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  • Thomas C. Watson Jr. 1959


    Tom was awarded the Regional Chamber's Spirit of the Carolinas Award Oct 16th at the 12th annual Salute to Business and Manufacturing banquet held at the Schiele Museum's Matthews Belk Cannon Environmental Studies Center in Gaston NC. Tom succeeded his father in the business in 1965 and has seen many changes over his 50-year career with the company. Under Tom's guidance the insurance firm his father began in the 1930's now has 70 employees. Ann Hoscheit, the chair-woman-elect of the chamber's board of directors said it is Tom's ability to create personal relationships with his customers, his commitment to employees, and his desire to give back that has allowed him to thrive over the past five decades. Of the award, Tom said it was a "special, humbling honor".

  • William P. Garten 1971


    Bill Garten has published his fifth book of poetry, Box of Pain, Box of Fear. Bill's other five books of poetry are Black Snow, Red Rain, Eventually, and Symptoms. He is the winner of the Emerson Prize for Poetry and The Margaret Ward Martin Prize for Creative Writing. Bill has published poetry in hundreds of literary magazines and academic journals across the United States and has been anthologized in Wild Sweet Notes, And Now the Magpie, and What the Mountains Yield. Bill continues to conduct his Financial practice and when he is not helping people with their retirement plans he conducts creative writing workshops and gives poetry readings across the country.

  • C. Joseph Rainero Jr. 1985


    Joe and his four man relay team (Travis Deckert, Logan Ryan and Sean Casto) took 1st place in the Swim Around Charleston 12 mile open water swim on September 21, 2014. This is the second time that Joe's team has won the relay in the 4 years of the annual event. You can see more here: <>

  • Renee Goodwin 2001


    Renee sent in this update: "This year I became a member of Makeup Artists and Hair Stylists IATSE Local 798. This is the national union for Film, TV and theatre. I department headed one feature called Peter and John in Nantucket and worked on two films in Charlotte, Max, in 2002 and Ashby, still not released. I worked on the Cinemax series Banshee as well as numerous national and regional commercials. I also became a regular makeup artist for ESPN and the SEC Network."

  • Parker White 2011


    Parker sent us news that he will be shipping out to Great Lakes, IL on March 10th for basic training. He is joining the navy and entering into their Nuclear Field.

  • Amy (Shivers) Rowe 1995


    Just in from Amy Shivers: "Jamie and I are excited to introduce James Travers Rowe Jr, born Sunday 9/21/14 7 lbs 9.5 oz, 21" long."

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  • Michael W. Holowesko 2014


    Michael Holowesko played defense for the Washington College Shoreman Soccer team on Family Weekend vs. Dickinson on Saturday, September 20. Coaches Davis and Class of '81 Shoreman, Coach Haller, share a picture with Michael after the match.

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  • Curran (Anderson) Southwick 2001


    Curran writes: "Felt like the fastest summer in history, running after a toddler, teaching a teenager how to drive, and a taking tween shopping. I am wonderfully busy at work in Atlanta dealing with all of the new and growing movie grips in town."

  • Taylor Hardwick 1943


    We have learned that Taylor Hardwick and his wife Jo recently had a book published, Taylor Hardwick: 60 Years of Design. The book release was announced in The Florida Times Union on September 2nd with an accompanying article on the history of some of Taylor's architecture designs in Jacksonville, including schools, commercial buildings, a public park and the Haydon Burns library.

  • Mark L. Newman 2000


    Mark is thrilled to be returning to his alma mater, UNC-Chapel Hill, as Associate Director of Development for the College of Arts and Sciences Foundation. Mark recently was employed at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College as Alumni Relations and Resource Development Coordinator.

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