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November 2013 Alumni Newsletter

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November 2013 Issue
Message from the President
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I have some very good news to share with you this month. Following an extensive national search, Dr. Maureen Silva has accepted our offer to join Bridgewater College as Vice President for Institutional Advancement. I am excited to have Maureen join our leadership team and know that she will quickly make great strides in fundraising for BC.

This was a very thorough search process with a deep pool of qualified candidates that began last August. A search committee composed of three senior staff, a faculty member, a student and two trustees narrowed this field first to nine and then, following a round of face-to-face interviews, to four. These four finalists each came to campus for a full day of interviews with representatives of all campus constituencies, including alumni.

Dr. Silva comes to us from St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM), where she currently serves as Vice President for Advancement and Executive Director of the SMCM Foundation. During her three years at SMCM, she has increased annual commitments from $1.2 million to $3.8 million, helped realize a 30% increase in the college’s endowment, and created numerous new relationships with alumni and community members and businesses.

Prior to joining SMCM, Dr. Silva served as Associate Vice Chancellor and Campaign Director at the University of Denver and Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Colorado School of Mines. Dr. Silva has a Ph.D. in higher education organization and governance from the University of Denver, and a master’s of nonprofit management from Regis University.

Dr. Silva will assume her new position at BC on February 1, 2014. I am confident we have selected an advancement leader who can help us set the College on a path to substantial fundraising success.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

David W. Bushman, Ph.D.

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Upcoming Welcome Events for Dr. Bushman:

Christmas Open House (Richmond area)
Friday, December 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m., home of Norm and Mary Sulser (Mechanicsville, Va.)
Season's greetings! Reunite with friends and spread the holiday cheer at the Christmas open house for BC alumni and friends in the Richmond area.

Call for Alumni Award Nominations
The Distinguished Alumnus/a Award, the Young Alumnus/a Award, the West-Whitelow Award for Humanitarian Service, the Ripples Medals and the Phillip C. Stone Exemplary Service Award are awarded annually to deserving alumni. Submit your nomination online.

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Christmas Ornament
Add BC spirit to your Christmas tree this year with this beautiful pewter ornament. Proceeds from the sale go to the BC Alumni Association Scholarship Fund. Purchase the ornament online or stop by the alumni relations office at 303 E. College St. in Bridgewater to pick yours up today!

Children’s Christmas Book for Sale
Sarah, A Christmas Story, written by Thomas Coffman ’54, is a children’s Christmas story from the donkey’s perspective. You can purchase the book for $10 by calling the alumni relations office at 540-828-5451. Proceeds support the BC Alumni Association Scholarship.

Organ and Piano Concerts
Anne Frysinger Shifflet ’54 and Mary Alice Ankrum Bowman will perform two organ/piano concerts, on December 1 at the Bethlehem Church of the Brethren in Boonesmill, Va., at 3 p.m., and on December 11 at Strite Auditorium at the Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community in Harrisonburg, Va., at 2 p.m.

Peace Activist and Christian Author Shane Claiborne Speaks at BC
Peace activist and author Shane Claiborne highlighted grace during BC’s Fall Spiritual Focus convocation, held in the Carter Center for Music and Worship, Monday, Nov. 5.

Bridgewater Seniors Seek Entrepreneurial Projects in Harrisonburg-Rockingham County
Twenty seniors in an entrepreneurship course want to form working partnerships with five Harrisonburg and Rockingham County small businesses or non-profits for the spring 2014 semester.

Naomi Falk to Exhibit Installation Work Nov. 11 - Dec. 18
Naomi J. Falk, a visiting assistant professor at The College of William and Mary, will exhibit “Swallow(ed)” in the Cleo Driver Miller Art Gallery Nov. 11 – Dec. 18, at Bridgewater College.

Nontombi Naomi Tutu Emphasizes Apartheid’s Lessons to BC Students
On Oct. 21 in Cole Hall, Nontombi Naomi Tutu, peace activist and daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, shared her stories about South Africa’s exodus from apartheid.

Real-Life Subject of The Blind Side Relates Her Family’s Experience
Collins Tuohy, adoptive sister of Michael Oher, gave an honest account of her family’s experiences as depicted in the Hollywood blockbuster, The Blind Side, to students on Oct. 17 in Cole Hall.

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Bridgewater College Hall of Famer Amy Rafalski Hamilton Featured on After Running the New York Marathon

Cross Country Ringing the Bell! (Facebook photos)
The men’s and women’s cross country teams celebrate their respective titles by ringing the Memorial Hall bell!

Men’s Cross Country: Men Hoist Program’s First ODAC Title; Flynn Named Coach of the Year

Women’s Cross Country: Women Claim League Title; Kubisiak Named Runner of the Year

Cox’s Corner: Teamwork Key to Championship Runs

Volleyball: Grimes, Hogan, Kallam and Long Earn All-ODAC Honors

Football: Douglass Earns Spot on Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team

Equestrian: Bridgewater Rides to Second-Place Finish at BCEC

Women’s Basketball: New Look Eagles Looking Forward to Upcoming Season

View the Nininger Hall construction project!(live cam)

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