Looking For Some Really Good Ideas? Try These—Starting With a Wingate Parking Garage

Staff Writer: Emily Werner

We all think of ideas that we find to be absolutely genius. Half the time,
they’re things that come to us in the middle of the night and are no
longer great ideas when we wake up the next morning. But my ideas? I
truly believe they are life-altering and would tremendously benefit
society if implemented.

Adding a parking garage to Wingate University’s campus
Parking at Wingate has been a nightmare for as long as anyone can
remember. There’s just not enough space, even after requiring
students to pay for parking passes. We could fix this a few
different ways, but my favorite is to build a three-level parking
garage on Cedar Street, next to Byrum Residence Hall. Building
a parking garage increases the amount of parking and the Cedar
Street lot is fairly central to campus, making it an ideal location
for commuters and residents alike.

Dentists who do not talk to you
Going to the dentist is already stressful enough for most people. Having
someone you only see twice a year’s hands in your mouth is
weird. But it could get worse. This virtual stranger could talk to
you while they’re hands are in your mouth. How am I supposed
to respond? Haven’t they learned that by now? Or are they
simply pranking me? This is why I need a dentist that does their job without speaking to me. I don’t want the small talk. I want silence.

Concert seating by height
Every time I go to a concert, I am reminded of how painfully short I am.
Half the time, I’m not even the shortest person in the room!
However, I seem to always get stuck behind the tallest person in
the room and can’t see a thing. To fix this, you should have to
put your height in when buying tickets. That way, short people
will actually be able to see. No, you won’t be able to sit with
your friends of different heights. Sorry, that’s not how it works.

Hairdressers who won’t talk to you
See the second idea, replace “dentists” with “hairdressers.”

Wingate Volleyball Climbing National Rankings Thanks to Recent Winning Streak

Staff Writers: Caroline Backus and Cody Kelley

The No. 20-ranked Wingate volleyball team continued its near-perfect
2022 season by overpowering three opponents over the last two weeks.
Wingate played two home matches and one road match, beating Carson-
Newman and Lincoln Memorial two weeks ago at Cuddy Arena. The
Bulldogs also dominated Lenoir-Rhyne on the road last Saturday, giving
them a 24-1 record, a 22-game winning streak and a 15-0 South Atlantic
Conference record through nearly two months of play. 

The team also leads the nation in winning percentage and has the longest
winning streak in Division I and II women’s volleyball. Wingate ranks
second nationally in opponents’ hitting percentage (.079) and fifth in
hitting percentage (.293).

After compiling a perfect 5-0 record in their previous road trip, the
Bulldogs continued their dominance in their first home matches in three
weeks. The team took down conference foe Carson-Newman on Oct. 14,
winning 3-1. Wingate capped off its two-game homestand on Oct. 15 by
sweeping Lincoln Memorial. The team then continued its winning ways
with a 3-1 win against Lenoir-Rhyne on Oct. 22.

As Wingate continues to blow out its opponents, it also continues to
light up the stat sheet. Through 22 matches, the team ranks first in the
SAC in kills per set (14.05), hitting percentage (.289), assists per set
(13.11), service aces (172), service aces per set (2.1), block assists (328),
total blocks (201), blocks per set (2.45), points (1525.0) and points per
set (18.6).

While going undefeated over the last two weeks, the Bulldogs once
again received some individual recognition. On Oct. 17, graduate
student setter Shannon Kasprak was named SAC Offensive Player of the
Week. Her play was recognized once more the following week as she
was named SAC Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 24. Kasprak
played a crucial role in Wingate’s victories over the last two weeks,
accumulating 82 assists, averaging 11.71 assists per set, eight kills, 17
digs and four blocks over the two matches against Carson-Newman and
Lincoln Memorial while handing out 52 assists, 24 digs and a block
against Lenoir-Rhyne. She also added five kills and had a .417 hitting

Several other Wingate players have continued to pile up impressive
numbers as well. Freshman middle blocker Emily Johnson has continued
to be dominant in her first collegiate season as she ranks first in the SAC
in blocks per set (1.15) and fourth in hitting percentage (.389), while
graduate student setter Shannon Kasprak is third in assists per set
(10.41) and sixth in service aces (30).

The Bulldogs have one final road trip coming up as the regular season
nears its end. Wingate will travel to South Carolina to face Anderson on
Friday at 6 p.m. and wrap up the weekend on Saturday, facing Newberry
at 3 p.m.

New Business Professor Turner-Henderson Offers Unique Digital Marketing Course

Features Editor: Savannah Phillips

At the start of the current fall semester, Wingate University welcomed a
new assistant professor, Dr. Tiffanie Turner-Henderson, to the marketing
department located in the Porter B. Byrum School of Business. She
brought with her a special topics course offering, Marketing 411: Digital
Marketing, that was not previously available on campus.

Prior to her current position, Turner-Henderson was as a professor at
Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, where she first developed a
similar digital marketing course.

“During my interview process at Wingate, the idea was appealing to
bring to the marketing program,” Turner-Henderson said. “The course
provides a broad review of the role of social/digital media in an

“Students can understand how strategies are developed, implemented
and evaluated to meet marketing and business objectives.”

The prerequisite, Marketing 301: Principles of Marketing, builds the
foundational marketing knowledge needed for the higher-level special
topics course. According to Turner-Henderson, students must grasp the
five Ws (Who, What, When, Where, Why) and H (How) of digital

Personal experiences with social media platforms are implemented in
the prerequisite course’s content so that students can better understand
the concepts being taught, she said.

Though the digital marketing course is particularly interesting to students
in related areas of study, anyone is able to take advantage of the course,
so long as they successfully pass Marketing 301.

“Marketing career trends and the desires of students continue to lean
toward the social and digital marketing areas,” said Turner-Henderson,
who also teaches Principles of Marketing and Integrated Marketing
Communications in the School of Business. “The industry also looks for
potential employees that understand data analytics and how it informs
the decisions of companies.”

Beyond the study of specific digital marketing strategies and evaluations,
students will leave the course with recognized certifications, according to

There are opportunities to earn the Meta Digital Marketing Associate
Certification, as well as certifications from Google and Hootsuite.
The badges received can be displayed on resumes or LinkedIn to attract
employers and gain a competitive edge.

It has not yet been determined when this course will be offered again,
but by checking WinLink before every registration period, students can
stay up to date on the latest course offerings.

Mendoza Aiming to Contribute to Bulldog XC Program

Sports Writer: Michael O’Neill

Wingate freshman cross-country runner Isaac Mendoza is a bright young man from El Paso, Texas, who developed a curiosity for nature and his surroundings. He also has a competitive passion to give everything he has on the pathway and in the classroom.

Growing up in his hometown, Mendoza enjoyed going on camping trips with his father and being outdoors. Unlike most kids who play video games, he breathed the air around him and played with the children who lived in his neighborhood.

Mendoza’s love for the outdoors led him to swim, collect ants in jars and go on to enjoy shenanigans and adventures with his friends during the summers. He benefited from moving around in El Paso because he made friends with many children who he played with outside.

Mendoza also played many sports throughout his elementary school years, including soccer (five years) and basketball (two years). By the time he was in seventh grade, he did not play any sports because he focused on academics.

While he was sad about missing out on sports his freshman year, Mendoza trained at a gym and ran on his own. He later heard about the enhanced success of his high school cross-country team (Eastwood High School) and decided to accelerate his training. He remembers seeing them on television after winning a 5A district title in 2019, the same time he was a freshman.

“I remember seeing them on the news when the newspaper article came out,” Mendoza said. “Some of my old teammates were on the team too, so I thought that was cool. I thought to myself, ‘I want to do that and win a state championship.”

The following year, he moved to Eastwood, his high school across town in El Paso because that school had developed into an elite cross-country team emphasizing team bonding and academics. Although he was not allowed to be on the varsity team as a sophomore, he was considered one of the top junior varsity runners.

Fast forward to his junior season in the spring of 2021 Mendoza finished first in his first-ever high school cross-country meet. He was surprised with the result and immediately gained confidence in himself and his running mates.

At the same time, Mendoza struggled academically due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which presented him with some barriers to college recruitment. Most colleges didn’t recruit him because his grades didn’t meet their standards, but Wingate became an exceptional fit for him.

Mendoza eventually committed to Wingate after giving it a lot of thought. Part of why he wanted to run for the Bulldogs was because of the hype they brought to the races, which resulted in top-10 rankings last season.

Head coach Pol Domenech and Mendoza stayed in communication and talked about what opportunities Wingate would offer him to run. According to Domenech, Mendoza was passionate about running for the Bulldogs because he knew he wanted to run for a Division-2 school.

After seeing the diversity Wingate has on his visit, Mendoza knew he would be accepted for who he is, considering his athleticism. He also knew the program would offer opportunities for their student-athletes who deserve them.

Once Mendoza arrived, he felt positive vibes from the culture that Domenech is trying to create.

“We saw a lot of potential in him…” Domenech said of Mendoza. “We’re very happy that we were correct, because I watched Isaac in practice for two months now, and I can already tell we were right when we saw the potential there.”

Although Mendoza is not eligible to race yet, he is using his first year as an opportunity for more progress in training and development. He has a positive spirit and looks forward to bonding with his teammates and hopefully running in an 8K (five-mile) race.

Mendoza also wants to help the No. 4-ranked Bulldogs continue to win South Atlantic Conference titles and lead them far into the postseason.

“I would like to be one of the top-10 runners next year, so I can be on the traveling team for nationals and regional race,” Mendoza said. “… I’m focusing on my training, listening to all of the coaches, doing the little things, and running with my teammates at practice.”

No. 4 Wingate Takes First-Place in the 49-Team UAH Invitational

Staff Writers: Bode Arigbon and Michael O’Neill

The fourth-ranked Wingate men’s cross country team won the University
of Alabama at Huntsville Invitational Oct. 22 at the John Hunt Park XC
course. The Bulldogs placed five runners among the top 18 finishers in
the 8K event to post 53 points. Sixth-ranked Lee (Tenn.) University was
second with 87 points.
Wingate graduate student Pierre Galbourdin finished third with his 8K
time of 23:43.60. Sophomore Scott Nutter took fifth place with a time of
23:46.70. Junior Bastian Mrochen and sophomore Cas Kopmels finished
12th (23:54.30) and 15th (23:56.10), respectively. Graduate student
Oliver Way rounded out the Bulldog scorers, placing 18th with a time of

The Wingate women finished second in the event, with sophomore
Grace Burrell leading the way at 14th overall in a time of 17:42.50. The
Bulldogs placed five runners among the top 28 finishers in the 5K race.
Wingate head coach Pol Domenech said the event, which featured 49
schools for the men and 44 for the women, was great preparation for the
team’s upcoming South Atlantic Conference championships and NCAA
Southern Regional to be held on the Bulldogs’ home course.

#345 Pierre Galbourdin

“Huntsville was definitely a big test for us,” Domenech said. “We did
not do anything special to prepare, but we knew we were racing top
competition (nationally ranked teams in both genders), so we wanted to
execute the race well and see where we stood against great competition.
On the men’s side, Pierre Galbourdin ran an incredible time. It has been
a long time coming for him as he was injured last season, so I’m really
proud he has been able to come back and at a really high level.

“On the women’s side, Grace Burrell led the team with another great
performance. Similar to Pierre, she came back from a tough injury last
year, and it feels great to see her up there again”
Both Wingate teams compete in the 2022 South Atlantic Conference
championships Nov. 5 in at Salisbury Community Park near host.
Catawba College. The Bulldogs are the defending champions in both the
men’s and the women’s competitions.

Tireless Arts Advocate Pann Assumes Leadership of Department of Communication

Features Writer: Savannah Phillips

In 1988, Barbara Pann, a young, energetic professor at Georgetown
(Ky.) College, boarded a flight from Louisville to Charlotte for a job
interview at what was then Wingate College. The dean at Georgetown
had offered up her name when Wingate came calling about
recommendations for an opening it had for a full-time professor to teach
public speaking.

That was the beginning of the 34 years she has spent here teaching and
inspiring Department of Communication students and, perhaps more
importantly, being a relentless advocate for theatre on campus and in
Union County. Her mentor at Wingate was longtime former
Communication colleague Larry Coleman, another professor with a
passion for theatre who owned an infectious personality like Pann’s.

“He cast a very big shadow,” Pann said of Coleman, who spent 28 years
teaching at Wingate while also serving as director of the WU Theatre
and the Batte Center. “No one in this lifetime will ever be able to fill Larry
Coleman’s shoes.”

There has never been a formal academic theatre program at Wingate,
but in many ways Pann seems to have become the voice and spirit of
theatre after the passing of Coleman at age 69 in 2018. She even
resides in his former office on the first floor of the Neu Building.

As the torch was passed, Pann inherited a few remaining blocks that
Coleman had collected from Laney Hall, a former theatre building on campus located where the Wellspring is now that was torn down due to
its foundation sinking in. Without a replacement building, Pann was left
to use Austin Auditorium when available for Wingate’s theatre activities
and to store the club’s props and sets.

Pann has been trying to inspire change for years now at the university by
being outspoken about the need for a greater emphasis on theatre at
Wingate. Despite her outspoken advocacy of the arts here, acting and
theatre have steadily been held at club status, like it was under

“Arts add a great deal of quality to life,” Pann said. “You think deeper and
more profoundly [when exposed to the arts]. Wingate needs theatre for
the same reason that the world needs theatre: art, empathy and

For someone who says she is “burning the candle at both ends,” Pann is
doing it exceedingly well. She has a true passion for what she teaches,
whether it be improvisational theatre or public speaking, and sometimes
that makes all the difference for her students, who feed off her passion.
Pann believes that theatre is accepting of everyone. No matter what your
skill sets are, you will have a place in theatre, Pann says.

Before coming to Wingate, she received her undergraduate degree in
psychology of business communication from Georgetown College and
earned her master’s degree in public relations at Morehead State

“Looking back, I see that I stayed on the perimeter of theatre for a long
time,” Pann recalled. “For some reason, I never gave myself permission
to go all-in. It’s kind of exciting to step forward a little bit.”

This year, she has made a very big step forward in assuming leadership
of the Department of Communication, taking over for former chair Dr.
Ralph Frasca, who unexpectedly retired a day before classes began this
semester. “I understand it will be temporary and I’m OK with that,” she

The department itself seems to be her rock. “My immediate colleagues in
the Communication Department have been an unimaginably good group.
They are the most dependable, thoughtful people that I could name.”
Despite her many new responsibilities as department chair, Pann says
she will not lose sight of what truly drives her during her remaining years
at Wingate: having theatre take its rightful place—and space—on

Highly Ranked Wingate Cross Country Teams Receive In-Season Surprise Invitation to Host November’s NCAA Southeast Regional

Staff Writers: Bode Arignon and Michael O’Neill

The Wingate cross-country program received a big in-season boost
recently when the NCAA announced that it is moving this year’s Division 2
Southeast Regional set for Nov. 19 from McAlpine Creek Park in Charlotte
to the Bulldogs’ cross country facility surrounding the campus lake.

The opportunity came about as a result of scheduled host Queens
University’s surprising move to Division 1 over the summer, so Wingate’s
distance runners will benefit by hosting their first regional in three years and
10th in the program’s history.

“This venue adjustment adds one more layer of excitement to our
current season,” Bulldogs coach Pol Domenech said. “We cannot wait to
compete in front of our home crowd.”

Domenech expects hosting the meet, and the extra exposure that
comes with it, to help in the Bulldogs’ recruiting efforts.

The Wingate men won last year’s regional meet, while the women
finished second. This season, both teams have impressed halfway through
the campaign, reaching a program-best No. 4 in the national rankings.

The men are coming off a highlight-reel performance in the
prestigious Paul Short Invitational at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa.,
where they finished 12th in a 46-team field that included 40 Division 1
schools. Wingate had the highest finish of all non-D1 schools and finished
ahead of high-profile programs like Penn, Georgia Tech and Texas A&M.

“Two weeks ago, at practice … when Coach Pol told us that we might
host the regionals, I straight looked at my teammates and smiled and
hugged them because we got so hyped all of a sudden,” said Wingate
junior men’s runner Soheil Boufrizi. “Hosting such an important meet on
campus means a lot to me, as regionals is the last step before nationals. …
We run so many times on this loop around the lake, so it is also sentimental
to host regionals there, as if it was a reward for all the hard work my
teammates and I put in there. … We believe it will be a beautiful Saturday

The Southeast Regional will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19,
with the men’s 10K race and conclude at 11:15 a.m. with the women’s 6K.

“Hopefully we get loads of support from everyone at Wingate … and
we can make it a really fun atmosphere for everyone watching and racing,”
Wingate senior women’s runner Zoe Brickley said.

Potential opponents of the Bulldogs at the D2 regional will get a
preview of the on-campus course Oct. 14 when Wingate hosts the Bulldog
Stampede Meet that was originally scheduled for earlier in the season.
Regional hosts are required to host a “championship preview” meet prior to
the actual event, so when Wingate found out it had been approved to host
the regional, athletic department officials had to move fast to cancel and
reschedule the Stampede.

The races for the preview meet begin Friday afternoon—4:30 for the
women’s 6K and 5:15 for the men’s 8K.

Walking in Their Shoes: Wingate Business Students Playing Big Role in Nonprofit’s Mission to Put Feet in New Shoes Around the World.

Features Editor: Savannah Phillips

One of the top-rated nonprofits in the country, Soles4Souls, has had a
faithful volunteer in Wingate University since 2017. Implemented on
campus as a service-learning project, students who are enrolled in the
“Business 105: Business, Society and Sustainability” course are required
to collect 50 pairs of shoes each semester.

Founded and based in Nashville, Tenn., the 16-year-old nonprofit
receives shoe and clothing donations from individuals, community-
donation drives and prominent retailers like DSW Shoe Warehouse,
Crocs and Zappos. There are four main programs through which it
disperses the shoes: providing relief, fighting poverty, protecting the
planet and empowering women. The mission is to turn unwanted shoes
and clothing into opportunity, and Soles4Souls has collected more than
83 million shoes and pieces of clothing thus far during its existence.

At Wingate alone, 15,252 pairs of shoes have been collected in six years
by 321 students. This semester’s goal is to gather 2,150 pairs of shoes.

Professor Gwen Bothun, who teaches the Business 105 course,
explained that many students are wary when they see the number of
shoes they are expected to collect and believe it’s an impossible task.

“Sometimes the best way to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes is to let
them walk in yours,” Bothun said. “Despite their understandable doubts,
most students do manage to meet the goal, or come very close to it, and
some even exceed it!”

Dr. Sergio Castello, the dean of the Porter B. Byrum School of Business,
boxes the donations and sees that they are received by Soles4Souls.
Then, it delivers them throughout the U.S. and the world.

“I like to show the impact of the class in terms of people, planet and
profits,” Castello said. “We have donated 15,252 pairs of shoes helping
15,252 people. We have avoided sending 18,302 pounds of shoes to the
landfill and have donated $106,764 worth of shoes.”

The website, http://www.soles4souls.org, transparently shows how raised
money is invested in the nonprofit’s mission. Soles4Souls has many
other options for those who want to help, ranging from donations to shoe

Whether they’re new or gently-loved, Soles4Souls has taken a world’s
worth of old shoes to help protect the planet and lift people out of
poverty—and Wingate business students continue to play a meaningful
role in that.

New Student IDs Allow Ease of Tap Transactions—But Losing One Will Cost You $20 more

Staff Writer: Jordyn Gaither

The cost of replacing a lost student ID just got a lot more
expensive for Wingate students.

As a result of the implementation of a new chip-card ID that will allow tap transactions this year, the price of getting a replacement card for any reason has increased from $5 to $25.

Wingate students and faculty have been issued new copies of the
formerly blue-striped campus ID card used to access meal plans, Bulldog Bucks and doors along with copiers and printers in the library. However, some students have complained of inconsistencies and no access to their Bulldog Bucks and meal plans after losing the first copy of their student IDs. This issue typically arises when students have misplaced their ID card or it has been stolen and they receive a new one from the Office of Residence Life. 

“If you are receiving a new ID and you find the old one, you
need to return the old one to the office—it is not functioning,” said
Delicia Brockington, a graduate assistant at Residence Life.
“There is no such thing as reactivating a previous ID. The new
system does not work like that. Because we are upgrading the system to
be more secure, anytime you get a new ID printed the other one is
immediately cut off, and that is across campus—Transact, in the dining
hall, in our doors—that it will not function.”

The sleek, new white ID cards are embedded with an electronic chip that gives them tap-transaction capabilities. Because of the chip, it’s important that students not punch any kind of hole in the card, as this will impact its effectiveness. Any damage done to the card will result in students needing to purchase a new one from the Residence Life office.

In previous years, a new ID card could be purchased for only $5, but that fee is now $25 and will be charged to a student’s account each time a new card is obtained. The large increase came as a result of the expense of the security system change and the improvements made to the card.

Despite the new ID cards going into full effect this month, officials say many faculty members and some students have still not picked theirs up. More than 100 on a table inside the lobby of Alumni Hall that houses the Office of Residence Life were still left unclaimed as of Sept. 23.

If a student has any questions regarding the new ID cards or any
issues related to living on campus, please visit the front desk of the Residence Life office or call 704-233-8245.

In Key Early-Season SAC Volleyball Showdown, Wingate Sweeps Top Rival Lenoir-Rhyne

Staff Writer: Cody Kelley

The No. 24-ranked Wingate volleyball team hosted conference rival Lenoir-Rhyne on Sep. 20, winning the match in commanding fashion. The Bulldogs handed the Bears their first South Atlantic Conference loss of the season, sweeping them in a 3-0 win at Cuddy Arena.

The team won each set by scores of 25-22, 25-17 and 25-17. With the win, Wingate moved to 14-1 overall and 5-0 in the SAC. Lenoir-Rhyne fell to 8-4 and 4-1 in league play with the loss.

“This was a really big win for us,” Wingate head coach Shelton Collier said. “We’re really happy and we’re really proud that we played well enough to get an important win tonight. We had a lot
of players step up and play well.”

Several Bulldogs players contributed to the win. Graduate-student outside hitter MollyLambillotte, senior outside hitter Emma Ahrens and junior Lorna Stacherski had 10 kills each. Shannon Kasprak, a graduate-student setter, tallied 36 assists, 16 digs, three kills, three blocks and two aces. Freshman middle blocker Emily Johnson also compiled six kills and six blocks.

The beginning of the match was certainly the most influential. After battling back and forth for the lead, Wingate called a timeout with Lenoir-Rhyne leading 16-15. Although this seemed insignificant at the time, it turned the tide for the rest of the match.

Once play resumed, the Bulldogs went on a 10-6 run to win the first set. Wingate never trailed the rest of the match. “Volleyball is a game of momentum,” Collier said. “So, once we got some momentum, then our team started playing better. We had to play all the way to the end because they have a lot of good
players. We have good players too, but so do they. So, we were happy that we had the momentum.”

“I think it’s an emotional battle as well,” Kasprak said. “After that first set, we weathered the storm of the emotional battle and then kept playing our game, staying together and playing for one another.”

As for the impact of this victory, it was a crucial game on several fronts. It was significant from a historical standpoint, as Wingate lost to Lenoir-Rhyne 3-1 in the Southeast Regional semifinals in 2021, ending its season. This game was vital to both teams in terms of standings. Both teams were tied for first in the Piedmont Division going into the game last night.

However, with the win, Wingate gained sole possession of the top spot. “If we would’ve lost at home to Lenoir-Rhyne, it would’ve been a costly loss,” Collier said. “So, for us to win, it’s gratifying but you also have to win on your home court. We have some work to do this weekend, but it was really good for us to play well this week so that we’re confident for the weekend.”

“I think our confidence is going to keep building because we’re going to keep grinding and pushing in practice and every other match this season,” Kasprak said.