published Saturday, September 24th, 2011


Hale retires from Spelman, receives Vulcan award

Professor James Thomas Hale Sr., a former Chattanoogan, retired from Spelman College in Atlanta this summer after 12 years with its computer science department.

During opening convocation for the 2011-2012 academic year at Spelman, Hale was presented the Vulcan Materials Company Teaching Excellence Award in recognition of his commitment to teaching and research.

Hale is a 1958 graduate of Howard High School and received degrees from Morehouse College and Georgia Institute of Technology.

He began his teaching career in 1962 in the Clarksville-Montgomery County school system. He was an employee of IBM for 29 years, working in software development.

He was an adjunct professor in computer science at Clayton State College in Morrow, Ga., where he was the first faculty member to teach Common Business Oriented Language on an AS400. He joined Spelman in 1999.

Williams earns chemistry honor

Breejante J. Williams, a graduate of Boyd-Buchanan School, earned top honors for a second year in chemistry at Tennessee Technological University.

The department of chemistry named Williams the recipient of the Robert L. Sublett Chemistry Scholarship for this academic year.

She is the daughter of Clarence and Regina Williams.

Hendrix chosen to Hall of Fame

Wanzo F. Hendrix of Raleigh, N.C., a former Chattanoogan, will be inducted into the Livingstone College Athletic Hall of Fame on Oct. 20.

Hendrix was co-captain of Howard High School's 1959-60 state football championship team. He was a three-year starter at center and linebacker for Livingstone's Blue Bears football team after transferring from Indiana University.

He is retired from St. Augustine's College in Raleigh, where he was an administrator and professor for 38 years.

Collier competing in national pageant

Aaliyah Collier, daughter of Laura Wilkerson and Andre Collier, won the title of National American Miss Tennessee earlier this month and will represent the state at the national pageant in Anaheim, Calif., during the week of Nov. 21.

Each girl who qualifies for the national pageant has a chance to win a Ford Mustang as well as scholarships and prizes.

Lee faculty honors

  • Carmen Guerrero, assistant professor of Spanish at Lee University, received her doctorate in Colombian literature studies at the University of Florida.

Her dissertation research traced a progression of Colombian women's life writings.

  • Lee University Chinese language and culture professor Phebe Xu Gray has released a book, "The Three Character Classic: A Bilingual Reader of China's ABCs."

Gray's book gives readers a better understanding of Chinese culture by translating and annotating an original Chinese text, "The Three Character Classic," dating from the 13th century.

  • Dr. Guy DeLoach, assistant professor of business, received his Doctorate of Business Administration with emphasis in strategic management from Baker College in Flint, Mich.

DeLoach's dissertation detailed the evolution of organizational learning capabilities in strategic planning. His hypothesis tests indicated that learning-based business-planning methodologies improved firm performance significantly more than traditional business-planning methods.

  • Five Lee professors collaborated to publish a textbook guide on teaching diversity, "Can I Tell You My Story? Teaching in the Diverse Classroom."

The textbook is authored by Drs. Laura Anderson, Reba Barkley, JoAnn Higginbotham and Bill Kamm, along with Alex Sandoval. Kamm also developed the cover art.

In the book, the authors relate stories that will help pre-service teachers understand the composite effect of diversity in the lives of the students they will teach. The chapters focus on service, inclusion, language, religion, global education, sexuality and poverty.

about Susan Pierce...

Susan Palmer Pierce is a reporter and columnist in the Life department. She began her journalism career as a summer employee 1972 for the News Free Press, typing bridal announcements and photo captions. She became a full-time employee in 1980, working her way up to feature writer, then special sections editor, then Lifestyle editor in 1995 until the merge of the NFP and Times in 1999. She was honored with the 2007 Chattanooga Woman of ...

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