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Volume 26 Number 3 September 2005 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 BRIEFS 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 recognition. 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 (www.ws.edu) 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. Kitts@ws.edu. 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 ______________________________________________________ succeeded Judy McGuffin as president of the foundation board for 2005- Return to Office of College Advancement, Walters State Community, 06. 500 South Davy Crockett Parkway, Morristown, TN 37813 or e-mail Other officers include Charlie Johnson, vice president, Raymond E. your news to Debra.Williams@ws.edu. Bible, secretary, and Henry Drinnon, treasurer. 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Walters State Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, disability or veteran status in provision of educational programs and services or employment opportunities and benefits. This policy extends to both employment by and admission to the college. Walters State does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex or disability in its education programs and activities pursuant to the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act WSCC 00133-P-2-56520 Rev. 07/05 of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. Inquiries 15,000 copies printed by Lakeway and charges of violation concerning Title VI, Title IX, Section 504, ADA or the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) or any of the other above referenced Printers, Morristown policies should be directed to the Humans Resources Office at Walters State, 500 S. Davy Crockett Pkwy., Morristown, TN 37813-6899. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Services for Individuals with Disabilities at Walters State, 500 S. Davy Crockett Pkwy., Morristown, TN 37813-6899. 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 www.ws.edu when one of the most exciting games team. successful winter sports seasons available.
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