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College honored by Doggett

In life, Allie Pearl Bayless Doggett was known for her care and concern for the welfare of others. She was a good neighbor to those who knew her and to the people of Lowland and Hamblen County. Even though she is no longer with us, she continues to befriend people in and around the Hamblen County area through the Allie Bayless Doggett Scholarship Fund. One of Doggett's last requests was that the vast majority of her $1 million-plus estate be donated to the college.

SIFE does it again

The college's Students in Free Enterprise team placed in the top six in international competition among college teams promoting the free enterprise system and a better understanding of economic issues. For the ninth time in 12 years, the team represented the Southeast region as champion at the international finals, held in Kansas City in May. The nine-member team made a multimedia presentation before 250 corporate executives, explaining the outreach projects they have developed and implemented during the past year to educate their fellow students and community.

Students select Walters State as college of choice

Walters State has received another indicator that it is "the college of choice" for this area, according to a recent report from an independent testing organization.

More students identified Walters State as their top college choice than any of Tennessee's other two-year institutions. Walters State also was chosen by more students than most of the state's private colleges and universities.

The choices were listed by 1998 graduating high school seniors who took the ACT college entrance test. Six hundred students asked to have their scores sent first to Walters State, their number one choice of possible colleges they would attend

5 inducted into Hall of Fame

Five distinguished law enforcement executives from East Tennessee have become the second group of individuals to be inducted into the Walters State Public Safety Hall of Fame. Jack Baldwin, chief, Pigeon Forge Police Department; Wayne Clevinger, sheriff, Hawkins County Sheriff's Department; Robert Fox, chief, Johnson City Bureau of Police, and Eddie Wampler, chief, Bristol Tennessee Police Department were honored for their contributions and professional accomplishments.

The new inductees were honored at a ceremony in May which was preceded by the dedication of the Walters State Memorial Wall of Honor, honoring all law enforcement officers in a 19-county region of East Tennessee who have been killed in the line of duty.

A.M. "Buster" Brown, Hall of Fame inductee and retired chair of the college's Public Safety division and founding director of the Walters State Regional Law Enforcement Academy, spent several months researching the identities and locating details about the circumstances of the deaths of 98 officers, as early as 1858. Individual plaques bearing a photo and information about each one has been installed in the college

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Ag Club award

Morristown veterinarian Dr. Larry Mangum received this year's Agriculture Alumni Club Pardners Award for his support of the students and alumni of the college's Agriculture program.

Fox named student of the year

Ivy "Brook" Fox of Greeneville was the recipient of the President's Award as the outstanding student for 1998-99 during the Honors Day ceremony held at the end of spring semester.

Fox is studying video production. She is a member of the Senators Pages, Phi Theta Kappa honor society and has been named to the President's List. Fox has also performed in several theatrical productions at the college. She has done volunteer work for a local homeless shelter, the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, the Davis Homes Library, and the American Diabetes Association's Tour de Cure

Other nominees for outstanding student were Kaye Busler of Morristown; Rudolfo Marquez of New Market and Susan Woodard of Talbott.

Distinguished faculty members of the year are Bill Gardner, associate professor of Psychology; Malcolm McAvoy, associate professor and department head of Speech Communication; and Steve Roberts, associate professor and head of the Art department.

Distinguished administrators are Mary Lou Apple, director and associate professor of Nursing and dean of Health Programs division; Doug Cross, director of the Library; and Pam Goodman, dean of Enrollment Development.

Distinguished staff members are Carolyn Burnett, testing technician; and Mack Susong, mason lead worker.

And distinguished adjunct faculty are Linda Branam, who teaches psychology, and Ann Cranford, who teaches computer science.

Walters State on the Internet

For up-to-date news about Walters State, check out its Internet home page at www.ws.edu.

This comprehensive site includes information on just about everything that's happening at Walters State, from recent news about the college to schedules for performing arts and Expo Center events.

The site also includes an online version of THE HUB, www.ws.edu/hub.htm. You can also send alumni news about yourself to be included in the next issue of THE HUB by emailing James.Pectol@ws.edu.

And if you want the latest news about Walters State, visit its news page at www.ws.edu/news.htm.

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Class Notes


DeAnn K. Shults, A.S. Criminal Justice, is employed as a park ranger and law enforcement officer on the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina.


Angel Cheyenne Emory, A.A.S. Public Safety, is a parole officer with the Knox County Sheriff's Department. She earned her bachelor's degree in human services from the University of Tennessee and was recently accepted to the school's master's of social work program.


Lisa Ann (Cole) Ray, A.S. Computer Science, is a legal secretary at the district attorney general's office in Sevierville. She is also an aerobic coordinator for the Sevierville Parks and Recreation. She and her husband Ricky live in Sevierville.

Kimberly Lynn Simmons, A.A.S. Nursing, is employed at the Johnson City Medical Center as a registered nurse.


Carla Michelle (Johnson) McPherson, A.S. Education, teaches kindergarten at St. Clair Elementary in Hawkins County. She and her husband Kelly live in Rogersville.


Kristy Perry Christian, A.A.S. Management, is a paralegal for a state circuit judge. She and her husband Justin live in Kingsport.


Tara L. Templeton, A.S. Mathematics Education, is a senior secondary mathematics education major at East Tennessee State University.

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Feature Articles

Almost 900 degrees awarded to last class of the 20th century

Nearly 900 degrees and certificates were awarded at the college's 28th annual commencement on May 8. Scott M. Niswonger, chairman and CEO of Landair Corp. and Forward Air Corp. in Greeneville, delivered the commencement address to the class of 1999.

A total of 291 associate of arts and associate of science degrees were awarded, as well as 274 associate applied science degrees and 334 short-term academic and program certificates.

The largest number of transfer degrees was awarded in general studies, with 143 granted. A total of 40 were awarded to Pre-Education majors, 31 to Business majors, and 18 to transferring students majoring in Criminal Justice. Other transfer degrees awarded included 13 in English, 12 in Pre-Engineering, 11 Human Services, seven Computer Science and six pre-health professions majors.

Nursing enrolls the largest number of students at the college, and its graduates typically make up the largest group of those earning Technical Education degrees. This past year 87 individuals earned A.A.S. degrees in Nursing.

Fifty-nine Technical Education degrees were awarded in management, including 23 in Business, 15 in Legal Assistant, 12 in Accounting, and nine in Hospitality Management. Industrial Technology awarded 33 degrees, including 15 in Manufacturing, 12 in Drafting and Design, and six in Electrical/Electronics.

Public Safety awarded 21 degrees in Law Enforcement and Probation and Parole.

Child Development awarded 15 degrees, Office Administration and Computer Science awarded 14 each, and Horticulture 13 in its Green House/Nursery Management and Golf Course/Turfgrass options.

And the Physical Therapist Assistant department expects to award 20 degrees to its summer graduating class.

The largest group of certificates, 126, were awarded to graduates of the four basic police recruit schools held during the year.

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College honors Z Buda by naming gymnasium after him

Walters State honored Pigeon Forge businessman and philanthropist Z Buda for his many contributions to the college by naming its gymnasium after him during a ceremony held at the Morristown campus in May.

Buda, who has been a leader in the economic growth and development of Pigeon Forge, is one of Walters State's most generous living donors, having made gifts totaling $735,000. Most of Buda's gifts have been made to create 57 endowment scholarships through the Z and Annette Buda Trust of the Walters State Foundation. During the last several years, the Trust has also funded much of the college's Accelerated Studies program, which underwrites the cost of high school students enrolled in introduction-to-college "freshman experience" classes in high schools throughout the 10-county service area.

Including those enrolled in the Accelerated Studies program, the Trust has paid for college course work for over 1,000 East Tennessee students and provided full scholarships for 242 individuals.

Buda has stated that it is his ultimate goal to provide full scholarships to 1,000 students through the Z and Annette Buda Trust.

"More than just providing financial assistance, Z Buda has taken a personal interest in students who have received his scholarships, getting to know them, their families and their life ambitions," said Walters State president Dr. Jack E. Campbell to the large gathering of Walters State faculty, staff and fellow trustees and friends from throughout East Tennessee who attended the ceremony.

Campbell also recognized Buda not only for his philanthropy but also for his leadership. He noted that Buda served as a trustee on the Walters State Foundation for many years and as its president displayed visionary leadership with respect to the promotion of the college's development in Sevier County.

Buda was one of five $100,000 private sector donors to the Walters State Seiver County branch campus.

Joining Dr. Campbell in paying tribute to Buda were Jack Fishman, vice chairman of the Tennessee Board of Regents, former Foundation president Andy Smith and Buda's long-time friend Dr. Steve Doka.

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Faculty Footnotes

Marvin Camfield, Sociology, has received the Innovations in Technology Award from the Tennessee Board of Regents. He received the award for pioneering innovative uses of technology in the classroom.

Jean Morgan Harper, Minority Student Development, has been inducted into Phi Kappa Phi, East Tennessee State University's most select interdisciplinary academic honor society.

Lori Campbell, Behavioral and Social Sciences, received a Point of Excellence Award from Carson-Newman College's Kappa Delta Pi, an organization that recognizes academic achievement. Campbell received the award for her outstanding contributions to education.

One of the college's original faculty members, Robert Russell, Industrial Technology, has retired; however, he will teach part-time for the next four years.

And after 20 years of service to the college, Elizabeth Campbell, Public Information, has retired.

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President's Message

One of the most crucial transitions that a young man or woman makes in moving from youthful dependency to self-sufficient adulthood is the transition from high school to college. And even though society has an enormous stake in the success of students becoming well-trained, contributing members of their communities, far too little has been and is being done to support the choices young people make during this critical juncture in their lives and in their career preparations.

For example, Tennessee falls well below the national average in the number of citizens 25 years of age and over with a college education. In Tennessee, 16 percent of these citizens hold college degrees while the average is 18 percent in the Southeast and 20 percent nationally. This has enormous implications for our state's workforce preparedness and for our citizen's ability to contribute fully under any form of local, state, or federal tax program.

For the past six years, Walters State has been providing vitally important guidance to college-bound high school seniors throughout our 10-county primary service area by offering classes in the high schools in preparing students for a successful transition to college-level studies. The Z Buda Accelerated Studies Freshman Experience program is offered not just for students who plan to enter Walters State, but to those who are planning or considering entrance into any state or private college or university.

In these freshman experience classes, the students learn everything from why a college education is important to how to choose a school, apply for admission, secure financial aid, choose a course of study, and navigate through the myriad of classes and nomenclature of college life.

In order to significantly expand this program and thus enhance access to state higher education, Walters State is this year inviting local business and industry to join us in a partnership to expand greatly the number of students who will be encouraged to participate in this crucial program.

Those businesses and industrial leaders who wish to see their company numbered among the sponsors of this program are being urged to contact either me, at 585-6770, or Vic Duggins, vice president for College Advancement, at 585-2629, for more information. Better employees, better citizens, equal and unparalleled opportunity for corporate investment in the futures of our local communities and our state will be the end results of our cooperative efforts.

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From the Foundation UP

Twelve individuals were honored for their generous gifts to the Foundation during the annual meeting in May.

Those recognized, with portraits of each presented to be hung in the President's Trust gallery, were the late Norman Burchfiel, his wife Josephine and their daughter Emily Kile; Dr. W. Robert Gronewald; Dr. Joseph and Blanche Gulyash; Bill Hale; the late Adah Roberts Ingle; Joyce Jolley; Hattie Ogle McGiffin; the late Jerry Ogle; and Dr. Eddie Stone.

Also during the meeting, outgoing president Andy Smith was recognized for his leadership of the organization, which has realized assets totaling over $11 million. Since October 1998, the foundation has received well over $1 million in gifts.

Judge William H. Inman will replace Smith as president of the foundation board for 1999-2000, and other officers elected include Charles Terry, vice president, and Gene Jolley, secretary.

Named to the Past Presidents Council were James Hickman, Jack Fishman, Noah H. Wilson Jr., George McGuffin, Andy Smith, Dr. Truett Pierce, and Z Buda.

Newly elected as trustees were Dr. William Perry Doka, Paul N. Steinfeld, Dr. Joseph and Blanche Gulyash, Emily Kile, Linda Ogle, Dr. Eddie Stone, and Nancy Winter.

And newly appointed honorary trustees were Josephine Burchfiel and Ed Gamble.

Entertainment for the meeting was provided by Walters State Music student Jamie McInturf and Laura Ritter, assistant professor of Music.

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Campbell new head baseball coach


To address the goal of establishing a nationally recognized baseball program of the highest quality, Walters State turned to the university ranks for an experienced head coach.

The college has employed Ken Campbell, who resigned his position as head baseball coach at East Tennessee State University on May 31, 1999.

Campbell was head coach at ETSU for the past 10 years, during which he became the winningest coach in the university's history. This past year he led his team to a 29-25 record overall, finishing 18-11 (4th place) within the 13 team Southern Conference.

Prior to coaching at ETSU, Campbell was head baseball coach for 15 years at Eau Gallie High School in Melbourne, Fla., where he became the 6th winningest high school coach in the history of Florida high school baseball. He won several conference, district and national titles in Florida.

Campbell complements Adam Cross, who was hired in January as an interim field coach. Cross, who played shortstop for Campbell at ETSU, will become the assistant coach at Walters State.


The Lady Senators softball team had an impressive season, finishing with a 30-6 record and climbing as high as No. 9 in the NJCAA national poll.

Unfortunately, the teams spectacular season came to a disappointing end at the Region VII tournament, where they finished fourth.

Coach Larry Saucemen's team was led by third baseman Staci Fish of Maryville, who had a batting average of .492 and 14 home runs on the season.


Sophomore Andy Wells of Rutledge led the WSCC golf team to a 26-19 record for the 1998-99 season.

Wells won the North Greenville Invitational tournament and tied as a medalist in two other events. On the season, his average score was 77.9.

Coach Bill Gardner will have only one returning player next year. Rising sophomore Luke Cabbage of Rutledge will bring some experience to a young, inexperienced team next season.

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Alumni News (Staying in Touch)

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

·Full name


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

·Current position and/or activities

·Full name of spouse

·Number of children

·Address where you can always be reached

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