Professor to speak at New Rocky Valley program

The New Rocky Valley Baptist Church mission will hold a Women’s Day program at 10 a.m. on Sunday.The speaker will be Jeanette Hutchinson, retired physical education professor at GSU.
Hutchinson is the widow of Dr. Conrad Hutchinson Jr., who was director of the World Famed Tiger Marching Band. She is a member of Deborah Circle, Deaconess Ministry, Hospitality Ministry, Stewardship Ministry and Chancel Choir, at New Rocky Valley.

The speaker said one of her favorite scriptures is Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ which strengthened me. My goals have not changed; I will continue to touch others with integrity, and dignity.”

Her initial academic preparation was done at Langston University in Langston, Okla., with a B.S. degree in health, physical education and recreation. She received her master’s degree in health, and physical education from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Okla., and her Ph.D. in therapeutic recreation from Texas Woman’s University in Denton. Her goal in life was always to work with young people.

Her love for swimming led her to a career at Grambling. She was recruited by Dr. C. D. Henry in 1967 as the swimming instructor.
In the late 1970s, she was the first African American female to hold the Instructor Trainer License in Water Safety from the American Red Cross in the state of Louisiana.

The decades of the 1980s and 1990 have brought many accolades. She received the Outstanding Teacher of the Year in Health, Physical Education and Recreation from the College of Education, and the Charles Atwell Award from the National Recreation Park Association.

Thelma Alice Smith Washington Williams, chairperson of the committee, church officials, and Pastor Julius Sumler invite all to attend the program.