New for the 2017 football season, Bridgewater College is pleased to offer the Mapp Field tailgating area, a spot where tailgaters can gather for a celebratory environment in advance of the game. In addition, the College will offer alcohol-free tailgating in the Carter Center parking lot. All other lots on campus will be used strictly for parking, with tailgating and picnicking centered only in Mapp Field and the Carter lot.

These changes help us to create a game-day environment of excitement and celebration, and they also assist the College in better managing tailgating—ensuring the safety and security of our students and fans.

Tailgating Guidelines


Tailgating is defined as parking in a designated location and setting up non-permanent facilities such as tables and chairs to consume food and beverages on campus. This is an opportunity for all members of the Bridgewater College community to gather during designated home football competitions in a fun, safe, festive, and inclusive environment. Bridgewater College, in conjunction with the Department of Athletics and Campus Police and Safety, encourages spectators to create a positive game-day atmosphere.

In accordance with College policy and ABC regulations, tailgating with alcohol is only permitted in College-designated areas and only by persons who are 21 years of age or older. Bridgewater College prohibits the consumption or possession of alcoholic beverages by underage persons; nor does it sanction or permit the violation of federal, state, or local laws, or College policy. The possession and/or consumption of alcoholic beverages on Bridgewater College campus property is subject to federal and state law and all College policies and regulations. All members of the Bridgewater community and campus visitors are expected to obey all laws and regulations.


Location and Times

  1. The College allows tailgating with alcohol in Mapp Field and an alternative, alcohol-free tailgating location in the Carter Center lot for home football games. College-sanctioned tailgating activities are only permitted on designated home football competition days from three hours prior to the kickoff to two hours following the conclusion of the competition (excluding evening competitions, in which case the tailgating area will close immediately following the conclusion of the competition). Alcohol may be consumed for only up to one hour following the conclusion of the game.
  2. Parking spaces in Mapp Field are offered on a “first come, first served” basis. To ensure a tailgating space, online reservations are encouraged. The College cannot guarantee a space in Mapp Field for those without an online reservation. Entrance to Mapp Field with or without a reservation requires a game ticket ($10 adults, $8 seniors, $5 children 6-12), Eagle Club card or valid College ID (for current students and current or retired faculty and staff). Eagle Club members should reserve a tailgating space online if they plan to participate in the tailgating activities in Mapp Field. Game day tickets will be available for purchase with cash or check at the entrance of Mapp Field and between Memorial and Flory halls for anyone else who wishes to arrive on foot and participate.
  3. Should all spaces in Mapp Field be reserved/occupied, overflow tailgating with alcohol may be permitted in the commuter parking lot nearest the baseball field. This area will be available for tailgating ONLY when deemed necessary by the College.
  4. Because tailgating is a multiple-hour event with limited space, attendees are encouraged to arrive at Mapp Field early within the three hours prior to the kickoff when tailgating begins. Reserved spaces will not be held if arriving at or after half time. While attendees are encouraged to leave their vehicles parked for the entirety of the competition, attendees may vacate the tailgating lot with their vehicles, but vehicles will not be permitted re-entry. Individuals will be permitted to re-enter on foot.
  5. College-sanctioned tailgating is only permitted in designated areas of campus. Alcohol may only be transported into the tailgating area via automobile. Pedestrian visitors will be permitted in the area but are not permitted to carry alcohol into or out of the area. Alcohol may not be carried out of the tailgating area.
  6. Those of legal drinking age (21 and older) must provide legal identification and proof of age and will be provided a wristband enabling them to consume alcohol. While fans of any age will be allowed entry to Mapp Field, only those of legal drinking age and with a visible wristband will be able to consume alcohol.
  7. Tailgaters are not permitted to use adjacent parking spaces or obstruct driving lanes or pedestrian walkways when setting up personal items, including, but not limited to, tables, chairs, tents, grills, and games/activities.
  8. Saving parking spaces is not permitted. If you wish to park beside friends in a separate car, all cars should plan to enter the area together in order to park near one another.
  9. Emergency access lanes must be maintained at all times. Do not block these areas.
  10. Parking for the purposes of tailgating is prohibited in any area outside of Mapp Field and the Carter Center parking lot, unless the commuter lot by the baseball field has been opened by College personnel for overflow. All other parking on campus is limited to designated parking lots.


  1. We want everyone to have a great experience! We ask that fans be respectful of those surrounding them and remain mindful of their choice of language and activity. Individuals are expected to conduct themselves in a respectful manner that reflects positively on Bridgewater College at all times. Individuals acting in a manner that is disrespectful, disruptive, or disorderly or persons interfering with the rights of other people by use of loud and/or abusive language and behavior will be asked to leave College property and may be subject to citation or arrest.
  2. Both hosts and guests may be held liable for guest behavior.
  3. Noise levels for personal music (either coming from a car stereo or portable speakers in the tailgating area) must be kept at a reasonable volume.
  4. Any current Bridgewater student found to be acting in a disruptive manner may be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with The Eagle student handbook as well as any federal, state, or local laws.
  5. Individuals are responsible for keeping the area clean. Trash cans and recycling bins are available. Clean up your area before leaving campus.


  1. The use of wood and charcoal grills is not permitted; propane-fueled grills are permitted but limited to standard 20-lb. propane tanks.
  2. Open-flame fires, fire pits, and bonfires are prohibited.
  3. Deep fryers or any oil-based cooking or frying is prohibited.
  4. Electric generators are prohibited.

Alcohol Consumption

  1. All individuals of legal drinking age (21 or older) must present legal identification and proof of age to appropriate law enforcement, event staff, or College personnel upon entry to Mapp Field and when requested to do so after entry. Individuals without proper identification or who are not of legal drinking age who are in violation of the tailgating guidelines are subject to penalty up to and including removal from campus, appropriate criminal charges and prohibition from future participation.
  2. Alcoholic beverages and containers are strictly prohibited from the competition venue or any other part of campus outside of Mapp Field.
  3. The consumption of alcohol by minors (those under 21 years of age) or the serving of alcohol to minors is a violation of federal and state law as well as the College alcohol policy and will NOT be tolerated. Individuals supplying alcoholic beverages to those under the legal drinking age will be ticketed, arrested, and/or subject to College sanctions.
  4. Wristbands are provided for all persons of legal drinking age (21 or older); all persons in possession of or consuming alcohol must have their wristband visible at all times.
  5. All items are subject to inspection (i.e. backpacks, bags, cups, etc.).
  6. No alcohol, unauthorized products, or merchandise may be sold on the premises.
  7. No student organization or group may distribute alcohol.
  8. Drinking games and the use of devices intended to accelerate the consumption of alcohol (including but not limited to funnels and beer bongs) are prohibited.
  9. Common-source containers of alcohol meant for transporting, sharing, serving, and/or mixing alcohol in large quantities are prohibited. These containers include but are not limited to kegs, half barrels, pony kegs, or other common alcohol containers. 
  10. Driving under the influence of alcohol is illegal. Commonwealth of Virginia drinking and driving laws will be enforced in and around the tailgating area as well as the entire campus and the public roads near campus.

Risk Management

  1. Transportation of people in the backs/beds of trucks is prohibited. People are also prohibited from standing in or on top of vehicles.
  2. Tailgating activities can take place in your parking space and the area directly behind your space. Please ensure enough space for everyone to enjoy the area and be able to walk through the parking lot.
  3. For the safety of all in attendance, the use of recreational items including, but not limited to, bicycles, skateboards, hover boards, in-line skates, and motorized vehicles such as scooters, ATVs, go-carts, and golf carts is prohibited within the tailgating area.
  4. The safety and security of personal property is the sole responsibility of its owner; do not leave any personal property unattended.
  5. Bridgewater College is not responsible or to be held liable for accidents, damages, loss or theft of materials, items, or personal property.
  6. All members of your tailgating group and guests must review all tailgating guidelines.
  7. Contact Campus Police & Safety (540-828-5609) for all emergencies.


Bridgewater Campus Police & Safety, Event Staff, and additional local law enforcement agencies will maintain an active presence during all tailgating activities and will respond accordingly to any violations or emergencies.

To ensure the appropriate celebratory environment is maintained, the College reserves the right to revoke the tailgating privileges of any individual(s) for reason of safety, disruption of the peace, or failure to adhere to policies and regulations. Students may also be subject to disciplinary action as outlined in The Eagle student handbook.

Bridgewater College reserves the right to amend these guidelines at any time and for any reason, including closing any parking lots, and to place additional restrictions or conditions on persons entering areas where tailgating is allowed.


Where does tailgating take place?
The College has designated a large area of Mapp Field for tailgating with alcohol and the Carter Center parking lot for tailgating without alcohol. In the event that Mapp Field reaches capacity, the College will designate the lot near the baseball field as an overflow area for tailgating with alcohol. All other areas and lots on campus will be for parking only, no tailgating/picnicking of any kind.

When can I tailgate?
Tailgating is permitted on designated home football game days. Fans may enter tailgating areas up to three hours in advance of the game. For daytime games, fans may remain in the tailgating areas for up to two hours after conclusion of the game, alcohol may be consumed for only up to one hour following the end of the game. For evening games, the tailgating areas will close immediately following conclusion of the game.

Why is the College offering tailgating?
As a dry campus, Bridgewater College does not permit students to possess or consume alcohol on campus or in residence halls. We understand that football spectators often wish to enjoy an alcoholic beverage on game day, and this coordinated location enables that to occur while ensuring the safety of our community and inspiring a festive game-day atmosphere.

How do I get a spot in Mapp Field?
Spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis and can be reserved online to ensure a spot. We have spaces for 100 cars and 5 RVs. Once those spaces are filled, the College may make the determination to open an overflow tailgating area in the parking lot near the baseball field.

What is required for entry to Mapp Field?
Entrance to Mapp Field with or without a parking spot reservation requires a game ticket, Eagle Club card or valid College ID (for current students and current or retired faculty and staff). Eagle Club members should reserve a tailgating space online if they plan to participate in the tailgating activities in Mapp Field. Game day tickets will be available for purchase with cash or check at the entrance of Mapp Field and between Memorial and Flory halls for anyone else who wishes to arrive on foot and participate.

What does it cost to tailgate?
For the 2017 season, parking and tailgating is free and requires only a game ticket, Eagle Club card or valid College ID (for current students and current or retired faculty and staff).

What happens if Mapp Field is full?
The College will make the determination to open an overflow tailgating area in the parking lot near the baseball field. At that point, tailgaters without a reserved spot in Mapp Field will be rerouted to the overflow lot.

What happens if it rains or storms?
Games take place rain or shine, but, in the event of thunder or lightening, the stadium will be cleared and spectators will be directed to seek shelter in a nearby building or their cars until the storm has passed.

I’m under 21. Can I still tailgate?
Yes, fans under 21 are permitted into the Mapp Field tailgating area. Only those who are 21 years of age or older will receive a wristband permitting them to consume alcohol.

I’m a BC student. Can I consume alcohol at Mapp Field?
Yes, if you are 21 or over with a valid I.D.

What happens if I get caught drinking underage, acting disruptively or breaking any of the College’s tailgating guidelines?
Depending on the infraction, you may be asked to leave, have your tailgating privileges revoked for future games, and/or face arrest or disciplinary action by the College, if a student.

Can I select my tailgating spot?
No, to assist with traffic flow, vehicles are parked in the order they arrive at Mapp Field.

I want to park beside friends. Can I hold spaces?
No, vehicles will be parked in the order they arrive at Mapp Field. Because of that, if you wish to park beside another car, you’ll want to enter Mapp Field at the same time.

Can I play music?
We have neighbors near campus and need to be respectful of those around us. For that reason, individuals are expected to conduct themselves in a respectful manner that reflects positively on Bridgewater College at all times. Individuals acting in a manner that is disrespectful, disruptive, or disorderly or persons interfering with the rights of other people by use of loud and/or abusive language and behavior will be asked to leave College property and may be subject to citation or arrest. Noise levels for personal music (either coming from a car stereo or portable speakers in the tailgating area) must be kept at a reasonable volume.

Can I grill food?
Propane grills with no more than standard, 20-pound tanks are permitted. The use of wood and charcoal grills, open-flame fires and fire pits, deep fryers, and electric generators are prohibited.

What can’t be brought into Mapp Field?
In addition to the prohibited grills listed above, common-source alcohol containers such as kegs, funnels, and beer bongs are not permitted.

Can we play games?
Common tailgating games such as corn hole are permitted, but must not obstruct access lanes. All drinking games are prohibited.

What must I do before exiting Mapp Field?
Before leaving, please clean up all trash from your tailgating area, placing it in one of the many garbage cans located throughout Mapp Field.

I’m a fan of the visiting team. Where do I park?
Visiting fans should park in the visiting tailgate area on East College Street. Follow the signs when you arrive to campus.

I would like to picnic but would prefer to not be around the consumption of alcohol. Where do I go?
The alcohol-free tailgating area is in the Carter Center parking lot. Follow the signs when you arrive to campus.

I have a disability. Where should I park?
Handicapped parking is available along East College Street. Follow the signs when you arrive to campus. If you wish to tailgate, accommodations will be made for you in the Eagle Club parking area in the lot near the baseball field, as the grass surface in Mapp Field cannot accommodate heavy wheelchair-accessible vehicles.

I don’t want to tailgate or picnic and just want to park. Where do I go?
All other lots on campus are for general parking. Follow the signs when you arrive to campus.

I have other questions.
Please refer to the Bridgewater College Tailgating Guidelines. If, upon review of the guidelines, you have remaining questions, please contact 540-515-3758 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. during regular business hours.

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Jeff Miller ’93 Photo of Alum

Jeff Miller discovered Bridgewater College when his aunt brought him for a visit. He loved the College immediately and was soon involved in campus life as a member of the honor council and as an editor for The Talon newspaper and the Ripples yearbook.

“The thing that I appreciated most was how tight-knit of a community BC is—faculty, staff and fellow students are all part of a big extended family,” Miller said of his experience. Graduating in 1993 as a political science major and communication minor, he soon got involved in public service, which would be the focus of his future career. From 1996 to 1997, he was the head of Congressman Bob Goodlatte’s district office in Harrisonburg, Va., followed by a year in Washington, D.C., as Goodlatte’s Systems Manager, a position in which he handled thousands of letters, emails and phone calls from constituents.

For the next seven years (1998-2005), Miller worked for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as a government affairs liaison, coordinating disaster response and constituent needs with members of Congress. After that, he worked for the Department of Transportation in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). After serving in several roles at both the FMCSA and the Capitol Police, he has been in his current position with the Capitol Police since 2012. As a Strategic Planning and Performance Management Officer, Miller oversees emergency planning and contingency planning for the office and works with nearly 1,800 police officers. He was most recently a Deputy Commander for the Inauguration Planning Task Force. Miller also holds a master’s degree in government studies from Johns Hopkins University.

Miller believes that his education at Bridgewater taught him how to see context in the world around him and how to form his own values and standards for ethical conduct. He treasures his current involvement in the BC Alumni Association Board of Directors. Currently the President-Elect of the Board, he embraces the opportunity to interact with the College, engage in events, recruit students and get in touch with other alumni from BC. “I love seeing what students are doing now—their energy and enthusiasm.”


Among the most cherished of Bridgewater College's many blessings are its people—the nurse, the cook, the housekeeper—who course like a never ending, always reliable current through the life of the College, giving it heart and soul as well as sustenance.

Many of these people have had incalculable positive influences on the students whose paths they have crossed, and the fact that they have not done it for praise or publicity makes it all the more notable. They have done it simply because they are good and caring people who embody the spirit and the essence of Bridgewater College

A housekeeper who took an exchange student under her wing; an electrician who helped a student cope with his freshman-year challenges; a kitchen worker whose smile still resonates in the memories of an alumna—these and other stories were presented in the summer issue of Bridgewater magazine.

But, with space being limited, we were only able to publish a certain number of these stories, so we have created this site as a way to share the stories that didn't make it into the print version of the magazine. If you have stories of an employee who had a positive influence on you while you were a student at Bridgewater, we would love to publish that memory here. Please send your story to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tributes to Laura Mapp

By Sandra M. Chase ‘67

Photo of Sandra and Laura

Although I was a General Science Pre-Med Major when I attended Bridgewater College, I began a friendship with Miss Mapp that continues to the present. While at BC, I took the two years of physical education that women students took at the time. I also participated in intramural sports throughout my years there, such that, surprising to me, I received my graduation numerals as a part of a ceremony held in Cole Hall. I can still hear my underclassman brother’s voice saying “Bruiser” as I walked down the aisle to receive the 67.

After I graduated in 1967, whenever I returned to campus, I would be sure to stop in at Coach Mapp’s Office for a chat. In recent years, I have stopped by her cottage at the Bridgewater Retirement Home. At my most recent visit at Homecoming last October 2016, I persuaded her to take a selfie with me.

Thank you, Laura Mapp. Thank you, Bridgewater College.

By Melody Derrow Hinkle '91

Melody Derrow Hinkle '91 is a Technology Education Teacher for Anne Arundel County Public Schools in Maryland. She remembers a time when she wasn’t playing as well as she could or wanted.

I was in a bad slump.  Coach Mapp was so organized and attentive to details!  She took an individual interest in each player and was tracking them so she knew when we were “off.”  She gave me a hand-written note filled with lots of positive feedback to encourage me and lift me up out of my slump. The timing was just right.  When I was doubting myself, she believed in me. 

Coach Mapp never yelled and rarely raised her voice. But, you knew when she raised her hand and started shaking her pinky she meant business. I can still see her shaking her pinky at the referees after a bad call against BC. 

Coach Mapp would always find a way to treat us at the end of the season.  She would often invite us to her home or take us out to a nice restaurant.  She would pay out of her own pocket.  She was very giving and caring.

Besides my parents, I do not know any other individual who demonstrates such an exemplary work ethic.  She was a tireless worker doing even the smallest, menial tasks like picking up trash she saw as she was walking across campus.  Coach Mapp modeled hard work, dedication, sacrifice, and integrity in every aspect of her life. She modeled excellence.

She has inspired me to persevere, be tough, be honest, and push myself toward excellence in every way possible.  She has also inspired me to be a more patient person which has served me well as a parent, coach and teacher.  She inspires me to keep her legacy alive.

Coach Mapp is the real deal. She has coached hundreds of young ladies and remembers each of us... And she remembers our families, our children, our careers. She is the most genuine person who has a unique gift. She is spending her life sharing that gift with others.  She has impacted so many lives through her teaching, coaching, service and friendships.  Her impact has left ripples that continue to flow quietly outward.  

I love Coach Mapp and I am forever grateful that she was my coach in basketball, tennis, and life. I am honored to attempt to carry on the tradition of excellence she has modeled for us all these years.

By Susan Billhimer Phillips ’77

Susan Billhimer Phillips '77 has operated a beef cattle farm with her husband for 25 years. She coached at BC from 1979-1980 as an assistant lacrosse coach with Coach Heishman and from 1990-1994 as an assistant field hockey coach with Coach Mapp.

When she first met Coach Mapp, Susan’s overall impression was of someone who was friendly, positive, kind, and passionate about her career. She recalls one particular game when the BC basketball team was playing Virginia State during the Virginia Small College State Championship.

At halftime we were losing by 17 points and we were very disappointed with our performance. Coach Mapp calmly told us the adjustments we needed to make for the second half. She said, “Don’t hang your heads. We can come back from this. We still have one half left to play and we can overcome this.” We did come back and won by 10 points. She believed in us.

She taught us to be prepared for what we were doing and to give 100% to the task at hand. To always do your best and hard work will bring success.

She influenced me simply by being a loyal friend and role model. She keeps up not only with me but with so many of her former student athletes. She remembers the year someone graduated, how many children they have, and what work they do. Pretty remarkable.

Most people probably do not know that she has a very dry sense of humor. Also, since retirement, she has taken up golf and enjoys playing the Par 3 in Bridgewater.

Coach Mapp always looks for the positive in people and in situations. She has been a great role model and mentor not only for me, but for all her former student athletes. I have been blessed to have her as a coach, and to have served as her assistant coach. She made a huge difference in our lives by her passion and dedication to BC.

By Ginny Snuggs ’72

Now retired, Ginny Snuggs '72 taught middle school physical education and health for 43 years, and served as athletic director for 35 years and department head for 37 years (and coached for 12).

She met Coach Mapp in 1968. Ginny’s high school teacher, Dee Morris, a 1966 BC graduate took Ginny to BC to check out the campus and meet Coach Mapp.

She was so genuine and kind.  She made a wonderful impression on me.

Coach Mapp’s coaching style was always so patient and structured. She worked hard at coaching, especially when women converted to 5 on 5 for basketball from 6 on 6. This was a big transition for women.  Unlimited dribbling and 5 on 5, new offence and new defense.  We always practiced late regardless if it was hockey or basketball. She never raised her voice to any of us.

Coach Mapp always told us that we were ladies first and athletes second. That was always her standard when we left for an away game. It was good advice and I used it with all of my athletes and students over the years.  She also told us to be kind, patient and understanding. 

Coach Mapp’s teaching and coaching style was my model for my career. Between her and Dee I had the best two mentors and examples.  In certain situations I would ask myself what would Ms. Mapp do or what would Dee do? All of my career after BC reflected the lessons in life that I learned at BC.

Coach Mapp is amazing woman. She is generous, kind, compassionate about life and BC, and the most understanding person you will have ever have the opportunity to meet.  One in a million!

Coach Mapp paid for part of our away trips with her own money because the budget for woman’s sports was not the greatest. Title IX was not even a thought at the time. We’ve come a long way baby! 

If you were sick or injured Ms. Mapp would come to the dorm to check on you. She made the best brownies for away games and had us over to her house for meals. She made the best fried apples ever. If you could not study in the dorm you could go to her house and study. There was not a player or student of Ms. Mapp’s—including the men who were students in her classes—who would not do anything for her.

I was honored to speak about Coach Mapp at the Coaches’ Corner a few years back. It was the most thrilling experience of my life. I felt like I was finally able to give back and express how much she means to all of us.

By Deb West Windett ’76

Deb retired after 34 years of teaching and coaching field hockey and lacrosse after 34 years.

She met Miss Mapp when she and her parents visited Bridgewater during her junior year of high school. Deb’s first impression of Mapp was how much she was like her high school field hockey coach, Emilie Sizemore. “She was sweet, soft spoken and with that southern accent I loved. I felt immediately at home.”

Although she did not raise her voice, Miss Mapp was able to convey she meant business or that she expected more from her players. I guess we never wanted to disappoint her, and that drove us to succeed.

She pushed us physically, I think because she wanted us to never be outrun. We had three practices a day for field hockey. The morning practice consisted of running the hill where the football stadium is now and running the track. It was grueling. A lot of us were upset when the stadium was built because the teams that followed us got out of that hill run.
Miss Mapp was also a real student of the game and was ahead of her time. Once she came to a field hockey practice with a new formation for us to use. We went from a five man line to a four man line. It was the latest change in the game and so great for our team.

When I was a Bridgewater, the student body had 800 students but Miss Mapp wanted us to compete at the highest level. She scheduled us to play the big schools and we were successful. We played JMU in every sport. We went to the University of Maryland and played them in basketball in Cole Field House. We played UVA, William and Mary, Towson, and many other schools that were bigger and better funded than us. Miss Mapp never backed down from the challenge and that is what she instilled in us.

Miss Mapp taught us how to treat our students and our players when we became teachers and coaches. She treated us like her kids. We would invite ourselves to her house for a real breakfast. (Of course, she got up at 5 am, so you had to get there early.) She baked treats for our long van rides to games and everyone went to her office for hot chocolate in the morning before 8 am practices. You could view the practice plan for the day (and dread the running all day long).

She taught a full load of classes, coached three sports, and took care of her athletes. To this day, I am amazed at how she handled it all so well. She treated everyone fairly. If you were sick, she checked up on you in the dorm. If you had a problem, she talked to you or sent you a note to pump you up. I am sure all her players remember those notes that always ended with her signature---Take Care, Miss Mapp. I have kept many of those notes!

Miss Mapp set the example for me of what a teacher and coach should be and I am passing that onto my daughter as well. She worked hard in the classroom and playing field or court and still found the time to have genuine relationships with her student athletes. That meant so much to all of us—whether we were 15 minutes or 5 hours from home. Having that special person you could turn to was what made BC so special. I try to treat all of my kids the same way and hope that they go away from our program with the same joy I had from my experiences at Bridgewater.

Miss Mapp is probably in every hall of fame out there for her contributions to sports but you would never know it. She is so dignified and humble, even with all she has accomplished. She could have been a successful coach at any school at any level. The fact that she devoted her life to Bridgewater is really amazing. You don't see coaches spending their entire career at one college. We were very fortunate to have her at BC.

Tributes to Robert Tout

By Carina Botterbusch '12

Carina Botterbusch is Recovery Coordinator for Meridian Behavioral Health Services in Waynesville, N.C.

When I was first hired to work at the library, I chose to work two nights per week so that my job would not interrupt my days, and I would be able to utilize this time to complete assignments for the following days. My supervisor would be reference librarian Robert Tout, as he worked the evening shift. I was warned by a co-worker that he was "somewhat difficult to get along with", and so I entered my job with this preconception in mind. Other students told me that they found Robert intimidating, thought he was always grumpy, and so on. I quickly learned that these preconceptions were misconceptions.

When taking a smoke break, he would tell me in a playful tone that I was in charge, sometimes adding a comment about not letting the kids get rowdy. On the rare occasion I went into the library when I was not working, he would smile and wave to me from across the large sitting area. He would sometimes find me writing a blog during my shift, and we would talk about my chosen topic.

Other students who also knew the real Robert would agree with me about his sweet nature and vast knowledge of the world of reference literature.

During one of my shifts at the end of the fall semester of my senior year, he found me making a variety of origami creations. This brief interaction had a sweetness that has stuck with me ever since. That semester was particularly difficult for me. An emotionally abusive relationship created rifts with my roommates, and I later worked to rebuild friendships, all while I was taking 21.5 credits. My interaction with Robert about origami reminded me that I was still able to establish genuinely empathic connections with others.

Robert came to tell me that he was going outside for a smoke break. He commented on my origami and told me a story about a previous student worker who made hundreds of tiny paper cranes and placed them throughout the library as he re-shelved books. Robert said that he probably still had at least one somewhere in his desk and that he liked mine. While he was outside, I finished making another one, which I gave to him to keep after he came back inside. He smiled the biggest smile I had ever seen from him.

Robert was such an important part of my college career that I wrote him a thank-you card when I graduated the following May. I told him that I enjoyed the brief conversations we had had over those three years and that I appreciated the connection we had, evidenced by brief interactions like smiling and waving from across the large sitting area.

The following year, while I was back on campus for Homecoming 2013, I learned that Robert had passed away just a few months earlier. Staff told me that my origami creation and my thank you card were found in his desk when it was cleaned out after he passed away. Robert, you already know that you meant a lot to me, but I wish I could tell you again.

Tributes to Wilmer Neff

By Bennett Downes '71

Bennett Downes '71 retired from the Maryland School System after 30 years as a teacher.

Bennett Downes '71 of Dover, Del., has warm memories of a Bridgewater employee. When Downes was a freshman living in Yount Hall, he had to run the gauntlet of hazing pranks from upperclassmen. This is where Wilmer Neff, an electrician and general handyman at the College, came into the picture.

"I saw an ad for a part-time job with the cleaning crew in the morning," said Downes. "I signed on and and was assigned to work with Mr. Neff. Each morning we would meet in front of Wardo Hall, he would hand me my broom and off we would go. Systematically and carefully he showed me how to do my job, which was sweeping floors, cleaning bathrooms, etc.
"But the best part," said Downes, "were our breaks where I could voice my concerns of being homesick and dealing with bullies in the dorm. He listened carefully and always offered a kind and caring ear. He really helped me navigate that first year, which can be full of challenges."

Downes also learned that it's a small world.

"I was from the eastern shore of Maryland and was amazed when he told me he once sold Lux soap door to door in my hometown."

The following year Downes moved on to another job, and not long after that Neff retired from the College.

"I will," said Downes, "always remember his quiet and kind demeanor and how to take pride in the simple tasks of life that people rarely acknowledge. I thought of him last year as I attended reunion for the first time since graduating. I was lucky to have crossed his path in life. He was as important to me as any person at Bridgewater."

Megan Orndorff Huffman ’03

“I appreciated the liberal arts environment where we were encouraged to develop the ‘whole person.’ I took classes in so many different disciplines that I would not have [elsewhere],” said Megan Orndorff Huffman as she reflected on her Bridgewater College education. Huffman majored in communication studies and minored in psychology. She treasured the opportunity to develop leadership skills through her service in student government as Student Body President and Vice President, as well as through participating in numerous clubs and organizations.

After graduating from Bridgewater in 2003, she pursued a master’s degree from Boston University in public relations. Following the completion of her master’s degree, she worked as a Nonprofit Marketing Partner for WCAV-CBS19 in Charlottesville, Va. For the final year and a half that she worked there, she was promoted to General Sales Manager.

After she and her husband, Matt, moved to Charleston, S.C., Huffman became the Development Operations Director for Water Mission, an international nonprofit that provides safe water solutions to developing countries, for three years. “It was there that I fulfilled my desire to serve on an international scale, and learned that much of my experience lent itself to fundraising/development.”

Though for now she is at home with her two young daughters, she continues to volunteer in the nonprofit sector, for organizations including World Help, Humbly I Serve/His Vision, Freedom 4/24, and Children's Miracle Network (CMN) of Central Virginia.

Huffman commented, “My Bridgewater College education was the cornerstone of my professional and personal journey. I often joked that I actually majored in leadership, and I have used that in so many settings.” She is the permanent class president for the class of 2003, served on the BC Alumni Association Board of Directors and is now a member of the President's Advisory Council. “I will forever be indebted to Bridgewater,” she said.