Bettie Smolansky and Colette Bails '03, Oakland, N.J.
Bettie Smolansky returned
in April to her alma mater, Lenoir-Rhyne College in Hickory,
as Moravian’s representative
to the inauguration of its 11th president, Wayne B. Powell. “As
luck would have it, I was first in the procession of delegates,” Bettie
said, “and an alumna of Salem College [the
only other Moravian college in the United States] was next.”
that would be the end of the item. But Bettie is just one link in
a long family connection to Lenoir-Rhyne College. “My father was class
of ’24, one brother is class of ’55, the other is class of ’61
(he’s the one who has been on the faculty for more than 35 years), I
was class of ’62, and Mama was class of ’65. She was the original
non-traditional student, who returned to school after we had all graduated
and my father had
died [in 1963]. She actually lived in the dorm.”
worked for the college for more than 30 years, as director of its student
union and then as dean of students. In 1996, the Alumni
renamed the three prizes for service that it awards after her.
was given the college’s distinguished alumna award
in 1995. And this is the second time she has represented
Moravian at the inauguration
of a president at Lenoir-Rhyne.
You may think this belongs in the Lenoir-Rhyne
alumni magazine rather than the Moravian newsletter.
We include it here to pay homage to a legacy tradition
rich as any at Moravian itself, which prides itself on links among families.
It’s one of the charms of a small college.