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Opening Comments 

Introducing • . • 


I ogos help develop corporate and product identity. \oii can probably identify dozens of 
t > logos even at a glance. Colleges and universities also take advantage of their image- 
building potential. A logo creates a presence. A logo enables a school to stand apart from its 
competition. A logo can project appropriate and meaningful ideas. 

Here is the new logo for Southern Adventist University: 


ADV n^N 113 1 U i>j i V e,k6 ITY 

After the administrative decision to seek external professional assistance with the 
development process, proposals were received from six design firms, three of them local. 
Skrypton Communications of Chattanooga was awarded the opportunity. 

The first step was to assess what kind of school image exists among various constituents. 
Informal focus groups and surveys sought input from students, teachers, alumni, secretaries, 
printers, community residents. As the creative process moved along, many provided further 
feedback. Dr. Ron Barrow chaired an ad hoc multi-discipline group which provided guid- 
ance for the designer. 

Meanwhile, the mind and fingers of Fred Turner, a computer-skilled architect employed 
by the university's Plant Services and member of the ad hoc group, were at work. The first 
thought of some who saw his "computer doodling" was "Wow, that would make a great 
seal!" And here is the sea! as it evolved. 

Distinct from a logo, a seal is generally historic and academic in nature. The year oi an 
institution's founding, and often its location, are incorporated in the seal. As an important 
symbol of the university and registered with the state, a seal's primary use is on official docu- 
ments such as diplomas and transcripts. What do you see in the seal! 


COVER: Dr. Sahly In front of the new Hickman Science Center. Photo by B^an Fowler, 


Doris Stickle Burdicl< 


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IDai-yi Cole, '92 

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MMER 1997 



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Crowds Celebrate Dedication 

Overview ot the ceremonies celebrating the completion ot the new 
Hickman Science Center and the change to university status 

How the New Name Came 

The process of choosing the title Southern Adventist University 

page 4 

page 6 

An InterviexA^ with President Sahly 

Questions and answers with the outgoing President Donald Ross Sahly 

NA/'hat Kind of University? 

The new vice president for academic administration discusses his views 
on — and goals tor — the new university 


page 10 


ATwentieth Century Daniel 

A former student's faith helps change lives in China 

page 1 3 

Up from Ashes 

Story of the Willison family's struggle with the loss ot their home 

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page 14 page 16 

The Software Technology Center shows itself to be cutting edge 


Southern Update 

page 18 

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Southern People 

page 20 

Those Who Walked These Halls 

page 22 

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Top to bottom: The University Brass 
Ensemble, conducted by Patricia Silver, gave a performance in 
the atrium of the Hicl<man Science Center for the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony; 
Dr. Sahly pays tribute to Josiane Hickman, vnfe of Dr. James Hickman and 
representative of the Hickman family, at the the official Science Center opening 
ceremony; Students join v*ith staff to lay donor bricks along the Walkway of Honor. 
Photos by Jamie Arnall. 




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by Dons Stickle Burdick 

The Jay was a dream come true. In tact, two dreams for South- 
em had materialired. 

Hickman Science Center, windows gleammg and greenhouses 
growing, hosted its ceremonial ribbon-cutting on February 18. 
This was followed by a dedication service for Southern Adventist 
University which recognized its new stage of growth — not only its 
sixth "Southern" based-name in a century* but also its emerging 
status as a university offering selected graduate studies in addition 
to its continuing undergraduate focus. 

The 62,500-square-foot, three-story building provides 7 new 
classrooms and amphitheaters, 22 laboratories for biology, chemis- 
try, computing, engineering studies, mathematics, and physics, 
and 29 offices. Replacing 46-year-old Hackman Hall and 50-year- 

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old Daniells Hall, its configuration can 
handle technological changes made in the 
last half-century as well as those in sight 
for the new century. 

"The dedication was a wonderful service 
to give completion to the huilding of the 
Science Center," commented Dr. Ann 
Foster, an assistant professor of biology who 
is enjoying her new second-floor location 
in Hickman. 

The $6.5 million building's most un- 
usual focal point is a Foucault pendulum 
[pronounced too-koe]. The sphere, sus- 
pended a full three stories in the entry way, 
will demonstrate the rotation ot the earth 
and was funded by Dr. Dennis Taylor, "72, 
and Dr. Joan Taylor, 72. Natural science 
will be carried out the door into the 
McElroy Family Memorial Botanical Gar- 
dens. The gardens, abounding in native 
Tennessee flora, are a gift trom the family, 
seven of whom graduated from or attended 

Guests — trustees, contributors, civic 
and church leaders, presidents from other 
colleges and universities, media people, as 
well as students and faculty — entered 
Hickman Science Center via the Walkway 
of Honor. Already 700 commemorative 
bricks pave the way to the front entrances, 
and another hundred are on order. 

A less visible customizing of the build- 
ing was revealed by Rhonda Rossier, a 
biology major among the first to study 
genetics in their new location. She and her 
classmates signed their names on the wall 
before the chalkboard was installed! 

The Hickman Science Center was de- 
signed by Peter Vukshich of Sequatchie, 
Tenn., and constructed by Schaerer Con- 
tracting Company, Inc., of Chattanooga. 
The building committee was chaired by 
Dale Bidw'ell, vice president tor financial 
administration. The project was coordi- 
nated by Dr. Wayne Janzen, who also man- 
ages Southern Carton Industry. 

The building's name recognizes the 
family of the late James Hickman, D.D.S., 
including his parents, James and Evangeline 
Hickman, who moved their family to the 
CoUegedale community in 1929. Dr. 
Hickman was among the first to pledge 
support for construction of the new build- 
ing. Twenty-six family members from 
around the nation were present for the 
ribbon cutting. 

>^e dedicate 

Faculty and the Board of Trustees en- 
tered the CoUegedale Adventist Church in 
academic procession, led by the grand 
marshal, Katie Lamb, dean of the School of 

The main address, "Values and Vision," 
tor the university dedication ceremony was 
presented by President Don Sahly. He 
predicted that Southern's finest days are 
still in the future, and appealed to col- 
leagues and students to "Go forward" just 
as the Israelites did from the shore of the 
Red Sea. 

Before Dr. Sahly's address, the North 
American Division president and vice 
president for education, Alfred C. McClure 
and Dr. Richard Osbom, spoke briefly. 
Tom Roberts, Student Association presi- 
dent; and Dr. Pamela Harris, chair of the 
Journalism Department, spoke for the 
university family. 

The University Choirs and Symphony 
Orchestra, with Judy Glass at the organ, 
performed Gounod's Sanctiis and Psalm 150 
by Franck. 

"Becoming a university is something 
the institution has grown into," says Dr. 
Sahly. He led in a responsive reading in 
which faculty, students, trustees, alumni, 
and all present participated in dedicating 
the university. 

In May 1996 the Southern Association 
of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Commis- 
sion on Colleges recognized Southern as a 
Level 111 master's-degree-granting institu- 
tion, approving Southern's application tor 
substantive change. Southern began offer- 
ing master of science degrees in education 
last summer. This year a master of science 
in community counseling and a master of 
arts in religion are being added. 

A special dinner for guests, students, 
and employees followed the service, com- 
plete with a large cake prepared by the 
cafeteria to serve 2000. 

The planning committee for Dedication 
97 was chaired by Dr. Ron Barrow, vice 
president for admissions and university 
relations. ^ 

' The sequence of names: Southern Industrial School (1896- 
1904). Southern Training School (1904-1916). Southern Junior 
College (1916-1944), Southern Missionary College (1944-1982). 
Southern College of Seventh-day Adventists (1982-1996). 

"The entire day >vas 
a success. An all-around 
fitting service for our 
Christian campuses. 
I was impressed by Tonn 
Roberts* speech and ho>v 
he tied in God with 
science and backed it up 
with Bible texts." 

"As a biology teacher, I 
felt reminded that God is 
the creator and that we 
are to use this building to 
instill this in our students." 

"Being a senior, I was 
proud to be a part of the 
service and see It take 
place after such planning. 

"The music w^as out- 
standing. Dr. Sahly has 
seen his vision materialize 
v/hile here at Southern." 

"I enjoyed having a part 
in helping to thank those 
who donated money to 
make Hickman Science 
Center possible." 

^ i"'.p. ' - , ■■ - "Kern ^ml^e^> mcirr^'jr 

"The special honors and 
recognition given by the 
university to the Hickman 
name and family at the 
ribbon-cutting ceremony 
and the dedication service 
were deepy appreciated." 

Students Cindi Bowe and Amber Herren assisted wi;n resej-:- ■ 

HovN^ the Ne>v 
Name Came 

. by Dr. Ronald M. Barrow. Vice President for Admissions and University Relations 

July 1, 1996, is a significant date in Southern's 105 -year history. 
On that day trustees voted without dissent that Southern 
College of Seventh'day Adventists move to university status. 
Dr. Donald Sahly, president of Southern for over 10 years, 
outlined the rationale for such a decision and proposed that a 
new name for the institution be decided at the October 24 board 
meeting. Tmstees felt that the new name should identify with 
the church and suggested that Southern Adventist University be 
considered among possibilities. 


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As vice president for college relations, I 
was asked by Dr. Sahly to chair a Name 
Change Committee. The committee repre- 
sented faculty, staff, students, alumni, 
Collegedale SDA Church, administration, 
and the hoard, 17 members in all. 

At our initial meeting committee mem- 
bers first expressed the idea that the word 
"Southern" continue to be an "anchor" 
word as it has been since 1896 — through 
five previous name changes. 

The committee then discussed how to 
associate the new name with the church, 
yet keep it short. The majority favored 
Advenmt m the name. 

Some suggested nammg the institution 
after a significant church leader, perhaps 
someone linked with the college such as 
President Kenneth A. Wright (1943 to 
1955) under whose leadership the school 
became a senior liberal arts college in 1944. 

A list of 12 names was compiled, some 
of them suggested to committee members 
by others. On the first ballot, these were 
narrowed down to four, in alphabetical 
order: Adventist Southern University, 
Adventist University ot the South, Ken- 
neth A. Wfight University, and Southern 
Adventist University. 

During registration, August 26 and 27, 
students were surveyed. TTie survey also 
provided for write-in suggestions. The 
same survey was made available to every 

employee at Southern and was sent to the 
alumni. Though the survey was not a bal- 
lot, it was our desire to receive as much 
input as possible. 

Here are campus survey results: Of the 
1,306 students responding, 71.7% favored 
the name Sout/iem Adt'entist University. Of 
the 7^ instructional faculty who responded, 
51 favored Suiahem Adventist {Jniversiiy; of 
industrial employees, 15 ot the 18 respond- 
ing indicated SAU; of the 89 hourly staff 
that responded, 69 indicated their prefer- 
ence for Southern Adventist University; of 
those in administrative positions, 42 re- 
sponded with 26 favoring SAU. 

Among the other name choices in the 
survey Adventist Southern University was 
preferred by 5.3% of respondents; Adven- 
tist University of the South received 5.0%; 
Kenneth A. Wright University received 
4.2%; and 14-4% wrote m suggestions. 

The name Southern University of Sev- 
enth-day Adventists was a write-in by 161 
individuals or 3.5%, and Southern Univer- 
sity was suggested by 68, or 1.5%. 

On September 8, at the close of the first 
meeting of the Southern Union Quinquen- 
nial Constituency in Knoxville, the Board 
of Trustees gathered for a report and update 
on the survey responses to date from the 
Name Change Committee. At that time the 
Board was advised that, according to the 
college attorney, only the constituency in 

official session has authority to legally 
change the institution's name. Constituency 
meetings fot the institution are scheduled 
every five years, at the same time as those of 
the Southern Union. A special meeting of 
the constituency would incur considerable 
expense. Faced with these new tacts, and 
armed with a clear majority of surveys in 
f;ivor of Sout/iem Adventist University, the 
Board chose to present the name to the 
constituency the following day. On Sep- 
tember 9, delegates to the regular session of 
Southern College of Seventh-day Adventists 
voted unanimously to change Southern's 
name to Southern Adiientist University. 

By that date 1,745 alumni responses had 
been received, with 70.4% indicating a 
preference for Southern Adventist University. 
By September 16, the otiginal deadline for 
surveys, an additional 925 surveys arrived, 
making a total of 2,670, with 70.3% indi- 
cating Southern Adventist University as their 
first choice. Of an additional 253 surveys 
returned in the following two weeks, 73% 
indicated theit preference for SAU. 

A grand total of 4,474 surveys came in; 
of that number, 3,179, or 71%, selected 
Southern Adventist University as their name 
of choice. It is clear that this name was 
overwhelmingly and consistently preferred 
by a majority of those surveyed. 

Welcome to the newly named Southern 
Adventist University! ^ 

Jaime Amall 











Eleven years ago SOUTHERN Columns 
published an interview with Southern's 
newly arrived 22nd president. Before he 
departs for Silver Spring, Md., where he 
takes up new duties as associate director of 
education for the Seventh-day Adventists, 
Columns invited him to again share some 
thoughts with our readers. 

Q. How do you feel about leaving? 

A. Oh, good and bad. It's a really difficult 
job to put down. 1 have to say that. 1 think 
when you have done something like this 
for 1 1 years the job becomes part of you, 
and to put it down is something like taking 
a piece off you, you know. But once you get 
past that — it's taken a few weeks — 1 am 
looking forward to the challenges of the 
new job. Certainly disconnecting from a 
campus where you have 1600 people who 
are right with you, it's going to be different 
to be interfacing day-to-day with a much 
smaller number, a little less tension and 
pressure in that regard and so I kind of 
look forward to the change. Obviously 1 
am going to miss this campus, the place, 
the job, and the work. 

Q. What are some of your happiest moments 
here at Southern.' 

A. 1 think the happiest moments are 
when something big is accomplished or 

begun. Certainly the biggest thing was 
when the board voted the campaign for the 
new science center, and then when we cut 
the ribbon and finished it. When some- 
thing big happens like that, it's a happy 
moment. There's also the opportunity oi 
meeting students, meeting a real need, 
knowing you have the resources of the 
president's fund or a scholarship that may 
solve a problem and keep them here. 
Eleven graduations are obviously very 
happy moments. And Weeks of Prayer, 
when you see students make real commit- 
ments. Getting the 'Yes' from a major 
donor IS a happy moment. You have all 
these, but obviously the most rewarding are 
those that mean the most to students. 
Everything you do is really for the students, 
whether you are raising money or building 
a building. 

Q. You had nei-er been to Tennessee be/ore 
7our im'itation to come to Southern. What 
have you especially enjoyed about this area of 
the country? 

A. Well, it's the greatest place I have ever 
lived. Tennessee is just a beautiful spot. 
This CoUegedale area, its proximity to city, 
airport, mountains. It's just a wonderful 
place to live. I have traveled the world and 
haven't seen any place I'd rather live. Cer- 
tainly the Washington, D.C., area isn't 
going to be better. It's going to be different. 

Q. When -iou moi'ed here from Singapore, 
>our daughter had just finished high school and 
your son had finished ninth grade. Now they 
are both Southern graduates. Maybe this next 
question is too personal. From the standpoint 
of parents, were you happy with their educa- 
tion experience here.' 

A. Having visited all the other Adventist 
colleges in North America, 1 can't say I 
would choose any other place but Southern 
to educate my kids. I feel very thankful and 
very privileged I was able to live and work 
here while they attended school here. Both 
of them got good educations at Southern. 
They are well grounded, established in the 
church, growing in their professional lives. 
1 am very pleased with what they accom- 
plished during our years here. Education is 
a family experieiice. 

Q. (n our earlier inten-ieu' you addressed 
ways you uvuld "encourage an atmosphere for 
learning that will make the process pleasant for 
faculty and students alike." How would you 
assess achievement in this area during the last 

A. I don't think there's anything that 
correlates with the quality of education for 
students or teachers to a greater degree 
than what an institution is able to pro- 
vide — facilities, buildings, finances. 1 can 
look back and say I have put forth a great 
deal of effort to provide the best .of that. It 

Spring/Summer 1997 

has been inipurtant to mc thai iIk' lacilltics 
be as i;;ood as wc could possibly make or 
build them — all the way trom diirmitories 
to classrooms. Endowment to provide stu- 
dents with scholarship dollars that would 
enable students to attend here has been 
important to me. Having the resources 
available so teachers have the equipment 
that they need to teach well is important. 
Support systems of a quaUty library and 
computer services are all important. Bur 1 
think focusing on the development of a 
Christian faculty who are dedicated to 
doing the job well is certainly more impor- 
tant. There is no substitute. 1 believe our 
faculty are that kind of people. 

Q. When you came, you characterized your- 
self as a conservative spender. Could you 
comment on the fiscal achievements of your 
administration over the past decade! 

A. It's been important to me — and of 
course to the board — that the institution 
run on a balanced budget, operating within 
its resources. And to get the institution out 
of debt and keep it out of debt were of 
prime importance. I am thankful for 10 
years of balanced budgets, but I certainly 
don't take any credit tor that myself. It is 
by the blessing of God that this was ac- 
complished. It's been a difficult task. It 
always seemed there were not enough re- 
sources at the beginning of the year, but I 
am thankful to God that we were able to 
maintain that over this decade. 

more qualified, and will they be doing a better 
job in the future? Will the college in the years to 
come be held in ever higher regard! Is the school 
better known! Is the physical plant better! Do 
those who come today and in the jutme find 
themselves closer to Uod and nearer to heaven 
than before they set foot on the campus!" Noui 
as we draw this 1997 intervieu' to a close, what's 
your personal evaluation of these 1 1 years! 

A. Boy, I should have looked at this more 
often! Well, somebody else should probably 
an.swer that question for me. As I look at it, 
most of that has been accomplished. The 
last part about those coming to the campus 
finding themselves closer to God when they 
leave, to me that has got to be above and 
beyond renovations and buildings. That last 
question relates to why we exist and it is 
certainly my hope that whatever happens in 
the future, that remains the most important 
question. Success can only he measured in 
those terms. It's always got to be measured 
in the lives of people. The institution does 
not exist for its own sake. It exists for 
people. I hope that continues in the future. 
For me personally, it's been 1 1 good years. 
I have enjoyed it. I thank God for the op- 
portunity, the privilege, the honor, 
and as 1 look back on this period of 
my life — about a quarter of my 
professional life — it's been good 
for me, good for my family. 
I'm just thankful to God for 
the opportunity that's 
been mine. |^ 

Presidential Transition 

IN February Southern's 22nd president 
announced his departure. Dr Donald Ross Sahly 
has accepted a position as associate director of 
education at Adventist church headquarters in 
Silver Spring, Md., effective June I. 

During Dr. Sahly's 1 1 years at Southern, 
undergraduate enrollment has risen from 1,327 to 
1,625. The institution has added graduate degrees, 
and taken on university status and a new name. 
Besides construction of Hickman Science Center, 
renovation of the campus cafeteria, both 
residence halls, Fleming Plaza, Summerour Hall, 
and other areas of the campus has taken place. 

A 17-member search committee was set up by 
the Board of Trustees on February 1 8. On April 
20 the board invited Dr, Gordon Bietz, 
president of the Georgia-Cumberland 
Conference, to become president of Southern 
Adventist University. As Columns went to press, 
Board Chairman Malcolm Gordon announced that 
Dr. Bietz has accepted the presidency at 
Southern. More in next issue. 

Below: A local TV station also interviewed Dr. Sahly. 

Q. As we concluded the 1 986 
mterview, you identified criteria 
by which your swcct;ss at 
Southern could eventually be 
measured: "Will 1 be able to 
assist in making Southern a 
place that will give better 
service to students! Will the 
faculty be stronger, more 


What Kind of 



n one of my trips 
to Africa where I was 
visiting colleges and 
secondary schools, I 
saw a most heautiful 
bird outside a school- 
room window, i asked an 

African student, "What kind of bird is that 
just outside the window?" Since it is not 
considered "cool" to admit that one doesn't 
know something that could he considered 
common knowledge, the student stared out 
the window and after a few moments said, 
"The bird I'm thuikuig ahout is not that 

The name of the bird is Southern Ad- 
ventist University. Let's take a look at this 
"bird" as described by our unix'ersity presi- 
dent, Dr. Donald Sahly. 

take complete dedication to the goals of 
Christian education and to Jesus, the Mas- 
ter Teacher. The next tew years will bring 
complex challenges. Several of these chal- 
lenges hinge upon finance. There is a 
growing concern among our constituents 
related to the price of education versus the 
i|uality/value received. There Is an actual 
drop in the amount ot funding tor higher 

And there are mcreased pressures re- 
lated to providing additional employee 
compensation, curriculum developinent, 
and advanced technology. Other chal- 
lenges hinge upon the rapidly changing 
educational and assessment processes that 
we must deal with such as increased gov- 
ernment and accreditation regulations, 
some of which are in conflict with each 

My Direction and Goals 

1. My overriding concern is that we 
continue to grow spiritually — both as indi- 
viduals and as an institution. We, indi- 
vidually and collectively, have very special 
and unique roles to play in reflecting the 

values of the church at large are felt very 
strongly. At the same time, my relation- 
ships with students, professors, and educa- 
tional leaders both denominational and 
public and in the United States and abroad 
have constantly exposed me to new and 
changing concepts. Therefore, 1 deeply 
value creativity. 

2. In this new university bird, 1 view 
the teacher as a stimulator of creativity. 
There is a strong tendency to set limita- 
tions because of prejudices and preconcep- 
tions that reflect one's own smallness. This 
limiting, distorting process has been at 
work on the concept of creativity. Based 
upon much research we can safely assume 
that every person (young or old, bright or 
not so bright) has a need to create, to 
make. The teacher's task is to help the 
student to find a constructive outlet for 
that need. The evidence is strong that a 
failure to widen the creative vent may be 
the chief cause for the distorted expres- 
sions of destruction and violence. Destruc- 
tiveness and creativity are opposing forces 
in the mind. Sylvia Ashton-Warner in her 
book Teacher said, "1 see the mind of a 


by Dr George P, Babcock 

An address to foculty 
soon after he took o/fice 
as Vice President for 
Academic Administration 

"Southern College will become a small, 
comprehensive university with its major 
focus on undergraduate teaching in the 
tradition of a strong liberal arts program. 
Selected graduate studies will be developed 
. . . The overriding objectives will be (1) to 
grow as a Christian SDA academic commu- 
nity providing affordable higher education 
for leadership and service, and (2) to ad- 
vance the institution's reputation tor aca- 
demic excellence within a distinct SDA 
environment which emphasizes biblical 

To reach this goal will take the talents 
of all of us. More than our talents, it will 

Master Teacher to all who come to this 
campus. We must show His love and ac- 
ceptance to everyone — even to those who 
do not completely agree with us. We must 
also present our Adventist heritage and 
standards to these young people who will 
become the leaders of God's work in 
earth's closing days. 1 recognize that in my 
new administrative role 1 will undoubtedly 
be pressured to preserve constituency val- 
ues and to uphold conservative theological 

1 came to Southern after 1 2 years at the 
General Conference where the natural 
forces of preservation and extension of the 

five-year-old as a volcano with two vents; 
destructiveness and creativeness. And 1 see 
that to the extent that we widen the cre- 
ative channel, we atrophy the destructive 
one." It is still true of the university stu- 
dent today. I become both sad and angry 
when I see formal education at any level 
contributing to a dwarfing of human possi- 
bilities. As John Lubbock once said, 
"Reading and writing, arithmetic and 
grammar do not constitute education any 
more than a knife, fork, and spoon consti- 
tute a dinner." We must be creative in our 
approach to academic problems. As I've 


Columns • 1 1 

(continued from page 1 1 ) 

told my own students for many years, "No 
matter how many degrees one may ha\'e, 
he is not truly educated unless he can en- 
tertain himself, entertain someone else, 
and entertain a new idea." 

3. Another aspect of this university 
bird as I see it is that we will provide a - 
vision of greatness for our students. Any 
teacher who provides a vision of greatness 
becomes skillful in communicating to stu- 
dents a concept of the worth and signifi- 
cance oi each mdividual. Perceiving 
themselves in terms of genuine worth, 
students rapidly grow toward that percep- 

I maintain that every 
human being has within 
hinn or her a great 
untapped wealth of 
ability and talent. 

tion. Imprisoned by age-old distortions ot 
what they are and what they can be, stu- 
dents perform in terms of those distortions. 

The voice of Marion Anderson, the 
insight ot Lincoln, the brilliancy of Mo:art, 
the intellectual grasp of Plato, the skill ot 
Shakespeare, the scope of Einstein — these 
appear only rarely and for reasons not 
clear. They are peaks in the range of hu- 
man ability. 

Human ability varies greatly. Some 
learn quickly. Some learn slowly. And for 
various reasons, some learn little or not at 
all. Heredity and prenatal defects affect 
learning, but many more are hampered by 
cultural and psychological wounds. We, as 
teachers, know all this and more. 

Yet my central question remains. What 
is the potential of our students.' Aside from 
the interesting peaks, what is the average 
potential in our mountain range of students? 
I suggest that it is remarkably high. I main- 
tain that every human being has within 
him or her a great untapped wealth of 
ability and talent. When I speak of giving 
students a vision of greatness, I mean being 
aware of each one's potential and sharing 
that awareness with the student. The ob- 
jective awareness of such ability creates an 
expectancy that tends to brnig it forth. 

When Jesus of Nazareth issued his uni- 
versal invitation to become a part of the 
kingdom of God, the implication was that 
all men could rise toward and reach its 
great requirements. Millions have been 
stirred by that vision. In similar fashion, 
the teacher who provides a vision ot great- 
ness sensitively respects his students, and 
such expectation and respect becomes a 
great stimulant to growth. 

My wife and I had the opportunity to 
spend several hours with a blind Seventh- 
day Adventist Paralympic gold medalist. 
Lilo said that as a teenager, she was a tall, 
skinny, blind girl, a Yugoslavian immigrant 
to Canada. Her low self-esteem caused her 
to attempt to melt into the background. 
Lilo told us she tried to convince herselt 
that she was invisible, and that she was 
sure she was the school "geek" until 1 1th 
grade. There a female coach saw in her 
potential that no one else had seen — least 
of all Lilo, herself. 

Today Lilo holds the woild record in 
discus throwing tor disabled women — and 
the Canadian record for discus thiowing 
period. Furthermore, she has won one 
silver and two gold medals from the 
Paralympics. She holds a degree in psy- 
chology and in addition to her daily train- 
ing program, spends time giving 
motivational talks to high school and 
college youth, challenging them to be all 
that they can be. 

1 want Southern to be known as the 
place where youth are inspired to such 
greatness; where teachers take a keen, 
personal interest in the young people they 

4. 1 believe that the way in which our 
university bird will be perceived depends a 
great deal on our response to the following 
immediate challenges: 

a. The setting up of a fully function- 
ing teaching university with academic 
"schools" without developing a new layer 
of administration. 

b. The move of the sciences, com- 
puter technology, and math departments 
to the new building. 

c. The re-accreditation by NCATE 
and the State of Tennessee of the School 
of Education and Psychology. 

d. The initial accreditation for Be- 
havioral Science, Business, Industrial 

Technology, and Computer Science. 

e. The continued growth of our gradu- 
ate programs in Education, Psychology, 
Religion, Business, and Computer Software 

f. The strengthening of our library in 
terms of more professional librarians and 
materials in all academic areas. 

g. The exploration of various distance 
education possibilities utilizing the latest 

h. The affiliation with Helderberg 
College in South Africa and the study of 
similar requests coming from our sister 
colleges in Costa Rica and the Dominican 

i. The affiliation with the Florida 
Hospital College ot Health Sciences. 

5. My final view ot this new univer- 
sity bird is that ot a place where all of us 
work together to accomplish the goals 
before us. There will be differences of opin- 
ion on the best ways to achieve our goals, 
but hopefully there will be no great differ- 
ences as to the goals themselves. A variety 
of input is welcome. In fact, it is sought. 
Let us discuss ideas, crystallize our thought, 
and move with vigor into the tuture. 

The university board 
has presented us vy^ith 
a^n 6gg a^nd a vision of 
the bird they hope >vill 
hatch from it. 

The university board has presented us 
with an egg and a vision of the bird they 
hope will hatch from it. This is one egg we 
don't want to sit on very long! Sitting on 
an egg too long without hatching it leads 
to a rotten egg! I sincerely hope that we 
can all catch a vision ot the same bird, and 
with the Lord's help make the new univer- 
sity into a place that will meet God's plan 
for Christian education, a place where 
fundamental truths are cherished, where 
creative ideas are welcome, where educa- 
tion is inclusive, and where each student's 
potential is not only recognized but en- 
couraged. If we do this, we can soar trium- 
phantly into the 21st century on 
heaven-blessed wings. ^ 

12 • Spring/Summer 1997 

Century Daniel 

It was the hill of 1989. Daniel Jiao 
was a student in my course, Life and 
Teachings of Jesus. From a human 
perspective, that first meeting seemed 
rather insignificant, but actually God had 
set a great plan into motion that would 
bring honor to the name of His Son Jesus. 

Daniel was born and raised in commu- 
nist Shanghai, China. He had the unusual 
privilege of growing up in a devout Chris- 
tian family. His father, a medical doctor, 
had spent many years in a labor camp be- 
cause of his faith in Christ. So Daniel un- 
derstood what it meant to honor 
God regardless of the cost. 

After high school, Daniel 
planned to take the entrance exam 
for medical school. To his dismay, 
two entrance tests were on Sabbath. 
Daniel realized that it he did not 
take these tests, the result would 
be a low overall score on his exam. 
What was he to do? Daniel decided, 
like the Hebrew worthy of old, to 
honor God no matter what the 
cost. He excused himself from the 
Sabbath tests. The result? He was 
not accepted into medical school. 

Daniel decided to use the next 
year for Bible study and to person- 
ally experience Christianity. In 12 months, 
he read the entire Bible and took lots of 
notes. At the end of a year, he reapplied for 
the college entrance exam. Again two exams 
were scheduled on Sabbath. Daniel was put 
to the test once more. Would he take things 
into his own hands or trust fully in God? 

Daniel's mind was made up. He would 
honor God. The months of intensive Bible 
study had changed his perspective on the 
Christian faith. Instead of compromising, 
or withdrawing in defeat, Daniel prayed to 
God for divine guidance. Daniel recalls the 
dramatic answer to his prayer: "It was then 
that I received several issues of Signs of the 

by Dr. Derek Morris. Professor of Religion 

Times, and one article about a missionary to 
Africa named David Livingstone really . 
inspired me. It seemed that God was speak- 
ing directly to me, telling me that 1 should 
work for Him. I prayed and asked God to 
open up a way for me to get training first." 
Within a few days, Daniel had received 
a letter of sponsorship to attend Southern 
College and study tor the ministry. To a 
young Chinese student, this sounded impos- 
sible. Daniel's English was poor, and he had 
never traveled to other parts of China, let 
alone to another country. Classes were to 


Daniel, center, chose to honor God whatever the cost. Pictured with him are Raymond 
Leung, recording technician; and Derek Morris. Though Daniel grew up using his Chinese 
birth name, upon leaving China, his mother suggested the parallel with Daniel of Scripture. 

begin in just a few weeks. How could the 
arrangements be made in such a short time? 
Again, Daniel prayed: "God, you really 
have to help me now!" It was not a demand, 
but a loving appeal. God honors those who 
honor Him. It normally takes 50 days to get 
a passport. Daniel had his in 20 days. Next 
he was to apply for a visa. Daniel recalls 
what happened at the American Consulate: 
"The Consular who saw me was an Ameri- 
can, and I was nervous to prepare for the 
English conversation. But when he started 
to ask me questions, I only heard familiar 
Chinese. After just a few questions, he 
granted me a visa. My heart leaped for 

joy, and quickly I rode my bicycle home to 
tell my parents the news!" 

Daniel arrived at Southern on the day 
that classes began, Aug. 31, 1989. As he sat 
in the first class of my Life and Teachings 
of Jesus course, I felt two strong impressions: 
first, Daniel had a deep desire to learn; 
second, he barely understood a word 1 said! 
After class, I offered to give Daniel copies 
of my notes so that he could study the ma- 
terial to prepare for the lectures. His re- 
sponse was enthusiastic. By the end of that 
first semester, his comprehension had im- 
proved so dramatically that he was 
understanding over eighty percent 
ot the lectures. 

Daniel completed a BA in 
theology. While still a student, he 
encouraged me to share my Life 
and Teachings of Jesus course with 
the people of China. It seemed an 
impossible dream. But God spe- 
cializes in the impossible! I have 
learned to cherish God's words in 
Jeremiah 32:27. "I am the LORD, 
the God of all mankind. Is any- 
thing too difficult for Me?" 

This past summer, I spent four 
weeks in mainland China and 
Hong Kong. Daniel and I recorded 
30 hours of broadcasts in English and Man- 
darin on the life of Christ. Daniel shares, "I 
really felt the outpouring of the Holy Spirit 
as we made the recordings. I was inspired 
again by the life and teachings of Jesus. 
Even though these stories and teachings 
were very familiar to me, I felt my faith was 
strengthened again." 

Broadcasts began airing Sept. 6, 1996, 
via shortwave radio from AWR Guam. 
Thousands in mainland China now have 
the opportunity to hear the Gospel of Jesus 
Christ! And all because a young man 
named Daniel decided to honor God, no 
matter what the cost. ^ 

Columns • 13 

Dave Wlllison, a freshman theology 
major at Southern Adventist 
University, his wife, and three children 
watched all their possessions hum in the 
early hours of Friday, January 17. 

The Willisons lived in a garage apart- 
ment on the grounds of a farm a halt hour 
from campus where Willison was employed 
as farm manager. 

When Willison woke at 2:30 a.m. he 
smelled smoke and woke up his wife, Vicki. 
They grabbed Courtney, 3, and Stephanie, 
2, and ran outside, then returned for 18- 
month-old Tommy. Mrs. Willison entered 
the burning structure first, closely followed 
by her husband. 

"It was real smoky, but I could see. It was 
almost like daylight, kind of hazy, like fog, 
but I just walked back and picked Tommy 
up and took him outside," she says. 

"When I got to the front porch, I turned 
around to get my shoes, but the smoke was 

The Rest 
of the 

so thick I started choking. It was like there 
had been this light that followed me back 
[to Tommy's room] and cleared the smoke 

Willison says that he followed in right 
behind his wife but was so overcome by the 
smoke that he could not find his son's 
room. Both of the Willisons believe it was 
a miracle that she could see and breathe 
when he couldn't. 

The Willisons say their home exploded 
in flames no more than three minutes after 
they escaped. 

"It blew out the windows and every- 
thing, like in the movies," says Willison. 
"We tried to battle the blaze, but there 
were a lot of cans of gas blowing up." 

The official fire report indicates that 
the fire was first spotted in a sofa stored in 
the garage below their apartment, but the 
Willisons were told later that a heat lamp 
left on for a sick calf ignited hay in the 

Dave Willison was planning to leave 
Southern Adventist University and go to 
the public university. 

"I was fed up with some things. I just 
telt like people didn't care. 1 had a lot of 
complaints," says Willison. 

Then came January 17 and the loss of 
everything he and his family owned except 
for their van and the clothes on their backs. 

14 • Spring/Summer 1997 

"1 really wasn't expecting anything," 
says WiUison. "1 thought it would take us a 
year to get back on our feet. It didn't even 
take a week." 

What Willison is referring to is the 
tremendous response that came from 
Southern Adventist University and the 
CoUegedale community. 

English professeir Dehhie Higgens has 
coordinated SAU's drive to rebuild their 
lives. Willison is taking Comp 102 from 
Higgens this semester. 

"That Friday morning I bumped into 
Dave in the hall before class, and he 
looked all daied. He mumbled that he was 
sorry he didn't have his outline ready for 
class," says Higgens. "Then he said his 
house had burned, and his Comp papers 
had gone up with the house. I told him I 
didn't care about the paper. 1 was just glad 
he was OK." 

When Higgens mentioned the fire m 
class and how the little girls loved to draw 
and were missing their crayons, one stu- 
dent said, "I have crayons; I'll go get them." 

This began a flood of thoughtfulness. A 
teacher donated a waterbed, washer, and 
dryer. At Friday night vespers, an offering 
was taken up without any previous notice. 

"1 was sittmg tour or five rows from the 
front, and when the plate got to me, it was 
nearly full," says Freshman Rusty Chace. 
Students gave $1,600 on the spot, and a 
donation total which reached $2,000 
within a few days. Another cash gift came 
from a special fund from 
the president's 

Support from the community has been 
overwhelming. At a local supermarket 
Higgens saw some little dresses and asked 
the manager if they ever donated things to 
fire victims. 

The manager unmediately got a shop- 
ping cart, picked out the prettiest dresses, 
then filled the shopping cart with groceries. 
He told Higgens to let him know if there 
was anything else the family needed. 

Faculty and staff in a dozen department 
groups worked together to help rebuild the 
comforts of home for the Willisons. For 
example, the Journalism Department took 
on refurnishing of the living room. Educa- 
tion and Behavioral Science adopted three- 
year-old Stephanie as their focus, and 
administrative personnel and the Religion 
Department collected scores of books and a 
sum of money toward book replacement for 
David, Vicki, and the children. Industrial 
Technology came up with engine work and 
a paint job for the Willison van. 

"Our prayers have been more than an- 
swered. We've been provided for, big time," 
says Willison. "I have a real different view 
of the college here and CoUegedale. We 
were going down the wrong road. We 
needed as a family to be brought closer 
together, and spiritually we were falling 
apart. The fire has given us a second 

Willison is planning to finish his theol- 
ogy degree at Southern. i^ 

Vicki Willison along with her son. Tommy, 
and daughters. Courtney and 
Stephanie, enjoy books 
donated by university 

KJflVlTl^ is not a new idea 
at Southern. Students at 
Southern Adventist University 
have a long tradition of 
reaching out to help in many 
different ways. 

This was the third year that 
the Student Association 
sponsored a Community Service 
Day. It involved students and 
teachers in everything from 
refreshing bulletin hoards for 
kids at a city school to sorting 
used shoes at the Samaritan 
Center or entertaining residents 
of a long'term care facility. 

In the past five years students 
have given 1,186 pints of blood 
in Blood Assurance drives. 

This summer 66 students are 
leaving home and friends to 
give a year of service to their 
church as Student Missiormries 
in 31 countries. 















or the 
^^^►^ I best 

^^^W '3^^' Jegree, go to 

1^^ Harvard. For an 

excellent medical edu- 
cation, go to Loma Linda. 
For computer science , go to 
Soutfiem Adi'entist University. 
If you would like some evi- 
dence to support that last claim, let's 
take a look at what has been happening at 
SAU over the last couple of years. The rest 
of the world has been watching, and they 
like what they see. 

When planners at the major interna- 
tional conferences on software technology 
are looking for tutorial speakers, they ask 

at Southern 
University; when 
the instructor of the 
■A-^iy uepartment's C++ pro- 

■ ^V gramming class can't find an 

acceptable text book, he writes 
his own and gets it published; when 
the editors of Object Magazine and 
Distributed Object Computing need a col- 
umnist, they turn to the Southern faculty; 
when AT&.T and IBM need improved 
software development techniques, they 
fund research at Southern; when NASA 
wants to hire someone to mentor eight 
teams in the design of the rewrite ot the 
ground control system for the Hubble Space 
Telescope, they hire a recent Southern 
graduate (see sidebar); when students want 
to take classes from a professor with more 
than a decade of experience working at 
Intel, they come to Southern; when Web 
Apps magazine wants new software products 
evaluated, they turn to Southern Adventist 

Southern's increasing reputation in 
computer science is due, in part, to the 
presence of the Software Technology Cen- 
ter (STC) on campus. Three years ago the 
STC was established as a research depart- 
ment of Southern. Centers for research are 

tor major 
Carnegie Mellon 
hosts the Software 
Engineering Institute, 
^ Georgia Tech hosts the 

#_^W^y Graphics, Visualization and 

^^ Usability Centet, and Loma 

Linda University maintams the 
Loma Lmda Cancer Research Center. 
The Software Technology Center is the 
first research center at Southern. As direc- 
tor 1 am committed to using all the facili- 
ties of the research center to help provide 
additional educational and job opportuni- 
ties for our students. 

The nature of a software research center 
is such that the faculty of the center 
become experts in a particular area of soft- 
ware technology, stay current with the 
latest development in software technology, 
and pioneer new techniques in their area 
of expertise. Thus, having the STC at 
SAU puts students in touch with a highly 
qualified faculty. The specific area of 
research addressed by the STC is object- 
oriented software development for large, 
complex software systems. 

Southern's research center is externally 
funded by corporations interested in the 
research results of the center. This means 
that the Software Technology Center has 
developed strategic alliances with several 
major employers such as AT&T, Lucent, 
NASA, NBC, Bell South, American Air- 
lines, Delta, Morgan Stanley, State Farm, 
and other influential corporations. 

The STC at SAU has an international 
reputation for excellence in object- 
oriented software development techniques. 
This reputation helps us find internships 
for students and high-paying, interesting 
jobs for our graduates. In addition, there 
are a number of on-campus work opportu- 
nities for qualified students who wish to 
work at the STC during the school year. In 

16 • Spring/Summer 1997 

some situations, academic credit can be 
given tor work experience at the STC. 

In order lo mte,t;rate the Software 
Technology Center more fully into the 
academic program, Southern Adventist 
University has formed a new School of 
Computing. This school brings together 
under one administration the academic 
computer science department and the 
Software Technology Center. Each depart- 
ment will maintain its separate identity, 
but the resulting synergy will allow South- 
ern to begin making realistic plans to offer 
a high quality master's degree that focuses 
on the strengths of the combined faculty. 
Our plans are for a master's program in 
modern software development techniques 
that will be as good as, or better than, can 
be found at any of the well-known, major 
universities. In fact, at very few other uni- 
versities can such a program can he found. 
This will place our computer graduates in 
very high demand. In addition, we will 
continuously update the undergraduate 
program. Changes have already been made 
for the 1997-98 Catalog, 

An advisory board for the new School 
of Computing has been formed. Members 
include representatives from IBM, Bell 
South, AT&T, and sister institutions. This 
board will help us update our existing pro- 
grams as well as create new programs in 
areas such as network management, web 
technologies, etc. 

It is our goal to create a School of Com- 
puting of which the alumni can be proud, 
that attracts students and provides them 
with a quality education, and that serves 
the mission of Southern. We are in a 
unique position to do all three. 

We are blessed with a talented faculty 
that has come to Southern for the specific 
purpose of providing the best possible com- 
prehensive Christian education. We not 
only have a passion for excellence in com- 
puter science, but we are committed to an 
educational process that instills values such 
as honesty, personal integrity, and caring 
for others. 

We interact with many off-campus 
computer scientists on a professional basis 
and our graduates work with them day-to- 
day. When we establish both professional 
and personal credibility with those around 
us, we are in a position to be a positive 
influence. k 

Student >vorks on HubbleTelescope 

by Jean-Robert DesAmours, a |unior hiswry ria|or, and others 

When the NASA-sponsored project to 
upgrade the ground control system for the 
Hubble Space Telescope needed a program- 
ming consultant, whom did they hire? 
Southern student Kharl Bocala, '96 and '97. 

"My job in\'olved using a new method of 
programming," says Kharl. "I used my expe- 
rience and expertise to advise the assigned 
teams. I knew a lot about the technology 
they were needing to do a better job." 

While a student, Kharl worked at the 
STC using object-ofiented techniques to 
assist AT&T with a software configuration 
program for a voice recognition system. 
This experience reinforced and expanded 
the skills and knowledge 
Kharl was exposed to m his 
programming classes. Follow- 
ing his on-campus work, the 
STC arranged an internship 
for Kharl with Lucent Tech- 
nologies, where he helped 
develop software for a next- 
generation cellular phone 
system. This combination of 
training in class, working 
with faculty, and interning 
with a high-tech company 
meant Kharl was much more 
qualified than most new 
gtaduates. In fact, Kharl's 
assignment at NASA was to 
mentor eight teams of expe- 
rienced programmers in the 
use of object-oriented technology, 

"Kharl was a key success factor in the 
delivery of release 1," says Ken Lehtonen, 
the vision 2000 project manager at NASA. 

Kharl was considered a top computer 
science student at Southern. "He was one of 
our best," says Merritt MacLafferty, interim 
chair of the Computer Science Department. 

"I always expected he'd do such things," 
says Richard Halterman, who taught Kharl. 

Kharl attributes his success to the oppor- 
tunities he's been given. "Familiariiing my- 
self with object-oriented programming and 
getting involved with the Software Tech- 
nology Center really helped me," says Kharl. 

In fact, Kharl's NASA job came as a 
result of the relationship the STC already 
had with NASA. "There is high demand for 

good computer science people," says Korson. 
"Industries like AT&T and NASA are calling 
us for help. Think of Kharl as a prototype of 
what Southern can do for any good student. 
Once a student, interested in object-ori- 
ented technology, proves him or herself 
capable and motivated in class and during 
on-campus work assignments, we are glad to 
use our contacts to get them summer intern- 
ships and, upon graduation, good jobs." 

The STC is currently in the process of 
lining up a number of summer internships. 
"We must be careful, however, as we ex- 
pand," cautiotis Korson. "We are building a 
reputation of excellence, and our contacts 

expect our interns and graduates to he top 
notch. We must make sure that our curricu- 
lum stays current and the experience we 
provide students on-campus is sufficient to 
meet those expectations." 

Kharl returned to Southern this semester 
to finish his BBA degree in accounting. A 
year ago he graduated cum laude with a 
major in computer science. NASA now has 
Southern graduate, Mark Rice, on staff and 
would love to see Kharl come back. "I'd like 
to finish what I started at Southern and go 
from there," says Kharl. "I have a love for 
both computers and accounting." 

He has another love. This summer he 
and Amy Scoggins, a nursing major, plan to 
marry. It's a good bet she'll have something 
to say about where they go from here. ^ 

Southern Update 

Speakers for the 1997 graduation week- 
end included: Ken Rogers, university 
chaplain, consecration service on Friday 
evening, May 2; Terrie Ruff, assistant pro- 
fessor of social work and family studies, 
Sabbath morning baccalaureate, and at his 
final official function as president. Dr. Don 
Sahly, Sunday commencement. 

SonRise, a walk-through resurrection 
pageant, was shared with over four thou- 
sand guests on March 29, a beautiful Sab- 
bath that dawned after tornadoes had 
skipped across Hamilton and Bradley coun- 
ties, causing serious damage in a number of 
areas within 10 miles but leaving the cam- 
pus untouched. Hundreds of Southern 
people — students, staff, and alumni — 
participated in the CoUegedale Church 
event depicting six closing scenes of 
Christ's life on earth. Ten groups began 
their walk between 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. 

In 1995-96 alone, the Counseling/Test- 
ing Center provided 1,473 appointments 
and 1 ,086 test administrations, including 
10 national exams (GMAT, ORE, LSAT, 
MCAT, etc.) and 14 types of institutional 
tests (ACT, Academic Profile, and others). 

A new master's degree in counseling is 
now offered by the School of Education 
and Psychology. It gives graduate students 
a choice of three emphases: educational 
applications, marriage and tamily therapy, 
or youth and church ministries. 

Celebration 200, Hamilton County's 
traveling Tennessee Bicentennial display, 
opened for a week at the Brock Hall art 
gallery. Another nod to the state's 200th 
birthday was the October visit of writer 
and state historian Wilma Dykeman to 
speak for student assembly. 

In place of some of its departments, 
Southern now has the following schools: 
School of Business, School of Computing, 
School of Education and Psychology, 
School of Music, School of Nursing, and 
School of Religion. The other 14 instruc- 
tional units retain their department no- 

Southern's official head count enroll- 
ment of 1,625 students for the 1996-97 
school year was the second highest enroll- 
ment in 14 years. Students came from 48 
states and 48 other countries. 

Singers to share with Finns and Russians 

The Southern Singers plan to leave for Finland and Russia on graduation day, May 4, to perform both in concert halls and 
churches. The 57-member group will be sharing their music and faith while experiencing 1 1 days of life in a different culture. One 
highlight of the tour will be their performance at the Seventh-day Adventist Seminary in Zaokski. south of Moscow. Besides 
presenting their own concert numbers, they will combine with the seminary's excellent choir to perform several numbers, Dr, 
Marvin Robertson, their director and dean of Southern's School of Music, knows of at least one person who joined the Adventist 
Church as a direct result of the 1990 Southern Singers tour to Russia. 

A new minor in aviation has been voted 
at Southern. The 18-hour curriculum to be 
offered by the Industrial Technology De- 
partment includes intensive ground train- 
ing on the campus and flight training 
originating at the nearby CoUegedale Air- 
port, in cooperation w-ith Aviation Special- 
ists, Inc. 

Gymnasts are not focused on brawn 
alone. The 56 Gym-Masters have begun 
each Monday rehearsal with at least a half 
hour of Bible study. At the first of the year, 
each team member was given a copy of the 
Bible with his or her name inscribed. "It 
has had a settling effect, a reduction of 
stress, and there's been a renewed look at 
each individual's spiritual life," says Steve 
Jaecks, team coach. "In my opinion, it has 
everything to do with gymnastics. Christ 
should be the most important factor in 
whatever v\'e do. We like to see Christ as 
the leader of the team. How can He be the 
leader if we're not trying to develop a rela- 
tionship with Him'" He reports that stu- 
dent response has been very good. 
Performances this year include several high 
schtiols. Southern Union academies, and a 
dozen NBA halftimes, as well as lead par- 
ticipation in a biennial gymnastics clinic 
tor academies. 

World Missions Weekend in mid-No- 
\ember brought to campus guest speakers 
Gary and Rae Patterson from Silver Spring, 
Md., and Bob Folkenberg, Jr., from China. 
The annual International Food Fair on 
Sunday raised funds to help send Student 
Missionaries to their posts of choice in 
various countries of the world. 

A total of 52 graduate students enrolled 
last summer in Southern's first master's 
program. To the master of science in edu- 
cation emphases of outdoor teacher educa- 
tion, inclusive education, and multiage/ 
multigrade teaching is being added a fourth 
choice: educational administration and 

During 1996 spring semester, 39 statistics 
students took a norming examination for a 
new ACT exam in statistics which is being 
developed to provide college credit by exam- 
ination. Results place Southern well into 
the top third of the 41 participating col- 
leges and universities. Ten of the Southern 
students scored in the 90th percentile. 

18 • Spring/Summer 1997 

Southern Update 

During spring break 14 students 
joined two of their teachers, Laura 
Nyirady and Shirley Spears, on a mis- 
sion trip to the Doiiunican RepuhUc to 
put into chnical pr;Klicc the principles 
taught in Frontier Nursing. They held 
six clinics, seeing 200 to 300 patients at 
each, teaching health principles, and 
giving Steps to Christ (in Spanish) to pa- 
tients as they left. 

Ten elementary and secondary educa- 
tion majors took the PRAXIS National 
Teacher Examinations in February and 
achieved a 100% passing rate tor every 
category. Education students from South- 
ern consistently have a passing rate be- 
tween 95% and 100%. 

An expanded English as a Second Lan- 
guage (ESL) program will begin in August. 
Students will have at least a TOEFL test 
score of 450 to enter on the intermediate 
level and 500 to enter on the advanced 
level. Joan dos Santos, assistant professor of 
English, directs the program. 

This summer two evangelism field 
schools are again being held for Southern's 
ministerial students; Atlanta, May 15 to 
June 22, and Tampa, May 29 to July 6. Dr. 
Ron Clouzet, and evangelists Ron Halvorsen, 
and John Fowler, '64, are working with the 

A new telephone system from Mitel has 
been installed. It incorporates a number of 
features that improve telephone service to, 
trom, and on the campus. 

The satellite seminar. Discoveries in 
Prophecy, was offered in both audio and 
text form to the global Internet community 
from the It Is Written web site. The site is 
currently hosted by Southern Adventist 

A televised program. Searching the 
Scriptures, has been produced this year 
by the Journalism and Communication 
Department tor the White Oak Mountain 
Broadcasting Association (WOMBA). 
The broadcast can be seen on Fridays at 
8 p.m. and again Sabbath at 8:30 a.m. on 
Channel 5 (CoUegedale) and Channel 26 
(Chattanooga). The format is a discussion 
of the weekly Sabbath School lesson, 
hosted by Dr. Ron du Preez of the School of 

from Wisconsin 
finally delivered 
after 47 years 

A postcard addressed to a student named Pearlie McGrew arrived in the mailroom at Southern on March 7, 
1997. But Pearlie wasn't here any more. The card arrived almost half a century late, with a green one-cent stamp 
and an Aug. 5, 1950, postmark from Kenosha, Wisconsin. Jim Ashlock, alumni and university relations director, 
vaguely remembered Pearlie from his student days and tracked her down in Anchorage, Kentucky, near 
Louisville. She had married Jim Lamb, a classmate, and after nearly 40 years as an elementary school teacher, she 
retired in 1993. 

"I thought It was the greatest thing," said Mrs. Lamb, now 64. after learning about her card. She believes the 
writer is Joyce Ryals, that Arm is her married name, and that Joyce was on her honeymoon when she mailed the 
card. She's hoping to correspond with Joyce again if she can be located. 

Students spread word with Magabooks 

Seventeen students from Southern Adventist University and nearby CoUegedale Academy have sold over 9,000 Magabooks 
door to door in the Chattanooga area this school year, earning scholarships of $ 1 ,500 to $4,000. Tool sales have exceeded 
$50,000. Besides a cookbook and several children's books, the students sell five adult message books which account for about 80 
percent of sales. During the school year students work in two- to four-hour shifts, either in the morning or evening. Herbie 
Montgomery, their leader who is employed by the Southern Union Home Health Education Service, reports that each week five 
to 10 people request Bible studies, and area churches are assisting in these contacts. 

Columns • 19 

Southern People 

Dr. Volker Henning, associate professor 
of journalism, has received his new title of 
address from the University ot Tennessee- 
Knoxville with the successful defense of his 
doctoral dissertation dealing with advertis- 
ing, the Ad Council, and its Religion in 
American Life campaign. 

Dr. Chris Hansen, '89, joined the Physics 
Department faculty in December as an 
assistant professor. His research interest is 
the study of light interacting with atoms 
and molecules. He earned his doctorate at 
Colorado State University in 1995. 

Students in the Long-Term Care Ad- 
ministration Club raised $721 by partici- 
pating in a Memory Walk last fall to 
benefit Alzheimer's research. 

Lisa Gano, assistant professor of busi- 
ness, has passed the Certified Management 
Accountant (CMA) exam. The 16-hour 
exam covers the topics of economics, fi- 
nance, financial accounting, management 
reporting, information systems, and deci- 
sion analysis. 

A surprise open house on October 26 
honoring Dr. Ray Hefferlin also inarked 
the establishment of the Ray Hefferlin 
Physics Scholarship Endowment. 
Southern's senior faculty member, he 
joined the faculty in 1955 and plans to 
continue his research in the area of mo- 
lecular structure. 

The Board of Trustees has granted Dr. 
Floyd Greenleaf the title "emeritus vice 
president for academic administration." 
Dr. Wayne VandeVere was granted the 
title "professor emeritus of business admin- 

Winner of the prestigious national 
Trailblazer in Philanthropy award in 1 996 
was Dr. Jack McClarty, Southern's vice 
president for development. Nominations 
from among development officers at all 
Adventist schools and hospitals are made 
every three years. 

Dale Walters, associate professor of 
industrial technology, has earned his Mas- 
ter Mechanic certificate in heavy duty 
truck repair, to complement his certifica- 
tion as Master Auto Technician, Master 
Collision Repair, and Master Engine Ma- 
chinist. Among 400,000 technicians, he is 
one of 134 who hold all four certificates. 

Dwight Magers is now the dean of 
men. He is completing his 19th year of 
residence hall work. In 1993 he came to 
Talge Hall from Walla Walla College to 
become associate dean of men. 

Randal Moore, '96, has served as an 
assistant dean of men for the current aca- 
demic year. 

Dr. George Babcock became vice presi- 
dent for academic administration in July. 
Prior to this appointment, he had chaired 
the Education and Psychology Department 
for five years. He has worked with a vari- 
ety of educational projects in the Middle 
East, and was overseas from 1970 to 1976 
as president of Pakistan Adventist Semi- 
nary in Lahore. 

Ruthie Kerr, a sophomore broadcast 
journalism major, won a $1,000 competi- 
tive scholarship from the Chattanooga 
Advertising Federation. 

Dr. Alberto dos Santos is the new chair 
ot the School ot Education and Psychol- 
ogy. He joined Southern's faculty in 1995, 
coming from a teaching position in Puerto 
Rico. Fluent in tour languages, he was horn 
in Angola and has traveled in 48 countries. 

Dr. Mark Peach, professor of history, is 
in Berlin, Germany, this year on a 
Fulbright grant. From among more than 
200 applicants, he was one ot three Ameri- 
can scholars to receive a research award to 
Germany. His study centers on the rela- 
tionship between German avant garde 
architecture and middle class social and 
cultural reform. 

Dr. Sheryl Gregory has joined the 
School ot Education and Psychology as an 
assistant professor. She most recently 
served as psychologist for a school district 
in New York. She completed a doctorate in 
educational and developmental psychology 
at Andrews University in 1992. 

Cindy Maier receives Preston Award 

Cindy Maier, second from left, a senior ai Southern Adventist University, received the Forrest L. Preston Award this 
year at the Long-term Care Administration Club's annual banquet. The award from Life Care Centers of America recognizes 
her outstanding achievements in Southern's long-term care administration program. 

The award, named for the founder and CEO of Life Care Centers of America, is presented annually to the most 
outstanding student in Southern's long-term care administration program. 

Five other students who recently received $3,000 scholarships from the Life Care Foundation for Education and 
Research were also recognized at the banquet. Joshua Johnson, Limecio Ow, Steven Veluscek, Blu Williams, and Michael 
Zeiss were presented plaques for their achievements. 

Pictured from left are John O'Brien, '84, president of Life Care, Maier; Tish Erdmann, VP of marketing and professional 
development for Life Care; and John Wagner, president of the Life Care Foundation for Education and Research, which was 
established in 1994 as a separate nonprofit corporation. Life Care operates 203 nursing centers in 28 states. 

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Southern People 

Diana Fish, ;KLOunt exccLituc tor 
WSMC, was recognized hy the Chatta- 
nooga Chamher of Commerce as "Rookie 
of the Year" in the 1996-97 Chamber 
Games campaign to recruit members antl 
donated goods and services. She Mirpassed 
WSMC's goal by 400 percent. 

Shirley Spears, associate professor ot 
iiursing, has passed the national certifica- 
tion exam for Adult Nurse Practitioner. 
She is now approved by the Tennessee 
State Board of Nursing to both diagnose 
and prescribe. Mrs. Spears' curriculum was 
completed through the University ot Ala- 
bama, and her clinical preceptor was Dr. 
David Winters, university physician. 

William Vargas is the new manager of 
The College Press. Coming from Knox- 
ville, he took up his new duties the first of 

Allen Olsen is the newly appointed 
director of risk insurance and loss control 
for the university. 

Don Tucker has come to Southern as 
student finance director. He left a similar 
position at Columbia Union College. 

Ken Norton is now directing Southern's 
campus-wide student retention program, 
with a goal ot facilitating student success 
and increasing their overall satisfaction 
with the university. 

Vinita Sauder has been appointed as 
associate vice president for academic ad- 
ministration. She will remain director of 
institutional research and plans to con- 
tinue teaching a marketing class in the 
School of Business. 

Dr. David Ekkens presented a paper at 
the annual meeting of the Tennessee Ento- 
mological Society. It concerned his re- 
search on the insects living in nests of 
Glaucous-winged Gulls on Protection 
Island, Washington. Last fall at the Bibli- 
cal Research Institute Science Council he 
presented a book review of Darwin's Black 
Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution. 

Ingrid Skantz, publications associate, 
was chosen as Volunteer of the Year at 
Children's Home-Chambliss Shelter in 
Chattanooga. She has volunteered there 
on Monday evenings for four years, caring 
for young children in emergency situations. 

Ne'w SA officers 

These student leaders were chosen as Student Association officers for the 1997-98 school year. Left to right, kneeling, 
Zach Gray, graphic design major, will be social vice president. Luke Miller, graphic design sophomore, will edit the Joker, the 
student directory. Standing, the Southern Accent editor's chair will be filled by Duane Gang, history and print |Ournalism 
sophomore. Strawberry Festival director will be David George, broadcast journafem major. Executive vice president will be 
Jennifer Pester, |unior psychology major. As a junior public relations major Ken Wetmore will serve as Student Association 
president. Eric Korzyniowski, a business management junior, will edit the Southern Memories, the yearbook. Additional 
appointments include: Crystal Sack, secretary; Abe Sendros, finance director; Jean-Robert DesAmours, parliamentarian; Kim 
Marshall, public relations and Cholter editor. 

their nineties 

Student couple 
attends Southern 

Fred and Frances Beal are not traditional 
students. But at 9 1 and 92 years of age they are 
perennial students, thanks to the Elderhostel 

This spring's Elderhostel program offerings at 
Southern— on topics of the pipe organ, the Civil 
War, and 2 1 st century classroom technology- 
enticed the couple to drive 618 miles from their 
Florida home to attend. The drive was no big deal 
for Frances, who has traversed Canada from coast 
to coast, and at age 82 drove her camper to Alaska 
by herself. Elderhostel (1-800-853-3533) is an 
international network of campuses and other sites 
offering week-long classes for people in their 60s or older— or a companion or spouse of someone who is. 

"Elderhostels are my big addiction," Frances says. "I don't drink or smoke or swear, but I attend Elderhostels!" After 
attending 40 of them, she stopped counting, she says. It's no wonder they have a special place in her life, for it was at a 
Canadian Elderhostel at Emma Lake in northern Saskatchewan that she and Fred first met in 1984. Retired after 46 years with 
the Canadian National Railway, he wooed her by lener, and they met again on registration day at another Elderhostel in the 
South. They now winter in Sabastian, Fla., but were on their way to Fanklin. N.C., when they stopped off at Collegedale. 
Adventure is their way of life. For Fred's 84th birthday, the couple was at Resolute Bay, 900 miles from the North Pole, with a 
group of scientists watching the sun on the last day before its seasonal dip below the horizon. 

"I change careers every five years," says Frances. Her current passion is making jewelry. Back in time she studied in France, 
was one of the first WACs, taught in New York City, was a research scientist at Oak Ridge, played the organ, and worked on 
whooping cough vaccine development. 

Columns • 21 

Those Who Walked These Halls 

Compiled by Amber Herren 


Carl Jacobs. '27, passed away less than a month 
after his wife, Ruth, '29. She was 88, and he was 
87. Both funerals were in CoUegedale. After 20 
years of retirement in CoUegedale, they had moved 
to WilUamsport, Md., to live with their son Frank, 
and his wife, Anita. Another son is Lloyd, of 
Cicero, Ind. Three of their grandchildren are 
graduates of Southern. 

William Keith, attended, passed away Sept. 10. 
1996, at the age of 88. He was a retired minister 
and lived in Cleveland, Tenn. 

Jean (Wingate) Schill, '25, taught in church 
schools for 10 years and in public schools for 22 
years. After attending Southern, she graduated 
from Washington Missionary College in 1936. She 
is retired in Hendersonville, N.C. 

Rozelle (Morton) Smith, '26 academy, at- 
tended '28, earned a BBA from the University of 
Miami at the age of 44, then a BS in pharmacy 
from Mercer at the age of 5 1 . Now she is 88 and 
enjoying retirement in Longwood, Fla. She and 
her husband, Cleo, both play the saxophone and 
regularly give musical programs for patients at the 
nearby Florida Living Nursing Center. 


Doris (Davis) Albock, '38, was secretary for 
several conference presidents, an AUC president, 
and at Faith For Today. She lives in Meridian, Miss. 

Gladys N. Kenny, attended, lives m Candler, 
N.C. She is a nurse and has three children, eight 
grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. 

Sue (Bruce) Waller, '38, is living in Candler, 
N.C. A registered dietitian, .she has seven children. 

Woodrow, '38, and Naomi (Dalrymple) Wil- 
son, attended, live in McDonald, Tenn. Their 
daughter, Carolyn Achata, teaches nutsing at 
Southern. Carolyn's daughter, Wendi, has been a 
Student Missionary in Korea this year. Their son, 
Ken Wilson, is the director of the drug-alcohol 
division of University Hospital in Augusta, Ga. 




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Bernard C. Byrd, DDS, attended, retired last 
spring after more than 30 years on the faculty at 

Loma Linda University School of Dentistry. A 
$75,000 campaign is in place to name the oral 
surgery clinic at LLU in his honor. Prior to 1959 
he had a private practice in Decatur, Ga. He and 
his w-ife, Mary Ellen (Garden), '52, live in Grand 
Terrace, Calif, and have two children and five 

(Swafford) Drusky. 
attended, and her 
husband, Roy, 
attended, have lived 
in Portland, Tenn., 
for 24 years. Their 
sons, "Twig," at- 
tended, "Tad," and 
"Tip" are grown and 
two are married. 
This year grandsons Tristan and Tanner lived 
with their parents, Tip and Tina, as the fifth 
generation in CoUegedale. They are in grades 2 
and 4, "going for their master's at Southern" writes 
Bobbye. Tip w-as a College Press employee, but the 
family is in the ptocess of moving to Pensacola, 
Fla. Bobbye's grandfather, John Martin Swafford, 
was called from South Carolina to help start the 
farm program in CoUegedale when the school was 
moved from Graysville. Bobbye's father, Duffie 
Swafford, and his sister, Lilly, were in school at 
Graysville and helped with the 1916 move. Duffie 
lived in a tent summer and winter for two years, 
while the original girls' dormitory was being built. 
Bobbye attended church school, academy, and a 
year of college. "CoUegedale is a very special spot 
on this earth to me," she says. 

Otis Graves, '47, worked for 20 years as a pastor 
and in youth ministries. He also wotked in educa- 
tion tor fi\e vcars. He has retired in ."Kpopka, Fla. 

O. R. Henderson, '47, lives in Avon Park, Fla. 
He pastored in three conferences over a span of 36 
years. He and his wife, Mary (Riley), have one son. 

Elaine (Jensen) Hickman, '46, lives in Tustin, 
Calif. She has been working at Merv7n's depart- 
ment store for 10 years. She and her husband have 
a daughter and two sons, all married; a grandson, 
and four granddaughters. 

Ralph Howard, attended, is an optometrist in 
Hendersonville, N.C. He has one son. 

Mildred (Berggren) Kreger, '47, lives in Avon 
Park, Fla. She taught church .school for 35 years in 
the U.S. and overseas. She married three years ago 
after retirement. 

Joseph, '48, and Helen (Jones) Soule, at- 
tended, live in Altamonte Springs, Fla. They 
worked 18 years in the Southern .Asia Division, 
and he pastored 15 years in the Southern Union. 
Helen retired from employment at Florida Hospi- 
tal in 1989, but still works part time at Florida 
Living Retirement Center in Apopka. 

Phil Young, '49, is retired in Arkansas. He 
pastored in the Carolina, Kentucky-Tennessee, 
and Minnesota conferences. 


Dr. Jimmie L. Beasley, attended, lives in 
Covington. Tenn. She has a local practice in 
pediatrics and neonatology. 

Dorthy (McClellan) Benson, '55, lives in 
Fletcher, N.C, with het husband, Ed. They have 
two sons, two daughtets, and six gtandchildren. 
She got her CRNA (anesthesia) certification at 
Madison in 1964. 

Dr. Robert E. Bowers, '57, was chosen by the 
Chattanooga Trial Lawyers Association to receive 
its annual George Shelton Award. The selection 
was based on "his outstanding and unselfish con- 
tribution to the public and Chattanooga-Hamilton 
County medical community." Dr. Bowers' specialty 
is otolamgology, with the Chattanooga Ear, Nose 
and Throat Association. He is the immediate past 
president of the Tennessee Medical Association. 

Drs. Billy, attended, and Helen C. Burks, live 
in Madison, Tenn. Helen was on Southern's Board 
of Trustees for 15 years. Billy is a dentist with 
musical talent and Helen, a pediattician. Son 
Jimmy, attended, is a dentist. Another son, Joey, 
attended, is in the Marshall Islands to teach Bible 
and English. Son Jon, '96, gave two years as a 
Student Missionary. Daughter Susie, attended, is 
married to accountant Burt Snider, '91, and is a 
dental hygenist. 

Elaine (Higdon) Grove, '52, has taught English 
at Highland View, Forest Lake, Bass Memorial, 
Mount Pisgah, and Mount Vernon academies. She 
has done proofreading for the Review and taught 
in public school for 13 years. She has three chil- 
dren and four grandchildren. 

William E. Jones, '52, was the recipient in 
October of the National Safety Council's Distin- 
guished Service to Safety Award. For the past 21 
years, he has worked in the Lake Union Confet- 
ence oftice in the areas of community service and 
loss control. His volunteet work includes serving 
as treasurer of the Blossomland Safety Council and 
board member of the National Safety Council. 
The award was presented at the council's annual 

Donald E. Kenyon, '52, was a pastot and de- 
partmental director for 42 years. He retired from 
the Carolina Conference in 1994 and now lives in 
Ooltewah, Tenn. 

Gerald Kenyon, '54, retited from Carolina 
Conference Trust Services in June 1995. He and 

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Those Who Walked These Halls 

lii'i wife have completed constructum nn a new 
home in Riithi'rf<irilr(in, N.C. 

Michael Pctricko, attended, is retired after 
wiirking '0 years as a pastor and hospital chaplain. 
I k- heyan in ministry m Texas Conference anil 
spent 12 years in the Southwestern Union. He 
spent the last 17 years in the Oregon Conference, 
u'herc he now lives. 

Elmon Harold Roy, '53, is listed in the 1997 
.Miirijuis \V hi) .s \\"/u) in America. Since retiring; in 
1991 he has heen writing. Two of his hooks have 
recently heen released: Tu'cnty-Scivn Point.';, jus! 
What Do You Belive in Your Cfiurch.' and (n Re- 
membrance of Me. 

Marilyn (Biggs) Sykes, 'S9, is retired and 
winters m California with her three married 
children. Her home hase is Pearcy, Ark. She 
travels to Alaska in the summer and cooks for an 
Adventist commercial fishing crew m the Bristol 
Bay area. She also helps sometimes with Mission 
Church Builders and Maranatha projects. In her 
spare time she does ceramics on consignment. 

Clarence Twombly, attended, lives in Takoma 
Park, Md. He does general maintenance for the 
General Conference Plant Service. 

Ray Woolsey, '51, of Boonsboro, Md., retired 
in 1995 as editorial vice president at the Review 
and Herald Puhlishing Association. 

Ralph C, '56, and Dorothy Workman, '56, 
live in Hendersonville, N.C. Ralph is chaplain at 
the Park Ridge Living Center, plays trumpet in 
the Fletcher Brass Group, and is active in two 
camera clubs. He and Dorothy, an elementary 
school teacher, have three children. Ralph retired 
as a U.S. Army chaplain (LTC) in 1980, served as 
Fletcher Hospital chaplain until 1985, then as an 
associate pastor of the Fletcher Church until 1991. 
They returned to Germany to direct the Frankfurt 
Servicemen's Center until 1994. 


Dave Brown, attended, lives in Hendersonville, 
N.C, and owns a video duplication company. He 
has a daughter and two granddaughters. 

Dr. Amy (Turner) Bushnell, '60, joined the 
faculty of the College of Charleston this fall as an 
associate professor of history. Her newest book is 
Situado and Sabana: Spam's Support System /or the 
Presidio and Mission Provinces of Florida. She and 
her husband, Jack P. Greene, were invited to 
spend a summer in Christchurch, New Zealand, 
where he is to he a visiting professor. 

Karen Faye Campbell, '67, is single and enjoys 
having the freedom to enjoy extensive travel. She 

finds her work as nurse for the largest blanket 
factory (Beacon) in the U.S. challenging and 
fulfilling. She loves company at her home in 

Weaver\allc, N.C. 

Frances Irene Carroll, '66, retired from Purvis 
Elementary School four years ago. She and her 
husband, Orman, closed their jewely store in 
Purvis, Miss., and now work with their daughter, 
Casey, and husband. Marc McNeer, in their jew- 
elry store in Laurel, Miss. Orman retired from 
canvassing, and now has Parkinson's. Frances is 
homeschooling their granddaughter, Lacey. 

Richard E., '61, and Elaine (Keslake) Green, 
attended, live in Silver Spring, Md. Richard is 
controller for Adventist World Radio. Elaine is an 
administrative assistant in the General Confer- 
ence treasury office. 

Grant Gunter, '60, passed away Feb. 24, 1995. 
His wife, Kathleen (Stewart), attended, lives in 
Houston, Texas. They were an evangelistic team 
for 1 5 years, part of that time with the Detamore 
Team. They served in conferences of the Southern 
Union as well as in the Chesapeake Conference, 
Texas, and Canada. Grant's last pastorate was the 
Houston Central Church. 

Don, '67, and Gwen (Young) Piatt, '66, reside 
in Silver Spring, Md. As vice president tor 
Adventist Risk Management, Don manages health 
and employee benefit plans for the Seventh-day 
Adventist Church. Gwen just completed a degree 
in organizational management at Columbia Union 

Ed, '67, and Kathy Reid, attended, live in 
Fulton, Md. Ed is stewardship director for the North 
American Division of the Adventist Church. They 
have two children, Andrew and Melissa. 

Dr. Sue Ann Servoss, '6.5, died in New Orleans 
on August 11, 1996. Following her residency at 
Loma Linda University, she worked for various 
health departments and also had her own general 
medical practice. Survivors include her daughter, 
Stephanie Servoss, '91, and son, Shawn Servoss, 
'94, as well as her parents, Paul, '38, and Dr. Ruth 
(Beck) Boynton, '38 and '53. 

Edwin M., '64, and Judy (Silverstein) Shafer, 

attended, live in Apison, Tenn. He is a managing 
partner of First Counsel Inc., one of the largest 
full-service fund raising consulting firms in the 
U.S. The Shafers have three children: Michael, 
25, who graduated a year ago from the University 
of Nebraska; Russell, 22, who finished in May; and 
Heather, a sophomore nursing/premed student at 
Union College. 

Barbara (Hoar) Tand, '64, lives m Virginia 
Beach, Va., with her husband, David, a retired Air 
Force brigadier general, and their four Siberian 
huskies. She is a systems analyst and recipient 
team leader for the Alaska Medicaid Project for 

First Health Services. She has a daily two-hour 
commute each way to Richmond. Her parents 
taught at Collegedale Academy in the '50s. Her 
father, Paul, is 89. 

Ron M. 'Vincent, '68, teaches the seventh and 
eighth grades at the Douglasville Adventist Edu- 
cation Center in Georgia. He enjoys fishing and 

Vernon P. Wagner, attended, was drafted into 
the U.S. Air Force in 1965. He served as an aero- 
space medicine specialist until his retirement in 
1994. His military duties took him to 46 countries 
on five continents. As a flight surgeon with com- 
bat forces, his flying included piloting supersonic 
aircraft which gave him membership in the "Mach 
2 Club." He logged 147 Search iSt Rescue/Medical 
Evacuation sorties over the jungles of Southeast 
Asia. Dr. Wagner is now an OB-GYN specialist in 
Huntington Beach, Calif. His wife, Kyoko, is a 
nurse and teacher whom he met in Tokyo. 


Jocelyn (Styron) Abernathy, '76, lives in 
Orlando, Fla. She has a computer consulting 
business. Her husband, George, works for Florida 
Power Corporation. Their children are Amy, 16, 
Jared, 12, Emily, 7, and Richard Byron, 3. 

Bill Arnold, '77, is principal of Greater Boston 
Academy. In 1994-95 enrollment had dropped to 
40 students and the school was in jeopardy. He 
credits prayer and the Holy Spirit for success in 
recruitment efforts that resulted in enrollment of 
68 students the next fall, several of them boarding 
with church families. Eighty students are enrolled 
this year. He and his wife, Pam (Tucker), have 
two sons, Wesley, 7, and Parker, 5. 

Rick, '79, and Janet (Davies) Blondo, '78, live 
in Elkridge, Md. Rick continues his career as an 
archivist at the National Archives at College 
Park, Md. Janet is a social worker at Washington 
Adventist Hospital. Rick and Janet enjoy raising 
their three children, Jennifer, 1 1 , Thomas, 7, and 
Steven, 4. 

Don, attended, and Sharla (Closser) Bogar, 
'74, live in Oklahoma City. Don is attending the 
University of Oklahoma to obtain his doctor of 
pharmacy degree. He also works part time as a 
staff pharmacist for Presbyterian Hospital. Sharla 
works at Deaconess Hospital doing medical 
records and radiology transcription. 

Fred, '71, and Kathy Brannan, '71, live in 
Candler, N.C. He teaches fifth and sixth grade at 
Mount Pisgah Church School. She is the adminis- 
tration secretary and marketing director at Mount 
Pisgah Academy. 

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Those Who Walked These Halls 

Robert Brock, '77, lives m Martinshurg, W.V'., 
has tour children and is the senior administrator at 
ADRA. He has his CPA and MBA. He spent 
three years in Africa and fi\e in Hony Kong. 

Dan, '78, and Debbie (Gentry) Burtnett, 
attended, have relocated to Chicago where Dan is 
director of patient accounts for Hinsdale Health 
Systems. Debbie is a homemaker. Their children 
are Ryan, 14, and Ashleigh, 10. Their address is: 
12 Gallery Court, Bolingbrook, IL 60440. 

Jan Carlson, '76, and her husband, Gary, live 
in Punta Gorda, Fla., with their two children, 
Kirsten and Andy. Jan is a home health RN, and 
Gary works as a regional finance officer for Sunhelt 
Home Health. 

Ron Clark, '77, is a literature evangelist dis- 
trict director for Indiana. He and his wife, Teresa, 
have two children, Aaron and Rachel, both at 
Indiana Academy. 

James, attended, and Judith (Csborne) 
Crabtree, '71, live in Sacramento, Calif Judith is 
an OB-GW nurse practitioner with her own 
private practice. James is in youth ministry at 
Sacramento Central Church. 

Tim Crosby, '77, lives in Hagerstown, Md. 
Since November 1994 he has been book acquisi- 
tions editor at the Review and Herald Publishing 

E. Bryant Davidson, '78, changed jobs a year 
ago. He now works tor Braden Manufacturing in 
Owasso, Okla., doing structural design on exhaust 
stacks for natural gas power generating plants. 

Debra (Humphries) Duran, '78, and her 
husband, Paul, have four children; Andy, 17, 
LeAna, 15, Matthew, 12, and Patrick, 5. Debra 
works part time as a parish nurse and pastoral 
minister to the sick, elderly, and bereaved. Paul 
works as a systems analyst with Barnett Technolo- 
gies. They would love to hear from friends and 
classmates: 256 Clover Ct., Fruit Cove, FL .32259. 

Carol Lynell (Simmons) Francis, '71, lives in 
Wilmington, N.C. She teaches kindergarten at 
the Adventist church school and is a distributor 
for nutritional supplements. 

Loretta (McGainey) Gaither, '77, earned a 
master of science degree in nurse anesthesia. She 
works at Beaufort Memorial Hospital in South 
Carolina as a nurse anesthetist. Her husband, 
Michael, is a physician of internal medicine. 

Jerrell, '72, and Evelin (Harper) Gilkeson, 
'72, live in Riverside, Calif Evelin teaches at La 
Sierra University in the department of modern 
languages. Jerrell is principal of Escondido Acad- 
emy. Their daughter Melodis attends La Sierra 
University, and daughter Julie is a current physics 
major at Southern. 

Ray, '78, and Jeanne (Zacharias) Hartwell, 
'78, are in the Pennsylvania Conterence. Ray is 
ministerial director and conterence secretary. 
Jeanne is part-time ministerial assistant and family 
lite coordinator. They have two children. Josh, 10, 
and ,Abby, 6. 

Judy R. Holbrook, attended, is an administra- 
tive secretary for the Ellen G. White Estate. Her 
husband is an ordained minister. The Holbrooks 
have served as missionaries to the countries of 
Peru, Ecuador, and Brazil. They have three sons, 
Rob, 24, Hans, 20, and Rolf, 18. The family has a 
home in Columbia, Md. 

Don J. Jehle, '78, 
serves as pastor ot the 
New England Memorial 
Adventist Church in 
Stoneham, Mass. His 
home IS in Melrose, 
Mass. He says that 
friends may send him 
e-mail at 

Rebecca (Mill) Lawrence, attended, lives in 
Dighton, Kan. She and her husband, John, are 
parents of Tony, 15, Marianne, 6, and Michelle, 4. 
John is a paramedic and assistant director of Lane 
County EMS. Rebecca works part time fot Lane 
County Hospital as a certified medication aide 
and EMT. 

Danette (Saint-V'illiers) Livadney, attended, 
and her husband, Duane, have been married tor 12 
years. Danette homeschools their daughters, Elise, 
10, and Chelsea, 7. Duane and Danette arc enjoy- 
ing new lite in Jesus Christ. 

Bonnie (Ronning) Loncy, '75, completed a 
master's degree in music (organ performance) at 
Arizona State University in December of 1995. 
She teaches keyboard at Thunderbird Adventist 
Academy. Her husband, Ed, '74. is self-employed. 
They have two children, Mark, attending, and 
Megan, entering third grade, 

Ben, '71, and Mary (Holmes) Maxson, '70, 
live in Columbia, Md. Mary is an editorial secre- 
tary for the Adventist Review. Ben is director of the 
stewardship department for the General Confer- 
ence. They have two children, Laura, 21, and 
Benjie, 17. 

Holly (Lacey) Morse, '79, is a stay-at-home 
mom tor children Ryan, 4, and Christy, 2. Her 
husband, Steve, is an over-the-road truck driver. 
Their home near Cleveland. Tenn., has a beauti- 
ful rural view. 

Karen (Lan:) Milliken, '75, is married to Jerry 
Milliken, an optician. Their daughtet, Lynette, is 
6 years old. Karen is a Mary Kay consultant. 

Dr. Penny J. Nielson, '71, recently presented a 
paper on thematic language activities at the first 

combined regional conference of the International 
Reading .Association held in Nashville, Tenn. She 
lives in Weaver, Ala. 

Earnest, attended, and Karen (Felts) Richards, 
attended, live in Houston, Texas. Earnest is em- 
ployed by Parsons Process Group, Inc., Houston 
Operations, as a control systems engineer. Karen is 
a neonatal ICU nurse at Women's Hospital of 
Texas. Their children are Chris, 22, and Cassie, 13. 

William, '77, and Velda (Bentjen) Ruby, '72, 
live m Takoma Park, Md. He is the principal of 
the Sligo Adventist School. She teaches third 
grade at J. N. .Andrews. Their children. Heather 
and Chad, are sophomores at Takoma Academy. 

Warren Ruf, '74. received his doctor of minis- 
trv degree at Andrews University in August. His 
Jissertation dealt with "the belonging principle" 
in church membership. He pastors in Athens, Ga. 

Michael Schult:, '76, lives in Kelseyville, Calif. 
He IS executive director of Redbud Community 
Hospital, an .Adventist Health facility in 
Clearlake, Calif From 1994-95 he was CEO of 
Sierra Sunrise Medical Gmup in Corona, Calif 

Marlene (Pumphrey) Spady, '75, earned her 
BSN degree in 1977 at Loma Lmda, then her DDS 
at Baylor College of Dentistry in 1988. Her hus- 
band, David, practices gastrointerology at the 
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Cen- 
ter. Daughter Lauren was born in 1989, sons Ryan 
in 1991, Jordan in 1992, and Luke in 1994. She 
practices motherhood all but a day and half a 
week when she works as an associate in a large 
orthodontic practice. 

Kathie (Blanton) Sullivan, '70, and her hus- 
band, Timothy, have three children, Jackie, 13, 
Katie, 10, and John, 8. Timothy works in law- 
enforcement. .After nearly 25 years working in the 
operating toom, Kathie is now a homemaker. She 
welcomes mail from classmates: 1 1 17 Fuqua Dr., 
Ft. Collins, CO 80521. 

Don, '71, and Charlotte (McKee) Taylor, '67, 
live in Portland, Tenn. Don has finished a master 
ot science degree in anesthesia and is a CRNA at 
Sumner Regional Medical Center in Gallatin. 
Charlotte is secretary and receptionist at Wilks 
Publications. Their son, Rob, '93, is a senior at 
Loma Linda University School of Medicine. Their 
daughter, Renee, attended, is completing her BS 
degree in elementary education at La Sierra Uni- 
versity and is married to Donald Moore, '93. 

Carol E. (Johnson) Tol, '70, is working in 
home health nursing as a clinical manager. Her 
husband. Bill, '69, is an investment counselor for 
Dean Witter Reynolds. They live in Eureka, Calif. 
Son Daryl, and his wife, Stacey, are Student 
Missionaties in the Marshall Islands. Daughter 
Darla has graduated from PUC and got married 
December 15. 

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Those Who NfValked These Halls 

Gary, 77, ami Malia Tolbert, artcmleJ, live in 
Yakima, Wash. He is senior pastor of the Yakima 
Advemist Church. She works as an RN. They 
have two sons. Matthew, attenJinj^ Southern, ami 
David, who is in 9th tjraJe. They lox'e the North- 
west Init will always teel close to Southern. 

Lee E. Townsend, 72, lives in Baton Rouge, 
L.i. He owns a construction company, a rental 
company, and a Mexican restaurant. 

Jan (Schuhert) Weher, attended, and her 
luishand, Fred, live in Silver Spring, Md. Jan is an 
assistant specialist and secretary for Adventist 
Risk Management. The Webers have two daugh- 
ters, Laura and Jenny. 

Lorna Rae (Dever) WiLson, 78, lives in Co- 
lumbus, N.C. She works at Ridge Rest, an eight- 
resident rest home owned by Ron, attended, and 
Linda (Voss) Herman, '69. Her daughter, 
\\ anangwa, is in titth grade. 

Byron, 78, and Denise (Griffith) Voorheis, 
78, live in High Springs, Fla. Byron is the camp 
director for Camp Kulaqua. Denise is a flight nurse 
on Florida Flight I. 

Ron Whitehead, 79, is associate youth director 
tor the North American Division. He is also 
e.xecutive director for the Center for Youth Evan- 
gelism at .Andrews University, and he will be 
executive director for the 1999 NAD International 
Pathfinder Camporee 
m Oshkosh, Wis. He 
is starting on a PhD in 
administration leader- 
ship. He and his wife, 
Betty (Becker), 78, 
have three children, 
Stacy, 13, Heidi, 13, 
and Ryan, 12. 


Thomas E. Baez, '80, lives in Oceanside, Calif. 
He IS an active duty chaplain in the Navy. He has 
two daughters, Christina, 10, and Steffenie, 8. 

Brent Barrow, '86, is a physician with Diagnostic 
Imaging Consultants, Inc., at Memorial Hospital 
in Chattanooga following a fellowship in vascular 
interventional radiology at Emory University. He 
has specialized training in the TIPS procedure 
which reroutes blood buildup caused by cirrhosis. 

Mark Bresee, '81, has his doctor of ministry 
degree from Andrews University. He pastors the 
Hamilton Community Church in Chattanooga. His 
dissertation evaluated ministry to the unchurched. 

Lisa Bynam, '84, is married to Philip Strok. 
Lisa earned a degree from Southwestern University 

and is a medical malpractice attorney in Newport 
Beach, Calif. Philip is a bankruptcy attorney. 

Gerald Colvin, faculty '72-'82, and '84-'89, is 
assistant dean for graduate studies at Ashland 
University in Ohio. He is on both the Ohio and 
Columbia Union boards of education and is asso- 
ciate editor ot the Amcricun Secondary Education 
lournal. His e-mail address is: 

Richard Costello, attended, and his wife, 
Limlora. Ine in Marietta, Ga. He is a nurse execu- 
tive recruiter with Lowderman &. Haney and toruni 
moderator for the American Journal of Nursing 
World Wide Web network. The Costellos have 
ihree children, Reuben, 14, Ryan, 11, and Rachel, 8. 

Randy Cox, '82, lives in Hendersonville, N.C, 
and teaches seventh grade ar Captain Gilmer School. 

Kent, 'Hi, 
■inJ Susan 
attended, have 
a home in 
Jonesboro, Ga. 
On June 6, 

their daughter, Rachel Susann, joined her hig 
brother, Joshua, in the family. 

Howie, attended, and Stacy (McQuistan) 
Dortch, '82, live in Asheville, N.C. She taught 
school for six years in Augusta, Ga., Boston, 
Mass., and Asheville, N.C, and enjoys gardening 
and homcschooling their three children, Howard 
"Lewis" IV, 8, Loftin, 6, and Gloria, 3. Howie has 
a private practice in hand rehabilitation. 

Claire Estes, '80, died ot cancer July 9, 1996, m 
Collegedale. She had been a substance abuse and 
mental health counselor and social worker at Cadas, 
Greenleat Center, and Bradley Memorial Hospi- 
tal. She was originally from Edmonton, Alberta, 
and a veteran of the Royal Canadian Navy. Survi- 
vors include her husband, James, Sr., a daughter 
and son, three stepsons, and a stepdaughter, as 
well as two brothers and eight grandchildren. 

Zell and Heide (Gustafson) Ford, both '86, 
live in Hagerstown, Md. Heide is assistant editor 
tor Women of Spirit at the Review and Herald 
Publishing Association. Zell pastors the Catoctin 
View Adventist Church. 

Shirlee (Kline) Godsey, '82, resides in 
Smithsburg, Md. She got married in 1993, and she 
and her husband built a new home near Shirlee's 
childhood home. Shirlee teaches grades 3 to 5 at 
Frederick Adventist School. 

David and Judy (Boies) Hartman, both '82, 
live m Pace, Fla. He pastors the Pensacola Adven- 
tist Church, and she teaches grades 3 to 5 at the 
church school. They have two children, Matthew, 
8, and Beth, 5. 

Timothy Jennings, '83, became board certified 
in psychialry in Januar\' 1996 and was promoted to 
army major in June. He lives in Hinesville, Ga. He is 
chief of the department ot psychiatry at Winn Army 
C'ommunity Hospital at Fort Stewart. He was the 
hospital's delegate to the Organized Medical Staff 
Section of the American Medical Association. 

Jared Johnson, '85, is married and has a son. 
He IS a computer systems administrator for the 
IRS, and president of Third Angels Records, a 
gospel recording label. 

Bonnie (Smith) Kotula, attended, works in 
accounts payable at PorterCare Hospital, 
Littleton, Colo. She and her husband, Armand, 
have a daughter, Marina Agnes, bom October 1994- 

Kay Klein, '86, has taught third grade on the 
Fort Stewart Army Base near Savannah, Ga., for 
about 10 years. 

Tim Lale, '86, and his wife, Linda, have three 
daughters. Tim is assistant editor at Insight. His 
wife is a CPA but looking for a new career. They 
live in Hagerstown, Md. 

Scott and Linda (Kuhn) Learned, both '86, 
live in Maple Plain, Minn., near Minneapolis. 
They have had their own cabinet business for six 
years. They love being near family. Their children 
are Brandon, 6, Brenr, 4, and Brittany, 2. Linda 
homeschools Brandon and spends the rest ot her 
tune "just trying to hold everything together." 

Don, '89, and April (Thayer) MacLafferty, 
'88, are proud to announce the birth of their 
daughter, Julie Mane, on June 12, joining her 
brother, Jason, 3. Don pastors the Holland 
Adventist Church in Michigan. 

Douglas Malin, '85, married Kellie Bledsoe in 

November. He directs operations tor Sub-acute 
and Transitional Care Services with Life Care 
Centers of America, and Kellie is a health-care 
representative with Pfizer, Inc. 

David Marx, '80, went to Oral Roberts Univer- 
sity School of Medicine, and now lives in 
Hagerstown, Md., with his wife, Deborah, and two 
children, Jonathan, 6, and Catherine, 3. They are 
active in the Damascus Adventist Church. He 
practices emergency medicine in Chambersburg, 
Pa. He'd love to hear from old friends: 

DeDe Heinlein-Mayden, attended, is a de- 
signer for Review and Herald Publishing Associa- 
tion. She lives in Hagerstown. 

William McKnight, '87, is director of data 
management at Visa International in San Mateo, 
Calif. He completed his MBA at Santa Clara 
University, where he teaches database courses part 
time in the graduate program. He and his wife of 
tour years, Lourdes, were expecting their first child 
this past tall. 

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Those Who Walked These Halls 

Karen (Peck) Peckham, '84 and '86, is halfway 
through a master's in nursing program at Califor- 
nia State University. Her husband, Roh, is fulfill- 
ing his Air Force payback in orthopedic surgery at 
McClellan Air Force Base in Sacramento. Their 
first child, Karly Sierra, was bom June 9. 

Iris (Mayden) ShuU, '81, and her husband, 
David, live in Hagerstown, Md., with sons Mat- 
thew, 6, and Dennis, 2. Iris is administrative assis- 
tant to the VP for marketing at the Review and 
Herald Publishing Association. She earned the 
certified professional secretary rating in 1987. 

John Solo, attended, died May 18, 1996, in 
Chapel Hill, N.C. He had suffered a brain tumor 
and cancer of the neck and spine. He was buried in 
Stantonsburg, the small town south of Wilson 
where he and his wife had been living. 

Brent VanArsdell, '87, was featured m the 
March 1996 issue of FKinj magazine for the model 
Stirling engines he builds. You can check out his 
web page on the Internet: 

Luther C. Walker, '87, is married to Janesta 
(Bryant), '91, and they live at Mount Pisgah 
Academy in Candler, N.C, where Janesta teaches 
English. As owner and president of Additions 
Construction, Inc., Luther is currently restoring a 
large mansion in historic Flat Rock. 

A. Sidney Whiting, '83, directs the eye depart- 
ment at the Adventist Mission Clinic on Guam. 
His wife, Linda (VanArsdell), '83, is busy as a 
homemaker, home school teacher, and with many 
other projects. Luke, 10, and Luther, 7, enjoy the 
year-round "shortsleeve barefoot" weather for 
outdoor play. 


James, '93, and Cynthia (Achcnbach) 
Ashburn, '94, live in Nararcth, Pa. They have 
been married three years and have two children, 
Amanda Joy, 2, and Hannah Marie, 1. 

(Sanborn) Auge, ' 
and her husband, 
Toby, live in 
Maryville, Tenn. 
Shannon teaches 
grades 5 through 8 at 
the Maryville Ad- 
ventist School, and 
Toby is employed as 
a pediatric nurse for 
the Cumberland 
Medical Center. They ha\ c iu> immediate plans 
for children, because they say their students and 
patients are their children. 

Stephen Bralley and Tina (Chambers), both 
attending, were married May 26, 1996, at Cohutta 
Springs Adventist Center in Crandall, Ga. 

Mike, '92, and Jodi (Larrahee) Brewer, '89, 
live in Chattanooga, Tenn. They were married 
Sunday, July 7, in Patten Chapel on the campus of 
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Jiidi is an 
interior designer for Yessick's Design Center. Mike 
is employed by North .American Credit Sen-ices. 

Darren, '91, and April (Sahly) Brisco, '91, 
presented Don and Weslynne Sahly with their 
first grandchild, McKen:ie Ross, on August 20. He 
weighed 7 lb. 4 o:. and was 20 inches long. 

Ralph Buckingham, attended, lives in Tyler, 
Texas. He graduated from North Georgia College 
in June 1994 with a BS in criminal justice. As of 
Jan. 15, 1996, he was hired as a police officer with 
the Tyler Police Department. 

Janene Burdick, '92, married John Burdick IV 
on Dec. 29, 1996, in the CoUegedale Church. 
They enjoyed two weeks on Maui before flying 
back to Atlanta, where Jack, a CPA, is employed 
as a financial analyst for Scientihc .Atlanta, and 
Janene is an administrative assistant at J.C. 
Bradford & Co., a brokerage firm. The two discov- 
ered that their families trace to two sons of a 
Burdick ancestor living in the 1600s. 

Joseph Eunkwan 
Choi, '95, lives in 
Hartford, Conn. He 
just completed a 
position as assistant 
conductor of the 
Ashcville Symphony 
Orchestra. He is now 
working on coursework toward a master of music 
degree at the University of Hartford. 

Timothy. '94, and Becky (Byers) Cross, '94, 
got married on Sept. 3, 1995. After Tim's comple- 
tion of a master of divinity degree and Becky's 
completion of her B.S. in nursing, both last De- 
cember at .Andrews University, they moved to a 
pastorate in northern Calitifornia. 

Mark, '92, and Elizabeth (Boiling) de Fluiter, 
96, live in Johnson City, Tenn. They were mar- 
ried June 9 at Mount Pisgah Adventist Church in 
Candler, N.C. 

Paul Evans, '93, lives in Lincoln, Neb. He 
jraduated from Walla Walla in 1995 with a B.S. 
in Engineering. He has finished one of two years 
of graduate school at Iowa State University. He 
did a summer internship at Ford Motor Company 
last summer in Dearborn, Mich. 

Franklin Farrow, '93, former director of mar- 
keting services for LifeCare Centers of America, 
received their 1996 Corporate Award for outstand- 
ing ser\'ice. He was recognized for his organization 

and development of new projects. He is currently 
establishing his own business. He and his wife, 
Tamatha (Colson), '93, live in Ooltewah. 

Anne Marie Fentress, '94, lives in Wilton, 
Conn., where she moved after graduation to work 
as a nanny for a year. She has been there two years 
and last August she started working on a master's 
degree m marriage and family therapy. 

Gregory Glass, '93, lives in Knoxville, Tenn., | 

where he is pursuing a JD law/MBA degree at the ' 

University of Tennessee-Knoxville. He plans to 
graduate in the spring of 1998. 

David, '91, and Kathi (Folkenherg) Jensen, '91, 
live in Sebring, Fla. David works in the accounting 
department at Florida Hospital Heartland Division. 
Kathi took leave from nursing with Heartland Home 
Health Services to he a full-time mother to their 
son, Michael Allan Jensen, born on Dec. 9, 1995. 

Andrea (Bowen) Kennedy, '95, was named 
branch manager at First Tennessee Bank's 
Ooltewah/Collegedale branch last fall. She had 
been with the bank for five years and most re- 
cently worked in the its management training 
program at the Hamilton Place branch. 

Rebecca Knoll, '92, lives in Nashville. Tenn. 
She graduated from Washington & Lee University 
School of Law- in May 1995. She works for Colum- 
bia Healthcare Corporation and enjoys leading a 
musical ensemble for Sabbath services. 

Tina Kyei-Donkor, '95, lives in Orlando, Fla. 
She is enrolled in a nurse-midwifery master's 
program at the University of Florida. 

Jeff. '90, .ind Cindy (Peel) Lemon, '88, live in 
Lafaycttte, Ind. Jeft works in development at 
WBAA FM and AM Public Radio at Purdue 
University. For the previous five years, Jeff was 
development and program director at WSMC. 
Cindy works with Purdue Temporary Services. 
Before moving, Cindy was a social worker at 
Adventist Community Services in Chattanooga. 

Allan, '90, and Deirdre Martin, '90, live in 
Redlands, Calif Their daughter, Alexandria 
Tnsten, joined the family on May 23, 1996. Allan 
and Deirdre are involved in DRE'AM Vision 
Ministries, designed to nurture and empower 
young people in Christian lifestyle and ministry. 
You can check out their web page on the Internet: 

Tim, '95, and Kimberly (Larsen) Morrison, 
attended, live in BeltsvilUe, Md. Their new baby, 
Zachary, arrived on April 1, 1996. Tim works for 
the General Conference, and Kimberly has a 
home day care. 

Robert Neall, '91, lives in Baxley, Ga. After 
interning at Belvedere in Atlanta he is pastoring 
two small churches in the Baxley/Douglas district 
of south Georgia. He is still single. 

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Those Who Walked These Halls 

Michael Orquia, ''■)^, and Tracie (Jones), ''■)2, 
married June 2, 1996, at the McDonald Road 
Church in Ooltewah. Mike has finished studies at 
Loma Linda University School of Medicine, and 
thev are niakini; Hinsdale, 111., their first home. 

Mark Pettibone, '95, lives in ('olIeKe Place, 
Wash. He is studying civil engineerint; at Walla 
Walla (Aillege and plans to graduate this year. 

Heidi Possinger, attended, died quietly June 7, 
1996, after an extended battle with leukemia. She 
was 24 and had completed her third yeat in ac- 
counting and music. She excelled in school, loved 
to run, and enjoyed playing the violin. She was 
the daughter of Dr. Clive, Jr., and Judy Possinger 
of Hendersonville, N.C. Those who miss her most 
also include her fiance, Thomas Boadway, two 
brothers, C^live HI and Randal, and many triends. 

Kevin Redman and Susanna (Schmid), both 
attended, chose June 16, 1996, for their wedding in 
RothsviUe, Pa. Their honeymoon took them to 
Williamsburg, Va. The Redmans li\e in Ephrata, Pa. 

Yelena Rudoy, '94, and her husband, Pavel, 
'94, have been at Andrews University. Yelena 
Hnished her master of arts in religion in December 
1995. They anticipated the birth of their first baby 
last November and planned to go back to Russia 
this spring to teach at Zaokski Seminary. 

Danny, '92, and Jennifer (VVenrel) Song, '91, 
live in Baltimore, Md. Danny just graduated from 
medical school in Georgia. He is doing his resi- 
dency at Johns Hopkins in radiation oncology. 
Jennifer is a radiation oncology nurse and PhD 
student at the University of Maryland. 

Cherie (Merchant) Smith, '91, joined the 
pastoral staff of the CoUegedale Adventist Church 
last November as community chaplain. She had 
been administrative assistant to three vice presi- 
dents for academic administration at Southern 
since August of 1985. Ptior to that she worked full 
time as the secretary in the public relations office. 
Her husband, David, is a professor of English at 
Southern. Their daughters are Jacie Bunch, '94, 
and Kim Hutchinson, attending. 

Tonya (Tompkins) Torres, '93, lives in 
Altamonte Springs, Fla. She and her husband, 
Alex, are happily married and working as nurses at 
Florida Hospital. 

Todd, '90, and Marsharee Wilkens, '90, live in 
Converse, Texas. Todd wotks full time as a doctor, 
while Marsharee is a full-time mom to daughters 
Kelsey, 4. and Kalli, 2. 

Note to children and parents: 

Children change ages at least as fast as their fiarent.s . 
Kids, if you've hada birthday since your jiarenls told us 
about you, add 1 to the age listed here. Happy birthday! 

Parents, if you include birthdates (plus year) we can 
figure out your child's age and list it more accurately- 

Alumni Association Report 

A brief report on our Pave the Way memory walk. The response was very exciting. Over 700 
names are in bricks in the walk and orders are still coming in. A big thanks for your support. Be sure 
to check out the walk on your next visit to Southern. 

Now for a few of the items planned for Homecoming 97: 

• Classes to be honored: '27, '37, '47, '52, '57, '67, '72, '77, and '87, 

• Banquet Thursday evening, October 23. 

• Special recognition of pastors. 

• Theme for the weekend: "Christ's Ambassadors." 

• Free one-hour seminars. Watch for details. 

• Tours of the new Hickman Science Center. 

• Well-known speakers: 

Jim Cress, '71 
Tony Mavrakos, '86 
Andy McDonald, '77 

• Outstanding musicians; 

Steve Darmody, '78 
SAU music groups 
Others to be announced 

Jim Ashlock 
Alumni Director 

At Rest 

Cecil Davis, 86, died Nov. 20, 1996, in Texas. 
He taught mathematics at Southern from 1963 
until retirement in 1975, and part time after that. 
Earlier, he taught at Upper Columbia and Lynwood 
academies. His retirement included volunteer 
service in Singapore and at Holbrook Indian 
Mission School in Ari:ona. He earned a master's 
degree at Andrews University. Survivors include 
his wife, Doris, who lives in Keene, Texas, near 
their daughter Christine Sammet. Theit daughter, 
Barbara James, is on Southern's nursing faculty. 

Richard Hammill, 83, died March 28, 1997, 
after a bout with cancer, at his home in College 
Place, Wash. He began teaching at Southern in 
1946 and became academic dean in 1952. From 
1955 to 1963, he served as associate director of 
the General Conference Education Department. 
He was president of Andrews University from 
1963 to 1976. He is survived by his wife, Dena, a 
daughter, Marcia Cole, and a son, Tully. 

James Hickman, 78, an honorary trustee and a 
major contributor to the Hickman Science Cen- 
ter, died July 7, 1996. A dentist, he was also a 
banker, residential, commercial, and industrial 
developer. He lived in Longwood, Fla. Survivors 
include his wife, Josiane, and children James Leroy, 
Candace Wateis, Andre, and Chantal, as well as 
his brother, Melvin, and sister, Valda Martz. 

Charlie "Jack" Kelly, 76, died Sept. 26, 1996, 
in Chattanooga. He joined the staff at Southern 
in 1963 and worked in engineering/plant services 
until retirement in 1989. Many students knew 
him through the years as a driver for the school's 

bus. He and his wife, Willodean, would have 
celebrated their 60th anniversary last Decembet. 
Their two daughters are Jackie Gentry and Sharon 
Coulter (attended). 

John Pierson, 95, died March 2, 1997. He was 
in charge of the college farm and dairy from 1941 
to the late 1950s. He developed one of the finest 
Jetsey and Holstein herds in Tennessee and was 
beloved by children for whom he named cows. He 
later ran his own farm in Whitwell, Tenn. Pierson 
Drive in CoUegedale is named in his honor. His 
brother, Robert H., predeceased him in 1989. 
Survivors include his son, Don, and wife. May. 

Ruth Rittenhouse Murdoch, 89, died Aug. 29, 
1996, in Loma Linda, Calif She taught education 
classes at Southern from 1929-31 during a teaching 
career that spanned over 50 years. After official 
tetirement in 1976, she continued full-time teach- 
ing in the School of Education at Andrews Uni- 
versity until 1982, along with an active public 
speaking schedule. Het husband, William Murdoch, 
died in 1983. Their children, Lamont, William, Jr., 
Floyd, and Marilyn Herman, all are educators. 

Wilbert Schneider, president at Southern from 
1967 to 1971, passed away Aug. 22, 1996, in Ukiah, 
Calif. He became president after 24 years of service 
to the church, including work as a college business 
manager, head of business instruction at four 
colleges (including SMC), and academic dean of 
three colleges (including SMC in 1960-62). McKee 
Library and Thatcher Hall were built during his 
administration. He is survived by his wife, Ardith, 
and children, Doug, Shirley, Sarah, and Christine. 

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