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25 years down, a world to go.
from NCSSM president gerald boarman
Very much like its alumni, The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics has accomplished a great deal in only 25 years: the state’s highest SAT scores, athletic trophies, prestigious scholarships, advanced degrees, patents, successfully run companies, and on and on. However, if you look closely between the lines of this School’s list of accolades, you ﬁnd more than the rewards of hard work and creativity. You would ﬁnd a passion for learning. In only 25 years, the students and faculty at this school have planned, designed, constructed and strengthened an academic structure of greatness. It seems that only in the last year or so has the rest of the nation realized the value of what goes on here, as I notice a growing buzz in the national news and on the public stage as a whole, about the importance of challenging high school students with an advanced science and math curriculum. Certainly, 13 other states have established schools on our model, and I consider them sibling partners in our country’s effort to build a more creative, thought-provoking and inspiring classroom. The Business Roundtable (www.businessrountable.org), an organization of executives from several global companies concerned with economic development initiatives, published a report recently that highlighted an alarming statistic: By 2010, if current trends continue, more than 90 percent of the world’s scientists and engineers will be living in Asia. The report, “Tapping America’s Potential: The Education for Innovation Initiative,” is a call to action for American businesses and government. To me, it’s justiﬁcation that NCSSM was the ﬁrst to answer that call. In this year of our Quarter Century celebration, it’s important that when we recognize the outstanding accomplishments of our alumni, that we also rember the importance of the entire NCCSM community—faculty, staff, parents— in shaping the future of America’s workforce. Even as our alumni establish themselves across the globe and work to better other countries, they remain a testament to NCSSM’s mission. I encourage you, our alumni community, to understand that your attendance at NCSSM, whether or not you are a scientist, engineer or mathematician, continues to have an impact on the value of what happens on the Watts Hospital campus. The coming years no doubt hold endless potential for NCSSM. And based on what our alumni have done to date, I’m conﬁdent the School can live up to it. Congratulations, NCSSM!
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NCSSM was featured in the January 2006 edition of “Our State.” Full Story: Page 4
Dr. Jon Miller takes a plunge at the hands of NCSSM’s Class of ‘82. Dr. Miller is one of the School’s “Abiders.” Full Story: Page 22
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From the January 2006 edition of Our State: Down Home in North Carolina, where NCSSM was featured as a “famous ﬁrst” in the state. With 13 years of experience behind them, the NCSSM Distance Learning department forges ahead into a future of limitless opportunities.
Kannapolis students learn C++ Programming via video conference, thanks to the NCSSM Distance Learning department. Full Story: Page 9
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12 You’re From Where? 15 Class Notes 22 The Abiders
Part three of the ongoing series highlighting the lesser known locales that our alumni call home.
A closer look at the six faculty members who, after 25 years, still call 1219 Broad Street home.
NCSSM’s ﬁrst graduating class, Class of ‘82.
The following article was reprinted with permission from Mann Media, Inc., publishers of Our State: Down Home in North Carolina. It appeared in the January 2006 edition, chronicling North Carolina “ﬁrsts.”
Twenty-ﬁve years ago, the N.C. School of Science and Mathematics opened its doors to students and created a brand-new kind of high school program.
You Do The Math
by Kathy Grant Westbrook Photography by Charles Brown
The scenes you see on this campus are typical of those you might see on any college campus in the state: An instructor scribbling crazy-looking symbols across a board in front of a Calculus class. Two students heading to the campus coffee bar for a midmorning jolt of java. A girl hunkered down in her dorm room, cramming for a test in aquatic ecology. A couple of kids tossing a frisbee on the lawn prior to their afternoon polymer chemistry lab. Surprisingly, though, this isn’t a college. It’s a high school: the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM). NCSSM is a public, residential high school offering 11th and 12th graders a specialized curriculum with a strong emphasis on math, science and technology. Located on a 27-acre campus near historic downtown Durham, it currently has an enrollment of 335 juniors and 290 seniors evenly divided between male and female students. When it opened its doors in September 1980, with its ﬁrst class of 150 juniors, it was the ﬁrst school of its kind in the nation. Following North Carolina’s lead, other states (Maine, Illinois, Oklahoma and Indiana to name a few) and even other countries (Israel, Jordan, and Korea) have established similar schools.
THREE WISE MEN The birth of NCSSM is largely credited to three men: John Ehle, Terry Sanford, and James B. Hunt. Ehle, an author who was raised in Asheville and now resides in Winston-Salem, hatched the idea for the school in the mid-1970s as the United States was struggling to maintain technological footing in a rapidly changing global community. He proposed an educational environment in which high school students would study math and science on college and postgraduate levels. An essential part of his plan was that the school be public, thereby preventing ﬁnancial, cultural, or social factors from determining the student population. Ehle’s idea was embraced by Terry Sanford, who had previously served as president of Duke University and governor of North Carolina—but Sanford expressed doubts that public funds for such a school could be procured. Although it did prove challenging to secure public funding, it didn’t prove impossible, thanks largely to Governor James B. Hunt.
of the last two years the school has received around 1,100 applications for the 300 or so junior class slots) and is based on a number of criteria, including academic standing, test scores, and proclivity toward science and math. But once in, students have access to classes ordinarily reserved for college curricula: such as “Advanced Object-Oriented Programming in C++,” “Advanced Robotics,” and “Astrophysics.” Notwithstanding the emphasis on math, science, and technology, students are guaranteed a well-rounded education, completing their
Adam Hinnant is a member of the Class of 2006.
“Jim Hunt, being governor at the time, was the strongest legislative supporter,” says Craig Rowe, NCSSM’s director of communications. “He really took the reins and pushed it through, and he did a lot to garner support for the school, not just in the legislature, but in communities throughout North Carolina.” In 1978, the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics was ofﬁcially created. Several cities, including Burlington, Charlotte, and Raleigh, vied for the privilege of housing the newly created school, but Durham was eventually chosen, partly because it offered— for the price of $1—a former hospital complex, which could be easily converted to residential living quarters for students. The site, home to Watts Hospital from 1909 to 1976, was transformed into a beautiful high school campus, with Spanish Mission style buildings—complete with stuccoed exterior walls and red tile roofs—that give the campus distinct character and charm. MAKING THE GRADE Because NCSSM is a public school, there are no application, tuition, or room and board fees. For a student to be eligible to attend, one parent or guardian must be a resident of North Carolina. The school truly does reach out to students across the state; in fact, a 1995 state mandate requires equal representation from all congressional districts. This year about 90 of North Carolina’s 100 counties are represented. Gaining admittance to NCSSM is very competitive (each
schedules with courses such as ceramics, French literature, and history of western music. Naturally, students are expected to live up to the high levels of performance that gained them entrance into the school in the ﬁrst place. “They need to maintain their grades. One ‘C’ gets a student on academic probation,” says Rowe, adding that each case is, however, evaluated on an individual basis. With such an emphasis on academic performance, one might think that the students do little more than attend class and study, but that isn’t the case. The school “has a Student Activities Board that allows each and every student the ability to determine what type of on-campus and off-campus activities [we] will participate in,” says 17-year-old Adam Landon Hinnant, a senior from Wilson. Hinnant himself has acted as co-president of the campus Teenage Republicans Club; served as treasurer of the campus chapter of Future Business Leaders of America; assisted with the writing and ratifying of an Honor Code, as a member of the Ethical Awareness Group; participated in the school’s Hearing Board; worked in soup kitchens; helped raise money for victims of Hurricane Katrina; and worked as in intern in one of Senator Elizabeth Dole’s ofﬁces. Students also have opportunities to participate in athletics, as NCSSM has numerous varsity sports teams, including basketball, volleyball, soccer, tennis, and swimming.
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When students graduate from NCSSM, they do so with an impressive list of academic and extracurricular accomplishments under their belt, along with two years’ experience living in a dorm. Translation: These kids are ready for college. In fact, more than 99 percent of the school’s graduating seniors head straight for college, with the remaining few opting to join volunteer organizations or simply defer college for a year. Although uncertain about which college he will attend, Hinnant does know that he wants to major in ﬁelds related to business and law, saying, “I would love to later become a politician so that I can help the country that has given me so much.” MISSION: ACCOMPLISHED In an effort to keep NCSSM’s graduates—and their considerable talents—in North Carolina, Senator Kay Hagan of Guilford
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STATE-WIDE RESOURCE In addition to educating its residential students, NCSSM offers instruction to high schoolers across the state each year through its distance learning program: Instructors broadcast certain classes to students in various school districts where these particular courses would not otherwise be available. Also, NCSSM has developed state-of-the-art on-line courses in chemistry and physics (and is currently developing one in advanced placement calculus) that include video clips and animation. These on-line courses are most often used by students who become sick and must miss a great deal of school, as well as by those who are being home-schooled. In addition, the school is lending its expertise to those who are working under the leadership of Lieutenant Governor Beverly Purdue to explore the possibility of establishing a virtual high school in North Carolina. NCSSM doesn’t just teach North Carolina’s youth; the school also teaches others who teach our youth. Every summer, teachers from across the state converge on the Durham campus for in-service programs such as “How to Use the Internet to Better Your Class” and “Advanced Theories in Teaching Physics.” “I would say that the blessing of this school is that it serves the students that come here, and it serves students around the state through distance learning and workshops, and it is a tremendous resource to teachers through conferences and in-services,” says Boarman. “We are a statewide institution that serves the needs of the state anytime we’re called upon, which is lots of times. We don’t turn anybody down.” Because NCSSM truly is a school that serves the entire state of North Carolina, Boarman was surprised, when he arrived here more than ﬁve years ago from the Washington, D.C., area, to ﬁnd that many people in our state know very little about the school. “I got here and [found that] more people outside the state know about it and seem to appreciate it more than people in the state,” he says, noting that recently the campus was visited by educators from Georgia, as well as the minister of education from Singapore. His hope is that more citizens throughout the state will see the value of NCSSM not just to the hundreds of residential students that attend the school each year, but also to the thousands of people throughout the state that beneﬁt from its programs. “We need to do a better job of looking at this as a treasure and a resource,” he says.
President Gerald L. Boarman sees the school’s specialization as its strength.
County sponsored a bill, passed in 2003, that guarantees these grads a grant to cover their tuition costs to any of the 16 schools in the UNC system. “We usually averaged probably around 65 to 70 percent attending UNC-system schools with each graduating class,” says Rowe, the communications director. “With the class of 2004—the ﬁrst eligible for that tuition grant—that shot right up to 80 percent. We’re keeping some really excellent students [in North Carolina]. I know offhand of a couple kids that have turned down MIT to attend UNC.” While the faculty and staff of NCSSM are proud of their graduates, they insist that other schools throughout the state deserve much of the credit for the students’ accomplishments. “We recognize that they [the students] wouldn’t be ready to come to this school if somebody hadn’t done their job,” says NCSSM President Dr. Gerald L. Boarman. “So, somebody’s been doing their job in elementary school and middle school and high school.” He sees other public schools “as the foundation and the catalyst for kids to jump off to this institution.” As to what NCSSM can offer students that other schools cannot, Boarman says, “We’re able to do things with kids that they [other public schools] are not able to do because we’re specialized. Not that we’re special, but we’re specialized in our focus and our mission.”
Kathy Grant Westbrook writes from her home in Four Oaks, N.C.
September 9-12, 2006 Celebrating the classes of ‘86, ‘91, ‘96 & ‘01
Congratulations Class of 1986, on 20 years of Accepting the Greater Challenge.
Give to the Class of 1986 Reunion Gift: Digital Preservation of Slide Shows, Art & Literature
“Our fundraising goal for this project is $100,000, an amount targeted by each of the previous classes. We already have several generous leadership gifts from a few or our classmates totaling almost $50,000, so we are well on our way. Part of the beauty of this gift is that when we meet our goal, the money will act to not only preserve the history of the school already recorded, but also future years to come, in a way that will be both permanent and accessible to everyone, everywhere. This will prove to be an invaluable resource to the school, and a ﬁtting gift from its greatest Class.” Sincerely, Colin Law ‘86 Brock Winslow ‘86
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Winter 2006 Update
Quarter Century Society Introduced, Alumni Set the Standard
Be a Part of our History
The 2005-2006 academic year marks the Quarter Century Celebration of The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. Twenty- ﬁve years is a relatively short time period, yet, the accomplishments from our students and faculty are endless. Challenges abound; yet NCSSM’s future remains a kaleidoscope of opportunity. To celebrate the School and its people, the Foundation established the Quarter Century Society. A gift of $25,000 (payable over a ﬁve year period) will support the Foundation’s general endowment. As you know, there is no better way to ensure a healthy future for NCSSM than through the endowment. Inaugural members of the Quarter Century Society include Alan Cline ’90 of Burlingame, California. Alan is Vice President of Vista Equity Partners of San Francisco. He and his wife Michelle are the parents of two children, Katherine and Avery; Louis Gordon ’83 of Mooresville, NC. Louis is President of L. Gordon Iron and Metal Company of Statesville; and Melissa P. Lawler ’89. Melissa and her husband Brian reside in Charlotte with their children, Brittany, Courtney and Sydney. Melissa is the National Account Manager for Green Point Mortgage. The Foundation thanks and applauds our Alumni for setting the standard. As articulated in our Quarter Century theme…NCSSM “transforms learners and develops leaders.” Your gift makes it all possible.
Campaign Support Continues to Rise
This ﬁscal year, the Odyssey Campaign saw a $10,000,000 record 56% increase in year-end giving, compared to the same period last year. Additionally, Alumni $8,000,000 support of the Campaign continues to rise, with a $6,000,000 44% increase in gifts from last year.
$4,000,000 The Odyssey Campaign is the catalyst in providing NCSSM with the necessary resources to remain $2,000,000 at the forefront of math and science education. Long a model for other schools, NCSSM plans to remain on the cutting edge, exploring new 2004-05 2005-06 2003-04 GOAL possibilities and breaking new ground. What began as an example of what education should be will continue to be an example of all that is possible. The Odyssey Campaign, a comprehensive multi-year fund-raising drive, generates funding to support our faculty, students, distance learning and facilities.
irtual reality body suits—cleverly designed computer interfaces that take the place of today’s mice and keyboards. The body suits—complete with computer-screen goggles and ‘intelligent’ cosmetic jewelry— enable an entire class of students and their teacher to journey back to the American Revolution, out to the farthest limits of the solar system, or into the nucleus of an atom.” That was the prediction of Fred D’Ignazio, president and founder of Multi-Media Classrooms, Inc., about the future of technology in education as quoted in a 1990 anniversary issue of Technology & Learning. Although D’Ignazio’s prediction may sound excessively futuristic and far-fetched, with distance learning technology, A Distance Learning his forecast may not control room. be that far off. Take, for example, the event that occurred on NCSSM’s campus in February 2006—a live downlink with NASA
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astronauts on the International Space Station. In a combined effort between the School’s Distance Learning department and NASA technologies, students from NCSSM and Robeson Co. Schools participated in a Q&A session with North Carolina native Cmdr. William McArthur and Russian cosmonaut Valery Tokarev, watching the astronauts on the ETC’s Auditorium screen. The event was a shining example of just what can be done with distance learning technologies—in this case, traveling 220 miles above sea level without stepping off campus. For the NCSSM Distance Learning department, the NASA event demonstrated what the department has known for years—the possibilities with distance learning technology are endless. And with over 13 years of practice behind them, the department is ready to forge ahead into the future. What the future holds exactly is still unclear, but for NCSSM President Dr. Gerald Boarman and the Distance Learning department, opportunities abound. “It is going to be a whole different world out there,” Boarman said. “And we want to look at every means of online learning, distance learning, that’s possible to meet the needs of these kids.” In a recent Special Report by Technology and Learning called “Envisioning the Future,” the opinions of education professionals, scientists and futurists stressed the importance of advancements in information technology for advancements in education, echoing Dr. Boarman’s sentiment. “Schools should become nothing less than the center of students’ educational use of information technology and media—no matter where, when, or what they want to learn,” said one
NCSSM Music Instructor Scott Laird teaches a class in one of four Distance Learning studios.
With increased opportunities and constantly expanding technology, the future of NCSSM’s Distance Learning department looks bright.
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respondent, Douglas Levin, to the magazine’s survey. Another respondent, Lynn A. Nixon, said, “Current issues in the ﬁeld of science provide the opportunity for students to build their global awareness, which is increasingly important as they face a world that is more connected than ever before.” One woman surveyed, Anne Hribar, forecasted what she thought education would look like in 25 years: “Twenty-ﬁve years from now, a technologically savvy education will be the right of all children. Wireless technology will be the norm, not merely for those districts that can afford it. Student desks will be portals of discovery with their wireless tools built into the furniture. Information will be shared more readily with classrooms worldwide as students communicate with ‘virtual pen pals’ in real time.” Boarman’s vision runs along the same lines. His dream for 25 years down the road? An NCSSM virtual school that will give kids who are not accepted to NCSSM the opportunity to take classes that carry the School’s brand and earn a diploma, or joint diploma, from the School. “Right now, we have over 1400 applicants,” he said. “We’ll only be able to take 325 and we have nothing else to offer those [other 1075] students except a rejection letter.” And with the North Carolina Virtual School in the works, Boarman’s dream does not seem to be built on sand. Boarman also sees students being able to travel to Singapore or walk through the holy lands, all via live videoconference, to be able to watch live surgeries or live Parliament proceedings. “The whole world is coming closer and closer together,” he said, adding, “Students today need that kind of interaction.” He also envisions fabrication labs at the School, 3-D printers, and the students having online textbooks where they can take notes right on their computer screens. “Where we’re going to go in the next 10 years with the use of computers and the way we learn is going to change drastically,” Boarman said, “and those people that are ready and on the
forefront are going to make out. And we’re deﬁnitely there.” Darlene Haught, Dean of Distance Learning Technologies at the School, also has a vision for distance learning, one that focuses more on the immediate future: “I envision us growing in using video conferencing more within the classroom,” Haught said, “and I can’t help but think that with the expanding initiative to bring real life experiences in to the classroom, it’s just going to evolve, and we need to be in the forefront of that. With the evolution of the technology, we’re in the best position to bring it right into the classroom and I want to do that here.” According to Haught, one of the surest directions for Distance Learning is toward expanded online education. Expansion in this area, Haught said, “will meet the needs that we couldn’t meet through video conferencing because of time and scheduling.” It will also give the School an opportunity to expand its reach beyond North Carolina to other partner schools around the country—schools that belong to the National Consortium for Specialized Secondary Schools in Science, Math and Technology. For distance learning, the future is certainly wide open and as Dr. Boarman said, “We should not be limited by our limited horizons.” Although the Distance Learning department serves the School in a number of different capacities, its ﬁrst and foremost goal on a day-to-day basis is to provide advanced curriculum to students across the state that would not otherwise get it. In fact, 83 percent of Distance Learning programming is course delivery. “The philosophy is that we want to draw on the expertise of the teachers here on our campus,” Haught said, “and use that as a mechanism of outreach to provide those opportunities around the state to schools and students who wouldn’t otherwise get them.” Currently, Distance Learning offers 10 credit-bearing courses to nearly 400 students at over 20 schools across the state. In addition to meeting the needs of students across the state, Distance Learning also strives to enrich the classroom experience by offering topical sessions, and to provide professional
The Distance Learning Department is created after the Public School Forum issues a report titled “A State of Disconnectedness,” in which it recommends that the state work more closely with NCSSM to harness effective and innovative uses of the many resources already available for improved math and Seven cyber campuses are science education. constructed and opened around
through the years
The RJR-Nabisco Foundation awards NCSSM the Next Century Schools Grant, a $600,000 grant to fund “Down-to-Earth Distance Learning” for 3 years; teachers connect via cable television and telephone to Durham’s Riverside and Southern High Schools Program extends to Durham High School, which would later become Durham School of the Arts.
1994 1993 1995
The North Carolina Information Highway (NCIH) is created, allowing for 2-way interactive videoconferencing. As a result, NCSSM becomes a state-funded provider of educational programming to teachers and students utilizing the NCIH.
the state, the last being certiﬁed in October 1998.
Burroughs Wellcome Fund awards NCSSM a $1 million challenge grant to begin laying the groundwork for the Educational Future Center. Over 5 years, the EFC would support the development of seven cyber campuses in strategically selected high schools representing North Carolina’s more rural areas.
development opportunities for teachers across the state. By offering these types of opportunities, Distance Learning allows educators to collaborate with teachers at NCSSM while saving them both time and money. These collaborations prepare teachers around the state to teach courses they may not have taught before, or courses that are out of their ﬁeld, or to simply give them ideas on how to use technology within their classrooms. “We’re learning from working with [our] students and we can transfer that experience to students across the state, to teachers across the state,” Dr. Boarman said. “[Distance Learning] indicates that this school is not just motivated to look internally at the students who are fortunate enough to come here,” Dr. Boarman said. “We see ourselves as [an institution that provides] to any organization within the state the expertise that we have developed over 25 years. And therefore the mission of Distance Learning is just that—to give other people outside of this campus, distant from this school, the opportunity to take courses or to work with our teachers or just to collaborate with us whether they’re residing on this campus or not.”
Dr. Sally Adkin, Senior Vice President for External Programs, agrees. “We have to be extremely ﬂexible. In order to accomplish what we want to do, we’re always kind of walking the tight rope,” she said. “Hard is the modus operandi here. ...I think most people would’ve thrown up their hands and quit.”
A Kannapolis classroom where students learn C++ Programming from an NCSSM instructor using distance learning technologies.
Collaboration is, in fact, one of biggest beneﬁts of distance learning technology, according to Boarman. “In education,” he said, “we tend to be isolated. But the outreach program gives people the opportunity to sit together and try to diagnose a problem or try to ﬁnd a solution or try to ﬁnd a better avenue to approach [education], and what better way than to learn from people who are experts in the ﬁeld and that have been doing it for a long time.” With all of the challenges that face Distance Learning, Haught says that it is easy to lose sight of the overall picture. It is important, she says, “to keep in mind that we’re all in it together to create the best environment to provide the greatest opportunity for success for students.”
According to Dr. Boarman, the biggest challenge for the Distance Learning department is “to determine the best use of this technology to assist teachers and motivate students”—an ongoing challenge that will continue to face the department in the years to come. But despite what challenges may arise, the department feels confident that they can face them head on. “There’s a wonderful spirit of cooperation and excitem ent here,” said Carole Stern, Outreach Specialist for the Distance Learning dept. As Distance Learning ventures forward, it will be crucial for the department to constantly examine where it is going and what is the best way to get there. It is of extreme importance, Dr. Boarman said, “to look into the future and to see where we’re going to go with this learning trend that’s taking place.”
The NOW Project commences. The project, a 5-year, $6 million U.S. Department of Education Technology Innovation Challenge Grant, offers professional development opportunities for educators in technology integration.
A fourth studio is installed. Field testing the videoover-IP protocol for programming begins. The NOW Project ends in October, having served over 4,000 educators in all 100 counties in NC.
Web sites for teacher resources are developed. First summer SWAT (Students Working to Assist Technology) camp takes place, using videoconferencing to provide a technology-teach experience between and among the cyber campuses.
Of all the entities on the NCIH, NCSSM does about 10% of the programming, being the largest provider of K-12 programming in the state, offering 11 credit-bearing courses to over 275 students in 20+ schools.
The department begins videoconferencing out-of-state at national conferences and for professional development. Annual summer workshop begins for promoting/training for videoconferencing in the state.
Three Internet-based online courses have been developed and are being taught around the state. Another is under development for 2006-2007. Distance Learning department has expanded to 15 technical, faculty, supervisory, and support positions.
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Location: Alleghany County, about 77 miles NW of Winston-Salem. What’s in a name: The community was, in fact, named for the ancient city of Greece. Population: 1,818 Elevation: 2,939 feet Land area: 2.4 sq. miles Zip code: 28675 Wal-Mart: No Home Depot or Lowes? Neither Claim to Fame: Hometown of country music singer Del Reeves, born Franklin Delano Reeves in Sparta on July 14, 1933.
Part three of an ongoing series.
“Little town with the big heart” Location: In the heart of the Great Smoky Mtns. Founded: 1890 What’s in a name: Named for Col. A.B. Andrews, the second vice president of the Richmond and Danville Railroad, which was completed in Andrews in spring 1890. Population: 1,696 Elevation: 2,350 feet Zip Code: 28901 Wal-Mart: No Home Depot or Lowes? Neither Fast Food Representative: McDonald’s Reason to stop by: The town takes pride in being untouched by the inﬂuences of big city life, calling itself “a place to enjoy a more leisurely pace of life.” Just a hop, skip and a jump... : Andrews is less than 150 miles from Atlanta, Ga., Knoxville, Tenn., and Asheville, N.C.
Intrinsic to the spirit of NCSSM is the dynamic created when such a diverse cross section of North Carolina’s residents are brought together on only twenty-seven acres in Durham. It is safe to say that some students come from corners of the state not found on most maps. Until now. In celebration of the many Alumni who bravely ventured from these charming rural pockets to the Durham Metropolitan, NCSSM Magazine has decided to highlight some of the lesser known locales that so many of our graduates call home.
“Gateway to the Uwharries” Founded: 1852, primarily by Scottish immigrants. What’s in a name: The town takes its name from John B. Troy, a popular attorney and solicitor of the judicial district. Population: 3,461 Elevation: 550 feet Land area: 3.0 sq. miles Zip Code: 27371 Wal-Mart: No Home Depot or Lowes? Neither On these streets of gold: Legend has it that the streets of Troy are paved with solid gold. When the streets were being paved, ﬁll dirt was brought in from the gold mines in Eldorado, a once thriving mining community north of the town. Local citizens soon found gold nuggets in the streets of the city.
In the last 2 issues, we have proﬁled Elm City, Grandy, Hurdle Mills, Murphy, Sylva, Ahoskie, Hamlet, Mount Olive, Newland and Red Springs.
Location: Brunswick County, in the Wilmington metro area. What’s in a name: The community was named for the Shallotte River, which was named for an onion-like plant growing along its banks. Not to be confused with: The island from Tennyson’s poem, “The Lady of Shallott.” Population: 1,381 Elevation: 10 feet Land Area: 5.4 sq. miles Zip Code: 28459 Wal-Mart: Yes Home Depot or Lowes? Both Reason to stop by: The town’s location, at the center of the beaches of the South Brunswick Islands, makes it the shopping and professional hub of this part of southeastern North Carolina.
Location: Washington County What’s in a name: The community was named for John L. Roper, a lumber merchant originally from Pennsylvania who brought the John L. Roper Land and Lumber Company to the town in 1888. Chartered: 1906 Population: 593 Elevation: 15 feet Land Area: 0.9 sq. miles Zip Code: 27970 Wal-Mart: No Home Depot or Lowes? Neither Interesting Fact: At one time, the Roper Lumber Company was the number one supplier of cedar shingles in the country.
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Frederick Slocum ’84
completed his B.A. in political science at UNC-Chapel Hill and his Ph.D. in political science at the University of Iowa. He is now an associate professor of political science at Minnesota State University, Mankato, where he has been teaching since 1998. His areas of specialization are race and
Fred Slocum ‘84 in his ofﬁce at Minnesota State University, Mankato, in October 2005.
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sons, especially focusing on issues of medication adherence and the special concerns of HIV+ mothers. Katharine and her partner, Jada, celebrated their 12th anniversary in June 2005.
Dr. James D. Davis ’86
recently performed in Carnegie Hall as principal euphonium with the Atlanta Wind Symphony. His poem “Field Training Ofﬁcer #2” was also just published in an anthology entitled “Hurricane” along with the work of Nobel prize winner Derek Walcott.
Star Chapter of the Sierra Club since 2002. He accepted the award in San Francisco in September. Kurt has a B.A. in Chemistry from Princeton University and an M.S. in Computer and Information Sciences from the University of Minnesota.
Robbie R. Locklear-Zoll ’87
is now living with her husband, John, and 2-year old daughter, Madeleine, in Fort Polk, La., where John is an Army ofﬁcer. Robbie is working as a family practice Physician Assistant at the post hospital. Robbie has been a PA for the last 10 years.
Jennifer Bowman Ebright ’86
continues to recover from recent surgery for a brain tumor with the support of her son, William, and her husband, Jim.
Ron Hasson ’88
politics in the United States, public opinion, political psychology, and Southern politics; he teaches a course on each of those topics.
Floyd Bullard ’87
Katharine Stewart ’85
is currently in his third year of a Ph.D. program in statistics at Duke. If all goes as planned, he will be ﬁnished and back teaching at NCSSM in fall 2007.
moved to Little Rock, Ark., in 2003 and now serves as Associate Dean for the College of Public Health at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She also is Associate Professor of Health Behavior/Health Education. Her research is primarily focused on designing behavioral interventions to support improved clinical outcomes among HIV+ per-
Kurt Indermaur ’87
received the Sierra Club’s 2005 National Electronic Communications Award, which honors the best web page or other use of electronic communication to further the Sierra Club’s mission. Kurt, president of Minnetonka, Minnesota-based Indermaur, Inc. for the past six years, has been a volunteer with the North
is taking a break from journalism, possibly a permanent one, to work in social services. He develops and runs programs to help low income individuals and families through a community action agency, Skyline CAP. Ron is also about two chapters shy of completing his ﬁrst book, and would like to start one about his days in Durham next.
Janice Huggins Hepburn ’88
is now living in Salisbury, England with her husband and two children, Michael, 6, and Elizabeth, 4. Her husband is on active duty in the U.S. Army doing an exchange program with the United Kingdom. They are living in a small British village, lov-
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ing the English country atmosphere, traveling a lot and making the best of their time abroad. Janice is doing some part-time project management work for a software company, and spending the rest of her time with the kids. Janice expects to be in England through summer 2007, and then will probably return to Frederick, Md., where her husband will continue his role with the Army. ran, 7, Trevor, 6, Brendan, 3, and Gavin, 1, and live in Cary, N.C.
Michele Rudisill ’88
medical care in a six county area. You can ﬁnd pictures and a weblog on: www.midcarolinatraumarac.com.
was among the ﬁrst medical responders to the Katrina ravaged areas of Mississippi. Rudisill, who is the Outreach and MidCarolina Trauma RAC Coordinator for the UNC Hospitals Trauma Program, helped set up and staff an NC
Eliza K. (Johnson) Ablovatski, Ph.D. ’89 Jonathan Carson ’89
is an Assistant Professor of History at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. recently began a new post-doc at MGH-Harvard Medical School’s Center For Molecular Imaging Research, which does cutting edge medical research and biomedical engineering. He is part of an effort that targets therapeutic and imaging agents to speciﬁc tissues and cell types.
Annice F. Hood, Ed.D. ’89
Michele Rudisill ‘88 with ATeam Triage Staff at a Field Hospital in Waveland, Miss.
graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill on May 15 with a Doctor of Education degree in Education Leadership. Her dissertation is titled “Impact of Race-Related Activism on the Careers of Black Educators.” SMAT (State Medical Assistance Team) II Field Hospital. The hospital was still deployed in a K-Mart parking lot in Waveland, Miss., long after Rudisill and her team left. In their 5 days, they saw over 1000 patients and then averaged about 325 patients per day. They were the only
Janice’s parents are now in Burlington, N.C., and she visits there regularly with the kids. If you’d like to get in touch, her e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Charlene Warren-Davis ’89
Kirk J. Leibert ’88
and wife, Tara, have four sons, Cur-
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Dr. Joshua L. Hardison ’90
is joining Chapel Hill Obstetrics and Gynecology as an Ob/Gyn physician. He and his wife, Jennifer Madriaga, now reside in Durham.
William “Chad” Futrell ’91
cooperation between China, South Korea and North Korea.
was promoted to the rank of Major in the U.S. Army in September 2005. She is a pharmacist in the Army Medical Dept. and a Doctor of Pharmacy Candidate at Idaho State University. Charlene and her husband, Major S. Avery Davis, M.D., both live and work in Hawaii.
is a Ph.D Candidate in the Department of Development Sociology at Cornell University. He spends most of his time researching and promoting environmental conservation and
Alan T. Metcalf ’91
underwent a wide-awake craniotomy for the removal of a baseball-sized
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brain tumor on May 5, 2005 at Duke University. Present in the surgery for observation was Dr. Mohit Khasibatla ’92. The two were hallmates on 2nd Bryan and Alan was Mohit’s DA during Mohit’s junior year. Alan currently has no deﬁcits from the surgery and has returned to teaching middle school in Rutherfordton, N.C. Mohit, who is a radiation oncologist, moved to Dartmouth one month after the surgery to take a new position there. Commonwealth University Health System in Richmond, Va. Noffsinger will begin practicing as an Ob/ Gyn with the Group for Women in Norfolk, Va.
Jason Cade ’93
Megan (Jackson) Sukys ’91
is the host and producer of a Seattle afternoon interview magazine, The Beat, on KUOW 94.9FM, NPR News & Information.
was recently awarded a two-year Public Interest Fellowship from the law ﬁrm of Skadden, Arps to represent immigrant teenagers facing deportation in New York City. The fellowship will begin September 2006 when Jason completes his clerkship for Judge Steven Gold in the Eastern District of New York.
Freedom. He was located on the border of Pakistan in Asadabad, about 60 miles north of Jalalabad (as the nearest city found on a map), where he served as the NCO in Charge of the Civil Military Operations Center as part of a Provincial Reconstruction Team. While deployed, he was promoted to staff sergeant (E6) and received two Army Achievement Medals as well as a Bronze Star. He returned to his wife, Sarah, and 16-month-old son, Toby, at his home in South Riding, Va. He also returned to his civilian job as a system security consultant.
Dr. Sharon A. Chung ’93
Mary Keisau ’92
moved to North Central Washington after four years in Seattle. Mary is now working for a local land trust, Methow Conservancy, and is working on an organic produce farm. Living in Winthrop, in the Methow Valley, Mary spends a lot of time outside and enjoys playing with her two dogs, Ceilidh and Ella.
ﬁnished her internal medicine residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md., and is now a rheumatology fellow at the University of California, San Francisco.
Joe Farr ’94
Brian McDonald ’93
returned from Afghanistan this fall after spending a 10-month tour in support of Operation Enduring
received his B.A. in Economics with a minor in Chemistry from Duke University in 1998. After working for the Atlantic Coast Conference and ESPN, he went to the Yale School of Management where he received his MBA in Marketing and Leadership. He has since started a television production company in New Haven,
Roland Leak ’92
is in the Marketing Ph.D. program at the University of South Carolina. His concentration is in consumer information search and conformity. Roland is married to Dr. Sirena Hargrove-Leak ’92 who is an assistant professor in the engineering department of Elon University. They have one daughter, Donelle, 2.
Clemont “Walt” Lewis ’92
is a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force. Walt enlisted in August 2000.
Dr. Daniel L. Noffsinger ’92
recently completed residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Medical College at Virginia/Virginia
Brian McDonald ‘93, back right, with his Civil Affairs Team on top of Bull Run Mountain, Afghanistan.
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Conn., called Trey Mojo Productions, LLC.
Lemuel “Taron” Mattocks ’95 teacher in New York City’s public
is a computer consultant with East Carolina University, which is in its second year of its Academic Computing Environment (ACE) program. As a member of ACE, the school provides support for reduced rates for students purchasing IBM Thinkpads through the program. It also provides technical support for all current students in the ECU family. schools.
Steve Kovacs ’94
has left New York City for the
Mark “Alan” English ’99
Kimberly Spenninck ’96
Edinburgh, Scotland, where Steve Kovacs ‘94 now calls home.
became a Certiﬁed Management Accountant, CMA.
ﬁnished his M.A. in Political Science and International Relations this summer through UNC at the University Carlos III in Madrid, Spain. Upon his return to the United States on September 1, he moved to Atlanta, Ga., to work as the Marketing Communications Specialist for BernzOmatic/Taracorp, a division of Newell Rubbermaid.
Bryson Finklea ’99
Jennifer McGinnis ’97 Jesse Johnson ’98
is a ﬁrst year law student at Duke University, delving into a new career. sunny shores of Scotland, where he and his business partner are opening a performance venue in summer 2006. In the meantime, he is pursuing a MSc in Design and Digital Media at the University of Edinburgh. is getting his M.A. in Math Education at Teachers College/Columbia University through the Newton Fellowship (www.mathforamerica. org). After completing his Masters, he plans to be a high school math
is switching from math and neuroscience to social medicine. Anyone heard of Partners in Health? His e-mail address is now: bryson. ﬁnklea@gmail.com
Court Wilson ’99
graduated from Duke with a double major in Chemistry and Physics and is now planning a computer science graduate degree. Court currently lives in Chapel Hill.
Rachel Van Cleve ’00
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is commuting between Providence and Boston and starting a new job with the Rhode Island HUD Tenant Organizing Project. If any fellow alumni have settled in the Boston area, she’d love to hear from you: Rachel.VanCleve@alumni.brown.edu
Andrea Kaelin ’01
graduated from the Cum Laude honors program at Christopher Newport University, Va., with a B.S. in Biology and minors in Chemistry and Forensics. Andrea is now entering medical school.
Spanish. Virginia spent summer 2005 doing community service in Honolulu through the organization Overland. She is currently working as an Educational Consultant for Readak, Inc.
Sarah M. Wilson ’02
Virginia G. Upchurch ’01
graduated Bowdoin College in May 2005 with degrees in Biochemistry and
is a senior at Stanford University majoring in Drama and Psychology. She plans to move to the Bay Area after gradation.
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[MARRIAGES] & engagements
M. Katie Leiva ’85
married U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Bryan Bender in August 2005. They recently moved to Washington, D.C.
Meghan Knight ’95
David Cherry ’88
married Jared Dutton on May 28, 2005 at the Mordecai Historic Park in Raleigh, N.C.
graduated with a degree in meteorology and Brian will graduate in May 2006 with his master’s in industrial design. Erin and Brian, who met through Will Wilson ’96, now reside in Raleigh.
married Caroline Kweller on Sept. 3, 2005. They had a two-week honeymoon in Hawaii and now reside in Bethesda, Md.
Stacy Vogel ’95
married David Nakaji of San Diego, Calif., on December 10, 2004 on the Hawaiian island of Kauai.
Karen “Keri Beth” Livingston ’99
married Lauren Snyder on October 16, 2004.
Estelle (Cline) Hung ’90
married Patrick Hung July 9, 2005 in Asheville, N.C. Stella and Patrick met while in residency at Baylor University in Houston, Texas. They have now settled in their ﬁrst home in Stella’s hometown of Greensboro, N.C. Their ﬁrst child is on the way.
Lindsay (Paul) Drunasky ’96
Meredith (Clapp) Perlman ’99
married Nick Drunasky on April 16, 2005 in Hickory, N.C. Lindsay is a statistician with the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service. Nick is an urban forestry consultant. Lindsay and Nick live in Woodbridge, Va. married Ricky Zager, of St. Petersburg, Fla., on October 4, 2003. Hunter and Ricky currently live in St. Petersburg with their two dogs.
married Ben Perlman on December 31, 2005. Meredith will graduate in May 2006 with a law degree from Tulane University. Meredith will join Ben in Atlanta, Ga., in May. Meredith and Ben met while attending Emory University.
Shannon (Oliver) Sullivan ’90
married Patrick Sullivan, originally from coastal Georgia, on November 13, 2004 at Haygood Memorial UMC in Atlanta, Ga. Shannon and Patrick currently reside in Atlanta and plan to stay there.
Hunter (Randleman) Zager ’96 got engaged on their two year anniver-
Katharine Morrison ’00 and Mark Evaul ’00
sary, November 24, 2005. They will get married June 17, 2006 in Cary, N.C.
Marcia (Eaddy) Baker ’97
Candace D. Randall ’00 and Matthew J. Moore ’00
Patrick Link ’94
and Janet R. Cummings, have announced their engagement and will be married on September 23, 2006 at Ann Street United Methodist Church in Beaufort, N.C.
married Scott Baker on August 21, 2004 at Fearrington Village near Chapel Hill, N.C. Marcia and Scott now reside in Greenville, S.C., where Marcia is a pharmaceutical representative for Merck and Co., Inc. and Scott is a mechanical engineer for Robert E. Bosch Corp.
were married July 23, 2005 at Bethel United Methodist Church, Midlands, N.C.
Christopher Paul ’01 and Anna Bauer ’01
Christopher “Ryan” Burkett ’95 Erin Moore ’97 and Rashonda Steadman ‘96 married Brian Wallace on October
were married September 4, 2004.
Shannon (Oliver) Sullivan ‘90 and Patrick Sullivan
1, 2005 in Charlotte, N.C. Erin just
were married September 24, 2005. Chris and Anna both graduated from Duke University in May 2005 with degrees in Environmental Science and now work at Duke as Associates in Research.
Ryan Burkett ‘95 and Rashonda Steadman ‘96
Meghan Knight ‘95 and Jared Dutton
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[Births] + adoptions
Shelley Lineberger Hitt ’82 Scott Kimbrough ’83
is proud to announce the birth of his second child, Michaela Ann, born June 28, 2005. Scott is also completing his ﬁnal year of the Doctor of Pharmacy program at UNC. gave birth to Olivia Greer Hitt on July 5, 2005. Olivia weighed in at a substantial 9lb, 10oz and 22 in. daughter, Sarah Frances Baoyu Cribb, who was born Fu Bao Yu in Jiangxi province, China on April 13, 2003. Sarah, adopted April 4, 2005, joins big sister, Erika, adopted from Saigon, Vietnam on April 2, 2002.
George M. Bridgers ’92
and wife, Jennifer, are proud to announce the birth their ﬁrst child, Abigail Katherine Bridgers, born December 16, 2005.
Jill (Barrett) Parisher ’92
Richard Cagle ’87
Darryl Peterkin ’84
and Gigi are delighted to announce the arrival of their son Luke, born July 7, 2005 at 8:49 a.m., weighing 9 lbs., 10 oz.
is proud to announce the birth of Graham Warren Cagle, born December 1, 2005. Graham weighed in at 7 lbs, 11 oz. and was 20.5 in. long.
is proud to announce the births of her niece and nephew. Her niece, Sarah Cothran Manning, was born to sister Jessica (Barrett) Manning and James Manning ’92. Her nephew, Barrett Karl Schmid, was born to other sister Julie (Barrett) Schmid ’94 and Greg Schmid. ters, Maureen, 2, and Siobhan, 11 mos., and have another child on the way, expected this coming June.
and husband, John, are proud to announce the Hitt ‘82 and birth of son, Jack, born her ‘Incredible’ family. February 25, 2005. Big sister, Kate, is now 4-years-old. Amy, Brian Morin ’85 proudly announces the birth of daugh- John and family live in Wake Forest. ter Alexandra Denise, born April 20, Janet Spencer ’87 2005. Alexandra weighed in at 6 lb., 7 and Walter Hamm announce the oz., and was 19 in. long. birth of their son and daughter, Langston Auberon and Amalie LiClifton “Ryan” Kinlaw ’86 ander Spencer-Hamm, born April 8, is proud to announce the birth of 2005, at the DeWitt Army CommuThaddeus Reece Heinloth Kinlaw, born June 23, 2005 at 8:30 a.m. Tadd nity Hospital in Fairfax County, Va. weighed in at 9 lbs. and measured Christine Eddinger ’88 21.5 in. and husband, Scott Holmes, announce the birth of their second daughter Thomas Meigs ’86 and wife, Karen Eleanor Caroline on January 10, 2006. Wallace-Meigs, Elizabeth (Roy) Felix ’90 returned from China with their and husband, Adrian, announce the birth of Avery Isabelle Felix, born June second daugh1, 2005. ter, Ava, who they adopted on Thomas “Tad” Rhodes ’90 May 7 in Kunand his wife, Cindy, became the proud ming, Yunnan parents of Thomas Jackson Rhodes, Province. Their ﬁrst daughter, 4- III, “Jack,” on March 17, 2005. year-old Audrey, Lisa Sitek-Shaver ’90 adopted March Ava and Audrey Meigs and Joe Shaver announce the birth 2002 in Changof Jane Katherine Shaver, born Oct. sha, Hunan 10, 2005 in Burlington, Vermont. Province, accompanied them on the She was 7 lbs. 15 oz. and 21 in. trip. Ted is an Assistant Professor of Cell Biology at the University of North Megan (Jackson) Sukys ’91 Carolina at Asheville. became a mom when she gave birth to Quinn Jackson on February 1, 2005. Christy (Johnson) Cribb ’87 and husband, David, are proud to announce the adoption of their second
Mary Pat Campbell ’92 Amy (Fox) Schmitzer ’87 and Stuart Grace have two daughKelly Goss Sechrist ’92
and her husband, David, are proud to announce the birth of Kathleen Gray Sechrist, born July 13, 2005. “Katie
Siobhan and Maureen Grace
Gray” weighed 9lbs. 12 oz. and was 21.5 in. Brothers, Cameron, 6, and Cohen, 2 , are adjusting well.
Imani Shahid-El Owens ’92
is proud to announce the birth of daughter Lydia Owens, born January 2005, weighing 5 lbs, 5 oz. Lydia’s brother Johnathan just turned three.
Phillip Ashley ’94
and wife LeAnn are proud to announce the birth of their ﬁrst child. Joshua Phillip Ashley born July 19, 2005.
Harrison Lord ’98
and wife, Annie, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Andrew Michael, born October 27, 2005 in St. Louis, Mo., weighing 7 lbs., 1 oz.
Peter Torgil Haughton Class of 1989
Pete, 35, died suddenly and unexpectedly on January 4, 2006 at his home in Atlanta, Ga. Originally from Chapel Hill, Pete attended Duke University on a full merit scholarship, graduating in 1993 with bachelor’s degrees in Mathematics and Public Policy. In 1995, he earned a B.S. in Engineering from North Carolina State University. Seven years later, Pete was awarded a full fellowship to the Leaders for Manufacturing Program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he earned his MBA and his M.S. in mechanical engineering. After moving to Atlanta in 2004 to be with his ﬁancee, Yoon Kim, Pete began a career in real estate development with Winter Properties, where he worked as the Development Manager in charge of M West, a community in Midtown Atlanta. Among Pete’s many hobbies were woodworking, collecting Legos and Star Wars spaceships, and collecting and restoring antique cars. Pete, an avid Tar Heels fan, was the son of the late Geoffrey Haughton and is survived by his ﬁancee as well as his mother, Kristina Haughton, of Chapel Hill. In lieu of ﬂowers, the family asks for Pete to be remembered with donations to NCSSM and MIT’s Leaders for Manufacturing Program. To donate to NCSSM, checks should be made to the NCSSM Foundation. A designation should be made in the bottom left corner of the check for The Peter Haughton ’89 Memorial Fund. Checks to NCSSM may be mailed to P.O. Box 2733, Durham, NC, 27705. A fund is currently being established at MIT’s LFM Program.
Dylan Cody Pilkington Class of 2004
Photo courtesy of The News & Observer
Cody, 19, died October 7, 2005 in an apartment ﬁre near the campus of North Carolina State University. Originally from Grifton, N.C., Cody was a sophomore at N.C. State majoring in mechanical engineering. In addition to being a member of Sigma Alpha Mu, a small engineering fraternity, at NCSU, Cody was a Boy Scout and a junior volunteer ﬁreﬁghter on the Grifton Volunteer Fire Department. He was also a member of First Christian Church of Grifton. Cody came to NCSSM from Ayden-Grifton High School. He is survived by his parents, Pam and Ivey Pilkington, of Grifton; his brother, Kinsey Tate Pilkington; his half brother, Christopher Jacob Pilkington, of Cochran, Ga.; grandparents, Bobbi and Danny Brown, of Grifton, Jack and Helen Pilkington, of Grifton; and a large family of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. The Cody Blue Pilkington Scholarship has been established in Cody’s honor. For more information, visit www.codyblue.org.
Shelton Elizabeth Sanders Class of 2004
Shelly, 19, died unexpectedly on November 18, 2005. Shelly, who was born in Normal, Ill., on February 4, 1986, was a sophomore at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Lumberton. Shelly loved outdoor adventures, international travel and cuisine, caring for God’s earth, Africa, soccer, salsa dancing and molecular biology. She cared deeply for the homeless and for people of all colors and cultures. Shelly loved life and was cherished by all of her family and friends. She is survived by her parents, Ron and BJ Sanders; two brothers, Judd and Chad Sanders; and her maternal grandmother, Roberta Ward of Murray, Ky. She had many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends throughout the world. Memorials may be sent to: Bicuspid Aortic Foundation, 30100 Town Center Drive, Suite 0-299, Laguna Niguel, Calif., 92677, 1-888-310-HOPE (www.bicuspidfoundation.com). 21
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In 1980, these seven faculty members came to 1219 Broad St. to be a part of a new experiment in education. Twenty-ﬁve years later, it is still this place that they call home. Now, they tell us how they got here, why they’ve stayed, and what they think makes this place so special...
by lauren e. everhart
abide \ vi 1: to remain stable or ﬁxed in a state 2 : to continue in a place : SOJOURN syn see BEAR, CONTINUE abid er n
dr. ginger wilson dean of humanities
Dr. Virginia “Ginger” Wilson, a native of Highland Park, N.J., came to North Carolina to attend Duke University, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in history and her M.A.T. (Master of Arts in Teaching). After teaching for over six years in a number of school districts, Dr. Wilson took a 4-year hiatus to stay at home with her daughter, during which time she began work on her Ph.D. In 1975, Dr. Wilson earned her doctorate in social studies education and history of education from Duke. At that point, she had already begun teaching again in Durham Public Schools, where she stayed until hearing about NCSSM. Dr. Wilson said she was immediately interested in the School, despite its intended focus on science and mathematics education. “One of the things that really interested me was that it was going to be a science and math school,” Dr. Wilson told me. “But I feel like at 15 or 16 it’s too early to narrow yourself and I thought [the students] needed to have a strong humanities base in order to be scientists and mathematicians who are participant in their communities.” “The students here are smart,” she said. “And most smart kids at 15 or 16 pretty much are smart across the board. They may like certain subjects more, but they like school and like learning, and so if you like learning, you’re bound to ﬁnd something of interest in every class.” At NCSSM, Dr. Wilson teaches primarily American History and A.P. American History, subjects that she has spent her life studying and for which she exudes a contagious passion. “I love teaching about our past,” Dr. Wilson said, “because I think it tells you what it means to be an American now; what we’ve been through, what we’re going toward. To me, we’re always going toward this ‘ideal.’ We were one of the few people who early on had this real ideal of what we wanted to be and it is a continuing process where we are always reaching for a better tomorrow.
“We used to call them
“So I love teaching history,” she said. “To me, ‘pioneers,’ and they it’s a story. The end is not yet written, but it’s a story in progress.”
really were because
For Dr. Wilson, the story of her life at NCSSM they were coming on began with the School’s ﬁrst class of 150 juniors from across the state. “We used to call them ‘pioneers,’ and they really were a promise of what this because they were coming on a promise of what this [school] might be and what it might [school] might be and become,” Dr. Wilson said. “Most of them were at the top of their class and in a lot of activities, and they were leaving all that for something that wasn’t,” she said. “It was just kind of out there. And you had to go on the word of people that were here and on the promise of what we said we would do.” Now, after 25 years of keeping that promise, Dr. Wilson says that she has truly valued the chance she has had to cultivate relationships with her students. “We get to know kids in a very different way here, in a much closer way,” she said, “than I think you do in regular school.” Although Dr. Wilson’s area of expertise is history, she is well-versed in a number of other subjects. Among the long list of courses Dr. Wilson has taught at NCSSM are International Relations, World Religions, Psychology, and Western European Cultural Studies (WECS). But in spite of such an extensive list of areas that interest her, Dr. Wilson’s passion will always be history, and, combined with her interest in young people, it is just that that makes her love NCSSM. “It’s fun to be in a place where there’s a sense that you’re making history,” Dr. Wilson said. “As a historian, I like that.” 23
what it might become. ... Most of them were at the top of their class and in a lot of activities, and they were leaving all that for something that wasn’t.”
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dr. jon miller english
Born in Toledo, Iowa, Dr. Jon Miller and his family moved several times when he was very young before coming to North Carolina, ﬁnally settling in Durham when Dr. Miller was in the second grade. Dr. Miller went on to attend Davidson College, where he graduated with a degree in English. From there, he spent several months working for $10/week at a church in Bedford Styuvesant, a Brooklyn, N.Y., neighborhood. Finally, after spending two years in the Army, one of which he spent in Korea, Dr. Miller settled back in North Carolina in 1967 when he began graduate school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
perhaps more restless intellectually, socially, and individually, and who come in and can make an enormous change or can bring certain perspectives to us. And those of us who abide have to incorporate and have a responsibility to maintain those ﬂames, and those sparks, and that excitement that those people bring to us.” For Dr. Miller, who teaches primarily American Studies and British Literature, it is of utmost importance that students grapple with the problems he presents, ﬁnding out “how these things interest, excite and apply” to them. In fact, that is precisely what he says has kept him at NCSSM for so many years: “the continual challenge of trying to ﬁnd ways to excite, interest and teach young people” about things that he thinks are important, he said. Dr. Miller is so committed to helping his students ﬁnd their own voices that one of his fondest NCSSM memories is of being, quite literally, shut up by a student. The class was “in the midst of a discussion, in a big circle,” Dr. Miller said, and “the student was just revved up, charged up, he was talking fast, his voice was in an elevated tone, not only talking loud, but it was high pitched, just going to town. And I was very interested in what he was saying, and he was saying good things, and at one point I had a question and I said ‘but...,’ and all I got out was that ‘b…’ and he said ‘Shut up!’ and just charged right on. “I thought, this is what it’s all about,” Dr. Miller told me. “I’m not the teacher anymore. He’s excited about what he’s talking about and wants to ﬁnish it and it’s important to him. ...There, for a moment,” he said, “we were colleagues.” Although Dr. Miller is known for many things, he is probably most widely known for his annual reading of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” “Everyone is all dressed up, 17 going on 25,” Dr. Miller said. “And then they sit down on the ﬂoor, and I start to read, and suddenly everyone is 17 going on 7.” And, despite being thrown into the pool by Class of ‘82 students, Dr. Miller remains one of the msot beloved teachers on campus.
“At the highest level in mathematics, you
Dr. Miller began his career teaching 7th grade math in Durham, taught social studies for a time, and was teaching English at Hillside High School when he heard about NCSSM from Hillside’s principal. Miller was asked to meet with Borden Mace, Chuck Eilber and Cecily Selby to discuss the teaching of English in North Carolina. In the interview, Selby asked Dr. Miller, “What is it going to be like teaching English in a school of math and science?”
ask students to deﬁne Before being interviewed for the position, Dr. problems and then you ask students to solve those problems precisely and accurately using the language and the operations of mathematics. I essentially do the same thing in English.”
“My observation at Hillside,” Dr. Miller said, “was that many of the best math students were my best English students, in fact, I kind of see the two as being very similar. At the highest level in mathematics, you ask students to deﬁne problems and then you ask students to solve those problems precisely and accurately using the language and the operations of mathematics. I essentially do the same thing in English. I ask students to deﬁne a problem and then to solve that problem using the language and operations of literature and language.” Soon after the interview, Dr. Miller was offered a position at the School, where he has remained ever since. “I suspect I am an abider,” he said. “I am somebody who comes to stay. An institution needs a certain number of abiders to carry on. But it also needs those people who come in and are here for a moment, those people who are
joe liles art
“I’ve discovered one thing about Science and Math students here: they love detail. They love detail in everything.”
ented person. I’ve discovered one thing about Science and Math students here: they love detail. They love detail in everything. And so, my interest in detail in art wed nicely with that kind of tendency in our students who like that same kind of detail.” Throughout his years at NCSSM, Liles says that he has enjoyed primarily two things, one internal, one external: “The internal thing I enjoy is the youthful enthusiasm of our students. Our students have an innocent enthusiasm to explore everything and that enthusiasm is not only contagious among other students, it’s contagious to me, too. And it not only helps me stay creative, it helps me stay youthful. That’s the internal thing. The external thing I enjoy is, the School has always supported all the outreach things that I do, and that gives just added spice to my job. It means that my job is more than just teaching in a classroom. It’s getting outside the School and doing application kind of things of either my talents or my students’ talents.” Those outreach projects range from public exhibits of the students’ artwork to the annual Native American powwow. One of Liles’ most vivid memories from the ﬁrst few years at NCSSM still bugs him. “I remember one of my ﬁrst art classes taught in the hallway of third Bryan just outside the abandoned delivery rooms of the old Watts Hospital,” Liles said. “The students were busy doing ‘Dream Drawings,’ trying to depict a memorable dream in a piece of art. They were huddled over their evolving artwork when I interrupted their concentration by exclaiming, “What’s that?!” From way down the hall, something was ﬂying straight at us, appearing small at ﬁrst but getting larger and larger as it got closer. Heads hit the tables to get out of the way. A few screams were released. The ﬂying creature sailed right over the students and crashed into the wall at the end of the hall. To my horror, I realized that this intruder was a giant ﬂying cockroach, the biggest one I have ever seen. With students scrambling for cover, some of them standing on top of the tables, I chased the monster into a corner, and with my pointy toed cowboy boots, stomped it to smithereens. I still cringe today at the memory of this traumatizing event in my teaching career.” Liles completed his undergraduate work at North Carolina State University’s School of Design. His daughter, Elizabeth, is a member of NCSSM’s Class of ‘06. 25
Joe Liles, a native of Wadesboro, N.C., ﬁrst developed an interest in teaching when he was offered a job at a survival school for the American Indian Movement in St. Paul, Minn. Liles, who was in graduate school at the University of Michigan at the time, jumped at the chance to work at the school, an alternative for American Indian students in public schools. He began working there as soon as he completed his Masters. Throughout his years at the survival school, Liles remained anxious to return to North Carolina. “I had the fantasy,” Liles said, “that I had the talent to become a profoundly recognized regional artist and I wanted to devote my artwork to the beauty of the North Carolina landscape. I was just waiting for an opportunity to come back.” Liles got that opportunity and returned to North Carolina to turn an old antebellum farmhouse between Durham and Chapel Hill into a museum, a craft marketplace and a site for outdoor music festivals. Liles was eventually pulled from the project to manage a couple of Chapel Hill restaurants. It only took a year for Liles to realize he needed a change. Liles left the restaurant business and supported himself as an artist for the next two years, ﬁnding himself living across the street from the abandoned Watts Hospital. When he heard that NCSSM was going to transform the hospital, Liles thought it was simply “too coincidental.” He interviewed for the position of art instructor at the School, a position that was only intended to be part time, and offered a proposal of how the School could integrate art into the science and math curriculum. Liles was hired as a full-time instructor, and still believes ﬁrmly that art and science and math are intimately related. “I’ve always had that kind of vent to my thinkings about art,” Liles said. “I’ve always been attracted to the interrelationship between art and science and math. From the very beginning, I had my students doing very science-based artwork through advanced photography techniques, through engineering and architectural graphics, and through projects, paintings, drawings and silk screen prints that speciﬁcally tried to ﬁnd connections between art and science and math. And so, I think that art can be free form, it can be even totally undisciplined and random, but that’s not my specialty. I’m a more organized person. That kind of translates into my artwork as more organized artwork. I’m also a very detail-ori-
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Dr. Don Houpe, a Virginia native, completed his undergraduate work at Hampden-Sydney College in Hampden-Sydney, Va., where he majored in Spanish and French and minored in German. He went on to study at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, where he obtained his Masters. After winning the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, giving him a full scholarship to study at any university in the United States or Canada, Dr. Houpe came to North Carolina to work on his Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While attending the University, he began teaching Swahili part-time at Duke, where he remained for two years after ﬁnishing his Ph.D. in 1978. After hearing about NCSSM through local media, Dr. Houpe was intrigued by the prospect of teaching several languages. Learning that John Ehle and Governor Jim Hunt were involved gave him further motivation to explore how he could be a part of the School. More than anything, Dr. Houpe was excited to be a part of something new. “We knew, those of us who came the ﬁrst year,” Dr. Houpe said, “that it would be exciting because we would be able to invent as we went along, to create as we went along. There was a certain feeling of discovery. I think the students, the faculty, everybody, felt for the ﬁrst few years like this was something special and it was exciting to be a part of it, no matter who you were.” Considering the School’s focus on science and mathematics education, Dr. Houpe said he “really didn’t know for sure how much emphasis would be put on foreign language. However,it became very clear that they intended to have strong humanities and have ever since. We were able to do what we wanted in foreign language and make it the best program we possibly could.” 26 Since he began here, Dr. Houpe has taught everything from Spanish and German to Latin and Russian. His favorite lan-
dr. don houpe
“The students, the faculty, everybody, felt for the ﬁrst few years like this was something special and it was exciting to be a part of it, no matter who you were.”
guage to teach, however, is Esperanto, an “invented or planned language,” Dr. Houpe explained, that was created in the late 19th century. (To dispel the rumors, Dr. Houpe has only studied 13 languages, but he insists he can’t speak all of them. And no, he doesn’t speak one of the African click languages.) One of the things that truly sets Dr. Houpe apart is his unique style of teaching “That plant’s name is Roberto, he’s Roberto Planta,” Dr. Houpe told me, pointing to the bright Golden Pothos on his top shelf. “He does paintings.” Dr. Houpe takes Roberto to class, where students compete to win a painting by the now infamous plant turned painter. Roberto has been hard at work for seven years and is now up to 117 original paintings. Also among Dr. Houpe’s more unusual teaching tools is his list of rules that are written in whatever language the students are studying and must be translated. For example, “Students at Science and Math are not allowed to carry frozen squirrels in their bookbags,” or “Students at Science and Math are not allowed to enter class without a pulse,” and my personal favorite, “Students at Science and Math are not allowed to swim in the biological pond.” But according to Dr. Houpe, there is indeed a method behind the madness. “Students expect teachers to say normal things,” Dr. Houpe said, “and when you say strange things, the best students will understand and the students who don’t quite understand are really trying to understand.” Of all the things Dr. Houpe loves about NCSSM, he says “the most important thing is teaching and being with the students. “This is a very special place,” Dr. Houpe continued. “A lot of people know that, most people associated with it know that. I think that as time continues to march on, it will be more and more revered for its standing and for what it has done and continues to do.”
Dorothy “Dot” Doyle, a native of Yonkers, N.Y., attended an all-girls Catholic high school before she came to North Carolina with her family in 1970. She studied mathematics at East Carolina University, where she obtained both her undergraduate degree and her Masters. After graduating from ECU, Doyle taught at Goldsboro H.S. from 1976 until 1979, at which point, she decided it was time to change careers. Working mainly in Orlando and Tampa, Fl., Doyle spent the next year training business ofﬁce staff at hospitals to use census and billing software developed by Management Systems Associates, a company that sold software to hospitals. According to Doyle, it was a “really unsatisfying job.” So unsatisfying, in fact, that it took Doyle back to teaching and, luckily for the School, brought her here. According to Doyle, she knew little about the School when she applied.“I knew it was a residential school for kids who were bright in math and science,” Doyle said. And although her knowledge of the School was minimal, she thought it sounded like a “nice opportunity.” In her time here, Doyle has demonstrated an admirable commitment both to the students and the institution—from speaking at various math conferences to spending time as a “faculty mom” on 2nd Hill. She recently purhased a pair of white gloves to assist Student Life Instructor Mike Newbauer with “Super Clean.” Doyle has many stories from over the years, from sledding with students until past midnight in winter 2000, to “Doyle’s Dictionary of Mathematical Terms” created by Class of ‘96 alumni Benjamin Lee and Jonathan Menachem. One of her favorite stories is about Kai Chung ‘86. “I had a 9 o’clock class [that semester],” Doyle said, “so I came in at a quarter to 9. Some faculty member came up to me and said ‘Kai is looking for you. He doesn’t want to take the calculus test this morning.’ And I thought, ‘Forget that. On what planet does he think that’s going to happen?’ So I went down to class and I was prepared to tell him, ‘just buck up.’ And he said, ‘Ms. Doyle, I just can’t take this test this morning.’ And I said, ‘Why not?’ And he said,
‘Well, the police were in my dorm room until midnight last night because my roommate shot an arrow at one of the construction workers in Hunt.’ I had to say that was the best excuse I had ever heard, and indeed, he did not have to take the test.”
Although there are many reasons that Doyle has been successful in her career here at the School, Doyle attributes her success in large part to the support of her colleagues. “I have particularly strong colleagues in my department,” Doyle said, “people who have helped me grow mathematically and personally. You know you can go out on a limb and be conﬁdent that colleagues will not leave you out there by yourself,” she said. “You know somebody’s going to support that limb while you try to do some things that are different.” Like most of her department colleagues, Doyle teaches both Calculus and Pre-Calculus, the “bread and butter” of the math curriculum, as Doyle called them. In addition to these staple courses, Doyle teaches Number Theory, Finite Math and, from time to time, Modeling. When asked to name her favorite course to teach, she debated and came to no solid conclusion. Frankly, she said, “I just like math.” Doyle particularly enjoys the opportunity she has to participate in outreach events, an interest she developed, in part, through the passion of the School’s ﬁrst Mathematics Dept. Chair, Steve Davis. Davis “was really a leader and had a real vision for what the School should do beyond educate our kids,” Doyle said, “and that’s something I learned from him, that we could do a lot with our students, but that we had a bigger obligation and opportunity in working with teachers.” From working with department colleagues on writing textbooks, to writing articles for professional journals, to helping with summer workshops, Doyle has been doing outreach at the School since the summer of 1984. Doyle’s efforts both within the School and beyond its walls can be summed up in one statement: “we have tried to serve the state well.”
“You know you can go out on a limb and be conﬁdent that colleagues will not leave you out there by yourself. You know somebody’s going to support that limb while you try to do some things that are different.”
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dr. chuck britton physics
Dr. Charles “Chuck” Britton came to North Carolina originally to attend Duke University during, what Dr. Britton called, “the roaring ‘60s.” After ﬁnishing his undergraduate degree at Duke, Dr. Britton attended graduate school in Florida, where he later returned to work on his Ph.D. after a two-year stint with the Army. He returned to the Tar Heel State with his wife after she won a fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After deciding that he didn’t want to work on a post-doctorate, Dr. Britton took a job as a statistical programmer at the University. It was during this time that word got to him about NCSSM via Chuck Eilber and Cecily Selby. Dr. Britton’s interest was peaked. “I read in the newspaper that they were interviewing and giving public talks and question and answer sessions,” Dr. Britton said, “and I just went out of curiosity and asked them who they had teaching Physics, thinking I could help them out some, maybe I could throw in my two cents worth. They said they didn’t have anybody teaching Physics and to send them an application. I said, ‘No, I’m not a teacher. I’m a physicist.’ Chuck Eilber said, ‘That’s exactly what we’re looking for.’” For Dr. Britton, the idea behind the School brought back fond memories for him which, in turn, got him excited about being a part of this new experiment in education. Back in high school, Dr. Britton attended two summer programs sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The ﬁrst, held at the University of Tennessee, focused on physics and chemistry. The second, held at Emory and Henry College in Virginia, focused on math. “They were great fun,” Dr. Britton said, “and I got to hang out with other kids who were willing to talk about things. I ﬁgured that [the School] would be a similar living and learning environment.” He also “envisioned that especially many of the girls would be willing and able to come to the School and be themselves and not feel like they had to exist in the shadow of the guys in their science and math classes.” One of the primary programs that Dr. Britton is involved with at the School is the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition. In the spring of 2001, Dr. Boarman expressed interest in the School getting involved with robotics competition operated by FIRST, a multinational non-proﬁt organization started in 1989 by Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway Human Transporter. According to the FIRST Web site, the competition “teams professionals and young people to solve an engineering design problem in an intense and competitive way.” In the
“What I’m always looking for are the kids from the less-inspired backgrounds who have the willingness and eagerness to do something.”
competition, students have six weeks to complete mechanical and electrical tasks as well as programming, public relations and fund raising to prepare a robot that will complete speciﬁed tasks in competition, such as shooting nerf balls at a target at about 20 mph. After Dr. Boarman expressed interest in the competition, he encouraged Dr. Britton and Angelina Winborne to take a group of juniors to Disney World in Orlando, Fl., to watch the competition Finals. “The kids were certainly excited,” Dr. Britton said. The School has been competing ever since. In the 2005 Palmetto Regional Competition, the team won the Team Imagery Award for their mascot theme of the Zebrabot, for which the team decorated the robot in zebra-striped contact paper and decked themselves out in zebra pants and headbands. Dr. Britton, who teaches general Physics, as well as Robotics and Advanced Electronics, said that one of the things he enjoys most about being at the School is “working with students who want to learn something and are willing to recognize that maybe that don’t know everything already.” He loves that the School gives students opportunities—ones they could not get anywhere else. One story in particular stands out to him: “In the late ‘80s, the Duracell Battery people had a big contest nationwide for battery-powered projects and I’d known about it, mentioned it to some kids, but nothing had ever happened. Then, one of my kids from a tobacco farm up near Louisburg, he had been in Electronics class second semester and, at the end of the year, he came to me and said ‘you know, in Electronics class, I’d like to build a clock, to add one to my computer. Do we know enough to build a clock?’” Dr. Britton encouraged his student to work on the project over the summer. The student did, got the clock working and brought it back the next school year in a shoe box. Dr. Britton was so impressed with the student’s work that he suggested he continue to work on it and enter it in the Duracell competition. “So he cleaned it up,” Dr. Britton said, “added a few bells and
whistles to it, and was the First Place National Winner in the Duracell Competition.” The student’s mother was able to ride an airplane for the ﬁrst time to attend the award ceremony in St. Louis. These are the kids, Dr. Britton said, that the School exists for. “What I’m always looking for are the kids from the less-inspired backgrounds,” he said. “who have the willingness and eagerness to learn something and do something.” Having been at the School for so many years, Dr. Britton has witnessed many evidences of the students’ intelligence and creativity hard at work in, often times, quite humorous ways. One of his favorite stories is from NCSSM’s ﬁrst year. “Don Houpe and I were carpooling the ﬁrst year,” he said. “There was a big snow storm predicted. So on Monday, when the prediction came out, Director Eilber had a meeting of all the faculty, all 15 or 20 of us, and said, ‘You know, this is a special kind of school. The kids are here to learn. It’s residential. We will not cancel classes. If you can’t get in for some reason, leave your lesson plans, call the SLIs, we will leave work for the students so that they can continue with their learning processes, which is what they’re here for. So we will not cancel school, but don’t risk life and limb to get here, just get your work in.’ “So Don called me up the next morning and said, ‘Well, there’re about 8 or 10 inches of snow out there. How about I come by a little bit early?’ He had his snow tires on, he knew how to drive in the snow, so he came by. “We made our way over here, slowly and deliberately, as Don Houpe does everything, absolutely no problem, and pulled into the back parking lot where the ETC is now. Walked in the door at the back of Bryan lobby, and there was Director Eilber, standing in the lobby with his arms folded, tapping his foot. He said, ‘Well, we cancelled classes. I ﬁgured we had to. One of our students called each of the radio stations and each of the TV stations and said, ‘this is the School of Science and Math. We’d like to add our name to the cancellation list.’” Dr. Britton and his wife currently live in Chapel Hill. They have one daughter. 29
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return to UNC with 4 years of eligibility. However, when John’s mother had some complications with a pregnancy, John’s plans were thwarted and he returned to Durham to get a job to help support his family. When he went out driving with his dad, he saw NCSSM, applied for a job, and then began work here at the young age of 17. John is probably best known for his basketball connections, professing good friendships with big names like Michael Jordan and Grant Hill. One of the best stories from over the years came from John, regarding James McCravy ‘84, the ﬁrst student to get a scholarship in basketball. He and John were good friends, John said. “I worked with him with his basketball. One day, we were watching the game, Carolina was playing and he said, ‘I could guard Michael Jordan.’ I said, ‘Say what?’ He said, ‘If you took me up there, I could play with him.’ I said, ‘OK, get in the car.’ I drove to Chapel Hill. I called Michael. All the Carolina players, Michael, Buzz Peterson, James Worthy, Sam Perkins, the whole team was playing pick up. And I said ‘Look, I got this young guy. He thinks he can play with you guys. He’s good, now, don’t get me wrong. He’s averaging about 30 points per game here at Science and Math.’ Michael said ‘Let the young guy come on out here.’ The very ﬁrst play he got matched up on a switch with Michael. Michael catches the ball, gives him a fake, James runs that way. Michael turns and dunks it. James looks at me. I said, ‘Looks easy on TV, doesn’t it?’’ The type of relationship John and James had is typical here at the School, according to the staff. “It’s just like a family,” Gwen said. Linwood mentioned the early years at the School, when he would drive students to the doctor’s. “The whole atmosphere here is good,” John said. And I’m sure his colleagues would whole heartily agree.
Gwen Pryor, Linwood Suitt and John Williams, III, have dedicated 25 years of their lives to serving NCSSM and they all agree on one thing: the best part of their job is the students. “I love working with kids,” Gwen said. “It’s been a rewarding experience.” Linwood echoed Gwen’s sentiment, saying his favorite things about the School are “the people and the students.” John emphasized the School’s family atmosphere. For the students, he said, “you leave your family and you come around a bunch of kids that you don’t know, adults you don’t know, and everybody seems to draw close to each other.” John said that he still has parents who call him and thank him for looking out for their kids – he loves that. Gwen agrees that the relationships built here last for years, even after the students leave. “I have kids from all over,” she said. “I’ve been in Greensboro, in Atlanta, I still see my students. It just amazes me that I can be somewhere out of town and see them.” Pryor was visiting her mother at Duke Hospital and said one of her students was a doctor there. All three staff members, who are all currently working security, come from very different backgrounds. Linwood, a native of Hillsborough, N.C., was working at Durham Co. General Hospital when he ﬁrst heard about the School. Gwen, who was born in northern Virginia, lived in Durham until middle school. When her mother moved to New York, Pryor went with her and attended high school in Brooklyn, only to return to North Carolina to attend Shaw University. Pryor was working security for GTE when she heard about NCSSM through a job coordinator for the Employment Security Commission. She was excited to come back and work in the neighborhood where she grew up. Lastly, John, who was born and raised in Durham, was recruited to play football for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, but was told he would be red-shirted his ﬁrst year. So Carolina sent John to play for Taft College in California for a year, with a promise that he could
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