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Summer 2013

Congratulations Class of 2013

President Michael S. Stewart

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Dear Friend:


This summer as we transition from one academic year to another, it is encouraging to look back at the past year as we prepare for the new one. At a time when many institutions are faced with closing, we continue to be blessed. For example, our School of Education received another glowing report from the Professional Standards Commission this year. We also added new concentrations in physical therapy and occupational theory to our kinesiology major. We are in the process of wrapping up a capital campaign where we have raised $3.5 of our $4 million goal. When I think about the progress we have made, I know it has much to do with the people God has brought to Emmanuel College. Our alumni continue to support us and encourage us, and that is vital in fulfilling our mission. Our employees have a true sense of calling, and we are privileged to impact students who truly make a difference. I hear students say things like, “My life has been changed. I am not the same person I was when I came here. I am deeper in my faith, and I have a moral compass to guide my life.” Like many of you, they cite not programs or degrees but people– teachers and staff and coaches who have spoken into their lives, and they have changed. Perhaps this has happened in your own families because of someone’s experience at Emmanuel College. We are careful to lift our eyes to the bigger picture and see what is happening. Yes, we are building and expanding and growing, but that is not what matters most. I look forward to sharing more good news in the days to come, and we give God all the glory for it. Respectfully yours,

Summer 2013

For Alumni and Friends of Emmanuel College Mission Statement Emmanuel College is a Christ-centered, liberal arts institution which strives to prepare students to become Christlike disciples who integrate faith, learning, and living for effective careers, scholarship, and service. Founded in 1919, Emmanuel is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and baccalaureate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Emmanuel College. President Dr. Michael S. Stewart Vice President for Development Brian James Alumni and Development Staff Shanterrin Harland Harrell Queen Erin Rosene Ginny Swails Executive Editor Paula Dixon Managing Editor Ginny Swails Contributing Writers Paula Dixon Jason Farr Andrea Langley Lauren Peeples Forrest Wimberly Contributing Photographers Joseph Brookshire Jr. Paula Dixon Andrea Langley Design and Printing Services Beth James Wansley, Designer LifeSprings Resources, Inc. Quad Summer 2013, Vol. 67, Issue 4 (USPS 175200) is published four times a year by the Emmanuel College Alumni and Development Office, 181 Spring Street, Franklin Springs, GA 30639. Periodicals postage paid at Franklin Springs, GA 30639. To submit address changes, send an e-mail to or call 800-860-8600, opt. 4. POSTMASTER: Please send address changes to Emmanuel College Alumni Relations, P.O. Box 129, Franklin Springs, GA 30639. Ranked as a Tier One private college and named as a Best Regional College (South) –U.S. News & World Report (2013)

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News Events

Congratulations to the Class of 2013 On a beautiful Saturday morning in Franklin Springs, 150 Emmanuel College graduates turned their tassels as 1,700 family members and friends joined with them to celebrate this significant accomplishment in their lives at the John W. Swails Center on graduation day, May 11, 2013.

Award Highlights

New Scholarship

President Michael Stewart recognized a new endowed scholarship named for the Rev. Richard F. and Maxine Brown Elliot Memorial Scholarship in memory of Rev. and Mrs. Elliot, who graduated from Emmanuel in the 1940s. When President Stewart addressed the graduates, he encouraged them to always keep a Christ-centered focus throughout life, to continue growing in their faith, and never stop learning. “We know many of you personally, and we will miss each of you on our campus,” President Stewart said. “Now a page is turning, and your destiny is calling. Embrace it and fulfill it. I commend to you the words from Micah 6:8, ‘What does the Lord require of you? To act justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.’ That is my prayer for you, and please know you will continue to be in our prayers in the days to come.” This year’s commencement speaker was Dr. A.D. Beacham

n Valedictorians for the Class of 2013 are Melinda Sessoms (baccalaureate) and Nichole M. Grizzle (associates). n Faculty awards went to Rachel Fenters and April Toney. n The Presidential Award of Merit went to Coach Mike Bona, who surpassed 600 wins in 2012-13 in EC Women’s Basketball. n The Dorothy FergusonCaddell Support Staff Award went to Guy Chapman, EC’s media services director. n The Brady Faculty Award went to Dr. Brian Peek, EC’s Natural Sciences Department Chair.

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n The Firebaugh Memorial Faculty Award went to Dr. Scott Ellington, SCM professor.

Jr., the 19th Presiding Bishop of the IPHC. On behalf of EC’s Board of Trustees, President Stewart presented Bishop Beacham with an honorary Bachelor of Arts degree in Christian Ministries from Emmanuel College. When he graduated from Emmanuel in 1969, EC only awarded associate degrees. As Bishop Beacham addressed the graduates, he quoted John 15:16 where Jesus says, “You did not choose me, but I chose you.” He reminded them they were created for a purpose. “You will be called to do things you do not feel prepared for. If God calls you, do it.” He told them about a student who thought he could make a good grade in a class even though he rarely attended. He realized a big paper was due and crammed to get it done. “The professor wrote in the margin, ‘Great paper, wrong assignment.’ I don’t care how successful you become; I don’t care if you’re the next Bill Gates. If you don’t get God’s assignment, you missed it!”

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Seagraves wins NCCAA’s highest award -by Jason Farr and Forrest Wimberly

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Blaine Seagraves and Aaron Brister, EC Coach from 2005 to 2013.


Senior Emmanuel College Pitcher Blaine Seagraves (’13) wins the prestigious 2013 Hank Burbridge Unlimited Potential Outstanding Christian Leadership Award from the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA). This is a first for any Emmanuel College student athlete. “Growing up 10 minutes from Emmanuel, I certainly never intended to spend my collegiate years there,” Seagraves says. “The Lord had different plans. Using baseball, He opened the door for me to attend the small college in Franklin Springs that I have grown to love. “By surrounding me with obedient servants of Christ such as Chris Maxwell, Tracy Reynolds, Scott Ellington, Tony Moon, Mike Luper and Harold Rhoades, I became challenged to approach every opportunity in this life as a way to glorify our Heavenly Father whether that be on a baseball field, in a classroom, in relationships or in ministry,” he says. Criteria for this award includes a vibrant, clear Christian testimony on and off the field, outstanding performance on the field, a cumulative GPA of 2.5 • 800.860.8600

or higher, and an unlimited potential for serving Christ through athletics, leadership opportunities, local fellowship, sports evangelism and other Christian organizations. As Seagraves played his senior season this year, he became a very reliable stretch-innings pitcher and a closer. He has been a workhorse from the EC bullpen throwing 67.2 innings while collecting six wins and two saves in his 18 appearances this season. His leadership qualities include serving as a captain of the baseball team, FCA at his high school, chaplain at EC, Christian service officer in EC’s SCM, and a mission trip to the Dominican Republic. His current GPA this season is 4.0 with a cumulative 3.83 GPA as he graduates this year with a B.S. in Christian Ministries. Seagraves currently serves as the senior pastor at Sandy Creek Baptist Church in Athens, Ga., which involves preaching on Sundays, hospital visits and community outreach while still having a successful baseball season. Read more at news/emmanuels-seagraves-winsnccaas-highest-national-award.

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Summer school gets revamped

Voice students Emily Hancock, Cody Barrett, Jamie Dixon, Emilee Sanders, Josey Fowler, Alex Mouchet and instructor Chloe Payne practice a recital song.

Emmanuel Arts Academy Fine Arts Camp -by Andrea Langley

Campers are awarded special certificates at the Friday night recital.

skilled staff and talented students. We form relationships, invest in young lives and provide much needed role models and vision for those aspiring in the arts.” A group of EC students who work as staff members, teaching assistants or class instructors enjoy the camp as much as the children. “Getting to interact with the kids is a lot of fun!” says Briana Kay, staff member and teaching assistant. “Being a music major, I love watching the kids learn and experience music.” Each day begins with “silly songs” followed by a devotion and worship set before campers go to the first of their three classes. Each day also includes games, such as Frisbee, baseball and dodge ball. Emmanuel Arts Academy is a community extension of Emmanuel College offering arts training for children, youth and adults throughout the year. During the fall and spring semesters, students have the opportunity to take private lessons or learn in various group classes. To learn more, please visit or email

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The Emmanuel Arts Academy’s 5th Annual Fine Arts Camp welcomed 29 children ages 8-14 to campus in June to explore their creative side and have fun. During the week-long summer day camp, they are able to develop their artistic abilities through classes in music (voice, guitar, piano, band), art, drama, photography, dance, creative writing and musical theatre. “My favorite part about camp is the drama class because it’s active, and we get to play around,” camper Jonathan Grizzle says. “There’s no way to have stage fright because you’re having fun! It also helped me learn how to be responsible and memorize Bible verses.” Campers work on pieces all week that are showcased in a Friday night recital to share what they have learned with family and friends. “Fine Arts Camp is one of my favorite weeks of the year, and I am always astounded at what these kids accomplish in a week,” says Dr. Deborah Stark, founder and director of Emmanuel Arts Academy. “Tears of gratefulness pour down my cheeks as I stand in awe of what the Lord can do through a loving and

For students who want to stay on track with taking the classes they need, EC’s summer school is a good, affordable option. This year, Emmanuel made a concerted effort to revamp its summer school program and now has more than twice as many students than last summer. “We are looking to make Emmanuel more of a year-round campus, and this is one way we are trying to accomplish that,” says Dr. John Henzel Jr., vice president for academic affairs at EC. This summer, 222 students are enrolled for summer school compared to 104 students last summer and 138 students in 2011. One of the changes this summer is a decrease in tuition as a way to help students and stay competitive with other colleges. Tuition for EC’s summer classes is $125 per credit hour. “Students enrolled for three times as many credit hours this summer,” Dr. Henzel says. “We also offered a residence program for the first time,” he adds, which allows students to live on campus and start summer classes as soon as the Monday after graduation. Summer classes run for two, four or six weeks, and students may choose from online and traditional course offerings. • 800.860.8600 5

Incoming students whose parents ever attended Emmanuel College are eligible to receive a $500 Legacy Scholarship each year. We will gladly contact them if you can let us know who they are: or call 800-860-8800.


Emmanuel College’s Legacy Scholarship

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EC friends work together again


Denise Altman and Ken Fuquay met 35 years ago at Emmanuel College. They were “adopted” by the same community family just after arriving on campus, and they later discovered each other’s musical talents. They traveled together with various singing groups over those two years—she played and he sang. They have stayed in touch over the years and recently had an opportunity to work together on a different kind of project. Fuquay is co-owner and curriculum director of Carolina School of Broadcasting in Charlotte, N.C. His company provides training for future broadcasters and video production facilities, and Altman is president of Altman Initiative Group, Inc., a consulting firm providing training for business people. She lives in nearby Denver, N.C. When Altman needed video production for several web-based training courses, she called her old friend. “I needed a resource I could trust to do great work as these courses will be around for many years,” she says. “I know Ken to be a consummate professional, and I wanted him to oversee the project.” • 800.860.8600

Ken Fuquay and Denise Altman graduated in 1980.

His production facility and staff proved to be an outstanding choice for the project. “Our facilities are designed for just this type of work,” he says. “Knowing the quality of work that Denise expects, we were thrilled to partner with her on this project.” After eight hours of video production, they breathed a sigh of relief. “Anyone who knows me knows that I have no trouble talking,” she laughs, “but eight hours speaking to a

camera with no audience participation is really grueling.” The training courses are being marketed through the ACPEN network in Dallas. Both are hoping they will be popular and that they will, again, have a chance to work together. “Denise and I have always made a great team,” Fuquay shares. “I’m glad Emmanuel College brought us together, and that life continues to put us in each other’s paths.”

Focusing on the future -by Lauren Peeples (‘10)

Remember, it is easy to stay connected with Emmanuel friends through our Facebook alumni groups at EmmanuelCollegeGA or /ECFranklinSprings.


Debbie Phillips Alexander (’82) In the fall, Debbie Phillips Alexander becomes associate superintendent of instruction in the Richmond County School System in Augusta, Ga. She will supervise curriculum for all schools and will be the coordinator for middle schools. For the past 20 years, she has worked as a principal at the elementary, middle and high school levels. To read more about how her career has coincided with a particular group of students, log in at https://www.facebook. com/groups/ECFranklinSprings. Don Carson (’83) Recently, Don Carson earned his Doctorate in Ministry from Christian Leadership University. “It is a major accomplishment,” he says, “for I was not the best student at EC but was very fun.”

We Remember Vonnie Stickland Callahan (‘38) passed away March 4, 2013, just shy of her 94th birthday. She is a 1954 graduate of the University of Georgia in Athens, where she grew up and attended what is now called Christian Life Worship Center. She and the Rev. W. Otis Callahan (’42) married on December 24, 1942, at the old pavilion in Franklin Springs by the Rev. Walter J. Nash. She traveled to most of the IPH churches with her husband, who was an evangelist and passed away in 1999. They also served churches in South Carolina, Miami, Fla., and Georgia and ministered through short-term mission work in Cuba, Haiti, Costa Rica, Argentina and Nigeria. She taught elementary school for 18 years in Waycross, Ga. They are survived by one son, Rodney (’67). Over the years, they have had 34 relatives who attended EC. Beverly Ellen Tilton (’56) passed away April 27, 2013. She grew up in Virginia and attended Emmanuel College and American University in Washington, D.C., where she majored in biology and chemistry. She brought her knowledge back to Franklin Springs and taught one year of biology to students at Emmanuel during the 1961-62 school year. She went on to work 34 years with the U. S. Government and retired in 1995. During retirement, church work and music were a big part of her life, and she participated in several musical ensembles where she sang and played various musical instruments. Her baby grand piano was a gift from Emmanuel College. Dr. Larry Ray Hart Sr. (’71) passed away May 29, 2013. Dr. Hart was a graduate of Emmanuel College, University of Georgia and Medical College of Georgia. He began his medical practice in his native South Carolina and later served as medical director at Ridgeview Hospital in Atlanta. Dr. Hart’s sister, Gloria Moon (’73), is the wife of Dr. Tony Moon (’76), Emmanuel SCM professor. Brent Leland Phillips (’05) passed away June 7, 2013, after a courageous two-year battle with frontotemporal dementia. He graduated from Emmanuel College with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education. He was a fifth grade teacher at Beaverdam Elementary School in Elberton, Ga., and a football Coach at Elbert County Middle School. He is survived by his devoted wife, Merci Luke Phillips (’03), and two daughters, Georgia Lynn and Amelia Sydney, as well as other loving family and friends. Quad reserves the right to edit AlumNotes for content and space. Please submit your AlumNote and picture using the online form at  Your AlumNote will be included as soon as possible.

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With a clear vision of her future, April Leigh Dutton (’11) continues to keep her eyes focused on the Lord as He guides her to a career of healing others through the gift of sight. A Carnesville, Ga., native, Dutton begins her third year as a student at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Optometry this fall. She is expected to graduate in May 2015 with a Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) degree and return to Franklin County to start and build her own optometric practice. “The idea of becoming an eye doctor crossed my mind when I was about 12 years old when I got my first pair of glasses. I had numerous career interests throughout the years ranging from being a physical therapist, a psychologist, a teacher, to becoming President of the United States,” she recalls. “Finally, as a sophomore at Emmanuel, I remembered my interest in optometry and began researching the career. After reading and studying about the profession, I just knew it was a perfect fit for me and the life I planned on having as I became older.” A 2007 graduate of Franklin County High School, Dutton was on the high school tennis team and dance team and editor of the yearbook. She jumpstarted her college career during her senior year of high school through joint-enrollment at EC. Upon graduating from FCHS, she began fall semester at Emmanuel and began teaching dance, tumbling and cheerleading at Georgia Baton and Dance in Lavonia. She graduated with honors from EC with a major in biology and a minor in psychology. “I am first and foremost a Christian who is extremely blessed by all the favor God has shown me in my life. I come home often because I am such a family-oriented person, and I miss the country lifestyle where I grew up,” she adds. Dutton is the daughter of Sherman and Deborah Payne, and Sherman Dutton. Her three older brothers are Cory Payne, Kyle Payne and Wade Dutton. “My own personal future goals include getting married and having children. I never really saw myself as a career woman because my goal in life was to always be a great wife and mother,” she says. “But like most things in life, my plans didn’t exactly turn into what I had expected. God knows what’s best for me though. He led me down my current career path, and I couldn’t be more thankful and blessed.”

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