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Dalton State’s spring semester graduation in May was punctuated by flying beach balls as graduates celebrated at the conclusion of the College’s 46th commencement. Nearly 400 degrees and certificates were conferred during the ceremony at the Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center. Marlen Rodriguez ’12, a social work major, addressed the more than 1,500 attendees prior to the awarding of diplomas. Students from 18 counties in Georgia and two counties in Tennessee graduated in May.

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Message from the President

You may have noticed that this issue of Dalton State magazine is trimmer than previous ones. While the content quality is what you’ve come to expect, the page count is less because the magazine is now a quarterly publication rather than a biannual one. This ensures that you receive news and information about Dalton State more frequently and that will hopefully benefit you as you share stories about Dalton State with your friends and colleagues.

Dalton State magazine is published quarterly 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, 550 College Drive, Dalton, GA 30720. Phone: 706-272-4473. Email: Contents © 2012 by Dalton State College Foundation, all rights reserved. President, Dalton State College John O. Schwenn Chair, Dalton State College Foundation James E. Bethel Chair, Alumni Advisory Council Nancy Stone Whaley ‘74 Director of Institutional Advancement David J. Elrod ‘88 Alumni Relations Coordinator Joshua J. Wilson Development Coordinator Whitney L. Jones ‘10 Writers David J. Elrod ’88, Patton Hunt ‘12, Joshua J. Wilson Reviewers Cicero Bruce, Jonathan M. Lampley Photographers Arc Studios Photography, Med Dement, Matt Ledger/Walker County Messenger, Linda Fowler Massey ‘72 Layout and Design Second Shift Design, LLC, Duluth, GA Printing Brown Industries, Dalton, GA


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Dr. John O. Schwenn Of particular note in this issue is a profile of Dr. James Adams, Professor of Biology and recipient of the Dalton State Foundation’s 2012 Award for Excellence in Teaching. He exemplifies the heartbeat of any college or university – its faculty. Dr. Adams earned this award not because he’s popular with students (which he is), but because of his skills in the classroom. He is an effective, engaging, and even entertaining professor, one who creates an environment where his students thrive and want to learn. His teaching practices are legendary on campus and worthy of recognition by the Foundation with this prestigious award.

This summer, Dalton State is preparing for another exciting academic year that will begin in August. The College’s academic units are reorganizing from seven schools to five (Business, Education, Health Professions, Liberal Arts, and Science, Technology & Mathematics), in order to more fully reflect the institution’s mission. Our new intercollegiate athletics program is gearing up to provide sports opportunities for our students, alumni, and regional supporters in 2013. And everyone on campus is preparing for the College’s upcoming reaccreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. There is so much opportunity at Dalton State right now. This is an exciting place to be. Donors, alumni, and other key institutional stakeholders are receiving this and future issues of Dalton State magazine. Please do share our stories with friends and neighbors. Thank you for your continued support of Dalton State. Go Roadrunners! d

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Best of the Best: Ms. Barbara Tucker, left, Dr. James Adams, Ms. Donna Hendrix, and Dr. Marilyn Helms earned top honors from the Dalton State Foundation for teaching and service to the campus. Read their stories on pages 9 and 12. (Photograph by Linda Fowler Massey ’72)


9 The Connector: Dr. James Adams

8 Movers & Shakers

Meet the Dalton State Foundation’s 2012 Excellence in Teaching Award Honoree and Professor of Biology, the inimitable Dr. James Adams. Just call him James; his students do.

12 The Dalton State Foundation 2012 Award Recipients

They’re the best of the best: this year’s honorees for Faculty Scholarship, Faculty Service, and the Beth Burdick Service Excellence Award.

13 Designing Woman: Nancy Stone Whaley ’74

She’s a regionally renowned interior designer and she’s one of ours. We catch up with alumna Nancy Stone Whaley ’74 on site at her latest project in Valley Head, Alabama.

16 A Dalton State Alumnus Reflects on His Past and Future

Newly-minted alumnus Patton Hunt ’12 shares why he almost left and what he almost lost at Dalton State.

6 Campus Tour

Take a quick spin around George Rice Drive

Dalton State faculty & staff are making things happen

17 The Dalton State Annual Fund

Did you say “yes” when they called you?

19 All About Alumni

Remember Ashley Bentley ’10, Alex Mora ’09, and Tara Green ’06?

About the cover: Nancy Stone Whaley ’74, Chair of the Dalton State Alumni Advisory Council, is owner of Simply Southern Interiors, LLC, an interior design firm. She is shown at her latest design project in Valley Head, Alabama. Her story begins on page 13. (Cover photograph by Med Dement.)

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Superior Biologists Dalton State’s Beta Chi Nu became the newest chapter of the National Biological Honor Society Beta Beta Beta in May. TriBeta, as it is known, grants membership to undergraduates who achieve superior academic records and demonstrate a keen aptitude for and major interest in the life sciences. TriBeta national president Dr. Donald Roush, fourth from right, led

Dalton State’s induction ceremony, which recognized 27 students and faculty. He is flanked by Dalton State Beta Chi Nu inductees, left to right, Kumar Patel, Kara Day, Nitiksha Patel, Assistant Professor of Biology and Faculty Advisor for TriBeta Dr. Marina Smitherman, Faith Stokes, Kayla Couch, and Avron Khan.

Civil Rights Icon Visits Dalton State U.S. Representative and Civil Rights icon John Lewis visited Dalton State in April to deliver an address titled “Building the Beloved Community,” his vision for neighborhoods and communities of greater understanding and tolerance among people of divergent backgrounds and views. Congressman Lewis, left, is pictured with Dr. Henry Codjoe, Dalton State’s Director of Institutional Research and Planning.


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Dalton State Reaches Out Dalton State administrators and Foundation leaders gathered in May to celebrate Dalton State’s commitment to Governor Nathan Deal’s REACH (Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen) Scholarship program. The program provides access to college education with need-based scholarships provided by a 50-50 partnership of the REACH Scholarship fund and the host institution. “With half our students the first in their families ever to attend college and nearly two-thirds of our students seeking need-based financial aid in order to enroll in classes, the need for private financial support for our students could not be greater,” says Dalton State president John Schwenn. “The College is grateful for

the Dalton State Foundation’s leadership in making this investment possible for the benefit of our students.” On hand for the announcement of Dalton State’s $50,000 pledge to REACH were, left to right, Jim Bethel, Chair, Dalton State Foundation; Jim Jolly, Regent, University System of Georgia Board of Regents; Dr. Sandra Stone, Dalton State Vice President of Academic Affairs; Carol Jones, Director, Financial Aid; Dr. Jodi Johnson, Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services; Dr. John Schwenn, President; and David Elrod, Director of Institutional Advancement.

New Scholarships at Dalton State The Dalton State Foundation’s annual Scholarship Day in April saw 122 awards made to 115 Dalton State sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

be the steward of that trust and investment. We especially welcome our new benefactors who have joined the Dalton State family of donors this year.”

“We are proud of our scholarship donors,” says Dalton State Foundation Chairman Jim Bethel. “They have made votes of confidence in Dalton State with their philanthropy, and the Foundation is honored to

New scholarships awarded at Scholarship Day 2012 included the Arthur B.E. Lauman Scholarship in Nursing, the Beatrice P. & Emory Grant Scholarship, the Bitsy & Stuart McFarland Scholarship, the Brown Industries Family

Scholarship, the George L. Jones Scholarship in History, the J. Donald Bowen Scholarship in Management, the Jerry Phifer ’73 Scholarship, the Joseph T. Baxter Scholarship, the Leon Bouckaert Scholarship, the RAHYE Foundation Scholarship in Nursing, the Tom Deaton Scholarship, and the Yvonne Hill Hawkins Memorial Scholarship in Nursing.

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Movers & Shakers Dr. Sung-Hee “Sunny” Park, Assistant Professor of Management Information Systems, published “A Framework for Safety Excellence: Lessons from UPS” in the January/ February 2012 issue of Supply Chain Management Review. Dr. Jason Schmurr, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, and Dr. Robert Clay, Associate Professor of Mathematics, co-presented a paper titled “An Elementary Visual Proof of the Euler Number of a Convex Polyhedron” at the 91st Schmurr Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Section of the Mathematical Association of America in March.


The Department of Humanities presented a Campus Community Concert in April featuring faculty and student talent, including Dr. Robert Clay on piano; Dr. Lorena Sins, Associate Professor of English, on violin; and Dr. Ellie Jenkins, Assistant Professor Music, on horn. Clay Dr. Cathy Hunsicker, Assistant Professor of Reading, emceed the event.

Farewell, Dean Mayo On July 1, Dr. Donna Mayo, former Dean

State Senator Charlie Bethel presented the 2012 Georgia General Assembly Academic Recognition award for overall academic achievement to Mr. Christopher M. Whaley, a business major, at the College’s 37th Annual Honors Convocation in April.

of the School of Business and Professor of

Ms. Janet Hayes, Administrative Assistant for the Office of Enrollment Services, earned the “Unsung Hero” award during the College’s 2012 Student Leadership Awards Banquet in April. Dr. Tom Gonzalez, Chair and Gonzalez Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics, was recognized as “Advisor of the Year” at the same event.

her decade of service here, she led the School

The international honor society for business, Beta Gamma Sigma, inducted Dr. D.K. Kim, Assistant Professor of Management, and Dr. Robert Culp, Assistant Professor of Economics, in April.

enduring value to Dalton State. She is greatly

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Marketing, became Dean of the Mike Cottrell School of Business at North Georgia College & State University. Dean Mayo came to Dalton State in 2002. In of Business to accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), launched the bachelor degree program in accounting, and enhanced the School’s four-year programs. Thanks to a combination of great ideas, a sound plan, a commitment to teamwork, and tireless energy, Dean Mayo’s legacy will be of admired and she will be greatly missed.

The Connector:

Dr. James Adams

The 2012 Dalton State Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching

by David J. Elrod ’88

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nly connect” is the famous epigraph and theme of E.M. Forster’s novel Howards End set in Edwardian England. It is advice and a lesson for people to relate to themselves and to each other. It might also be the professional motto of Dr. James Adams, Professor of Biology and recipient of the 2012 Dalton State Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Adams grew up in west central Missouri, where he contracted a lifelong interest in entomology. “I liked bugs from age two,” he says, “but I got serious about it at age nine or ten, when I started to take good care of the specimens. My mom started me collecting – it took big time. I didn’t collect baseball cards; I collected butterflies and moths.” He metamorphosed into a serious collector while in his early teens.

“I try to make sure I involve everybody in the class,” he says. “Talk to them, not at them. Make eye contact. Connect with them. Lecturing is interactive – we’re having a conversation.”

“In high school, I was awkward, introverted, incredibly socially inept. I stuck my foot in my mouth a thousand times.” But he worked on his social skills and eventually became, like the butterflies and moths he was collecting and then studied in college, a warm, vibrant, colorful personality.

All of this is innate to Adams, who colleagues say is passionate, helpful, interactive, enthusiastic, and genuinely cares about his students. “From the moment he walks, sometimes bounds, into the room, the enthusiasm for teaching is apparent,” one of them says. “There’s no kind of magic to it. This is logical,” Adams asserts. So logical, so natural and effortless, that he puts himself on a first-name basis with his students on the first day of class, not to curry favor, but to get to know them and for them to get to know him. “I’m a teacher, but I’m also a person. They’re students, but they’re also people. When they know you care about them, they try harder.” Students lap it up, as shown in some of their comments on his annual teaching evaluations: “Your classes…fall into my ‘great experience’ category”; “…definitely one of those professors you will always remember…”; “covers information in a way that stimulates the mind and doesn’t induce a coma”; and “Your high expectations have helped me to become a higher achieving student.” Adams is so animated during his classroom lectures and laboratory experiments that once a student asked him, “Why aren’t you in the entertainment business?” It wasn’t always this way.


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Adams completed his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in systematics and ecology at the University of Kansas. In graduate school, he served as a teaching assistant for six years and discovered that he loved professing his subject. In his seventh and final year of graduate study at Kansas, he was curatorial assistant for the university’s Lepidoptera collection, the first person to focus on it in almost a century. Adams came to Dalton State in 1990, his new PhD in hand. He interviewed for a tenure-track teaching position and got it. He taught human anatomy and physiology, which was familiar to him but wasn’t his specialty. “Some days I was only minutes ahead of my students,” he recalls, laughing now at the memory. “My emphasis [in graduate school] had been on invertebrates, so my first year here was a little hectic.” His students loved him: they threw him a party at the end of the year. Twenty-two years later, Adams is a perennial student favorite. He consistently receives “superior” ratings on his annual evaluations from students. When Dalton State’s bachelor’s of science degree in biology was launched three years ago, he designed upper-level courses in ecology and evolution that he now teaches. “The subject of evolution is interesting to talk about in this part of the country,” this native of the Midwest

the connector: Dr. James Adams observes. “As long as students come to class with an open mind, there doesn’t have to be this conflict with theology.” In addition to ecology and evolution, he still teaches human anatomy and physiology, as well as entomology. “I really am excited about teaching,” he says. “It’s far better than I thought it would be. I once was concerned about burnout, but that hasn’t happened. The students make each course a new experience for me. There are distractions, to be sure, but I always try to keep my eye on the importance of what I’m telling them.” “I still learn something new when teaching a course,” Adams confides. He cites his interest in etymology, or the roots of words, as an example. “’Progesterone’ is one,” he says, and then points out that the female hormone supports the growth of a fetus. “It’s ‘pro’ and ‘gestation.’ When you break down the words, you discover that they really mean something. They’re not named just to spite students.”

jogging in place. Suddenly, he drops to the floor in a heap and doesn’t move. No sooner than you’re rising up out of your seat to verify that he’s not dropped dead than he’s up running in place again, pointing out that there is a lag between stored ATP and ATP produced by cellular respiration that must be filled in by another energy source, creatine phosphate. (Yes, this is on the test.) “Students tend to remember things that they’re excited about or that they can associate with something else.” Like a professor dropping to the floor in a heap. Now entering his 23rd year in the classroom, Adams is asked to reflect on his legacy. He’s thoughtful for a moment. “I approach life by making it enjoyable for as many people as I can. There are few professions in which you can touch as many lives as you can while teaching. Over the years my students have numbered in the thousands. It’s kind of neat to think that I’ve had a part in the lives of that many people.” d

Making biology accessible to students has always been a part of his approach. Another key ingredient is what some have called his liveliness or even theatrics in front of a classroom. “I’ll do all sorts of goofy things if I think it’ll make a point,” which he then demonstrates by launching into a riff on ATP use during muscle metabolism while

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2012 Award Recipients


Award for Faculty Excellence in Scholarship

Award for Faculty Excellence in Service

Beth Burdick Service Excellence Award

Productivity is something that Dr. Marilyn Helms would know about. The Sesquicentennial Chair and Professor of Management was recognized for her scholarly output. Her research and publication in the last three years alone includes 26 articles in refereed academic journals, 12 papers at academic conferences, nine articles in nonrefereed journals, regular columns for The Daily Citizen (Dalton, GA), article reviews for 19 different academic journals, and preparation of a grant proposal. In 2010, she traveled to Cuba to study entrepreneurship, and subsequently shared her experiences with business and civic groups. “She far exceeds what could reasonably be expected from someone with her teaching responsibilities,” says Dr. Donna Mayo, Dean of the School of Business. In addition to research, Helms has won teaching awards (including the Dalton State Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2006), and regularly participates in initiatives to enhance teaching and learning.

Nearly everyone on campus knows or at least has heard of Dalton State’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) that is part of the College’s reaccreditation coming up in 2013. Thanks to the efforts of Ms. Barbara Tucker, Associate Professor of Communication, QEP is everywhere. In addition to her work on QEP, Tucker’s service to the campus includes work with committees on First Year Experience, Teaching and Learning, Faculty Evaluation, Distance Education, Honors, Financial Aid Appeals, and Student Scholarship. In addition, she is noted for her deep commitment to student success and her volunteerism in the Writing Lab and the Advising Center. Tucker was the first director of the Teaching and Learning Center at Dalton State, creating a full schedule of faculty development activities, publishing a newsletter showcasing the accomplishments of faculty, hosting a teaching and learning conference on campus, and developing a website for the center.

Ms. Donna Hendrix has been nominated for the Beth Burdick Service Excellence Award every year since its inception in 2005. (The award is named for the longestserving employee in the history of the College.) As Administrative Assistant for the School of Liberal Arts’ Department of Humanities, Hendrix daily juggles the demands, questions, expectations, and deadlines of nearly 60 faculty members and a couple thousand students. She is recognized for her professionalism, grace under pressure, going out of her way to help colleagues, and a more or less complete catalogue of selfless service that makes one wonder if any one person can really be that good. According to those who know her, the answer is a resounding “yes.” She has also served on the College’s Southern Association of Colleges & Schools Governance Certification Team, the Office of Computing and Information Systems Oversight Committee, Graduation Speaker Committee, Retirement Committee, and Staff Council.

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Nancy Stone Whaley ’74 by David J. Elrod ’88

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ost people get their forecast from the evening news, the radio, or The Weather Channel. Dalton State alumna Nancy Stone Whaley ’74 gets her forecast from Benjamin Moore, every six months.

the U.S. Census Bureau – had 113 cabinet door pulls, 78 drawer pulls, and a foyer chandelier that was six feet in diameter. She worked on it every day for 18 months.

That’s Benjamin Moore the paint brand.

“I remember two things about that project,” she recalls. “One, the homeowner’s vision trumps the designer’s. And, two, there was no internet in 1987.”

Six months is how often the well-known paint manufacturer publishes a color forecast for the upcoming seasons, so designers and architects can anticipate trends in customer preferences for the interiors and exteriors of their homes or offices. It turns out that color, like fashion, is cyclical. Remember that avocado-green dishwasher in your grandmother’s kitchen? Avocado is cool again. Turquoise, too. Color is a big deal to Nancy. It should be. She’s been designing high-end interiors for clients in Georgia, Tennessee, and Alabama for over 25 years, having started in the interior design business in 1984. Her most memorable job just starting out was a 12,000-square-foot home, one that she was contracted to design “from the basement up.” By the time she was finished, the house – about six times larger than the average American home at that time, according to 14

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Both of those, the vision for the design and the use of the internet, have significant impacts on Nancy’s work. “The project is never about me; it’s supposed to look like the homeowner.” A good designer, Nancy says, can provide options and advice to the client, but the client should always have final say over the project. The designer can be as much a facilitator as a designer. “You should have nothing in your home that is not beautiful or functional,” she avers, “but consider function first. There are beautiful homes that are magazine-worthy, but you look at those photos and wonder, ‘do people really live there?’” After the function is settled, then “the beautiful factor” can be implemented.

“Interior design often enhances what is already there. Detail is everything. Some people can visualize design and some cannot. A good designer helps the client present her own style and warmth in a unique interior. Creating that constitutes most of my job.”

legwork, but because of the web we can shop and order samples to see before purchasing. It’s a fabulous time saver.”

“As a child, the houses I drew and colored were pink with purple shutters and green roofs and doors.” Her current business card, which is purple, displays “Simply Southern Interiors” and her contact information in Granny Smith apple-green, with her name in bold pink. Her cell phone cover is hot pink, as is her key chain. Nancy is so interested in colors that she once changed her own kitchen colors and fabrics three times in a span of five years.

“Design decisions have an impact on everything everyone else involved with the house is doing, so I try to run all of my decisions and suggestions by them to make sure that we’re all on the same page.”

She brought everything to bear on her most recently completed project, a 13-month new residential Color is a detail that is paramount in design. “In some construction project in Valley Head, Alabama, design projects, color may be sometimes dictated. A where she was on-site two to three times a week for client may have an affinity for nine months, working with a certain object or color that the builder, cabinetmakers, we can build on. You know, painters (including a “You should have color really can reflect your faux painting artist), two personality.” electricians, two plumbers, nothing in your home a hardwood floor installer, that is not beautiful Color certainly reflects a tile installer, and a kitchen Nancy’s. countertops team. or functional.”

Color and vision have their impacts on the design business, and the internet does, too. “When I started in 1984 we didn’t have the internet, and there was no HGTV or DIY network. Everything required legwork, unlike today, when both designers and clients can get on the web and find what they’re looking for in a matter of minutes. There is still

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The details of design are what first attracted Nancy to the profession. Now it’s the rewards of getting to know people and seeing them happy upon completion of a project that keeps her going. Her only regret is “charging for the knowledge I bring when it’s something I want to share with everybody.” Design doesn’t have to be complicated, Nancy concludes. She offers six weeks’ worth of advice and untold dollars in two simple rules that anyone can follow: “choose a neutral color palette and change your towels.” d

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A Dalton State alumnus

reflects on his

past and future By Patton Hunt ’12

Patton Hunt ’12 graduated in May with a degree in history with teacher certification. Reflecting on his time at Dalton State prior to graduation, Patton wrote an essay for his fellow members of the Dalton State Class of 2012. “Sometimes it’s best to embrace what you have rather than look for something you think might be better,” he says.

During my first two years at Dalton State, I did not want to be here. I had no clue yet what I wanted to do with my life. After my sophomore year here, I grew restless and considered transferring. I was invited to apply as a student orientation leader with the Dalton State Office of Student Life. Instead of running away, maybe I should become more involved at Dalton State, I thought. Maybe my “great escape” was not best for me. Instead of leaving, I could contribute to Dalton State, perhaps so other students would want to make our campus their “great escape.” I realized that I could have more opportunities to really be involved here. Staying at Dalton State was one of the best decisions I ever made. I became an orientation leader, and got involved in student government. In 2009, I studied abroad in China thanks to a Dalton State Foundation Study Abroad Scholarship. I was elected student body president, and helped to revive the College’s historic roadrunner mascot. I worked to get crosswalks and curb cuts installed along “The Loop” on College Drive. Looking back, I am amazed at how much Dalton State has changed since I started here just a few years ago. We have 15 bachelor degree programs, including our new four-year nursing degree that launches this fall. We have more than 5,000 students; 300 of them are from across the globe. Athletics is coming back to Dalton State, heralded by our new mascot. These are exciting times in the Roadrunner Nation. 16

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Soon I’ll pursue my career in education. I’ll give my students some advice I’ve learned along the way: • You can do anything you want to do and be anything you want to be. • Never let anyone tell you that you cannot do something just because of the color of your skin. • Be careful how you treat people; we never know what someone else has been through. On the last day of class for the next 30 years, I plan on reading this selection from my favorite Dr. Seuss book, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!: “You’ll get mixed up, of course, as you already know. You’ll get mixed up with many strange birds as you go. So be sure when you step. Step with care and great tact and remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act. Just never forget to be dexterous and deft. And never mix up your right foot with your left And will you succeed? Yes! You will indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed.) KID, YOU’LL MOVE MOUNTAINS! So… be your name Bauxbaum or Bixby or Bray or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O’Shea, you’re off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So… get on your way!”

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Did you get the call? Did you tell them “yes” when they called? We hope so. “They” are the thirteen Dalton State students who call each spring and fall for the Dalton State Annual Fund. Some of them are veteran Annual Fund callers; some are new with us. They’re majoring in biology, accounting, history, education, and nursing. Hometowns of Chickamauga, Summerville, Atlanta, and Chatsworth, among others, are represented. Regardless of what brought them to Dalton State, they all have one thing in common: they love calling for the Dalton State Annual Fund.

“I love the people I work with and getting to meet interesting alumni on the phones.” “I love this job and what it stands for.” “The student callers have great teamwork. Calling [for the Annual Fund] is pure joy.” “This was an opportunity I will never forget.”

How do we know? Because they told us so. “I love the positive conversations with the donors.”



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Chantavia Taylor is a biology major from Atlanta. “I loved calling donors because it gave me such a thrill once I got a donor to give. I just had to get another one to give,” she says. “The conversations I had with donors were great because I was able to share my love of Dalton State with someone else.”

Soon, you’ll get a call. You can almost hear the excitement in the voice on the other end of the line. It’ll be because they love calling for the Annual Fund, and they love Dalton State. Say “yes” when they ask you to give. Tell them that you State, too.


For several weeks each spring and fall Dalton State Annual Fund student callers are ringing up Dalton State alumni and other friends to ask for gifts to the Annual Fund. Callers do it because they love Dalton State, and they’re eager to share their enthusiasm with others. The Dalton State Annual Fund works for every part of Dalton State. Student scholarships, faculty and staff development, academic program support: the entire institution benefits from gifts to the Annual Fund.

THANK YOU! Alumni update for future inclusion in Dalton State magazine News (marriage, birth, job, retirement, achievements, awards, etc.)

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Alumni Notes

Ashley Bentley ‘10, recipient of Dalton State’s first bachelor degree in mathematics, won the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award from the School of Mathematics at Georgia Tech where she is pursuing two master’s degrees in mathematics and statistics. She is also a graduate teaching assistant in two classes. “This award is a high honor,” says Ashley, “because it’s only awarded to PhD students.” She is shown with her advisor, Dr. Luca Dieci. Way to go, Ashley!

Alex Mora ‘09 has reversed roles at Dalton State from student to admissions counselor. “This was an opportunity to come back and help out other students the way I was helped when I was here,” he says. In his new role, Alex visits high schools to promote Dalton State, while back on campus he gives campus tours and provides opportunities for prospective students to learn more about academic programs and student life on campus. Welcome back, Alex!

Tara Green ‘06 was named Teacher of the Year at Fairyland Elementary School in Walker County where she teaches fourth-grade reading, writing, and social studies. Teachers were nominated by their peers and voted on by school faculty. Tara has also taught at Calhoun Primary in her native Gordon County. Before becoming a teacher, she had considered overseas mission work but realized she could do more for children in her community. Congratulations, Tara! Photo credit: Matt Ledger, Walker County Messenger

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