The Magazine For Louisiana College Alumni & Friends
ATHLETIC TRAINING PROGRAM
IMPACTING THE NATION
WAYNE DAVIS BREAKS
FAMILY HONORS SON WITH
STATE RUSHING RECORD ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP
LC DEDICATES RENOVATED POOL
THE PRESIDENT’S PEN
LOUISIANA COLLEGE - A CASE FOR SUPPORT
This may seem to be a strange title for an article at the beginning of Columns, but my decades
of experience in the area of institutional advancement tell me that we must constantly remind
ourselves of those things that are most important about our institution. Listed below are things
we should always remember and share about LC.
The quality of academic programming is outstanding. The case for this statement can easily be
made by looking at the credentials of the student body and those of the faculty.
For the fifth consecutive year, the freshman class is made up of more than 10% of high school
valedictorians and salutatorians, and the freshman ACT average is 1.3 points higher in 2003
than 10 years earlier. The LC faculty has 41 percent more doctorates today than six years ago.
The student to professor ratio remains at 17 to one. The combination of an outstanding teaching
faculty and a gifted student body has led to significantly better than average acceptance rates
to graduate and professional schools, with many acceptances extended with advanced standing.
The opportunity for spiritual growth is extraordinary. This fall, 290 students participated in a
study of The Purpose Driven Life. Students have mission and leadership development opportunities
locally, statewide, nationally, in other parts of North America, in Africa, and several spots in
Asia. With LC’s admission into the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, additional
opportunities for spiritual growth will be available.
The College is nationally recognized. The 2004 editions of U.S. News and World Report’s
America’s Best Colleges, America’s 100 Best College Buys, and America’s Best Christian Colleges
all include Louisiana College.
Why do we need to build a case for your support? Each year, providing a Christ-centered
education of this caliber becomes more financially challenging. For Louisiana College to
continue to have the quality faculty and student body it has today, to be able to provide relevant
mission opportunities, and to receive the current national acclaim, we need your support. Not
only are the funds the College receives through gifts important, but the percentage of alumni
contributors make a difference. In the U.S. News and World Report’s America’s Best Colleges,
the top quartile of comprehensive colleges in the South, the category in which Louisiana College
is listed, has an average alumni giving rate of 23.15 percent. Louisiana College is at 10 percent.
Because this percentage is an integral part of the ranking process, we are striving to reach the
average of the colleges and universities in our category. Your contributions assist Louisiana
College to remain affordable for the next generation of students and your participation helps
to maintain LC’s lofty national ranking.
Thank you for your support.
Inside Cover FEATURES
Rory Lee’s personal address as to the state of LC
2 JAMES McKEEL
Alumni from years past, where are they now 7 3 LC student makes impact around the nation
Byron’s Briefings Back Inside
Byron McGee keeps Alumni up to date with the going ons
The Magazine For Louisiana College Alumni & Friends Fall/Winter 2003
Cabrini Hospital donation helps
provide educational tool
Linda Hutson Seago Family honors son
Editor/College Communications with scholarship
K. Michele Trice
Director of Public Relations
David B. Stevens
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Louisiana College Student Makes Impact Around the Nation
A An action James McKeel...
An action James McKeel
of Shreveport took several
years ago while in high
school is still producing rewards,
according to Alex Goodling,
Louisiana College sports information
McKeel is a senior health and
physical education major with
teacher certification at Louisiana
College and is a student coach for
the Wildcat football team.
As a student at Evangel Christian
Academy in Shreveport, McKeel
asked his football coach if he could
share his testimony with the members
of their opposing teams each week.
His coach agreed, and McKeel began
sharing his faith each week with all
who chose to attend the post-game
"Pastor Baker read the USA Today spoke to approximately 100 students
McKeel's coach, Dennis Dunn, said article and felt like the youth would at the church.
in a recent USA Today article that benefit from hearing my testimony,"
McKeel had a "boldness for Christ." McKeel says. "As a Christian, I Scheduled to graduate in 2004,
As a result of the newspaper article, believe it is important to share our McKeel has received LC's Kite
McKeel was contacted by Brad faith," he says, "because Jesus Caudell Award for the past two years.
Baker of Phoenix, Ariz., this summer commanded us to do so. This is who The award is given to a student athlete
who exemplifies courage,
“As a Christian, I believe it is determination, and high moral
character and who demonstrates
important to share our faith academic ability. McKeel has a 3.93
grade point average on LC's 4.0 scale.
because Jesus commanded us to "James represents everything we
do so. This is who we are to be.” could hope for in a student-athlete,"
says Tim Whitman, Louisiana
College athletic director. "He shows
that a student can be a college athlete
to speak about his faith at a National we are to be." and demonstrate his faith at the same
Assembly of God Youth Conference time. He superbly shows all that
and National Fine Arts Competition McKeel was invited by another Louisiana College is about."
in Washington, D.C. Approximately minister to address a New Jersey
15,000 youth attended the conference youth group in early September. He
and heard McKeel speak.
Brazil. He was the first Southern
Baptist music missionary to that
country. The two served there with
their family for 35 years.
Louisiana College celebrated its 97th Following their retirement from the
year and honored four with the 2003 International Mission Board, the two He served as Chairman of the Music
Trustees’ Distinguished Service began working with the Vietnamese Committee for the Billy Graham
Award. refugees in Abbeville as part of the Greater Rio Evangelistic Crusade in
ministry of the First Baptist Church 1974 and directed the 11,500-voice
The Trustees’ Distinguished Service there. After Mr. Hayes' death in choir. He was named a Distinguished
Award is given for Alumnus of LC in 1984 and received
exceptional service to the Distinguished Service Award
the church, outstanding from the School of Church Music of
achievements in the arts, the Southwestern Baptist Theological
and exemplary Seminary in 1991.
toward Louisiana Mr. Kirkpatrick was a 1938 graduate
College. of Louisiana College. He was the
administrator of Baton Rouge
This year’s recipients General Hospital from 1967 until
were: Dottie and the late 1970 and president from 1970 until
Herman Hayes, Bill 1981. After his retirement, he was
Ichter, and the late active in real estate and other business
Claude Kirkpatrick. Dottie Hayes, Edith Kirkpatrick, Bill and Jerry Ichter activities.
Mr. and Mrs. Hayes both graduated 1997, Mrs. Hayes continued to He served as a state representative
from Louisiana College in the 1940s. provide leadership for the program. from Jefferson Davis Parish from
They were appointed to missionary 1952 until 1960 and served as the
service in South Vietnam by the Ichter is a 1949 graduate of Louisiana director of the Department of Public
Foreign Mission Board (now the College and a 1955 graduate of New Works from 1960 until 1964. He was
International Mission Board) of the Orleans Baptist Theological the chairman of the Sabine River
Southern Baptist Convention in 1959 Seminary. He and his wife, Jerry, Authority at the time that the Toledo
where they served for many years. were appointed in 1956 by the Bend Dam was built. Kirkpatrick
Foreign Mission Board to serve in died in 1997.
ATHLETIC TRAINING PROGRAM RECEIVES ACCREDITATION
The Commission on Accreditation of The athletic training major in the standards in terms of administration,
Allied Health Education Programs Department of Health and Physical resources, faculty, and facilities. In the
(CAAHEP) has granted the Louisiana Education at Louisiana College prepares health-related disciplines, accreditation
College Athletic Training Educational professionals to work in the areas of is especially important in assuring the
program (ATEP) initial accreditation, injury prevention, acute care, evaluation, public that graduates from a certain
according to Dr. Janet Passman, follow-up care, rehabilitation and institution are well-prepared and
program director. reintegration to active individuals. qualified to provide health care services.
“This accreditation shows the These objectives are met through a The CAAHEP is the largest
commitment of the faculty and combination of educational experiences programmatic/specialized accreditor in
administration to make athletic training that incorporate related academic course the health sciences field. It reviews
a recognized leader in health care work and supervised clinical training. and accredits more than 2,000
education,” stated Passman. “We built educational programs in twenty-one
this program from the ground up “This accreditation should be a health science occupations across the
through teamwork and God’s blessing,” tremendous help in recruiting students United States and Canada.
she continued. within our state and throughout the
southeast,” said Passman.
“At the present time, there are only two
accredited programs in the state, Institutional accreditation serves to
Southeastern Louisiana University in assure prospective students that a school
Hammond and Louisiana College.” is a sound institution and has met certain
S St. Francis Cabrini... S.A.M.
Cabrini Hospital Donation Helps
Purchase Educational Tool
St. Francis Cabrini Hospital
recently donated $7,500 for
the purchase of SAM, a
Student Auscultation Manikin, to be
and stethoscope placement,” says
Debra Migues, Professor of Nursing.
SAM is a high-tech manikin used to
provide the students with actual
sounds of the human body that
enhances their knowledge and skills
by helping them learn to differentiate
between the different sounds during
used in nursing preparation. SAM physical assessment prior to going to
consists of a life-size torso with 15 clinical sites.
different sound sites, Sound Trainer,
and an external speaker with five “We will use the manikin in junior
additional heart, breath, and bowel and senior level classes at the on-site
sounds. clinical lab,” says Dr. Phyllis Chelette,
chair of the Rife and Carolyn Saunders
“We have several courses that Division of Nursing. “This is a unique
emphasize physical assessment; and opportunity for the Division of
SAM has been very useful in teaching Nursing. We are grateful for the
the students in those courses hand generous donation.”
minimize their financial burden as they
entered seminary preparing for
ministry,” said Seago.
The endowment should generate
sufficient earnings to make the first
Seago Family Honors award during the 2003-04 academic
Son with Scholarship Kim and Virginia chose to honor their
son John at Louisiana College because
Kim Seago (1963) and Virginia Smith of their great love for the school and
Seago (1963) of Walker, Louisiana their numerous family connections to
experienced every parent’s worst LC. Kim and Virginia both attended
nightmare in September 2002. Their LC. Their daughter, Kimberly
28 year old son, John A. Seago was graduated in 1990 with a major in math
tragically killed in an automobile education. In addition, Kim’s two
accident, while serving in the Air sisters, Pat Seago Bozeman (1967) and
Force in Idaho. Ellen Seago Adair (1964) also
graduated from Louisiana College.
Following the accident, the Seago
family knew they wanted to pay tribute “Many families choose to honor loved
to John through a gift that would honor ones with endowed scholarships,”
his name and benefit others. After according to Dr. Bill Townsend, Vice
weeks of discussion and prayer, the After graduating from LC, Kim Seago President of Institutional Advancement.
family decided to endow a scholarship went on to graduate from Southwestern “The Seago family will grieve over
with a $30,000 gift to Louisiana Baptist Theological Seminary. Kim John’s loss for the rest of their days,
College. and Virginia know the financial but the scholarship will honor his
pressures involved in attending name, perpetuate John’s memory, and
The John A. Seago Memorial seminary shortly after college. provide a significant help to students,”
Scholarship will benefit a senior says Dr. Townsend.
student preparing for ministry and “We wanted to give a scholarship to a
planning to attend a Southern Baptist LC student at the end of their college For information about endowed
seminary after graduating from career. One that would give them a scholarships, contact Dr. William R.
Louisiana College. boost, almost as a surprise, and “Bill” Townsend at (318) 487-7118.
HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
Louisiana College's Wildcat Athletic baseball team. He is well respected
Association (WAA) inducted four as a coach, having been named the
new members into its Louisiana state AAA and District 3-AAA Coach
College Sports Hall of Fame at the of the Year. He has also been named
Homecoming Celebration Dinner the Class B State Coach of the Year
held October 17. and Class B District Coach of the
Those individuals inducted were: Dr.
O.K. Bailey, Levi Barber, Denton Fred Williams was a stand-out
"Dobie" Perkins, and Fred Williams. basketball player for Coach Gene
Dobie Perkins, Fred Williams, Dr. O.K. Bailey, Levi Barber Rushing's Wildcats from 1988 until
Dr. O.K. Bailey is a 1952 graduate inducted into their Sports Hall of 1992. He finished his college career
of Louisiana College who has Fame in 1992 for his with 1,579 points (16.3 average),
continued to support his alma mater accomplishments in football, playing in 97 games. Had foot and
through the years. While playing at basketball and track. ankle injuries not sidelined him for
LC, he lettered in both football and most of his senior season, he was on
baseball and was an All Conference Dobie Perkins was an outstanding track to become the College's first
baseball selection in 1952. Louisiana College athlete who has 2,000 point scorer. He led the
continued to make contributions both Wildcats to their second appearance
Levi Barber played football for the to athletics in general and to the LC in the National Association of
Louisiana College Wildcats in the athletic program through the years. Intercollegiate Athletics National
early 1960s. He had a stellar junior While a student at LC, he was a Tournament and was named the Gulf
college football career at Hines Junior member of the 1987 Gulf Coast Coast Athletic Conference Player of
College in the late 1950s, and he was Athletic Conference Championship the Year in 1991.
LC ALUMNI HONORED DURING HOMECOMING
Four Louisiana College alumni
received the Louisiana College
Distinguished Alumni award during
LC's annual Homecoming
celebration held Oct. 16-18.
The four recipients were: Dr. Tom
Greer, Sr., of Arkadelphia, Ark., Earl
Miller of Plainview, Texas, Dr.
Randall Sledge of Shreveport, and
Susan Tudor of Pineville.
Recipients are submitted to the
Alumni Association Executive
Committee to be selected at their fall
meeting. Those honored are selected
according to the following standards:
1) a graduate of LC, 2) of good Susan Tudor, Dr. Earl Miller, Randall Sledge and Dr. Tom Greer
character, 3) respected and honored
by peers and associates, 4) made whose teaching experiences have both on the high school and
significant contributions to spanned the globe. He holds degrees collegiate levels and has also taught
profession, church and community, from LC, New Orleans Baptist English in the Peoples' Republic of
and 5) loyal to Louisiana College. Theological Seminary, and the China.
University of Evansville. He has
Dr. Tom Greer, Sr., is an educator taught as a classroom English teacher -continued on pg.12
In the latest effort in Louisiana College’s ongoing effort
to improve campus facilities, the renovated swimming
pool was dedicated on campus October 12.
The swimming pool and men’s and women’s locker
rooms, housed in H.O. West Fieldhouse, were completely Loraine and Norman Martin and Joe Rosier of the Rapides
renovated. Renovation of the pool Foundation join Dr. Lee at the pool dedication
began in March.
According to Lee, the pool was
renovated with funds donated by WAYNE DAVIS BREAKS STATE RECORD
private donors. Wayne Davis, a senior from Garrison, total rushing yards and touchdowns.
Texas, rushed 322 yards in the
Lee says the pool is used by both Wildcat’s game against McMurry, Davis rushed 34 times and scored
the Louisiana College and Central breaking the Louisiana Collegiate four touchdowns in the win on
Louisiana community. Louisiana record of 304 yards. October 11 at Abilene, Texas.
College offers aquatic classes for
both LC students and the general The Louisiana collegiate record was Davis was named the National Co-
public. Several area high school held by Tony Citizen of McNeese Offensive player of the week in Don
swim teams also use the pool for State University who rushed for 304 Hansen’s Football Gazette, and
both practice and swim meets. yards in a game against Prairie View Offensive Player of the Week for
A&M University in 1986. Louisiana Sports Writers Association
The LC Aquatic Program has in the and the American Southwest
past been voted the top water fitness He also broke the American Conference. He was also named to
program in the state. Southwest Conference record for D3football.com’s team of the week.
DIGHTON Mr. Dighton moved to Baton Rouge The Dightons felt it was important
in 1978 to work for Dow Chemical. to support Baptist higher education
The Dightons are both graduates and in their adopted state of Louisiana.
supporters of Oklahoma Baptist, and “We believe in the importance of
their children are graduates of LSU education, and we wanted to glorify
and Baylor. After a number of years the Lord in our actions, so as
Gaylon and Maurine Dighton have in Louisiana, the Dighton’s now have Louisiana Baptists we believed we
a love for Christian higher education an important connection to LC; their should support Louisiana College,”
that shows in their actions. They grandson Josh Dighton of Ethel, La stated Dighton.
have contributed to an endowed is a sophomore.
scholarship named for Gaylon’s The Dightons, with his late father,
mother since 1996. chose to honor the memory of
Gaylon’s mother, Jewell M. Dighton,
Many people contribute to endowed with an endowed scholarship. The
scholarships, but what makes the scholarship benefits students who
Dighton’s story special is that they are elementary education majors,
had no ties to Louisiana College, with a preference for students who
apart from their love for Christian were residents of the Louisiana
higher education. In fact, the Baptist Children’s Home.
Dighton’s had only been on the
campus one time when they attended
the President’s dinner on September For more information about endowed
23. Their contributions to LC have scholarships please contact Dr. William R.
earned them invitations for eight “Bill” Townsend in the Office of Institutional
Advancement at (318)487-7118.
1940s (1946) and his wife, Dr. C. Ferris Jordan (1955), Texas, where John is a registered
Earl W. Miller Professor Emeritus from New nurse working in the Neurological
Lucile, celebrated their 50th wedding Orleans Baptist Theological Intensive Care Unit at Plaza Medical
anniversary on June 12. Earl retired Seminary, received the J.D. Grey Center in Ft. Worth. Brenda is a
from the music faculty at Wayland Preaching Award 2002 from the licensed master social worker,
Baptist University in 1994 and is Louisiana Moral and Civic serving as the patient service
now University Organist Emeritus. Foundation. coordinator for the ALS Association
They reside in Plainview, Texas. North Texas Chapter in Grand
Dr. Raymond Sumrall received the Prairie. They have two children,
Annie Laurie Savage (1949) taught Lifetime Achievement Award from Daniel, 16, and Elizabeth, 11.
music, kindergarten, first and second the Alabama chapter of the National
grades before retiring as an Association of Social Work. Barbara Weber Cole (1979) was
elementary school librarian in 1992. chosen “Teacher of the Year” at
Since then, she has been active with Lafargue Elementary School. She
1960s (1961) retired after 36
two writing groups and has traveled teaches fourth grade at the Avoyelles
in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Parish School.
Dr. Thomas Jewell Wood (1949) years with the Louisiana Department Nedra G. Gunter (1975) of Monroe
serves as pastor at Salem Baptist of Labor. Much of that time, he was retired from teaching because of
Church in Meridian, Miss. He has the Federal Training Program health concerns.
served as a pastor for sixty two years. Director.
Salem Baptist Church was Harry (1970) and Beth Strange
established in 1838, and is the oldest Susan Bolton (1969) and John Ingalls (1970) now reside in Keller,
church in its association. Hoychick, Jr. (1967) have three Texas, after nearly 29 years in Baton
grandchildren. Josie and Samuel Rouge. Harry retired in June as the
were born to John B. Hoychick assistant superintendent of East Baton
1950s Peltier Derveloy (1992) and Joshua were born to
Daniel L. Hoychick.
Rouge Parish Schools after more
than 31 years of service to the public
Betty Couvillion schools. He is now the chief
(1955) is the church organist at First Jackie A. Povall (1962) retired from technology officer for the Carroll
Baptist Church of Franklin. She Mississippi State Government and Independent School District in
enjoys gardening and flower gardens. now enjoys spending time with her Southlake, Texas. Beth continues as
two granddaughters, Sarah Kate, 3, a writer of preschool curriculum for
Allen Gene (1953) and his wife, and Caroline, 19 months, in Dallas, the LifeWay Christian resources and
Louise Wing Bullard (1952), Texas. as a leader in preschool education
celebrated their 50th wedding workshops and conferences. They
anniversary on Sept. 24. They have Alvin (1960) and Mary Louise have three children: Ruth Ingalls
two children, Mark of Sulphur, Stewart (1959) Ringle are retired Shoup (1997), Paul (2001), and
Jennifer Bellon of Moss Bluff, seven and living in Waco, Texas. Alvin is Andrew.
grandchildren and six great- the retired minister of recreation at
grandchildren. First Baptist Church in Waco, and Rev. John (1978) and Lisa (1979)
he is now the part-time senior adult Lord moved in July to assume the
minister at FBC. Mary retired as a pastorate of the Primrose Methodist
professor at the junior college in Church in Johannesburg, South
J. Stephen Phelps (1975) was
1970s and Brenda Bryant
promoted to Assistant Special Agent-
in-Charge for the Tennessee Bureau
of Investigation. He resides in
Beaver (1979) reside in Arlington, Huntingdon, Tennessee.
Bill Wade (1979) is the newly family medicine in Vivian at the Michael (1994) and Suzane Breaux
appointed national collegiate North Caddo Medical center. Churchman (1993) announce the
ministry specialist for LifeWay birth of their daughter, Hope Abigail,
Christian resources of the Southern Jeannie Wells-Poirier (1988) is on May 19. They have a son, Jacob
Baptist Convention. He has 24 years employed as the director of Clinical Eli, 3. Suzane is a stay-at-home mom
of experience in churches in Counseling Services at Catholic and Michael is the Field Director for
Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, Social Services of Mobile. She and the Boy Scouts of America – Greater
and Georgia. her husband have three-year-old Alabama Council.
twins, William and Camille.
David C. (1974) and Rose Mary Charla Ducote (1993) has been
Yater Marabella (1968) have one named director of business
1990s (1991) married John
son, Anthony, and reside in West development at Rapides Regional
Lawn, PA, where Dave is an Medical Center. Business
evaluator and Rose does kinder care. Theresa Baker Development is a new department
Rice on Wai’alae Beach in Honolulu, at RRMC. Since 1999, she has served
Hawaii on June 4. The couple resides as director of public relations and
1980s (1984) and his wife,
in Denton, Texas, where Theresa is marketing at the hospital.
a teacher at Ponder High School.
Keith Appling Barbara Richey Evans (1993)
Lydia, had a son, Jackson Ray, on Dr. Barry J. Bieber (1995) opened married Dr. John Evans on May 12.
Feb. 18, 2003. They also have two the Alexandria Healthcare for She is an MRI technologist, and
older children, Caleb, 12, and Elissa, Women clinic in Alexandria. He they reside in Fort Worth, Texas.
4. Keith works as a clinical manager completed his residency at the
in a mental health rehab program University of Mississippi in Jackson, Christianne Ford-Knight (1995)
and also works as a therapist at the Miss. has joined The Village Family
Christian Counseling Clinic in Lake Service Center’s family-based
Charles. John Bodine (1993) is the minister program in Minot, ND, as a family
to students at First Baptist Church therapist.
Marie Gagnard (1981) has been in Lake Charles. He and his wife,
working as a U.S. Open Tennis Jackie, have a 19-month-old son, Cole Franklin (1992), assistant
Championship umpire since 1984 Nathan. professor of communication arts at
and will be there this year for the LC, was elected the 2003-2004
2003 event. She was recently elected Heather Coltharp Breland (1997) representative of the Southern States
as the 2nd Vice Commander of the and her husband, Shane (1996), Communication Association to the
American Legion Post 15 in announce the birth of their first child, nominating committee of the
Crowley. She is the first woman in Mathew Shane, on Dec. 15, 2002. National Communication
a commander’s position. Association.
Amy Pritchard Champlin (1996)
Nicole Witherwax Kay (1989) has and her husband, Chad, announce Rachel Gaddis (1998) earned her
moved to DeSoto, Texas, with her the birth of their first child, Thomas DDS degree from LSUHSC in May
husband, John, and their son, Christian, on September 27, 2002. 2003.
Jonathan, who was born on Feb. 5,
2002. C. Stewart Holloway (1998) has
accepted the pastorate at the
Brenda Wallace Gilstrap (1985) Forestburg Baptist Church in
earned her master’s degree in early Forestburg, Texas. He is also working
childhood development from toward his doctorate at SWBTS. He
Southwest Seminary. She and her is married to the former Rebecca
husband, Bobby, are Southern Lewis (1998).
Baptist missionaries to Ypsilanti,
Michigan. They have two sons, Dr. Jonathan Hunter (1995)
Robert Clayton and Andrew completed his residency at the
Thomas. LSUHSC Family Practice Center in
Alexandria and has joined the Brian
Bruce Donald Moses, Jr. M.D. Clinic in Alexandria. Jonathan is also
(1989) is entering a one-year rural a Battalion Surgeon with the La.
family medicine fellowship. In the Army National Guard. He and his
summer of 2004, he will practice wife, Melissa (1996), have two
daughters, Grayson and Avery.
Kevin Leger (1997) and the design
group he works for won several
Music degree in 2002 and is serving
as Minister of Music at Hallmark 2000
National Gold and Silver ADDY Baptist Church in Ft. Worth, Texas. Allison Elizabeth Brunet (2000)
awards, given by the National and Christopher Shawn Bandy
American Advertising Federation. Richard (1996) and Lisa Lyons (2002) were married July 26 in
Finch (1997) announce the birth of Alexandria. Allison is a teacher at
Stacey Dupre Lenters (1998) and their son, William Wesley, on August. Peabody Montessori School in
her husband, Jonathan, announce the 15. They have been appointed as Alexandria, and Christopher is a
birth of their daughter, Sierra Marie, missionaries through the International fitness and wellness coach and head
on Nov. 23, 2002. Stacey is a stay- Service Corps of the International baseball coach at Pickering High
at-home mom in Colorado Springs, Mission Board to serve in Dakar, School.
Col., where the family resides. Senegal, West Africa.
Aisha N. Huertas (2001) received
Ruth Ingalls Shoup (1997) is a a master of arts in Integrated
music therapist at Central State Marketing Communication from
Hospital in Pineville. Emerson College, Boston, MA in
Donna Hampton Swisher (1999)
and her husband, Joel, announce the Juan Carlos Huertas (2000) is
birth of their son, Nathaniel Luke, currently attending Emory University
on Jan. 13, 2003. Donna is a stay- where he is pursuing a master of
home mom who is working on her divinity degree at Candler School of
master’s degree in counseling at the Theology. He married Shannon Perry
University of Louisiana at Monroe. on May 25, 2002. They are expecting
their first child, Andrew Seth, January
Angel Fussell Maxey and her Paul Ingalls (2001) is a second year
husband, John, announce the birth graduate student in the College of
of their first child, Sarah Grace. Pharmacy at the University of
Louisiana at Monroe.
Ching Kye Bennett (1999) and his
wife, Kristina, announce the birth of Rich Lewis (2000) earned a Master
their son, Kye Robert Ray, on of Arts degree in marriage and family
October 14, 2002. counseling from the New Orleans
Baptist Theological Seminary.
Mike Trice (1993) and his wife,
Michele, announce the birth of their Wayne Mullins (2001) and Heather
daughter, Eliza Lillie, on October 7. Arnold were married on Sept. 13,
They have one son, Griffin, who is 2002, at Alpine First Baptist Church
Elizabeth Boudreaux Tebbutt 5. Mike is an assistant professor of in Pineville.
(1991) announces the birth of her journalism at Louisiana College.
son, John Spencer Tebbutt, on Feb. Shane (2003) and Shannon (2001)
25. Nugent announce the birth of their
son, Shawn Austin, on August 2,
Brandi Hodgson Troxel auditioned 2002. Shane is pastor of Oberlin
for and was selected to the Houston Baptist Church in Oberlin, La., and
Grand Opera Chorus for the 2003- Shannon teaches Special Education
2004 season. She is the early at Oberlin Elementary.
childhood and lower school music
teacher at the Presbyterian School in
Houston, where she lives with her
husband and daughter, Hailey, 2.
Chris Turner (1996) and his wife,
Patti, announce the birth of their third Towana Marbs-Coles (1991) works
child, Payton, on Sept. 30, 2002. She as a computer programmer. She has
has two older brothers, Caleb, and been married for 16 years and has
Ryan. Chris completed his Master of two children, Tyra and Antoine.
Alumni News continued grandchildren, Hallie Gail Abington, Robert Harvey Bolton, former
Reagan William Abington, Rachel Louisiana College trustee, died July
Courtney Carter Ritter (2003) Elaine Prichett and Thomas James 15 in Alexandria. Bolton was a
married Marcus Ritter on Nov. 29, Prichett; brother Dr. Robert graduate of the University of
2002. Courtney is the evening anchor Abington; and sister Mary Cate Pennsylvania School of Finance. He
for WKAG-TV in Hopkinsville, KY. Abington. served as president, chairman, and
She was hired as a reporter, promoted senior chairman of Rapides Bank
to the Clarksburg Bureau Chief and (now Bank One) in Alexandria.
then to anchor of the ABC affiliate.
Mae Alexandrenko (1954) died An active member of Emmanuel
Kenneth (2003) and Kristi Hunter May 7 at her residence in Pineville. Baptist Church in Alexandria, he
Williams (2002) are serving for two Alexandrenko was 74. A member of served as a trustee for LC and the
years as International Service Corp. Trinity Baptist Church, she was Louisiana Baptist Foundation.
missionaries with the International active in teaching Sunday school.
Mission Board in one of the closed She and her husband, Dr. Nick Preceded in death by his wife of 48
countries in South Asia. Alexandrenko (1953), retired LC years, Elizabeth McLundie Bolton;
professor of Classical Languages and his parents, James and Mary
Scott Wright (2000) earned his Religion, were foreign missionaries Calderwood Bolton; his brother,
M.Ed. in Health and Human to Russia. James C. Bolton; and his sister, Mary
Performance from Auburn Elizabeth Bolton Brown.
University. Currently, he is an Alexandrenko is survived by Dr.
exercise physiologist with the Nick; sons, Paul Alexandrenko of He is survived by his wife, Gail
cardiopulmonary rehab team at Lafayette, David Alexandrenko of Goodwin Bolton; one son, Robert
Johnston Memorial Hospital in Pineville, and Nicholas Harvey Bolton Jr. of Princeton, NJ;
Smithfield, NC. Alexandrenko of Tioga: daughters, two daughters, Elizabeth Bolton
Belinda Coniglio (1981) of Walker, Hassinger of New Orleans and Mary
Samantha Young (2002) is a Nina Long of Nashville, Tenn., and Bolton Jennings of Houston, Texas;
graduate student at the University of Becky O’Neal of Alexandria; along with numerous grandchildren
Texas in Austin, studying early brothers, Lynn Clement of Crowville, and great-grandchildren.
childhood special education. Micah Clement of Chauvin, and
Danny Clement of Denham Springs;
sister Blanche Wester (1949) of
Crowville, and 12 grandchildren. Dr. Glenn E. Bryant died July 16
in Alexandria. Bryant holds degrees
from both Oklahoma Baptist
University and Central Baptist
In Memoriam Zelma Mills Bobbitt (1930) died Theological Seminary. He was pastor
June 22, 2003 in DeQuincy. She was of Emmanuel Baptist Church in
a member and long-time secretary at Alexandria for years and served the
Saint James Episcopal Church in Louisiana Baptist Foundation as
Rev. James William Abington Alexandria, La. She was active in Executive Director.
(1955) died April 29, 2003. He was later years at All Saints Episcopal
founding pastor of Bannockburn Church in DeQuincy. Well-known for his radio program,
Baptist Church in Austin. “The Abundant Life,” Bryant also
She was an avid gardener and had a 30-minute television show,
Abington led churches in Fort Worth environmentalist who loved animals “Life At Its Best.”
and League City before arriving in and was committed to preserving
Austin in 1973. During the years that nature. Preceded in death by his wife,
he led Bannockburn Church, it grew Mildred Ayers Bryant: son, Luis E.
to more than 2,000 members and the She is survived by a sister, Edna Bryant; parents, Charles and Eva Poe
campus extended to include Mills Willrich, niece Candace Bryant; and brothers, Sam and
education buildings, a worship Willrich Cooper, grandniece Lauren Robert Bryant. He is survived by
center, and a gym. Cooper, grandnephew Ben Cooper, his son, Larry Bryant of Alexandria;
great-niece Bryce Cooper and great- daughters, Betty Jones of Houston,
Survivors include: wife, Doris nephew Jake Cooper, all of Texas, and Becky Dufour of
Elaine (1955); son, William Brian; DeQuincy. Alexandria; brother, Lewis Bryant
daughters, Lisa Kay, Susan Elaine of Modesto, Calif., and numerous
Prichett, and Sheri Lea; grandchildren and great-
Memorial contributions may be made at the American Society for in Hammond, LA. Her master’s
to the Dr. Glenn E. Bryant Endowed Healthcare Engineering Conference degree in piano performance
Scholarship Fund, c/o Louisiana in San Antonio, Texas. At the same equipped her to teach piano students
College, P.O. Box 587, Pineville, LA ceremony, the first R.B. Maynor on two continents and enrich the
71359. Memorial Quality Assurance churches she was involved in.
Evaluation Award was given.
Susan is survived by her husband of
33 years, Mark (1971), pastor of
Annette Sylvest Dixon died June Brookwood Baptist Church; three
17, 2003. She was a member of Dr. Clarence McCord (1956) died daughter, Amy Ricketts, Jennifer
Northside Church in Baker. Her April 17, 2003. He earned degrees English, and Sarah Sutton, all of
husband, Miner, is a retired pastor from LC, Golden Gate Baptist Shreveport; her parents, Dudley
who spent most of his ministry in Theological Seminary and Louisiana Glenn and Janie Hill of Mansfield;
Louisiana churches. She is also State University. He taught at five two sisters, Mitzi Lewis of
survived by her son and daughter. colleges and universities, including Alexandria and Jeannie Vaughn of
Louisiana College, and served at Gulfport, Miss.; and one
churches in five states. granddaughter, Alahn English of
Warren D. Graef (1946) died March McCord worked for the International
27, 2003. A prominent Lake Charles Mission Board in Hong Kong where
artist, he was retired from the Cities he was responsible for media
Service Company where he worked production. He also served churches Doris Cutter Swann (1939) died
for more than 40 years. At the time in Hong Kong. December 20, 2002. Longtime editor
of his retirement, he was the senior of Baptist Sunday School Board, she
industrial hygienist for the Louisiana He is survived by his wife, Jean; held a Master of Religious Education
plant. children, Mena McCord of degree and was employed with the
Richmond, Va.; Karolyn Kay Louisiana Baptist Convention for 10
During World War II, he received a McCord of Greenville, SC; and years before moving to Nashville to
commendation from Navy Admiral Miriam Gay McCord of Savannah, work with the BSSB.
King. Ga.; grandchildren, Kristen and Kyle
Forrester and Madelyn McCord; In 1971, Swann was honored as a
He is survived by his wife of 63 Brothers, Dr. Lynn McCord of Baton Louisiana College Distinguished
years, Louise; one son, Warren Graef Rouge, and Dr. Joe McCord of Alumna. She was preceded in death
Jr. of Houston; two daughters, Carol Friendswood, Texas. by her husband, Charles Swann, and
Ann Kavanagh of Fredericksburg, is survived by her cousins; Dorothy
VA, and Janet Wolsefer of Orlando, Calhoun of Pineville; James Gates
Fla, nine grandchildren, and 13 great- of Irving, Texas; Gloria Poole of El
grandchildren. Darothy L. Nickey (1949) of Dorado, Ark.; and Richard Poole of
Mansfield died May 18, 2003 after Houston, Texas.
a brief illness. She taught school in
DeSoto and Natchitoches Parishes Memorial contributions may be made
George Herndon (1936) died June and retired from Northwestern State to Louisiana College or Rosedale
5. He was professor of English at University where she taught library Baptist Church in Nashville.
Louisiana College from 1950 until science. She was a faithful member
1956 and Dean of Student Affairs of Calvary Baptist Church.
from 1954 until 1956.
She was preceded in death by her Maudie Box Wimberly (1942) died
parents. She was survived by her March 2, 2003. She was preceded in
aunt, Jackie Odum; cousin, Mary death by her husband, John Lawrence
R.B. Maynor (1963) died January McDonald; and one very special Wimberly. She is survived by her
9, 2002 of a sudden and massive friend, Haven Howell of Pelican, La. sons, John David Wimberly (1969)
heart attack. He was recently and Dan B. Wimberly (1969). Dan
posthumously honored by the says that throughout her life, some
military, being given one of their of her most cherished memories were
highest civilian awards. Susan Sutton (1970) died June 6, of LC.
2003 in Shreveport. She had a
The Superior Civilian Award, along lifelong passion for serving Christ
with a flag, was presented to his and helped plant and develop two
mother, Evelyn Maynor, on July 14 churches, one in France and the other
Louisiana College’s President’s Club
was founded in 1976 to honor a
unique group of individuals,
23 and featured a private tour of the
Alexandria Museum of Art’s “Heart
of Spain” exhibit.
Forest Church of God of Oak Grove,
The Ed and Gladys Hurley
Foundation, Louisiana Elks
foundations, corporations, and Association, Louisiana Physical
churches. These special donors This year several new members were Therapy Centers, Mr. and Mrs. J.V.
express exceptional interest and inducted into President’s Club. The Moffett, Jr., Mowata Baptist Church
financial support of various programs new members for 2002 include: of Eunice, North Rapides WMU,
and departments of Louisiana College Airline Baptist Church in Bossier, Mr. and Mrs. Walter E. Price, Red
by contributing $1,000 or more during John Calvin Bains, Mr. and Mrs. River Bank, Dr. and Mrs. Gary S.
a calendar year. James Cagle, City of Alexandria, Rush, Richard and Patricia Sandlin,
City of Pineville, L.D. Clepper, Jr., Kim and Virginia Seago, Bertie
Each year, members are recognized Derrell and Frances Dowdy, First Deming Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Charles
at the President’s Club banquet. This Baptist Church of Franklinton, First Soprano, Rev. Hartmon Sullivan,
year’s banquet was held on September Presbyterian Church of Alexandria, and Thomas and Sue Waites.
Mr. J.V. Moffett, Jr., Janet Lee, Mrs. Moffett, Rory Lee Kim Seago, Janet Lee, Virginia Seago, Rory Lee
Richard Sandlin, Janet Lee, Paticia Sandlin, Rory Lee Rev. Hartmon Sullivan, Janet Lee, Dottie Hayes, Rory Lee
-continued from pg.5 in the music building was renamed the Susan Tudor has been called the
Earl W. Miller Recital Hall. quintessential modern Christian
Earl Miller began his legendary musical
career at Louisiana College as the winner woman. Active in her church and
Dr. Randall Sledge's mission work faithful to her home responsibilities,
of the 1944 Caudell Cup Competition. covers several decades and as many
On faculty at Wayland Baptist University Tudor has moved through three distinct
continents. First appointed to Peru by career changes - social work, real
(WBU) in Plainview, Texas, for 46 years, the Foreign Mission Board in 1954, he
Miller is the University organist emeritus estate, and hospital administration -
has also served in Columbia and the with style. She is currently the vice
and recipient of the Faculty University Serbian Republic of Bosnia. His articles
Service Award and the Distinguished president for business development
have been published in the "Dialogo and managed care at CHRISTUS St.
Faculty Service Award. Upon his Teologico," a Baptist theological journal
retirement from WBU, the recital hall Frances Cabrini Hospital in Alexandria.
published in Spanish.
a brunch earlier that morning. The In addition to Homecoming, the
Homecoming Golf Tournament on Office of Alumni Relations held
What a difference a year makes!!! Thursday afternoon at Rapides Golf several chapter meetings around the
Saturday, October 18 was a beautiful and Country Club was also blessed State this Fall. Alumni chapters in
Indian Summer day (compared to the with great weather and enthusiastic Lake Charles, Monroe, Lafayette,
deluge at Homecoming 2002.) The golfers. Everyone always enjoys the Dallas and Shreveport met during
Lynn Alumni Center was festively luncheon held for the classes the month of September. Plans are
decked out for the Louisiana College celebrating their 50th and earlier being made for chapter meetings to
Women’s Reception as well as for reunions. Many old stories were be held in New Orleans, Baton
Class Reunions and a pre-game swapped at the luncheon and we Rouge, Houston, Mobile, and
tailgate bar-b-que. Crowds of alumni heard a few new ones. Dr. V. Lynn Nashville in the next few months.
gathered to listen to the Steve Wells McCord, Class of ‘53, was the master
Band as their children enjoyed the of ceremonies for that luncheon. The Alumni Scholarship Fund
games and fun geared to them. Spirits continues to grow and we credit a
were high as enthusiastic alumni The Friday evening reception and very successful phonathon for this
“Caught That Wildcat Spirit, Again!” banquet honoring the Distinguished growth. Thanks to all of our generous
All of the events of the morning Alumni and the inductees to the Hall alumni who contributed to the
culminated in a resounding come- of Fame was attended by Alumni Scholarship Fund.
back victory for the Wildcats against approximately 250 people.
Austin College that afternoon. The Distinguished Alumni for 2003 were Again, please consider this your
Lynn Alumni Center proved, again, Dr. John Thomas Greer, 1958, Mr. invitation to stop by the Lynn Alumni
to be a wonderful “home” for Earl Miller, 1946, Dr. Randall Sledge, Center, your campus home, for a
returning Louisiana College students. 1949 and Mrs. Susan Vick Tudor, cup of coffee and a visit with us
1970. New members inducted into whenever you are on campus.
The other events of Homecoming the Hall of Fame this year were Dr.
2003 were no less successful. The O. Kendall Bailey, 1952, Levi Barber,
Distinguished Alumni were
introduced at Homecoming Chapel
and, along with their guests, enjoyed
1960's, Denton “Dobie” Perkins,
1989, and Fred Williams, 1992. -Byron McGee
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