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2 Admissions Counselor Katie Price does her best to focus on the task at hand as workers remove layers of paint from the window casings of Main. A YEAR OF CAMPUS RENOVATIONS Scrape, scrape, pound, pound, beep, beep ah, the sounds of improvement. You could hear them all around campus this past year as decades of paint were stripped from window casings and replaced with a fresh coat, outdated storage tanks were removed, and outdoor seating areas were installed. ADMINISTRATION Dr. Mark La Branche President Dr. James Eck Dean of the Faculty and Vice President for Academic Life Belinda Faulkner Vice President for Finance The many updates to the College this year included restoration of two-thirds (175) of the windows on the Franklin-Main-Davis Complex; removal of five underground storage tanks; new lighting on the Main lawn; new carpeting, restoration of the altar, and seat reupholstering in Benson Chapel; and a complete renovation of the first three floors of Franklin Hall. Also on the list of completed renovations were new curtains for the Frances Boyette Dickson Auditorium, as well as improvements to the lobby of the Seby B. Jones Performing Arts Center. The majority of these improvements were made possible by the contributions of a steady and growing number of generous supporters who believe in the mission of the College and understand the importance of maintaining the beauty of this historic campus. TRAVELING EXHIBITION SERIES Columns winter Upcoming Events At Louisburg College, we take great pride in presenting exciting visual arts exhibits throughout the academic year. We book an eclectic variety of exhibits from outstanding working artists. In addition, we end each semester with a show of our own students works. All exhibits are housed in the Edith C. Lumpkin Community Gallery of the Seby B. Jones Performing Arts Center. SOMEPLACE LIKE HOME: Paintings by Shade Elam Maret (work pictured) Tuesday, 3/15/2011 Saturday, 4/23/2011 Opening Reception and Gallery Talk/Slide Lecture by Shade Elam Maret, 3/15/2011 at 7 pm SPRING STUDENT ART SHOW Tuesday, 4/26/2011 Opening Reception and Awards at 7 pm (one night only) FRANKLIN COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM SHOW, K 11 Thursday, 5/19/2011 Friday, 5/27/2011 FRANKLIN COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM SHOW, GRADUATING SENIORS Thursday, 6/2/2011 High School Graduation Ceremonies Opening Reception and Awards 6/2/2011 at 7 pm (set-up on Tuesday, 5/31/2011) Columns cover photo by Leigh Ann Parrish; Jason Modlin Vice President for Student Life Stephanie Buchanan Tolbert 97 Vice President for Enrollment OFFICE OF INSTITUTIONAL ADVANCEMENT Kurt Carlson Vice President for Institutional Advancement TBA Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations Carmen Johnston Manager of Donor Services Amy Scoggin McManus Director of Marketing and Communications and Columns Editor Robert Poole Director, Seby B. Jones Performing Arts Center ALUMNI OFFICERS William Shelton 69 President, Alumni Association Robert Beck 53 President, Golden Anniversary Council BOARD OF TRUSTEES Dr. John Cameron Chairman of the Board Mr. Michael W. Boddie 77 Vice Chairman and Chair of Governance Committee Ms. Lucy Taylor Allen Secretary Mr. Raymond B. Hodges Assistant Secretary and Chair of Finance and Endowment Committee Dr. Edgar J. Boone Chair of Learning Enterprise Committee Mr. William R. Cross 71 Chair of Advancement Committee Mr. David (Tad) DeBerry 85 Chair of Audit Committee Ms. Phyllis Bailey Mr. Thomas L. Blalock Mr. William H. Dove Mr. H. John Hatcher, Jr. Mr. Clyde P. Harris, Jr. Mr. Seymour Holt 49 Mr. Billy R. Merritt 53 Ms. Beth M. Norris Mr. Russell Odom 68 Mr. Ely J. Perry, III 84 Mr. Fred Roberson 62 Ms. Sue C. Robertson Ms. Kim D. Spivey Mr. John F. Strotmeyer 68 Mr. C. Boyd Sturges Mr. Roger G. Taylor 68 Dr. James P. West EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS Ms. Rashetta Bellamy President, SGA ( ) Mr. William C. Shelton 69 President, Alumni Association Rev. Jon Strother Superintendent, Raleigh District - UMC LOUISBURG COLLEGE 501 N. Main Street Louisburg, NC OUR MISSION Related by faith to The United Methodist Church, Louisburg College is committed to offering a supportive community which nurtures young men and women intellectually, culturally, socially, physically and spiritually. As a two-year residential institution, we provide a bridge for students to make a successful transition from high school seniors to colleges and universities.

3 Renewal Leaning Forward in Faith, Claiming a Great Future Dear friends, In nearly 225 years of service, Louisburg College has experienced many cycles of renewal. Regardless of the challenges we have faced, those surrounding the College have always leaned forward in faith to claim a great future. Once again the College is in a period of renewal, and we are reaching out to claim a great future for the institution, but also in the lives of our students. Louisburg College continues to be a place where young lives are transformed and futures are changed. Mark and Mona La Branche, Christmas 2010 I recently attended the celebration of the life of Mildred Fry, Louisburg College class of Mildred was one of our oldest living alumni, living to the age of 99 1/2 (her obituary is on page 56). In 1929, as she attended the College, the Great Depression began and the Main Building suffered from a devastating fire. It must have been a very challenging time for her and the College, but Mildred always leaned forward in faith when it came to Louisburg College. Through her 81 years of engagement with the College as a student, alumna, trustee, and trustee emeritus, she witnessed and participated in numerous cycles of renewal. Aftermath of the Main Building fire, 1929 It is important for an institution to have faithful and loyal friends when the road gets tough, but it is even more important that faithful and loyal friends join us on the road of renewal. We are stepping into a Great Future. The Great Futures Campaign described on pages 4-5 will help to ensure that Louisburg College will move into the future even more effectively in its mission to transform the lives of our students. It is my hope and prayer that you will join us! Faithfully yours, President, Louisburg College

4 LOUISBURG TO LAUNCH GREAT FUTURES CAMPAIGN TO RAISE $15 MILLION FOR FACILITIES AND PROGRAMS BY BOBBY WAYNE CLARK* Watch this space over the next three years as Columns reports on the progress of the Great Futures Campaign and the people whose vision and generosity will help Louisburg College flourish into its third century. This fall, Louisburg College will launch the three-year public phase of a $15 million campaign that will provide muchneeded improvements in program and facilities. The Great Futures Campaign goals include renovations to the Seby B. Jones Performing Arts Center, the Holton Gymnasium, and the Jordan Student Center, as well as funds for scholarships and an Academic Success Center for all students. There are also plans to construct a fieldhouse near the College s athletic fields. Already, the College has raised almost $3 million through gifts in the campaign s quiet phase (read about recent campaign commitments on page 36). The campaign s fundraising priorities are one outcome of an intensive planning process involving members of the President s Cabinet, trustees, and key faculty and staff leaders over the past year. Another result is a three-year strategic plan that plots out improvements in all areas of the College. The campaign and strategic improvements are aimed at advancing one fundamental goal: to ensure that the only private twoyear college in North Carolina will continue to provide deserving students with a high-quality and affordable residential college experience. A successful conclusion to the Great Futures Campaign will help Louisburg write an exciting new chapter in its remarkable history. The college that traces its beginnings to 1787, which survived closure during the Civil War and averted bankruptcy in the Great Depression, will earn new distinction as the oldest two-year, coeducational, church-related college in America. The story of Louisburg College is a story of perseverance, says Dr. Mark La Branche, who became the school s 27th president in January It is a long history of preparing students for the world in which they will live. The Louisburg story is compelling for alumni and all those who support us, and is the source of our greatest strength. Dr. La Branche himself attended a two-year college, which has proved to be a formative experience in his life as well as his education. As an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, with eighteen years of parish ministry experience, he emphasizes the College s faith-based mission. He speaks of helping students lay hold of their potential, and applauds the incredible staff and faculty for their devotion to the mission. People are called to be here. That s part of the Methodist tradition an academic transformation that has a social mission, he says. The mission of Christian higher education is to challenge each student to ask the simple, but profound question, What has God called me to do with my life? Providing quality, affordable, and accessible higher education, he says, creates a pathway of social mobility for generations of students, serves as a strong social witness, and fulfills an important aspect of the mission of the United Methodist Church. We aim to create believers in our alumni and larger communities, he declares. Our student body has changed over the years but our mission is unchanged. We are continuing our work in transforming the lives of students and helping them become good citizens in a democracy that needs good citizens more than ever. This campaign is an essential next step in strengthening and anchoring the College, the president says. We need an Academic Success Center that would let us be the best we can be for our students. That center would take the studentdevelopment tools and strategies of our highly successful Learning Partners program and, to the extent possible, make them available to the entire student body. That s a reflection of our desire to do more of what we already do well. We want to be true to our mission even as society has changed. We can be a significant institution in our region while rebuilding our historic ties to the Louisburg and Franklin County communities. There is evident and growing excitement about the transformation this campaign can accomplish in Louisburg s facilities and programs. Faculty, staff, and key volunteer leaders, called champions, talk COLUMNS 4 Building Strong Foundations for Great Futures WINTER 2011 about their hopes for new programs and improved facilities (see sidebar of campaign priorities and champions). They eagerly outline what new technology and classroom space could mean to students across the curriculum, from art to mathematics, and how nice it would be for small groups to have meeting spaces in the Student Center, rather than in large classrooms. Athletes imagine what it would be like to change clothes in a new fieldhouse, rather than on the fourth floor of Main Building, and what a renovated gymnasium would look like. Inevitably, discussion turns to the importance of more scholarship support for students at Louisburg the kinds of students who would benefit the most from help. Jeff Olbrys, assistant professor of mathematics, knows very well how Louisburg helps students. Ten years ago, the Lockheed-Martin engineer and navy veteran took a cut in pay to begin a more rewarding life as a teacher at Louisburg. Over those years, Olbrys has had what he calls the best seat in the house to watch what Louisburg can do. I get to be in the front of the classroom The Louisburg story is compelling for alumni and all those who support us, and is the source of our greatest strength. President La Branche and I can see when the light bulb goes on, when a student really gets it. Over ten years he has seen a lot of students get it, he says. Part of our mission historically is helping students make the transition from wherever they start to success in the university down the street. We only get them for a small slice of time two years but in that time a student can come here and become a leader and be a starting player as a freshman. It s easy to see the effect we have as teachers, says the former engineer. I think that is true of donors. You can make a big, big difference with a gift to Louisburg. A $100,000 gift to Duke is one of a great many. But here, that $100,000 would transform the classroom experience of mathematics. We give a lot of value for the money. Be a champion for Louisburg College. Support the people and values of this historic College that mean the most to you. You will help today s faculty do the College s special work transforming the lives of deserving students. For further information about the Great Futures Campaign and ways to support it, contact Kurt Carlson, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, or *Bobby Wayne Clark is a writer specializing in higher education issues. He has worked at Brown, Wesleyan, Duke, Guilford, and Elon in various journalistic and communications positions. Campaign Priorities Annual Giving GOAL: $3,500,000 Champions: William Shelton 69 and Robert Beck 53 Capital GOAL: $3,500,000 PRIORITIES GYMNASIUM RENOVATION $500,000 Champion: Roger Taylor 68 NEW FIELD HOUSE $1,500,000 Champion: TBA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER UPGRADES $350,000 Champions: Parker and Lynda Lumpkin, Lucy Allen STUDENT CENTER RENOVATION $250,000 Champions: Sue Robertson and Russ Odom 68 CAMPUS INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS $250,000 Champion: Ely Perry 84 Program GOAL: $1,000,000 PRIORITY Academic Success Center $500,000 Champion: John Strotmeyer 68 Endowment and Planned Giving GOAL: $7,000,000 Champion: Dr. Reginald Ponder PRIORITIES UNRESTRICTED $3,000,000 SCHOLARSHIPS (MERIT AND NEED) $2,000,000 LECTURE SERIES $100,000

5 CONCERT STAGE DEDICATED On the evening of November 12th, Louisburg College and the children of Emily and Scott Gardner (pictured below) proudly dedicated the Emily and Scott Gardner Concert Stage in the Frances Boyette Dickson Auditorium of the Seby B. Jones Performing Arts Center. During a dinner at the Person Place, friends and family members gathered with President La Branche and a group of LC staff to dine and share fond memories of their parents. Honoring their parents: (From L-R) Cathy Gardner, David Gardner, Janet Adair, Susan Creed, and Richard Creed at the November dedication Emily and Scott met at Louisburg College and married in 1948; both were members of the Class of As a member of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church for over sixty years, Emily served faithfully as a Sunday School teacher, choir member, circle member, youth leader, and board member. Emily was honored to serve on the Louisburg College Board of Trustees from Scott had a successful career as owner of Warrenton Furniture Exchange, and was also very supportive of the College. Both regularly attended the Allen de Hart Concert Series. Emily, who passed away in November 2009 at the age of 81, was preceded in death nine years ago by Scott. The couple are survived by a son, David Gardner, and his wife, Cathy, of Warrenton, along with two daughters: Janet Adair, and husband, Dodd, of Birmingham, AL, and Susan Creed and husband, Richard, of Greensboro. They also have nine grandchildren: Angela Thatcher; Clint Lorek; Matthew Gardner; Lauren, David, and Scott Adair; and Jason, Megan, and Adam Creed; and two great-grandchildren: Avery and Breanna Thatcher Speaker Series: A View From the Top The College was honored to host Supreme Court Correspondent Robert Barnes (pictured) as the guest speaker in the Fall 2010 Speaker Series held October 19th in the Frances Boyette Dickson Auditorium. Barnes has been a reporter and editor at The Washington Post for more than twenty years, covering politics, government and, since November 2006, the Supreme Court. Early in his career at the Post as the deputy national editor in charge of domestic policy, he supervised coverage of the Supreme Court, Justice Department, the census, demographics, and race. As political editor during the first term of the Clinton Administration, he coordinated coverage of national politics, the White House, and Congress. He also served as metropolitan editor, directing the Post s local coverage of the District, Maryland, and Virginia. He returned to reporting in August 2005 as a political reporter and columnist, and began covering the Roberts Court in its second term. He took a brief break to cover the presidential race during the summer and fall of 2008, and returned to the court after the election. He covered the nominations and confirmations of Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. He gave up all thoughts of law school for a career in newspapers after taking a journalism class at the University of Florida. It did not occur to him, as it apparently did to others, that he could do both. COLUMNS 6 Building Strong Foundations for Great Futures WINTER 2011 Presidential Inauguration On Friday, April 16, 2010, The Rev. Dr. Mark David La Branche was installed as the 27th president of Louisburg College. Although La Branche had served as acting president since January 2009, this very special day allowed the College and surrounding community the chance to officially recognize and celebrate La Branche s leadership. The day began with a luncheon for delegates and College trustees in the south wing of the Seby B. Jones Performing Arts Center. Preceding the inaugural program, Mr. Alan Davis, the great-great grandson of the 11th president of Louisburg College, Matthew S. Davis, and the grandnephew of the 12th president of Louisburg College, Mary Davis Allen, kicked off the inaugural ceremonies with an organ concert in the Frances Boyette Dickson Auditorium. Trumpeter Don Eagle joined Davis in the processional music, The Crown Imperial. The processions were led by College Marshals Lisa Burchfield George, Scott Jeffrey Clagg, Shakeila Lashawn Jones, and Chief Marshall Uriel Orlando Rivera-Quintero. The inaugural program, which was presided over by Dr. John Cameron (pictured far right), Louisburg College chairman of the Board of Trustees, included greetings from the Mayor of Louisburg; NC Representative Lucy T. Allen; and Mr. Alfred Gwinn, bishop of the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. The Rev. Jon Strother, the Raleigh district superintendent of the United Methodist Church, delivered the invocation. Bishop Paul Duffey, the bishop in residence at First United Methodist Church in The First Family (L-R): Son, Robert, and his wife, Mindy; Mark and Mona La Branche; Granddaughter, Maggie Delikat; Daughter, Emily Delikat; and Mona s parents, Delores and Russell Maxwell Montgomery, Alabama, gave the inaugural address. Duffey, who La Branche describes as his mentor, spoke of the president s vision, persistence, desire for growth, and an ability to recognize all who help. Miss Shekanah Solomon, student body representative for the inauguration, reflected upon La Branche s integrity, persistence, openness, and hospitality. A festival choir, comprised of Louisburg College students and choir members from Louisburg United Methodist Church, performed throughout the program. Ms. Phyllis Ihrie from the College s business office accompanied the choir on the piano. Mr. Larry Speakman, LC director of chorale activities, and Mr. Craig Eller, LC English professor and Louisburg United Methodist Church choral director, provided musical direction. The program came to a close with La Branche delivering an inaugural response in which he recognized the commitment of the College faculty and staff. They stood firm in the face of what sometimes appeared to be overwhelming challenges, and cleared a path for God s providence to work. A reception on the lawn of the Jones Center following the inauguration included live music by a string quartet. 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6 Profiles in TEACHING Profiles in TEACHING Profiles in TEACHING One of the most important roles for an academic dean is to serve as an advocate for the faculty. With the following Profiles In Teaching, we showcase the talents of eight full-time faculty members at Louisburg College. As you read about my colleagues, you will clearly sense their commitment to our students as we work together to continue to build strong foundations for great futures just as we have for last 224 years. I have had the privilege of serving as academic dean since June 1, I am honored to lead a group of faculty members who not only have extensive expertise within their fields of study, but who also care deeply about learning and how to help our students achieve the highest levels of success. If you re wondering where transformational learning occurs, that s what we do here at Louisburg College one student at a time. Dr. James Eck, Dean of the Faculty Biology Instructor Jennith Thomas with students Dr. James (Jim) Eck serves as the dean of the faculty and vice president for academic life. Prior to coming to Louisburg, he spent five years at Samford University (Birmingham, Alabama) and eight years at Rollins College (Winter Park, Florida). Jim earned an undergraduate and graduate degree in psychology from Ball State University (Muncie, Indiana), an MBA from Samford University, and a PhD in higher education from the University of Georgia.

7 Will Hinton PROFESSOR OF VISUAL ART My name is Will Hinton. I ve been employed at Louisburg College for over twenty-seven years, where I hold the rank of professor of visual art. I currently teach Foundation Drawing 111A, Ceramics-Pottery 136A, and Art Appreciation 111A. I am also responsible for all curatorial work in the Louisburg College Permanent Art Collection and in the Traveling Exhibitions Art Gallery housed in the Jones Auditorium. and academics at Louisburg High School. My oldest daughter, Camilla, is graduating from North Carolina State University in the Spring of 2011, majoring in fashion marketing and design. I received my A.A. Degree from Chowan College in 1977, my B.F.A. from East Carolina University in 1980, and my M.F.A. from The New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in I have completed additional academic work at both Duke University and North Carolina State University. In addition to my teaching responsibilities here at LC, I have been fortunate to teach at two of the most respected art and craft schools in the United States: Penland School of Crafts in the mountains of NC, and at Anderson Ranch in Aspen, Colorado. I have planned, created, and installed five different public art installations across NC, and received a National Endowment for the Arts grant for my design team s work with The Arts Council of Wilson. In 2001, I created and installed the Davis Circle College Seal a permanent installation on the LC campus. Since 1983, my work has been shown in twenty individual and group exhibitions. I am in the midst of ideation and design of our Louisburg College Labyrinth to be installed in the Summer of 2011 in front of the Cecil Robbins Library. Initial project funding has come from the Louisburg College GAC, the Franklin County Arts Council, and LC Trustee Fred Roberson. I grew up in northeastern North Carolina in a small town named Gatesville, population 300. I knew everyone in the town. Both of my parents grew up there, and both of my grandmothers lived there. One of them, Addie, taught me how to work with my hands, sewing, cooking, and gardening. The other one, Camilla (a 1919 LC alumna), taught me about perseverance, history, and politics. I have always trusted in this strength of family. Each semester I try to create in my classes some sense of this community, trust, and interdependence which was modeled for me growing up. Louisburg College has provided me the metaphorical and physical space to realize my potential as an artist and an educator. Ideas and quotes are both vital and cheap to me at the same time. What I mean is that one should not hold on too tightly to either, because you won t move on to the next one. The quote that I am looking at right at this moment as I type this is from one of my heroes, Vincent Van Gogh, I am not an adventurer by choice, but by fate. I turn my head and I see this from Leonardo da Vinci, Where the hand does not work with the spirit there is no art. My partner of twenty-five years, Pat, is one of our librarians here at Louisburg College, and is also an accomplished landscape painter. My youngest daughter, Zoe, is sixteen and enjoys both athletics During my tenure I ve been the 1995 LC Commencement Speaker, the 1988 Outstanding Faculty Member (initial recipient), the Faculty Chair, Chair of the Franklin County Annual Fund Drive, and member of the following committees: Faculty Senate, Salary and Benefits, LC Bicentennial, Faculty Development and Evaluation (chair), Academic Affairs, Long-Range Planning, Public Affairs, and SACS Steering Committee. WHAT IS A LABYRINTH? A labyrinth is an ancient spiritual tool. Seen at its core, a tool is an instrument of amplification. A tool increases what we can accomplish. A labyrinth is a tool of transformation and a crucible for change in our lives. It is a container which you walk into, contemplate, and out of; where your psyche meets your soul. A labyrinth is also a devotional tool where walking meditation takes place. It heals and comforts, confronts and supports, as it helps the participant remember the ancient paths where others have journeyed before. A labyrinth allows us to experience the rhythm of our souls as we are woven into the mercy of God s grace and forgiveness. This winding circuitous walk symbolizes a pilgrim s walk with their faith. The Louisburg College Labyrinth is patterned on the floor labyrinth in Chartres Cathedral. Our labyrinth is a seven circuit circular labyrinth which will be forty feet in diameter, constructed out of cut common brick and cast concrete. My goal is for this installation to be sturdy enough for a car to drive over it and a tractor to scrape ice off of it; while retaining a lyrical, delicate invitation for a child to dance their way on its winding path. This tool for walking meditation will always be open to our Louisburg College students, staff, faculty, and alumni; as well as all community members and visitors on their particular journey. COLUMNS 10 Building Strong Foundations for Great Futures WINTER 2011 WINTER 2011 Building Strong Foundations for Great Futures COLUMNS 11

8 Angela Adkins As full-time faculty at Louisburg College, my mission is to develop a multifaceted music program. Our students come to us with an abundance of talents; our charge as teachers is to provide guidance and opportunities for that talent to be put to use, for the benefit of both the student and the community. My responsibilities on campus this semester have included individual piano and voice lessons, music appreciation classes, and a small vocal ensemble. In addition, I have had the privilege to work closely with Chaplain Davis to provide music for our weekly chapel service. I have come to know many of our students as curious, talented and enthusiastic, and as I look at my class rosters for the spring semester I am thrilled and optimistic. I have every confidence that It is my belief that as human beings we all have a special connection to music. we have some amazing music in our future here at the College and I am blessed to be a part of it. My immediate plans DIRECTOR OF CHORAL ACTIVITIES AND INSTRUCTOR OF MUSIC include implementing a pep band with a drumline to provide support to our athletic teams. I grew up in a rural community along the Kentucky/West Virginia border and I feel great loyalty toward that region. However, in the five years since my husband and I married and bought a home in Franklin County, this place has become dear to us and to our family. Even before my recent employment as music faculty at Louisburg College, I volunteered with the Franklin County Arts Council, serving on the Board of Directors and as a judge of the 2009 International Whistler s Competition in Louisburg. My own musical training and history are vital to the teacher I am today. I received a bachelor s degree in fine arts with an emphasis in clarinet performance from Marshall University where I also participated in and completed the prestigious Society of Yeager Scholars academic program. I earned a master of music in clarinet from Ohio University and completed four semesters of graduate work in ethnomusicology at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. Throughout my life I have been active as a vocalist and I currently sing with the chancel choir at Louisburg United Methodist Church. It is my belief that as human beings we all have a special connection to music and that as a teacher I should take full advantage of that fact. I look forward to helping make music an important asset and attribute of Louisburg College and the Louisburg community. Dan Bartholomew INSTRUCTOR OF CHEMISTRY My first day with Louisburg College was August 16, 2010 the day before the first day of classes. Most students have been here longer than I have so it s hard to imagine that anyone has been here a shorter period of time. I have the opportunity and pleasure to work and learn with students enrolled in general chemistry, chemistry of life, and elementary algebra. After obtaining an associate s degree earlier in life from Haywood Community College, it wasn t until I was forty-three years old that I earned my undergraduate degree in chemistry from Western Carolina University (my second attempt at higher education there was a time when surfing was just more important ). I earned my graduate degree in chemistry from the same college two years later. Before completing my degrees, I was a stone mason and then a general contractor. Believe me when I say that I fully understand the value of education. I have experienced firsthand the opportunities that education offers and the doors it opens. I know the difference it makes in one s thinking, understanding, planning, and in her/his job opportunities and earning potential. I spent eleven years working as a research and development manager for Nomacorc, LLC, in Zebulon, NC. During this time I had the opportunity to develop an early prototype wine closure that became the leading global synthetic wine closure, with sales of two billion closures in I worked with legal entities to create and protect patents (I have three) and helped our company comply with governing agencies (FDA and EU). In that role, I had the opportunity to travel to Australia, South Africa, Argentina, Germany, and France. I have never been good at completely leaving the classroom behind. Even while doing this work, I taught several courses at community colleges, as well at Western Carolina and NC State. Photo by lc freshman daniel carroll When I m not working or teaching or learning, I enjoy coastal fishing and oil painting. I also like to garden and cook (and eat). I have been known to knock the little white ball around the golf course, too. For me, life-long learning is the only option. Last year I enrolled, as a non-degree student at NC State, in microbiology coursework. It was fascinating to learn about the zillions of tiny complex organisms that inhabit the earth with us. In my new role at Louisburg, I welcome the opportunity to engage students. My goal (in addition to teaching basic chemistry and concepts) is to challenge them to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. In the process, they are engaging me to find the best and most effective strategies to present essential and sometimes difficult materials. We began our coursework together by thinking and expressing our mutual expectations; this agreement has provided the background for this exploration. We address challenges as opportunities for reframing and exploring varied classroom strategies (daily quizzes, small group work and even occasional M&M candy rewards) that lead to the development of new and life-long learning skills and ultimately success. The students know that I am a true chemistry geek. If sharing my authentic excitement, curiosity, and joy about chemistry gets them to wonder about chemistry and/or how things work in the universe, they re thinking and learning. That s why I m here and delighted to be part of Louisburg College. COLUMNS 12 Building Strong Foundations for Great Futures WINTER 2011 WINTER 2011 Building Strong Foundations for Great Futures COLUMNS 13

9 Jennith Thomas INSTRUCTOR OF BIOLOGY I have been at Louisburg College since 2002, teaching biology, world regional geography, and botany. I have served on the Judicial Board since 2004 and have also been one of the faculty members on the Board of Trustees Building and Grounds Committee. I attended the University of Oklahoma, and also West Texas A&M University where I earned a B.A. in geography magna cum laude and an M.S. in biology. My academic work prepared me to be a scientist, but the rest of my life prepared me to teach. I was a professional actor for seven years, and can draw on that experience to gather and hold my students attention. I also designed kitchens, toiled in an editorial library, worked in the kitchen of a nursing home, worked in various scientific labs, and wrote a Dear Abby horoscope column for a newspaper in New Mexico. My life has made me a generalist, which is critical for teachers. Our students haven t come here just to study biology, geography, math, or English, they have come to learn about being independent, cooperative, and self-directed, and we help them study this curriculum as surely as they do their academics. It upsets me when my students waste their time and money, and I noticed that they were always done with lab in less than the allotted three hours. According to my calculations, a student who leaves the lab an hour early each week wastes about $32 each time almost $450 per semester and I have that much less time to teach. I wanted to give the students more time on task, so I asked to be able to offer my classes as three two-hour blocks of teaching time per week. Each day we have lecture and some kind of activity to reinforce the concepts we ve been learning. A year or so after we started, I read an article about Kansas State University, which teaches all its introductory biology courses this way. I learned that this form of teaching is called studio instruction, and that as far as anyone knew, the only schools in the country offering studio biology courses were Kansas State University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Louisburg College. Our studio strategy is still being honed to provide the best instruction possible for each student, but $450 times forty students per semester means that I am a believer in Frederick Buechner s observation: The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world s deep hunger meet. students are spending $18,000 worth of otherwise-wasted instructional time actually learning. I have worked in the field on environmental impact statements and Playa Lake research, but since coming to Louisburg College, I have devoted most of my time to teaching both here and in the community (the College used to offer a summer science camp for local youngsters, and my colleagues and I judge science fairs and visit elementary schools in Franklin and surrounding counties). Recently, however, we were offered an opportunity to partner with Virginia State University on a grant from NASA. Thanks to this grant, four of our best students will intern for eight weeks at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Washington, DC in 2011, 2012, and 2013 twelve students in all. This is an opportunity offered to only a few, and I am excited to have participated in bringing it to Louisburg. I am here because this is where I was led to fulfill my vocation. I am a believer in Frederick Buechner s observation: The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world s deep hunger meet. Louisburg College is partnering with Virginia State University on a CIPAIR (Curriculum Improvements Partnership Award for the Integration of Research) grant from NASA supporting undergraduate science research at minority-serving institutions. Our share of the funding is $156,000 over three years, some of which will come to the College directly to be used for classroom supplies and help to cover salaries and travel expenses. Each summer for the next three years (2011, 2012, 2013), Thomas will accompany a group of four LC students to an internship at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Washington, DC. Participants will receive a stipend for this internship and their expenses will be covered by the grant. We will be initiating a research project on the local level, and then inputting our data to the computers at the GSFC for analysis, Thomas explains. No project has been chosen yet, but I m leaning toward doing something with the Tar River. I hope to meet with representatives from the Tar River Conservancy in the coming months to discuss our options for partnering on this project. For more information about CIPAIR, please visit COLUMNS 14 Building Strong Foundations for Great Futures WINTER 2011 WINTER 2011 Building Strong Foundations for Great Futures COLUMNS 15

10 Leej Copperfield WRITING CENTER DIRECTOR This is my sixth year at Louisburg College. When I was hired to run the Writing Center, I was told that not many students utilized the free service that the College offered. My job, then, was to make the Writing Center a welcoming place where students would want to get help with their writing. Now, the Writing Center is a thriving and, at times, overflowing support center where students come and go each day for grammar, writing, and revision tutoring. I also teach English classes as needed, including expository writing, argument-based writing, and literature courses. Currently, I am a member of the Handbook Committee and the Academic Affairs Committee. Prior to obtaining my M.A. degree from Duke University, I worked as an editor on several published projects at Duke University Medical Center. Then, as a graduate student, I had the privilege of studying with Harvard s visiting professor, Dr. George Gopen, who helped me define a way to teach writing that is both logical and learner-friendly. His approach, interestingly enough, built on my earlier tennis training with Dennis van der Meer, who emphasized breaking entire strokes and strategies down into the most basic elements, making the pieces easier to grasp and to incorporate as successful habits. I find both of these teaching strategies useful in helping students understand how to put a paper together successfully. I look forward each day to collaborating with our students as we work together to learn how to express language clearly on paper. After receiving my graduate degree, I worked as a dissertation writing consultant for Dr. Edgar Boone s (a LC Trustee) NCSU doctoral students. In addition, I served as an editor for Suzanne Stevens, a Winston-Salem based author and dyslexia specialist who provided an excellent introduction to dyslexia, AD/HD, and other learning disabilities as well as to teaching strategies for LD students. Both roles prepared me to work with flexibility and with an appreciation for a myriad of writing styles and abilities. Now, at Louisburg College, I look forward each day to collaborating with our students as we work together to learn how to express language clearly on paper. The successes of each student always make me happy, but I strive daily to find ways to improve my teaching so that more students will benefit from being enrolled at Louisburg College and utilizing the Writing Center. Karen Martin DIRECTOR OF LEARNING SERVICESI have a long association with Louisburg College. Not only am I the director of Learning Partners, a program serving college students with learning disabilities (LD) and AD/HD, but I am also an alumna of the College. I came to LC through the Weekend College Program in 1997 after my youngest child, Olivia, started pre-school. While working on my degree, I was hired as a financial aid counselor. Learning Partners (LP) began as a pilot program in 1999, and, after some discussion with LP personnel and a profound passion for understanding differences in learning, I decided my career path led in the direction of psychology, with an emphasis on LD and AD/HD. I received my bachelor s degree in psychology from Peace College, and interned with the disability office at Peace and the LP program at Louisburg while finishing up that degree. Upon graduation, I became a full-time learning specialist in LP while working on my master s in clinical psychology at North Carolina Central University. In 2008, after five years as a learning specialist, I completed my master s degree and became the director of LP, the very program that informed my career path almost ten years prior! While in college, I discovered that I had struggled with undiagnosed AD/HD. Because this disorder is often a hidden disability, particularly in girls with the Inattentive Type, diagnosis is sometimes made late in life. However, this struggle set me on a quest for knowledge and a life of service to others who struggle with differences, and I am so fortunate to have a job I love where I am able to share strategies and give hope to young adults with similar challenges. I tell my students that big successes come by taking small steps consistently over time. My own life attests to that, and I encourage students to keeping moving forward in spite of setbacks that come their way. I am interested in the relationship between psycho-educational testing and intervention strategy. My thesis focused on college students with LD and AD/HD, SAT scores, and the influence of academic supports on student outcome. As part of my practicum, I completed 750 hours at Whitaker School conducting psychotherapy and psychological testing for troubled youth. In addition to serving as the director of disabilities at LC, I am a member of the Learning Enterprise, Division Chair, Academic Life, and Academic Council Committees. My son, Isaac, continues the tradition of attending LC, where he is currently a sophomore. I tell my students that big successes come by taking small steps consistently over time. COLUMNS 16 Building Strong Foundations for Great Futures WINTER 2011 WINTER 2011 Building Strong Foundations for Great Futures COLUMNS 17

11 Sheilah Cotten Tommy Jenkins INSTRUCTOR OF ENGLISH AND FACULTY CHAIR I came to LC in 1977 after completing my master s in education from East Carolina University. I was hired by President J. Allen Norris, Dean C. Edward Brown, and Athletic Director Russell Frazier, for all of whom I have much admiration, respect, and gratitude. My life s work has been all about and for Louisburg College. This is the place that I could make the biggest difference in the lives of young people. Hopefully, I have opened as many doors of opportunities for our students as have been opened in my own life. I was blessed to have had the opportunity to coach at Louisburg for twenty-eight years. During that time, the student-athletes I worked with left me with many treasured memories and experiences. Serving as Region X Director and NJCAA Softball Committee Chair provided me opportunities to travel nationally and internationally, develop professionally, and form lifetime friendships with my fellow coaches in women s sports. In addition, I have served on numerous committees as a ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF SOCIOLOGY RETIRED SOFTBALL COACH member of the faculty, including committees of the Board of Trustees; Faculty Senate; Faculty Review; Faculty Professional Development and Evaluation; and Academic Affairs and Student Life. Being a teacher first and always emphasizing the STU- DENT in student-athlete, I wanted to end my career as an instructor in the classroom. Mentally and physically exhausted after twentyeight years of coaching, I was offered an opportunity to teach the sociology courses that our beloved Bob Butler had taught for so many years. Infused with new energy and enthusiasm, I attended NC State and NC Central for a summer and fall session, taking coursework, and renewed my love for and knowledge in sociology. Currently in my thirty-fourth year, I hope to continue in the classroom as long as my passion burns inside for academia and I can be of value to the students I serve. I am very interested in the My life s work has been all about and for Louisburg College. This is the place that I could make the biggest difference in the lives of young people. improving and innovative technologies used in the classroom. Traditional lecture and classroom instruction is rapidly being replaced by a multitude of different learning systems and techniques utilizing online and web-based programs. It is essential that LC continues to improve its information technology infrastructure and we expand our utilization of technology in the classroom. Laptops, Ipads, and Smartphones are quickly supplying access to ebooks, audio books, and an unlimited array of resource material that is rapidly transforming education as we have traditionally known and understood it. Through the use of technology, I believe we can improve our student learning outcomes and better increase our ability to reach the numerous students we have with various learning styles and needs. In today s society, just as sport is entertainment, education requires offering students an exciting and challenging opportunity to learn! On a sparkling clear August day in 2007, I arrived for my first day as an instructor at Louisburg College. I strode through the front doors of Taft confident, yet a little nervous, and I immediately realized I had no idea where my classes were located; I had left the schedule sheet at home. Luckily, some nice soul quickly let me know the room numbers and I was on my way. Now in my second year as a full-time faculty member, I find myself one of the veterans who can point the way to both new faculty and students. I love to teach. It took me a while to recognize my true career calling, but I have now found a wonderful home, more than just a job, at Louisburg College. Once upon a time I was living in Manhattan and working at a large publishing firm. I had received promotions, been given some major responsibilities, and had a clear professional path. But I soon understood that it was not what I wanted. I wanted to teach and learn and be in an environment where those things were possible. After living in New York for almost ten years, I gave up the corporate job and the big city life and moved back to North Carolina. Small gestures can often be life-altering events. After I finished graduate school at NC State, a professor sent me an from Louisburg College about opportunities to teach part-time. I jumped at the chance and We are blessed to have a wonderful faculty. I consider myself very lucky now I can look on my decision to move, my decision to go back to school, and my decision to respond to a forwarded as acts of fate. Or they were at least acts pretty close to fate. That is what it felt like when I found my calling here at Louisburg. Teaching English composition, literature, and creative writing allows me to impart things I have learned both in school and in the corporate world. Having also studied film at Columbia University and I actually made a couple of short films I think I am able to relate English and the written word to other mediums. I like to bring in exercises learned from creative writing classes into a first year English composition class because it forces students to see a topic in a different perspective. It also shows students that we are going to expand our conceptions of analysis in college. I am thrilled to be a part of Louisburg College and to work daily with our students. It is a joy to see student progression. We are blessed to have a wonderful faculty. I consider myself very lucky. COLUMNS 18 Building Strong Foundations for Great Futures WINTER 2011 WINTER 2011 Building Strong Foundations for Great Futures COLUMNS 19

12 2010 Alumni Events Spring Alumni Weekend The College hosted its Spring Alumni Weekend April 15th and 16th. The weekend began with a meeting of the Golden Anniversary Council. Council President Robert Beck 53 presided over the meeting in which the group discussed council business and upcoming events. Members of the Golden Anniversary Council gathered in Benson Chapel during the Spring 2010 Alumni Weekend Other weekend events included campus history tours, hosted by College staff member Leigh Ann Parrish; an alumni luncheon; an awards dinner; a meeting of the Alumni Association; an art studio open house hosted by Art Professor Will Hinton as he created a piece of pottery; the inauguration of President La Branche; and tours of the Franklin Male Academy Building (on campus) and Person Place (adjacent to campus on Main Street), where guests could stroll through two of Louisburg s most historic buildings, view displays, and record memories through oral interpretation. Sandhills Alumni Gathering Alumni from the Sandhills area gathered for fellowship on Thursday, August 26th, at the Fayetteville Public Library. The event was hosted by Bill Hurley 53 and Doug Bryant 47. Sandy and Bill Hurley 53 at the Sandhills gathering Fall Homecoming On Saturday, October 16th, the Louisburg College family celebrated Homecoming. The weather was perfect, the grounds were immaculate, and the various events were outstanding. The day was filled with some great wins on the football field, soccer field, and volleyball court, along with the presentation of the Homecoming Court and an inspiring Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Each Hall of Fame inductee reminded us of Louisburg s long lineage of transformative leaders and transformed lives. Highlighting the Hall of Fame induction were a number of fascinating archival displays prepared by our Library, Advancement, and Athletic staff, with special help from LC alumnus, Doug Edwards 53. Shirley and Doug Edwards 53 at the Homecoming football game The LC softball team hosted an Alumni Game Saturday afternoon. It was a great event that allowed former players to step back on the field and play against the current Lady Canes. The first pitch of the game was thrown by Ms. Japlyne Jackie Stallings 46, a member of the LC women s baseball team in the 1940s. Stalling s career included a stint playing for the Rockford Peaches, an All-American Girls Baseball League playing out of Rockford, IL. As the sun set on this beautiful day, alumni gathered in the historic Person Place for dessert before making their way over to the Jones Performing Arts Center for an awesome and heartwarming performance by the bluegrass group, IIIrd Time Out. The night ended as our students celebrated with a Homecoming Dance. Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees with President Mark La Branche (far left) and LC Athletic Director Mike Holloman 83 (far right): (L-R) Sheilah Cotten, accepting for Ruth Cooke (Faculty Member and Women s Basketball Coach); William Tank Hardin 85 (Baseball); Bob Butler (Faculty Member and Mentor to Athletes); Paul Sanderford 70 (Women s Basketball Coach); Howard McCullough 74 (Baseball); Regina Miller 82 (Women s Basketball); and Jeb Barlow 80 (Men s Basketball) Athletic Hall of Fame Induction They either played or coached for Louisburg College during their successful sports careers and the College was proud to officially induct them into its Second Athletic Hall of Fame during Homecoming. (L-R): Japlyne Jackie Stallings 46, softball player Lindsey Holtz, and Coach Monica Gordy at the 2010 softball reunion game Noted North Carolina Sportscaster and Radio Personality Reese Edwards emceed the event, introducing the inductees, who each gave acceptance speeches. Former LC Baseball Coach and current ECU Coach, Billy Godwin, also spoke during the ceremony, fondly recalling his coaching years at the College. At a BBQ reception after the ceremony, former LC Basketball Coach J. Enid Drake signed copies of the book, Road to Hutchinson: J. Enid Drake s 52 Years Coaching Journey by J. Andrews Smith. Keep an eye on your mailbox and on our website at for information about the GAC Reunion on April 16th and the 2011 Homecoming Weekend coming this fall! COLUMNS 20 Building Strong Foundations for Great Futures WINTER 2011 WINTER 2011 Building Strong Foundations for Great Futures COLUMNS 21

13 ...and beyond! Find Out What Inspires This Alumna to Take Trips & Chances by Amy Scoggin McManus W hen joy and duty clash, let duty go to smash! Not exactly the selfproclaimed motto you would expect of a highlysuccessful businesswoman, but, for Pamela Barefoot 69, the SBA s 1999 Virginia Small Business Person of the Year and recipient of the 2003 Outstanding Woman Entrepreneur Award in the United States, it s the motto she chooses to live by. Every once in a while, I have to take off and go somewhere, says Barefoot, a Louisburg alumna and owner of Bay Beyond Inc. (trading as Blue Crab Bay Co.), a Chesapeake Bay-inspired specialty food and gift wholesale/ retail business on Virginia s Eastern Shore. Her wanderlust sparked by a letter written in 1929 that she found tucked inside a book she had purchased for fifty cents at a downtown thrift shop as a Louisburg College student some 40 years ago has taken her around the world and inspired her to take chances, both personally and professionally. Every spring, says Barefoot, I would pull out that letter and re-read it. The two-page type-set plea, written on the 22nd day of March, 1929, begins simply with Dearest Lady, and closes with the signature of a woman by the name of Amy BVD. Hoping to persuade the friend to travel abroad with her, Amy writes, Must you really stay home to care for your brother s children? I do so want you to come. Why not follow the philosophy of Rebecca of Sunny Brook Farm when joy and duty clash, let duty go to smash! The Adventure Begins Barefoot spent the first seventeen years of her life living and working on a tobacco farm near Four Oaks, North Carolina a place where, she says, I learned that hard work builds character. Her childhood was filled with a close-knit group of cousins and anchored by grandparents who had raised nine of their own children in and around Four Oaks. During her childhood, travel consisted mostly of short family trips in Ford station wagons with my parents and siblings to see relatives. Barefoot was especially close to her cousin Michael and felt rather lost when he left North Carolina to attend Northwestern University, but was also inspired by his determination to go to college. Barefoot began considering her options, eventually deciding to attend Louisburg. Being a country girl, I liked that it was in a small town, she explains. I had not traveled much and was hesitant to go to a large city. Louisburg was a good stepping stone. During the brief time she spent at Louisburg, Barefoot managed to immerse herself in all that the small liberal arts college had to offer, enrolling in an honors English class, playing an Island Girl in the theatre department s production of South Pacific, and establishing Barefoot as an Island Girl in LC s 1969 production of SOUTH PACIFIC life-long friendships. I think Louisburg gave me a strong foothold to burst forward into the world on my own, she says. In spite of Mrs. Gladys Bailey, Merritt Dorm s strict housemother, Barefoot and fellow residents cut loose on occasion. We would Photo by Kindra Clineff ( WINTER 2011 Building Strong Foundations for Great Futures COLUMNS 23

14 have to sign out every time we left the dorm, recording where we were going and with whom, she says. She laughingly recounts panty raids in which the girls in Merritt Dorm would throw various undergarments out of the Barefoot in her Merritt dorm room, 1969 windows onto the boys below. At a time when girls were only allowed to wear jeans if they were on their way to theatre practice, Barefoot pushed the dress-code boundaries. I was always getting in trouble for wearing my skirts shorter than the allowed 2 from the knee. This past year, with the utilization of social media, Barefoot and a handful of former classmates have been in contact with their drama teacher, Mr. Versteeg. We are all in agreement that he was a big force in our lives and helped us to be better people. Near the end of the 69 spring semester, Barefoot was invited by a classmate to visit Virginia Commonwealth University a sprawling campus located in the heart of Richmond s Fan District. Barefoot took one look and was hooked, and by the next school year, she flew from the nurturing nest of Louisburg College to the fast-paced avenues of Virginia s capital. VCU offered the chance to earn a bachelor s degree I think Louisburg gave me a strong foothold to burst forward into the world on my own. and, for Barefoot, the opportunity to explore the unknown an undertaking partially inspired by the letter she d found just one year before. Upon completing her degree in psychology, Barefoot began working with at-risk youth something she was good at, but, after four years, knew was not going to be her long-term career choice. Using money she raised through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and donations from tobacco companies, Barefoot traveled back home to photograph and document tobacco farms and the people who owned and worked them. Upon completion of her self-published book, Mules and Memories, A Photo Documentary of the Tobacco Farmer, Barefoot sold many of the 10,000 printed copies at tobacco festivals in Virginia and North Carolina. While living in Richmond, Barefoot met and married Jim Green. By the early 80 s, the couple was living on Berkeley Plantation in Virginia when a friend invited them to visit the state s Eastern Shore. They immediately fell in love with crabbing, clamming, and the tidal rhythms of the Chesapeake Bay on one side and the rolling waves of the Atlantic Ocean on the other. Knowing they had found a new place to call home, the couple packed their belongings and soon found themselves living amongst the quiet serenity of the shores of Onancock. Browsing a bookstore one day, Barefoot happened upon the book Beautiful Swimmers Watermen, Crabs and the Chesapeake Bay. Inspired by the watermens stories, she began experimenting with crab and clam dips in her farmhouse kitchen, hatching the idea for the Blue Crab Bay Co. brand, and eventually expanding the line to include everything from coastal-themed snacks and Bloody Mary mixers with clam juice to seaweed soaps. Barefoot hails from a family of successful entrepreneurs. Her much-beloved cousin, Michael, owns A Southern Season, a large-scale gourmet and gift shop in Chapel Hill, and her mother, now in her eighties, owns and operates Barefoot s TLC Nursery near Four Oaks. I started the business out of desperation, recalls Barefoot. There were no jobs here. If you wanted to work, you had to create it yourself. Soon after she opened the business, she sent out brochures to specialty shops throughout Virginia. Much to her delight and surprise, the business took off very fast, she says. There was a niche there that was empty and ready to be filled. Since that time, Barefoot has moved Bay Beyond s headquarters to a 24,000 square-footbuilding not far from her waterfront home. Her husband, a former boat builder and bronze wildlife foundryman, along with a staff of twenty dedicated employees, help run the thriving wholesale and retail business. A Letter s Long Journey Home While recovering from foot surgery in 2009, and feeling somewhat restless in her immobility, Barefoot did a bit of research on the genealogy site My husband asked if he could look up the name of someone he used to know, and a light bulb went off in my head could I possibly find Amy s family? I kept thinking it was such a special letter that it should be in the hands of the family; it was too great a treasure to just toss away. Going by the name on the letterhead, Barefoot ran a search for Van Deusen, and came across a man in California who had hundreds of them in his family tree. I sent him a message through Ancestry s site and heard back from him shortly thereafter. He said he did not have Amy s name on his tree, but he would be glad to help me research it. A couple of hours later, he sent me a link to a photograph on Flickr. It was Amy, her husband Edwin, and daughter Marjorie on the very cruise she referred to in the eighty-year-old letter! I got chills seeing her face for the first time. I posted a message to the Flickr site owner and did not hear back. But Peter (my new friend in California) was persistent and kept looking, coming across census logs and ship manifests with her name. Six days later, after lots of web research, I managed to track down Amy s great-grandson in Texas and from there her four grandchildren. During Memorial Day Weekend of 2009, Barefoot traveled to Media, Pennsylvania, where she met Barb Banet, Jan Alexander, Steve Edwards, and Dave Edwards, all four of the Van Deusen grandchildren. Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that a photo we uploaded to Flickr would play an important role in an amazing detective story and lead to surprising information about our grandmother and also to such a wonderful connection to Pam Barefoot, says Banet. It is nothing short of incredible that Pam was able to find us after all these years, adds Alexander. Without her determination and persistence and the internet it would never have happened. Everyone in our family has mementos from our COLUMNS 24 Building Strong Foundations for Great Futures WINTER 2011 WINTER 2011 Building Strong Foundations for Great Futures COLUMNS 25

15 grandmother s many trips to Europe, handed down to us by our mother. Thanks to Pam, and the letter she found that our grandmother wrote, we now have a greater appreciation of those treasures from abroad. We now realize that traveling meant the world to Amy. How nice that Amy s letter ended up bringing so much pleasure to Pam through the years! For Barefoot, the experience of placing the letter in the hands of the family was amazing. They were the perfect recipients, very interested in history. The group spent the long weekend together, getting acquainted and sorting through Amy s historic travel photos from the early 1900s in which she led tours of Europe, along with old letters and postcards from that era. Since that first meeting, she has kept in contact with the grandchildren, who were so touched by Barefoot s determination to find them, that they sent two antique sterling silver spoons engraved with a V on each handle to Barefoot and her husband. The package included a note that read, Welcome to the family. Crossing the Atlantic: Amy Van Deusen (left) with her husband, Edwin, and daughter, Marjorie, 1929 From L-R: Barefoot, Dave Edwards, Jan Alexander, Barb Banet, and Steve Edwards The Adventure Continues Having a trusted group of employees to steer the ship in her absence has allowed Barefoot more time to do some traveling. Just recently, Barefoot spent two weeks in Scotland a trip that included a stop on the Isle of Skye, the home of her greatgreat-great grandparents. Taking a trip refreshes me and makes me want to get back to work, she says. I always come back with new ideas. With a successful business to run and many more journeys in her sights, don t expect Barefoot to be slowing down any time soon. Thankfully, I have time to work on my special side projects. I hope to write a small book about four sisters from North Carolina I met when I was working on my book about tobacco farmers in the 1970s. She also hopes to do another tobacco farming photo book. You can t be afraid to take chances, she says. If you have an idea, don t just sit on it, act on it. Lots of people have ideas, but you have to act on them. C Please visit to view Barefoot s full line of products. Louisburg College faculty, staff, and alumni will receive a 10% discount on all purchases (use code 11LC10 at checkout). Board of Trustees Welcomes Two New Members The Louisburg College Board of Trustees is pleased to welcome two new members: Ms. Kim Spivey and Mr. H. John Hatcher, Jr. Ms. Kim Spivey has over twenty-five years of experience in organizational strategy leadership, leadership development, human resources, and financial sales and service management. She received her B.A. in American government from the University of Virginia and an M.A. in organization development and management from Fielding Graduate University. Prior to forming her own firm, she was the Director of Diversity and Employee Engagement for Wachovia Corporation. In her various roles, Ms. Spivey has advised managers and senior leaders on a wide range of business functions including finance, legal, operations, brokerage, retail sales, marketing and wealth management in both the corporate and non-profit sectors. She has developed and implemented successful strategies for mergers and acquisitions, new business creation, employee branding and engagement, communications, culture change, organizational redesign, and team performance. Her clients value her keen understanding of their business challenges and objectives and describe her as adept at quickly identifying the critical path to achieving improved performance. Ms. Spivey lives in Charlotte, NC. f Mr. H. John Hatcher, Jr., was raised in a strong Methodist home but graduated from two Baptist-affiliated colleges, Mars Hill and Wake Forest. In the midst of his formal education, he joined the US Army and served three years on active duty, most of which was overseas. On his return to Wake Forest, he married Blair Tucker, a Wake Forest College co-ed and Louisburg native. They have been married 54 years. Mr. Hatcher was a banker for more than twenty-seven years. His career spanned from Winston Salem to Asheboro, High Point, Raleigh, Mocksville, and finally, Cary, which has been home since He began a second career in commercial real estate and is a broker with White Oak Commercial in Raleigh. He is also a retired officer of the North Carolina Army National Guard, with more than twenty years of service. As a member of Cary s First Baptist Church for more than thirty years, he served as church moderator and chairman of the Board of Deacons. He and Blair are now active members of Greenwood Forest Baptist Church, where he is a deacon. He has served as a trustee and member of the Foundation Board of Mars Hill College and has been Advisory Board chairman of the Salvation Army, as well as an enthusiastic bell ringer. Mr. Hatcher is also active in Rotary, having served his Cary club in many capacities, including president. He was district governor of Rotary International s District 771. In addition, he has been active in the Cary Chamber of Commerce, serving as president; in American Legion Post 67, a former commander; the North Carolina Division of the American Cancer Society; and member of the Wake County Bond Financing Authority. Mr. Hatcher and his wife are the proud parents of three children and two grandchildren. He and his family have maintained strong ties to Louisburg, with extended family and lifelong friends there. COLUMNS 26 Building Strong Foundations for Great Futures WINTER 2011 WINTER 2011 Building Strong Foundations for Great Futures COLUMNS 27

16 s SHEILAH COTTEN INDUCTED INTO NJCAA SOFTBALL HALL OF FAME heilah Cotten was officially inducted as the lone member of the 2010 NJCAA Softball Hall of Fame Class Thursday, December 9, During the National Fast-Pitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Annual Coaches Meeting in San Diego, CA, Cotton was presented with a ring and honored for her decades of service to both the NJCAA and her student-athletes. Cotten describes the award as a humbling experience and honor. ARRAY OF ATHLETIC ACHIEVEMENT After a successful career as a student-athlete at East Carolina University and a brief coaching stop at North Carolina State University, Cotten began her career with the NJCAA in 1977 when she took a teaching position at Louisburg College. It wasn t long before Coach Cotten took on the responsibility of coaching two different teams at Louisburg. As a Hurricane, Cotten has been very diverse in terms of coaching responsibilities. She first began her coaching journey in 1977 as both the men s tennis coach and the women s volleyball coach. As the men s tennis coach, she found a great deal of success, tallying an overall record of 35-9 and a winning percentage of.800 until she left the sport in In her four years as women s volleyball coach, Cotten excelled by accumulating an overall record of and in each year ( 77, 78, 79, 80) her teams won the Region X championship, made an NJCAA Tournament appearance, and she was named the Region X Coach of the Year. In 1981, Cotten switched to coaching women s slow-pitch softball where she continued her winning ways by posting an overall record of From 1983 to 1985, Cotten won the Region X Championship, made an NJCAA Tournament appearance, and was selected the Region X Coach of the Year. Cotten (far left, back row) with the 1984 slow-pitch team In 1986, Cotten gave up her duties as head coach of slow-pitch softball and began coaching yet another two sports when she took over the Louisburg women s basketball program and the sport that would gain her the most prosperity: fast-pitch softball. From 1986 to 1988, Cotten produced a winning record in women s basketball by going and in 1988 won the Region X Championship while also making it to the NJCAA National Tournament. Cotten began coaching women s fast-pitch softball in 1986, but it wasn t until 1989 when she really hit her stride in the sport. In 1989, Louisburg finished as the Region X runner-up and again in In 1991, Louisburg won the Region X/ District C Championship and made it to their first NJCAA Tournament where they finished in seventh place. Two players from that squad (Keesha Estes, Donna McLamb) received All-American accolades. The next year, the Hurricanes finished runner-up in the Region X tournament, falling short of qualifying for the national tournament. In 1996, Cotten and the Hurricanes again made it to the Region X Championship but lost to Chattanooga State Tech and Community College in district play. Then in 1997, Cotten found her most success by winning the Region X/District C Championship and taking her team all the way to a fifth place finish at nationals. That year, she coached one NJCAA All-American (Ameka McDougal) and three Academic All-Americans. The next year, Louisburg would have to settle for a Region X Runner-up finish. In 1999, Cotten s team again won the Region X/District C Championship and made their way back to the NJCAA National Tournament, finishing in seventh place with one All- American (Misty Faircloth). From 2000 to 2004, the Hurricanes would win the Region X Championship, and in 2005 they won both the Region X and District C Championship en route to a 12th place at nationals. In her twenty years as the head fast-pitch softball coach at Louisburg, Cotten not only produced an impressive overall record of , but also helped fifty-six graduates receive scholarships to NCAA Division I or Division II schools. Under Cotten (center) with NJCAA Division 1 Representative Rick Church to her left, and Brent Doane, President of the NJCAA Coaches Association, at the 2010 NJCAA Softball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony WINTER 2011 Building Strong Foundations for Great Futures COLUMNS 29

17 Cotten s guidance, fifteen players were selected NJCAA All-Americans and fourteen made Academic All-American status. The highly decorated coach was not only passionate about sports, but also about her player s success in life. From 1990 Cotten (center) coaching the women s basketball team in the early 1980 s until her retirement from coaching, Cotten s players amassed a graduation rate of ninety-two percent. A Career Filled With Credit In 1981, Cotten was inducted into the East Carolina University Athletic Hall of Fame. Having set many of ECU s single game records for women s basketball between the years of , Cotten became the first female athlete ever to receive that honor. In 2000, she received the Naomi Dickens Shaw Award for Excellence in Teaching from Louisburg College and was also selected for the Who s Who among American College Teachers. In 2001 she was nominated for the Carnegie Institute s CASE Professor of the Year Award which honors undergraduate teachers who excel in both teaching and positively influencing the lives of their students. In 2003, Louisburg showed their appreciation for her services by naming their softball facility Sheilah R. Cotten Softball Field. In 2007, she was inducted into the Louisburg College Athletics Hall of Fame after thirty years of providing unequaled athletic and academic guidance to her student-athletes. NJCAA Service From 1988 to 2000, Cotten served as the NJCAA Region X Women s Director. Her duties included the supervision and administration of women s athletics in Region X, while also serving as a regional representative on the national level. Between the years of , Cotten served as the NJCAA fast-pitch softball committee chair. In that position, she played a major role in establishing sports procedures, implementing divisional play, and assisting in the development of international play in NJCAA softball. In 1992, she began a nine-year stint as the NJCAA District C Director for women s soccer, volleyball, and women s basketball. Until 2000, she was responsible for creating guidelines for district tournaments in each sport as well as supervising district playoffs in each of these respective sports. From 1992 to 2000, she also held the title of NJCAA Sectional Director for Women s Basketball. With this title came the responsibility of ranking the top teams from the southeastern U.S., as well as developing the women s basketball national poll each season. Over the last thirty years, Cotten has been a crucial part of Louisburg College s athletic success as well as the growth of fast-pitch softball within the NJ- CAA. Her actions, accomplishments, and the influence she has had in her time Cotten looks out on the field named of service to not for her, 2004 only the NJCAA but also to her student-athletes exemplify what every coach strives to accomplish in their career. C Thoughts Shared by Coach Cotten s Former Players and Students Jina J Stamey 99 From the time I stepped onto the Louisburg College campus as a young female not having a clue which road to travel, Coach Cotten believed in me. No matter how much I thought I knew everything, she never once gave up on me. Coach Cotten took me under her wing and molded me into the person I am today. She made me realize my family should always be first and I should never take life for granted. Her dedication to her students and her desire for each of us to become successful on and off the field will forever be instilled in all of us. She taught us all to work hard and to never give up. Coach Cotten is the reason we all hold Louisburg College near to our hearts. Her dedication, heart, motivation, and passion has been placed in all of us and because of that, she is not only a great mentor and coach, but a friend that we all continue to seek guidance from and hold very close to our hearts. Coach Cotton, for all you have done for me and for never giving up on me, Thank You! Kim Nesbitt Jones 98 I would like to say that I am very thankful to have had such a kind, caring, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable softball coach in Coach Cotten. I think that she went above and beyond as a softball coach to ensure that all of us who played for her learned a whole lot more while in college besides just softball. Although she will always be thought of as a great coach, she is much more than that to those who have played for her. I think Coach Cotten is a role model to all who have played for her and that many of us still look up to her and ask for her advice. Amber Joyner 00 Coach is my mentor. She helped me to grow as a person and continues to challenge me well after graduating and playing for her. She s a voice of reason and a constant reminder that I can strive to be a better person. I admire where she started and how far she has come professionally and personally and I am in awe at the positive impact she has had and continues to have on the lives of so many women. James Wood 99 Coach Cotten was and still is a teacher, leader and mother figure of youthful minds, not only for her teams, but other students in her classrooms. She helped mold, guide, and prepare each of us for what is called society. Coach Cotten has helped those of us in her life become who we are today. Her accomplishments on the field are (L-R): Samantha Beavers, Jina Stamey, Toni Champ, Unknown, Cat Smith Young, Coach Cotten, Melissa Register, and Alana Thomas at a wedding of one of their former LC teammates tremendous but her influence off the field is felt through her former players who are nurses, coaches, doctors, lawyers, teachers, and most importantly, parents. Emily Allen Stanley 98 She has the biggest heart of anyone I know and she always saw potential in the people no one else saw potential in. Coach Cotten is funny, patient, kind, and honest, all of which made her the coach she was. I owe two of my best college years to Coach Cotton! Sherry Ray Thompson 97 Coach Cotten taught me what it truly means to be motivated and have determination. She was a great role model and it was an honor to play softball for her. Becca Scarboro 05 Coach Cotten is a dedicated coach whose job doesn t just stop on the field. She gets involved with her players to ensure they turn into successful members of the community. She pushes you to be the best you can be on and off the field! As a coach, she is enthusiastic, fun, and encouraging. She puts a lot of support into the college also. I am grateful I got recruited by her and learned a lot of life lessons, as well as had the best time of my life at Louisburg College. Alana Thomas 02 Coach Cotten was at the core of my motivation when I attended Louisburg College. She knew more about my talents and flaws then I knew. She made sure to push me as much as I needed in order to see the things I needed to change in order to become an amazing athlete, and most of all, a successful woman. I owe much of who I am today to her. I had many things that I needed to improve about myself and she played a great role in that. I will forever be grateful for the hard work and dedication she has placed in each young lady s life she has encountered. Even today, she still cares for each of us deeply and has never forgotten to make sure we are still working to improve ourselves and become better at whatever we do every day. She is a true leader, mentor, teacher, coach, and most of all, friend! She should be very proud of the role she has played in helping so many young ladies achieve their success and develop their character. Cat Smith Young 02 First off, I want to thank her for being such a great leader. Without her being part of my life I would not be where I am today. It takes a very special and caring individual to dedicate their life to young girls succeeding. She only has the young ladies for two years and has such a tremendous impact on us for the rest of our lives. I m extremely blessed to have accidently fallen into the program under her guidance. She is now a part of my family and always will be. Thank you coach for caring so much about someone that you knew so little about when we first met; you are truly deserving. Congratulations! (Together, Lady Canes) COLUMNS 30 Building Strong Foundations for Great Futures WINTER 2011 WINTER 2011 Building Strong Foundations for Great Futures COLUMNS 31

18 What s NXT in Healthcare? By Amy Scoggin McManus Tom Jennings 70, a native of Elizabeth City, NC, grew up on a farm in rural America. By doing so, he says, on a farm that had no limits or boundaries, I was free to explore the unknown. My days of dreaming, thinking of the future, and challenging thinking started on that farm, in the school, and the country Methodist Church that I attended. Growing up, Jennings says, some of the best teachers from his early school years graduated from Louisburg. His older brother and three of his aunts are also LC alumni, so when it came time to think of college, Louisburg was the choice for me. Jennings says his years at Louisburg helped him to evaluate issues in a very open fashion, and also to prepare him academically for his later years of study at Wake Forest and graduate work at George Washington. It was a tough school, and if one could survive then one could easily transfer to larger institutions without difficulty as was the case with me at Wake Forest. During his twenty-five-year planning career at Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, Jennings led the transformation of the healthcare system from a tertiary referral hospital into a world-class medical facility, earning a number of national design awards for projects such as the Gibbs Cancer Center and Emergency Room of the Future. Central to the success of those projects was Jennings insistence on maximizing the potential healing effects associated with environmental aesthetics, analyzing and addressing workflow considerations, and working in partnership with some of the world s leading medical equipment and clinical technology manufacturers. Fueled by a passion for architectural design in healthcare and a mission to create designs that improve the human condition, Jennings started NXT in 2006, a nonprofit innovation firm based in Greer, South Carolina. Launching the company with a contract from the Department of Defense to design the Patient Room of the Future, NXT has led collaborative research efforts that address new workflow concepts, architectural and interior design systems, and advanced technology platforms that can enhance patient/physician communications. NXT is a platform to rethink healthcare in a totally different manner than we see it today, explains Jennings. This is what healthcare reform is all about: to challenge what is there and to come up with new, innovative solutions for this opportunity that lives ahead of us. I kept asking people, Why do we have to limit smart design in healthcare to facilities? Louisburg College set the stage for me and I am very proud to have attended this great college that is so rich in history. Jennings credits Louisburg College with opening new doors for him and creating a foundation for future success. My years there taught me a sense of discipline by appreciating all elements of society. As a student, Jennings bonded with several teachers who had a profound and lasting effect on him. Some of the teachers I still remember are Clara Frazier, Avery Dennis, C. Ray Pruette, James Williams, Coach Drake, Elizabeth Johnson, and Professor Synder. Louisburg College set the stage for me and I am very proud to have attended this great college that is so rich in history. Jennings believes that channeling the power of design into healthcare is critical to the industry as well as to the patient, noting growing competition among healthcare providers to meet the evolving expectations of today s consumers. More importantly, it s the right thing to do, he says. When we can get people out of their specific areas and move them to think about designing an overall healthcare experience, that s when we can really make a difference. We owe it to patients to push ahead and look 10, 20 years from now not today, not tomorrow. That s what NXT is all about. C If you have ideas about how to improve healthcare, please Tom at For more information about NXT, visit Honor Roll of Donors Louisburg College gratefully recognizes our Honor Roll of Donors. Between June 1, 2009 May 31, 2010, 929 alumni and friends of Louisburg contributed and pledged a total of $1,334,806 to the College. Contributions supported the Louisburg Fund, student scholarships, programs, improvements to buildings and grounds, and endowment. Included in the donor list are 109 inaugural members of the Louisburg Society, which recognizes annual gifts of $1,000 or more. We are also grateful to our new members of the Old Main Society, who have included Louisburg in their estate plans. Thank you again for your generosity to Louisburg College. Kurt Carlson Vice President for Institutional Advancement

19 Society of 1787 Members of the Society of 1787 have generously contributed $100,000 or more to the College in their lifetime. Anonymous Mr. and Mrs. Paul B. Barringer, II BASF Corporation Nicholas Bunn Boddie and Lucy Mayo Boddie Sr. Foundation Mr. Mayo Boddie, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Mayo Boddie, Sr. Mr. and Mrs. Michael Boddie 77 Mr. William L. Boddie Mr. and Mrs. Bayard L. Bragg Branch Banking & Trust Company James E. and Mary Z. Bryan Foundation Mrs. John L. Cameron The Cannon Foundation Mrs. Frances Boyette Dickson 35 First Citizens Bank and Trust Flagler Systems, Inc. A.J. Fletcher Foundation Franklinton United Methodist Church Mrs. Emily T. Gardner* 46 GlaxoSmithKline Foundation Mrs. Ann Jennings Goodwin Felix Harvey Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Ray Hodges Mr. and Mrs. Frank B. Holding Robert P. Holding Foundation Mr. and Mrs. W. Seymour Holt 49 Independent College Fund of North Carolina Mr. and Mrs. Hugh T. Jones Mr. Robert L. Jones Seby B. Jones Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Ben E. Jordan, Jr. Mr. Carroll Joyner Eli Lilly and Company Foundation Mr. and Mrs. J. Parker Lumpkin, II Mr. and Mrs. Willie Lee Lumpkin, III Microsoft Corporation Mrs. Roberta Beckler Morris* North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church Novo Nordisk BioChem, Inc. The Rev. Dr. and Mrs. Reginald Ponder Mr. and Mrs. Bland B. Pruitt 62 Victor Small Trust Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation Mr. and Mrs. John A. Rogers Sellers, Inc Mr. and Mrs. Roger G. Taylor 68 Tri Properties The United Methodist Church Board of Higher Education & Ministry United Methodist Foundation Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Wooten, Jr. Old Main Society The Old Main Society recognizes alumni and friends who will support Louisburg College through an estate gift. Mr. and Mrs. Paul B. Barringer, II Mrs. Mary M. Beauchamp Mr. Randy L. Brantley 83 Mr. Richard P. Butler Mr. Richard L. Cannon, Jr. 52 Mrs. Frances Terrell Cherney 42 Mrs. Carolyn V. Cotton 57 Mr. Osborne Gray Davis 41 Mr. J. Jackson Dean Mr. Arthur DeBerry Mr. and Mrs. D. Tad DeBerry 85 Mrs. Frances Boyette Dickson 35 Mrs. Joyce Raye Fisher 41 Mr. and Mrs. Kelman P. Gomo 38 Mrs. Ann J. Goodwin Mrs. Carol Bissent Hayman 45 Mr. and Mrs. Hugh T. Jones Mr. and Mrs. Ben E. Jordan, Jr. The Rev. Dr. and Mrs. Wallace H. Kirby Mr. and Mrs. J. Parker Lumpkin, II Mr. and Mrs. Willie Lee Lumpkin, III. Mrs. Roberta Beckler Morris* Mr. Thomas Wesley Parson, IV 73 Mrs. Frances Brower Paschal 39 Mrs. Julia C. Paul The Rev. Dr. and Mrs. Reginald W. Ponder Mr. and Mrs. Job K. Savage Mr. and Mrs. William C. Shelton 69 Mr. and Mrs. John Clark Shotton Dr. Raymond A. Stone 47 Mr. and Mrs. Roger G. Taylor 68 Mrs. Peggy Lee Wilder 60 Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Wooten, Jr. Louisburg Society The College s premiere annual giving program, the Louisburg Society recognizes annual gifts of $1,000 or more. Ms. Judith D. Adams The Hon. Lucy Allen Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Anderson, Jr. Mrs. Carolyn Riddle Armstrong 66 Mr. and Mrs. S. Thomas Arrington, Jr Mr. and Mrs. Paul Barringer, II Mr. and Mrs. Marvin E. Baugh 53 Mr. Robert E. Beck 53 Nicholas Bunn Boddie & Lucy Mayo Boddie Sr. Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Michael W. Boddie 77 Dr. and Mrs. Edgar J. Boone Mr. Carl Wood Brown Dr. and Mrs. C. Douglas Bryant, Sr. 47 Mr. Bob Butler Dr. and Mrs. John Cameron Mr. and Mrs. G. Maurice Capps 57 Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Chandler Chartwells Corporation Mr. Thomas Chilton Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Cole, Jr. Mrs. Carolyn V. Cotton 57 Mr. and Mrs. James B. Cottrell County of Franklin Ms. Suzanne S. Daugherty Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Davis Mr. William M. Davis 61 Mr. and Mrs. D. Tad DeBerry 85 Mr. and Mrs. William Dove Mr. and Mrs. Edwin M. Driver Mr. and Mrs. M. Douglas Edwards 53 Mr. and Mrs. J. Craig Eller Mr. and Mrs. Lynn W. Eury Ms. Belinda Faulkner First United Methodist Church of Cary First United Methodist Men of Cary Mr. and Mrs. Donald W. Fish Mr. Robert F. Fleming 64 Ms. Sarah Foster Ms. Betty W. Frazier Mrs. Elaine Weldon Fuller 39 Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Gardner Mr. Harold L. Gillis Mr. and Mrs. Kelman P. Gomo 38 Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Griffin 64 Mr. and Mrs. Peter G. Griffin 67 Mr. Clyde P. Harris, Jr. Mr. William L. Harris, Jr. 66 Mr. and Mrs. H. John Hatcher, Jr. Judge and Mrs. Robert H. Hobgood Mr. and Mrs. Ray Hodges Mr. and Mrs. Frank B. Holding Mr. and Mrs. W. Seymour Holt 49 Mr. and Mrs. Richard E. Hunter, Jr. 68 Mr. and Mrs. J. William Hurley 53 Mr. Gary R. Jones 65 Mr. Robert L. Jones Seby B. Jones Family Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Ben E. Jordan, Jr. The Kayne Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. Knight 87 Dr. and Mrs. Mark D. La Branche Mrs. Jane Austin Lee 71 Mr. John C.R. Lentz 87 Rev. and Mrs. Thomas E. Loftis Mr. Robert L. Luddy Mr. and Mrs. J. Parker Lumpkin, II Mr. and Mrs. Willie Lee Lumpkin, III Mr. Nathan Miller Mr. Ben H Mixon Jr. Mr. and Mrs. William D. Moon 45 Mrs. Jane Earley Newsome 64 Mrs. Elizabeth M. Norris North Carolina Community Foundation North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities Mr. and Mrs. T. Russell Odom 68 Mrs. Jean Austin Patterson 71 *deceased *deceased COLUMNS 34 Building Strong Foundations for Great Futures WINTER 2011 Building Strong Foundations for Great Futures Mr. and Mrs. Ely J. Perry, III 84 Pizza Hut of Clinton Inc. The Rev. Dr. and Mrs. Reginald W. Ponder Mr. and Mrs. Bland B. Pruitt, Jr. 62 Mr. and Mrs. G. Samuel Register 76 Mr. and Mrs. Fred Roberson 62 Ms. Lisa Minton Robert 90 Ms. Sue C. Robertson Mr. and Mrs. John A. Rogers Mr. Jean Paul W. Roy Mrs. Ann Rhem Schwarzmann 54 Mr. Joseph W. Shearon 51 Mr. and Mrs. William C. Shelton 69 Mr. Charles B. Sloan Mrs. Paula Drake Smith 74 Mr. Emmett Chapman Snead, III 71 Mr. and Mrs. Grady K. Snyder Mr. and Mrs. Glendel U. Stephenson 52 Mr. and Mrs. John F. Strotmeyer, Jr. 68 Mr. and Mrs. C. Boyd Sturges, III Stupp Brothers Bridge and Iron Co. Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Roger G. Taylor 68 Mrs. Edith Boone Toussaint 49 Mr. and Mrs. Leigh Traylor United Methodist Foundation Wake Electric Care James and Vedna Welch Foundation Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation Mrs. Peggy Lee Wilder 60 Otto H. York Foundation $500 - $999 Mr. and Mrs. Leonard W. Aurand Mrs. Ruby Harris Barbour 55 Rev. and Mrs. James D. Bell 77 Mr. Major H. Bowes 58 Mrs. Dorothy Midgett Brannan 48 Mr. H. Dwight Byrd 57 Mr. Kurt Carlson Mr. and Mrs. Ronald D. Champion Mr. and Mrs. William R. Cross 71 DBA Norlina Grading, LLC Mr. Allen dehart Mr. and Mrs. Bobby J. Dorsett, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Gerald A. Edwards Mr. Jerry A. Faulkner 54 Dr. Rodney S. Foth Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Gleason Mr. Peter H. Green 91 Mr. and Mrs. Herman A. Hecht 52 Holcim Dr. Alice Peedin Jacobs 64 Mr. and Mrs. Horace Jernigan 47 Mr. Carroll Joyner Kelly Electric Mr. and Mrs. Michael A. Kelly Mrs. Myrtle C. King Mr. and Mrs. James D. Kutch Mr. and Mrs. James L. Lanier, Jr. 68 WINTER 2011 COLUMNS 35

20 Leave a Legacy by becoming a member of the OLD MAIN SOCIETY The Old Main Society recognizes alumni and friends who include the College in their estate plans. By leaving a legacy at Louisburg, you can also can receive significant tax savings and annual income during your lifetime. There are many ways to support Louisburg in your estate, including a bequest or naming the College as a beneficiary of an insurance policy, trust, or charitable gift annuity. Your gift can be designated to support programs meaningful to you, such as student scholarships. Louisburg Baptist Church Louisburg United Methodist Church Mrs. Cynthia Jean McNeill 77 Mr. and Mrs. Roger Moulton 43 Mr. William C. Murphy 85 Mrs. Susan Mixon Parris 64 Mrs. Frances Brower Paschal 39 Mrs. Norma B. Patton Mr. and Mrs. William H. Pierce 38 Mrs. Donna Rhoden Mr. and Mrs. Job K. Savage Mr. Russell L. Sears 66 Mr. Richard N. Stabell 59 Mr. Robert F. Stevens 65 Mrs. Ruby Chewning Thompson 59 Mr. and Mrs. Ray H. Womble, Sr. 48 Mr. and Mrs. James T. Wooters 42 Mr. William H. Yarborough Trinity United Methodist Church Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC Recent Commitments Toward the Great Futures Campaign Include: HOLTON GYMNASIUM Mr. and Mrs. Roger Taylor 68 Rocky Mount, NC $125,000 to acquire new bleachers and refinish the gymnasium floor. In recognition for this commitment, the College will dedicate the Roger Taylor Court this fall. STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS Robert P. Holding Foundation Smithfield, NC $50,000 for scholarship assistance in Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation Atlanta, GA $106,000 for scholarship assistance in To learn more about the Old Main Society, please contact Kurt Carlson, vice president for institutional advancement, at , or by at Excellent resources about planned giving can be found on the United Methodist Church Foundation s website at GREAT NEWS FOR DONORS AGED 70 ½ AND OLDER In 2011, donors over the age of 70 ½ can make tax-free gifts from their IRAs of up to $100,000. $100 - $499 SEBY B. JONES PERFORMING ARTS CENTER Mr. and Mrs. J. Parker Lumpkin, II Louisburg, NC Mr. and Mrs. Willie Lee Lumpkin, III Morehead City, NC $150,000 to support installation of a new roof. The community gallery in the Jones Center will be named in honor of Edith C. Lumpkin, mother of Parker and Willie Lee. Mrs. Lumpkin, who passed away in 2005, was a longtime member of the Louisburg College Board of Trustees and great advocate for the arts in Franklin County. Mr. and Mrs. David Gardner Warrenton, NC Mr. and Mrs. Richard Creed Greensboro, NC Mr. and Mrs. Dodd Adair Birmingham, AL $25,000 to support improvements to the Dickson Auditorium (see story on page 6). Mrs. Nancy Garrette Adams 40 Mr. L. C. Adcock Estate of Nona Gamble Trust 27 Alliance One International Mr. Robert W. Alston, Jr. 60 Mrs. Joyce Ammons 51 Mrs. Frances Handley Andrus 43 Maj. and Mrs. William H. Arrington, Jr. 64 Ms. Connie Atkinson Mr. Richard D. Auger 39 Mrs. Linda Marie Averette 61 Mr. and Mrs. Ronald W. Axselle 65 Mr. G. Michael Bach Mr. and Mrs. G. Brooks Baines Mr. and Mrs. Billy A. Baker, Sr. 55 Mr. Rossie V. Baker, Sr. 57 Do all the good you can, By all the means you can, In all the ways you can, In all the places you can, At all the times you can, To all the people you can, As long as ever you can. John Wesley *deceased BENSON CHAPEL William M. Davis 61 Beaufort, NC $42,000 to support improvements to Benson Chapel (see inside front cover) and the donation of Oriental carpets for Main Building and the President s House. UNRESTRICTED Estate of C. Ray Pruette Franklinton, NC $375,000 unrestricted purposes. Dr. Pruette, a beloved longtime member of the faculty, passed away in ENDOWMENT Estate of Harold and Roberta Morris Charlotte, NC $400,000 addition to the Alumni Appreciation Scholarship, which the Morris established in Harold Ham Morris was a member of the class of 1940 (see obituary for Roberta Morris, page 57). Mr. and Mrs. William H. Baker, Jr. 52 Mr. and Mrs. Felix G. Banks 43 Mr. William R. Barksdale, IV 78 Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Barnes 48 Mr. Scott L. Barnes Mr. and Mrs. Fred L. Bartholomew, Jr. 58 Mr. and Mrs. Charles J. Bartles, III 63 Mr. Ryan D. Bashford Rev. Dr. Clarence B. Bass 42 Ms. Janet Baxley Ms. Sally V. Beaman Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Beasley 70 Bethesda Realty LLC Mrs. Mary M. Beauchamp Ms. Carole S. Beaver Mr. and Mrs. Norman A. Beaver Mrs. Penni D Beaver Ms. Helen T. Beckwith Mr. Harvey Layton Bedsole 51 Mrs. Genevieve Ellis Bell 41 Mr. and Mrs. William B. Benge Mrs. Helen S. Benton Mrs. Lillian Benton Ms. Helen M. Blair Mr.* and Mrs. Earl W. Bonner Ms. Delano R. Borys Mrs. Octavia Beard Bowman 51 Mr. and Mrs. Robert Boyette 67 Dr. Robert E. Bridges Ms. Nadine M. Brohawn Mr. Edwin L. Brown Mr. and Mrs. Matthew A. Brown 68 Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Brown Mrs. Velma Ferrell Brown 60 Mr. and Mrs. W. Thomas Brown 62 Mr. and Mrs. Jackie L. Bryant Mr. and Mrs. Wayne R. Bryant Mr. and Mrs. Jefferson C. Bulluck 66 Mr. and Mrs. George P. Bunn 54 Ms. Ann Burns Mr. Christopher D. Burns 74 Mr. Robert M. Burns 66 Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Burns 69 Mr. Cary Stuart Butler 75 Mrs. Elizabeth P. Byrd Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Byrd 62 Mr. Bain A. Cameron Mrs. Beulah Cameron Mr. and Mrs. Nyal D. Camper 60 Mr. Richard L. Cannon, Jr. 52 Dr. Patrick W. Carlton 57 Mr. and Mrs. James Carnes Mr. Larry W. Castleberry 57 Mr. and Mrs. James T. Chandler, IV 67 Mr. Michael Wayne Chappell 78 Mr. Gilbert W Chichester Mr. W. Paul Childers, Jr. 54 Clariant Corporation Matching Gifts Program Mrs. Sophia Spivey Cody 38 Ms. Anne H. Coghill *deceased Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Gary Cole 70 Mrs. Gayla G. Collins The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina Mr. and Mrs. Dwight E. Compton, Sr. Mr. James E. Compton 65 Ms. Patsy Comunale Mr. and Mrs. Archie D. Cooke 57 Mr. and Mrs. Charles B. Coor Ms. Sheilah R. Cotten Mr. and Mrs. Joseph T. Coulter 64 Mrs. Louise Mason Cowart 42 Ms. Beth B. Cox Mr. W. Dempsey Craig 62 Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Crowe Mr. and Mrs. Scott G. Cumby Ms. Margaret M. Curran Dr. and Mrs. Clifford G. Cutrell 47 Rev. Alice Davis Mrs. Jamie Burnette Davis 85 Dr. Sarah Irwin Davis 42 Mr. and Mrs. V. Weyher Dawson, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Clifford T. Dean, Jr. 40 Mr. and Mrs. Dean A. DeMasi Mr. and Mrs. E. Wayland Denton 75 Ms. Betty Allred Dorsett Mr. and Mrs. William H. Dove Mr. and Mrs. Thomas C. Drake, Jr. Mr. Dennis M. Driscoll Duke Energy Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Edwards Mr. James L. Edwards Mr. Sam H. Elliott 52 Mrs. Ina Meekins Ernst 49 Mr. Todd Estes Mr. L. Randolph Everett 95 Mr. Francis F. Falls 62 Mr. and Mrs. John H. Farley Mr. James M. Featherston, Jr. 42 First Citizens Bank & Trust Co. Dr. Diane Price Fleming Mr. Wallace G. Flynt 48 Mr. and Mrs. David Foster 71 Dr. and Mrs. Jimmy W. Foster Mr. Morgan S. Foster Mr. Ben S. Foust 41 Fox Services LLC Mr. Harry L. Foy, Jr. Franklin Regional Medical Center Mr. William P. Franklin 52 Mr. Oscar M. Fuller 44 Mr. Lawrence H. Fulton Mr. and Mrs. David Gallagher Mrs. Jayne Gallagher Mrs. Emily Taylor Gardner * 46 Mr. William M. Garmon Mrs. Marietta Joliff Garrett 51 Mr. and Mrs. Ernest P. Gaster, Jr Mr. Herbert Felton Gay 69 Mr. Kenneth E. 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