J. Randall O’Brien
Named 22nd President
8 Blue Prints
A blue-footed boobie pauses on a beach
in the Galapagos. The odd bird was one
of many species observed by two of
C-N’s own during a research trip to the
islands. (photo by Stephen Karr)
JOURNEY fall 2008
8 On the Sands of Galapagos
With a grant and an opportunity, Dr. Stephen and Susan Karr explore one
of the most exotic places on the planet.
14 A Man for all Reasons
Randall and Kay O’Brien told the Lord they’d go wherever He sent them,
thinking that He would appreciate the gesture and leave them at Baylor.
God, apparently, had a better idea.
19 The Senior Seven
Their combined tenure is almost 300 years, yet C-N’s senior faculty mem-
bers continue to pursue the College’s mission with passion and vigor.
22 A Matching Gift
A coach’s vision and donors’ generosity provide a new operations center
for Carson-Newman football.
6 From the Creek
12 Eagle Spotlight
31 Our Journey
On The bronze eagle statue in Burke-Tarr Stadium helps welcome those coming to campus.
the A symbol of vision, strength and perseverance, the eagle has long represented the
Cover Carson-Newman spirit. (photo by Charles Key)
JOURNEY fall 2008 3
from Joe Bill JOURNEY
As I write this, I will soon end my tenure as the interim Joe Bill Sloan, ’67
president of Carson-Newman. In this issue of Journey
you will be introduced to President Dr. Randall O’Brien Vice President for Advancement
and his family. I am certain that you will agree that we Vickie B. Butler, ’76
have been blessed by his decision to join us.
Asst. Vice President for
We have much to be grateful for at Carson-Newman.
C. Parker Leake
Sometime in the late spring or early summer, we will
open the new Ted Russell Hall for the School of Business.
The generosity of this alumnus and successful business JOURNEY Staff
man will make it possible for our students to study in
a state-of-the-art facility. Just before last Christmas we
J. Charles Key, ’98
received a generous donation toward the completion of the fourth floor of Henderson.
I know it seems as if we have been talking about completing this facility for decades; Senior Writer
that is because we have. There is still a need for an additional $600,000 to fulfill the J. Mark Brown
project, a center piece of which will be the Horton Foote Film Studies Center. Dr. Jerry
Wood has become the world’s foremost scholar about this Oscar and Emmy-winning Editorial Assistant
playwright. It is quite an honor to be the college that recognizes Dr. Foote in this Paige Munroe-Mattocks, ’94
manner. Dr. David Crutchley, dean of the School of Religion, is developing a program
whereby a gifted scholar from an international seminary will be a visiting professor at Special Thanks
C-N each year. Julie Rabun
Sometime during the 2008-09 school year we hope to construct a new apartment-
C-N Alumni Association
style residence hall for our female students. The fate of venerable old Butler Hall
is under study as we attempt to find a good use for this outdated building. The best Alumni President
portion of it houses some 60 to 70 male students this fall while female students live Susan S. Fendley, ’68
in Alumni Hall. Our future needs include a new nursing building and renovations of
our science building. Twenty-three percent of our May ’08 graduates were nurses, and Director, Alumni Relations
future projections indicate this will be an area of major growth for the College. Given David Buchanan, ’79
technology needs for 21st century teaching and learning, “smart” classrooms are being
added in most of our academic buildings. Design & Production by
Our graduates continue to be accepted in very high percentages for law, medical, dental,
pharmacy and physical therapy schools as well as other graduate and professional For information and
programs. The money you provide for scholarships is vital to our ability to recruit good comments, please write to:
students and help them achieve their life goals. Thank you for your support as we seek
to improve the educational opportunities for them. Carson-Newman College
Office of College Communications
C-N Box 71986
In conclusion, I am looking forward to teaching full-time and working with my political Jefferson City, TN 37760
science partner and former student Dr. Kara Stooksbury and rejoining those two Phone: 865.471.3203
lovable irascible curmudgeons Baumgardner and Moffat for our 40th year together. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your encouraging emails and letters this past year. Hope to see you at
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we appreciate the interest of our readers.
Joe Bill Sloan
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I am writing to commend you on two In 1960, I was graduated from C-N,
editions of Journey–the issue on the having majored in speech and English.
Navy at C-N and the A Cappella Choir I’m pleased that “my department” can
trip to the Holy Land. They were both now boast the prestigious association
so interesting and informative. I was with the legendary playwright and
saddened to learn of the death of Fessor screenwriter Horton Foote.
Jones. I sang in the A Cappella Choir
from fall of 1950 thru the spring of Regarding Joe Bill Sloan – yep, he was my
1953. I lived in East Tennessee, so the paper boy too. I was in summer school,
story of the Navy was a familiar one to 1957, living in Alumni Hall when he
Winter/Spring 2008 issue me. Thank you for Journey. Keep them added me to his route. However much
coming. he may have changed over the years,
Thank you for the edition of the Journey the same smile, gleam-in-the-eye and
with the trip of the A Cappella Choir’s Carolyn Carson Elmore, ’54 “brightness” are still evident from the
Tour. I was a member of the A Cappella Humble, TX photos and article in Journey. Thanks to
Choir in 1935-39 when Professor Carter Journey for reviving the memories.
was the director.
Joe Robinette, ’60
Franklin Fowler, ’39 Richwood, New Jersey
I was very impressed with the article
I was deeply moved by the special about the Navy V-12 officers training
edition of Journey. I was especially program. It was both very interesting
moved by the picture on page 9 of the and informative. I was graduated from
Palestinian man crying in the chapel. Carson-Newman in 1961, but had no
That picture summed up my feeling of idea that such a program existed.
the Israeli-Palestinian situation.
Paul A. Jones, ’61
E. Marshall Marks, ’68 Briggs, TX
I enjoyed reading the article on the V-12
Thank you for the very warm, inspiring, Unit. I believe I am #8 in line closest to
entertaining issue of Journey Winter/ the people viewing the parade (cover
Spring. It is thrilling to read of varied photo). From the clothing being worn by
experiences and to think of the scope the public, I am assuming it must have
of the impact made. Life in A Cappella Fall 2007 issue been a May Day celebration. I enjoyed
Choir in 1940-44 was much simpler in the article, and I seem to remember Dr.
some ways, travel especially, but the Two articles from [this issue] jumped Davis. My memories are good ones of
high standards were there. out and grabbed me by the lapels— all my buddies during those years.
[“Honoring a Legend” (page 3) and
Juanita Coker Webb, ’44 “One of Their Own” (page 10)]. I can Angus T. Brown
Knoxville, TN relate to both stories. Black Mountain, NC
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from t Creek
In May, the Board of Trustees approved a recommendation by the provost and
interim president to move to “Schools” from “Divisions” within C-N’s academic
makeup. The structuring, prevalent among universities, allows for expanded growth
among the nine areas of study.
School of Business Dr. Dan Hollingsworth
School of Education Dr. Sharon Teets
School of Family & Consumer Sciences Dr. Kitty Coffey
School of Fine Arts Dr. Clark Measels
School of Humanities Dr. Gerald Wood
School of Natural Sciences & Mathematics Dr. Carey Herring
School of Nursing & Behavioral Health Dr. Patty Kraft
School of Religion Dr. David Crutchley
School of Social Sciences Dr. Laura Wadlington
Homecoming weekend will set the stage for Lyric Theatre’s The October 16 and 17 productions will be held at 7:30
production of The Secret Garden, based on the novel by p.m. in Gentry Auditorium located in Henderson Humanities
one-time New Market resident Frances Hodgson Burnett. Dr. Building. Tickets can be ordered through the C-N Bookstore
Perry Ward, assistant professor of music and director of Lyric by calling (865) 471-3539. Pre-paid Lyric Theatre tickets
Theatre, will oversee a cast of 14-members. will be available for pick up during C-N Bookstore hours of
operation or at the Gentry Auditorium “Will Call” table one
First published in 1909, The Secret Garden has become one
hour prior to the performance.
of Burnett’s most beloved works. The novel was preceded by
such works as A Little
Princess, The Lady of
Quality, and Little Lord
features the music of
Lucy Simon and lyrics
The skyline of the western portion of campus continues to
by Marsha Norman.
be redefined. Those attending homecoming will see that the
This version opened
construction of Ted Russell Hall is over 60 percent complete.
on Broadway in 1991
Slated to open this spring and accommodate classes in fall 2009,
and was nominated
the building will be home to the College’s School of Business.
for seven Tony
Awards, winning Best Work completed as of press time includes a new crosswalk
Book of a Musical and walkway from Russell Avenue to the site, roof construc-
and earning Daisy tion, and brick masonry. A courtyard connecting the new facil-
Eagan the Best ity with Blye-Poteat Hall is 90 percent complete and will fea-
Featured Actress in a ture an open grass area. The interior’s metal-framed walls and
Musical Award. sheetrock is also finished, as well as the window installation.
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from t Creek
Mind if we read Congratulations to 1970 alumna Judy Watts Breckenridge
for her photo submission “Pigeons.” Her husband Rufus was
over your shoulder? able to capture the feathered encounter in Venice, Italy’s St.
Mark’s Square as the couple celebrated their 30th wedding
anniversary. The Breckenridges reside in Greeneville, TN.
Thank you Journey readers for some great photos; keep them
coming! We want photos of you reading your issue of Journey
at an interesting place or event. If your photo is chosen, not
only will it appear in a future issue, but you will receive a $25
gift card to the Carson-Newman Bookstore.
You can email photos to email@example.com. Please make sure
digital images are high-resolution (300dpi). You may also
mail your photos to: Carson-Newman College, Attn: College
Communications Office, C-N Box 71986, Jefferson City, TN
37760. Submitted photos will not be returned.
Where does your Journey take you?
National Rankings Laud C-N
It’s a trifecta! “This ranking is due exclusively to the people who are seated
before me and because of the students—the graduates you
As is the norm, U.S. News & World Report’s annual college
have produced,” said President Randall O’Brien to faculty and
rankings coincided with the opening of fall semester. While its
staff when he announced the Forbes ranking. “It is a testimony
notation of C-N as a “Least Debt” school was good news, a
to your good work throughout the years.”
new player on the scene, Forbes, ranked the College the 116th
best undergraduate institution in America. And The Princeton Under its “Great Schools, Great Prices” special section, U.S.
Review named C-N to its “Best in the Southeast” classification News examined “loans taken out by students from colleges,
earlier in the summer. from private financial institutions, and from federal, state, and
local governments.” According to its report, one-third of C-N
In “America’s Best Colleges,” available at www.forbes.com,
graduates are debt-free upon graduation.
the publication considered a student’s perspective in shopping
for a college, focusing heavily on educational quality and “Carson-Newman is well known for academic, athletic, and
alumni achievement. Specific components included quality Christian excellence featuring a liberal arts focus and aggressive
of professors, probability of meeting one’s career goals, a financial aid packages to insure affordability,” said O’Brien on
graduate’s indebtedness, the likelihood of completing the the heels of the U.S. News citation. “Our trustees, faculty, staff,
degree in a normal timeframe and the institution’s global and students deserve resounding applause for these notable
reputation. commendations. The future is bright indeed.”
With Honors Oops!
The Honors Program continues to experience growth, Last fall we invited our readers to go online and share thoughts
welcoming 99 students this fall. This semester marks the 5th about Journey. Imagine our surprise when we realized we did
consecutive year of enrollment increase for the program. not receive a single response. Was no one out there? Upon
further investigation we discovered a technical glitch had
Directed by Dr. Mark Hussung since 2000, the College’s Honors
Program represents the best of C-N’s academic experience.
Designed to offer gifted scholars the opportunity to enhance We now introduce Reader Survey 2.0! By sharing your
their general undergraduate experience, the program pushes feedback, you will have the opportunity to be included in a
its members to sharpen research skills, improve their ability drawing for an Eagle prize pack.
to reason and analyze, and travel to regional cultural events.
You can access the survey by going to http://www.cn.edu/
Eligibility for membership includes a composite ACT score of
28 or higher or a minimum SAT score of 1240.
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On the Sands of
Story by Dr. Stephen Karr
Photos by Stephen and Susan Karr
Editor’s Note: In January, Dr. Stephen and Susan Karr traveled to the Galapagos Islands to study the region and its wildlife. Funded by the Berger
Foundation through the Appalachian College Association, the research trip is but one example of how C-N professors continue their own education
in order to enhance the learning experience of their students. Stephen Karr serves as chair of C-N’s biology department while his wife Susan is a lab
technician for the area.
rom ocean-going lizards to equatorial penguins, giant tortoises, and blue-footed boobies, the Galapagos Islands
are exceptional in many ways. The presence of numerous endemic populations and adaptations has greatly
influenced many island visitors, including the area’s most famous guest, Charles Darwin. Darwin, serving as
a naturalist aboard the H.M.S. Beagle, spent five weeks studying the islands in 1835. Observations helped him to
formulate his ideas on natural selection, ultimately culminating in the publication of On the Origin of Species. Over
170 years later, Susan and I had the opportunity to visit the same islands and conduct our own observations.
The Galapagos consists of over 50 islands covering an area of 17,000 square miles; about twice the size of New Jersey. The largest island,
Isabela, encompasses close to 1,800 square miles and is approximately the size of Delaware. Of the 13 larger islands, five are inhabited.
Scientific evidence indicates the islands to be several million years old with the oldest islands to the east and younger islands to the west.
Formed by volcanic activity, the younger islands still possess active volcanoes. The Galapagos archipelago, famous for its huge number of
endemic species, creates an ideal “natural laboratory” in which to study adaptation. Truly, the Galapagos Islands represent one of the most
unique habitats in all of God’s creation.
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Given their unique and fragile flora and fauna, a number of rainfall amounts of less than one-half inch per month – not typical
policies have been implemented to protect the Galapagos since for the tropics. The dual climatic seasons are largely due to ocean
it was declared a national park by the Ecuadorean government in currents. During the cooler, dryer times the Humboldt Current
1959. These efforts include conservation efforts by the Darwin dominates. Since this current originates in the Antarctic, ocean
Research Station and the establishment of the Galapagos Marine temperatures can chill to about 68°F. From January to June, the
Resources Reserve. Panama Current takes over bringing warmer and wetter weather.
To help minimize the human impact of tourism, there are a Many of the unique features evident in the flora and fauna reflect
number of restrictions placed on those exploring the islands. As is adaptations required to thrive in this cool dry tropical environment,
the case with most visitors, our trip consisted of living on a boat, a habitat that depends on the nutrient rich cold waters brought up
traveling from island to island. Susan and I had the pleasure of from the Antarctic.
experiencing the archipelago on a 75-foot “first class” motor yacht, Not only a beautiful place for tourism, the islands present
which included a seven-man crew and a naturalist, who planned wonderful study opportunities for biologists and geologists.
each day’s itinerary and served as the guide/interpreter during For geologists, the Galapagos represent an ideal place to
the entire trip. Despite the various conservation and preservation study volcanoes. The island, Isabela, is truly a “hot spot” for
efforts, we learned that the islands still face many threats that include volcanologists. Being one of the younger islands, Isabela is not
pollution, species alien to the islands, and climate changes. heavily vegetated and lava flows are evident and include the
Much of the Galapagos “uniqueness” is due to its climate. In smooth, ropy-appearing “Pahoehoe” lava and the very sharp jagged
contrast with other locations along the equator, the Galapagos “Aa” lava. For biologists, the numerous flora and fauna endemic to
boast a relatively cool and dry climate. Indeed, where else along the these islands provide ample occasion to view animals and plants
equator would you use a wet suit while snorkeling? The Galapagos up close and study adaptations. Common animals we encountered
typically experiences two climatic seasons, warm and wet from included tortoises, sea lions, sea turtles, numerous types of birds,
January to June, and a cooler dryer season July to December. lizards, and iguanas of both the marine and land varieties. Because
Because of the timing of our trip, we experienced a transitional the animals have no natural fear of humans, it allowed us to get
period – cool and dry. There is great variation in rainfall from quite close to them without disrupting their natural behaviors.
island to island and from lower elevations to higher elevations. For Giant tortoises, perhaps the most recognized animals of the
half the year, the Galapagos have temperatures less than 80°F and Galapagos, are extraordinary creatures, weighing up to 500 pounds
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with a shell diameter of close to five arching well above the head and neck, an regulate body temperature, marine iguanas
feet. Unfortunately, their ability to go for adaptation allowing them to reach food become chilled while feeding. By simply
months without food or water almost led sources higher up. returning to shore, in the intense equatorial
to their demise, even leading some of the One of the most famous Galapagos sun, they are able to get warm.
sub-species to extinction. The creatures tortoises is “Lonesome George,” the last During breeding season larger males
represented prized catches for whalers and known survivor of the Pinta sub-species, tend to take on red and green colorations,
pirates who frequented the islands years with an estimated age between 60 and referred to as Christmas coloration. Another
ago. Stacked upside down in the ship’s 90 years old. Once George dies, the sub- adaptation evident in these unique creatures
hull, the captured tortoises provided a species will be extinct. is their ability to extrude excess salt. During
source of fresh meat for months. Though Marine iguanas represented some of feeding they take in large amounts of salt,
their numbers are still well short of what the more abundant critters, seen on every which must be expelled in some fashion.
used to inhabit the islands, breeding and island we visited. In contrast to the light The iguanas will periodically “snort,”
restoration programs are helping to increase brownish coloration of their land cousins, expelling the salt into the air through their
their population. marine iguanas tended to be mostly black. nostrils. Many of the areas we visited were
Tortoises can be identified by the shape The coloration provides camouflage on the so heavily populated with marine iguanas,
of their shell. On islands possessing lots of islands’ ebony rocks and is an important we had to very carefully step our way
low vegetation, the shell is of the “domed” adaptation to their life style. The aquatic through them, as they were strewn across
variety having what we would consider to feeders dive into the ocean to feed on algae, the trail.
be a very “turtle-shaped” appearance. In making them the only ocean feeding lizards Even though each creature was
locations where vegetation is more scarce, in the world. Their ability to tolerate the fascinating to view, we did have our
the reptiles have a “saddleback” shape to very cool waters is especially uncommon favorites. For Susan, it was the blue-footed
the shell with the opening over the neck among reptiles. Because they are unable to boobie. A goose-sized seabird, blue-footed
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boobies are so named for the color of their green-footed boobies could become more the larger inhabited island of San Cristobal,
feet and their behavior on land. Their common. anchoring in the bay off Puerto Baquerizo
courtship displays are almost humorous to For me, the big attraction was the sea Moreno, the capital of the islands. Once on
watch as they bob, slowly raise and lower lions. Much like the marine iguanas, sea shore, we spent the better part of an hour
their feet, spread their wings and point their lions were frequently observed. When not watching a female sea lion and her pup
beaks to the sky, resembling a dance. To frolicking in the water, they seemed to negotiate a very rocky area trying to find
early observers, this behavior seems very prefer either basking in the sun or napping a spot to nurse. Again, though great for
foolish or clownish. under a shady bush. They showed little the water, the flippers proved difficult for
Though they seem to act like a “boob” interest in us; we would often walk by crawling over rocks.
on land, boobies are very graceful in the air one under a bush and not even notice it. The Galapagos represent not only a
and plunge diving. While feeding, boobies Sea lions, very much adapted to aquatic wonderful and spectacular place to visit,
circle above the water in groups. Once fish life, proved to be exceptional swimmers but an ideal natural setting in which to
are sighted, they follow each other down and could, and would, literally, swim study adaptation. More than snapshots
in dive-bomber fashion, plunging into the circles around us. While snorkeling, I of a distant ecosystem, animals of the
water. must confess, it was an incredible thrill to Galapagos represent what are literally
The boobies show color variation in their turn around and be face to face with a sea classic textbook examples of unique
feet typically ranging from a light blue to lion – a little startling as their teeth look behaviors and adaptations. The trip has
a very rich blue. We were privileged to very big and awfully sharp when viewed allowed us to bring such topics to life for
observe a boobie with green feet. Since up close. Though agile in the water, their our students. Being able to discuss and
foot color is important in attracting a mate, flippers aren’t the best for movement on share about such encounters with students
it might be possible that if females show land, forcing them to slowly amble along. gives us the opportunity to deepen their
a marked preference for the rare hue, On one of our excursions, we traveled to learning experience. n
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Martha Wilson Bobby Wilson
etired Baseball Coach Bobby Wilson, A Piedmont, Alabama athletic phenom, earned a master’s degree back at his alma
84, passed away on Saturday, June 21 Wilson went from high school to basic mater.
following a bout with cancer. Though training to serving in a coast artillery unit His way to Jefferson City came via a
it’s been more than two decades since he in Europe. He was 22 when he began recommendation from Johnny Vaught, the
managed the team, those he led still carry his freshman year at the University of coach at Ole Miss. C-N Athletic Director
equal parts of awe and respect for him. Mississippi in 1946. He lettered in both and Baseball Coach Frosty Holt had long
“Coach Wilson could hit a fungo farther football and baseball for four years, admired Vaught and wanted someone of
than I have ever seen,” said C-N Assistant accumulating a dozen SEC gridiron his ilk to be an assistant coach for both
Head Football Coach Carl Torbush ’74, records, many of which still stand. The football and baseball. He asked Vaught for
one of 16 All-Americans who played for Mobile Press-Register listed him as a a recommendation. Vaught sent Wilson.
him. “Did you know that he never played member of the All Southeastern Conference Shortly after hiring Wilson in 1964, Holt
baseball in high school? He was just that 75-Year Anniversary Football Team as a took ill and handed him the reins of the
good of an athlete.” defensive back. baseball team. While he may have been
“He was one of those guys who made And yet, he was drafted by the a first-year college coach, Wilson had a
you want to play,” affirmed Gary Rundles Philadelphia Eagles as a punter. successful career under his belt. He had
’77, who played for Wilson and succeeded In 1948, he booted a football an been victorious at both Greenwood and
him as Eagles baseball coach in 1987. “He astonishing 77 yards against Boston Canton (Miss.) high schools over a 12-year
didn’t force you; he didn’t have to. Being College; the same year he punted 12 times period, including a rather amazing 33-5
around him just made you want to play.” against Vanderbilt. In ’49, he had 50 punts record during his first four years coaching
Torbush and Rundles were among for an average of 40.5 yards. football at Greenwood.
those asked to carry the legend’s coffin. On the baseball diamond in 1949, he Wilson’s squad opened the 1965 season
Following the graveside service, they held a batting average of .412, fourth from with a pair of wins over Ohio Wesleyan,
thanked their coach’s wife, Martha, and the top in Ole Miss history. He collected and, just prior to playing conference
Rob, the couple’s only child, for the honor. six hits in one game and had nine triples in games, honed its skills by beating UT
They, like dozens of others, stayed after one season. Chosen All-SEC in 1949, he twice. For the year, the team compiled a
the service and talked about “Coach,” the was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in ’50, 36-3 record and won the NAIA National
man they loved, the man who made them spending three years in the team’s minor Championship, the first national sporting
want to play. league system. During that period he also title in Carson-Newman’s history.
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While some might conclude that Wilson
won the big prize with Holt’s team, one
should consider the succeeding years.
Beginning with the ’65 season, Wilson’s
Eagles won the NAIA Conference
Championship 10 consecutive seasons.
In 23 seasons at the helm, the coaching
sensation amassed a 490-260-1 record,
which ranks third in C-N annals behind
only Vickie Hollifield and Holt himself,
who had led C-N teams for some 40
years. A member of C-N’s Hall of Fame,
Wilson’s number, 38, is the only retired
jersey in C-N baseball history. Off the
field, he served on the USOC taskforce
that helped return baseball to the summer
In the week following his death from
cancer, tributes began pouring in. Feature
stories were written locally and in towns A COACH FOR THE AGES: Beyond his C-N leadership roles, Wilson was an active
where he had lived and worked. From his member in the local community. His involvement included coaching the Jefferson City
early Mississippi days to recent years, his Civitan baseball team. His 1966 team included his son Rob (second from the left).
As much as Wilson meant to him,
Torbush says he didn’t realize his mentor’s saw. He should, given that he played in “We hope it will be helpful to students
impact on the surrounding community until it. A 1975 walk-on from Delaware, the and to Carson-Newman College,” said
the funeral. Prior to the service, hundreds Jefferson City accountant remembers Martha. “Bobby would really be astounded
of mourners created a three-and-a-half Wilson calling him by his last name and and embarrassed by everything that people
hour string of condolences to Martha, a telling him to go bat. have done. But he thought his players
C-N legend in her own right. She stood McFarland made contact with ball, were like his own children, so we hope to
near the coach’s casket with Rob and his tagging it all the way to the bottom of continue his legacy.”
family: wife Bari and daughters, Sarah, the right field fence. He reached first and Those who wish to memorialize the
Hannah and Leah. headed for second, deciding quickly that coach should designate gifts to: The Bobby
Those paying respects included six he could stretch it into a triple. Running Wilson Indoor Practice Facility in care of
decades of friends, the employees of a as hard as he could, the rookie made it to the Eagle Club, C-N Box 72009, Jefferson
public utility where he had been a director, third, though he admits being winded, very City, TN 37760.
Carson-Newman professors, staffers and winded.
retirees, and a host of middle-aged and From the dugout, Wilson yelled, “That a
older men who in their youth had learned way to go, freshman!”
how to lead and serve by what he taught The contrast struck him. The coach had
them. known his name when he put him in the
One of them was Allen Morgan ’68, game, but somehow seemed to lose it in
whose attire for the day featured something the time it took him to run 270 feet.
he doesn’t normally wear, a national “I wasn’t sure what that meant,” he
championship ring ponders. “I didn’t know if he forgot my
When asked about it, he removed the name, or, if he was reminding me that I
ring and laid it in an open hand, saying, was a freshman and saying that every bat
“They gave us those when we had our 25th was not going to be like that.”
reunion in 1990. I don’t wear it much, but Whatever the actual case, the second
today seemed like a good reason to.” scenario became for McFarland a life
Of playing for Wilson, the Clayton lesson from the man he continued to call
Homes executive vice president said, “I
learned to demand things of myself. He
“Oh, I never called him anything else.
taught us that. If I ever fell short it was To me, he was always that, ‘Coach.’” C-N Box 72009
not because of what he did, but because of In the memory of the man who meant Jefferson City, TN 37760
what I didn’t do.” so much to so many, Martha and Rob
Don McFarland ’79 remembered the established The Bobby Wilson Indoor
first college-level baseball game he ever Practice Facility Fund.
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A Man for All Reasons
by Mark Brown
n July 8, in what may be Carson- could say anything else but, “We do!” mother and her love for Christ. I remember
Newman’s first ever mid- Speaking out of personal experience mother rocking me, well, I guess I can’t
summer, called, campus-wide of working with O’Brien at Baylor in the remember the rocking, but I remember her
meeting, Presidential Search 1990s, Dr. Dan Hollingsworth, the Ted teaching me to sing ‘Jesus Loves Me’ as far
Committee Chair David Ogle, told a filled Russell Distinguished Faculty Chair and back as my memory cells will take me.”
Thomas Recital Hall that his 15-member dean of C-N’s School of Business and A devoted Christian who “loved the
group had accomplished its task in 496 days. Economics, expressed his pleasure with Lord totally,” Irene O’Brien instilled in her
“After 14 meetings, 60 nominations, 39 the appointment. boy what he calls “kneeology.”
applications and five formal interviews,” “Randall will be a great leader for us “I call it that because I feel like I learned
said Ogle, who 10 months into the search because he has a genuine compassion for on my mother’s knee, just that far back,”
was also elected as trustees’ chair, “I am others and he knows how an outstanding he smiles. At six, she taught him to put
proud to say that God has blessed us with a college should operate,” said the dean. love into practice in spite of what he
new leader.” “He has experience in working with all the wanted when faced with his first bully,
“Friends, faculty, all those who love aspects of growth and change at both the Ronald, who, he says, literally had years
Carson-Newman,” he continued, “it gives macro and micro levels. We will benefit of experience at being a first-grader. One
me enormous pleasure to present to you from the knowledge he gained in helping day he finally acknowledged it to her.
a man who was made for this College, make Baylor the excellent university we “Hon, have you prayed for him?” she
a man who has spent a lifetime leading see today.” queried.
by serving, a man dedicated to higher Evidence for Ogle’s and Hollingsworth’s “No, I haven’t prayed for him,” O’Brien
learning and a higher calling, a man who shared enthusiasm can be traced to the early remembers saying. “I hate him!”
has risen to great heights in service to his formations of Randall O’Brien’s life. “It’s awfully hard to hate someone you
Lord…. It gives me great pleasure to give are praying for,” she responded.
to you today husband, father, son, teacher, Blood and Ink “That kind of kneeology is something
preacher, scholar, war hero, leader, servant more than just a saying on a ceramic
and beginning today, upon the unanimous Family is important to the McComb, plaque on the wall,” he says. “It’s the kind
vote of the presidential search committee, Mississippi native. Sheryl Gray, dean of kneeology that is put into everyday life
the faculty council, the academic council of Enrollment Services and staff repre- that begins to transform the way you think
and the board of trustees of Carson- sentative of the search team, remembers and live in a world that is sometimes going
Newman College, our 22nd president, Dr. him beginning his first conversation with to dish out some lumps to you.”
J. Randall O’Brien.” the committee by saying, “In order for you His dad, a printer by trade, worked for
After the laudatory introduction and a to know who I am, you have to know that I McComb’s local daily, The Enterprise-
sustained standing ovation, O’Brien, then am the son of Donald and Irene O’Brien.” Journal, and would take his son back to
provost and executive vice president of His parent’s influence imbued him with the paper with him some evenings after
Baylor University, stepped to the lectern an inherent love for Christ and a deep and dinner when there was still type to be set.
and publicly responded to what had abiding interest in words. O’Brien says “I grew up thinking printed letters and
amounted to an engagement proposal. those fibers of faith and learning became words were indispensable to life, right up
“We (he and his wife Kay) have fallen in the warp and woof of his life. there with oxygen. No doubt I have ink
love, and we have fallen in love with you,” “I’ve been asked at many points along in my veins. Reading has always been as
he said, smiling broadly. He then drew his the way in my adult journey when I first natural to me as breathing. I must confess I
first laugh as president by adding, “And loved Jesus, and I can’t remember when am a hopeless bibliophile. Dad’s influence
there’s just no way in the world that we I didn’t,” he says. “And that’s due to my on my life is unmistakable.”
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“Kay and I, we’ve just always felt like
the Lord would lead and wherever he
wanted us to go, we’d go.
– Randall O’Brien
Fortunate Son Your presence, Your forgiveness, Your pastor Greensburg, Louisiana’s Red Bluff
Lordship. And I’ll go anywhere when Baptist Church, located north of New
Having begun his undergraduate education asked, and will accept every invitation to Orleans, about halfway back home to
at Southwest Mississippi Junior College, testify to Your glory.” McComb. Coursework under his belt and
where he played basketball on a half- Being a combat vet, the opportunities his residency requirements complete, he
scholarship, he volunteered for military came rolling in. When aged church ladies was working on his dissertation when a
service when he learned that his “very low heaped on him praise as a “fine preacher NOBTS professor threw him a curveball,
draft number” had been pulled. After that, boy,” he tried to correct them, saying that telling him, “Randall, there’s an opening
he volunteered for Vietnam. he hadn’t been called to preach. Turns in the religion department of Ouachita
“I had set out of school half-a-year to out, that may have been part of the calling Baptist University. They need an instructor
work. We were not a family of means, so itself. Within a couple of years, he knew of religion and I’d like to recommend
I was working when they drew my draft what he was supposed to do, so he finished you. Would you give me the pleasure of
number. I went down to the Selective his associate’s degree and headed for recommending you?”
Service Bureau and volunteered to go.” Mississippi College and the rest of his life. Surprised by the honor, but perhaps
His mother stood on the curb when As a Mississippi College undergrad, more by the notion of a teaching career,
he left McComb by bus on his way to a O’Brien discovered at least a couple of O’Brien told his mentor, “Kay and I, we’ve
jungle half the world away. She told him things that would change his life. First just always felt like the Lord would lead
she would pray for him every day, but he’s came the tutelage of Dr. Robert Shurden, and wherever he wanted us to go, we’d
sure that happened several times daily. He who during the July 8 announcement sat go. I’m open to your recommending me.
says his own faith walk was important in beaming just a few rows behind O’Brien. I really don’t know for sure what the Lord
his combat experience. Secondly, and more importantly, he met Kay wants me to do yet; but if you think this is
“You know the saying, “There is no Donahoe, an Indianola, Mississippi social something that we should consider, we’ll
such thing as atheists in foxholes? The work major. They married in late 1975 and certainly pray about it. And I am honored
truth is, there really are...” he sighs. “But went on to have three children, Elise and that you’d recommend me.”
there is no doubt that the prayers of my Shannon, both of whom are married, and The subsequent 1980 move to Arkansas
family and other people sustained me. son Chris, a college freshman. became what they call “one of the major
Just as importantly, or more importantly God-things” in their life together. In his
I suppose, was my own oneness with the Same CompaSS, new dIreCtIon seven years there, he was promoted to
Lord through prayer.” assistant professor, twice voted as OBU’s
He returned from his 101st Airborne From Mississippi College, the pair went to Outstanding Faculty Member, twice elected
Division service with medals on his chest, New Orleans. While working on his master commencement speaker by the graduating
including the Combat Infantryman’s of divinity degree at New Orleans Baptist class and selected by the 1986 class as
Badge, the United States Air Medal, the Theological Seminary, Randall accepted a baccalaureate speaker. Upon the receipt
Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross, and Home Mission Board assignment to lead of tenure, he took a leave of absence to
the Bronze Star. He also came home with a a recreational evangelism effort in the earn the master of sacred theology degree
commitment in his heart. Big Easy’s inner-city. After completing at Yale, where he also pursued other post
“When I went to Vietnam I moved from her M.S.W. at the University of Southern doctoral studies. He has also studied at
simply knowing Christ as savior to Christ Mississippi and Tulane, was appointed by both Oxford and Harvard.
becoming my Lord. Then we entered into a the HMB to assist unwed mothers through In 1987, he followed God’s call to lead
covenant together. And that covenant was, Sellers Baptist Home and Adoption Center. Little Rock’s Calvary Baptist Church as
if I did get home—and it wasn’t a bargain; The only such SBC organization in the senior pastor, leading it until 1991, when
it wasn’t like if you get me home, well, I’ll country, Sellers drew young women from his career merged again with the lectern.
do this—it was simply a promise. I told all 50 states. Like his Ouachita tenure, he was successful
Him that if I made it home, then I would, When Randall finished his degree, he at Baylor, receiving tenure in 1995 and a
on every opportunity, give testimony to entered the Seminary’s doctoral studies promotion to full professor in 1997. As he
Your goodness, Your grace, Your love, program. He also accepted the call to advanced in the faculty ranks, amassing a
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host of teaching honors, he was selected to shepherd’s demeanor than what is held to Ouachita. He also recognized religion prof
serve in a series of increasingly important be presidential deportment. Dr. Ross Brummett by saying, “I actually
administrative roles. Five minutes into his remarks, the ordained Ross Brummett in 1983, so if you
Named acting chair of the University’s man who has held 15 interim pastorates don’t like it,” he chuckled, “well, I’m to
religion department for the 1998-99 during his academic tenure was concise. blame.”
academic year, he followed that work as “I make no apologies for this; I totally Even as he uses the fall semester to
executive assistant to the president for two intend to pastor this Carson-Newman transition into the position fulltime on
years, a time that included service as acting family,” he said, receiving an applause January 1, members of the Carson-Newman
dean of Truett Theological Seminary. of endorsement. “We want to know you, family can expect many opportunities to
He returned to the president’s office as we want to know your spouses, we want get acquainted with their new president
special assistant in 2001, and then chaired to know your children… and we want you and first lady. Already booked at churches
the religion department from ’02 to ’05. to know our children. We want to get into until the end of the academic year, he says
He was named interim provost and vice each other’s lives and mean something and he intends to travel anywhere he can to
president in June 2005, and was promoted make a difference.” share the College vision.
to executive vice president and provost the While search committee members were “I’m not willing to cede any part of the
following year. instrumental in selling them on C-N, globe to other schools,” he says. “Our
O’Brien told the July 8 audience he was Carson-Newman mission claims that
FamIly ServICe gratified to already know many folks who we will be the kind of place where open
have years of investment in the College. He intellectual inquiry and a deeper spiritual
As partners whose callings were each born recognized Shurden, crediting the retired life have a home. And that, it seems to me,
out of their commitment to Christ, the C-N religion professor as the teacher who is a terribly exciting place to be; a place
O’Briens sought to anchor their children taught him what it means to love Christ where we can find ourselves challenged
in faith. That said, they admit that they with one’s mind, as well as one’s heart and with academic rigor but at the same to be
were not necessarily prepared when their soul. He thanked Dr. Harold Bryson, C-N in a place where the shepherding of the
daughters told them what they intended to visiting senior professor of religion, for Spirit is very important to us all.
do—international mission work. instilling in him as a NOBTS student the “I dream of a college where our graduates
Elise and her husband, Nathan Syer, importance of good preaching. have learned how to learn—what the best
veteran travelers to China, have ministered He noted his longtime friendship and and the brightest minds throughout the ages
in both Afghanistan and Mongolia. association with Dr. Walter Crouch, vice have thought and currently are thinking—
Shannon studied Swahili while a Baylor president for Church Relations, and religion but a place where students have also been
student so she could work with street professor Dr. Don Garner, who he first got challenged to think for themselves. They
children and AIDS orphans in Kenya. She to know when they both taught on the have learned how to read, they have learned
and her husband, Eric Evans, are preparing SBC’s ACTS Network. He pointed out that how to write, they’ve learned how to enter
to move to Indonesia for missionary work he and Kay knew Provost Mike Arrington into the give and take of argument. And
there. and his wife Pam, an education assistant they have accepted the Lord’s invitation to
Kay, who has been a licensed social professor, when both couples were at love Him with all of their minds.”
worker in Louisiana, Arkansas and Texas,
joined BU’s School of Social Work in 1997.
She says she has enjoyed what she calls
“the bookend experiences” of teaching
introduction to social work classes for
freshman and then leading field experience
programs for seniors.
She says C-N’s commitment to missions
work easily won her and her husband’s heart.
The couple was initially connected to the
College’s social ministry emphasis when,
as a high school student, Elise participated
in Appalachian Outreach’s summer home
repair project in the mid-90s.
“That’s one of the reasons we were
attracted to Carson-Newman,” she said
recently. “It’s the sense of community and
the opportunity to live in community and
work toward a common goal.”
new Home, old FrIendS
As he addressed those gathered for the A CALLED MEETING: Randall O’Brien shares his thoughts and hopes to those assem-
July meeting, O’Brien presented more of a bled for the called July gathering.
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kudoS and Coda Hall exactly five weeks after he accepted being your president, then I won’t long be
the engagement proposal and publicly the president. Nor should I be.
In a July 11 column Marv Knox, editor of agreed to the professional marriage of “So I promise that I will listen to you,
(Texas’) Baptist Standard, commended, shared callings. Although he had already that we will build a leadership team that
“O’Brien is one of the most genuinely said, “We do,” he waited for the annual fall understands leadership is an acoustical
likable Baptists God ever created. In an faculty workshop to say his vows. art. We will understand what Voltaire said,
often-fractious environment, O’Brien He set the tone for the day, the year, and ‘The road to the heart is the ear.’ And we
managed to make friends and build perhaps his tenure. will march forward together into a bright
confidence on practically every branch “I want to tell you that as much of an Carson-Newman future.” n
of the ‘Baylor family’ tree. I’ve been in honor as it is to be the new president of
conversations with folks who held vastly Carson-Newman College; I don’t want
different perspectives on all that has to be the president of Carson-Newman
transpired at Baylor in recent years, but one College. I have absolutely zero desire Additional information about the
of their key points of agreement was that to be the president of Carson-Newman O’Briens, including an article
Randall O’Brien’s teaching and leadership College, but I deeply desire to be your by Erin Leaverton, is available
have been gifts to Baylor.” president of Carson-Newman College. at http://www.cn.edu/president.
O’Brien returned to Thomas Recital And I feel that if I am not successful in
C-N’S FIRST COUPLE: Dr. Randall and Kay O’Brien began their move from Waco to Jefferson City in August. As of January 1 the
couple will reside in the College’s Fain-McGoldrick House.
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that students may need at any moment, an increasing number of
tHe matH IS eaSy. students now are coming to college with technological savvy but
Well, it’s easy with a calculator. It’s downright impressive when with no experience, interest, or desire to engage in conventional
one considers that the equation represents the years of service learning. As learning technology continues to explode, this trend
to C-N by the faculty’s seven most senior members: Dr. James will become increasingly the norm,” he alerts.
Baumgardner ’59, Dr. William Blevins ’59, Dr. Carey Herring That stated, Baumgardner notes his love for his alma mater and
’65, Ann Jones ’61, Dr. Charles Moffat, Joe Bill Sloan ’67 and Dr. teaching still fuel his passion for the classroom. “Whatever my
Gerald Wood. personal circumstances and their stresses,” he says, “I always have
In the course of their almost three centuries combined, the looked forward to the start of each new academic year—and each
senior seven have served on hundreds of committees, mentored new semester, for that matter—because of the chance once again to
thousands of students and have seen societal changes galore. But begin anew.”
the classroom, the thing that drew their interest in the first place, is At 70, but with no plans to retire, the history professor prides
where they shine. himself on not being satisfied with old information as the basis
Of the group, all of whom have received C-N’s highest teaching for his classroom teaching. In the last academic year alone he
honor—Distinguished Faculty Member, Provost Mike Arrington developed three new courses, wrote a book review and presented a
says, “From my viewpoint, perhaps the most remarkable thing paper at The Citadel’s annual symposium of southern politics. He is
about them is that they are still motivated to make a difference also the president of the Tennessee Political Science Association.
for Carson-Newman daily. Not one of them has lost the love of Like Baumgardner, Bill Blevins accepted his C-N degree
teaching.” in psychology from Dr. Harley Fite during 1959’s spring
In 1964, when Jim Baumgardner began his C-N career, the commencement exercises. With plans to attend seminary and then
campus was all-white, the new Civil Rights Act had been law for enter the pastorate, he didn’t know, couldn’t know, that the call
a few weeks and Lyndon B. Johnson was running for the White to teach was waiting on him. He felt the urge in his first year at
House against Barry Goldwater, a republican from Arizona. Now, Southern Seminary, completed his M.Div. there, and then headed
as the Bristol native enters his forty-fifth fall semester, the first to News Orleans to study New Testament with noted scholar Frank
African-American nominee of a major party is running for the Stagg.
office against another Arizona republican. There has been much In the spring of 1966, with Ph.D. all but in hand, it came time to
change on college campuses as well. look for a job. He sent one letter. Fite responded and flew him in for
Some of the changes in education, particularly in regard to a single interview.
technology, trouble Baumgardner. “Since the trend in public “There were several courses he asked if I could teach; if I’d had
schools increasingly has become to teach not knowledge but those in my graduate work, and I told him, ‘Yes.’ He spent the rest
rather how to use learning technology to acquire any information of the time talking about the contract I would receive and where I
JOURNEY fall 2008 19
could buy suits that were made for you at Herring’s essay considered the will of Joe Bill Sloan says he is looking forward to
good prices, at American Clothiers. And I God and the role it played in decisions it coming to an end in December. The CEO
walked off campus with a job.” he encountered as a C-N student. He experience, while rewarding, reconfirmed
Named department chair in his second concluded: “Across the four decades that his commitment to classroom teaching.
year on faculty, Blevins developed have since elapsed, I have continued my “I expected that I would miss it, in fact I
strong relationships with kindred spirits, search for God’s will. Not always certain knew I would, but I missed teaching on a
psychology professors Phil May and Bill that I was in the center of His plan, I have daily basis even more than I imagined,” he
Fletcher. The pair would go on to enlist him pressed on, reminded that God’s will is not notes. “It (teaching) is going to be a nice
in their efforts to establish the Knoxville ultimately defeated by my choices.” way to spend my last few years here.”
Counseling Center. “I have always been Herring, who came home in 1967, He says he has also missed time spent
interested in the well-being of persons. doesn’t have an exact date in mind for his with colleagues Baumgardner and Moffat,
And, although my area of specialty in retirement, but he does know what will which makes sense given that the trio
graduate work was New Testament and drive it: accreditation. “I was hired on a has a combined 125 years of classroom
Greek – I loved Greek, I just couldn’t get one-year appointment to fill the place of instruction at C-N. Added to all of that
the idea of helping people out of my mind, a teacher who took a leave to work on a time are his days as Baumgardner’s student
or out of my heart,” he says. graduate degree. If he gets out of graduate and his time of graduate school study with
With three academic degrees in hand, school before the next SACS self-study,” Moffat at UT.
Blevins went to the University of Tennessee he laughs, “well, I’ll have to retire earlier “One of the things I honestly look forward
and earned an Ed.S. with an emphasis in than planned.” to is being there when Baumgardner arrives
counseling. “Then I started incorporating After earning the M.M. from Indiana in the mornings to get his take on what he
some of those classes in offerings from the University, Ann Jones began her teaching heard on NPR as he drove from Oliver
religion department.” career at Mississippi College before Springs. It’ll be unique, sometimes mind-
In his twenty-eighth year—a career returning to Jefferson City. She began boggling and, unfailingly, sardonically
point when some people start thinking teaching part-time for the music department humorous,” he chortles. “And at least once
about packing it in—he was asked to in 1965, joining full-time two years later. a day Moffat will yell about something he
establish the College’s graduate counseling It is in the ranks of Delta Omicron that has read online that has upset him.”
program. Now, almost one-quarter into his Jones helped secure Carson-Newman’s Charley Moffat came to campus with
43rd academic year, the director of C-N’s international reputation in music circles Sloan in the faculty class of 1969 not
Behavioral Health Program confesses to a by her leadership of Delta Omicron thinking at all about how long he’d be at
“keen interest” in the mechanics of thought International Music Fraternity. She led Mossy Creek. “I am a historian,” he notes
and emotions. C-N’s Alpha Gamma’s charter process in flatly. “I always look to the past rather than
“I came here with a passion for 1967 and under her tutelage the chapter the future, so my plans were vague.”
Greek and right now my passion is for has won the organization’s Award for While he says he loves the almost
neurotransmitters and biochemistry and Excellence for 40 consecutive years, an electrical charge the prospect of being
how they control the moods and behaviors unprecedented feat. back in class each fall brings, he is just fine
of human beings,” he says enthusiastically. C-N’s newest Distinguished Professor, with only two technological constants: a
“I mean there is nothing more exciting to Jones easily articulates the joy each VCR and the overhead projector an aunt
me than that.” fall brings. “I can hardly wait to see the gave him when she retired the year he
Blevins credits Carson-Newman’s ethos returning students; discovering how they began at C-N. “My teaching methods have
for uniquely nurturing faculty development have matured physically, emotionally and changed, of course, but the changes have
even for those interested in more than one spiritually from the summer. There will be been subtle… I have simply adapted to
field of study. “Here,” he says, “I am not something different in each one of them what works best.”
locked in a particular discipline where I and I cannot wait to see how they have And while he doesn’t know when his
cannot follow my interests. In fact, I am changed after a summer of rest,” she says. C-N career will come to a close, Moffat is
free to follow them, and the school actually As the department’s vocal student pretty sure the end might be exactly that.
encourages that.” recruiter, Jones is well known and When asked, he is succinct; “I plan to die
As dean of the School of Natural respected for pulling yeoman’s duty each in the classroom.”
Sciences and Mathematics, Carey Herring year. Jerry Wood came to C-N with a freshly
leads the discipline he studied here as an “Ann goes way above and beyond in the minted Ph.D. in British Romanticism,
undergrad. Throughout the course of his area of recruiting,” said Melanie Redding but, with a veteran professor teaching
teaching tenure he has been consistently ’98, director of Admissions. “She not only those courses, he looked for a new realm
championed as a great teacher by his keeps lists of students for her department, of specialty. Within a couple of years he
students. And while an exceptional she shares that list with us weekly, and she began exploring and teaching film study
professor, the one-time interim dean of often includes people who we don’t know courses. The new emphasis worked so
students is also recognized across campus are interested in coming here. She is very well that in the first accreditation process
as a gifted writer. much a part of our team.” after it was established the burgeoning
In 2002, his work was included in While some might think of a 19-month curriculum was noted as being on par with
College Faith, a book of devotions written tenure as interim president as the those offered by major universities.
by educators from across the county. quintessential capstone to a 40-year career, Things rocked along evenly until 1983
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when Wood and Moffat went together to Foote Center for the Study of Theater offer gave him a new appreciation for
see the Robert Duvall vehicle “Tender and Film, and the Film Studies major just being at Carson-Newman.
Mercies.” Wood recalls being so moved began its second year as a full-fledged “At that moment I thought, ‘If I were at
that it was tough to leave the theater. He was academic program. He will host the first a major university I would have to publish
in a video store in search of other Duvall annual Foote Film Festival at the end of that book because it would have been
movies when he found “Tomorrow,” a October. directly related to tenure,’” notes Wood,
“…perhaps James Baumgardner William Blevins
them is that
they are still
to make a
Carey Herring Joe Bill Sloan
for Carson- Ann Jones
Arrington, Charles Moffat Gerald Wood
little known film that happened to have the Wood concurs with Blevins’ assessment who has since written two books, edited
same screenwriter, Horton Foote. That led of the freedom C-N affords its faculty and five others and is currently working on
to other searches and discoveries, which the creativity born from that liberty. He two more. “The point is, I did not have
led Wood to the screenwriter himself. recalls the time an academic publisher the pressure to publish here. I could turn it
A friendship and scholarly partnership liked one of his book reviews so much down.”
ensued. that editors asked him to write a tome Longevity in teaching is not rare. One need
In his thirty-seventh year at Carson- about Alfred Hitchcock. Though he was only look at other colleges or universities to
Newman, the dean of the School of in the process of teaching a course on find those with 35 or 40 years. The needle
Humanities is starting to think he might the suspense master, he just did not think in the haystack may be finding a collection
retire in May 2011. Twenty-five years after there was much that had not already been of senior faculty who all carry the title
being mesmerized by “Tender Mercies” said. He offered the publisher an idea for Distinguished Professor and who each treat
Wood is recognized as the prototypical another book but never got a response. every fall like it is a chance to do it better
Foote scholar. He directs C-N’s Horton Wood says that being able to decline the than any other year. n
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It IS a SHInIng example oF How a
facility finally matches a program’s
success. It began with the construction
of a “new” Burke-Tarr Stadium in
early 2005, and culminated this fall
with the Eagles’ move into a new
football operations building, a gift
from the program’s supporters to the
“This program is what it is because of
those who have graciously given. Parents,
friends, family, alumni, professors, and
our administration have contributed to this
blessing,” says Ken Sparks ’68, who is in his
29th season as Carson-Newman’s head football
coach. “We have to continue to realize that this
is not about C-N football. This gift is about
God’s grace, mercy, abundance and love. It is
about keeping Him the focus, and knowing that
with that comes all things.”
Ground was broken on the building in the fall
of 2006. After almost two years of construction,
it enhances the Burke-Tarr Stadium complex. The
program’s new location has also opened valuable
space in the Maddox Student Activities Center for
other athletic programs.
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Story by Zeke Beam ’02, sports information director
• Photos by Wade Payne
JOURNEY fall 2008 23
HONORING A LEGEND: Coach Ken Sparks stands in front of the new facility
named in his honor. The head coach ranks 4th in total wins among active coaches
at all collegiate levels, trailing only John Gagliardi of St. John’s, Florida State’s
Bobby Bowden and Penn State’s Joe Paterno.
“Our continued vision has been made facility as a showroom for potential clients the season when the Eagles hosted fellow
possible,” acknowledges Sparks, who from high schools to professional teams. national powerhouse North Alabama. The
served as president of the American It houses a new athletic training facility game was selected by the NCAA as part
Football Coaches Association in 2007. complete with additional office space, of its Division II television package, and
“Our goal is to do everything first-class equipment and three new therapeutic pools. was televised in over 50 million homes
and with excellence.” Sparks says the building will only nationwide. The game marked the first time
By recognizing individual components contribute to enhance C-N athletics and the C-N played on national television since the
of the building, contributors are impact it has proven to have on the lives of 1999 National Championship game against
openly thanked for their gift. Every student-athletes. “We’ve had thousands of Northwest Missouri State on ESPN2.
office, doorway, stairway, and locker success stories in which student-athletes Carson-Newman’s Board of Trustees
is individually named for those who have become missionaries, doctors, took advantage of the national audience
helped make the facility possible. A walk pastors, coaches, professional athletes and and dedicated the building at halftime of
through the Gary Wyatt “Gateway of everything in between.” the game. It was named the Ken Sparks
Champions” or the Mark Isom “Doorway Assistant Football Coach Mike Turner Athletic Complex (KSAC) in honor of the
of Opportunity” helps to capture the true ’73 agrees and adds that the building coach’s commitment to his alma mater.
spirit of something much more than an has had immediate impact on the team’s Despite Spark’s modesty as concerns the
operations facility. cohesiveness. “Before, we had to split building’s fruition, Director of Athletics
The complex will house all of C-N’s the team up into locker rooms, now we David Barger ’70 credits the veteran
football facilities, including a locker room have one large area where we can all coach’s vision and determination. “(The
for 200 student-athletes, a state-of-the- meet. To have one locker room that can naming) is a fitting tribute to an individual
art athletic training room, a world-class accommodate everyone just makes for who has given so much. The only word
weight room, and over 10,000 square feet a better environment and helps with the that comes to mind is ‘deserving.’” Barger
of meeting and office space. Coaches’ chemistry of the team.” adds that the project’s completion is also a
offices give an end zone-perspective Not only does the facility match the lofty testament to both the head coach’s passion
of Roy Harmon Field. A kitchen area expectations placed upon Sparks’ teams for mentoring students and the donors who
is furnished by BSH Home Appliances each August, it helps give the Eagles’ an believe in the program’s role in helping
Corporation and includes Thermador edge on the ever-competitive recruiting change young lives.
refrigerators, freezer and dishwasher. trail. Staying competitive under Sparks has “We’re blessed to have what we have,”
The weight room is complete with new yielded C-N 19 South Atlantic Conference says a modest Sparks. “This facility will
equipment, each piece freshly embroidered titles, five National Championships and help us reach young men through football,
with C-N’s trademarked Eaglehead, from the right to play for nine national titles. but once they walk in the door, our job
Legend Fitness. The Knoxville-based Carson-Newman and its new operations becomes teaching them about something
company will use the Eagles’ new workout center took center stage the second week of much more important.” n
24 JOURNEY fall 2008
Classes of 1950-59 1960s
Passings ’51 Johnny Davis Barker
’51 John R. King ’60 Barbara Ann (Farmer) Hughes is the
Henry Dickenson, Jr., 81, d. January ’51 John Paul Young 2008 recipient of the Excellence in Practice
9, 2008, associate professor emeritus ’52 Donald P. Strouther Award from the ADA Weight Management
of biology. For 37 years Dickenson ’52 Earl H. David Dietetic Practice Group.
served in C-N’s biology department ’53 Alberta M. Carter
as well as tennis coach. The Jefferson ’53 L. Edward Dorsey ’61 Ray Petrea was honored with two resolu-
City resident was an avid bridge player, ’54 Sylvia Niceley Markey tions recognizing his diabetes advocacy. The
’57 Don R. Erwin Euclid, OH City Council noted the 10th anni-
outdoorsman, and a long-time member
’57 Meredith Tyler White versary of his founding and co-coordinating the
and former elder of First Presbyterian
’58 Frank Cate Euclid Diabetes Support Group, as well as his
Church. He is preceded in death by his
’58 Wyatt M. Parker leadership in promoting diabetes awareness and
wife Elizabeth Drumheller Dickenson.
’58 Donald P. Stroud control at council meetings and in the general
’58 Ann Anderson community.
Frances B. Myers, 80, d. February 20,
2008. Myers was retired from Carson- Classes of 1960-69
Newman’s cafeteria service after 25 ’62, ’61 Ray Sorrells retired from Watauga
’60 Donald Richard Shockley Baptist Association in July 2007 as director of
years. She was a member of George ’60 Mae Stapleton Brooks
Street United Methodist Church. She is missions after 9 years. He is currently serving
’61 Charles E. McDonald as interim pastor at Sugar Grove Baptist Church
preceded in death by her husband Leon ’62 William (Bill) Edward Davis in Johnson County, TN, and has served as a
W. Myers. ’62 Julia Mae Davis Kelley pastor for 32 years. He and his wife Bonnie
’67 Herman Boyd Fox (Spaugh) have 3 children and 5 grandchildren.
Katherine B. Myers, 93, d. August 15, ’67 Robert (Buck) Edmund Irvin, Jr.
2008, retired recorder of the College. A ’68 Lynn W. Mansell ’63, ’64 William J. Viel resigned as executive
beloved member of the C-N community ’68 Camille Baker Schuessler director, Inner Harbor Ministry, Baltimore, MD.
and supporter of the College, she Bill was the 2007 recipient of the Ken Prickett
served as C-N’s recorder (registrar) from Classes of 1970-79 Award for Special Ministries (NAMB) in honor
1939-41. The Jefferson City resident was ’73 David R. Mullins of commitment to resort/leisure ministries.
married to the late Dr. Albert Myers, ’73 Gary A. Vineyard Linda (Lawler) retired from Franklin Square
retired C-N chemistry professor, and ’74 William E. Gore Hospital after 20 years of service. They reside
was the sister of the late William W. ’76 Robert L. Lindsay in Rocky Mount, NC.
Bass who served in the College’s English
Department. She was a member of First Classes of 1980-89 ’64, ’66x Dan C. Jones was named professor
Baptist Church of Jefferson City. ’83 Thomas Anthony (Tony) Lamb emeritus at Wytheville Community College in
’84 Greg M. White Virginia where he taught for 27 years, and was
’88 Beckie J. Hodges Shepherd arts and sciences division chair and professor of
English. He and wife Reta returned to Jefferson
City, where he taught at Walters State Commu-
nity College, and is now adjunct faculty at C-N.
In Memory of…
’64, ’64 Ronald P. Moore retired as pastor of
Classes of 1920-29 Anastasia Baptist Church, St. Augustine, FL,
’27 Lena A. Collins 1920s after 28 years of service. He and wife Linda
continue to reside in St. Augustine.
Classes of 1930-39 ’27 Lena (Masterson) Collins was C-N’s
’32 Alma Ellis Elkins Killam 2008 School of Family and Consumer Sciences
’33 Mattie Jane Jones Fisher Alumni Award recipient (posthumously).
’38 Ruby Fawver Bell Roy Flora
’39 Charles H. Hamblen
’39 Euna R. Holder 1950s ’66, was presented the
Access to Freedom
Classes of 1940-49 ’51 Paul L. Whaley was inducted into Sevier Award by The Society
’40 W. Landon Miller County High School’s Hall of Fame. The foot- for Accessible Travel &
’40 Katherine Rankin Miller ball stand-out was honored for his time at the Hospitality (SATH). The
’41 Emily Crea Ridenour school, as well as his athleticism at C-N, where honor recognizes indi-
’41 H. L. Lewallen he was named All Conference in 1951. viduals or organizations that proactively
’42 Leslie R. Baumgartner promote awareness of and access for
’42 James M. Lewis ’57 Clarence E. Cook was the recipient of travelers with disabilities. Flora serves
’43 Gladys Longley Dotson C-N’s 2008 Distinguished Alumnus Award as COO of US Franchise Systems, the
’43 Margaret Anderson Lewis (posthumously). parent company of the franchisor of
’44 Mary Elkins Shults Microtel Inns & Hawthorne Suites hotel
’45 Frances Barnette Smith ’58, ’59 Marvin and Cornelia (Goerner) brands. He and wife Diana have a
’47 Robert D. Walker Clipp celebrated their 50th wedding anniver- daughter, son and five grandchildren.
’49 Evelyn L. Carmack sary on June 6, 2008.
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’65 Kenneth Ray Clayton retired last Novem- ’77 Stephen (Steve) Barton is living in Ari- award for his tenure as president of the Los An-
ber from Tulip Grove Baptist Church in Old zona with his wife, Sharon, and works at The geles chapter of NAPO in 2005-07, McHenry
Hickory, TN. He continues to minister as a Orme School of Arizona. provides hands-on organizing solutions for
transitional pastor for a church in Greenbrier. homes and offices, manages relocation projects
’77 Tony Spencer is chair for music in worship and offers custom designed solutions. He is also
’65 Carroll Thomas (Tom) Hassell retired from of the American Choral Directors Association’s a popular speaker and has been featured in O,
NASA and now resides in Diamond Head, MS. Southern Division Repertoire and Standards. the Oprah Magazine.
He and wife, Becky, reside in Forest City, NC,
where he has served First Baptist Church as ’82 James P. Lavery took command of the 1st
1970s minister of music for the past 26 years. They Battalion, 398th Regiment on March 9, 2008, in
have two children, Meredith and Charles. Owensboro, KY. He resides in Clarksville with
’71 Dwight Simpson is director of missions for wife, Valerie, and their two teenagers, Carrie
the San Diego Baptist Association. ’78 Mary M. McDonald is the creative direc- and Elliott.
tor for Monarch Music, a publisher of sacred
’71 James (Buz) W. Parks is director of choral music. Her son Christopher is a senior ’82 Susan Newman Shipley was named
missions for the Anson Baptist Association in church music major at C-N and will graduate director of alumni relations for the Vanderbilt
Wadesboro, NC. in December. She and husband, Brian, reside in University School of Nursing in Nashville.
’71 Terry Powell is a professor at Columbia ’82 David Tullock had two books released in
International University. He and wife Dolly live ’79 Donna Rasch was selected as “Teacher 2007: The Shepherd’s Crook and John Kill-
in Columbia, SC. of the Year” for Lincoln Elementary School in inger: Celebrating 75 Years, a book he edited.
Hamblen County, TN. She has spent the last 28
’75 Michael Bundon was a special guest solo- years teaching second grade at Lincoln, serving ’83 Jean Love, C-N’s head tennis coach, was
ist for An Evening of Opera Choruses, Arias in several leadership roles during her teaching selected as 2008 South Atlantic Conference
and Overtures concert at Maryville College. He career. Women’s Coach of the Year.
currently serves as minister of music at Knox-
ville’s Beaver Dam Baptist Church. ’85 Douglas Edward Shenton is interim pastor
at Baptistown Baptist Church in NJ.
’75 Michael Flaherty accepted a position as Fifteen educators were
senior vice president of channel development nominated for Teacher ’85 Peyton E. Smith addressed C-N’s R.O.T.C.
with Interstate Dealer Services Inc. in Union- of the Year in Jefferson at their annual military ball. He is currently
dale, NY. Michael and his wife Nina live in County. Twelve of the 15 serving brigade command and has duties with
Park City, UT. were C-N alumni. They the defense intelligence agency in D.C.
were: Lisa Allen ’91,
’75x Deborah (Naylor) Kloos is employed Ginger (Millard) Cain ’85 Linda J. Bowen is working as a clinical
as director for quality systems at Paragon Dx, ’77, Johnny Henry ’89, pharmacist at Spalding Regional Medical Center
LLC. She and her husband Wesley live in Shana (French) Hodge ’92, David Holland in Griffin, GA, where she, husband Richard and
Fuquay-Varina, NC. ’65, Michelle (Summers) Housley ’95, children, Chris Haley and Elizabeth Grace reside.
Becky (Nipper) Lindsey ’91, Misty (Vassar)
’76 Vickie B. Butler was the 2007-08 recipient Myers ’00, Michelle (Noe) Strange ’93, ’86 Joani Lea (Barnes) Jack, a pediatrician,
of C-N’s R. R. Turner Spirit of the College Nyoka (Haworth) Teague ’71, Kara (Cor- has a new book out, Raising Fit Kids in a Fat
Award. ley) Tucker ’93, Lou Ann (Tilley) West ’95. World, and is presently teaching residents in
Allen, Holland and Housley were tapped the Erlanger System at Children’s Hospital.
’76 Larry Frost joined South Carolina’s Christ by the county to compete for Tennessee’s She and husband, Michael, reside in Signal
Church Episcopal School in athletics as of- Teacher of the Year honors. Mountain, TN.
fensive coordinator for the football team, where
he is also assistant athletic director and physical ’88 James C. Day was promoted to profes-
education teacher in the middle school. 1980s sor of physics at Transylvania University in
Lexington, KY, and also serves as chief health
’76 Rick J. Lane is director of international ’80 Daniel E. Brewer was promoted to profes- professions adviser.
student services at the University of Illinois in sor at the UT, Knoxville Graduate School of
Springfield. Medicine. ’88 David Goff edited an updated version of
his book A Brief Memoir of Elizabeth Fry.
’76 Kathy (Allen) Goforth and husband Gary ’81 Don Frost was named head football coach
will spend one year in Kabul, Afghanistan, at Christ Church Episcopal School in SC and ’88 Ann Marie (Pethel) Painter is an attorney
where she will teach math in the high school, will also serve as an upper school physical at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP in Dallas, TX.
while he directs work at the family practice education instructor. For the past twenty-seven
residency program in the CURE International years, he served as an educator and football ’88 Jennifer (King) Thomas homeschools
Hospital and helps set up health clinics in rural coach in SC. her three children Cale, Luke and Kendall and
areas. They plan to return to Greenwood, SC, teaches art to other homeschoolers. Jennifer,
in 2009. ’81 Chris McHenry is the founder of the pro- husband Nelson and children live in Excelsior
fessional organizing firm Get it Together LA!, Springs, MO.
’77 Nancy McCarrell and her sister Joyce He was the recipient of the President’s Shining
returned to their hometown, Travelers Rest, SC, Star Award, given by the National Associa- ’89 Eileen Campbell-Reed was a contributing
to open the Café @ Williams Hardware. tion of Professional Organizers. Receiving the author for the third annual “State of Women in
26 JOURNEY fall 2008
their two daughters, Caitlyn and Ashley reside
in Acworth, GA.
David La Rose
’92 Randy Winton released his first book, In My
’90, was named superintendent of schools for South Kitsap School Shoes, in August 2008, and serves as director of
District in Port Orchard, Washington. He will continue in his current student ministries at First Baptist Church with
position as assistant superintendant for school and family support in the wife Rachel. They have four sons, Joshua, Caleb,
SKSD until his predecessor retires in 2009. He has served in a variety Noah and Jonah, and reside in Brewton, AL.
of roles within the field of education, having been a teacher middle
school assistant principal, elementary school principal and an assistant ’93, ’92 Christine (Nickels) Dalton hosted an
superintendant. La Rose also served as director of community schools in 11-member chemistry workshop at C-N repre-
Gilbert, AZ before relocating to WA. senting colleges and universities from mostly
the Eastern US. Participants spent 2 1/2 days
developing learning activities to supplement
Baptist Life” report commissioned by Baptist ’91 Mark Haney is a director for live music coursework in college analytical chemistry
Women in Ministry (BWIM). The report was to television, the web, and concerts. Currently classes. Their work is funded by a grant from
presented at the 2008 annual BWIM meeting, working for rock/blues music legend Eric Clap- the National Science Foundation and will
celebrating their 25th anniversary. ton, Mark is also working on a PBS special for continue through 2011. Dr. Dalton is currently
this fall. Wife Nadia is a senior marketing direc- assistant professor of chemistry at C-N. She and
tor at Universal Home Entertainment. Mark, husband Eric live in Talbott.
1990s Nadia and their two girls, live in Los Angeles.
’93 Douglas H. Manley is assistant professor
’90, ’94 Marshall Andrew (Andy) Rines ’92 Pete Lago is the vice president of sales of music at Tennessee Wesleyan College and
earned an educational specialist degree in cur- and distribution for DSI Systems, Inc. He choirmaster/organist at Keith Memorial United
riculum and instruction management from Nova was recently honored by Dealerscope maga- Methodist Church in Athens, TN.
Southeastern University. He is an English teach- zine as one of their “40 under 40.” The honor
er at Heritage High School in Blount County, highlights rising young stars in the consumer ’94 Lisa (Kyle) Bell is the coordinator for the
TN. He is also the East Tennessee AAU boys’ electronics industry. Pete, wife, Christy, and financial aid office at ETSU.
basketball tournament director, as well as tourna-
ment director of the Nike Memorial Day Classic
in Nashville. He and wife, Leslie (Broyles)
Rines have a daughter, Rachel Victoria.
’90 W. Todd Harkleroad accepted the position
of arborist with Valley Crest Landscaping Tree
e all have a desire
Division in Atlanta, and has earned the designa- for significance.
tion of certified arborist from the International For many of us,
Society of Arboriculture. His oldest son, Chan-
dler, has completely recovered from leukemia.
significance comes through
Todd, wife Kelly, and their sons, Chandler and creating a legacy during our
Gavin reside in the Johns Creek area of Atlanta. lives – something for which
’91 Lisa G. Mansfield received her B.S.N. in
we will be remembered in the
2006 and is currently working as an R.N. at St. future. A bequest is perhaps
Elizabeth Medical Center in Covington, KY. the easiest and most tangible
’91 Russell Davis graduated in March 2007
way to leave a lasting legacy For more information on how to create
from the Federal Law Enforcement Training to the people and charitable a lasting legacy through a bequest,
Academy in Georgia and is currently a federal organizations that mean the please contact us or log on to our
officer for Tennessee Valley Authority at the
Watts Bar nuclear plant in Spring City, TN.
most to us. website at www.cngift.org.
’91, ’91 Jason Morris is senior vp/general A bequest is a gift made through We look forward to helping you!
manager for Techtronic Industries in Greenville,
SC. He and wife Debbie (Stinson) Morris have
your will or trust. There are
three children, Palmer, Jackson and Madison. several ways to make a bequest:
’91, ’93 Gayle Wells and Jennifer L. Catlett • Specific dollar amount Phyllis Turner
co-authored a paper entitled, “Prevention and Planned Giving Associate
• Specific asset
Foot Stomps: Smart Steps for Designing a
Comprehensive Sexual Assault Program for • Percentage of your estate
Women.” It was accepted for presentation at (865) 471-3232
the 2008 Southern College Health Association • Residue of your estate firstname.lastname@example.org
annual conference in Savannah, GA.
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’94 Deborah (Annie) Van Amberg is a self- his wife Lisa live in Brandon, FL with their two ’03, ’04 Jeffery Michael Davis and Amanda
employed artist living in Newnan, GA, with hus- daughters. (Sutton) Davis are employed with the Alabama
band, Michael and two children, Ian and Sarah. Shakespeare Festival in Montgomery. Amanda
’02 Leonard Guyton was named the new wrote a contemporary retelling of the biblical
’94 Jerry “Lee” Collins was named assistant offensive coordinator for the Bainbridge High book of Ruth which was recently performed by
principal for student affairs at Lithia Spring High School Bearcats (GA), where he will also be C-N’s drama department.
School in Douglas, GA. He and his wife Anna teaching business education. The Bainbridge ap-
reside with their family in Dallas, GA. pointment, which will allow him to coach both ’04 William (Bryan) McCarter is staff
quarterbacks and running backs, comes after accountant for Stewart and Wheeler, P.C. in
’95 Jan (Bridwell) Walker juried the annual Guyton served two years coaching at Thomas Morristown.
student award exhibit at C-N. She is currently County Central High School. The former Eagles
adjunct art instructor and director of the Bowie quarterback and his wife Marquita are parents of ’04 Rachel Leah Tapp graduated in May from
Arts Center at Erskine College, in South Caro- 5-year-old Kalique and 2-year-old Kirsten. UT’s College of Veterinary Medicine with a
lina. She earned her M.A. in art history at ETSU. D.V.M.
’02 James Phillip Martin is serving as associ-
’96 Samuel R. Stankey is a customer service ate pastor at First Baptist Church in Concord. ’04 Alexander (Alex) Blair Wilson earned the
supervisor for Airtran Airways. He, wife Mi- He and wife Amanda have 4 children; triplets M.Div. in May from the M. Christopher White
chelle and two step-daughters live in Sarasota, Phillip, William and Jon, and daughter Mary. School of Divinity at Gardner-Webb University.
FL. They reside in Lenoir City, TN.
’05 Bethany (McDonald) Smith is serving as
’96, ’97 Matthew W. Kilgore works for Novo ’02 Melissa (Mask) Parrish is a health insur- worship leader at Arlington Baptist Church in
Nordisk Pharmaceuticals and wife Allyson ance broker for Assurant Health and resides in Knoxville.
(Barger) is a stay-at-home-mother. They reside Johnson City with husband Craig.
in Kingsport with their sons Taylor and Tanner. ’05, ’07 Reed Temple Atchley is working for
’03 Kelli Rene Coffey works for Lakeway his family’s business, Atchley Funeral Home, in
’98 James W. Nellis II was the 2008 recipient of Achievement Center in Sevierville, TN as a ser- Sevierville and Ashley Nicole (Roark) Atchley
C-N’s 2008 Outstanding Young Alumnus Award. vice worker for the handicapped and mentally is a nurse at Ft. Sanders Hospital in Knoxville.
challenged. Kelli lives in Morristown. They reside in Sevierville.
’99 William (Bill) E. Seaver owns the multi
media company Micro Explosion Media, which ’03 Lauren Arrington completed her doctor of ’05 Elizabeth (Partridge) Norwood and her
has blogs, online videos, and podcasts. literature at Oxford University and was appointed husband Michael serve as youth pastors and
personal assistants to the lead pastors at Life
Church of Memphis. Elizabeth is also a graduate
student at the University of Memphis.
Kevin & Emily Layne
’05 Brian David Fouche is a history Ph.D.
student at the University of Memphis.
’97, ’98, moved to Knoxville from Bramwell, West Virginia to answer
a ministerial call in June. While in Bramwell, the couple served with
’05 Leah Nicole Ramsey is working for the
Global Outreach, an organization that trains students for mission
Tennessee Valley Authority as a CCNA in the IS,
work. The Laynes credit Global Outreach for helping prepare them
IT engineering design department.
for where they are now in their ministry—church planting. Since
their return to Tennessee they have been heavily involved in estab- ’06 Tara Elizabeth Link is employed by Secu-
lishing Ridge Church in Northeast Knoxville. Their desire is for Ridge rities Service Network, Inc. as a NFS TOA spe-
Church to reach the “unchurched” and “dechurched,” while creating cialist in Knoxville. Tara resides in Oak Ridge.
a place where missions is a core value.
’06 Melissa Summey is working part-time at C-
N’s Center for Global Education and in the Life
to the Adrian Research Fellowship in English at Directions Center (formerly Academic Support
2000s Cambridge University’s Darwin College. and Career Services). Following graduation, Me-
lissa spent one year in China teaching English
’00, ’00 Shelley (Springate) Ball was promoted ’03 Byron Booker traveled to St. Petersburg, and one month in Korea teaching at Namseoul
to dean of students at C-N. She and husband, Russia in 2007 to teach English at St. Peters- University.
Jeremy, live in Dandridge. burg Evangelical Theological Academy.
’06 Emily (Kramer) Davenport received her
’01 Cara (Dorsey) Zermehly is a physician ’03 Michaela Bundon is the program assistant M.S. in information science from UT, Knoxville,
assistant at Tri-State Sleep Disorder Centers in at the Global Center, Beeson Divinity School at in May.
Cincinnati, OH. She resides in Milford, OH with Samford University in Birmingham, AL.
husband, Keith, and son, Quinn. ’07 Rebecca Louise Angus plays club football
’03, ’03 Jeffery A. Johnson is working as (soccer) with a team in England. She played for
’01 Amy Royl Bridle-Sherman is a teacher in the help desk coordinator in C-N’s IT Depart- a team in Norway prior to reporting for training
the Dalton, GA public school system. ment and part-time minister of music at Mill camp with her new team.
Springs Baptist Church in Jefferson City. Jeff’s
’01 Mark C. Church is a financial advisor for wife Ronda Lynn (Lay) works for the Sevier ’07 Robert Lee Chadbourne is working inside
Northwestern Mutual Financial Services. He and County school system. They live in Sevierville. sales for FedEx in Memphis.
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’07 Rebecca (Becky) Lynn Hardy serves as an
R.N. in the PICU at Cincinnati Children’s Hospi-
tal Medical Center, and resides in Mainville, OH.
’07 Jason D. McCarter is working for the
accounting firm of Crowe Chizek and Company
LLC in Knoxville.
’07 Erica (Stegner) McKamy and husband,
TK, former volunteer C-N soccer coach, are
both working for Afterdark ministries, a one-
night event designed specifically to relate to
today’s college students.
’07 Kristi Raye Willocks completed her M.A.
from ETSU. She accepted a position with Day-
tona International Speedway as a special events
coordinator. She resides in Maryville, TN.
’58 Marie (Matthews) Ottinger and Robert
’85 Linda J. and Richard E. Bowen
’89 Michele Dudgeon and B.J. Rook
’91 Mark Haney and Nadia Balamash
’98 Monica L. Clayton and Byron Fawknotson
’98 Jodi L. Haynes and Tom Seyfried
’99 Nicole M. Pulizotto and James L. Tapscott
’99 Kimberley Atkinson and James Evans
’01,’02 Daniel Gregory and Lauren Ashley
’01 Cara M. Dorsey and Keith Zurmehly
’01 Susan Randolph Bell and Craig Sparks
’01 Mark C. and Lisa K. Church
’02 Stella Begley and Andrew Hockett
’02 Melissa R. Mask and Craig Parrish
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’97 Travis Allen Jones and wife Rachel
Thaddeus “Thad” Allen on 12/25/07
’97 Jason Brian Williams and wife Tammy
Sarah Elizabeth on 1/17/06
’98 Katherine (Sistare) E. Bronson and
Tatum Rose on 10/20/07
’98, ’97 Kimberly B. Pretnar and husband
Aaron Caroline on 10/10/07
’98 Savannah Katherine (Coffey) Malarney
and husband Chris
Gabe on 10/4/07
’03 Heather Marie Carter and James Thomas ’88 Terisa (Irwin) Tengler and husband Tom
Knowles Joshua Jaden on 8/29/07 ’99 Kimberley (Atkinson) Evans and husband
’89 Michele (Dudgeon) Rook and husband B.J. Garrett James on 2/13/08
’03, ’04 Clay Jarod Odom and Cheryl Ann Grace Rene on 8/31/06
Canipe Benjamin Brown on 12/13/07 ’99 Nicole M. (Pulizotto) Tapscott and hus-
7/28/07 band James
’91 Mark Haney and wife Nadia Olivia Simone on 12/6/07
’03 Jessica Leigh Wall and Kendall Yarboro Laila on 11/27/04
6/2/07 Natasha on 6/23/06 ’99 Terisa (Irwin) Tengler and husband Tom
Joshua Jaden on 8/29/07
’04, ’05 Matthew Cram Smith and Susan ’92 Randy Winton and wife Rachel
Cardwell William Jonah on 12/6/07 ’01, ’02 Lauren Ashley (Knox) Gregory and
7/15/06 husband Daniel
’93, ’05 Tara L. (Gulling) Havley and husband Chloe Ruth on 5/7/04
’04, ’08 William Bryan McCarter and Anna Brian
White Adeline Regan on 1/26/08 ’01 Cara (Dorsey) Zurmehly and husband
’94 Debbie Anne (Henderson) Van Amberg Quinn on 6/1/07
’05 Bethany McDonald and Andrew Smith and husband Michael
12/3/05 Ian on 3/25/04 ’01 Mark C. Church and wife Lisa
Sarah on 4/27/06 Marli on 4/29/03
’05, ’07 Reed Temple Ashley and Ashley Ella on 9/30/05
Nicole Roark ’95, ’95 Jennifer (Jarrett) Garrison and
7/7/07 husband Mason ’02 James Phillip Martin and wife Mandy
Katherine (Katy) on 3/5/03 Phillip Malachi, William Mason and
’06, ’06 Kevin Davenport and Emily Kramer Emmaline Louise on 8/6/07 Jon Maverick on 9/26/04
7/12/08 Mary Mahala on 5/8/08
’95 Elisabeth (Wilson) Richardson and hus-
’05 Elizabeth Ann Partridge and Michael band Doug ’02, ’02 Joy C. (Parker) Wallace and husband
Norwood Emma Grace on 1/19/08 Derrick
4/16/05 Tybee Lim on 3/23/08
’95 Courtney J. Walsh and husband Dean
’07 Jessica Dawn Ballinger and William Courtlyn-Olivia Jean on 4/4/04 ’05, ’04 Susan R. (Cardwell) Cram-Smith
Shane Lawson Bayden Henry Franklin Patrick on 5/14/08 and husband Matthew
5/24/08 Jocelyn Loraine on 7/17/07
’95x Shelby (Sullivan) Yeidel and husband Zak
Caedran on 2/3/05 ’07 Nathan Craig Lynn and wife Jessica
Mackinzie Marie on 11/4/07
An error was made in the winter/spring issue Classnotes information is provided by the
’75 Philip D. Dorr and wife Erin regarding the following entry. The information Alumni Relations Office and reflects records
Kylie Sophia on 5/9/08 below is correct. We regret the error. as of 7/23/08. If you would like to submit in-
formation, contact the Alumni Relations Office
’78 Lyons A. Hamblen and wife Elva ’97 Jason Brian Williams and Tammy by calling (865) 471-3415, or email cnalum@
Julielle on 10/18/05 Sarah Elizabeth on 1/17/06 cn.edu, or mail to: Carson-Newman College,
Lyons Hamblen III on 2/14/07 C-N Box 71988, Jefferson City, TN 37760.
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Game of Giant Proportions. In 1921 the New York Giants were hailed as World Series Champs, a distinction earned after the club
defeated Babe Ruth and his NY Yankees in the first “subway series.” However, months before capturing the title and three days before
their season opener against Philadelphia, the Giants took the field against a lesser known team that also donned pin-stripes. Though
history does not reveal a score, it does record that on April 8 in Morristown, the destined champs played an exhibition game against
the baseball team from nearby Carson-Newman College.
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