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FALL 2008








A Message from the President Dr. John O. Schwenn

It’s our 43rd fall semester at Dalton State. What a great time to be on campus. The best thing about Dalton State today is how many good things are happening. Our record enrollment of over 4,900 students represents an 8% increase over last fall. The quadrangle and bell tower are headed toward completion in October. Construction of a new parking deck will get underway this semester. And a record number of new faculty and staff have joined the campus community. On the program front, we continue to add to our array of academic offerings in order to meet the higher education needs of the northwest Georgia region we serve. This semester we welcome our first biology and mathematics baccalaureate majors on campus. Additional degree proposals at the bachelor degree level are in the pipeline. Among our faculty and staff for the first time are three endowed chairs, each of whom is a

leader in her or his field of teaching. They are representative of the diversity of talent and experience we have on campus. And since we remain true to our mission as a teaching and learning institution, our students have regular and frequent contact with this array of faculty talent. My first months on campus have confirmed my original suspicion that Dalton State is an institution not only in transition, but on the move. So many good things are happening that it’s difficult to list them all. You’ll read about some of them in this issue of Dalton State Magazine. On behalf of the entire Dalton State campus community, I want to extend a special thank you to our alumni and donors for your continued advocacy for and friendship to Dalton State. Your gifts, your confidence, and your support make so many of these good things possible. Have a wonderful fall.

FALL 2008


Dalton State Then & Now


James Adams


Welcoming the first class of the new millennium; standing on the threshold of a new decade

A quest to collect

The DSC Foundation Annual Report to Donors


The Joys of Studying Abroad


Profile of a Donor


Exploring France, Spain, and China

Jack Bandy – a natural love for history

Lourdes Diaz Soto


Faculty & Staff


Around Campus


Alumni Profiles


Class Notes


Teaching teachers to teach

New faces and familiar ones share a passion for teaching and service

“Going Green” on campus and beyond

Successful graduates recall their times at Dalton State

See what our alums are doing

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; Writers: Jane Taylor and Josh Wilson; Photographers: William Massey, Linda Massey, Stanley Leary, and Phillip Spears; Design, Second Shift Design LLC, 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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2000 2 Then

Dalton State…

In 2000, the dot-com bubble burst, digital music debuted, Tiger Woods won the U.S. Open by 15 strokes, and, after an agonizing 36 days, Texas Governor George W. Bush became the 43rd president, prevailing over Vice President Al Gore in the Electoral College by the narrow margin of 271-267.

On the other side of the globe, the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney came to an end just about the same time that, closer to home, Dalton State was gearing up to welcome its first class of the new millennium. Also in 2000, Dalton State collaborated with regional industry to introduce a new degree program: an associate of applied science degree in manufacturing technology.

The College’s first endowed chair, funded by the DSC Foundation with support from the City of Dalton and the State of Georgia’s Eminent Scholar Trust Fund, was filled by Dr. Marilyn Helms, Professor of Management. Previously known as the Liberal Arts Building, the largest academic building on campus was renamed in honor of Alan and Shirley Lorberbaum, pioneers of Dalton’s carpet industry and longtime activists for education in the community. The Lorberbaum Building – 50,000 square feet of classroom and faculty office space – quickly became the signature building on campus. The 3M Corporation granted $100,000 for the College’s new computer manufacturing lab and for scholarships for students in business and technology programs. Georgia Governor Roy Barnes made the trip to campus to award the 500,000th HOPE Scholarship in the state. Dalton State was the Governor’s second stop on an eight-city statewide tour to celebrate the HOPE Scholarship and its impact on Georgians’ ability to pursue a college education.


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3,139 Student enrollment 126 Number of faculty

14 Number of new faculty 100 Number of staff

9 Number of buildings 350 Students graduating 111,583 Books in library

$1,990 Tuition and Fees (Academic Year)

$21 Student Activity Fee $36 Technology Fee $5 Parking Fee

$400 Average cost of books for full-time enrollment $7,174,727 Foundation assets


0 2008 4,899 Student enrollment 132 Number of faculty

25 Number of new faculty 174 Number of staff


Dalton State…

10 Number of buildings

Having just concluded Dalton State’s 40th anniversary academic year, we stand on the threshold of a new decade for the institution.

562 Students graduating

This semester we’ll see more students in classes than ever before. A recordbreaking 4,899 students are on campus this year. There’s a lot of us, but we’re thrilled to be here.

130,470 + 56,881 e-books Books in library

$1,085 Tuition and Fees (Semester) $40 Student Activity Fee $48 Technology Fee $65/Vehicle/Term Parking Fee $500 Average cost of books for full-time enrollment $32,273,242 Foundation assets

There’s a big mess on campus, too. And we’re not talking about parking, although that is still an issue we hope to resolve somewhat with a new parking deck later this fall. (Cross fingers, knock wood, rub the hair of a red-headed boy.) The mess is due to the dirt and dust and sidewalk-pouring and new landscaping for the College’s quadrangle and bell tower funded by the DSC Foundation’s Fulfilling the Vision campaign. But it’s only a mess until the grass fills in and the plantings begin to mature. For right now, though, the most striking change is the absence of the nearly thirty pine trees that dotted the center of campus between Pope and Sequoya for the past twenty years. More new faculty than anyone can ever remember are on campus this year. Twenty-five new professors and instructors were introduced at the fall semester faculty meeting. And still, with all the changes, there’s a sense that this is the same place that it’s always been. We’re different in a lot of ways – we’re hardly a junior college anymore – but we’re still an institution committed to teaching and learning, a place where any student willing to work and study for a college education can find a place they can comfortably call home.

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n his ongoing quest to collect butterflies and moths, Dr. James Adams has tumbled down hillsides, rolled through poison ivy, wrestled with desert cacti, and scaled steep rock cliffs. But the Professor of Biology and Lepidoptera expert has never injured himself seriously, save being stung by angry yellow jackets from time to time. “I’ve actually written an article called ‘The Dangers of Celebrating 40 Years of Academic Lepping,’ about the bizarre hazards of trying to catch Lepidoptera, but I’ve been very lucky so far,” says Adams, noting that in all of his expeditions to Mexico, Costa Rica, and 47 states, he’s rarely even run across a snake. “There seems to be a misperception that butterflies and moths are hard to approach, but they’re much easier than birds. As long as a butterfly is interested in something, like a flower, it can stay put for a while.” Case in point: while on a collecting trip to Mexico, Adams spotted a swallowtail butterfly resting on a tree branch 3040 feet above him. The only way to capture the flying insect was to climb up the rock wall. But because the swallowtail seemed content to rest in the afternoon sun, Adams had enough time to scale the rock’s crannies and reach out to the branch with his net and capture the butterfly.

Adams’ fascination with moths and butterflies began when he was not yet two. His mother, who shares his love of science, watched her son chase butterflies in the backyard of their Missouri home and noticed how carefully he handled them when he caught them. She soon bought him his first butterfly net and by age 10 the young naturalist had learned how to preserve specimens for his permanent collection. Now, more than 35 years after he began drying and mounting moths and butterflies and preserving them in glass-covered drawers, Adams maintains a collection of prepared specimens that numbers in the tens of thousands, with perhaps several times as many that are catalogued and preserved, but have not yet been spread. While he houses most of his collection in cabinets on the ground floor of his Calhoun home, he does bring examples in to show to his students who enroll in his biology, entomology, and evolution classes. 6

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Excellence at Dalton State

James Adams A Quest to Collect

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“When I show students examples of butterflies and moths, I find that many of them have shared misconceptions. Most people think in terms of butterflies being more numerous than moths, but actually, moth species outnumber butterflies worldwide by 15 to 1. We’re just more accustomed to thinking about butterflies because we’re more likely to see them during the day, while moths are typically nocturnal. “Often students will say that they consider moths to be ugly, but that’s not the case at all. Many moths are very colorful and quite beautiful. And most students are surprised when they realize how many of these colorful moths actually live in the northwest Georgia area.”

Considered to be an internationally-recognized expert on several Lepidoptera families, Adams has even had the privilege of naming three species of moths, with the possibility of naming several more. “Naming insects can be a funny thing,” he says. “Most scientists are pretty serious about the whole process, but there’s no rule that says they have to be. A friend of mine named one moth species “Eubetia bigaulae,” which if pronounced correctly would sound like “you betcha’ by golly.”

Incorporating the study of Lepidoptera into science courses makes sense, Adams says, because the life cycle of insects is relatively short and they reproduce quickly, making them more adaptive and responsive to changes in the environment than many other forms of life. In addition to sharing his passion for the fourwinged insects with his students, Adams spends much of his free time plugged into the world of Lepidoptera. As a past president of the International Lepidoptera Society, Adams still contributes to its website, This past summer, Adams spent two weeks in Arizona, three of those days participating in the Brown Canyon Mothing Workshop in the Baboquivari Mountains. Adams, accompanied by his mother, collected various species of Lepidoptera in moth traps. And he recently completed a chapter for a book on western moths. In the past he has worked on several major surveying projects, including one sponsored by the National Park Service in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in which volunteer crews held a blitz to see how many different species they could catch in one 24-hour period. The result: over 800 separate species. Adams also conducts Lepidoptera surveys for Georgia’s Department of Natural Resources on a volunteer basis. And he contributes regularly to the Georgia Lepidoptera website hosted on the Dalton State College server at galeps/. 8

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He’s even naming one of his newly discovered species after his wife. The species will be named “kathyae” in the genus Plagiomimicus, in honor of his wife, Kathy. It’s an accolade that Adams acknowledges may be a small price to pay for the sacrifices she’s had to make sharing her oven with drying butterflies and the freezer with stored moths from time to time. “When you’re preparing a moth or butterfly to be stored in a case, you have to be sure you spread their wings out and then dry them properly. If you do, they can stay in perfect condition for hundreds of years. Depending on its size, it can take several days for a butterfly to dry naturally, so I’ve been known to place them in the oven on 170 degrees on occasion. It really speeds up the process.” Adams, whose father and brother are college professors as well, says he loves teaching and knows he’s found his calling. “But if I weren’t working here, I could see myself as the next George Page, who narrates NOVA programs. I really like the public relations end of my work. Doing science documentaries for public television – now that would be a dream job.”


CHAIRMAN’S LETTER Dear Friends and Alumni of Dalton State: On behalf of the Dalton State College Foundation, I am proud to present the Annual Report of the Foundation’s financial and program activity for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2008. The past year was one of significant progress for the Foundation. We concluded our first-ever fundraising campaign which raised more than $21 million to enhance the campus and fortify our endowment. We added 99 acres to our property holdings for the future use of the College. We expanded our investments in scholarships and faculty and program support. In these and other endeavors, the Foundation played a leadership role to move the institution forward in strategic and necessary ways. We enjoy these successes because of the generous financial support of so many friends and alumni who recognize the value of Dalton State in their personal lives, to their companies, and to the region we call home. But our strength is more than a balance sheet: we are strong because of you, our friends, who work together to accomplish big things for Dalton State. We are proud of our relationship with you. We ask for your continued support of our common goal to fulfill the vision of tomorrow’s Dalton State.


G. Robert Buchanan Chairman DSC Foundation Board of Trustees Dalton State Magazine | Fall 2008


Dalton State College Foundation, Inc. Significant Financial Highlights for the year ended March 31, 2008


Cash & Cash Equivalents Investments Accounts Receivable Pledges Receivable Prepaid Expenses Property & Equipment Mortgage Acquisition Costs

Total Assets

Net Assets

4,802,630 30,217



163,601 2,377,228 18,538 18,112,589

Temporarily Restricted


Permanently Restricted


Total Liablilites & Net Assets





Investment Income


Net Realized Gain/Loss on Sale of Investments


Net Unrealized Gain/Loss on Sale of Investments Net Unrelated Business Income Total Revenues

(1,156,077) 51,305 $5,270,129


Program Expenses


General & Administrative


Fund Raising Total Expenses

84,427 $851,565

Net Assets Beginning

$4,418,564 of


Net Assets at End of Year



Security Deposits

Income Taxes Payable




Mortgage Payable

Net Assets


Accounts Payable CRAT Payable







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Abroad The Joys of Studying


lifelong interest in Asian History led Jesse Cucksee to sign up for the Summer Study in China program. “Learning about history from a textbook is interesting, but to get to go and experience firsthand all of the sites you’re learning about, that just puts you on a whole different playing field,” says Cucksee, age 20. “Actually being there gives you a different perspective than the outlook you had before.” Field trips to sites he’d long dreamed of seeing, like the Museum of Qin Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses, Tiananmen Square, and the Great Wall of China, will

Ana Maldonado experiences another “first” in Paris – seeing the Eiffel Tower.

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While studying abroad in Spain this summer, Lesley Hohol enjoyed seeing the sites in small towns and villages during field trips and optional weekend jaunts.

remain lifelong memories, and a trip to Yuntai Mountain Geological Park, with its crystal blue water, mountain ranges, and huge rock formations, “puts the Grand Canyon to shame, really.” Cucksee was one of nearly 30 Dalton State College students who studied abroad this summer and one of five who received DSC Foundation scholarships to help pay for a portion of the program’s tuition and costs. Lesley Hohol, who traveled to Spain, and Ana Maldonado, who studied in France, also received a $2,000 scholarship from the DSC Foundation. “When I found out about the scholarship from one of my professors, I wasn’t going to pass up that opportunity,” says Hohol, whose program was based in Madrid but included field trips to towns and villages all over Spain. 16

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“We visited so many museums, and got to see so much art and culture,” says Hohol, who took two art classes, including “Sketching Spain,” during the five-week program. “We even went to a bullfight and got to see flamenco dancing.” Hohol says that participating in the program actually helped increase her sense of independence. “I think the chance to study abroad made me stronger as a person,” she says. For Ana Maldonado, the experience of studying abroad in France presented her with a series of “firsts.” “It was the first time I’d been to Europe, the first time I’d flown on a plane, and the first time I’d gone somewhere where I didn’t know anyone else – I was totally alone,” says Maldonado.

Maldonado admits this was a dream come true, one that was realized through a combination of her academic achievements, her part-time job, and her DSC Foundation Study Abroad Scholarship.

“The DSC Foundation Study Abroad Scholarships have made it more feasible for many students to study abroad who might not have been able to afford to travel overseas without some sort of financial assistance.”

With a 4.0 GPA, the HOPE Scholarship took care of her tuition for the two three-hour classes. The $2,000 scholarship from the Foundation covered the bulk of the program’s expenses while the money she’d earned and saved for several years made up the difference.

Investing in scholarships for students studying abroad is a strategic initiative for the DSC Foundation.

“There was a time when I did not think it would be possible for me to make that kind of trip,” recalls Maldonado, whose parents brought her to the United States, speaking no English, when she was just 11 years old. “But once you know you want to do something, you just have to keep pushing on. If you try, you can do it. I knew I wanted to go to Europe, and I kept pushing toward that goal.” The advantages to studying abroad are huge, says Dr. John Lugthart, director of the study abroad program at Dalton State. “In terms of self-enrichment, the experience of studying abroad is unparalleled,” he says. “These programs provide students with a much broader world view and a greater understanding of differing economic, political, and cultural perspectives.”

“During our recently completed Fulfilling the Vision campaign, we identified the study abroad program as an area where private giving to Dalton State can have a significant impact,” says DSC Foundation Chair Bob Buchanan. “State funds cannot be used for scholarships, even for study abroad, but the DSC Foundation, through the generosity of private donors, can and does support students desiring to expand their intellectual horizons by spending a semester abroad.” Each winter, the Foundation makes available a number of scholarship awards for Dalton State students planning to study abroad during the upcoming summer semester. “For many of our students studying abroad, it marks the first time they’ve been out of the country,” says Buchanan. “We’re happy to assist deserving students in their educational endeavors. We know from experience that studying abroad can be a transformative experience for young people. It’s a program that we’ll be expanding in the coming years, thanks to the success of the campaign.”

Dalton State, as one of 35 University System of Georgia (USG) institutions, participates in the System’s World Regional Council study abroad programs, which sponsors eight programs each year. Colleges and universities also create programs which are administered through their own institutions, but which are open to students enrolled in other USG schools. There are more than 300 of these programs offering opportunities to study in many of the nations of the world. Dr. Baogang Guo, Dalton State College Professor of Political Science and a native of China, actually created the Asia Council’s Summer Study in China program, which this summer hosted 42 students. Lugthart says his goal is to increase the number of students who choose to study abroad each year, noting that many students never apply because they are afraid they can’t afford it.

Jesse Cucksee, center, poses among a group of school girls during one of the numerous field trips he took while studying abroad in China.

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One of the pioneers of Dalton’s carpet industry, Bandy still invests in creative startups such as portable body warmers, residential development, early-state healthcare, hedge funds, and joint ventures.


alton businessman and entrepreneur Jack Bandy comes by his love for history naturally – he inherited it. “My mother was very history-oriented; she read incessantly, and must have remembered everything she read,” recalls Bandy of his mother, Dicksie, a former schoolteacher and community volunteer who reestablished the Whitfield/Murray Historical Society after it had folded in the early 1900’s.

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Jack Bandy A Natural Love for History

“Mother was tremendously interested in the Cherokee Indians who used to live in this region because she thought they had been so mistreated. She wanted to be a voice for them so that they’d always be remembered. “She became an official ambassador to the Cherokee nation. The Vann House in Murray County wouldn’t be here if not for her.” As a child, Bandy learned about the plight of the Native American Cherokees at his mother’s knee. As he grew, he became keenly aware of the rich Civil War history in northwest Georgia, where tangible remnants and artifacts can still be discovered on former battlefields. And as a young man having worked alongside his father, B.J., an entrepreneur, Bandy witnessed the transformation of a sleepy cotton mill town into a thriving city. He watched as ubiquitous “mom and pop” tufted bedspread operations morphed into the modernday carpet industry.


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“People in this area have said for a long time that there ought to be a place where the history of this region can be explored in great depth,” says Bandy. That dream will become reality now thanks to Bandy’s gift to establish The Bandy Center for Northwest Georgia History and Culture at Dalton State. “I see this center providing a museumtype space where people can see firsthand some of the artifacts and photographs that showcase northwest Georgia’s early history. And I see it being a place where historians can meet and do research and have outreach to historical societies throughout North Georgia.” The Bandy Center will provide a forum for public outreach programming, lectures, conferences, and seminars for the general public as well as for professional historians. And when it opens in 2009, the College will have concluded a national search for a professor to serve as the B.J. and Dicksie Bandy Chair in History, whose duties will be to teach, to perform community outreach, and to encourage and facilitate scholarship focused on the region’s past. In his own past, Bandy has witnessed significant changes within Whitfield and surrounding counties. While the region was poor during the first half of the century, “there was a very strong entrepreneurial spirit that took hold during the 1920s and 1930s,” he recalls. “My mother had that entrepreneurial spirit,” he says. “She knew Catherine Evans, who was the creator of the tufted bedspread industry. Mrs. Evans gave Mother some patterns, and my parents started their own company making bedspreads.”

The Bandys soon began producing and marketing tufted chenille bedspreads. Over the next few decades, the sewing machines used to create those spreads were modified to create tufted rugs. From the efforts of the Bandys and others like them, the tufting industry, which was the predecessor to the carpet industry, was born. The entrepreneurial spirit that fueled the establishment of candlewick bedspreads also launched other similar textile businesses, Bandy recalls, and that created a healthy competitive environment in the northwest Georgia region. “Competition in the business world is very, very important,” he insists. “Most of the success stories you see in business are emboldened by friendly competition.” Bandy believes that the creation of the Bandy Center will serve as a destination for historians and will be a place that will become synonymous with teaching and scholarship. “We learn a lot of good lessons by studying history. When we look back at the past, we see examples of both successes and failures, and the insights we gain from those events help us learn how to manage our present and our futures. In fact, we probably learn the most about how to do better in the future from our own failures. “Nothing just happens,” he insists. “Good things happen as the result of hard work – of being willing to work harder than anybody else to make them happen.” Archival photographs reprinted with permission of the Whitfield/Murray Historical Society. Dalton State Magazine | Fall 2008


Lourdes Diaz Soto Teaching Teachers to Teach


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n avid reader, Dr. Lourdes Diaz Soto keeps three piles of books by her reading chair at home – one stacked high with professional books and journals, one for fiction and literature, and one for spiritual and inspirational material. While the newly-hired Goizueta Foundation Chair in Education says that people are often astounded by how quickly she can zip through books, she understands how it all began, recalling that her passion for reading began for her on the first day of first grade. “My teacher sent us home with a basal reader, and I understood her to say that we needed to read the whole book by the next day,” recalls Soto, whose first educational experience took place in a rural town in Puerto Rico. “So I asked my mother to teach me how to read that night,” she says. “We stayed up very, very late, but by the next morning, I knew how to read the whole book. When I went to school that day, the teacher asked, ‘Now, what are you going to do for the rest of the year?’ From that experience, I learned that teachers don’t know everything, and my dream that one day I would be a ‘teacher of teachers’ began.” Her dream led the New York City-born Soto to pursue a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at New Paltz, a master’s from Hunter College, and a doctoral degree from Pennsylvania State University – all in education. In her 38-year career, she has served as a teacher, principal, school board member, and college professor. She has authored books and parts of books, has written scholarly journal articles, and has made nearly 100 presentations to international, national and regional organizations. An acclaimed researcher, she has prepared reports for federal agencies and foundations on bilingual education, early childhood, and Latino education. Most recently, Soto worked for the University of Texas in Austin in the department of Curriculum and Instruction, where she conducted research with graduate students relating to children’s perceptions of immigration. “I also helped obtain funding from the U.S. Department of Education for the UT-Austin/AISD Bilingual Education Collaborative,” she says, noting that she was the Director/Coordinator of Bilingual/Bicultural Education for the university. When Soto was made aware of the new Goizueta Foundation Chair at Dalton State, she felt as if her educational and personal backgrounds had melded together for a perfect fit.

“They wanted someone who was bilingual and who understood Latino needs in education. I felt like what they were looking for was what I could bring to the table.” Soto’s responsibilities are both internal and external. She teaches a course in socio-cultural studies to junior-level students on campus, and she works in the community and local schools to uncover unmet educational needs of Latino students. “I’m not in a role of telling people what to do,” says Soto. “My role is more like that of a consultant – finding out what is needed, and ultimately, how Dalton State can help.” One way she knows she can help, says Soto, is by drawing on her understanding of the educational struggles of Latinos. “There’s a misconception about how Latino parents respond to education,” she submits. “In our culture, the term ‘educacion’ also encompasses how compassionate you are, how respectful you are as a human being. The concept of education is much broader than just what can be learned in a textbook.” Her own educational philosophy relies a great deal on the Brazilian educator Paulo Freire’s work, she says, which stresses “reading the word and reading the world.” “I try to work on these issues with my students,” she says. “They need to be able to read their lives and the world around them. Freire’s work stresses the idea of consciousness-raising, and as educators, we need to examine our own selves and learn how we can improve the whole field of education.” She believes there is always room to improve what takes place in the classroom and hopes to be an integral part of the process that moves Dalton and northwest Georgia in new directions. “When I looked at the data on non-Latino students in the region, I saw that they are not faring much better in terms of academic achievement than the Latino students,” she says. “So I think there is much work to be done with both populations, and I hope Dalton State will be an important impetus for that work. “My approach is a very hopeful approach to education,” she continues. “We have to have big dreams. If we don’t dream about making a difference in the lives of our children, we will never reach that goal.”

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Donna Lee Davis “If I had started working in student affairs at a big school, I would have been like a cog in the system,” says Donna Lee Davis. Instead, the 23year-old has been named Assistant Director of Student Activities, and is assuming a pretty significant role in the lives of students new to the College. “Leading orientation sessions has really been a passion of mine for a while, so I’m really glad to have the opportunity to head that up at Dalton State,” she says. Davis, who earned her political science degree at Auburn University and a Master’s of Education in College Student Affairs Administration from the University of Georgia, has served as an orientation leader at Auburn and has interned in the Office of New Student Programs at Belmont University. 22

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“During orientation, it’s important to provide scenarios that bring students together with their peers and bond them to their common situation,” she explains. “It’s a transition period into a new stage of life. So there are a lot of little things orientation leaders can do to make students feel more comfortable.” As an example, says Davis, it’s helpful to have orientation leaders stationed in the school’s parking lots as new students arrive so that they are greeted and welcomed almost immediately. “Creating a friendly tone and a welcoming spirit make a difference in the impact that that first day will have on new students,” she says. “It’s important to make students feel like they belong.”

Charles Johnson Charles Johnson, Dean of the School of Technology, believes that what he’s found here is “a good fit.” The newest dean on campus brings 26 years of higher education experience from the University of Northern

Iowa (UNI) to his new position, including adult and technical college education expertise. “Through my years in higher education at UNI, I’ve worked with educators in a variety of programs that are similar to the programs that we offer through Dalton State,” says Johnson. “I have a great respect for the programs here and for what we have to offer to the region. We have a talented group of faculty members who work well together. It’s a good fit.” At UNI, Johnson served as the community college liaison, coordinated several academic majors, and taught a variety of subjects on both the undergraduate and graduate levels. At Dalton State, he looks forward to working with his faculty and regional industry to determine directions for program growth in the future. “The School of Technology is positioned well for today’s world,” says Johnson, noting that “preparing people for life and great careers” will be his main goal.

area, English, and I try to communicate that passion to my students.” Mahoney, who earned a bachelor’s degree from Carson Newman and a master’s from the University of Georgia, possesses what Vice President for Academic Affairs John Hutcheson calls “a remarkable affinity with her students.” “Her teaching talents are among the best on the faculty,” he notes. “Her student evaluations are excellent. One of her students said that of all of his instructors, she is the one that he most did not want to disappoint.” Mahoney was chosen for the annual recognition, which carries a $1,000 cash award, by members of a peer committee of faculty members and students which reviewed all teaching nominees and their portfolios.

Cheryl Nuckolls For Cheryl Nuckolls, service to Dalton State goes back nearly three decades. Her association with the College began when she was first a student here in the late 1970s, earning a degree in office administration. Since then, the Administrative Assistant to the School of Nursing has been considered the “go-to” authority for hundreds of registered nursing advisees, say her peers, who insist they could not function without her “steady hand.” “Cheryl is recognized on campus and in the community as being one of the essential ingredients for the nursing program’s success,” says David Elrod, Director of Institutional Advancement at Dalton State.

Kelley Mahoney Kelley Mahoney admits she has a passion for teaching English. So when the Associate Professor of English received the DSC Foundation Teaching Excellence Award earlier this year, she responded with her usual enthusiasm for her chosen field. “I felt honored just to be nominated, so to win the award was truly a blessing. I love to teach, and love my subject

Because of that reputation, Nuckolls was recognized for her “exemplary” service this year when she received the DSC Foundation Beth Burdick Service Excellence Award. The honor, presented annually, carries a $1,000 cash prize. “It’s a tremendous honor to have been selected for this award,” Nuckolls remarks. “Helping students achieve their dreams is the true mission of Dalton State. I have been blessed to be a small part of that for 29 years.”

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Forging Ahead - Hiking Trail Becomes Reality

Cecile de Rocher, Jordy Lawson, and John Lugthart invest sweat equity into making the hiking trail project a reality, and invite others on campus and the community to “lend a hand.” Building a hiking trail is definitely hard work, and it involves a great deal of human sweat equity in the form of swinging mattocks and fire-rakes. But the effort is not without great rewards. “It’s actually great exercise and fun as well,” says Dr. John Lugthart, Professor of Biology, who is heading up the Dalton State hiking trail project. “The best part is the satisfaction that comes from seeing the trail gradually take shape and knowing that people will be enjoying it for years to come.” The trail project, which was launched in the fall of 2007, will likely take another year or two to complete, says Lugthart, noting that its completion is highly dependent on the efforts of human volunteers. The approximately two-mile trail was designed by Walter Cook, a hiking trail design consultant and retired Professor of Forestry from the University of Georgia. Dr. Cook drew up plans for a trail which is shaped somewhat like the number 3, says Lugthart, with the main entrance facing Bandy Gymnasium, and with additional entrances on the south and north ends of the campus. “Much of the trail will be located along ridges, which will allow hikers to look down on a pretty cove and stream below,” he says. “Although most of the grades are 10 percent or less, the trail will be somewhat strenuous.” Still, he feels that given its convenient location and the beauty of the forest, the trail will be a popular site for area runners and walkers. “The trail will provide access to the forest and the stream behind the campus for college science labs, and perhaps for other educational programs,” says Lugthart. “Eventually, forest ecology interpretive signs may be installed along the trail.” 24

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AROUND AROUND CAMPUS Gilmer County Center to Reduce Commutes When spring semester 2009 begins, residents of Gilmer, Pickens, Fannin, and Dawson Counties will have more options for higher education than ever before, reducing the need for those students to commute the 40 or more miles to the main campus in Dalton. That’s when the new Dalton State College Gilmer County Center will open in the recently renovated “old” library building on the town square, coincidentally located at 103 Dalton Street. The site, complete with six classrooms, one science lab, one computer lab, and four faculty offices, will be open during the day and evening for students enrolled in general education classes. “Students who take classes at the facility can earn an associate degree without having to travel to take classes on the main campus in Dalton,” says Dr. John Schwenn, President of Dalton State. “Once a student successfully completes a two-year degree, he or she can usually transfer seamlessly to Dalton State or one of the University System of Georgia’s four-year colleges or universities to complete a bachelor’s degree. They’ll be able to reap the benefits of a USG education very close to home.”

Jack Reynolds Eyes the “Diamond in the Rough” While some might see Dalton State’s landlocked terrain as an obstacle to future growth, Director of Plant Operations Jack Reynolds sees nothing but “assets” in those hills. “How many have institutions an asset like our mountain in their backyard?” he asks rhetorically. “It’s a diamond in the rough. I envision the College building something along the nature of a hillside housing complex, or an eco-village, along that ridge in the not-too-distant future.” Reynolds, who has worked in the fields of landscaping and facilities maintenance for more than 30 years, believes that the entire nation has been dealt a “wake-up call” in terms of realizing the importance of designing environmentally efficient buildings when planning future construction projects. And, he argues, Dalton State has the potential to be on the cutting edge of environmentally sensitive growth. “If things continue to fall into place like they appear to be doing, the College is on the verge of a long period of rapid expansion,” he says. “We can’t do anything but continue to expand.

It’s “smart” being “green.” Reed Krause, the Technical Assistant for Dalton State’s School of Nursing, stands beside his SmartCar. After an 18-month wait, Krause happily took delivery of his “green” vehicle earlier this year and is now reaping the benefits. At 46-50 miles per gallon, his SmartCar uses just over one gallon per day to complete his 54-mile round trip commute. And Krause and his wife are so pleased with the vehicle that she is now on the waiting list for one of her own—in Dalton State blue—what else!

“The challenge will be getting the money to fund these new technologies and coming up with a plan to construct new buildings, including housing, in the most efficient and environmentally friendly way. The least expensive part of facilities is in building them – the greater expense comes from years of operation, heating and cooling, and upkeep.” “We need to educate people about the usefulness of these advanced emerging technologies,” he says. “A college or university is the best place for that kind of education to take place.” Dalton State Magazine | Fall 2008


Nimisha Patel “When I came to the United States from India in 1996, I did not know how to speak English,” remembers Nimisha Patel, Class of 2005. “I know what it feels like living in an English-speaking nation and not knowing the language. But I knew that if I worked hard, I could achieve my goals. Now, when I look back, I cannot believe where I am.” The Management Information Systems (MIS) major currently lives and works in Washington, D.C. as a software developer/ analyst for Lockheed Martin Corporation, the world’s largest global defense company. Specializing in Microsoft, .Net Technologies, and Microsoft SQL Server database, Patel works at the client site with the United States Custom and Border Protection agency of the Department of Homeland Security. “During my last semester at Dalton State, I participated in a cooperative education (co-op) program in order to gain some professional work experience. I didn’t think it would be that important at the time, but I learned that if you do not have any experience, no one will hire you. Dalton State helped me get that internship, which is one of the things that helped get me where I am now.” Her internship with Beaulieu of America, a carpet and rug manufacturer, resulted in a full-time position as a programmer

analyst, which she held until she married Umesh Patel in May of 2007 and moved to northern Virginia. While Patel enjoys her new life in the nation’s capital, she has fond memories of her days spent on the Dalton State campus studying with friends in the student center and talking to her professors. “It is a wonderful place. It had everything I was looking for in a college – small class size, approachable professors, an emphasis on teaching, closeness to home, and a beautiful setting.” When Patel graduated in 2005, she had earned a 3.9 grade point average, was a member of Phi Theta Kappa honorary society, and had made the dean’s list every semester since she enrolled in 2000. Her favorite courses – calculus, statistics, algebra, geometry, and computer science – prepared her well to serve as a student aide in the math lab, where for three years she helped fellow students master concepts ranging from fundamental mathematics to calculus. “A Dalton State College degree will help you get a good job and succeed in the workplace,” she believes. “It will open your doors to compete in the real world. Everything is possible if you put your heart and mind to it.”

Carla Christie Moldavan


Carla Christie Moldavan fell in love with then-Dalton Junior College before it ever opened. As one of several local Governor’s Honors Program students, she was present for the institution’s groundbreaking in 1966.

Moldovan credits her academic training at DJC with preparing her for her current position as Chair of Division of Mathematics at Georgia Highlands College in Rome.

“I was proud of the College before I became a student here,” the 1970 graduate recalls. “My sister, Lelia, was a member of the first graduating class [in 1969]. We were first-generation college students, so the new college in our county was the only college we considered.”

“I took all the math and science courses that I could,” she says, but states that her on-campus work experience was equally instructive. “My opportunity to participate in the federal work-study program opened the door for me to work with the mathematics department and see what working in a college would be like.”

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ALUMNI PROFILES Robert Hulslander Since graduation, Robert Hulslander, Class of 1984, has lived and worked on every continent in the world. But many of his fondest memories still revolve around his “home” continent and his times at Dalton State.

In 1994, the Army sent him to graduate school to earn a Master of Science in strategic intelligence. After 27 years of service, including two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, Hulslander recently retired as a Lieutenant Colonel.

“I remember that the quality of education there was phenomenal and incredibly affordable,” he recalls.

This spring, he was recruited by Johns Hopkins University to serve as a Senior Professional Technical Analyst with their National Securities Analysis Division.

“I spent a lot of time studying in the library where I frequently met with friends to work on assignments. The library had large ceiling to floor windows that looked out over the campus and the beautiful forests and hills that bordered it. It was a great place for peaceful reflection and even frantic study sessions before midterms or finals. “One of my favorite professors at Dalton was Dr. Tom Deaton. He introduced me to a subject that would become a large portion of my life, and he kindled in me a life-long appreciation of geography. That major served me well in my chosen field as a U.S. Army Intelligence Officer.” Hulslander completed his bachelor’s degree in geography at Georgia State University, married his wife Barbara, and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant, Military Intelligence, in the U.S. Army.

“In that capacity, I provide direct support to the U.S. Joint Forces Command in Suffolk, Virginia.” Hulslander credits the solid foundation he received during his undergraduate career as key to his success. “My time at Dalton State gave me a solid foundation of learning that not only prepared me well for follow-up studies, but also gave me an appreciation of analytical principles that have stayed with me even to this day. “There are a lot of bigger schools out there, but few that are better when comparing the quality and expertise of the faculty and staff, diversity of programs, and value. It’s a school that maintains a certain intimacy that ensures that no one gets lost in the crowd.”

After graduation, Moldovan attended the University of Georgia and then returned to teach part-time for eight years at her first alma mater. Teaching appointments at Kennesaw State University and at Berry College followed. Moldovan was department chair for mathematics at Berry and served as acting dean there. She joined Georgia Highlands this summer. In her spare time, she keeps busy with church work and enjoys hiking, reading, and photography.

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Bob Beavers “We were starting something new, and it was exciting to be a part of that,” remembers Bob Beavers, a member of the first graduating class of what was then Dalton Junior College. Entering in the fall of 1967, Beavers was one of the first 524 students to enroll in the college. He earned an associate degree in political science in 1969 and then finished his bachelor’s degree at West Georgia, followed by a master’s degree in secondary education.

“Going to school in the community where I have lived all of my life gave me lifetime friendships with students and teachers,” he muses. “And let’s face it . . . contacts are still important.”

“While here, I was on the staffs of the newspaper and the yearbook, and I was an officer in Circle K Club. I had many great experiences – too many to name. “One of the best experiences I had was meeting my wife, Sharon, at a French Club party. My daughters both attended Dalton State and my oldest met her spouse here, also.” Beavers, who spent five years teaching high school government and history, appreciated the openness, dedication, and passion of the College’s faculty. “I loved all of my classes, especially anything related to government and history. It was interesting having political science professor Terry Christie. I was and remain more conservative politically than he was, but he taught us to always respect the opinions of others.” The political science education he received at Dalton State, combined with his lifetime ties to the community and his stints on the yearbook and newspaper staffs, came in handy for Beavers during the 15-year period that he worked as the general manager of local radio station WBLJ, where he “managed the station, sold ads, did news and sports and onair shifts.” That variety of experiences also proved useful when he left WBLJ to work in advertising for Carpets of Dalton. “I’ve been at Carpets of Dalton for more than 16 years now, with the primary responsibility of handling advertising. As with small-town radio, it helps to know people and to be able to multi-task. Next year marks the 40th anniversary of the Class of 1969’s graduation from then-Dalton Junior College. “As the first group of graduates from the College, these individuals have a unique place in our institutional history,” says David Elrod, Director of Institutional Advancement. “We’re looking forward to hosting the members of the Class of 1969 and their spouses on campus next spring 28

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for their 40th anniversary reunion. They were ‘present at the creation’ when the College was just beginning and we look forward to reuniting with them.” For additional information on the 40th anniversary reunion, contact Josh Wilson, Alumni Relations Coordinator, at 706-272-2473 or at

ALUMNI PROFILES Nancy Boggess Korekach One of Nancy Boggess Korekach’s favorite memories of her alma mater is of the day she rode her horse to campus. “At that time, I boarded my horse just across the interstate from the College, and we used to ride over to Dug Gap mountain to the trails there. I remember one time the College had some sort of celebration where we all dressed up in costumes, and I rode my horse over for the day!” Now, nearly four decades later, the former competitive hunter/jumper rider still enjoys trail riding and raising horses from the tranquility of her Lebanon, Tennessee, farm. But she also enjoys serving as a Systems Librarian for Vanderbilt University’s 10 different libraries in Nashville, where she works as a member of the information technology (IT) department maintaining and updating the library automation system. “I didn’t set out to become an IT person, but my experience in acquisitions and cataloging and my interest in computers and technology made me a natural for the move to IT,” she says. “My interest in the field started when I was at Dalton, where I spent a lot of time in the library doing research. But computers were not even in general use yet, and the internet was still a pipe dream.” Since her time at Dalton, where she earned an associate degree in history in 1970, Korekach has earned two other degrees: a

bachelor’s in history from Vanderbilt, and a master’s in library science from Peabody College. And along the way, she’s had the opportunity to work for a number of libraries, including those located at the University of Georgia, the Universität Erlangen in Erlangen, Germany, and Vanderbilt University. “My positive experience with the library at Dalton probably spurred me on to pursue a career in librarianship. It seemed like such a great environment in which to work.” Another environment that she loves to work in is in the out-of-doors, especially her farm, where she’s had the chance to pursue her avocation: raising and breeding horses. “My passion is my horses,” says Korekach. “I have three Egyptian Arabian horses, one to ride and the other two for breeding. My husband David and I were able to purchase a gorgeous mare who has given us several babies, the last of which is now a five-year-old mare, who is ready to have babies of her own.” The Korekachs share their love of animals with David’s daughter Beth, son-in-law Matt, and grandchildren Dalton and Brookelyn, who live close by on a farm of their own and where they have four horses also. “We all enjoy trail riding and camping with the horses whenever possible.”

Erik Gallman (Class of 2000; center) was on campus recently to present DSC Foundation Director David Elrod, left, and Dalton State President John Schwenn, right, with a painting of the original Westcott Building as it appeared in the 1960’s. Erik, owner of Cohutta Springs Greenhouse in Murray County, is a self-taught painter.

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ALUMNI NOTES 2000s Patrick Williams (2006) works for Brown Industries as a Division Services Manager. He lives in Cleveland, TN. Jay Evan Montgomery (2002) resides in Hixson, TN. He is a police officer with the Chattanooga Police Department. Theresa Kresl (2002) is the Coordinator of Student Activities at Middle Georgia College. She lives in Cochran, GA.


Karen Guinn (1983) of Ringgold, GA, is a Program Manager for the Hamilton County Government. George Hoffman (1982) resides in Hillsborough, NC. He is a social studies teacher at Pace Academy.

1970s Ollie Ervin (1979) works for Combustion and Control Solutions. He lives in Chickamauga, GA. Robert Reynolds (1978) resides in Tulsa, OK, where he works for the Bank of Oklahoma.

Cindy Steffan (1999) lives in Broken Arrow, OK. She is a Registered Nurse with Robinson Medical Resources.

Emily Duncan (1977) is the Executive Director of the Lakeland Surgical and Diagnostic Center in Lakeland, FL.

Kenneth Keith (1998) works for United American Insurance as a Branch Manager. He resides in Fort Worth, TX.

Cindy Vanbrunt (1974) of Rossville, GA, is a Members Financial Consultant for Tennessee Valley Credit Union.

Brenda Tweed (1997) resides in Liberty, SC, where she works for Easley Custom Plastics.

Jacqueline Copeland (1973) lives in North Pole, AK. She is a commercial underwriter for a mortgage company.

Deana Griffin (1997) of North Little Rock, AR, works for Farm Credit as a Loan Processor.

Marsha Boyd (1972) works for the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services as a Social Worker. She resides in Ooltewah, TN.

Tim Bentjen (1996) works for Lockheed Martin. He resides in Virginia Beach, VA. Scott Kuhn (1996) lives in Chatsworth, GA, where he works for Windstream as a Senior Application Specialist. Michael Ewton (1996) is the Director of Safety and Security for Whitfield County Schools. He resides in Dalton, GA. Rebecca Nelms (1992) works for CVS as a pharmacist. She lives in Ringgold, GA.

1960s Allen Talley (1969) of Dalton, GA, is the President of Talley Mullins and Co. CPAs. Charlotte Avrett (1969) lives in Warner Robins, GA and is a teacher with the Houston County Board of Education. Gene Smith (1969) is a pharmacist with Rite Aid. He resides in Evans, GA.

1980s Brenda Kittle (1989) is the Office Manager for Haigler and Company. She resides in Rocky Face, GA. Cynthia Langley (1986) of Maryville, TN, works in the University of Tennessee Medical Center. Steven Roberts (1986) lives in Cartersville, GA. He is the owner of Mail Pouch and More. Tina Watkins (1984) works as a paraprofessional for LaFayette High School. She lives in LaFayette, GA. Dalton State Magazine | Fall 2008


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