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Bobby R. Gann
Position: Maintenance - Electrician Helper
Campus Phone: 865 471-3525
Campus Box: 71890
Category: Religion, Undergraduate
Position: Professor of Religion
Campus Phone: (865) 471 - 3279
Campus Box: 72012
B.A., English major [Phi Beta Kappa], University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
M.Div., Ph.D. in Old Testament studies, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Sabbatical study leave at Candler School of Theology (Spring 1991) and Duke Divinity School (Spring 2009)
Don joined the C-N faculty in 1980 and teaches Old Testament Introduction, OT Prophets, and Proverbs, Job, Ecclesiastes. His wife, Vickie, completed her degree in elementary education at C-N in 1993 and is retired from teaching second grade. All three of their sons chose C-N. Aaron (1979-1999), a computer science major, deceased three weeks before his junior year at C-N; Andrew (’03, Biology) is a physical therapist; and Adam (’06, Religion; Psychology) is a seminary graduate, works as a pastoral counselor, and is married to Sarah, a pharmacist.
Don frequently is invited to speak in churches and has served as interim pastor in KY and TN. He is certified as an Intentional Interim Minister [ www.healthychurch.org ]. He has taught at two seminaries and has published one book and many articles about the Bible and Christian faith. Don especially enjoys “old” things like antique automobiles and doing archaeology in Jordan [ see www.vkrp.org ].
Position: Archives Assistant
Campus Phone: 865-471-2083
Campus Phone: 471-3348
Campus Phone: 471-4846
Category: C-N VISTA Fellows
Position: AmeriCorps VISTA: Coordinator of Development & Programming
Rusty is from Monroe, North Carolina, where he grew up and lived until joining the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) in 2012. He served in Perry Point, Maryland, as a Corps Member in 2012 and then in Vinton, Iowa, as a Field Team Leader in 2013. AmeriCorps NCCC ignited his passion for service and non-profit work and led to his interest in becoming involved with VISTA in order to learn more about the behind-the-scenes mechanics of non-profit organizations.
Rusty is serving with Compassion Coalition, a faith-based non-profit organization in Knoxville that builds partnerships between churches, government agencies, and other organizations with the goal of developing community relationships and building community sustainability. Within Compassion Coalition, Rusty works specifically with The Future Story Project, which focuses on bridging the gap and developing connections between poverty, middle class, and wealth.
Position: Assistant Softball Coach and Recruiting Coordinator
Campus Phone: (865) 471-4289
Sheryl M. Gray , M.S.
Category: Registrar's Office
Position: University Registrar
Campus Phone: 865-471-3240
Campus Box: 71985
Sheryl received her BS in English Education and MS in Higher Education Administration from Florida State University. She has worked in Higher Education for many years, holding positions in Residence Life, Student Affairs, Admissions, Enrollment Management and Records and Registration. She joined the Carson-Newman family in 1987 as Assistant Director of Admissions, and became the director of Undergraduate Admissions in 1989, a position she held for 15 years. Sheryl became Registrar at Carson-Newman in 2004.
Category: Community Connections
Position: Event Coordinator
The Event Coordinator is responsible for planning monthly service events based on Community Connections interests and goals for the year. The coordinator’s primary duties are as follows: complete financial and CLW paperwork for any events as needed, reserve space and any technology needed for events, create task lists in weeks leading up to event and keep colleagues apprised of priorities each week, create the bi-annual Community Connections calendar, ensure the organization is re-chartered each spring for the upcoming year, and lead the Plus Delta reflection after each event.
Campus Phone: 471-3548
Campus Phone: 3549
Category: C-N VISTA Fellows
Position: AmeriCorps VISTA: Coordinator of Social Media & Development
I'm Summer and I am working as an AmeriCorps VISTA with Carson Newman University at SEEED in Knoxville, TN. SEEED stands for Socially Equal Energy Efficient Development. SEEED trains and educates inner city young adults in weatherization and solar panel installation. Once they have completed the program they can then go on to get their GED, college degree, and/or job. I am from Chilhowie, Virginia and attend Carson Newman University where I will graduate in December 2014 with a degree in Interior Design. I love service, people, my fellow eagles, and Tennessee, so the job is the perfect fit for me.
Position: Head Coach - Baseball
Campus Phone: 865-471-3465
Timothy Guthrie , C-N Class of 2015
Category: Admissions Staff
Position: Admissions Representative
Campus Phone: 865-471-2070
Campus Box: 70265
Hometown: Originally from Westlake, LA. Knoxville, TN for the last 9 years.
What do you love most about Carson-Newman?
I love the amount of opportunities available at Carson-Newman. Throughout my experience as a student I found many opportunities to serve the community, to lead in campus events, and to grow as an individual. Faculty and Staff will work to get you plugged into the community and will capitalize on every effort to see you excel in your endeavors.
What is your favorite Carson-Newman tradition?
Eagle Strut and Howdy Hoot are two of my favorite Carson-Newman traditions, without a doubt. Every year, around welcome week, these two events pit dorms against each other in friendly competition to see which dorm can pull together the best skits and routines to win the favor of the campus community. I met some of my very best friends through these events.
What is your most memorable college experience?
The very first night I arrived on campus as a freshman, the upperclassmen got us out of our dorms to go play capture the flag on the entire block of Henderson lawn late at night. I remember being on a team of 30+ people that I had never met before and I had the time of my life. Lifelong friendships were founded that first night.
What advice do you offer to students regarding college?
Take your time when evaluating options and really pray about where God wants you and how He could use you at each school. Once you make a decision, continue in prayer and make sure that you stick to a priority schedule for the first couple of weeks to establish good habits for the remainder of your time in school!
If you get a three-day weekend, how do you spend it?
Usually doing something on campus (especially sporting events). If I’ve got the time and the money (and the grad school homework is finished) I will go watch a movie in Morristown with my fiancé and eat a nice dinner.
Timothy (T) Guthrie
Category: Student Chaplaincy Program
Position: Butler Student Chaplain