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Scholarship Luncheon
Recognizes 113 Students
President’s                                                                                             Alumni News
                                                                                                                                                              Scholarship Recipients Recognized
                                                                                                                                                              at Annual Luncheon
Corner                                                                                                  ALUMNI NEWS EDITORIAL BOARD
                                                                                                        Betty Sue McGarvey
                                                                                                        Bamby Counce
                                                                                                        Lee Danley
                                                                                                        Carol Barber
                                            DURING THE PAST FEW WEEKS,                                  Kathy Thompson
                                            I have had several opportunities                            Jenny Prascher Nevels
                                            to see some of you outside of                               Mary MacKinnon
                                            an “alumni-type” event. The                                 Megan Morris
                                            most recent occasions included a                            Jil Foutch
                                            surprise birthday party, a wedding                          Greg Campbell
                                            and a community event. Regardless                           Lori Simpson
                                            of why we were there, I found that
                                            we quickly connected with each                              ALUMNI ASSOCIATION OFFICERS
                                            other as fellow alumni and friends.                         Erma Oliver | President
                                                                                                        Denese Shumaker | Vice President
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ABOvE: Nursing student, Lindsay Herron,
                                                                                                        Sarah Rogers | Secretary Historian                                                                                      recipient of the Lula Curtis Scott scholarship,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                pictured with Susan Scott, niece of Mrs. Lula
                                                                                                        Ann Willis | Region 1 Advisor
  Sharing memories and asking about other         ences and even personal life events. Many of                                                                                                                                  Scott.
                                                                                                        LeVoe Maxwell | Region 2 Advisor
alumni was spontaneous and natural. At the        us still refer to a classmate we met in school as                                                                                                                             TOP LEFT: Dr. and Mrs. Maury Bronstein attended
                                                                                                        Bettye Manner Haymons | Region 3 Advisor                                                                                the scholarship luncheon and met Rhonda Guinn,
birthday party, Barbara and I looked at photo-    our best friend.                                      Elaine Dew | Region 4 Advisor                                                                                           recipient of the Mary C. Bronstein Scholarship.

graphs that instantly brought to mind other         The     upcoming       centennial     celebrates    Phyllis Ragland | At-Large                                                                                              MIDDLE LEFT: David Simpson, recipient of a
                                                                                                        Phyllis Gates | At-Large                                                                                                Joseph Powell Scholarship, led the prayer for the
memories. At the community event, Sandy and       100 years of Baptist Memorial Health Care’s                                                                                                                                   luncheon.
                                                                                                        Julie Lasley | At-Large
I got carried away and began singing the school   mission of healing, preaching and teaching. The       Carol Barber | At-Large
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                BOTTOM LEFT: Kristin Mattei, right, received
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                the Lynn Layton Scholarship.
of nursing alma mater, and I was delighted to     former hospital-based schools and now the             Teresa Dawson | At-Large
                                                                                                        Betsy Brooks | Immediate Past President
discover that she even had a recording of it on   College represent 100 years of the teaching                                                                             Betty Sue McGarvey, president of Baptist College of Health
                                                                                                        Stephen Hultgren
her iPhone! Sandy has a great voice, but for      aspect of Baptist’s mission. For alumni, the                                                                            Sciences, welcomed more than 200 guests to the scholarship luncheon,
                                                                                                        Hope Voegeli
                                                                                                                                                                          which was held Monday, Oct. 10, at First Baptist Church in Memphis. The
those of you who have heard me sing – let me      centennial reunion is special because it also         Phyllis Dorrough
                                                                                                                                                                          annual event is an opportunity to bring scholarship donors and recipients
reassure you that we sang in a corner.            celebrates 100 years of lifelong friendships,         Robbie Lowery
                                                                                                                                                                          together. Scholarships were awarded to 113 students for the 2011-2012
                                                                                                        Lori Turpen
  Many of you have shared that you also           amazing professional contributions and shared                                                                           school year. Following lunch, Stephen Reynolds,       does not become out of reach for families.”
experience these serendipitous “connection        experiences of life. You don’t want to miss it. See   ON THE COvER: The Nursing Alumni Scholarship                      president and CEO of Baptist Memorial Health             Endowed scholarships provide both need-
                                                                                                        recipients with Joyce Robinson, alumnus of 1952                   Care, spoke to the students and guests.               based and merit-based financial aid to help
moments” when you have a chance encounter         you the first weekend in June.                        and member of the BCHS Board of Directors, and                       “We are delighted that so many of our              offset the cost of tuition and give Baptist
with another alumni. What is it that sparks                                                             Anita Vaughn, alumnus of 1973 and the administrator               donors chose to endow scholarships and our stu-       College the ability to provide both worthy and
                                                  Warm Regards,                                         for Baptist Women’s Hospital.                                     dent recipients have been able to join us today,”     needy students with the resources required to
the immediate connection? I think it happens
                                                                                                                                                                          he said. “With 97 percent of all Baptist College      pursue a college education.
because we shared a period of our lives that                                                                                                                              students receiving financial aid, our commitment         Following Reynolds’ comments, McGarvey
focused on shaping us as nurses, medical                                                                                                                                  as a college to securing additional endowed           asked the recipients stand to be recognized.
                                                                                                                                                                          scholarship funds is driven by our desire to en-      Two current scholarship recipients, Justin Cole
radiographers or sonographers.      We shared                                                           Alumni News is sponsored                                                                                                and Allison Cates, spoke to the audience about
                                                  b e t t y s u e m cg a rv e y, d s n , r n                                                                              sure that a high quality, value-centered, health
common values, goals, expectations, experi-       ~ President                                           in part by the Baptist Memorial                                   care education like that offered at Baptist College   how their scholarships have changed their lives.
                                                                                                        Health Care Foundation.


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Students Put Learning in                                                                                                                                Academic Year Begins
Action During Annual                                                                                                                                    with College Assembly
Medical Mission Trip                                                                                                                                    On Aug. 18, 2011, faculty and staff attended the college assembly for a
                                                                                                                                                        half-day of presentations on the “Vision of Excellence 2020” and the goals
Nine nursing and three allied health students from                                                                                                      and strategies for the 2012-2013 academic year.
Baptist College of Health Sciences participated in the College’s annual                                                                                   Department leaders provided their initiatives based on each goal in the
medical mission trip. The 2011 trip was held July 2-9 in Barahona,                                                                                      overall strategic plan. The plan promotes excellence in student learning,
Dominican Republic. Three faculty members; one pharmacist; three nurses;
                                                                                                                                                        student success and outcomes while focusing
two doctors; two representatives from CrossLink International, the provider
                                                                                                                                                        on graduation rates, higher retention rates and
of pharmaceuticals for the mission trip; David      TOP PHOTO: BCHS students working in                                                                 the growing technology needs.
Lewis, president of Seeds Ministries; and Karen     the clinic.
                                                                                                                                                           Enrollment at Baptist College as of Sept.
Smith, director of campus ministries at the                                                                                                             2, 2011, was 975 students. Freshmen were
                                                    MIDDLE PHOTO: Before arriving in the
College, also attended.
   Students spent the weeklong trip providing
                                                    bateyes or villages, a local representative
                                                    would give out 50 tickets to the sickest
                                                                                                                                                        excited as they brought family and friends to
                                                                                                                                                        assist them in moving into the dorms. A chapel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Center for
health care to the poor in the bateyes (company     people in their communities needing
                                                    medical help. Each day, around 100 people
                                                                                                                                                        service with lunch was held for the freshmen on                              Academic
towns where sugar workers live) and villages in
the southern part of the country.
                                                    would be waiting to see the American
                                                    medical team when they arrived at the site.
                                                                                                                                                        Monday, Sept. 12.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Excellence
   “It was a difficult but rewarding trip for all
                                                    BOTTOM PHOTO: Upon arriving in                                                                      RIGHT: Baptist College of Health Sciences
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     (CAE)
who went,” Smith said. “Upon returning home           3.
                                                    Barahona, medicines had to be sorted.                                                               students work together to complete move-
on July 9, we all realized that God had worked        3.
                                                    The group carried more than $50,000                                                                 in before the fall semester began.
in mighty ways, not only in the lives of the        (retail) of pharmaceuticals but was able to                                                                                                            3.                        CAROLyN DANLEy, project co-
Dominicans, but also in our individual lives.”      purchase the medicines for $4,000 from
                                                    CrossLink International.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     ordinator for the Title III program,

                                                                                                                                                        August Nursing Graduates                                                     has been appointed the director of

2011-2012 Academic Scholarship Recipients                                                                                                               Celebrate Achievements at
                                                                                                                                                        Nursing Pinning Ceremony
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     the Center for Academic Excellence,
Baptist MeMorial HealtH   Morgan Mitchell           BCHs Honors                edsCHolar               MattHew HindMan            Lynsey Dunham
Care Foundation           Mary Grace Renfro         Allison Cates              Sherrika Jones          MeMorial                   Sean Elrod
Tracy Brown               Shelby Silvis             William Hardy              Rebecca Sweat           Megan Thompson             Shante Fall
Chelsea Crosno                                      Jessica Harris                                                                                                                                                                   which is an expansion of the course-
                          David Simpson                                                                                           William Hardy
                                                                               elizaBetH Farnell       Myra wHitaker MayBee
Meredith Donahoo          Emily Tawater             Aaron Hollifield
                                                                               Tina Davidson           nursing
                                                                                                                                  Lisa Harrington       Twenty six nursing graduates
Jerica Falls              Kristen Timbs             Cayle Moore                                                                   Kelsey Holland
Tracy Kilgore                                       Cameron Noel
                                                                                                       Magan Dennison                                   were recognized at their pinning and
                          Joshua Witham                                        Follett                                            Susan Lee                                                                                          specific instruction laboratory initiated
Sarah Lewis                                         David Simpson              Jean Bors-Koefoed       roBert F. sCates           Kara Madison          recognition ceremony held at Lindenwood
Matthew Marr              CHarles r. Baker
                                                                                                       Carmen Costello            Caroline Miley        Christian Church on Aug. 11, 2011. The
                          Rebecca Alsup             Beverly Jordan nursing     HealtHnet Federal
Lori McMahan                                                                                           Kelly Fehrmann             Courtney Napier
Nathan Nabors             Lauren Leonard            eduCation sCHolarsHip      Credit union
                                                                                                       Elizabeth Hooper           Anderson North        ceremony began with the “Alumni Path of
                                                                                                                                                          4.                                               5.                        through a grant from the Department
                          Candace Starling          Lisa Harrington            Laura Griggs
Emily Price                                                                                            Ruby Turrell               Tracy Ralph           Light,” by Baptist alumni who stood with
MaryRea Ragghianti        don and lynn pounds       Beverly rinaldi FletCHer   iv MurpHree             Marcie Blalack             Sabrina Seriff
Andrea Ricker                                       MeMorial nursing           MeMorial nursing        Lacey Gordon               Starlett Toles
                                                                                                                                                        candles to light the processional path for the
                          Kevin Bowden                                                                                                                                                                                               of Education. Danley’s role will be
Rebekah Sherlin-          Darius Hayes              Matthew Marr               Kyle Taylor             Megan Merritt              Bridgette Torrance-   graduates as a symbol of welcoming them to
Chaplin                   Kevin Kilpatrick                                                             Sydney Ray                 Williams
Lindsey Simon                                       Breast CanCer              lloyd Barker MeMorial                                                    the nursing profession.
                                                                                                       Katie Sinclair             LaKeysha Warr
Timothy Slade             allied HealtH             eradiCation initiative     Brandi Hale                                        Ashley Webb                During the ceremony, graduates were                                     to design and promote current and
Jamie Strutton            Marie Hellenbrand         Constance Rieben           Kaylinn Holland         sMitH & nepHew/
                                                                                                                                  Daniel Williamson
                                                                               Brittney Ray            JaCk r. Blair                                    proudly pinned by nursing faculty and were
Shelby Subick             Emily Tawater             Carol paterson                                                                Christina Winters
Ashley Townsend           Jared Weaver              MeMorial
                                                                               Kanesia Shaw            Maci DeLuca                                      recognized for additional achievements. The
                                                                                                                                  susan o. tHoMason                                                                                  future services available for students,
Giselle vanPutten
                          NURSING ALUMNI            Shante Fall                lynn layton MeMorial    sMitH & nepHew/
                                                                                                                                  Caitlin Andrews
                                                                                                                                                        summer graduating class, represented by
Kelsi Weakley                                                                                          dr. roBert tooMs
                          Lynsey Dunham             denese sHuMaker
                                                                               Kristen Mattei                                                           Katherine Ann Turner, presented a check to
JosepH powell             Lindsay Herron                                                               Jennifer Gimenez           ups Foundation
Meghan Brown              Mindy Ledford
                                                    Jean Bors-Koefoed          lula Curtis sCott                                  Katie Sinclair        Dr. Anne Plumb, dean of nursing, for the Baptist                             faculty and staff.
                                                                               Lindsay Herron          st. JosepH Hospital
Katrina Cansler           Louise Manasco            diane ruBin Brown
                                                                                                       (sisters oF st. FranCis)                         Memorial Health Care Foundation to support
Allison Cates             Brittany Smith            Krista Spencer             Mary C. Bronstein       Kaitlyn Bright                                   scholarships for students in the evening and
Justin Cole               Lauren Whitmore                                      nursing                 Ashley Carter
                                                    dr. ling H. lee
Mallary Covington                                                              Rhonda Guinn            Nicole Chey
                                                                                                                                                        weekend program.
                                                    Neal Beamon
Miranda Davis                                                                                          Johnathan Cox


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 Around the Campus                                Sisters Share Love of
 1. Kristen Day and Brittney Ray,       1.        Nursing, Education
 radiation therapy students, and
 Julie Lasley, program chair for                  Through Baptist College
 radiation therapy, assist in prepar-
 ing lunch at Harrah’s Hope Lodge.                Sisters April Leverton and Stephanie Wheeless share a
 They volunteer each month for                    love of nursing.
 residents who are staying at the                    Stephanie was the first to attend Baptist College of Health Sciences and
 lodge while being treated for                    graduated in 2008. She began her career in the heart failure unit at Baptist
 cancer.                                          Memorial Hospital-Memphis before transferring to the cardiopulmonary
                                                  transplant intensive care unit. She now works     and obtain her master’s degree as a pediatric
                                                  for the Stern Cardiovascular Foundation as a      nurse practitioner.
 2. Heather O’Brien, a member of
                                                  nurse to Dr. Todd Edwards.                          April lives in Greenbriar, Ark., with her
 the Nursing Student National
                                                    Although the College is three hours from        husband and three-year-old son. Stephanie is
 Association, presents a representa-
                                                  their hometown, April decided to follow in        recently engaged and plans to marry in April of
 tive from Bruce Elementary with                  her sister’s footsteps and attend the school      2012 and obtain her master’s degree. They attri-
                                        2.   3.
 the supplies that were donated by                because of its high academic standards and        bute their success as students and nurses to the
 Baptist College.                                 level of clinical training.
                                                    Upon graduation in April 2012, she hopes to     RIGHT: April Leverton, left, with her sister
                                                  work as a pediatric nurse in Little Rock, Ark.,   Stephanie Wheeless.
 3. Christian pop artist Josh Wilson
 performs for students on Friday,
 Sept. 9.


 4. Current students enjoy the
 music of Josh Wilson.


                                                                                                    Identical Twins Follow in
                                                                                                    Their Mother’s Footsteps
                                        4.
                                                                                                     Identical twins Carmen and Cymone Merritt are inseparable
                                                                                                     and share more in common than DNA.
                                                                                                        Both work part-time for Pinnacle Airlines and are nursing students at
                                                                                                     Baptist College of Health Sciences. They look forward to beginning
                                                                                                     their clinical rotations in January 2012. They share an interest in pediatric
                                                                                                    nursing and hope to continue their education           Carmen and Cymone were selected for
                                                                                                    after spending a few years in the workforce.       scholarships through the College. Carmen is
                                                                                                       The road to nursing was an easy move for        the recipient of the Charles Baker Scholarship
                                                                                                    the sisters, as their mother, Angela, is a nurse   and the Lettie Pate Whitehead Scholarship.
                                                                                                    who works at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Mem-        Cymone is a recipient of the Lettie Pate
                                                                                                    phis in the myleosuppression unit. Their aunt,     Whitehead Scholarship, as well.
                                                                                                    Rhonda Barnes, also works as a nurse.




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Faculty and Staff Accomplishments
                                                                                                                                          Baptist College Names New Program
PATTy LIDDELL, supervisor of the sci-
ence lab, published an article, “Students
                                                ANN WILLIS, assistant professor of
                                                diagnostic medical sonography, pre-
                                                                                           DR. KIM ENNIS, assistant professor of
                                                                                           nursing, received a promotion to associ-
                                                                                                                                          Chair in Radiation Therapy
as Vital Participants in Research Proj-         sented two lectures at the Quad State      ate professor for the 2012 academic year.
ects,” in the spring 2011 issue of “Clinical    Ultrasound conference on July 30, 2011      Ennis was awarded first place and                Julie Lasley
Laboratory Science.” The article was            in Tupelo, Miss.                           the professional excellence award in
                                                                                                                                             MSA., R.T. (R)(T), Program Chair, Radiation Therapy
co-written by Dr. Rita Heuertz from the                                                    the poster presentation at the August
clinical laboratory science department          DR. DARIUS WILSON, chair of the            2011 National Council of State Boards of
at St. Louis University.                        medical laboratory science program,        Nursing conference.                            Baptist College of Health Sciences recently appointed Julie
                                                has developed the MLS course syllabi                                                      Lasley the program chair of radiation therapy.
DR. KENDRICKS HOOKER, associate                 for 14 courses, which were approved by     DR. CHERyL JOy, associate dean of                A native of Orrville, Ohio, Lasley has called Memphis home since 1996.
professor of biology, co-wrote an article       the allied health dean and faculty, and    nursing, has been nominated for the
                                                                                                                                          She holds a certification in radiography and radiation therapy from the
                                                                                                                                                                                       1
with Barbara Johnson of Northern                developed the MLS webpage.                 National Governance Committee for
                                                                                                                                          American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. In 2001, she earned her
Illinois University, in the “Journal of Afri-    Wilson attended the annual meeting        Sigma Theta Tau, International.
can American Males in Education.” The           of the American Society for Clinical                                                      bachelor’s degree in health sciences from Bap-         “The field of radiation therapy has changed
article was called, “African American           Laboratory Science from July 26-30 in      KATHy HUNT, program chair for nuclear          tist College and a master’s in administration      dramatically over the years, and we have all of
Male Faculty Satisfaction: Does Institu-        Atlanta, where she served as the mod-      medicine technology, was presented             from Central Michigan University in 2003.          those courageous patients who endured primi-
tional Type Make a Difference?”                 erator for two sessions of workshops       the Distinguished Service Award by the             An active member of the American Society       tive forms of radiation therapy to thank,” Lasley
                                                and attended the planning committee        President of the Southeastern Chapter          of Radiologic Technologists, she serves as a       said. “I want all of my students to know that it
DR. PAUL BARKLEy, associate profes-             for the 2012 Clinical Laboratory           Technologist Section during the annual         team member for the editorial review board of      is not just a pelvis or a breast on the treatment
                                                                                                                                          Radiation Therapist. She also is a team mem-       table, but a person with hopes, dreams and the
sor of psychology, went on a mission            Educators’ Conference.                     meeting held in Clearwater, Fla., on Sept.
                                                                                                                                          ber for The Quest, Baptist College’s online        will to survive. Radiation therapists have the
trip to Maceio, Alagoas, Brazil, in June         Wilson was elected to serve a three-      25. Hunt has served as the President of
                                                                                                                                          publication.                                       ability to make their patient’s survival a reality.”
of 2011. He did evangelism and dis-             year term on a standing subcommittee       the Society of Nuclear Medicine Tech-
cipleship work with the Kaleo Baptist           of the Education Scientific Assembly,      nologist Section and is currently serving
Church.                                         which is part of the Committee on Edu-     as the Immediate Past President.
                                                cational Programs and Initiatives. The
DR. CHRISTOPHER CHURCH was
elected to a three-year term on the
                                                Education Scientific Assembly is also
                                                part of the Leadership for the American
                                                                                           A call for faculty to serve as Simulation
                                                                                           Fellows for the 2011-2012 Tennessee
                                                                                                                                          White Named Chair of Medical
state coordinating council for the Ten-
nessee Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.
                                                Society for Clinical Laboratory Science.
                                                 Wilson was elected secretary for the
                                                                                           Simulation Alliance was circulated in the
                                                                                           spring of 2011. Thirty viable faculty
                                                                                                                                          Radiography at Baptist College
 Church and five other pioneers                 Forum for Concerns of Minorities board     applications were received for the 12
participated in the inaugural clinical          for a two-year term during the annual      fellow positions. DR. LIBBy ARCHER,               Victor White
ethics intensive immersion experience           meeting of the American Society for        professor of nursing, and NAN RIEDE,
                                                                                                                                             Program Chair, Medical Radiography
organized by the Center for Ethics at           Clinical Laboratory Science.               assistant professor of nursing, were
the Washington Hospital Center in the             Wilson was interviewed by the            selected to serve as Simulation Fellows.
nation’s capital. The four-day program          Memphis Business Journal for an article    The purpose of the simulation fellows          A radiographer for more than 25 years, Victor White earned
was the first of its kind, and focused          on the College expanding its course        is to serve as resource faculty to the         his associate’s degree in radiologic technology from Lincoln Land Community
not on philosophical bioethics or even          offerings to include the medical           annual meeting of the Tennessee                College in Springfield, Ill., before continuing his education in magnetic
                                                                                                                                                                                            1
the theoretical underpinnings of clinical       laboratory science program. The            Simulation Alliance; develop collabora-        resonance imaging and health administration.
ethics, but on the practice of clinical         resulting article was published in the     tive simulation scripts that can be shared        He received certification in magnetic resonance imaging from Parkland
ethics consultation.                            Aug. 12-18 issue.                          with others in a repository fashion;           College in 1993 and his bachelor’s degree in       tion and risk assessment. He was part of a team
  Church was also the morning worship            In August, Wilson served as a paper       provide mentoring experiences for those        health services administration through the         that conducted osteoporosis research at the
leader at East Acres Baptist Church                 1
                                                reviewer for a self study report of an     faculty needing assistance in simulation       University of Illinois in 1994. He also received   University of Arkansas, and he also served on
in Millington, Tenn., on July 23. He            initial MLS program for the National Ac-   management; and support other simula-          his master’s degree in radiologic science from
                                                                                                                                                                                                  1
                                                                                                                                                                                             an international health research team at the
reported on the College’s mission trip          crediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory   tion fellows in scholarly activities related   Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls,      University of Cologne in Germany. He is work-
to the Dominican Republic and shared            Sciences. She also served on the Joint     to simulation.                                 Texas, and a master’s degree in environmental      ing toward his Ph.D. through Southern Illinois
a slide show.                                   Commission Laboratory Accreditation                                                       studies from the University of Illinois.           University.
                                                Program’s Standards Project-Subject                                                          White’s clinical and research interests            “It is a privilege and an honor to be serving       my duties. I thank the students, faculty, staff
                                                Matter Experts Panel for Hematology.                                                      include environmental health, medical              as the chair of medical radiography at Baptist         and administration for making me feel right
                                                                                                                                          radiography, Native American health, nuclear       College,” White said. “I hope to embody the            at home in Memphis and the allied health
                                                                                                                                          energy, osteoporosis testing, radiation protec-    Service First mantra in the performance of             division of the College.”


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Nursing Dean’s Prediction                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Baptist
Comes True for Baptist                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              celebrates
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    100 years
College Graduate                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    of healing,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    preaching and
 Allen Carpenter                                                                                       degree in information technology from Bel-                                                                                                                   teaching
 Class of 2000, Nursing                                                                                levue University and his master’s in business
                                                                                                       administration from the University of Phoenix.
                                                                                                           Carpenter felt that a background in law                                                                                                                  Excitement is in the air at Baptist
Allen Carpenter is a firm believer in pursuing further education.
So, when Baptist College of Health Sciences began offering weekend
                                                                                                       would be helpful in navigating the twists and               Educating for a Century, Caring for a Lifetime.
                                                                                                       turns of nursing, so he attended the Concord                                                                                                                 College and throughout the Baptist
RN-to-BSN classes for working adults, he jumped at the opportunity                                     Law School through Kaplan University and
to continue his education.                                                                             earned his executive juris doctorate in 2011.                                                                                                                system as preparations are under-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1
   Carpenter remembers being helped by many instructors during his
time at the College, but the one who made the largest impact on him is
                                                                                                           Carpenter has now returned to the medical
                                                                                                       field, and, as Plumb predicted early in his ca-     Centennial Alumni                                                                                        way to celebrate the organization’s
                                                                                                       reer, he is working toward his degree in nursing
Dr. Diana Baker. “She is an inspiration to all of
her students,” Carpenter said. “Her wisdom is a
                                                       Dr. Anne Plumb served as his academic ad-
                                                    visor while he was a student at the College, and
                                                                                                       informatics through the University of Phoenix
                                                                                                       while working in the infectious diseases depart-
                                                                                                                                                           Reunion Scheduled                                                                                        centennial in 2012. We would like



                                                                                                                                                           for June 1 & 2
                                                                                                       ment at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.                                                                                                               you to share in the excitement in
credit to Baptist.”                                 she always felt his interest in computers would
    Carpenter earned his bachelor’s degree in       lead him to nursing informatics. Her prediction        His job responsibilities include delivering
                                                                                                       data to clinicians promptly and securely, as well                                                                                                            honoring the Baptist legacy of 100
nursing in 2000 and worked at Baptist Memo-         would eventually become a reality, as Carpenter
rial Hospital-DeSoto in the surgical and inten-     accepted an information technology job with        as working with researchers to develop data         The 2012 alumni reunion will kick-off Friday, June 1, at the Cadre
                                                                                                       models for collection and analysis.                                                                                                                          years of healing, preaching and
sive care departments.                              FedEx. While there, he received his bachelor’s                                                         building, at 149 Monroe Ave., Memphis, Tenn. Saturday’s luncheon will
                                                                                                                                                           be held at the Peabody Hotel on Union Avenue.                                                            teaching.
                                                                                                                                                             Baptist College encourages alumni to come early for the reunion. On

                               Health Care Management                                                                                                      Thursday, May 31, the College’s ambassador board and the Baptist Memorial
                                                                                                                                                           Health Care Foundation are sponsoring
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The president’s office and the
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Dec. 1. The cost is $60 per person, with a 15%
                               Alum Finds Success in                                                                                                       “A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline,” at the Play-     discount for alumni. Seating is general admis-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    alumni office are asking you to help

                                                                                                                                                           house on the Square, with proceeds benefiting      sion and will be sold on a first-come, first-served
                               Quality Management
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    us by telling your stories. We want
                                                                                                                                                           a Centennial scholarship. A silent auction is      basis. To purchase a ticket by credit card, please
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    to share those in the February, July
                                                                                                                                                           also planned. Tickets are limited and go on sale   contact Mary MacKinnon at 901-572-2773.
 Kirby Davis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        and November issues of Alumni
 Class of 2008, Health Care Management                                                                 eran Affairs allows her to be involved in
                                                                                                       every aspect of the business cycle as both a                                                                                                                 News in 2012. You may send those
                                                                                                       payor and a provider. The ever-changing land-
Always a dedicated student, Kirby Davis completed her degree in                                        scape of health care regulation provides a                                                                                                                   by mail to the Baptist College of
health care management at Baptist College in 2008. With a desire to practice                           continuous opportunity for new challenges.
what she had been taught, she completed an internship in quality manage-                                   Davis has continued her education during                                                                                                                 Health Sciences Alumni Office, 1003
ment at the Memphis VA Medical Center during her final semester.                                       her time in the workforce, and she will soon
                                                                                                       earn her master’s degree in business admin-                                                                                                                  Monroe Avenue, Memphis, Tenn.,
Following her graduation, she accepted a full-      returned to her roots in health care and accept-   istration from the University of Memphis. She
time position with the hospital, remaining in       ed a position as the compliance and business       also received certification as a compliance                                                                                                                  38104; e-mail alumni@bchs.edu; or
quality management.                                 integrity officer at the Veteran’s Health Care     professional. She continues to pursue addi-
    In November 2009, opportunity knocked           System of the Ozarks in Fayetteville, Ark.         tional health care management and leadership                                                                                                                 fax 901-572-2599. Photos are
again. Davis was offered the chance to partici-        In her position, she is able to utilize many    training through the Department of Veteran
pate in a technical career field internship with    practices she learned while a student, from        Affairs training programs.                                                                                                                                   appreciated and will be returned.
the Department of Veteran Affairs Compliance        management principles to risk management               Davis and her husband, Philip, live in
and Business Integrity Service.                     to health care law. Providing oversight to the     Fayetteville, Ark., and have two children, a son,
   After one year in the program, Davis             revenue cycle within the Department of Vet-        Kaden, 8, and a daughter, Kellen, 1.

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Nursing Alum Pioneers                                                                                                                                       focused on reaching 20 nearby rural counties
                                                                                                                                                            that have no fixed mammography services.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Newly Elected Alumni
Breast Cancer Awareness                                                                                                                                         McDaniel, in a fashion that is typical of her
                                                                                                                                                            dedication to her cause, has also thrown herself
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Board Members
                                                                                                                                                            into Jonesboro’s annual Two-Lady Scramble
                                                                                                                                                            to Benefit the Susan G. Komen for the Cure,
   Jane McDaniel                                                                                                                                            Arkansas Affiliate, which has raised more than        The alumni board of directors met the week-end of Oct. 21
   Class of 1955, Nursing, on the cover of Jonesboro Occasions                                                                                              $120,000 for the foundation to date. An avid
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  and 22. Five new members were added to the board. They are:
                                                                                                                                                            golfer herself, McDaniel and her co-chair, Mary
   magazine (Pink Ribbon Pioneer)
                                                                                                                                                            Lee Wierzba, work hard to make the event a              Stephen Hultgren, class of 2003. He lives in Columbia, Tenn., and is a
                                                                                                                                                            success and to raise the $20,000 that the tour-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  clinical analyst for Healthtrust Purchasing Group.
                                                                                                                                                            nament raises for Susan G. Komen for the Cure
 Jane McDaniel is known for her witty personality, her easygoing
                                                                                                                                                            each year.                                             Phyllis Dorrough, class of 1972. She is from Little Rock, Ark., and works
 smile and her ever-present pink attire, but make no mistake about it; Jane
                                                1                                                                                                               Throughout her years at St. Bernards and
 McDaniel is a fighter. Nearly 25 years after battling and beating breast cancer,                                                                           in breast cancer awareness activism, McDaniel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  as a patient safety officer for Baptist Health Organization.
 she has used her personal experience to become one of Arkansas’ leading forces                                                                             has won many awards for her work. One of the           Hope Voegeli, class of 1976. She lives in Jackson,Tenn., and is a wound
 behind the movement to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease.                                                                              highest honors that she has received was in
                                                                                                                                                            2005 when she was given the Josetta Wilkins           ostomy continence nurse at Jackson General Hospital.
    Back in the early ‘80s, McDaniel began          programs and charitable events and even serv-        of that money has been used in Northeast
                                                                                                                                                            Award in recognition of her work as a lobbyist         Robbie Lowery, class of 1980. She lives in Memphis and is a family nurse
producing and narrating a live, call-in tele-       ing as a grant reviewer for the Department of        Arkansas.
                                                                                                                                                            and outreach worker committed to eradicating
vision show called “Issues in Health.” The          Defense, she has become a familiar face in the           Last year, McDaniel and Mayor Harold
                                                                                                                                                            breast cancer. The following year, McDaniel           practitioner at Semmes Murphy Clinic. She is also an adjunct faculty
show took questions from the audience about         fight against breast cancer in Arkansas. That        Perrin officially established Oct. 1 as Go Pink
                                                                                                                                                            was awarded the Hickingbotham Award for               member at Baptist College.
various health issues, and it wasn’t long           notoriety is well-earned.                            for the Cure Day, a breast cancer awareness day
                                                                                                                                                            Service, which is the highest award for ser-
before one of those questions addressed breast          The Breast Cancer Control Act is very near       that is now recognized state-wide after being
                                                                                                                                                            vice that the Arkansas Affiliate of the Susan G.        Lori Krueger Turpen, respiratory care class of 1982. She is the director
cancer. At the time, McDaniel hadn’t had            to McDaniel’s heart; in 1998, she applied for        signed off on by the governor. In addition to
                                                                                                                                                            Komen for the Cure can bestow.
a mammogram, so she decided make an                 and received a grant to educate physicians and       raising money and awareness, the St. Bernards                                                            of respiratory care and neurodiagnostics at Baptist Memorial Hospital-
                                                                                                                                                                “The goal is to eradicate breast cancer as a
appointment to be checked.                          raise public awareness for breast cancer.            Breast Program provides free mammograms
                                                                                                                                                            life-threatening disease,” said McDaniel. “I truly    DeSoto.
    When the doctor called her regarding her            “What we found was that doctors weren’t          and clinical breast exams to uninsured and
                                                                                                                                                            appreciate these awards because they help
mammogram, she put off the appointment.             recommending mammograms, and women                   underinsured women on that day.                                                                            The full board met on Friday afternoon at the College with updates
                                                                                                                                                            raise public awareness so that we can do that.”
When the doctor called for the second time,         didn’t know to ask for them,” she said. “I also          “I’ve never had so many women come up
                                                                                                                                                                McDaniel is quick to point out that the           from Dr. Betty Sue McGarvey, president of the College; Jenny Nevels,
McDaniel went in for a meeting and was met          worked on and chaired the BreastCare Board.          to me and thank me,” said McDaniel after the
                                                     4                                                                                                      incredible support of her family is one of the
with the recommendation that she get a biopsy.      We screened thousands of women. Unfortu-             success of last year’s Go Pink for the Cure Day                                                          executive director at Baptist Memorial Health Care Foundation;
                                                                                                                                                            main reasons that she was able to beat breast
She scheduled her biopsy for the following          nately, that funding has fallen off, but we’re       screenings at The Mall at Turtle Creek. “They
                                                                                                                                                            cancer and why she has been able to become            Bamby Counce, director of alumni and marketing for the College; Mary
Monday, and by Wednesday, she had received          working hard to get that funding back to             had tears running down their faces as they
                                                                                                                                                            so involved with her cause. She has been mar-
a radical mastectomy.                               where it needs to be. Once that money de-            told us they wouldn’t have been able to get a                                                            MacKinnon, development officer for the Baptist Foundation; and two
                                                                                                                                                            ried to her husband, Garnet, for almost 55 years,
    “At the time, a friend said to me, ‘Jane, the   clined, many of these women stopped getting          mammogram otherwise.”
                                                                                                                                                            and she says that without him, she could not          students who presented updates on student activities, organizations
Lord will use you to help other women,’ and He      mammograms.”                                             She has always been an advocate for
                                                                                                                                                            have accomplished all that she has. The couple,
really has,” McDaniel said. “At that time, there        McDaniel first became involved with Susan        mobile mammography services and has                                                                      and goals.
                                                                                                                                                            along with all four of their children’s families,
was no public awareness about breast cancer.        G. Komen for the Cure in the late ‘90s, especially   worked for many years to make those mobile
                                                                                                                                                            is extremely involved in Southwest Church of           Saturday, the discussion centered on the Centennial events in 2012. The
People didn’t talk about it. So, right from the     with the Race for the Cure. She later went on        mammograms available to women in indus-
                                                                                                                                                            Christ. They particularly enjoy spending time
start, my goal was to make people more aware.       to serve on the Komen Foundation’s National          trial and rural areas. McDaniel is known for her
                                                                                                                                                            with their nine grandchildren.                        board also worked on welcome cards for freshman and goody bags for
    “Three months after I was diagnosed, I went     Public Policy Advisory Council.                      longtime success in marketing at St. Bernards
                                                                                                                                                                For anyone who has been recently diag-            new students living in the dorm.
on live TV about breast cancer and my mastec-           “St. Bernards Medical Center got involved        Health Care; by the time she retired in 2003,
                                                                                                                                                            nosed with breast cancer, McDaniel has this
tomy and that it was detected through a screen-     with the Race for the Cure in its second year,”      after more than 30 years of working her way up,
                                                                                                                                                            advice: “The earlier you’re diagnosed, the better      The alumni board will be launching a mentoring program whereby each
ing mammogram. Lots of women called their           explained McDaniel, who is currently on the          she was the vice president of marketing.
                                                                                                                                                            the outcome will be. Treatment and diagnosis
doctors to schedule mammograms after that.”         race committee. “When we were trying to name             While at St. Bernards, McDaniel was                                                                  member becomes a mentor to a current student. If there are other alumni
                                           7                                                                                                                are so much better now than they were 25 years
    More than two decades later, McDaniel           our team that first year, we had just seen the       responsible for the area’s first mobile mammog-
                                                                                                                                                            ago. It’s all about your attitude and staying posi-   interested in this program please contact Bamby Counce at 901-572-2853
is still raising public awareness for breast        ‘Warrior Women’ exhibit at ASU, so we’ve been        raphy unit in 1999, and according to McDaniel,
                                                                                                                                                            tive. Get a support system — either your fam-
cancer, especially in the early detection of        the Pink Warriors ever since.”                       during the first year that the mobile units were                                                         or e-mail alumni@bchs.edu.
                                                                                                                                                            ily or the amazing Northeast Arkansas support
it. That television appearance was the first of         Since the first race in 1994, the Race for the   in use, 40 percent of the women getting mam-
countless ways that McDaniel has used her           Cure in Arkansas has raised more than $17
                                                                                                5        mograms were getting them for the first time
                                                                                                                                                            group — and get hands on.
                                                                                                                                                                “There is life after breast cancer.”
own experiences to combat the disease; after        million to be used for research and for service      ever. This past year, McDaniel furthered that
initiating numerous task forces, legislature,       in the state. Specifically, more than $2 million     commitment when she chaired a task force that



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                                          Celebrate 100 Years
                                          of Education Through
                                          Charitable Contribution
                                                                                                                                                      Class Notes
                                                                                                                                                      NursiNg                                          1.
                                                                                                                                                      1. Baptist alumni recently toured Italy and
                                                                                                                                                      Greece with Bellevue Baptist Church. “The
                                            by M A R Y M A C K I N N O N
                                                                                                                                                      Journeys of Paul and John,” was held May                                                                                                5.
                                                                                                                                                      through June 2011. Pictured from left to

                                          As Baptist celebrates its first 100 years, the College is deeply proud                                      right: Charlotte Clerget Grimes, class of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              4.
                                                                                                                                                      1984; Denese Shumaker, class of 1960; and
                                          of the differences our alumni have made in the lives of others. As we look
 Don’t Forget                             forward, the need for highly qualified health care professionals will only grow.
                                                                                                                                                      Kay Martin Horton, class of 1964.


 to Fill your                               It’s hard to believe that the first of the Baby Boomers turn 65 this year. As                             BCHS alumni who graduated from The
                                          they do, two big problems are created. One, the Baby Boomers, who make up
 1 FOR 100 Bag!                                                                                                                                       Loewenberg School of Nursing Master of
                                                                                                                                                      Science in Nursing on Aug. 13, 2011 are:
                                                                                                                                                                                                       2.
                                          almost 30 percent of our population, will require     tor, coworker, relative or perhaps in honor
                                                                                                                                                      Tamika Joann Bolden, class of 2004,
                                          more health care as they age. Two, Baby Boom-         of the education you received here. A $1,000
                                                                                                                                                      Family Nurse Practitioner
 We are excited to report that 21 alums   ers also make up a large part of the current health   pledge paid in four $250 yearly installments
                                                                                                                                                      Christie Quinn, class of 2005, Family Nurse
 have already sent checks for $100        care workforce, including nurses, sonographers,       will make a real impact on the future of Baptist
                                                                                                                                                      Practitioner
                                          medical radiographers, nuclear med techs, respi-      College students.
 as part of our 1 FOR 100 centennial                                                                                                                  Michelle Smothers, class of 2005, Family
                                          ratory therapists and college instructors.               We are so grateful to all of you who have sup-                                                                                                                                             3.
                                                                                                                                                      Nurse Practitioner
 fundraising campaign. One alumna            It is imperative that we are able provide stu-     ported Baptist College as we have progressed
                                                                                                                                                      Modeanna Wade, class of 2005, Family
 even turned in her purple bag filled     dents with the training necessary to meet these       toward our centennial anniversary in 2012, and
                                                                                                                                                      Nurse Practitioner                             the Navy’s Nurse internship program and
                                          fast-approaching health care challenges. With         we hope you’ll help us make the next 100 years
 with 100 $1 bills one year early.                                                                                                                    Marla Whitfield, class of 2006, Family         hopes to work in the intensive care unit or
                                          rising college costs, scholarships and financial      look as bright as the students who seek their
                                                                                                                                                      Nurse Practitioner                             emergency room.
                                          aid have become more important than ever to           educations here.
 We’ve also heard from several alumni                                                                                                                 Kimberly Ann Catron yarbrough, class of
                                          giving deserving students the chance at an               For more information about giving to Bap-
                                                                                                                                                      2006, Executive Leadership                     CLASS OF 1980
 and friends that they are diligently     education that would otherwise be out of reach.       tist College, please contact me at mary.mackin-
                                                                                                                                                      Louie Roney, class of 2007, Family Nurse       Deborah Dixon, class of 1980, received the
 putting $1 in the bag every week            Regardless of whether you’ve given Baptist         non@bchs.edu or call 901-572-2773. To donate
                                                                                                                                                      Practitioner                                   DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses at
                                          College before, we encourage you to make a            online, visit www.bchs.edu and click on “Giv-
 and plan to bring it to the Peabody                                                                                                                                                                 Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis, where
                                          charitable contribution in honor of an instruc-       ing” at the top of the page.
                                                                                                                                                      2. BCHS alumni who are members of the          she works in the intensive care unit.           CLASS OF 1982
 in June 2012. However you choose
                                                                                                                                                      2011 Baptist Nurse Leadership Institute                                                        5. Heather Burdette Hunt, diagnostic medi-
 to make your gift—by check, credit
                                          Why Take Advantage of the Foundation’s                                                                      include:
                                                                                                                                                      Sheila Fleming, class of 2005, works at
                                                                                                                                                                                                     CLASS OF 1990
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Tamara Herron Dickinson, class of 1990,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     cal sonography class of 2011, was married
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     on May 7, 2011 in Memphis.
 card or bringing the purple bag to

 the reunion—please know how much
                                          Free Estate Planning Service                                                                                Baptist Memorial Hospital-Tipton as            was named the Rodney Appell Continence
                                                                                                                                                      director of nursing.                           Care Champion by The National Associa-          iN MeMOriaM
 we appreciate each of you for your       In the last issue of Alumni News, we told you         • Thompson & Associates creates a thoughtful          Carla Lane, class of 2005, works at Baptist    tion for Continence. She is a senior research   Baptist College pays tribute to the following
 contribution.                            about a new service offered to friends of the         estate plan (or reviews an existing plan) that is     Memorial Hospital-Memphis as nurse man-        nurse in Urology at the University of Texas     graduates who passed away or notification
                                          Baptist Memorial Health Care system. The              designed to work hand in hand with your pro-          ager of the medical/surgical department.       Southwestern Medical in Dallas. She was         was received July-October 2011.
 If you did not receive a 1 FOR 100 bag   Baptist Foundation has partnered with the             fessional advisors as a complement to their ser-      Queen Esther Welch, class of 2005, works       presented the award at the Society of
                                          Nashville-based firm of Thompson & Associ-            vices or as a second opinion.                         at Baptist Rehabilitation-Germantown as a      Urologic Nurses and Associates luncheon         Laura Wade Little, class of 1936, passed
 last year and would like one, please
                                          ates to provide free and confidential estate                Because Thompson & Associates sell no           nurse manager.                                 held during the 2011 SUNA Annual Sympo-         away on Aug. 21, 2011.
 call me at 901-572-2773 or email me at   planning services to our donors.                      products or services, you do not have to worry        Teresa Knox Barsotti, class of 1977, is now    sium in New Orleans. Dickinson is a past        Dorothy Ann “Dot” LaRue Daffin Randall,
 mary.mackinnon@bchs.edu, and I’ll be       Why should you take advantage of this offer?        about sales pitches, pressure or lack of objectiv-    a CRNA at Cape Regional Eye Center in          president of SUNA and was the recipient         class of 1937, passed away on Aug. 29, 2010.
                                          • Even if you have recently completed or updated      ity. Finally, just for full disclosure, we do hope    Dyersburg, Tenn. She also graduated from       of the President’s Trophy for Outstanding       Rheba Garrett Bethune, class of 1947,
 happy to send one. If you start saving
                                          your estate plan, this is an opportunity to get a     that you will consider Baptist College along          Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga,        Contributions to SUNA.                          passed away Oct. 25, 2011.
 $3 or $4 a week, you’ll be able to       review. It’s free and there is no obligation.         with your other charitable plans. There is no         Tenn., in 1980.                                                                                Phyllis Johnson Craven, class of 1948,
 donate $100 on June 2, 2012, for our     •Your personal information will be held in the        obligation to do so.                                                                                 allied health                                   passed away Sept. 17, 2011.
                                          strictest confidence and will not be shared with         If you would like to set up a meeting with Jere-   3. Baptist College of Health Sciences gradu-   CLASS OF 1982                                   Ann Kelly McCall, class of 1952, passed
 100 year anniversary.
                                          anyone (including Baptist) without your direction.    my Pharr, J.D. of Thompson & Associates, please       ate and Ensign Joseph Strahan attended         4. Lori Krueger Turpen, respiratory care        away on Aug. 10, 2011.
                                          • Through thoughtful planning, you could re-          call Jenny Prascher Nevels at 901- 227-7141. This     Officer Development School from Oct. 15        class of 1982, was married on May 21, 2011.     Gloria Newton Cole, class of 1954, passed
                                          duce taxes, possibly increase your income, pro-       meeting simply gives you the opportunity to ask       to Nov. 16., with follow-on orders to Walter   She is the director of respiratory care and     away in June of 2011.
                                          vide an inheritance for your family and contrib-      questions and make a decision about whether or        Reed National Military Medical Center, in      neurodiagnostics at Baptist Memorial            Eva Kay Woods, class of 1957, passed away
                                          ute to the charities you passionately support.        not the service would benefit you.                    Bethesda, Md., where he will go through        Hospital-DeSoto.                                on Sept. 6, 2011.



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