December 2009 Faculty-Staff News
December 07, 2009

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Dr. Matt Benson successfully defended his dissertation, "The Role of Spirituality in Higher Education and Student Affairs."  He was awarded his Ed.D. from Talbot School of Theology on December 1.

Drs. Matt Benson, Paul Boling, Jud Davis, Peter Held, Scott Jones, Drew Randle, and Ken Turner attended the 61st Annual Meeting of The Evangelical Theological Society, New Orleans, Louisiana, November 18-20.  Dr. Jones presented his paper entitled "Positive Implications from the Emerging Church Movement for Postmodern Adult Christian Education."

Dr. Steve Bradshaw earned three CEU credits when he attended a clinical supervision seminar this fall taught by Dr. Phillip Coyle from Richmont Graduate University.

Dr. Daryl Charles chaired a panel discussion on the natural law and Christian ethics at the University of Notre Dame. The conference, titled “The Summons of Freedom: Virtue, Sacrifice, and the Common Good,” was hosted by the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture and took place November 12-14.

Ms. Elaine Davis, instructor of art, successfully completed her M.S. in Teacher Education with a concentration in art education from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

Dr. Craig Lawrence, MBA instructor, successfully defended his dissertation, "Current Perceptions of Statewide Workforce Investment Board Members Toward Community College Workforce Investment Programs." He was awarded his Ph.D. in the Administration of Higher Education from the University of Alabama on November 18.

Dr. Jeff Myers' December schedule is as follows:
  • December 1 and 2 – Participant in the Christian School Consultants Roundtable, Atlanta, Georgia
  • December 10 – Presentation to Executive Board of ACSI
  • December 11-12 – Chair of the Summit Ministries Board meeting, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

President Stephen Livesay presented Vickie Patterson, financial aid counselor, with a plaque and a gift at the November 24 staff luncheon.  Vickie was selected as Staff Member of the Summer in recognition of her quickly learning her job responsibilities, her willingness to help where needed in the financial aid office, and the Christ-like attitude she displays in dealing with students and coworkers.

Dr. Adina Scruggs successfully defended her dissertation "The Impact of Church Culture and Reputation on Measurements of Organizational Performance."  She was awarded her Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.) in Marketing  from Argosy University, Sarasota, FL, on November 24.

Rodney Stoker, cross country head coach, was named the Appalachian Athletic Conference Coach of the Year. Click here to see other Cross Country team and individual award recipients.

Dr. Jack W. Traylor has become a member of the Academic Advisory Board for McGraw-Hill’s publication Taking Sides: Clashing Views in United States History. Taking Sides features articles that reflect conflicting views on various issues of United States history. It is used in a number of upper level college history courses, including Bryan’s History Seminar I.

Bookstore manager Tami Tullberg and assistant manager Jan Green attended the Tennessee Association of College Stores Annual Meeting at the University of Tennessee Knoxville this fall. Mrs. Tullberg is on the TACS board and also will serve as vice president in 2010.