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Lady of the

Friendship House: Mary Thelma Norris (’75)

Also in this issue: Hutcheson Retires, 2010 Annual Report to Donors, & More

Roadrunners Return

DJC Roadrunner basketball players, coaches, cheerleaders, managers, ball boys, publicity directors, timekeepers, ticket-takers, team doctors, and tipoff club presidents returned to campus in September for the “Roadrunner Reunion and 70th Birthday Tribute to Coach O.” Players and coaches in attendance were, front row, left to right: Bernard Betton, Jr., Gary Smith, Lawrence Cole, Dick Coleman, Melvyn Ottinger, Tony Ingle, George Jackson, and Jimmy Edwards; second row, Willie Clawson, Jack Nevitt, Jimmy Welch, Robert O’Neal, Willie Almond, and Lane Jackson; third row, James Heard, Johnny Irvin, Charlie Palmer, Brad Kenemer, and Dennis Godfrey; fourth row, Andy Akin, Tom Pullen, Jr., Carl Smith, Jackie Poag, Mike Wade, Randy Beckler, Jon “Buck” Heath, and Steve Huskey. Photograph by Willis Treadwell

Message from the President

Welcome to the sixth year of Dalton State magazine. There’s much inside this issue that will give you a sense of what’s going on at Dalton State today and what’s happening with our alumni.

Dalton State Magazine is published each May and October by the Dalton State College Foundation for alumni and friends of Dalton State College. Editorial offices are located on campus in The James E. Brown Center, 650 College Drive, Dalton, GA 30720. Phone: (706) 272-4473. Email: Contents © 2010 by Dalton State College Foundation, all rights reserved. President, Dalton State College John O. Schwenn Chair, Dalton State College Foundation Sara C. “Skeeter” Pierce Director of Institutional Advancement David J. Elrod ‘88 Chair, Alumni Advisory Council Jeff Clements ‘94 Alumni Relations Coordinator Joshua J. Wilson Layout and Design Second Shift Design, LLC, Duluth, GA Printing Brown Industries, Dalton, GA Photographers ARC Studios, CLC Photography, Forwell Studios/Willis Treadwell, Linda Massey ’72 Reviewer Jonathan M. Lampley 4

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Let me say a special word to our donors, many of whom are recognized in the DSC Foundation’s 2010 Annual Report that begins on page 18. Private giving to Dalton State is a tradition that goes back to the institution’s founding in the 1960’s. We are proud to have earned your support and hope we honor your trust by being good stewards of the gifts you’ve bestowed on us.

Dr. John O. Schwenn

There are so many good things going on around campus this semester. We have nearly 6,000 students this year. Our classrooms are packed, the parking lots are full, and the excitement of learning is evident everywhere you turn. Our outstanding faculty and staff have handled the incredible enrollment growth with professionalism and grace. I’m proud of all of them for the work they’re doing. With growth comes a lot of transitions: people are retiring, such as 36-year veteran John Hutcheson, and new people are joining us, like Vice President for Academic Affairs Sandra Stone. Nearly 20 more new faculty and staff are on campus this semester, due in part to our growing student population, but also because they know that Dalton State is an exciting place to fulfill their career expectations. We’re in the second year of having student residents. Nearly 250 undergraduates live in campus housing this semester, and they are impacting the campus with their diverse backgrounds, which enriches us all. We’re looking forward to providing more on-campus housing in the near future. Speaking of which, we’re currently planning for the physical growth of the campus, and are exploring several options. We’ll continue to grow on the original campus, but we’re also looking at expanding into downtown Dalton and even perhaps regionally, with satellite facilities throughout our service area. It’s an exciting prospect to be planning for the future at Dalton State, and I look forward to updating you on our progress in the months ahead. Thanks for all you’ve done and all you continue to do to move the institution forward. We’re proud to call you friends of Dalton State. d

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The Dalton State College Foundation’s 2010 Teaching Excellence Award winner, Dr. Tony Simones, earns high marks from students both inside and outside the classroom for his teaching style and engaging personality. Story on page 26.




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Bandy Heritage Center Archives: Gene Mealor

Local artist captures history in watercolors

Campus Tour

A quick spin around George Rice Drive

35 In Memoriam

Dalton State mourns the loss of friends

Alumna Mary Thelma Norris’s (’75) work with children

26 “The Beauty of Perseverance”

Dr. Tony Simones wins Foundation Teaching Excellence Award

Alumni Central

18 Dalton State College Foundation 2010 Annual Report to Donors

28 Alumni Event: Beep-Beep – They’re Baaack!

24 Three of a Kind

30 All About Alumni

Thank you, thank you, thank you

Scholarship recipients represent the best of Dalton State

DJC Roadrunners gather for first-ever reunion

Who, what, where, when, and how

About the cover: Dalton State alumna Mary Thelma Norris (’75), Executive Director of Dalton’s Friendship House, has worked with children for a quartercentury. Her story begins on page 14.

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B a n dy H e r i t a g e C e n t e r A r c h i v e s

From the archives of the Bandy Heritage Center for Northwest Georgia History and Culture…

Gene Mealor: An Artist’s Eye for Local History By Dr. John D. Fowler, B.J. and Dicksie Bandy Chair in History and Director of the Bandy Heritage Center

The Morgan Chenille store, the old Dalton firehouse on Pentz Street, the side door of the old Manly Jail Works on Glenwood… these and other historical local structures form part of the backdrop of everyday life in northwest Georgia’s industrial and commercial center of Dalton. For local artist Gene Mealor, however, these buildings represent landmarks in the area’s journey through time. Born in Chattanooga, Mealor grew up during the Great Depression and World War II. While visiting family in north Georgia as an adolescent, he developed a love for the region and its people. Mealor obtained a degree in art from the University of Chattanooga (now the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga) and pursued a career in commercial art for 30 years. While working as a graphic artist and art director for Brown Industries in the 1970s and 6

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1980s, Mealor spent his spare time painting the historic and picturesque structures he saw in and around Dalton. His work highlights an interesting aspect of the history of the area – its visual imagery. His style of capturing subjects as they actually appear is termed “realism” in the art world. He simply calls it “freezing a moment in time.” Mealor is most satisfied when his creations stir people’s emotions. He has sold or Morgan Chenille Store given away most of his original works over the years, many finding their way into homes where they will be enjoyed and appreciated for years to come. Although he has worked in several media, watercolor and colored inks capture the mood and realism he strives to duplicate. His most honored work is “Side Door to Manly Jail Works,” which is one of many scenes of the Dalton area. This particular piece was a winner in the National Watercolor Society’s 1989 show and part of a nationwide show for almost a year. Although Mealor’s works have been featured in many art shows his collected works featuring the city’s architectural icons have never been displayed in exhibit form. This is about to change. As part of the Bandy Heritage Center’s efforts to preserve and celebrate the history and culture of northwest Georgia, Mealor’s works are to be showcased once

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Old Dalton Firehouse

again. A selection of his best paintings covering landmarks around Dalton as well as aspects of his career at Brown Industries will be the subject of an exhibition next spring at Dalton State.

Side Door to Manly Jail Works

Since Mealor has sold or given away most of his original pieces, the exhibition would not be possible without the cooperation and generosity of the James and Sis Brown family, which owns most of the original work. Long-time benefactors of the college, the Brown family has been involved with Dalton State since the institution’s inception in the 1960’s – as leaders in building the college, as philanthropists who served multiple terms on the DSC Foundation Board of Trustees, as public servants through the late James Brown’s tenure as a member of the University System of Georgia’s Board of Regents, and as visionaries through Sis Brown’s leadership of the Foundation’s $20 million “Fulfilling the Vision” fundraising campaign. The Mealor exhibition continues the Brown family’s tradition of support for Dalton State. The Bandy Heritage Center is proud to partner with the Browns to bring this varied and extensive collection into public view. d Illustrations courtesy of Brown Industries

Old Whitfield County Courthouse

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Dalton State’s $109 Million Economic Impact A recent study of the University System of Georgia’s economic impact on the state shows that Dalton State’s impact in northwest Georgia last year was $109 million. Spending for payroll, operations, and other expenses; spending by students in the local economy; and renovation and construction projects generated the sum. The study was conducted by the Selig Center for Economic Growth at the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business. “A college or university improves the skills of its graduates, which increases their lifetime earnings,” says study author Dr. Jeffrey M. Humphreys, Director of Economic Forecasting for the Selig Center. “Local businesses benefit from easy access to workers. In addition, for each job created on a campus, there are 1.6 jobs that exist off-campus because of spending related to the college or university.” Dalton State President John Schwenn concurs. “In addition to the obvious quality of life benefits that Dalton State offers regional residents, we have this significant economic impact in northwest Georgia that enhances the economic base. As Dalton State continues to grow, we expect this economic impact to increase as well.” 8

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Reed Krause, the Skills Lab Technical Assistant in the School of Nursing, won the DSC Foundation’s 2010 Beth Burdick Service Excellence Award last spring. He was cited for his nearly 30 years of service to Dalton State, his work ethic, his reputation among his peers, and his impact on students. Nominated by his peers on campus and selected by a committee of prior Burdick Award recipients, Krause was publicly recognized for the honor during the College’s annual Honors Convocation in May. The award carried a cash prize of $1,000.

The Bird is Back! The Roadrunner is back! In a project led by junior Patton Hunt, nearly 1,500 students, faculty, and staff voted last spring on a new design for Dalton State’s historic talisman. The winning concept, submitted by student Hannah Boling of Talking Rock, was unveiled in April. “I felt like a mama bird that had sat on an egg for a year,” Patton says, noting how long the revival of the mascot took him. The history major is currently president of student government on campus and exploring how the roadrunner can be incorporated into items like t-shirts and recruiting materials. “We want this roadrunner to be around forever,” he says.

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President Emeritus Burran, center, was joined at the event by his wife, Sally, and son, Andy (’98).

Bell Tower Named for President Emeritus Burran Nearly 200 friends and colleagues of President Emeritus Jim Burran gathered on campus in July for a ceremony marking the official naming of the college’s bell tower in his honor. The James A. Burran Bell Tower, approved by the University System of Georgia’s Board of Regents earlier this year, is the new, permanent name of the college’s signature structure. “A naming like this doesn’t happen very often,” acknowledged President John O. Schwenn, “but naming the bell tower for Jim Burran was easy since all of us wanted to honor his outstanding presidency.” The naming was requested by the college in recognition of Burran’s 13-year record of achievement as Dalton State’s third president from 1995 to 2008. During his administration, enrollment

grew from 3,168 to 4,532, the college became a four-year institution, ten new bachelor’s degrees were added to the curriculum, and the DSC Foundation’s assets expanded from $2.3 million to $30.1 million. Capital improvements to the campus during his tenure included the construction of the Lorberbaum Liberal Arts Building and the James E. Brown Center, the expansion of the Derrell C. Roberts Library, and the renovation of the Bandy Gymnasium. In his typically understated style, Burran was quick to share the credit for his successes. “No college or university can really grow and prosper without a group of people willing to come together and work to achieve a common goal,” he said at the event. “It is with humility and gratitude that I thank you for this honor, but I do so on behalf of all the others who really made the difference.” Dalton State Magazine | Fall 2010


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School of Business Harold Jones, Associate Professor of Management, was invited by the Korea Institution and Economics Association (KIEA) to present his paper, “Ideology, Character, and Progress,” at the KIEA international conference in Seoul, Korea, in August. A required senior-level course, Senior Seminar (BUSA 4700) was recently noted as a best practice by an accreditation visit team from AACSB International - the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The course, taught by Dean Donna Mayo, includes executive-level briefings with bankers and entrepreneurs, financial planning, time management, and community service. In the past year, 80 graduating business majors completed mock interviews with 30 regional business and industry leaders, and participated in 29 community service projects. Fifteen students and three faculty members were inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma (representing the ideals of honor, wisdom, and earnestness), the international honor society for business programs accredited by AACSB International. Dalton resident and DSC Foundation Trustee Jim Jolly was recognized as a Beta Gamma Sigma Chapter Honoree for his outstanding business and managerial leadership. School of Business alumnus and Student Operations Coordinator Fernando Garcia (’06), is heading up the newly launched Business-in-Action internship program. This initiative matches student talent with employers providing real-world experience.

School of Education The Early Childhood Education program passed the continuing review for accreditation requirements by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. Dalton State’s program received the highest possible ratings with no areas marked for improvement. 10

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The School of Education’s first cohort of students seeking certification in secondary education in biology, chemistry, English, history, and mathematics enrolled this fall.

School of Liberal Arts Dean Mary Nielsen completed the University System of Georgia’s Executive Leadership Institute last spring. The program cultivates leaders from within the University System for future leadership opportunities on campus and System-wide. Dalton State’s first campus-wide Teaching and Learning Center Conference was organized by Barbara Tucker, Associate Professor of Communication. The Conference’s 16 sessions on student engagement and instructional techniques were delivered by 17 Dalton State faculty and staff, 8 of them from Liberal Arts. In May, 10 students from the History Club, accompanied by Assistant Professor of History Sarah Mergel, journeyed to Washington, D.C., and Williamsburg, Virginia, where they took in 24 historic sites. Associate Professor of English Marsha Matthews, Assistant Professor of English Chad Prevost, and Associate Professor of Communication Barbara Tucker, all published authors, read and discussed portions of their works during the Dalton State literary festival, “Home Grown: A Literary Celebration of Northwest Georgia,” last spring. Sponsored by Roberts Library, “Home Grown” is expected to be an annual event. Christy Price, Professor of Psychology and past recipient of the DSC Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award, presented her research on millennial learners to workshops and conferences last summer at Susqhehanna University in Pennsylvania, the International Conference on the First Year Experience in Hawaii, Montana State UniversityBillings, Clayton State College in Georgia, and the Lewis-Clark State College Northwest Region Indian Education Summit in Washington state.

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School of Nursing Dean Cordia Starling spent two weeks in July assisting Regent University in Accra, Ghana, with the establishment of a nursing program curriculum and infrastructure that will place frontline nurses in African villages. The trip put her in contact with the Ghanaian Ministries of Education and Health, and numerous other healthcare professionals. The five-year-old Regent University has a memorandum of understanding with Dalton State that the two institutions will share intellectual resources and strategies for developing a better global understanding of the two cultures.

School of Sciences and Mathematics Assistant Professor of Mathematics Jason Schmurr led a team of Dalton State students in the 2010 Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM), an international competition that drew 2,254 teams from 14 different countries. The Dalton State team placed in the top 19% of competing teams. During the four-day event, the three-student team designed a mathematical model for geographic profiling of serial criminals. In partnership with Catoosa, Murray, and Walker County Public Schools, the School of Sciences & Mathematics received a grant exceeding $200,000 from the Georgia Department of Education to provide curriculum development workshops for elementary, middle, and high school mathematics teachers. Associate Professor of Mathematics Bob Clay, Instructor of Mathematics Paul Fonstad, and Professor of Mathematics Lee Ann Nimmons led the sessions and ongoing training. The first bachelor’s degrees in biology and mathematics were presented in May. The School now offers the baccalaureate in biology, chemistry, and mathematics.

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immersion experience to Xalapa, Mexico. The students worked with professionals at Quinta de las Rosas, Program Preventivo Violencia Familiar, and Alde Merced. Dalton State’s Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) is the only bicultural and bilingual program in the U.S. All 12 of the 2010 BSW graduates were employed within a month of their graduation. Dalton State social work grads are now impacting communities through their work with the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services in Bartow, Catoosa, Chattooga, Murray, Walker, and Whitfield Counties, where they are working with agencies such as the Conasauga Circuit Superior Court Drug Court Program, Georgia H.O.P.E., and the Highland Rivers Center.

School of Technology 2010 graduates in the Licensed Practical Nursing, Radiologic Technology, and Respiratory Therapy programs all had 100% pass rates on their first attempts at their respective national licensure and certification exams. For LPN’s, the national average first-time pass-rate is 86%; for radiologic technology, it is 91%; and in respiratory therapy it is 55%. LPN Director Dana Trowell, notes that “these are the highest scores achieved by an LPN class as a whole in 11 years.” Kudos to Director Trowell, to Chair of the Department of Health Occupations Susan West, and Respiratory Therapy Director Max Pierce for their students’ achievements. The Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB) has formally approved Dalton State’s program in medical assisting, noting the quality graduates produced by the program. Associate Professor of Medical Assisting Debbie Gilbert coordinated the School’s report that focused on student retention, graduate placement and satisfaction surveys, and employer satisfaction surveys.

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Boats, Books, and the British: Dr. John Hutcheson Caps a 36-Year Career at Dalton State In a few months, Dalton State’s newly-retired Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. John Hutcheson, will travel to New York City where he has planned a rendezvous with three ladies who have captured his fancy – “The Three Queens,” he calls them – Mary, Elizabeth, and Victoria. They’re gorgeous, he says, and he’s in love with them all. The Three Queens, as it turns out, are the three signature ships of the legendary Cunard Line, trans-Atlantic ocean liners named for three female British monarchs of the 19th and 20th centuries. Hutcheson’s infatuation with them goes back to his childhood. “As a youth I built plastic models of ships,” he recalls, “when I should have been doing my algebra homework.” He bought ship models with his allowance or received them as gifts for birthdays and other occasions. His first model was the World War II battleship U.S.S. Missouri. He estimates that he assembled as many as 40 ship models before he moved on to more cerebral pursuits. Those pursuits consisted primarily of literary and intellectual matters, which were ingrained in him from childhood. “Life and National Geographic magazines were always in the house,” and dinnertime conversation included references to Germanic and Latin influences in the English language just as easily as it focused on current events. Hutcheson’s father had earned his degree from The Citadel; his mother was a Phi Beta Kappa with a degree from Duke. “I always liked stories, especially if they were true,” Hutcheson avers, so he opted for a career in history. The North Carolina native took all three of his degrees – bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate – in history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. When he finished his dissertation, he applied for 12

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a teaching position at then-Dalton Junior College, landing here in 1974. He spent the first 29 of his 36 years at Dalton State teaching history to nearly 8,000 undergrads, including a six-year stint as Chair of the Division of Social Sciences. He’s spent the last seven years as Vice President. His doctoral research focused on British history, a subject that had garnered his attention nearly simultaneously with the construction of the ship models. Naval and maritime activity was dominated by the British in the 1800’s, he points out, and anyone attracted to ships will ultimately become familiar with at least the contours of British history during the period. He admits to a desire in his early teens to master the high spots of British history, getting “all my Edwards, Henrys, and Georges straight.” His interest in history consumed him during graduate school. To complete his dissertation on British journalist Leopold Maxse and the National Review, he spent six months in England, combing through archives in London, Oxford, Cambridge, Birmingham, and Chichester. He became a confirmed Anglophile. A byproduct of his nearly lifelong interest in history are the shelves and stacks of books he’s collected over the years, most of which focus on his areas of personal or professional interest: British, European, and American history, naval and maritime history, architecture, classical music, Biblical criticism and church history, and English and American literature. He estimates he owns between 4,000 and 5,000 volumes. The shelves in his office alone run to 154 linear feet, all full, some even double-shelved. A Titanic buff, he has nearly six feet of books about that ship. He still has the 10-volume History of Civilization by Will and Ariel Durant he first ordered from the Book-of-the-Month Club when he was

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a student at North Carolina. His oldest book is a copy of Voltaire’s Candide, published in 1792. A prized possession is a 1905 volume of Civil War and political memoirs, Forty Years of Active Service, written by his great-grandfather who served under Stonewall Jackson in the Shenandoah Valley and later as governor of Virginia. Hutcheson cites as his literary influences Mark Twain, H.L. Mencken, Rudyard Kipling, and George Bernard Shaw, “authors that people should read more – they’re masters of the English language.” As he contemplates life after Dalton State, he’s looking forward to “chasing my five-year-old

grandson around” and some research projects that he’ll now have time to pursue: an exploration and analysis of British naval fiction, particularly C.S. Forester’s Horatio Hornblower stories and Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey/Maturin novels; a study of the dome as an architectural form; and an examination of the life and work of naval architect William Francis Gibbs. Meanwhile, he’s actually culling his collection of books and deaccessioning several hundred volumes he doesn’t have room for at home. It’s a kind of getfit routine for bibliophiles: he wants to look his best for his meeting with The Three Queens this winter. d

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Friendship House: Mary Thelma Norris (’75) By David J. Elrod (’88)


air. Fun. Committed.

When asked to describe herself in three words, these are Mary Thelma Norris’s choices. “I’d like to live up to these all the time,” she confides. While those qualities definitely come through in any interaction with her, another one readily reveals itself after only a few hours in her presence: busy. For a lady with only two feet, two hands, and 24 hours in a day, Mary Thelma, a 1975 graduate of then-Dalton Junior College, is constantly on the go, constantly working. She’s not familiar with the word stop. Following a mild stroke in January, she exercises daily. She volunteers with the DaltonWhitfield Chamber of Commerce and the Carpet City Rotary Club. She’s in a women’s Bible study. She keeps season tickets at the Fox Theater in Atlanta. She loves to travel and has been to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, 15 times in 21 years. She dreams of retiring to the Baja. And she has a day job as Executive Director of Dalton’s Friendship House, a non-profit, comprehensive preschool education center for children ages six weeks to five years. “It’s not a job, it’s an adventure,” she claims, and then launches into an enthusiastic advertisement for the Friendship House and its mission. She’s quick

to correct a questioner who asks what Friendship House does for children. “You mean what we do for families,” she offers, and then explains. Friendship House is a Dalton tradition. Founded in 1957 by a group of church volunteers to serve a poor neighborhood in Dalton, Friendship House has grown to include a developmentally appropriate preschool curriculum, including a Georgia state lottery-funded pre-kindergarten program; parent education workshops, such as assistance with completing census forms and registering to vote and job referrals; early childhood intervention initiatives for physical, emotional, and learning disabilities; dental, vision, and health screenings; and nutritious breakfasts, lunches, and snacks for students. Today, Friendship House serves 88 children, with room for nearly 40 more. Parents of children enrolled must either work or attend school or college full-time, and are charged based on ability to pay. This work is carried out by a staff of 27 in a 13,500-squarefoot facility built in 1992 following a $1.2 million fundraising campaign. The playground behind the building is another 17,500 square feet of discovery and play space. Friendship House’s impact is significant. This year, 40 pre-K students moved on to 16 elementary schools in 3 different counties.

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A walk through the building and outside it reveals more than curriculum and workshops. Friendship House is a vibrant, excited place bustling with energy. On the day of our visit, here came a six-seat stroller full of toddlers being wheeled down the hall, headed outside for sunshine and play. The carpet and ceilings are brightly colored, and the classrooms are cacophonies of sound: a xylophone, a story being read aloud, sing-a-longs, the chatter of threeyear-olds. Individual cubbies hold backpacks and knapsacks; even the bathrooms are scaled down for little users. Carpet maps of the USA cover the floors. The playground, a generous, grassy expanse that includes several climbing structures and big yellow plastic slides, is crossed by paths doubling today as tricycle racing lanes. “Watch out!” an aggressive little driver shouts, just in time to move toes out of the way. Children here are obviously having fun. Mary Thelma could talk about Friendship House all day – and does. “It doesn’t matter if it’s in the grocery store, the bank, or wherever, if I’m in line and see somebody, I’m going to tell them about Friendship House,” citing her unofficial role as chief public relations officer for the facility. “The best thing about Friendship House is that it makes sense. We have a wonderful ministry, offering the respect people deserve as parents who are working hard to give the best to their kids and providing a fun, safe, caring environment for children to grow.” 16

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One of four children and the sister of current Dalton mayor and DJC alumnus David Pennington, Mary Thelma grew up in Dalton and attended then-Dalton Junior College in 1973-75. “I loved DJC then. I still do. I’m proud of what the college is doing now.” She remembers her time at DJC as one of collective purpose shared by her classmates. “We made friends with everybody – it was a level playing field. All the old high school rivalries were gone.” She recalls her coursework as hard, but her social hours as fun. The two-story addition to the student center – “it was fabulous!” – opened when she was a student, providing plenty of room for lounging and playing spades. She cites two professors as having the greatest impact on her as a student. “Terry Christie was the first professor I ever had who cussed in class, but he taught us that it was okay to have strong opinions as long as we could back them up. And George Jones was incredible. He taught history like it was a story. I’d just sit there, amazed, and listen to every word.” She completed her undergraduate degree in secondary education in-state, then returned to her hometown. Following a long recuperation from a car accident and a couple of jobs, she landed at Friendship House. “One of the beautiful things about Dalton, Georgia, is that people know people, they’re connected in all kinds of ways,” and it was a phone call to her mother from a friend of Friendship House’s director that resulted in Mary Thelma getting the job. “My background was actually in secondary education,” she confesses, and says now that she started the Friendship House job on May 1, 1985, “because I didn’t know any better.” Her first year was “a trial by fire.” The only other employee worked only part-time during the summer, and Mary Thelma was on her own. When she asked the board of directors to see the books, she discovered that her salary had not been budgeted for the entire year. For three decades, Friendship House had been sustained by church support and bake sales. She set about recruiting businessmen to populate the board. Then Mary Thelma got the question: “If we let these men on the board, who is going to bake the brownies?” It���s funny now.

Today, the Friendship House is supported by a rattles off names of benefactors and friends who have creative blend of public and private financing. The aided her and the Friendship House over the years. signature Derby Day, an annual event around the She quickly credits others for the quarter-century she running of the Kentucky Derby, draws hundreds of has enjoyed at the organization. “This community…” supporters to a local country club and she pauses to collect a to watch the race, place “bets” on thought, “they essentially said horses for the Friendship House, to me when I came here 25 “One of the beautiful and bid on silent auction items; years ago, ‘we’ve known you, 3,500 tickets are sold for an we’ve loved you, we want you things about Dalton, annual spaghetti supper (going to be successful…’” Georgia, is the since 1977); and a fundraising By any measure, she has been. lunch at the local Oakwood people here. She’s surrounded by family Café draws several hundred and long-time friends, and diners. Generous support from They’re awesome.” she’s doing something she truly the Northwest Georgia United loves. She becomes animated Way, the Atlanta-based Goizueta when talking about Friendship Foundation, the Carpet Capital House. It’s plain that this is a passion for her, that Collegiate Classic Golf Tournament, local churches, she’s found her calling. One wonders if she can keep and philanthropic individuals comprise the base of private funding. The Georgia lottery funds Friendship up this energy level for another 25 years, or if the tug of retirement is beginning to exert its influence. With House’s pre-K programming. an eye on the future, she’s working on a succession Mary Thelma cites the extraordinary support of plan for Friendship House, and thinking about individuals for Friendship House’s ultimate success. it without her. No matter who follows her, Mary “One of the beautiful things about Dalton, Georgia, Thelma’s legacy will be a place, a house of friendship, is the people here. They’re awesome,” she boasts, and for children to come and learn. d Dalton State Magazine | Fall 2010


2010 Annual report to donors

Dalton State College Foundation

2010 Annual Report to Donors Letter from the Chair of the Board Dear Dalton State Alumni and Friends: On behalf of the Dalton State College Foundation’s Board of Trustees, I present our Annual Report to Donors for the Foundation’s fiscal year ending March 31, 2010. We are proud to have earned the support of hundreds of alumni, individuals, corporations, and foundations who believe in Dalton State and in its mission of open access to a college education for any student willing to work for it. The College is strong and the DSC Foundation thrives thanks to your philanthropy. The Foundation’s mission is to support Dalton State’s students, faculty, and programs, while seeking to continuously raise new friends and funds for the institution. And while we know there’s a lot of competition for your charitable dollars, we are thrilled beyond description that you chose Dalton State as the beneficiary of your generosity last year and continue to do so. In the pages that follow, you’ll catch a glimpse of some names you might recognize in our list of donors. Hopefully your name is on the list. If it’s not, resolve to have it on there next year. After that, be sure to read about three of our scholarship recipients this year and the difference they are making at Dalton State. And don’t miss the article on the Foundation’s 2010 Teaching Excellence Award honoree, Professor Tony Simones, whose energy and enthusiasm in the classroom is representative of the teaching talent Dalton State boasts across campus. Our deserving students, top-flight faculty, internationally and nationally accredited academic programs – all are strengthened by your ongoing commitment to excellence at Dalton State. We simply couldn’t do what we do without you. So, thank you. And thank you again and again. Because of you, young people’s lives are being changed through the power of education. They, in turn, will be able to change others. You’ve done something very special with your gifts to Dalton State. And we’re grateful.


Sincerely yours,

Sara C. “Skeeter” Pierce Chair, Dalton State College Foundation Board of Trustees

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Dalton State College Foundation, Inc. Significant Financial Highlights for the year ended March 31, 2010


Cash & Cash Equivalents Investments Alternative Investments Accounts Receivable Deferred Tax Benefit Pledge Receivables Prepaid Expenses Property & Equipment Mortgage Acquisition Costs

Total Assets Liabilities

1,775 167,336 6,498,673 82,193 6,165,966 22,069 256,161

CRAT Payable



2,272,632 15,929,967

Temporarily Restricted


Permanently Restricted

9,623,948 $31,488,459

Contributions Investment Income

1,993,744 247,956

Net Realized Gain/Loss on Sale of Investments


Net Unrealized Gain/Loss on Sale of Investments


Net Unrelated Business Income


Total Revenues Expenses


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$5,505,922 Program Expenses


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24,264,289 $28,835,928

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Dalton State College Foundation, Inc. Donors during Fiscal Year 2010 (April 1, 2009 through March 31, 2010)

CORPORATIONS, FOUNDATIONS, AND CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS Azeez Shaheen Charitable Trust Beaulieu of America Brown-Whitworth Foundation Cohutta Banking Company The Community Foundation of Northwest Georgia Container Service Corporation Custom Grinders Sales, Inc. Dalton Beverage Company Dalton High School Class of ’59 Reunion Dixie Group Foundation Dorsett Industries, L.P. The Dow Chemical Company Fincher/Loughridge Foundation First National Bank of Chatsworth Fred Whitaker Co. The Goizueta Foundation H & L Electric, Inc. Hamilton Medical Center Harriett G. Digioia Charitable Trust Helen and Harry Saul Foundation Hubert Judd Charitable Trust Invest in Others Charitable Foundation J & J Industries Karo’s Corn Place Kathryn Judd Charitable Trust Kenneth E. Boring Charitable Foundation Kiwanis Club of Dalton Macy’s Foundation 20

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Northwest Georgia Chapter of the Georgia Society of CPAs OMNOVA Solutions Foundation Roman Open Charities, Inc. Shaw Industries Group, Inc. Softball Players Association Textile Rubber and Chemical Co. Tindell & Sons Carpet United Community Bank University of Tennessee Press University System of Georgia Foundation Wachovia Bank Winter & Scoggins CPAs

INDIVIDUALS Dalton State alumni are in italics. Blue & Silver Circle ($5,000+) Dr. Lemuel Arnold Mr. B. Jackson Bandy Mr. and Mrs. Murray Bandy Mr. and Mrs. Vance Bell Mr. and Mrs. Jim Bethel Dr. David P. Boyle Mr. and Mrs. Francis Brantley Mrs. Mary M. Brown Mr. and Mrs. G. Robert Buchanan Dr. and Mrs. James A. Burran Mr. and Mrs. Dan Combs Mr. and Mrs. Lee Daniel Mr. Thomas Durkan, III Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Embry Mr. and Mrs. Stan Goodroe Estate of Mr. Emory Grant Mr. and Mrs. James A. Hammack Mr. and Mrs. Chip Howalt

Mr. and Mrs. David Jolly Mr. and Mrs. James R. Jolly Mrs. Ruth Lamb Ms. Kay B. Lauman Mr. and Mrs. Henry H. Long Mr. and Mrs. Lamar Lyle Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. McEntire Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Ownbey Mr. Chris Patterson and Judge Cindy Morris Mr. and Mrs. Shelby Peeples, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. David E. Pennington, III Mr. and Mrs. Lamar Pierce Mr. and Mrs. Brooks Rizer Mr. and Mrs. John Shaheen Mr. and Mrs. Doug Squillario Mr. Jackson P. Turner Mr. and Mrs. C. Kenneth White President’s Circle ($1,000 – 4,999) Mr. David Aft Mr. and Mrs. Scott A. Bailey Mr. Andy Bargeron Mrs. Barbara Bell Mr. and Mrs. Robert Chandler Mr. and Mrs. Joel H. Cohen Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Cope Mr. and Mrs. Tom W. Greeson Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Hair Mrs. Ruth Lee Hair Mr. and Mrs. Kevin W. Harris Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Howalt Mr. and Mrs. Bob Hubbs Mr. and Mrs. Michael Hurtt Dr. and Mrs. John A. Hutcheson, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Edward Johnson Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Johnson, III

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Dr. and Mrs. J. Sherwood Jones Mr. and Mrs. Bennie M. Laughter Drs. Charles and Donna Mayo Mr. Bryan E. McAllister Mr. and Mrs. James L. McCormick, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Dan McEntire Mr. and Mrs. Randy Merritt Mr. and Mrs. John T. Minor, III Mr. and Mrs. John T. Minor, IV Mr. and Mrs. John P. Neal, III Mr. and Mrs. Gary B. Oliver Mr. Chandler Peeples Mrs. Derrell C. Roberts Dr. and Mrs. John Schwenn Mr. and Mrs. David Scoggins Mrs. Barbara Shiffler Mr. and Mrs. Gregg Sims Mr. and Mrs. Robert K. Walsh, Jr. Mr. Bert Watts Mr. and Mrs. Roger Williams Mr. and Mrs. Larry Winter Deans’ Circle ($500 – 999) Drs. Joseph and Debbie Baxter Drs. Greg Stanley and Judy Cornett Dr. Donald E. Davis Dr. Thomas M. Deaton Mr. and Mrs. Carl Griggs, Jr. Mr. Steven R. Hanshaw Mr. and Mrs. Timothy P. Hawkins Mr. and Mrs. Nick Henry Mrs. Kristen Hulgan Dr. Celeste M. Humphrey Dr. Charles Johnson Dr. and Mrs. Larry Johnson Dr. Harold Jones Mr. and Mrs. Mike LaChapelle Dr. Nancy Mason Mr. and Mrs. Jack Partain Dr. and Mrs. Robert O. Pick Roadrunner Circle ($100 – 499) Dr. and Mrs. James K. Adams

Ms. Sally Addis Ms. Kirsten Andrews Mr. and Mrs. Terry Bailey Ms. Kimberly S. Barta Mrs. Gayle Callahan Bean Mr. Bob and Dr. Sharon Beavers Mr. and Mrs. Chris Bedwell Dr. Beth Biron Mr. Travis Boatwright Dr. and Mrs. J. Don Bowen Mr. George Brewer Mr. Garrett Burgner Dr. Lynne M. Cabe Mr. Bob C. Campbell Mr. and Mrs. John Campbell Mr. and Mrs. Nick Carty Ms. Elizabeth R. Chadwick Mr. and Mrs. Billy Chambers Dr. and Mrs. Harlan Chapman Mrs. Joan Chapman Dr. Robert E. Clay Dr. and Mrs. Henry Codjoe Dr. James E. Coleman Dr. Richard F. Collison Mr. and Mrs. Steven Cox Ms. Helen Marie Crawford Mr. and Mrs. Terry Cullifer Dr. and Mrs. Michael D’Itri Ms. Rebecca L. Dempsey Mr. Sleiman David Douhne Mr. Thomas E. Duncan Dr. and Mrs. Conrad H. Easley Dr. Ken Ellinger Mr. and Mrs. James Ellis Dr. Hassan A. Elnajjar Mr. and Mrs. David J. Elrod Mrs. Sherry B. Elsberry Mr. Stephen B. Farrow Mrs. Sherrian Finneran Ms. Claudia Fraire Mrs. Sarita Gale Ms. Carol Gavagan Mr. Billy Gee Mr. William W. Gibson, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gilbert Ms. Elizabeth Greeson Ms. Orenda G. Gregory Dr. Randall Griffus Mr. and Mrs. Zach Hall Mr. Ted and Dr. Angela Harris Ms. Beth Renee Harris Ms. Janet A. Hayes Mr. and Mrs. Donald Hendrix Mr. Daniel Hidalgo Dr. Clare E. Hite Mr. Frederick D. Hopper, Jr. Dr. Karl Hunt Mr. Johnny M. Irvin Mrs. Elizabeth J. Johnson Ms. Joanna Kernstock Ms. Sylvia King Mr. David Kirby Ms. Lydia F. Knight Ms. Pat Kresl Mr. and Mrs. William C. Kuzniak Mr. Michael Val LaRoche Mr. and Mrs. Marvin D. Lewis Dr. and Mrs. G. John Lugthart, III Mrs. Kelley K. Mahoney Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Massey Ms. Ginny McEver Mr. Garnett McMillan Mr. and Mrs. Paul McMurray Mrs. Phyllis Jayne Mealor Dr. Sarah K. Mergel Dr. and Mrs. Andy Meyer Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Miller Ms. Tamya Morris Ms. Lynn Morse Mr. Chris D. Mullinax Dr. Barbara M. Murray Mr. Robert David Neal Mr. Charlie and Dr. Mary T. Nielsen Mr. Truett and Dr. Lee Ann Nimmons Mrs. Ksandra Nolen Mr. and Mrs. Zack Norville Dalton State Magazine | Fall 2010


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Mr. and Mrs. Alan Nuckolls Ms. Lisa B. Peden Dr. and Mrs. Keith R. Perry Dr. and Mrs. Barry Peyton Mrs. Ruthie Ammari Pfeiffer Mr. Max T. Pierce Dr. Geoffrey Poor Drs. Vince and Lydia Postell Dr. Christy Price Mrs. Regina J. Ray Mr. and Mrs. Dale E. Relyea Mr. Jack B. Reynolds Ms. Sherry Riley Mrs. Robin Roe Ms. Laura C. Rose Ms. Nathalie Sanders Dr. Jo Anne E. Schick Ms. Alana N. Self Mr. Jim Clyde Shahan Dr. Lorena A. Sins Mr. Kelson M. Smith Ms. Glenda Sue Sosebee Mrs. George Sparks Ms. Carol Ellis Stansbury Mr. Don G. Stanton Mr. Marcus and Dr. Cordia Starling Mr. Kenneth and Dr. Gina Tartar Rev. and Mrs. Dean Taylor Mrs. Mary Taylor Mr. and Mrs. Henry Tharpe Ms. Carolyn D. Tindell Mr. and Mrs. David Tucker Dr. and Mrs. Thomas D. Veve Mrs. Christy Hall Walker Mr. Richard Lee Weaver Ms. Susan D. West Ms. Linda Wheeler Dr. Patricia M. White* Mr. John Lennis Williams Ms. Jane Wimmer Mr. Gregory F. Withrow Dr. Javad H. Zadeh Dr. and Mrs. Spencer J. Zeiger 22

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Campus Circle (up to $99) Mr. Phillip David Amos Ms. Norma I. Armas Ms. Lizabeth Austen-Jaggard Ms. Christy Ayars Ms. Jennifer L. Baker Mr. Stephen R. Ball Mr. Steve Bettis Ms. Teresa Louise Bishop Dr. and Mrs. William Blackman Dr. Mihaela Blanariu Mr. David John Bradburn Dr. Carol Brand Ms. Sherry Breitweiser Mr. Chad Michael Brock Ms. Frances Juanita Burden Ms. Julie Rene Chastain Ms. Jamie Connors Mr. and Mrs. Lanny Cooper Mr. Robert M. Cooper Mr. Raymond S. Corbin Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Cordell Mr. Mark P. Cox Ms. Scarlet S. Crump Ms. Donna Lee Davis Mrs. Kimberly Owens Davis Ms. Sara C. Davis Dr. Cecile A. de Rocher Ms. Debbie L. Dennard Mr. Norman DesRosiers Mrs. Ava B. Digioia Mrs. Patricia Ledford Durrence Mr.* and Mrs. Kent Earley Ms. Dora Jeffers Easley Ms. Carlyn Sue Evans Ms. Shirley M. Farr Mrs. Sandra Delores Ferguson Ms. Marilyn G. Fitzpatrick Mr. and Mrs. Archibald R. Fortune, II Ms. Anna M. Franks Mrs. Robin A. Gardner Ms. Linda S. Green Dr. Baogang Guo

Ms. Shawn E. Haggard Mr. Hugh M. Hamilton Mr. Lee Tubbs and Dr. Marilyn M. Helms Mr. and Mrs. Kendall Henderson Mrs. Teresa Vick Henton Ms. Suzanne P. Herrit Ms. Kimberly Higgins Mrs. Donna C. Hill Mrs. Glenda Hobbs Mr. Chris E. Hohol Mrs. Arlene Hooker Mrs. Karen B. Horne Ms. Lisa W. Howell Ms. Alma Ann Huff Ms. Alexis Teri Hughes Dr. Bruce C. Hungerford Mr. and Mrs. Baker Hyde Ms. Loveline Itoe Mr. and Mrs. Richard B. Jackson Ms. Delores E. Jackson Mrs. Teresa G. James Ms. Lynda L. Jenkins Mrs. Theresa S. Kamajian Mrs. Kelli Keener Mrs. Holly Trundle Kelley Ms. Patty Kelley Ms. Patricia Jane Kensrue Mr. Timothy U. Ketterson Ms. Manda L. Kingsley Mr. Cy Kirk Ms. Deborah K. Kirk Mrs. Brenda W. Kittle Mrs. Nancy Boggess Korekach Mr. Reed W. Krause Ms. Jennifer L. Lamb Mr. John Wesley Langham Mr. R. Larry Little Mrs. Elizabeth P. Lones Mr. and Mrs. Antonio Maldonado Dr. Marsha Mathews Ms. Karen H. McCartney Ms. Pamela Elrod McClure Mr. James M. McConathy

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Mr. and Mrs. John McDougal Mrs. Dawn Maria McFadden Dr. Carla C. Moldavan Mrs. Carolyn H. Morgan Ms. Oma Morgan Ms. Darla J. Munn Mrs. Penelope M. Murphy Ms. Mitzi Gale Nations Mr. and Mrs. Tom Neal Ms. Connie P. Noland Mr. Kevin Novak Mrs. Jennifer G. O’Brien Mrs. Nina G. O’Neill Mr. Darrell L. Ogles Ms. Melissa G. Oliver Ms. Stacey Marie Page Mr. Roy Evitte Parrish, IV Mrs. Joey Pepper Mr. Gary L. Pierce Mr. William Z. Poarch Ms. Mary Beth Pool Mrs. Billie Precise Mr. and Mrs. Robert Pryor Mrs. Tricia Rafey Mr. John David Raisin

Ms. Phyllis Ratledge Mrs. Jackie V. Reed Ms. Jennifer L. Reed Ms. Holly Lynn Rice Mrs. Patricia W. Ridpath Mrs. Ruth S. Robertson Mrs. Janet Leigh Rodgers Mr. Ernest Alan Rogers, Jr. Mr. James Alvin Rogers Ms. Julie G. Rogers Mr. Richard L. Rogers Ms. Irma Garcia Rose Mr. Grant R. Rosen Mrs. Corey D. Roy Ms. Raina M. Rutti Dr. Monte Salyer Ms. Christine M. Sandow Ms. Carrie A. Scoggins Mrs. Charlsie A. Sexton Mrs. Anita Neal Shattuck Ms. Madalyn H. Smith Mr. Michael E. Smith Mr. Richard F. Smith, III Ms. Tyra D. Stalling Mr. DeWayne W. Stansell

Mr. Jeremy Isaac Stroop Mr. Arthur W. Sutton Mrs. Monda B. Tackett Mrs. Renee Tarpley Ms. Shanon Y. Thomas Ms. Kathleen D. Travers Ms. Carol A. Treible Mrs. Karen W. Tribble Mrs. Holly J. Triplett Ms. Jody Trost Mrs. Dana L. Trowell Ms. Joan G. Trundle Dr. John M. Trussel Mr. and Mrs. Robert Varner Ms. Janet Anne Vetter Ms. Gail Ward Ms. Rebecca Marie Ward Mr. and Mrs. Boyd T. Whitfield Mrs. Tammy B. Wilson Mr. Matthew Albert Winter Mr. and Mrs. Brian Woods Mr. Jeremiah Lee Word Names marked with an asterisk (*) denote a donor who is deceased.

We want it to be right. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the preceding list. Included are the names of individuals, corporations, foundations, and civic organizations that made gifts to the Dalton State College Foundation during its fiscal year April 1, 2009, through March 31, 2010. If for some reason your name does not appear on this list or appears in a category other than the one you anticipated, one or more of the following factors may apply:

received. If your pledge was made after April 1, 2009, but you began fulfilling it after March 31, 2010, your name will appear on next year’s list.

1. You made your gift prior to April 1, 2009, or after March 31, 2010.

Please address questions or corrections to: Dalton State College Foundation, 650 College Drive, Dalton, GA 30720. Telephone: 706-272-4473. Email:

2. You made a pledge rather than a gift. This list reflects only actual gifts, including pledge payments,

3. You made a payment for Reunion 2010 or other activity which was payment for goods or services, and not an outright gift to the Foundation. 4. We have omitted your name in error. Please let us know if this is the case.

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Three of a Kind Meet three current Dalton State students who share a striking number of similarities. First, they’re all 2010-2011 DSC Foundation scholarship recipients. They’re also resident assistants (RA) in campus housing. They’re deeply involved in student clubs and organizations. And they’re positively wild about Dalton State. “I can’t imagine being anywhere else,” says senior marketing major Jonathan Marks, this year’s recipient of a Norris and Billie Little Scholarship. “I came here because it was close to home, but I’ve stayed because I love it here. There’s always something new. The college is always looking ahead.” “I wouldn’t have been as involved if I had attended another institution,” admits Monica Elrod, a senior in accounting who earned the Ken White Scholarship. “Professors know my name and I have close friendships with other students. I feel at home here. There’s so much to do with the activities and clubs and so many new things. By being involved, I feel like I’m helping Dalton State to grow.”

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“I couldn’t have taken as many classes or bought as many books without the award,” Monica confides. “I wouldn’t even have had the same grades,” she claims. “Thanks to the scholarships I’ve received over the years, I’ll graduate with no debt and no student loans.” “Knowing how it helps my family is a big relief,” adds Hilary, noting that she feels like she’s contributing to her own education expenses by applying for and earning the award.

Professors know my name and I have close friendships with other students. I feel at home here. By being involved, I feel like I’m helping Dalton State to grow.

“There so much to do here, it’s exciting,” offers sophomore Hilary Mellon, a psychology major who received the Ruth Carter Boyle Memorial Scholarship. “When I came here I knew immediately I wanted to stay. There’s always lots of change: the addition of student housing, new four-year programs. I wanted to be a part of it. It’s so much fun, it kind of makes you not want to graduate.”


But graduate they will, thanks in part to the assistance they’ve each experienced with their Foundation scholarships.

Jonathan adds up the time required to be an RA supervising about 20 student residents, the full-time class load, the part-time off-campus job, the expenses of classes and books, and then it hits him: “what am I going to eat?” He points out that the financial and mental strain that visits many college students is alleviated by his scholarship. “It takes a huge mental burden off that allows me to focus on my classes.” (He eats just fine.)

All three carry out their RA duties at Dalton State’s Wood Valley Apartments, known to the nearly 240 students who live on campus as “the Valley.” The residents call themselves “Valley Kids.” “The Valley is unique,” Hilary states, citing the diversity of geography, ethnicity, backgrounds, and experiences represented there. “You get to know more about people when you live that close to them.” This semester, students from 60 Georgia cities and

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Jonathan Marks, Monica Elrod, and Hilary Mellon

towns, six different states, and four foreign countries are living at the Valley. Hilary, Monica, and Jonathan are from Marietta, Dalton, and Summerville, respectively.

and even spontaneous events like pick-up basketball games. They cite a new mindset, a new outlook, and energy on the part of residents. Hilary sums it up when she says “it feels more like college.”

They say there’s something different about the second year of on-campus housing. “It’s not just more people living here, but different people,” Jonathan says. He was an RA last year, too. “We have a lot of personalities and characters in one place. Ironically, I think the increased diversity has contributed to the greater sense of cohesion at the Valley.”

While their RA duties demand a lot of their time, they take it in stride, realizing that while there is not a lot of down time as full-time students and resident assistants, there are certain benefits that come with their responsibilities. “I get paid to do my hobbies,” boasts Hilary, citing working with different students and getting to know them and their stories as perks she most enjoys.

By their accounting, the Valley is a tight-knit community of students who rely on each other and work closely with each other. There are numerous opportunities for Valley Kids to gather throughout the year, with cookouts, Halloween trick-or-treating,

“You never know what is coming next,” Monica avers. “The best way to spend my time is working with others to accomplish a goal and meeting new people. That’s exciting.” d Dalton State Magazine | Fall 2010





DSC Foundation Teaching Excellence Award Winner,

Dr. Tony Simones

By David J. Elrod (’88)


irst, there’s the voice. It’s a round, rich, resonant baritone that is simultaneously melodic in its boom and reassuring in its authority. You can often hear the voice before you see the owner of it. Then there he is. The voice is accompanied by a shock of dark brown hair atop a head framed by rimless spectacles and a megawatt smile that involves his entire expressive face. His eyes, his nose, his cheeks, his mouth, his chin – they all contribute to the smile. The voice and the smile are the physical trademarks of Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, Dr. Tony Simones (pronounced sighmunz), recipient of the Dalton State College Foundation’s 2010 Teaching Excellence Award. Now in his 25th year of teaching, Simones came to Dalton State in 2004 from Missouri State University, where he taught political science and constitutional law. An attorney by education, he teaches criminal justice here and was the principal architect of the college’s Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice that launched last year. The first seniors in the program will graduate next spring. Simones is nothing short of thrilled. The smile takes over his face just thinking about it. “We planned for the new degree in criminal justice for two or three years,” he says now with all the pride of a new father. “We surveyed criminal justice agencies and law enforcement to determine their hiring needs. We involved our students, asking them what they wanted in


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the curriculum and internship opportunities. It was a collaborative process.” When the degree proposal was finally ready, Simones says he argued for it “like a brief. It was a case and I was going to court to persuade them to accept it.” When asked if the analogy extends to him being the chief prosecutor for the case, he smiles again as if to say yes.

through the faculty and staff, to the students. For Simones, the students are the key to his success. “Students here live the most complex lives I’ve ever seen,” he observes, pointing out that many balance full course loads with jobs and families and other responsibilities. “They have taught me the beauty of perseverance, how valuable an education is to building the foundation for a better life. They’re willing to work hard for it. That’s the kind of people you want to have in class. If the students weren’t as great as they are, I’d be just a loud guy in front of the room.”

“I knew this was an institution totally focused on students.”

Today, there are 60 juniors and seniors majoring in criminal justice at Dalton State. The first slate of graduates will earn a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice next spring. They’ll go on to careers in law enforcement, forensics, investigative work, or the law. Simones is justifiably proud of the program and its students. Two years ago, these students would have transferred elsewhere to complete their degrees.

This semester, Simones is teaching five courses, two in criminal law, two in criminal procedure, and one in law enforcement. This is in addition to the 250 student advisees he works with regularly, and the scores of other students who seek him out as a mentor, sounding board, and friend. Despite the workload, he loves teaching, which he says doesn’t even seem like a job. “It’s more like half profession, half passion.” It wasn’t always so. When Simones started in the profession, “it was all about me.” He admittedly chased honors and recognition just for the sake of them. Articulate, engaging, and inspiring to his students, he accumulated a pile of awards. But he realized something was missing. It dawned on him when he arrived at Dalton State. “From the moment I stepped onto campus, I knew this was an institution totally focused on students.” And Simones shifted his own focus that way, too. “I went from ‘look at me’ to ‘look at them.’ It’s just different here – I don’t do it for myself anymore.” The award plaques are now in a box in his attic.

In his way, Simones has persevered, too. He’s conquered his fear of public speaking – he trained his rich voice and vibrant personality to compensate for what he swears is an innate shyness – and he overcame his inward view to reach out to students and turn his profession into a passion. “I love the entire process of teaching – discovery, analysis, exchange of ideas – everyone’s engaged,” he says. Having been recruited for other, more lucrative, jobs elsewhere, Simones has staked his claim at Dalton State, citing the friendships he has here and the impact the criminal justice program is having on the institution and in the region. And despite being singled out by a panel of colleagues and students from across campus to receive this year’s Teaching Excellence Award, Simones is quick to share the credit where he thinks it’s due. “Dalton State has the best collection of teachers I’ve ever seen. When I look around and see the extraordinary people who teach here, I’m impressed.” Then the smile that envelops his face betrays his thrill. “Just being here – I love it all.” d

He attributes the difference at Dalton State to the atmosphere on campus, from the administration, Dalton State Magazine | Fall 2010


Alumni Event

Beep-Beep – They’re Baaack! DJC Roadrunners Return for Coach O’s 70th Birthday

Back in command. DJC Roadrunners Head Coach Melvyn Ottinger was the guest of honor at September’s “Roadrunner Reunion and 70th Birthday Tribute to Coach O.” Ottinger’s Roadrunners were 231-78 in their decade of play from 1968 to 1978. At home – nicknamed Death Valley GA 30720 – they were 120-11.

Victory! O’s Birds made two trips to the national tournament, had three toptwenty national rankings, won two regional and two state championships, and the Head Bird himself won numerous coaching awards.


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Prize for coming the longest distance. Roadrunner Jon “Buck” Heath came back to campus from his home in Belgium. A recipient of All-American honors while a Roadrunner, Heath picked up statewide and regional player-of-the-year awards, and rewrote the DJC record books.

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Average height: 6’7”. The Roadrunner Reunion was perhaps the only campus event where the average height of the attendees was well over six feet. Roadrunners Mike Wade, left, Roger Rome, and Randy Beckler reminisce about playing for Coach O.

Gimme an R! Roadrunner Cheerleaders were on hand for the reunion festivities. Shown l-r are Marsha Wilson Kilpatrick, cheerleading sponsor Elaine Coleman, Karen Hilley Summerlin, and Diane Kirby Lanier.

Reunited and it feels so good. Reunions are about coming together and this foursome was obviously having a good time. Shown l-r are Roadrunner Lane Jackson, Reba Jackson, Roadrunner Willie Almond, and Patricia Almond.

Gee, these boys are still big. Assistant Coach Dick Coleman, left, and Roadrunner Jimmy Welch catch up at the reunion. Other reunion attendees included team managers, staff, doctors, and Roadrunner Tipoff Club presidents.

Thanks for the memories. Marilyn Ottinger was singled out for her unwavering support of Roadrunner basketball. One doesn’t even want to wonder if Coach O could have done it without her help. Tony Ingle paid the final tribute of the evening to O with these words: “He’s a great coach, but he’s a better man. Coach Ottinger looked for the good in people. Lives were affected, people were influenced, and people were touched because of Coach Ottinger.”

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Malisa Cawood (’10) of Dalton, GA, was the student speaker at May’s commencement ceremony. “The whole inspiration behind my speech is that I firmly believe everyone was born with talents and interests specific to them. The world works best when people are doing what they’re passionate about and what they’re good at,” she says. The early childhood education major earned multiple scholarships during her time at Dalton State, participated in a number of student clubs, and was a resident assistant in student housing during her senior year. “Dalton State is more than just the place where I earned my bachelor’s degree,” she said during her speech. “It’s where I have acquired the confidence, leadership skills, knowledge, and inspiration” to be successful in life. “Dalton State, now and forever, will have a special place in my heart.”

James Abney (’09) was involved with the Sigma Beta Delta Business Honor Society and Student Advisory Council while a student at Dalton State. James now lives in Annapolis, MD, and is a Staffing Manager for Robert Half International. 30

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In 2006, Reagan Watkins (’08) and Felicia Ashe (’08) met in one of Kelley Mahoney’s classes. They dated and then one day Reagan proposed in front of Gignilliat Memorial Hall. Reagan and Felicia married in July. Reagan is the director of marketing at Market Street Solutions in Chattanooga. Felicia teaches third grade at Chatsworth Elementary School and is the assistant girls’ basketball coach at Murray County High School. The newlyweds, pictured here on their wedding day, live in Cohutta, GA. Nathan Wooley (’07) and his wife welcomed a baby boy earlier this spring. Nathan and his family live in Evansville, IN. What Don “Jeff” Green (’06) enjoys most about his job as an electrical engineer is “developing creative solutions for complex problems, especially when the solutions evolve out of experiences I had in my previous career as an airplane pilot and mechanic.” Jeff is rated as a commercial pilot and has flown single engine airplanes. “My wife and I were Seventh-day Adventist missionaries in the Democratic Republic of Congo where I flew and maintained the mission’s Cessna 206,” says Jeff. “Later, after we had kids, we went to Papua New Guinea, where I did the same thing.” Jeff and his family now call Brownsboro, AL, home.

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Sherrie Lassetter Dunaway (’06) works for the Highland Rivers Residential Treatment Unit Crisis Stabilization Program in Cedartown, GA. “What I enjoy most about my job is interacting with the consumers who come in for treatment that are working towards getting stabilized so that they can live a better life out in the community,” writes Sherrie. She goes on to say that “attending the nursing program at Dalton State was one of the best decisions I have ever made.” Sherrie lives in Armuchee, GA.

Donna Powell Payne (’91) recalls a funny story from her days as a student. “My friends and I were studying in the library in one of the glass-walled classrooms,” she remembers. “We were very stressed about finals; we started singing as loud as we could to break the stress. We turned around and had a crowd standing outside the room looking at us. We were so embarrassed!” Donna lives in Ringgold, GA.

Annette Czerneski (’03, ’95) resides in Dalton, GA, and works for Shaw Industries as an executive assistant. When she’s not working, Annette says she enjoys singing and sewing. James “Jim” Fry (’01) was a member of the first class to graduate from Dalton State with a bachelor’s degree. The Ringgold, GA, resident says his hobbies include “just about anything outdoors, including fishing, camping, and hiking. When I’m not doing any of the above, I’m usually either reading a novel or trying to learn some new technology that relates to my profession.”

1990s Lawrence Brownlee (’98) has more than 15 years of experience in the technology industry. Lawrence worked for Dalton State as a Systems Support Specialist while he was a student. Today, Lawrence works for Solugenix Corporation. He and his wife, Margaret (’01), call Dalton, GA, home. Rose Brown Owens (’98) of LaFayette, GA, is the office manager for Resaca Sun Products, LLC, and bookkeeper for Moore’s Seed & Grain Farms, Inc. Rose says that “working in agriculture gives me a sense of connectedness to my own family’s history as farmers.” Charlotte Cooley Smith (’93) has “been married for 32 wonderful years.” The Lambrook, AR, resident enjoys working in her yard and playing with her grandchildren.

Robin Gray (’90) and her husband love taking their girls to the lake for boating days. “We have so much fun in the summer at Lake Martin, Alabama,” says Robin. “We also enjoy cooking at home and entertaining with family and friends.” A former flight attendant for Delta Air Lines, Robin is now a full-time mom who works two part-time jobs: she is a sales assistant at the Children’s Shop-Atlanta and a Spanish tutor. Robin recalls her time as a student. “I spent two years avoiding having Dr. John Hutcheson as a history professor!” she confesses. “I craftily arranged my schedule each quarter, carefully excluding him from my class lineup!” Robin says she was a horrible history student. “Now that I look back on it,” she says, “and after being married to a complete history-loving freak, I should have signed up for one of his classes. I know he is an awesome professor; I was simply terrified of making an awful grade. Stupid things you do as a college student. I am so much smarter at 40!” Robin, pictured far right, and her family live in Peachtree City, GA. Dalton State Magazine | Fall 2010


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Dr. Karl Hunt comes to mind. He really cared about our success. I think he helped make working and going to school easier because he wanted us to succeed. We even went to the Taco Bell a couple times to eat dinner before class.” David McNally (’84) received a master’s degree in medical physics and a master’s degree in hospital administration, and now is pursuing a Ph.D. in radiation science. When he’s not working on his dissertation, David enjoys fishing and going to the beach. David and his family call St. Simons Island, GA, home. Shane Holguin (’93) lives in Acworth, GA, and works for Cox Communications. Shane began as the Local Exchange Routing Guide Administrator and was later promoted to Database Engineer. As a Database Engineer, he programs and troubleshoots phone systems to service residential and commercial customers in Kansas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Idaho. When he’s not trouble-shooting phone systems, Shane is restoring classic cars, collecting art, or traveling with his daughter. Shane is pictured with his daughter on a recent vacation.

Daniel Jeffus (’83) is a computer engineer at Florida Hospital in Orlando, FL. “I spec out all new servers for the data center,” Daniel explains, “order them, and when they arrive I install them. Lately, we have been moving more towards virtual servers, which is an exciting new field.” He says the computers that he works with are “serving a good purpose by providing information that doctors and nurses need to provide good care.” Daniel and his family live in Apopka, FL.

1980s Kim Chadwick Chandler (’89) says she enjoys going to church, spending time with family, and shopping. Kim works for Mohawk Industries and lives with her family in Tunnel Hill, GA. Pat Tankersley Callahan (’88) is an agent with State Farm Insurance. The Chatsworth, GA, resident enjoys reading, crafts, running, and attending sports events. David Kelley (’86) lives in Chattanooga, TN, and works for Catoosa County Public Schools in tech support. “I am raising two adopted girls: one is 13, the other is 15,” says David. “When I think on my time at Dalton State,” David recalls, “I really remember the instructors. 32

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Holly Trundle Kelley (’80) of Rock Spring, GA, says she is proud to be a graduate of Dalton State. While a student at then-Dalton Junior College, Holly was a member of Phi Theta Kappa and Carla Moldavan was the sponsor. “Carla was just one of the many caring professors,” recalls Holly. “We still send each other cards at Christmas.” Holly is the mother of four children, all of whom have attended or are currently enrolled at Dalton State. Holly, left, is pictured with her oldest daughter, Laura Kelley Belue (’08).

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Some people spend most of their adult lives trying to find the right career. Dan Sanford (’74) found his almost immediately after graduating from then-Dalton Junior College. “I’ve spent the last 36 years working in the operating room,” says Dan. “I have worked as a Scrub, Circulator, OR Supervisor, Nurse Manager, and as the Director of Surgical Services. In 1991, I got the opportunity to become a member of a well established and well respected Open Heart team where I worked until fall of 2004 when my wife and I decided that I should do something I had wanted to do for some time: travel.”

Deborah McLean (’79) is a Rabies Serologist for Atlanta Health Associates, Inc. “We evaluate the plasma that is used in the manufacturing of rabies vaccine,” explains Deborah. Her employer, Atlanta Health Associates, Inc., is one of only two labs in the country that perform rabies antibody titer tests. Deborah lived in Cleveland, TN, while she was attending then-Dalton Junior College. “I rode a motorcycle back and forth to school,” she remembers. “That was a blast. The whole atmosphere of DJC was relaxed and friendly. It was a long time ago, but I remember it as a good time in my life.” Deborah is pictured far right with her husband and youngest son. They call Cumming, GA, home.

Susan Parry Stroud (’78) remembers starting at then-Dalton Junior College as a 30-year-old wife and mother, and scared to death of going back to school. “When I didn’t understand something, the instructor was right there to offer help and individual attention, which meant a lot to me,” Susan says. “Two of my most supportive instructors were Marguerite Pennington and Doris Shoemaker. Thank you both so much for your help and support.” Susan is now the Lead Technician in Microbiology at Heritage Hospital. Susan and her family live in Tarbo, NC.

Dan contacted a traveling nurse he knew who put him in touch with various contract agencies. In no time at all, he was a traveling nurse. “My first contract was to be a Nurse Preceptor opening a new Open Heart program. Since then, I have helped start four others.” Even though Dan and his family have always called Greeneville, TN, home, he has worked and lived in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia, and Wyoming. “Being a native country boy from the hills and mountains of Ellijay, GA, I try to stay away from the big city hospitals.” “There are many things I enjoy about being a nurse,” says Dan. “I like being able to help people. It is a great reward to have a patient or his/her family tell you that you made his/her trip to the hospital more positive or easier to cope with. And I have often enjoyed the adrenalin rush of responding to an emergency situation.” Dan says he’s thankful for a long and successful career. “I owe that success to my God, my family, and the Dalton State College School of Nursing, particularly the staff during the years 1971-1974.”

Gay Shelby Maupin (’77) of Signal Mountain, TN, is the Director of Operations for Neathawk, Dubuque, & Packett, a public relations firm in Chattanooga.

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Fabulous at Forty

Members of the DJC Class of 1970 gathered on campus in May for their 40-year reunion. Participating in the festivities were, bottom row, l-r, Carla Christie Moldavan, Deborah Faith Lee, Gloria Davis Shoates, Sharon Seago Beavers, Carol Russell Scroggins, Flora Caldwell, and Jane Frye; top row, l-r, Fred Burdick, Larry Harmon, Bob Beavers, Henry “Hal” Long, and George “Van” Taylor.

Up Next: Reunion 2011 Graduates from the Schools of Business, Education, Nursing, and Social Work, and the programs of Medical Lab Technology, Radiologic Technology, and Respiratory Therapy will be coming back to campus in April 2011 to get reacquainted with their favorite professors and reunited with each other. Be sure you’re in on all the fun. Complete the form below or update your information online at to receive your Reunion 2011 invitation on time.

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in memoriam

Dr. Patricia McGuire White Dalton State mourns the loss of Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Biology, Dr. Patricia McGuire White. She died on June 24 following a brief illness. She was 58. Holder of a Ph.D. in molecular genetics and microbiology from Georgia Tech, Dr. White came to Dalton State in 1996. During her 14 years on campus, she earned a reputation as an outstanding teacher, an effective administrator, a trusted colleague, and a treasured friend. “Everyone who knew her recognized that Dr. White had one of the finest minds on this campus,” says

Dr. John Hutcheson, former Vice President for Academic Affairs. “But what made her universally respected and beloved were her passion for her discipline and the professing of it, her profound commitment to the mission of the College and its students’ learning, and her unfailingly positive and affirming temperament. She was a consummate educator, and her loss is a stunning blow to all her colleagues and to Dalton State as an institution.” The Dalton State College Foundation has established the Dr. Patricia McGuire White Memorial Scholarship in Biology to perpetuate Dr. White’s memory. Friends or former students wishing to make a gift to the White Scholarship may send a check to the DSC Foundation, 650 College Drive, Dalton, GA 30720.

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Mrs. Mollie Rogers (’03, ’00, ’95)

Mr. Norman Burkett, a Charter Trustee of the DSC Foundation in 1967, died on June 17 following a long battle with throat cancer. Mr. Burkett was 84.

Dalton State alumna and longtime staff member Mrs. Mollie Rogers died on August 24 at age 64. She served on the staff of Roberts Library for 17 years and retired in 2008. During that time, she earned a reputation as a go-to source for Library patrons seeking information or a specific publication. She performed her duties cheerfully and with a smile. She is fondly remembered for her quick wit, her willingness to help a colleague, and her love of learning. The latter led her to pursue three degrees at Dalton State. The Dalton State community extends its sympathy to Mollie’s family.

A Southern gentleman, Mr. Burkett was the Administrator and then President of then-Hamilton Memorial Hospital, now part of the Hamilton Health Care System, in Dalton. He was the chief visionary and architect of the hospital’s growth and rise during the 1960’s, -70’s, and -80’s to national prominence. In addition to his term as a Charter Trustee of the Foundation, Mr. Burkett served two more terms in the 1970’s and 1990’s. He was a constant friend and a vigorous advocate for the college. He and his wife, Bobbie, were regular donors to the Foundation over four decades. He is greatly missed.

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