Tree dedicated in memory of beloved professor

A plaque commemorates the tree planted for Dr. Arthur Lee.
Years from now, a stately tulip poplar on a small knoll on Roane State’s Oak Ridge campus will serve as a symbol of a beloved professor’s legacy.

The sapling in front of the Coffey/McNally Building was recently planted by faculty members in memory of Dr. Arthur Lee, who tragically died in February.

Lee had been a popular instructor and a member of the community college’s faculty for 21 years. He was “one of the smartest people I’ve ever known,” Roane State President Chris Whaley said during a brief ceremony.

“He loved interacting with his students,” said Dr. Sylvia Pastor. Lee was her mentor in the process of securing tenure, said Pastor, an assistant professor.

Pastor and Lee launched the “Lab-in-a-Box” program where middle school students are given containers full of scientific components that help make learning more hands-on. Twenty-seven middle schools in the area now have all three kits.

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Baldwin inducted into honor scholarship society

Nineteen Freed-Hardeman University students were inducted into the Iota Chapter of Alpha Chi National Honor Scholarship Society Monday, Nov. 14, in Old Main on FHU’s campus.

From this area, Victoria Baldwin, a psychology major from Oak Ridge, made the list of inductees.

Members of Alpha Chi uphold its principles of truth and character and its motto, “Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32).

Alpha Chi membership is by invitation only, to juniors and seniors with a minimum grade-point average of 3.75 on at least 80 earned credit hours, and candidates must be in the top 10% of the junior and senior classes to qualify for membership.

This fall semester’s inductees have earned a 3.97 grade-point average or higher.