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Class of 1978

    • 12/14/2017

      Larry Burton BA ’78 is the new chief of staff for Alaska Senator Dan Sullivan.

    • 09/18/2017

      Larry Burton BA ’78 was appointed to the position of senior vice president of government affairs for CVS Caremark.

    • In the House of the Serpent Handler: A Story of Faith and Fleeting Fame in the Age of Social Media

      Julia Duin BA ’78 offers an intimate and engrossing look at the latest generation of Pentecostal believers who “take up” venomous snakes as a test of their religious faith. Focusing on several preachers and their families in six Appalachian states, she explores the impact that such 21st-century phenomena as social media and reality television have had on rituals long practiced in obscurity.

      As Duin reveals, the mortal snakebite suffered by pastor Mack Wofford in 2012 marked the passing of the torch to younger preachers Jamie Coots and Andrew Hamblin, who were featured in the 2013 series Snake Salvation on the National Geographic Channel. Seeing their participation in the show as a way of publicizing their faith and thus winning converts, Coots and Hamblin attempted to reinvent the snake-handling tradition for a modern audience. The use of the internet, particularly Facebook, became another key part of their strategy to spread their particular brand of Christianity. However, Coots’s own death in 2014 was widely reported after the TV series was canceled, while Hamblin, who emerges as the central figure in the book, was arrested and tried after a shooting incident involving his estranged wife. His hopes of becoming a serpent-handling superstar seemingly dashed, Hamblin spent several months in prison, emerging more determined than ever to keep to the faith. By the end of the narrative, he has begun a new church where he can pass on the tradition to yet another generation.

      Duin’s thorough, sympathetic reporting and lively style bring the ecstatic church services she witnessed vividly to life, and through interviews and quotations from the principals’ Facebook postings, she has allowed them to express their beliefs and reveal their everyday lives in their own words. She also gives the reader an up-close view of how a reporter pursues a story and the various difficulties encountered along the way. These engrossing elements add up to a unique story of the ways in which the practitioners of a century-old custom-one that strikes most outsiders as bizarre-are adjusting to the challenges of the new millennium.

      University of Tennessee Press, 2017. 227 pages.

      Posted 11/14/2017
    • 12/28/2017

      Bruce Glover BS ’78 recently retired from the U.S. Air Force, where he had served as a chaplain for more than 31 years. Glover, an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church U.S.A., served congregations in both Montana and Missouri before going on active duty in the USAF. After living in 10 states, South Korea, and the U.K., he and his wife of 34 years, Carol, are enjoying retirement in the Texas Hill Country outside of San Antonio.

    • 10/14/2016

      Ronald Marks BA ’78, the president of Intelligence Enterprises, has been appointed to the board of management of the Cosmos Club in Washington, D.C. He is also an adjunct faculty member in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins University.

    • 02/01/2018

      Paul Monheimer BA ’78, BA ’79, MAT ’86 continues to teach at Catlin Gabel, a Portland-area independent school. He splits his time between Portland and Bend, Oregon, where the skiing, hiking, and kayaking tug at his heart. Monheimer and his wife, Pam, will travel to Philadelphia this spring for daughter Noa’s graduation from Penn. Monheimer encourages members of the class of ’79 to contact him if they are passing through Portland: “Any excuse to try a new microbrew,” he says. In May 2017, Monheimer and his daughter enjoyed a 37-year reunion with Munich friends Heini, Axel, Klaus, Josephine, and Heini’s son.

    • 02/15/2017

      Toby Padgett BS ’78 is Pacific Northwest studio manager for a group of three “licensed and legal” internet radio stations operating out of England. Padgett also DJs two weekly radio programs, with another coming soon. She credits her Lewis & Clark communication professors with helping her further develop her communication skills, “which really come in handy when on-air, especially when conducting interviews with recording artists in all genres of music. It’s incredible to really get to know these artists. At this point in my life, it’s all about having fun—and I am!”

    • 06/27/2018

      Mark Pinder BS ’78 has retired from his position as principal of Milwaukie (Oregon) High School. He will be remembered for, among other things, overseeing the school as it achieved record-high graduation rates. Pinder began his career as a teacher at Jefferson High School in Portland in 1979.

    • 04/17/2018

      Scot Sellers BA ’78 was appointed lead independent director of Milhaus, a development and property management company based in Indianapolis. Previously, Sellers was chair and CEO of Archstone.

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