History Alumni

 

Hunt Davidson
Hunt Davidson ’11

 

Current occupation

9th grade history teacher, Chattanooga Christian School

 

Current residence

Lookout Mountain, GA

 

Family members

Tera Woods Davidson ’12

 

Church

Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church

 

What were you involved in on-campus while at Covenant?

Varsity soccer, Maclellan Scholar

 

What is your favorite part of your job? What gets you excited to go to work every day?

I love pushing kids towards being lovers of learning.

 

How did Covenant prepare you as a person and how did it prepare you for your career?

Covenant taught me to be a thoughtful and reflective Christian (not reflexive).

 

 


 

Derek Halvorson
Derek Halvorson ’93

 

Current occupation

President, Covenant College

 

Current residence

Lookout Mountain, TN

 

Family members

Married to Wendy (Turnbow); two children: Banks (M), Whitman (F)

 

Church

Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church

 

What were you involved in on-campus while at Covenant?

Varsity soccer, lots of intramural sports, VP of Student Senate, co-editor of Wittenberg Door, Maclellan Scholar.

 

What has your career path looked like since leaving Covenant?

financial markets …

  • Funds Management Specialist, NationsBank, Charlotte, NC — back office support for foreign exchange trading desk, euro-dollar trading desk, NationsBank Cayman Islands branch
  • Foreign Exchange Trading Assistant, NationsBanc-CRT, Chicago, IL
  • Junior Foreign Exchange Trader, NationsBanc-CRT, Chicago, IL
graduate school …
  • M.A. in History, Division for Late Medieval and Reformation Studies, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
  • CCCU Oxford Scholar Research Fellowship, Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Oxford, England
  • Ph.D. in History (Medieval and Early Modern Europe), Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL
higher education …
  • Director of Constituent Relations, Covenant College — internal operations of the development office, marketing/communications/branding/PR projects
  • Regional Director of Development, Covenant College — major gift fundraising
  • President, Providence Christian College, Pasadena, CA

 

What is your favorite part of your job? What gets you excited to go to work every day?

The students and the faculty/staff of Covenant College. I love the people God has brought to this place, and I love to see how God uses them when they leave Lookout Mountain.

 

How did Covenant prepare you as a person and how did it prepare you for your career?

Covenant was critical to my formation as a Christian and to my preparation for my career. The College helped me to become a better thinker and communicator, and also encouraged my love for learning and my empathy for others. All of these have proved to be crucial skills/sensibilities in my professional work.

 

Tell us a little more about your involvement with your church.

I have served as a ruling elder in a PCA church and have taught Sunday school and been involved in mercy ministries. I currently lead worship on a regular basis at Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church.

 

 


 

Cal Marshall
Cal Marshall ’05

 

Current occupation

Associate, Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C., in Chattanooga, TN.

 

Current residence

Lookout Mountain, TN

 

Family members

Wife, Rochelle, and four children.

 

Church

Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church

 

What were you involved in while at Covenant?

Cross country, fellowship (and hall rugby) on Sutherland, athletic committee, campus activities board, election committee, and Reformed University Fellowship.

 

What has your career path looked like since leaving Covenant?

  • Three years working on staff with several members of the U.S. House of Representatives—most of that time in the Washington, D.C. office of U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan (OH-04).
  • Law school at the University of Virginia, including summers as a Blackstone Fellow and summer associate at two law firms.
  • Three years practicing law at Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C. in the Business and Health Care Sections.

 

What is your favorite part of your job? What gets you excited to go to work every day?

I enjoy the challenge of answering difficult legal questions, wrestling with interpretive issues, and expressing complex concepts in writing.

 

How did Covenant prepare you as a person and how did it prepare you for your career?

Having to balance training and travel time with the cross country team, my studies as a history major, and other activities on campus helped me to become more disciplined. Working on my SIP helped me improve my research and writing skills, which were essential in law school and are even more essential now in practicing law.

 

Tell us a little more about your involvement with your church.

We enjoy the teaching and preaching at LMPC and fellowship in church services, the Kingdom Class, our small group, and Wednesday night dinners.

 

 


 

Tom Okie
Tom Okie ’02

 

Current occupation

Assistant Professor of History and History Education, Kennesaw State University

 

Current residence

Kennesaw, GA

 

Family members

Wife, Kelly Clarkson Okie ’02, and our 2 daughters and 1 son

 

Church

Village Church Vinings, Atlanta, Georgia

 

What were you involved in on-campus while at Covenant?

Catacombs, homeless ministry/Bowery Mission, the Bagpipe, Catacombs Folk Festival, Clio’s Forum (history club), philosophy club, Alton Park house, various informal poetry reading, singing/songwriter, and monastic groups.

 

What has your career path looked like since leaving Covenant?

I worked as an administrative assistant for a year before moving to Honduras with my wife Kelly—she had done a semester abroad there in a small village called Las Mangas. We returned to work alongside the Americans there doing community development work (school, clinic, agriculture, library). We mostly taught ESOL in the rural colegio there. On returning to the States, I picked up my secondary teaching certification from Covenant and got a job at a local middle school. After doing that for two years, I decided to apply to graduate school, and was accepted by the University of Georgia’s history PhD program. After finishing the PhD, I taught for a year in Maine before landing my current job at Kennesaw State University.

 

What is your favorite part of your job? What gets you excited to go to work every day?

I get to read books and talk about them with other people, and I get to write them too! That’s a pretty good life from my perspective.

 

How did Covenant prepare you as a person and how did it prepare you for your career?

Well, there’s a pretty straight path from history major to historian. But beyond that, the thing I’ve taken away from Covenant is the value of community. I don’t think I recognized at the time how rare it was to have genuine intellectual friendship among professors and students. I think it was in part because there was such existential weight attached to what might otherwise be considered “merely” academic questions. In retrospect, I think what was really happening was the creation of an intellectual community across time: because the books we read and the people we studied were speaking into our lives as well.

 

Tell us a little more about your church

Village Church is a young Anglican church plant with many small children, so my wife Kelly and I help out with preschool Sunday school about once a month.

 

 


 

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Jonathan Mullen

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"I enjoy Dr. Green’s Intro to History class because he presents history differently than my high school teachers did. During the first few classes we discussed what history is. Some people believe that history is what happened in the past or just a compilation of facts; but we defined history as the act of selecting, analyzing, and writing about the past. Dr. Green made me want to stay a history major."
 - Isaac Van Puffelen '18
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