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Got cake? There aren’t too many things more fun than to be in the kitchen with Katherine Cronon Bowman ’92 when she’s making her famous chocolate cake. The three-layer masterpiece of yellow cake layers slathered in chocolate icing, all made from scratch, is a mainstay on the menu at the eponymous Bowman’s Restaurant in Resaca. Katherine says she makes it about 12 times a week, just enough to serve the happy hordes of hungry customers that return time and again to this monument to homestyle cooking in the grand Southern tradition. Katherine is profiled on pages 12-14 of this issue. Photograph by Arc Studios Photography

The Boulder

By Brian Hilliard ‘78

Among the features of the Dalton State campus, perhaps none is as old – or certainly not as heavy – as the one known as “The Boulder,” the omnipresent 16-ton rock which sits serenely and solidly on the western edge of the quadrangle between Sequoya Hall and Pope Student Center. The Boulder was the first campus landmark symbolizing student pride in the institution. Donated to the College and delivered to the campus on May 31, 1968, the six-foot high and eight-foot long hulk of granite inspired the first student newspaper, also called The Boulder, which included in its masthead the words “Love That Rock We Do.” With its location adjacent to the student center and Sequoya Hall (then called “the classroom building”), the Boulder quickly became the focal point for student activities ranging from pep sessions for the DJC Roadrunners basketball team to rallies in opposition to the Vietnam War. The Boulder also provided an oasis for enjoying warm spring days and an easily located meeting point. As the campus grew and radiated more distantly from the Boulder, the rock’s prominence diminished but it remained in place, prompting queries from later generations of students: “what’s that big rock doing there?” When President John Schwenn arrived in early 2008, he envisioned the Boulder as a campus communication tool and allowed students to paint messages on it about campus events and student pride so everyone could be more aware of goings-on around campus. For its first use in this way, the Student Activities Council painted a congratulatory message – You Rock, Dr. Schwenn – on it in May 2009 for the president’s inauguration. Now there’s even a “Rock Policy” that governs use of the Boulder and the messages that can be spray-painted on it. (The most restrictive rule: “Do not paint when it is windy.”) Like an old friend, the Boulder remains a steadfast observer of Dalton State’s growth. More than just a big rock in the center of campus, the Boulder today has reclaimed its role as a vital element of student life. It’s no wonder that the words still echo across the years: Love That Rock We Do. Adapted from The Bandy Heritage Center newsletter, The Bandy Banter, fall 2011.


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Dalton State magazine is published quarterly by the Dalton State College Foundation for alumni and friends of Dalton State College. Editorial offices are located on campus in The James E. Brown Center, 550 College Drive, Dalton, GA 30720. Phone: 706-272-4473. Email: Contents © 2012 by Dalton State College Foundation, all rights reserved. President, Dalton State College John O. Schwenn

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Campus Tour

A quick run up and down College Drive.

Chair, Dalton State College Foundation James E. Bethel

The Politico: Retired Dalton State Professor Terry Christie

Chair, Alumni Advisory Council Nancy Stone Whaley ‘74 Director of Institutional Advancement David J. Elrod ‘88


Alumni Relations Coordinator Joshua J. Wilson Development Coordinator Whitney L. Jones ‘10 Writers David J. Elrod ’88, Brian Hilliard ’78, Joshua J. Wilson Reviewers Cicero Bruce, Jonathan M. Lampley

Come Hungry: In the Kitchen with Katherine Cronon Bowman ‘92


Chocolate cake, fried garden mix, meatloaf, and mashed potatoes: what’s not to like? A Dalton State alumna’s adventures in the kitchen.

Photographers Arc Studios Photography, Matt Hamilton/ Dalton Daily Citizen, Linda Fowler Massey ‘72

The Definition of Joy: Trisha and Jim Bethel’s Gifts to Dalton State

Layout and Design Second Shift Design, LLC, Duluth, GA


Printing Brown Industries, Dalton, GA

About the cover: Dr. Terry Christie, Associate Professor Emeritus of Political Science, was a charter member of the faculty at Dalton State in 1967. In this issue, he reflects on his career teaching politics to thousands of Dalton State students. His story begins on page 9. (Cover photograph by Arc Studios Photography.)

A charter faculty member of the College reflects on his quarter-century in the classroom, and the lessons of politics and history.

Meet the chairman of the Dalton State Foundation and his wife, two long-time friends of Dalton State who give back time after time.

All About Alumni


Catch up with three distinguished Dalton State alumni. They’re making great contributions in their communities, they’re proud of their alma mater, and we’re proud of them. Dalton State Magazine | April 2012


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First Families Gather on Campus Many people don’t know about the unique history of giving at Dalton State. The College began, for instance, with a gift – a gift of 136 acres made by four Dalton-area businessmen in the 1960’s for the construction of then Dalton Junior College. Glenn Bevil, Tom Lambert, Tom Swift, and John Tibbs, all now deceased, gave four adjoining parcels of land for the new College’s construction. Last November, four black granite benches were dedicated in the Dalton State quadrangle in memory of the four donors to commemorate their one-of-akind roles in the College’s history. Their descendants were on hand for the special occasion, as was Hank Huckaby, Chancellor of the University System of Georgia. “We are honored by any gift to any campus in the University System,” Huckaby said. “But their gifts were truly visionary. Their impact is felt even half a century later as Dalton State is a vibrant campus of 6

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more than 5,000 students. We are grateful for their early investment in the higher education aspirations of Northwest Georgians.” Bevil, Lambert, Swift, and Tibbs family members attending the dedication ceremony were, left to right, Lisa Lambert, Lori Swift Goggans, Patsy Roark, John Bradshaw, Jane Murphy, Gene Tibbs, Linda Tibbs, Lisa Tibbs Cantrell, Frances Tibbs, Steve Swift, Susie Swift, and Stacy Tibbs Scott.

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Farewell, Friends Two long-time Dalton State professors retired in 2011 following a combined nearly half-century of service to the College.

Dalton State Welcomes Belgian Exchange Students

Mrs. Billie Precise ’71 served as Associate Professor Nursing. Prior to her time at Dalton State, Billie had worked on staff at Hutcheson Medical Center in Fort Oglethorpe in the ER, Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga in the ER, and Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga in administrative and nursing roles. She joined the faculty at Dalton State in 1997. Dr. Joe Baxter was Professor of Management of Information Systems in the School of Business. His 35year career at Dalton State included teaching in the Schools of Business, Technology, and Natural Sciences & Mathematics. On the occasion of his retirement, his colleagues in the School of Business funded the Joseph T. Baxter Scholarship for a student in the 2012-2013 academic year. Congratulations to Billie and Joe on their well-earned retirements. Dalton State is proud of your service to the institution and its students. Precise

Belgian students studying at Dalton State and their internship sponsors are, from left, seated, Laurence Lambert, Lonny Ying, Kelly Vermeiren, and Kevin De Kock; standing, Jennifer Harvey (Balta Group), Lori McDaniel and Candice Peeler (Dalton Utilities), Eunice Cooper (School of Business), and Kimberly Harper and Brant Mason (Beaulieu).

In the first exchange under Dalton State’s program with Hogeschool Universiteit Brussel (HUB) in Brussels, Belgium, four Belgian students arrived on campus this spring to study in the School of Business. “We were delighted to host the first group of students from HUB,” said School of Business Dean Dr. Donna Mayo. “Our faculty and staff welcomed these talented students and integrated them into our classes and programs.” The students took courses in Leadership and Strategic Management, worked as interns at local companies, and learned about life in the United States. Soon, Dalton State students will study at HUB; a faculty exchange will follow.

Dalton State Adds 15th Bachelor’s Degree Baxter

In January, the USG Board of Regents approved Dalton State’s 15th bachelor’s degree – a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) – that will be launched in fall semester 2012. “I am really excited about this innovative new program,” says Dr. Cordia Starling, Dean of the School of Nursing. “It is interdisciplinary and can be customized with electives to meet the professional needs of students. A nurse interested in management can take business courses, for example.” The BSN program will reside alongside Dalton State’s current associate of science in nursing (RN) program. Dalton State Magazine | April 2012


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Movers & Shakers Communications major Ms. Sheliea Walker presented a paper last semester at the annual Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) conference in St. Louis. Her paper, titled “Re-Enlightenment: How Contemporary Dissenters in Pop Culture Are Cultivating a New Age of Reason,” was written for Assistant Professor of Communication Dr. Kris Barton’s Mass Media and Society class. The University of Copenhagen (Denmark) invited Professor of Political Science Dr. Baogang Guo to deliver a guest lecture titled “Decoding China: Power, Philosophy, and Lobbying in China” for senior public relations executives. Associate Professor of English Dr. Marsha Mathews presented a reading of original poetry, “Fins, Feathers, Friends” at The Language of Nature symposium in Chattanooga. Her poetry has recently appeared in The Broad River Review, Inkwell Journal, and “Civility and Tolerance: When Freedom of Speech Becomes Freedom to Hate,” presented by Assistant Professor of Political Science Mr. Matthew Hipps, was the topic of Dalton State’s annual Constitution Day event last September. Ms. Andrea Roberson (left), Director of Disability Support Services, and Ms. Melissa Whitesell (right), Reference/Instructional Librarian, presented on “Information Literacy and Access for the 8

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Blind/Visually Impaired” at the Georgia Conference on Information Literacy. Assistant Professor of Management Information Systems Dr. Sung-Hee “Sunny” Park published an article, “Group-Level Effects of Facilitation Conditions on Individual Acceptance of Information Systems,” in Information Technology and Management.

“Holy Smokes, Batman!” Dr. Jonathan Lampley, Assistant Professor of English, was recently interviewed by regarding the upcoming Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises. Lampley was asked about Bane, the villain in the third and final installment of this Batman series. “He certainly is popular with the younger fans, and he’s probably the most important villain in the comics to emerge in the last 20 years,” said Lampley, who has shown the series’ first film, Batman Begins, in his film classes. But, he added, “it’s going to be difficult to make the character work. I don’t think Bane is as interesting a character as the Joker or Two-Face or Catwoman.” The article on was picked up by Reuters and Yahoo, among other popular movie and entertainment websites. Lampley has presented papers on Batman and other comic books at academic conferences. He also has every issue of Batman going back to #200 (which came out in 1969) and Detective Comics going back to #400, which also came out in 1969. A noted authority on pop culture and its influence on media, Lampley is the author of Women in the Films of Vincent Price and co-author of The Amazing, Colossal Book of Horror Trivia. Before coming to Dalton State, he was a film critic for a paper in Nashville, All the Rage, and his articles have also appeared in such publications as Movie Club, American Spirit, and The Pulse.

The Politico as Professor:

Dr. Terry Christie Reflects on Teaching Politics

by David J. Elrod ’88 Photography by Arc Studios Photography

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or generations of students attending then Dalton Junior College, two words can sum up their academic experience here: Terry Christie. Ask students who attended Dalton Junior College in its first two decades and chances are that, one, they took Christie’s American Government course and, two, if they did they’ll cite him as one of the best/ favorite/most influential professors in their entire collegiate careers.

At the time, the closest public college in Georgia was 75 miles south, in Kennesaw, and it was still a twoyear campus. Dalton Junior College was built as part of the state’s efforts to make college more physically accessible to every Georgia resident.

The lessons from decades ago still inspire. “This is a spaceship!” (Pretend the classroom is a spaceship that has landed on another planet and you have to form a government.) “A constitutional democratic federal republic.” (The type of government America has.) “Five beats three every time.” (If you want to succeed in politics, learn to count.)

“Not a single day goes by that I don’t encounter someone who was touched by the College,” Christie says.

Christie – or “Doctor Christie,” as thousands of students and graduates know and remember him – has achieved a rare status for a college professor: he has become an institutional legend.

“It was like being in the Yukon during the gold rush,” he recalls. “You’d hear about somebody making a million dollars every other week.”

A native of Bradenton, Florida, Christie was the first in his family to attend and graduate from college. His father had been a plumber, and young Christie was apprenticed to him to become a plumber himself. The lessons, though, didn’t take. “I was not very good at it,” he confides now. “And I hated it.” So Christie turned toward his first love – learning – and began pursuing his bachelor’s and then master’s degrees in history. He earned his PhD later, after he was already teaching at DJC. Under contract to teach at North Florida Junior College, he met DJC’s new academic dean, Ben Wygal, at an academic conference, and Wygal recruited Christie to Dalton to help open the new college. Christie began when DJC did, in 1967. “Coming here was the best thing that ever happened to me,” he reflects with conviction as if this is something he’s thought about before. “I can’t imagine to have been so lucky that I was fortunate enough to have been associated with Dalton 10

Junior College. [The College] was a gift…to the students of Northwest Georgia. A lot of our students never thought they’d have the opportunity that DJC offered.”

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When Christie came to Dalton, the College may have been brand new, but the local carpet industry had transformed Dalton into a boomtown. More than 300 mills operated then.

Christie’s own wealth was measured by the hundreds of friends in the students he taught and in the relationships he fostered with politicians and government officials at every level. He had previously been involved in Florida politics, and he brought his political inclinations with him to Georgia. It was a constant refrain in the first class lecture every year – “I put on my first bumper sticker at age nine” – then off he’d go, regaling his students with tales of campaigns past and politicians present. He even brought some of the elected officials to class to give his students the benefit, he says, of “hearing both sides of the issues and to have the opportunity to interact with them first-hand and ask questions and have a dialogue with their own elected officials.” Here came Jimmy Carter as a candidate for governor; Christie backed Carter in the man from Plains’ successful 1970 gubernatorial campaign. Numerous state senators, representatives, and even statewide elected officials and a U.S. congressman came to lecture in Christie’s classes. For a couple of decades, Christie hosted a veritable who’s who of Georgia politicos, right in Memorial Hall. It was like a Sunday morning political talk show, with Christie as the host.

The Politico as Professor

“Politics used to be a way to get something done,” he says now, thinking back to a time of more civilized public discourse and less partisanship, bickering, and grandstanding. “I wanted my students to see that these were talented people who genuinely cared about them and the issues, and who really worked together to do something about them.” In addition to the politicians he introduced to his classes, Christie worked outside the classroom in various political settings, and he based his course lectures on these first-hand experiences. He was the first faculty adviser for the DJC student government association. He spent innumerable hours at the State Capitol in Atlanta. He worked in U.S. Representative Ed Jenkins’ Washington, D.C., office to study congressional operations. He worked for Georgia Governor Zell Miller to better understand state government. Christie brought lessons from these experiences back to his classes to teach – to show – how politics worked. His students lapped it up. Teachers often wonder about the impact they’re having on their students. Hundreds of Christie’s went on to serve their communities as either volunteers or local elected officials; still more climbed the political ladder to other offices, both elected and appointed. Regardless of the students’ ambitions or party affiliations, the thrill for him, at least, was that

“students began to pay attention to politics and get involved wherever they saw they could make a difference.” While Christie has been gone from the College for nearly two decades – he retired in 1992 – he’s still spotted on campus from time to time and is a regular around town. He even practiced what he preached when he ran for and served a term on the Dalton City Council a few years ago. He looks back on his years at DJC as among the best of his life. “I believe I was called to this College in some way, but not in a religious sense. This place was something. This was like a crusade – we knew what we were doing was important.” And then, with that Christie-like twinkle in his eye, he tells a secret: “I’d have done it for free.” Now in his eighth decade – he’ll be 73 in August – as he looks back over his career in politics and in the college classroom, Christie is contemplating his legacy. When asked what this might be, he’s quick to respond: “I would like to be remembered as an honorable man, a respected academician, a scholar, and a friend to my colleagues and our students.” Well done, professor. You passed. d Dalton State Magazine | April 2012 11

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Come Hungry In the Kitchen with

Katherine Cronon Bowman ‘92 by David J. Elrod ’88


t is a truism of marketing that a happy customer will tell one person about her experience and that an unhappy customer will tell everybody. Another truism holds that there is an exception to every rule.

The combination of these two axioms gained particular force a few months ago when this writer began hearing from various friends and acquaintances about a place in Resaca, Georgia, about 20 miles south of Dalton, called Bowman’s Restaurant, a meat-and-three joint allegedly with some of the best comfort food anywhere. To get to Bowman’s, take exit #320 off Interstate 75 in Northwest Georgia. Go east on Georgia Route 136, turn north onto US 41, and then turn right back onto Route 136 east. In about two miles, turn left onto Mt. Zion Church Road. Go 1.5 miles and turn right onto County Line Road. Bowman’s is on the right in about a mile. This is not a typical restaurant location. There is very little traffic, and the only other buildings around are single-family homes on well-spaced lots. “When we were building the restaurant, our attorney and accountant and everybody we worked with said, Photography by Arc Studios Photography

‘are you sure you want to put it out there?’” recalls Katherine Cronon Bowman ‘92, who owns and runs the restaurant with her husband, Dewayne. “Why not?” the Bowmans wondered. “You’ll have a hard time selling it when the time comes,” was the reply. “Sell it?! Oh, no. This is something that will be handed down to our children and grandchildren!” The restaurant was built on land that had been Dewayne’s father’s farm, and was later subdivided among Dewayne and his brother and sisters. “If it’s good,” Katherine avers, “people will travel.” They’re traveling, to be sure. People come to Bowman’s from “everywhere,” Katherine says. “I am amazed.” She cites regulars from “all the surrounding counties,” as well as guests who drive weekly from Alabama just to dine at Bowman’s. Dewayne likes to tell of the week when a power company helicopter touched down behind the restaurant. Crewmen were working on nearby power lines from the air. For three days straight, the workers landed their chopper out back and ate at Bowman’s. Dalton State Magazine | April 2012 13

come hungry Advertising consists of a Facebook page (www., folksy newspaper ads featuring local families who are fans of Bowman’s, and word-ofmouth recommendations from satisfied patrons. Katherine posts each day’s menu on Facebook along with delectable photographs of some of the menu items. A recent post: Thursday menu: pulled smoked pork, steak & gravy, salmon patties, chicken & dumplings with sides of fried garden mix, gravy & biscuit, lima beans, macaroni & cheese, sweet potato crunch, mashed potatoes, green beans, pintos, slaw, potato salad, pickled beets, pear salad and deviled eggs. Soups of the day: Bowman’s chili and Brunswick stew. Desserts are Italian cream cake, chocolate cake, red velvet cake and still-warm banana pudding. The menu changes daily in order to give customers a choice and to accommodate seasonal changes in what comes in from the garden “or whatever’s fresh,” Katherine says. The emphasis on “fresh” is key to Bowman’s approach to food. “We raise our own okra, corn, tomatoes, squash, zucchini, peppers, beets, and collard greens,” she says, all of which are on the menu year-round in various forms, from soup to fried garden mix to toppings for hamburger steak. A recent peek inside the walk-in freezer found more than a hundred gallon-size bags of frozen okra, cut and ready to go. The Bowmans keep as many as three acres “in garden,” all of which Dewayne tends, from sowing seeds to harvesting vegetables. “We even raise our own hogs for the sausage that goes in Dewayne’s meatloaf.” It’s what gives Bowman’s the license to use the slogan “From the farm, not the factory.” A lot of the garden’s bounty finds its way into a signature Bowman’s menu item, fried garden mix, a savory concoction of yellow squash, zucchini, okra, and tomatoes, all coated with flour and fried together in an iron skillet. It is one of the best-selling items on Bowman’s menu. Born and raised in Resaca, Katherine left Calhoun High School before graduation. She was waiting tables at a Calhoun restaurant when she realized that she wanted to earn more money and have some direction in her life. She studied for and passed her GED, then enrolled at Dalton State in an Office Administration certificate program. Various office positions never 14

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delivered the professional satisfaction she was seeking, so she and Dewayne decided in 2004 to go into the restaurant business. Both Katherine and Dewayne come from lineages of good cooks. Neither of them has any professional culinary education; they’ve mostly learned by experience. There was a time not too long ago, when they were just opening the restaurant, that their recipe for success included a lot of trial and error. “We re-arranged that kitchen ten times,” she remembers. “The electricians made a lot of money just moving the outlets around.” Katherine estimates that she tried her now-famous chocolate cake as many as 25 times before she got it right. She had never really watched her mother make the cake – she died when Katherine was 21 – and she had only the three ingredients of the icing to go by. Since Katherine had been making cakes that were “out of a box,” she needed some practice runs before she mastered her mother’s scratch-chocolate cake recipe. “A lot of people ate a lot of free chocolate cake while I was trying to get it right. I wouldn’t dare sell it to them then.” The chocolate cake is a Bowman’s staple. Katherine makes 12 of them a week. They feature an oldfashioned chocolate fudge icing that is boiled for three minutes, then left several hours to cool before it covers three moist, fluffy layers of yellow cake. Having mastered it, the chocolate cake is now Katherine’s favorite thing to cook “because it smells the best while it’s cooking. It reminds me of my mother.” “We cook the way our mothers cooked,” she says. “People ask us, ‘Don’t you have shrimp? Do you do steak?’ Mama never did shrimp or steak, we never ate it, so it’s not something we do here. Most of our recipes come from the way these foods were prepared in the 1930s and 1940s.” Bowman’s recipes largely have been handed down from generation to generation, and now Katherine and Dewayne are sharing the secrets with their two children. In many instances, there are no printed recipes, and Katherine is simply cooking by sight or taste the way a pianist might be said to “play by ear.” All of Bowman’s cakes, she says – and there are five of them – “are right here”; she taps her temple. The notions of family and sharing are central at Bowman’s. You’d do well to take yours on any Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday – the only days of the week the restaurant’s open – and share some of Bowman’s home-style cooking with them. d


definition of joy Trisha and Jim Bethel


risha Bethel likes the image of a pebble tossed into a pond.

“Watch the ripples flow outward from the point of impact,” she says. Trisha compares this ripple effect to the contributions a volunteer can make to a non-profit organization or how a gift of even a few dollars to one’s favorite charity can make a difference. “Focusing on the things you’re interested in sends out so many ripples,” she states. Trisha and her husband, Jim, have been rippling the pond at Dalton State for three decades. Their interest in the College goes back even farther than that. “The College was a dream of my dad’s – we used to talk about it at the dinner table,” Trisha recalls. Her father was the late Tom Jones, co-founder of Dalton-based J&J Industries and chairman of the Dalton Public Schools’ Board of Education for 24 years. Photography by Arc Studios Photography

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the definition of joy roles in the city schools’ Dalton Education Foundation, Friendship House, the Historic Preservation Board, the United Way, the American Red Cross, the First Presbyterian Church of Dalton, the Boy Scouts, the Dalton-Whitfield Chamber of Commerce, the Whitfield County Board of Elections, the Whitfield County Economic Development Board, the Community Foundation of Northwest Georgia, Dalton Utilities, the Carpet and Rug Institute, “and just about every PTA that we were qualified for.” Trisha and Jim met at a church camp while in high school. They married in 1968 after she earned her degree in education at Auburn and he took his in economics at Duke. Following moves for Jim’s service in the U.S. Navy Supply Corps and his law degree from the University of Georgia, the Bethels settled in Dalton, where Trisha had grown up and Jim would serve as assistant district attorney before joining the family business at J&J. He retired as CEO in 2010. They recall a time, when they were raising their three sons, that one of the boys discovered someone in need. Having been taught by their own parents the meaning and necessity of philanthropy, they saw an opportunity to instill in their children the joy of giving to others. “Here was a ‘growing’ experience,” Trisha remembers, and she smiles at the story of how she and her sons undertook “anonymous giving” by leaving some much needed items – food, household goods, clothing, other necessities – on the doorstep of the person in need. This act was repeated time and again over the years. For the Bethels, giving is “the definition of joy – that’s the most fun thing you can do.” During their busy careers – he as an entrepreneur and she first as a schoolteacher and then as a stay-at-home mom – they volunteered with charitable organizations, many of which focused on education. They were invited to leadership 16

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Today Jim is chairman of the Dalton State Foundation, the College’s fundraising arm. He served previously in the 1980s and then he was brought back for an encore in 2011. His term concludes in 2013, but it’s a certainty his involvement in the College won’t stop then. He and Trisha made a leadership gift during the Foundation’s “Fulfilling the Vision” campaign in 2006-2008; they consistently support the Dalton State Annual Fund; and J&J was a major corporate donor to the campaign. Besides, the Bethels truly love education and the transformative impact it has on people’s lives. “I think all the donors to Dalton State know that giving here has a direct and significant impact on the lives of students. Colleges transform communities wherever they exist. The ripple effect in the lives of students, their families, and our entire Northwest Georgia community is limitless,” Jim observes. “The College’s footprint is bigger than its campus,” he explains. “Our faculty and staff are very diverse and highly competent. They have dedicated their lives to transforming our students’ lives. They live in our communities and participate in them. Dalton State is an economic and quality-of-life driver in our region. Simply put, the College is a unique community partner, unbounded in helping to make Northwest Georgia a better place to be.”

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Follow the Leaders “You can follow, but can you lead?” This was the theme of the Georgia Collegiate Leadership Conference held at the University of Georgia in February. The annual gathering encourages student leaders to reflect on their own leadership skills and aims at helping guide new and established leaders toward bettering their experiences with their organizations. Dalton State was one of 16 conference participants from Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina. Three Dalton State students – Albert Mathenge, Iman Soliman/ Mohamed, and Eloa Menenes – attended and delivered their presentation, which was evaluated on critical thinking, resourcefulness, creativity, and teamwork. The team of Albert, Eloa, and Iman won first place at the conference case study competition, earning a cash prize of $300 for their campus.

“We finished in first place, and it is always great to carry Dalton State’s name,” Albert says. “Competing is great, but winning is AMAZING.” Albert, Eloa, and Iman know the values of competing and winning. They’ve done them before. They applied for and were selected to receive scholarships from the Dalton State Foundation

sponsored in whole or in part by the Dalton State Annual Fund this year. We invite you, if you haven’t already, to make your investment in the Dalton State Annual Fund today. One gift at a time, one student at a time, the Dalton State Annual Fund is making a difference for our students by propelling them forward as leaders on campus today and in our communities tomorrow.



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The Dalton State Annual Fund: A Wise Investment enhances the value of my degree.” “Giving to Dalton State is an investment in the future. This is not so much for me as it is a gift for others,” Nancy says. She and Jeremy are not alone. This year the Dalton State Alumni Advisory Council had 100% participation in giving to the Dalton State Annual Fund. Why? Because they’re leading by example. Nancy Stone Whaley ’74 and Jeremy Stroop ’07 are Chair and Vice Chair, respectively, of the Dalton State Alumni Advisory Council. In those leadership roles, they steer the Council in its support of Dalton State’s alumni relations programming, including this and other issues of Dalton State magazine, the Dalton State Alumni e-newsletter, and alumni events. Their leadership also includes setting an example for other Dalton State alumni with their

gifts to the Dalton State Annual Fund in support of the College’s students, faculty and staff, and academic programs. Nancy and Jeremy see themselves as more than donors. They view their support of the Annual Fund as investments in the institution – investments that pay big dividends year after year. “I’m an investor in Dalton State,” says Jeremy. “An investment in the College is an investment in my degree. A stronger institution

“I’m proud of Dalton State. The College gave so much to me when I was a student here,” Jeremy states. “I want to ensure that it is just as strong and stronger for students who come here today and tomorrow.” “Everyone can give,” Nancy says. “Every dollar counts.” Join Nancy, Jeremy, and the Dalton State Alumni Advisory Council in their support for Dalton State. Give to the Dalton State Annual Fund today.

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Alumni Notes

Bob Beavers ’70

Malisa Cawood ’10

Evitte Parrish ’08

Bob Beavers ’70 was named the 2011 Kiwanian of the Year by the Kiwanis Club of Dalton. An active volunteer in the community, Bob has served the Georgia Sheriff’s Cherokee Estate youth home, the Voluntary Action Center of Northwest Georgia, the Whitfield Education Foundation, and Big Brothers Big Sisters. He is a charter member of the Dalton State Alumni Advisory Council.

Malisa Cawood ’10 teaches first grade at Bingham Academy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. In a recent post on her blog, momentswithmalisa., she notes her delight in the simple things:

Evitte Parrish ’08 of Walker County was recognized as the Covenant Bank & Trust 2010-2011 Employee of the Year. A charter member of the Dalton State Alumni Advisory Council, an elected member of the Chickamauga City Council, and a recent graduate of the Georgia Academy of Economic Development, Evitte also was promoted recently to loan officer at Covenant’s Rock Spring office.

“A hug from a student first thing in the morning.” “An unexpected letter or care package from someone at home.” “Finding Dr. Pepper, imported peanut butter, or blueberry muffin mix – all hard to find in Ethiopia – at the supermarket.”

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The New Head Bird Derek Waugh was introduced as Dalton State’s new Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at a press conference in February. He’s spending his first year at Dalton State laying the groundwork for individual and team sports on campus. Go Roadrunners!

Photograph by Matt Hamilton/Dalton Daily Citizen

Dalton State Magazine April 2012