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Office of Advancement introduces The Phoenix Society, recognizes donors

At Cumberland University, we are grateful for the generosity of our benefactors. Many have shown extraordinary commitment to the goals of the University, earning a place on our 2007 Donor Honor Roll. This year, the University's Office of Advancement is pleased to introduce The Phoenix Society -- a multilevel giving club that recognizes annual support to the institution. Plans are now underway to update and include our lifetime giving societies under The Phoenix Society umbrella in the coming year. This honor roll recognizes contributors of cash, stock, or gifts of property from June 1, 2006 through May 31, 2007. The University wishes to thank the following alumni, friends, corporations, and foundations for their generous support. Every gift to Cumberland is valued; however, we are only able to list those donors with contributions totaling $1,000 or more in this publication. Donors with gift levels below this amount are recognized on the Cumberland University website at Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this list. However, in the event of an error or omission, please contact Joyce Alcorn at 615.547.1235 or [email protected]

President (cont.)

Mrs. B.B. Gullett Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth J. Hawkins Mr. and Mrs. John Haywood Hirt Realty, LLC Dr. Klaus Kallenburger Kappa Sigma Endowment Fund Mr. and Mrs. Julius C. Siegrist, Jr. Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity, Inc. STM Master Seal, Inc. Tennessee Orthopedics Dr. and Mrs. Edward L. Thackston United Auto Workers -- General Motors Mr. and Mrs. J. Roy Wauford, Jr. Wilson Bank & Trust Wilson County Motors

Dean (cont.)

Mr. and Mrs. Tab Kirkland Kyle W. Kiihnl Memorial Scholarship Fund Lebanon All-Sports Booster Club, Inc. Lebanon Business & Professional Women The Lebanon Democrat Dr. Dwayne E. Lett Lochinvar Corporation Lynch Tree Service Mr. H. Lee Martin McKenzie Faith Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Francis Moscardelli Mt. Juliet Rotary Club Nashville Co-Op Mr. Jay O'Leary Mr. and Mrs. Al L. Partee Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Pawlawski Performance Food Group/Kenneth O. Lester Company Perma-Pipe, Inc. Drs. Anita and Wilbur "Pete" Peterson PFC Management, Inc. PFP, LLC Philip Morris USA Mr. Eric Pirtle Mr. Dudley Porter Mr. and Mrs. Troy Putman R & R Calendar, Inc. Richard Siegel Foundation Mr. Knox Ridley River Radiology Robert Bosch Corporation Robert E. & Jenny D. Kirkland Foundation Shankle-Lind, LLC Sherlock's Book Emporium & Curiosities Ms. Jenny Shumate Signature Jewelers, Inc. Skyline Medical Center Auxiliary Mrs. Carmine Swingley Smith Mr. Willard Max Smith Saint Thomas Health Services Ms. Frances R. Stegall Dr. Paul C. Stumb, IV Ms. Debra Taylor Mrs. Dixie Taylor-Huff Tennessee Association of Broadcasters Tennessee Elks Benevolent Trust Tennessee Grocers Education Foundation Tennessee School Plant Mgmt. Association Tennessee Teen Court Program, Inc. Tennessee Titans Foundation Dr. and Mrs. Roy C. Terry Thackston Family Foundation

The Bootstraps Foundation of the Kiwanis Club of Nashville, Inc.


Hardy takes `Best Supporting Actor' award at film festival


Dean $1,000 - $4,999

American Business Women's Assoc. -- Hermitage Chapter Mr. Robert W. Agee Alpha Delta Kappa Sorority Alpha Omicron Pi Foundation AmSouth Bank Anna Laura Dement Scholarship Fund Mr. Solon Clive Apple James Bass Family Trust Ms. Betty L. Bastin Beasley Construction Company Ray Bell Construction Company Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee Bluegrass Baptist Church Bob Parks Realty Mr. Robert Lynn Bogle Representative and Mrs. S. Stratton Bone Dr. and Mrs. James C. Bradshaw Dr. and Mrs. Stanley K. Brady Carriage House Realty CedarStone Bank Circuit City Foundation The Honorable and Mrs. Robert N. Clement Mr. and Mrs. Randall Clemons Dr. and Mrs. H. Bert Coble Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Ray Conrad Mr. Billy Banks Cotton Cox's Gifts & Jewelry Dell Mr. Dayne Dudley Mr. and Mrs. Sid Durham Earl Swensson & Associates, Inc. Dr. and Mrs. Harvill C. Eaton Dr. Marie E. Farley First Freedom Bank First Tennessee Bank Five Oaks Golf & Country Club Lt. Gen. Eugene P. Forrester (Ret.) Hunters Point Golf Course Gallatin High School Mrs. Gladys Garrett Mrs. Mildred Gaston Genesco, Inc. Mr. Donald David Gilbert Ms. Sandy Griffey Mr. James C. Hailey Hartmann Luggage Mr. and Mrs. J. Samuel Hatcher Mrs. Carrie Hatfield Howell McQuain Strategies HR Staffing Immanuel Baptist Church Johnson & Johnson Mrs. Melissa L. Johnson Dr. Charles R. Kaelin

Alumni & Friends Quar terly Newsletter

FALL 2007 Volume 2 / No. 1

New travel program key to `academic distinctiveness'

ith an overwhelmingly successful tour of Italy under its belt and an educational tour of the British Isles in the offing, Cumberland University is well on its way to establishing a global learning program that will ultimately benefit the entire CU community. For everyone from alumni and friends to students, faculty and staff, the University's foray into national and international travel will soon emerge as a key component of Cumberland's "academic distinctiveness," President Harvill C. Eaton said recently. "We thoroughly enjoyed this summer's trip to Italy and, of course, we're looking forward to joining two outstanding members of the English faculty on next year's tour of the British Isles," Eaton said. "But, these two trips only represent the beginning of a program that will continue to evolve. We want to become a truly dependable resource for those interested in studying abroad or for those simply seeking a unique and educational travel experience in a friendly group setting." Along with fellow CU English professor Dr. Laura Redmond, Dr. Michael Rex will serve as a host of the 2008 Alumni & Friends Tour, which will wind across Scotland and England and offer countless thought-provoking tales. Rex, an expert in 16th, 17th and 18th century

Chairman $25,000+

Alma and Fannie Mae Baird Foundation Dr. Robert Carver Bone Bryant Broadcasting -- Music City TV 66 Mr. and Mrs. C. Edward Callis Estate of Blanche Paty Catron Mr. Everett G. Dye Dynamic Logic Systems GE Foundation Mr. and Mrs. William D. Heydel Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation Mr. Ronald N. Magruder The Memorial Foundation Dr. Jeanette Cantrell Rudy Tom James Company University Medical Center Mrs. Sandra Welborn Sean Putman Memorial Scholarship Fund Mr. David K. Wilson*


Trustee $10,000 - $24,999

Adams Family Foundation AFLAC Worldwide Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bell Mr. and Mrs. Winstead P. Bone, III Community Progress Committee, Inc. CBRL Group Foundation Custom Packaging Dr. Ray Farley Georgia and Bert Haywood Trust Mr. and Mrs. Edward A. Labry, III Mr. and Mrs. Jim K. Lancaster Mr. T.C. Lea Dr. and Mrs. Garvin S. Maffett Precision Rubber Products Foundation Sodexho Toshiba America UMC Volunteer Auxiliary Mr. Harry G.Vickers

President $5,000 - $9,999

Colonel and Mrs. Bernie S. Bass BellSouth Ms. Suanne Bone Lebanon Breakfast Rotary Club Dr. Lloyd Caudill Mr. Bascom Cooksey* Ms. Sandra Moss Duncan Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Gray

THW Insurance Services UPS Foundation Wachovia Foundation White Thompson, LLC Wilson County Board of Education Wilson County Chamber of Commerce Wilson County Education Association Wilson County, Tennessee Winfrey's Rone Jewelry Women's Health Center Year Round Garden Club, Lebanon

Cumberland University thanks you for your generous support!


Happy Birthday, Dr. Rudy! - The Jeanette C. Rudy School of Nursing will mark Dr. Jeanette Rudy's 80th Birthday with a celebration on Wednesday, Oct. 24. Contact Carol Ann Evans at 615.547.1215 or at [email protected] for more details.

British literature and culture, joined the Cumberland University English Department in the fall of 2006. In just one year, he has become known for his engaging lectures on topics ranging from Shakespeare and King Arthur to fantasy and science fiction. Frequently, Rex urges students to go beyond the content offered in class and to explore issues involving art, history, politics, music, technology and their own experiences. Experiences abroad, he said, are an incredibly important part of higher education today, which was why he seized the opportunity to host and help plan the 2008 CU Alumni & Friends Tour -- Literature & Legends of the British Isles. "I remember the first time I was in London, and we went to see the Crowned Jewels at the Tower. There I stood, just an inch of bullet-proof glass between me and the crown that sat on the head of Elizabeth Tudor -- the crown that Oliver Cromwell didn't dare destroy -- the crown that had to be specially padded so that Victoria could wear it when she was crowned at age 18," Rex recalled. "I remember walking to the place where Anne Boylen, Lady Jane Grey and the Earl of Essex were all executed. "I remember standing in the British Museum, looking at the manuscript of Beowulf, knowing that someone 1,400 years ago thought his story was important enough to write down. It made me feel connected to the poem. It made me want to write something like that, something that would last," he added. And, with a new opportunity to once again visit the United Kingdom, Rex explained he hopes to share new experience with fellow travelers. "(I want) to be able to stand in Westminster Abbey, where every monarch since William the Conqueror has been crowned, to breath the air, to know that all the people that we read about walked and lived and loved right where we will be walking. I want to be like Emma Thompson, who traveled to Bath to channel the spirit of Jane Austen as she wrote the Oscar-winning screenplay for Sense and Sensibility," he said. "I want to stand on Hadrian's Wall and look out at the Romans' futile attempt to keep back the hordes of blue and green painted Picts by building a wall across the entire island. (I want) to lay flowers on the tombs of William Shakespeare and Aphra Behn -- then I can die a happy man." And while Rex and his fellow travelers will have the chance to do all that and more, Eaton noted the new travel initiative will include more international experiences as well as travel options for those who wish to remain a bit closer to home -- for both students and alumni.

"In its earliest days, Cumberland University excelled because it was able to prepare students for the new frontier, the American West," Eaton explained. "In order to meet that same challenge today, we must prepare them for the global business place by equipping them with the proper technology and by providing them with a perspective that can only be achieved by studying abroad." Preliminary discussions have already begun regarding a planned 2009 trip to China for Cumberland University and, Eaton added, the travel program is envisioned to offer three travel experiences per year by 2010. Some of those trips will be simple day trips, such as the recent Cumberland University alumni trip to the Georgia Aquarium. Others, he explained, will provide Cumberland faculty, staff, students and alumni the opportunity to travel across North America as well as international destinations such as Italy and the United Kingdom. "When all is said and done, we will see this program develop into a special benefit for alumni and friends, but we will also use it to build the foundation of a true study abroad program for our students and faculty," Eaton remarked. "That global perspective, that new view of the world that can only be obtained by going to new places and experiencing new things, that immersion into a new culture and a new way of life -- that is going to be a key part of our ongoing efforts to bring academic distinctiveness to our programs here at Cumberland University." For more information on Cumberland's 2008 Tour of Scotland and England, please contact Breanne Kintz at 615.547.1269 or at [email protected]

Educating tomorrow's leader s for tomorrow's c hallenges .

Cumberland University

A Message From The President

Dear friends, On a recent Friday afternoon, I walked out of my office to find a lady in the hallway. She was admiring a painting of one of Cumberland's more recent presidents. I introduced myself and asked if I might help her. She identified herself as Gloria Stratton Carus, a resident of Wilmington, North Carolina who was in Tennessee to visit her brother. She went further, noting that it was her first visit to Cumberland and inquiring as to whether she might invite her brother, her husband and a friend to see the paintings. I welcomed them and invited them to my office. As our conversation progressed, I learned why they were visiting. To my amazement, she and her brother were direct descendants of Cumberland's first president, Dr. Franceway Rene Cossitt. A New Hampshire native, he led Cumberland University through its first years and helped establish its reputation as the South's finest school. What an honor for the University's 25th president to meet the family of the first! I take this opportunity to thank Dr. Cossitt's family for visiting with me. I also thank Mr. Franceway Cossitt Stratton III for inviting my wife, Lois, and me to his home in Ashland City. What a delightful afternoon! There is an important message for us all in their visit and their hospitality. Few schools have the legacy of Cumberland. This University has witnessed many students emerge from unsuspecting places only to rise to positions that enabled them to improve the lives of many. Like Cordell Hull, who came to Cumberland so young and without fanfare, there are students at Cumberland today who will, in their own way, change the world. President Cossitt was the first to give. You can be the next. Would you change a life and make it special? Would you make a gift that can shape a student who may change the world? If so, call or write me. I'd love to shake your hand and express my gratitude. Sincerely,

Professors join Harvard higher education seminar to advance Cumberland's ongoing pursuit of academic excellence

also an excellent way for faculty to practice what they Among higher education leaders across preach -- endeavoring to be lifelong learners, always the nation, renewed interest and attention increasing both theoretical and practical knowledge." to higher performance assessment has taken In addition to Fischer, other members of the on increased importance in recent months. Harvard faculty and leading practitioners will explore The renewed interest comes on the heels of the current state of performance assessment in United States Secretary of Education Margaret higher education and consider the practical value Spelling's report on the future of higher education. of recent assessment approaches designed to "There is a greater expectation of accountability generate meaningful and useful performance data. from the universities and colleges, with regards to their The seminar also identifies leadership challenges institutional mission and curriculum and the means associated with developing assessment initiatives by which they meet these and continue to improve," that provide better information and promote greater Cumberland University Associate Vice President for transparency in the teaching/learning process. Academic Affairs Dr. Lisa C. Cobb noted. "A central "Harvard Institutes for Higher Education's seminar theme ... is the need to develop comprehensive ... will provide me with institutional models for a knowledge base to performance measurement "Symposia like this are ... an facilitate Cumberland and assessment of student excellent way for faculty to University's continual learning outcomes." practice what they preach pursuit of quality Joined by CU Vice President enhancement for for Advancement Dr. Garvin -- endeavoring to be lifelong academic excellence," S. Maffett and Faculty Senate learners, always increasing Cobb noted. "This President Dr. Laurie Dishman, Cobb will travel to the both theoretical and practical seminar will provide the information Harvard Graduate School knowledge." - Dr. Laurie needed to identify key of Education in November performance indicators to participate in a seminar Dishman, Faculty Senate for assessing learning on performance assessment President outcomes, analyzing in higher education. the most recent During the course of the tools and techniques to improve assessment three-day seminar, the Cumberland University initiatives, identifying next steps for improving delegation will "seek and share the best ideas and assessment and accountability activities practices with highly regarded peers and colleagues and crafting practical institutional strategies from across the United States," according to Maffett. to improve student learning outcomes." Noting she has always embraced performance Other presenters at the upcoming seminar include assessment as a tool for the measurement of James Honan, Harvard Graduate School of Education success in the classroom, Dishman said she is most senior lecturer on education; Michael Middaugh, looking forward to "Assessing What Students Learn Assistant Vice President for Institutional Research and in College Classrooms: How Do We Know What Planning at the University of Delaware; Belle Wheelan, They Really Know?," a session led by Professor Kurt President of the Commission on Colleges, Southern Fischer of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and Fischer studies cognitive and emotional development Richard Light, Walter H. Gale Professor of Education and learning from birth through adulthood, at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. combining analysis of the commonalities across "This is a wonderful opportunity to increase people with the diversity of pathways of learning my knowledge base of assessment in higher and development. One product of his research is education with the finest faculty and administrators a single scale for measuring learning, teaching and from across the nation," Cobb, who also serves curriculum across domains, which is being used to as director of Cumberland University's SACS reassess and coordinate key aspects of pedagogy and accreditation commission, concluded. "My hope assessment in numerous schools and universities. is to bring back to Cumberland University the "As Cumberland continues to focus on excellence in excitement and skills to share with all of the academics and striving for ever-higher standards on Cumberland faculty, and that this will facilitate that front, the Harvard seminar will provide concrete their continued pursuit of academic excellence." techniques for improving the quality of our product for the students," Dishman remarked. "Symposia like this are





Professor of mathematics Dr. Laurie Dishman, Cumberland University Faculty Senate President, helps students prepare for an algebra exam.

Friday, Oct. 12

Golf outing and shopping excursion (11 a.m. until 4 p.m.): Enjoy a round of golf at Five Oaks Golf & Country Club or a leisurely shopping trip to the new Providence Marketplace in Mt. Juliet! Shuttle service for both events will be provided by Cumberland University. For more information on the golf outing, please contact Stephanie Walker at 615.547.1387 or via e-mail at [email protected] To learn more about the shopping excursion, please contact Breanne Kintz at 615.547.1269 or by e-mail at [email protected] Alumni & Friends Reception (6:30 until 8:30 p.m.): Join fellow alumni and friends for a casual, family-friendly reception on the patio of the Catron Alumni House. This free event will offer a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with CU while you unwind from the day's events! Contact Breanne Kintz at 615.547.1269 to make reservations.

News Briefs

Lady Bulldogs to kick off `07 season at Vanderbilt University

Coming off the best season in school history, the Cumberland University Women's Basketball team will open the 2007-08 season with a trip to Nashville for an exhibition game with the Lady Commodores of Vanderbilt University on Oct. 31 at 7 p.m.

Harvill C. Eaton, Ph.D. President

Hardy named `Best Supporting Actor' at film festival

Cumberland University Professor of Theatre Dr. Larry When Jeremy Hardy walked across the stage and T. Menefee (affectionately referred to by the Phoenix accepted a bachelor's degree in theatre this spring, odds are he didn't expect to be recognized as a "Best Players simply as "Doc") with helping him hone his skills Supporting Actor" within just a few, short months. on the stage of the June & Bill Heydel Fine Arts Center. Thanks to the rise of internet video sites such as "Doc really prepared me. You just don't learn acting YouTube and Google Video, however, from books alone," Hardy said. "You can the once-reluctant thespian was recently read all you want, but you don't know the presented with such an award for his work half of it until you get up there and do it." with Nashville's 48-Hour Film Project. At the outset of the 48-Hour Film The brainchild of Washington, D.C. Project, Hardy's team was given filmmakers Mark Ruppert and Liz a set of guidelines for their film. Langston, the 48-Hour Film Project "It had to be a holiday movie. We was established in 2001. The event had to use some type of car part for a challenges filmmakers across the prop, and we had to include a character country to produce a short film -- from named Steve Fogerty," he explained. concept to finished product -- over As work on the film progressed, the course of a weekend. This year, Hardy found himself in the the 48-Hour Film Project visited more company of another Cumberland Jeremy Hardy than 50 cities across the United States. graduate, Michelle Rice Evans (2006). Hardy joined a team formed by Nashville filmmaker Evans, who was active in both music and the arts Matt Barker and writer Dusty Gillespie and, over the as a CU student, most recently appeared in the video course of a weekend in July, the team of filmmakers for "Proud of the House We Built," by country music and actors completed a film entitled, "Independence." superstars Brooks & Dunn. In "Independence," Evans And while some might consider such a project almost plays the role of the lead character's ex-girlfriend. insurmountable, Hardy revelled in the experience. The film tells the story of Patrick Fogarty and the efforts "It was so much fun. It was actually one of the of his friends and family to save him from alcoholism. most fun things I've ever done," Hardy said. For a seven-minute film, it made for a powerful and Still, Hardy admitted he would never have caught emotional topic. Hardy said the director felt the film the "acting bug" had it not been for his time as a should take on a more serious tone, as opposed to student on the Cumberland University campus. some of the more light-hearted concepts that emerged In fact, Hardy said he only developed an during the team's initial brainstorming sessions. interest in theatre after being recruited by In all, "Independence" would prove to be one of Laura Marsh (2004). Marsh has since gone on to 47 films in Nashville's 48-Hour Film Project. A special receive rave reviews for her recent performances awards ceremony was held at the Belcourt Theater with Nashville-based Groundworks Theatre. on August 10, and Hardy said he was astonished to "Laura was really the one who convinced me to learn he'd been named "Best Supporting Actor." give it a shot," Hardy recalled. "After my first show, I "My first reaction, to tell the truth, was was hooked. I ended up performing in more than a `Huh?' I just couldn't believe it," he laughed. half-dozen shows a member of the Phoenix Players." To watch Hardy's award-winning performance in By the time Hardy graduated, he said he felt he "Independence" on the Cumberland University website, was well-prepared for a career in acting, crediting visit

Markert article bound for sociological research journal

"The Fading Dream of Retirement: Social and Financial Considerations Affecting the Retirement Decision," an article by Cumberland University sociology professor Dr. John Markert, was recently accepted for publication in Sociological Spectrum. Centered on research in the fields of sociology, political science, social psychology and anthropology, Sociological Spectrum is the official journal of the Mid-South Sociological Association.

25th Annual Phoenix Ball on the horizon

Saturday, Oct. 13

Alumni Reunions (9 until 11 a.m.): Contact the Breanne Kintz at 615.547.1269 for complete details! Tailgating (11 a.m. until 1 p.m.): Make plans to arrive at Lindsey Donnell Stadium a bit early for a tailgating experience like no other! Enjoy great food and good company while showing your support for the Bulldogs! The first 300 children to enter the gate will receive a free gift! Clash of the Cumberlands (1:30 p.m.): Come cheer on the Bulldogs as they face the Patriots of the University of the Cumberlands! Mad Hatter Ball (6 p.m. until midnight): Sponsored by David Marks, the Mad Hatter Ball offers delicious food, live music, casino games, fabulous prizes -- and plenty of zany hats! The Ball is open to CU alumni and friends age 21 and older, and all proceeds benefit academic scholarships. Tickets are $50 per person. Contact Joyce Alcorn at 615.547.1235 or [email protected] for more details.

Mark your calendar for Saturday, June 7, 2008, when Cumberland University's beloved Phoenix Ball returns for its historic silver anniversary! Long-time Phoenix Ball coordinator Sid Durham says the 25th annual celebration will be "a truly unbelievable event." Check the CU website and future issues of The Phoenix Rising for all the latest news and updates!

Dye Alumni Challenge represents chance to maximize giving potential

CU Professor of Biology Dr. Lisa Cobb leads a classroom discussion on cellular development. Cobb, one of two Cumberland professors who will attend a seminar on higher education at Harvard in November, also serves as the University's associate vice president for academic affairs and as the director of Cumberland's SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) re-accreditation commission.

Don't forget to participate in the Everett Dye Alumni Challenge! There is no better time than right now to make a gift to your alma mater. In fact, Mr. Dye will match $50 for each alumnus who makes a first-time gift of $50 or more and, for those alumni who have given before, he will match the first $50 of any contribution of $100 or more. Think back not only to your days at Cumberland, but also to the opportunities your Cumberland education has provided you. Won't you consider helping the next generation of students have these same opportunities? Your generosity, combined with Mr. Dye's, will increase support for scholarships, faculty and improvements in facilities and technology. Let's not miss this exciting opportunity to maximize our giving potential and honor Mr. Dye's kindness. For more information about the challenge, please contact Wendy Nadeau, Annual Giving Coordinator, at 615.547.1204 or [email protected]


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