News Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:14:40 -0400 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:14:40 -0400 1800 C-N trustees vote to begin process of name change to "University" <p><img src="libraries/tiny_mce/tiny_mce/plugins/imagemanager/files/College_Communications/C-N_DSC_6854-web.jpg" alt="" width="340" height="230" /></p> <p>Carson-Newman Board of Trustees Chair Larry Waters (left) speaks with President Randall O&rsquo;Brien and Provost Kina Mallard following Friday&rsquo;s vote to begin the process of changing the institution&rsquo;s name to &ldquo;Carson-Newman University.&rdquo;</p> <p>Carson-Newman College&rsquo;s Board of Trustees unanimously voted today to begin the process of changing the institution&rsquo;s name to &ldquo;Carson-Newman University.&rdquo; The change would go into effect after the first of the year. The decision follows months of study conducted by C-N officials, and precedes the School&rsquo;s steps in changing its charter with the state of Tennessee.</p> <p>Carson-Newman has long offered master level programs, qualifying it as a university model. The institution currently offers 50 undergraduate majors and seven graduate degrees. Pending approval by SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools), C-N will also offer a Doctor of Education degree in fall of 2013.</p> <p>&ldquo;We are excited about this new chapter in the life of Carson-Newman,&rdquo; said C-N Board Chair Larry Waters. &ldquo;This decision was not taken lightly, but has been a part of a methodical process of building upon proven successes along with new initiatives and programs.&rdquo;</p> <p>Along with more accurately describing the institution, Carson-Newman officials believe that the name change will assist in recruiting, particularly internationally. Carson-Newman currently has 93 international students enrolled representing 24 different nations.</p> <p>&ldquo;Many students who inquire about Carson-Newman overseas interpret the name &ldquo;college&rdquo; as a high school or vocational school,&rdquo; explained Provost Kina Mallard. &ldquo;There is simply a difference in terminology. By embracing &ldquo;university,&rdquo; we not only more accurately represent ourselves here at home, but to the global community as well.&rdquo;</p> <p>Carson-Newman President Randall O&rsquo;Brien added that though the move will change in how Carson-Newman is referred to, the Board remains resolute in the role C-N plays in higher education.</p> <p>&ldquo;Carson-Newman may change in name and expand in what it academically offers students, but it will do so while holding true to its mission and vision of being intentionally Christian, academically rigorous, student-focused and future-minded,&rdquo; said O&rsquo;Brien. &ldquo;In a rapidly changing world, some things don&rsquo;t: academic and Christian excellence at Carson-Newman! The future is bright.&rdquo;</p> <p>Founded in 1851 as Mossy Creek Missionary Baptist Seminary, the institution has undergone several name changes throughout its history. It has held the name Carson-Newman College since 1930.</p> Thu, 29 Nov 2012 16:05:32 -0500 Carson-Newman Garners Several Accolades in U.S. News Ranking <blockquote> <p><img src="libraries/tiny_mce/tiny_mce/plugins/imagemanager/files/College_Communications/Matt_Wilkerson_snip1.JPG" alt="" width="340" height="230" /></p> <p>An Excellent Education -- Professor Matt Wilkerson teaches a lab group as part of a biology class. C-N&rsquo;s commitment to academic rigor has earned the institution a high level of regard among leaders at peer institutions, which is one of six factors weighed by U.S. News &amp; World Report in its 2013 &ldquo;Best Colleges&rdquo; guide, which will hit newsstands Tuesday.</p> </blockquote> <p>Carson-Newman has collected four distinct accolades in U.S. News &amp; World Report&rsquo;s 2013 edition of &ldquo;Best Colleges.&rdquo; Carson-Newman is championed as an &ldquo;up and coming&rdquo; institution that has an &ldquo;unusually strong commitment to undergraduate teaching.&rdquo; Ranked 12th among &ldquo;Best Colleges in the South,&rdquo; it is also touted on the publication&rsquo;s &ldquo;Great Schools, Great Prices&rdquo; list.</p> <p>&ldquo;We are always encouraged by laudatory rankings, but what pleases us most is the reality behind the ranking,&rdquo; said Dr. Randall O&rsquo;Brien, C-N president. &ldquo;Coupled with our receipt of the President&rsquo;s Award for General Community Service earlier this year, this citation of our academic strength confirms that we are fulfilling our mission to be &lsquo;intentionally Christian, academically rigorous, student-focused, and future-minded.&rsquo; On top of that, we have once again been championed as offering a good deal on a great education.&rdquo;</p> <p>As part of its peer assessment process, U.S. News requested presidents, chief academic officers and admissions deans to cite fellow institutions &ldquo;whose faculty and administrators are committed to teaching undergraduate students in a high-quality manner.&rdquo; They were also asked to list schools that have implemented &ldquo;the most promising and innova&shy;tive changes in the areas of academics, faculty, student life, campus, or facilities.&rdquo; C-N is featured in each category among colleges in the south.</p> <p>The guide is designed to help students and their families to &ldquo;compare at a glance the relative quality of institutions based on such widely accepted indicators of excellence as freshman retention and graduation rates and the strength of the faculty,&rdquo; explained Robert Morse and Samuel Flanigan in the guide&rsquo;s statement of methodology.</p> <p>According to the publication&rsquo;s editors, &ldquo;The calculation &hellip; takes into account a school&rsquo;s academic quality, based on its U.S. News Best Colleges ranking, and the 2011-12 net cost of attendance for a student who receives the average level of need-based financial aid. The higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal&hellip; because U.S. News considers the most significant values to be among colleges that are above average academically.&rdquo;</p> <p>O&rsquo;Brien called the U.S. News ranking &ldquo;the most recent evidence&rdquo; of the institution&rsquo;s excellence. Three accolades were announced in August. Washington Monthly ranked C-N 9th among America&rsquo;s baccalaureate colleges and also trumpeted it as the national leader in community service among such schools. The Princeton Review cited it as one of 136 "Best in the Southeast" colleges, and included Carson-Newman in the top 10 percent of American colleges and universities in its system.</p> <p>U.S. News &amp; World Report&rsquo;s 12-state South region consists of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.</p> <p>The print version will hit newsstands Monday and the online report is available at <a href=""></a>.</p> Thu, 29 Nov 2012 14:20:42 -0500 Presidential Recognition Raises C-N’s Profile <p><iframe src="" frameborder="0" width="560" height="315"></iframe></p> <p>Award Draws Accolades &ndash; Bonner Center Director Nicole Saylor (left) and Provost Kina Mallard accepted Carson-Newman&rsquo;s Presidential Award during ceremonies in Los Angeles Monday. Eduardo Ochoa, assistant secretary for postsecondary education in the Department of Education, presented the award to Mallard.</p> <p>Carson-Newman&rsquo;s receipt of the President&rsquo;s Award for Community Service has been noted by news outlets across the country, including organs as diverse as The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Huffington Post.</p> <p>&ldquo;We are of course thrilled by the national recognition that has come with winning the highest recognition on the President&rsquo;s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll,&rdquo; said Dr. Kina Mallard, C-N provost. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a demonstration that Carson-Newman is fulfilling our mission to produce educated citizens and worldwide servant-leaders. Moreover, it demonstrates that we are fulfilling the great mission of Jesus Christ to love our neighbors as we love ourselves.&rdquo;</p> <p>Mallard and Dr. Nicole Saylor travelled to Los Angeles to receive the award. Along with representatives from four other honored institutions, Mallard and Saylor celebrated the honor in hands-on fashion with a day of service coordinated by the University of Southern California. The C-N administrators helped package foodstuffs for a homeless shelter while others volunteered for either a Head Start literacy program or to work in a local community garden.</p> <p>The provost says the presentation at the annual American Council on Education meeting in Los Angeles conference gave her an opportunity to grasp the magnitude of the recognition.</p> <p>&ldquo;To win the overall award with a student population of less than 2000 says a lot about Carson-Newman&rsquo;s commitment to service on a per capita basis. To amass 275,000 hours of service means that many students are giving hundreds of hours of their time. There was no school represented close to us in size. Seattle University has well more than 7000 students and North Carolina State has almost 35,000. That&rsquo;s great company to be in.&rdquo;</p> <p>Mallard said she learned that those connected with the award through the Corporation for National and Community Service and the U.S. Department of Education &ldquo;were particularly impressed with the sustainability of C-N service projects.&rdquo;</p> <p>While many C-N students are responsible for much of the good fostered by Appalachian Outreach and its subsidiary ministries, other students invest their energies in opportunities afforded to them through Campus Ministries and other service organizations. Additionally, Carson-Newman&rsquo;s Bonner Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement is central to the difference C-N makes.</p> <p>In effect a hub with four spokes &ndash; the Bonner Scholars Program, BOOST, Community Connections/Service Corp, and Service Learning &ndash; the Bonner Center oversees the coordination of some 75 students, who are referred to as service members.</p> <p>C-N&rsquo;s Bonner Scholars Program is part of nationwide network of 75 institutions. Program participants seek to advocate for fairness and equality in social and environmental issues, participate as citizens by engaging in public policy and service, build and sustain vibrant communities, explore personal beliefs while respecting the those of others, develop international understanding while respecting diversity.</p> <p>BOOST (Bonner Out of School Time Program) began in 2009 as an afterschool and summer program for elementary and middle school students to combat educational inequities by providing engaging programming to increase academic performance, enhance character development, and promote college access. The objectives are pursued through homework help, classroom learning time, and being available as a positive influence to the students. The program is offered everyday through the academic year and as an intense six week Summer Reading Program. The effort is a collaboration of C-N, the Bonner Center, and the Jefferson City Housing Authority (JCHA).</p> <p>Whereas Bonner Scholars serve as liaisons to Jefferson County programs and agencies, Community Connections and Service Corps relate the campus community by mobilizing student volunteers. The result is a host of significant projects that introduce students to the opportunities and benefits of service. The Service Learning component fosters classroom instruction that goes well beyond the four walls of an academic building. SL coordinators are working to standardize such classes, of which there were 65 last year alone.</p> <p>Department of Education Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education Dr. Eduardo Ochoa presented the award to Mallard. He said C-N, like other honored institutions, &ldquo;should be proud of their work to elevate the role of service-learning on their campuses. Galvanizing their students to become involved in projects that address pressing concerns and enrich their academic experience has a lasting impact&hellip; I hope we&rsquo;ll see more and more colleges and universities following their lead.&rdquo;</p> <p>Mallard said she was grateful to Saylor and her Bonner Center staff for &ldquo;pulling together the data that demonstrates the seriousness of our institutional commitment.&rdquo;</p> <p>She added, &ldquo;This sort of recognition glorifies God because we do it for His honor. That&rsquo;s what Carson-Newman was founded on &ndash; to educate solid Christian citizens. And we are continuing to do just that.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 16 Mar 2012 14:20:35 -0400 Carson-Newman Cited as a Best College by both Princeton Review and Forbes <p>Carson-Newman College has received accolades from The Princeton Review and Forbes. Ranked by The Princeton Review among the Southeast region&rsquo;s best 135 institutions, C-N is also one of only 14 Tennessee colleges or universities included on the Forbes list.</p> <p>Only schools that allow Princeton Review to independently survey students are eligible to be considered for the firm&rsquo;s endorsement. Forbes features the top 20 percent of America&rsquo;s undergraduate institutions, as deemed by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity (CCAP).</p> <p>&ldquo;The reality behind the rankings is what pleases us most,&rdquo; said C-N President Randall O&rsquo;Brien. &ldquo;Carson-Newman's faculty is committed to academic excellence for themselves and our students. They model and mentor joyfully and superbly, which is the secret to our success.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;We're pleased to recommend Carson-Newman College to users of our site as one of the best schools to earn their undergrad degree,&rdquo; said Robert Franek, Princeton Review senior vice president for publishing. &ldquo;We chose it and the other terrific institutions we name as &lsquo;regional best&rsquo; colleges mainly for their excellent academic programs.</p> <p>&ldquo;From several hundred schools in each region, we winnowed our list based on institutional data we collected directly from the schools, our visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of our staff, plus college counselors and advisors whose recommendations we invite. We also take into account what students at the schools reported to us about their campus experiences at them on our 80-question student survey for this project.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Princeton Review Southeast region encompasses Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. The publication also designated 220 colleges in the Northeast, 153 in the Midwest, and 121 in the West as best in their locales on the company&rsquo;s &ldquo;2012 Best Colleges: Region by Region&rdquo; lists.</p> <p>C-N is ranked sixth among the 14 Tennessee institutions noted by Forbes. Using criteria developed by Dr. Richard Vedder and the CCAP, the Forbes ranking system considers post-graduate success (30 percent), student satisfaction (27.5 percent), debt (17.5 percent), four-year graduation rate (17.5 percent), and competitive awards (7.5 percent).</p> Wed, 05 Oct 2011 14:46:27 -0400 C-N Repeats on President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Carson-Newman&rsquo;s commitment to service includes several Appalachian Outreach Workdays &ndash; Saturdays when students give several hours to help repair homes for area residents who are unable or cannot afford routine maintenance.</p> <p>Carson-Newman College has been named to the 2010 President&rsquo;s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. It was recognized last year as well.</p> <p>Carson-Newman was one of 511 institutions honored by the Corporation for National and Community Service, which administers the annual award. Colleges and universities were noted for the impact they make on issues from poverty and homelessness to environmental justice.</p> <p>&ldquo;Recognition, particularly at this high level is pleasing, but the life-changing value of service our students learn is most precious to us,&rdquo; said C-N President Randall O&rsquo;Brien. &ldquo;Inclusion on the President&rsquo;s Honor Roll recognizes that our students are making a difference here and abroad, with programs like Appalachian Outreach and Samaritan House, including international spring break trips, such as a recent one to Bulgaria where students helped build a Christian training center.&rdquo;</p> <p>C-N&rsquo;s Community Service and Service Learning Committee worked with the Campus Ministries Office to compile the data, much of which was obtained through last fall&rsquo;s service-learning survey.</p> <p>&ldquo;Creating high quality service learning and community service projects that enhance the academic experiences of Carson-Newman students is at the heart of the mission of the Bonner Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement,&rdquo; said the Center&rsquo;s director, Dr. Nicole Saylor,. &ldquo;The transformative power of service benefits our students, faculty, staff and the community at large.&rdquo;</p> <p>According to the CNCS, Carson-Newman&rsquo;s &ldquo;strong ethos of community service&rdquo; was evidenced in the wealth of missions work and volunteer opportunities and offered to students. Specific programs cited by the organization include the Bonner Scholars program and Operation Inasmuch.</p> Wed, 05 Oct 2011 14:46:47 -0400 C-N President Recognized for Church Service by Baylor Alumni Association <p><img style="float: right;" src="libraries/tiny_mce/tiny_mce/plugins/imagemanager/files/College_Communications/Obrien_at_baylor_for_award.jpg" alt="" width="320" height="230" />Carson-Newman College President Randall O&rsquo;Brien has been honored with the George W. Truett Distinguished Church Service Award by Baylor University&rsquo;s Alumni Association. The honor was made during the organization&rsquo;s annual Hall of Fame banquet, held on the Waco, Texas campus last month.</p> <p>The award was named for Baylor alumnus George Truett, who pastored the First Baptist Church of Dallas from shortly after his 1897 graduation until 1944. The recognition, given to individuals with Baylor connections who typify Truett&rsquo;s love for Christ and churches, was also presented to Marv Knox, editor of The Baptist Standard, a denominational newspaper in Texas.</p> <p>Over the course of his 17 years on Baylor&rsquo;s professorate and in its executive ranks, O&rsquo;Brien served as interim pastor to 15 congregations. C-N staffers say his abiding interest in Kingdom work and commitment to local congregations has remained strong since he moved to Tennessee. In less than three years as Carson-Newman&rsquo;s president, he has preached in more than 60 churches.</p> <p>&ldquo;Dr. O&rsquo;Brien has covered a lot of ground right out of the gate,&rdquo; said Parker Leake, C-N vice president for Communications. &ldquo;His actions of blending hard work as Carson-Newman president throughout the week and then preaching on Sunday bear strong witness to his love of the Lord and his passion for sharing the gospel. The award goes deeper than what Randall O&rsquo;Brien does&mdash;it speaks to who he is.&rdquo;</p> <p>A native Mississippian and decorated Vietnam combat veteran, O&rsquo;Brien completed his undergraduate education at Mississippi College following service in the U.S. Army&rsquo;s 101st Airborne Division. He earned a master&rsquo;s degree in sacred theology from Yale Divinity School and holds both an MDiv and a ThD from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.</p> <p>O&rsquo;Brien began his teaching career at Arkansas&rsquo;s Ouachita Baptist University before moving in 1981 to Baylor, where he served as a professor and administrator in various positions. From 2005-2008, he was provost and therefore responsible for Baylor&rsquo;s 11 schools and colleges, as well as more than two dozen centers and institutes.</p> Wed, 05 Oct 2011 14:47:10 -0400 C-N Noted as Top Military-Friendly Institution <p><img style="float: left;" src="libraries/tiny_mce/tiny_mce/plugins/imagemanager/files/C_N_News_photos/662401816174116_str.jpg" alt="" width="320" height="221" />News Worth Celebrating &ndash; Military Advanced Education magazine recently named C-N as a &ldquo;Top Military-Friendly College.&rdquo; Celebrating the news are C-N President Randall O&rsquo;Brien, himself a Vietnam combat vet, and Lieutenant Colonel Rodney Honeycutt, who leads C-N&rsquo;s ROTC Eagle Battalion.</p> <p>Carson-Newman has been recognized by Military Advanced Education magazine as one of its &ldquo;2010-11 Top Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities.&rdquo;</p> <p>In just four years since the first guide was published, the special edition &ldquo;has become an invaluable tool for both Education Service Officers/Specialists and Base Transition Officers when advising their service members about degree and certification opportunities currently available from institutions of higher learning,&rdquo; according to MAE Associate Publisher Glenn R. Berlin.&rdquo;</p> <p>C-N&rsquo;s student population includes 52 veterans or veteran dependents who receive VA benefits, which include provisions made available by the Post 9/11 GI Bill. Beyond the 25 vets receiving benefits, 27 students who, as children or spouses of veterans, are able to take advantage of changes made to the legislation that allows current service members to transfer education benefits to a spouse or a child.</p> <p>While such benefits are helping bring students to C-N, retired lieutenant colonel Bob Terrell says the camaraderie of veterans and retirees has been an important part of developing a culture that is winsome to those who have recently left the services.</p> <p>&ldquo;I think veterans coming to Carson-Newman find a supportive and helpful environment because we have several faculty and staff members who are veterans,&rdquo; assesses Terrell, an associate professor of computer information systems who retired from the army in 1995 after a 28-year career. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a built-in support system of sorts because these are folks who are active in various veterans organizations off-campus and have had to deal with veteran health care and education issues in their own lives.&rdquo;</p> <p>Terrell said he and colleagues noticed &ldquo;more and more veterans joining our student population in recent months, so we are working to assist those students who have identified themselves in this category.&rdquo; He says C-N&rsquo;s Army ROTC department, the Eagle Battalion, became something of an informal center for networking and establishing personal connections between student vets and faculty/staff mentors.</p> <p>Since then, students, faculty and staff members with military experience have chartered a new campus organization, VETS (Veterans, Eagles, Teachers, Students). The group, says Terrell, &ldquo;is still in the growth and recruiting stage, but it has already gained the membership and support of most of the faculty and staffers with military backgrounds.&rdquo;</p> <p>VETS was founded by a married couple, John and Sarah McIntear, both of whom served in the U.S. Navy. They moved to Jefferson City after Sarah&rsquo;s research found C-N fit her goals for a Christian institution with an excellent nursing program that also offered a graduate nursing degree. John says he thinks C-N and the military are a good fit.</p> <p>&ldquo;The military equips men and women to be able to grow into servants and leaders at the same time,&rdquo; says the double major in religion and history. &ldquo;Carson-Newman has that very same mentality. They take servants as students and mold them into servant leaders. I just think it blends so well; it makes an easy transition from serving country to serving God.&rdquo;</p> <p>Terrell says he expects the group to grow in numbers and significance because VETS is beginning to connect through on-campus programs and outreach programs with off-campus organizations like the American Legion, AMVETS and VFW. The draw of C-N&rsquo;s Eagle Battalion is important, says Terrell, noting, &ldquo;As the cadets walk across campus in uniform, the students who are vets come up and introduce themselves, and the relationship goes from there.&rdquo;</p> <p>C-N&rsquo;s School of Nursing and Behavioral Health, in conjunction with the College&rsquo;s Army ROTC program, has been recognized as the country&rsquo;s leading producer of nurses who join the military upon graduation. Presently, 24 of the Eagle Battalion&rsquo;s 72 cadets (33%), are nursing majors who will join the military when they graduate. The program&rsquo;s success has obtained Army recognition as a Nursing Center of Excellence for Education, say Eagle Battalion officials.</p> <p>Second Lieutenant Adriel Schmitt, who earned his BSN degree from the program last May, was selected as one of the top four of nursing graduates in the county. The Nixa, Missouri native was the leading graduate in the Seventh Brigade, which comes under the U.S. Army Cadet Command Fort Knox and includes Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee.</p> <p>C-N&rsquo;s ROTC program, which will celebrate its 40th birthday this year, offers courses that develop leadership and management skills for both military and civilian careers. The Eagle Battalion provides qualified students opportunities to serve their country full or part time as officers in the US Army. Students who meet specified qualifications can earn a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the US Army, Army National Guard or the US Army Reserve. The Ranger Challenge Team attends annually a regional, multi-state intercollegiate competition of physical stamina, leadership ability and teamwork.</p> <p>John McIntear believes there is added benefit to having mentors with armed service experience.</p> <p>&ldquo;The military teaches a certain core of respect for those who have come before us to defend freedom and democracy. The fact that this campus really is packed with military veterans and their dependents makes my job so wonderfully easy,&rdquo; he says.</p> Wed, 05 Oct 2011 14:48:05 -0400 Carson-Newman Cited by Newsweek as One of Top Service-Minded Schools <p><img style="float: left;" src="libraries/tiny_mce/tiny_mce/plugins/imagemanager/files/Kaplan_Newsweek_Top_Ranked_Logo.jpg" alt="" width="252" height="191" />Fifth Annual Operation Inasmuch Should Push # of Volunteers over 2,500 Mark</p> <p>In its first ever college guide, Newsweek magazine ranks Carson-Newman College among the country&rsquo;s 25 best &ldquo;service-minded schools.&rdquo; A total of 510 four-year institutions were evaluated and C-N was ranked 13 among the top 25 schools featured in the publication.</p> <p>Published in conjunction with Kaplan, the 2010 &ldquo;Finding the Right College For You&rdquo; guide uses categories that its editors say are &ldquo;tailored to address the real concerns of prospective students and their parents in an increasingly complex admissions process.&rdquo; (The information is available online at</p> <p>Partnering with Washington Monthly, the guide&rsquo;s editors considered colleges and universities based on student commitment to service (including number of students and hours invested), faculty, number of students in ROTC programs relative to the school&rsquo;s size, proportion of alumni who have served in the Peace Corps, incorporation of service in classes, percentage of federal work-study money given to community-service projects and service-based scholarships.</p> <p>C-N President Randall O&rsquo;Brien called the recognition &ldquo;gratifying, yet not surprising. It&rsquo;s great to know that Carson-Newman&rsquo;s long history of active compassion and Christian service has been noted at the national level. I might be expected to say that we are grateful to Newsweek&rsquo;s editors and others involved in the recognition, but we are truly grateful for and humbled by our students who are willing to serve.&rdquo;</p> <p>According to Dr. O&rsquo;Brien, it takes effort to foster an ethic of service. &ldquo;Our faculty instills in their students a sense that God knows how much we care by how much care we give to others, and these efforts are also often replete with faculty and staffers who volunteer too. I am pleased to see that scholarship dollars were part of the research rationale because we are grateful to partners like the Bonner Foundation, the U.S. Army and Tennessee Baptists, all of whom help make such funds available to our students.&rdquo;</p> <p>The timing of the recognition is fitting as the College&rsquo;s Campus Ministries and Community Connection Offices put the final touches on planning C-N&rsquo;s fifth annual Operation Inasmuch (OI) workday, slated for Saturday. Carson-Newman was the first college or university to implement the service model, which began as a church ministry in North Carolina several years ago.</p> <p>OI participation has steadily grown each year, from 290 in 2006 to 619 last year. C-N Campus Minister Nenette Measels expects the five-year total number of participants to break the 2,500 mark when Saturday&rsquo;s tally is added. Students, along with faculty and staff, will go to service sites across Jefferson and Hamblen counties where they will help service agencies and their clients.</p> <p>C-N&rsquo;s inclusion on last year&rsquo;s President&rsquo;s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll was a factor in the model used in the Newsweek ranking. Data for the survey period used to select schools for the Honor Roll offers impressive figures for C-N student involvement. Almost 1,400 members of the student body actively engaged in volunteer efforts and 158 of those students were part of classes that incorporate service-learning in the curriculum. All together, C-N students contributed some 59,000 hours of community service in the time frame studied.</p> <p>C-N&rsquo;s School of Nursing and Behavioral Health, in conjunction with the College&rsquo;s Army ROTC program, has been recognized as the country&rsquo;s leading producer of nurses who join the military upon graduation. Presently, 24 of the Eagle Battalion&rsquo;s 72 cadets (33%), are nursing majors who will join the military when they graduate. The program&rsquo;s success has obtained Army recognition as a Nursing Center of Excellence for Education, say Eagle Battalion officials.</p> <p>The Bonner Scholars Program, of which C-N is a charter member, offers valuable scholarship dollars to students in exchange for at least 140 community service hours per semester. With 52 current students, the program will account for 14,560 service hours this academic year alone.</p> <p>While the numbers are impressive, so are results. Amy Scott, a recent graduate, interned with Jefferson County&rsquo;s juvenile court system and saw firsthand the problems created by high school truancy. In response to the situation, Scott worked with the Bonner Center to establish the Journey Program, through which C-N students mentor truants and those who are otherwise at risk of dropping out of school.</p> <p>Another effort is the Afterschool Program, a partnership between the Bonner Center and Jefferson City&rsquo;s Housing Authority. The housing authority had space but few monetary and human resources while C-N had students in need of experience. School of Education faculty members helped shape a program that now exists at two sites.</p> <p>Other C-N programs dedicated to volunteerism include SPOTS (Special Projects Other Than Summer), which provided 173 spring and fall break missionaries last year, and BCM-sponsored summer mission programs, through which 43 C-N students recently took part in initiatives in 10 states and 10 foreign countries. Appalachian Outreach, the College&rsquo;s auxiliary ministry, offers volunteer opportunities throughout the year, including AO Workdays as well a Samaritan</p> Mon, 15 Aug 2011 19:20:49 -0400 Carson-Newman one of Best Colleges in Southeast, says Princeton Review.C-N Featured on Publisher's 2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region Website <p><img style="float: left;" src="libraries/tiny_mce/tiny_mce/plugins/imagemanager/files/PrincetonReview2008.JPG" alt="" width="96" height="100" />Carson-Newman College is one of the best colleges in the Southeast, according to the nationally known education services company, The Princeton Review. One of 133 institutions cited in the region, C-N&rsquo;s faculty is described by a current student on the publisher&rsquo;s website as &ldquo;very intelligent, always accessible, and caring about my academic career and life in general. I feel like we&rsquo;re family.&rdquo;</p> <p>Robert Franek, Princeton Review's senior vice president/publishing, said, &ldquo;We're pleased to recommend Carson-Newman College to users of our site as one of the best schools to earn their undergrad degree. We chose it and the other terrific institutions we name as &lsquo;regional best&rsquo; colleges mainly for their excellent academic programs.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Being cited as one of our region&rsquo;s best institutions is most pleasing, but, given the quality of our faculty, I cannot honestly say I am surprised,&rdquo; said C-N President Randall O&rsquo;Brien. &ldquo;We have an outstanding collection of scholars who pour themselves into their work and the lives of their students. That&rsquo;s at the heart of our mission to educate minds and hearts in a caring Christian community.&rdquo;</p> <p>The 133 colleges The Princeton Review chose for its &ldquo;Best in the Southeast&rdquo; designations are located in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. The Princeton Review also designated 218 colleges in the Northeast, 152 in the Midwest, and 120 in the West as best in their locales on the company&rsquo;s &ldquo;2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region&rdquo; lists. Collectively, the 623 colleges cited constitute about 25% of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges.</p> <p>According to Franek, his team selected schools based on &ldquo;institutional data we collected directly from the schools, our visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of our staff, plus college counselors and advisors whose recommendations we invite.&rdquo; The reviewers also consider what students have to say about their schools via an 80-question survey.</p> <p>For its project, The Princeton Review asked students attending the schools to rate their own schools on several issues &ndash; from the accessibility of their professors to quality of the campus food &ndash; and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students, and their campus life. Comments from surveyed students are quoted in the school profiles on The Princeton Review site (</p> <p>The Princeton Review, which is not affiliated with Princeton Univesity, has been a pioneer and leader in helping students achieve their higher education goals through college and graduate school test preparation.</p> Mon, 15 Aug 2011 19:28:40 -0400 U.S. News & World Report Ranks C-N among Best National Liberal Arts Colleges <p><img style="float: left;" src="libraries/tiny_mce/tiny_mce/plugins/imagemanager/files/bestcollegesbadge201178x78.png" alt="" width="82" height="80" />U.S. News &amp; World Report has ranked Carson-Newman College in its 2011 edition of Best Colleges. Additionally, C-N is championed in the publication&rsquo;s &ldquo;Least Debt&rdquo; section and is noted as being an institution to which high school guidance counselors direct students.</p> <p>&ldquo;While we are pleased by our inclusion as a &lsquo;Top Tier&rsquo; institution among the country&rsquo;s best liberal arts colleges, we are more excited to be noted for educating students without leaving them with insurmountable debt,&rdquo; said C-N President Randall O&rsquo;Brien. &ldquo;We are committed to providing resources to our students, many of whom are first generation students from our Appalachian region.&rdquo;</p> <p>U.S. News researchers examined &ldquo;loans taken out by students from colleges, from private financial institutions, and from federal, state, and local governments.&rdquo; It reports that one-third of Carson-Newman graduates are debt-free upon graduation, which ranks the College in the top seven percent of institutions cited in that category.</p> <p>In the spring of this year, U.S. News asked guidance counselors from schools it ranked as &ldquo;America&rsquo;s Best High Schools&rdquo; to list national liberal arts colleges they believe offer the best undergraduate education for their students.</p> <p>&ldquo;The top tier designation and the endorsement of high school counselors are powerful evidence of our exceptional faculty,&rdquo; said Dr. O&rsquo;Brien. &ldquo;Our professors immerse themselves in the lives of their students, which, of course, is at the core of our mission to educate minds and hearts in a caring Christian community.&rdquo;</p> <p>U.S. News annually rates more than 1,400 colleges and universities, utilizing 16 factors that include alumni giving, class size, graduation and retention rates, graduation rate, peer assessment and student selectivity. Its recognition of Carson-Newman comes on the heels of The Princeton Review&rsquo;s inclusion of the school as one of the best colleges in the Southeast. One of 133 institutions cited in the region, C-N&rsquo;s faculty was described as &ldquo;very intelligent (and) always accessible.&rdquo;</p> <p>Founded in 1851 in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, Carson-Newman College provides its students a quality liberal arts education with a Christian worldview. For more information, call the College&rsquo;s Admissions Office at 865-471-3223 or visit C-N&rsquo;s website at <a href=""></a>.</p> Mon, 15 Aug 2011 19:26:06 -0400 Calling Leads New First Couple to Call Jefferson City "Home" <p><em>(by Erin Leaverton)</em></p> <p>On July 8, after a unanimous vote by Carson-Newman&rsquo;s Board of Trustees, Dr. J. Randall O&rsquo;Brien was named the 22nd president of the 157-year-old institution. It is a move that begins with a transition period in August before O&rsquo;Brien assumes full-time responsibilities on January 1, 2009.</p> <p>Accepting the C-N presidency will move O&rsquo;Brien and his wife Kay to Jefferson City from their home in Waco, Texas, where he served as Baylor University&rsquo;s Executive Vice President and Provost. The O&rsquo;Briens are no strangers to change, as they have followed God&rsquo;s call to six cities and five states in their nearly 33 years of marriage. During that time, O&rsquo;Brien has served as a missionary, pastor, author, teacher and university administrator.</p> <p>As his first order of business, O&rsquo;Brien says he plans to do two things, listen and learn. &ldquo;I truly believe that leadership is an acoustical art, and the way to lead is with our ears. Voltaire once said, &lsquo;the road to the heart is the ear.&rsquo; No words could be truer of our desire as we become a part of this community. We come first to serve the Carson-Newman family, and then by God&rsquo;s grace to lead it.&rdquo;</p> <p>The O&rsquo;Briens say that throughout the interview process they were drawn in by the College&rsquo;s board members, faculty and student representatives composing the search committee. &ldquo;We knew almost immediately that this was where we needed to be,&rdquo; recalled Kay.</p> <p>Sara Hames served as the student representative on the search committee and graduated from Carson-Newman in May with a political science degree. Sara&rsquo;s time with the couple left a powerful impression. &ldquo;The first thing that struck me about the O&rsquo;Briens was their authenticity. It was clear that Dr. O&rsquo;Brien did not want the presidency for himself or to advance his career. He and Kay were there to seek God&rsquo;s will.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Dr. O&rsquo;Brien was not just a warm, inviting, humble and gracious person, but also an inspiration to all of us on the committee,&rdquo; said 1980 alumnus Paul Pardue, also a member of the search committee. &ldquo;I am excited to have a man of Dr. O&rsquo;Brien&rsquo;s character leading Carson-Newman,&rdquo; added the Pilot Corporation vice president.</p> <p>Dr. Steve Karr, faculty representative, concurs. &ldquo;We are ecstatic to have Dr. O&rsquo;Brien as Carson-Newman&rsquo;s 22nd President. A friend told me he has never seen me smile more than I have since we announced Dr. O&rsquo;Brien as our next president,&rdquo; said the Biology Department chair. &ldquo;I can&rsquo;t help but smile because we are so fortunate to have a man with his qualifications and servant-like attitude leading the way. I am confident that he will help to make Carson-Newman an even greater institution of higher learning.&rdquo;</p> <p>When asked what his initial response was after learning he had been chosen for the job, O&rsquo;Brien replied, &ldquo;Someone once said that one of God&rsquo;s other names is &lsquo;Surprise!,&rsquo; and that has certainly been the case during this process. But we are confident that the Lord has prepared us for this new role, and we are humbled and blessed to get to be a part of the Carson-Newman family.&rdquo;</p> <p>Carson-Newman is an institution that O&rsquo;Brien has been familiar with for some time, having most recently spoken to students in chapel during a campus visit in spring of 2007. He has also followed the school&rsquo;s strong reputation for consistent annual ranking by U.S. News &amp; World Report as one of the top colleges or universities in the South, as well as The Princeton Review&rsquo;s &ldquo;361 Great Colleges.&rdquo; It is Carson-Newman&rsquo;s personal approach to education and the mentorship of its students that helped attract O&rsquo;Brien to the C-N family.</p> <p>O&rsquo;Brien credits his mother with helping shape his deep faith and servant leadership values while growing up in McComb, Mississippi. It was an influence that helped O&rsquo;Brien decide to dedicate his life to Christ by age 10.</p> <p>After completing high school, he volunteered to serve in Vietnam, devoting two years of service to his country in the 101st Airborne Division. He earned several honors including the Bronze Star and the United States Air Medal. After returning home, he attended Mississippi College where he was drawn to the school&rsquo;s rich Baptist heritage and traditions. It is also where he met and fell in love with Kay Donahoe. The couple married in 1975 and moved to New Orleans for seminary. Shortly thereafter they accepted the call to serve in the inner-city with the Home Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. Kay worked at Sellers Baptist Home &amp; Adoption Center where she helped unwed mothers and placed children for adoption. Randall oversaw the inner-city recreational evangelism effort by organizing basketball and softball leagues.</p> <p>The couple&rsquo;s experience in New Orleans set the foundation for their life on mission, and taught them what it means to &ldquo;put feet on your faith.&rdquo; In 1980, while Randall was completing his Th.D. at NOBTS, he was asked to join the teaching staff at Ouachita Baptist University as an instructor of religion. The invitation to teach was humbling, he says, and it opened the O&rsquo;Briens&rsquo; hearts to a whole new mission field within the realm of academics. &ldquo;When I started teaching at Ouachita, I realized that a college campus is a glorified mission field, and a great opportunity to shape and transform young lives.&rdquo;</p> <p>Throughout the 80s and early 90s, the O&rsquo;Briens served with universities, churches and other mission organizations throughout South Texas and the surrounding areas. It was in 1991, that Dr. O&rsquo;Brien received another call, this time to join the faculty at Baylor University&rsquo;s Department of Religion. For the next 17 years, he devoted his energy and skills to serving the Baylor family in a variety of roles that included teaching and administrative work. During this time he held 15 interim pastorates in Baptist churches across the state.</p> <p>He won numerous teaching awards as he engaged the students intellectually and spiritually. &ldquo;Academic rigor and spiritual development go hand-in-hand for a Christian,&rdquo; O&rsquo;Brien says. &ldquo;Christ calls us to love him with our heart, soul and mind. The very word disciple means learner. We are a community of learners, a community of scholars. The life of the mind and the shepherding of the spirit share a home on the Christian college campus.&rdquo;</p> <p>In his most recent role as provost, he worked closely with Baylor President John Lilley during a period of immense progress and growth. &ldquo;Randall has served Baylor admirably in a variety of positions over a period of nearly two decades,&rdquo; Lilley said. &ldquo;I have deeply appreciated the important role he has played in overseeing our academic programs and helping to lead the university as we&rsquo;ve confronted a variety of opportunities and challenges. Baylor has benefited enormously from Randall&rsquo;s talent and dedication over a number of years, and the university has prospered as a result of his efforts.&rdquo;</p> <p>Since 1997, Kay has taught on the faculty of Baylor&rsquo;s School of Social Work. She also mentored students as they collaborated with Waco area social services agencies. Kay&rsquo;s lifelong passion for service gives her a special appreciation for Carson-Newman&rsquo;s emphasis on service around the world. &ldquo;As a social worker, I feel a special kinship with any institution that is committed to service as part of its history and mission,&rdquo; said Kay. &ldquo;I am always excited to be a part of service and ministry to others.&rdquo;</p> <p>After nearly two decades in Waco, the couple was admittedly comfortable in what they thought was there &ldquo;forever&rdquo; home. Little did they know that another move was in store. And thanks to the O&rsquo;Briens&rsquo; children, their hearts were opened to the prospect of leaving Waco.</p> <p>&ldquo;Our two girls, Elise and Shannon, are both married and preparing to serve on the international mission field in places like China and Indonesia,&rdquo; said Dr. O&rsquo;Brien. &ldquo;We were amazed and shaken at times by their willingness to follow God anywhere and any time. We are so proud of them. We became convicted that we, too, must always be open to wherever God may want to send us. So here we are! Already we love Carson-Newman.&rdquo;</p> <p>In joining the C-N family, the pair says they are overjoyed to begin the transition into calling Jefferson City home. &ldquo;Over the years, we have learned that home is wherever God puts us. It is hard to say goodbye to friends and family after 17 years in one place, but it is even harder to say no to God,&rdquo; said Dr. O&rsquo;Brien. &ldquo;We know that new friends and family await us at Carson-Newman.&rdquo;</p> <p>Throughout his lifetime of teaching and leading from the pulpit, in the classroom and as a university administrator, O&rsquo;Brien has developed a deep love for communicating, sharing ideas and bringing people together across different backgrounds to share a common vision. As he begins his new role, he says he is absolutely committed to a servant-leadership approach to management and is excited about fulfilling the role of &ldquo;chief ambassador&rdquo; for the College. &ldquo;I really look forward to working with the Carson-Newman family as we seek to educate and transform our young people academically and spiritually through their college experience. This is a wonderful place to be. Carson-Newman is not only a premiere Christian liberal arts college to come to, but an outstanding college to go from to change the world."</p> Mon, 15 Aug 2011 19:00:36 -0400