Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Christmas Open House 2017

   Women of Vision Christmas Open House

& More...

                        Ted and Drama Russell graciously opened their home to some 100+ guests at our 7th annual Christmas Open House on Sunday, December 10. What a wonderful day of fellowship, food, and fun! Thank you to all who came and supported Carson-Newman. Your proceeds will greatly benefit our students and campus projects.   


 Ted and Drama Russell welcome Dr. and Mrs. O'Brien to their beautiful home. 



Bottom Left: Kay O'Brien and Vickie Butler (WOV Founders) Bottom Right: Carolyn Jensen enjoyed visiting the Russell's home.                                                                    

A delicious array of Christmas appetizers and desserts were served. 

                                                                 Mr. Russell's office  

                  Dr. O'Brien and his very own 2005 50th Anniversary Edition T Bird

                                           Just one of Mr. Russell's classics on display

                         πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’• Upcoming Events πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•

Donna Roland

         A New Year,  A New You with Fashionably Faithful
         Come hear Donna Roland speak about Fashions and Faith
         Holston Hills Country Club  
5200 Holston Hills Rd
Knoxville, TN, 37914       
Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 


Annual Gathering of Friends
Featuring Special Guest Speaker: Ruth Graham
Saturday, April 7, 2018
11 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

Monday, November 20, 2017

🍁FALL 2017🍁


3rd Floor Break Room- Dougherty Science Building
Project Chair: Pam Parker

3rd Floor Break Room- Dougherty Science Building
Project Chair: Pam Parker

1st Floor Study Room- Dougherty Science Building
Project Chair: Dot Gratz
*Check out the beautiful handmade quilt that Dot added as a special touch*

3rd Floor Chemistry Classroom Furniture- Dougherty Science Building
Project Chair: Donna Hooker
*In memory of Dr. Michael Hooker (class of '76) by his family*

🍴 KaTom Event 🍴

The 2017 KaTom event was a great success! Thank you to Ka-Tom Restaurant Supply owner, Patricia Bible, for hosting this fabulous event to get us into the holiday spirit! Award-winning culinary expert and Knoxville caterer, Barbara Tenney, treated us to a delicious holiday tasting and demonstration.  Following the tasting and demonstration, Andy Winstead of Andy's Flower Shoppe (Oneida, TN) showed us how to repurpose an old Christmas tree and how to transform a cardboard box into a beautiful, lighted and tinseled treasure! Remember ladies, a great decorator always has a great glue gun!

Chef Barbara Tenney

Pam Parker and Guest

Joan Cronan and Kay O'Brien
WOV ladies enjoying the event 

Andy Winstead makes decorating for Christmas look so easy! 

πŸŽ„Tree Trimming at the MSACπŸŽ„

πŸŽ„πŸŽπŸŽ„ Christmas Open House πŸŽ„πŸŽπŸŽ„

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

September 2017

Women of Vision

On September 15, Susan Fendley, WOV Chair, accepted the Pinnacle award on behalf of the Women of Vision. This prestigious award is the highest honor given by CNU to donors.  And guess what??? Dr. O'Brien was able to keep this news a secret from his wife, Kay. She, along with the rest of the WOV, were both shocked and honored to receive the award! 

 Dr. O'Brien presents the Pinnacle award to Susan Fendley, WOV Chair

WOV Leadership and Membership gather together for a photo
in celebration of their achievement

Cake is ALWAYS a great way to celebrate!                            

Several council members enjoy a delicious lunch on the newly renovated and furnished Swann porch. 

Top photo left to right: Allison Pelham; Susan Fendley; Kay O'Brien; Carol Strevel; Beverly Tyson; Diana Nixon; Donna Hooker; Debbie Bean; (seated) Becky Ford and Whitney McGowan
Bottom photo left to right: Kay O'Brien; Diana Nixon; Carol Strevel; Allison Pelham

Here's a SNEAK PEEK of the changes on campus completed by WOV! 
Renovated Burnett kitchen
Project Chair- Beverly Tyson 

Newly renovated Heritage Check-In desk
Project Chair- Sandy Presley 

Newly renovated Heritage kitchen
Project Chair- Sandy Presley

Remarkably transformed Baker Group Counseling room
Project Chairs- Beverly Tyson & Donna Hooker 

Be sure to attend HOMECOMING 
to see these in person! 


President- Lauren Baucum
Vice President/Projects Coordinator- Amanda Bennett
Fundraising Chair/Treasurer- Mandy Caldwell
Service Projects Coordinator- Michelle Sharp
Membership Chair- Rachel Robeson
Secretary- Shelby Smith

As a part of their membership drive, the YWOP officers sponsored an ice cream social during welcome week to recruit new members. The YWOP's are currently working on completing their 2017 beautification project in Burnett Hall courtyard. They have laid mulch, installed hammock posts, and provided a picnic table with slab to create a relaxing space for residents and all students alike to enjoy for years to come. This will be their third successful project since YWOP began in 2012. 


🏈 Homecoming                            October 21
🍁 KaTom Fall Fundraiser           November 4 

Prepare for the Holidays at our KaTom Fall Fundraiser! Holiday recipes will be prepared by a local chef, and YES, we get to sample everything! There will also be a demonstration on how to decorate for the holidays. You don't want to miss this special event! Stay tuned for more information! 

Friday, July 28, 2017

Back to the Creek 2017

Back to the Creek 2017
Day of Service & Yard Sale 

WOV ladies preparing for a great work day! 

On Saturday, July 8, the WOV participated in a campus-wide Day of Service.  Members divided and conquered, tackling many projects around campus.  While some members provided manual labor, others offered some much-needed TLC to dorms, classrooms and offices.  Check out our completed To-Do List below.

To-Do List
   ✅   Organize Burnett Residence Hall RA Resource Room  
     ✅   Paint Burnett Residence Hall Foyer Check-In Desk 
     ✅   Clean out books (100s!) from Global Education Center 
     ✅   Paint cabinets on 3rd floor of Baker Building
     ✅   Clean & Polish antique furniture (to be displayed in Appalachian Cultural Center)

Amy Stover and Shelia Wiggins reorganizing
Burnett's RA Resource room

Pam Hester and Katie Mixon painting the check-in desk in Burnett Residence Hall

Donna Hooker, Carol Strevel, & Rae Dutro painting the cabinets in a classroom on the 3rd floor of Baker Building

Dot Gratz shows off her handmade quilted wallhanging for a study room in Dougherty Science Building 

Over $4,000 was raised to fund future projects around campus! 

WOV ladies preparing to SELL, SELL, SELL! 
Susan Davis, Susan Fendley and Suzanne Sanders

Donna Hooker pricing items for yard sale
Dr. O'Brien was told to help, OR ELSE! First Lady Kay O'Brien was forced to put him up for sale.
"$1.00 Or Best Offer" 

Special Thanks:
CNU Maintenance Department
CNU Basketball Team
Jennifer Bates and Debbie Bean 
Jonathan Mason
All those who donated items for yard sale

Wednesday, May 24, 2017



Come be a part of WOMEN OF VISION at Carson-Newman University.
We will meet for social time to enjoy coffee and donuts at 8:30. We will then divide into teams for our group assignments and work together to beautify a campus improvement project. 
 "Many hands make light work". And it also makes it more FUN. 😊

RSVP: www.cn.edu/bttc or contact LEAH SMITH (865) 471-4164 - lsmith@cn.edu
Women of Vision Leadership and Friends - BTTC 2016


Carol Strevel, Dot Gratz and Vickie Butler - BTTC 2016

Friday, April 14, 2017

Women of Vision Gathering ~ 2017

Saturday, April 8, was a beautiful spring day at Carson-Newman. About 100 women gathered for the annual meeting of Women of Vision. As WOV founder and President Kay O'Brien says, "The Gathering of Friends is a yearly celebration of accomplishments, marking transitions, visioning for the future, and most of all, simply enjoying the company of creative, remarkable women."

Delicious lunch prepared by C-N's Food Services

Speaker Jenny Bushkell
The women enjoyed a delicious lunch, and were inspired by Jenny Bushkell, Christian talk radio host from Knoxville, who challenged us to not stop in life's journey at "Mediocre Inn" but to press forward asking God what He wants us to do to make a difference in our world. Jenny quoted Ephesians 2:10: " For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." This is a perfect verse for all Women of Vision!

Jeana and Krista Partin
Special entertainment was provided by Jeana and Krista Partin, mother and daughter, who sang a medley of beautiful songs.

Susan Fendley
Kathy May
Susan Fendley, incoming Council Chair, and Kathy May, outgoing Council Chair, conducted the business portion of the meeting including nominations for the 2017-18 Leadership Council and information about WOV's Financial Position. Outgoing members of the Leadership Council were recognized as well as Young Women of Promise graduating seniors.
Leah Smith, Rachel McCausland, Becky Ford
Sponsors Leah Smith and Becky Ford with Young Women of Promise

Projects Chair Beverly Adams 
Beverly Adams, Projects Coordinator, gave the audience a review of 2016 projects, and a preview of 2017 projects. With 13 new approved projects for 2017, and a few projects to finish up started in 2016, Women of Vision has their work cut out for them!

Beverly also shared her personal story of becoming a widow with three young sons. She decided to move from Florida  to Knoxville because she needed a fresh start and remembered that some of her happiest times had been her years as a student at Carson-Newman. She said God led her to become involved with Women of Vision as a volunteer and that working on the campus with staff had given her new purpose in her life.  It truly is amazing when we "let go and let God" manage our lives!

There were several surprises during this year's Gathering. One surprise was Kay O'Brien's announcement that Kathy May had been chosen for the Women of Vision's Distinguished Service Award for this year. A beautiful pottery pitcher, signifying the pouring out of service for God's Kingdom, was given to Kathy. The pitcher is a handcrafted Robert Alewine pitcher. Robert, owner of the renowned Alewine Pottery on Gatlinburg's Craftsmen Trail, is a C-N graduate.
Kay O'Brien presents award to Kathy May

Robert Key, Chair of Carson-Newman's Staff Council, had a special surprise for the Women of Vision. In gratitude for the work done to update and renovate student and staff areas in Fite Administrative Building as well as many other areas on campus,  Robert presented a beautiful sign to Women of Vision. The Women of Vision logo, backlighted with the signature purple color, will make a fitting way to identify the WOV headquarters on campus.
Robert Key presents logo sign to Women of Vision

 The next surprise was a  five minute video highlighting many of the completed projects  by Women of Vision. Dr. Ross Brummett, Vice-President of Student Affairs, introduced the video, and on behalf of Student Affairs and Faculty, thanked WOV for their involvement in many areas, including MSAC, Campus Ministries, and Safety and Security.
Dr. Ross Brummett

Attendees were asked to bring gently used or new kitchen items to be used in several student and staff area kitchens that are being renovated by Women of Vision. As you can see by the picture below,  the kitchens will be well stocked, thanks to  the generosity of all.

As evidenced by these pictures, everyone had a good time visiting and reconnecting with Carson-Newman friends at the Gathering of Friends.
Kay O'Brien, Elise Tilson, and Vickie Butler

Volunteer Chair Carol Strevel talks with attendees

Beverly Adams and Glenda Bales, Maintenance Administrative Secretary Extraordinaire!

Phyllis Morgan enjoys the Gathering

Donna Hooker

Be sure to mark your calendar for these upcoming events. And watch for project updates in the next blog post!