Homecoming weekend kicks off today

The Return
Homecoming 2014 festivities are in full swing, beginning with this morning’s Suber Archives open house at Lewis Library. It will be followed by the Shackelford Alumni Achievement and Outstanding Young Alumni award winners in a forum at 11:15 a.m. in the library’s Corn Auditorium.

Other events today include the Tom Duckett Golf Tournament and the “World in 1964” lecture.

The party really gets going tonight with the fourth annual Panther Palooza on the square downtown from 6 to 9:30 p.m., featuring fun and games for everyone. The main event will be a concert at 7:30 p.m. by The Return, one of country’s most celebrated Beatles tribute bands.

The college will recognize five new Honorary Alumni and induct two new members into the Sports Hall of Fame during a recognition breakfast Saturday morning.

Jessica Bold Brown ’04, who played women’s basketball, and Howard Titus Martin ’02, M’03, a former baseball player, are the newest members of the Hall of Fame. They will be participating in the ceremonial coin toss at the beginning of the football game Saturday.

This year’s Honorary Alumni are Amos Theodore “Ted” Beason, Ann Hutchinson Beason, Dr. Jerry Caswell, Dr. Sue M. Duttera and Dr. Frederick V. Mills Sr.

“We are so grateful for everything these amazing people have done for this institution,” said Martha Pirkle, Director of Alumni and Community Relations. “It is a privilege to name them honorary alumni.”

Ted Beason was born and raised in Birmingham, Ala. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University in 1961 and began his career at Morgan Guaranty Trust Co. He moved on to positions with First Boston Corp., Printon Kane & Co. and First Commerce Corporation.

In 1995, he began a three-year job as a U.S. Congress staff member. He returned to his finance career with Morgan Stanley and its predecessor companies. In 2014, he helped form Lakeview Capital Partners.

Ted Beason has been a stalwart supporter of the college. He served as a member of the college’s Leadership Council from 2001 to 2007, and then was named to the Board of Trustees in 2008. He also served on the board of Friends of the LaGrange College Library.

In the community, he is a member of LaGrange Rotary Club and the Community Foundation of Troup County. He is a founding director of DASH for LaGrange and launched Big Brothers Big Sisters in Troup County. He serves on the board of Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley and is an elder at First Presbyterian Church of LaGrange.

Ann Beason was born in LaGrange. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Agnes Scott College in 1962. She worked in the Education Department of the Brooklyn Museum, in development and on the board of directors for the Center for Visual Arts New Jersey (formerly the Summit Art Center) and as development director for the Preservation Resource Center in New Orleans.

She served on the boards of the LaGrange Art Museum (formerly Chattahoochee Valley Art Museum), the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra and Big Brothers Big Sisters. She is a member of the Reviewers Guild, an elder at First Presbyterian Church of LaGrange and serves as co-chair of the coordinating committee for 3D Journeys at the college.

The couple helped launch the Leaders Inspired for Tomorrow initiative at the college in 2013, which includes an Outward Bound experience in the mountains of North Carolina.

Ted Beason and Ann Hutchinson were married in 1963. They have two sons, Amos and Edward, and four grandchildren.

Dr. Jerry W. Caswell earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Centre College of Kentucky. He went on to The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, where he received master’s degrees in finance and business and applied economics and a doctorate in business and applied economics.

He began his career as an assistant professor of insurance at Florida State University in Tallahassee, before becoming associate professor of insurance at Georgia State University in Atlanta.

He entered the corporate world as a financial planner at J. Chandler Peterson Wealth Management in Atlanta. Subsequent positions included manager of employee benefits services at Robinson-Humphrey Co. in Atlanta, director of marketing for Farmer and Lang Asset Management Inc. in Atlanta, senior vice president of Eagle Asset Management Inc. at Raymond James & Associates in St. Petersburg, Fla., and president of Investment Advisory Services for Raymond James & Associates.

Dr. Caswell has professional certifications as a chartered life underwriter, chartered property/casualty underwriter, chartered financial consultation and certified investment management consultant.

He is a member of the Institute for Certified Investment Management Consultants, where he has served as treasurer, a member of the board of directors and chairman of the education/certification committee.

A friend of the college, he is married to Janet Mabry Gipson Caswell ’66.

Dr. Sue Duttera earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Duke University in 1963, and a doctorate in biochemistry in 1968, also from Duke.

Following graduation, she became an instructor of clinical chemistry at Georgia State University, a research associate in the department of physiology at Emory University and a research associate in the department of pathology at the University of Maryland Medical School.

She came to LaGrange College in 1985 as a professor of chemistry and went on to serve as chair of the Chemistry Department and the chair of the Division of Science and Mathematics. She initiated a biochemistry major for the department.

Dr. Duttera received the LaGrange College Vulcan Teaching Excellence Award in 1995. Her community service includes 13 years on the LaGrange City Board of Education (before consolidation with Troup County), including a three-year term as chairman.

She is a member of the Emeritus Board of Directors of LaGrange Symphony Orchestra, a past member of the Society of Sigma Xi at Duke University, sustaining member and past president of the Junior Service League, a 1995 recipient of a National Science Foundation Grant for DNA studies and was a 1992 participant in a National Science Foundation course at Boston University.

She is a past deacon and elder at First Presbyterian Church of LaGrange, a member of the 3D Journeys Planning Committee at LaGrange College and a board member at Three Rivers Chapter of the American Red Cross and Explorations in Antiquity Center.

She also serves on the Signature Gifts committee for the West Georgia Health Foundation and a volunteer with the Meals on Wheels program at First Presbyterian Church.

Dr. Duttera is married to Dr. M. Julian Duttera Jr. They have three children, Ann Duttera Council, Emily Duttera Heeg and Beth Duttera Newman and eight grandchildren.

Dr. Frederick V. Mills Sr. earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Houghton (N.Y.) College and a bachelor’s degree in sacred theology from Temple School of Theology in Philadelphia. He received his master’s degree in Theology from Princeton (N.J.) Theological Seminary and a master’s and doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Mills has been a member of the Southern New Jersey Annual Conference (now the Greater New Jersey Conference) of the United Methodist Church since 1953. His pastoral work includes appointments in the conference and service as a chaplain with groups such as the New Jersey National Guard and the  U.S. Army.

He came to LaGrange College is 1967 as associate professor of history, and then was named a full professor in 1973.

Dr. Mills has published more than 60 book reviews, and his work has appeared in publications such as Church History, Methodist History, Dictionary of Georgia Biography, Encyclopedia of Religion in the South, The Episcopalian, Encyclopedia of Religious Controversies in the United States, American National Biography, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography and New Georgia Encyclopedia.

He served as a visiting professor at Princeton Theological Seminary in 1973, a visiting scholar at the Divinity School at Harvard University in 1989 and a visiting scholar at Episcopal Divinity School at Harvard in 1996. He also was attached to the Institute of Historical Research at the University of London in 1980.

Dr.  Mills received the Brewer Prize from the American Society of Church History in 1978.  He was named the Flora G. Candler Chair at LaGrange College in 1987.

He is a member of the Board of Editors for Anglican and Episcopal History, the advisory board of Dictionary of Georgia Biography, the Council of the American Society of Church History and the membership committee of Organization of American Historians.

Other professional organization memberships include American Historical Association, Organization of American Historians, American Society of Church History, Institute of Early American History and Culture, Episcopal Historical Society, Charles Wesley Society, Eighteenth Century Scottish Society of Historical Studies, Masonic Order, Scottish Rite and Rotary Club.

He is married to Antoinette Lee Mills. They have three children, Judith Krupa, Fred Mills Jr. and Alison Long; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

A full schedule of the weekend’s event can be found here.

In the Headlines

Iconic musical ‘A Chorus Line’ opens at college – LaGrange Daily News, Oct. 16, 2014

Free concert to feature Beatles tribute band – LaGrange Daily News, Oct. 13, 2014

Riverkeeper watchdog keeps eye on lake – LaGrange Daily News, Oct. 10, 2014 (Henry Jacobs is a 2013 graduate)

This week’s profile

The Rev. Adam Roberts, new Chaplain and Director of Spiritual Life, actively tries to abolish many students’ image of a detached, collar-clad pastor. “My parish begins right outside the door of my office,” he says. “I want to encourage students to express their faith, their gifts and get connected with God.”



The Panthers (3-3, 1-3 USA South) lost 48-21 to visiting N.C. Wesleyan last Saturday. Sophomore quarterback Shelby Wilkes threw for 212 yards and two touchdowns. The Panthers host Methodist for Homecoming 2014 on Saturday at Callaway Stadium. Kickoff is 1 p.m. #lcfb14


LaGrange (11-14, 3-6 USA South) lost 3-0 to Piedmont on the road Wednesday. Freshman Sarah Gore tied for match honors with 17 assists. The Panthers host Averett and Ferrum as part of a USA South Quad match at Richter Gym on Saturday. Match times are 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. #lcvb14


The ninth-ranked Panther golf team concluded its fall season with a third-place finish at the Golfweek Division III Fall Preview in Sandestin, Fla. Senior Cory Howard was third and sophomore Osborn Theam tied for fifth in the individual standings. LaGrange had three top-five finishes in their four tournaments. #lcgolf14

Cross country
Cross country

LaGrange’s cross country teams hosted the Panther Invitational, held at Callaway Gardens’ Robin Lake. Junior Lauren Brandner was 22nd in the women’s 6K race, while sophomore John Lynch was the top finisher for the Panthers in the men’s 8K race. The teams will race in the Berry Invitational on Saturday.

Women’s soccer
Women’s soccer

The Panthers (5-10, 2-6 USA South) lost on the road to Averett and Greensboro in USA South games last weekend. Junior Andrea Richard scored for LaGrange in the 3-1 loss to Greensboro. The team plays at Maryville in a conference game Saturday. #lcws14

Men's soccer
Men’s soccer

LaGrange (1-12-1, 0-6 USA South) lost on the road to Averett and Greensboro in USA South games last weekend. Freshman Diego Torres and senior Adrien Vakerics scored for the Panthers in the 3-2 loss to Averett. The team plays at Maryville in a conference game Saturday. #lcms14

Dr. Beth Everett
Dr. Beth Everett
, Director of Choral Activities, recently taught a Conducting class in the pool at the Natatorium. She said slower movements in the water help students grasp some concepts easier.

The Lamar Dodd Art Center will host an opening reception for three new photography exhibitions from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 24. Featured will be “Southern Exposures: The Do Good Fund Photographs,” “Animalia: Photographs by Anne Berry” and “The Seven Natural Wonders of Georgia: Photographs by Caitlin Peterson. CE event

Dr. John Cook, Professor of Religion, recently published several online articles, including “Matthew 5:39 and 26:67:  Slapping another’s Cheek in Ancient Mediterranean Culture” in the Journal for Greco-Roman Christianity and Judaism and “Crucifixion in the Ancient Mediterranean World.””

Dr. John Tures
Dr. John Tures, Professor of Political Science, appeared on Columbus TV’s program “Latinos en Columbus,” on Oct. 8. He was interviewed by Olin Doss about the growing Hispanic population and politics.

“Girl in a Country Song,” a presentation about women in country music, will be at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday in Lewis Library’s Corn Auditorium. Dr. Amanda Kellogg, Professor of English, and Dr. Bobby Jo Otto, Professor of Sociology, will examine three country songs released in the last year (Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood’s “Somethin’ Bad,” Kacey Musgraves’, “Merry Go Round” and Maddie & Tae’s “Girl in a Country Song”) and discuss how these songs and their music videos respond to stereotypical, gendered roles in country songs. CE event

The 50th anniversary of Wilderness Act will be discussed at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Dickson Assembly Room when the LaGrange Sierra Club celebrates the event with a film, and will provide an opportunity to sign action cards to help expand wilderness areas in Georgia. Participants also will have the opportunity to sign up for a hike in a nearby wilderness. CE event

The World War I film series continues at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Lewis Library’s Corn Auditorium with the viewing of the movie, “Flyboys.” World War I aviation action gets a digital upgrade in this addition to the “dogfight” sub-genre that includes such previous war-in-the-air films like “Hell’s Angels,” “Wings” and “The Blue Max.” CE event

The LaGrange Symphony Orchestra kicks off its new season with “Celebrating Stage and Screen” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Callaway Auditorium. CE fine arts event

Soprano Andrea Mueller, Adjunct Music Professor, will join Susan Hoskins, a college collaborative artist, in a recital at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in Callaway Auditorium. CE fine arts event

Brian Roslund, a state Senate candidate and Democratic challenger to State Sen. Josh McKoon, will speak at 11:15 a.m. Thursday in Dickson Assembly Room. He will be joined by Carol Baird ’73, who will talk about Michelle Nunn’s campaign.

Our Daily Bread, the local soup kitchen run by the Servant Scholars and other students of LaGrange College, will be the subject of a presentation at 11:15 a.m. Thursday in The Boopie in Turner Hall. It will feature a discussion of how the soup kitchen runs, why the students manage the program and how everyone can help. CE sustainability event

The Farmer’s Market at 625 Jefferson St. will begin its fall season from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday. Located two blocks from Callaway Stadium, the market will feature seasonal vegetables, biscuits, coffee, jellies and more.  Organizers also are looking for musicians, artists or performers who would like to perform during the market.  For more information, contact Ben Wheeler at (706) 407-1185 or at hillsideneighbor@gmail.com.