Hurley fellowships are English majors` ticket to new view of old world

Hurley fellowships are English majors` ticket to new view of old world
Volume 9 Number 2
Winter 2000-01
Ed Lewandowski
subject of SCETV
Hurley fellowships are English majors’
ticket to new view of old world
To say that Edmund Lewandowski
had a big impact on the arts scene in
Rock Hill is an understatement.
A nationally recognized Precisionist,
Lewandowski chaired Winthrop’s art department from 1973 to 1984. Until his
death on Sept. 7,
1998, he was a
mentor, community activist and
artist who was respected and loved
by the Rock Hill
As a tribute to
Lewandowski for
his contributions
not only to South
Ed Lewandowski
Carolina but to
American art, Winthrop and WNSCTV, a regional station of South Carolina
ETV, have co-produced a documentary
about the artist. The half-hour piece,
entitled “Remembering Ed: The Last
Precisionist,” was broadcast statewide
on SCETV in September.
Lewandowski’s art was recognized
nationally as early as the 1930s. He
worked with the Works Progress Administration during the Depression and
completed murals throughout the Midwest. He was also a mosaic artist, best
known for the War Memorial in Milwaukee, the largest mosaic produced in
America. He has often been considered
the last artist of the Precisionist movement, a distinctly American style in which
industrial scenes and architectural motifs, devoid of human reference, are de-
English majors Tamzen Wagner and
Claire Sullivan knew each other from
class. What they didn’t know was that
they both would be chosen for a once-ina-lifetime, all expense paid summer study
trip to England.
Wagner, a senior from Columbus,
Ohio, already had made her summer
plans when she received word she was a
fellowship recipient. She had planned to
use savings bonds to finance her tuition
at Cambridge University’s three-week
international summer program in medieval studies. Sullivan, a junior from Rock
Hill who would like to get her doctorate
and teach on the college level, hadn’t
even considered a trip abroad to further
her education. She was still at loose ends
when she received a call from Debra
Boyd, English department chair.
“Dr. Boyd is my advisor, and the last
week at school she had asked me if I
were interested in the Cambridge program,” Sullivan remembered. “She kept
in touch with me over the summer, then
told me that based on my GPA and
activities, I’d been chosen for one of two
fellowships for study and travel.”
Sullivan counts being student marshal, Winthrop ambassador, vice president of the Literary Society and president of the English honor society, as well
as holding a part-time job among her
many activities. Wagner is equally in-
(see Lewandowski on page 2)
Around campus: Winthrop offers new master’s degrees in middle
level education and conducting p. 2
Faculty/staff notes: French professor learns secrets of French perfumeries ................................. p. 4
Student spotlights: Student
hobnobs with international diplomats as assistant to ambassador
Mark Erwin .......................... p. 7
Sports news:Freshmen men’s
golfers ranked top in nation ... p. 9
Alumni activities: Carrolls’
grant lets students play the stock
market .................................. p. 10
While studying at Cambridge, Claire Sullivan (center left) and Tamzen Wagner (center right)
went on lecture-related excursions to attractions like the Globe theatre for an “awesome”
production of “Hamlet.” Sullivan says the experience has changed her perspective and the
direction of her life.
volved. She is president of the Literary
Society and vice president of the English
honor society, is active in the campus
ministry Reformed University Fellowship and tutors at the Writing Center.
College of Ed auditorium
named for Plowdens
Winthrop has named its College of
Education Auditorium after Irvin and
Jean Kirby Plowden ’55.
The Rock Hill couple donated
$500,000 last summer for an endowed
scholarship for education majors who
would not be able to attend college without financial help. Students will begin
receiving the academic scholarships starting in the fall.
“There are no finer examples of citizens involved in service to education
than Irvin and Jean Plowden. The creation of the Jean Kirby Plowden Endowed Scholarship is a capstone example of that involvement,” said President Anthony DiGiorgio during the dedication luncheon at McBryde Hall.
The auditorium is located on the third
floor of the Withers/W.T.S. Building which
houses the Richard W. Riley College of
Education, named last spring after U.S.
Secretary of Education Richard Riley, a
former South Carolina governor.
Irvin Plowden retired in June 1999 as
chair of Amida Industries, the company he
built from three employees and a single
product (carnival lights) into the largest
supplier of mobile lighting in the world.
An education major, Jean Plowden
taught third grade for two years in Beaufort, SC, before she and Irvin married.
She continued her link to education by
serving as Amida’s company liaison with
area schools, as well as serving on the
board of Communities in Schools, a dropout prevention program for Rock Hill
and Fort Mill students.
The two were chosen to receive the
Geraldine Trammell Hurley Fellowships
for Study and Travel, established by
James and Geraldine Hurley. The fellowship provides funds for up to four
students majoring in English to study at
international institutions, such as the
Oxford Summer School in England and
the Yeats Summer School in Ireland.
“Travel is such a great educator,”
Gerry Hurley had said last spring when
she and her husband presented Winthrop with the $400,000 gift, $300,000
of which is a planned gift.
The fellowship covered travel, food,
lodging and tuition.
Both Wagner − who didn’t have to cash
in her savings bonds after all − and Sullivan
flew to London a week early to explore
on their own before classes began.
Wagner’s mother used the money she
had saved for Tamzen’s airfare to finance
her own plane ticket and accompanied
her daughter on excursions outside London. Sullivan stayed in London and investigated the city on her own. The two got
together when they reached Cambridge.
“We stayed at Newnham College
where the medieval studies program was
based,” Wagner said. “There were people
(see Engish majors on page 7)
Winthrop Update • Winter 2000-01
University adds master’s in conducting, middle level education
Degrees in choral and instrumental
conducting meet community need
Middle level degree fills specialized niche
No one would argue that middle
school students have unique needs. Recognizing the special skills teachers need
to work with these students, Winthrop is
offering a master’s degree in middle
level education this fall.
“Middle level education is unique
because of the specialized developmental and curricular needs of the students,”
said Barbara Blackburn, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction and
program coordinator. “We have built a
program to prepare teachers to be leaders in responding to the specific needs of
this age group. Additionally, we are being proactive in moving to meet South
Carolina’s need for middle level certification. We look at national research and
link it to state-specific needs for both
North and South Carolina and further
link it to actual classroom practice.”
Designed for people currently holding teaching certificates, the program is
Winthrop’s Department of Music routinely gets calls about its graduate programs. However, a few years ago, faculty began to notice that they were increasingly getting inquiries about additional studies in conducting rather than
music education or performance.
“That’s how most middle school and
high school choral and band directors
spend their time,” explained Don Rogers,
music department chair. “So, we put two
and two together, created a faculty committee, talked to some active public
school choral and band directors in the
area with those interests, and put together a degree in conducting.”
Rogers notes that not only does the
degree meet an established need, but
because of the expertise and experience
of the music faculty, the university is
able to offer the program with existing
The new degree features two tracks:
one in choral conducting and one in
wind instrumental conducting.
The program is designed for students
who hold music performance, music
education or equivalent undergraduate
degrees from an accredited institution.
Additionally, they must have keyboard
proficiency that would be required under such a degree as well as proficiency
in a major instrument, which varies according to the track. They also must have
at least one year of college-level study in
French, German or Italian. Choral conducting students also should have diction proficiency in liturgical Latin and
either French, German or Italian.
Winthrop is one of only two schools
in the state with a master’s in conducting
and the only school in the CharlotteMetro area with graduate degrees in
Winthrop and DSS partner to
better prepare social workers
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picted in a simple, clear, almost abstract
Winthrop University Galleries Director Tom Stanley who worked on the production with WNSC’s Steve Warren said,
“This is one of the most rewarding projects
I have had the good fortune of being
involved with. The people we interviewed
created a compelling story that goes far
beyond Ed’s artistic achievements.”
Gina Carroll Howard
Contributing Writers
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Anthony DiGiorgio
Vice President
University Advancement
Rebecca McMillan
Executive Director
Alumni Relations
Martie H. Curran
Director of University Relations
Ellen Wilder-Byrd
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Social workers have a tough job.
However, a negotiated contract between
the South Carolina Department of Social
Services and Winthrop is helping to make
their job a little easier by giving preservice students hands-on experience and
current DSS staff a chance to further
their education.
As a part of the contract, Winthrop
will receive $237,123 the first year with
a possibility of renewal for up to four
Under the agreement, six selected DSS
employees may take six credit hours
spring semester at Winthrop. The classes
may be applied towards a bachelor’s
degree in social work. Over the summer,
12 staffers may take classes.
The program is in response to the high
rate of DSS staff turnover. Its aim is to
reduce this by offering promising current DSS staff further education and by
better preparing students who are going
into the often-demanding world of social work.
Beginning spring semester, as many
as eight pre-service students will be selected to participate in the program. They
will be required to take six to nine hours
of course work in child welfare, child
protection and substance abuse to acquire the specialized knowledge they
will need to work in the county offices.
Investigators are still working out the
student selection criteria.
A child welfare-oriented field unit of
up to eight students will be created within
a county DSS office this summer, A fulltime field instructor will help the students adjust to the demands of social
“These kinds of programs are going
on all over the U.S. I’m glad to see this
kind of professional incentive come into
our community,” said Ron Green, principle investigator and social work chair.
Contract funding also will provide
support for converting three current social work courses onto the Web. The
goal is to eventually convert all applicable social work classes into a Webbased format to make it more convenient
for students and current workers to get
the education they need.
Once the program is implemented,
Green and associate professor of social
work Sue Lyman will assess the impact
the project is having on the community.
tailored so that participants, who choose
one or two content specialties, can enter
in either the fall or spring semester. The
disciplinary focus reflects the National
Middle School Association/NCATEapproved guidelines.
Winthrop is the first university in the
state to offer this sort of program.
Renovations on
baseball field
nearly complete
Winthrop’s baseball park is getting a
new look.
Work is almost finished to upgrade
the facility to seat 1,900 spectators.
The new park also will feature new
dugouts, a press box, concession area
and restrooms. Funds for the work
will come partly from the proceeds of
refinancing the original Coliseum construction bonds and partly from student athletics fees. Money from both
sources is required to be devoted exclusively to intercollegiate athletic and
recreational uses.
The contract for the renovation totals
$2,055,632. Private fundraising to support future upgrades, such as locker
rooms, coaches’ offices space and an
indoor hitting area, is underway. Contracts for planned upgrading of softball
and soccer facilities have not yet been
The field, which is scheduled to have
its grand opening on March 24, will be
both a Winthrop and community resource, used by Winthrop teams during
the season and by American Legion and
Dixie baseball in the summer.
Enrollment tops 6,000, highest ever
Winthrop marks the 21st century with the largest student body − 6,062 students
− in the institution’s 114-year history.
This is the first time the university has exceeded 6,000 undergraduate and
graduate students. In fall 1999, Winthrop enrolled 5,840 students.
Other enrollment highlights include:
*A freshman class that scored the highest average SAT in Winthrop’s history:
1056, a 14-point increase over last year’s average of 1042. More than half −
57.7 percent − of the freshman class ranked in the top quarter of their high
school senior class.
*A record for transfer students, who number 404 students, a 13.2 percent
increase over last year’s transfer enrollment of 357.
*The largest undergraduate enrollment in Winthrop’s history of 4,650 students
and largest fall graduate enrollment of 1,412 students. The number of
freshman students is down slightly from 971 in fall 1999 to 906 students in fall
2000. Winthrop officials aim for freshman classes of between 900 and 950
*The most diverse student body in Winthrop history. The university has 1,479
enrollees who are African-American, Hispanic and other populations, including 1,350 African-American students.
*The increasing prominence of Winthrop graduate programs, with 1,412
students − 23.3 percent of the student body − engaged in graduate studies.
The record number of transfer students, plus an increasing number of graduate
students, helped the university reach this milestone.
Winthrop Update • Winter 2000-01
U.S. News again ranks Winthrop among
top 10 Southern public universities
Winthrop is once again listed among the U.S. News & World Report’s annual
top 10 regional public universities.
The university tied with one other school − East Carolina University − for ninth
place in the prestigious rankings.
Among the 123 public and private regional universities rated, Winthrop again
was in the top tier, tying at 27 with Bellarmine College in Kentucky, Christian
Brothers University in Tennessee and East Carolina University.
Regional universities specialize in undergraduate and master’s level programs.
U.S. News rates schools for their academic reputation, graduation and retention
rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.
The findings are in the year 2001 edition of America’s Best Colleges which is
available on the U.S. News Web site ( and on newsstands. The
guide rated more than 1,400 colleges. This is the ninth time Winthrop has received
a top ranking from the magazine.
President Anthony DiGiorgio said the accolade is one of many “third-party
verifications” of Winthrop’s overall quality.
“As Winthrop helps define higher education for the 21st century, it is clear the
Winthrop team is building a record of sustained high performance from a national
perspective,” he said. “This ranking is just one indicator. Our continuing 100percent accreditation for all eligible programs is another.”
Chemistry Dept.
awarded contract
with N.C. Division
of Air Quality
Winthrop has signed a contract with
the North Carolina Division of Air Quality (NC DAQ) to provide research analytical support for the hydrocarbon sampling and analysis program. In a report
issued by the American Lung Association in June 2000, the Rock Hill-Charlotte-Gastonia metropolitan area was
identified as the eighth worst U.S. urban
region for summertime production of
ground-level ozone.
The work with the Division of Air
Quality will support chemistry student
internships to evaluate hydrocarbon fingerprints and trends from 10-20 sampling locations using data collected over
the past five years. Between seven and
10 chemistry students will be involved
in various aspects of the project. Chemistry professor Pat Owens will direct the
project. Owens is vice chair of the
Mecklenburg County Environmental
Protection Commission and a member
of the air quality team for the Voices and
Choices regional smart growth initiative.
ABC receives $100K NEA grant
All children in South Carolina – regardless of where they live − should
have a quality, comprehensive arts education. That’s the premise of the Arts in
Basic Curriculum project. A two-year
$100,000 National Endowment for the
Arts grant for a new arts education outreach program brings that goal closer to
The new ABC Outreach Program is
designed to make the arts a basic part of
students’ education in underserved areas. Expanding the project’s reach to
offer more assistance at the local level
was the major recommendation of the
ABC project’s 10-year evaluation, according to Ray Dougherty, interim
project director. The National Endowment for the Arts has a similar outreach
ABC staff will identify and recruit
schools and districts limited by geographical and/or economic constraints,
Winthrop chosen as site for Center
of Excellence in Early Childhood
Professional Development
Winthrop’s Richard W. Riley College of Education continues to be recognized for the quality of its faculty and
Over the summer, the college was
chosen as the site of the state’s newest
Center of Excellence − a center to be
devoted to identifying how South Carolina can best prepare children in their
earliest years for success in the classroom. On Jan. 26, Gov. Jim Hodges and
S.C. Secretary of Education Inez
Tenenbaum are scheduled to cut the
ribbon to open the new center.
The Center of Excellence in Early
Childhood Professional Development
was chosen from a number of proposals
submitted to the S.C. Commission on
Higher Education by public colleges and
universities competing for start-up funds.
Winthrop partnered with the University of South Carolina’s Institute for
Families in Society in crafting the proposal, which is to be funded with
$424,049 in state money over the next
four years. The Good Building will serve
as headquarters for the center.
Also collaborating with Winthrop and
USC on the initiative are York Technical
College, area school districts, York
County’s Success by 6 organization and
the state’s First Steps program.
The center will work with York Tech
to link childcare and early grade professional and paraprofessional training programs in ways that recognize families’
roles in early childhood preparation for
the classroom. It also will be a resource
center for Success by 6, First Steps and
area school district programs.
“It is critical that early childhood educators know how to work effectively
with families. The more able teachers
are to support and understand the diverse needs of families, the greater our
children and society will benefit,” said
Patricia Graham, dean of the Richard W.
Riley College of Education. “The Center
of Excellence in Early Childhood Professional Development will have this
goal of family-centered curriculum and
training as a primary focus.”
with special emphasis on the state’s districts of greatest need. Staffers will work
with the schools to promote significant
curricular changes to broaden arts education.
School and district outreach sites will
be able to send their teachers to the
Curriculum Leadership Institute in the
Arts (CLIA), Spoleto Teachers Institute,
and the Arts Education Leadership Institute for in-depth individual and team
Registration goes
online for spring
The candy-chomping, soft-drink
swilling, hours-long drop/add line
snaking through Tillman to McBryde
are a thing of the past. With the spring
semester, students are able to register
for classes via Wingspan, the Office
of Records and Registration’s online
After meeting with advisors – and the
advisors log on to SIS to OK their course
selection – students can check the course
schedule, choose a class and section,
and click to register.
“The program tells if a course is open
and how many seats are available. It also
checks for prerequisites and grades, if
specific grades are required,” explained
Tim Drueke, registrar. “If a lab is required, or if there is a schedule conflict,
the system will tell the student that as
Drueke said that in addition to registering – and dropping and adding classes,
students also can use Wingspan to check
grades, account balances, transcripts and
credits transferred to Winthrop from
other colleges. They also can check on
any holds blocking them for current registration.
“Students can register from any computer connected to the Internet, whether
across campus, across town or around
the world,” Drueke said.
Drueke said the new system will free
records and registration staff to direct
their efforts to students who are having
major problems or need course overrides.
Music and the spoken word resonate in Frances May Barnes Recital Hall throughout the year. Among the guests
appearing last October were (left to right) pianist Charles Hulin, a faculty jazz group and vice chair of First Union
Corp. Ben Jenkins.
Winthrop Update • Winter 2000-01
Tom Moore to serve
as acting dean for
Arts and Sciences
Tom Moore, former chair of the chemistry department and current director of
the Master of Liberal Arts program, will
take over as acting dean of the College of
Arts and Sciences when Betsy Brown
steps down on Feb. 1.
Brown, dean of
the College of Arts
and Sciences since
1994 and a member of the administration since
1990, has accepted a position
with the University of North Carolina. She will become an associate
Tom Moore
vice president for
academic affairs in the Office of the
President at the University of North Carolina on Feb. 1.
The University of North Carolina comprises 16 public institutions, including
UNC Chapel Hill, North Carolina School
of the Arts, North Carolina State University and Appalachian State University.
Moore will take over the leadership
of faculty, students and staff in 14 departments. Until his appointment as acting dean, he served as the president of
the faculty conference and faculty representative to Winthrop’s board of trustees. Moore earned a B.A. in chemistry
from Huntingdon College in Montgomery, AL, and a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from the University of South Carolina.
There will be a national search for a
new dean for the College of Arts and
Sciences at the beginning of 2001-2002
academic year.
”Perfume so powerful they seem to pass
Through all materials, perfusing even
from “The Flask” by Baudelaire
The French take their perfumes very
seriously. Donald Friedman, professor of modern languages, discovered
just how seriously when he toured the
factories over the summer, visited the
archives and talked with a few of the
“noses” of some
of the most well
known perfume
Polge, the nose
of Chanel, oversees the quality
of Chanel #5,
Coco and Allure.
“He works in
Donald Friedman
the tradition of
Chanel, which was founded in the
1920s,” Friedman said, explaining how
the perfumery began. “Ernest Beaux,
a perfumer at the court of Czar Nicholas II, had created a scent that was very
rich in rose and jasmine. When he
offered it to Coco Chanel, she said, ‘A
woman should smell like a woman
and not like a flower.’ In response, he
added aldehyde, a starchy smell that
gives Chanel #5 its distinctive fragrance of muted florals, creating a
scent analogous to an abstract painting.”
Friedman, who became curious
about the modern French perfume industry after noticing repeated perfume
imagery in turn-of-the-century French
poetry, said many of the fragrance
designers are third- or fourth-generation noses. Jacques Guerlain, the
grandfather of the current Guerlain
nose, Jean Paul Guerlain, created the
house’s signature scent, Shalimar. Jean
Paul Guerlain isn’t yet sure which − or
if either − of his two grandchildren
will be the nose of the next generation,
continuing a 175-year-old tradition.
Perspective noses undergo extensive training. Some who show promise attend a class in the south of France,
while others enroll in the Institute of
Perfumery in Paris for university level
“Noses must be able to recognize
up to 2,000 individual scents. They
must be able to memorize fragrances,
so that they are able to smell them
mentally,” Friedman said. “Just as
musicians compose in their heads,
noses create fragrances in their minds.
Perfumers are as important to the
French popular culture as vintners are.”
Just how important is obvious at
the Osmotheque, the library of lost
fragrances in Paris, which houses 2,000
lost perfumes that have been recreated
and stored in ideal conditions. There
visitors can sample the cologne made
for Napoleon and scents the ancient
Romans wore.
Like the perfumers throughout the
ages, today’s noses consider themselves olfactory poets. It is easy, they
say, to create a pleasing scents, but
great perfumes have the ability to recall memories and evoke dreams.
Board notes
Highlights of the Nov. 3 board of
trustees meeting:
• The university will sell $3.75 million in bonds to pay for the renovation of
the Sims Building. Another $1.25 million in bonds will be issued in July 2001.
• Winthrop also will sell $2.4 million
in athletic facility bonds to renovate the
baseball park, coliseum, softball complex and soccer fields. Money from the
sale, along with athletic fees and funds
from refinancing the coliseum, will pay
for the improvements.
• A third bond package will provide
for the lease/purchase of five police cars
for $110,000 and 252 personal computers for student laboratories for $230,000.
• The board increased executive master of business administration fees for
2001-2002 by 8.57 percent for in-state
residents to $19,000 and 9.27 percent
for out-of-state residents to $21,200.
• The board approved a bachelor’s of
arts degree in environmental studies and
B.S. degree in environmental sciences.
Both degrees still need approval from
the Commission on Higher Education.
contract extended
Winthrop’s board of trustees voted at
its June 9 meeting to extend President
Anthony DiGiorgio’s contract to June
30, 2003, adding one year to the
president’s current contract.
Board members also gave DiGiorgio
a rating of “exceeds expectations” during his formal evaluation. The Agency
Head Salary Commission recommended,
and the state Budget and Control Board
approved, a 5 percent raise to $127,947.
DiGiorgio has been president of Winthrop for 11 years.
Faculty to delve into Twain and Trevelyan during sabbaticals
The nine faculty members who will
be on sabbatical during the 2000-01 year
will be researching areas as wide-ranging as labor market conditions and lies in
dating relationships.
John Bird, associate professor of
English, will be on sabbatical for the
entire academic year finishing his book,
Mark Twain and Metaphor, a study of
Twain’s use of figurative language. Bird
joined the Winthrop faculty in 1993.
Peg De Lamater, associate professor
of art and design spent her fall sabbatical
working on an introductory art appreciation textbook, Visual Culture: a Global
Perspective. She is writing the Asian
section and is primarily responsible for
the modern/contemporary section as well.
De Lamater came to Winthrop in 1992.
Bob Edgerton, music professor, will
be taking spring semester to concentrate
on choral music arranging, composing
new settings of existing melodic material for combinations of singers with or
without instrumentation. While on sabbatical, Edgerton plans on mastering
computer music-writing technology,
completing ongoing creative projects and
creating new choral arrangements.
Bill Naufftus, English professor, will
be heading to libraries in the U.S. and
England to research and begin writing a
book on three related British historians:
Lord Macaulay; his nephew, Sir George
Otto Trevelyan; and Sir George’s son,
George Macaulay Trevelyan. Naufftus,
who received both the Outstanding Junior Professor and Kinard awards, has
been the Margaret Bryant Professor at
Winthrop since 1997. During his 200001 sabbatical, he will be looking at the
changes and continuity in their reports
on 18th-century British history. Naufftus
has been a faculty member since 1980.
Terry Norton, education professor,
spent fall semester expanding his booklet, “Literacy Strategies,” to a full-length
book. Norton, who joined the Winthrop
faculty in 1981, said he is designing his
book to help teachers with the S.C. curriculum standards for reading/English
language arts.
Darrell Parker, economics professor and director of the Economic Devel-
opment Center, will be interviewing and
surveying S.C. employers during spring
semester about how they are handling
the labor market conditions. Parker has
received Phi Kappa Phi and First Union
Bank excellence in teaching awards, was
named Winthrop’s Distinguished Professor and was the university’s first Grier
Professor of Business Administration.
He joined the Winthrop faculty in 1985.
Wilhelmenia Isaac Rembert ’72, associate professor of social work and
associate vice president for graduate studies, will spend a year researching leadership, strategic decision-making, the management of complex change, and dealing with diverse populations in P-12
public school systems, higher education
and business organizations to see what
parallels exist in those sectors. She also
will engage in a limited professional
social work practice. Rembert, who was
acting dean of the College of Education
last year, is a member of the CharlotteMecklenburg School Board, Rembert
says she plans to visit other communities
to learn how they address public educa-
tion reform and progress. She has been a
Winthrop faculty member since 1979.
Marilyn Smith, management professor, worked for Solectron Corp., an international provider of electronics manufacturing services to original equipment
manufacturers, during her fall sabbatical. She did process engineering and
applied her experience as a Malcolm
Baldrige National Quality Award examiner. Smith joined the Winthrop faculty
in 1989.
Jennifer Solomon, associate professor of sociology, will be doing research
for several books during her academicyear sabbatical. She will be working
with her graduate school mentor on a
book about lying between couples in a
dating relationship, work with a former
student on a book about the identity
theory and self-esteem, and collaborate
on a book about older people giving
away valued possessions. Solomon, who
joined the Winthrop faculty in 1990, has
been named Phi Kappa Phi Faculty Mentor three times and is a Faculty Student
Life Award winner.
Winthrop Update • Winter 2000-01
Fulbright recipient Schweitzer to
teach anthropology in Albania
Wilcox gets Governor’s Award in
humanities for academic achievement
International aid is normally thought
of in terms of food, shelter, water or
medicine. However, Mary Schweitzer is
one of approximately 2,000 U.S.
Fulbright grantees in the 2000-2001 year
who will offer the gift of education to the
international community.
Schweitzer, a
professor of anthropology, retired
in December with
more than 22 years
of service at Winthrop. She will
leave in February
for a six-month
term in Albania.
Mary Schweitzer
There, she will
teach anthropology courses on ethnicity
and cross culture conflict resolution at
The South Carolina Humanities Council has presented Earl Wilcox with a
Governor’s Award in the Humanities for
Academic Achievement for 2000.
Since 1991, 25 individuals and organizations have received the Governor’s
Award, the highest honor awarded
for public scholarship and service in
the humanities.
Wilcox is the
first award winner
from Winthrop.
He was selected for his impressive scholarly
durEarl Wilcox
ing a 30-year career at Winthrop. Cited for his work on
the University of Tirana, located in the
country’s capital.
“I hope to enrich the student’s understanding of the dynamics of ethnicity
and the sources of ethnic identity. This
will encourage them to be able to understand and appreciate the diversity of
other people,” said Schweitzer.
Schweitzer was selected for the grant
based on her academic and teaching
qualifications, publications, experience
in teaching in the international community and letters of recommendation.
Fulbright grants are highly competitive. Schweitzer was one of only three
U.S. professors chosen to receive an
Albania grant.
The Fulbright Program is committed
to building a mutual understanding between people of the United States and
the rest of the world.
Faculty member, art student work together to
help Liberian museum get back on its feet
In 1990, the Africana Museum at
Cuttington University College had a collection of African art that was the envy
of the continent. The museum proudly
displayed nearly 3,000 catalogued pieces
showcasing craftsmanship from throughout Africa. Today, the museum is literally a shell of itself. Only 153 pieces
remain, the rest having been looted or
destroyed, part of the toll of Liberia’s
civil war. The building itself escaped
serious damage because for a time it had
been transformed into a mosque.
Assistant art and design professor
Alice Burmeister and senior art history
major Erin Demery have begun the painstaking process of rebuilding the Africana
Burmeister and Demery, with a Research Council grant for faculty and student research, spent a month this summer at Cuttington University College in
Suacoco, Liberia, a village about 2˚
hours north of the capital city of
Monrovia. There they photographed and
videotaped the museum as they found it
– windows broken out, debris on the
floor. Then they began cleaning it up.
They documented the pieces that were
left and wrote descriptions. For each,
they assessed its ethnic origin, region
where it was created and probable date it
was made. They also described the size,
condition and function of the piece, as
well as how it was acquired. The last
time such a thorough inventory was done
With the reopening last summer of the Africana Museum at Cuttington University College,
assistant art and design professor Alice Burmeister (left) and senior art history major Erin
Demery have begun the painstaking process of rebuilding the museum.
was in 1976.
Burmeister thinks many of the missing pieces may have been purchased by
unsuspecting tourists or diplomatic personnel. She thinks they may have thought
they were buying crafts from local artists.
To give the local people a sense of
ownership in the museum, she and
Demery left the doors open while they
“We wanted the people to feel accountable for the items and to feel a
sense of cultural pride,” Burmeister said.
She said the college hopes to use the
museum as a teaching tool in anthropology, art and aesthetic appreciation courses.
Burmeister said the Liberian government sees education as the key to the
country’s recovery. However, first basic
needs must be met.
“Their first priorities are providing
adequate food, clean water and electricity,” she said.
The seven-year civil war devastated
the country, which was founded by freed
American slaves, many from York County.
Yet, the country is making progress.
“The people are hard workers and
have a great deal of resiliency,” Burmeister
said. “They are bouncing back.”
Before they left Suacoco, Demery
curated an opening exhibition of the
wooden sculptures, handwoven baskets
and intricately carved doors.
“It was a great learning experience for
me,” she said. “I’d never done a show
Demery plans to continue her work
with the museum as part of her cooperative experience. She is constructing a
database for the Cuttington Web site of
all the pieces currently in the museum as
well as those that are missing. She wants
people to know the museum has reopened and hopes someone will recognize a missing piece and return it.
American writers, Wilcox is the director
of the Robert Frost Society and founder
of the The Robert Frost Review. Now in
its 10th year, the journal is considered to
be the leading publication for scholarship on America’s beloved poet.
Wilcox directed an international Frost
conference at Winthrop in 1997. One of
the attendees was Lesley Lee Francis,
Frost’s granddaughter who wrote a letter
supporting Wilcox’s nomination.
Wilcox also served as the second president of the International Jack London
Society and co-founded the Philological
Association of the Carolinas, now boasting more than 300 members. The association brings teachers and scholars together to read papers, conduct seminars
and hold roundtable discussions on writers as diverse as Frost and Toni Morrison.
For six years, Wilcox was executive
director of the College English Association, a national organization, which was
housed at Winthrop from 1994-1999.
Wilcox retired in December after
teaching at Winthrop for 30 years.
Glen Broach
Glen Broach, political science
professor and chair of the Department of Political Science since 1984,
died Nov. 14 at his home.
Dr. Broach, 58, edited since 1986
a monthly newsletter, “The Carolina Report,” which covered S.C.
government and politics. He frequently was quoted in the media on
state political issues.
While at Winthrop, Dr. Broach
won a Fulbright Lectureship Grant
for Kiev, Ukraine, 1998, and a Group
Fulbright Support Grant for research
in Poland, 1995. He participated in
a Summer Fulbright Study Tour of
Poland in 1992. He also directed
Winthrop’s Junior Scholars Camp
for Gifted High School Students
since 1989. A Phi Kappa Phi mentor
from 1991-96, Dr. Broach won the
honorary society’s Teaching Excellence Award for 1992-93.
Dr. Broach taught political science courses on state and local government, public policy, public opinion, public administration and South
Carolina government.
He came to Winthrop in 1984
from East Tennessee State University, where he served as department
chair for six of his 12-year tenure.
Dr. Broach earned a bachelor’s
degree in political science from
Spring Hill College in Alabama and
a master’s and Ph.D. in political
science from the University of Alabama.
Memorials may be made to the
Winthrop University Foundation in
memory of Dr. Glen Broach.
Winthrop Update • Winter 2000-01
Students of note
Three chemistry majors had
summer internships at Atotech
Corp., an international manufacturer of electroplating chemicals
headquartered in Rock Hill. The
students were: Derek Elgin, a junior from Hartsville, SC, and
Heather Jessee, a sophomore
from Winnsboro, SC, who both
worked in the Research Chemistry Division, and Faith Roberts,
a senior from Lugoff, SC, who
worked in the Analytical Services
Paul Yates bewitched by magic of Disney
When John Paul Yates talks about
Disney, he uses the pronoun “we.”
After two internships and fellowship
ambassador program with Disney World
in Florida over the past two years, Yates
joined the theme park conglomerate as
entertainment manager with Walt Disney
Resorts in January after his December
graduation. Disney, with its cartoon characters and magical fantasies, has played
a significant role in Yates’ life.
“My parents did it to me. I went to
Disney three times a year since I was age
zero,” said the Goose Creek, SC, native,
who also worked in Disney stores as a
teen-ager to earn extra money.
Colombian trades order of the courts to
the stolid order of the business world
Martha Rojas has a desire to instill
order, previously in a life prosecuting
money launderers, now in the staid world
of business.
“I love to organize things,” said Rojas,
who is one of five consultants in
Winthrop’s Small Business Development Center. The graduate assistant helps
the center’s clients prepare business
plans, devise startups and coordinate
services. “I like to pull different elements together.”
Two years ago, Rojas left her job as a
Colombian prosecutor to work on a business administration degree at Gadsden
State Community College in Alabama.
She wanted to expand her skills and
learn English.
Rojas found out about Winthrop from
a Charlotte friend and enrolled this academic year to earn her M.B.A. “This is
my first business experience,” she said
of her work with the center.
However, Rojas knows plenty about
the illegal side of commerce.
From 1996 to 1998, she worked as a
prosecutor with the Office of the Prosecutor General handling international
money laundering cases. Rojas can’t talk
much about her former work except in
general terms.
She collected evidence, decided upon
charges or plea-bargains, seized assets
and −unlike American prosecutors − determined whether to grant bond to suspects before a trial.
“It was a special unit created in my
country in 1996,” Rojas said. Her country and the United States provided training at Quantico, VA, with American law
enforcement, drug and customs agents
and American prosecutors.
The complex cases they handled involved criminals who hid illegal money,
such as from sales of drugs or weapons.
Her team traced complex international
transactions through banks, the stock
market, dummy companies and other
economic avenues. Rojas’ team consisted of accountants, police officers and
business experts who shared information with other, similar teams.
“The transactions go from one coun-
Prosecutor turned businesswoman Martha
Rojas says she enjoys her assistantship with
the Small Business Development Center because she likes to organize things.
try to another and from one place to
another in different banks and financial
institutions,” she said.
Rojas had worked three years earlier
as a prosecuter in the anti-extortion and
anti-kidnapping unit and before that, investigating illegal behavior of public
employees, both in Armenia, Colombia.
She fell into the administrative work
while in law school, when her boss,
the dean of the law school, took a
high-ranking position similar to U.S.
inspector general. She was one of several people from her law school, Andes
University in Santafe de Bogota, to
move with him.
Rojas moved from the administrative
and judicial environment to the
prosecutor’s office because prosecutors
were familiar with her work.
Once in the prosecutor’s office working with money laundering, she found
she wanted to learn more about the business world.
“My business degree will complement my legal background, making it
possible for me to work in international
business,” Rojas said.
Yates arrived at Winthrop in fall 1996
with an intention to major in political
science. His booming voice and outgoing personality attracted the attention of
drama professors, and he quickly
switched to theatre performance. By his
sophomore year, he was off to Orlando
as part of the opening team of Disney’s
Animal Kingdom for a six-month internship.
He asked to work in attractions, merchandise or transportation. Disney fulfilled two of his three requests, making
him a driver on the Kilimanjaro Safaris
attraction. “I drove an 8 ˚ ton truck with
no a.c. that carried 32 people,” Yates
said. “They taught me how to drive it in
three days.”
After the driving lessons came script
memorization and training on the headsets. Yates, who admits to being a little
obsessive about his time at Disney,
counted up his trips over the two-mile
Safari course: 5,395. He also participated as part of the test team for night
Yates returned to Florida in the summer 1999 to work as a puppeteer intern
in the “Legend of the Lion King” in
Disney’s Magic Kingdom. He estimated
he performed in more than 600 shows
for more than 250,000 people.
Yates may talk about his internship
fondly, but he says it was his time as a
fellowship ambassador that cemented
his relationship with Disney. “I sold my
soul to those people willingly,” he said.
During the yearlong international program, Yates lived in a housing complex
with ambassadors representing more than
20 nations. He had roommates from
Holland and Zimbabwe and neighbors
from Croatia and Italy.
Group members didn’t always agree
on philosophies, but they got along exceedingly well through their work details, cultural presentations and yearlong seminars on such issues as leadership styles, cross-cultural understanding
and hospitality industry dynamics.
“We all just absolutely loved each
other,” Yates said. “They’re the 80 best
friends I have in this world.”
For their cultural presentation on the
United States, the American students
found little-known history tidbits to
“We showed them that during the
great immigration waves of the late 1800s
and early 1900s, ethnic names sometimes got ‘Americanized.’ We took their
last names and did the same,” said Yates.
He served as the emcee for the produc-
Students of note
Stephanie Koester, a senior
chemistry major from Valparaiso,
IN, worked as a summer chemistry
intern with Sherman Williams in
Cleveland, Ohio. The position was
one of the nationally advertised experiential opportunities in chemistry published by the American
Chemical Society.
Ben Franklin aka Paul Yates has been a
fixture at Disney World since he was a kid.
When he graduated in December, Yates
joined the theme park conglomerate as entertainment manager with Walt Disney Resorts.
tion dressed as Benjamin Franklin.
The yearlong experience certainly had
its scary moments. “We had very intense
bonding moments, such as the time when
the Moroccan guy was bitten by a scorpion at 3 a.m., and I had to drive him to
the hospital because he was allergic to
it.” And there was also the anxiety when
Hurricane Floyd threatened to hit Florida
but veered away.
One of the highlights for the ambassadors was working at Disney during the
millennium celebration on Dec. 31, 1999.
Yates claims he didn’t sleep for 72 hours
but made it through the hectic week of
preparations and New Year’s Eve with a
few naps and lots of coffee.
The theme park opened on Dec. 31 at
7 a.m. and reached capacity within half
an hour. “No one can do that like we
can,” he boasted of the midnight celebration, complete with the Spaceship
Earth countdown and 45 minutes of fireworks lighting up the sky.
Another memorable experience took
place five months later when Disney and
McDonalds brought 4,000 children from
all over the world who had performed
outstanding deeds. “We heard amazing
stories from these kids,” Yates said.
Along the way, Yates has met many
celebrities, including actors Drew Carey,
Christopher Reeve, Kevin Bacon,
Courtney Cox, Jennifer Aniston and retired basketball player Michael Jordon.
The end of the international ambassador program wasn’t the end of Disney’s
association with many of the students.
Yates estimated that half found permanent Disney positions in the United States
and around the world.
As for Yates, he wants to continue the
Disney magic. He already has recruited
some 10 students at Winthrop to work at
the giant Florida theme park.
“We’re just looking for good people,”
he said with a smile.
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when she returns from teaching abroad.
This past year, Julie participated in a
group exhibit and sold two drawings.
Lisa Knisley has been appointed as
director of community development for
the Fort Mill Area Council. She will
manage the chamber’s annual business
awards and small business roundtable
program. Lisa lives in Rock Hill.
Alexa Gordon Roberts has been
appointed downtown development director for Chester, SC. She and her family live in Chester.
Jenniffer Austin served as the accompanist for Winthrop’s summer performance of “The Diary of Adam and
Eve,” a one-act musical based on Mark
Twain’s short story “The Diaries of Adam
and Eve.” She lives in Pineville, NC.
Jennifer Todd Kapp reports that she
received her Master of Science degree in
professional counseling last spring from
Georgia State University. She and her
husband live in Atlanta.
Marcus Laster, a model for Barbizon
of Charlotte, received an international
award for placing second in the jeans
competition at the annual International
Model and Talent Association Convention held last summer in New York.
More than 4,000 contestants were exposed to more than 150 international
casting directors, personal managers and
agents at the event. Marcus lives in Fort
Mill, SC.
Jennifer Little was featured in the
Greenville News in a story about how
she and her roommate decorate their
house with flea market finds, treasures
from family attics and thrift shop bargains to create a retro look. Jennifer lives
in Greenville, SC.
Mary Rolfes writes that after working in professional theatres across the
U.S., she has settled in Charleston, SC,
where she is working as the production
stage manager with the Charleston Stage
Company. She is in charge of stage management for their 10-show season and
teaches acting classes to fourth- through
sixth graders. Mary lives in Mount Pleasant, SC.
Wendi Turner has joined the American Heart Association, Lowcountry Division as area director for managing the
annual Heart Ball, a social event held in
February. She lives in Charleston, SC.
Becky Tauss Adams has been hired
as director of community development
for the Rock Hill Area Council. She lives
in Rock Hill.
Dave Alsobrooks has joined
Jennings/The Agency as graphic designer. He develops and produces new
advertising concepts. Dave lives in Charlotte.
Derek Carlson and a friend have
formed V, Inc., a company that will
deliver online products that create value
for both suppliers and customers of transportation services. The company’s first
product, The Shipping Department, is an
online marketplace of shipping information, tools, services and carriers specifically for small businesses.
Jocquin Fuller, band director at
Sullivan Middle School, was named
Beginning Teacher of the Year after his
second year of teaching. Jocquin is also
assistant band director at Northwestern
High School. He resides in Spartanburg,
Lara Beth Winburn Hardwick
writes that she is pursing a master of
church music at the Southern Baptist
Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY.
She is active in the youth and music
ministry at her church. Lara Beth and her
husband live in Louisville, KY.
Dan Kophazi was featured in a (Rock
Hill) Herald story about how he and his
wife traveled to Russia and adopted two
boys after several months of paperwork
and regulations. Dan and his family live
in Rock Hill.
Kyle Tillman has been promoted to
senior tax accountant at Faulkner and
Thompson, certified public accountants.
Kyle, who lives in Rock Hill, joined the
firm in 1999 as a staff accountant.
Susan Tucker has been promoted to
general ledger manager of the Finance
and Accounting Department at
Burroughs & Chapin. Susan, who has
been with the company since 1995, lives
in Myrtle Beach, SC.
Rod Allan writes he is extremely
happy in his job at Datastream as a
Microsoft SQ1 technical analyst and that
he is doing extremely well. Rod lives in
Greer, SC.
Jennifer Corbell presented a joint
recital this summer at First Baptist
Church in Statesville, NC. The program
included operatic arias and art songs.
Jennifer, a soprano, is pursuing her
Master of Arts degree with a concentration in pedagogy at the University of
North Carolina at Greensboro and lives
in Statesville, NC.
Classroom lessons pay off for business
Evidence of Bernie Brown’s Winthrop education adorns his family’s
business, the venerable VisuLite Theatre in Charlotte.
The jewel-toned curtains represent
his interior design classes. Some of his
business acumen − such as getting
rights to use the name VisuLite − may
be traced to time he spent taking Winthrop marketing classes in the early
Brown and his brother, Chris,
bought the old theatre on Elizabeth
Avenue in Charlotte almost two years
ago. They renovated the inside, putting in new electrical, plumbing and
mechanical systems and installing a
new floor that would give every seat a
good view of the stage.
Charlotteans used to flock to the
VisuLite Theatre in its heyday because
it was the only East Coast theatre with
a rear projection system. “It was easier
on the eyes,” Brown explains of the
system in the theater that opened in
1938 as the Queen City’s first neighborhood cinema. Residents first saw
Rhett and Scarlett in “Gone With the
Wind” there, as well as Dorothy, Toto
and friends in “The Wizard of Oz.”
The VisuLite remained a theatre
and art house until the early 1980s
when a series of retail shops occupied
the space. The Browns pledged when
they bought the theatre that it would
return to its intended use, “a place for
entertainment and assembly.”
They want to help improve the city’s
image regarding the arts.
“Charlotte has gotten a bad name,”
Brown said because the city withdrew
some funding for the arts a few years
ago. “People think it is a banking town
and is all about money. We want people
to know there is support for this kind
of thing.”
The artsy Elizabeth neighborhood
supports the family’s efforts to attract
top national and regional musical talent, said the Winthrop alum. The
VisuLite brings in jazz, blue grass,
folk and acoustic bands, and hosts
amateur poetry readings once a month.
“There’s a real need in Charlotte
for mid-level places to perform,”
Brown added. There are nightclubs,
such as the Double Door and Jack
Straws, but after that, a group would
have to play somewhere large such as
the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center.
The VisuLite fills that niche with
its capacity for as many as 500 people.
“This location is very key,” Brown
Since the private club opened in
November 1999, the owners have built
its membership to 3,000 people, mostly
in the 25- to 35-age category. Brown
estimates he sends out 2,000 e-mail
messages a week to let members know
what’s happening. The theatre also
has hosted several charity events, raising more than $150,000 for such causes
as multiple sclerosis and Hands on
Brown’s brother Chris handles the
bar and personnel, while Brown lines
up the entertainment. “We do probably 16 to 18 shows a month” featuring live bands, Brown said.
He also opened the theatre this holiday season to host corporate Christmas parties.
This winter, the VisuLite will begin
showing art, cult and classic films on
Sunday, Monday and Tuesday nights.
Brown would love to see the place
evolve into a stop for such national
talent as Willie Nelson and sell tickets
for $30 to $40.
Until then, the former business
major is building up his clientele and
trying to make a name for the VisuLite.
“I would love to show some of my
business professors what we’re doing
and talk to them about it,” Brown said,
adding that he doesn’t always have
much time for much long-term planning. “I’m beating it down every day
with real life.”
− Judy Longshaw
Darryl Gomez, who is playing soccer for the Richmond Kickers of the ALeague, is a member of the Trinidad and
Tobago Under-23 Olympic and National
Team. He lives in Scarborough, Ontario,
Ben Hough has joined Design Associates as a graphic designer. Ben lives in
Pageland, SC.
Adrienne Walters has joined the
forestry consulting firm of Shaw
McLeod Belser and Hurlbutt Inc. of
Sumter as a development and communications assistant. Adrienne lives in
Sumter, SC.
Using business skills he learned at Winthrop, Bernie Brown and his brother have bought
and revitalized the VisuLite Theatre in Charlotte. Brown keeps in touch with his business
professors and is proud to show them what he has accomplished.
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the District 1 Adjuster of the Year for the
Greer Claims Service Center of South
Carolina Farm Bureau Insurance Co. He
lives in Spartanburg, SC.
Ronald Rossie has accepted a position with FedEx Custom Critical as the
MidSouth regional recruiter. He is responsible for owner/operator recruiting,
contractor relations and fleet expansion
and management. Ronald and his wife
live in Greer, SC.
Phoebe Perry Sortet, a licensed social worker, has joined the staff of Hospice Community Care as a community
development coordinator. The non-profit
organization cares for terminally ill patients and their families in York, Chester,
Cherokee, Fairfield, Lancaster and Union
counties. Phoebe lives in Rock Hill.
Theresa Bumstead Hanna reports
that she and her husband have adopted a
year-old boy from Novokuznetsk, Russia. She and her family live in
Blythewood, SC.
Vann Newkirk has joined North
Carolina Wesleyan College as the director of institutional research. Vann is a
doctoral candidate in history at Howard
Daphine Glenn Robinson reports
that she has received her Master of Business Administration degree last spring
from Charleston Southern University.
Upon graduation, she and her husband
relocated to Pittsburgh.
Gary Simrill of Rock Hill has been
selected for inclusion in the Millennium
Edition of “Who’s Who in the South and
Southeast.” Gary is a York County businessman who has served in the S.C.
House of Representatives since 1993.
Carol Stewart writes that she received her specialist degree in health
and physical education last summer from
Augusta State University. She and her
daughter live in Augusta, GA.
Leslie Gravett of Lexington, SC,
writes that she received her interdisciplinary Master of Arts in theatre last summer from the University of South Carolina. She says she is doing well and
working as a drama teacher at Lexington
High School.
Christina Skelton Hunt writes that
she enjoys being a stay-at-home mom
with her two children.Christina and her
family live in Fernandina Beach, FL.
branch operations manager at the Nine
West office of Founders Federal Credit
Union. Daryl, who has his doctorate in
metaphysics from the University of
Metaphysics, also is an advanced
hypnotherapist and counselor through
the International Association of Counselors and Therapists and the American
Board of Hypnotherapy. He owns Bowie
Center of Hypnotherapy.
Daryl Candice Croxton reports that
last spring she transferred to the accounting department of Kanawha Insurance Co. as a staff accountant. She previously served in the marketing department of Kanawha HealthCare Solutions,
Inc. Candice lives in Lancaster, SC.
Edie Turner Dillé featured in The
(Rock Hill) Herald as mentor of the
week last fall. A teacher at York Technical College, she also is the college’s
acting adviser for its Web master program and manager of the Education Technologies Center. Edie lives in Rock Hill.
Kristi Lynne Herin wants her classmates to know that she is working as an
investment specialist for Greenwood
Bank and Trust. She lives in Greenwood, SC.
Shelia Doyle Jiles writes that she is
enjoying experiencing a new culture in
her job as a speech language pathologist
for the Department of Defense Dependents Schools on Osan Air Force Base in
South Korea. Sheila says her role is a
dual one. Since U.S. admissions officers
can’t make it to Korea, the teachers
speak to their students about their
schools. So, Sheila will be making her
pitch for Winthrop at a local college fair.
Meredith Cornwell Nutter performed as “Eve” in the one-act musical
“The Diary of Adam and Eve” last summer at Winthrop University. The musical is based on the Mark Twain short
story, “The Diaries of Adam and Eve.”
Meredith lives in Rock Hill.
Amy Taylor Amyette writes that she
is working as a clinical counselor with
the South Carolina Department of Mental Health in Kershaw County. She says
she and her husband spend most of their
spare time backpacking and on the water
at Lake Wateree. They live in Camden,
Brad Bryant has been named managing editor of The Laurens County
Advertiser, where he previously was
sports editor. He and his wife live in
Laurens, SC.
Laney Vehorn Robinson reports that
she loves her job as an executive associate for First Union National Bank in
Charlotte and has been with the bank for
six years. She and her husband live in
Pineville, NC.
Laurie Carpenter has a new job as
coordinator of marketing and recruitment for Graduate Studies at Winthrop.
Previously, Laurie was an administrative specialist in that office. She lives in
Rock Hill.
Paula Norris Lollis reports that she
is working as a business development
manager with Gates/Arrow Distribut-
Daryl Bowie has been promoted to
ing, a division of Arrow Electronics, in
Greenville, SC. She and her husband
live in Greer, SC.
Chad Smith has accepted a position
as an attorney with the 16th Circuit
Solicitor’s office in York, SC. He lives
in Rock Hill.
Mark Sweetman has joined Andrew
Jackson High School as assistant principal. Mark, who has been in education for
21 years, served as guidance counselor
at Andrew Jackson from 1988-91. He
and his wife live in Sumter, SC.
Greg Blackmon, a certified public
accountant, has formed a partnership
and begun Robinson-Blackmon Tax &
Accounting Service. Greg lives in
Lancaster, SC.
Morri Creech has won Kent State
University’s Stan and Tom Wick Poetry
Prize for a first book of poetry, Paper
Cathedrals, published by Kent State
University Press. His poems have appeared in journals such as the Sewanee
Review, Poetry and the New Criterion.
An assistant professor at McNeese State
University, Morri teaches in the M.F.A.
program. He and his wife live in Lake
Charles, LA.
Richard Jenkins, completed his
MBA this fall from the University of
Phoenix. He and his wife, Undrea Capers Jenkins ’92, reside in WinstonSalem, NC.
Carla Simon, assistant principal at
Main Street Elementary School in Lake
City, SC, was featured in a summer issue
of Today’s Woman for her dedication to
children. In addition to her work at school,
Carla is extremely active in community
activities with young people, including a
traveling mentor program and the local
Girl Scout troop. She also is a part-time
kick boxing instructor. Carla lives in
Lake City.
Lauri SoJourner Yeargin of Rock
Hill has received the William Leftwich
Award for Outstanding New Professional
from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Region
III. Student development coordinator
for orientation and community servicelearning at Winthrop University, Lauri
was recognized for re-establishing a community voluntary service class for credit,
creating a Service Learning Center in the
Department of Student Development,
managing the Close Scholars program
and leading the annual Volunteer Fair.
She also co-chaired the S.C. College
Professional Association’s fall conference and was a volunteer with the Worthy Boys and Girls camp.
Tabatha Barber-Crank has joined
the staff of Hospice Community Care as
a social worker and will handle admissions and provide bereavement services
to patients and families. She lives in
Great Falls, SC.
Virginia Helms Bowman has joined
the staff of Keystone Substance Abuse
Services as an alcohol and drug safety
action program counselor. She previously worked with the York County
Department of Social Services. Virginia
lives in Rock Hill.
Paula Hobbs is working as a career
counselor for Northwestern High School
and the Applied Technology Center. She
helps students learn about their abilities
and the jobs available to them in their
areas of interest. Paula lives in Rock
Blackmon Huckabee has joined
Murdock Law Firm as a staff member.
He lives in Rock Hill.
Kimberly Porter McVay has been
chosen as the 2000-2001 teacher of the
year at Dacusville Elementary School.
She also is serving as a member of the
board of directors for the Pickens County
First Steps for School Readiness. Kimberly and her husband live in Easley, SC.
Robert Ouzts of Allen Tate Realtors
received the Sertoma Club’s Sertoman
of the Year award for outstanding service. Robert, who provided publicity for
the club, lives in Rock Hill.
Alicia Picaro reports that she is teaching eighth grade social studies in Hollywood, SC. Alicia lives in Charleston,
Dawn Pompeii writes that she is
working as the director of the annual
fund at the University of South Carolina.
Her husband, Ron Pompeii, is enrolled
in pharmacy school at USC. They live in
Columbia, SC.
Karen Onspaugh Pope writes that
she has received her master’s in elementary school counseling from The Citadel
and teaches at Fairfield Primary School.
She and her husband live in Winnsboro,
Shari Schlicht Tanner writes that
she graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina last spring with a
master’s degree in rehabilitation sciences, physical therapy. She and her
husband live in Bamberg, SC.
Michael York writes he is working
as assistant director of operations at
Tropical in Charlotte. He lives in Rock
Hill, SC.
Kristen Cowen writes that she is
working as a financial consultant with
Salomon Smith Barney and lives in Charlotte, NC.
Julie Goolsby writes that she is teaching English in Prague, Czech Republic.
Julie has been accepted into the M.F.A.
painting program at George Washington
University in Washington, DC, but has
deferred her enrollment until fall 2001
Winthrop Update • Winter 2000-01
Greenville City Council. She lives in
Greenville, SC.
Angela Denise Ghent writes that she
has served as a missionary to Russia and
Guatemala. Now a sixth-grade teacher at
United Faith Christian Academy in Charlotte, she is recording a worship CD.
Angela lives in Lancaster, SC.
Anne Holladay has been named as
the director of public information for the
Chester County School District. She previously served as Great Falls Middle and
High School’s drama instructor. Anne
lives in Chester, SC.
Mary Humbach McKelvey has been
named program manager for the Center
for Management & Leadership at York
Technical College. She and her husband
live in Rock Hill.
David Raines has joined the First
Reliance Bank as credit manager. He
lives in Florence, SC.
Mark Rodman writes that he works
as chief operating officer for Preservation North Carolina, a statewide nonprofit organization that promotes the
preservation of historic structures
throughout North Carolina. He received
a Master of Arts degree in historic preservation planning from Cornell University last summer. Mark lives in Raleigh,
Kelly Hoffman Weiss is working as
a teacher at Oakbrook Elementary
School. She and her husband, John
Weiss ’88, have three children and live
in Charleston, SC.
Paige Lusk Cromer has been named
Teacher of the Year for Whitmire Elementary School. She has taught at
Whitmire schools for 11 years and has
twice been recognized in Who’s Who
Among America’s Teachers based on
nominations by former students. Paige
and her husband have two daughters and
live in Newberry, SC.
Peg Fetter reports that her home is
featured in Metropolitan Home American Style published by Dylan Landis,
Clarkson Potter. The coffee table book,
which includes designer Michael Graves,
was released last fall. Peg lives in St.
Louise, MO.
Lynn Oshields LeGrand, a secondgrade teacher at Rosewood Elementary
School, has been named Teacher of the
Year for 2000-2001 for the Rock Hill
district. Lynn lives in Rock Hill.
Lori Edstrom Liedy writes that after
living in Austria for six years, she and
her husband have now been back in the
United States for three. The Liedys have
two children and live in Denver, CO,
where Lori is a stay-at-home mom.
John Weiss has been named advertising director of The Summerville Journal Scene. He and his wife, Kelly
Hoffman Weiss ’87, have three children
and live in Charleston, SC.
Paula Morgan Doolittle reports that
she has been named Teacher of the Year
for 2000-2001 at Edwards Middle
School where she is a guidance counselor. She says she truly believes that the
education and training she gained at
Winthrop shines through professionally
and that Winthrop taught her leadership
and determination. Paula lives in Central, SC.
Susan Greene Fischer participated
in the ribbon cutting service last summer
at the opening of Greene’s Funeral Home
Northwest Chapel, the Greene family’s
second funeral home in Rock Hill. Susan, who lives in Rock Hill, is manager
for the chapel.
Mary Jane McGill has been named
associate director of Keystone Substance
Abuse Services. Mary Jane, who had
previously worked at Keystone in parttime positions, has 19 years experience
in the field.
Bill Pfister has been appointed by the
International Mission Board to fill an
evangelism assignment in Buenos Aires,
Argentina. He has been pastor of Swift
Creek Baptist Church in Hartsville, SC,
for the past two years.
Angie Meetze Wilkerson reports that
she is the owner of AMW Tutorial Service, which works with children in grades
1-8 in math, reading, language arts, writing and study skills. She and her husband
have two sons and one daughter and live
in Gaffney, SC.
Rhonda Short Hackworth reports
she is working on a Ph.D. at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music. Rhonda and her husband
live in Kansas City, MO.
Mark McCall has been named a partner of C.C. McGregor & Company,
L.L.P. He received his master of taxation
degree from the University of South
Carolina in 1991 and has been a CPA
since 1994. Mark, who lives in Columbia, SC, has extensive experience in the
areas of state and federal taxation for
individuals, corporation, estates, fiduciaries and partnerships.
Mike Mullins has been recognized as
Winthrop’s melting pot forges new life in new country
Winthrop was in
about him and
V i c t o r i a
about our daughUricoechea’s desters,” Uricoechea
tiny. Although she
was stymied in her
For two years,
first attempt to study
Uricoechea and
at the university,
Mansueti thought
she’s back and goabout leaving their
ing for her second
home. Uricoechea
Winthrop degree.
said they were not
A native of
alone. She said that
Bogota, Colombia,
because of the vioUricoechea spent
lence, the country
her senior year in
is losing the engihigh school as an exneers, architects
change student in
and other educated
Plymouth, WI. She
professionals not
enjoyed her U.S. exonly to the U.S.,
perience so much,
but also to Costa
she wanted to stay in
Rica, Spain, Chili,
Argentina and
this country to complete her college edu- Victoria Uricoechea, Patrice Mansueti and their daughters Nathalie and Stephanie are truly an other Latin Ameriinternational family, melding their Colombian and French heritage in their new life in the can countries. Last
United States.
summer, Mansueti
“I have an aunt
who lives in Charlotte, so my parents
his B.S. in finance. They flew to Bogota
asked for a transfer to Charlotte.
said I could stay with her and go to
and were married over the holiday break
Uricoechea arrived in August and
Winthrop,” she remembered.
before Mansueti entered Winthrop’s
re-enrolled in Winthrop’s M.A. proUricoechea happily settled in with
M.B.A. program.
gram in Spanish. She also is teaching
her aunt and began taking classes at
While she waited for him to graduate,
Spanish classes at the university. The
Central Piedmont Community College
Uricoechea taught Spanish in the Rock
girls followed in September. Speaking
to prepare her for the TOEFL English
Hill schools and at Winthrop while she
French and Spanish, but no English,
language proficiency test which is rebegan work on her M.A. in Spanish.
they enrolled at Ebinport Elementary
quired of foreign students wishing to
When Mansueti graduated, the couple
in Rock Hill.
study in the U.S. That’s when she ran
moved to France. However, after a little
“At first, the little one would cry
into her roadblock to Winthrop in the
over a year, they decided to relocate to
every day,” Uricoechea said. “She said
form of a young man she began dating.
Colombia where they felt there were
she would ask to go to the bathroom,
When Uricoechea’s parents learned
better job opportunities. Shortly after
and no one would understand her.”
18-year-olds could get married in the
arriving, Mansueti got a job with ING, a
However, within two months, with
United States without parental apDutch bank, and Uricoechea had their
the help of understanding teachers and
proval, they whisked her home.
first child.
a Dominican Republic classmate, they
Five years and one undergraduate
Seven years went by. By then,
were speaking English and reporting
business degree later, Uricoechea deMansueti was working for Bank of
to their mother that they are very happy.
cided to try again. At a more mature 23,
America and Uricoechea had given birth
“Kids are like sponges. They learn
she enrolled in Winthrop’s M.B.A. proto their second daughter. However, belanguages so quickly. It is much easier
gram. Once again, a young man caught
neath their happy exterior, worries
to learn at 5 and 8 than at 18 and 20.
her eye. This time, her parents aploomed. The economic situation in CoMy older daughter is making 90s on
proved. Patrice Mansueti ’88, M.B.A.
lombia was deteriorating, and violence
her spelling tests. A girl from Mexico
‘90 was a Frenchman taking classes at
and corruption were commonplace.
has entered the school, and she wants
Winthrop under the ESICAD program.
“The threat of kidnapping was part of
to help her make the transition.”
“I got here in August and we started
daily life. Although we wouldn’t see it,
Finally, in November, Mansueti
dating in September,” Uricoechea said.
we knew that the drug lords and the
joined his wife and children. The multiIn December of 1988, she graduated
guerillas were powerful. With my husnational family is back at Winthrop
with her master’s in business adminisband being a foreigner working for an
where their story began.
tration, and Mansueti graduated with
American company, we were worried
− Gina Carroll Howard
Winthrop Update • Winter 2000-01
Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. She
teaches pre-calculus, calculus and
teacher cadet at Fort Mill High School.
Anne lives in Rock Hill.
Ruthie Ayers McCraw writes that
she is a stay-at-home mom to her two
children. She and her family live in
Easley, SC.
Christine Sherman reports that she
is a major in the U.S. Army working at
the Training and Doctrine Command
(TRADOC) at Fort Monroe, VA. She
has completed 18 years of active duty
service and is currently involved in redesigning the Army for the 21st century.
Christine says the Army will demonstrate the new Force XXI Division next
spring at the National Training Center in
Fort Irwin, CA.
Tamah Hamlin Day reports that she
is now serving as director of elementary
education for the Pickens County School
District. Tamah has two children and
lives in Easley, SC.
Frank Greene participated in the ribbon cutting service this summer at the
opening of Greene’s Funeral Home
Northwest Chapel, the Greene family’s
second funeral home in Rock Hill.
Celeste Herndon reports that she has
retired as safety officer with the Public
Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg
County after more than 10 years. Celeste,
who lives in Charlotte, says she would
love to hear from classmates.
Jeannie Harris Jamieson participated in the Santee Cooper Energy Education Seminar last summer. The seminar was held for teachers, principals and
administrators. Jeannie lives in Fort Mill,
Bert Owens writes that he is working
as the vice president of West End Retirement Center Inc. and the assistant football and baseball coach at Easley High
School. He lives in Easley, SC.
Raymond Tucker has been named
as the director of the Piedmont Choral
Ensemble. He also serves as a minister
of music at First United Methodist
Church in Charlotte. Raymond, who lives
in Batesburg, SC, enjoys antiquing, cooking, historical research, entertaining and
Mary Mallette Jenkins Wood writes
that she is working as an elementary
guidance counselor at Lesslie Elementary School. She and her husband have
two sons and live in Rock Hill.
Katrina Greene received an M.A.
and Ph.D. in developmental psychology
from the University of Virginia. She is in
a tenure-track position in the Department of Human Development at Cornell
University and this year is a visiting
scholar in the Department of Psychology
at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.
tems. He and his wife have three children and live in Purcellville, VA.
Shelia Ann James reports that she is
working on her M.A. in conflict resolution at Columbia College, Columbia,
SC, where she resides.
Amanda Frick Maghsoud was promoted to associate vice president for
finance and business at Winthrop University. In addition to her responsibilities as university treasurer and controller, she is responsible for the university’s
budgets. She also serves as the university liaison with the offices of the state
Budget and Control Board and state Treasurer. Amanda, her husband, son and
daughter live in Rock Hill.
Pattie Dove May participated in the
Santee Cooper Energy Education Seminar last summer. The seminar was held
for teachers, principals and administrators. Pattie and her husband live in Rock
Brenda Thompson McCorkle, formerly director of membership for the
York County Regional Chamber of Commerce, completed a week-long professional development program last summer with the Institute for Organizational
Management at the University of Georgia. Upon completion of the program,
Brenda was promoted to the position of
vice president for membership and marketing. She lives in York, SC.
Patsy Bowman, reading specialist at
Fort Mill Elementary, will be traveling
to China for three weeks in February as
part of the People to People Ambassador
Program. She and the other instructors
on the trip will share their teaching methods with Chinese teachers and study the
country’s culture. Patsy, who lives in
Fort Mill, SC, traveled to Japan in 1998
as a Fulbright Memorial Scholar. She
looks forward to sharing her experiences
with her students when she returns.
Meredith Smith Cadallader is very
involved in her church activities in her
hometown of Holiday, FL. Meredith
teaches a home Bible study class and is
a member of the church’s music ensemble.
Lisa Campbell Carlton has been
named placement director at Swofford
Career Center where she served as the
marketing instructor for 10 years. Lisa
and her husband live in Greer, SC.
Glinda Price-Coleman has resigned
her position as executive director of the
Chester Downtown Development Association. She lives in Chester, SC.
Stephen Swan has joined the staff of
Drayton Hall as the museum shop assistant. Stephen, who has more than 10
years of retail experience, lives in
Charleston, SC.
James Watts writes that he is working as a senior consultant at Siebel Sys-
David Casey reports that he was
named state manager for Cooperative
Care Planning Services. He and his wife
have twin boys and live in Rock Hill.
Kay Roberts Cauthen, director of
Cauthen Funeral Home in Lancaster,
SC, was named vice president of the S.C.
Funeral Directors Association for 20002001. She and her family live in
Lancaster, SC.
Steve Clark reports that he is working as the southeast area manager for
Kohler Co. in the generator division. His
wife, Eileen McManus Clark, is a homemaker. They have three children and live
in Columbia, SC.
Scott L. Coleman, an amateur historian, found a Confederate cannon shell
and parrot shell in the muddy bottom of
the Catawba River. His interest in the
Catawba cannons began in the mid-’80s
when he taught at what was then Castle
Heights Junior High. Scott lives in
Whitmire, SC.
Larnie Lewers, who has been an
educator for more than 25 years, has
been appointed assistant principal at
Southside Middle School. For the last
three years, she served as principal at
Johnakin Middle School in Marion.
Larnie lives in Florence, SC.
Theresa Monts Nelson writes that
she is working as an occupational therapist. She and her husband have two sons
and live in Mount Pleasant, SC.
Susan Crowther O’Brien, Microsoft
certified systems engineer, owns her own
company Alar Productions Inc. a Web
and database design company. She resides in Crownsville, MD.
Chris Rolph writes that he is living in
Brisbane, Australia, where he teaches at
a private high school.
Wade H. Witherspoon, III has been
named assistant director of Communities in Schools. He works with the CIS
daycare as well as serves in a disciplinary role. Wade and his wife have two
children and live in Rock Hill.
Cathie Cooper Gober writes that
she was selected as Teacher of the Year
for 1999-2000 at Sugar Hill Elementary
in Buford, GA. She has taught for 14
years in the Gwinnett County Schools.
She and her family live in Alpharetta,
Sara Edstrom Lang reports she and
her husband, John Lang, returned from
Russia where they finalized the adoption
of their two daughters. She and her family live in Beaufort, SC.
Cynthia Washington Williams has
received her Master of Arts degree in
counseling from Webster University’s
Metropolitan Campus in North Charleston, SC. Cynthia, who lives in Charleston, works as a clinical counselor at the
Charleston County Detention Center.
Stewart Berry writes that he is working in outside sales for Rental Service
Corp. He and his family live in Greer,
Jackie Cooley-Finger has been
named guidance counselor for Swofford
Career Center where she had served as
placement director for the past 12 years.
Jackie and her husband live in Chesnee,
John Harp has been named as the
dean of students at Cornell College. He
previously served as the associate dean
of students at Cornell and has been in the
field of college administration for 13
years. John lives in Mount Vernon, IA.
Robert McDonald has been named
part-time assistant dean at the Virginia
Military Institute. He also teaches part
time in the Department of English and
Fine Arts and continues as director of the
Writing Across the Curriculum Program.
Robert joined the VMI faculty in 1992.
He and his wife live in Lexington, VA.
Robin Smith writes that she is teaching in McClellaville, SC, and also has a
business with a high school friend specializing in custom window treatments.
Active in her church, Robin lives in
Georgetown, SC.
Derrick Alridge was featured in The
(Rock Hill) Herald last fall for teaching
teachers, administrators, policy makers
and historians how the civil rights movement affects schooling and education.
Derrick is an assistant professor at the
University of Georgia.
Judy Alston writes that she was recently appointed chair of the Department of Educational Administration and
Supervision at Bowling Green State
University. She lives in Toledo, Ohio.
Tracy Holcombe Craven, a firstgrade teacher at Oakdale Elementary
School, has been awarded one of the
Milken Family Foundation’s National
Educator Awards. She received $25,000,
which she says she will use to start a
college fund for her infant son. Tracy
also will be traveling to Hollywood, CA,
where she will join the other winners for
the year 2000. The Cravens live in Rock
Johnny Dewese has been named area
supervisor II at the Lancaster Area Office and Training Center of S.C. Vocational Rehabilitation. Johnny and his
wife live in Great Falls, SC.
Chandra Dillard reports that she was
elected to a four-year term on the
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2000-2001. She and her husband own a
Christmas tree farm and live in Pelzer,
Katherine McGinnis Sammons
writes that she is working as the vice
president of information services for
Follman Properties. She says she would
love to hear from fellow classmates.
Katherine and her family live in Ballwin,
Martha Sentelle-Brown wants her
friends to know that she is head of interior designer and marketing at the Clark
Group, Inc., an architectural, space planning and design/build firm in the
Harbison area of Columbia. She and her
husband have one son and live in Irmo,
SC. They enjoy traveling and raising
Labradors and going to Georgia football
Sally Tyler-Shive reports that she
has just completed her first year back in
Chester, SC, where she serves as the
curriculum coordinator for Chester
Middle School. She and her daughter
reside in Rock Hill.
Susan Brunson Barrett of Charleston, SC, writes that she enjoying having
dinner and spending the evening with
fellow class of ’77 members Joanne
Baines Abernathy of Gaffney, SC; Ginger Barfield of Cayce, SC; Rhetta
Moore of Mount Pleasant, SC; and Susan Whittier Vinson of Charleston, SC,
at the home of Susan Clarkson in
Charleston. She says it was great to get
together with old friends.
Pam Griffin Boiter reports that she
is relocation director for Rigby Co. Realtors in Greenville, SC. She and her
husband reside in Greenville.
Michael Dearing was named information systems audit specialist for First
Citizens Bank. He lives in Garner, NC.
Doug Echols, mayor of Rock Hill,
was elected to the Municipal Association of South Carolina’s board of directors. Doug and his wife reside in Rock
Marsha Broach Haselden reports
that she is now employed by the Gaston
County Schools as the media coordinator at Pinewood Elementary. She and her
husband live in Stanley, NC.
Robert Roberts writes that he has
retired from the Kershaw County Schools
as a teacher and coach. Robert lives in
Kershaw, SC.
Betty Phillips Robinson has been
named the 2000 Teacher of the Year at
Guinyard School in St. Matthews, SC,
where she and her husband live.
Jerry Thomas has been named superintendent of Union County public
schools. For the past six years, he has
served as deputy superintendent. Jerry
and his family live in Wingate, NC.
Ben Johnson is working as an attorney with Robinson, Bradshaw and
Hinson in Rock Hill.
and live in Mauldin, SC.
this year. She lives in Greenville, SC.
Kathryn Leonard Hamilton reports
that she moved to a brand new school
Anne Ledford has been named a
2000 Educator of Distinction by the
James Lyon says he still is serving as
a parish priest at the Church of the Good
Shepherd in Columbia, SC. This year he
was inducted into the Anglican Priests
Eucharistic League and admitted as a
priest associate of the Society of the
Holy Cross. He and his wife, Sallie Leslie
Lyon ’79, live in Columbia, SC.
Anita Wilson writes that she was
happy to see her former roommate, Rosey
Fender Anderson of Barnwell, SC,
when Rosey served on the Southern
Regional Education Board site visit team
to her school, Laurens District 55 High
School, last spring. Anita, who lives in
Simpsonville, SC, works as administrative assistant for curriculum and instruction at LDHS. She says they enjoyed
visiting with Anita and getting caught up
on family news.
Deana Lemmons Blanton writes that
she is a partner with her family in two
businesses, Catalog Clothing and Decorative Fabrics. She and her husband live
in Gaffney, SC.
Karen Greene Frazier has been chosen to receive a Canine Assistants service dog from Winn Dixie, Milk-Bone
and the Canine Assistants Organization.
Karen, who has muscular dystrophy, will
receive her own dog after she attends the
Canine Assistants camp. Her dog will be
trained to meet her individual needs.
Karen and her husband live in Rock Hill.
Sallie Leslie Lyon writes she is a
volunteer coordinator at St. Joseph’s
Catholic School in Columbia, SC. She
and her husband, James Lyon ’78, live
in Columbia.
Sula Smith Pettibon has joined the
staff of The (Rock Hill) Herald as the
business editor and is writing business
stories and oversees the content of the
business section. Sula left The Herald in
1992 after serving as managing editor,
city editor, assistant city editor and reporter. For the past six years, she has
been a religion teacher at St. Anne Catholic School. Sula and her husband have
two children and live in Rock Hill.
Pat Eller Richardson has been
named Employee of the Year by Richland
Lexington State Employee Chapter and
Female Employee of the Year by the
S.C. State Employee Association. Pat is
a graduate of the class of 2000 Leadership South Carolina and lives in Columbia, SC.
Vicki Hawkins Corn reports that after
coaching softball at Spartanburg Methodist College for 11 years, she now is
serving as an academic advisor for SMC.
She and her husband have two children
Success By 6 director Donna Wooldridge says the children’s initiative puts together
specific annual goals to reach their objective of having all children in York County
prepared to enter school.
Donna Wooldridge working to ensure
that children get successful start
Some people fear it, others can’t
live without it, but for Donna
Wooldridge, director of Success By 6,
change has made her more aware of
the problems facing York County’s
A native of Lynchburg VA,
Wooldridge, ’74, M.Ed. ’79, had been
working at York Technical College
for 11 years as the director of the
Women’s Center, when she decided it
was time for something new.
“As the director of the Women’s
Center, I was responsible for promoting success in women’s lives through
economic self-sufficiency. This sufficiency was encouraged by a focus on
education and training. We made this
happen by working with health and
human services, educational, government and various other organizations.
I was happy with the impact the center
made on the lives of women, but it was
time for a change,” said Wooldridge.
Through her experience at York
Tech, Wooldridge acquired the skills
she needed to take on the task of
directing Success By 6.
“Collaboration with other organizations was an important part of my
job at York Tech. This position at
Success by 6 had a grant writing foundation and also required some of the
same kind of management skills as my
job at the Women’s Center,” said
Wooldridge, who joined Success by 6
in August of ’99.
York County’s Success By 6 is an
initiative that emerged from a national
United Way movement called Mobilization for America’s Children. York
County is one of more than 200 existing Success By 6 initiatives nationwide. By working in coordination with
literacy groups, health organizations
and educators, the county’s initiative
aims to ensure that all children in the
area enter school prepared.
“We focus primarily on children
from birth to six because these first
few years of a child’s life are critical.
The quality of development in these
years can often impact a child for life.
What we do for our children now
largely determines their future path as
an adult and member of the community,” Wooldridge said.
The need for attention to early childhood development issues, Wooldridge
submits, is becoming critical. Children have special needs that people
either don’t notice or don’t have
enough time to address.
“It is our job to facilitate a collaboration of services to make sure that
these needs are being met,” she said.
Realizing the immense scope of
this project, Wooldridge points out,
“Sadly, all children have the ability to
be at risk. And I think that it is a huge
undertaking for us to get 100 percent
of York County students prepared for
school, but that must be our ultimate
goal,” she said.
Now that she has embraced the new
and exciting challenges that accompany change, Wooldridge is settling in
to her new position.
“There is a lot to learn and do, but
I am excited about the possibilities,”
she said, “In the future, I can see
myself exactly where I am. This is an
extremely rewarding position. Not only
am I challenged, but I feel as if the
things I am a part of will have a positive influence on the lives of so many
For Wooldridge, this new position
has put her in touch with the reality of
children in York County.
“I had not worked in exactly this
kind of environment before so, like
many others, I didn’t have a clear idea
of what problems today’s children face.
Now that I am aware, I’m very glad
that I am able to work with people who
provide quality services for so important a need. Every child deserves a
healthy start in life.”
− Ryan Shelley
Winthrop Update • Winter 2000-01
Sharon Atwood Welfare, an English
teacher at Walhalla High School, writes
that she is enjoying her new home
Tamassee, SC. Sharon says she would
love to hear from her friends.
Jenny Bowers Castro reports that
she has resigned as treasurer/membership chair of the Carolinas’ Association
for Professional Researchers in Advancement on which she served since 1992.
Jenny lives in Rock Hill.
Vicki Jean Phillips-Roach received
her Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction
from Clemson University last summer.
She lives in Walhalla, SC.
Carol Bower Vagnini reports that
she has taken over as head of school at
Children’s House Montessori in
Wooster, Ohio, where she has taught for
10 years. Carol says that three years ago,
she spent eight weeks in Colorado to
receive training for her AMS (American
Montessori Society) credential in early
childhood. Carol and her husband have
three daughters and live in Wooster, OH.
Patricia Whitaker Davis writes that
she is working as a kindergarten teacher
in Dorchester District II School System.
She has two daughters and lives in
Summerville, SC.
Donnelle Eargle was honored this
spring with the Leadership in Aging
award from colleges of the Worcester
Consortium Gerontology Studies Program (CGSP) at its 20th anniversary
banquet. She served as CGSP director
during the 1980s. Donnelle has held
faculty and administrative positions at
Harvard Medical School, University of
Massachusetts Medical Center and Clark
University, and has developed international collaborations between universities in the U.S. and Israel. Donnelle and
her husband divide their time between
Windham, ME, and Boston. She says
she would love to hear from Winthrop
Hilda Mangum Hopper has graduated from the S.C. Municipal Clerk and
Treasurers Institute. Hilda lives in Clover, SC, where she serves as the town
Kathy Hite James has become the
48th member of the S.C. Golf Hall of
Fame. One of South Carolina’s premier
junior and amateur players, Kathy is a
14-year member of the LPGA. She conducts junior clinics and sells real estate
in Palm Desert, CA, where she and her
husband live.
Bob Jenkins, retired teacher and
coach at Northwestern High School, was
honored with the Bob Jenkins Cross
Country Classic which debuted in September. Robert and his family live in
Rock Hill.
Judy Frank Langley, a special education teacher in Darlington County, has
taken on a major role with the Pilot Club.
She is governor of South Carolina District Pilot International. Judy previously
served in numerous capacities with the
Pilot Club. She and her husband live in
Darlington, SC.
Loretta Christopher McAbee was
named Teacher of the Year at
Merriwether Middle School in Edgefield
County. She and her husband live near
Clarks Hill, SC.
Cheryl Harrington McBride writes
that she has worked for the Cheraw Yarn
Mills for 13 years. She says her daughter, Ashley McBride Holmes ’99,
teaches in Charlotte. Cheryl and her husband live in Cheraw, SC.
Celia Campbell Roberts reports that
she has retired from the Kershaw County
School District after 30 years of teaching. She and her husband live in Kershaw,
Betsy Gibson Scarborough reports
that she is teaching science and math at
Crayton Middle School. She has one
daughter and one son and lives in Columbia, SC.
Mary Reynolds Woldering of
Euclid, Ohio, writes that she has finally
received her licensure for art K-12. She
says she serves as the scoutmaster for
her son’s Boy Scout troop.
Myra Huffstetler Bonner reports
that she has completed the coursework
for her master’s of education degree in
secondary education with an emphasis
in French. She has two grown daughters
and lives in Rock Hill.
Brenda Russell Bonner of Rock Hill
reports that she is working as a technical
writer for Crowell Systems, which produces medical software systems. She
says she has been in this field for more
than 15 years.
James Gordon has been named as
the 2000-2001 Teacher of the Year for
Newberry II Learning Center, where he
is the special education instructor for the
NEAR program. He and his wife have
three children and live in Ballentine, SC.
Teresa Rutherford Justice has been
promoted to the director of Sponsored
Programs and Research at Winthrop
University where she previously served
as director of budgets. She lives in Rock
Evelyn Morris McLeish writes that
she is teaching second grade at Mount
Gallant Elementary School in Rock Hill.
Evelyn and her husband, who live in
Rock Hill, have three children and three
Bessie Moody-Lawrence, a member
of the South Carolina House of Representatives, and a group of other state
lawmakers have formed the S.C. Democratic Women’s Legislative Caucus, an
organization designed to increase the
number of Democratic women involved
in all levels of state government. Bessie
serves as the caucus vice chair. She lives
in Rock Hill.
Carolyn Law Price works as the
director of counseling services for Berkeley County School District and also
serves as the chair of the Trident Technical College Area Commission. She has
served as a commission member since
1995. Carolyn and her husband have
three daughters and live in Pinopolis,
Janet Rice Smalley writes that she is
working as the curriculum coordinator
for Walhalla High School, one of 46
identified “New Americas High Schools”
honored for excellence and innovations
by the U.S. Department of Education.
She says that on behalf of WHS and the
USDE, she has visited schools this year
in Miami, Dallas, San Francisco and Washington, DC. Janet lives in Walhalla, SC.
Gail Smith Stephens reports that she
is still teaching the emotionally and
mentally disabled self-contained classes
at Hughes Academy in Greenville, SC.
She and her husband have become foster
parents of two daughters.
Brenda Massey Swearingen reports
that she has completed her 11th year as
the volunteer coordinator at the Anderson Free Clinic. She also does animal
rescue for the local Humane Society,
volunteers for the local Habitat for Humanity, and enjoys contra dancing to
unwind. Brenda and her husband celebrated their 15th wedding anniversary
this year and live in Anderson, SC.
Sylvia Echols, a child development
specialist, has agreed to serve as honorary chair of the fund raising campaign
for Pilgrims’ Inn. Sylvia and her husband live in Rock Hill.
Carolyn Dodds Nelson has been
named Registered Nurse of the Year for
Roper Hospital North. She lives in Mount
Pleasant, SC.
Susan Evans Utsey writes that she is
working as a teaching leader for Bible
Study Fellowship International (BSF),
an interdenominational Bible study of
nearly 1,000 classes on six continents.
She and her husband live in Advance,
NC, near Winston-Salem.
Marianne Mackey Nicholson reports
that she has begun her fifth year as the
assistant principal in WSFC/Schools at
Kernersville Middle School, the largest
middle school in her district with almost
1,200 students. Marianne and her husband, who have four daughters, live in
Clemmons, NC.
Lou Funderburk Wylie was named
as Fort Mill School District’s first Sup-
port Staff Employee of the Year. Lou
serves as the technology assistant at Gold
Hill Middle School and lives in Fort
Mill, SC.
Marvin Waldrep, a Chester Allstate
Insurance agent, received fire safety educational materials from his company’s
corporate office to provide to the local
fire department and area children. He
and his wife live in Chester, SC.
May Rogers Caesar has been named
principal of Bishopville Intermediate
School. She is a 24-year veteran educator actively involved in a variety of
school, civic and community initiatives.
Marilyn Elder Cole reports that she
received the Delta Sigma Theta Star
Achievement Award for the Chesterfield, VA, Chapter in 1999. Marilyn
serves on the board of directors for the
Leadership Metro in Richmond, VA,
and the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Richmond. She also serves on the board of
advisors for the First Tee Chesterfield
and is vice president of the Top Lady
clubbers (Richmond’s golf club for black
women). Marilyn lives in Doswell, VA.
Regenia Mitchum Rawlinson was
profiled in The (Rock Hill) Herald last
fall. She is head of the guidance department at Northwestern High and co-hosts
a weekly television show, “Raising Parents,” with her husband, David
Rawlinson ’85. She and her husband
reside in Rock Hill.
Ann Shackleton Smith writes that
she has been assigned to serve as principal of Ebenezer Avenue Elementary
School. She has been principal of Sylvia
Circle Elementary School for the past
three years during which time it was
recognized as a School of Promise and
was a S.C. School Incentive Award Winner. Previously, Ann taught for 21 years.
She reports she has many Winthrop students with the Winthrop Friends program serve as mentors for Ebenezer
Avenue students. Ann lives in Rock Hill.
Teresa Lowe Wiley participated in
the Santee Cooper Energy Education
Seminar over the summer. The seminar
was held for teachers, principals and
administrators. Teresa and her husband
live in York, SC.
Regina Davis Lambert has been
named principal of Canton Middle
School. She also has served as lead industry education coordinator for Buncombe County Schools, assistant principal of North Buncombe High School and
marketing education teacher for two area
schools. Regina lives in Asheville, NC.
Sandra Lancaster Mayberry reports
that she has begun her 25th year at Belton
Middle School where she teaches seventh- and eighth-grade science and social studies for the gifted and talented
and was named Teacher of the Year for
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spending time with her five grandchildren. Diane − who is retired − lives with
her husband in Hopkins, SC.
Mary Carter Hunter reports that
she has been an English teacher for
Sumter School District 2 for the past 20
years and has taught a total of 33 years in
South Carolina public schools. She is
teaching 12th grade tech prep and honors English at Crestwood High School in
Sumter. Mary says in addition to being a
pastor’s wife, she is also the church
organist, church financial secretary and
young adult Sunday school teacher. The
Hunters live in Dalzell, SC, and have
four children and four grandchildren.
Linda Dantzler LeMaster writes that
she has served 15 years as the choral
director at South Florence High School.
She says that her 1999-2000 show choir
performed at Carnegie Hall in New York
as the highlight of a good year of concerts, shows and competitions. Linda,
who lives in Florence, SC, says she is
also a new grandmother.
Brenda Thrailkill Leopard writes
that she has retired after teaching for 30
years in South Carolina. The last six
years, she taught drivers education in
Greenwood, SC. Brenda has two grandchildren and three children. She and her
husband live in Hodges, SC.
Gena Perry Taylor reports that she
is teaching in Polk County Public Schools
at Jewett Elementary School of the Arts
in Winter Haven, FL. She and her husband have two grown children and two
grandchildren and live in Lakeland, FL.
Carole Bryant Coker reports that
she has completed her 25th year in education. She is working as an elementary
guidance counselor and enjoys the young
children after working with teenagers
for 23 years. Carole lives in Taylors, SC.
Deborah Saylor Jeffery writes that
she and her husband traveled to Riggins,
Idaho, where they got together with Judi
Behre Sale and her husband of Lenoir,
NC. The couples had previously gotten
together in the summer of 1997 for a
wonderful tour around Asheville, Boone
and Lenoir. Deborah and her husband
live in Anchorage, AK.
Harriett Foxworth Skinner, Rotary
district governor, spoke at the annual
meeting of the Rotary Club in Chester,
SC. She spoke on this year’s theme,
“Create Awareness, Take Action,” and
her goals for the year. Harriet and her
husband reside in Aiken, SC.
Patricia Jeanes Snyder writes that
after teaching high school English for 15
years, she is now completing her 20th
year as an office/human resources manager for Consolidate Systems, Inc. in
Memphis, TN. She and her husband,
who live in Germantown, TN, celebrated
their 35th anniversary this year. They
have one grandson.
Frances Jackson Willis reports that
she retired in 1999 from Lexington
School District 2 and is now working for
Nationwide Insurance. She lives in Lexington, SC.
Susan Harris Kincaid writes that
she is working as the executive director
of Sherwood Conservatory of Music in
Chicago where she completed a successful capital campaign and oversaw the
construction of the conservatory’s new
state-of-the-art facility downtown. Susan and her husband live in Chicago.
Alice Wald reports that she is selfemployed as a licensed independent social worker and is a member of the
Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).
She received her M.S. in social work at
the University of Tennessee School of
Social Work in 1969. Alice lives in Columbia, SC.
Mary Shannon Boyd reports that
she and her husband are temporarily
moving back to the old homestead in
Blackstock, SC. She says that after 30
years with the Syracuse Symphony and
as a teacher, they plan to travel some and
then get back to work. They have three
Barbara O’Neal Burgess writes that
she is in her 30th year of teaching, 29 of
which have been at McCants Middle
School in Anderson, SC. She says she
also works part time at Taylor Stockyards and Christian Auction and Equipment Co. Barbara, who lives in Anderson, has three grandchildren.
Linda Mixon Clary reports that she
retired last year as the curriculum director for grades K-12 in Burke County,
GA. She previously taught at Augusta
State University and rose to the rank of
professor. She says she is now consulting and walking on the beach. Linda
lives in Aiken, SC.
Frances Platt Dantzler of Lexington, SC, writes that in 1998 she retired
after 30 years of teaching middle school
science and computer classes. However,
after a year she was enticed back to
teaching under the critical needs provision and says the 1999-2000 year was
one of her best. Frances says she returned
this year as a “double dipper” in her
same position at Lexington District 1.
Judy Davis of McLean, VA, says it
was great fun to join the Eagles fans at
the NCAA Regional Tournament in the
company of her aunt and 1968 classmates Helen Hancock Sablan of
Tacoma, WA, Eleanor Dill Porter of
Rock Hill, and Sue Alton O’Connor of
Columbia, SC. She says they are all great
basketball fans and it was special to
cheer the Winthrop team.
Nancy Henderson Gordon writes
that she has retired after 28 years in the
classroom. She says she is enjoying tennis, cycling, snow skiing and hiking.
Nancy lives in Central, SC.
Linda Holladay Harrelson reports
that she has retired after 32 years as an
elementary school educator, the last 14
as principal at Bonner Elementary School
where she was a teacher and administrator for 25 years. Linda and her husband
live in Moncks Corner SC.
Betty Anglin Smith reports that she
has been painting professionally for more
than 20 years. Her studio is in Charleston, SC, and she is represented by galleries in Charleston, San Francisco and
Carmel, CA, New York, Martha’s Vineyard and Naples, FL. Betty, who has 28
year-old triplets all of whom are also in
the arts, lives in Mt. Pleasant, SC.
Jane Clinge Shuler writes that she is
really enjoying serving as a Winthrop
trustee. She says she has two more years
to go and that Winthrop is in great shape.
Jane lives in Orangeburg, SC.
Bobbitt Lyle Smith, a second-grade
teacher in Columbia, SC, says that she
was named Teacher of the Year for 20002001. She and her husband live in Elgin,
Barbara Muller: building a better chip
In these computer-dominated days,
Dallas that really helped me further
with the constant drive to invent faster
my skills, but I have to say I got my
and more powerful silicon microchips,
degree in food science at the ‘Univerit is good to see that someone is still
sity of Frito Lay’,” said Muller.
trying to perfect the original chip: the
In the Frito-Lay process lab, Muller
potato chip. As a project scientist in
creates small batches of the new prodthe New Products Division at Fritoucts so that she can refine the recipe.
Lay, Barbara
“After we
receive some
Muller is
general concontinuing
sumer feedthat quest.
back, we subIn 1980,
mit the prodafter having
uct to a firm
been out of
that sets up
the job marlarge-scale
ket for more
than 10 years
tests in places
to raise her
schools and
Muller apchurches. At
plied for a
these tests,
job at Fritothe consumer
Lay. “I was
is asked more
Barbara Muller proudly displays the 2000 Market Maker
first hired as
Award presented to Frito-Lay for the Fritos Sloppy Joe
part of a Ba- and Scoops Snack Kit. She was instrumental in the devel- and specific
sic Research opment of the Sloppy Joe.
team that foabout the
cused on project troubleshooting. I
product. All this information is put
stayed with that group for five years
into the computer and graphed to see if
and spent the remainder of my 20 years
the consumer reaction falls within the
at Frito-Lay in Product Development,”
statistical parameters that we have desaid Muller ’64.
cided must be met in order for the
In Product Development, Muller is
concept to become an actual product.”
responsible for creating new Frito-Lay
Not only does Muller rely on the
products to put into the market. The
consumer to decide whether the prodpotential product must undergo the
uct has what it takes to make it to the
scrutiny of many different levels of
shelves, but also, to a certain degree,
product-consumer evaluation before it
the consumer dictates the finished prodis put on the shelves to represent the
uct by making suggestions for posFrito-Lay name.
sible improvements.
“New products start out like all
“Frito-Lay has always put a lot of
other things in marketing, as an idea.
emphasis on the consumer,” she said.
We receive possible concepts from
After many fruitful years at Fritobrainstorming sessions. This concept
Lay, Muller has decided to retire next
is then turned into a drawing, which
year. “Frito-Lay has been a great comwe use to gauge whether consumers
pany to work for. It is extremely famwould buy the product based on looks
ily-value centered and is greatly conalone,” said Muller.
cerned with the community. I have
If it makes it this far, a three-dimenbeen very happy here these past years
sional representation is made. Using
because my job allows me to be creher chemistry background, Muller conative and to just simply have fun,” she
cocts the ingredients that will make up
the distinct flavor of the conceptualMuller says she is looking forward
ized product.
to her coming retirement. She and her
“I had some experience using ‘inhusband are planning on taking it easy
gredients’ since I had my B.S. in chemat their new log home on Lake Cyprus
istry, but I felt that I might need more
Springs, enjoying their six grandchiltraining in its application in the food
dren “and just continuing to have fun.”
industry. I took a few classes in food
chemistry at the University of Texas in
− Ryan Shelley
Winthrop Update • Winter 2000-01
Mildred Crocker Bagnal writes that
she and her husband are retired and
enjoy spending time with their parents,
children and three grandchildren. She
would love to hear from any of her
classmates. She and her husband live in
Cayce, SC.
Beatrice Anna Bernstein wants her
friends to know that she is living in a
nursing home in Fayetteville, NC.
Carolyn Brunson Boudreaux reports that she and her husband are retired
and spend their winters in Venice, FL,
and their summers in Bethany Beach,
DE. They enjoy traveling abroad and
visiting their children in Delaware, Illinois and California.
Maggie Lunn Foss ’41(right) of Santa
Ynez, CA, represented Winthrop during
the inauguration of the president of
Pepperdine University.
Nancy Dodson Christopher writes
she and her husband are enjoying being
grandparents. They like serving in many
church programs and traveling. Nancy
and her husband live in Anderson, SC.
grandchildren and lives in Iva, SC.
Billie Hamilton Wilson writes that
she and Rhoda Spears Rice of Columbia, SC, attended their 50th high school
reunion in Conway, SC. She says they
celebrated with a clubhouse barbecue, a
cruise up the Waccamaw River and a
dinner at Ripley’s Aquarium at Myrtle
Beach. Billie lives in Athens, GA.
Kay Page Lumpkin reports that she
has retired after working more than 36
years as the secretary at First Baptist
Church in Dillon, SC. She has two “wonderful” children and four “super” grandsons and lives in Dillon.
Lois Bailes Simmons writes that she
would love to hear from her friends who
lived on the third floor in Roddey during
their freshman year. Lois now lives in
Laurens, SC.
Ann Garrett Cason reports that she
and her husband traveled to Spain and
Portugal, then to Germany and Austria
where they enjoyed seeing the
Oberammergau Passion Play. Ann is
President of Laurens County Arts Council and resides in Clinton, SC.
Emma Livingston Craig writes she
and her husband are enjoying life in a
small town on a bay after living in Atlanta. She travels, plays bridge, is a community volunteer and is involved with
church activities. Emma and her husband live in Niceville, FL.
Ruth Lever Sample reports that she
and her husband are enjoying retirement
living on Lake Norman and spoiling
their grandchildren. Over the summer,
they had a wonderful experience traveling to Switzerland, Austria, and Germany where they saw the Passion Play in
Oberammergau. The Samples live in
Davidson, NC.
Geralene Norton Gardner writes
that she has retired from teaching at
Cocoa Beach High School. She says
retirement is wonderful and that she and
her husband enjoy traveling every month.
They recently returned from a two-week
trip to Alaska where they went “mushing”
and took a helicopter ride over Mount
McKinley and the glaciers in Juneau.
Geralene and her husband reside in Satellite Beach, FL.
Claire Simpson Godwin reports that
she retired from Florence School District Three after 30 years in education.
Last spring, the S.C. Association of Educational Office Professionals named her
Administrator of the Year for South
Carolina. Claire and her husband live in
Lake City, SC.
Barbara Taylor Hall reports that
she has retired from the Tennessee Department of Correction/Youth Development after working 30 years in probation
as superintendent of female institution
and assistant superintendent of male institution. She says she is enjoys traveling, working with the church choir and
being lazy. Barbara and her husband like
to visit their three sons and four grandchildren. The Halls live in Mason, TN.
Dorothy Nixon Collins writes that
the best thing about retirement after 29
years of teaching is being her own boss.
She says life is wonderful and she relishes traveling. Dorothy lives in Garner,
Joan Livingston St. Romain writes
that she and her husband are enjoying
retirement. They live in Tucker, GA.
Mary Ann Neighbors Hoffman
writes that she has retired from teaching
after 36 years. She says she delights in
seeing her new grandson, who lives next
door. Mary Ann and her husband live in
Rock Hill.
Duane Batson Staggs of Landrum,
SC, wrote an article that appeared in the
Tryon Daily Bulletin last summer. The
article detailed her 40th class reunion
last spring at Winthrop’s Alumni Reunion Celebration. She reminisced about
the fun – and work involved − in the
Junior Follies. She said the reunion was
her first visit back to campus since her
graduation, and she is glad that class
chair Anne Dickert of Columbia, SC,
chased her down on the Internet to invite
her to join the fun. Duane says she also
received phone calls from classmates
Mary Ann Fulmer Hite of Atlanta and
Marolyn Shaw Blanton of Orangeburg,
SC, regarding the class reunion.
Martha Grant Ruble reports that
she is working as a speech-language
pathologist in the public schools of
Anderson, SC, District 3. She and her
husband have three children, three grandchildren and live in Due West, SC.
Judith West Smith reports that she
retired from the Gaston County Schools
and is an instructor at Gaston College.
Judy and her husband live in Gastonia,
Betty Moore Beverly writes that she
is working as an employee assistance
counselor for DuPont in Richmond, VA.
She received her M.S. in rehab counseling in 1987 from Virginia Commonwealth University and is licensed in Virginia as a professional counselor, marriage and family therapist, and substance
abuse treatment provider. She also is
certified as an EAP. Betty lives in Chester,
Amanda Belcher Sessions reports
that she retired after 35 years as a teacher
and administrator at both the elementary
school and district level. She says she is
enjoying being a “stay-at-home
grandma.” Amanda lives in Conway,
Brenda Bailey Tyson writes that she
is working part time as the director of
Career Services at Belmont Abbey College. She says each summer she enjoys a
two-month vacation with her 12 grandchildren. Brenda lives at Lake Wylie,
SC, and says she would love to hear from
Sarah Limestone Armstrong received the Distinguished Alumna in
Physical Education Award at Winthrop
University. During her career in education, she has received numerous awards
and honors for her commitment to teaching. She and her husband reside in Gray
Court, SC.
Carol Hardy Bryan reports that she
likes showing visitors around her home-
town of historic Edgefield, SC. She says
she also finds the time rewarding that
she spends as the editor of Quill, a 20page bimonthly publication of the Old
Edgefield District Genealogical Society. Carol and her husband enjoy traveling and last summer visited Nebraska,
South Dakota, Iowa and Missouri.
Janice Frady Henson writes that she
has retired after 30 years of teaching
social studies and English at the secondary level. She plans to devote more time
to her family, reading and traveling.
Janice lives in Canton, NC.
Martha Ann Sutton Clamp writes
that she is a retired CPA. She is the
captain of the women’s senior 3.0 tennis
team which represented South Carolina
in the “sectionals” in Mobile, AL, this
summer. Martha Ann lives in Anderson,
Gray Little Komich reports that she
is still teaching elementary school physical education. She lives in Alexandria,
Betsy Wren Smith reports that she
spent two months last summer studying
and hiking in Peru/Ecuador. She says
she is still teaching Spanish at Travelers
Rest High School and lives in Saluda,
Sara McMahan Utsey writes that
she has retired – for the second time. She
has left the School District of Greenville
County after a total of 36 years of service
to the state. Sara says she is enjoying
being at home and spending time with
her husband. The Utseys live in Greer,
Katherine Wood Wallace reports
that she retired from real estate five years
ago to play golf. She works part time as
a member of the clubhouse staff at a
local golf club and plays golf at least
three times a week. She plays in tournaments and Pro Ams in Alabama.
Katherine says she is trying to convince
her husband to retire and join her in
playing. The Wallaces live in Deatsville,
AL, and have five grandchildren.
Catherine Sutton Bryant reports that
the marketing research firm she founded
in 1985 has grown to more than 40
employees and many part-timers. She
has two sons and lives in Lewisville, NC.
Catherine says life is good.
Diane Harrison Harwell, an adjunct
professor for the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy in the College of Education at the University of
South Carolina, writes that she volunteers as the awards and scholarships
coordinator at the S.C. Association of
School Administrators. She also serves
as research observer in two S.C. elementary schools for SERVE, the Southeastern educational laboratory. Diane has
begun to take guitar lessons and enjoys
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six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Mary Lou lives in Charleston, SC.
Mary Moore Montgomery was honored for her dedication by the
Williamsburg Presbyterian Church with
a plaque identifying her as an Honorary
Life Member of Presbyterian Women in
the Presbyterian Church, USA. Mary
lives at the Presbyterian Home in Florence, SC.
Annie Bonnoitt Boatwright of
Johnston, SC, writes that although she is
retired from teaching, she keeps busy
with church involvement and civic work.
Her granddaughter, Sierra Boatwright
Butler of Santa Barbara, CA, graduated
from Winthrop in 1997. Annie also has
two great-grandchildren.
Sarah Sanders Williams of Gastonia,
NC, reports that she has been retired
from teaching in North and South Carolina schools for 25 years. Now she enjoys volunteering with civic and church
organizations and spending time with
her husband, family and five grandchildren. Sarah says she is proud of her
Winthrop heritage and the opportunities
given to her by her parents. She also has
a sister Betty Sanders Miley who graduated from Winthrop in 1942 and another
Frances Sanders Brunson who attended
Winthrop for two years before getting
Elsie Bennett Wilson has retired from
Clemson University after more than 30
years. She served as administrative assistant to seven Clemson presidents.
During a reception in her honor, she
received resolutions from the S.C. House
and Senate and was presented with the
Order of the Silver Crescent by Gov. Jim
Hodges. She also received a picture of
Sikes Hall signed by all of the living
Clemson presidents. Elsie lives in Seneca, SC.
Sarah Horton Garvin wants her
friends to know that she and her husband
are moving to the Clemson Downs Retirement Center. They have three grown
Louise Raley Scott writes that upon
her retirement she received the Order of
the Palmetto from Gov. Carroll Campbell
for her work with individuals with disabilities and special needs at the Scott
Center in Hartsville, SC.
Nancy Cooper Walker writes that
when she retired from teaching, she and
her husband traveled in their RV for sixand-a-half years. However, she wants
her friends to know that they’re back
home in St. Simons Island, GA, now.
Jewell Clark Edwards reports that
since her retirement in 1986, she has
spent a great deal of time traveling and
visiting Fripp Island, SC. Jewell, who
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lives in Johnston, SC, says her five grandchildren bring her much joy.
Evelyn Allen Linder writes of her
wonderful experience at Winthrop, recalling the times she wrote poetry with
her roommate, Mary Edith Turner ’43.
Evelyn says she continues to write poetry at her home in Columbia, SC.
Helen Smoak Camak writes that she
visited with Anne Pitts McCabe ‘45
and her husband at their lovely home in
Ft. Motte, SC. She says they attended
their high school reunion at St. Matthews
High School and had a marvelous time.
Helen lives in Anderson, SC.
Ruth Davis Knight wants her friends
to know that she has moved to a beautiful
new retirement area in Columbia, SC.
She has lived in Columbia since 1964.
Dona Ardrey Livingston and her
family have put conservation easement
on their property along the Catawba
River. This will preserve the natural
environment and water quality along the
river. Dona lives in Rock Hill.
Catherine Boone Shealy writes that
she spent two weeks last summer volunteering in the laboratory of Sage Memorial Hospital which is run by the Navajo
Nation Health Foundation at Ganado,
AZ. This was Catherine’s ninth trip to
Arizona and her 10th to a reservation.
She and her husband live in Atlanta.
Harritte Thomas Thompson is a
globetrotter extraordinaire. During her
37 years with the CIA, she visited 33
countries, collecting artifacts and furniture for her home in Greer, SC. While
Harritte’s home is a reminder of her
adventures, it also serves as a location
for extended family get-togethers, and
her garden is the source for flowers she
enjoys pressing to create one-of-a-kind
sheets of stationery.
Carolyn Pitts Reedy of Charleston,
SC, reports that she and her husband
retired in 1996 and have been busier
than ever. Not only are they trying to
catch up on all the things they wanted to
do before they retired, but they are enjoying church activities, traveling, and
visiting with friends and family in Florida,
South Carolina and Indianapolis.
Mary Leila Carwile Andrews writes
that she and her husband enjoy traveling
and being active in church and community activities, including the North Carolina state music and medical organizations. She says they also take pleasure in
attending their grandchildren’s activities. The Andrews live in Wilmington,
Betty Ann Jordan Cone writes that
she and her husband, Dallas, celebrated
a unique 50th wedding anniversary last
spring at the home where they were
married. The wedding party, relatives
and close friends were cooked for and
waited on by the Cones’ four children
and seven grandchildren, who related
wedding and honeymoon stories. Guests
played a wedding version of “Who Wants
to Be a Millionaire?” Betty and her husband reside in Ridge Spring, SC.
Betty Smith Dickson writes she is
still enjoying retirement after 16 years.
She and her husband are active in their
church and live in York, SC.
Polly Wylie Ford of Rock Hill was
named a Winthrop Distinguished
Alumna in Physical Education during
Alumni Reunion Celebration this spring.
She and other physical education alumnae were honored at a breakfast sponsored by the Department of Health and
Physical Education. Polly was department chair from 1962-1992 and is a past
president of the Southern District of the
American Alliance for Health, Physical
Education, Recreation and Dance.
Mary Fitzgerald Cagle wants her
friends to know that she has moved back
to her hometown of Gaffney, SC.
Frances Brown Gaffney reports she
and her husband have moved to
Blythewood, SC, to be near their children.
Ruby McCullough Henry reports
that she and her husband are retired and
live in Rock Hill. She retired after 30
years of South Carolina state service.
Mary Jane Curry McKinney reports that she is retired and enjoys traveling, performing church work, gardening, playing bridge and visiting with her
grandsons. She and her husband live in
Simpsonville, SC.
Coy Ayer Patrick writes she was a
delegate to a People to People ambassadorial program conference in Egypt on
community mental health. People to
People is sponsored by the U.S. State
Department. Following the conference,
she cruised from Venice, Italy, to
Barcelona, Spain. Coy lives in Rockville,
Ann Coile Bland writes that she had
a wonderful golden reunion and wants
her friends to know that after 38 years,
she has returned home to South Carolina
and is living in Lexington.
Shirley Sparnell Corn says she and
her husband are delighting in their retirement. They have been traveling and enjoying their lake home and church activities. Last year, they also became greatgrandparents. Shirley also serves on the
alumni board of John de la Howe School.
She and her husband live in Rock Hill.
Rose Marie Neal Rieger writes that
on their Alaskan cruise and visit to
Vancouver, Canada, she and husband
were impressed with the country’s beauty
and its friendly people. Rose Marie and
her husband live in Las Vegas, NV.
Mattie Wallace Strickland says she
had a wonderful 50th reunion in April
and mini-reunion at Lake Junaluska in
June at the home of Mary Holler. Mattie
lives in Dillon, SC.
Betty Owen Williamson writes that
she enjoyed her 50th class reunion. She
thanks all those who made it happen.
Betty lives in Nashville, TN.
Colleen Holland Yates wants everyone to know how important it is to vote
during elections. In a local election, she
lost by the narrow margin of nine votes.
Colleen, who lives in Sumter, SC, says
that goes to show that “every vote
Jeanne Rheney O’Shields of
Spartanburg, SC, writes that she and her
husband are retired and enjoy traveling
and volunteering in church and community activities. They have two grown
children and five grandchildren.
Nell Whitmire Holtzclaw reports that
she retired in 1996 from Western Carolina University’s English Department
after 37 full- and part-time years and is
now professor emerita. She lives in
Cullowhee, NC.
Betty Holmes Gray writes that she is
fond of traveling and recently visited
Eastern Europe. She also enjoyed spending time in New York City with her
nephew. Betty has two children and two
Winthrop Update • Winter 2000-01
has moved into an apartment in a retirement home near her daughters. She lives
in Fairport, NY.
Class Notes
Martha Benton Davenport writes
that she celebrated her 92nd birthday in
July. She lives with her daughter,
Harriette Davenport Moultrie ’65 and
her husband in Lexington, SC. Martha is
retired, having taught for 33 years.
Agnes Jeter has been inducted into
the Union High School Athletic Hall of
Fame. Agnes, who said she played every
sport in high school and college except
golf, taught in the North Carolina public
schools as well as at Greensboro College. She also operated Yonahlossee, a
summer camp for girls, for nearly 30
years. Agnes lives in Union, SC.
she retired in 1975 after teaching for 31
years. She lives in Aiken, SC.
Helen Hutto and her best friend were
featured in an article in the (Charleston)
Post and Courier about growing up −
and eloping − in Dorchester County. The
marriages worked, though, as both
couples have remained close friends and
celebrated their golden anniversaries.
Helen lives in St. George, SC.
Juliet Woods Jenkins reports that
she and her husband are living at Covenant Place retirement home in Sumter,
Mary Louise Myers writes that she
celebrated her 90th birthday on Oct. 5
with family and friends. She enjoys her
roses, church activities and time with
family and friends. Mary Louise, a retired educator, lives in Oakway, SC,
where she has a wonderful view of the
Blue Ridge Mountains.
Rebecca Barr Plexico of Barnwell,
SC, writes that she is delighted that her
granddaughter, Julie Barr Plexico, is a
Winthrop student.
Lottie Faye Barry Wade writes that
Louise Johnson Spencer writes she
Nellie L. White of Brevard, NC, reports that she is living at a very nice
retirement home. She says would love to
hear from her friends.
Dot McCown Blackwell of Florence,
SC, reports that she visited classmate
Penny Kneece McKeown ’41 during a
trip to Aiken, SC, last summer and was
also able to see Sis Crouch Kennedy
’42 of Williston, SC, while she was
there. Dot also had a “classmate gettogether” in Florence, SC, at the home of
Helen Watts Kirkley ’41. Jewel
Carmichael ’42 of Florence also attended.
Phyllis Fellers Hicklin writes that
she has retired from teaching and is
enjoying her grandchildren and flower
and vegetable gardening. Phyllis lives in
Richburg, SC.
Nan Sturgis McRackan reports that
she has been retired for 18 years but
volunteers her time using music therapy
at Tuomey Hospital. She says she and
her husband enjoy visiting and spending
time with their three children and their
families. They have four grandchildren
and live in Sumter, SC.
Mary Claire Pinckney Seeger has
published a novel, Ursa Major. She also
has written a family history, The
Pinckneys of Ashepoo, and several booklets drawing on her knowledge of Gullah.
Mary Claire and her husband live in
Charleston, SC.
Anna Belle Graham Gay writes that
she is very grateful for her Winthrop
education and is especially grateful for
the late Dr. Keith who was over the
Debaters’ League. She said the techniques she learned have come in very
“handy” in her career of community and
church involvement. Also, her math skills
have enabled her to continue preparing
her own income tax forms. Anna Belle
lives in Aberdeen, MD.
Mary Lou Brown Griffin reports
that she retired in 1984 and now spends
time volunteering for the Charleston
Symphony League and other community organizations. She says she travels
some and enjoys spending time with her
Susan Jones Connelly finds youth is simply a state of mind
Seventy-eight-year-old Susan Jones Connelly ’42 has
encourage them to be responsible and remind them that they
always been a dancer at heart. She began taking dance at the
are just one part of a team,” said Connelly.
age of three and soon proved to be a natural talent. At the age
The girls each have two costumes, one for winter and one
of 10, she began teaching others to dance.
for summer. They wear these to the football games and to
“My dance teacher in Lancaster (SC) got married and
competitions that the team enters during the course of the
could no longer teach her classes, so she turned them over to
school year.
me. My dad built me a little stage in the backyard, and I gave
“The summer costume is two pieces and their bellybuttons
lessons all that summer for 10 cents a lesson. After my dad
do show, but I don’t go for belly rings. These are still young
began to see that I was making some real money, he built me
girls, and although I want them to look attractive, I’m
an entire studio in the backyard,” she said.
shooting for ‘cute’ not ‘sexy.’ The best part about it is seeing
She continued her small studio each summer throughout
the girls learn how to ‘sell the show,’” said Connelly. “They
high school and has been teaching ever since.
start out all shy and bashful, but with time, they learn how to
Used to taking center stage, Connelly made a splash when
do the job.”
she arrived at Winthrop at the age of 16.
Connelly, a self-described “free spirit,” still has the
“I remember receiving the honor of being thrown into the
natural spunk and liveliness she exhibited as a young stufountain in front of Tillman and breaking the overhead lights
in Byrnes − which were brand new at the time − by whirling
At the age when most people begin to at least consider
my baton a little too high. The Student Government Associaretirement, the grandmother of four and great-grandmother
tion met every Monday night and it seems like I was always
of one also is a real estate agent and manager and owns her
there to be disciplined for something,” said Connelly.
own CPA firm and restaurant. She also is secretary and
Feeling the pressures from her family and World War II,
treasurer of Lancaster City Educational Foundation, secreConnelly left Winthrop her junior year and began working as
tary for the city of Lancaster, field director of the Miss South
choreographer for the Lancaster High School band dance
Carolina Pageant and owner of Susan’s Dance Studio.
Dance is a big part of life in Lancaster, and Susan’s Dance
Connelly is still choreographing at Lancaster 58 years
Studio is at the center. With more than six studios packed
into the small town, dance is a very competitive business.
Today, her dance squad is made up of 36 girls from eighth Susan Connelly began teaching dance when she was 10 Yet, through the years, Connelly’s 15-year-old studio has
to 12th grade. The team is a vital part of the of the Lancaster years old and 68 years later, she’s still at it.
managed to set itself apart from the crowd.
High School football season. Through song and dance, the
On Main Street in Lancaster, the studio is adorned with
pictures of students that span more than three generations of Lancaster girls, and
girls bring much-needed relief to the nail-biting tension of the gridiron. AccompaConnelly has instructed them all. With the aid of student teachers, she gives seven
nied by the Lancaster High School Band, the dance squad performs Connelly’s
hour-long lessons two days a week to more than 100 girls. This dedication to
meticulously choreographed dance routines, which incorporate elements of mostly
perfection gives the girls a competitive edge when Connelly enters them into local
jazz and hip-hop dance.
competitions and performances.
Connelly puts a lot of responsibility on the girls with two practices a week during
“The competitions are what I do this for. It’s a challenge and I am a fierce
the off-season and three during football season. They stick to a strict practice regimen
competitor. I do lose and when I do, I lose graciously,” she said.
in order to prepare themselves for dance competitions throughout the state. The team
Connelly can’t see herself retiring in the formal sense of the word. “I like to stay
begins with local competitions and works their way up through lower state and allbusy,” she said. “I’m not going to stop until I absolutely have to because I enjoy what
state competitions. This year the squad received good ratings at the all-state level, but
I do and I’m good at it. My secret to staying young is thinking young, and my ability
sadly didn’t make it to the finals.
to think young comes from surrounding myself with the strength of youth.”
“I try not to be too strict but I stress that the girls show up for practice to be able
to take part in the concerts and competitions we do. They know that I wouldn’t think
− Ryan Shelley
twice about pulling one of them off the line up if they missed practice. I try to
Winthrop Update • Winter 2000-01
Denise Nicole Bruner ’96 to Brian
Clark Woods ’97
Raquel Benita Grant ’96 to Damon
Lamont Bryant
Karen Elizabeth Jackson ’96 to
Bryan Keith Cress
Dana Rae Lancaster ’96 to Daniel
Thomas Aron
Matthew Taylor Lindsay ’96 to Virginia Maria Garcia
Karen Denise Onspaugh ’96 to Jason Pope Jr.
Molly Christine Strasser ’96 to
Marcus Christian Laster ’98
Kandise Paige Wyatt ’96 to Dick
Butkus McDonald
Garret Dailyn Zohner ’96 to Jennifer Margaret Coble ’97
Jessica Lea Alexander ’97 to
Jonathan Sasser Kivett ‘97
Jessica Lynn Barnes ’97 to Christopher T. Smith
Melissa Ann Benge ’97 to Brian
Philip Collins
Andrea Bolt Brown ’97 to Charles
Paul Stephens
Natalie Janette Copeland ’97 to
James Crosland
Melissa Ann Corn ’97 to Ronald
Lori Deanne Cox ’97 to Robert
Benton Tidwell ’98
Carrie Lynn Ellison ’97 to Gary
O’Neal Vaughn
Shirley Nicole Griggs ’97 to Patrick
Kevin Massey
Andrea Leigh Harman ’97 to Mark
Larry Duncan
Kevin Jonathan Hoxit ’97 to
Stephanie Dawn Wright
Shannon Marie Murray ’97 to James
Christopher Ingram
Christopher Adrian Revels ’97 to
Monica Charlene Vaughn ’97
Bradley Onassis Robinson ’97 to
Winnical Moses
Jonathan Herndon Veale ’97 to
Melanie Stetar
Phillip Gregory Williams ’97 to Joy
Lynn Hudson
John Silas Bailey Jr. ’98 to Diana
Marie Hevia ’00
James Davis Barnes ’98 to Ann
Brandi Langley Creech ’98 to Jody
Forrest Weigle
Shane Neil Duncan ’98 to Brandy
Ann Ray
Kimberly Deanna Dunsmore ’98 to
Michael Edmond Smith Jr.
Charlene Renee Garrick ’98 to
Geoffrey Malone Gleaton
Tracey Jean Glandon ’98 to Chad
Edward Cannon
Kristen Elise Glenn ’98 to Jeffry
Lynn Chambers
Marjorie Ann Grooms ’98 to Tim
Latrinia Lanette Holmes ’98 to
Duane Lamont Lucas
Thomas Scott Jackson ’98 to Sarah
Frances Watterson
Patricia Ann Parker ’98 to Larry
Olivia Starr Praga ’98 to James
Kevin Gray ’99
Amanda Celeste Shuler ’98 to Ben-
jamin Ashley McCall ’99
Arclethia Shawntraya Thomas ’98
to Ritchie Parker
Jenniffer Marie Todd ’98 to Jay
Louis Edmond Venters III ’98 to
Melissa Renee Smith
Dama Leigh Black ’99 to Michael
Alan Lake Jr.
Kimberly Mischele Broach ’99 to
Brian Dover
Cynthia Diane Fultz ’99 to Mark
Harry Berry
Holly Ann Griffin ‘99 to Donald
Heath Gillespie
Lori Jane Hudgens ’99 to Jason
Travis Bayne
Julie Ann McGee ’99 to Bradley
Jonathan Nix
Angela Dawn Rhynes ’99 to Jason
Dean Tucker
Melanie Lynne Short ’99 to James
Wayne Edwards
Jennifer Lynn Shugart ’99 to John
Curtis Mitchell
Christopher Michael Steed ’99 to
Erin Rebecca Hunter 2000
Timothy Lamar Stiles ’99 to Holly
Renee Summey
Susan Maria Barber ’00 to Steven
Wayne Hackett
Stephanie Gail Bolden ’00 to
Jonathan Blanton Williams
Melissa Ann Christmas ’00 to James
Edison Phipps Jr.
Amber Camille Covington ’00 to
Jonathan Jason Melton
Robert Eugene Fields ’00 to Tisha
Nicole Adkins
Jacqueline Suzanne Hayes ’00 to
Charles Edward Williams
Christina Marie Hipp ’00 to John
Darby Adkins
Benjamin Arthur Hough ’00 to
Sharon Justina Page
Heather Rae McCarley ’00 to Kevin
Matthew Blaine McIntosh ’00 to
Jennifer Leigh Sullivan ’00
Amy Beth Ramsey ’00 to Daniel
Nolan Sherer
Amy Nicole Rogers ’00 to David
Michael Koterba
Natalie Ann Stephens ’00 to Andrew Newton Adams
Kanisha Shani Willis ’00 to Carl
Delain Goldson
Melissa Lee Wilson ’00 to William
Aaron Melton
Mary Gaines Steer ’27
Agnes Gaston Wallace’27
Theodosia Burriss Willis ’40
Harriet Culler Worley ’40
Sallie Campbell Daniels ‘28
Ruth James Howle ’28
Eunice Robertson Stuart ’28
Madeline Littlefield Thompson ’28
Ruth Simmons Fulmer ’41
Katharine Rebecca Adams ’29
Edna Hendricks Dahne ’29
Sidney McMillan Jamison ’29
Mary Fair Newton ’29
Eugelia Good Taylor ’29
Mellie Way Keller ’30
Dorothy Holler Marbut ’30
Mary Gooch Baker ’31
Lora Barwick Burch ‘31
Fannie Miller Felder ’31
Aurelia Antley Smoke ’31
Lena-Miles Wever Todd ’31
Edith Smith Booher ’32
Dorothy Foxworth Teague ’32
Minnie Wilson Bonnette ’33
Sara Elizabeth Brown ’33
Willena Dickinson Gentry ‘33
Alexa Ragin Good ’33
Mary Fant Gunter ’33
Janese Bushardt Hanna ’33
Roberta Ricaud Kendall ’33
Robbie Gooch Baker ’34
Mildred Alice Burdette ’34
Martha Hatton Dominick ’34
Mary Rawlinson McMeekin ’34
Margaret Dew Love ’42
Ethel Coleman Maynard ’42
Helen Murray Salley ’42
Christine McNair Blonaisz ’43
Mary Johnson Farquhar ’43
Helen Sumner Goodson ’43
Evelyn Gause Gray ’43
Mary Williams Hill ’43
Virginia Carol Bedenbaugh ’44
Edith White Gamble ’44
Lucile Lucas ’44
Mary Calhoun Thompson ’44
Adele McKey Holleman ’45
Anna Margaret MacLauchlin ’45
Mary Edna Porter ’45
Louise Green Bailey ’46
Marjorie Callaham Littlefield ’46
Betty Kirkpatrick Lindler ’48
Jean Phillips Roddey ’48
Jean Martin Bouknight ‘49
Charlotte Kathryn Boykin ’49
Myra Adair Crocker ’50
Jewell Tuten Sandifer ’50
Ruth Parker Carroll ’51
Betty Jo Roberts Clark ‘51
Shirley McCraw Gray ’56
Sara Crosson Bandel ’35
Sara Cooper Griffith ’35
Evelyn Shearer Huskey ’35
Helen Chastain Mann ’35
Mary Shirley Oakes ’35
Jane Thomson Holmes ’58
Julia Rogers Cross ’36
Lillie Rogol Grablowsky ’36
Claudia Huey Hughes ’67
Ellen Alderman Jones ’37
Louise Miley Hiers ’38
Catherine Watson Mitchell ’38
Freida Ogburn Quam ’38
Judith Rogers Beaty ’39
Carolyn Miller Red ’39
Gale Johnson Belser ’40
Liswa Ellerbe Hasty ’40
Lucille Gregory Williams ’40
Sandra Hunter Lukevics ’60
Margaret Reamer Smith ’60
Charlotte Tillson Webb ’62
Patricia Harris Wolfe ’68
Michele Jan Coury ‘72
Linda Lee O’Kelley ’72
Nancy Ann Carino ’74
Mary Stokes Odom ’79
Arthur Von Settlemyre ’85
Belinda Frances Gaunce ’87
Antonio Brian Lyles ’88
Know someone who exemplifies the best a Winthrop alum can be? If so, nominate
that person for one of the following awards, presented each year during Homecoming
or Reunion Celebration activities:
Alumni Distinguished Service Award
For significant contributions to his or her alma mater, to the quality of life in his or
her community and to the development of values and morals within others
Professional Alumni Award
Dorothy Surasky Cohen ’20
For significant contributions to his or her field of endeavor while exemplifying high
moral standards and professional ethics
Gertrude Haddon McRae ’21
Outstanding Young Alumni Award
Nancy Marie Goodson ’25
Margaret White Ready ’25
Katherine Williams Anthony ’26
Lucy Burns Harris ’26
Annie Rhoad Roberts ’26
Daisy Reaves Warren ’26
Laura Janette Falls ’27
For his or her community service and professional achievements which have
reflected well on all alumni and the university
Mary Mildred Sullivan Award
For selfless dedication of time, energy and talent in exceptional service to her
For an official nomination form, please contact the Alumni Relations Office at 800/
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Winthrop Update • Winter 2000-01
Cathy Skala ’84, a son, Zachary
Michael Hoover, Feb. 15, 2000
Teresa Waters Taylor ’84, a son,
Matthew Lukas Taylor, Aug. 16, 1999
Julie Barker Turner ’87, a daughter, Ellis Summers Turner, Oct. 30, 2000
Jane Melvin Williamson ’87, a son,
Daniel Melvin Williamson, May 30, 2000
Lisa Melton Farmer ’88, a son,
Zachary Marshall Farmer, Sept. 1, 2000
Janet Blair Hurst ’88, a daughter,
Georgia Marie Hurst, Sept. 11, 2000
Janet Palmer D’Agostino ’89, a son,
Michael Dominic D’Agostino, June 14,
Angela Meetze Wilkerson ’89, a son,
Brayden Thomas Wilkerson, May 10,
Patricia Burch Cannon ’90, a daughter, Jules Cannon Fisher, Sept. 7, 1999
Leah Noderer Damron ’90, a daughter, Adeline Peace Damron, Aug. 5, 2000
Marcie Wheeler Leaphart ’91, a
daughter, Audrey Grace Leaphart, June
12, 2000
Tamara Pierce-Beall ’91, a daughter, Sophia Marie Beall, Nov. 25, 1999
Carol Stewart ’91, a daughter, Anna
Chandler Stewart, July 9, 2000
Julie Oakley Fallat ’92, and Michael
Fallat ’97, a son, Hunter Oakley Fallat,
Sept. 9, 2000
Amy Najim Howe ’92, a daughter,
Grace Najim Howe, June 13, 2000
Melinda Hendryx Mitchell ’92, a
daughter, Megan Fuller Mitchell, June
7, 2000
Juliet Latham Nussman ’92 and
Roger Nussman ’97, a son, William
Banks Nussman, May 1, 2000
Traci Koch Sergent ’92, a daughter,
Jenna Rheanne Sergent, Oct. 10, 2000
Amy White Condon ’93, a daughter,
Catherine Michelle Condon, May 25,
Lisa Fralick Gallagher ’93, a daughter, Grace Meghan Gallagher, June 12,
Chalmers Johnson ’93, a son,
Chalmers Davis Johnson, March 13,
Clarice McManus Marinello ’93, a
daughter, Katherine Marie Marinello,
Jan. 21, 2000
Phyllis Hambright McGill ’93, a
son, Devin Shemar McGill, Aug. 2, 1999
Stephanie Gangemi McKee ’93 and
Brian McKee ’94, a son, Brian Anthony
McKee II, Jan. 19, 2000
Melanie Fairbanks Hitt ’94, a son,
Brandon Michael Hitt, March 26, 2000
Melinda Schneider Piper ’94, a son,
James Kyle Piper, April 14, 2000
Johnathan West ’94, a daughter,
Anna Legan West, June 7, 2000
Margaret Ann Sullivan
Kerri Ann Jarrard ’88 to Jimmy
Kimberley Allene Cooper ’89 to
Ernest Ed Dotson Jr.
Marianne Rogers ’89 to John Sutton
Brenda Dale Thrailkill ’65 to Robert Earl Leopard Sr.
Claudia Summers Jenkins ’74 to
Frederick Stroman McKay Jr.
Patricia Lee Pickett ’74 to Edgar S
Wilbourn III
Martha Jean Williams ’74 to Dennis Edward Hamric
Sue Kendrick Love ’78 to Kevin
Dale Boulware ’80
Rico Johnnie Craft ’80 to Beckie
Thompson Traylor
Junell Mayes ’87 to Darrin Proctor
Lisa Joann Shepherd ’87 to Brian
Hugh Smith
Andrew Beason Dykes ’88 to Jimmie
Lynn Harrison
Sarah Fields Griffin ’88 to Gregory
Howard Linke
Henry Sanford Howie III ’88 to
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Kelly Elaine Ballentine ’90 to John
Peter Colacioppo
Yolanda Yvette Deas ’90 to Seimon
Philip Johnson
Tammie Mario Harrell ’90 to Andrew Maurice Holt
Jeffrey Scott Helms ’90 to Robbye
Ann Sutton ’97
Tracy Kim Jackson ’90 to Timothy
Michael Pryor
Stephen John Long ’90 to Samantha
Anne Marie Mathis ’90 to Darryl
Lyndell Maybin
Sharon Yvonne Rushin ’90 to John
W. Gilchrist Jr.
John Alexander Black ’91 to Anna
Laura Tucker
Brian Bruce Adam ’92 to Louisa
McMaster Burriss
Noelle Lynn Henry ’92 to Dennison
Parker Read
Thomas Paul Turner ’92 to Mary
Anise McDaniel
Bradley Alan Armbruster ’93 to SiJeun Jane Wong ’97
Kimberly Leigh Deese ’93 to Mark
E. Wilson
Keva Angeline Diamond ’93 to Reco
Romaine Miller
Danny Kern Grigg Jr. ’93 to Susan
Michele Williams
Donna Elizabeth Locklair ’93 to
Jeffrey Alan Mishoe
Marie Christine Navello ’93 to
Marion Randolph Hall Jr.
Catherine Christine Coleman ’94
to Matt Burdette
Claire Michelle Johnson ’94 to
Timothy Francis Newport ’95
Robert Scott Stogner ’94 to Mira
Ivy Burnett
Melvin Douglas Branham ’95 to
Cerelia Stroud
Nanci Regan Cronin ’95 to Kenneth
Lucas Price Jr.
Leslie Renee Felts ’95 to Gary
Clayton Schwake
Jaime Jurado ’95 to Catherine
Leslie Abernathy ’97
Tracey Elene Marshall ’95 to Scott
Christopher Kirby
Meredith Page McDaniel ’95 to
Charles Marion Martin
Michael Ervin Pearson ’95 to Karen
Lee McGinnas
Cedron Stanley Swain ’95 to Elizabeth A. Jennings
Garnet Michael Welch ’95 to Amy
Renee Walter
Buffy Rubylyn Britt ’96 to Woodrow
Terry Fountain Jr.
Winthrop Update • Winter 2000-01
Winthrop alumni activities
Student Alumni Council
Alumni, students, faculty and staff learned dining “do’s and don’ts” in October when
the Student Alumni Council cosponsored an etiquette dinner for the campus community. The
event was planned to assist current students as they prepare for life after graduation.
Rock Hill Alumni Club
Members of the Rock Hill Alumni Club Executive Committee met to make plans for
the club’s 2000-2001 year. Fran Heitman Peeler ’66 and the committee enjoyed seeing York
County alumni in McBryde Hall at the alumni dinner Jan. 25.
Black Alumni Advisory Council
Members of the Black Alumni Advisory Council came together in October for their (left to right) Steven Lewandowski, Suzanne Lipscomb ’98, Gale DiGiorgio, Kristen
annual fall meeting. Council members spent much time planning the “Party of the Millennium” Gebhart Magee ’95 and Jim Magee enjoyed the festive holiday deccorations that adorned
the Poinsett Club during the Greenville County alumni dinner.
that was held Jan. 20, 2001 at the Sheraton Airport Plaza in Charlotte.
Washington, DC, Area Alumni
Alumni living in the Washington, DC, area enjoyed seeing old friends, meeting
new ones and eating spectacular food at a luncheon at The Mark Restaurant in
downtown Washington in November. Rebecca McMillan, vice president for university advancement, gave an extensive report of all the latest Winthrop news. Judy
Davis ’68 of McLean, VA, and Jean Appleby Jackson ’75 of Fairfax, VA, were
instrumental in making sure alumni from the last 50 decades gathered together for a
delightful afternoon!
Sumter Alumni
Sumter alumni met in the Alice Boyle Garden Center for dinner and had the Alumni from Sumter were all smiles after they finished a wonderful dinner at the Alice Boyle Garden
opportunity to hear Betsy Brown, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, provide Center.
an update on campus happenings. Colleen Holland Yates ’50 and Mary Faucett
Nims ’49 hosted this special event in November. Johnny Deal ’84, president of the
Alumni Association, was on hand to bring greetings from the Alumni Association.
Greenville Area Alumni
The beautiful Poinsett Club was the setting as alumni in Greenville County
enjoyed a delicious dinner and a presentation made by President Anthony DiGiorgio.
Johnny Deal ’84, president of the Alumni Association, brought greetings to alumni
and friends in attendance.Thanks to Pat Plexico Boutwell ’84 and Kristen Gebhart
Magee ’95 for helping to make the event a success.
(left to right) Meredith Byers Gergley ’93, Randy Cooke ’73, Lisa Ventimiglio
’98, Fran Heitman Peeler ’66, Sally Archer ’76, Shane Duncan ’98 and
Derrick Gainey ’97, all members of the Rock Hill Alumni Club Executive
Committee, enjoyed dining together as they made plans for the new year.
(above) Alumni, members of the Student Alumni Council and students smile as they learn the proper techniques of dining
etiquette from a nationally known business etiquette consultant.
(right) Members of the Black Alumni Advisory Council (kneeling)Tracey Williams Pickard ’92, Trevor Beauford ’00,
(standing, left to right) Finley O’Neal ’84, Abbigail Jefferson ’95, Katrina Davis O’Neal ’83, Leroy Thorn ’80 and Deidre
Richburg ’85 worked throughout the fall planning for the “Party of the Millennium,” Jan. 20.
Winthrop Update • Winter 2000-01
Alumni Perspectives
Winthrop is kicking off a new tradition Saturday, Feb. 17
− the 2001 Homecoming Extravaganza. Plan to join alumni
and friends at a “tent town” on the coliseum grounds, 11
a.m.-2:30 p.m. where your favorite local restaurants will
offer delectable goodies. Visit with other alumni, student
organizations and representatives from the academic areas.
Stop by the Alumni Association tent for Homecoming
commemorative souvenirs and children’s activities, and
take time to mingle with old pals and make new friends. Plan
to come for the entire Homecoming Weekend, Feb. 16-18,
which will be packed full of athletic events and celebrations
of every kind. Be a special part of this new tradition!
Also, classes from 1921 through 1976 ending in “1” and “6” need to be sure to
put Alumni Reunion Celebration on the calendar for April 20 and 21. Reunion
classes soon will be receiving information about plans for their celebrations. Ruth
Bundy Hallman and the 50th reunion committee have a jam-packed schedule
awaiting their classmates, and Margaret Williamson and Pam Mungo have exciting
activities planned for the 25th reunion class.
Finally, two alumni representatives to the Winthrop board of trustees will be
elected during the winter of 2002. Nominations must be received in the Office of
Alumni Relations by Aug. 15, 2001. Candidates must be both alumni of Winthrop
and South Carolina residents. For information regarding the procedure for nominating board of trustee candidates, please contact the alumni office.
If you have questions about any of this information, please contact the alumni
office on our toll free number, 800-578-6545, or send us an e-mail or FAX us at
803-323-2584. If you have access to a computer, please visit
alumni and check out all the information on the Alumni Association pages.
Remember, we like hearing from you, so visit the campus − in person, by phone
or on the Internet!
Carrolls give business students the
opportunity to play the market
Financial planners Vivian Moore
Carroll ’73 and her husband Larry are
giving five business students a little practical experience in the stock market –
using the Carrolls’ money.
The Carrolls agreed to donate
$100,000 for the students – three undergraduates and two graduate students − to manage. They would retain
their original investment and absorb
any loses. In addition, they agreed to
annually donate any gains to the College of Business Administration for
faculty development.
“Successful investing is not an academic exercise,” said Larry Carroll,
founder and president of Carroll Financial Associates. “Investment education
comes from making decisions, and mistakes − with real money. You cannot
truly learn investing from a textbook.
We hope the students involved will ben-
A word of appreciation
Many thanks to the following alumnae for representing President DiGiorgio and
Winthrop University at inaugurations across the country.
Maggie Lunn Foss ’41
Pepperdine University
Malibu, CA
Sept. 23, 2000
Andrew K. Benton,
Martie H. Curran
Executive Director
Alumni Relations
efit from this for the remainder of their
Vivian Carroll, a financial consultant
with Merrill Lynch, and her husband
will periodically meet with the students
and advise them on trading strategies.
Before the students made their first
buys, Larry Carroll met with associate
professor of business administration
Mike Evans, who has taught Winthrop’s
investment class for six years. Carroll,
Evans and one of the participating students discussed issues such as portfolio
goals and risk tolerance. They decided
that the portfolio would be allocated 100
percent to stocks. The goal would be to
outperform the S&P 500 on an annual
basis by 2 percent.
With Evans’ guidance, the students
researched and selected the stocks in
which to invest. He hopes to develop the
experience into a three-hour course.
Grace Pow Simpson ’53
Hampden-Sydney College
Hampden-Sydney, VA
Oct. 21, 2000
Walter Michael Bortz, III,
Ann Bass Upton ’49
University of North
Carolina at Asheville
Asheville, NC
Oct. 6, 2000
James H. Mullen, Jr.,
Alumni Association slate of officers for 2001-2003
The Executive Board of the Alumni Association of Winthrop University submits for your consideration the following slate of
candidates to serve as officers of the Association. One person has been named to fill each office that will become vacant June 30,
2001. A majority of votes cast shall constitute an election.
Frankie Holley Cubbedge ’59, Belhaven, NC, is serving as president-elect of the Alumni Association. She was elected in 1999
to serve as the association’s president July 1, 2001 through June 30, 2003.
Frankie Cubbedge
Jolene Stepp
President-elect to serve as president of the Alumni Association 2003-2005: Jolene Moss Stepp ’86, Rock Hill
Recipient of the 1999 Alumni Association Professional Award; former member of the Rock Hill Area Alumni Steering Committee;
charter member of the Rock Hill Alumni Club, serving as member of the Executive Committee and as treasurer; member of the 199395 Executive Board Nominating Committee; founder and co-owner of Coldwell Banker Stepp Tuttle Realty of Rock Hill, Fort Mill,
Lancaster and Chester, SC.
First vice-president: Deidre Toi Richburg ’85, Columbia, SC
Chair of the Black Alumni Advisory Council, having served as a member of the council since 1996; member of the Alumni
Association Executive Board; member of the Columbia Alumni Club; employed with USC School of Medicine in the Department
of Pediatrics.
Second vice-president: Dolly Crouch Mitchell ’62, Prosperity, SC
Member of the Alumni Association Executive Board, chair of Awards Committee; class of 1962 “permanent” reunion chair;
retired from Education Administration
Dolly Mitchell
Deidre Richburg
Secretary: Timothy (Tim) Sease ’87, Mount Pleasant, SC
Member Annual Fund Loyalty Council; 1987 class agent; former member of the Alumni Association Young Alumni Council; former
reunion committee member; former treasurer of the Greater Charleston Area Alumni Club; vice president, First Federal of Charleston
Treasurer: Linda Knox Warner ’80, Rock Hill
Treasurer and finance chair of the Alumni Association since 1987; member University Foundation Board; active member of the
Rock Hill Alumni Club; chair of the Affinity Card Task Force; accountant with Bernard N. Ackerman, CPA, P.A.
President-elect − Jolene Moss Stepp
Second vice president − Dolly Crouch Mitchell
Linda Warner
Tim Sease
First vice president – Deidre Toi Richburg
Secretary – Timothy B. Sease
Treasurer – Linda Knox Warner
Please mark and return your ballot by April 1, 2001 to: Office of Alumni Relations, 304 Tillman, Winthrop University, Rock
Hill, SC 29733
Winthrop Update • Winter 2000-01
Sports update
By Jack Frost, sports information director
Young volleyball team tops
20 wins for second season
Coach Cathy Ivester’s squad, which
did not have one senior on its roster,
produced a 24-9 record. The team advanced to the championship game of the
Big South Conference tournament for
the first time, knocking off competitors
until losing in the finals to Radford.
Individuals highlight
soccer season
The 2000 season was a roller coaster
ride for the Winthrop soccer team. The
Eagles finished the season 8-9-1 overall
and 3-3-1 in the Big South Conference to
earn a fourth place seed in the conference tournament.
Winthrop faced fifth place Charleston Southern in the first round and was
knocked out 3-1. The parity of the league
showed true this year as only one higher
seeded team advanced to the semi-finals.
A bright spot for head coach Rich
Posipanko’s team was the performance
of freshman Thorvaldur Arnason from
Iceland. Arnason scored 10 goals and
had three assists for a total of 23 points.
He finished the season with four gamewinning goals, representing half of
Winthrop’s win total.
Arnason earned second-team All-Big
South Conference honors and was joined
on the honor squad by freshman teammate Donald MacGregor of Scotland
and senior Brian Barrett. Barrett was
also named to the Big South All-Academic team.
The 24 victories were a school record
and give the Lady Eagles back-to-back
20-plus win seasons. Winthrop also
notched 11 conference victories, another
school record, and it captured impressive non-conference wins over Mississippi State, Davidson, and Army. The
win over MSU was played before the
largest home crowd ever.
Junior outside hitter Erin Lehman
placed her name in the Winthrop record
book as she reached 1,000 kills and
1,000 digs for her career. The only
other player to accomplish that feat
was 1999 graduate Kara Galer.
Lehman is also only the fourth player
to reach either 1,000 kills or 1,000
digs. She was recognized for these
achievements by being named a firstteam All-Big South Conference selection. Sophomore Jennifer Pritchard
and junior Sarah Brown were voted
to the BSC All-Tournament team.
Winthrop’s 2000 fall sports season ranks as the university’s most
outstanding for team and personal achievements since the school
became an NCAA member in 1986.
Among the most notable accomplishments last fall were the
women’s volleyball team school record for most victories, the first
Big South Conference championship for the men’s cross country
team, runner Adam Growley’s appearance in the NCAA cross
country championships, four individual and two team golf tournament titles for the men’s and women’s golf team, and a number one
national ranking for the men’s golf team freshman class.
Growley leads men’s cross
country to conference title,
qualifies for NCAA championships
Head coach Ben Paxton entered the
2000 season with high expectations. He
felt his men’s team had the talent to
capture its first Big South Conference
title. Paxton’s hopes proved true as Winthrop cruised to the championship behind leadership of junior Adam
Growley, who became the first Eagle to
qualify for the NCAA championships.
Growley along with teammates Justin Insco and Matt Kelleher earned AllBig South Conference honors by finish-
ing among the top 10 runners. Growley
was third, Insco was fourth and Kelleher
finished sixth. Growley, who captured
the Winthrop Invitational and had six
top 20 finishes, qualified for the NCAA
meet in Ames, Iowa, by finishing fourth
in the NCAA District Meet at Furman.
Senior Ashley Ackerman was
Winthrop’s representative on the Big
South Conference All-Academic team.
Freshmen men’s golfer ranked
top in nation; women’s team
wins individual medallist honors
If the fall season performance of Coach
Eddie Weldon’s young men’s golf team is
any indication, the Eagles should have a
strong shot at capturing the 2001 Big
South Championship this spring.
Led by the freshman trio of Matt
Johnson, Kyle Christman and Chuck
Brueggeman, junior Kenny Doerrer
and sophomore Matt Mondorff, Win-
Jack Frost
A highlight of the 2000 volleyball season was a pre-game ceremony in October honoring the
1999-2000 Lady Eagle squad as the nation’s top Division I academic team. Members of last
year’s squad compiled a 3.61 grade point average and were honored by the American
Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) as the top team. Each player received a Certificate of
Achievement from the AVCA and a Certificate of Honor from Winthrop President Anthony
DiGiorgio, who took part in the presentation along with Athletic Director Tom Hickman, NCAA
faculty representative Evelyne Weeks and senior womenn’s administrator Susan Anfin.
throp took two tournament titles at Chattanooga and Draper Valley and had a
second place finish at Stetson.
Johnson, whom Weldon calls one of
the most talented players he has ever
recruited to Winthrop, had two individual titles as he took medallist honors
at Chattanooga and tied for top honors at
Draper Valley.
As a team, the Winthrop men set a
new school record for 18 holes with a
score of 276 in the opening round of the
Stetson Invitational.
Following the conclusion of the fall
season, the Eagles learned that Golfstat
ranked its freshman class No. 1 in the
nation. Winthrop’s three freshmen compiled a stroke average of 73.80 and had
a strength rating of 460.839 to finish
ahead of second place Texas-Arlington.
Among the top 25 teams in the
rankings were perennial NCAA power
Oklahoma State (4th), California (7th),
North Carolina (8th), UCLA (11th),
Purdue (12th), Auburn (13th), Missouri
(19th) and Georgia (25th). Big South
Conference member Coastal Carolina was
ninth with a stroke average of 73.88 and
a rating of 336.745 for its two freshmen.
On the women’s side, senior Janice
Roberts and junior Katie Allison, two
former Big South Rookies of the Year,
finished the fall season strong by capturing back-to-back medallist honors. Roberts was the top finisher at Draper Valley
near Radford while Allison captured the
East Carolina Lady Pirate Invitational.
Led by Adam Growley, the first Eagle to
qualify for the NCAA championships, Winthrop ran off with the Big South Conference
DeVaux earns All
BSC women’s cross
country honors
While the men’s team reached the top
of the Big South, the women’s team will
set that goal for next year after finishing
sixth in the league championship.
One of the bright spots for the Lady
Eagles throughout the year was the performance of sophomore Jenny DeVaux
who earned All-Big South Conference
honors with a sixth place finish at the
championship meet. DeVaux was
Winthrop’s top finishers in each of its
six meets.
Senior Kathrin Milbury was named
to the Big South Conference All-Academic team for the third consecutive year.
Winthrop Update • Winter 2000-01
Erin Morris finds strength
in the power of music
Roshanda Yearwood says her whole life is television. As associate producer for the Charlotte
NBC affiliate, she works in the wee hours of the morning compiling the news the anchors will
read as viewers sip their morning coffee.
Roshanda Yearwood is the
woman behind the news
At 3:30 Saturday mornings, Roshanda
Yearwood isn’t at home in bed. However, unlike many college students who
are awake at that hour on a weekend,
Yearwood isn’t partying. Instead, she’s
hard at work writing the news for WCNC,
the NBC affiliate in Charlotte.
Yearwood, who is executive producer
of Winthrop’s video magazine, “Winthrop Close-Up” and edited the Roddey
McMillan last year, has parlayed her
experience into a part-time job – fulltime after graduation in December − as
an associate producer for the TV network.
In the wee hours of the morning, the
senior from Columbia, SC, makes beat
calls to ferret out the news, then writes
stories the anchors read on “6 News
Today.” She also produces the two and a
half minutes of news read during the
cutaways from NBC’s “Today” show.
In addition to her weekend hours,
Yearwood works 8 p.m. to midnight
Monday-Wednesday writing stories and
running the teleprompter for the 11 p.m.
“Nightcast News.”
“Sometimes I look at the video to
make sure reporters have stand-up at the
end of the tape or that the video is edited
to match the story,” she said.
Yearwood got the job when the NBC6
news director visited her broadcast programming class last spring.
Students of note
Kim Barroso, a sophomore piano performance major from the
Philippines, won the Greater
Spartanburg Philharmonic Concerto
Competition. As the winner, he will
appear as guest soloist with the
Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra in a performance of the SaintSaens Piano Concerto No. 2 in G
minor, Jan. 27 at 8 p.m. at Twitchell
Auditorium on the campus of Converse College in Spartanburg, SC.
“He learned I was producing “Winthrop Close-Up,” and the professor told
him lots of good things about me. So, he
approached me about working at 6.”
Yearwood reported to work in May.
Between WCNC, “Winthrop Close-Up”
and classes, her time revolves around the
“Basically, my whole life is television,” she said. “I get up at 7 a.m., do
class work until noon and when I get
home on weekends. I’ve always been a
good student and hard worker. Most my
classes are in the afternoon, and NBC6 is
very understanding if I tell them I need
time off. They realize I’m still in school.”
Although Yearwood admits she
doesn’t have a social life, she feels the
payoff is worth it.
“I believe you have to sacrifice some
things now to fulfill your goals.”
Yearwood has had dreams of being in
front of the camera since she was in
fourth grade. The work she is doing now,
she believes, is preparing her for that
“I always knew this is what I want to
do,” Yearwood vows.” Initially, I wanted
to be a writer. As I got older, I realized I
really enjoy meeting and working with
people – and I love to talk. Why not get
paid for doing what I love to do? So I
decided I wanted to be on television.
Production is a stepping stone to where
I’m going. Writing skills in this business
are very important. To be a good broadcaster or reporter, you have to have wonderful writing skills. What I’m doing is
preparing me for that.”
Yearwood is excited about the opportunity she has and says she wants to stay
at NBC6 for a few years and get as much
training as possible. She also plans to
take some more classes and get more
personal training
“I want to take some voice and diction
classes to perfect myself.”
After that, you might hear: “And now
let’s go to Roshanda Yearwood reporting from…”
When Erin Morris was born in the
small town of Andrews, SC, she seemed
to be a normally healthy baby. Then at
three months, she began losing her sight
in one eye. By 20 months, she was completely blind.
“I had something called retinoblastoma. It seemed to pop up out of nowhere because there isn’t any history of
it in my family,” said the junior music
Retinoblastoma is a cancer of the
eyes that occurs in about one of every
15,000 to 30,000 children. Tumors attack the retina and hinder it from receiving focused images.
Even though she was faced with such
a life-altering tragedy so early in her life,
Morris’ blindness didn’t affect her need
to express herself in song.
“I’ve been singing for as long as I can
remember. As a child, I was always
singing with the radio or something,”
said Morris.
Although she had always enjoyed
singing, Morris did not get up enough
courage to perform until she was 12
years old.
“Believe it or not, I first sang in front
of people as a dare. One of my teachers
at the time, who had always encouraged
my singing, dared me to get up in front of
a group of teachers for a talent show,”
she said.
As she grew up, Morris became more
and more confident in her talent. She
sang in a gifted and talented chorus
group in high school and in her church
choir. She also played the flute in her
high school band.
“I always have had an interest in
music, but I thought that if I majored in
it, I would get behind,” she said.
Morris overcame her hesitation to
become a music major; she is now a
dedicated member of both Jazz Voices
and the Chorale.
Even though she has overcome her
fear, the vivacious young woman faces
obstacles in performing that most people
don’t. Contrary to popular belief, sing-
ing is not entirely auditory, Morris submits.
“Things are often more visual with
music than one might expect. While the
rest of the group is able to keep an even
tempo by looking at the director, I have
to feel when things sound right. I have to
pay closer attention to what’s going on
than most. But, after a while, I don’t even
have to concentrate because it becomes
Morris is so enamored with the level
of expression that singing gives her that
she admits she enjoys singing in the car
as well as in the auditorium. “I love it all.
I especially love giving my interpretation to solos, because solos show a lot
about an individual and are very different from person to person.”
Although she does enjoy the occasional solo, Morris insists that she primarily likes to perform in small groups.
“I like the smaller groups better because you are allowed to be more free
and personal with less people to worry
about. However, small groups also are
more challenging because it is much
easier to be heard if you mess up,” she
Although Morris enjoys her music,
she isn’t sure what she would like to do
with her degree.
“I really don’t know what the future
holds for me as far as music goes. I had
given some thought to getting my
master’s degree in social work because I
know, no matter what I do, I would love
to help people,” she said.
Morris has transcended the supposed
limitations of her disability by a personal
philosophy that stresses a concentration
on strengths instead of weaknesses.
“I think people should strive to find
things that they are good at and that give
them a sense of satisfaction. Being good
at something builds character and
strength. Instead of focusing on the things
you can’t do, focus on the things you can
do because everyone, no matter if they
have a disability or not, has a niche, it’s
just our job to find it.”
Erin Morris (center) discovered a talent for singing and joins her voice with other students as
a member of Winthrop’s Jazz Voices and Chorale.
Winthrop Update • Winter 2000-01
English majors
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of all ages in the program, from 18 to 80,
just people interested in the topic.”
Sullivan said she was surprised how
many of her classmates were over 50
years old. “Many returned year after
year. A lot of the people attending classes
had Ph.D.s and most were highly educated,” Sullivan noted.
Both women chose the medieval studies program because it offered optional
excursions and presented a part of English literature to which they had had
little exposure.
“The only medieval literature I had
read was Chaucer,” Wagner explained.
“I’d heard about morality plays, but I’d
never read them.”
In addition to general lectures with
guest speakers, Wagner took a week of
study on medieval drama, a week on
Richard II and one on medieval manuscripts, which was taught by a librarian
at Corpus Christi College, a highly restricted manuscript library to which the
students were granted access.
Sullivan chose a week on middleEnglish literature, one on women in
medieval society and a week on the
history of stained glass art.
Their lecture-related excursions took
them to the Globe theatre for a production of Hamlet (which Sullivan deemed
“awesome”); the Swan in Stratford for a
performance of Henry IV, Part I; Lincoln to see the historic cathedral and
castle; historic properties in Orford,
Framlingham and Southwold; the medieval town of Lavenham; and to the textile town of Norwich.
“It was a great experience to study
with such experts,” Sullivan commented.
“It will be very beneficial to me when I
apply to graduate school to say I’ve
studied at Cambridge.”
Added Wagner, “It’s amazing to be
able to do all this because of someone’s
The formal studies were just one dimension of what Wagner and Sullivan
gained from their fellowship experience.
“Being exposed to a new place and new
culture − even though it’s not as different as non-Western cultures – was incredible. Being able to actually walk into
a place I’d read and heard about in other
classes was wonderful,” Wagner said.
“It changed my perspective having
gone to another country not knowing
anyone,” agreed Sullivan, who e-mails
newly made friends. “I now feel like I
can do anything I want to do, and I want
to either go to graduate school in London
or take a year off and live there. I never
would have thought about doing that
before. This experience has changed the
direction of my life.”
Although Wagner and Sullivan had
corresponded with the Hurleys before their
trip, the two English majors had the opportunity to let their benefactors know just
how much their summer abroad meant to
them when they met the Hurleys for the
first time in December. Wagner presented
them with a thank-you gift, a tapestry
pillowcase from Westminster Abbey.
Student rubs shoulders with world leaders
Mauritius is an unassuming volcanic
island off the southeast coast of Africa
that barely covers 720 square miles in
the Indian Ocean. The island is framed
by a small coastal plain that rises into
discontinuous mountains encircling a
central plateau. Packed into this small
piece of paradise is a level of cultural
diversity and natural beauty that
Marlborough, CT, native Kristen Planny
never would have imagined.
A graduate student in counseling,
Planny was selected to take part in a
three-and-a–half-week internship as an
assistant to former Winthrop Foundation board member U.S. Ambassador
Mark Erwin who underwrote the internship. When she first arrived, Planny had
mixed emotions.
“The U.S. ambassador called
Mauritius ‘the Hawaii of the Indian
Ocean,’ yet some of the cities looked
quite run down. However, the more I got
to know the island, the more beautiful it
became,” she said.
One way Planny got to know the
country was in her work with the SelfHelp Department, through which the
U.S. provides financial support for the
people of Mauritius. Planny visited some
of the non-profit organizations that had
requested funds from the embassy, including centers for the blind, mentally
handicapped, drug rehabilitation and
preservation of wilderness. One of
Planny’s most important jobs was making sure the money was being spent on
the projects for which it had been requested.
“The blind center requested the money
to purchase a piece of equipment that
translates print into Braille, and the mentally handicapped school requested money
for some furniture for a new school they
were building. I was responsible for making sure these organizations followed
through with their use of the money.”
Students of note
Four art and design students
won awards in the S.C. State Fair
Juried Art Exhibition in Columbia. Chris Clamp, a senior from
Leesville, SC, won a Merit and
Purchase award for “To Think of
You Is to Cherish a Stinging
Memory.” Josh Drews, a senior
from Columbia was awarded third
place in prints for his monoprint
“One Over Her.” Frank
McCauley, a junior from
Summerville, SC, was awarded a
Merit Award for “Place Head
Here,” Drews’ and McCauley’s
works were accepted into the traveling exhibition as well. Jeffrey
Smith, a sophomore from Columbia was awarded second place in
the Painting on Canvas for Amateurs category for his piece “Untitled.” Smith also was awarded
third place in Drawing for Amateurs for “Melody Maker.”
Kristen Planny never dreamed Mauritius then Prime Minister Navinchandra Ramgoolam
himself would offer to show her how government business is conducted in a parliamentary
system. Planny spent 31/2 weeks in the Indian Ocean nation as an assistant to former Winthrop
Foundation board member U.S. Ambassador Mark Erwin.
Planny said visiting these non-profits
gave her a close look at a side of the
country she would not otherwise have
In addition to her watchdog role,
Planny took part in embassy meetings to
discuss issues such as the New Africa
“The New Africa Bill is a trade agreement between the U.S. and Africa.
Mauritius sees it as a way to accelerate
its current import and export quota with
the U.S. Although Mauritius is a country
with a growing trade industry that exports such things as sugarcane and textiles like Gap clothing, it also has a
thriving tourism business. The bill could
help Mauritius remain the African country with the highest per capita income,”
she said.
Planny also learned about her host
country through the social scene. Not only
did she help plan a huge July 4th celebration for the more than 1,200 people at the
ambassador’s residence, but she was
invited to parties that were much different from any she’d ever been to in the
U.S.: ones for the independence of Russia, the Queen of England’s birthday and
the independence of Madagascar.
“I was so honored to be a part of these
parties with foreign diplomats. They
made me feel so welcome that I really
felt a part of the celebration. It was one
of the most incredible experiences I had
in Mauritius,” she said.
Although she was surrounded by a
virtual paradise, Planny said what she
most enjoyed about the country was her
co-workers at the U.S. Embassy and the
people of Mauritius themselves.
“The people were so hospitable. It
was so nice to be in a place where Americans were not only welcome but actually
sought after. The majority of the tourists
are from France and England; they don’t
get as many Americans,” she said.
According to Planny, approximately
5,000 American’s visit the island each
year. One major factor contributing to
this low number is that it takes 21 hours
to get there from the U.S. “Including
layovers, it took me around 36 hours to
get to Mauritius,” she said.
However, getting there was worth it.
Planny experienced hospitality from both
local people and foreign diplomats.
Mauritius then Prime Minister
Navinchandra Ramgoolam invited
Planny to his office to show her how
government business is conducted in a
parliamentary system.
“The prime minister gave me a special invitation to meet with him. He let
me sign a book that diplomats he had met
with from all over the world had signed.
I felt so honored and surprised to be
listed among such great people.”
A member of the British Commonwealth, Mauritius boasts a multitude of
languages and cultures. English is the
official language, but Planny discovered
almost everyone in the country also
speaks French and Creole and, to a lesser
degree, Hindi, Urdu, Hakka and
Bojpoori. Fifty-two percent of the people
are Hindu, while 28 percent are Christians and 17 percent Muslims. To add to
the diversity, there are also a number of
ethnicities on the island including IndoMauritians, Creoles, Sino-Mauritians
and Franco-Mauritians.
“With all of these contrasting cultures living on one island, it would seem
as if there would be some sort of cultural
tension. But Mauritius is a very culturally tolerant country due to the unifying
force of the Creole language and the fact
that tolerance is taught from a very early
age,” said Planny.
Because of her experiences in
Mauritius, Planny learned more about
both her own culture and herself.
“It was the cultural differences that
allowed me to learn about the U.S.
Mauritius was an incredible learning
experience for me and I couldn’t have
dreamed anything to compare with it.”
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Loyalty through the generations...
continuing the legacy
Number 2
Winter 2000-01
“The Refinery,” an oil on canvas painted by Ed
Lewandowski in 1949, examplifies why the
former Winthrop art department chair was
honored in a documentary.
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