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                 UNION COLLEGE • FALL ’10
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                    Commentary

                             Editor        October 2010 was an                                                     Association officers
               Brenna Wallhausser        extraordinary time in the life of our 
                                         college.  It was a time for confirming                                    President
                         Designer        that undergraduate enrollment was                                         Ron Sell, ’69
                Missy Frederick, ’91     up once again to a quarter-century 
                                         high of 785 full-time students.  It 
                                                                                                                   President-Elect
                    Photography          was a time to note the expansion 
                                                                                                                   John Dodd, ’89
                    Emily Baker, ’12     and development of the campus 
              Missy Frederick, ’91       along Johnson Lane and Manchester 
                                         Street.  And it was a time to take                                        Secretary
              BillGreer.net, page 6
                                         note of and enjoy the beauty of the                                       Beverly Carr Bradway, ’81
           Gabrielle Mellendorf, ’07
             Melissa Newman, ’08         campus and the increasing appeal 
                         Jay Stancil     of our general campus and athletic                                        Treasurer
                                         facilities.                                                               Darren West, ’99
                    Contributors           For two straight weeks in October 
               Carrie Bistline, ’09      our focus was first on welcoming homecoming guests through                Director, Annual Giving and
                 Melissa Newman          an array of gatherings, activities and special recognitions. On           Alumni Relations
          Kassandra Patterson, ’12       the heels of homecoming, we welcomed our Board of Trustees                Melissa Newman, ’08
                       Jay Stancil       for another historic meeting that was a blend of regular business 
              Brenna Wallhausser         as well as closing phases of a strategic planning initiative begun        Union College President
                                         November 2009.                                                            Edward D. de Rosset
         UNioN is published by the         October’s homecoming weekend was awash in sunny fall 
                 offices of College      weather and color.  It was a splendid time to walk about and see          Vice President
             Communications and          the continuing work on college grounds and buildings, to revisit          Advancement
            Annual Giving-Alumni         old haunts where conversations, activities and special events in          Denise Wainscott, ’74, ’77 MA
          Relations for alumni and       your lives took place.  It’s a singular time of year where, if you 
            friends of the college.      keep moving and cross familiar trails, you are likely to hear a           Alumni Trustees
                                         medley of stories, reflections and observations that cover over 
                Mailing Address                                                                                    Class of 2011
                                         half of the college’s history.  Bringing the storylines together each 
                                                                                                                   Don Calitri, ’64, ’65 MA
                    Union College        homecoming, and adding new characters to the mix, keeps the plot 
          310 College Street, Box 7      refreshed and moving toward the surprise of new discovery.  We            Robert Dunaway, ’86
            Barbourville, KY 40906       had guests this year who hadn’t returned since their graduation 50        Donald Jones, ’79
                                         years ago.  Homecoming 2010 ranks as one of the best-attended in 
                   Alumni office         our history.                                                              Board of Directors
                   Melissa Newman          One of our important stewardship responsibilities to you is to 
          Director of Annual Giving      care for the college to the best of our ability and resources, so that    Class of 2011
              and Alumni Relations       the perceived and applied value of your degree and your pride             Brittany Carter, ’07
                     (606) 546-1226      in Union increases.  In vital ways, the determined work of our            Alessandra Tavolini, ’06, ’08 MA
                                         faculty and staff, and your interest and support, make our story as       Harry Yates, ’66
                             E-mail                                                                                Luis Prior, ’01
                                         strong as it has ever been. We have record enrollments with higher 
               alumni@unionky.edu                                                                                  Rachel Lewis-Rapier, ’98
                                         average ACT scores. We’ve recently received a series of major 
                editor@unionky.edu                                                                                 Adam Patin, ’00
                                         grants, one of which is a highly competitive National Science 
                                         Foundation award. Our first nursing students joined us this fall          Barbara Trevor, ’63
                Web Addresses
                www.unionky.edu          and we rededicated the historical 1919 Soldiers and Sailors 
                                         Gymnasium—once slated for demolition. Design work has begun               Class of 2012
              www.ucbulldogs.com
                                         to repurpose the former Knox County Hospital building to house            Carrie Bistline, ’09
                                         our nursing and health science programs. We purchased seven               Rose Brown, ’64
       Events, activities, programs
                                         properties along Manchester Street for immediate use in housing           Tom Posey, ’92, ’02 MA
 and facilities of Union College are
                                         students, additional parking and future building sites. At its annual     John Dodd, ’89
  available to all without regard to
                                         meeting in October, the Board of Trustees took note that Union’s          Tim Saunders, ’04
    race, color, marital status, sex,
            religion, national origin,   financials are balanced and have been strong for seven consecutive 
                                         years. All our accreditations are current and in best standing.           Class of 2013
                    disability or age.
       Union College is accredited       Seven new board members were approved, each of whom is a                  Jessica Baker, ’10
   by the Southern Association of        distinguished Union graduate. Critical needs for new student              Chuck Conley, ’64
        Colleges to award degrees        housing, scholarship funding, internships, renovated science              Jack Downey, ’66
               at baccalaureate and      facilities and faculty development funding were underscored.  A           Pete Green, ’91
                     master’s levels.    ten-year strategic planning draft was approved, outlining the next        Taryn Jacobus, ’05, ’08 MA
                                         chapter of the Union story.  A final document will be approved in 
                   Reprint Policy        April 2011.  We look forward to sharing it with you—it is your 
  UNioN encourages reprinting of         legacy, too. 
        materials contained herein.        Thank you for your friendship and loyalty to Union.
      Permission to reprint may be
        obtained by contacting the                                                               Ed de Rosset
office of College Communications.                                                                   President
UNION
FEATURES
                                                  a l u m n i m a g a z i n e
                                                                                                        FALL ’10




COVERSTORY
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Our Classy Redhead
From honey buns to wake-up calls, Vivian Smith mothered students for
45 years. Now, at 76, this larger-than-life personality and Union icon
takes to Facebook to keep hundreds of Union people connected.


12
In the Shadow of
the Mountains
Joe Matvey, ’82, came to Union with an urban, inner-city background and a long-
ing for the mountains. A sociologist, poet and computer expert, Joe’s new book
shows how thoroughly the “finest backdrop” weaved itself into his life and work.


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Homecoming
Alumni and friends returned in record-setting numbers to
reunite, reacquaint, and repeat the word, “wow.”


DEPARTMENTS
 2	           On Campus                                     27            Connections
 6            Union People                                  30            Class Notes
22            Union Athletics                               33            At Last
24            Association News




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                                                                 on campus
                                                     SNAPSHOT
  Every fall, just in time to take advantage of summer’s last warm days, Union invites hundreds to campus for 
two simultaneous events:  Family Day and Fall Open House.  The former gives parents and siblings a chance 
to visit their students, have brunch on the lawn, enjoy football and soccer games, and tackle an ice cream bar 
replete with all the toppings.   Inflatables and face painting keep young siblings entertained. The friendly and 
festival-like atmosphere makes Fall Open House even more enjoyable for prospective Union students visiting 
campus the same day.
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$2.5 million in new grants fund academic programs
  Over the last several months, Union received millions in grant 
dollars to fund new and existing academic programs.
  In late spring, the college learned it won a competitive grant 
from the National Science Foundation. The nearly half-million 
dollar award will be used to fund scholarships and a support 
program for southeastern Kentucky students majoring in biology, 
chemistry and mathematics. The program is designed to increase 
retention among students studying in the designated disciplines, 
and to foster connection between students and related industry 
and post-graduate education opportunities.
  Daniel Covington, Ph.D., chair of Union’s Department 
of Natural Sciences, says the chance for students to conduct 
research and get hands-on experience is also important to the          Dan Covington, Ph.D., outlines details of Union’s National Science Foun-
                                                                       dation Award for media and guests at an August press conference.
scholarship program.
  “They’ll use the knowledge and skills they learn to go out into      the program $1.5 million over the course of the next five years.  
the community and identify and address community problems,”            The program serves first-generation and/or low-income students.  
he says. “And, we will enhance research opportunities both               Current and future health science students will also benefit 
here on this campus, and through collaborative efforts with the        from new funding.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human 
Appalachian College Association and the research institutions of       Services has awarded Union $495,000 toward rehabilitation of 
Kentucky, Tennessee and North Carolina.”                               the former Knox County Hospital building. Once renovated, 
  Students in the scholarship program will take advantage              the site will serve as the home of Union’s new Department of 
of specialized support services, offered, in part, by Union’s          Nursing and Health Sciences.  In the fall, Union welcomed the 
Student Support Services program.  It, too, has received federal       first group of RN-to-BSN nursing students.  The athletic training 
funding to continue offering academic support such as tutoring,        major also falls within the new department. Additional majors are 
mentoring, workshops, career counseling and advising.  The U.S.        expected to be added in the future.
Department of Education announced in August that it will award 


Board of Trustees invites internal feedback on strategic plan
  At their annual October meeting,              six strategy teams.  The teams included            plan.
Union’s Board of Trustees gave its              representatives from trustees, faculty, staff,       The next step is to develop a 
blessing to a working draft of the college’s    administration, alumni and students.               communication and implementation 
ten-year strategic plan.                          The six strategy areas are employee              process for the plan, which will determine 
  Between November and February,                development, student development,                  how to share its contents with all Union 
Union employees will have an opportunity        commitment to region, campus beauty and            constituents. A firm has also been engaged 
to review the plan and give feedback            facilities, financial stability and academic       to help Union prepare to raise funds for 
before a final draft is voted on at the         development.  The draft plan includes              the far-reaching strategies and goals 
board’s April meeting.                          ten-year strategies and goals related to           developed by the college.  
  The draft was completed over the              each area, and a set of tactics that can be         
course of one year through the work of          completed within the first 18 months of the 

Campus prepares for annual Phonathon: Feb. 14-24
  Planning and preparation for the annual       the other end of a phone line—and from             and friends that even the smallest gifts 
Union College Phonathon are in full             another Union era.                                 make a difference.  If just half of Union’s 
swing.  This year, students will call alumni      The Student Impact Fund, formerly                alumni and friends pledged $25 during 
and friends between Feb. 14 and 24.             known as the Union Fund, provides                  Phonathon, the total would fund $5,000 
  Though the purpose of Phonathon is to         resources to bridge the gap between the            scholarships for 30 students.
raise dollars for the Student Impact Fund,      actual cost of a college education and               To make a pledge in advance of the 
student callers also enjoy the chance to        what students pay in tuition.  The fund            Phonathon event, visit www.unionky.edu/
touch base with alumni and hear about           supports all aspects of college and campus         Advance/CCPledge.asp or call 606-546-
their Union experiences.                        life, from much-needed scholarships to             1659.
  They are eager to have their calls            academic program development.
answered and hear friendly voices on              Student callers will remind alumni 

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Major acquisition expands campus boundaries
  In late summer, Union finalized a                 “The Executive Committee of Union’s 
purchase that adds nearly all frontage            Board of Trustees recognized that it was 
properties along Manchester Street                time to rethink the future of the college,” 
between First and Third streets to the            says President de Rosset. “They concluded 
Union campus. Three facilities included           that acquiring these contiguous properties 
in the purchase were immediately put into         would solve the immediate housing needs 
use as housing for staff and the growing          in an affordable way, as well as represent 
student body. Three additional structures         a prudent strategic plan for enlarging the 
and empty lots are also part of the               campus.”                                       and is now known as Union Court.  More 
acquisition and may be utilized as parking          Other recent purchases and partnerships      recently, a partnership with Knox County 
space and student housing.                        also jump the campus curb line, which          led to Union’s plan to renovate the former 
  The ability to immediately put a few of         has long been bordered by College,             Knox County Hospital building. It is 
the properties into use as housing helped         Manchester, Johnson and Allison streets.       located across Johnson Lane from the 
make the purchase revenue neutral for the           Two years ago, the college added the         Miller Science Center and will house 
college.                                          privately owned College Hotel–across           Union’s new Department of Nursing and 
  President Ed de Rosset says the                 College Street from the chapel–to its          Health Sciences by 2013.
acquisition signals a shift in how the            profile after a large fall enrollment 
college conceives of the campus and its           required additional housing. The hotel was 
limits.                                           converted into housing for 20 students 

Union students take on                                                                           Winter and spring events
Greece, Austria                                                                                  feature arts, culture
By Kassandra Patterson, ’12
  It wasn’t a typical summer 
for Emily Baker, Aaron Farmer 
and Raymond Smith. The three 
Union students studied art, 
culture and history abroad in 
Greece and Austria through 
the Kentucky Institute for 
International Studies (KIIS).
  For Emily, the ten-hour flight 
to Greece was the first time                                                                     The Christmas Festival concert and reception
                                                                                                 is the highlight of Union’s winter events. This
she had ever flown. Yet the                                                                      year’s concert will open with an arrangement
junior found the experience to                                                                   of “Joy to the World” accompanied by both
be worth any pre-flight jitters.                                                                 piano and organ, and close with “A Christmas
                                                                                                 Blessing.” Both will be sung by all three
Classes like Life and Art in        Emily Baker visits the Theater at Epidaurus while studying   participating choirs.
Ancient Greece, she says, gave  abroad in Greece.
her a new respect for different                                                                  The following list is not comprehensive. Watch
                                                                                                 the calendar on Union’s Web site at www.
cultures and people.                             from the experience of talking to the           unionky.edu or call 606-546-1230 to stay
  “It opened my eyes,” says Emily.               Austrians personally than anything else,”       abreast of upcoming offerings and learn more
                                                                                                 about the events listed below.
  One highlight of the trip was the chance  he says.  “I got a new perspective and it 
to visit an ancient theater.                     broadened my horizon.”                          December
  “The Theater at Epidaurus was a big              Both students say they have acquired          Christmas Festival Concert
deal since I’m a theatre minor. I’ve been        the “travel bug” and are eager to see more       and Reception
studying this for years and I finally got to     of the world and experience other cultures.     With three choirs, gifted accompanists and 
go and check out the acoustics.”                 Aaron, for one, highly recommends the           the talented direction of Union’s V. Gay 
  Aaron, a sophomore, went to Bregenz,           opportunity KIIS offers and hopes parents       Gandy, the Christmas Festival concert 
Austria, to study German language and            will consider encouraging their students        has become a tradition. The concert 
culture. For him, classes were only part of  to take advantage of the program. “Send             features three choirs: the Union College 
the learning experience. Aaron spent most  your kids to study abroad at least once.              Singers, Union Harmony and the Union 
evenings at a local pub and eatery, making  . . it’s such an opportunity that no one             College Regional Chorus. The audience 
new friends with whom he continues to            should pass up. I would recommend it for        gets a chance to participate as well; the 
keep in touch. “I learned so much more           everyone.”                                      sing-along of favorite carols has become 
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a staple of the event.  Another staple is       April                                             Undergraduate Research Symposium in 
the reception afterwards in the atrium of       Union College Singers and Union                   September. Union took the largest group 
Sharp Academic Center, where concert-           Harmony Spring Concert                            of any ACA school. Professor Jimmy 
goers gather to savor refreshments,                                                               Dean Smith, director of Union’s Honors 
Christmas decorations and a chance to           Redbud Festival and Quilting Workshop             Community, served as the students’ 
mingle.                                                                                           chief advisor for the research project and 
                                                May                                               presentations.   
January                                         Union College Regional Chorus Spring
Civil Rights Film Festival                      Concert                                           Emily Baker, Aaron Farmer and 
The Civil Rights Film Festival uses                                                               Raymond Smith participated in the 
movies to spur reflection and discussion.              NOTEWORTHY                                 Kentucky Institute for International 
On each of three evenings, guests will                                                            Study (KIIS) program over the summer. 
watch a film that is followed by a group               academics in action                        Emily studied in Greece, while Aaron and 
discussion. The event gives participants a                                                        Raymond took classes in Austria.  
chance to explore how themes and ideas 
in the films relate to civil rights issues.                                                       Mike Adams, Koby Hearn and Colin
Gabrielle Mellendorf, director of Union’s                                                         McEachran, all sports management 
Common Partners program, says the “film                                                           majors, spent their summers gaining 
festival is growing, and we hope to make                                                          invaluable experience through competitive 
this year bigger and better.”                                                                     internships. Mike worked with the 
                                                                                                  Carolina Baseball Center in South 
February                                                                                          Carolina, Koby spent time with the 
“Twelve Angry Jurors”                                                                             Lexington Hustlers Baseball Club, and 
The spring production for Union College         Tricia Fuentes and Zhanine Gilbert                Colin interned with Multi Sport Canada.
Theatre features the powerful drama of          have been selected by professor 
a jury, a life or death decision, and the       and writer Erich Goode to conduct                 Nineteen students presented research 
sole dissenter who challenges his peers’        interviews for a forthcoming sociology            projects at the first annual Union College 
unanimous judgment of the defendant             textbook, the eighth edition of “Drugs            Undergraduate and Graduate Research 
accused of murder.                              in American Society.” Both students               Forum in April. The event is primarily 
                                                will receive credit in the textbook for           intended to promote and encourage 
A Valentine Concert                             their work, which involved arranging,             research among Union’s psychology 
The Union College Singers, Union                conducting and transcribing interviews            students, though other disciplines are 
Harmony and the Regional Chorus                 that will help shed light on drug use in          invited to participate.
will regale guests with a selection             rural areas. The project was supervised 
of sentimental favorites perfect for a          by Union sociology professor Linda                Matt Nourmohamadian, a recreation 
romantic Valentine’s evening.                   Silber, whose e-mail exchange with                management major, has earned a Student 
                                                Dr. Goode, professor emeritus at Stony            Career Experience Program (SCEP) 
“The Afro that Ate Kentucky”                    Brook University in New York, led to the          appointment with the U.S. Forest Service 
and Other Poems                                 students’ involvement.                            in California. Once they complete their 
Join author Bianca Spriggs for an evening                                                         degree and related program requirements, 
of Affrilachian poetry at Union’s annual        Jason King, a graduate psychology                 SCEP participants are hired by the 
Celebration of Diversity event.                 student, and Union professor Jonathan             appointing agency. Also, over the course 
                                                Hammersley have been approved by the              of the spring and summer, eight recreation 
The Staley Lectures with Martin Marty           American Psychological Association                management majors completed internships 
Theologian Martin Marty, Ph.D., is the          to write an online behavioral health              with Corps of Engineer sites and state and 
Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service           continuing education course. The course           national parks in Kentucky, Tennessee and 
Professor Emeritus at the University of         will help health care providers understand        Rhode Island. 
Chicago Divinity School. The author of          the effects of caffeine use and withdrawal.
over 50 books, Dr. Marty is a National                                                            Bethany Outland and Susan Smith have 
Medal of Humanities recipient and the           Lori Bargo, Jennifer Burke, Jessica               been accepted for induction into the Phi 
winner of a National Book Award for             Burke, Jonathan Fields, Derrick                   Alpha National Honor Society, a social 
“Righteous Empire.” For the two Staley          Herron, Juleda Hyde, Nicole Jeck, Heidi           work honor society.  Both are members 
Lectures, he will discuss the theme of trust    Marsh, Aaron McCollum and Bradley                 of Rho Zeta, Union’s new chapter of Phi 
as explored in his new book, “Building          Nelson each presented academic research           Alpha. Bethany and Susan are senior 
Cultures of Trust.”                             in both paper and poster sections at the          social work majors.
                                                Appalachian College Association (ACA)-
                                                University of North Carolina-Asheville 

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U N I O N P E O P L E
                                      Dena Gassner, ’80



                        Dena is a social worker and the founder and di-
                        rector of the Center for Understanding in Nash-
                        ville. The agency offers support to adolescents
                        and adults with Asperger Syndrome (AS), a
                        form of autism. She is also involved with Global
                        and Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership
                        (GRASP) and the Autism Society of America.
                        She is inspired by her children, Patrick, who has
                        AS, and Katie. She and her husband, Rick, have
                        been married for 17 years. In the accompany-
                        ing photograph, Dena is wearing Irlen Lenses,
                        which filter certain colors from light and help
                        her cope with AS.

                        Passion for Social Work: When I was blessed 
                        with two delicious and unique children, I had 
                        no option but to “dig in” and learn all I could. 
                        My daughter was the EverReady Battery Bunny 
                        (ADHD) and my son was Yertle the Turtle (autism 
                        and learning disabilities). Learning to help them 
                        exercised one of my own autism traits. I have As-
                        perger Syndrome, which allowed me to gather tre-
                        mendous amounts of information from the research 
                        I did on their behalf. I developed a reputation for 
                        being knowledgeable. 

                        Greatest Union Lessons: God has a wicked sense 
                        of humor! The harder you run from God’s plan, the 
                        faster He pulls you into His intention for your life.

                        Union Mentors: Dr. Jan Finkel discovered my 
                        writing skills. Dr. Judi Jennings advocated for me 
                        when I did not yet have my identity or a voice with 
                        which to self-advocate. Dr. Ray Gibson helped me 
                        find Union, which was the small, intimate school 
                        setting I needed. I am still in touch with my “West 
                        Side Story” dance partner, Glenn Nichols, and Rev. 
                        Steve Marshall, who was a student pastor with 
                        me and remains one of my spiritual mentors. My 
                        friends Mary Tinsley and Marilyn Goldblatt were 
                        my first fashion and social skills coaches.

                        Gratitude for Success: Not a day goes by when I 
                        am unaware that, without my son having autism, 
                        I would not have known of my own. Because of 
                        Patrick, I know who I am and live an authentic life. 
                        My daughter continues to teach me how to parent 
                        . . . and how to value one’s talent and abilities. My 
                        husband has taught me unconditional love. 

                        Good Advice to Live By: Be authentic. Be honest. 
                        Be yourself. It’s who God planned for you to be.




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                Ben Phillips, ’02                         U N I O N P E O P L E



Ben is a project engineer with Stantec, a global
design firm with one of the largest geotechnical
labs in the east. He earned his master’s from
the University of Kentucky in 2005. Ben worked
on the geotechnical drilling and testing of the
levee system in New Orleans after hurricane
Katrina. The task included over 300 miles
of levee and was one of the largest drilling
jobs in U.S. history, with as many as 25 drill
rigs working simultaneously. The disastrous
consequences of hurricane Katrina prompted
a call for levee inspections in other locations,
which Ben now performs. He is involved in the
inspection of U.S. Army Corps of Engineer levees
in Oklahoma and Kansas, with other teams
in the company inspecting levees in Arkansas,
Kentucky, New York, West Virginia and Florida.

Passion for Engineering: I always wanted to be an 
engineer from the time I was in high school. I was 
always interested in heavy equipment and building 
things.

Greatest Union Lessons: While at Union, I had to 
juggle a double major in physics and math while 
racing mountain bikes on the first team that Union 
had. Time management and self-discipline were key 
in being able to train and study.

Union Mentors: Dr. Joyce, former president, was 
instrumental in bringing cycling to Union, and I 
would not have been there without the mountain 
biking program. Dr. Henshaw, physics professor, 
prepared me academically for the engineering 
program that I entered after leaving Union. He 
always taught his classes with a problem-solving 
approach that still serves me well. Alumnus 
Dr. Phillip Sharp . . . was a role model, proving 
that Union College doesn’t have to be the final 
destination of an academic career. It can be the first 
step to continued success in fields that are not even 
offered at Union.

Gratitude for Success: I have had help from 
countless numbers of people throughout life that 
all have contributed to the person I am today. My 
parents should get most of the credit, but I am 
also grateful to the teachers, professors and staff 
at Union and the University of Kentucky, and to 
colleagues and staff at Stantec. And, I have the best 
friends that anyone could ever ask for.

Good Advice to Live By: Put God first and 
everything else will find its place.  




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   View Photos of Vivian (6)
      We’ve been Vivian Smith fans since she introduced
      us to her honey buns at the Snack Bar. Her Snack Bar
      is now Facebook, where this Union icon continues to
      keep us connected.


      Information
          Birthday:          E-mail:
          December 7         beulahland@hotmail.com
          Current City:
          Barbourville, KY
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                                                                                                        By Carrie Bistline, ’09




Vivian Smith is one classy redhead.
                                                                                                 58 years ago and continuing



 “Guess how many friends I have!” Vivian Smith says with a
         proud grin. “Five hundred and eighty something! Most of them are
             people I met through Union.”

    That’s something most 76 year-olds can’t boast. But, then          better.
 again, how many 76 year-olds do you find on Facebook?                    “There was only one restaurant I remember being in town
    It will be no surprise to many that Vivian is among the            then–the J&B Café–and all the stores and that restaurant
 minority, beating the social networking odds, doing what              closed at dark,” Vivian remembers. “So, the students came to
 many her age can hardly understand, let alone participate in          the Snack Bar to hang out, and all of them knew they had a
 so successfully. Less than 10 percent of Facebook users, after        friend in us girls. Me, Josie Hensley, Jenetta Johnson, Louise
 all, are over the age of 55.                                          Babbs and a few others always cooked for the students and
    But, this is Vivian. Those who know her know that Vivian is        talked to them, keeping their spirits up if they were down or
 an odds-beater.                                                       homesick.”
    Her foray into social networking is really just a continuation        The college occasionally held all-night parties for students,
 of her career as a Union employee, spanning 45 years begin-           providing entertainment such as games, food and swimming
 ning in 1952 and ending just before the new century. Before           for as long as the students could hold their eyes open. Vivian
 her retirement, Vivian was one of Union’s common threads,             remembers how the late-night activity affected their appe-
 connecting people and generations, usually over the counter           tites.
 of the old Snack Bar.                                                    “Those kids would go swimming at four in the morning,
    Vivian’s first job was in Union’s cafeteria, then located in the   then come in the Snack Bar broke, busted and disgusted,
 basement of Centennial Hall. She and the college work-study           wantin’ me to cook them biscuits and gravy. And I did it, too.”
 students waited tables with restaurant-style service, serving            It was just one example of how far Vivian would go to help
 fresh, wholesome meals. The meals were cooked by Al and               students, who shared their triumphs and travails with her.
 Ethel Creasy, using food often purchased from local farmers.          She did not step–she broad jumped–over typical professional
    In the 60s, however, Union opted for the more economic             boundaries. That was just fine with everyone, though. In fact,
 and time-efficient food service option. Vivian worked a few           she could easily be said to be the red-headed embodiment of
 years in the new buffet-style cafeteria, but was eventually           Union’s current emphasis on a personal education, 50 years
 moved to the old Snack Bar in the Student Center’s lower              before “one-to-one” was officially a college slogan.
 level.                                                                   One morning, for instance, she looked around the Snack Bar
    It was in the Snack Bar that she found her niche.                  and didn’t see one of her regulars, whom she knew was due
    “We had an old jukebox and a big-screen TV. We thought             in class in less than an hour. Vivian marched to the girl’s dorm
 we was in hog heaven,” she says, drawing out the “o” in hog           room, dragged her out of bed and to the Snack Bar, made her
 for several seconds. Then, with a don’t-you-dare smile and a          one of her famous honey buns—heated and buttered—and
 nod to the interviewer’s notebook, she asks, “You gonna put           sent her to class.
 that in there?”                                                          That young student was Anne Reed, ’74, now a member of
    The Snack Bar, which opened early and closed late, gave            Union’s Board of Trustees.
 the tender spitfire an opportunity to get to know students               Her motherly disposition led her into service as more than




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                                                                                      an alarm clock. Unable to stand by as young male
                                                                                      students attempted, but failed, at domestic chores,
                                                                                      Vivian intervened.
                                                                                         “Some of them boys who had never been away
                                                                                      from home came in there and they’d be burning
                                                                                      their clothes to a crisp because they didn’t know
                                                                                      how to do their laundry,” Vivian says. “So, I would go
                                                                                      on over to their apartment and show them how to
                                                                                      do it.”
                                                                                         From cleaning young, helpless coaches’ apart-
                                                                                      ments to buying medicine for sick students who
                                                                                      didn’t have the money, the entire Union community
                                                                                      knew they could come to Vivian for anything. On
                                                                                      rare occasions, though, students took that familiar-
                                                                                      ity too far.
                                                                                         One young male student unwisely decided to
                                                                                      give Vivian a playful, inappropriate slap as she
                                                                                      walked by. She may be a compassionate soul, but
                                                                                      Vivian doesn’t brook disrespect. She turned, picked
                                                                                      up a chair, and threw it at him.
                                                                                         “Go ahead and tell the president,” she yelled. “You
                                                                                      ain’t gonna touch me like that again!”
                                                                                         Though that student may not think of Vivian with
                                                                                      affection, most remember her as a kind and endear-
                                                                                      ingly feisty campus matriarch.
                                                                                         “Vivian was the best,” says Anne Reed. “She knew
                                                                                      every student by name and loved them all. And we
                                                                                      loved her.”
                                                                                         Anne has maintained her friendship with Vivian
                                                                                      over the years, still grateful for the extra mile Vivian
                                                                                      went to make sure she made it to class.
                                                                                         “She is one classy redhead,” says Anne. “I’m proud
                                                                                      to call her my friend.”
                                                                                         Similar friendships formed with countless stu-
                                                                                      dents, in part because Vivian’s lively but laidback
                                                                                      manner made her an ideal confidant. They did not
                                                                                      hesitate to disclose their secrets and antics to her.
                                                                                      When, for instance, she saw a Volkswagen on top
                                                                                      of the boys’ dorm and shook her head in disbelief,
                                                                                      pranksters nearly tripped over themselves to con-
                                                                                      fess to her their responsibility.
                                                                                          She laughed with them and never told a soul.
                                                                                         “I knew nearly everything that went on in this
                                                                                      school,” says Vivian. “Half of it I can’t even tell you.
                                                                                      We didn’t make too much money, but we sure had
                                                                                      fun.”
“Heated, well-buttered honey buns rest in memory as Vivian’s sumptuous gift to           Vivian’s time at Union wasn’t all fun and games,
civilization. Still yet, her legacy goes deeper: she has been a respected friend to   though. She married Denver Smith shortly after be-
many of the more interesting, complex and gifted people who passed her way.”          ing hired. When they began a family, Vivian had to
                                                           – President Ed de Rosset   figure out how to raise three children while working
                                                                                      full-time. They often stayed in the Snack Bar as she
                                                                                      worked. She also had to take on side jobs to make
                                                                                      ends meet.
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    One of those side jobs involved Ed Black, the former vice                   of her husband, who
 president for administration at Union. Vivian babysat his                      is very ill. She doesn’t
 children, who sometimes joined her children at the Snack Bar.                  mind her job. She has
 The friendship she formed with “Mr. Black,” as she calls him, still            always taken care of the
 means a great deal to Vivian.                                                  people she loves. But,
    “I know he’s deceased now, but I will always love Mr. Black                 she says, she will not
 dearly,” Vivian says. “He did so many nice things for me during                be left behind by this
 all the years he worked at Union.”                                             world. She spends her spare time finding people on Face-
    Ed Black was fond of Vivian, and she valued his esteem. She                 book she never thought she’d have the chance to speak with
 prizes a memory of a conversation in 1999, just before she                     again.
 retired, between her, Ed Black and others.                                        “I look on there and find somebody I know and it just
    “He said, ‘There’s one thing about Vivian. Nobody ever went                 makes my day. I found two on there last night that I ain’t
 hungry. If a student came in there with no money, she’d feed                   seen in 30 years!” She glows as she talks about these re-
 them anyway,’” she remembers him saying. Vivian’s quick                        connections.
 response was in character: proud, defiant, determined.                            The people she “friends” on Facebook are clearly glad to
    “’Amen, brother.’ I said to him. ’I done it, and I’d do it again.’”         have found her, too. One of them, Donna Dobo Canchola,
    Vivian spent her last years at Union working as part of the                 ’77, made a comment on Vivian’s Facebook page that speaks
 housekeeping team. She formed several friendships in that                      volumes about her ability to continue bringing Union
 role, especially with Dan Covington, now chair of the Depart-                  people together, even if it is over a keyboard rather than the
 ment of Natural Sciences.                                                      Snack Bar counter.
    “Dan Covington has tried to keep me straight ever since he                     “Hi, Vivian!” Donna wrote. “So good to see you here on
 met me,” Vivian says, shaking her head. “But, he can’t.”                       Facebook. With all of the familiar names and faces, it’s almost
    These days, Vivian spends her time as the primary caretaker                 like hanging out in the snack bar again!” U



No one would be prouder of Vivian’s
embrace of technology than Ed Black.
   This year marks the tenth anniversary of his death. A beloved Union friend, alumnus and administrator,
Ed graduated in 1964 and began working at Union immediately. He remained with the college until his
death in 2000.
   Ed held what college historian W.G. Marigold called “a bewildering succession of positions.” Several of
those were in the student life area, and Ed was well known for his rapport with and respect of students.
Later, when he became one of Union’s senior administrators, the array of positions and deep institutional
knowledge served him well. He was, and is, considered one of the college’s legacy leaders.
   The reach of Ed Black’s legacy is broad and deep. President Ed de Rosset, who worked alongside Ed
for several years, remembers him as “the most unprepossessing and yet most respected of senior college
administrators. No one knew the state of Union, her vulnerabilities and promise, nor how to navigate her
shallows and rapids, better than Ed Black.”
   In his final years at Union, technology was particularly important to Ed. He tuned into discussion about
an Internet long before it was a reality for the average computer user, and he sensed how critical technology would be for all students. He led the ef-
fort to write grants and find funds, worked to create a campus culture that would adopt emerging technologies, and helped establish the first serious
technology infrastructure. Ed was also responsible for the college-city technology collaborative that got Union off to a fine start and led, four years
later, to Barbourville drawing national notice as one of the best-wired small towns in the U.S.
   Ed’s efforts laid the groundwork for all that is in place at Union now, including online classes, enterprise e-mail, text messaging and more.
His name graces the front of the Edward H. Black Technology Center. The concept for the facility was the subject of Ed’s last major grant preparation.
Written into the grant was Ed’s intent for the facility to be used by the community and the college to support education, training and communica-
tion. He did not live to see it dedicated in 2003, but it stands as a permanent tribute to Ed’s formative contributions to technology at Union and his
exhaustive work to ensure that the college stay ahead of the curve and share its resources with the community.
   “Ed Black was a special gift to Union,” says President de Rosset, “someone who bonded for life to help her live and thrive—a man from the New
Jersey coast for all seasons of the life of Kentucky’s first college in the mountains.” U
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           A book by Joe Matvey, ’82, shows how the mountains followed the Pittsburgh native,
           even years after leaving them behind.

  When sociologist Joseph Matvey, Ph.D., originally wrote and published “Regionalism and Globalization: Essays on
Appalachia, Globalization, and Global Computerization,” the subtitle likely came as no surprise to his Union classmates.
Joe thrived in the mountains surrounding Union. Even now, nearly 30 years after he left the area, his experience at
Union and in the region permeates his life and scholarship.
   Joe was born and raised in inner-city Pittsburgh before moving into the suburbs in his teenage years. Throughout
high school, he longed to see and live in the mountains. He had heard about the Appalachian Mountains and wanted
to study in them.
   Joe’s first college choice was Thiel College in Pennsylvania because they had an Appalachian semester, a program
that allows students to study for a semester at a college in Appalachia. Joe, however, wanted more than just a
semester in the mountains, so he asked Thiel where they sent their students. Union College was the answer. He
contacted Union right away and got a quick, and surprising, response; he was called out of class one day because a
Union admissions counselor was there to spend some time with him.
  “I knew right then this was the place I wanted to be,” says Joe. “So I came down in the spring with a friend. We visited
Cumberland Gap, Cumberland Falls, Stinking Creek, Corbin, Pine Mountain State Park … and fell in love with the
place.”




“… always, however
returning to your finest backdrop,
the acclivity of eastern Kentucky –
how deep
these habits from the heart . . .”
—from “Sketches of Memory” in Joe Matvey’s book, “Regionalism and Globalization.”
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   When he enrolled, Joe became very involved on campus                metropolitan areas across the U.S. and the globe. This is a
and felt at home. He worked in the bookstore and adored his            model familiar throughout the world, Joe suggests, and one
supervisor, Phyllis Sexton. He joined Mu Omega Beta with               that is central to the way globalization has developed. It is
seven other pledges and still keeps in touch with many of his          an important structure to note, not necessarily for the sake of
frat brothers. He also became involved with national, state, and       judgment, but to help understand the cultural and economic
local politics and the Student Senate.                                 conditions decried by many inside and outside the region. Joe
   But it was the chance to immerse himself in the long-               maintains that it is these economic and corporate structures,
admired Appalachians that made Joe’s Union experience                  not the culture or people of central Appalachia, that have
so memorable. He declared a double major in sociology                  created and maintained poverty in the region throughout its
and Appalachian studies and a minor in economics, which                industrial history.
gave him an opportunity to study the mountains he loved                   Culturally, Joe contends that while Appalachia is like any
from complementary angles. He was impressed by Union’s                 other place in America, there are also continued patterns of
“commitment to Appalachia, like the Appalachian semester,              subsistence in the region at higher levels than elsewhere. The
the Appalachian studies major, workshops, festivals and many           subsistence culture, Joe says, has caused many to think of
other things.” And, of course, there were the mountains that           the region as “backward” or “stalled.” Joe’s argument, though,
drew him to Union in the first place, always beckoning.                is that the economic structure contributes to long-standing
   “I think we all hiked one or more of the surrounding                cultural practices, such as subsistence farming and crafts.
mountains not but five minutes from campus in every                       “It’s not just that you have quilting and crafting because
direction.  What other school can boast that?” says Joe.               the region is rural; there are many other rural areas in the U.S.
   When his undergraduate studies came to an end, Joe left             where subsistence practices died out,” Joe says. The culture
Kentucky to pursue advanced degrees in sociology at the                is not backward, he insists, but “dynamic and adapting,
University of Pittsburgh. The young man who spent four years           confronting a depressed boom-bust economy with practices
focused on a specific region of the country—Appalachia—                that have long created value in the Appalachian household.”
found himself studying globalization under the tutelage of                Though the book, as Joe puts it, is “at its heart a sociology
professor Roland Robertson, who Joe calls “the foremost                book written from a sociological perspective,” the tone
theorist on globalization across the entire field of sociology.”       and poetic touches make clear that it is also an ode to the
When he began to study globalization in earnest, it was                mountains Joe has always loved and to his college experience
impossible not to view it through the lens of his experience at        in their midst. Professor Robertson, who wrote the introduction
Union, especially when it came time to write a dissertation.           for the 2010 edition, calls it “an interesting and moving account
   “I followed my heart and chose a topic I knew best: a thesis        of the changes in thinking of a particular author over a few
on Appalachia,” Joe writes in the introduction to his book.            decades, one who was intimately familiar with the Appalachian
   The dissertation helped form the foundation the book,               region and moved on to consider Appalachia in a global
though it is ultimately the result of 25 years of ongoing social       context.”
research and thinking. Interestingly, the book became a leisure           The book is, in part, Joe’s way of giving back to a region that
and intellectual pursuit of sorts for Joe; he left academia in         still fuels his intellect and imagination and continues to crook
1989 due to a long-term illness. He has since worked either for        its finger at him from afar. U
his late father’s company or with his wife as part of a home-
based business, but Joe never stopped being a sociologist.
He continued his research, and published the first edition of
“Regionalism and Globalization” in 2005.
   The second edition was released earlier this year. It contains
several revisions, adds four new chapters and is interspersed
with a collection of Joe’s poetry. The latter softens the work and
gives readers insight into Joe’s lingering affection for his time at
Union, his experience in the mountains, and the relationships
he formed during those years in the Appalachians.
   The central themes of the book, as the title suggests, focus
on Appalachia, globalization and global computerization. The
first five chapters are devoted to a study of the economy and
culture of coal in both northern and central Appalachia.
   Economically, Joe posits that capital and wealth are drained
from the region by the corporate structure of the coal industry,
where vast, out-of-state, multinational parents centralize profit
from Appalachian subsidiary units and divert them into the




                              By Carrie Bistline, ’09                            The second edition of Joe Matvey’s book,
                                                                                 “Regionalism and Globalization,” was published
                                                                                 earlier this year. In it, the former Union sociology
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                                                                                 student takes a closer look at Appalachia in the
                                                                                 context of globalization.
HOMECOMING
  Under brilliant blue skies and surrounded by fall color, a    in there now?!”) to the Snack Bar (“What? No honey buns?”) 
record number of alumni and friends made their way back to      may have changed, there were few complaints.
Union for Homecoming 2010.                                        “In fact,” says President de Rosset, “the word I heard re-
  “This may well be an historic homecoming,” President Ed       peatedly was, ‘wow.’  We had many return this year who have 
de Rosset said at the weekend’s awards banquet. “By num-        not seen the campus in over a decade. They were effusive 
bers, spirit, engagement and storylines, Homecoming 2010        about how beautiful it is now. It’s a refrain we hear through-
is still another confirmation that these are very good times    out each year, but it is especially rewarding to hear that level 
at Union.”                                                      of pride and satisfaction from our alumni.”
  This year’s theme—Mirror, Mirror, What Do UC?—invited           Union’s 2011 Homecoming weekend will take place on 
guests to reflect on changes at Union since their student       Oct. 14-16. 
days.  And, though, everything from Pfeiffer (“There are men 




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            Rising Star                  Athletic Hall of Fame      Educators Hall of Fame
Clavia Ruth Wooten-Kee, Ph.D., ’96    Gregory Lee Duncum, ’89    Sonya L. Jones, Ph.D., ’69




        NIMOCEMO
    Distinguished Athletic Alumni
                                    Hall of Fame
                                         Distinguished Alumni
                                             Service Award
            Service Award                 Gerald, ’56, and          Educators Hall of Fame
        Don T. Lawson, ’76            Bonnye (Moore) Swim, ’64   Melissa Evans, ’93, ‘95 MA




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Spirit of Soldiers and Sailors
           The Ferocious Few
      Intramural Basketball Team

          Dan Sullivan, ’57
         Rodney Neely, ’57
           Jim Walters, ’56
        Shirley Goodin, ’57
       Walter Dick, ’56,  ‘79 MA
          Glen Lehew, ’56




   Athletic Hall of Fame
   Team of Distinction
  Union Bulldog Golf Teams, 1969-72

              front row
          John Hauser, ’78
          Tom Bennett, ’72
          Steve Jeffers, ’74 

               back row
            Tom Card, ’70
         Bill Hill, ’70, ’71 MA
      Larry Inkster, ’72, ’73 MA
          Chuck Reich, ’74




   Athletic Hall of Fame
   Team of Distinction
  Union Bulldog Track Team, 1955

             front row
           Jim Todd, ’58
         Gerald Swim, ’56
        Ernest Trosper, ’55
        Doyle Swanner, ’57 
        Darrell Fleming, ’57 

             back row
        Rodney Neely, ’57 
      Walter Dick, ’56, ’79 MA
        W.D. Sergeant, ’55
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          NIMOCEMO
1950s & earlier                   Decades Reunions




           First row, from left (seated): Sarita (Cook) Marland, ’55; Robin T. Boswell, ’57; Mary Todd, ’58; Elsie Parker, ’47; Jessie Gayle Tye, ’50; Glenna
           Vickers Burton, ’58, ’69 MA; and Wayne Lambert, ’58. Second row, from left (seated): Dan Sullivan, ’57; Jim Todd, ’58; Willie Boughton DeSpain,
           ’56; James Parker, ’47; Arthur “Bud” Lanham, ’59; David Bennett, ’57; and Rodney Neely, ’57. Back row, from left (standing): Larry “Rex” Hale,
           ’57; Fred Marland, ’55; W.C. Sergeant, ’60; Ernest Trosper, ’55; Walter Dick, ’56, ’79 MA; Gene Trammell, ’51; Richard L. Moore, ’51; Don
           Burton, ’68; Glenn Lehew, ’56; Darrell Fleming, ’57; and Jim Walters, ’56.
1960s




           First row, from left (seated): LoAnna Allen Woods, ’65; Mabel Helen Bingham McKenzie, ’60; Jean (Hopper) Wooton, ’65, ’75 MA; Sandra
           Shetler, ’65; Stella Bingham Smith, ’60, ’67 MA; Paula Hampton Frase, ’65, ’86 MA; Rose Bloyd Brown, ’64; and Bob Brown, ’63. Middle row,
           from left: Rebecca Bird Conley, ’64; Joanna Carter Busroe, ’60; Doris Leslie Bickel, ’62; Kathryn “Kay” Mir, ’60; Shirley T. Sergeant, ’64; Sheila
           D. Halter, ’69, ’75 MA; Judy Bird Calitri, ’68, ’71 MA; and Monna Lane, ’66. Back row, from left (standing): John Bowling, ’60; Chuck Conley, ’64;
           David McKenzie, ’60; Noel White, ’60; Betty Jane White, ’61; Bucky Colclough, ’62; Susan Mink Colclough, ’64; Doug Logan, ’68; Florentino
           “Chico” Mir, ’60; Tom Amis, ’67; Alvis Wooton, ’62, ’64 MA; Clyde Evans, ’60; Danny J. Strunk, ’64; Harry Yates, ’66; David Creighton, ’64; Jim
           Norman, ’60; Bob Unterreiner, ’60; Don Calitri, ’64, ’65 MA; Don Lane, ’65; Raleigh Mitchell, ’60; Leonard Shetler, ’65; and Bob Heffern, ’65.
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1970s
     NIMOCEMO H               Decades Reunions




     First row, from left (seated on floor): John Logan, ’78; Steve Jeffers, ’74; Donnie Looper, ’74; Tony Auzenne, ’78; Becky (Culp) Wiant, ’77; Donna
     Dobo Canchola, ’77; and Charlie Akins, ’76. Second row, from left (seated): Greg Marsden, ’77; Doris Stewart, ’75; Diana Mills, ’75, ’78 MA; Stella
     Auzenne, ’78; Myrlyn Lawson, ’76; Hugh Hale, ’75, ’05 MA; Charley Bibble, ’75; Deborah (Bill) Hamar, ’79; and Jacqualeen Sellards, ’79. Third row,
     from left (seated): Bill Oxendine, ’74, ’85 MA; Jo Liming, ’71; Dorothy Elam Oxendine, ’74; Patricia Parker, ’77; Denise Cope Wainscott, ’74, ’77
     MA; Ruth Hensley Goss, ’78; Cheryl Alvis Salzman, ’78; and Carolyn Vinyard, ’77. From left, back row (standing): Bill Swafford, ’76; Christopher
     Brand, ’75; Chuck Reich, ’74; Larry Inkster, ’72, ’73 MA; Bob Beck, ’79; Terry McMonagle, ’80; Steve Liming, ’70; Jack Heller, ’70; Doyle Mills, ’70;
     Hock-soon (Robert) Goh, ’70; Tom Card, ’70; John Desparrois, ’73; Ed Busser, ’72; Jeffrey Sowles, ’75; Ron Riskie, ’70; Ed Hammell, ’77, ’78 MA;
     Sandy (Hash) Keys, ’79, ’87 MA; Sue (Slater) Milone, ’79; Roberta Taylor, ’79; Robert Malone, ’79; Debbie Estes, ’79; David Ganary, ’71, ’72 MA;
     Bill Hill, ’70, ’71 MA; Joseph Boswell, ’79, ’07 MA; Don Jones, ’79.
1980s




     First row, from left (seated): John Dodd, ’89; Deborah (Bill) Hamar, ’80; Sandy (Hash) Keys, ’79, ’87 MA; and Kimberly Martin, ’86. Second row,
     from left: Cindy Reinhardt, ’85; Pam (Garner) Smith, ’84; and Lora Morrison ’85. From left, third row (standing): Prentis Ragland, ’87; Tim Miniard,
     ’89; Steve Bradford, ’88; Steve Marshall, ’80; Dena Newman Gassner, ’80; Glenn Nichols, ’80; Mike Goss, ’80; Terry McMonagle, ’80; Steve
     Hoskins, ’85; Roscoe Burns, ’88; Frank Newman, ’88; James Russell Pope, ’87; Chaz C. Martin, ’87, ’90 MA; and Greg Thomas, ’89.


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1990s                       Decades Reunions




         First row, from left (seated): Debbie (Anderson) Pidgeon, ’98; Jessica Terry Bergman, ’98; and Matt Bergman, ’99. Second row, from
         left (seated): Melissa Hyde Frederick,’ 91; Melissa Newman, ’08; Rachel Lewis Rapier, ’98; and LaRonda Taylor, ’07. Back row, from left
         (standing): Scott Russell; Toni Alvis Gambrel, ’90; Jackie Blackburn, ’90, ’10 MA; Bryan Erslan, ’90; Rodger G. Cotton, ’94; Gabrielle
         Mellendorf, ’07; Tommy Oates, ’94; Jerry Jackson, ’90; Mike Fields, ’99; Larry Porter ,’91; Christi Lefevers, ’97; Andre Washington, ’95;
         Michael Gray, ’93; and John Carreker, ’89.
2000s - 2010s




         Front row, from left (kneeling): Jessica Baker, ’10, and Carley Blankenship, ’10. Second row, from left (seated): Meghann Gaunt Chesnut,
         ’07; Allison Fowler, ’08; and Penny Mills, ’00. Third row, from left (seated): Angie Armstrong, ’09; Marlee Cooper, ’09; and Deena O’Hare,
         ’09. Back row, from left (standing): Nikki Baker Sizemore, ’07; Christopher Lee Osborne, ’08, ’10 MA; Karisha Couch-Hayton, ’02; Aaron
         Troutman, ’05; Rafael Forti, ’04, ’06 MA; Ricardo Rodriquez, ’04; Gabrielle Mellendorf, ’07; Sam Lee, ’09; Wendy Thompson House, ’00;
         Dawn Halter Smith, ’00; Lynette Vanover, ’05; Kate Crum, ’02; Anisa James, ’05; and Mike Warren, ‘01.
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Football Roundup
  It’s been a season of milestones for the     Union offense has been prolific this                 Senior wide receiver Sean Mackey 
Union football team as several offensive       season, ranking sixth in the NAIA in total        tied the school record for most touch-
records have fallen left and right. Mean-      rushing offense (2,485 yards), eighth in          down catches in a game with three against 
while, the Bulldogs are picking up the         total offense yards per game (461.7) and          Bethel (Tenn.) on Oct. 9. He has 11 touch-
victories.                                     ninth in total scoring offense (393).             down receptions on the season and leads 
  After a slow start to the 2010 season,         In addition to amazing team statistics,         the team with 36 catches.
Union won four of its last five games to       there have been a number of standout                Senior running back Terence Pollock 
improve to 6-4 overall and 3-2 in the Mid-     individual performances. Here is a listing        became the Bulldogs’ all-time leading 
South Conference West (as of press time).      of some of the top highlights:                    rusher and currently has 3,337 rushing 
And, during the recent winning stretch,          Senior running back Armond Smith                yards. He also became the all-time leader 
the Bulldogs have piled on the points.         rushed for a school record 312 yards and          in rushing touchdowns (32) and total 
Through eight games, Union has scored          five touchdowns on 16 carries against             touchdowns (35) in program history, and 
338 total points, which is second-most in      Bethel (Tenn.) on Oct. 9. He has four 100-        rushed for a then-school record 231 yards 
program history. The Bulldogs tallied 369      yard rushing games this season and has            and four touchdowns in a 61-26 win over 
points during the 2008 campaign, but they      scored 12 rushing touchdowns.                     UVa-Wise on Sept. 25.
played 12 games that season. Union has           Junior quarterback Mike Brinkley                  Other highlights include head coach 
posted 40 or more points four times this       became the career leader in touchdown             Tommy Reid collecting his 40th career 
season, including a whopping 84 points         passes. He currently has 78. Mike moved           victory, Armond and Terence being named 
against Bethel (Tenn.) on Oct. 9. In fact,     up to second on the program’s all-time            both NAIA and Mid-South Conference 
the Bulldogs have scored the second-most       passing list with 6,908 career passing            Offensive Players of the Week, and a 48-0 
and fifth-most points in a game this season    yards, and threw for a career-high 345            shutout win over Kentucky Christian – 
as they tallied 61 against UVa-Wise on         yards and a school-record six touchdowns          only the program’s seventh shutout win 
Sept. 25.                                      in an 84-55 win over Bethel (Tenn.) on            since being reinstated in 1984.
  As evidenced by its points total, the        Oct. 9.




Running back Armond Smith’s high-    Quarterback Mike Brinkley set     Sean Mackey, a wide receiver,         Senior Terence Polluck is
scoring game made him a “Sports     career and school records during   has tied the school record for most   Union’s new all-time leading
Illustrated” “Face in the Crowd.”   Union’s high-scoring win against   touchdown passes in a game.           rusher, with 3,337 rushing yards.
                                    Bethel College.

Smith featured in SI’s ‘Faces in the Crowd’
  On the heels of his record-setting           touchdowns and points in the 84-55 win            fensive Player of the Week.
performance, Union senior running back         over Bethel (Tenn.) on Oct. 9. Armond ran           On the season, Armond leads the team 
Armond Smith landed a spot in “Sports Il-      for 312 yards and five touchdowns on 16           in rushing with 1,133 yards and 13 touch-
lustrated’s” “Faces in the Crowd” section.     carries, accounting for 30 of the Bulldogs’       downs on 129 carries. He ranks fourth in 
Armond (Stone Mountain, Ga.) is among          points.                                           the NAIA in total rushing yards, eighth 
six persons featured in the October 18           For his effort, he was named the Mid-           in rushing yards per game (113.3), 11th 
edition.                                       South Conference Offensive Player of the          in total scoring (84 points), seventh in 
  He earned the recognition after setting      Week, the NAIA Offensive Player of the            all-purpose yards (1309) and 11th in all-
school records for most rushing yards,         Week and the Victory Sports Network Of-           purpose yards per game (150.9).

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Millsop wins NCCA DII Omnium
    The Union College cycling team ended        (time trial, cross country, short track and 
its 2010 season on a high note in October,      dual slalom).
registering a second-place finish in Divi-        On the men’s side, Zach, a senior, cap-
sion II at the 2010 USA Cycling Collegiate      tured the top spot in the time trial portion 
Mountain Bike National Championships.           of the competition, while Wesley finished 
  As a team, the Bulldogs finished with         second and Brad placed fourth. In the 
608 points, as team Division II national        short track, Wesley captured his collegiate 
champion Brevard (N.C.) finished with           short track win to lead the way, while 
630 points.                                     Zach placed fifth in the event.
  Union was led by senior Rachel Millsop          In cross country, the Bulldogs registered 
(Little Rock, Ark.), who captured the Divi-     three top 10 finishes with Zach leading 
sion II Women’s Omnium with 443 points          the pack with a fourth-place finish, while, 
overall. Meanwhile, for the men, the            in the dual slalom, he registered a strong 
Bulldogs had three of the top five finishers    second-place finish. On the women’s side, 
in the individual Omnium standings, with        freshman Catherine finished a solid fourth 
Wesley Lamberson (Limestone, Tenn.)             in the slalom.
finishing second, Zach Winn (Port Hope,                                                              Senior Rachel Millsop won the Division II Wom-
Canada) placing fourth and Brad Nelson                                                               en’s Omnium during the USA Cycling Collegiate
                                                                                                     Mountain Bike National Championships.
(Carmel, Ind.) finishing in fifth.
  Rachel captured the Division II Om-
nium after finishing second in both the 
cross country and short track, eighth in        Haessig places 7th at National
the downhill and 10th in the 4-cross. She 
became the third Union rider to win the 
                                                Small College Championships
Omninum, joining Zach, who won on 
                                                  Union’s Yvon Haessig claimed seventh               Vladislav Khudziy of Huntingdon (Ind.), 
the men’s side the last two seasons, and 
                                                place at the 2010 USTA/ITA NAIA Na-                  who ended as the fifth-place finisher.
Amanda McKay, who captured it in 2002.
                                                tional Small College Championships, held               At the ITA Southeast Regional, Union 
  Other top performances for the women 
                                                in Mobile, Ala., on Oct. 14-17.                      had four of the top nine seeds in the 
included freshman Catherine Harnden’s
                                                  Yvon (Vancouver, Canada) advanced                  48-person field. Nicolas Ernst (Rietheim, 
(Ontario, Canada) performances in the 
                                                to the championships by winning the ITA              Germany) was the top seed with Pierre 
downhill (sixth), 4-cross (seventh) and 
                                                Southeast Regional Singles Championship              Vernin (Le Coteau, France) third, Yvon 
cross country (11th) events, along with 
                                                at Brescia University in Owensboro, Ky.,             sixth and Bartos Micher (Junginen, Ger-
Maria Esswein’s (Perryville, Mo.) 11th-
                                                on Sept. 23-26, becoming the first Bulldog           many) No. 9.
place finish in the cross country.
                                                to do so.                                              Yvon had to beat teammate Nicholas in 
  On the men’s side, Wesley placed fourth 
                                                  Entering the eight-person field as the             the finals, needing three sets to get past his 
in short track, sixth in cross country, 16th 
                                                No. 8 seed, Yvon lost his first two matches          fellow Bulldog. Yvon won the first set 6-4 
in 4-cross and 22nd in downhill. Zach 
                                                before winning the seventh-place match.              but Nicholas took the second frame 6-2. 
placed seventh in short track, Bennett 
                                                  He lost 6-3, 6-3 to top-seeded Remy                Yvon, though, sealed the win with a 6-1 
Winn (Ontario, Canada) finished eighth in 
                                                Caffardo of Graceland (Iowa), who                    decision in the third and final set.
the downhill and Brad finished in 11th-
                                                finished as the tournament runner-up. In               Union nearly sent a doubles team to 
place in the cross country.
                                                his second match, Yvon fell 6-2, 6-4 to              the ITA nationals as well, as Nicolas and 
  Prior to nationals, Union won the 
                                                                                                     Pierre made it to the region final round 
Southeastern Cycling Collegiate Confer-
                                                                                                     before losing 8-6 to Carlon Anton and 
ence championship as Rachel and Zach 
                                                                                                     Pablo Numbela of Campbellsville (Ky.). 
earned SECCC Female and Male Rider of 
                                                                                                     Nicolas and Pierre entered the regional as 
the Year honors.
                                                                                                     the No. 1 seed.
  Overall, it was the Bulldogs’ sixth con-
                                                                                                       Union won the 2010 Appalachian 
ference crown in program history.
                                                                                                     Athletic Conference regular-season and 
  Individually, Bulldog riders collected 
                                                                                                     tournament championships and advanced 
six out of eight first-place finishes. Lead-
                                                                                                     to the second round of the NAIA Men’s 
ing the way was Rachel, who won the             Yvon Haessig, middle, is the first Bulldog to win
                                                the ITA Southeast Regional Singles Champion-         Tennis National Championship Tourna-
conference’s Ladies Omnium Champion-            ship. He is pictured with Union tennis coach         ment.
ship after earning four first-place medals      Daniel Finn, right, and Brescia’s tennis coach,
                                                Jack Etchison, left.

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ASSOCIATIONNEWS


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UC vs. U of C
Battle of the Tin Plates begins
  If you’re missing college rivalries, consider continuing a               Union’s and Cumberlands’ rivalry is just one component of a 
friendly competition with the University of the Cumberlands.             statewide competition between Kentucky independent colleges 
Union’s Kentucky alumni have a new opportunity to keep the               and universities.  The Association of Independent Kentucky 
rivalry alive and support a good cause.                                  Colleges and Universities (AIKCU), of which Union is a 
  The Battle of the Tin Plates pits Union against University of          member, launched the license plate program to raise scholarship 
the Cumberlands in an attempt to have the highest number of              funds for students and awareness of Kentucky’s independent 
Kentucky alumni who purchase license plates that boast their             colleges. Each year, all 20 AIKCU member institutions compete 
alma mater’s name and logo.  The license plate costs just $10 per        to put the most plates on the road.
year above regular vehicle registration fees. The $10 fee from             Alumni who live out of state can show their pride, too.  The 
the purchase of Union College license plates goes directly into          college store offers chrome Union College license plate frames. 
Union’s Student Impact Fund.                                             Pick one up next time you’re on campus or buy online at 
  As many alumni know, Union’s and Cumberlands’ football                 unionky.edu/UCStore.
teams take to the turf each fall in the Battle of the Brass Lantern.  
The Battle of the Tin Plates gives Union and its alumni another 
fun opportunity to vie for annual bragging rights and show their 
college pride along Kentucky’s highways, all while raising 
scholarship and support funds for students.  
  As of June 30, 2010, the end of Union’s fiscal year, University 
of the Cumberlands alumni had a total of 769 plates on the road 
while Union College alumni boasted a total of 406. Totals from 
the 2011 fiscal year won’t be available until June 30, 2011. Union 
College license plates purchased between now and June 30 will 
help Union claim victory in the inaugural Battle of the Tin Plates.
  Alumni can request and purchase the Union College license 
plate through your local County Court Clerk. Details and images 
are available at www.unionky.edu/Alumni/UCLicensePlate.asp.


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New Alumni Association Board members welcomed at fall meeting
Ron Sell is new president after passing-of-gavel ceremony
  Amidst the excitement of 
homecoming weekend, the 
Alumni Association Board 
held the passing-of-the-gavel 
ceremony at the fall meeting 
and welcomed a new president.
  Outgoing Alumni 
Association President Joe 
Beavon, ’66, could not be 
present for the ceremony, 
but he contacted incoming 
president Ron Sell, ’69, to 
offer congratulations. Melissa 
Newman, alumni relations 
director, turned the gavel over               Melissa Newman passes the gavel to Ron Sell, ’69, the new Union College Alumni
                                              Association President.
to Ron at the beginning of the 
board meeting.
  Incoming officers include 
Beverly Carr Bradway, ’81, 
secretary;  Darren West, ’99, 
treasurer;  and John Dodd, 
’89, president-elect. The 
three new officers, along 
with Ron Sell, will serve two 
years on the board. After the 
president-elect’s two-year 
term is completed, he will take 
the president’s seat to serve 
another two years.
                                              Incoming Alumni Association Board members-at-large: Jack Downey, ’66; Taryn
  Outgoing officers include                   Jacobus, ’05, ’08 MA; Jessica Baker, ’10; and Charles Conley, ’64. Not pictured is Pete
secretary Margaret West, ’97,                 Greene, ’91.
and treasurer Tim Davis, ’93.
  Outgoing members-at-large, 
who have served three-year 
terms on the board as the 
class of 2010, include Jessica 
Bergman, ’98; Matt Bergman, 
’99; Jennifer Bryant, ’04; 
Kevin R. Smith, ’06; Gabrielle 
Mellendorf, ’07; and August 
Mangeney, ’07.
                                   Outgoing Alumni Association           Incoming Alumni Association Board      Outgoing Alumni Association
  Incoming members-at-large,       Board officers: Margaret West,        officers: John Dodd, ’89, president-   Board members-at-large: Gabrielle
who will serve as the class of     ’97, secretary, and Tim Davis, ’93,   elect, and Darren West, ’99,           Mellendorf, ’07, and Jennifer
2013, include Jessica Baker,       treasurer.                            treasurer. Not pictured is Beverly     Bryant, ’04.
                                                                         Carr Bradway, ’81, secretary.
’10; Chuck Conley, ’64; Jack 
Downey, ’66; Pete Green, ’91; 
and Taryn Jacobus, ’05, ’08.       the views of the alumni board         years. New members-at-large            on the board, contact Melissa 
  The Union College Alumni         to the Union College Board of         are seated each fall at the            Newman in alumni relations 
Association represents alumni      Trustees.                             Alumni Association’s fall              at 606-546-1226 or alumni@
within the campus community.         Elections for officers are          homecoming meeting.                    unionky.edu.
The board also seats three         every two years and for                 For more information 
alumni trustees who represent      alumni trustees every four            about the board or serving 

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Win a free smartphone with alumni e-mail, cell phone drive
                                               As phone wires become a thing of the         unionky.edu. Make sure the subject line 
                                             past, e-communications evolve, and Union       reads “Union College Alumni Smartphone 
                                             gears up for Phonathon 2011, the alumni        Contest.”  Alumni may also send their 
                                             office staff continues to think of creative    submission by mail to Union College 
                                             ways to keep in touch with Union’s             Alumni Smartphone Contest, 310 College 
                                             thousands of alumni.                           Street, Box 7, Barbourville, Ky., 40906.  
                                               Soliciting current e-mail addresses and      Those who enter via e-mail will receive an 
                                             cell phone numbers is a key part of that       e-confirmation.
                                             effort.                                          Melissa Newman, who directs the 
                                               To boost the number of accurate cell         alumni office, says the alumni staff 
                                             phone numbers and e-mail addresses on          collects updates, including cell numbers 
                                             file, Union is giving away a smartphone to     and e-mail addresses, throughout the year 
                                             one lucky alumni winner. From December         at events, through personal contact and 
                                             1, 2010, to Jan. 31, 2011, the alumni          via the Union Web site.  There is concern, 
                                             office will accept cell phone number and       though, that many alumni are being 
                                             e-mail updates as entries for the contest.     left out of the communication loop.  In 
                                             One winner will be drawn at random to          recent years, Union’s alumni office began 
                                             receive a smartphone of his or her choice.     publishing an e-newsletter and sending 
                                             To enter, alumni should send their cell        other e-communications.  Those whose 
                                             number and e-mail address to the alumni        information is outdated may miss out on 
                                             office through mail or e-mail by Jan.          alumni perks, news and other items.   
                                             31. The winner will be notified on Feb.          The winner can choose among any 
                                             15 at 6:00 p.m. as the kick-off call for       smartphone on the market, but the data or 
                                             Phonathon 2011.                                voice services will be the responsibility 
                                               Alumni can send their e-mail addresses       of the winner.  One entry per alumnus is 
                                             and cell phone numbers to alumni@              permitted.


Hundreds join the pack as Mack the Bulldog debuts on Facebook
  Mack the Bulldog made his       from 1950’s-era alumni to           unlimited uploads. Mack posts     and the recently added site 
first comment on Facebook         2010 graduates. Alumni of all       all photos from events. After     just for the UC Bulldog Store.  
during Phonathon last spring.     ages appreciate hearing about       the 2010 Alumni Football          Thousands of alumni, friends, 
What were his first words? “I     upcoming events and college         Day, for instance, Mack           parents, faculty, staff, students, 
am excited to be Facebooking      happenings in real time rather      shared close to 50 photographs    prospective students and 
with Union College alumni.        than waiting for a printed piece    with his pack of friends and      community members follow 
Become my friend on FB and        to arrive in the mail.              followers.                        the Union College Facebook 
have a 1:1 alumni connection        Since his debut to social           Alumni who haven’t              sites.  
at Union!”                        networking, Mack has gotten         “friended” Mack on Facebook 
  Since that time, he has         over 300 RSVPs to various           yet can find him at www.
accumulated a pack of over        events, including over 150 for      facebook.com/mack.
300 friends and counting.         Homecoming 2010.  He has            thebulldog.
  Mack’s goal is simple: to       answered countless questions          When Mack appeared on 
provide information about         about what’s going on at            Facebook, he 
upcoming alumni events,           Union, from information about       joined the ranks 
post pictures and news of         the old hospital renovation         of several other 
past events, answer alumni        project to how many incoming        Union College 
questions, and share nostalgic    freshmen the college counted        Facebook pages, 
photos and comments that          this fall.                          including the 
spark conversation about the        He also likes photos.             official Union 
Union experience.                 Union’s print pieces, including     College Facebook 
  Mack’s friends are not just     the alumni magazine, have           page, the Union 
those who have graduated in       limited space for event photos,     College Bulldogs 
the past 20 years. They range     but Facebook allows for             athletics page, 

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Events&Gatherings                                                               A gathering of ‘aughts’


Nuptials, softball style




Philadelphia, Pennsylvania                                                      Several alumni from the first decade of the century get together in central
                                                                                Kentucky to reminisce about their college days and catch up on what’s
                                                                                new. From left: Gabe Curtis, ’06; Lakita Hampton Curtis, ’05; Amber
                                                                                Hensley, ’05; Tim Saunders, ’04; Kalyn Hampton Saunders, ’06; Kevin
                                                                                Smith, ’06; and Emily Jones, ’07.
Proving that former Union softball players will take any opportunity to
rekindle the spirit, Debbie (Anderson) Pidgeon savored ten minutes with         Alumni at the Bar
fellow softball alumnae just 30 minutes prior to her fall 2009 wedding. Front
row, from left: Suzanne Jacobs, ’99; Sally Hammitt, ’99; Amy (Criswell)
Schooler, ’99. Back row, from left: Nicole (Vidito) Sloan; Trisha DeWitte,
’99; Renee Hicks, ’93, ’99 MA; Mandy Phifer, ’99; Debbie Pidgeon, ’98;
Abbie (Mitchell) Rector, ’00; and Michelle Yorgy, ’98.

Back on their turf


                                                                                Lexington area alumni and Union alumni staff enjoy a joint event with
                                                                                members of the Kentucky Bar Association (KBA). Front row, from left
                                                                                (seated): Doyle Mills, ’70, and his granddaughter Melody; Cherry Owens,
                                                                                ’70; Vivian Landrum; Casey Armour, Union political science instructor; and
                                                                                Dale Moore, ’71. Second row, from left: Union President Ed de Rosset;
                                                                                Chuck Tanner, NG; Mary Withers; Marc Roland, ’88; John Landrum; Don
                                                                                Jones, ’79; Pete Moore, ’59; and Jessica Terry Bergman, ’98, Union’s
                                                                                major gifts officer. Third row, from left: Benjamin Phillips, ’02; Melissa
                                                                                Newman, ’08, Union’s alumni director; Robert Armour, chair of Union’s
Participants in the 2010 Alumni Football Day take a pause from flag             Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences and a professor of criminal
football, tours and a picnic lunch to pose for a group shot. Front row, from    justice; Hon. Paul Isaacs, ’66, chair of Union’s Board of Trustees; Frank
left: Colby Wilson, ’08; Tom Posey, ’90, ’02 RI; Johnny “Cartoon” Carreker,     Newman, ’88; and Rhenda Mills.
’89, winner of the game’s most valuable player award; Kip Jones, ’91;
Clarence Mackey, ’93; and Tommy Reid, ’98 MA, Union’s head football             UMC Conference luncheon
coach. Back row, from left: John Dodd, ’89; David Hammer, ’07; Travis
Bethel, ’05; Shaun Person, ’03; Patrick Kellendorf, ’07; Will Hancock, ’95;
Vincent Turpin, ’90; Nick Ruggieri, ’08; Larry S. Salyer,’89, and son; Larry
W. Porter, ’89; Melissa Newman, ’08, alumni director; and President Ed de
Rosset.

Homecoming golf scramble

                                                                                The alumni staff hosts a luncheon in Covington, Ky., during the 2010
                                                                                Kentucky Annual Conference for the United Methodist Church. From
                                                                                left: David Miller, ’87, Union’s college minister; President Ed de Rosset;
                                                                                Bob Sweeney, NG; Pam Sweeney; Jessica Terry Bergman, ’98; Janis
                                                                                Perry; Tom Perry, NG; Jane Squires; Milton Dunaway; Bill Squires; Kathy
                                                                                McCurdy; Darleen Carmicle; Ernie Carmicle, ’89; and Mary Alice Lay, a
                                                                                professor of education at Union.

                                                                                Alumni Baseball Day


Several alumni participate in the annual Union College Homecoming Golf
Tournament at Wasioto Winds in Pineville, Ky. Front row, from left: Matt
Bergman, ’99, with Gus Bergman; Bob Unterreiner, ’60; Jim Norman,
’60; Ronny Garland; President Ed de Rosset; Tommy Helton, ’05, ’08
MA; Terry Smallwood, ’72; Jonathan Masters, a prospective student; and
Steve Simpson. Middle row, from left: Tony Auzenne, ’74; John Logan,
’78; and Bill Swafford, ’73, ’76 MA. Back row, from left: Rick Jones; Terry     Alumni baseball players return for the annual last home game of the
McMonagle, ’80; Jeff North; Greg Lewis, ’96; Don Lawson, ’76; Doug              season. Being recognized on the field are, from left, Matt Mahony,
Logan, ’68; John Hauser, ’78; Steve Jeffers, ’74; Bill Hill, ’70, ’71 MA;       ’07; Dale Pigg, ’57; Rex Hale, ’57; Darin Wilson, ’96; Nate Zettler, ’02;
Glenn Proffitt, ’80; Larry Inkster, ’72, ’73 MA; Ryan Proffitt; Jeff Tingle;    Larry Inkster, ’68; Jerry Carey, ’59; Union President Ed de Rosset; Joe
Christopher Brand, ’75; and Chuck Reich, ’74.                                   Heatherly, ’95; and Union baseball Coach Bart Osborne.
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50th reunion                                                                    Indiana trustee and friends




The class of 1960 celebrates their 50th reunion. From left: Union College
President Ed de Rosset; W.C. Sergeant, ’60; Shirley Sergeant, ’64;
Evelyn “Ginger” Purdin, ’49; Jim Norman, ’60; Jessie Gayle Tye, ’50;
David McKenzie, ’60; Helen McKenzie; Noel White, ’60; Jo Carter Busroe;
Chico Mir; ’60; Stella Bingham Smith; ’60; Robert Unterreiner, Jr., ’60; Bob
McGuire, ’60; Mary Todd, ’58; Robert Halcomb, ’60; John Bowling, ’60;           Denise Wainscott, vice president for advancement, visits with Edna
Jim Todd, ’58; Raleigh Mitchell, ’60; and Darrell Fleming, ’60. Not pictured:   Mann, Union College trustee. Edna is a strong advocate for Union’s new
Ambrose Dudley, ’58.                                                            Department of Nursing and Health Sciences, inviting family and friends
                                                                                to support the program. From left: Terri Mann, Gerry Mann, Edna Mann,
                                                                                Bruce Hopkins and Sabina Hopkins.
Swim team reunion
                                                                                South Haven, Mich., gathering




                                                                                From left: Nola and Donnie Looper, ’74; Richard and Gail Brodhagen, ’65;
                                                                                Robert Linderman, ’68; Joyce and Edward Bocock, ’62; Linda Pifer and
                                                                                Eric Pifer, ’64; Diana Gallup; Stuart Comiskey, ’67; and Denise Wainscott,
Former and current Bulldog swimmers gather at the Robsion Arena pool            ’74, ’77 MA, Union’s vice president for advancement.
for a homecoming reunion and exhibition meet. Front row, from left: Don
Calitri, ’64, ’65 MA, former swim coach; David Ganary, ’71, ’72 MA; Dena        Detroit-Novi, Mich., area gathering
Gonzalez, ’10; Rafael Forti, ’04, ’06 MA, current swim coach; and Dennis
Hamilton, ’72. Back row, from left: Larry “Rex” Hale, ’58; Bob O’Steen, ’61;
Bucky Colclough, ’62; Bill Lloyd, ’63; Chuck Conley, ’64; Ed Busser, ’72;
and Adam “Woody” Woodard, ’09.

Music and theatre reunion




                                                                                From left: David Creighton, ’64; Barbara Franks, ’75; James and Linda
                                                                                Taft, ’59; and Denise Wainscott.
Union’s music and theatre students reunite in the Frances Patridge
student center café. From left: Andelys “Candy” Wood, prof. of English
at Union; Patricia Parker, ’77; Carolyn (Madigan) Vineyard, ’77; Melissa        Grand Rapids and Holland, Mich., gatherings
Newman, director of alumni relations; Roberta Taylor, ’77; Debbie Estes,
’79; Donald Jones, ’79; Cheryl Alvis Salzman, ’78; Charlie Atkins, ’80;          Alumni gatherings also took place in Grand Rapids, Mich., and Holland,
Sandy Hash Keys, ’79; Donna Dobo Canchola, ’77; Steve Poteet Marshall,           Mich., though photos are not available. In Grand Rapids, Alvis Wooton,
’80; Beverly Lenzer Mahugh, ’81; Clif Mahugh; Ed Hammell, ’77; Leo               ’62, and his wife, Jean Wooton, attended. In Holland, the group included
Dontchos, former music instructor at Union; Deborah (Bill) Hamar, ’78;           Pam Wallace Foster, ’67; Sheri Cowan McKinstry, ’66; Gail Matheson
and Mark McCarty, ’75. Not pictured: Dena Newman Gassner, ’80, and               Brodhagen, ’65; Joyce Bocock, ’65; Howard Murphy, ’67; Joe Foster,
Jaqualeen Sellards, ’79.                                                         ’66; and Bill McKinstry, ’66,’68 MA.


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Campus visits                                                                Upcoming Athletic Events
                                                                             Alumni Football Day
                                                                             Sat., April 9
                                                                               Head football coach Tommy Reid will begin the day with 
                                                                             a tour of football facilities at 10 a.m. Then, former players 
                                                                             will participate, if they wish, in an all-alumni game of 
                                                                             flag football. Just before the game, former Union Bulldog 
                                                                             football players will be called onto the field and recognized 
                                                                             along with Union’s newest football recruits. Lunch is on 
                                                                             the alumni office. Contact the alumni office if you plan to 
                                                                             attend:  alumni@unionky.edu or Melissa Newman, alumni 
                                                                             director, at 606-546-1226. (See a photo from last spring’s 
                                                                             alumni football day on page 27.)

                                                                             Alumni Baseball Day
Sandra (Mason) Porter ,’59, treats her grandsons to a Union College visit.   Sat., April 16
Sandra showed them where she spent most of her time as a music major:          The day begins at the alumni tent with registration and 
the Fine Arts Building. From left: Wesley Porter, Jacob Porter, Sandra,
Mason Porter, and Sandra’s husband, Charlie Porter.                          alumni gifts. Then, former Bulldog baseball players are 
                                                                             invited to be recognized on the field just before the Union 
                                                                             Bulldog baseball team’s game versus Reinhardt. A tour of 
                                                                             campus is offered afterward. Lunch is on the alumni office. 
                                                                             Contact the alumni office if you plan to attend: alumni@
                                                                             unionky.edu or Melissa Newman, alumni director, at 606-
                                                                             546-1226.  (See a photo from last spring’s alumni baseball 
                                                                             day on page 27.)

                                                                             Inaugural Basketball Alumni Weekend
                                                                             Jan. 28-29, 2011
                                                                               For this first-time event, the alumni office will partner 
                                                                             with basketball coaches Tim Curry and Sean Gillespie to 
                                                                             host alumni basketball players for a weekend packed with 
                                                                             activities. Both coaches are excited about the new event. 
                                                                               “I am really looking forward to a great weekend 
Richard Beason, ’50, and Mary Etta (Snyder) Beason visit with President      welcoming our former players back to campus,” says Coach 
Ed de Rosset during a spring stop on campus. The Beasons explored the
newly renovated Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Gymnasium and took a           Curry. “We encourage all former Lady Bulldogs to make 
short tour of campus led by President de Rosset.                             plans to attend and participate in the weekend’s activities.”
                                                                               Coach Gillespie is especially eager to meet basketball 
                                                                             alumni whose legacy helped build the program. 
                                                                               “I think it’s important to meet basketball alumni who 
                                                                             have gone before us,” says Coach Gillespie. “I look 
                                                                             forward to meeting and sharing stories with those who have 
                                                                             competed at Union.”
                                                                               The tentative schedule includes an alumni-student game, 
                                                                             reception, brunch, campus tours, and home games for both 
                                                                             men’s and women’s basketball. Alumni will be recognized 
                                                                             on the court between the two games. The weekend event 
                                                                             will also feature the Basketball Locker Room Renovation 
                                                                             Project, which gives donors the opportunity to have their 
                                                                             name, number and player information permanently placed in 
                                                                             the lockers. The renovation includes new flooring, lockers, 
                                                                             seating, video system with drop-down screen, study lounge 
President Ed de Rosset joins Otie Manning, a 4.0 graduate of Somerset
High School, and his family at Slate Branch Retreat House in Somerset,       and more. For more information, contact Coach Curry at  
Ky. The party enjoyed lunch at the facility compliments of The Jones         tcurry@unionky.edu or 606-546-1682, or Coach Gillespie at      
Educational Foundation, Inc. From left: President Ed de Rosset; Otie         sgillespie@unionky.edu or 606-546-1705. 
Manning, who has been awarded a scholarship and will play baseball at
Union; Sonya Jones, ’69, Ph.D., president of the foundation; and Otie’s
grandparents.

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                                                           ’50         Award, the Gerald Clore 



  Reading this
                                                                       International Award and 
                                     Meredith “Lynn” Waage Van         the P.J. Trevethon Training 
                                     Vorst, ’55, is now retired and    Award. He lives in Roanoke, 
                                     lives in Glennville, NY, with     Va., with his wife, Bonnie M.
                                                                       Matthews, ’62.


  at a friend’s
                                     her husband, Robert A. Van 
                                     Vorst, who recently received 
                                     the Habitat G. Albert Finke       Sallye Eleanor (Elli)
                                     Award.                            Thompson Gillum,’65, is 
                                                                       a college professor at Clear 


  house?                                                   ’60         Creek Baptist Bible College 
                                                                       in Bell County, Ky. She was 
                                                                       listed among “Who’s Who in 
                                     Roger D. Matthews, ’60,           American Teachers” in 2005 
                                     is the president and CEO of       and has taken her students to 
                                     Goodwill Industries and has       Turkey on mission trips twice 
                                     received the J.D. Robing          a year since 2007. Spring 
                                     Lifetime Achievement Award, 

  Wondering why
                                                                       2011 will make their tenth 
                                     the Goodwill Industries           trip. Sallye and her husband, 
                                     International Hall of Fame        Danny, live in London, Ky.



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                                           Union College trustee Harry Herren, ’66, has been 
                                        appointed by Kentucky Governor Steven Beshear to the 
                                        Kentucky Humanities Council Board of Directors. Harry, 
                                        a retired partner of Woodward, Hobson & Fulton, LLP, 
                                        earned a juris doctor from the University of Louisville. 




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    today.                               Harry is a past president of the Louisville Orchestra 
                                         Board of Directors and a current board member of the 
                                         Historic Homes Foundation, Inc., and the Family and 
                                         Children’s Agency. He also served on the Jefferson 

 unionky.edu/Alumni                      County Advisory Board for ten years. Harry now serves 
                                         on the Committee for Access to Artistic Excellence and 
                                         the Arts and American Recovery and Reinvestment Act 
                                         Application Committee, both committees of the National 
                                         Endowment for the Arts.

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David Austin, ’63, a member 
                                                             ’70       The University Council of         Billy J. Hensley, ’98, ’01
of Union’s Board of Trustees,                                          Education named Nathan a          MA, has accepted a position 
has authored a new book,                                               Clark Scholar. He presented       with the National Endowment 
“Lessons Learned: An Open            Tom Card, ’70, is a retired life                                    for Financial Education as the 
                                                                       findings of his qualitative 
Letter to Recreational Therapy       member of the Professional                                          director of education. Billy 
                                                                       dissertation at the American 
Students and Practitioners.”         Golfers Association of                                              will oversee the foundation’s 
                                                                       Educational Research 
Sagamore Publishing, LLC,            America. He is the manager                                          education, research and grant-
                                                                       Association Conference in 
announced publication of the         of the Quarter-Trump                                                making enterprise. Billy lives 
                                                                       Chicago. Nathan lives in 
book in September.                   International Beach Resort and                                      in Denver, Colo.
                                                                       Hyden, Ky.
                                     club manager of the 2010 PGA 
                                     Tour. He and his wife, Judy, 
                                     live in Plantation, Fla.

                                     Cherry Owens, ’70, has                            Class Notable
                                     retired as career law clerk to 
                                     Chief Judge Joseph M. Scott,           Joseph J. Matvey III, ’82, recently published 
                                     Jr., for the U.S. Bankruptcy         “Regionalism and Globalization: Essays on Appalachia, 
                                     Court, EDKY. She lives in            Globalization, and Global Computerization.” The text 
                                     Lexington, Ky.
                                                                          explores why Appalachia remains in the periphery, 
                                     Vanda Gay Abner                      underdeveloped and underutilized, and why technology is 
                                     Williams,’70, has retired 
                                     from the Lee County Board 
                                     of Education after 20 years of 
                                     service as their developmental 
                                     interventionist. She lives in St. 
                                     Helens, Ky.


Robert V. Heffern, ’65, is 
a college professor at the                                   ’80
University of the Cumberlands 
in Williamsburg, Ky. He was          Joe Meibers, ’80, is a second 
recently appointed chair of the      grade teacher for Fairfield 
education department. He and         City Schools and has been 
his wife, Diane, live in Corbin,     named to “Who’s Who in 
Ky.                                  American Teachers.” He and 
                                     his wife, Laura, live in Liberty 
Florene Pridemore, ’65,              Township, Ohio.
has retired from New Haven 
Community Schools after 
45 years of teaching primary 
grades. She considers it an 
honor to have taught three 
generations in her community. 
                                                             ’90
She lives in Richmond, Mich.         James Ricotta, Jr., ’90, is 
                                     the principal at Toms River 
Irving D. Schoenacker, ’69,          Regional Schools in Toms 
has been selected Chess Coach        River. He is also the president       a key factor in the globalization process. The book also 
of the Year for New York’s All       of Toms River Administrative          considers globalization as a comprehensive paradigmatic 
Greater Rochester Area. He           and Supervisory Council. He           shift in how we’ve come to know the world. Joe 
has coached a chess team at a        and his wife, Gretchen, live in       earned his doctorate in sociology at the University of 
school in southwestern New           Toms River, NJ.
                                                                           Pittsburgh in 1987. He specializes in cultural change 
York for several years and has 
led the mostly six, seven and        Nathan Ambrose, ’92,                  and macro-structural change. Joe’s research centers on 
eight-year-olds to competitions      ’94 MA, is a teacher for              globalization, computerization and Appalachian studies. 
at the high school level for five    the Leslie County School              He continues to research and write, although he currently 
years with a record of 66-19-        System. The University of             works with Web design and Ubuntu Linux systems. Joe 
1. In 2010, the team made it         Kentucky recently awarded 
                                                                           and his wife, Lois, have been married 15 years. They 
to the top five. Irving lives in     Nathan a doctoral degree in 
                                     education with an emphasis            live in Pittsburgh, Penn.
Nunda, NY.
                                     in curriculum and instruction. 
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                       ’00           of Public and International 
                                     Affairs where he will study on 
                                     a full-tuition fellowship.
                                                                        William O. (Bill) Davis, ’10, 
                                                                        completed an internship with 
                                                                        the Cincinnati Bengals over 
                                                                                                           In
Kirstie Warren, ’04,
successfully defended her            Jason King, ’09, and 
                                                                        the summer and has been hired 
                                                                        by their security providers to     M eMorIaM
master’s thesis through              Union professor Jonathan           work all home games for the 
Union’s graduate program in 
psychology. Kirstie’s thesis 
                                     Hammersley, Ph.D., have been 
                                     approved by the American 
                                                                        fall 2010 season. Bill studied 
                                                                        sports management at Union.
                                                                                                           Alumni
explores relationships among         Psychological Association to                                          Sidney K. “Doc” Back, NG
physical activity, depression        write an online health course      Greg Gibson, ’10, is a             June 24, 2010
and self-esteem in adolescents.      on caffeine effects. Jason is a    sales professional with his 
                                     student in Union’s graduate        own Internet business with         David Wayne Banks, ’70 
David Pope, ’06, is the              psychology program.                international reach. He is also    May 12, 2010
facility services assistant at                                          beginning to race mountain 
Cumberland Gap National              Brian Strunk, ’09, began law       bikes professionally. He lives     Stanley W. Bartz, ’50 
Park.  He recently completed         school at the University of        in Murray, Utah.                   March 27, 2010
a temporary duty assignment          Louisville this fall.
as the acting maintenance                                               Josh Presley, ’10, interned 
division chief at a national 
park outside of Nashville.
                                                            ’10         with the Knoxville Ice Bears, 
                                                                        a professional ice hockey club 
                                                                                                           Mitchell Bergman, ’72 
                                                                                                           July 26, 2010
                                     Jessica Baker, ’10, has been       and member of the Southern         Mae Bingham, NG
Kevin R. Smith, ’06, has             admitted to the master’s           Premiere Hockey League, over       June 25, 2010
accepted admittance to               program in education               the summer. Josh graduated 
Princeton University’s               at the University of the           with a degree in sports            Mamye (Dickey) Botner, ’39 
Woodrow Wilson School                Cumberlands.                       management.                        July 02, 2010


F uture B ulldogs                                                                                          Mary L. Brown, NG
                                                                                                           Aug. 14, 2010
                                                                        Elizabeth Louise Baker was 
                                                                                                           Barbara Corey Carty, ’57 
                                                                        born on July 3, 2010, to Trina
                                                                                                           Aug. 11, 2010
                                                                        (Emeigh) Baker, ’92, and 
                                                                        William Baker.
                                                                                                           Oren M. Chaney, Jr., NG
                                                                                                           July 30, 2010
                                                                        August “Gus” Ford Bergman 
                                                                        was born April 1, 2010, to 
                                                                                                           Ruth E. (Estep) Haws, ’79 
                                                                        Matt Bergman, ’99, and Jes-
                                                                                                           Feb. 26, 2010
                                                                        sica Terry Bergman, ’98.
                                                                                                           James O. Knuckles, ’41 
                                                                        Kelly Lee Evans Rankin, ’00, 
                                                                                                           Aug. 7, 2010
                                                                        and her husband, Wade M. 
                                                                        Rankin, welcomed daughter 
                                                                                                           Albert Keyes Layton, ’57 
                                                                        Ruger Lee Rankin to their fam-
                                                                                                           April 12, 2010
                                                                        ily in 2009.
                                                                                                           Robert C. Lewis, ’53 
                                                                        M arrIages                         Feb. 26, 2010

                                                                        Debbie (Anderson) Pidgeon,         Bradley Miracle, ’53 
                                                                        ’98, married Benjamin Pidgeon      Aug. 7, 2010
 Matt and Jessica Bergman welcome August Ford, born in April.           on November 7, 2009
                                                                                                           Elva Moore, ’72 
                                                                                                           June 19, 2010
 C orreCtIons Keep Your union FamilY “in the Know”                                                         Evelyn Tye, ’50 
                                                      Contact Alumni Relations
Our apologies to Alan Saylor,             Web: www.unionky.edu/Alumni/AlumUpdate.asp                       Feb. 26, 2010
who was incorrectly identified                       e-mail: alumni@unionky.edu
as Alan Taylor in the summer             mail: Alumni Relations, Union College, 310 College St.            Amy “Bays” Gibson West, ’33
2010 issue of the magazine.  The                    Box D-7, Barbourville, KY 40906                        July 7, 2010
mistake appeared on page 17,                     phone: Melissa Newman, 606-546-1226
under a photograph of Alan being 
commissioned as an Army officer                                                                            Aaron Works, ’79 
during May’s Commencement                              NEW Classnotes Deadlines:                           July 26, 2010
ceremony.                                    Dec. 31, 2010 for the spring-summer 2011 issue
                                               June 30, 2011 for the fall-winter 2011 issue
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                                                              A   T   L   A      S     T
We know his name
because we use it a lot.
  It’s Victor.
  Victor referees most home soccer games at Union.  
He’s here so often, he’s practically part of the Union 
family. All the fans and players know him.  We like 
him. He likes us.  That’s why, when the game is close 
and every second counts, we feel comfortable asking 
from the stands, over and over, “Victor, how much 
time is left?”
  And he always tells us.  Even when, five seconds 
prior, he may have heard us yell things far different in 
tone and content.
  “No! That was NOT off-sides, Victor! Open your 
eyes!”
  “Did you see that, Victor? Why didn’t you call 
that?”
  “Terrible call, Victor! Terr-i-ble!”
  Or worse.  
  (Nothing that makes us honorary hooligans, mind 
you, but certainly not nice things.  Soccer, after all, is 
known for its passionate and devoted fan base.)
  Victor’s role as timekeeper developed when Union 
installed the new turf on Burch-Nau field and soccer 
games began to be played there.  Until then, the field 
was used solely for football, so the existing score-
board did not keep time for soccer. For football, yes. 
Soccer, no.  
  Finally, in early September, that was corrected. 
After three years of soccer games on Burch-Nau 
field, Union installed a beautiful new scoreboard.  In 
addition to all its other lovely features—and they are 
lovely—the board now keeps time for soccer.
  So, during this fall’s soccer season, Victor heard 
from us only when we were unconvinced by his call. 
We still like him, though. He still likes us, even if we 
no longer have reason to address him in dulcet tones 
from the stands.
   His eyes are now firmly set on the field rather than 
on his watch, so he can do his job instead of answer 
our question.  And our eyes are on the board, keeping 
track of time, because we can. At last.



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