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The Magazine of Trevecca Nazarene University


An affordable college option

Spring 2009


A GPS, a bank, AND an a f f o r da b l e c o l l e g e I recently became aware of a formula that was guiding my decisions.

Quality + Affordability = Value My family believes that I am “extravagance-challenged” when it comes to spending money. Our family car has 193,000 miles on it, and we refer to it as the “new car” versus the “old car.” Why buy a new one when the old one still gets you there and back? When the University purchased a new 2005 Toyota Avalon, we had the choice to get one with a global positioning system—for an extra $5,000. With a name akin to Daniel Boone and with MapQuest, why spend the extra cash? I’ve been watching the price of a GPS fall like the stock market, and I recently purchased a handheld version for $187, the Garmin Nuvi. It gives me quality service for a price I was willing to pay; therefore, it has value. A bank president visited me last week. In a turbulent economy, his bank was thanking Trevecca for its business. Trevecca is benefiting from conservative fiscal practices and doing quite well in comparison to most universities. I commented on the new commercials his bank was running: “Live Solid. Bank Solid.” I noted that his bank was branding itself as the bank for responsible people who lived



within their means and made wise financial decisions. We had a great conversation about quality service, affordability, and value. I find it interesting that many families make a college decision based on the sticker price of the education, regardless of the institution. Yes, the local community college costs less. Yes, the state university has state grants that are not issued outside the state. These facts are givens in today’s college pricing. But I still question whether sticker price alone equals the best value. Is it a good deal if our children miss the opportunity to be formed with a Christian worldview? Is it a good deal if they miss the chance to marry a Christian life mate? Is it a good deal if they are surrounded by those whose values are diametrically opposed to ours? Is it a good deal if they do not have friends worth keeping up with for all their lives? Is it a good deal if they don’t know a single professor who continues to care about their career long after they’re gone? Is it a good deal if they abandon their faith and never return? Affordability is important. That’s why Trevecca currently has the lowest tuition among USA Nazarene universities and ranks near the top in affordability among the Christian colleges in

America. (See the comparative data on pages 4-5.) And we do this without sacrificing quality. Trevecca is recognized by the Carnegie Foundation as a national research university, the only Nazarene university in this coveted category, and one of only five among the schools in the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities. Choosing a college isn’t like buying a GPS or selecting a bank. It is our own flesh and blood. It is our future. Choose value.




TREVECCAN Vol. 79 • No. 1 SPRING 2009

President’s Imprint Features

Dan Boone, ’74 President



Jan Greathouse, ’67

Trevecca’s value in the higher education marketplace


Elizabeth Streight

Learning international relations firsthand

Communications Assistant

Rick Hill

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An alumnus’s trip from Hong Kong to Amsterdam

Campus News



First Trevecca Society Weekend A first-ever series of events

Casey Johnson, ’03 Roy Phillip Greg Ruff, ’00 Contact Information Treveccan 333 Murfreesboro Road Nashville, TN 37210 615-248-7782

Main number 615-248-1200


Students show their MORE THAN


In honor of female servant-leaders A new award and a new scholarship


New courses for fall


Trojan Talk


Faculty Focus

Admissions 615-248-1320

Educating the educator—Learning from cancer


Alumni office 615-248-1350

Arriving at the destination—Together Six freshmen from one church choose Trevecca.


Alumni News ®

The Treveccan, publication No. 394470, is published quarterly by Trevecca Nazarene University, 333 Murfreesboro Road, Nashville, Tennessee 37210-2877. Periodical postage paid at Nashville, Tennessee. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the Office of Alumni Services, Trevecca Nazarene University, 333 Murfreesboro Road, Nashville, TN 37210-2877.

Where are they now? Where in the world . . .? Alumni election—ballot announcement Marriages Births Class Notes Deaths Faculty News

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COVER PHOTO Future member of the Trevecca Class of 2023 Taylor Sheffield is making plans to attend Trevecca. Pages 2 and 4-7 explain why Trevecca is an affordable college option. Photo by E.Streight



Quality + Afford





National average tuition, Trevecca’s comparison group4, 2007



Tuition Comparisons

$16,288 Trevecca Nazarene U.

$16,600 Southern Nazarene U.

$17,216 MidAmerica Nazarene U.


$20,750 Olivet Nazarene U.

Mount Vernon Nazarene U.

$20,900 Northwest Nazarene U.


Tuition U.S. Church of the Nazarene colleges and universities, 2008-2009

Eastern Nazarene U.


• Regional accreditation • Music Program accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music • Teacher Education Program approved by the Tennessee Board of Education • Graduate Physician Assistant Program accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission for Physician Assistants (ARC-PA) • Member of the Belmont Partners in Nursing Consortium, whose nursing program is approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing and accredited by the Council on Collegiate Nursing Education • National research university 2 status • Programs with breadth and depth 52 baccalaureate degree majors 4 associate degree majors 6 master’s degree programs 2 doctorates • New programs/updated programs to meet student needs (See pp. 13-15, 29.) • Member of National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Divi3 sion 1 with 9 varsity sports

the quality of a Trevecca education paired with its affordability factors confirms its value for families who want their sons and daughters to receive an education at a Christian university.




has affected higher education. While no one wants to make the college decision strictly on cost, the fact is that families must weigh the same factors—quality, affordability, and value—as they help their children choose a college. A consideration of

Point Loma Nazarene U.

Careful thinking about purchases is one outcome of the current economic situation. Everyone is weighing quality and cost in order to determine value because they want to obtain the highest quality for their monetary investment. That kind of thinking

rdability = Value


You can afford to attend

Trevecca Value





Average tuition Tennessee private colleges/universities5, 2008-2009

Average tuition— CCCU member schools, 2008-2009 $19,677 6

Aid Comparison Percentage of students who receive institutional grants4 National Trevecca Average 84% 93%






Trevecca’s value is MORE THAN expected because it offers • Liberal arts education from a Christian worldview • Intentional guidance for students to find their individual life calling • Mentoring on personal, professional, and spiritual levels • Servant-leadership development in the context of chosen career path • Service-oriented campus culture • Downtown location in thriving “Music City” with residential living on a beautiful 65+ acre campus • Dynamic student life with 10 clubs, 9 varsity sports, extensive intramural sports, 11 music ensembles, 2 PR groups • A community that lives by the motto “To be rather than to seem”




Examples of undergraduate financial aid John7 is interested in studying

Nonendowed scholarship aid

business to become an accountant. He scored a 29 on his ACT. The family of four has an income of $33,000.

Financial Aid Package Trevecca Grant (merit-based award) Speicher Scholarship (academic 29-31 ACT) Endowed Scholarship (based on financial need) Total Trevecca Scholarship Awards

$ 2,000 $ 5,000 $ 750 $ 7,750

State and Federal Financial Aid Federal Pell Grant Federal Academic Grant Tennessee State Grant Tennessee Hope Scholarship Federal Stafford Loan Total State and Federal Aid

$ 4,080 $ 1,300 $ 4,500 $ 5,500 $ 1,500 $16,880

Total Scholarship and Financial Package

For every dollar that it receives in payment of undergraduate tuition, Trevecca returns 38.5 cents in the form of scholarship student aid, the highest rate among U.S. Nazarene Universities.

38.5 Cents


John’s total educational costs for the 2008-2009 year are covered by his financial-aid package and include some funds for books.

Jane7, a business administration

major, is a straight-A student and scored a 32 on her ACT. Her family of five are all members of a Church of the Nazarene. Jane has a sister in college. The family income is $74,000

Church Matching Scholarships

Financial Aid Package Strickland Scholarship (for academic achievement of 32+ ACT) Trevecca Grant (merit-based award) Church Matching Scholarship South Carolina 90% District Scholarship Total Trevecca Scholarship Awards

$ 7,500 $ 4,000 $ 750 $ 250 $12,500

Federal Financial Aid Federal Stafford Loan

$ 6,500

Total Scholarship and Financial Package


The remaining balance of $4,522 can be paid through a 10-month, interestfree payment plan. Her parents may also be eligible to claim up to $1,800 in a Hope federal tax credit.



Churches of the Nazarene in the Trevecca region that have paid 100% of their church budgets are eligible to participate in the Church Matching Scholarship. If a church contributes $250 on behalf of a student, Trevecca will double that amount in scholarship funds. Therefore, a $250 church gift becomes a $750 scholarship.


IS AFFORDABLE Sam7, is interested in studying

Nazarene District Scholarship

music. He achieved a 26 on his ACT and is the son of a Nazarene pastor. He comes from a family of three with a family income of $43,000 and a housing allowance of $26,000.

Financial Aid Package PK Scholarship (for children of Nazarene pastors) Amy Person Scholarship (for academic achievement 26-28 ACT) Endowed Scholarship (based on financial need) Music Scholarship (talent-related achievement) Church Matching Scholarship Total Trevecca Scholarship Awards

$ 6,000 $ 3,500 $ 1,500 $ 1,800 $ 750 $13,550

State and Federal Financial Aid Tennessee Hope Scholarship Federal Stafford Loan

$ 4,000 $ 3,500

Total Scholarship and Financial Package


The remaining balance of $2,472 can be paid through a 10-month, interestfree payment plan.

Suzy7, has a 21 ACT score. A

religion major, she is from a family of five that has an annual income of $67,000.

Financial Aid Package Trevecca Grant (merit-based award) Athletic Scholarship (talent-based award) Total Trevecca Scholarship Awards

$ 3,500 $ 1,000 $4,500

State and Federal Financial Aid Tennessee Hope Scholarship Federal Stafford Loan Federal Plus Loan (Federal loan that is available to parents of a student)

$ 4,000 $ 5,500 $ 6,500

Total Scholarship and Financial Package


The remaining balance of $3,022 can be paid through a 10-month, interestfree payment plan.

Districts of the Church of the Nazarene on the Trevecca region are eligible to participate in the 90% District Scholarship. All funds paid beyond 90% of a district’s educational budget can be awarded to Nazarene students from that district.

FAFSA priority Federal and state aid awarded to each student is based on the completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The priority date for completion of the FAFSA is March 1 of each year; the form can be completed online at www. 1 Trevecca Nazarene University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097;Telephone number 404-679-4500) to award associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. 2 The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching awards that distinction to universities that offer a full range of undergraduate majors, master’s, and doctoral degrees. Trevecca is one of only six institutions (Azusa Pacific, Biola, George Fox, Oral Roberts, and Trinity International) in the 111-member Council of Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) with this classification. 3 Division 1, the highest division of the NAIA 4 Comparison group–private, national research universities. Data from Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, the core postsecondary education data collection system for the National Center for Education Statistics 5 TN Independent Colleges and Universities 6 Council of Christian Colleges and Universities 7 Fictional student examples based on typical aid packages for 2008-2009 tuition, fees, room/board of $23,522



First Trevecca Society Weekend held In February more than 150 members of the Trevecca Society and other friends of the University gathered on campus for two days of events

THE SOCIETY and activities. The purpose of the weekend was to provide participants multiple opportunities to experience, firsthand, the Trevecca story through interaction with faculty, students, and administrators.

Lena Hegi Welch ’81, EdD ’05, chair of the Division of Communication, Language, and Literature, was the speaker at the opening event.

Saturday’s lunch in Apple Dining Room provided another opportunity for Society members to visit with students and employees. E. Ray Thrasher ’64 stops by the table of John ’82 and Susan Dunn ’82 and Mark Morsch ’79.



Professor Lena Hegi Welch ’81, EdD ’05, helped kick off the weekend as the first professor to give a Trevecca version of a “last lecture.” Gleaning from her 21 years as a communication and speech professor, she recounted the lessons she had learned from her location at the back of the classroom as she observed the presentations of her students. She called her presentation “The View from the Back of the Classroom.”

Other activities included participating in “mini classes” conducted by faculty members and student panels, Deborah Story ’94, commissioner of the Tennessee Department or Human Resources, and Jeanne Sugg ’65, Tennessee state librarian and archivist, take time to chat.

CAMPUS NEWS Photos by E. Streight

President Boone and Frances Elizer enjoy a lighter moment at the dinner on Saturday night.

Eileen and Gerald Skinner enjoy visiting with their former pastor, J. V. Morsch.

watching historical interviews of past Trevecca presidents, attending a student-produced play, and spending time in informal conversations with members of the Trevecca community. At the concluding gala reception and dinner, participants enjoyed the music of the Trevecca jazz combo and the a cappella music of the Madrigalians. President Dan Boone shared an inspiring look at the future of the University, and six students shared their stories and thanked donors for their support.

Opportunities to reconnect with friends make these events memorable. The Trevecca Society is composed of individuals and organizations whose annual gifts to the University total $1,000 or more. For more information about the Trevecca Society, go to externalrelations/trevecca.society or call the Office of External Relations at 615-248-1355.

Participants could attend “mini classes” taught by Trevecca professors. Randy Carden ’78 spoke about his new avocation—art.

The Friday afternoon coffee break included time for Society members to interact with students. Enjoying a laugh with Kim King Wall ’82 and Kevin Ulmet ’81 (left) are Andrew Crimmins, Anne Rutledge Twining ’74, Allie Gray, Matt Taylor, and Tim ’79 and Kathy Creel Taylor ’79 (with their backs to the camera).



Students show their Bringing clean water to a village In the summer of 2008 Ross Muirhead, a senior from Brentwood, Tennessee, and a second-baseman for Trevecca, accompanied his uncle, a civil engineer with NASA, and other members of Engineers without Borders (EWB) from the Johnson Space Center when they installed a Bring-Your-Own Water System in the village of Aguilar, Mexico. Powered by a water pump, this system treats contaminated water and provides clean and safe drinking water. Ross Muirhead and his uncle Dean Muirhead

“I learned a lot from this trip and was very blessed to be a part of this group,” said Ross. The group’s visit to Aguilar, a small village about an hour south of Matehuala, was well received by residents and local government. “The village children were amazed by the running water out of the system and enjoyed playing in it,” Ross noted. The group plans to repeat this project in another village. Through Trevecca’s Engineering Bridge Program, Ross will enter Vanderbilt University in order to complete a degree in civil engineering.

Selling the services of a nonprofit Students in the Sales Fundamentals class gained real-world experience when they used what they had learned in class to “sell the services” of Community Servants, a medium-sized not-for-profit organization in Smyrna, Tennessee, that hosts church groups and/or organizations that can spare their employees for a day to build or renovate houses. Students persuaded firms to “invest” in Community Servants with donations of money, time, employees, or clothing and furniture; then they presented the results of this “sales” effort to the leadership of Community Servants.



Left to right (front row)—Ashley Rowden, Halle Lawrence, John Key (from Community Servants), M. Farouk Jr., and Kevin Sample; (back row) Brian Watts, Maddie Ward, Elizabeth Reed, Jared Usrey, Brooke Dillehay, and Seth Gleaves.


Improving the health of neighbors Even before they graduate, physician assistant students find ways to use their medical skills. During this school year they have helped residents of Mercury Courts, a housing development near Trevecca, to improve their health and to navigate the world of healthcare.

Madison Ellis helps a resident monitor his blood pressure during a recent health fair.

Students have participated in health fairs, monitored residents’ vital signs, and conducted weekly health seminars during two semesters. In addition to taking the initiative to plan and present these seminars, the students also provide food and supplies—often at their own expense. One of their professors noted, “I find it incredible that these students, as busy as they are, are not waiting until graduation to impact their community for Christ as they reach out in tangible ways.”

Engineering music for Disney Playing guitar in a band was Brandon Shattuck’s dream when he came to Trevecca; however, this senior music business major from McEwen, Tennessee, learned to combine guitar performance with audio engineering and music production. His training as an engineer enabled him to gain an internship with a local studio and the opportunity to work on a recording for Disney to use during a parade at one of its theme parks. Brandon

engineered the recording that was sent in “real time” via the Internet to Disney producers in Orlando and Disney music directors in Tokyo. Using the input from the Disney staff, Brandon then engineered the final product. In addition to his work for Disney, Brandon also engineered the 2009 CD for Trevecca’s PR group Refuge. Brandon Shattuck

Serving on a national leadership team C. J. Childs, a freshman from Macon, Georgia, was invited to serve on the leadership team of the Academy of Preachers, whose purpose is to “identify, network, inspire, and support young people [in high school,

college, university, and seminary] who sense a call to Christian preaching.” The Academy seeks to affirm and encourage all young persons regardless of denomination or ethnicity in their efforts to respond to God’s call to ministry.

C. J. Childs



In honor of female servant-leaders—A new award and a new scholarship In chapel on February 26, 2009, the University inaugurated two efforts to recognize Christian women who are servant leaders. President Dan Boone ’74 presented the first Nina Griggs Gunter Servant-Leader Award to Nina G. Gunter ’58, DD ’89,

in recognition of her life of service and ministry. Dr. Gunter is the first woman to be elected as one of six general superintendent of the Church of the Nazarene, the highest elected office in the denomination. The general superintendents provide

global leadership for the International Church of the Nazarene and its worldwide membership of 1.8 million. Prior to her election as general superintendent in June 2005, Dr. Gunter served as general director of Nazarene Missions International (NMI). During her years in that position, denominational giving to missions increased from $30 million to $62 million annually, and new missions programs were initiated. Trevecca awarded her an honorary doctorate in 1989.

E. Streight

In future years the Nina Griggs Gunter Servant-Leader Award will be presented to prominent Christian women who serve others, address human need, help others develop, advance the common good, are good stewards of talents and resources, and encourage collaboration, trust, foresight, listening, and empowerment.

President Boone presents the first Nina Griggs Gunter Servant-Leader Award to Nina G. Gunter, during chapel on February 26, 2009.



Starting in 2010, Trevecca will annually award the Nina Griggs Gunter Servant-Leadership Scholarship to a female Trevecca student who has earned the respect of her peers and educational leaders because of her service for the good of the Trevecca community, her influence with others, and her dedication to Christ as exemplified by her service to others.


New academic offerings in fall ’09

This fall the J. V. Morsch* Center for Social Justice will welcome its first students. Those students • Are engaged with the world and are not content to watch it go by • See injustice and seek to correct it • Want to be stewards of God’s creation • Offer their time in community service • Want to make a difference in this world Their dream to become highly skilled, biblically rooted, compassionate servant-leaders who will change the world in positive ways will be fulfilled in the programs of the J. V. Morsch Center for Social Justice. Through this rigorous, four-year interdisciplinary curriculum, they will • Study biblical justice, sociology, social work, business, environmental issues, public governance, law, leadership,

technology, and administration • Pursue concentrations in public policy, environmental justice, and nonprofit and congregational leadership • Receive training in policymaking and practical actions that create healthier, more just, and more sustainable communities • Build genuine partnerships to solve social problems • Combine coursework with frontline work of community agencies • Engage in hands-on service through volunteer programs and internships • Participate in events, conferences, and public conversations about justice education • Train with local social entrepreneurs • Participate in service-learning programs • Expand their learning through student mission trips

and deploy the church as a prophetic voice and an agent of compassion and justice. If you dream of changing the world around you, make the J. V. Morsch Center for Social Justice part of your future. For more information, contact Center director Jamie Casler at or 615-957-5177. *The J. V. Morsch Center for Social Justice is named in honor of James V. Morsch, a former pastor of First Church of the Nazarene in Nashville, a lifelong church leader, and the founder and national volunteer liaison coordinator for Nazarene Disaster Response.

The goal of the J. V. Morsch Center for Social Justice is to shape, equip,



New academic offerings in fall ’09


Center for Worship Arts When it opens its doors to its first students in the fall of 2009, Trevecca’s new Center for Worship Arts will begin its effort to help the church reclaim its historic role as the preserver and cultivator of the arts. That effort will be twofold: training the next generation of worship leaders and expanding the skills of those already working in worship ministries. Students who study worship arts • Share a passion for God’s glory and the ministry of the gospel • Want to be stewards of their God-given gifts and talents • Are committed to service in the church, community, and kingdom • Believe that the arts are a primary means for celebrating and revealing God’s glory This interdisciplinary program includes studies in the foundations of worship (biblical, historical,



theological), creativity, music, Web and video development, art, drama, and technology. It will enable students to • Enrich their spiritual formation • Deepen their biblical, theological, and historical understanding of worship • Understand how various art forms can be used in worship— music, visual arts, drama, film • Connect with talented scholars, practitioners, mentors, and protégés • Engage in hands-on experiences—in the classroom, community, and local congregations • Choose from the following concentrations: drama ministry, faith and film, creative expression, religious studies, songwriting, worship leadership, performance, and worship media

• Utilize the many artistic and creative resources of Nashville The goals of the Center are to help persons fulfill God’s call on their lives, serve the church as trained and skilled leaders, establish local churches as centers for the arts in their local communities, and preserve the arts for the generations to come. If those goals match your dreams and plans, Trevecca’s Center for Worship Arts is the place where you can achieve fulfillment. For more information, contact Center director Heather Daugherty at or 615-248-1585.

Developing informed minds, enflamed hearts, and engaged hands


New academic offerings in fall ’09 Continued Degree-completion IT program added The School of Business will begin offering a new Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT) Progam, an adult degree-completion program for persons who want an IT degree but cannot enter a traditional program. Believed to be the first IT program of its kind in Tennessee,

the BSIT Program is a hybrid (50% online and 50% classroom) that uses cohort groups and can be completed in 17 months of classes one night a week. It will expose students to the latest business technologies, including those from Oracle, Sun, Adobe, Microsoft, and IBM, and will cover all

of the major IT domains, including programming, database development and administration, Web design and development, hardware and networking, information management, and systems integration. Persons who want more information should contact Marcus Lackey at 615-248-1529.

Art minor added This fall Trevecca will offer a new art minor in response to requests from current and prospective students. This new minor, which will support dramatic arts, graphic arts, and worship arts program, will include courses in the following subjects: history of Western art, drawing, painting, 2-D and 3-D design, graphic design and imaging, and mixed media. For more information about this new program, contact Lena Hegi Welch ’81, EdD ’05 at 615-248-1370 or

Two new majors in the social and behavioral sciences

E. Streight

Art instructor Betsy Karounos (left) listens as student Betsy Harris talks about the charcoal drawing that she is working on.

The former criminology concentration has been upgraded to a full major in criminal justice, and the sociology minor is now a full major. New courses that will be offered are Criminal Law and Procedure, Criminal Investigations, Research Design and Methods (for criminal justice, sociology, social work, and social justice majors), and Special Topics in

Sociology. This course, offered occasionally, could focus on a variety of topics—prison life, terrorism, media and culture, special problems in social work, drugs—depending on the availability of instructors. For more information, contact Laurie Woods ’96 at or 615248-7401.

Considering programs in early childhood and special education In order to ensure that its programs meet state requirements and the needs of prospective students, the School of Education is updating one existing program and considering adding two more new programs. In August changes to its Educational Leadership Program will go into effect. The School is conducting a needs assessment regarding the possibility of beginning master’s programs in early childhood education and perhaps one in special education also. The final decision will be made later this spring. Continued on page 29





Change in softball leadership Leadership of Trevecca’s softball program has changed hands. At the end of the season in 2008, Ernie Reynolds, head coach of the Trojan softball program for four seasons (2005-2008), resigned in order to give more attention to the business that he owns.

Ernie Reynolds holds the Trevecca “Spirit of Nashville” print that was presented to him in February.



With an overall record of 196-44 and an 83-15 record in TranSouth Conference play, Reynolds has been Trevecca’s most successful softball coach. He led the team to three appearances at the NAIA National Tournament (2006, 2007, 2008), to three consecutive Region-XI Tournament titles, and to four consecutiveTranSouth Athletic Conference regular season titles and three consecutive TranSouth Tournament titles. Trevecca honored Reynolds and his 2008 team during halftime of the women’s basketball game on February 16, 2009, when members of the 2008 team were presented their championship rings.

At the beginning of the new school year, Ben Tyree became the new head coach. He had completed two years as the nonfaculty coach at Page (Franklin, Tennessee) High School and his fourth season as the co-head coach of the Silver Bullets, a women’s 23-and-under fastpitch team in Brentwood, Tennessee. In 2005 he served as the nonfaculty coach at Brentwood High, and he coached the Brentwood Blues travel team from 1995 to 2004. His overall high school record is 98-29.

Ben Tyree His coaching accomplishments include more than 350 Amateur Softball Association (ASA) and National Softball Association (NSA) victories, a World Series runner-up finish, and five Top-10 finishes. On the state level he coached eight teams that were ASA/NSA state champions and two that were runners-up. More than 20 of his players have earned college scholarships at the junior college, NAIA, and NCAA levels, and he has been an instructor at the University of Tennessee’s Softball Camp. Tyree earned a bachelor’s degree from Middle Tennessee University. For 32 years he has been married to Susan, an elementary teacher in Williamson County; they have two grown daughters.


TROJAN TALK Former Trojans in the coaching ranks For some Trevecca athletes, the end of their college athletic careers often marks the beginning of new careers in coaching. Trevecca’s Office of Sports Information has been collecting information about where former

Trevecca athletes currently coach. The list that resulted was too large to be included in this issue of the Treveccan; however, it is posted online in the

at ?treveccanextra. If you have information about other former Trevecca athletes who are not part of this list, please send that information to

Brittiany Johnson’s jersey retired For the second time this school year, Trevecca has retired another athlete’s jersey. This time it was the No. 5 jersey of softball star Brittiany Johnson ’08, Trevecca’s most decorated softball player in both pitching and hitting. The ceremony was held during the February 16 basketball games. In her three years at Trevecca, Brittiany amassed an impressive record. She holds the following Trevecca career records: batting average (.423), home runs (42), RBIs (183), earned-run average (1.10), wins (116), innings pitched (838.1), strikeouts (1,186), complete games (78), and appearances (159). Her performance earned her the following honors and awards: First

Team NAIA All-American—2006, 2007, 2008; Region–XI Pitcher of the Year—2007 and 2008; All-Region— 2006, 2007, 2008; TranSouth Pitcher of the Year—2006, 2007, 2008; TranSouth Newcomer of the Year— 2006; First Team All-TranSouth— 2006, 2007, 2008.

President Boone, Brittiany Johnson, her parents, Coach Ernie Reynolds, and Brittiany’s friends during the ceremony at which her number was retired



Learning international relations firsthand




The realization that he could fulfill two dreams—graduate studies in international relations and world travel—excited William Hudson ’04 when he was accepted into the semester-at-sea program of Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. On January 2, 2008, William boarded The Scholar Ship (TSS) in Hong Kong and began his adventure. For William and the other 200 international students on the TSS, days at sea were spent in classes. William said, “Days of the week meant nothing on the ship. Operating by the principle of ‘experiential learning,’ the leaders of TSS designed every aspect of our on-board life in order to teach us something about ourselves through firsthand experience. Living on a ship together meant that we did everything together. Classroom discussions moved from the classroom to the cafeteria. We studied cultures, languages, stereotypes, etc. I was amused to learn how fascinated people are with the South. Even at the global level, the South is quite a unique culture.” In addition to taking classes on board (and writing the required papers), William and his peers studied at local universities; toured museums, government centers, political and scientific institutes; met with government officials; visited indigenous tribes; learned in exotic places that he had previously only read about; went diving to watch Great White sharks; overcame seasickness; and engaged in some independent travel. The trip included stops in China, Thailand, India, the Seychelles Islands, South Africa, Cape Verde, Spain, Turkey, and Portugal before the voyage ended on

The Scholar Ship voyage, January 2008 April 19, 2008, in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. With his TSS experience behind him, William has had time to reflect on what his four-month voyage brought to him: more than 4,000 photographs and many more wonderful memories, cherished friendships, and opportunities to grapple with issues and problems that he had never encountered. He explained, “People from every country struggle for the same basic rights and needs in life. I’ve always known how blessed I was to be an American, but this experience redefined what it means to be both blessed and American. I have seen poverty, especially in India, that was appalling. Previously, I had seen people who had absolutely nothing, who were the very poorest of the poor. But in India, these people have less than nothing. The living conditions and lack of order

in society make it nearly impossible to recover. These people inherit this situation at birth, and most will live in it their entire lives. As a Christian, I found confronting the extreme poverty to be very compelling. Visiting the tomb of Mother Theresa in a poverty-stricken area of Calcutta, I could understand how she came to India from Albania and never left. Charity and the general concept of goodwill certainly go a long way. People everywhere seem to struggle when confronted with Christlike selflessness, and people who are committed to live like Christ stick out more than ever in a place like India.” William’s photos from his trip and his comments (on the following pages) provide a sample of the sights, scenes, and experiences that made his trip so amazing. Continued on following page



“Near Kanchaburi, Thailand, we visited the Tiger Temple, where wounded and abandoned tiger cubs are brought to be cared for and raised by monks. They are tame now, but I couldn’t forget that these wild animals can never truly be tamed!” “Pressed for time but desperate to see the Great Wall of China, I convinced three other students to join me on a 12-hour, 1,000-mile train ride from Shanghai to Beijing and back in less than 36 hours. Pictured with me are friends from Mexico and Seattle, Washington. The day was cold (8 degrees), but seeing the Great Wall was completely worth our effort.”

“Along the Ganges River in Varanasi, India, are the holy ghats, the steps leading down into the water that is used for bathing and cremation ceremonies. Varanasi is at the center of both the Hindu and Buddhist religions, and people come here to await their death. Visiting the city was one of the most humbling and unpredictable experiences of my life.”



“The ancient city of Pergamon, one of the seven cities mentioned in the book of Revelation and built strategically at the top of a mountain, is famous for being one of the only ancient cities to have never been captured by an enemy.”


“In Çanakkale, Turkey, near the ancient ruins of Troy, I spent time with Turkish boy scouts eager to try out their English on an American.”

“Our International Relations Program had much to learn in Barcelona, Spain. The city is the center of Catalonia, an autonomous region of Spain with its own language (Catalan) and culture. Europe is full of art and culture, but the number of artists, architects, writers, etc. from this region is staggering.”

“In March as we cruised around the coast of Africa, I had the privilege of putting together a music group for a wedding at sea of two professors on the ship. Our band consisted of students from (left to right) the U.S. (me), Australia, Egypt, Germany, and Spain.”

“Now that the trip is over, and I can reflect on the whole experience, the best things to come out of the trip are the lasting friendships I was able to make. Since the trip has ended, I have welcomed friends to the South, I have visited friends all over the country, and we even had a reunion in New York City at New Year’s. Traveling with strangers certainly has a way of transforming into unique friendships that are not likely to be forgotten.”



Educating the educator —Learning from cancer As a lifelong educator and now as an associate professor of education at Trevecca, Alice Patterson has spent long hours in classrooms; however, her role in the classroom took an unexpected turn when a routine mammogram in September 2007 revealed a suspicious mass. Two months later she underwent surgery for cancer, and after a month of rest, she had six and a half weeks of chemotherapy followed by eight and a half months of radiation.

For the next year, Dr. Pattersonthe-teacher became Alice Pattersonthe-cancer-patient/student. In her inimitable way, Alice set about to fight cancer, and she did so with gusto, humor, courage, and faith. Her battle with cancer taught her some lessons, she says. 1. “Listen. I listened to people around me, my medical team, and God. I listened and heeded the advice of all of them.

Alice Patterson (far right) greets (left-right) Christina Ward, former member of the Trevecca School of Education faculty and current kindergarten teacher for MetroNashville Schools, and Etta Crittendon, reading coordinator for the Tennessee State Department of Education, at the annual conference of the Southeast International Reading Association.



2. “Educating oneself is good, but one’s medical team must be the main source of information. My efforts to educate myself about my cancer resulted in my knowing more than I understood, a state of mind that can be just as harmful as not knowing. I decided to let my medical team be my first and main source of information. 3. “Focus. I focused on two goals—healing and my reason for wanting to be healed. First, I kept my end goal in mind— healing and getting well. Second, I focused on the individual for whom I wanted to be healed, and for me, that person is Leanna, my 12-year-old daughter. 4. “Set new priorities—as cliché as that sounds. I adopted new priorities. No more seven-day work weeks. No more computer work on Sundays. I reserved those days for my daughter and my mother. 5. “Focus on the solution—not the problem. When things go wrong—and they will—focus on the solution not the problem. My doctor told me, ‘If there was a side effect of chemo to be had, you had it, but you never stopped.’ I did not stop because I kept my goals in sight. 6. “Draw from inner strength. People think I am a strong Continued on page 29


Arriving at the destination—Together In the spring of last year the Office of Admissions informed me of an unusual circumstance—fourteen applicants from one church for the new school year*—and suggested that a Treveccan story might be worth pursuing. In the fall after students had registered for classes, I contacted the six freshmen from that church who had enrolled in order to set up interviews. Because I wanted to avoid a “group think” conclusion about their decision, I interviewed them individually. The article that follows is the composite of their individual stories. The editor Those six freshmen—Derek Brinkman, Michael Follis, Preston Hunt, Jake Resor, Daniel Smith, Tanner Webb—are from Hermitage (Tennessee) Church of the Nazarene. They report some shared experiences that influenced their individual decisions to attend Trevecca. Some of the six come from families

If family influence or tradition was not the main factor, what was? Their answers to that question form Continued on page 27 Freshmen from Hermitage (Tennessee) Church of the Nazarene (Front row—Tanner Webb, Daniel Smith; back row—Michael Follis, Preston Hunt, Derek Brinkman, James Waters (their classmate and roommate), and Jake Resor

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When several students from one local church enroll in Trevecca together, questions arise. Why do teenagers from different parents, different homes, different schools decide to follow the same path, head in the same direction? Are there some commonalities? What are the factors that influence members of a group to make the same decision?

with a Trevecca history—parents or other relatives who are Trevecca alumni—but some had no family connection to Trevecca at all. In fact, a family-Trevecca connection may actually have encouraged some of the six to look at other universities where they could have new experiences and create their own college traditions.



Where are they


Serving as provost of Ole Miss

Leading in New Guinea

Morris Stocks ’77 is the new provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Mississippi; in this role he serves as the university’s chief academic officer.

Geneva Silvernail EdD ’01 is now the president of Melanesia Nazarene Bible College in Papua New Guinea, following her unanimous election by that school’s board. At the time of her election, she was living in the Philippines, where she was regional coordinator of literature and books for pastors, regional education consultant, and regional centennial coordinator.

Since December 2007, he had been serving as the interim provost. Previously, he had served as the dean of UM’s Patterson School of Accountancy. He also had served as senior vice chancellor for planning and operations in 2006-2007 and served three years as associate provost. Since Morris joined the faculty of Ole Miss in 1991, he has received numerous honors from the school, including being named outstanding researcher and outstanding teacher in the accountancy school and winning the campus-wide Elsie M. Hood Outstanding Teacher Award in 1998, UM’s most-prized award. Stocks holds bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in accounting. He served as associate professor of accounting at Trevecca from 1981 to 1988.

Geneva has had a 25-year career as a missionary and educator for the Church of the Nazarene, serving in Swaziland, Trinidad, Philippines, and Tobago. She also was a public school teacher in the U.S., Guam, the Dominican Republic, and the Virgin Islands. She holds an undergraduate


degree from Western Michigan University, a master’s from Olivet Nazarene University, a doctorate in religious education from Covington Theological Seminary, and an EdD from Trevecca Nazarene University. She was ordained as an elder in the Church of the Nazarene in 1994.

Writing about change John Britt ’92 MHR-24 has published his first book, a joint effort with Ken Blanchard, author of a number of other management and leadership books. The book Who Killed Change is part business parable and part murder mystery. According to John, “Change (personified) is found murdered at ACME organization, and the detective who investigates the murder (the Change Agent) interviews key suspects—Vision, Urgency, Budget, Continued


Geneva Silvernail

John Britt


Writing about change


Sponsorship, Communication, etc. Ultimately, the Agent discovers and discloses the identity of the force that killed Change.” Noting that as much as 70% of organizational changes fail, John says that this book is intended to be an entertaining way to help organizations “prevent a Change homicide.”

John, a registered nurse, is a partner at Mountjoy and Bressler, LLP, and has provided organizational development consultation services to more than 300 hospitals. He and his wife, Cynthia, live in Louisville, Kentucky, and have two children.

Building community in a high school In February Karl Lang ’95, MEd ’99, former director of Smaller Learning Academies for Metro-Nashvile The Tennessean/Billy Kingsley

Karl Lang on duty at McGavock High School (Tennessee) Public Schools and a past principal of Hillwood and Cameron High Schools, became the interim principal at McGavock High School in Nashville. With 3,000 students, McGavock is Metro-Nashville Public School’s largest school.

Karl has stated that he will work to build community there: “If you build a community, you get a whole lot more done than you do in isolation. We’re all in this together.” About Karl’s new position, one of his former education professors, Alice Patterson, said, “Karl Lang is studentcentered, student-driven. When he taught at Stratford High School, he arranged for the donation of used computers for students. When Karl notified one mother whose child was supposed to receive a computer, the mother declined the offer because she had no way to pick up the computer. Karl delivered the computer to her house, and when he arrived with the computer and discovered that there was nothing to put the computer on, he bought the student a computer desk. Yes, Karl Lang is a studentcentered, student-driven educator. He makes Trevecca proud.”

Guiding young athletes Bernard Childress MEd ’87 will become the executive director of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Associate (TSSAA) following the retirement of the current director on June 30. The TSSAA’s assistant executive director since June 1995, Bernard was selected for this new post by the TSSAA Board of Control. He will become the fourth director in the history of the TSSAA, which was formed in 1925. During his tenure at the TSSAA, Bernard has been responsible for overseeing the 300-member Tennessee

Bernard Childress Middle School Athletic Association, the TSSAA Coaches’ Education Program, A. F. Bridges Awards Program, and the sports of softball and cross country. Additionally, he Continued on page 26



Where are they NOW? Childress . . . continued from page 25 is the TSSAA staff representative to Division-II schools and the DivisionII Committee.

Bernard and his wife, Pinkie Joyce, have two adult daughters.

Serving on the Frist Board of Trustees

Training teachers in Nicaragua Lamar Brown EdD ’07 and Smith Lucas EdD ’07 were part of an eightperson team that led a district-wide free conference for teachers in Leon, Nicaragua, in January 2009. For many of the teachers who attended, this conference was their first staff

books, dry-erase markers, pencils, hand soap, and a New Testament. They also participated in daily drawings for door prizes.

Smith reported, “Elementary teachers must have a high school diploma, and because there is no formal teacher training, they must learn by trial and error. Many elementary teachers do not have a firm understanding of subject matter and are only as good as the teacher who taught them. Many are weak in math and language arts, so at next year’s (L-R) Lamar Brown and Smith Lucas in front of the Momotom- conference we are bo, one of several volcanoes in the area near Leon, Nicaragua planning to try to give more content information. Comments were development day in more than 20 years. Lamar and Smith went to Nica- positive, and the teachers are looking forward to next year.” ragua in July to work out the logistics of the conference with local educators Lamar is the principal of Ringgold and businesses. (Georgia) Middle School, a new charter school. Smith is the graduaIn addition to their meals and a daily tion coach at Model High School in snack, each participant received a Rome, Georgia. “goodie bag” that contained note-



Deborah Story Deborah Story ’94 MHR-37 was elected to the Frist Center for the Visual Arts Board of Trustees in January 2009. Richard McCarty, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at Vanderbilt University, was also elected to the Board, and Bill Frist was elected chairman. Deborah is the Tennessee commissioner of human resources, a department that oversees the state’s 43,000 employees. Deborah serves on the Trevecca President’s Nashville-Area Advisory Council.


Arriving . . . together Continued from page 23 a description of a church that is intentional about its relationship with Trevecca. That church • Promoted Trevecca and encouraged its young people to attend district, zone, and Trevecca events • Provided a weekly schedule of events that was so interesting that these guys wanted to be at church on the other six nights of the week—for youth basketball league, Upwards basketball and coaching opportunities, youth group activities, and a place to hang out after high school sports events • Had a pastor who reinforced the local church-Trevecca connection by ensuring that members of the congregation knew the Trevecca alumni among them and who stated that no other college could have given them what Trevecca did • Had a youth group that accepted them, that was a “safe haven” • Had a children’s pastor who interacted with them and convinced them that he would do anything for them • Had a youth pastor who told stories about his Trevecca experience, who told what his Trevecca years had meant to him, and who brought them to Trevecca and gave them tours of the campus They agree that there is more. That youth pastor did something even more important, said one of the six:

“The way he treated us rubbed off on us. His attitude toward us rubbed off on the way we treated each other. He told us that ‘how you live your life— not meerly what you do on Sunday— shows what you believe about God.’ He said, ‘How you treat people, how you do everything reveals your belief.’ And we listened.” Consequently, when it came time to decide where to go to college, the six chose Trevecca, and then they made another choice: They decided to be roommates in Benson Hall. And the result of that decision, they say, is the one of the best parts of life at Trevecca. Summarizing how others had influenced his decision to attend Trevecca, one of the young men said, “I don’t think people realize what good leaders they are.” And these six young men are proof that good leaders do influence others. The pastoral staff members referenced by these young men are Howard Plummer ’76, pastor; Lane Price ’95, former children’s pastor; and Chuck Seay ’96, former youth pastor. *Other churches from the SE Region had a significant number of students in the freshman class last fall: Whispering Hills Church of the Nazarene (Brentwood, Tennessee) had six; First Church of the Nazarene (Nashville, Tennessee) had five; Memphis (Tennessee) Calvary Church of the Nazarene had four.

Preaching: God Talk October 6-7, 2009 Featuring Bishop William H. Willimon

In recent years much homiletical thought has been concerned about anthropological issues in preaching— rhetoric, listener response, cultural relevance, and other human-centered concerns. In his presentation Bishop Willimon will focus on Christian preaching as a theological enterprise, the ways that preaching is talk by God (and not simply talk about God), and the miracle that makes preaching effective and faithful. The conference costs $50 (includes 2 meals). Registration begins June 1, 2009. For more information, please contact Heather Daugherty at 615-248-1585 or William Willimon, previously the dean of the chapel at Duke University, has been the bishop of the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church since 2004. The author of nearly 60 books for ministers, he has a passion for preachers and preaching.



Where in the world have you worn Trevecca clothing? While serving as the worship service speaker at the Eurasian Regional Leadership Conference on the campus of European Nazarene College in Germany, Tim Green, dean of the School of Religion, shared time with Trevecca alumni who are serving throughout Europe and Asia: (Left to right) Tim Green, Dorothee Arnold ’08 (Germany), Emily Allred ’06 (Albania), Tom Gray ’87 (Jerusalem). Not pictured—Cliff Wright ’76 (Ukraine).

Members of the Work and Witness team from Nashville Grace Church of the Nazarene pose below with missionaries David ’83 and Lisa Johnson ’84 and their daughters, Lauren and Amanda, in the Morondava Church of the Nazarene in Morondava, Madagascar.    Kneeling—Sonya Nixon, Allison Denson, Erica Newman Pelfrey ’06, Jason Pelfrey. Standing—Margaret

Sharee Miller MEd ’99, EdD ’08, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, celebrated her May 3, 2008, graduation with a seven-day Caribbean cruise with her husband, Gary.



Rebekah Hansen Adams ’04, MA ’07, wore a Trevecca hoodie while running the Resolution Run 5K on 1/1/09 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Duncan, Bonnie Reinhart ’97, Bea Farris, Jay Mick ’58, Ricky Holt, Gina Johnson Holt ’86, Lisa Mick Johnson ’84, Marvin Farris, Amanda Johnson, Joy Watson, David Johnson ’83, Ruth Woodley, Jeff Owen, Burdene Potter Mick ’58, Andral Johnson ’83, Melanie Houke Pond ’07, Zack Pond, Barbi Cash ’85, Erin Holt, Don Rumbley ’92, Lauren Johnson, Le Orsbon


New academic offerings in fall ’09

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New opportunities in music In order to increase the diversity of its offerings, the Division of Music has announced the following changes: l A commercial “track” will be added to the music liberal arts degree with concentrations in • Working musician (commercial performance) • Songwriting/arranging • Music technology • Jazz studies l The Music Business Program will become part of the Department of Business Administration and will be led by Dean Diehl ’87. l The church music degree will be replaced by a new multidisciplinary degree in worship arts, which will include classes in reli-

Educating the educator Continued from page 22 person, but cancer tested my limits. While I battled the side effects of chemo, I still taught, still did my job. I am not used to slowing down, but when debilitating fatigue hit me, I had to give in and rest. Wearing a swimsuit in front of strangers is not my idea of fun, but when my doctors told me that exercise would aid in my recovery, I followed my radiation treatments by walking in

gion, music, communication, and business. (See p. 14.) l Division ensembles will be changed: • A gospel/worship choir will be formed in the spring of 2010 and will meet during spring semesters only. • Ambassadors, a choir for men, will be revived in the fall of 2009. • Choral Union will meet in fall semesters only. • Covenant Choir has been disbanded. • Concert Choir will be revived in the fall of 2011. More information is available at www.

a swimming pool, evenutally walking ten miles a week, and I am keeping up that pace. I discovered inner strength that I did not know I had. 7. “Accept blessings from others. As someone who likes to be a giver, I learned to be a gracious taker. People brought food, sent cards and notes, helped with so many tasks—and best of all, they prayed for me. Sometime after my surgery, I met an education student, who said, ‘Oh, you’re Dr. Patterson. We’ve been praying for you.’ I’m here today because of those prayers.”

New method for alumni voting this year The ballot for the annual election of members to the Trevecca Alumni Association Board of Directors will be an e-ballot, which will be sent in late March to all alumni whose e-mail addresses are listed with the University. If you want a paper ballot, please contact the Office of Alumni Services at or 615-248-1238.

Alice completed chemo and radiation and has been given the “all clear” from her doctors, but she says that being a “cancer student” has changed her life. Those changes began in the biopsy recovery room, when she heard those awful words “I’m sorry. It’s cancer.” And she remembers praying (in her anesthetic-induced grogginess), “God, I lift this cancer to you. I’m in your hands.” And now more than a year later, Alice says, “I continue to maintain that reliance on God, and the result has been a deeper relationship with God. Cancer taught me some really good lessons.”



ALUMNI NEWS MARRIAGES Newsong Christian Fellowship, and Rebekah works as the adoptions assistant at Mercy Ministries of America in Brentwood (www. (Photo C)


C A Heath ’03 and Hillary Smith Sharpton were married on 5/10/08 at First Church of the Nazarene in Cullman, Ala. Heath will graduate with a doctor of pharmacy degree from Auburn University’s Harrison School of Pharmacy in May 2009. Hillary will also graduate in May 2009 from Auburn University with a degree in architecture. Following graduation, Heath and Hillary plan to reside in Franklin, Tenn., where Heath will be employed as a pharmacist for CVS. (Photo A)



Stephen and Beverly Hall-Maughan EdD ’04 were married on 12/24/08 in Huntsville, Ala. Stephen is the Waynesboro, Ala., postmaster, and Beverly is the career and technical director for the Wayne County School System. (Photo B) Andy and Rebekah Hansen Adams ’04, MA ’07, were married on 9/20/08 at Newsong Christian Fellowship in Brentwood, Tenn. Andy is the technical arts coordinator at



Jason ’98 and Stacey Staudinger of Thornton, Colo.—a son, Brennan Cade, on 8/15/08. Jason is currently the campus pastor of a videovenue church called Remedy (www. Stacey is a physician assistant at Denver Health Medical Center. (Photo F)

John ’91 and Kristin Jordan of Mount Juliet, Tenn.—a son, Cooper Davis, on 12/2/08. Cooper weighed 7 pounds 6 ounces and was 20.5 inches long. He was welcomed by big sister Caroline Grace (7) and big brother Gant Thomas (5). (Photo D) Bill and Lanagayle Taylor Kirkemo ’95 of Cameron, Mo.—a son, Nickolas, on 12/16/08. He was welcomed by two sisters, Grace and Mercy. Bill is in his tenth year as pastor of the Cameron Church of the Nazarene, and Lanagayle is a stay-at-home mother and a part-time photographer. (Photo E)

G Kevin ’99 and Susan Sykes, of Shawnee, Kans.—a daughter, Mabry Ruth—8/30/08. Kevin is director of clinical research for the Department of Otolaryngology (Head and Neck


Surgery) at the University of Kansas and is pursuing a PhD in health policy and management. Susan works at Children’s Mercy Hospital as a radiologic technologist. (Photo G)


Melvin Welch ’61 (See p. 35.) E. Ray Thrasher ’64 (See p. 8.) Jeanne Thrasher Sugg ’65 (See p. 8.)


Jonathan and Nicki Goforth Dudley ’00 of Charlotte, N.C.—a daughter, Breya Caroline, on 1/11/07. Nicki is an elementary school teacher and has received her master’s degree as well as certification from the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards. Jonathan works for the state of North Carolina. The family attends Calvary Church of the Nazarene in Charlotte. (Photo H).

I Joshua ’04 and Katie Kearce Crowe of Bradenton, Fla.—a son, Cole, on 12/10/08. Cole, who weighed 7 lbs. 4 oz. and was 20 in. long, was welcomed by big brothers Caleb (4) and Corban (2). Joshua and Katie serve on staff at First Church of the Nazarene in Bradenton, Fla. Joshua is the children’s pastor, and Katie is the early childhood pastor. (Photo I)


Jeffrey ’04 and Stacey Crutchfield Hayes ’04 of Hendersonville, Tenn.—a daughter, Lauren Elizabeth, on 4/15/08. Jeffrey works for the state of Tennessee, and Stacey teaches sixth grade at Neely’s Bend Middle School in Madison. Proud grandparents are Jeff ’80 and Carol Rodgers Hayes ’80 of Fayetteville, Ga., and Charles and Sherry Crutchfield of Hendersonville, Tenn. (Photo J)


Robert ’08 and Lindsay Harrison Allen ’07 of Mount Juliet, Tenn.—a son, Logan Robert, on 1/11/09. Lindsay is a stay-at-home mother, and Bobby attends Palmer Chiropractic College in Davenport, Iowa. (Photo K)


1950s Nina Griggs Gunter ’58 (See p. 12.) Jay ’58 and Burdene Potter Mick ’58 (See p. 28.)

Ken Channell ’68 became one of two co-presidents of HomeVestors of America, Inc. (the “We Buy Ugly Houses” company) in late January. He had previously been VP for team development for Homevestors, which has 193 franchisees in 35 states.

L Carol (Little)’68 and David Liles ’69 have lived in Mansfield, Ohio, for 30 years. Carol retired after 38 years in education as a teacher and administrator. She is currently active in local politics and operates her own business. Dave is in his 33rd year as a professor of music at Mount Vernon Nazarene University; he enjoys a half-time/semi-retired status and stays active as a performer. He and Carol will celebrate their 40th anniversary this summer. They have two daughters. (Photo L)

1970s Anne Rutledge Twining ’74 (See p. 9.) Howard Plummer ’76 (See p. 27.) Cliff Wright ’76 (See p. 28.)

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Brenda Patterson ’75 (See TE*) Morris Stocks ’77 (See p. 24.) Randy Carden ’78 (See p. 9.) Peggy Jenkins Oldham ’79 completed her doctorate in educational leadership at Spalding University, Louisville, Ky. Peggy currently serves as the associate vice president for student development at Mount Vernon Nazarene University. She is married to Bruce ’78, and they have two children, Scott ’07 (TNU graduate student and admissions counselor) and Lyndsey (MVNU sophomore).


Jones Ray ’82, Barbara Atchley Adkins ’79, Bev Fulkerson ’80. Linda Blowers Harrison ’80, Margi Davidson Jared ’79; (Back row) Karan Blankenship Gunter ’82, Carol Herring Cargile ’82, Lynn Jones Green ’80. Also present but not pictured were Sarah Adams Johnson ’82 and Beverly Herring Quevedo ’76. (Photo N)


On Saturday, January 24, calling themselves TNU Women’s Brigade ’09 (a group of Trevecca alumnae from the late ’70s and early ’80s) met for lunch at J. Alexander’s in Nashville. Their time of eating and fellowship lasted for more than three hours. From left to right—(Front row) Libby Sparks Lide ’81, Beth Rutledge Wood ’79, Christy



Kim King Wall ’82 (See p. 9.) Andral Johnson ’83 (See p. 28.) David ’83 and Lisa Mick Johnson ’84 (See p. 28.) David Edwards ’82 is now serving as adjunct professor of worship at Regent University School of Divinity in Virginia Beach, Va. His responsibilities will be teaching on and off campus throughout the year as well as representing the School of Divinity in other ways. Barbi Cash ’85 (See p. 28.)

Gary Van Atta ’79 (See TE*)

Karen Green ’85 (See TE*)

Mark Morsch ’79 (See p. 8.)

Gina Johnson Holt ’86 (See p. 28.)

Tim ’79 and Kathy Creel Taylor ’79 (See p. 9.)

Tim Bell ’87, MEd ’99 (See TE*)

1980s Danny Goddard ’79 is the author of Pastoral Care in Times of Death and Dying, a guide for pastors and caregivers about how to minister to the dying, plan and conduct a funeral, and counsel those who mourn. After 11 years at First Church of the Nazarene in Yukon, OK, Danny has accepted the senior pastorate at New Castle (Ind.) First Church. Danny and his wife, Sandie (Waldrep) ’79, have one son. (Photo M)

John ’82 and Susan Rector Dunn ’82 (See p. 8.)

Dennis Goodwin ’80, athletic director and head football coach at Donelson Christian Academy in Nashville, Tenn., was recently named the A. F. Bridges Athletic Director of the Year for Athletic District 5 by the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) for 2008. His football squad made the TSSAA State play-offs for the 17th consecutive year in 2008. (See also TE*)

Bernard Childress ’87 (See p. 25.) Dean Diehl ’87 (See p. 29.) Tom Gray ’87 (See p. 28.) Kenny Thomas ’87 (See TE*) Cindy S. Daugherty Whitaker ’88 recently received a master’s in human services from Capella University Online. Her thesis was “Lethal Mass Violence on a Campus as a Reaction to Bullying: What are the Remedies?”

Kelly Harned ’81 (See TE*)


Kevin Ulmet ’81 (See p. 9.)

Magnus Berglund ’90 (See TE*)

Lena Hegi Welch ’81, EdD ’05, currently the chair of the Division of Communication, Language, and Literature, has been named dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, effective in the fall. (See also pp. 8 & 12.)

Karen S. Anderson MEd ’91 was inducted into the Cambridge Who’s Who Executive, Professional, and Entrepreneurial Registry. Karen’s expertise lies in 29 years of teaching science, environmental education, and general education. She is responsible for teaching science to seventh-and eighth-grade students


and tutoring fifth-through eighthgrade students. Additionally, she serves as a grade level science chairperson and as a technology person for the school’s Website. John Britt ’92 MHR-24 (See p. 24.) Michael Johnson ’92, MEd ’03 (See TE*) Don Rumbley ’92 (See p. 28.) Tami Wilson ’93, MOM ’96, EdD ’07, is an entrepreneur who is currently building three Internetbased social innovations. Mark Brew ’94 (See TE*) Deborah Story ’94 MHR-37 (See pp. 8 & 26.)

Angela Simpson ’98, MEd ’01, is the 2009 Teacher of the Year at Park Avenue Enhanced Option Elementary School in MetroNashville Public Schools. Angela teaches third grade. Reginald Tiller MA ’98 has been named the new superintendent of the William Howard Taft National Historic Site in Cincinnati, Ohio. Prior to this assignment he was the superintendent of George Washington Carver National Monument in Diamond, Mo. Sharee Miller MEd ’99, EdD ’08 (See p. 28.)


Chuck Seay ’96 (See p. 27.)

Maxine Fields MEd ’00 is now assistant principal at Cumberland Heights Elementary in Clarksville, Tenn. She was previously the assistant principal at Kenwood and Northeast Elementary Schools.

Laurie Woods ’96 MHR-55 (See p. 12.)

Alexa Robertson Keckler ’00 (See TE*)

Sharon Haynes MA ’97, of Jackson, Tenn., has published her first book through Xulon Press. Winds of Change concerns a spiritual journey through “storms of life” and includes a chapter on the 2/5/08 tornado that killed a family member and seriously injured another.

Mindy Thompson Kiser ’00 (See TE*)

Karl Lang ’95, MEd ’99 (See p. 25.) Lane Price ’95 (See p. 27.)

Bonnie Reinhart ’97 (See p. 28.) Greg Voiles ’97 is in the second year of PhD studies in spirituality and historical theology at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Dina Gibson MEd ’98, of Pulaski, Tenn., was named one of Giles County’s Distinguished Classroom Teachers of the Year for 2008. She currently teaches seventh-and eighth-grade science at Minor Hill School and has 12 years of teaching experience in Giles County Schools.

Michael Brown MEd ’01 (See TE*) Kirk L. Dodson ’01, of Salt Lake City, Utah, received a doctoral degree in psychology from the University of Utah. He majored in psychology at Trevecca and earned a master’s degree in school psychology from Middle Tennessee State University. Holly Carter Flowers ’01, MA ’07 (See TE*) Molly Schoenberg Harned ’01 (See TE*) Geneva Silvernail EdD ’01 (See p. 24.) Chris Collins ’02, MA ’04 (See TE*)

Roger Corle ’02 (See TE*) Michael Henry ’02 (See TE*) Chris Mercado ’02 (See TE*) Sara Menees Miles ’02 (See TE*) Michelle Arend Plummer ’02 (See TE*) Cindy Adams MEd ’03 is the new principal at Glenellen Elementary School. Cindy was formerly the assistant principal at Cumberland Heights Elementary. She has 11 years of experience in the education field—all with the ClarksvilleMontgomery County School System. Eduardo Soeiro de Souza ’03 (See TE*) Derek Hamer ’03 (See TE*) Matthew Hurst ’03 (See TE*) Darryl Keckler ’03 (See TE*) Terrance McClain ’03 (See TE*) Jonathan Stricklin ’03 (See TE*) Jennifer Wilson ’03, MA ’06 (See TE*) Rebecca Hansen Adams ’04, MA ’07 (See p. 28.) Jonathan Burton ’04 (See TE*) Mauricio Dos Santos ’04 (See TE*) William Hudson ’04 (See pp. 18-21.) Andy Lyons MEd ’04 has been named assistant principal at Barkers Mill Elementary School, in Clarksville, Tenn. He had worked as an academic coach at West Creek Elementary School since the school opened in August 2008. Previously, he served as a teacher at Barkers Mill and St. Bethlehem Elementary schools. Continued on page 34



Aaron Reynolds ’04 (See TE*) Lindsey Fly Strickland ’04, MEd ’06 (See TE*)


Neil Wrenn ’04 received the DMD degree from the Medical University of South Carolina College of Dental Medicine on 5/16/08. He and his wife Allison, and their sons, Matthew (5) and Jonah (3), now live in Nome, Alaska. Neil practices at Norton Sound Regional Hospital, which serves the entire Seward Peninsula, and he makes routine trips to the regional native villages. The family attends Nome Church of the Nazarene. (Photo O) Nate Brown ’05 (See TE*) Richard Brown EdD ’05 (See p. 35.) Kyle Jackson ’05 (See TE*) Santiago Norte ’05, MA ’08 (See TE*) Clara Patterson EdD ’05 will become the principal at West Creek High School in Clarksville, Tenn., when it opens in August 2009. Her professional career includes experience as a teacher and as an administrator. She was director of educational services for the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System prior to spending two years as a program manager in educational data systems with the Stupski Foundation. She served as principal for St. Bethlehem



Elementary, and in 1999 she opened Glenellen Elementary School. Emily Allred ’06 (See p. 28.) Kristin Bledsoe ’06, MEd ’08 (See TE*)

Smith Lucas EdD ’07 (See p. 26.) Doug Smithhisler ’07 recently passed all four parts of the CPA exam on his first attempt. Justin Alberson ’08 (See TE*)

Luke Brown ’06 (See TE*)

Dorothee Arnold ’08 (See p. 12.)

Ashlie Gilland ’06 (See TE*)

Ashley Camp ’08 (See TE*)

Jeremy Harrell ’06 is working for Knoxville, Tenn., Senator Bill Haslam, who is campaigning to become governor of Tennessee.

Brittiany Johnson ’08 (See p. 17.)

Jana Reed Matlock ’06 (See TE*) Reba J. McBride ’06, MHR-150, has been appointed by Governor Phil Bredesen to the Tennessee Community Services Agency Board of Directors. Raliegh McCool ’06 (See TE*) Seth Miller ’06 (See TE*) Erica Newman Pelfrey ‘06 (See p. 28.) Kelley Pujol ’06 MHR-150 completed her master’s in liberal studies with a concentration in creative writing at the University of Denver. She is currently an adjunct English professor at Motlow State Community College in Tullahoma, Tenn., and will begin the EdD Program at Trevecca this summer. Robbie Wilson ’06 (See TE*) Lamar Brown EdD ’07 (See p. 26.) Nick Hiter ’07 (See TE*) Eric House ’07 (See TE*) Jaime Luke ’07 (See TE*) Ashley McCool ’07 (See TE*) Melanie Houke Pond ’07 (See p. 26.)

Nikki Levering ’08 (See TE*) Andy McGovern ’08 (See TE*) Josh Marlowe ’08 (See TE*) Jennifer Perkins ’08 (See TE*) Mariska Reed ’08 (See TE*) MyRanda Wright ’08 (See TE*) Jed Mescon MEd ’09 (See p. 35.)

DEATHS Lesper Frances Heflin ’47, of Kingsport, Tenn. —12/18/08 Charles B. Horne ’51, of Sumter, S.C.—2/10/09 Caroline Mae Arnold Waynick ’56, of Mt. Juliet, Tenn. —12/23/08 Margaret Warwick Armstrong ’58, of Belle, W.Va.—11/19/08 Gwendolyn Blackmon Erickson Yoesel ’58, of Olathe, Kan.— 12/22/08 Charlotte Webb Starcher ’64 of Reynoldsville, Ohio—3/3/09 J. Richard Lord Jr. ’73, of Hermitage, Tenn. —12/11/08 Horace DeWayne Smith ’82, of Grove Oak, Ala.—11/24/08 George “Ed” Thompson ’04, of Columbia, Tenn. —12/27/08


Nathan Andrew Smith PA ’05, of Chattanooga, Tenn.—1/7/09 Everett Holmes (retired Trevecca director of financial aid), of Nashville, Tenn.—12/19/08

FACULTY Judy Bivens, associate professor of library and information science, was appointed to the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Board of Examiners by the American Library Association. Tim Green (See p. 28.) Matthew Huddleston, assistant professor of physics, was part of a team of scientists who made a significant discovery. Their detailed analysis of the measurements of five different satellites revealed the existence of the warm plasma cloak, a new region of the magnetosphere, which is the invisible shield of magnetic fields and electrically charged particles that surround and protect

Earth from the onslaught of the solar wind. Their discovery has been met with widespread interest from the media, and other scientists, and their study was published this fall in the space physics section of the Journal of Geophysical Research.

painted Gibsons that will hang there for a year until they are auctioned for charity. Artists had to use a Nashville theme; Betsy combined music and the Parthenon in her design. (See also p. 15.) (Photo P)


George Kersey, associate professor of education, was appointed to the Tennessee State Board of Education’s committee that will oversee the redesign of educational leadership programs. Matt Murdock, associate professor of music and instrumental director, adjudicated at the 2009 Purdue Jazz Festival in January. It is the largest high school jazz festival in the Midwest with more than 100 groups performing in eight locations on the Purdue campus. Betsy Karounos, art instructor, painted an unfinished Gibson guitar that is now hanging in the coffee bar at the Green Hills Whole Foods store in Nashville. It is one of 10 hand-

Education alumni gathering

Alice Patterson (See pp. 22 & 29.) Gerald Skinner, former faculty (See p. 9.) *TREVECCANEXTRA ?treveccan extra

Progress on Bud Robinson The renovation of the Bud Robinson Building, scheduled for completion by May 2009, will provide a new home for the Center for Leadership, Calling, and Service and all student services that the Center encompasses—academic support, mentoring, testing, disability services, and career and counseling.

Jed Mescon ’09 MEd (news anchorman at WCRB -TV in Chattanooga, Tennessee), Melvin Welch ’61, and Richard Brown EdD ’05 (vice chancellor of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga) visit during the meeting of Trevecca Graduate Education Alumni on February 9, 2009, in Chattanooga.


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The Magazine of Trevecca Nazarene University


Spring 2009  

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