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COVER STORY: 2 President’s Message
RADIO ON 6 On The Campus
10 Sports Highlights
14 Institutional Advancement
BOB JOHNSON 18 Alumni Association
22 With the Alumni
32 In Memoriam
36 Emory Memory
The Alumni Magazine is published The Alumni Magazine Alumni Association Board of Directors Jon Crutchfield ’91, Roanoke Valley
quarterly for alumni, parents and Dirk Moore, Editor Matt Hankins ’94, President Ruth Wilson Blankenship, Mountain Empire
friends of Emory & Henry College. Monica S. Hoel ’85, Alumni Editor Bob Cline ’69, Immediate Past President Lee Lane McCloud ’92, West Virginia
Send news, letters or change of Jamie Smyth, Graphic Designer, Writer Greg Hagee ’86, Vice-President Chuck Alexander ’89, D.C./Maryland
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Contributors Jenny Poston Bishop, ’93, Tri-Cities (Tenn.) January Haile ’04, Current Decade
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Mike Sullivan ’68, Tidewater/Peninsula Cyndi Jennings ’91, At-Large
Cover photo: Teresa Keller at radio tower site. Photo by Dave Grace Kell Mason ’95, Piedmont Mary-Margaret Justis ’69, At-Large
From the President
Dear Emory & Henry Alumni and Friends, write a Civil War era novel, from student Caleb Jennings’
Daniel Hudson Burnham, one of the most well- determination to excel in football to alumnus Tyler
known and successful American architects at the turn of Haslem’s journey to practice law, from the College’s Barter
the 20th century, said, “Make big plans; aim high in hope Theatre agreement to its high ranking by Forbes magazine,
and work.” This is essentially what I told the faculty and the stories contained in the following pages will remind
staff during my first year at Emory & Henry. I asked them you of the true character of Emory & Henry and its people.
to ‘think big’ and set high goals for themselves and for the The history of Emory & Henry is filled with examples
College. No one took this exhortation to heart more than of the campus community dreaming big dreams and
Dr. Teresa Keller as she worked with the community to realizing those dreams. Sometimes the challenges were
plan for and realize her dream of a college and community overwhelming. But the community always came together
radio station with expanded programming and a wider to do what was necessary to fulfill its responsibility to past,
geographical reach. You will learn more about the results current, and future generations of students. We can and
of thinking big with Dr. Keller in this alumni magazine’s will do no less.
feature article entitled, “Turn Your Radio On.” The College has realized some of its big dreams in
“Make big plans.” How important it is for us to set the last few years—a new General Education Program,
high expectations for ourselves individually and for the renovations to Wiley and Byars, a new athletic stadium
College? Our founders did that in the 1830s when they field, new residence halls, to name a few examples. We
dreamed of “a new manual labor school on one of the still have big projects to complete and new dreams to
upper branches of Little Holston Creek.” At the end of dream. I often reflect on the well-known response to
the Civil War in 1865, the trustees set high goals when faculty and staff of a former president of a nearby college
they planned to reopen Emory & Henry within a few when told that something could not be done. He would
months of the surrender at Appomattox and to rebuild the say, “Is it impossible or just difficult?” The message was
College’s enrollment to pre-war levels. The nearly complete clear—we must work to realize our dreams even when
rebuilding of campus facilities in the early 1900s and the they seem daunting to accomplish.
growth of the College’s endowment in the 1990s and You, our alumni and friends, always talk about
2000s are additional examples of making big plans and this College as a special place, a place where you and/
implementing those plans. or someone you know transformed their lives and made
The faculty, staff, lifelong friends. This continues for our students today
students, and alumni of because our alumni and friends of the past challenged
Emory & Henry College themselves and the College to think big. With your
continue today to “aim high help—financial and in other ways—we will continue this
in hope and work.” You tradition, realize our current dreams for E&H, and make
will read about setting high additional big plans for the future.
goals and achieving them in
With Kindest Regards
this magazine. From student
Barrow Wheary’s ambition
to pursue a professional
career as a fiddler to Rosalind Reichard, Ph.D.
Professor Dawsey’s goal to President
‘Turn Your Radio On’:
Emory & Henry’s WEHC-FM 90.7 muscled into regional
broadcasting Oct. 26, increasing power in an instant to nearly
9,000 watts. Licensed to serve the public interest, the station
reinforces Emory & Henry’s signature history of commitment
to community service.
Against a windy, brilliant autumn panorama at the edge of
campus overlooking I-81, President Rosalind Reichard and
Mass Communications Chair Dr. Teresa Keller welcomed
Congressman Rick Boucher, Delegate Joe Johnson,
contributors, trustees, sponsors, and student and community
broadcasters to 90.7’s transmitter site. A new 197-foot tower
An ebullient Reichard counted the school “doubly blessed
by the presence of those who support the College and the
community. We appreciate your confidence and
commitment. Emory & Henry is known for community
service, and we hope our expanded college and community
programming will serve the public interest more effectively.”
Citing the efforts of Phil Puckett, William Wampler and Joe
by Robert Weisfeld
Johnson, she expressed enthusiasm for support from the
Virginia Tobacco Commission, “which, for the College, creates
Class of 1976
an opportunity to train local folks in a highly technological
She reserved special praise for Johnson, who led in the
efforts to secure funding for the workforce project. “You have
been a tireless supporter of this institution—a voice for this
day and this effort—and we thank you.”
President Reichard further conveyed gratitude to the E&H
Board of Trustees and District Supervisor Tom Taylor, before
zeroing in on “spark plug” Dr. Keller. “We appreciate the
energy she’s brought to this endeavor. It’s been a dream of
hers which started in the 1990s.”
“I am delighted to see all of you,” exclaimed Keller. “This
day represents the best of Emory & Henry in providing
opportunities for students and celebrating the wonderful
community around us. Our mission is reflected in the station
slogan: ‘WEHC. Your College and Community Station.’”
But this day was some time coming.
Keller first came to Emory & Henry 24 years ago and took
over leadership of the college radio station. She began
exploring ways to develop the station and, step by step,
opportunities presented themselves to make the operation a
little bigger and a little better. When Reichard became
president, she encouraged Keller to “dream big” and gave her
support for the recent expansion.
Keller added, “As professors, teachers and mentors, we
work and strive to prepare our students for the real world.
Well, the real world has arrived at nearly 9,000 watts! And it’s
going to help Emory & Henry spread the word about what a
wonderful college and community we have. Also, very
importantly, it’s going to spread a non-commercial alternative
voice of radio to the region.”
continued on next page
PHOTOS BY DAVE GRACE
Emory & Henry’s radio station began in 1929 and was one
“We serve the public interest by informing and
of the first to go on air in The Commonwealth. The College
entertaining our audience, and we hope to
sold the station during the Depression, but its call letters were
bring much positive attention to the wonderful
still available when Keller made an application in 1991. WEHC
accomplishments of Emory & Henry students,
90.7 went on air in 1992, first broadcasting on 100 watts,
faculty and staff.” —Dr. Teresa Keller
replacing an older carrier current system. The power went up
to 500 watts by 2007, and the College initiated a partnership
with the Virginia Tech Foundation to broadcast WVTF’s Radio and our station is very proud to take that local music and
I.Q. along with local programming. With the arrangement, a culture–those very distinct voices you can’t find anywhere else
broader regional audience opened up for both stations. besides Southwest Virginia–put that on the air and showcase it.”
WEHC relied on WVTF’s Paxton Durham, a recipient of the Boucher was a working partner in getting the power
2005 Freeman Award for excellence in broadcasting, to provide increase obtaining approximately $188,000 from the U.S.
engineering guidance and to recommend, help purchase, and Department of Commerce for the construction of radio facilities.
install equipment. Keller also acknowledged the efforts and Pointing to the 197-foot tower that was built with that money,
cooperation of WVTF General Manager Glenn Gleixner, who the Congressman said, “You’ve heard of a room with a view?
expressed his enthusiasm for the partnership. “If you want to get This is a transmitter with a view! Look at the spectacular region
something done,” Gleixner said, “get involved with Rick Boucher, it showcases.”
Teresa Keller, Roz Reichard and Joe Johnson.” “Beginning today, area listeners who enjoy commercial-free
Gleixner emphasized the importance of public radio as a radio will have access to a wide variety of local programming
form of public service that connects with the community through and community information,” Boucher said. “I consider WEHC
programming. The democratic flow of ideas stimulates a tremendous cultural enhancement of Southwest Virginia and
conversations, thoughts and action that might not normally occur. East Tennessee.”
Del. Joe Johnson and Susie Quarles Allison; Station Manager Richard
Graves; Congressman Rick Boucher; Roz Reichard and Teresa Keller.
The Tobacco Commission, and tobacco, turns out to have
been very important to this radio station process, according to Boucher was quick to give credit to Keller, “a former college
Delegate Johnson. “Tobacco was probably once raised on this educator of the year in Virginia, whom I would describe as
very land where we stand. Money from tobacco helped pay my richly deserving.”
tuition to Emory & Henry,” recalled the Hayter’s Gap native Then something perfectly fitting occurred, accompanied by
turned Washington County fixture. cheers and applause. Diminutive 91-year-old Susie Quarles
“Now, many years later, The Commission and Emory & Allison (’39) was acknowledged for years of station support. Then,
Henry are able to bring to the community something which I at the flick of a switch, this former student-turned-benefactor sent
believe will prove invaluable. WEHC will enrich the community. WEHC radio waves transmitting over a radius exceeding five
I’m thankful and proud I can be here.” counties: north to Richlands, Va.; south to Mountain City, Tenn.;
Tobacco Commission support helps establish a training east to Rural Retreat, Va.; and west to Blountville, Tenn.
program that gives students, faculty, staff and community The Alexandria alumna’s 1991 donation of equipment
members access to radio and audio technology that may revived interest in WEHC while it recalled her deep passion for
additionally be applied to local business websites. Commission both the College and the station. Her late husband, Hampton,
support also funds a station manager position, newly held by met Susie at the College, where he began his broadcast career,
Richard Graves, a 2008 graduate of the E&H Mass before subsequently devoting his entire life to radio. The 90.7
Communications Department. launch marked Susie Allison’s first time on air. “So this is a great
Graves praised the local programming featured on WEHC: thing for me, because I’ve been thinking about it all my life. And
“Our region has such a unique culture, so many unique voices, it feels wonderful to do it!”
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Gauging and grooming student talent and interest, Keller has entertaining our audience, and we hope to bring much positive
also recruited a group of community personalities to host attention to the wonderful accomplishments of Emory & Henry
broadcasts. The latter group includes former Glade Spring Town students, faculty and staff.”
Councilman Jim Barker, E&H professor emeritus Steve Fisher, Genres of programming include music from opera to
Bristol BCMA and Crooked Road official Tim White, and Broadway to bluegrass to China pop, plus commentary on
Radford University sociology professor Rana Duncan-Daston. politics, psychology, medicine and education. Programming also
Abingdon’s roster numbers former Abingdon Town Planner includes live remotes, presenting live regional music one
Al Bradley, Barter Theatre Outreach Director Evalyn Baron, Thursday evening per month from Meadowview’s Harvest Table
alumnus and Star Museum owner Robert Weisfeld and restaurant. National NPR and international BBC programming
physician/musician Mark Handy. are also heard on Emory’s station via Radio I.Q.
Emory & Henry show hosts include Alumni Director Monica “They say to be careful what you ask for,” Keller said. “The
Hoel, instructional technologist Harry Baya and Dr. Aris Winger, inauguration of the new, more powerful WEHC represents a
an E&H math professor who hosts “The Flagship,” a popular huge challenge for me, the students and the administration. I
program that seeks to confront sensitive issues. The station also hope we can rise to the occasion and make sure the signal
carries live broadcasts and online coverage of E&H football and serves the College with great quality programming and good
basketball. community relations for many years to come.” v
Keller said, “We serve the public interest by informing and
Graves “thrilled” to
be Newly Appointed
The newly appointed station manger
Richard Graves served as assistant
manager of WEHC-FM for four
years while pursuing degrees in mass
communications and psychology from
the College. He also completed an
office and event internship at WNNX
99.7 FM, Cumulus radio, in Atlanta, Ga.
”My experience as assistant manager
will help me transfer into my new
position as I train staff, edit audio, help
broadcast sports, and contribute to our
already excellent programming,” Graves
While attending Emory, Graves won
the prestigious Boyd Scholarship from
the Holston Association of Broadcasting,
an award that acknowledged his
experience with WEHC.
“I’m thrilled to be serving as station
manager for an upgraded WEHC,”
Graves said. “I feel the station has an
opportunity to provide an increasingly
valuable service to the surrounding
community, while at the same time
reflecting the unique voices and culture
of the region,” added Graves. v
The new radio tower under construction (above)
and a Mass Communications student at the
controls of 9,000 watts of power.
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E&H Student Keeps Time with
On The Campus
Appalachian Music Traditions
An Emory & Henry student has been gaining attention as he apprentices
under a champion fiddler.
Barrow Wheary, of Richmond, Va., has been featured in numerous
publications and is also a member of The Helltown Breakdowners band, which
has played at several venues across the state.
Recently, he was featured in a photograph with his teacher, Mark Campbell,
and was praised as a promising fiddler in “View,” a publication of the Virginia
Foundation for the Humanities. An accompanying story highlights three grants
that will assist in the exploration of Virginia’s musical heritage. The grants will
result in new recordings, publications and exhibits exploring music traditions
and their continuing vitality.
Barrow is a senior working toward a degree in English while independently
pursuing a career in music. Banjo and fiddle music were an especially
memorable part of his childhood, but over the years, his love for old time and
roots music has grown, as has his collection of early recordings.
Wheary hosts “The Lee Highway Review” on the E&H radio station. v
College Finds, Restores Rare
Portrait of Bishop John Emory
A rare portrait of the late Bishop John Emory, The oil painting, which is dated 1838, the year classes began
which dates back to the founding of Emory & at Emory & Henry, is the work of portrait artist George Cooke and
Henry, has been restored after being found was completed three years after Emory’s death. It is thought to
two years ago in the attic of an historic campus be copied from a painting done by American artist Thomas Sully
building. likely shortly after Emory was made a bishop in the Methodist
The portrait, which features the namesake of Church in 1832.
Emory & Henry and Emory University in Atlanta, is “one of a The portrait was discovered by an E&H housekeeper in the
kind,” since it is the only painting of the man done later in his attic of Wiley Hall during the building’s recent renovation. It had
life and still in existence, according to E&H archivist Robert been punctured and had suffered damage from extreme hot and
Vejnar. continued on next page
Portrait of John Emory, before and after restoration
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Dawsey Novel Tells of Life Action
Wright: Vision with
Choices During Civil War Can Change the World
Imagine a civil war hero who despises slavery, yet traffics Vision
people. A Southern hero, but also a coward. A runaway aching for without action is
home with ties to Emory, Va. meaningless, but
E&H professor of religious studies James M. Dawsey vision with action
composed such traits into the world of Witfield Stone in his most can change the
recent novel, Masters and Savages. world, according
Witfield is entrusted with transporting contract laborers to a consultant
from Africa to Brazil as his father and members of the Southern in organizational
Land and Immigration Society plan to reconstruct their lost leadership who
fortunes. Along his journey, Witfield makes connections, one of spoke to the Emory
which is Emory & Henry College, as he takes special interest in & Henry community
the fate of 11-year-old Fatima. at the start of
Plagued with disease, a trip across the seas spells disaster as the 2009-2010
Witfield is forced to make the decision of freedom over cargo for academic year.
the child he is protecting. An observer is prompted to question Emory & Henry
Witfield’s motive of staking the last vestiges of his crumbling has detailed a
humanity on saving this particular child among so many. strong vision for
The flavor its future, one that
of Washington casts the College
County permeates as a national leader
the story. Witfield’s in transforming
memories lives and creating
recapture positive social
Abingdon, Emory change. But,
& Henry and the according to Dr.
Holston Valley. Brenda White
Above all, the Wright, the
author tells about fulfillment of this
the South. This is a “wonderful” vision
story of yesterday is in the hands of
filled with themes every individual
of racial, sexual associated with the
and class tensions; College.
the issues of “Each of you is
slavery, war, and Emory & Henry,”
conflicts external Wright told an Dr. Brenda White Wright
and internal. audience of some 250 E&H students, administrators and faculty
Dr. James Dawsey Dawsey is members. “And each of you is important” to the realization of
the author of works of theology and history, including The that vision.
Confederados: Old South Immigrants in Brazil; From Wasteland Speaking to college employees, Wright said, “Everybody here
to Promised Land: Liberation Theology for a Post-Marxist World; is an educator, because you are … a living epistle.”
The Lukan Voice: Confusion and Irony in the Gospel of Luke She praised Emory & Henry for its commitment to students
from Mercer University Press; and many other monographs (Emory & Henry was the first school where students had been
and articles in English, Spanish and Portuguese. Dawsey is an included in her discussions) and President Reichard for a
ordained minister in the South Carolina Annual Conference of the deep understanding of the worth of the individual toward the
United Methodist Church. v fulfillment of organizational goals. v
John Emory - continued strongly about the matter,” Vejnar said.
cold temperatures. Born in 1789 in Queen Anne’s County, Md., Emory graduated
In 2008, the artwork was sent to the Richmond Conservation from Washington College in Maryland in 1805. He passed the
Studio in Richmond, Va., where it underwent a successful Maryland Bar three years later at the age of 19 and gave up law
restoration. It now hangs in the E&H president’s house. after a year to pursue the ministry.
Vejnar describes the portrait as “breathtaking,” both in Throughout his career, Emory was recognized as a gifted
terms of its quality and its historical significance to the United and talented preacher and writer in the Methodist Episcopal
Methodist Church and the institutions named for its subject. “The Church. He envisioned an American education that molded
founders of Emory & Henry College made an important financial character as well as the mind.
sacrifice to have this portrait done. They obviously felt very He died at the age of 46 from injuries sustained in a carriage
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Seven theme houses on the Emory &
Henry campus are combining residential
life and academics with the hope of
improving both for students.
The campus theme houses for
women include Performing Arts, Math and
Science, Healthy Living, Spiritual Life and
Eco houses. Men’s theme housing includes
Eco and Spiritual Life houses.
Women in the Math and Science
House believe they are building on
the character of the math and science
departments as well as the women who
choose those majors. The men and women
of the eco houses assume responsibilities
for recycling, stewardship, conservation
“The houses make for a great Students enjoy the opportunity to combine their academic interests with their social lives in themed housing.
atmosphere because they become a
central hub of similar ideas. It’s like home— Theme House Council. residences, such as an organic food
having your own little family on campus,” The theme houses sponsor events cookout, Pancake Saturdays and Healthy
said Nancy Kisselburgh, president of the which include students from non-theme Meals on Sundays. v
Four Employees Honored at E&H Convocation
Four members of the Emory & Emory University and a Ph.D. in American of Armstrong Atlantic State University with
Henry community were honored during studies in the Institute of Liberal Arts at a bachelor of arts degree in history. She
convocation exercises for their extraordinary Emory University, where he was a Mellon received a master’s degree in library and
service to the institution and the community. Dissertation Fellow in Southern Studies. An information science from the University of
The Emory & Henry College Travel ordained United Methodist Minister, Stanley South Carolina and a master of arts in history
Grant is awarded annually to the full- serves as director of the Appalachian Center from The Ohio State University, where she
time, non-retired faculty member or for Community Service, chair of the College’s has completed doctoral coursework.
administrative officer holding faculty status Department of Public Policy and Community The William Carrington Finch Award
who has served the College for the longest Service, and director of the Bonner Scholars for Faculty Excellence was first presented
period of years. Since 1984, Jane Caldwell Program. He also directs the master’s of arts in 1989 in honor of Dr. Finch, fifteenth
has served as the reference librarian and program in Community and Organizational president of Emory & Henry College. It is
as assistant director of the Kelly Library. Leadership. given biennially to a member of the faculty
During those twenty-five years, she served The Earnest E. and Elizabeth C. who has shown excellence in teaching,
three times as interim library director. Maiden Award was established in 1975 in writing, research, or artistic performance
She received a master’s degree in library honor of the Maidens and in appreciation and who has contributed to the life of the
science from the University of Kentucky and for their lives of service to the community, College. Dr. Linda Dobkins has been a
graduated magna cum laude with majors the church and Emory & Henry College. The member of the Emory & Henry faculty since
in history and French from West Virginia award is made annually to a member of the 1996. She earned her Ph.D. and a master of
University. She also coordinates library faculty or staff in recognition of unusual arts degree from Virginia Tech. She received
orientation activities for new students and academic or administrative achievement. a master of science degree with honors from
faculty. Lorraine Abraham began her service at Pittsburg State University in Kansas, and a
The Exemplary Teaching Award is Emory & Henry College in 2000 and serves bachelor of arts degree magna cum laude
given annually by the General Board of as the chief information officer and director from Missouri Southern State University.
Higher Education and Ministry of the United of the Kelly Library. She was the principal She has served on the President’s Task Force
Methodist Church to a member of the writer and project director of a successful on Strategic Planning and was instrumental
faculty who has demonstrated outstanding U.S. Department of Education Title III grant in helping to revise the curriculum as a leader
achievement in teaching at a United for $1.8 million, which helped upgrade nearly on the General Studies Review Committee.
Methodist-related institution of higher every piece of technology on the Emory & In 2008 she received the Exemplary
learning. Dr. Talmage Stanley graduated Henry campus. She is an adjunct instructor Teaching Award by the General Board of
magna cum laude with a bachelor of arts at the College and has served as a Southern Higher Education and Ministry from the
degree in history from Emory & Henry. Association of Colleges and Schools United Methodist Church. v
He earned a master’s of divinity degree evaluator for 40 education institutions.
from the Candler School of Theology at Abraham is a magna cum laude graduate
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College Recruits Second Largest Forbes Continues to
Incoming Class in Its History Rank E&H Among
Emory & Henry recruited this fall
the second largest incoming class in the
The enrollment figures for this
year includes 291 first-year students and
represents the third-highest figure for first- Forbes magazine has once again
College’s history, adding 374 new students
year enrollees in E&H history. In 2005, the placed Emory & Henry College among the
to its rolls and boosting total enrollment to
number of first-year students totaled 338. top colleges and universities in the country,
more than 1,000 students.
In 1998, the total was 302. according to its 2009 rankings.
The total number of new students
Overall enrollment during the fall Emory & Henry ranked 102 out of
totaled 374, up from 354 new students the
of 2009 stood at 1,002, up from 980 the 3,798 institutions nationwide and was
previous recruitment season. In only one
previous year. In 2005, total enrollment among the top-ranked Virginia institutions
year, 2005, did the College have a better
stood at 1,120, the highest enrollment in on the list. It was the only college or
recruitment season, when it added a
the College’s history. v university in its region to be among the top
record 420 new students to its fall rolls.
600 selected for the ranking.
Emory & Henry also ranks among the
E&H Theatre Cast Works with Legendary top 100 private institutions in the country,
according to Forbes.
Broadway Director During Its Latest Production Forbes’ ranking was based on more
than 7 million student evaluations. In
Cast members of the E&H Theatre worked one-on-one with Lee during a vocal
addition, the magazine looked at how
Department production of “I Love You, master-class.
many of the school’s alumni, adjusted for
You’re Perfect, Now Change” worked with “In this class, the students worked
the size of the school, are listed among
Broadway music director Jack Lee as they on truthfully conveying the vocal line and
notables in Who’s Who in America,
explored performance techniques. storyline of musical theater songs,” said
and also at ratings on the website
Lee attended a rehearsal for the E&H theatre professor Christianne Roll.
Ratemyprofessor.com. Their ranking
musical and worked with the cast Lee has served as musical director
method also included debt level at
members on several of the musical for 34 Broadway shows and is currently a
graduation, the percentage of students
numbers from the show. faculty member in the drama department
graduating in four years, and the number
In addition, students Brandon of New York University’s Tisch School of
of students or faculty who have won state
Bentley, Suzie Eskelund and Kalin Honaker the Arts. v
and nationally competitive awards.
The Forbes ranking is the only college
ranking that combines all colleges and
universities in the nation in one category
and compares them.
This year marks the second
consecutive year of the rankings. Last year,
Emory & Henry placed 98th. v
College Named a
Pictured, from left to right, are: Biliana Stoytcheva-Horissian, Anna Nichols, Russ Kerr, Michal Isenberg, Seth
Evans, Jack Lee, Kalin Honaker, Suzie Eskelund, Brandon Bentley and Christianne Roll. Friendly School
Emory & Henry has been named one
Accounting Major Keideman Tapped of the top “military friendly” schools in the
nation by G.I. Jobs.
for Statewide Career Council The list honors the top 15 percent of
Kevin Heideman, a junior accounting (VFIC). Each institution is represented colleges, universities and trade schools
major at Emory & Henry from Lynchburg, by one student selected on the basis of that are doing the most to embrace
Va., has been selected to represent academic achievement and leadership on America’s veterans as students.
the College on a statewide advisory campus. Schools on the list range from
council focusing on connecting private CAREER15, launched by the VFIC last state universities and private colleges to
college students with top Virginia banks year and offered through the College’s community colleges and trade schools.
and corporations for internship and career services office, was designed as a The common bond is their shared priority
employment opportunities. cost-efficient and time-efficient way to of recruiting students with military
CAREER15 is an innovative job connect Virginia’s private college students experience.
placement network for students enrolled with potential employers. Students and The list was compiled through
at the 15 private colleges and universities companies connect through postings on exhaustive research starting last May
which are members of the statewide a central website – www.career15.com – during which G.I. Jobs polled more than
consortium supported by the Virginia and through regional events which bring 7,000 schools nationwide. v
Foundation for Independent Colleges students and employers face-to-face. v
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Football and flummoxing the E&H defense.
Perhaps the only motivation that fans Jennings Named Div.
Team Has had to remain in their seats was the
knowledge that on many occasions the III All-American
Best Season in Wasps had been here before, and won.
The Wasps had scored three Emory &
Nine Years touchdowns and reduced their deficit
to five points when quarterback Drew running back
Piscopo connected with Corey Shepherd Caleb Jennings
The E&H football team for a 30-yard pass that took the Wasps has been named
experienced two important turning to the NCW 18-yard line. With six a Division III First
points this season—one down and seconds remaining Piscopo reached out Team All-American
one up—that ultimately led to a 7-3 to Anthony Sims, who, wide-open in the by the American
season, the best finish for the Wasps endzone, made the catch that gave his Football Coaches Caleb Jennings
since 2000. team a 36-34 win. Association, one
The first turning point was during The sweetness of that victory made of a long list of prestigious honors for the
Homecoming. The Wasps played the disappointment of the loss to celebrated Richlands, Va., athlete.
strong against eventual conference Hampden-Sydney all the more bitter. Jennings was also named State Player
champion Hampden-Sydney but With that loss to the undefeated Tigers of the Year in the College Division by the
failed to capitalize on several who had already faced down several Virginia Sports Information Directors and
opportunities that could have taken ODAC teams, the Wasps faced a hard State Offensive Player of the Year in the
them to victory. Hampden-Sydney climb to a conference title. Emory & College Division by the Roanoke Times.
won 23-12. Henry would go on to lose its next two Jennings was also honored with the
Up until that game, Emory & games—against Randolph-Macon and prestigious Lanier Award (formerly the
Henry had gone 4-0 against non- Bridgewater. Dudley), earning him the distinction of
conference teams and, in two of The second turning point for the Virginia State Player of the Year-College
those games, celebrated stunning Wasps came with a 13-10 victory over Division. He earned Offensive Player of
come-from-behind victories Catholic University in Washington, D.C. the Year by the ODAC Conference and
achieved in the final seconds. Pulling out a tough victory far from home by the Richmond Touchdown Club and
Perhaps the most memorable game lifted the Wasps as they took on their final was named First Team All-ODAC and First
of the season was against North opponents of the season, Washington and Team All-State.
Carolina Wesleyan. Lee University and Guilford College, both The E&H junior, who has become
Heading into the of whom they defeated. one of the most decorated E&H football
fourth quarter, the Wasps While claiming its best season in athletes, ranked third nationally this
found themselves down nine years, the E&H football team also year in all-purpose yards with 1,919 and
three touchdowns, 7-28, improved on its 6-4 record from 2008. At seventh nationally in rushing with an
to the team that had the same time, the team will carry into next average of 137.1 yards per game. He also
defeated powerhouse season star running back Caleb Jennings, led the ODAC in rushing, all-purpose
Salisbury University a week earlier. who ran for more than 1,300 yards this yards and rushing touchdowns (14). He
The Bishops had to that point season and proved to be one of the top was twice named ODAC Offensive Player
been dominating the E&H offense Division III players in the country. v of the Week and was also named to the
D3football Team of the Week.
In 2008, he was named to the
honorable mention list of the All-
American Team as a return specialist.
During the past two seasons he has
totaled 4,080 all-purpose yards. He
helped lead the Wasps to a 7-3 season in
2009, the team's best record since 2000.
As a member of the First Team of the
VaSID Virginia All-State Squad as both a
running back and a return specialist, he
helped his team to the lead position in
the number of players named to the list
of honorees. Punter T.J. Frazier also was
named to the first team while four other
players were named to the Second Team,
including tight end Corey Shepherd,
offensive lineman James Hairston,
linebacker Ed Smith and defensive back
Tyler Brown. v
Caleb Jennings ranked 3rd nationally with 1919 all-
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Emory & Henry Inducts Five into Sports Hall of Fame
Sports Hall of Fame honorees include E&H men’s basketball team, with a career II and III and NAIA.
athletes, coaches, managers, sportswriters, average of 10.3 points per game, 355 In 1995, he was third team All-
team physicians and other individuals. career assists and 313 career rebounds. American and, in 1997, first team All-
A committee, sanctioned by the E&H He scored 1,210 career points and American, and was listed on first team for
Alumni Association, accepts nominations holds a school record of participating in four different AA selection committees.
and selects inductees. 117 career games. From 1990 to 1993, Harless also was the Richmond
The 2009 inductees include the the team won 20 or more games each Touchdown Club State Defensive
following: year, making four post-season NCAA Lineman of the Year for Division II and
Myra Hudson Baumgardner (’73) of appearances. III and participated in the Aztec Bowl
Concord, N.C., is an at-work facilitator In 1993, Emory & Henry was named in Mexico City, which was the first
for Weight Watchers. Baumgardner was the ODAC regular season champions international all-star game played with
also the 1977 conference volleyball and participated in the NCAA Sweet 16 NCAA participants.
coach of the year while at Lynn View Tournament. Jewel Alvin Rhea (’69) of Marion
Middle School in Kingsport, Tenn., Jamie Harless (’98) of Roanoke is a former head track coach for teams
1979 and 1980 basketball coach of is a building trades instructor for the that won the Clinch Valley District
the year at Charlotte Mecklenburg and Roanoke County school system and a Championship in 1970 and 1972.
1990 and 1991 As head wrestling
volleyball coach coach for J.J. Kelly
of the year for the High School, he
South Piedmont led the team to the
conference. Lonesome Pine
While a student District Championship
at Emory & Henry, in 1974. Rhea also
she served as a assisted with winning
spiker and hitter football teams at
for the volleyball Castlewood and
team as well as George Wythe high
a forward for the schools. He played as
women’s basketball defensive tackle from
team from 1969 to 1966 through 1968
1973. She served at Emory & Henry,
as basketball team starting 30 games.
captain in 1973, In 1967, Rhea made
volleyball team honorable mention
co-captain for the on the Knoxville-News
1971 and 1972 All-Area Team and
seasons as well as Associated Press All-
Hall of Fame inductees, from left to right, Casey Johnson (accepting for his father, Coach Bob Johnson*),
team captain for Derek Elmore, Jamie Harless, Jewel Rhea and Myra H. Baumgardner.
the women’s tennis In 1968, the team
team. finished the season
In 1971, the E&H volleyball team former special education and building ranked 10th in the nation, as he made
claimed the Virginia State Championship trades instructor for Franklin County first team All-District Six including athletes
in all divisions, defeating the likes of schools. He has been nominated several from institutions such as Appalachian
James Madison University, William times for teacher of the year awards, State University, Wofford College,
and Mary and South Carolina State and is currently working on a program Western Carolina University, South
University. Baumgardner has served as for developing character and leadership Carolina State University, Presbyterian
president of the PTA and PTO of O’Dell for secondary students. He serves on the College, Newberry College and Allen
Elementary, Northwest Cabarrus Middle Roanoke County Schools Crisis Prevention University. In that same year, Rhea also
and High Schools, president of Cabarrus Committee. He has worked for Franklin made first team Associated Press All-State,
County Parent Council and Piedmont County Habitat for Humanity and has first team Knoxville-News All Area Team
Interclub Tennis Association, trustee served on the Franklin County Dropout and the Small College All-State Football
member of Carolinas Medical Northeast, Prevention Committee. Team.
and coach of Cabarrus County Special Harless played on four consecutive He is a member of First United
Olympics. football ODAC championship teams, Methodist Church in Marion, a Smyth-
Derek Elmore (’94) of Forest is a collecting more than 20 quarterback Bland Regional Library volunteer and an
computer teacher and head men’s sacks, 39 tackles for a loss and 225 career avid genealogist. v
basketball coach at Holy Cross High tackles while causing nine fumbles. He
School in Lynchburg, Va. was a two-time first team All-ODAC and *Please see page 34 for a tribute to Coach
Elmore was a four-year starter for the first team All-State in the College Division Bob Johnson.
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Volleyball Team Has Second
Consecutive 20-win Season
The Emory & Henry volleyball team ended its 2009
season with a loss to Bridgewater College in the Old
Dominion Athletic Conference Tournament. Although
the team fell short of an ODAC title, it clinched 20 wins
for a second consecutive season.
The Wasps, who entered the tournament seeded No.
5, fell 3-1 to Bridgewater, which was seeded No. 4.
Earlier in the week, Emory & Henry scored two
victories—against Huntingdon College and Sewanee—to
notch their 19th and 20th wins and contributing to an
impressive 20-7 season.
The Wasps are expected to remain strong in the 2010
season, thanks in large part to sophomore Rachel Fertitta,
who enjoyed some of the conference’s best stats for kills
and blocks. Meanwhile, Emory & Henry will carry into
its next season other tough competitors, including junior
Erin Holben, sophomores Selena Trichel and Samantha
Lucado, and first-year athlete Kim Caudill.
The team will lose the strong play of three seniors:
Samantha Shepard, Twyla Sessor and Raegan Clarke. v
Rachel Fertitta earned 1st Team All-ODAC and 1st Team All-
State as well as earning a National Player of the Week Award.
Young Men’s Soccer Team Finishes 3-14, Looks to Next Year
The Emory & Henry men’s soccer 3-14 overall and 1-9 ODAC records. But have and have more talent than we have
team is finding inspiration in the that record does not define the potential had in any other year,” said head coach
youthfulness of its squad and the of the team, which has lost only one Travis Fravel.
contributions of key players as it looks senior and which, according to its coach, In each game, the Wasps have been
back on a challenging 2009 season. played very well in spite of the scores. competitive, even against the top teams
The Wasps finished the season with “We are playing better than we ever in the highly competitive Old Dominion
Athletic Conference. “While being
competitive, we are starting and playing
freshmen, while other teams are starting
and playing upperclassmen,” Fravel said.
Because of the experience being
gained by the first-year athletes on the
team, Fravel says they are continually
improving and honing the team for greater
success next year. “These freshmen are
playing valuable minutes in critical parts of
the game, and we have a lot of depth on
the team, which is making competition for
starting spots,” the coach said.
The team will lose one senior this year,
Erik Olson, who along with teammate
Josh Stamey, was named to the Kyle Rote
Jr. Invitational Team at Sewanee earlier
in the season. The team captain, Olson
was a highly versatile, hard-working
player whose absence will be felt strongly,
according to his coach.
The team will, however, be returning
one of its stars, P.J. Henson, who brings
flair and an ability to score. v
No. 10, P.J. Henson, led E&H with five goals this
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First-year Coach says Women Building
Strong Foundations in Soccer
The first year of coaching women’s same fashion, in the final game of the The team loses only one senior,
soccer at Emory & Henry was very year. Rachel Preston, who is credited with a
rewarding for Anna Baker. Her team The Wasps had hopes of a stronger sound college career.
finished 10-8 overall (4-7 in the ODAC) result against Eastern Mennonite, which “I’m very pleased with this team,”
and claimed some important victories. defeated Emory & Henry 6-0. “That loss Baker said. “They are a hard-working
Although the season was marked was the hardest,” Baker said. “We knew group that has a clear vision of what
by a few disappointing losses, it also we didn’t show up focused and ready to this program can and will achieve.
was a successful year for building strong compete, and the end result was a pretty Everybody wants to be a part of that
foundations, Baker said. The building embarrassing one.” result, but, more importantly, everyone
process included giving experience to a Among the E&H standouts were wants to be a part of the process. v
young team and encouraging hard work goal tender Hayley Poland, who helped
in the off-season.
“Overall, the team worked very hard
keep the team competitive in most of its
matches. Sophomore midfielder Loren Cross Country Teams
to build these foundations and that has
afforded us a solid year,” Baker said.
Favale scored 14 goals, including six
game-winners. Juniors Kelsey Sellers and Finish Well
The team enjoyed many strong Amanda Ragone provided skill, leadership Emory & Henry senior Jeff Casassa
victories, most of them toward the and encouragement in the backfield finished fourth out of a field of 64 runners
beginning of the season, and a satisfying while first-year students Tosin Sanusi and in an invitational cross country meet that
overtime win over Guilford College, Kellie Flaherty were productive in many included seven schools.
which beat the Wasps last year in the different roles on the field. The E&H team finished fifth overall
in the Maroon Invitational at
Roanoke College, outpacing
conference rival Hampden-
Sydney but falling behind two
other Old Dominion Athletic
Conference teams, Bridgewater
Casassa finished the 8k
meet with an impressive
time of 28:46.53. Emory
& Henry’s Keran Billaud, a
sophomore, put in the second
best performance for the team,
finishing 23rd with a time of
30:48.17. Other E&H finishers
were Martin Stiles, 52nd with
a time of 35:18.83; Matthew
Williams, 58th with a time of
38:03.55; Spencer Black, 59th
with a time of 38:25.17; and
Madison Williams, 61st, with a
time of 42:24.00.
Casassa, Billaud and Stiles
consistently placed among
the top three for the Wasps
throughout the season. The
men’s team finished eighth
out of ten teams in conference
For the women’s team,
Christina Howard, a junior, and
Madison Hilliard were the top
runners for Emory & Henry,
which finished ninth out of nine
teams in the ODAC finals. v
No. 9, Loren Favale, led E&H with 14
goals this season.
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Nationally Renowned Barter Theatre
Inks Agreement with Emory & Henry
Emory & Henry College and Barter Theatre in “Barter Theatre believes that a strong liberal arts background is
Abingdon, Va., signed an agreement in September the best way to prepare aspiring theatre artists for their chosen
that continues a collaborative arrangement aimed at career. We have found this program to be mutually beneficial
enhancing professional theatre education for E&H to the students of Emory & Henry as well as to the artists of
students. Barter Theatre. We hope this program continues to grow and
The agreement, which was signed by Dr. Rosalind flourish for many years to come.”
Reichard, E&H president, and Richard Rose, producing The Emory & Henry Theatre Department offers students
artistic director for Barter, establishes a variety the combined strengths of a small liberal arts college and the
of programs that connect E&H students with the type of pre-professional experiences often found only in large
professional actors and staff at Barter. conservatories. The degree options offered by the Theatre
The programs include a mentor program that Department are designed to equip students with the skills
allows E&H students to “shadow” the work of a Barter required to succeed in the professional theatre, graduate
professional and an observation program, which allows school, and a wide range of vocations.
students to observe daily rehearsals, production meetings With its unique beginnings during the Great Depression,
and performances throughout an academic year. Barter Theatre, one of this nation’s oldest professional non-
The three-year agreement also establishes the name profit theatres, is located in beautiful historic Abingdon,
of the E&H drama program as The Department of Theatre Virginia. Barter Theatre is a theatre of firsts: one of this nation’s
at Emory & Henry College, in association with Barter first professional regional theatres, the first professional
Theatre. theatre to be designated a state theatre—The State Theatre of
“This agreement continues a very valuable Virginia—and more.
relationship for Emory & Henry College,” said Reichard. Today, Barter offers a variety of musicals, classics,
“Barter Theatre – the state theatre of Virginia – is comedies, dramas and new southern and Appalachian plays
recognized around the world for high quality, professional performed February through December yearly on two stages:
theatre. It is a great privilege for Emory & Henry to be Barter Theatre and Barter Stage II. Barter Theatre continues to
associated with such a quality theatre enterprise.” be one of the nation’s most vibrant and exciting professional
Other features of the agreement include an audition theatre experiences. v
and review process
involving Barter personnel
to help monitor
the work of
students in the E&H
for students of Barter
facilities, and E&H student
participation in technical
activities at Barter.
“We deeply value our
relationship with Emory &
Henry College,” said Rose.
Rick Rose, producing artistic director
for Barter, and E&H President
Rosalind Reichard sign an agreement
allowing collaboration between the
theatre and the college.
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VP for Institutional
Video Series Focuses
on E&H Connections A former executive assistant to
A series of videos produced by two Emory & Henry the president and a 1990 graduate
graduates aims to help E&H alumni and students recall of Emory & Henry has been named
the importance of their ongoing connections to the the College’s vice president for
College. institutional advancement.
Greg McMillan brings to the
The four videos in the series were sent to E&H alumni office of institutional advancement
through email during the fall. They were also made more than 16 years of service to
available online and through Facebook and Twitter. Emory & Henry, a strong background
The videos features E&H alumni, students, faculty and in fund raising and administrative
staff noting how they relate to the College. leadership and extensive knowledge
Greg McMillan of the College and its history.
Created by the E&H Public Relations Office and
McMillan holds a bachelor’s
produced by Carrie Cannaday, a member of the E&H
degree in mass communications and a master’s degree in
class of 2002, and Robbie Tullock, E&H class of 2009,
American history, both from Emory & Henry. “I have watched
the videos feature images and words of E&H alumni,
closely as this college has grown and planned for its future.
students, faculty and staff. Members of the E&H
I look forward to devoting my energies to an institution that
community are encouraged to view the video series,
has done so much for me and has high hopes of expanding its
which is entitled “Stay Connected,” and share the
mission in service to others,” McMillan said.
videos with others.
McMillan serves as senior warden and stewardship
“The videos are intended to help students and alumni chair for St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church in Abingdon. He is a
recall their experiences at Emory & Henry and to member of the Rotary Club of Washington County, currently
reflect on how those experiences create an important, serving on the board of directors and as president-elect. He
enduring connection among them and between serves on the board of directors of the Kingsport Symphony
them and future generations,” said Dirk Moore, E&H of the Mountains, board member and newsletter editor of the
director of public relations. Historical Society of Washington County, board member of the
Washington County Chamber of Commerce, and as member
The distinctiveness of the E&H experience is and secretary of the Glade Spring Board of Zoning Appeals. He
something that is felt as much as it is explained, Moore is a member of Project Glade and Friends of the Glade Spring
said. “These videos help to recall those feelings. v Public Library. He has also served as a board member of the
Washington County United Way. v
Haslam Credits E&H Experiences for Law School Success
Tyler Haslam (‘07) will soon receive definitely gave me a leg up in the
his law degree, and one of the first courtroom once I got to law school.”
things he plans to do thereafter is Haslam has already accepted a
contribute to the College that helped position as a litigation associate with
shape his future by preparing him for Offutt Nord, PLLC in Huntington,
law school. W.Va. and is preparing to take the
Haslam received degrees in political Ohio and West Virginia bar exams in
science and history from Emory & 2010.
Henry before continuing on to the Although Haslam anticipates
Pettit College of Law at Ohio Northern working in the area of medical
University, where he’ll graduate in May. malpractice defense, he also plans to
Having spent the past two summers give back as much as he can to Emory
as a law clerk and as the current judicial & Henry College.
extern to the Hon. Walter Rice at the “Because graduates before me
U.S. District Court for the Southern were willing to give back, I was able to
District of Ohio, Haslam links much of enjoy the benefit of an education I feel
his accomplishments to the preparation is unparalleled,” Haslam said. “I want
he received as an undergraduate. to continue that tradition to ensure
“My success in law school is future students have access to the
directly attributable to my educational same excellent education. v
experiences at Emory & Henry,” said
Haslam. “Having the opportunity to Tyler Haslam, front row right, serves as law clerk
compete in moot court competitions for U.S. district court in Ohio.
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LEFT TO RIGHT: Class of ’34: Elizabeth Crowgey Young. Class of ’39: Madge Candler Greer, Susie Quarles Allison, Mary
Ellen Steele Naff. Class of ’44: Marvin Reynolds.
LEFT: Class of ’54: Front row, from left: Clifford Mainous, Marilyn Jones Fantino, Doris Wampler Adair, Barbara Jones
Shufflebarger, and Jacquelyn Witt Mainous. Back row: Jack Cox, Haynes Lee, Richard Looney, Brownie Polly, Charles
Whetsel and Bill Shelton. RIGHT: Class of ’49: Front row, from left: Katherine Ryburn Minton, Jack Minton, Cornelia
Woodson Smith, Polly Reynolds McFarlane and Maisie Cuddy Baldwin; back row: David Peck, Jack Taylor, James Smith,
Harry Baldwin and John T. Kelley.
Class of ’59: Front row, from left: Elizabeth Turner Jondahl, Norma French George, Ginny Rowland Barker, Peggy Martin
Roberts and Elinor Rollins King; back row, from left, Ronald Hammond, Bill Rodgers, George Vaughan, John Dobbins,
James Farley, Frank “T-Bone” Lewis, John Ripley, Doug Lester, John Houston, Harry Hight, Larry Leasure, Harry Gilmer,
Donald Progar, Manny Stoupis and David McCordock.
Here’s looking at you...
took a trip
like a good
(even if he
have forgotten long pants). Clearly he took full
advantage of opportunities while there as other
Flocking to the tailgate photos from the trip show him dog sledding,
A flock of Lamb brothers created a great tailgate at the ice fishing, and posing with reindeer. Matt is
E&H vs. Guilford football game in Greensboro. There was head athletic trainer at Virginia State University,
corn-hole-playing, football-throwing, and pennant-waving. whose men’s basketball team was playing in a
At the risk of stating the obvious, fun was had by all! v tournament in Fairbanks. v
Brent Treash, Brendan Roche, Eric Smith, Steve Long, Mike Matt Williams (’93) poses with a thermometer in Fairbanks,
Mason, Adam Kennedy, Scott Vaught, Justin Smith, Joe Hodge. Alaska, to prove that it really is cold there!
(not pictured, Thomas Lester)
Where in the world?
Jillian Lewis (’08) spent three weeks in Australia
participating in Radford University’s study abroad
program. She completed international business credits
for her MBA. She has since graduated from Radford
with an MBA and has accepted a position as a business
education teacher at Galax High School. Even while
visiting the Sydney Opera House she was sporting her
Emory & Henry pride!
Jillian Lewis (’08) in Sydney, Australia.
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Who in the world?
Surely we all recognize Katy Copenhaver Davidson (’91) on the right, but who
in the world are those other people? Katy serves on the board of the Theatre
Guild Inc. in Morristown, and while attending the guild’s 75th Anniversary
Gala she had a photo made with two of the more recognizable attendees,
Calista Flockhart and Harrison Ford. v
Famed actress and actor Calista Flockhart and Harrison Ford pose
with famed E&H alumna Katy Copenhaver Davidson (’91). Ms.
Flockhart and Mr. Ford served as hosts for the event.
The B’s Knees
On Oct. 25, several alumni were part of the 2009 Susan G.
Komen Race for the Cure. Team B’s Knees walked in honor of
Beth White who was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this
year. Beth’s daughters, Emily and Sarah Beth, organized friends
to honor their mom and raise money for breast cancer awareness
and research. Sixteen people served on their team, which raised
more than $5,500 for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. v
Emily White (’09), Beth White, Ashley Duncan Cannon (’04). (back row) Sarah
Beth White (’04), Vickie Goff Mitoraj (’77), Jessica Johnson Deal (’03), and Steven
They made it!
Virginia Lamb graduated from
E&H on May 9, 2009. The
following day, she and her dad,
Patrick Lamb (’78) set off from
Virginia with plans to bicycle
their way across the country.
And they made it! A note from
Virginia upon return announced
that they completed the journey
in “just under three months and
4,400 miles total. We arrived in
Anacortes, Wash., on the 6th of
Daughter and father, Virginia Lamb (’09)
and Patrick Lamb (’78), in Washington
State after completing a cross-country bike
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Our summer alumni college has just
celebrated its 16th anniversary, and
the fun just gets bigger every year. If
you’d like to join us next year, mark
your calendar for July 28-Aug. 1,
Clockwise: Visiting area communities has be-
come a special part of the MTAV experience,
and Ann Shupe (‘67) made a purchase from
Tony Surber at the Glade Spring landmark
store, Surber and Son. Dominoes in Linden
House. We had lunch at the Hardware Co.
Restaurant in Hillsville, Va., where restaurant-
owner Brian Spencer (‘87) got to visit with
old friends Scotty and Dan Zimmerman (‘62,
‘62). Alumni greeted us while we visited area
towns, including Lindsey Guynn Utt (‘03) who
met us with souvenirs prepared with help from
her niece. A little dance lesson was good preparation for other events. We visited the Floyd (Va.) Country
Store for music and dancing after a huge meal at historic Pine Tavern. Lynda Jones Hawkins (‘66) loads up on
oils and vinegars and other products at the Chateau Morrisette Winery in Meadows of Dan. Betsy Harkleroad
(‘69) is awestruck by a beautiful cabbage grown by E&H Public Relations Director Dirk Moore and sold at the
Glade Spring Farmer’s Market. Martha Spencer (‘07– center) brought the Whitetop Mountain Band to play on
campus and caught up with classmates Lauren Musick (‘08) and Lisa Evans Bourne (‘07). Rob Weisfeld (‘76)
gave us a personal tour of the Star Museum in Abingdon, filled with movie memorabilia.
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News from your Alumni Association
College to Celebrate 175 Anniversary
With Many Events
Don’t ever miss an opportunity to visit Emory Make note of these important events and
& Henry, but note that 2011 provides several plan to be with us!
exciting reasons to visit as the College celebrates
the 175th anniversary of the founding of Emory & 2011 FALL CONVOCATION
Henry. 2011 HOMECOMING (OCTOBER 15)
Major events will revolve around the 2011- 2012 CHARTER DAY (MARCH 22)
2012 academic calendar, but watch for additional 2012 COMMENCEMENT
celebrations throughout the year.
NOW YOU CAN NOMINATE ON-LINE!
Making a nomination for an E&H
Outstanding Alumni Award has just
gotten easier. Simply go to www.
ehc.edu/alumni/awards.html and tell
us who you think deserves special
recognition. Be sure to share as much
information as you can so that your
nomination will have the best possible
chance of being selected.
Harris Connect is currently
organizing data for a new alumni
directory for Emory & Henry College. In
order to confirm that your entry in the
directory is correct, call 800-650-2554.
Please note that Emory & Henry
does not receive any monetary support
from your purchase of a directory. If you
would like to make a donation to Emory
& Henry, you may use the online link
found at www.ehc.edu.
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Class of 1952 Class of 1969
With the Alumni
guest house overlooks the South Fork of
Cecil McFarland received the Beth Carter Harmon is a subcontract the Holston River and is a stay-over spot for
Outstanding Alumni Award for Service manager for Booz Allen Hamilton. She and culinary excursions to the Town House. The
to the Community by the Candler her husband, Don, reside in New Bern, N.C. Town House was featured in the June 17,
School of Theology at Emory University James Shupe retired as senior systems 2009, issue of The New York Times.
in October 2009. He and his wife, analyst from Eastman Chemical Company Judy Lemaster Bull has published
Mary Roller McFarland (’53), reside in after 24 years of service. He and his wife, a book entitled Zeke and Moses:
Richmond, Va. Carolyn, reside in Bluff City, Tenn. Revolutionary Friends! It is available
Gerald McFarland retired 16 years through Publish America at www.
ago after 40 years of ministry in the Class of 1970 Publishamerica.Com. She resides in
Holston Conference. For 10 years he Jorita Watson Roberts played Opal Chesterfield, Va.
was minister of visitation at Second Kronkie in “Everybody Loves Opal” by John Robert Hatch is S.V.P. and Head
United Methodist Church in Knoxville. Patrick at the Palmer Mill Playhouse in of Corporate Banking at the Bank of
He and his wife Martha reside in a Saltville, Va. Oklahoma. He manages a large team of
cottage at Asbury Place Retirement Middle Market bankers.
Community in Maryville, Tenn. Class of 1971 Betsy Reinicker Henderson competed
Sam Belew was featured in the July 20, in the Triathlon World Championship in The
Class of 1955 2009, edition of the Bristol Herald Courier. Gold Coast, Australia. In her age bracket
Michael McGrady retired in 1976 He is a scout master and founder of Appy she finished in eighth place in the olympic
after a 20-year career in the U.S. Trails Company. He developed lightweight race and third in the sprint race. She was
Marines, where one of his assignments tents specifically made for backpackers. He the first American finisher in both races.
was in Vietnam. He was a real estate also has a patent for a spotting compass, She resides in Roanoke, Va.
salesman and managing broker for the bearings for which can be read by Harry Johnston has worked for Sun
24 years and retired from RE/Max in simply holding the compass up to the eye Chemical for 22 years. His wife, Betty
2000. He and his wife, Shirley, reside in and reading the bearing within one-half Counts Johnston (re-’77), was a middle
Springfield, Va. degree accuracy. He and his wife, Betsy, school teacher. They have two daughters,
reside in Bristol, Tenn. Lauren and Grace, and reside in Richmond,
Class of 1957 Va.
Jack Good has published Class of 1973 Renie Price was named an honorary
a book entitled Emotions Lynn Osborne Butcher is a realtor at member of the Radford Fire and Rescue
and Values/Exploring the Realty Executives and was named to the Department. She was the first woman to
Source of Jesus’ Strength and Campaign Cabinet of the United Way of receive this honor in its 111-year history.
Influence, St. Johann Press, 2009. He Bristol’s 2009 fundraising campaign. She She graduated from the Citizen’s City of
resides in Roanoke, Va. resides in Bristol, Tenn. Radford Department of Police Academy in
Archie Ellis was named one of May 2009. She is currently researching the
Class of 1962 Knoxville’s Top Singles by Knoxville fire department’s history.
Thyra Yates Biggs and her husband, magazine and was featured in the May
Norman Biggs (’63), have retired. They 2009 issue. He is the chief development Class of 1976
drove to Long Beach, Calif., this past officer for Knoxville Habitat for Humanity. Donna Miller was named assistant
summer, and they reside in Patrick He resides in Knoxville, Tenn. men’s and women’s tennis coach at
Springs, Va. Roland Scott retired from teaching and Bridgewater College. She resides in
coaching in the Catawba County School Staunton, Va.
Class of 1964 System. He is now in charge of the driver
Bob Tucker and his wife, Vivian, are education program at Maiden High School Class of 1977
loving retirement. They are engaged in and is a transportation aide at Abernethy Harriet Berrier is the principal of
many activities, including traveling and Laurels, a retirement community. He and Sevierville Primary School, the largest
participating in E&H activities. They his wife, Donna, reside in Catawba, N.C. primary school in the district. She resides in
reside in Moneta, Va. Sevierville, Tenn.
Class of 1974 Mike Braswell was the chairman of
Class of 1966 Bill Neely is the commonwealth Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion 2009. He
Phil Robbins was featured in the attorney for Spotsylvania County, where resides in Bristol, Va.
Aug. 1, 2009, edition of the Bristol he has been a prosecutor for 27 years. Janice Scott Maynard had foreign rights
Herald Courier. He turned a successful His wife, Vickie Mitchell Neely (’74), to three of her previously published novels
football program at Powell Valley High has retired after 35 years of teaching sold to a publisher in Thailand. She and her
School into a powerhouse and won a elementary school. husband, Charles Maynard (’77), reside in
state championship. He resides in Big Jonesborough, Tenn.
Stone Gap, Va. Class of 1975 John McSherry has published a book
Suzanne Steele retired from Tom Bishop and his wife, Kyra Kegley entitled Gray’s Plutonium, available
teaching at Pulaski County High School. Bishop (’77), have opened Riverstead in through www.iuniverse.com. He is retired
She resides in Dublin, Va. Chilhowie, Va., a sister property and guest from the U.S. Navy where he served on the
house for their Town House restaurant. The USS Nimitz, USS Roosevelt, USS Lincoln,
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USS Independence, and various F-14
squadrons. He taught digital theory and
system’s analysis in the Navy’s technical
campus. Prior to that, he taught science in
the Chesterfield School System. He resides
in Belpre, Ohio. 1996
Terry Richardson was honored by his Jackie Greene Dalton, son Robert Fitzgerald “B.J.” Jr., May 18, 2009
Vanessa Sturgill Fant, daughter Vivian Mae, June 28, 2008.
fellow employees at Emory & Henry as Sunshine Smith Melhuish, son Mason Emmit, April 7, 2008.
the August recipient of the Blue & Gold Amanda Howery Thompson, daughter Maddie, July 3, 2008.
Staff Award. He has served the College for
10 years as retail director of the Emory 1997
Mercantile. He resides in Saltville, Va. Amy Fisherauer Metzgar, son Brentley, Aug. 22, 2008.
Brad Dulaney, son Isaac Henry, Sept. 26, 2008.
Class of 1979
Mike Moyer is enrolled in an online 1998
Scarlett Cortner Blevins, son Tanner Bryan, Sept. 3, 2009.
master’s certificate program in educational
facilities planning at San Diego State
University. He is a facilities project manager Mike Mason, daughter Caroline Jane, June 8, 2009.
and planner for Wells Fargo. He and his Kelly Rutherford Peters, daughter Sofia Angeline, Sept. 18, 2009
wife, Priscilla, reside in Gastonia, N.C. Kelly Hazelwood Shore, son Emory Quinn, Aug. 23, 2009.
Ernie Ward is the city manager of Gina Hamlett Waddell, daughter Grey Caroline, Dec. 20, 2008.
the City of Norton and a certified public
accountant. He and his wife Deborah have 2000
two sons, Matthew (’05) and Wesley. They Nikki Hay Morrison, son Collin Michael, Aug. 22, 2009.
Justin Porterfield, son William Princeton, April 6, 2009.
reside in Norton, Va.
Laura Kidd Powell & Waid Powell, son Adrian Stafford, May 30, 2009.
Class of 1981 2001
Kevin Combs is a CPA with Red Bull Molly Money Hester, daughters Payton Lynn & Dalton Marie, Aug. 8, 2009.
Racing, Inc., which is a NASCAR race team. Brian Hoff, son Joseph Carter, Sept. 17, 2009.
He resides in Statesville, N.C. Annie Ogle Lonker & Ricky Lonker, son Emory, April 13, 2009.
Jerrie Quillen Doss works in the Brandy Brown Peake & Daryl Peake, 2000, daughter Ava Aurora, Jan. 7, 2009.
Pharmaceutical Products Division of Abbott in
Johnson City, Tenn. She resides in Bristol, Va. 2002
Lindsay Buchanan Blackwell, son Porter Hill, July 31, 2009.
Rose Neese Houk celebrated her 300th
Stacy Wright Long & Gabe Long, 2003, daughter Payton Olivia, July 1, 2009.
career win as volleyball coach at Galax High
School. She resides in Galax, Va. 2003
Kevin Shinault received his National Cathy Newman Reid, daughter Lydia Morgan, Sept. 7, 2009.
Board certification in 2008. He has been a Laura Clifton Smith, son Matthew Heath II, Sept. 5, 2009.
coach for 23 years. He and his wife, Kara,
have a daughter, Kaitlin, and son, Kyle. They 2004
reside in Pilot Mountain, N.C. Chanel Burke Santiago, son Jayden Tomas, June 17, 2009.
Class of 1982 2005
Gavin Henthorn, son Dorian Turner, Oct. 18, 2009.
Will Boylan participated in multiple Pretal Patel Muldoon & Danny Muldoon, 2007, son Colin, Aug. 5, 2009.
events at the Commonwealth Games in July
2009. He resides in Roanoke, Va. 2008
Stewart Whitmore Plein graduated Sarah Michel Beale & Jordan Beale, re-‘11, daughter Abigail Grace, July 1, 2009.
in August 2009 from the University of
South Carolina with a master’s degree
in library and information science. As a
student she won the 2009 Student Book in August 2009. The award is given annually Class of 1984
Collecting Award for her personal collection by the General Board of Higher Education Greg Kelly is the town manager
of books designed by 19th century book and Ministry of the United Methodist of Abingdon, Va. The Virginia Local
binding designer Margaret Armstrong. She Church to a member of the faculty who has Government Managers Association elected
is a finalist in the National Student Book demonstrated outstanding achievement him to its executive committee. He will
Collecting Award competition. She and in teaching at a United Methodist-related serve a two-year term on the committee
her husband, Chris Plein (’84), reside in institution of higher learning. where he hopes to stress the need and
Morgantown, W. Va. Joel Vaughan has published a book importance for recruiting a younger and
entitled The Rise and Fall of the Christian well-trained base of local government
Class of 1983 Coalition – The Inside Story. The book is managers throughout the state.
Tal Stanley was honored by Emory & available at Wipf & Stock publishers. He
Henry with the Exemplary Teaching Award resides in Colorado Springs, Co.
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Class of 1985
Monica Hoel was honored by her fellow
employees at Emory & Henry as the May
2009 recipient of the Blue & Gold Staff
Webb Jay Webb (’99) and WDBJ-TV received an
Emmy award for Best Weekend Newscast, Award. She is the director of alumni.
Receives honoring his coverage of a prolonged wind
event that hit the Roanoke Valley on Feb. 10, Class of 1987
Emmy 2008. Julie Dillow Meador is an assistant
professor of legal assisting at Patrick Henry
Award Thousands of people were without power and
350 fires were sparked in Virginia, the most
Community College. Her team (Team
Armadillo) for the annual MS Walk recently
for News on record for a single day, as Webb began his
daily routine as a meteorologist for WDBJ, CBS
participated in the Bristol and Martinsville
events and raised $15,413. She resides in
Coverage Channel 7 in Roanoke, Va. Martinsville, Va.
Todd Tickle is a CPA-finance manager
“Smoke was so thick that Interstate 81 had to for Advanced Equities Financial Corp. in
be closed around Roanoke. Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Richmond, Va.
Clinton and Barack Obama both had scheduled visits to Roanoke but Brian Woodson is the sports editor
cancelled their trips due to the strong winds,” said Webb. of the Bluefield Daily Telegraph. He won
For several hours, winds blew at speeds between 30 and 50 miles per
second place in the sports writing category,
hour with wind gusts in Roanoke reaching 69 miles per hour, which
third place in the best sports columnist
is almost hurricane strength. The wind caused significant damage
category, and third place in the best sports
all across the WDBJ viewing area, which serves 26 counties in
news writing category at the West Virginia
southwest and central Virginia, as Webb continued countless reports
Press Association’s 2009 Better Newspaper
Contest. The sports team won fourth place
for this year’s best sports section in West
Webb joined WDBJ in 2006, shortly after graduating from Mississippi Virginia’s newspapers.
State University’s Broadcast Meteorology Program. He also produced
NewsCenter 5 with Johnny Wood at WCYB-TV in Bristol and served Class of 1988
as a weekend meteorologist for WHSV in Harrisonburg, Va., as well as Greg Horn performed his new single,
weekday morning and noon meteorologist for WHSV. “One Hometown,” at the Richlands Fall
Festival in October 2009. He is a singer and
Webb, who was the recipient of the Alf Goodykoontz Scholarship and songwriter, and he pays tribute to the lives
Outstanding Senior in Mass Communications Award while a student and legacy of the people of Richlands.
at Emory & Henry, grew up in Giles County, Va.
Class of 1989
“Emory is the only place I ever wanted to go to college, and WDBJ is
John Bridger is the program director for
the only place I ever wanted to work,” remarked Webb. “Emory more
an organization called Community Impact
than prepared me for a career in broadcasting. This Emmy is an award
of Chattanooga (see story page 26).
for WDBJ, but the framework was laid
Karen Sykes Brown graduated from
years ago at Emory & Henry.”
the University of Virginia in May 2009
WDBJ-7 was presented the Emmy at the with an education specialist degree in
51st Emmy Awards on June 6, 2009, administration and supervision. She
in Washington, D.C. The Emmy Award teaches math at Grundy High School. Her
entries were broadcast between Jan. husband, Troy, is a federal mine inspector
1 and Dec. 31, 2008. WDBJ is the CBS for the U.S. Department of Labor. They
affiliate for the Roanoke/Lynchburg have two daughters, Bailee, 15, and Peyton,
television market. 13.
Scott Langston is an operations
Webb’s fondest memories of Emory & manager and installer for Karl Protil &
Henry include his professors. “One thing Sons, Inc., a cabinet shop. He and his wife,
I always remember is how much my Allyson, reside in Staunton, Va.
professors cared about what they were Jimmy Powell is an internal learning
teaching. Their passion was contagious. consultant with Chesterfield County
They challenged us, just as the real government. He received his Ph.D. in adult
world would.” • learning and human resource development
from Virginia Tech in May 2009. He and
his wife have two sons, Vijay, 5, and Neaz,
11, and a daughter, Jaya, 5, and reside in
Webb poses at the station with his award. Richmond, Va.
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Whitt Finds E&H Connections Abroad
For Christopher Whitt (‘98), staying connected to as a Foreign Language) at Pitgoras College, Londrina.
Emory & Henry College means ensuring that unique
opportunities that once allowed him to study abroad and “I consider my success, even in another country with
find his passion are also provided to future E&H students. different customs and ideas, to be one of the fruits of
careful cultivation that only an E&H education would
As an E&H student, Whitt spent a have given,” Whitt said.
semester in Brazil teaching English.
He is now the owner of the High As a conductor and soloist for the male vocal group
School Language Center in Londrina, Sollu’s Vocal Masculino, Whitt also has expanded the
Brazil, where he offers English, Brazilian pop group to include American folk music,
German, Italian, French and Spanish Negro spirituals, sacred music and even opera.
classes to 140 students.
“All over the world, we see the hearts of E&H’s
Whitt also teaches performing arts students, alumni, faculty and staff present and
in English at St. James’ International involved in everything they do,” he said. “E&H taught
School and is a professor of EFL (English me to always strive for the best: a better future for all,
a better way of living, a better ideal, a better world,
and a better me.” •
Whitt found his passion abroad.
Class of 1990 Musical.” After his win, he met several Class of 1993
Greg McMillan has been promoted horror standouts, including Linda Blair and Frankie Carter and Monica Jo Hanson
to vice president for institutional Ari Lehman (the original Jason Vorhees). were married Sept. 19, 2009. They reside in
advancement at Emory & Henry (see The movie includes more than 30 of his Reisterstown, Md.
page 15). compositions. Additionally, his soundtrack Sabrina Harris Dilling is a stay-at-home
for “Mantra” won best soundtrack at the mom for her son, David, 3. Her husband,
Class of 1991 Dark Carnival Film Festival. He lives in Scott, is a terminal supervisor for Motiva
Chris Barker is a durable medical Charlottesville, Va. Enterprises. They reside in Garner, N.C.
equipment specialist with 101Mobility. He Cabot Davis has joined CompSec Inc. Laura Sukle Lincoln is the business
resides in Charleston, S.C. as the director of business development. and community liaison and internship
Katy Copenhaver Davidson serves on The company is focused on delivering coordinator for the Department of Labor
the board of directors for Theatre Guild IT solutions to the U.S. government’s Blue Ridge Job Corps Center. She and her
Inc. She recently attended the guild’s 75th intelligence community. He and his former husband, John, reside in Marion, Va.
Anniversary Gala (see page 19). She resides partners sold Compass Information
in Morristown, Tenn. Systems, Inc. in 2008. He owns Star City Class of 1994
Paige Newman was the curator for Granite, LLC based out of Roanoke. He and Derek Elmore and Misty Stinnette
a recent exhibit at the Virginia Historical his wife, Christina, have three children, were married May 23, 2009. They reside in
Society titled “Bring Paul Home: Phyllis Jamie, 8, Joey, 6, and Ellie, 4, and reside in Forest, Va.
Galanti and Vietnam War POWs.” She Annandale, Va. Matt Hankins graduated from the
resides in Richmond, Va. Clayton Hensley is a freelance writer 2009 class of the Senior Executive Institute
for the Knoxville News-Sentinel. He wrote at the University of Virginia’s Weldon
Class of 1992 two articles on Breaks Interstate Park Cooper Center for Public Service. He is the
Toby Applegate received grants from and Grayson Highlands, Whitetop and assistant town manager and community
the Scientific Research Center of the Damascus. He is the Knoxville Day Trips development director for the Town of
Slovenian Academy of Arts and Sciences Examiner for examiner.com, and his stories Rocky Mount, Va.
and the Goodwin Family Foundation to highlight short trips from the Knoxville
continue his research into human rights area. He works full-time for Hobby Lobby. Class of 1995
issues in the Former Yugoslavia. He is He resides in Clinton, Tenn. Karen Secord Mason was honored
teaching at the University of Tennessee- Carole O’Dell is a real estate agent for by OfficeMax in October 2008 during its
Knoxville as an adjunct, while he completes Keller Williams Realty in Jacksonville, Fla. national “A Day Made Better” campaign.
his dissertation at Rutgers. Previously, she had been a stay-at-home Her elementary school, Linkhorne
Lance Brenner recently won two awards mom while helping her husband with Elementary, was selected by the local
at the 2009 Fright Night Film Festival, the family business. She has a daughter, OfficeMax for recognition, and her principal
including Best Soundtrack honors for his Victoria. chose Karen to receive this recognition.
original score for “Eat Me – A Zombie Scott Shipley is a government account Karen, who is a special education teacher
executive for Chasens Business Interiors in
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for kindergarten and first grade students,
received $1,000 worth of school supplies
during a surprise assembly. She was
nominated during the 2007-2008 school
Bridger Has Positive year as the Teacher of the Year. She and
her husband, Kell Mason (’96), have a
Impact on Chattanooga daughter, Taylor, 5, and a son, Colin, 2. They
reside in Forest, Va.
Communities Tina Myers and Daniel Scott Whitling
John Bridger (’89) believes in changing the world…one were married Sept. 5, 2009. They reside in
neighborhood at a time. Palm Coast, Fla.
Brian Reed, senior planner for
John is the program director for an organization called Community the Mount Rogers Planning District
Impact of Chattanooga. More than anything, this organization Commission, was featured in the Sept. 7-8,
is about empowering residents in targeted neighborhoods to 2009, issue of The Gazette. He is the town
revitalize their community through partnerships. manager of Fries, which was awarded two
grants from the Mount Rogers Planning
“We look for distressed neighborhoods that also have a committed District Commission for wastewater and
group of residents who are willing to spend the time, energy water system improvements.
and effort to work on a comprehensive revitalization effort,” Darren Wheatley is an area manager
John said. “Members of a community come together to work on for LDF Sales & Distributing in Wichita, Kan.
physical revitalization, safety, social revitalization, and community Allison Mays Wilburn will serve on the
empowerment.” board of directors for the Cancer Outreach
Foundation, a non-profit organization
Resident leadership serves as the cornerstone for his organization’s
dedicated to improving the quality of
revitalization work. “The thing we rely on most is the guidance and
life for cancer patients and their families
leadership provided by our block leaders.”
in Southwest Virginia and Northeast
John’s organization provides ongoing training and support to block Tennessee. She resides in Abingdon, Va.
leaders so they have the right information and tools needed to
convey a sense of pride and ownership to neighbors. Class of 1996
Vanessa Sturgill Fant was accepted
In the end, the as a fellow into the American Academy
most important of Family Physicians in the summer 2009
outcome is a and now works primarily in geriatrics. She
renewed sense resides in Galax, Va.
of neighborhood Betty Rosenbaum Jessee is a director
pride and and CPA with Brown, Edwards & Company,
ownership. LLP. She was selected as a Super CPA by
“Once you begin Virginia Business magazine. Betty and her
to change the husband, Wesley, reside in Meadowview, Va.
of a neighborhood, Class of 1997
other perceptions Brad Dulaney is pastor of Redwood
begin to change as United Methodist Church. He serves
well,” John said. on the Virginia Conference Board of
Ordained Ministry and the Danville District
The project Committee on Ordained Ministry. His wife,
was founded Kim, works as a family practice physician.
by the City of They reside in Rocky Mount, Va., with their
Chattanooga, children, Zora, Jesse and Isaac.
but is now Phillip Hustad was a member of a team
supported by a of researchers honored by R&D magazine
local foundation, with an R&D 100 award. The award
individuals, and provides a mark of excellence known to
The United Way. • industry, government, and academia as
Bridger, middle, stands with two members of
the Orchard Knob community. proof that his research led to one the most
innovative ideas of the year. He resides in
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Michael Turner received his Ph.D. Characterization and Measurements.” He Class of 2001
in religion from Vanderbilt University in resides in Creedmoor, N.C. Maggie Cross and Mark Eric Brostic
May 2009. He is an assistant professor of Chris Kolakowski has published a book were married April 11, 2009. She is a
religious studies at Misericordia University. entitled “The Civil War at Perryville: Battling financial aid counselor at Western Carolina
He resides in Dallas, Pa. for the Bluegrass.” It is published by the University. They reside in Cullowhee, N.C.
Scott Vaught works for Liberty Mutual History Press and can be purchased from Benita Johnson and Greg Cunningham
Group and offers services in auto, home amazon.com. He resides in Atlanta, Ga. were married April 18, 2008. She is
and life insurance. He and his wife, Amanda, Patty Sufficool Money recently employed by the State of Hawaii as a
reside in Catawba, Va. completed a year-long chaplain residency crisis worker. He works for the federal
at Riverside Regional Medical Center in government.
Class of 1998 Newport News, Va. She is a PRN chaplain Mindy Buchanan King is a technical
Michael Berry graduated from Virginia for the Bon Secours Hampton Roads editor and writer for the Transportation
Tech in May 2009 with a master’s degree hospital system. She and her husband, Institute at Virginia Tech. She resides in
in education leadership. He teaches at James, have a daughter, Susanna. Christiansburg, Va.
Chilhowie High School and resides in Stephanie Powers was named Marion Ricky Lonker teaches photography
Marion, Va. Primary School’s Teacher of the Year. She and computer graphics and is a coach for
Michael Colston played Solomon Bozo teaches kindergarten inclusion and resides Roanoke County Schools. His wife, Anne
in “Everybody Loves Opal” by John Patrick in Marion, Va. Ogle Lonker, is a special education teacher
at the Palmer Mill Playhouse in Saltville, Va. at Monterey Elementary School. They
Laura Coffman Cox received an Class of 2000 reside in Roanoke, Va.
honorable mention for a poem that she Chuck Burton and Julie Durkot were Kerianne Wagner Payne teaches sixth
entered in a local annual library poetry married June 20, 2008. Both are teachers grade math at Manvel Junior High in Alvin,
contest. She resides in Fincastle, Va. at Tazewell High School. He is assistant Texas. Her husband, Marshall Payne, is a
Jeff Rigby graduated with honors from football and head wrestling coach. She is project manager with a research lab design
Widener University School of Law with a head volleyball and assistant softball coach. company in Houston, Texas. They have a
certificate in business organization. He is Casey Johnson was recently named the daughter, Brayden, and reside in League
an associate in the corporate bankruptcy head basketball coach at Colonial Beach City, Texas.
department of the law firm of Cooch & High School in Virginia’s Northern Neck. Paul Seay is pursuing a degree at
Taylor, P.A. in Wilmington, Del. Princeton Theological Seminary. He and
Barbara Woodward Stamberg ran his wife, Kathleen Buttolph (’98), reside in
in the Virginia Beach Rock-n-Roll Half Princeton, N.J.
Marathon on Sept. 6, 2009. The run Pam Somervell completed her
supported the Leukemia Society. She and residency at Memorial Family Medicine
her husband, Hans, reside in Hedgesville, in South Bend, Ind. She is practicing at
W. Va. Saltville Medical Center. She resides in
Chris Whitt is the owner of High School Chilhowie, Va.
Language Center in Londrina, PR, Brazil, Lowrie Tucker is the deputy building
where he offers classes to kids, teens and official for the Warren County, Va.,
adults in English, Italian, French, Spanish Building Inspections Department. He is in
and Portuguese (see story page 25). charge of reviewing construction plans for
Greg Woods played Brad Winter in Thomas Lester has been promoted to
environmental compliance. He is pursuing a
“Everybody Loves Opal” by John Patrick at general manager and editor of The Carroll master of science degree in organizational
the Palmer Mill Playhouse in Saltville, Va. News in Hillsville, Va. leadership at Shenandoah University. He
Amanda Dye Melniczek ran the Half- resides in Stephens City, Va.
Class of 1999 Marathon with Team in Training at Virginia
Bev Clark 8 Beach in September 2009. She and her Class of 2002
completed his husband, Eric, reside in High Point, N.C. Rita Belcher is a data supervisor at
Ph.D. in physics Whitney Mullins and Scott Compton NOVA Southeastern University in Ft.
from North were married May 2, 2009. She is an RN in Lauderdale, Fla. She and her husband,
Carolina State the Medical Intensive Care Unit at Holston Dennis, and daughter, Brittany, reside in
University. His Valley Hospital. He works for Thompson and Hobe Sound, Fla.
dissertation is Litton. They reside in Big Stone Gap, Va. Bunny Eaton and Chris Campbell were
entitled “Split- Daryl Peake is an anesthesiologist with married Sept. 27, 2008. They both work for
tip Scanning Virginia Highlands Anesthesia in Abingdon, the City of Kingsport, Tenn.
Capacitance Va. He and his wife, Brandy Brown Peake Laura Inman and Walter Sumpter were
Microscopy (’01), have two children, Hunter and Ava. married May 9, 2009. They both work at
(SSCM): Special a therapeutic boarding school in North
Techniques Georgia. She recently attained her LMSW
in Surface license. They reside in Dahlonega, Ga.
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Alumna Credits E&H
Education With Ability to
Make a Difference
While many of her classmates in 2006 followed program. “So many of the things I believe meshed
their dreams after graduation from Emory & Henry together to make me more confident of who I am
College, Katie Summers simply followed her heart. and what is important to me. I learned to react not
just from emotions, but to search for the facts. The
The next two years proved to be among the PPCS program at Emory & Henry is a huge part of
most meaningful times in her life. Summers, who who I am. What I learned allowed me to be proud
had spent most of her life in Huntington, W.Va., of myself, where I came from, and who I have
before coming to college, packed her bags for become.”
the Mississippi Delta, where she hoped to make a
difference in the young lives of that community. What she learned at Emory & Henry continues
to touch her life outside the classroom. For years,
Summers applied to participate in Teach for Summers felt embarrassed to tell others she is a
America, a program that aims to end educational native of the Appalachian region and that her
inequity in targeted regions throughout the father and grandfather worked in the coal industry.
country. During her stay, she was assigned to teach “The PPCS curriculum helped me to look past the
kindergarten students, most of whom come from stereotypes and figure out why they exist.”
low-income African-American families. Summers stays in contact with many of her friends
Since July 2008, Summers has
taught at Camelot of Virginia,
a residential group housing
program in Pulaski, Va., using
the same skills she learned in
Mississippi to help children
who have extraordinary
needs, such as autism and
She strongly believes her
education as a Public Policy
and Community Service
(PPCS) major prepared her for
the work. “I could not have
handled it had I not been a
PPCS student and learned
about the struggles associated
with social injustice that
plague many citizens. The
first PPCS class really opened
my eyes,” said Summers, who
learned that everyone has it Katie Summers, top left, with several of her students
in them to make a difference.
“The classes made me a much
better person than I would have been otherwise. from Emory & Henry who were enrolled in the PPCS
PPCS pushed me to try new things and to embrace program. “These are people who were brutally
new ideas.” honest with each other during class reflection
meetings. I’m glad we know each other in such a
Summers came to E&H to pursue an education powerful way.” •
degree, but once she enrolled in a community
organizing class, she was hooked on the PPCS
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Stacy Wright Long is a nurse at Bristol softball coach at Sullivan East High School. the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence
Regional Medical Center. Her husband, He resides in Bluff City, Tenn. Action Alliance. This award honors an
Gabe Long (’03), is a teacher at Marion Caitlyn Hurley and Michael Rypel individual or team that has made a
Senior High School. They reside in Marion, were married July 27, 2009. They reside in significant contribution to the prevention of
Va., with their child, Payton Olivia. Morristown, Tenn. domestic or sexual violence. Christian is the
Kris Sheets played Gloria Gulock in Josh Kilbourne is pastor for Willis, Falling coordinator of Bonner Scholars Program at
“Everybody Loves Opal” by John Patrick at Branch and Camp Bethel United Methodist Emory & Henry. They reside in Abingdon, Va.
the Palmer Mill Playhouse in Saltville, Va. Churches. He resides in Willis, Va.
She also directed the performance. Class of 2006
Amy Edens Van Winkle is a Class of 2005 Nathan Castle graduated with magna
pharmaceutical sales representative for Sunni Blevins was cum laude honors from the University
Forest Pharmaceuticals. She and her husband, promoted to anchor of NBC of Richmond-T.C. Williams School of Law
Judd, reside in Myrtle Beach, S.C. 12 News Today, the Saturday in May 2009. He is the clerk for the Hon.
edition, the number one Michael Lee Moore in the Russell County
Class of 2003 morning show in its market. Circuit Court in Lebanon, Va.
Jodi Arnold and Taylor Cowardin were She resides in Richmond, Va. 8 Angela Edwards and Derrick Douglas
married Aug. 7, 2009. They reside in Glen Whitney Herron and Chad Parker were (’05) were married May 30, 2009. She is a
Allen, Va. married July 4, 2009. She is a seventh grade fifth grade teacher with Grayson County
Suzanne Bailey Bull was pictured on teacher in Scott County. He is a branch Public Schools. He is employed with the
the cover of the July-August 2009 issue manager for SunTrust. They reside in State Employees Credit Union. They reside in
of American Psychologist. She resides in Kingsport, Tenn. Scottville, N.C.
Strawberry Plains, Tenn. Chris Luper and Nicole Viers Marc Fitzwater completed the Special
Anne Cain is pursuing a master’s were married June 27, 2009. He was Forces training course at Fort Bragg, N.C.
degree in social work at the University of commissioned at Annual Conference as a and was awarded
Tennessee. She will do a social work study provisional deacon and is the director of the coveted Green
abroad program this summer in Calgary, youth ministries at First United Methodist Beret from the
B.C. She resides in Knoxville, Tenn. Church. They reside in Galax, Va. U.S. Army. He is a
Josh Hill graduated from Yale University Ann Timberlake and Kevin Burnette communications
with a master of divinity degree and earned were married July 11, 2009. She received sergeant (18E)
a certificate in Anglican Studies. He is her master’s degree in special education in 7th Special
director of children’s and youth ministries from Virginia Commonwealth University Forces Group.
at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. He and his and is a high school special education He and his wife,
wife, Hannah Gilman Hill (’04), reside in teacher in the Sweetwater Independent Holly Halstead
New Canaan, Conn. School District. He is pursuing a master’s Fitzwater (’05),
Ashley Ornduff and Charles Brandon degree in marriage and family therapy from reside in Raeford,
Monk were married Oct. 25, 2008. She is a Abilene Christian University. They reside in N.C. 8
business analyst in accounting for Norfolk Abilene, Texas. Whitney
Southern Railway Corporation, and he is a Matt Ward graduated with a doctoral Henderson is a government contractor
conductor. They reside in Roanoke, Va. degree in physical therapy from Virginia working with the Department of Defense
Jennifer Richmond Sisson is a staff Commonwealth University in May 2009. He at the Pentagon on the administration
physical therapist at Peak Performance Sports is employed with Mountain States Health transition of political appointees and
& PT. Her husband, J.R. Sisson (’01), has Alliance in Johnson City, Tenn. He resides in transfer of policy and information.
been promoted to the rank of captain in the Norton, Va. Nathan Kilbourne and Lynn Cross were
U.S. Marine Corps and is stationed at Camp Laura Weaver and Christian Miller married May 30, 2009. They reside in
Lejeune. They reside in Jacksonville, N.C. (’06) were married July 18, 2009. Laura Benton, Ark.
Lindsey Guynn Utt was featured in the was honored with the Hope Award from
Aug. 5, 2009, issue of The Carroll News. She
is a social worker in the Foster Care Unit at
Carroll County DSS. She and her husband,
Brian, reside in Galax, Va. Attention English Majors/Minors
Classes Of 2005-2009
Class of 2004
The English Department is currently undergoing a departmental review that
Trey Arrington received his master’s
degree in kinesiology, leisure, and sports includes revising the curriculum. As successful graduates of the program,
science from ETSU and a master’s degree in you are in a unique position to provide us with very valuable feedback on
educational leadership and administration
from Union College. He teaches physical our program. Your feedback will help strengthen the program for the next
education at Holston View Elementary and generation of Emory & Henry English majors and minors. The survey is
is an adjunct professor at King College in completely anonymous. To participate in the survey, please use the following
the physical education department. He and
his wife, Amber, reside in Bristol, Tenn. link: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/6KF2H3P.
Tommy Forrester was named the head
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Alicia Phelps was named the winner in Lindsay Porter completed a master’s He is a database manager at the National
the women’s division of the Sullivan County degree in cell and molecular biology Museum for Women in the Arts and is
Livestock Judging Champions. The judging from Appalachian State University in July pursuing a master’s degree in economics
contest consisted of three groups of cattle, and began a Ph.D. program in biology at at George Mason University. They reside in
a class of hay and an opportunity to guess Georgia Institute of Technology. She resides Washington, D.C.
the weight of an animal. She resides in in Atlanta, Ga.
Bristol, Va. Allison Reed received her master’s Class of 2009
Katie Summers participated in Teach degree in sports management from East Callie Almond teaches English and
for America, a program that aims to end Tennessee State University in May 2009. drama at Franklin County High School. She
educational inequity in targeted regions She completed an internship at Ferrum resides in Roanoke, Va.
throughout the country (see story College as an assistant softball coach and is Circe Anderson works part-time at the
page 28.) now an assistant at Randolph College. She Northside branch of the Lexington Public
resides in Roanoke, Va. Library and is pursuing a master’s degree
Class of 2007 Arthur Scott is an assistant to the chief in library science at the University of
Kathryn Bondurant and Ryan Smith of staff in Sen. Jim Webb’s office. He resides Kentucky.
were married June 6, 2009. They reside in in Alexandria, Va. Caitie Baldwin works for Bankers Life
Radford, Va. Chris Walker was a part of Bike the US and Casualty. She resides in Lusby, Md.
Amanda Boothe and Trey Schrock for MS, a cross country bike tour dedicated Matt Baldwin was a graduate assistant
(’08) were married May 23, 2009. She to funding multiple sclerosis research and to with the E&H football program for the 2009
graduated from King College in May 2009 supporting the MS community. Participants season. He assisted with the instruction of
with an MBA and is working for Wellmont coordinated service projects and perform the defensive line unit.
as a senior internal auditor. They reside in volunteer work as they ride across the U.S. Michael Brendlinger is an agricultural
Jonesborough, Tenn. Chris resides in Blacksburg, Va. specialist for U.S. Customs and Border
Lisa Evans Bourne headed up the Protection of San Diego, Cal.
Make a Difference Day: Walk for School Class of 2008 Shalonda Carter is an after-school
Supplies event held to raise money for Ashley Billingsley and Carter Cross were teacher (K-2) at White Knoll Baptist Child
supplies to benefit area public schools that married May 23, 2009. She works for E.W. Care Center. She resides in Lexington, S.C.
have experienced recent budget cuts. She Scripps, and he works for Cokesbury United Tori Cundiff is an account
resides in Abingdon, Va. Methodist Church. They reside in Knoxville, representative for First Financial Group of
Justin Foster and Laura Beth Waite Tenn. America. She resides in Salem, Va.
were married June 20, 2009. He graduated LeRae Edwards and Benjamin Collins Brett Frye is a laboratory analyst for
with a master’s degree in sport-exercise (’06) were married July 11, 2009. They Eastman Chemical Company. She resides in
psychology from Argosy University/ reside in Birchleaf, Va. Abingdon, Va.
Phoenix in July 2009 and works as an Harriett Grau was named an honorary Hunter Gleason is a Specialist 4 in the
USPTA-certified tennis instructor. She member of the Society of Leadership at Human Intelligence Division of the U.S.
is an elementary school teacher for the North Georgia College and State University. Army. He resides in Stuarts Draft, Va.
Washington School District’s Highly Gifted She resides in Lagrange, Ga. Amanda Hogston is a Title I teacher at
Program. They reside in Phoenix, Ariz. Richard Graves has been named the Jackson Memorial School in Wythe County.
Josh Griffith was honored by his fellow station supervisor of the E&H college and Marilyn Hower has been named curator
employees as the September recipient of community radio station, WEHC-FM, 90.7. of The 1912 Gallery and arts assistant at
The Blue & Gold Staff Award at Emory & Nate Griffith is in his second year of law Emory & Henry.
Henry. He is an area coordinator for the school at Regent University. He resides in Laura Jane Hudson is the lead graphic
Office of Student Life. Virginia Beach, Va. designer for TurnerVision Media. She
Tyler Haslam recently argued in front Justin Harris and Brittany Lynn resides in Springfield, Va.
of Judge Jeffrey Sutton of the U.S. Sixth Mellinger were married April 25, 2009. Megan Farris Jones teaches English
Circuit Court of Appeals in the finals of They reside in Abingdon, Va. and is responsible for the yearbook at
the Anthony J. Celebrezze Moot Court Jillian Lewis spent three weeks Rural Retreat High School. She is the Pep
Competition at Ohio Northern University. in Australia participating in Radford Club and tenth grade sponsor. She and her
He also had an article on the U.S. Supreme University’s study abroad program. husband, Justian, reside in Marion, Va.
Court’s decision in Medellin v. Texas She received an MBA and is a business Jeremy Keene is pursuing a degree at
published in the latest edition of the Ohio education teacher at Galax High School. Palmer College of Chiropractic. He resides
Northern University Law Review. (See story Donna Musick is a recreation therapist in Tazewell, Va.
on page 15.) He resides in Ada, Ohio. in acute admissions at Southwestern Emily Kirby is a law enforcement
Meghan Kelleher is pursuing an MFA Virginia Mental Health Institute. She is ranger for the National Park Service at
at Virginia Commonwealth University. pursuing a certified addiction counseling Kings Mountain National Military Park. She
She spent a year on a national tour with licensure. She resides in Marion, Va. resides in Marion, Va.
Theatre IV, touring A Christmas Tour and Hollie Ramey and Tommy Bateman Kristen Kiser is a child protective
Huck and Tom. She completed a year-long (’07) were married Aug. 29, 2009. They services investigator for the Department of
acting residency at the Merry Go Round reside in Christiansburg, Va. Family & Protective Services. She resides in
Playhouse in New York City. She resides in Zee Tutuh and Greg Hamlin (’06) were Goldthwaite, Texas.
Richmond, Va. married Aug. 8, 2009. She is attending
Howard University College of Dentistry.
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Virginia Lamb is attending the
University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Cain Landreth teaches history, English Blevins Keeps U.S. Troops
and psychology at Shanghai Foreign
Language School in Shanghai, China. Safe While Assisting
Julie Looney is pursuing a master’s
degree in school counseling through Old Afghanistan Residents
Dominion University. She is a guidance
When you ask Jack Blevins (’77) why he’s in Afghanistan, he chuckles
counselor at St. Anne Catholic School in
as he admits that he finds the assignment “better than being in
Jennifer Lucy and Joel Font (’08) were
married June 27, 2009. They reside in
Jack is a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army and is currently on his
sixth deployment. Serving in Sherana, Afghanistan, he says he feels
Maggie Monk is pursuing a master’s
good about the work he is doing because he knows it is making a
degree in counseling and clinical health
difference for the people who live there.
psychology at Philadelphia College of
Osteopathic Medicine. She resides in
“We spend more time here focusing on the important things –
because we’re simply not doing the things that aren’t important.”
Kayla Morelock is a math teacher and
volleyball coach at Dobyns-Bennett High
He says an assignment in the states would have him bogged down in
School. She resides in Kingsport, Tenn.
red tape, whereas his time in Afghanistan is spent keeping U.S. troops
Caitlin Morgan is an acting workshop
safe and helping Afghanistan residents build a better existence.
teacher and actor at Roanoke Children’s
Theatre, Taubman Museum of Art, and
He tells the story of a recent visit to a community near his base. An
Studio Roanoke. She resides in Roanoke, Va.
engineer had recently made it possible for the community to have
Josh Nelson is pursuing a doctorate in
water piped into the village, meaning less time and work carrying
kinesiology at West Virginia University and
water to individual homes. “This pipe with a trickle of water seemed
is a graduate teaching assistant.
pretty modest to me,” said Jack, “but it clearly means a lot to the
Jaime Roy teaches English, geography
people who live there. They were pretty excited about it.”
and biology at Shanghai High School
International Division in Shanghai, China.
Jack says he sees local residents living in humble settings, and he feels
Aaron Statzer is pursuing his MBA with
encouraged by the work being done by the United States to make
an emphasis on healthcare administration
communities stronger, more organized and better equipped for daily
at King College. He resides in Abingdon, Va.
life. But he admits that improvements take time, and adds, “Sometimes
Jordan Stewart is a social studies
Americans are impatient about progress.”
teacher and assistant football coach at
Grayson County Public Schools.
Jack expresses pride that the United States is willing to commit the
Emma Sturgill is pursuing a degree
time necessary to make things better for Afghanistan, noting that
at Vanderbilt University. She resides in
these are people who have been under duress for generations and
are likely surprised to find that the U.S. wants to strengthen their
Shannon Vance is a microbiologist at
King Pharmaceuticals. She resides in Bristol,
He recalls a class he took
Holly Yates is pursuing a master’s
his first year at Emory
degree in clinical psychology at Middle
& Henry with Dr. Steve
Tennessee State University. She resides in
Fisher. He remembers
Murfreesboro, Tenn. v
writing a paper on
how communities are
organized, and he
remembers being naïve
about what that actually
entails. Now he’s seeing
first hand just how
can be. •
Blevins finds serving communities and keeping U.S.
troops safe in Afghanistan to be a rewarding experience.
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Ethel Downing Mullaly (’30), daughters Ruth Blevins, Rachel Bise, and County. Among survivors is his wife, Sue
Exmore, Va., died May 15, 2009. She Rebekah Reasor; a son-in-law, Fred Blevins Parks McAllister.
was a retired school librarian. Among (’78); and grandson Derrick Reasor (’05). William O. Marshall (’53), Bristol,
survivors is a son, Russell Mullaly, and William P. Sheffield (re-’49), Tenn., died Oct. 25, 2009. He served in
a step-son, James Mullaly. Abingdon, Va., died Oct. 21, 2009. He was the U.S. Army and retired from the Social
Elizabeth Morrell Keener (’33), a veteran of World War II and an attorney Security Administration. Among survivors
Chattanooga, Tenn., died July 1, 2009. for 58 years in Washington County. Among are his children, William Marshall, Stuart
She was a retired teacher with the survivors are his sons and their wives Eddie Marshall, Allyson Fealtman, and stepson
Chattanooga Public School System. Sheffield (’64) and Doris Owens Sheffield William Leonard.
Among survivors is a nephew, William (’76) and David Sheffield (’70) and Beth Carl P. “C.P.” Brickey (’54),
Barger (’66). McDonald Sheffield (’83). Broadford, Va., died Sept. 3, 2009. He was
Samuel M. Zeigler (re-’36), Jim Watkins (re-’50), Kingsport, a U.S. Army veteran. Among survivors are
Kingsport, Tenn., died July 13, 2009. Tenn., died Sept. 27, 2009. He served in the his wife, Sue Hicks Brickey; son Preston
He was a veteran of World War II U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a Brickey; daughter Kathy Pearce; sister Page
and retired from Tennessee Eastman. mechanical contractor. Among survivors are Brickey Arnold (’65); and grandson Carl
Among survivors are his wife, Kitty his wife, Margaret Penn Fausold; daughter Brickey (’83).
Dearing Zeigler; a son, Samuel Zeigler Anne Watkins Tolley; son James Watkins; John K. Henderson (re-’55),
III, and a daughter, Jenny Bond. and step-children Alyson Fausold and Damascus, Va., died July 1, 2009. He was a
Katherine Gibson Crego (re- William Penn Fausold. World War II veteran of the U.S. Army Air
’39), Wilder, Idaho, died June Berton F. DeBusk Jr. (re-’51), Corps and a retired investigator with the
9, 2009. She was a school Abingdon, Va., died Oct. 1, 2009. He was Washington County Department of Social
teacher. Among survivors are a veteran of World War II and owned and Services. He was a former member of the
her children, Vera Kenyon, operated DeBusk Furniture and Appliance Damascus Volunteer Fire Department
Charles Crego, Don Crego, Company and DeBusk Custom Draperies. and a former chief of police of Damascus.
Annie Crego and David Crego. Among survivors are his wife, Freeda Among survivors are his wife, Annie S.
Dorothy B. Smallwood (’41), Goodman DeBusk; son Mark DeBusk; Henderson; sons Jack Henderson, John
Riverside, Calif., died Aug. 30, 2009. daughter Kristi DeBusk Massie; sisters Stella Henderson Jr. (’71), Vance Henderson and
She taught school at the California DeBusk Stephon (’66) and Charlotte DeBusk Jerry Henderson (’75) and his wife, Betsy
School for the Deaf. Yarbrough (re-’50); and brother Donald Reinicker Henderson (’75).
Harry E. Ryburn (re-’46), Tulsa, DeBusk (’60). Lewis J. DeBusk (’56), Abingdon,
Okla., died June 13, 2009. He worked Herbert L. DeBusk Sr. (re-’51), Glade Va., died Oct. 22, 2009. He was in the Air
for Texaco for more than 30 years. Spring, Va., died June 30, 2009. He was the Force and then worked as an executive for
Marion L. Spangler (’46), owner of Appalachian Plastics Inc. Among several large engineering and construction
Murfreesboro, Tenn., died Oct. 6, survivors are his wife, Betty Frye DeBusk, companies. Among survivors are a son,
2009. He was president and owner and grandchildren Kimberly DeBusk Michael DeBusk, and a daughter, Linda Pike.
of Spangler Oil Company. Among Frondorf (’99) and Rebecca DeBusk Dye Richard P. Thompson (re-’57),
survivors are sons Gregory Spangler (’04). Ridgeway, Va., died Oct. 28, 2009. He
and Pat Spangler. Memorial donations John H. Hackler (’51), Fries, Va., served in the U.S. Army and retired as vice
may be made to Emory & Henry died Aug. 25, 2009. Among survivors are his president of the corporate communication
College. wife, Mildred Hackler, and daughters Nickie for Martinsville Speedway. Among survivors
Rosamond Bartlett Clay (’47), Hackler, Linda Jones, and Patricia Handy. are daughters Julie Lilly and Jennifer
Jacksonville, Fla., died Oct. 15, 2009. Walter (Barney) Jennings Sr. (’51), Prater and sons Jeff Thompson and James
She was a school teacher and a Hillsville, Va., died May 9, 2009. He was a Thompson.
residential realtor. She was preceded U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict Roger L. Ward (’57), New Orleans,
in death by her husband Edwin M. and a retired dentist. Among survivors La., died July 17, 2009. He was a retired
Clay (re-’49). Among survivors are are his wife, Joan Ledbetter Jennings, and outreach director of Trinity Episcopal
daughters Elaine Clay Ray (re-’72), sons Walter Jennings Jr., Charles Jennings, Church. Among survivors are his wife,
Barbara McNeal and Teresa Lussier. Joseph Jennings and Michael Jennings. Gayle Gibbs Ward; children Marlowe Bober,
J. Dan Reasor (’49), Abingdon, William R. McAllister (’52), Marion, Caitlin Ward, Jonathan Ward; step-children
Va., died Oct. 26, 2009. He was Va., died July 23, 2009. He was in the Matthew Hales, Benjamin Hales, Ethan
a retired dentist with 39 years of U.S. Army during the Korean War and a Hales; and sisters Janis Ward Carter (’60)
service. Among survivors are his vocational agriculture teacher in Dickinson and Martha Ward Duane (’64).
wife, Margaret Jones Reasor (re-’51);
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Sarah Venable Wood (’57), Hudson,
Fla., died Oct. 2, 2009. While living in
Douglas Remembered For His
Damascus, Va., she was the owner and
operator of The Maples Bed and Breakfast. Brilliance and Tenacious Memory
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Lee Thomas Douglas died Sept. 24, 2009. Dr.
Judson Wood (’56). Among survivors are Douglas taught biology at Emory & Henry from 1952-1959.
Dr. Douglas received a B.A. degree at Lewis and Clark College
daughters Mary Katherine Wood and Judith
in Portland, Ore., and a Ph.D. in zoology at the University of
Lynn McDonald. California at Berkeley. He studied at the Oak Ridge Institute
George A. O’Bryan (’59), Lebanon, of Nuclear Studies. Douglas received two Ph.D.’s, in genetics
Va., died Aug. 15, 2009. He served in the and mathematics. He taught and did research in the U.S. and
in the Netherlands. He was a consultant for the government
U.S. Air Force during the Korean conflict through the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. According to his
and worked for the Virginia Department of obituary, Douglas “loved nature, photography, music, reading, bowling and
Transportation for 32 years before retiring playing chess.” And he “enthusiastically contributed his life to countless students,
education and research.”
as resident engineer. After retirement,
One of Douglas’s former students, Dr. Bob Buchanan (’58), said, "Dr.
he worked as street superintendent Douglas was known not only for his brilliance and energy, but also for his
for the Town of Lebanon and then as candor and tenacious memory. On one recent occasion, we discussed classes at
engineering project manager for HDR, Inc. Emory, in particular those he taught during my student days (1954-58). We were
reminiscing about Comparative Anatomy, arguably the hardest course in the
Among survivors are his wife, Ann Gravely
Biology Department, that I took junior year. As he was going over the class roll (he
O’Bryan, and daughters Molly Fox and Amy missed no one), he mentioned the name of a classmate and said in his sagacious
McMurray. style, ‘As I recall he did a bit better than you.’ Of course he was right, I made an ‘A’
Larry C. Brown (re-’66), Glen and my classmate ‘A+.’ However, irrespective of the grade, it was always evident
that he cared very much about all of us.”
Allen, Va., died June 10, 2009. He had He is survived by his children, Ralph, Jeroen, Brian, Julie and Janet. v
most recently served as a consultant with
VACO Richmond LLC. Among survivors
and a nephew, Jonathan Catron (current are her husband, Bill Hollandsworth, and
are his wife, Sue, and daughter Julie Ellis.
E&H student). children Angela Rash and Melissa Poe.
Memorial donations may be made to
Anne Sironko Bagge (’79), Deborah Terry Patterson (’83),
Emory & Henry College.
Wilmington, N.C., died July 4, 2009. She Bristol, Va., died Oct. 10, 2009. She was the
Timothy R. Bell (’68), Marietta, Ga.,
was a counselor at Asheboro High School. director of student counseling at Virginia
died Nov. 29, 2008. He was the director of
Among survivors are a daughter, Laura Intermont College. Among survivors are her
education for ITS, Inc. and in 1989 formed
Bagge, and her mother, Margaret Friel husband, Glenn Patterson (’81), and sons
T. R. Bell Associates, a company that
Sironko (’76). Sean and Jamie.
provided accredited healthcare education
Roosevelt “Scooter” Scott (’79),
Richmond, Va., died Aug. 8, 2009. Employees
Gary A. Wright (’69), Burlington,
Kathy O’Neal Pressing (’81), Lee T. Douglas, Apache Junction,
N.C., died Sept. 18, 2009. He retired
Wytheville, Va., died Aug. 19, 2009. She Az., died Sept. 24, 2009. He was a biology
from Universal Products in 2001. Among
was a licensed social worker who worked professor from 1952 to 1959 (see story
survivors are his wife, Laura Stowe Wright,
for children, mentally and physically above).
and sons Matthew Wright and Adam
challenged persons, and the elderly. Among Maye Randall Hill, Emory, Va., died
survivors is her husband, Andrew Pressing. June 7, 2009. She served from 1960 to
Jerry A. Fields (’76), Lebanon, Va.,
George M. Rawn (’81), Morristown, 1985 as associate professor and director of
died Sept. 24, 2009. He taught school in
Tenn., died July 13, 2009. He served as elementary education. Memorial donations
Russell County for five years before opening
chaplain and chaplain coordinator of may be made to the general Scholarship
his florist business, Fields of Flowers in
Morristown Hamblen Hospital and retired Fund at Emory & Henry.
as pastor of Noe’s Chapel United Methodist Shirley Osborne, Damascus, Va.,
Aleta Catron Sutherland (’77),
Church in 2005. Among survivors are his died Sept. 14, 2009. She retired from the
Marion, Va., died Oct. 12, 2009. She
wife, Anne Rawn, son Jonathan Rawn, E&H Development Office after 11 years of
was the minister of Christian education
daughter Beverly Rawn, and stepchildren service. Among survivors are her husband,
of the First United Methodist Church in
Michael Miller, David Miller and Terri Sykes. Kenneth Osborne (’57), and daughter
Cookeville, Tenn. Among survivors are
Barbara Brooks Hollandsworth Millicent Davis.
her husband, James Sutherland (’76); two
(’83), Atkins, Va., died July 17, 2009. She continued on page 35
stepsons, Timothy Sutherland and Jeremy
was a reading and science teacher at
Sutherland; a brother Ernie Catron (’81);
Marion Middle School. Among survivors
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Bob Johnson often reminded the Emory
& Henry community that it has a unique,
common bond. This fall, that community
gathered to remember the many ways he
personified that bond and the values that
strengthen it. harsh. “He had the tact, softness and deft Henry, Johnson built a national reputation,
Nine individuals spoke during a touch of a team of mules,” recalled Mike helped by five teams in the NCAA playoffs,
memorial service held in the King Athletic Young, head men’s basketball coach at including two in the Sweet 16. He was
Center on Bob Johnson court, honoring Wofford College and a member of the E&H honored three times as Old Dominion
the former coach and athletic director who Class of 1986. “He called it like he saw it and Athletic Coach of the Year and three times as
died Aug. 22 after a long battle with kidney came right at you, and I loved him for it.” NCAA South Region Coach of the Year.
cancer. They spoke of the best qualities of Johnson’s toughness could be His athletes have included numerous All-
the former head men’s basketball coach, frightening for his players, said Jimmy Americans, ODAC players of the year, All-
whose values reflected strongly the values of Allen, a member of the E&H Class of 1993 Conference players and one National Player
a college. and head men’s basketball coach at Averett of the Year.
“We have a common bond in Coach University. “You’re darn right we were scared
Johnson,” said Leon Hill, a former E&H to play for Coach, but what we were most
basketball player and member of the E&H scared of is not what most people think. We
Class of 1991. “He loved this place and you were most scared in disappointing Coach or
people.” letting him down in some way.”
That commitment to a coach helped
“Bob was a remarkable lead the Wasps to some extraordinary
success in Division III men’s basketball.
combination of During his 27 years of coaching at Emory &
intelligence, vision and
good will.” — Dr. Reichard
Johnson, according to those who
spoke, believed in hard work, loyalty,
determination, honesty, compassion,
family and community. “Outspoken? Yes.
Concerned about the needs of others?
Yes,” said E&H President Rosalind Reichard.
“Bob was a remarkable combination of
intelligence, vision and good will.”
Johnson’s son, Casey, a high school
basketball coach and member of the E&H
Class of 2000, paid tribute to his father’s
influence on his son’s life through the
example he led. “Dad’s goal was to be the
best person he could be day-in and day-out,
and I think he did a pretty good job of it.”
The approach of the decorated soldier
of the Vietnam War was direct, sometimes
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Before retiring from coaching in honors the late Fred Selfe (’69), Johnson’s
2007, Johnson gained national attention best friend and another former E&H
for his use of a fast-paced run-and-gun athletic director.
offense that helped his team to winning In January of 2008, Johnson was
seasons and some honored at a
big upsets over ”There’s no place on earth ceremony dedicating
nationally ranked the Bob Johnson
teams. In 2007, he
I would rather pursue my Court. At that time,
was awarded the dreams.” — Bob Johnson Johnson reminded
Division III Service the E&H community
Award by the National Association of that what binds it together are its dreams
Basketball Coaches. and hard work. “This is where I choose to
After his retirement from coaching, be. There’s no place on earth I would rather
Johnson continued to work full-time as pursue my dreams.”
Emory & Henry’s athletic director. In that On that day, that community came
capacity, he provided valuable guidance to together once again to remember that
the E&H coaching staff and worked to raise Johnson not only spoke of E&H values; he
money for the construction of a stadium that lived them passionately every day. v
During 30 years at Emory & Henry as coach and
athletic director, Johnson, a man of dreams and of
action, mentored and befriended countless students
and colleagues. His family was his inspiration.
Johnson is pictured below with wife Sheri, daughter
Lee and son Casey.
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Former President’s Spouse
Lucy Bedinger Finch, Nashville,
Tenn., died June 22, 2009. She was
preceded in death by her husband,
E&H President William C. Finch. Among
survivors are sons William T. Finch and
Richard C. Finch. Memorial donations
may be made to Emory & Henry.
Former Board of Trustee
Toy F. Reid, Kingsport, Tenn.,
died July 26, 2009. Among survivors are
wife, Josephine Eggerton Reid, daughter
Marjo Reid and son Mark Reid. v
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A Major Voice By Dr. Teresa Keller
When I arrived at Emory & Henry in 1985, my During Homecoming of October 1992, we went on air
assigned duties included advising the student radio with FCC approval to broadcast at 100 watts on 90.7,
station, WASP. During the summer, I had come to WEHC–FM. The signal covered campus and a bit beyond.
campus to learn about the station operation and Very quickly, we began wondering why we hadn’t
discovered that no one on campus knew how the signal applied for more power from the beginning. Again, with
worked. Hampton and Susie’s offer of help, we wrote an application to
A local telephone engineer agreed to come up the FCC for a whopping 500 watts. And from there, we were
and help uncover the mystery. In a halted in our tracks—for 11 years!
back closet at the station on Our 1995 application for
the ground floor of Martin a power increase came in conflict
Brock, we found three or four with applications for Bristol
wires that led across telephone signals from both Virginia Tech
polls as part of a carrier current and American Family Association.
system that used electrical wiring In FCC terms, we were MX’d,
for transmitting a signal in a few or stuck in mutually exclusive
residence halls. A radio near an applications. No one would
outlet might pick up the back down.
WASP programming, but We were
it’s doubtful that there David, with
were many—or any— little budget
listeners. and no big-
Nevertheless, students went time lawyers,
faithfully to their radio shifts, and my classes against two
prepared newscasts by editing cassette Goliaths. But
tapes between two decks. We took our roles we held firm.
seriously, and I learned that if I parked my car On January
directly under the wires on campus, I could 26, 2007,
actually listen to the news and programming. for varied
In 1990, Development Director Richard and complex
Trollinger (‘71) called me to tell me that regulatory
Hampton and Susie Quarles Allison (’35, ’39), Some faces of the early student voices at WEHC. reasons,
alumni from Alexandria, Va., had offered to Emory & Henry
give the station some equipment. Off I went in a college prevailed in getting the license to expand to 500 watts. We
van to retrieve some well-preserved radio equipment, immediately established a partnership with WVTF of Virginia
but I returned to campus with something much more Tech, applied for even more power, and began establishing a
valuable: Hampton and Susie offered to buy a transmitter college and community station model, enhanced by WVTF’s
and antenna to put us on the air if the College would BBC and NPR programming from Radio I.Q.
make the FCC application and pay for the engineering This time, our application gained fast approval. On
costs. I called President Charlie Sydnor to describe the Monday morning, October 26, 2009, at the base of the 197
offer. His response: “Proceed forthwith.” foot tower and transmitter, 91-year-old Susie Allison flipped
A station applicant before the FCC may request the symbolic switch at the very moment that our engineer
specific call letters, and we wanted to be “WEHC.” The raised the power for 90.7, WEHC-FM, to nearly 9,000 watts.
Allisons knew that there had already been one WEHC at Emory & Henry’s move from carrier current to a major
Emory & Henry. In 1929, the College joined early radio radio voice, including a constant Internet stream to the world,
pioneers and put one of the first stations on air in the provides just one more example of the College’s mission to
state of Virginia. Hampton Allison had begun his love service and to increasing in excellence. Perhaps best of all, our
of radio working at WEHC-AM, but the station was sold powerful signal now allows us to communicate to the larger
to raise capital during the Depression. The good news: region about our wonderful College and community—and
WEHC call letters had remained unclaimed. the impressive people herein. v
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