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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
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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Collegedate, TW 37315
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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
14 Lifetime Learning
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
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
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!
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
William Van Grit, faculty
•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.?
•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.
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4 • SUMMER 2002
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
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
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 .
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
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
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.
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
beside the fireplace.
On the top of the
stack is a photogra-
phy journal, hs
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
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-
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
his mother held
struggle for life
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-
point on 1 was
hooked," he says.
ing Jim enlisted
in the army with
hopes of becom-
ing an army pho-
only a few avail-
able spaces, Jim
knew his chances
would be slim.
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
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-
says. "She had
nearly a year
while 1 was
away, but she
was careful not
to force any-
thing on me."
As the series
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
Jim is once
with emotion as
he speaks of his
faith and of the
who loves him so
before I knew
Him, God knew
me," Jim says.
Not long after
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.
his new job and his
new faith, Jim
resigned from his
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-
handed Jim an
filled it out. She
took the appli-
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
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.
with using the
there," Jim says.
J im had the
idea to show
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
beauty of photog-
raphy, each por-
trait tells a story.
And according to
the subject and the
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
the soles of
and if I can
use my cam-
era to help
that would do
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-
Columns • 13
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-
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.
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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
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
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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.
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
$250 - $2000
$3 per roll
$7 per roll
average - good
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. ♦
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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
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
^ 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
^ 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.
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-
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."
CM <TH. 200*
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
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.
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.
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
bilities to this
campus, he has
been an active
studies in his disci-
pline, writing some
two dozen articles
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
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.
of Southem being a
part of Sigma Theta
Tau Intemational is
that It promotes the
profession of nursing
to students and the
David Gerstle, pro-
fessor ot nursing.
"We will now be
able to offer educa-
grants and awards to
We can also further
the profession of
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
Mary B. Jack-
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
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
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
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
A Service of Southern's Office of Planned Giving
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or
call 423.238.2832 or 1.800.768.8437
The Gospel in
by Bethany Martin
Hundreds of students
and staff from
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
"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
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."
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
on April 19 in the
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-
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-
While serving as
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-
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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!
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
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
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
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
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-
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-
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,
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 <email@example.com>.
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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Kenneth Bradley, '83, serves as administrator ot the
newest Florida Hospital campus: Winter Park Memo-
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
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.
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, www.rhondafacundus.org, 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 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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Alumni Weekend* is October 24-27.
If you know of alumni who have been involved in volunteer service, please email us at
email@example.com or call I.800.SOUTHERN, so we can add them to our honorees.
Honor class years: 1932. 1942. 1952. 1957, 1962. 1972, 1977, 1982, 1992,2002
Mike Fulbright. '88
Friday night vespers
Harold Cunningham, '77
Lynell LaMountain, '89
Jennifer LaMountain, '90
Sabbath musical program
- Carl Hurley
f Humorist, Saturday night program
Meet the Firms, career fair, Thursday 2-5pm
Alumni Banquet, $ I S advance ticket, Thursday 6:30pm
Southern Golf Classic.The Bear Trace, Friday 12:30pm
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