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salem college magazine 2010

Salem Shines in ...
... Exciting New Programs, page 5
... Teaching Women to Lead, page 42

Tribute to former board chair
William W. Neal III, page 28
A Messa�e �rom the President

Susan E. Pauly
Ann McElaney-Johnson
leadership is the theme of a special section in this edition of
Dean of the College, Vice President for
Academic and Student Affairs our College magazine. I hope you are inspired and amazed by
Vicki Williams Sheppard C’82 the leadership programs underway on campus and by the stories
Vice President of Institutional
of a few of the many Salem alumnae who embody the word
Office of Alumnae Relations It is my privilege and responsibility as president to help lead
Karla gort C’00, Director
the College into the future. This calls for a clear understanding
Rosanna mallon, Assistant Director
of our past accomplishments and challenges, carefully formulat-
Published by the Office of Communications ed goals for the future and a sense of purpose shared by all of us – faculty, staff, students,
and Public Relations
alumnae and the community.
Jacqueline mcBride, Director
ellen Schuette, Associate Director In 2008 we completed a strategic plan (available on our website at
Contributing Writers: Rachel Barron, designed to take us through 2013. Numerous initiatives have resulted that have enhanced
ellen Schuette
the living and learning environment for our students. We have renovated gramley li-
Designer: Carrie Pritchard Dickey C’00
Photography: Alan Calhoun, Allen brary, remodeled classrooms across campus, migrated to a wireless environment, updated
Aycock, elise laViolette C’10, Nick technology in classrooms, revised the core curriculum, added new majors and minors
grancharoff, mission House Creative
and launched a new, holistic women’s wellness program. As this academic year begins,
and Chris Hildreth, Carrie Pritchard
Dickey C’00 our 2010-11 initiatives are underway with several goals already completed. The beauti-
ful three-tiered iron fountain behind main Hall first constructed in the 1860s has been
The Salem College Alumnae magazine
restored, additional classrooms have been updated in main Hall and expanded wellness
is published by Salem College, 601 S.
Church Street, Winston-Salem, NC initiatives include morning yoga on Salem Square, evening relaxation classes and a hydra-
27101. tion station that utilizes herbs from our organic gardens. In addition, this spring we will
launch an NCAA Division III varsity softball program.
This publication is mailed to alumnae,
faculty, staff, parents and friends of Salem. one of our strategic goals has been to continually increase academic distinction;
thanks to the generosity of donors, we are delighted to report that we will offer new fully
Salem College welcomes qualified students
funded, selective international internships for our students this year. We are also plan-
regardless of race, color, national origin,
sexual orientation, religion or disability ning our first international service-learning course, and thanks to an extraordinary grant
to all the rights, privileges, programs and of $250,000.00 from BB&T, we launched a women’s leadership program this year that
activities of this institution.
includes professional workshops in communication and negotiation skills. Truly this is
For additional information about any a wonderful time for students, with more opportunities than ever to grow intellectually
programs or events mentioned in this and personally at Salem!
publications, please write, call, email or
Finally, our plan calls for increasing fiscal strength each year through growing enroll-
Salem College ment and engaging in strategic financial planning. I am delighted to report that like last
office of Alumnae Relations year, this fall enrollment was again up in all three of our populations – graduate students,
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Winston-Salem, NC 27101
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email: June 30, 2011.
This is a year to celebrate many successful initiatives at Salem, and as always you are
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Departments FEatures
Back Porch News 4 “Shift Happens!” 2
Fleer Center 10 Tribute to William W. Neal III 28
Graduate Studies 13 Reunion Weekend 2010 30
Admissions/Traditional 14 International Students'
Alumnae News 17 Home Away from Home 38
Giving to Salem 40
Special Section
Spotlight on Leadership 42

Insert: Honor Roll of Donors

On the Cover: Susan Maley Rash C’80, who painted
the fountain for our beautiful cover, began painting as a
young child; she was an art major at Salem before switch-
ing to history. She hopes to concentrate on her art when she
retires from working full-time as a benefits/human resources
consultant for BB&T. She has painted several renditions of
Salem landmarks and is happy to be contacted about them at
“Approach every day as an opportunity to learn; as an opportunity to shift...”

Pictured above: Madison Thomas C'14, Anisha Cox C'14, Savannah McGunigal C'14 and Amanda Miller C'14

2 • M a g a z i n e 2010
“Shift Happens!”
The Impact of Technology
Upon Learning
he following is an excerpt from a speech Professor Heidi We are in information overload. Some would call it a technology
Godfrey, director of the Center for Teaching and Learning dump.
Excellence and associate professor of dance, delivered at the The first commercial text message was sent in 1992. Now
August 2010 Opening Convocation. in 2010, the number of text messages sent and received each day
exceed the population of our planet! It is estimated that about a
The focus of my story tonight is based on the idea that shift week’s worth of the New York Times contains more information
happens! than a person was likely to come across in a lifetime in the 18th
Some of you may recognize this title from a series of videos century.
posted on YouTube that illuminate some particularly interesting We are not lacking information. Most have greater and greater
statistics. access to this information. But we are missing something. We are
For example, the top 10 in-demand jobs of this year did not lacking engagement. We are not turning this information into
exist merely six years ago. Many of today’s college majors across knowledge. We are lacking implementation of the knowledge. We
the globe did not exist 10 or even five years ago. The world is are not grappling with the information. We are not making it our
shifting. We are preparing many of you at Salem College for jobs own.
that don’t exist yet, using technologies that haven’t been invented, More than 31 billion searches are done every month on
in order for you to solve problems we don’t even know are prob- Google. Where did we find answers to these questions before
lems yet. google? You are a generation armed with cell phones, lap tops,
This is a true testimony to the ipods, and therefore, no need for wrist watches. Other generations
importance of a liberal arts education, before you, including my own, went to college armed with 26 vol-
to the importance of educating umes of the Encyclopedia Brittanica. We also went to college with a
women and to the mission of our typewriter, and if you were lucky, a wristwatch that could also get
institution to prepare women to wet and keep on ticking!
change the world. What does it mean that it is estimated by the year 2013, just
When the first Salem three years from now, there will be a computer that exceeds the
sisters began to study here, computational capabilities of your brain? And by 2049, when many
there were approximately of you are just in your 50s, a computer that costs $1,000 will ex-
100,000 words in the English ceed the computational capabilities of the entire human race! This
language. Today, there are computer can filter and manipulate information, but it can’t put
about 540,000. Shift hap- it into practice. It doesn’t have the capacity to engage, or to create
pens. Change is happening all change…but you do! The amount of new technical information is
around us as we grow, evolve doubling every year. More than 3,000 books are published…daily.
and try on new ideas – for the These days at Salem College will be some of the most sig-
first time or the 40th. nificant and memorable years of your life. Approach every day as
We are in an era an opportunity to learn; as an opportunity to shift through this
where there is plethora of information and to arrive at your own knowledge. Go
absolutely no lack to classes with the notion that you can shift, you can change the
of information. world and you will make it your own!

Salem College • 3
Back Porc� N e ws
Rainy Commencement 2010

Salem College seniors didn’t let a little out under overcast skies, became drenched and the coordinator of the gender and
rain interfere with their celebration of the with both raindrops and excitement by the women’s studies program at Fort Lewis
occasion. end, but spirits remained high. College in Durango, Colorado.
More than 94 traditional students, 68 The seniors had invited former faculty Graduates and their families, along
Fleer Center for Adult Education students member Dr. Jennifer Stollman back to with faculty and staff, gathered after
and 38 graduate students were eligible to campus to deliver the 2010 commence- the ceremony for a buffet brunch in the
receive their degrees on Saturday, May 22 ment address. She is currently an assistant Refectory.
in the May Dell. The event, which started professor in the department of history

4 • M a g a z i n e 2010
Salem Launches Exciting
New Programs in 2010
The ability of Salem students to choose from among a variety sport marketing, women in sport, business statistics, business
of innovative, challenging and career-worthy academic programs law and business ethics.
just increased, thanks to four new majors, two new minors, two
new certificate programs and two new licensure programs that Other Programs (Certificate and Licensure)
began with the fall semester. New licensure programs in Art Education and Music Educa-
tion for both traditional-age and adult students are now
Majors offered. Students major in either art or music and take the
Exercise Science offers either a bachelor of arts degree (B.A.) or courses necessary to be licensed to teach those subjects upon
a bachelor of science degree (B.S.) through the physical edu- graduation.
cation department with an interdisciplinary focus. Courses The Certificate in Accounting program
are designed in accordance with national standards set by will be offered to men and
the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the women ages 23 and above
National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). who are enrolled in
The Public Policy major program offers three concentrations: Salem through the
economic and social policy; policy analysis and implementa- Martha H. Fleer
tion; and government and policy. Center for
Race and Ethnicity Studies (REST). The REST major is an Adult Edu-
interdisciplinary program devoted to the critical examination cation. This
of race and ethnicity, complementing Salem’s dedication to program
global awareness and inquiry. There are three core courses gives adult
and eight elective courses to choose from, including critical students
issues in the history of race and ethnicity, American women’s a new
history, globalization and global inequities and modern writ- educa-
ings from women of the non-Western world. tional and
Women’s Studies is an interdisciplinary program focusing on professional
the role of gender in the development of individuals, societies opportunity,
and cultures and on the construction of gender by societies while utilizing
and cultures. Emphasis is placed upon the intersection of the accounting ex-
gender with race, class, ethnicity, age and sexuality and on pertise already existing
issues of bias, inequality and male privilege. in the College’s business
and economics department.
Minors The Certificate in Historic Preservation
The Coaching minor is designed to help expand women’s is designed for students interested in the stewardship and
leadership roles in intercollegiate athletics, another natural fit future of historic buildings and structures, and is a collabora-
for Salem. It is one of the only women’s coaching programs tion offered by the Interior Design and History departments
in the country. at Salem. Internships and other study options are under
The new minor in Sport Management gives students more discussion with Preservation North Carolina, Old Salem and
depth in the field of sport management. Courses available are other organizations.

Salem College • 5
Hines-Gaither Receives
2009-2010 Pfohl Faculty Award

Krishauna Hines-Gaither C'02, Spanish instructor and co- level 2 Spanish, the Culture and Civilization of Spain and Cuba
ordinator of French/Spanish teacher education at Salem, received through Film and Language. As coordinator of French/Span-
the annual Pfohl Faculty Award at the Honors Convocation held ish teacher education, she teaches second-language instructional
May 12. methods and mentors student teachers. She is a mentor for several
She earned an associate’s degree from Forsyth Tech and then clubs and takes part in Salem student-led activities such as the
entered Salem College holding a scholarship given to a student annual Step Show.
who demonstrated academic excellence in the area of foreign Hines-Gaither is active outside the classroom, serving
language. Graduating from Salem in 2002 after earning the as chair of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign
President’s Prize in Spanish, she went on to earn a master’s degree Languages, the board of Directors of Forsyth Tech and as a co-
from Wake Forest and did further language study at Middlebury founder of AAL, or African-American Linguists, a national asso-
College. ciation promoting second languages among the African-American
She has already been honored in numerous ways by the insti- community. For the past six years she has served as a translator at
tutions she attended, receiving the 2007 Distinguished Alumna the United States Marine Corps’ recruitment station in Winston-
Award from Forsyth Tech and the 2007 Salem College Excellence Salem, and she has had papers published and presented her work
in Teaching award, and being elected by the class of 2008 to on topics ranging from teaching diverse learners, to the celebra-
deliver their baccalaureate address. tion of the African diaspora through film.
An extraordinary teacher, she shares her love of the Spanish
language with Salem students through teaching classes such as

6 • M a g a z i n e 2010
Facility Updates 2010 Sorrells Named
Teacher for 2010
Kristina Porazzi Sorrells
C’96, mathemat-
ics teacher at Salem
Academy, was named
as the Outstanding
Secondary School
Mathematics Teacher representing Private/
Charter schools for 2010. The honor was
announced by the North Carolina Council
of Teachers of Mathematics (NCCTM).
Sorrells, who lives in Tobaccoville, received
the award at the NCCTM annual confer-
ence in October.
The Cellar lounge is designated as a lending A 1996 graduate of Salem College,
The old Grille above Bryant Hall has library so favorite books may be Sorrells received her master’s degree in
been completely transformed into The shared. The lounge is located across mathematics from Wake Forest Univer-
Cellar. Through a collaborative effort from the Public Safety office. sity in 1998 and has been teaching for 11
with ARAMARK the facility’s grand Main Hall 3rd Floor years. She is a member of the National
opening was held August 25. Featured Classroom Enhancements Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the
are a new grill and coffee menus, a The third floor of Main Hall saw Mathematical Association of America, the
convenience store and expanded hours carpet replaced in several classrooms North Carolina Council of Teachers of
of operation. Renovations include new as well as artwork, whiteboards and Mathematics and the North Carolina As-
furnishings, lighting, finishes and an identification signs added. Classroom sociation of Advanced Placement Math-
expanded area on the patio. 301 has new furnishings and ematics Teachers.
Refectory Enhancements technology. Karl Sjolund, Head of School at the
New to the refectory this fall was a hy- Bookstore Offerings Academy, describes Sorrells as “passionate
dration station which uses the natural Salem continues to partner with about her students and her subject.”
juices from fruits, vegetables and herbs Barnes & Noble to offer students a He adds, “Before arriving at the
(from the Salem organic garden) to variety of textbook options, all of Academy, many students had fumbled
enhance the flavor of water naturally. which are designed to decrease the through the required courses keeping their
Choose from a variety of flavors daily. cost of textbooks. The bookstore now mouths shut and their minds closed to the
Enhancements to Eco Grounds, an offers new and used textbooks, as well world of mathematics. But then everything
ecologically and socially responsible as rental and e-books appropriate for changes after arriving in Mrs. Sorrells’
coffee line, are also now available. around 25 percent of courses. class. Not only do they overcome their
Staff Lounge fear of math, but in many cases they wind
There is a new lounge that is furnished up enrolling in the most advanced math
with tables, chairs, sofa, refrigerator courses we offer simply because they have
and microwave. A bookcase in the grown to love the subject.”

Salem College • 7
Meek C’10 Eskew, Porter Receive Tenure
Receives Professors Nita Eskew and Traci Por- Porter,

Fulbright Award terspringreceived
tenure at Salem College during associate profes-
sor of biol-
Lauren Meek C’10, was awarded
Eskew, ogy, received her
a prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student
associate profes- bachelor’s degree
Program scholarship to Germany to
sor of chemistry in psychology
teach English as a Second Language,
and director cum laude from
the United States Department of State
of the Women Carleton College
and the J. William Fulbright Foreign
in Science and in Northfield,
Scholarship Board announced in June.
Mathematics Minnesota and her doctorate in biopsy-
Meek is one of more than 1,500
(WISH) program chology from the University of Wisconsin
U.S. citizens who will travel abroad for
at Salem, earned at Madison. She did postdoctoral research
the 2010-2011 academic year through
her bachelor’s of science degree and her at both the University of Maryland in
the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.
doctorate in organic chemistry from the College Park and the conservation biology
A native of Draper, Virginia, Meek
University of North Carolina at Chapel department of the National Zoological
won the President’s Prize for German at
Hill. During the summer of 2009 she was Park in Washington, D.C. She joined
Salem, where she majored in German,
natural science instructor in green design Salem as assistant professor of biology
English and creative writing.
at the North Carolina Governor’s School and was promoted to associate professor
The Fulbright Program is the
West, held at Salem. Before entering in March. Before coming to Salem, she
flagship international educational
academic life, Eskew held increasingly taught at schools including the University
exchange program sponsored by the
responsible supervisory and laboratory of Maryland at College Park; at George
U.S. government and is designed to
positions with the Bayer Corporation in Washington University in Washington,
increase mutual understanding between
Goose Creek, SC. While at Salem she D.C.; at Prince George’s Community Col-
the people of the United States and the
has taught on topics such as organic and lege in Largo, Md; and at the University of
people of other countries. Recipients
biochemistry, medicinal plants, spectros- Wisconsin, Madison. She is a member of
of Fulbright grants are selected on
copy, modern chemistry and society and numerous professional societies including
the basis of academic or professional
green design. A member of the American the Association of Southeastern Biologists,
achievement, as well as demonstrated
Chemical Society, she won Salem’s H. A. the Animal Behavior Society, Botanical
leadership potential in their fields. The
Pfohl Award in 2008 for teaching excel- Society of America and Beta Beta Beta
program operates in over 155 countries
lence. She has published numerous papers, (biological honor society). While at Salem
received grants for study projects and College she has served on various com-
presented at professional meetings. She has mittees including the Academic Council,
also served on numerous College commit- Faculty Advisory Board and Coordinat-
tees, including the faculty advisory board, ing Committee. Her articles have been
coordinating committee, academic council published in periodicals ranging from the
and graduate programs study group, along Journal of Zoology to the American Journal
with serving as the faculty sponsor of the of Primatology.
Salem College chapter of SAACS (Student
Affiliate of the American Chemical Soci-
ety) since 2005.

8 • M a g a z i n e 2010
Salem Posts Great Fall in GSAC,
Adds New Spring Sports

Salem had a great fall season (2010) in its second year in the Scott Long is the new head softball coach for the Salem
Great South Athletic Conference (GSAC). Spirits. He is focusing heavily on recruiting in preparation for
Soccer coach Jay Callahan led the soccer team to the Great softball’s first season in the Great South in the 2011-2012 aca-
South semifinals for their second straight year in the conference. demic year. Long comes to Salem after spending the past three
They finished the regular season with a second-place GSAC finish seasons as the varsity softball head coach at Calvary Baptist High
and a 15-3 overall record. Five players – Tia Bringhurst C’13, Sa- School in Winston-Salem. Long led Calvary to a 33-17 record
brina Thiel C’13, Stephanie Hubbard C’14, Alexi Saganich C’14 over those three years, and was selected as the 2008 Triangle
and Anna Trakas C’14 – received GSAC All-Conference awards. Athletic Conference Coach of the Year. He spent three years as
Hubbard, Saganich and Trakas were joined by Mackenzie Schmidt the junior varsity and varsity softball coach at William G. Enloe
C’14 on the GSAC All-Freshman team. High School in Raleigh. He has also spent time as a football as-
Salem’s cross country team finished in third place at the sistant at Enloe and Bishop McGuinness High School (Raleigh);
GSAC championships. Stephanie Mendez C’13 earned GSAC coaching baseball at Enloe and Calvary; and as a basketball coach
All-Conference honors for the second year in a row. Joanna Mills at East Forsyth Middle School in Kernersville. He is a member of
C’14 and Natali Olveda C’14 earned GSAC All-Freshman honors. the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.
Coach Shawn Marek brought in five first-year recruits for the Cross-country head coach Shawn Marek is also the new
2010 season. coach of the Salem Spirits track and field team. Marek attended
The volleyball team, coached by Amanda Ziemba, finished in Saint Bonaventure University and ran four years as an NCAA
fourth place for the second year in a row in the GSAC. The team Division I athlete in the Atlantic 10 Conference. Since his
had one player – Christine Tillman C’11 – selected to the Great college career, he has completed a number of marathons, three
South Athletic All-Conference Team for the second straight year. times qualifying for the Boston Marathon in the fastest time
Coach Jim Jackson and the basketball team are well into the bracket. He won the 2010 N.C. Half Marathon and finished
season, posting the first home victory against Peace College in the 2010 Boston Marathon in the top 1.8 percent. He is a USA
three years and looking to some challenging opponents during the Track and Field Certified Coach and a USA Weightlifting Sport
winter months. For the spring 2011 season, Salem has added two Performance Certified Coach.
new sports to the roster, softball and track and field.

Salem College • 9
Pictured above: Joyce Comerford C’14
Pictured to the right: Debbie Furr C'13, an education major
10 • M a g a z i n e 2010
MarthA H. Fleer Center for
Adult Education
A conversation with Dean Suzanne Williams

o many positive things have happened to the Fleer helped increase numbers. "We gave out 25 scholarship awards last
Center in the past year that it’s difficult to name spring, and did the same for fall 2010," Williams says. "This kind
them all,” says Dean Suzanne Williams. The bustle of aid means that students can also take advantage of Jan Term
of people in and out of her office combined with phone calls,
walk-ins and requests for more information are a testament to the
ongoing success of the adult education program at Salem.
Two open houses held during the summer, so men and wom-
en ages 23 and up could ask questions and gather useful informa-
tion, resulted in record attendance and even more important,
many applications. Salem waived the application fee for anyone
applying during the open houses, and even offered to contact
previous colleges for student transcripts. More open houses like
these will be held throughout the year, Williams says.
“It was a wonderful joint effort between us, the graduate
program in teacher education, the faculty and the office of com-
munications and public relations,” she added.
Williams says she is seeing more students apply from out- Fleer Center students were recognized during the Alpha Sigma
side the usual one-hour’s-drive-from-home radius, with several Lambda adult student honor society. They are (from back to
front) Jessica Golding, Brent Neuenschwander, Harry Lerner,
students relocating just to take particular programs (such as the
Tanya Reynolds, Angela Wilson, Pamela Hall, Kathy Fritts, Mary
certificate program in injury preventive keyboard therapy). “We Etienne, Heather McCracken, Debora Jackson, Debbie Furr and
even have an adult international student Jamie Ridge.

who heard about Salem from cur- opportunities such as internships or study abroad without wor-
rent international students, and has rying about how to afford it."
moved here to begin classes this Also attracting students are two additional sites – Ran-
fall,” she points out. “We are also dolph Community College in Asheboro, and Davidson Com-
seeing more and more students munity College in Lexington – where students may take either
who have educational plans beyond business or education courses respectively through the Fleer
simply a bachelor’s degree. Many are Center.
enrolling with plans to go on Williams says that Fleer Center students have an increas-
for their doctorates.” ingly involved presence wherever they take classes; for the
Five endowed second year in a row, there is an executive board whose student
scholarships, leaders take part in Salem leadership opportunities (see the
as well as Rather retreat, page 42).
other financial “We continue to focus on removing every possible road-
options, are block there might be for students wanting to study for their
now available college degree, no matter what their age or experience,” she con-
to Salem stu- cludes.
dents and have

S a l e m C o l l e g e • 11
F l e e r S tud e nt
Carolyn (Carly) Williams
in 1973, she says her “very
early goal as a young woman”
was to graduate from high
school, get married and have
children. As she says, “It was a
short list.”
Williams married; raised
three sons, Michael, Lawrence
and Christopher; and then
divorced. The urge to go back
to school, despite limited
financial resources, was one
that proved to be irresistible
for Williams, who calls herself
a woman of “continuous
learning”. As she told the
audience gathered in April at
Carolyn “Carly” Williams, C'13 one of Salem College’s re- the annual Scholarship Luncheon, “I have arrived at a point of
markable Fleer Center for Adult Education students, remembers purpose in my life where I have decided to journey on and more
walking into Bryant Hall on the Salem College campus last fall to fully become the woman I originally intended to be.”
attend new-student orientation. “I remember feeling so invigo- Williams talked about how during fall semester 2009, “after
rated by the faces of women, like me, who had found the courage nearly 50 years of whining about how much I would love to play
to begin again to complete the unfinished business of earning an the piano,” she had that opportunity thanks to music professor
undergraduate degree,” she recalls. “The Fleer Center has bridged Dr. Thomas Swenson. Her yearning to write led her to Dr. Amy
the disconnect I felt over attending college after first marrying Knox Brown, director of the Center for Women Writers, who
and raising a family.” gave her the foundation to assert with confidence that she was,
Williams, a Winston-Salem native who has used the name indeed, a writer. And a scholarship set up for adult learners by Dr.
“Carly” since beginning to sing publicly three years ago, believes Martha Fleer, for whom Salem College’s adult education program
she had that same scholastic winning mentality when she was a is named, helped Carly Williams afford the education that is en-
young child. “I used to think I knew everything, until I realized I riching her life and opening new doors for her, making her “feel
didn’t,” she says, smiling. strong and relevant again.”
Books were prized by the young girl, whose father worked Today Williams is intent upon becoming a trained chef
construction and landscaping jobs while her mother stayed and is pursuing the accreditation she needs to make this hap-
home to care for eight children. “I learned to read before start- pen – while also juggling her writing courses at Salem. Feeling
ing first grade, opening up like a wonderful world of Disney to a strong passion for both arts, she is writing a story about her
me…books took me away to places I could only dream of,” she culinary training experience for a non-fiction class she is taking
says. “My mama was the one who emphasized that we get a good this fall. Her message for other would-be adult students: “What
education. My mother died when I was six years old, but she has are you waiting for? Please find a way to begin again. Continue
been the strength of my heart ever since.” to grow into the educated professional you once fearlessly desired
In Carly’s family, a “good education” meant being able to to be. ‘Can’t’ is a four-letter word!”
graduate from high school. So when she received her diploma

12 • M a g a z i n e 2010
Graduate Programs and
Teacher Studies
A conversation with Dean Susan Gebhard

Pictured above is graduate student Yamile Valencia and pupil.

New fulltime hires, a new location decided that they’ve really always wanted “The community college has been won-
for education classes – Davidson County to teach, and why not do it now?” derful to work with,” says Gebhard, “and
Community College in Lexington, N.C. She says that two of the newer areas of we have four classes already underway.
– and a new study abroad program for study offered at Salem – special education We hope, pending the approval of the
January Term 2011 are just a few of the and Advanced and Intellectually Gifted Southern Association of Colleges and
projects keeping the Office of Graduate (AIG) are proving to be quite popular Schools (SACS), that this will become a
Programs and Teacher Studies busy these among teacher candidates. Salem has stand-alone licensure-granting program,
days. recently hired Ann Battenberg, a specialist giving adult students yet another way to
Director Susan Gebhard says most of in both, to strengthen that focus area. Also take advantage of Salem’s expertise.”
the new students she is seeing fall into one hired was Dr. Nikki Galloway, who will Finally, Gebhard says the first group
of two groups. “We have many enrollees spearhead the growing teaching of literacy of Salem students earning their master’s
who have just finished their undergradu- program, while part-time faculty member in education will be presenting at the
ate degrees and want to go straight into Ron Montequila is now a full-time mem- third annual Salem College Celebration
graduate school without a pause first,” she ber of the staff. of Academic Excellence Day, set for April
explains. “The second group is of primar- Also new is the opportunity to 27, 2011. They will be presenting the
ily career changers ... people who have provide education classes at Davidson findings of their action research theses, or
worked awhile – perhaps many years – and Community College in Lexington, N.C. ARTs.

S a l e m C o l l e g e • 13
Pictured above: Olivia Cleary C'13

14 • M a g a z i n e 2010
Admissions and
Financial Aid
A conversation with Dean Katherine Knapp Watts C’80

rom Babcock basement to the third floor of Gramley per month via phone, direct mail, Facebook and website updates,
Library, the members of the Salem Class of 2014 are during visits and in countless other ways.
making their presence known! We are delighted to We are all delighted to be working closely with Jay Callahan,
welcome the largest number of new students (first-years and the Salem head soccer coach and sports information director, who
transfers) since 2004. One hundred and seventy strong, these is now also working as director of athletic recruiting. Callahan,
newcomers are a special group, as shown on page 16. who was instrumental in helping recruit 16 soccer players for this
Even as we get the Class of 2014 off to a great start, we first-year class, says the challenge is to “apply strategies that have
are already immersed in the next recruiting cycle. Our enroll- been successful in bringing in quality soccer players in order to
ment goals remain high, and we need the assistance of all our increase recruitment for all teams.”
alumnae in spreading the good word about Salem. At Salem we build a class one student at a time. As an
The Admissions Office is happy to announce the hiring of alumna the most important – and most rewarding – way to help
four new counselors who are already on the road recruiting the Salem is to recruit a student. Please contact us at any time with
Class of 2015. These young women, three of whom graduated names of prospective students, details about college fairs in your
from Salem College, bring unique talents and backgrounds to area or opportunities for us to come and speak to you and your
their jobs. They are: daughters, granddaughters, nieces and special friends about Salem
Amber Lankford Fleming C’10, native of Mt. Airy, N.C. College.
who received her bachelor’s degree in business administra- Even better, bring a student to visit during one of our open
tion-finance; her recruitment territory is western N.C. and Counselors (back)
western Va. Rebecca Barnhardt C'10
and Amber Lankford
Carmen Sauls C’10, from Goldsboro, N.C., who earned her
Fleming C'10 and
bachelor’s degree in art history; her recruitment territory is (front) Sarah Team and
territory is eastern N.C. and eastern Va. Carmen Sauls C'10 are
on the road for Salem.
Rebecca Barnhardt C’10 of Winston-Salem, N.C., who
received her bachelor of arts in Spanish; her recruitment
territory is central North Carolina and Florida (except
Miami and Fort Lauderdale) house programs listed below. The beauty and special spirit of our
Sarah Simons Team, daughter of Anne Miller Simons C’70 campus works magic!
and niece of Anne Simons Straughan C'64, a native of Spring Visit, April 9, 2011: For high school juniors and sopho-
Raleigh, N.C., who earned a bachelor’s degree in history mores and college transfers
from Presbyterian College in 2008; her recruitment terri- Legacy Day, August 8, 2011 for grades 9-12
tory is South Carolina, Georgia, Charlotte and Raleigh.
Also representing Salem are assistant deans of admissions,
Allison Crooks C’04 (whose recruitment territory is the mid-
Atlantic, Midwest, Tennessee, Kentucky and transfers) and
Livni Mendez C’04 (whose territory is Texas, South Florida
and international students).
While these counselors are on the road, the admissions
staff interacts with literally hundreds of prospective students

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An ato m y of
The Class of 2014

10 Legacies
24 States/3 Countries
147 First Year/23 Transfer
30 recruited student athletes
11 percent increase over 2009
Average high school GPA 3.75
60 percent from North Carolina
88 percent applied to Salem on-line
85 percent attended public high schools
36 percent in top 10 percent of HS class (three valedictorians, three salutatorians)
Two played in the East/West All Star soccer game which included the top 32 players in the state
One represented Salem at the US Collegiate Figure Skating Championship with the top 50 college skaters
Most popular names: Sara(h) and Amanda (5 each), next most popular are Samantha and Chelsea (Chelsey) (4 each). Pictured
above L-R: Amanda (Sauquiot, NY), Alexa (Wilmington, NC), Anna (Tryon, NC) and Sarah (Oak Ridge, TN)

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A�umnae N e ws
Dear Fellow Salem Alumnae: past two years has enabled Salem to continue to thrive. However,
“How will you change tomorrow?” it is imperative that, as alumnae, we continue to support Salem
This is the question posed to potential generously. I’d like to challenge each of us to do the following:
students in Salem’s most recent admis- Make an Annual Fund gift to Salem this year…even if you
sions video.* While the video’s target au- have never done so – every gift counts!
dience is potential applicants ages 15-18, Send Salem the name of one potential student
the question is one each of us could ask ( – a babysitter, friend of a son or
ourselves. I believe it is a question worth daughter, niece, or daughter of a friend.
pondering, especially given the rapidly changing world in which Visit Salem sometime during the year – whether it’s your
we live. Today’s world constantly calls upon us to adapt to new reunion year or not!
technologies and new ways of thinking, and to come up with new Attend a local Salem Alumnae event in your area (see
and innovative ideas. But, what does all of this have to do with Salem on FACEBOOK!)
Salem? Wear your Salem t-shirt and put a Salem decal on your car.
At 238 years of age, Salem continues to adapt, change and I’d like to leave you with one final thought. Oprah Win-
thrive. For example, Salem has added new majors and courses; frey used to ask her guests, “What is the one thing you know
updated existing facilities with the latest technology; added for sure?” Well, the one thing I know for sure is that at Salem,
athletic teams; and even revamped the dining hall to provide a women receive an incredible education, one that is grounded
greater variety of food to support the students' desire for healthier in tradition, and one that will prepare them to be leaders in the
dining options. Yet, amidst our changing world, Salem has found world.
a remarkable way to stay true to its heritage and its core mission:
*To see the trailer for the
to educate women to become leaders in the world. To me, this is video, go to: www.salem.
both exciting and reassuring. edu/salem-shines. Forward
it to a prospective student
As I enter my second year as your Alumnae President, I pause or a high-school teacher in
when I consider the many Salem women who have come before your area!
me. In fact, it is the leadership of alumnae throughout the past
238 years that has sustained Salem and enabled it to stay true to
its mission regardless of our country’s triumphs and pitfalls. I also know, that we alumnae are Salem’s most precious asset
I have had the great privilege over the past two years to meet and its greatest advocates. So, how will Salem change tomorrow?
alumnae of all ages, backgrounds and interests. What never fails It’s up to us!
to impress me is the passion with which all Salem women ap- I hope to see you throughout the year and welcome your
proach life; the integrity and intellectual curiosity we share; and thoughts and ideas. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any
the many leadership opportunities we have embraced in our com- questions or concerns you may have.
munities. Salem women are leaders. Leaders step up in the face of
challenges and bring about change. Sincerely,
Today, Salem continues to face head on the challenges result-
ing from the difficult economic climate in which we live. The Mary Martha Whitener Beecy C’88
incredible generosity of Salem’s alumnae and friends over these

S a l e m C o l l e g e • 17
Alumnae Events

Mary Dameron Holderness C’66, Frances Opfer Cronlund C’98
and Liz Denton Baird C’83 in Durham.

Elizabeth Bennett Scott C’92,
Amanda Long Ramseur C’93 and Lara
Moore Howe C’93 at the Coral Bay
Luncheon in Atlantic Beach, NC.

Rebekah Candler Ward C’43, Sharon Maurice McClure C’68
and Jane Little Gibson C’55 in Atlanta.

Hannah Huske Wilson C'76 with mother Mary Lou Stack Huske C'46 and Helen Spruill Brinkley C'48
with daughter Len Brinkley C'77 at the Charlotte Alumnae Club's Gramley Dinner.

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Allison Bruce Anderson C’94, Emily Peterson C’08, Theresa Kanter C’98 and Amanda Dean C’06 in Atlanta.

Bonnie Horner A’61, Susan Lundeen Smith C’72
and Ann Wilson Cramer C’66 in Atlanta.

Neili Cole Akridge C’95 and her aunt,
Mary Crowley C’79, in Spartanburg.

Susan Smith C’08, Rebekah Bokros Hatch C’99 and
Nicole Winslow Levell C’06 in Atlanta.

S a l e m C o l l e g e • 19
Salem Alumnae Events in March

Annie McLeod Jenkins C’70 invited former staff members from the Salem’s Admissions Office to her house for special
get together: Annette Perritt Lynch C’75, Katherine Knapp Watts C’80, Joyce McLain Poe C’72, Rose Ellen Bowen
C’53, Doris Newman, Amy Cass Millikan C’90, Jeannie Leonard, Kathy Marakas Barnes C’81, Diane Conley C’96,
Anna Beck Gallimore C’98, Annie McLeod Jenkins C’70, Liz Boyd Rader C’79, Julie Trabue Hanes C’86, Kem Mims
Schroeder C’76, Cathy Duckwall Dupont C’86, Laura Ferguson Esleeck C’73 and Darcy Camp McCurry C’77.

Hilary Williams C’96, Samanthi Gunawardana C’96, Amanda Dean C’06, Emily Jean
Peterson C’08, Susan Smith C’08 and Kristin Baum Agnelli C’06 in Atlanta.

Monique Farrell Harmon C’01,
Monica Varandani C’01, Crystal
Hundley Shelton C’01, and
Jenni Jenkins Chao C’01 in

Aparna Lhila C’98, Alison Huff C’82 and Marie Plonk Babcock C’76 in Athens, Ga.

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

Distinguished Alumna Award -
recognizes a Salem alumna’s
achievements in volunteer service
and/or her professional distinctions.

Nancy Meanor Stitcher C’87 with daughter, Sally, and
Lucy Cheshire Minter C’87 with daughter, Claire. Alumna Service Award -
recognizes a Salem alumna’s
outstanding service to Salem through
leadership, student recruitment,
alumnae club leadership, internship
opportunities or other beneficial

Young Alumna Award -
recognizes a Salem alumna, who
within 15 years of her graduation,
exemplifies the outstanding leadership
qualities, through professional and/or
volunteer service. A commitment to
the College since graduation must be

Sarah Carter, Mary Banks and Elle, daughters of Betsy
Mebane Farmer C’92 and Alison Spears Boyle C’94.

S a l e m C o l l e g e • 21
Admissions Le�acy Day
Update Your Info!
Have you moved? Have you
changed your name? Do you have a
new job? Did you have a baby? Do
you have a new EMAIL address?

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

1. Send us your business card and we
will send you a Salem luggage tag!
Mail to: Salem College, Alumnae
Office, 601 South Church Street,
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

2. Choose the online method:
1. Go to
2. Click on “Alumnae” at the top of
the page.
3. Choose “Update Biography” in Joanna Winecoff Wells C’88 with daughters Grace and
menu on left. Caroline and niece, Maddie Winecoff.

4. Fill in form and click “SUBMIT” at
the bottom of the page.

Cecelia Black Corbett C’57 with granddaughter Maggie Corbett.

22 • M a g a z i n e 2010
Susan Maddox C'65 Enjoys Peak Experiences
Susan Maddox C’65, a resident of Hobbs, New to the mix. When her son Ben moved to Colorado and began to
Mexico, looks forward the summers even climb the “fourteeneers” – peaks over 14,000 feet above sea level
more than most. That’s because she – Maddox quickly realized the benefits of joining him.
will once again have the opportu- “Thinking about climbing mountains every summer, particularly
nity to revel in her avocation: with my son, was very appealing to me and kept me motivated,”
mountaineering. she says.
Maddox, who graduated Maddox says she truly has “peak experiences” when she
from Salem with a degree in climbs, although putting into words how memorable they are
chemistry, is fairly new to the can be difficult. “Climbing sets a definite goal for the entire year’s
sport of climbing mountains workouts; it allows an opportunity to see some of God’s creation
but not new at all to physical that I would never be able to see any other way; it gives me an
fitness. In fact, you might say amazing sense of accomplishment when I can get up and down
it has been a lifelong passion for the mountain; it lets me know, because of the toughness of it,
her, begun back when the words that I am more than blessed to be able to do it; it is revealing that
“working out” didn’t even exist. my age and the condition of my body are not going to allow this
“I have worked out routinely for activity, at this level, for a great many more years so it needs to be
the last 37 to 38 years of my life,” says the done now,” she says.
energetic Maddox, a former research chemist, part- She admits that climbing a fourteeneer can be humbling, as
time decorative painter, current community leader/volunteer and well. “I do have to have some help in these climbs. That used to
a former member of the Salem College Board of Visitors. “It long gall me but now I am over that and sometimes beg for some help
ago became truly a way of life for me, along with my husband, over a difficult spot. I have never had to be carried, however, so at
Don, and son Ben.” least I am on my own two feet!”
She says the key to physical fitness for her is continuity. “I Maddox believes that her devotion to fitness has helped her
usually get up between 5 and 6 a.m. and go to my trainer or a bounce back from injuries and surgeries during her adult life.
gym and work out for about an hour and a half at least six days a To her peers, she strongly recommends several books written by
week. If we are out of town, I do whatever I can which is usually Dr. Henry Lodge and Chris Crowley (the book specifically for
walking. The point is to be flexible and not make excuses but women is entitled Younger Next Year for Women: live Strong,
rather to get it done,” Maddox says. “When it is really a part of Fit and Sexy Until You’re 80 and Beyond) that gives easy ways in
one’s life, missing more than two days just does not feel right. As which diet, exercise, staying involved with friends and family and
we get older and the body changes, and it truly does, the need for simply moving all contribute to a feeling of youthfulness.
exercise becomes greater, not less.” “I hope that the young women attending Salem today will come
The impetus for fitness originated when Maddox, at age 22, to realize that having balance in one’s life – including time for
suffered a lung collapse due to a congenital defect. She began to physical fitnesss -- really does make for happiness in oneself and
be concerned about her overall pulmonary function, especially later in one’s overall family situation,” Maddox comments. “As
when a similar problem arose a few years later. “I began running these women become older and have more people in their lives
in my 30s, and I ran throughout that entire decade,” she recalls. who are important to them, it is really important to set a rou-
“I loved it! I ran until two knee surgeries while skiing and subse- tine that lets everyone know that you are going to have time for
quent surgery made running a less than ideal choice.” yourself.”
She switched to weight-training and cardiovascular exercise
and continued with her fitness regime, adding scheduled walking

S a l e m C o l l e g e • 23
Memories of a “Roadrunner”:
Mary Ann Paschal Parrish A’37, C’41

24 • M a g a z i n e 2010
Mary Ann Paschal Parrish A’37 her, he would never countenance a linas Realty, and Parrish and Helms
C’41 of Winston-Salem says a recent daughter running the family business. went their separate ways.
fall has slowed her down, but her strong In 1948, Mary Ann married While Parrish believes women have
handshake, sparkling eyes and animated Fred Parrish and they settled down in come a long way in the business world,
conversation belie any drastic curtailing Winston-Salem, she to focus on being a “We’re not completely there yet.” She
of activity. In fact, at the age of 89 (she’ll mother and volunteer, Fred to practice points out that she believed it was to
be 90 in January), Parrish still goes into law and dabble in politics. They had her long-term advantage to agree that
her office regularly. And she still collects two daughters, Ann and Louise, and life “Helms” came before “Parrish” in the
roadrunners given to her by people who stayed busy but within its prescribed company name. ‘We knew we were
were amazed by her fast pace. boundaries until 1965. That is when an unusual match because we were a
As one of the first women in the Fred Parrish died, age 47, of a brain man-woman team, but we worked well
Southeast to own her own real-estate tumor, and his widow was left alone together. We balanced things out. It was
firm – once Helms-Parrish Properties, with two children. It was, she says, the one of the happiest periods of my life.”
now part of Prudential Carolinas Realty “turning point of my life.” Parrish believes that while she was
– Parrish didn’t originally see herself as a Thanks to friend Henry Nading, a trailblazer in business – and probably
business leader. Born on West End Boule- who was president of the N.C. Board would have amazed her own father, had
vard in Winston-Salem, she had an idyllic of Realtors, Parrish was invited to come he lived to see it – the secret was that “I
upbringing before, in her words, she was observe his real-estate practice for six worked at my passion, still do.”
“whisked away without parental notifica- months and to study for her realtor’s li- Today that also means working
tion” to Salem Academy. She grew to love cense. She proved herself to be a natural hard on her memoir, entitled Parrish the
her time there, although she calls herself at bringing buyers and sellers together, Thought (Salem plans to hold a book-
“a spasmodic honor student depending on and she quickly was a force to reckon signing for her when it is published
my social schedule.” with in area real estate, renowned for early this year, with proceeds to go to
Parrish next became a day student at holding parties for current and prospec- Salem and the M.S. Society). The book
Salem College, graduating with a major tive clients and doing the “road-run- is dedicated to Parrish’s family and in
in history and a minor in psychology, and ning” necessary to keep a business going. memory of her firstborn (also a real-
credits her Salem teachers and coaches When Parrish ran into fellow realtor tor), Ann Paschal Parrish Griffen, who
with “helping equip me to tackle life.” Robert Helms one day at Camel City battled M.S. and eventually died from
Four new graduates of Salem, Parrish Laundry, the talk – as always – turned to pancreatic cancer in 2005.
among them, were given the privilege business, and resulted in the formation While her “roadrunner” days may
of going to business school at Salem in of Helms-Parrish Properties in 1974. be temporarily curtailed, Parrish now
the morning and then having on-the-job Helms-Parrish operated independently says she’s happy to be mentally “road-
training in the afternoon at R.J. Reynolds for 12 years and amassed quite a track running” through her memories and
Tobacco Co. When they finished the record in real estate. In 1986, the two photographs. “What got me going on
course at Salem, they were hired full-time partners agreed to be bought by Merrill the writing was finding a photograph
at the company. Lynch Realty, a deal that Parrish said was of myself at the age of two, sitting in
Her real interest – running her extremely positive. “We helped them a baby chair and clutching a pen. I
father’s glass and mirror company – was come into this local market, and they felt like I should use that pen now to
denied her, however. As she writes in her appreciated us,” she says. “It was an op- write about what’s new and what’s old,
memoirs, Parrish followed the dictates portunity for growth and a lot of fun.” besides me.”
of the times and, more specifically, her In 1991, Helms-Parrish became
father. Although his company fascinated part of the much larger Prudential Caro-

S a l e m C o l l e g e • 25
Karen Hobbs Isner C’74 Proud Mother
Karen Hobbs Isner C'74 has had a front-row seat to went to graduate school at N.C. State, and after an early work-
one of pro tennis’ most amazing stories. related move to Columbia, S.C., the couple returned home to
Her son John Isner, who gained Greensboro to raise their three sons. Karen is a realtor, but also
international acclaim after his victory in the assists Bob with their business, Greensboro Contracting Corp.
longest tennis match in history (11 hours In fact, Greensboro Contracting, through its LLC, Marshall
over three days), is a Greensboro native Townhomes, is developing condominiums near Old Salem.
and a graduate of Page High School. “Working on the townhome project in Old Salem has
He’s also very close to his mother, brought back a lot of good memories,” Isner said. “It’s been so
whom he talks with on the telephone every rewarding to work with the various Old Salem groups to make
day regardless of where he is on the pro this project right. I’ve come full circle. It’s been fun being back on
circuit around the world. campus and seeing how beautiful it is.”
“I try not to give my opinion about any- “Small schools are not for
thing regarding tennis,” she said. “I do know more everyone, but are the right
about the game than most people probably think I do, but we fit for some, including
talk about everything else, which I think keeps him grounded. We me,” she said. “I
talk about what we had for dinner, how the rest of the family is think it comes
doing and of course he wants to know how our dog is doing. He down to what
loves our dog.” type of
John Isner, an All-America during his four-year career at the student you
University of Georgia, was already turning heads in the tennis are and
world before his historic match at Wimbledon. Currently ranked what best
No. 18 in the world, he is the second tallest player in profes- motivates
sional tennis, at 6 feet 9 inches tall. With his victory over France’s you. Small
Nicolas Mahut at Wimbledon, Isner was suddenly vaulted onto classes,
the world stage. where you
For Karen Isner, a psychology major at Salem, the ride that can get to
John is taking her family on at times seems surreal. “He lives in a know and
very unique world right now, there’s no question about that,” she interact with
said. “Not many of the other players come from an average back- the professors,
ground like we do. It’s hard for me to believe sometimes what his are a better fit for
life is like right now. It is so exciting and of course I’m very proud many students. At
of him. small schools you can
She added, “It is still strange for me to see crowds gather delve deeper into the subject
around him seeking autographs, at the U.S. Open for example, matter because you have that per-
because he’s still ‘our John.’ Since Wimbledon, it’s been even sonal interaction.
more amazing, seeing him on David Letterman and throwing the One of her fondest was being in a religion class taught by the
first pitch at a Major League baseball game.” late Chaplain Clark Thompson. “Clark Thompson, my favorite
Isner met her husband, Bob, through a family cousin, when professor, had that type of class,” Isner commented. “He chal-
Karen was at Salem and Bob was at Davidson College. He later lenged you, he made you think deeply.”

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Alumnae Reconnect with
Exchange Student Over the Miles
Across thousands of miles and a
number of years, an exchange student
from Chile has never forgotten her time at
Salem (1964-65). In fact, Erika Vohringer
C'59 says her arrival at the College was a
moment that is “printed as with fire in my
“I arrived on a Saturday afternoon
by Greyhound bus which left me near the
Post Office, and a group of Salem juniors
was waiting for me,” Vohringer recalls. “I
Left to right: President Barack Obama; Carolina Santa Cruz de Fermandois, wife of the
gathered they were surprised at seeing me Ambassador; Erika Vohringer de Fermandois; her husband, Artuto Fermandois Senior;
well-dressed and wearing a hat, because and the new Ambassador for Chile to the U.S., Artuto Fermandois Junior.
they had never before heard about Chile and aesthetics and a physical education induction ceremony with her family and
and maybe they thought I might come teacher). meeting President Obama.
with feathers ... They were also surprised “As soon as my youngest child went Vohringer had not been in touch
that I could speak English fluently. That´s to school I went back to music which I with Salem until 2008, when she received
because I was majoring in English and had left somewhat aside,” Vohringer says. a College magazine and began to cor-
music at the university in Chile.” She restarted her career as piano accom- respond with classmate Lucinda Oliver
Vohringer settled into Strong Resi- panist, receiving some prizes in her field Denton C’59. Others from the class joined
dence Hall, making friends and entertain- and being invited to accompany singers in the email chain, and two were in person
ing classmates with the accordion that she many countries of the world. She won best in D.C. to congratulate her on her son’s
had brought with her. She describes her accompanist at the International Singing prestigious posting.
time at Salem as “a year of excitement, Contest in Rio de Janeiro in 1986. “After “During all of this excitement, I had
much learning, many discoveries in every that I was invited to play in Washington, the wonderful and quite unexpected occa-
sense ( about) my classmates’ way of living, at the OAS, South Africa, England, Ger- sion of ‘re-meeting’ my Salem classmates,
their values, their outbursting creativity many and Argentina. I also have been a and that very big and important chapter
and in their intense care, respect and love teacher of piano at the University until last of my life reappeared with all its meaning
towards one another and towards me.” year,” she explains. and projections,” Vohringer remarks. “I
After leaving Salem, Vohringer mar- Today Vohringer describes herself as heartily thank Salem and every one of the
ried, raised six children and built a home the “matrona” of her large family, which people I encountered there for being such
on the outskirts of Santiago, Chile, where includes 22 grandchildren. “I take care a sound part of my background and for
she had a music room. She instilled the of family affairs and finding occasions to the rich contribution to my self-develop-
love of music in her family, sending all of gather everyone together,” she says. ment.”
her children to study music from the time One of the recent highlights was her She adds, “It is a gift during this
they were small; indeed one child is today son Arturo Fermandois’s appointment as senior and last epoch of my life to feel
a piano teacher (the others are a lawyer, a the Ambassador for Chile to the United again the welcome, warmth and love of my
doctor, an engineer, a teacher of literature States, resulting in Vohringer’s travel to the Salem friends.”

S a l e m C o l l e g e • 27
Tribute to William W. Neal III
congratulate faculty, staff, and students for an accomplishment
or achievement. His gracious smile and accommodating 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 allowing 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 College.”
Neal’s devotion to Salem impressed not only his colleagues
Bill Neal, at a recent Gramley dinner in Charlotte, N.C., on the Board of Trustees but also faculty and staff. The Rt. Rev.
with his wife, Eleanor Walton Neal C'56. Dr. D. Wayne Burkette, former head of school at the Academy

alem Academy and College lost an irreplaceable friend and and a current Trustee, remarked that “Bill had the wonderful
steadfast benefactor when former chair of the Board of ability to see to the heart of a matter under consideration or
Trustees William W. Neal III died on September 11, 2010. discussion. That ability made him a very effective leader and
Neal, of Charlotte, N.C., was joined in his devotion to Salem Board Chair. In addition, his personal warmth and sense of
by his wife, Eleanor Walton Neal C’56, and his two daughters, humor put others at ease and greatly facilitated accomplishing
Laura Neal C’83 and Catherine Neal Wilson C’86, who also the work that needed to be done.” He added, “There was never
was a former teacher at the Academy. Salem president Susan E. a doubt that Salem was near and dear to Bill’s heart and always a
Pauly recalled that “Bill was a tremendous devotee of Salem and a priority among his commitments. All of us who care about Salem
wonderfully kind and generous person. He will be deeply missed.” owe Bill a lasting debt of gratitude.”
Neal, a very successful businessman, left his indelible mark George McKnight, associate professor of chemistry and
upon many institutions and organizations. At Salem Academy faculty member since 1978, commented that he “appreciated
and College, he co-chaired with his wife the Parents’ Board (Bill’s) optimism, friendliness and warmth, and especially his
and chaired the Board of Visitors prior to chairing the Board of equanimity when faced with difficult situations. His efforts on
Trustees. In all his roles at Salem, Neal demonstrated a profound behalf of Salem Academy and College were exceptional and
capacity for understanding and knowledge of the institution and greatly appreciated by me and, I am sure, by all those associated
the people who sustain it. He was always accessible, and his visits with the institution. He will be greatly missed.”
to campus were distinguished by his conversations with people Margaret Driscoll Townsend A’81 remembered her years
– faculty, students, staff. He gained knowledge by participating on the Board under Bill Neal’s leadership as inspiring. “I knew
– whether by attending athletic matches, being a Friend of the from the first meeting that I would learn a great deal from his
Library or a Friend of the School of Music – and he wanted experience and leadership. He set a wonderful example, and I
Salem to be the best she could be. He always made an effort to always left feeling that I had received much more than I could

28 • M a g a z i n e 2010
ever give Salem. His expertise and wisdom were two things I
could always count on, and appreciate, when we were seeking to
make the best decisions on behalf of Salem. “
N eal’s daughter
Catherine delivered
poignant and heartfelt
Neal’s leadership through example extended outward memories of Bill Neal
from Salem Academy and College and into the state of North during his memorial
Carolina. He served on the boards of numerous Charlotte service. A few of her
organizations, was active in Research Triangle Park-based thoughts are below:
organizations for promoting technology, and lent a hand to “My dad was
many other causes. For 20-plus years, he also served on the board definitely old school.
of HSM Holdings in New York City. A lifelong Episcopalian and Honor. Integrity. Shake
member of Christ Church in Charlotte, he served his church as a on it and it was as good as
tireless volunteer and was for more than 45 years a Lay Eucharist done. You could believe
minister. what he would say to you.
The Salem Academy and College Board of Trustees passed a Dad was the closest
resolution honoring Bill Neal when they met in October 2010. person I’ll ever know who
Catherine Neal Wilson C’86,
It said, in part: daughter Natalie Wilson and lived his life as truly as
Bill Neal in 2004 at the Academy. God lays out in the Bible.
RESOLUTION IN MEMORY OF William W. Neal III He was humble and generous, always the Good Samaritan. He
WHEREAS our colleague and friend William W. Neal III cared for us as a good shepherd would, guiding my sister and me
passed away on September 11, 2010; through life’s challenges – ever happy to be of service to us and
WHEREAS Bill served with distinction on the Board of to others. He opened his heart and home to many, gave his time
Trustees of Salem Academy and College from 1991-2004 and and money to benefit others, and worked for the right causes.
as Chair of this Board from 2000-2004; and on the Board of He adopted me; gave me love and his wisdom, made all
Visitors of Salem Academy and College from 1985-1991 and as my wishes come true, not just for me, but for my children and
Chair of that Board from 1989-1991; husband as well. He provided for us and taught us that God will
WHEREAS Bill provided true and sustained generosity to provide if you follow His will.
Salem Academy and College through his fundraising support Growing up I thought all men would be like him. They
and leadership gifts, helping to enrich and ensure the financial aren’t. Dad was special. Dad was of a breed of men who serve
health of Salem; others before serving themselves.
WHEREAS in his exceptional professional achievements I’ll miss walking into his office and seeing him, ever vigilant,
and his significant leadership in public affairs, in his devotion doing his tasks at hand, but always greeting me kindly as I barged
to family, faith and friends, and his concern for the welfare of in and disturbed him to ask or tell him something. A relative
others, he has shown how to live an exemplary life through once remarked how difficult it must be to have a father who was
integrity, kindness and joy; always working. I never once saw the constant attention to his
NOW, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees of work as a detriment because he never let work override his family
Salem Academy and College expresses its sadness at Bill’s passing life. His door was always open, and we came first.
and honors his memory for his many contributions to Salem and In closing I would submit to you that “Father” is just a handy
for the friendship he shared with so many. acronym for the virtuous traits of this wonderful man: Friendly,
Adoring, Thoughtful, Honest, Earnest and Responsible. I would
The resolution was signed by President Susan E. Pauly and bet that everyone in this room can identify those adjectives to
Gwynne Stephens Taylor C’72 , chair of the board. describe my father. He will be missed, for certain.”

S a l e m C o l l e g e • 29
Reunion 2
0 1 0



1. Betty Gardner Lorick C’65, Debby Douglas Sandberg C’65, Jean
Olive Snyder Stubbs C’65 and Mary Graves Edmundson C'65
2. Carolyn Ray Bennett C’60, Susan Pauly, Jean Brooks Ontjes
C’60 and Nita Kendrick Williamson C’60.
3. Elizabeth Gudger Williamson C’45, Lillian Dalton Miller C’45,
Josephine McLauchlin Crenshaw C’45 and Molly Boseman
Bailey C’45 at the Golden Alumnae Dinner.
4. Jill Starling Britt C’90, Mathilde Dumond White C’90 and
Cathy Bowers Petraglia C’90.
5. Louise Adams Ropp C’60, Margaret Vardell Sandresky A’38,
C’42 and Evelyn Vincent Riley C’60 at the Golden Alumnae
4 Dinner.
6. Lani San Antonio C’05, Susan Pauly, Mary McNeely Royal C’05
and Cincia Brooks Kerr C’05.
7. Salem student Ambassadors from the classes of 2010 and 2011
with some of the banners they painted for every class having a


30 • M a g a z i n e 2010 7
“Simple Lives Have Great Power”
Excerpt from Founders Day Speech
Gwynne Stephens Taylor C’72
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 be-
lief that ordinary, everyday lives with their ordinary,
everyday tasks can be part of something greater. To
our founders, as theologian Frederick Buechner has
said, faith was a verb, not a noun. Even the simplest
tasks were part of a greater whole. They truly be-
lieved that the simple lives of ordinary people work-
ing together toward a common goal could change
the world.
This legacy, that simple lives have great
power, is lived everyday at Salem in:
The following is an excerpt from Taylor’s speech at the 2010 The power of one teacher or professor to open the
Founders Day. mind of a student;
Recently I read an article by Paula D’Arcy, a woman who The power of one student to show respect and kindness
experienced great personal tragedy but emerged to inspire others. to another;
She wrote that “Simple lives have great power if we are able to The power of one alumna to spread the good news about
move past our own desires.” Salem Academy and Salem College to others;
I immediately thought about Salem’s founders. Our found- The power of one visual artist or musician to move an audi-
ers (who also included a few good men!) were ordinary people ence;
of great faith who struggled daily to move past their own desires The power of one thank you or kind word of encouragement
and fears to accomplish their mission. Salome Meurer, one of to the people who work long hours on this campus to keep
the young Sisters who walked with Elizabeth Oesterlein to North Salem strong, vibrant and beautiful; and
Carolina from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in October, 1766 said in The power of many gifts working together to help sustain the
her diary of the walk that they slept in a barn and that “We didn’t work of this institution.
sleep the entire night…We were also very scared.” Throughout my career in historic preservation, I have
Sister Oesterlein was a young woman who left her home and learned the stories of hundreds of people, but none can compare
family in Bethlehem to make the walk to North Carolina. Her with those of our founders. “Simple lives have great power if we
life has had extraordinary power because of her faith and her are able to move past our own desires” – and we have only to
willingness to move past her own desires and fears to be part of look to our founders to prove it.
something greater. As we know, in 1772 she was asked to teach
four young girls in the town of Salem. She said yes, most likely
because it was important to her community and she understood

S a l e m C o l l e g e • 31
Distin�uished Alumna Hoffman Receives
Award 2010 Oesterlein Award

Jennifer Hoffman C’10
received the Elisabeth Oes-
Knapp Watts C'80
terlein Award – the school’s
the dean of admis-
highest honor for a mem-
sions and financial
ber of the graduating class
aid at Salem,
– during the 2010 Founders
received the an-
Day ceremony.
nual Distinguished
Hoffman, who was
Alumna Award during Reunion Weekend
described by one of her
professors as having “intel-
Watts, who grew up in Lexington,
lectual curiosity, academic
Va., graduated summa cum laude from
talent, work ethic, integrity,
Salem with a bachelor’s degree in Ameri-
organizational skills and the
can studies and economics. She earned her
ability to interact with oth-
MALS from Wake Forest University in
ers,” was nominated for the
2003. President Susan E. Pauly congratulates recipient
award by faculty, staff and
After graduating from Salem, Watts Jennifer Hoffman C’10.
fellow students.
joined the admissions team. In 1983 she
The Oesterlein Award is named in “doing the tough, thankless work” behind
became assistant director of admissions
honor of Salem’s first teacher when it was the scenes, not only at Salem but also in
at UNC Greensboro and was active in
founded as a school for girls in 1772. Each the community at large. She turned an
CACRAO, the professional admissions
nominee must compete against other truly internship at the World Camp for Kids
organization. She returned to Salem in
outstanding seniors. into an incredible experience writing
1992 as director of admissions, a post she
Hoffman was an outstanding scholar grants for the organization, working on
held for 10 years.
who graduated with not only two degrees their anti-malaria campaign and serving as
Over the course of her career, Watts
but also a minor and with College Honors. an area representative. In 2008 she stayed
has held other positions at Salem – di-
She was characterized as a “quiet leader” in homes in Malawi and taught children
rector of service learning in 2002-2003,
all across the campus during her time at in six primary schools about HIV/AIDS,
director of board relations 2003-2005 and
Salem, participating in everything from the under-valuing of girls and the conse-
director of development from 2005-2007.
athletics and the arts to the Women in quences of deforestation in their area. She
Watts returned to Salem as dean of
Science and Math program and the Honor spent Jan Term 2010 in Vietnam with a
admissions and financial aid in May of
Council. She was an excellent researcher fellow Salem student, volunteering with an
2008, her current position. Since then, she
and a writer who had the ability to organization that helps disabled children.
has led the admissions team in recruiting
compose in both the language of science Hoffman hopes to eventually go
steadily increasing numbers of incoming
and in prose, and she delivered an honors to medical school and perhaps work for
students. The entering class of 2014 is the
presentation on feminist perspectives on Doctors Without Borders or some similar
the largest since 2003.
domestic violence during the 2010 Cel- international agency.
Watts is married to Joe Watts and is
ebration for Academic Excellence day.
the mother of four children, Jack, Lee,
One of the professors who enthusias-
Nell and Anna Katherine.
tically endorsed Hoffman described her as

32 • M a g a z i n e 2010
Salem Le�acies

Sisters Mary Barnhardt Isom C’05, Rebecca Barnhardt C’10, Sisters Stephanie Bronson Walters C’07
Sarah Barnhardt C’08, Christin Barnhardt C’02. and Sam Bronson C’10.

Mallie Beroth Graham C’60 and Judy Dearborn, current Fleer Student and daughter Ashley Goad C’10
son Walter Beroth C’10

S a l e m C o l l e g e • 33
Mary Graves Edmundson C’65 and daughter Virginia Edmundson Sutton C’90 Sisters Leighton Kennedy C’06 and
Annie Kennedy C’10

Connie Russ Sizemore C’03 and daughter Savannah Sizemore C’12 Sisters Mindy Daniel C’02 and
Bobbi Flynn C’09

34 • M a g a z i n e 2010
Young Alumna Award

Ginger Hen-
dricks C’00 was
the recipient of the
2010 Young Alumna
Award, bestowed
upon her during
the annual Reunion
Weekend celebration.
Hendricks, who grew up in Asheboro,
N.C., graduated with a major in communi-
cations and a minor in creative writing from
Salem College. While working on a master’s
degree through the Vermont College of Fine
Arts, she also worked part-time for Salem’s
Center for Women Writers.
After getting her master’s, Hendricks
Fran Cartier Creasy C’61, granddaughter Rebekah Grella C’12,
daughter Elaine Creasy Grella C’85 worked at Elon University as the assistant to
the dean of cultural and special programs. In
2005, she returned to Salem College as the
director of the Center for Women Writers
and coordinator of cultural events. While at
Salem, she worked to bring in compelling
authors and performers including Elizabeth
Gilbert, Geraldine Brooks, Gloria Steinem
and Anna Lappe as well as begin the Salem
College International Literary Festival,
which gives awards for poetry, fiction and
nonfiction every spring.
Hendricks is now the first executive
director of BOOKMARKS Literary Festival
in Winston-Salem, a post she took in late
2009. She also lectures and works on her
own writing, including a novel set in the
South during the 1950s that focuses on
women who are twins. She is active with
the North Carolina Writers Network, where
Katherine Elliot C’13 and her mother Mary Bryant Elliott C’80
she has served as treasurer. She married
Heath Combs in July 2010 and they live in

S a l e m C o l l e g e • 35
Sister Maus Series

Sister Maus appears in three books writ-
ten and illustrated by Dr. John Hutton,
art professor at Salem. Hutton’s first book,
entitled Sister Maus: A Small Tale of Sisters
House in Salem and published in 2006, is Liz Denton Baird C’83, daughter Madeline Baird C’10 and
Lucinda Oliver Denton C’59
based on the early days of Salem Academy
and College. The Single Sisters House is
today the site of a living-history museum
as well as administrative offices for Salem,
and Sister Maus’s mousehole is in the front
lobby, visited by both children and adults
who love the book about her adventures.
The second book, Christmas Maus: A Sec-
ond Small Tale of Sisters House, published
in 2008, tells the story of Sister Maus and
her Christmas celebrations in the town of
Old Salem. The third book, Easter Maus: A
Third Small Tale of Sisters House, published
in 2010, features Sister Maus learning to
play the trumpet in order to participate
in the Easter Sunrise celebrations from
Historic Bethabara to Old Salem.
To order any or all of the Sister Maus
books, email
or to to Laura Barnes Hayworth C’85 and daughter Elizabeth Hayworth A’08, C’12

maus-books. Request a complete set of three
books for $50 + $12 postage and handling.

36 • M a g a z i n e 2010
Davis Receives Alumna Service Award
Sullivan Award Sandy Kelley
Johnson C’70, of
Charlotte, N.C., re-
ceived the Alumna
Service Award
from Salem during
Reunion Weekend
festivities. Johnson earned her master's
degree from UT-Knoxville; she has owned
her own company specializing in physician
recruitment services as well as directed the
M.S. center at Carolinas Medical Center,
Today Johnson works as a volun-
teer in administration and fund-raising
Sue Jones Davis C’55, Roy Davis Jr. and President Susan E. Pauly. at Lakewood Community Development
Roy Davis Jr. of Concord, NC in 1927 by his father, J. Roy Davis. Corporation in Charlotte. She is active in
received the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Davis junior has been a member of the other volunteer capacities, as well, from the
Award from Salem Academy and College Salem College Board of Trustees since Myers Park High School Parent Council to
during a ceremony held on Founders Day, 2005. He has been active with a number the Teen Health Connection.
April 24, 2010. of educational, business and charitable Johnson's love of Salem has led her to
The Algernon Sydney Sullivan organizations, from the Davidson College spend countless hours recruiting students
Award was established as a permanent Board of Trustees and the First Charter and to hold various positions in the alum-
reminder of the noblest of human Bank Board of Directors to the Cabarrus nae association, from president of the alum-
qualities as expressed and followed in the County Community Foundation, the nae board from 2005-2007 to member of
lives of Algernon Sydney Sullivan and Barium Springs Home for Children and the both the Board of Visitors and Board of
Mary Mildred Sullivan. It is awarded Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Cabarrus Trustees. She has served as a Friend of the
in recognition of fine spiritual qualities County. He has received a lifetime Library and as a member of Salem’s Center
that are practically applied to daily living, achievement award from the Cabarrus for Women Writers. In Charlotte, she has
and is presented to those exceptional County Chamber of Commerce and is a been a local alumna admissions represen-
individuals who meet the award’s life member of the Salvation Army. tative, was co-president of the Charlotte
qualifications and characteristics. It is Davis established the Sue Jones Davis Salem Alumnae Club and helped organize
not presented every year, but in 2010, the Scholarship Fund at Salem College to the Gramley dinner in 1996.
College chose to recognize philanthropist honor his wife, Sue, who graduated in Johnson is married to Harry Johnson
and longtime Salem supporter Roy Davis 1955 and is a former elementary school and they have a son, Harry.
Jr. as the recipient. teacher. Both Roy and Sue Davis are
Davis, who received his degree members of the Rondthaler Circle at
from Davidson College in 1955, is chair Salem, which is the institution’s planned-
emeritus of S&D Coffee Inc., founded giving society.

S a l e m C o l l e g e • 37
Students at Home
with the Scherls

lthough the
mailbox at
Marvin and
Linda Scherl’s home
in Germanton, N.C.
displays an American
flag, a truly interna-
tional spirit pervades
the interior. And no
wonder. This has been
the unofficial “home
away from home” for
hundreds of Salem
College’s international
students – particularly
those from Nepal –for
the past four years.
The Scherls know ex-
Enjoying time together with Linda and Marvin Scherl: (standing, left to right): Shikshya Shrestha C’11,
actly how many queen- Marvin Scherl and Sujana Sujana Rajkarnikar C’11; (seated, left to right): Linda Scherl, Trang Hoang C’10,
size air mattresses (four, Shringkhala Bajimaya C’10 and Puspanjali Bhatta C’11.
end to end, three girls on each) will fit into their living room. but then realized that post-grad work and studies often meant
They have a drawer in their refrigerator specifically for spices there was no time in the students’ schedules for interaction. “We
that the students use while cooking; various carved gods from wanted do to more, which is when we called about Salem’s inter-
the Buddhist and Hindu religions occupy spaces of honor on national show. We talked to our first student from Nepal while
the bookshelves, placed there by students; and there are myriad buying tickets over the phone,” says Marvin.
boxes and suitcases in the basement, temporarily left behind for After the show, the Scherls invited that student -- Srijana
the summer by students who are traveling or studying elsewhere. Bhattarai C’06 and her younger sister, Anjana Bhattarai C’09 –
Fifteen flags mounted in one room denote how many counties and a friend to come have dinner at their home. From there was
Marvin and Linda have visited, while 34 different flags at another born a mutual friendship and support group that carries on to
window pay tribute to the homelands of their visitors. this day.
“We first began meeting international students in town through “We told the students to just call us if they needed anything,
International Campus Ministries of the Triad, and then with anytime, and within reason we would do it,” Linda says, and
Friendship Force,” Marvin recalls. “We were amazed to learn that call, they did. The Scherls, who began keeping spreadsheets of
students come to our country to study and never see the inside of activities in 2006, have logged thousands of miles taking students
an American home, and we wanted to remedy that situation.” to and from the airports; housed students (and their siblings and
The Scherls, who have no children of their own, at first parents) during graduation weekends; and taken Salem students
befriended graduate students through Wake Forest University, on innumerable trips to Wal-Mart, Hanes Mall and other loca-

38 • M a g a z i n e 2010
tions to buy supplies, often footing the bill themselves. Doctors’
Alumnae Remember
appointments off campus? No problem. Ditto for job interviews
Scherls’ Support
or GRE exams or seeing the Tanglewood Festival of Lights or
getting ice cream after dinner. The Scherls’ two Honda minivans
Rashmi Sharma C’09, who has just started a one-year public
were often packed to the brim with students and on the road.
policy program at the Univ. of Mass.-Boston and will be applying
“It got so busy every weekend that when we were involved
to graduate school next year to study development economics,
with four different classes of students at Salem, we had to begin
says, “When I left Nepal, I didn’t know what was waiting for me
designating them as ‘junior weekend,’ ‘senior weekend’ and so
here. I came to Salem and had my share of fun times and hard
on,” explains Marvin. “We’d have some students come Friday
times. The Scherls were there for me.”
after class and spend the entire weekend here with their friends,
She adds, “They have done things for me, for us all, without
while others would come out for just one meal, or one night.”
hesitation, no questions asked. I found a place where I could hide,
House rules all along have been pretty simple: the students cook
confide – a home away from home while I was at Salem.”
and clean up for themselves, and unlike in Nepal – where there
is a well-defined caste system – all visitors are on the same equal
Prajula Mulmi C’09 is in graduate school now at Brown
footing. Private discussions remain confidential, and while the
University in public health; after she receives her master’s degree,
Scherls do not see themselves as parents, they do describe them-
she plans to work with underprivileged children in Nepal. “I have
selves as “aunt and uncle or caring grandparents” to the many
known the Scherls since I transferred to Salem College in 2006,”
students so far from their native countries.
she explains, “and my perception of American culture, love, hap-
“We listen, we comfort, we rejoice in good news, we talk
piness, responsibilities and life in general has been enriched under
about life issues,” Linda says, “even to Marvin explaining the
their influence.”
dangers of having too many credit cards when you’re a college
Prajula has fond memories of making momos (a popular
Nepalese delicacy) in the Scherls’ kitchen, along with movie
Thankfully the Scherls are organized and meticulous about
marathons, supportive conversations and holiday celebrations of
obligations, so that a spreadsheet kept for Salem’s graduation
all kinds. She particularly recalls the ways in which the Scherls
ceremonies this past May is a masterpiece of who, what, when
broadened her horizons – introducing her to musical theatre;
and where. Between May 19 and May 28, the Scherls made 22
promoting recycling; and practicing generosity while still being
trips to the Salem campus and/or downtown; had a total of 152
economical. “My desire to help the underprivileged people of Ne-
people passing through their home at some point or another;
pal and of the globe is certainly fueled by people like the Scherls.”
and housed a total of 66 people staying overnight during the
10-day period. The largest one-time crowd of 42 congregated in
Srijana Bhattarai C’06 was among the very first international
Germanton on Saturday, May 22, after graduation, to celebrate
students to encounter the Scherls’ hospitality. “As an international
with the Class of 2010, and included not only the graduates but
student, especially as a first-year when you’re new to your sur-
also their families, boyfriends, non-international classmates and
roundings and all of a sudden there are hundreds of things to take
members of Salem’s faculty and staff.
care of, having someone like Marvin and Linda is a true blessing.”
Since fall, the Scherls have been "open" every weekend for
Bhattarai received her degree in economics from Salem,
any students who want to visit. They are looking forward to
worked in Cambridge, Mass for a year and graduated from the
seeing the Class of 2011 graduate and make an impact upon the
Univ. of Connecticut in 2009 with a master’s degree in public
administration. She is heading back to Nepal soon to work in
“We like to say that Salem’s international students have been
the development sector there. “Whether you needed a ride to the
our ‘daughters of the heart,’ says Marvin Scherl. “And that means
airport at 5:00 a.m., or letting them know an hour in advance
they will always be family, no matter how far apart we are.”
that you needed a place to stay, the Scherls have always been there
for us,” she comments.

S a l e m C o l l e g e • 39
Turner Gives Individually and
as Class of ’65 Leader
turnout at all the reunion
weekend events!"
Obviously many of her
classmates felt as Turner did,
that their best memories of
Salem were of the friendships
that were nourished 45 years
later at the reunion. “Salem
provided a sense of com-
munity and an environment
for young women to achieve
and explore their dreams,”
says Turner. “I was fascinated
by all of our 1965 classmates
who successfully pursued
challenging careers and com-
munity leadership all over the
President Susan E. Pauly accepts the Class of ‘65 gift, courtesy of (left to right) Linda Lyon Turner, United States and abroad.”
Babs Bodine Reideler and Daphne Dukate Clark.
The Class of 1965 not
Linda Lyon Turner ’65 has given of her time, talent and only reached their financial goal for the class gift, but they also
funds to both current students – through her endowed scholar- exceeded it, and were able to present President Pauly with a check
ship – and to past students, the Class of ’65, which celebrated for $148,390 at the Reunion Luncheon. This included multi-year
a landmark reunion in 2010. pledges, gifts to any fund or scholarship, endowments, etc. as well as
In early September 2009, Babs Reideler, Jean Olive the Annual Fund.
Stubbs, Daphne Clark, Julia Miley and Turner – all members And the class didn’t stop at the Reunion Weekend but kept the
of the Class of 1965 – got together to plan their 45th reunion. enthusiasm going until the fiscal year ended on June 30, when they
Turner as class president and Reidler as giving chair created a posted a 62 percent class participation rate.
timeline for their team’s financial goals as well as a colorful class Another way in which Turner has personally supported her alma
invitation to be sent to classmates, in addition to the packet of mater is through the Elizabeth Reeves Lyon Arts Management Fund,
materials provided by Salem’s Alumnae Office. which she set up in 1986. This award was established to encourage a
The reunion giving goal they set was pretty daunting: Salem student who is interested in pursuing a career in management
$100,000 for the class’s 45th reunion Class Gift. of the arts.
Turner says, “Babs was masterful and relentless in her Turner says, “I set this up to honor my mother, a noted N.C.
pursuit of a seasoned team to help her call and contact all class artist and teacher, who encouraged me to use my business skills in
members prior to November 1, 2009. She did a wonderful job pursuing an art consulting career which I enjoyed for 25 years.”
calling and following up with classmates and her team.” She also honored her mother by naming her former Winston-
It also helped that the class members had been close when Salem Gallery ERL Originals (using her mother’s initials). A special
they were in school, and were so enthusiastic about coming partnership, she says, was working with Salem and Professor Doug
back to the Reunion. According to Turner, “We all wanted Borwick, head of the arts management program, to mentor Salem art
to see each other to renew our friendships. We had a great students for rotations in her gallery.

40 • M a g a z i n e 2010
Trustees Support
Academy and College Dreams
Among the gifts and Purchase of two GPS systems for the
commitments (which Academy
are above and beyond Funding for free evening stress-reduction
the Board's gifts to the classes for College students
annual fund) are these, all Funds for a College tutoring program in
benefiting some aspect of mathematics and science
College and/or Academy Funding for Jan Term international
life: internships
2009-2010 Board of Trustees with President Susan E. Pauly Funding Academy A trustee challenge grant that provides a
During summer 2010, President faculty leading workshops and sharing $500 match for every trustee gift of $500
Susan E. Pauly worked on a project she their teaching expertise or more
called "15 for 15," asking trustees to give Funding to support new required Academy faculty development recognizing
her 15 minutes of their time so that she service-learning courses at the College, outstanding teaching
could share with them 15 dreams for including a January travel course Purchase staff equipment for the Academy
Salem. Funding for new faculty/student The Academy advisor/advisee fund
The results of those requests are still summer research grants that provide Gifts to launch the new historic
coming in, but so far the response has financial stipends to the College faculty preservation certificate program
been extraordinary. and student researchers in the fall

Annu a l F und N e ws
Your Gift Changes the World for
Deserving Salem College Students
Gifts from alumnae, students, influence in your education. It is an ideal are supportive of its mission.
parents and friends to the Salem Annual way to celebrate a personal milestone such The Annual Fund continues
Fund support scholarships, campus as a child or grandchild’s birth, honor a to support academic excellence,
improvements, faculty resources and other fellow classmate, or acknowledge a key beloved traditions and unlimited
student-centered initiatives that are not event in your own life. A gift may also be opportunities for students. As one
covered by tuition alone. These generous made in remembrance of a special person of our Salem alumnae said, “After
contributions allowed Salem Academy and in your life. These gifts are listed in the becoming a Salem woman, you see
College to reach its fiscal year 2009-2010 annual Honor Roll of Donors (see insert). the world with different eyes and the
Annual Fund goal. Salem College alumnae Gifts of any amount can help raise possibilities in all things.”
giving was 87 percent of total Annual the participation percentages that are Thank you for changing the
Fund gifts to the College. so important when foundations and world for deserving Salem College
A gift to the Annual Fund is a perfect businesses consider supporting Salem. students!
way to pay tribute to family, friends These organizations want to know that the
or faculty members who had a strong people most involved with the institution

S a l e m C o l l e g e • 41
S�otli��t on
l e a d e rsh i p
Leadership Institute in Nashville
A group of faculty and staff attended especially those who are historically under- effort to make our campus more inclusive.
the Greater Expectations Institute on served. The taskforce will focus on enhancing the
Leadership to Make Excellence Inclusive, Members of the Salem team were Dr. comprehensive first year experience.”
sponsored by the Association of American Gary Ljungquist, director of Salem Signa- Ljungquist commented, “Nationally
Colleges and Universities (AACU). Salem ture; Dr. Jo Dulan, director of the College known experts provided guidance and
is one of 20 institutions of higher learning Honors program; Heidi Echols Godfrey, feedback as we created an action plan for
invited to participate. director of the Center for Teaching excel- the first-year experience.”
During the five-day institute, which lence and Innovation; Krispin Barr, dean The AACU is the leading national
was held at Vanderbilt University from of students; and Dr. Robin Loflin Smith, association concerned with the quality,
June 15-19, Salem’s team focused on the dean of undergraduate studies. vitality and public standing of undergradu-
Salem Signature general education pro- As a result of the institute, the group ate liberal education.
gram and the ways in which that program is forming a task force on inclusive excel-
increases the inclusion, engagement and lence at Salem College. According to
high achievement of all Salem students, Godfrey, “Our project is part of a larger

Pat Rather Retreat

The Pat Rather Leadership Retreat is held annually and brings together Salem's Alumnae Board and student leaders for two days of
sharing and planning for the year ahead. This year's retreat was held on Salem's campus and included a spirited scavenger hunt (photo
above left)! Alumnae Board member Joanne Winecoff Wells C'88 comments, "This is a wonderful opportunity for Salem women across
several generations to discuss ideas and bond over our Salem sisterhood." The retreat is named in honor of Pat Greene Rather C'57 and
funded by her husband Dan Rather of Atlanta.

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Leadership Connection Program at Salem

Among the Salem students chosen to be part of the Salem Leadership Connection were (front) Saidy Garcia C'13,
Ana-Alicia Farrar C'12 , Britney Lowery C'13; (back) Christina Johnson C'13 and Faith Thomas C'12.

This past spring, Salem College received a grant in the Krispin Barr, dean of students at Salem, said the benefits for
amount of $14,730 from a federally-funded college access both Salem students and the young people with whom they
grant administered by North Carolina Independent Colleges & interacted were very positive. “This program provided yet another
Universities (NCICU) for an innovative program entitled the opportunity for Salem women to enhance their own leadership
Salem Leadership Connection. skills and learn new ways of communicating,” she said.
Salem Leadership Connection provided first-generation The Salem Leadership Connection was designed by the Dean
and low-income girls in the Triad, as well as girls from diverse of Students’ Office, the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid
types of backgrounds, with information that would compel and the Office of Undergraduate Education at Salem, and was
them to consider attending college because the presenters were facilitated by Esther Gonzalez, Salem’s director of career develop-
young women close to them in age and from similar diverse ment, internships and international student services.
backgrounds. Salem students, faculty and staff were also involved in the
Anthony Locklear, director of College Access programs spring on-campus leadership training program, which featured
at NCICU, said 18 private colleges and universities in the Ronda Zelezny-Green C’05 as the keynote speaker. She is coordi-
state out of 22 who applied received the funding; Salem was nator of multicultural services and youth leadership programs at
the only institution in Winston-Salem to receive a grant. The Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, MA.
funds were distributed to independent colleges to help build a While the grant funded the Salem Leadership Connection
network throughout the state of ways to improve college access only through spring 2010 – providing a graduate assistant for the
for key groups, he added. program, food and lodging for the overnight retreat, materials and
Salem’s program operated during spring semester 2010 both a stipend for the facilitators – Gonzalez says that plans are already
on- and off-campus. Sixteen students at Salem were trained as underway to continue the Connection program during the aca-
facilitators; they visited 16 girls’ organizations in the area and demic year 2010-2011. Salem representatives also presented the
helped organize a leadership training workshop on campus in program at a statewide conference in September.
the spring.

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Salem Produces Leaders

Laila Muhammad C'03, Currently Morning and Noon Anchor at WTKR News Channel, Norfolk VA.

W e frequently talk about while at Salem College, and is serving her
how women’s colleges second term on the City Council.

– and particularly Salem Leight retired from Wake Forest
University Baptist Medical Center Bow-
– develop future leaders. We
man Gray School of Medicine and has
decided to check in on some
been a member of the Winston-Salem City
of our alumnae to see how the
Council since 2005. Among her com-
leadership skills they gained
munity/civic involvements: vice chair of
at Salem have helped them in the City Council’s finance committee and
their adult lives. We were truly the community development/ housing/
inspired by what they had to Molly Leight C’67 general government committee; Member
say! Here are excerpts from Member, Winston-Salem City Council of the Emergency Management Advisory
their personal stories. Leight earned a bachelor’s degree in biology Board; Member and Past President of the

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Winston-Salem Neighborhood Alliance; and work in medicine. In fact, when Salem coral reef ecology research. I was honored
Board member Rebuilding Together of first contacted me, I had already made the to be a part of the mission in June and
Forsyth County; Chairman of Old Salem final cut at Harvard and Georgetown, a thank Salem for supporting my dream to
Landscape Restoration Committee; and first for my high school. But Salem won become a marine biologist.
past member of Steering Committee of me over. I felt most supported by Salem
Operation Impact. and even my guidance counselor recog-
I believe that being a student at Salem nized Salem was a great fit for me.
with women in all the leadership roles … At Salem students are really
gave us not only a “can do” but a “will encouraged to get involved on campus, so
do” model. Of course, it helped to be a I knew I’d have a chance to stand out. In
member of the class of ‘67, one of the addition to being class president and Fall
most creative and confident classes ever to Fest chair and taking a full course load, I
attend Salem. pursued a nursing assistant certification off
I am in politics but am not a politi- campus. Through my clinical experiences
cian! I prefer to call myself an advocate I decided the medical career I had planned
for individual rights and for the collective for so long was not really how I wanted to
good of people. Perhaps what we need to spend my life. Janet L. “Lucy” Rose C’76
learn during college and beyond is that our …For January Term of 2002, I President, Lucy Rose and Associates LLC,
strength comes from working together and became intrigued by a marine biology Roseland, VA
not from grasping for personal power. program Salem was offering in Barbados. Rose earned a B.S. degree in biology from
Having already invested so much person- Salem College and an MBA from Averett
ally and financially in the MCAT and College.In addition, she graduated from the
medical school applications, I was at a Wake Forest University Physician Assistant
loss on how to fund the Barbados trip. I Program as a board-certified Physician As-
met with the president of Salem and was sistant.
able to get a scholarship so I could go. I chose Salem because it was a
That January Term ignited my passion for women’s college and because I believed a
marine biology. women’s college experience could help me
… In June of this year, I was asked to develop leadership skills. I jumped imme-
join an Aquarius mission (http://aquarius. diately into leadership opportunities when to continue my research on I was elected freshman class president.
a coral-eating organism, the fireworm. I …Salem not only supported your
Staci Lewis C’02 actually first studied the fireworm during voice, but also gave you a community in
Policy analyst at the Consortium for January Term in Barbados. Salem al- which to develop the full richness of it
Ocean Leadership, Washington, D.C. lowed me to pursue this research project --- to make change, to dictate movement,
Lewis earned her bachelor’s degree in biology throughout my senior year. Two years after to challenge ‘but this is how we’ve always
from Salem and minored in chemistry. She I graduated, I received a Fulbright Fellow- done it’ thoughts. … Most important, (we
received a master of science degree in envi- ship to continue the research I started at had) daily opportunities to listen, to learn
ronmental science and policy in 2009 from Salem. After the Fulbright experience, I from faculty mentors (many of whom were
George Mason University. continued my research on the fireworm in women), opportunities to mentor younger
Before I chose Salem College, I had graduate school. That January Term proj- women students and help them grow. To
planned to attend an Ivy League school ect has turned into a life-long pursuit of flourish in a safe environment (and learn

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how to create one) and make mistakes Schreane’s degree from Salem is in commu- love for communications and finance,
while learning. To know you can create nication and business administration. She allows me to have tremendous opportu-
any vision at all, and if you have the went on to earn a master of arts degree from nities in my career and personal life, in-
perseverance to do it, and can energize New York Universisty in 2000 in journal- cluding writing guest financial columns
friends around you to buy into the vi- ism and French studies. for Latina and Essence magazines and
sion, can make it happen. I learned leadership by example from being a speaker and honoree at the 2010
… I am 100 percent certain that my parents and I chose Salem because I Dress for Success “Woman of Power”
my Salem experience was critical in wanted to be surrounded by others who event.
any success I may have had in life, both were inspired to wear success well and
personally and as a leader. Salem, like be strong leaders – ones who made a
many other colleges today, is focusing difference. Salem has a diverse popula-
upon leadership training and special tion and we are all linked by our zeal,
programs for young women. … I think curiosity and desire to constantly improve
young leaders need a global focus. They ourselves and our world. It is intellectu-
need to spend time abroad understanding ally rigorous!
our world beyond what they see and hear One of the most inspiring op-
in the press. They need to understand portunities for me was the professional
people and needs around our world. mentor I had through a Salem leadership
… Leadership is also about people. program. I developed a personal and
It is really important to stay in touch professional relationship with her that
with people, not just through social continues to this day. Her words and Susan Lundeen Smith C’72
media – to really get to know those you example taught me that being a leader is Vice President, SmithBarney Atlanta,
work with and want to lead. You can’t so much more than what you do in your Consulting Group; Financial Advisor,
inspire people to follow unless you create profession. Financial Planning Specialist
trust, show you care …I really believe in Through the Salem Signature I Smith received her bachelor’s degree in his-
networking and supporting other leaders. began to develop my personal brand of tory and English.
volunteerism when Salem helped me de- During our time at Salem, the
sign my own community service program sophomore class was in charge of the
in a local nursing home. Christmas Banquet. I was asked to be in
I came to Salem with a skill and pas- charge of it, and I’d never been in charge
sion for writing and communications. I of anything. My feelings were hurt when
left knowing how to develop transferable my roommate and best friend did not
skills that would springboard me into offer to help me and then she left to go
new areas and empower my ultimate goal home early and did not even stay for my
– to make a lasting difference. big event. The early part of the second
I went on from Salem to receive my semester was a bit tense in our room. At
master’s at NYU and worked in senior some point, some small event set off an
marketing positions for large Wall Street argument that ended with bigger accusa-
Keesa Schreane C’97 firms. For several years I have volunteered tions, like me saying, “You did not offer
Vice president of global markets, equi- providing financial literacy and empower- to help me and you did not stay for what
ties and structured products marketing ment strategies to lower-income families. was really a big deal to me.” Then she
Bank of America Merrill Lynch Following this passion, along with my responded in an equally distressed fash-

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ion, “You did not even ask me to help where I am today. … The self confidence enough to participate in three intern-
on the Christmas Banquet.” Well, that and leadership skills that I started to ships during her Jan Terms. She worked
argument cleared the air and ended with develop at Salem prepared me for the at CBS in New York City on the Sunday
both of us in tears and happy to get our ever changing real world, whether I was Morning Show, at Pink magazine and
best friend back. So, from this, I learned working on a business plan or a commu- at the Atlanta Business Chronicle. With
that it is a leader’s responsibility to reach nity service project. this in mind, I would also encourage all
out for help and to encourage people to …However, I now feel that what alumnae to look hard at the company
get involved. I have never forgotten that Salem did for me in 1972 pales in com- you work for AND also take a hard look
lesson. parison to what Salem did for my daugh- at any community project or organiza-
… There is absolutely no question in ter who graduated in 2008. Probably the tion you are involved with. Could the
my mind that the women’s college experi- biggest contribution to my daughter’s company or civic organization use help
ence helped me to see myself as a leader, development was her “connections” on a project during January?
and that gave me the self confidence to with her professors and her internship
take the numerous steps that led me to experiences. Susan Jr. (C’08) was lucky

Christin Barnhardt C-02, Currently Director of Music Ministries at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church in Winston-Salem, NC.

S a l e m C o l l e g e • 47
Salem Launches I doubt that I would have excelled as
much as I did in the area of leadership.

Women’s … I believe that young women
today need to be excellent listeners, be
Leadership able to work well in teams, have patience,
and be open-minded. As globalization
Program with continues to unite all corners of the

Key Funding globe, young women will come into con-
tact with people who are very different

from BB&T Ronda Zelezny-Green C’05
than themselves. Being able to listen to
the thoughts and opinions of others and
Salem launched its new Women's
Coordinator of multicultural services and to work collaboratively with these people
Leadership Program in the fall of 2010.
youth leadership programs, Pine Manor when necessary is of the utmost impor-
Branch Banking & Trust (BB&T) is
College. tance. Patience is more than a virtue - it
the lead sponsor of this initiative, provid-
Zelezny-Green graduated from Salem with can mean the difference between getting
ing $250,000 over the next five years to
a bachelor of arts in Spanish and philosophy. a task done wonderfully and correctly
fund the program.
She is working on dual master degrees at the and merely doing enough to keep up
Initial components of the Women’s
Univ. of Mass. Boston, one in instructional appearances. The American tendency to
Leadership Program will include an annual
design and one in applied linguistics. rush at work and get results has always
retreat for each class focusing on leader-
Attending Salem College was literally proved disastrous (e.g. the Deepwater
ship skills, as well as activities throughout
the start of my leadership journey. Al- Horizon Gulf of Mexico disaster) and in
the year related to women’s leadership.
though I had been a member of a number this era of working with people from a
In addition, a company specializing in
of clubs in high school, I held no leader- variety of cultures where time is not al-
leadership training will provide annual
ship positions. During my time at Salem ways a pressing concern, slow and steady
workshops for students that focus on key
I was the president of two organizations, will win the proverbial race.
leadership components such as negotiating
vice president of one organization, and the … Young women should never be
skills, team-building and growing com-
social chair for another organization! afraid to ask for help when they need it!
munity through understanding cultural
… I participated in the Salem Wom- Far too often it seems that people, espe-
en’s Leadership Connection and was able cially Americans, take on more respon-
“This gift inaugurates our formal
to attend leadership workshops and meet sibilities than what they can reasonably
Women’s Leadership Program, the core
with women leaders from all backgrounds. handle alone. It is seen as being weak
component of our vision for a holistic
Salem helped me become confident in to ask for help but grappling with the
wellness program at Salem,” said President
leading others by working collaboratively burden of a lot of work alone really only
Susan E. Pauly. “We are extremely grateful
and made me believe in my capability to makes one weaker in the end by draining
to BB&T for believing in the vision and
inspire others. Through my leadership ef- energy and usurping their time. Col-
making it possible to launch a program
forts with others I was even able to bring a laboration is my secret to success in the
that will enrich our students’ experience
presidential candidate to speak on campus. field of leadership and the recipe works
while they are at Salem and throughout
This experience with leadership was the wonders every time!
their careers.”
most important gift I took away from my
time at Salem. Had I gone to a larger or
even a co-educational college or university,

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Cultural Events Spring 2011

Salem College is proud of its roster of annual cultural FeBRUARy 15 AND 16: Women and Publishing Symposium,
events open to the public. most are free; all are thought- Co-sponsored by Center for Women Writers and Wake
provoking and/or enjoyable, inspiring, informational and Forest University
timely! FeBRUARy 18: opening Receptions for Scott Sanders’
To be placed on the email list for information on future Photography and the Between Time & Space exhibitions
events, please contact Also, check the mARCH 10-12: Salem Pierrettes Present
website and Facebook frequently for updates. The Drowsy Chaperone
Here are just a few of the events planned for winter/spring mARCH 30: Writer and Salem Alumna marianne Buie
2011: gingher C’69
JANUARy 21-24: Alban elvéd Dance Company residency APRIl 1: lister-Sink and Friends Play liszt and Friends
and performances mAy 3: Celebrating Salem Writers
FeBRUARy 4: ScottCares Foundation Step Program mAy 10: Spring Dance Concert
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Winston-Salem, NC

601 South Church Street
Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27101

The circa 1857-1864 Wood & Perot cast iron fountain located
behind Main Hall has been restored and is once again operational.
The refurbishment was undertaken by Salem’s physical plant employ-
ees and accomplished with funds from an upper pleasure grounds
endowment. Over the past 150 years this fountain has gone through
numerous transformations. Today, this fountain and beautiful land-
scape is again the source of pleasure to our community and friends.