Fall and Winter 2015 Class Notes
(Submitted from April 23, 2015 – November 11, 2015)
“I’m 98 now and still playing Wii bowling. I’m also in the ukulele club and we entertain about four times a year. God is good!” reports Dottie DuPuis Mackin ’38 from her home in Silver Spring, MD.
Maryan Smith Harris ’39 of Dublin, GA, pays tribute to her sister, Dorothy Smith Mahon ’44. “It is with sadness I tell you of the death of my darling sister, Dorothy,who passed away on March 30, 2015, at the Episcopal Church here in Louisville, KY, with her adoring daughter, Deedee, at her side. Dorothy’s life was marked by her great love for her precious Lord, her many friends, all kinds of music, and ballroom dancing. After marrying James Mahon in 1955, she and James lived in Louisville for 50 years. I will always treasure her memory as will her daughter, Deedee Rietze Jordan (Tommy), her two granddaughters and three great-grandchildren, and many friends whose life she enhanced.” (See Sympathy, 2015 Winter Wesleyan Magazine)
Jackie Lamm Souder ’46 of Evans, GA, has eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. “A lot to live for!” writes Jackie.
Jean Anderson Estes ’47 and husband E.H. of Durham, NC, now have three great-grandchildren. Annabelle Brown was born on May 21, 2015, in Chamblee, GA, and Jean’s identical twin great-grandsons, William and James Hubbard, who live in Buckhead, GA, celebrated their first birthdays in June 2015.
Gerry Farrar-Thomas ’47 of Jacksonville, FL, is sorry to miss Alumnae Leadership Day in January. Recently she had a bad fall and broke her right leg and will have to spend the holidays confined and doing physical therapy. “I have never fallen before and have never had a broken bone. Since I will be 90 years old if I make it to February 5th, I’m disappointed that I have such a handicap now. I will appreciate you keeping in touch and letting me know about all of the activities at Wesleyan. Still a Golden Heart,” writes Gerry.
"Living at Carlyle Place is a Godsend, as was Wesleyan College and Conservatory so many years ago. I swell with pride and deep affection as I pass by our beautiful campus frequently going about Macon. I like what is happening at Wesleyan as we are achieving more of a world view. Still the oldest and best, which is unchanging," writes Anne Whipple Murphey ’48/ ’49 of Macon.
“I am so blessed,” writes Libba Cook Smith ’49 from Statesboro, GA. In November, Libba added a 24th grandchild - counting “grands” plus “great-grands!”
Charlotte Gaines ’50 of Decatur, GA, writes, “The Golden Belles Luncheon held on Friday of my 65th reunion this year was perfect! I look forward to my 70th reunion in 2020 and I fully expect to be there! Wesleyan will always have a special place in my heart.”
Harriett Middlebrooks Roswurm ’50 and husband Don are grateful for their life in Seal Beach, CA. Don plays golf (par 3 course) several times a week and they both stay active in their church and retirement community.
“Some of my fondest memories and happiest years were teaching in China,” reports Carolyn King Standerwick ’52 ofBellevue, NE.
Claire Houser-Dodd ’53 from Fort Valley, GA, attended Grandparents Day to visit with “grand” Matthew Turner who is 6. “Matthew met us at the door to explain that he had told everybody how smart we are. When introduced to Matthew’s best friend, he wanted to know if we were really that smart? What to say? ‘Well,’ we said, ‘We had a long time to work on it.’”
“Daughter Jeanne Norton Rollberg ’79 is closing in on retirement as a faculty member (mass media department) at University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She’s acquiring some expertise in genealogy research not just for her family but also for anyone who feels ill equipped to do this for themselves. I’m enjoying my 23rd year of retirement from teaching. I still miss it, though!” reports Joan Jennings Norton ’53 in Green Cove Springs, FL.
Julie Withers Roland ’53 and husband Harold celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary with family in West Palm Beach, F.
Caroline Eagerton Upperco ’53 of Wilson, NC, remembers having the privilege of working in the Alumnae Office as a student at Wesleyan. She reports, “My grandchildren are the joy of my life, as I’m sure everyone says!” Her son in Fredericksburg, VA, has one daughter (working for Verizon) and two sons - one in college, and the other still in high school. Caroline’s daughter also lives in Wilson, NC, has two daughters, and works as a librarian at Barton College, where her husband is a professor of Deaf Education. Their daughter, Caroline, recently moved to Austin, TX, to teach gifted sixth grade English and is to be married in a year. Their other daughter, Elena, is a recent graduate of Wake Forest University who interned over the summer with OUR STATE magazine in Greensboro, NC. “Hail, Wesleyan!” writes Caroline.
Marcia Mallet Ades ’54 of Deridder, LA, hopes to return to Wesleyan before too long to see the beautiful Pierce Chapel. Marcia says the Class of ’54 had a great time at reunion.
Barbara Walker Coburn ’54 of Albany, GA, fondly remembers her classmate, Sylvia Crum Evans ’54, who died last May. “I was fortunate to be Sylvia’s roommate for four years; to have happy recollections of her laughter, good humor, charm, and her boundless capacity for friendship. The memories are all good ones — of a happy, gentler time.”
Leah Wallat Odden ’54 of Largo, FL, is planning a trip to South America over Christmas and New Year’s where she will cruise from Buenos Aires to Valparaiso, Chile. Her son, Miles, and wife Nirce are about to move to a 43 foot long sailboat they bought. “More power to them!” writes Leah.
The grandson of Donnie Donaldson Porterfield ’54 is living with her in Savannah, GA, and she claims he can eat a ham for a snack! Donnie was so saddened to hear about the passing of classmate Sylvia Crum Evans ’54.
Edison, GA, is home to Leona Hammack DuVall ’55 and husband Willis who continues to practice law there. They have been married for 60 years.
Mary Benedict Colvin is now Mary Benedict Marlowe ’55 of Palatka, FL. She reports that her husband, Webster, makes artificial legs for people in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
Congratulations to Woody and Lucy Neeley Adams ’56 who celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on June 10, 2015. They look forward to moving to a retirement community in Hermitage, TN, after living for 15 years at Lake Junaluska in a home her father built there. In June, son Scott and his family in Macon were victims of a violent storm that demolished their home when a tree fell through the roof. Thankfully, no one was injured and the home was repaired. Granddaughter Rachel married last June on St. Simons Island. Lucy plans to continue her prison ministry in Tennessee.
Lloyd Young Flanders ’56 of Darien, GA, can check “crossing the Butler River” off her bucket list. She accomplished this feat to celebrate her 80th birthday. For seven years she and her grandson, Christopher, had been discussing their desire to wade across the Butler River on a low tide, when much of the riverbed becomes a sandbar. The excursion, organized by grandchildren Sarahann Powell, Cris Flanders, and Elizabeth Bowers took place the day before Lloyd’s 80th birthday, complete with wetsuits due to the water temperature. The Darien News covered the “happy birthday” event.
Barbara Barnes Sims ’56 of Baton Rouge, LA, has published an historical memoir about her three years as a publicist and record promoter at Sun Records Company in Memphis, TN. The title is The Next Elvis: Searching for Stardom at Sun Records (LSU Press). As a young woman with a highly responsible and visible job promoting such stars as Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Charlie Rich, Barbara’s role during those years was a unique one in the independent record industry.
Harriette Wilkes Grimes ’57 of Windermere, FL, enjoys her five great-grandchildren who range in age from 4 months to 6 1/2 years. “Wow! I’m glad I don’t have to go to school now. I might have trouble with first grade,” writes Harriette.
Sandra Deisch Ringdhal ’57 of Williston, FL, enjoys receiving emails with class news from Class of 1957 e-Rep Julie Adams Hawk ’57. Sandra also loves reading news of Wesleyan in the magazine. “Praise the Lord for the new Chapel!”
Nancy Jensen ’58 of Shoal Creek, AL, is finally retiring from her family business and moving to a house on a hill overlooking the 18th green of Shoal Creek’s golf course, near Birmingham. She plans to stay busy scooting around her new neighborhood in her custom golf cart, visiting her daughter, friends, and the club. "It’s finally time to relax, kick up my heels (I wish I could!), and employ some of those social graces that Wesleyan taught many, many years ago to this tom-boy, beach bum teenager who knew nothing of polite society, social graces, dressing for dinner, etc. etc. Thank you, Wesleyan!”
Medra Lott Keyser ’58 of Fernandina Beach, FL, now has three children, seven “grands” and seven “greats” with her oldest, Laura Wallace Arnold (who attended Wesleyan in 1976 but graduated from FSU ’59). Medra and Laura were able to view Neva Langley Fickling’s ’55 gown exhibit in Park City, UT, a few years ago. Says Medra, “Neva represented to me the ideal Wesleyan girl.” Two great-grandchildren joined Medra’s family this spring: Alyza Ann Bracy born in Destin, FL, to Medra’s granddaughter Elizabeth and her husband, Will Bracy. Nora Lee Arnold born in Hong Kong to Ben (oldest grandson) and Christina Arnold. “Ten members of the Class of 1958hit the beach at the St Simon’s Grand in May for our annual House Party. As always, we played and prayed, walked and talked, ate and relished the eating. Dearer the memories, closer the ties, we will forever be sisters of the Class of 1958.”
“The Class of ’58 had fun on our beach trip to St. Simons Island in May,” reports Lorena Campbell Piper ’58 from her home in Jennings, FL.
Gloria Barwick Szokoly ’58 of Cumming, GA, starred in a production of Chestnut Bluff by Steven D. Miller at the Canton Theater in September 2015. The play was produced by Broadway Bound Productions, which is a company devoted to promoting new plays and playwrights. “My challenge this time was to speak in a Russian accent. I love these quirky character parts,” writes Gloria.
“Did I already mention that I FINALLY have a grandchild, Ian Michael Fontsere, born November 15, 2014,” writes Helen Poole Fontsere ’59 from Decatur, GA.
Mary Jo Porch Floyd ’61 lives inTucson, AZ, and looks forward to seeing classmates at the 55th! She made a special trip to Macon in July to see Vineville UMC’s Music and the Arts Series (July 12th) concert dedicated to the memory of her late husband, Rodney. “It was an awesome jazz concert by the Ed Clark Jazz Ensemble!”
Austell, GA, resident Ellen Weldon Dukes ’62 enjoys singing with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus. In June, the Chorus sang in the opera Samson and Delilah.
In October, Charlotte Jolly Hale ’62 from Marietta, GA, enjoyed a mini reunion in Savannah with suitemates Rhoda Morris Joyner ’62, Marybelle Proctor Menzel ’62 and Dottie Rhoden Hicks ’62 who hosted the reunion.
Charlotte Thomas Marshall ’63 won the Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation’s 2015 Preservation Book Award for The Tangible Past in Athens, GA, a compilation of essays by 13 lovers and researchers of Athens’ history. Charlotte was an essayist as well as editor and publisher of the 656 page beautifully designed book featuring 700 vintage and contemporary images. Fewer than 30 copies of the 2,000 books printed remain seven months after publication. Now Charlotte has turned her energies to completing her series on Athens’ Oconee Hill Cemetery, a national landscape cemetery opened in 1856. Her first volume, published by the Athens Historical Society in 2009, covered the oldest sections of the cemetery and included extracts of obituaries of the people buried there along with notes explaining family relationships. The result of all the annotations is an unorthodox history of Athens, its citizens, and its institutions.
Glenda Barrett Bull ’64 of Evans, GA, remarks, “I enjoyed bringing seven of my piano students and five parents to Welcome to Wesleyan Weekend. It was a fun time and brought back many memories. My mother celebrated her 100th birthday in March. I am so blessed to still have her.”
The Wesleyan Alumnae Association sends condolences to Nancy Van Aken Marti ’64 of Ft. Myers, FL, on the death of her husband, Ralph N. Marti, on July 22, 2015.
Congratulations to Peggy Shoemaker Gordon ’65 and husband Jim of Weaverville, NC, on their 10th anniversary last October. “This year on Valentine’s Day, we bought two little Bichon Frise puppies - Sally Sue and Susie Q. - into our home. We are being disciplined to meet their needs, while they provide much joyful love. Our lives have been upgraded!”
Rosa Young McNairy ’65, enjoyed seeing friends at the 50th reunion. “I also celebrated 49 years of marriage to Bill McNairy whom I met at UNC - CH. We live in Greensboro, NC, where he loves his law practice. We have two daughters and five “grands” here. Our son and his family live in Charlotte.”
“I still work (part time) as an RN psychiatric case manager at the Free Clinic in Hendersonville, NC. I am delighted Wesleyan has a BSN program for nursing. What a great contribution: The Nursing Profession and the Oldest and Best!” writes Susan Glover Logan ’66.
Congratulations to Dona D. Vaughn ’66 of New York, NY, who is the recipient of the Manhattan School of Music’s Presidential Medal for 2015. “Dona’s leadership as artistic director of opera programs at Manhattan School of Music has earned the program international acclaim, significantly increased the profile of the School and its students, and consistently maintained a high artistic bar at all levels of the program,” said Manhattan School of Music President James Gandre, who bestowed the honor on Ms. Vaughn during MSM’s Commencement ceremonies. Dona’s husband, Ron Raines, sang the lead in Man of La Mancha for the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera this past summer. Dona spent August in Italy teaching at the Mediterranean Opera Studio in Greve.
Sandra Grist Woods ’66 of Peachtree City, GA, has positive news to share. “I had a stem cell transplant in September 2014 for follicular lymphoma. Just had my 9 month re-staging check-up at MD Anderson in Houston, and all continues to look positive. I always remember Wesleyan with a smile, and friends Cheryl Russell Adamson ’66, Lynn Hafner Pace ’66, Miss (Ann) Munck ’38 and music appreciation class with Dr. Steinhause. My husband, Von, and I enjoyed many years of traveling before my illness, including a lovely three week trip to China three years ago. After college and before marriage in 1970, I lived and worked in Korea, Libya, and Germany. We have a grown son who is an engineer in Atlanta, and we are grandparents to a sweet little grand dog. Hope to see everyone at the 50th class reunion in April!”
Ann Zimmerman Elliott ’67 of Indian Springs, AL, has had much to celebrate this year. Her husband, Dale, retired (finally) from practicing cardiology; her ninth grandchild was born in May; her daughter, Dr. Eloise Whisenhunt, was named chair of the English Department at Young Harris College; she celebrated her 70th birthday in Paris; and her mother celebrated her 97th birthday in her beloved Greenwood, SC!
Ginny Hiers Roebuck ’68 of Thonotosassa, FL, had quite the adventure cruising part of Lake Champlain on an amazing historical tour that showcased magnificent scenery.
Susan Jones Shulman ’68 of Jacksonville, FL, has gone back to work after a year of retirement. She is the healthy living program coordinator for ElderSource (AAA - Area Agency on Aging) and continues to be the director of SAGES Coalition. Her new program is called PEARLS - Program to Encourage Active and Rewarding Lives - a skill building program for older adults.
Dell Hitchcock Bailey ’69 and husband Bates of Dalton, GA, have been able to visit their children and grandsons more often since Bates has retired. They enjoyed a river cruise in Russia last summer (2014) and a river cruise in Southern France this past summer.
Diana Hall Richardson ’69 of Columbus, GA, enjoys retirement and traveling with husband Fred. Their latest trip was last fall on a Viking River Cruise along the Danube River that included three days in Prague, visiting a group of medieval towns in Germany, with more adventures in Vienna and in Budapest, Hungary. But, Diana says, she has the most fun with her four grandchildren!
Dr. Barbara Marble Tagg ’69 of Camillus, NY, has adjudicated choral festivals in New York City and Toronto, Canada, this year. Her son, Jamie, was married to Jessica Davis on August 31, 2014. She continues to teach at Syracuse University and has an active performance schedule with the Syracuse University Women’s Choir.
Jan Bull Burgess ’70 and her husband, Hugh, moved the week after Alumnae Weekend to Daniel Island, SC. Hugh loved meeting PK’s and GK’s. “Neither of us can wait for the next reunion!”
Diane Dennington Roberston ’70 of Marietta, GA, had a right shoulder replacement and now must be qualified as a bionic woman since she’s also has two hip replacements.
“Dream premiered October 18th at Trinity Cathedral Wall Street in NYC! It was sung by their Youth Choir as part of a multimedia program honoring Dietrich Bonhoeffer. (If you don’t know about him, look him up in Wikipedia!) Glenn and I were joined there by my daughter, Farah, and three of my “grands,” Ethan and Christine (16) and Eva (13), and we were all so excited! I praise Father God for His faithfulness in making my own dream come true - over and above anything I would have ever imagined!”
“Retired!” reports Becky Edenfield Lingerfelt ’71 from Marietta, GA.
Washington DC Metro area alumnae can enjoy the artwork of Col. Kasse Andrews-Weller ’72 (on exhibit until January 2016) in a show with two other women at the Hill Center, Old Naval Hospital in D.C. and at the Community Living Center, Veterans Administration’s D.C. Medical Center.
Christine “Chris” Everett ’72 of Thomasville, GA, has completed her book of ministry, Prayers of Praise - a gripping collection showcasing her faith, heart, and soul. The book has been written as a reminder to praise God no matter what situation readers may find themselves facing in life, to embrace and celebrate God’s love with those who have already found it, and to encourage the hearts of those who seek Him. This inspiring work can be purchased at bookstores everywhere or online at the Apple iTunes store, Amazon, Google play or Barnes and Noble.
Congratulations to Debbie Dye Gigliotti ’72 of Bradenton, FL, who received the Jack Byers Memorial Award from Teen Court Sarasota, Inc. (August 2014). Representing the Junior League of Sarasota, Inc., Debbie, researched innovative programs across the U.S. that were meeting with success in reducing juvenile crime. After observing Teen Courts in Odessa and Grand Prairie, TX, she returned to Sarasota, recruited 12th Circuit Court Judge Paul Logan (now retired) to visit Odessa as well. A true visionary, Debbie worked in the local Teen Court office from 1996-2000 as grant administrator of funds provided by DJJ to implement Teen Courts in 50 other Florida counties, headed the formation of the Florida Association of Teen Courts, and developed legislation that sustains the services throughout the State. The mother of three daughters, Debbie continues to support Teen Court whenever she is called upon.
Congratulations to Susan Sanders Matthews ’72 of Montgomery, AL, who has two granddaughters. Page Leanna Mathews is 3 1/2 and Ava Elizabeth Mathews is 4 months old.
Pamela Huston Rosenburg ’72 and husband Jim of Tarpon Springs, FL, are planning to travel and spend time with their children and grandchildren now that Jim retired in June after 41 years in ministry in the United Methodist Church.
Jane White ’72 is a graphic design artist who lives in Pensacola, FL. Her company, Jane R. White Design Group, specializes in package design and Jane has designed some of the top selling seasonal items in stores such as Wal-Mart, Target, Big Lots, and Stein Mart!
Linda Brown Walker ’73 of Raleigh, NC, has much to celebrate. Her daughter, Louisa, married her Sewanee, University of the South, sweetheart in Raleigh in April 2015. They now live in Charleston, SC.
Reverend Felecia P. Smith ’74 is presently serving in full time ministry with her spouse who is an executive pastor in Atlanta. Both of her children are working in education. Her son, Allan, is a math teacher and daughter Allyson is assistant director of admissions at Spelman College. “We are proud of them. I have just celebrated 40 years of marriage.”
Lisa Oldham Sassaman ’76 of Juliette, GA, is now executive director of Griffin Area Resource Center, Inc., a non-profit organization providing a wide array of services to people with developmental disabilities. Lisa enjoys taking her ten grandchildren for walks through the Wesleyan Arboretum and coming to campus to teach yoga classes at Matthews Fitness Center. She remembers fondly hosting Petrona Salmon ’06 and attributes this experience as a host family to an international student as bringing her closer to Wesleyan.
Dr. William L. Curry and wife Julie Miller Curry ’77 of Macon have both retired. Says Julie, “We are both having the time of our life after our successful careers. Bill and I both agree that this is the best time of our lives. Our daughter, Carolann, is a medical research librarian at Mercer Medical School. We are so pleased that she lives near us in Macon.”
Debbie Brown Paulk ’77 of Glen Saint Mary, FL, enjoys splitting time between homes in Florida and Georgia since daughter Alexandrais a new Wesleyan student. Debbie helped Alexandra move into Wortham Hall on Move-In-Day where Debbie reconnected with Wesleyan staff member and friend Debbie Jones Smith ’76.
Dr. Jeri Ellis ’78 of Macon, formerly Jeri Crowell, is a full-time professor for Capella University teaching master’s degree and doctoral degree students in counselor education and supervision.
Mike and Lynne Anthoine Hueglin ’79 live in Roanoke, VA, where Lynne celebrated 15 years with Allstate in April. Mike is retired and loves having “Pop Day” with their 18-month-old grandchild. They visited their son in Massachusetts at the end of the summer before a mini-vacation to Myrtle Beach in early fall.
In October 2013 Stephanie Burkhalter Usher ’79 of Roswell, GA, retired from teaching after 34 years in the profession. Now she is a part time academic coach at Life Time Fitness, Peachtree Corners and still gets to work with students! Stephanie also coaches a Destination Imagination Rising Stars Team (grades K-2) at her neighborhood school.
Jeanne Luke Longerbeam '80 of Gainesville, GA, has been promoted to music director at Grace Presbyterian Church, where she served as choir director for almost 3 years. She also started a new job in September as voice teacher for the musical theater department for the Performing Arts Program for the City of Roswell next month. She was the alto soloist for Messiah in Dahlonega and Dawsonville in December. “Who knew I would still be in demand as a classical singer at age 57?! Thank you to Norman McLean and my years at Wesleyan!”
Lynne M. White ’81 is practicing law (commercial real estate) with Baker Donelson et al in Orlando, FL. Her husband’s daughter, Cady Brewer, and husband Stephen welcomed their first child, Graham Pearson Brewer, in April 2014. Our condolences to Lynne on the death of her father in December 2014. (See Sympathy, 2015 Winter Wesleyan Magazine)
Donna Lynn Woods ’81 of Berryville, AR, can’t wait for Alumnae Weekend! “2016 will mark the 35th anniversary of our graduation from Wesleyan and the opportunity for a big reunion!”
Celia Hughes Hohnadel ’86 of Warner Robins, GA, was so proud to have welcomed her second granddaughter on May 14, 2015 - Jemma Raven Lewis! “Nice to see life renewing after so much loss.”
Julia Huskey ’89 is a librarian at Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN. Her husband, John Kraus, is a registered nurse. They live in Old Hickory.
Monni Asbell Parrish ’89 lives in Macon and stays busy with two teenagers. Andrey and Nicole both started 9th grade at First Presbyterian Day School in fall 2015. Monni works as the financial officer for First Presbyterian Church. She and her family enjoyed a trip to Jacksonville Beach, FL, this past summer.
Congratulations to Geovette Washington ’89 who is now senior vice chancellor and chief legal officer for the University of Pittsburgh. “It’s a tremendous opportunity and I’m really excited about this next chapter in my career,” writes Geovette.
MaryStewart Glendenning Lewis ’92 announces that she just began a new career with BB&T Huffaker in Chattanooga, TN. She will be working with commercial business clients focusing on property and casualty insurance lines. “Although I am new to the insurance business, I have spent the last 20 years in the business community in Chattanooga. I am thrilled to be working with a great team and staying in downtown Chattanooga."
Our condolences to Brittany Dixon Jones ’96 of Eufaula, AL, on the death of herdaughter. Brittany writes, “Sadly, I am announcing the passing of our 7-month-old daughter, Johanna Abeni Jones, who passed away on June 2, 2015, at Egleston Children’s Hospital in Atlanta. Her life of peace and love will be forever cherished by her family - Brittany Dixon Jones and Corey Jones and siblings, Jakyriah and Kaylee. (See Sympathy, 2015 Winter Wesleyan Magazine)
After years in the Nashville music business, Suzanne Spooner-Faulk ’97 of Signal Mountain, TN, accepted a new job with the Tennessee Arts Commission. The Commission provides grant money to arts organizations and non-profits throughout the state, including performing arts and folk art groups.
Lisa Bridges Hines ’98 recently moved to Duluth, GA.
Congratulations to Joy Smith ’99 of Augusta, GA, who completed her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction at Georgia Regents University.
Congratulations to Margaret “Mo” Guiberteau ’00 who is the new production manager/technical director of The Atlanta Opera.
Dr. Karenne N. Fru ’01 has joined NHRMC Physician Group’s Coastal Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility practice in Greenville, SC. Karenne is the area’s only fellowship-trained reproductive endocrinology and infertility specialist. She attended the Medical College of Georgia, completed her residency at Greenville Hospital Systems in Greenville, SC, and undertook her fellowship at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD.
Megan Beene ’02 moved to California a couple of years ago and has been working as a cheese monger at Rainbow Grocery, one of the largest worker co-op grocery stores in the country. Earlier this year, she won a trip to Vermont where she placed third in a national cheese monger competition that focused on accurate cutting, identifying, and wrapping of cheeses. Megan would like to connect with other Wesleyannes in the Bay Area, and is looking forward to the next PK02 reunion in 2017!
Our condolences to Katie Crozier-Theis ’03 of Gainesville, FL,whose mother-in-law, Connie Pogue Strassburg, passed away on July 7, 2015, from a battle with cancer.
Dr. Kelly L. Jones ’04 has completed her residency in clinical genetics in Seattle, WA (U. Washington). She will begin her new position as an assistant professor at the University of Mississippi in Jackson.
In March 2015, Lynne Davis Martin ’05 and her husband and son moved to Phoenix, AZ, to be closer to family.
Jaime McQuilkin ’06 of Atlanta enjoyed traveling with friends from graduate school to Sweden, Denmark, and the Netherlands this summer. She is celebrating a year with Cricket Wireless as a web designer, and was honored to become the new president of the Atlanta Wesleyan Alumnae Club this past spring.
Congratulations to Dr. Chelsea Depew ’11 who received her DVM degree from the University of Georgia in May 2015. She currently works as an associate veterinarian (Intern) at Memphis Veterinary Specialists in Cordova, TN.
Kimberly Hage ’11 has moved toAlexandria, VA, andlooks forward to abright future in the DC Metro area.
Taylor Bishop Deal ’12 of Wichita, KS, remembers her Wesleyan days with Rev. Bill Hurdle. “I think of Rev. Hurdle’s kind words and sage advice every day. He has shaped and continues to shape my life, my marriage, and my outlook.”
Alaina Avera Harrison ’12 of Macon graduated from Candler School of Theology at Emory University with a master’s of divinity degree in May 2015. She was commissioned in the United Methodist Church as a deacon in June. That same month she became the director of spiritual formation for Wesley Foundation where her husband, Greg, is the executive director. Their son, Owen Elliott Harrison, was born on July 12, 2015, and is healthy and growing!
The Great South Athletic Conference’s honoree for the 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year award was Wesleyan’s own Colleen DeGraff ’15 from Concord, GA. Colleen’s nod is the FIRST time a Wesleyan athlete has been recognized as the GSAC honoree. On the softball field Colleen was a four year captain. She earned top honors each season, being named to the 2015 GSAC All Sportsmanship team and the 2014 GSAC All Conference team, earning the 2013 Wesleyan team MVP, being named to the 2012 GSAC All Freshman team, and being named to the GSAC Academic All Conference team for three consecutive years. Off the softball field Colleen was founder and president of the Habitat Club, a Lane Center servant leader, and a member of the GH Splinter Athletic Honor Society. In 2013, she received the Wesleyan College Alumnae Association’s Scholarship for Leadership award.