Terry Tucker '87Photo of Alum

“I fell in love with the College when I came to visit. I didn’t even apply anywhere else!” Terry Tucker said that her first encounter with Bridgewater College made it the only college she wanted to attend. As a high school student, she first heard of Bridgewater when she went on a mission trip with a recent graduate of BC who served as their translator and “wore BC t-shirts every day,” she said. Once she toured the College, she knew there was no other place she’d rather be.

Terry considers herself a member of the class of 1982, but because she took a couple years off during her college career, she graduated officially with her degree in business administration in 1987. While she was at BC, she loved participating in intramural sports and attending as many varsity games as she could—football, basketball, volleyball, field hockey and more. After graduation, she began a career in the trucking industry, starting with bookkeeping and accounting. From 1999 to 2011, she worked for Freeman Trucking as a specialist in Department of Transportation (DOT) compliance and payroll.

Terry left the trucking industry in 2011 to use her expertise in an entirely different type of workplace—the recently opened Bluestone Vineyard in Bridgewater, Va. She has been their Office Manager and Accountant ever since. She enjoys the variety of working for a small business and the ability she has to do a number of different things from day to day, from wine label approvals to photography for their marketing, in addition to the regular bookkeeping.

In addition to her career, Terry has been involved in her community through volunteer work at her church, Asbury United Methodist in Harrisonburg, Va., including serving on the finance committee. For many years she was heavily involved in Boy Scouts while her sons were growing up. She served on the board of directors for Camp Still Meadows for five years.

Terry credits her Bridgewater College education with giving her the personal attention and instruction she needed to thrive in her life and career, including one-on-one time with professors. Now she’s a Bridgewater parent, as her younger son Billy Tucker, class of 2020, is a current student. She embraces the opportunities to come back for Homecoming and Family Weekend and enjoys meeting fellow alumni when they attend events at the vineyard.

Jessica Strawderman ’10

“In my professional life, I find myself constantly reflecting on how I can better myself and my place,” Jessica Strawderman said as she considered what she appreciated most about her Bridgewater College education. Reflection and collaboration with others are skills she first honed as a student at Bridgewater.

Jessica’s mother, the Rev. Mary Jo Flory-Steury, graduated from Bridgewater College in 1978. Jessica had numerous opportunities to visit the area and the College and was drawn to the community and the music program at the College.

She treasures her memories of studying at the College, making close friends both inside and outside the Department of Music. Choir tour, plays and musicals were all a crucial part of Jessica’s Bridgewater experience.

Since her graduation, Jessica taught K-12 music at the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind for three years, in addition to completing graduate courses in special education for students with visual impairments. She participated in the music ministry at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Staunton, Va., and the Montezuma Church of the Brethren in Dayton, Va.

She married another BC alumnus, Logan Strawderman ’07, and they have one son, Owen. The couple co-owned Rocktown Slops, a Harrisonburg food truck specializing in sloppy joes. Logan is currently working to open a new restaurant in downtown Harrisonburg.

For the last three years, Jessica has taught choral music at J. Frank Hillyard and Montevideo Middle Schools in Rockingham County. She also began graduate school at James Madison University and is working towards a master’s degree in music education. She appreciates the numerous professional connections that she was able to make through Bridgewater. “I also made many connections to local teachers and other professionals, many of whom are BC alumni themselves.”

A Curriculum for Bridgewater College Student Life

Engage in self-discovery. Learn what it means to be a responsible citizen of a community.

As a student at Bridgewater College, your learning experience extends far beyond the classroom and into every area of life.

Whether you’re participating in a residence hall meeting or learning communication skills in order to resolve conflict, you won’t remain the same. You’ll grow in so many ways through the Bridgewater experience.

Through your engagement in student life, you’ll focus on these four areas and achieve the following learning outcomes:

Identity IconIdentity

  • Identify and develop your personal values and beliefs
  • Identify your emotions and exercise self-discipline
  • Explore and develop the different dimensions of wellness and their impact on successful living
  • Advocate for yourself and learn to engage available resources when needed
 

Community IconCommunity

  • Identify your roles and responsibilities in your community
  • Practice effective communication skills
  • Recognize your impact on others and develop ownership and pride in your community
  • Identify the benefits and limitations of community standards and values
  • Practice civil discourse and effective conflict resolution skills  
 

Critical Thinking IconCritical Thinking

  • Recognize and avoid unexamined assumptions
  • Examine how and why decisions are made
  • Develop positive action plans and strategies
  • Increase your capacity for independent thought and articulate personal beliefs
 

Cultural Appreciation IconCultural Appreciation

  • Identify your own cultural identity
  • Discover others’ viewpoints and perspectives
  • Engage in dialogue regarding culture experiences
  • Recognize barriers to social equality
 


Implementation Goals

The College is using forms of intentional engagement to implement the student life curriculum:

  • Active events in the residence halls Hosted by RAs
  • Campus-wide student activities
  • Bulletin boards
  • Intentional conversations with residents
  • Community meetings
  • Stall talks
  • Posters
  • Tabling across campus
  • Student staff trainings

A visit to Bridgewater College is a must for you to see and appreciate all that the College has to offer. Our faculty, staff and students invite you and your family to visit during one of our Open Houses and to see firsthand the difference a Bridgewater College education could make in your life. Open houses are scheduled on Saturdays with activities beginning at 8:30 a.m. and ending at 2 p.m.

Open House Dates:

  • February 3, 2018
  • March 17, 2018

Register Online

Each Open House includes:

  • Administrative panel for parents
    Includes information about academic affairs, admissions, student life, financial aid and information technology.
  • Student panel for prospective students
    Prospective students ask a panel of current students questions regarding academics, student life, meals, sports and other questions they may have regarding campus life.
  • Meeting with faculty, staff and coaches
    Held in the Funkhouser Center. Prospective students may visit with faculty from their area of academic interest, receive information about admissions and financial aid, and meet coaches from their respective sports.
  • Lunch and campus tour
    Led by Student Ambassadors. A tour of the equestrian facilities will be available following lunch. For answers to other questions, you may contact the admissions office at 800-759-8328 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Purpose:

Social media sites such as YouTube, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and social blogs have become important and influential communication channels in society.  To assist in posting content and managing these sites, the College has developed specific procedures for official use of social media created to represent College groups, departments, programs and entities.

Authority:

Reviewed and approved by Abbie Parkhurst, Associate Vice President for Marketing & Communications

Procedures:

Use of College Trademarks on Social Media

  • Use of the College logo, seal and/or any College symbol or document is not allowed without the prior written approval of the Associate Vice President for marketing and communications.

College Officially Recognized Social Media Accounts

  • Only social media accounts approved by the office of marketing and communications will be recognized by the College as official. This office should be used as a resource for the College community for any social media needs and can assist in creating pages that are set up properly according to the social media site’s policy.  

Establishing a Social Media Presence on Behalf of Bridgewater College

  • If you would like to launch a presence on a social media platform, please notify the office of marketing and communications by contacting Stephen Hockman, Digital Marketing Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. This ensures that we are able to coordinate all social media efforts.
  • If a College organization, department, group, program or sports team creates a Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube presence, it will be listed on the College’s website. Doing so enables your organization’s account to be found by more people.

Account Administrators

  • All social media accounts officially recognized by Bridgewater College must have a BC faculty or staff member as an administrator at all times.
  • Should a Bridgewater employee administrator of an account leave the College for any reason or no longer wish to be an account administrator, it is that individual's responsibility to designate another employee to be an account administrator prior to removing himself or herself from that role. The office of marketing and communications should be notified when a new administrator takes over.
  • The College’s digital marketing director must also be listed as an account administrator on all College Facebook pages. For all College Twitter, Instagram and YouTube accounts, send the digital marketing director the account username and password.
  • Bridgewater employees identified as administrators of accounts are held responsible for managing and monitoring content of their officially recognized accounts. Administrators are responsible to remove content that may violate College policies.  

Content on Official Accounts

  • Use good judgment about content and respect privacy laws. Do not include confidential information about the College, its staff or its students. Represent the College by using a professional tone at all times.
  • Prior to posting anything on a social media site, ask yourself if the post is accurate, fair and something that you would be proud to see on the front page of the local newspaper and/or on the headline news. Privacy does not exist in the world of social media. If you are unsure about posting something or responding to a comment, ask your supervisor, advisor, division head, vice president or the associate vice president for marketing and communications for input.
  • Review content for grammatical and spelling errors.
  • Representation of your personal opinions as being endorsed by the College or any of its organizations is prohibited. You may not use the Bridgewater name to promote any opinion, product, cause or political candidate.
  • By posting content to any social media site, you agree that you own or otherwise control all of the rights to that content, that your use of the content is protected fair use, or that you have permission to post the content; that you will not knowingly provide misleading or false information; and that you hold the College harmless for any claims resulting from the content.
  • Bridgewater College has the right to remove any content for any reason, including but not limited to, content that it deems offensive, defamatory, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, obscene, profane, sexual, threatening, a violation of intellectual property rights or privacy laws, or otherwise injurious or illegal.  If you see a post that you consider objectionable, please email the digital marketing director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • When using or posting online material that includes direct or paraphrased quotes, thoughts, ideas, photos or videos, always include citations. Provide a link to the original material if applicable.
  • Do not use information or conduct activities that may violate local, state or federal laws and regulations.

ADA Accessible Content

  • All content posted to College-related social media accounts must meet ADA accessibility guidelines at all times. It is the goal of the College to be compliant with WCAG 2.0, Level AA standards in relation to all electronic communications.
  • All social media account administrators must schedule a training with a representative from the office of marketing and communications and/or the information technology center. At that training, administrators will learn how to create photo and video posts that are accessible to users with disabilities.
  • Any social media posts that are not accessible will be removed.
  • Should an account repeatedly violate accessibility guidelines, the social media account will be terminated.

Questions about this policy should be directed to the digital marketing director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or the associate vice president for marketing and communications at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.