MSC Foundation 2002 Highlights
Beth Byers, far left, MSC's associate
director of development, talks with, left to right, Annette
Pellerin and Judge Ed Lukemire, both Macon State alumni, during
an organizational meeting. Dr. Waddell Barnes, chairman of
the MSC Foundation's Board of Trustees, is on the far right.
The Foundation’s Annual Campaign took a major leap forward
in 2002. Investors in Macon State’s future gave more than
$223,000, a 40 percent increase.
Jimmy Patton of SunTrust Bank and his Community Campaign team
raised just under $100,000, a 208 percent increase over last year.
“Clearly, the community has strong, positive feelings about
Macon State College and its leadership,” said Sue B. Chipman,
the Foundation’s executive director. “That was reflected
by the generous donations to this year’s Community Campaign.”
Beginning this year, the Foundation will publicly acknowledge all
who contribute $100 or more to the Annual Campaign on a professionally
designed “Investor Recognition” structure mounted outside
the Foundation Board Room in the Student Life Center.
This year, the Foundation added two named scholarships to the 19
it already provides for Macon State students: the Stephen R. Portch
Study Abroad Scholarship and the E.M. Ashford and John C. Pirez
The MSC Foundation's 2002 Annual
Community Campaign leadership group. From left to right are
Al Satterwhite, Mike Boggs, Jimmy Patton (chairman), Don Faulk,
Linda Shingler and Mardie Herndon.
Named for the former University System of Georgia chancellor, who
strongly believed that college students should develop global perspectives,
the Stephen R. Portch Scholarship is designed to encourage more
Macon State students to take advantage of study abroad opportunities.
This is an endowed scholarship, meaning that interest income is
used to fund it annually.
Jason and Tina Ashford, both information technology faculty members,
established a scholarship in memory of E.M. Ashford and John C.
Pirez. E.M. Ashford was an independent child of the early 20th century
who enjoyed Frank Sinatra and classical music and had a fascination
with technology and computers. John C. Pirez was a loving father
and husband whose life was tragically cut short. An able programmer
and “computer geek,” his good humor even during the
darkest periods of his battle with cancer were an inspiration to
all who knew him. This scholarship is awarded to students majoring
The Foundation also added two more scholarships—for a total
of six—sponsored by Dixie Crow, a regional chapter of the
Association of Old Crows, a professional group made up of individuals
engaged in the science of electronic warfare, defense and related
disciplines. The name “Old Crows” emerged from the first
large-scale use of electronic warfare during World War II. Operators
who flew on missions to monitor and jam enemy signals were known
as “Raven Operators.” The term “raven” eventually
evolved into “crow.”
In all, the Foundation awarded more than $51,000 in scholarships
for the 2002-2003 academic year.
MSC faculty members Linda Green, left, and Carol Cheshire, with two Morgan Elementary School students who participated in last year's Young Authors project, which the MSC Foundation supports.
With support from the Foundation, the MSC Office of Development
organized an Alumni Council to reconnect Macon State graduates to
the College and encourage them to participate in the institution’s
development. The Council will greatly increase its visibility during
the 2002-2003 academic year. Plans call for the Alumni Council to
host a major event on campus this spring and create an annual Outstanding
Alumnus recognition program.
Members of the Alumni Council are: Bill Anderson, ’99; C.
Bruce Clark, ’88; Lenda Burney Dillard, ’75; Kevin S.
Floyd, ’00; David Lee Greenway, ’01; Andrea Haddix,
’92; Mike Impink, ’74; Patti J. Impink, ’74; Ed
Lukemire, ’74; Renee Martinez, ’01; William Grier Sowell,
Sr., ’77; Debra Z. Sowell, ’77; Monica Thomas, ’97;
and Terry Tripp, currently enrolled.
Faculty & Staff
The MSC Foundation supported a variety of projects sponsored or
organized by Macon State faculty and staff. They included the Georgia
Science Olympiad Regional Tournament, Math Olympics, Young Authors
and Artists Conference and PREP for Central Georgia elementary,
middle or high school students; the Macon State College Authors
Series, where faculty members who have recently published books
discussed their works in a public forum; and an Employee Retirement
Recognition Program to honor MSC faculty and staff who retired at
the end of the 2001-2002 academic year. In addition, the Foundation
provided funds to academic divisions and departments for special
The Foundation also provided cash awards to faculty and staff
recognized for outstanding service to the College. Faculty receiving
awards this year were: Dr. Linda Cooper, Bob Durand, Dr. Myra Jackson
and Dr. Gwen Sell.
The Foundation took major steps toward meeting the goals of its
long-range strategic plan. The goals include establishing more scholarships,
creating the Alumni Council, attracting top academic talent to MSC
through endowed chairs and other means and developing partnerships
with Central Georgia business, industry and government that help
the region’s economic development. The Foundation also conducted
a comprehensive planning study in preparation for a major fundraising
campaign. Private funds raised will be used to supplement public
funding to raise Macon State to a higher level of academic excellence
through scholarships, recruitment of top-notch faculty and faculty
The MSC Foundation hosts an annual reception for retiring faculty and staff. Retirees at the end of the 2001-2002 academic year, shown with President David A. Bell, fourth from left, were, left to right, Dr. David Dever, Dr. John Edwards, Dr. Janice Edens, Dr. Joseph Popson, Dr. Diane Craine and Larry Stinson.
Visiting Economic & Civic Groups
Raising the visibility of Macon State College throughout the region
and state, the Foundation hosted a variety of public and private
organizations on campus. Holding meetings at MSC were the Georgia
Department of Industry, Trade and Tourism (which Georgia Gov. Roy
Barnes attended), Downtown Macon Rotary Club, 100 Black Men of Macon-Middle
Georgia, Inc. and the Bibb County Board of Education, among