Several individuals and two veterans’ organizations were honored for their generous gifts to the Walters State Community College Foundation during the annual meeting of the organization’s trustees on Monday at the Morristown campus.
Recognized with the unveiling of their portraits to be displayed in the President’s Trust Gallery at the college’s Morristown Campus were Diane Campbell, Sharon Hayes, Dr. Judy Hector, the late Joyce Tallman, Rodney Atkins, Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1073, and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3380 and Auxiliary.
Campbell moved to Morristown in 1974 to assist her husband, Jack, in his new role as president of Walters State. She holds a bachelor’s degree in human services from the University of Tennessee. She volunteered at the Morristown Senior Citizens Center, eventually becoming executive director of the organization. She retired after 12 years of service and overseeing the movement of the center from the basement of the Morristown-Hamblen Library to its current building on Lincoln Avenue. Campbell served as first lady at Walters State for 31 years, hosting countless events and thousands of visitors in her home. She has endowed a scholarship to assist employees and their families in pursuing educational goals.
Hayes is a graduate of Morristown-Hamblen High School West and Walters State. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Carson-Newman University. Her community service began as a candy striper for the hospital when she was 14. She is a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow and has spent the last 12 years as volunteer coordinator at Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System. She often works behind the scenes to help those in need. She also has a heart for rescue animals. In 2015, she received the Walters State Distinguished Alumna Award.
Hector joined the Walters State faculty in 1973 as an instructor of developmental studies – mathematics, and retired in 2004 as professor and dean of mathematics. Shortly after her retirement, Hector was named a professor emeritus, the college’s highest faculty honor. She holds a bachelor of science in mathematics and a bachelor of arts in German from Oregon State University. She earned her master of arts in teaching mathematics from Michigan State University and obtained her doctorate of mathematics from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in 1978. After her retirement, she continued learning and completed a master of arts in German language and literature in 2015. Hector met her late husband, Dr. Mark Hector, while both were serving in the Peace Corps. Mark was a professor of counseling psychology at the University of Tennessee until his death in 2016. Hector continues to be involved in teaching, serving as an adjunct at Walters State and Carson-Newman. She has served as a peer counselor for the Amputee Coalition of America since 2012. She has also been a member of the Walters State Community Chorale.
Tallman reached out to Walters State in March 2018 for information regarding a donation through estate planning. Tallman, 90, passed away in the fall. Her estate established a scholarship with a gift of over $100,000. This gift will fund four $2,000 scholarships each year. A native of East Tennessee, Tallman spent 51 years working for the Southern Regional Education Board based in Atlanta. She spent most of her career serving as the executive assistant to the president.
Atkins was not able to attend the ceremony. Atkins, a recording artist with six No. 1 hits and more than 13 million units sold, has endowed the Rodney Atkins Baseball Scholarship to benefit a Senators baseball player with financial need. This matches the profile of Atkins when he attended the college from 1987-1989. Atkins was adopted as an infant from the Holston United Methodist Home for Children and actively supports that organization. He is also involved in Music City Gives Back. Atkins was named a Walters State Distinguished Alumnus in 2018.
Two organizations were also recognized.
Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1073 has endowed a Walters State scholarship to be awarded to an honorably discharged veteran or an individual currently serving our country. Chapter 1073 has close to 150 members and operates under the motto, “Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another.” The Chapter partnered with the college last year to bring the Moving Vietnam Wall to the Morristown Campus. The chapter also distributes supply filled duffle bags to homeless veterans, presents flags to classrooms in seven Lakeway Area counties and distributes Christmas baskets to veterans.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3380 and Auxiliary endowed a scholarship to assist veterans with financial need in pursuing their education goals. Recipients must be full-time students who were honorably discharged. The post is based in Jefferson County and also sponsors a scholarship for a Jefferson County High School ROTC student. The Post also distributes and picks up flags at four county cemeteries and assists with the mowing around cemeteries and churches. The organization also provides financial assistance to individual veterans who are in need.