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Class Notes Spring 2013

April 5, 2013
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Joseph Felder (‘11) offers encouragement to a bomb-sniffing dog, Kandy, during a briefing for an early morning raid in Baghdad, Iraq, in 2009. Spc. Felder was then a medic with the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division. He’s currently a PA student at Idaho State.
Photo by Staff Sgt. James Selesnick


Brad Gardner

From Buies to Broadway

It was just five years ago when Brad Gardner (’09), then a student in Campbell University’s music department, was playing Rhapsody in Blue in Scott Auditorium before a crowd that included many of his friends and classmates.

Uknown to Gardner at the time, also watching was the mother of Mary-Mitchell Campbell — a North Carolina native, Juilliard graduate and musical director on Broadway. Campbell's mother enjoyed Gardner’s performance and told her daughter it. In no time, Gardner found himself interning for her production, "The Addams Family," on Broadway. After his graduation in 2009, Gardner made New York City his home and since has worked for and played in several Broadway productions, including "La Cage Aux Folles" and "Silence! The Musical."

Gardner spoke with music and theater students inside that same Scott Auditorium in February to talk about his career and to offer advice to those considering a life in the theater. He was joined by twins Will and Anthony Nunziata, who performed with Gardner in a series of shows across the U.S. this year.

“What I learned at Campbell prepared me for this,” Gardner told the students. “I never realized how much I would use theory or sight singing … or music history. Every single class was important, and I’m using what I learned on a daily basis.”


Cenieth Catherine Elmore

Out of her element, Cenieth Elmore was a quiet, gentle presence at Campbell University for 30-plus years. Behind the keys of a piano, however, she created beautiful sounds, and her music inspired thousands of students during her time in Buies Creek.

Elmore died in July and was buried at Perry’s Chapel Baptist Church in Raleigh. She was 82.

A graduate of Franklinton High School and UNC-Greensboro, Elmore earned two masters degrees and a PhD from UNC-Chapel Hill before joining the music department to teach piano and music history at Campbell in 1963. She retired just over 30 years later, yet remained active in musical affairs at Campbell, UNC-Greensboro, UNC-Chapel Hill and Meredith College. She was also president of the Raleigh Piano Teachers Association and served in numerous music-related organizations.

“She was one of the pillars of the music department for years,” said Campbell associate professor of music Richard McKee, who replaced Elmore in 1994. “She was highly respected by our students and a fine musician. I heard her perform a few times … she was very talented.”

Nicole Byrd-Phelps, a 1990 Campbell graduate who went on to a career as a music teacher, said Elmore was dedicated to her profession and never missed a class. She expected that same dedication from her students, Byrd-Phelps said.

“I am thankful for all she did for me and for Campbell University during her many years teaching there,” she said. “That was a very precious time in my life, and she was an important part of it.”

Friends We will Miss

Rebecca B. Maness (’42), Jan. 24
Dr. Harold B. Wells, Sr. (’00), Jan. 23
Thomas B. Hunt (’02), Jan. 19
Linda Towler (’69), Jan. 17
Betty B. Brock (’59), Jan. 16
Wilsona L. Burke (’66), Jan. 14
Wade M. Stewart (’66), Jan. 14
Glenn B. Coats (’68), Jan. 13
William A. Johnson (’39), Jan. 13
Helen A. Smith (’38), Jan. 13
Charles A. Hester (’48), Jan. 10
Dr. John B. Cheatham Sr. (’71), Jan. 6
Elton Edwards (’37), Jan. 5
Janie M. Rogers (’56), Dec. 28
Frank H. Upchurch (’77), Dec. 28
Rev. Willie Shepard Jr. (’59), Dec. 19
Leah E. Avery (’67), Dec. 18
Gertrude P. Johnson (’49), Dec. 18
Robert A. Nery, Jr. (’71), Dec. 12
Dr. Albert C. Lynch (’69), Dec. 8
Edna S. Stephens (’66), Nov. 27
Mildred M. Gruver (’52), Nov. 26
Preston M. Avery (’52), Nov. 24
Peggy R. Flora (’67), Nov. 19
Raymond T. Courie (’59), Nov. 16
Jackie L. Sistrunk (’72), Nov. 14
George A. Warrick (’53), Nov. 12
Cenieth C. Elmore, July 9

Class of ’66

George “Jerry” Oliver (’66 BS), a Smith Moore Leatherwood attorney, was named by North Carolina Super Lawyers Magazine as a top attorney in 2013 for his work in employment and labor law. Fewer than 5 percent of attorneys in the state are selected to the exclusive list of “Super Lawyers.”

Class of ’74

Celeste Parker Freeman (’74 BS) will retire in May after teaching kindergarten and first grade for 36 years. She lives in Aztec, N.M., with her husband Mark.

Class of ’82

Ashley H. Story (’82 JD) joined the Campbell Law School Board of Visitors. He is the managing partner of the Raleigh office of Troutman Sanders. His practice focuses on the development, construction, permitting, acquisition and sale of retail, industrial and office property.

Class of ’89

Gerald Franklin Hemphill (’89 BA), president of GPH Insurance Agency in Richmond, Va., was the recipient of the 2012 PIA Outstanding Agent of the Year award at the annual awards ceremonies of the Professional Insurance Agents Association of Virginia and the District of Columbia. He was recognized with the highest honor for a career of insurance industry. He and his wife Lori Hemphill (’88) are in business together. They have two daughters, Ashley and Taylor.

Class of ’91

Debby P. Futrell (’87 BS/’91 PH) was named president and CEO of the North Carolina Area L Health Education Center in Rocky Mount.

Class of ’92

Bill Gentry (’92 PH) was named assistant dean of admissions and student programs at South College School of Pharmacy in Knoxville, Tenn.

Class of ’93

Jennifer Burch (’93 PH) was elected to the Board of International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists.

Class of ’95

Robert A. Sar (’95 JD) joined the Campbell Law School Board of Visitors. He is a shareholder and trial lawyer with the national labor law firm, Ogletree Deakins.

Class of ’96

Michael Adams (’96 PH) was named assistant dean for graduate and inter-professional education for the Campbell University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences.

Class of ’97

Melissa Johnson ('97 PH) earned certification as an HIV pharmacist from the American Academy of HIV Medicine.

White & Allen attorney John C. Bircher (’97 JD) was named to North Carolina Super Lawyers 2013, a listing of outstanding lawyers around the nation who have a notable degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. He was recognized in the categories of Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights. This is the second year he has been selected. He practices law in New Bern.


Attorney Anthony Biller (’97 JD) with Coats and Bennett PLLC, an intellectual property law firm, was awarded the 2013 Client Choice Award by Lexology and the International Law Office.

Class of ’98

Deandra Leigh Stewart (’05 BS) and Eric Scott Tart (’98 BA) were united in marriage on Dec. 9, 2012, in Robert B. and Anna Gardner Butler Chapel on the campus of Campbell University.

Class of ’99

Amber Bedenbaugh Brantley ('03 PH), and Mark Brantley (’99 BS) announce the arrival of their daughter, Cecily Paige, on Dec. 4, 2012. Cecily weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces and was 20 inches long. Cecily was welcomed by big brother Ian (7) and big sister Trista (3).

Rob McMahan (’99 MBA/’00 PH) was selected by United Drugs as the company’s new president.

Travis '99

Melissa Cain Travis’s (’99 BS) first book, How Do We Know God is Really There?, will be released by Apologia Press in April. This illustrated children's book is the first in a series designed to communicate key Christian apologetics topics to elementary-age children.

Carlyle Hall (’99 BA/’05 MDiv) is the new pastor of Castalia Baptist Church in Castalia.

Class of ’00

Jeff Morris (’00 BS), who has been teaching math and coaching cross country in Perham, Minn., since 2002, led the cross country program to its first state title and first national championship. In May, Jeff will be honored at NHSCA Celebrity Banquet for Coach of the Year for boys cross country. NHSCA recognizes the coaches of the year from 22 high school sports and the high school athletes.

Class of ’01

Hurley '01

Jodie Ruth Hurley (’01 BA/’05 MBA) and William Freeman were united in marriage on Oct. 11, 2012, at Carter’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Selma.

Keith Faulkner (‘01MBA/JD) was elected to serve on the Wake County Bar Association and Tenth Judicial District Bar 2013 Board of Directors. He is one of six newly-elected board members.

Class of ’03

Nancy Pardue (’03 BA) was promoted to co-editor of Cary Magazine by S&A Cherokee Communications Company.

Robbie Byrd (’03 MDiv/ ’10 DMin) is the center director for the Fayetteville Family Life Center.

Class of ’04

Adam Petty ('04 BBA) and Brittany Sauls Petty ('11 BS) were married at the Grand Marquise Ballroom in Garner on Sept. 23, 2012.

Stacey Shaw Bruton (’04 PH) and husband Jason announced the birth of their son, Noah Paul, on Aug. 8, 2011.

Elizabeth Huff Botner (’04 BS/’08 MA) earned her Doctor of Education in counseling psychology with a minor in counselor education and supervision from Argosy University in August 2012.

Class of ’05

Casey Johnson (’05 PH) was named 2012 Community Preceptor of the Year by Campbell University’s PharmD class of 2012. She works at Creech Drug Company in Selma.

Dean Andrew Dellinger (’05 JD) was named a partner at Drew Eckl & Farnham. He practices workers’ compensation law and counsels businesses, third-party administrators, insurers and self-insurers throughout Georgia.

Class of ’06

Drew Phillips (’06 MDiv), chaplain of the Christian Activity Center in East St. Louis, Ill., is one of CBF’s newly approved field personnel. Drew will be commissioned in June.

Class of ’07

Carole Courcoux-Allyn (’07 PH) announced the arrival of daughter Chloe, who was born Dec. 6, 2012.

Esther Parker (’07 MDiv) was called as the minister of Christian education and Children at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Raleigh.

Class of ’08

Pace '08

Christa Pace (’08 BA) and husband Brad welcomed a daughter, Michaela Marie Pace, on Jan. 15. Michaela weighed 9 pounds and was 21.5 inches long.

Benjamin McDonald (’08 BS) achieved certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Ben is a seventh-grade social studies teacher at LeRoy Martin Middle School in Raleigh and is married to Lori (Layman) McDonald (’09).

Monica Sandoval Oxendine (’08 PH) and her husband Chris announced the birth of their daughter, Malia Christine Oxendine, on Dec. 17, 2012. Malia weighed 8 pounds, 5 ounces.

Ryan Swanson (’08 PH) and Kristina Swanson announced the adoption of Oksana Havily Swanson. Oksana was born on May 23, 2011, and arrived home from Russia on
Oct. 11, 2012.

Chad Whitley (’08 MDiv) is pastor of Poplar Springs Baptist Church in State Road.

Jacob Peterson (’08 BA/’12 MDiv) and Rachel Peterson welcomed Jack Thomas Peterson to their family on Dec. 29, 2012.

Class of ’09

Sharon Ross Jones (’11 PH) and Jeffrey Tingen (’09 MBA/PH) announced their engagement and will be united in marriage on Oct. 19, in Ridge, Md.

Phillips '09

Allison Marie Phillips (’09 BS) and Jonathan Michael Beam (’13 PH) were united in marriage on Aug. 11, 2012, in Robert B. and Anna Gardner Butler Chapel on the campus of Campbell University

Ricky Warren (’11 MDiv) was called to work at the North Carolina Foundation for Christian Ministries.

Amanda Nichole Johnson (’09 BA) and Matthew Alan Johnson were united in marriage on Oct. 6, 2012, in Robert B. and Anna Gardner Butler Chapel on the campus of Campbell University.

Class of ’11

Kayla Marie Faircloth (’11 BS) and Matthew Joseph Fahey (’11 BS) were united in marriage on June 9, 2012, in Robert B. and Anna Gardner Butler Chapel on the campus of Campbell University.

Leslie Jarvis (’11 BSPS) and Thomas Ivey (’11 BBA) were engaged on New Year’s Eve. Leslie currently works as a Lab Analyst but will soon be promoted to analytical chemist at Metrics Inc. in Greenville. Thomas will enter the Army Officer Candidate School in Fort Benning, Ga., beginning in February.

Class of ’12

Brianne Rothrock Hauser (’12 BA) and Byron Michael Hauser (’12 BS) of Winston-Salem were joined in marriage on Oct. 20, 2012. They now reside in Mebane. Brianne is an EDI project manager at LabCorp, and Byron is a clinical trials assistant II at Duke University Medical Center.

Lt. Sean A. Valdez (’12 PH) with Medical Service Corps was commissioned as an officer into the United States Navy in May 2012. Valdez thanks his Campbell family for helping him achieve his goals.

Abby Whitt (’12 PH) is happy to announce her engagement to David Alan Chaney II. The wedding is scheduled for fall 2013.

Phillip “Hunter” Gillespie (’12 JD) has joined the Auger & Auger firm as an associate personal injury attorney.

Nathan Tuttle (’12 MDiv) and Tara Tuttle welcomed Charlotte Hope Tuttle to their family on Nov. 20, 2012.

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