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Dr. John W. Gosnell, associate pro
fessor of sociology and psychology, has
been named the new chairman of the
Social Science Department.
Woiking on his 22nd year at Qjowan,
Gosnell was appointed at the resignation
of Mr. Warren Sexton as acting chaiman.
With an array of education behind
him, Gosnell is well-qualified for the
position. He has two master’s degrees,
one in education from DePaul University
in Chicago, and one in theology from
Boston University. He received his doc
torate in social foundations from UNC-
Chapel Hill and has done post-graduate
work in pwychology at Eiast Carolina Uni
versity. His undergraduate work was in
psychology at Bridgewater College in
Originally from ML Airy, Maryland,
Gosnell spent fifteen years in pastoral
ministries prior to his teaching career,
serving churches in Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania.
Gosnell has been married 42 years to the former Barbara Lee Dove, secretary to Dr.
Jetry F. Jackson.
The couple met while attending Bridgewater College where Barbara’s father was
psychology professw. They have two daughters, Linda Renner of Edenton and Pamela Cox
of Conway; and three grandchildren.
Gosnell is a member of the North Carolina Sociology Association and the Southern
Sociological Society. He is also vice-president and program chairman for the local rotary
A veteran to the department, Gosnell hopes to eventually establish a four-year degree
in social science.
Antvifyne Tyson has been named direc
tor of special programs at Chowan. In his
second year with Chowan, Tyson has been and
still is assistant resident director d* Duim Hall.
He also is supervisor in the Braves Den.
Originally from Murfreesboro, he attended
school in Pennsylvania where he began work
ing on his degree.
As director of special programs, he will be
the liaison between the college and special
groups coming onto campus, such as camps,
conventions and special events. He will recruit
groups and facilitate their needs while on cam
For Jon Olson, this has been a year of
changes. He began at Chowan as residence
director in August of 1991. This August, he
married the former Megan Smith, whom he
met while working on his B.S. degree in
history at East Carohna University.
Megan has a degree in Spanish and teaches
in Bertie Coimty. This year he became part-
time director of student activities in the
student center. He continues to be a residence
director, living in Mixon Hall with his wife.
Diana K. Freshour has been named assis
tant dean of students at Chowan. Originally from
Holden Beach, Freshour has been with the college
since January 1991as residence director of Belk
She holds a B.A. in business administration
from the University of Central Florida and is
currently working toward her master's degree in
counselor education at East Carolina University.
Prior to coming to Chowan, Freshour worked
as an associate producer for a CBS affiliated
television station and was an area manager for a
mobile commimications company.
Her husband, Patrick, is a student at Chowan
and works part-time in security.
Texie Camp Marks Computer Center is now in operation as of the fall semester. The
center was made possible by generous gifts from the Camp family foundations and the
Fletcher Foundation. With 50 new computers, the facility is the center for academic
computing on campus.
Wallace Named Advisor
of the Year
Dorothy A. Wallace, chair-person
and associate professor in the Depart
ment of Business, was named Advisor of
the Year for the 1991-1992 school year
at the end of last semester.
Wallace, in her 28th year of teaching
at Chowan, is the second recipient of the
two-year old award.
A bit amazed at die honor, Wallace
says, “My reaction was surprise because
there are a lot of good advisors. The
faculty and administration at Chowan
spend a lot of (ime with the students.”
Last year students filled out a survey
evaluating their advisors. They were
asked if they wanted to elect their advisor
for the honor and state the reason if they
At a recent faculty staff meeting
when Wallace received the award, some
comments her students wrote were read
aloud. “It touched me,” says Wallace. “I
knew which students wrote them.”
She does not consider herself more
special than anyone else. “This does not
mean that one person is the best advisor,”
she says. “1 was selected as one of many
Originally Virginia, she Uves in
Woodland with her husband, L.M.,
professor of business at Chowan since
Wallace is glad to know she can
help. “When people thank you, you feel
you are making a difference in their ,
lives,” she says. “You feel what you do
is worthwhile—because there are many
times you wonder if you’ve helped.”
Wallace makes it a point to find
answers for her smdents. “If 1 don’t know
the answer to a question—I’ll find it or
put you in touch with someone who
knows,” she says.
She helps new students realize is it
normal to have a lot of questions. “I try to
show them making career decisicns is not
a hfe or death situation,” she says.
When her students fail to make the
grade she knows they are capable of, she
asks why. “I try to find out what is really
going on,” she says.
She not only cares about her student’s
grades, but the students themselves. “I try
to show that I care enough to go the extra
mile with them,” she says. Her students
know they can call on her outside the
hours of eight and five. “We do a little
extra to show we care about them,” she
says. “It means a great deal to the sm
Wallace holds the Colgate W. Darden
Jr. Professorship of Business at Chowan.
She earned her B.S. in business education
from Radford College and received her
M.S. in business education from Virginia
Polytechnic Institute. She has done
additional graduate study at the University
of Maryland, University of Missouri,
University of South Alabama and Univer
sity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
At Chowan, she is sponsor of the Mu
Zeta Chapter of Pi Beta Lambda.
In Woodland she is secretary-
treasurer of the Civic Club and Commu
nity Club, a member of the North Hamp
ton County Historical Society, and a
member of the Woodland Baptist Church
where she teaches an adult women’s
Sunday school class and is mission study
chair person for Baptist Wcmien.