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UPCOMING EVENTS CHRISTMAS AT KING “It’s a Wonderful Life” Thursday, December 7 at 7:45 p.m. The Barter Theatre Tickets are $16 per person. RSVP by Monday, November 27th. King College Symphonic Choir Christmas Concert Saturday, December 9 at 8:00 p.m. First Presbyterian Church in Bristol, Tenn.

King College vs. UT-Chattanooga Men’s Basketball Game Thursday, December 21st at 7:00 p.m. McKenzie Arena – Chattanooga, Tenn. Contact the Alumni Office for information on discounted group tickets. KC Nites 2007 Men’s & Women’s Basketball vs. Montreat College Homecoming 2007 Saturday, February 3, 2007 King College Lady Tornado at 2:00 p.m. King College Tornado at 4:00 p.m. There will be a reception for all King alumni! Washington, D.C. Alumni Gathering Friday, March 9, 2007 Buca di Beppo Italian Dining 1825 Connecticut Avenue N.W. Washington, D.C. 20009 The group will be seated at 7:00 p.m. Jay Baumgardner Memorial Golf Classic Friday, April 20, 2007 Country Club of Bristol Dogwood Weekend 2007 Friday & Saturday, April 20-21, 2007 King College Campus

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TABLE OF CONTENTS 6 KATHERINE PATERSON HONORED 7 2006 ENROLLMENT UPDATE King Enrollment Hits Record High New Students Receive Warm Welcome at King

8 ALUM HIGHLIGHTS Jared Newton (‘06) Dr. Howard McMahan (‘71) Dr. Amy Ryan(‘91) Jessica Stollings (‘04)

10 PROGRAM UPDATES College-Bound Mom Wins Scholarship King Now Offering the Master of Science in Nursing

11 SUMMER TRAVELS 2006 KC Students Go Global with Missions & Cultural Studies

12 ATHLETICS Fall & Winter Sports Season Updates


14 RODDY FOUNDATION Donor Profile: The Katherine C. Roddy & J.P. Roddy, Sr. Foundation

15 ANNUAL FUND UPDATE Class Agent Program Boosts Annual Fund





f Katherine (Womeldorf) Paterson (’54) keeps this up, her library will have more trophies than books!

For more than three decades, Katherine’s career has been lauded with numerous awards. She holds the devotion of her young readers, countless prizes from libraries and booksellers, and applause from nationwide parents’ groups. Now, in addition to her two Newbery Medals and pair of National Book Awards, Katherine has been named the 2006 recipient of the world’s largest children’s literature prize, Sweden’s national Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award! Congratulations, Katherine, on this prestigious accomplishment—we can’t wait to see what you do next!

The author of more than 30 works, Katherine Paterson has long held the hearts of young readers with favorites such as “Jacob Have I Loved” and “The Great Gilly Hopkins.” This past May, the government of Sweden recognized Katherine with the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, a prestigious honor named for the creator of the beloved character Pippi Longstocking. The May award ceremony was held in Stockholm, and was attended by many of Katherine’s relatives, Sweden’s cultural ministers, and national royalty. In particular, the diploma-like award was presented by Crown Princess Victoria. Photography courtesy of Helene Komlos Grill.


King Enrollment Hits Record High Following six consecutive years of record-breaking enrollment, King College is celebrating yet another milestone. Numbers for the fall semester are in, and for the first time in the College’s history, the head count on campus registers 1,271 students, a 31 percent increase over last year’s student body.

Each year at King, a dedicated group demonstrates that the world is, instead, wide open. All incoming freshmen are welcomed by the New Student Orientation Committee (NSOC). This group of faculty, staff and students assists each new member of the community as they learn about King, break the ice with new friends, and in many cases, adjust to their first few days away from home. “We engage new students around the clock in fun events and positive social situations,” said Elizabeth Graham, director of community outreach and new student orientation. “Our goal is to immerse them in King’s environment, show them how to serve others in the community, and form friendships that can last for years.” In addition, research has shown that getting students involved in campus activities early in their college career has a direct effect on retention and academic success.

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“King has always been known for its community atmosphere,” said LeAnn Hughes, associate vice president of marketing and department. “Knowing that we’ve quadrupled our initial size while cultivating that sense of community is a satisfying accomplishment. We look forward now to complementing our infrastructure, and plan on creating new academic spaces to keep pace with expanding enrollment.”

Autumn is a time of transition, especially for incoming freshmen. Having to leave summer and familiar schools behind to step onto a different campus, master class schedules and make new friends can make the world feel like it’s resting on your shoulders.


The head count represents those in undergraduate and graduate programs on the main campus, as well as Tennessee locations such as Northeast State Technical Community College, the Wellmont-King College School of Nursing, and the newest site in downtown Kingsport. Numbers also include students from Virginia sites such as Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon and Southwest Virginia Community College in Richlands. “As King continues to grow, we’re fostering parallel growth in various area locations so that more scholars have the opportunity to participate,” said Matt Peltier (‘98), dean of academic affairs.

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“One of King’s central goals is to make a quality, private degree available and affordable to residents throughout our region,” said Melinda Clark (‘91), associate vice president for enrollment management. “Over the last several years we’ve expanded our degree offerings and established strategic partnerships with area organizations. The result is a well-rounded academic catalog and an ever-growing network of locations where students can access King’s community, knowledge and resources.”

“From the moment our students arrive on campus, we want them to feel welcome and know that they are important members of our King College community. We give students many opportunities to become involved on campus, and we encourage them to do so as soon as possible. NSOC weekend is a great introduction to the opportunities available to them,” said Matt Peltier (‘98), dean of academic affairs. This year’s NSOC event featured an Australian theme, complete with a concert given by the Lads, a New Zealand-based Christian rock band. Other events included a K.C.-style version of the Amazing Race, a pool party at Spring Lake, and a day of community service with 14 area organizations such as the Boys & Girls Club, YWCA, River’s Way and Abuse Alternatives, among others. “Those four days can be exhausting,” noted Graham. “But they are also the most exciting!”


Jared Newton Imagine aiming a beam of radiation so precisely that it destroys a cancerous tumor without damaging the healthy tissue surrounding it. It may sound like science fiction, but it was a component of King College senior Jared Newton’s (‘06) summer research project at Vanderbilt University. Jared was selected as only one of 12 students nationwide to receive The American Association of Physicists in Medicine research fellowship. With the funding he received from the fellowship, Jared spent his summer researching new ways of treating cancer at Vanderbilt University’s Department of Radiation Oncology. As new technology develops more precise radiation treatments for cancer, the supporting computer programs are struggling to keep up. Jared researched


Dr. Howard McMahan Whether it’s performing complicated spinal surgical procedures or working with Air Force Reserve medical deployments, Dr. Howard McMahan has a finely tuned touch. After graduating from King in 1971, McMahan earned his doctor of medicine from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, entered the Air Force, and joined one of Atlanta’s premier physician groups. Following a successful 30-year career, today he is a leading reservist, surgeon and teacher.

and developed adjustments and modifications to the ways in which the computers control the medical machinery providing the radiation. “I learned so much about medical physics and graduate school,” Jared said. “I’ve been blessed with many amazing research opportunities while at King, and I have tried to take advantage of as many as possible.”

And, what an academic career Jared has had at King. As a double major in physics and mathematics, he is the recipient of the Arthur King Award in Physics and was also awarded an ACA-CSEM scholarship.

Medical physics is an emerging field of xray imaging, radiation therapy, diagnostic and therapeutic nuclear medicine, and radiation safety. It was a branch of science that Jared didn’t know about until King College physics professor Dr. Ray Bloomer introduced him to it.

“We are very proud of Jared,” Bloomer said. “He is a top notch student with considerable drive and determination.”

“I’ve always liked studying the sciences, but I didn’t realize how to make a career out of my interest until Dr. Bloomer explained that medical physics is the application of physics to meet the needs of medicine. I was immediately interested. That was a significant turning point in my academic career.”

Jared joins several alumni pursing careers in the field of medical physics: Luke McLemore (’96) is a medical physicist at Mayo Clinic where he works with oncologists to deliver cancer treatments; Heather (Barker) Whitney (‘03) is pursuing her doctorate at Vanderbilt University and Matt Kiser (‘02) is a graduate student at Duke University.

As a civilian, McMahan works with Resurgens Orthopaedics of Atlanta, one of the largest single-specialty groups in the nation. His work with the 86-member practice includes emphases in trauma surgery, spinal reconstruction and full-time teaching responsibilities at Atlanta Medical Center. “Our group’s name means to rise or revive, and that’s our commitment to patients,” said McMahan.

McMahan describes his many duties as “a fairly significant time commitment,” and “extremely challenging and also rewarding. To be able to teach orthopaedic surgery residents and medical students the skills and knowledge they need to have good outcomes—that’s one of the most rewarding things,” he said.

Additionally, his duties in the Air Force Reserve include the role of mobilization assistant to the Air Force Surgeon General. The Air Force Reserve includes approximately 75,000 members with almost 12,000 medical reservists, and it’s his job to advise the surgeon general and the chief of the Air Force Reserve regarding troop availability and needs on deployment. As a chief flight surgeon, McMahan understands the art of aeromedical evacuation, and the Air Force Reserve provides the majority of this capability; his career has included flight time in the C-130 Hercules, C-141 Starlifter and C-17 Globemaster, among several other aircraft. In 2004 he was appointed a major general, the highest rank available for a member of the medical corps.

He credits the attention of King professors with helping to build his academic background, and cites Dr. Ed Burke, Dr. Graham Landrum, Inez Morton and Dr. Bill Somerville as mentors. McMahan shares another lasting tie with the campus: ‘71 classmate and wife Barbara (Brockett) McMahan. “We definitely walked around the oval more than three times,” he laughs. The couple has a son, Chris, who is a senior at Auburn in international business, and a daughter, Mandy Mills, who works as a real estate agent in Washington, D.C., and is expecting the couple’s first grandchild. “I think King’s atmosphere helped me prepare for my responsibilities,” he said, noting that he and Barbara continue to correspond with former teachers and their families. “Dedication from professors is able to inspire dedication in others.”

Surgeon General of the Air Force Lt. Gen. Peach Taylor, left, administers an oath of office to Dr. Howard McMahan (’71) as he is promoted to major general in the Air Force Reserve. McMahan’s duties include serving as mobilization assistant to the surgeon general; when not in uniform, he works an orthopaedic surgeon with Resurgens Orthopaedics in Atlanta, Ga.


Dr. Amy (Garrett) Ryan

“I was a dancer all the way through high school. I thought it was exciting to give that opportunity to children with disabilities,” says Ryan. “It’s amazing to see how the program has grown, how the children have blossomed and changed.”

Charlotte Magazine, Charlotte, N.C., recently named Dr. Amy Ryan, (‘91), a pediatrician with Eastover Pediatrics, as one of its Best Doctors 2006. Every year, Charlotte Magazine’s best- doctor list provides readers with the names of physicians who are not only tops in Charlotte, but often the best in the country. Amy joins an elite list of 184 other physicians who were selected by other renowned physicians and specialists. Congratulations Amy!

Cerebral palsy, spina bifida, Down syndrome, and mental retardation are among the Allegro children’s disabilities. Working with foundation director Pat Farmer, Ryan evaluates the children and sets goals for the development of their motor skills, speech, concentration, and self-esteem. She has also worked with the students as a teaching volunteer in Allegro’s weekly classes. One child, a visually impaired boy named Angel, has become a particular friend. “He’s very special to work with because of his insight,” Ryan says. “He’s so smart.”

As a child, Amy Ryan loved to dance. So when a nurse in her office told her that a foundation that uses creative movement for therapeutic purposes was looking for a doctor to chair its board, Ryan accepted the position. Five years later, Ryan, thirtyseven, still chairs the board of the Allegro Foundation…A Champion for Children with Disabilities.

The Allegro Foundation is just one of several humanitarian projects that Ryan supports as a physician. With her church, Covenant Presbyterian, she has made three medical mission trips to work in a clinic in Mexico. She also serves on the board of Joshua’s Promise, a nonprofit organization started in memory of a former patient with Down syndrome who died

Jessica Stollings now in the Focus Family

Jessica Stollings (’04) has always been a newsmaker. During her academic career she served as co-captain of King’s volleyball team and was an integral member of such organizations as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Student Government Association and the Kayseean reporting staff. She was recognized with numerous honors, including a four-year Maclellan Scholarship and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’ Walker Sportsmanship Award.

Reprinted with permission from Charlotte Magazine.

Now that she’s finished her degree, Stollings’ career really is making news. Trading the Appalachians for the Rockies, she has moved to Colorado Springs, Colo., to work as a correspondent for Family News in Focus, a nationally syndicated radio program covering policy and culture issues. “I dove right in to the reporting world!” said Stollings. “I love what I’m doing—it’s so rewarding to contribute a conservative perspective on the issues engulfing society.” According to Stollings, her new job is filled with satisfying challenges. “Our typical day includes pitching ideas, assigning a story to a reporter, getting interviews over the phone, writing the story, editing sound bites, having

of leukemia. Joshua’s Promise provides financial assistance to families who have lost a disabled child. As a pediatrician, Ryan spends all day with children, but her encounters with kids like Angel and Joshua have been especially rewarding. “These children make you step back and look at things in a different way.” – M.F.W.

everything approved and then doing voice,” she said. “We have a deadline each day at 3:30, so it can be an intense process. I’ve been working with a trainer to develop more of a radio voice. I’m now on the airwaves and loving it!” Stollings says she is settling in well and enjoying her new co-workers, friends, Volkswagen, and the view. “Beyond the office, I’m truly enjoying my new home,” she commented. “I have a wonderful apartment with a gorgeous mountain view. The weather has been averaging 70 degrees since I’ve been here, so I’ve had the top down on my Bug every day!” Listeners can catch Stollings’ work—and Stollings herself—on the Web at, and on participating stations.


College-Bound Mom Wins Scholarship

King Now Offering the Master of Science in Nursing

Dan Kegley is a staff writer with the Smyth County News & Messenger in Marion, Va. This article is reprinted with permission.

This fall, King College began offering the master of science in nursing (MSN) degree and a health care administration specialization to the master of business administration.

Lora Surber (pictured above) was speechless Thursday morning, May 18, but not because she was still following a doctor’s order. Two weeks earlier her doctor told her not to talk for two weeks as she recuperated from a temporary condition affecting her vocal cords. That order came just hours after she talked to a DJ at WCQR radio in Gray, Tenn., about why she wanted to go back to college. Surber was one of five finalists competing in the station’s College Mom contest for a full scholarship to King College’s 16-month, one-night-aweek Bachelor of Business Administration program. Each morning in the first week of May, a contestant told her story on the air. The winner would be chosen by popular vote, and voting would open on the station’s Web site the following week. Back at Saltville Elementary School, where she’s an administrative secretary, her colleagues urged her to “hush” and rest her voice, but she waved them off as she talked about the thrill of facing the possibility of going back to college. The station notified Surber that the contestants were to meet at the station Thursday morning for the announcement of the winner. But she did not see the other four women when she and her husband, Walter, arrived. The contestants were being kept apart, the story went. She went into the studio – still, no other contestants. And then the DJ announced to the station’s listeners and to Surber that she was the scholarship winner. “I did not learn until it was announced on the air.” Surber said. It didn’t matter that her doctor’s orders for silence expired that morning. “I was in total shock. I was still waiting for the other ladies to come in.” Surber learned about the contest when she went to the college’s Web site to check its spring schedule. Her son, Joel,

finished his freshman year at King on May 3. She found the schedule, and more: an opportunity to fulfill her own dream of finishing her education. She was on track to do that back in 1982, the fast track even. She graduated a year early from R.B. Worthy High School in Saltville with ideas of going into nursing. Her plans changed and she got an Associate Degree in business management from Virginia Highlands Community College. At 19 she married Walter Surber and went to work. Applying to become a contestant involved writing an essay. “Imagine how I felt when after years of dreaming the impossible dream, I learned that King College is offering a free education to one very lucky mother,” Surber wrote. She included more grown-up reasons for wanting to win, like being a good example to her sons of following a dream and taking education seriously, becoming the first in her family to achieve a full degree, and just for the pure joy of learning. Finally, she wrote, “Oh, so much for my mature reasons for wanting an education, the little girl in me is yearning. “Pick me. Notice me. Pick me! Oh, please, pick me!” The voters picked her. “I’m as thankful for that as for winning the contest,” Surber said. “I really want the community thanked for all of this. I could not have won without the community’s support.” She arrived back at school later Thursday morning to find teachers, students and staff waiting for her outside with banners and balloons, hugs and handshakes, and plenty of “congratulations.” Inside, there was cake adorned with a diploma and a mortarboard, small reminders of what lies at the end of Surber’s August return to college and symbols of a big dream coming true. And, to everyone’s sure relief, no one had to tell Lora Surber to hush this time.

“We are listening to the needs of the health care providers in the region, and we are responding by providing training and education to better equip them in hiring local, highly qualified nurses and business leaders,” Matt Peltier (‘98), dean of academic affairs, said. King’s master of science in nursing degree (MSN) prepares nurses for a specialty role in advanced nursing practice, leadership in the nursing profession, and future doctoral study. Graduates of the program can seek national certification as Advanced Practice Nurses (APNs). “We are very excited about this new program that will provide professional nurses with academic and nursing practice opportunities to gain the knowledge, skills, and values essential for advanced nursing practice,” said Dr. Johanne Quinn, dean of the School of Nursing. This 39-credit MSN program includes core courses, advanced specialty courses and clinical requirements. Students choose from one of the four tracks including: nursing administration, clinical specialization in acute care/critical care/ER/trauma care, nursing in health ministry, and nurse educator. Also offered is King’s health care administration specialization to the master of business administration (MBA) program. The health care MBA is designed to prepare graduates for success in mid-level and upper-level management and executive positions in a health care environment. Students enroll in the traditional MBA courses and take additional courses focusing on the application of specialized knowledge and skills in health care administration. The MBA with a specialization in health care administration can be completed in approximately 24 months or six semesters. King hopes to continue expanding its academic offerings to meet the educational needs of students as well as employers. For more information about either of these programs, please contact the Office of Admissions at 800.362.0014.


Students and faculty from around the nation and world gathered in Salzburg, Austria to participate in the Salzburg Seminar’s “Global Discussions: America and the World” session in June.

KC Students Go Global with Missions & Cultural Studies For many students, King’s campus can be the first step on a worldwide journey. From the Oval to Trafalgar Square and beyond, KC scholars are expanding their understanding of world cultures by experiencing them firsthand.

During spring and summer 2006, missions and cultural study trips took students to the Gulf Coast, El Salvador, Brazil, Austria, Greece and Turkey. “Service to others helps us move outside our borders, mentally and physically,” said Dr. Tracy Parkinson, dean of the faculty. “Cultural studies are an essential part of King’s educational process, and we make sure our students have the opportunity to explore a range of locations each year.” In Mississippi, a team of 20 faculty and students helped repair hurricaneravaged homes. In El Salvador, students worked with orphanages, and in Brazil, the KC volleyball team competed against regional teams and shared their respective cultures. Throughout Greece and Turkey, students explored sites of modern and ancient relevance, including

locations associated with the Pauline journeys and the apostle John. For the second year in a row, four students also received scholarships for the Salzburg Seminar’s “Global Citizenship: America and the World” session in Austria. The gatherings bring international students together to discuss challenging issues in a neutral setting. The discussions are held in the Schloss Leopoldskron, a palatial setting made famous in “The Sound of Music.” “A friend I met in Europe said he couldn’t imagine living in a country where you could drive for an entire day and not cross into another nation,” said Christine Looney, a senior who participated in the Salzburg Seminar as well as the Greece and Turkey excursion. “Likewise, a lot of Americans can’t imagine traveling across an entire country in six or seven hours. That idea on its own starts helping you gain perspective.” Spring and summer 2007 have additional journeys in store. Service and study trips are being planned for Florida, Belize, San Salvador, the United Kingdom, Italy, New Zealand and Kenya. “In the coming year, King students will have numerous opportunities to serve others and immerse themselves in other cultures,” said Parkinson. “Teams will be working with Habitat for Humanity, the Presbyterian Church in East Africa, and various other organizations throughout the world.” In Fiji and New Zealand, King’s Youth Ministry Department will lend hands

to local schools. “Fiji is remarkably rich in cultural heritage but faces some tremendous financial limitations,” said Dan Kreiss, assistant professor of youth ministry. “We’ll be helping to install chairs, blackboards, ceiling fans and doing some painting. The team will also have the opportunity to be received by the locals, explore the amazing landscape, and experience life Kiwi-style.” A separate study team will spend two weeks traveling through the United Kingdom, taking in such sights as London, Edinburgh and Glasgow. “So much of our history and literature comes from Western Europe and the United Kingdom in particular,” said Karen Shaw (‘89), associate professor of English and study abroad coordinator. “Visiting these locations lends a tremendous amount of context and understanding, lifting studies off the page and into life.” Alumni and friends of the College are welcome to join in on King journeys; for more information, contact John King, director of alumni and annual giving, at


New Leaders Greet Athletic Lineups at KC The King College Athletic Department begins the fall and winter sports seasons with the addition and promotion of several coaches. “We are pleased with the strengths and enthusiasm the new coaches will bring to their teams and the Athletic Department as a whole,” said Dale Burns (‘69), athletic director. “We are looking forward to another great year of competition.” Chris Bartlett comes to King as head coach for men’s and women’s tennis by way of Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, N.C. As a former collegiate player for the nationally ranked Bobcats, Chris earned the MVP Award in 1995, playing number one singles. As a coach, Bartlett led his Men’s Team to a CVAC final, falling short to Anderson College in 2005. With an 18-4 record, the Bobcats finished their season ranked 36th in the nation and featured the 5th ranked doubles team, NCAA Division II poll (May 2005). As a former college player/coach, Bartlett brings a strong desire to compete nationally and a passion for the sport of tennis. Mark Conkin comes to King College as head baseball coach. Conkin joins the program with experience as a middle school baseball coach, college assistant coach, and a Major League Baseball scout. He spent many years working for the Oakland A’s and San Francisco Giants and has experience working as an assistant coach at East Tennessee State University and Delta

State University. Nathan Moorman joins the King College Athletic Department as head wrestling coach. Moorman was a national qualifier in wrestling for Carson Newman College in Jefferson City, Tenn., where he received his bachelor’s degree in history and secondary education and his master’s in education. Moorman served as an assistant coach for the Carson Newman wrestling program for the past two years and has experience coaching high school students in Junior Olympic Tournaments. Rick O’Connor comes to King College from California as the school’s second full-time athletic trainer. He has many years of experience as a certified athletic trainer for high school, Olympic, and professional athletes. O’Connor obtained his bachelor’s degree in physical education with an emphasis in athletic medicine from San Diego State University. He continued his education

at SDSU where he received his master’s degree in physical education with an emphasis in athletic medicine. Jennifer Testa (‘04), having finished her first year as the sports information director for King College, joins the women’s basketball program as the assistant coach. Testa was a four-year starter for the Lady Tornado. While at King College, she earned a bachelor degree in behavioral science and a master’s of business administration. Michele Williams (‘01) has been promoted to King College women’s basketball head coach after serving six years as the assistant coach for the program. Williams attended King College where she used all four years of her varsity eligibility on the Lady Tornado basketball team. She received her bachelor’s degree in behavioral science with elementary education certification from King College and has since completed a master’s in sports management from East Tennessee State University. “Michele’s hard work and dedication to the program during the past six years made her an obvious choice for this position.” Burns said. “She is an outstanding addition to the women’s basketball program.”


Summer School Work Reporting by Kathryn Rowland of the Bristol Herald Courier.


Photography provided by Earl Neikirk.


embers of this year’s freshman class are walking across the carpeted floor of the newly created classrooms in Kline Hall without realizing that the hollow ground beneath them was once a swimming pool. Now, the area which once held more than 135,000 gallons of water is home to three classrooms designed to hold between 40 and 70 students each. The transformation began in January, when King’s administrators realized they would need more classroom space come fall’s arrival of a record number of students. Photography provided by Earl Neikirk. With a fluid, practiced motion, J.W. Worley smoothed thick drywall compound over sheetrock with a flat metal blade. Worley, a general contractor, noted the unusual location of his summer employment. “I’m just glad we’re not under the pool,’ he said. Worley and his crew helped convert the nowusable space into classrooms.

Most of the renovations were completed over the summer to avoid disrupting classes and campus life. Since King’s spring semester ended in May, walls have sprung up atop the new flooring, which covers the once-painted numbers marking the pool’s depth and Kline Gymnasium’s transformation into Kline Hall was completed, ready for students and professors.

Photography provided by Earl Neikirk. Tom Larson, director of KC business operations, stands next to what used to be the edge of the Kline Gymnasium pool as he points out the painted numbers marking the pool’s depth.

“Due to campus growth, we need more large classrooms,” said Tom Larson, director of business operations. “We decided to make good use of the space we already had.”

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Donor Profile: The Katherine C. Roddy & J.P. Roddy, Sr. Foundation How East Tennessee’s Sweet Tooth Helped Advance Academics

Throughout its 139-year history, King College has been fortunate to share in the giving legacies of gracious individuals and organizations. As a result, many students and alumni can point to others who, through their generosity, helped make a King degree a financial possibility.

the “ideal brain tonic” portable, Roddy was soon shipping product throughout East Tennessee, including as far as Bristol. Eventually, branch plants were established in Middlesboro, Ky., Johnson City, Jellico, Morristown and Sweetwater, Tenn.

One such partner is the Katherine C. Roddy & J.P. Roddy, Sr. Foundation. With a strong interest in helping East Tennessee scholars achieve their academic goals, the group has faithfully sponsored scholarships at King since 1994. In 2005, the Foundation chose to establish an endowed fund that permanently provides for the Katherine & J.P. Roddy Sr. Scholarship at King.

As the business flourished, Roddy translated his own success into that of others. He shared his wealth often and anonymously, caring for his employees, supporting many churches and helping community organizations. Because he also gave quietly, the extent of his generosity cannot be fully documented. It is known that he successfully navigated his plants through the Depression and never laid off an employee. And under his guidance as primary stockholder, the Commercial Bank was the only Knoxville bank to survive the times.

The generosity of this gift reflects the personality of James “Jim” Patrick Roddy, Sr., (1868-1961). Born in Whitesburg, Tenn., he was known as a man who had a heart for poetry, a mind for commerce and a twinkle in his eye. Arriving in Knoxville, Tenn. during its boom years, he began work as a salesman for a wholesale grocer and candy company in 1892. Five years later he married sweetheart Katherine Collins, and five years after that, he recognized a tremendous business opportunity. Along with partner William Goodman, he was able to purchase a franchise to bottle Coca-Cola, and established the RoddyGoodman Company. By 1902 Coke’s popularity had spread throughout the South, but the idea of bottling the drink had not yet been fully realized. Seeing the potential of making

While Knoxville’s downtown loop now occupies the space where the original Roddy-Goodman building stood, Jim Roddy’s legacy is still providing a pathway for others to share in his “cando” spirit. Through the generosity of his family and Foundation, King students have benefited for more than a decade, and thanks to their forward-looking vision in endowing a scholarship, will benefit for years to come. Our thanks to Tom Roddy and Linda Billman, producer for information on J.P. Roddy, Sr.


Class Agent Program Boosts Annual Fund King College alumni now have another avenue by which to support the Annual Fund for Scholarships & Programs. The newly revived class agent program is not only giving alumni more opportunities to connect with their classmates, but it is also a way for them to ‘challenge’ one another to give back to their alma mater.

The program identifies a representative for each graduating class, and this agent works to make a personal contact with all class members either by letter or phone. These contacts serve to update class members about the College, encourage classmates to attend upcoming alumni events, and to make personal appeals for giving to King through the Annual Fund for Scholarships & Programs. The class agent program began in the mid 1990s and with its inception, alumni giving to the Annual Fund increased significantly. With the current revival of the program, John King, director of alumni and annual giving, hopes for the same outcome. “The class agent program is encouraging alumni to reach out and educate members of their graduating classes about the importance of giving and participation in

Dogwood Weekend. “We envision the class agent program to become a longstanding tradition at King. We hope that class members will increase their giving, but we also hope to see classes making challenges among each other. These challenges will give even more meaning to the giving awards that are presented during Dogwood Weekend,” says King.

the Annual Fund. I believe that giving to the Annual Fund is a great way for alumni to celebrate the education they received at King.” With over 20 class agents currently identified and more always being recruited, the results show that the Annual Fund has received a tremendous boost from the program. During the 2005-2006 Annual Fund for Scholarships & Programs, over $59,000 was given by alumni as a result of class agent appeals to 19 classes. Class agents are currently making their plans for contacting classmates for this current fiscal year. The biggest push for making contributions to the Annual Fund will be in conjunction with a ‘drive’ to encourage attendance at the annual

If you are an alumn looking for an opportunity to get involved, the class agent program may be the perfect way for you to volunteer. Even if your class has already identified a class agent, all classes are always looking for fellow classmates willing to form a class team to help send letters and make calls. For information about the class agent program and details for your graduating class, contact John King in the Alumni Office at or 800.KING.ALM.


SULLINS ALUMNAE CLASS NOTES Harryette Campbell (‘46) of Sikeston, Mo. was honored with a Distinguished Service Award from Southeast Missouri State University in October 2005. Although she is not an alumna of the school, Harryette is a staunch supporter of higher education and recognizes Southeast Missouri State for having educated many of those who taught her. Part of her contribution to the school includes a gift of $10,000 that created the Harryette J. Campbell Endowed Scholarship. This renewable opportunity is for a resident of southeast Missouri attending the university, and will be selected by the Sikeston Area Higher Education Center Scholarship Committee. Campbell currently manages several thousand acres of family farmland, sells the resulting crops, and oversees seven sets of related books. She also fosters a vivid love for anthropology and archaeology, and has garnered a recognized collection of relics and artifacts. Some of these relics, which have largely been excavated from her farmlands, can be viewed in the New Madrid, Mo. Museum and at displays around the region. Mary “Sis” Minter (Jarrett) Gilbert (’53) is residing in Roanoke, Va. A retired public school teacher, she notes that she often sees

SULLINS ALUMNAE PASSINGS Douglas Ann “Doughie” (Lewis) Slusher (’53) to reminisce “of the days we were there and over friends—I would love to hear from classmates of 1953—such wonderful memories!” (For Sis’s contact information, please contact the King College Alumni Office.) Bonnie Bullard London (’64-‘65) has recently published her third Georgia History textbook, teacher’s guide and student ancillary materials through Clairmont Press. As a professor with the Education Department at Armstrong Atlantic State University, the former elementary school principal is, she says, “looking forward to retirement and golf.” Bonnie would love to hear news from classmates; for her contact information, please contact the King College Alumni Office. Dr. Marie Louden-Hanes (’64) is working with the University of Findlay as dean of undergraduate education. She received her doctorate in American culture studies from Bowling Green State University in Ohio in 1994. She and husband Don reside in Findlay, Ohio.

Helen Nuckols Drake (’34) died on December 2, 2005. She was born on November 27, 1914, in Newport, Ky. Helen graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a B.S. in Home Economics. On May 7, 1938, Helen married William Henry Hathaway Drake of Cincinnati and they spent the next 59 years together until his death in 1997. She is survived by her two daughters: Lynne (Franklin) Stefenson and Gail (Jeffrey) Lang, four grandchildren and five great grandchildren. After graduating, Helen taught briefly and worked as a textile analyst for Alms & Deopke. After her first daughter was born, she focused on her family and community activities including the Cincinnati Consumer Conference, Cincinnati Women’s Club, and Sunday School Chairman, as well as many other roles at Armstrong Chapel in Indian Hill. A burial service was held at the Armstrong Chapel Cemetery. Dorothy Baker Hodgson (‘41), age 84, passed away February 27, 2006, in Bristol Regional Medical Center. She was a native of Louisa, Ky., and had lived in Bristol most of her life. She was the daughter of the late Gurney Clark Baker and Clare Amburgy Baker. Mrs. Hodgson was a graduate of Tennessee High School and was a retired teacher with the Bristol Virginia school system.

SULLINS COLLEGE UPDATES She was a member of First Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband of 65 years, Dean Hodgson; one daughter, Jeff Hodgson of Abingdon, Va.; one son, Michael Dean Hodgson of Houston; three grandchildren, Karen J. Hinson of Alto, Ga., Michael Alan Jackson of Whitefish, Mont., and Angela Hodgson Dannhardt of Bristol, Va.; and three great-grandchildren. The funeral service was conducted March 3, 2006, in First Baptist Church.

secretary. She is survived by her husband Robert Jr.; daughter Deirdre “Dee” Woolford (David); son Robert III “Bobby” (Annette); five grandchildren Kyle, Ryan and Tyler Claudy and Chelsea and Chadwick Woolford; and sister Shirley Champion Baur (Jim). She worked for her father, W.C. Champion, in the citrus business and also Florida Real Estate Commission before marrying Robert. A memorial service was held at Delaney Street Baptist Church on February 28, 2006.

Miss Jeanne C. Edwards (’47), age 80, died peacefully on April 15, 2006, at Foulk Manor North after a short illness. Jeanne attended Warner Junior High School and graduated from P.S. duPont High School in January 1944. Upon her return to Wilmington, she attended Beacom College and then began her working career at the New Castle County Tax Department, from which she retired in 1990. As a teenager, Jeanne spent her summers in Varadero, Cuba, where her father, L. Paul Edwards, managed Penas de Hicacos, S.A., and the winter home of Irenee duPont. Jeanne lived at the Plaza on Delaware Avenue since 1985. After retirement, Jeanne walked to Wilmington daily, where she enjoyed shopping and visiting friends and lunching at the Federal Bake Shop. In recent years, her daily walks were limited to the Trolley Square area, where she visited her many friends at Happy Harry’s, WSFS, Mystique and the Acme. Jeanne was a kind dear soul, and will be remembered by her many friends. A graveside memorial service was held on April 21, 2006, at Riverview Gardens in Wilmington.

Sue Cross Osborne (’58), age 67, passed away on March 8, 2006, at her home in Madison, Ga. She was a graduate of Bristol Tennessee High School and was a parishioner of The Church of the Advent Episcopal in Madison, Ga., and was one of the founders of Joseph’s Coat thrift store. She is survived by her husband B. F. (Bud) Osborne also of Madison; son Mark Osborne and wife Vanessa of Suwanee, Ga.; son Matt Osborne, wife Missy, granddaughter Hanna and grandson Brenden of Dacula, Ga.; son Andrew Osborne and wife Jill of Bishop, Ga.; sister Shirley Leonard of Sopchoppy, Fla.; and sister Glenna Nidiffer of Bristol, Tenn. She is also survived by many beloved nieces and nephews across Tennessee, Florida, and Georgia. Sue is preceded in death by her father Howard Cross and mother Pauline F. Cross of Bristol, Tenn., and brothers Robert and James Cross. Funeral proceedings were held at The Church of the Advent Episcopal on March 13, 2006.

Edythe Elizabeth Hull (‘47), age 79, went to be with the Lord April 1, 2006, at N.H.C. Healthcare of Bristol. She was a lifelong resident of Bristol and was the daughter of the late Leroy M. Hull, Sr. and Leola Walker Hull. She served as office manager for Leroy M. Hull Company for 63 years. She was a past member of The Border Guild and a supporter of Barter Theatre. She was a member of Anderson Street United Methodist Church. For 20 years of her life, she was dedicated to the care of her parents. Survivors include her brother, James F. Hull and wife Marjorie; two nephews; two nieces; five great-nephews and one cousin. The funeral service was conducted April 4, 2006, in the Akard Funeral Home Chapel. The committal service was in Glenwood Cemetery. Catherine “Kitty” Champion Claudy (’48) went to be with her Lord on February 25, 2006. She served the Lord as a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother. She was born September 1, 1928, in Orlando, Fla., and graduated from Orlando High School in 1946. She married Robert “Bob” Claudy, Jr. on June 18, 1954, in Orlando. She retired from Howard Middle School as a guidance

Margaret Ann Elliott (ATTD), age 71, died March 2, 2006, in the Russell County (Va.) Medical Center. She was born February 17, 1935, in Lebanon, Va., the daughter of the late Dr. W.C. Elliott and the late Margaret Jenks Elliott. Ann was a former employee of Lebanon General Hospital and Russell County Medical Center and was a member of the Lebanon Baptist Church. Survivors include her sister, Nancy E. Ketron and husband Dr. Sam G. Ketron; a brother, Fred Carlton Elliott and his wife Jean Elliott, Lebanon; her stepmother, Estella Elliott, Lebanon, and; nieces and nephews.

Jack Trayer was a friend to many in the Tri-Cities as well as a great supporter of education in our area. Both Sullins and King applaud him as a faithful advocate. Herbert Malcolm “Jack” Trayer, age 97, passed away April 1, 2006, at his home. He was born in Daves, W.Va., in 1909, and was raised in Pounding Mill. He moved to Bristol in 1927 to begin a successful career in the restaurant-hospitality and food service industries. Jack’s name was on many of Bristol’s best known restaurants including Trayer’s and Trayer’s Too, but Jack will be best remembered for his support and service to the Bristol community and the Commonwealth of Virginia. Jack was a former president of the Virginia Restaurant Association and in that role led the 1960s fight for racial integration on a state level. Jack served Govs. Robb, Baliles and Wilder as a member of the Governor’s Council on Tourism. In this role, Jack often represented Bristol and Southwest Virginia internationally. Jack was a generous supporter of a multitude of community organizations, and conceived the idea of the Community Christmas Dinner held at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, now in its 25th year. He was also a strong supporter of the region’s colleges. In the late ‘40s, he made a pledge to Sullins College, followed by an endowment at King College and led restoration of the Virginia Intermont College performing arts theatre. He was long-time member and supporter of the Rotary Club of Bristol, was a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow and sponsored the Annual Rotary Christmas Luncheon for many years. He is survived by his loving wife, Loretta; sisters, Louise Morgan and Peggy Trayer; daughter, Barbara Trayer; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. A funeral Mass was conducted April 6, 2006, at Emmanuel Episcopal Church.

FACULTY/STAFF NOTES Language and Literature on “Polidoro Virgili and European Humanism.” Dr. Pat Flannagan (’74), professor of Music and conductor of the Symphonic received a Mellon Grant through the Appalachian College Association for the summer of 2006. The grant sent Dr. Flannagan and 25 other college faculty members to Greece for two weeks where they studied the ancient Greek religious festivals and temples. The Appalachian Writers Association hosted their annual conference on July 7-9, 2006, at King College. During the 2005-2006 year, Juli Hale, administrative manager for Academic Affairs, served as president; Kim Holloway, associate professor of English, served as program chair; and Julie Roberson (’97), director of the library, was the recording secretary.

Dr. Raymond Bloomer, (pictured above) professor of physics and astronomy and chair of the Natural Sciences and Mathematics Division, published “CCD Photometry of DF Lyr, BY Peg, CW Peg, and RW Tri,” in Information Bulletin on Variable Stars, coauthored with Jared Newton, a King College senior majoring in physics. He also coauthored “Photometric Study of the Eccentric-Orbit Binary V1147 Cygni” in Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, and attended “Astrobiology: Life and Death on Planet Earth,” a Chautauqua Course by the National Science Foundation at the University of Washington in Seattle. He attended the Conference on Teaching and Learning sponsored by the Appalachian College Association at Brevard College and was awarded a $3000 grant from the Appalachian College Association to establish online

astronomy labs between ACA colleges. C. Norene Cochran, lecturer in nursing, has been elected as the president of the Tennessee Dietetic Association for 2006-2007. Prior to her election as the organization’s president, Cochran served as TDA’s legislative network coordinator for two years. TDA represents 1,200 registered dietitians across the state. The organization is an affiliate of the American Dietetic Association. In addition to teaching nutrition, she is a registered dietitian and director of clinical nutrition services at Holston Valley Medical Center. Moreana, the journal of the Thomas More International Society, “Moreanum, “which is published in Angers, France, has accepted a review essay by Dr. Stelio Cro, professor of Spanish and 2000 Hugh and Georgia Hagan chair of

Dr. Craig McDonald, professor of English and director of the Snider Honors Center, gave a paper entitled “What Does the Tabard Inn Have to Do With St. Paul’s: F. D. Maurice and Incarnation” at the Ewbank Colloquium on C. S. Lewis at Taylor University. Dr. Lorrie McGovern, assistant professor of business and economics and director of the Bachelor of business administration program, presented “An Introduction to the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” at the 2006 National Society for Human Resource Management Student Conference in Washington, D.C. Dr. Brooks B. Pond, instructor of biology, received an American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) Young Investigator Award which includes an all-expenses paid trip to Hollywood, Fla., for their December meeting. At the meeting, she will present her research on long-term effects of methylphenidate (Ritalin) exposure in the brain. She

will also present “Effect of long-term methylphenidate treatment on gene expression in various brain regions” at the Society for Neuroscience convention in October. Work from her Duke University doctoral thesis, The Chloride Transporter Na+-K+Cl– Cotransporter Isoform-1 Contributes to Intracellular Chloride Increases after In Vitro Ischemia,” was published in the Journal of Neuroscience in 2006. Dr. Andrew Simoson, professor of mathematics and chair of the Mathematics and Computer Science Department, will have “Playing Ball in a Space Station” appearing in the November issue of The College Mathematics Journal. Michelle Stallard, head women’s softball coach, was awarded the 2006 AAC Conference Coach of the Year by her fellow coaches. The Rev. Dr. Fred Foy Strang, associate professor of Missions, Bible and Religion, presented a paper and multimedia presentation titled “Indungetta: Maasai Praise Music and Cultural Identity in Christian Worship” at the Yale-Edinburgh Missions Conference held at New College, University of Edinburgh, Scotland in June. Following this presentation, Strang and his sons, Jesse and Jacob, spent a month in East Africa. Strang taught a course at the Narok Bible College and spoke at their commencement ceremony. Dr. Strang and his sons then worked with a Maasai colleague to survey six properties and meet with community leaders in each area to assess the feasibility of developing a rural Theological Training Center. Preaching, worship, and fellowship with Maasai Christians were also highlights of the trip.

CLASS NOTES Rev. Robert S. Busey (’51) has published a book entitled “Jesus and Jerusalem,” a historical study of Jesus focusing on the Gospel of Luke. The book is available through Catawba Publishing at http://store. cp0020.html. Robert and wife Dorothy Jean “Dot” (Fields) Busey (‘52) reside in Asheville, N.C. Rev. Dr. Frank Brown (’54) received the Certificate of Merit Award for Distinguished Service from the Association of Retired Pastors in Pittsburg, Penn. on June 10, 2006. Frank and wife Dee reside in North Mankato, Minn. Congratulations Frank! Katherine (Womeldorf) Paterson (’54) was named as the 2006 winner of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. The internationally acclaimed children’s literature prize is the largest of its kind, and is presented by the Swedish National Council for Cultural Affairs. In May, Katherine traveled to Stockholm along with many members of her family to the presentation, which welcomed a crowd of more than 1,000. Katherine received the award’s handscripted diploma from Crown Princess Victoria, as well as a prize of approximately $640,000. Retired Presbyterian minister Bob Button (’63), is now serving as Interim Pastorate at Broad Street Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Martinsville, Va. (www. broadstreetchristianchurch. org). He and his wife Elaine are building their retirement home in Snow Creek, Franklin County, Va., and invite friends who are in the area to drop by. (Please contact the Alumni Office for Bob’s contact information.) Jim Casada (‘64) and wife Ann have published their seventh cookbook, entitled “Field to Feast: The Remington Cookbook.” The contents focus on nature’s bounty in the form of wild game, fish, and wild fruits, nuts,

and vegetables. For fuller information on these books and some two dozen others Jim has written or edited, visit Jim also offers a free weekly enewsletter on this page. The Casadas reside in Rock Hill, S.C. Jo (Horne) Schmidt (’65) will publish her latest nonfiction book, “Parkinson’s for Dummies,” in January 2007. Jo notes that “yes, it is part of the popular series of ‘For Dummies’ medical guides.” She resides in Thiensville, Wisc. with husband Larry. Anne Kirkpatrick (’82) was recently named head of the Spokane, Wash., police department. She is the first woman to lead the force, which has 380 members and a budget of $40 million. Kirkpatrick has 24 years of experience in law enforcement, and has served as the police chief in Federal Way, Wash., since 2001. She received her bachelor of business administration from King, holds a master’s degree in counseling from the University of Memphis, and a law degree from Seattle University. Kirkpatrick has also taught courses at the state law enforcement academy and Green River Community College. She resides in Seattle, Wash. Randall Gilmore (’85) has been named Sullivan East High School’s Teacher of the Year, as well as Teacher of the Year among all high schools in Sullivan County, Tenn. Randall is married to Beth (Adams) Gilmore (’98), who serves as a third grade teacher at Weaver Elementary School. Randall, Beth and sons Caleb and Seth reside in Bluff City, Tenn. Pam (Brogden) Morgan (’86) has been named chairperson of the Salvation Army Advisory Board for Gaffney, S.C. Pam and her husband Dr. Todd Morgan reside in Greer, S.C., with their three children, Luke, age 9; Anna Grey, age 7; and Caroline, age 6.

Eric Rohr (’88) is working with Capital One, where he is being promoted to Senior Director as the CFO for the Installment Loans and Point of Sale Departments. Earlier this year, Eric’s role expanded to include Point of Sale, which means adding a new team and supporting two leadership teams, as well as operating across the territories of Richmond, McLean and Framingham, Va. In his expanded role, Eric will lead his team in financial management of the combined Personal Lending business. Philip Cauthen (‘91) recently received his doctoral degree in education leadership from Gardner-Webb University, and has been appointed as principal of Vance High School in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School district in North Carolina. Philip and wife Andrea reside in Matthews, N.C. with daughter Cassie, age 8, and son Alan-Michael, age 5. Rebecca D. (Horne) Henderson (’91) and husband H. Joseph Henderson welcomed a son, Joseph Walter Henderson II on July 5, 2005. The family resides in Waterloo, S.C. Craig McMillan (’92) and wife Samona are residing in Simpsonville, S.C., with their two children, Sabryna, age 9, and Skylar, age 4. Rhonda (Davis) Hurley (’93) is serving as a Kindergarten teacher at Chilhowie Elementary School, where she has taught for nine years. Her husband Thomas L. Hurley (’92) is serving as a presalesman with Coca-Cola Bottling Consolidated. The couple resides in Damascus, Va., with their three girls, Rachel Nicole, age 7; Sarah Elizabeth, age 5; and Dana Lee, age 3. V. Anne Hall (’94) is serving as the foreign languages instructor at First Baptist Christian School in Suffolk, Va. This fall she is offering classes in both Spanish and Latin.

Erin (White) Fairbanks (’96) and husband Gregory are celebrating the birth of their first child, Mary Scout, on May 15, 2006. Mary Scout weighed 6.8 lbs and was 19 inches in length. Erin notes that she “has daddy’s hair and mommy’s eyes!” The Fairbanks live in Washington, D.C. where Gregory is a tax lawyer. Luke McLemore (’96) obtained his master of science degree in medical physics at The University of Texas School of Biomedical Sciences in 2000. He currently resides in Rochester, Minn. with his wife, Debra (Heuer) McLemore (’96) and son Elijah. Luke is currently practicing medical physics in the Radiation Oncology Department at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Christina (Emmrich) Wright (’96) and husband Ben are celebrating the birth of their son, Benjamin David Wright II, who was born March 22. Benjamin David weighed 3 lbs., 10.9 oz. The Wrights live in Charlotte, N.C. Kimberly (Cook) Adams (’97) and husband Jason welcomed a son, Jeremiah David, on February 15, 2006. Jeremiah David weighed 7 lbs., 1 oz. at birth and was welcomed by big sister Kaitlyn, age 3. The family resides in Germantown, Md., where Kimberly serves as a middle school teacher in the Montgomery City Public Schools. Will (’98) and Amanda (Necessary) Hankins (’97) are residing in Jackson, Miss., where Will teaches technical theater at Belhaven College. During the summers of 2006 and 2007, Will is also serving as technical director for the Richmond Shakespeare Festival in Richmond, Va. Amanda takes care of Claire, age 18 months, and home schools niece Brianna. Emily (Simoson) Shields (’98) graduated from medical school with her M.D. and also finished a master’s degree in health care administration.

CLASS NOTES She has begun her residency in Neurology at the University of Louisville. Husband Robbie Shields (’02) is currently pursuing his MBA. The couple resides in Louisville, Ky. J. Ben Campbell (’99) married Rebecca I. Goodin of Quakertown, Penn., in September 2004. The couple celebrated the arrival of their first child, James Malachi Caleph-aniah, on April 5, 2006. Although he was born more than seven weeks early and weighed only 4 lbs. 4 oz., the baby needed no medical intervention other than time in an incubator. Ben notes that his name means “held to the heel of the messenger of renewing mercy.” Ben works as the delivery supervisor for Raymour & Flanigan Furniture, and the couple resides in Bethlehem, Penn. Jessica (McCoig) Gann (’99) is working as a second grade teacher with the Sevier County Board of Education. She and husband Joey reside in Sevierville, Tenn., with their daughter Abigail, age 3. Wilson (’00), Mary (Jeyachandran) (’98), and Abigail Amela Brissett are delighted to announce the birth of Sophia Misgana Brissett (pictured below) on August 14. At birth, Sophia Misgana weighed 7 lbs, 4 oz. and was 20 inches long. Wilson notes that “she and her mother are both healthy and happy” and that the couple is grateful for the thoughts and prayers offered on their behalf. The family resides in Charlottesville, Va.

Jennifer (Dempsey) Cregger (‘00) completed her examination for her license as a clinical social worker in Virginia in July 2006. The process requires two years of supervision in a clinical setting and provides the opportunity to pursue private clinical practice as a licensed clinical social worker in Virginia. Jennifer completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology from King in 2000 and her masters in social work from Radford University in 2004. She is currently employed as a Clinical Social Worker on the Geriatric Unit at Southwestern Virginia Mental Health Institute in Marion, Va.

University (VU) in Nashville, Tenn., and is continuing to work towards her doctorate in the field. As a graduate student in the VU Institute of Imaging Science, she conducts research on polymer gel dosimetry systems, which includes work in magnetic resonance and radiation therapy applications. The couple resides in Smyrna, Tenn. Kane Barker (’04) is pursuing his doctorate in chemistry at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Ga. Kane and wife Jana welcomed a daughter, Mara Kate (pictured below), in November 2005. The family resides in Atlanta.

Ronald L. Mankins (’01) and wife Angela are celebrating the birth of their son, Hunter Ely, on May 5, 2006. The family resides in Cana, Va., where Ronald serves as a special education teacher in the Galax City Public Schools. Matt Kiser (’02) is pursuing his doctorate in nuclear/ biological physics at Duke University in Durham, N.C. His research at Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory utilizes nuclear physics techniques to investigate the effects of elevated atmospheric carbon dioxide on plants. He plans to defend his dissertation in 2007 and pursue a career in biological imaging research and development. Liz (Buerkert) Navarrete (’03) is serving as a physical therapist with Providence Hospital in Columbia, S.C. She and husband Ruben reside in Columbia. Joshua (’04) and Heather (Barker) Whitney (’03) are currently pursuing graduate degrees in physics. Joshua is a graduate research assistant at the University of Tennessee Space Institute in Tullahoma, Tenn., and is doing doctoral research on quantum computing. Heather has just completed her masters of physics degree at Vanderbilt

Chrisinda Clark (’04) married Joshua Blake Mowrer at King College on June 10, 2006. Chrisinda has received her master of arts degree in integrated marketing communication from Florida State University, and is currently working at nurun | ant farm interactive as an account coordinator. The Mowrers reside in Atlanta, Ga. Dusan Vucen (’04) is residing in Vrsac, Serbia, where he works for Hemopharm, the country’s largest pharmaceutical company. Dusan is responsible for strategic marketing initiatives in the Middle East. In May and June of this year, he joined former KC professor Dr. Ray Smith in Oradea, Romania for joint instruction of a marketing course at Emmanuel University. Ray returned the favor by conducting day-long

training for 20 management personnel at Hemopharm. Rhonda Mann, RN (‘05) has been named assistant administrator for North Side Hospital and for Johnson City Specialty Hospital in Johnson City, Tenn. Mann received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from East Tennessee State University in 1995 and her master’s in business administration from King in 2005. She will complete a health care advisory fellowship in September. Mann’s career has included multiple managerial and recruitment positions at North Side Hospital, service as interim co-director of Johnson City Medical Center’s Emergency Department, and director of nursing and operations at Johnson City Specialty Hospital. Tommy Sparks, RN (’05) has been promoted to director of nursing/operations for North Side Hospital in Johnson City, Tenn. He earned his associate degree in emergency medical services and nursing in the Army, and is a nationally registered paramedic and certified emergency nurse. He earned his bachelor’s in nursing at King in 2005 and plans to pursue a master’s in business administration. His career has included supervisory and leadership positions in Johnson City Medical Center’s Emergency Department, Acute Care Unit, and Intensive Care Unit, and he has served as manager of the Emergency Department at North Side Hospital.


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A Night with the Arts to benefit The King College Annual Fund for Scholarships & Programs On Saturday, Sept. 9, friends, supporters and members of the administration of King gathered at the Olde Farm in Bristol, Va., to honor College trustee Neal Caldwell and wife Alice (Morrow) Caldwell (’51) (pictured right) for their gracious and ongoing generosity. Over the last few years, the Caldwells have contributed numerous works of art to King, including watercolors, oils, sketches and lithographs from such masters as Rembrandt, Turner, Corot, Chagall, Matisse, Dali, ToulouseLautrec, Picasso and others. Now known as the Neal and Alice Caldwell Art Collection at King College, the gathering represents one of the most diverse and impressive art collections in the region. Selections from the group were exhibited at the First Annual A Night with the Arts gala in a blacktie event that helped raise funds for King’s Annual Fund for Scholarships & Programs. The event was hosted by King College President Dr. Greg Jordan and his wife, Sally (pictured at upper left). Plans are being made to exhibit works from the Collection in venues that will allow for student examination and viewing by the general public. As always, a portion of the collection is on permanent display in the E.W. King Library; visitors may come during library hours and view the works free of charge.

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