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Welcome President John O. Schwenn

A Mayor’s Vision for Dalton State

Campaign Report to Donors

A Message from the President Dr. John O. Schwenn

how that individual’s current success can be traced to their Dalton State experience. For more than 40 years, our College has been a leader in the productivity and prosperity of northwest Georgia. Never has this been truer than it is today. We’re the region’s leading provider of nurses, elementary school teachers, business managers, and social workers. With 385 full- and part-time faculty and staff, and more than 4,500 students, our annual economic impact on the region exceeds $100 million.

As I take office as Dalton State College’s fourth president, let me say thank you for the warm welcome you have extended to me. It is a privilege to be here. Everywhere I go I meet an alumnus, a donor, or a business owner who tells me how Dalton State has made a difference in their lives, their philanthropy, their business. Frequently, someone will tell me that a family member or neighbor attended here and illustrate

Looking around, it is clear that Dalton State is doing a lot of things well. Our partnerships with business and industry, education, and government are as strong as they have ever been. We constantly build new bridges to our service area population so that we can continue to meet the dynamic higher education needs of the region. Our increasingly diverse student population strengthens the institution and enhances the college experience for all of our students. New faculty members with exemplary

records of teaching and scholarship fortify our already-strong academic programs. Upcoming capital improvements will ensure that our students have the necessary facilities in which to pursue their education. With all of this in place, what else needs to be done? Lots. Over the coming months I’ll be reaching out to many of you to have a conversation about two things: where we are going and how we will get there. We’ll talk about what we’re doing right – and what we can do better. We’ll talk about our aspirations for the institution – about tomorrow’s Dalton State. We’ll build on our successes and plan for new ones in the future. The recent success of the DSC Foundation’s Fulfilling the Vision campaign demonstrated that many of you are already looking to the future. Let me add my thanks for your generosity and your vision. Dalton State’s future is bright. I look forward to going there with you.



Dalton State Then & Now


Campaign Report to Donors


Welcoming Dr. John O. Schwenn


Dr. Cordia Starling: Nurturing the Art – and Science – of Nursing


Around Campus


Faculty & Staff


Alumni Profiles


Alumni Notes


How the College has changed since 1995

Dalton State’s fourth president – taking opportunities as they come

Accounting Program Expands the “Language of Business”


Mayor David Pennington foresees Bright Future for Dalton State


Dalton State Grads Land Dream Jobs


Students excelling in leadership roles

“Our faculty stands out”

See what our grads are doing now

Profile of a Donor


Shelby and Willena Peeples

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, Stanley Leary, Ben Massey, 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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1995 Then

Dalton State…

In 1995 a first-class postage stamp cost 32 cents, the Atlanta Braves won the World Series, Jerry Garcia of “Grateful Dead” fame died, and O. J. Simpson went on trial for murder and was later acquitted. An estimated 150 million viewers tuned in to witness the verdict.

The Russians welcomed the first Americans aboard the space station Mir, “Forrest Gump” won the Oscar for best picture, and a gallon of unleaded regular gasoline was about $1.15. If only.

96 Number of faculty

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1,451 Number of parking spaces 8 Number of buildings 426 Students graduating 92,067 Books in library $340/quarter Tuition

Closer to home, Dalton College (as we were known then) officials unveiled a new-fangled technology called the Internet. It was made available to the general public on eight computers in the campus library. Just a few minutes after opening for business one Friday morning, all eight terminals were occupied. The technology was so new that the College didn’t have a usage policy restricting mature subject matter. “We’re in the middle of First Amendment rights and grossness,” stated Head Librarian Dr. Marilyn Lary.

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Among the new faculty arriving on campus that fall was a young professor from Auburn University named Randall Griffus. Dr. Griffus is today Dean of the School of Sciences and Mathematics at Dalton State.

$150 Average cost of books for full-time enrollment

The institution’s College Bowl team, comprised of five of the best student brains on campus, won the 27th Annual Junior College Bowl, a national competition of whiz kids from two-year colleges. And basketball was back on campus in 1995. The “Running Regents,” hoopsters from the University System of Georgia’s central office in Atlanta, were in Bandy Gym to go up against the Dalton College “Fighting Roadkill,” a talented roster of campus personnel like Professors James Adams, Don Davis, Coach Melvyn Ottinger, and even the new president, Jim Burran, who arrived on campus in May.


3,168 Student enrollment

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$2,426,009 Foundation assets



4,532 Student enrollment 128 Number of faculty 14 Number of new faculty 167 Number of staff 1,926 Number of parking spaces 10 Number of buildings 562 Students graduating 127,464 and 56,881 e-books Books in library $1,280/semester Tuition $40/semester Student Activity Fee $48 Technology Fee $20/semester Parking Fee $290/semester Average cost of books for full-time enrollment $30,122,400.83 Foundation assets


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If the year 2008 were to have a theme on the Dalton State campus it might well be one of change. There are many changes going on around here these days. On February 29, President Jim Burran retired after nearly 13 years at the helm of the College. His successor, Dr. John Schwenn, took office on March 1 as only the fourth president in the College’s history. This spring sees the beginning of construction for a central campus quadrangle between Seqouya Hall and Pope Student Center, an area that will likely become a favorite gathering place for students and even for campus events. The quadrangle – surely someone will shorten it to “The Quad” – will be anchored by a soaring 75-foot bell tower complete with a 25-bell carillon. Over time, this structure will be noted not only for its melodies but for its evolution into an institutional icon symbolizing the College’s aspirations. Even more dirt will be flying this summer when the campus’s first-ever structured parking project, a four-story 400-space parking deck to be built atop a portion of the northwest lot, will provide some muchneeded relief from the daily parking crunch. On the other hand, that’s 400 more students we can accommodate as the growth trend continues its upward trajectory. Add to all of this the new bachelor degrees in accounting – 89 students are finishing their first year in that program – and biology and mathematics – they’ll get underway this fall semester – and Dalton State is in the midst of some big changes as it continues to meet the educational demands of northwest Georgians in the 21st century. We believe change is good. We’re excited. We hope you’ll share in that excitement with us. Dalton State Magazine | Spring 2008


Introducing Dalton State’s fourth president

Dr. John O. Schwenn Taking opportunities as they come . . .

“I feel that we have selected an outstanding President who will build upon a strong existing foundation as he leads Dalton State forward.” Jim Jolly, member of the University System of Georgia Board of Regents

The new President of Dalton State, Dr. John Schwenn, believes that good things happen for a reason. “Life offers you opportunities. And when you allow them to happen, they usually do.” So when the opportunity to apply for the position of the College’s presidency arose, he allowed his name to be given to the search and screening committee, and he let things “unfold as they may.” “Everyone who knew me and knew about the opening at Dalton State thought that it would be a perfect fit,” says Schwenn, who has served as a professor and administrator at Emporia State University in Kansas for almost 20 years. “They felt that it was a place where I could be a good leader and move to the next level. After I applied and got to the interview process, I had the same feeling that it was just the right place.”

Leaving a university with more than 6,500 students, residential life, and graduate degree programs for Dalton State is a move that makes sense to him. “Dalton State is in a good position for growth and for doing great things. It’s a place where change is occurring but strong foundations are already in place. I believe the next few years here are going to be very exciting.” The future of the College will likely involve becoming an institution that is not altogether different from Emporia State, Schwenn admits. Residential life, graduate programs, and a return to athletics are all “on the table,” he says. “From our first meeting with him, the Presidential Search Committee saw something special in Dr. Schwenn and his understanding of our needs.” Dr. Marilyn Helms, Chair of the Presidential Search and Screening Committee

Schwenn, whose original life plan was to become a school psychologist and work with young children, has moved into many positions of leadership through the back door, but has found that each new position he’s held has been “meant to be.”

“We will need to be mindful when we’re making transitions that in order to make our students’ lives better, we’ll need to provide the kinds of services and programs that are typically found in full fouryear institutions.

While working on a master’s degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin, Schwenn’s major professor encouraged him to take his academic career to the next level and pursue a Ph.D., promising him a graduate teaching assistantship along the way.

“And above all, we want to make sure that we continue to provide quality academics and a student-centered learning experience for all students, especially those who don’t have other opportunities.”

Once he had spent more than a dozen years in the classroom teaching at Mississippi’s Delta State University, he moved into administration at Emporia State.

Schwenn expects to be very visible in the community over the coming months and plans to use his skills as a good listener and consensus builder to determine “where the College needs to go.”

“It was a place I’d never expected to be, in administration rather than teaching. I never sought out being an administrator, a chair, a dean, or a vice president. But I discovered that at Emporia State, everything seemed to fall into place.” He began his Emporia State career in 1989 as Associate Chair of the Division of Psychology and Special Education in the Teachers College. He soon became the department chair, and in 1994 was named Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Graduate Studies and Research. In 1997, Schwenn was named Vice President for Academic Affairs and later served as Interim President in 2006. “My professional life has been absolutely wonderful, and a lot of that is because everything sort of happened for the right reasons at the right time.”

“I plan to meet with all kinds of constituencies, both on campus and off, over the next few months to begin to gauge what the next steps are,” he says. “Our biggest challenge will be to balance our need for growth and expansion with the scarce resources that may be available, but necessary, for our transition to a 24/7 campus.” Aiding him in his own transition to life in northwest Georgia will be his wife of 34 years, Judy, whom he met in fourth grade in their Wisconsin elementary school. “The hardest part of the move will be to leave behind our adult children, Steven, Kimberly, and Amy, and our two grandchildren, Rivers and Presley,” he says. “But we’re so excited about returning to the South and living in a mountainous area. It should give us plenty of opportunities for exploring. And, I’m really looking forward to working with the College’s faculty, staff, and students. It promises to be a very exciting time.” Dalton State Magazine | Spring 2008


Accounting Program Expands the “Language of Business” Accounting, often referred to as the language of business, is a versatile profession that is in extremely high demand, say local accountants. “There is a tremendous shortage of accountants nationwide,” says Larry Winter, principal of Winter and Scoggins CPAs. “The demand is so great that we often have to hire people from outside of the area to come to work at our firm. There simply aren’t enough qualified professionals from this area to fill our openings. So we were certainly thrilled to learn that Dalton State is expanding its accounting program.” Starting last fall, Dalton State began offering a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree in Accounting, a degree that prepares students for entry-level jobs in the accounting field and provides a rigorous curriculum designed to meet the minimum requirements for taking the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam. Dalton State’s program requirements include the general classes needed for a bachelor’s degree in business plus 24 semester hours in upper-level subjects such as Financial Accounting and Reporting; Tax Compliance and Research; and Planning and Control in the Corporate Environment. “This program was what we needed to round out our offerings of bachelor’s degrees in business,” says Dr. Cassie Bradley, Associate Professor of Accounting. “No BBA program would be complete without an accounting major.”

Dr. Cassie Bradley, Associate Professor of Accounting


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About 85 students have declared accounting as their major, with about 15 enrolled in upper division coursework, Bradley says, noting that she expects that around 35 juniors and seniors will be enrolled in the program by this fall. The faculty pool will grow next year as well, with two new hires joining Bradley and

Associate Professor of Accounting Laura Rose as accounting instructors. Bradley noted that a survey of all declared BBA majors last year showed that the overwhelming majority of those students want to stay in the northwest Georgia region after graduation. “We found that graduates want to be able to find employment in their chosen field close to home, and employers want to have a population of graduates to choose from who want to stay in the area,” she says. This makes the new program a “win/win,” according to Jessica Crutchfield, President of the Northwest Georgia Chapter of the Georgia Society of CPAs. “It provides a better match when local students in our communities are able to find employment close to home,” Crutchfield says. “And it helps recruiters because they’re able to find new accountants who really want to stay in the area.” The Northwest Georgia Chapter of the Georgia Society of CPAs is committed to being involved with the program by providing five $1000 scholarships for students plus a $1000 contribution to the accounting program.

And they hope to become involved with students on a mentorship basis as well by inviting accounting majors to attend the chapter’s monthly meetings to network with area professionals. Bryan McAllister, Vice President of Finance at Brown Industries, has a vested interest in the program. As a Dalton Junior College graduate who earned his associate degree here, he has long hoped that Dalton State would offer a BBA in the field. “I received a very strong foundation in my coursework when I studied accounting at Dalton,” he recalls. “The instructors were just superb.” McAllister believes that the skills learned in that discipline are invaluable for any number of career paths. “All types of businesses need good accounting personnel in order to operate efficiently and be profitable, and it will be a plus for area businesses to be able to train people locally who will then find good employment opportunities in our area industries. “Having this program here cannot be anything but positive.” Dalton State Magazine | Spring 2008 9


“IT’S OUR FUTURE” Dalton Mayor David Pennington is a man of many words, but if you ask him to sum up his feelings for Dalton State, he can do it using just three: “It’s our future.”

Advanced Insurance Strategies. Economic development is always on his mind. And he believes that the College will play a big role in the economic success of the region.

“This college needs to become the centerpiece of the community,” says Pennington, a 1973 graduate of what was then Dalton Junior College.

“This area is in a perfect location for growth,” he maintains. “Nearly 150,000 cars pass by the campus every day on I-75, the nation’s busiest corridor. We’re 30 miles from Tennessee’s third largest city and just 80 miles from Atlanta, one of the largest economic engines in the world.”

“I envision that Dalton State will become a regional university over the next 10 years, with athletics, residential life facilities, and an enrollment nearing 10,000 students. And I know that in the future it will have a huge economic impact on the region.” Pennington has a vested interest in seeing Dalton State reach its full potential. In addition to his role as a public servant, he manages a successful local business, 10

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Being the wealthiest region of Georgia outside of Atlanta will make this northwest corner more attractive to seniors as a retirement spot, says Pennington, but he argues that “a university town is more likely to attract higher-income retirees than one that doesn’t have a college or university.”

And what’s missing from the region, he feels, is a fullscale research or regional university.

require a public/private partnership, which almost any developer would be happy to do.”

“If you look around the state of Georgia, from Dahlonega to Athens, from Savannah to Albany, and from Columbus to Milledgeville, you’ll see that the only section of the state that doesn’t have a research or regional university is this northwestern corner.”

Students residing on campus would contribute more to the life of the College and to the economic livelihood of the City of Dalton as well. And reviving the oncesuccessful athletic program would be another boon, he says, recalling that his own college memories revolved around the excitement surrounding DJC Roadrunner basketball games, when the young team achieved national recognition by coming in second in the nation for two-year colleges in 1971.

That’s one reason why Pennington vows that the City of Dalton will do what it takes to secure the appropriate infrastructure and in-kind services needed to grow and expand the institution. “I don’t call that ‘giving’ to the College,” he says. “I see it more as investing in our future.” Pennington says there’s a definite urgency to invest in that future and admits that he’s concerned that the region has some serious issues to face with respect to education. “The state of Georgia lags behind most other states in the number of college graduates it turns out. And Whitfield County lags behind most of the other counties in the state on that score. That reality needs to change. We need to make a college education available to everyone in our area who wants one.” On a personal level, Pennington appreciates what an education did for him. “If it hadn’t been for Dalton Junior, I probably would have never gone to college,” he admits, describing his younger self as having “the attention span of a gnat” who “hated school from the first day of first grade.”

“Those games were like nothing you’ve ever seen before. They really brought the school and the community together. During that time, the whole town was energized because of the Roadrunners.” Pennington expects that the whole region will become energized by the College as it expands and offers more of the programs and services associated with a fouryear school. “We have to look to the future,” he says. “The College is our number one potential engine for economic growth, and we need to make sure that we provide the infrastructure to make all of the plans for the College become a reality. “It’s really an investment in our future.”

Investing in Dalton State – A Family Affair For the Pennington family, Dalton State has become a “family affair.”

But he found caring, competent instructors here who were “genuinely interested in each student,” and within a few years of taking his first college class, he earned an associate degree in general studies and transferred to UGA.

David Pennington, III, graduated in 1973, his son David, IV, earned an associate’s degree in 2006, and daughter Mary Jane took several summer school classes here in the mid-2000s while working in the Office of Enrollment Services.

“I found that having Dalton Junior close by, and being able to live at home, gave me the kind of flexible education I needed at that time,” says Pennington. “It wasn’t like that at UGA. There, you’re just a number.”

Soon, David’s wife Pam, a former elementary school teacher and graduate of the University of Georgia, will also jump into the act, serving as a mentor to selected students.

But what UGA has that Dalton State still lacks, Pennington argues, are some of the services and facilities that are associated with residential campuses, including dorms and athletics.

“When I made the decision to donate my mayoral salary to the College to fund scholarships for two students each year,” says Pennington, “I asked Pam if she would join me in mentoring those students. She is looking forward to working with them, once we have students identified next fall.”

“It’s vital to import students from outside of our region into our community,” he argues. “The best way to do that is to build dorms. That’s critical. And we need that done quickly. Not three or four years from now. It will

The scholarships, funded through the mayor’s salary of about $7,500 per year, will be awarded to one AfricanAmerican and one Latino student each year.

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Dalton State Grads Land Dream Jobs Rebecca Lowery Rebecca Lowery sees drafting as both an art and a science. “It’s a technical program, so it’s great for somebody who really likes getting into the details,” says Lowery, a 2003 graduate of Dalton State who was hired to replace retiring Michael Jordan last fall as the Instructor of Drafting. “But drafting also has an aesthetic quality to it. I see it as a good mix between the aesthetics and the technical.” Those characteristics might have been what drew Lowery to the study of drafting in the first place. As an undergrad at Auburn University, she took a class in technical drawing and was hooked. A detail person, but not one who considers herself an artist, Lowery discovered that the abilities to sketch and draw could be learned. After a four year break from school she transferred to Dalton State and enrolled in the drafting program. She fell in love with the classes, the program, and the school. “I absolutely loved being a student here,” says Lowery. “I was a non-traditional female student in what had been a mostly maledominated field, so I can relate to many of the students who are like me, non-traditional in one way or another or coming back to school after a break.” After graduation, Lowery worked for Jennings, King, and Harless Architects and assisted with the Whitfield and Gilmer County courthouse projects. But when she heard about the opening at Dalton State last summer, she jumped at the chance to teach the skill to others. “It’s been fabulous coming back as an instructor. I didn’t have any formal training in teaching, but the fact that I was a student here made it an easier transition for me. I see it as a benefit that I 12

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was a student in this program, and that the drafting experience I had in the workplace enabled me to bring in some new ideas.” Lowery has also brought in an opportunity for her students to initiate a new club on campus for drafting students. Called DIRT, which stands for Drafters In Rigorous Training, members of the club are taking local field trips to learn just what career possibilities are available, particularly in the architectural and mechanical applications of drafting. But they are also expanding their horizons to outside the local venue. The DIRT Club will travel to the Biltmore Estate in Asheville this spring so that those who are interested in the aesthetic side of drafting can see firsthand an architectural marvel. “One of the biggest rewards in being a draftsman is seeing how something you put down on paper can become a reality,” she says. “We really enjoy seeing the end product of somebody’s dream.”

Allen Curreri Allen Curreri credits the Dalton State College business administration faculty for many of the good things that have happened to him over the past six years. If he hadn’t enrolled here in 2002, he believes that he may never have developed his first business plan, pursued an MBA, or written a book, which is due out this spring. “It was because of Don Bowen’s Organizational Behavior class that I learned how to write a five-year business plan,” says Curreri, now 39 and living in Atlanta as the Recruiting Director for the southeast division of Nursefinders, a national health care staffing provider. “Dr. Bowen showed me that I could achieve my goals by coming up with a solid business plan. I had no plans to go to graduate school at that time either, but I felt ready once I’d finished the program.” Graduating from Dalton State in 2004 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management, Curreri went on to earn an MBA from Georgia Southern two years later, and then penned a book, The Wall Street Workout, which will be sold through Barnes and Noble,, and at bookstands in national airports beginning in April. It might seem surprising that this Calhoun native and Dalton State grad, who has never worked on Wall Street, would have authored a fitness guide with a “Big Apple” title.

But as a Certified Personal Trainer and admitted fitness fanatic, Curreri has witnessed firsthand the challenges of staying fit while meeting the demands of a frantic corporate schedule, which he says is universal to travelers everywhere from New York’s Wall Street to “Main Street, USA.” “I was on a business trip to Ohio, and a rather large man sitting next to me kept apologizing for his weight,” says Curreri, noting that his seating companion blamed his work and travel schedule for his unfit condition. “I wrote down a workout plan for him on the plane, and told him what he should eat, and how he could incorporate exercise into his daily routine. He thanked me and suggested that I write a book on the subject because he thought I had a lot of good things to say.” With that encouragement, Curreri wrote a manuscript tailored to the needs of busy, hard-working professionals in today’s business world. It was picked up by Third Dimension Publishing Company and is being marketed as “a trainer, chef and reference manual all in one.” “It is more than a new ‘diet,’” he remarks. “People who adhere to a corporate schedule are often working so much that they forget to eat, and when they finally get around to it, they eat the wrong things,” Curreri says. “It helps to know what you should be taking in while sitting at your desk so that your body gets the fuel it needs.”

Rebekah Staats “Whenever I’m working with a client who may not know where his grocery money is coming from, or with one of my foster kids who feels left out or like she doesn’t belong, I can truly say I understand how they feel and mean it,” says 2006 Dalton State grad Rebekah Staats. Staats, who is employed as a Social Service Case Manager in the placement and foster care unit of Murray County’s Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS), says her experience growing up in a loving but low-income home taught her to be grateful for what she has and has made her more empathetic to the needy and underprivileged. “From a very early age, I’ve been surrounded by social work,” says Staats, the daughter of a Baptist minister and counselor. “My mom and dad are the best examples of being selfless, and are among the most caring people that I know. When I was young, my friends sought me out for counsel and advice.” Staats, who has always had a strong desire to help people, chose to pursue her Bachelor of Social Work degree from Dalton State because it was affordable and close to home. But she came to appreciate the program for more than just its location and affordability. “The professors were hard on us, but looking back on it, I can see that it was to make us the strong, efficient social workers we all are today,” she reflects. “They truly cared about all of the students and wanted to make sure that we received the best education possible.”

Her senior-year internship at Murray County DFCS led to a fulltime job that she loves, working with families in the foster care units to develop case plans for parents who have lost custody of their children. “I help find resources for the families, find homes for the children, and I work with the foster parents. I also do paperwork, transport children to and from doctor’s appointments, and make visits to the parents. It’s pretty much like having 30 children that I have to care for at all times!” Having studied Spanish as part of the Dalton State curriculum has been beneficial, Staats says, because she’s the only one in her unit who speaks the language and can help Latino families in need. Her entry into the profession has afforded her the opportunity to serve the greater community through committee and board work, including membership on the Professional Advisory Board for the BSW program at Dalton State, the Domestic Violence Task Force, and the Troubled Children’s Council. She enjoys attending meetings and roundtables with her former professors who are now her colleagues, and she hopes to continue her education by pursuing a Master of Social Work degree this June. “I would tell people that social work is a great career for someone who enters it with a heart and mind to help others. It’s not a glorious job, but the rewards of helping others and making a difference are well worth it.” Dalton State Magazine | Spring 2008


Willena and Shelby Peeples Donor Profile

Shelby Peeples is fond of telling others that he’s “the luckiest person you’ve ever met in your life.” His good fortune stems largely, he believes, from being happily married for more than 55 years to his childhood sweetheart, Willena Davis. “We were both born in Whitfield County, 73 years ago, just four months apart,” recalls Shelby. “We each started first grade at Dawnville Elementary School and went all the way through school together, graduated together, and got married that same August.

“They made a leadership gift – the largest commitment from an individual in the Foundation’s history – and are encouraging other prospective donors to follow their example. The impact of Shelby’s and Willena’s philanthropy at Dalton State will be felt for decades to come.” “We’re strong believers in education,” says Willena, noting that two of their four children have taken classes at Dalton State.

“Most people don’t pick a perfect partner at age 18,” he continues. “But I guess she’s been good to put up with me all these years.” The Peeples’ partnership led to the start-up of a series of successful family businesses in Dalton, which their four children – sons Alan, Tom, and Bryan, and daughter Jane Stanfield – have each been involved with over the years. All but Alan are working in the family businesses today. “I believe that we are the closest-knit family in this part of the country,” says Shelby, who is also the grandfather of nine and great-grandfather of two. “We work together, play together, and spend most of our free time together.” Both Shelby and Willena can trace at least six generations of ancestors who have called Dalton home. “This area is the heart of the world as far as we’re concerned,” Shelby says. “Our roots go deep here.” It’s partly because of their deep roots in the Dalton area that Dalton State has become a priority for them, and the pair has been actively involved in the DSC Foundation’s Fulfilling the Vision campaign. “The Peeples family saw very early how important it is for the community to invest in our campaign,” says David Elrod, Director of the DSC Foundation.


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Willena feels as if she and Shelby are “giving back just a little bit” by supporting the College’s mission as donors to the campaign. “Having access to education is awfully important to families, and that’s important to us because all of our family lives in this area. A college town creates a strong workforce for its young people, and gives them an opportunity to stay at home to go to school and work,” she says. Both Shelby and Willena are proud to support the College’s goals and are excited about what the $21.1 million raised by the campaign will be able to provide to the campus in the years ahead. Says Shelby, “The community has done a lot for us over the years, and we’re glad to be giving back to it. The entire town has become excited about the future of this College. The enthusiasm is kind of contagious. It just catches on.”

THE DSC FOUNDATION CAMPAIGN REPORT TO DONORS Dear Friends: On behalf of the Dalton State College Foundation and our Fulfilling the Vision campaign, we are proud to report on the success of this largest undertaking in the history of the Foundation. We launched our campaign in February 2006 after nearly a year of preparation that involved taking a strategic view of the College’s growth patterns and the higher educational needs of the northwest Georgia region the College serves. When we took the campaign public almost a year later, we had secured more than $15 million in gifts and pledges. Two months ago, we celebrated the success of the Fulfilling the Vision campaign when we announced a significant achievement – $21,115,046 in gifts and pledges from nearly 500 donors who gave generously of their time and treasure toward our vision. Growing the campus, strengthening our academic programs, enhancing student opportunities, and bringing the campus and community closer together – these and other initiatives will be achieved sooner rather than later in the years ahead due to the astounding success of this campaign. We’ll be reporting to you on a periodic basis about campaignfunded projects that your investments helped to make possible. In the meantime, we hope you will continue to share the vision for tomorrow’s Dalton State with us as we work to make that vision a reality in the months and years ahead.

Sincerely yours,

Mary M. “Sis” Brown Chair Fulfilling the Vision campaign

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Dalton State College Foundation Fulfilling the Vision Campaign Donors

The Board of Trustees of the Dalton State College Foundation gratefully acknowledges the generosity of these donors.


$10,000 – 49,999

Mr. B. Jackson Bandy Beaulieu of America Mr. and Mrs. Vance Bell Mr. and Mrs. Jim Bethel Brown-Whitworth Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Brown The Goizueta Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Stan Goodroe J & J Industries Mr. and Mrs. Jim Jolly Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Kinard Mr. and Mrs. Norris Little Lorberbaum Family Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Shelby Peeples, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Julian Saul Mr. David Shaheen Shaw Industries Group, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. C. Kenneth White

Mr. and Mrs. Scott A. Bailey Ball Chiropractic Clinic Mr. and Mrs. Murray Bandy Dr. and Mrs. James A. Burran Mr. and Mrs. Robert Chandler Mr. and Mrs. Dan Combs Custom Grinders Sales, Inc. Dalton Beverage Company Dalton-Whitfield Bank Mr. and Mrs. Lee Daniel Fincher-Loughridge Foundation Mrs. Ruth Lee Hair Harriett G. Digioia Charitable Trust Dr. and Mrs. John A. Hutcheson, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Johnson, III Kathryn Judd Charitable Trust Mrs. Ruth Lamb Drs. Charles and Donna Mayo Mr. Bryan E. McAllister Mr. and Mrs. Stuart McFarland Mr. and Mrs. Randy Merritt Mr. and Mrs. Ken Michaels Mr. and Mrs. John P. Neal, III Mr. and Mrs. Zack Norville Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Ownbey Mr. Chandler Peeples Dr. Sue Phelps Mr. and Mrs. Carl Phillips Ms. Mary Bell Price Mr. Norberto Reyes Mr. and Mrs. Brooks Rizer Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Sanders Dr. and Mrs. Sidney Sellers Windstream Communications 5 Anonymous Donors

$50,000 – 249,999 Mr. Roy Barrett Dr. and Mrs. William Blackman Mr. and Mrs. Francis Brantley Mr. and Mrs. G. Robert Buchanan The Dow Chemical Company Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Embry Mr. and Mrs. David Jolly Kenneth E. Boring Charitable Foundation Mr. Gregory H. Kinnamon Ms. Kay B. Lauman Mr. and Mrs. Hal Long Mr. and Mrs. Lamar Lyle Marketing Alliance Group Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. McEntire Mr. H. Phillip Neff Mr. Chris Patterson and Judge Cindy Morris Mr. and Mrs. David Pennington, III Mr. and Mrs. Lamar Pierce Mr. and Mrs. Doug Squillario Mr. and Mrs. Jack Turner Wachovia Bank Mr. and Mrs. John H. Waters 3 Anonymous Donors 16

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CAMPAIGN REPORT TO DONORS Dalton State College Foundation Fulfilling the Vision Campaign Donors

$1,000 – 9,999 Ms. Sally Addis Mr. David Aft Dr. Lemuel Arnold Mr. and Mrs. Terry Bailey Mrs. Johnnie B. Bakkum Dr. Debbie Baxter Dr. Joseph T. Baxter, Jr. 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 Dr. James E. Coleman Dr. Richard F. Collison Drs. Greg Stanley and Judy Cornett Mr. and Mrs. Steven Cox Dr. Thomas M. Deaton Mrs. Rebecca L. Dempsey Dr. and Mrs. Kerry Dunbar Drs. Richard and Mary Edwards Dr. Ken Ellinger Mr. Kelly R. Elliott Mr. and Mrs. David J. Elrod Mr. and Mrs. Richard Fairey Fannie B. H. Jones Charitable Lead Unitrust Dr. and Mrs. Royal T. Farrow Mr. and Mrs. Stephen B. Farrow Mrs. Sarita Gale Miss Callie Gee Georgia Power Foundation Mr. Emory Grant Dr. and Mrs. Randall Griffus Mr. Ted and Dr. Angela Harris Mr. and Mrs. Kevin W. Harris Mr. Lee Tubbs and Dr. Marilyn M. Helms Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hendry Mr. and Mrs. Nick Henry

Dr. Clare E. Hite Dr. and Mrs. Michael P. Hoff Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hubbs Dr. Celeste M. Humphrey Mr. and Mrs. Michael Hurtt Dr. Larry Johnson Dr. Harold Jones Dr. and Mrs. J. Sherwood Jones Ms. Lydia F. Knight Mr. and Mrs. Mike LaChapelle Mrs. R. Lynette Laughter Mr. Ronnie Marks Dr. and Mrs. Earl McGhee Mr. and Mrs. Paul McMurray Mr. and Mrs. John T. Minor, III Mr. Charlie and Dr. Mary T. Nielsen Ms. Cheryl C. Nuckolls OMNOVA Solutions Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Jack Partain Dr. and Mrs. Keith R. Perry Mr. Max T. Pierce Ms. Glenda S. Pileggi Dr. Christy Price

Ms. Dora Price Mrs. Derrell C. Roberts Ms. Laura C. Rose Mr. and Mrs. David Scoggins Dr. and Mrs. Fikry F. Shihata 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 Dr. Thomas D. Veve Mrs. Christy D. Walker Dr. and Mrs. Jack Waskey Ms. Susan D. West Mrs. Linda Wheeler Ms. Jane Wimmer Mr. and Mrs. Larry Winter 8 Anonymous Donors

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Dalton State College Foundation Fulfilling the Vision Campaign Donors

$250 – 999 Dr. and Mrs. James K. Adams Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Allara The Almon Family Mr. and Mrs. Antonio Bautista Maldonado Mr. Carlton Lamar Beard Mr. and Mrs. Chris Bedwell Dr. and Mrs. Frank Beesley Mr. Steve Bettis Mr. and Mrs. David Blackwell Mr. Travis Boatwright Mr. and Mrs. Michael A. Borja Dr. and Mrs. J. Don Bowen Mr. Greg Keith Bowman Ms. Sherry Breitweiser Mr. George Brewer 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 The Coca-Cola Foundation 18

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Mr. and Mrs. David Cochran Dr. and Mrs. Henry Codjoe Mr. and Mrs. Lanny Cooper Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Cordell Ms. Cynthia E. Coulter Ms. Helen Crawford 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 Mr. David Farrior Ms. Cynthia R. Fisher Mrs. Marilyn Fitzpatrick Mr. and Mrs. Fernando Garcia Ms. Carol Gavagan Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gilbert Mr. Michael Gravitt Ms. Elizabeth Greeson Mr. Paul E. Hall Mr. and Mrs. Zach Hall Mr. and Mrs. Timothy P. Hawkins Mrs. Patricia Hayden Ms. Janet A. Hayes Ms. Melissa A. Hegwood Mr. and Mrs. Kendall Henderson Mr. and Mrs. Donald Hendrix Dr. Richard M. Hennier Ms. Glenda Hobbs Mr. George E. Holland Mrs. Arlene Hooker Mr. and Mrs. Baker Hyde Mr. and Mrs. Randall Ingle Mr. and Mrs. Rick Jackson Drs. William and Mary Jo Jackson Ms. Teresa James Ms. Dana W. Johnson Dr. Billy J. Jump Ms. Gail N. Junkins Dr. Joe Keener Mrs. Kellie Keener Mr. and Mrs. Clint Kinkead Dr. Hubert B. Kinser

Mr. Cy Kirk Mr. Reed W. Krause The Kresl Family Mr. and Mrs. John Lane Ms. Edith M. Larson 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 Mrs. Rebecca McAfee Mr. and Mrs. Aaron McCroskey Mr. and Mrs. Greg Melton Dr. and Mrs. Andy Meyer Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Miller Ms. Tamya Morris Ms. Lynn Morse Dr. Lelia Christie Mullis Dr. Barbara M. Murray Mr. and Mrs. Harris Mynatt Mr. David L. Newton Mr. Truett and Dr. Lee Ann Nimmons Ms. Melissa G. Oliver Ms. Constance Reed Osburn 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 B. Reynolds Mr. and Mrs. Mason Richard Mrs. Robin Roe Mrs. Mollie Rogers Ms. Della C. Sampson Mrs. Jane B. Secord Ms. Charlsie Sexton Ms. Christy Shannon Dr. Lorena A. Sins Ms. Tyra D. Stalling Ms. Sheral R. Stewart Mr. Arthur W. Sutton

CAMPAIGN REPORT TO DONORS Dalton State College Foundation Fulfilling the Vision Campaign Donors

Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Swilling Synovus Trust Company Mr. Kenneth and Dr. Gina Tartar Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Teasley Dylan, Morgan, & Devyn Trost Mr. and Mrs. David Tucker Ms. Janet Anne Vetter Mrs. Jennifer Veve Ms. Natalie Wade Ms. Gail Ward Mr. Robert Joseph Ward Dr. and Mrs. Robert Weathersby Mr. and Mrs. Holly Woods Dr. Javad H. Zadeh 12 Anonymous Donors

Up to $249 Ms. Rebecca V. Akins Mr. and Mrs. Tim Andrews Mr. Charles L. Arnold Mr. David P. Askew Mr. J. David Baker Ms. Cindy Starr Ball Ms. Kimberly S. Barta Mr. Anthony Vincent Bartlett Dr. Kristin M. Barton

Mr. Ryan Beavers Mr. Derek L. Bell Mr. Paul Bennecke Ms. Judy Black Mr. Clint Wilton Blackwell Ms. Amy Blair Ms. Diann Boatwright Ms. Marsha Wright Boyd Mrs. Lois Bradford Ms. Laura Brown Mr. and Mrs. Milton L. Brown Mr. Thomas J. Brown, Jr. Mr. Lawrence B. Brownlee Ms. Sharon P. Byers Mr. Paul Byrd Mr. Steven A. Caldwell Mr. Bob C. Campbell Ms. Betty Ann Chamblee Ms. Julie Rene Chastain Ms. Tammy M. Chastain Ms. Gail E. Clark Dr. Robin Cleeland Mrs. Lee Ann Cline Ms. Tina Lynn Coker Cline Mr. James Howard Coleman Ms. Sheila Coley Mr. Danny L. Conkle Mr. Cecil Cooper

Dr. Larry W. Cooper Mr. Mitch Cooper Ms. Jacqueline Hall Copeland Mr. Steve Daubs Mrs. Dudd Dempsey Mr. Norman DesRosiers Ms. Patricia Ledford Durrence Ms. Dora J. Easley Mr. Raymond Louis Edler, Jr. Mr. Kenneth E. Elrod, Jr. Ms. Sherry B. Elsberry Ms. Carlyn Sue Evans Mr. Lamar Fair Ms. Sheri Faix Four Seasons Garden Club Ms. Phyllis F. Garrett Mr. Hossein Gharanfoli Mr. Juan M. Gomez Dr. Thomas E. Gonzalez Ms. Jennifer O’Brien Mrs. Cheryl Grayson Ms. Linda S. Green Mr. Robert Michael Green Ms. Nancy C. Gregg Ms. Pamela Ware Gunter Dr. Baogang Guo H & L Electric, Inc. Mr. Steven R. Hanshaw Dr. Kent Harrelson Dr. Leslie Harrelson Mr. Gary T. Hawkins Ms. Frances M. Helton Ms. Suzanne P. Herrit Ms. Suzanne Hess Mr. Nicholas Hickman Dr. Sharon L. Hixon Ms. Jan M. Holbrook Ms. LaDonna Holcomb Mrs. Dana Holland Mr. John B. Holland, Jr. Ms. Mary W. Hood Mr. Steven G. Hopkins Ms. Alexis T. Hughes Ms. Lisa B. Hunt Mrs. Kelly Seo Dalton State Magazine | Spring 2008


Dalton State College Foundation Fulfilling the Vision Campaign Donors

Ms. Cathy Ingram Mr. Wesley M. Jackson Dr. Carolyn R. Jensen Ms. Elizabeth J. Johnson Dr. Jean M. Johnson Ms. Barbara Jones Mr. Michael A. Jordan Ms. Holly S. Kelley Ms. Lavada Kilgore Mr. William J. Kinard Ms. Evelyn J. King Mr. Johnie Samuel King Mr. Donald M. Lamson Dr. Dee M. Langford Mr. Michael Val Laroche Mr. Donald L. Ledford Dr. Stephen A. LeMay The Maney Family Dr. Nancy Mason Dr. Marsha Mathews Ms. Karen H. McCartney Mr. Clinton L. McClure Mrs. Jackie McGintis Mr. Garnett McMillan Mr. Gary Mealer and Family Mr. Patrick Thomas Moore Mr. Richard G. Moore Dr. Rita H. Moore Ms. Carolyn Hammons Morgan Mr. Donald J. Mroz Dr. Thomas W. Mullen Mr. Chris D. Mullinax 20

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Ms. Darla J. Munn Ms. Harriett Young Murdock Ms. Susan P. Neal Ms. Jeanne Bailey Newell Dr. Benedict Nmah Mr. Micah Norton Ms. Deana M. O’Loughlin Ms. Jennifer L. Pack Mr. John S. Pareti Ms. Judy H. Parker Ms. Diana L. Parkinson Mrs. Jane K. Parks Ms. Cindy F. Parsons Mr. and Mrs. Jamie Petty Ms. Cynthia S. Phillips Mr. Gary L. Pierce Mr. Jerome J. Pritchard Mr. David Pritchett Ms. Tonja Kay Puryear Mr. Matthew Queener Mrs. Tricia Rafey Ms. Kristine Richardson Dr. and Mrs. John Richmond Mr. Grant R. Rosen Ms. Joyful L. Rutherford Dr. Monte Salyer Ms. Natalie Sanders Ms. Tammy F. Sanford Ms. Amy K. Schmidt Dr. Beheruz N. Sethna Ms. Robin C. Sharp Ms. Marge Shirilla

Mr. Eric Simmons Dr. Anthony Simones Ms. Felecia Smith Mr. Michael E. Smith Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. Stanley Ms. Carol E. Stansbury Mrs. Lana Sweenie Mr. Timothy W. Tate Mrs. Ann L. Taylor Ms. Betty C. Turner Ms. Mary S. Valentino Ms. Bridget J. Vick Ms. Elizabeth Ward Mr. Steven Weaver Ms. Gayle E. Welch Ms. Deby West Mr. and Mrs. Matt Whitesell Ms. Vickie Whittemore Mr. Kraig Wilkinson Mr. John L. Williams Ms. Johnnie Wilson Williams Ms. Susan I. Wooten Mr. Danny York Mr. Gary H. Young 16 Anonymous Donors The preceding list represents gifts and pledges received by the DSC Foundation in support of the Fulfilling the Vision campaign. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this list. Please contact the Foundation office at 706-272-4473 if you know the list to be inaccurate.

CAMPAIGN REPORT TO DONORS Dalton State College Foundation Fulfilling the Vision Campaign Donors

Total amount raised (gifts & pledges) $21,115,046

53% Percentage of total from individuals

Cost per dollar raised Number of campaign volunteers Largest gift

14% Percentage of total from foundations

67 $5,000,000 $1

Average gift


Campaign counsel by

Percentage of total from corporations


Smallest gift

Participation percentage of DSC faculty & staff


93% Goettler Associates Columbus, Ohio

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Nurturing the Art – and Science – of Nursing Dean of the School of Nursing Cordia Starling

“In junior high I realized that nursing would be a career that I would really enjoy. I knew it wouldn’t become boring because no two days as a nurse are ever the same. And nursing is a great way to help people, to show compassion for them and make a difference in their lives.” Starling has earned several academic degrees, worked in clinical settings, and spent more than 25 years as a college instructor, currently serving as Dean of Dalton State’s School of Nursing. Along the way, she has continually stressed the compassionate side of nursing to her students. “Nursing is kind of like an art; you have to rely on your intuition as well as your knowledge,” Starling says. “Many times you can go into a hospital room and look at the patient and know that something isn’t quite right, even if the machines don’t indicate that there’s a problem,” she says. “You might not know exactly what the problem is, but your intuition will tell you to assess the patient more, not to rely on technology alone.” A nurse in a hospital setting is able to check on his or her patients “24/7,” Starling says, and is able to see the subtle changes in a patient’s condition that doctors may not see because they don’t have as much patient contact. “Nurses are called upon to make important decisions every day, and some of those decisions can affect the life or wellbeing of the patient. I tell my students that they have to be on top of their game at all times.” Starling says that pursuing a career in nursing is more challenging now than it was in 1979 when she graduated from the University of Tennessee and passed her Registered Nursing certification boards. “Patients who are admitted to the hospital today are much sicker than in years past. They don’t get to stay in the hospital for very long anymore. What you see as a nurse on the floor these days is what you used to see many times in intensive care.” 22

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Changes in the dollar amounts that insurance companies are willing to pay, the number of procedures that are no longer covered by insurance policies, and an increase in outpatient surgeries and procedures have led to shorter, and often more intense, hospital stays for patients, she says. Because of the profession’s job challenges and stresses, nursing students need to be very prepared for what they’ll find in the workplace, says Starling, noting that students in the program have to develop greater coping skills. “Sometimes they have to dig deep, and they end up working a little harder than they thought they should have to, but usually once they get through the struggle, they become much tougher and stronger.” “We tell our nursing students that they have to use their knowledge and skills to draw conclusions and make good decisions,” Starling says. “Nursing is all about being able to think critically and make decisions that are safe and effective.”

Cordia Bond Starling Up Close and Personal

Cordia Starling knew from an early age that her life’s dream was to become a nurse.

University of Tennessee, Knoxville Bachelor of Science in Nursing, 1979 Georgia State University Master of Science in Nursing, 1984 Clinical Specialty in Parental Child Health Nursing with a concentration in Perinatal Care University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa Doctorate of Education in Higher Education Administration 1979-1981 RN on the OB/GYN floor of Ft. Sanders Hospital Knoxville, Tennessee 1980-1981 Instructor at Walters State Community College 1981 – present Professor of Nursing at Dalton State College Married to Marcus Starling Two daughters: Shannon and Mallory

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Rachael Edmondson Rachael Edmondson began her college career on a “Presidential” academic scholarship at a private university in Atlanta where she was recruited to play basketball for the varsity squad. Now, the Rocky Face native is halfway through Dalton State’s registered nursing program, hoping to combine her love for the biological sciences with her love for journalism and communication. “I’ve thought about how biological and medical issues are often both highly political and controversial topics in the press, and I’ve wondered what it would be like to be a medical correspondent, for CNN, for example. Although I’m not sure exactly where my educational and professional pursuits will take me, I would love to find a way to integrate my two interests into one seamless career.” The 21-year-old expects to graduate from Dalton State in 2009 with an

associate of science degree in nursing, and hopes to work as a registered nurse in Atlanta while pursuing a bachelor’s of science in nursing and a bachelor’s of art in journalism from Georgia State. Eventually, she hopes to pursue either a master’s of science in nursing or a medical doctorate at Emory University. As the former editor of the news section of Oglethorpe University’s student newspaper, as a past President of Northwest High School’s Literary Club, and as a creative writer with several poems and short stories published in a literary compilation for young Georgia writers entitled O’Georgia, Too!, Edmondson has already racked up valuable experience writing and editing in both journalistic and literary styles. For now, Edmondson is serving as the Editor-in-Chief of Tributaries, the College’s student-produced and edited literary magazine. Her duties

as Editor-in-Chief involve critiquing the literary and art submissions, formatting the design layout of the magazine, and overseeing a staff of five student copy editors. “Being involved with Tributaries has revived my personal interest in creative writing and has assisted me in adapting my editing skills from the objective, somewhat dry standards of news print journalism to the fluid, interpretive guidelines of creative writing and artwork.”

Daniel Sanchez and Pre-Health – Daniel is looking forward to an even bigger presidency next fall when he will succeed Nathan Smith as President of the Student Government Association (SGA).

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So with all of his “executive” experience, it’s no surprise that the pre-veterinary student was invited to serve on the College’s Presidential Search Committee, a 10-member group selected to screen and scrutinize candidates vying for the position of President of Dalton State. Sanchez, the student representative, joined College administrators, faculty, staff

and community business leaders as members of the committee charged with overseeing the campus’s role in selecting DSC’s fourth president, Dr. John Schwenn, who took office in March. “Being on the Presidential Search Committee was an overwhelmingly fun experience,” says Sanchez, age 20. “As the only student representative, it was really exciting knowing that by serving on this committee I would be indirectly making a difference in every student’s life.”

AROUND CAMPUS Education Honor Society is Initiated Kappa Delta Pi, an international honor society in education which recognizes and rewards high-achieving students, now has a home on the Dalton State campus. This spring, the Alpha Delta Mu chapter was launched on campus during a Charter Member Installation Service in which 42 seniors, 18 juniors, and nine new charter faculty and staff members were inducted into the new chapter. Three faculty and staff members transferred into Alpha Delta Mu from other chapters. “It’s a great honor to have a chapter of Kappa Delta Pi on campus,” says Dr. Mary Edwards, Dean of the School of Education. “The Kappa Delta Pi Society inducts only individuals who have exhibited the ideals of scholarship, integrity in service, and commitment to excellence in teaching. Those who are selected are chosen based upon their academic achievement, their commitment to education as a career, and their professional attitude.” Kappa Delta Pi is the largest honor society for education, and it represents 572 undergraduate and professional chapters with more than 45,000 active members throughout the world. Its most prestigious members include Margaret Mead, Albert Einstein, George Washington Carver, Howard Gardner, and Maxine Greene. Part of its mission is to offer workshops and conferences, scholarships and grants, community service projects, employment resources, professional development opportunities, and books, journals, and other publications.

Dalton State’s College Bowl team, which is open to all students, has competed in a number of college and university tournaments this year, including events in Orlando and Tallahassee, Florida; Chattanooga, Tennessee; and Rome and Athens, Georgia. Pictured in Tallahassee “just hanging out” between rounds are, from left, team members: Mitch McCarsky, Zack Stinnett, Octavio Mingura, Nathan Smith (captain), and John Caudill. Not pictured are Bradley Walker and Shawn Tucker and coaches Dr. Cecile de Rocher and Dr. Tom Deaton. Dalton State Magazine | Spring 2008


Alex Swan

In his youth, Alex Swan never dreamed of being a webmaster. Instead, he saw himself as a contemporary painter, creating abstract works of art.

techniques, says Dr. Christy Price, Associate Professor of Psychology and the recipient of the DSC Foundation 2006-2007 Excellence in Teaching Award at Dalton State.

But as a fine arts and painting major at Georgia Southern University, Swan eventually realized that he’d have to live in New York or Los Angeles to really make that dream “a go.”

“These millennial students are more likely to learn when they have to actually problem solve in class, and when they spend more of their class time grappling with open-ended questions.

So he fell into a related art, graphic design, and taught himself how to use the Photoshop and Illustrator software that was the standard at the time.

“What we are finding is that with the so-called binge and purge method, the information doesn’t last. What you want to be doing is focusing on what students will remember a year after taking your class.”

“My background in fine arts really helped, and being able to learn those software programs did, too, because at that time that’s really all you needed to know to get a job in graphic arts.” Since then, he has received a diploma in computer information systems from North Metro Tech and has worked for several corporations as a graphics specialist, including an Atlantaarea printing company where he specialized in “color correction” for such clients as Coca-Cola, Bank of America, and BellSouth. Today, he oversees the Dalton State College website, and works closely with faculty and staff members all across campus. “The best thing about my job is that it’s so dynamic; it’s never boring because there’s always something new to work on. It’s an ever-evolving field.”


Price, who teaches Introduction to Psychology, Psychology of Adjustment, and Applications in Psychology, administers research surveys in her classes to learn more about the millennial culture and to determine which teaching styles resonate best with her students. “The lecture format isn’t what they desire. The Socratic Method, which a lot of our faculty use, seems to work better for them. And incorporating case studies and video examples also seems to be effective.” In addition to her teaching responsibilities and research projects, Price is a frequent attendee and presenter at national teaching and learning conferences and often works with other colleges and universities to develop faculty development workshops. She has also served on numerous campus committees since she began teaching at Dalton State in 1991.

Christy Price

The “binge and purge” method of teaching and learning, characterized by lectures followed by cramming for tests, has been a standard way for professors to teach and students to learn for decades.

“I feel very lucky to work with such a gifted faculty as we have at Dalton State,” says Price, noting that she’s had the opportunity to observe the teaching styles used by faculty members from across the United States. “Our faculty stands out because almost everyone is passionate about what they teach and the environment is so student-centered.

But more and more college instructors are adapting their teaching styles to incorporate more “learning-centered”

“And that’s where the real joy in teaching comes in – having a lasting impact on the students.”

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Tom Gonzalez

Andy Meyer

But the Assistant Professor of Mathematics has already jumped in with both feet, having been recently named Chair of the Department of Mathematics, a position he also held in his last teaching appointment at the University of Western Alabama.

“It’s fun to give students the basics, and to help them learn what they need to know to reach their goals.”

Tom Gonzalez is still relatively new to Dalton State, having arrived in August of 2006 in time to prepare for fall semester classes.

“I love teaching math,” says Gonzalez, who earned both his master’s and doctoral degrees from Auburn University. “When you can explain a concept to students in simple enough terms, and they begin to understand it, that’s a good feeling for them and it’s a good feeling for me. That’s what I like best about teaching math, whether it’s in the classroom or the math lab.” As chair of the department, Gonzalez schedules classes, recruits new faculty, teaches several sections of mathematics, and takes turns tutoring students in the math lab. But he also finds time to play intramural sports, football and basketball, with other faculty and students several days a week. One of the challenges he knows he’ll face as department chair will be to keep everything operating smoothly as the department transitions from offering only freshman and sophomore level math classes to the higher-level courses taken by juniors and seniors majoring in the College’s new Bachelor of Science in Mathematics degree program. “So far, I’ve really enjoyed working with the other faculty members and all of the folks in Sequoya Hall in general,” he says. “The atmosphere here is great. Everything seems to be done in the best interests of the students. That’s not the way it is at all institutions.”


What the Chair of the Department of Natural Sciences Andy Meyer enjoys most about teaching is helping students learn “how things work.”

But with the advent of the new Bachelor of Science in Biology degree being offered this year, he and other members of his department are able to teach beyond the basics, incorporating upper level classes into their repertoires to meet the needs of students who need a bachelor’s degree in biology in order to further their educational goals. “Most of the students in my junior-level Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy class are enrolled in pharmacy, pre-veterinary or other health-related programs, and they wouldn’t have had the chance to do the kinds of things we do in this class, primarily dissection, without the addition of the new four-year programs,” he says. “The bachelor’s degree program has made it possible for us to offer courses that we couldn’t have otherwise.” Other new classes include Cell Biology, which was added this spring, and courses in genetics, ethical issues in science, invertebrate biology and evolution to be added this fall. “Students seem very excited about these classes,” he says, noting that 16 enrolled in his Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy class, a number that was higher than anticipated for a brand new course. In addition to teaching, Meyer is also responsible for scheduling the classes in natural sciences and for recruiting faculty to teach. This spring, he’s involved with searches for three new biology faculty members. “It isn’t a bad problem to have,” he says of the faculty searches. “It’s a great opportunity for new faculty to come here because we’re in such a growth pattern, and they can be in on the changes from the ground up.” Dalton State Magazine | Spring 2008


Dora Price Dora Salazar Price was born in a dirt-floored shed in northeastern Mexico, so she knows firsthand what poverty feels like. But like hundreds of other immigrants before her, she has relied on hard work and determination to achieve the “American Dream,” and no longer worries about how to make ends meet. “I have always worked,” says Price, who began picking fruit and vegetables as a 10year-old in Imokalee, Florida, to help her migrant worker parents put food on the table. The Salazar family, which consists of her parents, three brothers, and a sister, moved around the country for years chasing one maturing crop after the next. “My parents worked seven days a week,” she says with admiration. “They never rested.” When she was 16, her family settled in Dalton and began working at the ConAgra poultry processing plant where Price worked second shift while attending 10th grade classes at Dalton High School. “I was the first Mexican to graduate from Dalton High in 1981,” she recalls. “At that time, there were no Hispanics and they didn’t know how to deal with me.” She recalls being bullied by several white male students who slammed doors in her face and dared her to pass. Those experiences, and others like them, made Price tough and prepared to fight, if need be, for what she believed to be fair and right. “I organized a walk out at the chicken plant in 1979 when the raise my family was promised did not come through,” she says. “I learned a lesson from that experience. You can be extremely peaceful in your protests, but you don’t have to back down.” She didn’t back down years later, when after working for a company that had offered her the chance to earn commission on her sales, the manager offered her only a 2% 28

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commission despite her outstanding sales record. Other employees were being paid two to three times that much. “I went in to the manager and told him ‘I quit,’” she says. “I decided that if somebody wasn’t going to value me, I was going to get out. I didn’t want to be held back. I’m all about what’s right and what’s fair.” Price attended Dalton State from 1981 to 1984 and earned an Associate of Science degree in Business Administration and Marketing. To date, she has not earned any additional degrees, but she has applied the principles she learned in college to further her career. She has worked in a variety of jobs, but the job that changed her life was the one she took with Strohl Systems. She managed to get in on the ground floor, and at one point was one of only two employees. “I did a little bit of everything,” she recalls. “I did sales and marketing, and worked on brochures. At one point the company could barely make payroll. After a time, we began to see results, and I made more money than I’d ever dreamed of. Now it’s a company with 150 employees.” She left Strohl in 2000 and moved to Bermuda with her husband. But in 2003, ready for a change, she created a business plan and started her own company with the help of Strohl, her former employer. She now serves as the Director General for Strohl Systems Iberoamerica, and as its corporate head, she travels extensively in Mexico, Central America and Latin America, promoting business continuity planning software and services to emerging Latin businesses. She admits that creating her own business took a leap of faith. “My philosophy about business is that you can’t analyze something to the point of becoming paralyzed. You have to have a vision and a dream and be willing to work very hard to make those dreams come true.”

ALUMNI PROFILES Mik Vali “When I graduated from Southeast High School, I thought I’d be a maintenance worker for some industry for the rest of my life,” says Mik Vali, who earned a certificate and two associate degrees from Dalton State. “If it hadn’t been for the opportunity to go to a local school like Dalton, I wouldn’t be sitting where I am now.” Where he is now is in Tonawanda, New York, just south of Buffalo, working as a Senior Controls Engineer for General Motors Corporation. In his job, Vali manages the automobile manufacturer’s maintenance department, a job he enjoys, especially because it gives him the opportunity to incorporate new technologies into plant processes. “It’s a very competitive business, and it’s critical to keep the equipment running well. But I’m a kind of ‘fast-paced’ person and I like the challenge.” Vali recalls that attending Dalton State was challenging as well. “My experience there was by no means easy. You had to work hard. But you could tell that the professors there really cared about what you were learning. And you got lots of one-on-one attention.” After completing his Certificate in Industrial Plant Maintenance, his A.S. degree in Applied Industrial Technology, and his A.A.S. in Industrial Electronic Technology, Vali completed a bachelor’s degree in Maintenance Engineering at Covenant College. “I believe that if you continue to further your education and work hard at whatever you’re passionate about, you can end up doing just about anything you want to in your career.”

Len Williams As Executive Director for the Housing Authority of Columbus, Georgia, Len Williams oversees an organization that manages about 2,700 apartments and administers 2,300 housing vouchers. It’s a big job, but Williams believes that Dalton State helped him develop the discipline he needed for his later success. “The real advantage to attending school here was that it allowed me to develop good study habits that I might not have had if I had gone away to school for the first two years,” says Williams, a 1972 graduate who later earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from West Georgia University and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Memphis. “The good study habits I formed allowed me to be a successful student and really helped me gain confidence. That’s been invaluable throughout both my academic endeavors and my professional career.” Married and the father of a 26year-old son, Williams serves on numerous boards in and around Columbus and is active at the national level on the Board of Directors of the Housing Authority Insurance Group and for the Public Housing Authority Directors Association.

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David Elrod Members of the Dalton State Class of 1988 may remember David Elrod as a scrawny, bookish “geek” – a self-described “history nerd” who enjoyed the company of his professors as much as his peers. For years, the Dalton native assumed that he would be a history scholar, and he intended to follow in the footsteps of several of his mentors by becoming a college professor. But he never dreamed that he’d be working for his alma mater as Director of Institutional Advancement, a job that, he says, that has exceeded his wildest expectations. “It’s like ‘Homecoming’ every day for me,” says Elrod, 39, who joined the staff of the College in the fall of 2003. “To have the privilege of working with people who care so deeply about this college and who are willing to go the extra mile to move it forward is tremendously rewarding, both personally and professionally.” Not only does Elrod have the opportunity to call former beloved professors – Dr. Beth Biron, Dr. Terry Christie, Dr. John Hutcheson, and Dr. George Jones – his colleagues and friends, but he also has the chance to meet and work with people throughout the northwest Georgia region who believe in what Dalton State can and will become. “The DSC Foundation is the fundraising and ‘friendraising’ component of the College,” he says. “We are here to assure that the financial resources are in place to grow the campus, to offer enrichment opportunities for our faculty and students, and to raise the visibility of the institution.” On any given day, Elrod can be found in his office in The James E. Brown Center or in the community interacting with donors or prospective donors, dealing with governance issues of the organization, working with the Investment Committee that oversees the Foundation’s $15 million endowment, developing alumni contacts, and recruiting new friends to the institution. “What I like best about my job is that I have the chance to work with volunteers who are deeply devoted to the institution and who are willing to give generously of their time, talent and financial support.” 30

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The generous financial support for the institution became evident earlier this year when the DSC Foundation announced that more than $21.1 million had been raised during the two-year Fulfilling the Vision campaign, an amount that well exceeded the original goal of $16.4 million and stretch goal of $20 million. “The DSC Foundation flourishes only through the generosity of so many donors now and in the past who have demonstrated their commitment to higher education in our region through their philanthropy. We can see a bright future because so many have been so generous to the College throughout the years.” Elrod credits a succession of outstanding DSC Foundation Chairs and campaign leaders – including Bob Kinard, Ken White, Stan Goodroe, Norris Little, Bob Buchanan, and Sis Brown – with providing the kind of community leadership that is critical to the success of the institution’s fundraising efforts. Now that the fundraising phase of the Fulfilling the Vision campaign is complete, the DSC Foundation will begin implementing the campaign’s objectives, Elrod says. Additional scholarships and faculty support, a new look at on-campus student housing, potential property acquisitions, a new campus quadrangle and bell tower – these campaign initiatives are already underway. “The vision we have and that so many other individuals share with us is of a Dalton State that is not just bigger, but a better, more responsive, even more productive institution. Now we’re going to make that vision a reality.”



Randy Chandler (2006) is a Merchandising Training Manager with Food Lion. He resides in LaFayette, GA.

Jamie Goforth (1994) of Dalton, GA, is working for Mohawk Industries as a Distribution Supervisor.

Chastity Land (2006) works for Mohawk Industries. She is a Brand Specialist in the Hard Surface Division. She lives in Chatsworth, GA.

Peggy Becker (1992) resides in Calhoun, GA. She works for Hamilton Medical Center as a Medical Surgery Nurse.

Kristy Allen Printup (2005) of Calhoun, GA, is a Credit Manager for Shaw Industries.

Alumni Focus As important as fundraising is to the growth of a college, keeping track of alumni and reconnecting them with their alma mater is equally important, says David Elrod, Class of 1988 and Director of Institutional Advancement. “An alumni program was attempted in the past, but we didn’t have the staff resources to commit to it,” says Elrod. “Last summer we hired our first-ever Alumni Relations Coordinator, Robin Callahan Sharp, a marketing graduate of the Class of 2006, who focuses solely on the nearly 9,000 graduates of Dalton State.” “Our goal is to re-engage Dalton State alumni with former classmates and professors. We’re about to roll out a program called the Alumni Lunch Bunch where we’ll host a dozen alums each month for lunch,” Elrod says. “We welcome them back to campus anytime,” he says, noting that he hopes some will take advantage of service opportunities such as helping to build a hiking trail behind the campus this spring. In addition, the alumni program soon will begin a series of “out-and-about” meetings in the various counties where Dalton State alumni are living and working. “It is critical that we retain our alumni relationships for the long-term health of the institution,” Elrod says. “This is about more than just asking alumni to make a gift to their alma mater. We’re going to do that; we have to. But we also want their input and advice. It is, after all, their alumni program. We’re just running it for them.”

Roger Rainey (1992) is an Assistant Principal at Bagley Middle School. He resides in Chatsworth, GA. Lorie Hardin (1991) teaches Special Education at Southeast High School. She lives in Dalton, GA.

1980s Jill Anderson Hackett (1985) lives in Tunnel Hill, GA. She works for Hutcheson Medical Center as Director of Home Health. Kenneth Lowery (1985) resides in Rocky Face, GA. He is a Laboratory Clinical Coordinator for Hamilton Medical Center. Richard Spears (1983) is a Graphic Designer at Fernbank Science Center in Atlanta, Ga. He resides in Loganville, GA.

1970s Bettye Brown (1978) works for Unum Group as a Disability Specialist. She lives in Tunnel Hill, GA. James “Pete” Tinsley (1978) resides in Carmel, IN. He is the Executive Director for the Association for Information Systems, headquartered in Atlanta, GA. Celina Hamrick Wiggins (1975) of Tunnel Hill, GA, is a Case Manager for Hamilton Medical Center.

1960s Gayle Callahan Bean (1969) of Chatsworth, GA, taught for Murray County Schools for 30 years. She works seasonally for H & R Block. Bonnie Wilder Smith (1969) works as a Registered Nurse at Georgia Regional Hospital. She lives in Savannah, GA. Bobby Rivers (1969) of Dalton, GA, has worked for North Georgia Electric Membership Corporation for 30 years. He is the Customer Service Administrator. Dalton State Magazine | Spring 2008


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