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1977

The Madison County Arts Council hosted the exhibition, "Tim Barnwell—Thirty Years in the Mountains: A Photographic Retrospective," in fall 2010. Barnwell is a noted photographer, who documents life throughout the Southern Appalachians.

1984

Leslie Shaw won the American Advertising Federation's Asheville Chapter 2010 Member of the Year award. A longtime professional graphic artist, she is the owner of Leslie Shaw Design in downtown Asheville.

1989

Mark Eller opened a Chik-fil-A franchise in Wilkesboro, N.C., in May 2010.

Scott Tuttle has been named head golf professional at Maggie Valley Club & Resort in Western North Carolina.

1991

John Howard Smith is an associate professor of History at Texas A&M University.

1993

Larry Paul lives in Guadalajara, Mexico, teaching English.

For the past two seasons, Mike Shildt, former Bulldog baseball player and assistant coach, has been manager of the Johnson City Cardinals in the Appalachian Rookie Baseball League. In addition, Shildt is a member of the St. Louis Cardinal's spring training staff, working closely with Manager Tony LaRussa and his major league staff.

1994

Keith Goode works as the director of search engine optimization for Austin-based SpareFoot.com, an online marketplace for self-storage.

Morgen A. Houchard is the executive director of personnel, curriculum and instruction for Mitchell County Schools. She resides in Spruce Pine, N.C.

1995

Carruth Lovin has been promoted to senior manager at Toyota Tsusho America, and serves as operations manager of distribution warehouses in the U.S. and Mexico.

Jack Newton and Michael Kay were married in June 2010 in Lake Champlain, Vt.

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1996

Douglas Palmer is a history professor at Walsh University in Ohio.

1997

Shannon Davis and Frank Hirtz welcomed the birth of their daughter, Alexandra Lillian Hirtz, in November 2009.

Jake Elks and Susan Still Elks welcomed their second child, Claire Ashling Elks, in April 2010.

Deborah Hart received a master's degree in Strategic Studies from the Army War College in 2009. She is currently serving as a Foreign Service Officer in Cairo, Egypt, and studying Arabic at the American University in Cairo. She specializes in public diplomacy and reconstruction and stabilization in post-conflict areas.

1998

Brian Castle recently joined the Chapel Hill firm Thought Leader Select as director of Global Marketing and Client Relations, which provides solutions for the biopharmaceutical industry.

Jennifer Peterson Singh and Pravin Singh welcomed their twins, Penelope Rebecca and Micah Preston Singh, in October 2009.

Former Bulldog volleyball standout Cally Geiger currently serves as head volleyball coach at The Citadel in Charleston, S.C.

1999

Charlie Casey Cobb is an assistant professor of History at Roane State Community College.

Kevin Martin and Jennifer Martin welcomed the birth of their daughter, Brynley Charlotte Martin, in June 2010.

2000

Courtney Skillman Dozier and Nicholas Dozier welcomed the birth of their twins, Nicholas and Lauren Dozier, in March 2010. Courtney received a master's degree in Organizational Change and Leadership from Pfeiffer University in 2009.

Kenya Smith, who holds a master's degree in Management, works as director for TBS/TNT/TCM Digital Platforms & Ad Sales Promotions.

Adam Wiseman teaches at North Cove Elementary in Marion, N.C. He is pursuing a master's degree in Instructional Technology through Appalachian State University.

Professional mountain biker Willow Koerber wrapped up the 2010 season as her most successful ever. She placed second at a World Cup in Belgium; second at a World Cup in the United Kingdom; won a Pan American championship; won the bronze medal at the UCI World Championships in Quebec; and ended the year as the number-two-ranked mountain biker in the world.

2001

Ben Erlandson received a doctorate in Educational Technology from Arizona State University in May 2010. He recently was appointed assistant professor of Instructional Science and Technology at California State University, Monterey Bay.

2002

Paul Beaton received a Juris Doctor degree from Yale Law School and a Master's of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies in May 2010.

Melanie Currie lives in Bangkok, Thailand, and is a missionary with Mission to the World, a church building and ministry organization.

Luke Knox has been named lead sports designer with the Boston Globe.

2003

Lauren Alane Corn is engaged to Richard Bryce Nations. Corn is a third-year law student at the University of Georgia.

Jennifer Davis of Old Fort, N.C., has been named Operation Christmas Child's regional manager for Western North Carolina and South Carolina. Since 1993, the program has distributed more than 69 million donated gift boxes to needy children in 130 countries.

2004

Studio 103 in Black Mountain, N.C., hosted a solo exhibition of recent paintings by Benjamin Betsalel in September 2010.

Christina Clayton Brandal and Keith Brandal welcomed the birth of their daughter, Allison Hope Brandal, in February 2010.

Rena Jones Eller and Jonathon Eller were married in June 2009.

Robert Gilmer is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History at the University of Minnesota.

Sean "Jinx" Pace received a prestigious North Carolina Visual Artist Fellowship and $10,000 grant. He was also named an "Emerging Visual Artist on the Verge for 2010" by WNC magazine.

Shannon Siemens works as program coordinator of donor communications at the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts in Vienna, Va.

2005

Tiffany Lee Hedgpeth and Nathan Hedgpeth welcomed the birth of their son, Payton Lee Hedgpeth, in April 2009.

2006

Christina Brooks completed a master's degree in counseling and now works as coordinator for a youth career center in Virginia Beach.

Belinda Brown and Matthew Gray were married October 2010.

Artist Emily Knight was featured in the cover story of June 2010 issue of Bold Life magazine.

Veronica Marshall received a master's degree in elementary education from the University of Maryland College Park in May 2010.

Emily Clare Sharples is the career center coordinator with the Duke Law Center and Professional Development Center.

2007

Katie Rozycki has been named development specialist at the Florence Crittenton Services of North Carolina, located in Charlotte. Previously, she served on the development staff at Johnson & Wales University.

Wendy Segars is a Peace Corps volunteer in Chongqing, China.

2008

Mary Christina Council and Chris Michael Foster were married in May 2010. They reside in Durham, N.C.

Bethany Haagsma and Thomas Christmann were married in Ramstein, Germany, in March 2010.

Halley Lawrence has Joined Groupon.com as a quality assurance editor.

Devon Sanchez-Ossorio received a master's degree in college student personnel from Western Carolina University.

Mark Shell received a master's degree in Education with a concentration in student affairs administration from Old Dominion University in May 2010.

Mary "Mollie" Stauss received a master's degree in Sociology from the University of Colorado at Boulder in May 2010.

Kyle Smith was named fitness coordinator at Haywood Regional Health & Fitness Center in June 2010. He is certified as a USA Sports Performance Coach and serves as a personal trainer for the center.

2009

Raymond Hill began working for the Office of Information Technology at the U.S. Federal District Courthouse in Washington, D.C., in March 2010.

Erica Little is pursuing a master's degree in higher education and organizational management at Drexel University.

Andrea Whitmire and Brian Whitt were married in June 2010. They reside in Weaverville, N.C.

2010

Lindsay Carver was hired as prevention coordinator for Buncombe County.
Lisa Cook and Lee Morrison were married in August 2010.

Emily Crabtree was named an "Emerging Visual Artist on the Verge for 2010" by WNC magazine.

Kaitlin Daniel received a competitive Grant-in-Aid of Research from Sigma Xi, the scientific research society, for her work on "A Survey Prior to Removal of a Dam on the North Toe River, Mitchell County, N.C."

In July 2010, Alan DeRatt, who had been playing for the Asheville Tourists minor league baseball team, was promoted to the Modesto Nuts, the Rockies' Class A Advanced franchise in the California League.

Tayler Harris works as a legal assistant with Messer Law Firm in Asheville.

Jill McDermott and Jared Dotson were married in August 2010.

Paul Tobler tied for first place for best student poster at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the Southern Division of the American Fisheries Society. His presentation addressed "Impacts of Stream Restoration on Fish and Macroinvertebrate Communities in Five Western North Carolina Streams."

Alumni Deaths

Adele Caldwell '38, May 2010
Frank Worley '39, April 2010
Robert Tucker '49, June 2010
James Owenby '59, April 2010
Thomas Warren '59, September 2010
Robin Clontz '86, April 2010
Margaret Lauzon '02, August 2010
Cela DeHart '08, May 2010

Faculty deaths

Walter Boland, Sociology, September 2010

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