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The Magazine of Trevecca Nazarene University

Winter 2010-11

President’s Imprint

Building good bones for life Looking for a house is an exhausting endeavor. Having moved a few times, I’ve logged enough hours to reflect. A first impression is powerful—a painted front door, open spaces, fragrant aroma. I knew by how a house smelled whether my wife would like it or not. She could sniff a house and know if it would do. I was never able to talk her into a fixer-upper. My vision of “what this could become” did not matter if that house did not smell right to her. A friend of ours was also looking for a house. As he surveyed the available real estate, he was careful to look beyond the surface features of the house—the paint, the wallpaper, the carpet, the drapes, the smell. He was interested in the foundation and the load-bearing walls. I was amused by his insistence that the house have good bones. All the rest could be altered, but a homeowner lives with the structure of the bones. The other day someone said that current college students will perform jobs that haven’t been created yet. They are majoring in fields that may be obsolete, studying scientific theories that will be disproved, building models that will be outdated before they graduate. As the world changes, so will its work. Who knows what skills will be needed for the future workplace? And does the ever-changing workplace make a college education obsolete? Trevecca is about the bones. A liberal arts education in a Christian environment provides the structure for a life that can navigate a world of change. The basics will remain—reading, writing, communicating,



calculating, problem solving, creating, managing. These skills will always be necessary. But the wallpaper will change. The world will invent, redesign, and rethink. Those who have no solid foundation or load-bearing faith will flounder under the weight of a shifting world. Trevecca is the church at work educating. Its aim is to provide students with Christian values, a biblical narrative, a work ethic, and needed skills that can stand the test of time. The students of Trevecca have good bones.

Dan L. Boone ’74 President


TREVECCAN Vol. 80 • No. 4 WINTER 2010-11

President’s Imprint


Dan Boone ’74

Homecoming on “the Hill,” 2010


Jan Greathouse ’67

Campus News

Elizabeth Streight

Sale of the radio stations


Students show their MORE THAN


Fall Celebration and Trevecca Showcase


New director of marketing


Trojan Talk


President Editor

Communications Assistant/ Photographer

Rick Hill Designer

Contributors Robin Jewett MSM ’05 Casey Johnson ’03 Greg Ruff ’00 Matthew Huddleston Mark Hodges ’84


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

Giving men a hope and a future


Building community through the medium of film


Main number 615-248-1200

Alumni News

Admissions office 615-248-1320

Alumni show their MORE THAN


Where in the world . . .?


T-Club working to “Light up the Night”


Alumni office 615-248-1350

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Cover photo—The outdoor video presentation on Friday night of Homecoming concluded with a crowd-pleasing fireworks display.



Campus News Homecoming on “the Hill” “Homecoming was ‘coming home’ to the place where our story began as a couple; it was coming home to be with 40-year friends. There is no place like home!” Mike Cowart ’70

Founder’s Day Chapel Founder’s Day Chapel, kick-off event for Homecoming, featured the Trevecca High School quartet of 1949-1951: (L to R) Jimmie Smith THS ’51, Paul Eby THS ’49, Bill Slonecker THS ’51/TNC ’53, and Bill Crane THS ’51. Awards were presented to three alumni (see p. 8.).

The chapel program, a dialogue conducted by President Boone with three alumni, focused on the ways that Trevecca had influenced the course of their lives: Kathy Lewis Mowry ’85, holder of the J. B. Elizer Chair of Christian Ministry at Trevecca; Matt Hastings ’98/MA ’07, pastor of Chattanooga (Tenn.) Grace Church of the Nazarene; and Reginald Tiller ’87/MA ’98, superintendent of the William Howard Taft National Historic Site in Cincinnati, Ohio.

“WOW! The cutting-edge video presentation of history, both USA and Trevecca, that Greg Page and company presented at Homecoming was first class. Thanks, Greg, for the wonderful gift you gave us all!” John Sugg ’65



The Parade Seniors Benji Bussell and Emily Rowden were named Homecoming king and queen.

Roy Rogers ’71 shared his saddle with his granddaughter, Caroline (daughter of Art ’92 and Nanette Rogers Foster ’95).

The Homecoming Parade always draws a crowd, and this year’s parade did not disappoint. It included a marching band, many floats created by students, a large contingent of horses and riders, beautiful automobiles, and candy for bystanders.

Festival on the Great Lawn Following the parade, the Homecoming crowd moved to the Great Lawn between Waggoner Library and the Greathouse Science Building, where festival booths offered face-painting, an inflatable slide, balloon art, and other attractions for children. After dinner inside a heated tent, the evening ended with an outdoor architectural projection on the front exterior of Waggoner Library; created by Greg Page ’80 and his company, PK Productions, the video presented key events from U.S. and Trevecca history (see the cover).



Campus News

Homecoming on “the Hill” Singin’ in the Rain Trevecca’s Dramatic Arts Program presented Singin’ in the Rain as the fall drama. The cast of that production gathers for final applause.

Songwriter’s Circle Terebinth Artist Services, the student-run record label of Trevecca’s Music Business Program, hosted Songwriters’ Circle in the convocation center of the Boone Business Building. This event showcased student and alumni songwriters: sophomores Lauren Brown and Nick Schwarz, junior Andrea Corzine, seniors Ashley Williams and Keenan Hunter, and Michael Logan ’03. The songwriters were accompanied by a house band, featuring seniors Michael Hare and Caleb Soles and sophomore Ted Gajda.

“The Friday-night video presentation was an awesome addition to Homecoming! It turned an unpretentious history lesson into a ‘goosebump’ moment that made me proud to be an alumna of our amazing university.” Emily Baggett ’05



Michael Logan

More than 22 groups conducted “official” reunions, and many small informal reunions added to that number. The Treveccan did not have room to include photos of all the groups, but photos of the reunions can be purchased at the following site: http://www.

Trevecca High School Class of 1950

“Visiting with old friends and recalling escapades long forgotten were highlights of our 60th high school reunion.” Janris McManus Wells THS ’50 Alumni from 2000 through 2010 met in the Bud Robinson Building Fireside Room.

Concert On Saturday, ensembles from the Department of Music along with the Heritage Men’s Chorale presented a concert which concluded with the Hallelujah Chorus, performed by all concert participants.



Campus News

Homecoming on “the Hill” 2010 Alumni Award Recipients T-Award, Minister Henry Spaulding II ’74 is the provost and chief academic officer at Mount Vernon Nazarene University, in Mount Vernon, Ohio. Henry has given distinguished service to the Church of the Nazarene in several roles: as pastor—in Woodbridge, Virginia, and Thomasville, Georgia; as professor of philosophy and religion—at Eastern Nazarene College, later at Trevecca Nazarene University, and then at Nazarene Theological Seminary before going to Mt. Vernon Nazarene University. While at Trevecca, he was the dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, professor of theology President Boone and Henry Spaulding II and philosophy, and

T-Award, Layperson Joy Pratt Wells ’76 is now in her 34th year on Trevecca’s faculty, teaching sociology and social work. She serves as the field education director for the Social Work Program and assists with the Master’s in Counseling Program. Her contributions to the lives of students at Trevecca earned her two honors from her alma mater—Faculty Member of the Year in 1988 and the 1989 Excellence in Teaching Award. Joy has been a clinical Continued on opposite page President Boone and Joy Pratt Wells



the director of the Graduate Program in Religion. He earned the MDiv from Nazarene Theological Seminary and a PhD from Florida State University. He published a book in 1989, has written several articles for Church of the Nazarene publications, and has contributed to the Wesley Study Bible, published by Thomas Nelson Press. Henry is active with the Wesleyan Theological Society and has published several scholarly articles and book reviews for that group. He and his wife, Sharon (Walker) ’75, have three children.

supervisor and clinician in the Trevecca Career and Counseling Center, and a school social worker for Metro Nashville Public Schools, and currently provides clinical supervision through private practice. Additionally, Joy has extensive volunteer experiences with local agencies. After graduating from Trevecca, Joy earned two master’s degrees— one in sociology from Middle Tennessee State University and the other in social work from the University of Tennessee. She

is certified as a school social worker (Tenn. Dept. of Education) and is licensed as a clinical social worker. She and her husband, Marvin ’76, have two children.

McClurkan Award Mark Greathouse ’68 is self-employed in the hardwood millwork-sales business in Nashville. Before moving to Nashville, he was co-owner of a lumber business and the general manager of that business and another lumber business. He has distinguished himself in service to the Church of the Nazarene—serving as a Sunday school teacher, church board member, music minister, and district advisory board member. He is currently a member of the Tennessee District Advisory Board. He served 14 years on the Trevecca Board of Trustees, part of that time as its secretary, and was Trevecca’s director of alumni services for two years. He served 16 President Boone and Mark Greathouse years on the General Board of the Church of the Nazarene and was the secretary of the Church of the Nazarene He and his wife, Jan (Milby) Foundation. For years he dreamed of starting a men’s choral ’67, have two sons. group, composed of Trevecca alumni and friends. Three years ago he fulfilled that dream by starting Trevecca’s Heritage Men’s Chorale.

Are you looking for new ways to communicate the gospel in worship? Plan now to attend a two-day seminar with Midnight Oil Productions on March 28-29, 2011. This seminar will explore new methods and techniques for creating powerful worship experiences and will offer theoretical approaches with hands-on training. Anyone involved in

worship—pastors, worship leaders, technicians and lay people—are invited to participate in this seminar, sponsored by the Center for Worship Arts. For more information, visit midnightoil or contact Heather Daugherty at



Campus News Trevecca sells radio stations The sales of the University’s radio stations are expected to be finalized in mid-January, according to David Caldwell ’84, executive vice president. When those sales are completed, both stations will have a new format under new owners. WENO, formerly a Christian-talk station, was purchased by Anchor Broadcasting and will be a Black gospel station. WNAZ, which has been a contemporary Christian music station, is being purchased by Bott Broadcasting and will become a Christian-talk station. As part of the agreement with Bott, Trevecca will present two daily 60-second “messages” (perhaps in a thought-for-the-day format) for the next five years and will have other opportunities for advertising special events at the University. President Boone explained the University’s main concerns for the sale process: “Trevecca is pleased that the two broadcasting signals will be owned by Christian radio. Bott is a Christian talk radio organization with a long history of quality Christian broadcasting. This new station

will be the first FM Christian talk radio program in the MiddleTennessee area.” He added, “As Trevecca invests in the next generation of media, the sale of WENO and WNAZ will enable it to have a stronger Web presence and strengthen communications degrees while offering students hands-on experience in multiple media venues. We are grateful for the impact of the radio stations on a generation of students and look forward to the next generation of WNAZ on the Web.”

Faculty research highlighted at annual symposium The annual Faculty Research Symposium on November 16, 2010, showcased 18 faculty members from eight different disciplines, who presented papers about their latest research and writing projects. From a Freudian interpretation of the popular children’s story “Where the Wild Things Are” to an analysis of the impact of accounting methods on intangible assets to a discussion of the role of myth in scientific research, the papers covered a wide

range of topics and demonstrated the creative work of Trevecca professors who are creating new knowledge and new solutions to old problems. Professors then are able to integrate those ideas into current classroom lectures and discussions and/or publish them for consideration by the wider academic community. The Faculty Research Symposium is the counterpart to the Student Research Symposium held each

spring. Both events are important reminders that the interplay between innovative research and stimulating teaching and learning is a vital part of university culture. The symposiums focus attention on the lively intellectual life of professors and students. Alongside a longstanding commitment to classroom teaching, the symposiums are clear evidence that original and exciting research is flourishing among faculty and students at Trevecca.

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Physics students continue near-space research

On October 7, 2010, students helped “launch” near-space research at Trevecca Nazarene University by successfully flying a helium balloon into the stratosphere, carrying data-collection and tracking systems developed at Trevecca. In the fall of 2009, Trevecca’s inaugural balloon flight, carrying the first Trevecca student experiments into the stratosphere, used equipment on loan from Taylor University. Since then, Trevecca physics professors Fred Cawthorne and Matthew Huddleston, with the assistance of physics students, have designed and built their own system for tracking high-altitude balloons and communicating with them in flight. This system was successfully flight tested in April 2010 and again in June 2010, with the results being presented at a summer Academic High Altitude Conference in Upland, Indiana. The purpose of the October 7 launch was to train students to execute successfully a high-altitude balloon flight by having them assemble the balloon Trevecca students assist in the launch of another high-altitude science payload, perform tests of the flight equipment, project. launch the balloon, actively track the balloon during its flight, and eventually recover the balloon payload. It was a temperature, and other beautiful sunny day, and the launch proceeded perfectly. The balloon parameters. For the first time, the reached an altitude of more than 30 kilometers (almost 20 miles), balloon flight was also tracked floating above 99% of the earth’s atmosphere. At its peak altitude the from campus by means of a highballoon was approximately 30 feet in diameter, at which point it burst gain directional antenna affixed and descended by parachute into a rural area southwest of Murfreesboro, to the observatory dome on the Tennessee. roof of the Greathouse Science Building. Huddleston notes that During the entire flight, data was streamed live via high-frequency more launches are planned for the radio transmissions to a “chase van” where students were continuously future. tracking the balloon’s position and monitoring atmospheric pressure,



Campus News Students show their These Eagles are soaring! The Eagles bothers—Zack, Nick, and Logan—have turned a creative outlet into a money-making venture; as skilled videographers and contest winners. Last summer they won their largest contest prize—$10,000—when their video won Cisco Telemarketing’s contest that asked “What could your television do for you—what would you want it to do?”

Zack Eagles, Logan Eagles, Nick Eagles, and Wilson Kearce are using their creative skills to win money and to build their company.

Their journey into this new vocation began as an effort to overcome childhood boredom, said Nick, who said that the family’s frequent moves required the boys to attend nine schools before they graduated from high school. “We had to resort to something to entertain ourselves, and so we worked to make each other laugh. From that beginning in comedy, we moved to making short videos together,” explained Nick. Their native creativity helped the brothers’ development as filmmakers. All are creative and all are musicians: Nick plays guitar, bass, drums, and piano; Logan plays drums and bass; and Zack plays drums and guitar.



The three brothers enrolled in Trevecca together (one waited a year for the others, one graduated a year early, and they all came together). They knew that they wanted to work in films— together—and that plan has not changed even though Zack and Logan transferred to other universities. (Zack is studying television broadcasting, and Logan is studying to be a film editor.) Nick remained in Trevecca so that he could prepare for a ministry in Christian filmmaking. The brothers continue to collaborate on film projects, and with their brother-in-law, Wilson Kearce, they have formed Eagles Vision Productions: www.eaglesvisionproductions. com. They have become very skilled at finding and entering video contests, earning a total of $17,000 in contests last summer, money that they have used to upgrade their equipment and costumes. In January, Zack and Nick will be the guests of Cisco Telemarketing at that company’s annual convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. They hope that their team’s success in winning video contests will help them launch other projects—and careers in filmmaking.

Education students do MORE THAN When education professor Amy Conditt challenged the students in the MAT Program to donate toys to the Good Behavior Incentive Program at nearby Napier Elementary School, MAT students responded in a big way. They donated hundreds of toys and more than $200 to the children of Napier. Pictured in front of Napier School are members of the School of Education faculty—Conditt, Donna Youree, George Kersey, and Mary Frances Hand EdD ’03—standing around Terrance Haynes MEd ’01/ EdD ’09, principal of Napier, with the donated toys.

Musical collaboration—Trevecca students and the Vanderbilt Marching Band all Vanderbilt students and students from other Nashville-area colleges. Applicants audition for positions in the band, and members who complete the season receive scholarships or stipends and receive physical education credit and uniforms.

Trevecca students (left to right) Leslie Speer, Eric Jones, Daniel Mena, and Anna Batten are part of the Vanderbilt Marching Band.

Trevecca students who want to be part of a marching band have that opportunity with the Vanderbilt University Marching Band, called the Spirit of Gold (SOG). This 200-member “premier ensemble” adds “music and pageantry” to the excitement of Vanderbilt football, and membership in it is open to

David Diehl ’89, chairperson of Trevecca’s Department of Music, recalled that Trevecca has had at least one participant each year since 1997. In the 1980s Debbie Fox ’88 was the field commander, and David played with the band in 1985 and 1986. Four Trevecca students are participating this year: Anna Batten, Eric Jones, Daniel Mena, and Leslie Speer. Anna and Leslie

explain why this experience is so rewarding. “At Trevecca I experience working and growing musically in smaller ensembles, but at Vanderbilt I get the opportunity to learn and participate in a very large ensemble. I think it is very important for a musician to experience both kinds of groups,” says Anna. Leslie explains, “I love this connection with Vanderbilt.  As a nursing student, my schedule is pretty full, but SOG practices are manageable: 4:30 to 6:30 PM, two nights a week with a Friday practice if there is a home game. I marched color guard in high school, and this collaboration lets me continue that on a much grander scale. It’s been rewarding to make new friends and have this chance to be involved.” “Students” continued on page 27



Campus News Fall Celebration and Trevecca Showcase engage senior adults with campus Early on Friday, October 15, 2010, they started arriving. Senior adults from ten of the twelve Church of the Nazarene districts in the Southeast accepted the invitation of Trevecca ambassadors Moody ’59 and Nina Gunter ’58 to attend a brand new event at Trevecca. Many came in groups from their churches, making this event part of a fall excursion trip; others came to the event so that they could be with family and friends. For some of the 384 participants, this event was their first visit to Trevecca. Trevecca ambassador Nina Griggs Gunter greets Jim ’51 and Janris McManus Wells ’50 at the Fall Celebration.

Special music for the event was provided by Ben Speer ’54 and Faye Ihrig Speer ’74 with Karen and Doug Young. Allison Durham Speer sang in the afternoon.

but the schedule also allowed time for enjoyable fellowship and visiting with old friends. Hosted by Trevecca Legacy Partners, the event included a wide variety of entertainments: a continental breakfast during the early-morning fellowship time, music by EverPraise, a welcome from the Gunters, greetings from President Boone, testimonies from



students, a luncheon, a miniconcert by the Trevecca Gospel Choir, two concerts by the Speer Family, more music by Allison Durham Speer, a testimony by Jim Van Hook ’63, afternoon refreshments, and campus tours. The day was packed with activity,

The 2011 Fall Celebration and Trevecca Showcase will take place on October 21. The Gunters encourage senior adult groups to begin making plans to be part of this exciting event.

Fall Celebration was held at Trevecca Community Church of the Nazarene with lunch served in The Courts. Featured speaker Jim Van Hook told how his Trevecca professors had encouraged him to believe that he could become a skilled musician and had started him on his career in music and the music business industry.

University welcomes new director of marketing In November Bari Watson became Trevecca’s new director of marketing. Bari brings significant higher-education marketing experience: as director of athletic marketing and external relations at Belmont University; as director of marketing and development from the University West Alabama; and as director of marketing and development for the General Commission on United Methodist Men, a global ministry of the United Methodist Church. She holds two degrees from the University of Alabama, a BA in communication studies and an MA in advertising and public relations, and she has received numerous awards and recognitions for her professional and community involvement. She writes a weekly blog, “The People Project” (, about people from all walks of life who have influenced her life.



Trojan Athletic department works to improve athletes’ academic performance In the fall the Trevecca athletic department directed its attention on improving student-athlete academic support services with the establishment of a student-athlete study table and efforts for athletes to make better use of the tools available for Trevecca students in Trevecca’s Center for Leadership, Calling, and Service. The study table consists of weekly two-hour sessions for all freshmen and transfers and for any upperclassman who has a cumulative grade-point-average below 3.0. The goals behind this endeavor are twofold: to improve the graduation rate of Trevecca athletes and to prepare them better for life after Trevecca. Athletic director Brenda Patterson explained the department’s actions: “An integral part of the Department of Athletics’ mission statement is to instill the importance of academic integrity, classroom performance, and lifelong learning in its athletes. Recognizing that personal development is a springboard for excellence, personnel in this department are striving to build a foundation of academic excellence within our athletic programs. Meeting the academic needs and interests of our student-athletes will provide opportunities for them to achieve academic success in their chosen fields of study. Implementation of the study table program helps Trevecca athletes embrace the NCAA slogan: ‘Just about all of us will go pro in something other than sports.’” Trevecca’s Center for Leadership, Calling, and Service helps students discover their unique, God-given design through its programs and services: experiential learning tailored for each year of college, career/ internships, counseling, disability, developmental studies, testing, and tutoring.

Most recent scholar-athletes Five of Trevecca’s 11 intercollegiate athletic teams have completed their season, and those teams have four NAIA Scholar-Athletes and 25 TranSouth Scholar-Athletes. (NAIA Scholar-Athletes are varsity players who are juniors or seniors academically and have a 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA. TranSouth Scholar-Athletes are varsity players who are sophomores, juniors, and seniors academically with at least a cumulative 3.0 GPA.)

2009-2010 Scholar-Athlete Awards* NAIA Scholar-Athletes 15 • TranSouth Scholar-Athletes 51 *for last year’s nine teams



First season of cross country concluded Trevecca’s new cross country teams have completed their first full season under head coach Dean Cole. Each team competed in seven events during the season, and each showed consistent improvement weekly. The men’s team was led by Mark Michel, who was named the TranSouth Runner of the Week on October 17. Three harriers were selected as TranSouth ScholarAthletes—Mark Hewitt, Frank Wheeler, Alex Hodge—this season. Hewitt and Wheeler were selected to the NAIA ScholarAthlete Team. The women’s team was led by Emily Smith, who was named the TranSouth Runner of the Week on October 17. Smith was joined on the TranSouth Scholar-Athlete Team by Anne Marie Kengne, Christina Childs, and Devon Eby. Childs was named to the NAIA Scholar-Athlete Team. Cole is already preparing the team for year two in the fall of 2011.

Talk Athletic Hall of Fame inducts three Former men’s basketball coach Frank Wilson and Jennifer Wilson ’03/ MAT ’06, his daughter, were inducted into the Trevecca Athletic Hall of Fame during Homecoming.

Will Partin ’03 was inducted into the Trevecca Athletic Hall of Fame during the November 13 basketball game.

A new way to follow Trevecca sports Through its partnership with Stretch Internet, Trevecca now provides live video and audio of Trojan athletics events on the Internet, allowing fans to follow Trojan sports on their computers and some hand-held devices. Trevecca’s Game Central portal will soon provide fans with access to Trevecca’s game information within a single, unified, custombranded interface. Game Central will include live and on-demand high-quality audio and video, complete and searchable up-todate broadcast schedules, live in-game stats, and live chat, with additional features available in the future.

Trojan fans can access the Trevecca Game Central portal at or by going directly to client/trevecca.portal#. During the 2010-2011 athletic season, the Office of Sports Information, will work with many of the Trojans’ intercollegiate athletic programs to provide live coverage. Members of the athletic staff are excited to stay on the cutting edge with live video, and soon the Trevecca Game Central portal will also display live-game data and stats in

an attractive interface. The livegame data and stats appear next to the video/audio stream. Game Central can be a truly interactive experience with live chat enabled for events. Users can quickly register for an account and then chat with other fans. Fans with iPhones and iPod Touches can watch or listen to live and on-demand content, provided they have 3G or 4G coverage. With Flash growing in use, more and more devices will be able to access Game Central.


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Giving men a hope and a As a Man of Valor, I will seek to honor Christ—living a life of respect for myself and others. I will reject passivity and accept responsibility. I will choose to lead courageously. I will be honest with myself, others, and God. It is a privilege for me to serve my family, my church, and my community. Behind the podium speaking to the breakfast audience of 600 persons in April 2010, his intensity about his topic and his booming voice command listening. He is clearly a man on a mission. Carl Carlson ’81/ DL ’08*, the founder of Men of Valor (MOV), is committed to saving male prisoners and their families—and listeners at this annual breakfast respond to Carl’s vision with $300,000 in donations. When Carl explains that MOV’s purpose is to give prisoners a hope and a future, he understands that need firsthand. His own journey into hopelessness and prison began long before a judge sentenced Carl to fifteen years in prison for armed robbery. Neglected and abandoned by his parents, Carl became a ward of the state at age five and was sent to an orphanage. His childhood was punctuated by two stints in reformatory schools: one for running away from home and one for stealing cigarettes from a grocery. When he could not find employment after serving in Vietnam and after his honorable discharge, Carl became a bartender and bouncer and



Carl speaks to listeners at the April 13, 2010, Men of Valor annual breakfast.

eventually participated in an armed When life in prison became so robbery that landed him in prison. unbearable, Carl said that he “came to the end” of himself and “My family was what-was-called remembered what his brother had ‘white trash.’ We grew up without said to him. Carl explained what much of anything—especially happened: “I cried out, ‘Jesus, if any Christian influence. So when you are real, I need you.’ And Jesus my brother, Philip, visited me touched me, and my life has never in prison and told me about this been the same.” Jesus, I told him, ‘Phil, you see those walls? You see those gun At age 32, Carl was released towers? This prison was built for from prison after completing 600 men, and there are 2,000 in six years of his sentence and here. There’s no Jesus in here,” said faced the prospects of creating Carl.


that David had been transferred to another prison, but before Carl could leave, another prisoner asked to talk to Carl; then later, another prisoner asked for Carl. And from those chance encounters, Men of Valor (MOV) was born; it is a ministry for discipling men through their struggles—in prison, during the transition to lives outside prison walls, and as they work to break the lifetime bondage of negative behaviors and destructive choices.

The first structure built for the new Men of Valor Aftercare Transitional Program currently houses eight former prisoners.

a new life, one that would need serious changes if he was to avoid returning to prison. He decided to go to college after two Trevecca employees, John Chilton ’64 and Everett Holmes, befriended him and encouraged him to attend Trevecca. There he met fellow student Karen Brown ’81, whose strong Christian background added a new dimension to Carl’s life, and they married. (Carl and Karen recently celebrated their 30th anniversary, and they are the proud parents of four sons.) With college behind him and with memories of his own troubled childhood, Carl wanted to use his life experiences and education to help other children and accepted a job at a juvenile detention center where he and Karen served as house parents in a group home for boys. In 1986 he founded Y-CAP

YMCA, a ministry devoted to helping high at-risk, inner-city juvenile offenders. Y-CAP became a nationally recognized program, but in that process, after 12 years in that job, Carl was burned out emotionally, physically, and spiritually. He left Y-CAP and began searching for God’s plan for a new phase of his life. He found that new phase quite by accident. During his sabbatical, Carl began visiting David, a prisoner who had been in Y-CAP as a youth. David had become a Muslim and wanted to debate beliefs with Carl, who finally said, “I am not going to debate with you. If the Koran will make you into a man of honor, then go for it.” Later when Carl returned to prison to visit David, he learned

Now in its fifteenth year, MOV employs a staff of 15 and has worked with nearly 1,000 men since its inception. Through its Jericho Project, “an unprecedented prison re-entry and aftercare ministry,” MOV operates a 52-bed housing unit at the Corrections

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Giving men a hope continued

At the open house for Men of Valor’s Aftercare Transitional Complex, Carl explains how this new program will help former prisoners.

Corporation of America (CCA) prison on Harding Place in Nashville that provides a full-time, intensive, faith-based pre-release program for selected prisoners. Last summer MOV expanded its aftercare program with the opening of its aftercare transitional complex on 53 acres in rural Davidson County. The first building on that property is now home to eight men who are working to adjust to life outside of prison, gain employment and job stability, acquire life skills that will ensure that they do not return to crime, and establish their spiritual lives.



MOV has begun a six-milliondollar campaign to construct an aftercare transitional complex that will have a large assembly hall/ gymnasium, multiple counseling and education rooms, exercise and laundry areas, and offices for the MOV staff who will work there. This complex will eventually provide transitional living quarters for 40 men annually while they enter the work force, find a church home, and grow into the men God wants them to be. MOV knows that its system works: The current recidivism rate of the men who have completed the MOV Aftercare/Re-Entry Program is 12% compared to the national rate of 67%.

Recognizing that prisoners’ crime victimizes their families, MOV has begun a mentoring/ support program for the mates and children of male prisoners and has employed two new staff members to lead this effort. The goal of this program is “to break the generational cycle of crime and poverty by providing love, encouragement, tutoring/mentoring, and tangible help” to these families. Those goals may sound lofty to some, but anyone who looks at Carl’s life and sees where God has brought him does not doubt that he and MOV will reach these goals. Carl’s mission is to share the hope and future that he found in Christ. *In addition to his bachelor’s degree from Trevecca, Carl earned a master’s degree from Tennessee State University and was honored with an honorary doctor of letters degree from Trevecca in 2008. Persons who are interested in volunteering with MOV or the Jericho Project should contact Carl at 615-399-9111.

Building community

through the medium of film On February 25, 2011, theaters will begin showing The Grace Card, a movie that tells the story of two policemen–one white, one black– who experience the destructive power of anger and the healing power of forgiveness. Set in Memphis, Tennessee, the movie was produced by Calvary Church of the Nazarene in that city and involved Trevecca alumni. Mark Hodge ’84, pastor of worship and arts at Calvary Church, answers questions about this new venture. Treveccan: How did you and your church become involved in movie production? Mark Hodge: The original inspiration to take on the production of a movie could be credited to Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia. After attending a showing of Sherwood’s movie, Fireproof, in the fall of 2008, our executive producer, David Evans, began to dream about the potential for Calvary Church to produce its own faith-based film. The Grace Card is our first film project, but having produced a live, full-scale, multimedia Easter presentation (The Passion Play at Calvary Church) in the Memphis community for fifteen years, we had a base of creativity and practical experience to support the idea. After Dr. Evans presented the proposal and an original script, God confirmed the project, and we began planning in January 2009. We held local acting auditions beginning April 2009. Filming was completed October/ November 2009.

producer. After making several edits, we sent the original script to professional screenwriter Howie Klausner (Space Cowboys), who further developed the screenplay.

T: How did your church obtain this story/script? MH: The original story is straight from the heart and experiences of David Evans, a Memphis optometrist and Calvary Church’s resident

T: How were the people of the church involved in the production of the movie?

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Through the medium of film continued MH: Basically, the people of Calvary were involved at almost every level of the production, and several major areas (catering/ craft services, hair/make-up, transportation, extras coordinator) were completely staffed and managed by Calvary volunteers. Actor/comedian Michael Joiner, local Memphian Michael Higgenbottom, and veteran actor Louis Gossett, Jr., top the acting credits. Aside from these primary actors, three other lead actors—Joy Parmer Moore ’74, Cindy Holmes Hodge ’83, and Rob Erickson—are not new to the Calvary stage, but they are freshmen to film. More than fifty

Memphis churches were represented at the open acting auditions, and only two members of the entire cast received any remuneration. Additional Trevecca alumni in the movie are Thom McAdory ’67, Chris Johnson ’03, Anthony Lynn Holmes ’79, and Robin Boone Holmes ’85.

The original “grace card” communicates the covenant of friendship and reconciliation at the center of The Grace Card, a faith-based film.

T: Describe your experience acting in this movie. MH: My brief moments as a character in The Grace Card actually ended up on the cutting room floor. (I have been assured repeatedly that

Alumna Joy Parmer Moore is pictured in a scene from The Grace Card with actors Michael Joiner (Mac) and Rob Erickson (Blake).



getting my scenes cut was not a reflection on my acting skills.) I can tell you that the time in front of the camera was more unnerving than I could have ever predicted. Although I am at ease on the live stage each week, hearing the word action in front of the camera introduced me to new levels of stage fright.   T: What did you do with the movie? What did you learn through this experience? MH: My role as an associate producer for The Grace Card is shared with my senior pastor and brother-in-law, Lynn Holmes. While Dr. Evans and his wife served as executive producers (Graceworks Pictures) guiding and directing the movie, Lynn and I served as associate producers (Calvary Pictures) and were the liaisons between our army of volunteer cast and crew and the massive creative and technical staff who actually created the film each day. My personal passion for worship and the arts in the local church found its wings through The Grace Card. When the movie opens in theaters nationwide, the project will have taken two full years from dream to screen. I am still amazed as I recall the willingness of so many people who gave so sacrificially to tell this story. T: Does your church have plans for future films? MH: The Grace Card is a cooperative effort of Graceworks Pictures and Calvary Pictures, but Affirm Films, a division of Sony,

and Provident Films are leading us through the final work of getting the word out. We are already contemplating more film projects and more outreach. Calvary Church is mobilizing an army of mission volunteers and releasing them into the community. We say that we are M.A.D. for Memphis (Making a Difference for Memphis). Our future vision includes an expanded facility that will serve as a community center and a mobile vision clinic that will provide free eye care for families who cannot afford it. T: What does this movie represent/mean for your church? MH: Since he began leading Memphis Calvary Church of the Nazarene fifteen years ago, Lynn Holmes has wanted this church to be an authentic “community” church. Ministry at Calvary is relationshipfocused, and The Grace Card has already given us new and deeper relationships with the Memphis community. Calvary Church is meeting the challenge of our rich, diverse local culture with hands and hearts wide open.

Actor Michael Higginbotham, Cindy and Mark Hodges, and Lynn Holmes enjoy a screening of The Grace Card, the movie produced by Calvary Church of the Nazarene in Memphis, Tennessee.

For more information about The Grace Card, go to thegracecardmovie. com. You can follow this movie at gracecard.



Alumni show their Alumna elected mayor of Hot Springs Ruth Wheat Carney ’66 was elected mayor of the City of Hot Springs, Arkansas, where she and her husband, Ken ’66, live and where Ken is the pastor of First Church of the Nazarene. On her campaign Web site, Ruth states her values: “I believe that in every human relationship we should fulfill the obligations that the relationship entails, remembering that power and authority (of whatever sort: domestic, social, political, economic, religious, intellectual) are to be used to bless, not to exploit.”

Ruth Wheat Carney

Ruth, who is a trustee of Southern Nazarene University, has worked in occupational and compassionate ministries, disaster relief efforts, construction, medical and dental teams, schools and orphanages in third world countries, securities and insurance, event coordination, cross-cultural translation, and teaching English as a second language and as a court-appointed special advocate for abused and neglected children.

Ruth and Ken served as missionaries in San Juan, Puerto Rico; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Antigua, and Guatemala. They have four sons.

Determined to change lives An assignment in his first graduate education class at Trevecca nourished a seed in the mind and heart of Jarvis Bernard “J” Sheffield MEd ’10, multi-media design specialist in the Office of External Relations. The assignment to create a promotional kit led J to focus on one for a fictional mentorship organization, a program that he considered as a “lofty goal” to do “someday.” A short time later a friend told J that he wished he could do more than simply take boys on outings in his volunteer work with Big Brothers. The friend Continued on opposite page Jarvis Bernard “J” Sheffield



wanted to teach the boys Christian principles and to help them succeed in school. The seed blossomed—and Determined Brothers was born. J and his friend enlisted two more friends and gained 501C status for their new organization, whose purpose is “[t]o spiritually edify young black males, through affirmation.” With the names of boys whose teachers had recommended tutoring, these four brothers in Christ began mentoring boys—teaching them about God and their importance to God, showing interest in their performance at school (both academic and behavioral), and providing male role models for these boys, many of whom who have no father at home. In 2010 Determined Brothers served ten boys, but 350 boys have been recommended and are on the waiting list after others saw the improvements in the school performance and behavior of the first ten in the group. In January after their background checks are completed,

two more volunteers will begin working as mentors at Determined Brothers. Several times a week at the end of his work day at Trevecca, J dashes out to his tutoring appointment from 5 to 7 PM. “It really is fulfilling to me to know that I am making a different in a child’s life and doing God’s work,” said J; “I would love to see Determined Brothers become a national organization, spread throughout the country, with other men doing what we are doing.”

Creating films that raise awareness and action Last summer David Patrick ’03/ MBA ’08, Jonathan Moore ’06, and Matt Taylor ’09 spent eight days in Haiti on an assignment for Nazarene Compassionate Ministries to make two videos. One was about the Haiti Water Project (www.haitiwaterproject. com), a Nazarene initiative to provide clean water through wells and cisterns to the Haitian people. The second concerned the work of the Church of the Nazarene in Haiti following the earthquake in January, the Church’s relief and rebuilding efforts, through the denomination, Work and Witness efforts, and Nazarene Compassionate Ministries. They report being moved by the extreme poverty that they saw. “Many thousands were living under tents or tarps or less. They have been displaced into parks, the

Matt Taylor (left, in green) and Jonathan Moore (behind camera) shoot video of a Haitian boy in front of a cistern as part of the Haiti Water Project.

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Finding a new way to communicate the gospel His experiences teaching To Kill a Mockingbird to his high school students in Ohio led Matt Litton ’96/MAT ’00 to the realization that the classic American novel conveys an essential Christian message. “This novel is really about what it means to be a good neighbor, what it means to practice compassion,” Matt said. Knowing that To Kill a Mockingbird is the most widely read book in the English language, Matt recognized that it offered a new way to communicate gospel truth. His The Mockingbird Parables: Transforming Lives through the Power of Story was released August 18 by Tyndale House Publishers. In mid-November, Matt visited Trevecca, speaking in chapel and to graduate students, explaining the importance of stories–the stories that Jesus told, the stories found in great literature, listeners’ own stories, and those of their friends. In The Mockingbird Parables, Matt includes stories of friends from his Trevecca days and how their current expressions of faith are making an impact in the world. Matt notes that their expressions of faith made an impression on him: “The older I get the more I realize how meaningful my friendships from TNU are to me.”

Matt Litton responds to questions from Chaplain Tim Green, during a Trevecca chapel service.

The publication of Matt’s book in the 50th year since the publication of To Kill a Mockingbird has allowed Matt opportunities to share his faith nationally. His articles and op-eds about faith have appeared on and in Relevant Magazine On-line, The Dallas Morning News, and Christianity Today. He has also been featured in national publications (The Methodist Reporter; The Living Church, the national Episcopal newspaper; Publishers Weekly; and CNN, among others),

He and his wife, Kristy (Shackelford) ’96, live in Cincinnati, Ohio, with their four children: sons Noah, Elijah, and Jakob, and daughter Raegan. Matt’s Website is

and he has been the featured guest on national radio networks (USA, IRN, CBS, XM/Sirius, and Moody).

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they thought people would be living in tents, and he said, ‘Forever.’ There seemed to be no hope of restoring themselves to life before the earthquake,” David explained. He added, “I came from this trip valuing water. I take for granted every day how easy, quick, and cheap my access to water is. The people of Haiti don’t have that, and being with them for even a short amount of time has helped me realize how to value one of life’s most precious resources.”

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Recipient of PA scholarship models servanthood In November the Trevecca Nazarene University Physician Assistant Program presented this year’s Nathan Andrew Smith Memorial Scholarship to Amy Knox Jean, a 2008 graduate of the University of Alabama and the community service coordinator for the PA Class of 2011. In presenting this scholarship, the PA Program noted the ways in which Amy models the values that Nathan Smith espoused—by consistently inspiring others with her positive attitude in spite of difficult circumstances, including the loss of her mother to cancer in September of 2010. While leading her class to gather two tons of groceries for a local housing agency for the homeless, Amy provided regular tips and instruction to her classmates on the value of frugality so that saved resources can be shared with others generously. Her peers appreciate Amy’s gift of hospitality, especially during the May flood of 2010, when she and her husband, Jamie, housed several of her displaced classmates

and their pets. By her example to all in encouragement, service, and dedication to the cause of the less fortunate, Amy is a worthy recipient of this scholarship, said PA personnel.

Addressing the healthcare issues of the underserved—Physician Assistant Program hosts conference More than a hundred Middle Tennesseans gathered in Trevecca’s Boone Convocation Center on Friday, September 24, for the conference “Health Disparities Among Nashville’s Disenfranchised Population: Training the Next Generation to Serve.” Students from Trevecca’s Physician Assistant Program along

with representatives from The Baptist Healing Trust, Mental Health Cooperative, Vanderbilt Center for Health Services, Faith Family Medical, Siloam Family Health Center, Welcome Home Ministries, and the Rural Partnership learned about positive ways to influence health outcomes and to reduce barriers to health care in underserved populations, including immigrant, low socio-economic status, rural, and racially diverse populations. The conference was organized by Urban Housing Solutions and sponsored by Baptist Healing Trust and Trevecca Nazarene University.

Summer festival grand prize winners As part of last summer’s Christian music festivals Trevecca conducted contests for two grand prizes. Samantha Gill, of Venice, Florida, won the five-day trip from Miami to Cococay and then to Key West, November 8-12, 2010. Karyn S. Walters, of Delray, Florida, won the full one-year scholarship to Trevecca.



Where in the world have you worn Trevecca clothing?

Linda (Caraway) ’71 and Steve Binkley ’72 read the Treveccan when they went on a cruise to New England/Canada.

Paul Wagner, the son of Jon ’06 and Jenny Pusey Wagner ’04, sported his Trevecca spirit when he visited Disney World last year.



Paul Benham MHR ’07 wore his Trevecca shirt when he and his wife, Connie (Trevecca ITS employee) visited Mammoth Cave in Kentucky last summer.

Trevecca alumni who volunteer at the summer camp for foster children at the Adrian Camp and Conference Center in Adrian, Georgia, wore their Trevecca shirts for this group photo. Pictured are the following: (Front) Ryan Mimbs ’07; (middle) Stephanie Wilkerson Stonek ’06, Lea Geasley Selleck ’01, Katie Bridges ’10, Aubrey Hill ’10, Erika Barnhouse ’10, and Daniel Prosser ’11; (back) Elisa Harper Shinabarger ’01/MA 04, Tony Geasley ’80, Clifford Garrin ’72; Jacob Mwinami ’13, and Jeffrey Byler ’13.

Mike ’94 and Beth Greathouse Sykes ’75 wore Trevecca shirts when they enjoyed Ocean Point, Maine, in September 2010.

David Sanders ’97 wore his Trevecca clothing when he accompanied some international students from Memphis, Tennessee, on a road trip to visit Trevecca. The students are U.N. refugees from Nepal, Burundi, and Tanzania and are competing for a new scholarship offered by Trevecca in conjunction with the Memphis Leadership Foundation.  For the past two years, David has ministered to the needs of the refugee community in Memphis, assisting refugees from conflict areas around the world in resettling and adjusting to their new lives in America.

Makenzie Sherwood, a future Trevecca student and the daughter of Doug ’90/MA ’92 and Debbie Sherwood ’89, wore her favorite Trevecca hoodie when she visited the Mall of America in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Doug is the pastor of the Coastal Community Church of the Nazarene on the coast of North Carolina.

Dean Cole, Trevecca’s cross country coach, and his daughter, Jennifer Cole ’03, wore Trevecca shirts when they were in Guatemala in October 2010, working through their family foundation. They had their photo taken in Santiago, Guatemala, with two of the many local volcanoes in the background.



T-Club working to “Light up the Diamond” Recognizing an opportunity to improve Trevecca’s baseball program and help its players, the Trevecca T-Club is engaged in the effort to raise the funds needed to install lights on Jackson Field, home field for the Trevecca Trojans baseball team. The club’s goal is to raise $250,000, payable over three years, from T-Club members and friends of Trevecca, with the commitment phase completed by June 30, 2011. When the club has secured the $250,000 in pledges, the vendor has agreed to install the lights and make a three-year lease/ purchase agreement with a very low interest rate. The reasons for the T-Club’s involvement with this project are explained by Harold McCue ’52/ DL ’07, T-Club president: “For years the T-Club has completed an



annual project for an athletic team, using funds from the annual dues that members contribute for an annual project that usually costs $3,000. This year T-Club leadership believes that this project is one that will allow the T-Club to be an instrument of change for the University athletic department. Providing lights for the baseball field is a major step in that direction. Major universities have major booster clubs that raise millions of dollars to support their athletic teams; the T-Club wants to be a force in support of our athletic teams.” Club members believe that the completion of this project will produce significant benefits for Trevecca. Being able to play nighttime games will reduce the number of classes that baseball players currently must miss when they play daytime games. Having evening games will make attending games more convenient for students and fans and will allow the University to host high school post-season play, exposure for the University that will aid in recruiting. Readers who want to be part of this effort can obtain more information from the Office of External Relations at 615-248-1355. All donations are tax-deductible, and persons who work for companies who match their employees’ charitable gifts are encouraged to consider this project as one worthy of their gifts. (Donors must complete paperwork for matching-gift companies.)

Alumni News Alumni celebrating Marriages & births


Bill Slonecker ’51 (See p. 4.) Jimmie Smith ’51 (See p. 4.) Bill Crane ’51 (See p. 4.)

1950s Jim Wells ’51 (See p. 14.) Bill Slonecker ’53 (See p. 4.)

A Nicholas and Gwendolyn Kenes Zanakos ’93 were married 11/21/09 at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Nicholas is a dentist in Ft. Lauderdale, and Gwendolyn completed her 16th year as a science teacher. They are currently members of the First Baptist Church of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (Photo A)

Bentley Salon in Mt. Juliet, Tenn. Andy is a licensed professional counselor (LPC), working with individuals with chemical dependency and mental illness, in Madison, Tenn. He is completing his doctoral dissertation. (Photo C)


Moody ’59 and Nina Griggs Gunter ’58 (See p. 14.) Harold McCue ’52/DL ’07 (See p. 30.) Ben Speer ’54 (See p. 14.)

1960s Bruce Haddix ’60 presented the diploma to his oldest grandson, Josh Wilson, when Josh graduated from Elkins High School.


Paul Cleckner ’61 (See p. 35.) Jim Van Hook ’63 (See pp. 14 & 15.)

Michael ’00 and Tammy Shea of Spring, Tex.—a daughter, Ella Grace, born 11/12/09 to the delight of her parents and big brother Isaiah (3). Michael is a bivocational youth pastor serving at New Life Community Church of the Nazarene and owns where he is a freelance graphic designer. (Photo B) Andy ’99/MS ’03 and Janet Kelley Killingsworth ’01 of Mt. Juliet, Tenn.—a son, Luke Andrew, born 2/15/10. Janet, a self-employed licensed cosmetologist, works at

Seth Hawkins ’10 and Brianna Brown ’08 were married on 7/31/10 at Scarritt Bennett Center in Nashville, Tenn. Seth is a store manager for GNC. Brianna is an admissions counselor in the Office of Admissions at Trevecca and is pursuing a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy at Trevecca. (Photo D)

Alumni connecting Trevecca High School Paul Eby ’49 (See p. 4.) Janris McManus Wells ’50 (See pp. 14 & 7.)

John Chilton ’64 (See p. 19.) John Sugg ’65 (See p. 4.) Ken ’66 and Ruth Wheat Carney ’66 (See p. 24.) Jim D. Knight ’66 was inducted into the Olivet Nazarene University Athletic Hall of Fame “for meritorious service” during ONU’s 2010 Homecoming. He has broadcast ONU games for 23 years, doing color, and has served as faculty athletic representative for 30 years. He is the eligibility chairman for the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) and was inducted into the CCAC Hall of Fame in 2001. Jim received an honorary doctorate from ONU in 2002. Continued on page 32



Alumni connecting continued Linda Russell ’66 has been elected to the board of directors of the Tennessee Association of College Stores for a 3-year term. This organization, which provides ideas and information/training exchange for academic bookstore management, is composed of 12 individuals representing university bookstore managers/directors, bookstore management vendors, and college merchandise providers. Thom McAdory ’67 (See p. 22.) Mark ’68 and Jan Milby Greathouse ’67 (See p. 9.)

1970s Mike Cowart ’70 (See p. 4.) Linda (Caraway) ’71 and Steve Binkley ’72 (See p. 28.) Roy Rogers ’71 (See p. 5.)


Randy Dillard ’71 recently received his second Commander’s Award for Civilian Service from the Department of the Army, given in recognition of his achievement in a special project in the chapel program at Fort Gordon, Ga., where Randy is the director of religious education. Randy was presented the award by Chaplain/Major General Douglas Carver, U.S. Army Chief of Chaplains. (Photo E) Clifford Garrin ’72 (See p. 28.)



will teach your children and great will be their peace” (Isaiah 54:13). We took this as a promise for us from the Lord and took our 3 kids to Africa for 10 years—and God kept his promise to all 3 of our children.” (Photo G) Faye Ihrig Speer ’74 (See p. 14.)

F L. Alan “PeeWee” Thompson ’72 was awarded a DMin in outreach and discipleship from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary in Boston, Mass. Alan is pictured with his wife, Martha (Sartin) ’70, who is the director of guest relations for The Dave Ramsey Show. (Photo F) Karen Gagnon ’73 and her husband, David, were honored for their 25 years on the pastoral staff of the Winter Haven (Fla.) Church of the Nazarene. Karen is the church organist and teaches in a private school. Joy Parmer Moore ’74 (See p. 22.)

G Doug ’74 and Pam Gerard Runyan ’74 are pictured in England with their son, Jason, after he received a doctorate from Oxford University. They write, “When we were wrestling with [going to Africa as missionaries], people would sometimes ask, ‘What will this do to your children’s future? Will they be able to come back to the States and do well in college?’ Then Pam found this promise: “The Lord

Henry W. II ’74 and Sharon Walker Spaulding ’75 (See p. 8.) Beth Greathouse Sykes ’75 (See p. 29.) Marvin ’76 and Joy Pratt Wells ’76 (See pp. 8 & 9.) Anthony Lynn Holmes ’79 (See p. 22.)

1980s Tony Geasley ’80 (See p. 28.) Greg Page ’80 (See pp. 4 & 5.) Carl ’81/DL ’08 and Karen Brown Carlson ’81 (See pp. 18-20.) Kevin M. Ulmet ’81 successfully defended his doctoral ministry project at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School of Trinity International University in Deerfield, Ill., in October and graduated with the DMin in December 2010. In 1985, Kevin earned the MDiv Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Mo. Cindy Holmes Hodge ’83 (See p. 22.) David Caldwell ’84 (See p. 10.) Mark Hodge ’84 (See pp. 21-23.) Lori Sharp ’84 has joined the Legal Aid Society as a grant administrator. She had served as an accounting specialist in the fiscal services division of the Tennessee Supreme Court’s administrative offices and as

a continuum of care coordinator for Comprehensive Care Center. Robin Boone Holmes ’85 (See p. 22.) Kathy Lewis Mowry ’85 (See p. 4.)


field. Lou Johnson came to Trevecca High School for his senior year in 1948, and then he joined Leila in Trevecca Nazarene College. (Photo I) Reginald Tiller ’87/MA ’98 (See p. 4.) Debbie Fox ’88 (See p. 13.)

Fellowship Program will enable her to serve in the national education or public policy arenas. Matt Hastings ’98/MA ’07 (See p. 4.)


David Diehl ’89 (See p. 13.)

David McCullough ’86 was recently elected mayor of Cheatham County, Tenn. David took office on September 1. (Photo H)

Jeffrey A. Wells ’89 received a PhD in fine arts from Texas Tech University in August. His degree is a multidisciplinary one with coursework in philosophy, theatre, visual art, and music, and he earned concentrations in arts administration and theatrical directing. He holds MA degrees from Auburn University (speech communication) and Roosevelt University (theatrical directing). He lives in Tampa, Florida, with his wife, Laurie (Fry) ’80, and daughter, Mary-Grace.

1990s Art ’92 and Nanette Rogers Foster ’95 (See p. 5.) Doug ’90/MA ’92 and Debbie Sherwood ’89 (See p. 29.)

I Six Trevecca alumni who attend CrossPoint Church of The Nazarene in Ft. Worth, Tex., recently had their photo made. Pictured are the following (L to R) Terry Barker ’86, Diane Colquette Barker ’85, Patricia Taylor Fraustro ’67, Bonifacio Fraustro ’66, Leila (Lee) Jones Johnson ’59, and Lou Johnson ’55. The Barkers were missionaries in the South Asia Region, finishing their assignment in the Horn of Africa field. Boni Fraustro used his interest in electronics to help start WNAZ, Trevecca’s first radio station. Patricia completed nursing training and worked in that

Kendell Lee ’92 is the new assistant director of the school system in Marshall County, Tenn. Prior to assuming this position, Kendell served as a teacher in Cornersville High School

Brad Turner ’98 was elected Rutherford County (Tenn.) Commissioner on 8/5/10. Brad ran against two other men, including the incumbent who had served for 17 years. Brad ran for office because he believes that more Christians need to serve in government and so that he can be a voice for children with special needs. Brad and his wife, Rebecca Strickland Turner ’99, live in Smyrna, Tenn. Brad works full time for HealthStream, Inc. as a senior operations specialist, and Rebecca is a stay-at-home mom with their daughter, Kinsley Faith. (Photo J)

Mike Sykes ’94 (See p. 29.) Matt ’96/MAT ’00 and Kristy Shackelford Litton ’96 (See p. 26.) David Sanders ’97 (See p. 29.) Tina King MEd ’99 was selected as one of 32 teachers nationwide to be 2010-2011 Einstein Fellows. Tina’s selection to the prestigious Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator

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Alumni connecting continued by the Tennessee Business Education Association. Gwen has been teaching the Business Systems Technology Program at the Tennessee Technology Center in Shelbyville since 1999. (Photo K)

Michael Logan ’03 (See p. 6.)

Jonathan Moore ‘06 (See p. 25.)

Will Partin ’03 (See p. 17.)


Jennifer Wilson ’03/MAT ’06 (See p. 17.)

Nate Nielsen MBA ’06 has joined Webb Wheel after nearly 10 years with Paccar. Nate holds a BS in industrial engineering technology from Mississippi State University.

Laci Coppins MEd ’00/EdD 08 is an artist in residence at Redline Museum in Milwaukee, Wis. In November 2010 her show “Reflecting the Past: A Journey in Photographic Mixed Media” was displayed at Milo Cravath Administration Building at Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn. Laci is also a consultant with Modern Red Schoolhouse.

Brad Wallace ’03 was awarded the 2011 Barbara Sanchez Academic Scholarship by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) for use towards the MSHR at Western Carolina University. Brad, an organizational effectiveness consultant with Standard Register and president of the Union County HR Association, resides in Charlotte, N.C., with his wife, Nichole Crawford Wallace ’01, and daughters Grace (5) and Addison (1).

Richard Allen Keller ’00 is the new assistant principal at Harpeth High School in Cheatham County, Tenn. Prior to taking this new assignment, he was beginning his fifth year at Treasure Coast High School in Port St. Lucie, Fla. ShaQuita Gatewood MEd ’01 has been named one of the eight semifinalists in the 2010-2011 Douglas County (Ga.) Teacher of the Year Competition.

David Patrick ’03/MBA ’08 (See p. 25.)

Brett Burchwell MEd ’06 is the new activities coordinator for the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System (Tenn). He has served as athletic director and assistant principal at Montgomery Central since 2004.

Lea Geasley Selleck ’01 (See p. 28.) Elisa Harper Shinabarger ’01/MA 04 (See p. 28.)

Jennifer Cole ’03 (See p. 29.) Mary Frances Hand EdD ’03 (See p. 13.) Chris Johnson ’03 (See p. 22.)



Jon ’06 and Jenny Pusey Wagner ’04 (See p. 28.) Paul Benham MHR ’07 (See p. 28.) Ryan Mimbs ’07 (See p. 28.)

Emily Baggett ’05 (See p. 6.)

Terrance Haynes MEd ’01/EdD ’09 (See p. 13.)

Geneva Silvernail EdD ’01 is a vice president at Asbury Theological Seminary. She directs the Dunnam Campus in Orlando, Fla.

Stephanie Wilkerson Stonek ’06 (See p. 28.)

L Mark Frizzell MEd ’06 has been appointed headmaster of Bachman Academy in Cleveland, Tenn. In 2006 he served as Bachman’s dean of students, and in 2008 he became Bachman’s first assistant headmaster. (Photo L)

M Meghan Willis ’07 received a master’s in social work from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C., in May 2010. After passing the national exam for licensure as a social worker, she is now working at York Place Episcopal Church Home for Children as a child and adolescent therapist. (Photo M) William Burton MEd ’09 is assistant principal at Clarksville High School. Since 2006 he had been serving as a classroom teacher at Norman Smith Elementary in Clarksville, Tenn. Melissa Gomez EdD ’09 is now dean of student affairs at Hopkinsville Community College. She writes, “I credit much of this opportunity to the education I received at Trevecca. I am also confident what I learned while

earning my EdD will serve me well in my new role.”

Lillie Mae Calkins Leonard ’54 of Lebanon, Tenn.—11/8/10

Matt Taylor ’09 (See p. 25.)

Sherrill Nielson ’63, of Cullman, Ala.—12/10/10

2010s Erika Barnhouse ’10 (See p. 28.) Katie Bridges ’10 (See p. 28.) Aubrey Hill ’10 (See p. 28.) Jarvis Bernard “J” Sheffield MEd ’10 (See pp. 24 $ 25.)

Alumni & friends we will miss Hayes Oliver ’51 of Hartsell, Al.— 11/15/10

Wm. E. “Bill” McCumber DD ’65 of Gainesville, Ga.—12/20/10

Lynda Gail Lawson ’09 of Nashville, Tenn.—10/30/10

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Cecil Cook ’68 of Jonesborough, Tenn.—9/26/10 William Albert Miles ’79 of Goodlettsville, Tenn.-- 12/18/2010 Larry Ward ’80 of Smithfield, Va.— 9/26/10 Tammy McClure Arvin ’95 of Washington, Ind.—2/1/10 Jennifer Hawkins ’03 of Mayfield, Ky.–11/27/10

Music business professor Jim Foglesong was the focus of an interview on Sunday, October 3, billed as an “intimate, revealing conversation” with a “Nashville music industry executive and legend.” This event was later broadcast on WNPT2 public television. (Photo N)

Giving to the Paul Cleckner Scholarship The fall Treveccan reported the establishment of the Paul Cleckner Scholarship, to be awarded to a junior or senior communication studies major whose academic achievements and interpersonal relationships reflect the values of Paul Cleckner ’61. If you want to contribute to this scholarship, contact the Office of External Relations (615-248-1355) or make your gift on Trevecca’s Web site (go to Giving to TNU at the top of the homepage and then select Making a Gift from the drop-down menu).

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The Magazine of Trevecca Nazarene University

WINTER 2010-11

Progress on Alumni Center Construction of this new facility has progressed nicely. In late December crews were installing drywall and beginning the installation of millwork.

Winter 2010