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: or contact LEAH SMITH (865) 471-4164 -
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!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

March Madness

Women of Vision is busy with their own version of March Madness. Newly approved 2017 projects are already underway in planning and in WOV typical fashion, "Getting It Done." 

Butler Kitchen - Before
One example of a project already completed is the kitchen in Butler. This space is used not only by the Enrollment Management Team, but also by prospective students and their families who visit campus. The staff requested an updated kitchen that would be more warm and welcoming.

Butler Kitchen - After

Beverly Adams, Project Coordinator, performed her magic using components from a donated kitchen. I think you'll agree the results are amazing! Staff and students are thrilled with the results.

Future blog posts will feature other 2017 projects underway. Here is a list of  projects.
  • 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 

Kitchen Shower for WOV Projects

We are hosting a shower for our campus kitchen improvements during the Gathering on Saturday, April 8. Please bring any new or gently used kitchen items to the collection table upon arrival. Anything you can offer will be greatly appreciated and is tax deductible.

2017 Gathering of Friends - April 8

Plan to join Women of Vision for this annual meeting. We will share a delicious meal, be inspired by speaker Jenny Bushkell, celebrate the accomplishments of 2016, and learn about the projects of 2017. 

Jenny Bushkell

 Our speaker for this year's Gathering of Friends is Jenny Bushkell.  Jenny is the Christian talk radio host of “Let’s Talk Recovery” where she shares stories of hope and restoration with thousands each Friday afternoon. She is also the Co-Host of the “Bob Bell Show” on Joy620 WRJZ, where fun and faith come together. In addition, she is a speaker and Bible teacher. Above all, she is passionate about her faith in Jesus Christ. Known for her joy in Jesus, humor, and transparency, she encourages others to find confidence in their identity in Jesus and to find God’s plan and purpose for their lives.

Jenny has served primarily in Recovery ministries, Women’s ministry, and Youth & Children’s ministry for the past sixteen years. She has a BS in Logistics from the University of Tennessee Knoxville. Jenny left a highly successful career in sales to follow God’s calling on her life, and she has never looked back. She is married to Lawrence Bushkell, MD of Knoxville Dermatology Group, and together they have served on foreign mission and lay ministry teams. Her pastimes include traveling with Larry, photography, and writing. 

You won't want to miss hearing Jenny speak.  There is no cost to attend.  Please RSVP by March 31 to Leah Smith (865) 471-4164 or click here.  Bring a friend. It will be a fun day for all.  Make your reservation today!

Together, we can accomplish much for Carson-Newman and for
 His Kingdom. We hope you will partner with us. 

Amy Stover
Blog Editor

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!