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July 2014 Issue
Message from the President
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The summer is speeding by, with all of us busily preparing to welcome students back to campus in a few short weeks. In fact, by the time you receive your next Eagle Eye, we’ll be in the midst of Welcome Week, getting freshmen acclimated to life on campus! I can’t wait for our students’ return and the academic year ahead – and I’m not alone! We’re putting the finishing touches on Nininger Hall, prepping for the roll-out of a new general education curriculum this fall semester, laying groundwork to increase undergraduate research opportunities, and so much more. Many of us are also trying to fit in a vacation this summer before students return! And if you’re interested in an experience that promises to be both vacation and education, I hope you’ll join Suzanne and me as we travel to South Africa with Dr. Jamie Frueh in the spring of 2015. More information and a webpage link are in this newsletter - we’d love to share the experience with you!

With best regards,

David W. Bushman, Ph.D.

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Alumni Choir Concert
Sunday, August 17, 3 p.m., Bridgewater Church of the Brethren
Come see the biggest alumni choir yet, featuring 39 BC alumni and seven alumni conductors, under the leadership of Professor Emeritus Jesse Hopkins.

Eagles We-Haul
Friday, August 22, 8 a.m.-noon
Join us in providing a warm welcome and some move-in muscle power for the Bridgewater College class of 2018. Let’s help new students and their parents get all their stuff moved into the residence halls! Volunteers will receive a complimentary ticket for lunch and a t-shirt.

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BC Alumni Abroad
Discover: South Africa
Whether it was a few decades ago, or just a few years, you likely haven’t forgotten all that was great about your Bridgewater education. You learned in a community of your peers, led by passionate faculty scholars. You learned by doing. You learned that education doesn’t stop on graduation day. It’s lifelong. It’s hands on. It’s shared. Join us to continue your education the BC way.

Make plans now to join your fellow BC alumni and President and Mrs. Bushman on a tour of South Africa, led by the expertise of Dr. Jamie Frueh, chair of the department of history and political science.

For more information on the South Africa trip in May 2015, take a look at the information on the BC website or contact Dr. Frueh at or 540-828-5764.

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Two Race Barrier-Breaking Athletes Meet at Bridgewater
Darryl Hill, who broke the race barrier in the Atlantic Coast Conference in the early 1960s, and Carlyle Whitelow, who did the same thing in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference in the mid-1950s, met Thursday at Bridgewater College to discuss their careers and the challenges they faced as black men in an all-white athletic world.

From the Spring/Summer Bridgewater Magazine:

BC Purchases Work by Art Major Holly Donahue
Work by Holly C. Donahue, an art major at Bridgewater College, has been purchased for the college’s permanent collection with the Paul M. and Betty Kline Student Art Purchase Award.

Malinda Britt Receives BC Community Service Award
Malinda Britt, a Bridgewater College senior, has received the Melissa D. Jett Community Service Award. The award, presented at the annual awards convocation, recognizes outstanding leadership in community service at Bridgewater College.

Three Scholar-Athletes Receive 2014 BC Athletic Awards
Bridgewater College recognized three outstanding senior athletes during the annual awards convocation. The Geisert Scholar-Athlete Awards were presented to Colleen Dickson and Zach Hosler, and Rebecca Reifsnider received the Harold and Carol Lehman Sportsmanship Award.

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Join the Eagle Club for 2014-15!
Show your Eagle pride! Support the team behind our teams by joining the Bridgewater College Eagle Club. Download the brochure and pay your membership online today.

Basketball: Thomas Earns Prestigious Victory Scholarship
Former Bridgewater College men's basketball player Ronnie Thomas will have the opportunity of a lifetime starting in August when he travels to Ireland to take part in the Victory Scholarship program through Sport Changes Life. Thomas is the organization's first Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) scholarship recipient. The award will allow the Roanoke, Va., native to pursue his passion in coaching and earn his master's.

McCall Named Head Softball Coach
For the first time in nearly a quarter-century, Bridgewater College will have a new head softball coach. Following a nationwide search, Bridgewater College Director of Athletics Curt Kendall has announced the hiring of Kim McCall as the Eagles' new head softball coach. 

Eagles Recognized on ODAC All-Academic Team
Bridgewater’s 143 selections to the All-Academic team was the second-highest total in the ODAC for the 2013-14 academic year.

Flynn Releases Women’s Cross Country Schedule

Six Eagles Tabbed to Academic All-State Squad

Men’s Lacrosse: Daniels and Hughes Lead American Team to Prague Cup Victory

Flynn Releases Men’s Cross Country Schedule

Football: Clark Announces Coaching Staff for 2014 Season

Eagles Announce 2014 Men’s Soccer Schedule

Volleyball: Eagles Set to Face Stiff Competition in 2014

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