Challenge teams set themselves apart from other cadets. Wofford has been the host college for a ROTC unit since 1919. The cadets in the Southern Guards Battalion are made up of students from Wofford, USC Upstate, Converse and Limestone colleges. Members of the Ranger Challenge team for 2010 are: Chris Bell, Zach Langston, Keri Moore, Sebastian Conour, Jonathon Addison, Claire Lytle, Cory Heimburger, Chris Millwood, Jessica Harner, Jordan West, Ned Henn and Kelby Tidey.

n a year when more than 100 independent colleges and universities list resident student comprehensive fees at more than $50,000 per year, Wofford continues to be recognized as delivering “a high-quality education at an affordable price." Wofford ranks 39th in the annual listing of “Kiplinger’s 100” private college values. The ratings appear in the December 2010 issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine and on the Internet at Earlier this year, U.S. News & World Report’s list of “Great Schools, Great Prices” included Wofford. Princeton Review and USA Today also called Wofford a “best value,” and Forbes magazine (Aug. 30, 2010) cited Wofford at number 58 among campuses of all sizes and missions “that offer the best return on your educational investment.” Wofford’s tuition and fees for 2010-2011 are $31,710 compared to the College Board national average of $27,293. The resident student comprehensive fee is $40,580. About 90 percent of students receive financial aid, with the average package exceeding $27,000 for first-year students entering in 2010. The student loan default rate over the past three years is zero. (Find out at

by Johnathon Roof ’11

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Quick Hits Football Wins SoCon Championship

The Wofford football team has bounced back this season. With a 45-14 win over Chattanooga on Nov. 20, the Terriers claimed a share of the Southern Conference Championship for the third time in the past eight years. Wofford finished the season with a 9-2 overall record and were 7-1 in the SoCon to tie with Appalachian State as champion. Wofford will face Jacksonville State on Dec. 4 in the second round of the NCAA FCS Playoffs in Jacksonville, Ala. The game will mark the fourth time in the past eight years that the Terriers have advanced to the playoffs. This marks the Terriers fourth trip to the NCAA Playoffs and second as an at-large team. Along the way, numerous student-athletes have received honors from the Southern Conference. Fullback Eric Breitenstein became the 16th player in college history to reach 1,000 rushing yards in a season. He was honored as the Southern Conference Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 4 after a 230-yard, four touchdown performance against Furman and also on Nov. 8 after rushing for 227 yards at Samford. He also was named the SoCon Offensive Player of the Month for October. On the defensive side of the ball, the Terriers can boast the fifthranked defense in the nation. Junior defensive end Ameet Pall was named a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award, which is presented to the top defensive player in the NCAA FCS. He is only the third Wofford player to earn a finalist spot, joining Matt Nelson and Lee Basinger. Pall also was named SoCon Defensive Player of the Week on Nov. 8 after notching three tackles for loss at Samford. He leads the nation in sacks and is second in the nation in tackles for loss. Additionally on Oct. 18, Donovan Johnson was named the Southern Conference Freshman of the Week. He was one of three

The Terrier Club Board of Directors inducted graduated Wofford student-athletes and loyal supporters into the Hall of Fame during Letterman’s Day activities on Oct. 16. Recognized during the day were, left to right: Joe E. Taylor ’80 (honorary letterman), Ann Johnson (distinguished service award), Lee Basinger ’05 (Athletics Hall of Fame, football), Mike Brown ’76 (honorary letterman), Ed Wile ’73 (Athletics Hall of Fame, football), William McGirt ’01 (Athletics Hall of Fame, men’s golf, represented by his wife, Sarah Bagwell McGirt ’03), and Eric Deutsch ’05 (Athletics Hall of Fame, football). Terriers to rush for 100 yards in Wofford’s 45-14 victory over Western Carolina. Mike Rucker was named the Southern Conference Special Teams Player of the Week on Oct. 25. He took the second half kickoff and raced 84 yards for a touchdown to give Wofford a 21-0 lead

Basketball Glory Days Ticket Party Wofford AthleticsRichard Richard Johnson and HeadBasketball Basketball WoffordDirector AthleticofDirector Johnson and Head Coach Mike Young will host basketball coaching legends:

Coach Mike Young will host basketball coaching legends:

Bobby Cremins

Eddie Fogler

• Current head men’s basketball coach at the College of Charleston.

• Former University of North Carolina point guard on two final four teams.

• Also coached at Appalachian State and Georgia Tech, leading both to conference championships and the NCAA tournament.

• Coached at UNC, Wichita State, Vanderbilt, and the University of South Carolina.

• Coached the Olympic “Dream Team” and World University Games Teams. • Three-time ACC “Coach of the Year”.

• Led the Gamecocks to the SEC championship in 1997 and two NCAA tournaments. • Now serves as an analyst for Fox Sports Network.

Les Robinson • Former basketball coach and athletic director of The Citadel, ETSU and N.C. State. • Twice named S.C. Coach of the Year, once Tennessee Coach of the Year. • Two-time SoCon Coach of the Year. • Coached two conference championship and NCAA tournament teams.

Basketball Glory Days Coaching in the ACC, SEC and SoCon Ticket Party Friday, January 7 • Harley Room • Richardson Building

A limited number of seats are available for this rare gathering of coaches. Enjoy dinner and cocktails while the coaches share stories from their experiences coaching championship college and Olympic teams. Tickets are $60/person. 10 • Wofford Today • Winter 2010

Dinner provided by Cribbs Catering

Dinner provided by Cribbs Catering

over Elon. It was Rucker’s second career students, unlike the federal graduation return for a touchdown and the first for a rate. The GSR also accounts for midTerrier since 2007. year enrollees and is calculated for every sport.

NCAA Graduation Rates

In November, the NCAA released the Graduation Success Rate for all Division I institutions. Nine of 13 Wofford teams posted scores of 100, the highest possible. Wofford teams that had scores of 100 included women’s cross country/ track, men’s golf, men’s cross country/ track, men’s basketball, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, men’s tennis, women’s tennis and volleyball. Among Southern Conference institutions, Davidson had 12 teams score a 100, followed by Wofford and Furman with nine each and Appalachian State with eight. Wofford’s football team posted a score of 95, second in the conference behind Furman at 97. Wofford’s men’s basketball team was joined by Davidson with a rate of 100. Nationally, the most recent GSR data show that 79 percent of freshmen student-athletes who entered college in 2003 earned their four-year degrees. The average Graduation Success Rate for the past four graduating classes is 79 percent. At Wofford, 12 teams were above the national average of 79 percent. The Graduation Success Rate was developed by the NCAA as part of its academic reform initiative to more accurately assess the academic success of student-athletes. The GSR holds institutions accountable for transfer

Academic All-District Honors

Wofford College student-athletes Wilson Hood, Paulo Bonfim, Tommy Irvin and Ben Wilmoth have been named to the CoSIDA/ESPN Academic All-District Team. Hood and Bonfim play on the men’s soccer team, while Irvin and Wilmoth are members of the football team. Hood, a senior from Fletcher, N.C., led the team this season with six goals and 13 total points. He earned a spot on the first team. Bonfim, a senior from Sao Paulo, Brazil, was captain of the team this season, and he has started all 17 games. He was honored on the second team. Irvin is a senior safety from Davidson, N.C. This season he has started all nine games and is first on the team with three interceptions, which also ranks seventh in the Southern Conference. Wilmoth, a senior from Arlington, Texas, has started this season at right guard. He is a key part of the Wofford offense that is first in the nation in rushing. Both Irvin and Wilmoth earned first team honors. The CoSIDA/ESPN All-District team is selected by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Wofford is in the third district, which includes schools in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. Nominees must have at least a 3.30 grade point average. by Brent Williamson

The college presented men’s basketball players with their 2010 Southern Conference championship rings during halftime of the the Wofford-Furman football game.

Ana Maria Wiseman honored with lifetime achievement award by study abroad consortium


and professional in those efforts. She has always delivered wellresearched and well-prepared presentations at professional conferences.” As dean of international programs, Wiseman oversees Wofford’s extensive study abroad program, a major component of the college’s commitment to shaping globally connected citizens. Wofford currently ranks ninth nationally in the Open Doors Survey in the percentage of students who study abroad for credit. Wofford’s study abroad opportunities range from travel/ study January Interim projects to a full year at a university abroad. Students may choose from more than 200 programs and nearly 60 countries. Co-curricular opportunities include service learning, internships and cultural excursions. IES Abroad is one of Wofford’s study abroad partners. IES Abroad, which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, is a global, not-for-profit academic consortium offering study abroad programs to more than 5,400 U.S. college students each year who participate in 92 programs at 32 international locations. IES Abroad offers programs in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, New Zealand and South America. For more information, go to


offord President Benjamin B. Dunlap was quoted twice this fall in national media outlets. In an Oct. 31, 2010, article in The Chronicle of Higher Education about college presidents and their use of “charm,” Dunlap talked about the importance of humor well delivered. Dunlap also talked about working off script, as he did during his presentation during the 2008 TED conference. According to the article: Dunlap strode to the stage and decided he could top his prepared speech, which was a standard trade talk for presidents—clever but safe generalizations and a few jokes. “I thought, I’m not wasting this opportunity,” says Mr. Dunlap. He didn’t, masterfully telling the life story of Sandor Teszler, a Hungarian Holocaust survivor who was a beloved presence on Wofford’s campus. In addition, Dunlap was among 34 prominent Americans who were asked recently by The Fiscal Times ( to provide “the one thing they would do to get America on track.” “Their ideas are a blueprint for strengthening the country,” the publication wrote on its Web site. To read full texts, visit

Davis creates Web site to share information about Ab and the Wofford-Africa University connection


r. G. R. Davis, professor of biology at Wofford, is maintaining a Web site to share information about Dr. Ab Abercrombie, Africa University (AU), and WoffordAU connections. The site,, includes photos, journal entries and ways in which United Methodists and other supporters of higher education can partner with Africa University. The Wofford-AU relationship goes back to the founding of the university in the early 1990s. Since then, Wofford professors have joined Abercrombie and his wife, Dr. Chris Hope, in teaching at AU and in writing a book, “Africa University: Thy Wonders Displayed,” that shares stories of the people, wildlife and ge- Abercrombie in the field on the Africa University campus ography of the beautiful and diverse place. Anyone interested in receiving weekly updates from Abercrombie, should send Davis an email at

New registrar; director of institutional research join staff


by Laura Hendrix Corbin

Dr. Ana Maria Wiseman (right) on a site visit in Jordan. She is walking with Hannie van Herk, who has photographed Wofford students studying abroad on several occasions. Photo by Tony Ogden, University of Kentucky



r. David Wood, senior vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college, has announced two new administrative appointments, effective this fall. Jennifer Allison completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from Brigham Young University and began her work as registrar in late October. With more than 10 years of experience in higher education, Allison was most recently the registrar at the University of South Carolina Upstate. Her career has focused on serving the needs of students by counseling on program requirements, implementing and administering academic policy, verifying degree completion, certifying athletic compliance, and preserving accuracy and confidentiality of student records. Raymond Ruff began his work as the director of institutional research and special projects in early October. Over a 10-year period of employment at his undergraduate alma mater, Presbyterian College, Ruff held various positions, most recently serving as director of financial systems and special projects. With an extensive background in SunGard Higher Education Banner software and development, Ruff was instrumental in the design, development and implementation of systems across the campus. Most notably, he created an enrollment management solution to manage admission recruitment, enhancing the staff’s ability to assess and make data-based decisions.

Campus Updates

r. Ana Maria Wiseman, dean of international programs and associate professor of foreign languages at Wofford, received the Lifetime Achievement Award on Oct. 17 from IES Abroad during its annual conference in Chicago. IES Abroad gives the prestigious award to a person who has served the study abroad field through significant professional and volunteer work, including conference presentations, regional and national offices, and professional awards. A national leader in the field of education abroad, Wiseman is devoted to students at Wofford as both a professor and study abroad professional. For IES Abroad, she served as the chair of its General Conference 2007-2009 and has been a member of its board of directors. Wiseman also has served on the IES Abroad Curriculum Committee and Academic Council and chaired its 2009 Annual Conference Program Planning Committee. She also was the first director of the IES Abroad program in Amsterdam. Wiseman was nominated by Susan Carty of Indiana University, who stated, “Ana Maria has always brought energy, integrity and academic commitment to all aspects of her study abroad efforts. She works diligently on any task to which she is assigned and never fails to be thorough

President Dunlap quoted in national media

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Kappa Delta celebrates with charter members at Homecoming Five of the original nine members of Epsilon Sigma Chapter of Kappa Delta, along with other alumnae members, joined current Wofford KDs for a tailgate party before the Homecoming football game. Charter members Dawn Williams Burks ’81, Colleen Nagle Johnson ’81, Susan Morrison Lackey ’81, Marie McKenzie Dopson ’81 and Roberta Hurley Bigger ’81 attended the event. Also at the event were Julie Clements ’82 and Elizabeth Dashiell Wallace ’82 (not in the photo). Three of these women served as the chapter’s first presidents: Dopson, Lackey and Clements.

Street Party About 3,500 people attended the Homecoming downtown street party on Oct. 29.

A time for reunions Classes, sororities and fraternities, seminars, athletics teams and both formal and informal groups of students and alumni gathered during Homecoming Weekend, Oct. 29-31, for reunion events across campus and throughout downtown Spartanburg.

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Minnieweather chosen Homecoming Queen After being crowned during halftime of Wofford’s 35-0 win over The Citadel, Homecoming Queen Brittani Minnieweather ’11, representing Wofford Women of Color, looked at photos of her crowning taken by yearbook photographer Covington Avent ’11. The day also was marked by fumble recoveries, extreme tailgating, cheering fans and Wofford students singing the national anthem.

The Terrier Ball goes masked The 11th Annual Terrier Ball offered people the option of wearing costumes and masks to the event. Almost 800 people attended the auction and gala, which raised more than $160,000 in scholarship dollars for Wofford’s student-athletes.

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Keeping inTouch

About For Alumni


On Oct. 12, 2010, Billy Baskin was the guest speaker at the Lee County Historical Society meeting. His presentation centered on the book he co-authored with Rachael Bowman Bradbury ’95 “Images of America: Bishopville and Lee County.” Baskin, a retired attorney and municipal judge, lives in Bishopville, S.C.

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Learning Forward (formerly the National Staff Development Council) has published Hayes Mizell’s booklet, “Why Professional Development Matters.” Education Week, American education’s news site, recently published his commentary, “The Misuse of Professional Development.” Mizell and his wife, Kate, live in Columbia, S.C.


Class Chair, Andrew C. English Don Johnson and his wife, Charlotte, live in Muscle Shoals, Ala. Now retired, Johnson was general manager for North American Lighting.


Class Chair, J. Hayne Culler Sr. The Rev. Frank F. Limehouse III, dean of Cathedral Church of the Advent in Birmingham, Ala., was a participant in the October 2010 revival at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Orangeburg, S.C. Limehouse and his wife, Jane, live in Birmingham.


Class Chair, Ronald G. Bruce After serving a term as district superintendent in Spartanburg, the Rev. Dennis R. Lee retired on June 30, 2010, from the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. He and his wife, Marsha, have moved to Greer, S.C., where they are getting settled and enjoying this new stage in their lives. Bishop William H. Willimon was the guest speaker at the 29th Mayme Weaver Preaching Mission in September 2010 at First United Methodist Church in Lexington, N.C. Willimon has been bishop of the North Alabama Conference since 2004 and is author of 60 books. He and his wife, Patsy, live in Birmingham, Ala.


Class Chair, Allen S. Guignard Living in Chattanooga, Tenn., Randy Bringman is a retired accounts manager for ASC Industries. Dr. Bill Byars is a physician with Mountain View Family Practice in Greer, S.C. Byers lives in Greenville, S.C., with his wife, Ylva, and their two children. Retired high school teacher John Miller lives in Dillon, S.C., with his wife, Martha.


Retired coach and teacher Ed Woody and his wife, Jan, live in Acworth, Ga. Woody is a starter at a local golf course on weekends.


Class Chair, John O. Moore Dr. David Stroup and his wife, Maney, live in Charlotte, N.C. Stroup is a practicing dentist. The couple’s

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1970 NAIA Championship football team returns to campus; commits to establishing endowed scholarship T

hey returned to the campus for Homecoming on the weekend of Oct. 29-31, 40 years after they compiled a record winning streak of 22 games in 19691970 and played for the NAIA national championship. Above is their most recent team picture, made at a reunion dinner on Friday night in the Papadopoulos Building. Pictured are: Ed Wile ’73, President Emeritus Joe Lesesne, Tom Bower ’74, Scott Creveling ’74, Larry McKenzie ’74, Greg Thomy ’74, Jim Johnson ’71, Duane “Doc” Stober (trainer), Assistant Coach Fisher DeBerry ’60, Dr. Sterling Allen ’71, Dr. George Tyson ’72, Terry Laney ’74, Assistant Coach Jack Peterson, Bobby Jordan ’72, Keith Dyer ’71, Randy Bringman ’72, Jody Fincher ’74, Dean Lemler ’72, Henry Medlock ’71, Lt. Col. (ret.) Ray Monroe ’74, Skip Corn ’73, Harold Chandler ’71, David Williams ’72, Bill Fenters ’71, Chuck Whitt ’72, Dr. Monty Allen ’74, Eddie Hart ’74, Dr. John Wall ’72, John Miller ’72, and Mike Lucas ’74. Besides the fact that they were once members of a great football team, this group of Wofford alumni have many things in common. Dr. George Tyson, who did research in the alumni data base and made contact with the majority of his teammates, discovered many business and profes-

sional success stories. Ninty-seven percent of the 72 members of the 1970 football team earned a bachelor’s degree (irrespective of institution), reflecting “Wofford’s tradition of recruiting intellectually capable and academic athletes.” Along with Tyson, a cardiologist, 27 of his teammates went on to complete advanced degrees. These results have been typical of both Wofford athletes and the student body as a whole through the years. Members of the 1970 football team have given back to Wofford over the years as well. Three members of that team are current members of the Board of Trustees, four have served on

the Alumni Executive Council, and 69 percent of them have made a financial contribution to Wofford. At their meeting, the teammates decided to commit themselves to launching an endowed athletic scholarship fund at the college. “What an incredible weekend for our 1970 football team,” says their captain and quarterback Harold Chandler. “Over 40 former players and coaches, along with an equal number of special guests, were together for several events, which were thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated by all. Actually, it was hard to believe that 40 years had passed since our team had competed together.

The 1970s championship football team from the Bohemian

“However, our team spirit prevailed again with the highlight of our reunion being the decision to endow an athletic scholarship in the name of the team. What a feeling... to have the 1970 team’s legacy to now include having future football players bearing our team’s name, proudly, forever. And, hopefully, many years from now, these student-athletes will come together and determine what their legacy will be to future generations of Wofford students.” by Doyle Boggs ’70

daughter, Bonnie Stroup ’12, is a ju- the Year. Rhonda is vice president of finance for Pulliam Investment nior at Wofford. Co. The couple has three children. 1976 Their daughter, Holly Tobias, is a Class Chair, John W. Gandy member of the class of 2014. On Sept. 13, 2010, David Slater was the featured speaker for the Foot- 1987 hills Association of Master Gardeners Kevin Lynch and his wife, meeting. Slater and his wife, Patty, Meri Eubanks Lynch ’88, live have owned and operated Slater Turf in Spartanburg. Woodruff High Farms for 20 years. The couple lives in School honored Meri as the 2009Tryon, N.C. 10 Woodruff High School Teacher of the Year. Kevin is a psychothera1979 pist with Psychiatric Associates Class Chair, Wade E. Ballard Congratulations to Nancy Twing of Spartanburg. The couple has a Bryant, who celebrated her 65th daughter, Kelsey. birthday on Oct. 18. Bryant, a retired professor, lives with her husband, Da- 1988 Class Chair, C. Lane Glaze vid, in Asheboro, N.C. Congratulations to Reginald Mike Parris is the marketing and new media manager for HunterLab Bostick, who has been promoted in Reston, Va. The firm manufactures to colonel. Bostick is a senior Army color measurement and analysis prod- fellow at the Institute of World Polucts. Parris and his wife, Jill, have relo- itics in Washington, D.C. He and his wife, Mildred, live in McLean, cated to Virginia from Spartanburg. Va., with their two children.


Class Chair, Paul D. Kountz Jr. Dr. Barton Aiken and his wife, Elizabeth, live in Greenville, S.C. Aiken has a cosmetic/general dentistry practice. His hobbies include bass fishing, snow skiing, horses and charity events. Congratulations to Fred Armand, who was promoted in October 2010 to the Senior Foreign Service. Armand is serving as management officer at the United States Consulate in Lagos, Nigeria. He and his wife, Rebecca, have two children. The Rev. Joe Lee Blackwelder and his wife, Deanne, live in Kingstree, S.C. Blackwelder is pastor of Kingstree United Methodist Church. The couple has three children. Yadkin Valley Bank announced in September the promotion of Rick Patterson to regional president of its American Community Bank Division. Patterson formerly served as South Carolina regional executive of the company. He and his wife, Malinda, live in Gaffney, S.C., with their son, Caleb. Terri Rankin and her husband, Daniel, live in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., with their daughter, Mary. Rankin is a homemaker.


Class Chair, Scott W. Cashion Living in Raleigh, N.C., Wen Crenshaw is assistant program director for the behavioral healthcare agency, Triumph LLC. Crenshaw has two children, Elizabeth and Colby. Murrell Smith and his wife, Macaulay White Smith ’00, live in Sumter, S.C. Murrell is a partner in the law firm of Lee Erter Wilson James Holler & Smith, and Macaulay is in-house counsel for Tuomey Healthcare System. The couple has one child.


Class Chair, Brandie Yancey Lorenz Richard E. Lackey is general counsel and director of human resources for Cox Industries in Orangeburg, S.C. The firm produces durable outdoor wood products for residential, industrial and utility applications.


Class Chair, Curt L. Nichols Jr. Courtney Stevens Plyler and her husband, Ross B. Plyler ’00, live in Greenville, S.C. Ross, a senior associate with Collins & Lacy, has been selected for Leadership 1982 Greenville Class 37. Courtney is Class Chair, J. Madison Dye Jr. Barry Mason joined Carolina Al- corporate counsel for Guardian liance Bank in September as executive Building Products. The couple has vice president and commercial bank- a daughter, Annette. ing officer. He has 28 years of banking experience in the Upstate. Mason and 1997 Class Chair, Beth Mangham his wife, Cathy, live in Spartanburg. Guerrero Living in Greenwood, S.C., 1983 Kris Burris is the deputy director Class Chair, W. Scott Gantt Nancy Haldeman Cochran and of the Sexual Trauma and Counselher husband, Dr. Jeffrey Cochran, ing Center. She has served the orgaconducted a workshop in September nization for eight years. on child-centered play therapy to school-based mental health counselors in Abbeville, S.C. Cochran is a child psychologist and has co-authored several books with her husband. The couple lives in Powell, Tenn. Vanessa Watson Ray and her husband, Elijah, live in Woodruff, S.C. A fifth-grade teacher at Woodruff Elementary School, Ray is an active member of Curves of Woodruff. On Sept. 7, 2010, she completed her 1,000th workout at the club.


Class Chair, Brand R. Stille Dean Tobias and his wife, Rhonda Watt Tobias, live in Spartanburg. Dean is a claims supervisor for Carolina Casualty Insurance. He was named 2010 Piedmont Claims-Adjuster of

Class of 1960 achieves record 75 percent giving participation Members present college with $131,191 gift at Homecoming


t’s not unusual for history to be made during Homecoming football games. It’s less common for it to be made between quarters. On Oct. 30, members of the Class of 1960 stepped onto the field (above) after the first quarter of the Wofford vs. The Citadel game to present a 50-year reunion gift of $131,191 to President Benjamin B. Dunlap. Seventy-five percent of the 124 class members contributed to the gift, setting a record for giving participation. “For three-quarters of the class to have contributed is an inspiring example for us all,” says Dunlap. “Just how inspiring was indicated by the spontaneous chant that went up from the student section as representatives of the Class of 1960 left the field at Homecoming: ’NINE-TEEN SIX-TY! NINE-TEEN SIX-TY!’ They have set the bar very high for classes yet to come.” A reunion committee of 12 classmates, chaired by Fisher DeBerry and Dr. Carroll Player set to work in early 2009 with a goal of raising the $19,000 required to bring the 1960 Endowed Scholarship Fund to the $50,000 level—the amount needed to make the scholarship awardable. When they reached that goal in just three short months, thanks to a challenge issued by class agent S. Austin Peele and reunion committee member Dr. Hunter Stokes Sr., they set their sights on becoming the class with the highest-ever giving participation. “Each committee member contacted class members personally, by telephone, letter or email to request contributions. When we realized that we could achieve a goal of 75 percent participation, efforts continued up until the week before Homecoming,” Peele says. And they’re not done yet. As of mid-November, the class had reached 76 percent participation and a total gift amount of $131,716. The class is raising money for another Wofford project, but has not yet decided what that will be. “The members of the Class of 1960 have always had a special affection for Wofford College,” Player says. “This 75 percent contribution level is indicative of the class’s appreciation for Wofford’s liberal arts education and the positive personal and professional effect the college has had on each classmate over these 50 years.... We really don’t want our legacy of being the first class to reach 75 percent to last very long. Our goal is to challenge all the alumni classes to surpass that benchmark of supporting the giving programs at Wofford." by Lisa Ware


Class Chair, Casey B. Moore Nicole Whitlock Pelfrey is a payload communications manager for the technology services and solution company COLSA. Pelfrey and her husband, Joseph, live in Huntsville, Ala., with their daughter, Adelyn. Brad Smothers and his wife, Lisa, live in Slaughter, La. Smothers is an inside sales manager for the synthetic rubber manufacturing firm Lion Copolymer LLC. Melanie Dillingham Watson earned a master’s of library and information science from the University of South Carolina in May 2010. She is media specialist at Conway Middle School. Watson lives in

Ellisons hold their own family reunion at Homecoming With Tom Ellison’s 50th class reunion this year, all four Ellison brothers are now members of the college’s 50-Year Club. From left during the 50-Year Club Reunion at Homecoming are Roy ’49, Paul ’52, Jack ’57 and Tom Ellison ’60, along with Wofford President Benjamin B. Dunlap. The Ellisons’ Wofford legacy was featured in the Spartanburg Herald-Journal on Nov. 1. Tom is a retired chemist who lives in Fort Mill, S.C. Jack, who retired as a hospital administrator and real estate broker, resides in Black Mountain, N.C. Paul also retired as a healthcare administrator. He lives in Shelby, N.C. Roy, a retired psychiatrist, now lives in Easley, S.C. Winter 2010 • Wofford Today • 15


in the news

(Left to right) Rep. Chip Huggins, Lizzy Seabrook ’14, Richard Seabrook ’12, March Seabrook ’82, Nelson Seabrook ’09, Anne Seabrook, Rep. Kenny Bingham and Sen. Nikki Setzler. Photography by Travis T.

Seabrook presented with Order her senior season as starting setter and notecards. She’s also been discovered team captain for the Terriers. by the bloggers. Google Hanna Nation of the Palmetto Dr. March Seabrook ’82 has been awarded the Order of the Palmetto, the state of South Carolina’s highest civilian honor, for his outspoken advocacy and efforts to ensure legislative support and insurance coverage of colon cancer screenings. Seabrook, a gastroenterologist in Columbia, S.C., was recognized in November with the honor at the South Carolina Medical Association Office. Following lung cancer, colon cancer is the second-leading cancer cause of death in both men and women. In an article in the Anderson Independent Mail, Seabrook says, “Right now, we’re not smart enough to prevent breast cancer and prostate cancer because our goals with those cancers are to detect early enough to treat or cure them. That is not the goal with colon cancer. The goal is to prevent it.” Seabrook, who was a member of the Wofford Alumni Executive Council, lives in Columbia with his wife, Anne. He has three children: Nelson, Richard and Elizabeth.

Pugh surprises Young with Wofford banner

After suffering a stroke almost two years ago, Jack Young could no longer travel from Princeton, N.J., to Wofford to watch his granddaughter, Joanna Suddath ’10, play volleyball. He missed

Young’s friend, Joe Pugh ’60, was driving through campus one day and saw a huge banner featuring Suddath as well as Sarah Herbert (women’s golf), Cassie Rex (women’s soccer), Kathryn Varno (women’s basketball) and Sabrina Smyers (women’s tennis). When the college no longer needed the banner, Pugh packed it up and took it to Young. "I got him to smile, and that’s all I wanted to do," says Pugh.

Nation’s Gadabout makes headlines

Hanna Nation ’09 was featured in Southern Living, Self magazine and the Charleston Mercury News for the success of her line of Gadabout stationery and

and Gadabout to find her on Southern Flourish online magazine as well as other art and home sites. Nation’s distinctive line, which she started as a student at Wofford, “celebrates home and all that lies beyond... her designs often draw from cultural artistry, textiles, interior design, vintage books, fashion, hobby and a turn of phrase.” With her papers and designs well established, Nation is now taking marketing classes and learning more about the business side of her startup. She’s developed an iPhone App, Post, that offers downloadable designs for invitations or personalized stationery. Visit for more information.

Hanna Nation ’09 (right). Above are two of her designs, Tete a Tete and West Indies, from her Gadabout line.

Joe Pugh ’60 helps Jack Young get a close look at the 30 x 10 foot, 22-pound banner that friends helped hang on scaffolding in the Young’s Princeton, N.J., backyard. On the banner from left to right are: Cassie Rex ’10, Joanna Suddath ’10 (Young’s granddaughter), Kathryn Varno ’10 and Sabrina Smyers ’10.

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Conway, S.C., with her husband, as a teenager and represents the third generation in the family business. He Drew, and their three children. and his wife, Mary, live in Irmo, S.C. 2000 Ann Nichols lives in Mount PleasClass Chair, Anthony D. Hoefer Jr. ant, S.C., and is a graduate student at Congratulations to Ward Bur- South Carolina College of Pharmacy gess, who earned a doctorate in in Charleston, S.C. An article written chemical engineering from Clem- by Nichols, “Do you know the name son University. Burgess lives in of your pharmacist,” appeared on Oct. Spartanburg. 22, 2010, in the Union Daily Times Capt. Kevin Sill and his wife, to coincide with American PharmaHilary Ward Sill ’01, live in Spar- cists Month. tanburg. Hilary is operations director for the non-profit organization 2005 Total Ministries. Class Chair, Ryan M. Waller May Dawson lives in Greenville, 2001 S.C., and is a loan administrator for Class Chair, Jenna Sheheen Bridgers Wachovia/Wells Fargo Bank. Living in Charleston, S.C., Josh Whitley joined Haynsworth Mac Leaphart, is a member of the Sinkler Boyd’s Charleston office as an band My Ragged Company, which associate attorney this fall. He and his plays throughout the Southeast. wife, Cowles Gilchrist Whitley, live Leaphart, a longtime solo artist, on Daniel Island, S.C. formed the band a year ago. Ted Richardson is regional su- 2006 pervisor of Professional Financial Class Chair, Hadley E. Green Services. Richardson and his wife, Meg Beacham lives in Columbia, Lauren, live in Tampa, Fla., with S.C., and is an upper school academic their daughter, Lila. enrichment teacher at the Hammond School. 2002 Living in Charleston, S.C., HenClass Chair, L. Yorke Gerrald ry Bruce is a chemistry teacher at Living in Spartanburg, Dr. Porter-Gaud School. He also is assisAundie Bishop is an anesthesiolo- tant coach for the track team and the gist associated with Foothills Anes- speech/debate team. thesia Consultants, which provides Anne Maybank Cain lives in services to Spartanburg Regional Charleston, S.C., where she is office Medical Center. manager for Peters Paint & WallcovLee Bryan and his wife, Jen- erings. nifer, live in Winston-Salem, N.C. Miriam Hahn lives in Bowling Bryan is associated with Deutsche Green, Ohio. She is a graduate stuBank Americas. The couple has one dent and teaching assistant at Bowling daughter, Anna Perry. Green State University. Michael Hall is regional revNelson C. Poe and his wife, Shaenue manager for La Quinta Hotel na Glenn Poe ’07, live in Charleston, Group. He and his wife, Kelly, live S.C. Nelson is associated with First in Columbia, S.C. Citizens Bank, and Shana is a graduJoel Key and his wife, Joanna ate student in physical therapy at the Ramsey Key, live in Clover, S.C. Medical University of South CaroJoel is a pharmacist with CVS in lina. Lake Wylie, S.C., and Joanna is assistant director of donor relations at 2007 Winthrop University. Class Chair, Hunter L. Miller Living in Lancaster, Ohio, Dre Living in New York City, KathMcNeil is owner of Swet Fitness erine L. Aul is a graduate student in LLC. He and his wife, Jennifer, have landscape design at Columbia Unia son, Gabriel. versity. Jenni Imfeld Strain and her Andrew Montgomery is a venture husband, Capt. Butler Strain ’03, banking officer for Square 1 Bank. He live in Tallahassee, Fla. An article lives in New York, N. Y. on Butler appeared in the TallahasLeandra Parris is enrolled in see Democrat on June 24, 2010, graduate school at Georgia State Unihighlighting his role as liaison be- versity. She lives in Atlanta. tween the Florida National Guard and the State Emergency Response 2008 Team. Jenni works as a fourth-grade Class Chair, Nathan Madigan Emily Hummel Davis and her teacher at Maclay School. husband, William Davis ’09, live in Simpsonville, S.C. William is an ac2003 countant for Industrial Fire Systems. Class Chair, Tracy A. Howard Living in Greenville, S.C., Jus- Emily is attending graduate school at tice Littlejohn is an art teacher at Converse College. Living in Spartanburg, Amanda Skyland Elementary School. Littlejohn received his master’s in art edu- Elton is a financial analyst for Johns cation from the University of South Manville. Living in New York, N.Y., Misha Carolina. His artwork was chosen as the cover for the monthly Greenville Lee is a student at Brooklyn Law magazine “Fete.” Littlejohn’s art- School. Kristi Lynch lives in Dallas, Texwork can be viewed at Mary Praytor as, where she is a junior account exGallery in Greenville. ecutive for the advertising agency Pink 2004 Jacket Creative. Class Chair, Fred A. Byers II Living in Columbia, S.C., Dr. Kenny Camacho and his Robynn Mackechnie is a work force wife, Meredith Dobish Camacho investment area planner with the ’06, live in Annapolis, Md. Kenny Central Midlands Council of Govreceived his Ph.D. in American lit- ernments. Machechnie also is attenderature from the University of South ing graduate school at the University Carolina in August. He teaches at of South Carolina Arnold School of Annapolis Area Christian School. Public Health. The couple has two daughters. Justin Treece, a water treatment The Mungo family of compa- consultant with Chem-Aqua Inc., was nies announced in September that honored in November, when he was Matt Mungo has assumed the role awarded the Gold Level “Inner Circle” of vice president. Matt began his award for sales performance. He is the career with the Mungo Companies youngest winner of this award in the

New owners of Woodlands Inn want Wofford friends to enjoy the heart of Lowcountry style, culture and cuisine


he adjective “unique” is overused. Its proper definition of oneof-a-kind is often watered down to “rare” or even “unusual.” However, “unique” definitely applies to Woodlands Inn in Summerville, S.C. Robert W. Parsons, a Pennsylvania Railroad baron, built the inn as a residence in 1906. A superb example of Georgian revival architecture, it is acknowledged as the only Forbes five-star, AAA fivediamond hotel in South Carolina. The grounds, which cover 46 acres, recall an era when the Lowcountry was becoming an international model for outdoor living, famous for azealas and dogwoods in the spring and outdoor sports and barbecues in the winter. Last summer, John Linton ’70 and his wife, Pamela, became the owners of this South Carolina landmark, bringing with them a new vision for the property: “Woodlands Inn— at the heart of Lowcountry Style, Culture and Cuisine.” “We want to build on the country elegance, tranquility and ambiance that visitors to Woodlands Inn always have enjoyed,” Linton says. “It has been and will continue to be a place to enjoy reading a book or taking a family retreat. The staff prides itself on perfection in hosting overnight business meetings and benefits for charity. “In the future, however, we want people from Jacksonville, Atlanta and Richmond to picture Woodlands Inn as being not only a few minutes away from downtown Charleston, but also as the epicenter of an arc of Lowcountry places to go and things to do. It’s a very easy drive to Mepkin Abbey, the Ashley River plantations and gardens, the Old Santee Canal, and world-class hunting, fishing and golf. “We’ll also aim to bring the Lowcountry to Woodlands, with John Linton enjoys a moment at Woodlands with his wife, Pamela, daughter, McLane Linton Harrington ’04, and granddaughter, programming such as a community Fourth of July celebration and Emma Grace Harrington. There are two other children in the family, John Linton Jr. ’07 and Abigail Linton ’09. an artists’ brunch, where guests can become acquainted with our artist-in-residence, Rick Reihert,” Linton says. “We want Charleston John Linton’s innovations at Woodlands Inn include heralding the weekend with locally made bagpipes. people, particularly Wofford folks, to feel comfortable in joining us for an interesting afternoon or evening away from the city.” Linton says that his new venture is attracting a great deal of interest among friends and colleagues, most of whom know him best as a prominent South Carolina attorney and a Lowcountry civic leader. “Some of them ask me if I have retired,” Linton says with a laugh. “Most certainly, I still practice law on Broad Street with Duffy & Young. In fact, I’ve been working longer hours to provide resources for some of the things we intend to do at Woodlands.” by Doyle Boggs ’70

Want to experience Woodlands Inn? From Jan. 4 through March 31, alumni can enjoy 20 percent off the best available rate. Just call (800) 774-9999 and reference code Wofford. Winter 2010 • Wofford Today • 17

Dr. Aaron Hipp ’00: finding inspiration for teaching and research on Wofford’s campus


ust before he hopped the plane from St. Louis, Mo., to Wofford for his 10th class reunion, Dr. Aaron Hipp ’00 accepted a research grant from Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) to continue his study of green space as a resource for psychological, physical and social health. In some ways, his weekend on Wofford’s campus and arboretum turned into a field trip spurring more questions, research ideas and insights into the restorative effects of park-like places. “Over the past 20 years, studies have shown that natural environments promote physical activity and stress relief. On college campuses, they offer areas for students to decompress,” says Hipp, an assistant professor in the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at WUSTL. “What’s nice about Wofford is that students can have these experiences by accident.” While on Wofford’s campus Hipp walked through the new Black Science courtyard designed and landscaped by Katherine Aul ’10. According to Hipp, the trees, the mural, even the rain barrel provide psychological respite in an unexpected place. “There’s published research that indicates that even putting plants in academic classrooms translates into increased test scores. Students in classrooms with a view make better scores than students in classrooms without windows,” says Hipp. Students on urban campuses face greater challenges finding natural places to unwind. One of Hipp’s current research projects deals with the perceptions of these students. He and colleagues from the Edinburgh College of Arts in Scotland and University of Northern Iowa are administering online surveys to students on


Dr. Aaron Hipp enjoyed returning to Wofford’s campus and catching up with professors and classmates during Homecoming. their respective campuses, one survey in winter and another in late spring. “College students are under a lot of stress — the academic environment, being away from home and family,” says Hipp. “Having natural places to take a walk can restore their psychological frame of mind and improve their attention.” Hipp’s research is based on natural environmental psychology and attention restoration theory. To combat attention fatigue, Hipp says people need places where they can get away – both physically and psychologically. They need spaces where they can experience soft fascination, like the way the leaves rustle in the breeze or the way sunlight through the trees creates shadows on the grass. The environment must be coherent with no disturbing elements and personally

In spring and fall, Wofford students often forgo library or dorm room studying for outdoor spots, such as Players Corner tucked between the Burwell Building and the Roger Milliken Science Center. According to Hipp, that’s a good thing.

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firm’s 75-year history. Treece lives in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Living in Charlotte, N.C., Molly Vannier is executive team leader for Target. Vannier received her graduate degree in international business in 2010 from the University of Florida. Kyle Walker and his wife, Kristen Davis Walker ’09, live in Spartanburg. Kyle is a financial advisor with Elliott and Painter Wealthcare. Kristen has joined Big Brothers Big Sisters as a program specialist.

compatible or pleasing. The implications extend beyond college and university campuses. For example, Hipp is a collaborator on a research grant from the National Institutes of Health to study childhood obesity. His research deals with environmental factors such as a child’s access to parks, fast food restaurants, farmer’s markets, bike paths, etc. “Understanding the physical environment around a child’s home and school determines whether or not the student realistically can put a nutrition and exercise program into action,” says Hipp. Hipp, Wofford’s first student chair of Terrier Play Day, became interested in the ecological side of science while studying with Dr. Ellen Goldey and Dr. Doug Rayner. During his junior year Hipp also spent a semester in the Denmark International Study marine biology and ecology program in Copenhagen. The experiences made Hipp realize that he wanted to become a professor. “My Wofford professors were a big reason I wanted to teach at a place like Wofford one day… what they did, the influence they had on students, the intellectual environment, the beautiful campus,” says Hipp. Instead of heading straight to a master’s or doctoral program, however, Hipp chose to apply to the Peace Corps and AmeriCorps. He accepted a VISTA volunteer

position working with homeless populations in Everett, Wash. There he met his wife, Pamela, who was planning to enter a public health master’s program at Tulane. Hipp worked as the youth program coordinator for Audubon Zoo in New Orleans while his wife completed her M.P.H. As soon as she finished, Hipp enrolled in the social ecology doctoral program at the University of California, Irvine. “At most research universities like UCI, they don’t really train students to come back and teach at liberal arts colleges. They train research fellows,” says Hipp, who nevertheless became a Pedagogical Fellow at UCI in recognition of teaching excellence and service to the academic community. UCI also recognized him with a Graduate Student Mentor award for three consecutive years. Now both teaching and doing research in WUSTL’s new master of public health program, Hipp’s growing vitae shows a series of publications, presentations, colloquia, grants, fellowships, teaching experience, editorial assistance and professional memberships that speak well for a future influencing young minds and conducting research designed to change the shape, or at least the natural environment, of academic and business campuses across the globe. And it all started at Wofford. by Jo Ann Mitchell Brasington ’89

Class Chair, T. Peyton Hray VISTA volunteer Claire Bishop was profiled in the Oct. 13, 2010, issue of the Chesnee Tribune. Bishop volunteers at Hope Remains Youth Ranch for troubled children, where equine-based therapy is part of the overall program. She lives in Spartanburg, S.C. Living in Columbia, S.C., Ellen Cloyd is an administrative assistant for the South Carolina Senate Finance Committee. Mary Kate Ferguson is a volunteer with the Young Adult Volunteer program of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. She is serving in Nashville, Tenn., until July 2011. Ferguson’s placement is with Preston Taylor Ministries, which addresses problems in the public housing areas by working with children and their families. Alan Guffy, a graduate student at Wake Forest University School of Law, has been selected as a member of the Wake Forest Law Review. The Law Review publishes five times annually and sponsors two symposiums a year. Beth Mellette is enrolled at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, W.Va. Living in Perry, Ohio, Brian Smith is a credit analyst for Ohio Commerce Bank. Concetta Wilson lives in Raleigh, N.C., where she is a customer service representative for Harrington Bank.


Class Chair, Matthew A. Abee Courtney Gregory lives in Spartanburg and works in the office of Pediatrics Unlimited. Living in Raleigh, N.C., Courtney Brooke Holmes is staffing manager for Robert Half International. Megan Klipfel has joined Big Brothers Big Sisters in Spartanburg as an AmeriCorps Vista Volunteer. Cameron Moss lives in Cashiers, N. C., and is a database assistant for the Heritage Foundation. Allen Wilkerson lives in Arlington, Va., and is a GCB analyst for Bank of America.


It was nice to hear from Allie LeForce, who is continuing with her education at Murdoch University in Australia. LeForce, who is studying biological sciences, anticipates earning her bachelor of science degree in 2011 from Murdoch University.

COME SAIL AWAY! YOUNG ALUMNI GETAWAY TO THE BAHAMAS! March 23-28, 2011 Departing from Charleston, SC Join Wofford young alumni (graduates of the past 15 years) for six heavenly days of fun in the sun aboard the Carnival cruise ship “Fantasy.” Explore exotic Nassau and Freeport, pamper yourself in the shipboard spa, enjoy nightly entertainment, and get a jump on that summer tan.

Let’s meet at Pike Place Early this fall, three Wofford friends — Katie Grainger ’10, Tim Brown (cataloging librarian at Wofford), and Hitesh Tolani ’04 gathered at Pike Place Fish Market in Seattle, Wash. According to Grainger, who is in graduate school at the University of Washington, “Pike’s is an unusual place with homeless musicians, cat-hippies and a communist bookstore (you have to pay with cash; otherwise, they’ll use your credit card number to charge you for extra stuff).” Grainger and Tolani are interested in gathering with other Wofford people in the area. Interested alumni should contact Grainger at

All starting at $540 per person! Complete details and a list of alumni who have already booked passage are available at

Black and Gold Gatherings Calendar: SAVE THE DATE for these events in 2011! More events will be added throughout the year! Make sure you don’t miss out – go to to update your contact information (including e-mail address!). Then, keep an eye on your mailbox and in-box for details about events happening near you!

Heritage Society meets during Family Weekend

January 21 - 22........ Moyers Men Reunion and Performance March 24............................................. Atlanta Alumni Event April 17.............................................. Easter EggStravaganza May 21 - 22......................50th Class Reunion - Class of 1961 October 28-30...........................................Homecoming, 2011

Legacies enjoyed the Heritage Society breakfast during Family Weekend, Oct. 16. The Heritage Society recognizes students who follow family tradition by choosing to attend Wofford.

Mary-Candler becomes honorary cheerleader At the Wofford-Samford game in November, the Wofford cheerleaders had an extra set of pom poms. Mary-Candler Schantz, 5-yearold daughter of Dr. Nancy Barr ’84 and Mark Schantz, is wearing a BSC (Birmingham Southern College) cheerleading uniform because Schantz took the job as provost and dean of the faculty at BSC in July 2009. This past summer he became interim president. After 18 years at Acxiom Corp., Barr is taking a break from work to settle the family into their new home and the Birmingham community.

Orangeburg alumni gather President Benjamin B. Dunlap (middle) with hosts Hayne Culler ’66 and Sally Culler during the Orangeburg Wofford Gathering on Oct. 5. Winter 2010 • Wofford Today • 19

Melia Brannon McCraw ’06: She knows good art when she sees it


Artist Jim Creal, below, is one of the artists whose work is showcased and sold at the Carolina Foothills Artisan Center. Below, Creal works on a new Wofford lithograph featuring Main Building.

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elia Brannon McCraw ’06 knows good art, even if every welcome mat in her house is a Wofford welcome mat. Not to say there’s anything wrong with living the gold-and-black life as a Wofford graduate – and Melia and her husband, Benjamin McCraw ’06, definitely do that. It’s just that showing your school pride isn’t necessarily the same as having an appreciation for art. Melia’s job as executive director of the Carolina Foothills Artisan Center in Chesnee, S.C., allows her to appreciate and promote the beauty of fine arts and traditional and non-traditional crafts of artists from South Carolina and North Carolina. With a recent $90,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the center and its artists are poised to be able to share that beauty with an even wider audience. The grant will allow the center to work with a consultant in the eight-county Upstate region, studying what the artists need and want, and what can be done to help promote them, and holding marketing seminars for them. In addition, the center is creating an e-commerce Web site, to be launched in early 2011, that will help artists showcase their works. McCraw, who also is a contract attorney for Extended Stay Hotels headquartered in Spartan-

McCraw goes to work each day and is surrounded by some of the most acclaimed art and craftsmanship in the Carolinas. burg, wrote the successful grant proposal, and she credits her education at Wofford with helping her with that success. “One of the biggest things Wofford helped me do was to be able to write, whether it’s for grants or legal documents. Whatever I need to do, I can effectively communicate because of Wofford. That means we (the center) don’t have to hire somebody to write grants. It’s hard work, but very rewarding. I am pleased, and really honored, that we received the USDA grant.” At the center, McCraw is surrounded by arts and traditional – and some non-traditional – crafts of all kinds. Oil paintings, pen-and-ink drawings and photographs line the walls, and colorful pottery, handmade jewelry, unique dolls and glasswork are displayed along shelves in the downtown shop. Also along the walls is an array of books by local and regional authors about the area. The center is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday. “I’m not an artist, definitely,” says McCraw, an English and history major at Wofford who received her law degree from the University of South Carolina in 2009. “I’m a lawyer. You don’t have to be an artist to be able to appreciate the beautiful works here. You can appreciate the hard work and the passion that goes into art without doing it yourself.” The center, which represents about 100 artists, is a partner

organization of the Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg and receives support from the South Carolina Arts Commission and the community. It is the first satellite visitors center of the Spartanburg Convention & Visitors Bureau. Artists are juried to show and sell their artwork during two juried periods each year, with five to seven artists being admitted each period. “We have everything from fine arts to unique crafts. We are pleased to be able to represent some of the traditional crafts and arts of the foothills. We try to represent the best artists we can, and that’s why it’s a juried entry,” McCraw notes, showing off her beautiful turquoise and silver necklace handmade by one of the artists represented, a gift from her husband. “If we don’t support traditional crafts, they will die out. I may not be an artist, but I’m passionate about this.” At Wofford, McCraw and her husband participated on the college’s College Bowl team all four years. “He’s way better,” she says. “He remembers everything he ever read at Wofford.” Not a bad thing for someone who wants to teach at a college level. Benjamin, who received degrees in English and philosophy, currently is working on his Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Georgia. “Benjamin convinced me to join the academic team,” Melia says. “He thought I would enjoy it, that I would have fun, and I did.” She also played viola in

the Chamber Orchestra, and she received the history departmental award and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. Melia and Benjamin were practically inseparable from the moment they met during their first year. Melia’s college roommate, Kimberly Collins, was a high school classmate of Benjamin. “We met at Night and Day, when Benjamin came to see our dorm room. We started eating lunches together, and two weeks later, we were dating,” McCraw says. They got engaged at Wofford and were married in Leonard Auditorium in Main Building. “It was the perfect place. Definitely common ground,” she says. The McCraws remain as true to Wofford as they were in the beginning. “We go to every home football game, and probably will attend some basketball games this year, too,” she says. “Even when Benjamin was in Georgia (studying for his Ph.D.) and I was in Columbia (at law school), we went to most games. We’re serious football people, and it ruins our week if we lose.” She admits, too, that all of the welcome mats in her house really are Wofford welcome mats, and that while the Carolina Foothills Artisan Center is a terrific place to shop for unique and beautiful items, she has another favorite shopping place – the Wofford bookstore. by Laura Hendrix Corbin

Ben Wofford Books

Books by faculty authors including new releases:

With frontage on North Church Street on the Wofford campus, Ben Wofford Books has college apparel and gift items for sale during the holiday season.

Because Memory Isn’t Eternal A Story of Greeks in Upstate South Carolina by Professor of English Dr. Deno Trakas Wofford College, a pictorial history from the Campus History Series, written by Dr. Phillip Stone ’94, college archivist

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Both books are available at Ben Wofford Books on the Wofford campus or at the new Hub City book store in downtown Spartanburg (, where Trakas (left) and Stone posed below.

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Wofford Weddings 1978

Emily Suzette Joseph married Jason Phillip Luther, Oct. 2, 2010. They live Gaston, S.C. She is an atJoAnn Marie Miller married Steven W. Pittman, torney with Parker Poe Adams and Bernstein. He is a Aug. 4, 2010. The couple lives in Spartanburg. She is an law clerk to the Honorable Dennis W. Shedd, U.S. Court assistant vice president/financial advisor for Wachovia of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Wells Fargo Foundation. Dr. Ryan Kenyon Richardson married Terry An1998 thony Smith II, Nov. 6, 2010. She is a pediatric dental Terrence Bolton Crouch married Matthew resident at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Sokolowski, April 17, 2010. They live in Washington, He is associated with L-3 in Charleston, S.C. D.C. Terry is the university relations coordinator at 2007 Middlebury College. Marc Alexander Sutton married Emily Elizabeth Taryn Michelle Zange married Brian M. Reams, Scales, June 19, 2010. The couple lives in Columbia, July 4, 2010. The couple lives in Columbia, S.C. She is S.C. Emily received her Master of Divinity in 2010 an attorney and managing partner in Columbia, S.C. from Duke University Divinity School and is a United Methodist minister in West Columbia, S.C., starting a 2003 new Hispanic ministry. Marc received his International Marcus Garcia Gilmore married Brandie RuShMaster in Business Administration degree in 2010 awn Putnam, Oct. 2, 2010. They live in Charlotte, N.C. from University of South Carolina Moore School of He is a property claims adjuster with Travelers Co. Inc. Business. She is a recruiter for National Healthcare in Charlotte.

William Winston Hoy III married Jennifer Nicole 2008 Bradey, Oct. 9, 2010. The couple resides in SpartanEmily Marshall Collins married Creston William burg. He is associated with BB&T bank. She is associ- Brown, Oct. 16, 2010. The couple resides in Columbia, ated with the Home Builders Association of Greater S.C. She attends the University of South Carolina School Spartanburg. of Law. He is associated with Colite International.


Leigh Angel Newman married Daniel Martin Blaisdell II, Oct. 9, 2010. They live in Charlotte, N.C.

Hayes Kirkland Stanton married Elizabeth “MolKyle Livingston Walker married Kristen Taylor ly” Brown, Oct. 2, 2010. They live in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Davis ’09, Aug. 14, 2010. The couple resides in SparHe is an attorney with Harris & Leonard, P.A. tanburg. She is program coordinator with Big Broth2005 ers Big Sisters. He is a financial advisor for Elliott and Amanda Faith Marett married Gary Tusten Pope, Painter Wealthcare. Nov. 6, 2010. The couple resides in Columbia, S.C. She 2009 is an attorney with Pincus Family Law. He is an attorBrent Collins Johnson married Kelly Renee Fosney with Pope Zeigler L.L.C. ter, May 8, 2010. The couple lives in Greer, S.C. He is a 2006 process chemist with Milliken & Co. Kimberly Ann Boone married Michael Stuart 2012 Glenn, Oct. 16, 2010. The couple lives in Greenville, James Michael Brashear married Moriah FranS.C. ces Bruce, Aug. 6, 2010. They live in Rock Hill, S.C. He continues his stuidies at Wofford and is associated with Piedmont Medical Center. She is employed by Sunshine Pediatrics in Rock Hill.

Wofford Births 1996


Major Andrew H. Lanier IV and his wife, Dr. Marketa Lanier, of Fort Bragg, N.C., announce the birth of Sarah M. Lanier, Oct. 20, 2010.

Keels Allen and his wife, Sarah Leatherman Allen, of Charleston, S.C., announce the birth of Ada Cathryn Allen, April 27, 2010.


Stephen Mark Bair and his wife, Ashley, of Fountain Inn, S.C., announce the birth of Margaret Walker Bair, Sept. 14, 2010.

Mark Hill and his wife, Katie, of Greer, S.C., announce the birth of Luke William Hill, May 29, 2010.

1999 Brian Nash and his wife, Jaime, of Woodruff, S.C., announce the birth of Gloria Grace Nash, Sept. 6, 2010.

2000 Dr. Andy Hoefer and his wife, Kate, of Fairfax, Va., announce the birth of Cora Virginia Hoefer, May 21, 2010. Hoefer directs the university scholars program at George Mason University. Leigh Hyman Ryan and her husband, Tim Ryan, announce the birth of a daughter, Julia Belle Ryan, Oct. 1, 2010. She has a big brother, Wills.

2001 Allen Bridgers and his wife, Jenna Sheheen Bridgers, of Columbia, S.C., announce the birth of Thomas Andrew Bridgers, July 7, 2010. Mark Lynn and his wife, Robyn, of Columbia, S.C., announce the birth of Landon Christopher Lynn, July 7, 2010. Kimberly Allen Newman and her husband, James, of Boiling Springs, S.C., announce the birth of Madison Grace Newman, July 8, 2010.

2002 Fred Blevins and his wife, Rebecca, of Greenville, S.C., announce the birth of Miller Blake Blevins, Aug. 12, 2010.

2003 Lauren Joyner Vicars and her husband, Wes, of Mount Pleasant, S.C., announce the birth of Crawford Elizabeth Vicars, Aug. 18, 2010.

Kenny Camacho and his wife, Meredith Dobish Camacho, announce the birth of Cecilia Ann Genevieve Camacho. Cecilia was born on March 16, 2010, and adopted into their family on March 26, 2010. Wendy Rohr Henry and her husband, Jeff, of Greer, S.C., announce the birth of Judah Harold Henry, May 11, 2010. Ashley Thomas Seawell and her husband, David, of Aiken, S.C., announce the birth of Annette Clair Seawell and Thomas Lee Seawell, Sept. 28, 2010. Jenny Lowe Stockwell and her husband, Adam, of Dacula, Ga., announce the birth of William Gregory Stockwell and Benjamin James Stockwell, July 5, 2010.

2005 Daniel Bass and his wife, Amanda, of Spartanburg, announce the birth of Owen Williams Bass, Oct. 22, 2010. Christine Pezzutti Ditzel and her husband, Ryan, of St. Augustine, Fla., announce the birth of Grayson Ryan Ditzel, Feb. 24, 2010. Aja’ Russell Duncan and her husband, Maurice, of Stockbridge, Ga., announce the birth of Elijah Duncan, Jan. 11, 2010.

Outgoing Alumni Executive Council President Dorothy Acee Thomas ’96 sent this photo of new Terrier fan, Anna Holland Thomas, born March 17, 2010. Winter 2010 • Wofford Today • 21

New releases The Wofford bookshelf Howe

Daniel Walker Howe, “What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1845-1848.” (2007)

Howe will be the Lewis P. Jones Visiting Professor of History at Wofford this spring. This important contribution to the multi-volume Oxford History of the United States won the Pulitzer Prize in History in 2008. It is a remarkable work of narrative and synthesis that “lay readers” will truly enjoy. The title of the book (note that it does not include a question mark!) is remembered as the first message sent by telegraph, a revolutionary means of communication that was perfected by Samuel F. B. Morse in 1844. That event brought a symbolic end to three critical decades of American history. Those years saw the rapid growth of multiple market economies, the awakened vigor of networks of Protestant churches and other voluntary organizations, and the emergence of mass political parties. Thus, “the Age of Jackson” is a not a completely satisfactory term to describe the progress of American modernization that led to division and reunion in the 1860s. Howe is Rhodes Professor of American History, Emeritus at Oxford University and Professor of History, Emeritus, at UCLA. He is the author of the “Political Culture of the American Whigs” and “Making the American Self: Jonathan Edwards to Abraham Lincoln.”

by Doyle Boggs ’70

George D. Kuh, Jillian Kinzie, John H. Schuh and Elizabeth W. Whitt and associates, “Student Success in College: Creating Conditions that Matter” (revised edition, 2010).

One of the most important books about American Higher Education in the decade of the 2000s emerged from a study conducted by the NSSE Institute for Effective Educational Practice at Indiana University. After reviewing the first several years of results from the National Survey of Student Engagement, the authors selected 20 colleges and universities for detailed study and extended campus visits. Wofford was pleased to participate in that study, called “Project DEEP.” The first hardcover edition of “Student Success in College” sold more than 18,000 copies. This new softcover edition features some updates as well as a new preface and epilogue. Most of the familiar features of the original book about Wofford remain in the text, including a nice profile of “Miss Rita” from the Acorn Café in the Roger Milliken Science Center.

Clyde T. Padgett III ’87, “The Camelboy Chronicle: The Jungleboy Jungle, Vol. II” (2010)

The author’s biography is usually found on the back cover of a paperback book, right? In this space on the “Camelboy Chronicle,” the reader finds an introduction to “Clyde T. Padgett III, husband to Kristy and father to Charlie and Gray… Now a radical disciple of Christ, I have tried to live my life for (1) God, (2) everybody else, then (3) me. Now that I’m back home, I eagerly await my next foray with my family back into the mission field, wherever that may be… and yes, I’m gonna write about it.” “The Camelboy Chronicle” is Padgett’s journal about his time in Afghanistan, where he lived and worked from October 2005 through March 2007. It’s informal, poignant and even funny in spots, but it’s a terribly good read with an important message from a troubled time and place.

J.C. Bradbury ’96, “Hot Stove Economics: Understanding Baseball’s Second Season” (2010).

Published in 2007, “The Baseball Economist” established Bradbury as the one of the sport’s most influential statistical gurus and analysts. Since then, he has written several dozen articles for and about professional baseball management and developed a popular blog, Now, Bradbury has written an eagerly awaited second book, which expands on an important chapter in his earlier work. It is devoted to resolving some of the big questions asked every year when trades are made and new contracts are negotiated: Who are baseball’s “most valuable” players? Why are free agents worth their seemingly exorbitant salaries? Which teams get the most out of their budgets? How can small market teams succeed? What’s incorrect about the common myths of the hot stove league? In addition to his avocation as an Atlanta Braves fan and an interesting writer who thoughtfully understands baseball, Bradbury is a professor of economics at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. He is married to Rachael Bowman Bradbury ’95, and they are the parents of two daughters, Rebekah and Sarah.

James A. Neal ’64. “Historic United Methodist Churches and Places in South Carolina” (2010)

Jim Neal ’64 begins his book with a familiar quote from Winston Churchill. “They shape our buildings, thereafter, they shape us.” The historic buildings that Neal has documented are the Methodist churches of South Carolina. They come in dozens of sizes and shapes, mostly of local design and workmanship. This book is an interesting and valuable reference tool, particularly for Wofford people who admire the lives and work of Dr. Lewis Jones and Dr. Charles Cauthen and who love historical markers and “blue highways” (two-lane country roads marked in blue on a road map). Copies are available from the author for $25 plus $1.75 sales tax. To order, contact Neal at jimbjneal@aol. com, or call 803-739-0896.

Editor’s Note:

The fall issue of Wofford Today included a review of a fine book, “Bishopville and Lee County” by Rachael Bowman Bradbury ’95 and William B. Baskin ’57. Unfortunately, Bradbury’s first name was misspelled. We regret the error. 22 • Wofford Today • Winter 2010


Herman Eugene Green, Oct. 29, 2010, Rutherfordton, N.C. Mr. Green spent 26 years as principal of Rutherfordton Elementary School and was responsible for implementing the adult high school diplomas program at Isothermal Community College. A member of the Retired School Teacher’s Association, he also served in the U.S. Army during World War II and attained the rank of major in the National Guard. Mr. Green was a member of First Baptist Church in Spindale and Rutherfordton, where he was a Sunday School teacher and deacon.


William Lewis Turner, Sept. 27, 2010, Denmark, S.C. A veteran of World War II, Mr. Turner commanded a minesweeper in the Mediterranean and received the Bronze Star. A successful businessman, he was the owner of Poole’s 5 & 10 Store in Denmark for 40 years. Mr. Turner was active in the Jaycees, the Lions Club and other civic organizations. He was a member of Bethel Park United Methodist Church.


Robert Hugh Pace, Oct. 1, 2010, Saluda, N.C. Mr. Pace was the beloved owner of M.A. Pace General Store in Saluda that his father started in 1899. A former insurance and real estate broker, he was also the co-owner of Western Auto. Active in the community, Mr. Pace was instrumental in getting the First Citizens Bank and Autumn Care Nursing Home to locate in Saluda. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Saluda.


The Rev. Clarence D. “Red” Williams, Sept. 21, 2010, Columbia, S.C. Mr. Williams was a United Methodist Minister who retired from the South Carolina Annual Conference in 1993. After retiring, he became the minister of visitation at Trenholm Road U.M.C. in Columbia, where he served the next 17 years. Mr. Williams served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a radio operator and in the Korean Conflict as a chaplain. As a member of the U.S. Army Reserve, he attained the rank of colonel and was awarded The Legion of Merit Medal and The Meritorious Service Medal.


James Clarence Padgett Jr., Nov. 1, 2010, Spartanburg. Mr. Padgett retired from Burwell Chevrolet after 26 years as an automobile salesman and new truck manager. He was a staff sergeant in the Army Air Corps during World War II, where he completed 76 missions in the ChinaBurma-India Theater and earned the Distinguished Flying Cross, and the Air Medal with one Oakleaf cluster. He retired from the South Carolina National Guard after 23 years service, and was active in the American Legion, VFW, DAV, the Burma Star Association and Basha Chapter of Columbia, S.C., and a charter member of The Warbirds. Memorials may be made to Wofford College.


Jack G. Gilbert Sr., Sept. 21, 2010, Charlotte, N.C. Mr. Gilbert was a retired executive in the

auto parts business. He was the first Scoutmaster of the Cub Scout Pack at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church and an active member at the church. Mr. Gilbert was a Mason and a loyal member and supporter of the Oasis Shrine.


Arthur Lamar Cooler, Jan. 26, 2010, Smyra, Ga. Mr. Cooler was associated with the Defense Contract Administrative Service in Marietta, Ga. Thomas Kemmerlin Jr., Sept. 29, 2010, Beaufort, S.C. Mr. Kemmerlin was an attorney and served as master-in-equity of Beaufort County. Plato Stuart Shuford, Oct. 10, 2010, Augusta, Ga. Mr. Shuford served in the Korean War and retired from the U.S. Army Reserve as a major. A plumbing inspector for the Richmond County Department of Inspections, he was a former plumbing contractor and a member of Local 150. Mr. Shuford was a member of Trinity-On-The-Hill United Methodist Church.


Lawrence Samuel Hammitt, Nov. 5, 2010, Spartanburg. Mr. Hammitt was associated with South Carolina National Bank and was the owner of Northside Muffler Shop. He was a U.S. Army Reserve commissioned officer and of the Baptist faith.

Benjamin Ish Mull Jr., Oct. 16, 2010, Morganton, N.C. Mr. Mull served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict. He was retired from B.A.S.F. and a member of Salem United Methodist Church.


Robert Franklin Hall, Nov. 7, 2010, Conover, N.C. A veteran of the Korean War, Mr. Hall was a plant manager and vice president for Silver Knit Hosiery and retired from Sara Lee as vice president of manufacturing. He volunteered his time to youth sports teams and the Newton Conover Booster Club. Mr. Hall was a member of First United Methodist Church in Conover. Frank Wilburn Teaster, Nov. 6, 2010, LaGrange, Ga. A veteran of the Korean War, Mr. Teaster was a teacher and coach at The Patterson School for Boys in Lenoir, N.C., and Polk Central High School until 1966. He then joined Milliken & Co. and worked at both the Hillside and Live Oaks plants until his retirement in 2001.


Budd George Price IV, Oct. 20, 2010, Walterboro, S.C. After working in New York City, Washington, D.C., Little Dix Bay on Virgin Gorda, and Charleston, S.C, Mr. Price returned to Walterboro in 1992. He was Walterboro’s Realtor of the year in 1999. Mr. Price was active in the Colleton County Historical and Preservation Society, the S.C. Artisans Center and Colleton County Arts Council. He was a member of the vestry at St. Jude’s Episcopal Church.


James Richard Leavelle, Oct. 16, 2010, Charlotte, N.C. After serving in the U.S. Air Force and earning his M.B.A., Mr. Leavelle began his career at North Carolina National Bank, then worked for First Union/ Wachovia Bank and First Charter Bank until he retired in March 2007. He served as youth group leader and on the vestry at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, as well as on numerous boards including Goodwill, the Urban League, the UNC Charlotte Athletic Foundation, Planned Parenthood, and the Charlotte Merchants Association.


Louise Walker Baskin Stevenson, Nov. 12, 2010, Bishopville, S.C. Mrs. Stevenson’s family included many notable Wofford figures in-

cluding the Rev. H.A.C. Walker, Dr. William Wightman and Chancellor William Kirkland. She spent four years in civilian wartime service in the Office of Naval Intelligence. Mrs. Stevenson was the great-aunt by marriage to Rachael Bowman Bradbury ’95 and Shannon Dove Johnson ’95. Dorothy Ashley “Dot” Waters, Oct. 24, 2010, Spartanburg. Mrs. Waters retired from Wofford as an executive assistant to the director of admissions. She also had been a high school teacher in Kershaw County. She was a member of Second Presbyterian Church where she had taught Sunday School and Bible School and was active in the youth ministry and Circle 2. Mrs. Waters was a charter member of the American Business Women’s Association.

Yorke’s legacy of generosity continues


hen John Yorke ’76 died after a courageous battle with cancer on July 17, 2007, his law partner Peter Covington wrote that “no less than 20 people I know referred to John as ’my best friend.’ That is a testament to his dedication to developing strong relationships with people.” Yorke’s “best friends” included clients and associates, because he was one of Charlotte’s most respected attorneys. They included alumni and friends of Wofford, as reflected in the outstanding leadership Yorke provided during his work as a

John Yorke ’76

member of the Alumni Executive Council and as president of the National Alumni Association. They included civic leaders, because Yorke was effective and enthusiastic in whatever cause he adopted. Of course, there were his sons and other family members. Surely, John Yorke’s best friends also included the at-risk children served by Thompson Child and Family Focus. With roots going back to 1886 when it was founded as an Episcopal orphanage, Thompson stands out as one of the Carolinas most respected providers of clinical and behavioral treatment, developmental education, and proactive care for at-risk children and their families. “Even three years after his death, John Yorke’s spirit continues to inspire us every day,” says Ginny Amendum, Thompson’s president. “As a member of our board, he accepted responsibility for the safety, happiness and success of each individual child we served, and he made it a point to get to know many of them personally. “His compassion extended to those who had experienced inappropriate sexual experiences and such severe early childhood

Yorke Cottage on Thompson Child’s St. Peter’s Lane campus. traumas that they required residential psychiatric treatment even at ages 6 to 12. John also was an investor in creating the best possible environment for these troubled young people. He envisioned comfortable, secure cottages with airy, open spaces and, inside, a unique level of staffing that would create a trusting family atmosphere. This commitment was reflected in a successful $10 million capital campaign that we finished in 2007.” On June 24, Thompson opened a specialized, 15,000-square-foot facility at its St. Peter’s Lane campus for the treatment of sexually reactive

youth. Around a central hub are four six-bedroom wings. One of those wings has been named the Yorke Cottage, made possible by designated gifts from Thompson trustees as well as the law firm of Helms, Mulliss & Wicker, where Yorke practiced. It joins the Yorke Family Portico, the north entrance to Wofford’s renovated “Old Main,” as a fitting tribute to the memory of a man well remembered for his commitment and generosity to others. To find out more about Thompson Child and Family Focus, visit the Web site at www. by Doyle Boggs ’70

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