Hurricane Sandy has impacted so many along the Eastern coast. Today Around Davidson visits with Suzy and Buzz Yoder who had to evacuate their post on Cape Lookout. We also hear about Sam and Ava Spencer who traveled to Maine last week but returned home just before the storm. In addition there is news about Nancy Cable’s new position. And don’t forget Movember kicks off today with events listed in our Noteworthy Note.
HEADING INLAND FOR THE YODERS
Some may know Suzy and Buzz Yoder by their more academic names of Suzanne and Lauren but to friends in Davidson, it is just Suzy and Buzz. Having retired from academia at Davidson College in 2008, this energetic couple decided, as health permitted, to undertake one adventure each year. Taking advice from Davidsonians Ken and Sauni Wood who volunteer in national parks frequently, Suzy and Buzz spent four months in Alaska two years ago. There they were caretakers in Nancy Lake State Park for four months.
This fall the Yoders decided to stay closer to home and are volunteering for two months at Cape Lookout National Park. They have a cabin with responsibilities to greet fishermen and see that the park area is well kept. A daily ferry from Davis Shore brings campers, RV’s and visitors to the long, thin strand of barrier island. Suzy and Buzz are enjoying learning about the island and stories of its history, from the fishermen. A special perk is watching the turtles nest on the shore.
For every five days on the island, the Yoders have two days off to come ashore for provisions or travel in the area. Last Thursday when they began their two days off, they learned that the island was being evacuated due to Hurricane Sandy. So they came home to their house in Davidson to wait for the “All Clear” call from the Park Service to return to Cape Lookout.
Enjoying their brief respite in Davidson, Suzy and Buzz got to visit with their daughter, Jocelyn and her husband, Benn Weddington, of Mooresville. They have four children but only two presently at home. The Yoder’s son, Reinald, and his wife, Christine, are living in Decatur, GA. Reinald teaches computer science at Marist High School while Christine is a professor of Hebrew at Columbia Seminary.
Nice to reconnect with the Yoder family.
HOORAY FOR CLAYTON!
What an exciting time for Sam and Ava Spencer to see their younger daughter, Clayton Spencer, installed as the new president of Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. Traveling with their son, Frank Spencer of Charlotte, Sam and Ava took a non-stop flight to Portland, Maine on Thursday, October 25. From there it was a short drive to Lewiston and their accommodations at the Guest House.
The inauguration festivities began on Friday with wonderful pomp and circumstance that accompanies such an event. Beautiful fall weather made the occasion even nicer. Clayton, wearing her father’s academic cap from his installations as president at Mary Baldwin and Davidson Colleges, became the 8th president of Bates. The college, founded by abolitionists in 1855, currently has a student body of close to 1800 and is considered one of the leading liberal arts colleges in the nation.
Friday evening the Spencers attended a gala dinner and dance. In addition to their younger son, Frank, Clayton’s sister, Ellen Spencer Henschen and her husband, Gary (a Davidson alum), came from Atlanta for the weekend as did many cousins. Clayton’s children, Will and Ava Carter, were also there. Will is an NYU graduate who now works at Goldman Sachs in NYC. Ava is a Harvard University senior working in genomics. A number of Davidson graduates and friends were on hand for the inauguration weekend including Bob and Ann Williams, former Davidson residents and of course, Meg and Don Kimmel(Meg is an Assistant Vice President at Bates in the Communications Office).
Saturday found the Spencer family at the football game followed by a dinner for family at the President’s House, a wonderful three story New England home dating from 100 years ago. Sunday was a quiet day for Clayton to spend time with her parents before their early Monday flight back to Charlotte. How fortunate they were to arrive home before the hurricane battered the Northeast.
For more information on the inauguration, visit www.bates.edu/news.
A NEW JOB FOR NANCY CABLE
It is nice to catch up with Nancy Cable since she left Davidson as Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid a few years back. Nancy most recently was Vice President and Interim President at Bates College but now is moving on to Jacksonville, Florida, to lead The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations. The press release can be found at www.avdf.org.
Nancy’s will begin her new job in the spring of 2013. Congratulations to Nancy on this wonderful appointment. Catching up with her daughters we learned that Katie Wells is close by in Charlotte teaching history at Country Day School. Younger sister, Gretchen Wells, is working in New York City and pursuing a theatre career. Nancy’s brother, Davis Cable and his wife, Libby, are also in Charlotte and are parents of Davidson College student, Andy Cable.
Nancy’s mother, Jane Cable, continues to live in Naples, FL, and is delighted to have her daughter in the same state once more.
NOTEWORTHY NOTE – MOVEMBER IS HERE
Okay, fellas, this is the month to raise money and awareness about men’s health by growing a mustache. Summit Coffee’s Tim Helfrich and his brother, Brian, scheduled a month of fun events to mark Movember last year and this fall is no different. This morning you can get a straight razor shave – your last upper lip shave for a month – for $10 at Raeford’s Barber Shop with a portion of the charge donated to Summit’s fund raising.
So it is time to sprout some stuff on your upper lip and join the official Summit Coffee Mo’ Team as a mustache grower, by following this link and registering.
Great idea and great fun! Thanks, Summit.
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