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President’s Imprint

What are we thinking? One of the better books I’ve read recently is Souls in Transition by Christian Smith. It is a study of the age characteristics of the “emerging adult,” eighteen- totwenty-three-year-olds who are choosing to navigate life in a little different way from the generations ahead of them. As a college president, I am interested in the book; I want to know the influences on this age group. Counter to popular myth, these emerging adults are significantly influenced by their parents and grandparents. Those of us in those two groups may have been fooled into thinking that we have aged into the category of uncool, irrelevant, and obsolete. Using information he gathered from these emerging adults, Smith finds that our wisdom and advice is needed and desired. On the other hand, Smith also asserts that we have backed away from our role. He says that we have stopped coaching, mentoring, and being deeply involved in the choices our children and grandchildren are making; that we cheer faintly from the sidelines, believing they will now make up their own minds; and that our wisdom no longer matters. What are we thinking? Research from them tells us they need us at the very time we are exiting the serious conversations that they desire. The same parents who give unsolicited advice on oil changes, hair styles, and sports teams are leaving the conversation when it comes to a college choice. I wish I had a dollar for every parent who told me with shrugged shoulders, “Well, they are adults now, and we’re going to let them decide which college to go to. We hope they choose a Christian college, but you can’t push them or they may rebel.” The very students who have reported that they need our wisdom are being abandoned to decide on their own. 2

A parent who has spent eighteen years getting them to church, watching over their friendships, tending to their schedule, caring about their ethical choices, and praying for them is now ready to say, “If you choose to attend a hedonistic, party-throwing college that is the epitome of everything we have encouraged you not to do, a college that will mock our faith as ancient and uninformed, a college that will shape the worldview you will live with, then we are willing to finance that experience for you because we think you are old enough to make your own choices now.” What are we thinking? My disappointment is not with the teenagers who are lured to a college by the popularity of the state football team they root for or the cool kid from high school who is going there or the latte machine in the dorm. My disappointment is with the adults in those students’ lives who have not given them sufficient loving wisdom to make a better choice. What are we thinking? Come on, Dad and Mom. Come on, grandparents. Stay in the game. The college choice may well set the sail for life for someone you deeply love. And if Smith is right, they are asking for your input.

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Dan L. Boone, D. Min.

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What are we thinking?

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Mission Nashville Vol. 82 No. 2 Fall 2012 Dan Boone ’74 President Jan Greathouse ’67 Editor Contributors Hunter Cummings ’07 Casey Johnson ’03/MBA ’10 Susan Lahey MS ’04 Greg Ruff ’00 Contact Information Treveccan 333 Murfreesboro Road Nashville, TN 37210 615-248-7782 Main number 615-248-1200

A baseball hero, Trevecca, India: Parts of God’s story West meets East: Training counselors in the Philippines

Campus News............................................


Trojan Talk Library research—Easier than ever before Lillenas Publishing Company moving to Trevecca campus Jazz students jazz up Shed’s Nailing the interview—A new way to prepare Spotlighting new leaders Nursing grads excel PA students appointed volunteers in Zambia Serving “Coffee with a Cause” Jake Duncan: Inspiration to others MDiv now offered at Trevecca

Admissions office 615-248-1320

Homecoming ..............................................


Alumni office 615-248-1350

Feature Story..............................................

22-25 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 Relations, Trevecca Nazarene University, 333 Murfreesboro Road, Nashville, TN 37210-2877.

Finding God’s “heart for people” and changing a city...

Alumni News .............................................


Alumni celebrating and communicating Alumni and friends we will miss Faculty-employee news Who are your Trevecca work buddies? Where in the world have you worn Trevecca clothing?

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Mission Nashville 2012 Life-Changing! Hunter Cummings ’07*

God is at work. During the first week of July, God was at work in Nashville. God was at work in students’ hearts, and God was at work at Trevecca once again. More than four hundred students came from Methodist and Nazarene* churches for Mission Nashville 2012. Each day Trevecca SENT students to GO to dozens of Nashville agencies in the people business. Students filled boxes at Feed the Children, cleaned a creek, hosted a carnival in an urban housing development, weeded urban gardens, and gave reasons for children to smile! Those agencies were blessed by volunteers willing to serve in whatever way was needed. Each night God continued to work during the powerful worship services, led by Heather Daugherty and Trevecca’s PR bands, Refuge and Awaken. Each night Matt Hastings ’98/MA ’07, pastor of Grace Church in Estill Springs, Tennessee, challenged campers with a message to come and see God.

Students and adults came to Nashville to serve, but they also saw God and were changed.

I experienced God washing me clean and wiping away my sins. I saw everyone raising their hands in worship, and it was amazing! Sammy London, 10th grader First Church of the Nazarene, Huntsville, Ala.

This past week we went to Mission Nashville. Of the many things we did . . . my favorite thing was worship. I know I have a craving for God! The music was AMAZING! Every day I’d anxiously wait for the service. Refuge would play, and we’d all file to the altars or stay in our seats with our arms raised. I have never experienced anything like this before! I am so excited for next year! Joy Diehl, 6th grader First Church of the Nazarene, Nashville, Tenn.


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Mission Nashville was just truly an amazing place to be. . . . It was extremely humbling to see the difficulties people live through. I’m ready to do it again. Brandi H., 12th grader Piedmont (Mo.) Church of the Nazarene

Through pouring ourselves out for others, God pours his Spirit into us even more completely and transforms not only the world around us but our very hearts. Several youths and chaperones used this week as an opportunity to recommit their lives to Christ and work more completely at revealing the kingdom of God wherever they find themselves. We were given the opportunity for service in several different areas, and . . . [a]s we were serving in these projects and events, I believe God was working on each of our hearts to give us a new story to tell and showing us the beauty of being his hands and feet in the world today, not only in Nashville or in a mission field far away but even in our own community and congregation at PCFUMC. Pastor Arthur, Pell City (Ala.) United Methodist Church

Mission Nashville director Holly Whitby ’95, the admissions department, and the School of Religion provided a wonderful mission trip experience for hundreds of students, but more important, Trevecca provided an opportunity for Nashvillians and students to see that God is still at work today—loving the world through others. Kayla S., a high school senior from Piedmont, Missouri, summed up what happened to those who came: “God’s great love—it changed my life!”

*Hunter is the youth pastor at Huntsville (Ala.) First Church of the Nazarene. **Participating Churches of the Nazarene were the following: North (Jackson, Michigan; Elk River, West Virginia ), South (Dothan, Pell City, and Huntsville, Alabama; Pensacola, Naples, Trenton, Ensley, and Jacksonville, Florida), East (Charlotte and Pineville, North Carolina; Clarksville, Murfreesboro, Estill Springs, Jasper, Memphis, Lenoir City, Nashville, Kingsport, and Portland, Tennessee; Trinity, South Carolina; Lilburn, Georgia), and West (Houston, Texas; and Piedmont, Missouri).

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A baseball hero, Trevecca, India Parts of God’s story


his summer R. A. Dickey,

associate professor of English at

red-light districts in the world, with

a pitcher for the New York

Trevecca, and learned that Jooly Philip,

more than 20,000 sex slaves. Through

Mets, has received a lot of

also an associate professor of English

his climb, R. A. raised more than

attention for his knuckle

at Trevecca, had spent her sabbatical

$100,000 for the purchase of property

ball and his memoir,

in India to observe the work of Bombay

for the clinic and earned attention for

Wherever I Wind Up: My

Teen Challenge (BTC), an organization

the clinic through media interviews

Quest for Truth, Authenticity and

that works in the rescue and

about his climb.

the Perfect Knuckleball; however, at

rehabilitation of women and children

Trevecca he is important for a very

caught in human trafficking.

different reason.


The story is one that only God could have written: A major league American

R. A. met with the founder of BTC and

baseball player climbs a mountain in

The story begins when R. A. was an

others from the organization to learn

Tanzania to help raise money to provide

English student at the University of

more about the work. As a father of

medical and spiritual assistance for

Tennessee. Inspired by the writings of

two young daughters, he was moved

young girls and women in India who are

Ernest Hemingway, R. A. dreamed of

by the tragedy of young girls who were

victims of one of the greatest tragedies

climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. That dream

sold into sex slavery. He decided to

of this time, human trafficking. A story

became a reality in January of this

use his climb to bring attention to the

from God—and he allowed Trevecca to

year. During his preparation for that

work of BTC and, more specifically,

be a small part of it.

adventure, R. A. was on campus to

to help BTC purchase a clinic in

visit with his friend Michael Karounos,

Kamathipuara, one of the largest

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West meets East

Training future counselors in the Philippines Susan Lahey ’04*

In April of 2012, Peter Wilson and I, members of Trevecca’s Graduate Counseling faculty, and four MA students traveled to Baguio, Philippines, to teach seminarians a course in basic counseling skills. Working at Asia Pacific Theological Seminary, we taught students from Myanmar, Taiwan, Malaysia, Korea, China, the United States, Samoa, and the Philippines. The trip was truly an immersion in cultures, beliefs, and ideals, and it changed us. We thought we would be teaching the course; however, we quickly became the students, learning our own life lessons as well. A portion of the course required students to participate in one counseling session with the professors and MA students. Those counseling sessions taught us what beautiful people these students were.

Susan Lahey and Peter Wilson (in the front row, third and fourth from left), Trevecca students, and Asia Pacific Theological Seminary counseling students

The students were eager to learn about counseling in an effort to help those they would serve in the future—but also to better their own lives. They received our foreign concepts with grace and inquisitiveness. They wanted to perform counseling “the right way,” and their attentiveness in class indicated that they did not want to miss any important information for their journey ahead. They gave us their time, gifts, and— most memorably—their spirit of giving.

The view from the classroom on the campus of Asia Pacific Theological Seminary

We did not expect to receive such gifts from the course. We were surprised by their dedication to learning; they obviously wanted to help others. We recognized the need for professional counseling services in a country

that does not have a formalized system of counseling. We taught from 8 AM until 8 PM, and the group would have loved to have had more class time. We gave until we were exhausted, yet something kept us motivated. We knew the students were learning about building rapport in counseling and how to ask questions, yet we did not realize how much of an impact they would have on us. On our final day, the students sang “Thank you for giving to the Lord” and showed a beautiful slide show of our week. We were all moved to tears. The next morning we watched our final sunrise at 5 AM with the roosters crowing in the background. We sat in silence as we watched the sun rise above that beautiful landscape and people. We left knowing that we had shared our knowledge of counseling and helping people, but we also left with a new-found vigor to bring back to Trevecca. *Susan Lahey is an associate professor of counseling.

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Greg Ruff ’00

Trevecca advances to NCAA Year Two Candidacy Status On July 13, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) announced that Trevecca had been approved for Year Two Candidacy status in the association’s Division-ll membership process. The endorsement keeps the Trojans on the path to become full-fledged NCAA Division-II members in the 2014-2015 school year. The three-year membership process is designed to bring Trevecca into compliance as an NCAA member. During year one, Trevecca’s athletic programs conducted an intensive study of its operations. That study was directed by associate provost and dean of student development Steve Harris, athletic director Mark Elliott, compliance coordinator Larry Knight ’67, and senior female administrator Jayme Crowley; it resulted in the 1,634-page Annual Report, Institutional Self-Study Guide, Compliance Manual, Student-Athlete Handbook, and Athletics’ Strategic Plan, which were presented to the NCAA earlier this year as evidence for Trevecca’s request for Year Two Candidacy Status. Now with Year Two Candidacy Status achieved, the University will make changes in the operation of its athletic programs in order to comply with NCAA rules and regulations, and in Year Three of Candidacy Status, called the provisional year (a “dress rehearsal”), Trevecca will operate its athletics programs by all NCAA rules.

Schmalz served seven years as an assistant at D2 Lincoln Memorial University and two years at NCAA Division–l Morehead State University. Schmalz has a Trevecca connection. He played his final two college baseball seasons at Olivet Nazarene University. His coach there was Trevecca hall of fame baseball coach Elliot Johnson. In his announcement about Schmalz’s hiring, Mark Elliott said, “Our intent from the Ryan Schmalz, Baseball Coach beginning was to find a person who would become the chief executive officer of our baseball program. I use the title CEO because, in my opinion, this position is so much more than simply a baseball coaching position.” Elliott continued, “Ryan emerged as that person after a very intense search of more than 200 applicants. He is spiritually motivated, he has a solid baseball background, he is experienced with NCAA recruiting, he has deep family convictions, and he understands the spiritual and academic mission of our school.”

More on Schmalz can be found online at

New baseball coach announced Ryan Schmalz is now the ninth coach in the 43-year history of Trevecca baseball. Schmalz will lead the program into the first season of NCAA Division ll (D2) Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) play. Trevecca athletic director Mark Elliott chose Schmalz from more than 200 applicants.


New leader for Trevecca harriers Trevecca has a new cross country coach in Brad Peterson. Trevecca athletic director Mark Elliott explained his choice of Peterson: “I am really excited to work with Brad because,

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if you look at his past history, he has a record of improving not just the competitive level of his runners but also the entire culture of his cross country and track programs.” Peterson led the Friends University program for four years, during which the Falcons went to the national tournament in track and cross country. He started the program at Indiana Tech and led that team to the national tournament in only his second season. He was a successful coach on the Indiana high school scene, with five men’s cross country team conference titles, nine women’s titles in 10 seasons, and four track and field titles for both men and women. He also coached five individual national champions.

Brad Peterson, Cross Country Coach

More on Peterson is available at

Women’s basketball players earn WBCA honors The Trevecca women’s basketball team is third on the 2012 Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s (WBCA) Academic Top 25 NAIA Team Honor Roll. This ranking is the highest WBCA ranking for the Trevecca program. The women maintained an impressive 3.549 team GPA.

More about the WBCA ranking at

Michael France in Music City All-Star Classic Michael France ’12, the 2012 NCCAA Player of the Year, played in the 5th Annual Music City All-Star Classic on Saturday, April 28, at Belmont University’s Curb Events Center. This all-star game featured the best 2012 senior college men’s basketball players. Michael was also invited to play in the NBA Summer League for the Minnesota Timberwolves; his play resulted in an invitation to play in the league next summer. France started and added 18 points to the Home All-Stars. He was 8-15 from the field and added two three-point baskets, six rebounds, and two assists. He used that performance to earn the opportunity to play internationally in Iceland earlier this summer. He is now considering other international opportunities to play overseas or to play in the NBA’s D-League stateside. He also has opportunities to play overseas, perhaps in Italy or Germany. During his years at Trevecca, France tallied 2,019 career points in his four-year career at Trevecca and was one of only five players to reach the 2,000 career-point total in Trevecca history. In his senior year he averaged 20.3 points, 4.6 rebounds, two assists, and 1.6 steals per game. France received numerous awards in his Trevecca career.

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CAMPuS NEWS Library research—Easier than ever before Using Waggoner Library’s collection of electronic books (eBooks), a Trevecca student has access to more than 85,000 sources in many disciplines: nursing, engineering, social justice, marketing, and other subject areas. A student can easily access these eBooks at any time of the day or night from anywhere using a computer, laptop, iPad, iPhone, Nook, Sony eReader, or iPod Touch. Many can be downloaded in full or by chapter if the user needs only a portion of the text. This kind of access means that Waggoner Library now has “no walls” and no “hours of operation.” Available to all enrolled Trevecca students, faculty, and staff, eBooks are especially helpful for Trevecca students who are taking classes from Trevecca online or at an off-campus location.

Lillenas Publishing Company moving to Trevecca campus Lillenas Publishing Company will relocate its administrative offices to Trevecca’s campus this fall. The ground floor of the Tidwell Faculty Building will be the new headquarters of Lillenas. This move follows the company’s 2009 move of its creative division to Nashville. Having a major publisher of Christian music on campus will give students new opportunities. Trevecca and Lillenas have entered into a co-publishing agreement. Dean Diehl ’87, director of Trevecca’s Music Business Program, predicted good things for the future of students, Lillenas, and Trevecca. He said, “This partnership with Lillenas provides a wonderful opportunity for our music business students to gain hands-on experience with a great team. I have already met with their creative team and we have several exciting ideas for the very near future.” The first product to come from that agreement was a student-written song recorded earlier this year by Refuge, one of the University’s public relations groups. Other opportunities being discussed by the University and Lillenas include internships for students, opportunities for students to showcase their songs for Lillenas, and opportunities for students to create demos for Lillenas. Additionally, Lillenas will bring music industry leaders to campus for events. Lillenas also announced a five-year agreement with LifeWay Worship, of Nashville, for the sales and order fulfillment of its products, a change that will expand the audience for its products.


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Trevecca’s jazz groups performs on the floating stage at Shed’s Barbeque and Blues in Ocean Springs, Mississippi.

Jazz students jazz up Shed’s Trevecca’s jazz musicians took a trip south in late March. The TNaz Jazz Ensemble and TNU Jazz Combo 1, under the direction of Professor Matthew Murdock, and the TNU Lab Band 1, directed by Professor Jeff Cox performed at the World Famous Shed’s Barbeque and Blues Joint in Ocean Springs, Mississippi; that restaurant has been featured on the Food Network, Travel Channel, Good Morning America, and Live with Regis and Kelly. On Saturday, March 31, the groups performed an outdoor concert at the Crossroads Church of the Nazarene in Ocean Springs and played for the worship service the next day at that church. Professor Blake Houchin ‘97 and Trevecca’s sound engineering students provided sound reinforcement for all performances.

Nailing the interview A new way to prepare

Trevecca students can now prepare for a first-time interview online. The Center for Leadership, Calling, and Service (CLCS) has added Interview Stream to its services, a web-based mock interview practice program which allows Trevecca students—or alumni—to brush up on their interview skills from anywhere. Users visit and set up a profile and then begin practicing. They can choose from preset question lists organized by major (questions posed by Trevecca faculty members), or they can browse the extensive interview question list to create their own

custom interview. Once an interview is recorded, it can be sent to the CLCS for review and critique. It can also be sent to friends or family for review as well. The only equipment required is a computer with a built-in camera because the program records the user’s responses. Persons who do not have a computer with a camera can come to CLCS and use Interview Stream in a private room. Nicole Hubbs, coordinator for junior/senior year programs, explained the importance of preparation for any interview when she said, “Interviewing is a person’s opportunity to show his or her best to a prospective employer. For that reason, persons seeking jobs need to be prepared. Students who plan to interview for a student leadership position, internship opportunity, or a full-time job need to visit Interview Stream to ensure that their interview skills are ready!”

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CAMPuS NEWS Spotlighting new leaders Two persons have accepted new administrative positions at Trevecca: Suzann Barker Harris MEd ’91/ EdD ’03 is the dean of the School of Education, and William Mott is the director of the Independent Educator Program.

Suzann HarriS is beginning her thirtieth year as an educator. Her earliest years in education were spent as a director and teacher in special education (k-12), an early childhood and elementary teacher, a childcare director, and an educational therapist for the learning disabled. For the past eighteen years she has worked in higher education— first at Free Will Baptist Bible College (now Welch College) and then at Trevecca. Her work with students earned her Trevecca’s Teaching Excellence Award in 2011. Additionally, she was selected to chair the University’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) Topic Selection Committee, which conducted the research and selected the topic for the new QEP for students. (Implementation of a QEP is a requirement for reaffirmation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools or SACS.) Harris, who also holds a BA in biblical studies, and her husband, Dale, have two children; both completed their graduate work in education through Trevecca’s School of Education. Harris was appointed to fill the vacancy that followed the resignation of Esther Swink ’69.

Bill Mott is the director of a new graduate-level program designed to meet the needs of educators in independent schools. A former president of two independent schools (Pulaski Academy, in Little Rock, Arkansas, and Battle Ground Academy, in Franklin, Tennessee), Mott earned his BA at the University of Mississippi and MA and PhD at Vanderbilt. He brings to this position twenty-seven years of experience in fundraising, enrollment management, governance and board development, and consulting; additionally, he served as president of Watkins College of Art and Design (1985-1988), director of development at Vanderbilt, (1988-1993), and partner in Independent School Counsel, in Atlanta. Mott explained his reasons for accepting the leadership role for this new program: “Trevecca has a remarkable track record of providing programs that meet the needs of those who seek to serve as leaders in numerous professions. This Master of Organizational Leadership (MOL) Program with an emphasis in independent school leadership will be a significant addition to these other programs and has the potential to have a dramatic impact. Many independent-school educators are seeking graduate-level leadership training, but there are few options for them. Now with Trevecca’s MOL Program, they will be able to enhance their skills, knowledge, and career prospects and be taught and mentored by some of the leaders in independent schools.” Trevecca is now enrolling students in this new program. For more information, contact Bill Mott at 615-881-9922 or email him at


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Cathy Hendon (center), director of Trevecca’s Nursing Program, congratulates new nursing graduates Ashley Scism (left) and Bethany King (right).

Nursing grads excel Trevecca’s 2012 nursing graduates excelled on the national test for nursing licensure, the NCLEX. All of them passed—a 100% pass rate! Members of that group are the following: Whitney Baun ’12 of Hendersonville, Tennessee; Bethany King ’12, of Vero Beach, Florida; Ashley Scism ’12, of Old Hickory, Tennessee, and Kelsie Sheppard ’12, of Madison, Tennessee. “These high scores on the national exam reflect the diligence and hard work of these nursing graduates. I—and all of Trevecca—congratulate them on this accomplishment. We look forward to hearing of their continued success and service to others,” stated Cathy Hendon, director of the Trevecca Nursing Program. A new nursing graduate who is already excelling is Bethany King. She was accepted into the Doctorate of Nursing Practice Program at the University of Central Florida in Orlando and will pursue the family nurse practitioner track when she starts classes this fall. For more information about Trevecca’s Nursing Program, contact Cathy Hendon at

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CAMPuS NEWS Serving “Coffee with a Cause” Abba Java, the coffee shop operated by the Center for Leadership, Calling, and Service and located in the Bud Robinson Building, is an intentionally

PA students appointed volunteers in Zambia

missional enterprise. Explaining how Abba Java accomplishes its “Coffee with a Cause” purpose, manager Ryan Jolley said, “We seek to make every facet of this business a missional conduit by which we can point to the Kingdom of God. That approach involves more than monetary profits.” Being missional involves three

Trevecca’s Physician Assistant Program has announced that Global Partners and The Wesleyan Church have appointed four PA students to serve for six weeks as volunteers at Zimba Hospital in Zambia. The students are Robin Crowell, Laura Denning, Julie Hutchison, and Tanner McGinty. Michael Moredock MD, director of Trevecca’s PA Program, responded to this announcement: “We in Trevecca Nazarene University’s Physician Assistant Program are also rejoicing in this appointment news and are excited about working with Global Partners and The Wesleyan Church to further God’s kingdom. We seek to train professionally competent physician assistants who will use their skills to serve their communities in compassionate ministry and are thrilled to add this international opportunity to serve the Lord through medicine in Zambia. We hope this venture is something that will continue for years to come!”


efforts. First, Abba Java personnel train and mentor blind high school students. Through a partnership Abba Java employees train visually impaired students from Metro Nashville Public Schools.

with Metro Nashville Public School’s Vision

Department and teachers, Abba Java employees help these teenagers gain life skills experiences. Jolley, who is blind himself, described how this program helps students overcome the obstacles of their impairment: “Working at Abba Java helps these teenagers learn how to interact with customers, carry out work-related duties, complete the tasks asked of them, and develop comfort in both a working environment and a college environment.” Second, Abba Java tries to work with local vendors and deliberately seeks out vendors who also use their businesses in a missional way. Last, throughout the year Abba Java offers “specials” and gives $0.50 of each drink sold to the fund for Trevecca Around the Globe (TAG) trips. When you visit the campus, take time to enjoy your favorite beverage in Abba Java, and you will help continue “Coffee with a Cause.” View a video about Abba Java at

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InsIde Trevecca

Days Jake Duncan, winner of the 2012 Nathan Smith Scholarship

Jake Duncan: Inspiration to others When the Physician Assistant Program awards the Nathan Smith Scholarship annually, it recognizes an exemplary PA student: one who models the characteristics of the person for whom the scholarship was named—a student who encourages and inspires others, who thrives in spite of adversity, who pursues an interest in mission work. Jacob “Jake” Duncan, of Marshall, Texas, and this year’s winner, models all of those attributes. When classmate Matt Gaston presented the scholarship to Jake, he used these words. “Life for Jake is a mission field, and he can turn any conversation toward the things of God. His love for the lost and for his brothers and sisters in Christ shines through in everything he does. The Trevecca PA Program is hard. It IS adversity. . . . It’s a rare individual who can not only remain positive but also have the energy to encourage others. Jake follows the biblical admonition to ‘Let no corrupt thing come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up.’ I’ve never heard one unkind word or complaint from Jake. He has a gift for loving the unlovable and for directing the focus of a conversation away from himself, while expressing genuine concern for the one with whom he’s talking. If it’s true that we become like those with whom we spend time, then it’s easy to see that Jake spends a lot of time with Jesus. Jake Duncan truly is a man after God’s own heart and a worthy recipient of this scholarship.”

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Prospective students and parents, learn more about Trevecca on these Inside Trevecca Days (all Saturdays):

October 13, 2012 November 17, 2012 March 16, 2013


Nazarene Theological Seminary at Trevecca

MDiv now offered at Trevecca In a historic decision, the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) has approved Trevecca as an extension site of Nazarene Theological Seminary (NTS). As a result of this decision, students may complete all residency requirements for an ATS-accredited master of divinity (MDiv) degree on the campus of Trevecca. From its inception, Trevecca has been deeply committed to preparing women and men for faithful ministry around the world. During the past twenty-five years, hundreds of students have enrolled in the 36-hour Master of Arts (MA) Program in Religion, which presently offers concentrations in Bible, theology, and preaching. In the coming years, Trevecca’s MA in religion will continue to expand both its means of delivery and its offerings in ministerial education. However, with the addition of the ATS-accredited MDiv degree on Trevecca’s campus, students will have even greater opportunities to continue their training in ministry. As a result of this partnership of Trevecca and NTS, Trevecca will offer two week-long intensive classes each semester— one taught by an NTS faculty member and the other by a member of Trevecca’s religion faculty (considered as an NTS adjunct professor). Unique to Nazarene Theological Seminary at Trevecca, students may also enroll in any of the four Trevecca religion graduate courses offered each semester (up to 30 hours). As a result, students have opportunity to engage in conversation with a broad and diverse faculty representing the best in Wesleyan theological education. In addition to both the Trevecca and NTS classes on campus, students may also take up to 50 hours of coursework online through NTS. As a result of Trevecca’s recognition as an extension site and the unique modes of delivery offered by both institutions, students may continue their full-time assignments without having to relocate either to Kansas City or to Nashville. Trevecca celebrates this momentous decision in the life of both the University and the Seminary. For more information about Trevecca’s Graduate Religion Programs, call Trevecca’s School of Religion at 615-248-1378.



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Homecoming on “the Hill,” 2012 November 2-3, 2012 Thursday, November 1 7:00 PM

Fall drama, Oliver! *, McClurkan Building, Benson Auditorium

Friday, November 2 10:00 AM

Founder’s Day Chapel, “Trevecca: Where Great Stories Begin— The story of Gerald Skinner,” and Presentation of Alumni Awards, Trevecca Community Church

11:00 AM

Dedication of the Gerald Skinner School of Business, Boone Business Building

11:30 AM

Emeritus Reunion (for classes who have celebrated 50th reunion), Jernigan Student Center, President’s Dining Room, $12

1:00 PM

Trevecca Artist Showcase, Waggoner Library, top floor Historical Display, Waggoner Library, Archives, lower level Pilgrimage to McClurkan’s Grave, Bus leaves from front of Boone Business Building. No charge

3:00 PM

Re-dedication of the McClurkan Building, McClurkan Building

4:00 PM

Homecoming Parade, North Street up Lester Ave.

4:30 – 6:30 PM

Homecoming Dinner on “the Hill” for all, Boone Business Building, $10 adults/ $5 children

7:00 PM

Young Alumni Event (for alumni from 2002-2012), TBA Fall drama, Oliver!* McClurkan Building, Benson Auditorium

8:00 PM

Homecoming Concert, Jars of Clay, Trevecca Community Church Tickets on sale at General admission $15, $5 w/student ID

9:00 PM

Trojan Madness, Moore Gymnasium (Student event—others welcome)

Saturday, November 3 7:00 AM


TNU Challenge Fun Run for KidPOWER—An obstacle field/road race raising funds and awareness for KidPOWER, sponsored by TNU athletic department and KidPOWER. Register with or at Minimum donation of $50 for sponsor.

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Alumni Award Recipients, 2012 First Chapter Award** Kim McLean ’06/MA ’08 is a Dove-award winning songwriter and a singer, author, and speaker. Her first radio single, “Angels and Eagles,” a duet with Dolly Partin, won her female-vocalist-of-the-year and duo-of-theyear nominations in the Independent Country Music Association (ICMA). More than 300 of her songs have been recorded by artists from Tim McGraw to Vestal Goodman. Kim, who is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene and an adjunct professor of music at Trevecca, speaks for women’s events and continues to write and perform music.

**This award is a brand new one and will be presented for the first time this year.

T-Award, Layperson John Dunn ’82, a medical oncologist, has practiced with Dothan Hematology and Oncology in Dothan, Alabama, since 1991. After graduating from medical school at the University of Alabama in Birmingham in 1986, he completed a residency and fellowship in internal medicine/ hematology/oncology at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. He is an active member of the Church of the Nazarene and enjoys singing and participating in family activities. He and his wife, Susan, have two children.

Saturday, November 3 9:00 AM

Rotaract Continental Breakfast, Bud Robinson Building, Fireside Room

10:00 AM

Home Run Derby, Jackson Field Madrigalians Reunion, Tarter Student Activity Center

11:00 AM

Alumni Board Meeting

11:30 AM

Alumni Baseball Game, Jackson Field (incudes contest for children 6-9 yrs.)

12:00 PM

Nashville Food Trucks, near Moore PE Center, Tidwell Parking Lot

12:30 PM

Baseball Luncheon, Towers Annex

1:00 PM

Musical Concert, “Songs of Grace and Glory,” Trevecca Community Church

1:30 PM

RA/RD Reunion, Bud Robinson, Fireside Room

2:00 PM

Trojan Baseball Scrimmage Game, Jackson Field

3:00 PM

Lady Trojan Basketball Game vs. Mid Continent, Moore Gymnasium, Two-game ticket—See order blank, next page

T-Award, Minister Jerome Hancock ’71/MA ’91, the senior pastor of Richmond (Va.) Southside Church of the Nazarene, began his service as a minister in 1974 as minister of music at Arlington (Va.) Calvary Church of the Nazarene. He served churches in Amarillo and Lubbock (Tex.) before moving to Richmond. During his career in ministry, he has planted three churches, served on multiple district boards and committees, founded Guardian Christian Academy, Lifespring Community Foundation, and Footsteps Christian Counseling. He and his wife, Brenda (Lane) ’74, have three sons.

McClurkan Award Recipients Alan and Carolyn Smith earned their undergraduate degrees from Asbury College, where they met and married. Both earned master’s degrees: Alan, at George Washington University, and Carolyn, at the University of Kentucky. Then they returned to Asbury to teach physical education. In 1972 they joined Trevecca’s physical education department faculty, and they were integral parts of Trevecca until their retirement. Alan coached Trevecca’s first men’s tennis team (1972) and continued in that role until 1992; during that time he also taught physical education.


Fall drama, Oliver!*, McClurkan Building, Benson Auditorium 5:00 PM

Trojan Basketball Game vs. Fisk, Moore Gymnasium, Two-game ticket—See order blank, next page

7:00 PM

Fall drama, Oliver!*, McClurkan Building, Benson Auditorium

Class Reunions Classes ’62, ’67, ’72, ’77, ’82, ’87, ’92, ’97, ’02, ’07, and other affinity groups will have reunions. Information will be available on www.trevecca. edu and through the mail. Call 615-248-1350 or email ndunlap@trevecca. edu if you have questions.

Carolyn coached Trevecca’s intercollegiate cheerleaders for 20 years and was the coordinator of women’s athletics for a period of years. Alan served several terms as the chair of the Department of Physical Education and was the athletic director, 1999 to 2007. Carolyn was the director of admissions and administration for the Management and Human Relations Program from 1992 until 2002. They have served Trevecca a total of 85 years. They have two children and are members of Trevecca Community Church of the Nazarene.

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. *Oliver!, General Admission $10.00 • Children (10 and under) $8.00 • Seniors $8.00 • Trevecca students w/ID - $5.00 Groups of 10 or more $7.00 (advance purchase only)

Homecoming guests are invited to visit Hardy Alumni Center. Tickets can be picked up at that building. Treveccan Spring 2012


Registration and Ticket Order Form (Circle price and time)


Thursday, 7:00 PM $10 (adult)

$8 (child)

Friday, 8:00 PM

Saturday, 3:00 PM or 7:00 PM

$7 (groups of 10 or more)

$5 (TNU students)

No. _______ @ $_______ = $_______ Emeritus Reunion Luncheon

Friday, 11:30 AM

No. _______ @ $12 Homecoming Dinner on “the Hill” for all No. _______ @ $10 Jars of Clay Concert

Friday 5-7 PM = $_______

$10 (adult)

= $_______

$5 (child)

No. _______ @ $5

= $_______

Tickets must be purchased

TNU CHALLENGE FUN RUN for Kid POWER Register at or email

Homecoming Basketball Games $10 for adult; $6 for high school and college students from schools other than Trevecca $5 for children 4 yrs. through 10 yrs.; 3 and under are admitted free No. _______ @ $_______ = $_______ Adult Gold Pass $25***

No. _______ @ $_______ = $_______

Child Gold Pass*** (10 & under) $12.50

No. _______ @ $_______ = $_______

My gift to the Trevecca Annual Fund


Grand Total $___________

Name _______________________________________________________________________________________ Address _____________________________________________________________________________________ City, state, zip _______________________________________________________________________________ Class year, email _____________________________________________________________________________ I am paying by ____enclosed check or _____credit card (MasterCard, Visa, and Discover). Card number___________________________________________ Exp. Date____________________________ Mail this form and payment to the Office of Alumni Relations, Trevecca Nazarene University, 333 Murfreesboro Road, Nashville, TN 37210, register online at Homecoming registration will be in the new Hardy Alumni Center, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Friday and at 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Saturday.


***The all-access Gold Pass gives you admission to • Performance of your choice (based on availability) of Oliver! • Homecoming Dinner on “the Hill” • Both Trojan basketball games



Finding God’s “heart for people”and


a city–one person at a time


The decision was a logical one.

The Furlongs-(L-R) Ellyana, Wes, Alexandra, Bonnie, and Max


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Attendance at the church had doubled since 2007. The old sanctuary could no longer accommodate congregants. Everyone agreed that it was time for the church to build a new sanctuary, so church leaders began dreaming and planning. The $15-to$20-million estimate was not unreasonable. And then the recession began, and foreclosures and unemployment came to Cape Coral, Florida, home of Cape Christian Fellowship, where Wes Furlong ’00* is lead pastor.

“Southwest Florida was hit hard, and Cape Christian Fellowship suffered. In fact, the church’s income was off $100,000 in one quarter,” explained Wes. “Our people lost their jobs; the whole area was hurting economically. The church’s leadership and I sensed that God was leading in a different direction, but we had no models, no examples for what we believed God was asking us to do. We determined that God wanted the church to be a change agent in Cape Coral, but the loss of revenue—right at the time when the church was growing and needing more space—seemed to jeopardize that plan. But those days of searching for God’s leading paid off. We learned a lesson in God’s faithfulness,” he said.

Residents of Cape Coral, Florida, enjoy the new park, given to them by Cape Christian Fellowship.

Concluding that God wanted that church to change Cape Coral through families, church leaders determined that Cape Christian would exist for its city, but fulfilling that mission led them to take some courageous actions. First, the church scrapped the plans for a new sanctuary and made new ones. Because Cape Coral had no budget for parks and recreation areas, Cape Christian decided that one way to have an impact on the city was to build a park on property beside its sanctuary, a park for the whole city to enjoy. “We completed a six-month project in only nine days—the kind of work that you see on television on Extreme Makeover,” Wes noted with a chuckle. On Easter this year, Cape Christian opened phase one of Fellowship Park and invited members of the community to gather there, play, or attend concerts and community events. When all four phases of it are completed, this fiveacre park will have four large covered playgrounds, multiple sports fields, a walking trail around a lake, a courtyard, a zip line, a café, a fountain, and the city’s only 6,000-seat amphitheater and its only splash pad. The church funded and built the park and will maintain it. The church held Easter services outside in the park, and Wes and his staff baptized more than 500 new believers in the fountain that day. Many persons from the city attended; they wanted to see a church that would build a park for the city.

A fountain was part of phase one of the park at Cape Christian Fellowship, the largest Mennonite Church in the U.S.

Response to the opening of the park has been exciting. Attendance at church services has increased—almost 50% growth since Easter. Local and national media picked up the story, and U.S.A. Today ran an article (March 12,

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Response to the opening of the park has been exciting. Attendance at church services has increased—almost 50% growth since Easter.


2012) about the church’s opening the park, describing the church’s “legacy of family service.” The response has given Wes opportunities to talk to non-believers. When he was invited to a community college class to debate an atheist, Wes’s explanation of what the church was doing challenged the atheist’s stereotype of what churches do, and he said to Wes, “I do not believe as you do, but I approve of what your church is doing.” A city park is not the church’s only effort for its community. When the State of Florida issued an unfunded mandate for all schools to provide character education, school districts in Lee County contacted Cape Christian and asked for help. Working with Chick-fil-A Family Services Curriculum, Cape Christian developed a character curriculum for local schools, and each month public school teachers in those schools present a lesson on a virtue created by Cape Christian. More than 100

churches in Lee County now sponsor a school and help with the character education effort. Alarmed at the high number of homeless children in Cape Coral, Cape Christian conducted a lengthy assessment of community needs and assets and then used those results to develop and launch Not in My City, an effort to meet the real needs of the city. (See the sidebar for more information about Not in My City.) “If we truly want to see God change the city through us, the church realized that it must meet the needs of families,” explained Wes. Cape Christian’s approach to changing its community began with prayer, Wes said. “We began to pray collectively: ‘God, renew the healing ministry of Jesus in your church. Give us your heart for people and help us see what you see.’”

Not In My City—An effort to change a community from the inside as part of the effort to mobilize the Cape Christian congregation to be a Gospel presence in Cape Coral, the church initiated “Not iN My City,” a partnership with city agencies, city government, school districts, and hospitals. it focuses on three initiatives: 1. Children will realize their God-given potential and have every opportunity to attain it. 2. Couples will have the resources they need for their marriages to succeed. 3. People will know where to turn for help in times of crisis.

For children Member churches developed partnerships with a local elementary school and provide mentors to students, character education for teachers, school supplies for every classroom, food for low-income families through other local organizations, and a monthly character assembly.


For couples The Great Date Night is an event for couples, who can drop off their children for three hours of childcare a month in order to have a “great date.” Member churches provide marriage mentoring and will host a city-wide marriage conference this fall.

For crisis care Research about the needs of Cape Coral and about resources available to help people resulted in the production of the comprehensive Cape Coral Community Resource Guide. The first printing of 8,000 was distributed throughout the city by various non-profit organizations and government offices. The church launched a program to train community chaplains to provide ministry care in local businesses; the group will soon launch a comprehensive community support network which includes a care line. After launching the Not in My City Campaign, Cape Christian offered to help other churches that wanted to implement this campaign in their areas. Early this year the Not in My City Program had expanded throughout Lee County, and more than forty churches expressed interest in being involved on different levels. Now many churches of many denominations are connecting with schools and are working with many large non-profits to help meet real needs in the area.

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Cape Christian’s approach to changing its community began with prayer...

Wes Furlong preaches in one of the four weekend worship services at Cape Christian Fellowship in Cape Coral, Florida.

That prayer, says Wes, is changing Cape Coral, but it is also changing Cape Christian: “People who’ve attended church for a long time but never shared their faith . . . or served in any compassionate ministry are beginning to step forward and get involved. We now celebrate a lot life changes on weekends . . . . People now come to weekend services with a sense of expectancy.”

*After completing a master’s degree at Nazarene Theological Seminary in ’02 and a master’s of theological studies at Emory in ’04, Wes joined the staff of Cape Christian in ’04 as the teaching pastor with responsibility for the church’s discipleship efforts. In 2009 when the founding pastor of Cape Christian decided to begin preparing for his retirement, Wes was asked to begin a three-year “transition process,” leading to his becoming the church’s senior pastor this year. Wes and his wife, Bonnie (Bradley) ’00, have three children—Alexandra (10), Ellyana (7), and Max (5).

More information about Wes and Cape Christian Fellowship’s outreach efforts is available. , online at, has an interview with Wes Furlong. Wes and Cape Christian offer resources to pastors who want to meet the needs of their community. Contact Wes at Information about NOT IN My CITy is available at these sites and from Chad Woolf, director of the NOT IN My CITy CAMPAIGN.

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Alumni Celebrating Marriages and Births 1


Mark ’02 and Syndi Appleby ’01 of Havelock, N.C.,—a son, Asher Bryant, born 11/21/11. Asher is welcomed by big brothers Jason Levi and Bennett Thomas. Mark is the pastor at Cherry Point United Methodist Church, and Syndi is homeschooling their sons.



Michelle Lennon ’03 and Jeremy Harrell ’06 of Nashville, Tenn.—a son, Glenn Wesley, on 3/30/12. Michelle teaches in the Freshman Academy at Overton High School, and Jeremy is the director of constituent service and community relations for Governor Bill Haslam. 3

David Greene and Christiana Shepard-Kergosien ’04 were married 9/10/11 in Vienna Presbyterian Church in Virginia. Now residing in Los Angeles, Calif., they are active in church and enjoy cycling and swing dancing. David is a partnership manager for in Glendale, and Christiana is a physical therapy secretary at a Glendale hospital.




Hunter Cummings ’07 and Courtney Foltz were married on 4/21/12 at Huntsville First Church of the Nazarene in Alabama, where Hunter serves as the youth pastor. 5

Pamela Floyd EdD ‘09 and Rickey Walker were married in Decatur, Ga., 3/31/12, and now reside in Atlanta. Pamela is a middle school counselor, and Rickey is a mechanical engineer.


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Alumni Connecting 1950s Jimmy Taylor ’52 (See p. 32.)

Nazarene University, is serving as interim president there until that university completes its search for a new president.

Moody ’59 and Nina Griggs Gunter ’58

Ken Higginbotham ’77 celebrated 25

(See p. 32.)

years as an associate pastor of the Ephrata (Pa.) Church of the Nazarene. Ken is a full-time ecclesiastical endorsed Nazarene chaplain of Mt. Hope Nazarene Retirement Community, owned by the Ephrata Church of the Nazarene.

1960s Virginia Griggs Taylor ’66 (See p.32.) Larry Knight ’67 (See p. 8.) Esther Costa Swink ’68 has resigned as dean of the School of Education. After a career in Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, she served as an adjunct professor, director of library services, and associate professor of graduate education before taking the position of dean at Trevecca.

1970s Jeff Swink ’70 (See p. 32.) John Teter ’70, who recently retired after

1980s John Dunn Jr. ’82 (See p. 18.) Brent A. Poe ’82 received an EdD from Olivet Nazarene University on 5/5/12. For the past 30 years, Brent has served in full-time ministry, the last 6 years as the senior pastor of Beulah Missionary Church in Goshen, Ind.


Jerome Hancock ’71/MA ’91 (See p. 19.)

Ken Dove ’91, senior pastor at Nashville

April when Doug became lead pastor of Trinity Church of the Nazarene in that city. Doug, who had served almost 13 years at Lake Houston Church in Houston, Texas will be the alumni ministerial representative to the Trevecca Board of Trustees, to fill the unexpired term of Mike Blankenship, Alumni Association president.

Henry Spaulding ’74, provost at Mt. Vernon

Amy Murphy ’95/MA’95/MA’98, coordinator of disability services at Trevecca, has been appointed by Governor Haslam to serve as a representative of higher education on the Tennessee Advisory Council for the Education of Students with Disabilities.

Holly Miller Whitby ’95 (See p. 5.)

a 30-year career at St Petersburg (Fla.) College, will be awarded emeritus status there on 8/16/12. As the first full-time business/ accounting instructor at that college’s Tarpon Springs campus, he developed the business/ accounting program. John taught business at Trevecca for 6 years, 1972-1978. He was ordained in 1995 and now volunteers as the administrative pastor at Tampa (Fla.) First Church of the Nazarene.

Doug ’74/MA ’94 and Pam Gerard Runyan ’74 moved to Oklahoma City in

Ministries in Spring, Texas. This international Christian charity helps abused and neglected children achieve their potential through treatment, foster care, adoption services, special education schools, and preventive services for families at risk.

Dean Diehl ’87 (See p. 10.)

Grace Church of the Nazarene, has earned a doctorate at George Fox University.

Suzann (Suzie) Harris MEd ’91/EdD ’03 (See p. 12.)

Steve West MHR ’93 has joined Banc Compliance Group as a compliance analyst. Steve, has more than 30 years of regulatory compliance, internal audit, and loan review experience.

Don Ballard ’94 is the new chief church

Roger Luther ’97, minister to mature adults at First Baptist Church in Hendersonville, Tenn., graduated from Temple Baptist Seminary in June 2012 with a doctorate of ministry in pastoral counseling. Roger has served as a counselor and mature-adult minister at First Baptist Church for 15 years. Blake Houchin ’97 (See p. 11.) James Bell MHR ’98 is pursuing a master’s of business administration in biomedical management and entrepreneurship at Christian Brothers University. James has served three years on the board of directors of the Memphis-East Arkansas Razorback Club and this year was elected as its president. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Mid-South Chapter of the Arkansas Alumni Association and chair of its Athletics Committee. Cathy Crump ’98/MA ’00 selects and arranges praise team music at Faith Lutheran Church in Thompson’s Station, Tenn. She said, “I hadn’t played guitar and sung in church for about 30 years and decided to take guitar up again.

relations officer at Arrow Child and Family

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Ronald K. Jones ’98, executive director of Trevecca Towers, an apartment community in Nashville, is one of three newly appointed members of Tennessee Housing Development Agency’s (THDA) 19-member board.

Matt Hastings ’98/MA ’07 (See p. 4.) Kelly Plummer King ’99 was made a partner in the PricewaterhouseCooper LLP Assurance practice specializing in insurance. Kelly has more than 12 years of experience serving a variety of clients in the financial services sector.

2000s Sean Impeartrice MEd ’00/EdD ’04 is the new chief academic officer for ClarksvilleMontgomery County (Tenn.) Schools. Sean had served as the middle school director in the same system.

Wes ’00 and Bonnie Bradley Furlong ’00 (See p. 22.) Paula J. Shaw ’00, business excellence specialist for TRICOR, an organization working in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Corrections “to prepare offenders for success upon release,” was appointed by the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence (TNCPE) to the 2012 Board of Examiners. Paula has worked more than 20 years in state government in the Department of Commerce and Insurance, Safety, and Transportation. Spencer ’01 and April Baldwin Baggott ’01 are serving the Church of the Nazarene on the Africa Region East Africa Field. They live with their three children–Lucas (9), Abigail (8), and Silas (almost 2)–in Kigali, Rwanda. April serves in the area of finances, and Spencer is the mission coordinator for


the countries of Rwanda and Burundi. Spencer and April say that they are working for the Church of the Nazarene to have a positive impact where darkness has reigned.

Lance Forman ’02/MEd ’06 is the new principal of McGavock Elementary in Nashville, Tenn. Lance had been serving as assistant principal at Julia Green Elementary.

Rebecca Keffer ’02/MEd ’09 is the new assistant principal at West Creek Middle School. She previously taught sixth grade for 8 years in the Clarksville-Montgomery County (Tenn.) School System. Chris Marczak MEd ’02/EdD ’06 is now principal at Bellshire Elementary after serving as principal at McGavock Elementary in Nashville, Tenn. In addition, Chris teaches in the master’s and doctoral programs at Trevecca and Lipscomb Universities.

Nick Landry ’04 (See p. 32.) Susan Lahey MS ’04 (See p. 7.) Billy Byler ’05 (See p. 32.) Matt Fields ’05 (See p. 32.) Leslie Folds EdD ’05, associate professor of nursing at Belmont University, won one of two 2012 Presidential Faculty Achievement Awards there. Belmont noted Leslie’s contributions to its Nursing Program through VESNIP, a partnership with Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC), which Leslie facilitated as a result of her dissertation at Trevecca; because of VESNIP, VUMC changed its entire externship/internship program.

Meredith Watkins Scott ’05 (See p. 30.) Kim McLean ’06/MA ’08 (See p. 18.)

Earl Wiman EdD ’02, a school principal

Hunter D. Cummings ’07 (See pp. 4 &

in the Jackson-Madison County (Tenn.) School District, was elected to the National Education Association Executive Committee in July 2011. Earl was president of the Tennessee Education Association (TEA) from July 2006 through July 2010. He is an active member of the Metropolitan Nashville Education Association, where he serves as a committee member and executive board member. Earl also was recognized by the Jackson-Madison County chapter of the NAACP for his work in race relations.


Mary B. Gist EdD ’04 has been selected to serve as the director of Middle Schools for the Clarksville-Montgomery County (Tenn.) School System. Mary has been the principal of Heritage Middle School in Williamson County since 2010. In the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System, she was the principal of Richview Middle School, 2008 to 2010.

Bonnie Digby MEd ’07 is the assistant principal for Minglewood Elementary School in Clarksville-Montgomery County (Tenn.) School System. Bonnie has served more than 17 years in the school district, currently working as the special education consulting teacher. Michael Shepard ’07 (See p. 30.) Zac Webb ’08 (See p. 32.) Chris Lilly MHR ’08 is the director of information technology for the city of Murfreesboro, Tenn. Amanda Rathe MA ’08 CPA has joined the internal accounting department at

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Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain, PC, as a senior staff accountant. She previously served as accounting manager for Tennessee Wire Technologies.

2010s Bryan Johnson EdD ’10 has been appointed principal for Northwest High School in Clarksville, Tenn. He has served as assistant principal and athletic director at West Creek High School, special education teacher, and head coach at Northeast High.

Tony Donen EdD ’12 will be principal of a new science technology engineering and math (STEM) high school on the campus of Chattanooga State (Tenn.) Technical Community College.

Jordan Enix ’12 has joined Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain, PC, as a staff analyst in the Valuation, Litigation, and Business Transition Services Group. Michael France ’12 (See p. 9.) Bethany King ’12 (See p. 13.)

Jarvis Sheffield MEd ’10 was promoted

Ashley Scism ’12 (See p. 13.)

to the director of the Trevecca Print Shop, effective May 2012.

Kelsie Sheppard ’12 (See p. 13.)

C. J. Childs ’12 (See p. 32.)

Monica West ’12 (See p. 30.)

a new e v a h u Do yo ddress? il a a m e The Office of Alumni Relations wants your updated e-mail address so that you remain current on Trevecca news and updates. Please forward an e-mail with the subject line,

“Please update my e-mail address.”

Whitney Baun ’12 (See p. 13.)


Alumni and friends we will miss Dott Haynes ’37 of Doraville, Ga.—7/4/12 Dorothy Ruth Ling Fox ’43 of Mt. Juliet, Tenn.—1/20/12. Dorothy, a member of the Old Hickory Church of the Nazarene, had a great love of music and served as a pianist and organist for many years. Robert Wells ’54 of Xenia, Ohio—3/28/12. Robert served in World War II and served in many churches as a pastor/ associate pastor.

Lloydette M. Pederson Burkham ’60 of Greeneville, Texas—2/17/12. Lloydette taught elementary school in Texas and at an American school in Thailand. Stephanie Shachmut ’81 of Conway, Ark.—3/4/12. Stephanie was a high school religion teacher at St. Joseph High School, where she taught for 11 years. Amanda Cranford ’87 of Smyrna, Tenn.—5/14/12. Barney L. Woodard ’99 of Nashville, Tenn.––6/25/12

Harley Cash ’58 of Nashville, Tenn.—6/2/12. Harley, an ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene, led churches in South Dakota, Alaska, and Mississippi. He was the Nazarene Young Peoples Society president on the South Dakota and Alaska Districts of the Church of the Nazarene and was also the youth camp director on the South Dakota, Alaska, and Mississippi Districts.

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Faculty-employee news Jeff Frame, associate professor of drama and communication, has earned a doctorate from Middle Tennessee State University. English professor Michael Karounos has written a new book. The Fifth Love explains how persons can overcome dysfunctional loving by learning to love the highest thing. The Fifth Love is available from Amazon. com. (See also p. 6.) Jooly Philip (See p. 6.) Alan and Carolyn Smith, retired faculty members, will win 2012 McClurkan Awards at this years homecoming. (See p. 19.)

Who are your Trevecca work buddies? Trevecca work buddies at Wilson Central High School Three Trevecca alumni are softball coaches for Wilson Central High School in Lebanon, Tenn.– (L-R) Meredith Watkins Scott ’05, Michael Shepard ’07, and Monica West ’12. Meredith and Monica played softball for Trevecca. Meredith, a substitute teacher in Wilson County, coaches a summer travel softball team, the Lebanon Extreme, for 18 and under. Monica is waiting to learn if she will be employed as a teacher this year, and Michael teaches math and coaches at Wilson Central. If you have Trevecca work buddies and want to share that news with other alumni, send to a photo of the group with an identification of the members.

annual Issues In Therapy

Co nferenCe

“Healing affairs with emotionally Focused Therapy”

SSSS with speaker scott Woolley PhD

OctOber 12, 2012 Woolley is in great demand around the world as a speaker. Working closely with Susan Johnson PhD, the founder of emotionally focused therapy, he is a professor and the director of the MFT Masters and Doctoral Programs in the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University and the executive director of the Training and Research Institute for EFT at Alliant. for more information and to register for the conference, visit


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Where in the world have you worn Trevecca clothing?


Billy Byler ’05 wore Trevecca gear when he played golf at Augusta National Golf Club, the home of The Masters Tournament.


Trevecca employees Ruth and David Cox, George Kersey, Esther (Costa) ’69 and Jeff Swink ’70, and their friend Marian Latham cruised the Mediterranean for twelve days in May. They had this photo made in the piazza outside the Governor’s Palace in Malta, a highlight of the cruise. After the cruise, they spent a week in Tuscany at the agri-turismo owned by Esther’s cousin’s in-laws.





Jimmy Taylor ’52, Virginia Griggs Taylor ’66, Nina Griggs Gunter ’58, and Moody Gunter ’59 proudly displayed Trevecca gear in Jamaica, where they vacationed in May 2012.

Pictured left to right, Zac Webb ’08, Nick Landry ’04/’06, Matt Fields ’05 and their friend Scott Soptick (pictured left to right) had their photo made at the top of the Sun Pyramid with the Moon Pyramid when they visited the city of Teotihuacan, near Mexico City, Mexico.


Scot Corey, Trevecca percussion instructor, performed in Carnegie Hall with the Nashville Symphony this spring and sported his Trevecca shirt in front of that historic venue.


C. J. Childs ’12 wore Trevecca logo clothing when she went sky-diving earlier this year.

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“God has truly

opened a door

for me, and I am excIted

to step throuGh It.”

Jason Price, who will graduate from the MHR Program in October, is the team leader of a seven-person accounts receivable department for a large hospital management company. Recently he earned a promotion and a handsome raise. He shares his story: “The new position required a BA or BS, and I would not have been a candidate had I not been nearing the end of the MHR Program. In my current role, I have had oversight of this clinic company’s accounts receivables for about the past year, but when I start this new position, I will be the clinic manager in charge of operations for an organization consisting of seven physician practices, twenty front-office employees, twelve nurses and medical assistants, and seventeen doctors, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners. God has truly opened a door for me, and I am excited to step through it. I am planning to continue my education with Trevecca’s MOL Program. I am looking at another thirty to thirty-five years of working, and I truly believe that those years will be much more lucrative because of my investment in the MHR Program.”

Collegeof Lifelong Learning

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uSPS No. 394470

Fall 2012

The Magazine of Trevecca Nazarene University

Trevecca announces

Master of Organizational Leadership for Independent School Leaders The pairing of Trevecca and leaders of independent schools is a natural one. Because both emphasize leadership and service, Trevecca understands these leaders’ needs and will equip them to go beyond school management in order to transform their schools—and change the lives of students.

Designed for working professionals • School and division heads • Fund-raising and advancement personnel • Enrollment, admissions, and business leaders • Teachers and coaches

Tailored for an educator’s schedule—Online and face-to-face instruction

“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” –John F. Kennedy


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