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Video: Reunion 2012

Reunion 2012 Video

Enjoy the sights and sounds of Reunion 2012!


Athletic Hall of Fame

The Reunion 2012 Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony celebrated and recognized the accomplishments of the Hall of Fame members, student-athletes, and the growth of the intercollegiate athletic program.

New Inductees (l to r):

Virginia Byrne Mahlke ’67

Louise Brooks Lucas ’72

Amy Sharistanian Teachout ’97

Christine Holt Fix ’97

King Trousdale ’62



Honorary Alumna

On rare occasions over the years, the Alumnae Association has shown its affection and gratitude to certain people who are not alumnae but we wish they were. What we do on such occasions is make those special people honorary members of the Alumnae Association. At Reunion 2012, the Alumnae Association was pleased to announce our newest honorary alumna is Brenda McDaniel, executive director of donor relations.

Brenda joined the Hollins family in 1993 as director of campaign communications, and has served four times as acting vice president of External Relations. During this past academic year, Brenda has served as chairwoman of the Margaret Wise Brown Festival. She is a consummate professional who has captured the Hollins voice in her writing. She writes in a way that makes the reader filled with joy to support Hollins and absolutely clamor to open a checkbook. For her fine work, Brenda received the Distinguished Service Award in 2006.



Alumnae Panel

At Reunion 2012, alumnae and friends enjoyed "Hollins Women Making History," an alumnae panel with Carol Wallace Sherman ’57,
Barbara Duckworth ’72, Caroline Showalter Hipple ’77, Monica Corcoran ’92, Jill Wright Donaldson ’92
, and moderator Frances Leitner ’73.





Hollins Reunion 2012 June 1-3

Reunion 2012 Recap: June 1-3


509 alumnae and friends attended, from the class of 1952 to the class of 2015, from Germany to New Zealand.

  • Largest class in attendance: 1962 with 57 attendees


Distinguished Alumnae Awards Rath Award
Athletic Hall of Fame 25th and 50th Class Remarks
Honor Guard Events with Hollins Faculty
Special Events Class giving
Future Reunion dates

Distinguished Alumnae Awards

At Reunion 2012, Hollins presented the Distinguished Alumnae Award to: Valer Clark Austin ’62, Lucinda Hardwick MacKethan ’67, Mary K. Farmer Shaughnessy ’72, Caroline Hipple ’77, and Julie Fischer ’92. Hollins also presented the Distinguished Young Alumna Award to Lillian Potter '97.

Valer Clark Austin ’62

Austin is an internationally-known champion of environmental conservation through her work to preserve and restore the borderland region between the U.S. and Mexico. She and her husband, Josiah, established the foundation Cuenca de Los Ojos, which translates to “Watershed of the Springs.” Their wide network of educators, scientists, ranchers, and governmental agencies has brought to fruition more than 20,000 rock dams to slow flooding rainfall and repair grasslands. Austin is a frequent lecturer on her work, and has received numerous awards for her commitment to protecting wildlife, land, and water.

Lucinda Hardwick MacKethan ’67

MacKethan, one of the nation’s leading scholars in Southern literature, retired after 37 years as director of the creative writing program and Alumni Distinguished Professor of English at North Carolina State University. She has published numerous monographs and edited books, including The Companion to Southern Literature, named the 2002 Best Reference Book by the American Library Association. She chaired the North Carolina state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and is a senior consultant for the NEH award-winning website, Scribblingwomen.org. She has received numerous awards for her scholarship and service to North Carolina State University and lectures locally and nationally on the culture of the Old South.

Mary K. Farmer Shaughnessy ’72

Shaughnessy is a prize-winning equestrian, philanthropist, and attorney. She has won many ribbons and trophies in the ring, including 2012 reserve champion of the entire Winter Equestrian Festival circuit in adult hunter over fifty-one. In addition she has served on the board of directors of the Hampton Classic Foundation, supporting one of the largest outdoor horse shows in the U.S. She has supported Hollins’ riding program tremendously, donating seven outstanding horses as well as gifts to the riding program and scholarships. She has served on the Hollins Alumnae Board in addition to service on numerous educational, arts, and human service organizations.

Caroline Hipple '77

Hipple is a leading furniture industry executive, climbing the corporate ladder at This End Up to become executive vice president of sales, merchandising, and marketing and later becoming president of Storehouse Furniture. In 2007 she established HB2 Resources with two partners to investigate investment opportunities within the home furnishings industry and to provide consultancy services to organizations looking for change management. Specializing in the creative and strategic alignment of sales, merchandising, and marketing functions, HB2 has been engaged by such clients as Jaclyn Smith Home, Hickory Hill Furniture Co., The Atlanta History Center, Domain Home Fashions, and Bassett Mirror Company.

Julie Fischer '92

Fischer is a leader in the field of global public health, providing vital research and support for the world’s public health infrastructure. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Hollins and earned her Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology from Vanderbilt. She served as a senior research fellow at the University of Washington and an independent consultant to a Thai-U.S. collaboration fighting emerging infections. She is a former Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow and American Association for the Advancement of Science Congressional Fellow. Currently Senior Associate at the Henry L. Stimson Center, Fischer’s work focuses on global health policies, promoting health in poor nations, and health issues with defense and diplomacy.

Lillian Howard Potter '97

Distinguished Young Alumna Award

Potter is a globe-trotting attorney who works with a wide variety of clients, from major multinational corporations to migrant agricultural guestworkers. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude from Hollins, Potter received her law degree at Georgetown. She was then awarded the prestigious Skadden Fellowship, a program described as the “legal Peace Corps,” which allowed her to represent migrant farmworkers in federal employment litigation. She is an expert in the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, representing major corporations involving the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission. She maintains an active pro-bono practice in Washington, D.C.


The Rath Award

Nancy Macdonald Dick '62

Nancy at the podium with President Gray

The Rath Award, named for the three Rath sisters who were great-granddaughters of Hollins’ founder Charles Lewis Cocke and themselves alumnae, is given annually to an alumna whose participation in the life of Hollins has been extraordinary and whose personal investment of time and effort in the institution over the years represents the very best of the Hollins spirit.

The 2012 Rath Award was presented to Nancy Macdonald Dick, class of 1962.

You might say that Nancy was born to be a Hollins alumna. In fact, she was born on Founder’s Day. And, if you need further proof of her green and gold pedigree, her mother, Dorothy Quarles Dick, Class of 1930, was the founder of the Hollins Alumnae Association.

Nancy is the best volunteer you could ever dream up, working cheerfully, tirelessly, with her classmate Susie Mackay as co-Reunion Gift Chairs for many years including for this special 50th reunion. For her devoted cup-rattling, Nancy received the Pat Thomas Bain Award in 2002. She has also served Hollins proudly as an Alumnae Board member, and shares her indispensable voice on the Athletic Hall of Fame Review Committee. She was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at reunion 2002.

Hollins is deeply grateful for Nancy's great good humor, hard work, and endless dedication to Hollins and her classmates.

Class Remarks

The following members of the silver and golden reunion classes gave remarks at the Alumnae Celebration held on Saturday morning in duPont Chapel.

50th Reunion Class of 1962

Jane McCrary Goodrum '62

25th Reunion Class of 1987

Barbara Teresko Karstrom '87

Honor Guard

Jane Baber White '62

The Honor Guard celebrates those alumnae who have attained their 50th reunion year or prior. At Reunion 2012, the Honor Guard luncheon featured remarks by Jane Baber White '62.

Jane has altered the landscape, earthly and literary, of her native Lynchburg. She chronicled her incredible 27-year restoration of Lynchburg’s Old City Cemetery in her book Once Upon a Time...A Cemetery Story.

And, just a half mile from that cemetery are the house and garden of Harlem Renaissance poet Anne Spencer. After her first visit, Jane was moved to lead the restoration of Spencer's garden. Now the garden is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This second labor of love has resulted in Jane’s second book, Lessons Learned from a Poet’s Garden.

Back to School

Reunion 2012 featured classes held by Hollins professors:

Peter Coogan

Civil War Leadership: Second and Third Thoughts

Associate pofessor of history Peter Coogan has taught at Hollins since 1988. He teaches American foreign relations, the history of international relations, revolution and war in Vietnam, and modern American political history. His seminars have included the Cold War, America's rise to power, and the history of the nuclear arms race. He has published articles on British and American national security policy in the 20th century; his current work concerns geopolitics and the intellectual origins of containment.

Vladimir Bratic

Watch What You're Watching: Importance of critical media consumption

Lecture by Vladimir Bratic, assistant professor of communication studies. Bratic teaches and lectures about media's capacity to promote the peaceful transformation of violent conflict across the world. Prior to coming to the United States, he graduated from Palacky University, Czech Republic. He is originally from Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina where he conducted extensive research on the role of the media in the reconciliation of the Bosnian conflict.

Thorpe Moeckel

Alumnae enjoyed a creative writing workshop with Thorpe Moeckel, associate professor of English. Moeckel received an NEA Fellowship in poetry in 2010. His most recent book is Venison: a poem. Other collections include Odd Botany, winner of the 2000 Gerald Cable Award, and Making a Map of the River.

Special Events

Good Ol' Girls

Hollins Theatre: Good Ol' Girls

by Lee Smith '67
and Jill McCorkle MA '81

In this off-Broadway hit, two of Hollins’ most celebrated writers join two of Nashville’s leading singer/songwriters to redefine the modern southern woman in a musical about love, loss, and laughter. Alumnae enjoyed a special reunion performance by Hollins students.


Alice Hohenberg Federico '67:
Eleanor D. Wilson Museum

Eleanor D. Wilson Museum
Wetherill Wilson Gallery
Open through September 15, 2012

Ceramic artist Federico draws inspiration from ancient Greek vessels, traditional Japanese techniques, and modern English pottery to create sensuous sculptures. Her rounded vases feature elaborate handles, highlighting the contrast between the functionality and delicacy of her work. Federico gave a talk about her work on Saturday of reunion.

Margaret Wise Brown Festival

Hollins’ yearlong festival of events
celebrating Margaret Wise Brown ’32, beloved children’s book author of such classics as Goodnight Moon, culminated at Reunion 2012. To mark the 80th anniversary of Brown’s graduation from Hollins and the 60th anniversary of her death, Reunion 2012 featured exhibitions in the Wyndham Robertson Library of Brown’s papers and in the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum of Clement Hurd’s original artwork from Goodnight Moon.

Special events included:

  • Margaret Wise Brown Storytime
  • How to Tell a Good Bedtime Story

Class Giving Awards

Congratulations to the Reunion 2012 classes for a stellar fundraising year! Special thanks to the class of 1962, whose class total of $610,085 is the largest reunion class gift ever recorded in Hollins' history – congratulations class of 1962, and thank you!


Tinker Mountain Award

The Tinker Mountain Award

Given to the class that raises the largest total gift for the Hollins Fund.

  • Class of 1962 with $610,085
Catherine Orgill West '51 Award

The Catherine Orgill West '51 Award

Honors the class with the highest participation in giving to the Hollins Fund.

  • Class of 1962 with 65%
  • Class of 1987 with 100% (this includes some classmates who made gifts on behalf of other members of ’87)
Hollins Rock Award

The Hollins Rock Award

Awarded to the class among the ten most recent class years with the highest Hollins Fund participation.

  • Class of 2002 with 28%




Past Reunions

Read news and view photos from other reunions:



Image credits:

Alice Hohenberg Federico, Untitled, 2010. Ceramic vessel. Courtesy of the artist and Gerge Billis Gallery, NY.

Goodnight Moon © 1947 by Harper & Row, Publishers, Inc. Text copyright © renewed 1975 by Roberta Brown Rauch. Illustrations copyright © renewed 1975 by Edith T. Hurd, Clement Hurd, John Thacher Hurd, and George Hellyer, as trustees of the Edith and Clement Hurd 1982 Trust. Used by permission of HarperCollins Publishers. All rights reserved.