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The Road from There to Here

Gone Fishin’

Annual Report to Donors

Celebrating 40 Years of Excellence

A Message from the President James A. Burran

staff, the institution has steadily grown in size and scope in response to the needs of Northwest Georgia. I believe that those who conceived and nurtured the College during those early years would be pleased with the state of the institution today.

Welcome to Fall Semester 2007 at Dalton State College! Through the pages of this issue of Dalton State Magazine, I hope you will share the excitement and enthusiasm that is evident across the campus as well as within the larger DSC community. This is a season of milestones for our institution, and I am delighted to be able to introduce them to you. Perhaps the most significant of these milestones is that this fall marks the 40th Anniversary of the College’s opening. From modest beginnings in September 1967 under the leadership of President Arthur Gignilliat and a dedicated group of charter faculty and

A second milestone, also realized this fall, is that student enrollment has crossed the 4,500 threshold for the first time. While a number of factors have contributed to DSC’s continuing growth, two in particular include the growing realization that a college education is no longer a luxury but rather a necessity, coupled with the College’s ongoing evolution as a provider of technical, associate, and bachelor’s degree programs in an expanding array of areas. Just within the last six months, for example, DSC has added new baccalaureates in Accounting, Biology, and Mathematics, the last two of which represent the College’s entry into secondary education. And in the spring of 2008 we will graduate our first Respiratory Therapy Technicians,

the product of yet another recently inaugurated program. Finally, as you will see from the DSC Foundation’s Annual Report, the combined assets and pledges of the Foundation have exceeded $25 million for the first time. Building upon solid and loyal support, the College Foundation’s current “Fulfilling the Vision” campaign includes a goal of $20 million which we hope to realize within the next few months. This campaign has received enthusiastic support from the larger community and promises to help define what Dalton State will look like when the institution celebrates its 50th Anniversary. And the year 2017 will be here before we know it! I trust you will benefit from reading more about Dalton State College in the articles that follow. In the meantime, I hope you will continue to enjoy being a part of the Dalton State experience as much as I’ve enjoyed serving as the College’s hood ornament over the past twelve years.

FALL 2007


Dalton State Then & Now


How the College has changed since 1967

The Road from There to Here

Celebrating 40 years of philanthropy

Meeting Future Demand:

New high demand bachelor’s degrees offered this fall


Around Campus


Students pursuing their goals, having fun on campus

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Faculty & Staff


The “wow” factor – from travel abroad to the new Fitness Center

Alumni Profiles


Successful graduates recall their times at Dalton State

Gone Fishin’


Annual Report to Donors


Dr. Burran reflects on his time at Dalton State


Wins USG Teaching Award

Celebrating 40 years of academic excellence at Dalton State

The Original Gift

Dr. Marilyn Helms

Alumni Notes


See what our grads are doing now

The DSC Foundation Annual Report to Donors

Dalton State Magazine is a publication of the DSC Foundation and the Public Relations Office of Dalton State College. Comments or questions can be directed to 706.272.4469 or 706.272.4587. Editors, David Elrod and Jane Taylor; Writer, Jane Taylor; Photographers, Phillip Spears and Linda Massey; Design, Second Shift Design LLC, Atlanta. Dalton State College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097; Telephone Number: 404.679.4501) to award the Associate and Bachelor’s degrees. Notice of Nondiscrimination Admission policies, activities, services, and facilities of the College do not exclude any person on the basis of race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, or disability. Dalton State College is an Affirmative Action Program institution. Any individual who requires assistance for admission to or participation in any program, service, or activity of Dalton State College under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the designated Title IX and Section 504 Coordinator: Dr. John Hutcheson, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Memorial Hall, Room 122, 706.272.4421.

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1967 2 524 Student enrollment 27 Number of faculty

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Dalton State…

In 1967 a first-class postage stamp cost a nickel, Green Bay defeated Kansas City in the first-ever Super Bowl, and “Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” by the Beatles hit record stores.

In September of that year Dalton Junior College – one of 74 new junior colleges in the United States – opened its doors. Built and equipped at a cost of $1,935,000, it was the first campus in the University System of Georgia to have all of its classrooms fully carpeted. Everything about DJC in 1967 was a first.

The first faculty meeting was on September 7 and all 27 faculty members were present.

The first student orientation attracted more than 300 students. One of them was the first person ever to apply for admission to Dalton Junior College: Miss Linda Duane Bennett of Ringgold, Georgia. The first gifts – totaling $2,375 – to the newly-chartered Dalton Junior College Foundation were received that fall. Among the first donors were Emory Grant….Mrs. Sam Head….Walter M. Jones….Bert Lance…. Gibb Watts….the Dalton Rotary Club….and the First National Bank of Dalton.

The campus consisted of the Library-Administration Building (about half the size of its current configuration known as the Westcott Building), the Student Services Building (the hilltop portion of today’s Pope Student Center), the Maintenance Building, and the Science Classroom Building (the original section of today’s Sequoya Hall). The Gymnasium opened in November. During that first academic year, as reported in the local paper, “19 girls of DJC will compete for the title of ‘Miss Chaparral.’ Contestants will model formal wear, sports clothes, and Sunday dress. The only requirement of the contest is that contestants be single and between the ages of 18 and 21. They do not have to present a talent.” Photographs of the five finalists were sent to the actor Leonard Nimoy, who was in his heyday as Spock on TV’s “Star Trek,” and Mr. Nimoy chose DJC’s first Miss Chaparral. 

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600 Number of parking spaces 5 Number of buildings 0 Students graduating 4,583 Books in library $70/quarter Tuition

$0 Student Activity Fee $0 Technology Fee $1/year Parking Fee

$35/quarter Average cost of books for full-time enrollment $3,987.18 Foundation assets

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Dalton State…

4,508 Student enrollment 129 Number of faculty

14 Number of new faculty 169 Number of staff

1,564 Number of parking spaces 10 Number of buildings 477 Students graduating

122,137 + 46,221 e-books Books in library $1,024/semester Tuition $33/semester Student Activity Fee $36/semester Technology Fee $10/semester Parking Fee $300/semester Average cost of books for full-time enrollment $25,227,881 Foundation assets

Dalton State College’s 40th anniversary year is a time of reflection and memory, excitement and pride, and hope and anticipation.

Since 1967, more than 90,000 students have enrolled at Dalton State. Even now, almost a third of DSC’s students are the first in their families to attend college. The College’s annual economic impact on the region approaches $100,000,000. The campus attracts a diverse array of professors and staff who, along with their families, contribute to our region’s quality of life in ways that enrich our communities beyond measure.

This fall the College will enroll another record number of students who will major in an ever-expanding array of academic programs, including for the first time a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Next year, we will admit our first majors in biology and math who will earn bachelor’s degrees in those high-demand fields.

We continue to produce qualified professionals in business, teacher education, social work, nursing and health occupations. Our science, humanities and social science programs and our technical education offerings provide solid educational foundations and opportunities for career advancement. This year we will bid farewell to a respected and beloved president, and will welcome a new one, only the College’s fourth leader in 40 years. The DSC Foundation will celebrate achievement of a $20 million fundraising campaign that will lay the groundwork for Dalton State’s next decade of growth and expansion. And we will remain true to our mission as an institution committed to teaching and learning, while affording access to opportunities such as study abroad and a new fitness center. 2007 is Dalton State’s 40th year. There is much to be thankful for and still much to do. Dalton State Magazine | Fall 2007

The Road

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Celebrating 40 Years of Academic Excellence at Dalton State

In September of 1967, Spence Higgins transferred from the University of Georgia in Athens to the new “junior college” that had just opened up in his hometown. “I liked what I saw,” recalls Higgins, who spent that summer working on a campus construction crew – hauling bricks, laying concrete, building retaining walls – in preparation for school’s first fall term. “So one day I just went into one of the offices, filled out an application, and decided to stay.” Higgins, who went on to become the Student Government Association (SGA) President later that year, even helped load pickup trucks to move the College’s records, books, and furnishings from its temporary downtown office to the 136-acre campus that, at the time, was “out in the sticks.” “I remember when the quarter first started there weren’t any sidewalks,” Higgins says. “The president of the College’s philosophy was to see where the trails developed and then pave over those. So that’s what they did.” Higgins’ feelings for the new school were shared by many. Clad in conservative button-downs and khakis, mini-skirts and penny loafers, the students in the first Dalton Junior College class were not altogether different from college students anywhere. But the emotions that swirled around these 524 young people – excitement, anticipation, pride – were anything but ordinary.

Dalton’s economic potential and location made it a good site for the new school. “The Governor recognized that there was not an abundance of colleges in the state at that time,” recalls Lance. “And he believed that no student should have to travel over 50 miles to obtain an education. The people in Dalton and in the surrounding counties saw the need for this kind of facility and they were ready to support it all the way.” Increasingly, young professionals and their families were moving to town and the carpet industry was beginning to flourish, setting the stage for an unprecedented period of growth. “When we moved to Dalton in 1961, we sensed an undercurrent that the people knew that the community was going to grow, that we were going to have to go forward in education, and that it would be a natural progression to have a junior college here,” recalls Billie Little, another Charter Trustee of the DJC Foundation. “In the early 1960s, the town was coming together very well. There was an emphasis on supporting both education and the arts. It was as if all sorts of good ideas were being poured into a funnel.”

“The spirit on this campus was remarkable,” says Dr. Terry Christie, one of the inaugural faculty members who unpacked his car on August 13 of that year and, for all intents and purposes, hasn’t left since. “There was a ‘can do’ attitude. I liked being associated with an organization that was not able to say, ‘Well, we’ve always done things this way,’” says Christie, who taught history and political science for 26 years. “Everything here was brand spanking new. A blank slate. Our tradition of academic excellence was started back in those early days.” That first fall, what had begun as a community’s dream had become the region’s reality. As early as the 1950s, the city’s “movers and shakers” had been putting the wheels in motion for an institution of higher learning.

One of those good ideas was the establishment of a “Junior College Committee” formed by the Chamber of Commerce to explore the need for the institution and to create a plan for implementation.

In 1958, the Georgia General Assembly adopted the Junior College Act, a bill which called for the creation of two-year institutions that would be initially funded by local governments, including the land for each campus and construction of the first buildings.

“We knew what we had to do,” says Truett Lomax, who moved to Dalton from Moultrie in 1961 to manage the local Chamber. “We had to provide at least 125 acres of land for the campus and we had to supply the infrastructure. The Board of Regents would then provide funding for the buildings.”

Longtime Calhoun resident Bert Lance, Charter Trustee of the Dalton Junior College Foundation, believes that

Lomax and many others who were instrumental in the process identified four potential sites for the new school. Dalton State Magazine | Fall 2007

The property that was eventually chosen, west of what is now College Drive, was owned by Glenn Bevil, Tom Lambert, Tom Swift, and John Tibbs.

to finish up last-minute landscaping projects, recalls Grant, and one building, the gymnasium, had not yet been completed.

“I remember standing in the middle of what is now interstate 75 in mud up to our calves,” Lomax says, “and we kept telling Tom Swift, who owned a big portion of that property, just how much we needed his land for the college.

“The thing I remember most about those early days is how excited the students were, especially the older students who were enrolling who had missed out on going to college early on.”

“He finally said, ‘Well, hell, I’ll just give it to you.’” With the land in hand and the infrastructure promised, city and county leaders undertook the next necessary step – launching a campaign to secure bond money for the College’s first four buildings. While two other emerging junior colleges in the state passed their bond referendums by respectable margins of 10:1 and 12:1, Dalton swept its referendum by an impressive margin of 26:1 in support. “The Regents couldn’t believe it,” Lomax says. “But everyone around here was so proud. Everyone here wanted a school of higher learning.” The Early Days The College’s first home wasn’t where it sits today. The first building was a two-story brick home on Thornton Avenue, now the site of a local gift shop, where the College’s first administrators began planning for the opening day of fall quarter 1967. “You never knew what you’d be doing when you came in each day,” recalls Beth Burdick, one of the College’s first hires and its longest-running employee, whose initial duties ranged from typing and filing applications to ordering books for the library and supplies for the new buildings. At that time, Burdick, who retired in 2005 as Secretary to the President, shared a crowded office with Academic Dean Benjamin Wygal, Administrative Assistant Margaret Hunnicutt, and President Arthur Gignilliat. When Emory Grant, the first Comptroller, joined the staff he recalls that he “didn’t have an office to begin with. I worked off of a corner on the President’s desk.” The transition from the crowded downtown office to one of the four new buildings on the 136-acre campus was hectic but rewarding, Grant says, recalling an atmosphere of excitement among the students, faculty and staff. When classes started during the third week of September, tractors were still on the ground, with crews trying 

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Based on applications, College administrators knew that enrollment would be good that fall. But they were pleasantly surprised by the number that showed up on registration day. “We were expecting about 375 students, but we registered 524,” says Harlan Chapman, the College’s first Registrar. “Registration actually went very smoothly because we went ahead and made out schedules for most of the students. That way we could balance the class loads.” Registering students, printing class schedules, and recording grades were labor-intensive tasks in those early days, Chapman recalls, but the College received a great deal of support from local businesses and agencies who loaned equipment such as key punch machines and card sorters to help the school open on time. Other “unfinished business” included roads that were not entirely paved by the first day of class. “During that first quarter, the road that was Walnut Avenue had many sharp rocks, and a lot of people had flat tires on that road and on the dirt road on the north side of the campus,” Chapman recalls. But none of those physical obstacles seemed to dampen the students’ enthusiasm, he says. “It was such an exciting time to see those students on our campus,” Chapman remembers. “The whole community seemed very, very pleased.” According to those who were there, what marked Dalton Junior College during the late 1960s were the number of firsts – the first classroom buildings, the first post-secondary academic programs offered in the region – and for many students the opportunity to be the “first” in their families to attend an institution of higher learning. “There was nothing like the first several years at the College,” recalls Professor Christie. “We were like a family, faculty and students alike. Just knowing that we were engaged in an activity that had value was a very positive experience. It was exciting to be associated with people who were contributing to this effort. We knew we had come to a very special place.”

The Original Gift Celebrating 40 Years of Philanthropy

Before the students, before the buildings, before the architects and contractors, even before the dream took root in the community, there was the land. It was actually four adjoining plots owned by four Dalton businessmen, but there were no boundaries, no markers, nothing to indicate that something big, something special, something life-changing for thousands of people was about to happen here. Until the summer of 1963. That’s when the four Dalton businessmen donated the property that the University System of Georgia’s Board of Regents had said would be required for Dalton to be the site of a new junior college. Glenn Bevil, Tom Lambert, Tom Swift, and John Tibbs each gave part of the 136-acre parcel that became the campus of Dalton State. “These gentlemen are now deceased, but their legacy is one of enduring vision,” says David Elrod, Director of

Institutional Advancement. “Even when Dalton Junior College was only an idea, these men saw what was possible. They looked to the future and invested in it with this gift.” Bob Buchanan, Chair of the DSC Foundation’s Board of Trustees, agrees. “Actually, the property was the very first gift in the College’s history. These men were visionaries who obviously were committed to this area and who believed in the power of education.” “We hope that by our continued service to all northwest Georgians, we honor the memories of the four donors of land who were among the earliest champions of a college in the region,” says Elrod. During this 40th anniversary year, the entire Dalton State College community extends its deepest gratitude to the families of Glenn Bevil, Tom Lambert, Tom Swift, and John Tibbs for the gift these men gave more than four decades ago.

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future Demand

Biology and Math Degrees Now Offered at Dalton State

Ask anyone involved in academia, and they can tell you which degree programs are “red hot” these days. “The demand for graduates who have earned degrees in math or science is high and will increase steadily over the next decade,” says Dr. Patricia White, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs at Dalton State. “And in addition to the demand for employees who have bachelor’s degrees in those disciplines, there will be a huge need for teachers certified in secondary education who can teach math and science in our area school systems.” Dalton State’s newly approved bachelor’s degree programs in Biology and Mathematics may help quell the shortage, providing qualified graduates to fill positions in a number of high-demand job fields. And because each of these degree programs has an “option” for adding secondary certification to the degree, many students will be able to graduate from Dalton State and be employed as high school teachers. “This is a starting point,” says Dr. Randall Griffus, Chair of the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. “It provides a very good foundation from which to grow our offerings in higher education.” 10

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Upper-level classes in biology and math may be offered as soon as this spring, depending on demand, say administrators, while a fuller range of junior level classes will be introduced in the fall of 2008.

need for a total of 125 new high school biology teachers and 150 new high school math teachers in these schools within the next five to seven years,” White says.

“Basically, with the Math and Biology degrees we will have two tracks,” says White, “one for students who are interested in earning a Bachelor of Science in Math or a Bachelor of Science in Biology, and one for students who wish to become certified to teach in one of those fields.”

And the University System of Georgia Board of Regents is pushing for an increase in math and science teachers, she says, noting that by 2013, the goal is to produce 160 new Biology teachers statewide each year, which is triple the number who graduated in 2006, and 270 new secondary math teachers, up from 135 in 2006.

After graduation, Biology majors often pursue advanced degrees in medicine and other health fields, White says, but they also find employment in such fields as business, nutrition and food sciences, and a number of other venues.

“Certified teachers who have either math or a science certification will always be able to find a job,” says Dr. Mary Edwards, Chair of the Division of Education at Dalton State.

“Math majors are often hired in businesses that depend heavily on technology, are involved with actuarial statistics or logistics, or pretty much any field where there’s problem solving to be done,” says Griffus.

An advantage for those who become certified to teach Biology, Edwards says, is that they can also earn licensure in “broadfield” science, meaning that they will be certified to teach classes in Earth Science and Physical Science.

In addition to completing the requirements to earn a bachelor’s degree in Biology or Math, students who pursue the certification route must also complete 36 hours of education courses, which includes field experiences and student teaching.

“This also means that students who are certified in secondary education can also teach certain math and science classes in the middle school systems,” Edwards adds, “giving them more options as they begin their careers.”

“For those who want to become certified, it becomes almost like having two majors,” says White. But the advantages of choosing the option to earn secondary education certification are well worth it, College officials say, citing the expected demand statewide for teachers in these “hard to fill” fields. “In our conversations with curriculum directors from seven area school systems, we learned that there will be a

Human Resource Director for the Dalton Public Schools Craig Harper says he is looking forward to the expanded partnership with Dalton State. “The addition of the secondary education option for students will be good for them and for us,” Harper says. “Math and science tend to be difficult content areas to fill with highly-qualified certified teachers. This will enable many residents of the region who have wanted to go into secondary education to be able to pursue that goal close to home.”

It All Adds Up: College adds BBA in Accounting Biology and Math aren’t the only two new degrees being offered at the College this fall.

businesses who have already expressed interest in our Accounting program.

A BBA in Accounting, one of the top professional fields in business, has been approved and put in place to prepare students for entry level jobs in the accounting field.

“This new major is the perfect addition to our existing bachelor’s degree programs in business,” she adds.

“The accounting program provides a rigorous curriculum that meets the minimum requirements for taking the Certified Public Accounting (CPA) exam,” says Dr. Donna Mayo, Chair of the College’s Division of Business Administration. “The field of accounting is one of the top professional fields in business, and our graduates will be able to develop productive careers in a variety of settings. We are excited about the opportunity to work with local and regional

In addition to meeting the general requirements for a bachelor’s degree in business, the accounting curriculum includes 24 semester hours in upper-level subjects such as Financial Accounting and Reporting; Tax Compliance and Research; Planning and Control in the Corporate Environment, and others. Accounting graduates often find placement with CPA firms, public corporations, government, and non-profit organizations.

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Gone fishin’ Dr. Jim Burran looks back on his time at Dalton State and ahead to his “life on the fly”


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It may not sound like much, but James A. Burran, President of Dalton State, knows exactly what he can take “complete and unvarnished” credit for during his 12-year tenure. “There are three things for which I can take full credit,” says Burran, who will retire in December. “I am solely responsible for having the mailbox moved from under the flagpole in front of Westcott, for making sure all of the College-owned vehicles are painted Dalton State College blue, and for banning chicken livers from the menu at the Grill.” Other than those accomplishments, he says, the milestones that have happened “on his watch” have resulted from the collaborative efforts of a “really good group of people.” “College presidents can’t do anything totally on their own,” says Burran, 57, who has been employed by the University System of Georgia for 30-plus years. “They have to have the cooperation of the faculty, the staff, and the community at large. Fortunately, that’s what’s happened here.” What happened here all began in 1995, when Burran, who formerly served as Associate Professor of History, Chief Academic Officer, and Acting President of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) in Tifton, was named President of Dalton State. “By the time the vacancy was announced here, it had begun to cross my mind that if the right opportunity presented itself, I might want to become a college president,” he recalls. “But as far as I was concerned, the right opportunity had to come along. It had to be an ‘institutional fit.’” Keenly aware of the solid reputation that then Dalton College had among the other USG institutions, Burran and his wife Sally spent time looking over the region to determine whether this was the right “fit” for them. “Dr. Burran’s calm, confident leadership style has served him and the College well and has produced great support and loyalty from faculty, staff and community during this period of outstanding growth and progress.”

—Jim Jolly, Board of Regents, University System of Georgia

“What we found was a place where the per capita income was above the state’s average, the population was expected to grow, the community was financially sound, and the region’s major industry was thriving,” he says. “I saw nothing but good things developing for the institution down the road.” Before he even assumed the Presidency in May of 1995, Burran became aware that there was a strong community expectation that Dalton College should begin offering four-year degrees. “Probably the biggest and most immediate challenge I faced when I arrived was to figure out politically how Dalton would be able to meet that expectation,” he recalls. Dalton State Magazine | Fall 2007


“I spent a lot of time with former Regent James Brown, with then Regent Ed Jenkins, and with Chancellor Stephen Portch trying to determine what it would take for the institution to be able to offer targeted baccalaureate degrees.” During Burran’s first three years as President, the Board of Regents approved the creation of the school’s first bachelor’s degrees – a B.S. in Management Information Systems, a B.S. in Industrial Operations Management, and a B.A.S. in Technology Management. As a result, the school was renamed Dalton State College in 1998. “It took the hard work of a lot of different people, including legislators, Foundation Trustees, community leaders, the Chancellor’s Office staff, and of course, our faculty and staff, to bring about the change in our mission,” he says. It is amazing what Dr. Burran has been able to accomplish during his 12-year tenure at Dalton State. I am very appreciative of the leadership he has been able to give our college.

—Sis Brown, Chair of the Board, Brown Industries

Burran believes that the creation of the new four-year degrees, which now includes seven other bachelor’s degrees for a total of 10, is one factor in the increase in student enrollment from around 3,000 in 1995 to more than 4,500 this fall. “But growth in enrollment has been pretty much across the board, as evidenced by the growth in our health-related programs and in the Regents’ Engineering Transfer Program,” he says. “There seems to be an increasing realization that a college education in the 21st century economy is a necessity, even for those who are well past the ‘traditional age’ of college freshmen.” His legacy is the tremendously positive impact he has had on the community as a whole, not just due to Dalton State’s success, but due to his personal passion and involvement in key community issues.

—Vance Bell, CEO, Shaw Industries

In addition to a strong enrollment, Burran feels a source of pride that the College’s physical facilities have grown over the past decade. The Lorberbaum Liberal Arts building, completed in 1999, the Derrell C. Roberts Library addition in 2002, and The James E. Brown Center, completed in 2006, have provided more than 100,000 square feet of additional space for classrooms, labs, and public outreach meeting spaces. “The College has needed room to grow, as we were essentially ‘landlocked’ for years,” he says of the 141-acre campus located on the west side of College Drive. 14

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“But the DSC Foundation has addressed that concern over the past few years with the acquisition of an additional 110 acres of land bordering both the north and the south ends of the campus. It’s important that the community and the stakeholders understand that there is now room for the College to grow.” As the College has grown, Burran says, so have the opportunities to hire talented faculty and staff. “One thing that I’m very proud of is that we have been able to hire really first-rate faculty and staff members to complement the already talented employees who have been here a long time,” he says. “In effect, this has provided us with a stronger and more diverse faculty and staff than we’ve ever had.” Burran praises what he calls “DSCers” for their dedication, job knowledge, loyalty to the institution, and caring attitudes toward students. “In my position, I get to meet with a lot of people and work with a lot of people. I may be biased in this matter, but working with the faculty and staff at Dalton State has been the favorite part of my job,” he says. “That’s what I’m truly going to miss.” What he may not miss are the typical 12-hour workdays, plus Saturday mornings and Sunday afternoons spent preparing for the next week in his home office. Instead, he expects to find himself pursuing other interests: traveling, spending time with Sally, cheering on his alma mater, the Tennessee Vols, and dropping an occasional fishing line into the Hiwassee River.

It has been a privilege to watch Dalton State grow under the leadership of Dr. Burran, a man I highly respect both as an administrator and an academic.

—Beth Biron, Emeritus faculty member

“Once I’m retired, I’ll probably spend more than an occasional Saturday morning on the Hiwassee,” says Burran, recalling that his earliest vacations were spent in the New Mexico Rockies stream fishing with his father and grandfather, a tradition he’s now revisiting with his older son Andy. “With Andy taking an interest in the sport, there have now been four generations of Burrans who have been ‘bitten by the bug’ to fly fish,” says Burran, whose younger son Ben shares his father’s keen interest in Civil War history and battlefields. The New Mexico native says he and Sally are planning to remain in northwest Georgia, in close proximity to Vols football, the mountains, and bucolic trout streams. Occasionally he may be found at the Derrell C. Roberts Library on campus. But you won’t find him behind the desk in the President’s Office. “I guess you could say that from here on out, ‘I’m going fishing.’”

THE DSC FOUNDATION ANNUAL REPORT TO DONORS On behalf of the Board of Trustees of the Dalton State College Foundation, I am pleased to present the Foundation’s Annual Report for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2007. In the following pages you’ll see a summary of our significant financial highlights for the year. For the first time ever the DSC Foundation is reporting assets exceeding $25 million. It is no coincidence that our list of donors – individuals, Foundation Trustees, the College’s faculty and staff, alumni, corporations, foundations, and community groups – is larger than ever before, too. They’re the ones who took us to $25 million. We are grateful for your investment in Dalton State College. Your commitment ensures that the Foundation is able to support scholarships and study abroad opportunities for hard-working and deserving students. Your investment in our faculty guarantees that we can recruit and retain top-flight talent to teach and research and engage in a community of scholarship. Your generosity assures us of the ability to expand the campus to accommodate an ever-growing and increasingly diverse student population. You are the foundation of the DSC Foundation. Almost a year and a half ago we began our first-ever comprehensive $20 million fundraising campaign called Fulfilling the Vision. To date, more than 300 donors have given or pledged $17.6 million to the future of Dalton State as expressed in our campaign objectives. By strengthening our academic programs, enhancing student opportunities, growing the campus, and bringing the campus and northwest Georgia closer together, we will fulfill the vision of tomorrow’s Dalton State. Everything we do we do it with you – our donors – and the future in mind. We are grateful that you have invested in Dalton State’s students, faculty, and programs. It is on their behalf that I express appreciation for your continued friendship to the DSC Foundation. Sincerely yours,

G. Robert Buchanan Chairman, DSC Foundation Board of Trustees Dalton State Magazine | Fall 2007


Janet and Stan Goodroe Donor Profile

For years, Janet and Stan Goodroe have strolled past the College on their evening walks, marveling over the visible changes – new buildings, lighting, banners, and signs – that have popped up all over campus during the last decade. Now they’re tangibly part of a visible change of their own, with the prominent signage that bears their names over the doors to the Janet and Stan Goodroe Auditorium in Memorial Hall, a sign that reflects their commitment to the institution. “It’s a nice honor, one that I did not really expect,” says Stan, who has been a Trustee of the DSC Foundation since 1998. He served as Chairman of the Foundation in 2005, chaired its Investment Committee for several years, and currently serves on the Executive Committee and Fulfilling the Vision campaign steering committee. “The naming of the auditorium visibly expresses a commitment of giving to the College,” says Janet. “Maybe it will encourage others to do the same.”

The Goodroes say that providing support for deserving students who need financial assistance is one way they can make an education available to future students of the College. They began contributing to the DSC Foundation in the mid-1990s. Then, in 2005, they established the Goodroe Scholarship for pre-engineering students. Their latest gift was made in support of the Foundation’s Fulfilling the Vision campaign, in which student scholarships are one of the key components. “Dalton State is one of the best kept little secrets in the state of Georgia,” says Stan, who says his involvement as a Trustee with the DSC Foundation has been very rewarding. “As a businessman, I can say that the economic impact of this college is tremendous for our community. It’s important to the community for Dalton State to move forward in our area and help the College open doors that have never been opened before.”

Stan and Janet, graduates of Georgia Tech and Florida State University respectively, are enthusiastic supporters of higher education. “Basically, an education is the foundation for everything you do,” says Janet. “Education can open doors that may otherwise remain closed. “There’s not a better gift you can give to a child than an education,” she continues. “If you give them the opportunity for an education, and they don’t take advantage of it, it’s their fault. But if the chance to get an education is not made available, I see that as ‘our’ fault.” 16

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From left to right are: Dr. Jim Burran, Stan and Janet Goodroe, and Bob Buchanan.


Dalton State College Foundation, Inc. Significant Financial Highlights for the year ended March 31, 2007


Cash & Cash Equivalents Investments Accounts Receivable Pledges Receivable Prepaid Expenses Property & Equipment Mortgage Acquisition Costs

Total Assets Accounts Payable Security Deposits Mortgage Payable Income Taxes Payable Unrestricted

Net Assets

4,878,531 34,292 98,124 16,564 2,424,945 1,338 14,585,203 2,015,132

Permanently Restricted




Investment Income


Net Realized Gain/Loss on Sale of Investments


Net Unrealized Gain/Loss on Sale of Investments


Net Unrelated Business Income Total Revenues

33,531 $11,730,979


Program Expenses General & Administrative Fund Raising

Total Expenses

1,338,054 58,684 371,594 $1,768,332

Net Assets at




Net Assets

2,111 9,443,109

Temporarily Restricted Total Liablilites & Net Assets








Net Assets at End of Year

$9,962,647 of


$15,265,234 $25,227,881

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The James and Sis Brown Fellowship of the Dalton State College Foundation $10,000 or more Mr. and Mrs. Don Adcock Mr. and Mrs. Andy Agrawal Mr. and Mrs. Larry Baggett Mr. and Mrs. Scott A. Bailey Mr. and Mrs. Jack Bandy Mr. and Mrs. Murray Bandy Mr. and Mrs. Andy Bargeron Mr. and Mrs. Roy Barrett Mr. Jim Beavers Mr. Tim Beavers Mr. and Mrs. Paul Belk Mr. and Mrs. Vance Bell Mr. and Mrs. Jim Bethel Dr. and Mrs. William Blackman Mrs. Ann H. Blackstock Mr. and Mrs. James E. Boring, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth E. Boring Mr. Carl Bouckaert Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Bowen, Sr. Mr. and Mrs. Francis Brantley Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Brown Mr. and Mrs. Robert Buchanan Dr. and Mrs. James A. Burran Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Causby Mr. and Mrs. Robert Chandler Mrs. Fred A. Chen and Family Mr. and Mrs. Jim Cleghorn Mr. and Mrs. Charles Cofield Mr. and Mrs. Joel H. Cohen Mr. and Mrs. Bob Combs Mr. and Mrs. Dan Combs Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Cope Mr. and Mrs. Lee Daniel Drs. Richard and Mary Edwards Dr. and Mrs. Rodger Eidson Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Embry Senator and Mrs. W.W. Fincher, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Stan Goodroe Mr. and Mrs. Emory Grant Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Green Mr. and Mrs. Tom W. Greeson Mr. and Mrs. Carl Griggs Mr. and Mrs. Carl Griggs, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Hair Mrs. Ruth Lee Hair Mr. and Mrs. James A. Hammack 18

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Ms. Mieke de Clerck Hanssens Mrs. Bobbye F. Harris Ms. Suzanne Helen Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hendry Mr. and Mrs. F. Guy Henley, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Lamar Hennon Mr. A. Wayne Hise Mr. and Mrs. Michael Hurtt Dr. and Mrs. John A. Hutcheson, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Edward Johnson Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Johnson, III Mr. and Mrs. Jim Jolly Dr. and Mrs. J. Sherwood Jones Mrs. Walter M. Jones Mr. and Mrs. Karl Jordan Mr. and Mrs. Jim Keller Mr. and Mrs. Nolan Kenner Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Kinard Mr. and Mrs. Lowell Kirkman Mr. and Mrs. John Knight Mr. and Mrs. Bob Kokoszka Mrs. Kay B. Lauman Mr. and Mrs. Brad Lewis Mr. and Mrs. Gerry Lewis Mr. and Mrs. W. Norris Little Mr. Alan Lorberbaum Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Lorberbaum Mr. and Mrs. Mark Lorberbaum Mr. and Mrs. Lamar Lyle Mr. and Mrs. Don Martin Mr. and Mrs. Terry Mathis Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Maybank Mr. Fred A. Mayfield Drs. Charles and Donna Mayo Mr. Bryan E. McAllister Mr. and Mrs. Jim L. McCormick Mr. and Mrs. Jim McCraney Mr. and Mrs. T. David McCreery Mr. and Mrs. Dan McEntire Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. McEntire Mr. and Mrs. Stuart McFarland Mr. and Mrs. Ken Michaels Mr. and Mrs. John T. Minor, III Mr. and Mrs. Tom Minor, IV Mr. and Mrs. John P. Neal, III Mr. and Mrs. H. Phillip Neff

Mr. and Mrs. Zack Norville Mr. Rodney Ownbey Mr. and Mrs. V. D. Parrott, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Jack Partain Dr. and Mrs. Steve Paynter Mr. and Mrs. Chandler Peeples Mr. and Mrs. Shelby Peeples Mr. and Mrs. David Pennington, III Mr. and Mrs. Carl Phillips Mr. and Mrs. Lamar Pierce Mr. and Mrs. Jim E. Price Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Reams Mr. Norberto Reyes Mr. and Mrs. Joel Reynolds Mr. and Mrs. Brooks Rizer Mr. and Mrs. Ross Rogers Mr. Wilson Rogers Mr. and Mrs. Julian Saul Mr. and Mrs. Trammell Scott Dr. and Mrs. Sidney Sellers Mr. and Mrs. John Shaheen Mr. and Mrs. Jack Sharpe Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Shaw Dr. Reginald Sherrill Mr. and Mrs. Gregg Sims Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Sponcler Mr. and Mrs. Doug Squillario Mr. and Mrs. Robert Stewart Mr. and Mrs. Ray Taylor Dr. and Mrs. Donald R. Thomas Mr. and Mrs. John Tice Mr. and Mrs. Bob Tuck Mr. and Mrs. Jack Turner Mr. and Mrs. Robert K. Walsh, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Waters Dr. and Mrs. Robert S. Weiner Mrs. Lulu S. Westcott Mr. and Mrs. C. Kenneth White Mr. and Mrs. Charles G. Whitener, Sr. Mr. Chip Whitworth Mr. and Mrs. Keith Whitworth Mr. and Mrs. Roger Williams Mr. and Mrs. C. Lamar Wright Mrs. Henderson Wyatt Mr. and Mrs. Joseph W. Yarbrough Five Anonymous Donors


Dalton State College Foundation 2006-2007 Honor Roll of Donors

Corporations, Foundations, and Civic Organizations Abbey Carpet Company, Inc. Avalon Carpet Tile and Flooring Azeez Shaheen Charitable Trust Ball Chiropractic Clinic BB&T Beaulieu of America Bogart & Bogart P.C. Brown Industries Brown-Whitworth Foundation Bruckmann, Rosser, Sherrill & Co., Inc. Burtco Enterprises, Inc. Card-Monroe Corporation Carol’s Carpet, Inc. Cohutta Banking Company Commercial Trailer Leasing, Inc. Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLC Continental Products, Inc. Custom Grinders Sales, Inc. Dalton Foam Dalton-Whitfield Bank Dalton-Whitfield Chamber of Commerce Decosimo Dixie Group Foundation

Fannie B.H. Jones Charitable Lead Unitrust Fincher/Loughridge Foundation First United Methodist Church Formosa Plastics Corp. Four Seasons Garden Club Fred Whitaker Co. G. Fried Westbury, Inc. Gold Aviation Services, Inc. Hamilton Medical Center Heritage Carpet & Tile, Inc. Hubert Judd Charitable Trust INVISTA Interiors JJ Haines & Company, Inc. J&J Industries Jolly Textile Sales Junior Achievement of Georgia, Inc. Kathryn Judd Charitable Trust Kenneth E. Boring Charitable Foundation, Inc. Kinard Realty Kiwanis Club of Dalton KPMG LLP

La Voz Radio Lehman Brothers, Inc. Lewis, Rice & Fingersh, L.C. Lorberbaum Family Foundation Marketing Alliance Group Norman M. Kronstadt, P.A. Northwest GA Association of Post-Anesthesia Nurses OMNOVA Solutions Rite Rug Company Roman Open Charities, Inc. Sanford Carpet, Inc. Shaw Industries Group, Inc. Textile Rubber & Chemical Co. The Bright School The Brooks Group, Inc. The Product Factory, Inc. United Community Banks University System of Georgia Foundation ValueWorks, LLC Wachovia Bank Weiss, Handler, Angelos & Cornwell, P.A.

Dr. James E. Coleman Dr. Richard F. Collison Drs. Judy Cornett and Greg Stanley Mr. and Mrs. Steven Cox Dr. Thomas M. Deaton Mr. and Mrs. Mark A. Dempsey Dr. and Mrs. Kerry Dunbar Dr. Ken Ellinger Mr. and Mrs. David J. Elrod Mr. and Mrs. Richard Fairey Mr. and Mrs. Stephen B. Farrow Mrs. Sarita Gale Miss Callie Gee Dr. and Mrs. Randall Griffus Mr. and Mrs. Philip Gutierrez Mr. Ted and Dr. Angela Harris

Mr. and Mrs. Kevin W. Harris Dr. Marilyn M. Helms and Mr. Lee Tubbs Mr. and Mrs. Nick Henry Dr. Clare E. Hite Dr. and Mrs. Michael P. Hoff Dr. Celeste M. Humphrey Dr. Larry Johnson Mr. Gregory H. Kinnamon Ms. Lydia F. Knight Mr. and Mrs. Mike LaChapelle Mrs. R. Lynette Laughter Mr. Donald M. Leebern, Jr. Mr. Charlie and Dr. Mary T. Nielsen Ms. Cheryl C. Nuckolls Dr. and Mrs. Keith R. Perry Mr. Max T. Pierce

Individual Supporters ($1,000 or more)

Ms. Sally Addis Dr. Lemuel Arnold Mr. and Mrs. Terry Bailey Drs. Joseph T. and Debbie Baxter Mr. and Mrs. Bob Beavers Mrs. Barbara Bell Dr. Beth Biron Dr. Mihaela Blanariu Dr. David P. Boyle Dr. Cassie F. Bradley Dr. Carol Brand Mr. and Mrs. Fred Burdick Mr. and Mrs. Bill Burton Dr. Lynne M. Cabe Dr. and Mrs. Harlan Chapman Dr. Terry Christie

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($1,000 or more)

Ms. Glenda S. Pileggi Dr. Christy Price Mr. M. E. Ralston Mrs. Derrell C. Roberts Ms. Laura C. Rose Dr. Michael James Sanger Ms. Doris M. Shoemaker

Mrs. George Sparks Mr. Marcus and Dr. Cordia Starling Mrs. Lorie Stennett Rev. and Mrs. Dean Taylor Mrs. Mary Taylor Mr. and Mrs. Henry Tharpe Ms. Sue Tuggle

Dr. and Mrs. Thomas D. Veve Dr. and Mrs. Jack Waskey Ms. Susan D. West Ms. Jane Wimmer Four Anonymous Donors

Mrs. Patricia Hayden Mr. and Mrs. Kendall Henderson Mr. and Mrs. Donald Hendrix Ms. Glenda Hobbs Mrs. Arlene Hooker Mr. and Mrs. Baker Hyde Mr. and Mrs. Rick Jackson Drs. William and Mary Jo Jackson Ms. Teresa James Dr. Billy J. Jump Ms. Gail N. Junkins Dr. and Mrs. Joe Keener Mr. and Mrs. Clint Kinkead Mr. Cy Kirk Mr. Reed W. Krause The Kresl Family Mr. and Mrs. John Lane Ms. Edith M. Larson Mr. and Mrs. Jack Lens Mr. R. Larry Little Mr. Lamar Lively Dr. and Mrs. G. John Lugthart, III Mrs. Kelley K. Mahoney Mr. Scotty Martin Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Massey Mr. Michael Masters Mr. and Mrs. Aaron McCroskey Mr. and Mrs. Larry W. McCurdy The McMurray Family Mr. Gary Mealer and Family Mr. and Mrs. Greg Melton Dr. and Mrs. Andy Meyer Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Miller Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. Monroe Ms. Lynn Morse Dr. Barbara M. Murray Mr. and Mrs. Harris Mynatt Mr. David L. Newton Mr. Truett and Dr. Lee Ann Nimmons Mr. and Mrs. Jon Oscher Ms. Lisa B. Peden

Dr. Kenneth Pestka Dr. Geoffrey Poor Ms. Billie Precise Dr. Norman J. Presse, Jr. Mrs. Regina J. Ray Mrs. Jackie Reed Mr. Jack Reynolds Mrs. Robin Roe Mrs. Mollie Rogers Ms. Della C. Sampson Mrs. Jane B. Secord Ms. Charlsie Sexton Ms. Christy Shannon Mr. and Mrs. Stephen H. Sharpe Dr. Lorena A. Sins Ms. Tyra D. Stalling Mr. Arthur W. Sutton Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Swilling Mr. Kenneth and Dr. Gina Tartar Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Teasley Dylan, Morgan, and Devyn Trost Mr. and Mrs. David Tucker Ms. Janet Anne Vetter Ms. Natalie Wade Ms. Gail Ward Dr. and Mrs. Robert Weathersby, II Mr. Gary D. Wilson Mr. and Mrs. Brian Woods Dr. Javad H. Zadeh Twelve Anonymous Donors

($250 - $999)

Dr. and Mrs. James K. Adams Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Allara The Almon Family Mr. and Mrs. Antonio Bautista-Maldonado Mr. and Mrs. Chris Bedwell Dr. and Mrs. Frank Beesley Mr. John R. Berry Mr. and Mrs. Steve Bettis Mr. David Blackwell Mr. Ralph J. Boe Mr. and Mrs. Michael A. Borja Dr. and Mrs. J. Don Bowen Mr. and Mrs. William O. Breedlove, II Ms. Sherry Breitweiser Mr. Anthony Kevin Brooks Mrs. Margaret W. Browne Mr. Garrett Burgner Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Carrier Mr. and Mrs. Nick Carty Ms. Elizabeth R. Chadwick Mrs. Joan Chapman Dr. and Mrs. Charles Clark Mr. and Mrs. David Cochran Dr. and Mrs. Henry Codjoe Mr. and Mrs. Lanny Cooper Mrs. Kenny Darnell Dr. Donald E. Davis Ms. Lynda L. Davis Dr. Cecile A. de Rocher Mr. and Mrs. Mike Doyle Ms. Lee H. Eades Mr. and Mrs. Kent Earley Ms. Jane Elza Mr. David Farrior Mrs. Marilyn Fitzpatrick Mr. and Mrs. Fernando Garcia Ms. Carol Gavagan Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gilbert Mr. Michael Gravitt Mrs. Jami Lin Hall Mr. and Mrs. Timothy P. Hawkins 20

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($100 - $249)

Mr. Keith L. Alm Mr. and Mrs. John L. Ames Mr. James A. Boyle Mrs. Lois Bradford Dr. and Mrs. Paul Bradley Mr. and Mrs. Randall Bryant Mr. and Mrs. John Campbell Mr. Lewis Card, Jr. Mr. Roy T. Card Dr. Robin Cleeland Dr. Dennis Cook Dr. Larry W. Cooper Mr. Mitch Cooper Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Cordell Mr. and Mrs. Terry Cullifer Mr. J. Murray David Mrs. Dudd Dempsey Dr. and Mrs. Conrad H. Easley Mr. Lamar Fair Dr. and Mrs. Royal T. Farrow Mr. Hossein Gharanfoli Dr. Thomas E. Gonzalez

Mrs. Cheryl Grayson Ms. Nancy C. Gregg Dr. Baogang Guo Mr. Larry F. Harrison Mr. Jerry D. Hendrix Mr. Richard M. Hennier Mr. Nicholas Hickman Mrs. Dana Holland Dr. Carolyn R. Jensen Mr. and Mrs. William H. Kenney Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kopf Dr. Dee M. Langford Mr. and Mrs. Samuel A. Mallery Ms. Clara C. Marsh Dr. Nancy Mason Mrs. Becky McAfee Mr. and Mrs. T. H. McCamy, Jr. Mrs. Wanda B. McCart Mr. and Mrs. Charles Miller Dr. Rita H. Moore Dr. Benedict Nmah Mrs. Jane K. Parks

Mr. and Mrs. Frank T. Peters Mr. and Mrs. Robert N. Pokelwaldt Mr. and Mrs. Mason Richard Mr. Mike Rizer Dr. Susan Mitchell Rogers Dr. Monte Salyer Ms. Natalie Sanders Mr. and Mrs. Dale R. Scoggins Mrs. Barbara Shiffler Mrs. Marge Shirilla Mr. Eric Simmons Dr. Anthony Simones Mr. James D. Spratt, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. Stanley Mr. and Mrs. C. S. Thomas, Jr. Mr. John C. Thornton Mr. and Mrs. Harold G. Turk Mr. and Mrs. Allan Jay Wagenheim Mr. Bruce Wagner Mr. Kraig Wilkinson Mr. and Mrs. Fred Burton Wingfield Three Anonymous Donors

Ms. Cathy Ingram Mr. H. Greely Joiner, Jr. Ms. Barbara Jones Mr. Michael A. Jordan Ms. Lavada Kilgore Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth B. Kleckner Mr. and Mrs. Natis Kyriakou The Maney Family Dr. Marsha Mathews Mrs. Jackie McGintis Mr. Patrick Thomas Moore Mr. Donald J. Mroz Dr. Thomas W. Mullen Mr. and Mrs. Tom Neal Mr. Micah Norton Mr. John S. Pareti Mr. Chris Patterson Mr. and Mrs. Jamie Petty Mr. and Mrs. Mell J. Price Mr. David Pritchett Mr. Matthew Queener Mrs. Tricia Rafey Ms. Phyllis Ratledge

Ms. Debbie Mann Rector Mr. and Mrs. James Reich Mr. and Mrs. Dale E. Relyea Mr. and Mrs. Robert D. Rigsby Ms. Joyful L. Rutherford Mr. William M. Sapp, III Dr. and Mrs. Marty Scheinberg Ms. Amy K. Schmidt Ms. Felecia Smith Mr. Richard F. Smith, Jr. Mrs. Bernice Spigel Mr. and Mrs. Neil H. Spitalny Mr. and Mrs. John M. Stanley Mr. and Mrs. Bill Steve Ms. Emily Sessions Stromquist Mrs. Lana Sweenie Mrs. Ann L. Taylor Ms. Betty C. Turner Mr. Steven Weaver Ms. Ruth S. Weldon Ms. Deby West Mr. and Mrs. Matt Whitesell Ten Anonymous Donors

(Up to $99)

Mr. and Mrs. Tim Andrews Ms. Judy Black Ms. Amy Blair Ms. Diann Boatwright Mr. and Mrs. William C. Boyle Mr. Milton L. Brown Dr. and Mrs. Robert L. Bunnen Ms. Jeanne L. Burr Ms. Jennie Carter Mrs. Lee Ann Cline Ms. Sheila Coley Mr. and Mrs. Paul B. Comiskey Mr. Cecil Cooper Ms. Inez M. Cox Mr. Steve Daubs Mr. Norman DesRosiers Mr. V. Gordon Faison, Jr. Ms. Josephine S. Foster Mr. and Mrs. Edward Freedman Drs. Kent and Leslie Harrelson Ms. Emily C. Henry Ms. Sharon L. Hixon Ms. Mary W. Hood

The preceding lists represent gifts or pledges made to the DSC Foundation between April 1, 2006, and March 31, 2007. The DSC Foundation’s Board of Trustees expresses its appreciation for the generosity of these supporters. Dalton State Magazine | Fall 2007


Dr. Marilyn Helms Wins USG Teaching Excellence Award


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t might have started when she was a little girl and lined up her dolls to “play school.”

Or it might have occurred to her when as a young graduate student, she was assigned to work as a graduate assistant (GA) for one of her professors, a woman who turned out to be a “powerful mentor.” But there came a day when Dr. Marilyn Helms, Professor of Management, knew beyond a shadow of a doubt what her life’s mission would be. “I have always known that I wanted to teach,” says Helms, winner of the 2007 Regents’ Teaching Excellence Award for two-year and state colleges. “But you don’t always know if you can do a particular job until you do it for a while. The teaching experience I had as a doctoral teaching assistant (TA) helped me make up my mind that I was really supposed to be in teaching.” Helms was one of seven faculty members in the University System of Georgia who received Regents’ Teaching Excellence Awards this year. Nominations are submitted by presidents of USG schools to honor “outstanding teaching that significantly improves student achievement.” Each of the award winners received $5,000 and a certificate of achievement. “I was shocked when I received the phone call telling me that I received the award,” says Helms. “I see this recognition as validation that the Division of Business is on the right track, and that I am doing what I need to be doing to prepare my students for the working world.” Following high school graduation in 1980, Helms began her own career journey at the University of Memphis, where she earned her bachelor’s (1982), master’s (1984) and doctoral (1987) degrees. She began teaching full time at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 1987 and has been employed at Dalton State as both a professor and as the Sesquicentennial Endowed Chair of Management since 2000. “As a teacher, I’ve learned that each semester builds on what you’ve done before,” she says. “I try to make what I teach relevant to the world of work and tie everything we do in class to current business events.” Helms, who spends much of her time on research, writing journal articles, and speaking to groups and professional organizations, teaches two classes each semester, usually Principles of Operations Management and Quality Management Systems.

She divides her 75-minute class periods into a number of hands-on segments, which include class discussions, short lectures, video clips, group work, and problemsolving activities. “I like to get students interested in world events and current business practices by bringing in business periodicals like the Wall Street Journal and Business Week to discuss in class. This helps reinforce what we are studying.” In Principles of Operations Management, Helms usually begins the semester with a plant tour of an area industry so that students can have an overview of the plant’s processes before they begin learning the theory behind it. And while many students aren’t initially sure they will like learning about the principles of production, most end up expressing interest in the way products are made. “Even if they’re not going to work in manufacturing, they may learn how to organize a service delivery flow or even organize their workspace for efficiency, she says, noting that many of the tools of organization and flow translate well from industry to personal life. In the Quality Management Systems class, students are required to complete a “conscientious consumerism project” in which they assess a company’s responsiveness and processes over a semester-long period. Students choose a product or service that has either served them well or one they have complaints about, Helms says. Students track the company’s responsiveness to their efforts to contact them. “We’re all consumers, and all our students have had many opportunities to see a company that’s either doing something wrong or something right. “The students first contact the company and then track how long it takes for management to respond,” she says. “At the end of the semester, the students send a letter to the CEO by registered mail citing that process and offering suggestions for improvement. Then, we analyze the company based on the entire project. Students learn that there are good ways and bad ways of handling consumer concerns.” This “hands-on” approach to learning is one of the methods that her students like best about her teaching style. “The real world examples and homework really helped me learn the material,” wrote one student during a recent class evaluation. “I had little interest in Operations before this course, but I have thoroughly enjoyed this class and Dr. Helms. I would have rated her higher, but there was no higher rating.” Dalton State Magazine | Fall 2007


Travel Learning While spring may seem like it’s eons away, several members of Dalton State’s Center for Continuing Education staff are already coming down with a pretty serious case of “spring fever.” This April, Elderhostel Coordinator Carol Burton and Programming Director Courtney Yarbrough are planning to lead a group across the beautiful British Isles for what they believe will be an unforgettable and educational travel learning experience. “This should be a fabulous trip,” says Carol Burton, who has had extensive experience planning leisure trips and educational programs. “This is the College’s first-ever travel program offering, and we think it will be an event that is too good to miss.” While there, the group will travel to London, Cambridge, York, Edinburgh Castle, the Lake District, North Wales, the Cotswolds, and to Stratford-Upon-Avon. For more information about the trip, please call the Center for Continuing Education at 706-272-4454.

Blake Gentry Blake Gentry hails from a rural town that is “so small that until a few months ago it had only one traffic light.” In terms of distance to a college or university, Gentry’s hometown, Trion, is much closer to several other schools that he could have chosen to attend this fall. But the 18-year-old Trion High School graduate doesn’t mind making the 50-minute commute from his home to Dalton State. So far, the Radiologic Technology major is finding school well worth the drive. 24

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“I’m very pleased with my decision to come here,” says Gentry, who visited several other colleges last spring before deciding on Dalton State. “When I saw how the students were interacting on this campus, I could see myself here,” he recalls. “I really like the atmosphere.” Gentry is wasting no time becoming involved on campus. In addition to his full 14-hour course load, he has begun regular workouts at the College’s new Fitness Center, has joined the Baptist Student Ministries, and has participated in several of the College’s recreation outings

– including a rafting trip for new students down the Hiwassee River. “I’m not a homebody,” says Gentry, who says that it’s important for him to be involved in all aspects of school life.

AROUND CAMPUS Katie Sanders Katie Sanders has a problem, but she insists it’s a “good” one.

“I love Dalton State,” she says, stressing that her decision to stay in Dalton was the right choice for her.

“I can’t decide what to major in because I love all of my classes,” says Sanders, 20, a sophomore juggling a 16-hour course load.

“I have talked to a lot of people who seemed to be having the same feelings that I was having, that they wanted a school close to home that was about this size.

“Every time I take a new class, I become so interested in it that I think about majoring in that subject. That’s the problem. But I guess it’s a good one to have.”

“I’ve been telling them, ‘You should really look at Dalton State.’ Several of them have made that choice. It’s been fun for me to help them plan their schedules.”

After completing her first year in college, Sanders says she’s leaning toward a Psychology major, but is considering earning a business degree, either in Accounting or in Marketing. Sanders, who earned a 4.0 grade point average during her first year and was inducted into the College’s Phi Theta Kappa honor society last spring, says that doing well in school is a high priority for her and that she has a strong drive to excel. Accepted to the University of Georgia, the University of Tennessee, and Berry College during her senior year of high school, Sanders chose to come to Dalton State in the fall of 2006 because she liked the idea of going to a “medium-sized” school.

Students Celebrate College’s 40th To celebrate the College’s 40th birthday, students turned out in record numbers in early September for an Ice Cream Social served by College administrators in the Pope Student Center. This fall, attendance at on- and offcampus events has never been higher, administrators say, at such events as the Back-to-School Barbeque, river rafting trips, and an evening performance by the Chattanooga Symphony. “It’s wonderful to see an increase in the number of students of all ages who are choosing to become involved in the life of the College,” says Jodi Johnson, Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services. Dalton State Magazine | Fall 2007


Dr. Baogang Guo They say “you can’t go home again,” but for Dr. Baogang Guo, Associate Professor of Political Science, going home to China each summer has become a definite “occupational perk.” For the third year in a row, Guo has directed the fourweek Summer Study in China Program in Zhengzhou, a University System of Georgia (USG) study abroad program that he and another colleague initiated in 2003. Thirty-five students and six faculty members were among the participants of this year’s program, including three students from Dalton State.

“Our group listened to nine lectures from well known scholars in South Korea and China and had meetings and exchanges with government officials, scholars, business leaders and college students.” During the seminar, which took place between June 5 and 24, the 15 professors from USG institutions participated in the program. They traveled to Seoul, Suwan, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Macau, and visited many famous universities and academic institutes such as Yonsei University, Ajou University, Renmin University of China, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, City University of Hong Kong, and University of Macau.

And this summer, Guo also co-directed the USG’s 2007 South Korea-China Professional Development Seminar, which was organized by the Asia Council. “This program focused on the impact of modernization and globalization on the two countries’ economic and political development,” says Guo, who earned a PhD from Brandeis University and his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Zhengzhou University. A Dalton State professor since 2000, Guo is also the Associate Editor of The Journal of Chinese Political Science, President-elect for the Association of Chinese Political Studies, and a Research Associate in the China Research Center in the Atlanta area. 26

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Dr. Guo, standing at far right, and students who attended the Study in China program on a sightseeing trip.

Sharon Hixon When Sharon Hixon, Assistant Professor of Education, had the chance to travel to Argentina this summer under a University System of Georgia Faculty Enrichment Seminar grant, she jumped at the chance.

“Being in that kind of environment really makes you appreciate what we have in this country. There are things, like internet access, that we now consider to be so basic in our schools, which are unavailable to many of them.”

“It was fabulous,” says Hixon, a former elementary school teacher from Maryland who has spent the last 10 years at Dalton State teaching Humanities courses in reading and ESOL before joining the College’s Division of Education this fall.

In her current Language Arts Methods class, Hixon has developed an “email partner” project between her students and education majors from Argentina.

Hixon was one of 15 USG faculty members from different academic disciplines who traveled to the South American country for a 15-day seminar learning about the culture, economy, and language of the country.

“In a sense, this gives our students a virtual travel abroad experience with their counterparts in Argentina, students who are studying to be teachers as well.” “Experiences like these should help our students become more worldly and more knowledgeable about other cultures.”

Laura Rose Associate Professor of Accounting Laura Rose says there is no place she would have rather gone this summer than to China and South Korea. “It’s the most dynamic, exciting, fascinating region of the world right now,” says Rose, who spent 15 days in the two countries with other University System of Georgia faculty members who were participating in the 2007 South Korea – China Professional Development Seminar. “We had wonderful colleagues in Argentina,” she says. “Everyone was so helpful. They wanted us to have the best experience we could in their country.” Among the experiences were meetings with Argentine business leaders, public school educators, government officials, university professors, and students. On the weekends, the group traveled to traditional tourist spots, with visits to the wine country, a horseback riding ranch, and for Hixon, even an optional mountain “trekking” adventure with a hired guide. As a new member of the Division of Education, Hixon says she was most interested in meeting fellow educators and school administrators and learning how similar, and yet how different, our educational systems are. “I had the chance to visit a few public and private schools while I was there. The schools located in the poor towns in the mountains were sparsely furnished and lacking in basic teaching supplies.” When she returned to the United States, Hixon approached local businesses for donations of school supplies and purchased some herself, which she sent to one of the impoverished schools.

“China is really a powerhouse now as the third largest economy in the world. There’s commerce going on 24 hours a day. You can really feel the energy all around you when you’re there.” In addition to touring major cities while visiting a number of palaces, museums, and universities, Rose gathered invaluable “real-world” experience to use in her classroom, particularly in her Environment of Business classes. “I’m glad to be able to bring some of those real-world insights into the classroom,” says Rose, remarking that it was eye-opening to her to see firsthand evidence of currentday “globalization” discussed in business textbooks. “It was fascinating to learn more about the Dalton State Magazine | Fall 2007


people living there, their customs and their businesses,” she said. “I discovered that they are very interested in what we’re doing in this country in terms of economic growth. Conversely, we should be very, very interested in what they’re doing. And based on what I witnessed this summer, they’re doing a lot.” Her participation in the seminar was funded partly by a grant from the DSC Foundation, a USG Chancellor’s Award, and the College.

machine. Dumbbells ranging from five to 75 pounds and free weights are also available. So far, the number of students, faculty and staff who are taking advantage of the Center has been “very good,” says Burgner, noting that before the renovation, around 175 people would use the weight room per week, compared to around 175 people using the Fitness Center each day.

“It really was a great trip,” she says. “It far surpassed anything I could have anticipated.” Garrett Burgner Recreational Director Garrett Burgner says the “wow” factor is still pretty high in the recently remodeled Fitness Center. “Students who were here a few years ago and had used the weight room can’t believe that it’s the same space,” says Burgner, who teaches physical education classes, coaches intramural sports, and oversees the smooth operation of the renovated facility. “Many of them never thought it could look this good. I’ve heard more than one student say “wow” the first time they see it.” The Fitness Center is equipped with 20 Cybex Eagle machines, two treadmills, three Arc Trainers, three bikes, two stair climbers, two stretch trainers, and a rowing


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“We’d like to see about 200 people use the facility each day, and I think that will come over time,” he says, noting that the basketball courts have recently been resurfaced as well and will soon be used by intramural teams and for pick up games. “And we have other ways for people to stay fit, including volleyball, badminton and tennis courts, a walking track, and an athletic field,” he says.

ALUMNI PROFILES Lee Williams In 1973, a farm boy from Alabama literally hitchhiked from his Jacksonville, Alabama, home to Dalton on the promise of a job in a carpet mill. Reared in a home that was “rich in love, but poor in money,” Lee Williams knew that while getting an education was his dream, “not working was not an option.” So in addition to setting yarn on creel racks, he also enrolled in what was then Dalton Junior College and earned an Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Arts. Now, as Chairman of the Board and CEO of Digital Connections, Inc (DCI), an information technology systems integrator and Valued Added Reseller (VAR) corporation located near Nashville, Tennessee, Williams has nothing but fond memories and high praise for his first alma mater. “Dalton State has prepared me well for my trip through life,” says Williams, who completed his bachelor’s degree at Jacksonville State University and then earned an M.B.A. from Emory. “What comes to my mind when I look back on my time at Dalton State is what a wonderful place it was,” he says. “It was as if the world opened up for me.” A math professor, B. G. Greunbaum, and a philosophy professor, Charles Risher, were influential in shaping Williams’ career goals for the future. “Having coffee with Dr. Greunbaum in the cafeteria is one of my fondest memories,” says Williams. “More than 30 years later I still quote him all the time. I remember that he used to say, ‘Whether a man drives a Cadillac or a chariot has no bearing on how civilized he is, just how technologically advanced he is.’” Being civilized, or well-rounded, is as much a necessary ingredient for success in today’s workplace as being technologically savvy, Williams believes, and he argues that

most people greatly underestimate the value of a liberal arts education in the business world. “Having a broad understanding better prepares one for the challenges that have to be faced in business,” he says. “At DCI, we’re adamant about our leadership group being broadly educated. We don’t feel that one can optimally understand the importance of things like judgment, integrity, and perspective unless they’ve been exposed to a broader way of thinking.” Williams’ life has been broadened by many of his past career experiences, including employment with companies such as Nortel, GTE (now Verizon) and Shared Technologies. In his past, he has also had the opportunity to study film, screenwriting, and directing at California State University at Long Beach. “It was just for fun, but we did write and direct a short film, Trade Day, that was shown in about 40 film festivals,” he recalls. “It was a blast.” In 2002, when Williams was promoted to President of DCI, the company was earning $9 million in revenues and employed 60 people. Now, the company has grown to 280 employees with revenues over $40 million. “We’ve managed to attract some of the brightest Information Technology talent in North America,” he says, “but what we are most proud of is not our growth or financial achievements, but our integrity as a company.” Williams has two grown sons, who have found success in their career fields, and he still enjoys screenwriting as a hobby. He often makes speeches, like the one he recently gave to the Foreign Ministry of Canada in Halifax, Nova Scotia, regarding how Canadian firms can be more successful distributing their technologies through U.S. companies. As for the first of his three alma maters, the former farm boy from Alabama believes that “for the dollar you spend, you won’t find a better offering than Dalton State. If you do well here, you can go anywhere you want – it’s up to you.” Dalton State Magazine | Fall 2007


ALUMNI PROFILES Mark Price Mark Price used to park near the gym and walk to class, admiring the dogwoods and redbuds that lined the hillside between the gym and the library. The effect was like that of a private college, not one with an open door policy and “remarkably low” tuition. Price earned an associate degree in General Arts in 1990, went on to the University of Georgia and the University of Missouri to earn his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in Philosophy, and is now an Associate Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Humanities Department of Columbia College in Missouri. “In some ways, Columbia College reminds me of the Dalton College I remember,” Price says. “Small class size, approachable professors, an emphasis

on teaching. I am an advocate of the teaching college; it certainly benefited me.” Price praised the “excellent education” he received at Dalton State, which he attributes in large part to the competency of the teaching faculty. “Almost all of my professors held terminal degrees and were masters of their craft,” he says. “At large universities, students are likely to have graduate students as instructors in general education courses, not professors who hold doctorates.” While here, he managed to become involved in campus activities, joining the college chapter of Amnesty International. “I remember putting up posters in the student union when the Berlin Wall fell. That was an exciting time.”

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Tonja and Stefan Puryear Tonja Cooper and Stefan Puryear both started at Dalton College in the late 1980s, attended school “off and on,” and switched majors several times before they “finally got serious about finishing and buckled down.” “Some folks have a misconception that Dalton State is easier than some other colleges,” says Tonja, who encourages prospective students not to be likewise fooled. “I kept waiting for an ‘easy’ course to come along, but it never did.” Her persistence paid off, and in 1994, Tonja earned an Associate of Arts in Business Administration. She continued her studies here on campus while pursuing a BBA in Management degree program from another University System school, West Georgia, that was then offered on the Dalton campus. “Even though my diploma says West Georgia, I really felt like I had the best of both worlds,” says Tonja. “I was able to get my bachelor’s degree, which wasn’t available at Dalton at that time, and still stay at home with my husband.” 30

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In 2005, Stefan earned his bachelor’s degree as well, a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems, with his diploma bearing the name Dalton State College. Both Tonja and Stefan, a married couple of 16 years, say they were very pleased when Dalton State began offering bachelor’s degrees in business. Both are employed in the area – Tonja, as a Vice President and Branch Manager of the Cohutta Banking Company’s Chatsworth office, and Stefan, as a Project Engineer with Shaw Industries, where he’s been employed for 19 years. “When you work full time and attend school, you definitely learn to multi-task,” says the mother of two-year-old Max. “You learn quickly that to do well you have to be organized and prepared. You are forced to learn to adjust and adapt very quickly. “Our experience at Dalton State gave both of us a confidence that we could succeed at whatever we chose to do. We’ve learned that no matter how long it takes, you can complete your degree, even if it’s one course at a time.”




Monica Gambrell (2007) is the Marketing Coordinator for Chick-fil-A in Walnut Square Mall. She lives in Dalton, GA.

Mark Calloway (1971) works for Burner Systems International in Chattanooga, TN, as Tax Director. He lives in Ringgold, GA.

Jay Phipps (2005) lives in Dalton, GA. He works for Reserve Warehouse Corporation in Chattanooga, TN, as a DuPont Tyvek Weatherization Specialist Territory Sales Manager.

Bob Oxford (1971) is a Commercial Lender for Omni National Bank in Dalton, GA.

Chris Steele (2005) works for Shaw Industries in Cartersville, GA, as a Team Manager over Final Operations. He lives in Ringgold, GA. Jason Alspaugh (2003) lives in Flintstone, GA. He teaches Social Studies at Ridgeland High School.

1990s Angela Crutchfield Wilson (1998) works for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee as an Advanced Managed Care Nurse. She lives in Rossville, GA. Melanie Morton (1994) lives in Chickamauga, GA. She was recently promoted to Disease Management/Ancillary Program Manager for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee in Chattanooga, TN.

1960s Richard Alton (1969) works part time at Holcomb Garden Center in Fort Oglethorpe as a Landscape Specialist. He retired from the United States Postal Service. He lives in Ringgold, GA. Lewis Higgins (1969) lives in Cataula, GA. He retired from Delta Air Lines Corporate Tax Division. He is currently working for the United States Army in Fort Benning as a Financial Systems Analyst. Carol Amonett Sanford (1969) retired from Roan Elementary School in Dalton, GA. She taught first grade for 31 years.

Chad Terry (1992) lives in Alpharetta, GA. He is the Vice President of Finance for Alogent Corporation, a financial software services company.

1980s Patrick Gregory (1986) works for Marketing Alliance Group as a Department Manager. He lives in Dalton, GA. Danny York (1985) is a fifth grade teacher at Dade Elementary School in Trenton, GA. Jim Fletcher (1982) lives in Gatlinburg, TN. He works for Thomson Scientific as a Database Administrator. Dalton State Magazine | Fall 2007


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