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e Voice of Experience 35 centsVol. 1 / Issue 4 Friday, November 30, 2012 Veteran made long journey to success ST. LUCIE WEST Harvey Arnold is an American success story. The Vero Beach native dropped out of high school in the 11th grade. Some 20 years later, after a tour of duty in Vietnam, return to college and service in Okinawa with the Marine Corps, he earned a doctoral degree in economics from Florida State University. Today, Mr. Arnold is provost of the St. Lucie West Campus of Indian River State College, where he has worked since 1977. His story is one that has resonance for veterans and many of the students who come to his campus. I was bored in high school, he said. There was a lot going on in the world and high school was not capturing my interest. That created challenges for my teachers. At 17, I walked into an armed forces recruiting station. Twenty-four hours later, I was on a train to Miami. Id never been on a train. sent to Germany. I walked around the missile base. It was snowing and I thought, Im happy with my life. While he was stationed in Germany, a staff sergeant told the young soldier that he was being sent to school. I told him I didnt like school, Mr. Arnold said. He said, I think it would do you some good and youre going to go. It took six weeks to get my GED. In September 1966, Mr. Arnold was sent to Vietnam. We were sent as part of the build-up, he said. It gave me a sense of urgency in life. Every member of my platoon was a high school dropout. We were acutely aware that because we had not graduated from high school, our lives were not valued as highly as those that had. Mr. Arnold returned home in 1967. His father picked him up in Orlando and he said, Dad, I want to make something of myself. His father responded that hed been waiting all his life to hear those words. Mr. Arnold enrolled in the last class of what was then known as Indian River Junior ColBy Shelley Koppel Staff writerSee PROVOST page 4
2 It was a hot night in July, 1995 when the world went completely dark for Rachel Guild. A passenger in a vehicle involved in a rollover crash on I-95, Rachels mom was told her daughter would likely only survive for hours, and Rachel was still in a coma when her best friend (another passenger in the car that fateful evening) was buried. Seventeen years later, Rachel Guild is a testament to persistence, miracles, and caring professionals. ough completely blind as a result of the accident, Rachel lets absolutely nothing stand in her way, and she nds beauty in the way the world can be experienced through her remaining senses. As a matter of fact, thats how Rachel became acquainted with Joe Mutter of Mutters Hearing in St. Lucie West. One of the lesser injuries Rachel suered as a result of the crash which claimed her best friend, Sarah, and her eyesight was some hearing loss due to scar tissue in her le ear. When some close friends told her about Joe and Mutters Hearing, Rachel and her mom set up a free clinical hearing evaluation with Joe, a Florida Licensed Hearing Aid Specialist and retired law enforcement ocer with the St. Lucie County Sheris Oce. Joe was ranked Top Cop in the State of Florida by the Florida Fraternal Order of Police and highly honored for his accomplishments and Commitment to the community through volunteerism. Mutter performed several tests on Rachel to determine the level of her hearing loss and then broke the news. He didnt think I needed hearing aids, Rachel said. He said I had a mild hearing loss and it may not be great enough to warrant the considerable expense that I would incur with hearing aids. Even though he could have easily made a big prot, thats not the way he is. I explain to Joe that if I am ever going to regain total independence, I need to be able to hear everything with great clarity. For Rachel, the way that Mutter compassionately listened to her concerns, asked her questions about her needs, lifestyle, and was hesitant to make a sale simply for the sake of making a sale were the deciding factors in doing business with him. I had consulted with other hearing aid dealers and I was very disappointed that their only concern was how I would be making payment, Rachel says. Joe was the opposite; he wasnt just trying to make a sale he actually cared about me and my special needs! Service with integrity is something Joe Mutter believes in ardently. He encourages spouses and family members to accompany their loved one for free clinical hearing evaluations and he utilizes state-of-the-art technology. He even includes a hearing loss simulator to replicate for family members what their voices sound like to someone with a hearing loss because, of course, a hearing loss is invisible and aects every member of the family. What I deal with is a very precious commodity my clients trust and their hearing, says Mutter. I care about my clients, not their pocketbook. Mutters Hearing Center is conveniently located at 1420 SW St. Lucie West Boulevard, just west of the Wells Fargo bank, in St. Lucie West. e oce is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with evening and weekend appointments available, as well as home visits can be arranged by appointment. Mutters Hearing Center will guide you through your insurance options and assist you with nancing your hearing aids if necessary. e initial consultations and clinical evaluations are absolutely free. Call Mutters Hearing Center today at (772) 871-1222 to arrange a your free hearing consultation. Mutters Hearing Center has been voted the Readers Choice #1 Hearing Center in St. Lucie West since 2004 and is the ONLY full time hearing center in St. Lucie West. Being blind is dicult, but for Rachel Guild, losing her hearing would be so much worse. I think it would be a very lonely world, she says. Being deaf makes you feel so isolated; everyone has a conversation going, but when they try to talk to you, you cannot understand them. Its hard for people who havent been there to realize, but being able to participate in the conversation when your loved ones and friends are talking is a way to keep from being isolated and alone. I am so grateful to Joe and Mutters Hearing Center for helping me rejoin the conversation and regain my independence. Hearing Aid Ads Confusing You?A Clients True Story of Superior, Compassionate Service and CareYou Too Can Experience the Mutter Difference St. Lucie County Service Care Quality Deal With the OwnerHe Can Make it Right Stop Chasing Deals That Dont Exist Is your hearing just good enough to drive those around you crazy!Call today for a FREEClinical Hearing Evaluation772-871-1222 Joe Mutter, H.A.S. and Client Rachel Guild At Mutters Hearing Center, Inc. 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4 PublisherPartnerChief PhotographerGraphic DesignerManaging Editor e Voice of Experience lege. day, Mr. Arnold said. They had an open-door policy, Mr. Arnold said. The universities do not accept a GED. Even though I had the GED, I wasnt college-ready. There were college prep courses in math, English and reading to bring me up to college level. The educational foundation I built took me all the way through a Ph.D program. Mr. Arnold received his associate degree in business administration in 1970 and transferred to the University of West Florida, where he earned a bachelors and masters degree in economics. He decided he needed a change. I had been going to school for six or seven years, he said. I never played collegiate sports and I wanted to see what I could do physically. I was anticipating a career in the service. cer Candidate School and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps. He was stationed in Okinawa when he learned of an opening in the economics department at Indian River Community College, as it was then known. He accepted the position of instructor in 1977. He rose through the ranks, becoming department chair in 20002. In 2004, he was named provost of the St. Lucie West campus. Mr. Arnold highlighted several programs unique to his campus: The new STEM Center and the associate in science programs in Golf Course Operations and Landscape and Horticultural Technologies. STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The goal of the new center, opening in January 2013, is to meet a critical need for There is a real shortage in the state of students graduating with the STEM skill set, Mr. Arnold said. Leaders in education and private industry have a mantra that we need students with the STEM skill set, that we have jobs. There is a transition from the Treasure Coast to the Research Coast. We are attracting the life Pines and the Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute. The STEM CenARNOLD from page 1 See ARNOLD page 7
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Hearing those words of damnation from the highest authority was tantamount to the unexpected sucker punch that doubles you over. So the next day -skipping school again -I fortuitously passed by the Armed echoed in my mind. Within minutes I was taking the Armed Forces Entrance Exam, and on Jan. 25, 1965, I did an about-face: I heeded my principals advice and abruptly changed my direction in life forever by quitting high school and joining the Army. There was much irony in the days and weeks immediately following my life-changing decision. Our class jester, Danny Hazel, showed up at the Tower Restaurant where I was to meet the recruiting sergeant to drive me to Miami for my physical examination. Surely everyone would be surprised to learn that both Danny and I quit school on the same day to join the Army. However, the most ironic event cled into my unit during the fourth week of basic training at Fort school and joined the Army several weeks before I did, but he had become ill during basic training and missed too much training to graduate with his original unit. As a consequence, he was recycled into my company. Longing for home my worst tormentor in high school became my best buddy throughout the remainder of basic training. Who would have thought? Mainly, though, my thoughts were of my own fears, ineptitudes, and self-doubts about my ability to meet the challenges and unforeseen events that lay ahead. Basic training was just 18 months removed and the physical demands had been a daunting challenge to the 17-year-old boy who stood all of 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighed year in the Army I had simply been father had written in his only letter to me during basic training. He admonishingly wrote that although he had been opposed to my decision to quit high school and join the Army, it was, nonetheless, my decision. He told me it was time to leave irresponsibility and immaturity behind, and time to become a man. He went on to say that I had stepped into a mans shoes and to make damn sure that I wore them, because there was no more room in his life for me unless I did. Tough love! the scene at the Greyhound Bus station that had occurred just days before: My father and I had already said our perfunctory goodbyes before I boarded the bus. As I made my way down the aisle toward an empty seat, my progress was suddenly halted by an unexpected ter is the educational piece to the puzzle. In the past, if a student graduated from IRSC, they went to the University of Florida or left the state to get a good-paying job. We will be the only state college, as opposed to a university, to offer a B.S. in molecular biology and organizational biology. The new center will have three stories and cover 53,000 square feet. It will be an incredible building, Mr. Arnold said. There are so many Wow factors. Its not just a classroom building. All of our labs for a bachelors degree will be there. Were creating the jobs of the future, high paying jobs so our students stay here. The campus also offers a twoyear associate in science degree in Golf Course Operations and Landscape and Horticultural Technology. They are designed to graduate people responsible for golf course operations and maintenance, including the use of herbicides and pesticides for the maintenance of fairways and greens. For Mr. Arnold, the opportunity for a high school dropout to be a role model for others is as rewarding as the success hes achieved. both he and the school he has served for so many years have come. This is my home and I love being here, he said. The St. Lucie campus of Indian River State College is located at 500 N.W. California Blvd., Port St. Lucie. Call (772) 879-4199 or visit the website, www.irsc.edu.ARNOLD from page 4 from page 6 See page 8
8 1074 force that spun me around. There, with tears streaming down his cheek was my father, who had followed me onto the bus. He clutched me to him, kissed me on the forehead, told me that he loved me, and then exited the bus just as quickly as he had entered. I always knew that my father loved me; its just that he had never told me so face to face before. Vietnam was hard time; and, just like serving a prison sentence, you couldnt see your future until the day you were released and passed through the gate into the arms of your loved ones. We endured the elements, the separation from our families, the inclement weather, and the lack of amenities. We endured the long the perimeter, shot-gunning convoys, or in the temporary -but treasured -refuge of base camp. We lost the remaining vestiges of our youth and left any youthful misconceptions about war behind as we witnessed and participated in mans inhumanity towards man. For the majority of our class, the Vietnam War is now in the history books, revisited only when viewed on the History or Military Channel through the intelligent lens of hindsight. For me, however, the Vietnam experience continues of my life by serving as a constant reminder of what almost wasnt. So forgive me if my excitement about the possibility of reconnecting with old classmates at our 40th reunion is tempered by the knowledge that those who paid the human price of the Vietnam wont be there. Danny Hazel, Tim badly wounded. Tragically, Steve Wiggins, Mark Jackson, Louis Laudermilk, and Frankie Clovis safely on Sept. 7, 1967. On their behalf, I would like all of you to know that although we did not walk across the stage to graduate with you, you were always foremost in our thoughts and dreams of home; and, the chorus line of our constant prayers was always for a safe return home to family, friends, and the sleepy little town of Vero Beach. Harvey E. ArnoldFor me, however, the Vietnam experience continues to exert a powerful influence on every aspect of my life by serving as a constant reminder of what almost wasnt. from page 7
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