Faculty-Staff March news update

June 3, 2014

Dr. Steve Barnett and Dr. Brian Eisenback spent their Saturdays in February assisting in the mapping of the historic Dayton Coal and Iron Company’s works in and around the Laurel-Snow State Natural Area (Pocket Wilderness). The survey is part of a project initiated by the Friends of the Cumberland Trail, and funded by the National Park Service, that aims to have the area included in the National Register of Historic Places. Barnett and Eisenback helped describe and precisely locate (with GPS) some of the many coke ovens, mine entrances, railroad beds, and other largely forgotten structures that were once part of one of the largest industrial complexes in eastern Tennessee.

Dr. Mike Chase and Dr. Adina Scruggs attended the Middle Tennessee State University Annual Adult Learning Conference in Murfreesboro, TN, on February 17-18.

Dr. Scott Jones and six of his students attended the 2011 Greer Heard Point-Counterpoint Forum at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary on February 25-26. The topic of the forum was “Can We Trust the Bible on the Historical Jesus?”

Mrs. Kimberly Keck will be soprano soloist in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with Southern Adventist University Orchestra on March 13. She will also be singing the National Anthem at the Reagan Day Dinner in Rhea County on March 19

Mr. Steve Keck has recently earned the Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy professional designation from the Richard D. Irwin Graduate School of the American College, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. With this designation, Mr. Keck is equipped to help clients meet charitable giving objectives while meeting estate planning and wealth management goals. He is a member of the Dayton Rotary Club and Gideons International, and is vice president and program chair for the Greater Chattanooga Area Planned Giving Council.

Dr. Salvatore Musumeci presented “Wine and the Social Imagination in Italian Renaissance History and Literature” at the South-Central Conference on Christianity and Literature: Sin, Piety, and Celebration in Literature and the Related Arts held at Our Lady of the Holy Cross College, New Orleans, LA, February 10-12.
Dr. Jeff Myers’ speaking schedule:

  • February 27-March 4 – Speaker at the Summit Ministries adult conference, Colorado Springs, CO
  • March 1-2 – Participant in the Christian School Roundtable, Winnsboro, SC
  • March 4 – Chair of the board meeting for Summit Ministries, Colorado Springs, CO
  • March 15-18 – Speaker at the Association of Christian Schools’ Northwest regional district meetings:
    • March 15 – Olympia, WA
    • March 16 – Eugene, OR
    • March 17 – Boise, ID
    • March 18 – Spokane, WA

From the Office of Spiritual Formation
Dr. Matt Benson, Mr. Jonathan Doran, Dr. Peter Held, Ms. Amy Hutchinson, Mr. Ben Norquist, Ms. Danielle Rebman, Mrs. Jessica Trigger, and Ms. Bonnie-Marie Yager attended the Campus Ministry Directors conference sponsored by the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. The conference took place in New Orleans February 15-18. Mrs. Trigger presented a session entitled “Developing a Culture of Worship.”

Mr. David Perron attended the American Red Cross Instructor Seminar in Chattanooga on January 27 to learn about changes to the Red Cross CPR and First Aid Training Certifications that take effect in April 2011.

Mrs. Sally Powell presented a lecture to the Chattanooga Music Teachers Association on January 20. Her presentation, “Teaching Artists: Integrating Visual and Language Arts in the Private Studio,” was repeated on campus for the collegiate chapter of Music Teachers National Association on February 16.

Mrs. Polly Revis, supervisor library technical services, attended an online course “Maximize the Value of Your OCLC Cataloging Subscription” on January 20. This course helps cataloging and technical services managers contain costs, improve efficiency and use staff resources most effectively by helping them take full advantage of the value of their OCLC cataloging subscription.

Archivist Specialist Stephanie Wood reports that the Henning Natural History museum hosted 40 Rhea County Homeschoolers on February 9. Mrs. Wood showed off fossils, shells, skulls, petrified wood and other interesting items from the museum; and Dr. Brian Eisenback used both live and pinned insects to teach the students about Entomology.

Dr. Todd C. Wood, director of CORE, published a short communication in the January 24, 2011, edition of Journal of Evolutionary Biology entitled “Using creation science to demonstrate evolution? Senter’s strategy revisited.” In it Wood responds to Senter’s critique of baraminology.