Sen. Tom Apodaca, a Republican of Hendersonville serving in the N.C. Legislature since 2003, is the new chairman of the N.C. Senate Rules Committee, one of the most powerful positions in the Senate.

Lane Gardner Camp is director of communications for the Memphis Conference of the United Methodist Church. Camp, who received a law degree in 2006 from Taft Law School, lives with her husband, Dan, in Jackson, Tenn. The couple have a son and a daughter.

Larry Richard Clark EDS wrote “Spanish Attempts to Colonize Southeast North America, 1513-1587,” an examination of many dramatic but failed Spanish expeditions and a reflection of the resistance of Native Americans to the Spanish invasion of their lands.


Clifton Lambreth MBA ’84 authored “Return to Greatness: Driving the American Dream,” a book that details how the same innovative leadership principles that turned around the Ford Motor Co. might be applied to the country. Lambreth, who wrote the book with two other authors, was a Ford employee for more than 25 years. It his second book about Ford; the first was “Ford and the American Dream: Founded On Right Decisions,” also a collaboration with other authors. He is CEO of Bradley Matthews Inc., which provides automotive, business and marketing consulting, and lives with his wife, Susan, and three sons in Brentwood, Tenn.


Carole Hudgens won an essay contest to promote the 2010 romantic comedy “Letters to Juliet.” Hudgens’ essay recounted the long path to marrying her husband, Paul, with whom she lives in Greensboro on a 7-acre farm. Her essay beat close to 3,000 other entries and earned her a trip for two to Italy, where the movie is set.


Lynn McNeilly MAEd, principal of Glenwood Elementary, was selected as the 2011 Wachovia Principal of the Year for McDowell County Public Schools, an honor sponsored by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction and Wachovia. McNeilly has more than 30 years of experience in education, beginning her teaching career in 1977 as a first-grade teacher.


Craig A. Harper, professor of wildlife management and extension wildlife specialist in the Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries at the University of Tennessee, was honored recently as a distinguished alumnus by the WCU College of Arts and Sciences. Harper is responsible for developing wildlife-related programs for UT extension services, and he also is active in research related to applied habitat management and white-tailed deer management.


William Auman MPA has authored “Pioneer Paddling Colonial Carolina,” a guidebook to the state’s waterways through a historical context. It is the first book for Auman, an Asheville attorney.


Geno Segers is appearing on the Disney XD channel show “Pair of Kings.” Segers, a Catamount football player, was Mufasa in “The Lion King” in Australia and China and a company that toured the United States. On “Pair of Kings,” which premiered in 2010, Segers plays Mason, trusted adviser to twin boys who are heirs to the throne of an island kingdom. He does motivational speaking, urging students to stay in school.


Scott Dameron MAEd ’96 and Jay Ladd V, who met when they were assigned to be roommates at WCU, released a CD in August. “Walker 904A,” a reference to their residence hall room, is a collection of 13 originals by the award-winning singer-songwriters that meld folk, Americana, pop and other genres. Dameron, on vocals and guitar, is from Wendell, and Ladd, on lead vocals and keys, is from Hillsborough.

Allison Druley Shealy was named Teacher of the Year at Saluda High School, in Saluda, S.C., where she has been band director since 2003. She is married to Jamie Shealy, and they have four children.


Sherry Melton MPA ’96 left her position as vice president of communications at the North Carolina Chamber and joined Ken Melton & Associates, her husband’s government relations and lobbying firm in Raleigh.


Don Deibert of Asheville appeared as a contestant on the television game show “The Price Is Right” when he visited California in January 2010. “One minute I’m standing in the audience with all these people, and the next thing you know I’m shaking Drew Carey’s hand,” Deibert said in an interview with the Asheville Citizen-Times. He collected prizes of an acoustic guitar, washer and drier and a dune buggy.

Andy McMahan is the new director of bands at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. McMahan came to Cal Poly from CSU Stanislaus and spent time at the University of Minnesota, both as a teacher and as a doctoral student.


Andrew Brock is a member of the N.C. Senate and is president and CEO of Brock Communication in Mocksville.


Dr. Laura Klatt House ’98, who received her medical degree in 2005 from UNC Chapel Hill, was honored recently as a distinguished alumnus by the WCU College of Arts and Sciences. House, who lives in Raleigh, completed her residency in family medicine at Wake Forest University Medical School and is currently a fellow with the UNC Department of Family Medicine.