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         NEWS                            Semester Begins Without Familiar Faces
                                           Fall semester this year will begin
                                         without some familiar faces. Seven
                                                                                 staff members,” Jordan said
                                                                                   Dr. Jordan expected great things
                                                                                                                              Other faculty members and
                                                                                                                            administrators who have retired

                                         valued administrators and faculty       when he arrived in Morristown, but         or will be retiring soon include:
                                         members (in addition to Dr. Jack        he had no idea how fast and how
                                         Campbell) have retired.                 much growth Walters State would            •Willard Carl, professor of Art.
                                           Dr. Julian Jordan, who has steered    experience in the coming years.            Carl had been part of the Humani-
Faculty, Staff Honored                                                           After all, the college had only one        ties Division faculty since 1975.
                                         Walters State’s business affairs for
At 2005 Honors Day ceremonies,                                                   building when Dr. Jordan joined the
                                         30 years, retired June 30. Jordan
Distinguished Faculty Awards were                                                staff.                                     •Jo Ann Kell, associate professor
                                         was a familiar face among faculty
given to Sarah Risdahl, associate                                                  “I don’t think anyone thought            of English. Kell had been a faculty
                                         and students. While keeping track
professor of Advanced and Devel-                                                 that, just 30 years later, the college     member since 1981.
                                         of the college’s money was a big
opment Education; Jill Fanter                                                    would have four campuses, the
                                         responsibility, he never let those
Romines, associate professor of                                                  Regional Public Safety Campus and          •Dr. Pam Goodman, vice president
                                         details get in the way of the really
Developmental Education; Russell                                                 the Great Smoky Mountains Expo             of Student Affairs and director of
                                         important things – people.
Romines, associate professor of                                                  Center.”                                   Athletics. Goodman joined
                                           “In this job, you couldn’t just be
Mathematics; Victoria Whitehead,                                                   During his retirement, Dr. Jordan        Walters State in 1987 as coordina-
                                         a numbers person. We’re here to
associate professor of Nursing; and                                                                                         tor of JTPA youth programs.
                                         serve our students, faculty and         plans to be a full-time grandfather.
Carolyn Wyss, associate professor
of Nursing. Distinguished Adminis-                                                                                          •Sarah Risdahl, associate professor
trator Awards went to Melissa Duff,      Library Receives National Award                                                    of Advanced and Developmental
director of Educational Services at                                                                                         Education, English, and coordina-
the Greeneville/Greene County               A recent exhibit at the R. Jack         In addition to winning national         tor of English as a Second Lan-
Center for Higher Education; and         Fishman Library has received a          praise, the exhibit was very popular       guage. She joined the faculty in
Drucilla Miller, dean of the             national award from The History         with students, many of whom have           1972.
Greeneville/Greene County Center         Channel.                                seen only two presidents in their
for Higher Education.                       The exhibit, entitled “Franklin R.   lifetimes. It was very common to see       •Dr. Dave Roberts, assistant vice
                                         Roosevelt: A Presidency Revealed,”      students reading newspaper clips or        president for Academic Affairs and
Programs Improve Access                  received the grand prize in the         studying photographs located in the        interim dean of Mathematics. He
Two new Walters State programs           cable channel’s spring competition.     display cases.                             joined Walters State in 1987.
will make college more accessible           The exhibit featured authentic          The exhibit was put together by
for residents in our service area.       momentos from the Great Depres-         Wanda Harrell, library assistant,          •Jack Tucker, dean for Community
Weekend College, based at the            sion, the New Deal and Word War         under the guidance of Doug Cross,          and Economic Development and
Greeneville/Greene County Center         II. Items included a flag with 48       dean of library services. David            director of the Institute for
for Higher Education, and College        stars, newspaper clippings and          Knowles, assistant professor of            Business and Industry. Tucker
Express, based at the Morristown         campaign buttons.                       history, also assisted.                    joined Walters State in 1990.
campus, will enable nontraditional
students to earn an associate’s
degree in two years by just
attending classes on the weekend
                                                                                                        A recent exhibit
                                                                                                        spotlighting the      CALENDAR
                                                                                                        presidency of
or only one night a week.                                                                               Franklin D.
                                                                                                        Roosevelt has
Business Programs Receive                                                                               received national
                                                                                                                             Oct. 10
Accreditation Reaffirmation
The Association of Collegiate                                                                                                International Festival
Business Schools and Programs has
granted full reaffirmation of                                                                                                Oct. 17 - 18
accreditation to five degree
programs: the associate of science                                                                                           Fall Break
in Business and in Computer and                                                                                              (College Open, No
Information Science and associate                                                                                            Classes)
of applied science in Management,
Office Administration and Com-
puter and Information Science. A                                                                                             Nov. 24 - 27
panel of visitors from the associa-                                                                                          Thanksgiving Holiday
tion visited the college in the spring
and Walters State received word of                                                                                           (College Closed)
the reaffirmation this summer. All
Walters State programs eligible for
accreditation are accredited.
               PRESIDENT’S                                                   WSCC Nursing Grad
                                                                             Has “Wings” Of Mercy
               MESSAGE                                                                                  For area residents facing life or death
                                                                                                     situations, Walters State alumnus Bill Hensley
                                                                                                     and his co-workers are truly angels of mercy,
   I am pleased and honored to have this opportunity to serve as                                     complete with wings.
president of this outstanding college.                                                                  Hensley’s wings aren’t typical angel wings.
  Thanks to the tremendous leadership of Dr. Jack Campbell, the                                      His wings are actually the propellers of a Bell
dedication of talented faculty and staff, and the support and generosity                             407 helicopter. Hensley is a flight nurse with
of foundation trustees, alumni, and the community, I assume the                                      Wings Air Rescue, an air ambulance service
presidency of an institution that is flourishing.                                                    based at Lakeway Regional Hospital in
  Walters State’s vitality is apparent in the growth and enhancement of                              Morristown and Mountain States Health
its facilities. Currently, we are in a campaign to raise $7 million needed         Hensley           Alliance in Johnson City. A former emergency
to begin construction on two new buildings, an academic building and a       room nurse, Hensley decided to take his skills to the air in 2002.
culinary arts/professional entertainment building, at the Sevier County        “To me, this was taking what I did in the hospital emergency room one
Campus. The college has received $2.5 million from private individuals       step further. It was like the pinnacle of what I was doing.”
and $1.5 million from the Sevier County Commission.                            The Wings Air Rescue team responds to three very different types of
   On the Morristown campus, renovations to the College Center               calls. One mission is to provide immediate transportation to patients
Building are under way, and Walters State has received $5.2 million          needing to move from one hospital to another, traveling between
from the state to fund improvements to the college’s East Tennessee          hospital helipads. The team also flies search and rescue missions.
Regional Public Safety Center.                                                 The third type of call is to the scene of an emergency. On these, the
  The Public Safety Center houses our Public Safety Division, and the        Air Wings Rescue helicopter may land on a highway or an open field to
capital improvement funding will allow us to build state-of-the-art          provide critical emergency care and transportation.
training facilities in which to educate public-safety staff and officials,      On each flight, Hensley is paired with a paramedic and a pilot. Safety is
including law enforcement, emergency medical service technicians as          the team’s primary focus, and, while Hensley is taking care of patients, he
well as homeland security personnel.                                         is also concerned with take-off and landing preparations. Keeping a cool
   In addition to the over $5 million in capital improvement funds, the      head amid so much activity isn’t a problem for him.
state is in the process of acquiring the Greeneville/Greene County             “When we get a call, there’s so much that we are doing both going to
Center for Higher Education from the college’s foundation. Since the         the call and transporting the patient that you really don’t have time to
building would be state-owned, we would be in the position of request-       be excited,” Hensley said.
ing state funds for major enhancements and improvements. This will be           Hensley’s education at Walters State prepared him to deal with the
a greater asset to the college and the Greeneville community.                high level of responsibility he now has.
  The improvements under way can been seen as tangible symbols that            “Multi-tasking is one thing that was always stressed during my clinical
represent Dr. Campbell’s goal of providing exemplary facilities that         training. As a registered nurse, you are always prioritizing your responsi-
complement the high quality programs and services offered at Walters         bilities.”
State. As president, I hope to build upon Dr. Campbell’s many suc-              Hensley began working as a licensed practical nurse in the med-surge
cesses by also emphasizing continuous improvement throughout all             department of a hospital several years ago. He returned to Walters State
aspects of the college.                                                      through the college’s career mobility plan and graduated as a registered
   My other personal goals, which I have recently submitted to Chancel-      nurse in 1998.
lor Dr. Charles Manning, include providing leadership and direction for         Hensley, an Erwin native, works with a Walters State nursing classmate,
strategic planning and in financial resources; promoting access; sustain-    Carrie Fox. Many of the paramedics working at Wings Air Rescue are
ing quality throughout Walters State’s programs and services; establish-     Walters State alumni, including Mike Jones, the base manager.
ing partnerships with business, industry and other local entities; and
enhancomh community and economic development.

                                                                                     FACULTY FOOTNOTES
  Working with the college’s exemplary faculty and staff and supportive
friends and alumni, I have no doubt that these goals will be achieved
and that Walters State will continue to improve upon its mission to
provide affordable higher education opportunities that exceed the
expectations of the residents of East Tennessee.
                                                                             Steve Roberts, professor and head of the Art Department, judged the
                                    Sincerely,                               Juried Art Show at Johnson City’s Blue Plum Festival 2005 in June.

                                                                             Sarah Risdahl, recently retired associate professor of Developmental
                                                                             Studies and coordinator of English as a Second Language, was named to
                                                                             Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. To be chosen, a professor must
                                                                             be nominated by an honor student at a four-year university as the
                                                                             instructor who most contributed to his or her academic success.

                                                                             Kay Heck, associate professor of English, served on the faculty of
                                                                             Knoxville’s Project Grad program this summer. Project Grad is a
                                                                             motivational and educational program that promotes higher education.

                                                                             Dr. Marilyn Bowers, professor of Developmental Education and head of
                                                                             Freshman Experience and Study Skills, was named the Distinguished
            Everyone needs a will.                                           Alumnus in education by East Tennessee State University.

           Please consider making the                                        Michael Helmick, dean of Technical Education, and Marty Rucker, dean
  Walters State Community College Foundation                                 of Health Programs, are part of the 2005-06 Regents Academic
                                                                             Leadership Institute. RALI is a year-long leadership development
              a part of your legacy.                                         program designed to provide ongoing support to academic leaders at
                                                                             all Tennessee Board of Regents colleges.
Alumni Featured In New Ads
  Two Walters State alumni are featured in the
college’s Fall 2005 advertising campaign. Cynthia
Carmichael, A.S., Education, and Rick Slaven, A.S.,
                                                                                                 CLASS NOTES
                                                                                                 CLASS NOTES
Paramedic, appear in television and radio commercials
and newspaper advertisements that further the                                1990                                      Carter Scott Moore, A.S.
“Invest in Yourself” campaign. The ads tell the stories                      Sharon Moore, A.S. Criminal               General Studies,will be attending
of these two very successful alumni with the goal of                         Justice, is a detective sergeant with     the University of Tennessee
encouraging other area residents to invest in educa-                         the Maryville Police Department.          College of Law this fall. In June, he
tion at Walters State.                                                       Her husband, Doug, is a sergeant          married alumna Renee Gates. She
   Carmichael was a single mom who enjoyed substi-                           with the Blount County Sheriff’s          teaches sixth grade at Cosby
tute teaching when she decided to return                                     Office. The couple have two young         Elementary School.
to school four years ago. This year, she will                Carmichael      children.
begin her first year as an elementary school teacher                                                                   Abby Vessel, A.S. General Studies,
in Newport.                                                                  1994                                      has opened her own photography
   Slaven had a four-year degree and a nine-to-five job                      Jennifer Jones, A.A.S. Nursing, is a      business, Abby Elizabeth Photogra-
when he began searching for a more rewarding                                 school nurse at Miller Boyd,              phy. She now lives in Knoxville.
career. He first earned a paramedic technical certifi-                       Lincoln Heights and Union Heights
cate, then returned for his associate’s degree. He’s                         Schools in Morristown. She and her        2003
now a paramedic at Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare                             husband, Doug, have two children.         Erika Hagy, A.A. English,has
System.                                                                                                                earned a B.S. from Middle Tennes-
   Other alumni are currently featured on the Walters                        1997                                      see State University where she
State Web site ( in an ongoing series                             Bobby J. Hickson, Broadcasting,           majored in public relations and
profiling successful alumni.                                   Slaven        has completed basic infantry              advertising. She now works in
  These include Chuck McGaha, A.S., Pre-medicine; Willie Anderson,           training at Fort Benning, Ga.             management at Dolly’s Splash
A.S., Business; Evonne Bennett, A.S., Social Work; Sarah Ramsey, A.S.,                                                 Country.
Physical Therapist Assistant; Bridgette Thompson, A.S., Nursing; Pedro       2000
Tomas, A.S., Professional Entertainment; and Kyoung Moon Yang,               Linda Johnson, Basic Paramedic            Amy Ellen Laws, A.A. French, was
Culinary Arts.                                                               Certificate, was named “Employee          presented the Faculty Award in the
  Alumni featured in the last year include Arthur Bohanan, A.S. Criminal     of the Year” by the Union County          Department of Foreign Languages
Justice; Michael Hance, A.S., Nursing; Dr. Shelly Shaw, A.S, Pre-Medicine;   Ambulance Service. She is an EMT.         at East Tennessee State University.
Dr. Charles Southerland, A.S., Pre-Medicine; Dr. Micah Westmoreland,         She is married and has two sons           She completed her B.S. in May.
A.S., Pre-Dentistry; and Debbie Stump, A.S., General Studies.                and two grandchildren.                    While at ETSU, she received an
                                                                                                                       Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship
                                                                             2002                                      nomination for a performance in
WSCC Alumna Has Card Line                                                    Jenna Brown, Studio Arts, is now
                                                                             attending Miami International
                                                                                                                       “The Brave and the Free.”
  One Walters State alumna has gotten very creative in her efforts to
                                                                             University of Art and Design. She is      2004
pay for medical school.
                                                                             engaged to marry Javier Colina,           Edward Benjamin Harville, A.S.
  Charalene Green, A.S. Pre-Medicine, has designed a line of greeting
                                                                             who is with the Cincinnati Reds           Agriculture, is working at the
cards. The cards feature photographs Greene took while working and
                                                                             Corporation.                              Farmer’s Co-Op in Morristown.
studying in Belize. They can be purchased at the General Morgan Inn,
James-Ben Studio and Gallery, the Greeneville Farm Market, Ann’s
                                                                             Amy Dawn Coleman, Medical                 2005
GreenHaus and Three Blind Mice in Greeneville.
                                                                             Transcription Certificate, is a           Beth Cline, A.A.S, Nursing, is
  Green is attending St. Luke University Medical School.
                                                                             medical transcriptionist at               employed at St. Mary’s Jefferson
  Green graduated from Walters State in 2001 when she was only 17.
                                                                             Claiborne County Hospital.                Memorial Hospital.
In 2003, she earned her bachelor’s degree from Baylor University. She is
planning to specialize in surgery and public health. She hopes to work
as a medical missionary when she is finished with school.
                                                                             To learn how you can be involved in Walters State’s network of Alumni Clubs,
                                                                             contact Darla Kitts at (423) 585-2629 or Darla.
               FROM THE
               FOUNDATION UP                                                                              Alumni News
                                                                              Full name _____________________________________________
  Several individuals were honored during the May meeting of the
Walters State Foundation Board of Trustees for their generous gifts to        Address     _____________________________________________
the foundation with the unveiling of their portraits, which will be
displayed in the President’s Trust gallery at the college.                    Years Attended ____________ Area of study________ Degree ___
  They are the late Clarence Sams of Cocke County; Max Biery, Dr.
Marilyn Bowers and Dr. Lori Campbell, all of Morristown; Jerry Fortner        Current position and/or activities____________________________
of Greeneville; Lena Holdway and her late husband, Ray, and Dr. Rose-
mary Jackson, all of Morristown; Y.J. and Barbara McAndrew of                 ______________________________________________________
Dandridge; Stephen McCrary of Talbott, and Frank McGuffin, Patrick
McGuffin, Harrell and Anna Lee Pendleton, Ronald Perkins, and H. Scott        Full name of spouse_____________________No. of children_______
and Carol Reams, all of Morristown.
  At the meeting it was also reported that since the trustees’previous        Name and address of someone who will always know your address
meeting in October 2004, over $712, 000 in gifts of $500 or more have
been contributed to the foundation.                                           ______________________________________________________
  In other business, new officers were elected. Judge Gary Wade
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Senators, Lady Senators Have Big Finishes For ’05 Seasons
  Walters State continued to be a     of the season, the Lady Senators                                                                                                          Zac Bowman of
strong contender in TJCCAA            defeated the Lady Tigers 2-1 and                                                                                                          Knoxville reaches
athletics this spring with both the   advanced to the championship                                                                                                              for a catch during
Lady Senators and the Senators        game.                                                                                                                                     Walters State’s
advancing to postseason play.           Chattanooga State then re-                                                                                                              sweep of Young
  The Senators secured a spot in      bounded out of the loser’s bracket                                                                                                        Harris College.The
the JUCO World Series with a          to meet Walters State in the                                                                                                              wins earned the
sweep over No. 2 ranked Young         championship game.                                                                                                                        Senators a berth in
Harris College. The Lady Senators       The Lady Tigers came back to                                                                                                            the JUCO World
came very close to accomplishing      defeat the Lady Senators in two                                                                                                           Series. Bowman
the same feat. The team was only      games to advance to the World                                                                                                             plays third base and
one win away from the NJCAA           Series.                                                                                                                                   shortstop.
Softball World Series when              The Senators returned only four
defeated by Chattanooga State.        sophomores. But the young
  With nine sophomores returning,     baseball team found a chemistry
the softball team exceeded Coach      that allowed them to gel late in the
Larry Sauceman’s high expectations.   season, leading to state, regional
Returning players included the        and district championships and the
complete infield and starting         team’s second trip to the JUCO
batters. The team finished the        World Series in three years.
regular season 32-15 and 15-5 in        Walters State went undefeated in
conference play.                      the TJCCAA/NJCAA Region VII
  The Lady Senators dropped the       tournament outscoring their
opening two games to Spartanburg      opponents 49-15. That champion-
Methodist College and split two       ship led to an East Central District
games with Columbia State. The        series with Young Harris College of
Lady Senators bounced back with a     Georgia. The Senators swept the
12-game winning streak that           Mountain Lions in two straight
included a 3-0 victory over Georgia   games played in Morristown.
Perimeter.                              Outstanding tournament play                              Walters State lost two                                 at the college. Both women’s and
  The season came to a climax         earned individual honors for                             close games in the World Series.                         men’s basketball teams went to the
when the Lady Senators met the        several Senators. Doodle Hicks was                       The team ended the season as one                         NJCAA national tournament with
Lady Tigers of Chattanooga State in   named to the All-TJCCAA first                            of the country’s best teams.                             the women finishing eighth.
the TJCCAA/NJCAA Region VII           team and the entire WSCC starting                          The college’s outstanding spring                         Fall sports schedules will be
tournament. In what proved to be      infield was named to the second                          seasons followed one of the most                         posted at when
one of the most exciting games        team.                                                    successful winter sports seasons                         available.

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