Driving rain cleared to blue skies by mid-morning providing a beautiful day for
Homecoming 2006 celebrations. Highlights of the day included reunions for the Classes
of 1966, 1981 and 1996, numerous specialty tents and the Alumni Tailgate (which
set a new record of 1,500 attendees). The Society of Alumni extended personal invitations
to R-MC students, who were of age, to attend the Alumni Tailgate this year, and
offered free barbecue, beverages and all the trimmings for a fun and festive student
and alumni networking event. Following the football game, everyone was invited to
the post-game party that featured music provided by The Remnants-Rock-n-Soul.
During the annual meeting of the Society of Alumni, the following alumni were elected
to serve on the Board of Directors for the coming year: Returning board member:
Shelby Clayton Salley ’77; first term members: James Simpson
Mathews, Jr. ’96; Eloise Goddin Piccolo ’45; Mary Elizabeth Puccinelli Quist ’94;
Carl Ridgeley Schlaich ’78; Scott Muir Stroh III ’92 and Scott Carter Sutton ’87.
In addition, Robert Bolling Lambeth Jr. ’71 was elected to fill
an unexpired term on the board.
The Society of Alumni presented the Alumni Distinguished Service Award to Robert
H. Saunders ’51 and the Young Alumna Service Award to Cristin Bauby
Traylor ’97 during the annual meeting.
Additional key events that took place during the week of Homecoming included the
Tim Armoska Memorial Golf Tournament at The Crossings Golf Club, the Alumni/Student
Career-Networking Reception at Washington and Franklin Hall and the festive Homecoming
The weekend concluded with a special worship service at Duncan Memorial United Methodist
Church. The Rev. Dwight Zavitz, pastor, and the Rev. Edward Johnson ’00,
associate pastor, invited Dr. William T. Franz, interim dean of the college and
professor of physics, who preached the sermon titled, “Who Am I and What Am I Doing
Here?” In addition, R-MC students of the A. Purnell Bailey Pre-Ministerial Program
for Ordained Ministry participated in the service.
Special thanks go to Sue Schick ’84, chair and the entire Homecoming
Committee for organizing the weekend’s schedule. To see more photographs from the
weekend, please visit the R-MC Alumni Office web site at www.rmc.edu/alumni/.
Robert H. Saunders ’51 was presented the Alumni Distinguished Service
Award during the Society of Alumni annual meeting. The award recognizes Saunders’
continued contributions of time and resources; his dedication, devotion and support
to his alma mater; and his commitment to alumni activities. He is a past president
of the Society of Alumni serving from 1993 to 1995 during which time he also served
on the college’s Board of Trustees. He served for many years as chair of the Society
of Alumni’s Homecoming Committee and as a member of the SOA’s Development Committee.
He has served on his class reunion committees, most recently for his 50th Reunion
in 2001. He is also a member of the Presidents Society and the R-MC Heritage Society
and has always been willing to help the college in the area of student recruitment.
Saunders is a native of Suffolk, Virginia. He attended Virginia Military Institute
for his freshman year of college before transferring to Randolph-Macon in 1947.
In 1950 he joined the United States Army for a two-year commitment. After serving
in the Army, he returned to Randolph-Macon to complete his degree. Saunders graduated
in 1954 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history but has a fondness for being associated
with the Class of 1951 when he began his studies at Randolph-Macon. While attending
Randolph-Macon, he was a member of the football team, track team, a brother of the
Phi Delta Theta fraternity and was a scholarship recipient.
Saunders’ professional life was spent with General Motors Acceptance Corporation
where he rose through the ranks to the position of manager and credit supervisor.
He retired in 1983 after 30 years of service with the company.
Saunders is a former board member of Westhampton United Methodist Church and has
been active with the Masons throughout his life.
The Young Alumna Service Award was presented to Cristin Bauby Traylor ’97
at the Society of Alumni annual meeting. The Young Alumna Service Award was created
in the spring of 2006 and is given to an alumna within ten years of graduation who
has demonstrated outstanding service to Randolph-Macon College. Traylor has continued
to maintain her active relationship with the college by serving on the Greek Alumni
Advisory Committee and the President’s Associates Executive Committee. She has been
a Class Agent since 2003, an Annual Fund Volunteer Solicitor and has returned to
campus to interact with students during the Sociology department student/alumni
Traylor graduated from R-MC cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology
and psychology. In May 2000 she earned her Juris Doctor degree from Quinnipiac University
School of Law in Hamden, Connecticut.
Traylor was admitted to practice law in Virginia in 2000 and in the District of
Columbia in 2001. She is a member of the Richmond Bar Association, the Virginia
Bar Association and the Association of Trial Lawyers. She currently is an associate
with McGuire Wood’s Commercial Litigation department and focuses on white collar
crime and government investigations. Her practice includes work on alleged accounting
and prescription fraud, and court-appointed federal criminal appeals. In her free
time, Cristin volunteers with several organizations including the SPCA Associate
Board, the Free Spirit Horse Rescue Foundation, and the Dooley Noted Society.
Created in 1957, the award is presented to an alumnus who has given outstanding
service to Randolph-Macon College and has made particular contributions to the alumni
programs of the college in his community and for the college generally. The recipient
reflects the principles of education and character that Randolph-Macon has cherished
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