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magazine 2010

... Sorrells named Teacher

of the year, page 5
... The academy launches a new
admissions campaign, page 17
Tribute to former board chair
William W. Neal III, page 34
Salem academy magazine

Susan e. Pauly
Karl J. Sjolund
Head of School
Vicki Williams Sheppard c’82
Vice President of Institutional

Alumnae Office
Megan Ratley C’06, Director of Academy
Alumnae Relations

Published by the Office of Communications

and Public Relations
Jacqueline McBride, Director
Ellen Schuette, Associate Director
Contributing Writers: Karl Sjolund,
Lucia Uldrick C’99, Wynne
Overton A’96, Megan Ratley C’06,
Lorie Howard, Rose Simon, Ellen
Schuette, Mary Lorick Thompson,
Rachel Barron, Ryan Jones C’10,
Martha Johnston Manning A’73,
Jacqueline McBride, and Caroline
Harrison McLaughlin C’07
Designer: Carrie Pritchard Dickey C’00
Photography: Alan Calhoun, Allen
Aycock, Carrie Pritchard Dickey C’00,
William Harrison Fryar, and Elise
LaViolette C’10

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magazine 2010

A Message from the President....................................................2

Message from the Head of School..............................................3
Commencement 2010 ................................................................4
Theater...................................................................................... 12
International Day...................................................................... 14

Page 12 Cookie Break............................................................................ 15

Student Scholars....................................................................... 16
Admissions................................................................................ 17
Athletics.................................................................................... 19
Tribute to William W. Neal III................................................. 34


Page 22 Tag Room Tidings........................................................................7

Alumnae News...........................................................................20
Reunion 2010........................................................................... 36
Giving to Salem........................................................................ 40

Special Insert: Honor Roll of Donors

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A Message From the President
“Believe” is the newest facility renovations are already visible and having
the beautiful an impact. These include the beautiful renovation of our Tag
new theme we Room, exciting upgrades to our Rec Room, renovation of the
are using this physics laboratory and installation of a new collaboratory that
year to capture allows girls to simultaneously work together on projects via
the Academy’s computer.
essence and carry Expanding our presence as a center for wellness con-
it to the world tinues as well, with Wii Fit installed in the Rec Room, a new
in our publica- physical fitness component added to our Purple and Gold
tions and website. competition and the addition of new team-building and emo-
We all know tional wellness initiatives for ninth graders this year.
that the Acad- In the area of academic distinction, this year we are
emy transforms launching a virtual learning component in the curriculum to
girls personally expand the girls’ AP and elective options, and we are moving
and intellectu- ahead with developing more honor internships for Jan Term
ally into the self- and extended field trips for ninth and tenth graders.
confident young The boarding experience is being enriched through a
women they were completely new residential life curriculum that includes spiri-
meant to be, tual, emotional and physical wellness activities throughout the
and our mes- year. A new staff position, International Student Coordinator,
sage of “Believe in has been added to enrich and support the boarding experience
yourself…we do!” for our international girls.
resonates with Finally, our strategic plan calls for increasing financial
our alumnae and strength through enrollment and strategic fiscal planning. I
with everyone who loves our great school. am delighted to report this year that the Academy is again in
It is my privilege and responsibility as president to help a strong position, and we are using resources strategically to
lead the Academy into the future. This calls for a clear un- enrich the learning experience for our girls through projects
derstanding of our past accomplishments and challenges as outlined above as well as others. We also will build on the suc-
well as thoughtfully planned goals for the future and a sense cess of last year’s annual giving campaign and with the help
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of mission that is shared by all of us – faculty, staff, students, of our community, achieve the goal of $1.4 million by June
alumnae and the community. 2011.
In 2008 we worked together to adopt a five-year strategic Please enjoy this issue of the Academy magazine and con-
plan (available at that is designed tinue to contact us with ideas, suggestions, and proposals. We
to take us through 2013. Over the past several years, many welcome your involvement and are grateful for your support!
initiatives have resulted that now enrich the learning and living We all believe in the transformative power of an Academy
environment for our girls. Too many projects have been com- education. We know it is through your belief in our mission
pleted to list here but a few examples include opening the new and your love for our great school that we will, as we have for
counseling center, launching a summer sports camp, enhancing over two hundred years, continue to change the lives of girls
and expanding our advising program, launching our first day of forever.
service learning at the Academy, launching an annual inter-
national day and developing an exchange program with a high Sincerely,
school in China.
Under the leadership of our Head of School Karl Sjolund,
the exciting initiatives continue, with several goals for 2010-
2011 already underway. As they say, seeing is believing, and Susan E. Pauly, President
Karl Sjolond with his wife, Susan, and twin daughters Berkley and Hannah.

Message from the Head of School, Karl Sjolund

During both the Opening and Closing Chapels last year, I Our students and our alumnae have taken the raw material
quoted the words of Dr. John Roush, president of Centre Col- that God has given them and made something out of it. They
lege, who once said: discovered things in science, math, English, and history that

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“The wisdom of God is known in that He left the world unfin- they never knew, and made strides in their professions that have
ished – that we might have the interest and delight in taking the brought them notoriety and honor. They’ve made drop shots
raw material and putting the world together. He left the oil in the on the tennis court, arguments in a different kind of court,
trap rock, the aluminum in the clay, the paper in the pulp, the beautiful music with their voices, and striking works of art with
electricity in the clouds. He left the forest unfelled, the moun- their hands and on stage. It was a fun year, and a real blessing to
tains unsurveyed, the canals undug, the tunnels unbored. He watch unfold.
left the music unwritten, the poetry undreamed and the dramas Of course, there’s still so much more to be discovered, and
unplayed.” the good news is that we get to do it again…for the 239th year
I love that last bit – “the dramas unplayed” – because that’s in a row! So, I hope you enjoy reading about all the great things
the way life comes to us…like a drama. The story unfolds scene that happened last year. In the meantime, we’ll start working on
by scene and we have to flip to the next page or enter into the the next scene!
next scene if we want to know what’s going to happen. When we
did that last year, we discovered a lot – both individually and
as a community. Much of what we discovered is reflected in the
pages of this magazine. Karl J. Sjolund, Head of School
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Commencement 2010
The Salem Academy Class of 2010 proudly threw their Coburn, 2nd Honor Graduate; and Hannah Deans, Senior
caps into the air at the conclusion of the commencement Class President. The shared cherished stories of their four
ceremony held on Saturday, May 29. A sea of smiling parents, years at the Academy and words of inspiration.
relatives and friends watched from their seats in the beautiful Smiles, hugs and tears were seen at the faculty and staff
May Dell as 43 seniors graduated. Three accomplished seniors reception line following the ceremony. To read Hannah Deans
spoke – Sae Saem “Biana” Han, 1st Honor Graduate; Brooke complete address visit
2010 Oesterlein Award Goes to This year, more than $1.2 million in college merit
Catherine Hendren scholarships were awarded to the Class of 2010
graduates, who were accepted to 79 colleges
The Oesterlein
Award is named in and universities in 20 states and the District of
honor of Salem’s Columbia, including:
first teacher when
it was founded as a Albany College of Pharmacy SUNY Albany
school for girls in Appalachian State University Syracuse University
1772. Candidates Boston University Texas Christian University
are nominated by College of Charleston Tulane University
Cate Hendren A’10 and her faculty, staff and Davidson College University of Illinois at
godmother Shirley Ferguson.
fellow students, and DePaul University Urbana-Champaign
each nominee must compete against other truly outstanding Drexel University University of North
seniors. Among the criteria are: attend Salem all four years of East Carolina University Carolina-Asheville
high school; make notable contribution to the quality of life Elmhurst College University of North
at Salem, exemplify leadership; and be conscientious and dili- Emory University Carolina-Chapel Hill
gent in the pursuit of academic excellence, attaining at least a Furman University University of North
3.0 average overall. George Washington University Carolina-Charlotte
Hendren was a Morehead-Cain Scholar Nominee and for Goucher College University of North
the past three years received the Salem Academy Citizenship Guilford College Carolina-Greensboro
award. She was president of the Junior Class and was presi- Hampshire College University of North
dent of the Honor Cabinet her senior year at Salem. She was Hampton University Carolina-Wilmington
a commencement marshal for grades 9-11 (an honor reserve High Point University University of Connecticut
for the student with the top GPAs in the class) as well as a Howard University University of the Sciences-
member of the International Thespian Society, the National Indiana University at Philadelphia
Spanish Honorary Society, the National Honor Society and Bloomington University of the South-Sewanee
Mu Alpha Theta (mathematics honor society). Korea Advanced Institute of University of South Carolina
During her sophomore year, Hendren participated in fall Science & Technology Virginia Polytechnic Institute &
semester study at the Outdoor Academy in Pisgah Forest, NC Lake Forest College State University
and during 2009 did an independent homestay and Spanish La Salle University Wake Forest University
immersion studies in Costa Rica. While at the Academy she Massachusetts College of Washington and Lee University
was active in chorus and glee club; served on the yearbook Pharmacy Western Carolina University
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staff; and participated in the Amnesty International, Garden, New York University William Woods University
Ecology, Music, Spanish, Korean Culture, Shakespeare, Young North Carolina State Wofford College
Democrats and Triathlon clubs. Catherine was active at St. University
Paul’s Episcopal Church all four of her years at the Academy, Northeastern University
serving as an acolyte and being confirmed in that church. A The Ohio State University
member of the International Thespian Society, Hendren had Pennsylvania State
roles in three of the Academy’s theatre performances and was University-University Park
stage manager for one, The Tempest. Queens University of
In addition to being a member of the varsity swimming Charlotte
and soccer teams all four years, Hendren played varsity field Salem College
hockey for three years and was team captain her senior year. Savannah College of Art
She was an active community volunteer, working with the and Design
Hispanic Services Bookmobile and Sumer Science Camp as Southern Methodist
well as the Wake Forest Museum of Anthropology summer University
camp. Spelman College
Cate is the daughter of Tom and Catherine Hendren of Stephens College
Winston-Salem. She currently attends Davidson College. St. John’s University
Tag Room Tidings

7 • Salem Academy
Class of 2010 gives Tag Room a facelift At commencement, the class of 2010 announced their
For the students of Salem Academy, no school day is class gift would be a complete renovation of the Tag Room.
complete without at least one visit to the Tag Room, which They donated the funds they had collected during their four
now has an exciting new look thanks to a gift from the class of years at Salem to pay for the project.
2010. Thompson said the process started with removing every-
“It’s probably the most-used room in the school,” said thing from the Tag Room to make way for new carpet and a
dean of students and assistant head of school, Mary Lorick fresh coat of paint for the walls and student mailboxes. New
Thompson. “Every student goes in and out of it several times a shelving was added under the mailboxes and the trophy case
day.” was updated with some accent painting.
Thompson said the constant traffic of students picking up The mother of a current student volunteered her reup-
messages, sending and receiving mail and gathering for group holstering services to refresh the furniture while new window
trips had left the small room near the front entrance of the treatments and a new desk finished off the visual overhaul.
building looking well-worn and in need of a makeover. “There have been lots of positive comments,” said Thomp-
“The seniors thought it would be nice to dress it up again son of the new and improved Tag Room. “They [the students]
and make it look a little more fresh and modern,” she ex- still feel very much like it’s their space. The function hasn’t
plained. changed, it’s just a little more dressed up.”
Uldrick Howard

The Elsie Nunn Headmaster’s Award -

Lucia Uldrick
Sorrells Lucia Uldrick C’99, director of admissions, has received
the prestigious Elsie Nunn Headmaster’s Award, named for
Kristina Porazzi Sorrells, C’96 one of the most distinguished teachers in the long history
Kristina Porazzi Sorrells, C’96, mathematics of Salem Academy. Lucia has been awarded this honor for
teacher at Salem Academy, was named as the Outstand- exemplifying three important qualities: her unwavering selfless
ing Secondary School Mathematics Teacher represent- and cheerful service to all aspects of the Academy, creating
ing Private/Charter schools for 2010. The honor was and fostering positive relationships with students, faculty, and
announced by the North Carolina Council of Teach- staff, as well as for her willingness to go beyond the require-
ers of Mathematics (NCCTM). Sorrells, who lives in ments of duty at any time. Says head of school, Karl Sjolund,
Tobaccoville, received the award at the NCCTM annual “she worries less about how it’s going to impact her, and more
conference in October. about how it’s going to impact the girls.” Congratulations,
A 1996 graduate of Salem College, Sorrells Lucia!
received her master’s degree in mathematics from Wake
Forest University in 1998 and has been teaching for The Joel Weston Award for Faculty Excellence -
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11 years. She is a member of the National Council of Lorie Howard and Sharon Spencer
Teachers of Mathematics, the Mathematical Association Longtime faculty members, Lorie Howard and Sharon
of America, the North Carolina Council of Teachers Spencer, have each received the Joel Weston Award for Faculty
of Mathematics and the North Carolina Association of Excellence. The award is given for excellence in classroom
Advanced Placement Mathematics Teachers. teaching, excellence in relations with students, and excellence
Karl Sjolund, Head of School, describes Sorrells in overall contribution to the total Academy program.
as “passionate about her students and her subject.” He Howard serves as the director of athletics, and since arriv-
adds, “Before arriving at the Academy, many students ing at the Academy in 1990, she has coached tennis, basket-
had fumbled through the required courses keeping their ball, soccer, and taught physical education. The founder of the
mouths shut and their minds closed to the world of Salem Summer Sports Camp for Kids, she is an avid photog-
mathematics. But then everything changes after arriving rapher and scrapbooker, as well as a talented pianist. Known
in Mrs. Sorrells’ class. Not only do they overcome their for her on-fire and jovial personality, Howard has traveled
fear of math, but in many cases they wind up enrolling in abroad extensively during her tenure at the Academy, and she
the most advanced math courses we offer simply because is also an expert on the Amish.
they have grown to love the subject.” A faculty member since 1993, Spencer has partici-
pated in the Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund program and an
Eisenhower grant to travel to the Peruvian Amazon. She has
Spencer Katie and Mick Orr Herring

traveled abroad on numerous Academy trips, and has partici- Mick and Katie will each work individually 2 days a week.
pated in scoring advanced biology exam essays for seven years. They will enjoy time together resting at home on the other
Spencer is a member of the National Association of Biology days. They are excited to meet everyone and enjoy their new
Teachers, the National Science Teachers Association, the ‘desk’ (bed) in the counseling office.
North Carolina Science Teachers Association, and the Envi-
ronmental Educators of North Carolina. From Salem Scholar to
Director of Residence Life
Mick and Katie Orr Salem Academy has a new director of residence life in
Pet therapy is a growing trend in the counseling world. one of its current staff members! A native of Orlando, FL
Medical studies and clinical research show that a therapy dog Kimberly Herring is a 2007 graduate of Salem College and
not only has medical benefits - such as stress relief, or lower the Salem College School of Music with a B.M. in music edu-
blood pressure - but also provides a sense of comfort, confi- cation K-12, and with performance studies in both organ and
dence, and companionship. There are many students at Salem voice. Kimberly recently completed her course work for the
who desperately miss their pets at home and the comfort they M.A. in Liberal Studies degree from Wake Forest University
provided. So it is with great pleasure that the Counseling De- this past May, and this fall, defended her thesis. Also this fall,

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partment would like to introduce two new members to its staff she began Ph.D. course work in Educational Studies part-time
– Mick and Katie Orr. at UNCG.
Mick is a 2 1/2 year old Lab/Bloodhound mix. He was ad- Formerly the Academy’s 2009-2010 Salem Scholar, as
opted from the Forsyth Human Society when he was 3 months well as having been a house counselor at the Academy the past
old. Weeks after his adoption he began training to become a two years, Kimberly brings to her new position an impressive
therapy dog. Mick has completed all his training courses and amount of previous experience in residential life. During her
passed his test. He is a 75 pound dog who thinks he is a lap undergraduate career at Salem, she was a residential advisor
dog. Mick is very emotionally aware and senses when a person both her sophomore and junior years. Kimberly was also a
is upset. He loves to be a comforting presence. During his free graduate assistant and hall director in residential life at Rol-
time, Mick enjoys chasing a Frisbee, playing chase with Katie, lins College in Winter Park, FL, where she initially began her
and going for long walks or runs. Masters. In addition to these roles, she was the summer 2008
Katie is a 4 year old, 45 pound, small boxer. She was coordinator of residential life with Duke TIP (Talent Identi-
adopted from Ard-Vista Animal Hospital after her previous fication Program) at the Duke University Marine Lab campus
owners could no longer care for her. Katie has been in training in Beaufort, NC. Kimberly is looking forward to an exciting,
for 1 1/2 years and has also completed all her training classes. fun, and healthy residence life experience for all Academy
She loves sitting in laps and giving ‘kisses’ to people. In her free students.
time, Katie loves to run and play with her toys.
Lauren mailing photos at the Vatican

Fulbright grant takes Academy teacher to Italy

After an action-packed summer of international travel,
Lauren Rogers is back and ready to share her experiences with
the students she teaches at Salem Academy. She’s also thank-
ful to the organization that made her experience possible.
Rogers, who teaches Latin and is a house counselor for the
Academy, was able to participate in the 2010 Summer Classics
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Seminar in Italy thanks to a Fulbright grant of more than

“I am grateful to the Fulbright Commission and the De-
partment of State for providing such a wonderful opportunity
and I am excited to incorporate my experiences from this sum-
mer into my classroom practices at Salem Academy,” Rogers
All of Rogers’ returning students received a postcard from
their teacher over the summer from the Vatican State, where
Latin is the official language.
The seminar Rogers participated in was administered by
the American Councils for International Education and the
American Academy in Rome. It was sponsored by the Bureau
of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department
of State and the U.S. Italy Fulbright Commission.
Bronze Door of the Temple of Romulus During her time in Italy, Rogers participated in two
AP Courses
The mission statement of Salem Academy pledges to
recognize our place as a “global society” and prepare stu-
dents for a “lifetime of learning.” With the importance of
technology in our world, Salem has begun to offer students
the opportunity to take online courses not offered within
the curriculum. As an active member of the North Caro-
lina Association of Independent Schools, Salem Academy
has partnered with the NCAIS Virtual Learning Consor-
tium. Through Aventa Learning, independent schools in
the state are able to offer access to quality online classes.
At Salem, in order to continue to offer French to the fewer
and fewer students who elect that language, a total of 15
students are enrolled in online language classes in French
II, III, IV, and AP French Language. Likewise, NCAIS
Forum from Typewrite Monument Virtual allows Salem to offer a wide range of AP classes
which we are unable to include in our own curriculum and,
separate programs. She spent about a month investigating the therefore, provide students a wider range of accelerated
growth and development of Rome through the study of mate- classes. These advanced placement classes are certified by
rial remains and literary sources with the Summer Classical the College Board for AP credit, and the language classes
School at the American Academy in Rome. are approved by the American Committee on the Teaching
“The American Academy in Rome is a truly amazing of Foreign Language, and aligned to state standards. Some
place,” Rogers said. “Not only is it the only McKim, Mead and AP classes offered online include:
White building outside of North America, but it was also the AP Computer Science A AP Microeconomics

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site of Galileo’s first demonstration of his telescope.” AP English Language AP Physics B
Rogers also spent 10 days participating in the Vergilian AP Environmental Science AP Psychology
Society Summer Study Program exploring Roman self-repre- AP European History AP Spanish Language
sentation. AP French Language AP US Government
“It was truly remarkable,” Rogers said, describing the ex- Students also have access to the following electives:
perience of exploring the Villa Giulia with Larissa Bonfante, Creative Writing Japanese I
the leading expert on Etruscan civilization and examining the Journalism Japanese II
remains of the arch of Septimus Severus with Susann Lusnia, German I Mandarin (Chinese) I
a specialist in Severan Rome. German II Mandarin (Chinese) II
In addition to paying for both programs, all of Rog- German III Psychology*
ers’ educational supplies, room and board, travel and other German IV Sociology*
expenses were covered by the Fulbright grant.
Rogers traveled to Washington D.C. in September to pres-
ent her summer experience to members of the Fulbright Com-
mission, Department of State and the American Councils.
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Madeleine Shelton A’12 playing the role of the young Jane Eyre.
Fall 2010 Play, Kindertransport.

Successful Theater Productions

The Salem Academy theater program presented one of its help. They offered to bring snacks and help with things like
most successful plays ever – the musical drama Jane Eyre – to sewing and painting. The school is very supportive as well. It
sold-out crowds last spring. really is like a family.”
The production, based on the novel by Charlotte Bronte, Everyone’s efforts paid off in a fabulous performance to
was a huge undertaking, with a cast of 39, a two-story set, a packed houses every night. “We even had people come from
smoke machine, a mini-orchestra, and nearly 100 early 19th- the community, who just really love the story and the play, who
century period costumes. About 30 other students, including were not connected with the Academy in any way,” Lawson
three stage managers, helped build the sets and took charge said.
of costumes, hair, make-up, lighting and publicity, said Kerry Last fall, Academy students presented a more light-heart-
Lawson, the director (department chair in fine arts and theater ed production, Dearly Departed, a comedy about a Southern
teacher). family coping – not very well – with a death in the family. The
Although Lawson and music director Joy Rushton chose fall 2010 play, Kindertransport, is a drama based on the true

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the play more than a year ago, the cast was not selected until story of German Jewish children who, for their own protec-
last March. Brad Phillis, a teacher at Atkins High School, was tion during the Nazi regime, were sent away to live with British
brought in to play the male lead role. With only two months families. The spring 2010 production will be a period piece,
until show time, everyone scrambled furiously to get ready. In Prunella, or Love in a Dutch Garden.
addition to the obvious tasks of learning lines and songs and Lawson said she chooses plays on a two-year cycle, de-
holding many rehearsals, there were many other challenges. A signed to give all students exposure to a variety of productions
pot that lit up silk “flames” was brought in for a scene in which a – musicals, comedies, dramas and period pieces – during their
bed catches fire. A wedding dress was purchased from a Good- time at Salem Academy. “These students really challenge me,”
will thrift store and six other costumes were ordered off ebay. she said. “They want to do these plays and they have such a
A large ballroom dance had to be choreographed. Ten different great work ethic.”
sets, including staircases and archways, had to be built. Lawson Aside from being fun and educational, however, the
used her own sewing talents to make nearly all of the costumes, Academy’s theater program helps prepare the students for their
repurposing dust ruffles to make the full skirts that women wore adult lives. “Most of them will not become theater majors, but
during the period. it enhances their self-esteem and confidence. They learn dic-
Then Academy parents were pressed into service to help tion and speaking skills – things they will use the rest of their
round up dozens of crinolines to make the skirts “poof out” lives, whether they become lawyers or run business meetings.
properly. “We have such an incredible parent support system,” Theater is valuable in shaping a well-rounded person,” states
Lawson said. “They actually call and ask what they can do to Lawson.
Wen “Peggy” Liao A’12, Jie “JJ” Mao A’12, Yaru “Monica” Wang A’12 (all from China)

Academy finds unity in diversity with International Day

When young women enroll at Salem Academy, they’re Mako Aoki, coordinator of the Japan Outreach Initiative
signing up for more than AP courses and extracurricular ac- program at Wake Forest University, also gave a presentation.
tivities. For them, high school is a four-year lesson on the value She discussed Japanese culture and gave students a better idea
of community. of what it’s like to be a teenager in Japan.
According to dean of students Mary Lorick Thompson, “It was about the fun and excitement of travel,” Cahill
part of building community is fostering relationships between said. “Seeing how things are done in a different way and not
students from different backgrounds and cultures. necessarily viewing the world through Western eyes.”
“It’s a very diverse student body,” she said. “We have stu- In the two years since International Day became a fixture
dents from lots of geographic locations in the United States as on the academic calendar, Cahill said students have gained
well as abroad. We just think it’s important for our students to interest. Most look forward to the day when they get to watch
understand where each other comes from.” their classmates don traditional Chinese costumes and per-
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Two years ago, Thompson helped organize the school’s first form dances or try a dish prepared by a classmate from Korea.
International Day as a way to bridge gaps between students, “It’s important for our international students to share
30 percent of whom are from countries other than the United what their world is really like. They’re proud and they want
States. The event replaces regular classes with student presen- other people to experience that and get to know where they
tations, guest speakers and special lunchtime cuisine. live,” Cahill said. “In our mission statement here at Salem we
Last year, the students heard from Virginia Pleasants, a talk about the importance of the girls having a global perspec-
2005 Academy graduate who recently spent five months doing tive and so I think this is one way that we take a whole day of
community service work in Kenya. Her presentation high- school to recognize other cultures and embrace the idea of
lighted her activities, which included helping renovate schools, exploring the world that’s getting smaller everyday.”
teaching children and researching environmental conservation. Cahill extended an enthusiastic invite to Salem Academy’s
“Since she’s young and she went to Salem and also went International Day festivities, which usually occur in the spring,
to UNC, I think she made a real connection with the girls,” to visitors.
said Eileen Cahill, director of studies for the Academy. “It was “It’s a wonderful thing for alums to come and see,” she
somebody that they could identify with. Her experience showed said. “I think they would be so amazed by how enriched the
that without much difficulty you can choose to volunteer and school culture is because we have so many different nationali-
make a difference in the world by getting your hands dirty.” ties represented.”
Abby Triplette A’14, Mairé Gebhard A’14

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We break for Cookies!
It’s a long-standing Salem Academy tradition that caters cookies,” she said, remembering the day the food supply truck
to girls with a sweet tooth. didn’t come on time and there were no cookies for a cookie
“The idea behind it is that everybody needs a break and break.
maybe a little pick-me-up midway through the day to go along “It was a black day,” Thompson laughed.
with academics,” explained Mary Lorick Thompson, dean of The cookies, baked fresh daily by longtime Academy cook,
students and assistant head of school. Shirley Smith, are usually chocolate chip, but occasionally
Though she isn’t sure how long the mid-morning cookie there will be an oatmeal, sugar or peanut butter cookie thrown
break has been an Academy tradition, Thompson said that in into the mix.
her 39 years at the institution she can’t remember a time when Thompson said alums often reference the cookie break as
both students and faculty didn’t look forward to it. one of their favorite Salem memories.
“It’s probably the highlight of the day. They love it and “This is a very warm, nurturing place and it’s a symbol of
they get upset if we run out or if for some reason we don’t have the fact that we care very much for them,” she said.
Student Scholars
Scholarship finalists E. Bennett Hol-
land, a sophomore from Southern Pines,
N.C., and Victoria Elise Grubbs, a fresh-
man from Rydal, G.A.., received the Hig-
ginbotham Award.
Bennett Holland A’13, an honors
student at Pinecrest High School dur-
ing her freshman year, has volunteered for
the Moore County Literacy Council, the
Hunger Coalition, and participated in a
youth mission trip to build a playground for
children at a Hispanic mission church. She
is a member of the Emmanuel Parish youth
group and serves as an acolyte and crucifer
Left to right Catherine Ward A’14, Bennett Holland A’13, Victoria Grubbs A’14 Holland wrote in her essay that she
Three new Sisters Merit Scholarship finalists began wants to study physical therapy in college and graduate school.
their Salem Academy experience this fall, adding their blos- “My father has spastic cerebral palsy in his legs,” she wrote. “I
soming leadership skills and academic talents to the student believe that if he had received physical therapy, then he might
body. have been able to walk.” Because of her experience volunteer-
Catherine Anne Ward A’14, a freshman from New ing with the Moore County Literacy Council, she wants to
Bern, N.C., is the recipient of the Sisters Merit Scholar- further her study of Spanish as well, she added. “I could also
ship, which covers room, board and tuition as well as other help non-English speaking people with physical therapy, which
special academic opportunities. Ward has amassed a long other physical therapists might not be able to do.”
list of achievements and volunteer service during her middle Victoria Grubbs’ A’14 numerous activities during
school years at The Epiphany School in New Bern. She was middle school included being team captain of the Academic
elected a Class Senator in seventh and eighth grades and, Bowl Team, singing in the chorus, leading the drum line for
in her last year there, was recognized as an honor student in the school band, competing in a statewide math contest, and
physical science, algebra, ancient history and literature. Her volunteering with numerous organizations.
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many extracurricular activities include serving as a cheer- Grubbs wrote in her essay that she learned a valuable
leader and Middle School Science Olympiad captain for lesson in leadership when her sixth-grade band director at
Epiphany; volunteering at Helping Horses Helping Hands Loganville Middle School encouraged her to try playing
Therapeutic Riding Center; and performing in the River percussion, even though she had never even touched a drum.
Towne Players’ production of Seussical the Musical. She surprised herself and everyone else when she aced the
In an essay she wrote for the scholarship competi- tryout for the drum line and was named the section leader. “I
tion, Ward said that she believes that “a leader is a listener. was the only girl on a fifteen member line, and the boys did not
A leader is someone who serves others by standing up and like that I was in charge. Most of them had been playing their
helping when others sit down. … I strive to be an example to whole lives and to be outplayed by a girl who had never before
others through leadership.” She also wrote about her experi- played a drum was almost unspeakable,” she wrote. Despite
ence volunteering at Helping Horses Helping Hands, where their teasing and criticism, she said, “I stayed strong and never
she worked with children with various disabilities, including let them talk me out of being the section leader . … I realized
autism, cerebral palsy and cancer, and with individuals who just how much potential I really had. Since then, I have taken
wear prosthetic limbs. “They are blessings to me and have on more responsibility as a leader in many aspects of my life
touched my life,” Ward wrote. “I gain a feeling of accom- including youth group, church, school and family.”
plishment when I see a smile on their face because, though
they had difficulty with some tasks, they had fun.”
Academy “jumps” to 21st century admissions tactics
Aside from reaching a new generation of students who
prefer the keyboard to the ballpoint, Uldrick said the combi-
nation of online and print admissions materials is also more
cost-effective and can be updated more efficiently.
“Being a small school and having a mind for budget, with
the view books we would have to print a three year supply to be
cost-conscious,” she said. “And once you print it’s out of date.
Online view books give us the option to change pictures and
text throughout the year and really make sure things are cur-
Gone are the days of oversized packets of printed bro- At 108, Salem Academy is enjoying its highest number of
chures, letters and view books sent through the mail. The next boarding students in 10 years.

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wave of prospective Salem Academy students will be enticed
through technology. Admissions Updates
“The girls that we are trying to reach are much more savvy “We’re excited about filling the dorm with great students,”
on the internet and with technology than even we are as fac- said Lucia Uldrick. With 52 day students joining the mix, Ul-
ulty and staff,” said Lucia Uldrick, director of admissions for drick said the school is full of “great girls doing great things.”
the Academy. “This is how they’re used to getting a lot of their They hail from 10 states and six countries and 20 percent
information. We want to keep current with what students are are legacy students. “We are really excited that we’re keeping it
doing.” in the family,” Uldrick said.
Instead of the traditionally text-heavy packets, prospec- She added that Academy alumnae can play a very impor-
tive students will now receive a USB flash drive (“jump” drive) tant role in the future of their alma mater by raising interest
loaded with access to a hidden page on the Academy website among new generations of potential students. “Share the word
that features an interactive view book, scholarship information about Salem by hosting events in your hometown,” she said.
and a downloadable application. “Alumnae might feel they have to have 25 girls come to a party
“We’re excited to be one of the first schools to have an at their house but we feel like it’s a success if we can talk to
online view book and be able to reach the students in that even one girl.”
way,” said Uldrick. “We want to engage them but we want to use
those ways of technology to actually get them to campus.”
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Athletic traditions continue at Salem Academy
For nearly a century, Salem Academy has been a pioneer which I think all institutions want. Students take pride in
in women’s athletics, training young women not only to be their color.”
fierce competitors, but also to work as a team to achieve their Students also look forward to the annual Academy
goals. Superbowl. The powder puff football game, a 15-year-old
Lorie Howard, athletic director for the Academy, said tradition, takes place on the first Saturday in December.
there are many school traditions that serve to foster enthusi- Faculty members coach the girls at a few practices each
asm for physical activity among students. She credits these tra- week throughout the month of November to teach them the
ditions with the high level of participation in Academy sports rules of the game. On game day, freshmen and juniors com-
– 2/3 of the student body plays at least one sport. pete against sophomores and seniors.

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With 13 teams in 10 different sports including basket- The friendly competition continues as the faculty chal-
ball, soccer, volleyball and even fencing, Academy students lenges the students to a basketball game at the end of the
have a lot to choose from. winter season.
“I think there are many lessons to be learned on the ath- “It’s one of the highlights of the year. We always win,”
letic fields,” Howard said. “Dedication, commitment … You’ve Howard laughed.
got teammates that depend on you and the camaraderie that After the game, a bonfire on the athletic fields gives
is built with your teammates and your team members, you just students a chance to socialize while enjoying ‘smores, hot
can’t find that any place else.” chocolate and hot dogs.
One of the oldest traditions dates back to around 1930, Howard said that together, all of these traditions help
long before the North Carolina Independent Schools Associa- reinforce the ideals of the athletics program, which is about
tion brought organization to sports at private girls’ schools. giving every girl a chance to play while maintaining integrity
Each year, incoming freshmen are divided into two teams on the playing field.
at the annual Athletic Picnic; often, legacy students will con- “I think a lot of times we have in this society a win at
tinue family tradition and join the same team as their mother any cost philosophy where we may sacrifice principle and
or grandmother. Girls remain a member of either the purple standards. We’re ethical,” she said. “If they know they’ve done
team or the gold team throughout their time at Salem. their best, they’ve won.”
“I think it sets the tone of spirit in the student body,”
Howard said. “It certainly gives them a sense of school pride,
Alumnae News
Greetings from Martha Johnston Manning A’73
Dear Alumnae, Students, new beginning. We chose as our song, “Carry On” by Crosby,
Parents and Friends, Stills, Nash and Young, with its lyrics: “a new day, a new way,
and new eyes to see the dawn.” It seemed to capture the idea
It is a great honor to be perfectly.
writing to you as your Alumnae Now in her 239th year, Salem Academy still stands proud
Association Board president of her past and yet looking toward a bright future of promise.
for 2010-2012. As a member And she still needs us to help her by giving of our time, our
of the class of 1973, I have ideas, and our financial support.
loved Salem Academy for Before they ever received their diplomas, the Class of
many years, and I look forward 2010 set an example for all of us about giving back to Salem.
to this opportunity to serve. At their senior lunch on May 7, forty-three seniors (that’s
In August of 1971, I entered 100% participation!) made a contribution to the Annual
Salem Academy as a junior, Fund. Each of their names will be listed under their class
a boarder from Welch, year in the President’s Report. These brand new members of
West Virginia, amid much the Alumnae Association are already doing their part to help
excitement on campus. And Salem “carry on.” What a great example they have set for all of
though it was all “new” to me, us. The Alumnae Board matched the amount of their giving,
that August marked some in the new tradition we’re calling “Senior Class Match.” This is
historical beginnings for Salem the second year of the program and the Class of 2010 made it
– the opening of two wonderful facilities: Hodges Hall, the a huge success.
sparkling new dormitory, reserved almost exclusively for seniors, I would like to thank the Alumnae Board for their help
and Critz Hall, with its brand new auditorium, classrooms, and on this project and their willingness to participate in this
faculty offices. great opportunity to double the senior class contribution. On
But of most significance was the launch of the year-long behalf of the board, I would like to say a particular thank you
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celebration of the bicentennial of Salem Academy and College. to Annmarie Carter Miller A’91, C’95, who came up with
Throughout the school year 1971-72, there were a number the idea and worked to implement it by “skyping” the Senior
of exciting things to mark the 200th year, including a special class to encourage them to give to the fund. We think it is the
cantata written exclusively for the Glee Club to perform, etc. beginning of a wonderful new tradition and a great way to get
I was sure the Class of ’72 was especially proud of its place these new alumnae started on the right track.
in history, but where would that leave us in the Class of ’73? The Alumnae Board and I now encourage you to make a
I figured there would be a big let down after such a year of gift to the Annual Fund before June 30, 2011. During these
superlatives. Ours would be the 201st class. Not quite the same tough economic times, your gift is vital. No gift is
ring. A bit anti-climactic for sure. too small to make a difference. Salem has made it easy
We needed something that represented what this new class to give. To see the giving options Salem offers, go to
was about. And we came up with this: We could claim that we Your participation in the Annual
were the first graduating class of the third century of Salem Fund allows Salem Academy to continue offering an
Academy! We would represent newness, freshness, and looking exceptional education to girls from around the world.
toward the future. There are many other ways you can help Salem to carry
Those of us who lived on second floor Hodges decided to on. It doesn’t matter if you live in Winston-Salem or far
decorate the wall in our hallway with a sunrise to symbolize that away.
Alumnae Event Photos
Below are ten suggestions. Salem will benefit so much Atlanta – December 8, 2009
from your gift of time, and I feel sure your life will be enriched Salem alumnae and friends came together at the home of Joe
in the process. and Lisa Herron Bankoff C’72 in Atlanta, GA for an evening
1. Provide your current contact information to the of food and fellowship.
Alumnae Office, including your email address.
Encourage others to keep our records up-to-date.
2. Stay educated about Salem Academy and share what
you know. Visit the Academy website and check out
the alumnae page. Read your alumnae e-newsletter.
3. Host an alumnae event in your hometown. Plan a get-
together at your home or at a local restaurant.
4. Host an Academy student for a Jan Term Internship
in your place of work.
Gwynne Stephens Taylor C’72 and
5. Mark April 29-May 1, 2011 on your calendar now Elizabeth Whitaker A’57
and plan to attend Reunion Weekend with your class
(years ending in1 or 6). Or volunteer to help out the
alumnae board during that weekend. Encourage your
classmates to join you!
6. Provide the Office of Admissions with names of girls
you know who might consider the Academy.
7. Attend a music performance, play or sporting event.

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8. Volunteer at the Alumnae Office. Contact them to
find out how you can help out.
Lisa Bankoff’s dog Callie loved the party at
9. Bake goodies for the faculty lounge. her home in Atlanta.
10. Identify alumnae leaders to serve on the board of the
Alumnae Association next year.
I want to thank you for all you do for our alma mater and look
forward to seeing you on campus during our 239th year.

With warmest regards,

Martha Johnston Manning A’73
President, Salem Academy Alumnae Associatio

Alumnae Office: 336/721-2664 |

Becky Brown Mattison A’61, Karl Sjolund, Lisa Tyrer A’72,
Lee Burroughs Bradway A’79, and Bonnie Horner A’61
Spartanburg – February 17, 2010 Triangle (Durham) – March 23, 2010
The 4th Annual Gramley upstate cocktail buffet was held The Triangle-area alumnae gathered at he home of
at the home of Beau and Ginger Harris Shuler C’77 in Gail McMichael Drews A’61 for a wonderful evening of
Spartanburg, SC. reminiscing.

Susan Pauly, Lucy Harper Greer A’47, C’51, Karl Sjolund, Gwen Hamer Griswold A’49, Sally Couch
Mary Williamson Wardlaw A’53 Vilas A’49, and Marty Dancy Eubank A’59

Gramley Dinner (Charlotte) – October 26, 2010 Coral Bay (Atlantic Beach) – June 24, 2010
Charlotte area alumnae gathered at Myers Park Country Club Salem friends gathered for lunch at the Coral Bay Club in
for the 16th annual Gramley Dinner. Atlantic Beach, NC.
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Wynne Overton A’96, Karl Sjolund, Patti Plaster

Mandy Stuart Stroup A’78, Martha Johnston Norris A’77, Mary-Hannah Finch Taft A’56, and
Manning A’73, and Mary Davis Smart A’73 June Montague Ficklen A’44
Showbiz suits adventurous Academy grad
Each weeknight, millions of viewers tune in to watch as television; one at The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and
the likes of Letterman, Leno and Kimmel deliver witty mono- another in the writer’s production department at The Late Show
logues and lighthearted commentary on current events. But with David Letterman.
very few are aware of what goes on behind the scenes to make After graduating in 2009, Williams knew she had to be
late-night talk shows come to life. where the action was if she wanted to land her dream job. She
For people like Mary-Hollis Williams A’05, who recently took a chance and moved back to California, with no guarantee
joined the production staff of The Late Late Show with Craig of finding work once she got there.
Ferguson, transforming rough outlines and endless task lists “I really moved out just on that gut feeling that this is what

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into a polished broadcast is all in a day’s work. I wanted to do and I was going to be out here and pursue it,”
“The industry is very high-paced and people work really she said, citing the support of her family as a source of strength
long hours. It’s not unusual for me to work from 8 a.m. to 9 during the transition. “I’m not going to lie and say it wasn’t an
or 10 p.m.,” said the Winston-Salem native and 2005 Salem adjustment. It’s definitely been hard living this far away from
Academy graduate. “But I’ve always wanted to do this and if family, but I enjoy it a lot and I think when you enjoy something
you bring that to the table you just jump on board for whatever it just seems to fit.”
project you’re working on.” During her time in Los Angeles, Williams held several
Williams describes her love for late-night television as jobs before rejoining the Late Late Show full time. She’s been
a natural extension of her longtime interest in theater and an audience coordinator with On Camera Audience, a writer’s
performance. assistant for Jimmy Kimmel Live! and a production assistant for
“All these shows are taped in front of a live audience and the 2010 Oscar Red Carpet event.
we don’t stop unless something goes horribly wrong. What I “What I hope I can accomplish is to eventually work my
immediately loved was the way you could combine that live way up the production ladder. I can see myself doing that but
performance aspect of theater with the outlet of television,” I don’t know if that’s where my path is going to take me,” she
she said. “It was a perfect marriage of two things that I enjoy said. “But for now I want to continue exploring this path and
doing.” continue learning from other people and putting my best foot
As a student at Wake Forest University, Williams took forward and see where I end up.”
advantage of two internships she says cemented her future in
Memories of a “Roadrunner”: Mary Ann Paschal Parrish A’37, C’41
Mary Ann Paschal Parrish A’37 C’41 of Winston-Salem he would never countenance a daughter running the family busi-
says a recent fall has slowed her down, but her strong hand- ness.
shake, sparkling eyes and animated conversation belie any In 1948, Mary Ann married Fred Parrish and they settled
drastic curtailing of activity. In fact, at the age of 89 (she’ll be down in Winston-Salem, she to focus on being a mother and
90 in January), Parrish still goes into her office regularly. And volunteer, Fred to practice law and dabble in politics. They had
she still collects roadrunners given to her by people who were two daughters, Ann and Louise, and life stayed busy but within
amazed by her fast pace. its prescribed boundaries until 1965. That is when Fred Parrish
As one of the first women in the Southeast to own her died, age 47, of a brain tumor, and his widow was left alone with
own real-estate firm – once Helms-Parrish Properties, now two children. It was, she says, the “turning point of my life.”
part of Prudential Carolinas Realty – Parrish didn’t originally Thanks to friend Henry Nading, who was president of the
see herself as a business leader. Born on West End Boulevard N.C. Board of Realtors, Parrish was invited to come observe his
in Winston-Salem, she had an idyllic upbringing before, in her real-estate practice for six months and to study for her realtor’s
words, she was “whisked away without parental notification” license. She proved herself to be a natural at bringing buyers
to Salem Academy. She grew to love her time there, although and sellers together, and she quickly was a force to reckon with
she calls herself “a spasmodic honor student depending on my in area real estate, renowned for holding parties for current and
social schedule.” prospective clients and doing the “road-running” necessary to
Parrish next became a day student at Salem College, keep a business going.
graduating with a major in history and a minor in psychology, Parrish kept busy with community events as well, serving as
and credits her Salem teachers and coaches with “helping equip director of the Winston-Salem and N.C. Board of Realtors; on
me to tackle life.” the board of the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce; as one
Four new graduates of Salem, Parrish among them, were of the founders of the Winston-Salem League of Women Vot-
given the privilege of going to business school at Salem in the ers; and as an active member of the Junior League of Winston-
morning and then having on-the-job training in the afternoon Salem. Along the way she was named Realtor of the Year and to
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at R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. When they finished the course at the Realtors Hall of Fame.
Salem, they were hired full-time at the company. When Parrish ran into fellow realtor Robert Helms one day
Parrish resigned her RJR job when a free ride across the at Camel City Laundry, the talk – as always – turned to busi-
country tempted her. She went to California to look for new ness, and resulted in the formation of Helms-Parrish Properties
adventures, and to visit her sister who was living there with in 1974. It was a unique partnership, with the young and on-
her Marine captain husband. When her brother-in-law was the-rise Helms and the 55-year-old real-estate veteran Parrish
shipped off to the Pacific in WWII, Parrish was shipped back forging a successful bond and training many other realtors along
to Winston-Salem, where she went to work in the dean’s office the way.
of the Bowman Gray School of Medicine and involved herself Helms-Parrish operated independently for 12 years and
in the social and business life of Winston-Salem, even helping amassed quite a track record in real estate. In 1986, the two
write the column “Town Talk” for the newspaper. Another new partners agreed to be bought by Merrill Lynch Realty, a deal that
adventure came when Parrish passed the insurance exam in Parrish said was extremely positive. “We helped them come into
order to sell hospitalization insurance. this local market, and they appreciated us,” she says. “It was an
Her real interest – running her father’s glass and mir- opportunity for growth and a lot of fun.”
ror company – was denied her, however. As she writes in her In 1991, Helms-Parrish became part of the much larger
memoirs, Parrish followed the dictates of the times and, more Prudential Carolinas Realty, and Parrish and Helms went their
specifically, her father. Although his company fascinated her, separate ways.
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While Parrish believes women have come a long way in the for her when it is published early this year, with proceeds to go
business world, “We’re not completely there yet.” She points to Salem and the M.S. Society).The book is dedicated to Par-
out that she believed it was to her long-term advantage to agree rish’s family and in memory of her firstborn (also a realtor),
that “Helms” came before “Parrish” in the company name. ‘We Ann Paschal Parrish Griffen, who battled M.S. and eventually
knew we were an unusual match because we were a man-woman died from pancreatic cancer in 2005.
team, but we worked well together. We balanced things out. It While her “roadrunner” days may be temporarily curtailed,
was one of the happiest periods of my life.” Parrish now says she’s happy to be mentally “road-running”
Parrish believes that while she was a trailblazer in busi- through her memories and photographs. “What got me going
ness – and probably would have amazed her own father, had on the writing was finding a photograph of myself at the age
he lived to see it – the secret was that “I worked at my passion, of two, sitting in a baby chair and clutching a pen. I felt like I
still do.” should use that pen now to write about what’s new and what’s
Today that also means working hard on her memoir, en- old, besides me.”
titled Parrish the Thought (Salem plans to hold a book-signing
Ardent Advocate for Children’s Health Receives top AAP Honor
“Everyone wants to make a dif-
ference and I’ve been in a job, in a
place, where I have made a major
difference in the lives of children,”
Noyes said, insisting that it isn’t
something she could have done on
her own.
Because pediatrics is one of
the few medical specialties requir-
ing residents to spend at least one
month doing advocacy work, Noyes
said she was able to witness many
victories over the years at both the
federal and state level.
“This has been a very fulfilling
career,” she said.
Noyes admits being in the right
place at the right time had a lot
to do with finding the career that
After 36 years on the job, Elizabeth “Jackie” Noyes A’67 allowed her to use all of her passions. With a masters degree
retired from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the recipi- in experimental psychology, the Marion, N.C. native knew
ent of one of the highest honors she could have received. she wasn’t interested in being in a classroom but she felt very
Noyes, who graduated from Salem Academy in 1967, strongly about working with children. When her job at an
was named an honorary Fellow of the American Academy of institution for mentally disabled children was phased out, she
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Pediatrics, a designation usually reserved for board-certified came across an opening at the AAP for a legislative assistant.
pediatricians. A few promotions later, she was associate executive director.
“It’s a very high honor for me,” Noyes said. “It’s something Entering the field in the mid-70s, Noyes acknowledges
that I treasure.” she was among the first women to hold positions of power at
Though she was surprised by the Academy’s decision, the AAP. She said attending single-sex institutions for high
Noyes knows the high level of recognition for her achieve- school, college (Converse College) and graduate school (Uni-
ments is well-deserved. In nearly four decades at the AAP and versity of Virginia, before it was co-ed) gave her a certain level
15 years as associate executive director, Noyes’ name became of confidence that helped her take advantage of the opportuni-
synonymous with children’s health policy in the United States. ties she encountered.
She helped train more than 10,000 pediatricians in “I never worried about competing,” she said. “I think
advocacy work and served on countless boards including the women thrive in that kind of environment.”
National Advisory Commission on Childhood Vaccines, Though she’s retired now, Noyes has no plans to slow
the Children’s Dental Project, Inc. and Children’s Hospice down. She’s teaming up with business leaders to work on a
International. She also received several awards for creating promising project that will move children’s issues higher up on
and improving health care laws, including playing a key role the federal agenda.
in programs like Vaccines for Children, Head Start, and the Simply put, “You have to keep your passion going,” she
Consumer Product Safety Commission. said.
Musician’s Passion Becomes Digital ‘Thank You’ to Armed Forces

Photo by Bob Crumley

When Jamie Crumley-Tate A’05 thinks about her life’s The Asheboro native first heard the idea for the “I’ll Give
passion, she thinks about how fortunate she is to live in a My All” project eight years ago while still a student at Salem
country that affords her the privilege to pursue it in any way Academy. She had become interested in politics after 9/11 and
that she chooses. was attending a political function with a few other students
After getting signed to Bodell Records out of Nashville, when she heard Renee Griffith perform the tune.
Tenn. in 2009, Tate decided she wanted to use her talent as Griffith, who lives in Statesville, wrote the song and re-
a musician to give back to the people she believes are respon- corded it in the basement of her church. She was born at Fort
sible for that freedom—the men and women serving in the Bragg and her father was a soldier in the 82nd Airborne Divi-
United States armed forces. sion. Tate thought recording with the division’s All American
Today, more than 75,000 free digital downloads of a chorus would bring the project full circle.
song Tate recorded with the 82nd Airborne All American Tate, who splits her time between attending law school
Chorus called “I’ll Give My All” have been distributed to at Campbell University in Raleigh and recording for Bodell
soldiers, both active and retired, across the country. in Nashville, said she thinks about the dedication the chorus

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Digital access to the song, which debuted on Memorial members have when she starts to feel overwhelmed.
Day, is sponsored by individuals or businesses that purchase “The way I look at it is they have full time military jobs
them one at a time or in larger increments for 99 cents each but they are also in the chorus full time,” she said, noting the
via a website, Tate’s goal is to distrib- chorus performs about 300 shows a year.
ute 1 million free downloads. Tate said she hopes the chorus members, as well as all
“It’s kind of surreal going through all of this but I’m other service men and women, hear her small token of appre-
really honored,” she said, describing the feeling of handing ciation of the work they do.
out 15,000 download cards on the Groton Naval Base in “I want it to be a way of saying thank you. It’s my small
Connecticut to men preparing to spend the next six months way of showing appreciation for them and what they’re doing
on a submarine. for us,” Tate said, adding that she thinks the song might also
“I’ve had family and a lot of friends that have been over- be a way to remind people who don’t have loved ones in the
seas or just serving in the military and I sit there and I think, military of the sacrifice soldiers make.
‘They are risking their lives for me.’ I’m allowed to record the “It can sometimes slip their minds,” she said. “Each gen-
kind of music I want because I live in the United States,” eration has fought for this country in some way or another. I
she said. “I’ve always taken it personally that’s what they’re want people to remember that still happens. I want to remind
fighting for and it makes me feel even more passionate about people of how great this country is and what we have and why
what I’m doing.” we have it.”
Slowing Down Not an Option for Old-School Rocker
The producers of “Country Strong,” a film starring Gwyn-
eth Paltrow and Tim McGraw set to release in January, called
Chapman to ask if she would read for the part of Winnie, Kelly
Canter’s (Paltrow) good-hearted, no-nonsense road manager.
“I just showered and showed up and long story short I got
the part,” she said. “It’s just beyond surreal at that point. I’m
thinking about retirement and all of a sudden things are just
Marshall poses with Academy students at her Chapman, who readily admits she’d never been in so much
recent event at Salem.
as a grammar school production before taking the part, said
When Marshall Chapman A’67 set out to write her latest she loved the time she spent on the set, especially working for
album, “Big Lonesome,” she knew it would be the best she’s breakout director Shana Feste.
ever made, even though, just a few weeks earlier, she told her- “It was just more fun than the law should allow,” Chapman
self she’d never make another one. said, noting the instant camaraderie she felt with the cast and
Her second book came out at the end of October, and the crew. “It was a great adventure.”
Spartanburg, S.C. native and 1967 Salem Academy graduate While her feature film debut and eleventh album have been
was looking for a break. spontaneous additions to a long and impressive list of art-
“I just won’t write anymore songs,” Chapman said she ist credits— she’s had her songs recorded by big-names Tanya
pledged after deciding a follow-up to her 2006 album “Mel- Tucker, Jimmy Buffet and Olivia Newton-John, written 14
lowicious!” was out of the question. “Anytime I feel the urge, songs for a musical (“Good Ol’ Girls”) that debuted off-Broad-
I’ll just go take a nap.” way last February and even produced a one-woman show (“The
But she didn’t get a chance to take many naps before Triumph of Rock and Roll Over Good Breeding”)—Chapman
something happened that forced her back into musician-mode. is also celebrating the release of a project that’s been a year and
Tim Krekel, Chapman’s “best friend and musical co-conspir- half in the making.
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ator,” was diagnosed with stomach cancer in March 2009. He “They Came to Nashville,” released the same day as “Big
died three months later. Lonesome,” is a collection of 15 stories based on interviews
“In that instance, life took over,” she said. “After Tim died Chapman recorded with the likes of Willie Nelson, Kris Krist-
all I could think to do was pick up my guitar. I just decided I offerson and Emmylou Harris about their very first experiences
was going to make the best record I could. I was going to make in the Tennessee town known worldwide as a musician’s Mecca.
it in his honor.” The result is a kind of tribute to the storied city.
The cover of the 11-song album, which debuted Oct. 30, Chapman, who had never even visited Nashville until she
features a barefoot, guitar-playing Chapman sitting on the enrolled at Vanderbilt University as an undergrad, said she
floor next to an open guitar case. Inside the case is a photo of always knew she’d end up there someday.
Krekel, also holding a guitar. The two look like they could be “I love Nashville. If I hadn’t come out here I’d probably
singing a duet. have ended up in a mental hospital somewhere in South Caro-
Though she didn’t expect to be producing a tribute album lina with my head permanently bowed,” she said. “This is my
so soon after declaring her intention to slow down, Chapman, love book to Nashville.”
who is also a contributing editor for Garden & Gun, Nashville Visit to sign up for Marshall Chapman’s news-
Arts Magazine and Vanderbilt Magazine, is in her element as letter, The Tall Girl Skinny or to purchase “They Came to Nashville”
a writer. It was the next unexpected proposition she got while and “Big Lonesome.”
recording “Big Lonesome” that really threw her for a loop.
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Photo by: Anthony Scarlati

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Andrea walking in Georgetown (photo: Joseph Allen)

D.C. Socialite is Loving Life as Member of Vogue 100
Through, Rodgers touches the lives of
thousands of women looking for guidance in everything from
politics and art to skincare and entertaining. She said her goal
for the e-magazine has been to “inform, inspire, entertain and
build a powerful and diverse online network of women.”
Passionate about using her distinct voice to make a differ-
ence, Rodgers has also redefined what it means to be a socialite
in a world obsessed with high-profile heirs and heiresses more
interested in partying than helping others.
In addition to using innovative social media strategies
and focusing on client entertainment to help businesses build
recognition for their brands, Rodgers uses her consulting firm,
Socialite Marketing, as a platform to advocate partnering with
nonprofits to raise funds for worthy causes.
The Shelby, N.C. native has been a fixture in the non-
profit world for nearly 10 years. She’s worked with count-
less organizations as a driving force behind planning unique
charity events like the Blondes vs. Brunettes flag football event
You won’t find a published roster of the Vogue 100 on to support the Alzheimer’s Association, which is now being
any website or in any broadsheet, but its members, well known replicated across the country.
throughout the country as fashion-forward, culturally-minded “The most rewarding aspect of what I do is helping others,
and impossibly influential, aren’t trying very hard to keep their whether it’s through my volunteer work or by connecting with
identities secret. women all across the country and giving them the best advice
I can to help them get through the challenges in their life,”

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Andrea Milam Rodgers, a 1989 Salem Academy gradu-
ate, was surprised to find she had been handpicked by Anna Rodgers said.
Wintour, editor-in-chief of American Vogue, as a founding But the perks of being on Ms. Wintour’s list aren’t bad ei-
member of the exclusive club last spring. ther. As a member of the Vogue 100, Rodgers will partner with
As editor-in-chief and founder of a national lifestyle e- fashion designers to preview new collections, she’ll be among
magazine, owner of a full-service boutique consulting firm and the first to try new beauty products and she’ll be personally
a self-described philanthropic entrepreneur, Rodgers easily fit invited to exclusive Vogue events.
the bill for inclusion. “I’m truly blessed,” said Rodgers, who readily admits she
“I am so honored to have been chosen to represent Wash- never could find an answer to the question, “What do you want
ington D.C. with women like Desiree Rogers and to be on this to be when you grow up?”
list with amazing women like Juanita Jordan,” Rodgers said, She offers this advice to young women faced with the
noting that her success is the product of simply working hard same dilemma.
at the things she loves. “I don’t think girls have to think that far ahead. Try as
“It all happened very organically—nothing I planned,” she many different things as possible so that you will know what
explained. “Basically, playing around on the internet, skills I interests you and what you’re passionate about. Then just do
learned through my heavy involvement in the charity circuit what you love and do it well,” she said. “I know this always
in D.C. and contacts I met socializing in Washington all came sounded crazy to me when I was young and I was shocked when
together and turned into my businesses.” I realized it was actually true.”
From Founding Spirit to Coaching National Singer,
Mary Eason Fletcher A’70 Has Stellar Career
In the end Fletcher decided to take on the challenge.
She is amused when she recalls how serious she was about it.
She held formal auditions, then led the newly formed group,
insisting that its members practice regularly. “I was a real slave
driver for rehearsing,” Fletcher said with a chuckle. “But the
girls were wonderful. They responded so well. I’m really proud
that Spirit has stood the test of time. But none of it would
have come about if not for Jean Burroughs.” Burroughs, who
named the group the Spirit Ensemble (later shortened to just
Spirit) was impressed enough to begin putting the group on the
program whenever the Glee Club performed, and that was the
beginning of a long tradition.
Her experience with Spirit affirmed to Fletcher that she
wanted a career in music. Now a lecturer in music and instruc-
tor of voice at the College of William & Mary, her decades-
long career got an unexpected boost last year when she
received an e-mail from David Lai of Sony Masterworks.
Lai, an acclaimed Broadway producer in his own right, asked
Fletcher if she would consider coaching Staff Sgt. (Ret.) Ron
Henry, who would be one of four Army combat veterans in a
new group called 4Troops. Henry, who had spent his last seven
years in the Army in the dangerous position of Transporter
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and Transportation Manager in Iraq, was a strong amateur

singer who just needed a little professional coaching to get
ready for the group’s first recording, also called 4Troops. The
album was released earlier this year. and the group recently
The popularity of a cappella singing has exploded nation- performed on the Jerry Lewis Telethon and during the half-
wide, and nowhere is it revered more than at the Academy, time show of a N.Y. Giants game. Many U.S. viewers are
where the ensemble group Spirit has delighted the Salem com- familiar with the group from its PBS special, “Live from the
munity and the public for more than 30 years. Most people Intrepid.”
don’t know, however, that Spirit was started not by a teacher, “He (Lai) was looking for someone in Virginia, where Ron
but by a former student, Mary Eason Fletcher A’70. lived, to coach him – someone who could bring out his voice
Fletcher had been singing with a group of students who and do it quickly, because recording was going to begin in just
met on an informal basis, and she wasn’t that excited at first a few weeks,” Fletcher said. “I was incredibly flattered – but
about turning it into a formal group. But longtime Academy also flabbergasted – that they had found me. They could have
choral director Jean Burroughs recognized Fletcher’s talent chosen a coach anywhere in the country.”
and leadership qualities and encouraged her to give it a try. As it turned out, Lai selected Fletcher specifically because
“She said, ‘I think you could really make this into something,’ ” of her strong track record in training amateur as well as
Fletcher recalled. “I wasn’t sure I wanted to do it, because I felt professional singers. At William & Mary, where she teaches a
like it was mostly just for fun.” full schedule of private lessons year-round, Fletcher instructs
Save the Date: Reunion Weekend
April 29-May 1, 2011
students as diverse as those fulfilling a general education
requirement to others who have gone on to study at schools What class will have the best attendance this year?
such as Juilliard and the New England Conservatory. “I was so
blessed and enriched by working with Ron,” Fletcher said. “He
is such a strong individual, with such a strong personal faith.
Our sessions were joyful and wonderful.”
For her own training after Salem (where her activities
included serving as president of the Honor Council and taking
piano lessons from Salem College faculty members Nancy
Wurtele and Hans Heidemann), Fletcher’s musical studies
took her to the Northwestern University School of Music
and then to Boston University, where she earned a bachelor’s
degree and studied with renowned soprano Adelaide Bishop. Salem Academy Class of 1986
She went on to the Boston Conservatory of Music for graduate
work, where she was a student of another acclaimed soprano,
Iride Pilla.
Around that time, Jean Burroughs again intervened in her
life, contacting Fletcher to let her know about an open faculty
position at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg,
Virginia. Again, Burroughs’ hunch was right on target; it was
just the right “fit” for Fletcher. The College wanted someone
particularly interested in working with students in a liberal arts

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Salem Academy Class of 1961
For years, Fletcher herself performed in recitals in Europe
and with the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, which fea- The Salem Academy Alumnae Association is seeking
tured her in several recordings, in addition to teaching. These nominations for the 2011 Alumnae Awards. Do you know an
days she focuses mainly on teaching private lessons, six days a alumna who is a dedicated volunteer, has an outstanding career
week, to about 50 students each semester. or has achievement in service? If so, please let us know! Please
The secret to being a good teacher, she said, is the same note that the alumna chosen should have graduated in a class
whether a student hopes to be a professional or only wants to year ending in “1” or “6” for the 2011 awards. Nominations for
sing as an avocation. “It’s teasing out what each unique person these awards must be received by March 18, 2011. Awards will
has to offer, looking for the real potential there and bringing it be presented during Reunion Weekend 2011. Each year Salem
out.” Academy recognizes alumnae in the following categories:
That’s what Salem Academy did for her, a girl from the Distinguished Alumna Award, Alumna Service Award and
small town of Wadesboro, N.C., she said. “Salem Academy Young Alumna Award. Award nominations are reviewed
took me from a little town in the South, and opened up a and recipients are selected by the Alumnae Association’s
whole new world to me. I would not be where I am if not for Alumnae Awards Committee. Please mail all nominations to:
Salem.” Salem Academy Alumnae Office,
500 E. Salem Ave., Winston-Salem, NC 27101
or email to:
Tribute to William W. Neal III
to be the best she could be. He always made an effort to
congratulate faculty, staff, and students for an accomplish-
ment or achievement. His gracious smile and accommodat-
ing manner made him welcome everywhere.
When Neal retired from the Board of Trustees, he said
that he had been “walking Salem’s bricks” for 50 years—
undoubtedly true! He was lauded with 50 phrases, to the
tune of Paul Simon’s pop song, “Fifty Ways to Leave Your
Lover.” Among the compliments given to Neal: “. . .never al-
lowing Duke (his Alma Mater) to get in the way of his loyalty
to Salem . . . eating untold calories worth of sugar cake and
“Hello Dollies” . . . having experienced Salem from the
1950s through the early 21st century, but having always
kept his eyes on future possibilities and his heart on past
tradition. . . learning all the verses to Salem’s Alma Mater.
. . bringing entrepreneurial vision and knowledge to long-
range planning . . . and for wearing out at least 25 pairs of
good shoes traversing the campus of Salem Academy and
Neal’s devotion to Salem impressed not only his col-
leagues on the Board of Trustees but also faculty and staff.
The Rt. Rev. Dr. D. Wayne Burkette, former head of school
at the Academy and a current Trustee, remarked that “Bill
Bill Neal, at a recent Gramley dinner in Charlotte, N.C. , had the wonderful ability to see to the heart of a matter
with his wife, Eleanor Walton Neal C’56. under consideration or discussion. That ability made him
Salem Academy and College lost an irreplaceable friend a very effective leader and Board Chair. In addition, his
and steadfast benefactor when former chair of the Board personal warmth and sense of humor put others at ease and
of Trustees William W. Neal III died on September 11, greatly facilitated accomplishing the work that needed to be
2010. Neal, of Charlotte, North Carolina, was joined in his done.” He added, “There was never a doubt that Salem was
devotion to Salem by his wife, Eleanor Walton Neal C’56, near and dear to Bill’s heart and always a priority among his
and his two daughters, Laura Neal C’83 and Catherine Neal commitments. All of us who care about Salem owe Bill a
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Wilson C’86, who also was a former teacher at the Acad- lasting debt of gratitude.”
emy. Salem president Susan E. Pauly recalled that “Bill was George McKnight, associate professor of chemistry and
a tremendous devotee of Salem and a wonderfully kind and faculty member since 1978, commented that he “appreci-
generous person. He will be deeply missed.” ated (Bill’s) optimism, friendliness and warmth, and espe-
Neal, a very successful businessman, left his indelible cially his equanimity when faced with difficult situations.
mark upon many institutions and organizations. At Sa- His efforts on behalf of Salem Academy and College were
lem Academy and College, he co-chaired with his wife the exceptional and greatly appreciated by me and, I am sure, by
Parents’ Board and chaired the Board of Visitors prior to all those associated with the institution. He will be greatly
chairing the Board of Trustees. In all his roles at Salem, missed.”
Neal demonstrated a profound capacity for understanding Margaret Driscoll Townsend A’81 remembered her
and knowledge of the institution and the people who sustain years on the Board under Bill Neal’s leadership as inspir-
it. He was always accessible, and his visits to campus were ing. “I knew from the first meeting that I would learn a great
distinguished by his conversations with people – faculty, stu- deal from his experience and leadership. He set a wonder-
dents, staff. He gained knowledge by participating – whether ful example, and I always left feeling that I had received
by attending athletic matches, being a Friend of the Library much more than I could ever give Salem. His expertise and
or a Friend of the School of Music – and he wanted Salem wisdom were two things I could always count on, and ap-
preciate, when we were seeking to make the best decisions on Neal’s daugh-
behalf of Salem. “ ter Catherine de-
Neal’s leadership through example extended outward livered poignant
from Salem Academy and College and into the state of and heartfelt
North Carolina. He served on the boards of numerous Char- memories of
lotte organizations, was active in Research Triangle Park- Bill Neal dur-
based organizations for promoting technology, and lent a ing his memorial
hand to many other causes. For 20-plus years, he also served service. A few of
on the board of HSM Holdings in New York City. A lifelong her thoughts are
Episcopalian and member of Christ Church in Charlotte, below:
he served his church as a tireless volunteer and was for more “My dad was
than 45 years a Lay Eucharist minister. definitely old
The Salem Academy and College Board of Trustees school. Honor.
passed a resolution honoring Bill Neal when they met in Integrity. Shake
October 2010. It said, in part: Catherine Neal Wilson C’86, on it and it was
daughter Natalie Wilson and as good as done.
Bill Neal in 2004 at the Academy.
RESOLUTION IN MEMORY OF William W. Neal III You could believe
what he would say to you.
WHEREAS our colleague and friend William W. Neal III Dad was the closest person I’ll ever know who lived his
passed away on September 11, 2010; life as truly as God lays out in the Bible. He was humble and
generous, always the Good Samaritan. He cared for us as a
WHEREAS Bill served with distinction on the Board of good shepherd would, guiding my sister and me through life’s
Trustees of Salem Academy and College from 1991-2004 challenges – ever happy to be of service to us and to others.
and as Chair of this Board from 2000-2004; and on the He opened his heart and home to many, gave his time and
Board of Visitors of Salem Academy and College from money to benefit others, and worked for the right causes.
1985-1991 and as Chair of that Board from 1989-1991; He adopted me; gave me love and his wisdom, made all my
wishes come true, not just for me, but for my children and
WHEREAS Bill provided true and sustained generosity to husband as well. He provided for us and taught us that God
Salem Academy and College through his fundraising support will provide if you follow His will.
and leadership gifts, helping to enrich and ensure the finan- Growing up I thought all men would be like him. They

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cial health of Salem; aren’t. Dad was special. Dad was of a breed of men who serve
others before serving themselves.
WHEREAS in his exceptional professional achievements I’ll miss walking into his office and seeing him, ever
and his significant leadership in public affairs, in his devo- vigilant, doing his tasks at hand, but always greeting me kindly
tion to family, faith and friends, and his concern for the as I barged in and disturbed him to ask or tell him something.
welfare of others, he has shown how to live an exemplary life A relative once remarked how difficult it must be to have a
through integrity, kindness and joy; father who was always working. I never once saw the constant
attention to his work as a detriment because he never let work
NOW, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees of override his family life. His door was always open, and we
Salem Academy and College expresses its sadness at Bill’s came first.
passing and honors his memory for his many contributions to In closing I would submit to you that “Father” is just a
Salem and for the friendship he shared with so many. handy acronym for the virtuous traits of this wonderful man:
Friendly, Adoring, Thoughtful, Honest, Earnest and Re-
The resolution was signed by President Susan E. Pauly sponsible. I would bet that everyone in this room can identify
and Gwynne Stephens Taylor C’72, chair of the board. those adjectives to describe my father. He will be missed, for
Reunion 2010
Reunion Weekend 2010 was a great success and a ton of joined them Saturday night for the 50th Reunion dinner. The
fun! This year’s Reunion Weekend brought together classmates class with the best attendance was the class of 2005 with 26
and friends from all over the world…including China and members present! The class of 1990 was in second place with
Spain. Over 130 alumnae and even more who could only get 19 in attendance. Thank you to everyone who helped make
to town in time for their class dinners joined us. Everyone this reunion weekend the best yet by volunteering, donating,
from classes ending in “0” and “5” seemed to have a great time and/or attending. We look forward to seeing you all back in 5
reminiscing and loved being reunited with Hello Dollies at years for your next reunion, although we also love visits any
lunch. Thirteen members of the class of 1960 were on hand time in between.
Saturday celebrating their 50th reunion and other classmates
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“Simple Lives Have Great Power”
Excerpt from Founders Day Speech, Gwynne Stephens Taylor C’72
was important to her communi-
ty and she understood the value
of her own education. A simple
“yes” from a young woman has
led to our sitting here 238 years
“Simple lives have great power
if we are able to move past our
own desires.”
The stories that we hear about
our founders … have this
subtext – this common theme
– the belief that ordinary,
everyday lives with their ordi-
nary, everyday tasks can be part
of something greater. To our
founders, as theologian Fred-
erick Buechner has said, faith
was a verb, not a noun. Even
the simplest tasks were part
of a greater whole. They truly
believed that the simple lives of
The following is an excerpt from Taylor’s speech at the ordinary people working together toward a common goal
2010 Founders Day. could change the world.
Recently I read an article by Paula D’Arcy, a woman This legacy, that simple lives have great power, is lived
who experienced great personal tragedy but emerged to everyday at Salem in:
inspire others. She wrote that “Simple lives have great - The power of one teacher or professor to open the mind
power if we are able to move past our own desires.” of a student;
I immediately thought about Salem’s founders. Our - The power of one student to show respect and kindness

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founders (who also included a few good men!) were ordi- to another;
nary people of great faith who struggled daily to move past - The power of one alumna to spread the good news about
their own desires and fears to accomplish their mission. Salem Academy and Salem College to others;
Salome Meurer, one of the young Sisters who walked with - The power of one visual artist or musician to move an
Elizabeth Oesterlein to North Carolina from Bethlehem, audience;
Pennsylvania, in October, 1766 said in her diary of the - The power of one thank you or kind word of encourage-
walk that they slept in a barn and that “We didn’t sleep ment to the people who work long hours on this campus
the entire night…We were also very scared.” to keep Salem strong, vibrant, and beautiful
Sister Oesterlein was a young woman who left her - The power of many gifts working together to help sus-
home and family in Bethlehem to make the walk to tain the work of this institution.
North Carolina. Her life has had extraordinary power Throughout my career in historic preservation, I have
because of her faith and her willingness to move past her learned the stories of hundreds of people, but none can
own desires and fears to be part of something greater. As compare with those of our founders. “Simple lives have
we know, in 1772 she was asked to teach four young girls great power if we are able to move past our own desires” –
in the town of Salem. She said yes, most likely because it and we have only to look to our founders to prove it.
Alumna Service Award Salem Legacies

Each year, the awards committee of the Alumnae Associa-

tion recognizes alumnae whose professional accomplishments, Sisters, Anna Rights A’14 and Kate A’10
contributions to their communities, and/or service to Salem de-
serve special recognition. It was our honor this year during the
annual Reunion Weekend luncheon to recognize one outstand-
ing alumna with our Alumna Service award for 2010.
The Alumna Service Award recognizes outstanding con-
tributions to promoting the Academy, whether it is through
leadership, fundraising, admissions recruitment, publicity or
other means.
This year we honored a member of the Class of 1955 with
the Salem Academy Alumna Service Award. Hailing from
Loudon, Tennessee and currently residing in Crossville, TN
and Blowing Rock, NC, Sherry Lynn Lind and her husband Cathryn Shelton A’10 and her sister Madeleine A’12
have supported Salem in numerous ways throughout the years,
including the establishment of a scholarship in her mother’s
honor. It was her mother’s hard work and determination that
allowed Sherry to come to Salem in 1951. For Sherry’s support
and service to Salem, we are very grateful. Salem has a very
special place in her heart, much like it does the majority of
people who grace her doors.
After graduating from Salem, Sherry earned a Bachelor of
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Arts degree from the University of Tennessee. She began her

professional career as a German instructor at the University of
Tennessee, followed by a position at Valdosta State University.
She later became a child welfare supervisor and then worked Sisters, Rebecca Castaneda A’10 and Alli A’13
as a geriatric consultant. Her husband is a retired professor of
mathematics and computer science at Jefferson State College.
Sherry and her husband enjoy splitting their time between
their homes in TN and NC. They are avid travelers, having
enjoyed the opportunity to see many places around the world.
She is very active in Blowing Rock, taking part in the Tour of
Homes each year and serving as a member of the Art and His-
tory Museum. She is also a 15-year volunteer with the Blowing
Rock Horse Show.
This year the Alumnae Association took great pleasure in
conferring the 2010 Alumna Service Award upon this most
successful and dedicated Salem Academy Alumna, Sherry Lynn Sisters, Susan Eshelman A’11 and Sarah A’05
Lind, class of 1955.
Grace Williams A’10 and sister Rachel A’13 Rokhaya Fall A’10 and her sister Rose A’12

Andrea Marritt-Pabalate A’95, with her mother,

Nimeeta Bhasker A’10 and sister Kristin A’12 Marie Beswick Marritt C’90

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Liz Alden Pryor A’11 and her mother,
Sisters, Eleanor Rolfe A’03, Sally A’10, and Susan A’05 Lucie Van Meter Pryor A’70

Austin Humbert A’10 with her aunt,

Jennie Thornton McDonald A’95 Sisters, Marissa Musso A’09, Melanie A’10, and Jen A’11
Giving to Salem
Words to Live By: Sisters’ Parents Inspired Them to Give Back
Marylon “Meegie” Rog- teacher who was also from Pikeville. Although they felt sure
ers Glass A’59 and Martha their daughters would receive a far better education at Salem
“Brownie” Rogers Plaster Academy than in their small town, the couple endured some
A’61 C’65 can recall many criticism from their friends for sending their daughters away
words of wisdom their parents to boarding school.
shared with them as they were Meegie came to the Academy as a high school junior. Al-
growing up in the small town though her parents planned to send Brownie when she became
of Pikeville, Kentucky: a junior as well, Meegie talked them into sending her younger
sister early. “It was challenging academically, and I realized
“We are all drinking from a that Brownie would be better off coming before her junior
well we did not dig.” year,” Meegie said. Of course, having her younger sister around
had other benefits as well. “Going off to school brought us
“Service is the price we pay closer and cemented the wonderful relationship we have
for the space we occupy.” today,” Meegie said. “The best gift our parents ever gave us was
each other – besides Salem!”
“Bloom where you are Their favorite activities at Salem included going to music
planted.” concerts, singing in choirs and hearing Salem’s fabulous or-
gans. Brownie said, “Both of us love music, and the Moravians
“Always be moderate and have such a strong heritage of music.”
conservative so you have plenty to give others.” After graduating from the Academy, Meegie went on to
Meegie and Brownie took those words to heart. In the graduate from Centre College. Brownie went to Centre as well,
years since they graduated, they have continued to support but ended up transferring and graduating from Salem College.
Salem Academy. Both have served as reunion giving chairs for Meegie, who alternates between homes in Germantown, Ten-
their classes. nessee and Highlands, North Carolina, has one son; Brownie,
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Brownie’s involvement with both the Academy and who lives in Shelby, North Carolina, has two sons.
College has included serving on Salem’s Board of Visitors, Both women have been active volunteers in their com-
assisting with the “Window to the Future” capital campaign munities in addition to supporting Salem. Meegie’s activities
and helping recruit new students. She was the recipient of the have included being a member of her church choir and garden
Salem Academy Alumna Service Award in 1991. “We do not club, and volunteering in a number of women’s organizations.
make large gifts, but we do give consistently,” Brownie said. Brownie’s long history of community service includes help-
Meegie said that she encourages fellow alumnae to give what ing raise money for the Cleveland County Library expansion
they can, even if it is not a large amount. “I tell them that and serving as co-chair of the Broad River Council. She has
whatever they can give is important. We have gotten a wonder- also been actively involved in chairing Destination Cleveland
ful education, and we need to give back.” County, a non-profit group committed to preserving the area’s
The sisters’ parents were big supporters of both Centre history and to building the Don Gibson Theater and the Earl
College and Pikeville College in Kentucky, and both held hon- Scruggs Center.
orary doctorates from both schools. “They were good givers Looking back, Brownie said, “For both Meegie and me,
themselves, to the church, to the colleges – they taught us to going to Salem was a wonderful opportunity. It opened our
tithe from our allowance,” Brownie said. horizons. It stimulated our minds. Because we value education,
Their parents were firm believers in quality education. we want to ensure that other young women have that same op-
They learned about Salem from Marjorie Mize, an Academy portunity.”
Margaret Wren de St. Aubin
For Margaret Wren de St.
Aubin A’77, the dream of going
to Salem Academy began when
she was a young girl.
“My father had a good friend
who had gone to the Academy,
and he felt she had received an
exceptional education and was a
well-rounded person in general,”
de St. Aubin recalls. “When we
would drive by Salem on our way
to Asheville (from their home in
Siler City, N.C.), he would point
and say, ‘Look, there’s Salem
So unlike other girls who
were somewhat apprehensive
Margaret with her sons Wren, Chip and Denis.
about going off to boarding
school, de St. Aubin was excited and ready to enroll once she Her good experience with single-sex education at Salem
became a high school freshman. Her experience at Salem led her to enroll at Mary Baldwin College. “I wouldn’t say I was
Academy did not disappoint, she added. “It was everything I shy, but I have never enjoyed public speaking. Because of the
expected. I did not have any sisters, so I had a lot of fun being confidence I had gained at Salem, I got involved in student
with all those girls. I really did love everything about it.” government at Mary Baldwin.”
Even at a young age, she had a real appreciation for her de St. Aubin, who has three sons, still lives in Siler City,

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teachers, de St. Aubin said. “I was not a good student, and I where she owns and works as an agent for North Carolina
really struggled. But they were determined to educate me,” Travel and serves as vice president and secretary of Wren
she said with a chuckle. On a serious note, she added, “Their Industries. She also helps manage her family’s foundation, the
dedication to academics was just something you don’t see ev- Wren Foundation. She currently serves on Salem’s Board of
erywhere. It is easy to teach a straight-A student, but it’s more Visitors and encouraged her niece, Margot de St. Aubin, A’11,
challenging to work with someone who is struggling. They to attend the Academy as well.
encouraged me to raise my hand, even when I was unsure of Supporting the Academy financially is only natural, given
the answer, and to engage in a dialogue. They had such a love the good start the school gave her in life, de St. Aubin said. “I
of teaching, and the teachers there now have that same love. definitely encourage other alumnae to support Salem Acad-
They are committed to working with every student and helping emy. If they are honest with themselves, they will look back on
them achieve at their best level.” their years there and see that a lot of the positive traits they
Among her favorite Academy memories is of singing have were developed and encouraged while they were there. It’s
in the Glee Club, she said. “Mrs. (Jean) Burroughs was just important to pass that experience on to others, to give others
fantastic. She was challenging, but she brought out the best in the same opportunities you have had.”
you. She made you want to do your best for her.” de St. Aubin “Salem means a lot to me. I’m proud and honored to have
said she also enjoyed being on the Athletic Council and serv- graduated from there, and I want to see it thrive and grow.”
ing as head cheerleader for the Purple Team.
Trustees Support Academy and College Dreams

2009-2010 Board of Trustees with President Susan E. Pauly

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During summer 2010, President Susan E. Pauly worked - Funding for free evening stress-reduction classes for
on a project she called “15 for 15,” asking trustees to give her College students
15 minutes of their time so that she could share with them - Funds for a College tutoring program in mathematics and
15 dreams for Salem. science
The results of those requests are still coming in, but so - Funding for Jan Term international internships
far the response has been extraordinary. - A trustee challenge grant that provides a $500 match for
Among the gifts and commitments (which are above and every trustee gift of $500 or more
beyond the Board’s gifts to the annual fund) are these, all - Academy faculty development recognizing outstanding
benefiting some aspect of College and/or Academy life: teaching
- Funding Academy faculty leading workshops and sharing - Purchase staff equipment for the Academy
their teaching expertise - The Academy advisor/advisee fund
- Funding to support new required service-learning courses - Gifts to launch the new historic preservation certificate
at the College, including a January travel course program in the fall
- Funding for new faculty/student summer research grants
that provide financial stipends to the College faculty and
student researchers
- Purchase of two GPS systems for the Academy
Your Gift Changes the World for Deserving Students
Gifts from alumnae, students, parents and friends to the Donors and the recipient receives a letter informing them that
Salem Academy Annual Fund support scholarships, campus a gift has been made in their honor.
improvements, faculty resources and other student-centered Gifts of any amount can help raise the participation
initiatives that are not covered by tuition alone. These gener- percentages that are so important when foundations and busi-
ous contributions allowed Salem Academy and College to nesses consider supporting Salem Academy. These organiza-
reach its fiscal year 2009-2010 Annual Fund goal. Salem tions want to know that the people most involved with the
Academy alumnae giving was 67 percent of total Annual institution are supportive of its mission.
Fund gifts to the Academy. The Annual Fund continues to support academic excel-
A gift to the Annual Fund is a perfect way to pay trib- lence, beloved traditions and unlimited opportunities for
ute to family, friends or faculty members who had a strong students. As one of our Salem sisters said, “After becoming a
influence in your education. It is an ideal way to celebrate a Salem woman, you see the world with different eyes and the
personal milestone such as a child or grandchild’s birth, honor possibilities in all things.”
a fellow classmate, or acknowledge a key event in your own life. Thank you for changing the world for deserving Salem
A gift may also be made in remembrance of a special person Academy students!
in your life. These gifts are listed in the annual Honor Roll of

Salem Seniors Make First Annual Fund Gifts

Thanks to modern technology and the help of
a 1-year-old, the Academy Class of 2010 learned
about the importance of alumnae philanthropy this

43 • Salem Academy
The third annual senior lunch, hosted by
members of the Academy Alumnae Board, was a
great success, thanks to an advance warm-up via
Skype by Annemarie Carter Miller A’91, C’95.
A week before the luncheon, Miller – aided by
1-year-old daughter Annabelle – talked to the
seniors over cyberspace about the importance of
giving back to Salem through gifts to the Annual
Fund – even those as small as $5.
Following the luncheon, all 43 seniors gave to
the Annual Fund – an amount that was matched
by the Alumnae Board, for a total of $874.
“We were delighted that the senior class rose
to the challenge, but we Salem women have always
liked a good challenge!” Miller said. “We hope this
sets a precedent for other classes and giving. Can’t
Academy Class of 2010
wait to see what the class of 2011 does with this!”
Carol Harris (parent of Mary Carol A’10)
and Karl Sjolund Paul and Sherry Latten (parents of Morgan A’11)

Jim and Marianne DeCristo (parents of Academy staff – Kelen Walker, Jenny Orr,
Molly A’09 and Daniela A’12) Melissa Vaughan, and Megan Ratley C’06
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Parents’ Auction Raises $20,000

Audience members of the May 1 production of Jane Eyre Spring Auction was fun and rewarding, which came as abso-
had an added treat after the play – an Academy Parents’ Auc- lutely no surprise,” Harris said.
tion that raised $20,000 for the Academy Annual Fund! “Getting to know alumnae and Winston-Salem commu-
About 100 people gathered to enjoy good food and bid nity donors and the dedicated, talented support staff of Salem
on live auction items that included the opportunity to be Academy and College was one of the most enriching experi-
headmaster for a day, a turkey hunt weekend, and a stay at a ences I have ever enjoyed. The young women being educated at
French guest house. With another 92 silent auction items that Salem Academy and College are absolutely being positioned to
included estate jewelry, gift baskets, china and pottery, beach succeed in higher education and careers and to make our world
and mountain house rentals and artwork, there was something a healthier, more stable and sound environment for all. It was
to interest everyone who attended. a very humbling honor to have the privilege of sharing this
The very successful event was planned by a committee of fund raising experience with so many educational and commu-
Academy parents, led by Carol Harris, the event chair. “Work- nity leaders.”
ing with the parents and teachers of Academy students on the
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