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A Message from the President James A. Burran It is with great pleasure that I help introduce Dalton State Magazine. As Dalton State College continues to grow, it’s important that we find increasingly effective ways to communicate with our many stakeholders. This magazine represents the College’s newest effort in that respect. This inaugural issue sports a unique cover message: Who you callin’ Junior? A tongue-in-cheek reference to the first 20 years of our existence as Dalton Junior College, we continue to bump into people who ask, “How are things out there at the junior college?” Old habits are hard to break, but we’re out to break this one. Dalton State College is a much different institution from the old DJC days, and this publication will help highlight the many exciting activities and achievements of today’s Dalton State. I hope you will enjoy Dalton State Magazine, which will be sent to you each fall and spring.


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Dalton State Then & Now


From wide-open spaces to scarce parking places – How the College has changed since 1971

Teacher Education Begins

New Endowed Chair is “Glad to be Back Home”


Bill Jackson plans to promote entrepreneurship and community outreach

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Early Childhood Education – “just the beginning” of new programs in teacher training

New Faces


Fiscal Year 2005 in Review Honor Roll of Donors

8 Faculty & Staff

Education students tell why they chose Dalton State


Dalton State faculty and staff are “on the move”

“It’s a Calling”

9 Around Campus

Veteran school administrator shares her love for teaching


From Study Abroad to service abroad, Dalton State’s reach keeps on growing



Frequently Asked Questions about the College’s newest program

Alumni News


Whether in West Africa or back at Dalton State, our alums are taking the world by storm

Dalton State Magazine is a publication of the DSC Foundation and the Public Relations Office of Dalton State College. Comments or questions can be directed to 706.272.4469 or 706.272.4587. Editors, David Elrod and Jane Taylor; Writer, Jane Taylor; Photographers, Phillip Spears and Linda Massey; Design, Mindpower Inc. of Atlanta. Dalton State College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097; Telephone Number: 404.679.4501) to award the Associate and Bachelor’s degrees. Dalton State College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Program Institution.

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Dalton State... Then Space, lots of wide-open space

Trees that were not much taller than we were and just as skinny Buildings that were still so new they were almost raw

Groundbreaking for a new library – no longer sharing space with administrative services

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Number of new faculty


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When “online” registration meant standing in a line – sometimes a very long line, for a very long time


Reading the next issue of The Boulder, our student newspaper, our voice


The smell of popcorn and the sound of noisy basketballs thumping against a shiny wooden court – our team warming up for another victory


Teachers who, unencumbered by disciplinary codes and parental opinion, were enthusiastic, eager, and ready to teach

Books in library

Questions, discussion, new ideas – anything and everything still possible



1971 1,089

Parking spaces available Number of buildings Students graduating that year

30,000 $80/quarter Tuition

For the first time – being treated as adults whose opinions mattered and contributions were valued


Most of us, the first in our families to attend college


The sky was the limit!

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Dalton State... Now


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133,247 + 46,000 e-books Books in library

$771/semester Tuition

$21/semester Student Activity Fee

$375/semester Average cost of books for full-time enrollment

Now a mature campus, Dalton State’s 141 beautifully-landscaped acres delight students and community residents alike, who come together to take advantage of its walking track and wooded trails. With nine buildings currently in use, one in progress (James E. Brown Center for Continuing Education, pictured above), and one on the way, the College continues to grow, accommodating 4,252 students who choose classes to fit their own schedules, from 7:30 in the morning to 10:00 at night. And the College now reaches into its 10-county service area with extended campus sites in Catoosa and Gilmer counties.

With “participation” the new name of the game, Dalton State students enjoy a range of intramural activities, from afternoon pickup games on the new outdoor volleyball court to flag football Fridays. And there are more than 20 active student clubs

and organizations, ranging from Phi Theta Kappa to the International Students Association.

Small classes. A dedicated faculty – over 50 percent of whom hold the Ph.D. A full range of study abroad opportunities. An Honors Program. An outstanding library. Co-op opportunities. State-of the-art technology for teaching and learning. A Foundation that this year alone awarded over $80,000 in scholarships. No wonder Dalton State students excel in and out of the classroom, consistently scoring among the top five schools in the University System on the Regents’ Testing Program exam (frequently coming in third, right behind UGA and Georgia Tech). Still, for many, the first in their families to attend college... 1971 – The sky was the limit… 2005 – It still is!

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Brandon Headrick, who graduated from Dalton State with an associate degree in 2003, now teaches third graders at Whitfield County’s Dug Gap Elementary School.

Teacher Education Begins “I’ve always wanted to teach,” says Rebecca Atwell, who graduated from Dalton State last spring with an associate degree in Early Childhood Education. “So when Dalton State announced that it would be offering a four-year degree in early childhood, I knew this was where I wanted to be.” The 20-year-old junior finds that the program’s proximity to her Ringgold home is a plus. She also likes the fact that she’s already had a positive experience in her classes on this campus. And, with her 3.8 GPA, she’s on the fast track to being an honor graduate. Students like Rebecca are flocking to the program, which has around 100 new students this fall. “This bachelor’s degree program in education is just a beginning for us,” says Dr. Jim Burran, President of Dalton State. 6

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Teacher Education

from 385,000 North Georgia residents in 2000 to 450,000 by 2010.

“Our stakeholders in Atlanta are well aware that teacher preparation programs are needed in this part of the state and that our institution needs to take an increased responsibility in providing them.

Facing those challenges of increased growth, which includes changing demographics, is one of the goals of the program, Dr. Edwards says, noting that the curriculum includes an Endorsement in English as a Second Language (ESOL).

“So we can expect this to be the first of several programs the College will offer in the field of teacher education.” Dr. Burran hopes to see the addition of a middle grades education program within the next few years and, further down the road, secondary school preparation.

So did former substitute teacher Julie Rancudo, who at age 40 says her drive and determination to succeed have helped her face the challenges of coming back to school as an older student.

“We can expect this to be the first of several programs the College will offer.”

The first step toward the College’s foray into teacher preparation programs occurred this spring when the University System of Georgia Board of Regents gave approval to Dalton State to acquire the satellite program in early childhood education that the State University of West Georgia had offered on this campus since 1986. “When the West Georgia program came to Dalton in the 1980s, it served a need that was not being met,” says Dr. Mary Edwards, who served as the director of the satellite program until this fall and is now Chair of the Division of Education at Dalton State. “Many of our students were ‘land-locked,’ not able to travel to other teacher education programs because of families or jobs that tied them to the area.” The need for teachers in this region will grow steadily, say College officials, who cite an exploding population that is expected to rise

Tony Crossen, 30, left a career in industry to pursue teaching and coaching, a “calling” he discovered after substitute teaching in area schools.

“When you go back to school at my age with a husband and two children, you go back as a family,” she says, noting that her family, the Dalton State faculty, and her fellow students have all been supportive of her efforts.

Junior Miguel Gonzalez, age 20, believes that the program will have a positive impact on his community. “One of the biggest reasons I want to be a teacher is because of my Hispanic background,” says Miguel, an honor student and the first in his family to attend college. “I want to be a role model for young people who are new to the country.” Many students in the program, like Miguel, plan to work toward their “add on” middle grades certificate following graduation from Dalton State. After taking the Praxis II Exam in Early Childhood and receiving their initial certification, students can take an additional exam to receive an “add on” in middle grades in specific content areas. Non-traditional students are also flocking back to the classroom, seeing its value as a rewarding career.

Miguel Gonzalez

Rebecca Atwell

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New Faces Laura Edwards

Stacie Turner

For Laura Edwards, being in a classroom with 300 other students just wasn’t her thing. So the Calhoun native transferred to Dalton State as a sophomore last year, moving from a large University System of Georgia university to a “place where the professors know your name.”

Some “really cool teachers” may not realize it, but they had quite an impact on Stacie Turner.

“I’m really happy with the way things turned out,” says Laura, who decided to enroll in the College’s new education program, choosing it over several other teacher education programs. “The Intro to Education courses I took last year at Dalton were great,” she adds. “Our class got a lot of ‘hands-on’ experience in the schools, and we became very involved with school projects. It helped us decide whether we really wanted to have a career in education, and I do.” One of only three recipients of a DSC Foundation Academic Merit Scholarship this year, Laura says that being in a smaller school environment gave her more confidence because she felt comfortable approaching professors to ask questions after class. “Once I started here, I realized that this is where I needed to be.”

One of her elementary school English teachers and a high school Spanish teacher in particular.

Scott Harden Coaching and teaching go hand in hand for Scott Harden. The senior in Dalton’s Early Childhood Education program, who was a threesport varsity athlete in high school, says learning to manage the “field” and learning to manage a classroom have a lot in common. “On the field you have to be quick,” says Scott, who will begin student teaching in January. “And you have to be just as quick when you’re working with kids in the classroom.” What Scott likes best about the program at Dalton State is being taught by a dedicated faculty. “My professors have been like coaches to me. They build you up when you’ve done well and they tell you when you’re doing wrong. In most major universities, you don’t get that,” he reflects. “We get constant feedback, and we’re getting great hands-on skills.”


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“I want to have the same impact on young kids that those teachers had on me,” says Stacie, a junior, who has attended Dalton State since 2003. She is this year’s recipient of the DSC Foundation’s Ryan Allan Acree Memorial Scholarship. Stacie took Intro to Education classes on campus last year, and enjoyed doing observations in area classrooms and teaching Junior Achievement programs in the schools. “I think we get a lot more experience in the classrooms here than you do in some other programs,” she says. That’s one of the reasons I decided to stay here.”


Just a few things you may want to know about Dalton State’s new Education program. Be sure to check us out on the Web at

“It’s a Calling” “Teaching is not just a career; it’s a calling.” That’s the philosophy of veteran educator Dr. Debbie Baxter, who has spent more than 32 years in teaching and administrative positions in the Dalton and Whitfield County school systems and now serves as an instructor and mentor for Dalton State students. A math major in college, Baxter changed her major to education after she began thinking about those who had influenced her life the most: teachers. Her decision led her down the road to a master’s, a “six year,” and a doctorate and paved her career path as teacher, educational specialist, principal, and assistant superintendent for instruction. “To be a great teacher, you have to have ability and expertise, but more importantly, you have to have a great deal of love for your students,” says Baxter. “I think teaching is the most rewarding field that anyone could choose, but I also think it’s one of the toughest.” Baxter, who has taught graduate courses in the past, is excited about being closely involved with undergraduate students. “I want to help them gain as much knowledge and experience as I can,” she says, and “share the tricks of the trade.”

Q. What grades will I be certified to teach? A. Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 5, and you also will receive an ESOL endorsement. Q. Do I have to complete all core area work before starting the program? A. Yes, all courses in the core areas must be completed. See the DSC catalog for details. Q. Do you have a Middle Grades Education program? A. No. However, in the Early Childhood Education program you will get several math and science courses that will allow you to take the state exams to receive an “add on” in middle grades, after you have completed your requirements for and receive your Early Childhood certificate to teach. Q. What if I have a bachelor’s degree from another institution or state? A. The courses you have taken at another institution will have to be evaluated for transfer credit with a Dalton State Education Division advisor or the Enrollment Services Office.

Q. Can I start the program anytime? Any semester? A. No. Students enter the Professional Education Program (junior and senior years) in the fall as a member of a cohort. This means that students move through the program together as a group. Each student in the cohort registers for 15 semester hours (see curriculum), takes five classes per semester, and works in the schools two days per week. Q. Where will I do my field placement? A. Our student teachers are placed in schools located in the following school systems: Catoosa County, Dalton City, Murray County, and Whitfield County. Currently, we place each student teacher in one of the more than 20 elementary schools with whom we partner.

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New Endowed Chair is

“Glad to be



Endowed Chair: Bill Jackson

Bill Jackson is glad to be back in this part of the South, not terribly far from where he grew up in central Alabama and where he earned the first of his three academic degrees. His relocation from West Texas, the result of being named as the DSC Foundation Chair in Management, brings him to an area he’s long admired. “I consider myself to be ‘directionally challenged,’ but when I lived in the deserts of West Texas, I never got lost, just sidetracked every once in a while by the occasional tumbleweed that would drift across the highways,” he says. “It’s good to be back in such an absolutely beautiful part of the country.” Dr. Jackson not only teaches classes in management, but he is also directly involved with community outreach and with promoting entrepreneurship, both of which extend the mission of his Chair in Management. The Chair was endowed by a group of corporate donors to the DSC Foundation. “This seems to be a community that is favorable to small businesses,” says Dr. Jackson, who has worked in banking and accounting. “A major focus of my job will be to expand our entrepreneurship outreach. I’m excited about the challenges of working with people who are entrepreneurs in the making.” He’s had a good deal of experience in that field, first as director of the Small Business Institute at Steven F. Austin State University in Texas for 10 years, and then as the Pinkie Roden Chair of Entrepreneurship at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin for five years.

“Business students benefit from going out into the community and doing projects for small businesses. In the process, a tremendous learning experience takes place for them. And, of course, businesses benefit as well.” At Dalton State, Dr. Jackson also will be involved with guiding the College’s Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation process, a process that takes up to five years to complete, and one that he’s been integrally involved with at two previous institutions. “Earning accreditation from AACSB validates that you’re doing a good job in your program and that you’re competitive with any other business school, nationally or internationally, that has that accreditation.” And, he adds, “Going through the process encourages you to make improvements to your business program. While the process takes a lot of work, it’s very rewarding to see the improvements you can make and how much better a program you’ll have after you complete it.” Joining Dr. Jackson at Dalton State is another Dr. Jackson, his wife Mary Jo.

The Bill Jackson File •

Born in Selma, Alabama, on August 17, 1953

Earned a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Alabama, 1975

Served in the U.S. Air Force from 1975-1981

Worked in private industry in banking and accounting

Earned an M.S. in Business Management from Troy State University, 1980

Earned the Ph.D. in Strategic Management from Memphis State University in 1990

Associate Professor of Management and Director of the Small Business Institute at Steven F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas – 1990-2000

Pinkie Roden Chair of Entrepreneurship and Assistant Dean of the School of Business at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin – 2000-2005

Married to Mary Jo Jackson, Associate Professor of Management at Dalton State College

Five children

“She is an Associate Professor of Management in the Business Administration Division,” he says, noting that she has taught at Mercer University for the past 12 years. “We’re excited about living in the same place and working for the same school. We had offers at both UTPB and Mercer for us both to work, but we wanted to come to Dalton and be a part of the exciting work that’s being done here.”

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Annual Report of the DSC Foundation

On behalf of the Trustees of the Dalton State College Foundation, I am pleased to present the Foundation’s 2005 Annual Report to Donors. Fiscal year 2005 saw more than 160 individuals make gifts to the Foundation; more than 40 corporations, associations, and foundations did so. We are grateful for that support. The truth is we simply couldn’t do the work we do without you. Throughout the magazine, you’ll read about how your investment in the Foundation advances the mission of Dalton State. Student scholarships, faculty and staff support, and physical improvements to the campus – in these and other endeavors, the Foundation is helping to position Dalton State as the leader in public higher education in northwest Georgia. With heartfelt appreciation for your friendship to the DSC Foundation, I am Sincerely yours,

Robert S. Goodroe Chairman

2005 Annual Report

Dalton State College Foundation, Inc. Significant Financial Highlights for the year ending March 31, 2005* Assets Cash & Cash Equivalents Investments Pledge Receivables Total Assets Liabilities Accounts Payable Net Assets Unrestricted Temporarily Restricted Permanently Restricted Total Liabilities & Net Assets Revenues Contributions Investment Income Net Realized Gain/Loss on Sale of Investments Net Unrealized Gain/Loss on Sale of Investments Total Revenues



1,669,138 8,939,673 524,504 11,133,315




2,488,415 1,419,903 7,134,345 11,042,663


1,278,673 206,125 34,133 (21,958)





247,993 39,727 25,085 312,805

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Net Assets at End of Year



Expenses Program Expenses General & Administrative Fund-raising Total Expenses

* Due to a change in the Foundation’s Bylaws, Fiscal Year 2005 comprised nine months, from July 1, 2004, to March 31, 2005.


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

| $10,000 over 10 years or less | 1998-2005 Mr. and Mrs. V. D. Parrott, Jr. Ms. Suzanne Helen Dr. and Mrs. Steve Paynter Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hendry Mr. and Mrs. Chandler Peeples Mr. and Mrs. F. Guy Henley, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Shelby Peeples Mr. and Mrs. Lamar Hennon Mr. and Mrs. David Pennington, III Mr. A. Wayne Hise Mr. and Mrs. Carl Phillips Mr. and Mrs. Michael Hurtt Mr. and Mrs. Lamar Pierce Mr. and Mrs. Edward Johnson Mr. and Mrs. Jim E. Price Mr. and Mrs. Jim Jolly Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Reams Dr. and Mrs. J. Sherwood Jones Mr. and Mrs. Joel Reynolds Mrs. Walter M. Jones Mr. and Mrs. Brooks Rizer Mr. and Mrs. Karl Jordan Mr. and Mrs. Ross Rogers Mr. and Mrs. Jim Keller Mr. Wilson Rogers Mr. and Mrs. Nolan Kenner Mr. and Mrs. Julian Saul Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Kinard Mr. and Mrs. Trammell Scott Mr. and Mrs. Lowell Kirkman Dr. and Mrs. Sidney Sellers Mr. and Mrs. John Knight Mr. and Mrs. John Shaheen Mr. and Mrs. Bob Kokoszka Mr. and Mrs. Jack Sharpe Mr. and Mrs. Brad Lewis Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Shaw Mr. and Mrs. Gerry Lewis Dr. and Mrs. Reginald Sherrill Mr. and Mrs. W. Norris Little Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Sponcler Mr. Alan Lorberbaum Mr. and Mrs. Doug Squillario Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Lorberbaum Mr. and Mrs. Robert Stewart Mr. and Mrs. Mark Lorberbaum Mr. and Mrs. Ray Taylor Mr. and Mrs. Lamar Lyle Dr. and Mrs. Donald R. Thomas Mr. and Mrs. Don Martin Mr. and Mrs. John Tice Mr. and Mrs. Terry Mathis Mr. and Mrs. Bob Tuck Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Maybank Mr. and Mrs. Jack Turner Mr. Fred A. Mayfield Mr. and Mrs. Robert K. Walsh, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Jim L. McCormick Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Waters Mr. and Mrs. Jim McCraney Dr. and Mrs. Robert S. Weiner Mr. and Mrs. T. David McCreery Mrs. Lulu S. Westcott Mr. and Mrs. Dan McEntire Mr. and Mrs. C. Kenneth White Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. McEntire Mr. and Mrs. Charles G. Whitener, Sr. Mr. and Mrs. Ken Michaels Mr. Chip Whitworth Mr. and Mrs. John T. Minor, III Mr. and Mrs. Keith Whitworth Mr. Tom Minor, IV Mr. and Mrs. Roger Williams Mr. and Mrs. John P. Neal, III Mr. and Mrs. C. Lamar Wright Mr. and Mrs. H. Phillip Neff Mrs. Henderson Wyatt Mr. and Mrs. Zack Norville Mr. and Mrs. Joseph W. Yarbrough Mr. Rodney Ownbey 3 Anonymous Donors Mr. and Mrs. Jack Partain

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Dalton State College Foundation Honor Roll of Donors Corporations, Associations, and Foundations Acree, Jinright, Leonard & Co. Adcock Financial Services Allchem ALLTEL American Business Women’s Association American Floorcovering Alliance BB&T Beckler’s Carpet Outlet Bisys Management Company Brown Industries Burtco Enterprises, Inc. Cnetics Cohutta Banking Company Continental Products, Inc. Dalton Paper Products Dalton Radiator Service Dalton-Whitfield Bank Dixie Group Foundation Dorsett Industries, L.P. Fincher/Loughridge Foundation First National Bank of Chatsworth Fred Whitaker Co. Georgia Carpet Finishers, Inc. Georgia Community Bank Global Stone Filler Products, Inc. Green Spot Super Market Hubert Judd Charitable Trust Judd & Sims Katherine Judd Charitable Trust Kinard Realty Kiwanis Club of Dalton Learning Labs, Inc. Lonesome Oak Trading Co. Lorberbaum Family Foundation Lyle Industries Marketing Alliance Group Modern Fibers National Foundation, Inc. North Carolina Foam Industries, Inc. OMNOVA Solutions Oriental Weavers Rug Manufacturing Co. P&O Packaging, Ltd. Regions Bank, FSB Shaw Industries Textile Rubber & Chemical Trusco Capital Management United Community Banks United Minerals & Properties USG Foundation Wachovia Bank


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Individual Supporters $750 or more Dr. Lemuel Arnold Mrs. Johnnie B. Bakkum Dr. David P. Boyle Mrs. Ruth C. Boyle Mr. Thomas R. Durkan, III Mr. and Mrs. Smith R. Foster Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Haines Ms. Linda LaChapelle Mr. Jeffrey A. Phelps Mrs. Derrell C. Roberts Mr. Bert Watts One Anonymous Donor $100 - $749 Dr. and Mrs. James K. Adams Ms. Sally Addis Mr. James M. Anderson Mr. and Mrs. Scott A. Bailey Mr. and Mrs. Murray Bandy Mr. and Mrs. John Bates Mr. Joseph T. Baxter, Jr. Dr. Beth Biron Dr. and Mrs. Donald Bowen Mrs. W. C. Bowen Mr. and Mrs. John Bowling Dr. and Mrs. Paul Bradley Ms. Sherry Breitweiser Mr. Garrett Burgner Mr. and Mrs. Norman Burkett Ms. Carol Burton Mr. and Mrs. John Campbell Mr. and Mrs. Carroll M. Carter, Jr. Mr. Nick Carty Dr. and Mrs. Henry Codjoe Dr. Nelson Conger Mr. and Mrs. Warren Coppedge, Jr. Ms. Dianne S. Cox Mr. and Mrs. Terry Cullifer Dr. Thomas M. Deaton Ms. Susan Dillard Dr. and Mrs. Michael D’Itri Ms. Lisa Douglas Dr. and Mrs. Kerry Dunbar Dr. and Mrs. Conrad H. Easley Dr. Ken Ellinger Mr. and Mrs. James Ellis Dr. Hassan A. Elnajjar Mr. and Mrs. David J. Elrod Ms. Marcia Fitzmaurice Ms. Kathy R. Floyd

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Mr. Jack Freeman Ms. Carmen N. Garcia Mr. R. Todd Gardenhire Dr. and Mrs. James R. Gregory Dr. Randall Griffus Mr. and Mrs. Peter S. Hanson Mr. and Mrs. Timothy P. Hawkins Dr. Marilyn M. Helms Dr. Celeste M. Humphrey Dr. and Mrs. John A. Hutcheson, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Johnson, III Ms. Jamie M. Jones Dr. and Mrs. Billy J. Jump Mr. Greg Kinnamon Dr. Hubert B. Kinser Ms. Patricia Kresl Mr. and Mrs. Johnny E. Lovin Dr. and Mrs. Murray Lumpkin Ms. Sally Manly Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Massey Dr. Donna T. Mayo Ms. Rebecca McAfee Dr. and Mrs. Earl McGhee Mrs. Virgelia C. Meek Mr. and Mrs. Randy Merritt Mr. and Mrs. James D. Miller, Jr. Dr. and Mrs. Billy T. Nimmons Ms. Cheryl C. Nuckolls Mr. and Mrs. Gary Palmer Dr. Keith R. Perry Mr. Geoff Poor Mr. and Mrs. Herbert M. Poston Mr. and Mrs. Rick Powell Ms. Billie Precise Dr. Christy Price Mr. and Mrs. William J. Purvis Mrs. Jackie Reed Dr. Susan Mitchell Rogers Ms. Della C. Sampson Mr. Elbert G. Shaw, Jr. Ms. Doris M. Shoemaker Mr. Kelson M. Smith Dr. Cordia Starling Mr. and Mrs. C. S. Thomas, Jr. Ms. Carol Ann Treible Mr. and Mrs. Ray Tripp Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Dwight Veve Dr. and Mrs. Harvey Wages Mr. and Mrs. Steve Zeller Up to $99 Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Allara Mr. and Mrs. Erik C. Arnold Mr. Steve Bettis Mr. and Mrs. Martin Blanchard

Dr. and Mrs. Wayne Bosche, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. William Bowen, III Dr. Glenn Boyd Mr. and Mrs. Fred Burdick Mr. Teddy Castleberry Mr. and Mrs. James B. Chamblee Mr. and Mrs. Chad M. Cicci Mr. and Mrs. Paul L. Crutchfield Dr. Donald E. Davis Ms. Lynda L. Davis Dr. Cecile A. de Rocher Mrs. Rebecca L. Dempsey Mr. Mike Doyle Ms. Juanita F. Edwards Ms. Cheryl Grayson Mr. and Mrs. Aubrey J. Greeson Mr. and Mrs. Guy D. Griffith Dr. Victoria Guarisco Dr. Baogang Guo Ms. Dianne Guy Mr. and Mrs. Gene Hannigan Dr. James C. Head Mr. and Mrs. Donald Hendrix Dr. Aref A. Hervani Dr. and Mrs. Michael P. Hoff Ms. Mary Hood Mr. and Mrs. Baker Hyde Ms. Mildred Ivester Mr. Reed Krause Mr. and Mrs. William C. Kuzniak Dr. and Mrs. Garrit J. Lugthart Mrs. W. H. Lumpkin Mr. and Mrs. M. K. Lusk Dr. Marsha Mathews Ms. Faith Miller Mr. and Mrs. Robert Miller Mr. and Mrs. David W. Mohr Ms. Melita Mohr Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Moncrief Dr. Rita H. Moore Mr. Donald J. Mroz Dr. Mary T. Nielsen Mr. and Mrs. T. Truett Nimmons, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Donald H. Pike Drs. Vince and Lydia Postell Dr. Norman J. Presse, Jr. Ms. Elizabeth Raisin Mr. and Mrs. Jim Raisin Ms. Debbie Mann Rector Mr. and Mrs. Carl Rollins Dr. and Mrs. Elliot G. Rose Dr. Monte Salyer Mr. and Mrs. Said Shaheen Dr. James Stevenson Ms. Mary Gay Taylor

Mrs. Barbara G. Tucker Mr. and Mrs. Tom Tyler Ms. Janet Anne Vetter Ms. Gail Ward Dr. Andrew J. Waskey Mr. and Mrs. Alan Wells Dr. Patricia McGuire White Dr. David Wycherley Mr. and Mrs. Rick Zeisig The preceding lists represent gifts made to the DSC Foundation between July 1, 2004 and March 31, 2005. The DSC Foundation’s Board of Trustees expresses its appreciation for the generosity of these supporters.

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“It’s very exciting. I really enjoy working with people from such diverse backgrounds.”

Faculty Staff David Newton


David Newton said it felt “surreal” when he heard his name called as the 2005 Mike Miller Memorial Georgia EMS Educator of the Year. “I knew all of the nominees, and they’re all great,” says Newton, Instructor in Emergency Services Management/Paramedic Technology. The state-wide honor came at an awards ceremony in Macon in May, and it followed his earlier recognition as the Northwest Georgia Region I EMT Educator of the Year. The regional award, presented in March, came easily to Newton as it was based on his students’ first-time pass rates on the National Registry Test for Paramedics. Their pass rate was 100 percent. But winning the state award was more of a challenge. “It’s based a lot on what you’ve given back to the state, committees you’ve served on, numbers of years teaching, and other factors, so it’s pretty competitive.” Newton says that, as an EMT instructor, he has no tolerance for treating patients incorrectly, and he brings that discipline to the classroom. “I’m not an easy instructor. It’s a hard class, but for the good of the patients our students will treat, I don’t think it should be easy.”


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Kim Luong

Dalton State’s first full-time webmaster has gotten her feet wet, figuratively. Since March, the 25-year-old has constructed layer upon layer of the College’s new website. “This is the first time I’ve been involved with web design from the very beginning,” she says, noting that the initial design concept was outsourced, but the bulk of the page construction fell to her. “It’s very exciting. And I am glad to be in a college environment again. I really enjoy working with people from such diverse backgrounds.” Kim’s background is diverse as well. She was born in Olympia, Washington, just months after her parents and brother, who fled Vietnam by boat, arrived in the U.S. A computer science graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, Kim plans to continue her education while she works and has entered a graduate program in Information Systems this fall. “The degree will focus on management with an emphasis on information security and e-business systems,” she says. “It should be very helpful for what I do.”

Don Davis Associate Professor of Sociology Dr. Don Davis is spending this academic year as a Fulbright Scholar to Romania and is currently teaching sociology at Babes Bolvai University while researching the environmental history of the northern Romanian countryside. Dr. Davis expects to complete research that should lead to his next book, which will be an environmental history of the Carpathian Mountains. Author of nearly 100 articles and book reviews, Dr. Davis has written several books, including Where There Are Mountains: An Environmental History of the Southern Appalachians, which won the Phillip D. Reed Memorial Award for best environmental book in non-fiction in 2003, an award given annually by the Southern Environmental Law Center. Judy Cornett “Most people are shocked that there’s actually such an academic discipline as Appalachian History,” says Dr. Judy Cornett, Associate Professor of History and the recipient of this year’s Faculty Enrichment Award, which will result in the “Appalachian History Research Project.” Her task will be to review recent literature on the subject, making sure that Roberts Library has the latest sources, and to incorporate that new information into course material for her Appalachian

History course, the first course of its kind offered at Dalton State. “I also plan to look at issues of student retention and how they relate to Appalachian students,” says Dr. Cornett, who says she wants to learn more about why so many Appalachian youth have problems staying in school. Randall Griffus Dr. Randall Griffus, Associate Professor of Mathematics, received the first annual DSC Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award earlier this year, a recognition that came with a $1,000 check from the Foundation. Griffus, an Auburn University graduate, has been a faculty member at Dalton State for nearly a decade. He teaches students in classes ranging from Intermediate Algebra to Statistics. “For me, this was an unbelievable honor,” says Griffus. “I feel like I was singled out for something that most faculty members do here every day,” he says, “which is to be the best classroom instructors they can be.” Dr. Griffus and nearly a dozen other faculty members were nominated by colleagues in their academic divisions to receive the award. A special committee, comprised of both faculty and students, made the final selection based upon each nominee’s letters of recommendation, student evaluations, and portfolios.

The recipient of the Foundation’s first annual Service Excellence Award, for DSC staff, was Beth Burdick. Cordia Starling This fall, Dr. Cordia Starling and the Nursing Division faculty are even busier than usual. That’s because Dalton State has begun offering Registered Nursing instruction at Hamilton Medical Center (HMC) as part of a University System of Georgia (USG) initiative designed to partner health care providers with educational institutions. “Many licensed practical nurses employed at HMC have enrolled in the program, which will result in their earning a Registered Nursing degree at the same time they continue to work on their ‘day job,’” says Dr. Starling, Chair of the College’s Division of Nursing. “This is a great partnership that will benefit HMC employees, the College, and the community at large.” Dalton State is one of seven USG institutions that will provide this Intellectual Capital Partnership Program (ICAPP) through a neighboring health facility. The $7 million, statewide program will add more than 300 nurses and technologists to the Georgia workforce over the next few years.

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Honors Program Always looking for a challenging academic opportunity, Dr. Barbara Murray, Associate Professor of English, welcomed the chance to build and launch Dalton State’s new Honors Program. The emerging program already is providing in-depth learning experiences inside and outside the classroom for some of DSC’s most motivated students. “Honors classes are small, seminarstyle, and designed solely for honors students. Honors classes offer intense examination of a subject, enhanced by appropriate field trips,” she says, noting that the first Honors students were admitted this fall. “Honors classes mean an enriched experience, not just more work.” Dr. Murray and the Honors Program Committee have set program requirements following the “best practices” of other USG schools’ Honors Programs. Standardized test scores, grade point

average, letters of recommendation, and performance on an Honors essay and in a personal interview are all admission criteria. Honors students take a two-hour Honors Seminar in critical thinking and orientation to college-level Honors work. They then select another twelve hours of core Honors and Honors-designated classes spanning a wide range of academic majors.

“Honors will attract more high-caliber students desiring a challenging college experience to Dalton State and will provide gratifying teaching experiences for DSC faculty, too.” And soon, says Dr. Murray, the Dalton State College Foundation is planning to establish a scholarship endowment for Honors Program students.

“A social side to DSC’s Honors experience exists, too,” Dr. Murray says. “For example, in mid-August our first outing was to Cohutta Springs. A group of Honors students and I did team-building exercises and a low and a high ropes course in a get-to-knoweach-other session. It was exciting, fun, and provided all a real sense of accomplishment. Additionally, Honors students can relax or study in their own lounge, which is outfitted with five computer workstations exclusively for them.

A Dream Come True For 29-year-old Susan Henry, a married mother of four, life “took a 180” two-and-a-half years ago.

it was possible. But Stephen said to me, ‘Don’t worry about a thing; I’ll take care of it.’ And away I went.”

Since 2003, Susan has earned a GED, become a first-generation college student, maintained a 3.8 GPA, earned three academic scholarships, been accepted into the Registered Nursing program, and studied abroad in Paris.

Stephen worked overtime shifts to provide spending money for the trip, and Susan earned a DSC Foundation Study Abroad Scholarship to help defray the program costs.

She credits both Dalton State and her husband of 13 years, Stephen, who is also enrolled in the College’s RN program, for making her dream of studying in Paris come true. “In our speech class last spring, the professor asked who wanted to go to Paris. I wanted to go but never thought


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“When I got on the plane, my knees felt like spaghetti,” says the first-time flyer, who ended up traveling each of the four weekends to a new locale: London, Amsterdam, Rome, and Nice. “The whole experience was surreal. I couldn’t believe that I was actually there. It was just perfect.”

AROUND CAMPUS Taking the Field In the nine years since Garrett Burgner’s been involved with student life at Dalton State, flag football has been the backbone of his intramural program. But the program, once modest in size, is now growing by “leaps and downs.” “There’s more interest in flag football this year than ever before,” says Student Activities Director Burgner, who expects nine or 10 teams with 12 players apiece to pound the grassy turf on the athletic field this fall. In fact, the sport has become so popular that he’s created two leagues this fall: an early-season “Gumbo League” where teams are chosen randomly by drawing names from a hat; and a later-season league where team captains pick the players they want. Games are played during the Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 12:30 activity hour, and again at 1:30 on Fridays. Last fall, an academic class, Communications 1110, formed its own flag football team consisting of students enrolled in introductory speech classes and two of their professors. “Our COMM 1110 team provided an opportunity for students to interact with faculty outside the classroom in an informal setting,” says Nick Carty, Assistant Professor of Speech at Dalton State. His teammate Clint Kinkead, Instructor in Speech, agrees. “What’s so interesting about a nonresidential campus like ours is that many new students initially see professors as intimidating,” says Kinkead. “But lo and behold, when we put on our cleats and jerseys, and some of us are out there pretending to be Steve Young, suddenly the instructor becomes very real.”

BSU Members Serve Thailand “It was the best thing I’ve ever done in my life,” says Dalton State alum Jamie McDaniel, who joined other DSC Baptist Student Union students and alums this summer helping victims who were indirectly affected by the tsunami in Thailand. Jamie, BSU Campus Minister Bill Grissett, and 10 others were sent by the Georgia Baptist Convention Disaster Relief organization and the Southern Baptist Convention to respond to the needs of people living in rural Thailand. There, in the small towns of Satun and Lagnu, the students helped repair two elementary schools that were damaged by the earthquakes that caused the tsunami in December. “What struck me the most was the kindness of the people who live there,” says Jamie, a sociology major while at Dalton State who later earned a bachelor’s degree in that discipline.

Waking at 5:30 a.m. to beat the heat of the day, the students laid foundations and poured concrete for the school buildings. They ate lunch with the school children and interacted with them in the afternoons. “Some of our students helped the children with their English skills, and others spent time playing pick-up games of basketball,” says Bill Grissett. “A big part of what the relief organization wanted us to do was to have fun and to establish friendships and trust among the children and other residents.” Grissett says that one of the schools initially looked like an abandoned 1930s school house but will soon be modernized and equipped with a computer lab. The experience was “phenomenal,” Grissett says, adding that it had a “tremendous impact on our students who wanted to do something to help others.” Dalton State Magazine | Fall 2005


Richard Collison Dr. Richard Collison, Associate Professor of Chemistry, is a self-proclaimed geek. A lover of science and nature, Dr. Collison still enjoys creating chemical experiments that appeal to kids of all ages – flames and explosions, the more colorful the better. “I consider chemistry to be a lot of fun,” says Dr. Collison, who was hired this fall at one of his alma maters – Dalton State – to teach inorganic and organic chemistry. “Many people fear it. They develop a phobia about chemistry,” he explains. “What I enjoy is seeing students take a subject they fear and learn that they can do it.”

Lisa Hoty Serves West Africa Dalton State alum Lisa Hoty is taking her medical technology skills to the field – to a place where modern technology meets third-world challenges. The 23-year-old, who gained her first on-the-job experience working in the comprehensive medical lab at Gordon County Hospital, left the states in June for West Africa to become the first medical technologist to serve the women’s clinic in Freetown, Sierra Leone. “The Aberdeen Clinic is a surgical clinic that specializes in treating specific problems relating to childbirth,” she says, noting that a mission of the clinic is to help heal both the physical and emotional wounds of the patients. “My mission is to set up the medical lab and run it for up to six months,” she says, noting that the lab is currently being run by “locals,” and her job is to help purchase supplies, organize equipment efficiently, and train someone to take her place when she leaves. Lisa accepted this position through the Mercy Ships organization and is performing her services as a volunteer. She is even paying her room, board, plane ticket, and living expenses while there. “One of my goals has been to be involved in a short-term missions opportunity, and this is it,” she says. “My next goal when I return to the states will be to earn a master’s degree in a related field, like Genetics or Forensics.”


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A major in chemistry can result in some rather out-of-the-ordinary career placements, he says. His first job between college and graduate school was to monitor nerve gas, a highly-specialized job for which he was granted “secret clearance.” But chemistry has plenty of applications for non-majors as well. Mixing ingredients together is nothing but chemistry, says Dr. Collison, who admits he became interested in chemistry first and cooking later. Now, he and his wife Gail, a 1977 Dalton State nursing grad, enjoy creating Italian meals and together make a “pretty mean spaghetti.” “We’re really glad to be back at Dalton State,” he says. “We have come back to a place that we both really loved as students.”


The sky’s the limit for Dalton State graduates.

Class Notes From Alumni 2000s


Mark Barnett (BS, 2003) is a Project Engineer at Shaw Industries in Ringgold, Georgia.

John Gulledge (AA, 1989) is Assistant Professor of Psychology at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee.

April Westbrook (AS, 2003) married Matt Baker in August. April is a pharmacy technician at Hamilton Medical Center in Dalton, Georgia.

Sandra Fowler Phillips (AS, 1987), formerly an executive with the Maxim Group, now resides in Suwanee, Georgia, with her husband Donny and their two children.

Kristopher Smith (AAS, 2002) and Mandy Smith were married August 13. Kris is a driver for Reddi-Ice.



Paul Bennecke (AA, 1999) is working as a campaign strategist for the Republican Party of Georgia.

Angela Rollins Garrett (AA, 1975) is principal of Westwood Elementary School in Dalton, Georgia.

Rebecca Dempsey (AA, 1995) recently joined the Dalton State staff as Administrative Assistant to the Offices of Institutional Advancement and Institutional Research.

Karen Hilley Summerlin (AA, 1973) was recently named Eastside Branch Manager of Alliance National Bank.

Dalton-Whitfield Bank recently promoted Rusty Lount (AS, 1995) to Vice President for Construction and Consumer Lending.

Larry Harmon (AA, 1970) is Executive Director of the North Georgia Regional Educational Services Agency, based in Ellijay, Georgia. Murray County, Georgia, voters elected Jim Welch (AA, 1970) as sole Commissioner in November 2004. Dalton State Magazine | Fall 2005


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