ETSU alumni association board of directors ETSU Today University Magazine
Mrs. Dorothy L. Grisham ’74, President
Mr. Gary Poe ’68, President-Elect
Lt. Gen. Ronald V. Hite ’85, Vice President
Mr. D. Roger Kennedy ’69
Mr. Mark W. Thomas ’84
Mr. Lawrence F. Counts ’79
Mr. Jeffrey C. Taylor ’85, Secretary Mr. Charles Stahl ’83
Ms. Renee Bays Lockhart ’87, ’89, Treasurer Ms. Eleanor E. Yoakum ’65
Mr. J. Daniel Mahoney ’66, Past-President Mr. Joshua Shearin, SGA President
Mr. Jason A Berry, ‘98 Mr. Stephen Linebarger, SGA Vice President contents
Dr. Tony Katras ’84, ’89 Dr. Paul E. Stanton, Jr., ETSU President
Mrs. Michelle Livengood ’84 Dr. Richard A. Manahan, Vice President for University president’s message - 1 advancement - 14
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Dr. Jack Parton ’78, ’79, ’82 President for University Advancement/Executive
Ms. Linda Buck ’80, ’84 Director of ETSU Alumni Association unique alumni - 4 looking back - 23
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Mr. M. Thomas Krieger, Secretary Mrs. Betty DeVinney Mr. K. Newton Raff
Dr. Steve Conerly, Treasurer Mrs. Janey Diehl ’50 Mr. James W. Reel ’74
Mr. Tim P. Jones, Immediate Past Board Dr. Archie R. Dykes ’52, ’56 Mr. Howard W. Roddy ’74
Mr. Wayne G. Basler, Past Chairman
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Dr. James W. Gibson
Mrs. Lottie Fields Ryans
Mr. Robert T. (Rab) Summers Paul E. Stanton, Jr.
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credits East Tennessee State University is one of 45 institutions in the Tennessee
Board of Regents system, the sixth largest system of higher education in
p. 5- Pharmacy school story article, courtesy of Sam Watson, p. 9- Gary Harrell article courtesy of Henry Cuningham, photo the nation. The Tennessee Board of Regents is the governing board for this
graphic courtesy of Mike Murphy ’05, and photo courtesy courtesy of Cindy Burnham, storied career courtesy of Jim system which is comprised of six universities, thirteen community colleges,
of Ron Campbell ’94, Johnson City Press Blaine, Fayetteville Observer and twenty-six Tennessee Technology Centers. The TBR system enrolls more
p. 6- Rick Spurling ’84, ’93, ’04 photo courtesy of Rick Spurling p. 9- Jennifer Dobson article courtesy of Kevin Castle,
p. 6- Tom Chilton ’61 article and photo courtesy of Bill Derby, Kingsport Times-News than 80 percent of all Tennessee students attending public institutions of
Johnson City News & Neighbor p. 10- Fossil article courtesy of Rex Barber, Johnson City Press higher education.
p. 7- Gary Odom ’73 photo courtesy of Gary Odom’s office p. 12- Melissa Robertson article courtesy of Jean Hearne ’95,
p. 7- Gediyon Knight ’96 photo courtesy of Gediyon Knight photo courtesy of Mike Murphy ’05, Johnson City Press,
p. 7-Mike Smith ’81 photo courtesy of Atlanta Falcons Her Magazine
East Tennessee State University is fully in accord with the belief that
p. 7- Brian McKnight ’99 photo courtesy of Angelo p. 13- BASA auction article courtesy of Johnson City educational and employment opportunities should be available to all
State University News & Neighbor eligible persons without regard to age, gender, color, race, religion,
p. 8- Hinton story courtesy of Jan Davis and photos courtesy of p. 20- Gothard column courtesy of Mike Gothard ‘86, The national origin, disability, veteran status, or sexual orientation.
Holly Allain, Amelia Islander Daily Advance, Elizabeth City, NC
p. 8- Ron Dykes story courtesy of Ben Ingram, photo courtesy p. 20- College of Medicine article courtesy of Jay B.Mehta,
of Dave Boyd, Johnson City Press ETSU Accent Conceptual design by Absolute Communications, Inc. and print
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Hope Radebaugh p. 27- Rob Wood ’68 article courtesy of Jeff Keeling, TBR: 160-014-07 76M
p. 9- Ericka Bazile article courtesy of Doug Janz ’85, photo Johnson City Press
courtesy of Mike Murphy ’05, Johnson City Press p. 29- Steve Jarrard ’00 article and photo courtesy of
greetings to each of you from ETSU!
Providing an excellent education for today’s college student entails many aspects of life that generations of
students before them only have dreamed. Beginning with the most basic requirement of high-quality instruction
in the classroom, we could build a complete system around the student that includes access to the Internet for
World Wide Web use, the full services of our university libraries, online “classrooms” for entire classes, and those
places students can go after the traditional schedule of class time to continue their discussions, complete
assignments, and more. Learning is engaging 24 hours a day and certainly accessible well beyond a campus
where wireless access can be found.
At ETSU, we are also facing new challenges that our changing
society demands. The tragedies on other campuses and related
incidents remind us to be vigilant and to take prudent steps to
assure student safety and that of the university as a whole. ETSU
has instituted text messaging and electronic mail alerts from a
central system plus specially equipped warning systems with
sirens and public address features to provide necessary messages
in urgent situations.
The quality of life for today’s student coming to our Johnson City
campus is the best in ETSU history. The Basler Center for Physical
Activity has become a hub of student engagement for
recreation and wellness. The response to new residence hall
facilities has been tremendous as we have been able to replace
aging housing facilities with more comfortable, spacious, and
technology-ready environments. And, we are happy to report
the D.P. Culp University Center has been renovated for another
generation of students.
In working to achieve our objectives, we are truly blessed with strong partnerships. The first partnership is with our
students and their families. Through the shared revenues of their tuition and fees, we address a majority of the
educational costs. The State of Tennessee continues to provide a measure of educational support and the state is
able to assist in academic facility renovation and replacement.
The most vital of the partnerships for
us to “reach higher,” as our
fund-raising campaign motto states,
is our many alumni and contributors.
Financial support through private
and corporate giving, personal
engagement as volunteers, daily
stewardship of ETSU through their
individual achievement in the
workplace, and contribution to the
enrichment of their communities—
this is the real evidence to all the
people our alumni meet. They
demonstrate the importance of a
college education, the value of the
higher education experience, and
the important difference found
in people who come from
East Tennessee State University.
Because of you, we stand together
with ETSU PRIDE!
Paul E. Stanton, Jr.
East Tennessee State University
ETSU College of Pharmacy named for Bill Gatton
During its quarterly meeting in Chattanooga in March 2008, the Tennessee Board of Regents approved the
naming of East Tennessee State University’s pharmacy school as the Bill Gatton College of
Mr. Gatton has generously supported many academic and athletic opportunities at ETSU over the years.
Since 2005, he has donated $2 million to the pharmacy school. A recognized philanthropist in higher
education, Gatton received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky and an M.B.A. from the
University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.
The first class at the College of Pharmacy began on January 12, 2007. Currently, the college is in the process
of selecting the third class of students who will be slated to graduate in 2012.
At the time of his first commitment to the college, Gatton said, "From a business standpoint, the ETSU
pharmacy school is a solid investment in the economic development and expansion of the Tri-Cities area
and Virginia region. Furthermore, as a citizen, I see this initiative as a ‘shot in the arm’ for strengthening our
health care systems, particularly [in] underserved areas. I commend ETSU for developing this innovative,
unique model and for answering the call to bring more pharmacists to East Tennessee.”
Gatton made a $400,000 contribution in May 2005 that allowed ETSU to meet the $5 million goal set by
Governor Phil Bredesen to seek final authorization for the pharmacy school through the Tennessee Board of
Regents and the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.
“This push for a College of Pharmacy has not just been an ETSU initiative, but rather a region-wide effort.
Local pharmacists, legislators, business and industry leaders, prospective pharmacy students, our alumni, our
faculty/staff, and the community have all stood together, and together we are making it happen,” said ETSU
President Dr. Paul E. Stanton, Jr.
Gatton stated that there are several reasons why he, and others, should support this endeavor. “It is a great
career opportunity for young people, and
prospective pharmacy students will be able to
attend ETSU without having to go all the way to
Memphis for their education. Our population is
aging, and trained pharmacists are essential for
the health care of our older citizens.”
In January 2006, Gatton presented a second
check in the amount of $400,000 and issued an
invitation to his friends - automobile dealers and
others - to support the cause. He announced
that he would match “dollar for dollar” up to an
additional $400,000 in gifts by these friends. This
past December, he presented ETSU with a third
check written for $800,000. In addition to his $2
million in gifts, he helped the College of
Pharmacy garner an additional $400,000
through that invitation to others to participate in
the fundraising process.
“The new college will be a great economic
boost to the area. I am honored to have played
a role in the College of Pharmacy becoming a
reality at ETSU,” Gatton stated.
cutting edge science - groundbreaking research a top priority for college of pharmacy faculty
Both in pharmacy practice and at the basic science level, faculty members in ETSU’s
fledgling College of Pharmacy are working to break ground in numerous health care
research fields, hopefully resulting in advances in treatment and pharmacy
“As we prepare pharmacists to practice in real communities, we have recruited the
best faculty we can, and people of that quality have to have an avenue of
opportunities for research,” Pharmacy Dean Larry Calhoun said. “Our focus has been
on getting started, but they all come with expectations for research initiatives.”
The inaugural faculty’s research interests include such areas as oncology, internal
medicine, infectious disease, psychiatry, genetics, diabetes, hematology,
immunization, lipid management, poison information, narcotics, analytical chemistry
and pediatric dosage. Several faculty members arrived at ETSU with grants from
national foundations or experience in international health care initiatives and
“We want our students when they graduate not only to have a good grasp of
current practice methods in pharmacy but also what could be done in the future.”
When it comes to research opportunities, Calhoun and others in the college’s core
administration say the new ETSU college is uniquely poised to take advantage of
collaboration made possible by its position within a health sciences division that also
includes medicine, nursing, public health and clinical and rehabilitative health
sciences. Though the primary emphasis in the hiring process for the faculty to open
the college was teaching, administrators often attempted to match an applicant’s
research interests with initiatives already taking place at ETSU.
Pharmaceutical Sciences Department Chairman David Roane
said, ”While primary decisions about research occur at the
individual level, ETSU’s greatest potential for development of
rapid growth in pharmacy research should come from
capitalizing on common ground within the college and other
units at ETSU.”
“To make decent advances, it takes teamwork,” Roane said.
“You can’t do modern science just out there on your own. To be
the most productive, you’ve got to join hands with other people
and walk forward together.”
“We live in a world of ideas. That’s
kind of our bread and butter – to think
about things, come up with ideas
and find some way for them to hit the
ground and walk on their own. The
ability to generate ideas, refine ideas
and come up with the most creative
ideas often begins in conversation.”
Story by Sam Watson
Graphic By Mike Murphy ‘05
Photos By Ron Campbell ‘94
Johnson City Press
Spurling makes schools "Bully Free"
Dr. Richard Spurling ’84 ’93 ’04 is the author of It Is Time… To Be Bully Free! An Anti-Bullying Guidebook for School
Leaders (Dec. 2006). His writing has been inspirational in providing schools direction in developing, establishing and
implementing anti-bullying programs. This book is based on his dissertation, “The Bully-Free School Zone Character
Education Program: A Study of Impact at Five Western North Carolina Middle Schools” (Dec. 2004). Dr. Spurling’s
studies have allowed him the opportunity to present his findings to over 20,000 educators detailing his program to
concerned educators and school leaders in Virginia,
Tennessee, and North Carolina. He has also served as keynote speaker at several
state conferences over the last three years and continues to share his findings
through in-service training.
Dr. Spurling graduated from ETSU with a Doctorate of Education in 2004. He finished
the four-year course of study with a 4.0 Grade Point Average and received highest
honors at the commencement ceremonies held at the Mini-Dome on the campus
of ETSU. Over the last 20 years, Dr. Spurling has earned a B.S., M.Ed., Ed.S., and Ed.D. at the university. He was
also a three-year starter for the ETSU Buccaneer football team in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
In his 23rd year with the Mitchell County, North Carolina, Schools, he has served as a teacher, coach,
assistant principal, principal and currently is the assistant superintendent and Career Technical Education
Director. He also teaches at ETSU as an adjunct professor in the educational leadership department and
principal preparation program.
Dr. Spurling now resides in Spruce Pine, North Carolina, with his wife Felicia, a media specialist with the
Mitchell County Schools and their two children, Madison and Max.
ETSU basketball star shares his number
Tom Chilton (B.S. ’61) was my basketball idol along with a lot of other
Johnson City basketball fans in the early 1960s. When coach
Madison Brooks’ ETSU Bucs were playing at home, the gym was filled
to capacity to watch superstar, Tom Chilton, thrill the fans.
In those days we would scramble for a bleacher seat as close as
possible to the court. We made sure to wear our high-top Chuck
Taylor Converse basketball shoes to every game, just like Tom
Tom’s ETSU basketball career was cut short when he was drafted by
the Army during the cold war’s Berlin crisis. After military service he
was again drafted but by the NBA’s St. Louis Hawks.
He and the Hawks came back to town to play an exhibition match
against the Philadelphia 76ers and Wilt “The Stilt” Chamberlin. The
whole town filled Brooks Gym for the match.
Tom Chilton, along with his wife and other members of the class of ’61
returned to campus to bring Chilton’s number 42 jersey out of
retirement. Kevin Tiggs, a junior transfer student and the 2007
National Junior College Division II Player of the Year, had requested
and was granted permission to wear Chilton’s number 42 jersey, the
only number ever retired in ETSU’s program history.
A news release from ETSU’s athletic department said; Chilton, who
ranks first all-time with 26.1 points per game and the fifth on the
all-time scoring list with 1,801 points, agreed to allow Kevin to wear his
No. 42 jersey for the 2007 and 2008 season. Thereafter, it will be retired tour attendees
again. Tour attendants are all members of the class of 1961. Every year they
get together, and this year they came back to tour ETSU and see Tom
Chilton played at ETSU from 1958 to 1961, holds three of the top 10
Chilton’s number passed down to Kevin Tiggs.
scoring seasons in ETSU history, netting 32.1 ppg in 1960-61 (second in
the nation), 25 ppg in 1959-1960 and 20.6 ppg in (from left to right)
1958-59. Jane Turner Williamson
Tom makes his home in Madison, Indiana, and Mary L. Gearhart
makes his way to Johnson City each year to see Libbie Suter
the Bucs play. Linda Hitch Shaw
Bertie Jean Jones French
Bill Derby Paula Counts
Johnson City News & Neighbor Gregory & Tom Chilton
Judy Noblin Chilton
Mary Margaret Lones Holbert
Donald Kent Holbert
James E. and Carolyn Williams
Odom leads Tennessee House ETSU graduate coaches
Gary Odom (B.S. ’73) is the Democratic Majority Leader of the Tennessee House of Atlanta Falcons
Representatives. In addition, Rep. Odom serves as Chair of the House Ethics Committee and Former ETSU linebacker Mike Smith
the House Rules Committee. He also serves on the House Finance, Ways and Means (1977-1981) has spent the last five seasons as
Committee, the House Health and Human Resources Committee, the House Government the defensive coordinator for the
Operations Committee, the House Calendar and Rules Jacksonville Jaguars, but recently accepted
Committee, the House Budget Subcommittee, the his first-ever NFL head coaching job with the
House Professional Occupations Subcommittee, the Atlanta Falcons.
Joint TACIR Committee, the Joint Worker’s
During his tenure with the Jaguars, Smith
Compensation Committee, the Joint Lottery Oversight
implemented one of the best defensive
Committee, and the Joint TennCare
systems in the league. Since 2003,
Jacksonville ranked fourth in overall defense
Prior to his service in the Tennessee House of (296.6), third in scoring defense (16.1), fifth in
Representatives, he served in the Metropolitan Council rushing defense (99.3) and has allowed the
of Nashville and Davidson County from 1983 to 1995. third fewest rushing touchdowns (37) from
For three years, he was a faculty member at Aquinas Jr. 2003-06. After the 2005 campaign, Smith
College, and for 20 years he served as Executive was named to the USA Today All-Joe Team,
Director of the Tennessee Optometric Association. which is an award that goes to the players
and coaches who have overachieved and
He has two adult children, John Paul and
are often overlooked.
Prior to joining the Jaguars, Smith spent the
previous four seasons with the Baltimore
Ravens, helping them to their Super Bowl
ETSU alumnus Gediyon Kifle featured in award-winning cookbook championship in 2000.
In 2002, Smith coached All-Pro Ray Lewis
Gediyon Kifle received a bachelor’s degree in mass and Pro Bowler Peter Boulware, who had his
communications at ETSU in 1996. Today, he is a freelance finest NFL season, and he was instrumental
photographer based in Washington, D.C., and creates in the development of second-year pro Ed
documentaries, mainly on topics of human rights and social Hartwell, who made a team-leading 196
Now, Kifle has added something
new to his list of accomplishments.
He contributed the photography
to a unique cookbook, The Soul of
a New Cuisine: A Discovery of the
Foods and Flavors of Africa. The
volume was created in
collaboration with Marcus
Samuelsson and has a foreword
penned by Desmond Tutu, with
text by Heidi Sacko Walters.
Fansler, Montgomery appointed to the
Tennessee Board of Regents Smith had a 12-year stint at Tennessee Tech
Pam Fansler (B.S. ’73) was appointed to the 2nd Congressional District, (1987-98), the last three as the defensive
and Paul Montgomery was appointed to 1st Congressional District of the coordinator. He joined the Tennessee Tech
Tennessee Board of Regents. The Tennessee Board of Regents system is staff as defensive line coach, and then
governed by 18 board members. The purpose of the board is found in its served as special teams coordinator from
by-laws. The board meets four times each year at regularly scheduled 1988 to 1995. He tutored the line for nine
meetings, and the chairman may call additional meetings during the year seasons before being promoted to
as needed. The standing committees of the board and some ad hoc defensive coordinator and linebacker
committees meet prior to each board meeting and include faculty and coach in 1996.
student representatives. The board sets policies and guidelines that govern
With Smith as defensive coordinator, the
all TBR institutions.
Golden Eagles’ defense finished in the top
10 in the nation in both 1997 and 1998. In
Fansler is President and East Tennessee Market Manager of First Tennessee Bank in Knoxville,
1998, Smith was promoted to defensive
Tennessee. She is also a graduate of the Southeastern School of Banking and the LSU
coordinator/assistant head coach. Before
Graduate School of Banking. She has 32 years of experience in the financial services industry
joining Tennessee Tech, Smith was the
beginning with Valley Fidelity Bank and Trust Company and continuing with First Tennessee
defensive line coach and recruiting
after its acquisition of Valley Fidelity in 1991.
coordinator at Morehead (KY) State. He
served as a part-time assistant coach at
Montgomery is the Vice President of Talent Management of Eastman
San Diego State in 1982, and then spent the
Chemical Company where he is responsible for Eastman’s global learning,
next three seasons (1983-1985) coaching
staffing, workforce planning, leadership and business development. Before
the Aztecs’ linebackers. It was at San Diego
joining Eastman, he served as production supervisor and later as manager
State where he worked with Brian Billick, who
of production planning at Texas Instruments. Prior to joining Texas
brought him to Baltimore in 1999.
Instruments, he worked for Arcata Graphics and the Kingsport Press.
Sandra Baker-Hinton volunteers in paradise Radebaugh writes Gym Rats
They are Ph.D.s, M.D.s, and CEOs. They are
Senior Vice Presidents and consultants and
college teachers and community activists. And,
after months and months of research, they chose
to retire on Amelia Island. For Sandra Baker-
Hinton, Amelia Island is her “paradise.” She
came to Amelia Island to explore her love of
nature and the flora and fauna of this beautiful
island. She is an artist, and she notes, “You never
retire if you are an artist. Art will always be a part
of who you are.”
Sandra describes growing up poor in rural
Tennessee, and how a camping trip to Cumberland
Island as a child made her feel rich from the
abundance of natural beauty in the area. She
always wanted to return. She taught, then worked
with her husband to make his job a success, but
finally decided to escape to “paradise.” She recalls
the excitement of driving through the night, arriving
at 2:00 a.m., and finding a studio to really, finally
become a full-time artist. She has done that
successfully through Amelia SanJon Gallery and
even recently won Best-in-Show from the Jacksonville
Basketball coach’s wife Hope Radebaugh
But it’s her work as a turtle patrol volunteer that gets (B.S. ’87) released her first book Nov. 15.
each day started. She’s on the beach at dawn to Gym Rats is a 65-day devotional guide with
scout for clues that a sea turtle has come ashore to discipleship material. She is the wife of
lay its eggs. She marks the nest and continues to Carlston Southeastern College Men’s
monitor the area until it is time for the hatchlings to Basketball Coach Barclay Radebaugh.
appear. She is the only volunteer involved
The book is formatted to start at the
on the four-mile stretch of beach at Ft.
beginning of the athletic season and it ends
Clinch State Park. Armed with her
with the athletic season,” said Radebaugh.
camera, Sandra captures all the
changing sights along the shoreline and According to Radebaugh, four daily
shares them with friends through her sections are “meeting with the coach,”
photos and her artwork. Sandra, like many which is the prayer; “from the playbook,”
other residents of Amelia Island, feels that which is the word of scripture; “executing
it has become the best part of her life. the play,” which is commentary on the
scripture; and “off-court assignment,” which
Story by Jan Davis
is application to that scripture.
Photos by Holly Allain
Amelia Islander The book is geared toward wives of
coaches, administrators, support staff and
athletes. According to Radebaugh, she
Board picks Dykes wrote Gym Rats out of need in her own life.
She has been a coach’s wife for 19 years.
The temptation is to become lonely and
Washington County Board of Education discouraged, or bitter toward a profession
members chose Ron Dykes (B.S. ’75, M.A. that allows her husband only one half of a
’82) to succeed Grant Rowland (B.S. ’66) day off each week during the season.
as director of schools.
Board members unanimously gave Dykes
a vote of confidence following the vote
and agreed to enter into contract
discussions with him.
Dykes has been an educator in
Washington County for the past 30 years,
serving as assistant director of schools for
technology/student services since 1992.
From 1987-92, he taught at Daniel Boone
and David Crockett high schools, served
as assistant principal at Sulphur Springs
School and was named Teacher of the
Year in 1982 and 1987.
Story By Ben Ingram
Photo By Dave Boyd
Johnson City Press
‘Gary was there’ to cool it
At Fort Bragg, the former Delta Force Commander Gary L. Harrell (B.S. ’73) retired as a major
general from the Army at age 57, ending a career of almost 35 years that took him to every
post-Vietnam hot spot, from Grenada to Iraq and Afghanistan.
Harrell helped rescue U.S. hostage Kurt Muse from a Panamanian jail in 1989 and hunt down
Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. He searched for mobile Iraqi Scud missile launchers in the first
Persian Gulf war in 1991, was a commander during the 1993 battle of Mogadishu — immortalized
in the book and movie “Black Hawk Down” — and led perhaps the largest special operations
force into combat in U.S. history in Iraq.
Acclaimed as a combat leader, he displayed his soft side at the ceremony, holding hands with his
wife and high school sweetheart, Jennifer. Over the years, she accompanied him to tell families
that their loved ones would not be coming home. He spoke glowingly of his children and
“I’m more proud of being their father and grandfather than I am of retiring as a two-star general,”
Some significant moments in Harrell’s career:
1983: Grenada invasion with the 82nd Airborne Division.
1989: Special operations rescue of CIA operative Kurt Muse in
the Panama invasion.
1991: Hunt for Scud missiles in the Iraqi desert during the first
Is she an artist or a fashion Persian Gulf War.
designer? Ericka Bazile has 1993: Commander of special operations ground forces during
the battle of Mogadishu, a story told in the book and movie
found a way to be both. “Black Hawk Down.”
2001: Commander of the Joint Security Directorate during the
Erica Bazile’s (B.F.A. ’06) artistic talents Afghanistan campaign.
combine two of her loves – painting and 2003: Commander of special operations forces during the
clothes. When she’s not designing Iraq war.
handbags or accessories, she may be
painting pictures of fabric or items of Story by Henry Cuningham • Photo by Cindy Burnham
clothing, or planning a themed costume Storied Career by Jim Blaine • Fayetteville Observer
Her best-known work may be, of all
things, her series of small painting of her Dobson honored by Alaska Environmental Health Association
own undergarments, titled “Eternal
Masquerade.” She has a lifelong Jennifer Dobson ’04 was recently named the In addition to her regular job duties, Dobson
fascination with clothes. 2007 Alaska Environmental Health Professional supervises the YKHC Remote Maintenance
of the Year by the Alaska Environmental Health Worker Program, which provides training and
“Me personally – and I think a lot of Association (AEHA). technical assistance to rural utility operators.
women do this – we wear special Dobson is an active member of the Rural
underpants for special occasions, even Jennifer is a native of Kingsport, Tennessee,
Alaska Sanitation Coalition and has
though no one else knows you’re and holds a bachelor of science in environ-
participated in avian influenza sampling in the
wearing them,” she said. “So I got all my mental health (B.S.E.H.) from ETSU. She is a field
Yukon Kuskokwim Delta.
underpants together that I rarely wear environmental health specialist with the
and did a series of 13-by-13-inch Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corp. (YKHC) in According to AEHA, the award recognizes
paintings of them, very small and Bethel. In this capacity, she provides Dobson’s dedication to the association and
detailed, and a lot of them were on comprehensive environmental health services the field of environmental health. Dobson has
printed fabric.” for 12 Alaska Native villages in rural been actively involved with the AEHA. She has
southwestern Alaska, an area of served as newsletter editor and publications
The paintings are remarkably lifelike. approximately 75,000 square miles. committee chair, and was recently elected
These and her other works, particularly vice president.
a large painting depicting folds of satin She is responsible for community drinking
fabric, don’t sound like they would make water safety, wastewater and solid waste Story by Kevin Castle
for compelling art, but they do, thanks systems, rabies prevention, child care health Kingsport Times News
largely to Bazile’s skill at creating detail and safety, food safety, outbreak
and the appearance of depth. investigation, injury prevention, and
institutional environmental health.
Her parents came to the United States
from Haiti. Bazile also developed a Linda Good received Youth Education Leadership Award
strong work ethic by drawing from her
parents’ experiences; they fled to the Trout Unlimited awarded Linda Good (B.S. ’69) the Youth Education
United States during the brutal Leadership Award. Good has been the “Back the Brookie” education
dictatorship of “Papa Doc” Duvalier, coordinator for Trout Unlimited Tennessee Council. She coordinated
their lives in danger, and had to make the resources to create an interactive educational module
their own way in a new country. accompanied by a DVD about clean air, clean water, and the brook
trout, with a focus on the brook trout’s decline and recovery efforts.
Story by Doug Janz ‘85
The DVD fulfills several Tennessee curriculum standards in ecology and
Photo by Mike Murphy ‘05
environmental science. The DVD was partially funded through the Joe
Johnson City Press
Bogle Memorial Fund, which Good founded in honor of her late
husband, an avid fly fisherman and a Trout Unlimited Member.
forensic center named after Jenkins
During its quarterly meeting in March, the Tennessee Stanton said local counties, the state legislature and
Board of Regents approved the naming of The William the governor’s staff, including the Commissioner of
L. Jenkins Forensic Center at East Tennessee State Finance and the Commissioner of Health, joined
University’s James H. Quillen College of Medicine. Jenkins and helped make possible the funding for this
The Tennessee Board of Regents is the governing board $6.5 million venture.
The William L. Jenkins Forensic Center is located on
A resident of Hawkins County, Congressman Jenkins the Quillen Veterans Affairs Medical Center campus
represented the First District of Tennessee from 1997 to and includes the medical school’s sections of forensic
2007. During his term, he helped the university obtain pathology and toxicology. Renovations for the 38,000-
necessary federal funding to develop a state-of-the-art square-foot facility were completed in 2007.
forensic center which today serves eight counties in
nearly complete skeleton fossil of Red Panda discovered, only one of its kind in world
Researchers at East Tennessee State University’s Gray Fossil Site have A full tapir skeleton and a full rhinoceros skeleton have been found at
made “the find of a lifetime.” the site. The site also is the sole Miocene Epoch site in this part of the
country and is home to one of the world’s largest deposits of fossilized
A nearly complete skeleton fossil of a red panda has been
discovered at the ETSU and General Shale Brick Natural History Mu-
seum and Visitor Center at the Gray Fossil Site, a result of additional Adding even more significance to the recent red panda find is the
funding for essential laboratory and field personnel. fact that researchers at the site will be able to fully describe what
the red panda looked like based on more than just a tooth, which
The find is the only one of its kind in the world. The skull of this red
was the holotype (original specimen find) in Florida. Most knowledge
panda is only the second one to be discovered.
about the ancient red pandas comes from that tooth.
“This is basically a paleontologist’s dream to find a small carnivore
“For us to have the whole
that is in such fantastic shape,” said Dr. Steven Wallace, director of
specimen, we’re really
the ETSU Don Sundquist Center of Excellence in Paleontology.
describing the whole species for
“Typically little things like this just break into a million pieces.
the first time,” Wallace said.
“I think it really puts us on the map. We’re pretty well-known anyway, Story by Rex Barber ’04
but it’s nice to have this validation. We knew this was a one-of-a-kind J0ohnson City Press
site but now we can really say it is.”
performance marked 25th anniversary of ETSU bluegrass music program
This annual “Celebration of Bluegrass Music of the Dan Tyminski Band, a Grammy Award
at ETSU” marked the grand finale of the winner and frequent International Bluegrass
unique program’s yearlong 25th anniversary Music Association Mandolin Player of the
observance. As the first and most Year; and Jesse McReynolds of Jim and Jesse
comprehensive bluegrass program at any fame, a Grand Ole Opry star and inventor of
four-year university anywhere, the ETSU “cross picking” and “split string” playing.
program attracts students from throughout
This gala event featured a number of special
the United States and around the world.
guests, including Vincent Dial, an area
In addition, the program will continue its
educator, pastor and musician; Bluegrass
tradition of honoring the lifetime
The sweet sounds of acoustic instruments Program alumni Beth Stevens, Hunter Berry,
achievements of musicians in the field by
filled the Paramount Theatre in Historic Becky Buller and Megan Gregory;
recognizing three masters of the mandolin.
Downtown Bristol when bands in East Rockingham Road, a band also comprised
This year’s honorees include Jack Tottle,
Tennessee State University’s Bluegrass, of former ETSU Bluegrass students; Program
an instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, band
Old-Time and Country Music Program took Director Raymond McLain; and faculty
leader, author, educator, and founder of the
the stage in March. members and alumni Roy Andrade and
ETSU Bluegrass, Old-Time and Country Music
Daniel Boner, assistant program director.
Program; program alumnus Adam Steffey
U.S. News rates Quillen med school fourth in nation for rural medicine
ETSU’s James H. Quillen College of Medicine has been Bagnell said the award was recognition of the College of Medicine
ranked in the top five programs for rural medicine fulfilling its stated mission to provide education and health care to
once again. the people of the greater Tri-Cities region.
“Our ranking in this relates to the, really relates “And we really have done that well,” he said. “There’s been no one
back to the Kellogg Grant ... and (Assistant Vice close in Northeast Tennessee who’s done that this well.”
President of Rural Programs) Bruce Behringer has
developed extensive relationships with ETSU has consistently ranked high in the annual report from U.S. News
communities throughout Northeast Tennessee. & World Report.
That’s one of the reasons the school was placed
here,” Dr. Phillip C. Bagnell, dean of medicine, said. Story by Rex Barber ’04 • Johnson City Press
College of Public and Allied Health will become two separate entities
Dr. Randy Wykoff, the dean of the ETSU College of Public and Allied Health,
will become dean of the new College of Public Health. Dr. Nancy Scherer
NEW College of Public Health has been named Dean of the College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health
• Environmental Health
• Health Sciences “For years, it has been our goal to create an accredited school of public
health,” said Dr. Wilsie Bishop, ETSU vice president for Health Affairs and
• Public Health university chief operating officer. “We already have solid undergraduate,
graduate and doctoral programs in public health, microbiology and
environmental health, and these will serve as the foundation for this new
College of Public Health.
“While the creation of two new colleges allows for the needed expansion of
our programs, this split is also necessary for accreditation purposes. In order
for ETSU’s public health school to be accredited, the degree programs
offered within the college must prepare students for the core areas of public
health, such as environmental health and epidemiology. To achieve this, we
felt it was necessary to have clear distinction between our public health
programs, which address the needs of the community, and those in clinical
and rehabilitative sciences that focus on the health of individual patients.”
The university’s Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) program is accredited by
CEPH, Bishop explained, and, over the next two years, ETSU will complete
preparations to seek CEPH accreditation for the entire College of Public
“Throughout this process, our M.P.H. students will continue to graduate from a
CEPH-accredited program,” Bishop added.
“The presence of an accredited public health school will bring national
recognition to our university,” said ETSU President Dr. Paul E. Stanton Jr. “With
this distinction, our faculty will be able to compete for major extramural
grants and funding opportunities to support their research in public health.
We are thrilled at the prospects.”
Dr. Randy Wykoff Dr. Nancy Scherer
The College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences (CCRHS) will be
comprised of programs in radiography, cardiopulmonary science,
speech-language pathology, audiology, dental hygiene and physical
therapy, as well as the ETSU Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic and the
ETSU Dental Hygiene Clinic. In addition to a number of undergraduate and
graduate programs, the CCRHS offers doctoral programs in audiology and
There are some 40 accredited public health schools in the nation. ETSU’s new
college will be the first CEPH-accredited school in Tennessee and one of only
three in the Appalachian region.
“This is an exciting time for ETSU’s allied health programs. The undergraduate,
graduate, and doctoral programs are educating students for jobs in fields
that are considered to be among the fastest growing professions in health
care. As a new college, we can focus more attention on expanding those
programs and also pursuing opportunities to enhance our clinical services.
And, as part of ETSU’s Division of Health Sciences, we can pursue new
interdisciplinary opportunities in research, teaching, and patient care.”
The main academic areas within the new College of Public Health will
include biostatistics, community health, epidemiology, environmental health,
NEW College of Clinical &
health care administration and health sciences, which include microbiology, Rehabilitative Health Sciences
anatomy and physiology. • Allied Health Sciences
• Communication Sciences & Disorders
• Physical Therapy
Melissa Robertson, rock climber
At 15, Melissa Robertson was a dancer who In climbing, fear and trust go hand in
rarely spent time outdoors, but a chance hand. The climber literally puts her life in
offer changed her life. When she was the hands of the person holding the belay
invited by friends to try out a rock climbing rope.
wall in her native Crossville, she tagged
“Falling is pretty much inherent in climbing,
along and became “addicted” after her
but the rope is going to catch you.” As far
as climbing the rock goes, you’re trusting
Now 20, she is president of East the person holding the rope,” Robertson
Tennessee State University’s Climbing Club said. “You learn to find that trust. You’re
and a member of the Southeastern with them in some of the scariest
Climbers Coalition. She rarely keeps her experiences of your life, and you share a
feet on the ground. bond. Whether you know they’re a lawyer,
doctor or somebody who lives in the
Rock climbing continues to hold an
woods, once you climb together, you have
attraction for Robertson because it’s
endlessly challenging, and each location
offers its own difficulties and rewards.
Climbing, she says, is 90 percent mental
and 10 percent physical, and dealing with
fear is one challenge.
“There’s definitely a fear factor,” she said.
“Rock climbing is one of the sports where
you have to be completely in the mindset
or you’re not going to be very good. You
have to have full concentration (along
with) the strength.”
Story by Jan Hearne ’95
Photos by Mike Murphy ’05
Johnson City Press
honor student, teacher travel to mongolia
For six weeks this past summer, Honors-in-Discipline student Taylor Burnham, an East Tennessee State
University junior majoring in geology, experienced a rare opportunity, thanks to an ETSU Honors
College summer fellowship of $2,500, in addition to smaller grants from the ETSU student Sierra Club
and Geology Club.
Burnham joined ETSU faculty members Dr. Mick Whitelaw, an associate professor of Geology, and Dr.
Richard Kortum, an associate professor of Philosophy and Humanities, along with Dr. Jerry Nave, a
former ETSU faculty member in the surveying program, to conduct research in Mongolia.
Burnham, a resident of Mountain City, spent the majority of the time working with Whitelaw at
Khoton Lake, in Bayan Olgii, a province located in far western Mongolia. They studied the
geology of the area and described the petroglyphs
created on three hills, called Biluut 1, 2 and 3, beside
the lake - something that had never been
The researchers learned that artists spanning thousands
of years, from the Paleolithic, Pre-Bronze, Bronze, Iron and
Turkic eras, roughly 7,000 to 900 years ago, had created the
pictures. The petroglyphs appear on any surface polished
smooth by glacial activity.
Kortum, who counts art culture among his specialties, was
responsible for locating the research opportunity. Thanks to
his grant from the ETSU College of Arts and Sciences and the
one Whitelaw received from the ETSU Research and
Development Committee for faculty projects, the group was able to travel to a place far removed
from Northeast Tennessee and to gain valuable knowledge of mankind’s past.
ETSU women’s basketball: first-ever NCAA tournament appearance
The ETSU women’s “We are really excited. This team has worked end, ETSU closed out the year 21-12, which
basketball team extremely hard to get to this point,” also marked the most games played in a
entered unfamiliar mentioned head coach Karen Kemp, who single season for the Lady Buccaneers.
ground in March was named Atlantic Sun Coach of the Year.
“Credit East Tennessee State, they
when it took on Big
Standing 3-7 after its first 10 games, ETSU outcoached and outplayed us tonight. I
12 foe Oklahoma
quickly turned the season around by tried to stress (to the players) that mid-majors
State in the first round
closing out the last 22 games with an 18-4 such as East Tennessee are very dangerous.
of the NCAA Tourna-
mark. During the run, the Lady Bucs knocked They (East Tennessee) believe in themselves
ment inside Wells
off Alabama, won 15 of their last 16 regular and they believe they can play with
Fargo Arena in Des
season games and currently are on an anybody. They came out playing very re-
eight-game winning streak, which ties a laxed. I think we can play better. I didn’t like
school record. our effort. I thought Maria (Cordero) was
The Lady Bucs – who
outstanding, I thought everybody else was
had won a The ETSU women’s basketball team gave
just OK. I know this much, if we don’t play
program-tying 21 13th-ranked Oklahoma State everything it
better, we won’t be here (in the NCAA Tour-
wins and entered the could handle, but in the end it was the
nament) very long.”—Oklahoma State Head
match-up on an eight-game win streak, Cowgirls who advanced to the second
Coach Kurt Budke
including the Atlantic Sun Tournament and round of the NCAA Tournament as they
cutting down the nets in Nashville, almost defeated the Lady Bucs, 85-73.
two weeks before. The ETSU women The loss may have ended the Lady Bucs’
enjoyed the fun as their season was season; however, the ETSU women should
extended. However, with the team arriving hold their heads high after being a part of
in Iowa, the Lady Bucs knew it was time for one of the best teams in program history.
business and Oklahoma State would not be ETSU closed out the campaign winning 15 of
an easy test. its last 17 games en route to a school-record
tying 21-win season and the Lady Bucca-
With this being ETSU women’s first trip to the
neers’ first trip to the NCAA Tournament.
Big Dance, the team was soaking everything
in and enjoying the experience. The run was For the third consecutive year, the Lady Bucs
a little bumpy during the season, but all the have posted a winning season, marking the Seated os Head Coach Karen Kemp
(14th Season/A-Sun Coach of the Year).
hard work by the players, coaches and staff first time since 1984 the feat has been
Standing (right to left)
made this a rewarding effort. accomplished, as well as posting back-to- Assistant Coaches Jennifer West (B.S. ’05);
back 20-plus wins for the first time ever. In the Matt Smith; and DeShawne Blocker (B.S. ‘96).
ETSU men’s tennis ranked no. 33 in latest ITA poll
A week after making history having two ETSU is led by junior Enrique Olivares (Puerto and in bad times and that has helped us work
nationally ranked players in singles ETSU men’s Ordaz, Venezuela) and senior Lisandro through it. This is the sweet nectar of success
tennis has done it again. The Bucs who Picardo (Mar del Plata, Argentina). and I am beyond speechless,” said head
started the season at No. 49 have worked Olivares who is ranked 67th is 18-5 overall coach Yaser Zaatini.
their way up the Intercollegiate Tennis while Picardo who just earned his first career
Association poll reaching No. 33, the highest national ranking is 22-3 overall and is
ranking in program history. undefeated in dual action going 14-0 this
season. He is ranked 95th.
The Bucs are 15-3 overall having defeated
three nationally ranked opponents this season “It’s quite amazing how far these boys have
including No. 50 MTSU on February 10 and taken us. We just have a bunch of
No. 48 Harvard on March 5. Their three losses hardworking individuals who believe in
have come against Top 25 opponents themselves and believe in what ETSU is selling.
Tennessee, Georgia and Wake Forest. ETSU They are just as proud of being a part of this
is currently on a 10-match winning streak program as I am. When we go through rough
with their latest victory over the 59th-ranked times and we screw up once or twice we’re
Stetson Hatters. banding together as a family in good times
ETSU women make history with first conference championship and NCAA berth;
Jansone makes it a sweep with individual title
women had left little doubt about which “I’m so proud of this team and what Laura
team would take away the league title. was able to do on those final few holes,” said
However, the battle for the individual ETSU head coach Stefanie Shelton. “I am
championship left the gallery guessing until really beside myself. To win for the first time is
the end. obviously one of those steps every program
wants to take to get to nationals. To have
While the Buccaneers made history by everyone on our team finish in the Top 9 is
winning the program’s first ever conference unbelievable. This is the realization of a
title and berth to the NCAAs with a 25-stroke dream.”
victory over Campbell, ETSU sophomore
With a 28-stroke lead heading into Laura Jansone (Jurmala, Latvia) needed two ETSU will now wait to learn where they will
Wednesday’s third and final round of the impressive par saves on the final two holes play their NCAA regional event, which will
Atlantic Sun Conference Women’s Golf to post a tournament score of 10-over-par begin May 8. Visit ETSUBucs.com to learn
Championships on April 16 at Johnson City’s 226 (67-82-77) to best Campbell’s Belen Diaz more in the coming weeks
Ridges Golf and Country Club, the ETSU Cisneros and Belmont’s Lorie Warren. 11
buccaneer softball breaks ground for new stadium
150 of them being chair back), press box amenities for media and
game operations, gated entry concourse, bathrooms, concessions, a
state-of-the-art scoreboard, dugouts (with attached storage and easy
access to bullpens), a playing surface with complete drainage and
irrigation systems, and a practice infield.
“I feel honored to be part of ETSU history not only as a player, but as a
coach as well,” mentioned ETSU head softball coach Andrea
Mangrum, who played on the inaugural Buccaneer squad in 2001.
“Each day I stress to my players that family is very important and they
are part of a special Buccaneer family here. Not only will this new
stadium help as a huge recruiting tool, but it is a place where my
team can call home.” Despite not being able to play in the new
stadium when it opens in 2009, the current members of the senior class
know they helped contribute in making this project happen.
“We work hard day in and day out as student-athletes, and this
stadium is a reward for those who have worn the ETSU uniform,”
added senior Amanda Haverman.
It was a festive morning at the future home of Buccaneer softball, as
a contingent of supporters attended the ground-breaking ceremony,
The East Tennessee State Department of Athletics celebrated a historic
including the ETSU softball team, members of the Johnson City
day for its softball program, as the Buccaneers announced the ground
community, athletic and university staff, those in charge of the
breaking for a new softball stadium.
building project/plans, and family members.
“Today marks an exciting day for ETSU athletics and the Buccaneer
This new stadium design is being supported by such contributors as
softball program,” said ETSU Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Dave
General Shale Brick, C&T Construction, Beeson Lusk and Street, Joe
Mullins. “The building of this stadium helps us continue with our
Grandy, Gerald Thomas and Wayne Basler.
‘Pathway to Excellence,’ which is designed to change the face of
ETSU and the future of Buccaneer athletics.”
“When you have great leaders like Dave (Mullins) and Barbie (Breed-
love) it shows as we have strong student-athletes and support here at
After playing on a city-owned field for the past eight seasons
ETSU,” said ETSU President Dr. Paul E. Stanton Jr. “We are coming off our
(including the upcoming campaign), the ETSU softball program will
best athletic season, and now we are continuing to grow as a univer-
finally have a place it can call home in spring 2009. The
sity with the building of this major athletic complex.”
state-of-the-art facility will be built behind the Kroger shopping center,
and will be one of the most attractive athletic facilities in the region as
The “Pathway to Excellence Athletic Campaign” calls for new
it overlooks the ETSU campus with a mountain background.
athletic facilities for all of ETSU’s 16 varsity sports, and is part of the total
university’s “Reaching Higher” capital campaign of over $200 million.
“This is a very special time for ETSU athletics,” added Associate Athletic
The path is already being placed with the addition of the on-campus
Director/Senior Woman Administrator Barbie Breedlove. “I have been
Summers-Taylor soccer complex, now the softball ground-breaking,
looking forward to this day for a long time, and having a state-of-the-
and plans are underway for a new baseball stadium, outdoor track,
art facility is so rewarding to not only our athletics program, but the
tennis facility and basketball arena.
community as well.”
For more on the “Pathway to Excellence Athletic Campaign,” visit
A top-notch stadium is exactly what the Buccaneer softball program
will receive. The facility will feature TV-quality lighting, 500 seats (with
BASA annual auction and raffle
Supporters of the Buccaneer Athletic
Scholarship Association (BASA) enjoyed an
evening dressed up as cartoon characters
while helping raise finds for ETSU athletic
programs last weekend. The annual event
was held at the Centre at Millennium Park.
BASA awarded Denise Murray $5,000 worth
of Shell gasoline gift cards as part of its
annual auction event at the Millennium
Due to the rise of gas prices this winter, BASA decided to give the public an opportunity
to win $5,000 worth of free gasoline. Raffle tickets were sold by BASA members around
the region for $50 each, with ticket buyers automatically entered into a drawing to win.
Members sold 650 tickets for the drawing, raising $32,500 for the general scholarship fund.
Courtesy of Johnson City News & Neighbor
12 Watch for details of this and other Homecoming events set for October 18, 2008.
summer sports camps men’s golf ranked 20th
Enrich Your Child’s Summer Fresh off a third place finish in the
@ ETSU! Visit www.etsu.edu/ Administaff/Augusta State Invitational,
alumni/index.asp for a the ETSU men’s golf team moved up
summer filled with teamwork several spots in the most recent na-
and beneficial play. tional collegiate rankings.
The Buccaneers, who finished 18th in
Buccaneer Softball last year’s NCAA Championships, are
Ages 7 and up now ranked 20th by Golfstat.com,
and have moved up to No. 21 in the
Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. In the indi-
All Hitter Clinics vidual rankings provided by Golfweek,
June 9-10 & July 23-24
senior Gareth Shaw (Lisburn, Northern
Ireland) has moved to No. 16 in the
Pitcher, Catcher, Hitter Clinics nation after finishing second in the
July 21-22 Augusta State event.
Buccaneer Soccer School
for Girls & Elite Players
Boys & Girls Day
June 2-5 (ages 5-12) three ETSU grads inducted into SEATA Hall of Fame
Jerry Robertson (B.S. ’64), Jay Shoop (BB.S. ’70), and Chuck Kimmel (M.A. ’78)
were inducted into the Southeast Athletic Trainers’ Hall of Fame in Franklin,
Girls & Team Camp (overnight) Tennessee.
ETSU Elite Camp
July 13-17 (ages 13-18) Jerry Robertson began
his athletic training
Buccaneer Soccer Academy profession at ETSU in
1960 during his
Soccer Camp undergraduate work.
Overnight Optional After graduating in 1964
he worked a year as
Junior Elite Academy a Graduate Assistant
June 19-22 (ages 10-13) Athletic Trainer at
Senior Elite Academy University. He then
June 26-29 (ages 14 and up) returned to ETSU where
he worked as Head
GK-One Goalkeeping Academy Athletic Trainer until 2003. While at ETSU he developed one of the first
June 26-29 (ages 14 & up) undergraduate Athletic Training Education Programs in SEATA and served as
both an Instructor and the Curriculum Director. Jerry joined SEATA and NATA
in 1965 and was certified in 1960. The Jerry Robertson Scholarship Award was
Buccaneer Volleyball Camp established in 1981 in his honor and he was inducted into the ETSU Pirate Club
Hall of Fame in 1983.
Camp II-Individual Camp
(overnight optional) Jay Shoop graduated from ETSU in 1970 and then went to Furman University to
July 20-23 (ages 10-18) earn his masters. He was offered the Head Athletic Trainer position at Furman
upon graduating and served there for six years. In 1996 he served as the Chief
Camp III-All Skills Camp Athletic Trainer for the Olympic Village for the Centennial Olympic Games, and
July 24 & 25 (ages 10-18) also the Head Athletic Trainer for the 1994 Goodwill Games in St. Petersburg,
Russia. Shoop also served as the Head Athletic Trainer for the Tampa Bay
Lady Bucs Camp Buccaneers and Michigan Panthers, and Assistant Athletic Trainer for the
Atlanta Falcons. He spent most of his time as Georgia Tech’s Director of Sports
Day Camp I Medicine and Head Athletic Trainer and returned to Georgia Tech in 2002 after
June 2-5 (grades 3-12) serving as Head Athletic Trainer for the Detroit Lions for a year.
Day Camp II Chuck Kimmel served as a student athletic trainer at the University of Kentucky
June 23-26 (grades 3-12) before coming to ETSU to earn his master’s degree and then later became the
Assistant Athletic Trainer. He then became on the second Athletic Trainer hired
by Austin Peay State University in 1981 and quickly built one of the most
Buccaneer Basketball Camp respected athletic training programs in the region. He retired from APSU in 2007
and accepted the position of Injury Clinic Director at Appalachian State
Day Camp I University in Boone, North Carolina.
June 16-19 (ages 5-14)
The SEATA Hall of Fame was established in 2007 to recognize the very best of
Day Camp II the athletic training profession who advance the athletic training profession
July 14-17 (ages 5-14) with such qualities as leadership, service, dedication, scholarly activities,
promotion and professionalism.
For more details go to www.etsubucs.com 13
CBAT inducts new Hall of Fame members
The East Tennessee State The Excellence in Business Award recipients The Business Horizon Award is presented to
University College of Business may not be ETSU graduates, but must have graduates of the ETSU College of Business
and Technology inducted significant accomplishments in business or and Technology who are establishing
members into its Hall of Fame technology, exemplary service to the noteworthy careers as well as a commitment
during a ceremony at the community, and a demonstrated to the college and the university.
Carnegie Hotel. commitment to the college and to ETSU.
Cheryl Lang ’86 is vice
The Lifetime Achievement in Business Award Arby Edwards ’62 spent president and chief financial
is presented to alumni of the College of three years with Army officer of Tindall Corporation,
Business and Technology who have intelligence in the Far East a Spartanburg, S.C.-based
significant accomplishments in business or during and after the Korean company that designs, manu-
public service. War. Edwards became the factures, and erects pre-cast
youngest customs attaché concrete systems for construction projects.
M. Steven DeCarlo ’80 is appointed within U.S. Cus-
chief executive officer toms (now Homeland Security). He served Thomas E. Weems ’81 ’83
of AmWINS Group Inc., a most often in Japan, but was also based in is the founder of Thomas
wholesale distributor of Seoul, Hong Kong, Rome and Paris. Weems Architect, a firm that
specialty insurance designs medical, commercial,
products dedicated to Allen Harris Jr. was awarded educational, religious and
serving retail agents across the United States this honor posthumously. residential structures. Weems
through property and casualty, group life Under his guidance, Harris is a member of the ETSU Foundation and the
and health, and program administration Manufacturing Co. Committee of 1000, and he is a member of
services. became one of the leading the Distinguished President’s Trust.
hardwood flooring corpora-
The Honorable tions in the world. The first Robert Lynn White ’96, chief
Ron Ramsey ’78, lieuten- president of the ETSU Foundation, Harris was public relations officer of the
ant governor of the State named an ETSU Honorary Alumnus in 1979 Johnson City Power Board
of Tennessee, served two and, 10 years later, he was the first recipient (JCPB), was recently named
terms in the Tennessee of the George L. Carter Award. by Tennessee Gov. Phil Brede-
House of Representatives, sen to the Tennessee Higher
and, in 1996, he won election to the State Education Commission, the
Senate, representing Tennessee Senate coordinating body for 51 public colleges,
District 2, which encompasses Johnson and universities, community colleges and tech-
Sullivan counties. nology centers.
five new roan scholars chosen
For the first time since its inception in 2000, the Roan Scholars Leadership Program at East Tennessee State University has selected five high
school students for the prestigious scholarship. The “outstanding” high school seniors chosen for the Roan Scholars Class of 2008 participated in
a rigorous interview process with 47 other exceptional nominees.
The ETSU Roan Scholars Leadership Program awards up to four full scholarships annually. However, due to both the investment performance
of the Roan Endowment in the ETSU Foundation and continued support from donors to the Roan Program, a fifth Roan Scholarship was made
possible for this entering 2008 class. The number of future awards will depend on endowment status and financial feasibility.
The program was envisioned by Louis H. Gump, a Johnson City businessman and entrepreneur, who now chairs ETSU’s Roan Scholars Steering
Committee. His vision was to implement a “dynamic ETSU initiative emphasizing leadership, intellectual curiosity, character and physical vigor”
modeled after the Morehead-Cain Scholars Program at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, in which he was a participant.
Sean McNeil Collins – Grace Owen O’Neill Edwina Michelle Morris –
University School -- His McCord – Dobyns-Bennett Science Hill High School -- She
leadership positions and High School -- She combines has been involved as class
honors include Senior Patrol her academic and ath- representative in Student
Leader of the Boy Scouts of letic gifts as a student whose Government and Future
America Troop 37, varsity cap- honors include AIMS Scholar, Business Leaders of America
tain of the basketball and soccer teams, and SHOUT Graduate, as well as numerous ath- while serving in many other capacities,
program leader for the Fellowship of Christian letic distinctions while proving her leadership including a Health Ministry Team, peer
Athletes. abilities as captain of DB’s varsity soccer tutoring, and leadership positions on the
team, and participation in the Fellowship of track and basketball teams.
Victoria (Tori) Jones –
Madison High School,
Marshall, N.C. Her honors in- Daniel Justin Miller –
clude many athletic awards Mountain Heritage High
such as 2007 Indoor Track School, Burnsville, N.C. – He
Team MVP, Edward R. Jones has served as yearbook
Blue Chip Scholar Athlete 2005-07, as well editor, founder and devotion
as Western Highlands Academic All-Confer- leader in Fellowship of
ence. Her leadership and service activities Christian Athletes, Student Council class
include "Because All Matter" and served as representative, and captain of the varsity
class president for three years. baseball and basketball teams.
Janey Diehl wins 2008 Chancellor’s Award ETSU Foundation honors
for Excellence in Philanthropy Green and Jones with
Mrs. Janette “Janey” Diehl exemplifies the best ‘Margin of Excellence Awards’
of ETSU as a graduate and lifelong benefactor.
A native of Jonesborough, Janey completed The ETSU Foundation and East Tennessee
high school and then headed to what was then State University recognized two regional
“East Tennessee State College.” She leaders – Richard “Dick” Green and Tim
graduated in 1950 with a double major in P. Jones – with the prestigious Margin of
business education and health and physical Excellence Award during the Distinguished
education. She married Richard Diehl, and they President’s Trust annual dinner for the
both started a trucking business. She still works university’s top contributors held at
alongside her sons in the trucking industry and MeadowView Conference Resort and
shows her ETSU pride by having all of the trucks Convention Center on Friday, Feb. 15.
display the “ETSU PRIDE” logo.
The Margin of Excellence Award was
In 1996, the ETSU Alumni Association selected established in 2002 to acknowledge
Janey as that year’s Outstanding Alumna for individuals who “go above and beyond the
her dedication and service to ETSU. The call of duty” in supporting the mission of ETSU
Southern Conference honored her in 2003 as and the Foundation. Each honoree receives
one of the athletic league’s first “Outstanding a medallion and crystal bowl.
Supporters.” The ETSU Foundation presented
Janey with the Margin of Excellence Award in Green is president
2005. In 2006, the ETSU College of Business and and CEO of
Technology presented the Lifetime General Shale
Achievement in Business Award for her significant accomplishments in business and public Brick, one of the
service through her exemplary service to the community and commitment to the college largest brick and
and university. exterior building
Janey Diehl has truly led a distinguished life by dedicating her efforts to helping others, manufacturers in
particularly our students at East Tennessee State University. the United States
with more than
2,000 employees in
ETSU 101 President’s Classroom Program Recognized 11 states. Born and
Johnson City, he
The Council for is rewarding that others recognize the has worked most of his life in East Tennessee.
Advancement significance of this program as a His association with ETSU is a lifelong Green
and Support of promotional instrument for the university to family affair – his mother and father, as well
Education (CASE) highlight regionally some of the exemplary as other members of his family, graduated
recently honored programs we offer here.” from the university, and he met his wife,
East Tennessee Karen Carden Green (’71), while attending
State University for “The judges were impressed with the ETSU before his graduation in 1973.
its ETSU 101 President’s Classroom program,” said
President’s Monica Greppin, Tennessee Tech Jones has also exhibited outstanding
Classroom University’s Associate Vice President of commitment and devotion to ETSU, serv-
program. Communications and Marketing and ing as Foundation chairman from 2003-07.
judging coordinator for the CASE Public During his tenure, alumni and friends of the
ETSU was a Grand
Affairs Programs category. “A team of university gave more than $69 million to the
outstanding advertising and public relations Foundation, almost $28 million of which was
among the CASE Public Affairs Programs
experts carefully evaluated each entry and designated for scholarships and other
and won an Award of Excellence for the
selected this as one of our top choices for endowments. In 1997, the ETSU Alumni
newly developed project. ETSU is included
the category. ETSU should be proud of its Association named him as an
in the District III region of CASE, which
efforts. The award is impressive, but the “Honorary Alumnus.” He is married to the
encompasses over 550 colleges and
success of the President’s Classroom former Valda Hicks, a 1972 ETSU
universities throughout the southeast.
program is the most telling graduate. Jones
The ETSU 101 President’s Classroom program accomplishment.” and his wife are
allows participants an opportunity to members of the
Dr. Richard A. Manahan, ETSU Vice
experience being a doctor, a movie President’s Trust
President for University Advancement and
producer, a songwriter, a nurse, a golfer, Platinum Society
President of the ETSU Foundation, emphasiz-
an engineer, and a basketball coach. The and the ETSU
es that winning these awards allows ETSU to
classes have been composed of three Legacy Circle for
thrive and compete among other national
current or former mayors; three city their generous
universities. “This is a confirmation by our
commissioners; 36 presidents, CEOs, and support for the
fellow colleges and universities regarding
business owners; and 24 other leaders from ETSU Foundation.
ETSU’s commitment to improvement and
the community. From their experience,
reach out to our communities,” he said.
these President’s Classroom participants
have generated support for ETSU in For more information on the CASE
numerous ways. recognition or for details about the ETSU
President’s Classroom program, contact
“We take tremendous pride in the
the offices of University Advancement and
development of our President’s Classroom,”
University Alumni at (423) 439-4218.
said ETSU President Dr. Paul E. Stanton, Jr. “It
the distinguished president’s trust
the distinguished president’s trust
1. People • 2. People • 3. People
the distinguished president’s trust
the distinguished president’s trust
the distinguished president’s trust
What is the
This annual drive seeks gifts from ETSU
alumni, faculty/staff, retirees, and friends to support many
student, faculty, and alumni programs and
scholarships. The ETSU Annual Fund assists
departments, whether for academic or athletic
excellence, particularly for programs not funded or not
fully funded by the state. Your annual gifts, no matter
what the amount, truly make a difference for your
university and all the people ETSU serves in so many ways.
Thank you for making an annual tax-deductible gift
to the ETSU Foundation today!
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An Endowment for the 21st Century
How many times as alums or friends of your
university have you thought, “I would like to help
students financially but my gift wouldn’t make a
Now is your time to make a difference for ETSU
students! The Challenge 2000 Endowment is
a “partnered” endowment. With your gift or
pledge of $1000 (completed over a three- year
span) along with matching funds of $1000 from
the ETSU Alumni Association, you can become a
member of the Challenge 2000, “An Endowment
for the 21st Century.” Your gift, partnered with
others’, will complete a $2 million endowment
which will produce scholarships for generations
of ETSU students.
Matching funds are ready now. Please don’t let
this opportunity slip away. Join today!
Endowments in the
East Tennessee State
One way to make a lasting contribution to ETSU University Foundation
students is through the formation of an endowed
fund. Each endowment provides an annual payout
of earnings to be used for purposes designed by the Lindsey Ratcliff, ETSU Class of 2005
donor. Currently, at least $10,000 (cash or planned 2007-2008 Recipient
gifts) is required to establish an endowment.
Karen & Russ West Teaching
“I am so appreciative to
receive the Karen and Russ
West Scholarship. I am
passionate about my present
teaching career and excited
to further my knowledge. I
feel blessed and lucky that
Dr. Russ West &Family I have this opportunity to
continue to improve as a
Established by the late Dr. Russ West and his family current teacher. I truly
during his lifetime, the Karen & Russ West Teaching appreciate the West
Endowment continues to provide financial family from the bottom
encouragement for creative classroom teachers of my heart!”
returning to ETSU to enhance their degrees.
Many alumni and friends include the ETSU We’d be honored to work with you and your
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Why? wish to leave for ETSU in the ETSU Foundation.
Hurry! Rates are scheduled to decrease
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They wish to “touch the future” at ETSU with
student scholarships and faculty resources. They Please contact us today––Richard A. Manahan, or
care about an even brighter future for future Jeff W. Anderson, J.D., 423-439-4242, or e-mail
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Whether it is a bequest in your Last Will and
Testament, a Charitable Gift Annuity that provides
a lifetime income, a Charitable Remainder Trust,
a Life Insurance Policy, IRA Account, or other
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Gates to share your legacy at ETSU. You just have
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back looking forward
Gothard: Thankful for Maxine’s Sweet Iced tea
My family spent the Thanksgiving holiday in It was only when the hour came to pick up my girlfriend (now my
the mountains on the other side of the state. wife) for dinner that I voluntarily exited my third floor room only to be
And when I say the mountains, I mean the hit with a barrage of rubber darts. Game over.
mountains – four-wheel-drive-trucking-gun-
For lunch we decided to see if our old college hangout, Poor
Richard’s, was still in business. Poor Richard’s was where my wife,
friends and I spent the better part of our college careers eating
Mid-afternoon we decided to travel an hour hoagies, playing cards, and drinking Maxine’s Sweet Iced Tea.
down the other side of the mountain to visit
As we rushed inside out of the below freezing weather it was like
our college campus in Johnson City, Tenn.
stepping back in time. The waitress’ question, “May I help you?” was
Neither my wife nor I have been back in over
met with my question, “Do you still serve Maxine’s Sweet Iced Tea?”
20 years. The closer we got the more the stories
flowed. In that unmistakable East Tennessee drawl,
“We sure do,” were the kindest words spoken
Now the kids’ cries “Dad, did you really live in
to me all Thanksgiving.
that gross dorm?” “Dad, did you really flunk
Intermediate Accounting II?” “Dad, did you The Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Thessalonians,
really get kicked out of Mom’s dorm room?” “Dad, why were you in “Give thanks in all circumstances.” I’m ex-
Mom’s dorm room in the first place?” gave way to “Nooooooooooo, tremely thankful for Maxine’s Sweet Iced Tea.
please not another story!”
Mike Gothard ‘86
I reminisced about playing Assassin over three and a half days and The Daily Advance
finishing second (which is really no different from last in Assassin) Elizabeth City, NC
when the winner managed to barricade me in my dorm room--306
Cooper Hall – also affectionately known as “The Zoo.” Even his torrent
of bottle rockets underneath my door failed to flush me out.
The James H. Quillen College of Medicine, then… and now
This is a personal reflection on the history and Making rounds with Internal Medicine Health Alliance. The current medical staff
growth of the James H. Quillen College of residents, then discussing the differential roster has 510 physicians. The town doctors
Medicine by Dr. Jay B. Mehta, professor of diagnosis was something of a new are most gracious, and the COM is accept-
Internal Medicine and chief of the Division experience for some health care staff as we ed with open arms. Several area physicians
of Preventive Medicine and Epidemiology, moved into a “teaching hospital” teach our students and residents.
who was among the college’s first faculty arrangement. For example, we did not
We started with four residents, today we
members. have a conference room, so most of the
have 108 residents and 37 full-time faculty
discussion took place in the hallway.
During the ETSU Service Awards Breakfast members! Teaching programs in all three
I also recall that at the old Memorial
in November, Dr. Paul E. Stanton presented community hospitals have continued to
Hospital, there were only 56 physicians on
me with a plaque for completing 30 years grow.
the medical staff. Our Department of
of service with ETSU. As I was leaving the
Internal Medicine at the College of Medi- Yes, things have changed over the years,
ballroom at the D.P. Culp University Center,
cine itself had just five full-time faculty and most of the changes are good. Our
many memories went through my mind.
members. College of Medicine is no longer a “young”
It was July 1977, when I joined the College of institution. And, as I
Needless to say, there were other chal-
back looking forward
Medicine (COM), and I started my first day walk slowly in the long
lenges in getting a new medical school off
with the rounds at the old Memorial Hospital hallways of the JCMC,
the ground – challenges that required “town
in downtown Johnson City. Finding a park- sometimes I lower my
and gown” cooperation. Of course, times
ing spot near the hospital was not easy. As head as if I am search-
have changed. From meager beginnings,
a new medical staff attending, I went to ing for my long-lost
both the COM as well as the general
get a parking sticker that would allow me to youth!
medical community have thrived in this
park in the physicians’ parking lot—a special
area. In September 1980, the old Memorial Jay. B Mehta,
privilege, of course!
Hospital moved to a new, seven-story MD, FCCP
In those days, starting a teaching service building with 12 conference rooms. As you ETSU Accent
in a private hospital was challenging. Our know, it is now known as the Johnson City
community hospitals were cooperative, but Medical Center (JCMC). In January 1999,
we also used our ingenuity to make it work. the JCMC became part of Mountain States 23
2000s Adam Franklin (B.S. ’04) took a new position David Pyle (B.A. ’01) graduated from the U.S.
as head of the motion graphics division for Army Chaplain Officer Basic Leader’s Course,
Jessica E. Strickland (B.S. ’07) married John Crew Creative Advertising (www.crewcre- at Ft. Jackson, South Carolina, in August
Rogers in 2006. They had their first child, John ative.com) in Hollywood, California. Since 2007. He is a senior student in the Master of
Rogers, Jr., on Valentine’s Day of 2007. Jessi- February 2007, he has been involved in the Divinity program at the Meadville Lombard
ca is now working on her M.P.H. in community trailer and television advertising campaigns Theological School, an affiliate of University of
health at Walden University and her graduate for feature films and national television such Chicago. David will be entering active duty
certificate in biosecurity and disaster pre- as “Bratz-The Movie” and “Family Guy,” and in the U.S. Army as a chaplain in 2009.
paredness at Saint Louis University. graphic treatments for The History Channel
and the 2008 Academy Awards. Adam Crystal H. Stewart (B.B.A. ’01) is a member of
Sarah G. Pope (M.S. ’06) has been hired by currently resides in Burbank, the local musical group Michael Cable & his
the City of Kingsport, Tennessee, to oversee California, with his wife Julia. JazzBox. The band released its debut record,
the Kingsport Landing project-a 20-year rede- Everybody Something, in May 2007.
velopment project along the Riverfront area Tim Mann (B.S. ’04) has joined the Bank of
of town. Her responsibilities will be to assist Tennessee as financial center manager at the Josh Brandon (B.S. ’00) was
city staff with the assembling of property and Jonesborough, Tennessee, branch. In his new appointed to the Country Radio Broadcasters
solicitation of private sector support for the position, Mann is responsible for managing Agenda Committee for the Country Radio
Kingsport Landing project. day-to-day activities, as well as lending, Seminar (CRS-39) in Nashville, Tennessee, for
operational responsibilities and relationship 2008. Among his duties, he is organizing and
Jennifer M. Whittington (B.S. ’06) was crowned management. Tim is a licensed Tennessee supervising the “Small Market Superstars”
Miss Food City 2008 and will represent Food life insurance representative with five years of Panel that will feature today’s brightest stars
City during the Food City 500 and the Food banking experience. in Small Market Country Radio to share their
City 250 NASCAR event at Bristol Motor success stories.
Speedway during 2008. Whittington is a 23- Cory Lewis (B.B.A. ‘03) has
year-old student at the Quillen College of founded T. C. Lewis & Co. Properties- a full- Brian Clough (B.B.A. ’00) has been promoted
Medicine in Johnson City, TN. service real estate, development, excava- to branch manager of the Manpower, Inc. of
tion, and construction company that the Tri-Cities, Tennessee. In his new position,
Dustin Brackins (B.B.A. ’05) has been pro- operates in East Tennessee and Western North his responsibilities will include providing overall
moted to the position of community bank- Carolina. Cory and his fiancé Haize Colvin supervision and counsel to branch service
ing officer at Tennessee State Bank. He has have been selected as finalists in the 2008 staff, implementing and monitoring the
been with the bank for three years, serving Asheville, North Carolina, Dream Weddings corporate service standards of Manpower for
in various positions. Tennessee State Bank Giveaway. the local office and implementing and
serves the people of Sevier County and Knox managing a detailed marketing program.
County, Tennessee. Arch Jones (B.B.A. ’02) is the product and
pricing manager for Bank of Tennessee, Lt. Col. Stephen W. Jarrard (M.D. ’00) recently
2nd Lt. Richard T. Oakley (B.M. ’05) graduated Johnson City, Tennessee. He is responsible for completed a tour of combat duty as a
from U.S. Army Ranger School on January 25, managing, creating and initiating profitable military physician.
2008. He has returned to Fort Hood, Texas, financial service products and programs.
where he is a company fire support officer for Arch’s duties also include short- and long- 1990s
2nd Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment. term strategies for all products.
Kenneth Davis (B.A. ’98) is currently attending
Ciji N. Carroll (B.A. ’04) began working as a Katherine C. McCormick (B.B.A. ’02) has the Army Command and General Staff
special events coordinator for Virginia Tech in earned the certified professional accountant College in Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas.
July 2007. (CPA) designation from Rodefer Moss and
Co. She is with a regional accounting and Eric Fletcher (B.A. ’98) is the vice president
consulting firm with offices in Greeneville, and business development officer at TruPoint
3 Alums reunite in Kingsport, Knoxville, and Nashville, Tennes-
see. Katherine has more than six years of
Bank’s Johnson City, Tennessee, office. He is
responsible for business development and
Cape Cod public accounting experience. She has been
employed at Rodefer Moss and Co. since
commercial lending in Johnson City and
February 2005. Katherine is married to Todd
McCormick, and they have two children, Michael Owston (B.S. ’98; G.C.E.R. ’00)
Gage and Kylie. recently passed the American College of
Veterinary Pathology board exam in
Ginger K. Nidiffer (B.B.A. ’02) is the guest Anatomic Pathology.
services director for the General Morgan Inn,
Greeneville, Tennessee. She is a former man- Melanie R. Bowen (B.S. ’96) and her husband
ager and director of sales at Greeneville’s Michael Gergen welcomed a daughter,
Comfort Inn. Arden, in March 2007. The couple also has a
two- year-old daughter, Payton. They reside in
Ingrid B. Deloach (B.B.A. ’01), who has worked San Diego, California.
for the Carter County government for the
past 10 years, has been promoted to deputy Ed Entrekin (B.S. ’96) is the managing broker
director of finance. She began her work as at the Gray, Tennessee, office of WEICHERT,
On September 20, 2007 there was a a clerk in the register of deeds office in 1997. REALTORS - Gray Springs. He joined this real
After the reorganization of county financial estate branch seven years ago and amassed
reunion of three alums in Cape Cod. operations, Deloach was transferred to the impressive sales credentials, including several
It was held in North Falmouth, newly created department in 2003. She has top-agent honors which began with an
handled several assignments over the years outstanding rookie award his first year in the
Massachusetts, at Brian Head’s (B.S. and is currently handling payroll activities. business.
’70) home. There are hopes that this
Val Lyle (M.F.A. ’01) is the chosen artist of a Wendy R. Ramsey (B.S.W. ’96) has joined the
will become an annual event that will memorial sculpture commissioned by CASA of Kingsport, Tennessee, Housing and Redevel-
Knoxville, Tennessee. The sculpture will be opment Authority as it has appointed person-
become larger. (Pictured left to right:
placed in front of the juvenile court building nel to coordinate the HOPE VI grant program.
Dick Depew ’69, Linda Miller McAteer in downtown Knoxville. Bricks are being sold She is the relocation and supportive housing
to help fund the project and to memorialize coordinator and is responsible for all aspects
’69, and Brian Head ’70) a loved one, or add a message of inspiration. of the relocation process.
The unveiling of the sculpture is anticipated
for Spring 2008 for Child Abuse Prevention
Month which is April.
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Robert White (B.B.A. ’96) has been appointed to Harvey Mitchell (B.G.S. ’90) has accepted the
the SunTrust Bank Northeast Tennessee Advisory position of senior vice president of State of Franklin tour of duty
board of directors. He is a 23-year veteran of Savings Bank, Johnson City, Tennessee. He has 38
the Johnson City Power Board and has served in years of banking experience.
several roles during his tenure. He is currently the
chief public relations officer, where he manages 1980s
and oversees the public/community relations and
customer support departments. Dr. Chris Downs (M.D. ’89; RES ’92) received a Cup
of Kindness Award as a 2007 Health Care Hero
Kristi Nelson Bumpus (B.A. ’95) and Jamie Bumpus honoree. The awards were presented by
have a daughter Amelia Beeler Bumpus. She was representatives of The Business Journal, King
born August 15, 2007. Kristi and Jamie have been Pharmaceuticals, and the hospitals, offices and
married three years. Kristi is a reporter for the practices for which the Health Care Heroes work.
Knoxville News-Sentinel in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Dr. Stephen Combs (B.S. ’88; M.D. ’92) received
Thomas Dixon, Jr. (B.S. ’95; M.B.A. ’97) has a Cup of Kindness Award as a 2007 Health Care
completed the Charter Advisor in Philanthropy Hero honoree. The awards were presented by
program and has earned the CAP professional des- representatives of The Business Journal, King
ignation. The designation is given to those financial Pharmaceuticals, and the hospitals, offices and
advisors who have completed extensive curriculum practices for which the Health Care Heroes work.
addressing advanced design, implementation and
management of charitable gift techniques and Kevin Triplett (B.S. ’87) will serve as the chair of
strategies. Thomas is employed at the Johnson the campaign steering committee to create the
City, Tennessee, office of Merrill Lynch. Birthplace of Country Music Heritage Center in
Bristol. The Birthplace of Country Music Alliance is Lieutenant Colonel Steve
Mary Garrity Francis (B.S.E. ’95; M.E.D. ’98) is a a nonprofit organization dedicated to telling the
teacher with the Johnson City, Tennessee, School story of living musical heritage of Appalachia. Jarrard, MD, a 2000
System and is currently teaching at Fairmont graduate of the James H.
Elementary. She received National Board Kevin Jones (B.B.A. ’86) has been promoted to
Certification in December 2006. Mary is married chief executive officer of Johnson City Federal Quillen College of Medicine,
to Maverick Francis who is an inventory manager Credit Union (JCFCU), Johnson City, Tennessee. recently served a tour of
at the Johnson City Housing Authority. Mary and His primary responsibilities will be to direct all credit
Maverick have one son, Michael Garrett, who was union operations, which includes planning and military duty in Afghanistan.
born on June 2, 2005. implementing programs and policies and Dr. Jarrard, who completed his
providing administrative direction.
Kimberly Masker (B.A. ’95) recently passed the
surgical residency at
exam to receive advanced certification in hand John Speropulos (B.B.A. ’86; B.B.A. ’93) has Eisenhower Medical Center
therapy. She is now a certified hand therapist. achieved the SIOR office specialist designation at Fort Gordon, GA in 2004,
Kimberly resides in Bristol, Virginia. awarded by the society of Industrial and Office
REALTORS, an international association of deployed to Afghanistan in
Teressa Wexler (A.A.S. ’95; B.S.N. ’04) joined the professional commercial real estate brokers. To support of Operation Enduring
ETSU College of Nursing faculty as an instructor achieve the SIOR designation, John had to
in the Adult Nursing Department in Fall 2006 after complete at least five years creditable experience Freedom in February 2006. A
serving as the skills lab coordinator for the college in the highly specialized field of office real estate 1982 graduate of West Point
since 2005. She continues to serve as the college’s and demonstrate to SIOR professional ability,
clinical skills lab coordinator, developing simulation competency, ethical conduct and personal and a US Army Ranger, he
training, and teaching in a variety of integrity. He has also been added to the board of returned to his current
undergraduate clinical courses. directors of State of Franklin Bancshares and State
of Franklin Savings Bank, Johnson City, Tennes-
stateside assignment in
Ed Salo (B.S. ’93) was selected as an honorable see. John currently serves as a member of several October 2006. He and his
mention recipient of this year’s National Council of non-profit and real-estate organizations. He is wife Angie, an operating
Public History Consultant Award. The NCPH employed by Mitch Cox Development Group.
Consultant Award recognizes outstanding room nurse, are assigned to
contribution to the field of public history through Jane Jernigan Stribling (B.B.A. ’82) married Bob Winn Army Medical Center
consulting or contract work with Brockington and Bouton on June 27, 2007, at Flathead Indian
Associates in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. Reservation in St. Ignatius, Montana. Jane is at Fort Stewart, GA. Dr. Bill
employed as an MRI technologist in Greenville, Frist, then the Senate Majority
Bryan Booher (B.B.A ’92) has been promoted to South Carolina, and Bob is a high school educator
vice president and senior credit officer at Highlands with the Greenville County School System. Leader, visited the Forward
Union Bank (HUB). With the promotion, he is in Operating Base Orguni. Dr.
charge of credit quality for the bank’s loan portfolio Cindy S. Widener (B.B.A. ’82) recently joined the
and works out of the Main Street headquarters in Bristol Highway branch of Mountain Commerce
Jarrard offered the Senator
Abingdon, Virginia. As senior credit review officer, Bank (MCB), in Johnson City, Tennessee, as branch the opportunity to visit his
Bryan manages all credit processes for the banking service associate. She comes to MCB after her austere operating room. Dr.
system’s thirteen branches. most recent position in asset recovery with
Eastman Credit Union. Frist accepted the invitation
Maj. Kevin Ikenberry (B.S. ’92) has joined the to see how military surgeons
Department of Military Science at the Rose-Hulman Suzanne Williams Grindstaff (B.S. ’81, M.Ed. ’84) is
Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana. principal of Tazewell Elementary, which was provide rapid, responsive, and
Maj. Ikenberry is the assistant professor of Military honored for achieving Blue Ribbon status in the professional medical care.Dr.
Science for the Wabash Battalion and is an active U.S. Department of Education’s No Child Left
guard reserve soldier. He and his wife Kelly recently Behind program. Jarrard is scheduled to return
welcomed their first child, Gabrielle Dawn, into the to Afghanistan for another
world. Amy Boyles (B.S. ’80) is the marketing manager for
tour of duty in mid-2008.
the Fort Henry Mall, Kingsport, Tennessee, which
Jennifer Fleenor (B.S. ’91; B.S. ’92) is married to will soon transition to the Kingsport Town Center.
Anthony Sizemore. Their fourth child Lydiah Abigail She was previously a graphic designer for Absolute
Sizemore was born on July 17, 2007. The couple Communications, Kingsport, Tennessee.
resides in Gray, Tennessee.
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Rita M. Quillen (B.S. ’80; M.A. ’85) revisited ETSU’s Dr. Ron Barwick (B.S. ’73) has been named
Artist and city native, campus and brought her poetry to share. Rita executive director of community health centers
read from her most recent book of poetry, Her for ETSU’s College of Nursing, which includes
designs White House Secret Dream, printed by Wind Publications, the Johnson City Downtown Clinic and the
which focuses on the natural world and espe- Hancock County School-Based Health Center.
tree ornament cially Appalachian rural life. She is now an as- Before joining the ETSU College of Nursing, he
sociate professor of English at Mountain Empire worked for the Division of Public Health in
Community College in Virginia. Athens, Georgia, where he was a senior
manager of a 10-county public health district.
Maj. Gen. Gary Harrell (B.S. ’73) has retired from
Rev. Dr. Randy Hammer (B.S. ’79) has the U.S. Army Special Operations Command.
accomplished the publication of his third book A retirement ceremony was held on March
The Talking Stick: Forty Children’s Sermons with 6, 2008, at the U.S. Army Special Operations
Activities (Pilgrim Press). Dr. Hammer is pastor of Command Headquarters in Fort Bragg, North
First Congregational Church, United Church of Carolina.
Christ of Albany, New York.
Carolyn S. Doyle (B.S. ’72) is married to Ronald
Jan Woodby Yates (B.S. ’78) has been Keister (B.S. ’71). They live in Mocksville, North
appointed as senior vice president, relationship Carolina, and have two daughters living in the
manager, in the private banking and Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, area.
investments division of Bank of Tennessee,
Johnson City, Tennessee. She will be responsible Deborah L. Krueger (A.D.H. ’71; B.G.S. ’97) was
for servicing private banking customers in the the 2007 recipient of the George Dudney Award
area of lending, depository and cash given by the North Carolina Public Health As-
management services and other specialized sociation. This award recognizes involvement in
business products. planning and implementing community services
Efforts culminate in D.C. reception in dental health above and beyond the call of
Jennie L. Harrison (B.S. ’76) recently joined the duty. Deborah is a public health dental
Johnson City native Rob Wood Bristol Highway branch of Mountain Commerce hygienist and educational consultant living in
doesn’t remember ever making Bank (MCB), in Johnson City, Tennessee, as Salisbury, North Carolina. She has won the RDH
branch service associate. She is transferring to Sunstar Award of Distinction and the Becky
a Christmas ornament in class the branch after working previously at the Erwin, Bowden Outstanding Dental Hygienist Awards.
during the 1950s at Henry Johnson Tennessee, branch location.
Elementary School, but the 1960s
Annapolis, Md., artist has made J. Michael Pate (B.S.N. ’76) is the director of
up for that childhood void in medical clearances for the U.S. Department Larry Castle (M.A. ’67) has been elected to the
of State in Washington, D.C. He joined Bradley Florida Community College Activities Associa-
spades with a painted ornament
Moore in a holy union in 2004. Bradley is tion Coaches Hall of Fame. This honor is due
that hangs on this year’s White employed by the Islamic Saudi Academy. to his accomplishments while coaching tennis
House Christmas tree. at Seminole Community College in Sanford,
Dr. Lois Kraft Sams (B.S. ’76; M.B.A. ’91; Ed.D. Florida, from 1975-1983. They won eight mid-
“I was thinking, ‘How am I going ’07) is the bursar for ETSU. She is married to Don Florida conference championships, four state
to do this,’ ” Wood said. “I didn’t Sams, who is the signal maintainer for Norfolk championships, and were national champions
Southern, Johnson City, Tennessee. Lois has one in 1982 and again in 1983. Larry was head tennis
know how my paint would apply
grandchild, Kaylee Wilhoit. coach and assistant basketball coach for ETSU
to the plastic, and the shape was from 1966-1971.
a challenge because you draw Doris A. Ladd (B.S. ’75) has joined the
it out and it looks funny being Kingsport, Tennessee, Housing and Redevelop- Dr. J. Reuben Pierce (B.S. ’60; Ed.D. ’78) was
warped around a ball, so I had to ment Authority as it has appointed personnel to chosen as one of the city school system’s
make some adjustments as I was coordinate the HOPE VI grant program. She will inductees into the Carter County-Elizabethton,
lead the appointed team as HOPE VI director Tennessee, Educators Hall of Fame. Prior to his
and is responsible for oversight of all activities retirement in June 2006, Dr. Pierce taught for the
for which HOPE VI grant funds are targeted. This Elizabethton City School System for 40 years.
“In early November I got a includes revitalization in the areas of physical
letter from Laura Bush saying they improvement, management improvement and 1950s
received the ornament and they social and community services for KHRA. Doris
were looking forward to me was previously the chief financial officer for AFG Thomas Garland (B.S. ’59) was honored by
Industries. Tusculum College, Greeneville, Tennessee,
coming to the White House with
Board of Trustees as he transitioned off the
a guest.” Susan Wood Wexler (B.S.’75; M.A. ’80) received board. Thomas is a former long-time state sena-
her Ed.S. degree in teaching and learning from tor and now senior advisor of the Niswonger
Wood, who has illustrated several Augusta State University in August 2007. Foundation. He founded and chaired the Tus-
Stephen King book covers in a Chris Lee (B.S. ’74) recently became a member culum Institute for Public Leadership and Policy.
long painting and graphic design of the board of directors for the Second Harvest During the 1990s, he chaired the College’s
Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee. The board is successful $10 million Bicentennial Campaign.
career, said he, his wife and a
responsible for overseeing the affairs, funds and In 2002, he became one of three Co-chairmen
business partner had a great visit property of the organization. Chris is employed of the Campaign for the Library. Thomas holds
at the White House, including the by Bill Gatton Dealerships of the Tri-Cities. both an Honorary Doctor of Law and Distin-
Blue Room where this year’s tree is guished Service Award by Tusculum College.
displayed. John K. Weems (B.S. ’74) is the owner and Thomas was ETSU’s 1973 Outstanding Alumnus.
operator of Davy Crockett Real Estate Group
in Greeneville, Tennessee. John is a member of Col. Jim Crouch (B.S. ’58), attorney at law,
Wood earned a bachelor’s in
the Greene County Partnership, the Exchange retired from the U.S. Army and then from the
graphic design and painting at Club, and the Moose Club. Before this Charles E. Smith Commercial Realty Company
ETSU. endeavor, he was a field grade officer in the in Washington, D.C. He is now working for
U.S. Army and retired at the rank of lieutenant Phoenix Consulting Group, Alexandria, Virginia,
By Jeff Keeling colonel in 2002. in the Federal Systems Division. His wife, Linda,
is the national president of the Daughters of the
Johnson City Press U.S. Army organization.
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Edna VonCannon Potter (B.S. ’54) was chosen as 1970s
one of the city school systems inductees into the
Carter County-Elizabethton, Tennessee, Educators McKnight honored
Daina Cole Fleenor (M.A. ’79) retired as a teacher
Hall of Fame. The award is presented annually and with the Washington County, Virginia, school sys- for writing
honors not only the recipient but also the Potters, tem. On August 15, 2007.
two individuals who have devoted their lives to the
Roan Mountain Naturalists Rallies. Sharon E. Freeman (M.A ’78) was an educator and
an avid environmentalist. On October 11, 2007.
John Vance (B.S. ’78) was a licensed nursing home
2000s administrator in several states. He was an Eagle
Scout and a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the
Barry O’Brien (B.S. ’03) was a wood craftsman and Arrow of Troop 2 of Bristol, Virginia. On September
a computer analyst. On December 13, 2007. 25, 2007.
1990s Robert Blair (B.S. ’77) enjoyed a successful career
of more than 20 years for Wyeth Pharmaceuticals
Mark Walls (M.S. ’98) was employed by TVA for and was awarded on numerous occasions for his
several years where he worked in public safety. He outstanding accomplishments. On August 14, 2007.
retired as a criminal justice teacher having taught in
the Sullivan County, Tennessee, School System. On Elaine H. Goose (B.S. ’76) had a lifelong career
October 2, 2007. in broadcasting, beginning in radio in Jonesbor-
ough, Tennessee. She also worked in the televising
John Morley II (B.E.H. ’96) was employed by the industry around the Southeast U.S. On November
Rappahannock Area Health District as the environ- 18, 2007.
mental health supervisor for both Spotsylvania and
Caroline counties. He was a member of the Sigma Philip Harrison (B.S. ’76; M.B.A. ’85) was a certified
Chi fraternity at ETSU. On January 30, 2008. public accountant and a certified management Dr. Brian D. McKnight (M.A.
accountant. Philip worked for many years as the ’99) recently received the
Marvin Hughes (B.S.W. ’94) worked in the mental senior tax management executive with BellSouth
health community of Knoxville and Oak Ridge, Corporation, now the new AT&T. He was also a seventh annual Dr. James I.
Tennessee. On September 10, 2007. licensed master barber for over 12 years. On Robertson Jr. Literary Prize for
December 7, 2007.
Leigh B. Decker (B.S. ’93) was an employee of Adult Confederate History.
Community Training. On August 27, 2007. William Martin (B.S. ’74) was a 32nd degree Mason
and held membership in Charleston Lodge 484, The Robert E. Lee Civil War
Tammy C. Rock (A.A.S. ’93) was employed as a Scottish Rite, York Rite, Cleveland Shrine, Chatta-
registered nurse with Indian Path Medical Center, nooga Alhambra Shrine and Eastern Star. On July Library and Research Center,
Kingsport, Tennessee, and was a sign language 30, 2007.
interpreter. On October 8, 2007. Woodbridge, N.J., presented
Charles Hensley (B.S. ’73) served in the U.S. Marine McKnight with this award for
1980s Corps with a tour of duty in Vietnam. He retired his 2006 book, Contested
from the U.S. Postal Service having worked as a
Dallas Hill, Sr. (B.S. ’89) was a retired supervisor for clerk for 27 years. On June 9, 2007. Borderland: The Civil War in
MorFlo Industries and previously was a supervisor Appalachian Kentucky and
with Everwarm. On September 21, 2007. Opal B. Morgan (M.A. ’73) taught first grade for 32
Virginia (University of
years. Six of those years were in Memphis, Tennes-
Anne Canter (B.E.H. ’87) was an environmentalist see, while the remaining 26 were with the Bristol, Kentucky Press). The prize is
consultant for Hahn & Associates. On December Tennessee, City School System. On November 5,
26, 2007. named in honor of a
renowned Civil War historian
Donald Zukas (B.S. ’85) was a master carpenter Judy K. Oliver (B.S. ’73) was a retired teacher of the
employed by the Navy Department of Virginia. who teaches at Virginia Tech.
Washington County, Tennessee, School System,
On August 30, 2007. having taught at both Barnes Elementary and
Sulphur Springs Elementary School. On November McKnight earned his Ph.D. in
Audrey D. Sturdivant (B.B.A. ’84) was a loan 24, 2007.
executive at Yadkin Valley Bank in Wilkesboro, history from Mississippi State
Tennessee. On January 25, 2008. Truman Christopher (B.S. ’72) served in the U.S. Air University. Now an assistant
Force during Vietnam. He worked for IBM
Gary Clonts (M.D. ’83) was board certified in occu- professor of history at Angelo
Corporation, K-Mart Corporation and the U.S. Post
pational medicine and family practice. He was the Office. On November 27, 2007. State University, San Angelo,
director of heath services for the Walt Disney World
Resort in Orlando, Florida. On January 19, 2008. Texas, he has two
Kathy L. Haney (B.S.W. ’72) worked in North Carolina
at several facilities specializing in residential and forthcoming books – To Perish
Joyce K. Neal (A.S.N. ’82) was employed as a nurse day programs for children and adults with physical,
by Quillen Rehabilitation Hospital in Johnson City, by the Sword: Champ
mental, and emotional disabilities. She worked as a
Tennessee. On July 27, 2007. supervisor, group director, advanced social worker Ferguson’s Civil War and Life
and teacher at various times. On October 14, 2007. and Culture in the Coal Towns
Gregory Thomas (B.S. ’81) was a U.S. Army Veteran, Daniel Shipp (B.S. ’72) was active in the golf industry
serving as a medic in the 82nd Airborne during the for most of his life and had retired to the The Villages of Wise County, Virginia – as
Vietnam Era. He was a clinical worker and in Palm Harbor, Florida. On August 1, 2007. well as other works in progress.
psychotherapist in both Forsyth and Guilford
counties in North Carolina. Gregory was also an Jack Gillenwater (B.S. ’70; M.A. ’76) was a retired
adjunct instructor of sociology at Salem College for history teacher employed by Sullivan County,
12 years. On August 1, 2007. Tennessee, School System. He was an active mem-
ber of Bethany Presbyterian Church, serving as an
elder, choir member, and committee member. On
September 12, 2007.
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former President Nellie Tucker Miller McNeil (B.A. ’70; M.A. ’76) was Roger Hughes (B.S. ’66) served in the U.S. Navy for
a columnist for the Kingsport, Tennessee, Times- over 23 years and retired in 1990 as a commander.
passes away News for the past 25 years. She was an advocate He continued his career as a health care profes-
for the arts, especially making the arts accessible sional with IBM Health Industry, in Washington D.C.,
to all ages and all socio-economic groups. Nellie and Softcomputers Clinical Information Systems in
was a member and representative for numerous Palm Harbor, Florida, until he retired in 2005. On
art councils and committees. She was presented November 22, 2007.
with the Lorin Hollander Award for her leader-
ship in the establishment of the Tennessee Arts Edward Knittle (B.S. ’66) joined the U.S. Army in
Academy within the Tennessee Department of 1966. He was a former U.S. Army captain. On
Education. Nellie also served as the coordinator November 3, 2007.
of activities for the B. Carroll Reece Museum on
the ETSU campus in 1965. She had taught Larry Miller (B.S. ’66) was employed as a project
American Literature and English classes at high manager at Bristol Metal in Bristol, Tennessee. On
schools in the East Tennessee region as well as November 26, 2007.
served as an adjunct professor in the English
department at ETSU. On November 8, 2007. Fred Ridinger, Jr. (B.S. ’64) served 21 years in the
U.S. Navy during World War II and the Korean
Leslie Q. Simonet (M.A. ’70) enjoyed reading, conflict. He taught at Galbraith Elementary and
loved poetry, and was interested in art through South High School, Knoxville, Tennessee, for a total
the pastel medium. On December 8, 2007. of 22 years. On December 3, 2007.
Dorothy Wheelock (B.S. ’70) was a member of the Harry Winters (B.S. ’64) was a USMC veteran and
Sigma Kappa sorority and a teacher in the Texas a past-president of the Chesterfield Jaycees. On
school system. On December 14, 2007. December 25, 2007.
Dr. Arthur H. DeRosier, Jr. was 1960s Geraline Cox (B.S. ’63) retired from Eastman
the fifth president of ETSU Chemical Company, Kingsport, Tennessee, after
Sylvia Patricia Cartwright (B.S. ’69; M.Ed. ’84) over 37 years of service. On December 3, 2007.
serving from 1977 to 1980. taught at Sullivan North High School, Kingsport,
DeRosier was born in Norwich, Tennessee, for 26 years. She was an active Mona R. Helbert (B.S. ’63; M.Ed. ’82) was a school
Connecticut. He received his member of Wheeler United Methodist Church and teacher with the Washington County, Virginia,
the Red Hat Society. On October 24, 2007. School System for over 30 years. On August 31,
Bachelors from the University 2007.
of Mississippi and his Ph.D from F. Mack Cates (B.S. ’69) was a retired educator
the University of South from the Bristol City, Tennessee, School System. Richard Linville (B.S. ’63) was a finance man-
On January 12, 2008. ager with Courtesy Motors and Cox Oldsmobile,
Carolina. Through a Elizabethton, Tennessee. He retired from Murray
statement from ETSU President Connie H. Shannon (B.S. ’69) retired as a principal Guard. On December 10, 2007.
Dr. Paul E. Stanton, Jr., he was from the Duval County, Florida, School System in
2003. On July 12, 2007. Marvin McGill (B.S. ’63) served in the U.S. Air Force
credited with strengthening during the Korean Conflict as a radio and radar
graduate education at ETSU. William Austin (M.S. ’68) retired from residential technician. He taught industrial arts in high school
Immediately upon taking construction and teaching. On September 18, in Christiansburg, Virginia, before going into indus-
2007. try. Marvin was in management at North Electric,
office at ETSU, Dr. DeRosier Line Power Manufacturing and also at Federal
worked to tie the university Joseph Garber (B.S. ’68) was an American author, Pacific Transformer. On February 5, 2008.
more strongly to its best known for his 1995 thriller Vertical Run and the
articles he wrote on technology for Forbes Lawrence Stephens (B.S. ’63) taught middle and
Appalachian region, as he magazine. On May 27, 2005. high school. He was also an industrial engineer
created both the Institute with the Magnavox company, superintendent of
of Appalachian Affairs and Gary Harrington (B.S. ’68) had been employed as Williams Furniture, quality and production man-
a safety engineer at St. Mark’s Power, Tallahassee, ager at Korn Industries and a corporate quality
the Archives of Appalachia, Florida, since 1989. On August 15, 2007. control manager at Kincaid Industries. On No-
which later grew into ETSU’s vember 7, 2007.
first Center for Excellence. Roseann N. Krieger (B.S. ’68) was an assistant
director within the Department of Human Services Jerry Helfer (B.S. ’62) retired as senior case supervi-
During his first term of office, for the State of New Jersey, retiring in 1994. On sor for Cattaraugus County, New York, Social
the ETSU College of Medicine November 18, 2007. Services Department. He was a member of the
admitted its first class. Dr. AARP, the Salamanca, New York, Rail Museum As-
Dorothy A. Wood (B.S. ’68) had been a Girl Scout sociation, the Peter Doctor Memorial Scholarship
DeRosier was responsible for leader for eighteen years and Cub Scout leader Fund, Inc., board of directors for the Cattaraugus
ETSU becoming a member for two years. On September 2, 2007. County Credit Union, the Vietnam Veteran Memo-
of the Southern Conference. rial Association, the ETSU Alumni Association. He
Bary A. Zechella (B.S. ’67) was the owner of was a veteran having served in the U.S. Army. On
He had retired as president Alexander and Associates, an independent insur- November 24, 2007.
of Rocky Mountain College in ance company. He was also a member of the
Billings, Montana. On Athens Country Club and an avid golfer. Bary was Johnie Mann (B.S. ’61) was employed by Stedman
a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. On Corp. in Asheboro, North Carolina.
November 15, 2007. August 4, 2007. He had served in the U.S. Navy. On January 28,
Lester Hall (B.S. ’66) began his teaching career in
Norfolk, Virginia, and included Bristol, Virginia. He
served as principal at Highland View Elementary
School and administrative assistant at the Bristol,
Virginia, School Board office. He retired as assis-
tant superintendent of Bristol City Schools in 1991.
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Billy Norton (B.S. ’61) served in the U.S. Army as
a military policeman until 1957 where he was
Col. Frank Rutherford (B.S. ’57) retired from the
U.S. Army in 1984 after more than 30 years of
legendary athlete and
stationed in Tokyo, Japan. He was named
director of physical education for Mercer
service. He was a retired Army Colonel and
Armor officer. Frank was also a ranger, a para-
County, West Virginia, Schools. Billy later chutist and a recipient of numerous medals, passes away
served as principal at Bramwell High School including the Bronze Star medal, Meritorious
from 1981-1983 and Bluefield High School from Service medal, and Legion of Merit. His last
1983-1989. Following his retirement from the assignment was professor of military science
school system, he became director of Com- at the University of Alabama. After retirement,
munity Action of South Eastern West Virginia Frank spent ten years as the executive director
until 1998. On November 29, 2007. of Solid Waste Disposal Authority in Tuscaloosa,
Alabama, as well as serving on the City Coun-
Robert Cochran, Sr. (B.S. ’60) served in the U.S. cil of Northport, Alabama. He spent the last
Navy from 1951 to 1955. He taught at Pulaski years in Johnson City, Tennessee, involved with
High School, R.B. Worthy High School and woodworking and repairing and refinishing
Chilhowie High School for 26 years. Robert antique furniture. On February 5, 2008.
also served as supervisor of Smyth County,
Virginia, Department of Adult Basic Education Glenwood Johnson (B.S. ’56; M.A. ’66) retired
Program and administrative assistant at R.B. after 20 years from Lees-McRae College,
Worthy High School. On December 4, 2007. Banner Elk, North Carolina, where he was a
biology professor. Previous to that, he taught
1950s at Dobyns-Bennett High School, Kingsport, Ten-
nessee. Glenwood received Teacher of the
Fred Cartwright (B.S. ’59) served in the U.S. Year recognition and started the Roadrunner
Navy. He retired after 32 years from Raytheon Club for commuter students. He also served in
in Piney Flats, Tennessee, as a plant manager. the U.S. Army. On October 7, 2007. Hal Morrison (B.S. ’54; M.A. ’55) had
On November 7, 2007. a lifelong career in sports which
Ronda “Ron” Feathers, Jr. (B.S. ’55) served
Louise G. Hoge (M.A. ’59) was a former school on the Science Advisory Council of Ashland included many accomplishments in
teacher. She was a member of the Burkes University and as chairman of the board of football, basketball, track, and golf.
Garden Presbyterian Church and a member the Ashland, Ohio, Industrial Services council. He was All American in football in
of the Tazewell County Historical Society. On Ron also served as chairman of the Sealants 1953 and holds school records with 20
August 21, 2007. and Adhesives Council of America and on
the United States President’s Advisory Board career receiving touchdowns. He
Mattie Fisher (M.A. ’58) taught for nine years for Import and Export Trade. He was a senior recorded 11 touchdown catches
in the Washington County, Virginia, School toxicological consultant for BASi in West Lafay- which was a national record at the
System, and for twenty years at Tennessee ette and Evansville, Indiana. He had been
High School, from where she retired in 1977. employed as a research associate at Oak
time. ETSU retired his #34 jersey,
While at Tennessee High School, she was Ridge National Laboratory, account execu- which is displayed at the university.
instrumental in organizing and serving as a tive with Union Carbide Corp, Chemicals At ETSU he was assistant football
two-term president of the East Tennessee State Division, director of Worldwide Marketing for (1954-1968), assistant basketball
of Franklin Council for Social Studies. She Thiokol Corp., Chemicals Division, president of
also served as charter president of the Alpha Wilmington Chemical Corp., and vice presi- coach (1954-1960), and started the
Sigma Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa, an dent of EM Corp., a subsidiary of Great Lakes golf program in 1958. He was head
international honorary teachers’ organization. Chemical Corp. He retired in 2000 as emeritus coach of the golf team at ETSU for 25
On January 21, 2008. vice president of marketing and administra-
years. At East Carolina University, Hal
tion at WIL Research Laboratories Inc., also a
Lewis Webster (B.S. ’58) served in the military. subsidiary of Great Lakes Chemical Corp. Ron was head golf coach from 1986-1996
He was a golf professional having worked at served in the U.S. Air Force in the Korean War and coached John Maginnes. The
MeadowView Golf Course, Kingsport, Tennes- as a medical specialist in Japan and in Air Sea Pirates won 13 tournaments, seven
see, and was instrumental in the building of Rescue in Korea. On November 10, 2007.
Warriors Path Golf Course, Kingsport, Tennes- CAA Championships and set records
see. He later owned Cornwell Tool dealership. Edward Crawford (B.S. ’54) worked for many that are still active today. He had
On November 16, 2007. years at the Mason-Dixon Company and later numerous Conference Champion-
retired from management at AFG Industries. ships in the Colonial Athletic
Norma J. Hixon (B.S. ’57) had worked for Fisher On October 20, 2007.
Insurance Company of Newport, Tennessee. Conference, Southern Conf. and
She also had worked as a financial aid John Holder (B.S. ’54; M.A. ’60) was a retired Ohio Valley Conf. Hal finishes in the
representative for Carson-Newman College, high school teacher, having taught eight top ten in National Competition,
and was presently working as assistant registrar different industrial arts specialties. He was
for professional studies at Tusculum College in president of the North Carolina Industrial Arts coached 15 All American and
Greeneville, Tennessee. On July 11, 2007. Association in 1963. John received the Silver Professional Golfers, such as Bobby
Beaver Award, the highest of three awards Wadkins, J.C. Snead, Larry Hinson,
Willis Murray (B.S. ’57) served in the U.S. Navy presented to adult Scouters for distinguished David Egger, Mike Hulbert, Skeeter
as a Radar man Class 1 and Class 2 aboard service to young people within a local Boy
the U.S.S. Newport News during the Korean Scouts of America Council. He served in the Heath, and Alan Strange. etc. He
conflict. He was employed by North Ameri- U.S. Navy. On January 26, 2008. also coached Rick Smith who is a
can Rayon Corp. as plant manufacturing nationally known golf teacher. He
superintendent. On November 29, 2007. Charles Browning (B.S. ’53) retired after a
39-year career with United Telephone System
served on the National Golf
Southeast Group as the director of distribu- Foundation and was inducted in the
tion, engineering and construction. He was a National Golf Coaches Hall of Fame,
member of the Kiwanis Club, American Legion State of Tennessee Sports Hall of
and served on the board of trustees at Wash-
Fame, and ETSU’s Hall of Fame. The
ington College Academy. Charles served in
the U.S. Army. On January 20, 2008. new golf facility at ETSU has a special
room dedicated in his honor in 2005.
On July 15, 2007.
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Dr. Everette Sams (B.S. ’53) taught and Hunter Jackson (B.S. ’48) served in the U.S. Faculty and Staff
coached at Woodmont Elementary School Navy during World War II and was employed
in Nashville, Tennessee, for eight years. He at Summers Hardware and Supply Company Emma Lee Dyer was a secretary at the ETSU
was a professor at Middle Tennessee State as salesman and general manager from Training School and later became the Sec-
University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, for 32 1950 until retiring in 1993. Because of his retary to the Dean of the Graduate School
years. Everette was a member of the TSSAA devotion to sports, he was inducted into the at ETSU. She was in charge of the master’s
and the Middle Tennessee Football Officials Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, the TSSAA thesis program for many years until her
Association. Hall of Fame, the National College Football retirement. Emma was a concert pianist in
On July 19, 2007. Hall of Fame and was the Founder of the her younger years and performed solo in
Northeast Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame. many concerts. On January 14, 2008.
Jerry Broyles (B.S. ’52) served in the U.S. Hunter was a referee in the original Ameri-
Army for more than three years during World can Football League, the National Football Dr. Steven Gross was an associate professor
War II. He then taught at Doak Elemen- League and the United States Football of linguistics in the English department since
tary School in Greene County, Tennessee, League. On October 7, 2007. 2001. He held a Ph.D. from the University
Sulphur Springs High School in Washington of South Carolina and taught a variety of
County, Tennessee, and Appalachian State Melvin White Jr. (B.S. ’48) was the former linguistics courses along with European and
University in Boone, North Carolina. After his district manager for South Central Bell American literature surveys. On March 8,
teaching career, Jerry was the owner and Telephone Company in East Tennessee. He 2008.
operator of Shorty’s Store and Restaurant for also had a career with Staffing Solutions
many years. On January 21, 2008. for 12 years, serving as vice president for cor-
porate development and subsequently as
Inez Banks (B.S. ’51; M.A. ’71) was a school manager of credit collections. On October
teacher in the Carter County, Tennessee, 13, 2007.
Sigma Chi Career
school system for over forty years. On Au- workshop at Zeta
gust 27, 2007. Martha A. Bryant (B.S. ’45) taught in the Lake
County, Tennessee, School System and later Omega House
Lon Boyd (B.S. ’51) joined the U.S. Navy transferred to Tiptonville, Tennessee, High
and served during the Korean Conflict. He School where she taught business classes.
graduated from the University of Tennessee She was a member of the Lake County
School of Law in 1957 where he received a Retired Teachers and the Delta Kappa
doctor of jurisprudence degree. He began Gamma Society for Women Educators. On
his practice of law in Kingsport, Tennessee, in September 17, 2007.
1957 until 1965 and started a political career
when he was elected Sullivan County Judge Pearl G. Smith (B.S. ’42) taught at Lincoln
in 1966 and served until 1980. On December Elementary School, Kingsport, Tennessee,
30, 2007. for 30 years until her retirement. She was
active in the Kingsport Civitan Evening Club
Ray Young (B.S. ’51) was employed by Gay in which she was honored with the Charlie
and Taylor Insurance Adjusters, where he Keener Good Citizenship Award. Pearl was
was regional vice president. He retired after a member of the Kingsport Retired Teachers
30 years of service and then owned and Association, Delta Kappa Gamma Teachers At a Sigma Chi Career Workshop, alums
operated Young’s Insurance Agency for Sorority, Order of the Eastern Star, and the told their stories about their first job out of
several years. Ray was a veteran of the U.S. American Legion Auxiliary. On January 10, college, how they decided on their
Army having served in World War II. He was 2008. career, interviewing tips, tips for
also a past president of the ETSU Alumni As- preparing for a job interview, job search
sociation. On October 15, 2007. 1930s tips, suggestions about internships,
getting your foot in the door, etc. They
also answered several questions from
Edward Lyon (B.S. ’50) served his country in Peter Naher (B.S. ’39) was a lifetime
the brothers and pledges. There were 30
the U.S. Army during WWII as a paratrooper member and past president of the Metro active brothers/pledges (and a former
in the 17th and 82nd airborne divisions. Kiwanis Club. Peter was selected at Kiwan- sweetheart) at the workshop.
After leaving the military, he worked for the ian of the Year on two occasions. In 1951,
Clinchfield Railroad as a carman. Edward he opened his business, Peters Gift Shop in The alumni that participated were:
has also worked as a real estate appraiser downtown Johnson City, Tennessee, and
for Valley Federal Appraiser in the 1970s. On operated it for nearly twenty years. He then Jason Buchanan ‘94 of Gray
August 26, 2007. opened Johnson City’s first pet shop in 1971, (owns his own insurance agency in Gray, TN)
Peters Pet Shop. Peter managed the Oak
1940s Hill Cemetery in Johnson City for 23 years. Scott Stoots ‘95 of Kingsport
On November 10, 2007. (med. supplies/equip. sales for
Ernest Privette (B.S. ’49) was a business orthopedic surgeons)
education teacher for his entire teaching Carnell Carter (B.S. ’39) taught in the
career. He taught at Central Piedmont Greene County, Tennessee, school system Josh Turbyville ‘95 of Knoxville
Community College in Charlotte, North for 27 years. She received the Greene (med. supplies/equip. sales for
Carolina, as well as area high schools. On County Teacher of the Year and the Tennes- ob/gyns & urologists)
September 15, 2007. see District Teacher of the Year awards in
Jim Shanks ‘92 of Rogersville
1977. On September 5, 2007.
(law enforcement detective with
Georgia “Claire” Yon (B.S. ’49) was an city of Rogersville)
elementary school teacher for over 40 years. Hazel M. Crumley (B.S. ’37) was a teacher
She was a delegate to the National NEA in the Carter County School System and Brad Burnett ‘01 of Knoxville
Convention for many years and received was working at Hunter Elementary School, (attorney with Leitner, Williams, et al.
one of the 1991 Knoxville BEST Awards. On Elizabethton, Tennessee, when she retired. Law Firm in Knoxville)
December 4, 2007. She was a member of the Carter County/
Elizabethton Retired Teachers Association. Cesar Gracia ‘91 of Greeneville
Minnis Freshour (B.S. ’48) served in Burma, November 25, 2007. (director of Walters State Comm. College law
India, and China during WWII as a member enforcement academy)
of the Army Signal Corps. He worked for
Metropolitan Life Insurance for 28 years at- Charles Corwin ‘93 of Johnson City
taining the position of regional vice presi- (5th grade teacher, Washington
dent of the western states, and became a Co. Schools)
vice president in New York before coming to
Richmond to open the first group sales office Anthony Hatley ‘92 of Johnson City
(electrical supplies/equip. sales)
in the state of Virginia. On January 29, 2008.
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a homecoming regular
Graduating in 1967, Alfred Anderson has attended Homecoming annually since 2000.
Anderson stated after graduating from ETSU he had limited time to come visit his alma mater
with a career and children. Over the years he has made time to come visit and see the
campus every October on Homecoming Weekend.
In October 2007, Anderson met up with an old fraternity brother, Jean Smith, both members of
Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. Anderson and Smith had not seen each other since graduation day.
Anderson stated that he plans on attending Homecoming this year with his grandchildren and
is excited about the upcoming events for Homecoming Weekend on October 18th.
Anderson said he could not believe the changes that ETSU campus has made since his last
days here as a student.
Alfred Anderson & Jean Smith both Class of ’67
summer academic camps
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42nd Annual Alumni Golf Classic
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