Tennessee Wesleyan Alumni Raise Money For European Choir Tour

Community Invited To Events

Tuesday, October 01, 2013
From left back: Jared Wright, TWC interim alumni relations and advancement specialist, Randy Nelson, TWC vice president for advancement. From left front: Cacky Wentworth-Johnson, TWC alumna, Carlton Ealy, TWC senior library assistant.
From left back: Jared Wright, TWC interim alumni relations and advancement specialist, Randy Nelson, TWC vice president for advancement. From left front: Cacky Wentworth-Johnson, TWC alumna, Carlton Ealy, TWC senior library assistant.

Two Tennessee Wesleyan College alumni have taken a special interest in helping raise money for the TWC choir to travel to Europe next summer where they will sing their way through Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic.

Cacky Wentworth-Johnson ’62 and Barbara Pickel Deal ’55 and ’57 are TWC choir alumni whose fond memories of their time at the college have inspired them to support today’s TWC choir students as they prepare to embark on their European tour.

Ms. Wentworth-Johnson recently spent days in the Tennessee Wesleyan library working with Senior Library Assistant Carlton Ealy, researching choir alumni from 1952 to 2011 to contact them about donating to help fund the TWC choir trip.

“I wanted to challenge TWC choir alumni to give back to their choir legacy,” said Ms. Wentworth-Johnson, who during her time at TWC was a choir accompanist under Jack Houts, Dr. Ronald Manley, Lynn McGill, and Darnell Chance.

Ms. Wentworth-Johnson and Ms.Deal contacted more than 430 alumni, challenging them to match Ms. Wentworth-Johnson and Ms. Deal’s individual $1,500 donations. Each student’s trip costs total $3,000, $1,500 of which the students will need to fund themselves.

In addition to appealing to alumni to donate, Ms. Wentworth-Johnson and Ms. Deal also put together a spring show review of choir alumni coming back to campus to sing songs from past TWC shows. The review will be held at TWC’s Homecoming on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 4 p.m. in Townsend Auditorium. Admission is free to the community and attendees are invited to make donations to help fund the TWC choir’s European tour.

“A special thank you goes out to Cacky, Barbara, and Carlton for their passionate hard work in initiating and participating in this project,” said Randy Nelson, TWC vice president for advancement. “It is truly a gift to the college to have such dedicated and caring alumni.”

Along with Saturday’s spring show review, community members are also invited to the TWC Tour of Europe Dinner on Friday, Oct., 4 at 5 p.m. on College Street. The cost of the dinner is $30 and all proceeds will help fund the TWC choir’s European tour. There will be live entertainment. Please RSVP to TWC’s Advancement Office by phone at 423 746-5330 or by email at advancement@twcnet.edu.


Helen DeVos College Of Education Celebrates Student Teachers

The Helen DeVos College of Education at Lee University celebrated the accomplishments of its student teachers with a banquet in the Centenary Room on Lee’s campus. Student teachers, cooperating teachers and supervisors enjoyed the evening sharing the semester’s experiences with each other. Speakers for the evening included Cameryn Byrd, Lauren Suits, Jonathan Berry and Jared ... (click for more)

Lee University Named To President’s Service Honor Roll Once Again

The Corporation for National and Community Service announced that Lee University has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, once again receiving recognition for its commitment to bettering the community through service. “Receiving this honor indicates that our students and faculty are engaging in transformative service with our community ... (click for more)

TVA Sues Cleveland's Allan Jones Over Dock, Retaining Wall, Boat Ramp, Boathouse On Hiwassee River

TVA has sued Cleveland, Tn., Check Into Cash millionaire W. Allan Jones Jr. over the construction of a dock, retaining wall, boat ramp and boathouse on the Hiwassee River. In the lawsuit in Federal Court, TVA said it told Mr. Jones before the construction was finished that he was on TVA property. The complaint says he has refused to move the construction from the river. ... (click for more)

Bobby Dodd Lawsuit Against City Moved To Federal Court

A lawsuit brought by former Chattanooga Police Chief Bobby Dodd against the city of Chattanooga and the Chattanooga Fire and Police Pension Fund over his pension has been moved to Federal Court. The lawsuit was earlier filed in Chancery Court by attorneys Jerry Tidwell and Adam Izell. The suit says former Chief Dodd opted for a plan that would have half of his pension go to ... (click for more)

Please Don't Close The Piccadilly Cafeteria At Hamilton Place - And Response

Oh, no. The Piccadilly Cafeteria at Hamilton Place is closing.  Its last day is Christmas Eve.  I will miss the great food they have there but most of all I will miss their servers, cashiers and waitresses.  They are all so friendly and accommodating.  They make it like it’s a home-style restaurant. I sure wish there was some way that Hamilton Place and ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Manger Scene Stays!

When the Freedom From Religion Foundation struck the tiny town of Jay, Fla., earlier this month, the town mayor had a life-sized Nativity scene that had been displayed every Christmas for the past 40 years taken down and sold as “city surplus.” But in Alabama, things are different. When the foundation tried the same thing in Rainbow City, Ala., more people than all those who live ... (click for more)