“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.
“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.”
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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:
The College is using forms of intentional engagement to implement the student life curriculum:
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.
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Reviewed and approved by Abbie Parkhurst, Associate Vice President for Marketing & Communications
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