Saturday, February 4, 2017

Women of Vision LOVE Carson-Newman!

Women of Vision Choose 2017 Projects

In January, Women of Vision Leadership Council spent much of their annual retreat studying the many project proposals from groups at Carson-Newman. All have merit, but because of funding, WOV must limit their list of projects to take on. A proposed list of  projects was taken to Carson-Newman's Executive Council for final approval.  Here are the new projects.  Which one would you like to help with?
  •  Butler Welcome Center kitchen renovations and decor for their bathrooms 
  •  Operation Inasmuch and SPOTS funding
  •  Renovation of two student lounges on the 1st and 3rd floors of the Science Building 
  • Global Education House porch replacement and office renovations
  •  Henderson Hall- furniture for classrooms 218 and 221.
  •  Henderson Hall - Smart classroom 318 and water fountain replacement
  •  Heritage dorm renovations (desk area, kitchen, courtyard)
  •  Mossy Creek Bridge funding
  •  Warren Art Building flooring 
  •  Fite Building refurbishing of lobby, hall, and stairwells 
Details about each project will be featured in future blog posts. Here are a few "before" pictures:

Heritage Hall

How many of you remember your days at Carson-Newman when this was known as "New Men's Dorm?"  Now called Heritage Hall, this dorm houses most freshman men and is no longer new! The proposal for this project was submitted by an RA (resident assistant) who lives in the dorm. This student has already learned leadership skills at Carson-Newman and did an excellent job of conveying the physical needs of this dorm through his proposal.  Plans include renovating the front desk area of the lobby, kitchen, and an outdoor courtyard and basketball court. 

Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics Department Student Areas

These two student areas on the first and third floors of the  Dougherty Science Center are in desperate need of some TLC.  Women of Vision plan to update and refurbish these areas. I think you'll agree these spaces can use some improvement.

Center for Global Education 

The Center for Global Education is in need of renovation in several areas.  This is where international visitors and students are received, and is an important part of the campus. Women of Vision will fund the much needed replacement of this front porch. It is hoped that when funding can be secured, WOV can continue this project with interior office renovations. 

Proposed Plan for Stokely Ladies' Restroom

Stay tuned for more details on other projects in future blog posts. One large project that is being funded by Women of Vision are the Stokely Restrooms. This project will be started as soon as the spring semester is completed in early May. 

Other Women of Vision News

Kay O'Brien is back!

The Leadership Council was thrilled to welcome back Women of Vision President Kay O'Brien at the January meeting. CN's President Randall and First Lady Kay took a much needed fall semester sabbatical. We missed them both and were happy to see Kay, who surprised all the WOV Leadership Council members with special surprise gifts she had for them.

Awards were given to each person including the "This Little Light of Mine" award to Diana Nixon for reminding  all to let their lights shine thru their work, the "Hold It All Together" award to Leah Smith who takes care of everything as the CN-WOV Liaison, the "Big Picture" award to Kathy May for her leadership in keeping the council focused on its purpose, and the "Bippity Boppity Boo" award to Beverly Adams for her amazing ability to transform any space using lots of incredible creativity and usually for a budget price. 

Leadership Council Spotlight: Beverly Adams

                                            Beverly Adams (2nd from left) at Campus Ministry House

Beverly Adams is Women of Vision's Projects Coordinator. She is often on campus talking to staff about their proposed projects, taking before and after pictures, and finding the perfect materials to make each WOV project really shine. Beverly is a 1985 CN graduate who played volleyball and majored in English.  Now the single mom to three sons, Beverly lives in Knoxville and is constantly on the hunt for bargain furniture, decor, and building materials that can be used in a WOV project. Her ability to envision the potential for any space makes her a perfect fit for Projects Coordinator. 

Save the Date: April 8, 2017 ~ The Gathering

The Gathering, the annual meeting of the Women of Vision membership, will take place April 8. Jenny Bushkell will be the speaker and as always, wonderful food and fellowship will be shared. Mark your calendar now. More details coming!

Celebrate February with These Words from Corinthians 13:

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Joy to the World!

It's hard to believe that Christmas is right around the corner. Final exams at Carson-Newman are in progress, and students will soon go home for Christmas Break. Enjoy these pictures from Women of Vision's Christmas activities.

Tree Trimming Around Campus

Women of Vision members joined retired faculty and staff and others in late November to get lots of Christmas trees trimmed and ready for the holidays. Christmas cookies and conversations were shared. Locations included the MSAC Grand Hall, Fite Administrative Building Lobby, Seaton Guest House, and the President's Dining Room. 

Women of Vision Volunteers included Susan Davis, Susan Fendley, Sandy Presley, Diana Nixon, Leah Smith, Carol Strevel, Kathy May, Debbie Bean, and Pam Parker (not pictured)

Christmas Open House

On Sunday, December 4, Pam and Donnie Parker opened their beautiful home for Women of Vision's annual Open House. More than seventy people attended and enjoyed visiting the Parkers' beautifully decorated home, eating delicious holiday refreshments, and sharing wonderful social time with friends. All the proceeds from this event will go toward funding Women of Vision projects.  

Carol Strevel with hosts Donnie and Pam Parker

YWOP Members  Rachel McCausland and Sydney Myers

2017: A Look Ahead

The Women of Vision Council will be meeting in January to review project proposals and prioritize the list for 2017.  With more than 25 projects proposed, it will be a challenge to determine which ones to take on. When selected projects have been approved, a blog post detailing those projects will be shared. It's exciting to see what God has planned for 2017 and Women of Vision!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Ricky Skaggs Concert - What a Night!

Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder


Women of Vision's Ricky Skaggs Concert a Big Success

Thursday, November 10, was a big day as Women of Vision held their first ever concert to benefit Women of Vision projects. Over 200 people attended the concert which included not only Ricky Skaggs, but 12 year old fiddle phenomenon Carson Peters and The Voice finalist Emily Ann Roberts. In addition to great music by legendary performers, guests enjoyed a variety of Appalachian foods from local chefs. Mill and Mine was the perfect location for the event and everyone enjoyed the rustic setting of the refurbished textile mill on Depot Street in Old City Knoxville. 

Women of Vision Leadership Council members spent much of the day on Thursday setting the stage for the event. 

Becky Ford showed Carol Strevel, and Allison Pelham
how to assemble table arrangements.
Becky Ford designed beautiful flower arrangements 


Anne Marie Potts set up the admission table
 Tables and chairs were placed around the beautiful venue

Records with custom artist labels were placed on each table

Next, our wonderful food vendors began setting up their food stations. These included Appalachian Cuisine by Nancy Kendrick, Brown Bag, (Food with a Purpose,) Buddy's Hometown Catering Fare, Lulu's Tea Room, and Cruze Farm. 

Before we knew it, our first guests began arriving.

Beverly Adams, Amy Stover, and Sandy Presley greeted our VIP Guests who ate upstairs with the performers.
The performers talked with each VIP guest and also provided a photo op for them.
 Women of Vision members Mary Brandes and Donna Hooker talk with Ricky Skaggs

Emily Ann Roberts talks with guests                                                                   

WOV Event Chairs Jennifer Bates and Debbie Bean confer with Diana Nixon

Event co-chair Debbie Bean and her husband Skipper with performers

Downstairs a lively group visited our food vendors and socialized before the concert.

Young Women of Promise, our CN student service organization, helped serve beverages and food.
Rachel McCausland & Michelle Sharp dished out delicious banana pudding and slaw from Brown Bag.

Abby Seevers and Rachel Robeson kept everyone supplied with beverages from Buddy's Catering.

Carson Peters opened the concert with a selection of wonderful country classics and old gospel songs
During Ricky Skaggs portion of the concert, he invited Carson to play several songs with him.
Ricky and Carson have played together at the Grand Ol' Opry and are good friends.

Ricky Skaggs told stories about his lifelong love of country and gospel music and sang many favorites.

 During a short intermission, WOV Council Chair, Kathy May, presented Ricky Skaggs with a football signed by retiring CN coach Ken Sparks. Kathy also shared the purpose and goals of Women of Vision with the audience.

Emily Ann Roberts performed with Ricky, sharing with the audience her lifelong admiration for Ricky Skaggs and his role in her musical development.

 The performers spent time after the concert talking with guests.
Pictured is WOV campus liaison, Leah Smith, with Ricky and Carson.
Young Women of Promise with Ricky and Carson

A tired, but happy Women of Vision Leadership Council posed for a pic with Ricky and Emily Ann 
before beginning the process of cleaning up after the concert
A special thanks to our tireless concert co-chairs, Jennifer Bates and Debbie Bean 

Ten percent of the proceeds raised from the concert will go toward Ricky Skaggs' endowed scholarship for CN students with the rest designated for Women of Vision projects on Carson-Newman's campus. New projects will be selected for 2017 in January, and with over 25 proposals submitted, Women of Vision will have another busy year. Stay tuned for the list of accepted projects, and consider which one you might like to make a contribution of money and/or your time to see completed.

Happy Thanksgiving from Women of Vision. We are thankful for each of you as we work together to bring glory to God through the use of our time and talents.