• Lee University will welcome hundreds of guests, alumni, and community leaders on Friday, Sept. 30, for Celebration 2016. This event is planned as a “festive and colorful day” recognizing the success of the five-year “Find Us Faithful” Campaign, including the opening of Lee’s new School of Nursing building and further development of the southern end of the Cleveland campus.

    Celebration Schedule
    Monday, September 26
    Faculty and Staff Celebration of President & Mrs. Conn's 30th Anniversary – Lee Symphony Pops Concert w/Abba Cover group from Sweden. (Contact Kristy Vanoy at kvanoy@leeuniversity.edu for tickets.)
    Location: Conn Center Time: 7:30 pm
    Tuesday, September 27
    Celebration Chapel - Rebekah Lyons
    Location: Conn Center Time: 10:40 am
    Thursday, September 29
    Celebration Chapel - Students celebrate President & Mrs. Conn's 30th Anniversary
    Location: Conn Center Time: 10:40 am
    Student Party with Dr. & Mrs. Conn
    Location: SMC Lawn Time: 11:30 am - 2:00 pm (Classes will not be cancelled)
    Friday, September 30
    Celebration Seminars
    Location: See Celebration Seminar Schedule below for listing seminars & locations. Time: 9:00 am – 10:00 am
    Ceremony of Celebration (The event is open seating.  It will be live-streamed and additional seating will be available in the Dixon center.)
    Location: Conn Center Time: 10:30 am – 11:45 am
    Celebration Reception
    Location: Ped Mall Time: 11:45 am – 2:00 pm
    School of Nursing Open House
    Location: School of Nursing Building Time: 11:45 am – 2:00 pm
    Celebration Seminar Schedule
    Friday September 30th 9:00 - 10:00 AM
    Folkways of a One-House Legislature
    Location: HUM 101
    Bill Avery

    Professor Emeritus at University of Nebraska-Lincoln  

    This seminar will analyze the informal norms and expectations of members of the Nebraska Legislature. Focus is on how these “folkways” affect both the operation of the country’s only single chamber legislature (The Unicam) and the effectiveness of its members.

    Speaker Bio
    Professor Avery is a professional lecturer, public office holder, author, teacher, and trade consultant. He was a professor of Political Science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for more than thirty years, earning eleven teaching awards. He served eight years in the Nebraska Legislature, as chair of the Government Committee and member of the Education Committee and Executive Board. Bill also served on the Governing Board of the Council of State Governments. He earned his PhD from Tulane University.
    Visionary Leadership: Merging Ministry and Business for a Better Community
    Location: SOR 147
    Marty Baker

    Lead Pastor Stevens Creek Church of God  

    When God wants to do something in your life, He begins with a dream. The challenge that most of us face is knowing the difference between our personal dreams and God’s dream for our lives. In this seminar you will see how faith and business flow hand-in-hand and how God’s dream is more than imagined.

    Speaker Bio
    Dr. Marty and Patty Baker started Stevens Creek Church of God in Augusta, Georgia with a group of 24 people in 1987. Today, the growing congregation has over 2,000 in weekly attendance and has an annual budget in excess of $4 million. In 2004, Marty invented the nation’s first giving kiosk for churches and non-profits in the USA, Canada, and Puerto Rico. SecureGive provides online giving, kiosk giving, mobile apps and text-to-give programs that enable organizations to receive digital donations. In 2013, Marty and Patty launched Low Country Clothier, a men’s retail store that serves Augusta and the surrounding area. In 2015, the store was named Metro’s Best Men’s store.
    From Medlin Hall to CFO
    Location: HUM 201
    Emmitt Beall

    Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Advisory Board Consulting  

    Lee University played a significant role in preparing Emmitt to enter, engage, and excel in the business world. In this seminar, he will share insight and survival skills to those who are about to enter the cutthroat professional arena.

    Speaker Bio
    Emmitt Beall came to Lee University from Georgia in 2000. At Lee he met his wife, Heidi. They live in Nashville, Tennessee with their three daughters. Emmitt is a successful executive with a consulting firm in the healthcare industry.
    Medicine and Faith: A Holistic Approach
    Location: SON 208
    Philip M. Bonaparte, MD

    Bishop and Senior Pastor  

    God wants us to prosper in all things and be in good health just as our souls prosper. It’s not either or, but rather both spiritual and natural. Jesus used natural resources with faith to affect divine healing. Too often many believe that taking medicine is a lack of faith. This seminar will equip you to use both. We should not perish because of a lack of knowledge in this crucial area of our lives.

    Speaker Bio
    Dr. Philip Bonaparte is husband to Tracey and father of Philip II and Philicia. He is Lead Pastor of New Hope Church of God in New Jersey, a dynamic church with three locations. Dr. Bonaparte started medical school and founded and pastored his first church at the age of 19. He has more than 27 years of experience as a board certified medical doctor. In addition to pastoring, Dr. Bonaparte currently practices medicine at New Hope Health Center, providing free medical care to the uninsured and underinsured. Dr. Bonaparte conducts annual medical missionary trips to Haiti, India, West Africa, and throughout the Caribbean.
    Untold, My Journey My Story Through the Foster Care System
    Location: EDU 105
    Hiawatha Brown

    Special Education Inclusion Teacher  

    This seminar will share a foster parent’s perspective of the Foster Care System, tracing the journey from a foster parent to a Forever Parent with untold lessons along with way.

    Speaker Bio
    Hiawatha Brown is a native of Cleveland, Tennessee, born tenth of twelve children. She graduated from Bradley Central High School in 1982. She completed her undergraduate study at the University of Alabama, Huntsville and her graduate degree from Lee University in 2007. She is the proud mother of two daughters and is active in several church and community organizations.
    The Magic of Sound
    Location: CAB 114
    Ben Burtt

    Filmmaker/Sound Designer  

    Mr. Burtt will recount career episodes, anecdotes on Hollywood filmmaking, the history of sound, and discoveries and theories of sound and editing in motion pictures.

    Speaker Bio
    Ben Burtt graduated from Allegheny College with a BS in Physics. He earned the MA from USC in Cinema and worked at Lucasfilm starting with Star Wars in 1975 as a sound designer and later film editor. Mr. Burtt worked on Star Wars, Indiana Jones series, and more recently Wall-E, Lincoln, Star Trek(s), and Red Tails.
    Working at the Pentagon
    Location: HUM 103
    Stephanie Culberson

    Senior Advisor, Europe and NATO Policy, Office of the Secretary of Defense  

    In this seminar, Stephanie will talk about her experience in international security affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. She will also explore other opportunities for public service in the Washington DC area.

    Speaker Bio
    Stephanie has served at the Pentagon in the Office of the Secretary of Defense since 2010 as a Senior Advisor in the Europe Policy office, Deputy Chief of Staff to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, and Personal Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. During her tenure, she has managed policy issues related to Europe, Russia, Africa, the Middle East, and the western Hemisphere, and has supported international travel for the Secretary of Defense Deputy Secretary of Defense, and Assistant Secretary of Defense. Prior to her time at the Pentagon, Stephanie spent five years in the private sector, working as a subject matter expert for Pfizer, Inc., and two years in Germany, volunteering at the Heidelberg International School and studying the German language. Stephanie also served as Miss Tennessee and was second runner-up to Miss America in 2001. She was Miss Tennessee USA and placed fourth runner-up in Miss USA in 2004. She is a graduate of Lee University where she studied music and business. She holds a Master’s degree in international relations from the University of Oklahoma and is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
    Is Your Head in the Clouds?
    Location: SMC 257
    Robert Daugherty

    Manager of Solution Consulting, ServiceNow
    Lee University Board of Directors, Vice Chair

    Stephen LaMagna
    Senior Solution Consultant, ServiceNow  

    Technology is often marked by periods of slow growth and rapid transformation. Cloud computing is the latest rapid transformation trend that has revolutionized the way consumers and corporations address their computing needs. Most every teen on the planet uses cloud computing through Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, and Uber. This seminar will discuss how that trend extends to corporations and what careers look like for those who will be the information technology leaders of the near future.

    Speaker Bio
    Robert is a 1985 Mathematics and Chemistry graduate of Lee. Since 2010, he has served on the Lee Board of Directors. He holds a Master’s degree in Applied Mathematics from Florida State University. Robert’s career has included computer programming, sales and support for Cray Research, Symantec and others. Currently, Robert leads a team of technical sales consultants for ServiceNow, the company connection that brought Robert and co-presenter, Stephen LaMagna, together. Robert lives in Atlanta with his wife, Kim and daughters, Caroline and Ellen.

    Stephen LaMagna, originally from New York, is a 2003 Computer Information Systems graduate of Lee University. He lives in the Tampa area with his wife, Rachel, also a Lee graduate, and children Gianna and Joseph. After Lee, Stephen worked for Siemens and Pepsi as a member of the Information Technology staff. Currently he is a senior solutions consultant for ServiceNow, a leading cloud-based software platform used by companies worldwide.
    Nanotechnology: Using God’s Smallest Building Blocks to Solve Global Challenges
    Location: SMC 201
    Annie Sandberg Douglas

    PhD Candidate, Vanderbilt University  

    Across the globe, researchers are trying to solve problems such as global climate change, the need for clean water, and renewable energy technologies. In this seminar, Annie will develop the idea of nanotechnology, which uses materials that are on a scale of less than 300 nanometers (100 times smaller than the diameter of a human hair). We will look at how we can capitalize on the extraordinary properties of these tiny materials to solve global challenges.

    Speaker Bio
    Annie is a 2014 graduate of Lee University and the recipient of the Charles Paul Conn Award. While at Lee, Annie majored in mathematics and chemistry, competed on the women’s tennis team, and was an active member of Sigma Nu Sigma and Alpha Gamma Chi. She met her husband, Scott, in physics class at Lee. It was during a summer internship at NASA Glenn Research Center that Annie developed her passion for materials science and nanotechnology. As a National Science Foundation graduate student research fellow, she is currently pursuing a PhD in Interdisciplinary Material Science, with research interests in nanomaterials for energy storage, CO2 reduction technologies, and carbon nanotube growth.
    The Impact of Technology on the Nursing Field
    Location: SON 200
    Hugh Hale

    Chief Information Officer, State of Tennessee, Health Care Financing Administration  

    Mr. Hale will discuss how technology has changed and will be changing the way nurses take care of patients now and in the future. Future developments in wearable technology as well as patient engagement tools, monitors and the Internet of Everything (IOE) are bringing a convergence of technology and healthcare together in a way that is disrupting the field of nursing.

    Speaker Bio
    William “Hugh” Hale is the Chief Information Officer for the State of Tennessee, Health Care Finance Administration. Prior to joining the State of Tennessee, he served as the CIO for the Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY), the largest not-for-profit home and community-based health care organization in the country, serving nearly 150,000 New Yorkers annually – the vast majority of whom are Medicare or Medicaid beneficiaries, including those dually-eligible under both programs. In his leadership capacity at VNSNY, Mr. Hale oversaw the technology infrastructure used by VNSNY’s managed long-term care providers for the organization’s safety-net health plan, VNSNY CHOICE, which serves roughly 30,000 members through both Medicare Advantage and New York State Medicaid Managed Care products. With over 30 years of comprehensive information systems experience in all phases of managing and marketing healthcare information technology solutions, Mr. Hale’s prior work includes leadership roles with the IBM Corporation and the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, including its subsidiary, Shared Health. It is in this latter capacity at Shared Health where Mr. Hale was at the helm of the efforts that led to the establishment of the state of Tennessee’s primary multi-player health information exchange (HIE) initiative, which at the time, served over 1.5 million Medicaid enrollees and was the largest public/private HIE in the country.
    My Career in Radio Broadcast
    Location: CAB 113
    Steve Hartline

    Owner and Radio Personality, WCLE (Mix 104.1)  

    In this seminar, Steve Hartline will retrace his journey from teenager to Lee University student to his career in radio broadcasting.

    Speaker Bio
    Steve Hartline is a 2000 graduate of Lee University with a major in telecommunications. At age 15, he began working in radio doing play-by-plays of Cleveland High School baseball. Hartline bought WCLE (Mix 104.1) in 2008 and launched “Talk 101.3 The Buzz” in 2012. Hartline’s company publishes four magazines per year including “Southeast Tennessee Woman,” “Southaeast Tennessee High School Football Preview,” and “Southeast Tennessee Winter Sports Preview.” He also puts on live events, which are attended by thousands of people each year. Steve was named Distinguished Alumnus of the Year by the Department of Communication Arts in 2015. He and his wife, Jennifer, have two children, Reagan and Holden.
    Tennessee: On the Right Path
    Location: SMC 255 - Walker Lecture Hall
    Beth Harwell

    Speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives  

    From 2011 to 2016, the Tennessee General Assembly has focused on what’s important: maintaining Tennessee’s proud tradition of low taxes, improving education, creating jobs, and helping families feel secure. Tennesseans can be proud of the accomplishments of their legislature.  

    Speaker Bio
    Beth Harwell currently serves as Speaker of the House, a position to which she was elected by her House colleagues. She is the first female Speaker in both Tennessee and the entire Southeast. Harwell represents State House District 56, which includes a part of Davidson County. Beth has been a strong advocate for tougher sexual abuse laws, victim’s rights, welfare reform, children’s issues and most notable, education. She has been the prime sponsor of many of the state’s education reform laws. She and her husband, Sam, have three children – Allie, Sam and Tucker.
    Beyond the Pulpit and Into the Streets: The Call to Ministry in the Public Square
    Location: SOR 248
    Bob L. Johnson, Jr.

    Visiting Professor, Graduate School of Education, Stanford University

    Building on anecdotes from his journey and call to ministry in the ‘public square’ that is the research university, Dr. Johnson’s goal for this seminar is to challenge participants to: 1) listen to the Voice, 2) think outside of the box regarding conceptions of ‘ministry,’ 3) respond to the call, and 4) rise to the challenge of ministry in ‘non-religious’ places.

    Speaker Bio
    Dr. Johnson currently serves as visiting professor in the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University. After serving 20 years as faculty and Director of graduate Studies in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of Utah, Bob joined the College of Education at the University of Alabama in 2010. Research interests include the politics of education and leadership; exploring the defining and distinguishing features of schools and organizations and how these inform leadership, policy, change and reform; and articulating the common challenges faced by professional schools. Dr. Johnson has published in several journals in educational leadership and policy. His first book volume, co-authored with Sharon Kruse, Decision Making for Educational Leaders: Under-Examined Dimensions and Issues, was published with SUNY press. Bob is the past editor of Educational Administration Quarterly, the leading research journal in the field of educational leadership.
    Women in Leadership
    Location: SMC 250
    Esmerelda Lee

    Senior Executive Director, Garden Plaza  

    Esmerelda Lee will discuss lessons she is learning as a minority female in a leadership role. She poses the question, “Can we have it all—a family, a career, and the respect of others while serving and making a lasting impact?”

    Speaker Bio
    Esmerelda M. Lee graduated from Lee University in 1996 with a BS in Biology. Having completed a Master’s degree in Public Health with a concentration in Healthcare Administration, she went on to work for Life Care Centers of America as an Executive Director. She has successfully operated two skilled nursing facilities, and is now operating a Continuum of Care Retirement Campus, Garden Plaza of Cleveland.
    Who Are Our English Language Learners in the Classroom?
    Location: EDU 121
    Jennie Lopez

    Teacher of English Language Learners  

    This session will provide information about the types, characteristics, and needs of English Language Learners (ELLs). This experienced ELL teacher will recommend ways that teachers can help these students adjust to the classroom and be successful.

    Speaker Bio
    Jennie Lopez is originally from New York City. She has been a teacher for the past 42 years in Puerto Rico, California, and Georgia. Her degrees include a BA from the University of Puerto Rico, a MEd from Lee University, and an Education Specialist from Lincoln University. She is a licensed minister, preacher, and a conference and workshop speaker for the Hispanic Church of God. Ms. Lopez is married to Reverend Manuel Lopez and they have three children and nine grandchildren.
    Songwriting for the Local Church
    Location: SOM CRR
    Micah Massey

    Worship Pastor, 10,000 Fathers Worship School  

    Songwriting is a powerful means of communication. This seminar will cover the art and craft of songwriting as it pertains to the local church.

    Speaker Bio
    Micah is a grammy-award winning singer-songwriter, worship pastor, husband, and proud owner of a 95 pound golden retriever named Indiana Jones. He and his wife Shannon live in Atlanta, Georgia where they serve together at the 10,000 Fathers Worship School. For Micah and Shannon, worship is not just about the lifting of the hands towards God, but also the reaching of the hands towards the broken. Together, they desire to lead others into a deep and authentic relationship with their Creator through a lifestyle of worship.
    Tennessee Succeeds: An Update on Tennessee’s Progress
    Location: EDU 114 - Rose Lecture Hall
    Candice McQueen

    Tennessee Commissioner of Education  

    Commissioner McQueen will present updates on the five priority areas in Tennessee Succeeds, the department’s comprehensive strategic plan, and share how the Every Student Succeeds Act will contribute to this vision. In addition, Dr. McQueen will share take-aways from the 10,000 teachers she visited on last year’s Classroom Chronicles Tour.

    Speaker Bio
    Candice McQueen has been Tennessee’s commissioner of education since January 2015. During her first year as commissioner, she led a statewide effort to create a new strategic plan and vision for our schools called Tennessee Succeeds. The comprehensive plan provides aligned goals, priorities, and strategies focused on increasing postsecondary and career readiness for all of Tennessee’s 1 million students. McQueen connected with over 10,000 teachers on the first leg of her Classroom Chronicles Tour, spending time in more than 75 school districts and 125 schools in 16 months. Under her leadership, McQueen worked to open lines of communication between the department and the public through avenues such as the Assessment Task Force and Assessment Task Force 2.0, Early Literacy Council, Career Forward Task Force, and the department’s inaugural Parent and Student Advisory Councils. In addition, she continued to oversee and participate in the department’s Teacher Advisory Council and the Governor’s Teacher Cabinet. During this past year, McQueen worked with the governor and the general assembly to pass the largest investment in K-12 education without a tax increase in Tennessee’s history. Prior to her appointment as Commissioner of Education, McQueen served as senior vice president and dean of the college of education at Lipscomb University. Under her leadership, Lipscomb’s college of education and teacher preparation program were consistently highlighted as one of the top teacher training programs for quality and effectiveness. Prior to joining Lipscomb University, McQueen was awarded multiple awards for both her teaching and the curriculum design of a new magnet school. She began her career as a classroom teacher, teaching in both public and private elementary and middle schools. Dr. McQueen has a bachelor's degree from Lipscomb, a master's degree from Vanderbilt, and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas. She serves on the Board of Trustees of the University of Tennessee and the Tennessee Board of Regents and was recently appointed to serve on the national board for the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and as a commissioner for Education Commission of the States (ECS).
    Oh the Places You Will Go! Undergraduate Research as a Launching Pad into Careers
    Location: SMC 258
    Debra Mimbs

    Associate Professor of Mathematics, Lee University  

    Undergraduate research is a pedagogy employed by professors at Lee to increase students’ ability to apply their classroom knowledge to problems within their respective fields. Undergraduate research has also been shown to increase student retention as well as deepen content knowledge. Dr. Mimbs and students involved in undergraduate research in mathematics will talk briefly about their problems, experiences, and results.

    Speaker Bio
    Dr. Debra Mimbs joined the Lee faculty in fall 2010. She earned her doctorate and master’s degrees in applied and computational mathematics from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and her bachelor’s degree from Lee University. Debra has published research in such publications as Transactions of the American Mathematical Society and Primus. She currently directs or co-directs multiple grants involving undergraduate research and promoting the awareness of the “beauty” of mathematics among high school students. She co-directs the Mentoring Mathematicians in the Making program, serves as a counselor on the Council for Undergraduate Research, and has participated in National Science Foundation sponsored programs such as Center for Undergraduate Research in Mathematics, ProjectNeXT and PIC (Preparation for Industrial Careers) Math.
    Atheists, Presidents, Kings and Humility: Leading an Impactful Life of Relentless Adventure
    Location: SOR 247
    Glenn Mosher

    Freelance Writer and Fund Raising Development Consultant  

    Having been raised as an Atheist but finding Christ in college, Mr. Mosher believes Christians often overlook the humility of our faith and how dynamically we can impact our world. Every life can be an adventure no matter what profession we choose or in which geographic place we decide to live. We should see Discipleship, Mentoring and Humility as the road to successful lives.

    Speaker Bio
    Glenn began his fundraising and writing career working with President Ronald Reagan both in California and Washington DC. His passions are many but mentoring and discipling teenagers and college-aged students to envision their lives having relentless impact and adventure has been his volunteer focus for more than 40 years. For the past 30 years he has operated as a self-employed consultant and entrepreneur. Glenn has extensive fund raising, management, public speaking, writing and marketing experience with non-profit charities, colleges and universities and political clients. He resides in the Washington DC metropolitan area and travels as often as possible to points around the world and here in the USA.
    From Pre-Professional Student to World-Changer Status
    Location: SMC 205
    Emmanuel Okenye

    President/Founder of Child Scholars Inc  

    The aim of this personal inspirational story will be to illustrate how you can unleash your God-given potential irrespective of your current circumstances. Life at Lee can either be mundane or it can prepare you to become the solution to global problems.

    Speaker Bio
    Emmanuel graduated from Lee in 2011 and is currently a fourth year medical student at Lincoln Memorial University. He is also the Founder/President of Child Scholars, a 501c3 non-profit organization with an intention to help solve problems in education and health care in developing countries. His vision is to help unleash the God-given potential in the lives of those around him especially the less-privileged. He was recognized by his colleagues as Student Doctor of the Year 2015 and was also recently nominated for the National Student DO of the Year 2016.
    Finding YOUR True North
    Location: HUM 203
    Allison Pierce

    Assistant Professor of Business Administration, Lee University  

    When leading in the wilderness of changing times and intense competition, a map is of limited worth. What’s needed is a moral compass, a compass that has a True North. Participants in this seminar will understand that centering life on correct principles is the key to developing a rich internal power that creates personal and professional success.

    Speaker Bio
    Dr. Allison Pierce began her career at Life Care Centers of America, where she served as Senior Vice President of People Development. Her responsibility included overseeing HR practices for 33,000 employees in 28 states. In addition, she served as Division President of Operations for Sava Senior Care overseeing a $300 million portfolio. In 2003, Dr. Pierce was named the National Business Woman of the Year by the Business and Professional Women Organization in Washington DC. She and her husband, Trace, have been married for 21 years and have four children.
    Revealing and Healing: The Power of Words and Testimony
    Location: EDU 235
    Betsy Poole

    Adjunct Instructor in Spanish and TESOL, Lee University  

    Words are powerful. Not only are they mirrors that reflect our inner selves and reveal our struggles, but they can also be a healing balm to our souls. Looking at written and oral testimonies collected from Spaniards interred in concentration camps during WWII, we will see how language exposes, shapes, and helps us work through and reconcile our pasts with our futures.

    Speaker Bio
    Dr. Betsy Poole came to Lee in 2013 to teach Spanish and ESL/TESOL. She graduated from Mississippi College with a BA in International Studies, Spanish, and TESOL before going on to complete both her MA in Spanish and Applied Linguistics and her PhD in Romance Languages at the University of Alabama. Specializing in the linguistic analysis of literary texts and testimonies, she has presented her research at national conferences, specifically focusing on Spanish trauma narratives from the mid-to-late twentieth century, and how individuals use language to work through traumatic experience.
    Innovation at the Bedside
    Location: SON 203
    Kathleen Puri

    Co-founder of Fitsi Health, LLC

    This seminar will describe the journey of Ms. Puri’s frustration with the lack of patient hand hygiene to the production of a product to address this issue. Patient hand hygiene is a problem that is so obvious it is not readily seen. The design, patenting, manufacture and marketing of this bedside product, called Fitsi, will be reviewed with time for questions and discussion.

    Speaker Bio
    Kathleen Puri began her nursing education in Connecticut with a diploma from St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Hartford and master’s from the University of Connecticut. Her clinical focus has been adult medical-surgical care with some time spent in critical care, pediatrics, and school nursing. Ms. Puri recently retired after more than 20 years of teaching nursing at Chattanooga State Community College. Fitsi Health, LLC was co-founded with daughter, Caroline Mitchell, who brought management skills to Ms. Puri’s innovation ideas. She believes nurses have many ideas to improve care and can use assistance finding the joy in innovation.
    A Window of Hope: 4/14
    Location: SOR 113 - Jones Lecture Hall
    David E. Ramirez

    Third Assistant Overseer of the Church of God and International Divisional Director for the Division of Education

    Can the church have a global vision with children and youth at the center? Almost one-third of the world’s population is under the age of eighteen. It is time to wake up!

    Speaker Bio
    Dr. Ramirez established the South American Seminary in Quito, Ecuador, (SEMISUD) serving as president for 14 years and also served as president of the Church of God South Cone Theological Seminary in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He holds a D.Min. from Asbury Theological Seminary (Beeson Scholar), M.Div. from the Pentecostal Theological Seminary, and two honorary doctoral degrees recognizing excellence in Christian Leadership. He has served the Church of God in various international leadership positions, participated with numerous denominational and global ministry boards and committees, and currently a member of the steering committee of the 4/14 Window Movement and the Strategy Working Group for the Lausanne Movement, an organization focusing on the whole church taking the whole gospel to the whole world.
    Eagles, Camels, and Kurdistan: Following God’s Call to International Nursing
    Location: SON 202 - Pat Carroll Lecture Hall
    Anita Owens Rich BSN, RN, CHFN

    Heart Failure Coordinator, Emory Johns Creek Hospital, Founder and President of Nurses Heart to Heart  

    God places nurses in the lives of people in situations no one would want to find themselves. Nurses must be absolutely prepared and equipped with the best knowledge, with heart, and His Spirit. Sometimes it is in a highly respected Academic Hospital with all the bells and whistles, the latest equipment and knowledge. Sometimes God gives us incredible opportunities to practice the art and science of nursing as our service to Him in remote parts of the world, even war zones. We have the sacred opportunity to minister to the body, mind, heart, and spirit. Go with Anita Rich to two of her favorite places in the world as she shares some of her experiences. It is a challenge for all of us to ask the question as God asked Moses, “What’s in your hand?” We may not lead an entire nation out of slavery, but we can use our skills and knowledge to change one life at a time as we strive to be the hands and feet of Christ “for such a time as this.”

    Speaker Bio
    Anita Rich, BSN, RN, CHFN is the founder and president of Nurses Heart to Heart, a medical missions organization. Over the past six years she has taught basic and advanced life support skills to more than 1250 nurses and doctors in Mongolia. She also cares for pediatric cardiac patients in Iraq. Anita is a proud alumna of LeeUniversity and Emory University school of Nursing. She has been a Cardiology nurse at Emory Healthcare for 35 years. Both her parents and daughter attended Lee.
    Getting to the GRAMMYs and Beyond
    Location: CAB 102 - Buzz Oats Theatre
    Jose Ruiz

    Assistant Professor of Music Business, Lee University  

    Dr. Ruiz will share his experience and affiliation with the GRAMMYs. The seminar will address how to produce music with industry standard expectations, facets of music business and public relation skills needed to thrive in today’s industry, how to develop artistic identity, and how to commence entrepreneurial endeavors.

    Speaker Bio
    Dr. José Ruiz joined the Lee faculty this fall, bringing with him a wealth of experience in the music business. Dr. Ruiz received a 16th Annual Latin Grammy Award. He has a solid history of achievement in performance, production, education, clinician work and research. He is the recipient of 42 International Downbeat Student Music Awards for 11 consecutive years. He was the winner of the Yamaha Young Performing Artist Competition, National Flute Association Jazz Flutist Competition, and Florida Flute Association Masterclass Competition. He is a skilled researcher/teacher at the master’s and doctoral levels in instrumental performance, film scoring, performance enhancement strategies, vernacular composition and improvisation. Dr. Ruiz has been a composer, arranger and producer of music for nationally-publicized TV and internet commercials and served as a national music education consultant, researcher, curriculum/program developer and motivational speaker.
    What The Fox Said: Robert Henryson’s Sacramental Language
    Location: EDU 234
    Chad Schrock

    Associate Professor of English, Lee University  

    Schrock will explain the life cycle of his forthcoming article on his favorite medieval beast fable, from initial idea through years of development to (projected) appearance in print. Then he will read a conference paper version of that article, in which he tries to figure out what it means that a fox who confesses his sins to a wolf and baptizes a young goat accidentally but accurately prophesies his own death-by-goatherd-arrow at the end of the story.

    Speaker Bio
    Dr. Chad D. Schrock is Associate Professor of English at Lee University, teaching here since 2010 and specializing in early British literature. His first book, Consolation in Medieval Narrative, appeared in May 2015, and he’s published on texts from the 4th, 5th, 8th (maybe . . . the dating’s a bit tricky), 12th, 14th, 16th, 17th, 19th, and 20th centuries in journals from five different countries (including The Netherlands!) and bearing such justifiably exotic titles as Philological Quarterly, Essays in Criticism, and Modern Language Review.
    The Story of Jordan Smith
    Location: Pangle Hall
    Jordan Smith

    Recording Artist  

    Jordan will tell the story of his struggles and successes in the beginning of his music career during an interview conducted by Brad Moffett. This seminar will provide insight into Jordan’s experience in the entertainment industry as a new artist.

    Speaker Bio
    Jordan Smith, winner of The Voice Season 9, is the greatest success story to come from the Emmy award winning television show. He has broken records set by past contestants and he has worked with music legends like Stephan Moccio and widely known David Foster to claim a spot among some of today’s top names in music. Born and raised in Eastern Kentucky, as a child, Smith began singing with his family in church. He studied music business with vocal emphasis at Lee University. As a recording artist signed with Republic Records, Smith now travels across the US and abroad with his wife, Kristen, sharing his story and faith through music.
    The Responsibility of Artists
    Location: CAB 211
    Mitchell Tolle

    American Artist  

    “Beyond the process, the method of the style, apart from and independent of the artist, art has two purposes: First, art speaks to us now while we are here and Two, Art will speak for us when we are gone. As artists, we are to be without excuse or apology, voices through our art: speaking to all, for all.” Mitchell Tolle

    Speaker Bio
    Mitchell Tolle is a nationally renowned artist. He became interested in art as a child. After high school he was headed to the Art Academy of Cincinnati when he was drafted by the US Army during the Viet Nam War era. He became an artist for the Army. Tolle’s painting of President Jimmy Carter won two Emmy Awards. He has authored several books, including Mitchell Tolle: American Artist, Where Dreams Are Born, Somebody’s Baby, and Like a Tree. He is Senior Pastor of the Man O War Church in Lexington, Kentucky.
    A Photographer’s Journey from Hobbyist to Thriving Business Owner
    Location: CAB 213
    Arlyne VanHook

    Owner, Arlyne VanHook Photography  

    Let’s face it…starting a photography business is tough these days. It seems like everyone is a photographer, and starting a photography business might seem daunting. Arlyne VanHook will discuss lessons learned as she developed her brand to stand out in a crowded marketplace.

    Speaker Bio
    Arlyne VanHook is the owner of Arlyne VanHook Photography. She graduated from Lee University with a BA in Communications (PR/Advertising) in 1998. Having attended a performing arts high school, Arlyne has always excelled in the creative arts. She was a founding member of the Voices of Lee, has appeared in numerous theatre and dance productions, but recently she found a path to use her creative gifts through a career in photography. Arlyne lives in Cleveland, TN with her husband and two children. She also serves as the Director of Contemporary Worship at a local church and taught ballet for 10 years.
    What I’ve Learned Along the Way: A Business Perspective
    Location: HUM 205
    Glenda Weinert

    Owner, GCW Enterprises , Inc Chair, North Carolina Child Care Commission  

    What defines “Success” in business? Is it making money? Or is it taking care of customers and clients, and the personal satisfaction of running a business? Being successful in business includes a wide range of basic knowledge and practical experience. Dr. Weinert will talk about the experiences in her career and what she has learned along the way.

    Speaker Bio
    Dr. Weinert is a wife, a mom, a business person, and a proud Lee alumna! She has a BS from Lee, an MBA from Kennesaw State University, and a Doctorate in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. Since graduating from Lee, she owned and operated a family child care business in Asheville, North Carolina, owned and operated a home care franchise, and has served on numerous non-profit boards focusing on the needs of children and the handicapped. She has also taught business and accounting courses at UNC-Asheville and Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College, and was appointed by the governor to the North Carolina Child Care Commission, where she now serve as Chair.
    Marriage and Equality for Christian Couples
    Location: HUM 104 - Johnson Lecture Hall
    Kirstee Williams

    Assistant Professor of Psychology and Director of Marriage and Family Therapy Graduate Program, Lee University  

    Research tells us that equality and relationship success are closely connected. Couples who marry and maintain equal partnerships are much more likely to have long term satisfaction. Yet sometimes the Bible seems to contradict ideas of equality with passages that suggest men should be the head of the home and women must submit. So how do Christian couples integrate what we know about relationship success and Biblical principles? This seminar seeks to address this integration and explores God’s design for relationships pre and post the fall of Adam and Eve.

    Speaker Bio
    Kirstee Williams is Assistant Professor of Psychology and Director of Lee’s Marriage and Family Therapy graduate program. She graduated from Loma Linda University in Southern California with a masters and Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy. Dr. Williams specializes in working with couples. Her research focuses on infidelity, couple’s therapy, and social justice issues.
    When Women Lead in Ministry
    Location: SOR 148
    Sandra Kay Williams

    Women’s Ministries Pastor, North Cleveland Church of God  

    Psalm 68:11 “The Lord announces the word, and the women who proclaim it are a mighty throng;” Are you part of that throng trying to make your voice heard? While some may want to silence you and your message, Jesus has come to give you a platform to declare His truth with a great host of other women ministers. Pastor Sandra Kay offers encouragement and guidance for clergy women desiring to work for the Lord.

    Speaker Bio
    Sandra Kay Williams is the Women’s Ministries Pastor at the North Cleveland Church of God. An ordained minister and Lee University honor graduate, she hosts a video podcast, When Women Lead, serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for The Caring Place (a non-profit aiding the disenfranchised of Bradley County), Chair of the Board for Peniel Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Center, and serves on The HELPER advisory council (an interdenominational ministry to spouses of pastors). She led four years as the International Women’s Director for the Church of God and raised awareness and funds of over 1.2 million dollars for OPERATION FREEDOM, a missions project to rescue children from human trafficking. Williams has preached around the globe but most enjoys her local ministry leading a private prayer group and mentoring LEE students. Sandra Kay is married to Dr. Mark L. Williams, Lead Pastor at NCCOG. They have a son, Austin, who is married to Barrie Rose, and a teenage son, Ryan, who plays multiple instruments at home, church, and high school.
    Music and Worship with Senior Adults
    Location: HUM 108 - Squires Recital Hall
    Dawn C. Wooderson

    Senior adults bring a rich and diverse perspective of their journeys of faith to any worship experience, whether in the traditional church, the assisted living, rehab, and memory care/Alzheimer’s communities, or as they worship at home. This seminar will focus on connecting the research with practice in all forms of Christian service.

    Speaker Bio
    Dr. Wooderson’s work in senior adult services includes publishing the Songs of Faith large-print hymnbook and CD series, teaching at National and regional conferences, and doing direct service for seniors at all levels of physical and mental wellness/illness. This work follows university teaching, public school teaching, and service in church music. (Lee College, Music Education, ’68; Florida State University ’76)
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