Volume 19

Number 2



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Performing arts

Several performing arts events have been scheduled for the spring semester. The Walters State Stage Company will perform How I Learned to Drive March 27-28. On April 16-17, the Walters State Concert Choir will present Broadway Review. Drama Club One Acts will be presented by he Walters State Drama Club April 30- May 1. And the Walters State Community Chorale Spring Concert is May 2. For more information on any of these events, call the Humanities Division at 585-6948.

Burchfiel family makes donation to Sevierville campus

A major capital gift from Norman and Josephine Burchfiel and Emily Burchfiel Kile was donated recently to support the construction of the first building now under way on the new branch campus in Sevierville. Norman Burchfiel, who served on the college's Foundation Board of Trustees and the Walters State Sevier County Development Council, passed away in 1997. Josephine and Emily are on the Board of Trustees.

Golden crowned Homecoming Queen

Melissa Golden of Greeneville was crowned Walters State's 1998-99 Homecoming Queen. A sophomore pre-medicine major, she was sponsored by the Karate Kai Club.

College scores high marks on report card

Walters State received strong marks on the Tennessee Board of Regents' second annual report card for all its institutions.

The report cards are issued to each of the 46 TBR institutions is one of the steps the system has taken to be more accountable to Tennessee residents, according to TBR Chancellor Charles E. Smith.

Walters State scored well in all 15 report card categories, particularly in job placement (92 percent of WSCC graduates are employed within three months of graduation), program accreditation (all programs eligible are accredited), licensure fields (89 percent taking licensure exams passed on their first attempt), private giving (an average of $1.68 million over five years), and alumni satisfaction (96 percent rated their education as "good" or "excellent."

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Class Notes


Douglas Tripp (See President's Message for more information on memorial scholarship being established).


Katherine Antrican (See President's Message for more information on memorial scholarship being established).


Robert L. Toby, A.S. Business Management, is manager of the voice information system (InfoConnect) at the Citizen Tribune in Morristown. Robert and his wife, Debbie, have an eight-year-old son named Jimmy. They live in Dandridge.


Louise S. Tucker (See President's Message for more information on memorial scholarship being established).


Tom C. Harwell, General Studies, completed his bachelor's degree at Milligan College and is currently an account executive for Welcome Wagon, a division of GETKO Group, a Cendant company. He and his wife and two children live in Kingsport.


Laura Lynn Sutton, A.A.S. Nursing, earned a master of nursing as a family nurse practitioner from East Tennessee State University this past December.


Kim Smith, A.S. General Studies, has joined Jackson Real Estate and Auction in Newport as an affiliate broker. Kim and her husband Tommy have two children and live in White Pine.


Evelyn Fultz, A.A.S. Nursing, is an RN and the medical/surgical manager at Lakeway Regional Hospital in Morristown. She is married and has one daughter, who is also a nurse.


Cathy Ferguson Johnson, A.S. Agriculture, is a veterinarian at Town and Country Animal Hospital in Jefferson City. She graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 1995. She and her husband Dwight have one child, Laurel.


Valeria Annette Brown, A.A.S. Nursing, works in the intensive care nursery at the University of Tennessee Medical Center as a staff RN. Valeria, who was married in May 1998 to J. Clinton Brown, lives in Knoxville.


Sharon (Lee) Houghton, A.A.S. Nursing, is an industrial nurse at McKee Bakery (Little Debbie) and a PRN at Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga. She and her husband Mark have a one year

old, Mallory.


Manya Renea (Madison) Martin, A.A.S. Nursing, is director of nursing at BMA Dialysis in Atlanta. Manya and her husband Tyrone have three children.

Crystal Renee Potter, A.S. Pre-Engineering, is a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Tennessee, where she is pursuing a master's degree.


Greg Bass, A.S. Pre-Engineering, graduated from Tennessee Technological University in 1996 and is currently employed at Raytheon Electronics in Tucson, Ariz.

Mark Metcalf, A.S. General Studies, earned a bachelor's degree from Tennessee Technological University in mechanical engineering in 1997. He works as a manufacturing engineer for Calsonic North America, Inc. in Shelbyville. He resides in Murfreesboro.


James Steve Brogan, A.S. Elementary Education, has been elected to the County Commission of Claiborne County. He and his wife Donna reside in Harrogate.

Keri Elizabeth Sawyer, A.S. Elementary Education, graduated with honors from East Tennessee State University in 1998 and is currently teaching the third grade at Rogersville City School. She is also pursuing a master's degree. Sawyer lives in Surgoinsville.


Mary E. Kidd, A.A.S. Nursing, is a registered nurse and house supervisor for Sunrise Healthcare and Rehab in Lafollette. She and her husband Kenny and their two children live in Cumberland Gap.

Susan Bertha Nothstine, A.A.S. Nursing, is a full-time RN/Charge nurse in ICU at Takoma Adventist Hospital in Greeneville. She is also an American Heart Association CPR instructor. Susan and her husband, Robert James Nothstine, reside in Bulls Gap.

Gretchen Dawn Wilson, A.A.S. Child Development, is engaged to marry L. Edwin Franks Jr. in April.

Alumnus Spotlight

Withers speaks to SIFE Board of Directors

They called her the "general" ten years ago when she took charge of the college's SIFE team at the national competition. And she was so impressive that she was invited back to speak to the national board of directors in Miami, Fla., this past January.

Carole Clay Withers, a 1994 graduate, spoke to the national board of Students in Free Enterprise, the student organization that she says "literally changed my life." For the approximately 100 corporate CEO's of such companies as Business Week, Walmart and Kinko's, she described how her experiences with SIFE at Walters State propelled her to career success as a senior accountant with KPMG Peat Marwick, a "Big 5" national accounting firm.

The first person in her family to attend college, Carole enrolled at Walters State in 1988 with the goal of earning a two-year degree en route to a career in local sales, perhaps in real estate. She said she joined SIFE "because it offered to teach me about real business life."

"SIFE taught me to successfully prepare and put forth competitive, powerful presentations in front of a panel of not-too-easily impressed corporate executives who included Ross Perot and Sam Walton," she said.

After earning an A.A.S. in Business Administration, Carole transferred to the University of Memphis, where she graduated magna cum laude.

She and her husband Dan, who are expecting their first child, live in Kodak.

Student Spotlight

Marquez and Woodard named to All-Academic Team

Sophomores Rudolfo Marquez of New Market and Susan Woodard of Talbott have been selected to the 1999 All-Tennessee Academic Team for two-year institutions. They were selected for their academic performance, demonstration of leadership and community service involvement.

The academic team is part of a program started by Phi Theta Kappa, an international two-year honor society, USA Today and the American Association of Community Colleges.

A general education major with a 4.0 GPA , Marquez is a member of Phi Theta Kappa. He is co-director of the Hispanic Ministry of St. Patrick Catholic Church and a volunteer at Reach Out Inc., where he tutors English. He also volunteers as a Spanish-English translator at Highlander Education and Research in New Market

Woodard, a fine arts major with a 4.0, is art editor of Gallery, president of the Art Club and a member of Phi Theta Kappa and the President's Council.

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'Dream Team' students to become first 'generalists'

Only two months into their studies, Walters State's first group of Information Technology students have been named the "dream team" by one professor.

"I've never taught a group like this before," said Michael Lusk, assistant professor of Computer and Information Sciences.

The group, says Lusk, is a cross-section of highly motivated individuals, from recent high school graduates to middle-aged students with many years of business experience. "This mix of ages, experience and interests works well," said Harold Finn, dean of Technical Education. "For the younger students learn from the older ones and vice versa."

They are among the 46 students selected as a pilot group for the new Information Technology program, which is funded through a substantial grant from Microsoft Corporation and the American Association of Community Colleges. Walters State was one of 13 colleges nationwide to receive the grant to address the shortage of workers qualified to fill the growing number of jobs in information technology.

Originally, only 25 students were going to be accepted into the program. This number of students would have their maintenance fees paid for through grant funds. Students who qualified for such funding had to meet certain criteria, such as be a first generation college student or underemployed. However, many individuals who did not meet the criteria wanted to pay their own way, so the program was expanded to accept them as well.

In December 1999, they will be the first group to receive a certificate in Information Technology, trained to work in local business and industry as a computer "generalist."

As a "generalist," graduates of the program will have programming skills, will be able to use applications of software, maintain hardware and software, operate a variety of information technology equipment, and understand telecommunications, networks and ethical and security issues.

In developing the curriculum for the new program, Computer and Information Science faculty collaborated with a business advisory council, composed of local business and industry representatives working in distribution, retail trade, financial institutions, healthcare, education and manufacturing.

"Employers aren't looking for specialists, such as programmers or computer operators," said Finn. "They want someone who can do a little bit of everything, a person who can go from being an operator to a network administrator."

That's just what this "dream team" will be ready to do come December.

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Faculty Footnotes

Terry Cooper and Richa Russell, Nursing, presented papers recently at the National Association for Associate Degree Nursing in Nashville. Cooper's paper was titled, Spouse Abuse Trying to Make Sense of the Facts, and Russell's paper was titled, A Strategy for Incorporating Critical Thinking in the Associate Degree Nursing Curriculum.

Qing Yuan, Computer and Information Sciences, has earned a doctorate degree in Education Leadership and Policy Analysis from East Tennessee State University.

Everett Honaker, Enrollment Development, presented a paper titled Meeting the Special Needs of Rural, Appalachian and First Generation Students at the Tennessee Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers annual meeting.

Judy Hector and Russ Romines, Mathematics, have received a $23,200 grant to support a fall 1999 workshop for middle and high school mathematics teachers. The project is titled, Using Performance Indicators to Enhance the Teaching of Algebra. Teachers will receive free tuition, graphing calculators and instruction in technology-based methods of teaching algebra. Also in Mathematics, Lee Dell'Isola, Vicki Borlaug and Fred Parker spoke at the NCTM Southern Regional Conference in Charlotte, N.C, in February. Their presentation, titled Reforming the Short Calculus Course: Data-Driven and Technology-Based, focused on new approaches for teaching calculus concepts to students in nontechnical fields of study.

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President's Message

In reviewing last year's annual report, I was reminded that even though we awarded almost $6.5 million in financial aid during the 1997-98 academic year, and even though 288 students received Foundation scholarships that year, many worthy students didn't receive the scholarship recognition that we would have extended had we had the resources. In fact, many students with a 3.6 grade point average or less could not be accommodated within the Foundation's scholarship budget.

Our dilemma in this regard is quite simple. Namely, even though our Foundation permanent endowment now exceeds $4.9 million, the college's reputation for academic excellence and as a caring environment has made it the clear college of choice within our East Tennessee service area. With more and more high school valedictorians, salutatorians and those graduating in the top 10 percent of their class choosing Walters State to begin their college education, our growing scholarship resources are simply not keeping pace with demand.

I believe there is a threefold solution to our scholarship needs. First, our entire college family, faculty, staff, Foundation trustees, parents, and friends of the college can have an enormous impact by simply budgeting $100 a year to participate in the new Academic Centurion Scholarship program. Secondly, our alumni, having graduated and established themselves in their careers, can begin to give back to the scholarship programs that supported their studies while they were at Walters State; or they can contribute to the endowed scholarships which have been established as memorials to their former classmates, such as those established for Douglas Tripp in Law Enforcement and Louise S. Tucker and Katherine Antrican in Nursing. Finally, many can have a dramatic and lasting impact on the futures of countless generations of young people by remembering Walters State in their wills. Bequests made to the college through the Walters State Foundation have already resulted in millions of dollars in endowed scholarships.

As a state and as a nation our future can be no brighter than the collective impact of the young people we are educating to secure for our children and grandchildren those blessings we all wish to bestow. These investments in our children are not only secure but will surely result in the highest yield imaginable.

My office and my staff in the Office of College Advancement remain eager to assist you with any gift to our college or Foundation and may be reached at 585-6770, the President's Office, or at 585-2629, the Office of College Advancement.

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From the Foundation UP

The Walters State Foundation is considering its first structural change in years to better utilize the experience, expertise and influence of its past presidents. During its regular session on March 15, the Foundation Executive Committee approved an amendment to the Foundation's bylaws to create a new Past Presidents Council as a standing committee of the Foundation.

The Past Presidents Council initial membership will include Jim Hickman, Jack Fishman. Noah Wilson, George McGuffin, Dr. Truett Pierce and Z Buda. The group will be joined in May by current president Andy Smith.

Under the proposed reorganization, the Foundation Executive Committee will continue its responsibility for the day-to-day management of the Foundation and will continue to meet on a monthly basis. The Past Presidents Council, meeting quarterly, will focus its attention on broader policy issues, community relations, and will have specific responsibility for the oversight and implementation of the Foundation's planned giving and donor recognition programs.

The structural change contemplated by the proposed amendment to the bylaws will be voted on by the full Foundation Board of Trustees at this year's annual meeting scheduled for Monday evening, May 17. The anticipated changes in committee membership will also be reflected in the report of the Foundation's nominating committee, which will also be voted on at that time.

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Cross named interim baseball coach


The Senators baseball team has a new coach in Adam Cross, a former shortstop for the Atlanta Braves and San Diego Padres. The college hired Cross as its interim baseball coach in December after Roger Jackson resigned after 13 years as head coach to take a position with a local health care organization. Cross played at East Tennessee State University where he was named to the All-Southern Conference team. During his professional playing career he was named Player of the Month for the entire Braves' organization. An injury cut short his playing career, and he turned his career toward coaching.

Cross says this year's team is solid offensively and defensively. Leading the team offensively is first baseman Michael Hoover of Kingsport, who was second in the nation last year in batting, averaging .521. He was named an All-American, third team.

Other big hitters are Ross Garland of Elizabethton, Rick Luttrell of Knoxville and Brandon Cross of Bristol.

Cross is looking to sophomore Derrick Hollins of Morristown to lead an inexperienced pitching staff. "The pitching staff, as a whole, will have step up their games a notch and pitch consistently throughout the season," said Cross.


Softball coach Larry Sauceman says he needs a team effort this season to be competitive in a tough conference.

Sophomore twins Staci and Shannon Fish of Maryville will provide leadership for the team. Shannon, who plays first base, is a second-team All-American who was second in the nation in batting (.570) last year.

Also returning from last year is centerfielder Melinda Manas of Morristown, who was named to last season's All-State team.

Last year's team earned a 22-11 record, finishing second in the conference.


Expectations are high for this year's golf team. Coach Bill Gardner says five of this year's six players are sophomores.

And of these sophomores, Gardner is looking to Andy Wells of Rutledge and Charles Mason of Newport to lead his team to the national tournament in Clayton, N.C.

The golf team started the season off by winning the Walters State Invitational, beating teams from Carson-Newman College, Lincoln Memorial University and Clinch Valley College.

Lady Senators Kansas-bound again

The Lady Senators basketball team is going to the national tournament in Salina, Kan., for the second year in row and for the third time this decade.

They qualified for the national tournament by winning the TJCCAA/NJCAA Region VII championship in Chattanooga, and they did so in dramatic fashion. With less than a second left in the championship game, Alison Bach of Morristown hit a three-point shot, giving the Lady Senators a 60-57 victory over Chattanooga State. The win also gave the Lady Senators (27-5) the title of Region VII and Tennessee state champions for the second consecutive year.

Bach was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player, and she and Scealita Drennon of McCormick, S.C., were named to the all-tournament team.

Lady Senators coach Dave Kragel was named TJCCAA co-coach of the year.

The national tournament is March 16-20. The Lady Senators play Trinity Valley, Athens, Texas., the No. 1 team in the country, in the first round.

Although they didn't win the Region VII tournament, the Senators basketball team also had an incredible season, winning the TJCCAA Eastern Division title and earning a No. 1 seed at the Region VII tournament. They lost, however, in the semifinals to Shelby State.

The Senators were led throughout the season by the phenomenal play of sophomores Tehran Gary of Knoxville and Harlie Shrader of Richland.

The Senators finished the season with a 23-9 record. Coach Bill Carlyle was named TJCCAA co-coach of the year.

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Alumni News (Staying in Touch)

If you would like to be included in the "Class Notes" section of the "Hub" alumni newsletter, please email the following information to James.Pectol@ws.edu:

·Full name


·Dates you attended WSCC; area of study; and degree

·Current position and/or activities

·Full name of spouse

·Number of children

·Address where you can always be reached

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