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Spring magazine 2021

‘One for the win’: Michael Clark’s legacy extends far beyond the football field

‘One for the win’: Michael Clark’s legacy extends far beyond the football field

Some of Michael Clark’s earliest memories revolve around football. His father, Joe, coached high school football, and 5-year-old Clark and his older brother, Joe D., would ride the team bus with their dad and his players to games. The Clark…

The Screamin’ Eagles are about to take flight

The Screamin’ Eagles are about to take flight

Picture this: Dozens of students, decked out in their crimson-and-gold best, taking the field in style with their instruments and flags in the Jopson Athletic Complex. The stands are full, and everyone’s eager to see the first football game of…

Vision for the Future

Vision for the Future

If you stand at the original entrance to the Bridgewater College campus—at the crossroads of Broad and Third streets—and look toward the campus mall, the view in front of you looks much like it did decades ago. But as you…

Bridging Differences: Dr. Manuela Gabriel

Bridging Differences: Dr. Manuela Gabriel

Dr. Manuela Gabriel describes herself as a “bridge-maker” since birth. The daughter of an Egyptian father and Italian mother, she learned from an early age to navigate between two very different cultures within her family and among friends. As Bridgewater’s…

Staying Connected During COVID

Staying Connected During COVID

In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, everyone was looking for ways to feel less isolated and to maintain connections with their loved ones. Zoom birthday parties and digital happy hours quickly became the norm, but for two groups…

Carrying on the Family Legacy: Ashley Smith ’85

Carrying on the Family Legacy: Ashley Smith ’85

When David Smith, a farmer from Midland, Va., started selling concrete cattleguards in 1960, he made his products in an outbuilding on his property, known as Smithland Farm. More than a half-century later, his oldest grandson, Ashley Smith ’85, presides…

Living Her Décor Dream: Abby Blair Woerner ’15

Living Her Décor Dream: Abby Blair Woerner ’15

Abby Blair Woerner’s creative abilities were first sparked when she took pottery classes with Michael Hough, Associate Professor of Art at Bridgewater College. Though Woerner ‘15 was an English major, she embraced the opportunity to make pottery and develop a…