14 Dig Life
The World is a Classroom
for Westminster Students
A Spring Break of Service
22 An Everyday Hero…
Another academic year has ended for us at Westminster College—a year filled with outstanding
achievements, exciting events, and increasing momentum for the dynamic future that lies ahead
We broke ground on Alumni Weekend for the new Mueller Leadership Hall,
a much-needed new dining hall that will greatly enhance the Westminster
living experience for our students. U.S. Congressman Kenny Hulshof came
to campus to announce almost $700,000 in grant money for new science
equipment and supplies that he assisted in gaining for the College. These
improvements will ensure our Wallace H. Coulter Science Center provides a
state-of-the-art education for our students. The new Churchill Leadership
Gallery of the Winston Churchill Memorial and Library in the United States
opened its doors March 4 as the centerpiece of our weekend celebration of
the 60th anniversary of the “Iron Curtain” speech. The celebration drew
such luminaries as Churchill’s granddaughter Edwina Sandys, MSNBC news
commentator Chris Matthews, President Eisenhower’s granddaughter, Mary,
and President Truman’s grandnephew, John. However, the star of the
weekend was Lady Mary Soames, Churchill’s only surviving daughter, who
enchanted us all with her wit and insight into her father’s life.
While all of these developments are significant, as always, the true excitement comes from the
great success our students are finding in new and fascinating areas. As you know, we are committed
to providing them with the kind of real world, global experiences that will prepare them to under-
stand and succeed in a world where what is taking place in Mexico City impacts life in Mexico,
Missouri. With all the technological advancements, scientific breakthroughs, and national and
international business transactions that occur every day and the lightning speed of electronic
communication, the world has become a much smaller place than many of us knew growing up.
For example, the success of a small town construction project depends on the price of materials
coming from overseas. An attorney wins a case with the help of a new precedent set in internation-
al law. Food and fuel prices hinge on the political climate and availability of supplies in foreign
countries. We are all truly interconnected.
This new issue of Leadership focuses on some of the experiential learning experiences taking
place at Westminster... experiences that give our students the global perspective and leadership
opportunities they will need to thrive in this new world. You will see what Westminster students
discover when they spend a semester studying abroad. You’ll follow in the footsteps of a group of
Westminster students who spent their spring break in Mississippi, rebuilding from the hurricane
destruction of Katrina. You’ll be among the first to hear about our new campus gardening project
this summer where Westminster students and faculty work side by side to till, plant, and tend a
garden that will produce vegetables and herbs for our campus and local food pantries.
Is it any wonder The Princeton Review, one of the primary evaluators of colleges and universities,
recently picked Westminster College as the only Missouri private college or university on their Top
Ten list for the “Best Value Colleges” in the nation? We can be quite proud that Westminster placed
Number Four in the top ten of schools that provide the best academic preparation for their money.
Obviously, the word is out that Westminster College is one of the best places to receive a college
education. We believe the young people who come here will have a transformational experience…
leaving here as lifelong learners and exceptional leaders of character… prepared for lives of success,
significance, and service in a global community.
Dr. Fletcher M. Lamkin
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Westminster Ranked 4th in the Nation by Princeton Review
Westminster College is the nation’s #4 best value private college according to The Princeton Review’s
new 2007 book America’s Best Value Colleges.
Based on the data received from administration and student surveys of 646 colleges, the book
honors 103 public and 47 private colleges from 40 different states. Factors weighed to compile the
Top Ten List are undergraduate academics, costs and financial aid.
In its three-page profile of Westminster, The Princeton Review cites the college’s “small classes,”
“close and lasting relationships with professors and students,” “academically rigorous and
diversified” course work, and “comprehensive and truly awesome” Career Services Program. The
Princeton Review also highlights “a profoundly loyal alumni network” as “another wonderful perk.
Westminster grads love to hire other Westminster grads.”
Approximately 94 percent of Westminster graduates secure full-time jobs within six months of
graduation and employers that frequently hire them include
Edward Jones, KPMG, Deloitte & Touche and Boeing. About 25
percent of Westminster alumni go straight to graduate and
Student comments appearing in the Westminster profile state:
“The professors here are soooo nice! They will know your name
and remember it—and you. It is very personal and they want
you to succeed.”
Jennifer Sanders ’08
The Top Ten Private College List in order of ranking is (1)
Brigham Young University, (2) Berea College, (3) Roberts
Wesleyan College, (4) Westminster College, (5) Rice University, Student Receives Research
(6) Wabash College, (7) Hillsdale College, (8) The University of Internship
the South, (9) Swarthmore College and Jennifer E. Sanders, a sophomore at
(10) Earlham College. Westminster College from Little Rock, AR,
has been selected by the Office of Science in
the U.S. Department of Energy for a summer
Westminster Students Selected for All-Collegiate Choir SULI fellowship at the Stanford Linear
Westminster senior Brandon Cousins from Lawton, OK; Westminster junior Elizabeth Stallings from Accelerator Center at Stanford University in
Wildwood, MO; sophomore Jennifer Cripe from LaPlata, MO; and freshmen Claudia Cerna from Palo Alto, CA.
Springdale, AR and Cynthia Hawkin from Arnold, MO were all selected from auditions for the This highly competitive program will allow
prestigious All-Collegiate Choir by the Southwest District American Choral Directors. They joined Sanders to conduct research with some of the
other university and college top scientists in the world. The eight-week
students from Missouri, Oklahoma, internship will run from June 26-August 18.
Kansas, Texas and Illinois for a She will receive a $400 weekly stipend and
three-day vocal clinic and perform- housing will be provided on the Stanford
ance March 8-10 in St. Louis in campus.
conjunction with the meeting of
the Southwest Division of the The first week Sanders will become familiar
American Choral Directors with the science projects that take place at
Association. the Center. The rest of her internship will
concentrate on a research project with an
The culminating activity for the individual mentor. She will also attend weekly
conference was a public concert seminars on topics of interest. At the end of
performance March 10 in the the internship, Sanders will present an oral
Touhill Performing Arts Center report and submit a written report on her
at UMSL. They perform at project in a format required by the U.S.
Westminster under the direction Department of Energy.
of Cindy Dunstan McClain,
Director of Music and Coordinator Sanders is pursuing a physics major and
of Fine Arts. pre-engineering minor at Westminster. Her
future plans are to become a professional
engineer in the aerospace field.
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Westminster Junior Spends Winter Break Helping Katrina Victims
While most college students went home for the December holidays, Joe Bowmaster, a Westminster
junior from Nevada, MO, spent his winter break helping Hurricane Katrina victims in Pass
Pass Christian, the hardest hit city in Mississippi, is being rebuilt by the U.S. Corps of Engineers
and several volunteer organizations spearheaded by the St. Louis AmeriCorps ERT chapter.
Bowmaster drove 14 hours solo to join the AmeriCorps group.
“The AmeriCorps team I was working with was desperately trying to complete a drainage network
before the next thunderstorm,” says Bowmaster.“We had just had a large disease scare from
Westminster Wins Regional mosquito hatchings inside our camp. After draining the standing water, the team that I was leading
Sweepstakes Award for Excellence had to lay out and create a drainage system for the refugee camp. After explaining my situation and
For the fourth year in a row, Westminster the impending weather to the Westminster administration, they graciously allowed me to stay and
College won the Overall Sweepstakes Award complete the project. I might add that because Westminster was so willing to work with me, we
in its institutional category at the regional were able to complete the drainage system before the storm hit a day before I left.”
Council for Advancement and Support of
Although Westminster College began its new academic term on Jan. 11, Bowmaster was able to
Education (CASE) Conference held in St. Louis
work with the administration of the college to stay in Pass Christian an additional week. Then he
returned to classes at Westminster and his position working with the Fulton AmeriCorps chapter,
CASE District VI, which is comprised of which partners with the Fulton School District.
approximately 200 educational institutions
and education-related companies in an 8-state
region, recognized Westminster’s innovation
and leadership in the three areas of institution-
al advancement—alumni relations, financial
development and communications.
This award is given to one school in each
enrollment bracket based on the number of
awards earned in multiple categories. In the
category of institutions with enrollments
below 1,000 students, Westminster received 9
awards of excellence. Within the various CASE
categories, Westminster garnered one gold
award, four silver awards and four bronze
awards. The AmeriCorps team in Mississippi
Westminster and William Woods Students Offered Career EXPO
Westminster College and William Woods University students seeking jobs and internships met with
employers and graduate school representatives from 46 different organizations to talk about jobs,
internships and graduate school opportunities Feb. 21 in the Hunter Activity Center Gymnasium
on the Westminster campus.
Over 70 recruiters from companies as diverse as Edward Jones to Walgreens, federal and state
governmental departments such as the National Parks Services and the Missouri Department of
Transportation, armed forces such as the U.S. Navy and graduate schools at higher education
institutions such as the University of Missouri School of Law were in attendance.
Meg Langland, Director of Career Services at
Westminster, says, “This event has grown in
popularity ever since it originated because
Westminster College Alumi & College Relations and
students get a practical, real world view at what
Development staff accept the Sweepstakes Award employers are looking for and come away from
the experience with a better understanding of
how their own skills and abilities match the
Through the Career EXPO, students develop a
greater understanding of some of the successful
career paths available to them.
Career Expo 2006
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The men’s basketball team finished
the 2005-06 season 13-13 overall and
fourth in the league standings at
9-5. The Blue Jays upset top-seeded
Blackburn College to reach the
conference tournament final.
Kappa Alpha Theta
Sophomore Andrew Buxton was
CASA Benefits from Student Homecoming Competition named second team all-conference
and led the Blue Jays with a 12.1
The Epsilon Iota Chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta was awarded a $500 prize as winners of the 2005
points a game average. Senior David
Westminster Homecoming competition to donate to their philanthropy, CASA (Court Appointed
McDorman earned honorable
Special Advocates). CASA is a national organization dedicated to ensuring the rights of children in
mention all-conference recognition.
the court systems are respected.
Instead of giving a monetary donation, the members used the prize money to assemble packages
for the children of the program. They bought school supplies, toys and other items and sent Senior Emily Greeno was named
them to the Shepardsville, Kentucky division of CASA, where Westminster alumnus Christopher first-team all-conference and
Tate ’05 works. finished her career fourth in career
assists (261), fifth in career scoring
(1,006) and eighth in career
Westminster Students Assist Families with Tax Returns rebounding (332). Freshman
Miranda Fields was named an
For the second year in a row Westminster College accounting students volunteered their time to
honorable mention all-league pick
prepare tax returns for low-income families and workers through the IRS Volunteer Income Tax
and led the Blue Jays with a 14.6
Assistance Program (VITA) administered by the Callaway County Family Resource Center of Central
points a game average.
Missouri Community Action (CMCA).
Through the program, which ran Jan. 24-April 14, Westminster students
received hands-on experience in preparing tax returns and the individuals who Kristen Ely, an assistant volleyball
qualified for the program benefited from the free tax service. coach at Elmira College in Elmira,
VITA is targeted to help low-income Missourians New York, has been named head
receive the earned income tax credit and women’s volleyball coach and
child tax credit they are entitled to intramural director at Westminster.
receive. Last year CMCA, which is
comprised of the counties of
Callaway, Boone, Cole, Moniteau, Amy Barclay, Eric Brueckner,
Howard, Osage, Audrain and Cooper, Casey Coffey, Jeremy Huelsing,
prepared 1,884 returns. Shawn Manning, Josh Moore,
Billy Palmer, Lauren Pilgram,
“We find many people aren’t even aware that and Jennifer Winslow comprise
they are entitled to these credits,” says Brenda the 2006 induction class of Chi
Rose, Callaway Community Services Supervisor with Alpha Sigma, the National College
CMCA. “EITC is a refundable tax credit. It increases Athlete Honor Society.
their buying power and puts that money back into our
community. For many of our families, it can make a
difference on their cost-of-living such as improving Follow the Blue Jays on the
transportation, off-setting child care expenses, or many other World Wide Web:
VITA is made possible by a collaboration between the IRS, Central Missouri Community Action,
Westminster College Center for Leadership & Service and Westminster College Professor Sharon
Salem and her students.
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Fresh Ideas and Westminster College:
A Continuing Partnership
Fresh Ideas is proud to have served on the construction planning
committee for the new dining hall. The design features of the
future Mueller Leadership Hall will make it one of the best college
dining facilities we have seen. After one final year in
Robertson Dining Hall, Fresh Ideas is looking forward
to Fall 2007 and the grand opening of something truly special.
Fresh Ideas provides food management, consulting and design for academic
institutions and business and industry. For more information contact us at
(573) 445-4321 or visit our website at www.freshideasllc.com.
Two Westminster Education
Pioneers Honored during Alumni
Former Westminster Placement Director Sally
Reynolds and retiring Mathematics Professor
Jack Mosely were both honored during
Westminster’s Alumni Weekend.
Reynolds, who developed Westminster’s
successful Career Services Program and helped Below: Professor Jack Mosley and wife Mary
integrate the first women students into the
Westminster community, was given the
prestigious Remley Center Award April 22.
Established in 2001, this award is presented
every year to a female alumnae or friend of
Westminster for devotion and outstanding
Above: Sally Reynolds and Greg Richard ’88
service to the college and improving the
overall Westminster female experience.
Mosley, who initiated the computer science
program at Westminster and taught over 30
different classes during his 40-year tenure at
the College, was honored with a retirement
reception April 21.
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Hulshof Presents Check and Teaches Class at Westminster
U.S. Congressman Kenny Hulshof of Missouri’s Ninth Congressional District presented a check for
$695,500 in federal appropriations to President Lamkin April 18 and taught two classes on campus.
The funding will be used for new science equipment and supplies for the Wallace H. Coulter
Science Center to help Westminster’s science curriculum keep abreast with the rapid pace of new
leadership in obtaining these
important funds for
Westminster’s science program
is indicative of his forward-
looking approach to preparing
today’s youth to be tomorrow’s
leaders, and we thank him for
his strong support of
Westminster,” says President Amit Shrivastava ’07
Congressman Hulshof taught
Dr. Amy Carter’s “Legislative Westminster Junior Presents at
Process” class and Dr. Sam National Conference
Goodfellow’s “Introduction Westminster junior Amit Shrivastava of
to International Studies class Balaghat, India, presented his research paper
as well as visiting with the April 7 at the National Conference on
College Republicans Undergraduate Research (NCUR) at the
organization. University of North Carolina in Asheville.
U.S. Congressman Kenny Hulshof and President Lamkin
The three-day annual conference draws thou-
sands and gives a showcase for the work of
hundreds of young scholars from colleges and
Assessment Rates Westminster Freshman Seminar Near Top universities across the United States.
A national assessment of first-year student seminars ranks the program at Westminster College Shrivastava’s paper, “Finding Common
fourth in overall effectiveness when compared with programs at 46 different higher education Ground: Shared Patterns in Pakistani and
institutions. Indian Rituals,” demonstrates the common
cultural patterns found in the Muslim rituals
Developed by the Policy Center on the First Year of College and Educational Benchmarking, the of Pakistan and the Hindu ceremonies of
First Year Initiative Benchmarking Survey measures students’ perceptions according to 16 different India. He was given 15 minutes to present his
factors. A total of 236 Westminster freshmen completed the survey at the end of their seminar paper, followed by a five-minute question and
experience in Fall 2005. answer session.
With the Westminster Seminar Program, freshmen are assigned to one out of a wide range of
seminar topics from Westminster’s curriculum based on their interest. The philosophy behind the
seminar program is that by carefully and deliberately introducing
students to the basic intellectual skills they will need to succeed
in college and by the use of active learning strategies, entering
students will be helped in practicing a variety of skills necessary
for college and life long learning. The skills include close reading,
listening, speaking and critical thinking.
Some of the seminars are part of a living, learning community
where all students in an individual seminar become a member of
an academic and social support community. These seminars are
linked to another academic class and dorm room assignments so
that all members of the seminar share a dorm suite and take
another class together.
Westminster student perceptions are statistically significantly
higher than those at the other institutions in all other areas
except knowledge of campus policies and knowledge of academic
Students participate in a Westminster Seminar group activity
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Nine Westminster Juniors Receive Intern Scholarships
The Westminster Office of Career Services presented $1,000 scholarships during Alumni Weekend
to nine college juniors pursuing summer internships.
The nine scholarship recipients and their summer internships include: Amy Fluker of Jefferson City,
MO– Missouri State Museum internship in Jefferson City, MO; Shauna Amianth of The Maldives–
Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru, a marine science laboratory internship in The Maldives; Bambi Cheva-Isarakul
U.S. Congressman Delivers Koch of Chiang Mai, Thailand– a Humanity in Action Foundation internship in Denmark; Hunter Day of
Lecture on Campus Memphis, TN– a St. Mary’s Hospital internship in Jefferson City, MO; Swanzy Essien of Ghana– an
U.S. Congressman Todd Akin from Missouri’s Emerson Fellow internship on global issues in Washington, D.C.; Herschel Grisby of Plano, TX– a
Second Congressional District delivered the Research Experience for Undergraduates internship with the University of Michigan at a biological station
Koch Lecture on “The Secret of Freedom” April on Douglas Lake; Ciera Saxe of Fulton, MO– a YMCA internship in North Carolina and San Paolo,
21 on campus. In his address Akin talked Brazil; Maggie Thiel of Louisiana,
about the influences of early cultures on the MO– a Missouri Republican Party
way freedom is uniquely defined in America internship in Columbia, MO; and
and the freedoms we enjoy today. Rita Udisho of Baghdad, Iraq–
an AG Edwards internship in
Following the lecture, Congressman Akin and
Westminster President Lamkin gave each stu-
dent in attendance a copy of the Declaration The Westminster Office of Career
of Independence and the Bill of Rights suitable Services provides Westminster
for framing. The documents were a gift from students with a complete range of
The Donald L. Koch Foundation. The mission services, experiences and opportu-
of the Koch Foundation is “to enlighten and nities tailored to meet their career
educate young minds in the basic principles development needs, including
of democracy and to share the value of free internships.
market notions that are at the very core of our Intern Scholarship Recipients
American way of life.”
Student Continues Fight to Change Immigration Laws
Westminster College freshman Marie Gonzalez, who has become a national spokesperson for
immigration rights following the deportation of her family last year, represented Missouri at one of
five regional training sessions for young people coordinated by the Center for Community Change
in conjunction with the Fair Immigration Reform Movement Feb. 25-26 in Chicago.
Gonzalez has testified in Washington, D.C., and lobbied the U.S. Congress with the help of
supporters such as U.S. Senator Dick Durbin to pass The Dream Act, legislation that would remove
barriers to obtaining higher education for undocumented children who graduate from high school
and would provide a path for obtaining legal status.
Gonzalez’s case came to national attention when after living in this country since the age of five,
she and her family were notified in 2002 that the visitors’ visa that had allowed them to come to
America had expired. Immigration laws had changed to the point that the Gonzalez family could
U.S. Congressman Todd Akin
not receive permanent status even though
they had owned a business here and paid
taxes for many years. In spite of an outcry of
public support and the help of several
members of Congress, her parents, Marvin
and Marina Gonzalez, were sent back to Costa
Rica last July.
Marie was allowed a second one-year defer-
ment to stay in this country and continue her
dream of attending college at Westminster.
Marie hopes some resolution can be reached
so she can continue her education and
graduate from Westminster College in 2009.
Marie Gonzalez ’09
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Westminster Student Wins Regional Alpha Chi Scholarship
Amy Barclay, a Westminster College junior from Independence, MO, is one of two students to
receive a $500 scholarship for the 2006-2007 academic year from Region IV of the national honor
society Alpha Chi.
Barclay won the scholarship for her paper entitled “Or Does It Explode?” which was originally
written for her ethnic literature course. She is the second Westminster student to win this
scholarship in the past three years. The previous award winner was Erin Luke in 2004. Greek Challenge Winners
Founded by Westminster College in 1975, the Missouri Delta Chapter of Alpha Chi is the most
prestigious national academic honor society at Westminster College. Only the top 10 percent of Year three of the Greek Challenge proved to be
seniors and the top 5 percent of the junior class are eligible for this honor. This is more selective a spirited competition. The Alumni Council
than most chapters which accept members in the top 10 percent of both classes. once again challenged each active Greek
organization on campus to achieve the highest
alumni giving percentage for 2005-2006.
Westminster Officials Break Ground on New Dining Hall The winners of the 3rd Annual Greek
Westminster College officials broke ground for the Mueller Leadership Hall, a new campus dining Challenge Award were the Sigma Alpha
facility, April 22 during Alumni Weekend. The new $8.3 million facility, located adjacent to the Epsilon and Kappa Kappa Gamma fraternities.
Kent and Judith Mueller Student Center, will seat 380 and feature three private dining rooms for President Lamkin presented each chapter with
private functions and meetings as well as a large patio with umbrella tables for outdoor dining. the traveling trophy that will be displayed in
The Hall will connect with the Mueller Student Center by a walkway so both buildings can be used the chapter room of each organization until
for meal and catering functions. next year’s competition.
Speakers at the ceremony were President Fletcher M. Lamkin, SGA President Josh Harlow and major
contributors Kent and Judith Mueller and John and Joy Marsh. Others participating in the ground- RESULTS: Grads Only
breaking included Bob Monroe, Chair of the Westminster Board of Trustees; Bill Daniels, Trustee
Chair of the Dining Hall Committee; Wally Head, Trustee Chair of the Campaign for Westminster; ΣΑΕ..............................35.3%
Mike Esser and Jim Harrod, Trustees and official representatives of Edward Jones Foundation; Fulton ΦΔΘ............................. 33.4%
Mayor Bob Craghead; Scott Wilson, President of the facility’s contractor, Reinhardt/Wilson; and
Mackey Mitchell, President of the facility’s architectural firm, Mackey Mitchell & Associates of St. ΣΧ................................ 31.1%
Louis. ΔΤΔ.............................. 29.2%
Other leaders recognized on the project were John Bachmann, who encouraged the Edward Jones ΚΑ..............................28.0 %
Foundation, to make a significant donation after his visit to teach at Westminster; The Mabee
Foundation, a not-for-profit organization; ΒΘΠ.............................27.6%
and Trustee John Panettiere. ΚΚΓ............................. 25.2%
The new dining hall is scheduled to be ΚΑΘ.............................23.6%
completed July 2007 and be operational for
the 2007-2008 academic year beginning in
August. Includes gifts received from July 1, 2005 until April 17, 2006.
Dining Hall groundbreaking, April 22, 2006
Westminster Students Help Facilitate Spanish Play Groups
Advanced Spanish Conversation students at Westminster College helped facilitate monthly Spanish
language play groups for families with children in the Fulton community. The groups were targeted
at all families with young children, rather than specifically Hispanic families.
The group chose a particular topic such as colors, numbers or family for each session and then
planned activities to focus on learning new words. Participants played games, colored, sang and
One evening and one morning session were held every month with morning classes behind
McIntyre Elementary School in the Parents As Teachers Building and evening classes in the Friends
Maggie Thiel ’07, President, Kappa Kappa Gamma, President
Room of the Fulton Library. Lamkin, Andrew Miller ’08, Vice President, Sigma Alpha
These play groups were made possible through the collaboration of the Spanish Department at
Westminster College, Fulton Parents as Teachers, the Fulton Library and the University of Missouri
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Greeno, Shelton Named Athletes of the Year
If you are looking for a model student-athlete, Emily Greeno and Alex Shelton are good
examples. That’s why Greeno and Shelton have been named the 2005-06 Westminster College
Female and Male Athletes of the Year.
Greeno, who came to Westminster from Jefferson City High School, became a starter on
the women’s basketball team in her freshman season. She immediately started making an
impression in the classroom and on the basketball court. She has regularly made the Dean’s
List and earned academic all-conference honors four years running while working on her
degree in secondary education.
Greeno earned all-conference honors as a player in her junior and senior seasons, and she is
just the fifth player in Westminster women’s basketball history to surpass the 1,000-point
barrier, concluding her career fifth on the Westminster career scoring chart with 1,006 points.
She also ended her career fourth on the Blue Jay list with 261 career assists and eighth with
332 career rebounds.
Shelton’s story is similar to Greeno’s. He came to Westminster from Crocker, Missouri, and
immediately started compiling academic and athletic credentials. In the classroom, Shelton
made the Dean’s List in his first semester and has remained on that list throughout his
academic career, as well as earning academic all-conference recognition in each of his four
years. As a junior, Shelton was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America
Second Team, and he is now working to complete his degrees in secondary education and
physical education K-12.
That type of recognition carried over to the baseball field. Shelton was an honorable mention
selection as a sophomore and a first team pick as a junior. This past season Shelton earned
honorable mention recognition at second base. He batted .329 and led the team in at-bats
(155), total bases (80) and assists (99). Shelton also led the team and tied the individual Alex Shelton ’06 and Emily Greeno ’06
single-season school record with 17 doubles.
Both Greeno and Shelton were active in other endeavors including their work with the
student-athlete advisory committee, and not surprisingly, both were members of Chi Alpha
Sigma, the national college athlete honor society.
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Senior Ceremonies Held May 6th
Baccalaureate and Commencement ceremonies
held May 6 in Champ Auditorium sent the 184
Westminster graduates on to graduate schools
and vocational pursuits in grand style.
Commencement speaker former U.S. Senator
and Missouri First Lady Jean Carnahan gave
the graduates some “Wisdom Overlooked” as
cement the topic of her address indicated. She selected
the advice of three diverse sources as inspira-
tion for the graduates—the Jewish faith,
former slave Harriet Tubman and Special
Olympics competitors. Her words of wisdom to
the class were:
1. We have a responsibility to leave the
world a better place than we found it.
2. We never realize how much we can
accomplish if we just keep going, no
matter how tired or scared we might be
or how difficult the challenge.
3. When we hold hands and run together
toward the same goal, we all win.
The Baccalaureate speaker was Rev. Susannah
(Hager) Cook ’92, who is currently Associate
(Hage Pastor of Shandon Presbyterian Church in
ureate Columbia, SC and has a long history with
Westminster schools. She attended
Westminster Day from preschool to 8th grade
and Westminster College from 1988-92. She
also was a member of Westminster Presbyterian
At the Commencement exercises President of
the Alumni Council, Kim (Boswell) Daniel
’90 honored Chapin Deel and Gera Stewart
with the Seniors of the Year Awards and
President of the Westminster Parents
Association, Walter Logan ’74 presented
English Professor Carolyn Perry with the
Outstanding Faculty Award.
After commencement, the Columns
Class of 2006
Ceremony, a traditional rite where seniors
walk back through the Columns they entered
four years ago to attend Westminster, was held
followed by a reception for graduates and their
families on The Hill.
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Spring provides a unique venue at Westminster; current and past students are able to gather on the
“Hill”, reminisce about the past and look forward with pride as Westminster continues to shine as
one of the top private liberal arts colleges in the country. As I “reminisce” over a short ten years
since my graduation, I am amazed at the growth of the campus, not just in the exceptional
students, but also the infrastructure. New dormitories are appearing, fraternity houses are being
upgraded, a new dining hall will soon be built and one of the crown jewels of campus, the
renovation of the Churchill Memorial museum is now complete, and in my opinion would rival
any Presidential Library in the country. I was thoroughly impressed by the progress I saw returning
for Alumni Weekend. I was able, as always, to see familiar faces, and connect with new
acquaintances, visiting the Sigma Alpha Epsilon house, seeing classmates at my ten year reunion
dinner and taking in the fantastic and energetic Dueling Piano Bar.
I still get that feeling of school pride as I make the turn onto Westminster Avenue and look up at
the Columns, the familiar structures and the botanical beauty of the “Hill”. Thoughts of Dr.
Langton and Dr. Jefferson’s Political Science classes, and the friendships I established and still
cherish. Over the past several months I have had the opportunity to meet the next generation of
Westminster alumni through my service on the Alumni Council. I can say that Westminster’s
reputation of producing strong leaders and global understanding is continuing and the next
generations are well prepared.
D. Shawn Poore ’96
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By Clint Watts ’07
While most of the town was sipping their morning coffee and thumbing through the funny papers,
Westminster sophomore Godsway Sappor was knee deep in mud and loving every minute of it.
Why you ask? With the help of an enthusiastic student body, Westminster College has taken the
first step towards sustainability by planting an ecologically friendly organic garden. Godsway, a
native of Ghana, comes from an entirely agricultural community where life is dependent upon the
food he grows. Prior to coming to America, Godsway was an expert tractor operator, but had never
driven a car. Here in the land of plenty, his friends are teaching him the rules of the road as he
teaches them the secrets of the spade.
In a joint venture between the Center for Leadership and Service, ECoS (Environmentally
Concerned Students), and the Wellness Program of Counseling and Health Services, the Campus
Garden Project hopes to inspire environmentally minded students to put their ideas into action
and take the initiative to fulfill Westminster College’s pledged obligation to campus “greening.”
By providing a venue to experience tangible sustainability, the program intends to promulgate
awareness and draw other previously indifferent students toward ecologically viable living
Dr. Bob Hansen, Professor of Psychology and Cofounder, said that the Campus Garden
Project has five basic purposes: (1) recycle organic rubbish produced by Robertson Dining Hall
through composting; (2) provide a opportunity for students to directly interact with nature;
(3) establish a place for students with agricultural experience, especially in Westminster’s
international community, to practice their skill in cultivation; (4) set an example for the
community and challenge others to be good stewards of the land by providing ethical consistency
in the administration of the college; and (5) provide more and better vegetables to students that
stay in the Fulton area during the summer months.
The pilot project for this undertaking is located in the lot behind the Center for
Leadership and Service. It consists of a single 2’ x 80’ herb plot and nine 5’ x 25’
vegetable plots that have been planted with lettuces, tomatoes, onions, carrots,
and other assorted vegetables. Rain barrels adjacent to the Center for Leadership
and Service have been engineered to collect and deliver rainwater through gravity-
fed piping, providing water to the garden at the discretion of the student farmers.
Current participants include six faculty members: Therese Miller, Courtney Swan,
Brad Sheppard, David Humphrey, Dan Haslag, Alan Goldin and Bob Hansen and
twelve students: Thanh Ha, Kate Harrison, Valerie Schofield, Hasan Adwan, Felipe
Cordero, Zhenia Marova, Jessica Wickam, Godsway Sappor, Magan Gross, Shauna
Aminath, Jason Williams and Elizabeth Richardson. Still, Hansen thinks big things
are on the horizon. “We intend to get as many students involved as possible,”
said Hansen. Early efforts have been promising. After three meetings and little
advertising, their small group has grown tremendously.
Founding sponsors hope to expand this project in the future to include the
development of weatherized housing and perhaps even livestock. Meanwhile,
faculty efforts are focused on integrating the Campus Garden Project into the
Westminster curriculum by emphasizing soil work, recycling/composting, planning
and decision-making, problem-solving, teamwork, ecological integrity, and the
value of physical labor. Some participants have mentioned putting together
environmental education programs for local elementary students, a way for the
group to give back. This facet may be a long way off, but you wouldn’t know it
from talking to the students. Spirits are high, and the progress has been steady.
Beyond the obvious physical benefits these
plots provide, there may be intrinsically
profitable social byproducts. “Collaboration on
this project will be a great opportunity to
begin to bridge the gap between international
and American students on the Westminster
campus,” says Hansen.
Apparently, a significant concern on the
Westminster campus, the student newspaper
The Columns recently published an editorial
addressing the status of foreign-domestic
integration on campus. This was followed later
by a short story on the new garden that has
students talking. “The Campus Garden Project
will do wonders for our integration,” said
Westminster sophomore Brian Matthews. “We
need more interactive ways to get to know our
international counterparts. This could be the
spark we’ve been looking for.”
Where some look at the land and see useless
dirt, a dedicated group of young farmers have
turned simple soil into a fruitful opportunity
for nourishment, enlightenment and social
metamorphosis. The fertility of the soil may
not last forever, and the veggies and herbs it
will produce will surely wilt. But the Campus
Garden Project will continue to evolve and live
on in the passions of its participants.
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The World is a Classroom
for Westminster Students As Westminster College moves forward with its strategic vision of developing leaders in a global
community, one of the Westminster experiences that has taken on increased meaning for the
students is studying abroad. The Office of International Programs at Westminster helps students
take advantage of those opportunities.
“There is no better way for our students to understand our multicultural world than by experienc-
ing it firsthand in another country or by studying off campus through a domestic program,” says
Tonya Veltrop, Director of International Programs at Westminster. “Here at Westminster we want
our students to explore the world around them and extend their thinking beyond this campus and
their own hometowns.”
When study abroad opportunities began, they were often very limited, expensive and often
compelled students to spend an extra semester catching up on their required courses for gradua-
tion. Today there are thousands of accessible opportunities that are quite affordable, and students
can study within their major and transfer that credit to Westminster.
Veltrop has seen a steady rise in interest in the study abroad option as witnessed by the increased
traffic going in and out of her office. Last summer 14 students participated in a faculty-led program
to Belize, one student studied in Australia and another in Spain. During the fall 2005 semester a
dozen students spent their semester learning in other countries—seven of them at the University of
Winchester in England.
Five other Westminster students spent their spring semester at the University of Winchester as well
as another seven students who chose such interesting study locations as Costa Rica, Spain,
Argentina, France and Norwich, England. Currently, during this summer, seven students are
participating in a faculty-led program in Peru and Ecuador, two of them are involved in a faculty-
led program in France, and four others are in London, Spain and Argentina.
Perhaps the most interesting twist in cultural immersion is the new “Take Your Friend Home
Program” implemented by Westminster this summer. Four of our domestic Westminster students
have gone home with four international Westminster students for 2-3 weeks thanks to the generous
support of interested Westminster Board of Trustee members in helping to finance this exciting
opportunity. Two of them are spending time in Russia, one in The Maldives and one in India. Then
during one of the breaks during the academic school year, the families of the American students
will reciprocate by hosting the international students. Westminster officials expect to learn a great
deal from this pilot project and plan to raise additional funds to extend the program in the coming
Similarly to the students profiled in this article, all of these students will have interesting stories to
tell when they return to campus in the fall. More importantly, they have received an educational
experience that, as Danie Becknell found, “you could not get from books.” The sights they have
seen, the people they have met, and the new perspectives, customs and cultures they have experi-
enced will make them better prepared to assume the leadership roles that lie ahead for them.
Three of the Westminster fall students who studied around the world were kind enough to share
some of their experiences.
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Dana Deason Fort Smith, Arkansas to Morocco
The love of the French language junior Dana Deason received in her Westminster foreign
language classes and an interest in the Muslim world led her to spend the fall semester of
2005 in the exotic country of Morocco. School for International Training Study Abroad,
which has study abroad programs all over the world, accepted Dana, and students from
27 other colleges and universities around the United States joined her for the fall studies
program in Morocco.
For most of her experience, Dana lived in the capital city of Rabat with a family of four—
an older woman and her daughter who worked at a British school, one son who worked
with passports for the government, and another son who was employed at a sushi restau-
rant. The area where she lived was 100 years old and had evolved from a Jewish area to
French and finally the modern area of today. However, she also lived with a family in the
village of Bir Ettaine for a week where she saw a great deal of poverty and managed to
survive with very limited water and the use of a “Turkish toilet” (a hole in the ground
with places for your feet and a water bucket nearby).
She got to experience a 40-minute trek by camel to an oasis and an excursion to the Sahara Desert
where she managed to flail her way to the top of the largest sand dune in Morocco with the only
casualty a lost flip flop that was sucked beneath the sand.
Her class schedule began with a morning study of Arabic at 8 a.m. and then afternoon lectures or
seminars alternating on the subjects of Culture and Society, Politics and Religion, and Preparation
for Independent Study. For the last four weeks of her study, Dana conducted research on her
independent study of the emergency program at the largest hospital in North Africa. During her
observations there, she was very impressed with how intelligent and hard working the doctors
were and amazed at the low cost of medical treatment. Emergency room treatment cost $6, and 80
percent of the patients paid nothing for their care.
Dana was surprised by how strong an influence Islamic religion was on the residents. Daily prayers
occurred five times a day. A dominant male culture was also prevalent, and when the time came for
daily prayers, all the men went to the mosques, and the women stayed home. As a lone woman
whose face was uncovered, contrary to religious custom for the people, Dana was harassed by
catcalls and intimidation whenever she traveled the streets and into the open markets.
However, she did learn to hold her own at Souk, the city’s wonderful open market area where
buyers could purchase anything from food to rugs and jellaba (the national Moroccan dress). All
the merchants enjoy bargaining over the price of their wares.
“If you bargained well, they served you green tea and wanted you to meet their
families and sometimes gave additional gifts,” says Deason. “But if you started
out at too low a price, they would walk off in disgust. I bargained for two hours
to buy the beautiful rug that hangs as a tapestry on my wall.”
She was very impressed with the sense of community she found in Morocco.
“When you meet someone, you always stop for conversation, no matter what
your schedule may be. Time is not important. The philosophy is: ‘If I’m there, it
is God’s will,” says Deason. “And if you receive a plate of food, you never take it
back empty. During the observance of Ramadan, no beggar goes hungry.”
The government of Morocco is a constitutional monarchy under King
Mohammed VI, a young king who is popular and known for getting things done
and pushing for modernization, even though many of the younger people
would like to see a more democratic form of government. Nevertheless, the
uncovering of the many human rights violations of his father has created some
problems for the new king.
Although she was not near the major areas of conflict north of where she lived, Dana was well
aware of the serious immigration problems the country is facing as many people fight to leave
Morocco for Spain. Seeing these problems firsthand has reinforced her desire to study and work in
the area of immigration law.
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Danie Becknell Troy, Missouri to Jordan
When junior Danie Becknell decided to pursue study abroad, she had definite ideas of
where she wanted to go. She had already lived in Germany as an au pair at the age of
17, so she wanted a complete change in culture and scenery. She had her heart set on
somewhere in the Middle East because the region plays such a significant role in what
our global future holds. Therefore, she was very pleased to be placed in Jordan by SIT
Study Abroad and even more pleased to receive a $5,000 national scholarship.
She was welcomed into the home of a Greek Orthodox couple whose marriage had been arranged.
The man had worked in Russia during the Cold War and now owned the Sheraton Hotel in
Amman. This Jordanian couple had waited later in life to start a family of three daughters who
ranged in age from 22 to 18 at the time Danie lived with them. Because the father had such a good
job, Danie had the luxury of living in a large, two-story home with four bedrooms and two bath-
rooms (both with complete plumbing). The family never ran out of water, which was a rarity in
Jordan. The average family receives two metric cubits of water every week that must be used for all
purposes. As far as dining was concerned, she enjoyed lots of lamb and humus. Strong coffee is
served at various times during the day, much like a tea break in England. Tea, and particularly a
reddish, black hot tea, is also served. In general, there is a great deal of drinking, which can be
traced back to the nomadic lifestyle where caffeine and sugar gave people the energy they needed
to get through the day.
Danie’s class days were rather long because her host family insisted on driving her to a street corner
in the Shmisani District at 6 a.m. every morning. It was easier and cheaper to catch a taxi from
there than the house where Danie was staying. From there, she would travel to class in the richest
district of the town, Abdoun. She would arrive at school at 7:15 a.m. and have to wait for school to
open, which gave her the opportunity to visit with one of her Muslim professors, Jumana, who also
From 8:30 a.m. to noon every day, she would study Arabic. Classes were held Sunday-
Thursday with Fridays off as Muslim holy days. On Sunday, Monday and Wednesday
afternoons, Danie attended lectures given by area leaders, ranging from the former
Prime Minister of Jordan to city, county and regional officials, government specialists.
Tuesday and Thursday afternoons were devoted to field classes where she and her 13
classmates would travel out into the country for presentations devoted to some specific
areas of Jordanian life and culture.
During the last month of her stay, Danie moved out of the family’s home and lived on
her own, sharing an apartment in Jabal Aman, an historic district where King Hussein
lived as a young man before he took the throne, with one of her classmates. They lived
a block from the hotel where a wedding party had been bombed two weeks earlier.
This was a little unnerving for Danie, who had attended another wedding at the same
hotel a month before the bombing.
Like Dana, Danie learned the ins and outs of bargaining at the open market. Her
strategy was to express interest in an item, offer a price and then walk away. If the
merchants were interested in a sale, they would follow her. She also faced a great deal
of sexual harassment as a single white woman walking on the streets and in the
Now she understands so much more about the Muslim religion and the culture, customs and
politics of the Middle East. As she puts it: “No matter how many books you read, you can’t really
understand the Middle East until you’ve lived among its people… talked with them… eaten with
them… shared their way of life.”
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Charles “Beau” Peterson Cincinnati, Ohio to England
When Dr. Roger Richardson made one of his two annual recruitment visits to
Westminster to encourage students to study abroad, senior Beau Peterson did not
attend. Nevertheless, he became interested in the program when he heard about it
from a friend. That discussion led him to pay a visit to Tonya Veltrop. Little did he
know these events and his interest in travel and meeting new people would end with
him as one of seven Westminster students spending their fall 2005 semester in
Westminster has developed close ties with the direct enrollment program at the
University of Winchester through the strong recruitment of Dr. Roger Richardson
who visits the Westminster campus several times during the year, the encouragement
of Westminster English Professor Dr. Carolyn Perry, and the reputation for academic
quality, affordable study and supportive culture that Winchester has become known
for possessing. A formalized agreement was signed between Westminster and
Winchester in April, 2004. Westminster senior Mollie Hicok, a Crenshaw Scholar,
spent a year as a British Council USA Student Ambassador, one of 60 students across
the nation selected to recruit other students to study abroad in the United Kingdom.
Mollie was the first Westminster student to participate in the Winchester program. In
addition to Mollie, eleven other Westminster students have enjoyed the Winchester
While many students studying abroad live with host families, Beau had his own room in a
dormitory, and room and board were included in the cost of tuition. He elected to take four 3-
hour classes in Management Accounting, Business Law, Financial Management and American
Studies. His classes met twice a week and followed a research and project approach with several
tests and a final project as the evaluations. For example, in one of Beau’s classes, the final project
was a financial analysis report on health care trusts.
During his semester at Winchester, Beau certainly made up for his previous lack of world travel.
With London only 50 minutes away and Stonehenge a mere 20 minutes, he saw a great deal of that
part of England. Winchester is considered to be the original home of King Arthur and the Round
Table, and Beau viewed a replica of that legendary table. He also visited Wales on Guy Faux Day
and experienced the magnificent fireworks that climax the celebration at Cardiff Castle.
Even more exciting, his semester ended with a whirlwind of travel. Once classes ended, Beau spent
his last two weeks seeing nine different countries—England, Wales, France, Belgium, Luxembourg,
Switzerland, Germany, Austria and Italy. High points of the tour for Beau were night skiing in the
Swiss Alps, a visit to the United Nations Headquarters in Brussels, and the Pinakothek art museum
in Munich. The beginning of his trip was helped along by a ride on the one of a kind high-speed
train, the Eurostar, which took him from London and under the English Channel to Brussels at
“While the English people are generally reserved and quiet in comparison to us…
particularly when you first meet them… once you become better acquainted, they
become much more talkative and have a great sense of humor,” Beau says. “The
English people are more ‘Americanized’ than I expected in their popular culture, but
unlike our country, not everyone has a cell phone or television set and their yards
are usually much smaller than ours. However, in spite of admiring things like
American music, fashions, and movies, they still have an enormous sense of the
importance of their history and preserve many remarkable traditions. Obviously,
they are very proud of their heritage.”
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A Spring Break of Service
While many college students spent spring break “soaking
up the rays” on the beach or catching up on their sleep
and mom’s home cooking, 16 Westminster students chose
to take an alternative spring break trip with College
Chaplain Brad Sheppard to do Hurricane Katrina relief
work in Gulfport, Mississippi. They were accompanied by
two students from William Woods University, five adults
from the First Presbyterian Church in Mexico, MO and one
of the student’s fathers, who was a handy man to have
around. He’s a professional plumber.
This was the sixth such spring break trip to be taken by
Westminster students, but it was the first time Westminster
ever partnered with an area church on this great adven-
ture. Westminster students ended up working with the
Presbytery of Mississippi because it had so many needy
projects. The group left on March 25 on the 14-hour trip
in three vehicles and returned March 31. They stayed with
70 other volunteers at Handsboro Presbyterian Church, the
oldest Presbyterian church on the Gulf Coast. Classroom
space had been converted into dorm rooms with bunk
beds and air mattresses, but some had to sleep outside in
tents. While the group had the benefit of 2-3 indoor
showers and 4 bathrooms, most of the showers had to be
set up outside along one of the church walls.
On a typical day, workers would leave at 7:30 a.m. for their
work sites after a cold breakfast, eat a sack lunch they had
prepared that morning, and stop work at 5 p.m. to return
to the church. Everyone pitched in to fix dinner, and after
that 6:30 p.m. meal, the group would meet to talk about
the progress of the day.
The Westminster group split up and spent their week working on three different projects. One crew
tore the destroyed roof off a house and back porch and replaced it with a new one. A second group
worked with several faith based organizations in a warehouse of goods that had been donated for
relief efforts. These goods were everything from building materials and appliances to kitchen kits,
comprised of everything needed to cook and serve a meal and donated by Saudi Arabia. However,
these materials were spread in disarray everywhere. So the first order of business for the group was
to inventory all the goods, and then two Westminster students put all the supplies on an Excel
spread sheet program and taught the locals how to track what they had on hand and what they
had distributed. The rest of the week was spent distributing items to needy families. The third
group drew the assignment of helping the families of two homes find what few personal posses-
sions were spared the destruction and strip one of the houses to get them ready to be rebuilt and
remodeled and clean out the other one.
While they were gone, the Westminster students kept journals of their trip. Several of them volun-
teered to share their thoughts for this article so we could give you a sense of their impressions of
this extraordinary journey they chose to take. Here are some of the thoughts of freshmen Gina
Campagna, Kansas City, MO; Lindsey Creek, Bland, MO; sophomore Emily Doerr, St. Louis,
MO; and junior Carrie Marsh, Centralia, MO. All of them elected to spend their spring break this
way out of a desire to help.
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Campagna: Despite my overwhelming
lack of self-confidence in my abilities to
climb ladders and patch roofs, despite
the fact that I have only used a power
tool once in my life, and despite
my gross fear of Mississippi mosquitoes,
I choose to participate in Westminster’s
Alternative Spring Break Program. It was
impossible for me to deny that these
people needed help, and something
inside my heart told me that they
needed my help.
Doerr: I am really thankful that I went on this
They were amazed at the trip because I saw firsthand what a positive
devastation they saw: impact a small group like ours could have on
Creek: It looked like a ‘giant hand’ had an entire community. I also enjoy giving back
just gone across the area and wiped the since I feel I have so much and that I am
land clean. The only things left were fortunate to have the family situation I do. It
concrete, brick slabs, and debris. was a great experience.
Marsh: Houses and businesses were destroyed. The piers and marinas were barely visible. There Creek: It is disheartening to me to see all the
were times when I really wanted to cry! We drove along the coastline and looked at the point negative things and decisions, and I wonder if
where the bridge that used to connect Mississippi with Louisiana was. It was gone. I will have the drive and determination to
make the right decisions. I often wonder about
The work was often not easy. the world and life and all the big questions
you’re never supposed to know the answers to.
Creek: She needed to have her house stripped down to pretty much its base. It was a long day–we
I want to be a person that makes an impact or
wore masks and work gloves all day. It was rather moldy and there was a lot of rat excrement. The
helps to make a change, but I always wonder
first hour or so it was rather overwhelming. I can’t imagine coming back to that situation.
how… I just hope I make good decisions and
Marsh: After we finished painting the bathroom, we started moving doors from outside the have the integrity to be a good person
warehouse to inside. I got to work my muscles. In between unloading pallets of doors, we got to throughout my life.
load vehicles with supplies for their newly rebuilt homes. There were boxes of kitchen supplies,
Although Lindsey Creek and the others may
spaghetti, cleaning supplies and soap.
question what life holds for them in the
future, obviously the thoughts they are
However, the people they were helping were very grateful.
having—that all people have worth and talent,
Doerr: The second and third days of the trip, I went back to the warehouse to work. This time I that those talents must be used to help those
did more inventory work than moving boxes and physical labor. It was very helpful that we did the in need, that we can always do more to help,
inventory because if it wasn’t done by Thursday they might have had to close down the warehouse. that teamwork is important, that one person
The people that managed the warehouse told us how much it meant to them and they were in can make a difference, and that they must try
tears. to make good decisions and maintain their
integrity—all those thoughts only confirm that
And the students learned what it was to be both a leader and a follower. they are well on their way to becoming the
“leaders of character” Westminster is proud to
Campagna: Throughout the day Alyssa [Alyssa Cuquet of Ballwin, MO] and I were both
send out into the world.
Leaders—equal leaders. We were able to take the situation into our own hands and decide
what actions needed to be made. [The next day] I worked at a warehouse that held sup-
plies for relief teams. Several of the people working there had worked at the warehouse the
previous day as well. They had a working system, and they pretty much knew how to get
it done. In this instance, I was more than happy to step away from the “Gina in Control”
position that I was in the previous day and let others take the lead.
The lessons they learned that one spring break in Mississippi will certainly
last them a lifetime.
Marsh: Today was a hard day, not physically, but emotionally. I knew it was going to be
hard saying goodbye to everyone. I really hope I can go back over the summer so I can
help some more. I had such an awesome time even though I know I could have done so
much more to help.
Campagna: I learned that all people have unique, creative, beautiful gifts that can be
used to serve humanity. No, actually I’m pretty sure I knew that beforehand. Rather, I
learned that it is important and necessary to use those awesome talents in the effort to
help those in need. I learned that while we embrace and celebrate our individual talents,
we must remember that we are all united. Alone we are weak. Working together makes us
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The dual celebration of the 60th Anniversary
of Winston Churchill’s visit and the dedication
of the brand new Winston S. Churchill:
A Life of Leadership Gallery ensured the
3rd – 5th of March were a very busy few days!
In the following pages you can see a photo diary
of the events as they happened and remember,
again, just what a tremendous time it was.
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t center) poses
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hill Family Fo
Churchill Family Forum
For over an hour, Churchill’s daughter Lady Mary Soames entertained
questions from faculty and students at Westminster,
providing inspiring and edifying glimpses of her father’s leadership,
the relationship between her father and her mother,
her childhood, World War II, and the Cold War.
The forum was later shown on C-SPAN.
es and Wes
Above: Lady Soam
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Left: Board of Governor member Richard Mahoney
opens the premier proceedings
Far left: The Donor Wall is unveiled
n Wells and
oney and ”
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Above: D perience Churchill’
Premiere Opening of Winston S. Churchill:
A Life of Leadership Gallery
In appreciation of their hard work and significant contributions, those who played Kaplan
3 and Richard
leadership roles in the development, fabrication and installation of the Above: Jack
Winston S. Churchill: A Life of Leadership exhibit were among the first
to experience the new gallery.
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The Smoking Club
Guests enjoyed two of Winston Churchill’s favorite things:
cigars and scotch whiskey. The Smoking Club was sponsored by
Hemingways, LTD in Columbia, MO.
ff ’88 and Greg Ric
Above: Ken Thero
Motorcade through Downtown Fulton
Saturday’s festivities began with a motorcade that retraced part of the
route Churchill and Truman took through Fulton on their way to
Westminster on March 5, 1946. Among those who rode in the antique
cars, provided by local residents, were Lady Mary Soames, Churchill’s
daughter; Edwina Sandys, Churchill’s granddaughter; John Ross Truman,
grandnephew of President Harry S Truman; and Mary Eisenhower,
granddaughter of President Dwight David Eisenhower.
Below: Edwina San
wer, Linda Logan and
man, Mary Eisenho
Above: John Ross Tru
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Westm issouri Senato
inster st r
crowd udent R Kit Bond listen
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Soames cuts n Sun
photo by Co
lin Suchland, The Fulto Grand Opening
After remarks by Memorial Executive Director Dr. Rob Havers and speeches by
Westminster College President Dr. Fletcher Lamkin and Missouri Senator Kit Bond,
Lady Mary Soames gave the keynote address at the formal opening ceremony
in the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Aldermanbury. After the ceremony,
Lady Soames cut the ribbon and officially opened the Winston S. Churchill:
A Life of Leadership Gallery.
A community luncheon reminiscent of the one enjoyed
by Sir Winston Churchill and President Harry Truman in
1946 was hosted by Westminster College and
the Fulton community.
Above: Fulton resident,
Alleen Kritzer, whose mot
by Truman and Churchil her, Eura “Sport” Anthony,
l at the luncheon in 1946 baked the cakes enjoyed
, poses with Winston.
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College President Flet
presents Chris Matthe cher Lamkin
ws with a Churchill
and his wife Dia
Ron Winney ’64
Black Tie Gala Celebration
Chris Matthews, host of the popular MSNBC program “Hardball with Chris and wife Renee
Below: Missouri Representative Kenny Hulshof
Matthews” and “The Chris Matthews Show” on NBC, was the keynote speaker at the
Black Tie Gala Celebration Dinner. Matthews, who called Churchill his hero, shared
10 lessons he has learned from Churchill and how they relate to life.
and Lady So
Above: Senior Fellow Suzanne
Richardson and Chris Matthews
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ares his thou
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s Sublime Harm
Sunday Morning Church Service
The anniversary celebration concluded with a church service,
with guest preacher Reverend Cecil Culverhouse,
at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Aldermanbury.
Below: Lady Soames exits the Church of St. Mary
the Virgin, Aldermanbury
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An Everyday Hero
This is a real story about a real person. He was the sort of man we have
all had weave in and out of our lives. Always there singing in the choir,
serving as an elder, behind the scenes doing whatever task was needed
in the community. He never asked for recognition and usually worked
hard at keeping his identity anonymous. So to honor his life of dedica-
tion to Westminster College we will tell his story in the same manner. A
special thank you goes to his friends and family who shared in telling
the story of this everyday hero.
Mr. Everyday, a College alum, always thought of Westminster College with fond memories. The
hours spent on campus had been filled with great educational opportunities. However, there were
other life lessons in integrity, fairness, respect and responsibility that he would later realize truly
shaped his life.
Mr. Everyday was not a rich man in a financial sense. He always felt he had been blessed with
family and friends and would gladly share of himself or his resources. So when he learned that a
Charitable Gift Annuity could provide him a stream of payments throughout his lifetime and then
pass to Westminster College at his death, he was interested.
Mr. Everyday established two charitable gift annuities with Westminster College. These gift
annuities provided Mr. Everyday with a constant source of income during his lifetime. Then
following his death the funds were
released for the charitable purpos- Gift Payments to Released to
es he intended. This chart details Amount Mr. Everyday Westminster
Mr. Everyday’s original gifts, the
income he received during his life
$10,000 $13,140 $13,591
and the ultimate gift released for
Westminster College. $20,000 $20,700 $29,293
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These were truly great gifts for both Mr. Everyday and Westminster College. For some people
that would have been enough but not for Mr. Everyday because his estate plan had been
created to follow the same value structure that he had applied to his life. He planned first not
to become a burden to his family, second to care for his family and third to help those in
need. After caring for himself, his family, and his church, his estate plan indicated to give
whatever remained to Westminster College. In all, more than $200,000 in Mr. Everyday’s
estate has come to benefit future generations of Westminster College students.
So that is how today this everyday man helped break ground on a new dining hall for
Westminster College and grow the College’s endowment. Because all of these gifts were
unrestricted Mr. Everyday touched lives all across the campus through enhanced learning
opportunities and improved campus life so today’s students, tomorrow’s leaders may prepare
to live lives of success, significance, and service.
To learn how you can provide for yourself, your family, and leave a legacy
through a gift to Westminster College, please contact me.
Rebecca (Becky) Zimmer, CFRE
Director of Planned Giving
(636) 448-1419 or (573) 592-5374
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Correction: The Winter 2006 awarded to a faculty member to Dr. Richard Smith ’62 retired Dr. Berre Robinson ’64
issue of Leadership noted Coach recognize and encourage faculty from neurosurgical practice in received the Missouri Governor’s
Dick Ault celebrated his 90th support of spiritual development. 2003 and is currently the Medical Award for Excellence in Teaching.
birthday in December 2005. Director of the Mercy Neuroscience Robinson is a Professor of Religion
Susan (Sterner) Spence and
Coach Ault actually celebrated his Institute of Mercy Health Center and Philosophy at Central
husband Mark welcomed Sophia
80th birthday in December 2005. in Oklahoma City, OK. Smith has Methodist University in Fayette,
Cameron Spence into their family
five grandchildren. MO.
Lori Fox and husband Jeff on November 10, 2005. The
welcomed Liliana Fox on March Spence’s have two older children Dr. David Adams ’63 was
11, 2006. Fox is a Counselor in Jacob and Samantha. Spence was promoted in February 2006 to
Health Services at Westminster. the Director of Student Activities Major General in the US Joint
and Greek Life Advisor in the Multiplier Command headquar-
David Hammons, former
early 1990s at Westminster. tered at the Pentagon in
Head Athletic Trainer, and wife
Washington, DC. Adams was
Elizabeth welcomed Tommy
given an award as a founding
Hammons on January 7, 2006.
member of the US Department of
The family resides in Coats, NC.
Homeland Security and received
Martha Kochheim, former the National Homeland Security
Beta housemother in the 1980s, Medal Certificate. Adams has also
celebrated her 97th birthday in received a Distinguished Service
2005. She is doing well living in Citation for his work with the US Berre Robinson ’64 honored for teaching
Seminole, FL, and enjoys her excellence
Coast Guard Auxiliary.
health and family.
Jason LeGrand, former Student
Activities/Greek Life Director, is Dr. Bill Cross ’55 was recognized by the Missouri House of
the Director of Development for Jacob, Samanth and Sophie Spence, children Representatives as an “Outstanding Missourian” for a lifetime of
Student Life at the University of of Mark and Susan (Sterner) Spence accomplishments in education and city government on January 31,
Nevada Las Vegas. 2006 in Jefferson City. The award was presented by State
Chris Rieger and wife Wendy
welcomed Griffin Avery Rieger on
50’s Representative Jerry Nolte, Legislative District 33 from Gladstone.
“He’s an example of everything that’s good and everything you
February 10, 2006. Rieger is an want to see in a public official,” says Nolte. “If we could duplicate
Assistant Professor of English and him and put him in every city, we’d be in grand shape.” Cross has
the Faculty Advisor to The Columns. been a teacher, coach and administrator for 51 years, and has served
as a mentor and role model for over 25,000 high school students
and 10,000 teachers in graduate programs.
His many current civic leadership roles range from President Elect of
the Missouri Municipal League to Mayor Pro Tem of the Gladstone
City Council. He is President of the Native Sons of Greater Kansas
Westminster friends Bob Volz ’54 and City organization. His other community service roles have included
Webb Todd ’52 reunited in Tucson, AZ in
March Mayor of Gladstone, President of the Northland Coalition of 16
school districts and of the Clay County Coordinating Committee
Alan Tolle ’56 taught anatomy
and a board member of the Gladstone Parks and Recreation
at Bakersfield, CA Junior College
Department and the Gladstone Economy Betterment Council.
Griffin Avery Rieger for 32 years in the nurses program.
He and wife of 47 years recently Cross is President Elect of the Westminster College Alumni Council,
George Schmidt, former faculty moved to Oregon, where Tolle and a 1995 recipient of the Alumni Achievement Award and the
member, is an Associate Professor enjoys flying his own airplane. 1997 recipient of the Alumni Award of Merit. “I’ve been blessed
of Accounting in the College of
with being able to do just about
Business at the University of
Arkansas Fort Smith. 60’s anything I wanted to do and have
surrounded myself with such
Reverend Brad Sheppard is Dr. Bud Johnson ’61 is a wonderful people,” says Cross.
the first recipient of the Gayle Periodontist with Oklahoma “I just get discouraged at times that
Nutting Miranti Memorial Faculty Dental in Oklahoma City. there aren’t enough hours in the
Award. This award was estab- day to do what I want.”
Dr. John Campbell ’62 retired
lished in the memory of Gayle
from private practice with the
Miranti, wife of Joe Miranti ’72
Assoc Ear Nose & Throat of Tulsa, Outstanding Missourian Bill Cross ’55 and
and mother of Pam ’02 and
OK. wife Mary
Pete ’04 Miranti, and is
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Bruce Smith ’65 was featured with large estates and real estate Larry Radford ’69 was elected
in the San Antonio Express-News investors. Brown is also a Managing Director by the Board
articles, “Restructured Tesoro is Registered Investment Advisor of Directors of UBS Global Wealth
riding high,” (April 16) and assisting clients in the manage- Management and Business
“Tesoro profit leaps 54% for ment of their real estate and Banking. Radford is a Senior Vice
quarter” (May 5). Smith is the financial assets. President and Regional Director of
CEO of Tesoro Corporation in San the Southwest Region in Houston,
Bill McFarland ’66 retired from
Antonio, TX. Beta brothers from the late 1960s catch up TX.
Cardinal Health 37 years after during Alumni Weekend. From left: Bill
Pete Brown ’66 is an Attorney starting with American Hospital Craig ’66, Dennis McDaniel ’66, Rusty
Bennett ’67 and Jim Middleton ’67.
with Lathrop & Gage in Kansas Supply. McFarland and wife Gay
City, MO. His primary areas of (WWU ’68) have relocated to Bill Jenks ’67 was elected Mayor
responsibility include business, Westminster, CO. They have two of Rolla, MO in the April 2006 Joe Aull ’70 is a Representative
estate and tax planning for close- sons and five grandchildren. election. from District 26 in the Missouri
ly held corporations, individuals House of Representatives.
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Doug Beaty ’70 was featured in DePaul Medical Group in and the Capital Campaign: A
the November 25, 2005 issue of Bridgeton, MO. His daughter Practical Guide. Gearhart led the
the Kansas City Star in “Law office Emily ’08 just completed her Campaign for the Twenty-First
part of plane probe.” Beaty is an sophomore year at Westminster. Century at the University of
Attorney in Cordova, TN. Arkansas, which recorded $1.046
John Kay ’73 was elected
billion in gifts and pledges
Karl Blanchard ’70 is running President of the Missouri
designated toward student and
for Division I, Circuit Judge of Association of Prosecuting
faculty endowments, academic
Jasper County, MO in the August Attorneys for the calendar year
Phi Delt alums get together during their 125th programs, capital improvements
2006 election. 2006. Kay is the Moniteau County
celebration in October 2005. From left, Tony and University Libraries when it
Prosecuting Attorney. Agee ’73, Dan Coyne ’73, Darrell Gould
Rick Daniel ’71 is the Senior ’75, Nick Clapp ’72, Dale Hobart ’77, Bob concluded June 30, 2005.
Vice President and Commercial White ’73, Jack Bangert ’73, Tim
Lamkin ’75, Art Hoge ’75, Leigh Elmore
Relationship Manager of the ’72 (kneeling), Don Coleman ’72, Craig
Watts ’72 and Gary Lumsden ’72. Dave Gearhart ’74
Metropolitan National Bank in publishes fundraising
Springdale, AR. guide
Dr. Dave Gearhart ’74, Vice
Ray Dickhaner ’71 is a candi- Chancellor for University
date for Judge of Associate Circuit Advancement and Professor of
Court Division II in Jefferson Education in the College of
County in the August 2006 Education and Health Professions
primary. at the University of Arkansas,
recently published his second Tim Pickell ’74 is running for
John Chamberlain ’72 is the Govenor of Kansas in the
book, Philanthropy, Fund Raising,
Chief Executive Officer of the John Kay ’73
November 2006 election.
Good Sheppard Medical Center
Linden in Linden, TX. Scott Wilson ’74 was featured
in the May 5, 2006 issue of the St.
Louis Post-Dispatch in “Building is
his business.” Wilson is the
President of SM Wilson & Co. in
St. Louis, MO.
Darrell Gould ’75 was featured
in the February 14, 2006 issue of
the Kansas City Star in “Postmarks
guarantee his stamp of love,” an
article that highlights Gould’s
unique romantic gestures.
John Chamberlain ’72 Bill Coglizer ’76 and wife
Nancy welcomed Emma Louise
Kurt Feigley ’73 is the Director National Boys Cross Country Coach of the Year, Coglizer on September 2, 2005.
Jim Schmuck ’72
of AAA Missouri in St. Louis, MO. The family resides in Santa
Ted Greenhouse ’73 was voted Barbara, CA. Coglizer is the
the MO Valley Coach of the Year Jim Schmuck ’72 has been named the 2005 National Boys Cross Business Manager of Pacific
for the second year in a row. Country Coach of the Year. His award was presented by the Missouri Development with Plains
Greenhouse is the Head Water State High School Activities Association at the Missouri State Track Exlporation and Production
Polo Coach at Lindenwood and Field Championships on May 27. The national award is based on Company in Goleta, CA.
University in St. Charles, MO. a coach's record, community service, involvement in other school
Warren Hollrah ’76 was
He led the women’s team to the activities, involvement in cross country at the local, state and nation-
featured in the January 5, 2006
Division III Nationals where they al levels and basic philosophy of athletics. At a ceremony celebrating
issue of The Fulton Sun in the
finished 3rd and went undefeat- the renaming of Parkway South’s “Patriot Classic” to the “Jim
article “History buff recounts tale
ed. Greenhouse is an Insurance Schmuck Classic,” Schmuck was presented a ring commemorating
of two Churchills.”
Examiner with the State of his national award. During his tenure at South, his teams won 33
Missouri Department of Insurance. conference championships in cross country and track and produced Jim Jandt ’77 works at FedEx
eight individual state champions. His cross country teams earned Kinkos in Overland Park, KS and
Dr. Dale Henselmeier ’73 14 top 10 finishes in the state meet. He retired from teaching in the the Faith Lutheran Church in
recently completed a two-year spring of 2005 and from coaching in the fall of 2005 with the Prairie Village, KS. Jandt is a
stint as President of the Medical conclusion of the cross country season. He was inducted into the member of the Wilham Baker
Staff at SSM DePaul Health Center Missouri Track and Cross Country Hall of Fame in December 2005 in Festival Singers and the Kansas
in St. Louis. Henselmeier is a Columbia, MO. City Artists Coalition.
Family Physician with SSM
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Bruce Cameron ’78 has been Blytheville, AR. She lives in Demetrius Simon ’87 is an
named a Significant Sig by the Manila, AR with her two sons, Insurance Agent with State Farm
Sigma Chi National Fraternity. Charlie, age 5, and Gregory, age 4. in Suwanee, GA and is featured in
regional State Farm television ads.
Dennis Weiser ‘78 released his Rob Davis ’86 is the Chief
latest sci-fi novella The Third Information Officer with the
Awakening in 2006. Weiser’s Missouri Department of Labor
publications are available at and Industrial Relations in
www.lulu.com. Olivia, Stephen and Elizabeth, children of
Jefferson City, MO.
Mark ’80 and Ginny Wetterau
Mark Hauer ’86 published his
Mike Gibbons ’81 is an poem “Winter’s Children” in the
Novella by Attorney with Stinson Morrison Winter/Spring 2006 edition of
Dennis Weiser ’78
Hecker in Kirkwood, MO. Gibbons’ Edgar Literary Magazine.
practice will focus on general Jim Hitchcock ’86, a Senior
business. He is the President Pro Vice President at MTV Network, Andrew, age 9, Elizabeth, age 5 1/2, and
Tem of the Missouri Senate. worked with Tom Cruise to twins Olivia & Anna, age 3, children of
Philip ’88 and Erin Boeckman
Dave Layton ’81 is the Senior market and promote Mission
Impossible III. Hitchcock current- Phil Gibson ’88 is an Associate
Vice President of the Charles L.
ly lives and works in New York Professor of Biology and Chair
Crane Agency Company in
and Nashville. and Program Director of
Environmental Studies at Agnes
Greg Steinhoff ’81 was the Scott College in Decatur, GA.
guest speaker at the 60th Annual
Greg Richard ’88 is the
Kennet Chamber of Commerce
President of Accumin
Banquet on March 20, 2006.
Technologies, Inc. (formerly
Steinhoff is the Director of the
AusAm Biotechnologies, Inc.) a
Missouri Department of Economic
Barrett and Brooke, age 9, children of Les ’79 subsidiary of Keryx
and Mina Baledge. Development.
Biopharmaceuticals in New York,
Bill Wilson ’81 is a Practice NY.
Captain Brent Barrow ’79 is Administrator with Bloomington
a Senior Readiness Analyst in the Radiology in Normal, IL. Jim Hitchcock ’86 with Tom Cruise
Office of the Secretary of Defense promoting Mission Impossible III
in the Department of Defense in Par-Five Enterprises, owned by
Todd Norton ’86 is the Vice
Arlington, VA. Mark Archambault ’84, was
President of Commerce Bank in
recognized with a 2006 Business
of the Year Award by the Fulton
80’s Area Development Corporation. Dr. Jim Webb ’86 and wife
Rhonda served as honorary
chairpersons of the Wesleyan
Christian School’s annual dinner
and auction in Bartlesville, OK on
April 21, 2006.
Greg Richard ’88 stopped at the “real”
Iron Curtain in Berlin while on a business
trip to Germany.
Drew, age 1, son of Ed ’80 and Jody Lewis
Lou Van Horn ’80 is the Chief
Financial Officer of Store Ty, age 8, and Jordyn, age 6, children of
Financial Services, LLC in Brian ’84 and Kara Boatright
Overland Park, KS. Tamila (Farmer) Grimaldo
’84 is an English Instructor and
Matthew, age 2 1/2, son of Michael ’87
ESL Coordinator at Arkansas and Marlene Kim
Northeastern College in Ken ’88 and Susie Theroff with daughters
Emmi, Anna and Grace
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Leigh Borage ’89 is the
President of Alliant Financial
Services, a division of Alliant
90’s William Blaik ’92 and wife
Sherri welcomed William Mattox
Blaik on December 8, 2005. The
Mason ’90 and Melissa
Bank, in Boonville, MO. family resides in Oklahoma City,
OK where he is an Attorney with
Dr. Tom Brant ’89 is a Duchatschek are co-founders of
Pritchett, Snyder & Blaik.
Physician with Mid-Atlantic www.testmyteen.com, a website
Emergency Medical Associates in offering products, educational
Charlotte, NC. programs and forums for parents,
schools and teens directed at
Lee Hoffer ’89 is the author of
preventing teen drug use. The
Junkie Business: The Evolution and
company has ignited a national
Operation of a Heroin Dealing
Westminster supports the Fulton community. trend and has recently been
Network, a book that follows the
Serving on the Callaway County YMCA featured in articles, TV and radio
heroin dealing business of two Board of Directors are Mike Shryock ’99,
Matt Gowin ’92, David Crane ’90 and talk shows all over the country,
homeless heroin users from its
Tim Steinbeck ’82 (not pictured Tom including Newsweek and CNBC’s
beginnings, street hustling in a Christensen ’86, Tom Clapp ’79 and Pat
William Mattox Blaik
Kirby). “The BIG Idea with Donny
Denver ghetto, to its eventual
demise and disappearance. Jason Knowles ’92 is the
Hoffer’s book uses research fund- David Doty ’91 works in sales Director of Fulfillment with
ed by a grant from the National with Ethicon Endo-Surgery in Outside Magazine in Santa Fe, NM.
Institute on Drugs and examines New Mexico. Knowles runs The Terror Trap, a
the “underground economy” of popular entertainment website
Lee (Bradley) Young ’91 and
the drug culture and realistic devoted to horror and thriller
husband David announce the
solutions for our national drug films from 1925-1987. The
birth of David Gabriel Young on
problem. website, live since 1998, can be
August 25, 2005. Gabriel joins
older brother Griffin, age 4. found at www.terrortrap.com.
Lee Hoffer ’89 publishes research
on the heroin drug culture Young is the Advertising Stan Roberts ’92 has taken a
Production and Planning new position with Sterne Agee,
Manager at CompUSA Corporate which is a financial services com-
Headquarters in Dallas, TX. pany located across the southeast.
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As Winston Churchill often enjoyed quipping Napoleon’s claim, “in defeat I need it
(Champagne), in victory I deserve it,” these legendary raconteurs lived, worked and
savored the motto of “Per Ardua Ad Astra” (Through Hardships To The Stars).
President Lamkin, fellow members of the Board of Trustees and the entire Westminster
family, please join me in a cheerful toast to celebrate the enormous success of the
Campaign for Westminster, the renaissance of the Winston Churchill Memorial and Library
and the elevation in national rankings of our alma mater. Chin-Chin, indeed!
Johnson Ho, Class of ’75,
Independent Students Association
Named “The Windy City’s Wizard of Wine” by Market Watch Magazine, 2000
Founder of Knightsbridge Wine Shoppe, Northbrook, Illinois (Knightsbridgewine.com)
President of Premier Wine Services, Lake Forest, Illinois (Premierwine.net)
Steve Stewart ’92 is the Williams, Andrew ’93 and Julie (Barton) Adamson ’94 Ryan Hunter ’95 is the Director
Executive Director of the Upper Dareth Reinking and Steven works in Export Sales with of Product Marketing with Ping
White River Basin Foundation in ’93 and Amy Sokol. The family Fieldale Farms in Alto, GA. Identity in Denver, CO.
Branson, MO. resides in Liberty, MO where Adamson was featured in the
Benjamin Jones ’96 is the Chief
Lucas is a Midwest Regional August 12, 2005 “Women in
Kelly (Ferguson) Cravens ’93 of Staff for Missouri Lieutenant
Auditor with Verizon Wireless and Business” special publication of
is a CPA and Audit Manager with Governor Peter Kinder in
Jeanne is a Managing Partner with The Northeast Georgian.
Mauldin & Jenkins LLC in Jefferson City.
McNabney & Stepp, LLC.
Atlanta, GA. Tim Fowler ’94 works in
Marketing for www.SantaFe.com.
Kelley Gordon Callan ’93 is a
Realtor and State Senate Historian
in Santa Fe, NM.
Scott Hamann ’93 is a Financial
Analyst with the United States
Attorney’s Office in Kansas City,
Lucas ’93 and Jeanne (Caho)
’94 McNabney announce the
birth of Cordelia Elaine
McNabney on September 3, 2005.
Cordelia’s very first visitors
included Aaron ’93 and Cristi Lucas ’93, Jeanne (Caho) ’94 and Cordelia
McIntire Elementary School 5th Grade teachers Malissa (Dillon) Pistel ’94 and Josh Bartley
’00 with students at the Science Fair in Fulton.
Local Alumni Recognized for Service
Whitney Stewart ’94 works in
Business Development for
Carreker Corporation out of
Dallas, TX. Stewart oversees the
southeastern US and Latin
Chad ’95 and Kelly (Ruland)
’98 deRoode welcomed Avery
Layne deRoode on February 7,
2006. The family resides in St. Callie Hancock, daughter of Bill ’95 and
Louis, MO where Chad is an Malinda (Cross) ’97 Hancock
Attorney with Brown & James,
PC and Kelly is a Resource
President Lamkin with Amy (Rankin) ’91 and David ’90 Crane at the Developement Manager with
Board of Associates Dinner Modis, Inc.
David ’90 and Amy (Rankin) ’91 Crane of Fulton, MO received
the Alumni Service Award on April 25, 2006 at the spring Board of
Associates dinner. The Alumni Service Award is given to graduates
who have stayed in Callaway County and performed meritorious
work for their alma mater and local community. This is the first
time the award has been given to two individuals. Debbie La Rue,
President of the Board of Associates of Fulton Colleges, presented
the award to the Cranes, owners of Crane’s Country Store in
Avery Layne deRoode
Williamsburg, MO. “David and Amy Crane have been tremendous
supporters of Westminster College and worked tirelessly to better the Shane Adrian ’95 serves as a
Fulton community,” says La Rue. “It is a privilege for the Board of Director of the Chamber of
Dan and Kristin (Huber) ’96 Davis with
Associates to have this opportunity to honor their work.” The Commerce in Moberly, MO. children Abby, age 5 and Emma, age 3
Cranes have been very active in helping many local organizations Adrian is an Investment
such as the Fulton YMCA and the Churchill Memorial and Library. Representative with Edward Jones. Misha Orlov ’96 is the CFO/
David has chaired the Westminster Alumni Golf Tournament for a Deb Gorbet ’95 is the Food COO of Yukon Advance Optics,
number of years and is a member of the Alumni Council. Service Director at Blackburn Inc. in Mansfield, TX.
College in Carlinville, IL.
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Sonya (Herden) Ready ’96 and Julie (Comer) Durigan ’97 and Emily (Boling) Filmore ’98 Jeffrey Stubbs ’98 and wife
husband Chris welcomed Jackson husband Carl welcomed Emily and husband Scott welcomed Sage Heather welcomed Ainsley Jayne
Richard Ready on August 12, Dian Durigan on January 26, Alane Filmore on March 18, 2006. Stubbs on May 9, 2005. The fami-
2005. The family recently 2005. The family resides in The family resides in St. Louis, ly resides in Columbia, MO where
relocated to Indianapolis, IN Lexington, MO. Durigan is a MO. Filmore graduated from the Stubbs is the Operations Manager
where Ready is the Human Nurse with Mid-America St. Louis University School of Law at Sherwin-Williams.
Resource Manager with Reebok Rheumatology Consultants in in January 2006.
Julie Cottingham ’99 is an
International. Overland Park, KS.
Attorney with Burr & Forman LLP
in Birmingham, AL.
Matthew Cowan ’99 is the
Owner and Physician of Columbia
Naturopathic Healthcare, Inc. in
Columbia, MO. Cowan received
his Doctorate in Naturopathic
Medicine from the National
College of Naturopathic Medicine
Sage Alane Filmore in Portland, OR.
Dao Le ’98 is an Assistant Chrissy (Bennett) Dennis ’99
Jackson Richard Ready Emily Dian Durigan
Professor of Nuclear Pharmacy is a Graphic Designer with Pel
Molly Stauffer ’96 married and the Nuclear Education Online Industries in Rogers, AR.
Mike Howell ’97 is a Physician
Jakin Waldock on June 14, 2005 Curricular Expansion Coordinator Shryocks Callaway Farms was
Recruiter with ARC Consulting
in Key West, FL. The couple reside at the University of Arkansas for recognized with a 2006 Business
Group in Columbia, MO. Howell
in Columbia, MO where Stauffer Medical Sciences in Little Rock. of the Year Award by the Fulton
and wife Carrie are expecting twin
will be teaching 4th Grade Area Development Corporation.
boys in August 2006. Michelle (Cassidy) Mealy ’98
Teacher at Derby Ridge Mike Shryock ’99 helps to run
is the Financial Accountant with
Elementary this fall. the family-owned business.
the Missouri Lottery in Jefferson
City, MO. Jason Veach ’99 is a Technical
Emily Northcraft ‘98 was Analyst with Mercy Health Plans
appointed to the Missouri in St. Louis, MO.
Commission for the Deaf and Carey Wilson-Smith ’99 and
Hard of Hearing by Governor husband Scott welcomed Avery
Blunt in February 2006. Northcraft Rowan Smith on June 6, 2005.
is president of the Cochlear The family resides in Little Rock,
Implant Club of the Midwest. She AR where Wilson-Smith is an
Olivia Peyton Howell, age 14 months, is a Masterpiece Edition Graphic
daughter of Mike ’97 and Carrie Howell
Insurance Coordinator with
Artist with H & H Color Labs in Gastroenterology Associates PA.
Kansas City, MO.
Bethany Moran ’97 is an
Jakin and Molly (Stauffer ’96) Waldock Account Executive in Business
Development with MOHELA in
Jason Agee ’97 is a Designer Chesterfield, MO.
with KA Design Group, an
Tiffany (Wadman) Rhoades
interior and architectural design
’97 and husband Michael
firm in New York City.
welcomed Quintan Michael
Rhoades on February 15, 2006.
The family resides in Mission, KS. Avery Rowan Smith
Rhoades is the Director of
Quintan Michael Rhoades
Business Development with
Austin Power ’98 and wife
Eric Coppenger ’98 and wife Melissa welcomed Sophia
Marcy welcomed Bryce Wendell Annabelle Power in February
Coppenger on November 3, 2005. 2006. The family resides in Glen
The family resides in Rockville, Ellyn, IL. Power is a Senior
MD. Coppenger is is the Regional Account Representative with
In addition to her day job, Irene Allen ’97 Development Officer for Africa & Siemens Dematic Corporation in
sings on the St. Louis Southside. Allen Madagascar at Conservation Chicago, IL.
perform solos or with the Round-Ups, in
International in Washington, DC. Sophia Annabelle Power
which Aaron Walker ’93 plays harmonica.
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2000’s Lauren (Burdolski) Taylor ’01
is an IT/Systems Administrator
with Davidson-Babcock in
(McDaniel) Milius ’02, Abbi
Fischer ’02 and Jordan (Bram)
Teeple ’02. The couple resides in
Julie Slisz ’03 is a High School
Science Teacher in Fulton, MO.
Swati Awasthi ’04 is a
Overland Park, KS. Springfield, MO where Sapienza is
Programmer and Analyst with
a 2nd Grade Teacher at the Pate
Amber Thompson ’01 is the New York Technolgy Partners in
Early Childhood Center.
President of the Bank of Louisiana Jersey City, NJ.
in Louisiana, MO.
Lindsey Borgelt ’04 and Justin
Allison Wessing-Carris ’01 and Manning ’04 were married on
husband Jonathan welcomed February 25, 2006 in Lee’s
Austin James Carris on August 22, Summit, MO. The wedding party
Rose and Lance ’00 Bethell with children 2005. The family resides in included Melissa (Raymer)
Hunter and Savannah Springfield, MA where Wessing- Vollbrecht ’04, Sarah Goss
Christina Blackburn ’00 Carris will be pursuing a Master’s ’04, Jenna Manning ’06,
married James Dooley on April 8, of Education with a concentration Nicole Schlotzhauer ’05,
2006 in Fulton, MO. The couple in School Counseling at Kathryn (Sapienza) Hoesch ’02 and
Michael Borgelt ’09, Matthew
resides in Readsville, MO. Blackburn Springfield College. wedding party at the Lake of the Ozarks in Michelson ’03, Richard Salat
is an Accountant Clerk II for pay- ’04 and Lauren Humphrey
Leigh Swift ’02 married Bryan ’03. The couple resides in Yukon,
roll at the Fulton State Hospital.
Nelson on April 1, 2006 in Prairie OK. Lindsey works with Arthur J.
Kevin O’Neal ’00 is the Head Village, KS. The wedding party Gallagher & Co. and Justin is an
Baseball Coach, Defensive included Sarah (Morff) Accountant with Te-Ra Resources
Football Coach and Math Teacher Richter ’02. The couple resides Inc. in Oklahoma City.
at North Callaway High School. in Kansas City, MO where Swift is
a Media Manager with VML Inc.
Scott Pingel ’00 and wife Jodi
welcomed Jude William Pingel on Joe Terry ’02 is a Financial
February 26, 2006. The family Services Compliance Consultant
resides in Ballwin, MO. Pingel, a with Nationwide Securities, Inc.
former player for the RiverCity Austin James Carris in Glen Allen, VA.
Rage Indoor Professional Football
Amanda Brondel ’03 is a
Team, was honored on June 23, John Hall ’02 is attending law
Medical Student at the Kirksville
2006 by the Rage with a Scott school at the University of Justin ’04 and Lindsey (Borgelt) ’04
College of Osteopathic Medicine. Manning celebrate their wedding with
Pingel Night. The celebration Arkansas. Westminster friends
honored all of Pingel’s NCAA, Joshua Hedglin ’03 completed
Ben King ’02 is a Procurement Hope Eaton ’04 is an Assistant
NIFL and Westminster records a Master’s of Science in Political
Specialist with C2 Technologies in with Chermac Services
and retired his number. Theory at the London School of
Vienna, VA. Corporation in Edmond, OK.
Economics and Political Science
Sarah Vulgamott ’00 is a Nathan Mendenhall ’02 served in London, UK. Sara Garner ’04 is pursuing a
Physical Therapist with Onward a six-month internship with a Master’s of Business Administration
Healthcare in New York. Andrew Murray ’03 graduated
United Nations criminal tribunal at the University of Missouri-
from the University of Illinois
Lisa Westergaard ’00 is a third in Arusha, Tanzania in Africa. Columbia. Garner is working with
with a Master's in Urban and
year Associate in the Corporate Mendenhall worked with the the Mizzou After Dark program, a
Regional Planning in May 2005.
Finance division at the law firm tribunal’s witness support and campus organization that pro-
Murray is a Community and Land
Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP in protection office to assist vides safe and fun activities for
Planner with Renaissance
Kansas City, MO. witnesses and victims of the 1994 students on campus after hours,
Planning Group in Orlando, FL.
genocide in Rwanda. Mendenhall through a graduate assistantship.
Donald Wood ’00 is a Defensive
is a graduate student in criminal Michael Nesbitt ’03 is a
Back for the Arkansas Stars out of Ellen Langdon ’04 is a Rehab
justice at Southeast Missouri State Project Manager with Nesbitt
Fayetteville with the National Teacher for the Blind in Jefferson
University. Construction in Springfield, MO.
Indoor Football League. City, MO.
Tim Miller ’02 is the Janel (Arnold) Nibert ’03 and
Scott Crosby ’01 founded the
Communications Director with husband Cory welcomed Cooper
Missouri Energy Development Ryan Nibert on October 18, 2005.
and has been featured in articles
Association in Jefferson City, MO. The family resides in Springfield,
and talk shows across the country.
MO. Nibert is a stay-at-home mom.
Kathryn Sapienza ’02 married
John Murphy ’01 is a Branch
Matthew Hoesch on October 8, Joe Ritter ’03 is the General
Manager with DS Waters of
2005 at the Lake of the Ozarks. Manager of the Tropical Smoothie
America in Denver, CO.
The wedding party included Cafe in Fayetteville, AR.
Brooke Haygood ’02, Melissa
Cooper Ryan Nibert
38 Leadership Westminster College
Trent Miller ’04 has been pro- Mariah Dreisinger ’05 is pur- Kristen Vlasak ’05 resides in Ashley Crow ’06 is the 2006
moted to Credit Analyst at Boone suing graduate studies in Public Kirkwood, MO and is a Process recipient of the Margaret
County National Bank in Health at St. Louis University. Technician with Biomerieux. McDonald Jaeger Psychology
Columbia, MO. Award. The award is given
Molly Duncan ’05 is a Leasing Jennifer Webb ’05 is a
annually to a senior psychology
Stephanie Parker ’04 is a Agent with Timber Lakes at Red Customer Service Manager with
major to recognize outstanding
Rental Management Trainee with Bridge in Kansas City, MO. Warranty Activation Headquarters
academic achievement and
Penske Truck Leasing in Kansas in St. Louis, MO.
Danielle A. Glenn ’05 is a promise of successful graduate
Television Marketing Consultant Peggy White ’05 is pursuing work.
Melissa Raymer ’04 married with KRCG TV 13 in Jefferson graduate studies at the University
Chapin Deel ’06 is a member
John Vollbrecht on December 17, City, MO. Of Columbia-Missouri College of
the Emergency Response Team
2005 in Oklahoma City, OK. The Veterinary Medicine.
Liz Icenogle ’05 is a Legal with Americorp St. Louis.
wedding party included Lindsey
Assistant in General Litigation in Crystal (Marshall) Woodall
Borgelt ’04, Sarah Goss ’04, Sara Griffith ’06 is a Public
the Skadden-Arps Washington, ’05 is a 1st Grade Teacher at
Kara Albert ’04 and Lauren Relations Intern with Fleishman-
DC office. Barkers Mill Elementary in
Humphrey ’03. The couple Hillard, Inc. in St. Louis, MO.
resides in Dallas, TX where Brett Krautmann ’05 is a
Ginger Hilpipre ’06 married
Raymer is a 3rd Grade Teacher at Representative with Depuy/ Keven Barger ’06 is a 5th Grade
Michael Pugliese on January 7,
St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Johnson and Johnson and resides Teacher at Eugene (MO)
2006 on Castle Rock Beach, out-
School. in Jefferson City, MO. Elementary School.
side of Dunsborough, Western
Michael Lynn ’05 is a Colby Beal ’06 has signed to Australia. The couple resides in
Computer Programmer and play football with the Berlin Perth, Western Australia. Hilpipre
Database Administrator with Rebels in Germany’s second is a Virology Laboratory
USAble Life in Little Rock, AR. league. Beal was a three-time all- Technician at Princess Margaret
conference defensive back and an Hospital for Women and
Amy Mengel ’05 is pursuing a
all-conference punt returner for Children.
Bachelor’s degree in Nursing at
Westminster. Beal is the third
the University of Arkansas in Dane Johnson ’06 is attending
Westminster football player to
Little Rock. the University of Missouri-Kansas
play in Germany.
Dustin Moyer ‘05 married City School of Law.
Josh Beck ’06 is a Product
Melissa (Raymer) ’04 and John Vollbrecht Mandy Lock on January 7, 2006 Andrea Long ’06 is pursuing a
Specialist in Insurance Marketing
Sara Weir ’04 graduated with a in Lamar, MO. The couple resides Master’s of Health Administration
with Edward Jones in St. Louis,
Master’s in Public Policy and in Columbia, MO. Moyer com- (MHA) at Missouri State
Management from Carnegie pleted the MU Law Enforcement University.
Mellon University in December Training Institute at the Jason Chacko ’06 has been
Jenna Manning ’06 is a Tax
2005. She is now a Senior University of Missouri-Columbia accepted into the Medical
Associate with KPMG, LLP in
Management Analyst for and works for the Columbia Sciences program at the
McLean, VA. Manning is pursuing
BearingPoint, Inc. in its Public Police Department. University of Arkansas in Little
a Masters of Science in Taxation
Services (Homeland Security) Rock.
Alex Rouggly ’05 is a PE/Health at American University in
industry in Washington, DC. Teacher and Assistant Coach for Chris Collins ’06 has been Washington, DC.
Mike Woodall ’04 was promot- varsity football and baseball in presented the “Junior” Boyd
Daniel Mensah-Boateng ’06 is
ed to First Lieutenant on January the Hillsboro R-3 School District. Memorial Award, which is
pursuing a Doctor of Dental
16, 2006. Woodall is currently presented each year to a senior
Nate Sappington ’05 works in Medicine through the College of
stationed at Camp Stryker, Iraq. multiple-sport student-athlete.
Auto Medical Payment Claims for Dentistry at the University of
Collins, from Arnold, Missouri,
Kristen Blanchard ’05 is the Shelter Insurance in Columbia, Nebraska in Lincoln.
is a member of the football and
Assistant Scheduler for Missouri MO.
baseball teams and has graduated Michael Ornburn ’06 is
Governor Matt Blunt in Jefferson Sarah Schieffler ’05 is a 5th with a degree in business adminis- pursuing a Masters Degree in
City, MO. Grade Teacher at Longview Farm tration with a concentration in Biomedical Sciences at
Jeff Davidson ’05 is a Elementary in Lee’s Summit, MO. marketing. Collins played tight Midwestern University in
Management Trainee with UMB Christopher Tate ’05 is pursu- end and fullback in football, Downers Grove, IL.
Bank in Kansas City, MO. ing a Masters in International rushing for one touchdown and
Marcie McCauslin ’06 is a
Development at Brandeis receiving one touchdown pass,
Martha Davis ’05 is pursuing a Management Trainee with Hy-
University in Boston, MA. but his value to the team was
Master's in Public Administration, Vee, Inc.
blocking. In baseball, Collins was
specializing in public policy, Cassie Tritthart ’05 is an the starting catcher and earned Catie Vogeding ’06 is attending
through the University of Associate Youth Minister with first-team all-conference honors. law school at St. Louis University.
Missouri-Columbia full-time First Christian Church in This year Collins batted .301 and
evening program. Fredonia, KS. led the team with 20 walks.
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Julie Williamson ’06 is study- Kappa Alpha Theta is the Pauline “Polly” Scott of and provided pro bono legal serv-
ing counseling in the Masters in 2005-06 winner of the English Tucson, AZ on October 17, 2005. ice in the Office of Emergency
Education program at the Cup Award for the highest overall Scott was the Beta Theta Pi Relief during WWII. Dahman
University of Missouri-Columbia. grades. housemother from 1972-78. practiced law in St. Louis for 60
years, including 42 years as the
Joshua Young ’06 is an Account Kappa Alpha Order is the Henry Warrington “Warry”
City Attorney for Glendale, MO.
Manager with Aetna, Inc. in 2005-06 winner of the Drosten Williams of Fulton, MO on May
Dahman championed laws to pre-
Houston, TX. Cup for outstanding community 21, 2006. Williams taught Biology
serve the lakes in Frankfort, MI
service. at Westminster from 1964-2000.
Swanzy Essien ’07 is the 2006 and served as President of the
Over his career he was honored
Emerson Fellow. Essien will be Congratulations to the 2006- Congregational Summer Assembly
twice as Favorite Professor of the
working with the Friends of the 07 Skulls of Seven: Baby in Frankfort. He enjoyed sailing,
Year. Several alumni commented
World Food Program in Skull Kate Sickendick, Joey flying, tennis and traveled the
that he was a “great teacher” and
Washington, DC. Eichacker, Anthony George, world.
that “he was well respected and
Jeremy Huelsing, Lauren
Josh Harlow ’07 is the recipient liked by students”. Besides teach- Parks T. Stillwell ’38 of
Pilgram, Maggie Thiel and
of the 2006 John M. Cave Award. ing students at Westminster, Glendale, CA on November 5,
Grand Marshal Herschel
The award is given to an Williams also enjoyed visiting 2005. Stillwell was a member of
outstanding pre-law student. with local elementary students the Kappa Alpha Order. Stillwell
Tera Middleton ’07 is the first about science. He taught summers was a Special Agent for the FBI
recipient of the Gayle Nutting In Loving Memory at Utah State University. Williams
was a member of the Fulton
and served in the Marine Corps
during WWII. He practiced law in
Miranti Memorial Award for They were our classmates, our friends,
Classical Studies. This award was brothers and sisters. Together we School Board for nine years, and the San Fernando Valley until
established in the memory of remember those who shared their lives one of the original board of direc- 1951, when he was elected Justice
with us and left behind hearts full of tors of Callaway Family Medical of the Peace. He became a mem-
Gayle Miranti, wife of Joe
precious memories. Care, now Callaway Physicians. ber of the Municipal Court bench
Miranti ’72 and mother of Pam
’02 and Pete ’04 Miranti, and is in 1952 when San Fernando was
awarded to an upper level student Andrew S. Glaze of St. Joseph, made a part of the Los Angeles
who is studying the classics. MO on April 19, 2006. Glaze was Judicial District, and served as
a Lifetime Trustee and member of Presiding Judge until 1960.
Emily Powell ’07 is the 2006 the Friends of the Winston Stillwell was appointed to the
recipient of the Winston Churchill Memorial and Library. Superior Court bench in 1961 and
Churchill Award for Leadership & His son, Bob Glaze ’75, is a retired in 1978. He then became
Service. Westminster graduate. Glaze an Arbitrator, working on a
Laurel Ryan ’07 is a 2006-07 frequently attended alumni number of Hollywood celebrities’
recipient of the Vernon W. Piper luncheons in St. Joseph. Glaze disputes before retiring perma-
Scholarship. Ryan will be studying was a Builder, Developer, Warry Williams nently in 1994.
at the L’Universite Catholic de President and General Manager of David F. Orwig ’39 of Kirkwood,
Colonel George J. Kitto ’34
L'Ouest in Angers, France. Glaze Construction Management MO on December 26, 2005. Orwig
of Chester, VA on April 19, 2006.
and President of Glaze Properties was a member of Delta Tau Delta.
Brianna Andrade ’08 is the Kitto served in six campaigns in
Inc. He served as a US Navy officer
2006-07 recipient of the WWII and was part of major
Cranshaw Scholarship. Andrade Dr. David D. March of combat operations from 1950-52. and pilot in WWII. He was Vice
will be studying at the University Kirksville, MO on December 19, His numerous awards and decora- President of the spice division for
of Wales in Swansea. 2005. March was a faculty tions include the Silver Star, Forbes Tea & Coffee Co., St. Louis,
member at Westminster from Bronze Star with “V” device, the and founded Spicecraft, Inc. in
Ashton Ellett ’08 is the 2006-07 1962. Orwig served as an elder of
1948-56. March authored the Purple Heart and the Bolivian
recipient of the McFarland Family the First Presbyterian Church of
two-volume History of Missouri Condor of the Andes. He served
Scholarship. Kirkwood and was a member of
published in 1967, and wrote a in many non-combat roles such
Godsway Sappor ’08 is a number of articles on Missouri as an Intelligence Officer for G-1 the Missouri Athletic Club and
2006-07 recipient of the Vernon history. He was active in the in Alaska, Operations Officer for Treecourt Swim Club.
W. Piper Scholarship. Sappor is Missouri Advisory Council of the US Military District for Dr. Thomas S. Shuttee ’39 of
planning to pursue study abroad Historic Preservation and the Missouri-Illinois and Military Parker, FL on December 28, 2005.
options in Spain. Adair County Historical Society, Attaché Officer for the US Army Shuttee was a member of Beta
the State Historical Society of Mission in Bolivia during the Theta Pi. He earned a Master’s
Delta Tau Delta is the 2006
Missouri and Preservation span of his 30 year military career. degree in education of the deaf at
recipient of the E.C. Henderson
Missouri. Gallaudet College in Washington,
Award for contributions to the William H. Dahman ’37 of St.
Callaway County United Way Paul W. Rawlings of Fulton, Louis, MO on February 28, 2006. DC in 1940. He served in the
campaign. MO on February 9, 2006. He graduated from the University United States Air Force. Shuttee
Rawlings retired in 1986 as the of Michigan School of Law in pursued a career in dentistry. He
head of the maintenance depart- 1940. He served in the US Army then continued his military career
ment at Westminster.
40 Leadership Westminster College
for another 26 years, retiring as a Sales Representative for Veterinary Medicine in 1986. Edward M. “Bud” Cox Jr. ’51
Lieutenant Colonel in June 1967. Construction Specialty Sales. Buckner loved working on cars of Prairie Village, KS on February
He was a member of the Fitzgerrell was an avid sportsman and model airplanes and 25, 2006. Cox was a member of
American Dental Association, who loved hunting, bass fishing spending time with his family. Beta Theta Pi. He served 4 years in
Fellow American College Dentists, and playing golf. Of all his the US Navy before attending
C. Henry Lasley ’47 of South
PSI Omega Fraternity and the passions, he loved to sing karaoke Westminster. Cox was a Financial
Pasadena, FL on July 16, 2005.
Masonic Lodge. with his friends more than Investment Advisor for over 50
Lasley was a member of Beta
anything. years where he worked for Barrett
John J. Cole ’40 of St. Louis, Theta Pi. He was a WWII and
Fitch, North, G.H. Walker,
MO on March 27, 2006. Cole John W. “Jack” Brunner ’45 Korean War Navy veteran and
Shearson Lehman, American
was a member of Beta Theta Pi. of Chesterfield, MO on January 2, worked as a certified property
Express and Smith Barney. He was
During WWII, Cole joined the FBI 2006. Brunner was a member of manager and real estate appraiser
a member of the Country Club
and served for four years as a Beta Theta Pi. He served in the in the St. Petersburg area.
Christian Church and the Kansas
Special Agent, working on anti- China-Burma and India Theater
Reynolds S. Hamlin ’48 of City Country Club where he was
communist and foreign espionage of Operations during WWII.
Washington, MO on March 23, an avid golfer who achieved two
investigations in New York. In Brunner was the former chairman
2006. Hamlin was a member of holes in one.
1956, Cole became Chairman of of St. Louis-based Vi-Jon
Delta Tau Delta. Hamlin was a US
the St. Louis County Board of Laboratories, Inc. and a leader in Frank T. Armstrong Jr. ’52 of
Army WWII veteran, a member of
Election Commissioners. Under the private label health and beau- Clayton, MO on March 3, 2006.
VFW Post 2661 and American
his leadership, voting machines ty care industry. In retirement, he Armstrong was a member of Phi
Legion Post 218. He was a retired
were first used in St. Louis focused on overseeing the Vi-Jon Delta Theta, Alpha Phi Omega
Field Representative with the
County. Cole was a Trial Attorney Foundation, which supported and the Skulls of Seven. He served
Missouri Social Services Department.
and Partner in the law firm of numerous education efforts, with the Army Corps of Engineers
Armstrong Teasdale, LLP. He was a including scholarships for Dr. John H. Gross ’49 of in WWII. He taught history for
fellow in the American College of employees’ children. Rockport, TX on December 8, three years at what is now
Trial Lawyers and a member of 2005. Gross was a WWII Army Lindenwood University before
the American Bar Association veteran having fought in France, joining the Clayton district.
Committee of Federal Regulation Germany and Belgium from 1942- Armstrong devoted 30 years to
of Securities and the Task Force 46. He graduated from St. Louis Clayton High School, where he
on Arbitration Procedure. University School of Medicine in taught history and helped estab-
1952. Gross was one of the first lish the radio station. He was also
Charles P. Hoffman ’40 of
full-time emergency room physi- a longtime coach for water polo,
Olathe, KS on June 27, 2004.
cians in the state of Illinois at diving and swimming teams,
Hoffman was a member of the
Memorial Hospital in Springfield instructing many All-Americans
where he worked for 23 years. and nationally ranked divers in
Jack Brunner ’45
Milton Tootle IV ’42 of his career. He continued to coach
George E. Thurgate ’50 of
Edmonds, WA on March 23, 2006. Ralph G. Buckner DVM ’47 diving at Mary Institute and St.
Leawood, KS on April 25, 2006.
Tootle was a member of Phi Delta of Stillwater, OK on December 29, Louis Country Day School after
Prior to college, Thurgate was a
Theta. He served in the US Navy 2005. Buckner was a member of he retired from teaching in 1992.
member of the Army Air Corps
from 1941-45 as a Naval Aviator Beta Theta Pi and was in the Armstrong and his wife Joyce
where he flew B-17s. He was a
and Lieutenant. Tootle was award- Honor Guard for Winston organized the Hi-Pointe
Beta Theta Pi. During the Korean
ed the Navy Cross for combat Churchill’s visit in 1946. He Improvement Association to
War, Thurgate was recalled and
action in the Battle of Midway served in the US Air Corps as a encourage improvements in the
served as Captain in the Air Force.
and was credited with saving the pilot and lieutenant during Clayton neighborhood where
He was adjutant of the 10th
carrier USS Yorktown, which was WWII. Buckner received his they lived for 45 years.
Liaison Squadron and flew many
under attack by Japanese aircraft. doctor of veterinary medicine hazardous missions, for which he John C. Betz ’52 of Deephaven,
Professionally, Tootle led a long degree from Kansas State received the Air Medal. Thurgate MN on April 22, 2006. Betz was a
career as a banker and civic leader University in 1956. He was an was a Manufacturer’s Representative member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon
in St. Joseph, MO. Assistant Professor at Oklahoma and spent many years working for and played tennis at Westminster.
Renyer L. Fitzgerrell ’44 of State University Veterinary Arrow Shirts in Honolulu, HI. His brother Charles ’56 is also a
Inverness, FL on February 2, 2006. Medical Clinic. Buckner had one Westminster alumnus.
of only two hemophilia colonies John R. Veitch ’50 of Wheat
Fitzgerrell was a member of Phi
of beagles in the nation. He also Ridge, CO on April 30, 2006. John H. Witt ’52 of College
Delta Theta and the track team.
served as an Adjunct Professor for Veitch was a member of the Station, TX on May 6, 2006.
He was a pilot in the Navy during
the Oklahoma University medical Kappa Alpha Order. He was a Witt served for two years with the
WWII. Fitzgerrell spent a long
school. He received many educa- retired Vice President of Sales Marines in Guam before coming
career as an executive with Lily
tional awards throughout his with Amity Leather. His twin to Westminster, where he was a
Tulip Cup Corp. in Springfield,
career and retired as head of small brother Bill Veitch ’49 and member of Phi Gamma Delta.
MO and New York. He moved to
animal medicine at OSU nephews, David ’73 and Scott Starting as a car salesman in New
Fort Lauderdale, FL and was a
’86, are also Westminster alumni. Mexico, he became a successful
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business owner who participated James L. Dalton ’58 of Poplar in the Air Force Reserves and was
in several dealerships in New Bluff, MO on January 11, 2006. a member of Temple B’nai
Mexico and Texas. Witt helped Dalton was a member of Beta Jehudah. Rose had many hobbies
ALUMNI WEEKEND 2007
build Friendly Chevrolet into one Theta Pi and ran track. Dalton including art, music, photogra-
of the largest dealerships in the taught Language Arts at the phy, wine making, gardening,
country and retired from the car Poplar Bluff Junior High School WWII history and fishing.
April 20 – 22, 2007
business in the early 1980s. Witt for 25 years. He was a member of
David S. Dysart ’63 of
was president of the North Dallas the Missouri National Education
Washington, MO on March 15,
Chamber of Commerce in 1964- Association, the Friends of the
2006. Dysart was an Eagle Scout
65. Witt also formed a real estate Poplar Bluff Public Library, the
and served in the Marine Corps.
investment business. His ventures First Presbyterian Church in
He was a Manufacturer’s
included partnerships in restau- Poplar Bluff and a former board
Representative, working for the
rants in Dallas and Houston. member of the Margaret Harwell
O’Fallon Co. and Dysart &
Dr. James D. Mankin ’55 of Associates.
Topeka, KS on December 17, Lt. Col. Overton H. “Mac”
Bruce M. Edwards ’63 of
2005. Mankin was a member of McCullough ’59 of Raleigh, NC
Oklahoma City, OK on April 19,
Delta Tau Delta. Mankin graduated on December 16, 2005.
2006. Edwards was a member of
from the University of Missouri at McCullough was a member of
Beta Theta Pi Fraternity.
Kansas City School of Dentistry in Beta Theta Pi. He joined the US
1959, and received a Masters in Army after graduating and earned William G. Bridgeman ’64 of
Public Health from the University his Masters Degree from Michigan Cape Girardeau, MO on April 5,
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill State University in Criminal 2005. Bridgeman was a humor
in 1969. He served two years as a Justice. During his 22 years in the greeting card writer, spending 24
Captain in the Dental Corps of Army, McCullough was stationed years with Hallmark Cards in
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the US Air Force from 1959-1961 in Hawaii, Panama, California, Kansas City, MO. He was a found-
and was stationed in Japan. Colorado, North Carolina, ing member of Heroes of Golf
Mankin entered Public Health Georgia, Michigan and Kentucky Society, a ragtag band of hackers
Dentistry after having a private as well as serving his country in affectionately known as HOGS.
practice in Jefferson City, MO. He Vietnam. He retired from the Martin D. Sims ’70 of St. Louis,
served five years with the Kansas Army in 1982 as a Lieutenant MO on April 27, 2006.
Dept. of Health as Assistant Colonel. He then enjoyed a two
Director of the Dental Division; decade-long career in aviation, Philip M. “Monty” Smith IV
he then served as Director of the piloting for Emory, United Postal ’73 of Williamsburg, MO on
Division from 1968 until his Services and UPS and most recent- December 7, 2005. Smith was a
retirement in 1992. ly was working as an independent member of Phi Kappa Psi. Smith
pilot for corporate executives. received a Bachelor’s in Architecture
Dennis D. Wilhelmi ‘56 of St. from the University of Kansas in
Louis, MO on March 23, 2003. Arthur C. Opitz Jr. ’59 of 1986 and was pursuing a Master’s
Wilhelmi was a member of Kappa Peoria, IL on January 20, 2006. in Historic Preservations at the
Alpha. Opitz was a member of Phi University of Missouri, during
Gamma Delta. which time he studied abroad in
James G. Gregory ’57 of
O’Fallon, MO on December 28, Henry H. Durst ’61 of Fulton, England, Ireland and Portugal.
2005. Gregory was a member of MO on January 31, 2006. Durst Smith worked as a Historic
Beta Theta Pi and played basket- was an Engineer at Columbia Preservationist for FEMA after
ball and baseball. Gregory earned Regional Hospital retiring in the 1993 flood throughout the
his law degree from Southern 2001. He enjoyed trout fishing, Mississippi River floodplain
Methodist University in Dallas, tying flies, hunting, gardening, region. His was a skilled watercol-
where he practiced law for nearly and native Missouri plants. or artist with works in rural
10 years. Gregory was the landscapes, wildlife and European
Joel S. Rose ’62 of Leawood, KS
Mongtomery County Prosecutor architecture.
on April 4, 2006. Rose was a
from 1971-76 and was a criminal
member of Beta Theta Pi. A life-
defense and corporate law attor-
long resident of the Kansas City
ney in St. Charles county through All alumni class notes
area, Rose worked for Midwest
the early 1990s. In 1994, Gregory
Bolt and Supply, Inc., a family received after 5/15/06
joined the St. Charles County
business, and then started his
prosecutor’s office and was the will appear in the next
own manufacturing business,
First Assistant Prosecutor at the
Golconda Screw, Inc. Rose was the edition of Leadership.
time of his death.
holder of two patents. He served
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