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April 2014 Alumni Newsletter

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April 2014 Issue
Message from the President
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Spring has finally arrived at Bridgewater College! The changing of the season highlights not only the beauty of our campus, but also the approach of the celebrations that mark the conclusion of our academic year. Commencement exercises for the Class of 2014 are fast approaching, and this year we will feature Professor Emeritus Steve Watson as our baccalaureate speaker and the Rev. Dr. Jeff Carter ’92 as our commencement speaker. These two individuals represent well the core mission of Bridgewater College, and I’m sure our graduates will enjoy hearing them speak. But even as one class graduates, we are already forming the new class of students who will arrive next August. April featured two successful Spring Orientations, welcoming students who will make up the class of 2018. April also featured our annual celebration of Earth Day, featuring alumnus Dan Reed from Project Forward. This season of renewal gives us the chance to look forward to the future, renewing our care for the Earth and anticipating the future classes of BC Eagles. The end of the semester may be just around the corner, but even as we prepare to bid the class of 2014 a fond farewell, we’re already thinking about what’s next for Bridgewater College.

With best regards,

David W. Bushman, Ph.D.

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President of Bethany Theological Seminary to Deliver BC Commencement Address
The Rev. Dr. Jeffrey W. Carter ’92, president of Bethany Theological Seminary in Richmond, Ind., will provide the 2014 commencement address at Bridgewater College on Saturday, May 17, at 10 a.m.

Bridgewater College Art Majors and Minors Exhibit Senior Thesis Work
Bridgewater College art majors and minors will exhibit their works in a senior art thesis exhibition, “Floating Oranges,” on campus May 5 – May 17.

Dan Reed ’08 Delivers Earth Day Convocation
On April 22, Bridgewater College alumnus Dan Reed, class of 2008, returned to campus to give a special Earth Day message.

Two BC Seniors Present at Environment Virginia Symposium
Two Bridgewater College seniors – Darrin Sheffer and Heather Latham – presented an abstract paper at the 25th annual Environment Virginia Symposium at Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Va., April 8-10.

Five Alumni Honored During Alumni Weekend
Ripples Medals: James O. and Sylvia Kline Bowman, both ’57
Distinguished Alumnus Award: Douglas A. Allison ’85
Young Alumnus Award: Christian M. Saunders ’99
West-Whitelow Humanitarian Award: Bruce H. Elliott ’76

Kathryn Erskine is First Speaker in Pazmino Lecture Series
On March 26, author Kathryn Erskine came to speak at Bridgewater College. Erskine's talk was the inaugural lecture in the Alison Yowell Pazmino Memorial Fund series.

Author of The Monuments Men Speaks at BC
On March 19, Robert Edsel visited Bridgewater College to share his story with the campus community. Edsel is the author of several popular historical nonfiction books, including The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History, which was recently made into a film starring such notable actors as George Clooney, Bill Murray and Matt Damon.

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Baseball: Eagles Claim ODAC Championship with 6-5 Victory over Shenandoah
The Eagles claimed the 2014 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) baseball championship Sunday with a 6-5 victory over Shenandoah at City Stadium.
The ODAC title is the 14th in program history and the first since the 2010 season.

Men’s Track and Field Takes Second in ODAC Championships; Council Named Rookie of the Year

Women’s Track and Field Finishes Second in ODAC Championships; Kubisiak Named Athlete of the Meet

Baseball Dugout Dedication (photos)
On Saturday, April 19, Bridgewater College recognized a pair of lead donors in a dugout dedication ceremony prior to the second game against Lynchburg College.

Cox’s Corner: Love of the Game Leads to Internship with Washington Nationals
Working in professional baseball has been Brea Hinegardner’s goal, and she will begin that career path following graduation, as her love for the game has helped her land an internship in Major League Baseball with the Washington Nationals.

Donnie Fulk Retirement Celebration (photos)
Photos from the celebration recognizing Donnie Fulk for his 23 years of service to Bridgewater College and the softball team.

Bridgewater Baseball Special Olympics Day (photos)

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