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Dalton State goes media savvy, the Dalton State Foundation Annual Report to Donors, and more

Budding Biologist Biology major Jaana Linna surveys for birds at Dalton’s Lakeshore Park as part of her summer research on a wetlands restoration project. Jaana’s fieldwork and lab research were made possible by gifts to the Dalton State Annual Fund, which supported 53 student scholarships last year, 114 academic program initiatives, and 49 faculty and staff professional development experiences. For more about Jaana’s summer research project, see pages 25-26. Photograph by Arc Studios Photography

Message from the President

Forty-four years ago, 524 students were the first individuals ever to enroll at Dalton State. If you have the opportunity to talk with any of them – indeed, many of them are still in the Northwest Georgia area – they’ll eventually tell you the same thing: “the college changed my life.” It’s a refrain we hear time and again. It was because of the educational opportunity the young institution offered in a part of the state that previously had been underserved by higher education.

Dalton State magazine is published each May and October by the Dalton State 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 Foundation, all rights reserved. President, Dalton State College John O. Schwenn Chair, Dalton State College Foundation James E. Bethel Chair, Alumni Advisory Council Jeff Clements ‘94 Director of Institutional Advancement David J. Elrod ‘88 Alumni Relations Coordinator Joshua J. Wilson Development Coordinator Whitney L. Jones ‘10 Reviewers Cicero Bruce, Jonathan M. Lampley Photographers Arc Studios Photography, Lexi Boyd, Catherine Cansler Photography, Forwell Studios, Justin Hall/WTVC NewsChannel 9, Matt Hamilton/The Daily Citizen, Linda Massey ’72, Brian Tipton/ Layout and Design Second Shift Design, LLC, Duluth, GA Printing Brown Industries, Dalton, GA


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Dr. John O. Schwenn

Today, Dalton State has grown to become an institution of more than 5,500 students, but we’re still in the business of changing lives. Whether through the incredible achievements of our outstanding faculty and staff as noted in “Movers & Shakers” on pages 11-12 or due to the impact of excellent professors like Dr. Lynn Murphy in the School of Education, profiled on pages 13-15, students’ lives are changed at Dalton State every day. First in their families to attend college. Working full-time and managing family responsibilities while attending classes. Living away from Mom and Dad for the first time and taking a full course load. Their backgrounds really make no difference. Every student at Dalton State will be transformed by the power of education, and every life will be changed because of that transformative experience. Our institutional mission is that simple and that big. Many of you have invested in Dalton State’s power to change lives with your gifts to the Dalton State Foundation. We’re proud to recognize you in this issue of Dalton State magazine for your philanthropic support of our students, faculty and staff, and academic programs. Your gifts are the catalysts for the life-changing experiences our students enjoy on campus, the opportunities our faculty and staff have to further strengthen their skills, and the constant enhancements to our dynamic academic programs. You, too, have changed the lives of people you’ve never met. That’s the unique power of philanthropy. Our hope is that you’ll have the opportunity soon to talk with one of those first students at Dalton State or with one of our current students. While we’re sure that they’ll have different impressions of college now and 44 years ago, we’re also sure that their stories will reveal a constant theme: “Dalton State changed my life.” It is our great pleasure and tremendous honor to play a part in that kind of transformation, one student at a time. d

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Paul Boyd ’97 creates on-air graphics for CNN. Read more about Paul on page 33. (Photograph by Lexi Boyd.)



Alumni Central

6 Bandy Heritage Center Archives

13 An Excellent Reputation – Dr. Lynn Murphy

30 24 Hours with…. Jeff Clements ’94

17 Dalton State Foundation 2011 Annual Report to Donors

38 All About Alumni


Exploring Civil War Georgia

Campus Tour

A quick spin around George Rice Drive

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Who, what, where, when, and how

With gratitude for our friends and supporters

31 Media Savvy: Dalton State on TV and the World Wide Web

A day with the Dalton State Alumni Advisory Council Chairman

We’re on CNN,, and the local news

About the cover: The south elevation of The James A. Burran Bell Tower in the midst of fall foliage as viewed from Roberts Library. Photograph by Forwell Studios.

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

Exploring Civil War Georgia The Civil War was the watershed event in the history of the United States, forever changing the nature of the Republic and the relationship of individuals to their government. The war ended slavery and initiated the long road toward racial equality. The United States now stands at the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, and we are still striving to understand the significance of that event to our past, present, and future. Few states had a greater impact on the outcome of the nation’s greatest calamity than Georgia, and that impact was due to many factors. The state provided 125,000 soldiers for the Confederacy as well as thousands more for the Union cause. Many of the Confederacy’s most influential military and civilian leaders hailed from Georgia. The state was vital to the Confederate war effort because of its agriculture and industry; in fact, the Confederacy stood little hope of winning without the farms and shops of Georgia. Moreover, the Southern infrastructure depended on the river and rail links that crossed Georgia and connected the Western Confederacy to the Eastern half. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, the war was arguably decided in North Georgia with the Atlanta Campaign and Lincoln’s subsequent reelection. This campaign represented the last forlorn hope for the Southern Republic and the Union’s greatest triumph. Despite the state’s importance to the Confederacy and the war’s ultimate outcome, not enough has been written concerning Georgia’s experience during those turbulent years. Recently, Dr. John Fowler, the B.J. and Dicksie Bandy Chair of History and Director of Dalton State’s Bandy Heritage Center for Northwest Georgia History and Culture, co-edited and contributed to a collection of essays on the Civil War in Georgia. The volume, 6

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Breaking the Heartland: The Civil War in Georgia, redresses this dearth of scholarship on Georgia during the Civil War Era. The collection presents a mosaic of events, places, and people and explores the impact of the war on Georgia and its residents. The essays cover a wide variety of topics, including disaffection on the homefront, morale, economic hardship, the plight of African-Americans, Confederate education, invasion, and post-war identity. Through such a collection, readers become intimately aware of how the Civil War affected Georgia and her people regardless of race, class, or gender. Dr. Fowler also contributed two articles (an overview of the Civil War in Georgia and an examination of the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain) to the recently published Civil War in Georgia, which is a collection of selected articles drawn from the New Georgia Encyclopedia (www.georgiaencyclopedia. org) and published in association with the Georgia Humanities Council and the University System of Georgia. Edited by noted historian John Inscoe, these articles explore Georgia’s Civil War experience and reflect current scholarship trends, such as the importance of historical memory. While the battles on both land and sea are covered in great depth, the volume divides its attention to delve into the social aspects of the war as well. These two books will become important references over the next few years as the state and nation commemorate the sesquicentennial. In addition, the Bandy Heritage Center will provide two other unique resources for the study of the Civil War through its website at In September, the Center will launch a new online exhibit covering the Civil War Era in Georgia that

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Cannons near “Dead Angle,” the scene of the heaviest fighting during the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain.

will be divided into eight sections: The Secession Crisis, Georgia Prepares for War, Guerilla Warfare, The Homefront, War Comes to Georgia, The Atlanta Campaign, A Cause Denied, and Reconstruction. Each section will initially provide text and photographs, and will be updated over the course of the sesquicentennial to ensure that visitors have access to the most current information and research available. In addition, the Bandy Heritage Center will soon unveil a new “tour” tab located on the main page of the website. Here visitors will find driving tours that cover historical and cultural sites around Northwest Georgia. In recognition of the sesquicentennial, the first launch will be a driving tour of the Atlanta Campaign, followed soon after by one for the Chickamauga Campaign. The tours will offer visitors directions, pictures, and brief descriptions of each stop and its significance to the particular campaign. Browsers can view the tours online or download PDF files to print and take with them on their drives. The tours will also include embedded links with more information on topics such as Civil War medicine, railroads, and military leaders. The tours, like the Civil War exhibit, will be updated periodically as new information and links are generated. The Civil War in Georgia online exhibit, coupled with the driving tours,

will offer visitors to the Bandy Heritage Center’s website an exciting introduction to Georgia’s vital role in the Civil War. The sesquicentennial will be commemorated and celebrated across the country over the next four years, and the Bandy Heritage Center is dedicated to making sure that Georgia, as it was during the Civil War, will once again become a central focus and play a pivotal part in these events. d The Western & Atlantic Railroad tunnel at Tunnel Hill was one of the first strategic locations to be captured by the Union as the Atlanta Campaign unfolded in May 1864.

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Leaders Every two years, the Dalton State Foundation Board of Trustees elects its leadership team. The 2011-2013 Board elected Jim Bethel (second from left), retired CEO of J&J Industries, as Chairman at the Foundation’s Annual Meeting last spring. Joining Mr. Bethel in leading the Foundation are Vice Chairman Chip Howalt (left), President of Textile Rubber and Chemical Company; Immediate Past Chair Sara “Skeeter” Pierce (second from right), Vice President of Morgan Keegan; and Vice Chairman-Designate Vance Bell (right), CEO of Shaw Industries.


First Class During May graduation, Dalton State awarded its first bachelor’s degrees in chemistry, criminal justice, and history. Vallarie Pratt ’11, pictured below, was one of four graduates who received a degree in history. Dalton State now offers bachelor’s degrees in accounting, biology, business, chemistry, criminal justice, education, English, history, mathematics, and social work.

University System of Georgia Board of Regents Chairman Benjamin J. “Ben” Tarbutton, left, with Dalton State President John Schwenn, was on campus this summer as part of his around-the-state tour of USG campuses. While the Regents continue to grapple with rising enrollments System-wide and constraints on the state budget, Tarbutton pointed out that the University System still offers tremendous value for the cost of a USG education, noting that Georgia ranks 48th out of 50 states for student debt carried by USG graduates. “We’d love to hold down tuition rates further,” Tarbutton said, “but we’re not going to compromise the quality of education that’s been built over the years.” 8

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Left to right, front row: Jill Thornton, Brooke Powell, Jamie Whitworth, Robin Weaver, Airica Staten, Lacy Shook, Ashley Flood, Nick Pope, Angel Cabrera, and Lance Royal; back row: Scott Tanner, Jacob Haws, Garrett Roberts, Melissa Osborne, Dixcee Southworth, and Samantha Lawson.

Perfect Grade Graduates of Dalton State’s Radiologic Technology (RT) program in 2011 achieved a 100-percent pass rate for the 13th consecutive year on the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists’ national certification exam. Dalton State’s 16 RT graduates sat for the 200-question test last spring. “We are proud of our unbroken record of perfect pass rates on the RT exam that we’ve maintained since taking over the program in 1998,” said program director Susan West. This result “speaks to the preparedness of our graduates and their abilities to perform professionally in the workplace.” Dalton State’s RT program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology.

Award-Winning Producer Dalton State student Reed Fincher recently won the Audience Choice Award at the inaugural Firehouse Film Festival at the Dalton Little Theater. This was the first time Reed had ever entered one of his films in a contest. His film, “The Blue Hole,” is about a young woman who meets a mysterious young man at a swimming hole. “I was excited to win,” Reed said. “This is what I consider my third film, but it’s my first original score.”

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Measuring Up Shortly after opening in 1967, Dalton State was accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). This was an unbiased, formal seal of approval that the College was providing quality academic programs and student support functions, employing qualified faculty and staff, and fulfilling its mission of access to higher education opportunities for Northwest Georgians. Every decade since, Dalton State has sought reaffirmation of its SACS accreditation that ensures the institution continues to meet the highest quality standards of instruction and student support. Today, the campus is engaged in its reaffirmation for the 2013 cycle and is undergoing a rigorous and thorough

examination of the College’s entire operation, evaluating strengths, and identifying and addressing any weaknesses. The campus-wide effort is guided by SACS’s “Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement” and is overseen by nine committees comprised of administration, faculty, staff, and students. The reaffirmation site visit will occur in fall semester 2012 and SACS’s decision is due in early 2013. For more about Dalton State’s SACS reaffirmation, go to accreditation

Leadership Legacies Five Dalton State student leaders spent a week this summer with other University System of Georgia students at the Leaving a Legacy of Leadership (L3) Summit held at North Georgia College & State University. Diana Rodriguez, Russell Smith, Brittany Spraggins, Emily Parrish, and Austin Wallin honed their leadership skills to leave legacies of accomplishment at Dalton State. In addition to participating in group sessions on topics like team development, valuing diversity, conflict management, and ethical leadership, the students were charged with creating visions and goals they’d like to realize on their own campuses by April 2012. Acting on his concern for the environment, sophomore Austin Wallin (left) decided to pursue a paper conservation initiative on campus. “To me, the L3 Summit didn’t teach me values,” Wallin says. “It made me want to implement the ones I already have.”


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Movers & Shakers Dalton State’s Summer Bridge Program for at-risk incoming freshmen was named Outstanding Student Learning Program at the 42nd Annual Georgia College Personnel Association state conference in Athens. Based in the Office of Student Life, Dalton State’s program was selected for its innovative support of students through academic and social adjustment which leads to increased retention in college. Ms. Shawntay Simones, former Coordinator for Civic Engagement and Service Learning prior to her move to Missouri, oversaw Summer Bridge. “Vincentennial,” a celebration of the life and work of Vincent Price on the actor’s 100th birthday in his hometown of St. Louis, invited Dr. Jonathan Lampley, Assistant Professor of English, to introduce two Price films – Pit and the Pendulum and House of Usher. Lampley is the author of Women in the Horror Films of Vincent Price. Ms. Lydia Knight (’77), Director of Roberts Library, wrote on the history of the Lookout Mountain Incline for a recent issue of Now and Then: The Appalachian Magazine. “The Rise of a Healthy China: Enhancing Political Legitimacy Through Health Security” was the title of Associate Professor of Political Science Dr. Baogang Guo’s paper he delivered at the international “China Rising: External and Internal Impact” conference in Taiwan. Dr. Clint Kinkead, Assistant Professor of Communication, collaborated with a University of Alabama professor on a paper presented at the American Educational Research Association meeting. The paper, focusing on Carnegie

classifications of the nation’s 265 master’s degree-level institutions, was covered in The Chronicle of Higher Education. Dr. Randall Griffus, Dean of the School of Natural Sciences & Mathematics, and Dr. Donna Mayo, Dean of the School of Business, recently completed the University System of Georgia’s Executive Leadership Institute (ELI). The year-long program develops emerging leaders who demonstrate experience, education, and leadership competencies that are essential to the System’s future success. Dr. Mayo has been named chair of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International’s Small School Network Affinity Group, which is comprised of 291 AACSB-member small schools worldwide. “Engaging Millennial Learners,” a presentation based on research by Professor of Psychology Dr. Christy Price, was the topic of her sessions for Darton College faculty in Albany, Georgia, and at the W.H. Freeman Teaching Workshop in San Diego, California. Sesquicentennial Chair and Professor of Management Dr. Marilyn Helms was named a “Best Reviewer” by the international business journal Competitiveness Review. Associate Professor of Marketing Dr. Stephen LeMay coauthored “Measuring the Importance of Attributes in Logistics Research” with professors from Central Michigan University, which was published in the International Journal of Logistics Management. The paper was selected for an Outstanding Paper Award at the 2011 Literati Awards for Excellence, sponsored by Emerald Group Publishing, Ltd. (UK).

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Assistant Professor of Education Dr. Sharon Beavers presented a paper at the Academic and Business Research Institute’s conference in Nashville earlier this year. The article has been published in the Journal of Case Studies in Education. “The Roots of Fascism: The White Ribbon” was the title of a paper delivered by Associate Professor of Political Science Dr. Tom Mullen at the Popular Culture Association Conference in San Antonio, Texas. Writers’ conferences in Calhoun and Chattanooga invited Ms. Barbara Tucker, Associate Professor of Communication, for presentations on “Polish: Making Your Writing Shine” and e-publishing. MSNBC featured Professor of Biology Dr. James Adams on its website,, for his research on butterflies. “When Madame Butterfly is also Mister Butterfly” showcased rare dual-sex Lepidoptera specimens. Adams is a past president of the International Lepidopterists’ Society. Dr. Sandra Stone, Vice President for Academic Affairs, facilitated two panel presentations on partnering with business and industry at the University System of Georgia’s Adult Learning Consortium Summer Institute. Dr. Charles Johnson, Dean of the School of Technology, was among the panelists. Dalton State is one of nine Consortium members. Associate Professor of English Dr. Marsha Mathews’s poem, “Sunglow and a Touch of Nottingham Lace,” won the Red Berry Editions 2011 Chapbook Award. She presented “‘Breakdown 12

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Ringgold, Georgia’ and Other Savory Poems” at the Catoosa County Library. “The Economy of Words in Kate Chopin’s ‘The Story of An Hour’” was the topic of Assistant Professor of English Ms. Jane Taylor’s talk at the CalhounGordon County Library Association annual meeting. Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. David DesRochers’s paper on the correlation of corticosterone in bird feathers with feather quality was published in the international Journal of Avian Biology. Ms. Donna Lee Sullins, Associate Director of Student Conduct and Development, presented at the Florida Association of Student Councils’ annual state conference. Her topic was time management for student leaders. Assistant Professor of Communication Dr. Kris Barton published three essays on during the website’s month-long showcase of TV and film writer/director Joss Whedon. The just-released Spies, Wiretaps, and Secret Operations: An Encyclopedia of American Espionage, features eight articles by Associate Professor of History Dr. Thomas Veve and 30 entries by Professor Political Science Dr. Jack Waskey. Dean of the School of Liberal Arts Dr. Mary Nielsen and Associate Professor of English Dr. Lydia Postell published “Using YouTube to Engage Students in English and Reading Classes” in Discovering What Works: A Collection of Papers Presented at the 9th Annual Teaching Matters Conference.

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The Dalton State Foundation’s 2011 Excellence in Teaching Award Recipient, Dr. Lynn Murphy by David J. Elrod ’88 Photography by Arc Studios Photography

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here is a Japanese proverb that says one day with a great teacher is better than a thousand days of diligent study. Not to slight the formal training provided by Dalton State’s School of Education – a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education, start to finish, takes about a thousand days to complete – but there might be something to that proverb.

Dug Gap Elementary, two as principal at Eastside Elementary, and four years at the Whitfield County Schools Central Office, where he was variously Director of Student Services, Director of Fine Arts, and Director of Human Resources for the 13,000 student system.

The Knoxville, Tennessee, native shares that he has “always been a teacher at heart” and that even as a youth he wanted to teach. He cites as an early Evidence for its validity is found in the dozens of influence his seventh-grade geography teacher, a Mrs. letters from School of Education Isbell, who was a dynamic alumni who wrote last spring teacher and whose lessons when news leaked about Senior and assignments were well “You do what’s best Lecturer Dr. Lynn Murphy’s organized, traits that students nomination for the Dalton State now ascribe to Murphy. Neither for the students.” Foundation’s 2011 Excellence in of his parents had gone to Teaching Award. college, but that didn’t mean that Murphy wouldn’t or Beloved, respected, authoritative, reliable, caring, couldn’t go. It was never “if” but “when” he went to professional, honorable, highly influential, strong college that was discussed in his home. character, inspirational, a mentor – the letters are replete with these and more descriptors for Murphy, Murphy completed his undergraduate degree in social who went on to win the award notwithstanding the science education and elementary education at Lee support from former students. A panel of faculty and University, then earned his master’s and specialist’s student representatives from the seven schools of the degrees in elementary education from the University College chooses the recipient. of West Georgia. Later, he earned his doctorate in instructional supervision from the University Murphy was nonplussed by the outpouring of Georgia. from alumni. He came to Dalton State following his retirement “I hope I won because I represent all the professionals from public schools. He is legendary for his classroom here who are good teachers and who put students technique, which students say usually starts with a first,” he says, reflecting on the occasion last April lesson drawn from a cartoon about education. From when his name was called as the recipient of the there he delves into content and pedagogy, with a dash prestigious award. The Foundation’s Excellence in of what he calls “professionalism” thrown in for good Teaching Award carries with it a $1,000 cash stipend measure. Lessons on collaborating with colleagues? and a spot on the program at the College’s December Murphy has them. Navigating the politics inherent graduation as the keynote speaker. in public education or in professional relationships? Murphy counsels students on the potential pitfalls. In his fifth year at Dalton State, Murphy is a career Dressing for success? Murphy emphasizes that, too. educator with the unique perspective of having practiced the profession for 30 years before he began His third of a century in education has enabled him teaching it in the School of Education. Murphy to see some students firsthand as elementary school spent twelve years as an elementary school teacher students and now as college juniors and seniors in Murray County, five as a teacher evaluator for registering for his Classroom Management class or the North Georgia Regional Educational Service Senior Seminar. For some of those whom he didn’t Agency, one as an assistant principal at Valley Point have in elementary school, he taught their parents, Elementary in Whitfield County, six as principal at and the students tell him so, boasting that their


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an excellent reputation parents even recall him as a kind and compassionate teacher way back when. Murphy’s Senior Seminar is a must-do; students say they wouldn’t miss it even if they could. His knowledge of the teacher certification process and adherence to professional standards of the field are unparalleled; students say he models those standards every day. His student evaluations are consistently the highest in the School of Education; last year he earned 4.994 points on a 5.0 scale. His expertise is such that he was a key player in the recent development of Dalton State’s new bachelor degrees in biology, chemistry, English, history, and math, each of which have secondary education tracks for students wishing to teach upper grades in those fields. When asked to define the toughest part of his job, Murphy pauses to collect a thought and admits that “having enough time in the day to respond to anyone needing help” is his greatest challenge. “You do what’s best for students.” He is generous to a fault. Education alumni remember submitting their homework assignments and Murphy returning them at the next class meeting, every one of them scribbled “with an abundance of focused and constructive feedback.” One student recalls that during his five years at Dalton State, “Dr. Murphy was the only teacher to approach me and say, ‘Here is my

cell phone number. Call me if I can help.’” Another, now a teacher in his own right, says that when he is confronted with difficult classroom situations he finds himself frequently wondering WWDMD? (What would Dr. Murphy do?) While his impact on students is considerable, his influence on his faculty colleagues is substantial as well, moving one of them to praise Murphy as “the educator I most admire on our campus and the personification of teaching excellence. He is our institution’s finest example of an education professional who understands and values not only conveying content to his students but also the importance of building mentoring relationships with them. He is such a positive person that contact with him, whether through a chance encounter or over a longer period truly adds value to one’s life.” It was this latter quality that inspired one of his former students to pen the ultimate tribute: “I am not only a better teacher because of Dr. Murphy, I am a better man.” For himself, the Dalton State Foundation’s 2011 Excellence in Teaching Award recipient simply wants his legacy to be that of “a man of integrity – that I cared about my students as people.” The odds are good that Dr. Murphy will ace that test. d

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2011 Award Recipients


Award for Faculty Excellence in Scholarship

Beth Burdick Service Excellence Award

Award for Faculty Excellence in Service

Professor of Political Science Dr. Baogang Guo is the first recipient of this recognition for his scholarly achievement. Now in his 12th year at Dalton State, Guo is also Director of the Center for International Education, which coordinates Dalton State’s study abroad experiences for students and empowers faculty participation in international professional development opportunities. In the past five years, Guo has authored or co-edited eight books and written more than a dozen journal articles or book chapters. With a PhD in political science from Brandeis University, Guo teaches traditional and modern Chinese history, introduction to political science, and American government. He is a native of Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan province in China, where he returns annually to direct the University System of Georgia Asia Council’s Summer Study in China program. Guo is the immediate past President of the Association of Chinese Political Studies and was Associate Editor of the Journal of Chinese Political Science until last year.

As Assistant Director of Plant Operations, Mr. George Brewer’s purview is the entire 141acre campus, its buildings and infrastructure, both inside and out. He responds to everything from snow on the sidewalks and HVAC issues to getting artwork hung just right, all of which has earned him the title of Dalton State’s “Mr. Fixit.” The seventh recipient of the Burdick Award (the award is named for the longest serving employee in the history of the College) and the first ever honoree from Plant Operations says he “feels very blessed to be a part of Dalton State. I really enjoy helping people.” His willingness to help without complaint shows in everything he does and shines through with his trademark smile and positive attitude. Little wonder, then, when something needs fixing anywhere on campus that most people’s first response is to say, “Call George.”

Professor of Biology Dr. John Lugthart received the latest in his roster of awards with characteristic humility: “So many people here do so much, it’s hard to believe that I was singled out for this recognition.” A 20-year veteran of Dalton State, Lugthart says he engages in service to his profession and community “because these projects mean something to me. It’s satisfying to work with students, colleagues, and members of the community toward common goals.” Lugthart’s service outside the classroom ultimately earned him the first-ever Foundation Award for Faculty Excellence in Service. As part of his numerous campus and community volunteer activities, Lugthart has co-advised the Dalton State Environmental Club, coordinated development of the campus hiking trail system, aided the Varnell Springs restoration and education project, served on the Whitfield County Solid Waste Advisory Committee, and helps organize the annual Conasauga Watershed Clean-up.

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2011 Annual report to donors

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2011 Annual Report to Donors Letter from the Chair of the Board Dear Friends: I am very pleased to introduce the 2011 Dalton State Foundation Annual Report. With this Report, we reaffirm our fidelity to the trust you have placed in us through your financial gifts and your support for Dalton State. Since our last Annual Report, the Foundation completed a year-long strategic planning exercise. The planning effort involved scores of donors, alumni, and other friends of Dalton State. We developed our first-ever comprehensive plan to advance the Foundation in its ongoing effort to be the leading supporter of Dalton State and have posted it on our website for you to view at Let me assure you that future Annual Reports will include updates on our progress toward the goals and objectives of the Strategic Plan. We have been fortunate in past decades to draw on the generosity of visionary individuals and philanthropic corporations in Northwest Georgia. Their generosity has enabled countless scholarship opportunities for our students and numerous faculty and staff initiatives that have fortified our quality of instruction. In the coming months and years, we will seek to expand our donor base by engaging more alumni and other friends to become donors and patrons of Dalton State. One of our primary aims is the building of a traditional annual fund program, an exciting direction you can read more about on pages 25 and 26. The Foundation is committed to the proposition that Dalton State’s dedicated faculty and staff, our hardworking and deserving students, and our quality academic programs benefit every time someone gives to the Dalton State Foundation. Through generous gifts – and every gift is a generous gift – Dalton State is strengthened and, in turn, the entire Northwest Georgia region is enhanced. We are grateful to the donors listed in this Annual Report. Each donor has invested in Dalton State, and each donor can be assured his or her gift will be employed in providing quality academic programs for our students. From each of the College’s seven schools to every department on campus, your gifts benefit students, faculty, staff, and programs. It is ultimately on their behalf that we say “thank you” for your friendship to Dalton State. Sincerely yours,

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Dalton State Foundation Significant Financial Highlights for the year ended March 31, 2011


Cash & Cash Equivalents Investments Alternative Investments Accounts Receivable Deferred Tax Benefit Pledge Receivables Prepaid Expenses Property & Equipment Mortgage Acquisition Costs

Total Assets Liabilities

Net Assets at Beginning of Year Net Assets at End of Year


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100,072 6,198,295 17,995



2,215,770 16,335,952

Temporarily Restricted


Permanently Restricted

9,676,210 $32,346,222



Investment Income


Net Realized Gain/Loss on Sale of Investments


Net Unrealized Gain/Loss on Sale of Investments


Change in Net Present Value of Pledges Receivable

(145,156) 35,762 $1,909,157

Program Expenses


General & Administrative


Fund Raising Change in Net Assets

167,187 4,006,076


Total Revenues

Total Expenses


CRAT Payable

Net Unrelated Business Income Expenses


Accounts Payable

Total Liablilites & Net Assets Revenues



Mortgage Payable Net Assets


81,470 $918,852 990,305 28,835,928 $29,826,233

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Dalton State Foundation Donors during Fiscal Year 2011 (April 1, 2010 through March 31, 2011)

CORPORATIONS, FOUNDATIONS, AND CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS Arc Studios Photography Azeez Shaheen Charitable Trust Beaulieu of America Beta Gamma Sigma, Inc. Brown-Whitworth Foundation Cohutta Banking Company College Book Stores of America, Inc. The Community Foundation of Northwest Georgia Container Service Corporation Dalton Hospitality Association Dalton Policemen’s Benevolence Fund Dalton-Whitfield Bank Dixie Group Foundation Dorsett Industries, L.P. The Dow Chemical Company Fincher/Loughridge Foundation First National Bank of Chatsworth Fred Whitaker Co. Georgia Humanities Council H & L Electric, Inc. Helen and Harry Saul Foundation Hubert Judd Charitable Trust J & J Industries Kiwanis Club of Dalton Lyle Industries Marketing Alliance Group Northeast Georgia Board of Realtors Northwest Georgia Chapter of the Georgia Society of CPAs OMNOVA Solutions Foundation

Roman Open Charities, Inc. Rotary Club of Dalton, Inc. Shaw Industries Group, Inc. Softball Players Association State Farm Companies Foundation State Farm Insurance Textile Rubber & Chemical Co. United Community Bank University System of Georgia Foundation Unum Group The Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation Wells Fargo Foundation Educational Matching Gift Program White Family Foundation Winter & Scoggins CPAs

INDIVIDUALS Dalton State alumni are in italics. An asterisk (*) denotes a donor who is deceased.

Blue & Silver Circle ($5,000+) Mr. B. Jackson Bandy Mr. and Mrs. Murray Bandy Mr. and Mrs. Vance Bell Mr. and Mrs. Jim Bethel Dr. and Mrs. William Blackman Dr. David P. Boyle Mr. and Mrs. Francis Brantley Mrs. Mary M. “Sis” Brown Dr. and Mrs. James A. Burran Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Chandler Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Embry Mr. and Mrs. Stan Goodroe Mr. and Mrs. Chip Howalt Mr. and Mrs. David Jolly Mrs. Ruth Lamb Dalton State Magazine | Fall 2011


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Ms. Kay B. Lauman Mr. and Mrs. Lamar Lyle Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. McEntire Mr. and Mrs. Stuart McFarland Mr. and Mrs. Shelby Peeples, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. David Pennington, III Mr. and Mrs. John Shaheen Mr. and Mrs. Doug Squillario Mr. Jackson P. Turner Mr. Bert Watts Mr. and Mrs. C. Kenneth White

President’s Circle ($1,000 – 4,999) Mr. David Aft Mr. and Mrs. Scott A. Bailey Mrs. Barbara Bell Mr. and Mrs. Dan Combs Mr. and Mrs. David J. Elrod Mrs. Ruth Lee Hair Mr. and Mrs. Kevin W. Harris Mr. Lee Tubbs and Dr. Marilyn M. Helms Dr. and Mrs. John A. Hutcheson, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Johnson, III Mr. and Mrs. James R. Jolly Dr. and Mrs. J. Sherwood Jones Mr. and Mrs. Bennie M. Laughter Mr. and Mrs. Norris Little 20

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Drs. Charles and Donna Mayo Mr. Bryan E. McAllister Mr. and Mrs. John T. Minor, III Mr. and Mrs. John T. Minor, IV Mr. and Mrs. John P. Neal, III Mr. H. Phillip Neff Mr. and Mrs. Gary B. Oliver Mr. Chandler Peeples Mrs. Derrell C. Roberts Dr. and Mrs. John Schwenn Mr. and Mrs. David Scoggins Dr. and Mrs. Sidney Sellers Mrs. Barbara Shiffler Mr. and Mrs. Gregg Sims Mr. and Mrs. Robert K. Walsh, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Roger Williams Mr. and Mrs. Larry Winter

Dean’s Circle ($500 – 999) Mr. and Mrs. William O. Breedlove, II Mr. and Mrs. G. Robert Buchanan Mr. Bob C. Campbell Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Cope Dr. and Mrs. Michael D’Itri Mr. and Mrs. Nick Henry Dr. Celeste M. Humphrey Dr. Charles Johnson Dr. and Mrs. Larry Johnson Dr. Nancy Mason Mr. and Mrs. Alan Nuckolls Mr. and Mrs. Melvyn Ottinger Dr. and Mrs. Barry Peyton Ms. Doris M. Shoemaker Ms. Beth Terry Mrs. Nancy Stone Whaley

Roadrunner Circle ($100 - 499; Alumni 1-5, $25; Alumni 6-10, $50; Students, $5) Ms. Tiffany Abao Ms. Sally Addis

Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Allara Mr. Jason Michael Alspaugh Mr. Phillip David Amos Ms. Kirsten Andrews Mr. and Mrs. Terry Bailey Mr. Brandon Keith Baker Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Ball Mr. Mark Anthony Barnett Ms. Kimberly S. Barta Mr. David Lee Barton Drs. Joseph and Debbie Baxter Mrs. Gayle Callahan Bean Mr. Bob and Dr. Sharon Beavers Mr. and Mrs. Chris Bedwell Mr. W. Bryan Blackstock Mr. and Mrs. William C. Bowen, III Ms. Bea Brahmbhatt Mr. and Mrs. Fred Burdick Mr. Garrett Burgner Mr. Jeffrey Lynn Carrier Mr. and Mrs. Nick Carty Ms. Carmen L. Cavanaugh Ms. Malisa Donnielle Cawood Dr. Robert E. Clay Mr. Jeffrey E. Clements Dr. and Mrs. Henry Codjoe Dr. James E. Coleman Dr. Richard F. Collison Ms. Virginia K. Cooper Drs. Greg Stanley and Judy Cornett Ms. Helen Marie Crawford Mr. and Mrs. Terry Cullifer Mr. Raymond J. Dales Mrs. Kimberly Owens Davis Dr. and Mrs. Tom Deaton Ms. Rebecca Dempsey Ms. Debbie L. Dennard Dr. Ishita Dey Dr. and Mrs. Kerry Dunbar Mrs. Emily P. Duncan Mr. Thomas E. Duncan Dr. and Mrs. Conrad H. Easley Mrs. Jillianne McClain Edwards Dr. Mary Edwards

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Dr. Ken Ellinger Dr. Hassan A. Elnajjar Ms. Carlyn Sue Evans Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence C. Ewing, Jr. Mr. Stephen B. Farrow Ms. Cynthia R. Fisher Ms. Marilyn G. Fitzpatrick Mr. Juan Carlos Fraire Mrs. Sarita Gale Ms. Carol Gavagan Mr. Billy Gee Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gilbert Ms. Elizabeth Greeson Ms. Cathy Jo Griffin Dr. Randall Griffus Mr. Timothy Joel Hall Mr. and Mrs. Zach Hall Mr. Ted and Dr. Angela Harris Ms. Janet G. Hayes Mrs. Kimberly Park Helton Mr. Christopher John Henderson Mr. and Mrs. Donald Hendrix Dr. Richard M. Hennier Dr. and Mrs. Michael P. Hoff Mr. Steven G. Hopkins Mr. Frederick D. Hopper, Jr. Mr. Kenny Vaughn Housley Dr. Bruce C. Hungerford Mrs. Teresa G. James Dr. Jean M. Johnson Dr. George Jones Dr. Harold Jones Ms. Whitney L. Jones Dr. Billy J. Jump Ms. Susan Kennedy Ms. Sylvia King Ms. Lydia F. Knight Ms. Bhagya Sri Kommareddi Ms. Pat Kresl Mr. and Mrs. William C. Kuzniak Ms. Julia Nicole Lancaster Mr. John Wesley Langham Mr. Michael Val LaRoche Ms. Edith M. Larson

Mr. Donald L. Ledford Dr. Stephen A. LeMay Mr. John B. Leonard Mr. and Mrs. Truett Lomax Ms. Sue H. Long Dr. and Mrs. G. John Lugthart, III Ms. Nancy Lykins Mrs. Kelley K. Mahoney Mr. Abad M. Marroquin Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Massey Ms. Whitney Michelle May Mr. and Mrs. Paul J. McMurray CDR and Mrs. Greg McRae Ms. Rhonda Renee Mealor Dr. Sarah K. Mergel Dr. and Mrs. Andy Meyer Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Miller Mr. Nicholas E. Millwood Mr. Dennis N. Mitchell Ms. Tamya Morris Dr. Lynn Murphy Dr. Barbara M. Murray Ms. Candice C. Newton Mr. Charlie and Dr. Mary T. Nielsen Mr. Bob Oxford Ms. Stacey Marie Page Mr. Roy Evitte Parrish, IV Judge and Mrs. Jack Partain Dr. and Mrs. Keith R. Perry

Mr. Kevin N. Pettyjohn Mrs. Cynthia S. Phillips Mr. James D. Phipps Mr. Jerry Russell Pickard Mr. Max T. Pierce Mr. William Z. Poarch Dr. Geoffrey Poor Drs. Vince and Lydia Postell Mrs. Billie Precise Dr. Christy Price Mrs. Jackie V. Reed Mr. and Mrs. Dale E. Relyea Mr. Jack B. Reynolds Ms. Sherry Riley Mrs. Robin Roe Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Rogers Ms. Laura C. Rose Mr. Grant R. Rosen Mrs. Corey D. Roy Ms. Nathalie Sanders Mrs. Charlsie A. Sexton Mr. Jim Clyde Shahan Mr. and Mrs. George Shirilla Dr. Lorena A. Sins Mr. Kelson M. Smith Mr. Nathanael Aaron Smith Mr. DeWayne W. Stansell Mr. Don G. Stanton Mr. Marcus and Dr. Cordia Starling Drs. Anthony and Sandra Stone

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Mr. Jeremy Isaac Stroop Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Swilling Mr. Kenneth and Dr. Gina Tartar Ms. Jane Taylor Mrs. Mary Taylor Mr. and Mrs. Henry Tharpe Dr. John M. Trussel Mr. and Mrs. David Tucker Dr. and Mrs. Thomas D. Veve Mrs. Christy Hall Walker Dr. and Mrs. Jack Waskey Drs. Robert and Dorothy Weathersby Mr. Fred G. Welch Ms. Susan D. West Ms. Linda Wheeler Mr. Kenneth Arthur White Mr. John Lennis Williams Mr. Danny James York Dr. and Mrs. Spencer J. Zeiger

Campus Circle (up to $99) Dr. and Mrs. James K. Adams Ms. Nancy B. Adams Dr. Pratima C. Adhikari Dr. Paula Allotta Dr. Cristian Aquino-Sterling Ms. Lizabeth Austen-Jaggard Ms. Christy Ayars Dr. Rosemarie Barkus* Ms. Ashley Baugh Mr. Steve Bettis Mr. David Blackwell Mrs. Donna L. Bledsoe Mr. and Mrs. Michael A. Borja Ms. Michelle Wilson Boyd Ms. Sherry Breitweiser Mr. George Brewer Ms. Anna M. Brown Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence B. Brownlee Dr. Rebecca Butler Ms. Tammy Byron Ms. Myrna Cabrera Ms. Joey Cagle 22

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Mr. and Mrs. Kelly Caldwell Mr. Steven A. Caldwell Mr. Keith E. Cantrell Mr. and Mrs. Steve Cantrell Ms. Kathy J. Carroll Ms. Louise B. Case Ms. Elizabeth R. Chadwick Mrs. Joan Chapman Ms. Julie Rene Chastain Mr. Matthew R. Chenoweth Dr. Robin Cleeland Ms. Jamie Connors Ms. Kim Cook Dr. Emma Cooley Ms. Kristi Anderson Cooper Mr. and Mrs. Lanny Cooper Dr. and Mrs. Larry W. Cooper Mr. Robert M. Cooper Mrs. Jill Copeland Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Cordell Ms. Cynthia E. Coulter Mr. Mark P. Cox Dr. Jennifer Crisp Dr. Donald E. Davis Ms. Elaine Davis Mr. Jeff T. Davis Dr. Wesley K. Davis Dr. Cecile A. de Rocher Mr. and Mrs. Jim Dempsey Dr. David W. DesRochers Mr. Norman DesRosiers Dr. Tobias Dirks, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Mike Doyle Mr. Jerry W. Drye Mrs. Patricia Ledford Durrence Mr. Craig Daniel Earnest Mr. Douglas G. Ellis Mr. Alan W. Farriba Dr. John D. Fowler Mrs. Nancy Jane Frye Ms. Sheila K. Gard Mr. Blake Gentry Ms. Sharon B. Gray Mrs. Cheryl Grayson

Ms. Linda S. Green Ms. Nancy C. Gregg Mr. Bradley Clark Gregory Ms. Orenda G. Gregory Dr. Christian A. Griggs Dr. Baogang Guo Mr. Larry Kay Hardesty Mr. and Mrs. Larry G. Harmon Mrs. Janeen Harper Dr. Leslie Harrelson Mr. and Mrs. James H. Heard Ms. Frances M. Helton Mr. and Mrs. Kendall Henderson Mr. Roger L. Henderson Mrs. Teresa Vick Henton Dr. Michael Hilgemann Mr. Matthew Hipps Dr. Clare E. Hite Dr. Sharon L. Hixon Mr. George E. Holland Mr. Kerry L. Holmes Mrs. Arlene Hooker Ms. Cathy V. Hunsicker Mr. and Mrs. Baker Hyde Ms. Joi Mayo Ireland Ms. Mildred Ivester-Sterchi Mr. Joseph E. Jackson Mr. Ronnie Jacobs Mr. Stacy James Ms. Eloise M. Jenkins Ms. Neda B. Jones Ms. Angela J. Keener Mrs. Holly Trundle Kelley Mr. Reed W. Krause Ms. April Anne Krumnow Ms. Jennifer L. Lamb Ms. Cheryl Larsen Mrs. Cynthia Weaver Leatherwood Mrs. Deborah Faith Lee Mr. R. Larry Little Mrs. Katherine Logan Ms. Carolyn W. Long Mr. and Mrs. Henry H. Long Mr. and Mrs. Doyle Loughren

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Ms. Rebecca L. Lowery Mr. and Mrs. Antonio Maldonado Mr. Charlie Mariney Mr. Hubert A. Marsh, Sr. Ms. Carolyn J. Marshall Dr. Marsha Mathews Ms. Karen H. McCartney Ms. Ginny McEver Mrs. Jackie McGintis Mrs. Phyllis Jayne Mealor Ms. Jia Min Mrs. Linda Manis Mizzell Dr. Carla C. Moldavan Mrs. Carolyn H. Morgan Ms. Oma Morgan Ms. Lynn Morse Dr. Thomas W. Mullen Dr. Lelia Mullis Ms. Harriett Young Murdock Ms. Terri Myers Mr. and Mrs. Harris Mynatt Ms. Connie P. Noland Ms. Deana M. O’Loughlin Mr. Charles Martin O’Mahoney Ms. Diana L. Parkinson Ms. Regina Parmigiani Ms. Kathleen J. Payne Ms. Lisa B. Peden Ms. Audrey Phifer Mr. Gary L. Pierce Ms. Mary Beth Pool Mrs. Kathryn Pridemore Mr. Jerome J. Pritchard Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Queener Mrs. Regina J. Ray Mr. and Mrs. James Reich Mr. and Mrs. Jeremy Lee Richardson Ms. Sherry Richardson Ms. Martha Ann Robertson Mr. George W. Robinson Mrs. Jennifer R. Ross Dr. Raina M. Rutti Dr. Monte Salyer Ms. Amy K. Schmidt

Dr. Jason Schmurr Ms. Carrie A. Scoggins Dr. Tricia Scott Ms. Carol Russell Scroggs Mrs. Anita Neal Shattuck Mrs. Gloria Davis Shoates Ms. Josalyn D. Shults Dr. and Mrs. Anthony Simones Ms. Angela Renea Sloan Ms. Amanda Smith Dr. Marina G. Smitherman Ms. Tyra D. Stalling Ms. Carol Ellis Stansbury Mr. Jerry Stockard Mr. and Mrs. Alex Sullins Ms. Veronica Lynn Summers Mr. Arthur W. Sutton Mrs. Monda B. Tackett Mrs. Ann L. Taylor Mr. George Van Taylor Ms. Shanon Y. Thomas Mr. John L. Tipton Ms. Carol A. Treible Dr. Natalie Trice Ms. Jody Trost Mr. and Mrs. Dan Trowell Ms. Betty C. Turner Dr. Dean Turner Mr. and Mrs. Mark W. Valentine Ms. Janet Anne Vetter Mr. David T. Veve Ms. Karen W. Wagner Ms. Gail Ward Dr. Seth A. Weitz Mrs. Tammi Werner Ms. Deby West Dr. Patricia M. White* Mr. and Mrs. Matt Whitesell Ms. Johnnie Wilson Williams Mr. and Mrs. Joshua J. Wilson Ms. Jane Wimmer Mr. Jeremiah Lee Word Mr. Eugene Wright Dr. Javad H. Zadeh

Honor & Memorial Gifts In Honor of: Mrs. Johnnie B. Bakkum Mr. and Mrs. Dale E. Relyea Dr. Jim Coleman Mr. David Lee Barton Mrs. Jami Kuhns Hall Ms. Malisa D. Cawood Dr. Marilyn Helms Mr. James D. Phipps Dr. John A. Hutcheson, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Scott A. Bailey Dr. and Mrs. Henry Codjoe Mr. and Mrs. David J. Elrod Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Johnson, III Dr. and Mrs. John O. Schwenn Drs. Anthony and Sandra Stone Ms. Jane S. Taylor In Memory of: Mrs. Eleaner Ruth (Ormond) Adams School of Natural Sciences & Mathematics Faculty and Staff Dr. Wayne E. Bell Mrs. Barbara Bell Ms. LaVerne Love Bond School of Natural Sciences & Mathematics Faculty and Staff Mrs. Louise Chadwick Dr. and Mrs. John O. Schwenn Mrs. Arizona Cooper Dr. Debbie Baxter Mr. Bob and Dr. Sharon Beavers Mrs. Joan Chapman Dr. Mary Edwards Ms. Orenda G. Gregory Dr. Clare E. Hite Ms. Susan Kennedy Dalton State Magazine | Fall 2011


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Dr. Lelia K. Mullis Dr. Lynn Murphy Mrs. Tomoyo Newberry Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Miller Mr. Ricky Noverola Dr. and Mrs. John O. Schwenn Mr. Jerry L. Phifer Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Miller Dr. Derrell C. Roberts Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Cordell Mrs. Derrell C. Roberts Mrs. Mollie S. Rogers Dr. David P. Boyle Mr. Ronald S. Taylor Mrs. Mary Gay Taylor Mr. Brian Vetter School of Natural Sciences & Mathematics Faculty and Staff Mr. Gibb Watts Watts Family Dr. Patricia M. White Dr. and Mrs. James K. Adams Dr. Pratima C. Adhikari

Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Allara Mr. and Mrs. Scott A. Bailey Mr. and Mrs. Terry Bailey Dr. Rosemarie Barkus* Dr. Joseph T. Baxter, Jr. Mr. Bob and Dr. Sharon Beavers Dr. David P. Boyle Ms. Anna M. Brown Mr. and Mrs. Fred W. Burdick Dr. and Mrs. James A. Burran Mr. and Mrs. Steve Cantrell Ms. Elizabeth R. Chadwick Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Chandler Mr. Matthew R. Chenoweth Dr. Robin Cleeland Ms. Rebecca Dempsey Dr. and Mrs. Michael D’Itri Ms. Marilyn G. Fitzpatrick Mrs. Cheryl Grayson Mr. and Mrs. Nick Henry Dr. and Mrs. Michael P. Hoff Dr. Celeste M. Humphrey Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Johnson, III Dr. George Jones Dr. Billy J. Jump Ms. Lydia F. Knight Ms. Carolyn W. Long Dr. and Mrs. G. John Lugthart, III

Mr. and Mrs. Paul J. McMurray Dr. and Mrs. Andy Meyer Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Miller Mr. Charlie and Dr. Mary T. Nielsen Dr. and Mrs. Barry Peyton Dr. Lydia Postell Mrs. Regina J. Ray Mr. and Mrs. James Reich Mr. and Mrs. Jeremy Lee Richardson Mr. George W. Robinson Ms. Amy K. Schmidt Dr. and Mrs. John O. Schwenn Dr. Tricia Scott Mr. Alex and Mrs. Donna Lee Sullins Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Swilling Mr. Kenneth and Dr. Gina Tartar Ms. Carol A. Treible Ms. Jody Trost Mr. and Mrs. David Tucker Mr. and Mrs. Mark W. Valentine Ms. Deby West Ms. Linda Wheeler Mr. and Mrs. Matt Whitesell Ms. Olene Williams School of Natural Sciences & Mathematics Faculty and Staff

We want it to be right. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the preceding list. Included are the names of individuals, corporations, foundations, and civic organizations that made gifts to the Dalton State Foundation during its fiscal year April 1, 2010, through March 31, 2011. IF for some reason your name does not appear on this list or appears in a category other than the one you anticipated, one or more of the following factors may apply: 1. You made your gift prior to April 1, 2010, or after March 31, 2011. 2. You made a pledge rather than a gift. This list represents only actual gifts, including pledge 24

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payments, received. If your pledge was made after April 1, 2010, but you began fulfilling it after March 31, 2011, your name will appear on next year’s list. 3. You made a payment for a Dalton State Alumni Lunch & Learn program or other activity which was payment for goods or services, and not an outright gift to the Foundation. 4. We have omitted your name in error. Please let us know if this is the case. Contact us: Dalton State Foundation, 650 College Drive, Dalton, GA 30720. Telephone: 706-272-4473. Email: foundation@

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Dreams and Achievements: The Impact of the Dalton State Annual Fund Dream and achieve – that’s what Dalton State students do. And the collective power of gifts to the Dalton State Annual Fund empowers students to achieve their dreams. Meet Jaana Linna, a senior majoring in biology. When she came to Dalton State as a freshman a few years ago, Jaana did not declare a major. “I didn’t know what I wanted to do, but I realized pretty quickly that the teachers here were great. They’re always willing to take time to explain things and they get to know you. They want to help you learn and succeed.” Before long, Jaana took a biology course, and her intellectual horizon just opened up before her. “I fell in love with biology,” she says, noting how seeing a snail’s heartbeat under a microscope

was her first big moment of professional self-discovery. Later explorations of cell wall formation and the interplay of genes and enzymes in the human body only confirmed her as a budding biologist. She hasn’t looked back since.

Jaana is scheduled to graduate with her bachelor’s degree in biology next semester. She dreams of working at one of America’s national parks, perhaps Yellowstone, where the gray wolf is being reintroduced to the park



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after a long absence. “I really want to work in the outdoors,” she says. This semester, Jaana is taking courses in evolution, ethical issues in biology, and advanced organic chemistry; she is wrapping up work on her summer research project, a prerestoration biological assessment

of a degraded wetland in Dalton’s Lakeshore Park.

admits, but she smiles when she says it.

Dr. John Lugthart and Dr. David DesRochers, biologists in the Department of Natural Sciences, supervised Jaana’s fieldwork and are advising her on her follow-up research and writing on the project this semester. She’s preparing a paper for a presentation next spring. “Both David and I have had Jaana as a student,” Lugthart says. “She is enthusiastic and hard-working.”

“Jaana’s project will help to characterize the wetland in its current state, before restoration, thus providing critical data for later comparisons,” says Lugthart. A number of local organizations have expressed interest in restoring the wetland. Jaana’s findings can move a restoration plan toward action.

Jaana’s assessment of the wetland’s bird, plant, and invertebrate life consisted of various surveys performed throughout the summer, both at Lakeshore Park and at Dalton Utilitiesowned Spring Creek Preserve in northeastern Whitfield County as a more natural reference site. She says she did it because she wanted to get experience with research. She was surprised by the level of detail involved. “It’s tedious,” she

Jaana’s dream was to do original research, and her research was enabled by a scholarship supported by the Dalton State Annual Fund. Last year, 53 student scholarships were provided to Dalton State students by gifts to the Annual Fund, but Jaana’s was the first-ever summer research scholarship. It won’t be the last. Jaana Linna is achieving her dream of becoming a biologist. What dreams will your gift to the Dalton State Annual Fund help students achieve? d

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

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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The James & Sis Brown Fellowship

Sis Brown and Lynn Brown Whitworth open The James E. Brown Center on September 14, 2006

Brown. It’s a name that looms large on the Dalton State campus, both literally and figuratively. It’s a name belonging to a local family that has been a part of the Dalton State family since the College’s beginnings in the 1960’s. The late James Brown and his wife, Sis Brown, were early supporters of then-Dalton Junior College. They championed the idea of a college in Dalton and Mr. Brown, as he was affectionately and respectfully known, was a Charter Trustee of the Dalton Junior College Foundation in 1967. Together, the Browns built a successful business – Brown Printing, which later became Brown Industries – and maintained their local commitments to worthy causes, the College being one of them.

Over the years, Mr. Brown rotated off and on the Foundation Board as his professional and other volunteer obligations permitted, but whether on the roster or off, he and Sis Brown remained steadfast in their support for the College. In the 1980’s, thenGovernor Joe Frank Harris appointed Mr. Brown to the University System of Georgia Board of Regents. In the late 1990’s, Mr. Brown served as Vice Chair of the Foundation and rather than assume the Chairmanship when his turn came, he opted to remain a behind-the-scenes player where he felt he could do more on the institution’s behalf. It was at about this same time that then-President Jim Burran and other Foundation leaders conceived of a donor society to recognize the generosity of individuals who gave to the Foundation. The search Dalton State Magazine | Fall 2011


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for a name began. It was obvious that the Brown family’s more than three decades of commitment to Dalton State was worthy of this kind of recognition, so The James & Sis Brown Fellowship was launched to honor individuals giving $10,000 or more at one time or over a period of ten or fewer years.

for generations of Dalton State students, faculty and staff, and academic programs. The Dalton State Foundation is proud of its ongoing association with the Brown family and of the generous financial support of the members of The James & Sis Brown Fellowship. d

Mr. Brown continued on the Foundation Board, where he served with distinction until his death in early 2004. A few years later, Sis Brown joined the Board and chaired the Foundation’s first-ever comprehensive fundraising campaign – the “Fulfilling the Vision” campaign – that concluded in 2008. She continues her service to the College today on the Foundation’s Executive Committee. Their daughter, Lynn Whitworth, is also a notable advocate for Dalton State and is an alumna. The 146 member families of the Brown Fellowship have given millions of dollars to Dalton State over the years. We simply wouldn’t be where we are or do what we do without them, and certainly not without the Brown family, whose legacy of leadership at Dalton State is evident everywhere from The James E. Brown Center on the north end of campus and the James E. Brown Scholarship to Sis Brown’s leadership of the fundraising campaign and a hundred other ways they’ve made a difference

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The James & Sis Brown Fellowship Gifts of $10,000 or more over ten or fewer years (as of August 30, 2011) Dalton State alumni are in italics. An asterisk (*) denotes a donor who is deceased.

Mr. and Mrs. Don Adcock Mr.* and Mrs. Andy Agrawal Mr. and Mrs. Larry Baggett Mr. and Mrs. Scott A. Bailey Mr. B. Jackson Bandy Mr. and Mrs. Murray Bandy Mr. and Mrs. Andy Bargeron Mr. Roy Barrett* Mr. and Mrs. Paul Belk Mr. and Mrs. Vance Bell Mr. and Mrs. James E. Bethel Dr. and Mrs. William Blackman Mrs. Ann H. Blackstock* Mr.* and Mrs. James E. Boring, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth E. Boring Mr. Carl Bouckaert Mr. and Mrs.* Charles Bowen, Sr. Mr. and Mrs. Francis Brantley Mr.* and Mrs. James E. Brown Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Brown Mr. and Mrs. G. Robert Buchanan Dr. and Mrs. James A. Burran Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Chandler Mrs. Ruth Chen Mr. and Mrs. Jim Cleghorn Mr. and Mrs. Charles Cofield Mr. and Mrs. Joel H. Cohen Mr. and Mrs. Dan Combs Mr. and Mrs. Robert Combs Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Cope Mr. and Mrs. Lee Daniel Ms. Mieke de Clerck Hanssens Drs. Richard and Mary Edwards Dr. and Mrs. Rodger Eidson Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Embry Senator and Mrs. W.W. Fincher, Jr.* Mr. and Mrs. Stan Goodroe Mr. and Mrs. Emory Grant* Mr.* and Mrs. Marvin Green Mr. and Mrs. Tom W. Greeson Mr. and Mrs. Carl Griggs, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Carl Griggs, Sr. Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Hair Mrs. Ruth Lee Hair Mr. and Mrs. James A. Hammack Mrs. Bobbye F. Harris

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

Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Ownbey Mr. and Mrs. V.D. Parrott, Jr.* Judge and Mrs. Jack Partain Mr. Chris Patterson and Judge Cindy Morris Dr. and Mrs. Steve Paynter Mr. and Mrs. Chandler Peeples Mr. and Mrs. Shelby Peeples, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. David Pennington, III Mr. and Mrs. Carl Phillips Mr. and Mrs. Lamar Pierce Mr. and Mrs. Jim E. Price Ms. Mary Bell Price Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Reams Mr. and Mrs. Joel Reynolds Mr. and Mrs. Brooks Rizer Mr. Wilson Rogers* Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Sanders Mr. and Mrs. Julian Saul Dr. and Mrs. John O. Schwenn Mr. and Mrs. Trammell Scott Dr. and Mrs. Sidney Sellers Mr. and Mrs. Jack Sharpe Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Shaw Dr. Reginald R. Sherrill Mr. and Mrs. Gregg Sims Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Sponcler Mr. and Mrs. Doug Squillario Mr. and Mrs. Robert T. Stewart Drs. Anthony and Sandra Stone Mr. and Mrs. Ray Taylor Dr. and Mrs. Donald R. Thomas Mr. and Mrs.* John Tice Mr. and Mrs. Bob Tuck Mr. and Mrs.* Jackson P. Turner Mr. and Mrs. Robert K. Walsh, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. John H. Waters Dr. and Mrs. Robert S. Weiner Mrs. Lulu S. Westcott* Mr. and Mrs. C. Kenneth White Mr. and Mrs. Charles Whitener, Sr.* Mr. and Mrs. Chip Whitworth Mr. and Mrs. Keith Whitworth Mr. and Mrs. Roger Williams Mr. and Mrs. Lamar Wright Mrs. Henderson Wyatt* Mr. and Mrs. Joseph W. Yarbrough 6 Anonymous Donors Dalton State Magazine | Fall 2011


with Jeff Clements ’94 I grew up in Calhoun, Georgia, and that is where my family and I live today. I’m a partner at Vaughn & Clements, P.C., where I practice law. As Chairman of the Dalton State Alumni Advisory Council, I’m a part of a group of people dedicated to help Dalton State be the best in all aspects. To be able to volunteer my time for an institution so dear to me is very rewarding. Here we go. I help my wife get our two kids ready for daycare and kindergarten. After breakfast, I drop our son off at school. I’m in the office. This quiet part of my day is for email, phone messages, and other correspondence. I practice in four courts: probate, magistrate, superior, and federal. As the Gordon County Probate Administrator, I’m in probate court a good bit. When I’m in federal court in Rome, it’s typically for a Social Security disability case. Volunteering is important to me, so I might have a lunch meeting with the United Way of Gordon County, of which I’m president this year. I’m also on the Education Committee at the Gordon County Chamber of Commerce. And the Dalton State Alumni Advisory Council always meets at lunchtime, which gives us a chance to catch up and plan upcoming alumni activities and programs. I like to meet with clients just after lunch. A wrongful foreclosure, a disability consult, and a commercial litigation were my last three meeting topics. 30

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Drafting motions, filing complaints, taking depositions and other acts of discovery (a legal term that includes the gathering of evidence from the other party to a case through various legal devices) fill the afternoon. Since it’s fall, I coach my son’s youth soccer team. There are a number of Hispanic children on the team, so I coach in Spanish and English. My Spanish is a little rusty, so another parent helps me translate. My favorite part of the day: dinner and family time. I love to cook, and I especially love to cook with my grandmother’s skillet. Soul food is my specialty and nobody beats my fried chicken. My mashed potatoes and black eyed peas with jalapenos are good, too. My wife and I put the kids to bed. Then it’s a couple of hours of watching the Atlanta Braves or something on Tivo. Lights out.

Media Savvy Dalton State on TV and the

World Wide Web by David J. Elrod ‘88

From smoke signals and the Pony Express to the World Wide Web and smart phone apps, communication is an integral part of the human experience. We share information – news and politics, sports scores, music, events in our lives, even pictures from vacation – in order to connect with those around us. We do it in a variety of ways because, well, because we can. Never in the history of mankind has there been so many different ways to share and collect information as exists right now. And by the time you’ve read this paragraph, it wouldn’t be surprising to discover that someone somewhere has come up with a new way for folks to connect, because communicating with others is what we like to do. On the following pages, you’ll read about two Dalton State alumni and one Dalton State student who are in the media business. One is a news reporter for WTVC NewsChannel 9 in Chattanooga. Another is a graphic designer for CNN in Atlanta. The third is completing her second internship with Country Music Television in Nashville. Each of them has a different angle on the communication business. Each of them is involved in it in a unique way. And each of them has a singular impact on how we receive and perceive information.




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Media Savvy: Dalton State on TV and the World Wide Web

Blessed. It’s the first word that one hears when Paul Boyd ‘97 is asked to describe himself. “Everything has fallen into place for me,” he confides, with more than a little wonder at “the way things have worked out.” As far back as his youth, Paul knew he wanted to do something creative. “I dreamed of being a comic book illustrator,” he reflects, noting that he was a fan of Marvel Comics, especially his all-time favorite, Spider-Man. Paul was an hour late to his first job interview two weeks after college, but he got the appointment anyway because his interviewers understood how he became confused on Atlanta’s I-75/I-85. He also got the job – a graphic design position with CNN’s international news operation.

Ever seen an economic chart or a stock market graph on the screen? An animated over-the-shoulder image depicting the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico or some other big news event being reported? How about a text quote from a presidential administration official? And that ubiquitous advertising thingamabob on the bottom left of the CNN screen, the little square gizmo promoting “Anderson Cooper 360” or “Fixing America’s Schools”? Then you’ve seen Paul’s work. Ironically, Paul says the best thing about his job is the visibility it affords. Graphics and gizmos, charts and quotes--all of it cascades from Paul’s fingertips to his keyboard to his monitor to the CNN control room and from there to televisions and computer screens around the world that are viewed by millions daily.

“My name may never be attached to my work, but my work is viewed worldwide.”

Then he met his future wife, Lexi, when the two of them signed up for a co-ed softball team. It was only serendipitous that Lexi also got a job at Turner Broadcasting, CNN’s parent company. Today, things fall into place for Paul at CNN’s world headquarters in Atlanta, where he creates on-air graphics for CNN’s domestic news operation. From his first stint at CNN International, where he was a Graphic Designer, through his tenure at The Weather Channel (Senior Design Developer & Product Supervisor), and back to CNN, this time as a Production Designer, Paul has wielded a quiet influence on how television viewers receive and perceive the news.

“My name may never be attached to my work, but my work is viewed worldwide – this is CNN!” Oh, and that little square gizmo? That’s what they call it at CNN: the gizmo area. It’s where CNN literally brands the news. There are hundreds of gizmos for all of the network’s brands like “The Situation Room” and anchors like John King, as well as for big news pieces like “Countdown to Debt Limit” and “Crisis in Japan.” Paul has designed scores of them and a myriad of other visual images on the screen that casual viewers likely don’t even notice because, well, they’re not supposed to. “You’re not really supposed to notice good TV design,” Paul confesses. “What we [broadcast graphic designers] do enhances what is already there. At CNN, the news is always the star.” d

<< Photograph by Lexi Boyd

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the marketing intern

kacey rodgers


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Media Savvy: Dalton State on TV and the World Wide Web

For some people, spending hours on the internet during the workday would be enough to get them fired. For Dalton State senior Kacey Rodgers, spending most of the day on the web is all in a day’s work. The marketing major from Fort Oglethorpe spent last summer on an internship at Country Music Television’s dot-com division in Nashville, where she devoted a good part of her time to the network’s website,

photos on’s pages so internet viewers could stay up to date on comings and goings and awards throughout the night. Kacey was reminded of Nashville’s fixation on stardom when she was being photographed for this article on the sidewalk outside CMT’s headquarters in downtown Nashville, just a few blocks from the tourist district. A small crowd began to gather, thinking it was a photo shoot for a country music star.

“I don’t sing, I don’t play any musical instrument, and I don’t have any musical talent. But I do love music.”

Despite looking every bit the part of a CMT starin-the-making and possessing an aw-shucks, downhome personality that charms in the first few minutes of making her acquaintance, Kacey got to Nashville through the back door, you might say.

“I don’t sing, I don’t play any musical instrument, and I don’t have any musical talent,” she admits. “But I do love music.” It was her love of music, coupled with her creative urge, that propelled her to Nashville. “As kids, [my older sister and I] would listen to the radio and make up dances,” she recently reminisced. “And then as a teenager, I would hang out in Nashville with my cousins because it always had the music vibe.” When Kacey declared marketing as her major at Dalton State, she knew Nashville’s music vibe was going to be too much of a siren song to resist, so she pursued the marketing internship at CMT. As a digital marketing intern, Kacey assisted with ad placements on’s home page and the music sections of the site, Unplugged, Listen Up, and Posted. She created flipbooks or online photo albums for various groups and stars. And during the CMT Music Awards show in June, Kacey continuously updated

This semester, Kacey is in her second internship with CMT, this time working with Director of Special Events Tonya Figueroa. “Kacey’s fabulous,” Figueroa says. “She comes highly recommended.” Before her first internship was up, Kacey applied for another one at CMT, knowing that’s where she wanted to be for a while. Now she’s landed just down the hall from the president’s office and next door to the CMT swag closet, where they keep all kinds of giveaways and premiums emblazoned with the famous orange CMT logo. In her Special Events internship, Kacey will be working on “Invitation Only with Blake Shelton” at the Grand Ole Opry, the Nashville premiere of “Footloose,” and CMT’s Artist of the Year event, which recognizes the achievements of country music’s five biggest stars. Kacey currently commutes from Nashville to Dalton State each week to finish her marketing degree. She’s also working her contacts in Music City to try to land a permanent position at CMT or elsewhere in the music industry. She’ll excel with CMT’s Special Events section. Kacey is always ready to celebrate special occasions with friends and likes to whoop it up on her birthday. “There’s always a reason to party,” she says. d

<< Photograph by Brian Tipton/

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The News Reporter

John Madewell â&#x20AC;&#x2122;89


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Media Savvy: Dalton State on TV and the World Wide Web

John Madewell ’89 was never formally trained to react to emergencies, but he is often one of the first responders whenever disaster strikes. As a general assignment reporter for ABC affiliate WTVC NewsChannel 9 in Chattanooga, John has been present for a decade’s worth of breaking news and follow-ups throughout channel 9’s viewing area.

charged, gang-related story. It was only when John approached his thirteenth and final possible candidate that he was able to get someone to talk with him on camera.

“A bad day in the field is better than a good day in the office.”

“I work better under pressure,” he confides. “I like the challenge.”

His work under pressure has earned him a nickname among his colleagues. They call him Captain Adrenaline for the rush he gets when he’s under a tight deadline.

“We’re often the first on the scene when tragedy occurs,” John says matter-of-factly.

John even has a superhero’s philosophy when it comes to the news.

It’s the spontaneity of the news business that attracts him.

“I work for the people. I go where they can’t. I gather information they need to know, whether it’s holding government officials accountable or reporting on a crime.”

“Every day is something different,” and that’s one of the perks for John in the 21 years he has covered the news. He began his career in Savannah as a reporter/ photographer for the NBC affiliate there. Then he moved to Chattanooga, where he’s been at NewsChannel 9 for the past 17 years. He started as a “one-man-band,” serving as his own photographer or cameraman for the stories he was reporting. Next, he was bureau chief in the station’s Dalton office, covering Georgia’s six northwestern counties. For the past ten years, he’s worked out of the newsroom in Chattanooga on the dayside (that’s news lingo for the day shift), and covered everything from the spring tornadoes in the region to crime on Chattanooga’s streets. “You’ve got to be flexible and think quickly on your feet,” he asserts, pointing out how on any number of occasions his nimbleness helped him snag a story. In one memorable instance, 12 potential interview subjects declined to be filmed for an emotionally

He cites human instinct as the essential ingredient to a news reporter’s success. “You just have to follow your gut” on some stories, he avers, and admits occasionally his gut will lead him one way but the facts of the story point in another direction. “When your instinct and the facts disagree – sometimes that’s actually where the story lies. A good reporter can tease out that conflict for a compelling news story.” John’s enthusiasm for his profession is evident whether you see him on-screen or in person. He thrives on the hunt for facts and the way they come together to tell a story. The interaction with people, the reporting of events, the ebb and flow of the news cycle – all of it is a thrill for him. “A bad day in the field is better than a good day in the office,” he says. d

<< Photograph by Justin Hall/WTVC NewsChannel 9

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all about alumni

Andrea Dobbins ’07

Don Amonett ’75

Andrea Dobbins ’07 is making connections. As the Director of Community Engagement for the United Way of Northwest Georgia, she connects individuals and organizations to volunteer opportunities in the area. She has direct oversight of the United Way Volunteer Center, the Young Leaders Society, and an AmeriCorps VISTA program. Andrea connected with United Way as a volunteer when she was 12 years old. “I volunteered with the Friendly Faces program at Friendship House, a United Way agency,” she says. More than a decade later, Andrea applied to be a Loaned Executive at United Way through an internship while she was at Dalton State working on her bachelor’s degree. “Luckily for me, I was able to join the staff full time after I graduated.”

Photo courtesy of Matt Hamilton/ The Daily Citizen

Don Amonett ‘75 (right) earned the Dalton Education Foundation’s 25th annual Tom Jones Educator of the Year Award in recognition of his 34 years of service to Dalton Public Schools. Don began his career teaching math before making the jump to administration. He was principal of Dalton Middle School for 20 years then served in various roles at the system’s central office, most recently as Deputy Superintendent. Congratulations, Don, on receiving the Tom Jones Educator of the Year Award!

When she’s not connecting organizations with volunteers, Andrea’s connecting with her Girl Scout troop. “Several years ago, I picked up a Girl Scout flier that read, ‘It takes a strong woman to teach a girl not to follow.’ The marketing got me, and I signed up to be a Girl Scout leader.” Andrea and her troop just celebrated five years together. For the past six years, Andrea has been making connections because “it really touches my heart to see volunteers from all across the community come together to craft solutions to our most pressing issues.” Andrea lives in Dalton, GA.

Melinda Lemmon ’89 Named a Notable Georgian in 2007 by Georgia Trend magazine, Melinda Lemmon ’89 is helping things come together in Bartow County. As the Executive Director of the Cartersville-Bartow County Department of Economic Development, Melinda recently reported that Bartow County 38

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and Cartersville landed 18 new industrial projects that will result in 1,500 new jobs and $975.6 million in capital investments. She says a large part of that dollar figure involves an existing manufacturing operation.

the Catoosa County Chamber of Commerce, she “got it.” “When I saw all these disciplines – community service, business, marketing, architecture, education, and finance – come together, I was hooked.”

Melinda was first motivated to help the Bartow community when, as a 15-year-old volunteer with

Melinda lives with her family in Cartersville, GA.

all about alumni

Then and Now: James Heard ’71 James Heard, of Waco, GA, came to then-Dalton Junior College in 1969 to play basketball. As a Roadrunner, James experienced firsthand the legendary exploits of DJC Coach Melvyn Ottinger. There was one particular practice with Ottinger that James has never forgotten. “Coach O was working us pretty hard,” James recalls, “when on the sidelines I noticed the team manager pouring this strange green liquid into a glass container. We were all about to collapse from exhaustion when I heard the whistle blow: break time. This was the moment I tasted an unknown drink – my first taste of Gatorade! Thank God for Gatorade at Coach O’s practices.”

We caught up recently with James to see what else he was doing in 1971 and what he’s doing now.



Known for: I hope it was a good student and good basketball player.

Known for: Hopefully being a great husband, father, son, brother, and grandfather. What else is there?

Listened to: Frankie Valli and the 4 Seasons, and “Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling Again” by The Fortunes. Favorite movie or TV show: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid at what we called “the picture show.” On TV, The Tonight Show, Get Smart, Hogan’s Heroes, and Green Acres. Did for fun: My dad let me drive his 1963 Chevy Nova, a gray 2-door with a 3-speed on the column with no radio or AC. I had an AM transistor radio on the dash. Favorite class: American History with Terry Christie and American Government with George Jones.

Favorite movie or TV show: Fox News, Golf Channel, History Channel, and reruns of Seinfeld and Everybody Loves Raymond Does for fun: Play golf, ride my Harley, babysit grandchildren on Thursdays, and travel with my wife. Whom do you call family? My first wife passed away of cancer. I have since remarried. Together we have three daughters, one son, and seven grandchildren. Something most people don’t know about you: Toward the end of my second year at DJC I was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball organization.

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