Winter 2018 Staff


Ryan Underwood, BA’96

Art Direction and Design

Donna DeVore Pritchett

Associate Editor and Production Manager

Phillip B. Tucker

Assistant Editor and Online Content Manager

Seth Robertson

Class Notes and Arts & Culture Editor

Bonnie Arant Ertelt, BS’81

Director of Photography

Daniel Dubois

Staff Photographers

Steve Green, Joe Howell, Anne Rayner, John Russell, Susan Urmy


Matt Anderson, Joan Brasher, Perry Brandt, Shayla Byrd, Shannon Cain, GayNelle Doll, Liz Entman, Andrew Faught, Kara Furlong, Paul Govern, Heidi Hall, Elizabeth Cook Jenkins, Becca Jensen, Jennifer Plant Johnston, Lorena Infante Lara, Princine Lewis, Mitch Light, Andrew Maraniss, Jon Meacham, Melanie Moran, Ann Marie Deer Owens, Jessica Pasley, Jan Read, David Salisbury, Kara Sherrer, Nicole Smith, Amy Wolf, Sarah Wolf, Nicholas S. Zeppos

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