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BC to Honor Five Alumni During Alumni Weekend April 20-22


Five Bridgewater College alumni will be honored as part of the college's annual Alumni Weekend celebration April 20-22.

At the annual banquet of the Ripples Society on April 20, Dr. J. Paul Wampler, class of 1954, and Doris Cline Egge, class of 1946, will receive the 2012 Ripples Society Medals. The Ripples Society comprises alumni who graduated from the college 50 or more years ago, and the class of 1962 will be inducted into the Society that evening.

At the Alumni Awards ceremony on April 21, the Distinguished Alumna Award will be presented to Dr. Elizabeth Mumper, class of 1976. The Young Alumna Award will be presented to Emila J. Sutton, class of 2002, and the West-Whitelow Humanitarian Award will be presented to Dr. Kenneth M. Heatwole, class of 1979.

Dr. J. Paul Wampler, '54

Dr. J. Paul Wampler grew up in Bassett, Va., and graduated from Bridgewater in 1954. He earned his M.D. in 1958 from the Medical College of Virginia (MCV) and, in 1963, completed his surgical internship and residency at MCV. Wampler moved to Manassas, Va., to begin his medical practice.

Wampler, who is now retired, has been involved in a variety of professional associations as well as community services. His professional affiliations include the American College of Surgeons, American Board of Surgery, Prince William Medical Society, Virginia Medical Society, Alpha Omega Alpha Society and American Cancer Society.

Wampler's involvement with the Church of the Brethren has included service on the general board as well as standing committee of the Annual Conference. He has been district moderator and is currently a member of the board of trustees of Bethany Theological Seminary. His community activities have included membership of the board of directors of First Manassas Bank and Trust Company, of which he was a founder and organizer.

He has worked with the United Way and, since 1971, has devoted enormous amounts of time, energy and resources as a member of the Bridgewater College board of trustees.

Doris Cline Egge, '46

A native of Harrisonburg, Va., Doris Cline Egge is a retired educator and counselor. She began her career teaching at Weyers Cave High School and North River High School before becoming guidance counselor at William Fleming High School in Roanoke.

Egge, who earned her master's degree from the University of Virginia in 1965, also taught life planning and was career counselor in the Women's Center at Hollins College. She taught adjunct classes at Roanoke College and UVA and wrapped up her career as a psychotherapist in private practice for Mental Health Services.

Egge has been active in the community and the Church of the Brethren, having served on the Nursing Education Advisory Board for Virginia Western Community College; chaired the Clinical Pastoral Education Board of Community Hospital; and served as president of the honorary teaching society Delta Kappa Gamma. She also served as president of the Ripples Society.

Her work with the denominational Church of the Brethren includes serving on the standing committee and general board, chairing the General Services Commission and copy editing Brethren Thought and Life.

Egge has served as moderator, deacon, member of the choir and Dorcas Circle president for the Williamson Road Church of the Brethren. She has taught for nearly 60 years.

Egge was awarded Bridgewater College's Outstanding Service Award in 1998. She was also presented the first Leadership Award by the Hollins College Women's Center
Dr. Elizabeth A. Mumper, '76

Dr. Elizabeth A. Mumper is a board certified pediatrician who practices an integrative approach to medicine with both her general pediatric patients (at Advocates for Children) and her patients who have autism spectral disorders (at Advocates for Families) in Lynchburg, Va. In 2007 she founded The Rimland Center for Integrative Medicine to mentor clinicians who were interested in learning about the medical needs of children with developmental disorders.

Mumper, who graduated from Bridgewater College in 1976, attended the Medical College of Virginia, did residency training at the University of Massachusetts and the University of Virginia and was invited to serve as chief resident of pediatrics at UVA.

She spent five years in practice at F. Read Hopkins Pediatrics in Lynchburg and more than a decade as director of pediatric education at the Lynchburg Family Practice Residency Program. Mumper maintained a clinical faculty appointment UVA for 16 years and, for five years, was medical director of the Autism Research Institute where she was actively involved in clinician teaching and clinical research. She has lectured widely nationally and internationally about biochemistry, gastrointestinal pathology and immune dysregulation as they relate to children with developmental disorders, including autism.

Mumper, who has received many awards over the years, has written book chapters about allergy, immunology and behavioral and developmental pediatrics. During the past five years, she has conducted clinical research at The Rimland Center and published five peer-reviewed articles in the medical literature.
Emila J. Sutton, '02

Emila J. Sutton is a native of Staunton, Va., who graduated from Bridgewater College in 2002. Twice while attending Bridgewater she served internships in the Washington, D.C., office of Sen. Edward Kennedy. Following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Sutton spent her Interterm semester in Sen. Kennedy's main office opening mail and assisting the senator and his staff.

In addition to being chosen as a Marshall Undergraduate Scholar, being named in the 2002 edition of Who’s Who among College and University Students and earning memberships to the national honor societies Alpha Chi, Phi Theta Kappa and Phi Alpha Theta, while at Bridgewater Sutton founded the Bridgewater chapter of the Virginia Young Democrats and served as president. She also participated in recreational league tennis, volunteered as an English as a Second Language (ESL) tutor at Pleasant Valley Elementary School, wrote guest editorials for Veritas and was a member of Bridgewater Women United and the Pre-Law Society.

After graduation, Sutton attended James Madison University where she earned her master's degree in history. From 2006 to 2007 she volunteered with AmeriCorps VISTA in Tucson, Ariz., providing numerous asset-building services to low income households in Southern Arizona. 

In 2007 and 2008, Sutton worked as program director for Arizona Saves, a non-profit organization that provides financial education to low income families. She also served the United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona as the Earned Income Tax Credit program manager and the Strengthening Families program manager. In recognition of her work with low-income families, in 2007 and 2008, Sutton was conferred awards from the Office of the Governor of Arizona, the Mayor of Tucson, The United Way and the Internal Revenue Service.

Sutton went on to work as a policy associate for the IDA and Asset Building Collaborative of North Carolina in Raleigh, N.C., where her achievements included co-researching and co-writing the 2009 NC Assets Alliance report, A Prosperity Grid for North Carolina: Connecting Households and Communities to Economic Opportunity.

Sutton lives in Raleigh and is project specialist for the North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness.    

Dr. Kenneth M. Heatwole, '79

Dr. Kenneth M. Heatwole is a physician in the Mechanicsville (Va.) Medical Center. Since 1990 he has traveled on medical missions to Haiti for one or two week-long trips each year. Heatwole, who earned his medical degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, and his wife, Ginny, began medical mission work in 1987 when they embarked on a year-long mission to Taiwan. The couple became passionate about offering their medical skills and service to the poor and traveled to Haiti for the first time in 1990.

Heatwole has helped organize four teams of medical professionals from the Richmond Va., area who travel to Haiti about six times each year. The trips are spaced out every two to three months to maintain continuity of healthcare for the communities they serve. The teams visit rural communities, setting up clinics in outdoor venues. Heatwole and his travel companions distribute medical supplies and offer a variety of medical services.

Since 2006, Heatwole has worked with Midwives for Haiti, an organization that trains Haitian women in the skills of midwifery and places them in areas of need throughout the nation. The organization, based in Hinche, strives to reverse the dismal reality that approximately 75 percent of births in Haiti take place without assistance from skilled attendants.

He also is a consultant for Haiti's Kidz – a medical service organization based in the Episcopal Church – and a consultant for the Church of the Brethren medical initiative in Haiti.

In addition to his practice and missionary work, Heatwole is an associate clinical professor at the Medical College of Virginia and a volunteer medical student preceptor at the Crossover Clinic (for the uninsured) in Richmond, Va. He also volunteers with the Virginia state legislature clinic.

Heatwole is a member of the American Academy of Family Practice and the Richmond Academy of Medicine.


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