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Buck Heath: A Living Legend 2006 Annual Report to Donors

A Message from the President James A. Burran continuing education and public outreach programming, and we look forward to much success in the future. You’ll also be interested in reading about Dr. Michael Hoff, Professor of Psychology at DSC, and his long-standing primate research at Zoo Atlanta. This piece, combined with faculty/staff notes contained in another section, provide a sense of the richness of talent with which the College has been so heavily endowed over the years. Welcome to the 2006-07 academic year at Dalton State College! Good things are happening all across campus and we want to share some of these highlights with you in this issue of Dalton State Magazine. Our feature story in this issue is about the newest of DSC’s facilities: The James E. Brown Center, dedicated on September 14 before a blue-ribbon audience including the Brown family and friends, University System Chancellor Erroll Davis, and three members of the Board of Regents including our own Jim Jolly. The Brown Center is now grand central station for the College’s

Profiles of DSC Foundation Scholarship recipients, the annual Foundation financial report, and other related information give a brief update on the continued high energy of the Foundation's activities and leadership. This, in addition to blasts from the past including Buck Heath, Melvyn Ottinger, and the Roadrunners of yore will help put the College’s past, present, and future impact into perspective. I hope you will enjoy the Fall 2006 edition of Dalton State Magazine, and I look forward to hearing from you if you have any questions or comments. My email address is Drop me a line!

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Dalton State Then & Now


2006 Annual Report


Letter from the Chairman Financial Highlights James and Sis Brown Fellows Honor Roll of Donors


Faculty & Staff

How the College has changed since 1994

The James E. Brown Center Comes Alive “His Legacy Lives On”

Buck Heath: A Living Legend “We were just a bunch of guys who wanted to win”

Observing Mother & Child


Excelling in their fields


Dr. Michael Hoff’s Research at Zoo Atlanta

DSC Scholarship Recipients


Around Campus


Students and staff serve the campus and the world


Exceeding expectations… expressing gratitude

Alumni News


Alums Derrick and Queener “still in school”

Class Notes


The sky’s the limit for Dalton State grads

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. and Second Shift Design LLC 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. Notice of Nondiscrimination Admission policies, activities, services, and facilities of the College do not exclude any person on the basis of race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, or disability. Dalton State College is an Affirmative Action Program institution. Any individual who requires assistance for admission to or participation in any program, service, or activity of Dalton State College under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the designated Title IX and Section 504 Coordinator: Dr. John Hutcheson, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Memorial Hall, Room 122, 706.272.4421.

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Dalton State... Then

Dr. Derrell C. Roberts retired on May 31 after serving 24 years as president of the College. He came to then-Dalton Junior College on August 1, 1970, from then-Kennesaw College where he was academic dean and professor of history.

Among the many achivements of his administration were the tripling of the College's enrollment to nearly 3,000 students, the change of the institution’s name from Dalton Junior College to Dalton College, and the development of one of the premier libraries in the University System of Georgia.

The library was named for Dr. Roberts in 1997. He died in 2002.

The DSC Foundation honors his memory with the presentation of the Derrell C. Roberts Memorial Scholarship each year at Dalton State’s Honors Convocation.

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Daltonian James E. Brown spoke at the College’s 26th commencement exercises on June 10. Mr. Brown, chairman and CEO of Brown Industries, had just completed a term on the University System of Georgia’s Board of Regents. The Class of 1994 was the largest graduating class up until that time.

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Also in 1994: Forty-two Dalton College students were inducted into Phi Theta Kappa, the national honor society for college sophomores. Dalton College Foundation chairman Joe Sheppard handed over the chairman’s gavel to Art Taylor. Dalton College received one of six J. Edgar Hoover Memorial Scholarships sponsored by the Society of Former Agents of the FBI.


Dalton State... Now The James E. Brown Center for public outreach and continuing education opened late this summer. The 25,000 square foot building is home to continuing education and public outreach activities, the University of Georgia’s Small Business Development Center, and the Educational Technology Training Center. The three-story building has seminar rooms, conference rooms, computer labs, a multi-purpose assembly room, kitchen facilities, and office spaces. It is located on the corners of College and Mt. Haven Drives. The College’s new Learning Commons opened at the beginning of fall semester. Located in the Derrell C. Roberts Library, the Learning Commons is a dedicated space for students to access wireless technology and to “network” with each other. In addition to computer access, the Commons includes a small studio with equipment for practicing speeches and presentations, a lounge area, and a small refreshment center with free coffee and hot chocolate.



4,302 Student enrollment

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The new Associate of Applied Science program in Respiratory Therapy admitted its first students this fall. Students who enroll in this program will take 87 semester hours over a two-year period and will participate in clinical rotations, averaging about 16 hours per week interning in area clinical and hospital settings. In May, Former Army Specialist Kimberly Davis became the College’s first student commencement speaker. Davis, who juggles being a wife, mother, and employee, says that she felt honored to share her story with graduates and their families. “People in our community need to realize what a gold mine they have sitting right here,” she said.

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The James E. Brown Center

Comes Alive

“His Legacy Lives On”

On the cover: Chancellor Erroll B. Davis helped Sis Brown and Lynn Whitworth cut the ribbon during The James E. Brown Center dedication ceremony in September.

Sis Brown often jokes that she had to move to Dalton to find a boyfriend. As the youngest of eight children, and the only girl, the Oneida, Tennessee, native nicknamed “Sis” moved to Dalton in 1948 to work for one of her “protective” older brothers. Soon afterwards, she met James E. Brown, and the rest, as they say, is history. “We were married for 55 years,” says Sis. “He was so loving and supportive,” echoes Lynn Whitworth, the Browns’ daughter. “He had a heart of gold. And he had such drive and tenacity. Whatever he believed in he was passionate about.” James Brown was passionate about many things, say his wife and daughter, particularly education, health care, recreation, and the arts. The founder and CEO of Brown Industries contributed his time, talents, and financial resources to enhance the quality of life in the community he had always called home. “He was passionate about this community, always wanting a better quality of life for its citizens,” says Sis. “When he saw a need, he just tried to fill that niche.”


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The James E. Brown Center

This fall, Sis and Lynn were on hand for the dedication of The James E. Brown Center, named in honor of the man who served for 14 years as a Trustee of the DSC Foundation and as a member of the University System of Georgia’s Board of Regents from 1987 to 1994.

Lynn remembers her father as a lifelong learner. “I’ve never met anyone who could devour as many newspapers in one day as my dad,” she says, recalling that he typically read four newspapers daily. Both believe that his ability to stay ahead of emerging business trends and his knack for hiring the right people contributed to his success in the printing industry.

“For my father to be recognized by the Dalton community and the University “He was a very smart man,” says Lynn, System for his contributions to education noting that he “surrounded himself with is the most good people.” incredible honor,” says “We, his family, are so proud of his A member of dozens of Lynn. “When legacy and so pleased that his community he was told about this name will live on at Dalton State.” and state boards during shortly before Lynn Whitworth his lifetime, his death in Brown 2004, he was received numerous awards for his speechless and completely overwhelmed. philanthropic efforts. In 1998, The We, his family, are so proud of his legacy James and Sis Brown Fellowship was and so pleased that his name will live formed at Dalton State to further the on at Dalton State.” DSC Foundation’s mission of offering stuBoth Sis and Lynn say that his decision dent scholarships, faculty development to serve in the military during World opportunities, and meeting other War II interrupted his own plans for campus needs. higher education. And in 2004, the University System “Probably one reason that he worked of Georgia approved Dalton State’s so diligently for education was that he request to have the new center for did not actually get the education he outreach and continuing education would have liked because of the timing programs named in his honor. of his graduation in 1944 during the “He was really, really proud that this last years of World War II,” says Sis. building was to be named for him,” “At 16 years old, with parental permission, says Sis. “He gave back to his community he was allowed to enter Kings Point so much. This is such a special way to Maritime Academy, and then served in honor him for his contributions to the the Maritime Service. Afterwards he Dalton community. We are so appreciative attended UT Chattanooga for a short to the individuals who made this time before entering the work world.” Center a reality.”

James E. Brown Born: November 7, 1927 (Dalton, GA) Married: Mary Helen Morris (Sis) Business: Founded Brown Printing Company in 1958. In 1970, Brown Printing and four related area companies merged to form the marketing services division of National Service Industries, Inc. In 1994, the Brown family acquired the division from NSI and it currently operates as Brown Industries. Involvement: A member of dozens of local and state boards and organizations, he served as a Regent for the University System of Georgia, as the Chair of the Whitfield Healthcare Foundation, as a Trustee of the Creative Arts Guild, as a member of the Executive Committee of the DSC Foundation, as a Director for the Community Foundation of Northwest Georgia, and as a member of the Georgia Recreation Commission. He was an active member of First United Methodist Church. Died: March 30, 2004

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BuckA Living Heath Legend In the glory days of Dalton Junior College basketball, Jon “Buck” Heath was something of a living legend. He played for the Roadrunners during the “unbelievable” 1971-72 season, when the team achieved a win/loss record of 35-2 and was ranked second in the nation. “We had it rolling back then,” recalled Heath, who visited with former teammates in Dalton this summer during a visit from his adopted home of Belgium where he has played and coached in the European Professional League for more than 30 years. “We were just a bunch of guys who wanted to win,” said the LaFayette native. “We were right out of high school. I don’t think we knew what being in shape was until we got here.” Heath and his teammate Tony Ingle, who is now the head basketball coach at Kennesaw State, spent a mid-summer afternoon with Melvyn Ottinger, their former coach and mentor, often finishing each other’s sentences as they reminisced about the good old days. “Everybody wanted to win,” said Ingle. “When Coach O stepped on the floor, he wanted to win…” “…more than we did,” finished Heath. “He was so strong minded, he had us believing that we could beat anybody…” “…twice,” added Ingle. “We never thought about getting beat. We weren’t wondering if we were going to win, just how badly we were going to beat the other guys.” For Coach Ottinger, Buck Heath was a rising star whom he recruited heavily and Tony Ingle was a fierce competitor, known for his ability to “hustle.” “These two men were outstanding leaders and competitors,” Coach Ottinger said. Coach O showed up at Heath’s house frequently during recruitment season, trying to convince 8

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him to sign with the Roadrunners rather than with Shorter College.

1971-72 Dalton Junior College Basketball Schedule

“Every time I turned around, I thought he lived with us,” Heath joked. Heath signed with Dalton and made Roadrunner basketball history. After his tenure at Dalton Junior, Heath played ball for Western Kentucky and UNC Charlotte before trying out for the professional leagues. Offered a chance to play in Europe, Heath moved to Antwerp and began a “brief” European League career that has lasted to this day. Married and the father of two sons, Heath currently coaches, teaches school and plays in an adult league in Belgium. In his European homeland, he’s had to learn to speak both French and Flemish, a task he initially resisted. “For about six months, I just shut down. I refused to try to learn French. Then one day a friend of mine told his bulldog to ‘sit in the corner’ in French. The dog walked over and sat in the corner. I decided I must be the stupidest man in the world,” he laughed. “Even the dog speaks French.” Both Heath and Ingle believe that coaching is a skill that is not only critical to the success of the team, but is more difficult than they first realized. “I thought playing was hard, but coaching is really a job,” said Heath. “I always think about Coach O and wonder ‘How would he do it?’”



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Coach O, standing, welcomed former players Buck Heath and Tony Ingle to his home this summer.

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– Hutchinson, Kansas Gulf Coast 78 (First loss of year) State Fair 83 Arizona Western 92

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Mother & Child

Dr. Michael Hoff’s Research at Zoo Atlanta

As a friend of the gorillas at Zoo Atlanta, Dr. Michael Hoff has countless opportunities to observe primate behavior, conduct research, and write scholarly publications on gorilla social behavior. Dr. Hoff, who as Professor of Psychology teaches full-time at Dalton State, still averages about six trips to Zoo Atlanta each month where, Palm Pilots in hand, he observes and takes notes on how family groups of gorillas interact. “Very little was known about the normal course of infant behavior in the gorilla population,” he says, noting that most babies born in captivity before the mid-1970s were typically taken from their mothers and reared by keepers.

Ob very attentive to the needs of infants, keeping them in close contact, feeding, protecting, watching, and following them, he says. “We see ‘aunting’ behavior in other females who care for infants that are not their own,” he says. “Infant and juvenile play groups develop near the moms; as the infants get older, they start moving away from the moms, who eventually allow them more time and distance away.” Differences largely revolve around humans’ larger brains and intelligence, he says, noting that IQ testing on apes suggests that they ultimately develop to the approximate level of a seven-year-old child. “It was believed that the mothers might harm them,” says Dr. Hoff, who began his observations in 1976 at the Yerkes Primate Center Field Station in conjunction with graduate studies at Emory University, where he earned both his master’s and his doctorate in Experimental Psychology. “During those early days, we had three babies born at once, and we persuaded the administration to allow them to remain with their mothers. It worked out very well, and our early work was important in teaching zoos to leave infants, mothers, and fathers in the same group.” Dr. Hoff’s early research led to a book which he coauthored with Terry Maple called Gorilla Behavior, published in 1981, and numerous articles in scholarly publications since then. Currently, there are about two dozen primates comprising four “family groups” of gorillas at Zoo Atlanta. Each group contains a “compatible mix” of animals. Most groups contain several females of varying ages, a few immature males, and one dominant male.

“That shows that while they’re smart, they don’t really have much in the way of abstract thinking abilities. And while we find basic emotions in them, we don’t find the complexity and range of emotions that are found in humans.” One other major difference is the amount of specific teaching that humans engage in with their infants compared to primates and their young. “Humans specifically prepare their kids for the future with a high level of social interaction and the specific teaching of facts, concepts, and ideas,” Dr. Hoff remarks. “Apes don’t do any of that. There is little specific teaching that occurs. “Another really important difference lies in the fact that they are on one side of the moat and we are on the other! They are remarkably advanced animals that are deserving of respect and appropriate caretaking, but their world is defined by humans.”

Four infants have been born at Zoo Atlanta within the past year, including a set of twins, giving Dr. Hoff even more subjects to observe. A male, Kali, and twin sister, Kazi, were born in November to Kuchi; Macy was born to Kudzoo in December; and Sukari gave birth to an infant in July. Observing these infants and many others over the years, Dr. Hoff has found that there are “remarkable similarities in maternal care patterns among primates and humans.” Like humans, primates are

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Scholarship t R Recipients Ibrahim Awad This year’s recipient of the Wayne E. Bell Memorial Scholarship, Ibrahim Awad, knows a thing or two about hard work.

Charlotte Freeman Charlotte Freeman says the two scholarships she received from the DSC Foundation were key to her ability to pursue her dream of becoming an elementary school teacher. “The financial support I’ve received has exceeded my expectations,” says Freeman, of LaFayette, a “stay-at-home” mom who is a junior in Dalton State’s Early Childhood Education program. “To have somebody fund your education is just phenomenal. I feel obligated to do the very best I can.” Last spring, Freeman was awarded the Dalton Foam Scholarship and the first-ever Robert E. Knisley Scholarship, totaling $2000 in aid for this academic year. An all “A” student since she enrolled at Dalton three years ago to fulfill her core course requirements, Freeman was accepted into the Early Childhood program this fall and is enthusiastic about her future in the classroom. “In some ways, I feel like I kind of stumbled onto my meaning in life,” says Freeman, who formerly worked for insurance companies in Chattanooga before moving to Georgia with her husband and two daughters to become a stay-at-home mom. A few years after she moved to LaFayette, she began working as a paraprofessional for the Walker County School system while her daughters attended elementary school. “I just fell in love with it from the first day,” says Freeman, who was encouraged by the kindergarten teacher she worked with to follow her heart and pursue teacher certification. “Some days, I can’t wait to get back into the classroom,” Freeman says. “But for now, I’m just glad that I have the opportunity to go through this program at Dalton State.”


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As one of only three students from his high school graduating class to earn an International Baccalaureate Diploma, Ibrahim excelled in and out of the classroom at Dalton High, serving as President of the National Honor Society, and as a member of the Mock Trial Team, Academic Bowl, the Math Team, the Drama Club, the Spanish National Honor Society and the National Society of High School Scholars, just to name a few. And at Dalton State, as a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Ibrahim is devoting long hours to studying for a very honorable cause. “I want to achieve as high a GPA as I can because getting into law school can be extremely difficult,” says Ibrahim, who is majoring in English. “I don’t want anything to interfere with my dreams.” Enrolled in 17 credit hours this fall, Ibrahim expects to graduate from Dalton State in May, finish his bachelor’s in English from Kennesaw State University, take the LSAT exam, and enter law school in a few short years. “I’m really glad I came to Dalton State for my first college experience,” he says. “I really like the atmosphere here. You get more one-on-one interaction with your professors than you do at a lot of other universities.”

Jacqueline Barrios “I know if I put my mind to it, I can achieve anything I want,” says Jacqueline Barrios, 19, a freshman at Dalton State and recipient of one of The Goizueta Foundation Scholarships. So far, Barrios, who was born in Guatemala but has spent all but two years of her life in the United States, has a good track record for success. At Gordon Central High School in Calhoun, from which she graduated with highest honors this spring, Barrios was a member of the National Honor Society and the National French Honor Society. In addition to The Goizueta Foundation Scholarship, which provides $2000 in aid to her this year, she also received the Gordon Hospital Youth Apprenticeship Scholarship for her exemplary volunteer work during her senior year. Her experience as an apprentice in a hospital setting confirmed what she already thought was her life’s ambition: to work in the medical field, preferably emergency medicine. “The emergency room got my attention,” says Barrios, who will apply to Dalton State’s Registered Nursing program after she completes her core classes this year. “They allowed me to take vital signs and to shadow the doctors there. I got to see what it is like to work in a hospital emergency room.” Barrios says she chose Dalton State because of the reputation of its nursing program. “When I was looking at colleges, I realized that I could get a really good education close to home,” she says. “School is very important to me. I am a very determined student. My goals for now are to make good grades and focus on my studies.”


Annual Report of the DSC Foundation

On behalf of the Board of Trustees of the Dalton State College Foundation, I am pleased to present the Foundation's Annual Report to Donors for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2006. We are a growing, healthy Foundation. A record number of donors and an increasingly productive agenda have combined to put us in the unprecendented position of having assets exceeding $15 million. We simply could not have done it without the many friends of Dalton State. We are grateful for your support and your investment. Three highlights of the past year will indicate how busy we’ve been and how important your continued support is to Dalton State. First, the Foundation completed the purchase of the Wood Valley Apartments on the north end of campus. Wood Valley represents the future of Dalton State: student housing, a new academic building, campus life facilities – any number of things can be located on this property, all of which will not only expand the College’s ability to serve northwest Georgia but will enhance the college experience for our students as well. Second, a record number of Dalton State faculty invested in the Foundation last year. For the first time ever, an incredible 81% of the College’s professors made financial commitments to the Foundation, which is a strong indicator of their confidence in the way we support the institution. Third, we awarded more than $100,000 in scholarships to deserving and hard-working students who will graduate and become professional and productive citizens throughout northwest Georgia and beyond. In everything we do we strive to be good stewards of the gifts you have entrusted to us. I encourage you to visit the campus so you can see first-hand how your investment is making a difference in the lives of northwest Georgians. I encourage you to consider renewing or even increasing your commitment so that we can continue to advance the mission of Dalton State. And I encourage you to tell others about us and the work we’re doing to create a more educated Georgia. Thanks to you, the DSC Foundation works... for all of us. Sincerely,

Norris Little Chairman

2006 Annual Report

Dalton State College Foundation, Inc. Significant Financial Highlights for the year ending March 31, 2006 Assets Cash & Cash Equivalents Investments Pledge Receivables Prepaid Expenses Property & Equipment Mortgage Acquisition Costs Total Assets Liabilities Accounts Payable Security Deposits Mortgage Payable Income Taxes 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





1,460,205 10,189,382 2,290,196 180,329 3,701,535 38,366 17,860,013

89,050 16,555 2,470,407 18,767

2,507,043 4,182,011 8,576,180 17,860,013

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353,405 29,898 111,681 494,984

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Dalton State College Foundation Honor Roll of Donors 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 Ms. Suzanne Helen

The James and Sis Brown Fellowship 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. Reginald Sherrill Mr. and Mrs. W. Norris Little Mr. and Mrs. Gregg Sims Mr. Alan Lorberbaum Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Sponcler Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Lorberbaum Mr. and Mrs. Doug Squillario Mr. and Mrs. Mark Lorberbaum Mr. and Mrs. Robert Stewart Mr. and Mrs. Lamar Lyle Mr. and Mrs. Ray Taylor Mr. and Mrs. Don Martin Dr. and Mrs. Donald R. Thomas Mr. and Mrs. Terry Mathis Mr. and Mrs. John Tice Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Maybank Mr. and Mrs. Bob Tuck Mr. Fred A. Mayfield Mr. and Mrs. Jack Turner Mr. and Mrs. Jim L. McCormick Mr. and Mrs. Robert K. Walsh, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Jim McCraney Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Waters Mr. and Mrs. T. David McCreery Dr. and Mrs. Robert S. Weiner Mr. and Mrs. Dan McEntire Mrs. Lulu S. Westcott Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. McEntire Mr. and Mrs. C. Kenneth White Mr. and Mrs. Ken Michaels Mr. and Mrs. Charles G. Whitener, Sr. Mr. and Mrs. John T. Minor, III Mr. Chip Whitworth Mr. and Mrs. Tom Minor, IV Mr. and Mrs. Keith Whitworth Mr. and Mrs. John P. Neal, III Mr. and Mrs. Roger Williams Mr. and Mrs. H. Phillip Neff Mr. and Mrs. C. Lamar Wright Mr. and Mrs. Zack Norville Mrs. Henderson Wyatt Mr. Rodney Ownbey Mr. and Mrs. Joseph W. Yarbrough Mr. and Mrs. V. D. Parrott, Jr. 3 Anonymous Donors Mr. and Mrs. Jack Partain Dr. and Mrs. Steve Paynter

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2006 Annual Report

Dalton State College Foundation Honor Roll of Donors Corporations, Civic Groups, and Foundations Acree, Jinright, Leonard & Company Adcock Financial Services Alltel Azeez Shaheen Charitable Trust Bentcreek Sales, Inc. Burtco Enterprises, Inc. Carpet & Rug Institute Challenger Industries Charter Communications Cnetics Cohutta Banking Company Continental Products, Inc. Dalton Paper Products Dalyn's Heritage Rug Gallery Dart Drugs & Surgical Delta Kappa Gamma DSC Division of Natural Sciences & Mathematics DSC Division of Technical Education Dixie Group Foundation Dorsett Industries, L.P. Fincher/Loughridge Foundation First Georgia Banking Company First National Bank of Chatsworth Four Seasons Garden Club Fred Whitaker Company General Fibers & Fabrics Georgia Carpet Finishers, Inc. Global Textile Services, LLC Grace Episcopal Church Green Spot Super Market Hamilton Medical Center Hubert Judd Charitable Trust Katherine Judd Charitable Trust Kinard Realty Kiwanis Club of Dalton Lyle Industries Marketing Alliance Group Modern Fibers North Carolina Foam Industries, Inc. Northwest Georgia Bank Norville Industries Northwest Georgia Association of Post Anesthesia Nurses OMNOVA Solutions Quality Finishings of Georgia Regions Bank Roman Open Charities, Inc. Shaw Industries Group, Inc. Textile Rubber & Chemical Company


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The Goizueta Foundation United Community Banks United Minerals & Properties University System of Georgia Foundation Wachovia Bank Individual Supporters $1000 or more Dr. Lemuel Arnold Mrs. Johnnie B. Bakkum Dr. David P. Boyle Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Haines Mr. and Mrs. Mike LaChapelle Mrs. Derrell C. Roberts Mr. and Mrs. Justin M. Robinson One Anonymous Donor $250 – $999 Mr. and Mrs. Murray Bandy Drs. Joseph T. and Debbie Baxter Mr. and Mrs. James Bisson, III Dr. Judy Cornett Dr. Michael D'Itri Dr. Kerry Dunbar Mr. and Mrs. David J. Elrod Ms. Connie Glenn Ms. Kate Goode Dr. Clare E. Hite Dr. and Mrs. John A. Hutcheson, Jr. Drs. William T. and Mary Jo Jackson Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Johnson, III Mr. Bryan McAllister Dr. and Mrs. Earl McGhee Mr. and Mrs. Mark Pace Mr. and Mrs. Rick Powell Mr. Tom Pullen Mr. and Mrs. Dale E. Relyea Mr. and Mrs. Roger Rollins Mr. and Mrs. Joe Sheppard, Sr. Dr. and Mrs. Henry J. Turner Mr. and Mrs. David M. White $100 – $249 Mr. and Mrs. Steven W. Acuff Dr. and Mrs. James K. Adams Mr. James M. Anderson Mr. Scott A. Bailey Mr. and Mrs. William W. Bell, Jr. Dr. Beth Biron Mr. and Mrs. William Bowen, III Mrs. Sherry Breitweiser Mr. and Mrs. Milton L. Brown

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Mr. Garrett Burgner Mrs. Carol Burton Dr. Lynne M. Cabe Mr. and Mrs. John Campbell Dr. Nick Carty Dr. Robin Cleeland Dr. Dennis Cook Ms. Dianne S. Cox Mr. and Mrs. Terry Cullifer Mr. and Mrs. George H. Davies Ms. Susan Dillard Mr. and Mrs. Mike Doyle Mr. John A. Draper Dr. and Mrs. Conrad H. Easley Ms. Juanita F. Edwards Dr. Ken Ellinger Mr. and Mrs. James Ellis Dr. Hassan A. Elnajjar Mr. Jack Freeman Mr. R. Todd Gardenhire Dr. Randall Griffus Dr. James C. Head Mr. and Mrs. James H. Heard Dr. Marilyn M. Helms Dr. Celeste M. Humphrey Ms. Gaile R. Jennings Dr. Larry Johnson Dr. Billy J. Jump Ms. Gail N. Junkins Dr. Hubert B. Kinser Ms. Patricia Kresl Mr. Denton L. Little Col. French L. MacLean Mrs. Kelley K. Mahoney Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Massey Dr. Donna T. Mayo Mrs. Becky McAfee Mr. and Mrs. Greg Melton Mr. Harold Miles Dr. Barbara M. Murray Mr. and Mrs. Rick Myers Mrs. Cheryl C. Nuckolls Dr. Keith R. Perry Dr. Geoffrey Poor Dr. Christy Price Mrs. Jackie Reed Mr. and Mrs. Harold E. Relyea Mrs. Della C. Sampson Mr. and Mrs. Joseph W. Sheppard, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Robert K. Sheppard Ms. Doris M. Shoemaker Mr. Kelson M. Smith Mr. Richard F. Smith, Jr.

Ms. Constance E. Sorrentino Dr. Cordia Starling Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Strain, Jr. Rev. and Mrs. Dean Taylor Mrs. Mary Taylor Ms. Carol A. Treible Dr. and Mrs. Thomas D. Veve Dr. Andrew J. Waskey Mr. Phil Wooten Mr. and Mrs. Steve Zeller Up to $99 Ms. Mary Andrews Mrs. Rochelle Bautista Dr. Donald Bowen Dr. Carol Brand Mr. and Mrs. Fred Burdick Mrs. Joy Carrier Mrs. Joan Chapman Mr. and Mrs. Chad M. Cicci Dr. Robert E. Clay Mr. David Cochran Mr. and Mrs. Leslie A. Cole Ms. Sheila Coley Dr. Larry W. Cooper Ms. Sheila Croft Mrs. Charlotte S. Crosen Ms. Valerie Cutrale Dr. Wesley K. Davis Dr. Cecile A. De Rocher Mrs. Dudd Dempsey Mr. and Mrs. Mark A. Dempsey Mr. Norman DesRosiers Ms. Judy Dombroski Mr. Kent Earley Ms. Ruby D. Fielding Mr. and Mrs. Bobby E. Forester Ms. Susan R. Fort Mrs. Carol Gavagan Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gilbert Mrs. Cheryl Grayson Dr. Baogang Guo Dr. and Mrs. Nathaniel Hansford Drs. Kent and Leslie Harrelson Mr. Larry Hathcock Mr. and Mrs. Donald Hendrix Dr. Richard Hennier Ms. Sharon Hixon Dr. Michael P. Hoff Mr. and Mrs. David Scott Howell Dr. Carolyn Jensen Mr. Michael A. Jordan Dr. Joe Keener

Mr. Jason M. Kenworthy Mr. J. Clint Kinkead Ms. Alice R. Kirby Mr. Reed Krause Mr. and Mrs. Don Kuchenbuch Mrs. Cheryl Larsen Dr. G. John Lugthart, III Dr. Nancy Mason Dr. Marsha Mathews Ms. Faith Miller Dr. Rita H. Moore Mr. Donald J. Mroz Mr. David Newton Dr. Mary T. Nielsen Ms. Pamela D. Norrell Mrs. Jane K. Parks Mr. Jack Pattison Drs. Vince and Lydia Postell Mr. and Mrs. Herbert M. Poston Dr. Norman J. Presse, Jr. Ms. Debbie Mann Rector Mrs. Sherry Riley Mr. and Mrs. Rod Rodriguez Ms. Laura C. Rose Dr. Monte Salyer Ms. Andrea Sampson Ms. Amy Schmidt Ms. Christy Shannon Mr. and Mrs. George Shirilla Mr. and Mrs. Warren M. Sims Dr. Lorena A. Sins Mr. and Mrs. William S. Sloan Ms. Tyra D. Stalling Dr. James Stevenson Mrs. Ann L. Taylor Mrs. Dana L. Trowell Mrs. Barbara G. Tucker Mr. Creig Tudor Mrs. Aileen Underwood Ms. Janet Anne Vetter Ms. Gail Ward Mrs. Susan D. West Dr. Patricia M. White Dr. Melissa G. Wiedenfeld Mr. Kraig Wilkinson Ms. Polly J. Willis The preceding lists represent gifts made to the DSC Foundation between April 1, 2005 and March 31, 2006. The DSC Foundation’s Board of Trustees expresses its appreciation for the generosity of these supporters.

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“Once they enter our program, we work very hard to help them master all of the skills they’ll need in the field. ”

Faculty Staff


Garrett Burgner

Linda Massey

By the time the College’s new Fitness Center opens in the Bandy Gymnasium next year, Garrett Burgner will be revved up and raring to go.

Linda Fowler Massey, Class of 1971, has strong ties to the College. As a first-year work-study student, she “interned” in the Library’s “media services,” never dreaming that she was actually laying the foundation for a career in public relations.

Burgner, who served as Director of Student Activities for the past 10 years, has been named Director of Campus Recreation, a position he’s long desired and feels well prepared for. “This is what I went to school to do,” says Burgner, who earned a bachelor’s degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies from the University of Tennessee and a master’s in Recreational Administration from Middle Tennessee State University. “I’m excited about devoting 100 percent of my time to intramurals and other recreational activities.” Burgner coordinates all campus intramurals, including flag football, basketball, tennis, volleyball, kickball, soccer, and table tennis. He also teaches four physical education classes per semester, and leads students on hiking and outdoor trips. And, by late fall, he will be a certified personal trainer.


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After nearly ten years of service at Dalton State as a Public Relations Specialist, Linda was honored for providing service that has been “consistently above and beyond expectations” when she received The Beth Burdick Service Excellence Award late this spring. Each year, the selection of The Beth Burdick Service Excellence Award recipient is made by a committee of staff peers who cast a series of secret ballots. Linda was one of 21 staff employees who was nominated for the award this year. The honor carries a $1000 cash prize. As Public Relations Specialist, Linda handles advertising, photography, and graphic design for the College.





Marilyn Helms

Susan West

Dr. Marilyn Helms, Professor of Management and Sesquicentennial Endowed Chair, received The DSC Foundation Teaching Excellence Award for 2006.

Susan West knows a thing or two about “pass rates.”

As one of the 13 nominees for the award, Dr. Helms was required to submit a comprehensive portfolio that included letters of endorsement, student evaluations, and annual performance reports. “I would have rated her higher, but there was no higher rating,” said one of the students who nominated Dr. Helms for the award.

Since 1983, when she began teaching courses in Radiologic Technology, every student she has taught has passed the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification exam on the first try, for a remarkable 100% pass rate. And for at least the past four years, Dalton State’s program has placed among the top 5% of Radiologic Technology programs in the nation for pass rates on the exam.

“She should be the ‘benchmark’ professor for the College,” said another, while a third student praised her for being a “lively and humorous instructor. One tough course – Whew!”

“I see myself as a good facilitator, in that I help provide the students with the tools they need to be successful,” says West, Director of the College’s “Rad Tech” program which admits up to 17 students each year.

The DSC Foundation Teaching Excellence Award carries a $1000 stipend and is announced each year at the College’s Honors Convocation.

“Once they enter our program, we work very hard to help them jump through the hoops and to have them master all of the skills they’ll need in the field.” Only about 50 percent of those students interviewed for a spot in the highly competitive program are accepted each year, she says, noting that graduates of the two-year program will have spent 1900 hours in clinical settings, ranging from hospitals to physicians’ offices.

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Jeremy Stroop “CARES” for the World We Live In When Jeremy Stroop enrolled in an Environmental Science class taught by Professor of Biology John Lugthart, he didn’t realize that he was making a “career” decision. “In that class, I realized what an impact business has on the environment,” says Stroop, who is a senior marketing major who works for Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE). “Each and every individual has a responsibility to the world we live in,” he continues. “I wanted to find real life business solutions for environmental challenges.” Stroop had that opportunity when he began working for CARE, which is a nonprofit organization that is finding marketbased solutions for the recycling and reuse of post-consumer carpet.

prepare him for a demanding position in business. “At CARE, we have been faced with how to deal with the ‘5 billion pound challenge,’” says Jeremy, age 30, explaining that “each year, at least 5 billion pounds of discarded carpet goes into the nation’s landfills. One of the goals of CARE is to achieve a 40% reduction of this number by the year 2012.” The reduction of carpet waste can be achieved in many different ways, Jeremy says. Carpet can be recycled to make new carpet, and it can be converted into raw materials that can be used to make products such as tile backer board, carpet cushion, railroad ties, roofing shingles, automotive parts, stepping stones, and landscaping materials. “We’re trying to create demand for recyclable and reusable carpet and to offer economically and environmentally appealing options to businesses,” he says.

“I’m on the ground floor of a brand-new industry,” he says. “There’s something wonderful about getting up every morning, knowing that what I do is going to make a difference and that it will positively impact future generations.” At work, Jeremy develops marketing plans, deals with public relations issues, fields inquiries, and monitors the web site. He credits several Dalton State professors, including Assistant Professor of Economics Della Sampson and Instructor in Marketing Valerie Cutrale, for helping

Already, the initiative is working, Jeremy says, noting that 225 million pounds of carpet waste was diverted in 2005, representing a 108 percent increase over the previous year. “We’ve only been in existence for four years, and we’ve already diverted 484 million pounds of carpet waste,” says Jeremy. “Right now, we’re at the tipping point where we’re about to see an exponential growth in these efforts.”

Jami Kuhns is Realizing Her Dream While pursuing her MBA, Jami Kuhns worked as a graduate assistant in Student Activities and fell in love – with student activities. The 26-year-old Jesup, Georgia, native switched programs and earned a master’s degree in higher education administration, with the goal of becoming a Student Activities Director. This fall, her dream has been realized. “My training is in student involvement,” says Jami, who is taking the reins from Garrett Burgner, who was recently named Director of Campus Recreation and will be coordinating intramural


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sports events. “Astin’s Theory of Involvement is that the more you get involved, the more you want to be involved. I believe that’s true with student activities. The sooner students become grounded and familiar with the campus, the more involved they want to become. And they also tend to study harder.” In her new position, Jami leads orientation sessions, coordinates volunteer opportunities, and organizes leadership activities for students. New Assistant Director Teresa Weimann is focusing on student activity programming and club organization and development.

A RO U N D CA M P U S For Julie Henry, the Big Easy is like a “Second Home” “New Orleans will always have a special place in my heart,” says Julie Henry, a nineteen-year-old sophomore at Dalton State. “I’ll always love it and the people who live there, too. It’s my second home.”

Juterh Nmah: Making a Difference “I like using my time to help other people,” says Juterh Nmah, who recently received the Northwest Georgia United Way Outstanding Youth Volunteer Award for her many service contributions to the Dalton community. “The difference that you make in other people’s lives makes what you’re doing feel worthwhile.” Juterh, pronounced Ju-tae, is a native of Liberia whose parents brought her to the States when she was six months old. Reared primarily in Utah, New Mexico, and Oregon, Juterh moved to Georgia in January 2005 to enroll in Dalton State, where her father, Benedict, is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics. “I transferred here from Oregon State, which is a school of about 20,000 students,” says 21-year-old Juterh. “It’s been a better fit for me here because of the smaller classes. I find that I can concentrate better, and I like being able to get to know the professors on a personal basis.”

Julie spent this summer in “the Big Easy,” working with MissionLab as a liaison staff member who assisted visiting youth groups in their efforts to help rebuild the city of New Orleans. “We did a little bit of everything,” says the Chickamauga native. “We treated houses for mold before we could gut a house and take out its walls. We cleaned floors and painted; we hung sheet rock; we cleaned trash from the yards.” For a young woman who was home schooled until she entered college, living in such a foreign environment was a “completely different” experience from anything she’d done before. While there, Julie was able to see firsthand the destruction of what was once a fun-loving city. “New Orleans is still in pretty bad shape,” she says, “especially the Ninth Ward, which was the hardest hit. It still looks like a third world country. The authorities down there say that it may take 10 years to rebuild it the way it used to be.” “As a psychology major, my goal is to eventually do work, probably mission work, that involves working with people. Being down there this summer showed me that I can jump right in and do it.”

On campus, Juterh is active in the Black Student Alliance Club, which was initiated in the spring of 2005, and for which she has served as President. Last November, the club was nominated for and received the Whitfield County NAACP Community Service Award for service activities which included tutoring public school students at the Dalton Community Center. “I really like working in the area of helping kids succeed,” says Juterh, who plans to major in psychology. “My goal is to help others in any way possible.”

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Matthew Queener Admissions Counselor Matthew Queener wants the students he recruits to know that he “won’t throw them to the wolves” after they enroll here. That’s why he’s chosen to be called Admissions Counselor rather than Admissions Recruiter, even though much of his time will be spent recruiting students to Dalton State from area high schools and through college fairs.

Sandra Derrick – Teacher of the Year Sandra Whaley Derrick, Class of 1974, says her experience at “Dalton Junior” taught her that “I could do anything I put my mind to doing.” Derrick completed her studies at the University of Georgia where she excelled in school and engaged in all sorts of extracurricular activities before earning a master’s degree in education. Now, almost 30 years into a career as a teacher of family and consumer science, Derrick says she’s grateful for her early years at Dalton State.

“And they need to know that they can have the full student package here. All they have to do is to get involved.”

“I love teaching,” says Derrick, who says that the field of home economics is rewarding because “no matter what you do, you need those skills in life.”

Matthew has several goals for his new position in Enrollment Services. One is to widen the College’s geographic recruiting scope, taking the “good news” of Dalton State to more outlying counties. Another is to encourage students to become more involved in all of the activities the College has to offer.

She especially enjoys teaching a course in “consumer education,” showing students how to become savvy consumers and to get the most for their dollar.

“It’s good to be back and be a part of the good things that are happening at Dalton State.”

Last year, Derrick was named Whitfield County Teacher of the Year. When her name was announced, she recalls, “It came as a real shock, but it was a great honor.”

Derrick, who is teaching in the “brand new” New Hope Middle School, is married to Sid, who teaches physical education at Pleasant Grove. Their daughter, Lindsey, is a senior at Northwest High School. “As I have gotten older and have taught more, I have really enjoyed seeing what my students have accomplished,” she says. “I like being just a small part of what they’ve become.”


“As an Admissions Counselor, I want students to know that I’m here for them even after they arrive,” says Matthew, a 2003 graduate of Dalton State. “One of my main goals is to show students that at Dalton State you can get the traditional college experience minus some of the negative experiences and dangers that you can face at other schools.

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ALUMNI NEWS The sky’s the limit for Dalton State graduates.

Class Notes From Alumni 2000s Carrie Thomas Martin (2001) and her husband, Aaron, announce the birth of a son, Logan Alexander. Carrie is a nurse at Fannin Regional Hospital in Blue Ridge, Georgia. Candi Garland Hawkins (2002) is first grade teacher at Calhoun Primary School in Calhoun, Georgia. Tommy Scalf (2004) supervises the Radiology Department at Murray Medical Center in Chatsworth, Georgia. Anna Wade (2005) is a tutor and testing administrator at Sylvan Learning Center in Marietta, Georgia. Rebekah Staats (2006) is a Social Service Case Manager with the Department of Family and Children Services in Chatsworth, Georgia.

1990s Timothy Nicholson (1990) is a Database Administrator at Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh, North Carolina.

1980s David Kirby (1981) is a Remediation Geologist for the Commonwealth of Virginia. He and his wife, Elizenda, are celebrating the birth of a son, Hayden Knox. David Standridge (1989) is a Master Technician with Shaw Industries’ Patcraft Carpet Division in Chatsworth, Georgia.

1970s LeBron McBride (1972) is Director of Behavioral Medicine and a faculty member in family medicine at Floyd Hospital in Rome, Georgia. Lee Williams (1974) is President of Digital Connections, Inc. (DCI), a 220-employee firm based in Nashville, Tennessee, that specializes in systems integration.

LaTisha Morgan (1999) teaches second grade at Gilbert Elementary School in LaFayette, Georgia. Dalton State Magazine | Fall 2006


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