by Norm Miller

CLEVELAND, Ga. (TMCNews)—Truett-McConnell College held its annual faculty/staff orientation Aug. 13 in preparation for the Fall 2013 semester that begins Aug. 21.

Addressing the crowd of about 100, TMC president, Dr. Emir Caner, noted that traditional enrollment is up about 10 percent, online enrollment is up 15-to-20 percent, and the school's retention rate remains significantly above the national average.

The increased enrollment is an anomaly as new student population among regional colleges has dropped nationally by 2.3 percent since last spring, according to an article on bloomberg.com, Caner said.

Caner attributed increased enrollment to the unique niche of Truett-McConnell, and the high retention rate of students to the staff and faculty, who treat students as individuals and not merely as names on a class roll. "Even in this economic climate, students are coming in droves to Truett-McConnell because of you," he said.

"These students are making sacrifices," he added. "They could attend another, less expensive college; but they cannot get the kind biblical education we offer."

"I would rather train 300 warriors for Christ than 3,000 wimps," continued Caner, noting that God continues to bless TMC because "we're doing what we can to train a rising generation who will change the world for Christ."

Caner cited six mission trips by students this summer as evidence that such change already is happening. Students ministered in Costa Rica, Peru, Nepal, Malaysia, Thailand, and in an undisclosed country near the Middle East.

"Our success is based upon strong identity," said Caner, noting the four following distinctives:
-- "We will never be ashamed of being a distinctly Christian college. Anyone is welcome here, but we want all students to know God and recognize his call upon their lives."
-- "We have a clear purpose, and that makes us different than many other schools."
-- "We enjoy wide support from the 3,600 Georgia Baptist churches that give us $1 million annually."
-- "Truett-McConnell College is a loving community."

These distinctives are crucial far beyond Truett-McConnell's identity and continued success, intimated Caner, who said: "Traditional marriage is at an all-time low; abortions are on the increase. If the family declines, so will education, and so will society."

"However, this is a college where students are nurtured spiritually in a biblically distinctive atmosphere that honors Jesus Christ and his Great Commission," Caner said. "Our goal is for students to be more passionate for God than when they got here."

Introducing New Faculty

Caner welcomed:
-- three-time Dove Award winner Dennis Allen as assistant professor of worship and church music;
-- Steven Tyndale, assistant professor of music and director of instrumental studies;
-- Deborah Alvater, assistant professor of nursing;
-- Lisa LaPree, assistant professor of nursing;
-- Susan Turpin, education and behavioral science division chair and associate professor of education, who is former principal of Clarkesville Elementary School, Habersham County;
-- Angela Rainwater, assistant professor of education; and,
-- Michael Whitlock, assistant professor of Christian studies.

Reporting on Academics

Dr. Brad Reynolds, vice president for academic services, reported that Truett-McConnell plans to increase its academic offerings with a Master of Arts in Theology degree in the fall of 2014. This will open the door for other Masters programs, he said.

Also on the drawing board are plans for a criminal justice degree.

Such curricular additions are not yet official and must be approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Reynolds later told TMCNews.

"We are not changing our vision, but are maintaining what God has called us to do," Reynolds said. "We will continue to center our entire curriculum around the Bible, the word of God."

Updated Facilities

Vice President for Administrative Services Mr. David Armstrong highlighted numerous upgrades to campus facilities, including a newly paved road, with a sidewalk that runs adjacent to the new dorm. Additional new sidewalks provide students with safe passage from the new dorm all the way to Miller Hall. A new parking lot by Otwell dorm provides 72 spaces.

Armstrong also noted the addition of lunch service at Outtakes in Miller Hall. "The people have spoken, and we have listened," he said. "By popular demand, we will offer this and then evaluate it."

The campus also has 51 new Wi-Fi Internet access points offering a 150 mbps rate.

Armstrong introduced Dr. John Yarbrough, director of alumni relations. An alumnus of TMC ('69), Yarbrough recently retired as pastor from Cleveland's Mount Yonah Baptist Church.

Athletics Updates

Vice President for Student Services and Athletics Mr. Chris Eppling introduced Dr. Stay Hall, TMC's athletics director, who touted the school's new athletic website, tmcbears.com.

Introducing recent graduate Emily Grooms as the new sports information director, Hall said Grooms deserves extensive credit for her work in launching the new website.

Hall also introduced Tiek Fields, assistant men's basketball coach; Angel Granados, assistant women's soccer coach; and Allen Hayes, volunteer coach for volleyball.

TMC has spent about $100,000 on improvements to athletic facilities, Hall said, including upgrades in the gymnasium and on the baseball field.

Expressing gratitude for the numerous corporate sponsors coming on board with TMC, Hall said, "These sponsors believe in our vision, and they support the mission of what Truett-McConnell College is attempting to achieve."

Accolades for Longevity

longevity awards-400(L-R) Jeanavon Burrows, Deborah Garrett, Gloria Sutton, Melissa Fortner, Sandy Harris, Michael JustusPresident Caner offered his thanks and gave plaques in honor of several staff and faculty, whose tenure at TMC spans as much as 35 years. Those persons and their years of service included: Michael Justus, Humanities division chair/professor of history, 10 years; Melissa Fortner, registrar, 15 years; Sandy Harris, information technology, 20 years; Jeanavon Burrows, administrative assistant to the president, 20 years; Deborah Garrett, administrative assistant, admissions, 25 years; and Gloria Sutton, campus mail services, 35 years.

 

TMC Directory

Home
About Us
Truett-McConnell History
Meet Dr. Caner
Baptist Faith & Message
Speaker's Bureau
Address and Phone
Official Logos and Colors
Admissions
Tuition and Fees
Tuition and Fees - 2014-2015
International Students
Campus Visit
Apply to TMC
Requirements
Financial Aid
Student Payments
Academics
From Dr. Reynolds
Our Faculty
Degree Programs
Divisions
Business
Christian Studies
Education - Behavioral Science
Early Childhood Education
Middle Grades Education
Psychology
Applying to the Teacher Education Program
Music and Fine Arts
Music Degree Programs
Purpose Statement
Ensembles
Music Scholarships
Audition Requirements
Adjunct Professors
Music Handbook
Protecting Your Hearing Health
Humanities
Science and Mathematics
Nursing
Academic Calendar
2014 - 2015 Academic Calendar
2014 Spring Semester Exam Schedule
Catalogs
Academic Enrichment Services
Special Support Services
Accel Program
Missions Center
Mission Trip Schedule
Missions Training
Online Degrees
Info for Bi-Vocational Pastors
Online Tuition and Fees
Christian Studies Online
BS in Business Online
BS in Psychology Online
Online Financial Aid
Online Information Request
Alumni
Information Update
Alumni Spotlight
Alumni Nominations
Alumni Wall of Honor
Giving Opportunities
Chapel
Spring Chapel 2014
Athletics
Student Life
What's Next
Campus Ministries
Campus Recreation
Student Success
Chapel Schedule
Dining Services
Housing
Housing Assignment Process
Housing Information
Off-Campus Housing
Leadership Opportunities
Move to Truett
What's Next
What to Bring
New Student Orientation
Local Churches
Local Hotels
Local Restaurants
Parents
Staff
Student Handbook
Public Safety
Parking
Traffic Citation Appeal
Student Job Opportunities
Order Your Textbooks
Quick Links
Students & Faculty
Email Login
Self Service (IQ Web)
Online Classroom
Library
Order Textbooks
WEAVE Online
Truett Connect
Resources
Campus Directory
Offices
Registrar
Business Office
Refund Request Form
Tuition Payment Plan
Financial Aid
Tuition and Fees
FAQ
Grants and Scholarships
Financial Aid Staff
Consumer Information Manual
Net Price Calculator
Student Payments
Book Voucher Request
Employment
Human Resources
Prospective Faculty
Employee Benefits
Job Listings
Student Job Opportunities
Staff Job Openings
Information Technology
Computer Labs
Buy MS Office
Help Desk
Latest News Articles
Search