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1 3. 2OO4 magna cum laude, receives arts degree with honors. , Whitling  Roanoke '00 cure laude t l 4. My wife presented ia 8tar at the lish major t at The Star t and during vl eak. She was : l ofce Writer, a ).tlr Organiza. JOined us ffi - k, Our r 1 ecep- 1 blic notices ! Lking a fian lan- . ta excelled fald continued ,': Ussian la it rature .fn- : highly- ( * Thesis ' Osy Lips  :eating the t v r, , aUssian i Ct 'on  latasha ' aagaa cure ?a English, achant for i sending "ent to an ' expedition to ;. She will 81 Vels in The . reruns. ll era-'cur- h Lership y :d during i s through  Alpha Chi  a 'ternity, %01 t Delta Y. before ti r N Penny Sang tl by the The and d t of the or the for The Way the , OUrS ad Pieces. ed with Douglas Guest's They shall grow not old. Linda and I took Natasha and her mother to the best restaurant in Roanoke, a Middle Eastern place with Turkish flair, Arzu. Our waiter, Murat, took spe- cial interest in our hon- ored guest, almost asking for her hand in marriage. Our swordfish, veal, and beef Wellington were excellent. The outdoor com- mencement was scheduled for 12:30 pm. ,We arrived early for the boxed lunch and to get a good seat for photographs. At 12:15, it began to rain, and the venue was moved to the gymnasium. The logistics were excellent and the processional, Pomp and Circumstance, began at 1:30 pm. Natasha walked in with the choir and .sat on the front row. The college presi- dent, Dr. David M. Gring, welcomed the damp crowd. He announced it was also his final com- mencement in that he was retiring after 15 years. He used Maya Angelou's words to advise the gradu- ates, "A bird doesn't sing because it k,qows the answers; a bird sings because it has a song." The valedictory address was given by Brandy Collier, a 4.0, Phi Beta Kappa, honors, summa cum laude grad. The peppy little girl, who wore more honors on her sleeves than most of the faculty and spent her jun- ior year in Ghana, told her fellows, 'Ne have been living inside our hope. Now we can't just say we would like it to happen, we must work to make it happen." I felt I was back at the Explorers Club Annual Dinner during the commencement address by Scan T. Burch. The ponytailed 1992 graduate of Roanoke College thanked his history pro- fessor, "The D you gave me allowed me to gradu- ate...with a two point. You didn't think I'd ever leave and look at me now, lec- turing to you." This outstanding young man climbed Mt. Everest in 2003, the first Virginian to do so. In March, he set the record for a marathon to the North Pole, 3:43 on snow- shoes. He is planning a hiking expedition to Tibet Education THE COLUMBIA S TA R " S C Warner M. Montgomery tar intern graduate Natasha receives a congratulatory kiss from her mother, Penny Whitling. ,. Episcopal F g STI LL HOPES Retiremenl Community You know Still Hopes by reputation, now get to know why life here is better. For 25 years, Still Hopes has been a leader in long term care for South Carolina seniors. Today we are setting the pace for gracious independent retirement living with: Incredibly spacious floor plans in 125 new apartment homes Dynamic and engaging programs, like "The Caroline Classroom at Still Hopes" Plenty of landscaped green space, with room to walk, bike, and stretch Superb meals, served at tableside or take-out  And services to simplify every aspect of life Reservations are now being accepted. If you'd like to know more, mail this coupon to: Still Hopes Marketing Office, P O. Box 2959, West Columbia, SC 29171 (803) 739-5040 Name Natasha Whitling with Dr. Jeffrey Sandborg, Address director of the Roanoke C.ollege Choir !n c'ty I Telep hne Organ D .... 11 ,.,, l"li this summer. And he owns an adventure travel agency. His passion for liv- ing came across loud and clear. "I almost died twice on Mt. Everest...I lost 24 pounds in four days...I got frostbite two hours from the summit, and they wanted me to quit. I listened to my heart not to the others. One more step. One more step. I trusted my heart. I was there because I was tired of just taking up space. I never gave up. That is what I learned at Roanoke College." His concluding words to the perfectly still graduates itching to throw their hats and receive the yells of their friends were, "In a few more minutes your slate will be wiped clean. Put your arms around life. Don't wait! You'll blink and it'll be 20 years gone. Life is about living not about taking up space. Party safe, be well, and be bold." Prizes, medals, and awards were given to alumni, faculty, and board members. And the audi- ence began to shift on the hard bleachers. President Gring announced, "Graduates, you've waited long enough, please stand." He conveyed bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, and bachelor of business administration degrees on 300 happy young people and asked them to file forward to receive the sheepskins. "...Joseph Timothy Weeren; Bradford Charles Weilbrenner; Natasha Alana Whitling, magna cum laude..." State Zip J .' " ',ml ! This space for rent The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program of Family Service Center would like to thank the wonderful volunteers of the 2003 tax season! Through your hard work and dedication to the project you have touched the lives of many low-income families in Columbia. Thanks to the following people for your commitment! Jerricka Addison Ann Canary Laurie Feehan Liz Michner Ted Rivera Terri Ryant Jan Van Borsch Cathy Wright Sandy Bladen Reko Currie Gwen Green Fran Mullaney Carolette Robertson Erik Simenson Julia Walker Thanks to the volunteers from the Beta Alpha Psi organization at University of South Carolina! Angi Biggs Jessica Greene Maura Kurtz Dave Little Mark Miller Sarah Tettis Amanda Williams William Bonney Matt Holycross Susan Li Joy Middleton Natalia Scott Rick Westfall Adam Wilson We appreciate the many individuals and organizations that helped to make this project possible! Joyce Robbins of the Internal Revenue Service, Columbia Housing Authority and the staff at the Cecil Tillis Center, the staff of the Columbia One-Stop center, Pastor Curtis Hamil- ton and Bibleway Church, South Carolina Employment Security Commission, the Midlands Workforce Develop- ment Board, Bibleway Church of Atlas Road, Central Carolina Community Foundation, and the Women in Philanthropy. I