September 2014 Eagle Eye Newsletter

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September 2014 Issue


Message from the President

Photo of President Bushman

It’s one of the best times of the year at Bridgewater College, not that there is ever a bad time! The students have settled in, and fall semester is in full swing. The trees on the Mall are even starting to display their BC spirit with crimson and gold leaves. There will soon be an even greater flurry of activity as we welcome families for Family Weekend, donors for the President’s Dinner, fans and alumni for Homecoming Weekend, and BC’s athletes from the past for the Hall of Fame Banquet—all just in the month of October!

It’s a testament to the many lives touched by the College. Thousands of people, from students to parents to the community, have been shaped by the tradition of excellence we foster here at BC. I’m honored to be part of such a community, and I look forward to seeing you at one or more of our events this fall!

With best regards,


David W. Bushman, Ph.D.


Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014
We look forward to welcoming you home to BC! The classes in reunion this fall are 2014, 2009, 2004, 1999, 1994, 1989, 1984, 1979, 1974 and 1969. Download a complete schedule of events and make plans to join us for the festivities!

Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet
Friday, Oct. 31, 6:30 p.m., Nininger Hall
Cost: $25 per person
Join us as Barry Davis '87, Dwight Denlinger '81, Teresa Cox Elia '83, Dan Rush '95 and Marion "Bo" Trumbo '74 are inducted into Bridgewater's Athletic Hall of Fame.

Football Tailgates
Saturday, Nov. 8, 11 a.m. tailgate/1 p.m. kickoff, Randolph-Macon College
Saturday, Nov. 15, bus trip and 11 a.m. tailgate/1 p.m. kickoff, Catholic University
Join BC alumni, parents, and friends for a pre-game tailgate, followed by the BC Eagles football game!

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 540-828-5764.

Bridgewater News

BC Art Faculty Exhibit Work at Court Square Gallery
Four members of the art department – Nan Covert, Michael Hough, Scott Jost and Eric Kniss – are exhibiting “Faculty Works: Recent Creative Projects by the Art Professors from Bridgewater College” in the hallway/breezeway in front of Court Square Theater. The theater, located in downtown Harrisonburg, Va., is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. The exhibition will run through Dec. 15 and is free and open to the public.

Photo of ELF Vehicle

Bridgewater College Receives Gift of World’s Most Efficient Vehicle
The ELF (Electric, Light, Fun) vehicle is the latest effort by Bridgewater to increase its sustainability and reduce reliance on traditional, carbon-emission technology. The $6,000 ELF, which is made in the United States and has a load capacity of 150 pounds, was a gift from Alexandria, Va. residents Sean and Sharon O’Connell, 1985 and 1983 Bridgewater College alumni respectively.

Crossfire Co-Host Van Jones to Speak Oct. 6
Van Jones, co-host of CNN’s Crossfire, will speak on Monday, Oct. 6, at 7:30 p.m., in Cole Hall at Bridgewater College.

Two BC Students Awarded Durna Endowed Scholarship
Receiving this year’s Durna scholarship are junior Zachary J. Kues, an economics major and the son of George and Sharon Kues of Manchester, Md., and senior Kasey Memphis, a history and political science major and the daughter of Karen and Michael Memphis of Manchester, Md.

HeLa Genome Project Explored in Bridgewater College Event
David Lacks Jr. and Veronica Spencer of the Lacks family, featured in Rebecca Skloot’s bestseller, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, will speak on Thursday, Oct. 2, at 7:30 p.m. in Cole Hall at Bridgewater College. Henrietta Lacks’ cells, taken without her knowledge in 1951, went on to become the first immortal human cells ever grown in the laboratory and became an important tool in modern medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, in vitro fertilization and more.

Bridgewater Officially Dedicates Renovated Nininger Hall
Several years of planning and a year of construction culminated on Sept. 9 with the official dedication of a renovated and expanded Nininger Hall. Watch a video of the event on YouTube.

BC Focuses on Student Suicide Prevention with Backpack Display (Facebook photos)
A public exhibition of 1,100 backpacks – each commemorating one of the 1,100 college students who die by suicide in the United States each year – was on display at Bridgewater College Sept. 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the campus mall. The exhibition, titled “Send Silence Packing,” was developed by Active Minds Inc., a national organization dedicated to raising awareness of mental health issues among college students. The event was sponsored by the Mark Flora Memorial Fund.

Bridgewater College Named One of Best in Virginia

Bridgewater Eagles

Nininger Hall Facility Tour (YouTube)

Equestrian: Bridgewater Riders Tie for Third at Randolph IHSA Show

Women’s Golfers Claim Stevenson Fall Invitational Title; Warring Claims Medalist Honors

Photos from BC’s First Home Football Game under the Lights (Facebook)

Football: BC’s Army Vet Adds Maturity

Women’s Soccer Ranked in South Atlantic Region Poll

Ferrufino Earns ODAC Field Hockey Player of the Week Honors

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