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February 2012
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Veterans Day Concert | Chapel at Roberts| Retired Faculty – Where are they now?

VETERANS DAY CONCERT AT EASTMAN THEATER FEATURES ROBERTS CHORALE AND MUSIC FACULTY

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On Friday, November 11, the Roberts Wesleyan College Chorale performed a special Veterans Day concert at Eastman Theatre with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. What made the event even more special was that Dr. Paul Shewan (Professor of Instrumental Music) guest conducted the RPO and Dr. Jeffrey McGhee (Associate Professor of Vocal Music) narrated and sang God Bless America. The performance included Sousa's Washington Post March, a salute to George M. Cohan, the Armed Forces Salute, America the Beautiful, God Bless America, and Stars and Stripes Forever.

The crowd of 1,500 enjoyed the concert and gave standing ovations to the overall performances and Dr. McGhee's rendition of God Bless America. It was a great event and a special opportunity for the students. The Chorale is directed by Dr. Jamie Spillane.

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CHAPEL AT ROBERTS: AN OPPORTUNITY FOR SPIRITUAL GROWTH

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Chapel is a key component in the spiritual life of Roberts Wesleyan College. Under the direction of Chaplain Jonathan Bratt, Chapel is the cornerstone for worship and spiritual vitality on campus.

Chapels are open to the public. Check out the Chapel schedule online to see the great opportunities available to students and alumni this semester.

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RETIRED FACULTY - WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

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Have you ever wondered what your favorite retired faculty members are doing post-Roberts? Well here is your chance to find out. Take a minute to hear the exciting things God is doing in and through them!

Dr. Barbara Rose taught at Roberts Wesleyan College from 1968-2009. She has been Professor Emeritus since 2009. Dr. Rose received her B.A. from Roberts and went on to complete degrees from SUNY Geneseo, Rochester Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. from the University of Rochester. A much loved professor at Roberts, she was Professor of Mathematics and Education and Chair of the Division of Natural Science and Mathematics. She received the RWC Barbara S. Muller Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence in 1973 and 2009.

Hear what she is doing today as she responds to a few of our questions.

Q:

What is your fondest memory of Roberts?

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That is hard to say! Since I came to Roberts in 1963 as a student and was around for over 40 years as a faculty, there are many fond memories. One would be that I "found" my husband Gary while we were students at Roberts. The thirteen mission trips to Hungary and Romania left memories for life!

Q:

What do you like best about retirement?

A:

I like the flexibility of retirement. I am still active in many activities, but I make choices of what, where, and when! I joined a quilting guild and a book club. When our Spring Arbor grandchildren play soccer and run in cross country and track, I can cheer them on. A flexible schedule allows me to travel to Vancouver to take care of my grandchildren living there when I'm needed. I can put off cleaning the house and watch a Poirot movie, if I wish!

Q:

What do you miss the most about Roberts and teaching?

A:

I miss the people at Roberts. When I think of the students over my 40 years of teaching, I smile. I miss the RWCCO and the wonderful music at the CLC; I miss the lectures in the Smith Science Center. The colleagues and friends from Roberts are missed and a cherished part of me forever.

Q:

What are you doing now?

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I am involved in family, church, and teaching activities. One of the reasons Gary and I moved to Spring Arbor, Michigan, is to be near family-- daughter Allison Ottolini'95 and her family, my mother, and my two siblings. The three grandchildren are 14, 14, and 11 and keep us very busy. Having been in NY for over 45 years, it is a joy to now be near my 92-year-old mother and 99-year-old stepfather. Gary and I are active in Sandstone Congregational Church, where my brother Brad Smith'69 is the pastor. My academic life stays active-- I teach a research course for Spring Arbor University's Masters in Education every semester and several courses at Hope Africa University in Bujumbura, Burundi, every January. I also serve on the boards of Olive Branch Mission and Friends of Hope Africa University.

Q:

If you could give alumni one piece of encouragement, what would that be?

A:

Take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way. When I look back on my life, I never could have dreamed of the life I have had. Life is fragile and our futures on earth are not predictable, so take some risks and step out of your comfort level. Let God direct your life and you will never be sorry.

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