Meet Our Faculty

Office Location

Room 316
Morgan-Moses Math and Science Building

(912) 583-3148

Dr. Sampyo Hong

Associate Professor of Physical Sciences

Division of Mathematics and Natural Sciences


  • PhD, Computational Physics, Kansas State University, 2005
  • BS, Physics, Korea University (Seoul, Korea), 1993


Dr. Hong was born in the countryside of a southern South Korean province. He has always had a desire to understand how nature works. When Dr. Hong attended high school, he moved to the city to attend a Christian mission school, founded by an American Southern Presbyterian missionary. At the time he had no interest in Christianity; however, during a schoolwide revival he received Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. This was a joyous and exciting time for Dr. Hong as he was grateful for the opportunity to grow spiritually while among fellow believers. After completing his military duties in South Korea, he moved to the U.S. to study Computational Physics at Kansas State University. He later worked at the University of Central Florida until he joined the BPC family in 2016.

Interesting Facts About Me

  • I am interested in applying computer simulations to physical chemistry research.
  • I have two children named Rebecca and Joshua.
  • I currently attend First Baptist Church in Mount Vernon.

Research Interests

  • Computational study of physical, chemical and vibrational properties of metal oxides and nanomaterials using density functional theory based methods and molecular dynamics
  • Computational study of reaction kinetics of metal oxides and nanomaterials using Kinetic Monte Carlo simulations
  • Code development

Professional Organizations/Memberships

  • American Physical Society (APS)

Favorite Classes Taught at BPC

  • PHY 201 – General Physics I
  • PHY/SCI 111 – Astronomy
  • MTH 102 – College Algebra

Favorite Bible Verse

Y. Zhang, T. Rrawal, L. Nguyen, Y. Iwasawa, S. Acharya, J. Liu, S. Hong, T. Rahman, F. Tao, “Atomic-scale structure and catalysis on positively charged bimetallic sites for generation of h 2”, Nano Letters, accepted (May 2020).

G. S. Erfani, S. Hong, T. Rahman, “Effects of γ-al2o3 support on the morphology and electronic structure of pt nanoparticles”, j. phys. chem. c 123,16893-16901 (2019).

W. Keune, S. Hong, M. Y. Hu, J. Zhao, T. S. Toellner, E. E. Alp, W. Sturhahn, T. S. Rahman, and B. Roldan Cuenya, “Influence of interfaces on the phonon density of states of nanoscale metallic multilayers: Phonon confinement and localization”, Phys. Rev. B 98, 024308 (2018).

T. B. Rawal, M. Smerieri, J. Pal, S. Hong, M. Alatalo, L. Savio, L. Vattuone, T. S. Rahman, and M. Rocca, “Deciphering complex features in STM images of O adatoms on Ag(110)”, Phys. Rev. B 98, 035405 (2018).

Rawal, Takat; Acharya, Shree Ram; Hong, Sampyo; Le, Duy; Tang, Yu; Tao, Franklin (Feng); Rahman, Talat, “High Catalytic Activity of Pd1/ZnO(10-10) toward Methanol Partial Oxidation: A DFT+KMC study”, ACS Catalysis 8, 5553 (2018).

J. Pal, t. Rawal, m. Smerieri, s. Hong, m. Alatalo, l. Savio, l. Vattuone, t. S. Rahman, and m. Rocca, “adatom extraction from pristine metal terraces by dissociative oxygen adsorption: combined stm and density functional theory investigation of o/ag(110)”, phys. Rev. Lett. 118, 226101 (2017).

Takat b. Rawal, s. Hong, a. Pulkkinen, m. Alatalo, and t. S. Rahman, “adsorption, diffusion, and vibration of oxygen on Ag(110)”, phys. Rev. B 92, 035444 (2015).

S. Hong and t. S. Rahman, “geometric and electronic structure and magnetic properties of Fe–Au nanoalloys: insights from ab initio calculations”, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 17, 28177 (2015).

F. Behafarid, J. Matos, S. Hong, L. Zhang, t. s. rahman, and b. r. cuenya, “structural and electronic properties of micellar au nanoparticles: size and ligand effects”, acs nano, article asap (2014).

s. i. shah, s. hong, and t. s. rahman,” combined density functional theory and kinetic monte carlo study of selective oxidation of nh3 on rutile ruo2(110) at ambient pressures”, j. phys. chem. c 118, 5226 (2014).

s. hong, and t. s. rahman, “rationale for the higher reactivity of interfacial sites in methanol decomposition on au13/tio2(110)”, j. am. chem. soc. 135, 7629 (2013).
s. hong, d. le, t. rahman, “deactivation of cu2o(100) by co poisoning”, topics in catalysis 56, 1082 (2013).

f. behafarid, l. k. ono , s. mostafa, j. r. croy, g. shafai , s. hong, t. s. rahman , s. r. bare and b. roldan cuenya, “electronic properties and charge transfer phenomena in Pt nanoparticles on γ-Al2O3: size, shape, support, and adsorbate effects”, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 14, 11766 (2012).

S. Hong, T. S. Rahman, E.Z. Ciftlikli, and B.J. Hinch, “Stress balance in nanopatterned N/Cu(001) surfaces”, Phys. Rev. B 84, 165413 (2011).

S. Hong, G. Shafai, M. Bertino, and T. S. Rahman, “Toward an Understanding of Ligand Selectivity in Nanocluster Synthesis”, J. Phys. Chem. C 115, 14478 (2011).

S. Hong, A. Karim, T. S. Rahman, K. Jacobi, G. Ertl, “Selective oxidation of ammonia on RuO2(110): A combined DFT and KMC study”, J. Catal. 276, 371 (2010).

E. Z. Ciftlikli, I. G. Shuttleworth, L. V. Goncharova, B. J. Hinch, M. A. Ortigoza, S. Hong, and T.S. Rahman, “The Dynamics of a c(2×2) Phase Induced by Nitrogen Adsorption on Cu(001)”, Phys. Rev. B 81, 115465 (2010).

K-Y, Kwon, G. Pawin, K. L. Wong, E. Peters, D. Kim, S. Hong, T. S. Rahman, M. Marsella, L. Bartels, “H-atom Position as Pattern-Determining Factor in Arenethiol Films”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 131, 5540 (2009).

G. Shafai, S. Hong, M. Bertino, T. S. Rahman, “Effect of PH3 ligands on the geometric and electronic structure of Au13 clusters”, J. Phys. Chem. C 113, 12072 (2009).

G. Pawin, K. L. Wong, D. Kim, D. Sun, L. Bartels, S. Hong, T. S. Rahman, R. Carp, M. Marsella, “A Surface Coordination Network Based on Substrate-Derived Metal Adatoms with Local Charge Excess”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 47, 8442 (2008).

S. Hong, T. S. Rahman, “Adsorbate induced changes in surface stress and phonon dispersion curves of chemisorbed systems”, J. Phys. Condens. Matter 20, 224005 (2008).

S. Hong, T. S. Rahman, K. Jacobi, and G. Ertl, “Interaction of NO with RuO2(110) surface: a first principles study”, J. Phys. Chem. C 111, 12361 (2007).

S. Hong, T. S. Rahman, “Adsorption and diffusion of hydrogen on Pd(211): First-principles calculations”, Phys. Rev. B 75, 155405 (2007).

S. Hong, T. S. Rahman, R. Heid, and K. P. Bohnen, “First-principles calculations of the dispersion of surface phonons of the unreconstructed and reconstructed Pt(110)”, Phys. Rev. B 72, 205424 (2005).

S. Hong, T. S. Rahman, R. Heid, and K. P. Bohnen, “First principles calculation of the phonon dispersion curves of H on Pt(111)”, Phys. Rev. B 71, 245409 (2005).

S. Hong, T. S. Rahman, R. Heid, and K. P. Bohnen, “Insights from calculated phonon dispersion curves for an overlayer of H on Pt(111)”, Surf. Sci. 587, 41 (2005).

S. Stolbov, S. Hong, A. Kara, and T. S. Rahman, “On the origin of the C induced p4g reconstruction of Ni(001)”, Phys. Rev. B 72, 155423 (2005).

S. Hong, A. Kara, T. S. Rahman, R. Heid, and K. P. Bohnen, “Ab initio calculations of adsorbate-induced stress on Ni(100)”, Phys. Rev. B 69, 195403 (2004).


The purpose of the nursing program is to prepare graduates who have the knowledge and skills to provide patient-centered holistic care that is safe, compassionate, honoring to Christ, and that meets the healthcare needs of diverse populations.

Mission Statement

In concert with Brewton-Parker College’s mission, the School of Nursing is committed to provide nursing education through the application of biblical truth to promote the formation of graduates who engage in evidence-based practice, lifelong learning, and servant leadership through the development of clinical reasoning, professional nursing skills, and Christian values.

Joanna Phillips-Mock

Student Enrichment Director

Joanna Phillips-Mock is a proud third generation Baron, both as a student and a staff member.

Beginning her teaching career in Middle Georgia in 1995, Mrs. Mock worked with a state funded program that served some of the most disadvantaged special needs students within the local school districts. She ultimately moved into leadership positions within the organization, serving and training others in multiple initiatives. She enjoys working with students of all ages to recognize and to achieve their greatest potential.

Mrs. Mock holds a Bachelor’s degree from Brewton-Parker College, a Master's degree in Education with a concentration in Behavior Disorders, and an Education Specialist degree in Educational Administration from Georgia College and State University. She resides in Ailey, Georgia, with her husband Don, their son Tye Lewis, her mother Carol Joyce, and multiple fur babies. She enjoys traveling, gardening, camping, and attending concerts.

Candace Lilford

Profeessional Tutor

Candace Lilford graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Theatre Generalism in 2021 from Anderson University and with her master’s degree in English Literature in 2023 from the University of Alabama. She presently serves as Professional Tutor for the Student Enrichment Center while also teaching sections of ENG 101 and 102. 

As part of her two-year master's program, Ms. Lilford taught sections of ENG 101 and 102, while also serving as teaching assistant for British Literature Survey courses and volunteering in the university’s Writing Center. Ms Lilford has also presented papers at the Hudson Strode Conference and the South Eastern Christian and Literature Conference as well as working on various theatrical productions.

Born in North Carolina of South African descent, Ms. Lilford has lived in Uganda, Botswana, South Africa, and Trinidad before settling in Mount Vernon with her family in 2016, where she attended Brewton-Parker College as a dual enrollment student. She presently resides in Mount Vernon with her family and spends her free time watching old TV shows.

Linda Armstrong

Academic Advising and Career Specialist

Linda Armstrong earned an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice Technology from Southeastern Technical College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Walden University. Throughout her career, Linda has worked with diverse populations, including at-risk youth and families and youth in crisis because of mental health and other issues. Her empathetic nature has made her an effective advocate for those in need. In addition to her professional work, Linda is also is committed to volunteerism. She has dedicated countless hours as a youth mentor, and to teaching about her faith at various Christian organizations. She believes in the power of positivity and its ability to transform not only her life but also the lives of others.

"If you must look back, do so forgivingly. If you will look forward, do so prayerfully. But the wisest course would be to be present in the present gratefully." ~ Maya Angelou

Willie Ford

Academic Advising and Career Specialist

Greetings, Baron Nation!

It's truly a joy to be back in a place that has shaped me so profoundly. I'm Willie Ford, a proud 2022 graduate of historic Brewton-Parker College, holding a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a Minor in Education. Following my graduation, I embarked on a journey in education, teaching Special Education within the Vidalia City School District. In addition to my role as an educator, I had the privilege of serving as the Unit Director at the J.D. Rabun Boys and Girls Club. All the while, I was honored to pastor at the esteemed New Hope Baptist Church of Rhine, Georgia. With God's grace, I managed these responsibilities, and now, I'm thrilled and ready to contribute to the welfare of our students, aiming to inspire through service.

Dusty Arnold

Mental Health Counselor

Dusty Arnold  is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst as well as a BPC alumnus. He has years of experience working with a variety of mental health issues including anxiety, grief, and challenges related to Autism. He specializes in behavior-related interventions that can help college students build on their strengths to set achievable goals while also learning how to deal with the thoughts and feelings that sometimes get in the way. He incorporates Biblical values and evidence-based treatments to meet students wherever they happen to be on their journey to spiritual and psychological health. 

Carl Anthony "Tony" Wardlaw

Assistant Student Enrichment Director & Student Success Coach

Carl Anthony “Tony” Wardlaw – For over 25 years, Dr. Wardlaw has worked in leadership, counseling, and pastoring. Beginning with working in middle management for a manufacturing company in Douglas, GA, Dr. Wardlaw has also worked in the academic, nonprofit, public, and private sectors. Additionally, he served over 7 years in the United States Military as a Military Intelligence Officer before resigning his commission as a Captain in the Army.

Currently serving as the Assistant Director of the Student Enrichment Center, Student Success Coach, and Adjunct Faculty at Brewton-Parker College in Mount Vernon, GA, he also serves as the Pastor of The Green Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Dublin, GA.

As a member of the renowned International Gospel Singing Group, The Wardlaw Brothers, Dr. Wardlaw has traveled all over the nation and abroad ministering and singing the Gospel of Christ Jesus. Dr. Wardlaw has served as a consultant for various agencies and has worked as a Fatherhood Coordinator and G.E.D. instructor within the Technical College System of Georgia and participates in local and national civic and philanthropic work.

Dr. Wardlaw holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in International Business from the University of Georgia, two master's degrees from Troy University (Master of Science in Clinical Counseling and Psychology and Master of Education in Counseling), and a Doctorate in Education from Argosy University in Organizational Leadership. Dr. Wardlaw is a Lifetime Silver Member of The NAACP and a member of The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. He is happily married to the former Mrs. Stephanie Scott. They have 3 Children; Chambria, Marc, and Carleigh.

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