Fall 2010 Class Notes

October 6, 2010

Dr. Noel H. Seicol writes, "In March 1943 I was drafted from my third year of pre-medical college and was sent by the U.S. Army for training in anti-aircraft at Camp Callan, Calif. (now it is the Torrey Pines Golf Course!). After 12 weeks of training, I was assigned to the Army Specialized Training Program and sent to John McNeese Junior College in Lake Charles, La., where I did three 12-week sessions. I was then sent to Baylor where I did four more sessions (each session completed a semester of school in only 12 weeks). I think had officially completed my pre-med although no degree was granted. I wound up spending nine months as a ward boy at an Army hospital (LaGarde General Hospital) in New Orleans following my first year of med school at Tulane. Meanwhile, I had married and my wife wished to go to New York when I was discharged, so I wound up getting my medical degree in Brooklyn, N.Y. In 1994, Baylor notified me that I was now a 'Golden Alumnus.' I would love to get back to Baylor some day. I loved being there!" Contact at 444 East Boston Post Rd., Mamaroneck, N.Y. 10543.


Dr. William F. Wagner, BA '45, a graduate of Baylor and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, has pastored Baptist churches in Alabama and Virginia since 1954. He is the author of numerous booklets and articles relating to interpretations of Scripture, and is the author of five books: Miss Rossie, The Life and Writings of Kahlil Gibran, One Another, First Reader in New Testament Greek, and most recently, The Character of a Christian: A Study of the Beatitudes. He resides in Falls Church, Va.


John Chiles, BBA '50, JD '52, and his wife Marie, an Alumna by Choice, were recently recognized by Baylor's Louise Herrington School of Nursing as two of the "100 Legends in the Line" for their support of the nursing school. The Dean's Board members established the John H. and Marie E. Chiles Endowed Scholarship Fund in Nursing and the Good Samaritan Dean's Fund. They are also the proud "parents" of John Houser, the high-fidelity simulation infant that resides at the nursing school. Contact at 8523 Thackery Street #9210, Dallas, TX 75225.


Patsy Williams Davis, BA '52, was named Grand Marshall in the Paris, Texas, Celebrate America parade on July 3. Her husband, Norman Davis, was Grand Marshall in 2006. Mrs. Davis has been active in historical and patriotic organizations. She is a board member and docent of Lamar County Historical Museum and serves on the Lamar County Historical Commission. Contact at 3535 Audubon Rd., Paris, TX 75460.


Perry Lassiter, BA '56, and Leigh Ann Powers, BSEd '98, are both contributors to The Letters of James and John: Real Faith, a BaptistWay Press Adult Bible Study Guide. Michael Godfrey, BMEd '77, PhD '05, contributed to the accompanying work, The Letters of James and John: Real Faith: BaptistWay Adult Bible Teaching Guide. Lassiter is a veteran curriculum writer. He served as a pastor for more than 45 years and continues to preach and to serve churches as an interim pastor. He is a member of First Baptist Church, Ruston, La. Powers is a member of First Baptist Church, Winters, Texas, where her husband, Heath, serves as pastor. They have two children. Godfrey, a part-time lecturer at Truett Seminary, serves as executive director and chairman of the board of True Course Ministries, Inc., and president of True Course Living, Learning, and Leading, both based in Robinson, Texas. View samples of the study guide and teaching guide at http://www.bgct.org/TexasBaptists/Page.aspx?pid=705#LJJ.


Haven L. Wells, BS '57, writes, "How does time fly! I left Ft. Hood, Texas, on Sept. 20, 1955, but I had permission to enroll at Baylor from my company commander and I was able to start classes on schedule. Several friends from Killeen and Marlin gave some strong hints about how great Baylor was for academics and religion. What a wise choice that was! My wife (Ruth Glasgow Wells) and I moved to Marlin from Killeen. She taught first grade there while I commuted with several friends to Baylor. We have had 60 wonderful years together and often talk about the great years at Killeen, Marlin and Baylor. God bless Baylor!" Contact at 2801 Patricia Dr., LaMarque, TX 77568 or euchie@sbcglobal.net.

Roland E. Hill, BA '57, and Mary Davis Hill celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Sept. 2. Hill was recently recognized by the Pasadena [Texas] Police Department for 35 years of service as a volunteer chaplain. He served 31 years as pastor of First Baptist Church Pasadena before retiring 12 years ago. He also pastored five other Texas churches.


Dr. Jerry C. McGee, BA '59, resides with his wife, Carol, in Huntsville, Texas, where he is a retired professor at Sam Houston State University. They have two children. McGee is currently a board member at West Hill Institute in Mexico City. He formerly served as superintendent, and his work has appeared in more than 100 publications.


Donald G. Couser, BA '60, has been voted by his peers into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame. Induction will be in November in Houston. He is most identified with San Antonio stations KONO and WOAI, and KDOK in Tyler, Texas. Don was the voice of his sidekick, George the Duck, who was named after his Baylor adviser, the late George Stokes. In addition to his career in radio, Couser was the first host of "Swingtime," a show on ABC TV affiliate KONO (now KSAT) from 1964 to 1966, and he was a college instructor at San Antonio College from 1968 to 1980. Contact at 6005 W. Ammann Rd., Bulverde, TX 78163 or donaldg.couser@gmail.com.


Betty Graham Hassler, BA '67, has authored Living Between the Ditches: When God Makes No Sense, published by CrossBooks in 2009. The fictional story of 30-something Layton Brooks, who journeys from the ditch of knowing about God to the ditch of feeling deserted by God, is interspersed with biblical content to help readers examine their own views of God, understand how spiritual ditches hamper their spiritual progress, and determine to stay on the narrow road to God's house, avoiding the ditches.


Dr. Ronald L. Whitlatch, BFA '70, has worked in the field of substance abuse treatment for 21 years, from client contact to program administration. He has served as senior pastor of the Family of God Church in Casper, Wyo., for 29 years. He and his wife, Mary Fair Whitlatch, BFA '70, have been married 39 years. Contact at 3880 Plateau Place, Casper, WY 82604 or drwhit@bresnan.net.


J.A. (Andy) Dement, BSED '71, and Peggy Shuler Dement, BSED '72, took advantage of the Easter break to treat three of their grandchildren (Kelli, Hunter and Lauren Little) visiting from Louisville, Ky., to a Baylor baseball game and to spend a day on the Baylor campus. They are the children of Stephanie Little, BBA '99, and Jarrod Little, BS '98. Contact at 29 Harbor View Drive, Sugar Land, TX 77479 or andydement@aol.com.


Bear Craig Woznick, BBA '75, has won the Masters World Championships of Tandem Surfing each of the last two years. He has a new book deal with Hachette Book Group for his book, The Wave: A Surfer's Guide to Riding the Waves of the Holy Spirit. Woznick is president of The Wave of Good Deeds, Inc., president of The Bear Financial Group, Inc., and co-president of The International Tandem Surfing Association, Inc.


Lana Rolf Myers, BFA '76, JD '81, was appointed by Texas Governor Rick Perry as a justice on the Fifth District Court of Appeals in December 2009. She is the Republican candidate for this same position in the November 2010 election. At the time of her appointment, she was the judge of the 203rd Judicial District Court in Dallas County, a position she held for almost 15 years. Contact at 422 Downing Drive, Coppell, TX 75019 or justicelanamyers@gmail.com.


On May 19, 2010, Dr. Johnny Zummo, BS '77, DDS '82, was awarded the coveted crystal heart from the Houston Business Journal and named the "Dental Health Care Hero" for community services and dedicated work to the field of pediatric dentistry. Contact at Johnnyzum@yahoo.com.


Author Judy McWhorter, BMEd '78, has been discovering lessons from God by way of her canine companions for many years, and has compiled them in her new book, Devotions for Dog Lovers: Life Lessons from Canine Companions. McWhorter currently resides in Rockwall, Texas, and has had a rewarding career working in human resources for the federal government. A portion of the proceeds of this book will be donated to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. See her website at judymcwhorter.tatepublishing.net.


Dr. Jerry Edmonson, BA '84, graduated from Bakke Graduate University in June 2010 with his Doctor of Ministry degree in transformational leadership for the global city. Edmonson is the founding and lead pastor of The Fellowship at Cinco Ranch in Katy, Texas, where he has served since 1994. He and his wife, Gail Eskew Edmonson, BSED '85, have two married daughters, Emily Farmer and Allison Stark, and a son, Wesley, who is a senior at Cinco Ranch High School. Contact at 23226 S. Warmstone Way, Katy, TX 77494 or jerry@thefellowship.org.

Joel Harlow, BBA '84, recently was presented with an award for his longstanding contributions to local Asian communities at the 7th Annual Asian American Heritage Foundation Banquet held in Atlanta. Presenters were Kiran Ahuja, Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, AAHF President Farooq Soomro and AAHF Chairman Ani Agnihotri. Harlow serves on the board of directors of "For the Kid in All of Us" which provides school supplies for kids in Atlanta public schools and collects gifts to distribute to families during the holidays. Recently, he was selected to join the board of directors for Jerusalem House, which provides permanent housing for homeless and low-income men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS. Contact at 1563 Cooks Pond Drive, Powder Springs, GA 30127 or jharlow827@yahoo.com.

Beth Hudson, BA '84, writes, "My husband Stephen, BA '82, and I met and fell in love at Baylor in the early '80s. His mother and two uncles had also attended Baylor. When it came time for my first born (daughter Emily, a Baylor sophomore) to look at colleges, we both told her that she needed to choose a college that best suited her and where she would be inspired to find her career. It was entirely up to her. She visited other schools, but the first time she went on a campus tour of Baylor she knew she ONLY wanted to be a Bear. Now she bleeds green and gold and has been chosen to be one of the drum majors for the BEST Big 12 marching band - the Golden Wave Marching Band! We are proud that she has carried on the family Baylor tradition, especially for choosing for herself a stellar university that stresses academics and Christian ideals. We know she'll go far!"


Dr. Lee Mulcahy, BA '86, teaches private skiing and snowboarding lessons for the Ski School of Aspen at Aspen's four mountains as well as Vail and Beaver Creek. He guides fly fishing, hiking, mountain biking and teaches mountain boarding in the summer around Aspen. Contact at 611 Pass Go Lane, Aspen, CO 81611 or skiaspen50@hotmail.com.

Trey Gowdy, BA '86, won the U.S. House of Representatives Republican primary for South Carolina District 4 over a six-time incumbent. After he left the U.S. Attorney's office in 2000, he was voted 7th Circuit Solicitor and was twice re-elected. Contact at www.treygowdy.com.


Matt Scales, BA '87, is senior producer for Fox Sports Southwest in Dallas. He recently won two silver and one bronze Telly Awards for Outstanding Sports Programming. A national and regional competition, the Telly Awards give only 42 Silver Awards out of 13,000 entries. Scales has been in sports television for 23 years and been recognized 21 times for his outstanding work.


Dr. Jim Larkin Page, BA '88, Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator-Master of Education/Science in Reading at Texas A&M University-Commerce, was recently named a Teaching in Excellence Award winner by the Texas A&M University System. This program honors top educators throughout the 11 branch campuses of the Texas A&M University System for excellence in classroom teaching. Awards are based solely on rankings from evaluations created and administered by students, with weighting for factors such as class size. In fall of 2010, Page began his fourth year at the university and teaches undergraduate, graduate and doctoral courses within the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Contact at larkin_page@tamu-commerce.edu.


Barbaree Ash Duke, BSED '89, recently finished two curriculum books to help integrate geospatial technologies into the classroom: Reading, Writing & Thinking Around the Globe: Geospatial Technologies for the English Language Arts Classroom and Beyond, and 20 Minute GIS for Young Explorers (by Duke, Anita Palmer and Roger Palmer). The two titles are available at gisetc.com/shop.

Mark Mathis, BA '89, has moved to 1405 Tyvola, Charlotte, NC 28210. Contact at mmathis@fox18wccb.com.

Matt Schoenfeld, BA '89, has been named senior consultant and director of the Stewardship System for Church Development, a captial stewardship campaign firm in Kansas City. He recently had three books published: Living Debt Free, Learning to Invest, and Managing Your Money (Beacon Hill Press). Contact at matt@church-development.com.

Dr. Levon Vartanian, BS '89, is a full-time emergency medicine physician in Houston. He also serves as the medical director for Cypress Creek EMS, which is the 911 ambulance service that provides emergency care to the citizens of Northwest Harris County. "I live in Spring with my wonderful wife, Susan, and two lovely children: Nicholas, age 10, and Chloe, age 8," he writes. Contact at vartanianlevon@att.net.



The correct e-mail address for Mary Bess Dalton, BBA '91, is mbdalton1@aol.com.


After serving as the regional director for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in the southwest and mountain west for seven years, Pete Havel, BA '92, recently took a position as a director in the public affairs practice of Burson-Marsteller, a leading PR, communications and public affairs firm. He, his wife Janie, and "future Baylor Bear Reagan (now 7)" live in Dallas. Contact at havel@sbcglobal.net.

Dr. Eric S. Powitzky, BS '92, is serving as president of Houston Society of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery. He also serves on the Board of Governors for the American Association of Otolaryngolgy and practices in Houston with The Center for ENT (centerforENT.com). He and his wife, Dr. Amy Powitzky, have two children, Ben and Ada. He is a mentor for pre-med students at Baylor University in health sciences and is very proud of his recent interns. He and Amy wish the best for this year's class as they prepare to enter medical school. Contact at epowitzky@gmail.com.


Susan Mathis Siren, BA '93, has moved to 2405 Corte Seville SE, Rio Rancho, NM 87124. Contact at susansiren@hotmail.com.

Travis Van Horn, BBA '93, MBA '94, was recently named one of Fort Bend County's Rising Stars, Top 40 Entrepreneurs and Executives under 40. He is market president for southwest Houston at Trustmark National Bank and serves as a director for the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce. Van Horn and his wife, Stephanie, have two daughters, Katelyn and Cassidy. Contact at tvanhorn@trustmark.com.


Kevin Moore, BBA '94, began a new job as chaplain with Lion Hospice. He serves patients and families throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. His wife, Dawn, continues to teach in Mesquite ISD. They have three children: Madison, age 9, Dylan, age 7, and Hunter, age 3, who keep busy with softball, baseball, and soon t-ball. Contact at 508 Buttercup Trail, Mesquite, TX 75149 or kevinmoore@tx.rr.com.


Three Baylor alumni working diligently in Plano (Texas) ISD for the district's new AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program are helping motivate students to go to college. District Coordinator Kristin Dreyer Anderson, BSEd '92, MSEd '94, Plano West Senior High Coordinator Allison Morrow, BSEd '00, and Plano East Senior High Coordinator Anne Mangefeste Rodgers, BSEd '97, are carrying out AVID's mission to ensure that all students, especially those in the academic middle, succeed in a rigorous curriculum and along a college preparatory path. Anderson is AVID's district-wide coordinator and has led efforts to expand the program to 16 campuses and to 1,100 students. By the 2010-2011 school year, all 22 Plano ISD secondary schools will have implemented the AVID program. Collectively, this year's AVID seniors were offered $440,000 in scholarships.

"As a Brazilian immigrant to the U.S. as a child, I never thought that I would be afforded the exceptional education that I received while at Baylor," says Rodgers. "Through the generosity of scholarships, I left Baylor with aspirations that I too would someday be able to impact the world around me - with a strong faith and higher education. As an AVID coordinator, I am now helping others achieve their college dreams and a better future for themselves and their families."


Chambers USA's Guide to America's Leading Lawyers for Business reviews and ranks individual lawyers and law firms by practice area in each state. J. Cliff McKinney II, BA '99, of the Little Rock, Ark., office of Quattlebaum, Grooms, Tull & Burrow PLLC, received recognition in the 2010 publication's rankings of individuals in the area of real estate.


Jennifer Mills Rodriguez, BSED '00, left the corporate realm to become the founder and executive director of Franny's House in Orangevale, Calif. Franny's House is a nonprofit organization inspired by Rodriguez's daughters, Alexandra Berke and Francesca Monique. The project is designed to help children in crisis to navigate their complex emotions and manage their stress levels. For more information, contact Jennifer at (916) 990-9793 or jen@frannyshouse.org.


Jaime Villarrial, BSED '01, was recently named head baseball coach at McGregor [Texas] High School. Villarrial graduated from McGregor High in 1996 and returns there after coaching the previous two years at Waco University High School.


Kara Kennedy Kirk, BBA '05, married Allan Kirk in August 2010. After graduation, she began working as an audit associate for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Dallas. She earned her CPA license in 2009. Her husband graduated from Harding University and is also a CPA. He is currently attending law school at UT-Austin, and Kara is now an audit senior associate for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Austin. Each spring, she assists PricewaterhouseCoopers with campus recruiting at Baylor.

CORRECTION: The correct degrees earned by Patrick Carvey are MACC '05, BBA '05.


Hayley Perkins Schwartz, BA '07, graduated with a Masters of Education in Kinesiology from Dallas Baptist University in August. She will be joining the faculty at DBU teaching undergraduate courses in kinesiology. She and her husband, Justin Schwartz, BBA '08, live in Dallas. Justin is employed with KPMG.


Nick Wagoner, BBA '08, was recently elected managing editor of the South Texas Law Review for 2010-11. Published quarterly, the Review has included articles by former U.S. Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist, Associate Justices William Brennan, John Paul Stevens and Clarence Thomas, along with Baylor's very own President Ken Starr, former judge of the D.C. Circuit.


Daniel Hare, JD '09, has been named athletic director at Western Oregon University in Monmouth, Ore. Hare worked as a development officer for the Baylor Bear Foundation prior to attending Baylor Law School and was most recently the director of athletic compliance at the University of Central Oklahoma in his hometown of Edmond, Okla. Western Oregon University is an NCAA Division II school offering 13 intercollegiate athletic programs and serving over 325 student-athletes. Hare and his wife, Adrienne, BA '06, reside in Monmouth.

Cale Dowell, BBA '09, writes, "Upon graduation, I took an job in Xiamen, China, to work for a high-end corporate gift manufacturing company called Barrington Handicrafts. My time overseas opened my eyes to a whole new culture and lifestyle, as well as a completely new way of doing business. Highlights of the trip: spending a week with the former ambassador of Guyana in Beijing, fishing with the locals in the Philippines, and eating silk worms in Shanghai! After Barrington, I served as director of operations for After Dark (no, not the Baylor talent show), which organizes college campus events across the nation to empower students with an opportunity to bring their peers to an event to hear the message of the Cross. Recently, I started work with the Navisys Group in Houston as the new associate director of leasing. Being in Houston has its perks: there's nothing like doing business with another Baylor grad! The best part about being a Baylor alumnus? The incredible network of individuals across the state and nation who will drop anything and everything at a moment's notice to help a fellow Bear. I'm learning that to be an alum is not just a status, but a commission to pay it forward to the next generation of leaders and to set a high standard for them to follow and surpass." Contact at cdowell@navisysgroup.com.

Lauren Machelle Jones, BSED '09, and Beau Carson Ballard were married June 5 in The Woodlands, Texas. The couple will reside in College Station as Beau completes his degree in mechanical engineering at Texas A&M University.


Laura Smith Morgan, BSED '10, married U.S. Air Force Captain Robert Morgan this summer. A large contingent of Baylor alumni and current students traveled to Chicago for their wedding.

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