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"As a first generation Latin American, it was different coming here, but I soon realized that I could just be me. St. Andrews is a school for people who like small classes and a close community."
- Anthony Fernandez, Class of '10

Class Notes

Class of 1958 Notes

Congratulations to several class members celebrating 50th wedding anniversaries:

Sarah Goodman Glover and husband Art were honored September 5, '09 at a party in High Point. Among the guests were Sarah's brother John Goodman, former St. Andrews Trustee; and a nephew Hamilton Goodman, '92 alumni. Sarah's sister Caroline '56 could not attend due to poor health. Sarah and Art live in Greensboro, N.C., and Sarah retired in January 2010 from a career in telecommunications and computer technology.

Juanita Nurnberger Campbell and husband Dave celebrated their 50th anniversary on Dec. 20, '09. Their children will host a special event when their son returns from his duty in Spain with US Air Force. Juanita is currently enrolled a challenging Master Gardener Class. Juanita completed a term on the Alumni Council in May. Thank you, Juanita, for your service!

Barbara Wingate Choate and husband Barry celebrated their 50th in April with their two children and families in Virginia. Barbara and Barry have two grandsons who enjoy riding horses each summer on Barbara and Barry's farm.

Helen Allen Odum and husband Nash, a retired Baptist minister, celebrated their 50th anniversary in June with a family outing to Angus Barn in Raleigh. Helen and Nash have three children and six grandchildren.

Other Class of 1958 Notes

Alese Harrison Snavely '58 and granddaughter Mya (8 yrs.) came to Virginia for a family reunion in July '09. It was Mya's first time to see her Grammy's "old Virginia home." Before flying back to California, they visited with classmates Joy Stalvey Barefoot, Elise Williams Blackwell and Sarah Goodman Glover. Alese is recovering well from surgery related to colon cancer and rejoices over a good prognosis.

Class Notes from SAPC and FMC

Sarah Coleman Bottoms ’38 emails from king City, OR that she remembers when Peter Marshall came to FMC for a series of religious services then called Vespers. Sarah was asked to join a small group of students who met with him in the dining room where he talked more informally and enjoyed a bowl of ice cream. After graduation she worked in Washington, DC, and working in Young Woman’s Christian Home (not YWCA). The House mother, Mrs. McDade, was a member and pew holder at New York Avenue Presbyterian Church where Peter Marshall was minister. Sarah heard him preach a number of times when Mrs. McDade would let some of “her girls” use her card allow us to sit in her pew. She also bought and read each of his books. With St. Andrews reaching University statue she comments” “Wonder if that would show on my Resume.”


1985 Reunion at Renee's
Members of the class of 1985 moved part of the Alumni Weekend celebration to the home of Renée Portorsnok Jones. Pictured are, front row, Kaki Hodges, Pam Vass, Joe Newell Second row- Sandy L. Perkinson, Marcia G. Sayko, Lucy Walters, Renée Portorsnok Jones, Margaret Parks, Nora Z., Michele Francois Back row: Jay (Jerome) Pinckney, Vartan Toma, John Perkinson, Mike Sayko, David Houck.


Brixx for Bricks
Laurie Quartermain Nederveen '93 shares this image from an alumni gathering held at Brixx Pizza in Chapel Hill to provide information about the Buy-A-Brick campaign. Pictured, from left are, Heidi Coleman '95, Larry Peterson'78, Amy Blaser, Trae Brookins '95, Dave Saer '89, Laurie Quartermain Nederveen '93, J.J. Yager '05, Angela and Matt Clark '93, and Emily Boomgarden Genest '05and Michael Genest 05.



Kristi's Wedding

A mini St. Andrews reunion took place at the wedding of Kristy Reifenrath ’00 and Kari Fischer. Pictured are, standing from left, Liz Pisarczyk ’02, Eliese Baker ’01, Clara Light, Frederick Bethel ’00, Rachel Trautner ’00, Larisa Blair Foster ’99; squatting Kristy Reifenrath ’00 and Kari Fischer.


Helen Kirkpatrick Middleton ’38 lives at Scotia village in Laurinburg. She was May Queen her senior year and Sarah Coleman Bottoms was in her May Court. As Christian Association President, Helen was authorized to issue the invitation to Peter Marshall to come to campus as 1938’s Vespers speaker. Three days of inspirational talks and informal gatherings for discussion. Of note is that Helen’s mother was a 1913 graduate of Southern Presbyterian College and Conservatory of Music, Flora MacDonald’s name from 1903-1914. In 1915 it became Flora Macdonald College. And Helen’s two sons are graduates of St. Andrews! A three-generation span. Impressive.

Barbara Lytch Kerr ‘43 participated in the 2011 Senior Games held in Houston TX. She is a swimmer and had the distinction of being, at 89, the oldest in her age group 85-90. Barbara was awarded a blue ribbon. “They were just glad they didn’t have to pull me out of the water!” , she says. She and her college roommate, Jo Craig Coblentz, who lives in Canada, are in email contact! Barbara lives in Clinton NC.

Sarah Manning ’47 would like to hear from any members of her class interested in catching up. She can be emailed at SESM5@msn.com.

Mary Archie Brown McNeill ’56 was named the Distinguished Alumni Award recipient at 2011 Alumni Weekend when ’56 class gathered to celebrate our 55th reunion! What a joy to watch and hear our classmate as she spoke her acceptance.

David Henderson ’68 shares “I have just entered phased retirement from my position as Professor of chemistry at Trinity College in Hartford. I will teach in the fall and have the spring free for skiing and travel. Next spring the plan is Australia and the South Pacific. This also gives me more time to devote to writing games for the Reacting to the Past program and painting. Check me out on Facebook!”

Dan Beerman ’69 was named Social Worker of the Year in 2009 by the NC Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, as well as receiving the Teaching and Learning Award for Outstanding Teaching, presented by the NC Child Welfare Education Collaborative. Dan is the Director of the UNC-G School of Human Environmental Sciences.

Anne Gabbard Shelby ’70 lives in southeastern Kentucky, where she is a writer of children’s books, poems, and non-fiction. She’s married to a journalist and they have a son and three grandchildren.

Judy Flohr ’70 recently releases ‘Simple Shorts’ a book of short stories and poems.

Kimberly Harper ’70 shares “St. Andrews is much more than a place. It is a heartfelt treasure, an inspiration, a family. And most amazingly, the source of our answering TV’s Jeopardy questions that pop out of our mouths due to days of our core program C&C (SAGE). My masters degree from Duke was easy compared to the critical thinking required from me at SA.

John Lawson ’71 had his new play Commedia Profana staged on July 22 at the Earl Hamner Jr. Theater in Afton, Va. as part of the Virginia Playwrights and Screenwriters Initiative sponsored by the Hamner and supported in part by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and BAMA Fund. An early version of the play was published over the summer by Lady Jane’s Miscellany.

Jim Rothrock ’71 was appointed the Commissioner for the Department of Rehabilitative Services in Virginia by Governor McDonnell in June.

Henry and Anita Adams Randolph ’72 write that their son, H. George Randolph III, graduated in June from Northwestern University with an engineering degree.

Lee Southwell ’72 retired last year from the State Board of Workers’ Compensation with 34 years of service. Last October he received the 2009 Distinguished Service Award from the Workers’ Compensation section of the State Bar of Georgia.

Jacqueline Dove-Miller ’73 has cut a sample spoken-word poetry cd entitled A Spoken Word For a Woman Who Can. Loving retirement, she’s busy performing and volunteering at women’s conferences and churches in the Raleigh area.

Tim Rand ’75 completed a late career MBA in December from Washington University in St. Louis. He is putting it to work for BJC Healthycare and Washington University School of Medicine as Executive Director

Betty Schiefelbein ’80 recently published her second book “The Shingle Nail: A Parable of Worth."

Alan Marshall ’82 founded his own firm in the fall of 2009. His company features commercial real estate representation and consulting services for landlords, tenants, investors, buyers and sellers.

Dan Sotier ’83 received the award of Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer from the US Attorney in West Palm Beach, Fla. Dan works for the Office of Financial Regulation.

Bevin Wall ’85 received the NC Bar Association’s Citizen Lawyer Award for 2011 at the NCBA’s Annual Meeting in Asheville on June 24. Pam Donaldson Wall (’84) and the whole Wall extended family were present for the recognition. Bevin has been involved in many community and civic activities, including major volunteer roles with Rotary International. He is a sole proprietor and owner of Bevin W. Wall, attorney at Law of Newport.

Marty Silverthorne ’85 was one of 18 artists to receive the 2011-2012 North Carolina Arts Council Artist Fellowship Award. The Greenville poet “believes in the importance of place, giving voice to the voiceless and authenticating the local.”

Paul Gilbert ’87 continues to receive stunning reviews on his book Lead Like a General. He did a presentation and book signing at Historic Benheim in Fairfax, Va. On Nov. 19.

Beth Russo ’89 is the volunteer manager at the Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity. She lives in Asheville with her husband Todd and two children.

Paul Chappell ’89 married Natalie Burton on November 13, 2009. They have three children.

Linda Nichols Motley ’90 lives in Tel Aviv, Israel, where she works for the US Embassy.

Jennifer Woodward ’91 is the COO for Once Upon an App, a mobile app development company. She writes that after 13 moves in 16 years, she and her boys are looking forward to settling down in Winston-Salem.

Michael Hodges ’93 was honored as principal of the year by Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools. He served as assistant principal at West Montgomery High School, Scotland High School, and Northern Nash High School, where he is now principal.

Elizabeth Cummings ’94 shares “Great news, I qualified my dressage horse for the USDF Region Dressage Championships in November in Katy, TX. Vinnie and i are Ranked 15th in the nation in Musical Freestyle -1st level... and this is our 1st year attempt at Freestyle! Suffice to say, I am thrilled and proud!”

Ruth Hayball Letizia ’94 opened her medical practice in 2008 in Mesa, Ariz.

Jeff McDowall ’99 lives in Oviedo and is the proud father of a seven year-old boy/LEGO engineer.

Breeana Bornhorst ’01 was honored at Full Cry Farm at a event in mid-July for her outstanding 10 years as the Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Program's Executive Director.

Joe Green ’03 writes an online column on hiking in the Richmond, VA area. He’s also received recognition from the Richmond city council for his work at Virginia Voice, reading for the blind and visually impaired.

Jeremy Halinen ’03 was named winner of the Exquisite Disarray 2010 First Book Poetry Contest for What Other Choice. The book will be published in November and a reading featuring Halinen will take place mid-month.

Kathleen Podolak ’04 works as an administrative assistant at the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission in Rockville, Md.

Stephanie Nelseon ’04 shares “I'm a social worker, therapist, and author. as a therapist, I specialize in working with both children and adults who have mental health issues related to trauma. I currently work with Soldiers in the United States Army. I have done volunteer work at domestic violence and sexual assault crisis centers and served on a non-profit Board of Directors. I previously was employed as an investigator for the Department of Social Services in Virginia and as a therapist for youth that experienced abuse and neglect. I have published, run workshops, and spoken at conferences on posttraumatic growth and resiliency in trauma survivors, developing a therapeutic model, the Posttramatic Growth Path, that helps individuals heal from trauma and find purpose for their lives. I also write the Qi Saga novels, a sci-fi/fantasy series. I graduated from St. Andrews university, where i received a BA in Psychology, and Radford University, where i earned my Masters in Social Work.”

Jennifer Sheehan ’05 recently studied abroad in London for a year and received her masters in Fine and Decorative Arts: Renaissance-1960’s from the University of Glasgow.

Jamie Hayes ’06 shares that she is on her way to Louisiana State University to pursue a Ph.D. in chemistry. “Upon completion of my Ph.D. I plan to pursue an academic post-doctoral position at an Ivy League university to better prepare me for pharmaceutical R&D.”

Edwin Farrell ’08 is in his final year of a master’s degree program at Naropa. He shares “The most surprising thing is that I have told students, professors and Summer Writing Program instructors about SAU. They were completely surprised at the diversity of classes that we had there, for a university so small – a class on T.S. Eliot, the Anglo-Irish Lit class, Edna Anne’s Milton, Shakespeare, Medieval and Arthurian classes; and of course Tom’s Japanese poetry classes and the classes on the Theatre of the Absurd and the Pound classes. Oh, I forgot the Black Mountain class, which a lot of my fellow students are envious of not having the opportunity of taking.”

Patrick Newman ’08 graduated from Campbell Universities Law school. He set his sights on the bar exam an a job. He majored in politics here at St. Andrews University. Despite his troubles finding a job he says “I don't want to start my own law firm if i don't have to, but i will if i have to, because i didn't come here to practice.”

Thomas Martin ’09 is teaching in a fourth grade self-contained classroom at Wadesboro Elementary.

Jeff Hunt ’10 writes “I’m living as part of a program in Westminster, Md., in a group home with two other people with disabilities. I’m working part time at an athletic center at McDaniel College.”

Allison Wrigthenberry ’10 is now working as an office manager and an assistant to the breeding manager at Matthews Cutting Horses, one of the top cutting horse breeders in the nation.

K’Hill Lesemann ’10 is currently working as a police officer in Fayetteville, N.C.

Rebecca Williams ’10 is teaching fifth grade math and science at Monroe Avenue Elementary School in Richmond County.

Ruth “Betsy” Kaplan ’10 is working with Tracy Magness team as the head groom/manager. She writes, “I basically have my dream job now and traveling,/ working and riding with Tracy Magness’ tream.” Magness is a Grand Prix rider who is sponsored by numerous well-known equine companies.

Alex King ’11 worked on a production of Medea, which opened in October as a Crescent Theatre production in Birmingham, England.

Alex Myers ’11 is a full-time Commercial Quality Control Processor with Azalea Insurance. She is also teaching horsemanship lessons part-time at Clover Leaf Ranch in Hampstead, N.C.

Angela Gaskins ’11 is the Admissions Counselor for SAU. She will be traveling up and down the east coast to recruit new students and help guide them through the admissions process.

Audrey Bolt ’11 was crowned Miss Ohio USA.

Cassie Hamilton ’11 is teaching Kindergarten at Westmore Elementary in Moore County. She adds: “It is because of the wonderful staff at St. Andrews that I am NOW ready to teach.”

Danielle Martin ’11 graduated with a degree in biology and after 3 interviews wa offered a full time job working with the Diabetes and Endocrinology Consultants Clinic in Morehead City, N.C. Her duties will include drawing blood, bone density testing, glucose testing, and clinical research support.

Elizabeth Dulski ’11 has recently started working as a Barn Fellow at St. Andrews Equestrian Center.

Fiona Lindsay Delfino ’11 is the Program Director/Therapeutic Riding Instruction for Horses Helping People, Inc. (HOPE) in archer, Fla.

Jennifer Callahan ’11 graduated in May with a degree in Equine Business Management. This week, she started her new job a Groom with Patty Stovel Training in Bernville, Pa. During the winter months, she will be working for them in Ocala, Fla.

Josh Pickett ’11 has been accepted into the Peace Corps. He will go to Jamaica in march to be a Sports and Youth Advisor.

Kate Sorgenfrei ’11 is working as a General/Therapeutic Riding Instructor with the Heads Up! Therapeutic Riding Program in Pittsboro, N.C. Next fall she plans to apply to grad schools where she will be studying Occupational Therapy or becoming an Occupational Therapist Assistant.

Kim McDaniel ’11 received a Graduate Assistant position with the Woman’s Lacrosse team at Frostburg State University in Maryland. While coaching, she will be working on a master’s degree in special education.

Megan Mohler ’11 began attending Ross University’s vet school in spring 2012.

Morgan Achilles ’11 is working at Hobart and William Smith College in Geneva, N.Y., in the Conference and Events Office. She is also an assistant coach for the women’s lacrosse team. She writes, “Assisting head coach Pat Genovese is truly an honor and a great learning opportunity. I can’t wait for the season to start.”

Natasha Khachaturov ’11 is working at Richmond Community College as a Growing America Through Entrepreneurship (GATE) Counselor

Troy Baranik ’11 started working with ESPN radio’s local affiliate in State College covering everything from high school football games and writing game reports to working in the press box and media room at Beaver Stadium for the PSU football program. He has also been able to interview numerous star players at Penn State. He will continue to work with ESPN radio throughout the winter sports season covering the Penn St. Basketball and national championship wrestling and volleyball teams.

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