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Why We’re Here

Immediate Past Chair of the Dalton State Foundation, Sara “Skeeter” Pierce, and Dalton State President John Schwenn, center, are surrounded by about a quarter of the current Dalton State Foundation scholarship recipients at the Foundation’s Scholarship Recognition Dinner held in Bandy Gymnasium last fall. The dinner is an annual event that brings together scholarship donors and scholarship recipients to celebrate the power of philanthropy at Dalton State. For more about Foundation scholarships, see page 20.

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Message from the President

On behalf of the Dalton State campus community, I am proud to introduce this issue of Dalton State magazine for alumni and friends. These pages showcase some of the best students, alumni, faculty, events, and academic programs that Dalton State has to offer.

Dalton State magazine is published each May and October by the Dalton State College Foundation for alumni and friends of Dalton State College. Editorial offices are located on campus in The James E. Brown Center, 650 College Drive, Dalton, GA 30720. Phone: (706) 272-4473. Email: Contents © 2011 by Dalton State College Foundation, all rights reserved. President, Dalton State College John O. Schwenn Chair, Dalton State College Foundation James E. Bethel Director of Institutional Advancement David J. Elrod ‘88 Chair, Alumni Advisory Council Jeff Clements ‘94 Alumni Relations Coordinator Joshua J. Wilson Development Coordinator Whitney L. Jones ‘10 Reviewer Jonathan M. Lampley Photographers ARC Studios Photography, Kevin Bain/ University of Mississippi, Rich Becherer, Heather Bennett, Forwell Studios, Linda Massey ’72, Nichole Rann ‘11 Layout and Design Second Shift Design, LLC, Duluth, GA Printing Brown Industries, Dalton, GA


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A vibrant student life component is essential to the college experience. You’ll learn through reading “Souls of Our Citizens,” beginning on page 12, that Dalton State is fortunate to host a Dr. John O. Schwenn student population that is engaged not only on campus but also with the world around them. These kinds of activities – in this case, a Mississippi River clean-up – combined with the development of student leadership programming – highlighted on page 8 – ensure that opportunities exist for our students to learn outside the classroom as well as in it. We’re thrilled with what our students are doing and achieving, and think you will be, too. The students’ own initiative is a key part of their success. Another contributing factor is the private philanthropic support they experience through the Dalton State Annual Fund, explored on pages 20-23. With nearly 70% of our students seeking need-based financial aid to attend classes, and only 50% of a Dalton State student’s education supported by state funding, the need is greater than ever for private support for our students and programs. I hope you’ll join our family of donors by giving to the Dalton State Annual Fund today. As you receive this issue, the College is heading into the summer semester and gearing up for fall, when we’ll see yet more students on campus, the addition of talented faculty and staff, and stronger academic programs, all on a mission to the future. For our alumni, everything we’re doing on campus we do with an eye toward enhancing the value of your Dalton State diploma. For our donors and other stakeholders, we’re making the most of your support by directing it for strategic priorities like scholarships and program development. From all of us at Dalton State, thank you for your continued interest in and support for this great institution. Have a wonderful summer. d



Dr. Marilyn Helms, standing center, Sesquicentennial Chair and Professor of Management, spent a week in Cuba last summer studying entrepreneurship. Her journal begins on page 27.

Features 12 Souls of Our Citizens

Dalton State students take an Alternative Spring Break

20 Foundation Scholarships: Turning Dreams into Achievements

Students write about donors’ impacts on their lives

22 The Dalton State Annual Fund

More than just dollars, it’s also good sense

26 Dr. Marilyn Helms’s Cuba Journal

Just 90 miles south of the USA, it’s a whole different world

Departments 6 Bandy Heritage Center Archives


The Bandy Heritage Center Goes to War: Commemorating World War II

Alumni Central 30 Alumni Profile: Ken Cyree (’88)

A Dalton State grad gets down to business

32 All About Alumni

Who, what, where, when, and how

Campus Tour

A quick spin around George Rice Drive

About the cover: Jessica Marks (’10) was all smiles as she participated in Dalton State’s first-ever December commencement exercises. Jessica graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing Systems. Photograph by Arc Studios Photography.

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

The Bandy Heritage Center Goes to War By Dr. John D. Fowler, B.J. and Dicksie Bandy Chair of History and Director of the Bandy Heritage Center

Georgia played a critical role in the United States’ war effort during the Second World War. While nearly 320,000 Georgians served in the military, thousands more found employment at home in the rapidly expanding defense plants across the state. Every major city housed military installations and factories that produced the ships, planes, arms, and munitions needed to defeat the Axis powers. The experiences of this generation of Georgians – black and white, male and female – colored their perceptions of the world and led to important socio-economic and political changes in the post-war period. Indeed, World War II stands out as a watershed in the history of the state. To commemorate and celebrate the importance of Georgia to the winning of the war, the Bandy Heritage Center for Northwest Georgia is developing a traveling exhibit focusing on Georgia and Georgians during this tumultuous time in the state’s history. Entitled “Over Here and Over There: Georgia and Georgians in World War II,” the exhibit is the first of many future traveling exhibits that will cross the state and region, stopping at museums, schools, historical societies, libraries, and other sites. This exhibit and the others that will follow will fulfill the BHC’s mission of preserving the history and culture of the Northwest Georgia region while integrating the area’s rich past into the story of the state, region, and nation. Until the Center constructs dedicated museum space, 6

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traveling exhibits offer one of the best venues for community outreach and education. As part of its ongoing efforts to partner with other historical societies, the Bandy Heritage Center has collaborated with Glen Kyle, director of the Northeast Georgia History Center at Brenau University in Gainesville, to develop the exhibit. Kyle developed an earlier exhibit on World War II for the Atlanta History Center. This exhibit is the first of hopefully many cooperative and collaborative ventures with sister organizations. The exhibit is now in the design and development phase and will be completed this summer. It will be one of a kind in terms of its flexibility and components. While the exhibit as a whole covers the entire state, portions of it can be used to tell the story of a specific region of the state. For instance, the Northwest Georgia section will cover the activities at Fort Oglethorpe, the use of textile mills for the war effort, and the stories of veterans from Rome, Dalton, and other towns in the highlands. The exhibit’s construction also parallels the development of a Public History program at Dalton State. Professor Heather Shores, the Assistant Director of the Bandy Heritage Center, is heading efforts to build such a program at Dalton State. Public History is similar to traditional historical study, but it adds classes in museum studies, historical preservation,

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Fort Benning, Georgia, 1941

exhibit development, and archival management. The goal is to equip students for careers in museums, historical societies, and the heritage tourism industry. As the BHC evolves from a public forum into an archive and museum, Public History students at Dalton State will be able to gain hands-on training by working on the Center’s various projects. Currently, Professor Shores’s students are assisting with the research and construction of the exhibition.

off the Georgia coast, seeking merchant ships and saboteurs targeting defense plants.

The recorded accounts of veterans, factory workers, Side Door to Manly Jail Works nurses, and other ordinary citizens, as well as period music and news broadcasts will add even more depth to the exhibit. Using text, photos, models, artifacts, and recordings, the exhibit is designed to immerse the visitor in the sights and sounds of war as experienced by what many consider to be America’s In addition to the standard text greatest generation. A teachers’ panels and photographs, the resource guide will be available exhibit will also include the to educators of all grade levels. uniforms, equipment, and replicas The exhibit will premiere at of firearms used by Georgians Dalton State or in the Dalton in the military. Expertly built area before it begins its travels. A model of the USS Atlanta is planned as models of aircraft from the Host venues, which will include part of the BHC’s traveling WWII exhibit. Eighth Air Force initially based at schools, community centers, Savannah and armored vehicles of the Sixth Cavalry libraries, and other museums, will pay nominal fees initially based at Fort Oglethorpe will be included in and shipping expenses to receive the exhibit. dioramas. Moreover, three unique models constructed The Bandy Heritage Center’s future exhibits will cover by Stephen Vallis, an internationally known model topics such as the Civil War in Appalachia (especially builder from Canada, will become centerpieces of North Georgia) and the development of the textile the exhibit. These models include the famous cruiser industry. As these exhibits travel across the state and USS Atlanta, lost in naval action off Guadalcanal; the the South, they will draw attention to the Center, liberty ship SS James Oglethorpe, constructed along Dalton State, and the Northwest Georgia region and the Georgia coast and sunk in the Atlantic by an its people. The unique cultural and historical heritage enemy submarine; and a German U-boat that prowled of this area is truly remarkable and worth sharing. d Dalton State Magazine | Spring 2011


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Shown with their awards from Dalton State’s first annual Student Leadership Awards Banquet are, l-r, Ethan Zehr, Monica Elrod, Michelle Amaya, Patton Hunt, Marisa Cardenas, Austin Wallin, Russell Smith, Heather Bennett, Nichole Rann, Matt Borgen, Hilary Hicks, Justin Goforth, Jonathan Marks, and Eldon Baines.

Leaders Among Us As part of its evolution into a more traditional four-year college organization, Dalton State’s Office of Student Activities has a new name: the Office of Student Life. The transformation is more than just new letterhead, though. It includes more extracurricular programming and new opportunities for students to get involved on campus. A feature of the new student life program is the development of student leadership and an annual recognition of student leaders’ contributions to campus life. Jami Hall, Director of Student Life at Dalton State, is excited about the new leadership programming. “I see student leaders as dependable, engaged, enthusiastic, and always willing to go the extra mile,” she says, noting that several leadership programs have long existed on campus but now they’re being reworked to fit into the new Office of Student Life. “Our student leaders are so passionate about the campus and the programs we offer,” she continues. “They fully understand hard work. Our student leaders pour their hearts and souls into the institution, 8

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and many times their efforts go without formal recognition. The College values their time, energy, and commitment, and I feel it is important for them to see that they do not go unnoticed.” It was toward this end that the Office of Student Life hosted the first-ever Student Leadership Awards Recognition Banquet in April to showcase student leadership talent and highlight extracurricular achievement in the past year. The Spence Higgins Hall of Leaders Award for Excellence in Service & Leadership, named for Dalton State’s first student body president, for seniors demonstrating contributions to campus life for all four of their collegiate years was the centerpiece of the ceremony. Other individual awards for rising student leaders and volunteer of the year were presented. Student organization awards including outstanding community service project and outstanding campus event were also on the agenda. “Without these students, we would not have campus life,” Hall says. “They are the backbone of the program, and it is our job to recognize and support our best and brightest.”

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Plan the Work, Then Work the Plan Following a lengthy collaborative review of Dalton State’s academic programming, Vice President for Academic Affairs Sandra Stone unveiled a new Academic Master Plan in March to accommodate the institution’s projected growth over the next 10-12 years. Developed with support from President John Schwenn and with input from business and community leaders, discussions through the University System of Georgia’s Archway Partnership Project, review of current program performance with Deans of the College, and meetings with faculty and students, the plan also included review of current and projected economic forecasts for northwest Georgia.

Head of the Class Professor of Psychology Christy Price was named the 2010 Georgia Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the national Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). One of only 38 recipients of a Carnegie/CASE award last year, Dr. Price was selected from more than 300 professors in the US who were nominated for the prestigious honor. Recognized for her research on Generation Y or millennials, she is a sought-after speaker on campuses nationwide. In 2007, she received the Dalton State Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching, and in 2008 Dr. Price earned a University System of Georgia Award for Excellence in Teaching.

“For the next five years, this is our proposed plan of action for the College,” says Dr. Stone. “It is a dynamic plan and will be subject to change.” First steps include revising or eliminating underperforming programs and developing nearly 30 new ones. Among the latter are bachelor degrees in nursing and general studies, which could be offered as early as 2012. Additional programs proposed include bachelor degrees in communication, psychology, economics, and forensic science. All programs must gain prior approval by the Board of Regents. The plan was facilitated by the fact that this is the last academic year that Dalton State will have technical college status. In August, Georgia Northwestern Technical College will assume the technical school designation for Whitfield and Murray Counties as it opens a campus in Whitfield County. “We are excited about this comprehensive plan,” Dr. Stone says. “We think it will take us in the right direction, especially as we evolve into a more traditional four-year college.”

First-ever December Graduation Dalton State hosted its first-ever December graduation ceremony last semester when 217 students received degrees and certificates. Dr. Tony Simones, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and current holder of the Dalton State Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award, was the commencement speaker. Dalton State Magazine | Spring 2011


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The School of Business recently entered into a partnership with Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel (HUB), which is located in Brussels, Belgium, to develop student exchanges and internships, faculty exchanges, and other campus-to-campus initiatives that will afford increased opportunities for Dalton State business students to learn about the global economy. HUB serves nearly 7,000 students in Brussels’ city center and concentrates on economics and business.

In 2010-2011, bachelor degree candidates in math, biology, English, history, and chemistry with teacher certification in secondary education each completed more than 130 hours per semester co-teaching with experienced teachers in Dalton High School, Dalton Middle School, Southeast Whitfield High School, and New Hope Middle School. Dr. Leila Mullis, Director of Field Placement and Associate Professor of Education, coordinated the school partnerships.

For the second consecutive year, Dalton State accounting majors are participating in a School of Business partnership with the University of Georgia to provide Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) in northwest Georgia. VITA offers free tax help to low- and moderate-income families unable to prepare their own tax returns. Assistant Professor of Accounting Jamie Connors is the faculty advisor for VITA. The “Business in Action” internship program, launched last semester, has 12 students majoring in accounting, marketing, and management information systems engaged in internships with Dalton-area employers, including Textile Rubber & Chemical Company, the City of Dalton, The Morehouse Group, Alrol of America, Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE), The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI), Gordy & Tatum, J&J Industries, the United Way of Northwest Georgia, and Heatmax. Dr. Donna Mayo, Dean of the School of Business, was recently appointed Chair of the Small School Network (SSN) Affinity Group of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB). The group is comprised of 291 AACSBmember institutions worldwide. In this role, Dean Mayo will serve as liaison between the SSN and AACSB, and she will coordinate programming for small schools at AACSB professional conferences.


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School of Liberal Arts Dr. Ellie Jenkins, Assistant Professor Music, wrote and secured a 2011 Dalton State Academic Enhancement Grant to promote cultural enrichment for Dalton State students through a series of campus concerts featuring Georgia musical talent. The concerts are free and open to the public. Assistant Professor of Communication and Theater Jackie Daniels partnered with Dalton’s Creative Arts Guild to showcase faculty authors at a community-wide event last fall. Featured writers included Dr. Marsha Mathews, Associate Professor of English; Dr. Keith Perry, Associate Professor of English; Dr. Ceclie de Rocher, Associate Professor of English; Ms. Barbara Tucker, Associate Professor of Communication; Dr. Chad Prevost, Assistant Professor of English; and Dr. Jonathan Lampley, Assistant Professor of English.

School of Sciences and Mathematics Dr. David DesRochers, Assistant Professor of Biology, led a delegation of freshman biology majors to the 2011 Southeast Ecology and Evolution Conference at Auburn University earlier this semester. Organized by students for students, the Conference provides a venue to introduce students to the atmosphere of academic conferences and allows students to apply their Conference experiences to their classroom studies.

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School of Social Work Dr. Robin Cleeland, Associate Professor of Social Work, is engaged in a multi-year research project on behalf of Gordon County agencies working to prevent child abuse and neglect among children under the age of 3. Cleeland’s research is funded by the Governor’s Office for Children and Families through the Gordon County Family Resource Center.

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One hundred percent of the students graduating from the Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) program in fall 2009 and spring 2010 passed the National Council Licensure Examination for Licensed Practical Nurses on their first attempt. The national average first-time pass rate is 86%. LPN Director Dana Trowell says that “Dalton State’s 2009 score is the highest achieved by an LPN class as a whole over the past 11 years.” Dalton State’s Radiologic Technology graduates also realized a 100% pass-rate on the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists exam. Susan West, Assistant Professor of Radiologic Technology, chairs the Department of Health Occupations in the School of Technology. In the Respiratory Therapy program, 80% of graduates passed the national Registry of Respiratory Therapists exam on their first attempt. The national average is 55%. Max Pierce, Director of the Respiratory Therapy program, attributes strong partnerships with Dalton State’s hospital affiliates and clinical preceptors to the program’s success.

Computer Networking and Information Technology students Chris Fenton, left, and Eric Sandoval placed 25th overall among US and Canadian teams in the Cisco Networking Academy Netriders Skills Challlenge, a three-round interactive skills competition for information technology

Kaye Nicholson, a student in Dalton State’s Adult Education program, participated in the Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education (EAGLE) Leadership Institute in February. The EAGLE Leadership Institute recognizes students demonstrating superior achievement in adult education programs. Kaye’s nominator, Instructor Barbara Baldwin, notes that Kaye exhibits “outstanding character, attitude, and leadership abilities.”

and networking students in North American colleges and universities that attracted more than 1,000 competitors. Their proctor was Todd Phelps, Instructor in Computer Networking and Electronics Technology.

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our Citizens Dalton State Students Take an Alternative Spring Break

by David J. Elrod ’88 Photographs by Heather Bennett and Nichole Rann ‘11

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ast fall, nursing major Nichole Rann was looking for something to do on her final spring break at Dalton State. Having participated in the College’s Alternative Spring Break – a weeklong off-campus service project – for two previous years, she knew that she didn’t want to spend her week off just lounging around the house or even going to the beach with friends. She wanted something different, something that would challenge, rejuvenate, and inspire her. She was surfing the internet and found what she was looking for. It was a nonprofit organization called Living Lands and Waters (LL&W) based in East Moline, Illinois, that recruits volunteer labor to clean up some of America’s iconic rivers, including the Mississippi, Illinois, Ohio, Missouri, and Potomac Rivers and their tributaries. Since its founding in 1998, LL&W, its ten employees, and its more than 60,000 volunteers have removed more than six million pounds of trash from American waterways. This was compelling, Nichole thought, so she emailed details about LL&W to Dalton State’s Coordinator for Civic Engagement and Service Learning, Shawntay Simones, in the Office of Student Life. As planner 14

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for the College’s two prior Alternative Spring Break programs, Shawntay immediately saw the potential for Dalton State students to get involved with LL&W, as well as the opportunity for a service project to end all service projects: a Mississippi River clean-up. After gauging the interest of a handful of students and contacting LL&W to ask some questions, Shawntay and Nichole agreed that Dalton State’s next Alternative Spring Break would be spent cleaning the banks of the Mississippi River, somewhere around Memphis, Tennessee, which would provide the students a base to work from and a chance to learn about an American city that is a cultural touchstone. Before they left, Shawntay realized that this could be a teachable moment, an opportunity for students to live the lessons they would learn on the river and to experience both physically and intellectually exactly what it meant to give up something precious – in this case, a college student’s spring break – in favor of giving of themselves for the greater good – namely, having an impact on the world through environmental awareness and rescue. She had the students read Paul Loeb’s Soul of a Citizen, a primer

on social responsibility, or “all the ways in which we as individuals and as citizens can be responsive to and responsible for the world in which we live.” Soul would be the students’ textbook for spring break and the intellectual guide for their journey to the Mississippi River and back. With spring break week drawing near, the students reading Loeb were beginning to realize that there would be more to Memphis than sightings of Elvis and plates of barbecue. This was going to be a working vacation, one that would tax their intellects, strain their backs, tug at their emotions, and demonstrate just what it meant to be a socially responsible citizen of the world.


n Memphis, their headquarters was a chain hotel on Front Street, in the touristy section of the city, overlooking the Mississippi River as it flowed swiftly by. They gathered each morning at the boat ramp in Martin Luther King, Jr., Park, a few miles southwest of the city, strapping on lifejackets and psyching themselves up for the day ahead. Guides from LL&W piloted two 24-foot aluminum jon boats with outboard motors to the work site about three miles away. A few miles in the other direction was the 120foot long garbage barge, where the day’s collection was taken for sorting and stacking, ultimately to be taken by LL&W staff to recycling or landfill facilities.

Living Lands & Waters. Memphis, he says, “has the worst stretch of shoreline garbage I have ever seen.” To see the debris at Dalton State’s clean-up site was overwhelming. It was depressing and horrifying and uplifting and reaffirming, all at the same time. The garbage was so dense in places that “you couldn’t see the ground,” Hilary Mellon says. Max Woodard thought it looked like a landfill. “You can read about this or watch the news, but you have no idea” until seeing it first-hand, says Nichole Rann. Stuart Hurst says seeing it for the first time was “flabbergasting.” Tavaris Kent wondered “what is going on out here?” Austin Wallin had crossed the river several times before on truck-driving trips along Interstates 40 and 55, but when he got up close to the river this time he was “amazed” at the amount of trash on its banks. “What have I gotten myself into?” he wondered. “I was shocked.” Barbara Hennon recalls: “It broke my heart to think that anyone would be that disrespectful to our environment.” When she saw the site for the first time, Quinesha Lewis gasped. “Oh, my goodness,” she thought. “How did it get this bad?” Khaneese Phillips took one look and said to herself, “I didn’t sign up for this.” “There was work that needed to be done on that shoreline,” says Matt Borgen. Thinking back on his first sighting of the clean-up area, Colton Taylor spoke for many students when he said “it was a humbling experience to see it.”

The Dalton State delegation was the first in a series of several college and university spring break troupes that volunteered with LL&W on the river cleanup in Memphis. Throughout the month of March, more than a hundred students were in the area on their own alternative spring break experiences. “It’s a collaborative effort without getting to know or see each other,” says Shawntay. “You have to rely on the next group to keep the work going.” Geoff Manis, Team Leader for LL&W, supervised the Dalton State crew during its week on the river cleanup. A seven-year veteran, Geoff has worked alongside thousands of volunteers during his years with Dalton State Magazine | Spring 2011 15

On their first day, the students retrieved 7,000 pounds – three and a half tons – of trash from the water and the riverbank. Ethan Williams filled 44 bags himself. Other students picked more than 20 bags apiece. The story goes that volunteers could fill garbage bags to overflowing without moving except to turn around 180 degrees. It was grueling work, pulling and tugging and bagging and tossing and hauling by hand bag after bag after bag of trash. Whenever a couple dozen bags of trash piled up, students slung bags over their shoulders and hauled them to the boats for delivery to the garbage barge a few miles downriver. “You wouldn’t think that much could be picked up,” says Justin Goforth, “but we did it.” “We were out there generating boatloads of bagged garbage,” Marisol Sanchez remembers. “And then we’d look at it and say, ‘holy cow! – did you see how much garbage we moved?!’” Their progress inspired them. “At the end of the first day, it was hard to stop,” Max Woodard recalls. More than 200 tires were pulled from the river in the course of the week. Retrieving tires created opportunities for teamwork and some fun. The students sang as they rolled the tires from person to person, sometimes hand to hand. The student at the end of the line stacked the tires and then the process would begin anew to get the tires onto the transport boats headed for the barge. “I loved the tires,” confides Ashley Lindsey. “You felt it from head to toe – you knew you were working.” The inventory of debris they pulled out during that week reads like an exhibit from Ripley’s Believe it or Not. In addition to the ubiquitous plastic bottles and aluminum containers there was a crab made of concrete as if it were once a lawn ornament, shoes, a medical examination table, Barbie dolls, balls of all kinds (including a bowling ball), an aluminum door, Freon canisters, syringes and needles, a refrigerator, a boat anchor, disposable butane lighters, license plates, a bicycle horn, and a hula hoop. “Even teddy bears,” says Ashley. “It was like a carnival got flooded.” It very well may have. Not everything in the river or on its banks lands there as a result of human laziness or negligence. Some of the debris had washed 16

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downstream from flooding elsewhere. LL&W staff pointed out that sometimes victims of flooding in the Midwest will place their belongings outdoors to dry and then new floodwaters will sweep the items away and deposit them downstream in places like Memphis. A lot of the stuff, though, is there simply because someone somewhere threw it in the river. By the end of one workday, Marisol Sanchez acknowledged for the team that “we can feel in every muscle of our bodies how polluted the river is.” Hilary Mellon admitted that it was “tedious work” and that it was only getting harder. “By Wednesday we were tired,” Nichole confided, “but we realized that we were there for something greater than ourselves.” Fidela Mendiola says it was “a good kind of tired, the kind that makes you satisfied at the end of the day.” Despite the immensity of their task, the students were unbowed. Tavaris Kent expressed a sentiment felt by many: “Anything they have, we’ll take it on.” Geoff Manis says LL&W works with several thousand people a year and has provided alternative spring break experiences for nine years. “These Dalton State students are as top-notch as I have ever seen. It’s an honor to work with them. Their week here says a lot about them and their character.” At the end of each day, the students returned to their hotel to clean up, and then gather for supper at one of Memphis’s famed barbecue establishments. After dinner, they returned to the hotel conference room, where they shared stories about the lessons of the day and discussed chapters from Loeb. The nightly meetings were known for their candor and for the notable absence of a college student’s omnipresent electronic gadgetry: no cell phones were allowed. Dr. Tony Simones, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, had accompanied the students to Memphis and led the nightly discussions. On Wednesday night, he used Memphis’s history as his platform. “Do you know the symbolism of our gathering in Memphis?” he quizzed them. “We have come to a city to broaden our horizons where the late Martin Luther King, Jr., came almost 43 years ago.” The pages in Professor Simones’s copy of Soul of a Citizen were

underlined, dog-eared, and well thumbed. “In 1968 The 21 individuals who had come together to change he came here to expand his circle. He was here to the circumstances on the Mississippi River were a help settle a garbage workers’ strike, to seek fairness cross-section of Dalton State’s student population. for those who had no voice.” Dr. Simones went on Most were traditional college-age students. Barbara to talk about King’s philosophy of nonviolent social Hennon, a mother of two grown children, was change, and how, while Dr. King was cut down by the self-proclaimed oldest member of the group. an assassin’s bullet in Memphis, Students majoring in biology, his legacy of equality and nursing, criminal justice, English, fairness under the law lived management, marketing, and “We realized that in such evenings as this. Then other programs on campus were the professor taught his lesson. participating. Some were from we were there for “This evening could not have northwest Georgia – Dalton, something greater transpired in Memphis 43 years Rocky Face, Varnell, Chatsworth, ago,” he said, pointing at various Ringgold, Trion, LaFayette, Rock than ourselves.” students. It was a multiracial Spring, Fort Oglethorpe – and group from Dalton State that others had arrived on campus went to Memphis, with three from points further afield, such races represented. “We could not have been together as Conyers, Rome, Columbus, Marietta, Blue Ridge, here 43 years ago because of the color of some of our Chattanooga, and Jamaica in Queens, New York. skins, but because Dr. King was here, because of what On Thursday, LL&W moved the students to a new he did here and elsewhere, we can be here tonight as individuals coming together to change circumstances.” clean-up site. Their progress at the original site had been so swift, and their help needed elsewhere so Lesson learned. urgently, the LL&W crew decided to let Dalton Dalton State Magazine | Spring 2011 17

State’s students put their healing hands on the river in off a clean part of the river to the next group, and so another location, which was where a group coming on. Team to team, student to student, hand to hand, in the following week would the cycle of making a difference continue the work Dalton State never ends. students started. By the end “Whatever you do of Thursday, the students and with love, you will their LL&W guides could look ack on campus, the students around and see the impact they readjusted from their week in succeed.” had made. “At the end of the Memphis. Tavaris Kent caught up week,” Hilary Mellon recalled, on his sleep. A number of students “it was like it was all a dream, spent time reviewing their journals like, wow, that was fast.” they kept on the trip, as if to remind themselves that


They knew that theirs was but a part of a larger whole. They realized that upstream or downstream, even just a mile, there were areas of the river in distress and in dire need of attention. “We think about the long run,” Heather Bennett pointed out, “about all the groups working together and what we can accomplish.” They believed, as they believed in themselves, that the groups scheduled to come after them would pick up where they left off, and then hand


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it really was not a dream, that what they had just experienced had actually happened. Justin Goforth cleaned the Prohibition-era medicine bottles he pulled from the shoreline and brought home for souvenirs. Despite prepping for mid-term exams, all of them had memories to share and did so generously with classmates and friends who didn’t or couldn’t make the trip.

Their recollections were filled with words like together, teamwork, impact, rewarded, and inspiring. Love even entered the dialogue – love for the river, for the environment, for the opportunity, and the brotherly love that was engendered as a result of the closeness and shared experiences. “We each had different roles, but we all came together,” Fidela Mendiola says. “We’re all in this together,” Justin Goforth observed. “We’re all brothers and sisters.” “It’s kind of like a new family,” says Colton Taylor. “Whatever you do with love, you will succeed,” Marisol Sanchez philosophized, thinking back on all that they had accomplished. “That was the best spring break ever,” claims Marisol, who noted that everyone taking the trip was unique but they all came together for a common purpose. “We learned a lot about ourselves and each other,” Nichole reflects. “We developed awesome friendships and we were inspired to do more, whether on the Mississippi River or on campus.” Austin Wallin learned a new “respect for the river.” Quinesha Lewis voiced what many were thinking: “I need to recycle more.” Said another, “I don’t recycle but I will now.” “Now when I see something that needs to be done,” says Max Woodard, “I’m more likely to stop and pick it up than I was before.” For Khaneese Phillips, the outcome was powerful. “I think about the impact we made on the 18 million people who get their drinking water from the Mississippi River,” she says. “I like to do community service,” says Tavaris Kent. “You can’t beat giving back.” Marisa Cardenas summed up a widely shared sentiment: “You can always go on vacation. These are opportunities we’ll never get again.” “This is the most fun you can have while making a difference,” says Hilary Hicks. “Our impact on the river was so visible by the end of the week.” Matt Borgen found the week to be one of hope – hope for the environment, hope for people to be more conscious of polluting waterways, hope for the future. Looking back on his week on the Mississippi River cleanup, perhaps subconsciously drawing from the lessons in Soul of a Citizen and whatever thoughts he had as he was gathering those 44 bags of trash on his first day,

Ethan Williams was reminded of the lyrics from Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Simple Man”: Forget your lust for the rich man’s gold All that you need is in your soul, And you can do this, oh baby, if you try. All that I want for you my son, Is to be satisfied.


ot long after the Mississippi River experience, Nichole Rann, whose searching on the internet several months ago had been the impetus for the whole thing, reflected on 2011’s Alternative Spring Break and its lessons. “Through my involvement at Dalton State, I’ve come to love this community a lot more. And Alternative Spring Break is a great way to show other communities how great Dalton State is.” Nichole’s brown eyes brimmed with tears as she noted that this was the last spring break of her college career. “It was so emotional for me. Before we left Dalton State, some of us knew each other. Then you cram all these people in vans together for six hours [for the trip to Memphis], you eat together, you work together, and you make sure no one falls off the boat. The situation we were in just encouraged closeness, even love for each other…” Then she stopped and smiled, as if something had come to her, because the tears retreated and her eyes lit up. “Maybe it’s just magic.” d Dalton State Magazine | Spring 2011 19


Dreams and Achievements: The Impact of Student Scholarships at Dalton State Since its inception in 1967, one of the primary aims of the Dalton State Foundation has been the awarding of scholarships to hard-working and deserving students. That tradition continues today with the Foundation’s scholarship program, which assists more than 100 students annually with need-based or merit-based aid generously provided by donors who are investing in the human capital of northwest Georgia with these scholarships. Each November, the Foundation hosts the Scholarship Recognition Dinner for its scholarship donors and their recipients, some of whom are shown here. The quotes on these two pages are from the thank you notes students wrote to donors.

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“I am anxious to work hard my senior year to learn all the skills I need to become an exemplary nurse — one who gives back to her community in the generous, largehearted way in which you have given to me.” Meghan Forrester, Chickamauga Minor Family Nursing Scholarship

“…thank you for your generous gift and investment… your contribution helps to make the dream of higher education a reality for students such as myself, who would otherwise be unable to afford such an education.” Adrienne McCurdy, Dalton Wayne E. Bell Memorial Scholarship

“Your scholarship will help make a dream come true.” Amanda McGee, Tunnel Hill Dixie Hasty Kinard Scholarship

“Receiving the award this year has once again helped me to remain focused on becoming a teacher instead of how to pay for my classes.” Michele Cribb, Ringgold Fincher-Loughridge Teacher Education Scholarship

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“Had it not been for DSC Foundation scholarships, I would not have been able to pursue my dream.” Linette Blaylock, Dalton Mayor’s Scholarship

“Your generosity to the students of this institution real ly does make a difference in our futures.”

Marisa Cardenas, Ringgold Goizueta Foundation Scholarship

“Thank you for helping to make Dalton State students’ dreams come true.” Jason Holcomb, Dalton Northwest Georgia Chapter of the Georgia Society of CPAs Scholarship “I believe people like you are the reason people like me are able to succeed, and for that I am eternally grateful.” Regis Crowder, Cohutta Jolly Family RETP Scholarship “The challenges of getting an education are outweighed by the knowledge that people like you care about me.” Eloa Menezes, Dalton Stan and Janet Goodroe Scholarship “…you have lightened my financial burden which allows me to focus more on the most important aspect of school – learning.” Jennifer Garcia, Chatsworth Goizueta Foundation Scholarship

Greg Gibson thoroughly enjoys the Scho larship Recognition Dinner.

“I am glad there are people like you to help students like me follow their dreams and help them achieve their goals.” Sandra Gonzalez, Chatsworth Goizueta Foundation Scholarship Dalton State Magazine | Spring 2011


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The Dalton State Annual Fund: More Than Just Dollars, It’s Also Good Sense Dream. A first-in-the-family college student aspiring to be a nurse. A young woman who juggles a job and a full load of classes each semester so she can graduate on time with a bachelor’s degree in management. A junior majoring in English who has never traveled outside the Southeast. A dynamic 22-year-old senior whose life of poverty and love of children moved her to study social work. Achieve. With his nursing degree, the first-in-the-family college student establishes plans of care for hospice patients. The management major whose performance in her first job after college put her on the fast track for advancement. The English graduate whose summer abroad in China inspired him to become a bilingual educator. The social worker whose dreams became reality and now offers that same hope to her clients. Dream and achieve – that’s what Dalton State students do. And the collective power of gifts to the Dalton


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State Annual Fund can help more students than ever before achieve their dreams. Today’s Dalton State is a growing, vibrant institution of nearly 6,000 students studying in nearly 90 degree and certificate programs taught by exceptional and talented faculty. While we are proud to be a part of the University System of Georgia, diminishing state assistance cannot sustain Dalton State’s reputation of helping students achieve their dreams. Just 50% of a student’s Dalton State education is supported by state funding. The Dalton State Annual Fund provides essential private support from alumni and other friends committed to Dalton State’s mission of a quality higher education experience. Gifts to the Dalton State Annual Fund are easy, taxdeductible, and put right to work. Join other Dalton State alumni and friends by making a gift today.

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All We’re Missing is You Join the Dalton State Annual Fund family of donors today. Simply cut, complete, and mail the gift/pledge card below. Every gift of every size counts, whether it’s a dollar or a thousand dollars – all gifts work together to impact Dalton State’s hard-working students, talented faculty, and quality programs. We look forward to welcoming you to the Dalton State Annual Fund family of donors. Please remit to: Dalton State Annual Fund | Office of Development | 650 College Drive | Dalton, GA 30720 706.272.2625 |



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Be Recognized The Dalton State Annual Fund takes pride in its donors – we like to think of them as members of the extended Dalton State family – who have invested in the lives of Dalton State students and in the successes of our distinguished faculty. Members of the Dalton State Annual Fund family of donors are recognized in the following ways: Campus Circle Up to $99 Annual donor roll listing Donors in the Campus Circle demonstrate their support for Dalton State with annual gifts that sustain strategic initiatives such as student scholarships and faculty development.




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Roadrunner Circle $100 – 499 (students $5; 1st-5th year alumni $25; 6th10th year alumni $50) As above plus biannual Dalton State magazine The Roadrunner Circle welcomes alumni, students, and other donors to share in College and alumni success stories as related in the biannual Dalton State magazine. The roadrunner is the unique, historic, and original symbol of Dalton State, dating back to 1968, and proudly re-emerged in 2010 as the institution’s mascot.




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Giving Circles Campus Circle Up to $99 Roadrunner Circle $100 – 499 Students $5 Alumni 1-5 years $25 Alumni 6-10 years $50 Dean’s Circle $500 – 999 President’s Circle $1,000 – 4,999 Blue & Silver Circle $5,000 and up MATCHING GIFTS The value of your gift could be doubled! If your employer has a matching gifts program, please send in the proper form with your gift.


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Dalton State Annual Fund Sources of Giving Figures are drawn from the Dalton State Annual Fund’s fiscal year of April 1, 2010 – March 31, 2011.

Foundations/Trusts 18%

Community Groups 20%

Corporations 21%

Alumni 12%

Individuals 29%

The Dalton State Annual Fund Impact Index Figures are drawn from the Dalton State Annual Fund’s fiscal year of April 1, 2010 – March 31, 2011.

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114 Faculty, staff, and academic program initiatives funded

49 Faculty/staff professional

development experiences funded

56 Percentage of faculty/staff participating in the Dalton State Annual Fund

9 Number of states home to Dalton State Annual Fund alumni donors

1 Number of foreign countries home to

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316 Gifts received for the area of greatest need (unrestricted)

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Editor’s note: Last summer, Sesquicentennial Chair and Professor of Management Dr. Marilyn Helms and a colleague and their spouses visited Cuba to conduct research for a scholarly paper about emerging entrepreneurship in the Communist nation. The paper is slated to be published in the International Journal of Emerging Markets. The Dalton State Foundation provided partial support for Dr. Helms’s trip. What follows are excerpts from the journal Dr. Helms kept during her five-day experience in Cuba.

Wednesday, July 14 My colleague and I and our spouses arrive in Havana, Cuba, after a short flight from Grand Cayman Island. Even with our US State Department approval to study entrepreneurship in Cuba, it is not possible to fly direct from the US. After completing our immigration and health screening, a young uniformed customs agent stops us outside the airport and asks in broken English for our documents. He takes them and disappears. When he returns more than a few minutes later, we are allowed to proceed and hail a taxi. Was he really official? Did he verify our documents? Or is this just the Communist way? We don’t know. Away from the airport, we are not prepared for what we see. Fidel Castro took power in 1959 under a program of democracy for the people, which quickly dissolved into Communist isolationism. Our guidebook says it is like Castro pressed the pause button on history. Shops are Dalton State Magazine | Spring 2011


nearly empty, with long lines to obtain food rations. The black market thrives as people are preoccupied with simple day-to-day survival. People wandering the streets seem to have no jobs, housing, food, or necessities. Some of Havana’s older, narrow streets are not even wide enough for cars. We see an apartment building with no doors or no glass in the windows. Crumbling infrastructure and abandoned factories are plentiful. The power grid is cobbled together piecemeal. The Cuban capitol building is almost an exact replica of the US Capitol in Washington, D.C. Tourists flock outside and photographers, using tripod cameras from the 1920s, offer to take photos. Our hotel is run by a Spanish management company under an agreement with the Cuban government. Before we left home, we were told Cuba uses 110volt electricity, but the hotel seems to have European 220-volt three-prong plugs throughout. I borrow a converter and adaptor from the hotel to charge my camera batteries. We can call the US from our hotel room for $2.25 a minute, and since US cell phones don’t work in Cuba, this is our only option.

Thursday, July 15

Havana is the most popular tourist destination in Cuba. We arrange with the hotel desk clerk for a tour of the city. Our 1956 Dodge convertible – a “Yank tank” – arrives promptly at 9 a.m. with a driver straight from central casting wearing a crisp yellow shirt and straw hat. Alexis Cullar, our driver, has with him his 19-year-old son and translator, Oswaldo, who

is studying English so he can work in the popular tourist industry, which seems to be the only industry keeping Cuba financially afloat. Alexis’s Dodge runs on leaded gas and there is much pollution in crowded Havana. Russian cars, buses from China, and lots of 1950’s-vintage American cars work as taxis and vehicles ferrying tourists. We see the Hotel Nacional de Cuba, built by the Mob in 1930. Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner stayed here in pre-Castro days. We see the Hilton, built in 1958 and confiscated by Castro in 1959 as his initial base of operations. Today the Hilton is the Havana Libre, or Free Havana. In the upscale Miramar neighborhood we view large, lavish homes built by American mobsters. The houses now are embassies or Communist officials’ homes. The American writer Ernest Hemingway loved Cuba and spent much time here. El Viejo Y El Mar (The Old Man and the Sea) hotel looks in much disrepair, though they tell us it has been refurbished. The Hemingway International Nautical Club and Marina Hemingway, both also in poor shape, are stops on our itinerary. The Plaza of the Revolution in downtown Havana has hosted many of Castro’s rallies and speeches. Bleak metal artwork features Cuban historical figures. “Vas Bien Fidel” is etched under one such figure. Translation: “You’re doing fine, Fidel.” We tour a factory producing Legendario Rum, which uses the tagline “The Elixir of Cuba.” Legendario Rum is plentiful and cheap in Havana, made from the


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Some 200,000 people left Cuba at the start of Castro’s revolution in 1959; over the next decade, another 250,000 left. Most of these emigrants were well-off and had the most to lose under Communism. This exodus drained Cuba of skilled professionals and entrepreneurs, many of whom settled in and around Miami, Florida. Most of Cuba’s imported cars and computers today come from China. There are no checking accounts in the country; banks are for savings accounts. Only the rich have credit cards on Cuban banks, but few stores accept charge cards.

Saturday, July 17 local sugarcane crop, and produced in various flavors including cherry, plantain, and coconut. We learn later that sugarcane and tobacco are Cuba’s two largest cash crops. At a hilltop park, we see a large concrete statue known as “The Christ of Havana,” which is interesting to see since Castro all but banned the practice of religion in Cuba. The vantage point affords opportunity to take panoramic photos of the city. Goats apparently maintain the grass in the park; there are several nearby. Back at the hotel, we grab a late lunch of fruit and ham and cheese and “tuKola” (“your Cola”) soft drinks in the lobby bar. There is a no smoking section, but with so many other diners smoking the omnipresent Cuban cigars it is hard to distinguish between smoking and no smoking areas. The hotel gift shop only sells cigars.

Friday, July 16

The Cuban economy, shackled by Communism, is a wreck. When the former Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, Cuba suffered severe shortages of food, fuel, and other necessities. For the next five years, known to locals as “the special period,” Cuba’s trade declined by 80% and the country lost an estimated $5 billion in grain and oil subsidies. Cubans experienced extreme rationing, power blackouts, and factory closings. The average Cuban man lost 20 pounds during this so-called special period.

We visit the Museum of the Revolution, Cuba’s shrine to the 1959 takeover by Castro and site of the pre-1959 presidential palace. We have to pay an extra fee to use our camera. Photos of Castro and his compatriots fill the walls and display cases. There is some America-bashing, as we expected. On one wall are caricatures of Cuba’s democratic pre-1959 ruler, Fulgencio Batista, and American presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, with Reagan and Bush depicted as a cartoon sheriff and a Roman emperor. We note many bullet holes in the exterior walls of the former presidential palace. On every corner and along the roadways, all the billboards are for socialist propaganda. It seems odd not to see signs for products and services, like in the US.

Sunday, July 18

We check out of the hotel and take a cab to the airport. The sky is dark and it begins to rain as it has most days during our trip. Our plane is delayed. We begin to worry because there are only three flights a week in and out of Cuba on Cayman Air, and if our flight is cancelled we must stay three more days in Havana. We don’t have enough money for three days’ worth of hotel and food, and since no airline in Cuba takes U.S. credit cards, we fret about our immediate future. Our cell phones don’t work in Cuba, either, even though the phone’s screen shows “Cubatel” as the closest tower and service provider. Our plane finally arrives and we re-trace our journey to Cuba via the Cayman Islands, Miami, Atlanta, and finally home. d

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Making the Grade: Alumnus Ken Cyree is All Business

by David J. Elrod ’88 Photograph by Kevin Bain/University of Mississippi


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Ken Cyree (’88) credits a “D” grade he received in a micro-computer technology course at then-Dalton Junior College with altering the course of his life. “I deserved it,” he admits a quarter-century later. “That grade got my attention and it moved me in the right direction.” He didn’t do it again. The right direction, as it turned out, ended up in Mississippi, where today Ken is Dean of the School of Business Administration and the Frank R. Day / Mississippi Bankers Association Chair of Banking at the University of Mississippi. “I never intended to be a dean,” he confided recently.

not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.” When asked what’s important to him, Ken cites his family – he married his high school sweetheart; they have one son – and then he opens up. “My faith is important to me,” he avers. He’s convicted and earnest. “I’m a Christian,” he says humbly. He extemporizes on the Scriptures from the poster. “We’re called on to do all things to the glory of God. For me, that includes acknowledging my own shortcomings and patching them, working on them. For instance, I know I’m impatient. I work at it. The slow pace of academics gets to me, but I do like the pace of business.”

“We’re called on to do all things to the glory of God.”

When the previous dean retired and no successor was in place, “I thought I could probably help,” he says, and offered to do whatever he could to help the Ole Miss School of Business during the transition. “I didn’t know that saying ‘I’ll do what I can to help’ was akin to volunteering for the job.” He laughs about it and marvels at how a seemingly innocuous offer of assistance landed him where he is now. Where he is now is in Holman Hall on the picturesque Ole Miss campus in Oxford, a classic Southern town – complete with a town square surrounding the county courthouse – of about 20,000 in north central Mississippi, about a 90-minute drive southeast of Memphis. The Dean’s office in Holman reflects its current occupant. One wall features framed prints of his favorite golf courses, complete with the requisite image of Augusta National’s Amen Corner. A cabinet on another wall holds his collection of 76 souvenir golf balls, one from each course he’s played in the past six years. An Atlanta Braves cap reposes in the same cabinet. “I’m still a fan,” he muses. And on the opposite wall is a window onto Ken Cyree, a business school dean at a major research university, holder of a distinguished endowed chair, and possessor of enough academic credentials and initials to comprise a small alphabet. It is a motivational poster, about 24 inches by 36 inches, and its quotation from Proverbs 3:5-6 is Ken’s credo: “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean

The pace of business is what surprises him most about his job as dean. “No one knows the amount of work we do,” he offers, albeit without complaint. “It’s a lot of work, sometimes 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and sometimes four nights a week, but there is a reward in helping our students and faculty and the University.” He misses teaching and research, but acknowledges that he still makes time for both of these passions while juggling his administrative duties. The best part of his job, he says, is “the ability to impact people, to add value for our students and prepare them to be successful.” While he’s nowhere near retirement, he hopes his legacy will be one of openness and honesty with those around him. “I hope it’s that I gave them the best I had at the time.” And then he pauses, dressing it up for posterity. “When I’m gone, I want us to be remembered for high quality teaching and research, and the service to support those two things. I hope we’ve moved the School of Business Administration forward to deliver quality to our students, and that we’re recognized for having a good faculty and staff to meet those goals.” And that’s how Ken Cyree is doing and teaching business in Mississippi because of a “D” he received all those years ago. d

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2000s Amanda Moore (’10) was awarded $1,000 from Georgia Power to purchase classroom supplies for use during her first year of teaching. Amanda was chosen from almost thirty graduating students nominated for the award by the School of Education faculty. The Georgia Power program awards this grant each year to one male and one female graduate from each teacher education program in the University System of Georgia who are in the top twenty-five percent of their class and show exceptional promise as beginning teachers.

Grant Rosen (’07) resides in McGaheysville, VA, and is pursuing a doctorate in strategic leadership with a concentration in non-profit and community leadership at James Madison University. Grant aspires to teach at the university level and provide consulting services to the non-profit sector. When he’s not studying, he enjoys movies, golf, visiting historic sites, and computer gaming.

Amanda is a special education teacher and assistant girl’s basketball coach at Ridgeland High School. She lives in Rossville, GA.

Linda Day (’10, ’03) of Ranger, GA, is the Sales Administration Director for Beaulieu Commercial. When she’s not working, Linda enjoys doing almost anything as long as it is outdoors. “I like trips to the beach, gardening, and trying new and different sports,” says Linda. “I am currently attempting to improve my fly fishing technique and have made a couple of trips to Montana to fish the western streams.” Amy Lee Lawson (’08, ’06) married Daniel Whitener earlier this year. She is a teacher at Chatsworth Elementary School and is working on her master’s degree. Amy and her new husband live in Ringgold, GA. 32

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Rachel Norris Ryan (’06) and her husband welcomed a baby boy to their family last year. “He just turned one and is completely awesome,” says Rachel. “He keeps me on my toes and I wouldn’t have it any other way!” Rachel has been working in the marketing department at Double-Cola Co. since 2006. “I assist the director of marketing in managing our soft drink brands,” Rachel says. “This includes managing brand graphics, creative conceptualizations, branding campaigns, providing direct distributor support, promotion planning, and designing collateral material in order to effectively reach the end consumer.” Rachel and her family call Rossville, GA, home. Stephanie Ritter Hincy (’04) of Cedartown, GA, is a nurse at Floyd Medical Center in Rome, GA. When she’s not working, she likes to spend time with her grandchildren and family. Luis Fraire (’04) and his wife, Claudia Cervantez Fraire (’08), welcomed a new addition to their family last fall: a baby boy. Luis is a mechanic and Claudia owns Karo’s Corn Place. The Fraire’s live in Dalton, GA. Kelly Gamble Howser (’02) lives in Killen, AL, and enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and gardening.

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1990s Theresa Spence (’99) of Chatsworth, GA, enjoys camping, fishing, and bird watching. “We love traveling to the Georgia coast to observe birds and other wildlife,” says Theresa. “My husband is an avid bird watcher, so most of our trips are centered around wildlife viewing.” Theresa is in her tenth year at Tolbert Elementary School in Resaca. She has taught 3rd and 4th grade and is currently a teacher in the Early Intervention Program (EIP). As an EIP teacher, she works with students who need extra help in reading and math. “I love working with struggling students to give them the extra help they need to succeed.”

Jeremy Catlett (’95) likes being outdoors, shopping on eBay, and spending time with his friends. He also likes to ride his 2007 Harley Davidson Road King Custom motorcycle. Jeremy has driven his motorcycle to the Cherohala Skyway that crosses through the Cherokee National Forest in Tennessee and the Tail of the Dragon at Deal’s Gap in North Carolina. Jeremy calls Chickamauga, GA, home. Lana Mathis Autry (’90) likes to collect rocks and minerals. The Plainville, GA, resident works for Apache Mills as an Inventory Control Specialist.


Jennifer Carlock Thurman (’98) is a reading recovery teacher for Whitfield County Schools. The Ringgold, GA, resident loves to read and spend time with her husband and children. Jennifer says her fondest memories of her days as a Dalton State student are playing basketball in Bandy Gym with friends and faculty members.

Yvette Seritt (’98) works for Brittany Stocks Realty in Calhoun, GA, as a real estate agent. Over the course of her real estate career, she has received the Silver Circle Award, Platinum Award, and the Seller Representative Specialist designation. When she’s not working, Yvette enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and playing the harp. She’s been married for 25 years and recently welcomed a baby boy to the family. Yvette and her family live in Sugar Valley, GA.

Norman Powell (’88) has worked for Wells Fargo since 1990. He currently serves as a Vice President for Human Resources. “My responsibilities are to assist in all facets of human resources such as compensation planning, benefits administration, employee relations, and all other strategic initiatives as needed.” In his spare time he enjoys working in the yard and helping with his daughter’s softball team. When asked to recall a fond memory from his time as a student, Norman says “my fondest memories are of all the good friends I made while at then-Dalton College. The campus was a blend of students from all over north Georgia. It was great! I participated in all of the intramural sporting activities on campus. Our team had a good run and came in first in most of the sports offered in 1985 and 1986.” Norman and his family live in Clarkston, GA.

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Melissa Hogan (’88) of Dalton, GA, has worked for the Dalton Plastic Surgery Center since 1987. She currently serves as the Director of Surgery. She was previously employed by Hamilton Medical Center as a staff nurse specializing in pediatric and ENT/plastic surgery patients. Jeanne Donovan Ryan (’83) is the Director of Clinical Navigation at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. Jeanne resides in Chesterland, OH.

1970s Dianna Hawkins Kirkman (’79) loves to travel. She spends a week at Ocean Isle Beach, NC, every summer with her three children and celebrates every St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah, GA. The Charlotte, NC, resident works for Carolinas Healthcare System at Carolinas Medical Center - Mercy. She is a registered nurse in the operating room and serves as the Bariatric Clinical Coordinator. When asked what she enjoys most about her job she replies, “I enjoy the operating room environment and team approach to care giving.” Dianna says one of her fondest memories from her time as a student was watching “All My Children” with her friends in the student center. Sharon Ingle Cook (’79) works for Porter Warner Industries, LLC, in Chattanooga, TN, as an accountant. She lives in Rossville, GA. Carol King Brackett (’77) is the Store Manager of the Wells Fargo branch in Chatsworth, GA. “I enjoy working with my customers and helping them to succeed financially,” says Carol. When she thinks back on her time as a student, Carol remembers her Spanish teacher, Dr. Clyde Bushnell. “He used stories of his travels to teach and entertain his class. What a joy to be taught by someone so in love with his subject.” Carol resides in Chatsworth, GA. 34

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Dr. James Daniel Patterson (’74) is a dentist and oral surgeon. Dan’s home and practice, Dan Patterson, D.D.S., are located in Woodstock, GA. James “Ron” Adair (’72) recently retired after working in the airline industry for 43 years as a trainer and customer service representative. During his career, Ron had the opportunity to visit many exciting places including Alaska, Australia, and Hawaii. Now that he’s retired, the Rock Spring, GA, resident enjoys gardening and camping. Dr. B. Conway Gregory (’70) is the Town Manager of Ocean View, DE. He enjoys reading, traveling, working out, and spending time with his family. Conway lives in Denton, MD. Lewis J. Higgins (’70) retired from Delta Air Lines in 1999. At Delta, Lewis was a tax accountant in the corporate tax department. “My duties involved all of the capital equipment in Delta’s inventory. This ranged from the largest Boeing jets down to the tools used by the mechanics.” The Waco, GA, resident enjoyed his work and the benefits. Now, as a former Delta employee, he has unlimited travel within the United States and an allotment of passes for both TransAtlantic and Pacific travel flights, plus discounts on other airlines. Although he retired from Delta in 1999, Lewis wasn’t quite ready to settle down. He spent the next ten years working for the US Army as a Financial Systems Analyst at Fort Benning, GA. “In that position, I served as the Systems Administrator for the Defense Travel System.” Lewis retired a second time in 2010. Now, he occupies his time with beekeeping. “I got involved with beekeeping when I lived in Carrollton, GA. One of my friends was a beekeeper and I started by helping him.” Lewis is currently a member of the Chattahoochee Valley Bee Keepers Association in Columbus, GA.

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2011 Dalton State Alumni Lunch & Learn Schedule The Dalton State Alumni Relations office offers Lunch & Learn programs as an opportunity for alumni to network, reconnect with their favorite Dalton State professors, and learn something that will add value to their personal and professional lives while enjoying lunch. Thursday, June 9 | Dalton State College James E. Brown Center, room 105 Dr. John Hutcheson presents “Whither the Windsors? Britain’s Monarchy in the Era of William and Kate and The King’s Speech” Thursday, June 16 | Chickamauga at Pie Slingers in the FieldStone Village Town Center off Highway 27 The UGA Small Business Development Center presents “Surviving a Tough Economy” Thursday, July 21 | Dalton State College James E. Brown Center, room 105 Dr. Christy Price presents “I can’t get no satisfaction... Or can I? Applying what we know about happy versus hopeless people” Wednesday, August 24 | Chatsworth at Little Rome Italian Restaurant, 1201 N. 3rd Avenue The UGA Small Business Development Center presents “Surviving a Tough Economy”

Thursday, September 22 | Calhoun at the Gordon County Chamber of Commerce, 300 S. Wall Street Dr. Jonathan Lampley presents “A Short History of the Movies” Friday, October 21 | Dalton State College James E. Brown Center, room 105 Dr. James Adams presents “Biology 101: The Difference between Animals and Plants” Tuesday, November 8 | Dalton State East, 2310 Maddox Chapel Road, Dalton, GA Dr. Ken Ellinger and Dr. Tom Veve present “American Politics: Both Sides”

Reservations and advance payment are required for Lunch & Learn programs. Please call the Alumni Relations office at 706-272-2473 at least two days prior to an event.

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