Kim Receives Lee’s Zeno C. Tharp Award

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - by Brannon Roberts, Lee University

Lee University named graduate “Hollie” Heerak Kim as the 2013 recipient of the Zeno C. Tharp Award.  Lee President Dr. Paul Conn recognized her for this honor during the May commissioning service. 

Established in 1955, this annual award is given to a Lee senior who shows the greatest potential for making a significant contribution to Christian ministry. It is named in honor of the sixth president of Lee who served from 1935-44.  Each department may nominate one student for the award, and of these nominees a winner is selected by a faculty vote.

Ms. Kim was born in Gwang-Ju, South Korea and shortly after moved to Seoul, Korea. At age 12, her parents became missionaries and moved their family to England.  Ms. Kim learned English and adjusted to life in England just prior to the next move to Albania where her parents expanded their ministry.  Ms. Kim and her sister were sent to an international boarding school for missionary children in Kandern, Germany.

“My heart was filled with gratitude and thankfulness as I got older, and I began to think about how I could help others using all my talents and gifts God has given me,” said Ms. Kim.

While in Germany, Ms. Kim played violin for seniors in nursing homes and worked with elementary students at AWANA.  

She later took her own mission trip to Romania to teach English to high school students and minister to children who lived away from their parents. She also spent time with children in orphanages in Shkodra, Albania, where her parents were living. 

Continuing her studies, Ms. Kim moved to the United States to major in French and minor in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) at Lee where she maintained a 3.99 GPA.

While at Lee, Ms. Kim was the head café host for French Language cafés, taught English classes for Wacker employees, tutored in the English Language Center, and tutored at the Unity Center, an afterschool program run by Broad Street Methodist Church.

“Just when I think I’ve seen every kind of student there is to see, along comes a Hollie Kim,” said Professor of French Dr. James Wilkins. “She is a highly-motivated learner, a passionate servant, and a lover of life and God’s world. I have been blessed by knowing her and working with her in this enterprise we call higher education.” 

Ms. Kim also served as a peer leader, a travel guide for global perspectives seminars, a volunteer for Lee University Developmental Inclusion Classroom, and a volunteer for Crossover, a food distribution program for the underprivileged.

Ms. Kim was a member of Pi Delta Phi French Honor Society, Kappa Delta Phi Education Honor Society, and Phi Eta Sigma Freshman Honor Society. She also played violin for Lee’s Chamber Orchestra and Campus Choir.

“I hope to be an international lawyer/missionary to fight injustice in this world, whether it is sex trafficking, child labor, or maltreatment of those with physical/mental needs,” said Ms. Kim. “I want to serve God in any way that I can.”

Following her graduation from Lee, Ms. Kim will travel to Colombia, South America to teach English and participate in several missions opportunities. Upon her return, she plans to study international law.


Georgia Northwestern Offers "Free Leap Day"

Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) is offering "Free Leap Day" to help community members earn their GED diploma. On Feb. 29, any student or potential student may take any of the GED practice tests free of charge. Call one of the following centers to schedule an appointment.   Catoosa County – Ringgold – (706) 965-6155 extension 7 Chattooga County ... (click for more)

UTC Students To Be Honored At Stophel Scholarship Reception Thursday

Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C. will host the Chattanooga business community to honor and recognize 10 UTC students who have shown dedication and excellence in their studies.  The Stophel Scholars program connects students to leaders in Chattanooga’s business community and a reception will be held Thursday from 5:30-7 p.m. at Chambliss Conference Center, Liberty ... (click for more)

State's TNReady Testing Program Has "Severe Network Outage"; Testing To Be By Pencil And Paper

Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen said Monday afternoon that the state's TNReady testing program had suffered "a severe network outage." Commissioner Edwards said the testing will go on, but it will have to be done with pencil and paper. She sent this email to school directors across the state: Directors, Thank you for your patience as we faced technical ... (click for more)

Brandon Bettis, 25, Arrested For Home Invasion; 2 Other Suspects Being Sought

Brandon Bettis, 25, was arrested after a home invasion early Monday morning, and two other suspects are being sought. Chattanooga Police responded to the 1100 block of Thomas Lane at 6:30 a.m. on the report of a home invasion robbery.  The suspects entered the home of the victims, James Shrum, 47, and Hillary Schooley, 25.   The victims were wakened and threatened ... (click for more)

The City Failed To Watch The Chattanooga History Museum Dollars - And Response (3)

The tell tale signs of the History Museum's folly have been evident for years. When I was a former member of City Council I interviewed Dr. Daryl Black, Ph.D. to determine if I should argue for or against the annual funding of his organization. His interview, the multi-year history of administrative non-performance (despite consistent repetitive funding), and a review of the organizational ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Greenholtz: A No-Brainer

I am going to make this as simple as I possibly can. There are three fine lawyers now running for Criminal Court Judge and anywhere you go there will be people who like and admire Tom Greenholtz, Boyd Patterson and Mike Little. But when we select a judge, it should never be based on popularity. That’s why Gov. Haslam picked Greenholtz over both Little and Patterson this summer to ... (click for more)