2. NEW article: Remembering Donald Bennett Riley, Professor Emeritus of Accounting.
3. From our Archives: A Tribute to Raoul Weinstein:Teacher, Coach, Mentorby Wade Williams.
4.72 Shoe Lane Opens February 24: Alumni House Address and Name Honor Christopher Newport's History.
5.NEW Humor: Men and Women: Two Different Species.
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1. CLASS OF 1967's GOLDEN REUNION:MAY 12 (Fri)& 13 (Sat). This class will be the FIRST to have its Friday Dinner Celebration in theALUMNI HOUSE.Formal Invitation packets will be mailed in mid-March to those who earned the A.A. degree in 1967 OR completed the sophomore work that year. There is NO CHARGE to attend and guests are allowed.SAVE THE DATES!
2. FIRST DECADERS ANNUAL PICNIC: SEPT. 24 (Sun), 1:00 - 5:00 P.M. in Newport News Park, Shelter 19. Guests allowed. More details and Sign-up Sheet later.SAVE THE DATE!
3. PERMANENT GIFT TO ALUMNI HOUSE PROPOSED: Your FD leaders have sent a proposal to CNU officials of a GIFT to be on permanent display in the Alumni House. If/When the gift is approved, we will share information with all FDs and also ask members for modest donations to pay for the gift, which we anticipate will cost between $500 - $1000.
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FIRST DECADE HISTORY
Remembering Donald Bennett Riley,
Professor Emeritus of Accounting
(June 25,1934 - January 25, 2017)
When I went to his office, I was impressed that he had
a dumbbell weight on the floor. When I asked if he worked out,
he replied, "It makes a good doorstop."
--Coach Jim Hubbard, recalling his first meeting with Don Riley.
by A. Jane Chambers
Donald Bennett Riley and I both joined the CNC faculty in the fall of 1963, when the College was located in the former Daniel Elementary School building on 32nd Street in downtown Newport News. Christopher Newport was beginning its third year as a two-year branch of The College of William and Mary, and Don came aboard as its first full-time economics professor in what would become the Department of Business and Economics. CNC's first yearbook included the pictures below of young Don Riley: a studio portrait (L) and an informal pose in Don's office (R), with the caption "My students won't study; I guess I will" (the 1964 Trident, p. 14).
A Newport News native, Don was a graduate of Newport News High School, located only a stone's throw from our young college's first home. He then had a B.S. from what had been the Norfolk College of William and Mary (then Old Dominion College, later University) and an M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Later he would also earn an M.S. from Virginia Commonwealth University and become a C.P.A. He taught at CNC until his retirement--from the Daniel years through the Shoe Lane Campus years and into the early part of the CNU years, as did I.
Wayne M. Schell was both Don Riley's student at CNC and, later, his colleague there. After earning his B.S., M.B.A. and Ph.D., plus becoming a C.P.A., Wayne joined Don and others in the faculty of CNC's Department of Accounting and Finance. In his essay "Journey: From CNC Student to CNU Professor," Wayne fondly recalls taking five courses with Don during his two years as full-time student (1966 - 1968)--courses in accounting, economics, and business. Below are some of Wayne's memories of Don as his professor and mentor, taken from his "Journey" essay, published inMemories of Christopher Newport College: The First Decade, 1961 -1971.
Don Riley's classes were not for slackers. He required work, and lots of it. His philosophy of teaching seemed to be that students learn by doing, and we did a lot ... we were required to do, and then go over in class, virtually every exercise and problem in the [accounting] text. Obviously, his classes had a high attrition rate, but those who completed the class finished with a strong background in accounting ("Journey," inMemories, p. 210).
Wayne Schell as a CNC sophomore. 1968 Trident, p. 101.
In this 1966 Trident photo (L), Don Riley looks quite serious as he stands behind a classroom desk, but Wayne remembers that his classes were "often quite entertaining. He could be very funny while also being very serious about the material." Wayne remembers one particular example of Don's classroom humor: There was a smart, attractive, outgoing young woman who had a rather naive, "ah-shucks" demeanor. After a few weeks of interacting with her, Mr. Riley morphed into a kind of Gomer Pyle character. Between the two of them, there were more "gollys" and "shazams" in that class than you would hear in all of Mayberry (p. 210).
Don was also a mentor to young Wayne, "always available to talk" with students outside class and "generous with his time." He helped Wayne with "a number of career and life questions." Most importantly he made him aware of the true value of his education. Wayne recalls: As the first in my family to attend college, I viewed higher education only as a way to improve my economic status ... Don Riley was the first to suggest to me that it wasn't just about the money. He said that a college education gave me the opportunity to spend my life doing something I enjoy ... a revelation to me. I am truly grateful to Don for his insight (p. 210).
Don was also a great supporter of CNC's athletic teams. Former coaches Jim Hubbard (men's track and golf) and Bev Vaughan (men's basketball), both of whom joined CNC in the fall of 1967, wrote about Don Riley with affection and humor in their separate essays in our Memories of Christopher Newport College book, and as the College's first cheerleader sponsor, I also got to witness Don's enthusiasm.
Coach Hubbard in the 1968 Trident, p. 29.
James N. Hubbard III, in his essay "Of Track Shoes, Golf Balls, and Athletic Supporters," recalling his first year at CNC, wrote: The College still had no bus, so both of us [he and Bev] had to get our teams to games the best way we could--usually by personal cars. I was told I should meet Don Riley ... because he contributed time and effort to the athletic department and regularly drove players to their basketball games. When I went to his office, I was impressed that he had a dumbbell weight on the floor. When I asked if he worked out, he replied, "It makes a good doorstop." He was ... a witty guy. The basketball players always wanted to ride with Don if they could, because if they rode with Coach Vaughan and lost the game, he would not stop to let them eat afterwards. However, Don Riley would stop to feed his group, whether the team won or lost (pp. 113 -114).
Coach Vaughan in the 1968 Trident, p. 30.
R. Bev Vaughan Jr., in his essay "Setting the Sail: Launching the Men's Basketball Program," recalled the College's first bus, a used school bus quickly dubbed the "Blue Goose." CNC Director Scotty Cunningham got it at the state surplus in Richmond for $500. "It was driven to Newport News and given a new coat of blue paint and 'Christopher Newport College' white lettering on each side," Bev wrote, but the heater never worked properly and the bus "was in the state maintenance shop more often than it was on the road" (pp. 121- 122).
Almost no one wanted to drive that unpredictable bus, but as Coach Vaughan wrote: One of the first drivers of the "Blue Goose" was accounting professor Don Riley. Don was an extremely careful driver, but, oh, did he drive so very slowly. We often kidded him about his slow driving. Someone once said if we had a game with ODC in Norfolk, it would be a two-day trip, with an overnight stay at the Strawberry Banks Motel! (p. 123). Don voluntarily drove not only CNC's male athletes but also its female athletes to their away games for a long time.
Christopher Newport was always a major part of Don Riley's life, and it continued to be after his retirement. In 2008, Don and his companion, Nellie Horton, attended the party at the Peninsula Fine Arts launching the publication of our book Memories of Christopher Newport College.Don also regularly attended the social gatherings of our CNC First Decaders, beginning with the very big 2011 weekend First Reunion in CNU's Banquet Hall. He also attended all of our group's annual September Picnics at Newport News Park, even after the sad loss of his dear companion Nellie. I remember talking with him on the phone after Nellie's surprising and sudden death. He was devastated. He did not attend our 2016 picnic and did not respond to my emails. Too caught up in my own busy life, I did not phone him. I wish now that I had.
Obituary photo. Daily Press, February 6, 2017.
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Published February 17, 2017
A Tribute to Raoul Weinstein:
Teacher, Coach, Mentor
By Wade Williams
Memory is a good running mate.
It keeps an even pace and lightly carries self-satisfaction,
regrets, and hope as the years blend into each other
with the passing of time.
The young math instructor had no idea why he was being summoned to CNC Director Cunningham’s office prior to Christmas break of 1964. As he entered, he saw Jim Windsor, Student Personnel Officer, seated nearby. They told him that Christopher Newport was to have a track team beginning in the spring of 1965 and the coaching job was his if he wanted it. Without hesitation, the young instructor, Raoul Weinstein, accepted. He was to be CNC’s first athletic coach, and he was an excellent choice.
Math Instructor Weinstein. 1966 TRIDENT, p. 27.
He had been a Newport News citizen since the age of eight, when he moved with his family from Philadelphia. A precocious young boy, he had skipped the third grade, graduating from Newport News High School at sixteen. His parents owned and operated Auto Craft Upholstery, a Newport News landmark located at 25th Street and Buxton Avenue. Raoul and his siblings, Karen and Sabrinaconcentrated on their school activities. Despite his youth, Raoul was on the state’s record-setting mile relay team and was second in the 440 at the state meet his senior year. He continued running at the University of Richmond, setting a record in the 220. He then pursued and obtained his masters in mathematics at William and Mary before becoming a member of the faculty at Christopher Newport College.
A smiling Coach Weinstein, pleased with his athletes’ performance. 1966 TRIDENT, p. 84.
Track and Field was to be CNC’s first sport, and for good reasons. First, it was cost effective, requiring little capital outlay. Ferguson High School, across the street, would allow access to its track and hurdles. The College would supply the uniforms. Long’s Sporting Goods would provide the few implements needed, such as javelins. CNC’s maintenance man, Mike Cazares, would build the clothing racks in the boiler room of Newport Hall that served as the team’s locker room.
Second, the Peninsula was a hot bed of track and field talent, so CNCwould provide a pipe line for athletes that didn’t receive scholarships to Division One colleges. Third, since track and field is a sport that affords numerous opportunities for a wide variety of skill sets, with eighteen individual events, there would be events for people of all body types. Finally, a cost-effective sport, with many local venues for competition, would bring the student body together, establishing an identity for the College, and wouldhelp in recruiting new students.
The team that launched CNC’s inaugural sports season was long on enthusiasm but short on depth and experience. Nevertheless, CNC’s first victory was defeating Frederick Military Academy’s track team, a team that had several state champions on its squad. Coach Weinstein noted that the next day on campus, members of our team walked about “with their chests poked out as if they had won the Olympics.”
Coach Weinstein (right of the winning runner, Bob Deans) watching the other runners. 1966 TRIDENT, p. 84
Dual meet victories in those early years were to be few and far between, but at the end of the second year, the spring of 1966, CNC’s freshmen placed sixth out of fifteen teams at the Virginia State Collegiate Championships held in Lexington, a feat that still astonishes Coach Weinstein to this day. Lee Abrahamson placed second in both hurdles while Joe English (high jump), Joe Hutchko (javelin), and I (880 and mile relay)—plus the mile relay team—had top four finishes. On that day, five CNC trackrecords were set.
From those humble beginnings, track and field at CNC developed into a national, Division III power through the remainder of the century. Other fine coaches built on Weinstein’s foundation: Jim Hubbard, then Doug Dickinson, and finally Vince Brown, who took the team to national prominence, producing scores of All-Americans and national championships. When Brown retired, the new field house honored his legacy, but with his retirement alsowent the All-Americans and national titles—“Ashes to ashes; Dust to dust”—despite first class facilities.
Track man Wade Williams studying for one of Coach Weinstein’s math exams. 1966 TRIDENT, p. 10.
Raoul Weinstein was first and foremost a teacher. A wise mentor of mine once noted that “Coaching is teaching and teaching is coaching. If you find a good teacher who is willing to coach, you’ll have a good coach.”
As a math instructor, Raoul never taught from his chair, but was always moving about, at the blackboard modeling equations and solutions, or traversing about the room offering assistance. If there was a podium to lean on, he never used it that I recall.
Once class ended, he would sit behind his desk, arms behind his head, tilted back in his chair, and wouldchat with students who engaged him. He also kept regular office hours. If he wasn’t in class, he was in his office, probably tutoring or grading papers. When he gave a test or quiz, the graded work was returned the next class meeting.
In fair or foul weather, he was at the cinder track at Ferguson HighSchool, across from CNC, at four o’clock each and every weekday afternoon. Sometimes only a handful of athletes would show for practice, but they were given a full, challenging workout on that day by a coach who was also a snappy dresser: pointed-toed, shined loafers, creased slacks, oxford shirt and black car coat with wooden looped buttons. With his halted, measured words, his athleteswere put through their paces. He never raised his voice. Praise was plentiful, admonishments mild and few. We simply did not want to disappoint this man at practice or in competition.
Coach Weinstein the “snappy” dresser at a meet. 1966 TRIDENT, p. 84.
He also had a strong sense of integrity. When two of his star athletes found themselves in positions to pass or fail his math course, they refused his tutorial help and also refused to put forth the effort needed to pass, so they received failing grades. Both students were the highest scoring athletes on their respective teams. No one was more disappointed by the failings than Coach Weinstein, and he remains so to this day.
Five years ago, I discovered he was living in Lakeland, Florida. I had lost track of him once he left for the Virgin Islands to teach in the late sixties, never to return to CNC. On a trip I made to visit family in Lakeland, we met at his home and spent four hours catching up and reminiscing. Despite his 70 years, he still moved with the grace of a sprinter—lean, fit, bright-eyed, engaging. I was captivated by my old mentor and the remarkable life he has lived and continues to live: math professor, author of a calculus text book that is still being used, real estate developer who built his own home in the Virgin Islands, and currently a dance master on cruise ships with his wife, Nancy, and author of an autobiographical book Become a Man of Confi-Dance, subtitled Dance your way to self-esteem, happiness, romance and adventure.
Raoul Weinstein dressed as dance host in 2006. This photo and the next were supplied by Mr. Weinstein.
Raoul and wife, Nancy, dressed as dance host and hostess.
We stay in touch on a regular basis and he lives closer now, in Greenville, South Carolina. I hope to spend my twilight years, when I move to Clemson, SC, hiking and biking with my old mentor. I want to tell him that throughout my life as a teacher and a coach, he was never far from my thoughts and my heart. In my own coaching career, he was there with me for each and every accolade I received—for the top ten finishes at the NCAA championships, the All-Americans, the American and world record holders, the ACC and Southern Conference championships, the five Olympians, and the eleven state championships. And it all started in that boiler room that served as a locker room and that cinder track across the street. He tried to teach me humility, too…but it didn’t stick. Thanks, Coach. See you in May.
Writer’s Note: Special thanks to both Coach Weinstein and former CNC President Dr. James C. (Jim) Windsor for information they gave me in conversations I had with each during the 2011 Inaugural Reunion of the CNC First Decaders and during Picnic Reunions later of the CNC First Decaders.
Wade Williams was the first recipient of the Richard D. Bahr Memorial Athletic Award, given to the CNC athlete with the highest grade point average. Wade had an outstanding career in both teaching and coaching, starting at Ferguson H.S. (Newport News). Next he was head track coach and assistant athletic director at VMI (Lexington) for 11 years (1974-86), then head track coach at Clemson University (Clemson, SC) for 3 years. Afterwards he returned to teaching high school English and coaching high school track and football, serving at Warwick H.S. (Newport News) and then Western Branch H.S. (Chesapeake). He retired with 44 years of exemplary service in education and athletics at the collegiate and public school levels. He and his wife live in Portsmouth, VA.
Photo of Wade Williams in 2006 supplied by him.
Published March 27, 2015
Re-published February 17, 2017
72 Shoe Lane Opens February 24:
Alumni House Address and Name
Honor Christopher Newport's History
by A. Jane Chambers
The Grand Opening of Gregory P. Klich Alumni House
will begin at 4:00 P.M. on Friday, February 24, 2017, by invitation only. Christopher Newport alumni of all five decades will receive their invitations the week of February 6 and should RSVP no later than February 15. Please remember to RSVP so that Food Service personnel will know how many light refreshments to prepare and Alumni Relations staff will have your name tag ready when you check in.
Shoe Lane. Shoe U. Sound familiar? When Gregory P. Klich (pronounced "Click") earned his bachelor's degree in governmental administration at Christopher Newport College in 1984, the college's address was 50 Shoe Lane--as it had been since 1964 and would continue to be until the 1990s. Now, over three decades later, CNU's Alumni House, named in honor of alumnus Klich, will have, appropriately, an address on Shoe Lane. The map below explains why and also helps pinpoint the location of the building and parking lot.
CNU document courtesy of CNU Vice President and alumnus William (Bill) Brauer.
The site map above, with lot numbers, shows that CNU's Alumni House (blue image) is located on Lot 72 on Shoe Lane, previously occupied by a home (brown image) with the address 72 Shoe Lane. That property was purchased by CNU and demolished in 2015, when planning began for the Alumni House, which will now have the address 72 Shoe Lane. Note also Lot 70, which is the entrance to Parking Lot M.
CNU hopes soon to own lots 12, 10, and 8 on Moore's Lane—particularly 12 and 10, which would provide a large backyard for the Klich Alumni House, with more space for outdoor activities and possibly, sometime in the future, room for a westward addition to the building. Lot 68 on Shoe Lane is now CNU property. That house has been razed and that space will probably be used to add spaces to Parking Lot M. Much of the current Lot M will be turned into a front yard for the house.
Mr. Klich (L) accepting the new painting from Baxter Vendrick, Director of Alumni Relations, and Rosemary Trible. Daily Press photo by Aileen Devlin.
Saturday afternoon, October 29, 2016, was an historical moment. For the very first time, a building at CNU was named for a Christopher Newport alumnus, Gregory P. Klich ('84). At the conclusion of the Alumni House Naming Ceremony, a framed copy of a modified painting of the building, with Gregory P. Klich Alumni House in gold letters, was presented to Mr. Klich (photo above). Earlier in the ceremony, while listening to CNU Rector and alumnus Scott Millar give a short biography of Gregory Klich, I realized that this gentleman was, appropriately so, very much a typical CNC alumnus of those Shoe Lane decades. Like almost all of our students of that period, he was not born with the proverbial silver spoon in his mouth, but achieved his success by hard work. He began a career at Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, by operating rides. After earning his bachelor's degree, he ultimately moved up at Busch Gardens to a position as vice president. Then he went into the real estate business, as a developer and investor in the Peninsula area.
Mr. Klich has supported his alma mater generously for decades, including endowing the Klich Award--a $5000 gift each year to the graduating senior with the highest grade point average.In his short address to the audience at the Naming Ceremony, I was struck by his modesty. I knew his gift for the alumni house was magnanimous, but he never mentioned that, and I knew CNU had agreed never to make the amount public. In his brief speech he said that he had been motivated by the well-publicized message to CNU Alumni to "lead a life of significance" and felt that message was a call for him to "leave a legacy" at CNU "to help promote honor, service, and leadership" in alumni.
Gregory Klich addressing the audience at the Naming Ceremony on Oct. 29, 2016. Daily Press photo by Aileen Devlin.
Both the name and the address of the Alumni House seem to me very appropriate--each in its way honoring the history and students of Christopher Newport's beginning decades.
A Brief Orientation and Floor Plans
Below are the final plans (dated 1/13/15) for the first and second floors of the House. The first floor (plan below), with its flow-through pattern, is designed to serve groups of all sizes. It can comfortably accommodate up to 300 people. The spacious Reception Hall, with its slightly curved staircase, is open to the second floor. As in all CNU buildings, there is also an elevator. The entire first floor will have 12-foot ceilings and very tall windows. The Library (left) and Sitting Room (right) will also have gas log fireplaces. The Catering Prep Room will be fully supplied for cooking and serving meals. Rest rooms will be on both floors of the building, on the west side. Notice too, outside the house, the four ramps (marked DN) left and right of the Portico, leading to the glassed-in Conference Room and Conservatory.
The Alumni House was designed to serve many purposes. On weekdays it will be used by Alumni Relations personnel, with offices on the second floor (plan below), and by those who need to use the various rooms on both floors for such purposes as research, committee meetings and gatherings of all sorts. It will also be open weekdays to visitors, with a greeter present to show them around and answer questions. On weekends the house will be available for social gatherings such as intimate family events, class and club reunions, and receptions of all sorts. The 50th Reunion of the Class of 1967 will be held here.
At the Groundbreaking Ceremony onSaturday, October 25, 2014, Scott Millar spoke of another major purpose of the Alumni House:“It is here that we will preserve the archives, display the memorabilia, and tell the stories of this remarkable institution. It is this legacy that our Alumni House will honor--the story of where this University has been and where it is going will be a permanent, a constant reminder of what we embrace and hold dear about CNU . . . .The Alumni House library will tell the CNU story. From the First Decaders to our most recent graduates, our history will be shared. The House will feature a unique collection of permanent and changing exhibits reflecting our heritage, transformation and excellence as an academic institution.”
The entire first floor, not just its library, will have a number of permanent exhibits, including Dr. Lois Wright's unique 1962 diploma (the only degree awarded the opening year) and photos of Christopher Newport's presidents. The leaders of theCNC First Decaders have also proposed a permanent gift. No decision has yet been made about that proposal, however. Stay tuned!
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Published February 3, 2017
Men and Women:
Two Different Species
by A. Non
with thanks to Danny Peters (BS, 1971)
When Laura, Kate and Sarah get together, they will call each other Laura, Kate and Sarah. When Mike, Dave and John get together, they will affectionately refer to each other as Fat Boy, Bubba and Wildman.
When the restaurant bill arrives, Mike, Dave and John will each throw in $20, even though the bill's only for $32.50. None of them will have anything smaller and none will actually admit they want change back.
When Laura, Kate and Sarah get their bill, out come the pocket calculators.
A man will pay $2 for a $1 item he needs.A woman will pay $1 for a $2 item that she doesn't need but it's on sale.
A man has six or seven items in his bathroom: toothbrush and toothpaste, shaving cream, razor, a bar of soap, a towel--and maybe some shampoo, if he's not bald. Some men just use the soap to wash their hair. The average number of items in the typical woman's bathroom is 337. A man would not be able to identify more than 20 of these items.
HAIR CARE & STYLES
A woman has the last word in any argument.Anything a man says after that is the beginning of a new argument.
A woman worries about the future until she gets a husband.A man never worries about the future until he gets a wife.
A woman marries a man expecting he will change, but he doesn't.A man marries a woman expecting that she won't change, but she does.
A woman will dress up to go shopping, to meet friends for lunch, to visit her children's teachers at school, to go to medical appointments, to go to church... even to go to the post office. A man will dress up for weddings and funerals.
Ah, children. A woman knows all about her children. She knows about dental appointments and romances, best friends, favorite foods, secret fears and hopes and dreams.A man is vaguely aware of some short people living in the house.
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