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with Increased
A Messa�e �rom the President

Susan E. Pauly
Ann McElaney-Johnson
As I write this letter, we are celebrating a busy fall at Salem
Dean of the College, Vice President for
College, full of beloved traditions, new academic challenges and
Academic and Student Affairs
blossoming friendships. It’s particularly gratifying that we’ve
Vicki Williams Sheppard C’82
seen a 14 percent increase in total enrollment (traditional, grad-
Vice President of Institutional
uate and adult students) and an 18 percent increase in first-year
residential students. Also exciting is that we not only finished
our combined campaign by raising $76 million (surpassing the
Alumnae Office
goal of $75 million) but also achieved the annual-fund goal for
Karla Gort C’00, Director, Alumnae
the College. Please see the insert at the back for ways in which
you demonstrated your incredible support for Salem.
Rosanna Mallon, Assistant Director,
We accomplished other important goals during 2008-2009, the first year of our five-
Alumnae Relations
year strategic plan. We focused on three different areas -- fostering academic distinction;
establishing a presence as a center for women’s wellness; and enhancing facilities – and I
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invite you to read more about these successes elsewhere in this magazine. Here are a few
and Public Relations
Jacqueline McBride, Director
To foster academic distinction, our outstanding faculty members are implementing
Ellen Schuette, Associate Director
a new general education program, the Salem Signature; have established the Center for
Contributing Writers: Ellen Schuette,
Innovative Teaching and Excellence, opening in spring 2010; and created 23 new courses
Suzanne Williams, Susan Gebhard,
(along with course-development grants for those faculty who will teach them) for the
Rebecca Dunn, Heidi Godfrey,
2009-2010 academic year.
Karla Gort C’00, Katherine Knapp
To establish a presence as a center for women’s wellness, we launched initiatives in
Watts C’80, Kathy M. Barnes C’81
spring 2009 to motivate a new healthier lifestyle, such as free yoga classes and fitness
Designer: Carrie Leigh Dickey C’00
trails; developed programs on diversity and inclusivity; and emphasized campus sustain-
Photography: Alan Calhoun, Allen
ability through our expanded recycling program. Last but certainly not least, we began a
Aycock, Herb Schuette. Class reunion
period of enhancing facilities by completing a survey of all classroom facilities, installed
photos by Snyder Photography.
technology equipment in an area of the Fine Arts Center and totally renovated the largest
classroom on campus, Science 102.
Even as we celebrate goals achieved, we are already hard at work on year two of
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the strategic plan. Just a few objectives during 2009-2010 that we will address include
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expanding the new Salem Signature program to include a service-learning component;
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developing new student programs to increase enrollment; and expanding the wellness
and campus community diversity initiatives begun last year.
All of these goals for the coming year will be pursued with our core values in mind.
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One of those is “community.” Every day, in a hundred different ways, it manifests itself at
faculty, staff, parents and friends of Salem.
Salem College. It can be heard in the refectory as students, faculty and staff enjoy conver-
sation over lunch; it is visible on the playing fields as women pass the ball to each other;
Salem College welcomes qualified students
and it is in the dark of Hanes auditorium as we light candles to celebrate the start of an-
regardless of race, color, national origin,
other academic year. It is in the murmur of voices coming from classrooms, labs and art
sexual orientation, religion or disability
studios, and there as students and I walk each fall up to the grave of Salem’s first teacher,
to all the rights, privileges, programs and
Elizabeth Oesterlein. Community lives inside the library reading room, where the sound
activities of this institution.
of soft conversation mingles with the quiet clicking of keyboards. And it is celebrated
on our annual Celebration of Academic Excellence day, when classes are cancelled and
For additional information about any
seniors present their outstanding research papers.
programs or events mentioned in this
Salem’s sense of community is present in the wider world, too, as our students
publications, please write, call, email or
complete Jan Term internships, take courses abroad and enter the workforce or gradu-
ate school, where they will be leaders and scholars. And community shines through our
Salem College
incredible alumnae, who support the College in so many ways and are role models for
Alumnae Office
our students.
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At Salem College, community has never meant uniformity. Since our founding in
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
1772, each student has brought unique gifts to our community. But the bonds of what
we call community or “sisterhood” connect everyone across differences. Those bonds
provide support as students of all ages set out upon their intellectual life journey, secure
in the knowledge that all individual gifts will be celebrated and all voices will be heard in
this community we know as Salem.
Salem salem college magazine 2009

Departments FEatures
Back Porch News 4 Commencement 2009 2
Fleer Center 22 School of Music 32
Admissions 24 Creating a Culture of Wellness 36
Graduate Studies 26 Reunion Weekend 2009 38
Giving to Salem 27
Alumnae News 28

On the Cover: Salem is celebrating
a record number of applications for this
year’s traditional class. Among them are,
left to right, Hope Kerr-Read of Winston-
Salem, daughter of Erin Read C’03;
Jordan Laham of Wilmington, NC,
daughter of Kelly Barnes Laham C’87;
and Victorea Austin of Prospect, KY.
Photograph by Nick Grancharoff.
“Go in hope. Dazzle us with boldness. Think imaginatively.” 

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HandMade in
America Founder
Challenges Grads
ecky Chappell Anderson C’62, of Asheville, NC, found- of economic development for The Asheville Chamber of Com-
er of HandMade in America, was the speaker at Salem merce for 11 years. She was founder of HandMade in America
College’s commencement on Saturday, May 23, 2009. and executive director for 14 years.
As the founding director of HandMade in America, Ander- Anderson has received numerous honors including Distin-
son oversaw the operations and programs that involved more than guished Woman of the Year for Buncombe County and, in 2000,
3,000 citizens and 20 regional partnerships to position western one from U.S. News and World Report naming her one of the
North Carolina as the national center of the handmade object. country’s “top 20 visionaries” for her work in community and
During her tenure, HandMade received the 1994 Economic civic development. She currently serves as a consultant for cul-
Planning Award of the American Planning Association; the 1998 tural and economic development projects related to craft via the
Award of Merit for Sustainable Economic Development from firm Becky Anderson Consulting Inc.
Renew America Inc.; the Best Community Outreach Award from Anderson, a native of Canton, NC, was a member of Salem
Niche magazine; and in 2003, Worth magazine ranked Hand- College’s Class of 1962 before graduating with a bachelor’s degree
Made as one of the top 24 arts nonprofits in the United States. magna cum laude from Western Carolina University.
Anderson has served in various
capacities in nonprofits over Below are excerpts from her speech to the Class of 2009:
the years, including founding
director of the first federal “After today you will go in all directions – some to a job
day care program in in another community, some will return back to their
Buncombe County, NC; hometown, some will continue their education – and
first director of down- some of you will journey beyond our national boundaries
town development for the to an international experience. You will be required to use
City of Asheville; your knowledge, experience and passion as you undertake
and director new beginnings or enrich existing experiences. I will add to
this list one more requirement: leadership. John Gardner,
founder of Common Cause, often said: “The most important
position in the United States is that of a private citizen.”

So as you leave today: Go in hope. Dazzle us with bold-
ness. Think imaginatively. Be “critical lovers,” transform
indifference into action. Move things to the next level.
Ask the “Why not?” question. Be unrelenting in
your passion for civic en-
gagement. It is a cause and a
calling more relevant
than ever in the communi-
ties of today’s fractured

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Back Porc� News
Center for
Teaching and
As part of its five-year strategic
plan for 2008-2013, Salem will be
opening its Center for Innovative
Teaching and Excellence in the
spring of 2010.
According to Ann McElaney-
Johnson, dean of the college and vice
president for academic and student
affairs, “Salem College is dedicated
to offering an innovative liberal
arts education merging knowledge
and practice and preparing women
for lives of leadership and service.
Our faculty is fully dedicated to the
Salem Celebrates Forbes Rankings
education of our students, and I Salem College received news in late of only 23 schools nationwide to place in
am delighted that this Center will August for its standing on rankings pub- the top 100 of both lists. The only other
further facilitate the outstanding lished by two distinguished magazines. N.C. institutions on the list were UNC-
work of the faculty.” Salem ranks at no. 67 in Forbes’ second Chapel Hill (no. 13), UNC-Asheville (no.
The director will be Heidi annual ranking of America’s 600 best col- 43), N.C. State University (no. 61) and
Godfrey, director of academic leges. Other prestigious North Carolina UNC-Greensboro (no. 100).
advising and associate professor institutions included on the list are David- Forbes said the listings measured
of dance. She says her role will son College (No. 60), UNC Chapel Hill the quality of education, the student’s
be to “assist faculty in innovative (No. 68), Duke University (No. 104) and experiences while in school and gradu-
teaching by offering workshops, Wake Forest University (No. 130). ates’ achievements, based on information
panels, discussions, guest speakers, Also, this year Forbes partnered with compiled by the magazine and the Center
information about conferences and the Center for College Affordability and for College Affordability and Productivity
general resources.” Productivity (CCAP) to develop a ranking (CCAP).
of “America’s Best College Buys.” Salem For more information about the rank-
came in at no. 14 on this list, and was one ings, visit 

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Newly Updated Salem Signature Second Annual
Program Unveiled Celebration of
This fall, Salem began a unique and courses such as a global awareness seminar, Academic
exciting academic venture: the new Salem women’s studies, the first-year experience Excellence
Signature. The Salem Signature is Salem’s and a senior interdisciplinary seminar);
Where else but Salem can you
general education program, a core of re- Disciplinary Dimensions (courses in
hear presentations about the effect of
quired academic experiences that introduc- mathematics, language of another culture,
dreams upon adult women; the state
es students to the liberal arts and supports social sciences and science, the arts and
of United States/Russia relations in
the development of such academic skills as humanities); and Experiential Dimensions
the 21st century; and the importance
critical thinking, writing, oral communica- (including a service learning seminar, well-
of Caspase 8 in M51r VSV induced
tion, and the use of technology for com- ness courses and internship/professional
apoptosis in brain-tumor cells, and all
municating ideas and information. This development).
in one day?
innovative program provides students with
These and many other topics
a comprehensive liberal arts core over their How it Works for
invigorated the second annual Cel-
four years, using a variety of disciplinary, Fleer Center (Adult) Students
ebration of Academic Excellence Day,
interdisciplinary, and experiential courses The Salem
held on April 29, 2009. Classes were
that will instill in students Salem’s core Signature Program
suspended for the day and faculty,
values: excellence, community and respon- is the same for
staff and students gathered at the Fine
sibility to one’s self and to the world. Fleer Center adult
Arts Center to recognize the work
The Salem faculty has joined with (ages 23 and up)
of Salem seniors, selected honors
both traditional and Fleer Center adult students except
students and graduate students as well
students – all in the Class of 2013 – in that there are only
as their faculty advisors.
initiating the new Salem Signature, under two components, interdisciplinary and
Each academic division, from
the direction of Dr. Gary Ljungquist. disciplinary (no experiential, as most Fleer
communication to business and eco-
Center students have past work experience
nomics, and from studio art/interior
How it Works for or now hold jobs while they are studying);
design to the sciences and mathemat-
Traditional Students there are different requirements for Fleer
ics, showcased its leading students and
The Salem Signature Program is students studying for a B.A., B.S., B.M.
allowed them to speak about projects
divided into three or B.M. in music education, and for Fleer
near and dear to their hearts. Sessions
liberal-arts com- students studying for a B.S.B.A. degree;
were facilitated by faculty advisors
ponents. These and all Fleer students take a course entitled
and graduate students, and questions
three components Transitions: A Changing Culture, in which
and answers were encouraged.
include courses, students participate in a creative collabora-
The day included a picnic lun-
internships and tive project in small seminars that investi-
cheon on the grounds for the entire
service learning. gate an issue related to the changing global
College community and the evening
The program begins in the student’s first scene and its relevance to women.
Leadership Awards banquet held in
year and continues through her senior
the Refectory.
The three components are Inter-
disciplinary Dimensions (encompassing

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Salem Has Strong Presence Abroad
Opt Receives the upcoming year. During her time in
Faculty Members
Fulbright Lecturing in the Czech Republic, she will be lecturing
Lead Student Trips to
Czech Republic both in the department of media studies
Mexico, China,
Susan Opt, chair and associate profes-
and journalism and in the department of
United Kingdom
English and American studies.
sor in the Communication Department
Recipients of Fulbright awards are
at Salem, was awarded a Fulbright Scholar China and Tibet – January 2009
selected on the basis of academic or profes-
grant to lecture at the Masaryk University By Richard Johe and Herb Schuette,
sional achievement, as well as demon-
in Brno, Czech Republic during the 2009- Business & Economics
strated leadership potential in their fields.
2010 academic year. Salem students experienced the
Three other Salem professors have been
Opt is one of approximately 1,100 contrasts between the “new China enter-
awarded Fulbrights in the past, Richard
U.S. faculty and professionals who will prise” and “pre-Mao traditions” during our
Johe, Tom Mosley and Adam Steiner.
travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. three-week travel course to China and Tibet

Scholar Program in during January Term 2009. Business, history

Salem Students in England summer 2009,
left to right: Sadichhya Shrestha C’11,
Mary Lynn Paulson C’11, Sheetal
Tuladhar C’11, Trang Thuy
Hoang C’10, Miranda Cum-
mins C’10, Julie Yearry
C’10, Kat Williams
C’12, Karvika
Pandey C’10,

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and culture were highlighted in Beijing,
Hong Kong, Chengdu and Lhasa (Tibet),
with the aid of a guide, fine oriental cuisine
and exceptionally cordial people.
Our first adventures were in and
around Beijing, walking through Tianan-
men Square, the Imperial Palace and
the Temple of Heaven accompanied by
excellent verbal portraits of the history and
traditions of ancient China. On a very cold
morning we made the climb up the Badalin
section (1500 AD) of the Great Wall, not-
ing the bitter winds that greeted the senti-
nels who once kept watch for invaders from
the north. Tours of a steel mill, a Hutong
village and the Olympic Park were among
several venues which helped to gauge the
extent of “westernization” in Beijing.
The 4000 km, 47 hour journey by
train to Lhasa, Tibet provided exceptional
scenery through farmland, desert and
mountains. For most of the students this
was their first long train ride, and in close Salem College business and economics students and professors visited the
summer palace of the Dalai Lama, in Lhasa, Tibet during January 2009.
quarters and the highest altitude for any There are more than 370 rooms inside its premises. It is called a summer
passenger train in the world (16,600 ft). palace because after the seventh Lama, his successors visited here
during summers to hold religious and government-related activities.
In Lhasa, the impressive Buddhist temples
and monasteries were set against a rapidly harbor brought a fitting end to this spec- Salem faculty and directed through St.
expanding business district. tacular adventure in business and culture. Peter’s College, Oxford University, with
One highlight of Chengdu was the participation by students from Shenadoah
Oxford, Scotland and Wales –
visit to the marketing and editorial offices University business school. The two-and-
of the Western China Daily newspaper. The Summer 2009 a-half week session in residence at Oxford
bustling enterprise of high-tech manufac- By Herb Schuette, Kimbrough Chair in featured an impressive list of guest speak-
turing and the rich agricultural base of the Business & Economics ers. Students engaged in a formal debate
region were all on display in print and on “Emerging Global Leadership” was on the likely winners in global economic
our travels in the region. the theme for our month-long study in leadership over the next 30 years.
Hong Kong brought us forward in Oxford and Scotland during July, which In addition to these classroom discus-
architectural time, but the food and street focused on the changes in U.S./European sions, our students took full advantage of
vendors on Nathan Road told us we were economic standing and the relative gains two weekend trips to London and Cardiff
clearly ensconced in another era. The Chi- of the BRICs – Brazil, Russia, India and (Wales), where the culture and history
nese New Year fireworks over Hong Kong China. The program was designed by our provided a vivid backdrop for our studies.

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immersion experience! Salem students had
a very productive three weeks expanding
their knowledge of Spanish and learning
about Mexican culture.
The academic component at the
Universidad Internacional was intense but
most students excelled in their grammar,
conversation and culture classes. Despite
the many daily class hours, we managed
to enjoy many extracurricular activities
including Latin dance, popular songs,
and soccer. On the weekends we went on
excursions to a variety of places of interest
such as the Aztec pyramids of Teotihua-
can, National Museum of Anthropology,
silver city of Taxco, Acapulco, the national
palace and the cathedral of Mexico. We
also attended a breathtaking performance
by the National Folkloric Ballet Company
and a light and sound show at the archeo-
logical site of Xochicalco.
While we were over there, some
Salem students even took the opportunity
Salem Students in Mexico, summer 2009, left to right: Rebecca Barnhardt C’10, to explore their professional field and
Anna Nieboer C’11, Amber Lankford C’10, Renata Brown C’09, did a comparative study. The interaction
Jennifer Spillman C’10, Kim Wisen C’11
with host families and local friends also
Visits to the BMW Mini Cooper manu- Gathering of the Clans in Edinburgh. The turned out to be very rewarding. Many of
facturing plant and the Ironbridge World New Lanark World Heritage Site provided us established strong friendships, and the
Heritage site in Telford set the bookends a glimpse of early textile manufacturing wonderful thing is that we have been stay-
for the legacy of the Industrial Revolution, and the ambitious utopian village for ing in touch with them using the target
which began in part with the perfection workers established by Robert Owen. The language!
of iron smelting by Abraham Darby in the cold passages of Cardiff’s Stirling Castle
early 1700s along the Severn River. stirred visions of Scotland’s proud inde- Student Travelers,
Following our Oxford stay, the Salem pendence in bygone times. In Their Own Words
group – including Professor Dick Johe
– took the train to Glasgow, Scotland. We Mexico – Jan Term 2009 Sarah Boyenger C’10, Budapest
joined in Scotland’s homecoming cel- By Dr. Ho Sang Yoon, To better prepare myself for gradu-
ebration, inspired by the 250th birthday Assistant Professor, Spanish ate school, I decided to supplement my
of Robert Burns, by visiting the Burns The study-abroad trip to Mexico dur- math courses at Salem by participating in
National Heritage Site and attending the ing the January Term of 2009 was a great the Budapest Semesters in Mathematics 

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program. The program was spending my semester near a beach and and the traveling that I did. The only bad
founded by Paul Erd_s, in a big city, I loved the food and learning thing about D.C. is that it is a little more
the most prolific the dances and I loved the three families expensive to live there and the price of
mathematician I stayed with throughout my travels. On goods is higher. I did not know what to
that has ever the other hand, figuring out how to get expect when I went to D.C.; however, I
lived. The around and adjusting to new cultural was able to adjust quickly to the new situ-
courses I norms took much longer than I thought. I ations and environment. I feel like I have a
took in the think this experience made me a lot braver larger world perspective after being in the
program were and more culturally aware, which I hope Washington Semester. I believe that this
therefore an to bring to both my studies at Salem and experience will help enrich
excellent addi- to just my everyday life experiences. And my studies at Salem
tion to my edu- certainly my Spanish skills have greatly from now on. I
cation, broadening improved, which I hope to use to help my would highly
my knowledge of dif- community. I would definitely recommend recommend the
ferent fields of mathemat- studying abroad to any and all Salem Washington
ics. In addition to the academics, I students. It’s an invaluable experience that Semester to
would say my time in Budapest was one will undoubtedly change your life for the any Salem
of the most formative periods of my life. I better. students. I
was able to visit some of the most beauti- believe it is
ful places on earth, eat the best food I Joelle Whited, C’10, Washington good to go
have ever tasted, and experience cultures I Semester out and have a
previously knew nothing about. But most I went to Washington, D.C. to change of scen-
importantly, I learned a lot about myself. participate in a class entitled “Peace and ery, and a semester
I discovered a new kind of independence Conflict Resolution.” I am interested in away from Salem can help
after living on my own in a foreign city. international relations and so a class that expand the range of connections to
Being a Salem woman has made me real- offered some foreign travel was enticing. other people. Washington Semester was an
ize how truly capable I am of taking on I chose this program because I had once awesome experience and I would do it all
new and unfamiliar challenges. Studying been interested in American University over again if I had the opportunity.
abroad was certainly a great accent to my for undergraduate studies and I thought it
college experience, and I think it is an was a unique opportunity to experi-
invaluable asset to a person’s education. ence D.C. for a semester. I
loved being in D.C.; it
Sarah Eldred C’10, Peru was an exciting time
I am a history and Spanish major, so because President
I always knew I wanted to study abroad in Obama was being
a Spanish-speaking country that had a rich sworn in to
history. I chose Peru and Argentina specifi- office while I
cally because of their long and interesting was there. I
histories, and how culturally different also enjoyed
these countries were from my own. I loved my program
New Faculty and Staff Appointments, 2009-2010

Ron Cardwell, assistant professor of ac- Mary Ann Campbell Davis C’74, Esther Gonzalez, director of career
counting, business and economics visiting instructor of education and clinical development, internships and international
department coordinator for the education program student services
Degrees: B.S., UNC-Greensboro; Degrees: B.A. Salem College; M.A., Degrees: B.A., College of New Jersey;
M.Accounting, Virginia Tech; J.D., Gardner-Webb University master’s degree, Duquesne University
Wake Forest University Relevant Work Experience: teaching Relevant Work Experience: ESL teaching
Relevant Work Experience: CPA firm of the academically gifted for 25 years in assistant, Mineral Springs Middle
Leeper Kean Rumley in Greensboro, the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School; associate director of admissions
NC; CPA with Arnold T. Brown; School system; adjunct in Salem’s diversity, Wake Forest University; acting
associate attorney with Wishart Norris education department since 2002 history department chair, Salem
Henninger Pittman PA; principal/ Thoughts on Teaching at Salem: “I have Academy; associate director of
shareholder/director of Vernon, Wooten, held many posts at Salem – student, admissions and director of diversity
Brown, Andrews & Garrett PA, all volunteer, part-time instructor – and recruitment, Lehigh University
of Burlington, NC. Adjunct assistant now employee. To think about having Thoughts on Working at Salem: “As a former
professor of business administration, an office in Main Hall (2009) instead of faculty member at the Academy, I was
Elon University; adjunct instructor of nervously walking by Dean Ivy Hixson’s familiar with Salem’s mission and
accounting, Alamance Community office in Main Hall (1970) is a very community and was thrilled to have the
College; instructor of accounting at strange but wonderful thing for me!” chance to come back! I think that it is
UNC-Greensboro very important to empower young
Thoughts on Teaching at Salem: “I’ve had women and to teach them life skills,
wonderful years both in private which will allow them to position
enterprise and in the classroom. I’m themselves in a favorable light so that
enjoying interacting at Salem with new they can apply their educations to the
first-year students, adult students and best of their abilities.”
my colleagues who also enjoy teaching.”

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Lori Lewis, director, financial aid Johnna Lyons, instructor, education Joe Mills, visiting writer, 2009-2010
Degrees: B.S., Lees-McRae College; department Degrees: B.A., University of Chicago;
M.B.A., King College Degrees: B.S. West Virginia State College; M.A., University of New Mexico;
Relevant Work Experience: Account master’s, Longwood College; Ph.Ed., Ph.D., University of California
manager and assistant vice president/ University of Sarasota Relevant Work Experience: Permanent
student loan corporation, Citibank; Relevant Work Experience: Exceptional faculty member, UNC-School of the
regional school relations children case manager, Winston- Arts; published work includes poetry,
representative, NextStudent Inc; Salem/Forsyth County Schools; fiction, drama, and criticism; two books
assistant director of financial aid for exceptional children’s program director of poetry, Somewhere during the Spin
Lees-McRae College. K-8 for public charter schools in North Cycle and Angels, Thieves, and
Thoughts on Working at Salem: “Salem Carolina and Ohio, National Heritage Winemaker; third collection, Love and
College is a beautiful place to work ... the Academies; assistant professor, school of Other Collisions, to be released in 2010;
campus portrays a vision of the past education, Lynchburg College; editor, A Century of the Marx Brothers;
meeting the present in beauty that you coordinator of special program, Oak co-writer, A Guide to North Carolina’s
can see and feel. From the first time I Ridge Military Academy Wineries with his wife, Danielle Tarmey
walked onto this campus a few years ago Thoughts on Teaching at Salem: “I am
I knew it was a great place to learn but enjoying teaching college and
also a great place to work. After I moved graduate-level courses at Salem, which
to the area I am thankful an opportunity so far include action research and
opened for me to share my gifts, talents two sections of the historical and social
and knowledge with the Salem foundations of education. My classes are
community.” a mixture of traditional undergraduates
and Fleer students which allows for
discussions incorporating various
perspectives. Students are vocal,
involved, interesting, focused and eager
to make changes in our world!”

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Coach Jackson
Salem College’s
basketball coach James
Jackson was celebrated
on January 26, 2009,
for his longtime con-
tributions to collegiate
basketball in the Triad.
The celebration was put together by teams
that he has coached during his 25 years:
Rutledge College, Forsyth Technical Com-
munity College and Salem.
The honor was announced during
halftime of the Southern Virginia-Salem Elizabeth Novicki, public services librar- Rosa Otero, assistant professor of interior
College game. A surprise reception honor- ian, Gramley Library designer, director of interior design program
ing Jackson gave several of Jackson’s former Degrees: B.A., UNC-Greensboro; M.L.I.S., Degrees: B.E.D., University of Puerto Rico;
players the opportunity to speak about his UNC-Greensboro M.Arch., Virginia Tech; M.S. and Ph.D.,
leadership and positive mentoring of them Relevant Work Experience: library University of Pennsylvania
as student-athletes. technican, Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Relevant Work Experience: Interior design
Jackson, whose career had previously Wake Forest University; adjunct program coordinator, faculty member,
been spent in high-school coaching in professor in the library sciences and as Forsyth Tech; coordinator of the
South Carolina, began collegiate coaching the metadata coordinator of the library’s architectural technology program,
during the 1983-84 season at Rutledge Digital Forsyth project, WFU; school assistant professor, Essex County
College (men) in Winston-Salem. Salem media assistant, Winston-Salem/Forsyth College, Newark, NJ; intern architect
hired Jackson as head basketball coach County Public School System; as chair with The Hillier Group and Randolph
in 2005. After a 3-15 record in his first for the adolescent resource guide for the Henning Architect AIA
season, he turned around the program to a Junior League of Winston-Salem; Thoughts on Teaching at Salem: “Because
16-8 season the following year. That team project manager for The Gap Inc. in San I have a background in architecture,
also won the National Collegiate Ath- Bruno, CA I am interested in taking Salem’s interior
letic Association (NCAA) Division Three Thoughts on Working at Salem: “I encourage design program to a level where we
Independents Atlantic Region Champion- Salem students and faculty to come and combine the traditional liberal-arts
ship. He was also named the AD3I Coach experience Gramley Library – it’s not courses with more technical ones.
of the Year that year. He has compiled a just a place that stores books and Interior design is more today than simply
33-52 record while coaching at Salem. His information – it’s a place to experience choosing paint colors and window
wife, Jeanette, is the scorekeeper for all the those ‘A-ha!’ moments and to make treatments. You must develop a
Salem games. meaningful connections with what’s vocabulary that helps you talk to
Jackson was an all-conference bas- happening all over the world!” builders, understand floor plans, consider
ketball and baseball player at Dillon High sustainability and many other issues. You
School, and the co-captain of the Mon- have to know a little about a lot.”
treat-Anderson College basketball team.

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Salem Joins Great
South Athletic

Less than a year after Salem College
successfully entered Division III of the
NCAA, another achievement in athlet-
ics was announced: Salem College is now
officially a part of the Great South Athletic
Conference (GSAC).
Eve Rapp, associate professor of business Fred Schafer, instructor, teacher educat-
According to Kim Fierke, director of
Degrees: B.S., DePaul University; Ph.D., ion and graduate studies
athletics and physical education, the op-
University of Illinois at Urbana- Degrees: B.S., M.Ed., Columbia University
portunity to belong to the GSAC was the
Champaign Relevant Work Experience: media support
culminating reward for the hard work of
Relevant Work Experience: Visiting assistant technician, founder/president of the
the last four years.
professor, Babcock Graduate School of Service Learning Group, Teachers College
“Moving through the NCAA process,
Management, Wake Forest University; of Columbia; graphic arts computer
recruiting exceptional student athletes,
assistant professor, Winona State teacher, Martin DePorres Youth School,
integrating athletics into the campus
University; marketing and business New York; ESL teacher, New Bridge
culture, and providing a quality and com-
teaching positions at Northern Foreign Language School, Beijing, China;
petitive athletic experience were positive
Illinois University, the Illinois Institute founder, Schafer PhoneCall Enterprises,
factors that attracted the GSAC to Salem
of Technology, the University of Kwangju, South Korea
College,” Fierke says. “We now officially
Chicago, the University of Notre Dame. Thoughts on Teaching at Salem: “I want to
have an athletic place to call home. The
Thoughts on Teaching at Salem: “I try to provide a classroom environment
conference provides security in schedul-
help students see and understand the conducive to real life project-based
ing contests, the cultivation of healthy
rapid changes in life so they can be more learning, whose end result culminates in
rivalries, the competitiveness of conference
effective in the marketplace in which service learning. Technology is only a
rankings, the culmination of a confer-
they live. I try to accomplish this by tool, second in importance to a
ence tournament and access to the NCAA
teaching the science of marketing passionate and competent teacher. My
through thought provoking readings goal for Salem students, at the
As a member of the GSAC, school
and classroom discussions along with conclusion of the semester’s class, is to
athletes compete against other member
experiential learning projects. I’m have them develop a digitalized
institutions, including Agnes Scott, Hunt-
enjoying Salem’s emphasis on crafting portfolio library of their learning/
ingdon, LaGrange, Maryville, Piedmont
a very high-quality student experience. I findings that will serve as their legacy to
and Spelman colleges.
also value the long tradition of the next incoming class to build on.
developing women leaders.” Every student will be a creator of
knowledge in his or her respective field.”

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Laura D. Slawter C’93, Cultural Jennifer Stinson, associate professor of Katherine K. Thorington, visiting as-
Events Coordinator history sistant professor, biology department
Degrees: B.A., Salem College Degrees: B.A., Oberlin College; M.F.A., Degrees: B.S., Mount Holyoke College;
Relevant Work Experience: Director of Brandeis University; doctoral degree Ph.D., Wake Forest University
development for CareNet Counseling; candidate, Indiana University Relevant Work Experience: biology
assistant director and director of donor Relevant Work Experience: Faculty member, enrichment program facilitator, Center
relations, Salem College; associate Oberlin, Brandeis, Indiana University of Excellence for Research, Teaching and
director of development with the Arts and DePauw University; department Learning (CERTL) at Wake Forest
Council of Winston-Salem; associate chair, history, Sturgis Charter School, University School of Medicine; teaching
director of development, Planned Hyannis, MA assistant at Wake Forest; guest
Parenthood of North Carolina-West Thoughts on Teaching at Salem: “I hope naturalist/lecturer in Winston-Salem/
Thoughts on Working at Salem: “I am my research and teaching on women Forsyth County; medicinal garden
thrilled to be back at Salem College and gender will demonstrate to Salem’s volunteer, Historic Bethabara Park
planning cultural events for the campus. young women that, historically speaking, Thoughts on Teaching at Salem: “It is a
The speakers and events Salem plans there were–and still are–many different privilege to return to a women’s college
every year adds so much to our campus ways to be a woman in American society. environment as a professor, and to have
and to the Winston-Salem community. I hope that Salem’s young women see the opportunity to teach so many
We look forward to some exciting events that there are choices about the roles, enthusiastic students. Through my
in the months and years to come!” the challenges that they take on in life interests in vertebrate behavior research
and the activism that they pursue.” and public outreach education I hope
to encourage Salem students to engage in
stewardship of our local and global
environment and natural resources.”

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Cultural Events 27

Piedmont Chamber Singers
Presents: “Ain’a That
International Show
Riverrun International
for Spring 2010 Good News!” Film Festival
Exciting, thought-provoking and enjoy- 28 Big Skies: Panoramic 15 National Poetry Month
able events will be sponsored by Salem for Photography by Marshall E. Celebration/Salem’s Visiting
spring 2010. Mark your calendar now for Tyler/Exhibit and Reception Writer, Joe Mills
these events taking place January through 28 Lasting Impressions/Art Exhibit 16 In Celebration of Chopin:
May. For more detailed information, visit and Reception Piano Recital, Students of
the College’s website at Barbara Lister-Sink
or email Most MARCH
events are free, and all are open to the 2 Guest Artist Recital: Soprano
public. Carol Fitzpatrick; Baritone
Robert Barefield; Pianist Eckart
JANUARY Sellheim
21 Revolve Film Screening (TBA) 5 Black History Month
31 WS/FCS Elementary Art Finale Program
Exhibition and Reception 7 Duo Montagnard
9 Eaten Alive: Performed by
4 Black History Month 11-14 Salem College Pierrettes Present
Worship Service Little Women 25 Salem College Dance Company
5 ScottCares Foundation 18 When Your Neighbor is Naked: Spring Concert, May Dell
Step Program John McNally Reads from After 28 Celebration of Academic
11 Good Salty Rants: An Evening the Workshop Excellence Day
with Jill McCorkle 30 Sandresky Series: Pivetta
April Duo in Concert
9 Salem Art Faculty
Exhibition 2010 May
9 Sandresky Series: A 200th 2 Salem College Chorale and
Birthday Celebration of Chamber Choir/Spring
Chopin and Schumann Choral Concert
6 Spotlight on Salem:
Celebrating Salem Writers
7 Salem Senior Thesis/Exhibition
and Reception
8 WSPTA Moxley Competition
Piano Recital

18-20 The Vagina Monologues
25 Remembering Frederic:
A Musical Conversation between
Chopin and George Sand

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Sabbatical News something that’s not often possible when you’re in the classroom
full time.”
In Oczkowicz’ case, time away from Salem was filled with not
Chris Baker, Education only reading and studying and thinking but also traveling, publish-
Dr. Christopher Baker, professor of ing and other new opportunities, some of which weren’t even on
education, was on sabbatical for 2008- her horizon when she began her sabbatical.
09. His time away from Salem focused “My initial purpose was to return, after 15 years of teaching,
on examining Caldecott Award pic- to researching Caribbean women writers, one of my passions,”
ture-story books. Oczkowicz says. To begin that process, she presented a paper on
“The purpose of the study was to author Jamaica Kincaid at the 11th International Conference of the
determine the types and range of writ- Association of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars in Grenada
ers’ craft used in these award winning in May 2008.
texts,” he explains. “Each author’s creative use of crafts of struc- She also became “reengaged” with another author who had
ture, words and conventions was recorded and analyzed.” long fascinated her: Thornton Wilder, writer of Our Town, The
The sabbatical time allowed Baker time to identify some Bridge Of San Luis Rey and other notable works, some of which
interesting common threads among the books. “One pattern that Oczkowicz had previously taught at Salem. She became assistant
has emerged is that the most creative use of writers’ crafts tends to editor of the International Thornton Wilder Society Newsletter;
occur within texts where the author and illustrator are the same then began to weave her own research into Wilder with that of
person,” Baker explains. “Also, there appears to be a synergism be- other Wilder scholars and fans. Among those were Salem’s own
tween the author’s crafts and illustrations that is usually not pres- Penelope Niven, whose biography of Thornton Wilder will be pub-
ent in texts where the author and illustrator are separate persons.” lished in 2010; Robin Wilder and Jackson Bryer, the editors of The
He says that so far the two texts with the most interesting uses of Selected Letters of Thornton Wilder (2008); and Tappan Wilder,
writer’s craft are Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are, and Henkes’ Wilder’s nephew and literary executor.
Kitten’s First Full Moon. Oczkowicz was asked to co-lead, with Tappan Wilder, a
Baker says his sabbatical findings will provide rich fodder for seminar on “Teaching Wilder” at the first International Thornton
discussion in classes this year. “We discuss craft in the undergrad- Wilder Conference, held in fall 2008, as well as to present her
uate and graduate classes that focus on teaching process writing. own paper entitled “‘Carving Some Cherry Stones’: The Role of
The topic is also discussed in Children’s Literature classes,” he Disparities in Thornton Wilder’s The Angel That Troubled the Waters
says. “The sabbatical provided time for detailed analyses and deep- and Other Plays.” She also conducted interviews with Penelope
er reflection on these books. This information greatly enriches the Niven, Robin Wilder and Jackson Bryer that will be published in
discussions within these classes.” the Thornton Wilder Society Newsletter this fall.
“The sabbatical gave me the opportunity to meet with these
Edyta Oczkowicz, English notable Wilder scholars as well as to revisit his life and writings,”
Dr. Edyta Oczkowicz, associate Oczkowicz explains. The more research she did, the more fasci-
professor of English, says that her sab- nated she became by some lesser-known aspects of Wilder’s life and
batical during 2008-09 gave her the work.
opportunity to “re-ignite my passion” “Everyone knows Our Town, whether they performed in it in
for both learning and teaching. “It is so high school or watched a version on stage, yet few people know
powerful to have time to not just read that Wilder was already writing incredibly good plays during his
and study, but also time to think and college years at Oberlin and Yale,” Oczkowicz points out. “He was
internalize what you have learned … multicultural and multilingual, fluent in German, French, Italian
and Spanish; he traveled all over the world, including both Ameri-

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cas, China, and much of Europe, but was at core very American; on an author, talk to other scholars and look at documents writ-
he was involved in writing screenplays for Alfred Hitchcock ten in an author’s own hand almost puts you into a sacred place
among others in Hollywood and spent years researching James with the author,” she says. “Then you are better able to bring this
Joyce’s Finnegans Wake and dating Lope de Vega’s plays. And this rich experience back into your own research as well as impart it to
list does not exhaust all of the creative projects he was involved in.” the students you teach.”
Particularly useful to Oczkowicz during her sabbatical was
the fact that Wilder and so many of his friends and relatives Kim Varnadoe, art
maintained such accurate and personal documents about Wilder’s Kim Varnadoe, associate professor
life and that she was able to see and study those documents, the of art, has begun her sabbatical for
majority of which are at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript the fall semester, 2009. She intends to
Library at Yale. She also visited the innovative Thacher School in explore several techniques for working
Ojai, California, which Wilder attended as a young boy. with large format photography and
This October, Oczkowicz presented “Wild Ducks and Cherry combining multiple images. A signifi-
Stones: The Artistic Temperament of the Young Thornton Wilder” cant amount of time and energy will
to the community as part of Salem College’s fall roster of cultural be spent working with Polaroid films
events. and processes. She plans to travel to New York and schedule a
Another project that took wing during her sabbatical involved session at the 20 x 24 Polaroid studio. These large-format Polaroid
translating into Polish the performance text created by Pamela images will be used to create emulsion lifts, in which the Polaroid
Howland of Wake Forest University to commemorate the 200th image is lifted from its original surface and transferred to another
anniversary of the composer Fredric Chopin’s birth. To critical ac- surface. (Detail below of her large-format art from series of work
claim, Howland performed her program “Remembering Frederic: entitled “Watching Over.”)
A Musical Conversation Between Chopin and George Sand,” in Varnadoe says, “The timing to explore this specific photo-
Warsaw, Poland, in August, and she will bring it to Salem audi- graphic application is critical. Polaroid recently stopped produc-
ences on February, 25 2010. ing instant film, therefore the only instant film available is that
Oczkowicz believes the benefits of her sabbatical will be felt which is already in stock. I have stocked up on small-format
not only by her personally but also by her students. “Having time Polaroid film that I can use in my own studio but the 20 x 24
to do in-depth research Polaroid studio in New York expects to have enough film for only
another year or two.”
Varnadoe is grateful that Salem is making
her sabbatical possible. “I am a mid-career
artist and the timing is right for this sab-
batical,” she explains. “I have been
teaching full-time since 1986. Nine
months out of each year I am
committed to my students.
The time I have to work in
my studio is precious to me,
and this sabbatical will al-
low the time for significant
growth in my artistic
Salem Enters First “Phenomenal Women” Retreat
Articulation Leads to First-Year Retreat
Agreement with

Salem College has entered into an
articulation agreement with the North
Carolina Community College System
that will benefit both transfer students
and the institutions involved.
The agreement allows eligible
students graduating with an A.A. or
A.S. degree from a North Carolina
community college to enter Salem
College as juniors, having satisfied their
general-education core requirements.
The articulation agreement, which goes
into effect this fall, applies to both the
traditional-aged female student transfer-
ring to Salem College, and to the men
and women ages 23 and up who trans-
fer into Salem’s Fleer Center for Adult
“We are delighted to forge even
stronger bonds with our state’s com-
munity college system with this agree-
ment,” says Ann McElaney-Johnson,
dean of the college and vice president
for academic and student affairs. “It not
only acknowledges the strong educa-
tional background that these transfer
students bring with them to Salem, but
it also strengthens our relationship with
the community colleges.” More than 40 students attended the diverse campus community. Students who
“This agreement has been a priority “Phenomenal Woman” retreat at Camp attended the retreat recommended that
for our institution since President Susan New Hope in Chapel Hill during January incoming students would benefit from
Pauly arrived three years ago, and it is Term 2009. The dean of students’ office having a similar retreat for their entire
thanks to her vision that we’re able to sponsored the retreat which featured class, with the result that the entering
now make the transfer process so much activities designed to raise multicultural Class of 2013 (pictured above) retreat took
easier,” she adds. awareness and celebrate the individual place on August 28 & 29 at the Moravian
differences which comprise our richly Conference Center in Laurel Springs.

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Salem Entering Reaccreditation Process
Focusing on the Quality Enhancement Plan
Every 10 years Salem must go through a reaccredidation in multiple experiential learning modes; and 4) engage in socially
process. 2010 is our year. We all know that we are an excellent responsible change.
liberal arts college that produces outstanding graduates who have Preparing to be global citizens requires that our students
received the finest education that is available, but we have to show understand issues and know how to solve complex problems in
that to our accreditation agency, Southern Association of Colleges multiple ways. While understanding the depth of a given field is
and Schools (or SACS).
Fortunately, we have great faculty, staff and administrators
who are in charge of the almost endless paperwork needed for
“SACS requires that the
good accountability. Our reaccreditation agency also requires that faculty lead a campuswide
the faculty lead a campuswide initiative that will enhance student
learning. This process is known as the Quality Enhancement initiative that will enhance
Plan, or QEP for short.
The first goal for the QEP Planning Committee was to
student learning ... called
identify a topic for the plan. This was perhaps the hardest task as
it had to be informed by our entire community and grounded
the QEP.”
in Salem’s mission and values. We gathered topics from staff still essential, such understanding in isolation is scarcely sufficient
and faculty and surveyed every major interest group on and off in the 21st Century world where our students need to merge
campus. In fact, the response from the alumnae was so wonderful knowledge and practice. The Senior Interdisciplinary Seminar is
that only 30 minutes after the survey link was sent out, we had to securely grounded in research on interdisciplinary studies, evalu-
upgrade to the next business level on Survey Monkey. Thanks to ation of data from our own institution, as well as an examination
all of you for your responses, they were incredibly helpful to our of best practices for senior-year experiences in other institutions.
process of selecting our focus: The Senior Interdisciplinary Semi- Salem’s QEP, the Senior Interdisciplinary Seminar, will not
nar. This will become the capstone course for our new general replace the senior seminar or capstone course in the major. This
education program, renamed The Salem Signature. course will be in addition to the requirements for the major.
The overall goal for the Senior Interdisciplinary Seminar is In fact, we hope to make sure that each section of the Senior
to enhance student learning through an interdisciplinary se- Interdisciplinary Seminar will have students from as diverse
nior course that empowers students to evaluate, appreciate and backgrounds as possible. Based on their feedback, our students are
integrate multiple perspectives as they prepare to be agents of excited to have courses with students outside their major in their
change. With the advent of our new general education program, senior year. This course will also give us a an opportunity to work
we see this course as being the missing piece of the puzzle that ties with the greater Winston-Salem community in new and interest-
together the breadth of our general education, the depth of the ing ways. Each class will focus on a question and it is up to the
major and the co-curricular activities that Salem College offers. students to decide how they will approach the problem, who their
This course centers on interdisciplinary work which is one of the audience will be and how they will present their solution to that
defining elements of Salem’s vision and goals. Our vision state- audience. We look forward to piloting the course in spring 2010
ment outlines four proposed student outcomes supporting the and having it in full swing by 2013.
mission of the college: Salem graduates will be able to 1) conduct
and effectively communicate significant scholarly, professional, or Rebecca C. Dunn and Heidi Godfrey
creative work; 2) use interdisciplinary approaches to facilitate in- Co-Chairs of the QEP Steering Committee
novative thought; 3) apply knowledge and technologies effectively

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The Following Faculty Members
Were Published During 2008-2009:
Benjamin Blaisdell, assistant professor of education, had his The MENSA Research Journal may be accessed at http://www.
book published this spring. The book, entitled Seeing with Poetic Jacobsen is also the author of The Gifted
Eyes: Critical Race Theory and Moving from Liberal to Critical Adult: A Revolutionary Guide for Liberating Everyday Genius.
Forms of Race Research in Sociology of Education, was published by
Sense Publishers of Rotterdam, Netherlands. It is part of a series Gary Ljungquist, professor of modern languages at Salem
called Breakthroughs in the Sociology of Education. For more College, had a personal essay entitled “Dame Joan and I” pub-
information on the book, visit lished April 1 by the University of Wisconsin Press. The essay was
included in a collection of essays titled My Diva, edited by poet
Mary Jacobsen, assistant professor of psychology, has just Michael Montlack. Ljungquist’s essay pays tribute to soprano Joan
published a chapter in a new book from Springer Science that was Sutherland. My Diva has been reviewed in Publishers Weekly and
released at the beginning of March. Her chapter is titled “Intel- Kirkus.
lectual Giftedness, Leadership, and Morality: Parallels, Problems,
and Possibilities.” The book, entitled Morality, Ethics and Gifted Graciela Lucero-Hammer, chair of the
Minds, is described by the publisher as exploring “much of the Modern Languages department and associ-
current wisdom on ethics and morality while developing new ate professor of Spanish at Salem College, has
perspectives on the ethical dimensions of high ability.” Also, last published a second book, Naked Souls/Desnudos
fall Dr. Jacobsen was invited to submit an article on “Giftedness del Alma. Press 53 of Winston-Salem has just
in the Workplace” to the MENSA Research Journal. The article released a bilingual anthology of award-winning
“provides a detailed understanding of the opportunities and issues stories by the Argentine writer Marisa Estelrich,
that face gifted and talented individuals in organizations and for translated into English by Lucero-Hammer. These stories reveal the
those who aim to properly and complex and often contradictory character of the Argentine people.
effectively support their Through descriptions of seemingly ordinary life routines,
development.” Estelrich masterly leads the reader into unexpected
realms of existential angst, self-doubt, en-
nui, loneliness, suffocation and mad-
ness. About the translation, Amanda
Powell, University of Oregon, said
in her review of the work: “Gra-
ciela Lucero-Hammer’s deft
and lucid translations show
the plain-spoken at play
with the phantasmago-
ric. We are fortunate
to have these two fine
writers offer us Naked
Souls/Desnudos del
Daniel Prosterman, assistant professor of history, has recently presented a paper entitled “The Burning of Troy: Dynastic Myths
published The Big Book of World War II, co-authored with Melissa and Wittelsbach Courts, 1550-1650” at the annual meeting of
Wagner under the pseudonym Dan Bryant. The book is a history the Renaissance Society of America which was held at UCLA and
of World War II written for young readers, and is published by the Getty Center. That paper was based on part of his dissertation
Running Press (now in stores). Prosterman chose his pen name as as well as on a special-topics class on the history of the Greco-
a tribute to his wife, author Megan Bryant, who introduced him to Roman world that included classical mythology that he taught
children’s publishing. during fall 2008 at Salem.

Amy Rio-Anderson, chaplain for Salem Academy and College, Richard Vinson, visiting professor of religion, published a
had a chapter entitled “Being Formed by the Spirit: Spiritual For- commentary on the Book of Luke that utilizes art, movies, novels
mation and Christian Discipling with College Students” published and contemporary references – including a quote by comedian
in the book To Transform the World: Vital United Methodist Campus George Carlin – to help pastors connect the Scripture with today.
Ministries. She also last spring received her Doctor of Ministry Vinson completed the work while also teaching electives on
degree with a focus on spirituality and story from Wesley Theologi- Luke, and is now at work on a second commentary for Smith &
cal Seminary in Washington, DC. Helwys, this one on the book of 1st Peter. That work is expected
to be published in 2010, along with a new book on Luke’s version
Thomas Swenson, assistant professor of of the Lord’s Prayer.
music at Salem College and director of the
Salem College Community Music School, Christina Zenker, assistant professor of
has recently released both a publication and a economics, just finished her book on reforms
CD. His report on the goals and objectives of of the Swiss old-age security system called
group piano sequences at colleges and universities, which was com- AHV. The book is being co-authored with
missioned by the editorial board of The Piano Pedagogy Forum, Dr. Katja Gentinetta, vice director of the
appears in that publication’s January edition: think tank Avenir Suisse. The book describes Swenson’s recently the development of the AHV since 1948 and
released CD entitled We All Sing contains songs that have been talks about the problems the system faces in light of the demo-
used by a number of contemporary Christian-based churches in graphic changes. With a decreasing fertility rate and increasing
the past couple of years. Swenson was the composer, arranger and longevity, this pay-as-you-go-system that relies on enough active
producer. The CD is available through and via people paying into the system is in danger of collapsing. The
his website, publication suggests reforms that leave the entire Swiss system
of old-age security – a three-pillar system that is well regarded
Andrew Thomas, assistant professor of throughout the world – intact but that make it financially sustain-
history, won the 2008 Distinguished Disserta- able. The publication appears in German. The authors have been
tion Award for the College of Liberal Arts at invited to present the book in front of the Swiss parliament in
Purdue University for his work entitled “A October.
House Divided: Wittelsbach Confessional
Court Cultures in Bavaria, the Palatinate,
and Bohemia, 1550-1650.” Also, Dr. Thomas
Pictured above: Amanda White C’09 graduated with a sociology degree and is now in graduate school at Salem.
Pictured to the right: Elizabeth Messick C’09 graduated with a dual degree in studio art and art history.
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From Suzanne Williams,
Dean of the MarthA H.
Fleer Center for Adult
he Fleer Center at Salem College has had a very busy as well as several who have moved to Winston-Salem from the
and exciting year since July 2008 when our adult degree midwest and the southeast because they recognized something
program was named for our founding mother, Dr.
Ed Hartgrove,
Martha H. Fleer. Enrollment increased in both fall and spring executive in resi-
2008-2009 with current fall enrollment running 8 percent above dence, business
and economics;
this time last year. now also pro-
From improvements and enhancements in our major depart- gram director
and coordinator
ments to the signing of the comprehensive articulation agreement
for academic
with our community college system, we are strongly positioned advising, Fleer
towards continued increased enrollment. The Fleer Center Center for Adult
remains the choice for adults in the Piedmont Triad Region
seeking a high-quality rigorous educational experience taught by very special in our adult degree program at Salem College. Our
dedicated faculty committed to academic excellence. I always tell fall class includes international students from South America, the
prospective students at Salem they will truly earn their degree; no Caribbean and Japan.
one will give it to them, but it will be a degree they will be proud All of our new Fleer students will enhance our already vi-
of when graduate from Salem well prepared to excel in their brant diverse student body. We have some new students with very
career and life path. little college experience working toward their first undergraduate
The new Fleer students for fall 2009 are a diverse and very degree and some with masters and doctorate degrees coming to
interesting group. They include a glass artist, several women who Salem to continue their journey of lifelong learning! Those of
have served our country proudly in the military, a writer for a us fortunate to work with our adult students consider it joy and
poetry journal, two animal privilege every single day to hear their moving life stories during
research scientists/animal the admission process, getting to know them through their Salem
rescue volunteers, nu- years, watching them grow and truly blossom in our rich environ-
merous musicians and ment.
several students currently We welcome you whether you are an alumna or propsective
employed in regional student to visit with us in the Fleer Center. You too will feel the
not-for-profit agen- energy and experience the excitement of our adult degree pro-
cies. We have parents of gram. As dean of the Fleer Center our students constantly fill me
special needs children and with a sense of awe and inspiration! Come by and say hello to our
teens as well as those caring Fleer Center staff, Susan Brawley, Administrative Assistant, Betty
for adult family members Telford, Coordinator of Courses for Community and Ed Hart-
with various needs. We have grove, Executive in Residence, business faculty and our newest
students commuting Fleer staff Program Associate/Coordinator of Academic Advising.
over an hour each We welcome you to share in the joy we experience every single
way to be a Salem day!
adult student
From Katherine
Knapp Watts C’80,
Dean of Admissions
and Financial Aid

t is truly Salem’s time to shine! Salem web site at The full Pritchard Dickey C’00 and Keiger Print-
Enrollment of new first-year tra- video is used at open house events and by ing Company. It achieved a 303 percent
ditional students is up 18 percent admissions representatives on the road. increase in student response and was rec-
for fall 2009. The new students came The video and trailer were also key ognized as one of 10 winners in the “Xerox
to Salem from 23 different states (from components of a Salem’s student search Best-of-the-Best Contest,” an international
California to Vermont and including recruitment campaign with high school competition, for use of technology in com-
Alaska and Hawaii), as well as five foreign sophomores and juniors in spring 2009. munication!
countries (France, Tibet, Ecuador, Russia Salem sent a personalized postcard to In addition, Salem is spreading the
and China). The class includes 36 student sophomores and juniors who took the word to international markets – Katherine
athletes and eight legacies. PSAT and fit Salem’s profile; the card Knapp Watts C’80, dean of admissions
Salem has also won recognition for invited them to visit a personal url and financial aid, took a two-week recruit-
our recruitment campaign in the past (PURL) and view the video trailer. If the ing trip to China in May 2009. During
year. Thanks to the generosity of Margaret student responded to the PURL, she was the trip, which was funded by an anony-
Pike C’94, the admissions office worked sent a personal thank-you email from her mous donor, Watts visited 16 schools and
with Mission House Creative of Raleigh admissions counselor (with the counselor’s six agencies in Hong Kong, Chengdu and
to produce a new five-minute video. The picture), a link to the full video and a Shanghai. This initiative has laid the foun-
video was recently awarded a bronze medal brochure personally printed for her – with dation for continued relationship-build-
in the Summit International Creative photos and text directly addressing her ing in areas that send talented students to
competition (based on strength of the big areas of interest. (There were 561 different college in the United States.
idea, quality of execution and ability to possible combinations for the brochure!) It has been a busy, exciting and suc-
persuade). A one-minute “trailer” for the This campaign was designed by the cessful year in Salem College admissions
video can be seen on the home page of the admissions staff together with Carrie office. Spread the word!

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T op 1 0 Ways A lumnae C an
Help Admissions
1. Bring a Student to Campus – Salem offers seven edu. In 2008-09, 20 alumnae represented Salem at 30 college fairs
open house events each academic year. Please consider bringing in NC, SC, MD, GA, NY, NJ, OH and Guam.
a student or a group of students to one of these events or any
other time by appointment: 6. Write Congratulatory Notes to Accepted Ap-
• Scholarship Weekend – Saturday, February 13 – Monday, plicants – a personal note to an accepted applicant is a won-
February 15 for accepted applicants by invitation of the derful way to say “welcome to the Salem Sisterhood.” Admissions
admissions office. can provide a list of students in your area who have been accepted
but have not yet decided where they plan to attend.
• Applicant Overnight – Sunday, March 14 – Monday,
March 15, 2010 for accepted applicants
7. Open your home or underwrite an admis-
• Spring Visit – Saturday, April 1, 2010 for high-school
sions event at a restaurant in your city – high-
juniors, sophomores and college transfers
school students and their parents have busy schedules. Sometimes
• Legacy Day – August, 2010 for any high school-student appetizers or a dessert social with alumnae, an admissions coun-
who wants to learn more about planning for college and selor and prospective students and their parents is the best way to
Salem. August of 2009’s Legacy Day brought together 20 spread the word about Salem.
alumnae and 22 prospective students from rising
7th-12th grades. 8. Host an admissions “Brainstorming Event”
with alumnae in your city – Bring together a small
2. Send us a Name (better yet, a bunch of group of local alumnae and an admissions staff member to brain-
names!) – if you know high school – aged girls, please storm about how to connect with students in your area.
consider sending us their names and addresses. We would like
to be in touch with students whom our alumnae think will 9. Inform Salem of new high schools – cities change
SHINE at Salem. Alumnae referrals become some of our best and grow and new high schools are added each year. Please help
Salem students. keep us up-to-date on high schools that are opened across the
country. We want to make sure we know where to visit when we
3. Share the Alumnae Fee-Waiver Card we sent travel to your city.
out in September with any high-school senior you know. It al-
lows her to apply to Salem free of charge. Contact admissions if 10. Talk about Salem College, wear a Salem t-shirt, put
you would like more fee-waiver cards! a Salem sticker or magnet on your car!! Spread the Salem Spirit!
There is nothing better than the hum of positive buzz … and
4. Visit a High-School Guidance Office in your it’s cheaper and more effective, often, than paid advertising. Tell
City – during 2008-09 alumnae took Salemgoodie bags (pro- everyone you know that Salem is a great school and that anyone
vided by the admissions office) to high schools in Wilmington, who knows a high school-aged girl should encourage her to take a
Raleigh, Charlotte, Marietta and Atlanta. This is an easy yet look at Salem. It might be the best advice she ever gets!
personal way to tell college counselors about the benefits of a
Salem education. Contact Katherine Knapp Watts C’80, dean of admissions and
financial aid, at her direct number, 336/917-5563, if you have
5. Volunteer to represent Salem at a Local Col- other ideas or want to be involved.
lege Fair – admissions counselors travel in 14 states but we
can’t be everywhere. If you are willing to attend a college fair in
your city contact Shari White Dallas C’83at shari.dallas@salem.

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from Susan Gebhardt,
dean of Graduate Studies
From its founding in 1772 as a school portunities related to these new courses they all share a desire to make a difference
for young women (in a decidedly man’s at both the graduate and undergraduate in the lives of learners.
world), Salem’s ideals about teaching and levels will help teacher candidates broaden Equally impressive are those in-service
learning have remained forward-looking. their views of the world and re-examine educators seeking to hone their profes-
2008-2009 proved itself to be no less in- the kind of diverse learners that make up sional skills by pursuing the M.Ed. degree
our global learning community. at Salem College. In fact, Salem’s flagship
Intentional service partnerships with M.Ed. program, the master’s in language
local social-service agencies will afford and literacy, is currently so popular among
Salem’s pre-service teachers meaningful in-service that talks are underway to
opportunities to interact with a variety of develop additional M.Ed. programs to be
learners in our own back yard. To build introduced during the 2009-2010 and
upon the college-wide initiative regarding 2010-2011 academic year. Be on the look-
health and wellness, plans are underway out for an M.Ed. in elementary education
to include an environmental immersion and, perhaps, special education as well.
and integration component to our meth- It’s worth pointing out that there
ods courses. Other re-visioning changes have been some pretty significant physical
Susan Gebhard is director of teacher
include streamlined courses of study, the changes as well as the programmatic ones.
education and graduate studies as well as
assistant professor of education at Salem introduction of intentional instructional If you seek the department offices, don’t
College. design classes, a more clearly delineated head to the Fine Arts Center where we
novative a time. In response to the North progression of courses, and carefully struc- once were located. During the 2008-2009
Carolina Department of Public Instruc- tured field experiences designed to help academic year, teacher education relocated
tion’s state-wide mandate to “re-vision” Salem teacher candidates put theory into to the first floor of Main Hall. In terms
teacher education programs, the depart- practice. of faculty, the Department welcomes Dr.
ment of teacher education and graduate The Department’s new tagline, Susan Gebhard (the new Director), Dr.
studies undertook an ambitious overhaul “Haven’t you always wanted to teach?” Tricia Cook (program coordinator for
of class content and courses of study. seems to have resonated with Salem special education), Fred Schafer (instructor
Building upon our rich legacy of relevant undergraduate students, second-career and educational technology specialist), Dr.
educational experiences and constructiv- professionals, recent college graduates, Johnna Lyons (visiting professor of educa-
ist paradigms, the department sought to stay-at- home moms, downsized dads and tion) and professor Mary Ann Campbell
re-invent itself for the post-modern world. potential teachers from a wide variety of Davis C’74 (joining Salem full-time as
New courses focus upon the kinds of other backgrounds. We are thrilled to our Clinical Coordinator). We are equally
21st century educational strategies that set have admitted record numbers of new thrilled to welcome Dr. Christopher Baker
this time and place apart from all others initial licensure candidates to our M.A.T. back from his sabbatical. It is quite likely
– especially as related to technology – as programs as well as to our Fleer and that you may see additional new faces in
well as examining American teaching and undergraduate majors in elementary/spe- education as we implement and refine our
learning in relationship to the “flat world.” cial education or to the middle/secondary re-visioned programs.
The department is especially excited by content-area licensure programs. These
several new opportunities for educational candidates represent a mix of ages, inter-
leadership. Potential study abroad op- ests, backgrounds, and circumstances, but

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Historic Campaign Completed

Salem’s historic comprehensive $75 This wonderful achievement was family, faculty and staff. We are deeply
million campaign officially ended on accomplished only through the dedication grateful for all the effort, time and treasure
May 1, 2009. A total of $76,024,439 and generosity of all of Salem’s friends, that produced this historic fundraising.
was raised. These monies were applied
to endowment for both the Academy

Ann Stone Hanes A’71,
and the College, capital and restoration
projects, annual fund, planned/deferred

chair o� the Combined Cam�ai�n, says,
gifts and programs. We received 15 gifts
of $1 million or more; a total of 155 new

“Hats off to Salem!”
endowment funds; and a total of 2,239
new donors to Salem.

A nnual F und N ews
Generous Contributions
Allow Salem to Succeed
Gifts from alumnae, students, parents faculty members who had a strong organizations want to know that the
and friends to the Salem College Annual influence upon your education. It is people most involved with the institution
Fund support scholarships, campus an ideal way to celebrate a personal are supportive of its mission.
improvements, faculty resources and other milestone such as a child or grandchild’s The Annual Fund continues to
student-centered initiatives that are not birth, honor a fellow classmate or support academic excellence for Salem
covered by tuition alone. These generous acknowledge a key event or special Academy and College students. As one
contributions allowed Salem Academy and person in your own life. These gifts are of our parent donors said, “I believe
College to reach its fiscal year 2008-2009 listed in the annual President’s Report. my gifts help Salem teachers and staff
Annual Fund goal. Salem College alumnae Gifts of any amount can help to continue their 238-year heritage of
giving was 86 percent of total Annual raise the participation percentages that developing each young woman’s spiritual,
Fund gifts to the College. are so important when foundations intellectual, artistic, athletic and
A gift to the Annual Fund is a perfect and businesses consider supporting humanitarian life.”
way to pay tribute to family, friends or Salem Academy and College. These

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A�umnae News
Dear Fellow Salem Alumnae, different in many ways, have helped to shape who we are. Because
As I begin my term as your Alumnae this is so, we have a responsibility to do what we can to ensure its
Association President, I am humbled future.
and grateful for this opportunity to serve You’ll be pleased to know that there is much good news
Salem. Since my induction at the May to celebrate at Salem. Traditional student admissions are up 18
meeting of the Alumnae Board, I have percent, and the student numbers in the Fleer Center and gradu-
spent time reflecting on my years at ate programs are up, as well. In addition, Salem met its annual
Salem, reading a little of Salem’s remark- fund goal for 2008-2009. However, given the current economic
able history and thinking about how we, as alumnae, can ensure a climate, this is not enough.
bright future for the college that has given us so much. Many of you are aware of the recent financial difficulties of
Recently, I had the opportunity to enjoy dinner with current colleges and universities throughout our country. These inci-
Salem student leaders and alumnae board members. When asked dences are a disturbing trend, and Salem is not immune to these
to summarize in one sentence what they would say to a high- challenges. Currently, the administration, faculty and staff are re-
school student about Salem, one Fleer student commented, “If viewing every aspect of the college to ensure that Salem continues
you want something more than an ordinary college experience, if to thrive and remains true to its mission.
you want a unique college experience, choose Salem!” A tradition- To continue to compete in these challenging economic times,
al student answered, “You come to Salem to become a woman but Salem needs its alumnae to be more involved. What does this
also to fully understand what it means to be a woman, and when mean? It means:
you leave you will be more prepared because you are a woman – connecting with classmates;
who knows what you want and you have the tools necessary to – attending and hosting alumnae events in your area;
be a well-rounded woman in today’s world.” An alumna said, “At – giving annually whatever you can;
Salem, you will find your sisters.” These responses inspire me! – talking to potential students about Salem and
Although the group was diverse in terms of age and ethnicity, it is bringing them to campus;
clear that we share a common experience—the Salem tradition. – educating yourself about what Salem offers young
In 1772, John A. Comenius made the case for the founding women today.
of Salem. He said, “Why should we merely dismiss [women] with Salem has given women extraordinary educational oppor-
the ABCs and drive them away from books: Are we afraid of their tunities for 237 years. The fact is, passive alumnae support is
meddling? The more we introduce them to mental occupations, not good enough anymore. Salem needs us to be bold….to give
the less time they will find for meddling, which comes from emp- boldly and recruit boldly!
tiness of mind.” Well, our founding Moravians would be pleased I look forward to opportunities to meet you and work along-
to know that Salem women have spent the last 237 years doing side you during the next two years. Together, we can do extraordi-
much more than mere “meddling.” nary things for Salem. Salem women always do.
Salem alumnae are currently 8000-plus strong and have
a global presence. We are teachers, doctors, scientists, lawyers, Sincerely,
bankers, writers, artists, politicians, musicians, actresses, non-
profit managers, business owners, homemakers, community Mary Martha Whitener Beecy C’88
leaders and much, much more. Our Salem experiences, while President, Salem College Alumnae Association

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Salem Alumnae Enjoy Gatherings Around the Southeast
(Page 28, top left) Wilmington Alumnae
Event: Susan Mixon Harrell C’77 and
Karen Smith Davenport C’77.

Greensboro Alumnae Event: Amy Woodard Kemp C’94, Julia Anderson Cox C’98,
Jeri D’Lugin A’73 and Leigh Anne Harris Buchanan C’89.

The founders of the Charlotte Gramley
Dinner were honored at the 15th
Annual Dinner held on November 10,
2009. They are Velva Whitescarver
Woollen C’61, Joyce McLain Poe C’72 Triangle Alumnae Event: Nancy Kester Brewer C’97, Lee Ann Kennedy C’97,
and Eleanor Walton Neal C’56. Carrie Mobley Seck C’96 and Deborah Coxe Hensley C’96.

2009 Charlotte Gramley
Dinner Co-Chairs:
Leslie Crow Flanagan C’89 and Atlanta Alumnae Event: Abby Pruczinski C’05, Bridget Rierson C’05, Amanda Dean
Eleanor Cross A’97 C’06, Ann Wilson Cramer C’66, Susan Smith C’08 and Emily Peterson C’08.

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Save t�e
Reunion Wilmington Alumnae Event: Anne Jordan Craven A’53, Cecelia Black Corbett C’57,

Weekend Grace Walker Sanders C’60 and Frances Beman McMillan A’55.

23-25, 2010
Update Your Info!
Richmond Alumnae Event: Susan Hatz Wilburn C’81,
Susan Maley Rash C’80 and Monica McGurn Walsh C’81.
Have you moved? Have you
changed your name? Do you have a
new job? Did you have a baby? Do
you have a new EMAIL address?

Here are TWO ways to update your
contact information if you are a Salem

1. Send us your business card and we
will send you a Salem luggage tag!
Asheville Alumnae Event: Paula Greene Webb C’77,
Mail to: Salem College, Alumnae Cindy Taylor Walton C’79 and Meg Copple C’07.
Office, 601 South Church Street,
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

2. Choose the online method:
1. Go to
2. Click on “Alumnae” at the top of
the page.
3. Choose “Update Biography” in
menu on left.
4. Fill in form and click “SUBMIT” at
Greenville, SC March Event: Paula Jeffords Wynn C’75, Martha Hart Kent C’86,
the bottom of the page. Nancy Adams Quinn C’74, Anne Richbourg C’72, Becky Fitch Walters C’84,
Sidney Campen Surles C’71, Sydney Timmons Taylor C’71 and Laney Frick C’87.

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Alumnae Awards
Presented Each
Year During
Reunion Weekend
We invite you to vote! Please submit the
name and class year of the nominee/s to
Karla Gort C’00, director of alumnae
relations, via email to karla.gort@ or mail to Salem College,
Alumnae Office, 601 South Church
Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101 Self-
nominations are accepted.

Distinguished Alumna Award -
College Class of 1948 March Event at Salem: recognizes a Salem alumna’s achievements
Jane Church Fuller, Margaret Fisher McIver, Marilyn Booth Greene, Paige Daniel Hill,
Sally Hamilton Sharpe, Peggy Blum Hill, Barbara Folger Chatham, in volunteer service and/or her professional
Frances Sowers Vogler and Peggy Taylor Russell. distinctions.

Alumna Service Award -
recognizes a Salem alumna’s outstanding
service to Salem through leadership,
student recruitment, alumnae club
leadership, internship opportunities or
other beneficial activities.

Young Alumna Award -
Atlantic Beach, NC: Senora Lindsey Carrow C’46, Jean Norwood Anderson C’47,
recognizes a Salem alumna, who within
Anne Moye Mayo C’54, Bunny Bun Lea C’47 and Jean Sullivan Proctor C’47.
15 years of her graduation, exemplifies the
outstanding leadership qualities, through
professional and/or volunteer service.
A commitment to the College since
graduation must be evident.

Atlantic Beach, NC: Frances Temple Civils C’68, Lisa Mabley Kirby C’68,
Allyson Bullock Sugg C’68 and Cecilia Moore-Cobb C’68.

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Pictured above: Maegan Lewis C’12 performs as part of her music studies at Salem College.

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School of Music
Looks to the Future,
Honors the Past
Barbara Lister-Sink Named David Schildkret
New Acting Director Returns as Visiting Scholar
Barbara Lister-Sink, artist David Schildkret
in residence and professor of has returned to the Salem
piano at the Salem College College School of Music,
School of Music, has been where he was once associ-
named acting director for ate professor and dean, to
2009-2010. be the 2009-2010 visiting
A graduate of Smith scholar. He will be con-
College and recipient of the ducting the Salem College
Prix d’Excellence from Utre- choirs and teaching courses
cht Conservatory, Lister- in music history, among
Sink’s critically acclaimed other projects.
video/DVD Freeing the Caged Bird – Developing Well-Coordinated, Schildkret says, “I am delighted to return to Salem College,
Injury-Preventive Piano Technique, won the 2002 MTNA-Frances even for a short time. Salem, as everyone associated with it knows,
Clark Keyboard Pedagogy National Award. is a very special place – it kind of gets into your DNA.”
Formerly keyboardist for the Royal Concertgebouw Orches- Schildkret is on sabbatical from the Herberger College
tra of Amsterdam, Lister-Sink has taught at Duke University, the School of Music at Arizona State University where he is professor
Brevard Music Center and was on the artist faculty of the Eastman of choral music. He earned both master’s and doctoral degrees in
School of Music from 1979 to 1986. She has performed as soloist choral conducting from Indiana University School of Music, and
throughout Europe and North America and has collaborated with a bachelor of arts in music degree from Rutgers University. In ad-
some of the world’s most distinguished musicians. She was also dition to posts at Arizona State University and Salem, Schildkret
named an experienced evaluator by the National Association of also taught at the University of Rochester and at Centre College.
Schools of Music. While teaching at ASU, Schildkret was director of music at
As a world leader in teaching injury-preventive technique, Scottsdale United Methodist Church. He is the founding editor
Lister-Sink has given presentations for the MTNA, the World of The Choral Scholar, the online journal of the National Col-
Piano Pedagogy Conference, the Canadian Professional Piano legiate Choral Organization (NCCO); is active in the American
Teachers Association, the International Klavar Foundation and Choral Directors Association (ACDA); and served as the reper-
the European Piano Teachers Association. Her articles and reviews tory/standards chair for four-year colleges and universities in the
have appeared in leading music journals, as well as in the Southern Arizona ACDA. He was recently named to the Fulbright specialist
Medical Journal and Current Research in Arts Medicine. She was program by the US Department of State, meaning he is available
cited in the 2000 Centennial Edition of Piano & Keyboard as one for overseas projects.
of the pedagogical leaders of the 20th century. His conducting experience includes eight seasons as music di-
Lister-Sink was the dean of the Salem College School of Music rector of the Finger Lakes Symphony Orchestra in Geneva, New
from 1986 to 1992. She also created and now directs Salem’s fully York, numerous appearances as guest conductor with regional
accredited professional certificate program in Injury-Preventive choirs at all levels and appearances with various small orchestras
Keyboard Technique, the first of its kind in the US. and ensembles. From 1997-2002, he was a frequent guest con-

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Sandresky Series Honors Legacy of ductor with the Piedmont Chamber Singers in Winston-Salem,

Clemens and Margaret Sandresky and has returned to that group as their interim music director for
Schildkret says he looks forward to helping Salem assess its
musical history and plan for the future. “Music is at the heart of
Salem’s heritage. Our challenge -- and it’s very exciting! -- is to
keep music at Salem’s core in a way that makes sense for the 21st

Timothy Olsen
New Associate Professor of Organ
A new series of artist faculty performances, inaugurated Timothy Olsen is the
on October 3, honors the memory of the late Clemens Harold newly appointed associ-
Sandresky, dean emeritus of the School of Music, and pays tribute ate professor of organ at
to the career of Margaret Vardell Sandresky, A’38, C’42, professor Salem as well as the Kenan
emerita of music. Future performances will continue to showcase Professor of Organ at the
Salem’s distinguished performing faculty in collaboration with University of North Caro-
other renowned artists. lina School of the Arts.
Clemens Sandresky, who passed away June 25, 2009 at the A native of Frost, Min-
age of 93 in Winston-Salem, earned an A.B. in music with distinc- nesota, Dr. Olsen began his
tion from Dartmouth College and a master’s in music degree from study of the organ at the
Harvard University. In 1952 he became dean of the School of age of 13 and studied with
Music at Salem Academy and College. The 34 years between 1952 Peter Nygaard at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, where he
and his retirement in 1986 were marked by his yearly piano received a bachelor’s of music degree. He went on to the East-
recitals, solo performances with the Winston-Salem Symphony man School of Music in Rochester, New York, where he earned
and chamber music concerts with his artist faculty. During his the doctor of musical arts and master’s of music degrees in organ
tenure the Salem Fine Arts Center was constructed; it was the first performance and literature, as well as a master’s of arts degree in
state-of-the-art facility of its kind in the city. He and his faculty music theory pedagogy. He was for four years the Wanda L. Bass
produced many outstanding students and distinguished alumnae. Chair of Organ at Oklahoma City University, and also has served
His wife, Margaret Vardell-Sandresky A’38, C42, attended on the faculty at Ithaca College, and as sabbatical replacement at
Salem Academy and graduated from Salem College in 1942 with a Binghamton University and Cornell University.
major in organ performance. She earned a master’s of music degree Olsen was the first-prize winner of the 2002 National Young
in composition from the Eastman School of Music, then won a Artists Competition in organ performance sponsored by the
Fulbright Award for music study in Germany. American Guild of Organists. He has recorded a compact disc
Sandresky taught at Oberlin College Conservatory; the on the NAXOS label, and has been featured multiple times on
University of Texas/Austin; and UNC School of the Arts. She was Minnesota Public Radio’s Pipedreams. Olsen has performed solo
organist at Home Moravian Church, the First Baptist Church organ recitals in 23 states. He frequently presents master classes
and Centenary United Methodist Church. and workshops for universities, churches and chapters of the
Vardell-Sandresky is a Standards Award-winning ASCAP com- American Guild of Organists, and will be a featured recitalist and
poser. She is the recipient of the 2004 American Guild of Organ- workshop presenter at the 2009 Region VII AGO Convention
ists “Distinguished Composer Award,” the Distinguished Alumna in Albuquerque, NM. He has also been featured as soloist with
Award from Salem Academy and the Distinguished Alumna orchestras, and performs collaboratively in organ/trumpet recitals,
Award from Salem College. She received the Sam Ragan award for organ duo recitals and as organist for major choral works includ-
extended exemplary service to the arts in North Carolina in 2006. ing Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem and Messe Cum Jubilo.

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S chool of M usic
Celebrates Second Reunion
Hundreds of music-lovers as well as staff, alum- Lister-Sink, piano, Carmen Fantasy on themes from Bizet’s opera;
nae, faculty and students took part in the and Margaret Rehder, violin; Anne Sellitti, cello; and Lister-Sink,
School of Music Reunion held Friday piano, Trio in B Major, Op. 8 by Brahms
and Saturday, October 2 - 3, 2009. The reunion committee members were Frances Speas Kohut
Organized by the Friends of the C’64, Sally Duran C’88, Elizabeth Hill Gulley C’87, Lynn Mes-
Salem College School of Music, sick C’69 and Amy Murray Orser C’69.
this was the first reunion to be
held since 1991. It drew an ap-
preciative crowd of enthusiasts
who celebrated the program’s
past, present and future.
An alumnae recital was held
in the Fine Arts Center on Friday
evening that showcased some of
Salem’s most outstanding alumnae per-
formers from throughout the United States.
Among them were Mary Louise Harris Baker C’99;
Rebecca Miller Saunders C’90; James Gregory (1986-89); Timo-
thy Durkovic (1987-91); Barbara Acker-Mills C’92; and Heather
Martin Cooper C’92; Kristina Henry C’03; Carmine Mann C’98; Upper right: Longtime SOM faculty member Joan Jacobowsky,
Patricia Barnes Griffith C’72; Elaine Creasy Grella C’85; Fran acting dean Barbara Lister-Sink and reunion committee member
Amy Murray Orser C’69 enjoyed the festivities. Above: Honoree
Cartier Creasy C’61; Patricia Barnes Griffith C’72; Patti Hay
Margaret Vardell Sandresky A’38, C42 is pictured with her
Peterson, C’71: Monica Wood Sparzak C’00; Virginia L. Vance family: son Chip Sandresky, daughter and acclaimed pianist
C’69; Amanda Gardner-Porter C’00; Jessica Beitel C’06; Molly Eleonor Sandresky A’75, Chip’s wife Loretta and their two
sons: (left to right) Jake Sandresky and Charlie Sandresky.
Brannock C’07; Sara Lee Robinette Michaels C’83; Laura Dan-
gerfield Stevens C’02; Carmine Mann C’98; and Heather Martin
Cooper C’92.
On Saturday evening, the Sandresky Artist Faculty Series was
inaugurated with a heartfelt tribute to the late Dean Sandresky
and to his widow, Margaret, who attended. Hosted by Barbara
Lister-Sink, acting director and artist-in-residence, the first
concert in this exciting new series featured Salem music faculty
and special guest artists in an evening of piano, vocal, organ and
chamber music. The performers were Lister-Sink, piano: Brahms’
Intermezzo in A Major, Op. 118, No. 2; Timothy Olsen, organ:
four movements from L’homme arme Organ Mass by Margaret
Vardell Sandresky and Transports de Joie by Messiaen; Thomas
Swenson, piano, Impromptu in A-Flat Major, Op. 142, No. 2 by
Left to right: Enjoying conversations about music were
Schubert; Barbara DeMaio Caprilli, soprano, and Lister-Sink,
Ann Nisbet Cobb C’38, longtime faculty member John Mueller,
piano, O Don Fatale by Verdi; Debra Reuter-Pivetta, flute, and Sarah Barnes and longtime faculty member Margaret Mueller.

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C reating a
Culture of Wellness
Other wellness-focused initiatives have
Intellectual Wellness
– Speaker Anna Lappé - award-winning
author and activist; the library on
March 9 (Center for Women Writers
and Cultural Events)
– Library purchase of updated fitness
and relaxation videos
– Use of MyStudentBody® in health
and wellness courses. (MyStudentBody®
promotes healthy behaviors and
responsible decision making at the
individual- and student body-level on
campuses across the country. For info,
Pictured above: A group of Salem students and staff enjoy walking the Salem fitness trails.

alem College defines wellness wellness committee made up of faculty, Spiritual Wellness
in terms of learning grounded staff and students was formed to study – Providing regular worship services
in the pursuit of excellence existing wellness programs and make (Lovefeasts, monthly Christian Praise
and the education of the whole recommendations. Some early steps and Worship, Ash Wednesday, Black
person. A Salem education transcends were put into place, such as requiring all History Month, Interfaith worship
the traditional model of education inside students to have health insurance, and service)
the classroom to merge knowledge with providing them (and faculty and staff) – trip to Hindu Center in Charlotte
practice through a multidimensional with an e-magazine called “Student Health – “Listening Post” in Grille on Tuesday
learning experience. 101.” Students’ parents are sent their evenings (where students could discuss
In addition to the intellectual own version. Students were also asked to their spiritual life and other associated
dimension of learning, wellness at complete the ACHA student health survey issues with the assistant chaplain)
Salem offers opportunities for learning in spring 2009 in order to help Salem – denominational campus ministries
in the spiritual, emotional, physical, know the predominant health, safety and offering weekly opportunities for
environmental, occupational and social wellness concerns on campus. students to engage in spiritual
dimensions. This holistic model of wellness This past spring, a fitness challenge exploration
education has been adopted by Salem was launched to reward faculty, staff and – Free yoga class during second semester
as the College seeks to create a culture students who did some form of physical (February – April)
of wellness and introduce programming activity 30 minutes a day for a month. Physical
that provides students with resources to The college website provided data sheets – Created several walking trails around
support their academic success. for recording exercise as well as suggested the College
Beginning in 2008, wellness was a activities, and prizes were given to top – Established and monitored the Spring
major focus within the College’s five- participants. 2009 Fitness Challenge
year strategic plan, and the first steps – Integrated wellness into the Salem
were taken to focus on wellness. A Signature general education curriculum

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– Offering of new activity classes – Depression Screening Week energy benchmarking program
Social (March 9-14, 2009) sponsored by Advanced Energy
– Phenomenal Woman Retreat in Environmental Corporation (AEC) in cooperation with
January – Since August 2008, Salem has recycled NCICU.
– Leadership Lunch & Learn more than 10 tons of waste equating to
– Salem Elections 101 Lunch & Learn 13,700 lbs. paper, 3,860 lbs. cardboard, Salem is looking forward to
– Leadership training – conflict 903 lbs. aluminum and 2,527 lbs. continuing to emphasize wellness during
management plastic. the 2009-2010 academic year. Among
– “Social Sex & Excess” speaker – The College dining hall implemented the programs underway are another free
(March 10) several strategies to reduce waste. fitness class for students, faculty and staff;
Occupational (EcoClamshell reusable to-go container a meditation course taught by professor
– Leadership training on May 9 saved 20,000 Styrofoam containers a George McKnight; 10 bikes and three WII
“Meeting Management” and “First year; going trayless reduces energy and fitness systems purchased for student use
Impressions” water waste; used fryer oil is filtered and on campus through redemption of Salem’s
– Regular, informal seminars on recycled.) BB&T credit-card points; additional
interviewing, writing cover letters, – In preparation for the fall 2009 speakers and seminars on wellness topics;
business etiquette and other EPA audit and to ensure environmental and the planting of an organic herb garden
career topics compliance, Salem participated in a to produce seasonings for dining-hall
Emotional peer audit program. meals.
– First-Year Transition Group (fall 08) – Salem is nearing completion of the
Pictured below: The Salem community participates in Yoga in the Square, one of the new wellness programs on campus.

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Reunion News
the 1988 Smith De-
sign for Institutional
In 1995 Dunn
became Pforzheimer
Foundation Director
of the Arthur and
Elizabeth Schlesinger
Library at Radcliffe
College, serving
there until 1999
when she became
acting dean of the
Radcliffe Institute
for Advanced Study
at Harvard Universi-
ty. In 2002 she took
the post of co-ex-
ecutive officer of the
American Philosoph-
ical Society, which
is the nation’s oldest
learned society,

Dr. Mary Maples Dunn founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1743; she retired from that
position in 2008. She currently serves Salem College as honor-
Spoke at Founders Day ary counsel to the Board of Trustees.
The Founders Day speaker for 2009 was Mary Maples Dunn is an authority on William Penn, colonial American
Dunn, former president of Smith College, authority on the his- history and the history of women in America, and has pub-
tory of women in America and holder of nine honorary doctor- lished several books including The World of William Penn, The
ate degrees. Founding of Pennsylvania and Women of America: A Teacher’s
Dunn received her BA degree from the College of William Guide. She is a former Fulbright Scholar and was awarded fel-
and Mary and her master’s and Ph.D. from Bryn Mawr College, lowships by the National Endowment for the Humanities and
where between 1958 and 1985 she served as lecturer, assistant the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University. She
professor/professor, dean of the undergraduate college and aca- has also received nine honorary doctorate degrees, from institu-
demic deputy to the president. She served as president of Smith tions such as Amherst, Mount Holyoke and Brown.
College from 1985 to 1995 at a pivotal time in that institution’s Dunn is the mother of Dr. Rebecca Dunn, who is associ-
history. One of her administration’s many notable programs was ate professor of biology at Salem College.

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D. Wayne Burkette Given Comenius Alumna Service
Award: Honored by Salem for Award
Service and Achievement
Dr. D. Wayne Burkette, Burkette has excelled in all five
longtime Salem categories. He received his bachelor’s
supporter and degree from UNC-Chapel Hill, where he
former Head was a Morehead Scholar; his M.Div. and
of School D.D. degrees from Moravian Theological
for Salem Seminary; and his D.Min. from Union Patrice Black Mitchell C’89, a native
Academy, Theological Seminary in Richmond, VA. of Winston-Salem, is dean of admissions
received the Burkette is currently the president of at UNC-Asheville. She graduated from
John Amos the Provincial Elders Conference (PEC) Salem with a bachelor’s degree, earned
Comenius of the Moravian Church in America, her master’s of public administration
Award of Southern Province. Before that, he was from UNC-Greensboro and is a doctoral
Distinction Head of School at Salem Academy from student at N.C. State University.
during 1994-2006. He has held past positions Mitchell was formerly admissions
ceremonies held with Salem Academy and College, director at Forsyth Technical Community
as part of the annual including vice president, 1997-2006; College, former director of admissions
Founders Day celebration chaplain and chief planning officer, 1992- at Winston-Salem State University and
on April 17 in the May Dell at 1994; and chaplain, 1990-1992. He has former assistant director of admissions at
Salem Academy and College. served as a member of the Salem Academy NC State University.
The Comenius Award is named for and College Board of Trustees and Board She is a member of Alpha Kappa
John Amos Comenius, an early Moravian of Visitors. Alpha sorority and serves on boards of
bishop and advocate of universal education. Burkette has held several area organizations such as the Crosby Scholars,
The award, last made by Salem in 2004, pastorates, including those at Fairview the Shugart Women’s Center; the Guilford
is given to individuals who meet one Moravian Church, Home Moravian Technical Community College Transfer
or more of these criteria: longstanding Church and Olivet Moravian Church. and Advisory Board and the Preserve
service to Salem; exceptional professional He has served on a number of boards, Historic Forsyth Executive Board. She
and/or artistic achievement; significant including the Moravian Theological has received the YMCA Black Achievers
leadership in public affairs; outstanding Seminary, the Board of World Missions, Award and the Emmanuel Baptist Church
community service; or distinguished the NC Association of Independent Women Achievers Award.
scholarly achievement. The selection is Schools (president, 2003-05) and Mitchell was Salem’s first minority
made by a committee consisting of the the Morehead Scholarship Selection recruitment/retention coordinator. She
Board of Trustees chair, the presidents of Committee. also chaired the Alumnae Board’s student
the Academy and the College alumnae He is married to Nancy Witherspoon awards committee; was a member of the
associations; two trustees; a former award Burkette and they reside in Pfafftown, Friends of the Library and the Center for
recipient; and the president of the NC. They have two daughters, both of Women Writers; and is a member of the
combined institution. Past award winners whom graduated from Salem College: Board of Visitors. She advises Salem’s Ad-
have included Calder Womble, Howard Allison Burkette-Tschumper C’93 and missions Office on a variety of topics from
Gray, Gordon and Copey Hanes and Amanda Burkette Grimstead C’97. diversity initiatives to general recruitment
Archie K. Davis. and retention of all students.

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Distinguished 2009 Oesterlein Award Winner
Alumna Award Salem College Senior Samantha ternational English honor
Cortez Selman of Atlanta, GA received society; was metro
the Elisabeth Oesterlein Award – the editor of The
school’s highest honor for a member of the Salemite; re-
graduating class – during Founders Day ceived the
ceremonies. Junior
The Oesterlein Award is named in Spirit
honor of Salem’s first teacher when it was Award;
Nancy Taylor Sumner C’69 gradu-
founded as a school for girls in 1772. and
ated from Salem with a bachelor’s degree
Candidates are nominated by members of was
and earned her master’s degree in public
the entire Salem community – faculty, staff selected
administration from UNC- Chapel Hill in
and fellow students – and each nominee to pres-
must compete against other truly out- ent her
She recently retired as the director of
standing seniors. Among the criteria are: paper on
development for Urban Ministries of Wake
attend Salem all four years of college; make the Honors
County, a non-profit, interfaith organiza-
a notable contribution to the quality of life panel during the
tion that provides essential basic services
at Salem and exemplify quality leadership; College’s first annual
to close to 20,000 diverse families and
and be conscientious and diligent in the Celebration of Academic Excel-
individuals in Wake County every year.
pursuit of academic excellence, attaining at lence.
Formerly she was a teacher with the Wake
least a 3.0 average overall. During all four years, Selman was
County School System; assistant to the
Selman, who is majoring in English active in the College’s annual performance
director in the facility services division of
and creative writing, has a GPA of 3.771. of the Vagina Monologues, becoming the
the NC Department of Human Resources;
While at Salem she has been active in nu- co-organizer during her senior year. Also
and Salem Society gifts officer.
merous campus projects and organizations. while a senior, she was editor-in-chief of In-
She has served on the boards of the
During her freshman year she was named cunabula; represented Salem College at the
Raleigh Fine Arts Society and the Wake
to Alpha Lambda Delta, the first-year Sigma Tau Delta International convention;
County chapter of the North Carolina
honor society and was an active member was a member of House Council represent-
Symphony, and as a member of the Wake
of Open Up. During her sophomore years ing Bitting Dorm; and was named to both
County United Way Allocations commit-
she was on the staff of The Salemite and In- Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leader-
tee. She is active in many committees at
cunabula, the College publications; was a ship honor society, and Mortar Board, the
White Memorial Presbyterian Church.
member of the international, German and national honor society for seniors.
Sumner has been both secretary and
HOLA clubs; and received the Jess Byrd Selman was known on the Salem cam-
president of the Salem College Alumnae
Merit Scholarship, awarded to one rising pus for organizing and leading innovative
Association; a member of the Board of
junior who demonstrates excellence in the student projects, including organizing and
Visitors and Board of Trustees; and is
field of English. hosting “Speak Out!” a night of spoken
currently on the steering committee of
During her junior year she became word, performance and slam poetry. The
the Triangle Salem Alumnae Club. She is
editor of Incunabula, the literary magazine; evening’s performances were included as a
married to Bob Sumner and has two sons,
was president of SAM (Student Activist CD and given with the first 100 copies this
Brian and David.
Movement); served as vice president of past spring of the College literary maga-
Salem’s chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the in- zine, Incunabula.

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Salem Legacies
Young Alumna

Meenal Khajuria, C’04 earned her BA
with departmental honors in sociology from
Salem, then her master of arts in politi-
cal management from George Washington
University. She is currently working on
her master’s of social work degree at North
Carolina State University in Raleigh.
She is policy analyst/assistant director of
the N.C. Metropolitan Coalition of the NC
League of Municipalities. In this role she
interacts with leaders of the 24 largest cities
in the state, helping research and develop
policy positions; analyze legislation and poli-
Lucinda Oliver Denton C’59,
Madeline Baird C’10 and cies that affect those cities; and implement
Liz Denton Baird C’83 annual conference sessions. While with this
organization, she helped develop a compre-
hensive strategy to obtain passage of gang
legislation, something North Carolina didn’t
have until two bills passed in 2008.
Before joining the NC League of
Municipalities, she was an assistant in the
mayor’s office in Winston-Salem, and a
congressional associate with the Washington
Linkage Group in Washington, DC.
Khajuria was an active community
volunteer in Washington and is now active
in the Junior League of Raleigh; volunteers
with SAFEchild, a child abuse prevention
agency; and is in this year’s class of Leader-
Kendra Gordon Clopton C’08 and Doris Schaum Walston C’44 and
ship Raleigh 24.
Jennifer Lind Thomas C’08 Schaum Lamm Hunt C’74
She serves by appointment on the Wake
County Commission for Women and on the
North Carolina Council for Women.

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Salem College Reunion Weekend

Left to Right: Caroline Pfohl
Carter, Annette McNeely Leight,
Jessie Skinner Gaither, Josephine
Hutchison Fitts, Peggy Rogers Gainey

Class of 1939
Seated: Katy Bly Love Blackburn,
Tap Swinson, Weathers, Margaret
Winstead Spainhour, Geachie
McGeachy Ward, Mary Lewis Lawhon
Standing: Nancy Stone Watkins,
Doris Schaum Walston, Becky Cozart
Smith, Kaka Schwalbe Leinbach,
Virgina Gibson Griffith
Class of 1944
Front Row: Patsy Moser
Sumner, Ann Lanier Spencer, Martha
Brannock Mickey, Betty Wolfe Boyd,
Boots Lambeth Hinkle, Dotty
Covington McGehee, Nell Penn Watt
Spencer, Augusta Garth McDonald
Row 2: Peggy Watkins Wharton,
Alice Hunsucker Latta, Jeanne Dungan
Greear, Nancy Wray White, Diane
Payne Arrowood, Katherine Ives
Gheesling, Bet Epps Pearson

Class of 1949
Front Row: Ann Bondurant
Young, Alison Britt Barron, Jean Shope
Haynes, Laura Mitchell Mayfield
Row 2: Edith Tesch Johnson,
Elynor Fishel Rights, Joan Shope
Bennett, Jody Moody Clark

Class of 1954
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April 17-19, 2009

Front Row: Margaret Fletcher
Kleber, Noel Vossler Harris, Mary Anne
Boone Thomas, Anne Summerell Davant,
Susan McIntyre Goodman, Frances
Cuningham Nobert, Marilyn Fishel
Griffin, Mary Lois James Hilliard
Row 2: Dena Fasul Potter, Betty
Jon Satchwell Smith, Nancy Willis Evans,
June Gregson Gregory, Louise Hill Gunter,
Carole Cole Martin, Sue Cooper
Huffman, Anne Pearce Archer,
Mary Jane Mayhew Burns
Row 3: Anthea Taylor Tate,
Lucinda Oliver Denton, Sarah Price
Whitty, Mary Thaeler Mowrer, Camille
Suttle Smith, Patty Kimbrough King,
Katie Teague Covington, Jane Bailey
Burts, Ann Brinson Hensel
Row 4: Martha Duvall Jones, Ann Lee
Barefield, Eve Van Vleck Trumpore, Faye
McDuffie Gardner, Shirley Hardy Harris,
Meriwether Lewis Walker, Jane Rostan
McBryde, Jerome Moore Newsome Class of 1959

Front Row: Barbara White McLarty,
Jan Horner Rainero, Becky Newsome
Clingman, Barbara Gottschalk Wiltshire,
Nancy Lytle Martin, Jane Hedgpeth Wells,
Suzy Forbes Howard, Jo Dunbar
Faulmann, Jane Hanling Shavender
Row 2: Irene Rose Owen, Donna Raper
Stallings, Frances Speas Kohut, Martha
Paisley, Mary Jane Harrell McKnight,
Ann Stafford Buchanan, Anne Griffis
Wilson, Alice Reid, Frances Bailey
Row 3: Anne Romig Decker, Bonnie
Hauch Danser, Becky Gaddy Wright,
Ann Marie Martin, Tish Johnston
Kimbrough, Jackie Lamond Turbidy,
Margy Harris Holt, Sandi Kimbrell
Livermon, Sarah Kirk Albright

Class of 1964
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Salem College Reunion Weekend

Front Row: Susan Kirby Browder,
Jeanne Garner Clay, Sylvia Lynn
Messick, Martha Dillard Gomer, Linda
Camp McElwee, Amy Murray Orser,
Mary Jane Boren Meeker, Ann Todd Free,
Joanna McGrath Reynolds
Row 2: Lili Powers Ouzts, Kristin
Jorgenson Oliver, Elisabeth Bosch
Biggerstaff, Nancy Taylor Sumner,
Jannet Bowers Kramer, Mary Lou Ford
Stott, Ann Copenhaver Cotton,
Katherine McCarty
Row 3: Tina Gwaltney Baird,
Liza Pond Rainey, Sue Wooten Wilkins,
Betsy Shelburne, Mary Sheppard, Sue
Palaschak Willis, Candy Stell Shivers, Jane
Boyd Hoover, Jane Ellen Tilman Boehm,
Cathy Clements Bradshaw

Class of 1969

Front Row: Mary Denton Roberts
Lyerly, Becky Hewit Rauenhorst, Dee
Wilson Davis, Gwen Smith McKee, Betsy
Beard Holbrook, Lynne Mappus, Joan
Spangler Means, Jean Wetzel Nance, Anne
Manly Smith, Libby Bragg Grey
Row 2: Winn Currie Ballenger, Deborah
Warner, Margaret Brinkley Sigmon, Cathy
Hunsucker, Kathy Bacon Ely, Ada Parker
Shields, Harriett Willson Bosiack, Julie
Barton Collins, Camille Murphy Jones
Row 3: Le Newell Erwin, Averell Pharr
Stuart, Betsy Hester, Mary Dashiell, Susan
Phillips, Stewart Taylor Butler, Sally Phil-
lips, Laura Turnage McNair, Nan Wilson
McLendon, Schaum Lamm Hunt
Row 4: Suzanne Hornaday
Birmingham, Carol Perrin Cobb, Sue
Nell Carter Fuller, Chris Minter-Dowd,
Meredith Hardy Vogler, Nancy Adams
Quinn, Marcy Priester Choate, Betsy
Wilkins Robinson, Peggy Bullard Barnes,
Beth Pollard Buechner Class of 1974
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April 17-19, 2009

Front Row: Liz Boyd Rader,
Ann Miller Pardue, Robin Brown Nail,
Mary Crowley, Becky Talton Bump,
Pam Wilburn Tilley
Row 2: Susan Miller Brink, Melanie
White Stancill, Connie Caldwell Breeser,
Cindy Taylor Walton, Paula Myers
Rowland, Caroline Wannamaker Sink,
Kate Wallace McCoy

Class of 1979

Front Row: Mary Weeks Fountain,
Harriette Neuburger Reid, Paula Corbett
Simmons, Chris Marks Suit, Mary Anne
Craven Moldenhauer, Leigh Sobel
Row 2: Laura Vincent Camp,
Elizabeth Clark Hill, Lee Ann Manning,
Sally Hill Shore, Betsy Morrow Elliott

Class of 1984
Front Row: Meg Cox Stott, Mary
Bryan Pierce Smith, Beth Barksdale,
Bridget Maley-Cannon, Cole Cannon,
Felicia Lamm Wilson, Patrice Mitchell
Row 2: Mary Poole Reese, Kay
Costenbader McCann, Leslie
Crow Flanagan, Alison Gill Falkoff,
Sheila Elliott Parker

Class of 1989
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Salem College Reunion Weekend

Front Row: Alice Peschl, Amy
Woodard Kemp, Sally Johns Tidmore,
Michelle Arnoczy Holcomb, Allison
Bruce Anderson, S. Margaret Pike,
Ashley Mattox Wood
Row 2: Shan Woolard, Gwen Brennan,
Susan Cochran Moser, Ashley Houston
Franklin, Arden Ney Brewer, Alison
Spears Boyle, Amy Faulk Welton

Class of 1994

Front Row: Anne Mar Liles Kirby,
Sarah Evans, Mary Louise Harris Baker,
Sara Roberts Hepler, Cynthia Barber,
Blair Strickland Bergevin, Erika Madden,
Laura Holland Luke, Rebecca Hensberry
Neiberg, Emily Meyer Jolly
Row 2: Jamie Mungle Rorrer, Jennifer
Norvell Bergevin, Amy Regrut de Leon,
Wendy McClung Talley, Jennifer Reid,
Sally Lockard Nichols, Aimee Martin
Williams, Shannon Lawing McGinnis,
Johnna Chatham Modlin, Josie Jenkins
Row 3: Jessica Atkinson, Anna Cheek
Williams, Amanda Thomas, Diane
Bonham, Helen Schlabs Baker, Torva
Larson Smith, Bridget Archibald
Meadows, Kathryn Sander Elliott
Row 4: Molly Plemmons Shaner,
Jennifer Sosnowki, Katherine Ferrell,
Jennifer Forbes, Peggy Ethier Crane,
Jennifer Hartman Tucker, Stephanie Talbert
Goldsborough, Sarah-Henning Snellings,
Jill Shelton, Shirley Moritz Vaughan Class of 1999
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April 17-19, 2009

Front Row: Elisabeth “Lizard”
Royston, Noni Person, Monica Godoy
Bruce, Livni Mendez, Angel McArthur,
Beth Young, Conschetta Wright,
Allison Crooks, Emily Ustach
Row 2: Jessica Cecil Rogers, Ashley
Watts, Katie Burge, Chelsea LaVoie
Brown, Jennifer Cassels, Danielle Bowers
Sanders, Vanessa Wright Hollifield,
Mary Joyce Gibson, Melissa Esposito
Row 3: Erica DeCoeur, Lesley Simmons
Reece, Tiese Roxbury, Rehanna Khan,
Andrea Falden, Priscilla Christensen,
Rebekah Bray Davis, Meighan Mahaffey
Row 4: Casey Kiser, Rosemary
Johnson, Holly Palmer, Carolyn Lukason,
Liz Smith, Elissa Gall Drumm,
Joyell Nevins, Heidi Schneble

Class of 2004

Front Row: Whitney Combs,
Whitney Smith, Jacqueline Mathis,
Jessica Williams, Katie Gunter, Melissa
Wilson, Lauren Cole, Susan Smith,
Jennifer Thomas
Row 2: Tatum Fishel, Noel Clark,
Brittany Owen, Amy Litz, Anna Claire
Pliszka Croghan, Annemarie Wess, Anne
Donovan Clark, Rebecca Simmons
Row 3: Alexandra Cesare, Kelsey
Finnie, Stevie Bechtel, Erin Wilson,
Anne Rutherford, Joanna Littrell,
Sarah Williams, Kendra Clopton,
Sandy Romanac

Class of 2008
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Salem Trivia Challen�e
Are you up on your Salem history? Take the Salem 5. The name of the first printed Salem
Academy and College Trivia Challenge. Check your annual was:
a. The Ivy b. Sights and Insights
answers at c. SemFem d. Pinafore

6. The motto on the Salem Seal is:
a. Gamma Delta Alpha b. Delta Alpha Gamma
c. Alpha Kappa Gamma d. Gamma Kappa Delta

7. The names of the TWO student literary societies at
Salem were the:
a. Phythian and Hesperian
b. Hesperian and Euterpean
c. Euterpean and Ephesian
d. Ephesian and Phythian

8. The Salem inspector / president who served for the
longest term was:
a. G. Benjamin Reichel b. John H. Clewell
c. Howard Rondthaler d. Dale H. Gramley

9. Emma Lehman, teacher of English and amateur bota-
nist, discovered a plant that (for a time) was considered
to be an original find–Monotropsis lehmani. This plant
1. The Salem alumna who became First Lady of the
was a kind of:
United States was:
a. Buttercup b. Lily
a. Dolley Payne (Mrs. James Madison)
c. Aster d. Indian pipe
b. Rachel Donelson (Mrs. Andrew Jackson)
c. Sarah Childress (Mrs. James Polk) 10. The Great Storm that felled most of the oak trees in
d. Eliza McCardle (Mrs. Andrew Johnson) Salem Square and along Cedar Avenue in God’s Acre oc-
curred in May of:
2. We all know that Elizabeth Oesterlein was the first
a. 1978 b. 1984
teacher of the little girls at Salem. Who became the sec-
c. 1989 d. 1993
ond teacher?
a. Polly Vogler b. Elizabeth Meinung 11. Ivy May Hixson, first Academic Dean of Salem Col-
c. Sarah Kramsch d. Christina Sehner lege, originally taught:
a. Latin b. English
3. The image that ultimately became the Salem seal was
c. Philosophy d. French
based on a class pin designed for the Class of:
a. 1899 b. 1907 12. Which of the following women has
c. 1914 d. 1920 NOT officially visited Salem Academy and College?
a. Helen Keller b. Eleanor Roosevelt
4. In the early 1970s, consideration was given to building
c. Madeline Albright d. Beverly Perdue
an INDOOR pool in the basement of:
a. Main Hall 13. The first non-Moravian President of
b. History Wing Salem Academy and College was:
c. Rondthaler Science Building a. Dale H. Gramley b. John H.Chandler
d. Corrin Refectory c. Richard Morrill d. Julianne Still Thrift

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new book, the third of the Maus stories, by Dr. John Hutton to play the trumpet, just in time to participate in the Easter
is coming soon, starring Sister Maus of the Single Sisters House Sunrise celebrations from Bethabara to Salem. A magical tale,
and her many friends Easter Maus brings
in Salem of 1785. A together the best of
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and illustrated with and historical accuracy.
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watercolors, Easter included in each Sister
Maus: A Third Small Maus book contains
Tale of Sisters House, valuable information
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Can you identi�y this photograph �rom the Salem archives?

This photo of Salem students on the edge of the swimming pool comes from the Gramley
Library archives. If you know the approximate date when the photo was taken and can
identify any of the women pictured, please email alumnae director Karla Gort at We’ll post the findings at on the alumnae news page.