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FYI archives :: May 1, 2009

Sports Update


The Panthers (25-19) won their third straight GSAC tournament title and the NCAA automatic bid that goes with the win. LaGrange came back from the loser’s bracket to beat top-seeded Maryville twice on Sunday at the LC Softball Complex. Sophomore Kristen Woodard pitched two complete games against Maryville and was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. Junior Valerie Williams had six RBIs in the championship game. The Panthers will go to a yet announced regional beginning May 7. Junior Holly Hazelwood and sophomore Katie Ison were named the GSAC Co-Players of the Year. Sophomore Katie Hein was named the GSAC Pitcher of the Year.  Woodard joined Hazelwood, Hein and Ison on the all-conference team.

Ben HudsonThe Panthers (23-18) had their season end with a 6-5 loss to Huntingdon at the GSAC Baseball Championship Tournament in Montgomery, Ala., on Saturday. Senior Ben Hudson’s two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning had given the Panthers a 7-5 win over Piedmont earlier in the day. Hudson, junior Eric Heath, senior Korey Ison and senior Trey Walker were named to the GSAC all-conference team. Jordan Martinec was named the GSAC Freshman of the Year.

The Panthers, ranked 17th in the Golf World/NIKE Golf Division III Coaches' poll, will find out Monday, May 4, if they will get a bid to the NCAA Division III National Championship for the third straight year. If selected, it would be the Panthers’ fourth overall appearance in the NCAA Division III tournament.

Sustainability tip
Be a beekeeper. The humble bee is a real friend to humankind, not only because it generates honey and wax, but also because it pollinates wildflowers, garden plants and crops that would otherwise become extinct. Indeed, it’s estimated that without these buzzy insects the planet would last for only 60 years. By cultivating a small “hobby hive,” we can support bees in their vital work. It requires only about half-an-hour’s work per week to produce jars and jars of delicious, home-grown honey. This tip is brought to you by the Sustainability Council, which supports the College’s sustainability campaign titled On Holy Ground: Cultivating Sustainability at LaGrange College. 


Mayor, educator to address LaGrange College graduates

Mayor, educator to address LaGrange College graduates

Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin, the first black woman to serve as mayor of a major Southern city, and the Rev. Susan Henry-Crowe, the first woman elected president of the United Methodist Church’s Judicial Council, will address LaGrange College students during end-of-year ceremonies scheduled for May 15-16.

Franklin will deliver the Commencement address on Saturday, May 16, and Henry-Crowe will speak during the Baccalaureate ceremony on Friday, May 15.

As a first-time candidate for public office in 2001, Franklin was elected the 58th mayor of the city of Atlanta and became the first female to lead Georgia’s capital city.

Since taking office in 2002, Franklin has worked to improve Atlanta’s financial and budget management practices, implemented ethics reform, laid the foundation for the city’s $3.2 billion overhaul of its aging water and sewer system, and completed the fifth runway of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport as part of a $6.3 billion airport investment plan.

Active with the Democratic Party on national and state levels, Franklin has served as co-chair of the 2008 National Democratic Convention and as treasurer of the Democratic Party of Georgia and president for the Conference of National Democratic Mayors.

She has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Black Enterprise and Essence. In 2005, Time Magazine named her one of the top five mayors in the country, and in 2007, Newsweek named her one of the women to watch in its Women and Power issue.

Prior to becoming mayor, Franklin served as the commissioner of cultural affairs for Mayor Maynard Jackson and was subsequently named chief administrative officer and city manager for Major Andrew Young. When Jackson was elected to his third term, Franklin served as executive officer of operations.

Henry-Crowe, this year’s baccalaureate speaker, has served as dean of the chapel and religious life at Emory University since 1997. Prior to becoming dean, she was university chaplain at Emory from 1991-1997.

A United Methodist minister since 1974, Henry-Crowe was only the second woman to serve as a full-time Methodist minister in South Carolina. Last year, she became the first woman elected president of the United Methodist Judicial Council, the ecclesiastical court of the United Methodist Church.

She has served as a member of the Assembly Worship Committee for the February 2006 Assembly of the World Council of Churches, and she is currently a member of the International Peace Conference Planning Committee for the W.C.C.

In 1995, Henry-Crowe was awarded the Candler School of Theology Alumni/Alumnae Award in appreciation for her years of service to the School of Theology and Emory University and for her leadership in the seminary, the university and the church.

As dean of the chapel and religious life, a key aspect of her work at Emory has been to foster inter-religious dialogue in the ever-changing world of religious pluralism.

Both Franklin and Henry-Crowe will be awarded honorary doctorates during Commencement. Franklin will receive an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree, and Henry-Crowe will be awarded an Honorary Doctor of Divinity degree. Additionally, Sarajane N. Love, Verner F. Chaffin Distinguished Professor in Fiduciary Law at the University of Georgia, will be presented an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree.


Campus Notes

On Saturday at noon, the College’s newest landmark, the Gulley Gateway, will be dedicated in honor of departing presidential couple Stuart and Kathleen Gulley. The ceremony will be held along the east side of the library, and the bridge will be available for use Saturday via the stairs; the elevator will not be available. The event is part of Family Weekend, which includes the 2 p.m. Step-singing.  

Linda Mason BarberOn April 20, Assistant Professor of Nursing Linda Mason Barber provided proof that she is an elite athlete by finishing in the top third of the 22,849 runners – men or women – participating in the prestigious 26.2-mile Boston Marathon. In the female division, which featured more than 9,000 competitors, she finished in the top 15 percent – and in her age division, she came in 4th out of 294 runners.  (Editor’s note: We try to avoid editorial comment in this newsletter – but Wow!)

Dr. Mitch TurnerAssociate Professor of Music Dr. Mitch Turner was selected to perform at PdCon09 – Third International Puredata Convention – in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in July.  He'll be performing his latest electronic music composition, “Kreuzspiel Remix.”  Using his iPhone as an instrument, he will remix samples of the Stockhausen composition “Kreuzspiel” (translated as Cross Play) on his laptop via a wireless network.  You can hear an early version of the piece online.

The remix was written using Puredata, which is an open source multimedia programming environment for both artists and musicians.  PdCon focuses on open-source software.

LaGrange students Rylan Ciccarello, Josh Clinton, Woody Duke, Tegan Johnson, John McClain and Larson Miniard came to the rescue of a family of six whose boat foundered in West Point Lake this past weekend. The LaGrange students boated out to the family, provided everyone with a life jacket and helped them into rescue boats.

Roger and Darlene Stephens are hosting a celebration for the Panther Golf Team at the Highland Country Club on Thursday, May 7, at 6 p.m. There will be a cookout and putting contest along with IPOD prizes.

On April 23, the Zeta Pi Chapter of Delta Mu Delta held its eighth annual induction ceremony at LaGrange College. The 11 new members inducted were Cindi Angulo, Justin Baker, Elizabeth Cummings, Chris Drake, Lindsey Elkins, Kathy Givins, Eric Heath, Ashley Hoglund, Scott Kimbrell, Kyle Storey and Bo Tiller. Graduating seniors also were presented with their honor cords at the ceremony.

May birthdays

1 Pat Barrett
  Charlene Baxter
  Julia Dyar [R]
4 Anthony Wilson
5 Joan Wilson
8 Willette Phillips [R]
11 Susan Hancock
13 David Ahearn
14 Wendy Adcock
16 Brandon Fetner
18 Becky Anderson
20 Mark Isenhour
23 Lee Richter
  Mae Towns [R]
25 Roland Cousins [R]
  Erika Kastner
27 Charles Evans
28 Jennifer Knox
30 Mary Lou Dabbs
31 Essie Cleaveland [R]

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