Inspire, Fall/Winter 2011

1960s Thomas Rexroth ’69 announces the release of his book, Animal Colony: A Cautionary Tale for Today . The novel uses a collection of animals in an early American colony to illustrate socialism in society. 1970s Nola (Watson) Calhoun ’70 retired from teaching music and moved to Vermilion, Ohio. She is the secretary of the board of directors for Towne and Country Players, Inc., in Norwalk, Ohio, which hosted the Cedarville jazz band for the production of Strike up the Band! 1980s Beth Anne (Morse) Natalello ’89 was awarded Reading Teacher of the Year for the 2010–2011 school year. She teaches fifth-grade language arts at Woodstock Elementary School in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Donna (Payne) VanLiere ‘89 spoke at the Extraordinary Women Conference on October 8, 2011, in Lynchburg, Virginia. The featured speaker was former Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Learn more about Donna’s new book, The Christmas Note , at . 1990s Dawn (Ambrose) Heatwole ’93 and her husband, David, announce the adoption of Asa (5), Ethan (6), Adam (6), Pasha (12), and April (14). They became foster-adoptive parents in 2005, and have been blessed to adopt through the local foster care system as well as from Russia. Dawn works for Early Head Start and enjoys balancing motherhood and her career. David is an artist and also works for Pulmonary Associates. They reside in Martinsburg, West Virginia. chapter focus — detroit The Detroit Chapter of the Alumni Association hosted more than 40 Cedarville alumni and students for cider and donuts at Yates Cider Mill, a popular fall destination in Michigan. Alumni enjoyed the crisp autumn weather and beautiful apple orchard together. “This event, our third in the Detroit area, was a great way to connect with longtime Cedarville friends and other local alumni,” said chapter leader Danna (Lichty) Dykema ’90. “Even with grads I’d never met, our common bond in the Cedarville family and the family of God created an almost instant connection.” The Detroit Chapter was formed in 2009 and includes more than 500 Cedarville alumni. Previous gatherings, like a trip to the zoo, have connected alumni, parents, students, and prospective students. “We had a great time networking with local alumni and reflecting on our experiences at Cedarville,” said Jonathan ’03 and Shalini (Mathai) Mattson ’04. “It was fun to talk with several current students about what’s new on campus and to encourage them as well.” Learn more about alumni chapters and find one in your area! Visit . If you would like to help organize a chapter or plan an event, contact Mark McDaniel ’05, coordinator for regional alumni events and services, at C e d a r v i l l e U n i v e r s i t y a l u m n i a s s o c i a t i o n If you would like to contact a friend highlighted in this section, please email us at We’d be glad to put you in touch. CEDARVILLE UNIVERSITY 29 a lumnotes