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A Message from the President James A. Burran Welcome once again to Dalton State Magazine! I’m confident that you will find this issue just as much fun to read as we’ve had in putting it together. As Dalton State College completes its 38th year of service to Northwest Georgia and beyond, we have much to celebrate. Consider, for example, the quality of students such as Cheri Pace, who this spring earned national honors as a New Century Scholar and who will continue to bring credit to herself and her College as a budding social worker. Or consider the work of talented faculty such as Dr. Cecile de Rocher and Dr. Don Davis, both of whom are adding in significant ways to the body of knowledge in their respective fields. In every corner of the campus, important work like theirs can be found among our community of scholars and practitioners. Or consider the increasingly significant community support that Dalton State is attracting. The leadership of the DSC Foundation, exemplified in this issue by Bob and Dixie Kinard, continues to be among the College’s strongest assets. Symbolic of this strength is the nearly-completed James E. Brown Center, whose construction cost was supplemented by generous donations to the Foundation. Bob and Dixie are among the community leaders who make good things happen wherever they go! These and the other features contained in this magazine will help you see why we’re so excited about Dalton State College, both today and tomorrow. I hope you’ll pick up that buzz too! Enjoy.




Dalton State Then & Now


Words far from Home


Fulbright Scholar Dr. Don Davis on life in Romania

1986–2006: Twenty years of growth and change

The Goizueta Foundation


Dr. Cecile de Rocher


Exploring A Life in Letters

A $1.7 million grant enables Dalton State to do “some really big things”

Faculty and Staff Goizueta Scholars



Finding new ways to teach and to serve

“It makes all the difference” – Grateful Goizueta Scholars Lorena Torres and Fernando Izaguirre

Around Campus


On campus and off, students and professors are “on the move”



“On the road again” with Carol Burton

Alumni Focus Georgia’s New Century Scholar is...


Alums Cheryl Nuckolls and Bryan McAllister maintain close ties to Dalton State


Alumni Notes

Dalton State sophomore Cheri Pace

Profile of a Donor: Bob and Dixie Kinard



The sky’s the limit for Dalton State grads

“A responsibility to give back...”

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

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Dalton State... Then DJC Library designated as a depository of government publications. First female Student Body President, Candy Newsome of Chickamauga, Georgia, elected. Candy was a physics major and honor student. Dr. Harlan Chapman, Registrar and Director of Admissions, was elected president of the Georgia Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. Board of Regents approved an undergraduate program in early childhood education and middle grades education for the West Georgia College External Degree program offered on the Dalton Junior College campus to begin fall quarter 1986. Forty-four DJC freshmen received academic scholarships for the 1986-87 year; six received Incentive Scholarships for Rising Sophomores; and four entering freshmen were given Incentive Scholarship Awards.


DJC Foundation provided $84,145 in financial aid and scholarships. Fund Drive goal of $50,000 was reached.

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November 1986: Bill Shipp spoke on “Elections & Politics.”


April 1987: Memorial Hall renamed the Elizabeth Kennedy Gignilliat Memorial Hall.

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June 1987: Chancellor H. Dean Propst spoke at graduation. July 1987: The word “Junior” dropped in the name of Dalton Junior College.


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Dalton State... Now The Dalton State College Foundation received a $5,000 gift from Calhoun-based OMNOVA Solutions to help support scholarships, faculty enrichment, and other Foundation initiatives. NOVEMBER

The Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) gave the College a $9,600 grant to establish a BACCHUS Peer Education Network on campus to increase alcohol awareness and seat belt safety. DECEMBER

Members of the Georgia General Assembly came to campus for their annual legislative briefing about issues important to Dalton State. Social Work students unveiled a new website for residents of Northwest Georgia to provide information about social services resources in the area. JANUARY

their high school career. The grant is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Ford Foundation, and the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. The Goizueta Foundation of Atlanta gave a $1,678,864 grant to support four strategic College initiatives, including an Endowed Chair in Teacher Education. The world-famous Trinidad Tripoli Steel Band performed music ranging from classical to calypso to rock and roll before a packed crowd as the first Fine Arts and Lecture Series event for spring.

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2006 Dalton State College and the Dalton Public Schools received a grant totaling $400,000 to start an “early college high school” in which students can earn a high school diploma and two years toward a bachelor’s degree during



Poet Natasha Trethewey, author of Domestic Work and Bellocq’s Ophelia, read from her newest collection, Native Guard.

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Goizueta Foundation

A major grant from The Goizueta Foundation is enabling Dalton State to do some really big things. The Atlanta-based foundation, which seeks to empower others through educational opportunities, has bequeathed a nearly $1.7 million gift to the College to support four strategic initiatives. Included are $1,000,000 to create The Goizueta Foundation Chair in Teacher Education; $330,364 to continue the College’s Summer Academy Program for Latino middle and high school students; $200,000 to enhance The Goizueta Foundation Scholarship Fund; and $178,500 to support a summer enrichment program for the Gates Early College Program. “Our common enterprise is devoted to helping increase the number of persons for whom achieving a college education can become a reality,” says Dr. Jim Burran, President of Dalton State. “In so doing, we elevate the economic vitality and quality of life for northwest Georgia. We are excited about The Goizueta Foundation’s critical role in this effort.” 6

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The Goizueta Foundation first provided funding to Dalton State in 2002 when the Summer Academy Program was launched and The Goizueta Foundation Scholarship Fund was established. Since that time, 15 students have received scholarship funds totaling $50,000 and more than 800 middle and high school students have attended the Summer Academy. “The entire Dalton State community is grateful for this support. We appreciate The Goizueta Foundation’s ongoing confidence in our work here, and we look forward to the continuation of this very effective partnership,” says Dr. Burran. The Goizueta Foundation, established in 1992 by the late Roberto C. Goizueta, Chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company, seeks to assist organizations that empower individuals and families through educational opportunities to improve the quality of their lives.


Before Lorena Torres, 21, decided to go into nursing, she considered being a pharmacist. “But I wanted more interaction with people than Lorena Torres a pharmacist normally has,” says Lorena, who is completing her first year in the Registered Nursing program.


Ten years ago, Fernando Izaguirre came to the U.S. from Mexico with his parents, who were seeking life-saving surgery for his younger brother. Now Fernando, a first-year student in the College’s Registered Nursing program, feels drawn to the medical field and wonders, “what’s not to like?” about entering the nursing profession. He likes knowing that jobs will always be in demand, that he’ll be able to help people who are sick, and that there’s lots of room to advance in the profession.

“And besides,” she admits, “I like giving shots. I like the hands-on experience with patients.”

“My biggest surprise about nursing was how difficult the program at Dalton State is,” says Fernando, who has earned a 3.75 GPA and is highly respected by the nursing faculty.

She gets plenty of “hands-on” time with patients during clinical rotations, “taking vitals” and performing many of the duties that RNs manage daily.

“I love the program, but it’s very hard, very challenging,” he adds, noting that he hopes to eventually become a nurse anesthetist by earning his CRNA credentials.

But she also loves being on the Dalton State campus, taking classes in her chosen field.

Fernando is one of 10 students who currently benefit from The Goizueta Foundation Scholarship Fund at Dalton State, receiving a yearly stipend to continue his studies.

“I’ve always loved math and science courses,” says the 2003 Southeast High graduate who completed her first two years of core courses at Dalton State. “I like factual subjects, because I always want to know the reason ‘why.’”

“I am extremely grateful to have this scholarship,” he says. “It’s made all the difference.”

Her quest for knowledge should keep her in school for quite some time, Lorena says, noting that she intends to earn a BSN and a later master’s degree in nursing, so that she can become a Nurse Practitioner. “After I graduate as an RN, I plan to start working as a nurse, but I’m going to keep going to school at the same time.” The first in her family to attend college, Lorena says her dream is to be a lifelong learner, and to strive for what her mother calls “a better life.”

Fernando Izag uirre

“That’s what keeps me going.”

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On the road again

Elderhostel Hal and Margaret met Sid and Mary Ellen just recently but the foursome has become fast friends.

The two couples, both veteran “elderhostellers” from Connecticut, were introduced while attending a Dalton State College Elderhostel Program housed through Amicalola Falls State Park.

Elderhostel programs. Now she directs between 10 and 12 weeklong programs each year, at such locations as Amicalola Falls, Red Top Mountain, and George T. Bagby state parks.

“It’s a great way to travel,” says Martha of Woodstock, Georgia, who especially likes the fact that “everything is planned for you.”

“We only live 10 miles apart,” says Sid, of Trumble, “but we’ve never met, until now.” And, adds Hal, of Fairfield, “We find that the people you meet at these programs are as interesting as the programs themselves, and that’s saying something. They’re all active, physically and mentally.” The beauty of Elderhostels, says Dalton State Coordinator Carol Burton, is that while there are always returning hostellers, there are new people coming to the programs and new friendships forming all the while. “It’s all about relationships,” says Carol, who recently celebrated her 15th anniversary of leading


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There are many reasons these programs are popular with more than 170,000 adults each year, participants say. Variety, value, and a sense of community are just three.

“We love the constant learning and having a chance to see the world,” says Bob of Sylacauga, Alabama, who along with his wife Jane has attended 69 Elderhostels, traipsing through the Amazon in Brazil and bicycling through parts of England and Holland. Carol Burton

“It’s all about relationships.” Elderhostel, a nonprofit organization, is the nation’s first and the world’s largest education and travel organization for adults aged 55 and older. More than 8,000 programs are offered each year in more than 90 countries.

The Dalton State Elderhostel programs have a big following, partly because of Georgia’s location as a major thoroughfare connecting Florida to points north. And many participants say that while the geographical location initially gets them here, it’s the program director who keeps them coming back. “Carol makes it so much fun,” says Fern from Bradenton, Florida, who

Norma, Doris and Susan

Elderhostel provides “constant learning and a chance to see the world”

has made the 1200-mile roundtrip to attend five Dalton State Elderhostels and one Elderfest, an annual reunion event organized by Carol for graduates of Dalton State’s programs.

Elderhostels is that it requires extensive preparation,” Kathy says. “You have to push the envelope and teach to the highest common denominator. It’s not an ‘off the cuff’ kind of program.”

“Her programs are so well organized, and she takes us on really good sidetrips,” agrees Art, of Michigan, who has also attended several Dalton State programs. “Carol has such warmth,” he adds. “She makes everyone feel welcome.”

Other frequent presenters include Bob Thomason, a dulcimer maker, musician, and storyteller who spins yarns and cranks out tunes on his dulcimer in a program called “Mountain Echoes”; former Wesleyan College President Dr. Bob Ackerman, who discusses “The Cotton Pickin’ Cotton Pickin’ South: How We Got to Where We Are”; and “Hollywood insider” Joe Constantino, who talks about “Broadway Musicals: The New Wave! Shows that Brought Standing Ovations.”

And while Carol appreciates hearing the accolades, she insists it’s the quality of her program presenters that is the major draw. “If I can get really, really talented people in to teach, I can just sit back. They make me look good,” she says with a laugh. One of her presenters is storyteller Kathy Amos, who is the Director of the Center for Lifetime Study in Brenau, who says she comes frequently to “swap a few lies.” “One thing that you discover very quickly when you’re teaching for

“Everyone has been marvelous,” says John Chambliss of Chattanooga, who returned for his third Dalton State Elderhostel this spring. “I’ve really enjoyed it, but it leaves me wanting more.”

Traveling Solo or as a Trio Elderhostels are open to adults 55 and over, and while the program appeals to couples, you’ll also find a large number of “solo acts” and groups of families or friends. Jacksonvillian Doris, originally from New Jersey, has done both. “I attended an Elderhostel in Southern Arizona alone and I was the only single woman there, but it worked out very well,” she says, adding that the people are “invariably interesting.” Doris, who has attended Elderhostels across the country, recalls that “it used to be that you stayed in dorms on campuses, but that’s changed. Now coming to a place like this is wonderful; it’s absolutely lovely.” This time she traveled with two other self-proclaimed “transplanted Yankees” who live in Jacksonville, Norma and Susan, as a trio of friends. “It’s nice when you travel as three people who are friends but who are not related because you can each do whatever you want to without impeding on the others,” says Norma. “You can really pick and choose.” And, agrees Susan, “It’s all about the learning and meeting new people. It makes for great fun.”

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New Century Scholar

Dalton State sophomore Cheri Pace Cheri Pace grew up poor, in a single-parent home, and was in and out of the foster care system. She recovered from drug addiction as a teen and delivered a stillborn baby when she was 17 years old. But thanks to several special people who believed in her, including Assistant Professor of English Dr. Marsha Mathews, Cheri’s self-admitted “dysfunctional childhood” has evolved into a “roadmap to acceptance, peace, and ultimately, joy.” “I’m not sure that everyone has what I’ve had, special people who believe in them and encourage them along the way,” says Cheri, who at 29 is a wife, mother of two sons, full-time student, and community volunteer.


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“I was fortunate to have my creative writing teacher Dr. Mathews, a high school counselor in Ooltewah, a foster mother, and my pastor encourage me to follow my dreams.”

The New Century Scholars program is sponsored annually by the American Association of Community Colleges, The Coca-Cola Foundation, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, and Phi Theta Kappa.

At Dalton State, Cheri’s list of accomplishments is long. She has been Editor in Chief of Tributaries, the student-produced literary magazine; a voting member of the Presidents’ Council; a Student Ambassador; treasurer of the Social Work Club; and a member of Phi Theta Kappa.

Each institution in 34 participating states that has an associate degree program of study can submit the names of two candidates for consideration. Candidates must submit one long essay and answer several short questions relating to their community and campus involvement, and must have a high grade point average. Points are awarded for the various categories, and the top scorer is chosen.

It’s her involvement with Phi Theta Kappa, the largest honor society in America for students in higher education, that has resulted in her most notable accomplishments to date. Last fall, she was nominated through Phi Theta Kappa to the All-USA Academic Team, one of 1,500 students nationwide. She’s on the “short list” now, as one of 100 students in the country competing for one of the top 60 spots, the All-American Academic Team. The winners will be announced during the American Association of Community Colleges convention in Long Beach, California, in April. She and Dr. John Hutcheson, Vice President for Academic Affairs, will attend the Presidents Breakfast honoring the 100 finalists. The top 20 winners will receive a $2,500 stipend and will be featured in USA Today. In addition to being a finalist for the All-USA Academic Team, Cheri was chosen as this year’s Georgia New Century Scholar.

“Dalton State has a lot more to offer than many people realize.” This year, Georgia’s New Century Scholar is Cheri Pace. “It’s awesome,” she says. “I’m surprised I made it this far. When they called to tell me I’d received the New Century Scholar award, I started screaming; then I started crying,” she recalls. “I walked around in a daze for about five days.” As a New Century Scholar, Cheri will receive a $2,000 cash stipend funded by The Coca-Cola Foundation and the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. She will receive recognition at the state level this spring.

Cheri will graduate from Dalton State in May with an associate degree in Social Work and will begin in the Bachelor of Social Work program next fall. Her career goal is to pursue a Master of Social Work degree following completion of her BSW and to earn a law degree in the “not too distant” future. “I’m the type of person who likes to organize programs,” says Cheri, who initiated the start-up of the first Tennessee chapter of Teen Mothers of Preschoolers (TMOP), an advocacy group for young moms. She also donates her time to Chattanooga’s Volunteers in Medicine, helping screen patients for eligibility for services and referring them to appropriate service agencies. “I want to work at the macro level with my social work career, by doing community planning, working with public policy, and programming.” Cheri’s high academic achievements and her New Century Scholar status have generated offers from other schools who’d like to lure her away from Dalton State with offers of scholarships. But she’s very content to stay here. “I like the area and I love this college,” she says. “Dalton State has a lot more to offer than many people realize.” “Besides,” she says, “I don’t want to be just a fish in a big sea. I can be more productive here.”

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the Kinards


hen Bob Kinard was the Chairman of the Board for Georgia’s Department of Industry, Trade, and Tourism, he and his wife Dixie had the opportunity to travel throughout the state, the southeast, and to Europe to observe firsthand the “best practices” for successful communities.


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“The towns that were the most viable were those that had a strong college presence in addition to strong leadership in the business sector,” says Bob, President and founder of Kinard Realty, a multi-million dollar realty company with offices in seven Northwest Georgia and Tennessee cities. “We feel so fortunate to have a college in our hometown that is headed by great leadership with long-range vision,” he says. “We want to grow the College and grow the number of people who stay in the area, which we believe will help raise the standard of living for the whole region.” Both Bob and Dixie have been involved with efforts to “grow the College” for years. In 1996, Bob was appointed to the DSC Foundation’s Board of Trustees, and has served on the Foundation’s Executive Committee every year since. He chaired the Board for three years, and has served as Vice Chair and as Immediate Past Chair. Along the way there have been many highlights, Bob says. In 1997, the Kinards co-hosted a reception for the Trustees with special guest Dr. Stephen Portch, then Chancellor of the University System of Georgia. In 1998, the Kinards spearheaded the creation of the James and Sis Brown Fellowship, to which members pledge a gift of $10,000 to the Foundation over a 10-year period. Almost 130 individuals have become Brown Fellows since its inception.

In 2004, the Board of Trustees established the Robert W. Kinard Scholarship, awarded annually to an upperclassman majoring in business.

recalling that he frequently helped with all stages of a fundraising project, down to stuffing the envelopes.

But perhaps his most fulfilling moment came when he and Dixie were present when the late James E. Brown, Chairman of Brown Industries and a former member of the Board of Regents, was told that the College’s new Continuing Education building would be named in his honor.

For Dixie, who oversees Kinard Realty’s marketing and its relocation agents, an interest in philanthrophy has been long standing, beginning in childhood.

“We are so grateful that we were able to share that moment with him,” recalls Dixie, who says that James and Sis Brown have “both had so much influence over us through the years.”

“We’re excited to be involved with an institution that continues to enhance the quality of life in Northwest Georgia.” Brown, a lifelong Dalton resident, was known for his philanthropy and for his commitment to higher education. He served for many years as a Trustee of the DSC Foundation. Just weeks before his death in 2004, several Foundation representatives visited the Brown home to tell him that the building would bear his name. “James taught us so much about giving. He used to say that ‘It doesn’t matter who gets the credit, as long as the job gets done,’” Dixie says,

Her parents, Hazel and Bill Hasty, were schoolteachers in Canton, Georgia. Her father, who began his career teaching in a one-room elementary school, worked as a principal, a school superintendent, a writer, and a banker, and he served a 16-year term in the state legislature. “He was a great inspiration to a lot of people,” she recalls. “His lifelong ambition was to see that young people who didn’t have the means to go to college could go. He helped countless young people in their dreams to complete a college education.” The Kinards also hope to help countless young people through their contributions to Dalton State. “We’re excited to be involved with an institution that continues to enhance the quality of life in Northwest Georgia and has such an incredible impact on the region,” Dixie says. “Over time, we hope to see it do even more.” And, adds Bob, “Dalton has been extra good to us, and we have always felt like we had a responsibility to give back.”

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On a late November trip to Bulgaria, Dr. Davis visited the 12th century monastery known as Church of the Holy Mother, perched high on a cliff, near the top of a wide gorge.

Words far from Home Associate Professor of Sociology Don Davis on life in Romania


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“I arrived in Cluj on August 16th, with no major problems with my airline connections in Washington or Vienna,” begins the first almanac entry on Associate Professor of Sociology Dr. Don Davis’s BabesBolyai University web page. Dr. Davis, a Fulbright Scholar to Romania, is spending the current academic year teaching sociology to students at the university, located in Cluj-Napoca. He recounts his activities in monthly almanac entries on the university’s website. His first entry continues: “After staying two days at the ‘Onix,’ an inexpensive three-star hotel near the center of town, I moved into the newly-renovated flat of Professor Petru Ilut, a leading Romanian sociologist and the author of several important books....His apartment is located near the main campus and will serve as my home-away-fromhome until I find my more permanent accommodations. School starts here after October 1, so I must decide before then where I will live in Cluj for the entire school year....” In September, Dr. Davis took an extended vacation through the Carpathian Mountains, a region he’s researching during his year-long

The town of Brasov, one of Romania’s most beautiful cities, is known for its old town square and plaza, Piata Sfatului. “It was decorated nicely for Christmas, and one could purchase hot or mulled wine around the main square. Immediately upon my arrival, snow started falling heavily, draping the city and surrounding mountains in a wonderland of white.”

stay in Romania. As an expert on the Appalachian region, Dr. Davis has written several books on the rugged southeastern region, including the newly-released Homeplace Geography: Essays for Appalachia. He believes that the Carpathian and Appalachian mountains, though miles and oceans apart, share much in common. His September entry notes: “My destination was Sighet, one of the largest towns in Maramures, a region where local residents maintain many rural traditions and folk practices....Despite the availability of many modern conveniences in most Maramures villages, residents of Budesti continue to subsist in a

manner that reminds one of Appalachia 60 or 70 years ago. Many Budesti families also continue to wear their traditional costumes on Sundays and major holidays and nearly all travel by foot or with horse and cart....” Class began for Dr. Davis’s students on October 5, when he began teaching undergraduates in his Introduction to Sociology class. He writes: “As I was warned, only about half of the students showed up for the first class. The following week, more students came, and the course added even more the third week, when a large group of students from Germany decided to enroll in

Students in his Introduction to Sociology class flank Dr. Davis, kneeling, in front of their classroom building, the Facultatea De Sociologie in Cluj.

the class. An impressive and diverse group, all of the students speak, read, and write English remarkably well, especially given that it is not their native tongue....I was also asked to teach a Master’s level course in the Geography Department at Babes-Bolyai, but that course only meets once per month for two hours. Entitled “The Geography of Appalachia,” I am using my own book Where There are Mountains as the course text.” In November, Dr. Davis experienced cultural life in Cluj, witnessing the ritual of Ziua Mortilor, the Day of the Dead. He also weathered his first winter storm, where temperatures plunged to 15 degrees, and made a trip to Bucharest to spend Thanksgiving with fellow Americans. He writes: “I spent much of my Thanksgiving Day on the inter-city train to Bucharest (seven and one-half hours), which gave me plenty of time to chat about Romania and America with my several travel partners. . . . We actually celebrated Thanksgiving on Saturday, the 26th, and were fairly successful at re-creating the American holiday gathering. I prepared devilled eggs, celery with cream cheese, and

In September, Dr. Davis befriended the Pop family in the village of Budesti, near Sighet. The family’s “task at hand,” to gather and stack hay, included the family matriarch, “an eighty-plus-year-old matusha.”

“In Kolomiya, I visited the Psanky Museum, which celebrates the Ukrainian art of Easter egg painting and houses a large collection of intricately colored objects, dyed using extracts from native plants.”

Flowers are sold on the streets prior to the annual cultural ritual Ziua Mortilor, the Day of the Dead, on November 1. Thousands of Romanians go to the cemeteries to commemorate the lives of their deceased loved ones on that day, Dr. Davis says, noting that the event has a somber, yet celebratory atmosphere.

chicken salad; others made pumpkin pie and faux-cranberry sauce made with Romanian currants. One diner brought three medium-sized turkeys, which were cooked in gas ovens to near perfection. The Romanian staff from the Fulbright office also brought food as well, making for a delicious feast with most of the holiday trimmings.” In December, Dr. Davis and a few American friends visited an orphanage called Casa Prieteniei in Codlea. “To officially enter the orphanage, we first had to get special written permission. We also had to agree to take no photographs inside the premises. We were taken first to the dormitory of about seven teenage girls under Gabi’s charge, where more than a dozen girls, and a few boys, had been gathered at a large table to meet with us. We asked them questions about their lives in and outside the orphanage and Mihela translated for me. Several of the girls later sang Christmas carols for us in Romanian and two of the girls performed a modern dance routine for us that they had learned from a young British volunteer. The presents were later distributed to all the children of Casa Prieteniei, who range from six to 18 years of age.”

To read more of Dr. Davis’s accounts of his Fulbright experience in Romania, click on

Associate Professor of Sociology Dr. Don Davis’s most recent book, Homeplace Geography: Essays for Appalachia, was published by Mercer University Press and was released in March. The book is a collection of essays written about this region which has been “consistently under attack by mining interests, developers, and the tourist industry, and consistently misunderstood by scholars.” Mercer University Press promotes the book as ranging from the heartfelt to the enlightening. “In the book’s title essay, for example, Davis mourns the quickly passing rural culture of Appalachia,” writes the reviewer. “In a later piece, the author discusses the feist, or squirrel dog, of the South’s mountain country. Another essay unfolds the relationship between ecological philosophy and grassroots activism while another examines the idea of wilderness as a social construction with varied meanings.”


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Cecile de Rocher:

Exploring A Life in Letters Assistant Professor of English Dr. Cecile de Rocher has turned her 700-page dissertation into a 200-page book. The University of Alabama Press published her work, Elizabeth Manning Hawthorne: A Life in Letters, early this year. Known primarily for being the sister of famous 19th Century American author Nathaniel Hawthorne, Elizabeth Hawthorne was an accomplished writer in her own right, says de Rocher. “Her letters contain both literary merit and an engaging first-hand account of historical events,” she says. “Elizabeth’s writings reveal the larger worlds of politics, war, the literary landscape, class, family life, and the freedoms and constraints of a woman’s role during that period.” De Rocher became interested in those letters when she was working on her doctorate in English at Georgia State University in Atlanta. “I wanted to find out about women writers of the period, and it was important to me not to rehash what had already been done,” she recalls. “I was surprised there was not much written about Elizabeth, so I began to search library collections for her letters and correspondences. “Elizabeth’s letters span the greater part of the 19th century, beginning in 1814, and contain keen insights on historical events beginning with the War of 1812 through the Franco-Prussian War,” says de Rocher. “She continued writing until shortly before she died at age 80, in 1883.” Searching through seven library collections of her letters housed at such places as Bowdoin College, the Peabody-Essex Museum, and the Boston Public Library, de Rocher initially cataloged nearly 250 letters to include in her dissertation, but edited them down to a more manageable 118 for publication.

A FRENCH CONNECTION Dr. Cecile de Rocher comes by her love for academics naturally. The daughter of University of Alabama French professors has “academia” in her blood: her parents and her French grandparents are all educators. “My grandparents were teachers, and when I would go over to France in the summers, we would travel around and camp,” she recalls, noting that her grandfather “would drive me all around, and he seemed to have knowledge about everything, from the geography of all the places we went to the history of all the old buildings and frescos. “Everything was strikingly different from Alabama,” she says, admitting that she is perhaps “stating the obvious.” Cecile’s mother was an English major who met her father, an American, at the University of Poitiers, while they were both studying in her native France. The two moved to the U.S., married, and eventually secured jobs as French professors at the University of Alabama, where Cecile spent her childhood.

“Elizabeth didn’t intend for her letters to be circulated,” she says. “In fact, she often asked the recipients to burn the letters she sent to them. People often kept or copied letters, but Elizabeth was critical of her own letters.

As a result, Cecile and her two younger brothers had the opportunity to travel to their mother’s homeland as children, where she felt a special kinship to the past.

“Elizabeth Hawthorne is remembered for her wit, her beauty, and her love of nature and the wilderness, but she was also known to be awfully harsh and frank in her writings at times,” she says.

“France didn’t really enter the 20th century until World War II,” she says, noting that the historical landmarks she visited as a youngster provided her with a tangible connection to her own European roots.“I feel fortunate that I have been able to see the past more than many people have been able to,” she says.

“It’s refreshing to see the world of the nineteenth century through her eyes. She was immersed in the literary world and knew the important writers of her time. We can all benefit from what this smart, literate woman had to say about the events of her day.”


“Trying to get students to gain new information

and to learn how to think critically is so rewarding.”

Faculty Staff DUDD DEMPSEY

While she no longer prepares encrypted intelligence reports for the National Security Agency, Secretary to the President Dudd Dempsey knows what it takes to work in a high profile office.



For Joe Baxter, Associate Professor of Management Information Systems, teaching is “all about the classroom.”

Faith Miller, Payroll Supervisor, has a long commute from her Cartersville home to her job at Dalton State.

Over the past three decades, he’s taught courses in four divisions on campus, including the divisions of Natural Science and Mathematics, Humanities, Technical Education, and Business Administration. The courses he has taught include biology, developmental math, reading, and computer programming.

But on Tuesday evenings, the commute gets even longer.

But he says it’s not so much “which” subject he teaches that makes him want to get out of bed in the morning – it’s the classroom interaction with the students. “Trying to get students to gain new information and to learn how to think critically is so rewarding,” he says, and he views his role as helping them “become more well-rounded and knowledgeable citizens and be successful in the work force.” With computer classes, he says, “it’s important to me that they learn the concepts behind what they’re doing. If all they know is what buttons to push, they won’t be as successful as if they understand the ‘why’ behind what they do. This way, they can change as technology changes.”


“My first job required a high security clearance,” says the Maryland native, who was recruited to work for the NSA at Ft. Meade right out of high school. “Some of our reports were top secret and went directly to the White House.”

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Since the early 1990s, Dudd has worked at Dalton State in positions ranging from Secretary to the Steering Committee for the 1993 SACS SelfStudy report to serving as Secretary for the Social Sciences Division and as Dr. Jim Burran’s “gal Friday.” Serving as Secretary to the President since last July, Dudd fields calls and serves as a gatekeeper of sorts. “I like interacting with people in and out of the office,” says Dudd, who also enjoys working on computers and learning new software and graphics applications. And while her job keeps her busy during the day, her myriad hobbies keep her busy at night. “I like to sew, do needlework, make miniature clay Santa Claus sculptures, watercolor painting, reupholster and refinish furniture, and do a little woodworking. I like to keep busy.”

Instead of going home, Miller drives to Marietta to rehearse with the Song of Atlanta Show Chorus, where she’s a member of the Sweet Adelines, an a cappella female barbershop-style chorus that has long excelled in regional and international competitions. More than 100 women from “all ages, backgrounds, and locations” make it to Tuesday evening’s three-hour practice, Miller says, to sing in “four part harmony.” But her participation doesn’t end there. Miller also serves as its Vice President and as a member of the Regional Management Team for Sweet Adeline choruses. “It’s just like anything that you enjoy so much. We’re willing to do what we need to do to make it work.”




MAX PIERCE Max Pierce, former Director of Siskin Rehabilitation Center’s Respiratory Services, is looking forward to a challenge: heading up the College’s new Respiratory Therapy (RT) program, which will admit its first class of students in fall 2006. Pierce, an educator who became a registered RT in 1993, says he expects the program to start with around 10 students and grow steadily from there. MELISSA WIEDENFELD “I think it’s really important to understand man’s relationship to the land,” says Dr. Melissa Wiedenfeld.

“There will be a tremendous need over the next decade for new Respiratory Therapists, particularly as baby boomers age and develop more disease,” he says.

New Assistant Professor of History and Geography at Dalton State, Wiedenfeld, her husband David, a biologist, and their two children spent the last three years living in the Galapagos Islands, researching, exploring, and absorbing all that the islands’ paradise had to offer. “There’s a spot where you can stand in the middle of the street and look in one direction and see flamingos and look in the other direction and see penguins,” she says. “It’s amazing.” The experience provided her with “invaluable” teaching tools for her geography classes. “I think it helps make the subject matter come alive. When I talk about volcanoes, I’m able to relate my own experience of living near a volcano. And we lived very close to the beach. When I talk about currents and tides, I share my first-hand knowledge of the ocean.”

The two-year program will consist of 87 semester hours and clinical rotations. Graduates will earn an Associate of Applied Science in Respiratory Therapy and will be eligible for testing on the “registry level” once all requirements have been met.

HENRY CODJOE Dr. Henry Codjoe, Director of Institutional Research and Planning, gets to be a “Jack of all Trades” in his job. He collects data; deals with retention and institutional effectiveness issues; spearheads strategic planning; and compiles facts and figures on students, faculty, and student achievement. An expert on diversity, this native Ghanaian turned Canadian, turned permanent American resident spends much of his time conducting research on multicultural and race relations issues, frequently teaching classes like “Race and Ethnicity in America” and “Multiculturalism and Diversity in American Society.” He also writes and reviews articles for scholarly journals. In The African Diaspora in Canada, published by the University of Calgary Press, Codjoe wrote a chapter on “Africa(ns) in the Canadian Educational System: An Analysis of Positionality and Knowledge Construction.” And he contributed an essay on problems facing Black students in Canada’s educational system in Inequality in Canada: A Reader on the Intersections of Gender, Race, and Class published by Oxford University Press. Dr. Codjoe was one of six scholars to review a new McGraw-Hill sociology textbook, The Meaning of Difference: American Constructions of Race, Sex, Gender, and Sexual Orientation.

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Jereme Allison: Finding Balance When things get hectic for Jereme Allison, he remembers that he’s “making sacrifices now for the end of the race.”


“Making sacrifices now for the end of the race”

“It’s all about time management,” says Jereme. “You have to use every minute of every day, week, and year, efficiently. There’s not much down time.” Jereme, who is pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management degree, hopes one day to start his own business.

“I feel so honored to be able to tell the story about my experience. People in our community need to realize what a gold mine they have sitting right here,” she says of Dalton State, the institution where she earned her associate degree in Mathematics in 1995 and from which she will earn a Bachelor in Business Administration in Management this spring. “At Dalton State, the faculty and staff are here for you, from the janitors to the administration,” she continues. “You’re a face; you’re not a number here.”

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After her first graduation in 1995, Kimberly spent four years in the military, primarily in California, where she was a Spanish linguist and in military intelligence. The 1993 Murray County High School graduate was delighted to return to Dalton in 1999 with her husband Breck and children Carolyn and Tyler. While enrolled here, sons Caleb and Sawyer were born, but being a mom of young children has not slowed her down.

But his life changed significantly when, at age 27, he entered college in 2004 as a full-time student. “I realized that I didn’t want to be a fast food manager for the rest of my life, and I knew that I needed to go to college. So I ended up here.” It’s been a good fit, Jereme says. “It’s easy to have personal interactions with your professors here. They’re easy to approach, and they’re especially helpful when you have questions or concerns. I don’t see getting that kind of attention at a bigger university.” While it took being in the working world to make him realize that he needed a college degree, Jereme says it won’t be the same for his children. “We’ve already instilled the idea of the importance of earning a college degree to our kids,” he says. “They know they’ll be going to college. What they choose to be will be up to them.”


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Former Army Specialist Kimberly Davis knows what it takes to come back to school as a wife, mother, and part-time employee. And while juggling those roles may not always be easy, the end result is well worth the effort, says Kimberly, who will be the featured student speaker during Commencement 2006 in May.

At 30, Jereme is a husband, father of three, full-time employee, and an Honors student who is President of the Honors Student Society.

He’s had some experience with that already. At 16, after completing his home-school curriculum in Calhoun, Jereme began his own lawn care service, a successful venture which he later sold. At 19, he began working in the fast food industry, and is currently the Assistant Manager of the Burger King in Adairsville.

Kimberly Davis: Mom on the Move

“One thing I hope to do in my graduation speech is to encourage young moms who may feel that their life is anything but their own, that they can reach their educational goals,” she says, noting that children tend to be resilient during the process. Kimberly D avis

“At Dalton State, the faculty and staff are here for you, from the janitors to the administration”

Upon graduation, Kimberly expects to continue working at her part-time job, but in a full time capacity, as Banquet Coordinator for The Farm. “It’s a wonderful job,” says Kimberly. “What could be more fun than planning weddings and parties?”



John Lugthart: Getting His Feet Wet

Operation 444: A Ride vs. Cancer

It’s not everyday that students get to tromp through streams for the sake of increasing knowledge.

A journey of 444 miles, on bike, is no small feat. But for Assistant Professor of Speech Nick Carty, the journey is one that will involve well-trained feet – as well as well-conditioned arms and legs.

But for students in Dr. John Lugthart’s Environmental Science class, getting their feet wet is just part of the fun of making “real world” science all the more real.

Lynn Morse: Landscaping Magic Keeping the landscape “informal and inviting” rather than “formal and institutional” is the philosophy behind landscaper Lynn Morse’s vision for the Dalton State College campus.

“We use several methods to study the impact that the Dalton State campus has on the stream which flows through it by sampling above and below the campus and comparing the results,” says Lugthart, Professor of Biology. “One method involves sampling stream insects and other invertebrates and using them as indicators of water quality,” he continues. “Some invertebrate groups are quite sensitive to water pollution while others are tolerant. By examining the invertebrate community living at a particular site, students can determine the water quality of that site.” Being concerned about water quality is not just part of Lugthart’s “day job.” As an advocate for the environment, Lugthart is involved with efforts of The Nature Conservancy, Conasauga River Alliance, and Keep Dalton-Whitfield Beautiful, local groups working to protect and improve water quality in the Conasauga River watershed.

Lynn and her three-man team of groundskeepers maintain 55 acres of greenery, plants, and flowers, creating a physical environment that has generated praise from near and far. “We have an advantage here over most campuses south of Atlanta,” says Lynn. “The mountainous background creates interest and contrast that flat Bermudastyle campuses can’t naturally achieve.” Lynn says the campus contains around 300 varieties of plants and flowers, many of them labeled so that people can see what works well in particular environments. “It’s an education tool,” she remarks. “Visitors can look at the plants and see just what might work in their yards given similar conditions.” Lynn is grateful for the support of faculty, staff and the administration. “There’s so much support here for the groundskeepers’ efforts,” she says, “that we feel very fortunate. We encourage folks to sit around and enjoy the beauty of the campus.”

In May, Carty, 49, will become a traveler on the famous Natchez Trace Parkway as he cycles through three states on his way to Natchez, Mississippi. And he’ll make this journey for the sake of a very good cause – to help raise funds for the American Cancer Society. “I’ve partnered with Dalton State’s Phi Theta Kappa Society to help raise awareness about cancer and the importance of staying physically fit and active as part of a healthy lifestyle,” Carty says. Jenna Caylor, President of Phi Theta Kappa, will work with fellow members of the honor society and with members of the College’s new E-Circle K Club to raise money to pay for the lodging and food he’ll need. “This is a way for us to meet our service requirements, but more importantly, it gives us a chance to help with the fight against cancer,” says Jenna.

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Bryan McAllister As a Certified Public Accountant, Bryan McAllister, Class of 1977, knows a lot about value. For him, that’s what Dalton State College is all about.

Cheryl Nuckolls Like Mother. Like Father. Like Son. Cheryl Nuckolls, her husband Alan, and her son Andrew have all been students at Dalton State. But for Cheryl the association goes much deeper. Employed by the College since before she graduated with a degree in Secretarial Science in 1980, Cheryl has been a familiar face to math, science, and nursing students for three decades. As the secretary for the Division of Nursing, she manages a wide range of details such as “working with students to get them admitted into the program, typing tests, planning special events like Nurses’ Pinning, or preparing Georgia Board of Nursing reports.”

She admits she’s seen a lot of changes at Dalton State since she arrived as a student in 1977. The use of computers and advanced software programs has revolutionized the secretarial field, making her job easier, though no less hectic. “It was a great day when the copiers were brought in to replace the ‘purple masters’ machine,” she recalls. And in her nearly 30 years, she’s seen familiar faces come and go. But one thing hasn’t changed. “The nursing faculty and the students are a caring bunch,” she says, noting that in times of crisis, the Nursing Division helps each other through. “We’re like a family. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.”

“When you consider the value of the education you receive for what you pay in tuition and fees, you couldn’t ask for anything more,” says Bryan, a partner in the CPA firm of Hendry and Decosimo. “Dalton State is a great value.” Bryan fondly remembers his days at then DJC, completing two associate degrees before earning a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Shorter College in 1982. “My first class in Memorial Hall was with Dr. Derrell Roberts (former President of the College), and on the first day, he wrote his name on the board and invited us to call him by his first name, Derrell.” Dr. Roberts’ approachability was a quality that Bryan associated with other professors, including Mason Richard, Smiley Gregg, Dr. Bill Jump, and many others. “All of the classes I took at Dalton prepared me for what I’m doing now,” he says. “It was a great experience. How could anyone pass it up?”


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Class Notes


The sky’s the limit for Dalton State graduates.

2000s April Watson (B.S., 2004) works as a Projects Director at iPro in Calhoun, GA. Sarah C. McArthur (A.S.N., 2003) works in Canton, GA, as a Registered Oncology Nurse. Tiffany Oxford Petty (B.S., 2003) is an Account Manager with Alltel Communications. She recently graduated from Leadership Dalton – Whitfield. Patrick Brazelle (B.S., 2001) is a Programmer/Analyst at TVA in Chattanooga, TN.

1990s LaTisha M. Morgan (A.S., 1999) teaches second grade at Gilbert Elementary School in LaFayette, GA. Greg Beaty (A.A.S., 1997) serves as Lieutenant over Training and Career Development with the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department. He was a 2004 Peace Officer of the Year nominee. Raina Michelle Sanford (A.A.S., 1996) is Director of Radiology at Gordon Hospital in Calhoun, GA.

1980s Kenneth M. Rogers (A.A., 1989) owns a website/internet access company in Acworth, GA. Patricia Ridpath (A.S., 1980) recently retired after a career in nursing in Kansas, Texas, and West Virginia.

1970s Randy Gordon (A.S., 1974) is National Accounts Manager, Industrial Fabrics Division, at Shaw Industries in Dalton, GA. Fred W. Burdick (A.S., 1970; A.A., 1971) is Executive Director of the United States Professional Tennis Association, Southern Division. He was recently awarded the Master Professional Award from the USPTA.

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