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Catawba College Alumni Authors

Quite a few Catawba alumni are published authors. Below are details about a few who have submitted information about their works.

author-kuper.jpgGeorge R. Kuper '65 (aka Uncle Pappy) has published a juvenile fiction book, “Christmas Secrets,” the first in a series of Christmas books that reveal the secrets of Santa Claus. This first 32-page book sold through Amazon and Barnes and Noble, explains how Santa delivers toys to all the children of the world in just one night. Future books in the series explain what Santa does with all the milk and cookies, how he fits down the chimney, and other secrets that adults and children will want to know. George is a retired executive in the consumer- packaged goods industry. He, his wife, children, and grandchildren currently live in California, but have resided in numerous states and traveled throughout the world.

One Week in America. Patrick Parr. Book Cover.jpgPatrick Parr '03 graduated from Catawba with a B.A. in Literature and Creative Writing in 2003. Parr's second book, One Week in America: The 1968 Notre Dame Literary Festival and a Changing Nation, will be released on March 2, 2021. 

Parr is also the author of “The Seminarian: Martin Luther King, Jr. Comes of Age” (Chicago Review Press, 2018). Available through Amazon, the book is exclusively about King's years in seminary (1948-1951). Parr currently lives overseas with his wife and works as an author and lecturer. His website is

author-vann.jpgAngela L. Vann '81 has published three eBooks. Her latest, “Spring 2018 Ready-To-Wear Fashion Shows Are Over! Now What?”, was published in January 2018. She is employed as a personal development trainer and coach, online stylist, blogger and accessories designer. Contact her at Quite a few Catawba alumni are published authors. Below are details about a few who have submitted information about their works.

author-ebel.jpgJulia Taylor Ebel '72 of Jamestown, N.C., dubs herself a “keeper of stories.” She is the author of numerous children's books, many inspired by her love of the North Carolina mountains and their people. Titles include, “Hansi and the Iceman,” “The Picture Man,” “Walking Ribbon,” “Orville Hicks: Mountain Stories, Mountain Roots,” and “Mama's Wreaths,” to name a few. Her books are available on her website at

author-mcasllister.jpgAndrew Teague McCollister '15, published his first novel in March 2018 entitled “Beneath the Surface.” The thriller/suspense, available on Amazon, follows the fictional character Conner Mills, a scholar and champion swimmer, just as he begins to realize there may be more beneath the surface than even he could possibly comprehend. McCollister, a member of the swim team at Catawba, majored in Writing. After Catawba, he attended graduate school at Northeastern University in Boston and earned two master's degrees – one in accounting and the other in business administration. He lives in Cleveland, Ohio, and works as an accountant.

author-rev.jpgThe Rev. Galen Hahn '69 of Thomasville, N.C., has written a book in his retirement, “Finding My Field,” that he published in September of 2018. The book is based on Hahn's summer experiences as a Catawba undergraduate student who ministered to migrant farm workers who came from Belle Glade, Fla., to Frederick, Md., to help harvest and process peas, beans, and corn. Copies of his book are available by contacting him directly at

author-grooms.jpgSylvia Stephens Grooms '86 recently wrote her first book titled “Do It Now Anytime, Anywhere.” The Christian book is available on Amazon.

parsons-labyrinth.jpgDenisa Parsons '13 has published several ebooks including The Labyrinth of Jessie, The Savage World: A Narrative of Poems, and others available on Amazon.

perrino-book.jpgDr. Ralph Perrino '71, an Associate Professor of Sociology at Northern Virginia Community College, has authored a book titled Issues, Strategies, and Concerns in Education Today – A Collection of Essays. This compilation of essays is the culmination of twenty-four years as a business owner and thirty-five years in the classroom. Perrino has seen first-hand the confusion parents and students experience as they proceed through the K-12 and college years. He and his wife, Denise Nuzum Perrino '74, collaborated on several of the essays in the book and have a combined seventy years experience in the field of education. Perrino's book is available on Amazon.

alcornbook.pngGreg Alcorn '79, Catawba College Alumnus and Trustee is the author of  7 Dumb Things We All Say: Smart Ways to Improve Every Relationshipa collection of communication wisdom learned while operating his companies during five decades of life in Salisbury – including his formative years at Catawba College. "The first step in fixing common communication blunders is to know what those blunders are," says Alcorn, the CEO of Global Contact Services (GCS) of Salisbury, N.C. His company has 1,000 employees and averages 30,000 customer service conversations every day. Alcorn's book is available on

bk-ark.jpgAlumna Elizabeth "Liz" Ballard Hamm '07 is the co-author of "The Great Big Ark in the Sky," a children's book that explores where beloved pets and animals go when they pass on. Since graduating from Catawba where she studied Theatre Arts and Dance, Liz has enjoyed work as a performer, artist, and writer, appearing on stage and in film and television. Today, Liz is a student at Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing. She lives in Richmond, VA with her husband, Andrew Hamm; their children, Ruby and Gabriel; their dog Boba; and their cats, Rosalind, Henry, and Hermione. The Hamm's book is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Read more at

bk-crackergothic.jpgCatawba alumna Wanda Suttle Duncan '81 is the author of Cracker Gothic: A Florida Woman's Memoir. Duncan descended from dragon-slayers and swamp-dwellers and is a seventh-generation Florida Cracker. In the book, she reveals some of the treasures of her hometown, stories of snakeskins and gravestones, Spanish moss and sacred sulfur water, horses on broken sidewalks and dead goats on ice. 

FC9781643070339.jpgCatawba College alumna Carey Pahel '72 is the author of "Rufus The Mild Mannered Bull," available on Amazon. Pahel has enjoyed a successful career as a Doctor of Audiology and writes both music and short stories. He first wrote Rufus The Mild Mannered Bull as a college student and published it years later after his retirement. Since then, Carey has been busy writing more stories for children to enjoy. Carey and his wife, Nancy, both natives of Pennsylvania, reside in Greensboro, North Carolina. They enjoy spending time with their grown children and chasing their young grandchildren. Carey also enjoys outdoor sports, travel, and involvement with church and community.

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Tara Hill-Starks '96 is the author of the children's book, Grandma, I Got This! This book, inspired by and written in memory of the author's late grandmother, shows the love and compassion between a grandparent and grandchild and the life lessons shared from generation to generation. Hill-Starks is Director of Testing Services at Horry Georgetown Tech College in South Carolina.