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Arts & Sciences

Elizabeth F. Beckemeyer (MS ’77) of Greensboro was named an honorary member of the Entomological Society of America. Stephen Miss (MA ’96) of Belmont, N.C., was named athletic director at Belmont Abbey. Theodore McCarthy III (PhD ’98) was honored with the Compton Crook Award for his science-fiction novel Germline, the first in a trilogy followed by Exogene and Chimera. Julia Elliott (PhD ’01) of Cayce, S.C., received one of six 2012 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Awards. Kelly Carolyn Gordon (PhD ’01) of Brevard, N.C., was honored with the Vera Mowry Roberts Award for Research and Publication for her essay “Class Act(resses): How Depression-Era Stage Actresses Utilized Conflicting Gender Ideals to Benefit Their Community.” Dug Schwalls (M ’02) of Moultrie was named to the 40-Under-40 list by Produce Business Magazine. James E. Giesen (PhD ’04) of Starkville, Miss., received the first Deep South Book Prize for Boll Weevil Blues: Cotton, Myth and Power in the American South. Jonathan Penland (PhD ’04) was named dean of the School of Christian Ministries at Toccoa Falls College. Tara Vogelien (MS ’04) of Kannapolis, N.C., received the Award for Excellence from North Carolina State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Jason Ogg (MM ’07) now heads Central Wyoming College’s instrumental music program.


Beth Reese (MAcc ’92) of Naperville, Ill., was named president of Nicor Gas, AGL Resources’ largest natural gas utility. Raygan Evans (MAcc ’03) of Atlanta was promoted to senior manager at Bennett Thrasher PC.


L. Paul Sands (EdD ’68) of Jackson, Tenn., was honored with a bridge dedication ceremony for his work in helping deserving students obtain scholarships for college. Diane Smathers (EdD ’80) of Westminster, S.C., was elected president of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Melody Hall (MEd ’83) of Deland, Fla., was elected president for the 2012-13 term of My Florida Regional MLS. Sharon Horne (MEd ’94, PhD ’98) of Auburndale, Mass., received the $25,000 Beckman Award for teaching. Suzanne Miller (MEd ’96) of Suwanee was named principal of Oconee County Middle School. Michael Nixon (MEd ’00) of Woodstock was named state coordinator for the Georgia High School Mock Trial Competition. Eric Wearne (MA ’02) of Suwanee was elected board chair of the Latin Academy Charter School in Atlanta. David T. Kendrick (MEd ’04, EdS ’09) was named Teacher of the Year for Madison County. Jee Hae Lee (MEd ’04, PhD ’10) became a citizen of the United States of America May 1, 2010. Sue Henderson (PhD ’08) of Fresh Meadows, N.Y., was named president of New Jersey City University.


Carl E. Sanders (JD ’48) of Atlanta was inducted into the Academy of Richmond County Hall of Fame. Charles B. Mikell Jr. (JD ’76) of Savannah retired Aug. 31 from his career as a Georgia Court of Appeals judge. Tim Pape (JD ’77) of Rome resigned after more than 30 years as Floyd County juvenile court judge. Kevin Gough (JD ’87) of Brunswick became public defender of the five-county Brunswick Judicial Circuit. Jadun McCarthy (JD ’05) was named the 2012 Georgia Teacher of the Year. John Templeton (JD ’11) of Atlanta joined the law firm of Patrick, Beard, Schulman & Jacoway P.C.

Public and International Affairs

Steve Blades (MPA ’81) of Brentwood, Tenn., was named interim chief executive officer for the Louisiana Heart Hospital.