PRESBYTERIAN COLLEGE Message from the President
Last year was unique in my rvvo decades as a college president. While neither we nor the country have completely
recovered from the economic setbacks that occurred, we are making significant progress at PC. We welcomed the largest
class in PC history- 364 freshmen and 20 transfer students, reinforcing the strength of our liberal arts program and our
success in preparing undergraduates tor graduate schools and careers. Surprisingly, we also are finding that the times in
which we live offer unique opportunities to strengthen the education we provide our students.
On November 6 we officially opened our Confucius Institute. ITiis program presents tremendous educational op-
portunities for our students and ties Presbyterian College directly to the economic development of the region. Along
with our partners - Clemson, Converse, Furman, Wofford, Guizhou University, The Upstate Alliance and The Global
Trade Consortium, and the South Carolina Department of Education- we seek to establish Upstate South Carolina as a
national center for the study of and engagement with China.
Among the 300 Institutes worldwide, we are the only liberal arts college selected for this honor. At the ribbon-cut-
ting ceremony. Dr. Chen, president of Guizhou University in the People's Republic ol China, shared our sense of pride
in the partnership forged between our two schools and its importance to the two countries we represent. "We will never
forget the commitment we have made to one another," he said. "... In the 21st century, it is more important than ever
for the two great nations of China and the United States to commit to economic exchanges, environmental preservation,
and combating terrorism to construct a peaceful and prosperous world."
We open the doors to our new pharmacy school next fall, and the interest this new educational venture has gen-
erated is gratifying. Our pre-pharmacy program has tripled in size, and we daily field a host of inquiries from those
interested in pursuing a doctoral program in pharmacy. Similarly, the communities of the Upstate are joining in support
of this effort by providing the necessary internship sites central to the curriculum. In spite of the economy our timing
could not be better; whatever transpires in Washington, the pharmacist will be a key component in health care of the
We have entered our third year of our Division I transition and are in the midst of an NCAA self-study, an impor-
tant last step in our transition. Division I athletics, both in the classroom and on the playing field, is demanding. Com-
petition at PC is exhilarating, constant, and at times unforgiving. We are proud of our scholar-athletes and our coaches
as they eagerly embrace this challenge for their college.
Faculty, students and staff are learning how to be good stewards of our resources. Our GreenHose sustainabiliry
effort led by Dr. John Inman and student leaders extends to virtually every area of our life and work. Programs assure a
rich engagement with external expertise, on-campus resources, and student-run projects. Of special note- students are
assisting organic gardener Daniel Parson with a large garden adjacent to Martin Soccer Stadium; the produce is served in
our own dining hall.
During this academic year. Dr. Rob Holyer, our provost, and the faculty in arts and sciences will hone an academic
master plan to clarify the expected outcomes of a PC education, highlight distinctive aspects of our curriculum, and
assure we have a well-conceived, data-based assessment program that supports our timeless quest for excellence. This,
along with the Confucius Institute, the pharmacy school, Division I, and all of our other programs would not be pos-
sible without the support we receive from you. We are grateful for your interest and for your ongoing and faithful sup-
port of the Blue Hose.
See you on campus!
rS. Ihank you for your annual fund and other gifts last year - they truly made a difference. Thanks, also, for making
your ,!fr lo this year's annual fund as soon as you can. Your gifts help us provide the financial aid our students need to
make their PC education possible.
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The Class ot 2009 took its final bows last May as they were
sent into the world to serve, to be excellent, and to stay in
touch with PC and each other.
The Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy continues
to progress towards a Fall 2010 opening.
PC'uns of every age enjoyed time-honored traditions and
celebrated each other during Homecoming 2009.
Blue is the new Green!
From the Green Hose initiative to the first crop harvested
from an on-campus organic garden, PC students, faculty,
and alumni are passionately embracing good stewardship
of the Earth.
ROTC commissioning 4
Brig. Gen. Ric Porter 78 is inducted into PC
ROTC Hall of Fame.
Opening Convocation 5
PC presents honors during 130tii opening of
Summer Fellows 5
Student researcti program receives gift from
family of PC alumnus Robert E. McNair Jr.
New trustees 7
College welcomes new members to Board
Alumni Admissions program 10
PC revamps program aimed at increasing
alumni engagement in attracting new
Robert Higgs welcomed as PC's inaugural
BB&T Program for the Study of Capitalism
Matriculation ceremony 11
PC's Dr Tim Gaines gives an impassioned
lecture on the fine points of honor on
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Graduates find inspiration
for the journey ahead
More than 250 members of Presbyterian
College's Class of 2009 started a new
chapter in their lives following the 126th
commencement on the West Plaza.
Seniors drew inspiration towards
that new adventure from several sources,
including commencement speaker and
honorary degree recipient Lindsey Graham,
Outstanding Senior Nick Roosevelt of
Clinton and PC Professor of the Year Dr.
Graham, the senior U.S. Senator
from South Carolina, was presented with
an honorary doctorate of Public Service.
Speaking to graduates, he told them he
has hope and faith in their ability to face a
challenging and uncertain future.
"If you take the values of Presbyterian
College with you as you leave, you can
change the world,"' he said. "Just don't let the
world change those values."
Roosevelt, the son of Oliver and Carol
Roosevelt of Clinton, told classmates that
he read recently that few graduates even
remember what commencement speakers say.
"But then I thought how it wouldn't
really be necessary for you to remember what
I say today because you already know every
bit of what I could say, " he said. "You already
know because it has been instilled in you
from the time you first stepped on campus
for freshmen orientation. And all of these
folks who are here sharing this time with you
will not have to remember my words either
because they will be able to look at you,
graduates of Presbyterian College, and see
every bit of what that degree means in how
you live your life. "
Graduates see the meaning in themselves
and each other as they make the world a
better place, said Roosevelt, pointing to
the many accomplishments of the Class of
2009 - internships at the "Today" show and
with Vera Wang, student research, athletic
victories, and service.
"It is the unending pursuit to share the
best of ourselves with others," he said. "And
in doinn so I ihlnk we often find our best
i ! nd ourselves setting a
hiL, a class and enabling
them , , ' V level by our strong
The nu i ! ; ,1 .Jcgree from PC
continues to giow iuid have value, he added,
as long as alumni continue to be servant
U.S. Senator Lindsey Grafiam
leaders. At a recent speaking engagement
to scholarship patrons, Roosevelt told them
that, "as people of God, you have to be open
to the unexpected places where generosity
moves in front of you."
"For surely it has moved in front of us as
we celebrate today, and we must be ready to
respond to that call to serve with generosity
as we go from here," he said. "We have to
continue to share the best of ourselves while
we live and while we serve. That's what the
PC experience has taught us, that is what our
faculty and staff have prepared us to do: to
Drawing from the college's fight song,
"On, on PC," Roosevelt told classmates
that PC will go on without them - but was
improved because of them.
"On, on PC will go without us
walking these sidewalks next year, without
us in the classrooms, or as officers in our
organizations," he said. "On, on it will go
though we may be serving far away in Africa,
or starting grad-school, or getting that first
job, or maybe searching for that first job.
On, on PC will go as it turns the page on
our class and begins a new one this fall. But
know that this place is better because we
were here, because we are here today. And
know that we, too, are better for having been
Heiser, a professor of history at PC, had
one piece of advice to impart to the Class of
2009 - pursue excellence. Instead of shooting
for "good enough," he said, graduates should
make excellence a daily pursuit.
Nick Roosevelt, Outstanding Senior
"Excellence is intentional," Heiser said.
"Look around you at the garden planet
on which we live. Look at Monet's art,
Brunelleschi's dome, Richard Lionheart's
generalship, Aristotle's logic, Handel's
'Messiah,' Shakespeare's Hamlet, Tiger's golf
score, Nick Roosevelt's college career, the
valedictorian's GPA, your tidy dorm room
that won your mother's admiration, and any
other achievement worthy of note.
"None of these, no, not one, is the
result of chance or luck or the attitude 'good
enough.' It simply is never going to happen
to you like this: 'There I was lying on my
bed, and lo, with the angels and archangels
rejoicing, excellence descended upon me
with warmth and light.' No, excellence is the
result of focused attention, precise purpose,
unflagging energy, and a stout determination
always to do your best."
Excellence also is potent, Heiser said,
as evidenced by the author of Proverbs who
wrote, "Do you see the one who excels? That
one will stand before kings."
"In other words, excellence creates
credibility that in turn opens doors for the
pursuer of excellence to influence, affect,
shape, change, lead," he said. "Mediocrity
affords the sorry person none of the above.
Just a little hint, framing your degree will
not result in you standing before kings; that
privilege and honor comes to those who have
the quality of excellence."
Excellence also is magnanimous and not
only for self advancement, Heiser said.
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"You see there are, down through
history to the present day, the world over,
individuals who have achieved greatly,
who exercise power and influence, but
they are most definitely not excellent," he
said. ". . . Excellence is more than a level of
achievement; it is an ethic. The Lord Christ
said it this way, 'Do to others [the good]
you would want them to do to you.' Yeah,
the Golden Rule is nothing other than the
call to excellence because excellence has the
other person's good in mind; the pursuit of
excellence is an act ot love. "
It also is not easy.
"Excellence is admired but not always
encouraged or rewarded; indeed our culture
may sadly be on the verge of punishing it, '
Heiser said. "Excellence is not for the weak-
Nor is excellence to be putsued
anywhere else but on earth, Heiser explained.
"The preacher of Ecclesiastes pondered
the meaning of life strictly from the
perspective of 'under the sun," and discovered
that there was no meaning to life if inquiry
was restricted to the terrestrial," he said.
"Excellence, when pursued 'under the sun,'
can pay tremendous dividends to you and
to others, but bear in mind that it will do
you no good 'beyond the sun.' Neither you
nor I can be that excellent; you need another
answer for that question."
The college also conferred an honorary
Doctorate of Divinity to the Rev. Tammv
Brown, senior pastor at Westminster
Presbyterian Church in Charleston and one
of the founders of The Hands of Christ, a
ministry between Westminster and Zion-
Olivet Presbyterian churches to provide
clothing and school supplies for children who
live in poverty in the Charleston area.
Brown accepted the honor on behalf of
the many volunteers who have served The
Hands of Christ.
"I accept this on behalf of the
numerous Presbyterians who dared to cross
racial, cultural, socio-economic, and even
theological lines to put on the skin of God
and to bring the kingdom of God into their
During the ceremony, president Dr.
John Griffith and provost Dr. Robert Holyer
presented senior Kathryn Anne Mooneyham
of Easley with the Valedictory Award for
maintaining the highest grade point average
in the senior class.
The Rev. Tammy Brow/n
Dr. Rick Heiser, Professor of the Year
PC president Dr.John Griffith
leads the commencement
processional onto the West Plaza
(left). Edmunds Professor of English
Dr. Dean Thompson saysfarewe''
to a member of the Class of 2
Porter 78 inducted into PC
ROTC Hall of Fame during
Presbyterian College's 90th ROTC
Commissioning ceremony was held in
Edmunds Halls during Commencement
Highlander Battalion cadets Christian
Hall of Whitmire, S.C, and Shelby Whitlow
of Hull, Ga., were commissioned as second
lieutenants in the United States Army.
Hall, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael
Hall, majored in history and served as
branched engineer in the ROTC. In addition
to being commissioned, Hall received the
Wysor Saber, which is awarded annually to
the top cadet in the Highlander Battalion.
Last year. Hall received the Kimberly
Hampton Leadership award.
He will attend Basic Officer Leadership
Course II at Fort Benning, Ga., and will
attend Officer Basic Course at Fort Leonard
Wood, Mo. His first duty assignment is Fort
Whitlow, the son of Mr. and Mrs.
Andy Whitlow, majored in sociology and
was branched ordinance in the ROTC. A
member of Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity, he
will attend Basic Officer Leadership Course
II at Fort Sill, Okla., and will attend Officer
Basic Course at Fort Lee, Va. His first duty
assignment is Fort Hood, Tex.
Marianne Magapan, a rising senior
majoring in psychology, received the 2009
Kimberly Hampton Leadership award.
Named in honor of a former PC student
who was killed in action in Iraq in 2004, the
award is presented to the junior Highlander
Battalion cadet who personifies hard work,
courage, leadership, and honor for school and
Brigadier General E. Eric Porter became
the 27th inductee into the Presbyterian
College ROTC Hall of Fame. Porter
graduated from PC in 1978 with a bachelor
ot science in business administration.
After completing Adjutant General Officer
Advanced course, he became the chief of
personnel actions/affairs division, adjutant
general, headquarters of U.S. Forces during
Operation Urgent Fury in Grenada, XVI II
Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg, N.C
among other key assignments.
His awards and decorations include the
Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, the
Meritorious Service Medal with four Oak
Leaf Clusters, the Master Parachutist badge,
among many more.
"I am very pleased and honored and
humbled to be here in person to receive this
recognition while still in uniform," Porter
said after speaking of the accomplishments
of past Hall of Fame inductees. "And you
can see why I am humbled as my name goes
along with those who paid the ultimate
sacrifice and those who faced battle and
demonstrated courage and bravery."
These Halb Pa,
Brig.Gea.t. Lfic Porter
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Local civic leaders honored
during 130th Opening
Presbyterian College honored its heritage
of service and scholarship during the school's
130th Opening Convocation ceremonies on
Two ot Clinton's most dedicated civic
leaders were awarded honors during the
program held on PC's campus in Belk
Russ Emerson, the retired plant manager
for the Torrington Company, was presented
with an honorary doctorate of public service
for his body of community work, including
service as the former chair of the Laurens
County Healthcare System and his present
term as president of the Clinton Economic
Retired assistant football coach
Bob Strock was given the Martha Anne
Green Service to Church and College
Award presented jointly by PC and First
Presbyterian Church of Clinton. An adult
Sunday school teacher at Broad Street
United Methodist Church in Clinton and
a frequent community volunteer, Strock
evoked the memory of the award's late
namesake as he accepted the honor.
"It's a special honor to receive the
Martha Anne Green Service to Church and
College Award," he said. "I knew (longtime
dean of students) Martha Anne; our career
paths crossed for 18 years. I saw how
dedicated she was to her church and to our
college. If anyone exemplifies our motto of
while we live, we serve, it has to be her. "
College provost Dr. Robert Holyer also
recognized academic award winners.
The Freshman Academic Award for
the freshman student who held the highest
grade point average after completing a full
year of academic work at PC was presented
to Caroline Elizabeth McGill, a sophomore
psychology major from Fort Mill, S.C.
The Fraser Bible Award, which is
presented to a member of the freshman
class who earns the highest average in Bible
classes during their first year, was awarded
to Caroline Lee Burch, a sophomore
mathematics and physics major trom
The Hay Religion Award is presented to
a PC student who has the highest average in
religion classes after four semesters of work.
The award was presented this year to Anna
Megan Pardew, a junior religion major from
The Freshman Writing Award was
presented to Allen Edwin Butt, a sophomore
English major from Beaufort, S.C.
Summer Fellows program
gets $50,000 grant in honor
of late 1969 alumnus
Norfolk Southern Corporation donated
$50,000 to Presbyterian College's Summer Fel-
lows research program. The donation was given on
behalf of the late South Carolina governor Robert
E. McNair, Sr., who served on the corporation's
Board of Trustees. McNair gave the gift in honor
of his son Robert E. McNair, Jr., a 1969 PC alum-
nus who died Jan. 22, 2008.
The donation recognizes Norfolk Southern's
support of "worthy educational institutions."
"We appreciate Norfolk Southern's support
of the PC Summer Fellows program," said Dr.
Bob Freymeyer, PC's director of undergraduate
research and chair of the sociology department.
"This grant will allow us to continue to offer stu-
dents the opportunity to engage in cutting-edge
research during the summer."
Nineteen students were selected to par-
ticipate in the program this year, conducting
graduate-style research as professors mentored
them. Students researched topics including "the
ethical doctrines of St. Augustine and Friedrich
Nietzche," "Russian foreign policy," "the effect
of plasmid DNA size on binding to Au and Ag
nanoparticles," and more.
PC Summer Fellows presented their research
on the last day of the program, July 31. While
some concluded their research, others will con-
tinue, and all will present to the campus commu-
nity during Honors Day on April 15.
They will have other opportunities to present
their findings as well. Over the last three years PC
Summer Fellows have presented on Capitol Hill
and at various national and regional conferences.
The late Robert E. McNair, Jr.
PL ; Dol of Pharmacy
aaas new staff, continues
to make progress
The Presbyterian College School of
Pharmacy continues to make significant
progress towards opening its doors as planned
The college named Triangle Construction
Company of Greenville as general contractor
last summer. The company, which also built
the Greenville County Museum of Art and
the S.C. Governor's School for the Arts and
Humanities, began renovations this year on
the 55,000 square foot facility in downtown
Clinton, originally the Mary Musgrove Hotel.
The school of pharmacy also has
cleared a significant accreditation milestone.
The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy
Education conducted an onsite evaluation at
PC in mid-October to determine the schools
readiness ol the new program to accept
"We had a good visit and the dialogue
with the site team was encouraging," said
Dr. Richard Stull, dean of the School of
Pharmacy. "We would like to thank the
pharmacists in the state who assisted us in
the visit by meeting with the accreditation
team and discussing their support of the new
Stull stressed that while preliminary
findings from the visit were positive, the
accreditation council's decision to grant the
school of pharmacy "pre-candidate" status -
and, thus, allow the school to admit its first
students - will not occur until the council's
scheduled January meeting in Phoenix, Ariz.
In the meantime, the school of
pharmacy's staffs continues to expand as
planned in anticipation of next year's first
Dr. Julie Sease joined the faculty in
August. She received her doctor of pharmacy
degree from the University of South Carolina
College of Pharmacy and has served as a
clinical assistant professor at the S.C. College
of Pharmacy for the past five years.
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I'd in Columbia
on diabetes, ami.
gastrointestinal dis' ij
/ic earned the
Dr. Julie Sease
S.C. College of Pharmacy University of
S.C. Campus P3 Class Professor of the Year
Award this year and was honored with the
University of S.C. P3 Class Favorite Professor
Award in 2006.
Dr. Gene Reeder joined the faculty in
September. A distinguished pharmacist and
pharmacy educator, he earned a bachelor's
degree in pharmacy from the University
of South Carolina in 1973. He also earned
from use a master's degree in pharmacy
administration in 1977 and a Ph.D. in
business administration in 1983. He served
as a faculty member at USC from 1975-2008
and was named Distinguished Professor
In addition to his academic career,
Reeder also has served as a community
pharmacist and nursing home consultant.
During his career, he has been the recipient
of many honors and awards, including
the Distinguished Service Award from
the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy
in 2006. Recently, he received the 2009
Pharmacist Recognition Award from the S.C.
Dr. David Eagerton
Dr. David Eagerton joined the
school of pharmacy faculty after a 16-year
tenure with the S.C. Law Enforcement
Division. He earned a bachelor's degree in
biology from USC in 1985 and a Ph.D. in
pharmacology from USC in 1992. While
earning his doctorate, he served as both
a teaching and research assistant at USC,
teaching pharmacology and pharmaceutics
laboratories and conducting research in the
area of cancer pharmacology.
He joined SLED in 1993 as a forensic
toxicologist and became chief toxicologist
in 1997. He has presented more than 50
continuing education programs in the area of
toxicology and is considered an expert in the
field of forensic toxicology.
Dr. Christopher Farrell joined the
faculty in September. He earned his Ph.D.
in biomedical sciences from the University
of South Carolina School of Medicine in
2008. His previous academic work was at
the University of Rhode Island, where he
earned his bachelor's degree in biology and
psychology. He is currently completing a
post-doctoral fellowship at the S.C. Cancer
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Center. His research has focused on cancer
genetics and identifying genetic markers for
cancer. Prior to graduate school, Dr. Farrell
worked in the biotechnology industry as an
associate scientist for the Immune Response
Corporation and Centocor Ortho Biotech.
Erin Grogan, a 2009 PC graduate,
joined the School of Pharmacy as director
of admissions in July. She has a bachelor's
degree in Christian education and brings
a wealth of knowledge about PC from a
student's perspective. As a student, she
worked in admissions as a coordinator for
Stirlings, PC's student ambassadors, and as a
new student orientation leader.
The school of pharmacy received a $1
million matching grant this fall that brings
the program closer to its initial fundraising
goals. Also, a separate grant from a South
Carolina foundation will allow the school
to acquire computer-controlled mannequins
for a physiologic simulation laboratory in
the new facility. These simulators will allow
students to train in physical assessment, apply
their knowledge of disease states, and test
their understanding of the pharmacology of
drugs in a safe environment.
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of South
Carolina Foundation awarded $141,000 to
the school for creating a model oi pharmacy
care delivery within free medical clinics.
Faculty members Sease and Dr. Tommy
Johnson, chair of" pharmacy practice, will
work with the Good Shepherd Free Medical
Clinic in Laurens County, for example, to
implement disease state management in
select chronic disorders where pharmacy
interventions have been shown to impact
outcomes in other states.
Board of Trustees -Presbyterian College
PC welcomes 10 new
trustees to board
The Presbyterian College Board of
Trustees welcomed 10 new members
during the group's winter session on
campus Feb. 23-25.
New trustees include:
The Rev. Edwin W. Albright of Atlanta, Ga., was
elected as a presbytery executive representative
from Georgia. A graduate of Rhodes College,
Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and
McCormick Theological Seminary, he currently
serves as the executive presbyter and state clerk of
Greater Atlanta Presbytery.
He and his wife, Helen, are parents
of tour sons; their son Michael is a 1988
graduate of PC. The Albrights served on
the PC Board of Visitors from 1997-2000;
Albright served on the Board of Trustees
Sean P. Foley of Cape Coral, Fla., was elected as
a consulting trustee. A graduate of the University
of Colorado, he is the executive vice president of
treasury and corporate development for AT&T
He and his wife, Chris Elizabeth Foley,
a retired police officer, are the parents of
Sean Patrick Francis Foley, a 2008 graduate
of PC. The Foleys served on the PC Parents
Council from 2005-2008.
Robert M. Hicklin, of Charleston, S.C, was
elected as an at-large member. A 1971 graduate
of PC, he is the owner of Charleston Renaissance
Gallery and Saraland Press, as well as a partner in
Harlean Limited Partnership.
He and his wife, Jane, have two
children; son McLean is a 2002 alumnus
of PC, while Jane Harper is a 2004 PC
William M. Matthews of Macon, Ga., was elect-
ed as an at-large representative. A 1962 alumnus
of PC, he is chairman of the board of SunTrust
Bank, Middle Georgia, NA, and a retired execu-
tive vice president with Belk Matthews Company.
He and his wife, Frances A. Flournoy
Matthews, have three children — ^William,
a 1991 PC alumnus; Carson, a 1996 PC
alumnus; and Evelyn. The Matthews served
on the Board of Visitors from 1980-1983; he
served as a trustee from 1990-1995.
Mark T. Nelson of Winter Garden, Fla., was
elected as a synod/presbytery representative from
Florida. A 1977 graduate of PC, he is owner and
chief executive officer of O.F. Nelson and Sons
Nursery of Apopka, Fla.
He and his wife, Elizabeth M. Nelson,
have five children - Sean, Anne, Clay, Elly,
Thomas R. Parrish of Clinton, S.C, was elected
as a synod/presbytery member representing Trin-
ity Presbytery. A 1981 graduate of PC, he is the
South Carolina Regional Agency Manager of
BB&T-Carolina Insurance Consultants.
His wife, Brenda, is a PC alumna
and the daughter of the late Ed Campbell,
a longtime college administrator. The
Campbells served on the PC Board of
Visitors from 1999-2002.
G. Patrick Phillips of Charlotte, N.C., was elect-
ed as an at-large representative. A 1971 gradu-
ate of PC, he is the retired president of Premier
Banking & Investments, Bank of America.
He and his wife, Debbie, have two
daughters - Sally, a 1999 PC alumna, and
Katie. The Phillips served on the Board of
Visitors from 1996-1999; he served on the
board of trustees from 1999-2006.
James D. Rosenberg of Myrtle Beach, S.C, and
Atlanta, Ga., was elected as an at-large representa-
tive. A 1975 graduate of PC, he is president and
chief executive officer of Burroughs & Chapin
Company Inc. He is married to Ann Weathers
James W. Spradley of Nashville, Tenn., was
elected as an at-large trustee. He is the president
and chief executive officer of Standard Candy
Company. A graduate of Vanderbilt University
and the University of Chicago, his father is a
former member of the PC Board of Trustees and
his sister and brother-in-law are both PC alumni.
He and his wife, Ftances B. Spradley, have three
Thomas L Thomason of Laurens, S.C, was
elected as an at-large representative. He is the
owner and manager of Delta Interests LLC.
He and his wife, Ann, have two children; the
Thomason's setved on the PC Board of Visitots
presents annual awards
during Homecoming 2009
The Presbyterian College Alumni Association
presented its annual awards during Homecoming
2009 on Oct. 24.
PC president Dr. John Gritlith noted that the
award winners - who are honored for their service,
professional achievements, and dedication to their
alma mater - accepted universally with humility
and by recognizing the people at PC who helped
them achieve success in college and in life.
The Alumni Association's highest honor, the
Alumni Gold P Award, was presented to 1959
graduate Herbert L. Entrekin of Clarksville,
Ga. A U.S. Air Force veteran and a retired pilot
with Delta Air Lines, he continues to serve as an
aviator for Angel Flight of Georgia flying patients
to medical facilities, delivering supplies during
disaster relief and reuniting families during times
"God has blessed me with the ability to con-
tinue flying and to be able to help people through
Angel Flight of Georgia," he said. "I am very
grateful for this honor and I thank you so very
|ohn B. Jackson, an architect from Sumter,
was presented with the Mary F. Lehman Alumni
Service Award. A member of the PC Class of
1970, he designed Bailey Memorial Stadium and
the college's Armed Services Memorial in addition
to serving as a member of the Board of Visitors,
the Alumni Board of Directors, and as president of
the Alumni Association.
"Who would have thought that that scared
freshman who got dropped off^ by his parents
in 1966 would ever receive an award like this,"
Jackson said, recalling his mother's entreaty to an
upperclassman to look out for her son.
"And he did," he said. "The next day they
made all the freshmen line up in front of Neville
(Hall); I was trying to be as inconspicuous at
6'4" as I could be and he said, 'Where is Johnny
Jackson? I want you out front. Your mama told me
to take good care of you.'
"I tell people all the time, it 1 could live four
years of my life over again, it would be these four
The Rev. Alice Ridgill, a member of the Class
'■>'■ ""^'^ •■ "■■'■'-■ ""*09 Outstanding Young
-\ "ood and a former
mei,. '^ iiasketball
Street Prci. . . \illc and cam-
pus pastor at ("hildren in
Clinton. She no - arch develop-
ment ministry for i , i y and teaches
at Erskine Theological Seminary.
"I am grateful to God lor the opportunity
He presented to me to be a part of this Blue Hose
family," she said. "The four years I was here were
wonderful years. I spend most of my time outside
the classroom in the gym playing basketball hut I
enjoyed it. PC is a special place to me. I'm excited
about where PC is heading and all the wonderlul
young people who come here and go out into the
world to make their lives count and to do positive
PC men's basketball coach Gregg Nibert
was named an Honorary Alumnus. Now entering
his 21st season as head coach of the Blue Hose,
he has coached his teams to more victories - 344
and counting - than any other coach in program
history. Nibert also was praised for his record ot
seeing to it that every senior he has ever coached
has earned a college degree.
Nibert didn't take full credit - noting the
contributions of his assistant coaches and his play-
ers, the sacrifices made by his wife and two sons,
and for the college's administrators who hired him
and continue to support him.
"I love this place," he said. "It's all about the
The Rev. Herb Codington, a member ot
the Class of 1972, was presented with the Dum
"Vivimus Service Award for exemplifying the
college motto, "While "We Live, We Serve." The
pastor of Bethany Presbyterian Church in Clinton,
he is a leader in small church development in the
Presbyterian Church-USA and has lead numer-
ous mission groups to Haiti and the Dominican
"This (award) is really a celebration of PC
- and the core values that PC demonstrates and
instills in the lives ot its students," Codington
said. "Back when I was here during the '70s, it was
chaplain Bob Piephoff^ it was (professors) George
Ramsey and Jack Presseau and so many others
who encouraged us to do well and also made
service to others part of that process. I am deeply
grateful to them and to so many others.
"I've had the opportunity to live in this com-
munity for a number of years and I can say that
I've seen hundreds - probably thousands - ot PC
students serving Laurens County and beyond in
so many incredible ways. Roofing houses. Painting
churches. Tutoring and mentoring. Leading Boy
Scout and youth groups. Going to Haiti and the
Dominican Republic and so many other countries.
All I can say is go PC. Let's keep doing it and
Tlie Thomas Aurelius Stallworth Alumni
Award given annually to someone who embodies
the characteristics of its late namesake - Christian
leadership, strong bold character, integrity,
moral courage and values, and who knows and
demonstrates the true meaning ot neighbor and
triend - was presented to Joe and Mica Nixon ot
Clinton, members ot the classes ot 196.3 and 1979,
|oe Nixon, the retired dean of students and
director of admissions at PC, recounted his earliest
encounter with Stallworth, who served the college
for more than 40 years as a professor, chaplain,
coach, and director of alumni affairs.
"Tom Stalloworth was my advisor at PC," he
said. "I can remember very vividly sitting in his
office on the second floor of Douglas House trying
to finagle some way tor me to graduate."
Over the years, Joe Nixon said, Tom and his
wife, Mary, became friends to he and his wife.
Mica, a retired educator.
"Tom and Mary invited us into their home
and into their hearts," he said. "They shared their
love of people with us - and they left us better
people for having known them. "
Assistant professor of psychology Dr. Alicia
Askew and child enjoy cheering for the Blue
B\TER1AN COLLEGE MAGAZINE
Alumni look over PC memorabilia from their respective eras (above).
At the top of the page, PC's Alumni Association honored (left to right)
head basketball coach Gregg Nibert, Joe and Mica Nixon, the Rev. Alice
Ridgill, Herb Entrekin.John Jackson, and the Rev. Herb Codington. At
left, PC's oldest returning alumnus, Colin Hudson '36, enjoys being back
on the Presbyterian College campus.
Alumni encouraged to
recruit new Blue Hose
PC recently revamped the Alumni
Admissions program to increase the level of
alumni engagement in the efforts to attract
quality students to PC.
Alumni volunteers assist the admissions
program to recruit future Blue Hose by
developing relationships with schools,
teachers, counselors, coaches, and families
of prospective students within their
Lindsey Spires 06, the assistant director
of alumni admissions and alumni programs,
leads the effort by identifying and training
alumni volunteers. The plan is to establish
alumni cadre throughout the southeast who
will work in concerted efforts to build the
"These alumni shared their personal
PC experiences with the students and fielded
questions they may have had about PC,"
Alumni can participate in the Alumni Admissions program in a number
of ways, including, but not limited to:
referring local high school students' names and contact information to PC
talking with high school students in their communities about PC
encouraging students to visit campus
volunteering to host prospective student gatherings in their communities
making phone calls to prospective students
contacting Lindsey Spires - email@example.com
Spires said. "These alumni were an integral
part in helping the admissions office meet its
enrollment goal for the Class of 2013."
The admissions office can provide alumni
volunteers with fee waiver coupons to provide
to interested students to submit with their
application. The coupons allow interested
students to forego the application fee.
'Alumni have always been involved in
assisting with admissions efforts for many
years," said Leni Patterson, dean of enrollment
management. "We are grateful to add Lindsey
to our staff so that we can formalize and
expand the program.
"Alumni can have a great impact on
influencing students to consider seriously
enrolling at Presbyterian College. We
appreciate all of their efforts this past year in
helping us exceed our enrollment goal, as we
welcomed the largest freshman class in the
history of the college this fall."
If you would like to become active with
the Alumni Admissions program, please
contact Lindsey Spires at 864-833-8637.
Higgs opens BB&T lecture
Presbyterian College "s new BB&T
Program for the Study of Capitalism
kicked off its inaugural guest lecture on
Sept. 24 with a discussion on the merits of
government intervention during times of
Economist and historian Robert Higgs,
the senior fellow in political economy and
editor of The Independent Review for the
Independent Institute, presented his own
insights on the Great Depression, the New
Deal, and today's economic crunch.
Higgs said it is a mistake to compare
today's economy with the Great Depression.
"Present-day conditions bear no
comparison with the Great Depression," he
said, pointing out that, while unemployment
today is pushing 10 percent, approximately
half of the labor force was either fully or
partially unemployed during the Depression.
I'niike most historians. Hiecs said he
traces - !„ i . .:,-, World
War I i.i V .'obal peace
that fu (i.ial trade an j 'niproved
the econ , ing of most people
during the ii-..1ascria! Age.
During that era, he argued, most people
shared an ideology that government's role in
the economy was more to enforce property
rights but not to set prices or restrict trade.
"Before World War I, the amount of
sorrow for most people was diminished,"
Higgs said. "We tend to forget those things.
People were hopeful; there was a vision of
The war changed that paradigm, he said.
"Why did people plunge into this
cauldron of destruction?" Higgs said. "The
facts cannot be wished away. World War
I destroyed the old order. Now, instead of
global trade, we had governments ordering
where resources were used."
Higgs leveled his harshest criticism at
the Roosevelt Administration by calling the
New Deal an attack on the "investor class"
and on productivity.
"It was an amazingly wrong-headed
thing to do," he said. ". . . The story does
not get any better. What was done right?
Even today, Higgs said, the federal
government is more inclined to "fix" the
economy through stimulus packages and
bailouts instead of letting the free market
"We're in a heap of trouble, " he said.
Guest lecturer Robert Higgs (right) talks economics after his presentation in Edmunds
Hall. Higgs was the inaugural BB&T lecturer on the Study of Capitalism.
H\TERIAN COLLEGE MAGAZINE
gives new class primer on
One oi the most articulate pleas for
honor was made during the college's annual
matriculation ceremony on Aug. 20. Dr. Tim
Gaines, Dana Professor of Psychology and a
longtime participant in the college's honor
system, spoke to new students and faculty
before they pledged to uphold the Code Of
Gaines told students, in the presence
of their parents, that while he counts
upperclassmen who serve on the Honor
Council "among the finest people you will
ever meet," he also finds cases that are
brought before the group "deflating and
"Every year some of us on the faculty are
compelled to notify the provost or the chair
of the Honor Council about suspicions of
cheating or academic dishonesty, plagiarism,
and so on," he said. "Each year some
students are suspended from PC - some for a
semester, but our usual suspension is for two
Gaines spoke of the Honor Code's
"(Violations happen) to a group of PC
students every year," he said. "Our Honor
Code is demanding. We are proud of it and
we recognize that it is fragile. It depends on
all of us - students, faculty, and staff- doing
our utmost to uphold it. But frankly, right
now, you freshmen are the biggest threat to
our Honor Code."
National surveys, he said, reveal
that approximately 75 percent of all high
school students admit to cheating and that
dishonesty is "trivial, if not inevitable."
Even though students are taught not
to cheat by their parents and schools, still
they fall prey to their own impulses to take
shortcuts. Gaines asked students, though, to
weigh the consequences.
"What might happen aher you make
a bad decision at PC? One possibility is
that your violation of the Honor Code is
discovered," he said. "At that point, you
have to take your rationalizations out of the
darkness and view them by the light of day.
Imagine how those reasons will be received
by your parents' ears. Imagine your parents'
laces when they hear your excuses and it's
too late to undo anything. I think it will be
painfully clear to you that your reasons are
inadequate, unpersuasive, and even pathetic."
The Code of Honor is built on trust, he
"An Honor Code like ours provides
opportunities for dishonor," Gaines said.
"We, the faculty, have the luxury of trusting
that you will behave honorably. You have
the luxury of giving your word and having
it accepted as the truth. However, if your
word is given casually, without honor as its
foundation, you may fool us. In short, you
may be able to take advantage of the Honor
Code. That is the fragility I referred to
earlier. If we as a communitv believe that our
Honor Code is being violated with regularity,
we lose confidence in it. When we lose that
confidence, we lose our honor. Our code is
By signing the Roll of Honor, students
are saying they want to adopt the Code of
Honor for their own, Gaines said. But it isn't
a given that all signers are honorable.
"Whether you made mistakes in the
past or not, there will be occasions in the
future when you will feel some measure of
desperation and you may feel that there is too
much at stake to be honorable - too much to
lose," he said. "That will be your true test."
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Sustainability, said Dr. John Inman,
Presbyterian College's Charles A.
Dana Professor of Biology, is more
than simply making a "green effort."
"(It is) more than an examination of our
relationship with the environment," he said. "It's really
about our relationship with future generations."
Years ago, long before the fascination with being
green swept college campuses, PCs only campuswide
sustainability effort involved a newspaper recycling
drive sponsored by the American Institute ot
Biological Sciences. The biology club of students and
professors would arrange for a newspaper recycler to
park a tractor-trailer on campus for a week. People
across campus and in the community brought their
newspapers they had stashed away.
Later, the campus discovered an environmental
voice when a student, Susan Turner, founded the
Students for Environmental Education the year she
graduated in 1991. PCs first campus organization to
promote and address environmental issues has hosted
Earth Day celebrations and raises awareness about
environmental causes ever since.
Extant 18 years later, SEE mainly contributes
to campus by running the recycling program.
Over the past few years especially, the Students for
Environmental Education has consisted of a handful
of passionate and dedicated students eager to volunteer
their time to promote recycling and to collect plastics,
aluminum, and glass in bins across campus. Their hard
work for many years has been the gruntwork of the
campuswide sustainability effort.
"The most environmental progress I've seen on
campus," said Michael Harris '10, "is definitely with
the recycling program. "
The S.C. Department of Health and
Environmental Control has awarded SEE with grants
in recent years, used to purchase recycling bins and
other materials. A grant last year enabled the college
to provide all buildings on campus with recycling bins
and to replace damaged ones. The grant also provided
the college with equipment necessary to establish an
on-campus recycling center.
"(The recycling center) will make our efforts on
campus more efficient and also enhance our visibility,"
said Stephen Smith '10.
An anonymous gift last year enabled PC to greatly
expand its sustainability effort. During the 2008-2009
opening convocation. Dr. John Griffith announced
that $30,000 would be used to establish a sustainability
program on campus, citing sustainability as "the most
pressing issue of our time."
"The issues associated with the air we breathe,
the water we drink, the food we eat, the energy we
consume and how we consume it, and the waste we
shed and what we do with it," Griffith said. "This
is the time for your generation to create the ideas,
the technology, and the jobs to lead the world in
"Let's take this on," Griffith added. "Let's be
known for what we do in this arena as Green Hose!"
The new emphasis on sustainability has helped
to try to establish environmental responsibility
and awareness into the campus culture, a task that
Students for Environmental Education has been
focusing on for years.
To establish a campus sustainability program,
Griffith appointed Inman to chair a Green Hose
committee, charged with how to spend the
anonymous gift and to direct the sustainability
program. Inman chose a committee that consisted of
students, professors, and staff.
In the fall of 2008, everyone in the campus
community was eligible to submit grant proposals,
detailing how to spend the funds. After reviewing
the proposals in the fall and spring, the Green Hose
committee granted awards for five sustainability
initiatives: an organic garden, an electric hospitality
cart with solar power capabilities, a location on
campus where the community can inflate their
tires, a work-study program dedicated to making
energy-efficient repairs in old buildings on campus,
and plasticized shark specimens to replace actual
PC has made considerable progress in being
more environmentally conscious.
"This will be my fourth year at PC," Smith
said, "and each year the environmental awareness on
campus has increased."
The newfound campuswide sustainability effort
is a natural evolution resulting from the people on
campus who, over the years, have been passionate
about living in an environmentally responsible
Ideally, being green will become a part of the
culture of PC, as much a part of campus as the West
Plaza, "Dum Vivimus Servimus," and the Blue Hose
mascot. And students, then alumni will take their
greener practices with them wherever they go.
"Getting students to consider that future
relationship (with generations to come) is not easy to
do," Inman said. "It never has been easy for society to
"But it's probably one of the most critical
decisions we will make in our lifetime."
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earlier this fall. As well as collecting the cardboard to be
recycled, the students donated the cardboard to Open Door
Ministries in Clinton.
"It's always good to know it will get reused," Harris said, "but to have it reused and
have the proceeds help others was especially great."
Open Door, which provides shelter for the homeless, operates a cardboard recovery
and recycle program. The non-profit sells the cardboard to a local recycling company
and uses the funds to pay for the day-to-day operational costs of running the center.
In addition, Sodexo, the food services company that operates the Greenville Dining
Hall and Springs Campus Center, has arranged to donate their used cardboard to
Open Door. Ihe dining facilities use enough cardboard for the ministry to collect the
recycling twice a week.
More than 400 students volunteered at 14 different locations during Service Day as
part of orientation for new students. They also volunteered at a hospice, fire department,
several churches and homes for the elderly, and other locations.
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Early in the spring 2009 semester, PC participated in
Recycle Mania, a friendly 10-week competition among
colleges and universities to promote and increase recycling.
Nearly 500 schools across the country competed, including
13 in South Carolina. This past year was the first time PC
Students for Environmental Education members Ellison Cavedo and Michael
Harris led the Recycle Mania effort, measuring the amount of recycling per capita
and collecting nearly all of the recycling across campus. Plastic, glass, aluminum, and
cardboard were all included in the competition.
"Recyclins: ii.ci\\;::-.l over the semester," Harris said. "We collected around 215
pounds oi 1 ;>er week at the beginning. Toward the end of the semester, we
collected am rm- , is U. per week."
RecycleMa. in 2001, is supported by the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agenc) s Togram and the National Recycling Coalition and is
coordinated as a project ■>! nk^ . s College and University Recycling Council.
Past surveys have indica;cd 80% of participating schools experienced a noticeable
increase in recycling collection during the competition.
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ollege's own garden, spoke on campus this fall about the first
Urging the crowd of 300 students to always consider their relationship to the food they eat,
Parson spoke about his own farming background as well as conventional and alternative food
"You could sense trom the focus and the questions," said Charles A. Dana Professor of Biology
Dr. John Inman, "that many students were concerned about the message of food production and its
importance in their lives."
Parson discussed farmers who have control over their production system, which is vastly
different from corporate-controlled farms of today. Parson praised "farms that are, as renowned
farmer and writer Joel Salatin puts it, 'aromatically and aesthetically pleasing,' farms that are kind
to the environment, farms that are good neighbors, and f;trms that give back to the community
because they are part of the community."
Parson said that the conventional food system, which is controlled mainly by a handful of large
corporations, is responsible for most of the food people consume today. The alternative food system,
where farmers have control of production, is responsible for less than 3 percent of today's food.
"The alternative food system is tiny and can't feed us all," Parson said, "but that is why we need
to nurture and grow it in order to have a viable alternative."
"It was interesting to learn how agricultural corporations control all aspects of food
production," said Steven Smith, president of Students for Environmental Education. "I was also
interested to learn how corporate farming has reduced the diversity and nutrition of farm products."
"If we shift some of this money away from fast and easy processed foods and into buying fresh,
locally grown, sustainably raised food, we can make a difference in the kind of food that is available
in our wodd," Parson said. "And we can strive to be true to the Slow Food Motto and all eat food
that is good, clean, and fair."
Long before "green" replaced "ecology" or "environmental" in
the public conscious to describe concern for the good earth,
PC alumnus Cliff Waddell was green. Heck, well before people
started talking about "organic" gardening, he was living the
Growing up on a farm in Monroe County, Ga., 1956 alumnus Cliff Waddell knew
firsthand what many of us are discovering today - that a simple life lived simply is good not
only for Planet Earth but also for us.
"We raised everything we ate," he said of his childhood. As a boy reared on a dairy farm,
there would be, of course, milk and cheese. With 15-20 pigs on the farm, there was pork on
the table from time to time. A big garden - pesticide free - put fresh vegetables on his plate
These days, Waddell puts into practice the lessons of childhood on his 25-acre property
on Lake Hartwell bordering Georgia and South Carolina. There, the retired former Navy
aviator and Delta Air Lines pilot feeds his other hobby of feeding others. Growing a variety
of fruits and vegetables, Waddell sells his wares at the Hartwell Farmers Market in Hartwell,
Ga., or to the federal Women, Infants, and Children (WIG) program operated by the U.S.
Department of Public Health.
"*>." -'iril also puts his knowledge to use in the community, teaching people how to
bu> a, ok .hcsi) food, and working with local 4-H programs on forestry and reading
"'■■ ■' >' his labors, proving at least one benefit of gardening,
■cvijiarket," Waddell said. "May one day every other week."
. nioys being active in his community and giving others an
opportunity to san ; ...n produce.
'Its a lot of fun, laive life. "I get to be outdoors all the time and I stay
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JO, Roger Harrison '01 thought that any green contribution he made didn't
, vv'hen he was assigned to negotiate a sohd waste and recychng contract, he
saw being green in a whole new light.
"Mv education on how much difference one person makes on the impact of the earth astounded me," Harrison said. "No longer
do I see recycling ... or saving the earth as a 'granola' thing to do. I think it is the right thing to do."
The University of Georgia Archway Professional was instrumental in acquiring the largest grant the organization has facilitated.
Tlie EPA awarded a $1.7 million grant to improve overall air quality by retro-fitting diesel engines in Washington County and
Athens-Clarke County with high-tech filters that will reduce emissions and particles. In his role with Archway, Harrison focuses on
addressing the economic development needs of Washington County.
"Our application was a unified statement to the EPA that we're serious about doing what it takes to improve our air quality
starting at home," Harrison said. "Their selection of our community as a recipient of these funds is a clear affirmation that the EPA
approves of our efforts in Washington County."
One hundred and nine of the county's vehicles will have filters installed, including 81 school buses and 28 utility vehicles. The
filters clean harmful chemicals out of the exhaust from diesel engines, reducing the number of particles in the air by 60% and the
amount of carbon dioxide and hydrocarbon by 80%. The project is expected to reduce the number of particles in the air by half a ton
In addition to improving air quality, Harrison helped begin "Recycle Sandersville!," a grassroots effort to begin city-wide
recycling in Sandersville, Ga. Harrison received an in-kind donation of $20,000 worth of recycling bins that the city will use in
a pilot program to begin this October. Plus, he received an in-kind grant of $2500 from the Georgia Department of Community
Affairs to market the "Recycle Sandersville!" program.
Further, Harrison recommended that the new Ridge Road Elementary School in Sandersville, Ga. use recycled tire mulch
instead of pine bark. The Washington County School District heeded Harrison's request, spreading 88,000 pounds of the mulch
across its 49-acre campus. The greener alternative conserves water and saves the school money from upkeep. Plus, the mulch kept
nearly 10,000 tires from going into landfills.
"It is not my job to be green," Harrison said. "I make green a part of my job as my duty as a human being."
Ralph Nader, a perennial third-party candidate for the US Presidency, and Ed
Matricardi, the former Executive Director of the Republican Party of South Carolina
and Virginia, visited PC during the fall semester as part of the Brown Lecture Series on
On Oct. 6 Nader, who has made a career out of addressing environmental issues, talked to students about his background and
what the students can do to help with environmental causes today. Nader told students that many of them will face environmental
issues after they graduate. He said it is important not to get discouraged.
"Look to your work as, 'How are you going to feel when you're 65?" Nader said. "Are you going to be proud of what you passed
on to your children and grandchildren? Or are you going to say, 'Geez, I had all these opportunities to make a more just society and
world, and instead I was updating my profile on Facebook.'"
On November 10 Matricardi spoke about the issues he faces as Field Director for the Pickens Plan. Matricardi said T.
Boone Pickens approaches America's "addiction" to foreign oil "from a realistic point of view," one different from "typical
environmentalists." Pickens thinks Americans will not choose to go green because of environmental or moral reasons, according to
"Boone knows that America will never go green," Matricardi said, "until Americans can find a way to make money going
Renovations of the PC School of Pharmacy building, which began last summer, will
feature PC's commitment to environmental sustainability. According to David Walker,
PC's director of campus services, the environment is considered in every step of the
"Choosing sustainable building technologies and products is about making wise financial choices and being good stewards
of the environment," said Walker. "By choosing efficient products, we will reduce the operating cost of the facility, improve the
comfort level, and help to reduce our carbon footprint."
The cm ;'-^-"-> -^j -'l- -"sfainable efforts involved in renovating the 52,000 square foot building include:
■'i; controls in all offices and classrooms,
', ind air system with one of the most energy-efficient on the market,
• if construction debris possible," according to Walker,
• aU^. I roofs to reduce thermal loss,
• replaL , > with UV-resistant windows, and
• installii :■ \- ,ind faucets to cut down on water usage.
"As an institution ot i ' 'a " Walker said, "we properly take a leadership position within the community ever
we make the choice to consid- imcnt when we build."
as in high school, PC sophomore Logan Berry wasn't concerned with
iSViui, aiergy. Since his father and uncle own a gas station, Berry "ran the roads like
. razy," he said, because he could always get free gas.
Hurricane Katrina changed that.
"When Hurricane Katrina hit," Berry said, "gas prices skyrocketed and my dad would no longer let me charge gas.
"i didn't understand his rea.soning at the time, but come to find out, in order to try and help out the citizens who lived
in the town he only charged them two cents more on the gallon for gas than he paid."
Berry became more sensitive to the energy issue.
"I started watching the news a little bit and realized that we needed an alternative source of energy that would be
cheaper," he said.
After researching alternative energy sources. Berry became most interested in the strides being made in the field of
On his own he found out all he could about solar energy. By the time he arrived at PC, Berry had become somewhat
of an expert on the topic. Over Christmas break of his freshman year, he became even more interested in solar energy after
watching a commercial by billionaire environmentalist T. Boone Pickens. Berry researched what it would take to make the
entire PC campus environmentally sustainable.
He researched the prospect, met with a solar energy distributor, and even called T. Boone Pickens himself and met
with PC administrators.
"I was shooting for the stars when I met with them," Berry said.
"I had come in with a proposal for the whole school which would cost around $40,000,000. The PC administrators
were interested but knew what 1 had proposed wasn't something that could be accomplished overnight."
During that same time. Berry was planning to start a group on campus called Green Education. When the college's
Green Hose Committee was formed, however, he decided to join it.
As a Green Hose member. Berry helped decide which proposals to accept. He also submitted his own Green Hose
grant proposal, one that proposed installing solar collectors on fraternity houses. Although the proposal was not selected, a
version of it may eventually lead to converting a building on campus to solar energy.
Berry was also instrumental in helping PC to procure an electric hospitality cart that will have solar energy
capabilities. The cart will transport prospective students, friends of the college, and all visitors across campus.
In addition to working with Green Hose, Berry served as a committee member of "Reshaping our Routine," an effort
that aimed to educate the campus on the school's current economic status and assess the ways students could be a part of
The Phi Kappa Phi fraternity member also welcomes freshmen to PC as a Hose Leader and introduces prospective
students to PC as a Stirling. Berry is also a member of College Republicans and was recently nominated for the Student
Senior Ali Knaak's concern for the environment grew out of her love for the outdoors.
The avid hiker, biker, and runner found out about ways to help the environment when
visiting the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colo., during a biology
fleximester trip last year.
"I was amazed by all the technology that is available to save the earth and save money," she said. "That is really when I
knew I wanted to investigate further."
Knaak recognized that PC and the local community could benefit from learning more, as well. Recognizing the
need, Knaak conducted a study in sustainable energy last spring. Working with physics professor Dr. Chad Rodekohr, she
examined the energy usage of the Moorefield House, a 1920's structure that is home to PC's College Relations Department.
The Wellford, S.C., resident analyzed how much energy is used Inside the house, studying components such as the
windows, the heating and air conditioning units, the lights, and more. She then compared the least efficient components
with today's more efficient alternatives.
Knaak decided to study the Moorefield House because It Is similar to other houses in the Clinton community. Her
work will be used as the basis for a potential grant opportunity with a local energy provider and could be used to convert the
Mooreficid I loa^e into a zero-efficiency building - one that community members could look at to determine how to make
their lum ■? enersj;^ efficient.
"\'^<- '^^ "'iiiJi -.r. lo be a testament to what others could do at their own house," she said.
Further, !j be used as background research for her honors research. This fall, she will determine the
financial impa^ ^ i.reiit and alternative energy sources, and also work to determine the environmental impacts
of the house's cui i > i-,,;tive energy sources.
One factor in b, ■ i ti^v efficient Is saving money. Another factor to be equally considered Is how
environmentally respon - ,..■ alternative energy sources.
"The overall goal, " sl.t ..„ is to discover the most cost effective and environmentally friendly way to make the
Moorefield house a zero-energy building and to implement those changes."
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Fellow Blue Hose,
Dion called himself "The Wanderer" but he's got nothing on yours truly. I am the Sojourner of
Springs and Smith. I travel not the road less taken but the road that leads me to another workspace.
Heck, at one time earlier in my career here at PC, I had three different offices on campus!
I'm not really complaining, though. I haven't wandered tar. Plus, everj' time I move to another
office, I get to see my alma mater from a different angle and I get to meet new people and they get to
meet me. This is a good thing. Moving around some also reminds me that there is always change on
the horizon and that can also be a good thing. As I was embracing my own change in scenery this past
year, for example, I was reminded of the many changes I've been through and we've all been through -
graduation, marriage, children, jobs, etc.
Here's what jogged my memory. Whenever I move, a lot of stuff moves with me. I could start
my own Randall Collection and donate it to the college archives when I die. Tucked away in one of
those boxes was a grade report from my first semester treshman year that shall not be displayed in the
Randall Collection. It - and maybe two dozen others like it - inspired Dr. Fred Chapman to invite the
owners of those reports to Whitelaw Auditorium for a little "come to Jesus" meeting. I remember very
clearly Dr. Chapman asking us to consider whether or not college was the place tor us to be. And I
also remember like it was yesterday that one of us decided it wasn't and he left and never came back. I
wonder what happened to him?
After much soul-searching - and a hard lesson in reality administered by my tather - 1 rediscovered
my thirst for knowledge and managed to earn a degree trom Presbyterian College by the grace ot God
and a whole lot of help. Many years later, one of my former professors caUed me the worst economics
student he ever had but softened that blow somewhat by pointing out that I have, over time, made
something of myselt.
"That's what a PC education can do for you," he said.
That hasn't changed a bit. While I am in awe of my classmates and fellow alumni and alumnae who
are brilliant, I am also in awe of professors who took struggling students like I was and inspired us to
work harder and learn more. They didn't have to. They could have separated us like chatf and let us blow
off campus like the wind but they didn't. They challenged us to do better and to become something
better. That's what a PC education did for me - and I am a better man because ot it.
Blue Hose, there have been many changes here at PC. I've witnessed many and there are more on
the way, I promise you. But what hasn't changed is that sense ot caring that dares us to better ourselves
in every way.
As always, I invite you to come back to PC anytime to see what's changed and to remember what
Executive Director of Alumni and Community Relations
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Walter "Pete" Brooker '40, a longtime
businessman and former mayor of
Denmark, S.C., was presented with
South Carolina's highest civic award
- the Order of the Palmetto - last
March in a ceremony at Bethel Park
United Church. Dr. Cleveland Sellers,
president of Voorhees College, made
the presentation, which was attended by
numerous friends, family members, and
other leaders. Bamberg County Council
permanendy proclaimed March 22 as
"Pete Brooker Day" in a resolution read
by county council member Clair Guess.
Denmark City Council also presented a
letter to Pete congratulating him on the
honor and commending his work for the
good of the community. Pete served as
mayor of Denmark from 1957-1978. He
helped organize the Bamberg County
unit of the S.C. National Guard and
became its first commanding officer. He
retired from the National Guard with the
rank of lieutenant colonel and served on
the Highways and Public Transportation
Commission as vice chairman and then
as chairman for two successive terms. He
served on numerous boards over the years,
including Epworth Children's Home,
the Denmark Technical College Area
commission, the S.C. Higher Education
Commission and the Southern Carolina
Regional Development Board. He
was named Economic Development
Ambassador for Bamberg County by
Gov. Mark Sanford. He is still active in
the family-owned business, Brooker True
Value Hardware. A Hfelong member of
Bethel Park UMC, he can be found in his
pew with his children and grandchildren
most Sunday mornings.
Rev. George B.Telford,
|r. '54 received the
'' distinguished Alumni
vice Award from
iiiiary in April.
'eorge has served
" First Presbyterian
church in Auburn,
Former Blue Hose basketball player named
to Vanderbllt University Hall of Fame
Former PC basketball student-athlete Roy Skinner '52 was recently named to
the Vanderbilt University Hall of Fame.
In 1959, Skinner went on to evenuially be the head coach ot Vanderbilt at
the age of 28. He permanently took over the position from 1962-1976, taking the
Commodores to unprecedented status.
The most successful coach in Vanderbilt history to date, he garnered tour
Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year accolades. Skinner also took
Vanderbilt to the Elite Eight of the 1965 NCAA Tournament, marking the first
time the school has reached a regional final. That year, the Commodores won the
SEC title and compiled a 24-4 record.
Nine years later, he took the team to the NCAA Tournament after winning
its second SEC Championship. During the magical year. Skinner's team reached
a No. 2 national ranking in December, which stands as the program's highest
Skinner was a ground-breaker, integrating the SEC when he recruited and
coached Perry Wallace, the league's first African-American scholarship basketball
player in 1967. Throughout his career. Skinner guided his teams to a top-10
ranking in eight different seasons. During his time, he compiled a 278-135 record
(.673 winning percentage), becoming the program's all-time winningest men's
basketball coach. In Memorial Gym, he notched a 181-41 mark, tallying an .815
Ala.; Westminster Presbyterian Church
in Charlottesville, Va.; First Presbyterian
Church in Tallahassee, Fla.; First
Presbyterian Church in Auburn, Ala.;
and Blacksburg Presbyterian Church in
Blacksburg, Va. From 1987 until 1993
he served as director of the Theology
and Worship Ministry Unit of the
Presbyterian Church (U. S.A.).He has also
been a member of the Columbia faculty,
where he served for six years as associate
professor of theology and church and
director ot advanced studies. He currently
serves as chair of the Committee on
Ecumenical and Interfaith Relationships
of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
George lives in Charlottesville, Va., with
his wife Sally.
Allen Morris '56, former University of
North Carolina men's tennis coach from
1980-93, has been named as one of the
2009 Class of Inductees for the Guilford
County Sports Hall of Fame. The class
will be inducted at the Guilford County
Sports Hall of Fame Banquet on Sept.
21 at the Greensboro (N.C.) Coliseum.
Allen was a top tennis player and coach.
He was ranked 16th in US. in 1956 and
advanced to quarterfinals at Wimbledon.
Allen was an alternate on three U.S.
Davis Cup teams. He became a top local
and age-group player in Greensboro and
won seven N.C. Open singles titles. Allen
captured 1977 and 1978 U.S. Senior Clay
Court Championships in both singles
and doubles. He was named the men's
tennis coach at UNC in 1980 and his
teams won 1990 and 1992 ACC tides.
He also served as the athletic director
at his alma mater, Presbyterian College,
from 1994 to 2000. Morris is a member
of the N.C. Sports Hall of Fame, the
N.C. Tennis Hall of Fame, and the South
Adantic Conference Hall of Fame.
Woody Hall '67 has completed his 35'*'
year as a faculty member at the University
of North Carolina-Wilmington. He has
been married to the former Mary Ann
Gregory Pearce Jr. '70
South Carolina Association of Counties
elects new President, Richland County
Council Member L Gregory Pearce, Jr.
L. Gregory Pearce Jr. '70 was elected
president of the S.C. Association of Counties
during the organization's 41st annual
conference this summer.
"Today, South Carolina's 46 county
governments are facing many challenges," said
Michael B. Cone, SCAC's executive director.
"But we are confident that we will successfiilly
meet these challenges under the most capable
leadership of Greg Pearce."
"South Carolina's counties continue
to face extraordinary difiiculties in trying
to provide a multitude of basic services
to their constituents," Pearce said shortly
after becoming SCAC's president. "In these
difficult economic times, it is most important
for county governments to have a strong statewide organization where they
can meet to share ideas, stay informed of best practices and work collectively to
advance legislation that helps to provide the best possible quality of life for our
citizens. The SCAC has worked hard to fiilfill this mission for 41 years, and it is
my honor to serve as the association's president tor the next year."
Elected in 1998 to his first term on Richland County Council (District
6), Pearce is currently serving his third term as a fiiU-time council member.
Completing a 25-year career with the S.C. Department of Mental Health
in 1992, he served the department in a variety of clinical and administrative
positions beginning at the S.C. State Hospital in Columbia.
Pearce was the chief executive officer (facility director) of Crafts-Farrow
State Hospital in Columbia from 1986 until his retirement in 1992.
Pearce received the Friendship Center Community Leadership Award in
1996 and the Friendship Center Dedicated Service Award in 1977. He graduated
from Level I of the Institute of Government for County Officials in 2000 and
from Level II of the Institute in 2001. In 2003, he graduated from the S.C.
Economic Developers School.
Pearce graduated from Dreher High School in 1966. He received his bachelor
of science in psychology from Presbyterian College in 1970 and master of arts in
counseUng from the University of South Carolina inl977. After completing his
master's degree, he pursued additional graduate level study in clinical psychology
A lifelong resident of Columbia, he is married to Johnnie Beverly Chapman of
HartsviUe. They have two children, Louise Pearce Cruea and Gregory III; an;^
one grandchild, Barron Cruea.
A Blue Hose named one of the Best
Lawyers in America
Monty Todd 79 has been named to the 2010
edition of Best Lawyers in America, the oldest and
most respected peer-review puWication in the legal
It is the fifth time Todd has been named to the
list in the last six years. He earned a B.S. in business
administration from PC in 1979 and a law degu >
from the University of South Carolina in 1982.
"I was as well-prepared as law students from
Duke, Harvard, Yale, and colleges all across the
country," Todd said. "PC prepared me for law school
The Laurens, S.C, native is a personal litigation attorney with Sowell, Gray,
Stepp, Sc Laffitte in Columbia, S.C. In addition to receiving the honor this year,
Todd was recognized as one of the best lawyers in America for 2005, '06, '07, and
'09. He was named one of the super lawyers in America in 2008 and '09.
First published in 1983, Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive annual peer-
review survey For the new U.S. edition, more than 24,126 leading attorneys cast
more than 2.8 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in the same
and related specialties. Inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor
because of the rigorous and transparent methodology and because lawyers are not
required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed. Corporate Counsel magazine has called
Best Lawyers the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.
Monty Todd 79
O'Donnell for 37 years. They are the
parents of Amanda Hall Gallagher, a
faculty member at Elon University, and
Stacy Hall Lenarcic, a graduate student
at use Columbia.
Sam Lyons '67 was inducted into the
Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame in
business experience on our board ot
directors," said Robert W. Humphreys,
president and chief executive officer of
Delta Apparel, Inc. "His deep experience
in risk management and governance will
provide further diversity ot expertise and
experience to our Board. We are pleased
to welcome Bob, and are confident he
will make a significant contribution."
law in Alabama. Kathy published
an article on trusts for pets in The
Alabama Lawyer tnt\t\td 'Paws Laws:
How Sir Nigel and Miss Muffy Came
To Be Rich."
Dr. Sandy McQueen '70 recently
volunteered as an English teacher to
Spanish adults as part of the Pueblo Ingles
program in Spain.
Jimmy Shaw '71 recently joined the
Hall Estill Law Firm in Oklahoma
City, Okla., as special counsel. He is
a member and clerk of the Permanent
Judicial Commission, Synod of the Sun
(PC -USA) and is also a commercial panel
member of the American Arbitration
William Heathley (Rusty) Wilson III
'73 of Mayesville, S.C, earned a B.A.
in religion from PC and then attended
Columbia Theological Seminary in
Atlanta, Ga., from 1974-1975. He
received his master's of ministry/Bible
from Covington Theological Seminary
in Rossville, Ga., in 2007. Rusty was
awarded a doctorate of theology from
North Carolina College of Theology
in 2008. He is a former member of the
board of visitors for PC. Rusty and his
wife, Rebecca Smith Wilson, have three
children: Maria, Rebecca '04 and Heaton.
They also have two grandchildren.
Bob Stv«.ton '68 has been appointed to the
of Delta Apparel, Inc.,
■wrings more than 30
■ Nincss leadership
to the L
nal relations at
We are looking
forward to ha\
i)'s leadership and
Kathy Williams Coxweir69 was named
to the board of directors of Family
Law Section of the Alabama State Bar
and to the board of directors of the
Family Law Association of Alabama,
the legislative lobbying group which
oversees proposed changes in family
Rev. Dr. Shane Owens '75 became the
pastor of First Presbyterian Church
of Lancaster, S.C, on February 2.
He had spent the previous 12 years
as pastor of Covenant Presbyterian
Church in Gainesville, FL.
Barbara Nelson '85
Barbara Nelson is head coach of USA
National basketball team
Wingate University's (N.C.) Barbara
Nelson, a 1985 graduate of PC, was named head
coach of the 2009 USA Basketball Women's Ul6
National Team, USA Basketball announced.
Mike Armstrong ol Perry Meridian (Ind.)
High School and Dorena Bingham of Team
Alaska AAU will serve as assistant coaches.
The coaching selections were made by
the USA Basketball Women's Developmental
National Team Committee and approved by the
USA Basketball Board of Directors.
"For the first-ever FIBA Americas U16
Championship, it is important to assemble a coaching staft with
experience leading young players to success; the USA Basketball's Women's
Developmental Committee has certainly done that, "USA Basketball executive
director Jim Tooley says. "This trio ot coaches brings vast coaching experience
from various levels. We look forward to great things as we head into this new
"I'm very excited about the opportunity to coach with USA Basketball,"
Nelson says. "When you watch the Olympics and see the pride the athletes
have in representing the USA, you realize how special it is to wear the red,
white and blue and travel to represent your country. I'm extremely honored
and extremely humbled."
"This has to be the number one opportimit}' a coach can have to represent
your university and also your nation," Nelson acknowledges. "Patriotic pride
runs very deep in my heart and getting this opportimity to wear USA
Basketball on my chest and walk into an arena as an ambassador of my
country is thrilling."
In two seasons as head coach at Wingate University (2007-08 to
present). Nelson has led the BuUdogs to a 44-18 overall record (.710 winning
percentage). Nelson's first year with the Bulldogs resulted in a 26-8 record, a
South Atlantic Conference tournament title, an NCAA Division II regional
tournament title, an NCAA Division II Elite Eight finish and a number
10 national ranking in the USA Today/ESPNAVBCA Division II Top 25
Coaches' PoU. Wingate compiled an 18-10 ledger during the most recent
Nelson is a graduate of Presbyterian College with a B.S. degree in
psychology. A four-year letter winner in basketball for the Blue Hose, Nelson
earned the Bob Waters Award from her alma mater in 2008. The Waters
Award is presented to graduates of Presbyterian College who have exhibited
outstanding leadership and service as coaches and who personify the qualities
possessed by this distinguished alumnus.
Used with permission from Wingate University Athletic Department
Dwight Mclnvail, '76 the director
of the Georgetown County Library,
is proud to announce that his
library was awarded a $60,000
public library innovation grant
from the International City/County
Management Association to develop
innovative methods to alert citizens
of all ages to the dangers of hurricanes
and to prepare for them. The grant
was one of only nine made nationwide
and the only one for South Carolina.
Bill Bowick '77 is a member of the
steering committee for the Big League
World Series held in Easley, S.C., (16
- 18 year old division of the Little
League Program). Bill has served on this
committee for the past eight years since
the series came to Easley in 2001. The
championship game has been shown live
on ESPN for the past two years.
Alison Churm'81 has been appointed as
principal of Belvedere Elementary School
by the Aiken County School District
starting the 2009-2010 school year.
She was previously assistant principal
at North Augusta Elementary School.
Alison earned her master of education
from the University of South Carolina in
1998 and her education specialist degree
from Augusta State University in 2008.
Chip Auman '83 is a member of
the Florence-Darlington County
Commission for Technical Education
after being appointed by the legislative
delegations of Florence and Darlington
counties in April. The commi-
College. An attorney,Chip\\
Alumni complete medical mission in Africa
Over the summer, Dr. Tiffany Megary '92, Matt Freeman '10, and Zach
Whitt '10 completed mission work in the Nianfongo village in the west African
country of Berkina Faso. They traveled with groups of missionaries during two
separate trips to help the Tiefo people group in the region.
"It was truly an enlightening and educational time for me," Megary said, "and
hopefully a blessing to those who came to see us."
In addition to spreading the gospel, the doctor with Baltimore Washington
Medical Center in Glen Burnie, Maryland helped establish a triage area,
an examination room, and a pharmacy area to help those in need. She saw
approximately 250 people and treated diseases including leprosy, measles, edema,
a variety of serpent bites, and more during a three-and-a-halt-day medical clinic.
Megary also taught the village's health providers how to use the medications and
"It was also enlightening to see how so many people all over the world live
in utter poverty, but the children are smiling and laughing just the same," Megary
Two weeks before Megary 's trip. Freeman and Whitt traveled with a group
who prepared the region and its people tor the medical mission trip. They
confirmed with the chief of the people group that the Americans were welcome
to visit and visited the medical clinic to ensure that arrangements were prepared.
They also help the Tiefos plant seeds and clear land.
Freeman, a music major and lineman on the football team, was especially
inspired by the simple lifestyle the people group live.
"Their approach to life is so much more simple," he said. "And much more
biblical than what we live here. They're not worried about the little things. They
don't have the little things to worry about.
"They work hard. They invest in each others' lives. Tliey love to be around each
Matt Freeman '10
to the rest of the commission at a recent
board retreat at the Southeastern Institute
of Manufacturing and Technology.
Chip practices law with the firm of
Lucas, Auman, Warr and White in the
Hartsville community. Chip was born
and reared in Darlington and graduated
from St. John's High School in 1979. He
has lived and worked in Hartsville for
more than 20 years. Chip received his
undergraduate degree from Presbyterian
College in 1983 and earned a law degree
from the University of South Carolina
School of Law two years later.
Robb Sasser '86 was recently named
managing director-investments for
Wachovia Securities, a national brokerage
firm based in St. Louis. Robb is a financial
advisor in the firm's Florence office. He
joined Wachovia Securities in 1996.
Rodney Berry '87 was sworn in as the
mayor of the city of Marion on April 22.
Marion operates under the strong mayor
weak Council form of government. Rodney
won the election with a 2 to 1 margin of
victory as a write-in candidate.
Gary Davis '87 has been named sales
manager ofTradition Hilton Head where
he will oversee residential real estate
sales at the 5,300-acre, master-planned,
sustainable community. Tradition will
feature a variety of neighborhoods and
housing styles along with shopping,
dining, services and recreation facilities in
its own charming village. For more than
20 years, Gary has worked in real estate
and sales management. A native of Jasper
County, Gary is excited to return with a
project that is so special.
Stacy Drakeford'87 became the City of
Clinton's new director of public safety on
July 1. Stacy graduated from PC with a
degree in political science. He also holds
two master's degrees - one in criminal
justice and one in public administration
- from Troy University. A graduate of the
Federal Bureau of Investigation National
Academy, Stacy has spent the past 18 years
"rising through the ranks" with the South
Carolina Law Enforcement Division.
He has worked in alcohol enforcement,
private security, narcotics, internal affairs,
and gambling. He was also involved in
dealing with the state legislature. Stacy
rose through the ranks in SLED up to
being assistant director. He started his
career as a state highway patrolman.
C o o km a n
MEAC Women's Tennis Coach of the
year and MEAC Men's Tennis Co-Coach
of the year for 2009. This is voted on by
head coaches and SID's in the conference.
Trey resides at Daytona Beach, Fla.
Matt Hatchett'88, a small business owner
and city councilman in Dublin, Ga., has
announced that he is running for the
open State House District 143 seat for
State House of Representatives. House
District 143 is comprised of Laurens
County and Scott community of Johnson
County. Matt has served on the Dublin
City Council since 1999, serving as mayor
pro-tem in 2006 and 2007.
Leslie Schlender '90 became the
economic eevelopment director for the
town of Elkin, N.C., on April l.This is a
newly-created position that Elkin's town
board voted to create to draw newbusiness
to the area. The director's purpose is to
propose Elkin as a viable location for
anyone looking to create, expand or move
a business to. Leslie's background is in
working with corporations, community
development, and tourism. Right out
of college, she went into the field and
has worked with different towns in the
Caribbean, Hawaii, Colorado and New
Richard Inman named Chief of Police
Richard Inman '91 has recently been named the chief of police for the
WiUiamston, S.C., Police Department.
Inman has held several ranks in his 17 years of law enforcement, including
detective, uniform patrol sergeant, criminal investigation department lieutenant,
He chose to enter law enforcement when he was a senior at PC.
"I wanted to keep the bad guys away from the good guys," Inman said.
"After 17 years I still get a great deal of satisfaction when I get to tell someone,
'we caught the person who did such and such.' The look of relief on the victim's
face is so satisfying."
Inman says that camaraderie, as well as public service, is an enjoyable part of
"Over my career I have met some of the bravest, toughest, and kindest
people in the world," he said. "I have developed relationships all over the state of
South Carolina, as well as nationally, with men and women who sacrifice every
day to protect their communities and this great nation."
Inman also says that the relationships he formed at PC with classmates
Senter Smith '92, Paul Reaves '90, Taylor Welton, and others, have also helped
him throughout his career.
"These PC Alums have helped to keep me focused and been available when
I encountered obstacles, both professionally and personally," Inman said.
Another PC alumnus, the late South Carolina senator Verne Smith '43,
helped Inman at the beginning of his career. A history major while at PC,
Inman was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and served as
treasurer for Habitat for Humanity. He also participated in intramural sports.
Tripp Tuttle '90, executive vice president
of the Palmetto Bank Trust 8c Investment
Group, was recently appointed to serve on
the American Bankers Association Trust
school advisory board. Tripp has 17 years
of experience in the banking industry and
served as a past chairman of the South
Carolina Bankers Trust Committee. He
has served as a member of Greenville
South Carolina Estate Planning Council,
Greenville Surgical Foundation and the
Board of the Laurens County Community
^^^ fishing buddy
\, ^^ ^ "^1 7Ji Glenn Fmley,
w '^k f ' j captured the
f ^^ ^ ^ 2008 IFA
Championship in November, 2008, in
Panama City Beach, Fla. "This is our
first time fishing Panama City Beach"
said Dodd. The clear-water fishing
conditions were unlike those in their
native South Carolina. They had to go
back to their bass fishing backgrounds
and targeted deeper water during the two-
day championship event. After securing
a two-fish limit during both da\
competition weighing a combin'
pounds, the team captured thr
the win, Dodd and Glenn ^
a new Ranger 173 Gho
"Even if they had never
won a game, and they
won plenty of them, he
won the game of life,"
Rev. Hester said. "It takes
a big man to step away
from a position like his
to do the will of God."
Former high school coach Brett Turner
now recruits "dog-soldiers" for Christ
Before Brett Turner '92 began the 2008 season as the head coach of the
Pickens High School football team, he met with his coaching staff to discuss
strategies for approaching the year.
One member of the staff mentioned he liked to see players who were
"dog-soldiers." The story goes back to a Native American tribe that had "dog-
soldiers." When it was time to do battle, the dog-soldier would stake himself
to the ground and fight the enemy to the finish. The only ways the dog-soldier
would be released from his stake would be if he were killed in battle, the battle
was won, or another dog-soldier released
him and took his place, staked to the
Turner liked the idea, and offered his
team the opporumity to come to voluntary
workouts that began at 6 a.m. He warned
the players that the workouts would be
difficult. Tlie first day, about 60 players
showed up. Many lost their breakfast
while working out.
The second day, there were a tew less
When it came time for the season, official practices began. Some
players chose to pursue other options after a few days ot practice. Others
were told by Turner to pursue other options. Most of the players who
stuck with the team through the season had something in common.
"Almost all of them were the ones who had volunteered tor the dog-soldier
workouts, "he told the congregation of Nine Forks Baptist Church in Dacusville,
S.C, last tall.
Turner resigned his position as the PHS football position earlier this year.
He plans to pursue a career in ministry. He has been taking online courses from
Liberty University, pursuing his masters degree.
"Having the faith to step out like this was very hard, very emotional," he
said. "But when I compare that to what Christ did for me on the cross, it really
isn't that hard. Really, you have no choice when He calls."
Turner encouraged church members to strive to become "dog-soldier"
Christians, whose dedication to the work of God is like the dedication ot the
ancient Native American warriors to their tribe.
Turner said that the world situation cidls for total commitment trom
Christians in America.
"When t'ou're a sold-out dog-soldier for Christ, the heat is going to be
"VVhon t.lc heat gets turned up, Jesus will show up and be there for you,"
This story originally appeared in The Easley Progress.
115-horsepower, four-stroke Yamaha
outboard, equipped with a Power Pole
shallow-water anchor,Minn Kota trolling
motor and Humminbird electronics. The
value of the prize boat is 134,000.
Kathy Kennedy Erwin '92 and Michael
Erwin'92 have been living in Evansville,
Ind., since 2006. Michael is the associate
minister of parish life at Bethel United
Church of Christ. Kathy is an adoption
coordinator for Families Thru International
Adoption working with the Guatemala,
Brazil, and Russia programs. She was
fortunate enough to travel to Guatemala
last year to bring a child home to his
family in New York. Kathy and Michael
have two daughters - Kennedy, 12, and
O'Neil Medford'92 and his wife Christy
joyfully announce the birth ot a son,
Coleman O'Neil Medford, born February
5. Coleman joins big sister Katie, who was
three October 2008. The family resides in
John Charles Plasky,Jr. '92 and Angela
Kristine Kesler were married May 23. The
bride-elect is a graduate of East Carolina
University and is employed by Hair
Gallery. Tie groom-elect is employed by
LC Construction of Atlanta, Ga.
State Rep. Ted Pitts '94, R-Lexington,
has announced that he will run for
lieutenant governor of South Carolina in
2010. Pitts has served in the S.C. House
of Representatives for seven years. During
his tenure, Ted has worked on what he
calls "common-sense changes," including
property tax relief for homeowners; a
law against so-called jury shopping; and
Jessica's Law, which enforces stricter
penalties against people convicted of child
molestation and stringent monitoring
of them if they are paroled. Ted was
elected to the House in November 2002.
He served on the medical, military
and municipal affairs committee in his
freshman term. Upon re-election in 2004,
Ted served on the education and public
works committee, and in the 2006-07
session he served as the committee's
transportation subcommittee chairman.
In the private sector, Ted has worked as a
commercial real estate broker with Grubb
& Ellis Wilson Kiblerin Columbia, S.C.,
since 1999. Ted's community involvement
includes service as a captain in the S.C.
National Guard, as well as service on
various boards and commissions. He and
his wife, Christina, have two children.
of girls from
of 19 9 4
y.. ^^ ^.A/nr'i^^Kl recently got
^^ 01^ flV r '^^^H together for
summer girls' weekend in Atlanta:
Left to Right: Amy Kimball Kilgore,
Betsy Chesno Grier, Heather Griffith
Pyles, Katie Jones, Rai Curtis PuUin,
and Dina Padgett Shuler.
Laura Batten Hart '95 and husband And\-
live in Huntington, N.Y. Andy is the new
pastor of Old First Presbyterian Church
in Huntington. Laura is an ordained
Presbyterian minister, as well, but is taking
time off to raise their two daughters -
Olivia, 3, and Abigail, l.They are having a
great time getting to know the new church
and community and love being only three
miles from the beach.
Christina Eckert '97 and Michael
McGovern were married on June 27.
They are both employed as teachers at
Mountain Brook High School near
Susan Haigler Harvey '97 and husband
Shannon were blessed with the birth of
their daughter, Lawson Elizabeth, on
Aug. 13,2008. Lawson joins older brother
Jackson, who is 2 Vi. Lawson was baptized
by the Rev. Brandi Casto-Waters '97 at
the First Presbyterian Church of Greer
in February. Susan and Shannon have
recently opened an Allstate Agency, The
Shannon Harvey Agency, in Greenville,
Jennifer Morris Lee '97 and husband Bob
welcomed their new baby girl, Hannah
Faith, born April 14. She joins big sister
Bethany Grace, who will be two years old
in July. The family resides in Greenville,
S.C, where Jennifer is a nurse practitioner
with Carolina Cardiology Consultants.
Bob recently graduated from USC
Upstate with a B.S. in interdisciplinary
Addison Meriwether '97 and his wife
Krissy announce the birth of their second
child, Caroline Leigh Meriwether, born
June 12. Big brother Harris is proud
of his little sister. The family resides in
Jennifer Page '97 graduated in August
2008 from the Medical University
of South Carolina MSN/adult nurse
practitioner program and is currently
working at MUSC in the department of
gastroenterology as a nurse practitioner.
She lives in Charleston, S.C.
David Welchel '98
and wife, Ansley,
welcomed the birth
of their son, Jameson
David Welchel, on
February 17. The
family resides in
David completed his
MBA from Clemson in May 2007 and
is employed with Lockheed Martin as a
"The memories we made at PC seem to never fade."
These six girls from Class of 1997, who met on their first day in Clinton Dorm, still
get together at least once a year to hang out in person - no emails or texting, just good
old-fashioned visiting. The girls now meet at the home of Amanda Coker Glover in
Bainbridge, Ga., which is central for the "Dorm Girls" traveling from Texas, Alabama,
Florida and South Carolina. "I would like to say that we have matured greatly since
our graduation, but it only takes us a few minutes of looking at the PaC SaC to make
us feel like we are right back in GDH! The Blue Hose experience is something I wlV,
treasure forever" said Kate Gibson Rawson. First Row, Left to Right: Tricia "^^
May, Amanda Coker Glover Second Row, Left to Right: Aimee Grimes CI'
Ellis Waters, Kara McKelvey Copper, Kate Gibson Rawson
Alumna takes a proactive role in finding
a cure for devastating disease
Heather Anne Boger '01 became
interested in Parkinson's Disease when
her grandfather was diagnosed in
1995. For several years his case was in
the early stages and was treated with
medication, but, by the fall of 2000, he
began showing signs associated with
the severe disease.
"As my grandfather entered an
advanced stage of Parkinson's," Boger
said, "I began my senior year at PC
with the decision to take a proactive
role in finding a cure for this devastating disease."
After graduating from PC, the biology major went on to the graduate
studies program at the Medical University ot South Carolina. Boger's
grandfather passed away a few months after she began the program.
"His struggle and strong wiU to survive has been my inspiration to
remain dedicated in my eiforts to unlock this disease and find answers that
will help individuals suffering from Parkinson's disease," she said.
In 2006, Boger received her Ph.D. in neuroscience from MUSC. She
then spent six months in Umea, Sweden, continuing Parkinson's research as
post-doctoral fellow. She returned to MUSC in 2007 to continue her post-
doctoral work. Boger said that her professors at PC have played a significant
role in her work.
"I . . . had the great good fortune of having Dr. Bob Hudson as an advisor,
mentor, and friend," Boger said. "Dr. Hudson always encouraged me to take
the next step, break from the normal, and look for the possibilities in all
"Others in the department— Drs. Fred James, Jane EUis, and John
Inman— provided support throughout my years at PC that helped set me
on the path I have followed. As a lab assistant to these professors, I learned
the pleasure of helping others understand the mysteries of science."
In addition to majoring in biology, Boger was involved in several
organizations at PC, including Leadership: PC,Tri-Beta Biological Honor
Society, Student Volunteer Services, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
"It was my time at Presbyterian College," Boger added, "that played a
significant role in shaping me into the person I have become when it comes
!"■" ■" ■■ ■■"' :n-ch for a cure for Parkinson's disease, as well as being an active
my community for Special Olympics and raising fijnds to
William Jonathan Raggett '99 and
Martha Ann Riggs Wilson were married
June 26 at Lake Junaluska, N.C. The bride
earned a B.A. in English from Davidson
College and a master of arts in teaching
from the University of South Carolina.
She is an English teacher at Summerville
High School. The groom earned a master's
degree in public administration from the
University of South Carolina. He is the
director of Dorchester County Economic
James Edward Blount III '99 and Carrie
Christin Knox were married June 20 at
Bethlehem Baptist Church in Moore, S.C.
The bride graduated from USC -Upstate
with a degree in elementary education
and Converse College with a master's
degree in elementary education. She is
employed by Spartanburg School District
Six at Roebuck Elementary. The groom is
employed by Milliken & Company. The
couple wiU reside in Spartanburg, S.C.
Louise Pearce Cruea '99 and husband
Steven welcomed the birth of their
daughter, Virginia Edens Cruea, on
March 11. Virginia has a big brother,
Barron, who is two years old. The family
resides in Columbia, S.C.
'99 and Steven
at the First
Church in Athens, Ga. The groom is
real estate appraiser for Carter Appraisal
Associates, and the bride is a fundraiser
for the University of Georgia. Members
of the house party included Jessica Glenn
Crumpacker '99, Andrea Cote Harrelson
'99, Emily Wolfe Larkin '99, Rachael
Hope Marsh '99, Amanda Morrell
Merritt '99, Sarah Bond Smith '99 and
Rosalynn Frances Terry '99.
selected by the
Six friends from PC gathered recently for an informal reunion.
Coming from places like Iowa, Florida, Atlanta, Columbia and more, the six met in
Greenville for a get-together that has become an annual Christmastime tradition.
Pictured are Erin Turner Watkins '99, Amy Clarke '99, Susan Haynes '99, Suzanne
Edwards de Vargas '00, Leslie Jackson '00 and Brett Lamb '99.
PC Women's Tennis Reunion
PC women's tennis players who were coached by Donna Arnold recendy had a reunion in
Clinton to celebrate Donna's 50th birthday. The tennis team and their families enjoyed
playing some tennis and a celebration dinner on May 2, 2009.
in the City ot Birmingham, Ala., to be an
ambassador for Birmingham. Six people
from Birmingham were chosen by the
mayor's office to go to Japan and run a
half-marathon in Maebashi, Japan (sister
city to Birmingham). Katie said, "We had
to write an essay as to why we would be
a good representative of Birmingham. I
was selected because I teach preschool in
the inner city and they thought it would
be a good fit for an inner city teacher to
represent the city of Birmingham." The
city selected and sent six people, all from
varying professions and backgrounds
to represent the city (one retired man,
one college student, one single mom,
one business man, one youth minister, and
one inner city preschool teacher). They
were hosted by the city of Maebashi's
mayor. A reception was held in honor
of the American running ambassadors
from Birmingham. Katie finished the
half-marathon in L50, her personal best!
She plans to run the Chicago marathon
in the fall.
Lane Jeselnik '00
and Edward 7\lwyn
married on Sept.
6, 2008, at the
MiUstone at Adam's
Pond in Columbia,
S.C. The bride is the
daughter of Alison
Harris Jeselnik '73
and John Jeselnik '73. Rev. Amos J.
Disasa '01 presided over the ceremony.
The wedding part}' included bridesmaids
Alison Bragan Edwards '00 and Alicia
Suzanne Weeber '00. The couple now lives
in Columbia with their dog Charley. The
bride is employed at the S.C . Commission
on Higher Education and the groom at
S.C. Educational Television.
Amy Riddle '03
Alumna pursues acting, singing, modeling
"I pretty much knew I had the
dream of being on Broadway when I
was a little girl," said Amy Riddle '03.
"I used to sing to the soundtrack ot
Phantom of the Opera. I knew then
that I wanted to sing and eventually
live in New York."
At PC, she majored in music
performance, specializing in vocal
performance. The PC cheerleader
and Dance Team member was also
a member of the PC Choir, Opera
Workshop, and Delta Omicron.
Riddle took advantage of countless
opportunities to perform, singing at
cultural enrichment events and as the
choir soloist for Christmas and Holy Week concerts. She also sang during the
President's Dinner and at the 2003 graduation. In addition. Riddle played the
role of Lucy in "The Telephone," a one-act operetta for two singers.
Although she had been performing for years. Riddle never seriously
considered music as a career until her junior year at PC.
"My voice teacher. Dr. Joyce Ford, my choir director, Dr. Porter Stokes,
and my accompanist and piano teacher, Dr. Karen Buckland, encouraged and
pushed me to believe in myself, practice everyday, and to take the next step,"
Riddle said. "I stiU remember an email from Dr. Stokes telling me that I had so
much talent. He asked me whether I wanted to discover my greatest potential
and all the wonderful possibilities or would I rather 'ride off and fade away into
the sunset.' His words became the fuel to my fire."
Since graduating from New York University, Riddle has remained in New
York City, where she pursues acting, singing, and modeling. She recently returned
to New York after playing the role of Nimue in the two-month run of"Camelot"
in Springboro, Ohio. In May, she was cast as an extra playing a coUege graduate
in "It's Complicated," a film starring Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, and John
Riddle was also a featured model in New York photographer Josh Merwin's
portfoUo debut in July. In August, she modeled in a photo shoot and was featured
in Tahir, an online New York boutique for vintage and emerging designers.
"I have always believed in myself, but I don't know where I would be without
the people that continued to push me to do greater things," Riddle said. "I am
foreve'' '_""cf;i' for the opportunities, the encouragement, and the hope that Dr.
Stoke -^, mi Dr. Buckland gave to me.
"PC vvi, \ ; ;, ive a special place in my heart because it changed my life as a
singer, an ,a tor, and a person. PC is where my ambition was ignited and where
my appreciation and passion for music truly began."
Roger Harrison '01
his masters of public
and State University.
Roger currently serves
the State of Georgia in
a public service faculty
position at the University of Georgia in
the Archway Partnership, an innovative
and award-winning public service and
outreach program. He began his doctorate
in public administration this fall.
Nicholas Horton'Ol recently completed
a sprint triathlon, finishing 26th out of
73. In May, Nicholas and wife Lindsey,
along with a team of 22 others, rode in
the Sam's Club MS 150, a 150-mile bike
ride to benefit multiple sclerosis. Due
to extreme weather, the second day was
canceled, but the team completed 86.1
miles on day one.
Maggie Walker Jamison '01 and husband
Matt welcomed the birth of their first
child, Ella Kate Jamison, on March 25.
Matthew Manley '01 was recently
awarded by the department of planning
and landscape architecuire at Clemson
University the Citation in City and
citation is given annually as recognition
of outstanding achievement in city and
regional planning. It is in recognition
of creative ability, performance, and
contribution to the enrichment of the
College of Architecture, Arts, and
Humanities and Clemson University
through academic accomplishment.
Katherine KalutzYoder'Ol and husband
David welcomed their second child,
Margaret Katherine, born May 14.
Margaret joins big sister Mary Helen, who
turned two years old in August.
Nicholas L. Haigler
'02 is an associate of
Sowell Gray Stepp
& Laffitte , a law
firm in Columbia,
S.C., which was
as the only South
Carolina member of
the National Workers'
Compensation Defense Network.
NWCDN is a nationwide and Canadian
network of independent law firms created
to provide a network of reputable workers'
compensation law firms. Also, Nick has
been elected to the board of directors for
the popular Carolina Carillon Holiday
Parade. This beloved annual holiday
event in Columbia features the Miss
Carolina Carillon Pageant, a 5K race, and
the downtown parade, which showcases
dozens of floats, marching bands, drill
teams, and live performances. "The
Carolina Carillon is South Carolina's
largest and most-watched holiday
parade," said Nick. "As a native of the
Columbia area, I am certainly honored
and dedicated to help continue this
wonderfiil holiday tradition."
William Nicholas Harris '02 and
Ashley Lane Huggins were married
June 13 at Loris Baptist Church in
Loris, S.C. The bride-elect earned a
B.S. in elementary education from the
College of Charleston in 2005 and a
master's of education in educational
technology from the University
of South CaroHna in 2007. She is
employed by Greenwood 50 School
District. The groom is employed by
Greenwood 52 School District.
Katherine Ehzabeth Ligon '02 and
Andrew Jared Beekman, both of
Bar Harbor, Maine, were married
April 25 at Bethesda Presbyterian
Church in Camden, S.C. The bride
is general manager of Acadia Bike
and Coastal Kayaking in Bar Harbor.
The groom, a graduate of Clarkson
University, is employed by Freshwater
Stone. Included in the wedding
"I fell comfortably into
my role at Goodwill
because of my time at
David Cantrell is a servant leader for the
jobless and homeless
Since graduating from Presbyterian College in 2003, David Cantrell has
stayed busy serving the Macon and Augusta, Ga. areas.
As a development specialist with Goodwill, Cantrell helps to raise fiinding
tor the non-profit ,which created its first
career campus in Macon. Since it began,
the campus has created nearly 200 jobs and
placed more than 1,500 people into the jobs
through its career development ser\'ices.
"Through faculty, CEPs, liberal arts
education, and service projects, PC provided
an environment that encouraged civic duty,"
Cantrell said. "I fell comfortably into my role at Goodwill because of my time at
Goodwill's next initiative is to build a similar campus in Augusta.
"This new campus will strive to meet the needs of local citizens seeking
employment during this tough economic period," Cantrell said. "Goodwill prides
itself on providingjob training to individuals so that they may provide a sustainable
living tor themselves and their families."
The German major and business administration minor while at PC also helps
the community' as a member of the Augusta-West Rotary Club. Earlier this year,
Cantrell volunteered to prepare and serve food at the Golden Harvest Food Bank,
which was a success.
"We served hundreds of homeless people through the generosity of local
organizations," Cantrell said. "Our Rotary members served as cooks, preps, and
The Golden Harvest Food Bank serves
lunch at noon to the needy every day. This
past holiday season, Cantrell and other
Rotarians distributed gifts to over 200
residents of St. John's Tower, a faith-based
apartment community for the elderly in
Augusta. They also raised more than $30,000
to benefit the Southeastern Firefighters'
Burn Foundation; the Augusta Alzheimer's
Foundation; and Heritage Academy, an
urban Christian school in Augusta. While
at PC, Cantrell volunteered with Special
Olympics as a member of Student Volunteer
Services and helped with freshman student
orientation. The Campus Outreach member
also studied abroad, visiting Germany and
Recent graduates excel in law school
Cody Mitchell '08, Lindsey Sink '08, Brittany Flowe '07, and Whitney
Harrison '07 have been recognized for their achievements in law school.
Mitchell and Sink were two of the top four law students chosen to serve
on Moot Court at the Universit}' of South Carolina School of Law. Fifty second-
year law students competed in Moot Court this year, writing original briefs and,
if chosen, arguing their cases in front of judges.
MitcheU and Sink were two of the top four selected to argue their
cases in front oi the South Carolina Court of Appeals, possibly the most highly
competitive and prestigious event at USC School of Law.
"It was such an honor to be able to do something that many South
Carolina lawyers never have the opportunit\' to do: argue in front of the SC
Court of Appeals," Sink said.
Mitchell and Sink will now serve on the Moot Court Bar while in law
school. They wiU enjoy increased opportunities to develop into attorneys, such
as honing their appellate advocacy and writing skills and learning how to most
effectively represent those who need a voice in the legal system.
In addition, Flowe was recently named Lead Articles Editor of the
Mercer Law Review Editorial Board for the 2009-10 year. Flowe is a member of
the 2010 class otThe Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law, a top
100 law school with the nation's leading legal writing program.
"Our law review," she said, "has established a reputation as one of the best
practice-oriented legal journals in the Southeast, and I'm proud to be associated
And Harrison was elected by a 700-member student body at the USC
School ot Law to serve as its Vice President of the Student Bar Association. A
second year law student, Harrison serves as the liaison between students and the
Dean of the law school, chairs the Legislative council, and supervises first-year
law student orientation.
"It is a true to honor to serve my fellow classmates," she said, "by helping
provide a student voice to the administration as well as helping coordinate social
functions for the school."
There are several reasons PC alumni have achieved so much in law
school, according to Flowe.
"PC students were surrounded by their extremely talented peers," she
said. "Because of this, PC students learn to hold themselves accountable and are
able to find a balance in their lives. I believe that PC graduates succeed in what
they do because they have a unique work ethic coupled with a strong desire to
give back to their communities."
party were Audrey Haselden Walter
'02, Kimberly Anne Counts '02 and
Tiffany Worrell Ligon '98.
Joseph Elliott Yonce '02 and Katherine
Ann Hair were married on Oct. 24, 2009.
The bride is a graduate of the University
of South Carolina Aiken with a bachelor
of science in nursing. She is employed by
Aiken Regional Medical Centers. The
groom is employed by J. W. Yonce and
Dr. Christopher Mark Campbell '03 and
Elizabeth Ann Reinecker were married in
Billerica, Mass., on July 18, 2008. Chris
received his doctorate in physical therapy
from the University of South Carolina.
He is a physical therapist and is director
of rehabilitation services at Fairfield
Memorial Hospital in Winnsboro, N.C.
Liz received her master's degree in exercise
science from the University of South
Carolina and works at Lexington Medical
Center in Lexington, S.C.
Preston Davis '03 has been hired as
head basketball coach at Independence
High School in Charlotte, N.C. He was
a former New Smyrna Beach assistant
boys basketball coach. Preston coached
West Charlotte's junior varsity team to a
30-9 record the past two seasons.
Katie Heim Hudson '03 graduated from
Columbia Seminary with an M.Div.
in May 2006. After graduation, she
served as a Christian educator for a
church in Oakmont, Penn., while her
husband, Joseph Blake Hudson '05,
attended Pittsburgh Seminary. Once
Blake graduated with his M.Div. in May
2008, Katie was called to serve Faith
Presbyterian Church in Germantown,
Tenn. She was ordained and installed
March 1 and serves as an associate pastor.
The couple resides in CoUierville, Tenn.
F ^H Angela
I ImBI Kleinschmidt
I ^^ flfeflN '03 and David
mS\ jKM Robert Flenner
*^ ^ ^1 were married April
25 at Circular
Angela has received
an M.S. in historic preservation from
Clemson University and a master's of
library and information science from the
University of South Carolina. She works
at the College of Charleston, where
she is the project coordinator for the
Lowcountr)' Digital Library. David is an
alumnus of Marshall University', where he
earned a B.S. and an M.S. in mathematics.
He is a mathematics instructor at Trident
Technical College. Included in the bridal
party were some of Angela's former
Panhellenic House roommates, Megan
Bryant Temple '03, Katie Hopkins '03,
and Lindsey Smith Frye '03. The couple
resides in North Charleston, S.C.
Neely Stansell Simpson '03 and David
Simpson '03 announce the birth of their
daughter, Sophia Neely Simpson, born
Christopher Anthony Turco '03 and
Stephanie Nicole Eskew were married
June 13 at First Presb\terian Church in
Greenville, S.C. The bride is a graduate
of Anderson College and is employed by
Cobb Countv Schools in Marietta, Ga.,
as a fourth grade teacher at Timber Ridge
Elementary. The groom is employed by
Cobb Count}' Schools in Marietta, Ga.,
as a social studies teacher at Pope High
School. The couple resides in Woodstock,
Blakely Tribble Williams '03 has been
promoted to the director of member
services for the Beaufort Regional
Chamber of Commerce and selected as
the Beaufort Rotarj' Club's Employee of
Sally Elizabethanne Fiffick '04 and
John Robert Foster III '04 were married
March 21 at The Millstone at Adams
Alumnus follows In professors' footsteps
When he was in high school, Weston Nunn was certain about two
things: one, that he loved history, and two, that PC was not his top college choice.
But, as surely as his childhood fascination with knights and castles gave way
to one for imperial Russia, his thoughts about placing PC at the top of his Hst also
letter from PC and another letter that flirther showed the college's interest in him.
During his senior year at West Florence High School, Nunn committed to PC.
"Soon after, I slapped the block 'PRESBYTERIAN COLLEGE' decal
on the back glass of my old Jeep,"he said, "and halfway through my first semester
ot my senior year of high school, I was aheady wearing PC t-shirts and looking
forward to football games at a brand new stadium."
The Florence, S.C, native declared history as his major the third day of class
Dr. Rick Heiser became his advisor, and Nunn was on his wav to following
"Over the next tour years I took ;dl the history classes I could get into," he
said. "(History professor) Dr. Roy Campbell and I hit it off, and I really loved
his classes. We even spent time with each other outside class, playing golf and
jawing about PC football."
Nunn also developed friendships with professors in the religion department
and declared religion as his second major during his junior year. He also decided
that he wanted to teach history at a liberal arts college or university.
"Because he knew my career goals of teaching at a small, liberal arts-st)'le
college that focused on educating undergraduates," Nunn said, "(Campbell)
further recommended FSU, as the university provides excellent teaching
opportunities for its graduate students."
But Dr. Campbell stepped in one day and said that I had been applying,
as an undergrad, to UNC against people with masters' degrees already," Nunn
said. Campbell recommended Florida State, where he and Heiser earned their
doctorates. Campbell and Heiser wrote letters of recommendation for Nunn.
Accepted in the fall of 2007, he recently earned his master's degree in history
with a 4.0, focusing on modern European history and minoring in the Middle
Last spring, Florida State awarded Nunn with a teaching position for
the 2009-2010 academic year. He'll teach a course to 60 freshmen on Middle
Eastern civilization, the same course that Campbell taught when he was a Ph.D.
student at Florida State.
Nunn hopes to earn his own Doctor of Philosophv degree by 2012-2013.
He is currently beginning work in modern Russian history, while minoring in
the Middle East, modern Europe, and early modern Europe.
"I want to make myself as marketable as possible for a teaching position at
a liberal arts college or university where I can focus most of my energy on my
snidents,"he said. "I want to engage my students and to invest in their persi-.
and academic development like the history and reUgion faculty did for n~
Pond in Columbia, S.C. Included in the
wedding party were Margaret Powers
Strickland '04, Jessica Tyrrell Lovelace
'04, Elizabeth Latimer Patrick '04, James
Dorman Turner III '04, and David
Eugene Turner '03. The bride is employed
by Moore and Van Allen, PLLC in
Charlotte, N.C., as deputy director
of government affairs. The groom is
emplo\cd by L. Fishman and Son Inc. in
Columbia as territory manager.
Willa Curry Jackson '04 has joined the
student ser\dces team at Ohio University-
Zanesville. She provides advising for
entering students on the Zanesville
campus and will coordinate retention
efforts for current students. Willa brings
counseling and advising experience from
Muskingum College, Valdosta State
University in Georgia and Ohio State
University. She earned her master's degree
in adult education from Muskingum
Ryan Harrison Nobles '04 and Kristy
Ann Osborne were married May 23 at St.
Luke's Chapel at the Medical University
of South Carolina in Charleston. The
ceremony was performed by PC religion
professor Dr. Peter Hobbie ot Clinton,
S.C. The bride is a graduate of the
University of South Carolina, where she
received a B.S. in criminal justice. She is
employed by Carriage Properties Luxury
Real Estate Firm in Charleston. The
groom is a graduate of MUSC, where
he is also a second-year anesthesiology
Alexa Chase Pack '04 and husband
Michael Pack '98 announce the birth
of their daughter, Mary Soutter Pack,
born March 19. The family resides in
Jason Sanders '04 and wife Carissa
announce the birth of their son, WiUiam
Bryan Sanders, born January IL The
family lives in Columbia, S.C, where
Jason wnrk'- for Sisters of Charity
Provi.' nis. Carissa is employed
by R' ' f^i<;trict 2.
Natalie ■■ .-.vsid '04 and Kyle
Christopi. 'or, both of Raleigh,
N.C., were nu\aied June 27 at White
Memorial Presbyterian Church in
Raleigh. The bride is currently employed
as the director of youth ministry at White
Memorial Presbyterian Church. The
groom obtained his bachelor's degree in
public relations from N.C. State University
and is currently pursuing a master's ot
healthcare administration and an MBA
degree at Pfeiffer University in Raleigh.
He is employed as a clinical assistant
at WakeMed Health and Hospitals in
Meredith Batts Trout '04 and husband
Roland Odell Trout Jr. welcomed the
birth of their son, Roland "Rory" Odell
Trout III, on March 10. Meredith is the
director of middle school ministries at Mt.
Pleasant Presbyterian Church. The family
resides in Charleston, S.C.
Joey Tucker '04
& Pursez. A
of the Blue
team, Joey got
interested in writing after taking a poetr\'
class his senior year. Writing under the
pen name "Mr. Enlightenment," Joey is
also a fourth grade language arts teacher
Trey Turner '04 is currently a mortgage
loan officer with Midland Mortgage
Corporation in Columbia, S.C. Midland
is the largest locally-owned independent
mortgage bank in South Carolina.
Holly Wiggins Warren '04 and Matt
Warren '03 welcomed their second child.
Brooks Matthew Warren, born April 14.
Brooks joins big sister, Livi.
Lauren Hixson Barley '05 and Richard
Barkley '03 announce the birth of their
first child, Richard "Owen" Barkley, born
Nov. 2, 2008. The family lives in Sumter,
Blakely '05 and
m a r r i e d J a n . 3 ,
2009, at Harvey
in Louisville, Ky.
'05, Miller Dunbar '05, and Lindy Vogado
'05 were attendants ot the bride. The
groom is employed as an engineer with
Public Service Electric and Gas. The
bride is a student at Princeton Theological
Seminary, working on a master's of divinity
and an M.A. in Christian education.
Taylor Lynch Jeffcoat '05 and husband
Brandon welcomed their first child,
Braydon Foster Jeffcoat, born April 29.
Tie family resides in West Columbia,
honors from the
University of South
of Pharmacy, where
she earned a doctor
of pharmacy degree
on May 6. Kelly is
married to Patrick Castaneda and will
be working as a pharmacist for Ingles in
Laurens, S.C. Kelley and Patrick reside in
Sarah Elizabeth Hardee '05 and Douglas
Lawrence Belknap '03 were married
June 13 at Northminster Presbyterian
Church in RosweU, Ga. The bride
earned her master's degree in counseling
from Georgia State University and
is currently employed by Gwinnett
County Public Schools as a counselor
at Peachtree Ridge High School. The
groom earned his master's ot medical
science in anesthesiology from Emory
University and is currently employed as
an anesthetist at Northside Hospital.
Michal Jade Hester '05 and John David
Goodwin were married June 27 at
Anderson Mill Road Baptist Church in
Moore, S.C. The bride earned a doctor of
pharmacy degree from the University of
South Carolina College of Pharmacy. She
is employed with Pharmacy Consultants.
The groom is a graduate of Newberry
College with a B.S. degree in physical
education/teacher certification. He is
employed with Spartanburg School
District Three. The couple will reside in
Boiling Springs, S.C.
Joanna Lee Spearman '05 and William
Charles Griese were married June 6 at
Grace United Methodist Church in
Pickens, S.C. The bride is an account
executive with WeSave. The groom is a
graduate of Clemson University with
a B.S. degree in ceramic and materials
engineering. He is the standards
development and green initiative manager
for Tile Council of North America. The
couple will reside in Anderson, S.C.
Luke Stemple'05 and Courtnev Merritt
were married July 18, 2008. Courtney is
a graduate ot Francis Marion University.
Luke has been named the South Florida
regional manager of Hire Quest, a national
Amanda Booze '06 is working with the
Tennessee Arthritis Foundation in their
East Tennessee branch as event and
program coordinator. She implements the
Tri-Cities Arthritis Walk, as well as starts
and organizes Arthritis Management and
lite improvement programs. In addition
to community activities, Amanda serves
as the Arthritis Foundation's advocacy
ambassador representing the Tennessee
first district to Washington, D.C. This
role serves in passing vital foundation
Amanda Garvin '06 recendy graduated
trom seminary at the Chandler School
of Theology at Emory University with
a master's of divinity. She has been
appointed bv the bishop of the North
Georgia Annual Conference of the United
Methodist Church as an associate pastor
at Greensboro First United Methodist
division of Robert Half International,
one ot the world's premier staffing firms.
He is also working on his second album, a
toUow-up to his 2007 release of "Imagine
This, "which was produced while he was a
student at PC. 'Imagine This" is available
on iTunes, Napster, and Emusic.
EUice Elizabeth HiU '06 and Charles
Michael Niedrach were married June 6
at Westminster Presbvterian Church in
Spartanburg, S.C.Tlie bride is currently
pursuing a master's of education in gifted
and talented trom Converse College and
is employed bv the Greenville Count}'
School System. The groom is a graduate of
the University of South Carolina Moore
School of Business with a degree in
economics and business management. He
is employed by Jostens, Inc. in Laurens.
Jessica Jacobs '06 recently earned her
doctorate of phvsical therapy from the
Medical UniversitA' of South Carolina in
Charleston, S.C. Jessica has accepted a
position with AnJMed Rehab Hospital in
LeBlanc '06 has
been a nuclear
with the U.S. Navy
He has completed
Officer Candidate School in Newport,
R.I. Afterwards, he completed Nuclear
Power School in Charleston, S.C.
Currently he is stationed at the Naval
Nuclear Prototype/Kesselring Site
Operation with KnoU Atomic Power
Laboratory (a division of Lockheed
Martin) in BaUston Spa, N.Y. Upon
completion, Tim will be stationed
in Groton, Conn., for Submarine
Operations Command (SUBOC) before
being assigned as a junior officer aboard a
nuclear submarine. His first tour will last
close to three vears.
Katherine Myers Moore '06 and Justin
Ross Merrell '05 were married June 13
at Washington Street United Methodist
Church in Columbia, S.C. The bride
earned a master's ot education in language
and literacy trom the University of South
Carolina. She is emploved with Lexington
School District One as a third grade
teacher at Pleasant Hill Elementary.
The groom is a sales representative with
Republic National Distributing Company
in Columbia. Included in the wedding
party are PC graduates Jake Moore Sr.
'73, tather of the bride; Lindsey Spires
'06, Alice Sharp Johnson '06, Megan
Smith '06, Neeley Rentz Lane '06, Anne
Peden Robertson '06,Jake Moore Jr. '01,
John Moore '04, Dave Hicklin '05, Dean
Parrish, Robby Parrish '05 , and Geoffrey
Staff^ord '04. Tlie couple will reside in
at Shandon Presbyterian Church in
Columbia, S.C. Neelev is the daughter of
Debbie Burnside Rentz '79 and Richard
Daryl Rentz '81. Neeley is employed
by Seigle Avenue Partners as assistant
director of programs in Charlotte, N.C.
Robert graduated from East Carolina
University in 2005. He is employed by
Aircraft Service International Group.
Bridesmaids included Elizabeth Jean
Rentz '09, sisters Maggie and Robbie
Rentz, Megan Moore Smith '06, Angie
Holley Black '06, Lindsey Jordan Spires
'06, Margaret Christina DiBiase '05,
and Allison Lynn Moeller '06. Dr. Jeri
Parris Perkins '81 participated in the
worship service. The couple resides in
Ansley Lauren Stewart '06 and Brandon
Russell Wilson '06 were married July 18 at
First LInited Methodist Church in Marion,
S.C. The bride received her master's in
literacy from the Citadel. She is employed
as a first-grade teacher at Flowertown
Elementary School in Summerville, S.C
The groom-elect is employed as a f ■
services professional with M:
Ashley Ragan named MUSC
first honor graduate
Ashley Ragan '07 was recently named a first honor graduate of the Medical
Universit)' of South Carohna College of Nursing.
Ragan earned a 4.0 average and shared the award with three others in her
"My experience at PC overwhelmingly prepared me for the accelerated
program at MUSC," Ragan said. "The quality of education received from PC
is unparalleled and set the standard for any future academic endeavors and
While at PC, Ragan majored in biology and Spanish and minored in
chemistry.AtMUSC,shewas involved in many health-related pursuits, including
serving as both secretary and vice president of the Student Nurses Association;
secretary of the MUSC College of Nursing Honor Council; a member of Sigma
Theta Tau, the honor society of nursing; representative for the MUSC College
of Nursing Student Government Association;
and an Hispanic Health Initiative Scholar.
"I have consistently held an interest in
healthcare, and my time at PC aided greatly
in my pursuit of a career within this field," she
Ragan joins a long list of recent PC
graduates who have enjoyed success in medical
school, law school, and other professional
schools. Stressing whole-person education,
PC's academic, social, and service programs
ensure that graduates have skills necessary to
succeed in the real world.
Amelia A. Stuckey'06 of Columbia, S.C.,
received the master of divinity degree
from Princeton Theological Seminary
at the school's 197th commencement
exercises on May 23. Amelia will enter
the master of theology program at
Princeton Seminary in the fall.
Lindsay Adele Wier '06 and Charles
Coleman Dew '06 were married May
30 at First Scots Presbyterian Church
in Charleston, S.C. The bride is a recent
graduate of the Medical University
of Soi ■ 'Jarolina with a master's in
speech-r - -^ffe pathology. The groom
is emplo\c a commercial analyst
for First Citi-ens Bank in Charleston.
The wedding party included Mary
Elizabeth Sosnowski '06, maid of honor;
Bride's attendants, Susan Hoskins '06,
Allison Moeller '06, Emily Rincon '06,
Megan Smith '06, and Lindsey Spires
'06. Best man was the groom's father,
Hartwell Dew '75. Groomsmen and
ushers included William Burress '06,
Patrick Enzor '04, Mark Spring '06,
Blake Campo '07, Willis Rainey'07 and
Justin Vosburgh '04.
Catherine Ann Burch '07 and Scott
William White '07 were married June 13
at Presbyterian College. Catherine earned
her master of science degree in May and
is currently pursuing her doctorate in
mathematics at Clemson University. Scott
is employed as a mathematics teacher by
Anderson School District 4. The couple
will live in Anderson, S.C.
Harrison '07, a
second year law
to serve as the
vice president of
the Student Bar
the University of
South Carolina School of Law. The
Student Bar Association serves as the
student government at the law school,
which advocates student representation
with administration and coordinates social
functions for law students. Whitney's
duties as vice president will include
serving as the liaison between students
and the dean of the law school, chair of
the legislative council, and supervising
first-year law student orientation. While
at PC, Whitney majored in history and
political science, served as senior class
president and chaired the Victory Bell
Ashley Lane '07 of Woodruff and
Matthew Appel of Evansville, Ind., were
married August 22 at the Wilhite House
in Anderson, S.C. Ashley is currently
working on her master's in biology. Matt
is currently in the Marine Corps stationed
at Camp Lejeune.
Jan. 2 by Dr.
Todd Speed at
Northminster Presbyterian Church in
Roswell, Ga. Jennifer is the director of
youth ministries at Decatur Presbyterian
Church in Decatur, Ga., and Ryan works
for Georgia Pacific in Atlanta. Their
home is in Decatur. The PC Jazz Combo,
under the direction of Dr.Tim Kintzinger,
provided fantastic dance music for the
reception in Maggiano's Buckhead. As
well as the members of the Jazz Combo,
other Blue Hose in attendance included
Anna Morris '08, Maid of Honor, Susan
Morris '73, Terry Morris, Rebekah Abel
Lamar '00, Ashley Lamar '00, Doug
Belknap '03, Sarah Hardee '05, Jeremy
Fudge '08, Emily Harstead '08, Blair
McCants '08, Nicole Mirti '08, Kim
White '08 and Scott Mumbauer '09.
Sean Foley '08 has been accepted to the
Uniformed Services University of the
Health Sciences School of Medicine,
Class of 2013. He has elected to serve as a
member of the United States Navy. Sean
was commissioned in the summer of 2009
and will begin school in fall.
Gretchen Grove-Dejarnett '08 is
currently living in Charleston, W.V.,
where she is program coordinator with
the Office of the Cabinet Secretary for the
West Virginia Department of Education
and the Arts.
Keeke Hartis '08 is serving as associate
director of children's ministries at Grace
Presbyterian Church in Houston, Tex.
James Corbly McCoun,Jr.'08 and Emily
Allison Owens were married April 18 at
First Baptist Church in Forest City, N.C.
The bride-elect is a 2008 graduate of
Furman University with a B.A. degree in
sociology. The groom-elect is employed as
a campus minister with Campus Outreach
in Greenville, S.C.
Andrew Strickland '08 was recently
award by the department of planning
and landscape architecture at Clemson
University the Edward L. Falk Citation
tor Merit. This award is given to a first
year city and regional planning student
based on professional promise and service
to the program.
Melissa Tempel '08 and Richard Turpin
were married Jan. 31 at Trinity United
Methodist Church in Aiken, S.C. The
bride is pursuing a post-graduate degree
in occupational therapy at the Medical
University of South Carohna.lhe groom
is a graduate of the College of Charleston
and is employed by Dorchester School
District Two in Summerville, S.C. The
couple resides in Summerville.
Carol "Cari" Elizabeth Clark '09 and
William Henry Bolchoz'08 were married
Jan. 17 at Stella Maris Catholic Church
on Sullivan's Island, S.C. The couple lives
in Columbia, S.C, where William is
employed with Cardinal Newman School
in the athletic department.
Elizabeth Ann McLean '09 and David
Elwood McCuen IV '06 were married
Aug. 1 at First Presbyterian Church in
Clinton, S.C. The groom is currently a
graduate student at Clemson University,
pursuing a master's degree in public
administration. He is employed by the
City of Greer as a fireiighter/EMT
Helen Barnado Lee '39 of Union, S.C,
died June 22 at the age of 91.
Born in Union County, she taught
for 28 years at Monarch, Foster Park, and
Excelsior elementary schools and at Union
Academy. She was a lifelong member of
the First Presbyterian Church in Union,
where she was an active member of the
Foster Crawford Sunday School Class
and the Ladies Circle No. 1. She served
as moderator for the Presbyterian Women
and on several other church committees.
She was a volunteer with the Girl Scouts
and served as Camping Chairman for a
number of years. She was formerly an
active member of the Retired Teacher
Association, also known as Happy Hearts,
and the Clemson Extension Homemakers'
Edna Leonard Hodges '42 of Columbia,
S.C, died Feb. 21 at the age of 91.
Born in Reidville, S.C, she taught
math and science in Spartanburg County
public schools for more than 30 years, first
in Woodruff and later in Roebuck. She
earned an M.Ed, from the University of
South Carolina. After retiring from public
school teaching, she taught for 10 years at
Spartanburg Technical College.
She was a member of Antioch
Presbyterian Church and Bethel United
Methodist Church, active in the Loyalty
Class. She was a charter member of the
Sullivan-Dunklin Chapter of the DAR
and devoted many volunteer hours through
membership in the Reidville Historical
Society, Reidville and Spartanburg Garden
Clubs, and the American Association of
The Rev. Henry Keith Hill '47 of
Thomasville, Ga., was a resident of
Thomas County for 18 years. He was an
associate pastor at the First Presbyterian
Church of Williston, Fla.
Robert Guy Hughes '49 of Greensboro,
N.C, died April 23 at the age of 84.
Born in Canton, Ga., he was a veteran
of the U.S. Marines, serving during World
War II. He was the co-owner of Southern
Stone Company and was a member of
Westminster Presbyterian Church.
James Lawrence Hawkins Sr. '50 of
Orangeburg, S.C, died Feb. 19 at the
age of 86.
Born in Sumter, S.C, he served in the
U.S. 7\rmy Air Corps during WWII and
was a retired chemical analyst with Giant
Cement Company. He was a member of
St. George United Methodist Church,
where he served on administrative board
and as a Sunday school teacher for the
men's Bible class.
He was member of American Legion Post
105 and Harmony Lodge No. 61 AFM.
He served as board chairman for the St.
George Public School for a number of
years and was an active volunteer at the
James R.Johnson '50 of Decatur, Ga.,
died Feb. 14 at the age of 80.
He was a member of Scott Boulevard
Baptist Church and the Model A Club.
He retired from the Wachovia Trust
Department after many years of service.
He enjoyed helping people and assisting
them in their many needs.
Ernest D. Newton Jr. '50 of Mt. Pleasant,
S.C, died April 26 at the age of 8L
After serving as an officer in ■
Army, he worked for the Mead '
in Atlanta, Ga., and in the te
He was a member of Sunrise Presbyterian
Church of SuUivan's Island, S.C.
Charles Lokey Wheeler Sr.'Sl of Athens,
Ga., died March 31 at the age of 81.
Born in Warrenton, Ga., he entered
the U.S. Navy in 1946 and graduated from
PC in 1951 with an A.B. in economics.
He was a member of Mars Hill Baptist
Church, an ordained deacon, and retired
from Athens First Bank and Trust as a
commercial loan officer.
Lloyd Clarence Williams Sr. '51 ot
Shelby, N.C., died April 26 at the age
He formed Mauney-Williams Coal
and Oil Company, Inc., which later
became known as Williams Oil Company
of Shelby, Inc.
Joseph Washington Wheeler Jr. '52 ot
Evans, Ga., died June 6 at the age ot 77.
Born in Wrens, Ga., he enlisted in
the U.S. Army after college, serving in
Korea as a first lieutenant. After serving
in the military, he began his career with
DuPont Company at the Savannah River
Plant in 1955. He retired after 35 years of
He was a member of Wesley United
Methodist Church, Savannah River
chapter of the Health Physics Society, SRS
Retiree Association, Augusta Genealogy
Society, and the Georgia Genealogical
Society. He served with the Boy Scouts
of America and Little League Baseball.
Later, he conducted extensive research
into and published tamily histories.
The Rev. Robert Boynton Smith '54 ot
Louisville, Ky., died April 24 at the age
Born in Bath, S.C, he grew up in
Augusta, Ga. He served the Presbyterian
Church (USA) in a variety of capacities
during a career in ministry' spanning more
than 50 years. After serving in the United
States Marine Corps, he graduated from
PC and Union Theological Seminary
(now Union-PSCE). He later continued
his studies at Edinburgh University
in Scotland and Oxford University in
He speiit 30 years in pastoral ministry,
mosdy in Mississippi and Texas. In 1986 he
was named president ofWorld Neighbors,
a global self-help organization, for which
he traveled extensively in South America,
Asia, India, and Africa. From 1989 until
his retirement in 2003, he served as a
special assistant to the president of the
PC(USA)'s Board of Pensions, helping
the board and the church navigate difficult
and complex financial circumstances.
Norwood Leonard DuRant Jr. '55 ot
Gable, S.C, died March 20 at the age
He served five years in the U. S. Army as an
aviator. After his tour of duty, he returned
to Gable and farmed in a partnership with
his late brother, J. Rutledge DuRant.
He was on the board of directors ot
Farmers Telephone Co. for more than 20
years, serving as president the last eight
years before retiring. He also was on the
Farm Credit Board tor over 20 years, a
charter member of Gold Kist, Clarendon
County Farm Bureau, Farm Service
Agency Board, and the State Tobacco
He was an active member ot New
Harmony Presbyterian Church. He was
a Sunday School teacher, member of
the Men of the Church, Sunday School
Superintendent, a deacon and an Elder
James C. Harrison, Iir55ofLeavenworth,
Kan., died May 29 at the age of 75.
Born in Augusta, Ga., he served in the
U S. Army during the Korean conflict.
He worked for the National Simulation
Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.,
retiring in 1993. He attended the Main
Jim Huffstetler '57 of Charlotte N.C,
died Jan. 25, at the age of 76.
He graduated from PC after serving
in the U.S. Marine Corps for two years.
He began his career with the Travelers
Insurance Company in Charlotte, N.C.
He later worked with the James J. Harris
Insurance Company. In 1979, he helped
found the Cameron M. Harris & Co.
insurance agency, where he remained
until retirement. He served as a deacon
and usher at Myers Park Presbyterian
Robert Allen Morton '57 of Clute,Tex.,
died Jan. 21 at the age ot 77.
Born in Uniontown, Pa., he served as
a captain in the U.S. Army. Afterwards,
he had a longtime career as a professional
Dr. Laddie Lynn Jones Sr. '58 ot
Simpsonville, S.C, died June 27 at the
age of 72.
He graduated from the Baltimore
College of Dental Surgery at the
University of Maryland, serving as
class historian and being inducted into
the Gorgas Odontological Society.
Licensed to practice dentistry in North
and South Carolina, he was a member
of the Greenville Dental Association,
the South Carolina Dental Association,
and the American Dental Association.
He also served as a captain in the United
States Air Force Dental Corps. He was
a member of Simpsonville First Baptist
John Wesley Gibson '61 of Thorsby, Ala.,
died Feb. 20 at the age of 69.
Born in Springfield, S.C, he served
two years of active duty as an infantry
officer in the U.S. Army in Erlangen,
Germany. After serving in the military,
he worked in the petroleum industry and
then the apparel industry. He opened his
own apparel contracting companyjemison
Sportswear, in Jemison, Ala. He sold his
compam' in 1992 and continued to manage
the plant for three years. He continued
his involvement in the sewing industry,
working with Liberty Childrenswear
of Birmingham and Alagold Corp. of
Montgomery. After retiring, he continued
to work occasionally as a consultant and as
a part-time hardware salesman. He served
as Co-president of the Agape Sunday
School class at First United Methodist
Church and as a member ot the Memorial
William Morrow Culp '64 of Atlanta,
Ga., died Feb. 27 at the age ot 66.
Born in Washington, DC, he attended
Springfield College in Massachusetts after
graduating from PC. He then entered
the U.S. Army, serving in Vietnam and
achieving the rank of First Lieutenant.
He also attended Columbia Tlieological
Seminary in Decatur, Ga.
He was a professional photographer
and operated Culp Photographic, Inc.,
a photo developing business. Before
establishing himself as a photographer, he
was employed by the Southwest YMCA
and Case-Hoyt, a printing company. For
many years he was a member of Central
Presbyterian Church in Atlanta.
Joe Leake Holcombe'80 of Clinton, S.C.,
died March 30 at the age of 56.
A member of the First Baptist
Church, he was South Carolina's foremost
authority on early South Carohna pottery,
a published author, and lecturer.
In 1968, he began a life-long journey
to preserve South Carolina tangible
history. He assisted in archeological
excavations in Charleston, Columbia, and
early pottery sites in the Edgefield District
and in upper portions of the state.
Shawn David McCaslin '82 of Alexandria,
Va., died Nov. 23, 2008, at the age of 48.
Born in Lynchburg, Va., he earned a
master's in international relations at the
University of Southampton in England.
He worked in London and traveled
around the British Isles, France, Belgium,
Germany, and beyond. He later returned
to the U.S., where he enjoyed a successful
25-year career in real estate and mortgage
He was a member of the Friends
of Gettysburg and participated in many
flindraising events to help them restore
the battlefield in addition to participating
in Civil War Roundtables. Proud of his
Scottish heritage, he played the Great
Highland bagpipe competitively and
wore his clan's tartan every year at the
Alexandria Scottish Walk.
Fielding Dillard Russell III '86 of
Statesboro, Ga., died Jan. 21 at the age
A native of Edisto Island, S.C., he
attended graduate school at Georgia
Southern University, teaching ESL classes
to international students. He also spent
two years teaching English in elementary
schools in Mito, Ibaraki, Japan. Later,
he taught English at Aoyama Gakuin
University, a Christian university in
Shibuya, Tokyo. He was a member of the
Edisto Island Presbyterian Church.
Former PresbyterianCollegeHead Football
Coach Frank Jones, Jr. of Macon, Ga., died
July 25 at the age of 90.
Born in Tif ton, Ga., he excelled in athletics throughout high school. At Middle
Georgia Junior College, he participated in four sports and was named "Most
Valuable Player." He was captain of the basketball and baseball teams.
During World War II, he was in the field artillery and served in both Africa and
Italy as a Lieutenant. Jones received a B.A. in education from the University of
North Carolina in 1948 and a master's degree in 1951. He was a scholarship
recipient for both football and baseball.
After coaching in Georgia high schools, Jones was picked as Head Football
Coach and Athletic Director at PC.
His teams won the Little Four Championship in 1958, 1959, and 1960. He
was Coach of the Year in South Carolina in 1958 and 1959 and runner-up in
Jones had three winning seasons as coach of the Blue Hose. Jones' best season
was 1959, when he led the team to the Tangerine Bowl with a 9-2 record.
"(Coach Jones) wiU be remembered as a fine coach who developed excellent
football players," said Cally Gault, former PC football coach and athletic
Jones then went to Mississippi State and served as assistant head coach and
offensive coordinator from 1962 to 1965. The 1963-squad went to the Liberty
Bowl and posted their best record since 1946.
Jones was head football coach at the University of Richmond from 1966 to
1973 and also served as director of athletics for seven years. He was the only
coach in UR history to record two eight-win seasons
He was named Southern Conference Coach of the Year following the 1967,
'68, and '71 league championship seasons.
'Saint of PC Ernest Arnold left a lasting impression on his alma mater
Presb)terian College lost one its most
gracious patrons this fall with the passing
of Ernest Arnold '36 on Sept. 17, 2009, in
Called a "saint of PC'by PC president
Dr. John Griffith, Arnold's contributions
to his alma mater have made a lasting
impression on academic lite at the
"Ernest Arnold loved his alma mater
deeply and challenged us continually to
achieve excellence in several kev areas of
our work," said Griffith.
In PC, Arnold found a place where
several of his legacies - as president of
the Protestant Radio and Television
Center, as executive secretary of the
N.C. Council of Churches, executive
director of the Southeastern Office
of the National Council of Churches,
and executive director of the television,
radio, and audiovisuals department of
the Presbyterian Church (USA) - would
continue to manifest.
As directors of the Russell Charitable
Trust, Arnold and his wife, Frances,
approved a $500,000 fit to PC in 1986
to underwrite a program that would
help students cope with the challenges
of modern media. That vision would
swiftly evolve into PC's Russell Program
and the annual Arnold Symposium that
would provide the college community
with myriad opportunities to explore and
discuss the impact media has on societ}'.
The Arnolds continued this
millennium to gift PC with their
generosity. In 2004, they bequeathed to
the college the Jackson- Arnold Collection
- an astounding archive of historical
artifacts, manuscripts, and books dating
back to the American Civil War era
focusing primarily on the lite and career ot
Confederate Gen. Thomas J. "Stonewall"
Jackson and subsequent generations of his
extended family. Tie collection resides in
the Russell-Arnold Archives, which was
part of a 19,000 square-foot wing added
to the James H. Thomason Library and
dedicated in 2006.
Born in Alabama, Arnold also is
a graduate ot Yale University Divinity
School, where he earned a bachelor's
degree in divinity. In 1958, PC awarded
him an honorary Doctor of Divinity
degree. In 2002, the college declared
the Arnolds as Presbyterian College
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