This classy redhead keeps us connected
UNION COLLEGE • FALL ’10
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
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
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grants, one of which is a highly competitive National Science
Foundation award. Our first nursing students joined us this fall Barbara Trevor, ’63
www.unionky.edu and we rededicated the historical 1919 Soldiers and Sailors
Gymnasium—once slated for demolition. Design work has begun Class of 2012
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
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a l u m n i m a g a z i n e
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.
In the Shadow of
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.
Alumni and friends returned in record-setting numbers to
reunite, reacquaint, and repeat the word, “wow.”
2 On Campus 27 Connections
6 Union People 30 Class Notes
22 Union Athletics 33 At Last
24 Association News
Students find that the Union classroom is not contained by walls—or continents. • 1
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Every fall, just in time to take advantage of summer’s last warm days, Union invites hundreds to campus for
two simultaneous events: Family Day and Fall Open House. The former gives parents and siblings a chance
to visit their students, have brunch on the lawn, enjoy football and soccer games, and tackle an ice cream bar
replete with all the toppings. Inflatables and face painting keep young siblings entertained. The friendly and
festival-like atmosphere makes Fall Open House even more enjoyable for prospective Union students visiting
campus the same day.
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$2.5 million in new grants fund academic programs
Over the last several months, Union received millions in grant
dollars to fund new and existing academic programs.
In late spring, the college learned it won a competitive grant
from the National Science Foundation. The nearly half-million
dollar award will be used to fund scholarships and a support
program for southeastern Kentucky students majoring in biology,
chemistry and mathematics. The program is designed to increase
retention among students studying in the designated disciplines,
and to foster connection between students and related industry
and post-graduate education opportunities.
Daniel Covington, Ph.D., chair of Union’s Department
of Natural Sciences, says the chance for students to conduct
research and get hands-on experience is also important to the Dan Covington, Ph.D., outlines details of Union’s National Science Foun-
dation Award for media and guests at an August press conference.
“They’ll use the knowledge and skills they learn to go out into the program $1.5 million over the course of the next five years.
the community and identify and address community problems,” The program serves first-generation and/or low-income students.
he says. “And, we will enhance research opportunities both Current and future health science students will also benefit
here on this campus, and through collaborative efforts with the from new funding. The U.S. Department of Health and Human
Appalachian College Association and the research institutions of Services has awarded Union $495,000 toward rehabilitation of
Kentucky, Tennessee and North Carolina.” the former Knox County Hospital building. Once renovated,
Students in the scholarship program will take advantage the site will serve as the home of Union’s new Department of
of specialized support services, offered, in part, by Union’s Nursing and Health Sciences. In the fall, Union welcomed the
Student Support Services program. It, too, has received federal first group of RN-to-BSN nursing students. The athletic training
funding to continue offering academic support such as tutoring, major also falls within the new department. Additional majors are
mentoring, workshops, career counseling and advising. The U.S. expected to be added in the future.
Department of Education announced in August that it will award
Board of Trustees invites internal feedback on strategic plan
At their annual October meeting, six strategy teams. The teams included plan.
Union’s Board of Trustees gave its representatives from trustees, faculty, staff, The next step is to develop a
blessing to a working draft of the college’s administration, alumni and students. communication and implementation
ten-year strategic plan. The six strategy areas are employee process for the plan, which will determine
Between November and February, development, student development, how to share its contents with all Union
Union employees will have an opportunity commitment to region, campus beauty and constituents. A firm has also been engaged
to review the plan and give feedback facilities, financial stability and academic to help Union prepare to raise funds for
before a final draft is voted on at the development. The draft plan includes the far-reaching strategies and goals
board’s April meeting. ten-year strategies and goals related to developed by the college.
The draft was completed over the each area, and a set of tactics that can be
course of one year through the work of completed within the first 18 months of the
Campus prepares for annual Phonathon: Feb. 14-24
Planning and preparation for the annual the other end of a phone line—and from and friends that even the smallest gifts
Union College Phonathon are in full another Union era. make a difference. If just half of Union’s
swing. This year, students will call alumni The Student Impact Fund, formerly alumni and friends pledged $25 during
and friends between Feb. 14 and 24. known as the Union Fund, provides Phonathon, the total would fund $5,000
Though the purpose of Phonathon is to resources to bridge the gap between the scholarships for 30 students.
raise dollars for the Student Impact Fund, actual cost of a college education and To make a pledge in advance of the
student callers also enjoy the chance to what students pay in tuition. The fund Phonathon event, visit www.unionky.edu/
touch base with alumni and hear about supports all aspects of college and campus Advance/CCPledge.asp or call 606-546-
their Union experiences. life, from much-needed scholarships to 1659.
They are eager to have their calls academic program development.
answered and hear friendly voices on Student callers will remind alumni
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Major acquisition expands campus boundaries
In late summer, Union finalized a “The Executive Committee of Union’s
purchase that adds nearly all frontage Board of Trustees recognized that it was
properties along Manchester Street time to rethink the future of the college,”
between First and Third streets to the says President de Rosset. “They concluded
Union campus. Three facilities included that acquiring these contiguous properties
in the purchase were immediately put into would solve the immediate housing needs
use as housing for staff and the growing in an affordable way, as well as represent
student body. Three additional structures a prudent strategic plan for enlarging the
and empty lots are also part of the campus.” and is now known as Union Court. More
acquisition and may be utilized as parking Other recent purchases and partnerships recently, a partnership with Knox County
space and student housing. also jump the campus curb line, which led to Union’s plan to renovate the former
The ability to immediately put a few of has long been bordered by College, Knox County Hospital building. It is
the properties into use as housing helped Manchester, Johnson and Allison streets. located across Johnson Lane from the
make the purchase revenue neutral for the Two years ago, the college added the Miller Science Center and will house
college. privately owned College Hotel–across Union’s new Department of Nursing and
President Ed de Rosset says the College Street from the chapel–to its Health Sciences by 2013.
acquisition signals a shift in how the profile after a large fall enrollment
college conceives of the campus and its required additional housing. The hotel was
limits. converted into housing for 20 students
Union students take on Winter and spring events
Greece, Austria feature arts, culture
By Kassandra Patterson, ’12
It wasn’t a typical summer
for Emily Baker, Aaron Farmer
and Raymond Smith. The three
Union students studied art,
culture and history abroad in
Greece and Austria through
the Kentucky Institute for
International Studies (KIIS).
For Emily, the ten-hour flight
to Greece was the first time The Christmas Festival concert and reception
is the highlight of Union’s winter events. This
she had ever flown. Yet the year’s concert will open with an arrangement
junior found the experience to of “Joy to the World” accompanied by both
be worth any pre-flight jitters. piano and organ, and close with “A Christmas
Blessing.” Both will be sung by all three
Classes like Life and Art in Emily Baker visits the Theater at Epidaurus while studying participating choirs.
Ancient Greece, she says, gave abroad in Greece.
her a new respect for different The following list is not comprehensive. Watch
the calendar on Union’s Web site at www.
cultures and people. from the experience of talking to the unionky.edu or call 606-546-1230 to stay
“It opened my eyes,” says Emily. Austrians personally than anything else,” abreast of upcoming offerings and learn more
about the events listed below.
One highlight of the trip was the chance he says. “I got a new perspective and it
to visit an ancient theater. broadened my horizon.” December
“The Theater at Epidaurus was a big Both students say they have acquired Christmas Festival Concert
deal since I’m a theatre minor. I’ve been the “travel bug” and are eager to see more and Reception
studying this for years and I finally got to of the world and experience other cultures. With three choirs, gifted accompanists and
go and check out the acoustics.” Aaron, for one, highly recommends the the talented direction of Union’s V. Gay
Aaron, a sophomore, went to Bregenz, opportunity KIIS offers and hopes parents Gandy, the Christmas Festival concert
Austria, to study German language and will consider encouraging their students has become a tradition. The concert
culture. For him, classes were only part of to take advantage of the program. “Send features three choirs: the Union College
the learning experience. Aaron spent most your kids to study abroad at least once. Singers, Union Harmony and the Union
evenings at a local pub and eatery, making . . it’s such an opportunity that no one College Regional Chorus. The audience
new friends with whom he continues to should pass up. I would recommend it for gets a chance to participate as well; the
keep in touch. “I learned so much more everyone.” sing-along of favorite carols has become
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a staple of the event. Another staple is April Undergraduate Research Symposium in
the reception afterwards in the atrium of Union College Singers and Union September. Union took the largest group
Sharp Academic Center, where concert- Harmony Spring Concert of any ACA school. Professor Jimmy
goers gather to savor refreshments, Dean Smith, director of Union’s Honors
Christmas decorations and a chance to Redbud Festival and Quilting Workshop Community, served as the students’
mingle. chief advisor for the research project and
January Union College Regional Chorus Spring
Civil Rights Film Festival Concert Emily Baker, Aaron Farmer and
The Civil Rights Film Festival uses Raymond Smith participated in the
movies to spur reflection and discussion. NOTEWORTHY Kentucky Institute for International
On each of three evenings, guests will Study (KIIS) program over the summer.
watch a film that is followed by a group academics in action Emily studied in Greece, while Aaron and
discussion. The event gives participants a Raymond took classes in Austria.
chance to explore how themes and ideas
in the films relate to civil rights issues. Mike Adams, Koby Hearn and Colin
Gabrielle Mellendorf, director of Union’s McEachran, all sports management
Common Partners program, says the “film majors, spent their summers gaining
festival is growing, and we hope to make invaluable experience through competitive
this year bigger and better.” internships. Mike worked with the
Carolina Baseball Center in South
February Carolina, Koby spent time with the
“Twelve Angry Jurors” Lexington Hustlers Baseball Club, and
The spring production for Union College Tricia Fuentes and Zhanine Gilbert Colin interned with Multi Sport Canada.
Theatre features the powerful drama of have been selected by professor
a jury, a life or death decision, and the and writer Erich Goode to conduct Nineteen students presented research
sole dissenter who challenges his peers’ interviews for a forthcoming sociology projects at the first annual Union College
unanimous judgment of the defendant textbook, the eighth edition of “Drugs Undergraduate and Graduate Research
accused of murder. in American Society.” Both students Forum in April. The event is primarily
will receive credit in the textbook for intended to promote and encourage
A Valentine Concert their work, which involved arranging, research among Union’s psychology
The Union College Singers, Union conducting and transcribing interviews students, though other disciplines are
Harmony and the Regional Chorus that will help shed light on drug use in invited to participate.
will regale guests with a selection rural areas. The project was supervised
of sentimental favorites perfect for a by Union sociology professor Linda Matt Nourmohamadian, a recreation
romantic Valentine’s evening. Silber, whose e-mail exchange with management major, has earned a Student
Dr. Goode, professor emeritus at Stony Career Experience Program (SCEP)
“The Afro that Ate Kentucky” Brook University in New York, led to the appointment with the U.S. Forest Service
and Other Poems students’ involvement. in California. Once they complete their
Join author Bianca Spriggs for an evening degree and related program requirements,
of Affrilachian poetry at Union’s annual Jason King, a graduate psychology SCEP participants are hired by the
Celebration of Diversity event. student, and Union professor Jonathan appointing agency. Also, over the course
Hammersley have been approved by the of the spring and summer, eight recreation
The Staley Lectures with Martin Marty American Psychological Association management majors completed internships
Theologian Martin Marty, Ph.D., is the to write an online behavioral health with Corps of Engineer sites and state and
Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service continuing education course. The course national parks in Kentucky, Tennessee and
Professor Emeritus at the University of will help health care providers understand Rhode Island.
Chicago Divinity School. The author of the effects of caffeine use and withdrawal.
over 50 books, Dr. Marty is a National Bethany Outland and Susan Smith have
Medal of Humanities recipient and the Lori Bargo, Jennifer Burke, Jessica been accepted for induction into the Phi
winner of a National Book Award for Burke, Jonathan Fields, Derrick Alpha National Honor Society, a social
“Righteous Empire.” For the two Staley Herron, Juleda Hyde, Nicole Jeck, Heidi work honor society. Both are members
Lectures, he will discuss the theme of trust Marsh, Aaron McCollum and Bradley of Rho Zeta, Union’s new chapter of Phi
as explored in his new book, “Building Nelson each presented academic research Alpha. Bethany and Susan are senior
Cultures of Trust.” in both paper and poster sections at the social work majors.
Appalachian College Association (ACA)-
University of North Carolina-Asheville
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U N I O N P E O P L E
Dena Gassner, ’80
Dena is a social worker and the founder and di-
rector of the Center for Understanding in Nash-
ville. The agency offers support to adolescents
and adults with Asperger Syndrome (AS), a
form of autism. She is also involved with Global
and Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership
(GRASP) and the Autism Society of America.
She is inspired by her children, Patrick, who has
AS, and Katie. She and her husband, Rick, have
been married for 17 years. In the accompany-
ing photograph, Dena is wearing Irlen Lenses,
which filter certain colors from light and help
her cope with AS.
Passion for Social Work: When I was blessed
with two delicious and unique children, I had
no option but to “dig in” and learn all I could.
My daughter was the EverReady Battery Bunny
(ADHD) and my son was Yertle the Turtle (autism
and learning disabilities). Learning to help them
exercised one of my own autism traits. I have As-
perger Syndrome, which allowed me to gather tre-
mendous amounts of information from the research
I did on their behalf. I developed a reputation for
Greatest Union Lessons: God has a wicked sense
of humor! The harder you run from God’s plan, the
faster He pulls you into His intention for your life.
Union Mentors: Dr. Jan Finkel discovered my
writing skills. Dr. Judi Jennings advocated for me
when I did not yet have my identity or a voice with
which to self-advocate. Dr. Ray Gibson helped me
find Union, which was the small, intimate school
setting I needed. I am still in touch with my “West
Side Story” dance partner, Glenn Nichols, and Rev.
Steve Marshall, who was a student pastor with
me and remains one of my spiritual mentors. My
friends Mary Tinsley and Marilyn Goldblatt were
my first fashion and social skills coaches.
Gratitude for Success: Not a day goes by when I
am unaware that, without my son having autism,
I would not have known of my own. Because of
Patrick, I know who I am and live an authentic life.
My daughter continues to teach me how to parent
. . . and how to value one’s talent and abilities. My
husband has taught me unconditional love.
Good Advice to Live By: Be authentic. Be honest.
Be yourself. It’s who God planned for you to be.
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Ben Phillips, ’02 U N I O N P E O P L E
Ben is a project engineer with Stantec, a global
design firm with one of the largest geotechnical
labs in the east. He earned his master’s from
the University of Kentucky in 2005. Ben worked
on the geotechnical drilling and testing of the
levee system in New Orleans after hurricane
Katrina. The task included over 300 miles
of levee and was one of the largest drilling
jobs in U.S. history, with as many as 25 drill
rigs working simultaneously. The disastrous
consequences of hurricane Katrina prompted
a call for levee inspections in other locations,
which Ben now performs. He is involved in the
inspection of U.S. Army Corps of Engineer levees
in Oklahoma and Kansas, with other teams
in the company inspecting levees in Arkansas,
Kentucky, New York, West Virginia and Florida.
Passion for Engineering: I always wanted to be an
engineer from the time I was in high school. I was
always interested in heavy equipment and building
Greatest Union Lessons: While at Union, I had to
juggle a double major in physics and math while
racing mountain bikes on the first team that Union
had. Time management and self-discipline were key
in being able to train and study.
Union Mentors: Dr. Joyce, former president, was
instrumental in bringing cycling to Union, and I
would not have been there without the mountain
biking program. Dr. Henshaw, physics professor,
prepared me academically for the engineering
program that I entered after leaving Union. He
always taught his classes with a problem-solving
approach that still serves me well. Alumnus
Dr. Phillip Sharp . . . was a role model, proving
that Union College doesn’t have to be the final
destination of an academic career. It can be the first
step to continued success in fields that are not even
offered at Union.
Gratitude for Success: I have had help from
countless numbers of people throughout life that
all have contributed to the person I am today. My
parents should get most of the credit, but I am
also grateful to the teachers, professors and staff
at Union and the University of Kentucky, and to
colleagues and staff at Stantec. And, I have the best
friends that anyone could ever ask for.
Good Advice to Live By: Put God first and
everything else will find its place.
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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.
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By Carrie Bistline, ’09
Vivian Smith is one classy redhead.
58 years ago and continuing
“Guess how many friends I have!” Vivian Smith says with a
proud grin. “Five hundred and eighty something! Most of them are
people I met through Union.”
That’s something most 76 year-olds can’t boast. But, then better.
again, how many 76 year-olds do you find on Facebook? “There was only one restaurant I remember being in town
It will be no surprise to many that Vivian is among the then–the J&B Café–and all the stores and that restaurant
minority, beating the social networking odds, doing what closed at dark,” Vivian remembers. “So, the students came to
many her age can hardly understand, let alone participate in the Snack Bar to hang out, and all of them knew they had a
so successfully. Less than 10 percent of Facebook users, after friend in us girls. Me, Josie Hensley, Jenetta Johnson, Louise
all, are over the age of 55. Babbs and a few others always cooked for the students and
But, this is Vivian. Those who know her know that Vivian is talked to them, keeping their spirits up if they were down or
an odds-beater. homesick.”
Her foray into social networking is really just a continuation The college occasionally held all-night parties for students,
of her career as a Union employee, spanning 45 years begin- providing entertainment such as games, food and swimming
ning in 1952 and ending just before the new century. Before for as long as the students could hold their eyes open. Vivian
her retirement, Vivian was one of Union’s common threads, remembers how the late-night activity affected their appe-
connecting people and generations, usually over the counter tites.
of the old Snack Bar. “Those kids would go swimming at four in the morning,
Vivian’s first job was in Union’s cafeteria, then located in the then come in the Snack Bar broke, busted and disgusted,
basement of Centennial Hall. She and the college work-study wantin’ me to cook them biscuits and gravy. And I did it, too.”
students waited tables with restaurant-style service, serving It was just one example of how far Vivian would go to help
fresh, wholesome meals. The meals were cooked by Al and students, who shared their triumphs and travails with her.
Ethel Creasy, using food often purchased from local farmers. She did not step–she broad jumped–over typical professional
In the 60s, however, Union opted for the more economic boundaries. That was just fine with everyone, though. In fact,
and time-efficient food service option. Vivian worked a few she could easily be said to be the red-headed embodiment of
years in the new buffet-style cafeteria, but was eventually Union’s current emphasis on a personal education, 50 years
moved to the old Snack Bar in the Student Center’s lower before “one-to-one” was officially a college slogan.
level. One morning, for instance, she looked around the Snack Bar
It was in the Snack Bar that she found her niche. and didn’t see one of her regulars, whom she knew was due
“We had an old jukebox and a big-screen TV. We thought in class in less than an hour. Vivian marched to the girl’s dorm
we was in hog heaven,” she says, drawing out the “o” in hog room, dragged her out of bed and to the Snack Bar, made her
for several seconds. Then, with a don’t-you-dare smile and a one of her famous honey buns—heated and buttered—and
nod to the interviewer’s notebook, she asks, “You gonna put sent her to class.
that in there?” That young student was Anne Reed, ’74, now a member of
The Snack Bar, which opened early and closed late, gave Union’s Board of Trustees.
the tender spitfire an opportunity to get to know students Her motherly disposition led her into service as more than
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an alarm clock. Unable to stand by as young male
students attempted, but failed, at domestic chores,
“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
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
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
“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
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One of those side jobs involved Ed Black, the former vice of her husband, who
president for administration at Union. Vivian babysat his is very ill. She doesn’t
children, who sometimes joined her children at the Snack Bar. mind her job. She has
The friendship she formed with “Mr. Black,” as she calls him, still always taken care of the
means a great deal to Vivian. people she loves. But,
“I know he’s deceased now, but I will always love Mr. Black she says, she will not
dearly,” Vivian says. “He did so many nice things for me during be left behind by this
all the years he worked at Union.” world. She spends her spare time finding people on Face-
Ed Black was fond of Vivian, and she valued his esteem. She book she never thought she’d have the chance to speak with
prizes a memory of a conversation in 1999, just before she again.
retired, between her, Ed Black and others. “I look on there and find somebody I know and it just
“He said, ‘There’s one thing about Vivian. Nobody ever went makes my day. I found two on there last night that I ain’t
hungry. If a student came in there with no money, she’d feed seen in 30 years!” She glows as she talks about these re-
them anyway,’” she remembers him saying. Vivian’s quick connections.
response was in character: proud, defiant, determined. The people she “friends” on Facebook are clearly glad to
“’Amen, brother.’ I said to him. ’I done it, and I’d do it again.’” have found her, too. One of them, Donna Dobo Canchola,
Vivian spent her last years at Union working as part of the ’77, made a comment on Vivian’s Facebook page that speaks
housekeeping team. She formed several friendships in that volumes about her ability to continue bringing Union
role, especially with Dan Covington, now chair of the Depart- people together, even if it is over a keyboard rather than the
ment of Natural Sciences. Snack Bar counter.
“Dan Covington has tried to keep me straight ever since he “Hi, Vivian!” Donna wrote. “So good to see you here on
met me,” Vivian says, shaking her head. “But, he can’t.” Facebook. With all of the familiar names and faces, it’s almost
These days, Vivian spends her time as the primary caretaker like hanging out in the snack bar again!” U
No one would be prouder of Vivian’s
embrace of technology than Ed Black.
This year marks the tenth anniversary of his death. A beloved Union friend, alumnus and administrator,
Ed graduated in 1964 and began working at Union immediately. He remained with the college until his
death in 2000.
Ed held what college historian W.G. Marigold called “a bewildering succession of positions.” Several of
those were in the student life area, and Ed was well known for his rapport with and respect of students.
Later, when he became one of Union’s senior administrators, the array of positions and deep institutional
knowledge served him well. He was, and is, considered one of the college’s legacy leaders.
The reach of Ed Black’s legacy is broad and deep. President Ed de Rosset, who worked alongside Ed
for several years, remembers him as “the most unprepossessing and yet most respected of senior college
administrators. No one knew the state of Union, her vulnerabilities and promise, nor how to navigate her
shallows and rapids, better than Ed Black.”
In his final years at Union, technology was particularly important to Ed. He tuned into discussion about
an Internet long before it was a reality for the average computer user, and he sensed how critical technology would be for all students. He led the ef-
fort to write grants and find funds, worked to create a campus culture that would adopt emerging technologies, and helped establish the first serious
technology infrastructure. Ed was also responsible for the college-city technology collaborative that got Union off to a fine start and led, four years
later, to Barbourville drawing national notice as one of the best-wired small towns in the U.S.
Ed’s efforts laid the groundwork for all that is in place at Union now, including online classes, enterprise e-mail, text messaging and more.
His name graces the front of the Edward H. Black Technology Center. The concept for the facility was the subject of Ed’s last major grant preparation.
Written into the grant was Ed’s intent for the facility to be used by the community and the college to support education, training and communica-
tion. He did not live to see it dedicated in 2003, but it stands as a permanent tribute to Ed’s formative contributions to technology at Union and his
exhaustive work to ensure that the college stay ahead of the curve and share its resources with the community.
“Ed Black was a special gift to Union,” says President de Rosset, “someone who bonded for life to help her live and thrive—a man from the New
Jersey coast for all seasons of the life of Kentucky’s first college in the mountains.” U
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A book by Joe Matvey, ’82, shows how the mountains followed the Pittsburgh native,
even years after leaving them behind.
When sociologist Joseph Matvey, Ph.D., originally wrote and published “Regionalism and Globalization: Essays on
Appalachia, Globalization, and Global Computerization,” the subtitle likely came as no surprise to his Union classmates.
Joe thrived in the mountains surrounding Union. Even now, nearly 30 years after he left the area, his experience at
Union and in the region permeates his life and scholarship.
Joe was born and raised in inner-city Pittsburgh before moving into the suburbs in his teenage years. Throughout
high school, he longed to see and live in the mountains. He had heard about the Appalachian Mountains and wanted
to study in them.
Joe’s first college choice was Thiel College in Pennsylvania because they had an Appalachian semester, a program
that allows students to study for a semester at a college in Appalachia. Joe, however, wanted more than just a
semester in the mountains, so he asked Thiel where they sent their students. Union College was the answer. He
contacted Union right away and got a quick, and surprising, response; he was called out of class one day because a
Union admissions counselor was there to spend some time with him.
“I knew right then this was the place I wanted to be,” says Joe. “So I came down in the spring with a friend. We visited
Cumberland Gap, Cumberland Falls, Stinking Creek, Corbin, Pine Mountain State Park … and fell in love with the
“… always, however
returning to your finest backdrop,
the acclivity of eastern Kentucky –
these habits from the heart . . .”
—from “Sketches of Memory” in Joe Matvey’s book, “Regionalism and Globalization.”
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When he enrolled, Joe became very involved on campus metropolitan areas across the U.S. and the globe. This is a
and felt at home. He worked in the bookstore and adored his model familiar throughout the world, Joe suggests, and one
supervisor, Phyllis Sexton. He joined Mu Omega Beta with that is central to the way globalization has developed. It is
seven other pledges and still keeps in touch with many of his an important structure to note, not necessarily for the sake of
frat brothers. He also became involved with national, state, and judgment, but to help understand the cultural and economic
local politics and the Student Senate. conditions decried by many inside and outside the region. Joe
But it was the chance to immerse himself in the long- maintains that it is these economic and corporate structures,
admired Appalachians that made Joe’s Union experience not the culture or people of central Appalachia, that have
so memorable. He declared a double major in sociology created and maintained poverty in the region throughout its
and Appalachian studies and a minor in economics, which industrial history.
gave him an opportunity to study the mountains he loved Culturally, Joe contends that while Appalachia is like any
from complementary angles. He was impressed by Union’s other place in America, there are also continued patterns of
“commitment to Appalachia, like the Appalachian semester, subsistence in the region at higher levels than elsewhere. The
the Appalachian studies major, workshops, festivals and many subsistence culture, Joe says, has caused many to think of
other things.” And, of course, there were the mountains that the region as “backward” or “stalled.” Joe’s argument, though,
drew him to Union in the first place, always beckoning. is that the economic structure contributes to long-standing
“I think we all hiked one or more of the surrounding cultural practices, such as subsistence farming and crafts.
mountains not but five minutes from campus in every “It’s not just that you have quilting and crafting because
direction. What other school can boast that?” says Joe. the region is rural; there are many other rural areas in the U.S.
When his undergraduate studies came to an end, Joe left where subsistence practices died out,” Joe says. The culture
Kentucky to pursue advanced degrees in sociology at the is not backward, he insists, but “dynamic and adapting,
University of Pittsburgh. The young man who spent four years confronting a depressed boom-bust economy with practices
focused on a specific region of the country—Appalachia— that have long created value in the Appalachian household.”
found himself studying globalization under the tutelage of Though the book, as Joe puts it, is “at its heart a sociology
professor Roland Robertson, who Joe calls “the foremost book written from a sociological perspective,” the tone
theorist on globalization across the entire field of sociology.” and poetic touches make clear that it is also an ode to the
When he began to study globalization in earnest, it was mountains Joe has always loved and to his college experience
impossible not to view it through the lens of his experience at in their midst. Professor Robertson, who wrote the introduction
Union, especially when it came time to write a dissertation. for the 2010 edition, calls it “an interesting and moving account
“I followed my heart and chose a topic I knew best: a thesis of the changes in thinking of a particular author over a few
on Appalachia,” Joe writes in the introduction to his book. decades, one who was intimately familiar with the Appalachian
The dissertation helped form the foundation the book, region and moved on to consider Appalachia in a global
though it is ultimately the result of 25 years of ongoing social context.”
research and thinking. Interestingly, the book became a leisure The book is, in part, Joe’s way of giving back to a region that
and intellectual pursuit of sorts for Joe; he left academia in still fuels his intellect and imagination and continues to crook
1989 due to a long-term illness. He has since worked either for its finger at him from afar. U
his late father’s company or with his wife as part of a home-
based business, but Joe never stopped being a sociologist.
He continued his research, and published the first edition of
“Regionalism and Globalization” in 2005.
The second edition was released earlier this year. It contains
several revisions, adds four new chapters and is interspersed
with a collection of Joe’s poetry. The latter softens the work and
gives readers insight into Joe’s lingering affection for his time at
Union, his experience in the mountains, and the relationships
he formed during those years in the Appalachians.
The central themes of the book, as the title suggests, focus
on Appalachia, globalization and global computerization. The
first five chapters are devoted to a study of the economy and
culture of coal in both northern and central Appalachia.
Economically, Joe posits that capital and wealth are drained
from the region by the corporate structure of the coal industry,
where vast, out-of-state, multinational parents centralize profit
from Appalachian subsidiary units and divert them into the
By Carrie Bistline, ’09 The second edition of Joe Matvey’s book,
“Regionalism and Globalization,” was published
earlier this year. In it, the former Union sociology
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student takes a closer look at Appalachia in the
context of globalization.
Under brilliant blue skies and surrounded by fall color, a in there now?!”) to the Snack Bar (“What? No honey buns?”)
record number of alumni and friends made their way back to may have changed, there were few complaints.
Union for Homecoming 2010. “In fact,” says President de Rosset, “the word I heard re-
“This may well be an historic homecoming,” President Ed peatedly was, ‘wow.’ We had many return this year who have
de Rosset said at the weekend’s awards banquet. “By num- not seen the campus in over a decade. They were effusive
bers, spirit, engagement and storylines, Homecoming 2010 about how beautiful it is now. It’s a refrain we hear through-
is still another confirmation that these are very good times out each year, but it is especially rewarding to hear that level
at Union.” of pride and satisfaction from our alumni.”
This year’s theme—Mirror, Mirror, What Do UC?—invited Union’s 2011 Homecoming weekend will take place on
guests to reflect on changes at Union since their student Oct. 14-16.
days. And, though, everything from Pfeiffer (“There are men
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Rising Star Athletic Hall of Fame Educators Hall of Fame
Clavia Ruth Wooten-Kee, Ph.D., ’96 Gregory Lee Duncum, ’89 Sonya L. Jones, Ph.D., ’69
Distinguished Athletic Alumni
Hall of Fame
Service Award Gerald, ’56, and Educators Hall of Fame
Don T. Lawson, ’76 Bonnye (Moore) Swim, ’64 Melissa Evans, ’93, ‘95 MA
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Spirit of Soldiers and Sailors
The Ferocious Few
Intramural Basketball Team
Dan Sullivan, ’57
Rodney Neely, ’57
Jim Walters, ’56
Shirley Goodin, ’57
Walter Dick, ’56, ‘79 MA
Glen Lehew, ’56
Athletic Hall of Fame
Team of Distinction
Union Bulldog Golf Teams, 1969-72
John Hauser, ’78
Tom Bennett, ’72
Steve Jeffers, ’74
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
Jim Todd, ’58
Gerald Swim, ’56
Ernest Trosper, ’55
Doyle Swanner, ’57
Darrell Fleming, ’57
Rodney Neely, ’57
Walter Dick, ’56, ’79 MA
W.D. Sergeant, ’55
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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.
First row, from left (seated): LoAnna Allen Woods, ’65; Mabel Helen Bingham McKenzie, ’60; Jean (Hopper) Wooton, ’65, ’75 MA; Sandra
Shetler, ’65; Stella Bingham Smith, ’60, ’67 MA; Paula Hampton Frase, ’65, ’86 MA; Rose Bloyd Brown, ’64; and Bob Brown, ’63. Middle row,
from left: Rebecca Bird Conley, ’64; Joanna Carter Busroe, ’60; Doris Leslie Bickel, ’62; Kathryn “Kay” Mir, ’60; Shirley T. Sergeant, ’64; Sheila
D. Halter, ’69, ’75 MA; Judy Bird Calitri, ’68, ’71 MA; and Monna Lane, ’66. Back row, from left (standing): John Bowling, ’60; Chuck Conley, ’64;
David McKenzie, ’60; Noel White, ’60; Betty Jane White, ’61; Bucky Colclough, ’62; Susan Mink Colclough, ’64; Doug Logan, ’68; Florentino
“Chico” Mir, ’60; Tom Amis, ’67; Alvis Wooton, ’62, ’64 MA; Clyde Evans, ’60; Danny J. Strunk, ’64; Harry Yates, ’66; David Creighton, ’64; Jim
Norman, ’60; Bob Unterreiner, ’60; Don Calitri, ’64, ’65 MA; Don Lane, ’65; Raleigh Mitchell, ’60; Leonard Shetler, ’65; and Bob Heffern, ’65.
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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.
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.
1990s Decades Reunions
First row, from left (seated): Debbie (Anderson) Pidgeon, ’98; Jessica Terry Bergman, ’98; and Matt Bergman, ’99. Second row, from
left (seated): Melissa Hyde Frederick,’ 91; Melissa Newman, ’08; Rachel Lewis Rapier, ’98; and LaRonda Taylor, ’07. Back row, from left
(standing): Scott Russell; Toni Alvis Gambrel, ’90; Jackie Blackburn, ’90, ’10 MA; Bryan Erslan, ’90; Rodger G. Cotton, ’94; Gabrielle
Mellendorf, ’07; Tommy Oates, ’94; Jerry Jackson, ’90; Mike Fields, ’99; Larry Porter ,’91; Christi Lefevers, ’97; Andre Washington, ’95;
Michael Gray, ’93; and John Carreker, ’89.
2000s - 2010s
Front row, from left (kneeling): Jessica Baker, ’10, and Carley Blankenship, ’10. Second row, from left (seated): Meghann Gaunt Chesnut,
’07; Allison Fowler, ’08; and Penny Mills, ’00. Third row, from left (seated): Angie Armstrong, ’09; Marlee Cooper, ’09; and Deena O’Hare,
’09. Back row, from left (standing): Nikki Baker Sizemore, ’07; Christopher Lee Osborne, ’08, ’10 MA; Karisha Couch-Hayton, ’02; Aaron
Troutman, ’05; Rafael Forti, ’04, ’06 MA; Ricardo Rodriquez, ’04; Gabrielle Mellendorf, ’07; Sam Lee, ’09; Wendy Thompson House, ’00;
Dawn Halter Smith, ’00; Lynette Vanover, ’05; Kate Crum, ’02; Anisa James, ’05; and Mike Warren, ‘01.
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U N I O N AT H L E T I C S
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.
Smith featured in SI’s ‘Faces in the Crowd’
On the heels of his record-setting touchdowns and points in the 84-55 win fensive Player of the Week.
performance, Union senior running back over Bethel (Tenn.) on Oct. 9. Armond ran On the season, Armond leads the team
Armond Smith landed a spot in “Sports Il- for 312 yards and five touchdowns on 16 in rushing with 1,133 yards and 13 touch-
lustrated’s” “Faces in the Crowd” section. carries, accounting for 30 of the Bulldogs’ downs on 129 carries. He ranks fourth in
Armond (Stone Mountain, Ga.) is among points. the NAIA in total rushing yards, eighth
six persons featured in the October 18 For his effort, he was named the Mid- in rushing yards per game (113.3), 11th
edition. South Conference Offensive Player of the in total scoring (84 points), seventh in
He earned the recognition after setting Week, the NAIA Offensive Player of the all-purpose yards (1309) and 11th in all-
school records for most rushing yards, Week and the Victory Sports Network Of- purpose yards per game (150.9).
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Millsop wins NCCA DII Omnium
The Union College cycling team ended (time trial, cross country, short track and
its 2010 season on a high note in October, dual slalom).
registering a second-place finish in Divi- On the men’s side, Zach, a senior, cap-
sion II at the 2010 USA Cycling Collegiate tured the top spot in the time trial portion
Mountain Bike National Championships. of the competition, while Wesley finished
As a team, the Bulldogs finished with second and Brad placed fourth. In the
608 points, as team Division II national short track, Wesley captured his collegiate
champion Brevard (N.C.) finished with short track win to lead the way, while
630 points. Zach placed fifth in the event.
Union was led by senior Rachel Millsop In cross country, the Bulldogs registered
(Little Rock, Ark.), who captured the Divi- three top 10 finishes with Zach leading
sion II Women’s Omnium with 443 points the pack with a fourth-place finish, while,
overall. Meanwhile, for the men, the in the dual slalom, he registered a strong
Bulldogs had three of the top five finishers second-place finish. On the women’s side,
in the individual Omnium standings, with freshman Catherine finished a solid fourth
Wesley Lamberson (Limestone, Tenn.) in the slalom.
finishing second, Zach Winn (Port Hope, Senior Rachel Millsop won the Division II Wom-
Canada) placing fourth and Brad Nelson en’s Omnium during the USA Cycling Collegiate
Mountain Bike National Championships.
(Carmel, Ind.) finishing in fifth.
Rachel captured the Division II Om-
nium after finishing second in both the
cross country and short track, eighth in Haessig places 7th at National
the downhill and 10th in the 4-cross. She
became the third Union rider to win the
Small College Championships
Omninum, joining Zach, who won on
Union’s Yvon Haessig claimed seventh Vladislav Khudziy of Huntingdon (Ind.),
the men’s side the last two seasons, and
place at the 2010 USTA/ITA NAIA Na- who ended as the fifth-place finisher.
Amanda McKay, who captured it in 2002.
tional Small College Championships, held At the ITA Southeast Regional, Union
Other top performances for the women
in Mobile, Ala., on Oct. 14-17. had four of the top nine seeds in the
included freshman Catherine Harnden’s
Yvon (Vancouver, Canada) advanced 48-person field. Nicolas Ernst (Rietheim,
(Ontario, Canada) performances in the
to the championships by winning the ITA Germany) was the top seed with Pierre
downhill (sixth), 4-cross (seventh) and
Southeast Regional Singles Championship Vernin (Le Coteau, France) third, Yvon
cross country (11th) events, along with
at Brescia University in Owensboro, Ky., sixth and Bartos Micher (Junginen, Ger-
Maria Esswein’s (Perryville, Mo.) 11th-
on Sept. 23-26, becoming the first Bulldog many) No. 9.
place finish in the cross country.
to do so. Yvon had to beat teammate Nicholas in
On the men’s side, Wesley placed fourth
Entering the eight-person field as the the finals, needing three sets to get past his
in short track, sixth in cross country, 16th
No. 8 seed, Yvon lost his first two matches fellow Bulldog. Yvon won the first set 6-4
in 4-cross and 22nd in downhill. Zach
before winning the seventh-place match. but Nicholas took the second frame 6-2.
placed seventh in short track, Bennett
He lost 6-3, 6-3 to top-seeded Remy Yvon, though, sealed the win with a 6-1
Winn (Ontario, Canada) finished eighth in
Caffardo of Graceland (Iowa), who decision in the third and final set.
the downhill and Brad finished in 11th-
finished as the tournament runner-up. In Union nearly sent a doubles team to
place in the cross country.
his second match, Yvon fell 6-2, 6-4 to the ITA nationals as well, as Nicolas and
Prior to nationals, Union won the
Pierre made it to the region final round
Southeastern Cycling Collegiate Confer-
before losing 8-6 to Carlon Anton and
ence championship as Rachel and Zach
Pablo Numbela of Campbellsville (Ky.).
earned SECCC Female and Male Rider of
Nicolas and Pierre entered the regional as
the Year honors.
the No. 1 seed.
Overall, it was the Bulldogs’ sixth con-
Union won the 2010 Appalachian
ference crown in program history.
Athletic Conference regular-season and
Individually, Bulldog riders collected
tournament championships and advanced
six out of eight first-place finishes. Lead-
to the second round of the NAIA Men’s
ing the way was Rachel, who won the Yvon Haessig, middle, is the first Bulldog to win
the ITA Southeast Regional Singles Champion- Tennis National Championship Tourna-
conference’s Ladies Omnium Champion- ship. He is pictured with Union tennis coach ment.
ship after earning four first-place medals Daniel Finn, right, and Brescia’s tennis coach,
Jack Etchison, left.
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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
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UC vs. U of C
Battle of the Tin Plates begins
If you’re missing college rivalries, consider continuing a Union’s and Cumberlands’ rivalry is just one component of a
friendly competition with the University of the Cumberlands. statewide competition between Kentucky independent colleges
Union’s Kentucky alumni have a new opportunity to keep the and universities. The Association of Independent Kentucky
rivalry alive and support a good cause. Colleges and Universities (AIKCU), of which Union is a
The Battle of the Tin Plates pits Union against University of member, launched the license plate program to raise scholarship
the Cumberlands in an attempt to have the highest number of funds for students and awareness of Kentucky’s independent
Kentucky alumni who purchase license plates that boast their colleges. Each year, all 20 AIKCU member institutions compete
alma mater’s name and logo. The license plate costs just $10 per to put the most plates on the road.
year above regular vehicle registration fees. The $10 fee from Alumni who live out of state can show their pride, too. The
the purchase of Union College license plates goes directly into college store offers chrome Union College license plate frames.
Union’s Student Impact Fund. Pick one up next time you’re on campus or buy online at
As many alumni know, Union’s and Cumberlands’ football unionky.edu/UCStore.
teams take to the turf each fall in the Battle of the Brass Lantern.
The Battle of the Tin Plates gives Union and its alumni another
fun opportunity to vie for annual bragging rights and show their
college pride along Kentucky’s highways, all while raising
scholarship and support funds for students.
As of June 30, 2010, the end of Union’s fiscal year, University
of the Cumberlands alumni had a total of 769 plates on the road
while Union College alumni boasted a total of 406. Totals from
the 2011 fiscal year won’t be available until June 30, 2011. Union
College license plates purchased between now and June 30 will
help Union claim victory in the inaugural Battle of the Tin Plates.
Alumni can request and purchase the Union College license
plate through your local County Court Clerk. Details and images
are available at www.unionky.edu/Alumni/UCLicensePlate.asp.
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New Alumni Association Board members welcomed at fall meeting
Ron Sell is new president after passing-of-gavel ceremony
Amidst the excitement of
homecoming weekend, the
Alumni Association Board
held the passing-of-the-gavel
ceremony at the fall meeting
and welcomed a new president.
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
to Ron at the beginning of the
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
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.
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
Outgoing Alumni Association Incoming Alumni Association Board Outgoing Alumni Association
Incoming members-at-large, Board officers: Margaret West, officers: John Dodd, ’89, president- Board members-at-large: Gabrielle
who will serve as the class of ’97, secretary, and Tim Davis, ’93, elect, and Darren West, ’99, Mellendorf, ’07, and Jennifer
2013, include Jessica Baker, treasurer. treasurer. Not pictured is Beverly Bryant, ’04.
Carr Bradway, ’81, secretary.
’10; Chuck Conley, ’64; Jack
Downey, ’66; Pete Green, ’91;
and Taryn Jacobus, ’05, ’08. the views of the alumni board years. New members-at-large on the board, contact Melissa
The Union College Alumni to the Union College Board of are seated each fall at the Newman in alumni relations
Association represents alumni Trustees. Alumni Association’s fall at 606-546-1226 or alumni@
within the campus community. Elections for officers are homecoming meeting. unionky.edu.
The board also seats three every two years and for For more information
alumni trustees who represent alumni trustees every four about the board or serving
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Win a free smartphone with alumni e-mail, cell phone drive
As phone wires become a thing of the unionky.edu. Make sure the subject line
past, e-communications evolve, and Union reads “Union College Alumni Smartphone
gears up for Phonathon 2011, the alumni Contest.” Alumni may also send their
office staff continues to think of creative submission by mail to Union College
ways to keep in touch with Union’s Alumni Smartphone Contest, 310 College
thousands of alumni. Street, Box 7, Barbourville, Ky., 40906.
Soliciting current e-mail addresses and Those who enter via e-mail will receive an
cell phone numbers is a key part of that e-confirmation.
effort. Melissa Newman, who directs the
To boost the number of accurate cell alumni office, says the alumni staff
phone numbers and e-mail addresses on collects updates, including cell numbers
file, Union is giving away a smartphone to and e-mail addresses, throughout the year
one lucky alumni winner. From December at events, through personal contact and
1, 2010, to Jan. 31, 2011, the alumni via the Union Web site. There is concern,
office will accept cell phone number and though, that many alumni are being
e-mail updates as entries for the contest. left out of the communication loop. In
One winner will be drawn at random to recent years, Union’s alumni office began
receive a smartphone of his or her choice. publishing an e-newsletter and sending
To enter, alumni should send their cell other e-communications. Those whose
number and e-mail address to the alumni information is outdated may miss out on
office through mail or e-mail by Jan. alumni perks, news and other items.
31. The winner will be notified on Feb. The winner can choose among any
15 at 6:00 p.m. as the kick-off call for smartphone on the market, but the data or
Phonathon 2011. voice services will be the responsibility
Alumni can send their e-mail addresses of the winner. One entry per alumnus is
and cell phone numbers to alumni@ permitted.
Hundreds join the pack as Mack the Bulldog debuts on Facebook
Mack the Bulldog made his from 1950’s-era alumni to unlimited uploads. Mack posts and the recently added site
first comment on Facebook 2010 graduates. Alumni of all all photos from events. After just for the UC Bulldog Store.
during Phonathon last spring. ages appreciate hearing about the 2010 Alumni Football Thousands of alumni, friends,
What were his first words? “I upcoming events and college Day, for instance, Mack parents, faculty, staff, students,
am excited to be Facebooking happenings in real time rather shared close to 50 photographs prospective students and
with Union College alumni. than waiting for a printed piece with his pack of friends and community members follow
Become my friend on FB and to arrive in the mail. followers. the Union College Facebook
have a 1:1 alumni connection Since his debut to social Alumni who haven’t sites.
at Union!” networking, Mack has gotten “friended” Mack on Facebook
Since that time, he has over 300 RSVPs to various yet can find him at www.
accumulated a pack of over events, including over 150 for facebook.com/mack.
300 friends and counting. Homecoming 2010. He has thebulldog.
Mack’s goal is simple: to answered countless questions When Mack appeared on
provide information about about what’s going on at Facebook, he
upcoming alumni events, Union, from information about joined the ranks
post pictures and news of the old hospital renovation of several other
past events, answer alumni project to how many incoming Union College
questions, and share nostalgic freshmen the college counted Facebook pages,
photos and comments that this fall. including the
spark conversation about the He also likes photos. official Union
Union experience. Union’s print pieces, including College Facebook
Mack’s friends are not just the alumni magazine, have page, the Union
those who have graduated in limited space for event photos, College Bulldogs
the past 20 years. They range but Facebook allows for athletics page,
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Events&Gatherings A gathering of ‘aughts’
Nuptials, softball style
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Several alumni from the first decade of the century get together in central
Kentucky to reminisce about their college days and catch up on what’s
new. From left: Gabe Curtis, ’06; Lakita Hampton Curtis, ’05; Amber
Hensley, ’05; Tim Saunders, ’04; Kalyn Hampton Saunders, ’06; Kevin
Smith, ’06; and Emily Jones, ’07.
Proving that former Union softball players will take any opportunity to
rekindle the spirit, Debbie (Anderson) Pidgeon savored ten minutes with Alumni at the Bar
fellow softball alumnae just 30 minutes prior to her fall 2009 wedding. Front
row, from left: Suzanne Jacobs, ’99; Sally Hammitt, ’99; Amy (Criswell)
Schooler, ’99. Back row, from left: Nicole (Vidito) Sloan; Trisha DeWitte,
’99; Renee Hicks, ’93, ’99 MA; Mandy Phifer, ’99; Debbie Pidgeon, ’98;
Abbie (Mitchell) Rector, ’00; and Michelle Yorgy, ’98.
Back on their turf
Lexington area alumni and Union alumni staff enjoy a joint event with
members of the Kentucky Bar Association (KBA). Front row, from left
(seated): Doyle Mills, ’70, and his granddaughter Melody; Cherry Owens,
’70; Vivian Landrum; Casey Armour, Union political science instructor; and
Dale Moore, ’71. Second row, from left: Union President Ed de Rosset;
Chuck Tanner, NG; Mary Withers; Marc Roland, ’88; John Landrum; Don
Jones, ’79; Pete Moore, ’59; and Jessica Terry Bergman, ’98, Union’s
major gifts officer. Third row, from left: Benjamin Phillips, ’02; Melissa
Newman, ’08, Union’s alumni director; Robert Armour, chair of Union’s
Participants in the 2010 Alumni Football Day take a pause from flag Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences and a professor of criminal
football, tours and a picnic lunch to pose for a group shot. Front row, from justice; Hon. Paul Isaacs, ’66, chair of Union’s Board of Trustees; Frank
left: Colby Wilson, ’08; Tom Posey, ’90, ’02 RI; Johnny “Cartoon” Carreker, Newman, ’88; and Rhenda Mills.
’89, winner of the game’s most valuable player award; Kip Jones, ’91;
Clarence Mackey, ’93; and Tommy Reid, ’98 MA, Union’s head football UMC Conference luncheon
coach. Back row, from left: John Dodd, ’89; David Hammer, ’07; Travis
Bethel, ’05; Shaun Person, ’03; Patrick Kellendorf, ’07; Will Hancock, ’95;
Vincent Turpin, ’90; Nick Ruggieri, ’08; Larry S. Salyer,’89, and son; Larry
W. Porter, ’89; Melissa Newman, ’08, alumni director; and President Ed de
Homecoming golf scramble
The alumni staff hosts a luncheon in Covington, Ky., during the 2010
Kentucky Annual Conference for the United Methodist Church. From
left: David Miller, ’87, Union’s college minister; President Ed de Rosset;
Bob Sweeney, NG; Pam Sweeney; Jessica Terry Bergman, ’98; Janis
Perry; Tom Perry, NG; Jane Squires; Milton Dunaway; Bill Squires; Kathy
McCurdy; Darleen Carmicle; Ernie Carmicle, ’89; and Mary Alice Lay, a
professor of education at Union.
Alumni Baseball Day
Several alumni participate in the annual Union College Homecoming Golf
Tournament at Wasioto Winds in Pineville, Ky. Front row, from left: Matt
Bergman, ’99, with Gus Bergman; Bob Unterreiner, ’60; Jim Norman,
’60; Ronny Garland; President Ed de Rosset; Tommy Helton, ’05, ’08
MA; Terry Smallwood, ’72; Jonathan Masters, a prospective student; and
Steve Simpson. Middle row, from left: Tony Auzenne, ’74; John Logan,
’78; and Bill Swafford, ’73, ’76 MA. Back row, from left: Rick Jones; Terry Alumni baseball players return for the annual last home game of the
McMonagle, ’80; Jeff North; Greg Lewis, ’96; Don Lawson, ’76; Doug season. Being recognized on the field are, from left, Matt Mahony,
Logan, ’68; John Hauser, ’78; Steve Jeffers, ’74; Bill Hill, ’70, ’71 MA; ’07; Dale Pigg, ’57; Rex Hale, ’57; Darin Wilson, ’96; Nate Zettler, ’02;
Glenn Proffitt, ’80; Larry Inkster, ’72, ’73 MA; Ryan Proffitt; Jeff Tingle; Larry Inkster, ’68; Jerry Carey, ’59; Union President Ed de Rosset; Joe
Christopher Brand, ’75; and Chuck Reich, ’74. Heatherly, ’95; and Union baseball Coach Bart Osborne.
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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.
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Campus visits Upcoming Athletic Events
Alumni Football Day
Sat., April 9
Head football coach Tommy Reid will begin the day with
a tour of football facilities at 10 a.m. Then, former players
will participate, if they wish, in an all-alumni game of
flag football. Just before the game, former Union Bulldog
football players will be called onto the field and recognized
along with Union’s newest football recruits. Lunch is on
the alumni office. Contact the alumni office if you plan to
attend: email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 606-546-1682, or Coach Gillespie at
Educational Foundation, Inc. From left: President Ed de Rosset; Otie email@example.com 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
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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
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.
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,
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
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.
today. Harry is a past president of the Louisville Orchestra
Board of Directors and a current board member of the
Historic Homes Foundation, Inc., and the Family and
Children’s Agency. He also served on the Jefferson
unionky.edu/Alumni County Advisory Board for ten years. Harry now serves
on the Committee for Access to Artistic Excellence and
the Arts and American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
Application Committee, both committees of the National
Endowment for the Arts.
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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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
in curriculum and instruction.
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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
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.
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
as Alan Taylor in the summer mail: Alumni Relations, Union College, 310 College St. Amy “Bays” Gibson West, ’33
2010 issue of the magazine. The Box D-7, Barbourville, KY 40906 July 7, 2010
mistake appeared on page 17, phone: Melissa Newman, 606-546-1226
under a photograph of Alan being
commissioned as an Army officer Aaron Works, ’79
during May’s Commencement NEW Classnotes Deadlines: July 26, 2010
ceremony. Dec. 31, 2010 for the spring-summer 2011 issue
June 30, 2011 for the fall-winter 2011 issue
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A T L A S T
We know his name
because we use it a lot.
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
“Did you see that, Victor? Why didn’t you call
“Terrible call, Victor! Terr-i-ble!”
(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.
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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