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DO THE MATH How do leaders get the kinds of data that enables them to make good decisions? At Trevecca, we teach that. Every spring Trevecca hosts the Student Research Symposium, in which Trevecca’s students present their original research on some issue, problem, or hypothesis. The work of those students is remarkable. (See p. 7.) As members of a university community, Trevecca students and employees engage in surveys, complete data analyses, and seek to make wise decisions on the basis of careful research. In other words, we do the math. One day I found myself wondering if attending a Christian university made any measurable difference in the trajectory of a young person’s life. Was that person more likely to stay connected to the church? To have a vibrant devotional life? To volunteer for service? To marry and stay married? I know many anecdotal stories of families who sent their children to a Christian university and vow to this day that it contributed to the long-term stability of their child’s faith. And I know stories of those who sent their children to the state university because their children liked the football team, and then those parents saw the faith of their children discarded like a collapsed umbrella. I know enough stories. I want the math. I approached one of our top graduates, Rachel Ridgill ’13, a South Carolina Nazarene and a social work graduate who has already completed an outstanding study of the connection between tweeting and narcissism. (Yes, there is a direct link.) Rachel created a survey that is being sent this summer to Nazarene families in the Southeast USA who have sent their children to college in the past 20 years. Pastors are helping us identify those in the “target audience” and distribute the survey. While great stories do begin here, we also do the math. I wanted data to guide decisions that we at Trevecca make about the impact of a Christian university on students’ faith trajectories. And the results are beginning to come in. Early findings show solid evidence that the choice to attend a Christian university makes a significant difference in one’s walk with God and connection to the people of God. But Rachel and I will wait until the study is done to declare all the results. As you read this issue of the Treveccan, enjoy the fruit of Trevecca’s Science and Math Programs. Trevecca is preparing the kind of leaders who make wise, data-driven, research-based, lab-tested decisions for the good of humankind. Dan Boone



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Dan Boone ’74 President Jan Greathouse ’67 Editor



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CO-LABORERS FOR THE GOOD OF MANY It almost seemed too good to be true! But the black letters on the computer screen clearly spelled out an unexpected solution. Biology professors Alisha Russell and Yanice Méndez-Fernandez had been dreaming about using immunoblotting (protein chemistry research) to allow students to conduct biomedical research. There was just one big problem. They needed an Odyssey Fc Imaging System because this immunoblotting research was too hazardous without that piece of equipment. Both had used an Odyssey during their time at Vanderbilt, and they knew how essential that piece of equipment was for serious research. Thinking about what Trevecca would have to do in order to purchase the Odyssey, Russell visited the website of LI-COR, the only company with a patent for this new technology, and studied the options—in case that someday, somehow Trevecca could obtain an Odyssey.

“I submitted the grant application and forgot about it. However, two weeks later, I learned that LI-COR had approved my application and that Trevecca would receive not only an Odyssey System but also everything needed to make the system operational— the computer, chemicals, and training. Then my exuberance quickly became fear with the realization that I had not even thought about where I would obtain the money needed to match that grant—$27,600!” Russell contacted Peg Cooning, Trevecca’s vice president for external relations, who assured her that raising the additional funds was possible. Cooning began contacting members of the Trevecca Board of Trustees who had been science majors at Trevecca. When she told John ’82 and Susan (Rector) Dunn ’82 about the possibility that Trevecca could acquire an Odyssey System, they said, “We’ll help. Let us share this opportunity with other science alumni.

And then she saw it. She could not believe her eyes! LI-COR offered a grant designed for undergraduate schools that wanted to introduce their students to innovative technology and engage them in undergraduate science research. LI-COR’s Surge Grant provided forty percent of the cost of an Odyssey System if the school provided the remaining sixty percent. “‘Why not?’ I thought. ‘Give it a shot!’ And I did,” explained Russell.


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We believe they’ll get excited about this project.” John and Susan began a letter-writing campaign, and things started happening. Alumni Wendell Nixon ’72 and Jim Taylor ’81 joined the effort, and others caught the vision. Before long the funds needed were on the way to the LI-COR company, and the Odyssey System was on its way to Trevecca’s lab. But that’s not all. The excitement generated among Trevecca science alumni helped them exceed the initial goal for the Odyssey, and they requested that the remaining monies be used to start the Trevecca Science Research and Equipment Fund, which will be used to purchase other resources needed for research projects. Many of these resources are consumables, such as antibodies, and cell media, and must be replaced on an ongoing basis. “Sometimes alumni think that their influence on Trevecca ends with their graduation, but the opposite is the truth,” explained Peg Cooning. “Alumni can still make a difference at Trevecca. When they become involved in campus causes and projects, they make Trevecca much stronger. John, Susan, Wendell, and Jim led the effort to fund the Odyssey System, but the participation of many others made the fundraising effort go well beyond the goal and become something that will change the lives of many students in the future.”


“I agree,” added Russell. “Trevecca alumni are changing the lives of these biology students. Their involvement will mean that all biology majors will acquire hands-on experience with western blotting and current technology. It means that student research, which was recently begun at Trevecca in the fields of cancer biology and immunology, will be accelerated. More important, it means that students will be better prepared for future academic pursuits and careers. It means that students, faculty, and alumni will see and hear how God can bring many people together to accomplish good.”

What alumni of Trevecca’s Department of Science and Math accomplished for that department could be replicated all over campus if other alumni step forward and ask about ways to help the department in which they studied. What could you do? Contact the Office of External Relations with your ideas—615-248-1355. Treveccan Summer 2013

As a medical caregiver, I often need new ways to help my patients understand a diagnosis. As a clinician, I am always looking for ways to intervene with a treatment that addresses the mechanism behind the pathological processes of cancer. In both of these situations, an understanding of cellular biology and molecular technologies is important in grasping the pathophysiology of malignant disease, and it is my friends and colleagues in the basic sciences who provide me with education and updates on a constant basis. For these reasons stated above, I was especially excited by what I saw when I met with Dr. Alisha Russell, her colleagues, and a classroom of students. It was refreshing to see how the basic sciences are still part of Trevecca’s curriculum. More important, I saw in Dr. Russell a real passion for the availability of research tools even at the undergraduate level. Moreover, I am pleased that Trevecca’s biology faculty are teaching students an understanding of cellular biology and molecular technologies. I look forward to working with Trevecca in a new way to encourage more interest in basic laboratory research. John Dunn ’82, MD Oncologist Dothan Hematology and Oncology, P.C., Dothan, Alabama 5

Biology instructors have recently begun biomedical research that looks at the biology of breast cancer and the activation of immune cells in heart disease. Students are learning how to grow and maintain cells, ask molecular-based questions, and work as a team. The recent purchase of the Odyssey* will greatly increase their speed of discovery and give students experience with cutting-edge technology. Other faculty work on environmental studies and projects. The newest member of the faculty, Nick Reed, studies the effects of pollutants in local bodies of water on vertebrate developmental processes. Chris Farrell is an extremely active environmental and social justice advocate who has worked to clean up nearby creeks, start community garden programs, and support the Environmental Sustainability Association on campus. This focus on research has allowed students to be successful in academic research competitions, earn admission to graduate programs, and gain work in summer research programs. And all of these activities are helping students to write their own great stories. *The Odyssey Fc Imaging System allows quantitative, two-color western blots to be performed without hazardous waste produced by film processing.

Anna-Laura Green Junior from Mt. Juliet, Tennessee Biology major and chemistry minor Anna-Laura served a premed internship at St. Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma this summer. “Being involved in cancer research at Trevecca has challenged me to think critically and to look at problems from many different angles. Because I want to work in the medical field and “fix people’s problems,” I am thankful for this opportunity to do research. I believe that my Trevecca training will help me to be a much more effective and thoughtful healthcare provider in the future.”


“I am passionate about helping our students succeed in life. It is the desire of my heart that students receive a solid academic foundation that will enable them to succeed in the career God has prepared for them. Additionally, it is my prayer that students will leave Trevecca ready to serve others and display the love of God in their lives. I believe that participating in research can help students develop academically and spiritually. As such, I am conducting research with students on the mechanisms of cancer cell death. One of our current focuses is on how frankincense oil kills breast cancer cells.” Alisha Russell, PhD, Biology “When teaching at Trevecca as an adjunct, I fell in love with the students and the nurturing Christian environment, and I was happy to accept a faculty position in which I could share what I had learned in more than fifteen years in the academic research environment. I enjoy helping each student realize his or her true potential.” Yanice V. Méndez-Fernández, PhD, Biology “As a clinical biochemist, I am interested in human nutrition. Because food deserts exist in Nashville and because Trevecca is located in the middle of one, I have challenged students to make a difference by altering the environment for the underprivileged.” Chris Farrell, PhD, Biology

Briana Corzine Senior from Plant City, Florida Biology and chemistry double major Briana is a summer research intern at the University of Kansas, where she is participating in a National Science Foundation-funded (NSF) program. “As a sophomore in high school, I knew I loved chemistry. When I saw the passion and spark in Professor Alisha Russell, I realized how much I loved biology as well. I was blessed with the opportunity to join a new cancer research group with Dr. Russell last year. My experience with this group helped me be accepted into a highly competitive research internship for chemistry at the University of Kansas.”

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To have a successful career in chemistry, a graduate must have well-developed lab skills. That skill set includes the traditional lab procedures as well as the use of modern lab instruments. The laboratory training at Trevecca has been greatly facilitated by recent improvements to the facilities. During the summer of 2012, both chemistry labs and the chemistry instrument room were totally remodeled. In addition, during the past three years a number of lab instruments have been added or replaced, including an infrared (IR) spectrometer, an atomic absorption (AA) spectrometer, a high-performance liquid chromatograph (HPLC), and a gas chromatographmass spectrometer (GC-MS). Beginning in the freshman year, students are taught to operate these instruments and analyze their own samples, and use of the instruments is emphasized throughout the program.

“One of the things I enjoy most about teaching is the hours spent in lab when I can really get to know the students and work with them one-on-one.” Rick Badley, PhD, Chemistry In May of 2013 faculty members Rick Badley and Alisha Russell accompanied a group of nine students on a crosscultural educational experience in a “creative access” region of the world. In addition to learning about the culture, the participants, many of whom are interested in medical careers, were able to expand their knowledge of health care in another cultural setting. (Photo left).

Moreover, the small class sizes at Trevecca allow lab exercises to be included in the curriculum, exercises that are tailored to the individual student. This learning advantage, along with the opportunity to perform original research in the area of heterogeneous catalysis, provides students with a high-quality educational experience that makes them competitive for jobs and graduate programs.

Anthony Dikhtyar Senior from Brentwood, Tennessee Biology and chemistry double major This summer Anthony is working at the Center for Structural Genomics of Infectious Diseases at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois. “Trevecca effectively prepared me for the work that I’m doing this summer by providing me a solid foundation upon which the researchers at Northwestern are already building. Familiarity with basic science concepts has made my life easy here. My chemistry and physics courses have exposed me to the technology of liquid

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chromatography, ultraviolet spectroscopy, and even X-ray diffraction. Cancer research led by Dr. Russell really made me feel comfortable with cell cultures, aseptic technique, and instruments, such as the vortex and cell tissue culture hood—all of which are involved in X-ray crystallography, which is the focus of my summer work at Northwestern.” Research Symposium Winners, 2013 Each spring students present their original research at the Trevecca Research Symposium. The winners of the 2013 Symposium were majors in the Department of Science and Math: Graham West—Improving Radio Astronomy Peter Allen—How Bacteria Levels are Affecting Brown’s Creek Michael Stocks—Mathematical Analysis of Board Games Hannah Schnebly—Statistical Analysis of Hiring Probability Based on PHI in Human Faces


The mathematics faculty help students develop analytical reasoning skills, ones that set apart Trevecca students in the work force or in graduate school. Trevecca’s small classes allow life-changing mentoring—from faculty to students and from students to their peers. As students gain confidence in presenting their work, finding solutions to proofs and real-world problems, and evaluating the insights of others, they prepare for the calling God has on their lives. Recent mathematics graduates now work in academics (professors of finance and mathematics), operations research, law, actuarial science, park service, secondary education, and business. To foster students’ interest in the broader mathematics community, math instructors encourage students to attend the national math conferences and to participate in summer programs, such as the National Science Foundation’s Research Experience for Undergraduates. Students have attended conferences in Boston, Baltimore, New Orleans, and San Diego. In their senior year, math students also participate in Trevecca’s Undergraduate Research Symposium. Faculty are also active in research, and discuss their research with students, work with students on research in the Senior Math Seminar course, pursue research grants, and present at the Trevecca Faculty Research Symposium. These opportunities help students excel in a rigorous academic environment.

Brian Walkup ’04 Mathematics major and finance minor Assistant Professor of Finance at the University of Tulsa “The Department of Science and Mathematics at Trevecca had a profound impact on my life in a multitude of ways. Without the personalized attention I received from my advisor, I don’t believe I would have identified my true calling in life. While my future was not directly with mathematics, Dr. Stueckle helped me identify how I could use my mathematics background in finance. His help led to my pursuing a PhD in finance and eventually to my becoming a professor of finance.”


“Interacting with my students is truly a highlight of teaching at Trevecca; I was blessed to receive excellent faculty mentoring at Eastern Nazarene College and am thankful for the privilege of mentoring students at Trevecca in an academically rigorous, and intentionally Christian, environment.” Stephanie Cawthorne, PhD, Math “It is an honor for me to be connected with many wonderful colleagues and students during my years at Trevecca. My minor in chemistry under a favorite Trevecca professor helped me develop a keen interest in science and math.” Steve Blakeman, MA, Math “From students in liberal arts who conquer material that had conquered them, to mathematics majors who move to new cognitive levels, watching my students grow is exciting. I especially enjoy seeing my students go into the larger world and be successful in such diverse areas as mathematical research, law, teaching, business, and higher education.” Sam Stueckle, PhD, Math

Ross Muirhead ’10* Applied physics major Civil engineer Cornette Engineering Services, Franklin, Tenn. “The opportunity to continue playing collegiate baseball in a Christian environment while pursuing an engineering degree made Trevecca the perfect fit for me. My teammates, fellow students, and Trevecca’s faculty helped me have a great experience. Trevecca’s teachers challenged us in the classroom so that we were able to make a seamless transition to Vanderbilt. Nathan Wright, another participant in the Trevecca-Vanderbilt 3-2 engineering program, has been a teammate and friend ever

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The physics program at Trevecca offers students unique hands-on opportunities. For the past two years Matthew Huddleston has been awarded a NASA grant that supports Trevecca’s high-altitude-balloon undergraduate research program. Typically the flights ascend to more than 100,000 feet to the edge of “space” and return to the ground using a parachute. Each flight can contain several payloads of student experiments, and as an outreach, some of these flights have carried payloads for high school groups and other universities. In May 2013, four Trevecca students participated in a month-long research camp funded by the NASA grant.

“I deeply value my own experience at a Christian college, and I am committed to working constantly to maintain academic excellence with a distinctly Christian perspective.” Fred Cawthorne, PhD, Physics “ I particularly enjoy helping students discover ways to harmonize Christian faith with modern science. “ Matthew Huddleston, PhD, Physics

Fred Cawthorne is actively involved in research and development in the area of magnetic current imaging. Recently Trevecca collaborated with the University of Maryland and Neocera, LLC, on a government-funded project aimed at imaging multi-layered structures that are used in the latest generation electronics. Through this collaboration, Cawthorne built a SQUID* microscope at Trevecca and obtained funding for students to be paid as undergraduate research assistants. Students have designed and built mechanical assemblies, written software to characterize sensors, created theoretical models, and used advanced scientific equipment. His students in the Digital Electronics class designed a custom circuit board to make what they called a “Twirly,” which contains a row of lights that can display an image as it spins around. *The SQUID (Superconducting Quantum Interference Device) microscope allows very small magnetic fields to be imaged. Because electrical currents produce magnetic fields, this device can be made to produce an image of currents in a circuit, a technique that is used by major semiconductor manufactures for fault isolation.

since we stepped on the Trevecca campus in 2007. Today we work at an engineering firm in Franklin, Tennessee, where we occasionally get back on the baseball field after work. I advise any student interested in engineering to consider the 3-2 engineering program.” Nathan Wright ’10* Applied Physics Civil engineer Cornette Engineering Services, Franklin, Tenn. “The 3-2 program is an amazing and rare opportunity and was an invaluable experience. Being able to pair a strong Christian

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university like Trevecca with a highly distinguished and historic university like Vanderbilt was an incredible college path for me. I found that the more time I spent with my professors and advisors outside of class, the better. Their guidance and preparation really helped make the challenging curriculum successful and rewarding. I’m fortunate to work with Ross Muirhead, my fellow 3-2 participant, in the bulk-material handling business, which allows us to use many facets of civil engineering, including structural design, water resources, and construction management.” *Ross and Nathan were the first Trevecca students to participate in the Trevecca-Vanderbilt 3-2 program for engineering students (3 years at Trevecca, 2 years at Vanderbilt School of Engineering).




For twenty-one years Trevecca had had a rain plan for commencement, and for twenty-one years it had not been needed; however, the inclement weather during the first week of May—with even more predicted for May 5, commencement day—required the implementation of the rain plan. The main commencement program was presented to groups of graduates and their families in the convocation center in the Boone Business Building and was live-streamed to other locations on campus, where graduates of other programs and their guests were gathered, and to two auditoriums, which served as “overflow” locations for guests.


The rain plan did not keep students from celebrating commencement with friends who were graduating

from other programs. Evans Knowles explained how she and two friends connected in spite of the rain plan: “With the rain plan splitting up groups by degrees, Katelyn Sharpes and I were not able to be in the same building as our best friend, Devon Eby, so we called her on FaceTime to talk for a couple minutes before the ceremony began. We were sad that the rain kept us from walking across the same stage but thankful for technology that let us be together in a small way.” Following Trevecca’s tradition, the challenge to graduates was given by a faculty member with responses coming from three graduates, each a representative of a specific group of graduates. Joe Cole, chair of the Department of Exercise and Sport Treveccan Summer 2013

Science, challenged graduates to “enjoy what God enjoys in you” by finding “wholeness in living”—not as an achievement but as the kind of wholeness that comes from a life lived for God. Three graduates responded to that call for wholeness. Samantha McDonald ’13, representing traditional undergraduates, affirmed that Trevecca gives students the “tools” for wholeness. Amy

Hammons ’13, responding for graduates of the adult degree-completion programs, explained how her experience in Trevecca’s MHR Program had provided her accountability and had helped her see that she truly was a part of the “whole body of Christ.” Sherman Bucher ’13, representing the graduates of all graduate programs, asked graduates to view commencement day as a “commissioning to serve” and to base their lives on finding ways “to benefit others and not look for the ways others can benefit us.” Treveccan Summer 2013

The ceremonies also included the conferring of special honors. The University awarded Charles Davis ’70, chairman of the Trevecca Board of Trustees and a member of that body for 31 years, the Lyla T. Mackey Diakonos Award for his extraordinary service to the University community and to Christian higher education. The first recipient of this award and the person for whom it was named was Lyla T. Mackey, a member of the Trevecca faculty from 1935 to 1972. Davis, the third person to receive this award, has distinguished himself in his career as a lawyer and judge and in his service to the Church of the Nazarene. (See also p. 28.)

The Citizenship Award, the highest honor given to a Trevecca student, was awarded to Michael Stocks ’13 for the way he modeled dependability, academic accomplishments, enthusiasm, Christian character, and integrity during his years at Trevecca.


BOB GOFF, AUTHOR OF LOVE DOES, SPEAKS AT TREVECCA Bob Goff, author of the best-selling book Love Does, brought to Trevecca on April 4 and 5, 2013, his message about the importance of “doing” love. His belief that all persons need to “do” life led to his founding Restore International, a nonprofit human rights organization, that has been instrumental in helping girls in Uganda escape lives in forced prostitution and in the arrest of the perpetrators.


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ZOOM! BAM! KAPOW! THE TREVECCA CLASS OF 2017 COMES TO CAMPUS Incoming freshmen, transfer students, and family members arrived on campus on June 14 for a two-day “super-hero” immersion in all things Trevecca. During Trevecca Inside-Out participants could visit booths and learn about academic programs, student organizations, and campus services; they registered for drawings and enjoyed “Planet Krypton snacks.” Later these incoming students met their LEAP groups and enjoyed a movie in the Quad. On Saturday they met their academic advisors and signed up for classes before saying good-bye to their new friends.

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In its third year of existence, Trevecca’s Nursing Program continues to grow. This year ten persons graduated from that program. L-R: Haley Shaver, Allis Kersten, Leslie Speer, Allyssa VanArsdale, Lauren Pugh, Megan Spencer, Charly Hood, and Reiley Heaberlin. Not pictured—Cortney Nyadaro and Brittany Yonge.

WAGGONER LIBRARIANS LEAD IN PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS Ruth Kinnersley EdD, director of Trevecca’s Waggoner Library, and Judy Bivens EdD, coordinator of Trevecca’s Master of Library and Information Science Program, were elected to leadership positions in state and national professional library organizations. Dr. Kinnersley is the incoming president of the Tennessee Library Association, the representative body for all types of librarians in the state of Tennessee. For the past year she has served as the president-elect of that organization, and she is very active in the American Library Association and the Association of Christian Librarians. Dr. Bivens was elected as incoming chair of the American Library Association (ALA) Section of Educators of School Librarians (ESL) and an ALA councilor at large. As chair of ESL, Dr. Bivens will coordinate activities that relate to the preparation of school librarians at the national level. As ALA councilor, Dr. Bivens will be a part of the governing body of the American Library Association, serving a three-year term, which began at the end of the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, July 2, 2013. 14

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TREVECCA AND THE SALVATION ARMY SOUTHERN TERRITORY: A PRODUCTIVE 10-YEAR PARTNERSHIP More than 200 officers of The Salvation Army (TSA) Southern Territory came to campus to take classes in the following areas: Christian Ministry (CMP), continuing education courses, graduate religion classes, and the Master of Organizational Leadership (MOL) Program. Because of CMP’s success with TSA, Trevecca now offers that degree-completion program in an online format (CMO) to all qualified applicants. Also, first developed for TSA officers, Trevecca’s Master of Organizational Leadership Program is available to all qualified applicants, in both online and face-toface formats. “We, at Trevecca, are privileged and honored to be able to provide continuing theological and clergy education to our colleagues and friends in Christian ministry who are a part of The Salvation Army and, thus, to contribute in some small way to the significant work they do, as servants of Christ, in meeting human needs and advancing the cause of the Kingdom,” explained Provost Steve Pusey.

President Boone (second from left) welcomes leaders of The Salvation Army Southern Territory (TSA)--Major Roy Johnson and Commissioners David and Barbara Jeffrey—during the TSA’s annual week of study at Trevecca. Commissioner David Jeffrey spoke in the opening convocation at the start of the TSA week at Trevecca.

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MISSION NASHVILLE SERVES THE CITY IN YEAR TWO Youth groups from thirteen states participated in the two weeks of Mission Nashville held in July: 49 youth groups totaling approximately 650 teens during the two weeks. Participants spent their days serving the underprivileged in Nashville, working for The Salvation Army, Second Harvest Food Bank, Hands-on Nashville, Graceworks, the Nashville Rescue Mission, and Operation Stand Down, among others. Mission Nashville and First Church of the Nazarene, in Nashville, also were partners in a sports camp for children living near the church, and youths attending Mission Nashville worked in that camp. Next year Mission Nashville will be held the week of June 23, 2014, and registration will begin in November 2013.


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Thursday, November 7 7:00 PM

Fall musical (TBA), Benson Auditorium, McClurkan Building

Friday, November 8 10:00 AM

Founder’s Day Chapel Sanctuary, Trevecca Community Church of the Nazarene—President Boone will dialogue with Chet Bush ’96, Phyllis Kilbourn ’64, Matthew Litton ’96, and Harold Ivan Smith ’69.

11:00 AM

Pilgrimage to McClurkan’s Grave A service led by President Boone and SGA to honor the founder and first president of Trevecca, J. O. McClurkan. Leave from the parking lot of Trevecca Community Church.

11:30 AM

Emeritus Reunion luncheon (For all who have celebrated 50+ years out of Trevecca) Jernigan Student Center, President’s Dining Room

3:00 PM

Homecoming Parade and Street Fair Campus Center.

4:30 – 6:30 PM Homecoming Family Dinner Boone Business Building (A come-and-go event) 6:30 PM The Grand Ole’ Trevecca Opry Featuring alumni “guest artists,” The Courts of Trevecca Community Church of the Nazarene 9:00 PM Fall musical (TBA) Benson Auditorium, McClurkan Building 9:00 PM

Trojan Madness Trojan Fieldhouse, Moore Physical Education Center—Trevecca students build excitement for the first Trojan basketball game of the season with music, games, and more.

Saturday, November 9 8:00 AM TNU Challenge Fun Run 5K for KidPOWER This obstacle field/race raises funds and awareness for KidPOWER; this event is sponsored by the TNU athletic department and KidPOWER. 18

2013 Alumni Awards T Award Recipient— Minister GREG KENERLY ’85 has served in ministry for the past 28 years—as student ministries pastor at three Churches of the Nazarene (Ft. Myers First, Atlanta First, and Memphis Calvary, where he is now connections pastor). For the denomination he has been a regional and district NYI president, Y.E.S. conference director, NYC coordinator for both Tennessee and Georgia Districts, and trainer for youth workers for the General NYI. Greg wants to make a difference in the lives of others through local and international mission trips and by doing volunteer work in his local community. He is married to Marlene (Clark); they have three children.

T Award Recipient— Layperson PHYLLIS KILBOURN ’64 used her training (MA in religious education from Asbury; PhD in education from Trinity International University) to become an expert about crisis intervention with traumatized children. Since 1967, she has worked with Worldwide Evangelization for Christ International (WEC). Her research and her eight books about the needs of children in crisis have given her opportunities to work internationally-- changing cultures for God by developing programs for healing children and training others to be healers of children. She founded Rainbows of Hope and Crisis Care Training International and served as the director of each, and she developed a crisis-care curriculum for Crisis Care International. Treveccan Summer 2013

8:30 – 11:30 AM Reunions Classes, clubs, and affinity groups

First Chapter Award Robin Jewett PA ’05,winner of the Director’s Award for academic excellence, spiritual leadership, and professional competence as a PA student, lived in Benson Hall, when her husband, Ken MBA ’06, served as that dorm’s resident director, 2003-2006. After working in clinical practice, Robin joined the PA faculty in 2008 and practices in the University Clinic. Trevecca asked Robin to become the director of the PA Program, following the retirement of Dr. Moredock. Her vision for PA graduates to have compassionate hearts and to provide leadership and service to humanity is an extension of Trevecca’s mission. (On p. 21 read how Robin fulfills that vision.)

McClurkan Award GERALD MICHAEL MOREDOCK earned the MD degree in 1974 from the Indiana University School of Medicine. After completing his residency, he practiced medicine from 1977 to 1986, when he accepted the position of professor of allied health at Trevecca, where he later served as director of Trevecca’s Department of Allied Health, the medical director of the University Clinic, and as chair of the Division of Natural and Applied Sciences. From 2004 until 2012, he was the director of Trevecca’s Physician Assistant Program, overseeing the strengthening and enlarging of that program. He retired in July 2013. He and his wife, Naomi, have three children and five grandchildren.

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11:30 AM Enjoy lunch from the Nashville Food Trucks Hart Street at the side of Tidwell Building 12:30 PM Musical concert featuring Trevecca choirs Including the Trevecca Heritage Men’s Chorale, Sanctuary, Trevecca Community Church 2:00 PM

Lady Trojan Basketball Game Trojan Fieldhouse, Moore Physical Education Center

3:00 PM

Fall musical (TBA) Benson Auditorium, McClurkan Building

4:00 PM

Trojan Basketball Game Trojan Fieldhouse, Moore Physical Education Center

6:00 PM

Pizza and dessert for all Apple Dining Room, Jernigan Student Center

7:00 PM

Fall musical (TBA) Benson Auditorium, McClurkan Building

Sunday, November 10

Visit the church that you attended during your Trevecca days.

Registration information will be available on and through the mail. Art by Alumni An exhibit of art by Trevecca alumni artists will take place in Waggoner Library during Homecoming Weekend. Contact if you would like to display your work.


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WE CAN DO THAT! by Robin Jewett PA ’05

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“It’s better to do something perilous for the sake of love than nothing for the sake of fear.” Jesus knew it. The saints knew it. Faithful Bible readers know it. Kingdom work is perilous work. We know it was perilous for Christ, but comfort and safety are so attractive. I’ve had those thoughts, but I have concluded that I would rather do something perilous for the sake of love, rather than nothing for the sake of fear. My journey into the “perilous” has changed my life, and it began in August of 2008, when I visited Mercury Courts, an apartment complex for homeless adults operated by Nashville Urban Housing Solutions.

PA student Kinsey McCartney PA ’11 and Robin Jewett PA ’05, PA instructor, distribute food to residents of Mercury Courts during one of the health fairs conducted by PA students.

PA students into a world where drugs, prostitution, and other crimes were so common, but I reminded myself that it’s better to do something perilous for the sake of love than nothing for the sake of fear. In 2009, Traci expressed a new need: “Please don’t have workshops about eating healthfully. The economy has hit this population hard, and the food delivery trucks no longer have enough to go around. These people are hungry. Even our emergency food pantry is empty.” She was right. We couldn’t talk about reducing salt and fat intake when the residents were desperate to get food—any food. How could we fill the Courts’ empty food pantry? Restocking would require about 2,000 pounds of food. One ton of food?

“What do your residents need?” I asked Traci PattonWalker MA’96, a Mercury Courts employee. Traci described residents who were permanently disabled That’s all? We can do THAT!” Following the grant awards dinner, Traci Patton-Walker and Robin Jewett are all and suffered from strokes, smiles after learning that Humana had heart attacks, brain tumors, or I challenged the forty Trevecca awarded an initial grant to start the clinic. congestive heart failure—even physician assistant students to though they were in their 30s, gather one ton of groceries for the 40s, or 50s. “Because our residents are poor and Courts’ food pantry within two weeks. Not a lot of underserved,” Traci explained, “they have been time for students who were living at the poverty level studied, surveyed, and used as scientific subjects. themselves, but I’d rather do something perilous for They need someone to help—help them learn what the sake of love than nothing for the sake of fear. diabetes means, when to call the ambulance, or how to eat healthfully on a food-stamp budget.” Two weeks later, those PA students unloaded not one—but two—tons of groceries. Four thousand “That’s all? We can do that!” I said. pounds! We stocked that food pantry and several others in town for the year. The following year, PA Soon Trevecca’s physician assistant students students gathered three tons of groceries in two and I began offering weekly health workshops at weeks to provide emergency food supplies for our Mercury Courts, a program that continues now, five hungry neighbors! years later. Perhaps it was foolish, taking young 22

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PA students check the vital signs of Mercury Courts residents; Jenna Saale PA ’13 takes the blood pressure of one of those residents.

When my coat was stolen during a weekly workshop, I came face to face with my desire for comfort and security, and the Lord interrupted my inner whining about that loss: “Was it really YOUR coat?” Chagrined, I confessed, “No, it wasn’t. It’s your coat. Everything I have is yours, Lord.” And God replied, “Sometimes I call you to places where your coat—and a whole lot more– will be stolen, but you are still called to be there.” I remembered something I had read: Bringing people to God cannot be done from the safety and comfort of our sofas, making a difference to no one, blessing the already-blessed. God has called us to bring light, truth, and care to the poor, the widow, the orphan, and the foreigner among us. The next week one of the Mercury Courts regulars whispered in my ear, “Please don’t stop coming ’cuz someone stole from you. You bring the only light to this very dark place.”

visits to the homeless and residents of Mercury Courts and a place for Trevecca physician assistant students to practice their skills. Soon God brought the poor, the foreigner, and the orphan even closer to me—actually into my house. Last August, my husband and I flew to the Democratic Republic of Congo and adopted Addie Rose (6) and Palmer (8). When I was small, God had challenged me to adopt children who would otherwise be overlooked. Though I was young and did not understand the thousands of dollars or risk involved, I was able to say, “That’s all? I can do that!” Instead of being trapped in prostitution or slavery, without education or hope, our kids are enrolled in school, and every day they learn about the perilous path Jesus walked so that all of us could be adopted into the family of God.

God calls each of us to act in ways that seem too big, to take on expenses that seem too great, “That’s all? I can do that!” or to accept problems that seem The Jewett family—Robin, too complex. We may view those Addie Rose, Palmer, and Ken A new need at Mercury Courts soon “callings” with apprehension, but God materialized: residents needed is whispering to us, “There is no fear in medical care. They had no safe, local clinics, love because perfect love drives out fear.” and getting to doctors required long bus rides or arrangements for other transportation. Start a clinic? Do something perilous for the sake of love, rather than nothing for the sake of fear. That’s all. You can “That’s all? We can do that!” do that! With the help of grants, The Clinic at Mercury Courts opened in August 2012. It now provides free office Treveccan Summer 2013

*Earlier this spring Robin was named director of Trevecca’s Physician Assistant Program.


TOBYMAC BRINGS CAMP ELECTRIC TO TREVECCA FOR THE 6TH YEAR For the sixth consecutive year, Trevecca was the location for Camp Electric in Nashville. This “worship rock and roll music camp” brought 925 aspiring teen musicians and counselors to Trevecca. Campers participated in worship services and in training sessions designed to help them improve their skills as instrumentalists and vocalists. Musicians who were part of this year’s Camp Electric included the following: Michael W. Smith, Disciple, The Letter Black, Luminate, Thousand Foot Krutch,TobyMac, Jamie Grace ,KJ-52, Royal Tailor, the drummer from Casting Crowns, the guitarist for Pillar, and members of TobyMac’s band. In this photo TobyMac performs in an evening concert.


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TNT@TNU Trevecca welcomed 3,000 teens and sponsors to the 2013 TNT@TNU, April 15 to 17. Jon Acuff, author of Quitter and the blog, spoke in the kick-off event on Thursday evening, and John Luke and Sadie Robertson, of A&E’s popular Duck Dynasty, spoke later in the event. Worship was led by Trevecca’s Refuge and Awaken.

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After being tied with Cedarville College in the race for the first Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) Presidents’ Cup, Trevecca broke the tie at the baseball championship and received the G-MAC Presidents’ Cup, presented during the G-MAC Spring Joint Council Meeting on the campus of Ursuline College. Throughout the year Cedarville University, Central State University, Trevecca Nazarene University, Urbana University, and Ursuline College fought to earn Presidents’ Cup points through their performances at the twelve G-MAC Championships.


The race for the 2013 Presidents’ Cup came down to the 2013 baseball championship at Trevecca, the final G-MAC Championship game. After a loss and its move to the losers’ bracket, Trevecca had to win three games—two against Cedarville, the school with which it was tied for the cup. Trevecca prevailed in the three games, broke the tie with Cedarville, and claimed the 2013 G-MAC Presidents’ Cup. Trevecca’s championship record is the following: won the women’s soccer championship, men’s and women’s golf, softball, and baseball; and finished second in men’s and women’s cross country, women’s volleyball, women’s and men’s basketball. Other than Trevecca and Cedarville, the only other school to win championships was Urbana (men’s soccer championship and the women’s basketball championship). Treveccan Summer 2013

The G-MAC Presidents’ Cup bears name plates with a quick response code (QR code or bar code) for each winner; scanning a QR code takes a person directly to the Trevecca Presidents’ Cup Championship web page.


Mark Foster ’08, the only Trojan to have his soccer number retired, is the new head coach of women’s soccer. Foster finished his Trevecca career as the program’s all-time leading scorer, (41 career goals) and on its all-time scoring list (95 points); he is also tied for first for all-time assists (13). Foster had been the assistant women’s coach under Brett Armstrong, who resigned this spring. In announcing Foster’s new role, Mark Elliott, Trevecca athletic director, explained, “During the course of his tenure, Brett Armstrong, along with Mark Foster, built a team with the highest academic rating, great spiritual depth, phenomenal team chemistry, and excellent athletic ability. They also crafted a 2012 season that rivals any in the history of Trevecca athletics. It was plain to see that Mark Foster was the person best suited to continue the program’s momentum.” Foster, from Newcastle, Ireland, played for the Kilmore in Ireland, and coached at Donelson Christian Academy, Ensworth High School, the Brentwood Soccer Club, and the Tennessee United Soccer Club.

coach of the year; Corey Crunk, Tyler Tichenor, Jordan Foreman, Cameron Boyett, Rob Rowland, and Connor Haddock—members of the allconference team. The following won awards from the NCCAA Mid-East Regional: Newman, player of the year; Newman, Crunk and Tichenor—allregion; Haddock, Dylan Kuhn, Blake Rogers, and Foreman—all-region honorable mention. The NCAAA All-American Team included Newman on the first team and Tichenor and Crunk on the second team. Softball – The softball team also won the inaugural G-MAC regular season and tournament championships. In conference play the Trojans were 15-0 (12-0 regular season, 3-0 in tournament). G-MAC awards went to the following: Breanna Zeis, player of the year, and Ben Tyree, coach of the year; Lacey Grimes, Aubrey Jordan, Heather Shuler, Shelby Andrews, Natalie Papini, and Kelsey Kemp were all-conference honorees with Zeis. The NCCAA Mid-East Region selected Zeis as the player of the year and tipped Zeis, Jordan, and Lindsey Stephens all-region. That trio was also named to the NCCAA All-American Team: Zeis on the first team, Jordan and Stephens on the second team. Zeis was named the NCCAA National Player of the Year. Men’s Golf – The men’s golf team won the program’s first conference title, and Robbie Wilson was named coach of the year. The team won the conference tournament, and Stephen Williams won tournament medalist honors. Logan Martin was named freshman of the year. Williams and Martin were joined by Tyler Phillips and Aaron Burnett on the all-conference team.

Foster is married to the former Jessica Leary ’08, a former Trojan softball and soccer player.

Women’s Golf - The women’s golf team won the program’s first G-MAC title, its sixth conference title in the last 11 years. Leading the team to that title was Mikayla Dodson, the conference medalist. Kaylon King, Ashley Randolph, and Marlee Ingham made the all-conference team. Kaylon King was voted the G-MAC Freshman of the Year.



Trojan spring sports added to G-MAC accolades with four more conference titles and two tournament titles. Baseball – The Ryan Schmalz era started with the team winning the first-ever G-MAC regular season and postseason championships. The 34 wins resulted in the following individual honors: Hunter Newman, freshman of the year; Ryan Schmalz, Treveccan Summer 2013

The NCAA DII approved Trevecca for year three candidacy in the process toward full membership as a DII institution. In this “provisional year” all of Trevecca’s sports will operate fully by NCAA DII rules.


CHARLES A. DAVIS JR. NAMED CHIEF JUDGE Judge Charles Davis ’70 was unanimously elected chief judge of the Florida Second District Court of Appeals by his colleagues. He began a two-year term on July 1, 2013. In his new role, he is responsible for all administrative matters in the court. Charles graduated from the University of Cincinnati (MA) and the University of Florida (JD). His career includes service as a public school teacher, practicing lawyer, member of the city commission of Winter Haven, Florida, and its mayor. He was elected circuit judge for the Tenth Judicial Circuit in 1984, and he was serving as chief judge (1995-1999) when Governor Jeb Bush appointed him to the Second District Court of Appeals, where he served until he was elected to this new position. Trevecca honored Charles at commencement by awarding him the Lyla T. Mackey Diakonos Award, for his extraordinary service to the University community and to Christian higher education. He is only the third person to receive this award. ( See also pp. 10-11.)

JIM FOGLESONG, 1923-2013 As a producer and music executive, he had helped build Nashville’s country music industry— had given some country music stars their “big chance” in the industry and had helped others advance their careers. His own career in the industry secured his election to the Country Music Hall of Fame, where his plaque hangs beside those of country music legends. But at a time in his life when he could have retired and enjoyed the fruits of his career success, Jim Foglesong continued to do what he had always done—remain behind the scenes and promote others, this time by teaching the about music industry to students at Trevecca and at Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music. Foglesong came to Trevecca in 1999, at age 76, to serve as Trevecca’s first full-time director of the Music Business Program; in 2008 he “retired” as director but continued to teach part time in that program until 2010. Jim Foglesong died on July 9, 2013. Beloved by his students, he left a legacy at Trevecca by the way he taught and encouraged students and by his “walk” on this campus as a kind and gentle man to all who knew him. 28

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MARRIAGES AND BIRTHS David ’93 and Cherilyn Jones Word ’96 of Goodlettsville, Tenn.—a daughter, Meghan Elizabeth, born 1/31/13. David and Cherilyn have been married for 12 years. (Photo A) Grant Wegenka and Heather Ashton ’01 were married on 3/23/13 at Nashville First Church of the Nazarene. They reside in Nashville, Tenn., and are active in church and enjoy swing and ballroom dancing. Heather is the merchandise manager for church supplies and gifts at Cokesbury, and Grant is a process engineer at Cloypay Plastic Products. (Photo B) Keith ’01 and Lauren Orser of Nashville, Tenn., a daughter— Kendall Reese, born 3/15/12. Kendall was welcomed by big sister Parker Christian. (Photo C)



Jay Blankman and LeAnn Thomas ’08 were married on 4/21/12 at Long Hollow Baptist Church in Hendersonville, Tenn., where they now live. LeAnn is an accountant, and Jay works in automotive sales. (Photo D) David Goen ’10 and Emily Cammer ’11 were married on 4/20/13 at the Church of the Nazarene in Auburn, N.Y. Members of the wedding party included Trevecca alumni Tracy Uscinski ’10, Ryan Darling ’10, Robert Bandstra ’10, and Bryan Good ’10. The ceremony was performed by Ed Darling ’82. Joseph Jared ’10 was a featured musician, and Jen Henderson ’10 was the wedding photographer. (Photo E)


Kyle Davis ’11 and Whitney Baun ’10 (mass communication) and ’11 (nursing) were married on 8/11/12 at Grace Church of the Nazarene in Nashville, Tenn. Kyle recently earned his CPA license and is working at Hospital Corporation of America in Nashville, Tenn. Whitney works as a registered nurse at Vanderbilt Medical Center. (Photo F)


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Marian Powell ’60, of Birmingham, Ala., has published The Royal Rose of Alabama: The Gold Crown Pendant Affair, which is available from Ruth Shannon Cowan ’61 received the Georgia Association for Gifted Children Lifetime Service Award, that organization’s highest recognition, for her career in education, which has spanned more than half a century—as a teacher and administrator, gifted program coordinator, and an employee of the Georgia Department of Education.

Jim Van Hook ’63 received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) on 6/6/13 in Louisville, Ky. Phyllis Buss Flannery ’64 retired after 43 years of service to Trevecca. Phyllis Kilbourn ’64 (See p. 18.) David Deese ’69 retired after 34 years of service to Trevecca. Harold Ivan Smith ’69 has had three books published recently: Borrowed narratives: Using historical and biographical narratives with the bereaving, Routledge; When you don’t know what to say, (Rev. ed.) Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City; and When a child you love is grieving, (Rev. ed.) Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City. (See p. 18.)

Charles Davis ’70 (See pp. 10, 11, & 28.) Larry Dennis ’71 (See p. 35.) Stephen ’72 and Linda Caraway Binkley ’71, of Nashville, Tenn., pose with their twin grandchildren—Aaron Bradford Lawton and Ella Caroline Lawton— children of their daughter, Kathryn (Binkley) Lawton ’05. James R. Hicks ’72 recently published A Thumbnail Sketch of the Bible Story to help leaders mentor and facilitate small groups in both church and nonchurch environments. The book is available from Amazon in paperback and for Kindle. Jim’s website, www.smallgroupinstitute. com, has more training materials for small group leaders. Wendell Nixon ’72 (See p. 5.) Robert Benson ’74 has published a new book, Moving Miss Peggy: A Story of Dementia, Courage and Consolation. This memoir recounts the ways he and his siblings coped with their mother’s journey into dementia and provides a guide


for families whose loved ones have that illness. His mother, Peggy (Siler) Benson ’51, had worked in Trevecca’s School of Education. Dan Boone ’74 has published three books this year: The Lord’s Prayer: Imagine It Answered, Dust Jacket Press; The Church in Exile: Interpreting Where We Are, a Kindle eBook; and The Dark Side of God: When God Is Hard to Explain, a Kindle eBook. (See pp. 2 & 15.) Helen Herring McCormick ’74, president and founder of The House, Inc., Student Leadership Center, was notified that her organization will be featured in The Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington, 2013-2014 edition. The House, Inc., Student Leadership Center was one of 73 outstanding nonprofits selected from more than 210 applications by a committee of more than 100 expert reviewers from area foundations, corporate-giving programs, and peer nonprofit organizations. Barry Landis ’75 has been named a partner in Working Title Agency, a leading faith-based entertainment firm. Formerly an associate publisher for Howard/Simon & Schuster, Barry was responsible for the sale of books, music and home videos, and theatrical tickets—sales which totaled more than a billion dollars. Marvin Wells ’76 received on 4/12/13 the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service, given by the department of the U.S. Army. Marvin is married to Joy Pratt Wells ’76. Kim Wonders ’78 is the master director of the Metro Nashville Chorus, which was named the 2013 Regional Chorus Champion at the annual Sweet Adelines regional competition, held April 6-8 in Chattanooga, Tenn. This win earned Metro Nashville Chorus the opportunity to compete against the top 35 choruses in the world at the 2014 International Contest in Baltimore, Md.

Jim Taylor ’81 (See p. 5.) Mark Bane ’82 was elected superintendent of the Joplin District of the Church of the Nazarene. He had been serving as the pastor of Gracepointe Church of the Nazarene in Atlanta, Ga. John ’82 and Susan Rector Dunn ’82 (See pp. 4 & 5.) Rebecca Willis Geasley ’82, who has worked for the past 30 years as a high-level executive assistant for CEOs in the Washington, D.C., area, including the owner of the Washington Redskins, is now the senior executive assistant for The Analytic Sciences Corporation (TASC). Michael Johnson ’82/MEd ’03 (See p. 35.)

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Jeffrey Johnson ’85, the pastor of Houston First Church of the Nazarene since January of 2001, was elected district superintendent of the Houston (Tex.) District of the Church of the Nazarene. (See p. 35.)

rank of colonel. Reggie had been superintendent of William Howard Taft National Historic Site in Cincinnati, Ohio, and he previously served as the superintendent of the George Washington Carver National Monument.

Greg Kenerly ’85 (See p. 18.) Beth Duffield ’87 MOM is the new vice president of workforce development for the Rutherford County (Tenn.) Chamber of Commerce. She had been serving as director of development for the Middle Tennessee State University College of Liberal Arts.

What does transparency really mean? In a world full of hurt, deception, betrayal, and evil, how are we to risk opening up to others? Who can we trust? How can we begin to share our lives when we do not fully understand the expectations we have concerning ourselves, God, and others? At times, real transparency can seem unattainable. If we are to show others true love, as God intended, we must risk walking the sometimes scary line of transparency. This book will challenge readers to become transparent in every area of their lives so that love can be shown. This transparency will open the door to better growth within our lives and that of others. It’s time to explore what it’s like to be transparent!

Denise Ferrell Hanley ’91 is the new director of information technology for Remar and is responsible for all aspects of that company’s secure information systems, network infrastructure and system administration, strategic planning, and day-to-day IT operations. Denise had previously served as the chief data officer of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy, a professional association that helps preserve the public trust through effective regulation of the accounting profession and the nation’s 55 state boards of accountancy. KW117 Being Transparent Cover.indd All Pages

Rebecca Gardner Welch ’92/MEd ’03/EdD ’07 is the new principal at Joelton Elementary School in Metro Nashville Public Schools. Christopher Griffin ’94/MA ’96 is the pastor of Clearwater (Kans.) Church of the Nazarene. He graduated from Nazarene Theological Seminary in 2009. He is a councilman on the Clearwater City Council, serves as president of the Clearwater Ministerial Alliance, and serves on the Clearwater Fall Festival and Christmas Comes to Clearwater Committees. He said, “We are so blessed to serve with such a warm and giving church community. We are very excited about the opportunities to serve our community.” Christopher is married to Leeza Foulds Griffin ’96. Holly Miller Whitby ’95 and her mother, Debra Godfrey, have published Making and Baking the Bread: Survival Strategies for Breadwinner Wives, which they co-wrote. This book provides spiritual insight and practical strategies to women who are the primary breadwinners in their families. Chet Bush ’96 (See p. 18.) Matthew Litton ’96 (See p. 18.) Traci Patton-Walker ’96 (See p. 22.) James Bell MHR ’98 is CEO and co-founder of two new medical device start-up companies, Mobilizer and HandMinder, Inc. Dottie Critchlow ’98 EdD is the executive officer of instructional support for Metro Nashville Public Schools and will have oversight of the district’s English learners (EL) and exceptional education services. Reggie Tiller MA ’98 is the acting superintendent of the Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument, the site that commemorates Colonel Charles Young, the third AfricanAmerican to graduate from West Point and a distinguished African-American Army officer—the first to achieve the

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SuSan M. SiMS

Susan M. Sims is a stay-at-home mom of three children: Elizabeth, Erica, and David. She is happily married to her husband of sixteen years, Brian. You can find more of Susan’s writings on her blog at Her desire is for all to understand the importance of being transparent as they continually grow deeper in their relationship with God and others.

BeinG TranSparenT WiTh YOurSelf, GOd, and OTherS

are you transparent?

Being Transparent With Yourself, God, and Others

Susan M. Sims

Susan Hicks Sims ’97 published her first book, Being Transparent with Yourself, God, and Others. It is available through in paperback and Kindle edition. She and her husband, Brian Sims ’92, live in Nashville, Tenn., and have three children. Her blog is www.

Jason Adkins ’99 led Trevecca’s Urban Farm Camp for 18 high school students from Overton and Antioch High Schools in Nashville this June. He taught them ways to address food problems by planting and cultivating gardens and fruit trees, caring for chickens, and working in Trevecca’s aquaponics system. 5/20/13 11:03 AM

Swinburne Augustine ’99 is conducting research for the EPA aimed at developing and applying rapid, cost-effective, sensitive, and multiplexed methods to measure human exposure to environmental pathogens. His work uses human saliva as a source of salivary antibodies against waterborne, foodborne, and airborne pathogens. Joey Evans Brummett ’99 created the “world’s largest balloon rollercoaster”— using 3,000 balloons, 10 to 15 persons, 4 balloon professionals, and 110 man hours. This super-sculpture was on display at First Church of the Nazarene in Fort Myers, Fla., as part of its vacation Bible school program. Amy Waldbueser Dugan PA ’99 has joined St. Augustine Ear Nose & Throat and Avanti Medical Spa, in St. Augustine, Fla.

Yolanda Taylor-Statom MLIS ’01/EdD ’12, the reading specialist at Stratton Elementary School in Metro-Nashville Public Schools, was named Teacher of the Year 2013 by the Greater Nashville Alliance of Black School Educators in recognition of her exceptional service to the children of Tennessee. Erin Thomas ’01, of Nashville, has recently developed a new career as a solo vocalist and song writer and released her first album, You Don’t Know Me, which immediately earned rave reviews. This album includes her duet with Vince Gill on “That Kind of Love.” Erin describes her sound a “folk” that has been “influenced by simple, airy acoustics with bluegrass instrumentation.” Among the places where she and her band have played are Club Passim in Cambridge, Mass., and the Living Room in New York City.


Andy Keffer ’02/MA ’12, formerly the youth pastor and associate pastor at Park Lane Church of the Nazarene in Clarksville, Tenn., has accepted the position of senior pastor at First Church of the Nazarene in Jacksonville, Fla. Christopher Marczak MEd ’02/EdD ’06 was chosen as the new assistant superintendent of the Oak Ridge (Tenn.) School System. (Photo right) Schuy Weishaar ’02 has published Master of the Grotesque: The Cinema of Tim Burton, Terry Gilliam, the Coen Brothers and David Lynch, McFarland, 2012. Chris Colvin ’03/’12 MA, of Mt. Olive, Ala., has written Revelation for Everyday Life (Tate Publishing) to help persons understand the last book of the Bible, which has been mysterious and threatening to many readers. The book is available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Chris is the pastor of the Northside Church of the Nazarene in Jasper, Ala.

John A. Vacchiano Jr. ’05 earned a doctorate in missional evangelism from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., in a ceremony on 5/13/13 in The National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. John has been the lead pastor of the Church at the Cross since its founding in 2001, and he is also the headmaster of Crosstyle Academy, a K-12 private, Christian school. Lindsay Haywood Huggins ’06 released her first music video for her song “God Whispers.” The video features Christina Skelly Hitchcock ’08 and can be viewed at Rhiannon Mason ’06, current student in the EdD Program, has been named principal of Stuart-Burns Elementary in Dickson, Tenn., after serving last year as the assistant principal at that school. She previously had taught at Springfield High School in Robertson County, where she also served three years as assistant principal.

Robert Milton ’03 won top honors at the Athanatos Christian Ministries 2013 Christian Novel Contest for his novel Seed of Doubt. His book of poetry, The Gray in Between, was published in 2006. Since then, he has written two novels and is currently working on his third.

Betty Reynolds ’06 MEd/’10 EdD, principal of Holy Rosary Academy in Nashville, Tenn., received a Top Leadership Award for 2013 from The Tennessean, and Holy Rosary was recognized as a 2013 Top Workplace by The Tennessean, ranking #3 in the top ten.

Amanda Alexander ’04 MHR is the new human resources manager for the Maury County (Tenn.) Public Schools. Amanda has worked for the school system for 12 years.

Bethany Davis MS ’07 has joined Varallo Public Relations as senior account manager providing public relations, media relations, and other marketing services for the firm’s clientele. Prior to this assignment, she was with CBS affiliate NewsChannel 5/WTVF in Nashville, Tenn., serving as producer/director for the station’s cable channel, morning news producer, and national sales coordinator.

Mylisa Apperson ’04 MEd, of Lexington, S.C., has been named principal of Gilbert Primary School in that city. She had been serving as assistant principal at Midway Elementary School, also in Lexington. Trent Ogilvie MHR ’04 was named Best Spiritual Leader in Maury County, S.C. Trent is the pastor of Bethel Chapel A.M.E. Church in Columbia, S.C. Brian Walkup ’04 (See p. 8.) Amy Bolton Wheeler ’04 is the CFO at Parkridge East Hospital in Chattanooga, Tenn. Since joining HCA in 2004, she progressed through the internal audit and accounting ranks. She previously served as controller at Centennial Hospital in Nashville, Tenn., since 2009. Lisa Barwell ’05 (See p. 35.) Eric Johnson ’05/MBA ’10 earned a doctorate in leadership and policy from Peabody College/Vanderbilt University this spring. He is the upper-school assistant division head at Currey Ingram Academy in Brentwood, Tenn. Robin ’05 PA and Ken Jewett ’05 (See pp. 19 & 22-23.) Dan Mistak ’05 completed a doctorate in jurisprudence at Berkeley Law in May and is starting a PhD in jurisprudence and social policy at the University of California-School of Law at Berkeley in the fall. He received the Selznick Fellowship.


Yolanda Ogilvie ‘05 has written her first children’s book, Nana: A Portrait of Inspiration, a touching and fun-filled love letter from a woman to her grandmother, Nana.

Tim Shay ’07, sports information director at Mid-Continent University (MCU), was selected by his peers as the TranSouth Sports Information Director of the Year for 2012-2013. Tim, now completing his second season at MCU, launched livestreaming of games and created a social media presence for the school. Lita Warise EdD ’07, previously a tenured associate professor at Middle Tennessee State University’s School of Nursing, has joined The Primary Care and Hope Clinic as a family nurse practitioner. Lita is responsible for general patient care for the clinic’s medically uninsured clients.

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Daniel Armstrong ’08 MEd, of Big Sandy, Tenn., is the new principal of Harrelson School in Puryear, Tenn. For the past three years he served as assistant principal of the Big Sandy School.

for July, in recognition of the many volunteer roles she fills in her church, in her community, and for fundraising efforts for medical needs.

Chad Davis ’08 earned a master’s degree in public policy and a doctorate in jurisprudence from Pepperdine University in June.

Marta Whittington ’12 EdD, an administrator at the Tennessee School for the Blind, is one of the writers of a new book, Making Magic in the Middle, produced by Works of Wisdom Education Consulting.

Mark ’08 and Jessica Leary Foster ’08 (See p. 27.)

Sherman Bucher MA ’13 (See p. 11.)

Phillip Hines ’08 is a nuclear pharmacist in west Texas. He is pictured in the Hardy Alumni Center wearing a T-shirt designed for Trevecca’s recent accreditation process. Stephanie Ham ’09 MLIS is the new lead librarian for Metro Nashville Public Schools. In this position Stephanie will coordinate all activities of the MNPS libraries. For the past two years, she has been the Nashville Public Library Limitless Libraries coordinator. Diana Reaves ’09, a third-year graduate student in the University of Arkansas’s Programs in Creative Writing and Translation, swept the poetry category in that institution’s annual writing competitions, winning three awards, $13,000 in scholarships, and a year off from her graduate teaching assistantship so that she can devote more time to her writing. Additionally, her poems have appeared in Tar River Poetry, Boxcar Poetry Review, and The 2River View, and she will be the featured poet at this fall’s Big Rock Reading Series, hosted by Pulaski Technical College in Little Rock, Ark.

Jeff Byler ’13 (See p. 13.) Koang Chol ’13, refugee social services specialist for Nashville International Center for Empowerment (NICE), joined the NICE staff in 2011. He is in charge of helping refugees find sustainable employment. Koang, who came to the U. S. from Sudan, speaks Arabic, English, and Nuer. Amy Hammons ’13 (See p. 11.) Reiley Heaberlin ’13 (See p. 14.) Charly Hood ’13 (See p. 14.) Allis Kersten ’13 (See p. 14.) Samantha McDonald ’13 (See p. 11.) Rebecka Michael EdD ’13 and her son, Cameron Michael ’13, graduated from Trevecca in May. Rebecka earned a doctorate; Cameron earned an undergraduate degree. Cortney Keagle Nyadaro ’13 (See p. 14.) Lauren Pugh ’13 (See p. 14.) Rachel Ridgill ’13 (See p. 2.) Jenna Saale ’13 (See p. 23.) Hannah Schnebly ’13 (See p. 7.)

Anita Chesney EdD ’10, a nursing integration specialist with ATI Nursing Education, is responsible for assisting nursing faculty in five states with implementation and use of their ATI technology resources. (See also p. 35.) Ross Muirhead ’10 (See pp. 8 & 9.) Nathan Wright ’10 (See pp. 8 & 9.) Kinsey McCartney ’11 PA (See pp. 22-23.) Jordan Peoples ’11 began working for Nashville International Center for Empowerment (NICE) as an intern. Now he manages NICE’s institutional development efforts and maintains links between NICE and refugee and mainstream communities.

Haley Shaver ’13 (See p. 14.) Leslie Speer ’13 (See p. 14.) Megan Spencer ’13 (See p. 14.) Michael Stocks ’13 (See pp. 7 & 11.) Allyssa VanArsdale ’13 (See p. 14.) Tadd Wagner ’13 is traveling to Mongolia this summer with the Hannah Project Mission and will conduct eye-care clinics there. Jum Waters ’13 (See p. 13.) Brittany Yonge ’13 (See p. 14.)

Jocelyn McCoy ’12, the Nashvillearea recruiter for Trevecca’s College of Lifelong Learning and a resident of Murfreesboro, Tenn., was featured on the “Doing Good” blog as the Volunteer of the Month

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in information technology with Metro Nashville Schools. He is the father of Amy Conditt, faculty member in Trevecca’s School of Education.

Glenn Ellen Darnell ’50 of Nashville, Tenn.—5/1/13 Glen Ellen, who was a military wife for many years, retired from Trevecca after many years of service as a secretary for the director of education programs

Herman Wade Westbrook ’63 of Olive Branch, Miss.—5/20/13 He spent his early career as a teacher and principal in Nashville and as a pastor in the Church of the Nazarene. A graduate of medical school, he also practiced medicine as an obstetrician/ gynecologist.

Ruth Saxon ’50 of Dowling Park, Fla.—6/3/13 As a missionary, Ruth influenced many ministerial students through her teaching and life example at Caribbean Nazarene Bible College. She first retired to Bradenton Missionary Village and was active as an adult Sunday school teacher at Bradenton First Church. She later moved to north Florida. She did not allow her Parkinson’s disease to limit her life; she remained active and attended service at the nearby Church of the Nazarene the day before she passed. Gene Williams ’53 of Wichita, Kans.—6/30/13 Gene, a pastor in the Church of the Nazarene for 47 years and senior pastor of Wichita (Kans.) First Church of the Nazarene for 27 of those years, and his wife Joyce ’90 founded Shepherd’s Fold Ministries to serve pastors and their families. Hilda Senn Hall ’59 of Athens, Ala.—3/16/13 Hilda spent her life traveling the world, serving as a USAF chaplain’s wife. Walter White ’59 of Mt. Sterling, Ohio—5/3/13 Walter spent his life dedicated to ministry as a pastor in the Church of the Nazarene. He also had been resident director of Tidwell Hall. John Howard Taylor ’62 of Brentwood, Tenn.—4/24/13 John was a science teacher, a guidance counselor, and a pioneer

Zane Edmonds ’68 of Spokane, Wash.—5/19/13 Zane served in the United States Air Force and later taught physiology at Embry Riddle University. Jim Turnock ’73 of Virginia Beach, Va.—1/1/13 Jim retired after serving many years in the ministry and as a song evangelist. In 1978 he was sent on special assignment to Germany as coordinator of ministry for the U.S. military. Samuel Bernard Madison MEd ’88 of Chattanooga, Tenn.— 5/8/13 Samuel began his career as an English teacher at Orchard Knob Middle School and later retired after 30 years with the Chattanooga Police Department, where he progressed through the ranks from patrolman to sergeant. Samuel served the community as director of the Drug Abuse Resistance Education Program (D.A.R.E.) for 15 years in the Chattanooga Public Schools System. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. Gerard Nyssen of Murfreesboro, Tenn.—4/10/13 Dr. Nyssen taught in Trevecca’s Department of Science and Mathematics for 30 years, until his retirement in 1999. Jim Fogelsong of Nashville, Tenn.—7/9/13 (See p. 28.)





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Anita Chesney EdD ’10 wore her Trevecca shirt when she visited Grand Tetons National Park in May 2013. (Photo A) Larry Dennis ’71/DD ’04 wore a Trevecca shirt when he visited Washim, India, and participated in Reynolds Memorial Hospital’s 75th Anniversary Celebration in that city. Larry is pictured with Atul Meshramkar, the executive director of the Reynolds Memorial Hospital. (Photo B) Jeffrey Johnson ’85 poses at the 2013 Shell Houston Open held at Redstone Country Club in Humble, Tex. He usually attends a round or two of this annual stop on the PGA Tour. This year he wore a Trevecca golf shirt given to him by his brother, Michael Johnson ’82 MEd ’03, who in addition to working in the president’s office, is also women’s golf coach at Trevecca. (Photo C) Lisa Barwell ’05 participated in a Work and Witness trip to Havana Cuba in March of this year and remembered to pack her Trevecca shirt. She reports, “We did some construction at the seminary campus and spent time with and prayed with the people. God is doing amazing work in Cuba!” (Photo D)



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The Magazine of Trevecca Nazarene University

Summer 2013


Fall semester begins (Students begin arriving on August 23.)

September 12-14 Mobilizing the Church—a social justice conference September 26

Leeland Concert

October 5

Inside Trevecca Day

October 10

Nina Griggs Gunter Leadership Award chapel with Jo Anne Lyon

October 18 Legacy Partners Fall Celebration October 22

Trevecca Association of Business Professionals Networking Lunch

October 28-29

Annual Preaching Conference

November 7-8

Homecoming 2013

February 7, 2014

Legacy Partners Florida Celebration at Highland Park Church of the Nazarene (Lakeland, Florida)

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