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Buechner Institute Inauguration • Globetrotting at King • Science Internships Equal Opportunity HE ADING

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Volume 3, Number 3

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver Family Weekend 2007

C e l e b r a t i n g 140 Ye a r s


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A community of strength


hroughout King’s history the College has played a variety of roles for a number of people. Most prominent among these are those of academic leader and spiritual mentor, and as King grows, more and more organizations around the region are also recognizing us as a strong community partner. Educational outreach has been a part of King’s mission since the beginning. In the last several years, careful cultivation by faculty, staff, and administration in this area has prospered exponentially. In 2005 we established our first off-campus instructional location, the Wellmont-King College School of Nursing in Kingsport, Tenn. Today, with the support of area businesses, civic, and educational groups,


King has established nearly a dozen instructional locations that span Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. Our collaborative network includes centers of higher education, hospitals, municipal governing boards, and many others, all of which share the goal of fostering educational access. An evolving economy is leading many working adults to seek options in completing their undergraduate degree or investing in their career through a master’s program. And as many of our alumni and friends know, taking on coursework in addition to a job and family can be a challenging prospect. Dr. Gregory D. Jordan In response we have created innovative programs that carefully respond to these career needs and time demands. Our growing roster of instructional locations is actively reaching out to students, many who reside in underserved areas, and offering them convenient, accessible opportunities to highquality programs in nursing, education, and business administration. This strategy has resulted in eight years of ever-expanding enrollment, and also provides a means to communicate King’s long-standing mission and vision to a widening audience. As King continues to grow, we are committed to upholding our historic identity as a source of spiritual and educational advocacy. Our main campus is a thriving center for young scholars and servant leaders. And thanks to the dedication of faculty, staff, and community partners, the Oval is also gaining recognition as a hub of community strength for others to join in King’s vibrant heritage.


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Features Buechner Institute welcomes first guests to King campus • Page 2 A powerful first year sets the tone for an expanding curriculum. Summer internships create vision for the future. Page 6

New degree programs at King • Page 3 Bachelor of Chemistry program and Leadership minor are excellent additions. Globetrotting with King College students • Page 4 Travels to Montepulciano, Italy and Africa’s Great Rift Valley change lives. Summer internships give real-world experience • Page 6 Students participate in ground-breaking research with career-building potential.

King students travel to Africa’s Great Rift Valley. Page 4

Performing & Visual Arts • Page 7 Euripides’ The Trojan Women and King’s new music man. Alice Caldwell’s garden • Page 8 Alumna Alice Caldwell’s Knoxville garden catches the eye of Smithsonian. King College’s WCQR College Dad • Page 9 Princeton Seminary President receives King honors • Page 9 Campus renovations • Page 12 Tornado sports • Page 14 Tornado athletes triumph in track & field, soccer, and volleyball. On the cover: Grammy-nominated artists Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver helped King College celebrate its 140th birthday with a free concert on the Student Center Complex lawn during Family Weekend. More than 500 King College students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends from the community came out on a cool Saturday night to enjoy the unique style of bluegrass offered by Lawson and his band.

King athletes travel to NAIA Track & Field Nationals. Page 14

Connections Alumni Highlights • Page 10 Missions work in Colombia; “The Price is Right;” Jim Casada’s journey. Sullins Alumnae News • Page 13 Faculty & Staff Notes • Page 16 New book by professor Chuck Thompson; faculty in the news; staff passings. Class Notes & Alumni Events • Page 18 Alumni Passings • Page 20 Calendar of Events • Page 21


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number of noted guests are helping usher in the inaugural year of the Buechner Institute at King College, sharing personal insights won from the struggle of exploring faith, art, and culture. Poet Scott Cairns and writer Michael Chitwood, novelist Clyde Edgerton, distinguished alumna Katherine Paterson (’54), novelist Denise Giardina, and Frederick Buechner himself are among those being welcomed during the 2007–08 academic year to celebrate the Institute’s establishment. Dr. Dale Brown, the Institute’s first director, is excited about the initiative’s beginning and is looking forward to an expanding curriculum. “Our dreams of honoring Buechner via a center for conversation on faith and culture strike me as worthy and right,” he said. “I have been encouraged by the number of folks who have responded to the idea.  Although the work ahead is overwhelming, I think the foundations are solid.  Now it is brick by brick.  Our guests are giving us a powerful first year as we build into the future.”

As the Institute grows, so will its programming; spring 2008 is the expected start date for the Institute’s Appalachian Extension. The Extension invites students, particularly those from Christian colleges, from around the country to spend a May term concentrating Scott Cairns Michael Chitwood in studies central to the region. Participants will share time with noted guests; West Virginia Appalachian literature, and social issues. novelist and gubernatorial candidate Course activities will include field trips Denise Giardina will join the group for to regional sites of interest, as well as two days in May 2008. a healthy dose of outdoor activities. Extension participants will reside at Those who successfully complete the River’s Way, a local outdoor adventure term will receive transferable credit for facility with immediate access to the the area in which they base their studies. Holston River and Lake. Organizers Concentrations in English, music, hope to foster a sense of community science, or sociology will be available. among participants by encouraging Dr. Craig McDonald is the director them to put away some modern of King’s Snider Honors Center, a distractions, including cell phones, partner program to the Institute, and iPods, and televisions. Potential believes that the Extension program has course concentrations include native much to offer the college community music, regional environmental issues, and its guests. “When asked recently

Dr. Dale Brown, left and Frederick Beuchner, right, at the Festival of Faith and Writing in 2004.


what his ideal college curriculum would look like, Kentucky writer Wendell Berry replied that it would study the land and the community in which that college found itself,” said McDonald. “A student could learn geography, history, literature, politics, science—whatever the discipline—by studying those features of the local region. With its musical and literary heritage and its complex, sometimes torturous, history, the Appalachian region provides a particularly rich source for such study. It is with the awareness of that richness that the Appalachian Extension has been designed.” Selected Buechner Institute events are open to the public. For more information, please visit www.king. edu/convo or contact Brown at

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first guests to King campus BUECHNER INSTITUTE

Katherine Paterson




Clyde Edgerton

Notable guests for the inaugural year of the Buechner Institute at King College include poets Scott Cairns and Michael Chitwood, alumna and author Katherine Paterson (’54), novelist Clyde Edgerton, novelist Denise Giardina, and Frederick Buechner himself.

Denise Giardina

New programs in Chemistry and Leadership New Leadership minor requires personal commitment

Fall 2007 marked the start of King’s new Bachelor of Chemistry (BChem) degree program offered at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon, Va. Patterned after guidelines recommended by the American Chemical Society, the BChem degree is ideal for students preparing to enter technical careers in chemical engineering, pharmaceutical manufacturing and sales, laboratory research, and other related fields. The program is designed so that students who have completed 50–75 credit hours of course work (including certain chemistry courses) at an accredited college can graduate in 16 months. “We are very pleased to collaborate with the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center to offer the new Bachelor of Chemistry program in Abingdon,” said Dr. Gregory D. Jordan, King’s president. “This program will give students the training and education necessary to advance into key technical roles offered by a number of area employers.” The program differs from traditional chemistry programs in that it moves at an accelerated pace. Classes meet two evenings per week and a lab meets every other Saturday morning to accommodate work schedules. The degree program is augmented with King’s Quest for Significance™ curriculum, a unique interdisciplinary program that students can choose to complete either online or at the main campus in Bristol, Tenn. The program helps students integrate theory and their studies with academic content and knowledge gained from their work experiences.

King’s new leadership minor will help students develop core knowledge about leadership through course content and practical experience. Students will participate in activities to prepare them for undergraduate leadership experiences as well as offer career opportunities. The program was created with the help of Matt Peltier, dean of academic affairs, and Rob Littleton, vice president for student affairs. “Leadership is an essential skill and an ability that is discipline-independent,” Peltier said. “The leadership minor will challenge students to think and grow, differentiate them in the marketplace, and will help them become successful leaders—whatever their major.” Students pursuing the program are expected to be actively involved in an on-campus organization or leadership position for at least two semesters as part of their requirements. According to Littleton, this element helps broaden students’ practical knowledge of leadership, campus involvement, and campus governance. “The minor in leadership is intended to supplement the student’s King College experience,” Littleton said. “The leadership courses, coupled with the broad array of elective courses and field experience, will allow students to not only study leadership but also provide an environment to utilize their skills.”

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Bachelor of Chemistry degree program speaks to region’s employment needs


Globetrotting “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” —Mark Twain, “Innocents Abroad”


ome. Paris. Geneva. Nairobi. These great cities and several more were visited over the summer by King College students, faculty, and staff seeking to gain a broader view of the world and their place in it through studies abroad and mission trips.

From Europe’s treasured cities . . .

In May 2007, 18 students, five teaching faculty, and nine others from the college community traveled to the beautiful Tuscan town of Montepulciano to take part in King’s third biennial Study Program in Italy. The three-week program gives participants the opportunity to study Italian history, art, culture, language, and western civilization while living in Montepulciano. “Staying in the small community of Montepulciano for two weeks gave us the opportunity to get to know the town better than the average tourist might,” said Dr. Craig McDonald, who taught one of the classes offered as part of the program. McDonald, a professor of English and director of King’s Snider Honors Program, was impressed with the program’s impact on the students. “The students were very enthusiastic throughout the trip and for a number of them it was a transformational experience,” he said.


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Students attended classes Monday through Thursday and weekends were left open for them to explore their surroundings. Dr. Errol Rohr, King’s chaplain and organizer of the Italy program, reported that participants ventured to cities such as Florence, Venice, Assisi, and Pisa to learn more about the culture, art, and history of both ancient and modern Italy. After a three-day trip to Rome, the group also visited Paris and Geneva before returning home. “It was both delightful and educational hearing reports over dinner and in classes from students about their travel adventures,” said Rohr, who is already making preparations for the 2009 program.

. . . to Africa’s Great Rift Valley

Another group of nine students and two faculty members traveled in May to a very different international destination: Kenya. Led by Dr. Fred Foy Strang, associate professor of missions and assistant chaplain, and Dr. Dan Kreiss, assistant professor of youth ministry, the students embarked on a nearly month-long mission trip that took them from the Ngong Hills to the heart of Nairobi. The mission trip began at a camp run by the Maasai Christian Youth Fellowship. Located in the Ngong Hills of

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with King College students the Great Rift Valley, the KC mission team cut grass, painted, and helped prepare the camp to host students during Kenya’s August holidays. From there the team traveled to the inner city of Nairobi to help a youth group set up a sports program. The final leg of the trip took the group to the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro, where they talked to residents about earth stewardship and set up a small community library. At the end of the trip, the team was rewarded with a three-day safari. “Students got to see a good bit about missions on this trip,” said Strang, who used to live in the area as a missionary and now visits every summer. “It was eye-opening for many of them. They experienced the hard work and frustration that can be part of missions work, but they also experienced the good that comes from serving others.”

The value of travel experiences

King College offers students extensive international travel opportunities because, as Dr. Rohr put it in reference to the

Italy program, travel “helps our students find their roots, spread their wings, grow their confidence, and eventually become the transformers of culture we envision.” According to Rohr, international travel takes students out of the confines of the familiar, gives them a new perspective of the world, and helps them to better understand who they are and where they come from. In essence, Rohr said travel experience and exposure to other cultures makes students more valuable world citizens. Students, faculty, and staff who missed the chance to go to Italy or Africa will have other opportunities to travel with fellow members of the King College community; plans for mission trips to El Salvador in the spring and India next summer are now underway. For more information on mission trips, contact Rohr at 423.652.4785 or e-mail egrohr@king. edu. For other international travel opportunities, contact Dr. Karen Shaw, the study abroad coordinator, at 423.652.4798 or via e-mail at


Study Program in Italy participants reside in Montepulciano for the majority of their stay. The area is known for its breathtaking scenery.

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Summer internships give science students real-world experience rom immunological research at the Mayo Clinic to the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI), 21 King College students traded their summer vacations for science and mathrelated internship opportunities in 2007. Alexia Melo, a King College senior and biology major, was one of only 85 students accepted from a pool of 769 applicants to participate in an undergraduate research fellowship at Mayo Clinic’s immunology department in Rochester, Minn. “My project focused on the signal transduction pathway of chemokines (proteins secreted by cells) and chemokine receptors with T cells,” Melo said. “I had my own research project at Mayo and worked under the guidance of immunologist Dr. Karen Hedin. It was a wonderful learning experience.” Melo’s research will contribute to the understanding of immune cell function that will help develop drug therapies for HIV, various types of cancer, and other immunological disorders. At the SETI Institute in Mountain View, Ca., biology major Andrew Stuart studied extremophiles, bacteria that are able to survive in a toxic cold spring and other harsh environments. “My research data will be used to hypothesize if life once existed, or still exists, on Mars,” Stuart said. Stuart and fellow King College senior Shane Morrison, a physics major, also did astronomical research at the U.S. Air Force Academy observatory under the direction of Dr. Raymond Bloomer, chair of natural sciences and mathematics. Using two computer-controlled telescopes in the Academy’s observatory, which was designed by Bloomer, they studied several binary star systems to learn the size and shape of stars throughout our region of the Milky Way. One of the star systems studied contained a pulsating single star and either a black hole or a neutron star, which is made of exotic condensed stellar remnants. In addition to the binary stars, the team recorded images of spectacular objects such as a globular cluster of hundreds of thousands of stars, galaxies with hundreds of billions of stars, and the remains of dying stars. More than 500 images were taken. The data is being analyzed and resulting publications will list Stuart and Morrison as coauthors. Participating in summer internships often has a life-altering impact on students according to Bloomer, who has led six trips to the Academy’s observatory since 1997. “An internship can be a life-changing experience for students,” Bloomer said.  “When they venture into the ‘real world’ they learn very quickly what they want to do in the future, or, sometimes, what they don’t want to do. Most participants return to campus really motivated and become better students.”




King College senior Shane Morrison adds liquid nitrogen to a special camera mounted on a telescope at the U.S. Air Force Academy Observatory in Colorado Springs, Co. The liquid nitrogen reduces background noise and allows the camera to take clearer photos of faint objects in the sky.

Other students who participated in science-related internships over the summer included: • Virginia Malone, Josh O’Dell, and Don Johnson | Eastman Chemical Company • Barraw Makia and Craig Parker | Vanderbilt University Medical Institute for Imaging Sciences • Beredu Teressa | Johns Hopkins University • Brittany Wheeler | Central Virginia Training Center (physical therapy program) • Caitlin Lee | AIDS orphanage in South Africa • Diana Summers | National Science Foundation-Research Experience (NSF-REU) at the University of Wisconsin • Dustin Pierce | NSF-REU at the University of Tennessee Space Institute • Laurel Dodgen | St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital • Matthew Zachary | University of Tennessee Department of Chemistry • Natalie Walters | NSF-REU at the University of North Carolina-Asheville

Closer to home, Rekek Negga, Nathan Davis, and David Rudd worked on neuroscience research sponsored by the Appalachian College Association Ledford Scholarships at King College. Their work was under the direction of Dr. Vanessa Fitsanakis, assistant professor and department of biology chair. The opportunity to do meaningful research in another city appealed to Christopher Wright, who spent his summer at St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis. Wright studied the effects of chronic Ritalin exposure on neuronal physiology in the Development Neurobiology laboratory under Dr. Richard Smeyne. “Everyone at St. Jude is devoted to saving the lives of children who come from all over the globe,” Wright said. “The climate of diversity at the hospital demonstrates that it’s possible for people of all races and ethnicities to work for a common cause. I’m thankful that I had an opportunity to be part of a team that is working to bring light to new discoveries that save lives.”

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The tragedy of war comes to life at King King College Theatre presented the classic Greek tragedy, The Trojan Women by Euripides, in early November on the campus Fine Arts Theatre’s stage


he Trojan Women, translated from Greek by Nicholas Rudall, first premiered in 415 B.C. The tragedy is the third of a trilogy Euripides wrote dealing with the Trojan War. It follows the fates of the women of Troy after their city has been sacked, their husbands killed, and as their surviving families are about to be taken away as slaves by the Greeks. “The Trojan Women focuses on the costs of war to the innocents,” said Elizabeth Lee Dollar, chair of the Department of Performing and Visual Arts, director of theatre and associate professor of theatre at King College. “Euripides writes about the Trojan women and children, but the play could speak to any war. It is a memorial, so that we never forget the innocent victims of war. The children, the elderly, and all the families torn apart must be remembered as well as the victors and losers.”

Lonny Finley intends to build a full-complement concert band and a jazz ensemble in the next three years


onny Finley, King’s new assistant professor of music and   director of bands and instrumental activities, has the credentials and experience he needs to create a new band and music education program for King’s main campus. Finley received his bachelor’s degree in music education and his master’s in fine art from the University of Alabama. Before joining the faculty at King, Finley was the director of bands and music department chair at Pace High School in Pace, Fla. “In addition to supervising the band program and all instrumental work at King,” Finley said, “I’ll also be teaching an overview of instrumental music designed for music education majors. It will be a ‘nuts and bolts’ look at each instrument—how you make a sound on it, the level of difficulty, things to watch for, and, just as important, how to be an effective teacher.” Finley’s plan is to grow the concert band program into a vibrant, fully staffed organization. “This is an opportunity

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King’s new music man

Cast members included: Nathan Rogers as Poseidon, Nora Beth Moran as Athena, Melanie Barton as Hecuba, Rayallan Fredericks as Talthybius, Kristy Ray as Cassandra, Rachel Barker as Andromache, Tiffany Marler as Helen, Kent Barton as Menalaus, and chorus members Nora Beth Moran, Tiffany Morgan, Rekek Negga, and Victoria Philbeck. The performance was under the direction of Elizabeth Dollar. Christopher Slaughter, associate professor of theatre, served as designer and technical director. Costumes were designed by Adriel Slaughter, a student in the master of education program. Ashley “Sid” Caire, a senior psychology, theatre and French major, was the production’s stage manager. She was assisted by Megan Sutherland, a junior majoring in neuroscience.

for students to become involved in what will be one of the most expansive and comprehensive music programs at a private college in the Southeast,” he says. “In three years we plan to have a group of 60 to 75 students in the program, and we’ll be playing some significant musical literature. There will also be a full jazz ensemble with at least 20 students.” One aspect that makes King’s growing music program distinctive is that it’s not just for music majors. Any student interested in music can take part in the instrumental ensembles offered. “Physics majors are just as welcome to take part in our program as music majors. The more people we have, the merrier,” said Finley. “I am looking forward to working with the existing music faculty and continuing the tradition of excellence they have already established,” Finley said. “This fall we’ll have 22 students in the program participating in smaller ensembles. We already have a number of community appearances tentatively scheduled this year as part of our efforts to get the word out that King’s music program is growing.”


Smithsonian chronicles Alice Caldwell’s garden half acres and decades of care have come together in Alice Caldwell’s (’51) gardens, offering Knoxville-area residents and guests a tranquil retreat. Fans of Williamsburgstyle gardens will


or years, Alice Caldwell’s gardens have been a favorite spot for Knoxville, Tenn., residents planning weddings, scheduling parties, or seeking a quiet moment of prayer. Friends and guests alike are drawn to the 4.5 acre space, and to the peaceful atmosphere cultivated through decades of careful attention. Now, thanks to the Smithsonian Institution, appreciators around the world will be able to share in this local delight. Mary Nell Farmer, a volunteer with the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Gardens, began the project of photographing the gardens last September. Work has continued through the last several months so that the grounds can be depicted year-round. Once the project has been catalogued by the Smithsonian, those wishing to model their own garden after the Caldwell’s classical Williamsburg styling will be able to reference photos and plans through the Smithsonian’s Web site. According to Alice, an alumna of the Class of 1951 and wife of Trustee Neal Caldwell, her first

exposure to the art of gardening came during her studies at King. Her inspiration was Maria Liston, wife of King’s President R.T.L. Liston. “She was such a perfect lady,” Alice said. “I would go over and visit her. She had a garden around her house, and would take me out and show me the different plants. I thought, ‘I want to be just like her— but I don’t want a garden!’” Fifty-five years later, Alice laughs at the thought. Originating in the design of their self-built home, her gardens and the knowledge she has gained in caring for them have since led others to come and consult her—including the University of Tennessee. For the past 20 years, she has regularly presented information there on growing and caring for herbs. Regardless of one’s technical knowledge, Alice’s gardens summon all those seeking a little tranquility. “I didn’t want there to be any discordant notes,” she said of the area. “And it’s grown into a quiet and peaceful place.” PHOTO BY NEAL CALDWELL

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soon be able to scope out photos and plans of the area via the Smithsonian’s Archives of American




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Meet the King College/WCQR College Dad



magine you’re playing golf and you hit a thought was most deserving of the hole-in-one to win an expensive luxury car. opportunity. That’s how Daniel Thomas of Mountain City, When the contest ended, Thomas, Tenn., describes the thrill of being named the who is married and has two children, King College/WCQR College Dad. came out on top with more than 3,000 “It’s surreal. The initial shock has worn votes in his favor. On the morning of off, but it’s still unbelievable,” said Thomas. June 14, during what Thomas thought As winner of the contest, which was was going to be a final interview before created by local radio station 88.3 FM the contest ended, DJs Mike Riddles WCQR to give one Tri-Cities father the and Mike Perry surprised Thomas by Daniel Thomas (front left) with WCQR DJs.and opportunity to finish his degree, Thomas announcing him as the winner. Mandy Butterworth, King’s director of recruitment. has received a full-tuition scholarship to An emotional Thomas thanked God King’s Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program. for the opportunity and thanked his wife, Tia, for her support. The cohort-based degree program serves adults who have “When I heard about the contest, I didn’t think I had a completed some college coursework and allows them to shot. But the day before the deadline, Tia convinced me attend class one night per week to attain their degree in as to apply. I wouldn’t have had this opportunity without her little as 16 months. encouragement,” he said. “I guess you could say that I got my In May, WCQR’s DJs began soliciting entries. A monthhole-in-one.” long contest followed in which the field was narrowed to five Thomas began the BBA program this fall. He is looking finalists. Candidates were interviewed on air to explain why forward to learning and growing with the experience and is they wanted to go back to school to complete their degree, convinced that his degree will open up doors of opportunity and then listeners were asked to vote for the person they that will benefit his family.

King College confers degree upon Princeton Seminary president t’s not every day that one goes to Princeton Theological Seminary to bestow honors upon a chaplain to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, but Dr. Gregory D. Jordan, president of King College, and Dr. Richard Ray, who serves on King College’s Board of Trustees, recently did just that. Jordan and Ray presented Dr. Iain Torrance, president of the Princeton Theological Seminary and chaplain to Queen Elizabeth II, with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from King College during the Princeton Theological Seminary’s commencement exercises in late May. “The faculty and the trustees of King College were especially pleased to award the Doctor of Humane Letters to such a worthy recipient and to do so during the commencement exercises of Princeton Theological Seminary. Dr. Torrance is a scholar and a minister, providing visionary leadership in the global Church,” said Jordan. Torrance, a native of Aberdeen, Scotland, began his connection to King College last August, when he served as the opening speaker for the college’s fall 2006 convocation series. He and King College also share a connection in that he is a Presbyterian minister. In addition to serving in his aforementioned roles, Torrance

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Dr. Gregory D. Jordan, left and Dr. Richard Ray, right, present Doctor of Humane Letters degree to Dr. Iain Torrance, chaplain to Queen Elizabeth II.

has served as a professor at the University of Aberdeen and as a chaplain to the British armed forces. His scholarly expertise is in early Christianity, the ethics of war, and bioethics. He is also a former moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. Jordan noted that when moderating the recent General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, Torrance wore his King College Doctor of Humane Letters hood. 9


Missions work is Wegert’s gateway to the world



aura Wegert (’90) has known since she was five years old maternity home for teens and has also served as a foster mother that she wanted to serve as a missionary. When she was for three little girls. ready to head to college, she says she also immediately knew Part of her work includes helping create a follow-up program from the friendly campus atmosphere and attention from that guides young mothers in their efforts to reenter society. professors that King was the place for her. “The girls have a hard time readjusting,” Wegert’s combination of her two she said. “They are young, and it’s difficult goals—a desire to serve others and a to learn how to live on your own as well degree in business administration—has as be a loving parent. We teach them that since led her on pathways around the the church is their family, and from that globe. Her first journeys came via student family they will find the support they trips to Israel and Papua New Guinea, need.” So far, the home has assisted 13 then branched out through employment teenage mothers who are now able to live with Operation Mobilization (OM), a independently. Wegert is also embarking group that organizes short- and longon a new project—an outreach program term mission trips in countries around the targeting teenage prostitutes. “The globe. During the seven years she worked idea is for us to open a foster home for with OM, her travels encompassed prostitutes, helping restore them to their A heart for missions work has taken alumna Sweden, India, the Mediterranean, families, themselves, and God,” Wegert Laura Wegert around the world. She’s currently and regions throughout Africa. Duties said. “Prostitution for many young girls based in Medellin, Colombia, serving with the included keeping the books and preparing Open Arms Foundation, a group focused on helping ends in death, and we want to help them children and young mothers. From left, Wegert, ports for the arrival of OM’s outreach raise their self esteem so they will have a Maria Thalia, Marlon, and Maria Isabel. ship Doulos. Sometimes, she notes, she more hopeful, dignified future.”  Maria Thalia, age 3, is the first child born in the accounted for funds that blossomed into Wegert says she appreciates the foundation’s Hijas del Rey maternity home. as many as 22 different currencies. confidence, long-lasting friendships, and Additional information on the foundation is Following her work with OM, Wegert world outlook that King helped her gain. available at earned a master’s degree in women’s She continues to find many rewards in ministry from Multnomah Biblical Seminary in Portland, Ore. working with young mothers, assisting in finance-related areas She now works with the Open Arms Foundation in Medellin, of the ministry, and watching her personal journey unfold. Colombia. Over the past four years, Wegert has helped “Each year is more and more challenging,” she said. “I continue establish the group’s Hijas del Rey (Daughters of the King) to learn and grow in ways I never thought possible.”

The “Price is Right” for Felicity Hale


fter a coast-to-coast flight from her hometown of Lynchburg, Va., Felecity Hale and five friends arrived at the CBS Television City Studios in Los Angeles at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 15, 2007. For the next 24 hours, they endured a sleepless marathon of waiting in lines, getting tickets, and a studio interview until Hale was chosen to be a contestant on “The Price is Right.” “When I was six, I watched ‘The Price is Right’ with my grandmother,” Hale said. “As a teenage babysitter, I even encouraged the kids I sat for to become loyal fans. I’d tell them, ‘When I’m 18, 10

Since she was six, Felecity Hale (’03) wanted to be a contestant

I’m going to be a contestant.’” It wasn’t until seven years after her 18th birthday that Hale and a group of her friends decided to send for tickets to the show, but when tickets still hadn’t arrived the day before their flight was scheduled to depart, they made a decision to leave anyway. “We went straight from the airport to the studio where we found people already in line. Our plan was to start asking everyone for extra tickets and by 4:30 a.m., we had six tickets, one for each of us.” While Hale and her friends waited

in line for Monday’s 2:30 p.m. taping, they discovered that the show was going to be a prime time “Million Dollar Spectacular,” the final one for long-time host Bob Barker, who retired this year after a TV career lasting 35 years. When Hale’s name was called and she was asked to, “Come on down,” she remembers feeling numb. “The thrill of standing next to Bob Barker under the bright lights with cameras everywhere and the audience calling out numbers to me was really overwhelming. I used to yell at the TV when contestants didn’t say the right King’s Herald



Jim Casada’s journey to King and beyond



im Casada (‘64), a son of the Smoky Mountains, claims that a corner of his heart still belongs to the high country of his birthplace in Bryson City, N. C., where he spent his youth hunting and fishing. The journey from his mountain home to King College was inspired by Dr. Harold Bacon, a member of his family’s Presbyterian church and a past trustee of the college. Bacon encouraged Casada to visit the campus while he was a high school senior. “After that weekend visit, I applied and was accepted,” Casada says. “I also received a scholarship, which made a big difference since my parents were anything but well-to-do. Everyone worked on campus back then. I washed dishes the first year, and then for the next three years, I stoked furnaces and locked up buildings after hours, which greatly suited my solitary nature.” There were fewer than 50 seniors in his class when Casada graduated from King in 1964 with a bachelor’s degree in history. He went on to earn a master’s degree in British history at Virginia Tech in 1967 and a doctorate in British imperial history at Vanderbilt University in 1972. For the next 25 years he taught history at Winthrop University, rising to the rank of full professor. In 1983 he was recognized as the institution’s Distinguished Professor. In 1996, he took an early retirement to work full-time as a freelance writer and photographer. “There were some key influences at King that sent me down the road to becoming a writer,” Casada says. “In particular, there was Inez Morton Wager, who was the dean of women at the time, but she also taught English. She saw a glimmer of writing talent in me and encouraged its development.” Another faculty mentor to Casada was Dr. William Wade, professor emeritus of history and the college’s current archivist.

Jim Casada shows off his catch after an afternoon’s fly fishing expedition on the snowy shores of Santeetlah Lake in Graham County, N.C.

price, but not any more.” Despite any momentary stage fright, Hale won $10,000 and went on to the “Showcase Showdown,” where she won a Cadillac convertible, a home gym, a bedroom set, and a Yamaha keyboard for a total cash value of $103,000. Hale, who earned her behavioral science degree from King College, started nursing school at Lynchburg General Hospital this fall to fulfill another dream. Winter 2007/2008


on “The Price is Right.”

Felecity Hale (’03) next to Bob Barker’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

“When I retired from teaching, I donated some 2,000 volumes of my academic library to King,” Casada says. “The day the librarian visited my home to take possession of the collection, Dr. Wade came with him to help load the books into the truck. It was the first time I’d ever seen my beloved history professor in blue jeans. We’ve kept in touch over the years and Bill has even purchased a few of my books.” Since his “retirement,” Casada has written more than 3,500 magazine and newspaper articles on hunting, fishing, firearms, and conservation. He is the author of more than 30 books including Modern Fly Fishing, award-winning Wild Bounty (with Ann Casada), Innovative Turkey Hunting, and Beginner’s Guide to Fly Fishing. He was the recipient of the J. Hammond Brown Memorial Award at the 2004 Outdoor Writers Association of America and is the winner of more than 140 regional and national awards for writing and photography. Among the most recent of these was first place in the Association for Conservation Information’s Izaak Walton League contest for writing on outdoor ethics, and first place for the outstanding outdoor book of 2001 published by a writer in the South. He is currently at work on a number of book projects and contributes regularly to Outdoor Life, Sporting Classics, Sports Afield, and Cabela’s Outfitter Journal. “I have tremendously fond memories of King and the people there who were truly instrumental in shaping my career,” Casada says. “Although he never taught me, Dr. R.T.L. Liston, King’s president during that time, made a deep impression on me. He always chatted with the students and sometimes would test their acumen with a question. I recall that he once asked me about an arcane battle in Scottish history. By some miracle I was familiar with the subject and gave him a great answer. He was quite impressed and henceforth mistakenly considered me quite a prodigy.”


Campus renovations Summer ‘down time’ becomes a busy time for King campus



raditionally thought of as a time for retreating and taking a break, summer at King College is a busy time. While the majority of the student body is not on campus, employees take advantage of this time to prepare the grounds for the upcoming academic year. Each year the campus receives the usual sprucing up such as painting of interior and exterior spaces, caring for landscaping, and lots of “behind the scenes” maintenance.

Margaret Parks Taylor


he renovation of White Hall Auditorium was made possible by a gift from Margaret Parks Taylor of Winston-Salem, N.C. This memorial gift honors the longstanding involvement of the Parks family and their passion for King College. The family includes her father and brother and their wives, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Erskine Parks, Sr., and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Erskine Parks, Jr. The past generosity of the Parks family includes the Parks Hall residence hall, Parks soccer field, and several family members have served in leadership roles at the College as well. Most recently, Ms. Taylor’s nephew, George Parks, served on the Board of Trustees. Now Ms. Taylor’s contributions continue this tradition of giving and are a gracious investment in the academic well-being of current students as well as those to come. A reception honoring Taylor was held on campus November 6, 2007.


The White Hall auditorium was transformed over the summer into classroom optimized for teacher-student interaction. Below: A view of the campus from Parks Field.

Several major renovation projects were completed during the summer as well. In addition to three new flat roofs on Kline Hall, the most visible changes on campus were the renovations of White Hall Auditorium and the second floor of Kline Hall, which once housed batting cages for the baseball team. The floor has now been transformed into practice space for King’s new symphonic ensemble. Additionally, more than 50 office moves took place to accommodate the increase in faculty and staff. Along with these moves, the basement of Bristol Hall is now occupied, and the classrooms on the first floor are now home to King’s new Academic Center for Excellence (ACE). The Business Office in the administration building also received a makeover that included individualized work stations for office personnel and a

new service counter to better serve the growing student population. For faculty and students, the extensive renovation of White Hall Auditorium offers an updated classroom experience. With a new configuration and updated features, the space, originally constructed in 1976, has now been optimized for teacherstudent interaction. The once-tiered floor of the auditorium-style classroom was raised to create a flat, one-level learning space with an elevated platform for instructors. The classroom can accommodate larger classes and is now furnished with more traditional table and chair seating. Additional features include two digital projectors and screens to assist faculty in instruction and presentations.

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Nicholas and Constance (Hamilton) Burde (’43) celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary May 18, 2007, at lunch with friends. They were married in 1946 at the Church of the Transfiguration (the Little Church Around the Corner) in New York, N.Y. Constance graduated from Sullins and the Tobe-Coburn School for Fashion Careers in New York. Nicholas is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md., and served in the Pacific aboard a destroyer during World War II. Nicholas’ work as an executive with Exxon took the couple to live and work in New York, the Netherlands and Argentina. The Burdes then retired to Gulfport, Fla., from Nutley, N.J., in 1978. They have two children in New Jersey and California. Constance would love to hear from her fellow classmates; for her e-mail address, please contact the KC Alumni Office at 1-800-KINGALM or Marjorie (Hagel) Gregory (’57) had the chance to visit with friend Marty (Purvis) Kincheloe (‘57) and notes she had “a wonderful time as her guest.” The two had not seen each other for 49 years. Marjorie was also delighted to visit with Laura (Todd) Paddock (‘57) and says she has “great memories” of their time together.

Susan Preston (Wolff) Lindley (’65) and husband George are living in Atlanta, Ga. with their two cats. The couple celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in July 2007. Susan retired from the hospitality industry in 1997 and now works part time at the Atlanta Apparel and Merchandise Marts in downtown Atlanta. She notes that “George and I both enjoy gardening, wine and food, and staying physically fit.” Their daughter, Marianne, was married in Charleston, S.C., in late September. Susan says that both her parents have passed away in the previous four years, and she’s been busy studying the family history. She notes that “so many of my forbearers…the Prestons, Campbells, Buchanans, and Henrys…are from the Virginia area near Sullins. I’d love to find out about any family reunions for these families!” If you would like to contact Susan, please call the KC Alumni Office at 1-800-KING ALM or send an e-mail to

Attention all Sullins alumnae! Mark your calendars now for the 2008 reunion, planned for Saturday, April 19, 2008! Save this day for a visit to Martin Hall, gatherings and meals with friends, and additional activities to be planned throughout the coming months. More details will be available as the date draws closer. For questions, contact information or suggestions, please e-mail or call John King, director of alumni and annual giving, at 423.652.4864.

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SULLINS ALUMNAE PASSINGS Doris Daniel Repass (’43), died at her home in Bristol, Va. on August 8, 2007. She was a lady of numerous talents and many interests, including a special love for Sullins College, its students, and graduates. Throughout her adult life, Doris served Sullins College whenever needed, including as chair of the Board of Trustees. At the time of the college’s closing in 1976, Doris was instrumental in giving Sullins a “living home” by having the alumnae records transferred to King College. As a result of this monumental act, Sullins College continues to live. Through her efforts reunions were planned, an endowed Sullins scholarship for children and grandchildren of the alumnae was established, area alumnae meetings were held and alumnae connections remained. In addition, Doris initiated a Sullins Lecture Series at King that featured Sullins graduates as speakers. She was active in these and other projects, and was proud that she was able to honor her alma mater with a living home at King College. The poem “Lights Upon the Hill,” written by Ann (Jackson) Martin (’61) after the 1988 Sullins reunion, captures Doris’ pride in the rebirth of Sullins at King and her desire to keep the Sullins graduates connected: …Like a strand of new pearls that were once joined, And at last they came back to the string— But with a bolder new luster of a far greater value, Because they held on to the dream… The contributions that Doris quietly made to Sullins alumnae and to young people in their desire for a higher education will continue to multiply for years to come. King College and Sullins alumnae owe Doris a debt of gratitude for her caring and sharing. At Doris’ request, no formal services were held.




Tornado Sports

Top left: Josh Cloyd reaches 24’.75” in long jump for a win. Above: Tornado women’s relay team establishes new school record. Left: An inspired 4x100 relay team advances to finals.

Track & Field Nationals recap


he men’s and women’s track & field teams wrapped up the season in fine form while competing in the 2007 NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships held May 24 – 26, 2007. Hosted by Fresno Pacific University in Fresno, Calif., the Tornado broke records, earned All-American honors, and proudly represented King College in the competition. National Champions Josh Cloyd and Tyrell Cuffy led the way to the firstever top ten team finish for the men’s track & field team. On Thursday Cloyd got the team off to a great start when he won the long jump with a personal best effort of 24’.75”. On Friday the inspired 4x100 team (Michael Bunche, Tyrell Cuffy, Jamaal Parker and Marcus Lomans) improved by .7 seconds to advance to the finals. Tyrell also qualified for the 100 meter final, but was unable to compete due to injury. Brandon Gray also qualified for the 400 meter finals as did the 4x400 team of Cloyd, David Krenik, Lomans, and Gray.


Early on the final day of competition the 4x100 team raced to a third place finish which added six points to the score and earned All-American honors for the four. An hour later Gray finished fourth in the 400 meter to add five more points and then both Lomans and Cuffy qualified for the 200 meter finals. In the 200 meter finals, the defending champion Mike Rogers of Oklahoma Baptist University led until the last five meters when Cuffy edged by him for the win. The final times were 20.94 for Cuffy and 20.95 for Rogers. Adding three points to the team scoring was Loman’s surprise sixth place finish. Entering the competition Loman was ranked 18th overall but became an AllAmerican for the second time with his personal best time of 21.49 seconds. In the final event of the day Cuffy joined the 4x400 team for a new school record (3:12.70) and another point added to the team score. In all, six King College men achieved All-American status and the team placed in the top ten overall in only its third year of existence.

On the women’s side, the 4x400 relay team of Brittany Simmons, Judy Johnson, Amanda Davis and JaRethea Adams established a new school record of 3:54.84 and just missed qualifying for the finals in that event. Individually, Johnson placed sixth in the 100 meter and 200 meter for All-American status in both events. Her time of 11.97 seconds in the 100 meter established a new school record!

Lady Tornado rule the volleyball court

King College’s Lady Tornado volleyball team wrapped up its season by delivering the team’s 11th consecutive AAC tournament title to first-year head coach Chris Toomey. King entered the tournament as the second seed with a 25-13 record, and went on to win three out of four matches (21-30, 30-17, 30-27, 30-22) against Bryan College to seize the AAC title. The Tornado went on to host the NAIA Region XII tournament, where expectations were high for the number one seeded team. Upset was in the air, however, when first time tournament qualifiers UVA-Wise took to the court. The Lady Cavs fell to the Tornado in the first two games 21-30 and 24-30, but came from behind in a stunning turn of events to hand King three straight losses of 36-34, 32-30, and 15-13. The Lady Cavs went on to defeat Bryan College in the tournament and advanced to a firstever appearance in the NAIA National Tournament. The Lady Tornado ended their highly successful season 25-14 and the team expects only great things to come as the senior-less group will remain intact for the 2008 season. King’s Herald



Soccer teams end season on high note ctober was a huge month for the men’s and women’s soccer teams. In their first year under head coach Michael Swan, the Lady Tornado added the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) Region XII championship to their regular season crown by knocking off soccer powerhouse Covenant College in a 3-0 win. The victory earned the team its first trip to the NAIA National Tournament in Daytona Beach, Fla. King entered the tournament having won the final 16 games in regular season play with shutouts in the final seven games, but King had their work cut out for them going against a 17-4 (8-0) Martin Methodist Lady Red Hawks team. King College’s Emma Wells and Maggie Lynskey kept the Red Hawks at bay through out the game, playing an outstanding defensive match for the Lady Tornado. Karmin Helton had four saves in the game, but the Red Hawks scored three goals for victory and King ended its season 18-4-1 (6-0-1). The KC men’s soccer team also has a lot to be proud of this season, as the team earned the AAC crown with a 3-1 victory over Covenant College. After Montreat College forfeited its spot in the AAC final match, King was offered the position and took full advantage of the opportunity. The team jumped out to a 3-0 lead over Covenant and never looked back. Michael Houbre, Igor Slisko, and Dean Hughes all put goals on the board for the Tornado. Hughes had an assist in the 3-1 victory as well. King advanced to the Region XII tournament as the number three seed where the team faced a familiar opponent in Milligan College, which King had beaten in both the regular season and 3-0 in the conference tournament. But Milligan took the momentum early this time around and maintained the edge throughout the first half. With the score knotted at 0-0 at halftime, King pushed back in the second half, creating several dangerous chances. But Milligan scored midway through the half on a bouncing ball that got in behind the Tornado back line. King pressed for the remainder of the half, but was unable to beat Milligan’s goalkeeper, Bryan Newbold. “We thought we could win this tournament,” said head coach Matt Lavinder. “But, it’s awfully tough to beat a strong rival like Milligan three times in a row. They were ready for us and they played with a lot of determination. It was a good match between two very good teams, but they deserved the win. “While I’m disappointed with the result, I’m really proud of our team. We had plenty of reasons to give up early during the regular season, but we all persevered and believed in one Winter 2007/2008



Above: Senior forward Dean Hughes of Conwy, North Wales, gave an outstanding performance in King’s 7-0 victory over Bluefield College earlier this season. Left: For her prowess on the field, junior forward Lisa Forgione of Chicago, Ill., was named AAC Player of the Year.

another. The result was a conference championship that we’ll never forget. This group of seniors is special. They’ve won two conference championships, advanced to four regional tournaments, and taught me a lot about character over the course of this season.” King ended the season 10-10-1 after starting out 1-6.

Meet Coach Swan K

ing College is pleased to announce Michael Swan as the new head coach of the women’s soccer program. Though new to King College, Swan is no stranger to the area. He has been a soccer coach at cross-town and conference rival school, Virginia Intermont College (VI), for the past five years. While at VI, Swan led the Cobras to three region XII tournaments, and compiled an overall record of 50-25-8. Prior to coaching at VI, Swan attended Bluefield College and was a part of the men’s soccer program there. In 1996, he led the Rams to a championship and was named to the All-Conference team. Swan had continued success on the field and was named two more times to All-Conference teams and the 1997 Bluefield College MVP. Swan inherits a program that saw much success in the 2006 season. The Lady Tornado’s accomplishments include a 13-6 record and a trip to the NAIA Region XII Tournament, where they knocked off Covenant College in the first round. Three players were selected to the AllRegion first team, a first in the history of the program, and two players, Pua Coffman and Emma Wells, were named NAIA All-Americans. Swan was also named Coach of the Year for both the AAC and Region XII. 15


Facing Life’s Trials with James Chuck Thompson has discovered sound psychological insights in the Book of James that provide guidance



for coping with life’s ups and downs. huck Thompson, a psychotherapist and King College’s associate professor of psychology, religion and youth ministry, has been intrigued by the New Testament epistle of James for more than a decade. Thompson’s interest inspired him to write The Bishop of Jerusalem. “My interest in James was a surprise to me,” Thompson said. “If you had asked me which book was most dear to me, it would have been the gospel and letters of John. But each time I was asked to speak at Chapel, I chose the book of James. He’s a working man’s type; he’s not fancy with his language. He just gets down to the things that are important to him.” Thompson recalls that when he was asked to prepare a document highlighting his therapeutic approach to counseling, he realized how much his thoughts centered on the writings of James. The reason was obvious; James provides important psychological insights to cope with life’s struggles. “I believe that inside the first chapter of James there is an exhaustive, pervasive survey of all the things that are important to think of as you engage the trials of life. It is not there in psychological language, which was really not available at the time, but [James] knew what he was talking about.” The book of James consists of five short chapters, but Thompson, who has written three books about it, says he has not found anything else in the field of psychology that offers as comprehensive a list narrated in so brief a form. “My work with the writings of James provides guidance for people who may reject a psychological approach in favor of a spiritual one,” he said.

For two weeks during May 2007, Dr. Ray Bloomer, chair of natural sciences and mathematics, Professor Lloyd Davis of Montreat College, King College physics major Shane Morrison, and biology major Andrew Stuart participated in astronomical research at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. The trip was the sixth taken since 1997.


Brenda Clark, director of financial aid, completed King’s MBA program in August, 2007.  Donna Felty, director of career development, received the 2007 Annual Service Award for Leadership from the Bristol Chamber of Commerce.  She has been involved with the Chamber for several years, serving on the group’s LEAD Bristol! steering

Chuck Thompson is the author of four books, including The James Prescription, Slipping and Sliding through Trials, Presence in Truth: An Introduction to Christian Existential Counseling, and his newest work, The Bishop of Jerusalem.

Thompson’s gift for uncovering scripture’s ancient spiritual insights into contemporary psychotherapeutic language is evident in his first three books. The first, The James Prescription, was a survey of James’ ideas. In his second book, Slipping and Sliding through Trials, Thompson presents positive ideas in their negative context. For example, “Hope” is a positive attitude and a useful attribute for growth and confronting trials, while “Doubt” is the opposite attitude. Unlike the first two books, Presence in Truth: An Introduction to Christian Existential Counseling is not a self-help book, but rather an application of the principals found in the first Book of James applied to the art of psychotherapy. Thompson’s inspiration to write The Bishop of Jerusalem, a novel about the last five days of James’ life, was serendipitous. “I came across a narrative about James that I had never seen before,” he said. “I’ve read many commentaries about his writings, but it was the first I’d read about his death. Immediately, I realized this was a story that must be told.” In Thompson’s novel, James is portrayed as a political figure in a turbulent Jerusalem during the reign of Herod Agrippa when the seat of power was tenuous. According to Thompson, the first chapter of James was written under duress because he knew he was going to be killed by Herod. The Bishop of Jerusalem is available for sale through Capstone’s Online Bookstore ( and from other major online booksellers, such as,, and

committee for five years and graduating from the program in 2002. She is also a member of the Chamber’s Board of Directors, and has served at King for 21 years. Dr. Vanessa Fitsanakis, assistant professor of biology, and four colleagues from other universities published “Effects of Inhaled Manganese on Biomarkers of Oxidative Stress in the Rat Brain”

in the September 2006, Vol. 26, Issue 5 of NeuroToxicology. The article was ranked 12th on ScienceDirect’s Top 25 Hottest Articles published in the journal from January through March 2007. Fitsanakis also hosted three Appalachian College Association undergraduate Ledford Scholars as fellows and interns during the summer of 2007.

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Kimberly Holloway, associate professor of English and director of the Writing Center, and Katherine Vande Brake, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, were guest editors for the Appalachian Literacy issue of the Community Literacy Journal. Nancy Hope, financial aid administrator, graduated from the LEAD Bristol! leadership program for business professionals. Dr. Bill Linderman, associate professor of mathematics, journeyed to Peru for a course

sponsored by the National Science Foundation on Ancient Inca Mathematics. The 15 course participants spent most of their time in Cuzco, Peru, and also visited Machu Picchu.  Dr. James McClanahan, associate professor of Bible and religion, taught “Decoding the DaVinci Code—The True Story of Early Church History” during King’s Italian Studies Program in Montepulciano, Italy, May 2007.  He also spoke to members of the Synod of Living Waters, PC (USA) in Franklin, Tenn., June 8-10, on

the subject, “Showing Mercy in an Unmerciful World.”  On June 17, he taught “Preaching and Teaching the New Testament” for the Commissioned Lay Pastor program of Middle Tennessee Presbytery, PC (USA) in Fairfield Glade, Tenn. Dr. Andrew Simoson, chair of mathematics and computer science, published his article “Finding Spring on Planet X” in the August 2007, vol. 17 issue of Primus, and “Pursuit Curves for the Man in the Moone” in the November 2007, vol. 38 issue of The College Mathematics Journal. In

July, Simoson also spent two weeks studying Spanish at the Academia de Espanol Sevilla in Antigua, Guatemala. Katherine Vande Brake, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, presented “Theory and the Vardy School: A Way to Plan, A Way to Understand” to the Melungeon Gathering at the Southwest Virginia Museum in Big Stone Gap, Va., on June 30, 2007.

STAFF PASSINGS Peggy (Humphreys) Evans, age 65, passed away June 7, 2007, at Bristol Regional Medical Center. She is survived by her daughter, Ashlee Humphreys of Evanston, Ill.; her husband, Phillip Evans of Coeburn, Va.; her brothers, Jerry Lee Thomas and wife Susan Thomas of Abingdon, Va.; and Dr. Ival Thomas and wife Kathy Thomas, Brighton, Colo.; her nieces and nephews; an aunt; and several cousins to whom she was as close as a sibling. Evans was a graduate of the University of Tennessee-Memphis and received a master’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. She dedicated her career to the service of America’s veterans, working as a nurse in the Veteran’s Administration (VA) system for 30 years, including seven years at Mountain Home VA Medical Center in Johnson City. After her retirement from the VA, she became an assistant professor of nursing at King College in Bristol, where she was a beloved teacher. Those who love her will remember her unique spirit. She was known for her generosity and hospitality. She was a continental traveler, was passionate about cooking and often received praise for her famous dishes. She loved to try new things, and was delighted to learn to golf, garden and fish with her husband, Phillip. To all of these pursuits, she brought a one-of-a-kind enthusiasm that those who love her will never forget. Most of all, she will be remembered as a proud, dedicated, and loving mother to her daughter, Ashlee, who is currently completing her Ph.D. at the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University. The family received friends Saturday, June 9, 2007, at Weaver Funeral Home and other times at her residence. Services were at Weaver

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Funeral Home on Sunday, June 10, with Dr. Errol Rohr and Dr. Greg Jordan officiating. Graveside services followed at Temple Hill Cemetery in Castlewood, Va. In lieu of flowers, Evans asked that contributions be made to the American Diabetes Association at P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312 or online at www.diabetes. org. Condolences may be sent to ashlee. or Ashlee Humphreys, 614 Holston Ave., Bristol, TN 37620.

William Milton Jones, 62, died peacefully May 14, 2007, at his home in Larchmont. He retired from college teaching two years ago after surgery for a brain tumor. In the intervening months, he lived graciously and well, enjoying good friends, good music and movies and setting an example of courage and faith. He grew up in Memphis and received a B.A. from Rhodes College, an M.A. from the University of South Carolina and a Ph.D. from Duke University. He taught political science at King College in Bristol, Tenn., for seven years and since 1979 at Virginia Wesleyan College where he was Batten professor of political science. He was known for his devotion to his students, for his wit and the breadth of his knowledge and for using film clips in every course he taught. In addition to his mother, Bill is survived by his wife of 37 years, Constance McCulloch Jones; and their children, Cary Marshall Jones of Chicago and David Milton Jones of Richmond; his brother, Jerry Ernest Jones of Memphis; his sister, Lynn Jones Ross of Morristown, Tenn.; and 12 nieces and nephews. Because of Bill’s lifelong dedication to education, the family has established the William Milton Jones Endowment to fund a permanent scholarship

for a public school student from Hampton Roads to attend Virginia Wesleyan. Friends may make a contribution to Jones Endowment, Virginia Wesleyan College, 1584 Wesleyan Drive, Norfolk, VA 23502. ©The Virginian-Pilot, reprinted with permission.

Dr. William M. Ramsay, age 84, died May 21, 2007, at Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital after a brief illness. He served as professor of Philosophy at King College from 1969 to 1979 and was a retired Presbyterian minister and Bible professor. He is survived by his wife DeVere; his sons, William M. Ramsay, Jr. of Lebanon, Tenn. (’80); and John A. Ramsay of Somerville, Tenn.; and four grandsons. During his career Dr. Ramsay’s ministry included being a pastor for 10 years; serving on the staff of the Board of Christian Education of the Presbyterian Church in Richmond, Va.; and as a professor of Bible at Bethel College in McKenzie, Tenn. During his ministry he was a prolific writer. He has been a frequent contributor to These Days, a devotional booklet used by several denominations. He has written adult church school curriculum called The Present Word many times, and has another one in this series that will be used in 2008 which he completed shortly before his death. He is the author of nine books several of which are still in print. His book The Westminster Guide to the Books of the Bible is used by several colleges as a textbook for Bible courses. A memorial service was held May 24 at the Cumberland Presbyterian Church of Germantown. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that Memorials be sent to either Bethel College, Cumberland Presbyterian Church of Germantown or Cordova Presbyterian Church.

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May Joe Craig (’41) was featured in regional media for her central role in bringing a vintage one-room school from the Duncansville community to Abingdon, Va. Craig, who worked as a teacher for 10 years and a school board clerk for 32 years, had a long-time dream of bringing the school to Abingdon as a museum. The project began in 1998 and was completed in 2000 after Craig “spent a lot of time running between Fort Chiswell and Knoxville to get desks,” she said. The school now stands in front of E.B. Stanley Middle School, and was opened to the public for display during the Virginia Highlands Festival. The structure provides students and educators alike a glimpse—and a greater appreciation—of past methods and modern facilities. Rebecca (Kelley) Lowry (’72) was featured in A! Magazine for the Arts for her work in the field of expressive arts therapy (EAT). Rebecca appeared in the article “The Arts as Therapy: Heal Thyself.” To view the magazine, visit and visit the August 2007 archives. She earned her certificate in EAT from Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C. She resides in Winston-Salem, N.C. Martha Jo Rhoton (’80) was honored with the 2007 Support Staff Emeritus Award at Mountain Empire Community College’s (MECC) Celebration of People event in June. She served the college as a library specialist from July 1982 until April 2005, was an active member of the Association of Classified Employees, and served the MECC Foundation Board as a classified staff representative. She also endowed an MECC scholarship to honor her parents, Nell B. and E.J. Rhoton. Martha resides in Duffield, Va. Several alums were inducted into the KC Athletics Hall of Fame, held Saturday, April 21 during Dogwood Weekend. Those honored included baseball


May Joe Craig (’41) in the vintage one-room school she has worked to preserve. players Jim Miller (’85) and Anthony Richardson (’90), women’s basketball standout Lana Penley (’91), and volleyball stars Jackie (Thayer) Craft (’93) and Lisa (Minton) Dean (’93). Congratulations Hall of Fame members! Kelly Wilmore (’90) has been promoted to the central office of Roanoke City Schools as a curriculum coordinator. King College Chief Financial Officer Jim Donahue (’90) and wife Amy celebrated the birth of Emory James Donahue on Wednesday, August 1, 2007. At birth, Emory weighed 7 lbs., 1 oz. and was 20 inches long. The family resides in Johnson City, Tenn. Matthew R. St. John (‘91) received his doctor of ministry degree from Dallas Theological Seminary in May 2007. He is the pastor of Scofield Memorial Church in Dallas, Texas. He is married to Christa (Roberson) St. John (’91); the couple resides in Dallas with their two daughters, Emily, age 11, and Katy, age 7. Jason Suhr (’94) is serving as a teacher and chair of mathematics for Hidden Valley High School in Roanoke, Va. He has also been named the assistant principal at the Arnold R. Burton Technology

Center of Roanoke County. After completing his undergraduate studies at King, Jason earned his master’s in educational leadership from Virginia Tech. His wife Rachel is at home helping to care for their four children: Naomi, age 5; Morgan, age 3; Wyatt, age 2; and Levi, age 5 months. The family resides in Roanoke, Va. James P. Rife (’97) has coauthored the book The Sound of Freedom: Naval Weapons Technology at Dahlgren, Virginia, 1918-2006. He is a senior historian with History Associates Incorporated (HAI), a historical services firm located in Rockville, Md. James’ current project is a history of the U.S. Navy Seabees during Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. In addition to his bachelor’s in history from King, James holds a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from Bluefield State and a Master of Arts in history from Virginia Tech. He and his wife, Samantha, reside in Gettysburg, Penn. Joel Ekstrom (‘99) married Michelle Gurley June 2, 2007, in Bostic, N.C.  Michelle is a clinic instructor in Speech Pathology at East Tennessee State University (ETSU), and Joel is a financial aid counselor at ETSU.  The couple resides in Elizabethton, Tenn. 


ALUMNI CL ASS NOTES Katie Hart (’99) is working as a career services advisor at The Art Institute of Charlotte ( Her duties include helping graduates in graphic design, interactive media design, and fashion marketing find work in their field within six months of graduation.  Katie notes “I really enjoy my job and it’s also allowed me to help friends and family with their job searches.” She’s also a volunteer teacher with Jobs for Life, a program that assists disadvantaged persons in the job search.  In February 2007, she completed her MBA through Argosy University in Atlanta, Ga.  Katie says that since being out of school, she’s enjoyed her free time and visited a friend in London. She adds that she remains “a faithful member of the Lower Liston Lizards from my days at King. I’m an aunt to about 8 little lizards, and still enjoy keeping up with the many friends I made.” Katy Sherrard (’01) is planning a February 16, 2008, wedding with fiancé Chip Anderson. Chip is a chemical engineer at Eastman Chemical Company in Kingsport, Tenn., Katy’s home town for the past four years. She currently works as a live-in nanny for two small children, and is involved in leading worship teams and activities at her church. Following the wedding, the couple plans to reside in Kingsport.

William Connors Jebasingh (pictured above) was born to Andrew (’02) and Emily (Connors) Jebasingh (’05) June 27, 2007. At birth, he weighed 7 lbs. 12 oz. and was 21 in. long. The family resides in Plano, Texas.

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Michael Looney (’04) began pursuit of his MBA with Wake Forest in the fall semester 2007. He resides in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Derek (’05) and Rebecca (Dixon) Webb (‘05) were honored in March 2007 by the University of Appalachia College of Pharmacy. At the awards banquet, Derek was presented with the Excellence in Pharmacy Education Award, while Rebecca won the college’s Professionalism Award.

Jacqueline R. Hopper (’03) has earned her Master of Arts in Biblical Studies from Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, N.C., where she graduated in May 2007. She is now working with the seminary’s virtual campus where she serves as the online Biblical languages assistant. Jacqueline resides in Charlotte. Amy Gregory (‘04) graduated from Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C. in August 2007 with a Master’s degree in reading education. She is currently teaching a fourth grade class in her home town of Hickory, N.C.

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Andrew Jeremy Hyer (’05) married Allison Strohm on Saturday, May 26, 2007, at Christ Church in Anderson, S.C.

Derek Linkous (’06) and Teddi Frazier (’06) were married Saturday, May 5, 2007, at Gray United Methodist Church in Gray, Tenn. Several alumni gathered in the fall of 2006 outside New Orleans, La., to celebrate the wedding of Will and Rhonda Frederick.  From left: Greg King (’03); George Boggs (’00); daughter Amelia Boggs; Rev. Elisha (Swett) Boggs (’00);  Will Frederick (’01); Rhonda Frederick; Pamela (Barbre) Smith (’00); Dr. Ashley Smith (’01); Justin Chandler (’02); son Ben; and Kristen (Stoddard) Chandler (’03).

Alumni Events

On August 4, 2007, 33 King College alumni, faculty, and

staff gathered in Atlanta, Ga., to watch the Braves take on the Colorado Rockies. Alumni attending the event included: • Jerry Butler (’74) • J.B. Collins (’40) • Stephen Gentry (’01) • David Jonas (’91) • Katherine Jonas (’87) • David McCrae (‘05) • Howard (’71) and Barbara (Brockett) McMahan (’71) • Chrisinda (Clark) Mowrer (’04)

• Laura (Crawford) Overcast (’68) • Emily Prince (’92) • Tim (’88) and Mary (Clapp) Schirm (’87) • Darryl Scroggs (’73) • Katy (Morrow) Stigers (’02) • Ann (Chambliss) Timberlake (’68) • Smith Wham (’75)

eTornado Update The eTornado staff has been updating the alumni e-mail list to make sure everyone who wants it will receive this electronic newsletter each month. If you think you should be receiving the eTornado but haven’t, please email John King, Director of Alumni and Annual Giving, at with your current e-mail address. In order to keep the eTornado from being blocked by your spam filter, please set the preferences to allow messages and attachments from the domain, or add it to your email address book.


Several St. Louis-area KC alums have been gathering for indoor soccer games, including, from left: Luke Stigers (‘03); Josh Stigers (’99); Katy (Morrow) Stigers (’02); Pete Stigers (’02); Amanda Murphy (Attd); and JP Murphy (’04). The crew’s most recent record is 3-1 and they are on the hunt to replace some players who are transitioning out. Katy notes that “if anyone wants to join up, let us know!” Please call or e-mail the KC alumni office for contact info.

Pictured with alumni director John King are future King College alumni, the children of KC alumni, faculty, and staff gathered at the Smokies game.

A total of 57 alumni, faculty, and staff gathered in Sevierville, Tenn., at the Tennessee Smokies baseball game on July 27, 2007, to watch the Smokies play the Memphis Mudcats. Alumni at the game were: • Richard Barr (’66) • Britt (’90) and Madeline (Bravo) Bishop (’91) • Chris Cava (’94) • Jerry Dagley (’66) • Jon Harr (’87) • Jeff Jenkins (’92)

• Bryan (’97) and Alondra (Bradley) Moody (’98) • Marvin (’58) and Anna (Roberts) Randolph (’56) • Bill Robertson (’58) • Rachel (Mills) Rypel (’05) • Steve (’92) and Alice (Woods) Sword (’93)



Lena (Latham) Frye (‘56) passed away

Sabrena (Sanford) Hinkle (’53) passed

Marjorie (Knoll) Mastracco (’57), age

peacefully at her home in Blountville, Tenn., on July 10, 2007. She was surrounded by a loving family who had provided tender care and support following her diagnosis with an inoperable brain tumor. Her husband of 53 years, Clarence E. Frye (’53), and family received friends at the Weaver Funeral Home in Bristol on July 14. Funeral services were held at Highpoint Presbyterian Church in Bristol, Va., on July 15. Lena was born in Hall’s Bottom, Va., on Nov. 17, 1934, during the Great Depression. She was raised and worked on her father’s farm and graduated from Cleveland High School in 1952. That fall she entered King College, where she met Clarence. They married at Highpoint Presbyterian Church on June 5, 1954. Lena spent the next two years supporting Clarence, during his studies at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where she became a lifelong fan of the Volunteers. For the next 33 years, she accompanied Clarence while he worked for the U.S. Army Audit Agency. While raising her own family, Lena never ceased to perform community service outside the home, serving as an American Red Cross volunteer for two years on the burn ward of the 106th General Hospital and in Japan. She also supported numerous other charitable and social organizations. In addition to her husband, Lena is survived by four children, Mark (’77), Scott (’81), Stuart and Tara; six grandchildren, and a large extended family. Condolences may be extended by phone, (423) 323-9365, via mail, 301 Moore Drive, Blountville, TN 37617, or via e-mail,

away on July 12, 2007, after a lengthy siege of pulmonary fibrosis. She attended schools in Culpeper County, Va., graduating in 1953 from King College, Bristol, Tenn., with a cum laude bachelor’s degree in English. Employed first by the Presbyterian Board of Education in Richmond, Va., she later taught at Laurel Elementary and Douglas Freeman High Schools, and had begun graduate studies at the University of Virginia before her marriage in April 1959. A homemaker, she raised five children while living in Richmond, Va., Clinton, Iowa, and Wilmington, Del. After two years in Norcross, Ga., she and her husband returned to Virginia for retirement years, living in Fauquier County before their move to Hanover County. A member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Hanover, she was active in church and community functions throughout her life. Beloved, admired, and respected by all, she is mourned and survived by her husband, Dr. Barton L. Hinkle; her five children; nine grandchildren; three sisters; three brothers; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of devoted friends. The family greeted friends at Woody Funeral Home July 16, 2007. The service of Christian burial was at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Hanover, Va. on July 17. In lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Hanover, Va. 23069, or to the Waddell Memorial Presbyterian Church in Rapidan, Va. 22733, the church of her youth and her marriage.

71, went home to be with the Lord on July 22, 2007. Her husband and four daughters were by her side. She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Claud Raymond Mastracco Jr. (’58); daughters, Claudia Bell and husband Lloyd Ervin of Elizabeth City, N.C., Patricia (Mastracco) Hohensee (’85) and husband Kurt of Mechanicsville, Va., Marcia Muldoon and husband Larry, of Powhatan, Va., and Antonia Cook and husband Jason, of Greer, S.C.; 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; her mother, Edith Knoll of Bristol, Tenn.; her mother-in-law, Irene Mastracco of Chesapeake, Va.; her sister, Patricia Kiser; and brothers, Thomas Knoll Jr., Harvey Knoll and John Knoll, all of Tennessee. A praise celebration service was held Friday, July 27, at Kempsville Presbyterian Church in Virginia Beach. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to King College in honor of Marjorie Knoll Mastracco, King College Development Office, 1350 King College Road, Bristol, TN 37620.


Michael Mullins (‘76), passed away on September 1, 2007. Originally from Staunton, Va., Michael began his college career at King in 1972, and was a member of the soccer team. After graduation, he remained in Bristol and became very involved in the community. He was a life member of the Virginia Jaycees, JCI Senator, Bristol Jaycees, former board member of the Hands-on Museum of Johnson City, Tenn. and former chairman of the board for Theater Bristol. Formerly of Second Presbyterian Church of Staunton, Michael briefly attended State Street United Methodist Church of Bristol, Va. and later became a very active member of Emmanuel Episcopal of Bristol. Michael leaves behind his daughter, Melissa, mother, Juanita, two sisters, and a brother. He is also survived by his close friend and former King College roommate, Jud Powers.

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Monday, January 28, 2008 O fficial Inauguration of T heBuechner Instituteat K ing College




Saturday, February 23, 2008 Solid Blue King College vs. Bryan College Women’s game at 5:30 p.m. and Men’s game at 7:30 p.m. There will be a reception for all Alumni and Friends after the men’s game.

Thursday, February 21, 2008 Chattanooga, Tenn. Alum ni G athering * Mellow Mushroom 205 Broad Street Chattanooga, Tenn. 37402 423.266.5564 The group will be seated at 7 p.m.

MARCH 2008 Thursday, March 13, 2008 Raleigh / D urham / Chap el H ill, N.C. Alum ni G athering * Bonefish Grill 2060 Renaissance Park Place Cary, N.C. 27513 | 919.677.1347 The group will be seated at 7 p.m.

Friday, March 14, 2008 G reensboro / Winston-Salem , NC Alum ni G athering * Harper’s Restaurant 601 Friendly Road Greensboro, N.C. 27408 336.299.8850 The group will be seated at 7 p.m.


Friday, April 18, 2008 Jay Baum gardner M em orial G olf Classic April 18 – 20, 2008 D ogwood Weekend * R.S.V.P. for alumni gatherings by contacting Cheryl Gorley at 800.621.5464, or via e-mail at HGD_9.2M_0108

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Office of Marketing & Development 1350 King College Road Bristol, TN 37620

C e l e b r a t i n g 140 Ye a r s

The Class of 1957 gathers on the green after commencement exercises in the spring of 1957.


Permit No. 16 Bristol, TN


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1974 picture from the King College photo archives shows students ‘checking in’ at the King College switchboard, which was then located in the lobby of Parks Hall. According to Jewel Bell, who has overseen the switchboard since its inception in 1961, the switchboard was the center of all information and communication for the campus…and, on many days, still is! Students picked up their phone messages at the switchboard and called their friends in the residence hall rooms using the rotary dial telephone on the counter. Notice the cover attached to the switchboard, which was concealed and locked each night to prevent students from making phone calls after the switchboard closed. Also notice the small sign stating “Hi Gang!” posted in front of student workship, Kim (Guegold) Kaiser (’75). Jewel posted that sign as a friendly greeting to all the workships under her supervision. Pictured at the counter are Karen (Dyer) Inzana (’77), Debbie DowningRambo (’77), Margaret Hopper (Attd.), Debbie Raines (’74), and Isisi Fernandez (Attd.). Many thanks to Jewel for sharing the history of this King College icon.


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