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Dear Alumni, Parents, and Friends, As we begin the 2009-10 academic year, we are thankful for an exciting and successful 2008-09. Through the support of many alumni and other friends, the last year was exceptional for Morehead State. We enter the new school year with much enthusiasm and excitement about things to come. Our goal is to increase diversity and overall resources as part of a comprehensive, strategic master plan process now under way. 2008-09 saw these spectacular achievements: • The highest academic profile of an incoming freshman class in the history of the institution. • NCAA recertification and berths into the national basketball and soccer tournaments. • The opening of the Space Science support facility that is home to a state-of-the art Star Theater and one of five space science programs in the country. • An academic review resulting in a more efficient, reorganized structure in Academic Affairs. • Continued academic excellence as our graduates were accepted into professional schools at rates above state and national averages. Among these and other signs of Morehead State’s continued progress and momentum, we look to the year ahead for a new building project of the Campus Recreation Center, work on our SACS reaccreditation and Quality Enhancement Plan, and the focused efforts of our newly-appointed Chief Diversity Officer. Never has it been more important to support your alma mater. Your gift to MSU can and will make a difference in the lives of current and future students, ensuring the University’s vitality and progress for years to come. I invite you to join me in your commitment of time, energy and talents to Morehead State University.

Wayne D. Andrews President







ARouND MSu (News & Notes)


EAGLE EyE: PHoTo SToRy Featuring Lavon Williams



FoCuS: Remote sensing of Triplett Creek Watershed


FAME & GLoRy (Athletics updates)




CLASSNoTES (Alumni updates)










A WALK DoWN MEMoRy LANE Excerpt from former president Dr. Nelson Grote’s Book





FoCuS: Ky-HMP: Improving economic development, education and safety across Ky

Contact the Office of Alumni Relations at (800) 783-2586 or via e-mail at STATEMENT is published three times a year by Morehead State University through an off-campus printing contract with Jeffrey Fannin Enterprises, Morehead, KY • STATEMENT is distributed to alumni, faculty, staff, benefactors, parents, and other friends of Morehead State University.

Articles may be reprinted without permission. We appreciate notification of reprint use. Opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the official policies of Morehead State University. Address correspondence to: STATEMENT Editor, Office of Alumni Relations, 150 University Blvd., Morehead, KY 40351, or e-mail • Dr. Wayne D. Andrews, president, Morehead State University; Sylvia Lovely (73), chair, Board of Regents; Patricia Dorton Whitaker (75), president, MSU Alumni Association, Inc.; Steve Lewis, chair, Board of Trustees, MSU Foundation, Inc.; James Shaw, publisher; Mindy Highley (91), Jami Hornbuckle (96), Tami B. Jones (82), April Hobbs Nutter (97), Pauline Young (84), editors; Toni Hobbs (02), creative director; Shawn Kay, production manager; Tim Holbrook (94), Guy Huffman (02), photographers; Jason Blanton (03), Julia Hawkins, contributing writers. Morehead State University is committed to providing equal educational opportunities to all persons regardless of race, color, national origin, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disabled veterans, recently separated veterans, other protected veterans, and armed forces service medal veterans, or disability in its educational programs, services, activities, employment policies, and admission of students to any program of study. In this regard the University conforms to all the laws, statutes, and regulations concerning equal employment opportunities and affirmative action. This includes: Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Executive Orders 11246 and 11375, Equal Pay Act of 1963, Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and Kentucky Revised Statutes 207.130 to 207.240. Vocational educational programs at Morehead State University supported by federal funds include industrial education, vocational agriculture, business education, and the associate’s degree program in nursing. Any inquires should be addressed to: Affirmative Action Officer, Morehead State University, 101 Howell-McDowell, Morehead, KY 40351, 606-783-2097.


SUMMER 2009 • 3

Botts-Butler elected KABHE president

Brown named ambassador Amy Brown (99), professor of nursing, has been appointed by the National League for Nursing to serve as a NLN Ambassador. As a participant, she will help keep faculty and administrators informed about the NLN’s initiatives, grant opportunities, conferences, publications, workshops, and other benefits available to NLN members. After receiving a nursing degree, Brown started her career as an emergency room nurse in a Level I Trauma Center at the University of Kentucky. She obtained her master’s degree in public and community health nursing from UK in 2005, as well as her certification as a Clinical Nurse Specialist from the American Association of Nurse Credentialing. Brown managed an emergency room and intensive care unit in a small rural hospital for two years before starting her current position of assistant professor of nursing at MSU in the fall of 2006. She still currently works as needed on weekends and summers in a local emergency room and holds BLS, PALS, STABLE, ACLS and TNCC instructor certifications. assistant

New Staff Regent elected Terry White (89), construction manager

Francene BottsButler,







services, was elected the






Association of Blacks in Higher Education at its annual meeting in April. Botts-Butler will serve a two-year term and continue to work toward ensuring that colleagues and higher education agencies know KABHE’s mission. She also will work on developing a mentoring program for young higher education professionals. KABHE seeks to aid Kentucky colleges and universities in the recruitment, retention, and development of African American faculty and staff by sponsoring regional meetings and an annual conference where pertinent educational issues are discussed and solutions are drafted.




Facilities Management, been


staff representative to the Morehead State University Board of Regents. The third MSU staff member to hold the position, White assumed his three-year term on July 1. He succeeded Lora Pace (89), MSU’s first year program and retention director, who had served since 2006. A member of Staff Congress for six years, having served as chair in 2006-07, he also is a member of the President’s Leadership Academy, Elliottville Baptist Church, the Association of Physical Plant Administrators and Sigma Alpha Epsilon Alumni Association. An MSU employee since 2001, he has coordinated fundraising efforts for Rowan County Christmas, participated in Relay for Life and served as team coordinator for MSU’s Facilities Management team for the Rowan County Heart Walk.

President’s Leadership Academy class for 2009-10 selected Members of the 2009-10 class of the President’s Leadership Academy at MSU have been selected. Class members are, front row from left: Dr. Dr.














Dr. LaTonya Hesterberg (84), assistant professor of social work; Kerry Murphy (01), curriculum management coordinator; and Amanda Mason (03), financial aid counselor. Middle row from left are: Dr. J. Marshall, assistant to provost/ projects specialist; Weihong Sun, senior enrollment services counselor; and Dr. Philip Prater, professor of veterinary technology. Back row from left are: Dr. Ritta Abell (75), assistant professor of speech; Dr. Sean Reilley, associate professor of psychology; Joe Fraley, farm manager; and Dr. Steve Hunt (75), professor of information systems. The President’s Leadership Academy provides quality professional development, mentorship and internships to selected faculty and staff that show potential to become more effective leaders.



Dr. Little has had a big year Dr. Ricky Little,






associate professor

Spiritual Ensemble which was part of a cast

of music at MSU

of 375 performers that staged a musical-

and assistant con-

historical celebration of Abraham Lincoln’s

ductor and soloist

200th birthday. Other performers on the

with the American

program included nationally known Public

Spiritual Ensemble,






performed with the ensemble as guest artist

Clooney, nationally acclaimed violinist Mark

on “The Bob Edwards Show,” a nationally ac-

Connor, Metropolitan Opera stars Angela

claimed syndicated radio talk show.

Brown (a former music student of Dr. Little’s),

The program was broadcast across the

and Gregory Turay, Kentucky’s poet laureate,

country on National Public Radio stations dur-

Jane Gentry, Kentucky Repertory Theatre, the

ing the month of March, and can be download-

University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra,

ed from Edwards’ Web site.

the Lexington Singers, their Children’s Choir,

Dr. Little has been featured again this

the UK Chorale, and Kentucky Chautauqua.

year in broadcasts of “the Spirituals,” a docu-

One of the highlights of the program

mentary on the history of the Negro Spiritual,

included the world premiere of a composition

which to date has aired nationally on more

based on the Gettysburg Address, written

than 100 PBS television stations across the

by composer Allan Gershwin, son of famed

nation. He also has participated in two major

composer George Gershwin. The Spiritual

tours with the ensemble in America and Spain

Ensemble also gave a special performance

this academic year.

of this work at the Majestic Theater/LeVan

In February, Dr. Little made his conduct-

Performing Arts Center in Gettysburg, Pa. This

ing debut at the John F. Kennedy Center for

concert also was a celebration of President

the Performing Arts as a part of the “Our Lin-

Lincoln’s birthday. Many dignitaries attended

coln” celebration presented by the Kentucky

the Kennedy Center Performance, including

Humanities Council and the University of Ken-

MSU President Wayne D. Andrews and his

tucky Opera Theatre.

wife, Sue.

Holloway named Chief Diversity Officer Charles Holloway of Lexington has been named chief diversity officer at MSU. “We are pleased to have Charles join the Morehead State University family. He brings a great deal of experience and knowledge, perspective and enthusiasm to his position, and our efforts to enhance the diversity of the campus community will move forward under his leadership,” said Dr. Karla Hughes, provost and vice president for academic affairs. He was selected in a national search and comes to MSU with more than 20 years of experience. Prior to accepting his new job, he was a global delivery project executive with IBM. Among his other positions, Holloway worked as an IBM college recruiter and university liaison, chairperson for diversity network council and chairperson of YMCA Black Achievers scholarship program, and conference speaker for the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. “I look forward to working with the students, faculty, and staff of the Morehead State University family,” said Holloway. MSU’s chief diversity officer develops and oversees programs, services and initiatives designed to enhance the recruitment and

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successful retention of students and/or faculty

2008 Annual Donor Report The names below were inadvertently omitted from a donor acknowledgment list published in the Spring 2009 issue of Statement.

and staff from diverse and under-represented

We are grateful to all of our donors who help provide opportunity to deserving students, and we sincerely regret the error.

in computer science and applied mathematics

Fellows Homer & Kathy Cablish; Kent & Kay Freeland Restricted Gifts ranging from $5000 - $7,500 Steve and Jan Lewis

population groups. Holloway earned the Bachelor of Science degree at Alcorn State University and Master of Business Administration degree from Xavier University and was named the 2008 North Lexington Family YMCA Volunteer of the Year.

Honorary Gifts Margaret Patton To view the complete 2008 Annual Donor Report, please visit

SUMMER 2009 • 5

Calling it the most exciting project in recent memory, Morehead State University President Wayne D. Andrews officially opened the new $16.6 million Space Science research, instructional and support facility on June 11. Gov. Steve Beshear, members of the Board of Regents and other officials took part in the ribbon cutting ceremony.

Rep. Hal Rogers and U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, and research grants obtained by the faculty.

“This exciting project is a tribute to the vision and imagination

“To his lasting credit and to the University’s benefit,

of those who conceived the space science program and to the

Dr. Eaglin recognized the great potential of what Dr. Ben

pride and determination of our legislative alumni, especially

Malphrus and his dean, Dr. Gerald DeMoss (65), believed

Rep. Rocky Adkins (92) and Sen. Charlie Borders (75),

could happen in these hills…far removed from NASA operations

who were key players in our state funding for this component,”

in Texas, Florida and California,” said Dr. Andrews. “A reporter

Dr. Andrews said.

wrote at the time that Dr. Eaglin had shown that the sky was no

Financed primarily with state funds and located east of Normal Hall on Vaughan Drive, the two-story, state-of-theart building encompasses 45,000 square feet of floor space.

longer the limit at MSU. Today is further evidence of that fact.” In his remarks to an overflow audience in the rotunda of the new building, Gov. Beshear said:

It includes a control center for the 21-meter space tracking

“For decades, we have launched brave men and women

antenna system on the ridge top above Nunn Hall, RF and

as well as numerous satellites into space, hoping a closer,

electronics laboratories, an anechoic chamber that mimics the

firsthand look – one that literally surrounded ourselves with

electromagnetic environment of space, a rooftop antenna test

this mysterious environment - would help us understand what

range, space system development laboratory, classrooms,

a telescope could not.

offices and reception area, and a digital Star Theater. The building will serve as a research and development facility for fundamental and applied research and for instruction in the space science and astrophysics degree programs. MSU’s Space Science operations began in December 2004

“Today, [MSU] is proudly declaring the role it wants to take in future space explorations and discoveries with the official opening of the state-of-the-art MSU Space Science Facility. “President Andrews, President Eaglin, Dr. Malphrus: I am thrilled about this Space Science Program and this university.

with the commissioning of the $3.5 million space tracking system

Your vision for and faith in

by former President Ronald G. Eaglin. That facility was financed

Morehead State will

largely with federal funds secured with the assistance of U.S.

one day translate



into big things. Even though the program and your undertaking are still young, everyone here maintains high expectations.” For Dr. Malphrus, professor of space science and director of the SSC, the wait was worth it. “This is a dream come true. This is a major milestone for the Space Science program at Morehead State University. The

MSU is among only five institutions in the U.S. with a bachelor’s degree program in space science. The control center will remotely operate the 21-meter antenna which will serve next year as the primary earth station for a satellite, KySat-1, to be launched by Kentucky Space, a consortium of universities and private organizations.

new facility will greatly enhance our capacity to develop, test,

The digital Star Theater is a 108-seat, multi-function, digital

validate and operate spacecraft systems. The new laboratories

classroom with a full 360-degree projection system with six digital

and research infrastructure will allow us to engage our students

star projectors. The Star Theater will be used as an instructional

in engineering design efforts for space systems and intimately

tool for MSU space science students, visiting K-12 students and

involve them in astrophysics research,” said Dr. Malphrus.

the general public.

“The facility will support the Kentucky Space program’s goal

D.W. Wilburn Inc. of Lexington was the general contractor

of creating a cottage aerospace industry in the commonwealth

and Hastings and Chivetta of St. Louis was the project architect.

and greatly expand our role in Kentucky’s space enterprise. Generations of students will be trained in this facility that will support not only scientific research but also an industry vital

For more pictures of the ceremony, click on MSU’s flickr® site at

to the nation’s economy and security as we enter a new space age.”

MSU officially opened the new $16.6 million Space Science research, instructional and support facility with a ribboncutting ceremony in June.


SUMMER 2009 • 7

KY-HMP: Improving economic development, education and safety across KY Whether it is for a home or a business, a

remote sensing information. With it, there is an

support development and use of the expanding

highway, waterway or utility, efficient and safe

improvement in the knowledge of elevation,

geospatial resources in the state. The central

construction activities depend on establishing

the most basic of mapping and planning tools,

hub for these services is the Web site of the

a strong infrastructure and require lots of

making access to it better, faster and cheaper.

Kentucky Center for Geospatial, Education,

time, evaluation and financial resources. One

Sixteen base stations have already been

Research and Outreach (KCGERO). These

of the first considerations in any project is

established, in addition to the four already

activities are especially targeting teachers so

determining a feasible location. Does it have

provided by IRAPP, utilizing GPS equipment

they can better motivate students in math and

accurate elevation, or is it sitting on a fault

and recording information on an around-the-


line or in a floodplain area? Are these data

clock basis. One working station is located on

The geodetic infrastructure is based on

readily available? In the past, these resources

the MSU campus. Information from the first

the development and maintenance of geodetic

have been limited in Kentucky, slowing down

systems is already available for free through

reference systems and reference frames to


the Internet at the CORS Web site. A number

support surveying, mapping and researching

of business and government agencies are

with the necessary accuracy and integrity.




siphoning scarce funds from other projects. Progress has been made in securing this information and making it accessible

Funding for KYHMP’s phase one was

using the existing data provided. Since coming to MSU, Dr. Hare has

provided by a $500,000 appropriation grant by


been actively involved in this project because

Congress to NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey

Dr. Timothy S. Hare, assistant professor of

of his background in geospatial technology.

for Geodetic Surveying in Kentucky. Providing

anthropology in Morehead State University’s

He wants to educate the members of his

oversight is the Kentucky Geodetic Consortia,

Institute for Regional Analysis and Public

community to use the new technologies and

a collaborative project team comprised of

Policy. Working through the Kentucky Height

make better choices for a safe environment.

representatives from MSU, the Kentucky

Modernization Project (KY-HMP), a team is

Dr. Hare and other team members are

Division of Geographic Information, Kentucky

building the infrastructure necessary to support

spearheading outreach activities for teachers,

Transportation Cabinet and a host of selected

all individuals and businesses that have a

business people and government officials to







need. A federally-funded program, Kentucky Height Modernization is a cooperative effort of the Kentucky Division of Geographic Information, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and IRAPP. Height Modernization builds the geospatial infrastructure necessary to establish accurate, reliable heights using Global Positioning System (GPS) technology in conjunction with traditional leveling, gravity and

Dr. Timothy Hare, left, assistant professor of anthropology, uses a hand-held GPS to collect information, assisted by Dr. Jason Holcomb, associate professor of geography. Full article available online at: STATEMENT 8 ••STATEMENT


Remote sensing of Triplett Creek watershed The health and integrity of aquatic ecosystems are strongly

“The project will contribute to the growing area of applied landscape-

influenced by the surrounding landscape. It is important for local

water resources research, as well as the literature in remote sensing,

watershed managers and scientists to understand how these influences

water resources and environmental science,” said Dr. McMichael.

impact aquatic communities at different spatial scales and over time.

The task of assessing water quality was accomplished by two

That was the basis of research supported by a Morehead State

methods of analyses: a biological survey to determine if the water was

University Research and Creative Productions grant awarded to two

supportive of sensitive organisms (macroinvertebrates) requiring clean

professors who served as coprincipal investigators; Dr. Christine

or moderately clean water, or if it contained organisms generally tolerant

McMichael, assistant professor of geography in the Institute for Regional

of pollutants, and a review of satellite imagery to evaluate a “snapshot”

Analysis and Public Policy, and Dr. David Smith, associate professor of

of electromagnetic radiation reflected from the landscape.

biology in the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences.

Water quality is affected by a number of factors, according to

An ecosystem is described as a natural functional unit consisting

Dr. Smith. “In our region water quality is primarily degraded by sediment

of all living organisms (plants, animals and microbes) in the area,

from soil washing into streams, and the presence of bacteria (potentially

interacting with all the non-living physical factors of the environment.

causing disease), influenced by inadequate septic systems and

For their study, the researchers focused specifically on the 487 km2

mammals (wild and domestic).”

Triplett Creek watershed, located in the Daniel Boone National Forest in Rowan County.

Remotely sensed data for the watershed was obtained from a Landsat Thematic Mapper satellite image processed to produce selected landscape condition indices (e.g., greenness and wetness). Resulting data were imported into a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) database and geographically linked to the macroinvertebratebased metrics. The researchers then analyzed the relationships between landscape condition indices and macroinvertebrate-based metrics using a range of multivariate statistical techniques including Principal Components Analysis and Canonical Correspondence Analysis. Findings from the study were compared with those from related work in the remote sensing, water quality and aquatic ecosystem literature. These results will contribute to the growing area of applied landscapewater resources research and will be utilized by watershed managers.

Full article available online at:

Dr. Christine McMichael and Dr. David Smith examine MSU’s campus.


SUMMER 2009 • 9

phi•lan•thro•py  [fi-lan-thruh-pee] –noun, plural -pies. altruistic concern for human welfare and advancement, usually manifested by donations of money, property, or work to needy persons, by endowment of institutions of learning and hospitals, and by generosity to other socially useful purposes.



Mary Logan Gilmer CLASS OF 1957

Thanks to the generosity of an alumna, six Lewis County High School graduates will reap the rewards when they enroll at Morehead State University this fall. Receiving awards from the Mary Logan Gilmer Scholarship Endowment Fund are Heather Logan, Mikia Madden, Samantha Parks, Kayla D. Polley, Clay Stamm and Ashley Wallingford. The scholarship has a total value of $8,000 during the next four years. One recipient will be added each year allowing Mrs. Gilmer’s dream of continually assisting Lewis County students with their educational endeavors, said Dr. John D. o’Cull (78), a member of the MSU Board of Regents and a Vanceburg dentist, in making the presentation at the high school’s awards ceremony in June. Mary Logan Gilmer (57), a Lewis County native born in 1920, was a firm believer in the value of a college education. To achieve her educational goals, she had to overcome many obstacles, including the financial burdens associated with higher education. After earning a degree in elementary education at MSU, she would fulfill a long and productive career in the teaching profession in North Carolina. When she retired, she was teaching the sixth grade in the Charlotte-Mecklinburg Schools in Harrisburg. She also taught gifted students in junior high school

her native county. Her goal was simple: to help alleviate the financial burden for future students. While she was happy to offer an award, even though it was smaller than she would have liked for it to be, she knew that eventually the money would be greater. With the passing of Mrs. Gilmer in 2008, an Endowment Fund was established with assistance from her son Larry. She left an estate gift to Morehead State that accelerated the scholarship fund to nearly a quarter of a million dollars. “Your mother has left quite a legacy,” Dr. O’Cull said in correspondence to her son. “I am very grateful that she has paved the way for Lewis County students and others that will follow in the future.” The Mary Logan Gilmer Scholarship Endowment Fund will provide scholarships to eligible students who were born in Lewis County or have lived there for at least five years. The recipients must have a high school grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, be unconditionally admitted for study at MSU, and have sufficient financial need. The scholarship is renewable for up to four years if the student maintains a minimum 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale in their studies at MSU. In the 2007 Alumni Directory, Mrs. Gilmer noted her fondest memory of her college days: “I shall always remember the beautiful campus, the natural woods with all its sounds of nature in the early hours during the study of ornithology.” With her endowment, she has ensured that many others will have the opportunity to experience life on the campus for years to come.

Dr. John O’Cull, from left, congratulated the 2009 Gilmer scholarship recipients: Ashley Wallingford, Clay the Stamm, Kayla D. Polley, Samantha Parks and Heather Logan. Also a recipient, not pictured, was during summers. Mikia Madden. (Photo: Courtesy of Lewis County High School.)

In 1992, Mrs. Gilmer established a scholarship to help in


SUMMER 2009 • 11

Denise Taylor CLASS OF 1988

Surviving the obstacles that come in life is not easy; it is how one deals with those challenges that make the difference in whether one is a victim or a victor. Denise Taylor (88) believes that everything happens for a reason and we must use those perceived stumbling blocks as stepping stones to help us be a better person, provide assistance to others especially those in need, and keep a positive attitude. “We are all given a different measuring stick and it is up to us to decide how to use it,” she said. “We all have a story, and whatever the experiences, we need to be compassionate and do what we can to help.” Among the many hats she wears, Taylor is a wife and mother, motivational speaker, athlete and volunteer. Now she is beginning a new role as a published author. Her book, due out in early fall, is a compilation of the daily journal articles she wrote while dealing with her daughter’s struggle with leukemia. “Before leukemia, I saw life through a view finder, one frame at a time,” she said. “Now, on a high definition big screen, I see

the big picture. I know that God has a plan for me. I want to pass on what we have learned so that others may be helped.” When writing the journal, Taylor was compelled to write every day, and to be specific and honest, even on those nights when she was very tired. “I pray this book will be a blessing and inspiration for many,” she said, noting that many people waited for her nightly blog to see how she was doing that day and were surprisingly empowered by what she had to share. The book, titled “Heavenly Birth,” documents the nine months of 15-year-old Jonnae Taylor’s relapse until her passing. The cover photograph was taken at the funeral when her mother released a single white dove, symbolic of admitting her into heaven. “My daughter and her bout with leukemia have made me a better person. I’ve always been a faithful person, but never had the intimate relationship with God or the heart of love I now have,” Taylor said. “I tell people her life began with me teaching her; it ended with her teaching me. I miss her beyond comprehension,

Taylor got her first publication experience while in college when she worked on Morehead STATEment as part of an internship.



but I’m grateful for the woman I am because of what we endured together.” Throughout the three-year battle, Jonnae remained upbeat and positive and her mother continued to find ways to support her faith and get the message out about her daughter’s life. Because Jonnae focused on the bright side of everything, the family adopted the phase “we get to” rather than “we have to.” A worldwide following have purchased the purple bracelets with the words, as well as another favorite saying, F.R.O.G. (Fully Relying on God), which may be read on orange bracelets that continue to be worn today. While this book has not been released, Taylor believes her next publication will be titled “We get to.” Slowing down is not in her nature and she remains active, productive, constantly promoting the joys of living and sharing her message which “affects everyone, regardless of age, gender or race.” The life she leads now is not how the former Denise Metzger of Corbin had envisioned. She came to Morehead State University on a partial tennis scholarship, recruited by former coach Beverly Mayhew, along with athletes from England, Zimbabwe and Florida. Then Mayhew left before Metzger arrived on campus. Metzger chose art as a major with the goal of having a business in graphic design as a career. Her recurring dream was to “work in New York as an executive in a high-rise with a view of the city.” She had that all planned. To get there, she carried 21 credit hours per semester and graduated in three-and-one-half years. She credits Toni Hart Carloftis (85) for taking her under her wing, treating her like a sister, getting her excited about school and her sorority, Chi Omega, which she also joined. As she worked on her future, another Corbin student, John L. Taylor (88), was becoming a part of her life. By the time graduation rolled around, the two were engaged and had decided that they would go with the one who got the job first. John attended a career day when Wal-Mart came to campus looking for employees. That followed up with an interview and he was offered a job. The couple got married and headed to East Kentucky. They lived in Whitesburg, Prestonsburg, Hazard, London, and Pikeville, with stops also in Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia, before arriving in Sellersburg, Ind., seven years ago.


While moving 11 times in 13 years, the Taylors had five children, which range in age from 18 to 12: Nolan, Jonnae, Austin, Layne and Lydia. Mrs. Taylor doesn’t want to relocate anytime soon. “It was hard to continually say goodbye because I’m very affectionate and bond easily,” she said, adding that she told her husband she didn’t want to move again even if the Pope called, she would tell him no. Keeping busy is just part of the life of this wife and mother. She worked from home until her children were in school, and began a faux finish painting and decorating business. She used the art principles she had learned in college, deciding which colors to use, what works better together and being creative. She has decorated her home with personality and mementos from her life. Each Wednesday, she dons a colorful wig, funny clothes and other disguises and heads off to Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville where she serves as a “spirit lifter” for children by replacing their sickness with silliness for a day. She began “Wacky Wednesday” when her daughter was ill, believing that “if laughter is the best medicine, we are providing a hefty dose of it!” She hopes that just as casual Friday began in one office and spread across the country, Wacky Wednesday will one day be in place in all children’s hospitals. In the down time, she enjoys reading, writing, listening to inspiring music, weight training, golf, and quiet reflection. In addition, she has returned to playing tennis and has joined some organized teams. She also is adding more speaking engagements to her calendar. Earlier this year, she returned to the MSU campus to speak at the Chi Omega 40th Anniversary Celebration. She has been invited to participate in the Alumni-in-the-Classroom program during Homecoming Weekend, Oct. 22-24. “I am passionate about speaking and sharing the experiences, awareness and lessons we encountered as a result of leukemia,” she said. “Not every gift is wrapped in pretty packaging. The gift of cancer is certainly ugly on the outside, but in the center of it is God’s grace. That is a gift like nothing the world can provide.” She will continue to share her story and hopes others will be empowered by her words and find comfort in the message she brings. You may learn more about her life on the Web at

SUMMER 2009 • 13

Teresa Howell CLASS OF 1980

Two professors in MSU’s Department of Nursing are working to help others deal with trying times, issues that must be dealt with at the end of one’s life or the loss of a loved one. Nathania Bush, assistant professor, and Teresa Howell (80), associate professor, are End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) trainers. This designation gives them the knowledge and skills required to provide specialized care and to positively impact the lives of patients and families facing the end of life. They also are qualified to teach the essential information of palliative care to nursing students and practicing nurses. Because of their ELNEC distinction and their development of a Camp Nursing course, the two professors were awarded the 2008 Excellence in Nursing Education Award by the Kentucky League of Nursing. They presented their work at the ELNEC National 50th Anniversary Celebration in Chicago last summer. Their accomplishments were also recorded in the 2009 winter edition of the national newsletter ELNEC Connections. After completing ELNEC’s core requirements and attending two national conferences, the faculty members wanted to start a bereavement camp for children and involve nursing students in a service learning project within the community. Their research led them to Camp SMILE (Sharing Memories in a Loving Environment), a program started in 2007 by St. Claire Regional Medical Center’s (SCRMC) Hospice and Palliative Care Program. A partnership was formed with further development of Camp SMILE as the goal. Camp SMILE is a bereavement camp designed for children (ages 5-17) who have lost a loved one. They participate in bereavement activities that are incorporated into games and crafts, in groups and individually. Opportunities for recreation, such as dancing, basketball and swimming, also are included.


“There are so many children in our service region who have lost parents,” Howell said. “This is an amazing opportunity for our nursing students to participate with service learning,” Bush said. During the spring semester, nursing students were offered a new course in their program of study, which was developed by Bush and Howell. It involved students in research and evidence-based practice and assisted them in caring for children who had suffered a loss. “The students develop age-appropriate interventions for the activities they do,” Bush said. The class brought accolades from the nursing students who completed the course, Howell noted. “They say they learned more from the hands-on and service learning experience than they did from any other class.” These sentiments were echoed by others who were involved. In a study completed by Hospice, parents were cited as saying the program “changed a child’s life.” From a personal level, Howell was pleased when her daughter chose to volunteer at the camp. “It had such an impact on her life. She has made presentations at two state meetings, discussing what took place at the camp. A senior in high school, she has changed her mind about a career and now wants to attend MSU and major in clinical psychology.” Last year, 17 nursing students were involved in the field experience; that number has already been surpassed for the upcoming term and the professors have been asked to extend the cap to allow more students to enter. The camp, which is provided at no cost to the campers, was funded by donations and fundraisers in 2008. This year Howell and Bush were awarded a community partnership grant to assist with the cost. They have documented the project on video which


they shared with numerous groups. “There is not a dry eye in the room when others look at that video,” said Howell. Bush, who joined the MSU faculty in 2004, earned an associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from Eastern Kentucky University. She obtained a post-master’s certificate in Nursing Education from Rutgers University in 2006. She is also a clinical nurse specialist practicing in gerontology and community-based settings. Howell, an MSU faculty member since 1999, received an associate and bachelor’s degrees in nursing from MSU and a Master of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Kentucky. Her specialty is maternal/child, nursing administration and medical surgical. She is accredited by the National League for Nursing as a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) and a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, the honor society of nursing.

Howell will begin her doctoral studies this fall at UK in the Doctorate of Nursing Practice Program. To complete the ELNEC project, participants are selected by a competitive application process. The ELNEC-Core content is divided into eight modules which include nursing care at the end of life, pain and system management, ethical and legal issues, cultural considerations, communication; and loss, grief and bereavement. More than 5,600 nursing faculty and clinicians from more than 50 countries around the world have attended ELNEC. Camp SMILE will continue as a partnership between MSU and SCRMC. Additional information is available from Bush at (606) 783-2699; Howell at (606) 783-2815; or Melanie Hurst (01) with SCRMC’s Hospice and Palliative Care at (606) 783-6881.

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SUMMER 2009 • 15

MSU’s Kentucky Folk Art Center’s exhibit “La Von Williams: Rhythm in Relief” will rem ain on display through September. The exhibition is funde d in part by a grant fro m the National Endowment for the Arts and the Kentucky Arts Council. “In my six years at KF AC, this is the most important, enjoyable, and energizi ng project that I’ve been as sociated with,” said Matt Collin sworth, KFAC director . “So many people across the coun try have been moved by LaVon’s work to become a part of this project. When yo u hear a great song, read a gre at book, or see great art , you know it. Williams’ work, gathered together like this, leaves one awestruck.” The exhibit features mo re than 60 works by the Lexington woodcarver. Born in Florida in 1958 , his family moved to Denver in 1968. Williams finish ed high school in 1976 and was named a high scho ol All-American. He then played basketball at the University of Kentucky and was a member of the 1978 NCAA champio nship squad. In 1980, W illiams graduated from UK wi th a degree in sociology. He now resides in Lexington wi th his family.



Williams dedicated himself to carving at the conclusion of his basketball career. For more than 20 years, he has maintained his own studio, separate from the family’s home. Working with hammers and chisels, Williams has become one of America’s preeminent wood carvers.

Kentucky Folk Art Center is a cultural, educational and economic development service of MSU. The center is open Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Additional information is available by calling (606) 783-2204 or by visiting

SUMMER 2009 • 17

Honorary degree awarded to MSU alumnus After


river once. Actually twice, once

awarded of

going and once coming back. But I

Communications degree during

had a problem that he didn’t. There

MSU’s Spring Commencement,

was only one ferryboat, which went

Steve Inskeep (90) delivered

across on a cable, and on the day

this address:

I arrived it wasn’t running, so I was





stuck on the near bank. There was

to wear this academic robe,

nothing near that ferry crossing

especially now that the Centers

except a little house where the

for Disease Control declared

Afghan guards lived. They let me




it the best possible uniform to

You can’t mess it up much worse than

protect against swine flu. All you have to

your elders already did.

spend the night with them. We sat in a crowded, smoky room, and after

do is wear it everywhere you go, all day

Above all, when you graduate during

awhile the commander reached under his

long, for the next few weeks, and you

a recession, you don’t have to worry

bed and pulled out a box. It was a case of

won’t have to worry about getting infected.

about looking for job security. There is no

vodka, totally illegal in Afghanistan. And

Nobody will come near you.

job security. You’re free to take a chance

that’s how we spent the time until the ferry

I will treasure this honorary doctorate,

on yourself, free to go where you like. You

came. I showed them photos of the Trade

though I don’t deserve it. Any small

don’t have to limit yourself. You don’t have

Center and the Pentagon, which they’d

accomplishment of mine has come on the

to say that you’re just one person from a

heard about on the radio, but never seen.

shoulders of family, friends, and teachers,

small university in Eastern Kentucky. You

When I was waiting to cross that river,

and above all my wife Carolee, who also

can try what you love.

I was about as far from Morehead, Ky., as

went to Morehead, who has shared my

When Carolee and I left here, we

I could possibly get. But I was ready for

joys and sorrows for more than twenty

went to New York. We went to the city

that situation -- hanging out with shaggy

years now, who is in this crowd today, and

we loved, and there was never a day

guys, sitting in a dirty room, talking about

who is just as lovely as she was the first

that I wasn’t happy just to walk through

life, drinking forbidden alcohol, waiting for

night she got me into Mignon Hall after

it. We took a lot of walks because walks

something to happen. I had experience


were free and we were broke. Sometimes

with that. I lived for two years in Cartmell

As Carolee knows, I graduated just

our old college friends came to visit,


in time for a recession, in 1990. It wasn’t

and we would take them on a tour of

And though I’d never in my life

as bad as the recession today, but we

the landmarks. Sometimes we went to

expected to end up in that place, I was

learned some lessons worth passing on.

the World Trade Center. Sometimes we

doing what I love. I was learning something

It is tough to graduate in hard times, but

took pictures at the base of those towers,

and passing it on. I did that when I sent

there are advantages.

looking up.

back news reports to America, and I did Carolee

that in a different way when I showed

broke, but so is everybody else. It’s a level

showed me one of those pictures. It was

those photographs. My time by the side of

playing field.

the morning after the towers fell. A few

that river was not wasted.

New college graduates are usually





Your electricity may get shut off, but

weeks later, she packed the picture in my

This morning is when you finish your

you can tell your friends you’re doing your

suitcase. She thought I should take it with

time waiting on the bank of this river. And

part to stop global warming.

me. By then I was working for NPR, and

that’s why I will treasure this doctorate.

they were sending me off to cover the war

I am grateful to share this moment with

that was just starting in Afghanistan.

you, and to see you make the crossing.

Your parents may not be able to sell their house, but that means you can still

One night in Afghanistan, I was

The whole world spreads out for you on

And while it’s true that the world is on

supposed to cross a river in the mountains.

the far shore. Good luck on your journey.

your shoulders now, there’s no pressure.

Alexander the Great had crossed that

Thank you.

go back to live in your old bedroom.



College of Business SIFE Team offers hands-on experience

Members of the 2008-09 MSU Students In Free Enterprise team, adviser and coach were: front row from left, Crystal Worman, Adam Lynch, Amir Ahmadi, Matt Wells, Nathan Mills, Ezra Dike, Maurice Thompson and Kacie Tackett; middle row from left, Rachel Massey, Dr. Lola Smith, Dr. Janet Ratliff, Ashley Whitt and Kristin Looney; back row from left, Cate Bevis, Stephanie Thorpe, Savannah Slone, Megan Detar, Sara Bradley and Johnathan Thornsberry.

If everyone could go to college, gain professional experience, and be prepared for a position in today’s job market - all while completing a degree - many would look at life differently. For MSU students in Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), this is a reality. “In SIFE, students participate in activities based on real-life experiences, learn to deal with people and complete a project, just as one would do on the job,” said Dr. Janet Ratliff (91), the team’s adviser and director of the Center for Economic Education. Among the rewards for this year has been the overall accomplishment of the team. They were named a regional champion, from one of the 15 Regional Competitions held across the country. As a result, they advanced to the national competition where they were runners-up in League 16 at the SIFE USA National Exposition. This is the highest performance MSU has achieved, ranking in the top 32 of all public and private universities and colleges in the nation, on its third appearance at nationals. During this academic year, the MSU SIFE team organized 13 projects and devoted more than 2,150 hours in the Morehead community/service region. They used business concepts to develop community outreach projects that improve

the quality of life and standard of living for people in need. The culmination of the program was the series of yearly competitions where the teams presented the results of their projects and were evaluated by business leaders who served as judges. “Having representatives from the top major companies in the country, such as Wal-Mart, Sam’s, Procter & Gamble, Hershey’s, Walgreens, Dell and 3M, judging the students’ performances make this a win-win situation,” Dr. Ratliff said. The members who presented the results of the organization’s community outreach projects for 2008-09 at the regional competition in Cincinnati and at the national meet in Philadelphia, were Amir Ahmadi of Morehead; Ezra Dike of Norfolk, N.Y.; Nathan Mills of Pikeville and SIFE team president; Savannah Slone of Pikeville; Adam Lynch of Vine Grove; Kacie Tackett of Morehead; Maurice Thompson of Louisville; and Matt Wells of Grayson. Making up the team were: Kenna Allen of Morehead; Kristin Looney of Flatwoods; Sara Bradley of Morehead; Crystal Worman of Shepherdsville; Ashley Whitt of Belfry; Johnathan Thornsberry of Vanceburg; Erica Belmont of Ft. Thomas; Stephanie Thorpe of Cadiz; Cate Bevis of Springboro, Ohio; Megan Detar of New Albany, Ind.; Garrett Cline of Owingsville;

Gabriel Ferguson of Frenchburg; Ashley Redmond of Newhall, Calif.; Robyn Nickell and Parker Banks of West Liberty; and Amber Wilson, Karla Spencer and Rachel Massey, all of Mt. Olivet. The SIFE program concentrates on six areas: market economics, success skills, entrepreneurship, financial literacy, environmental sustainability and business ethics. An additional consideration is the long-term sustainability of the team and educational programs. There were a variety of projects, completed by SIFE members or in conjunction with another entity, in 200809: a university and community economics forum; awareness of imports and exports; Girl Scouts “Business Wise Badge;” entrepreneurship tours to inspire students to go from a business idea to a profitable venture; Biz Kids—taught primary and intermediate students about saving, loans, profit, loss and revenue; entrepreneurship competition which provided teachers with innovative ways of introducing students to the elements needed to run a business; financial planning; university waste management project; organic garden and curbside recycling service. SIFE, a global, non-profit organization, was established in 1975 to provide college students the best opportunity to make a difference and to develop leadership, teamwork and communications skills through learning, practicing and teaching principles of free enterprise. MSU’s program, one of more than 500 in the U.S., is coordinated through the College of Business and provided oversight by the Business Advisory Board. SIFE is funded by corporations, financial institutions and government agencies while at some schools, funding is provided by endowments. The students hold fundraisers throughout the year and accept donations. Since its inception on campus in 1999, Dr. Ratliff has acquired more than $30,000 in grants which has enabled the team to fund their projects.

SUMMER 2009 • 19

A history of Eagle pride . . . President Andrews listened to Mabel Patra Hackney Dixon (32) as she recalled fond memories of her alma mater. Dixon, 100, recently attended the Alumni & Friends event hosted in Washington, D.C.

Attend an Alumni & Friends event near you! See page 31 for a calendar of events or visit for more information.

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Thursday, October 22 Homecoming Parade

6 p.m.

Main Street, Morehead

Friday, October 23

Alumni & Friends Welcome Reception

5 p.m.

ADUC, 3rd Floor

Alumni Hall of Fame

7 p.m.

ADUC, Crager Room; $20

Saturday, October 24

Space Science Center Open House 9 - 11 a.m. Star Theater shows at 9:15 & 10:15 with tours before and after Homecoming Tailgate

11 a.m.

AAC Lawn

Eagle Football vs. Marist

1 p.m.

Jayne Stadium

Make plans to attend today! For more information, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at (800) 783-2586 or via e-mail at African American Alumni Reunion Join other African American Alumni for the following reunion events: Friday, October 23 • 7 p.m.: MSU African American Alumni Assoc./MOJO’s “Mix & Mingle,” Host Hotel Comfort Inn Suites – 1st floor Saturday, October 24 • 7 - 9 p.m.: MSU African American Alumni Assoc. Dinner, KY Army National Guard Readiness Bldg. 4911 Hwy 801 N. Morehead, KY 40351 NOTE: 1.2 miles on the same road as host hotel • 9 p.m. - 2 a.m. Old School Party (same location as dinner) • 2 a.m., Host Hotel Comfort Inn Suites – 1st floor

Celebration of Greek Life Join other Greek Alumni in celebrating 40 years of Greek Life! Saturday, October 24 • 5-8 p.m.: All Greek Alumni Reunion, Eagle Trace Golf Course Cost: $10/adult; $5/children 12 & under (includes food & soft drinks) To join us for this fun-filled event, register online at (click on the Homecoming Button) or call the Alumni Association at 800-783-ALUM by October 16.

Cost of the reunion is $38 and the deadline to register is August 31. You can register online at (click on “Events”) or call 800.783.ALUM.

SPRING 2009 • 21

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Unless one has lived through the time when the campus has changed so much, it is hard to visualize what the campus looked like 48 years ago. The photos incorporated in the text should help the reader in that transition. The campus has continued to change over the years (i.e., the Boulevard). Most people do not know what the original buildings looked like as many have under-gone architectural changes, some times dramatic change, such as the student center. I have said to many people over the years, that there is a great advantage of having known most of the people whose names enshrine the facades of the buildings on our campus. Since I knew most of the people, I have memories of them that make each building come alive so that names are not just markers but descriptive in human terms. Many of the short stories in italics allow the reader to “step aside” from the central theme to get better acquainted with the person or the situation. They give you insight into the background of the individual’s unique contribution to the history of an institution that has evolved into a Great Regional University. Read the narrative, enjoy the photos and attachments and you too can walk down memory lane with me. I hope the readers gain a new respect for the people who helped make this University what it is today. ~ From Preface, A Walk Down Memory Lane

New future Eagle in your family? Share your baby announcement with the Alumni Association and we’ll mail a “Future Eagle” baby bib to celebrate your newest family member! This is open to both parents and grandparents that are MSU alumni! To request a bib, send an e-mail to with “Future Eagle” as the subject line.

Aryn Huffman, daughter of Guy (02) and Alicia Parker Huffman (01)

SUMMER 2009 • 23

Alumni Hall of Fame Dr. David Adair

Dr. Adair (86), resides in Signal Mountain, Tenn., and is a professor at the University of Tennessee. He is the founder, chairman, and chief science officer at Glenveigh Medical as well as founder and CEO of Regional Obstetrical Consultants. He has written and contributed to numerous medical publications and been the recipient of multiple awards within his field.

Jay Flippin

Jay Flippin (70), currently resides in Morehead. He is a retired professor and an accomplished musician. Flippin taught multiple music courses at several universities throughout Kentucky and West Virginia while simultaneously performing and composing musical arrangements professionally. He has recorded with numerous famous recording artists, composed arrangements, conducted for orchestras and symphonies, and arranged music for television shows and movies. Along with receiving many other distinguished awards, Flippin is a recipient of two Regional Emmy awards and is a National Daytime Emmy award nominee.

Langston D. Smith, D.M.D.

Dr. Smith (69), resides in Silver Spring, Md., where he is chairman of the Endodontics Department at Howard University College of Dentistry in Washington, D.C. He is a retired captain of the U.S. Navy where he served in the Dental Corps. He is a member of multiple Dental Associations and has received numerous military awards. Dr. Smith has also been nominated for two separate National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) awards, and several other civilian recognitions.



Celebration of MSU Athletics An engaging endeavor Morehead State University hosted

“It was good to visit with all our friends

the “Celebration of MSU Athletics” in

of MSU Athletics,” said Brian Hutchinson


(96), director of intercollegiate athletics. “It was good to see all the former players and coaches and to hear those ‘Steve Hamilton stories’ again.” The golf tournament was held in memory of Steve Hamilton (58), who had an 11-year major-league pitching career and coached in the minors before returning to MSU as baseball coach. Hamilton was named director of athletics in 1988, where he served until his death in 1997. As AD, he led the program to success on the field, in facilities and in the classroom. Proceeds from the event will be used to support the greatest needs of the MSU athletic program, assist the CamdenCarroll Library with the preservation of Hamilton memorabilia and increase the principal value of the Hamilton Scholarship Fund which supports MSU student athletes.

A number of visiting celebrities, alumni, coaches, current and former Eagle athletes and friends of MSU were on hand for the two-day event where net proceeds came to nearly $40,000. Festivities included a reception in the Adron Doran University Center, followed by dinner, an auction and entertainment. Ashland alumnus and game show host Chuck Woolery enthusiastically greeted old friends and new ones when he returned to the campus to serve as emcee for the evening and play in the golf tournament. Highlighting the events was the Steve Hamilton Celebrity Golf Tournament

Mr. Woolery was a guest on Morehead State Public Radio during his recent visit to campus.

at Eagle Trace Golf Course. Twenty-

Leon Buchannan (09), Jim Coates, Doug

five teams registered for the day which

Flynn, Ron Gathright (70), Jaime Gordon,

concluded with a luncheon and awards

Lamar Green (69), Willie “Hobo” Jackson (70), Mark Kennedy, Wayne Martin (68), Ed Noe (62), Bobby Perry, Billy Reed, Rick Seratte, Jay Shidler, Josh Teater (01) and Donnie Tyndall (93).

ceremony. Each team had the opportunity to interact with a celebrity. Golfers for the day included: Matt Ballard, Stephanie Barker, Mike Bradbury, Holly Bruder,

SUMMER 2009 • 25

Athletics earns full NCAA certification Morehead State University has earned

primary components: governance and commitment to rules compliance; academic integrity; and equity and student-

full certification status after undergoing the

athlete well-being.

second cycle of athletics certification by the

The second round of athletics certifications is being

National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) Division I Committee on Athletics

completed on a 10-year cycle rather than the five-year


cycle used during the initial certification process. All 326 active Division I members participate in the certification

A designation of certified means that an institution operates its athletics program in substantial conformity with operating principles adopted by the Division I membership.

process. “There were many people who worked long hours to ensure that MSU remains a solid member of the NCAA. I want to thank

“Morehead State University’s intercollegiate athletics program

them publicly for their efforts. Once again, the hard work of student-

has long been a great source of pride for the campus community,

athletes, coaches, staff and University officials make me proud to

alumni and Eagle fans,” said President Wayne D. Andrews. “This

be an Eagle,” said Brian Hutchinson (96), director of intercollegiate

certification confirms that the program meets the highest standards


of quality in compliance, equity, academic integrity and commitment to the well-being of all our student-athletes.

The Division I Committee on Athletics Certification preliminarily reviews an institution’s certification materials and provides a list of

“A great deal of hard work by faculty, administrators and

issues identified during the evaluation. The university then hosts a

athletics staff went into the self-study that led to this successful

visit by peer reviewers who file a report regarding the institution’s

certification and I appreciate that very much.”

resolution of those issues before a final certification decision is

The athletics certification strives to ensure integrity in the


institution’s athletics program and to assist institutions in improving their athletics departments. NCAA legislation mandating athletics certification was adopted in 1993. The certification process, which involves a self-study led by an institution’s president or chancellor, includes a review of these



2009 HOME SCHEDULES EAGLE FOOTBALL DATE Sept. 5 Sept. 26 Oct. 3 Oct. 24 Nov. 14 Dec. 5

TEAM Southern Virginia Butler Dayton Marist (Homecoming) San Diego Gridiron Classic

EAGLE SOCCER DATE Aug. 21 Aug. 23 Sept. 4 Sept. 6 Sept. 9 Sept. 11 Sept. 27 Oct. 2 Oct. 9 Oct. 23 Oct. 25

TEAM Valparaiso Georgia St. Akron Evansville Kentucky Miami Univ. Illinois St. Jacksonville St. Eastern Kentucky Southeast Missouri Eastern Illinois

TIME 7 p.m. 1 p.m. 1 p.m. 1 p.m. 1 p.m. TBA

TIME 7 p.m. 1 p.m. 7 p.m. 1 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 1 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 1 p.m.

EAGLE VOLLEYBALL DATE Aug. 28 Aug. 29 Sept. 15 Oct. 2 Oct. 3 Oct. 9 Oct. 10 Oct. 22 Oct. 23 Oct. 30 Oct. 31 Nov. 13 Nov. 14

TEAM James Madison Chattanooga ETSU Marshall Eastern Illinois Southeast Missouri UT Martin Murray St. Eastern Kentucky SIU Edwardsville Austin Peay Tennessee St. Tennessee Tech Jacksonville St.

TIME 11 a.m. 7 p.m. 2 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 5 p.m 7 p.m. 2 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 2 p.m. 7 p.m. 5 p.m.

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Richard Crowe (67) lives in Hazard where he is chairman of the North Fork Valley Community Health Board. North Fork Valley provides primary health care, including dental and psychology care for a multicounty population, as part of the University of Kentucky’s Rural Health Center. After 38 years of teaching college courses in economics and management in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, he has moved to a halftime teaching schedule which allows him more time for travel, golf and grandchildren.

Duane E. Hahn (69) published his debut novel “Shenandoah Moon” about the building of the Shenandoah National Park and the displaced mountain families that lived there. The work was presented as a major musical in April. His new play, “Tuesday Mourning,” which will be presented in the fall, is about the D-Day landing and a group of boys from Bedford, Va., that gave the ultimate sacrifice. He is currently working on three collections of children’s plays. His works are available on his Web site at


Before retiring, Hahn had taught English and speech/theatre in Waynesboro (Va.) public schools for nearly 40 years. He was named Virginia Secondary Communication Teacher of the Year in 2000. Hahn also is a ceramic artist whose works are featured in galleries in Virginia and North Carolina.

1970s Gerald “Gerry” W. Hargis (73) has served as vice president of the Virginia Transportation Construction Alliance for the last year. Elected by the membership, the VTCA executive council and board of directors govern the alliance, providing sound fiscal management, strategic program planning and membership services among its priorities. Hargis is area manager for Virginia with R.R. Dawson Bridge Co. LLC in Alexandria. Dr. Larry Blocher (76), director of the John M. Long School of Music at Troy (Ala.) University, has been selected as a Lowell Mason Fellow by the National Association for Music Education (MENC). The award is given to those who have made significant contributions to music education. Dr. Blocher, who earned the Ph.D. degree from Florida State University, serves as an associate conductor with university bands, and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses. He has previously held similar posts at Wichita State, MSU, Syracuse University and University of Dayton. Dr. Blocher is a past president of the Kansas Bandmasters Association and received its Outstanding Bandmaster and Outstanding Contributor to Bands awards. He is a member of the National Band Association School Reform and Research committees and a past

member of the Editorial Committee for the Music Educator’s Journal.

1980s Frances Hardin-Fanning (81), lecturer at the University of Kentucky College of Nursing, was awarded the James S. Brown 2009 Graduate Student Award for Research on Appalachia and the Louise J. Zegeer Award, during the UK College of Nursing faculty and staff awards ceremony. The Brown Award supports graduate student research on the Appalachian region. The Zegeer Award is given to college faculty or teaching staff demonstrating: a commitment to excellence and undergraduate education; a visionary in both teaching methods employed and substantive teaching areas, enthusiastic and promotes pride in the nursing profession; energetic and honest, ethical in dealing with students and others; and encourages positive growth and mentors students in a successful transition into practice and graduate education.

Joseph “Rocky” Wallace (83) had two books published by Rowman & Littlefield Education in 2008: “Principal to Principal: Conversations in Servant Leadership and School Transformation,” and a follow up book, “The Servant Leader and High School Change: More Lessons From Principal to Principal.” The resources may be ordered at or com. Wallace teaches graduate

instructional leadership classes in MSU’s Department of Professional Programs in Education. Brian Kelly (86) has been named Fleming County High School’s boys basketball coach. He had been coaching at Centennial High School in Tennessee since 1996. A former player at MSU, Kelly also coached in Lawrence County.

Dr. Dawn Erckenbrack (87) has joined Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare (JHSMH) in Louisville as president and chief executive officer of Jewish Hospital Medical Center South and JHSMH assistant vice president. She came on board in early April after completing her active military assignment at Ireland Community Hospital in Fort Knox where she was chief operations officer. Before joining Ireland, Erckenbrack served as a senior health program manager and senior health policy analyst, both at the Department of Defense (Health Affairs) in Arlington, Va., and as director of clinical business operations for the North Atlantic Regional Command in Washington, D.C. While an undergraduate student at MSU, the former Dawn Barnhart was a scholarship student in ROTC. She received her master’s degree in health care administration from Baylor University and her Doctorate of Education degree in health services administration and policy from The George Washington University. She is a fellow in the


American College of Healthcare Executives and serves on the Regents Advisory Council.


Sabrina Shumsky (93) has been promoted to vice president of human resources, North America, with Atos Origin, one of the world’s leading international information technology services companies in the role of compensation and benefits manager. She had been with that company since 1998, serving in various HR management and generalist roles. Prior to joining Atos Origin, she served as a Fellow for the Ohio State Bar Association and HR manager for Siemens Power Generation. She earned a law degree from The Ohio State University and is certified by the Human Resources Certification Institute as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). Shawn P. Moore (95), a teacher at Russell High School, has been awarded a Fellowship by the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation of Washington, D.C. The lone Kentuckian was one of 55 Fellows to receive the award. Moore was selected from applicants from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the nation’s island and trust territories. Recipients are required to teach American history or social studies in a secondary school for at least one year for each year of fellowship support. The award is designed to recognize promising

and distinguished teachers, and strengthen their knowledge of the origins and development of American constitutional government to expose students to accurate knowledge of the nation’s constitutional heritage.

Scott Raynes (96) has been named senior vice president and administrator of WakeMed Health & Hospitals in Cary, N.C. He will be responsible for leading, defining and executing the overall direction of WakeMed Cary Hospital. With more than 15 years of experience in health care leadership, Raynes was CEO of Northcrest Health System in Springfield, Tenn., and CEO of Preston Memorial Hospital in Kingwood, W.Va., before joining WakeMed. He earned an undergraduate degree in business administration at the West Virginia Institute of Technology, master’s degree at MSU, and an M.B.A. degree, specializing in health care, from West Virginia University. He and his wife Shawna are West Virginia natives and they have two daughters. Kevin Harris (97) is a member of a jazz trio known as the Kevin Harris Project. The group has three albums to its credit as well as a growing slate of high-profile performances, including at the famed Blue Note Jazz Club in New York City. Their reputation earned them a full page feature in the Boston Globe in April. Harris teaches music at the Cambridge Friends School and Charles River School. In the 1990s, he was a pianist with MSU’s Jazz Ensemble I.

Leigh Ann Lambert Heineman (97) is the new executive director of the Highlands Museum and Discovery Center in Ashland where she strives to increase membership and promote its new and visiting exhibitions. In college, Heineman majored in business and marketing with a minor in history. For the last 17 years, she has been an agent with the Harold D. Miller Insurance Agency. The 1996 Miss Ashland, she is the executive director of the Miss Ashland Area Scholarship Pageant. She and her husband Jack have two children. Stacy DeRossett (98) has joined the firm of Hayflich & Steinberg, CPAs, PLLC in Huntington, W.Va. The business administration major is working in the firm’s assurance and accounting division. She brings more than 10 years of experience in auditing of governmental, nonprofit organizations, financial institutions, school districts, manufacturing, and colleges and universities.

2000s Marine Corps Reserve Capt. Kelly E. Fields (00) has been serving in Iraq. The military personnel have a variety of missions including convoy escort, corrections and border security. They have been working on improving their combat outposts, reducing vulnerabilities and continue to work on military education requirements. Dr. Jason Kennedy (00) is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon at Blount Memorial’s Southeast Oral Surgery office in Maryville, Tenn. He earned a doctor of medicine degree in 2004 and completed his clinical fellowship at the University of Louisville, and his residency at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville.

Casey Marie Carter Hovermale (03), a member of the Frankfort State Journal’s 1999 All-Academic team, was among those profiled in the newspaper with an update on where they are now. A graduate of Franklin County High School, she earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from MSU. She currently lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her husband, Ivan “D.J.,” and their two children.

Rebekah Richie Duke (05) is a financial assistant at the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Manufacturing (RCBI), based in Huntington, W.Va., but also works with the company’s centers in South Charleston, Bridgeport and Rocket Center. Before joining RCBI in 2007, she was employed with Bow-Mech Services in Ashland and with the Ware & Hall auditing firm in Huntington. She and her husband David make their home in Ashland. Navy Seaman Adam N. Meyer (08) has completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. During the program, he completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety, as well as physical fitness. A capstone event of boot camp was “Battle Stations,” which gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet. What’s new with you? Fill out the form on page 22 or e-mail SUMMER 2009 • 29

Dr. Albright dies in April

Jules R. DuBar, 1923-2009

Dr. A. D. Albright, the

Dr. Jules R. DuBar, 85, whose scientific works dealing with geological and

10th president of MSU died

environmental evaluations of the Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plains achieved international

at his home in Wilmore.

recognition, died in Charlottesville, Va. He is survived by his wife, Susan, his two

The 96-year-old retired

children Nicole and Scott, and two grandchildren, Selena and Ariana.

educator served as presi-

Dr. DuBar came to Morehead State University in 1967 to provide leadership

dent of Northern Kentucky

for the continued development of the geology program which has since provided

University (1976-83) and as

quality undergraduate degrees to numerous students, many of whom have obtained

executive director of what is

advanced degrees and meaningful careers. While at MSU he obtained over $300,000

now the Council on Postsecondary Education,

in grants from the National Science Foundation and other organizations to support his

in addition to several senior-level administrative

research and to strengthen the geology curriculum. He was the 1980 recipient of the

posts at the University of Kentucky.

University’s Distinguished Researcher Award.

At 73, Dr. Albright came out of retirement to

Prior to coming to MSU he had faculty positions at Duke University, University of

serve as MSU’s president from 1986 to 1987. He

Houston, Southern Illinois University and the University of Kansas and was a senior

is credited for his personal leadership at MSU in

geologist at the largest research laboratory in the oil industry. Throughout his career

reversing an enrollment decline, strengthening

he frequently served as a consultant for both government and industry.

academic programs and major gift fund raising.

He was a World War II veteran whose enlistment in the Coast Guard marked

Dr. Albright earned the Ph.D. degree from

the interval between high school and college. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s

New York University, the M.S. degree from the

degrees in geology from Kent State University and Oregon State University,

University of Tennessee and the A.B. degree

respectively. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas under the tutelage

from Milligan College. A former Fulbright Lec-

of the noted paleontologist R. C. Moore.

turer to Belgium, he holds honorary degrees from

A dedicated researcher, he was the author or co-author of over 60 publications

MSU, Berea College, NKU, Eastern Kentucky

and an additional 25 unpublished contract reports. He was a member of numerous

University and Thomas More College.

professional organizations and a fellow of both the Geological Society of America and

Dr. Albright was married to the former Grace

the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Carroll of Etowah, Tenn., since 1939. His survi-

Contributions to the Dr. Jules R. DuBar Academic Geology Scholarship Fund at

vors also include two sons, Carl Wesley and Earl

the MSU Foundation, Inc., Palmer Development House, Morehead State University,

Thomas Albright, and four grandchildren.

Morehead, KY 40351-1689, have been suggested as appropriate memorials.

The Morehead State University family remembers . . .

Professor emeritus dies Joyce Brown LeMaster (58), professor emeritus at MSU, died July 20. A two-time MSU graduate, she taught writing courses, American literature, and a course of her own design, Appalachian Writers, at MSU for 38 years. She has held many leadership positions at MSU, including president of the Alumni Association. LeMaster was a member of the MSU Alumni Hall of Fame. She is survived by her husband, James C. LeMaster; one daughter, Jennifer Chaney Estill and husband Donnie, of Frankfort, and two grandchildren, Eric Justin Estill and Olivia Addison Estill.


Ruby R. Miller


Jane Yarbrough Duncan


I. Lester Miller


David K. Moore


Virginia R. Harpham


Laura R. Stephens Goldberg


Robbie Harney


William T. Parker


Donald Litton


Katherine K. Taul


Lillard E. Gilbert


Sylvester M. Singleton


Edwin W. Vansant


James B. Watson


Wanetta Ward Setser


Penelope Adams Lindon


Evelyn Triplett


Heather D. Brown


Joann G. Foxworthy


CORRECTION: David McFann, II (2007) was mistakenly on the deceased list in the Spring 09 issue.

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