Professor Interview: Dr. David Jalovick

Toccoa Falls College is proud to highlight one of its most beloved history professors, Dr. David Jalovick. During the interview, Dr. Jalovick explains how TFC has changed over the years.
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“How long have you been a professor here at TFC, and what classes do you teach?”

“I first came as a professor back in 1997. So this summer will be 20 years of teaching here, but before I became a professor I graduated from Toccoa Falls College in 1981. Right now, I am teaching 11 history courses, which is the bulk of the history courses that the school offers. For a while, I was basically the only history professor here at TFC, but we now have several adjuncts who teach a few of the courses.”

“So, you have been here for a long time. What kinds changes have you experienced over the years?”

“As a student, you are talking about a history that goes back 42 years. I first came onto this campus in 1975. One of the major things that has changed is the increase of students from Georgia. I noticed that when I came back as a professor the Hope grant had been established, which enabled a number of Georgia students to come to this college who would not have attended because of the tuition. One thing that was especially noticeable to me were the number of cars that were not on campus during the weekend. When I was a student, most of us were from out of state, and as a result nobody left, or very few people, left to go home.

Clothing styles have come and gone. When I was here, jeans were not allowed in the classroom because some of us were not wearing the best quality jeans. In regard to hairstyles for the guys, facial hair was not allowed.  There were rules on hair length and dress length for women. Those things have changed.

Also, we have a much larger minority population. Whether African-American or Asian-American, minority population has grown. We are more ethnically and racially diverse than we were when I was a student. ”

“What was your experience like when you were a student at TFC, and what was your favorite part of being a student?”

“I was a missions cross-cultural major, and I have told plenty of people over the years that I think we had the best experience. We were taught to be world Christians, not worldly Christians. We were encouraged to get out of the American evangelical box. I felt that my studies went along with the biblical training that we were learning, as well as the various liberal arts and other courses.

When I first came as a student, I knew no one. I was 800 miles away from my home in Buffalo, New York. It took a while to get to know fellow students.  I am very thankful for the foundation and experiences that I had here. You can benefit from both the good and the bad; both types of experiences shape you, hopefully for the better.”

“Were you here for the dam break? What was it like for you and how did it effect you?”

“I was not in Toccoa at the time of the dam break. After my sophomore year, which ended in the spring of ’77, my fiancée and I decided that it would be better for me to drop out of school temporarily so that we could get married and I could work while she finished her nursing degree. The school that she was attending was in Fayetteville, North Carolina, 300 miles away. We planned to move back to Toccoa after she graduated so that I could finish my degree as well. Though we were not living in Toccoa at the time, we did come back several times to visit before November of 1977. In fact, my wife’s parents were living in the trailer park on campus because her dad was taking classes at the school. We knew a good number of students who were attending TFC at the time of the dam break, and we were here visiting no less than 3 weeks before the tragedy occurred. We came back the day after it happened, but we were not allowed to cross the bridge.  We knew a good number of the folks that had been killed, as well as the families.

One of my good friends, Jerry Brittan, was killed in the basement of Forrest hall. Jerry was from Western New York, and, since he did not have a car, he and I drove my car to New York several times. His room was where the Communications Department is now, and he was not able to make it out the night of the flood. A number of people that my wife’s family knew were killed in the flood as well. Thankfully, my wife’s parents survived the flood. The flood waters actually carried their trailer, rather than crushing it. After the flood, we stayed in Toccoa for a couple of days and visited some folks. It is hard to believe that this fall it will be 40 years ago since it happened.”

Toccoa Falls is thankful to hear from Professor Jalovick on his experience and vision at the school.

 

 

 

 

The Life Of An RA

Although being a Residential Assistant may not be the most glamorous job, it is done for the right reasons. Being an RA can become one of the most spiritually, emotionally, and mentally rewarding jobs to accomplish. Whereas most jobs consist of clocking in, going to work and eventually leaving…that concept is foreign to the RA. Instead of arriving at work, a Resident Assistant lives in the midst of students who look up to him or her as a role model and friend. Because of this live-in position, it can be hard to pinpoint what exactly an RA does. It is impossible to accurately quantify the amount of time, effort, and love an RA pours into the people he or she is serving. Unlike common misconceptions, however, the RA position is more about who you are then what you do.

From the outside looking in, the role of an RA may seem easy to step into – how hard can processing work requests and planning hall events be? However, the majority of this role is found under the surface. One of the primary roles of an RA is being a shepherd to students. This role includes prayer, occasional confrontation, and for a consistent Christian lifestyle to be modeled. As a shepherd, an RA spends time with the students he or she is serving by getting to know and encouraging them. This particular part of being a Resident Assistant requires a genuine care and concern for students. Being a shepherd also involves believing in and implementing the standards of the college as well as maintaining a safe environment for students to feel at home in.

A similar role RA’s take on is that of a Role Model. Like previously stated, an RA must model the standards of the college. However, RA’s also strive to keep their commitments, do what is right, and demonstrate good discipline in all areas of life. This involves being an effective communicator and working hard to maintain a positive attitude in the midst of craziness. A big part of being an RA is encouraging other people, building one another up both verbally and nonverbally, and being willing to listen to others.

An RA can be identified as an accessible person residents can relate to, confide in, and even admire. However, there are some tasks that an RA does frequently. Checking and processing work requests, attending team meetings, planning hall events, monitoring common spaces on lobby duty, filing incident reports, enforcing quiet hour or curfew, and other rules are some of the day to day responsibilities of a Resident Assistant.

Despite the fact that much of the work of an RA is both undefined and behind the scenes, it is truly one of the most life-giving positions. Serving in this role helps to develop balance, boundaries, and godly character. During this time at TFC, where there is much excitement and change taking place, I encourage readers to stop and thank an RA for the countless hours they spend planning and praying for the students of TFC to grow and succeed.

Battling Defeat During Midterms

It’s here! It’s that time of the year where it becomes progressively harder and harder to persevere. It’s that time of year when professors and parents are giving constant encouragement to “finish strong.” It’s that time of year where assignment after assignment comes due. It’s midterms week.

Before fall break, it is very academically, and emotionally, difficult for students. There is a great deal of pressure and stress involved with finishing final assignments and preparing for the first break of the year. Students lose sleep, and drink more coffee to keep them going. With everything that they have to do, it is easy to give into feeling defeated. It is easy to focus on this one week of academic strain and lose sight of the big picture. God has given each of his children strength for every moment. Anything one could ever need, they already have in Christ. He has given his children enough strength, enough patience, and enough perseverance to overcome anything they may face. With all the anxiety this time of year causes, it is easy to be consumed by defeat. It is difficult for students to juggle the greater amount of responsibilities and obligations given to them. With the high level of stress that accompanies this week, it is even more important to remember to keep one’s eyes set on things above, not on things below. As soon as one is consumed by anxiety, crippling defeat is not far behind.  An anonymous Toccoa Falls College Sophomore wrote a short piece of poetry concerning this week.

 

“Dear defeat,

It’s been a long battle between the two of us. You knock me down, and I’ll recover, then you’ll knock me down again. You haven’t given me a moment’s rest. You’ve come at me with everything you possibly could, but I will not be undone. I am in the palm of the one who crafted the heavens and the earth. You have no power over me. The things you attack me with are temporal. They are ultimately meaningless. You have lost. By the grace of my God and my King, it is YOU who are undone.

Dear defeat, you have been defeated.”

Battling the feeling of defeat is a primary part of spiritual warfare. Once a student stops fighting and succumbs to defeat, it is so much easier to fall into depression and despair. This principle applies not only to midterms week, but in all areas of life. God calls us to “fight the good fight of faith.” We as Christians are to “take hold of the eternal life to which you were called” (1 Timothy 6:12). God has called his people to live courageously and fight with strength and perseverance. This spiritual battle is challenging. After all, if it was easy, God would not have encouraged His people to fight with courage.

It is the midpoint of the semester, fight to finish well! Fall break is in sight, so fight the good fight.

A Night of Improv and Comedy

This past Saturday and Sunday, the Toccoa Falls College Theatrical Society put on their spring production,“A Night of Comedy and Improv.”

Like the title of the show suggests, the actors and actresses performed a few short, comedic skits and entertained the crowd with some bits of hilarious improvisation. The small group of students who had committed to this production rehearsed and prepared for months. The resulting performance showed their hard work!

The skits included a two-part sketch called “Flirting Academy”, inspired by Studio C, and a zany skit called “Are you a fool?” directed by TFC Junior, Rachel Mayo.

The Theatrical Society performed a more serious play in addition to the comedies. TFC senior, Rebekah Stillwell, directed “The Lifehouse Everything Skit”. This silent skit portrayed the redemption story in a moving and beautiful way. Stillwell commented on the evening,

“This was one of the most fun performances the Theatrical Society has ever done! I loved the way almost everyone was in multiple acts. And while our scripted skits were awesome, the best parts (and the ones that got the most laughs) were the improv sessions. It made for an informal, more laid back interaction with the audience. It was a very close-knit group and I was so proud to work with them!”

The night was filled with laughter and a good time was had by actors and audience alike. One audience member said, “It was comical and interesting. I can’t compare it to anything else!”

Rebecca Colson, the leader of the improve troupe, Dead Joke Society, shared her parting thoughts about the production,

“I loved getting to hang out, goof off, and get to know the cast members. With all the stress of final assignments, acting with this group of people has been a great boost. And getting to pray for them before and after rehearsals has been a special joy for me as a director.”

 This statement from Rebecca really sums up what the Theatrical Society is about. This group of theatrically inclined students is able to come together, build each other up, and pray for one another. The group loves to have fun together and, through performing together regularly, has developed a strong bond. Their chemistry transcends from their personal lives to the stage, where they can encourage and entertain others through their passion for the Arts. Their goal is to glorify God in the talent they share with the community and the student body, and this goal has been achieved every semester.

The group loves to have fun together and, through performing together regularly, has developed a strong bond. Their chemistry transcends from their personal lives to the stage, where they can encourage and entertain others through their passion for the Arts. Their goal is to glorify God in the talent they share with the community and the student body, and this goal has been achieved every semester.

The Theatrical Society is a great facet in the student life at Toccoa Falls College. They will have more great performances and events next semester, so students can be on the lookout for their updates! For more information about the Theatrical Society contact club president, Callan Bentley at callanbentley@tfc.edu or Rebecca Colson at rebecacolson@tfc.edu.

For more information about the Theatrical Society contact club president, Callan Bentley at callanbentley@tfc.edu or Rebecca Colson at rebecacolson@tfc.edu.

Get to Know The TFC Theatrical Society

The Toccoa Falls College Theatrical Society is composed of a group of students committed to using their talent and love for the arts to serve the student body and the community. Their goal is to show that God’s glory can be reflected through dramatic arts. Toccoa Falls College student Callan Bentley, President of the Theatrical Society, put it eloquently when asked about the purpose of the club. She described the group as “dedicated to entertaining the TFC community with [their] talents and blessings in the dramatic arts, and to show that the Lord can be praised through the beauty of art and creativity.” Callan also shared her personal goals for the society and what students can look forward to this semester.

What is your desire for students who join and/or participate in club events?
My desire is that the TFC community as a whole would experience exactly what we work hard to give them: entertainment and appreciation for the arts. For the individual students, I believe that the club has a lot to offer them. Each individual has so much to give to the club! I have seen TFCTS build great teamwork, create friendships, and open the door for people to learn that they are capable of creating beautiful things. By the time the semester ends, we all miss it – whether it be a play, programs, or trips. We can’t wait to do it all again!
What’s going to be happening in the club this semester?
This semester we have several activities available. Beginning the Thursday after spring break, we will be having improv nights Tuesdays (9pm) and Thursdays (9:30pm) in WM 104. Anyone can come join and have fun! Also, April 23rd and 24th will be our semester’s play. There will be more details on that to come! In addition to these we have several other things planned that will be announced and open to anyone who would like to participate.
Callan describes membership in the society as similar to a family. The students who are members have bonded together and become very close-knit from putting on productions together, sharing hilarious memories, and participating in events. The improv group that Callan mentioned is officially called The Dead Joke Society and is headed up by Rebecca Colson, a junior here at TFC. She shared some of her thoughts and excitement about the club.
What is The Dead Joke society?
We’re a comedy improv group: A bunch of actors and actresses who love laughing and making others laugh. In case you didn’t know, “improv” is short for improvisation. There is little to know memorization for a performance, we just get on stage and start acting!
Who can join Dead Joke Society?
Like that chef from Ratatouille said, “Anyone can cook!” But by cook I mean join. You can come as many or as few nights as you want, it’s super relaxed, no commitment or experience required! You don’t have to be a member of the Theatrical Society either. However, later in the semester, we’ll be joining members of the Theatrical Society to put on a performance, so after a few weeks, we’ll be asking those interested in performing to commit to attending. Improv may not require scripts, but it does take practice!
What are you looking forward to most about starting improv again?
There’s a lot I’m looking forward to, but what I am the most would have to be getting to do improv myself. I’ve been doing improv acting since high school, and it’s one of my favorite things to do. I love getting to make people laugh and interacting with other actors on stage. Improv is so much fun. Even if you’ve never acted before, come join us one night and give it a try!
Theatrical Society members are anticipating exciting events this semester. Everyone should look out for their events and participate in their activities! They are sure to be enjoyed by all! For more information, email Callan Bentley at callanbentley@tfc.edu or Rebecca Colson at rebeccacolson@tfc.edu.