Rob Dicks, Director of Athletic Training and Compliance, is a firm believer that
things happen for a reason.
This year he was invited by the Rev. Blair Tolbert, Director of Student Ministries,
to accompany students on an Alternative Spring Break trip to Orlando. He had no
idea what his presence would mean.
Dr. William Yin
The secret to understanding math is that there is no secret.
"The key is perseverance," says math professor Dr. William Yin.
"You keep working hard and eventually you get it."
Speaking from experience, Yin didn't start out as a 'whiz kid.'
With LaGrange College's first and second all-time leading scorers Katie Covington
and Heather Miller leading the way on the Panthers women's basketball team, Head
Coach Mark Isenhour says his student-athletes are poised to be a powerful force
in the USA South Athletic Conference.
Alvin Lingenfelter, Assistant Professor of Religion, says his introduction to
the concept of service came early.
"My journey as a servant-leader honestly started with my parents," he says. "My
dad was a hard-working, blue-collar kind of guy who would get me off the couch
and out from in front of the television."
Linda McMullen understands all the worries of non-traditional students who decide
to go back to school. She knows because she was a non-traditional student herself.
McMullen, Director of Evening College, says she dropped out of the University
of Pennsylvania so she could go to work full-time.
Dr. Chad Harris
For a good part of this summer, Dr. Chad Harris found himself in the midst of
chaos. And he could not have been happier.
Surrounded by boxes of equipment in the former Simpson Fitness Room in Mariotti
Gym, the chair of the new Exercise Science and Physical Education Department carefully
mapped out where he wanted everything to go.
It is an exciting time to be a Panther, says Todd Mooney, Head Football Coach.
This year begins the college's affiliation with the USA South Athletic Conference,
and that new relationship offers all kinds of opportunities.
"From a football standpoint, it is particularly special," Coach Mooney says. "We
have been independent for five of the six years we've been playing football, and
that presented some significant challenges."
Dr. Joshua Van Lieu
Dr. Joshua Van Lieu, Assistant Professor of History and Curriculum Director of
the Asian Studies Program, is passionate about preparing students to be citizens
of the world.
"To have an understanding of the realities of the world we live in, it is absolutely
essential to have some kind of knowledge of Asia," he says. "East Asia is one of
the centers of the global economy. Think about the manufactured goods we deal with
on a daily basis. Where do they come from? China, Korea and Japan.
Michael Thomas has a passion for LaGrange College, and that serves him well as
Director of Admisson. Thomas '05 says he enjoys sharing his love for his alma mater
with potential students and their parents.
"This is a community where you're going to be challenged," he says. "But you as
a student are going to be heard, you're going to have a voice. Faculty, administration
and staff are not only going to know your name, they are going to know your personal
If you've ever imagined yourself in the fast-paced world of emergency room care,
pictured yourself as a pediatric nurse, or have dreams of becoming a nurse anesthetist,
the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program at LaGrange College might be
the perfect fit for you.
As the need for nurses in the health-care profession remains strong, Dr. Maranah
Sauter and fellow nursing faculty are intensely preparing students for the inherent
demands of the high-stakes career through the BSN program.
Ceramics professor Tim Taunton will be the first to tell you he doesn't know everything
– and that is fine with him.
"I don't always like to be critical of student's clay working techniques just
because they are different from my own. There are many different methods
of creating with ceramics, and I don't know them all," he says. "In addition
to teaching, I'm also here to explore with my students. I think that is one of
the many things we really do well at this college – we learn and work together."
English Professor Dr. Anthony Wilson believes his students have something significant
"Words, language is so fundamental to our identity, to who we are, to who we can
become—and so enjoyable at the same time.
Nate Tomsheck takes the stuff of dreams and makes it tangible. As technical director
and assistant professor in the Theatre Arts Department, he designs and builds the
sets and scenery used in the college's productions.
Assistant Professor of Nursing Sandy Blair has a heart for ministering to patients
and students. "I've always loved being able to help people and to feel like I'm
doing something for someone else in a time of need," she says.
Ashleigh Poteat wanted a career that would stitch together her love of history
with her passion for art and design. She found it in the theater.
Poteat, the college's new Costume Designer and Assistant Professor of Theater,
studied history while pursuing an arts, drama production and design degree at the
University of North Carolina, Asheville.
Lee Johnson knew he had been entrusted with the musical legacy of one of the world's
greatest rock bands when he began work on a new symphony 15 years ago.
What he didn't know was how fans of the Grateful Dead would react to his work.