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Greetings to all Anderson alumni!

December 2012


The holidays are upon us once again. December commencement is just around the corner and a new group of alumni will be added to the ranks. We wanted to take this time to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful start to the New Year. We hope you will enjoy many wonderful moments with friends and family.

Book tree 2012
Book tree created by library staff and student workers adds some holiday cheer

The campus is already busy with plans for several annual events which will take place in early 2013: Founders Day will take place on February 13th, beginning at 10:10am in Henderson Auditorium. We invite you to be with us for this special convocation. (Members of the Golden Anchor Society will be receiving a special invitation in the mail regarding this event in January.) You will also want to mark your calendars for the annual President's Gala, which will be held this academic year on April 19, 2013. This is a highly anticipated event which features the student performers in the College of Visual and Performing Arts. You will want to be sure you get your ticket early. (The event is free but ticketed.)

As we head into spring, don't forget you have an open invitation to come back to visit us on campus. It's a great way to catch up on what's been happening here as well as to reunite with Becky Williams and Sarah Wells recently did. These two former roommates from 1965 had not been back to campus since their student days. They made plans to meet and visit their alma mater and were kind enough to send this photo to our office.

roomie reunion
Roomies reunite

We'd love for you to do the same! Please stay in touch and we'll do our best to keep you connected to your alma mater.

Chad Nelms
Director of Alumni Relations

P.S. While to us, Anderson University is in a class by itself, name wise it shares that distinction with "the other AU" in Indiana. Please be aware of that if you were to refer to your alma mater in a press release or printed material. It would be helpful to put Anderson University (South Carolina) so that it would more clearly identify our alumni and friends. And as always, be sure to pass along any good news to our office. We love to brag on our own!


News Briefs...

Looking back on 2012

It's hard to believe, but another year has come and gone at Anderson. We hope you were able to join us for some of the events of the past year. Here are just a few of the highlights...

In February the University celebrated the 101st Founders Day Celebration. We were pleased to welcome alumnus Timothy M. Cain to be the speaker that day. Cain was nominated by the President in February 2011 to serve as a United States District Judge for the District of South Carolina and was confirmed and commissioned in September of that same year.

Judge Tim Cain
Judge Cain addresses students at the Founders Day convocation


Judge Cain attended Anderson in 1979-80 and reflected on all the changes that had taken place in the 30 years since he sat as a student in convocation. It was an honor to have Tim back on campus for the day.

A new chapter was started at Founders Day as AU President Evans Whitaker announced the beginning of the public phase of fundraising for the "Crossroads of a Centennial" campaign, with its goal to raise the funds for a new student center and dining commons. Dr. Whitaker was pleased to announce the campaign had secured $6 million in commitments by the end of the private phase of the campaign.

Another class walked across the stage during spring commencement, held once again on the "sacred six" acres of Alumni Lawn.

May Graduation 2012
Another lovely graduation under the oaks

The commencement address was given by Catherine Heigel, then president of Duke Energy South Carolina. An honorary doctorate was given to Rev. Sinclair Lewis, a long time minister and 52-year organizer of Palmetto Boys State (an organization which has called AU home for the past two summers.)

Sinclair Lewis
Dr. Lewis receives his degree from President Whitaker


307 graduates were added to the alumni roll that day and left the halls of Anderson. We welcome them to the Alumni Association and wish them all the best!


Homecoming 2012

It just keeps getting bigger and better - over 1600 guests were in attendance this year for Anderson's Homecoming and Family Day celebration held on October 27th.


You can view a slideshow of images from the day's festivities by  clicking here .


The day held the traditional activities -- our 3rd Annual Trojan Cook-Off, a classic car cruise-in, the City Street band, games for the kids, soccer games, faculty meet and greet -- with a few surprises thrown in as the university celebrated the tenth year anniversary of the presidency of Dr. Evans Whitaker.

Bowties were seen all over campus that day in honor of Dr. Whitaker's signature attire. During the Homecoming Court presentation on the soccer field, Dr. Whitaker was honored with the announcement that the new residence hall was to be named in his honor. Then a special cake -- in the shape of a bowtie -- was unveiled for all to enjoy.

Homecoming 2012 cake
...and now the cake

We congratulate Dr. and Mrs. Whitaker on this anniversary and thank them for their service and dedication to Anderson University.

Special Homecoming guests that day included members of the Golden Anchor Society and its newest inductees, the Class of 1962.

Class of 1962
Class of 1962


Also in attendance during the opening ceremonies were members of the nursing program operated by Anderson College and Anderson Memorial Hospital in the 1950s and 1960s. They were on hand to symbolically cut the ribbon to honor the opening of the new School of Nursing, which began classes this fall in the renovated space formerly known as Whyte Gym. The start-of-the-art facility includes the simulation labs and a cadaver lab.

simulation lab
Dr. Whitaker and AnMed president John Miller visit one of the simulation labs

Who knows what will be on next year's schedule for Homecoming and Family Day? One way to find out -- be there!

The date for next year's event will be set soon. Be watching for the announcement from the Alumni Office and make your plans to be with us in 2013.

Reunion years for next year's event will include the classes of 1963, 1973, 1983, 1988, 1993, 2003, and 2008. If you would like to help plan this special event for your class, please contact the Alumni Office.

We hope to see you in 2013!



New vice president announced

The campus was recently informed of the hiring of a new vice president for student development.


Jim Fereira will join the Anderson family in March 2013, bringing with him 28 years of experience in student life roles. His most recent position has been as dean of students at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he oversaw the school's counseling center, health services, disability services, residence life, leadership development, and intercultural and international student services.

Fereira has gained a reputation as one of the top student development professionals in the country. According to AU President Evans Whitaker, "We fully expect him to create nothing less than a model student development program to fit Anderson University's emerging reputation as one of the leading Christian universities in the nation."


And for those who are wondering what happened to Dr. Bob Hanley, we wanted to let you know he's still with us! He requested to go back to the first duty he had at Anderson -- teaching students and sharing his love of literature and the English language. He has also taken on the task of being vice provost for academic advising. We want to take this time to thank him for his 18 years of service as vice president for student development at Anderson University.

AU publications online

The latest edition of the Anderson University Magazine is now available online. This is the annual Honor Roll edition, which acknowledges those individuals and organizations that financially supported Anderson University during the 2011-2012 fiscal year. You can find the magazine currently on the lower left corner of the home page or by clicking this link. 

Anderson yearbooks now archived online

As part of the Lyrasis library consortium, Anderson University was able to take advantage of a special opportunity provided to consortium members. Thanks to a special grant by the Sloan Foundation, Lyrasis members had the opportunity to digitize archival collections from their universities at a greatly reduced cost. The AU Alumni Board of Directors raised the funds necessary to cover the remaining cost and now alumni have the opportunity to view these collections online. They include the yearbooks, handbooks, catalogs, view books, literary magazines and even They That Wait. All of these can be viewed by clicking on the link below.

 Click here to view digitized collection online. 

We hope you will enjoy the privilege of viewing these special collections.



Are you LinkedIn with the official Alumni Group?

The Alumni Office has set up an official group with LinkedIn. The group name is AU Trojan Alumni Network (Anderson, SC).




If you already have a profile with LinkedIn, just login and ask to join the group. If you are not a member of this networking community, you can join free by going to


Join today and connect with fellow alumni. We hope you will take advantage of this career resource.


Have you updated your information recently?

New job?  New spouse?  New baby?  You can keep your classmates up-to-date on your life events by updating your information with the Alumni Office.

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It's a great day to be a Trojan...

Our student athletes continue to post strong performances in the South Atlantic Conference. We would like to take this time to offer our congratulations to those teams that won conference championships (regular season or tournament) this past year:

Men's Basketball won the regular season title in March 2012 under the leadership of coach Jason Taylor, who was named the Southeast Region and SAC Coach of the Year.

Men's Soccer captured the tournament title in November under the leadership of its new coach John Murphy.

As a whole, the Trojans captured a second place showing in the SAC Echols Athletic Excellence Award competition. This award is given to the athletic department that earns the highest point total based on cumulative final standings in each of the conference's sports. Way to go, Trojans!

We are looking forward to great things as the teams continue into the winter and spring months of 2013. We invite you to come out and support the Trojans!


Softball alumni game

The softball team hosted a reunion for former players in September. 19 former players were on hand to take on the current team.

softball alumni team 2012
Softball alumni

And the score? The current team won 7 to 5. The alumni team will have a chance to redeem themselves in 2013 as Coach Tommy Hewitt plans to make this an annual fall event.

NCAA Post Graduate Scholarship honors

Anderson University is once again proud to say that one of her alums has won a post graduate scholarship from the NCAA.

Whitney Bishoff capped off her impressive career at Anderson by being awarded a $7,500 scholarship -- one of only 29 male and 29 female fall sports student-athletes to be chosen.

Scholarship recipients are those who excel academically and athletically, and Bishoff was very deserving of this award. She previously had been the recipient of the Elite 88 and the Elite 89 awards and helped lead the Trojans to two consecutive South Atlantic Conference Cross Country championships. In the class room she maintained a 4.0 average in the classroom, graduating in May 2012 with high honors. She has since returned to Anderson to pursue her master's in education and also to serve as the assistant track and cross country coach.

Bishoff is the second Trojan to be so honored. Former volleyball standout Jamie Lancaster had received the scholarship in 2011.

Congratulations to these and all our student athletes who continue to raise the bar high.


You can read all about these stories and more on the athletic website

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2012 Faculty and Staff service awards

At opening convocation this fall the following faculty and staff members were honored for their service to Anderson University.

For 10 years of service:

Lewie H. Reece, Assistant Professor of History

Michael Erwin, Campus Safety Officer

Beverly Rice McAdams, Associate Vice President of Student Development

Deb Taylor, Director of Health Services

Nathan J. Cox, Associate Dean, College of Visual and Performing Arts

Edgar V. McKnight, Jr., Associate Professor of English

Deirdre W. Francis, Associate Professor of Music

For 15 years of service:

Davis A. Barnwell, Service Department Technician

Kay M. Maynard, Reference Assistant

Brian T. Richardson, Service Department Supervisor

Elizabeth C. Horton, Assistant Director of Student Financial Services 

For 20 years of service:

Thomas R. Kozel, Professor of Biology

Wayne V. Cox, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences 

For 25 years of service:

David O. Korn, Associate Professor of Spanish 

For 30 years of service:

Joyce Ann Wood, Professor of History 

For 45 years of service:

Betty Jo Pryor, Associate Professor of Biology 

Each honoree was presented with a plaque in recognition of his or her years of service. 

Do not ask for whom the bell tolls...

Rather, the question at Opening Convocation this fall was who would toll the bell as Professor Margaret Wooten had announced her retirement in the spring. As the faculty member with the longest record of service, her duties had included tolling the University bell at convocations and graduation ceremonies since the bell's arrival on campus. With her retirement that duty had to be passed onto another colleague.

Margaret Wooten tolling bell
Tolling the bell

Dr. Margaret Wooten began her teaching career at the age of 21 at Lees McRae. (It's interesting to note that she had said she would never teach English and actually changed her major five times before the end of her first college semester!) When the opportunity came to work to Anderson, she knew it was an answer to prayer and a part of God's plan. She now retires with 43 years to her credit - not a bad record for someone who might have appeared to be an "unstable" potential new employee at such an early stage of her career. During those 43 years, she has served as professor of English, Division Head of Humanities (1999-2002), and a member of many committees over the years.

Another part of God's plan was revealed as she met her future husband within a month of moving to Anderson. She and Chuck have now been married 42 years and Anderson University has been fortunate to benefit from the talents and dedication of them both. (Dr. Chuck Wooten previously served as dean of the College of Education and retired from full time service in 2010.)

 Wootens - Margaret and Chuck

Faithful servants: Margaret and Chuck Wooten

With her track record for stability, it's interesting to note the momentous changes that have occurred during her tenure at AU as the institution moved from junior college status to four year status. Dr. Wooten was instrumental in helping to create that finished product. Through it all, she has been proud of the university's commitment to its students and to Christ. She says, "I love what's happening now...but now I get to graduate!"

If you ask Dr. Wooten what she has enjoyed the most about teaching, she would tell you...the students. That's part of the reason she hasn't completely left Anderson. She still teaches part time in the English department as she "enjoys the privilege of being a part of these students' lives. I'm not ready to give it up completely just yet," said Dr. Wooten. (Coincidentally, neither is her husband; he still teaches on an adjunct basis as well.) 

So what does she plan to do in her retirement years? First priority is to enjoy her grandchildren: the Wootens have four. She also plans to continue to write short stories. She has had a story published already and hopes to add to that number. And what else would you expect from an English professor? "I plan to will find me on Aruba... that's the nickname for my back porch."

In her own words -- "With faith, love, and meaningful work -- it's been a wonderful life."

The Anderson University family extends its best wishes for a well deserved retirement. Oh, and if you're wondering about the bell, it's in good hands...Professor Jacque Davison has been charged with that task. The bell rings on...

Poetry collection in print

Dr. Frances Mims retired as head of the English department at then Anderson College and was awarded faculty emeritus status. The former professor, now 91, still lives in Anderson and recently had a collection of her poetry published. Titled Quaint House, the paperback volume was designed by alumna Caryn Scheving and published by PIP Printing and Marketing Services in Anderson.

Mims cover
New book by Frances Mims

A limited number of copies are available for purchase through the Anderson University Bookstore. You may call them at (864) 231-2010 for more details.

Dr. Mims' previous works include Buy Hyacinths (1973) and Jeannie (1974). She is the namesake for the annual Mims Lecture Series at Anderson University, which brings authors of note to campus each spring.


In memoriam...

Anderson University lost several members of the family over the last year. We would like to offer our condolences to their families and honor their service to the institution.

Dr. Jerry Clonts, professor emeritus of biology, died January 4th. He shared his love of plants with Anderson students for 26 years and helped develop the campus herbarium, which was named the Clonts Herbarium in his honor.

Dr. Nelson Eugene Mandrell, professor emeritus of psychology, died March 1st. He had served as chair of the Social Sciences Division, chair of the Psychology Department, and chair of the Faculty. The Psychology Laboratory was started and name for Dr. Mandrell and his wife, Dr. Marion Mandrell, who also taught at Anderson.

Ken Clamp died August 5th. He was employed by Aramark Food Services at Anderson University for 23 years and was a member of the Class of 1992. 



Student Spotlight

Kudos to our students!

Anderson University students continue to gain recognition throughout the region and the nation for their academic prowess. Here are just a few to note from the past year:


Two AU students won the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond's second annual Share the Wealth financial literacy video contest. Michael Shirley and Trevor Sullivan created the winning video, "Meet Joe," which encourages viewers to plan before they spend. You can view the video on Richmond Federal's YouTube Channel.

Senior Anna Jenks presented an abstract at the National Conference of Undergraduate Research in spring 2012. Her topic was "The Present and Future of Behavioral Genetics as Related to the Stress Response." Her work was then published in the official proceedings.

According to former assistant professor of art history Dr. Elisa Korb, between 7,000-10,000 submissions are made each year. To be chosen to participate is a high honor for Anna and Anderson University. "It signifies to the national and international academic community that our undergraduates are scholars that can compete with the best and brightest in the world."

Graphic design students maintained their commanding presence at the local ADDYs, with 14 student winners claiming a total of 19 awards. Two of those students, Caryn Karriker and Rachel Spoon, went on to be recognized at the AIGA Flux National Competition in Washington, D.C.

The AU Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team won their third consecutive national SIFE championship as well as their third consecutive award this spring in the Sam's Club Environmental Sustainability Project competition. Also for the first time the team placed in the National Exposition, being named second runner up in their league. They have already hit the ground running this fall, with their current year project involving The Sweetery. They have plans to return to Honduras in spring to continue their work with Project Talitha Cumi.

SIFE team 2012
SIFE students at the national competition

Also, SIFE VP Michael Shirley was one of 20 students nationally who was invited to attend the Leadership Development Summit at Unilever's North America headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.

Congratulations to these and all the other Anderson students who continue to make us proud.




Alumni Highlights

2012 Alumni Service Award

Tom Hall, 1966, and Sherrill Knobel Hall, 1966, were co-presented the Anderson University Alumni Service Award at Founders Day Convocation in February. This award is presented to an alumnus for his/her outstanding and unselfish service to his/her alma mater, community, and to humanity.

Tom and Sherrill Hall
Sherrill and Tom Hall

The Halls have certainly excelled in serving their alma mater. They currently serve as co-chairs of the “Crossroads of a Centennial” Campaign as well as being members of the University Board of Regents, the Board of Visitors, and the Trojan Club. Sherrill has also previously served as a class agent for the Class of 1966.

And their service is matched by their generous financial support of the University. They established the Sherrill Knobel Hall Endowed Scholarship in 2008 which benefits rising juniors or seniors majoring in Elementary Education with financial need and academic promise. (This is a fitting tribute as Sherrill retired after 30 years as a coordinator and teacher of the gifted and talented program in Anderson School District Three.) Their names can also been seen as contributors to the construction of Thrift Library and will be seen in the new student center.

Anderson University is not the only organization to benefit from the Halls’ teamwork. They are former board members of United Way of Anderson County and served as co-chairs of the United Way annual campaign. They are also charter members of the Anderson County Museum, the Dean’s Circle of the University of South Carolina’s Moore School of Business, and the Five Star Society of the AnMed Health Foundation. They were also involved with the capital campaign for the Arts Center Warehouse project.

On her own Sherrill is a fourteen-year volunteer for the Anderson Free Clinic as well as a former board member. She also contributes her time as a sustainer of the Junior League of Anderson. Tom was very active in the community during his career as CFO of Perpetual Bank.

For their ongoing service and support, Anderson University is pleased to honor the lives of Tom and Sherrill Hall with this award. 

We would like to remind you that the Alumni Service and the Alumni Achievement Awards are presented annually. If you are aware of a deserving alumnus, please contact the Alumni Office and provide as much supporting documentation for your nomination as possible. We appreciate your help in locating worthy recipients of these honors.


Where are they now?

You just never know where you might run into an Anderson alumnus. As the world's attention was tuned into the Olympics this summer, one Anderson alumna was working behind the scenes, helping athletes in training.

Kelly Casebere graduated from Anderson with the Class of 2010. She immediately garnered an internship with The Getting2Tri Foundation in Atlanta, Georgia, whose mission is to "provide services and programs that assist individuals with disabilities with athletic pursuits, create communities for support and reduce perceived barriers between people." As a camper, she set the goal to compete in her first triathlon and did so in September 2010. She continued to serve at the foundation until March 2012, when she was tapped as administrative program coordinator for Kids 4 Kids at Camp Twin Lakes.

However, bigger opportunities were to come. Kelly was offered a paid internship with the U.S. Olympic Committee, High Performance and Emerging Programs (Paralympics Division.) She moved to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs in June 2012 and assisted the director in various duties including program administration, marketing initiatives, event logistics preparation, and onsite event logistics.

Kelly Casebere USOC
Kelly poses outside the USOC

According to Kelly, "It's been a tremendous honor to work alongside such amazing individuals who are so adamant about the Olympic and Paralympic Movement. It's also been great working with the athletes to get them to London as well as to the White House for their visit with the President after the Games. I have enjoyed the logistics side with putting on camps for our emerging athletes. I've gained such a greater appreciation for all the behind the scenes work that goes on to put on the Olympics and Paralympics."

Paralympics hold a special place in Kelly's heart as well because in 2005 she lost her leg during a boating accident -- at the height of an outstanding high school soccer career. She went on to play again and has continued to develop her love of sports at Anderson and now through the opportunities that have come her way since that time.

Kelly Casebere on the Manitou Incline
Climbing the Manitou Incline - "Life is either a daring adventure or nothing."

While she has thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of her time with the Olympic Committee, what she treasures most about the experience is the friendship with the athletes she lives with at the training center. "I have learned to ski with a member of our Paralympic Alpine Ski Team (who will be competing in 2014 Sochi Winter Paralympics). I have had the opportunity to run with our Paralympic Track and Field coach and swim with our Olympic and Paralympic teams as well as with Michael Phelps. It's been an amazing ride -- I am beyond grateful for this chance in a lifetime. I was also able to train with our Paratriathlon team who competed for Worlds in New Zealand in October. They hope to see me in London next year for Worlds competing... we'll see!"

What is next on Kelly's journey? She has been hired on as a specialist with the USOC Emerging Sport Programs and in February she will intern with USA Triathlon, one of their national governing bodies. After that, who knows? But one thing is for certain: it will be an adventure.






This newsletter provided courtesy of Alumni & Development *2012 

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