Montreat College Alumni Newsletter | March 5, 2019

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ALC Members
Cameron Boles ‘13
Ed Carroll ‘10
Caroline Clark ‘13
Jesse Gardner ‘02
Rylan Hincher ‘19
Eddie Karriker ‘00
Rob Lewis ‘95
Brenda Owens ‘13
Anthony Rodriguez ‘06
Kathy Stringer ‘77
Katherine Torrance ‘13

Board of Trustees Alumni Members
William Haynes ‘85
Beau (Richard) Moffatt ‘02
Justin Ramb ‘94
President’s Advisory Council Alumni Members
Fran Conger Aceto ‘75
Ami Bobilya ‘99
Timothy Bugg ‘07
Javier Garcia ‘13
Jesse Gardner ‘02
Jennifer Guthrie ‘85
Larry Stringer ‘77
Featured Scripture
Montreat College’s Verse of the Year – Jeremiah 17:7-8 (NIV)
“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
    whose confidence is in him.
They will be like a tree planted by the water
    that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
    its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
    and never fails to bear fruit.”
Class Notes
  • Garlene Stutts Johnson ’56 passed away on December 23, 2018.
  • Coretta Henson Blanchette ’54 passed away on December 3, 2018. She is survived by daughter Martha Bovender ’88 and son Leighton Blanchette.
  • Reverend Willis Dowling ’77, brother to Helen Dowling ’79 and Benjamin Dowling III ’83 and father to Benjamin W. Dowling ’04, passed away on September 15, 2018, from a heart attack.
  • Shirley Pound Schaeffer ’63, sister to Amanda (Mandy) Morton ’81, passed away on July 19, 2018.
  • John Holland, husband to Mary Alice Payseur Holland ’63, passed away in July 2018 from pancreatic cancer.
  • William Rowland Cameron III ’79, brother to Elizabeth Suzanne Cameron ’82, passed away on November 27, 2017, at the age of 60.
  • Geneva Jenkins Clodfelter ’74 passed away on August 13, 2017.

Josh Kilgo ’16 and his wife Latreece welcomed their first daugher Lundyn on June 3, 2018. Now 7 months old, Lundyn is learning and growing fast, and loves to explore while crawling around on her tummy. The Kilgos are finishing up graduate degrees at Wheaton College in May and are excited to see what God has next!
Madison Shavers ’15 and husband Akira Shavers ’16 welcomed their first son Jude on June 16, 2018. He was 6 lbs. 6 oz. Maddie and Akira have enjoyed every part of being parents. Jude loves seeing his daddy when he comes home from work, and there isn’t a moment when he isn’t talking. The Shavers love that God chose them be Jude’s parents!
Cameron Boles ’13 wed Laura Snider on September 1, 2018, in Graham Chapel. Cameron and Laura met at Grace Community Church in Marion, NC. Cameron is forever grateful to Montreat Adjunct Professor and Grace Community Church Lead Pastor Jerry Lewis, and his wife Wendy, who originally connected him with Laura!
Alumni in the News
" Surprised by Agape is the story of Justin Wiggins’ dark night of the soul. The book traces his journey from cultural Christianity through agnosticism to atheism and then to a redeeming faith in Christ. It is a loving testimony to roles that George MacDonald and C. S. Lewis played in Wiggins’ life, and especially the books that led him out of the darkness and into the light."

-Don King, Shalom in Christ
Don King with Justin Wiggins at The Kilns
Test your building knowledge:

  1. What was the Alba Hotel used for?
  2. Where was it located?
  3. What happened to it?

Answers at the end of the newsletter!
Each issue will feature a Montreat alum who exemplifies Montreat College’s mission in one or more areas of the following: intellectual inquiry, spiritual formation, and preparation for calling and career. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Kevin Auman ’92, professor and alum of Montreat, to discuss his impactful experiences as both a student and faculty member of the college. 

When did you attend Montreat College, and what did you study?
I came in January of 1988, and I finished in May of 1992. We di dn’t have a Communication degree like we do now, so I got a Bachelor’s of Arts in English with a concentration in Communication, and a minor in Cross Cultural Studies and Music. Today I serve as Associate Professor of  Music Business at Montreat College.

You can read the full interview with Kevin Auman online. >> Read More
From Fran Conger Aceto ’75 : Classes 1974 and 1975 at Homecoming 2018 at the Black Mountain Bistro

Standing Angelina Giampacaro Spencer ’74 , John Porter ’75 , Debbie Otwell Elmore ’75 , Pam Eastridge ’74 , Fran Conger Aceto ‘75

Sitting Bryan Pillsbury ’75 , Rob Schermerhorn ’74 , Natalie Wann Schermerhorn ‘74
From Geniese Gilman ’78 :
On steps of Gaither Hall at Homecoming 1988
From Geniese Gilman ’78 :
Outside of Gaither Hall at Homecoming 1993

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  • The men's basketball team qualified for the 28th annual NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball National Championship. They compete against Mount Vernon Nazarene University on March 7 and 5 p.m. EST. >> Read More
  • Publication of book 48 Hours by Faculty Fellow and Professor of History William Forstchen in January 2019
  • Growth of Montreat College Cybersecurity program and reputation >> Read More
  • Sophmore Lydia Wilson becomes 4-time All American >> Read More
  • Men’s cross country squad finishes 21st in nationals. Coach Lewkowicz named USTFCCCA South Region Coach of the Year. >> Read More
  • Men’s golf set a new school scoring record. >> Read More 
  • Montreat College earned an impressive ranking for low student debt. >> Read More
What was the Alba Hotel used for? The Alba Hotel was used to temporarily house the Montreat Normal School from 1924-1929.

Where was it located? It existed across from Lake Susan.

What happened to it? The Alba Hotel was completely destroyed by a fire in 1945. It was then rebuilt out of stone to become fireproof, and in 1950 it was renamed as Howerton Hall and now is known as Howerton Residence Hall for men.
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