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The Magazine of Trevecca Nazarene University

Student research launched skyward

Spring 2010


Gratitude from One of television’s new sitcoms features a middle-class family from the geographical middle of the USA, Indiana. The program is appropriately titled The Middle. The family is the typical mom, dad, and three kids. The parents are middle-aged. They have strange relatives and neighbors and face weekly life challenges. They aren’t the richest or the poorest, the brightest or the least intelligent, the most winsome or the least personable. They are “the middle” in almost every way the script writers can pen them.

Greathouse, Homer Adams, and Millard Reed. They and their generation have given their lives to the cause of God which is so eloquently expressed by Trevecca. On that day “the middle” was saying “thank you” to wonderful servants like these. I watched my peers brush tears of gratitude from their eyes as they listened to their formative professor. I watched Trevecca graduates hover

’48 and Ruby Page THS ’51. Howard Wall III ’80 and his wife, Kim King Wall ’82, tells the story of Howard’s parents, Howard ’47 and Madelyn Wall. Ron Jones MHR ’89 and Sharon Caldwell Jones ’79 and Ed ’59 and Patsy Jones Whittington ’60 tell the story of T. E. and Nellie Jones. I’ll be telling the story of Algie and Ruth Boone. The building will be built by donations from “the middle” in gratitude for the generation that shaped us. (See p. 7 for naming opportunities.)

“the middle”

I’m clinging to the middle. I once sectioned life into three parts with life divided into 25-year segments. Ages 1 through 25 is early life, 26 through 50 is the middle, and 5175 is late life. But I’ve aged, and after watching my dad, still going strong at 85, I’ve recalculated life in 30-year segments with the transition points at 30, 60, and 90—which, at a young 57, still has me in “the middle.” One of the important tasks during my presidency is to invite “the middle” to step into the role now occupied by the “late lifers.” The generation over 60 has been the backbone of Trevecca Nazarene University. Recently Trevecca celebrated H. Ray Dunning Day. (See p. 4.) I looked around the room and saw William



in reverence around “their” college president. It was better than a sitcom. It was gratitude from “the middle.” We’re building a story on the campus, and I invite “the middle” to help tell it. The story will be told in the form of a new facility that will be home to Alumni Relations, External Relations, and the President’s Office. (See the architect’s renderings on p. 6.) At a cost of two million dollars, the building will be one of the smaller projects in the University’s master plan but an essential one. And it will tell a story of gratitude for the generation that parented and mentored “the middle.” Greg Page ’80 will design the perpetual video telling the story of the “late lifers,” spoken from “the middle,” and he tells the story of his parents, Odie

The sitcom will probably be gone in a season or two, but stories live on. I hope that Trevecca can help you tell your story of gratitude from “the middle.” Blessings,


TREVECCAN Vol. 80 • No. 1 SPRING 2010


Dan Boone ’74

President’s Imprint

Trevecca honors H. Ray Dunning


Trevecca grads answer call to Croatia


New alumni center



Televising the Trevecca experience



Campus updates


Randy Carden ’78 Heather Daugherty Brenda M. Miller ’79 Matthew Huddleston Casey Johnson ’03 Kathy Mowry ’85 Greg Ruff ’00

One church–Eight freshmen


Trojan Talk


Undergrad student research

Contact Information

Taking to the sky


Learning the research “ropes”





Campus News

Jan Greathouse ’67 Editor

Elizabeth Streight

Communications Assistant/ Photographer

Rick Hill


Treveccan 333 Murfreesboro Road Nashville, TN 37210 615-248-7782

Alumni News

Main number 615-248-1200 Admissions office 615-248-1320 Alumni office 615-248-1350


Alumni show their MORE THAN


Memories of Barbara


Alumni celebrating


Alumni connecting


Alumni and friends we will miss


Where in the world . . .?


Cover photo

A view of Trevecca’s campus from the camera attached to the science balloon (Read the full story on p. 20.)

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.




Trevecca honors former theology professor Trevecca honored one of its beloved professors, H. Ray Dunning ’48, on February 11, 2010. A graduate of Trevecca, Nazarene Theological Seminary, and Vanderbilt University, Dunning taught theology at Trevecca from 1964-1995. He authored fifteen books, including Grace, Faith & Holiness, as a current expression of Wesleyan holiness thinking. The celebration began in the morning chapel service with an interview of Dunning, conducted by President Dan Boone. The exchange began with the question “Why is thinking theologically important?” Dunning answered, “Everyone thinks theologically—and some may do so inadequately. We all make decisions from some standpoint. The way we think and the way we act are affected by our theological thinking.” The dialogue—a combination of very serious ideas mixed with Dr. Dunning’s witty observations—garnered appreciation from listeners, many of whom had traveled from out of state in order to honor one of their favorite professors. A reception and book signing in the rotunda of Waggoner Library followed the chapel service. At that event Dunning’s latest book was presented for the first time—Becoming Christlike Disciples, a revised and expanded version of two of his earlier books, Layman’s Guide to Sanctification and The Fruit of the Spirit. This new edition, planned especially for small-group use, includes study questions which are appropriate for different levels of group discussion. The book is available from the Trevecca Bookstore, Barnes and Noble, and



Ray Dunning

Following a luncheon in the convocation center of the Boone Business Building, Dunning made a presentation that focused on the “enduring aspects” of his fifty-year engagement with theology and then answered questions from listeners. Explaining his main task as a teacher, he said, “I have tried to encourage some to think theologically and not simply pragmatically since all practical issues are ultimately theological ones.” The final events of the day included workshops presented by two Trevecca religion professors— Steven Hoskins ’86 and Nate Kerr.



You can help Trevecca graduates answer a call to Four current Trevecca seniors and one recent graduate have been invited to reopen work for the Church of the Nazarene in Croatia. Seniors Brittany Argabright, Hope Brock, Emily Humble, Jerry Romasco, and Michael Hendricks ’09 will move this summer to Zagreb, Croatia, where they will serve one- or two-year terms. The Church of the Nazarene first attempted work in Croatia about ten years ago but has had no presence in Croatia for the last five years. The strategy coordinators of the Southeast Europe field are eager for the team’s help because of requests they are receiving from Croatia. Because of the current economic situation and its effect on mission staffing, entering a new area like this has to be accomplished by volunteers or not at all. The Trevecca Mission Program is committed to staff this reentry into Croatia during the next few years. The opportunity excites mission professor Kathy Mowry ’85, holder of the J. B. Elizer chair of Christian Ministry, who

hopes to see many of the mission program graduates and others from across campus begin to give one or two years in cross-cultural service upon graduation. As this first group of volunteers moves on

after a year or two, Trevecca hopes to send other graduates to partner with the Croatians until a stable and reproducible community of believers can be birthed there. The Croatia team will officially be Mission Corps volunteers with the Church of the Nazarene. Approximately $120,000 is required for the first year of the program to cover the team’s travel,

living expenses, and ministry budget. Churches and individuals may support the team either through their regular mission giving channels (designate gifts “for Croatia”) or through

Trevecca’s future missionaries to Croatia— (Left to right) Seniors Jerry Romasco, Emily Humble, Brittany Argabright, Hope Brock, and 2009 alumnus Michael Hendricks

donations made at www.trevecca. edu/externalrelations. Team members are also available to present the project in local churches. Contact Kathy Mowry for more information: 615-2481387/




On the drawing board—A new alumni center

Front view A new building, facing Lester Avenue and opposite the Waggoner Library, will welcome visitors to the campus. It will house the Alumni Center and the Offices of the President, External Relations, and Marketing. Designed with hospitality in mind for visiting alumni, donors, and friends, it will provide—for the first time in Trevecca’s history— an official “home” for alumni to visit, including a history gallery, conference room, and indoor/outdoor gathering spaces. All of the facility will be handicapped

Rear view



accessible with parking on three of its sides. The building, which will match the campus’s historic limestone buildings, will include double-level porches on two sides. The cost of the construction and furnishing of the building is $1.9 million. Construction can begin when $1 million in gifts and pledges is secured. If you would like more information on making a gift, please contact the Office of External Relations at 615-248-1355.


Naming Opportunities Building


Alumni Center $500,000

Trevecca Community Church in Nashville

University History Gallery

Hosted by Trevecca


Presidential Suite $250,000

Alumni Center Conference Room (1st floor)

Fresh-air Gathering Space (3 porches)


$50,000 (each)

9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Ambassadors Drs. Moody and Nina Gunter

Especially developed for senior adults, this one-day event will include morning coffee and fellowship, lunch, and musical entertainment, celebration events, and fun —all for only $15 per person.

Marketing Conference Room (2nd floor) $50,000

Student Calling Center $25,000

Offices (18)

$10,000 (each)




Televising the Trevecca experience In early March the Fox affiliate in Nashville, Fox-17, proposed to Trevecca’s Office of Marketing a weekly segment featuring two college students who chronicle their lives at Trevecca. Recognizing the opportunity to tell the Trevecca story in a new way, the Office of Marketing accepted the proposal and invited students to submit applications to become the featured students in the segment, called

Meredith’s and Zach’s stories began airing in late March, as part of the Wednesday-morning edition of Fox-17’s “Tennessee Mornings,” and will continue until the end of May. You can view these segments from a link on the homepage of and on the “Tennessee Mornings” Facebook

Meredith Fitzsimons and Zach Sutton enjoy their new roles as videographers of their college lives.

“The College Experience.” Applicants were required to submit video “applications” that described their own college experiences. Meredith Fitzsimons, a junior mass communication major from Kansas City, Kansas, and Zach Sutton, a junior organizational communication major from Independence, Missouri, were selected. With flip video cameras in hand, they began recording their daily lives.



page. ( You will need to become a Facebook fan of “Tennessee Mornings” in order to view that page.) The University is excited to share this kind of first-hand telling of the Trevecca experience with the television audience.

Youth Leaders Register by May 31 for a chance to win a FLIP camera to take on your youth trip.

Does your youth group


Are you planning a mission trip that is sure to make an everlasting impact? Trevecca University’s “ A Youth Group” contest is for you! We invite your youth group to share their experience through Trevecca’s “More Than” video contest with a chance to win $2,000 for your group and a $500 scholarship for each student.


1st Place – $2,000 2nd Place – $1,000 3rd Place – $500



Members of the winning youth group will win $500 scholarships to Trevecca.

Go to and provide your group’s information. You’ll add your video later this summer.

Check out last year’s winners at





David Caldwell joins administrative team In early January David Caldwell ’84 became Trevecca’s new vice president for finance and administration. Following his graduation from Trevecca, David, who is a CPA, worked for Touché Ross & Company and Gillett Group Management. In 1990 he became vice president of finance for EMI Christian Music Group and later senior vice president and general manager of EMI CMG Label Group. His responsibilities at EMI included label finance and sales, operations, creative services, and A&R postproduction departments. Leading a management staff of more than twenty, he worked on the business issues involved in the signing of artists, including Toby Mac, Stephen Curtis Chapman, Chris Tomlin, Switchfoot, David Crowder, and Avalon, among others. During his tenure at EMI, company sales grew from $19.9 million to more than $105.9 million; the company earned more than 123 gold and platinum album certifications, 170 Dove Awards, and 20 Grammy Awards; and the company was named Billboard’s Christian Label of the Year for thirteen years. Caldwell has served on the board of the Gospel Music Association. He and his wife, Sherry (Hall) ’79, have one son and live in Brentwood.

David Caldwell

Caldwell succeeds Mark Wm. Myers, who retired in December 2009, after serving as Trevecca’s executive vice president since 1994.

Counselors/therapists gain training in Emotionally Focused Therapy Gail Palmer, MSW, from the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy, Ottawa, Canada, conducted a four-day professional externship for counselors/therapists on December 9-12, 2009, at Trevecca. Palmer works closely with Susan Johnson, the founder of emotionally focused therapy (EFT), one of the most empirically based, effective therapies for couples with relational problems. EFT has a success rate of 75% to 95% with distressed marriages. Trevecca graduate psychology students as well as seasoned professional counselors learned the research and techniques associated with this innovative orientation. The Graduate Psychology Program’s Issues in Therapy 2010 conference, on October 8, will also feature an internationally known EFT trainer, Brent Bradley, PhD, from the University of Houston.



Certified EFT therapists must attend an externship and four Core Skills Training weekends. Trevecca has four upcoming Core Skills weekends in 2010: April 30May 1, May 21-22, Sept. 10-11, and November (dates TBA). The next EFT externship is planned for December 8-11, 2010. For more information, contact the Graduate Psychology Program at 615-248-1384.


Graduate psychology grads’ test scores exceed national average In October 2009 seventeen of Trevecca’s master’s-level counseling students took the first of three exams, the Graduate Student Application for the NCC Credential program (GSA-NCC), required

for students pursuing licensure as licensed professional counselors (LPC). Sixteen of the seventeen students passed. The average score for the seventeen students was 114.59; the mean score for na-

tional graduate psychology results was 99.62. Congratulations to the students and to the Graduate Psychology professors who consistently maintain excellence within the program.

Investment team succeeds again Trevecca students wrapped up another successful year of competition in the TVA Investment Challenge. In a group of twenty-four competing institutions, Trevecca students finished fourth with a total return of 38.6% compared to 26.5% for the S&P 500 and an average return of 31.9% for all participating institutions. In the seven years in which Trevecca

students have competed, they have never finished outside of the top half of participating institutions and have amassed a total return of 84.8% compared to 45.7% for the S&P 500. Participating students were the following: Matt Alexander, Trina Alexander, Robert Bandstra, Lyle Blanco, Emily Cammer, Leah Chastain, Shane Cline, Cassady Critchfield, Tramaine Crook, Matthew Elliott,

Jeremy Ellison, Todd Etue, Seth Gleaves, Jennifer Goodson, Andrew Hall, Robert Humburg, Sarah Hutchins, LaTasha Johnson, Corey Kenerly, Shawn Mechaw, Dominique Mushoza, Laura Reed, Jonathan Robbins, Collin Rowden, David Saldana, Samantha Simon, Clifton Smith, Sarah Thompson, and David Tigabu. James Agee is the advisor for Trevecca’s team.

Center for Worship Arts’ First Annual Summer Institute, May 25-27, 2010 Christian author/speaker/artist Michael Card will be featured at the Center for Worship Arts’ first summer institute. Card will present his workshop, Christ and the Creative Process, based on his book Scribbling in the Sand. In this three-day event, Card will intently focus on the life of Christ in order to determine what it can teach persons about the subjects of creativity and the imagination. Card will also perform in an evening concert. This institute is ideal for artists of all kinds: musicians, visual artists, dramatists, preachers, and worship leaders. Registration, meals, and housing cost $125 or $65 without housing. To register for this event, visit or contact Heather Daugherty at 615-248-1585.

Michael Card




PALCON 2010, May 11-14 Trevecca is pleased to host PALCON (Pastors and Leaders Conference), the Church of the Nazarene’s quadrennial meeting for pastors and ministers in the eight southeastern states, May 1114. This conference will feature

inspiring worship services, challenging messages, insightful workshops, and uplifting fellowship. For more information on the conference and registration, visit

Youth Ministry Summit, May 14 Southeast Region NYI and Barefoot Training presents a special youth ministry summit for youth pastors and workers, both volunteer and paid, on

Friday, May 14, from 9 AM to 2 PM. The summit will include Enroute training and will use a forum-like atmosphere in which participants can learn and grow. Special roundtable discussion, meals, and materials will be provided. Cost for the event is $55. To register for this event, visit

2nd Annual Preaching Conference

Thomas Long

The Office of the Chaplain and the Millard Reed School of Religion are pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Preaching Conference with Thomas Long, Bandy Professor of Preaching at Candler School of Theology. Mark your calendar for November 8 and 9, 2010. Registration for the Preaching Conference will be available beginning June 1 at

School of Education adds new master’s degree During the summer of 2010, the School of Education will launch a new master’s degree in teacher leadership. The thirty-hour degree program, Leading Instructional Improvement for Teachers (LIFT), is designed for classroom teachers who have a minimum of six semesters of teaching experience and who want to be equipped with the knowledge and skills



needed to work effectively with colleagues as leaders of curriculum and instruction for school improvement. The four-semester program, organized on a cohort model, is designed to be highly selective; a limited number of applicants of superior quality will be admitted. Applicants must demonstrate professional competence and a strong aptitude for leadership. Participants may add an additional specialization (e.g., English language learners or reading specialist) that may result in an additional area of licensure. Although they do not lead to state licensure, two other areas for specialization are available: numeracy specialist or instructional technology. For information, contact 615-248-1201 or visit


New coffee shop on campus On March 19 Abba Java Coffee Shop, located in the Center for Leadership, Calling, and Service (in the Bud Robinson Building) officially opened. It will be open six days a week from 7 AM to 11 PM and will serve a full line of coffees. Abba Java uses its profits to help orphans around the world. For more information, go to

Center for Social Justice–Helping local businesses Wanting to be a change agent in Trevecca’s larger community, the J. V. Morsch Center for Social Justice has launched the Neighborhood Empowerment Program, an effort to help local nonprofits and businesses and foster community development through the use of resources offered by Trevecca students, staff, and faculty. Iris Gordon, social justice faculty member, explains how the program works: “If we can equip the leadership of local

nonprofits and businesses, then they will be able to reach more people who can benefit from their services.” Part of that program is a partnership with Specialized Services Unlimited LLC, a thirteen-year-old local cleaning business Continued on page 14

Business professor Roy Philip introduces Al Mason.




Center for Social Justice


owned and operated by Al Mason and his wife. Because Al knows firsthand about the struggles that men face when they exit the justice system and seek employment, fifty percent of his workers are men who are coming out of prison. Al says, “Helping these men is the mission of our business. We want to grow our business so that we can provide more jobs to men transitioning back into the community.” Al has a strong desire to learn how to strengthen his sales and marketing skills, and a partnership of the Center and the School of Business has made it possible for him to audit sales and marketing

classes taught by Roy Philip. “Al is a hard-working student, and he enriches the class discussion by providing real business examples for our students,” says Philip. Al has put to work what he learned in class: “My business has doubled from last year as a direct result of the skills I’ve learned in Philip’s sales class. The business is in the black this year, and we have a lot of work coming up.” Al’s deep gratitude to Trevecca is apparent: “I truly appreciate all you’ve provided for me. You have given me an opportunity of a lifetime.”

Social Justice Program featured in Bible study The five-lesson Seek Social Justice Bible Study features Trevecca’s Social Justice Program in lesson one and is available as a free download at

New online master’s degree—Organizational Leadership For persons who want to become the kind of leader who can effectively guide organizations, businesses, or churches and motivate others, Trevecca is now offering a new graduate program—the master’s in organizational leadership (MOL). This online program—Trevecca’s first totally online program—is an interdisciplinary study that applies management research to real-world situations and focuses on leadership and service, a focus that is central to Trevecca’s mission. Through the MOL, students will learn how people and groups are motivated, think deeply about organizational leadership, use their imaginations as they apply new knowledge to their profession and society, assess organizational culture and work for positive change, learn about Christian leadership, understand the relationships between leaders and systemic process, and develop effective communication skills.



The MOL degree is suitable for persons in a variety of management roles, persons who want to prepare for doctoral studies, and persons who want to expand their leadership skills. The first cohort group is forming now. For more information about this program, contact Becky Headrick at 615-248-1663 or at


Ruth Graham— Chapel speaker Ruth Graham speaks in chapel on March 4. An author, speaker, and the middle daughter of evangelist Billy Graham and his late wife, Graham is the author of a new book Fear Not Tomorrow, God is Already There, and she is the president and founder of Ruth Graham and Friends.

Boone chairs education organization

Cross country— Addition to intercollegiate sports Brenda Patterson ’75, Trevecca’s athletic director, announced that Trevecca will add two more intercollegiate sports in the fall of this year— men’s and women’s cross country running. These additions bring the total of women’s sports to six and men’s sports to five. Trevecca’s new harriers will compete in the TranSouth Athletic Conference (TSAC) and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Next year will be the second time in Trevecca’s athletic history that the school has fielded a men’s cross country team. Trevecca sponsored men’s cross country for four years in the 1970s. Trevecca has never fielded a women’s cross country program.

At its annual meeting in February, the membership of Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association (TICUA) named Dan Boone ’74, president of Trevecca Nazarene University, as the chair of the TICUA Board of Directors. TICUA represents thirtyfive private colleges and universities in Tennessee in areas of public policy, cost containment, and professional development.

President’s new blog Readers of President Boone’s books now have a new way to follow his thinking and writings. In February he began a blog, where he will post observations about his spiritual journey and what is foremost on his mind. Readers can post their responses to his blog. His blog can be easily accessed at

The search has begun to recruit a head coach, who will coach both teams. Persons who are interested in being on these teams should contact Brenda at 615248-1275 or by e-mail at




One church—Eight freshmen Within the Trevecca Class of 2013 is another smaller sub-group: eight freshmen* from one church—First Church of the Nazarene in Nashville. Seven of those eight share their reasons for choosing Trevecca.

Reiley Heaberlin

“With parents and relatives who are Trevecca alumni, I have been coming to Homecoming at Trevecca since I was three or four. Also, my grandparents brought me to

Gregory Steward

Joey Brewer

Trevecca basketball games. With such a family-Trevecca connection, I could have simply followed that tradition, but I came to Trevecca because I determined that Trevecca is a good ‘fit’ for me, my faith, and my Christian experience.” Reiley Heaberlin, the daughter of Mac ’88 and Rhonda Marsh Heaberlin ’86, is interested in studying nursing. “As part of my homeschooling, I was able to attend college classes at Trevecca and another university.



On both campuses I made great friendships and had positive experiences, but when I chose where I wanted to go to college, I chose Trevecca. I already knew some professors and other people, and I had discovered that Trevecca is a welcoming environment.” Gregory Steward, president of the freshman class, and a business/marketing major, is the son of Verlyn and Kelly Steward.

Clark Modesitt

“My mother graduated from Trevecca, and I have had a lifelong association with Trevecca. I want to study music business, and Trevecca has a great music business program. Really Trevecca is the only school that I ever wanted to attend.” Joey Brewer is the son of Mike and Adrianne Austin Brewer ’84 and a music business major.

“I have always been around Trevecca and its influence. My parents brought me to basketball games, and I have several relatives who are Trevecca alumni. I enjoy going to school with people I used to see only at summer church camp. It is good to see them on a daily basis.” Clark Modesitt is the son of Herb ’89 and Tammy Tanner Modesitt ’84.

Brian Johnson

Monica Diehl

“I came to Trevecca mainly because of the School of Religion—and also because of Trevecca’s reasonable cost, its location close to home, and my being around the Church of the Nazarene all my life.” Brian Johnson is a religion major and missions minor. He is the son of Pete ’76 and Pam Hunt Johnson ’77.


JULY 18TH - 22ND











Graham Robertson

“Because I am adventurous and like new experiences, I had decided to attend an out-of-state





university. I have a rich Trevecca heritage, but I did not want to go to school so close to home; however, when I heard about Trevecca’s new Social Justice Program, I felt a ‘tug.’ After talking with professors in that program, I sensed God’s assurance that Trevecca was where I needed to be.” Monica Diehl, the daughter of Dean ’87 and Judy Blowers Diehl ’85, is planning to combine social justice and missions studies.



“My mother had always told me how much she enjoyed her time at Trevecca. Then when God called me into ministry, I knew that I wanted to attend Trevecca because it has the best religion program.” Graham Robertson, the son of Steve and Cindy Cheatham Robertson ’77, is majoring in youth ministry. *Kayla VanEs is the eighth freshman from First Church. She did not participate in the interview process for this article.




TROJAN Trevecca’s 11th consecutive appearance at national tournament


The women’s basketball team reached the NAIA Division-1 Women’s Basketball Championships for the eleventh consecutive year. Since the Trevecca women’s program was restarted 14 years ago, the team has an 11-10 overall record in tournament play. Trevecca reached the championship game in 2008, had three Elite 8 (2005, 2006, 2007) appearances, and two Sweet 16 (2000, 2010) appearances. This year is the tenth time Gary Van Atta ’79 has led a team to the NAIA Tournament. He led Montevallo to five appearances in the ’90s and has now led Trevecca to five consecutive tournaments.

Basketball players earn honors Scoring leaders Four of Trevecca’s basketball players reached the 1000-point scoring mark in their careers. On the women’s basketball side, Abby Lawson ended her career with more than 1,600 career points, third on the alltime list. K. C. Van Atta and senior Abby Lawson Christian Gibson also surpassed the career milestone. Matthew Elliott, a senior on the men’s team, reached the milestone as well this season.

Abby Lawson stands alone Abby Lawson, a 5’10” senior guard from Ashland City, Tennessee, and first-team NAIA All-American last year, is the first Trojan to amass more than 1,600 points, 600 rebounds, 300 assists, 250 steals, and 150 blocks in her career. She had 1,658 points, 624 rebounds, 346 assists, 270 steals, and 160 blocks heading into the NAIA National Tournament. Lawson was only three steals away from the career-steals record. Lawson was named to the NAIA All-Tournament Team as a freshman, was honorable mention All-American as a sophomore, and has made at least the second team All-TranSouth all four years at Trevecca. Additionally, she made the TranSouth All-Freshman Team.

Trevecca adds men’s and women’s cross country. See page 15 for story.



All-TranSouth honors Women’s All-TranSouth First Team—Abby Lawson, K. C. Van Atta All-TranSouth Second Team and All-Tournament Team— Christian Gibson TranSouth Freshman of the Year—London Elie Men’s TranSouth First Team— Matthew Elliott, Michael France TranSouth All-Freshman Team—Marquise Rudolph

TranSouth ScholarAthletes TranSouth Scholar-Athlete recipients must be sophomores or above in academic standing and have a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00 (on a 4.0 scale). Nine Trevecca players made the list: Matthew Elliott, John Hardin, Camden Jordan; Abby Lawson, Paige McFarlin, Casey Pigue, Jessica Spencer, Chelsey Taylor,


TROJAN TALK and K. C. Van Atta. The Trojan women had more players on the team than did any other conference team. This year is the third time for Matthew Elliott, Paige McFarlin, Casey Pigue, and Jessica Spencer, while Camden Jordan, Abby Lawson, Chelsey Taylor, and K. C. Van Atta are on the list for the second time in their careers.

Trevecca raises $2500 for Haitian basketball player When Elija Brice, a junior from Port-auPrince, Haiti, and a member of the men’s basketball team, received sad news about the effects of Elija Brice the earthquake on his family and friends in Haiti, his new family at Trevecca took note. The Trevecca athletics department accepted donations at one of the basketball games to help Elija return home. More than $2500 was raised at the game and the following week, and at the end of the spring semester, Brice will return to Haiti to see his loved ones and to renew his passport.

Van Atta hits 400 wins With the Trojans’ 65-55 win against Lyon College in the TranSouth Tournament Quarterfinals, Trevecca head women’s basketball coach Gary Van Atta ’79 picked up his 400th career win in games coached at four-year colleges. Van Atta is now 400-201 overall in games at a four-year college. In his career as a head coach, including high school, four-year

colleges, and junior college games, he has a 529-254 overall record. At NAIA (Trevecca and Montevallo) schools he is Gary Van Atta 293-91. At Trevecca he is 127-42, and in TranSouth games he is 58-22. (These records do not include games played in the 2010 NAIA Women’s Basketball Tournament.)

Trevecca Senior Night includes Gnash and College Fanz Trevecca’s final home basketball games included an apperance by Gnash, the Nashville Predators’ mascot, during the games which honored Trevecca’s senior basketball players, cheerleaders, and pep band members. Gnash, Trevecca cheerleader Lauren Rutherford, and Troy Trevecca pose for fans. The games were broadcast live on the College Fanz Network, started by the man who founded ESPN. The network has been highlighting NAIA sports during the last year. Trevecca’s basketball games at Bethel University earlier this season were also broadcast on College Fanz as the Game of the Week.




Undergraduate student research: New opportunities

Among the benefits that Trevecca offers its students are opportunities to engage in original research and to collaborate with professors on research projects—opportunities that students on many small campuses never have. Trevecca students are expanding their learning and improving their graduate school prospects by participating in solid research studies in partnership with their professors and other students.

Undergrad science students: Taking

to the sky

Science students took their experiments to the edge of the atmosphere in November. Thirty students in three classes—Basic College Physics, Earth and Space Science, and Genetics—created five experiments that would fit into small pods (five inches cubed). Under the direction of physics professor Matthew Huddleston, they enclosed the pods in a command module that would be attached to a large weather balloon and parachute. The command module was a microcontroller equipped with sensors that would transmit data back to the students. The module also included a global positioning system (GPS) to guide the team that would recover the module after the balloon landed. The final piece of the system was a camera with a wide-angle lens, designed for use on an athlete’s helmet to capture skydiving or racing events. At noon on November 19, the balloon was launched with students, faculty, and a camera crew from a local television station watching, and the camera, a Go Pro Hero, began recording the event with a photo every five seconds. Huddleston and his students expected the balloon to drift up and down in an eastward direction, hit the jet stream, and reach an altitude of approximately 100,000 feet—near the edge of space. At that point it would be above 99% of the earth’s atmosphere, where the earth’s curvature is apparent. Anticipating that



Photos taken as the balloon gained altitude


photographic account of the balloon’s voyage, a collection of more than 2,000 images.

This photo of Matthew Huddleston enabled the man who found the camera to return it.

the balloon would land near Livingston, Tennessee, they were surprised that it actually landed near Algood, Tennessee, fifteen miles northeast of Cookeville, Tennessee. When the chase crew located the balloon, it and the command module were hanging from a tree, but they could not find the camera, the last piece of the system to be attached and the only one that was not labeled with a tag from Trevecca. Even though the students had their experiments and the data that the controller had collected, the loss of the camera was a big disappointment. A month later Huddleston received a phone call from a professor at Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin, Tennessee, who had found the camera on his farm near where the balloon had landed. He was able to track down Huddleston by reading Huddleston’s name tag in one of the images. The next day he returned the camera and its

Plans are already in the works for more experiments. Huddleston has engaged physics professor Fred Cawthorne to build Trevecca’s own command module (the one used in November was borrowed from another school). Huddleston and Trevecca’s science students are out to prove that the sky is not a limit for their research. “I’m very excited about the potential for a balloon research program here at Trevecca. Students and faculty are excited about the ways we can use this method to reach out to the community and other schools and students. We are conducting hard science— but we’re making it fun,” says Huddleston.




Undergraduate student research: New opportunities

Undergraduate psychology students:

Learning the research “ropes” and becoming published After psychology students complete Statistics in the fall, they then take the upperdivision Behavioral Science Research Methods course, taught by Professor Randy Carden ’78. Requirements include regular course work, four exams, and completion of an original research project (conducted alone or with a partner) that may be presented during the Trevecca Research Symposium each spring. The project is real research, says Randy. Students must identify a problem that needs studying; then they research what others have written about similar issues. After they develop methodologies to test their hypotheses, they are ready to conduct the study. They collect and analyze data, record the results, and arrive at conclusions from that information. Throughout this process they must write about their work, finally producing a scholarly paper that they submit to Randy.



Randy Carden (left) is pictured with students in the current Research Methods class. Megan Hemmingsen, a senior from Woodlawn, Tennessee, and Chelsea Bell, a junior from Georgetown, Kentucky, are researching how specific aspects of media affect the moods of college students. Tanner Webb, a sophomore from Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, is studying how one’s mood affects one’s reactions to other situations. The projects from this class will be completed in April, and Randy hopes that some are publishable.

Tedious, time-consuming, exacting, challenging, demanding—the project is all of that, but it is important training for students. “I tell students that they may hate this assignment but that the project will probably be the most important academic work that they do at Trevecca. Many students later confessed to me, ‘That study that you made me do was the most important and significant academic activity that I did at Trevecca.’ And for me, teaching them to do research and guiding them are some of the most important things that I do at Trevecca,” says Randy.


for revision. Randy says that the process can be extremely discouraging and demoralizing but that, with persistence, it can ultimately lead to success.

Danielle Smith

Some of these projects show such promise that Randy encourages his students to work with him as a coauthor and to submit a revised version of their papers to scholarly journals for possible inclusion. The submission process is a daunting one, says Randy, who knows well what is involved after having served two years as a peer reviewer for two scholarly journals. If an article is accepted for possible publication, it is critiqued by experts in the field (persons who make copious notes and suggestions for changes), and then returned to the author(s)

Because these journals have very high standards for the articles selected for publication, it is very unusual for the research of undergraduates to be published in them. Nevertheless, Trevecca students have achieved an outstanding record: Since 2004 five articles coauthored by students and Randy have been published in the professional journals Psychological Reports, Perceptual and Motor Skills, and Modern Psychological Studies. No one knows for sure, but the article “Professor Burnout: Satisfaction with Salary and Perception of Student Competence” (published in Modern Psychological Studies Journal of Undergraduate Research, Fall 2007) coauthored by

Danielle Smith ’08 and Bethany Burmeister ’08 may have helped both women gain acceptance to graduate schools. When program administrators at the University of Central Arkansas’ Master’s in Counseling Program called

Bethany Burmeister

Danielle to tell her that she had been accepted at the University, they surprised her by informing her that they wanted her to enroll in the school’s PhD program and that they were prepared to offer her a full scholarship. Bethany was Continued on page 24




Undergraduate student research: New opportunities Learning the research “ropes” and becoming published


accepted into the Clinical Counseling Graduate Program at Tennessee Tech University. The most recent publication by Randy with one of his students, Anna Coker Rhodes ’09, is a study of personality factors as predictors of music preference. The article that she coauthored with Randy, “Is Personality Related to the Music I Like? A Study of Music Preference and Sensation Seeking,” was published in Modern Psychological Studies (Fall 2009).

Stories like Danielle’s and Bethany’s, Anna’s, and the one that follows encourage Randy and convince him that undergraduate research assignments are expanding his students’ horizons.

Undergraduate research: How it is done With much research already conducted on the effects of cell phone use on drivers and driving, Ashley Reid Harvey ’08 focused his project on an overlooked topic: the way drivers’ use of iPods, personal media players, affects their driving performance. After establishing the theoretical basis for his research project through a study of the relevant literature, he created a lab, using a purchased driving simulator that replicated driving situations by projecting a driving course on a screen. Then he asked participants to drive on a simulated course, change speeds, and avoid collisions—with and without using an iPod. Ash found that drivers who used an iPod while they drove “made more driving errors” and reported “more anxiety” while driving. The resulting article, “Driving Error and Anxiety-Related iPod MP3 Player Use in a Simulated Driving Experience,” coauthored with Randy, was published in the August 2009 issue of Perceptual and Motor Skills. For Ash, now a graduate student at Middle Tennessee State University studying experimental psychology, being a “published researcher” puts him ahead of his grad-school classmates who have not gained that kind of real-world experience.



Ashley Reid Harvey


Trevecca alumni share their All universities depend on their alumni for continued vitality and strength. Whether it be through volunteering, recruiting students, giving financially, or praying for the school, the support of alumni is vital to the well-being of a university. Trevecca is no different. Many Trevecca alumni show their love for this university by giving back in order to help advance the work and mission of the University.

• Phil Riley ’59 provided leadership to a committee that worked tirelessly to make its class’s 50th reunion a memorable one. Class members rode in their own float in the Homecoming parade, then enjoyed fellowship at a reunion dinner with former professors, and refreshed friendships in many small gatherings during the weekend.

The annual class reunions at Homecoming would not happen without the help of alumni who lead their class reunion committees or those who serve on those committees. They are the significant catalysts in the creation of meaningful reunions.

• Jim ’63 and Susie Hayes Van Hook ’62 hosted a reunion of members of the Encounters during Homecoming 2009.

Pictured at the Encounters Reunion at Homecoming are (Left to right) Jane Andrews ’68, Susan Patton Williams ’71, Geraldine and John Teter ’71, Ed ’77 and Cindy Cooner, Martha Gomer Dalton ’76, Miriam Bohler McMillan ’72, and Herb McMillan ’71. Mary Lou Del Rio

Phil Riley

• Mary Lou Pennington Del Rio ’74 served as chairperson of the Class of 1974 reunion and also uses her skills and talents in her efforts to give back to Trevecca: she uses her culinary skills to cater Trevecca events at Homecoming and at other times, she coaches the cheerleaders, and she uses her experience as a former school principal in her part-time work for the School of Education.

Also attending the reunion of the Encounters were (left to right) Jordy Conger ’71, Ruthie Butler Killingsworth ’71, Dale Killingsworth ’70, Claudia Hanson Hyde ’73, and Cindy Conger.

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Jeanne and John Sugg

• John ’65 and Jeanne Thrasher Sugg ’65 are serving as chairpersons for the upcoming reunion of the Class of 1965.

Continued • For nine weeks in the spring and again in the fall, a group of 40+ men meet on Sunday afternoons and sing. For these alumni and friends of Trevecca, the Trevecca Heritage Men’s Chorale is a meaningful way to connect, build new friendships, and sing with other men. Mark Greathouse ’68 helped to establish the Chorale and serves as its coordinator.

Mike McAdory Michelle Quick

• Michelle Fink Quick ’97 is helping plan an event for graduates from the ’90s at Homecoming 2010.

Other alumni show their MORE THAN by engaging with Trevecca in other ways. • Mike Runyan ’73 has helped coordinate two alumni events in Atlanta, Georgia.



• Mike McAdory ’92 encourages all the alumni in his local church to make monetary gifts to Trevecca, assuring them that any amount counts. • Brenda Miller Martin ’79, Pat Ensor Bowden ’77, H. Edward Cooner ’77, Brad Guthrie ’85, Gina Smith Gallup ’91, Carol Ensor Patilla ’82, R. Todd Webb ’83 (all piano students of Professor Barbara McClain Bloom), and Trevecca piano professor

Paul Christianson presented a concert in honor of Bloom. (See Brenda’s article on p. 28.) • Greg Runyan ’79 coordinates the annual Trevecca Alumni Golf Classic. • Deborah Story MHR ’94 knows firsthand how a college degree makes a difference in one’s career. Her Trevecca experience changed her life, and now, as a member of the President’s Advisory Council, she works to help change the lives of others • A group of alumni shared their career experiences with current interns. Those alumni are Ryan Arnett ’06, Chris Collins ’02/MA ’04, Eric Johnson ’05, Tera Carringer Kurtz ’08, Brandon McDonald ’03, Brandon Shattuck ’09, Jane Twining Storie ’05, and Clay Willingham ’06. • Lindsay Haywood Huggins ’05, Michael Longenecker ’02, Andrea Sanford ’06, April Huff ’05, Ben Poff ’06, and Tammi Weed ’09 volunteered their time and services to plan and participate in music business networking sessions with current Trevecca music business undergraduates.

ALUMNI NEWS • Jane Twining Storie ’05 welcomes Trevecca students as interns at her place of work. • Howard Wilson ’81 is no stranger to the admissions office at Trevecca. He works tirelessly to introduce students to Trevecca through events such as TNT@TNU. He also gives back what he can to help

students afford a Trevecca education. • Countless unnamed alumni from around the world pray daily for Trevecca and its students. Those prayers are making a difference as more and more students are discovering their calling in life and are committing to help change the world.

How can you give back to Trevecca? • Will you help plan YOUR class reunion activities? Contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 615-2481350. • Will you volunteer to use skills or talents with Trevecca? Contact Jennifer Showalter in the Office of External Relations at 615-248-1436. • Could you help form a local Trevecca alumni chapter in your city? Contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 615-248-1350. • Want to connect with other alumni? Contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 615-248-1350. • Do you have alumni in your local church? Imagine if you had 100% alumni participation in giving from your church. We can help you make it happen. • Are you interested in having Trevecca student interns at your place of business? Contact Ronie McPeak in the Center for Leadership, Calling, and Service at 615-248-1346. • Can you help high school students from your area learn more about Trevecca? Contact the Office of Admissions at 615-248-1320.

Know a Trevecca alumnus(a) who is worthy of recognition? The Office of Alumni Relations wants nominations for the annual alumni awards, which are presented at Homecoming. Nominees need to have • Made significant contributions to the church and society • Achieved distinction in their fields of service • Active Christian testimonies and represent the ideals of the University • Graduated at least ten years ago

What friend of Trevecca deserves recognition? The McClurkan Award recognizes a non-graduating alumnus(a) or friend of the University who has given distinguished service in a career or community and/or to Trevecca. Send your nominations before May 1, 2010, to Nancy Dunlap, director of alumni relations, at or 615-248-1238.




Memories of Barbara Brenda Miller Martin ’79*

What would lead eight Trevecca alumni pianists whose graduation years range from 1977 to 1991 to dust off our piano books, get our fingers in shape, practice like mad for months, and return to Trevecca from all parts of the country to give a piano recital at the November 2009 Homecoming? In our case, it was to pay tribute to our beloved piano professor, Barbara McClain Bloom, who passed away from cancer a few years ago. We wanted not only to honor her, but to give back as alumni to the university that, through Dr. McClain Bloom and many others, contributed so much to our lives. This we hoped to do by setting up a fund to purchase a Steinway piano for future students to enjoy. During the Saturday afternoon concert, we performed piano quartets, duos, solos, and jazz combos. We performed music in a variety of styles, including classical, sacred, gospel, and jazz. Our special guest, Paul Christianson, who succeeded Barbara as Trevecca piano professor after she retired, gave a powerful performance of the Chopin “Octave Etude.” The concert included a heartwarming video created by David Diehl ’89 with tributes from Professor Fred Mund and Diehl, pictures from Barbara’s career, and voice-overs of our favorite memories of Barbara. She influenced many lives during her thirty-seven years at Trevecca and has thousands of former students around the globe, many involved in music as a profession or as an avocation. We were honored to represent them all. Our tributes noted her loyalty, Christian witness, dedication, and a genuine concern for her students that went beyond the classroom. It is this type of dedication from our professor and others like her that helped shape us into the people we are today. Thank you, Barbara McClain Bloom, and thank you, Trevecca! And special thanks to David Diehl ’89, department chair, and Nancy Dunlap ’67, director of alumni relations, for their help in arranging the concert.



Concert performers were (left-right) Brad Guthrie ’85, R. Todd Webb ’83, Tim Pitzer ’87, Brenda Miller Martin ’79, Ed Cooner ’77, Pat Ensor Bowden ’77, Carol Ensor Patilla ’82, and Gina Smith Gallup ’91. (Not pictured is guest artist Paul Christianson, Trevecca piano professor.)

Those wishing to contribute to the Steinway piano in Barbara McClain Bloom’s memory can make online gifts at www.trevecca. edu/externalrelations/donation or can call David Diehl at 615-2481291. *Brenda holds a bachelor of science in music education from Trevecca Nazarene University, a master of music education from Austin Peay State University, and a master of music in solo performance from Arizona State University. She and her husband, Karl, reside in San Diego where they are both on the faculty of Point Loma Nazarene University.


Alumni celebrating–Marriages and births F

A Bobby ’95 and Chari Watson ’94 of Ringgold, Ga.—a son, Kamden James, on 11/23/09. Kamden was welcomed by big brother Keller, born 12/06/06.  Bobby is teaching K-5 PE. Chari and her father own a transcription business. Bobby and Chari lead worship at Cornerstone Community Church. (Photo A)


Jason ’02 and Dana Neeley Morrow ’02 of Hendersonville, Tenn.—a son, Reece William, on 3/27/09. Big brother Brett (3) welcomed Reece. (Photo F)


B Aaron ’02 and Becky Horton of Tulsa, Okla.—a son, Landen Aaron, on 12/7/08. Aaron is the executive pastor for worship arts at Central Church of the Nazarene in Tulsa, and Becky is a registered behavior health nurse. (Photo D)

Christopher and Kristina Johnson Sanford ’99 of Buford, Ga.—a daughter, Juliette Susannah, on 7/29/09. Big brothers Grant (6) and Jaxon (3) are happy to have a sister. (Photo B) Doug ’01 and Valerie Powell Collom ’02 of Raymore, Mo.—a daughter, Mya Breanne, on 2/18/09. Mya has a sister, Jillian Alyse, born 5/22/06. Doug is an insurance adjustor with Farmers Insurance; Valerie is a 4th-grade teacher. Proud grandparents are Mitchell ’76 and Caroline Culbertson Powell ’77. (Photo C)


Darryl ’02 and Alexa Robertson Keckler ’00 of Biglerville, Pa.—a daughter, Camryn Elizabeth, on 8/27/09 weighing 8 lbs., 12 oz. Camryn is welcomed by big sister Olivia Faith (4). (Photo E)

Jason ’03 and Amanda Winstead Krawitz ’03/MAT ’06 of Nashville, Tenn.—a son, Ephraim Warren, on 8/4/09. Amanda, a former kindergarten teacher at Donelson Christian Academy, is a stay-athome mom. Jason is employed as a team manager in the claims division at Progressive Insurance. (Photo G) Christopher and Megan Powell Papandreas ’05 were married 5/16/09. They live in Atlantis, Fla., and attend Lake Worth Church of the Nazarene. Megan works for Palm Beach County Schools as a kindergarten teacher, and Christopher is a State Farm agent. (Photo H) Heath and Jana Reed Matlock ’06 of Hendersonville, Tenn.—a daughter, Haven Jo, on 9/15/09. Continued on page 30




Alumni connecting H

specialist for the Sarah Cannon Research Institute; she was one of the subjects of the feature article in the winter 2009-2010 Treveccan. (Photo J)

1940s Howard Wall II ’47 (See p. 2.) H. Ray Dunning ’48 (See p. 4.) Odie ’48 and Ruby Geiger Page ’51 (See p. 2.)

1950s Phil Riley ’59 (See p. 25.)


Heath works as an account manager and director of testing for Titan Management, an EPA Compliance Co. in Brentwood, Tenn. Jana is the manager of the tennis pro shop at Belle Meade Country Club in Nashville. (Photo I)

Matthew ’03 MA ’09 and Jessica Spraker ’09 of Nashville, Tenn.—a son, Cash, born 10/13/09. Matt is the associate dean of students at Trevecca, and Jessica enjoys staying at home with Cash. (Photo K)



Stefano Patterson and Lorie Neeley ’06 were married 6/20/09, at Parkway Baptist Church in Nashville, Tenn. Stefano is the assistant general manager for the Hampton Inn and Suites—Downtown Nashville. Lorie is a clinical trial



Ben ’11 and Erin Anderson of Nashville, Tenn.—a son, Luke Bryan, born 6/7/09. Luke is welcomed by big sister Dylan (3). Erin is the chair of the Department of Management and Adult Studies at Trevecca, and Ben is a graduate religion student at Trevecca and a children’s pastor at Christ Church in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo L)

Ed ’59 and Patsy Jones Whittington ’60 (See p. 2.)

1960s Jim ’63 and Susie Hayes Van Hook ’62 (See p. 25.) John ’65 and Jeanne Thrasher Sugg ’65 joined the ranks of the “officially” retired In January. John retired from his position as a sales manager with The Sourcing Department in Brentwood, Tenn Jeanne retired as the state librarian and archivist for the State of Tennessee; she was honored in the Tennessee State Legislature with a proclamation on the floor of that body on 1/28, which recognized her contributions to the state library during her 20 years of employment there. (See p. 26.)

M Kurhman Cox ’66 has retired after serving 18 years at First Church of


the Nazarene in Vicksburg, Miss. He will remain in the ministry part time as a chaplain at LeTourneau and Anderson-Tully Co. (Photo M)

John Teter ’71 (See p. 25.)

Gladys (Gassett) ’66 and Philip Pennington ’70. (See p. 35.)

Claudia Hanson Hyde ’73 (See p. 25.)

Nancy Carter Dunlap ’67 (See p. 28.)

Charles Torain ’73 will be inducted into Christian County High School’s Athletic Hall of Fame. Charles played basketball and baseball at Trevecca 1966-1968. During his time at Christian County High School, he was named all-district, all-region, as well as honorable mention allstate. In 1968 he was the most valuable player of the Louisville Invitational Tournament. Charles is the director of Hillcrest Youth Home in Evansville, Ky.

Larry ’67 and Joy Gordon Knight ’68 (See p. 35.) Gary W. Streit ’67 retired from the presidency of Malone University in February. Jane Andrews ’68 (See p. 25.) Mark Greathouse ’68 (See p. 26.)

1970s Dale ’70 and Ruthie Butler Killingsworth ’71 (See p. 25.) Jordy Conger ’71 (See p. 25.) Herb ’71 and Miriam Bohler McMillan ’72 (See p. 25.)

N Brothers Gary ’71 and Mark Morsch ’79 made a trip to Haiti following the earthquake and delivered supplies provided by Heart to Heart, the organization that Gary founded.They are pictured with their father, J. V. Morsch, who prayed with them prior to their departure. (Photo N) Ron Pennington ’71 (See p. 35.)

Susan Patton Williams ’71 (See p. 25.)

Mike Runyan ’73 (See p. 26.) Mary Lou Pennington Del Rio ’74 (See p. 25.) Brenda Patterson ’75 (See p. 15.) Martha Gomer Dalton ’76 (See p. 25.) Pete ’76 and Pam Hunt Johnson ’77 (See p. 16.) Pat Ensor Bowden ’77 has directed a private piano studio and has been actively involved in the music ministry in several churches throughout the Church of the Nazarene. She resides in her hometown of Jasper, Ala. (See p. 28.) Ed Cooner ’77 earned an MDiv from Nazarene Theological Seminary and served several years in full-time pastoral ministry. Ed and his wife, Cindy, a nurse, reside in San Jose, Calif., where Ed has worked as a computer engineer for Cadence Design Systems, a computer software company, for the last 9 years. He also serves as part-time associate pastor in San Jose. Ed

and Cindy have reared 4 children together. (See pp. 25 & 28.) Cindy Cheatham Robertson ’77 (See p. 17.) Randy Carden ’78 (See pp. 22-24.) Julian Cowart ’79, director of curriculum and academic resources at LeTourneau University, in November earned his PhD in leadership for higher education from Capella University in Minneapolis. Julian has been with LeTourneau since 1998 when he became director of continuing studies. Sharon Caldwell Jones ’79 (See p. 2.) Brenda Miller Martin ’79 (See p. 28.) Greg Runyan ’79 (See p. 26.) Gary Van Atta ’79 (See pp. 18-19.)

1980s Greg Page ’80 (See p. 2.) Howard Wall III ’80 and Kim King Wall ’80 (See p. 2.) Howard Wilson ’81 (See p. 26.) Carol Ensor Patilla ’82, earned 2 degrees in music from the University of Montevallo in Alabama, directed a large studio of piano students for 20 years, and served as pianist/music assistant at First Baptist Church in Jasper, Ala. She has performed at City Stages in Birmingham, in the Concert Series of the Anglican Parish on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, in concerts for the US ambassador to Honduras, and she was a featured guest soloist with the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Honduras. Carol released her debut CD, Hymns from the Heart and Home, in 2006. She currently teaches in the Department of Music Continued on page 32




at Mississippi State University in Starkville. (See p. 28.) Todd Webb ’83, who has worked in several churches since his Trevecca years, realized his lifelong dream in 2006 when some of his piano music was published and his new CD, Meditations for Piano, was released. (You can find it on CDBaby and iTunes.) Todd is married to Marianne (Booth) ’82 and lives in Plano, TX. They have 3 sons, and their oldest, Garen, is a junior at Trevecca. (See p. 28.) Adrienne Austin Brewer ’84 (See p. 16.) David ’84 and Sherry (Hall) Caldwell ’79 (See p. 10.) Brad Guthrie ’85, in professional pastoral ministry for 22 years, has served with his wife Melissa (Nabors) ’87 in Churches of the Nazarene in Nashville, Tenn., Atlanta, Ga., Wichita, Kans., and Bradenton, Fla. Currently, they minister in music at First Baptist Church in Bradenton. Brad is part of the management team of a Florida-based retail corporation and also is an arranger for choir and orchestra, as well as a clinician on “Worship in the Intergenerational Church.” Brad and Melissa have a daughter, Mallory ’09, and twin sons, Parker and Jordan, freshmen at Trevecca. (See p. 28.) Kathy Lewis Mowry ’85 (See p. 5.) Steven Hoskins ’86 (See p. 4.) Dean ’87 and Judy Blowers Diehl ’77 (See p. 17.) Tim Eades ’87 is the associate vice president for adult education at Ohio Christian University in Circleville, Ohio, as of January 2010. Tim Pitzer ’87 (See p. 28.) Mac ’88 and Rhonda Marsh Heaberlin ’86 (See p. 16.)



David Diehl ’89 (See p. 28.) Ron Jones MHR ’89 (See p. 2.) Herb ’89 and Tammy Tanner Modesitt ’84 (See p. 16.)

1990s Gina Smith Gallup ’91 used her music business degree in that industry for many years before moving into advertising and print production. She is currently vice president of the Bradford Group, a Nashville public relations and advertising agency. She attends and plays piano for First Church of the Nazarene in Nashville. (See p. 28.) Mike McAdory ’92 (See p. 26.)


Blake Thompson ’93 visited Haiti last summer through his work with Hands and Feet Orphanage in that country. When he learned about the earthquake in January, he put out “feelers” to his connections to see if he could do more. Through Safe Water Nexus, of Kingsport, Tenn., Blake made another trip to Haiti to help distribute clean water. Blake (second from right) and the Safe Water group are pictured with former Senator Bill Frist, on Blake’s right. (Photo O, courtesy of Esther Havens) Kim Vaught ’92/MA ’95, in fulltime ministry for 17 years with a concentration in children’s ministry, is currently serving at Montgomery

Community Church in Cincinnati, Ohio. As of 12/1/09 she is in a new role as next-generation pastor, supervising and providing leadership for birth to 18 years of age. To see an interview with Kim, go to www. and click on News/Current Events. Deborah Story MHR ’94 was recently an honoree at the Nashville YWCA Academy for Women of Achievement. (See also p. 26.) Marc Finch PA ’96 has joined Wiggins Clinic in Hattiesburg, Miss. Marc is board certified in primary care by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and licensed by the Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure. He brings to the clinic more than 13 years of experience as a physician assistant. Matt Litton ’96 has authored a book entitled The Mocking Bird Parables, described as “an entertaining and controversial discussion framed around one of the world’s most familiar novels, To Kill a Mockingbird, which will drive readers to ask tough but practical questions about how their faith should be lived out in the 21st Century.” Although the book has not yet been released, it is available for pre-order at Edward M. Evans MA ’97 has retired as pastor of Donelson Christian Church in Nashville, Tenn. Michelle Fink Quick ’97 (See p. 26.) Frank Brown MEd ’98, current EdD student, is serving as the principal of Heritage Middle School in Williamson County, Tenn., for the remainder of the school year. He previously served as assistant principal at Heritage. Andrew Carl Jacobs ’99 completed his PhD at Fordham University in April 2009, earning


Materials, Inc., in Hutto, Tex., has been recognized by Cambridge Who’s Who for demonstrating dedication, leadership and excellence in material management.

P special commendation on his doctoral dissertation, “The Creative Power of the Future: Wolfhart Pannenberg, Modern Science, and the Metaphysics of Divine Action.” Andrew and Kelly (Kidwell) ’99 live in Winter Garden, Fla., with their daughter, Abigail. (Photo P) Maribeth Sisk MEd ’99 is now assistant principal at Sango Elementary in Clarksville, Tenn. She previously served as principal of Norman Smith Elementary in Clarksville.


Karen Johnson MAOM ’00 is campaigning for the job of Davidson County juvenile court clerk. The election will be held May 4. She had been director of outreach for the Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation for the State of Tennessee. Chris Collins ’02/MA ’04 (See p. 26.) Mandi Franks ’02 (See p. 35.) Michael Longenecker ’02 (See p. 26.) Kaye Dacus ’03, of Nashville, Tenn., recently participated in a Meet the Authors night at Blue Mountain College. Kaye is the author of the three-book Brides of Bonneterre series and the Ransom Trilogy. She has another three-book series scheduled for publication this year. Brandon McDonald ’03 (See p. 26.) Ryan Harris ’03 MEd ’06 has been named principal of Nolensville (Tenn.) Elementary. He previously taught at Winstead Elementary and Page Middle schools and served as assistant principal at Edmondson Elementary for the past 2.5 years.

Amy Suzanne Wright ’99 graduated from the University of Central Florida in Orlando on 12/19/09 with a BS in nursing. She received her RN license in June 2009 and now works at the Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies in Orlando, Fla. She is the daughter of David and Pat Powers Wright ’64 of Clarksville, Tenn. (Photo Q)

2000s Sarah E. Gallegos MBA ’00, purchasing specialist for Applied

Tammi Weed ’03 (See p. 26.) Nanci Alsup MHR ’05 graduated with an MEd in organizational leadership and communication from Belmont University. Luke ’05 MSM and Jenna Blankenship Boren ’05 (See p. 35.) April Huff ’05 (See p. 26.) Lindsay Haywood Huggins ’05 (See p. 26.)

Eric Johnson ’05 (See p. 26.) Jane Twining Storie ’05 (See pp. 25-26.) Ryan Arnett ’06 (See p. 26.) Ryan Murphey MAT ’06, an English teacher at Maplewood High School, was nominated for a Grammy for his work as producer/song-writer for his father’s album, Buckaroo Blue Grass by Michael Martin Murphey for Rural Rhythm Records. Ben Poff ’06 (See p. 26.) Andrea Sanford ’06 (See p. 26.) Clay Willingham ’06 (See p. 26.) Noel Moffett Allen ’07 has been hired as Texas A & M-Kingsville’s first women’s golf coach. She played golf for 4 years, at Trevecca served as an assistant golf professional/ personal coach for 3 years, and attended the Temecula Professional Golfers Career College for 6 months. A&M-Kingsville will begin competing in golf starting this fall. Mason Bellamy MA ’07 is the new assistant principal at West Creek Elementary in Clarksville, Tenn. Mason was formerly a 4th-grade teacher at Sango Elementary School, also in Clarksville, Tenn. Kevin Dyson MEd ’07 is the new head football coach at Independence High School in Nashville, Tenn. Last year he coached wide receivers and defensive backs for Independence after previous service as an assistant at Glencliff High School. Kevin is a former Titans wide receiver. Doug Kinnard ’07 MA (See p. 35.) Jaime Luke ’07 and Jamie Mills Miller ’02 (front row, left to right); Jennifer Wilson ’03/MA ’06; Catherine Bowers ’01, Hilary Howard Montgomery ’00; Molly Continued on page 34




currently a part-time faculty member at Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn.


Lynne Rains ’07 is the new principal of West Creek Elementary in Clarksville, Tenn. She previously served as academic coach at Kenwood Elementary, also in Clarksville, Tenn. Bethany Burmeister ’08 (See p. 23.) Schoenberg Harned ’01; Ramona Moga Rasinar ’02; Leslie Golden Carpenter ’04; (second row) Holly Carter Flowers ’01 MA ’07; Sara Menees Miles ’02; Ashley Boykin McClellan ’02; Emily Clark Howell ’05; and former assistant women’s basketball coach, Luis Del Rio (back row) enjoyed their reunion at Homecoming on the Hill 2009. (Photo R) Delia Price EdD ’07 has been named a member of the Board of Directors for the Austin Hatcher Foundation for 2010. Delia is

Ashley Reid Harvey ’08 (See p. 24.) Tera Carringer Kurtz ’08 (See p. 26.) Danielle Smith ’08 (See p. 23.)

Mavis Muse Adams ’45 of Bowling Green, Ky.— 2/19/10        Hugh Ferguson ’51 of Bluefield, W.Va.— 2/25/09        David L. Wofford ’59 of Albertsville, Ala.— 2/11/10        Martha Hendon of Russellville, Ala.—12/22/09 Claude “Bill” Galloway ’64 of Mayfield, Ky.—1/16/10

Anna Coker Rhodes ’09 (See p. 24.)

Delbert Harper ’69 of Miamisburg, Ohio—9/6/09

Brandon Shattuck ’09 (See p. 26.)

Wayne Shands ’70 of Old Hickory, Tenn.—2/21/10

for Trevecca


Edith Wilson Maurice ’41 of Mt Juliet, Tenn.—2/15/10

Michael Hendricks ’09 (See p. 5.)

Coming events April 15-17 April 16, 7:00 PM April 19, 6:00 PM April 20, 6:00 PM April 23, 11:30 AM April 23, 7:00 PM April 27, 5:30 PM May 7-8 May 11-14 May 14 May 27-28 May 31

Alumni and friends we will miss

Doug Dean ’72 of Sterling Va.— 3/10/10 Kyle Funke ’09 of North Hill, N.C.— 1/24/10 Frances Griggs Elizer of Nashville, Tenn.—2/19/10

TNT at TNU Heritage Men’s Chorale Concert • River of Life Church • Smyrna, TN Charlotte-area Alumni Gathering • Harper’s Restaurant • Pineville, NC Atlanta-area Alumni Gathering • Sugarloaf Country Club Circle K Luncheon • Trevecca Heritage Men’s Chorale Concert • Grace Church of the Nazarene Clarksville, TN, Alumni Gathering • Montgomery Co. Civic Ctr. Baccalaureate/ Commencement • Trevecca PALCON • Trevecca Youth Ministry Summit • Trevecca 23nd Alumni Golf Classic • Henry Horton State Park Early registration deadline MORE THAN a Youth Group Contest



Where in the world have you worn Trevecca clothing?

Mandi Franks ’02 and Taylor Franks, a future Trevecca student, did not want turkey, so they ate at the U.S.’s first pizzeria, Lombardi’s in New York City, on Thanksgiving Day, 2009.

Jake, Maggie, and Josie Hickman, children of Wayne ’96 and Emily Jordan Hickman ’96, wore Trevecca shirts when they attended the Rose Bowl on 1/7/10.

Jenna Blankenship Boren ’05, Doug Kinnard ’07 MA, and Luke Boren ’05 MSM travelled to Belmopan, Belize, in July 2009, in order to set up medical and dental clinics through Maury Hills Church in Columbia, Tenn. Doug functioned as a dental assistant; Luke is a physician assistant; Jenna is a nurse-midwife.

Three Trevecca couples enjoyed a trip to England and showed their Trevecca loyalty when they visited Windsor Castle: (left to right) Carol and Ron Pennington ’71, Larry ’67 and Joy Gordon Knight ’68, Gladys (Gassett) ’66 and Philip Pennington ’70.



U. S. P. S. No. 394470 •

The Magazine of Trevecca Nazarene University


Spring 2010  

Treveccan Spring 2010

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