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to Support Schools in Improvement. The study examined school improvement efforts under way in the Com- monwealth of Virginia, and was supported by a grant from the Virginia Department of Education’s Office of School Improvement. Greg is a teacher at Appomattox (Va.) Middle School and lives in Appomattox.

Leticia “Tish” Farrow ’94, ’06 M.Ed. has been accepted into the curriculum and instructional doctoral program (Ph.D.) at Virginia Tech. Her emphasis will be in special education. Tish lives in Goode, Va.

Tom Cassidy ’73, director of advancement events and special programs, and wife Laurie ’02, hosted an alumni lunch in North Myrtle Beach, S.C., in June.

Cynthia “Cindee” Gullitti Pletke ’94 M.Ed. received the 2011 James T. Micklem Award of Merit. The award is given by the Virginia Council of Administrators of Special Education and is the organization’s highest award recognizing outstanding service and leadership. Cindee is the director of pupil personnel services for Campbell County (Va.) Schools. She lives in Lynchburg, Va.

Margaret “Meg” Alcorn Smith ’99 M.Ed., ’07 M.Ed. was named teacher of the year for Lynchburg (Va.) City Schools. Meg teaches eighth grade at Paul Laurence Dunbar Middle School for Innovation. She and her husband, Stephen ’88, ’93 M.Ed., live in Lynchburg.


Classes of ’01 and ’06 in Reunion October 21-23, 2011

K. Elizabeth “Beth” Marsh ’00, ’05 M.Ed. received certification in autism spectrum disorders from Lynch- burg College in July 2010. Beth lives in Lynchburg.

James Goss ’01 has accepted the position as head coach for track and field and cross country at Nazareth College in Rochester, N.Y. James has been the associate head coach for men’s and women’s track and field at LC for six seasons. During that time, fifteen school records were broken and seventy-three all-time top five performances were established. James and his wife, MacKenzie Reed ’11, are relocating to New York.

Martha “Marty” Gunter ’01, ’08 M.Ed. completed her Licensed Professional Counselor exam in June. She works at Central Virginia Community Services in Lynchburg, Va., and has plans to begin private practice soon. She lives in Lynchburg.

President Kenneth Garren and his wife, Sheila, hosted alumni and parents events on the West Coast in January, including a stop in Whittier, near Los Angeles.

Allan Carter ’91 assumed command in March of the Virginia National Guard’s Lynchburg-based 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Brigade Combat Team. Allan was commissioned in 1991 from ROTC after graduating from LC. His home is in Waynesboro, Va.

Andrew Cotto ’91 is the author of two novels: The Domino Effect is a coming-of-age story about a kid from Queens, and Promised Land Blues is an uncon- ventional mystery. More information is available through his website Andrew is a composition professor at ASA College in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lives.

F. “Patrick” Yeatts ’91was recently elected to a circuit court judgeship in the Lynchburg (Va.) area’s 24th Judicial Circuit. He resides in Lynchburg.

Aubrey “Todd” Hall III ’92was appointed to the Board of Directors and elected president and chief operating officer of First National Bank of Altavista (Va.). Todd and his wife, Shannon McMillan ’92, live in Rustburg, Va.

Gregory “Greg” Wheeler ’92 M.Ed. and Roger Jones, educational leadership professor at Lynchburg College, recently completed a research study for the Virginia Foundation for Educational Leadership: The Virginia Model: Profiles and Common Themes, Division Strategies

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Within days of graduation, Richard Szymczyk III ’11 spent eleven days as a volunteer with the American Red Cross in Joplin, Mo., where a devastating tornado killed 141 people. A resident of Lynchburg, Va., Richard is no stranger to helping others in disasters. A health promotion major with an outdoor recreation minor, Richard worked for the Boonsboro Fire and Rescue Squad, the Lynchburg College EMS (emergency medical services), and the local chapter of the Red Cross, all while completing his studies.

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