Volume 19

Number 1



News Briefs

New look for Hub

Hope you like The Hub's new look. Your alumni newsletter still includes the same information as before, only more of it and in a new format. The new logo is taken from a design that was incorporated into the architecture of the college's Library, the center or "hub" of knowledge and learning at Walters State. "Hub" is also the nickname of the college's namesake, the late Sen. Herbert Walters.

Buda donates another $50,000

Another 50-plus freshmen at Walters State have Pigeon Forge's beneficent businessman to thank for their college tuition this fall. Z Buda has given the college another $50,000 to use for scholarships for deserving students. The gift brings Buda's lifetime total gifts to Walters State to nearly $700,000. He is by far the college's greatest private source of scholarship aid, and its most generous living donor. He also contributed $100,000 this year toward construction of the first building at the new Sevierville campus.

Housing acquired for WSCC athletes

The Senators Club has acquired two apartment buildings near the Morristown campus to house the college's student athletes. They purchased the apartments to solve a long-standing problem of WSCC athletes returning to campus late at night after away games and then having to travel long distances to get home.

Academic Centurions

As part of this year's Annual Fund Scholarship Campaign, the Walters State Foundation is initiating a new giving club called Academic Centurions. Academic Centurions will be donors who contribute $100 a year to the annual fund, and all of their contributions will be earmarked to support the college's two premier academic scholarships, namely the Presidential and the Walters State Scholars Program.

Centurions will be asked to pledge their $100 a year contributions for a 10-year period to allow for scholarship budgeting and will receive periodic updates on the college's academic programming. And for those counties that exceed 100 contributions, all those in excess of $100 will be restricted for use in that particular county.

The college's goal is to attract 100 Centurions per county for a total of 1,000 Centurions in the 10-county service area.

Information on becoming an Academic Centurion will be included with this year's Annual Fund mailing in November, but those who wish to become a part of the program may send a check made payable to the Walters State Foundation at P.O. Box 1508, Morristown, TN 37816 or P.O. Box 5094, Sevierville, TN 37864.

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Class Notes

Teresa A. (Terri) McIntyre, A.S. Elementary Education, has taught in the Hamblen County school system for 19 years. She currently teaches kindergarten at Hillcrest Elementary and has taught Developmental Reading for Walters State. She received a B.S. at Carson-Newman College and an M.A. in Reading from East Tennessee State University. She and her husband Gary have one child, Jeff, who graduated from Walters State in May 1997.


Charles A. Hale, A.S. General Studies, is a law enforcement flight sergeant at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey. He and his wife Theresa have two children.


Gina Coffey Hipsher, A.S. Education, and her husband Mark announce the birth of their second child, Maris Lynette, who was born Aug. 3. Gina teaches second grade at Bean Station Elementary School.

Nancy Lynn Clift Mingie, A.A.S. Nursing, works on the kidney- transplant floor at UT Hospital. She and her husband Rex have two children.


Melissa Dawn Burchett Johnson, A.S. Education, and her husband Michael announce the birth of their first child, who was born June 12. Also, Melissa has published a children's book this year titled Micki's 18 Hats. She resides in Lincolnton, N.C.


Donita Suzanne Ashley Jeffers, A.S. General, teaches at Meadowview Middle School in Hamblen County. She graduated from Tusculum in 1997 with an M.A. degree. She and her husband Andy live in Russellville.


Beverly A. Dodd, A.A.S. Nursing, is currently employed at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Ga. She also received a B.S.N. degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.


Jennifer Hartsell, A.A. General, has received a $1,000 scholarship from the 32nd Degree Masons of East Tennessee. Hartsell is a graduate of Emory and Henry College and is currently studying law at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Christy Miller, A.S. General, graduated with an M.A. in psychology from East Tennessee State University this past summer and is pursuing a Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in psychology.


Kelly Vanessa Johnson, A.S. Pre-Pharmacy, graduated from the University of Tennessee, Martin, with a Pharm. D. degree and is currently employed as a staff pharmacist at the Medical Center Pharmacy in Rogersville.


Kelly Omar McPherson, A. S. Mathematics, works at Banks Lumber Company in Morristown as a sales assistant. He and his wife Carla live in Rogersville.

Michael Evan Whitt, A.S. Pre-Physical Therapy, is coordinator of Aquatic Therapy at the Greene Valley Development Center in Greeneville.


LeAnn Hurst Skeens, A.A.S. Criminal Justice, graduated summa cum laude at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 1998. She and her husband Michael live in Rutledge.


Angelia Dawn Brown, A.A.S. Office Administration, is currently employed as a secretary at First Presbyterian Church in Greeneville. She lives in Greeneville.

Jeff Winn, A.A.S. Nursing, is an R.N. in the emergency room at Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Jefferson City. He and his wife, the former Wendy Hoag, who also attend Walters State, are expecting their first child in November.

Ashley Woods, A.S. General, has been elected vice president of the Student Government Association at East Tennessee State University, where he is a pre-medicine major.


Sarah Elizabeth Combs, A.A. Psychology, will spend the next 11 months traveling to different countries with Up With People, an international educational program that attempts to build understanding and cooperation among people around the world through musical performances, intercultural learning experiences and community service.

Karen Hubbell, A.A.S. Nursing, works in Health Services at a Red Cross Service Center in New Orleans, La., where she was recently promoted to coordinator/shipping specialist.

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College breaks ground in Sevierville

With grateful appreciation for the more than $6 million contributed by local governmental bodies, corporations and private citizens, Walters State broke ground in September for its expansive new campus in Sevier County.

Rouse Construction Company of Knoxville will build the campus' first building on 67 acres at the corner of Pittman Center Road and Old Newport Highway. The site was donated several years ago by Sevierville librarian Mrs. Reese Ripatti.

The first building is expected to be completed in the spring of 2000.

"We are collectively witnessing a dream come true," said college president Dr. Jack Campbell during the groundbreaking ceremony. "(The new campus is) the result of a strong, unparalleled partnership between the citizens of Sevier County and Walters State...and there are many heroes whose vision and hard work have meant the difference between a pipe dream and a splendid reality."

Among those heroes, he identified Sevier County Executive Larry Waters and county commissioners, Pigeon Forge Mayor Ralph Chance and city commissioners, Sevierville Mayor Bryan Atchley and Board of Aldermen, and Gatlinburg Mayor George Hawkins and city commissioners. These four governing bodies contributed more than $4 million to the project.

Also recognized were individuals and representatives of local corporations whose gifts qualify them as major donors under the college's giving guidelines. They included Wilma Maples, Clara Ann Short, Mary Ellen Connor, Hattie Ogle McGiffin, the Luther Ogle family, Z Buda, Blalock Construction Company, Linda Ogle, Citizens National Bank, Geoff Wolpert, SunTrust Bank, Charlie Johnson, A.B. Blanton Jr. and Judge Gary Wade.

Dr. Campbell also gave special recognition to "two individuals who have given their hearts and souls to this project from its inception," James Hickman and Charlie Johnson, members of the college's Sevier County Development Council which provided leadership in the fund-raising process.

Four new programs added

Walters State has recently added several new programs: the Medical Coding Technical certificate program; the A.A.S. in Health Information Technology; a certificate program in Information Technology; and a Personal Chef program.

Students who complete the Medical Coding Technical certificate program will be eligible to sit for an exam to become certified coding specialists.

Students who complete the A.A.S. in Health Information Technology will be eligible for positions such as coders, directors, managers, supervisors, technicians, coordinators, consultants, analysts, and other positions related to health information in hospitals, physician offices and other healthcare settings.

The certificate program in Information Technology is designed to prepare an individual to work as a "generalist" in the computer and information technology field. This program is funded through a $300,000 grant from Microsoft Corp. and the American Association of Community Colleges.

And in Culinary Arts, a new program that will prepare students to work as personal chefs has been added. A fairly recent phenomenon, a personal chef goes into a client's home and prepares and freezes about two-weeks worth of gourmet food.

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Faculty Footnotes

Jim Palmer, Health Programs, was installed for a two-year term as vice president of the national Pharmacy Technician Educators Council. He was also appointed to the advisory panel of P.R.O.S. Pharmacy Software, a complete medical and pharmacy reference package and learning tool used in schools of pharmacy.

Everette Honaker, Enrollment Development, delivered the commencement address at Honaker High School in Honaker, Va., his alma mater, in June. His address emphasized the strengths in Appalachian culture.

Gary Acquaviva, Philosophy, has received a contract to publish a book he has written. It is titled Violence, Values and Our Future.

Dennis Elkins, Humanities, delivered a paper titled Rural Risks: Taking the "Front-Line" Approach in Combating Theatrical Incognizance at the Mid-American Theatre Conference in Omaha, Neb., in March.

P.J. Brice-Means, English, was named to Who's Who among college faculty. And Missy Hopper, Advanced and Developmental Education, has been selected for the 1999-2000 edition of Who's Who in America.

Jim Crawford, English, and Judy Morgan, Physical Education, have completed requirements for the Ed.D. They will graduate in December from East Tennessee State University.

After 15 years of service to the college, security officer Bill Lawson retired Oct. 1. The college family wishes him well.

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President's Message

This is a traditional season of thanksgiving; and, as I reflect over the past several years, I am impressed by the many things for which all of us associated with Walters State should be thankful. So, in keeping with our Campus Compact, which proclaims that Walters State strives to be a grateful community, I wish to take this opportunity to express our appreciation to some of the folks who have made extraordinary contributions to the recent growth and development of our college.

First, I want to acknowledge and thank Jack Fishman, vice chairman of the Tennessee Board of Regents, Bo Henry, the previous vice chairman, and their colleagues on our governing board and also our system's chief executive officer Chancellor Charles Smith for recognizing and supporting Walters State's pressing need for a number of campus expansion projects over the past several years. Without this support, we could not have realized the dream of opening our beautiful new Library Building last year and our attractive and technologically advanced Natural Science Building this fall. We are also most appreciative of the high rankings which have been accorded to the completion projects for our Math-Science Building, our College Center, and Public Safety Center as well as the projected College Administration building, all of which were pre-planned in 1992 and will complete the original phase of our campus Master Plan in Morristown.

Next, I need to recognize the hard work and leadership exhibited by our East Tennessee state representatives and senators who have worked continuously with former Governor McWherter and Governor Sundquist in securing the funds for the aforementioned projects and the construction of the Walters State Great Smoky Mountains Expo Center and most recently the additional $3.65 million for the completion of the pavilion building and the erection of the horse barns, cattle sales arena, and other support structures which will make this one of the finest livestock exhibition centers in the southeast.

The business, civic, and governmental leadership and citizens of Greeneville and Greene County set a new standard in Tennessee for partnerships between state and local government and the private sector when the Town of Greeneville, the Greene County Commission, and the Walters State Foundation joined in a partnership to purchase the former Laughlin Hospital building to create a new Walters State downtown campus in Greeneville. We are indebted to all those whose hard work and vision made this new Greeneville/Greene County Center for Higher Education a reality.

And now the bar has been lifted once again as the municipal governments of Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, and Gatlinburg have joined with the Sevier County Commission and many private sector donors in contributing $6.5 million for a new Walters State branch campus in Sevier County. When you add this $6.5 million of local funding to the 67 acres of prime land contributed by Mrs. Reese Ripatti as the new branch campus site, you have an unprecedented, overwhelming demonstration of local support for a community college satellite campus.

Walters State is truly blessed by all of these supporters and others too numerous to mention. All of us who have built our educational careers around this college are grateful beyond words and, indeed, humbled by our good fortune in having so many generous and visionary friends. These individuals have made a lasting contribution not only to Walters State but, through our collective efforts, to this entire region.

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Talented recruits to help lead basketball teams in 1998-99

This season, Senators basketball fans are likely to see several spectacular, high-flying slam dunks.

The 1998-99 Senators basketball team is one of the most athletic to ever play at the school, says Coach Bill Carlyle of this year's squad.

Two players surely to dazzle fans are Tehran Gary of Knoxville, a 6-foot-8-inch transfer from Hiwassee College, and Vincent Moore of Collierville, a 6-foot-7-inch transfer from Northwest Mississippi.

Two starters returning from last year are Harlie Schrader of Pulaski and K.J. Johnson of Alcoa.

Schrader averaged 14 points last year and was named to the TJCCAA All-Eastern Division, All-State and All Region VII teams.

Carlyle, who said this was one of the better recruiting years in a while, is also expecting major contributions from freshman A.J. Hamler of Chuckey Doak; Gary Seals of Morristown; Brian Dirl and Dedrick Elder of Knoxville; Jason Williams of Ripley; and Berford Whitson of Memphis.

"This is a hard-working group of players, and if we can put things together we'll have one of the better teams we've had in a while," Carlyle said.

Following an incredible season last year, the Lady Senators are again ranked in the NJCAA Top-20 preseason poll. They are ranked No. 20.

But Coach Dave Kragel is cautiously optimistic about this year's team.

"We've got good talent, but they've got some pretty big holes to fill," Kragel said, referring to last year's team. Four of the five starters from last year's team are now playing at NCAA Division I schools. This year's lone returning starter is Shalene Haire of Greeneville, who is an outstanding outside shooter. At last year's national tournament, she hit seven three-pointers in a row in one game.

Joining Haire this year is sophomore Scealita Drennon, whom Dick Vitale named one of the top 20 prospects in junior college play. A transfer who will bring college-play experience is Alison Bach of Morristown, who was named to the All-Western Athletic Conference team while playing at Montana State last year.

Leading the Lady Senators at point guard will be sophomore Micah Smith of Rutledge.

Kragel hopes that Smith and Haire will provide experience and leadership to a talented but inexperienced team.

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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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