David Evans Jr. MAEd ’71 received the S.C. Association of School Psychologists award for outstanding contributions to the field of school psychology. Evans was instrumental in recent passage of a state law that established a new license and allows specialist-level school psychologists to do private practice. He is retired as a school psychologist after more than 38 years in education. He and his wife, Anne Walker, live in Sumter, S.C.
Sue Sams retired after 44 years of teaching. She ended her career at Ardrey Kell High School in Charlotte, where she led the math department for four years and taught advanced placement calculus. “There’s so much structure and beauty to math,” Sams said. “There’s so much about math that the world revolves around.”
John F. Helgeson has published his first novel, “A Matter of Abuse,” the story of an abusive mother and a social worker with her own agenda. Helgeson is a Presbyterian minister and lives in Gaylord, Mich.
Candie Gibson Lemaire has written a memoir and coffee-table book titled “Furnitureland: Glimpses of Sentiment” about her hometown of High Point. The book examines how High Point’s rich textile and commerce industry was an early American pioneer of “good business” and how the city continues to draw new ventures and entrepreneurs. Lemaire, a former teacher, is a freelance writer who also composes poetry and songs.
Bob Thomas and his wife, Pam, gave a $1,000 gift to WCU’s College of Arts and Sciences that initiated a program to support student participation in engaging learning activities that extend beyond the classroom. Thomas is president and chief executive officer of EIS, a leading distributor of electrical apparatus, equipment, wiring supplies and related equipment based in Atlanta. The gift is being matched with $1,000 in contributions received from other alumni of the college, for a total of $2,000 to provide four awards of $500 each to undergraduate or graduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Former Catamount football player Joe Miller, nicknamed “the Machine” during his Cullowhee years, was inducted into the Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame in May. Miller has more than 30 years of experience in high school athletics, including 20 years in the New Hanover County schools, where he worked as a coach and administrator. A native of Wilmington, Miller retired in August.
Philip B. Bowser MA retired and moved to Portland, Ore., after 36 years as a school psychologist. He recently accepted a position with Lewis and Clark College teaching school psychologist candidates. He awaits his sixth grandchild, expected in August.
Gary Ends owns Lexington Tire Pros in Lexington. Ends bought the business six years ago after a 30-year career in the furniture industry.
Sandy Segal Lish was named an American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences 2010 National Teacher of the Year merit finalist. The award recognizes exemplary family and consumer sciences teachers in elementary and secondary education. Lish is a teacher at Billerica Memorial High School in Billerica, Mass. In 1996, she re-established the Billerica High childcare program, which has since served approximately 1,000 students who gain knowledge, skills and hands-on experience in childcare.
Gregory Aaron Hyatt MIT ’80 recently received his doctoral degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Tokyo. Hyatt is an executive with DMG/Mori Seiki USA and lives in Barrington, Ill., with his wife, Joan, and their four children. Hyatt’s father, Aaron Hyatt, is retired as the dean of WCU’s Graduate School. His mother, Jane Rogers Hyatt ’64, is a former assistant professor of housing and interior design.
Carol Schafer is a member of the Penn State Commission for Women at the invitation of Penn State President Graham B. Spanier. The commission addresses the professional welfare of all members of the university community; its members include Penn State administrators, faculty, staff and technical service employees, and undergraduate and graduate students. Schafer joined Penn State in 1998 and is a professor of theater, integrative arts and women’s studies at Penn State Beaver. In 2009, she received the Achieving Women Award from the commission.
Terry Snyder and his wife, Miriam “Dawn” Eldridge, have developed www.ncinfoplus.com, a website that offers thousands of links to other sites with North Carolina-related information in categories such as government, education, chambers of commerce, municipalities and travel. The couple also owns and operates Kicks and Grins in Charlotte, a store that offers North Carolina-related products. “The website is a byproduct of the store in that my customers have been asking me for years to share my North Carolina experiences and knowledge with others,” Snyder said.