Secretaries: Burkley Mann Allen, 3521 Byron Ave., Nashville, TN 37205; 615-383-6604; firstname.lastname@example.org
Marshall A. Waddell, 1735 Theodan Dr., Pittsburgh, PA 15216; 412-327-4863; email@example.com
We have lots of news of transitions in our class.
Liza Brown died May 1 after a long struggle against breast cancer. Liza was living in Brooklyn pursuing an active social work career that was halted only by the onset of cancer four years ago. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband, Richard Young; a daughter, Kyla; a son, Max; and two brothers, Joseph Winchester Brown and Jefferson Travis Brown. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Princeton YWCA Breast Cancer Resource Center. We offer our condolences to Liza's family.
Several folks are in the process of moving and changing jobs. David Smith's family relocated from Radnor, Pa., to Palm City, Fla., during 2008. He opened a new tax practice, Cypress Tax Advisors, in Stuart, Fla., last fall. David's oldest daughter, Jen, is getting married at Disney in January 2010. I hear her fiancée proposed in front of the Cinderella castle. It doesn't get much more romantic than that. David says it's great to be back in the warm, sunny South!
Anna DeArmond Boykin and her husband, Dick, moved to McLean in northern Virginia in July after four years in London, where their daughter, Margaret, just graduated from the American School in London.
Mike Munger continues his string of interesting jobs, living in Germany for the summer, teaching graduate political science courses at Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen. And to make sure that we end the suspense about his run for governor of N.C.: He lost, but his candidacy certainly added spice to the campaign.
Tom Trahey is completing his healthcare M.B.A. with George Washington University in December, while working as a cardiologist in Concord, N.C. Tom and his wife, Arabella Malone-Trahey '83, are proud to announce that their oldest daughter, Erin, is now officially a Wildcat, Class of 2013! Tom and his Davidson roommate, Barry Cannon, have continued their college friendship, and the Cannons celebrated with the Traheys recently as Erin graduated first in her high school class.
Jimmy Prappas lives in Houston and practices immigration law for Jackson Walker. He was recently sighted by John Hill, who is practicing law in Columbia, S.C.
A few other lucky classmates also have children headed to Davidson next fall. Sam '79 and Tina Caldwell Currin are delighted to send their fourth son, Luke, to Davidson this year, both because they love the school and because they will have the house to themselves for the first time in 26 years. Their second son, Mark '08, graduated last year from Davidson and will be starting medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina this fall. Their oldest son, Sam, is engaged to be married.
Several classmates had really fun vacations to report:
Denver Cornett's daughter, Savannah, and wife travelled to Korea and China this summer with Savannah's karate group. In August, the whole family headed to Las Vegas to see Love, the Beatles' show, then the Grand Canyon, Zion Canyon, and Bryce Canyon. As his son said, "There sure are a lot of canyons out there, aren't there?" They should check with Ross Kells, who was also in the area recently. Ross and his wife, Michelle, drove up the Turquoise Trail to Santa Fe in June to meet John Syme '85 on his road trip to the Grand Canyon (see blogs.davidson.edu/roadtrip/). The gracious host for the potluck was Herb Kincey '57. Also in attendance (among others) were Cathy Ansheles and her husband, Bill.
Bunny Horine Renaud had a great trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. She enjoyed swimming with the sea lions and learning about the geology.
Don't forget to mark your calendars for our 30th Reunion in September 2010. It will be here before you know it.
From the Alumni Office:
Ann Tutwiler is now a senior adviser on international issues for Dr. Raj Shah, the new undersecretary for research, education, and economics at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She works primarily on global food security initiatives, but also on food aid and international trade. Ann writes, "I am... already enjoying it tremendously.... I felt like I could not pass up an opportunity to work with the new administration, and with the great team that Raj is assembling." Congratulations, Ann!
Secretary: Don Caldwell, 3139 Wickersham Rd., Charlotte, NC 28211; 704-719-4492 (h); fax, 704-338-3137 (w); Donald.H.Caldwell@usdoj.gov
If the notion of living to 100 or beyond is appealing, let me recommend to you Rob Campany's new book, Making Transcendents: Ascetics and Social Memory in Early Medieval China (Univ. of Hawaii Press, 2009). The ancient Chinese, he writes, believed that certain ascetic individuals were deathless, endowed with supernormal powers, able to be in several places at once, heal the sick, fly, and predict the future. And no need to spend hours on the StairMaster! Rob, a philosophy major at Davidson, is currently chair of the religion department and a professor of East Asian languages at the University of Southern California. For a fascinating read, pick up a copy at a bookstore near you.
Congratulations to David Rhodes and to Cindy Chavez Rhodes '82, whose daughter, Sarah '09, graduated second in her class at Davidson in May with high honors in neuroscience. Hardly a surprise given the mental incandescence of her parents, am I right? Congratulations also to Jim Haynes '80, whose son, Will '09, was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Army May 16 prior to commencement.
Hats off to Minor Sinclair, who amid an admirable life of service to others, has found time to obtain his master's in public administration at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. A leader in the Y Student Service Corps at Davidson, Minor enlisted as a Mennonite volunteer working with Central American refugees after graduation. He then served as a regional director of Oxfam's U.S. program. He is the author and editor of several publications, including The New Politics of Survival: Grassroots Movements in Central America (Monthly Review Press/EPICA).
James Gelly is chief financial officer of Misys plc in London. (That would be London, England, not Kentucky.) Wife, Cordelia Crampton Gelly '82, and sons will be joining James on the other side of the pond this fall. This will bring them only a short flight away from James' sister, Mary Ann Gelly Mosse '83, an artist and teacher in Ireland. Congrats, too, to Jim Tholen, who was named "Private Company Chief Financial Officer of the Year" in June at the Greater Washington Technology CFO Awards.
Garry Houser writes that his family traveled to Vermont to watch son Scott '09 run the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon. Garry works these days as an iPhone developer in Jacksonville Beach, Fla. Your scribe hiked 12 miles on a sparkling June Saturday on the Bartram Trail in western N.C. with Atlantans Sid Barrett '79 and John Gelly '79. The trail was festooned with warnings that the area is a bear sanctuary, but, happily, we must have been too rank to warrant interest. (At least Sid and John were, I can vouch. The take home message: 12 miles up and down in the mountains is a painful distance these days. You read it here first.)
The class extends its condolences to Gregg Smart and Kathy Petrea Smart '83 following the death of Gregg's mother, Glenda Floyd Smart, 70, of Spartanburg, S.C., on June 30.
Secretary: Ann Parker, 3388 N. Glen Creek Dr., Tucson, AZ 85712; 520-321-4802; firstname.lastname@example.org
As I write this, we are all crossing our fingers that Tom Marshburn finally gets to go into space on the shuttle Endeavor on July 11. He sent this update after the first two attempts were cancelled: "Thanks for thinking of us these past couple of weeks. The crew and I have been released from quarantine for about two weeks, so we can see our families and get back to refresher training before the next launch attempt. Going to try again on July 11 unless they can't figure out the problem with that hydrogen valve.
While disappointing to not be writing this from space, we still know there's a spaceflight at the end of this sometime, and are just making sure we remain ready. I'd say we'll be even more rested and ready this time, now that we're "final prep" veterans. I was just about to set my foot into the spacesuit to get ready to ride out to the pad when they scrubbed this last time.
"Lots of thanks and appreciation for my Davidson friends that have written and are following the launch. Was mostly disappointed that they didn't get to see one, especially those that traveled out to Florida. Ann and Grace are doing great, weathering the emotional ups and downs very well. Grace loves the extended family vacations in Florida, and Texas Children's Hospital is allowing Ann some leeway in taking off during her first months of PGYII in pediatrics."
Dr. Daniel Ettedgui, D.O., has been named the director of medical products for Greyson International, Inc. Dan's practice is in Florida, where he specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation. In this newly created position, Dan will work to research and develop topical products, both prescription-based and over-the-counter.
Sarah Rhodes '09, daughter of David '81 and Cindy Chavez Rhodes, graduated from Davidson this May with second honor and with high honors in neuroscience. Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty Dr. Clark Ross reported that David and Cindy "were just beaming the whole [graduation] weekend."
James Jones reports: "Great news from the Jones household. Our son, James Jones II, graduated from Bishop McNamara High School on May 23. Dad and Mom are doing well. James II will be attending Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. Don't worry, Davidson, I have two more chances. Also, congratulations to my college roommate, André Kennebrew. His son, Holden, also graduated from high school... May 23. Coincidence? I think not. We planned this way back during freshman orientation."
Greg Kucera sends this update: "We met our son, Walter '10, in Barcelona at Christmas. He just finished up a semester abroad program in Copenhagen. We had a blast in Barcelona for a couple of days viewing all the great Gaudi art. Then we stayed in an 11th century winery for a week. We did lots of hiking and visiting the many different wineries in the area. Spain is a great country, and we want to go back again soon." Greg wrote later to remind me about Tom Marshburn's exciting trip: "We are planning to go to John Hartman's farm in Danbury, N.C., this Sunday for a tubing trip down the Dan River. I'm sure that we will look up into the sky and imagine Tom hurtling past us. What a great contrast in transportation modes."
Our condolences to the Bates family-Lisa Harbottle, Thomas, and children, including daughter, Sara '11-on the recent death of Lisa's brother, Scott Harbottle '78.
Secretary: Anne Hurt Krieg, 7111 Xavier Ct., McLean, VA 22101-5077; 703-288-9613; email@example.com
Miles and Sandy Fossett O'Brien left Georgia in 2005 and moved to New York City for Miles' anchoring position with CNN's morning show. He left CNN in December, and they've both pursued other career interests since then. The pair traveled to Africa to film a documentary, and Sandy shot 3,000 still shots for the project. When they moved to New York, Sandy shifted away from a career in home renovations and focused on her art career full time. She took several workshops studying the encaustic medium and has been working in this for the past three years. You can find her on Google and see a wonderful sample of her work and her credits, which include the Juror's Award at the NYU Small Works Show in 2007. Sandy has also run a few marathons, including one in San Francisco with her mother and her sister. She lives in the city with Miles and their son, Murrough (17), and daughter, Connery (15).
Leslie and Ellis Tinsley live in Wilmington, N.C., where he serves as president of Wilmington Surgical Associates, PA and is board certified in general and vascular surgery. Ellis is a clinical professor in the surgery department at the Medical School of the University of North Carolina. He works as an adult volunteer youth leader for The Fold at St. Andews-Covenant Presbyterian Church and as the men's retreat coordinator. His remaining free time includes work with Boy Scouts of America and coaching sixth grade basketball. This summer the family was scattered all over. Leslie and Carryl (15) joined 30 other high school students on a summer mission trip in Jamaica. Ellis III (16) attended North Carolina Boys State, while Graham (12) and Morelle (10) hung out with their grandparents at Bald Head Island, N.C.
Cliff Woodard let me know that a group of Wildcats just completed their 29th consecutive tubing trip. Classmates Greg McFayden and Sandy Smith joined the expedition. They pulled their hall counselor, David Hoskins '81, out of the courtroom and into the mountains for visits to the local Waffle House and some fine King Cobra malt liquor. Cliff lives in Columbia, S.C., with Lisa and their sons, Ethan (18) and Jared (12). Ethan will be a freshman at Presbyterian College this fall. Cliff is a consultant with Justice Planning Associates, which specializes in justice system operations, planning, and design.
Mark Oldenburg lives in Peachtree City, Ga., which is known for its 90 miles of golf cart paths. He's not playing golf, but he does buzz around the paths in his own cart with his wife, Julie, and their sons, Tyce (15) and Jack (12). Mark plans to continue coaching them in basketball and baseball until they convince him they know more than he does about the sport (sound familiar?). When he's not coaching, Mark keeps busy with his own law practice, which focuses on corporate work and business litigation.
Nick Tsantes lives in Framingham, Mass., with his wife, Susan, and their children, Katie and Nicholas. Nick is a senior software engineer with Raytheon. Currently he's working on a mobile air traffic system used by the U.S. Army and Marine Corps. Katie will be a freshman at Boston College this fall.
In April 2009 Laura Petrou began serving as chief of staff to the Honorable Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary for Health and Human Services. Laura's career in public service includes more than 20 years on Senator Tom Daschle's staff, as well as work with the North Carolina Health Planning Commission.
Sandra and Andre Goodlett remain in Hershey, Pa., where Andre works for the Hershey Company. Their youngest daughter, Jasmine, graduated from high school this year. Andre is a proud grandfather to grandson, Tarik (2), and granddaughter, Maysan (1).
Jill and David Simpson live in Waxhaw, N.C. David received his law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and practices law in Charlotte at Kellam Simpson Loflin.
Mebane Atwood Boyd, Cynthia Stroud '82 and Jon Glance, Buncie Hay Lanners, Tim '82 and Nancy Cloyed Lorenzen, Krista Wruck Norris, Arabella Malone-Trahey, and Barb Boyce '82 and Ed Whitesides are parents of future Davidson alumni. This year's freshmen class includes Roxana Boyd, Carlyle Glance, Sarah Lanners, Robert Lorenzen, Javan Norris, Erin Trahey, and Tucker Whitesides.
Secretary: Matthew Merrell, P.O. Box 816, Davidson, NC 28036; firstname.lastname@example.org
From the Alumni Office:
Our deepest condolences to Mark Adams and family on the death of his father, Charles "Chuck" Collver Adams, on April 14.
Congratulations to William Bynum, Jr., for being selected as the new vice president for student services at Morehouse College. Stone was previously the vice president for student affairs and enrollment management at Lincoln University.
April 23-25, 2010
Secretaries: Helen Mulhern Halasz, 37 Oak Hollow Ct., Columbia, SC 29209; 803-783-1158; email@example.com
Kelly Sundberg Seaman, 25 Rip Rd., Hanover, NH 03755; 603-643-5026; firstname.lastname@example.org
As you are reading this, recollections of summer vacations are a distant memory. As I write this column, however, I am in the middle of hot, summer days in the sand and ocean at the beautiful N.C. coast. Speaking of reminiscing, we hope you are planning to attend Reunion Weekend next spring. Your classmates want to know what you've been doing during the last 25 years, so send us your news before we reconvene on campus!
Ann Meador Shayne is busy knitting, blogging, and writing. Encouraged by the success of her first co-authored book in 2006, Mason-Dixon Knitting: The Curious Knitters' Guide, a second volume, Mason-Dixon Knitting Outside the Lines, was published in 2008. Even for those who don't know a knit from a purl stitch, the books and Web site instill confidence and provide guidance to impress friends and relatives with handmade yarn projects. "I've been resting comfortably and taking liquids in Nashville for ages now, surrounded by my patient husband, Jon, and two boys, David (12) and Clifton (9). I keep knitting too much and writing about it even more, with my equally knitting-freaked friend, Kay Gardiner. Davidson alumni are especially welcome visitors at our Web site, whether you knit or not. We try not to make fun of civilians. And we don't blame you if you make fun of us!"
After 13 years in Atlanta, Pat Bryant has moved to Knoxville, Tenn., where he is working as senior vice president of broadcasting, sales, and customer care for Jewelry Television (think QVC, but all jewelry). His family is doing well and includes wife, Lynda; and children, Stanley (19), a student at Georgia Tech University; Spencer (13); and Annie (4). "Some friends at work made fun of me for being ‘anti-social networking,' so under duress, I dove into Facebook, and am finding it is a great way to reconnect with old friends-hopefully, more '85s will join in and plan to get together next spring."
Linda Cassens LaForest is fully involved in her career as a veterinarian in Oak Ridge, Tenn., with positions at a small animal clinic, animal shelter, and house-call practice. She can't believe she is the mother of two teenagers, Marian (16) and Warren (13). Outside of work, Linda enjoys her vegetable garden, kayaking on lakes in the Knoxville area, hiking, and camping when she can coerce her kids to join her.
Muffin Alford lives in Houston, Tex., where she is a clinical molecular geneticist and associate professor in the Bobby R. Alford Department of Otolaryngology (head and neck surgery) at Baylor College of Medicine. "My work is focused on hereditary forms of hearing loss and includes genetic testing, research, and patient care. I also teach and participate in various professional service activities including editorial, review, and committee work. Looking to the future, I am interested in working on the integration of medical genetics into healthcare and medical education. When not working, I play Mah-Jongg with friends and hang out at the bay with my nieces and nephew, sailing and kayaking."
Rob McCormick is in year 14 in IT at GlaxoSmithKline in the Raleigh area, and he finished co-chairing a pastor search committee earlier this year. His wife, Leslie, freelances in communications and public relations. They live in Apex with daughters, Anna Beth (9) and Katherine (7), who stay busy with dance, piano, and a vegetable garden.
A little further west on Interstate 40, Cherie Spencer Page still lives in Chapel Hill, where she recently completed training to tutor and teach special-needs children. Cherie and husband, Bob, have three daughters: Madeleine (11) and twins, Annie and Colette (8). The girls are involved in tennis, gymnastics, field hockey, volleyball, and chorus, which can only mean that Cherie is preoccupied with driving!
Whether your fall is filled with football games, lesson plans, homework, or training new hires, please take a few minutes to let us know how you are passing the time. You can reach us by e-mail, Facebook, phone, or the new Alenda Links. We look forward to your news!
Secretary: Mary Beth Harding Hernandez, 2107 Thoroughbred Ln., Hillsborough, NC 27278; 919-643-1861; email@example.com
Thanks to Monicah McGee Branch for the following information about John Gilmer. John lives in Palm Springs, Calif., where he has his own architectural firm. Recently John participated in a charity event called "BARKitecture." Area designers and architects built original dog houses, with proceeds benefiting Gilda's Club in Palm Springs. Dwell magazine's Web site featured John's design. John also worked for many years for Robert A.M. Stern in New York City, and some of his designs can be seen in the massive book, Stern.
e extend our deepest sympathy to Caroline Kelly, whose father, Thad Kelly, passed away on July 2.
Join the Class of 1986 group on Facebook, and keep in touch!
Secretary: Nelle McCorkle Bordeaux, 333 East 44th St., Savannah, GA 31405; 912-234-9245 (h); firstname.lastname@example.org
Our fall theme is autumn trees, in celebration of the newest acorn from a mighty oak, the birth of Charlotte Weir Houck on April 22 to Shannon and Bobby Houck.
Taller than the cedars of Lebanon is Bryan Feigenbaum. Bryan casts a long shadow not just for his height, but also for his outstanding pursuit of justice. The Florida Prosecuting Attorneys' Association gave him the Gene Berry Award, named for an assistant district attorney who was murdered because of his work. Bryan is the supervisor of the special prosecution unit focused on career criminals, and he was chosen from over 1,900 attorneys for this award. Born in Baltimore, Bryan and his family moved when he was five to the Daytona Beach area, where he still lives. Bryan is a graduate of Seabreeze High School in Daytona Beach and the University of Florida School of Law. He and his wife and their three children have even faced threats because of Bryan's work. State Attorney R. J. Larizza, who nominated Bryan for the award, called him "an excellent prosecutor of the highest caliber, a devoted husband, loving father, and cherished member of our community."
A steel magnolia, known for her strong professionalism, Noel Brewster Humphreys was chosen as the 10th partner in a 30-year-old executive search company, Coleman Lew & Associates, Inc. Noel began her career recruiting managerial talent for an international firm. She then founded and operated a printing company, All Type Graphics and Design, Inc., for 15 years. After the sale of her company, she served as director of placement for Charlotte-based King's College. Noel joined her present firm in 2007. She lives in Charlotte with her two children.
Uprooted from his native South but evergreen and fresh in his enthusiasm as an educator and school administrator is Bill Bugg, who recently moved to Northeast Ohio to serve Western Reserve Academy. Bill and his wife, Sally, have three sons, William (7), James (5), and Thomas (2).
If you pine away for Davidson, you'll be very popular with your classmates if you do something about it by sending news to your class secretary in the land of live oaks with Spanish moss.
Secretaries: Frank Folger, P.O. Box 55, Bullock, NC 27507-0055; email@example.com
Linda Tatsapaugh, 48 Beech Glen Rd., Black Mountain, NC 28711; 828-779-2635 (c); firstname.lastname@example.org
The year continues to pass quickly. As you are reading this, children will be back at school, the leaves will begin turning (in some parts of the world!), and the fall rituals that make us all nostalgic for our alma mater will be in full swing.
There is much to report on our classmates from across the country.
Dunn Hollingsworth checked in with us. He and his wife are busy raising two girls (9 and 11) in Charleston, S.C. In his "spare" time, he practices construction law in his eight-lawyer firm Robertson & Hollingsworth, located on Meeting Street in historic downtown Charleston.
Moving up the Eastern seaboard, we find J. Allen Smith. Allen and his partner reside in beautiful Alexan-dria, Va., where Allen is the manager of workplace law content at the Society for Human Resource Management. In the shadows of the nation's capitol, Allen reports that "life is good"-figure skating, running, and swimming almost on a weekly basis.
Back in the Tar Heel State, attorney Caryn Coppedge McNeill and her husband, John '87, who practices dentistry, live in Raleigh. Their lives are full! They have three children: Johnny (11), a sixth grader; Alex (7), a second grader; and Jane (3), a preschooler. Congratulations to John on running his first (and according to Caryn, last) marathon last fall. Non-runners like me-I suggest you experience that one vicariously. Caryn reports she stays active, still playing adult soccer. To get away, they retreat to the western part of the state for the bliss of Montreat as much as possible.
Even closer to "home" (especially if you live in Davidson), we were delighted to hear that our own Anne Blue Wills, who began teaching in the religion department at Davidson in 2003, has been promoted to associate professor of religion. After graduating from Davidson, Anne earned her master's in divinity from Yale, graduating summa cum laude, and went on to receive her Ph.D. from Duke. Congratulations to Anne on her promotion and thanks to her for continuing the Davidson tradition of excellent teaching.
Special kudos to Christopher Duke for being named a shareholder in the law firm of Akerman Senterfitt, one of the largest law firms in Florida and one of the "Top 100 Law Firms in the U.S.," according to the National Law Journal. Chris, who received his law degree from the University of Florida, emphasizes his law practice on employment litigation and compliance and works in the firm's West Palm Beach office. When he is not working or lecturing and writing on labor and employment law, Chris serves his community of West Palm Beach. He is active with the St. Baldrick's Foundation and AFRICARE, as well as other organizations.
If you want to get away from it all, let me suggest two places: Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Swan Valley, Idaho. Depending on which time of the year you visit, you will find Amanda "Mandy" Barret Eckhardt with her husband and three kids, West (16), Caroline (14), and Brooke (5), at one of these places. The family caretakes a private ranch nearby. During the day, Mandy is homeschooling each of their children, and her husband manages South Fork Lodge, a fishing lodge on the South Fork of the Snake River.
Houston,Tex., is home to the Houston Rockets, arguably the best steaks in the world, and Will Mathis. Will and his wife, Lisa, have two boys, William (6) and Nelson (4), who are "lots of fun." Having been in the oil and gas business since 1989, Will reports that he is diversifying his activities. He has recently acquired a company focused on the sustainable growth of fish, in particular a fish called the Barramundi. Will's company, found online by Googling "The Better Fish," markets to grocery stores and wholesale, and also directly to restaurants.
Finally, we sadly report the death of Russell Eubanks Booker, Jr., father of Russell Eubank Booker III, on March 19. We share our condolences with Russell and his family.
If you have not touched base with your classmates in a while, take a few moments to drop us a note. We can help you reconnect. We look forward to hearing from you.
Secretary: Harry Broome, 4738 N. 32nd Pl., Phoenix, AZ 85018; 602-840-9015; email@example.com
One score ago... the 20th reunion in April was evidently quite a blast. For those of you who could not attend, including me, it sounds like it was a romp. Stories trickled in about Mac Hardcastle on the microphone, after an entrance stage left via Cushman. The most beautiful sight must have been the freshmen talent show reenactment featuring the Third Floor Belk Dorm "Stinkie Pinkie" version of "Wild Thing," led by Don James. (What were we thinking?) The "Three Chartreuse Buzzards" returned to carrion form with Tom and Carl Whipple and Pete Mangone (substituting for Calvin Martin) flapping their wings. Hap Bryant revived the acoustic set of America's greatest hits, echoing the Hap and Pat deer-in-the-headlight version of yesteryear (perhaps the funniest thing I had ever seen, not realizing that they really were nervous). Diane Titus-Allen Waller was recognized by the school and her fellow classmates by receiving a very well-deserved Alumni Service Award for all her efforts over the years.
Bryan "Byro" Counts sent an update from beautiful Charleston, S.C., where he lives with his wife, Silvie, and their daughter, Lily (3). He spoke to many classmates at the reunion who visit and vacation in Charleston from time to time and wanted to remind them to look him up next time you are in town. John Cock caught up with the likes of Eric Bach, David Bearce, Mike Fitzgerald, Benji Brown, Tim Poston, and Evan Hunter and reports that they are doing well.
Ginger Burke Koloszyc was sad to miss our reunion and writes, "I was really looking forward to returning to Davidson and introducing my husband, Sergio, to that part of my life. But as it turns out, we had a very sudden turn of events and our first child came to us in a matter of a few weeks through adoption. So, instead of exchanging stories with y'all at Davidson, we were counting fingers and toes and introducing our baby girl to our extended family. Laura Dashiell Isabella Koloszyc was born on April 19 in Arlington, Va., and has won our hearts completely!" Ginger had enrolled in a graduate program studying Christianity and the arts at Regent College (Vancouver, B.C.) last fall, but isn't sure when she will have the time to finish it!
John Hutchinson also missed the reunion, but he had a very good excuse. "Sharon and I were busy chasing our (then) eight-month old son, John Patrick Hutchinson, Jr. He's our first, born Aug. 4, 2008." He hopes to make it to our 25th, with several children in tow. Mark Piehl writes that he also missed the reunion for the very best of reasons... a father-daughter function that couldn't be missed. I hope to hear more from Mark and include it in a future update.
In a faraway land, and at the same time, Melissa "Meg" Givens had a "mini" reunion with Sonja Miller-Douzal, who lives in Sète, France. Meg was performing and touring with a dance show in Europe for most of the summer. M.K. Myatt '90 came to the Zurich show, and "It was great to catch up with her." Her new CD is out on Naxos with Ars Lyrica Houston, Alessandro Scarlatti: Euridice dall'Inferno, which includes the world premiere recordings of a solo soprano cantata (Meg) and a newly discovered oratorio (the whole group).
Heather Stewart Hull married Steve Hull nearly 10 years ago. They now have Heidi (8), Stephen (6), and Nancy (4). They are living in Gaithersburg, Md. Heather is enjoying being a homeschool mom, and Steve just finished getting his second master's degree.
From the Alumni Office:
Alex McKeithen wrote us that he recently opened a new studio in New York called UFO and has also worked for the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Rolling Stone Magazine, The Source magazine, The Source Hip Hop Music Awards, and Madison Square Garden.