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March 2014 Alumni Newsletter

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March 2014 Issue
Message from the President
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Tuesday, April 1 is the College’s annual observance of Founder’s Day. I’m looking forward to this opportunity to recognize our founder, Daniel Christian Flory; to celebrate the rich history of the College; and to honor three of our distinguished faculty during the convocation. This year Dr. Charles Fleis, associate professor of world languages, will receive the Martha B. Thornton Faculty Recognition Award, Dr. Melissa Hoover, associate professor of mathematics, will receive the Ben and Janice Wade Outstanding Teaching Award, and Prof. Nan Covert, associate professor of art, will receive the Faculty Scholarship Award.

Please watch your email on April 1 (not an April Fool’s joke, I promise!) for a special message from the College celebrating our heritage, and most of all, you, our alumni and friends who have made Bridgewater the special place it is today.

With best regards,

David W. Bushman, Ph.D.

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Upcoming Welcome Events:

Join alumni and friends in meeting Bridgewater’s president, Dr. David Bushman.

Inauguration Week Events

Highlights include:

  • Monday, April 7, 7:30 p.m., Carter Center
    “Scientific Inquiry to Seek and Protect Truth: From Ancient to Modern Times” (Truth)
    Dr. Krishna Kodukula, executive director and site head for SRI Shenandoah Valley and College trustee
  • Tuesday, April 8, 7:30 p.m., Carter Center
    “Presidential Inauguration Campus Worship Service” (Goodness)
    The Rev. Jeff Carr, Bridgewater Church of the Brethren senior pastor, and the Rev. Dr. Robbie Miller, College chaplain
  • Wednesday, April 9, 7:30 p.m., Carter Center
    “Harmonic Beauty Concert” (Beauty)
    Featuring the Bridgewater College jazz ensemble and chorale, as well as a variety of small instrumental and vocal groups
  • Friday, April 11, 10:30 a.m., Campus Mall
    Installation ceremony for Dr. David W. Bushman, the College’s ninth president. Luncheon to follow.

Alumni Weekend
April 11-13
A weekend of fun includes reunion celebrations, a theatre performance, campus tours, athletic events and the inauguration of Dr. David W. Bushman as the ninth president of Bridgewater College. Classes in reunion include 1939, 1944, 1949, 1954, 1959 and 1964. On Friday, the class of 1964 will mark its 50-year reunion and be inducted into the Ripples Society, and on Saturday, we will recognize our alumni award recipients.

Dedication of Mapp Tennis Courts
Sunday, April 13, 1:15 p.m., reception to follow
BC will celebrate one of its finest coaching legends, Laura Mapp, with the dedication of the Mapp Tennis Courts prior to the Eagles’ women’s tennis match

Career Exploration Day
Tuesday, April 22, 9 a.m.-noon
We need you! Bridgewater College invites you to be our special guest at Career Exploration Day 2014. This exciting event brings alumni and students together to talk about transitioning from college to career. We are looking for alumni who will share experiences, advice, and expertise with students who are eager to learn from you!

Please help make Career Exploration Day a success. To participate, please contact Sherry Talbott, director of career services, at or 540-828-5369.

Spring Concert Choir and Chorale Schedule
Friday, April 25, 7 p.m.
Concert at Manassas Church of the Brethren, Manassas, Va.

Saturday, April 26, 7 p.m.
Concert at Frederick Church of the Brethren, Frederick, Md.

Sunday, April 27, 8:15 a.m., 9:45 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
Bridgewater choirs sing for services at Frederick Church of the Brethren, Frederick, Md.

For more information on alumni and friends events, please visit

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Well of Hope International Community Service Project
Please join us in supporting a special community service project to benefit Well of Hope International, in honor of the inauguration of Dr. David W. Bushman and as part of the events celebrating the College’s ideals.

Well of Hope International (WOHI) is a grassroots, non-governmental organization focused on ministering to the needs of widows and orphans in Kiserian area, Kajiado County, just south of Nairobi, Kenya, East Africa. During the spring semester, the BC community is collecting 5,000 pairs of shoes for the Well of Hope Shoe Project, as well as $2,500 to go towards purchasing a shipping container to send the shoes to Kenya.

For more information on how you can get involved, please contact Whitney Smith at or 540-828-5325.

Award-Winning Children's Author to Speak on March 26
Award-winning children’s author Kathryn Erskine will present the inaugural Alison Yowell Pazmino Endowed Lecture at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 26, in Cole Hall at Bridgewater College.

Global Director of Sports Marketing for Gillette Company to Speak March 27
Gregory L. Via – a 1979 Bridgewater College graduate who has been the global director of sports marketing for the Gillette Company since 2007 – will headline the college’s Scott Symposium on Business Ethics March 27. Via will speak on “Business Ethics: It’s Personal,” at 7:30 p.m. in Cole Hall on the college’s campus. The symposium is free and open to the public.

Matthew Wampler Excels in USCSA Championships
Matthew Wampler, a sophomore at Bridgewater College, placed fifth in the Men’s Ski Freestyle -Slopestyle event at the 36th annual United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) National Championships at Lake Placid, N.Y., March 9 -15. As a result of his top-five finish, Wampler was named to the 2014 USCSA All-American first team and was selected to the 2014 USCSA Scholar All-American first team. 

Bridgewater College Institutes Composting Pilot Program
As food composting programs spread throughout the United States, Bridgewater College is moving forward with plans to enhance its sustainability efforts and environmental stewardship. The college recently implemented a composting pilot program for all of the food waste from its dining hall.

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Eagles Announce 2014 Football Schedule
The first night games in program history highlight the 2014 schedule for the Bridgewater Eagles football team in head coach Michael Clark's 20th season at the helm of the program.

Women’s Tennis: Gordon Earns Conference Player of the Week Honor

Larsen Named ODAC Men’s Tennis Player of the Week

Softball: Amanda Lutz Pitches Perfect Game

Track and Field: Stevens and Flynn Earn Regional Coaching Recognition

Baseball: Corbin Named ODAC Pitcher of the Week

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