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Opening Comments 


It was simply by chance that Jim Marlowe appeared in the doorway 
of my office that morning. His wife Linda, who works for the 
School of Nursing, was out of town, so Jim was dropping off a few pub- 
licity photos of a School of Nursing event that had just taken place. I 
never would ha\e imagined where that meeting would lead. 

We'd never met, but 1 had often seen his work. He's a photographer — 
one of the best in the area. I enjoy photography too. We talked for a 
couple minutes and then he sat down. The quick introduction turned 
into a one-hour visit. We talked about photography, religion, humanity 
and life. He shared with me the story of how God led in his life, how he 
became an Adventist, how he attended Southern, and how he became a 
professional photographer. 

I called him on the phone a couple days later and said, "Jim, you 
have to let me tell your story." Though reluctant, he agreed. 

For the past couple months as I've written, edited, revised and re- 
written, I've been opened to a whole new world. Jim is an artist, in the 
purest sense of the word. He creates portraits and his portraits tell sto- 
ries. But with being an artist comes a certain element of risk — long 
hours, loneliness, pain and vulnerability. 

Jim's trade is photography Mine is writing. And as 1 listened to him 
talk about pain and vulnerability, 1 couldn't comprehend the "suffering" 
of which he spoke. That was before 1 began writing his story. 

Never have 1 become so involved in an assignment. And never has a 
story meant so much to me. Maybe it's because I'm so intrigued by his 
talent. Or maybe it's because he poured out his soul as he told me his 
story, and then trusted me to put it down on paper to share with every- 
one who picks up this magazine. 

Jim's story fascinates me. It's a story of struggle and despair that leads 
to hope and happiness; and constantly woven throughout is the reoccur- 
ring theme of God's everlasting mercy and love. His story is so unique, 
yet it's the story of each one of us — struggle and despair turning into 
hope and happiness. 

I believe that each experience in life teaches us a lesson. Jim will tell 
you the same. The lesson I learned from Jim is that each of us has a 
choice: we can use our talents for God or for ourselves. If we use our 
talents for ourselves, we will never reach full potential, but if we use 
them for God, the possibilities are endless. 

"God created each one of us uniquely," Jim says, "but until we de- 
velop our talents for His ser\'ice, there will be a niche out there waiting 
to be filled." 

That's Jim's stor\'. He found his niche and he's using it to glorify God. 

What's your niche? 

2 . SUMMER 2002 


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JUL - o im 

8 Portrait of a Photographer bvcarettNudd 

Jim Marlowe's patience and faith have allowed him to overcome a lifetime 
of challenges and become one of Chattanooga's leading photographers. 

by Ryan Wallace 

18 American Humanics 

Southern's affiliation with American Humanics, Inc., provides students 
with valuable experience as they train to become future nonprofit leaders. 

22 Paying the Bills 

by Carol Loree 

On the eve of its largest project, the Committee of 100 anticipates 
expanding its membership and realizing another dream for the university. 

24 KK UaVlS by KeUi Gauthier 

During the past four decades K.R. Davis has filled a variety of roles 

at Southern. In his current role he is building more than relationships. 

by Bethany Martin 

28 Gospel in Work Boots 

More than 550 students and employees participated in Southern's annual 
Community Service Day, making the event an overwhelming success. 


5 Teaching Teachers 

6 People 

14 Lifetime Learning 

21 Spotlight 

25 Headlines 

30 Mission Minutes 

31 Scrap book 

32 On the Move 

34 Beyond the Classroom 

COVER: Jim Marlowe, 76, 
works as a professional 
photographer in the 
Chattanooga area. His wife, 
Linda, is on staff in the 
School of Nursing. Photo by 
Linda Marlowe. 

Columns • 3 



Congratulations on a superb job on the 
Spring '02 Columns! 

I love the cover photo and related article 
on "The Chattanooga Turn Around," and I'm 
sure it will be a valuable tool for community 
connections. It was inspiring to learn how the 
Personal Evangelism class is so practical for 
students in "Sharing Jesus." I also appreciate 
the articles you include by and about our 
alumni, like the one this time by Gail Francis 
on self-defense. 

Southern has so much going for it, and 
you've done a great job again in getting the 
word out. Thanks to you and your staff! 

Patrice Hieb, staff 

Proud to be an alum 

From the f-mailfiox of Carol Loree. director ofdumni relations 

On this morning after one of my daughter's 
best and biggest nights, 1, her humble parent, 
wish to thank all who attended her Senior 
Recital last evening and those who helped her. 
Mr. Evans (director of food service), your food 
choices pleased everyone who tasted the pine- 
apple. Mr. Burrus (Village Market manager), 
your carrot cake was oh so scrumptious. The 
florist shop, Mary Lou's Flowers — what artistry! 
Thank you. 

Those who are part of Southern's family 
continue to make me proud to be an alumnus. 
Thank you. Thank you. 

Cheryl Camara Murphy, 73 

Congrats School of Music 

My family and I really enjoyed the concert 
last Friday night [April 26] given at the 
CoUegedale Seventh-day Adventist Church. 
Southern Adventist University's Symphony 
Orchestra, the combined choirs, Mrs. Minner, 
Mr. Rasmussen, the other directors plus the 
soloists gave a well-rehearsed, splendid and 
superb performance. I have always loved 
Mozart's Requiem, hut this performance pro- 
vided me with a real blessing. 

Thank you. School of Music, for enriching 
the lives of all the students, teachers, staff 
members, and CoUegedale residents with such 
wonderful music. 

William Van Grit, faculty 

Columns Questions 

•Can you let me know who donated the 
piano that my former piano professor Ashton is 
shown with on page 20? I read it twice and still 
- can't find it. Was that an oversight, was it 
omitted for space, or does the donor wish to 
remain anonymous? If the latter, maybe you 
could disclose that to save the curious like me 
from wondering! I ask this not because 1 wish 
to criticize the writing (which is far from my 
intent); I ask because I took piano and am 
fascinated by player pianos. 

• As 1 read "Sense is Your Best Defense" on 
page 23, 1 wondered what was wrong with "Be 
wary of mechanisms that allow you to unlock 
all four doors while approaching your vehicle!" 
TTiat didn't make sense to me. I've been told 
we should have keys ready so we can get into 
the car without delay and having a device that 
allows the door to be opened without delay 
sounds like a great idea! OK, 1 think 1 just 
figured it out — opening the driver's door is 
great but ail doors is not. Is that the nuance 
we're supposed to have gathered? 1 think the 
article got edited for space just a bit too much. 
Again, I'm not trying to be critical, just want 
to know and provide some free reader feedback ! 

•In the "Selling Southern" article, why 
wasn't Bert Ringer included in the photo? I 
don't see him in the caption or text either — is 
he no longer in the picture, so to speak? 

•Did Khidhir Hamza express any concern 
for his safety in the U.S.? 

JTShim, '86 

Editor's Note: 

•T/ie donor of the player piano wishes to re- 
main anonymous . 

•Yes, it is safer to unlock only the driver's door. 

'Bert Ringer is a recruiter for Southern's Ad- 
missions Office. The photo in the "Selling South- 
em" article was of the Vice President of Marketing 
ar\d Enrollment Services and the directors of each 
department for which she is responsible. 

'During Mr. Hamza s visit, he expressed very 
little concern for his safety); however, there were 
some questions asked by the local media on which 
he would not comment. 

Please send InBox letters to: Columns Editor, 
Box 370, CoUegedale, TN, 37315-0370 
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Number 3 

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4 • SUMMER 2002 

Teaching Teachers 

Some time has passed, but the memor\- lingers. It was one of those 
(Jays when my class lecture wasn't making sense to the students. The 
look of boredom and disinterest told me that I was "bombing out." Mer- 
cifully, tor all concerned, the class finally came to an end. I left the 
classroom discouraged and headed for the solace of my office, my body 
language obviously communicating my state of mind. A student from 
the class approached me, placed her hand on my arm, and asked how 1 
was doing. 1 answered in a manner that masked my true feelings and 
thanked her for asking. To this day 1 can recall the impact of that very 
brief encounter. Her kindness was like a tonic for my soul. It reminded 
me anew that God understood my needs, sending encouragement 
through the kind words of a caring student. 

Such reminders of basic principles often come my way through my 
interaction with students. In fact, one of the best ways to learn such 
lessons is to be around univer- 
sity students on a regular basis. 
They have a powerful and 
effective way of teaching — 
through questions asked and 
questions not asked (like, 
"Why did you make such an 
obviously incorrect state- 
ment?"), verbal and non-verbal 
feedback, written material, 
informal visits while sharing 
leisure time and discussions in 
the privacy of one's office. It 
has been suggested that teach- 
ers routinely learn more vital 
lessons from students than 
students learn from teachers, 
and in my personal experience, 
that has been the case. 

Some lessons that remain 
with me are those I have received from observing students as they dem- 
onstrate behaviors rooted in Christian love. This is manifested in atti- 
tudes of honesty, fair play, patience, a willingness to forgive and to 
overlook one's shortcomings, demonstrations of affirmation and appre- 
ciation, commitment to service, and, most significantly, a genuine con- 
cern for the welfare of others. 

I have observed this concern for others many times while working 
with study groups during our annual tours to New York City. Several 
years ago, a group of students was visiting the Harlem home of Mother 
Hale, a legendary caregiver who provided foster care for infants bom to 
drug-addicted parents. During Mother Hale's presentation, one of the 
students spontaneously removed his large cowboy-style hat and passed it 
among those present. Shortly, the hat was filled to overflowing with 
dollar bills. The spirit of generosity and caring that was demonstrated 
touched me, for I knew that many in the group had little cash with 

Lessons I Have Learned 

From Students 

by Ed Lamb 

them, hut they were willing to share what they had for the sake of 
Mother Hale's kids. This concern for others has also been cited by ob- 
servers as they see Southern students eagerly participating in the Salva- 
tion Army Thanksgiving-day feeding of the homeless in New York. 
Some might be put off by the unkempt appearance of a homeless person, 
but students routinely engage them in friendly conversation and affirm 
them as individuals in need of respect and care. 

Other lessons have been more difficult to learn, for they sometimes 
reflect on my personal shortcomings — those times when I was not as fair 

as I should have been, or 
responded too rigidly to a 
challenge to my grading sys- 
tem, or when I simply was not 
prepared for a classroom pre- 

Such a situation recently 
presented itself when I at- 
tempted to discuss a lifestyle 
issue with a young lady in my 
class. I did not give sufficient 
thought to what I wanted to 
say, and the words simply did 
not come out as I intended, 
contributing to personal dis- 
comfort to the student and 
myself I was determined to 
rectify the situation and 
talked with her again several 
days later. By her words and 
demeanor she indicated that she understood my concern for her behav- 
ior and graciously finessed my bungled attempts to deal with a difficult 
issue, reminding me again of my need to think carefully before speaking 
to anyone about touchy personal issues. It was also a demonstration of 
the willingness of students to overlook one's mistakes. 

Recently, I have had to contend with a personal health issue that has 
resulted in varying speech problems. I've been overwhelmed with the 
support and encouragement shown me by those in my classes. Quite 
frankly, their support has enabled me to "deal with" this difficult situa- 

By any measure, working with Southern students is a rare privilege, 
and 1 consider myself blessed to have such an opportunity. My life has 
been enriched and shaped over the past 30 years by working with a 
group of young people who love Jesus and demonstrate that love by 
serving others. ♦ 

Columns • 5 


MrnoiQ Locnran 

Making Something of Himself 

The day Arnold Cochran left his Georgia 
home and five acres of unpicked cotton to 
attend Southern Missionary College was the 
happiest day of his life — so far. 

Raised during the Depression by exacting 
parents, Arnold lived 70 miles from the nearest 
Adventist church. He and his sister, Ethel, 
studied Sabbath School lessons with their 
mother, so when Elder W.j. Keith visited their 
home, It was clear that at age 15, .'Kmold knew 
his Bible well. When Keith invited him to At- 
lanta to be baptized, it was Arnold's fifth time 
in an SDA church. 

Attending Southern challenged the "shy, 
backward" Georgia boy. Younger than most 
freshmen, he wore an outdated suit too short in 
the arms and legs for his tall, slim frame. 

"Back then, I spoke in an even slower Geor- 
gia drawl than I do now," so President Wright's 
one-hour College Problems course presented a 
problem in itself. Freshmen were required to 
stand and tell their name, hometown, major, 
and where they attended high school. "When 
it came my time, 1 stood up with knees knock- 
ing. I had never spoken to a group of more 
than 200 people in my life." He started to tell 
the class, "Mah name is Arnold Cochran. Ahm 
from Apalachee, Georgia,..." and knee-slap- 
ping laughter broke out in Lytm Wood Hall 

chapel. "They never did let me finish that 
speech," he says. From that moment, his nick- 
name became "Apalachee." Though only a 
few knew Arnold Cochran, within a couple 
days everyone on campus knew "Apple." 

EXiring summers, Arnold usually worked at 
the furniture factory. The one summer he didn't, 
Mary Chesney arrived on campus. That school 
year she worked in the cafeteria, intentionally 
securing a position on the boys' line serving 
three times a day. Arnold noticed her beauti- 
ful black hair and twinkling brown eyes, but 
had a hard time getting the nerve to ask her 
for a date. When he finally did, she accepted. 
Soon they were arrangmg to meet each 
other's parents on vacation breaks. One "hap- 
piest day" led to another for Arnold, and in 
June 1951, Mary became his bride. They both 
planned to continue college, hut finances 
were challenging and Mary went to work full 
time so Arnold could continue his education. 

Arnold's parents didn't always say it, but 
years later it was clear they were proud of him. 
He recalls the last thing his mother said to 
him before dying, "I sure am glad you left this 
hick town and made something of yourself." 

TTiat he did. 

The Cochrans live in Cleveland, Tennessee, 
and own a brokerage company specializing in food 
sales. They lead the SMCites (1945-55 alumni) 
ar\d have three children and five grandchildren . 

Christy Ketcherside 

Beetles and the Outdoors 

On any given day, there's only one red VW 
Beetle in the girl's dorm parking lot. Just on 
the inside of the windshield is a small bud vase 
built into the dash. Inside it is a small silk daisy. 
This car is about as feminine as a car can be. 

Not until 1 look in the hack seat do 1 notice 
some unusual things. The seats are full of ropes, 
harnesses, quickdraws, and other rock-climbing 
equipment. Before 1 can count how many 
carabiners are locked onto a big backpack, 
Christy and her friends walk up, hop in, and 
drive off for another weekend outing to Foster 
Falls, Sunset Rock or Grindstone Mountain. 
Lead climbing to a new pitch is all in a day's fun 
for Christ^' and her friends, and they go camp- 
ing, backpacking, or caving as often as they can. 

Christy just completed her freshman year. 


Denim or a Pinstripe Suit 

Question: Take a bachelor's degree in religion 
and a minor in history. Add career experi- 
ence in teaching, real estate, and chemical pro- 
duction, and what do you get? 

Answer: Marry Hamilton, director of property 
and industry at Southern. 

• SUMMER 2002 

Thousands of miles from home, she was a little 
apprehensive ahout college when first arriving. 

"I remember my first day," says Christy. "1 
was overwhelmed with the whole college thing 
and scared halt to death. 1 was so surprised 
when Dr. Nyirady (chair of the biology depart- 
ment) helped me move my stuff into my room." 

Later, when a math professor brought donuts 
to class, she realized that Southern's faculty are 
really "there to help the students in every way." 

That's not to say her studies are easy. "Classes 
are classes," she says, "and 1 can't really say that 
1 love them." Christy began the year as a pre-med 
biology major, but after taking general biology, 
she says she never wants to see another preserved 
specimen again. Next fall, she will change her 
major to mass communications with an empha- 
sis in advertising and a minor in graphic design. 

"I'm not really sure how this will fit into my 
dream of being a missionary," says Christy. "1 

would love to live in the middle of the jungle 
in a little hut and have a dugout canoe... uh oh, 
I'm getting off the subject here." 

When asked what she likes to talk about, 
Christy says "Ideas. 1 am a big dreamer, and I'm 
always planning something new. 1 like talking 
about what I'm going to do in the future, places 
I'm gonna go, things I'm gonna see and do. 1 
could talk ahout that stuff for hours." 

Christy works weekly at KR's Place making 
sandwiches and slushies for extra money. On the 
weekends when she's not climbing she hangs out 
with friends at Barnes & Noble or the Walnut 
Street Bridge. Each Sunday morning her friends 
gather for breakfast at the Campus Kitchen. 

It's been a good year at Southern for Christy. 
"I'm coming back next year," she says. "1 have 
great friends here that I don't want to leave, 
and I don't know of any other place I'd want to 
go anyway." 

Marty came to campus in the fall of 1 998 to 
fill a new position in the area of financial ad- 
ministration. His varied background suits him 
well for his multi-faceted job. 

His responsibilities include supervision of four 
university businesses — College Press, Village 
Market, Southern Carton Industries, and Quick 
Print. He is also responsible for managing the 

university's real estate holdings; student rental 
properties; faculty/staff rental properties; com- 
mercial and industrial leasing; the community 
wellness program; new construction manage- 
ment; project financing; and land-use planning. 
"I have a lot to do, but it's fim. 1 look forward 
to coming in to work each morning," Marty 
says. "Leaving behind business in the private 

sector and coming to work at Southern has 
really given me a sense of mission and purpose." 

Certainly Marty's job is far from mundane. 
Even getting dressed in the morning adds vari- 
ety to his already busy life. "Some mornings I 
put on jeans and a hard hat, other days I dress 
in a suit and tie." 

Since he came to Southern, Marty's biggest 
project was the development and construction 
of Southern 'V'illage, which was completed in 
2001. The construction of four apartment com- 
plexes completed the first phase of Southern 
Village and opened up housing for an additional 
144 students. Prior to Southern Village, the 
lack of space was so great that groups of upper- 
classmen students were living in community 

Marty's role with Southern Village was project 
manager. He hired the architect, secured the 
financing, and developed the architectural 
standards. "Our goal was to play off the existing 
architecture on campus with the red brick and 
the white columns," Marty says. "Fortunately 
we were able to create a structure that is as 
visually appealing as it is functional." 

Marry enjoys spending spare time with his family. 
His wife, Carolyn, is a philanthropy comuitant. 
They have two daughters. Amanda, age 13, hasher 
own Arabian horse and enjoys competitive eques' 
trian events. Olivia, age II, loves bugs and insects 
and is likely to study entomology in future schooling. 















he old winding road is filled 
with potholes. It's not quite 
gravel, but definitely not paved — 
carved through the woods like a 
stream through a mountain. The 
rustic brown house sits nestled 
in the woods; a stone path leads 
from the driveway to the porch. 

As I approach the house I pass a hammock stretched lazily between two 
trees. On the front porch a swing sways in the afternoon breeze. Like 
everything else, its position is strategic — directly facing a Japanese 
maple, which on this spring day, is flaunting its brilliant colors: crimson, 
burgundy, purple and red. 

Hanging above the doorbell is a plaque carved from old wood. 
Engraved are the words "The city is made by man, but this country life is 
of God." 

In the distance birds chirp and forest creatures chatter. The beauty of 
Mother Nature gives birth to a picture perfect setting, inspiring artistry 
and creativity within all who encounter its splendor. 

The Studio 

Jim Marlowe is a photographer — one of the most talented and best- 
trained photographers in the Chattanooga area. He shoots weddings, 
portraits, scenics and stills. His wife Linda, is the progressions coordina- 
tor for the School of Nursing at Southern Adventist University. 

I am greeted at the door and graciously welcomed inside. Deliber- 
ately 1 scan the room, taking careful notice of my surroundings. The 

Columns • 9 

house is tastefully 
decorated. A book- 
case stands in the 
comer. A stack of 
magazines rests 
beside the fireplace. 
On the top of the 
stack is a photogra- 
phy journal, hs 
dog-eared comers 
indicate its use. 

Tlie walls are covered with portraits — of 
children, women, families and lovers. Each one 
is different, yet each is mysteriously similar. 
Looking at each print I study them carefully — 
composition, pose, lighting and expression — 
everything I leamed in my photography 
classes. What is his secret? How does he do it? 
The subjects of his photographs come alive 
with beauty. 

Each print is a reflection of the artist — 
talent, passion, perfection, love. 

Jim offers me a seat and we begin to talk. 
We talk about the weather — it's a beautiful 
day. We talk about his home — he and Linda 
have lived here more than 20 years. We talk 
about nature — birds, deer, raccoons, bears — he 
shares his wooded yard with them all. "I really 
enjoy wildlife," he says. "I love people, but I 
need to have my sublime tranquiliry." He 
smiles as he gazes out the front window. 

Silence hangs briefly and time stands still. 

Sublime rran^uilit)i — the words echo in my 

"Linda and I are really blessed," he says 
interrupting the silence and my thoughts. "The 
only thing I might wish for is a place in the 
mountains with a fresh mountain stream. 1 love 
the mountains." His eyes close and his head 
tilts back. "There's something about the flow of 
a mountain stream that enables your mind to 
take a journey." 

I take out my pen and paper and the jour- 
ney begins. 

The Portrait 

Jim Marlowe was bom the youngest of 
seven children. His mother and father, very 
much in love, were tragically separated by 
death several months prior to Jim's birth. His 
father was a coal miner and with that profes- 
sion came a certain risk for injury. One day 
Jim's father was hurt on the job. As his father 

lay in the back of 
the ambulance, 
his mother held 
her husband's 
calloused but 
loving hands. 
With every 
breath the 
struggle for life 
became more 
intense. Finally, 
he looked into his wife's eyes, squeezed her 
hands, and said, "I trust that you will give your 
best and do your best to raise our last son." 

Jim's emotions overwhelm him as he shares 
the last words of a father he never met. 

Jim grew up in Harriman, Tennessee. Ex- 
cept for the absence of a father, his childhood 
was typical. As the youngest child, Jim was 
close to his mother. "When 1 wanted to build a 
tree house, mother would get the hammer and 
saw and lead the way," recalls Jim. "Together 
we'd build wagons, chicken houses — all kinds 
of things." She sufficiently filled the role of 
both mother and father. 

Jim attended South Harriman High School, 
until transferring to Sunbright High School 
during his junior year. It was there that he 
discovered his passion for photography. Half 
way through his senior year, Jim's English 
teacher asked each student to write a research 
paper on something they knew nothing about, 
but thought they might enjoy. Jim chose pho- 

"From that 
point on 1 was 
hooked," he says. 
After graduat- 
ing Jim enlisted 
in the army with 
hopes of becom- 
ing an army pho- 
tographer. With 
only a few avail- 
able spaces, Jim 
knew his chances 
would be slim. 
Unfortunately for 
Jim, the spaces 

that he thought were available had already 
been filled. Discouraged that his initial plans 
didn't work out, he fulfilled his responsibilities 
with a missile unit, which afforded him days off 

in the middle of the week when he could prac- 
tice his photography skills. 

While Jim was serving in Korea, God was 
laying the groundwork that would soon change 
his life. Since high school, Jim had been seeing 
a young woman named Linda. During Jim's 
absence, a retired Bible worker moved next 
door to Linda and invited her to study the 
Bible. It wasn't long before Linda began to 
develop an interest in knowing more and 
studying deeper. 

There was one problem, however. Before 
she had even met Jim, Linda's neighbor was 
trying to convince her not to marry him. Time 
and time again she argued with Linda, saying, 
"you need to go to Southern Missionary Col- 
lege and find a good Adventist young man." 
Much against the desires of Linda's neigh- 
bor, she and Jim were married upon his retum 
from military service. Following their wedding 
Linda joined Jim m Atlanta, where he had 
relocated just about the time he enlisted in the 

Not one to give up, Linda's former neighbor 
called the pastor of one of the Seventh-day 
Adventist churches in Atlanta and told him 
about Jim and Linda. The minister and a guest 
evangelist visited them in their home and 
invited them to attend the Sabbath services, as 
well as an evening evangelistic series that was 
being conducted at the church. 

Jim recalls going home each evening and 
questioning, studying, and searching for an- 
swers. "Linda 
was already 
interested," Jim 
says. "She had 
already been 
studying for 
nearly a year 
while 1 was 
away, but she 
was careful not 
to force any- 
thing on me." 

As the series 
continued Jim's 
questions be- 
came deeper and 
deeper. Much of what the evangelist preached 
was a stark contrast to his current lifestyle. 
Each night he lay awake for hours struggling 
with what he had been studying. 

10 • SUMMER 2002 

It was 2:30 in the morning on a cool spring 
night when Jim got out of bed and went out- 
side for a walk. Up and down the road he 
walked, wrestling with what to do with his life. 
A couple hours passed before Linda found him 
crying in the street. 

God had been working on Jim's heart — 
through Linda, through a retired bible worker, 
and through the local pastor and evangelist. 
"That night in the darkness of the morning, 
with tears running down our faces, Linda and I 
made the decision to give our lives to the Lord 
and accept the 
Adventist faith." 

Jim is once 
again overcome 
with emotion as 
he speaks of his 
faith and of the 
merciful God 
who loves him so 
dearly. "Even 
before I knew 
Him, God knew 
me," Jim says. 

Not long after 
his conversion, 

Jim visited his mother to share with her his 
newfound faith. His mother, a Baptist, re- 
spected Jim's decision and she smiled as he 
shared his new passion. After listening for 
several hours, she walked over to the bookcase 
and removed a book from one of the shelves. 

"This book," Jim's mother began, "was pur- 
chased by your father from a man who rode 
into town on his horse selling hooks door to 
door." In all his years Jim had never seen the 
book. "Your father was reading this book when 
he died," Jim's mother continued, "and time 
after time he commented on how it was chang- 
ing his life." 

Jim carefully took the book from his 
mother's hands. As he looked at the title the 
words jumped off the cover: The Great Contro- 
versy — the story of the cosmic battle between 
good and evil, Christ and Satan, written by 
Ellen G. White. On the inside the book was 
marked and well read, and it was then when 
Jim realized that if his father had lived long 
enough, he would have (quite possibly) be- 
come an Adventist too. The most amazing 
fact, however, is that the same book was the 


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defining influence in Jim's life as he embraced 
the Adventist faith. Today the book has a 
permanent place on the bookshelf in Jim and 
Linda's living room. 

Becoming an Adventist was one thing, but 
living the lifestyle was something else. It 
meant Jim would have to give up a job that he 
enjoyed, because it required him to work on 
Saturdays. Jim went to J.C. Penney and in- 
quired about employment in their camera de- 
partment. He shared with the supervisor that 
he wouldn't be able to work on Friday evenings 
and Saturdays, and 
the supervisor said 
that wouldn't be a 
problem; he'd just 
have to check with 
the rest of the staff. 

Excited about 
his new job and his 
new faith, Jim 
resigned from his 
current position. 
The following day 
he was baptized. 
That afternoon he 
received a call 
from the supervisor 
at J.C. Penney. "Jim," the supervisor said, "I 
hope you didn't resign from your job.... 1 told 
the rest of the staff about your commitment 
not to work on Friday evenings and Saturdays 
and they weren't willing to cooperate." 

Desperate but determined, Jim spent the 
next month job hunting. As each day passed 
he became more and more discouraged. Mar- 
ried only six months. No job. No money. Jim 
wondered if joining the church had been a 

It was late one Friday afternoon, just a 
couple hours before sundown, when Jim finally 
reached his breaking point. He simply couldn't 
take it any more. He pulled his car off the road, 
stopped the engine and cried out to heaven, 
"God, you got me into this mess, now you get 
me out!" Exhausted, he collapsed on the steer- 
ing wheel in front of him. 

Several moments passed before Jim raised 
his head. But when he did his eyes were di- 
rected to a building that he had passed count- 
less times before. On the door was a sign that 
said, "We can find you a job." 

Jim pulled his car into the nearly empty 


parking lot. It 
was five min- 
utes before 
closing time. 
TTie secretary 
handed Jim an 
application and 
he hurriedly 
filled it out. She 
took the appli- 
cation and 
glanced at it 

quickly. On his way out the door Jim was just 
about to say "Call me if you find me anything," 
when the secretary asked him to wait. She 
picked up the phone and dialed a number. 
After a couple moments of conversation with 
the person on the other line she asked Jim if he 
could go for an interview that evening. 

Jim headed directly to the interview and 
was hired on the spot. 

"At that point in time, as far as 1 was con- 
cerned, that was the first prayer that God had 
answered tor me," Jim says. 

Jim spent the next three-and-a-half years 
working for UPS, and not once did they ques- 
tion his Sabbath conviction. He started out as 
a delivery man and was eventually promoted to 

Still, in the back of his mind was a burning 
passion tor photography. "I'd pick up small 
photography jobs here and there, but to give up 
my job and make the initial investment re- 
quired to start a full-time business was simply 
too risky," Jim says. "But there wasn't a day that 
went by that 1 didn't think about becoming a 
professional photographer." 

Friends and others counseled Jim that be- 
coming a photographer would pose challenges 
to his faith. With the majority of weddings 
taking place on Saturday, the likelihood of his 
business taking off would be slim. 

As time passed their locabrhurch pastor 
encouraged Jim and Linda to look into South- 
em Missionary College. After months of 
prayer, they found themselves in CoUegedale. 
But selecting a career path wouldn't be easy for 
Jim. He narrowed his choices down to four; 
medicine, ministry, dietetics and teaching. 

His first love was biology and the sciences, 
so medicine was a natural interest. But at a 
time when many medical schools were filling 
openings with females and minorities with 

grade point averages of 3.75 or better, Jim 
thought it would he wise to look for another 

After spending time with Charles 
Robertson, then biology teacher at CoUegedale 
Academy, Jim decided to pursue teaching. 

In 1976 Jim graduated from Southern and 
applied for teachmg positions with several 
schools. TTie first call he received was to New 
York City, but after living in Atlanta for three 
years, hectic city life did not appeal to him. Jim 
interviewed with several Adventist church 
schools as well as many of the school systems 
in the Chattanooga area. 

After an offer from East Lake Junior High 
School, an inner city school in downtown 
Chattanooga, Jim reluctantly agreed to accept 
the position. Later that day he received offers 
from the Bradley County and Catoosa County 
school systems. And before he officially began 
teaching, he had received more than 1 5 calls 
from places as far away as Texas, Florida, Kan- 
sas City and New York. 

But Jim stayed true to his commitment. For 
25 years he taught physical education and 
biology/science at East Lake. And from those 
years came some of the most treasured memo- 
ries of his life. 

Jim was able to use his photography skills to 
benefit his students. He photographed school 
events for the price of supplies. He did photo- 
graphs of students, seniors, and sporting events, 
and he often sold them for less than his cost to 
develop and process the film. 

Each semester he would spend a couple 
weeks teaching his students about basic pho- 
tography. "We would discuss film speeds, com- 
position, light, how to clean a camera lens, 
proper camera care, and everything else," Jim 
says. The students would bring their cameras 
and try to implement what they were learning. 

He recalls 
one student 
who struggled 
with using the 
"The desire 
simply wasn't 
there," Jim says. 
J im had the 
idea to show 
the student 
nature transpar- 
encies he had taken through the microscope 
with his camera. The transparencies were of 
beautiful flowers with detail too small to appre- 
ciate with the naked eye. As the student be- 
came interested in the slides a whole new 
world opened up before him. The student be- 
gan to draw the flowers as he saw them 
through the microscope. 

"He was a talented artist," Jim says. Once 
the student completed his drawings Jim helped 
him pick out some frames so he could display 
his work around town. "As a teacher, it's times 
like that that you live for," Jim says. "They're 
better than a paycheck." 

Jim shares other instances when he has 
crossed paths around town with former stu- 
dents. "Just recently," Jim says, "1 ran into a 
former student who asked me for advice on his 
child's science project. 

Jim smiles as he reflects on his positive 
experience as a teacher. "I loved and was loved 
by those students," Jim says. 

In 1989 Jim's life was changed in a way that 
he never could have imagined. He unexpect- 
edly lost his mother because of a stroke. "It was 
a jolt to me," Jim says. And since growing up 
the youngest child in a single-parent home, Jim 
and his mother had always maintained a close 

Shortly after his mother's death, Jim was 
going through her belongings when he came 
across a small stack of photos. As he carefully 
looked at each photo his eyes were opened to 
his mother's untapped talent for photography. 
In each photo, the positioning of the subject, 
the angle of the light and other elements of 
composition were exactly what Jim had learned 
from his studies in photography 

"1 knew that my mother liked to take pic- 
tures," Jim says, "but 1 never realized what a 
talent she had." It was at that point when Jim 

12 -SUMMER 2002 

realized that he owed it to his mother to pursue 
a career in photography. "I wanted to create 
images that would be an extension of my 
mother's eyes and her personahty," Jim says. 
With a renewed sense of purpose, Jim dedicated 
himself to becoming a better photographer. 

But it wasn't as easy as he thought. "I'd look 
at magazines and see images that 1 wanted to 
create. I'd try, but I just couldn't do it. Some- 
times I'd go through a roll of 24 or 36 expo- 
sures and I'd get them back and not he happy 
with any of them." 

Not long after his mother's death, Jim went 
to Nashville for a photography workshop. The 
class transformed his outlook on life and a 
career in photography. Fresh in his mind were 
the words of his instructor. "If the will, the 
desire, and the passion is there, you will be 
successful. If you don't have the passion, the 
pain and labor will be too intense." 

Jim had the passion and it has been with 
him ever since. Since that Nashville workshop, 
Jim has studied under more than 100 of the 
leading portrait, commercial and wedding 
photographers in the world. Many of his in- 
structors photograph for fashion magazines 
such as Vogue and Cosmopolitan and others are 
in demand for celebrity weddings, such as the 
1996 wedding of John F. Kennedy, Jr. and 
Carolyn Bessette Kennedy. 

But Jim readily acknowledges that each 
photographer that he has worked with has 
influenced him in one way or another. "It 
would be impossible to pinpoint the one pho- 
tographer who has had the most influence on 
me," Jim says. "I've been influenced by all of 
them. And as I've studied with so many pho- 
tographers, I have learned that each person has 
their own unique point of view. I can look 
through my camera 
and see one thing 
and you can look 
through it and see 
something com- 
pletely different." 

That's the 
beauty of photog- 
raphy, each por- 
trait tells a story. 
And according to 
the subject and the 
photographer, each 
story is different. 

The Finished Work 

Eventually the conversation leads us from 
the living room to the studio. This is where the 
magic happens. As I look around the studio I 
see props, cameras, lights, and backdrops, but 
nothing out of the ordinary. 

What is his secret? How does he do it? 

As he shows me 
portrait after portrait 
and shares the story 
behind each one, I be- 
gin to realize what 
makes him such a good 

Jim has the ability to 
look into a person's soul, 

find their true beauty, 
and then capture the 
story of their life 
through the lens of his 
camera. "Each person is 
beautiful and everyone 
has a story," Jim says. 
And that is the essence 
of his ministry. 

Although many clients come to him tor 
photographs of weddings and other occasions 
or milestones, others come to him with much 
more challenging assignments. "Sometimes 
people call me at the worst point in their life," 
Jim says. "They're going through a personal 
crisis, a death in the family, or divorce and 
they want reassurance that they are worthwhile 
and beautiful. As the photographer, sometimes 
you really have to look beneath the surface and 
find the beauty within. It's my privilege to 
capture that beauty on film." 

Jim recalls a woman who was on her death- 
bed. The woman 
asked him to photo- 
graph her so her 
children would have 
something by which 
to remember her. 
"That was one of 
the hardest, but 
most beautiful por- 
trait sessions I've 
ever been involved 
in," Jim says. A 
couple days later the 
woman passed away. 

It's Jim's passion for people that drives him. 
"I feel that when you have a talent, you're 
obligated to try to develop it for the good of 
society and mankind." 

Jim hopes that he may someday use his 
talents to photograph women who have been 
victims of abuse. "You talk about someone who 
has a painfully low sense of self-worth," Jim 

says. "Their 
souls are 
lower than 
the soles of 
their shoes, 
and if I can 
use my cam- 
era to help 
them realize 
they're still 
beautiful, just 
imagine what 
that would do 
for them." 
That is 
what makes 
Jim's ministry 
so special. It 
is about serving God and serving others. 

"God let me into photography when He 
knew the timing was right," Jim says, "not 
when I was young and the adrenaline was flow- 

But even before God said, "yes," Jim was 
busy developing his talent. 

"Many people put their talents on hold, but 
when they do, time and circumstances some- 
times take them away," Jim says. "That's why 1 
always encourage people to develop their tal- 
ents and take the risk. Because long after the 
stress, the pains of study, the hurt, and fatigue 
have passed, the reasons you've developed that 
talent will benefit people you'll never meet. In 
my case, as a photographer, the purpose and 
the reason I create images will always exist, 
even after I'm gone." 

The story of Jim Marlowe is the story of an 
artist. His camera as a paintbrush and film as 
his canvas, the images he creates tell the most 
magnificent stories. And if it's true that a 
single portrait can tell the story of a person's 
life, then Jim is quite a storyteller. 

That's his portrait — the portrait of a pho- 
tographer, -v- 

Columns • 13 

Lifetime Learning 


Take Amazing Photos 

Traditional or Digital 

As director of public relations 
/ \ for Southern Adventist 
/ \ University I see a lot of 
photos— photos of students, fac- 
ulty, the campus, class projects, 
and that's only the beginning. I've 
seen some great ones, but the 
mediocre photos definitely out- 
number the amazing ones. 

Time and time again I get asked the ques- 
tion, "What makes the difference?" It might be 
composition, focus, subject content, depth-of- 
field, or maybe it's just an unexplainable feel- 
ing that the photo evokes. I'm going to share 
my experience as a photographer and magazine 
publisher to help explain what it takes to make 
a good photograph and how the new era of 
digital photography is changing the photogra- 
phy industry. 

Taking good photos was once only a slightly 
confusing and lengthy subject. As technology 
affects our lives in so many ways, it seems to 
put photography in an almost out-of-control 
spin. Traditional print, digital cameras, scan- 
ners, Picture CD, digital video, the options are 

For people "in the business," the digital 
revolution has been a huge blessing. And the 
more people that get involved the easier my 
job becomes. However, from the consumer's 

perspective, it couldn't be more confusing. 
Throughout this article I'm going to explain a 
few simple photography tips that 
will work for both traditional 
and digital photography. One 
doesn't have to be a professional 
to create good photographs. And 
beyond that, I will share some 
thoughts about digital photogra- 
phy, and hopefully I'll be able to 
demystify some of the digital 
world for you. 

visual appeal. I call this the vacation shot. 
Many times people want to get a scenic loca- 


try to get both the scenic background 
and the person in the same shot 

Tip 1 : Get close, then get even 

This issue, coupled with focusing problems, 
is the number one reason certain photos lack 

■gn] move in much closer on the subject for a 
more interesting shot 

tion or landmark and a person (or group of 
people) in the photo at the same time. This 
tarely works for personal photos, as you are 
usually left explaining who the ant-sized person 
is and it never works for publication or profes- 
sional work. If you must have a photo of the 
location take a nice landscape shot and then 
take another one with your person. This time 
get close! It really makes a photo much more 
interesting and useable. 

14 • SUMMER 2002 


Tip 2: Focus on your subject 

This can be accomplished in a variety of 
ways depending on your camera, but always 
make sure that your subject is in focus. This 
sounds like a trite, easy thing to do, but it's 
not. Taking photos is a three-step process: 
compose, focus, shoot. Get close, compose 
your photo like you want it, make sure that 
you consciously focus on your subject and then 
squeeze the shutter release. Most point-and- 
shoot cameras do not have the ability to 
manually focus before you take the photo. In 
this case, make sure your subject is close to the 
center of the frame and hold the camera very 
still as you squeeze the release button. The 
better-quality cameras will allow you to focus 
by pressing the release button halfway down. 
Finish taking the photo by pressing the button 
all the way down. 

Tip 3: Make each shot count 

Many times I have heard people say "take as 
many shots as you can so you'll get at least one 
good shot." This often results in there not 
being a single good shot in the bunch. If you're 
using bad techniques you shouldn't count on 
getting lucky once out of 24 shots. More than 
likely you'll end up with 24 had shots. Don't 
get me wrong, you can't be too scared to press 
that button, but you should make every shot 
count. Try to make each frame a worthwhile 
photo. If you make 24 good attempts you'll 
probably end up with more than just one good 
photo. And choosing the best out of several 
good ones is a great problem to have! 

make sure the camera is focused on the subject of your photo 


limit yourself to only posed shots that can 
seem forced and unnatural. This is a 
rare, posed photo of my daughter Ashlyn. 

Tip 4: Shoot candids 
whenever possible 

Try as you might, sometimes you 
have no choice but to pose people. I 
have shot many weddings over the 
years and posing people just comes 
with the territory. But I also try to 
take some photos during the recep- 
tion that are un-posed. These usu- 
ally turn out to be the best. Your 
subjects are more natural and the 
photo looks like a moment captured 
in time instead of a historical docu- 

|gjgj take candids whenever you can, some of the 
best expressions come from candids 

Columns • 15 

merit. When you're photographing, it helps to 
have an assistant or someone else that the 
subject can talk to and interact with. You can 
also try your hand at some candid conversation 
while taking the photos in an effort to relax 
your subject and catch them a little off guard. 
After all, few people actually enjoy having 
their photo taken. 

Tip 5: Choose an attractive back- 

It's easy to spend a lot of your time and 
attention on the subject of your photo without 
noticing what's in the background. Sometimes 
we just need a background that will blur easily 
and not be a distraction. There are other times 
when something in the background may inter- 
fere with our subject, like a pole coming out of 
someone's head or something that appears to 
go straight through the subject's body. Unfortu- 
nately these interferences are rarely seen 
through the camera lens, but are always seen in 
the final image. When taking photos of people 


it's best to get close, focus, and, if your cam- 
era has the ability, use a wide aperture set- 
ting (small number) which will result in a 
blurred background. But as long as the 
photo is in focus the background can be 
blurred once it's digitized. 

choose a background that won't distract from 
the subject 

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Digital Photography 

What is the difference between digital and 
traditional photos anyway? Are digital photos 
any better or is it just hype? The answer lies in 
another question: How do you intend to use 
the photo? For magazine 
printing purposes the 
photo will eventually 
end up being digital. 
However, only top-of- 
the-line digital equip- 
ment is capable ot 
shooting high enough 
quality for publication. 
Therefore we take all of 
our photos with tradi- 
tional slide or medium 
format film. This pro- 
duces the highest quality 
image that can then be 
scanned into a digital 
file tor printing. 

Most consumer-based 
digital cameras take 
good enough photos to 
print on desktop Inkjet printers, but you 
shouldn't do much more than that with them 
They also make it easy to e-mail photos to 
friends and family. It starts getting a little 

trickier when you need to edit those digital 
files. Most digital cameras come with editing 
software and they all operate differently. 
It seems that most people want a digital 




$100 -$1000 

$250 - $2000 

Film Cost 

$3 per roll 


$7 per roll 

your time 


average - good 



Send photos 
by e-mail 

when scanned 


good - great 



camera so they can e-mail photos to friends 
and family. If this is your only purpose then I 
suggest considering buying a digital scanner 
instead. Quality scanners can he purchased for 

only $100 and you really don't really need 
anything more elaborate. This way you can 
scan just the photos you want to e-mail and 
you'll still have your traditional photos to hang 
on your refrigerator or put in your scrapbooks 
and photo albums. 

Another challenge is encountered when it 
comes to storing digital photos. This process 
can be troublesome unless you use some elabo- 
rate filing system or save your photos on a 
Picture CD. Picture CD format can be viewed 
through a DVD player so that you won't have 
to fire up the computer every time you want to 
see pictures. The downside is that getting your 
photos copied to a Picture CD format is expen- 
sive. It usually runs $15 per CD. 

Photography can be a fun, relaxing activity, 
especially when you get the results you want. 
Take a little time to practice the tips men- 
tioned and see if your photos improve. When 
you get some appealing images, let us see your 
work. During the next couple issues of Columns 
we're dedicating several pages to displaying 
photos taken by alumni and Columns readers. 
Send your photos to Columns, Southern 
Adventist University, PO Box 370, 
Collegedale,TN 37315. ♦ 

send us 

Columns will dedicate sev- 
eral pages to photos taken 
by alumni and Columns 


Send your photos to: 

Southern Adventist University 

PO Box 370 
CoLLegedaLe, TN 37315 

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SUMMER 2002 

by Ryan Wallace 

Malnourished babies are something that you see in 
pictures," says Robyn Kerr, senior public relations 
major, "but when you're holding them in your arms 
and you feel how light they are, you suddenly realize the mea- 
sure of their need." After visiting remote villages in the Re- 
public of Guinea on Africa's west coast, working to help solve 
world hunger became a reality to Robyn. 

According to the United Nations, Guinea is one of the 
least developed countries in the world. Life expectancy is 47 
years, and the vast majority of its 7.5 million citizens live in 
extreme poverty. The Adventist Development and 
Relief Agency ( ADRA) works to change this. Their 
efforts involve a child-survival project that focuses 
on educating mothers about nutrition, child care and 
immunizations. This program is helping over 70,000 
mothers and children improve and extend their lives. 

Last summer, Robyn left her home in the United 
States to serve as an ADRA intern for project direc- 
tor Irene Ndombo in Guinea's capital ciry, Conakry. 
ADRA Guinea needed $200,000 and approval by 
the Minister of Health of Guinea for the program to 
continue. Submitting a proposal to ADRA Switzer- 
land and the Swiss government for the necessary 
funds was Robyn 's primary summer objective. 

"When 1 arrived in Conakry, 1 felt a little over- 
whelmed," Robyn says. "My experience in grant 
writing was limited to classroom practice. I'd never 
actually done it before." Using the training she had 
received as a result of her American Humanics 
coursework at Southern, Robyn began to assemble 
the proper forms of a grant. 

Office work was not Robyn's only responsibility. Trips to 
project-participant villages and seeing the villagers' needs gave 
her motivation to work hard in her grant writing. Robyn and her 
supervisor, Irene, became close friends as they spent time to- 
gether. Irene was once a starving child in the neighboring coun- 
try of Cameroon. Without nutrition classes similar to the ones 
she now directs, Irene might not be alive. Her mother learned 
proper nutrition from a Swiss aid worker when Irene was a baby. 

Fortunately for Irene and the thousands of mothers and babies 
to whom she dedicates herself, the American Humanics train- 
ing that Robyn received was the recipe for success. A few months 
after drafting and submitting the final version of her grant, Robyn 
received news that funds had been secured and the program 
was proceeding as planned. The Minister of Health in Conakry 
had gladly given ADRA permission to continue operations in 
his country. As a result, mothers in Guinea have been enabled 
to improve their lives and the lives of their children. 

With the motto "To help people help themselves," Ameri- 
can Humanics is the perfect organization for students like Robyn 
who want to work in nonprofit service careers. Founded in 1948, 
this institution is dedicated to training students to successfully 

operate nonprofit organizations, and provides a certificate cur- 
riculum to ensure student competence. Its mission is to prepare 
and certify future nonprofit leaders. American Humanics is the 
benchmark for a.spiring students in this area. Southern is one of 
83 institutions participating nationwide, and the only Seventh- 
day Adventist participant to date. While numbers grow, Robyn 
is one of American Humanics' first SDA members. 

Since the majority of nonprofit positions are with companies 
that work directly to improve the lives of others, students at 
Southern find it a natural extension of their missionary spirit. 

Beyond the logistics of running an efficient organization, this 
program provides training and emphasis on service in general. 
Impact studies comparing typical college graduates with Ameri- 
can Humanics college graduates reveal much better preparation 
in those with American Humanics distinction. 

This achievement isn't left to chance. Competencies in 
many different areas of nonprofit work are established through 
coursework, on-the-job experience, and various student activi- 
ties. Tliese competencies range from verbal communication 
skills, conflict resolution and ethical behavior to leadership 
characteristics and interview know-how. Many large nonprofit 
organizations such as the American Red Cross, United Way of 
America, and Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America are affili- 
ated with American Humanics. 

No specific major is required to enter the American Humanics 
program, hut nonprofit administration and development majors 
will find many overlapping requirements. When students sign up 
for the American Humanics certificate program, they must fulfill 
four basic requirements: accumulate 180 hours of nonprofit 
training, attend the American Humanics national conference 
at least once, serve at least 300 hours at a nonprofit organization 
as an intern and participate in American Humanics activities 




on Southern's campus. 

According to Lynn Caldwell, 
American Humanics director at 
Southern, these kinds of oppor- 
tunities are just what her stu- 
dents need. "The nonprofit 
sector isn't run only by volun- 
teers and well-meaning people 
anymore — there are a lot of 
jobs involved, and a lot of 
money. It's a highly professional 
field," Lynn says. "Even in the 
Seventh-day Adventist Church 
we lack trained professionals to 
run nonprofit organizations." 
Campus activities that Lynn and her students have spon- 
sored or helped with include clothing collection campaigns 
such as "Drop your drawers." Last semester, students gathered 
over 200 new pairs of underwear to donate to the Samaritan 
Center, a local community service agency. The annual 
SonRise Resurrection Pageant also enables students to partici- 
pate in detailed planning and organization of more than 600 
volunteers. But perhaps the largest and most significant activ- 
ity American Humanics students at Southern participated in 
this year was Community Service Day (pages 28-29). 

Community Service Day is an armual event involving hun- 
dreds of volunteers who donate one day to help improve the 
local community. Teaming up with the Center for Nonprofits in 
Chattanooga, students spread out to more than 40 area agen- 
cies. Through manual labor, child mentoring, elderly care, and 
other activities, students and staff at Southern give back some 
of the benefits they have received. TTiis year's theme was "TTie 
Gospel in Work Boots," and was sponsored by ADRA. 

"This year's theme reflected the idea of Christians follow- 
ing Christ's model of service," says Robyn, director of Commu- 
nity Service Day. "We wanted to put on our work boots and be 
living examples of Christians meeting the 
needs of others." 

Since so many work locations were avail- 
able for students, site coordinators were 
designated for each group. Coordinators 
worked directly with the sponsors to make 
sure that everyone arrived together and work 
progressed smoothly. Many American 
Humanics students served in these positions. 
Kathy Souchet, junior nonprofit major, was 
a site coordinator, but her experience ex- 
ceeds local activities. 

Kathy applied to and was accepted to the 
national planning team for the annual con- 
ference of American Humanics in San An- 
tonio, Texas. Of applicants nationwide, only 

five were chosen for this coveted position and practical experi- 
ence of business planning in the nonprofit sector. Working 
alongside other students and professional sponsors, Kathy 
learned the nitty-gritty details of nonprofit management first 
hand while networking with future affiliates and institutions. 

"In addition to having the certification in my resume, I now 
have experience in American Humanics itself," Kathy says. 
With her help, the 2002 American Humanics conference was a 
huge success. Each conference brings together educators, stu- 
dents and professionals in various fields for information sharing, 
seminars, networking, and employment opportunities. This 
three-day event includes workshops, a simulated strategic plan- 
ning exercise and presentations by CEOs of major nonprofit 
organizations and foundations such as American Red Cross. 

Stacey Crandall was among the Southern students who 
attended the conference. She is a senior mass communications 
major who plans to work for a nonprofit organization after 
graduation. Since joining American Humanics last year, she has 
gained valuable training and experience in her professional field. 

"My American Humanics experience makes me competi- 
tive," Stacey says. "Because of my involvement, I've had train- 
ing, volunteer hours, an internship at a nonprofit organization, 
and some connections in the community with nonprofit profes- 
sionals. And because American Humanics is a nationwide pro- 
gram, I'm not limited to the Chattanooga area." 

With so many exciting experiences, campus activities, and 
educational opportunities, it's not surprising the American 
Humanics program continues to grow. "1 wish this program was 
better recognized in Adventist schools," Stacey says. "This 
should be made available to anyone who wants it." 

Robyn, Kathy, and Stacey are just three of Southern's 
American Humanics students. Each has her own story, and each 
will use her education differently, but they all share one goal: a 
career of service. Working for a cause greater than their own 
ambitions, they are determined to share the blessings and abili- 
ties that God has given them to better the lives ot others. ♦ 

20 . SUMMER 2002 


The Chemistry of a Department 

on the Rise 

Chemistr>' may he one of Southern's smaller departments, but big 
things are happening. In the last few years, the number of chemistry 
majors has tripled, and continued growth is on the horizon. Nearly half 
of Southern's students in this traditionally male-oriented field are females. 

According to Rhonda Scott-Ennis, chair of the chemistry department, 
this tremendous increase is the result of continued efforts to improve the 
quality of the chemistry program and increased visibility in recent years. 

"It's due to a combination of factors," Rhonda says. "We have an 
energetic, well-qualified faculty that genuinely cares about the students. 
We take advantage of our smaller size, and interact with students on a 
personal level. Quite simply, we have a good program, and we're work- 
ing hard to continue to improve it." 

The close, friendly relationship between students and faculty comes 
directly from the excellent student-teacher ratio. Viewed as an advan- 
tage within the department, small size allows greater interaction and 
involvement without disturbing scholastic advancement. A brief visit to 
the chemistry department on an average school day illustrates this. 

In Rhonda's office on the 
second floor of Hickman Science 
Center, there are no compli- 
cated chemistry formulas or 
diagrams written on the white- 
board. Aside from a few dates 
and reminders, there is a draw- 
ing of a flower, a smiling sun 
and Philippians 4:13: "1 can do 
all things through Christ who 
strengthens me." As I talked 
with Rhonda, a student came 
to her door. "Do you have any 
food?" she asked, "I'm hungry." 

The student was Lu 
Litvinkova, senior chemistry 
major. Lu is from Estonia and 

loves the chemistry department. "It is a fun place to be," Lu says. 
"People take personal interest in your life. They know who you are, and 
they let you know that you are not just another student — you are an 
individual. In my time here I have befriended every faculty member, and 
1 feel like they care about me as one of their own family members." 

Part of the efforts to improve the department include the addition of 
another doctorate professor. Loren Bamhurst has an organic chemistry 
Ph.D. from the University of Denver, and he will begin teaching at 
Southern in the fall. With his experience, Bamhurst's primary responsi- 
bility will be teaching organic chemistry. 

Loren will join Rhonda Scott-Ennis, Bruce Schilling, and Brent 
Hamstra to become the fourth full-time professor in the department. 
Rhonda has a Ph.D. in biochemistry, and has completed her fifth year at 
Southern. Bruce Schilling has a physical chemistry Ph.D. with extensive 
work in analytical chemistry, and he has been working in the chemistry 

by Ryan Wallace 

department for six years. Brent Hamstra has a Ph.D. in inorganic chemis- 
try and is finished his third year at Southern. Combining efforts, they 
offer both a chemistry and biochemistry program, as well as certification 
for teaching chemistry at the secondary level. 

The department now strives to fulfill the qualifications necessary for 
certification by the American Chemical Society (ACS) for the bachelor's 
degree in chemistry. With the addition of an inorganic chemistry course 
next spring, the degree will provide excellent graduate school preparation 
and will include all the course work required for ACS certification. The 
department's biochemistry program currently meets the guidelines for the 
American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. 

This is good news for students who plan to continue in graduate pro- 
grams. "Many of our students 
use their bachelor's degrees in 
chemistry to prepare them for 
the rigorous requirements of 
graduate school," Rhonda says. 
The future for many students 
includes medical school, den- 
tal school, forensic studies or 

One student who plans to 
continue with graduate studies 
is David Cole, sophomore 
chemistry major from Ohio. "I 
chose chemistry because it 
fascinated me in high school. 1 
rose to the top of my class 
because of this interest, and 1 
plan on someday becoming a pharmacist if God leads in that direction." 
Of the academic strength of the department, David says, "The teach- 
ers are not here to baby-sit you and give you an A; you have to earn it. 
Even more important than grades, however, is actually understanding the 
material. One of the greatest feelings I have is walking out of Dr. 
Hamstra 's class knowing I have a good grasp on what he's talking about." 
David and Lu are just two of the students experiencing the excellent 
academics of the chemistry department. When asked what they would 
say to prospective students, they responded positively. "My teachers give 
me incredible attention and 1 know that they all want me to succeed," 
David says. "You'll have incredible opportunities here." 

As Lu graduates, she'll miss her time here. "1 have a lot of memorable 
experiences in the chemistry department, and I am really sad I am graduat- 
ing." She recommends Southern to others: "You will get a good back- 
ground for your future studies, and enjoy yourself at the same time." *♦■ 

Columns • 21 


by Carol Loree 

For the Committee of 100 

Does anyone pay the Bills for the Com- 
mittee of 100? No one ever has. But it 
you ask the three who have voluntar- 
ily served as the Committee's presidents since 
its beginning in 1963 — Bill lies, Bill Hulsey, 
and currently Bill McGhinnis — they would say 
it has been well worth the investment in time 
and resources. 

Bill lies' of Orlando, Florida, had never set 
foot on the Southern Missionary College campus 
when president Conrad Rees invited him to 
Collegedale for a brainstorming session in 1962. 

"We made a list of 20 successful business- 
men who were friendly toward the college," 
Chick Fleming' recalls. "We wanted fresh ideas 
from creative individuals. And we wanted to 
see if there was enough interest to help meet 
the need for physical facilities, with enrollment 
growing as it was." 

Seventeen people came from around the 
Southern Union, and met in the science build- 
ing — Hackman Hall. "We thought of many 
ideas that day," Bill Hulsey' says, "but lies knew 
of a civic organization in Orlando that had 
established a 100-member committee to raise 

money." Forming a group of laypeople inter- 
ested in Southern stood out as the best idea. 

That day, all 1 7 representatives pledged to be 
on the Committee of 100 for Southern Mission- 
ary College, Inc., with dues of $500 per year. 

Next they determined that if they were 
going to have an organization, they would need 
some structure, so lies was appointed as the 
president with Hulsey as the treasurer. Sam 
Martz from Nashville was the vice president, 
and O.D. McKee was the secretary. 

"I dreamed it up," lies admits, "and so often 
when you're the one to dream it up, you have 
do it." And so it was for the next 25 years. 
Each time there was a directors' meeting and 
appointing new officers was discussed, lies 
would turn over the meeting to Jack McKee, 
leave the room, and "go down to the CK to eat 
breakfast. When I came back I found 1 had 
been elected again." 

Seventeen to 100 in about a year 

The first task was to gather a complement 
of people who could bring in a cash flow to 
accomplish some of the objectives of Southern. 

"An institution needs revenue — auxiliaries," 
Hulsey explains. "TTie college had its hands full 
building its academic programs. The concept of 
an educational institution without subsidiary 
income is only half a workable plan. The 
businesspeople got the vision and understood 
this need to finance the education." 

But where would they find 100 people? 

The Committee officers and college admin- 
istrators partnered with Southern Union lead- 
ers to visit constituent cities and towns — 
usually places where a member of the original 
17 lived — Miami, Bristol, Orlando, etc. "We 
identified Adventist professional people we 
thought would have ideas and finances," 
Hulsey remembers. "We had a meal at these 
different places and presented our proposal." 
The plan was to help Southern accomplish 
what it couldn't accomplish on its own. "Our 
sole purpose," says Bill McGhinnis'', current 
president, "has always been to benefit South- 
em; and every dollar contributed through the 
Committee of 100 goes to support the school." 
Within a year, they had 100 members. 

22 • SUMMER 2002 

Now that they've come, what will we build? 

"Our second task," Fleming says, "was to have 
a project." The old tabernacle (Tab) was being 
used as a gymnasium, church, skating rink — 
everything. Uls had flooded campus, and en- 
rollment was rapidly increasing. The Tab was 
also becoming inadequate to accommodate the 
Georgia-Cumberland summer camp meeting. 
"We needed an auditorium as well as an educa- 
tional facility," Huisey says, "and the adminis- 
tration indicated their priority was a gym." 

The original idea was for members to com- 
mit $500 a year for three years. "The $150,000 
went toward building the original gym," lies 
recalls, "but this was the mid-60s; $150,000 
wouldn't do that today, of course." 

SMC was booming. The board voted to 
limit the enrollment, but the students kept 
coming. "But we couldn't keep drawing stu- 
dents here if we couldn't give them work and 
provide housing," Fleming says. So, the next 
project was the broom factory — an industry 
that appealed to the Committee of 100 busi- 
ness-types because they could see the potential 
benefits: profit for the institution as well as 
student employment — which, in turn, would 
increase enrollment. The broom factory had 
been turning a profit, "but broom com was 
becoming more expensive and the factory was 
declining somewhat," Huisey says. So, they 
found an inexpensive resource for broom com, 
and the Committee of 100 took on the project 
of building a new broom factory on the site of 
the old CoUegedale Wood Products building. 

In 1963, Hamilton County installed what 
is now University Drive, "leaving our main 
businesses off the beaten track," Huisey explains. 
Traffic was diverted away from the College Store, 
post office, and gas station. The Committee of 
100 then stepped up to its third project — the 
construction of what is now Fleming Plaza — 
providing an expanded opportunity for commerce 
in a more visible and easily accessible location. 
The plan was for the Committee to own the 
complex and rent it to the college for $100,000 
per year, and the college would sublet the shops 
as a source of revenue. That plan remains in 
place today, according to current treasurer 
Robert Merchant,' and the Committee has 
kept the rate at $100,000 for over 30 years. 

So, the Committee of 100 has two main 
sources of income each year: $100,000 rental 
income from the Plaza, and dues from its mem- 
bers—usually totaling $70-80,000. 

Recruiting new members 

Through the years the active membership 
has fluctuated between a little over 100 and 
well over 200 members. In the early years, 
Leroy Leiske and Southem Union public rela- 
tions director Oscar Heinrich recruited new 
members. "Membership grows when we have a 
project that people like," McGhinnis says. 
Right now the membership stands at 182, and 
K.R. Davis remains one of the most passionate 
recruiters in the Committee's history. 

Many ask why the dues have remained $500 
a year, when that amount is obviously worth less 
today than in 1962. "The dues," Huisey explains 
with a twinkle in his eye, "bring people in and 
give them a voice to vote on the project. 
Oftentimes, along with the vote comes a pock- 
etbook. If you give people a voice, you have a 
lot better chance at their pocketbook." The 
Committee seeks to include as many members 
as possible, and its directors have concluded 
that increasing the dues might exclude some 
who have been loyal members for years as well 
as potential younger members. "We just don't 
want to close anyone out," McGhinnis adds. 

Today — over 30 projects and over $10 mil- 
lion later — the Committee of 100 maintains a 

commitment to helping Southem 
accomplish its purposes and realize its 
dreams. Most of the projects have 
been 5- or 6-digit endeavors, and 
most have been brick-and-mortar 
projects. All have been the result of 
the collective efforts of alumni and 
friends of Southem who have done 
more together than any individual 
could have done alone. 

The Committee of 100 actively 
welcomes new members — hoping, of 
course, to keep paying the bills. ♦ 

' William A. lies was the first president of the 
Committee of 100. He and his wife Jean live in Or- 
lando where he is a business consultant and is still a 
Committee member. 

^ Charles Fleming, Jr., served as Southern's 
business manager, from 1946-75. He and Betty reside 
in CoUegedale, where they are sclll members of the 
Committee of 100. 

' William Huisey, Committee of 100 president 
from 1988-00, and former owner/president uf 
CoUegedale Caseworks. resides in CoUegedale with 
his wife Myrtle. 

^ Willis T. McGhinnis, current Committee of 
100 president, is a retired banker, and now deals in 
private investments. 

^ Robert Merchant is current Committee of 100 
treasurer, and has been a member since 1976. He 
served as Southern's treasurer from 1961-86. He and 
his wife Agnes are rerired in CoUegedale. 

William lies 

Willis McGhinnis 

Committee of 100 Begins Wellness Center Venture 

At the April 2002 meeting, the Committee of 100 board of directors voted to accept 
their largest financial venture ever: $2 million toward the construction of a proposed 
Wellness Center. "We think it's very appropriate that the Committee of 100 take on a role 
in supporting the Wellness Center," current president Bill McGhinnis reports. "The Center 
will wrap around and attach to lies P.E. Center— where we got started in 1965." 

The new Wellness Center will be a place for students, staff, and community members to 
begin or enhance a wellness lifestyle. "The current gym has served us well for 40 years," 
says university President Gordon Bietz, "and this new project will not only serve the 
wellness-degree students, but will also advance the student and employee wellness pro- 
grams." David 
Burghart, vice presi- 
dent for advancement, 
is optimistic this 
project will increase 
interest in joining the 
Committee of 100. 
"Health, wellness, and 
a balanced lifestyle are 
widely sought after 
these days, and 
wellness is at the core 
of Southern's mission." 



Columns • 23 


Building relationships v\^ith 
all the right tools 

by Kelli Gauthier 

When I was asked to interview K. R. Davis, my mind began spinning. 
Everyone at Southern has heard of him — the K. R. Davis Prom- 
enade, K.R.'s Place — the man is virtually a legend! As I researched my 
topic, 1 became overwhelmed. This is the man who received countless 
awards and dedications in his more than 35 years at Southern. But after 
talking with him, I realized the story of his life always returns to the one 
thing that's most important to him: building relationships. 

Kenneth Raymond Davis has dedicated his entire adult lite to church 
service. For four years he worked as a pastor, teacher, and dean in the 
Wisconsin Conference before the Southern Union snagged him in 1948. 
He continued similar work at Forest Lake and Mt. Pisgah academies. In 
1959, K. R. answered a call to Southern Missionary College, and two name 
changes later, he remains a fixture at Southern Adventist University. 

While at Southern, K. R. has served as dean of men, dean of students, 
religion professor, and director of counseling and testing. He currently 
serves as the president's assistant, a title, K. R. says, that doesn't really 
explain what he does. So "what exactly does he do?" one might ask. An- 
swer: anything that needs to be done. 
K. R. has involved his hands in many 
things around campus. His recent 
projects include building items for 
the service department, props for 
Destiny Drama Company's home 
show and the School of Music's Gil- 
bert and Sullivan production, easles 
and tables for the School of Visual 
Art and Design, and a backdrop for 
the ASEANS club night. 

K. R.'s work at Southern began as 
dean of men. During those seven 
years, he formed lifelong bonds with 
the men he still calls his "boys." One 
of his boys, Merlin Wittenberg, has 
always seen K. R. as "above all, a true 
friend of young people with an undy- 
ing love for Jesus Christ." 


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As the only men's dean, K. R. was busy with every aspect of life in 
the dorm. He even lived in a first floor dorm room. A softspoken but 
wise man, K. R. earned respect for being fair. "1 got the impression that 
the men did what was right because they admired him and didn't want 
to fail him," says Peggy Elkins, K.R's daughter 

Though his official job title has changed several times, K. R. has 
always been involved as a Student Association sponsor and recruiter. 

"K. R. is a wonderful asset to have on any team," said Brandon 
Nudd, 2001-02 Student Association president. "He has designed and 
built everything from computer desks in the dorms to miniature golf 
courses for SA parties. The SA wouldn't be able to do half of what it 
does without his guidance, support, and his trusty tool belt." 

Every year, K. R. goes down to Florida before camp meeting begins 
to help pitch tents and do maintenance work. He shared a story of 
"some dear lady" he met one summer. She was having a hard time 
sleeping on her uncomfortable camping mattress, so K.R. got right on 
the job and found her a piece of plywood to stick underneath the 
mattress. She was extremely grateful. A year later during Mother 
Daughter Weekend at Southern the same lady approached him with 
her daughter who was attending Southern, and she thanked him again 
for his help. "She had a warm feeling about Southern because of my 
maintenance work in Florida — it's a wonderful PR activity," K.R. said. 

Last year K.R. lost Jeanne, his wife of 57 years. Even still, his com- 
mitment to Southern remains strong. He takes his business cards with 
him so when he meets people — like the man in Lowe's who wanted to 
go back to school to obtain a theology degree — he can plug Southern. 

Recently, K. R. has been recruiting for another project he feels 
strongly about: the Committee of 100. A member himself, K.R. has 
been responsible for getting many individuals to join and to give be- 
yond the yearly dues. 

After spending the morning with K. R., I felt there wasn't anyone 
he didn't know, or anything he wouldn't do for the school he loves. 
Peggy describes him as a "workaholic — he needs to be needed." 

As I was preparing to leave K. R.'s workshop, he asked me to write 
my name down on a piece of paper. "I want to make sure I remember 
your name," he told me. And thus another relationship was built. -O- 

24 • SUMMER 2002 


Graduates and faculty honored 

Southern's Spring ComtiK'ncement ceremo- 
nies concluded on Sunday, May 12, with 
the presentation of diplomas to 267 under- 
graduate seniors and six master's graduates. 

The graduating class was made up of indi- 
viduals from all around the world, including 29 
international students representing 17 different 
countries. The majority of the students, how- 
ever, were from within the Southern Union. 

Fifty percent ot the class graduated with 
honors by maintaining a grade point average of 
3.5. Thirteen members of the class graduated 
with Southern Scholars distinction, which 
requires completion of a special honors curricu- 
lum as well as an additional senior research 

The weekend speakers included Kathleen 
Kuntaraf, associate director for prevention. 
Health Ministries Department, General Con- 
ference; Philip Samaan, professor of religion. 
Southern Adventist University; and June 
Scobee Rogers, founding chair, Challenger 
Center for Space Science Education. 

The Class of 2002 put a new twist on an old 
class-gift tradition. Over 100 graduating par- 
ticipants placed $5.02 in the hands of Presi- 
dent Gordon Bietz when awarded their 
diplomas. The class president Dan Kuntz said, 
"We've seen classes put a penny into the hands 
of the president, but we wanted to give some- 
thing back to the university that would count 
toward alumni giving [in the U.S. News & 
World Report ratings). Since we were graduating 
in May of 2002, we came up with the $5.02." 

Bietz collected varying denominations 
amounting to $5.02 — rolls of pennies and 
dimes, two pennies taped onto $5 bills, and 
several Sacajawea coins. "One student gave 
me a two-foot-long enlarged check, and 1 even 
received a note that said 'I.O.U. $5.02. Call 
me!'" Bietz said. "It was very generous of this 
class at a time when they are leaving this 
school to think about their place as alumni." 

The class officers are deciding how to com- 
memorate the gift. They are considering pur- 
chasing benches or a large brick paver to be 
included in the walkway project planned for 
the front of Lynn Wood Hall. 

The university also paid tribute to several 
members of the university faculty and staff. 

Distinguished Service Medallion 

George Babcock, senior vice president for 
academic administration, has devoted the last 
1 1 years of his career to Southern. He is widely 
recognized and frequently sought after in the 
educational community of Tennessee. His 
familiarity with Adventist education around 
the globe has inspired and enabled him to raise 
the esteem of Southern in the eyes of a world- 
wide constituency. He has invested his profes- 
sional and diplomatic expertise in 43 years of 
service to the cause and church he loves, dili- 
gently striving for excellence in the qualifica- 
tions oi his colleagues, in the construction of 
new academic programs, and in the academic 
and spiritual lives of students. 

Ed Lamb, chair and professor of social work 
and family studies, was honored for 3 1 years of 
multi-faceted service to Southern. Gracious 
and mild-mannered, he has provided a consis- 
tent example of Christian professionalism, 
mentoring and nurturing those students fortu- 
nate enough to come under his influence. For 
27 years, he has led an annual Thanksgiving 
trip to New York City, challenging the favored 
young people of Southern to observe and to 
serve the needs of another subculture. His 
advocacy of Southern's United Way pledge 
drive has strengthened relationships with the 
wider community, and his diligent participa- 
tion in faculty governance has greatly en- 
hanced the quality of Southern's academic 

President's Award 

for Teaching Excellence 

Lynn Caldwell, associate professor of jour- 
nalism and communication, was chosen by 
students and faculty to receive the 2002 
President's Award for Teaching Excellence. 
From the time of her arrival at Southern, her 
reputation with students and peers has been 
only of the highest order. Her commitment to 
service is reflected in her role as Southern's 
liaison with American Humanics, Inc., an 
alliance of educational institutions and human 
service agencies whose mission is "to prepare 
and certify future nonprofit professionals to 
work with America's youth and families." This 
annual award for teaching excellence on the 
undergraduate level carries with it an hono- 
rarium of $1,500. 

President's Award 

for Academic Research Excellence 

Alberto dos Santos, professor and dean of 
the School of Education and Psychology, was 
chosen by the academic research committee to 
receive this year's Award for Outstanding Re- 
search. Dos Santos has specialized in the 
teaching of research and statistics and is ac- 
tively doing research in the areas of education 
and psychology. Two major projects were com- 
pleted this year. One dealt with attitude struc- 
ture shifts caused by conversion in prison 
inmates. The second was a comparative study 
of teacher training programs between the 
United States and Central America. The 
study of prisoners' attitudes was presented to 
the faculty of Southern as well as at the South- 
eastern Psychological Association convention 
in Atlanta, March 2002. This award carries 
with it an honorarium of $500. 

President's Award 

for Excellence in Scholarship 

Ben Mc Arthur, chair and professor of history, 
received this year's Award for Excellence in 
Scholarship. As one of the most active promot- 
ers for Writing Across the Curriculum and the 
Southern Scholars program, he has used his love 
of learning as an agency for stimulating the 
minds of Southern's most gifted students. For 
several years he has organized and supervised 
the Great Books 
seminar, which is 
an integral part of 
the honors se- 
quence. Beyond his 
academic responsi- 
bilities to this 
campus, he has 
been an active 
contributor to 
studies in his disci- 
pline, writing some 
two dozen articles 
and papers, 
authoring one 
book and collabo- 
rating on several 

others, organizing, refereeing, and editing both 
within and beyond the circle of Adventist pro- 
fessional thought. This award carries with it 
an honorarium of $500. 

Columns • 25 

SIFE team named 2002 Free Enterprise Regional Champion 

The Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) 
team from Southern matched their educa- 
tional outreach projects against the programs 

of September 1 1 and a trip to Honduras in 
cooperation with the Adventist Development 
-and Relief Agency (ADRA) to work with 
economic development and micro lending 
hanks. Southern SIFE is also working to teach 
free enterprise to children m the community 
through games and activities. 

Don Ashlock serves as advisor for the team. 
Ashlock was named a Sam M. Walton Free 
Enterprise Fellow in recognition of his leader- 
ship and support ot the SIFE program at South- 
em. The team is directed hy Sarah Matthews, 

senior English major, and president of South- 
em SIFE. "I am proud of how quickly the 
Southern SIFE team has pulled together to 
accomplish unusually effective projects and to 
apply the principles of free enterprise in the 
community," Matthews said. "TTiis group of 
students will have a high competitive edge in 
the job market because of their experience in 
active business projects. They are already ex- 
hibiting a certain level of maturity in their 
professional image," Matthews added. 

of 41 other SIFE teams at the 2002 Regional 
Competition and Career Opportunity Fair held 
April 5, in Atlanta, Georgia. The Southem 
Adventist University SIFE team was awarded 
the Regional Champion trophy, as well as the 
Rookie of the Year award. 

The Southem SIFE team has been in exist- 
ence for less than a year and has accomplished 
outstanding projects and community ser\'ices. 

Students in Free Enterprise encourages 
students to take what they are learning in the 
classroom and apply it to real-life situations, 
and to use their knowledge to better their com- 
munities through educational outreach 
projects. The projects presented by the South- 
em SIFE team included a trip to New York 
City to provide financial assistance to victims 

The School of Nursing receives 
international honor society charter induction 

One hundred thirteen nurses and nursing 
students were inducted into the Sigma 

First Quarter Major Gifts 2002 






Worthy Student Fund 



President's Branding Project 






American Humanics 


Alumnus Estate 

Lynn Wood Hall Renovation 



Lynn Wood Hall Renovation 



Music Department Operation 



President's Branding Project 



Named Endowed Scholarship 



Research & Development Fund 



Pre Civil War Cabinets for Museum 



Lynn Wood Hall Renovation 



Hackman Hall Renovation 

Theta Tau International honor society of pro- 
fessional nurses on March 28. The event marked 
the chartering ceremony for the Rho lota Chap- 
ter of Sigma Theta Tau International. The 
installing officer was Peter Buerhaus, associate 
director of research for the School ot Nursing 
at Vanderbilt University and member of Sigma 
Theta Tau International Board of Directors. 

Katie Lamb, associate vice president of 
academic administration for Southem, recog- 
nized this accomplishment on behalf of the 
university. Phil Hunt, dean of the School of 
Nursing, gave the congratulatory remarks. 

"The advantages 
of Southem being a 
part of Sigma Theta 
Tau Intemational is 
that It promotes the 
profession of nursing 
to students and the 
community," said 
David Gerstle, pro- 
fessor ot nursing. 
"We will now be 
able to offer educa- 
tional workshops, 
grants and awards to 
current members. 
We can also further 
the profession of 
nursing through 

It was Gerstle 's vision to have a Sigma 
Theta Tau chapter on Southem's campus, and 
he vigorously enlisted members and completed 
the requirements for charter, accomplishing 
this goal in only three years. 

Tlie ceremony was attended by many 
people within the community, including David 
Hoskins, president of the Chattanooga Lion's 
Club; Charlene Robertson, chief nursing of- 
ficer, Memorial Hospital; Nancy Haugen, chair. 
Department of Nursing, Florida Hospital Col- 
lege ot Health 
Sciences; and 
Judge Summit, 
of Chattanooga. 
Mary B. Jack- 
son, professor 
emeritus Uni- 
versity of Ten- 
and acting advi- 
sor of Gerstle, was also present for the cer- 
emony. Among those inducted into Sigma 
Theta Tau Intemational was Don Duff, gradu- 
ate of the School of Nursing and 2001 Tennes- 
see Chiropractor of the Year. 

Southem Adventist University has had a 
tradition of nursing since 1956. The School of 
Nursing offers the associate, baccalaureate, and 
master's in nursing degrees. Southem has en- 
joyed a 100 percent NCLEX-RN pass rate (the 
licensing exam for registered nurses) for the 
last three graduating classes. 

26 • SUMMER 2002 


Swafford named advisor of the year 

Students and faculty at Southern Adventist 
University selected Carl Swafford, profes- 
sor of education and psychology as Faculty 
Advisor of the Year. Swafford received the 
award at Awards Convocation in April. 

"Dr. Swafford is always willing to spend 
time helping me work out my schedule," said 
one student. "He is an active advisor, not 
someone who just signs his name and wants to 
get on to the next advisee." 

Swafford was surprised and humbled by the 
award. "You never go out and try to he the 
advisor of the year," Swafford said. "I am 
pleased that my students feel positively about 
my planning. My goal is to get them to think 
and take control of their own academic pro- 
gram; I just try to be there to listen." 

Swafford has been a professor in 
the School of Education and Psy- 
chology for 10 years and has been 
instrumental in the development of 
the Outdoor Education program that 
is unique to Southern. 

"Dr. Swafford is recognized by his 
students and colleagues as an 'inter- 
ested' professor and a friend," said 
Alberto dos Santos, dean of the 
School of Education and Psychology. 
"His willingness to guide and help his students, 
and to take time to provide the support they 
need makes Dr. Swafford an example to all. He 
is a great asset to our School of Education and 
Psychology programs and we are grateful that 
he is not only one of us but one for all of us." 

Swafford commented that some of the times 
he enjoys the most are when students just 
come by his office and visit without an ap- 
pointment. "Students need to know that some- 
one cares, and listening seems to help them the 
best," Swafford said. 

University hosts Rotary event 
and launches newsletter for 
Chattanooga leaders 

Southern Adventist University treated 160 members of 
Chattanooga's Rotary Club to dinner and a concert on 
campus on March 14. "The faculty and students were hon- 
ored to host the Rotarians," said Gordon Bietz, university 
president and Rotarian since 1997 (Bietz was also a Rotarian 
from 1982-94). 

Russell Friberg, '72, local businessman and Rotarian, 
emceed the program. The event consisted of dinner in the 
Dining Hall and a concert by Southern's Symphony Orches- 

Conducted by Laurie M inner, the concert featured a 
variety ot musical pieces, highlighting as soloists, Lori Liu 
and Julie Penner. The percussion ensemble, under the direc- 
tion of Ken Parsons, also performed a dynamic piece titled 
"Me Tarzan." 

For many Rotarians, it was their first visit to Southern's 
campus. Many complimented the university and said they 
hope to be invited back. One even said it was the nicest 
Rotary Club event they had ever attended. 

Shortly after the Rotary dinner, the university continued 
its reach into the community by unveiling a quarterly news- 
letter. The newsletter is targeted toward leaders in the 
greater Chattanooga community — businessmen and women, 
government officials and educators. 

The newsletter provides information about current uni- 
versity events, news stories, and a variety of articles which 
inform area leaders about Southern's impact on the nearby 
Chattanooga community. 

A Service of Southern's Office of Planned Giving 

High Interest 
Lov^ Taxes 
For Life 


Sounds too good to be true? Not for friends and alumni of 
Southern Adventist University. The United States Government 
actually encourages gifts to Southern. Note the following: If 
you are 70 years of age and give Southern $20,000, the 
U.S. Government lets you receive from Southern $1,440 a 
year ($360 quarterly) for the rest of your life. They will also 
permit you to take a $7,490 tax deduction. Not only that, 
but you will pay taxes on only $786 of the $1,440 yearly 
income. That makes the 7.2% fixed payout of your annuity 
seem as if it is earning 8.4%. Give to Southern, receive 
on attractive income for life, and save taxes all at 
the same time. 

Would you like more information on how you can receive 
High Interest/Low Taxes for life? 

Please write Southern Adventist University, Office 
of Planned Giving, P.O. Box 370, Collegedale, TN 
37315, send e-mail to or 
call 423.238.2832 or 1.800.768.8437 


Columns '27 


The Gospel in 

by Bethany Martin 

Hundreds of students 
and staff from 
Southern Adventist 
University laced up 
their work boots to serve their 
neighbors in the Chattanooga 
community on April 18. This year, 

the eighth annual day dedicated to community 
service publicized the theme "The Gospel in 
Work Boots." Community Service Day is a 
humanitarian effort that propels students into 
activity in the local community to serve those 
in need. 

"This year's theme," said Robyn Kerr, direc- 
tor of Community Service Day, "reflected the 

idea of Christians following Christ's model of 
service. We wanted to put on our work boots 
and be a living and practical representation of 
what it means to be a Christian and how to 
meet the needs of others." 

Community Service Day is one day set aside 
each academic year on which no classes are 
held at Southern so that students and faculty 
are able to spend the day donating their time 
and energy in service to others in the local 

The university partners with the Center for 
Nonprofits in Chattanooga to disperse the 
students and staff among more than 40 service 
agencies and organizations in the Chattanooga 
area. These agencies share needs such as paint- 

ing, childcare, recreational park clean up, cleri- 
cal, carpentry and tutoring. After volunteers 
choose where they will serve, they are sent to 

SUMMER 2002 

i)rk Boots 

the agencies to help fulfill the many needs. 

"Community Service Day is a chance for the 
students to use their education to 
meet the needs of others," Kerr said. 

More than 550 students, staff, and 
faculty spent the day volunteering at 
agencies that interested them and 
where they could best share their 

This year's Community Service 
Day was sponsored in part by the 
Adventist Development and Relief 
Agency (ADRA), a humanitarian 
agency present in more than 120 
nations and providing development 
and disaster relief for individuals and 

communities without regard to age, ethnicity, 
or political or religious association. -0" 




Students Take a 
Break In New York City 

The term "mission trip" usually brings to 
mind pictures of brick churches, steamy 
jungles, and impoverished natives, but for 
41 students from Southern Adventist Univer- 
sity, the term means something much differ- 
ent. During their spring break, these 
students not only volunteered to help New 
York City and its residents recuperate from 
the September 11 attacks, but each one was 
responsible for paying their own way. 

At a time when people are more likely to 
be receptive to the Gospel, these student 
volunteers were able to witness for Christ as 
they went about their duties of mail sorting, 
stocking supplies, weeding, cleaning, paint- 
ing, laundry service and more. They also 
worked at the disaster site, feeding and 
encouraging relief workers. 

Another activity was Radical Street Minis- 
try, where students witnessed to people on 

the city streets. Kyle Allen, freshman theol- 
ogy major, was a part of this team. "I'll 
never forget the reaction that people had 
toward us," Kyle said. "They were really as- 
tonished that we were there on our spring 

Ken Rogers, university chaplain, agreed. 
"Most of the reaction we got was really posi- 
tive. I think there's been a certiain openness 
to Christianity that wasn't there before the 
terrorist attacks. There are four million 
people in Manhattan alone, and over one 
million people go to work there. We can't do 
everything, but we're doing something." 


Columns • 

Mission Minutes 

Southern Goes Out Unto 

All the World 

The student missions program at Southern Adventist University 
recently presented over 90 young adults for dedication as student 
missionaries for the 2002-2003 school year. Traveling to all comers of 
the globe, these student volunteers have chosen to take one year out of 
their academics to pursue a different kind of education as they help 
promote the message of God's love around the world. With destinations 
from Nepal to Egypt and everywhere in between, Southern students will 
work to fill positions as teachers, nurses, evangelists, Bible workers, 
church planters and literature evangelists. 

The student missionaries were honored and consecrated at the Student 
Missions Dedication 
on April 19 in the 
Collegedale Seventh- 
day Adventist 
Church. Flags from 
each country in 
which students will 
serve were placed on 
the church platform. 
An inspiring chal- 
lenge by Andy Nash, 
'94, author and 
former student mis- 
sionary' from South- 
em to Thailand, was 
in turn accepted by 
Brandon Nudd, Stu- 
dent Association 
president and future 

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student missionary. Each student was then called by name by Ken Rogers, 
university chaplain, and given a gift by Sherrie Norton, student missions 
coordinator. Returned student missionaries from previous years also par- 
ticipated in a candle lighting ceremony, passing the flame on to this 
year's students. As the students fanned out to surround the congregation 

with candlelight. Ken 
Rogers sang a dedica- 
tion song. 

While serving as 
missionaries, students 
appreciate receiving 
letters. If you are in- 
terested in communi- 
cating with a student, 
please contact the 
Chaplain's Office at 
or by email at 

In addition to 
those already serving, 
the following list iden- 
tities where each stu- 
dent will minister, -v- 

Jonathan Schlist 

Washington State 
Brandon Koldea 

Nikki Williams 

Marjorie Jones 

Ben Martin 

Costa Rica 
Nathania Figueroa 
Brandon Nudd 
Adam Ruf 

Czech Republic 
Scott Damazo 

Michael Bell 

Kevin Christman 
Cecilia Luck 

Nathan Zinner 

Laura David 

Loren Small 

Georgia Cumb. Acad. 
Royce Brown 


Bethany Martin 

Denise Edwards 
Ken Gulfan 
Jessie Knight 
Jamie Pombo 
Carlos Quintero 
Marleth Rodriguez 
Tricia Rouse 
David Sistiva 

Danielle Muhlenbek 

Highland Academy 
Jiffer Proctor 

Holbrook Indian 
Melinda Jamieson 


Jason Gulfan 

Indiana Academy 
Cheris Scalzi 

Angela Cerovski 
Rachel Lombard 
Geoff McRae 

Alicia Beth Ellis 
Neal Smith 

Matt Mattzela 

Milo Academy 
Jennifer Page 
Ella Mae Cuffy 

Breanna Roth 
Wendy Guptil 

Kibsa Gilmore 

Laura Lucas 
Travis Ringstaff 

Papua New Guinea 
Sara Cowles 


Andrew Korzyniowski 

Paulette Clark 
Christina George 
Daniel Martinez 

Michelle Burden 
Brad Clifford 
Lindsey Ford 
Justin Freed 

Melissa Harley 
Jared Wright 
Andrew Massengill 
AJ Stagg 
Kristin Stagg 
Keelan Tuel 
April West 

Larry Baxter 
Melina Bors 
Ryan Trott 


Amanda Hosek 

Misha Birmele 


Christina Mills 
Jillian Sharp 

Chris Sorensen 
Shannon Sorensen 

Upper Columbia conf. 

Greg Creek 

Lauren Elmendorf 


Andy Chinnock 
Jeff Sutton 


Jeremy Mahoney 
Alisha Martin 
Nicole Moore 
Brandie Whitely 
Rob Wooten 

Mindy Bell 
Jon-Michael Brown 
Lori Edgmon 
Stratton Tingle 

Collegedale, Tennessee 
Chad Stuart 

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Like each page in a scraphook represents a story from someone's 
' life, pieces from Southern's past reveal a rich and intriguing 
history of life on the campus. 

One finding was this daily time card from the early days of South- 
em Junior College in 1919, three years after the school moved from 
Graysville, Tennessee. The time card belonged to W. H. Campbell, 
who worked four hours of night watch on December 19. 

Campbell was probably compensated for his work at the rate of 9 
or 10 cents per hour. If he needed a warm coat that winter, he would 
have had to work more than 100 hours to earn enough to afford a 
decent coat, which sold in 1919 for between $10 and $12. 

Today the average student working on campus earns between $5.75 
and $6 per hour. Fortunately a good winter coat doesn't cost $600! 

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Columns • 31 

On the Move 


Carl J. Smith, '42, and his 
wife Susie, attended, tecently celebrated their 60th 
wedding anniversary. Carl and Susie reside in Live 
Oak, Florida. 

Margie (Futch) Bird, '47, and her husband. Bob, 
are still working for the Army Corps of Engineers at 
Lake AUatoona, Georgia during the summer months 
each year and enjoying it. Their two children and their 
families are doing fine. Margie and Bob live in Avon 
Park, Florida. The Birds say that they love helping in 
their local church. 

Otis Graves, '47, has retired in the Orlando area. 
Otis remains active in the music ministry of his local 


Betty (Boynton) McMillan, 

'51, moved to Florida in 1998. Her son, Charles, is a 
physicist at Lawrence Livermore Labs, and Betty's 
daughter, Sally, is a teacher at the University of Ten- 
nessee, Knoxville. Her daughter, Susan, is studying 
political science in Alexandria, Virginia, and her third 
daughter, Cindy, works for a city councilman in Ha- 
waii. Susan and Cindy, rwins, are both graduates of 

William F. Zill, '51, and his wife, Mary Alice 
(Benedict), live in Apopka, Florida. Their daughter 
Katen Wicklift Landa is a nurse practitioner in 
Kingston, New York, with plans to move to Portland, 
Maine. The Zills other daughter, Kathy Higgs, is an X- 
ray, MRl, and CAT scan technician at Drew Medical 
in Orlando, Florida. 

Ellen Corbett Zervos Brown, '52, and her husband. 
Bob, live in Forest City, Florida. They have been very 
active in missionary work. During the last several 
years, the Browns have been to Costa Rica, Honduras, 
Mexico, India, Haiti and other foreign countries. Their 
projects include church construction, school construc- 
tion, medical assistance and health education. Ellen 
and Bob say they are grateful for such life-changing 
travel opporrunities. 

Carol (Hollingsworth) Filomena, attended '52-'55, 
is happy to announce that her daughter, Debra 
(Eldridge) Amick, married Ronald Amick. They live 
in Dehlonega, Georgia, where Ron is a mental health 
counselor. Debra is home schooling their six-year-old 
daughter and assists in a music ptogram for local 

Harold Johnson, '53 and '58, has retired from his 
work as a chaplain and lives in Avon Park, Florida. He 

has completed over 20,000 hours as a hospital volun- 
teer, in addition to his many hours volunteering with 
the VSAF/AUX. 

Rachel, '54, and Dale Pegel still live in their coun- 
try home near Marshall, Minnesota. Dale is retired 
from working as a mechanic for the State Highway 
system. Rachel and Dale have seven children, most of 
whom live in Minnesota. They also have 14 grandchil- 
dren and 1 1 great-grandchildren. The Pegels have a 
small church group in which they continue to take an 
active part. 

Barbara (Eldridge) Klischies, '55, and her husband 
have a home in Orlando, Florida. The Klischies' have 
been married for 45 years. Barbara and Herbert have 
four children and 12 grandchildren. All of their chil- 
dren have attended Southern. Barbara works part-time 
as a nurse at Flotida Hospital. 

Robert Ingram, '58, and his wife, Glenmor, at- 
tended, have tetired to Avon Park, Florida. They are 
involved in many church activities, and Robert works 
20 hours a week as a chaplain for Walker Hospital, 
Florida Heartland. They have a daughtet. Candy, who 
is a practice administrator. Their son, Joel, is a univer- 
sity professor. 

Richard Young, '59, lives in Longwood, Florida. He 
has lour children and 12 grandchildren. One grand- 
child is in her second year at Southern Adventist 
University. Richard has run his own cleaning and 
hauling business for 29 years. His wife of 44 years, 
Phyllis, is an office secretary. 


Dana (Boyd) Tamor, '64, 
has been married to her husband, Herbert, attended, 
for 37 years. TTie Tamors have six grandchildren. Their 
son, Nathaniel, attends Kent College of Law in Chi- 
cago, Illinois. 

Judy (Edwards), '64, and her husband, Dave 
Osborne, '64, live in Sacramento, Calitomia. Dave is 
the ministereal secretary for the North American 
Division of the General Conference, and he also serves 
as the senior pastor of the Carmichael Seventh-day 
Adventist Church in Sacramento. The church's pasto- 
ral staff of seven serves a membership of 2,000. Dave 
has been senior pastor there for almost 10 years. Judy is 
teaching at Pacific Union College in the art depart- 
ment and IS in charge of the interior design program. 
She has been teaching at PUC for nine years. Their 
son, David, age 26, manages a restaurant in St. Helena, 

Wayne McNutt, '65, is a chaplain in Avon Park, 
Florida. On July 1, he will have been a chaplain at 
Florida Hospital Heartland fot 20 years. 

Anne (Jensen) Clark, '66, has retired after a 27-year 
teaching career at three boarding academies. Married 
three years to Cecil Clark, a forensic psychologist, she 
lives on a mountain side near Camp David, Maryland. 


Penny J. Nielsen, '71, 

recently presented a paper titled "Literature: A Gift for 
Enhanced Understanding of the Development of 
Middle School Students" at the Southeast Regional 
International Reading Association in Hilton Head, 
South Carolina. 

Ronald, '72, and Glenda (Jansen) Brown, '67, both 
work at Florida Hospital, where Ronald is ditector of 
physician recruitment and Glenda is secretary to the 
administrative director of pastoral care department. 

Rachel (Thompson) Wiegand, '72, is teaching 
grades 3-6 at Big Cove Christian Academy near Hunts- 
ville, Alabama. She is working on her master's degree 
at Southern Adventist University. Rachel and her 
husband, Heinz Wiegand Jr., '70, recently celebrated 
their 30th wedding anniversary. They have rwo chil- 
dren. Heinz Wiegand III is a senior at Bass Memorial 
Academy. Their daughter, Misha, attended, is a senior 
at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga majoting in 
chemistry. She married Jason Garey, attended, in June 
2001. Rachel and Heinz would love to hear from 
friends at <>. 

Karen (Edgar) Fishell, '73, lives in Grand Junction, 
Colorado. After 24 years in surgical nursing, she is 
moving into an expanded tole of the RN First Assis- 
tant in the Heart Program. Her husband, Dave, is a 
free-lance writer, lecturer and tour guide. They have 
rwo daughters: Ashleigh is in college, and Alison is a 
junior in academy. 

Winnie (Johnson) Sinclair, '73, has moved to a 
nice "cottage in the woods" in Portland, Tennessee. 
She finds plenty to keep herself busy. Besides trying to 
settle into a new house, she also runs Winnie's Cottage 
Design, her own business, out of the home. She and 
her husband, Joe, have three foster children and rwo 
adult children. Elizabeth is married and living in Mary- 
land, and Joe 111 is doing an internship at a church in 
California. He plans to graduate from Southern next 

Brenda (Smith) Garza, '74, lives in Avon Park with 
her children. She works at Florida Hospital Heartland 
Division as a dietitian/nurse educator for the diabetes 
center. She enjoys singing, cooking and being involved 
with church activities. 

Thomas Reynolds, attended '77-'80, lives in 
Calhoun, Georgia, w-here he serves as a SeaBee in the 
U.S. Navy Reserves. 

32 • SUMMER 2002 


Wendy (Cochran) Cook, 

attended, is now a tull-time mother and wife in 
Oldfort, Tennessee. Her husband is a manager in the 
receiving department of a local bakery owned by 

F. George Webster, '82, lives in Lodi, California 
with his wife Lynnae and their two daughters. Amy, 1 1, 
and Alisha, 8. Aftet receiving his associate degree from 
Southern, he obtained his bachelor's and state teaching 
credentials in 1998 from CSU Stanislaus in Turlock, 
California. He is now in his third year as a language 
arts teacher at Fremont Middle School and would like 
to hear from friends at <>. 

Kenneth Bradley, '83, serves as administrator ot the 
newest Florida Hospital campus: Winter Park Memo- 
rial Hospital. 

Doug, '83, and Maryse (Provencher) Whitsett, '83, 
are living in Ocala, Florida, where they both work at 
SICU as registered nurses. They have two children: 
Stephanie, 13, and Brian, 10; both of whom they say 
are future Southern students. They enjoy hiking, 
camping and snow skiing when possible, and they 
would love to hear from old friends. 

Wilfredo Nieves, '84, has been married to Aida for 
16 years and they have three children. Wilfredo has his 
Ph.D. and is working for the educational system in 
Central Florida. He supervises master's students study- 
ing social work at the University of Central Florida. 
Wilfredo also does some private practice in psycho- 
therapy with the geriatric population. 

Karen (Peck) Peckham, attended '84, '86, has two 
children: Karly, 5, and Joel, 3. Karen recently became a 
Tupperware consultant and is staying busy as a mother. 

Don Cooper, '87 and '94, and his wife Diane re- 
cently moved to Sebring, Florida, where he is the head 
nurse of the endoscopy lab at Florida Hospital. 


Robert Pittman, '90, has 

been named partner in the Miami office of Steel, Hec- 
tor & Davis LLP. His practice specializes in the area of 
domestic and international commercial litigation. 

Stanley Dobias, '90 and his wife, Melissa 
(LaPorte), '90 and '96, live in Maitland, Florida. 
Melissa is working on her master's degree in nursing as 
a Family Nurse Practitioner. Stan graduated with his 
doctorate from Andrews University in August 2001. 

April (Henline) Antone, '91, lives in New Market, 
Virginia, where she teaches at her alma mater. 

Shenandoah Valley Academy She is married to Joseph 
Antone, and they have two children: Dylan, age 5, and 
Jacob, age 3. 

Rachel (Adema) Hannes, '92, has moved from 
Florida back to Canada. She married her high school 
sweetheart, Steve. After finishing her master's degree, 
Rachel worked in pharmaceutical research until she 
recently started teaching. Rachel and Steve live in 
Ancaster, Ontario. 

Kenneth, '92, and Beth (Edgmon) Eisele, '93, have 
two boys, Jasen and Brandon, 5 and 7. Ken is a nursing 
home administrator for HCR Manor Care m Winter 
Park, Florida. Beth is a recruitment coordinator in 
human resources at Florida Hospital in Orlando. 

April (Floyd) Pakula, '94, is taking a break from 
the nursing profession to be a stay-at-home mom for 
her one-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Isabella. Her 
husband, Tomek, is the manager of a hotel on the 
Outer Banks of North Carolina. 

Connie (Carrick) Estivo, 
'94, was married to her hus- 
band, Michael, on May 31, 
2001, in Maui, Hawaii. 
Pastor Doug Bing baptized 
Michael in the morning and 
officiated the wedding ser- 
vice at sunset. The couple 
resides in Wichita, Kansas. 

Yvrose Archer, '94, is working at Florida Hospital 
in the outpatient surgical unit. All three of her daugh- 
ters attended Southern as well. Salsine is the chaplain 
at cue, Julie is an RN at Florida Hospital, and Fabiola 
is working at the General Confemece. 

Mark Adema, attended, and his wife. Amber (Will- 
iams) Adema, '98, live in Nashville, Tennessee. Mark 
is a pilot and flies Boeing 737 aircraft for Continental 
Airlines. Amber is studying to become a certified 
registered nurse anesthetist and plans to graduate this 

Melanie Miller, '99, teaches at Mt. Pleasant SDA 
Elementary School in Michigan. She recently became 
engaged to Douglas Allen Taylor, and they plan to be 
married on June 30. Douglas is finishing a graphic 
design degree at Andrews University and working as a 
taskforce dean at Great Lakes Adventist Academy 
Douglas and Melanie will be living in Berrien Springs 
next year where Melanie will work on her graduate 
degree in education and teaching. 


Hans Olson, '00, is residing 

in Lincoln, Nebraska, and is working on his master's 
degree in journalism at the University of Nebraska. 

Hans is employed as the assistant editor of the Outlook 
magazine for the Mid-America Union. 

Sebrena Sawtell, attended, was recently promoted 
to the position of director of public relations for Life 
Care Centers of America. A graduate of Andrews 
University, Sebrena is completing requirements for a 
master's in business administration at Southern. 
Sebrena and her husband live in Collegedale. 

In Remembrance 

Myrtle Slate, '31, passed away on September 22, 
2001. She died peacefully, sitting in her chair, at the 
age of 92. She was buried in Sheperds Cemetery next 
to her four sisters, brother and sister-in-law. 

lone (Ingram) McAllister, '32, passed away at the 
age of 90 on December 9, 2001. She is survived by sons 
Bob and Merwyn McAllister; six grandchildren and 
fourteen great-grandchildren, and sister Dolly 
McFarland. Bom in 1911, lone attended Southern 
Junior College and was secretary to the president, H. J. 
Klooster. lone married Kirk McAllister in 1933, a year 
after she graduated from college. Kirk and lone re- 
mained married until he passed away in 1999 at the age 
of 91. Services for lone were held inCokon, California, 
at Motecito Memorial Park. 

Mary Charles (Fogg) Good, 

'41, passed away this spring at 
Norton Audubon Hospital. 
She was a native ot Nashville, 
Tennessee, and a retired 
secretary to the president of 
Porcelain Metals Company. 
She was a member of the South 
Louisville SDA Church. 

Glen Linebarger, attended, passed away on April 7, 
2002. Glen enjoyed golf and traveling and he practiced 
dentistry in Jackson- 
ville, Florida, for 41 
years. He is survived by 
his wife of 63 years, 
Bankie, one son, six 
grandchildren and eight 

Rhonda Facundus, '86, lost her cancer fight on Feb- 
ruary 2, 2002. She was very active in music. Rhonda 
received a master's degree from Loma Linda University. 
As a gerontological nurse practitioner, she founded Se- 
nior Centered Care of Winter Park, Florida, a firm that 
consulted on providing better care to elderly patients 
without increasing costs. When diagnosed with cancer 
Rhonda began a website,, to 
chronicle her experience. The website is still available 
for visitation. Survivors include father. Jack; mother, 
Elsie; sisters, Leanne and Darlyn; and brother. Jay. 
Rhonda's Christian faith was strong to the end. 

Columns • 33 

Beyond the Classroom 

Don't you love cliche phrases? How about this one: "The ball is in 
your court." It's a phrase used to tell a person that it's their turn to 
take action and that they should not rely on others to make a decision 
for them. But the phrase is more than a cliche to me. You see, I'm a 
tennis player. 

"Tennis nut" would probably be a better description. I've played since 
1 was nine years old. I'm 22 now, which means I've been playing more 
than half my life. My right hand has had perpetual calluses since I was a 
teenager, and I could often be seen playing with my dad or my Uncle 
Brad long into the cold winter nights. 

I attended Henry County High School in Paris, Tennessee, a school 
that has always had a strong tennis program. 1 played tennis all four 
years that I attended Henry. I was not blessed with an overabundance of 
natural talent, but 1 was a fit, healthy kid who played all the time, so 1 
was usually one of the top-ranked players for the school. I maintained a 
very positive win-loss record. 

But, every year, when the season started winding down, the team 
began thinking about the district tournament. This usually resulted in 
the same thing: me sitting out. It was not because 1 wasn't good enough 
to play. It was because the tournament 
started on Saturday. 

I always knew that this dilemma 
would happen, even before I ever signed 
up to play. 1 had been a Seventh-day 
Adventist all of my life and 1 had always 
known that 1 wouldn't be playing tennis 
on Saturdays. I just wish my attitude had 
been more positive at the time. I felt 
like I was letting the other guys down. 1 
felt like I was missing out on something. 
I felt like my religion was getting in the 

I can remember praying for rain 
those Saturdays, hoping that there 
would be a delay, and I'd get to play that 
Monday (because the Baptists and 
Methodists would never be asked to play 
on Sunday). The rain never came when 
1 wanted it, and I often wondered why 
God was punishing His remnant. 

While most of my teammates were 
sympathetic, I had to answer a lot of 
questions about my religion that made 
me uncomfortable. I guess I never felt 

entirely natural witnessing, so I just shrugged and told them the best 1 
could about the Seventh day, the fourth commandment, and, if they 
were really curious, the state of the dead. 

Although I was feeling bitter about the predicament my faith had 
placed me in, I would also bitterly defend it. They couldn't understand 
it, I'm sure, but 1 would no more break the Sabbath just once than 1 

When the Ball Is 
in Your Court 

by Rob York 

could steal just one car or start just one forest fire. In the law's eyes these 
things are different, but in God's eyes they're all sins. 

So, spring seasons came and went, and at the end of every year, after 
the season had ended, everyone on the team was invited to the Tennis 
Banquet. It was a time for the coaches to honor the individual players for 
their achievements and a time for the team to chip in and buy the 
coaches a present for their help. I looked forward to these banquets be- 
cause it was a time to hang out with the guys (and the girls) but 1 didn't 
expect much recognition. 1 didn't play in the big tournament, so what 
difference did 1 make? 

But during the banquet held at the end of my junior year, this 
Adventist became overwhelmed by the acceptance of the non- 
Adventists. Shirley Braden, the head coach, announced the last award to 
be given. She said that there was one person that was missing, and that 

one person was important to the team. 
That person was me. 

"Rob hasn't played for us in the 
district tournament because of his reli- 
gion," she said. "But Rob is important 
to this team." And then she presented 
me with the Weatherman Award. It was 
a little joke about my watching the 
weather on Saturdays, hoping for rain. 
It wasn't a particularly funny joke, but it 
meant a lot to me. 

It all became clear to me then. My 
playing in the tournament would have 
not accomplished much. 1 might have 
won some matches, but 1 would have 
lost eventually. 1 was good, but not that 
good. But by sitting out on those Satur- 
days, I had been an example. 

Titus 2:7,8 says, "In everything set 
them an example by doing what is good. 
In your teaching show integrity, serious- 
ness and soundness of speech that can- 
not be condemned." 

If you are an Adventist who has 
ever felt like your faith was getting in 
the way, don't feel that way. By following your faith, you are providing a 
service to God. You don't have to be an eloquent speaker to preach. You 
don't have to be able to recite long portions of the Bible from memory in 
order to minister. When God puts the ball in your court, just do what you 
know is right. God will reward you for your service and your peers will 
respect you. "v" 

34 • SUMMER 2002 


Cort Sommerville, senior business administration major from Maryville, Tennessee, straightens his robe and hood as he prepares to graduate with 272 of 
his classmates at Southern's commencement ceremony on May 12, 2002. PHOTOGRAPHER: Garrett Nudd. 

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