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Spring 2004








From the President

Letter to the PC Community:

During the freshman and sophomore years, it is almost always the case that a handful of faculty stands out in the
minds of each student as untouchahles in the "Pantheon of Academic Gods." I remember a particular professor in
the religion department that 1 wanted to talk like, think like, hold a pipe like, and dress like! For me, he was the
perfect embodiment of intellectual grace and mature judgment.

During the junior and senior years, there is an interesting transition in perspective. The "Gods" don't fall from
the Pantheon; rather, students stand in their midst, discuss issues, put forward their own thoughts, and claim a level
of intellectual maturity that is at once both thrilling and powerful.

1 am keenly aware that the Pantheon differs tor each student. And, Presbyterian College is blessed with a large
number of outstanding teacher scholars from which to choose. However, in this issue of the PC Magazine, we are
focusing on those in the Pantheon who have been recognized in the annual, national selection of outstanding
faculty. These South Carolina Professors of the Year are truly remarkable Blue Hose. No other private or public
institution of higher learning has come close to having the number selected that we celebrate. Further, we are
delighted to add to this distinguished group the newest recipient. Dr. Robert Greenlee Hudson, Dana Professor of

Educational institutions are unique among human organizations in that their quality is measured solely by the
quality of their people. For us this equation focuses on faculty and students. 1 am convinced that the quality that
exists here secures PC's place as a liberal arts college ot singular significance.

Please accept my best wishes tor the joys ot the spring season. 1 can assure you there is nothing in this world like
life on a college campus in spring. It restores the soul and assures confidence in the future of our communities,
nation, and world.

Sincerely yours.

Presbyterian College

Spring 2004
Volume 57, Number 3


Steve Owens

Director of Commumaitiom


Hal Milam
Sta^' Writer

Jonathan Hooks
Graphic Designer

Comer H. "Randy" Randall 75
Director 0/ Alumni Relaiiom

Margaret Brown

A(imi?iisirarii'e Assistant for Alionni Relations

Allen Ansley '92
Sports In/ormation Director

Ginny Hrushka '04



Athletes in Action 2

Student-athletes at PC don't take

Basketweaving 101 or Rocks tor Jocks,

so Blue Hose alumni knew the importance

of answering a challenge that will help

make a new science center a reality.

4 Business Ethics

The late Robert Vance was a model
for business ethics. It was only fitting
that Robert McCoy, another respected
business leader, opened the PC lecture
series created in Vance's memory'.

Star Tech 8

Michael Hawley and Jaron Lanier have

different backgrounds, but they thoroughly

examined the role technology plays in

society — from computer generated music

to the world of virtual reality', — during the

inaugural Lanier Symposium at PC.

10 Guiding Lights

Millions around the globe are still
haunted by visions of 9/11 . Alumnus
Michael Lewis sought to light the
darkness with his stunning memorial.

Dr. Robert Hudson has assumed his
rightful place in Presbyterian College's
"Pantheon of Academic Gods" —
the group of five PC faculty members who
have been honored as South Carolina
Professors ofthe Year since 1991. No
other South Carolina college or university
boasts as many honorees.

Photo by Steve Owens

Photo Illustration by Jonathan Hooks


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Academic Gods 20

Talk to any PC graduate and you'll

.quickly leam that there is something special

about the college's faculty. The Council

for the Advancement of Education

and the Carnegie Foundation agree.

44 Lasting Impression

Cyrus the Scotsman holds the distinction
of being the world's largest bronze
Highlander. One young Blue Hose
was particularly impressed upon viewing
the statue for the first time.

Lord of the Rink

Ice in Greenville, S.C, once meant closed schools and
a run on milk and bread. These days, it means the
Greenville Grrrowl hockey team is ready to play on
the ice at the Bi-Lo Center and that general manager
Byron Rucker '84 is hard at work. The story unfolds
on page 34.


Former PC athletes
meet the challenge
of mini-campaign

Alan Smith 77, director of the Scotsman
Club, is the first to admit that the best way to
motivate him is to claim that a task cannot be

In fact, the former Blue Hose football player
was willing to bet that 199 additional former
PC athletes would feel the same way about a

Thus was born the "Athletes for Academics
and Athletics" challenge.

"One of the things Coach (Cally) Gault and
Coach (Bob) Strock always preached is that the
game isn't over until time runs off the clock. As
Blue Hose athletes, we stepped on the field to
win," Smith said. "The one constant about PC
student-athletes is that they also step into the
classroom to win. Our graduation rate for ath-
letes is consistently among the nation's best tor
any division of the NCAA.

"The time to issue a challenge that addressed
both an athletic need and an academic need was
right. I think the group that answered the call
proved that PC student-athletes are special."

An important physical need for athletics is
an improved weight room, including additional
space and upgraded equipment. A major physi-
cal need for academics is the new science center,
the largest capital project in the $160 million
Promise and the Challenge Campaign.

Combining those needs into one small cam-
paign, Smith issued the challenge to former Blue
Hose athletes: pledge $200 per year for the next
five years toward the science building and a new
weight room. Seeking 200 total contributors, the
"team" would collectively fund a $100,000 nam-
ing opportunity for the science building and pro-
vide another $100,000 toward a new weight room.

The roster began to fill quickly.

"It was gratifying to see so many Blue Hose
from different decades and from so many differ-
ent sports join in this cause," Smith said. "Half
ot the team was on board the first week. We filled
all remaining roster spots over the next three

"Every contributor to the Athletes for Aca-
demics and Athletics challenge is already a Scots-
man Club member who has made a gift to the
Annual Fund for operating expenses," he added.
"They agreed to do this on top of those gifts be-
cause they understand the importance of these

For some, the challenge was simply an op-
portunity to help their alma mater. For others, it
was much closer to the heart.

For example, former women's soccer standout
Heather Frederick '95 of Columbia, S.C., won the

first ot the team's 10 consecutive South Atlantic
Conference Scholar Athlete awards tor women's
soccer. That would he impressive enough, but
Frederick recognized the need for a new science
facility. You see, she spent much of her upper-
classman years in Richardson Hall before gradu-
ating and heading to the Medical University of
South Carolina to earn a degree in physical

That's a familiar story to others who joined
the campaign.

For instance, Dr. Alvin Sewell '77, a former
Blue Hose basketball player, is an anesthesiolo-
gist in Macon, Ga. Dr. Dana Chambers '91, a
former PC trainer, is now a family practice physi-
cian in Hickory, N.C. She and husband Wrappar
Kellett '89, a former Blue Hose football player,
both contributed to help future PC student-ath-
letes enjoy first-rate facilities.

Another former Blue Hose football player
also knows what the new science facility will mean
to PC. Dr. John Inman '73, the Charles A. Dana
Professor of Biology, has not only taught in
Richardson Hall since joining the PC faculty in
1980, but he also currently serves as the college's
faculty athletic representative.

"I was just very impressed when Alan talked
to me about the idea. It goes right to the heart of
what we're about here with athletics and academ-
ics," Inman said. "1 was pleased to see how quickly
people came on board and the readiness of do-
nors to see that connection."

Former Blue Hose soccer player Jeft Smith
'92 has a unique perspective on the campaign.
Not only has he maintained close ties with former
teammates and friends but, as PC's assistant di-
rector of major gifts, he also has taken the lead
role in the science building campaign.

Although an early donor, he requested the
final spot on the roster.

"I asked Alan to assign me the number 200
tor two reasons. First, because I believe seeing
the goal in sight helps to inspire completion of

the goal. Second, because the science building is
one of the focuses of my personal business goals,
this was my way of thanking everyone who met
the challenge and supported the campaign to its
completion" Smith said. "As an athlete from PC,
1 very much wanted to participate in this chal-
lenge, and I believe of equal importance is show-
ing our professors how much they mean to our
individual success and overall development as stu-

"PC has always been about academics first.
Students-athletes come to PC because it is a place
they can achieve an education of the highest cali-
ber while still allowing themselves the opportu-
nity to continue their interest in sports. When
you look at former student-athletes from PC, you
find presidents ot corporations, leading doctors
in their chosen fields, leaders of churches, and
many leaders of distinction in both the public and
private sector, including great military leaders.
The bottom line is that at PC, being an athlete is
a complement to being a student, not the focus
of your time on campus."

Alumni from 1941 to 2003 echoed those sen-
timents with pledges. The donors include six
members of the 1959 Tangerine Bowl football
team, three sets of brothers, and four fathers and

"This particular campaign is such a wonder-
ful statement by a group of alumni about how they
were impacted by both academics and athletics
while they were here at PC — how much they
valued their academic experience as much as their
athletic experience. It's a wonderful statement
of faith and commitment in two of PC's strongest
attributes," said Genevra Kelly, vice president for
advancement. "Our science faculty has done an
uicredible job of planning the needs for the new
biulding. Gifts like these will help us reach our
goal and make it a reality."

Through March, donors to the .science cen-
ter project have contributed $4.4 million toward
the first phase goal of $16 million.

PC Board of Trustees
approves promotions
and endowed chairs

The appointment ot four veteran members
of the Presbyterian College faculty to endowed
chairs has been confirmed by the college's board
of trustees, who also approved the promotion or
granting of tenure to eight additional members
of the faculty.

Now holding endowed chairs are:

* Dr. Booker Ingram, the Charles A. Dana
Professor of Political Science and current chair
of the department of political science.
Dr. Ingram, who joined the PC faculty in 1987,
succeeds to the Dana chair vacated by the retirement
of Dr. James Skinner and is one of fix'e PC Dana

•#■ Norman Scarborough, the William Henry
Scott III Associate Professor of Information
Science and one of the nation s foremost audiorities
on entrepreneurship and small business management.
A published scholar, he joined the department
ot economics and business administration in
1979. The new chair commemorates the benefi-
cence of William H. Scott III, a PC alumnus
whose gifts have richly benefited the college and
its academic and co-curricular programs.

* Dr. Suzanne Smith, the Robert M. Vance
Professor of Economics and Business Administration
and an alumna of the college. A former PC
Professor of the Year, she joined the faculty in
1987. She is the third member of the faculty to
hold the prestigious Vance Chair, which honors
the late Clinton business leader and former chair
oi the PC Board of Trustees.

* Dr. Dean Thompson, the Mary H. Edmunds
and de Saussure Davis Edmunds Professor of
English, former PC Professor of the Year, and
former CASE South Carolina Professor of the
Year. His appointment is to a new chair honoring
the memory of the Edmunds Family, whose legacy
may also be found in the college's Edmunds Hall
and Lectures and Fine Arts program.

The academic affairs committee of the board
interviewed four tenure candidates, each of whom
joined the PC faculty in 1998, during the
trustees' spring meeting. Approved for tenure and
promotion were:

* Dr. Bob Bryant, associate professor ot religion.

-* Dr. .'\nita Dutrow, associate professor of

* Ralph Paquin, associate professor of art.

*■ Dr. Grace Yeuell, associate professor of
religion/Christian education.

The trustees also unanimously endorsed the
recommendation that four members of the
faculty be promoted to full professor. They are:

* Dr. Jody Lipford, a member of PC's depart-
ment of economics and business administration
since 1991.

*• Dr. Dick Newman, who arrived at PC in 1997
and served as interim director of athletics for
three months in 2003.

* Lesley Preston, who has taught theater arts
since joining the PC faculty in 1991.

+ Dr. Jim Wet:el, a member ot PC's biology
department since 1990.

Cat7i Lanier

WdUam Plumer Jacobs Society
DIstrnguLshed Member Auwrd recipient

The spring meeting of the PC Board of
Trustees was intentionally scheduled to coincide
with the inauguration of the Lanier Symposium
on Technology and Society, on the occasion of
the annual Arnold Symposium. Members of the
William Plumer Jacobs Society, including Russell
Program benefactor Ernest Arnold and 2004
William Plumer Jacobs Society Distinguished
Member Award recipient Cam Lanier, were
special guests.

Seven new trustees joined the PC board at
the spring meeting. They are: Dr. John O. Akers
'70 of Ormond Beach, Fla.; William A. Gray '73
ot Atlanta, Ga.; the Rev. Dr. Paige M. McRight
of Orlando, Fla.; James "Hal" Roberts '62 ot Lake-
land, Fla.; William E. Scheu of Jacksonville, Fla.;
the Rev. Dr. George G. Wilkes '75 of Spartanburg,
S.C; and Larry L. Yonce '67 of Johnston, S.C.

Eye on the Goal- Rose Rhodes and
other members ot Presbyterian College's Board
of Visitors and Parents Council learned the ins
and outs of lacrosse, PC's newest sport, during
the groups' joint meeting in March. Members
also learned more about the revitalization of
Clinton and toured the community, and
discussed freshman reading. For more on
lacrosse and to meet the new Blue Hose
coaches, see the story on page 7.


Robert McCoy opens
Vance Lecture Series

As the retired chief financial officer and vice
chairman for the Wachovia Corporation and the
co-manager of the merger between his company
and First Union, Boh McCoy knows his way
around both the corporate boardroom and the
balance sheet.

He also knows a thing or two about the new
"bottom line" in corporate America — doing
business the right way.

McCoy launched Presbyterian College's
Robert M. Vance Lecture Series in Business
Ethics during the fall semester, exploring the
environment in which corporate scandal can
emerge, as well as the steps that must be taken to
ensure that scandals do not ruin the entire
economic landscape.

McCoy, vice chairman of Presbyterian
College's Board of Trustees, said it is easy to
perceive that there has been a complete break-
down of the corporate machine given scandal-
ridden headlines of the past several years. After
all, he said, people do seem to have lower ethical
expectations and plenty of corporate executives
who have played down to them.

Tliere is also more written about the business
world than ever before, and more information is
disclosed by companies than in the past. Even
the way that companies communicate with
employees has changed — especially now that
e-mail allows information to be shared almost
instantaneously with the rest of the world.

"Corporations are under a greater spotlight
and scrutiny than ever before," he said.

Under the spiitlight's glare, a number of
companies — including Enron, Tyco, WorldCom,
and Adelphia — ran afoul of ethical business
practices in a variety of ways, including
accounting fraud, misuse of funds, and insider

McCoy pointed out that several common
threads are shared by many of these companies.
Each of the most scandalous corporations featured
highly paid management teams, companies that
grew quickly through acquisitions, well-known
board members, massive misstatements of assets
and debt, and stocks that performed extremely
well during the 1990s.

Once the truth was discovered, they also
had another thing in common — thousands of
jobless employees and millions in lost investments
and pensions.

How was it all allowed to happen? McCoy
pointed to a severe lack of oversight.

Boards of directors, who have a fiduciary
responsibility to protect the interest of company
shareholders, "fell down on their jobs," he said,
adding that auditors "took their eye off the ball
and stopped asking appropriate questions."

And the federal Security and Exchange
Commission, even with the complete power to
regulate corporations and accounting firms,
relinquished its authority to keep companies honest.

"When they gave back the right for the
accounting world to regulate itself," McCoy said,
"that was a problem waiting to happen."

Bad judgment by accountants led to the
downfall of one of the America's accounting
giants — Arthur Andersen — and put 80,000
people out of work.

But management must assume the most
responsibility, McCoy said. Board members
and CEOs must create a leadership structure
that makes ethical decisions — not only stock
performance — a priority. Second-tier managers
have to ask tough questions and demand account-

"People get caught up in the stock market
and lose sight of ethics," he said. "They have to
step back and ask if what they're doing is right
or wrong. They have to reflect our culture.
Stealing, lying, and cheating — we've decided
that it's just not right."

Those who choose otherwise, he said, must
pay a severe price. Instead of going after companies
and making them pay fines — which only hurts
employees — McCoy suggested that officials must
go after the executives who break the law.

"It is important that officials find and
convict those responsible," he said.

Another key, he said, is preventing govern-
mental knee-jerk reactions to scandal by passing
new legislation.

"There are laws on the books that prohibited
what happened at those companies I've named,"
he said. "Now, we have to enforce them."

Auditors and regulators also must do a better
job of watching over corporate America, McCoy
said. They must remove themselves from being
too closely tied to corporate figures and must be
required to keep a disinterested view.

"I've complained about regulators myself,"
McCoy said. "And I probably still will. On the
other hand, they do have a role to play and a job
to do and if they don't, they need to be replaced."

Despite the major headlines, McCoy said
he believes most companies operate ethically
and above board. Still, everyone — from the
individual who holds a few stocks to the men
and women who sit in the boardroom — has a
responsibility to make changes for the better

"...We need to remind people that there is a
right and a wrong," he said. "We must produce
people who truly understand the difference."

The Robert M. Vance Lecture Series in
Business Ethics was established by a gift from
the Bailey Foundation to honor the memory of
the late Robert M. Vance of Clinton, a leading
former textile CEO and bank executive, and the
former chairman of PC's board of trustees. The
permanent endowment supports an annual
lecture and a two-day residency for a business
leader to serve as an "executive-in-residence."

Dr. P. ]. Hill, the Bennett Professor of
Economics at Wheaton College, delivered the
spring Vance Lecture in March on "Christianity
and Capitalism."

PC provides support
for City of Clinton s
ambitious master plan

Presbyterian College and the City of Clinton
have heen inextricably connected tor more than
a century. A gift by the college to support the
city's master planning process is designed to
ensure that the town and gown relationship not
only extends — but also thrives — well into the

PC president John Griffith presented a
$15,000 check last fall on behalf of the college
to Clinton city manager Sam Bennett to help
defray the cost of the city's master plan. The plan
includes industrial, commercial/downtown, and
recreational components designed to increase
economic development and improve the quality
of life in the community.

"Presbyterian College's gift obviously helps
the city defer the cost of doing this plan and that
is important enough," Bennett said. "But it also
shows PC's commitment to this community and
its future and, in the long run, that's even more

College faculty and administrators have
played key roles in the planning process, from
serving on various committees to Griffith's
work as a member of the executive committee
for the Clinton Economic Development
Corporation, which honored him as its first
Businessman of the Year in 2003.

The college also took a lead role in promoting
the development of a fine dining establishment
in downtown Clinton, a project that became a
reality last summer when 120 Musgrove opened
for business.

"It is important for Presbyterian College to
financially support the city's master plan because
it is a plan that the community has embraced and
will benefit from," Griffith said. "The city has a
long history of supporting this college and its mis-
sion, and the college offers cultural, recreational.

educational, and financial opportunities to citi-
zens of Clinton and Laurens County."

The industrial phase of the city's master
plan includes development of a business park
adjacent to Interstate 26. A downtown/commer-
cial phase and recreational plan are also included
in the plan. The city received a major boost in
November when the Sterilite Corporation of
Townsend, Mass., announced plans to invest
$65 million in a manufacturing and distribution
center in Clinton.



Show of Support - Presbyterian College president John Griffith (right) presents a $15,000
check to Clinton city manager Sam Bennett to support the city's master planning process.

Edwards campaign
rolls through PC
en route to state
primary victory

The excitement of the South Carolina
Democratic Primary rolled onto the Presbyterian
College campus Feb. 3 when Sen. John Edwards
and his entourage arrived to approximately 250
cheering students, faculty, staff, and townspeople
in front of Belk Auditorium.

State and national news organizations
flooded onto campus to capture images and sound
bites from the North Carolina senator who later
in the day celebrated his only state victory in the
race for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Sen Edwards, a native of Seneca, S.C., was
introduced by his wife, Elizabeth. Despite a hoarse
voice, he acknowledged the warm welcome from
the PC crowd.

"This is such an important day and I wanted
to he here to honor this great institution, this
county, and Kimberly Hampton," Edwards said,
the latter a reference to the PC alumna who was
killed Jan. 2 in Iraq.

He also urged those who had not yet voted
to visit the polls.

"1 may be losing my voice, hut you haven't
lost yours," he said. "We have enormous work to
do in this country."

Sen. Edwards cited the need to replace the
thousands of jobs lost by South Carolinians over
the past four years as incentive to vote for him in
the day's primary.

Among the supporters who turned out was

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