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From the Snack Bar to Facebook This classy redhead keeps us connected UNION COLLEGE • FALL ’10 O 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 firstname.lastname@example.org Rachel Lewis-Rapier, ’98 average ACT scores. We’ve recently received a series of major email@example.com 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 8 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. 14 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 UNIONALUMNI Students find that the Union classroom is not contained by walls—or continents. • 1 On Campus • 4 O N C A M P U S 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. 2 • UNIONALUMNI O N C A M P U S $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 UNIONALUMNI • 3 O N C A M P U S 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 4 • UNIONALUMNI O N C A M P U S 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 UNIONALUMNI • 5 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. 6 • UNIONALUMNI 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. UNIONALUMNI • 7 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 firstname.lastname@example.org Current City: Barbourville, KY 8 • UNIONALUMNI 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 UNIONALUMNI • 9 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. 10 • UNIONALUMNI 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 UNIONALUMNI • UNIONALUMNI • 1111 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.” 12 • UNIONALUMNI 12 • UNIONALUMNI 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 UNIONALUMNI • 13 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 14 • UNIONALUMNI 14 • UNIONALUMNI G 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 UNIONALUMNI • 15 16 • UNIONALUMNI 16 • UNIONALUMNI 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 UNIONALUMNI • 17 18 •• UNIONALUMNI 18 UNIONALUMNI 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. UNIONALUMNI • 19 UNIONALUMNI • 19 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. 20 UNIONALUMNI 20 ••UNIONALUMNI HOMECOMING 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. UNIONALUMNI • 21 UNIONALUMNI • 21 U N I O N AT H L E T I C S 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). 22 • UNIONALUMNI U N I O N AT H L E T I C S 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. UNIONALUMNI • 23 ASSOCIATIONNEWS Worldwide travel discounts available for alumni and friends Send snapshots of Travel Benefits vacation to be posted on the Web For alumni who haven’t looked at Union’s discount travel The new Travel Benefits Web site requires no password from packages in a while, it’s time to take another peek. the user. To get their substantial discounts, alumni simply access Last spring, Travel Benefits, the company that Union contracts their Web site from within the Union College Web site. You can with to offer travel discounts to alumni, revamped its Web site. do so by visiting www.unionky.edu/Alumni/Travel.asp. The company has partnered with Endless Vacation Rentals by There is no sales pitch and no strings attached when you use Wyndham Worldwide and offers 7,000 participating hotels the site. You simply book, pay and have a great time. It’s just around the globe, as well as selected condo and cabin specials as one more way Union can say thank you to alumni and friends for low as $400 per week. keeping in touch with us. The site is searchable by top vacation destinations, region, The alumni office would love to see a photo of you state, beach and by last-minute vacations (which come with a on your Travel Benefits vacation wearing your Union substantial discount over and above the usual). You can even attire. We will begin to post these photos on the request e-mail updates when your ideal vacation at Web as soon as we receive submissions. If you your ideal price becomes available. have a Travel Benefits picture you’d like to submit, please send it to email@example.com. 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. 24 • UNIONALUMNI ASSOCIATIONNEWS 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 UNIONALUMNI • 25 ASSOCIATIONNEWS 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, 26 • UNIONALUMNI C O N N E C T I O N S 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. UNIONALUMNI • 27 C O N N E C T I O N S 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. 28 • UNIONALUMNI C O N N E C T I O N S 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com or 606-546-1682, or Coach Gillespie at Educational Foundation, Inc. From left: President Ed de Rosset; Otie firstname.lastname@example.org 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. UNIONALUMNI • 29 C L A S S N O T E S T H R O U G H 6 / 3 0 / 1 0 ’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. you didn’t get Class Notable a copy? 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. Update your contact information 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. 30 • UNIONALUMNI C L A S S N O T E S T H R O U G H 6 / 3 0 / 1 0 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. UNIONALUMNI • 31 C L A S S N O T E S T H R O U G H 6 / 3 0 / 1 0 ’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: email@example.com 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 32 • UNIONALUMNI 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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