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The Magazine of Trevecca Nazarene University

Winter 2009-2010

Reviewing Homecoming 2009

A parade of memories


p a e l e h t g n i Mak In the eyes of a child, everything looks big. But when you go back to your childhood home, your first grade classroom, your Little League baseball field, you are surprised at the smallness of those places. While you have grown, they seem to have shrunk. To many of our alumni, Trevecca is that place in our memory that seemed, at the time, like our whole world. That image of Trevecca is fixed in our memory, and it is precious to us–like our childhood home. But we grow up. And so did Trevecca. Our “college” is now a level-5 university. Our “university” is the only national research university among the Nazarene schools and one of only six in the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. Our graduating class last May was the third largest (816) among private universities in the State of Tennessee. The recent report from the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) places Trevecca significantly ahead of its peer institutions in active and collaborative learning, studentfaculty interaction, enriching educational experiences, and supportive campus environment. The case can easily be made that




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Trevecca is the most affordable Christian private national research university in the USA. The current student enrollment of 2,476 signifies consistent growth in students and programs. Significant campus improvements have earned Trevecca an unprompted commendation—“a beautiful oasis in the middle of Nashville.” This past November during Homecoming on the Hill, I saw a Trevecca alumnus standing in the Quad shaking his head in disbelief. When I greeted him, he looked at me with a stunned expression and said, “Wow! When did all this happen?” I think his memory was being adjusted. Trevecca has a window of opportunity to become one of the premier Christian universities in the world today. Trevecca has a chance to shape a fragile world through its graduates. Making the leap to the next level will require 1. Staying on mission as a Christian university 2. A faculty whose primary calling is to invest in students and prepare them through academic excellence and spiritual development 3. An administration that is not afraid to imagine what the kingdom of God looks like 4. Alumni and friends who are willing to invest in the venture.

The Trevecca of our cherished memory can be sustained without these things. The Trevecca of our future cannot. When I remember those places of my childhood, I am grateful. But I have not asked my children to go live in my childhood home, attend my first grade school, or play on my Little League field. Theirs is a different world. And they need a place that has grown up in the world. I believe Trevecca is that place—and it can be even better if those in whose memory it lives are courageous, devoted, and generous. Remember the Trevecca of your past with gratitude. Create the Trevecca of tomorrow with hope. Blessings,


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President’s Imprint

Dan Boone ’74

A tribute to H. Ray Dunning

Jan Greathouse ’67

Campus News


President Editor

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Homecoming 2009


A convicted rapist and his accuser . . .


Students show their MORE THAN



Academic News



December highlights


Heather Daugherty David Diehl ’89 Jamie Casler Casey Johnson ’03 Roy Philip Greg Ruff ’00

Trojan Talk


Contact Information

Alumni News

Elizabeth Streight

Communications Assistant/ Photographer

Rick Hill


Treveccan 333 Murfreesboro Road Nashville, TN 37210 615-248-7782 Main number 615-248-1200 Admissions office 615-248-1320 Alumni office 615-248-1350

“LEAPS” of a different kind

Where in the world . . .?


Alumni celebrating


Alumni connecting


Alumni and employees we will miss


Alumni show their MORE THAN



Cover photo

Trevecca cheerleaders Lauren Elizabeth Lowrey and Maranda Raven Moore in the Homecoming parade Photo by E. Streight


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1. 1. Founder’s Day Chapel Five former professors— (L-R) Toby Williams ’59, Melvin Welch ’61, Morris Stocks ’77, Carol Anne Asbury Eby ’56, and Paul Cleckner ’61—share Trevecca memories. 2. Pilgrimage to McClurkan’s Grave—Student Ashley Williams sings “Be Thou My Vision” at the graveside service. 3. Children eagerly await the start of the Homecoming parade. 4. Seniors Andrew Hall and Laura Freeman, crowned king and queen at the student banquet the night before, ride in the Homecoming parade.







More than 17 affinity groups and classes held reunions during Homecoming. Several class groups are pictured below.


2. 1. Erin Vanzant Lennon ’06, Rachel Osteen ’06, and Shandie Cline Robertson ’05 come home to “the Hill” for Homecoming 2009. 2. Hilltop Home Companion—The Burchfield Brothers perform at the “Hilltop” event. 3. Concert of Pianists— Carol Ensor Patilla ’82 bows following her performance at the concert honoring former music professor Barbara McClain Bloom. Patilla was one of eight of Bloom’s former students who performed.

Kaylee Harrell

Christina Lafferty


Photos not credited are by E. Streight.

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Christina Lafferty



MoreHomecoming images


Three dedications


1. Welcome Center/Office of Admissions—President Boone ’74 speaks at the dedication of the new home of the Office of Admissions on the ground floor of Waggoner Library, as Sam Green ’87, associate provost and dean of enrollment management, participates via live video feed from his hospital room, where he is being treated for leukemia. 2. Center for Leadership, Calling, and Service—The central lobby of the renovated Bud Robinson Building was the gathering place for the dedication of the Center. 3. C. R. and Ray Thrasher Archives—Provost Steve Pusey expresses appreciation to Ray Thrasher ’64 (right) during the ceremony for the renaming of the University archives in honor of her and her late husband, C. R. Thrasher ’34.


Other events 4. Five former Trojan baseball coaches—(L-R) Jonathan Burton ’04, Jeff Forehand, Chris Collins ’02/MA ’04, Dave Altopp, Elliot Johnson meet for a luncheon celebrating the 40th anniversary of the University’s baseball team. 5. Students with “purple pride” cheer on the Trojan basketball teams during Homecoming games. 6. Student Amanda Daughtry poses with a member of the audience following a performance of Suessical during Homecoming weekend.

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Darren Bryant



2009 Alumni Award Winners

Three honored in Founder’s Day Chapel Each year the Trevecca Alumni Association presents awards to two alumni whose careers and contributions have distinguished themselves and Trevecca and to a “friend of Trevecca” who has made significant contributions to Trevecca.

Rob Staples, T-Award—Minister Rob Staples ’51 earned a master’s degree at Nazarene Theological Seminary in 1954 and a ThD at Pacific School of Religion at Berkeley, California, in 1963. After serving as a pastor in the Church of the Nazarene for nine years, he joined the faculty of Bethany Nazarene College (now Southern Nazarene University) in Oklahoma and taught religion there from 1963 to 1976, when he became part of the faculty of Nazarene Theological Seminary, where he taught until his retirement in 1998. His 46-year career was marked by significant contributions to the Church of the Nazarene—as a trainer of young ministers, a guest speaker/lecturer in churches and on college campuses in the States and abroad, a frequent contributor to denominational publications, the author of chapters in several theological books, the author of Outward Sign and Inward Grace (1991), the writer of scholarly articles for theological journals, and a Sunday school teacher in his local church. He and his wife, Marcella (Cain) ’51, live in Kansas City; they have two adult daughters.

Jim Hiatt, T-Award—Layperson Jim Hiatt ’76 joined the Trevecca business faculty in 1983 after working four years as an attorney. He became chair of the Department of Business Administration in 1990, a position he filled until 1995, when he became dean of the School of

Business. Under his leadership, Trevecca’s business programs have grown dramatically—in the number of students enrolled, the number of course offerings, and the number of programs added. Currently, approximately 500 students are enrolled in business courses at Trevecca. Following his undergraduate years at Trevecca, Jim earned a doctor of jurisprudence degree in 1979 at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and a master’s of business administration in 1991 at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro. He and his wife, Judy, have one daughter, a junior at Trevecca.

Jim Foglesong, McClurkan Award Jim Foglesong, the founding director of Trevecca’s Music Business Program (1999), has had a long and illustrious career as a music industry executive, producer, and performer. A 1950 graduate of Eastman School of Music and a veteran of World War II, Foglesong worked with Columbia Records in New York City before moving to Nashville in 1970 to head Dot Records, where he became president in 1973. There and later at ABC/Dot, MCA Records (as president), and Capitol Records (also as president) he used his talents to advance the careers of many of the top performers in country music—Barbara Mandrell, the Oak Ridge Boys, Roy Clark, George Strait, Reba McEntire, Garth Brooks, Sawyer Brown, and others. Additionally, he has served on the boards of the major country music organizations. In addition to teaching at Trevecca, Foglesong also teaches at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2004, and this year he was named Trevecca’s Distinguished Professor of Music Business. He and his wife, Toni, live in Nashville and have four children. WINTER 2009 • TREVECCAN



A convicted rapist and his accuser speak on campus She was a 23-year-old college student who simply wanted to put her rapist behind bars so that she could reclaim her life, but the events that followed her assault were anything but simple. When Jennifer Thompson picked Ronald Cotton from a line-up in Burlington, North Carolina, she had no idea that she was helping send an innocent man to prison. After serving 11 years of a life sentence plus 54 years, Cotton learned about DNA testing and asked the courts to order that test for him. The results exonerated him, implicated a fellow prisoner, and freed Cotton from prison, but his freedom created a different type of prison for Thompson-Cannino, who was by that time married and the mother of triplets. Hers was a complicated prison: one of psychological shackles of remorse and regret, self-righteous justification, and overwhelming and constant fear—fear that Cotton would return to kill her for what she had done to him. Eventually, convinced that she would never truly reclaim her life a second time and move forward unless she met Cotton and apologized, Thompson-Cannino arranged to meet with Cotton. Their meeting was a turning point for her. To her tearful apology, Cotton said, “I forgive you. I’m not angry with you. I want you to have a good life.”

Jennifer Thompson-Cannino and Ronald Cotton, authors of Picking Cotton, are introduced to the Trevecca audience.

The story of their unlikely friendship is told in Picking Cotton, their emotional memoir of mistaken eyewitness identification, the miscarriage of justice, restoration, and the healing power of forgiveness. Following its release earlier this year, their book was named a New York Times “best seller,” and they have appeared on 60 Minutes and other television shows. Through a partnership of the Criminal Justice Program, the J. V. Morsch Center for Social Justice, and Vanderbilt University, Thompson-Cannino and Cotton shared their story in Benson Auditorium on November 18 before a hushed and spellbound audience of students, University employees, and guests.



Explaining to the Trevecca audience how forgiveness was possible, Thompson-Cannino said that her religion and her faith had separated when she tried to forgive: “My religion allowed me to take the moral high ground, to be vindicated in my anger, but grace came to me when Ronald forgave me. He taught me that a person cannot hate people and be a loving person. His forgiving me gave me the strength to forgive the man who was my real rapist.”


Students show their Serving others and stretching personal boundaries “Needed: prom dresses for Cinderella’s Closet.” That message started Leigh Ann Gordon on a mission. This junior history education major from Nashville collected 98 prom dresses from Trevecca students and employees, and then she and her mother, Mary Lou Del Rio ’74, and grandmother, Rosemary Pennington ’63, drove to Washington, D. C., during Leigh Ann’s spring break to deliver the dresses to Ron ’70 and Helen McCormick ’74, who operate Cinderella’s Closet as part of their annual Cinderella Prom for disabled students who cannot attend their schools’ proms. Cinderella’s Closet is the place where girls can choose their dresses and accessories for the Cinderella Prom.

Leigh Ann coaches Victoria, one of the campers at The House.

Helen Herring McCormick ’74, Leigh Ann Gordon, Mary Lou Del Rio ’74, and Rosemary Pennington ’63 pose with some of the dresses that Leigh Ann collected for girls to wear at the Cinderella Ball in Washington, D. C.

In May, Leigh Ann went back to Washington in order to help with preparations for the prom. That experience convinced Leigh Ann that she needed to give up her lifeguard job, which she had taken in order to make money, and spend her summer working for Ron and Helen at The House— for free. (Ron and Helen’s work at The House was the subject of a feature in the summer 2008 Treveccan.) “God seemed to say to me, ‘You need to stretch your comfort zone’—something I had never done before,” Leigh Ann admitted. Her “stretching” experiences included rising at 5 A.M. to cook breakfast for the

approximately 90 teens who attend summer day camp at The House; that meal had to be a full one because the two meals that they received at The House were the only meals that many of the campers had. After breakfast Leigh Ann was one of seven employees who supervised the camp’s extensive activities. “We worked like madmen, and we were tired, but it was a good kind of tired,” said Leigh Ann. The days were long and exhausting, but the rewards convinced Leigh Ann that she needs to work at The House next summer. “I began the summer walking blindly, trusting God, and so Continued on page 11




Students show their MORE THAN continued

Winning scholarships First Nathan Smith Scholarship recipient Jeffrey Kelley, a PA student in the Class of 2010, is the first recipient of a Nathan Smith Memorial Scholarship in recognition of the ways that his fight against a personal illness has inspired classmates. This scholarship recognizes a PA student who has overcome significant personal difficulty, has been an inspiration to classmates, and possesses the commitment to others that Nathan Smith ’05 had. Nathan was an inspiration to his classmates in his commitment to serve others even though he battled illness, to which he succumbed early in 2009. Contributions to the scholarship are welcome. (Nathan’s story was included in the fall 2009 Treveccan.)

Jeffrey Kelley

2009 Jim Foglesong Scholarship recipient David Lynn Goen is the winter of the 2009 Jim Foglesong Scholarship, presented by the Copyright Society of the South to a graduating Trevecca music business senior. To win this award, David had to maintain a 3.0 GPA and demonstrate dedication, consistency, and cooperation. Additionally, he had to demonstrate to the Award Committee his potential for a successful career in the music industry. Jim Foglesong and David Goen

David won a cash award, a membership in the Copyright Society of the South, and invitations to attend its luncheons, seminars, and membership meetings.

Attending Oxford University Blair Haskins, a senior interpersonal communication major from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, is spending his final semester of college studying the philosophy of religion and the psychology of religion at Oxford University in England.



In November Blair learned that he had been accepted to participate in the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities’ Scholars’ Semester in Oxford Program. He will complete his studies at Oxford in mid-April and will return to Trevecca in time to participate in commencement ceremonies.

Blair Haskins


Authoring a book about Elvis Jim Robbins MHR ’09 is currently writing a book about the life of Elvis Presley, particularly looking at Elvis the person, the friend. He conducted multiple interviews with persons who knew Elvis and those who are Elvis historians, and then using the research and organization skills that he learned in MHR, Jim produced a 350-page manuscript with 180 figures and photographs, and ten appendices. Jim’s book about Elvis, the focus of which is a contemporary Christian message, is scheduled for publication in the spring of 2010, and he has 22 other books in progress. “It is incredible how my life has changed Jim Robbins ’09 (right) interviewed Donnie Sumner, because of MHR,” Jim said. He his wife, Margaret MEd ’05, live in who was part of Elvis’s entourage until 1976 and Humphreys County, Tennessee. was the lead singer in J. D. Sumner and the Stamps Quartet.

Studying in D.C.: More than simply an internship By Morgan Daniels* Washington, D.C., in itself is a very unique city with opportunities galore—politics, demonstrations, and tons of history. Boredom is not even in question, and new knowledge is around every corner. At the Washington Journalism Center, a program under the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, I received an internship at United Press International (UPI) in the most newsworthy city of our nation. I worked one-on-one with professors and a mentoring editor from UPI in order to improve my skills as an aspiring journalist and to have my byline published on But there is another side to Washington, D.C.—poverty,

gangs, broken families, and a need for service. I spent more than two weeks at the Capitol Hill Pregnancy Center, volunteering and engaging with a Christian community that was full of strong, inspiring women who prayed together daily as a community. I grew to love that community as staff took me in and allowed me to be a part of their ministry. I delivered soup and sandwiches out of the back of a van to D.C.’s homeless through an organization called Martha’s Table. I found out quickly that although I was living only eight blocks from our nation’s capitol I was going to encounter all aspects of Washington, D.C. With Christian-based classes, an internship in the mainstream media, service learning projects, and a community of new friends and networking contacts, I am now even more prepared for life after college. * Morgan, a junior from Ashland, Kentucky, will return to Trevecca in January for the spring semester after completing her internship at UPI.

Serving others...Continued from page 9 scared, but I witnessed God at work. This summer convinced me that God gives second chances, and watching Ron and Helen praise God for everything made me see how I’ve overlooked the things that God has done for me,” said Leigh Ann.




Academic News Social Justice Program

Faculty and students in the Social Justice Program helped with several events this fall. • Approximately 350 students heard representatives of six nonprofit organizations speak about the work and needs of their organizations during the Ministry Blitz, held in October and cosponsored by the Center for Leadership, Calling, and Service and the J. V. Morsch Center for Social Justice. • The Poverty Simulation in early November gave participants the opportunity to experience the problems faced daily by persons who live in cyclical poverty. Almost 100 students and Trevecca employees were involved. • In mid-November the J. V. Morsch Center for Social Justice and the Center for Worship Arts hosted the Prayer, Worship, and Social Justice Conference that featured speakers from the International Justice Mission and Freedom in Creation.

• A new video, Everyday Social Justice, produced by Compass Cinema includes appearances by members of Trevecca’s social justice faculty, Trevecca alumni, and President Boone. That video can be viewed at www. • Jamie Casler, director of the J. V. Morsch Center for Social Justice, was honored on October 16, 2009, with an Emerging Leader Award from the alumni association of his alma mater, Eastern Nazarene College. President Corlis McGee ’75 presented him with that award. On October 23, 2009, AmeriCorps recognized him for his service as a site supervisor for the AmeriCorps VISTA Program. Jamie Casler and Corlis McGee ’75

Department of Music • Wakefield Fine Arts Building redecorated In Wakefield this fall new carpet was installed, walls were painted, new furniture was purchased for the common areas, and restrooms were renovated. • Effort to honor Barbara McClain Bloom In conjunction with the tribute to Barbara McClain Bloom during Homecoming, the Department of Music is engaged in the effort to place a new Steinway Grand in Wakefield in her honor. Persons who are interested in giving toward this piano can make a gift at or call David Diehl at 615-248-1291. Heather Filson, former secretary for the Department of Music and an ardent advocate for improving the facilities in Wakefield, was the ribbon-cutter when the redesigned restrooms were opened.




• Piano given in memory of Chuck Lovell Janice Lovell ’81 and her son, Chase, have donated a piano in honor of their husband and father, respectively. Chuck ’81, who majored in music and was active in the Concert Choir for many years, died in February of 2006. His family established the Chuck Lovell Memorial Scholarship to support students who are majoring in worship arts. Those interested in making a memorial gift can contact the Office of External Relations at 615-248-1355. Chuck Lovell ’81

School of Education • In November the School of Education hosted two meetings: the Metro Schools Department of Exceptional Learning Parent Training and a statewide training session on Quantum Learning. • Starting in January, the Master’s of Library and Information Science Program will offer classes off campus in Cleveland, Tennessee. • Richard Parrot, associate professor of education, has published a new book, My Soul Purpose.

School of Business • Students in the Sales Fundamentals and Advertising Management classes attended the Sales and Marketing Executives International Luncheon at Maggiano’s, in Nashville, on November 10. Students were able to network with major executives in the sales and marketing field in Nashville, and they heard a presentation by the vice president of sales for one of the nation’s largest providers of printed communications.

Roy Philip (far right), assistant professor of marketing, and members of his Sales Fundamentals and Advertising Management class

• Be part of Team Trevecca, a group of Trevecca students, alumni, and employees who participate in the Country Music Marathon and ½ Marathon. Last year approximately 100 persons composed the team, but the School of Business wants others to join the effort for the April 24, 2010, marathon. Joining Team Trevecca helps you reconnect with friends and professors and promotes a healthy lifestyle. When you register as part of Team Trevecca, you receive a $10 discount for your entry fee for the Country Music Marathon or ½ Marathon, a Team Trevecca running shirt, and a pasta dinner the night before the race. Your participation helps raise money for the MHR Endowment Scholarship. Visit teamtrevecca and find out how you can join the team!

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“Leaps”of Because the surgery was such a serious one and required a long recovery, Her doctors advised treating her for the symptoms and delaying the surgery until her diminished quality of life called for the surgery. Lorie completed high school, enrolled in Trevecca, transferred to another school where she started nursing studies, and then returned to Trevecca when she settled on a degree in biology. During her senior year, when she lost feeling in her hands, feet, and face, doctors told her that she needed the surgery and that she would need a year to recover.

Lorie Neeley Patterson


he college experience provides many opportunities for students to grow and change, to make many kinds of “leaps.” Sometimes health issues put the “leap” into the life-and-death category. Their battles with lifethreatening illnesses changed the lives of a recent alumna and a current student. During her senior year of high school, after she fainted from one of her frequent headaches, Lorie Neeley ’06 (now Lorie



Patterson), from Nashville, was referred to a neurologist who specializes in migraine headaches. She soon learned that she had Arnold-Chiari malformation, a condition in which the brain drops, rests on the spine, and blocks spinal fluid. For Lorie, who was a cheerleader doing gymnastic stunts, the news was alarming. “I had no idea that I was in such danger during all of those years. One blow could have killed me,” Lorie explained.

During Christmas break in 2005, doctors opened the back of Lorie’s head, going three inches into her head but without touching her brain. Using the lining of a calf ’s heart, the surgeons created a space where the spinal fluid could continue to flow. Immediately following surgery, sensation returned to Lorie’s extremities. A week in the hospital and then more surgery when doctors discovered that she was losing spinal fluid, and then recuperation during the holidays—and when the spring semester started in January, Lorie returned to Trevecca.


a different kind “My neck was weak from having so many muscles cut, and sitting for long periods of time was hard for me, but I graduated in May 2006 and had only one more class to take that summer. My Trevecca teachers worked with me so that I could complete my courses; they were so helpful—especially Professor Ann Fuqua,” she said with a smile. And at this point, her story takes an interesting turn that actually began when the neurologist first diagnosed her condition. During that initial examination, Lorie told the doctor that she wanted to be a nurse, and the doctor offered her a part-time job in his office, a job that she kept through the remainder of high school and throughout her college years. That job expanded Lorie’s


or Rece Martin, a junior music business major from Ashland, Kentucky, and a member of the men’s golf team, a cough that would not go away in the fall of 2008 was the indication that something was going wrong in his body. When antibiotics did not help, his doctor sent him to a specialist, who spotted an abnormality in Rece’s chest X-rays. A second specialist was called in,

learning, taught her much about health care and the treatment of illnesses, and convinced her that she wanted a career in medical research. Immediately following her graduation, Lorie took a job with a medical research company that required her to fly to a new city each week, where she audited the research conducted by medical research facilities. The work was challenging and exciting, but Lorie wanted to return to Nashville. In December of 2008 she went to work for the Sarah Cannon Cancer Center, where she is part of the research team that tests new cancer drugs on the first human recipients, late-stage cancer patients who want to test the new drugs in order to help other victims of cancer. Before Lorie’s grandmother, Neva Neeley, lost

and he ordered CT scans, which revealed that Rece had a tumor in the lymph nodes in his chest—a very large tumor that took up 33% of his chest cavity. The specialist gave Rece three possible diagnoses, and then sent him to a surgeon for a biopsy, which revealed that Rece had Hodgkins lymphoma.

her life to pancreatic cancer, she had signed up to participate in a research study, but she died before she could start the program. Lorie is excited about her work at the Sarah Cannon Center. “Many of the drugs that we tested are now on the market and are being used to help cancer patients. Also, I work with some of the best oncology researchers in the world. They go everywhere. I learn something every day,” she noted. When Lorie talks about her illness and its impact on her life, she gives God all the credit: “If I had tried to plan where I am today, I would not have been able to do so. God brought me to this place. I know that oncology research is my calling. I also know that God’s plans are always better.”

“Within a two-week period, my life changed dramatically,” Rece said. In November of 2008 he began four months of chemotherapy and a month of radiation at M. D. Anderson Hospital in Houston, Texas. Rece was one of eight persons to receive IMRT radiation, considered to be the most effective method to miss the heart and lungs. His Trevecca Continued next page




“Leaps” Rece Martin


professors arranged for him to do his course work online during his treatments. In April of 2009 doctors in Texas announced that Rece was in remission, but because his type of cancer can return, they will not declare him “cancer free” until he is in remission for five years. He returned from Texas in time to take his final exams at Trevecca. In August 2009 Rece was back at Trevecca, taking classes and again playing on the men’s golf team. “I would not wish cancer on anyone, but it’s almost like cancer was good for me. It made me a better person. I used to get mad when I didn’t do something the way I wanted to, but now I am just happy to be able to do things. Also, cancer raised my awareness about the suffering of others. I have to say that cancer gave me a fresh start,” Rece explained.

Overcoming their illnesses required Lorie and Rece to make huge “leaps,” but they report that God was with them in

their “leaps” and that he helped them turn their illnesses into blessings—for themselves and for others.

Sabbath rest for pastors— *5 days of rest for pastors *No agenda. Structure your time as you would like. *Housing and meals provided *Access to library, fitness facilities, chapel, and classes



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Chapters from Trevecca’s History

Living history: A tribute to H. Ray Dunning By Steven Hoskins ’86* During his seven decades of association with Trevecca Nazarene University as both student and professor, H. Ray Dunning ’48 has lived the Trevecca story with a quiet dignity, sincere grace, and generous humor. Ray’s life and career are marked by great theological achievements, a resolute dedication to WesleyanHoliness theology, and a deep love of our school. Ray earned degrees in theology at Trevecca, Nazarene Theological Seminary, and Vanderbilt Divinity School. In 2004 he was honored with the lifetime achievement award by the Wesleyan Theological Society. During his four decades as professor of theology at Trevecca,

the themes of prevenient grace, an insistence on the experience of entire sanctification as a second work of God’s grace, and scriptural obedience have become the hallmarks of the Wesleyan-Holiness theology that pervade Ray’s work and remain the divining spirit of the Trevecca School of Religion. His best-known works, the systematic Grace, Faith, and Holiness (1988), Introduction to Wesleyan Theology (1989) coauthored with William Greathouse ’43, and Reflecting the Divine Image: Christian Ethics in a Wesleyan Theological Perspective (2003), show his dedication to the pastoral work of theology and are written to provide spiritual

guidance for growth in the grace of the Christian life. Ray’s history of faithful scholarship and service remains an inspiration for those of us who follow in his footsteps. On February 11, 2010, Trevecca will honor Ray with a day of special events and the publication of Becoming Christlike Disciples (2010), a revised and updated compilation of his A Layman’s Guide to Sanctification (1991) and The Fruit of the Spirit (1982). The events are free and open to the public. *Steven is associate professor of religion at Trevecca.

H. Ray Dunning Day— Honoring a Trevecca Treasure February 11, 2010 • Chapel dialogue with President Boone • Release of Becoming Christlike Disciples, an excellent text for small group study—with a book signing • A workshop with Dunning • Choice of workshops with Steven Hoskins and Nate Kerr • Lunch—$15 with a reservation For more information, contact




Trevecca dramas for spring “The journey often comes at a price . . .”

The Glass Menagerie by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tennessee Williams

January 28, 29, 30 and February 4, 5, 6


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“A new world, waiting to be discovered, explored and illuminated, within and without.”

A “modern” comedy by Eric Overmyer March 18, 19, 20 and 25, 26, 27

For information or tickets, call 615-248-1429.

Professional Development Day for MHR and MBA alumni February 25, 2010 Convocation Center, Boone Business Building Pat Collins MA ’98, president and chief operating officer of SESAC will speak. (See p. 27.) The event will also include breakout sessions on organizational leadership, ethics in the workplace, and biblical models of leadership. To obtail more information or to register, visit —$30 per person.



December highlights


On December 5, EverPraise sang the National Anthem at the Nashville Predators’ hockey game in front of more that 13,000 fans.

Celebrating Christmas at Trevecca took several forms. The campus gathered for the tree lighting ceremony on December 1, and Troy Trevecca and Santa Claus attended the event.

On December 1, Ernie Haase and Signature Sound kicked off their eight-city Christmas tour with a concert in the convocation center in the Boone Business Building.





TALK Evick is now the program’s leader in career and season goals.

Allison Casalenuovo

Women’s Soccer The 2009 women’s soccer team produced seven wins this season, three more than the year before. The 7-10-1 record advanced the Trojans to the TranSouth Tournament. The team fell in the first round, but several postseason honors came to players. Two Trojans made the 2009 TranSouth Women’s Soccer AllConference team. Kassie Evick (forward) and Allison Casalenuovo (defender) were selected to the second team. Evick, a senior from Middletown, Ohio, set numerous Trevecca career and season records this season.



Nine members of the Trevecca women’s soccer team made the 2009 scholar-athlete* list: Ana Hill, Aubree Thomas, Brittany Argabright, Allison Casalenuovo, Kassie Evick, Jessica Fallen, Megan Arnett, Chelsea Bell, and Lauren Davis. Thomas and Bell made the list for the second time, and Argabright, Casalenuovo, and Evick made the list for the third time.

Seven Trojans earned 2009 scholar-athlete* honors: Benji Bussell, Josh Forth, Craig Parker, Parker Hughes, Richard Djapni, Darragh Bugter, and Jordan Enix. Bussell and Parker made the list for the second time, and Hughes made the list for the third time.

Men’s Soccer The Trevecca men’s soccer team won six matches this year under first-year head coach Danny Leavy. The team started 2-7-1, and then had five consecutive wins.

Benji Bussell

The team advanced to the TranSouth Tournament before falling in the first round. Two Trojans won 2009 TranSouth Men’s Soccer Awards. Benji Bussell (midfielder) and Hayden Coffman (goalkeeper) were selected for the second team, and Coffman, a sophomore from Hendersonville, Tennessee, led the TranSouth in saves per game.

*TranSouth Scholar-Athletes must be sophomores, juniors, or seniors in academic standing and must have a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00 (on a 4.0 scale).


TROJAN TALK Volleyball

Men’s Golf

Trevecca finished 25-13 overall after finishing second (113) in the TranSouth regular season race. This year is the tenth time that the Trevecca volleyball program has produced a 20win season.

Trevecca sophomore Joey Bradley won the Lindsey Wilson Fall Invitational. The team finished sixth overall. Bradley also finished tied for third at the Bill Sergent Invitational. The team won the Greystone Cup, a Joey Bradley head-to-head threeround event (Ryder Cup style) with Union University.

Coach Jayme Crowley has a 37-24 overall record after her second season at the helm of the Trojan program. Crowley has produced an impressive 20-8 TranSouth record and has a 6-4 postseason record. Seniors Kaley Ward, Kimi Coffey, Jessica Hood, and Rachel Spotten have produced a 93-49 overall record and a 44-19 TranSouth record and were 11-9 in postseason play. The seniors never finished below third in TranSouth play. Six Trojans made the 2009 allconference team. Junior Teegan Hunziker and senior Kaley Ward were placed on the first team. Senior Jessica Hood and junior Jennifer Peterson were selected to

Women’s Golf the second team. Junior Brooke Cannon and Senior Rachel Spotten were named honorable mention. Ward was also selected to the TranSouth Tournament Team. Seven Trojans earned 2009 volleyball scholar-athlete* honors: Brooke Cannon, Teegan Hunziker, Kimi Coffey, Jessica Hood, Rachel Spotten, Kaley Ward, and Kristen Evans. Ward and Coffey made the list for the third time. Cannon, Hood, and Spotten made the list for the second time.

Trevecca tied for second at the Walsh Invitational this fall. Betsy Beaver made the Trevecca Fall Classic All-Tournament Team. In that contest the team set a school record for the lowest two-day total and tied the single-day low.

Betsy Beaver




Where in the world have you worn Trevecca clothing? Paul Andrus ’62 wore his Trevecca shirt Lima, Peru, in July. He and his wife, Berniece, accompanied a medical team into a remote village in the Andes, Santiago de Chuco, where they treated patients and delivered medicines and medical equipment.

Cheyenne (5) and Cree (2) Houchin, daughters of Blake ’97/MEd ’06 and Jennifer Powell Houchin ’95, sport Trevecca t-shirts on their visit to Downtown Disney during the summer. Dilana Kilic, daughter of Kim Andress Kilic ’95, wore her Trevecca shirt when she was baptized at Charlotte (N.C.)Trinity Church of the Nazarene.

Charles ’67 and Mary Casto Seabolt ’67 wore Trevecca sweatshirts while panning for gold in Alaska.



Paul Benham MHR ’08 wore his Trevecca shirt when he and his wife, Connie, visited Muir Woods in California. Connie works in Trevecca’s Office of Information Technology.


Alumni celebrating–Marriages and births A


Alumni connecting 1930s Eleanor Hardy Burrow ’39 (See p. 26.) C. R. Thrasher ’34 (See p. 6.)

1940s William M. Greathouse ’43 (See p. 17.) Jay and Lanora Pepper Gordon ’95 of North Port, Fla.—a daughter, Mallory Jaye, on 10/12/09. Mallory was welcomed by big sisters Marina (3) and Maggie (1) and grandparents Leroy ’70 and Martha Pepper ’69. The Gordons attend Suncoast Community Church in Sarasota, FL. Jay is an attorney and Lanora is a stay-at-home mom. (Photo A)


Rob ’51 and Marcella Cain Staples ’51 (See p. 7.)


Carol Anne Asbury Eby ’56 (See p. 4.) Kathleen Eannottie Dixon ’59 (See p. 26.) Arthur “Toby” Williams ’59 (See p. 4.)

1960s Paul Cleckner ’61 (See p. 4.)

John and Cyndi Doyle Hail ’99 of Olathe, Kan.—a daughter, Anna Noel, on 11/20/08. Anna is welcomed by a big brother, Brendan (5). John is a math teacher, and Cyndi is self-employed. (Photo B) Michael and Michelle Peacock O’Rourke ’01 of Clarksville, Tenn.—a son, William Gray, on 7/30/09. William weighed 8 lbs 2 oz and was 20.5 inches long. Mike is a sergeant with the 101st Airborne, deploying to Afghanistan in the spring. He returned from his third tour in Iraq in Nov. ’08. Michelle is a stay-at-home mom. (Photo C)

1950s Frances Nichols Simpson ’50 has published a new book, Still Counting: Meditations for Senior Adults.

Luke ’04 and Emily Clark Howell ’05 of LaVergne, Tenn.—a son, Landon Pierce, on 12/4/08. Landon weighed 5 lbs 10 oz and was 19 inches long. (Photo D)


H. Ray Dunning ’48 (See p. 17.)

Melvin Welch ’61 (See p. 4.) Paul Andrus ’62 (See p. 22.) Rosemary Pennington ’63 (See p. 9.) William Hudson ’04 and Hanna Snow ’05 were married 10/10/09 at Blakemore Church of the Nazarene in Nashville, Tenn. William works for the Bill Haslam for Governor Campaign in Nashville, and Hanna works for Community Health Systems in Franklin, Tenn. (Photo E)

Ray Thrasher ’64 (See p. 6.) Charles ’67 and Mary Casto Seabolt ’67 (See p. 22.) Gary W. Streit ’67 was a featured speaker at Winston Salem State University’s year-long James A. Gray Lecture Series. Continued on page 24





Randy Carden ’81 (See p. 26.)

R. T. Kendall ’71 published two books this year: The Sin No One Talks About: Jealousy and The Excellent Way (365 excerpts from some 20 of his books, one for every day in the year).

Carol Ensor Patilla ’82 (See p. 4.)


Mark Smith PA ’02 was appointed to the Anderson County Election Commission in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

Mary Lou Pennington Del Rio ’74 (See p. 9.)

Eduardo De Souza ’03 was recently appointed assistant coach of men’s soccer at Longwood University in Farmville, Va.

Ron ’70 and Helen Herring McCormick ’74 (See p. 9.)


David Lennon ’83/ MEd ’94 recently returned from serving a year in Iraq. David and his wife, Pam, were featured in local news coverage of his company’s return to Nashville. (Photo G) Steven Hoskins ’86 (See p. 17.) Sam Green ’87 (See p. 6.)

Henry Spaulding ’74 has been named provost of Mount Vernon Nazarene University. In this role Henry is part of MVNU’s Senior Leadership Team. (Photo F) Corlis McGee ’75 (See p. 12.) Jim Hiatt ’76 (See p. 7.)


1990s Grant Endicott MEd ’92 has been appointed academic director of the general education program at The Art Institute of Ohio-Cincinnati and oversees general education curriculum, transitional courses, and faculty development.

Dale P. Seley ’77 is the senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Newport News, Va. He previously served 12 years as pastor of Downtown Baptist Church in Alexandria, Va.

Tony Lamair Burks II MEd ’98 is now executive director of Atypical and Charter Schools for San Diego Unified, the nation’s eighth largest public school district.

Morris Stocks ’77 (See p. 4.)

Pat Collins MA ’98 (See pp. 18 & 27.)



Chuck ’81 and Janice Lovell ’81 (See p. 13.)

Dan Brodbeck MA ’01 (See p. 27.)

Greg ’80 and Pam Hudson Page ’81 (See p. 27.)


Cary Bush MHR ’02 has been named to the 2009-10 advisory board for PHONE+Channel Partners Conference & Expo. Cary is Logista’s sales director for voice services.

Chris Collins ’02/ MA ’04 (See p. 6.)

Michelle Lennon ’03 (See photo G.) Amy Bolton ’04 is the new controller at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville, part of the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA). Amy has been with HCA for more than 5 years. Jonathan Burton ’04 (See p. 6.) Margaret Robbins MEd ’05 and Jim Robbins MHR ’09 (See p. 11.) Nathan Smith ’05 (See p. 10.)

H Michael Bursey MA ’06 was recently elected mayor of Henning, Tenn. (Photo H) Stephanie Ladd MBA ’06 is the new director of human resources for the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority. She had previously served as the Authority’s manager of human resources.


Erin VanZant Lennon ’06 (See p. 5.) Rachel Osteen ’06 (See p. 5.) Lorie Neeley Patterson ’06 (See pp. 14-16.) Shandie Cline Robertson ’06 (See p. 5.) Paul Benham MHR ’08 (See p. 22.)

Peggy Nolte, current EdD student, was named Top Teacher at West Meade Elementary School in Nashville, Tenn., on 8/25/09.

Music lovers, three CDs from Trevecca!

Chad Smith, current EdD student, is returning as the coach of the Smokey Mountain Jam, formerly the Thunderbolts, the basketball team of Knoxville, Tenn., in the American Basketball Association.

Alumni and employees we will miss Jesse Middendorf ’38 of Bethpage, Tenn.—9/29/09

Geraldine Wygelia Pearson ’56 of Manassas, Va.—9/26/09

H. Harvey Hendershot ’39 of Nashville, Tenn.—11/12/09

Dan Minnix ’70 of Coffeeville, Miss.—10/9/09

Doyle Rae Thomas Jeter ’42 of Hollywood, Fla.—9/10/09

Timothy David Smith ’87 of Moore, Okla.—10/26/09

Allen Woolums ’44 of Elkins, W.Va.—7/30/08

Stephanie Babb MHR ’02 of Nashville, Tenn.—10/29/09

Betty Daws ’47 of Xenia, Ohio— 11/11/09

Mike Toomey of Nashville, Tenn.— 11/4/09 (former employee)

Center for Worship Arts launched Continued from page 13

Trevecca’s new Center for Worship Arts was officially launched on September 17, 2009, with a day of worship, learning, and music. The afternoon began with a worship service highlighting the place of the arts in the Christian faith and casting a vision for the future of the Center and its graduates. Workshops on the education and enrichment events that will define the work of the Center followed. The final event of the day was the Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs Concert with Christian artists Ashley Cleveland, Jill Phillips, and Andy Gullahorn, hosted by Scotty Smith, senior founding consultant of the Center. In addition to the undergraduate academic program, the Center for Worship Arts will continue to host events for the training, enrichment, and encouragement of those who are already involved in ministry through the arts. The first Summer Institute with artist Michael Card, “Christ and the Creative Process,” will take place May 25-27, 2010, on Trevecca’s campus.

Each CD is $7 (shipping is included). The Christmas CD includes music by the Madrigalians, the Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Trevecca Symphony Orchestra, EverPraise, and Refuge. Place your order for these CDs with or call 615-248-1544.




Alumni show their Sharing Trevecca history— Eleanor Hardy Burrow In the late summer Eleanor Hardy Burrow ’39 made a presentation to Trevecca: her three Trevecca diplomas—from Trevecca Elementary School (1933), Trevecca High School (1937), and Trevecca Nazarene College (1939, an associate’s degree). Her history with Trevecca began in 1930 when her father, Nathan Hardy, became a caretaker at Trevecca on the Gallatin Road campus. Eleanor attended Trevecca on four different campuses.

Eleanor Hardy Burrow ’39 (right) with Kathleen (Kathy) Eannottie Dixon ’59—Eleanor became Kathy’s mentor when Kathy began her teaching career in the school where Eleanor taught.

For many years following her retirement from teaching, Eleanor worked in senior adult ministries at First Church of the Nazarene, in Nashville, and led groups to annual retreats for seniors. Even though she gave up that responsibility, she still stays active– mowing her own lawn, doing

After graduating from Trevecca, she began a teaching career that lasted 38 years, during which she taught first, second, and third grades. She served as a principal one year and was “acting” principal several years while she continued to teach first grade, and she continued her education at Peabody College.

her housework and laundry, and driving herself around town. “It seems that I have been ‘in Trevecca’ all of my life. It is only fitting that my diplomas* should be returned to the school that has been such a part of my life,” said Eleanor.

Recognized for his art— Randy Carden A painting by Randy Carden ’78 was selected for exhibition at the 11th Renaissance Regional Art Exhibition. More than 150 pieces of art were entered by artists in five states. Randy’s painting, an 11” x 14” original oil entitled Tea Time, was on exhibit with 49 other works at the Renaissance Center in Dickson, Tennessee, during the exhibit that ran from August 21 to October 24, 2009.



*The signatures on Eleanor’s diplomas are glimpses intoTrevecca history. Her Trevecca Elementary School diploma was signed by A. B. Mackey, TES principal at that time. Her high school diploma has the signature of C. E. Hardy, the principal and Eleanor’s uncle; Hardy later served as president of Trevecca. Her college diploma was signed by A. B. Mackey, who was by the time of her graduation president of Trevecca.


Noted for their roles in Nashville business— Dan Brodbeck, Pat Collins, Greg Page Three times in the fall the Nashville Business Journal featured Trevecca alumni. Dan Brodbeck, Pat Collins, and Greg Page were profiled for their unique roles in the Nashville business community.

Dan Brodbeck

Dan Brodbeck MA ’01, president, chief executive officer, and chairman of the board of American Constructors, Inc., is responsible for the daily operations of that company. With American Constructors since 1995, Dan oversees an annual business volume of more than $140 million and has played an important role in major construction projects in Nashville, such as the city’s new Schermerhorn Symphony Center. He earned a bachelor’s in civil engineering at the University of Cincinnati and a master’s in organizational management from Trevecca. Dan, who has more than 30 years in the construction

Greg Page ’80 is the CEO of PK Pictures, Inc, a creative design company which specializes in large scale, multimedia events and presentation technologies. Greg and his team have built an international reputation, designing and producing large-scale media presentations for clients such as Coca-Cola, Aflac, HP, Wal-Mart, Jaguar, MTV, Alcatel-Lucent, Turner Broadcasting, The Walt Disney Company, Land Rover, and the Country Music

Pat Collins

industry, is also chairman of the Board of Directors of Associated Builders and Contractors, Middle Tennessee Chapter, and serves on the Executive Advisory Council for Middle Tennessee State University’s new Construction Management Program and its Concrete Industry Management Program. Dan and his wife, Mindy, have three children and two grandchildren.

Hall of Fame. Greg recently moved PK into a new facility and launched his latest venture, NuMynd Studios ( Designed from the ground up as Nashville’s finest full-service soundstages, NuMynd Studios and the PK facilities also play host to Trevecca and Trevecca Community Church special events. Greg and his wife, Pam (Hudson) ’81, have one son, Daniel.

Pat Collins MA ’98 is the president and chief operating officer of SESAC, the nation’s fastest growing performing rights organization. He joined SESAC in 1995 after a 21-year career in the performing rights industry. He holds a degree in business from Capital University, in Columbus, Ohio, and a master’s in organizational management from Trevecca. Pat is the president of

Greg Page

Leadership Music and serves on the board of the Country Music Association and on Mayor Karl Dean’s newly formed Music Business Council. He was honored with the 2009 Sage Award, given to one of Nashville’s top leaders who have made an impact on the city’s young professional demographic. Considered one of the leading performing rights experts in the U. S., Pat has appeared before various subcommittees of the U.S. Congress on legislative matters that impact copyrights or copyright license guidelines in the U.S.



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YOUR YOUTH GROUP COULD WIN UP TO $2,000! Trevecca is a university, and some youth group projects are simple mission projects. Those youth groups deserve recognition, and Trevecca’s MORE THAN a Youth Group Contest is a way for those groups to earn money for being MORE THAN!

To Enter, create a two-minute video that describes how your youth group’s mission project is MORE THAN a mission trip. Use photos, video clips, testimonies—whatever will tell your story.

Then, visit the Web site listed below for deadlines, more information, and to upload your video. Voting will occur in late February.

Prizes 1st Place—$2,000 2nd Place—$1,000 $500 3rd Place— for tuition at Trevecca will be Also, $500 scholarships winning youth group. awarded to all members of the


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