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Chowan A newsmagazine for alumni, parents and friends FALL 1997 Volume 42 Number 3 I Largest gift in Chowan’s history provides $1 million for scholarships J. Guy Revelle, Jr., (right) presents stocks, bonds and cash from the estate of the late alumna Susan Parker Kerr to President Lott. Ernest R. Vadersen, Jr., ’64 In a special conferral of stocks, bonds and cash, October 1, Chowan received $1,150,000 in scholar ship monies from the estate of the late alumna, Susan Parker Kerr. Longtime family friend and attorney, J. Guy Revelle, Jr., presented the largest, single gift in the 149-year history of the college to President Stanley G. Lott. Announcing the establishment of the Susan Parker Kerr Memorial Scholarship, Revelle explain ed, “The recipients shall be chosen by the Scholar ship Committee of Chowan College with scholastic ability and financial need the prime criteria for selection. It was Susan’s desire that the scholarship would be the largest and most sought-after scholar ship presented each year.” A native of Murfreesboro and resident of Indian Receives Distinguished Alumni Award Ernest R. Vadersen, Jr ‘64 was presented with the Distinguished Alumni Award during Homecom ing ceremonies October 18 Vadersen, a resident of Ponte Vedra Beach, FI., was recognized for excep tional achievements in the business world and continuing loyalty to his alma mater. A native of Norfolk, Va. and graduate of Granby High School, Vadersen graduated from Chowan with an A.A. degree in pre-educa tion. After continuing his education at Guilford College, he served a two- year tour in the U.S. Army. His business career began with Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company, where in just two short years, he became the youngest general agent in the 123-year history of the company. Following his brief stint in insurance, Vadersen moved into real estate. Within his first three years, he was recognized by the National Association of Home Buyers as the 11 th leading real estate agent in the U.S. with personal sales of more than 200 units totaling in excess of 5 million dollars. After seven years in the real estate market, Vadersen turned his interests toward the golf industry, operating his own consulting firm and attracting such powerful clients as Spalding, McGregor and Yamaha International. Serving as design and marketing consultant and PGA and LPGA tour repre-sentative for such companies, he interfaced with such golf celebri-ties as Jack Nicklaus and David Graham and established a signi ficant presence on the touring circuit. In 1993 Vadersen established Snake Eyes Golf Clubs and, completing his own design work, began producing and marketing his own line of high-tech, tour- quality clubs. Charlie Aycock, director of alumni affairs described the com pany’s rapid growth, “Begirming just four years ago as a small privately-owned company. Snake Eyes has rapidly become a well recognized and respected name in both the business world and golf industry. With stock traded publicly on the NASDAQ Small Cap Exchange, Snake Eyes clubs are both nationally and interna tionally marketed, known and played.” “As founder, past CEO and current chairman of the board of Snake Eyes Golf Clubs, Vadersen’s achievements represent the highest standards of See VADERSEN on Page 2 Ernest R. Vadersen, Jr. On/ tAc' Insk/e/. . Academics moves into strengthened position Page3 UP! and Away! Chowan wdcomes Class of 2001 Page 5 Honor Roll of Donors of 148th Year Pt^es 8-21 Campus prepared for 1,00(H- student Internet connections ....Page22 Communit} Serv ice Award presented to Pruettes Puge25 It’s Official! Chowan joins NCA.A Division in ranks Page 26 Lakes Estates, Florida for more than thirty years, Kerr was the daughter of Murfreesboro residents, EKvood W. Parker and Elizabeth Sewell Parker. Revelle noted, “Although Susan spent more than thirty years as a resident of Florida, her heart re mained in Murfreesboro and with Chowan College.” Kerr was preceded in death by her first hus band, Richard Bennett, son, Richard D. Bennett and second husband, Andrew Judson Kerr. She is survived by her son, El wood Parker Bennett, of Florida. The Parker family heritage symbolizes a legacy of strong ties to Chowan College. Kerr’s mother graduated with the Class of 1929 and her maternal grandmother served as a trustee. Her father, who was instrumental in the reopening of Chowan fol lowing World War II, supported the college over his lifetime as a trustee and major benefactor. Cho wan’s eight-story, Parker Hall residence building is named in his honor. Graduating from Murfreesboro High School in 1951, Susan Parker Kerr was among the first stu dents to benefit from Chowan’s reopening in 1949 Dr. Bruce E. Whitaker, president of Chowan from 1957 to 1989, developed a close relationship with Kerr’s family during his tenure at Chowan. On hand for the presentation, he recalled, “What a great heritage Susan enjoyed, from a family which believed in and supported good causes like Chowan College . . Susan’s estate will establish her memory' and influence at Chowan for many generations to come.” Receiving the exceptional gift. President Lott stated, “For the second time in a little over a year, Chowan College is the recipient of an estate whose worth is in excess of one million dollars. I am profoimdly grateful to those whose cultivated the relationship with Susan Parker Kerr and convinced her that Chowan was worth remembering in her will. Among others, these would include Dr. Bruce Whitaker and Mr. Guy Revelle.” “This is the kind of gift that can truly make a difference for the college,” Lott continued “It is my deep hope that this gift will encourage others to place Chowan in their estate and that it will prompt generous support from those who can help to secure the future of this fme institution.” Parker family heritage symbolizjes a legacy of strong ties to Chowan College King Chris Scott '98 of Newport News, Va., joined Queens Laura Allgood '98 of Danville, Va., (left) and Chris Fields ’98 of Kill Devil Hills, N. C., (right) during Homecoming activities in Garrison Stadium.