Volume 20

Number 1

November

1999

 

 


News Briefs

Celebrating 30 years of exceeding expectations

The college is celebrating its 30th year. Since opening its doors in 1970, Walters State has seen incredible growth. We thank you for the part you have played in our first three decades.

Culinary Arts wins Bronze at International

Walters State's Culinary Arts team brought home a bronze medal from the 1999 International Exposition in Orlando, Fla. It's the team's second bronze in as many tries at the competition.

Bass Tournament for Athletics is a success

The Athletic Department is pleased with the results of its first ever bass tournament/fund raiser. On Friday, Sept. 24, 37 boats competed in the late-night partner tournament.

Congratulations to Rogersville's Tom McLeod and Jeff Wright. The team took home $1,000. Four other boats also won cash prizes.

The college's Athletic Department is considering the possibility of future tournaments, perhaps as soon as next spring.

Respiratory Care two-year degree

The college's Respiratory Care Program was given approval from the Tennessee Board of Regents to change its one year academic certificate program to a two year associate of applied science degree program this fall.

By making the change the program will be able to produce more marketable graduates who are better able to meet the needs of employers in the healthcare community.

The program will prepare individuals to take the National Board of Respiratory Care's entry level examination for Respiratory Care practitioners to become certified respiratory therapists. By adding an additional year of study, greater emphasis will be placed on computer use and communications skills, allowing students to develop a wider range of skills that will aid them on the job.


News Briefs

Nursing program signs agreement with ETSU

Walters State's nursing program and East Tennessee State University have signed an articulation agreement which will make transfer between the two schools seamless. The agreement, which creates the advanced placement program in nursing, was signed by Dr. Campbell and ETSU president Dr. Paul Stanton in late October.

The new ten-semester program will benefit both beginning students and registered nurses. Students choosing to participate in the program will complete three semesters of general education course work prior to entering the WSCC four-semester clinical nursing courses. Students successfully completing these requirements will earn their associate's degree in nursing from WSCC and may take the registered nurse licensure exam. They are then eligible for advanced placement in ETSU's bachelor's degree in nursing program, which can be completed in three semesters.

The program to complete the bachelor's degree also offers daytime courses and a weekend and evening format designed to meet the needs of registered nurses who wish to continue working while pursuing their education. The weekend and evening courses will be held at the college's Morristown campus.

This new program is extremely cost effective. When compared to other schools, participants in the new program can earn their RN and BSN degrees at a much lower cost.

"This agreement gives students an opportunity to progress in their education in a more convenient and economical way," said Mary Lou Apple, dean of Health Programs and director of Nursing at Walters State.

The nursing program at WSCC has a passing rate on the registered nurse licensure exam that consistently exceeds the state and national levels.

"I am pleased that nurses with an associate degree from WSCC will be able to transfer to ETSU for their BSN degree in this unique articulation program," said Dr. Joellen Edwards, ETSU dean of Nursing. "This partnership will benefit WSCC and ETSU, the agencies that employ RN's and most of all, the patients who receive care from graduates."

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Class Notes

1982

Sabra Farmer Snead, A.S. General, was recently named Elementary Teacher of the Year by the Grainger County Chamber of Commerce. She currently lives in Thorn Hill.

1991

Karen Timbs, A.A.S. Nursing, currently works as endoscopy coordinator and infection control practitioner at Sycamore Shoals Hospital in Elizabethton. She and her husband Timothy live in Hampton.

1993

Sheila Cunningham Collins, A.A.S. Nursing, is a RN in the intensive care and cardiac care units at Claiborne County Hospital. She has one child and lives in Tazewell.

1994

Patricia L. Brackins, A.S. Education, is now working as a seventh grade teacher. She also serves as Beta Club Sponsor and Science fair Coordinator. She has two children and currently lives in Sevierville with her husband Gary.

1995

Ryan Cabbage, A.S. General, has been named assistant golf coach at Auburn University. Cabbage, a former Senator golfer, also played for the Auburn Tigers.

Angela Marie Rimer-Covington, A.S. General, is a district sales manager for McGill Airflow Corporation. She earned her bachelor's degree in mathematics from Carson-Newman College and is currently earning a master's degree in math from the University of Tennessee. She currently lives in Knoxville.

Helen Elaine Cross, A.A. Sociology, is a social worker at Lynndale Inc. Dayhab and Training Center for Adults with Mental Retardation in Augusta, Ga.

Kristi M. Mathis, A.S Physical Therapy Assistant, is a licensed physical therapist assistant at Greene Valley Developmental Center in Greeneville. She lives in Bulls Gap with her husband Stacy.

Ben E. Reed has received a doctor of pharmacy degree from UT- Memphis.

Latonia Sue Wolfe (Hawkins), A.A.S. Early Childhood Development, works as a first grade teacher at Mosheim Elementary School. She and her husband Jeff live in Mooresburg.

1996

Timothy J. Kuykendall, A.A.S. Drafting and Design, works as a job superintendent with J.A. Street and Associates in Blountville. He recently graduated from East Tennessee State University where he received the Faculty Award as the top student in the Department of Technology. He and his wife Tanya live in Greeneville.


Class Notes

1997

Melissa Dianna Carmichael, A.A.S. Nursing, is team leader for the night shift in the Broady Unit at Fort Sanders Sevier Medical Center. She lives in Morristown with her husband Joseph Erik Carmichael and her son Zachary Erik.

Miranda Lynn Johnson, A.S. General, is currently a senior at Tennessee Technological University majoring in Sociology/Social Work and minoring in Psychology. She lives in Bean Station.

Nikki A. Overbay, A.S. General, is a mental health associate at Child and Family Services. She earned a bachelor's degree in human services from Carson-Newman College. She currently resides in Bean Station.

1998

Anthony Rowe, A.S. Pre-Med, is currently working toward a master's and Ph.D. in chemical engineering at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The Tazewell native received a 4.0 GPA for the spring semester.

1999

Tehran Gary is attending the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga where he is a member of the basketball team.

Kelly Freshour, A.S. Elementary Education, is a student at East Tennessee State University where she majors in education.

Quincy Haywood has signed to play basketball at Athens State College in Alabama.

Marcus Mason, A.S General , is now a student and member of the basketball team at Middle Tennessee State University.

Vincent Moore is continuing his career as a student-athlete at Tennessee Wesleyan College where he is a member of the basketball team.

Alumnus Spotlight

Woods appointed to Tennessee Board of Regents as Student Regent

Winning honors and serving in prestigious positions is nothing new to alumnus James "Ashley" Woods. But the 1997 graduate's appointment as a Student Regent on the Tennessee Board of Regents is perhaps the greatest honor he has yet received.

"It's something I've always wanted to do. It's an honor to be able to represent students across the state, helping to change what needs to be changed," says Woods.

The Greeneville native is currently a senior at East Tennessee State University. He plans to graduate in the Spring with degrees in Biology and Political Science. Woods made the dean's list twice at Walters State; he also served as Student Government vice president.

Woods is president of the Sigma Chi Fraternity chapter at ETSU. He has also participated in the Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature for two years, first as Lt. Governor and then as Governor. His resumé of activities also includes ETSU's Academic Council, Safety Committee and Student Affairs Council. He's also a member of the Baptist Student Union and the Campus Crusade for Christ.

Woods left WSCC with a pre-med degree but has changed to pre-law since transferring to ETSU. He plans to go to law school after graduating next spring. Woods hopes to continue serving the public long after college, perhaps in elected office. If past experience is any indication, Woods can expect to realize those political ambitions soon.

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Feature Article

Alumni Association to hold first association-wide banquet

Will announce college's first ever distinguished alumnus

Walters State's National Alumni Association Alumni Council met on the college's main campus in Morristown on Oct. 19 and established Saturday, March 25, 2000, as the date of the college's first alumni banquet. The Walters State National Alumni Association is a federation of alumni clubs that will engage in a year-long activity to build club membership and nominate the candidates for the college's first Distinguished Alumnus Award.

All of the college's former students and graduates are being encouraged to attend the banquet. Membership in the Alumni Association or an existing alumni club will not be required. Banquet tickets for alumni and their spouses or guests will be available through the Walters State Office of College Advancement, (423) 585-2629, at a cost of $15 per person.

All Walters State graduates and former students are also being encouraged to suggest the names of Walters State graduates whom they feel deserve the honor of being named the college's first Distinguished Alumnus. Such suggestions should be made in writing to the Vice President for College Advancement, P.O. Box 1508, Morristown, TN 37816. The written suggestion should also include the suggested graduate's full name and current address.

Even though the banquet itself will begin at 6:30 p.m., the hour preceding, beginning at 5:30 p.m., has been reserved for brief alumni club meetings which will adjourn into the banquet itself. Many other activities are being planned for alumni and the community throughout the day and evening of the 25th and will be announced early in the new year.

In the meantime, alumni traveling to Morristown for the banquet may wish to contact the Walters State Stage Company box office, (423) 585-6948, to obtain tickets for a special performance of the play Waiting for Godot , which is scheduled to follow the alumni banquet that Saturday evening. All tickets for that performance are being reserved for alumni and guests until March 10 when they will be made available to the general public.

Walters State president Dr. Jack E. Campbell expressed his deep appreciation for the many contributions made to the college by its Alumni Association and noted, " I can think of no more appropriate way of celebrating our college's 30th anniversary than by hosting our former students back on campus. Our anniversary motto, 'Celebrating 30 Years of Exceeding Expectations,' is certainly exemplified by the leadership our alumni are exhibiting in planning this outstanding event. I know that all of our faculty and staff will appreciate this opportunity to renew valued associations with our former students and we will be making every effort to roll out the red carpet in the best traditions of Walters State."

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Faculty Footnotes

Lynn Rogers, Welfare to Work Case Management Specialist, has won a Friend of the Department Award from the state's Department of Human Services. The presentation was made at The Employee Recognition Program ceremony Oct. 7, in Smyrna.

Bill Edmonds, associate director of Financial Aid, has been elected to the Tusculum College Board of Trustees. He previously served two years as president of the National Alumni Association. The 1971 Tusculum graduate was also selected to serve on the Presidential Search Committee.

Sam O'Dell, professor of History, has retired after three decades with the college. He is one of the original faculty members who joined Walters State when it opened its doors for the first time in 1970.

Judy Breckenridge, English, has coauthored a book titled 365 More Science Experiments With Everyday Materials. The composition instructor has one other book to her credit. She also writes a weekly parenting and science column for the Greeneville Sun and co-hosts the weekly show "Surviving the Mommy Trax" on WSMG radio.

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President's Message

By Dr. Jack E. Campbell

By the time you receive this edition of THE HUB, the Tennessee General Assembly will be convening in special session to examine the critical issues associated with the state's budget crisis. I cannot remember a time when more important matters were before our state's lawmakers.

Although tax reform is the subject of heated debate and the allocation of state revenues is never an easy task, as an educator with over one-quarter century of experience in Tennessee higher education, I feel compelled to speak out at this time with respect to the implications of these legislative deliberations for Tennessee students, their parents, college and university employees, and all of our citizens who are so profoundly dependent upon higher education for their quality of life.

I am genuinely concerned about the future of our college and, indeed, the future of higher education in Tennessee. Specifically, I question how much longer our state colleges and universities can continue to serve adequately the needs of our citizens when state appropriations reflect only partial funding of the formulas established to support higher education.

Over the last several years, our state has continuously fallen behind our neighboring southeastern states with respect to tax dollars allocated to higher education. Throughout this period, our educators have continued to do more with less, allowing Tennessee to maintain admirable equality in its higher education programs and services. I firmly believe that we have, however, reached a day of reckoning wherein a continuation of current levels of higher education funding will result in demonstrable declines in student access, programs of study, adequate utilization of technology, and the acquisition of new and replacement faculty with desired competencies.

With your support and backing, I trust that our elected officials will find the political will to solve our state's funding crisis and that the specter of declining higher education in Tennessee will be removed. Certainly, amid the competitive pressures of today's global economy, we cannot fail current and future generations by providing them with inadequate educational tools for forging their future.

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Athletics

Basketball teams young but talented

Fans of both the Senators and Lady Senators will see plenty of new faces as the teams take the court for another year of exciting basketball action.

Only six of the 16 men on Coach Bill Carlyle's squad are sophomores. But make no mistake; the freshmen are a talented bunch, featuring former Morristown-West standout Alex Kragel, a 6-foot-3-inch guard. Former high school teammates Travis Morelock and Ryan Moore bring versatility. At 6-feet-5-inches each, the Volunteer High School graduates can play inside or outside. Other key signees include 6-foot-6-inch Bronson Parker from Jefferson County, 6-foot-4-inch Gary Long of Chattanooga-Tyner and his former high school

teammate 6-foot-6-inch Bronson Parker. The forward/post transferred from Southern Idaho University but an injury there leaves him with two years of eligibility at Walters State.

"We have a lot of new faces but it's too early to tell what kind of an impact they'll have," says Coach Bill Carlyle. "We'll definitely have more perimeter shooters than we had last year. If we can come together on defense and apply full court pressure, we'll be able to compete."

There will also be a new man helping Carlyle with the coaching duties. Assistant coach Jay Nidiffer brings a wealth of experience to his new position. He was formerly an assistant coach at East Tennessee State University, Georgia Tech and Auburn.

The Lady Senators are hoping for a third straight trip to the national tournament. But if they go again, they will have to do it with only four sophomores. Still, head coach Dave Kragel is optimistic with a talented and tall group of freshmen who will get significant playing time early.

"We're going to be a very competitive ball club. It will be a challenge so we'll need leadership from experienced players early. Freshmen will have to grow up quickly," says Kragel.

The experience will come from sophomores Windy Newport, Megan Hall, LaSheka Wells and LaKeisha Anderson.

Key signees include All-State Post Player Kara Caldwell from Hancock County High School. The 6-footer was the Most Valuable Player in the Lakeway region last year. Amanda Boles changed her mind and came to Walters State after originally choosing Eastern Kentucky University. The Pickett County native is 6-feet-1-inch tall. At 6-feet-2 -inches, Clarissa Cross is expected to be an impact player. In high school last year, the forward was voted Most Valuable Player in the Spartanburg, SC area. At guard, the lady Senators will feature Greeneville High School's Amber Blue. The 5-foot-8-inch tall standout competed in the Tennessee/Georgia High School All-Star Game.

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Alumni News (Staying in Touch)

If you would like to be included in the "Class Notes" section of the "Hub" alumni newsletter, please email the following information to James.Pectol@ws.edu:

·Full name

·Address

·Dates you attended WSCC; area of study; and degree

·Current position and/or activities

·Full name of spouse

·Number of children

·Address where you can always be reached

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