entirely. It has been proven that music promotes endorphins.
Endorphins promote quicker healing.” Some of her most trea-
sured work experiences are from visits with patients who first
realize the healing power of music therapy.
It all began with her grandmother. As an Alzheimer’s sufferer,
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her grandmother’s memory was severely affected near the time
of her home-going. “She couldn’t communicate well at all. A
couple of years before she passed, my Mom recorded some mu-
sic on a little tape recorder in a stuffed teddybear. When I saw
the music therapist give it to my Grandma, she grabbed for the
bear, hugged it, and cried all at the same time. She didn’t know
anything, she couldn’t express anything, but she could still re-
ceive the blessing of music.” That was when Bonnie knew that
she wanted to work with music. When she enrolled as a psych
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major at CCC with no clear direction apart from “music in
More than just Notes general,” she didn’t know how God would work in her heart
and the hearts of her supervising faculty.
After speaking with Dr. Nichols and Dr. DeWitt, she began a
“Music is the medicine of the heart.
” course that would lead her into the ministry of music therapy.
“They were very accomodating with my upper-classman practi-
cum. I was allowed to follow a music therapist; this provided
Alumna Bonnie Hayhurst (‘02 - St. John) lives a charmed life.
me with invaluable hands-on experience.” Dr White as-
Her successful career as a liscensed music therapist is coupled
sisted Bonnie on the music side of her career goal; “When you
with the exciting challenges of being the wife of the Toronto
have music as your major or minor, there is a heavy classical
Blue Jay’s (MLB) pitcher, Dirk Hayhurst. As as music thera-
focus. Dr. White focused individual energy on other genres of
pist, she helps alleviate physical pain and emotional turmoil in
music besides classical–genres that would help me in my future
her patients and their families every day.
ministry as a music therapist. I learned chord configurations,
theory, and other elements of music. The flexibility was fan-
A normal day in Bonnie’s life may include a number of indi-
tastic. CCC allowed me to say, ‘This is what I want, how do I
vidual patient sessions, several private visits on the oncology
or orthopedic wings of TriPoint Medical Center near Cleve-
land, or regular therapy with individual clients with special
Music therapy is a life pursuit. It is not a simple
needs. She keeps herself very busy
“play music and leave” job. It requires commitment,
between growing her
new business and sus-
taining contacts from Pg. 1 More Than Just Notes:
her previous position. Bonnie Hayhurst
Pg. 3 Homecoming 2010
“Music encourages well- Pg. 4 The Olivers: Revisited
being. Patients begin to Pg. 5 Alumni Giving Report
feel better and soon are Pg. 6 Volleyball Reunion
off pain medications Alumni Updates
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dedication, and steadfast, visible Christianity. “Some families ately.” She uses sound, vibration, and tactile feelings to help
participate with therapy, but everyone responds differently. teach children about focusing and active communication. “It
One day it will be a joyful, uplifting praise to God with pa- is amazing to see the transformation. It is so rewarding; just
tients struggling with “why God?”, while in the next room, it seeing them get the littlest things is awesome.”
will be a humorous and fun homage to Broadway; you never
know.” Bonnie uses her talents as a music therapist to witness In her “down time,” Bonnie enjoys spending time with her Ma-
and testify of her love for her Savior. “It is an emotional and jor League husband, scrapbooking, and trying to get enough
spiritual support through which I can share Christ.” people together to play a game of volleyball.
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And, it’s not just for the adults. Some of Bonnie’s regular cli- Music is not just entertainment; to some, it is life. Bonnie Hay-
ents are children suffering with autism, Down’s Syndrome, and hurst stands as a testament of the miraculous power of “songs
other special needs. “Kids need things to enjoy, too. Music and hymns and spiritual songs.”
therapy is a beautiful way to learn to communicate appropri-
The Olivers: Revisited His adult Sunday School class is currently studying the Book
of Jeremiah and the Westminster Confession of Faith. His
article entitled “In Defense of John Calvin” was published in
Dr. Ed Oliver, Civil War buff, historian extraordinaire, and
the February 2009 issue of the Western Reformed Seminary
former associate professor of philosophy, has been keeping
Journal. In March, Dr. Oliver visited Israel with the CCC
busy since his retirement from CCC 6 years ago. Dr. Oliver
Israel study tour led by Dr. Bob Carver and Dr. Carl Martin.
taught Bible, Philosophy, and Church History to almost
While Dr. Oliver continues to stay active, Mrs. Oliver runs
three decades of CCC students. Dr. Esther Oliver, also a prior
an editing business out of her home and lives by her motto,
CCC staff member, has re-
“Have Laptop, Will Travel.”
tired from her position as
provost at St. Petersburg
Just before the 2008 Christmas holidays, Dr. Oliver learned
that he had more occluded arteries around his heart and
started an innovative treatment in January, 2009. In spite of
Since his retirement,
periodic shortness of breath, Dr. Oliver finished his medical
Dr. Oliver has been
treatments in September. Mrs. Oliver said, “We thank the
staying busy. Not
Lord for His grace and tender mercies that are renewed every
able to completely
leave the educa-
tion realm, he has
The Oliver enjoy visits with sons Scott and Gordon and
their families throughout the year. Youngest son Gordon and
teach at his
wife Marjorie (MacFarland) are both 1986 CCC graduates.
Gordon pastors the Bethel Orthodox Presbyterian Church in
“[Dr. Oliver] and Dr. Steele meet for lunch every week to fellowship—and solve the problems of the world—Christian and secular!”
Mrs. Esther Oliver .
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Alumni Giving Report
Earlier this school year, we released a longer-than-usual letter re- ing our alumni donor base because of its attainable giving goals
garding alumni giving that outlined four potential ways you can (almost everyone can participate) and easy enlistment.
support your alma mater. Thus far, the response has been excel-
lent. Many of your fellow alumni have become annual or lifetime Overall, alumni giving has increased 12.6% over the previous
supporters of the alumni association, have donated to the schol- year (from 2007 to 2008). Realizing that our overall numbers
arship and relief programs, and have renewed or accepted the are smaller than most colleges (2649 strong!) and over 22% of
Alumni Challenge. our alumni are recent graduates
(last five years) who are new
We are particularly encouraged to their jobs and ministries,
by our new Alumni Challenge continuing their education in
program. For our inaugural graduate programs, or recently
year (2008-2009), 15 alumni ac- married and starting families,
cepted the Year One challenge we are pleased with God’s provi-
by giving at least $1 a month sion for the College through our
($12 annually) – these support- alumni. The Lord continues to
ers because our ‘charter’ program show Himself faithful.
members. In conjunction with
our recent mailing, most of these If you haven’t participated but
individuals have confirmed their plan to do so, we would encour-
continued participation for Year age you to join the others by
Two (now $2 a month or $24 sending in your commitment
annually) and 6 individuals have joined them as first-year par- form or by giving online through the Giving to CCC link on
ticipants. We believe this program has the potential of increas- the College website.
Alumni ChAllenge members
Lynne Fukutani –‘08 James Hunt-‘93
Alan Hedrick-‘08 Carolyn Dotts-‘91 Michelle(Reason)Smith-‘05
Gwen Hull-‘08 Beth Darby-‘90 Hope Kindred-‘00
Andrew Bates-‘06 Sandra Perry-‘90 Jana(Foltz) Crain-‘99
Lance Cook-‘03 Kim (Musgrave) Schmidt-‘82 Cindy De Leon-‘89
0s 0 meet!
Dan Wareing-‘02 Ben Puckett-‘76
Frances Rodriguez-‘00 Karin(Steele)Puckett-‘76 John Sparks-‘78
Chuck Wareing-‘98 Brian Johnson-‘74
A time for old
twenties reunion Weekend
March 5-7, 2010
For Faculty, Staff, Graduates, and Students from 1966-1986
For more information, go to the www.clearwater.edu/alumni/twenties_reunion.asp
Katie Bournival is a music teacher and administra-
tive assistant at Countryside Christian Academy in
Josh Hoag and Amy Clark were married on August 7,
Special thanks to Dr. Carl Martin for being our grill master and Sarah Puckett Taylor who designed the reunion tee shirt.
Shannon (Markovitch) Bennett received a Master of
Arts degree in Human Services: Business Manage-
ment from Liberty University in November 2008. She
married Todd Bennett this summer.
Top: Kathy Todd, Rachel Farrell, Janelle Barnes, Cathy Knops, Susan Largent, Martelle Arnette is an Office Manager for McLeod
Amy Goebert. Bottom: Karen Harrison, Erin Thomas, Amy Garvin, Kim Gullion, General Trades, LLC in Gainesville, Florida.
Suzy Llerena, Tamara Viera. Not Pictured: Jennifer Wilson, Kristin Sanney,
Over fourteen alumni, their spouses, and children were part Anthony and Jennifer (Groschel) Wilson welcomed
their daughter, Anaya Mae, into the world on Septem-
of our first ever Alumni Volleyball reunion held Friday-Satur- ber 11, 2009.
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day, October 2-3, 2009. It was exciting to see our alumni back 2003
on campus and a great delight to meet some of their children Daniel Yoder received his M.D. from the University of
South Florida this year. He is presently completing his
for the first time. The ratio of adult to child was 1 to 1—a residency in Family Medicine in the Hendersonville,
delightful reality that created an event full of excitement and NC area.
youthful noise. 2002
Jon Doughty started as the assistant pastor of Grace
Baptist Church in Owatonna, MN on June 1, 2009.
Our event began with a Friday afternoon volleyball practice Jon and Hope are expecting their first child in January
and evening open gym. Several of our alumni practiced with 2010.
Coach Denny’s team, proving they still had ‘it,’ while others 2000
confirmed the fact that they lost ‘it’ many years ago. To be Janel Nale teaches missionary children in Guinea, West
honest, they were just as happy to sit around and chat with David and Dianna Troyer welcomed their daughter,
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each other, catching up on old news or talking about their Rebekah Dianna to the world on June 15, 2009.
child-raising experiences. 1997
Eric Wells is a history teacher at Lakeland Christian
School in Lakeland, FL.
On Saturday, the group reunited at an indoor picnic of
grilled chicken, hot dogs, baked beans, potato salad, cookies, Robert M. Miller graduated May 15, 2009 from The
and chips. During the picnic, alumni director Ben Puckett Southern Baptist Theological Seminary with a M.Div.
presented Coach Denny a dozen roses and a Faithful Servant in Theology with an emphasis in Biblical Counseling.
plaque for her 20 years of ministry at the college and, in par- 1984
Stephen Carlson has been involved in alcohol and
ticular, to the young ladies who were part of her past teams. drug recovery ministry and discipleship in the prison
through his church. He also teaches part time at a lo-
Later, our guests met in the gym for the contest between the cal college and is currently looking for full-time work
as a teacher or engineer.
2009 CCC volleyball team and the Lakers from Lake Sumter
Community College from Leesburg, FL. It took three quick Dr. David Thompson has had a new book published. It
games to defeat the Lady Lakers (25-17, 25-17, and 25-11). is entitled “Twelve Biblical Steps to a Successful Mar-
Between games two and three, each alumni volleyball player riage” and is available on Amazon.com.
took the end line again, was officially introduced to the 1974
Richard Larry Fisher and his wife Vernette live in Tul-
crowd, and presented with a carnation bouquet provided by lahoma, Tennessee where Richard is a respiratory prac-
the alumni association. The weekend ended with an ice cream titioner at Harton Regional Medical Center.
fellowship in the gym served by the current CCC team.
For a complete list of updates, go
For photos of the event, please visit www.clearwater.edu. alumninews.asp.