**Ed Boye ('67) has moved to Davidson, NC, and loves the college and town.
R. Edward "Eddie" Fifer ('73) is the current Virginia Education Association-Retired President. He was elected in 2014 for a two-year term and was re-elected in 2016. His term will end July 31, 2018.
Rev. Michael Lyle (’74) is retired from the ordained ministry and has been traveling and writing. His poems and essays have been published in various magazines and journals, including Hummingbird magazine. Find him at michaellylewriter.com
Lucille (Luci) Wright (’74) is now a retired elementary school librarian. She is an active volunteer for her church and the community, and enjoys traveling, hiking and canoeing.
Dr. Michael Austin (’75) has been singing with the Semper Opera Dresden, Hamburg State Opera, Munich National Theatre, Gran Theater Geneva, and Frankfurt Alte Opera. In the 2017 season he will sing with Bari Opera in Italy, Tel Aviv Opera, and will debut with Royal Opera House Covent Garden in England.
Doug Hinson (’78) is excited to share that he has a new Grandson! He lives in Wadmalaw, SC.
Karen Ruble (’82) is the manager of the biocompatibility team at Apple. “To put it simply, my team reviews the materials that will have prolonged skin contact in our products to ensure that they are safe for consumer use.” She is living in Scotts Valley, CA.
Clark Chambers (’84) is now working at NASCO as Technical Consultant supporting CareFirst, Maryland and Washington DC’s Blue Cross Blue Shield Carrier.
**Michael McGinn (’93), in June 2016, coached his son’s U9 All-Star Soccer Team to the championship of the Fairfax Police Youth Club Soccer Tournament.
Matt Hankins (’94) serves as assistant town manager of the Town of Rocky Mount, Va., where he also serves as chief executive officer of the Harvester Performance Center, a 500-seat music, theatre and comedy venue. Hankins has led the Harvester since its conception in 2011, and its huge economic impact on the community led it to the 2016 Southern Economic Development Council’s community development award for communities of 5,000 and under, a major award covering the 17 southeastern states. The Harvester hosts 175 acts annually, and has hosted performances from the late Merle Haggard, Gregg Allman, Charlie Daniels, Theory of a Dead Man, Government Mule, the Bacon Brothers, Emmylou Harris, Indigo Girls, The Mavericks, Marty Stuart and many more. Visitors have come to Rocky Mount from 44 states and 14 foreign countries in the venue’s first three years. See the schedule at harvester-music.com. Hankins also just completed his 25th season as the stadium voice of Emory & Henry football while renovating a new home to Wood Grains, an Amish furniture and gift store owned and operated by Dulcie Webster Hankins (’95).
**Nikki Hay Morrison (’00) announces the birth of a son, William “Will” Russell Morrison, born October 14, 2016. He joins a big brother Colling (7 years old) and a big sister Susanna (4 years old).
Christopher Endicott (’02) is leaving Duke after 11 years and will be going to work for the College of William and Mary as Director of Direct Marketing for the office of Lifetime Philanthropic Engagement and Annual Giving.
Karen Gilmer (’02) was featured on the American Electric Power employee website as part of their Women’s History Month coverage in March 2017. They described Karen thusly: “Gilmer holds two Bachelor of Science degrees, in chemistry and biology, both from Emory and Henry College, and a Master of Science degree in environmental science and engineering from Virginia Tech. An Appalachian Power employee for more than five years, she also has licensing or certification as a wastewater works operator and waste management facility operator, HAZWOPER first responder operations level, hazardous materials technician, and Class A/B underground storage tank operator. She is chair of the Board of Directors of the Upper Tennessee River Roundtable (UTRR), and is chair and international board member of Women’s International Network of Utility Professionals (WiNUP), Southwest Virginia/ Northeast Tennessee Chapter. She is a member of Virginia Master Naturalists and the Southwest Virginia Solid Waste Management Association.” When asked how she became interested in her career, Karen gave a little nod to nature as well as Emory & Henry. “I have had a love of the outdoors and nature for as long as I can remember. I spent much of my youth hiking and camping in the local mountains. I didn’t realize my love for science until I began classes at Emory & Henry College. Upon graduation, I realized I wasn’t quite ready to join the ‘real world,’ so I decided to combine my love of nature and science and pursued a post-graduate degree. Finding my career at Appalachian Power was a perfect match for me, and I am grateful for the opportunity to work here.”
Jonathan Ledger (’04) is the 2017 recipient of the Alumni Connections Enrichment Award at the University of the Ozarks. He is using the cash prize to help offset costs of the College's Chamber Singers' spring tour.
Leah Boardwine Wilson (’05) and Noah Wilson were married on January 21, 2017. They reside in Roanoke.
Marc (’06) and Holly Halstead (’05) Fitzwater welcomed a son on Dec. 26, 2016. William “Liam” Allen Fitzwater joins sisters Madison and Isabelle.
Jessie Turner Son (’07) and her husband, Engin, welcomed a daughter on Feb. 25, 2017. Oya Paige Son joins a brother, Ela, and a sister, Arya.
Nikki Helton (’08) is a registered nurse at Bristol Regional Medical Center. Watch for a feature story.
Sara Gearheart (’09) is the Children and Youth Director and Social Media Administrator for Reynolds Memorial UMC in Bristol, Va.
**Daniel (’10) and Tessa Pulaski (’10) Guinn have welcomed their newest daughter: Mallory Ruth Guinn, born Nov. 2, 2016. “She is adored by her parents, both graduates of Emory & Henry, and by her older sister, Emelyn.
Samantha Jones Jackson (’11) got married at Emory & Henry in 2016 and then moved across country for new careers in Louisiana. She’s working as a chemist for Sasol. Click here for a full story!
**Chase Edwards ('12) is in his second year at the E&H School of Health Sciences and says, "PT School in Marion rules!"
**Michael Shipley (’13) and Nicolette have had their first child, Elizabeth Lynn Shipley, born Dec. 7, 2016.
Blaine Hancock (’14) is teaching math at Franklin County High School in Rocky Mount, VA. His principal is Jon Crutchfield (’91)
Harrison Austin (’15) has just graduated from the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom with a Master of Science degree in Medical Virology. He is currently working as a research assistant at The University of Liverpool Institute of Infection and Global Health, researching Sub-Saharan African strains of HIV and HIV testing. Watch for a feature story coming soon!
Mary Grace Hankins (’15) married Matthew Bouldin at Carolina Beach, NC, August 27, 2016. She is completing her second year of at UNC’s Eshelman School of Pharmacy.
Lillian Minix (’15) is serving as the full-time graphic and web coding designer for the Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council in Roanoke, Virginia. Click here to read a feature story.