Financial Aid Workshop Offered in Kimball

Chattanooga, TN — Chattanooga State Community College will present a Financial Aid Workshop on Wednesday, February 11 from 3:00-6:00 p.m. (CST) at the Chattanooga State Kimball Site located at 2100 Main Street in Kimball. This workshop is scheduled to not only answer questions, but to aid students in filing their 2015-2016 FAFSA forms. Tennessee Promise students are required to complete FAFSA before February 15.

Students and parents are both encouraged to attend the workshop. In preparation for the workshop, students and parents must bring 2014 tax returns and W-2’s. However, if 2014 taxes have not yet been filed, bring copies of 2013 tax returns and W-2’s.

For those students who already have filed FAFSA, representatives will be on hand to address questions or problems with a filed FAFSA.

For more information about the event, please call the Chattanooga State Kimball Site at 423.837.1327.

ChattState Baseball Announces Annual Pancake Breakfast

Chattanooga, TN — Everyone love pancakes! Come and get yours from 8:00-10:00 a.m. during the Annual Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, January 31, at Applebee’s Restaurant located at 5606 Brainerd Road. Cost is $5 per person.

This annual fundraiser for the Chattanooga State Tiger Baseball Team goes directly toward equipment, travel and scholarships for the program. Building on the success of previous breakfasts, the squad also will be selling extra hats, hoodies, t-shirts and other gear to help support the team. The 2015 season opens on February 3.

Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance by calling Greg Dennis at 423.697.2418. For more information about Chattanooga State Baseball see

Emily Masters: A Degree of Faith


Emily Masters, Grundy County High School Senior &
ChattState Early College student

Chattanooga, TN — When interest surveys paralleled personal enjoyment, Emily Masters knew that her career goal would include helping others. Now, she will be graduating not only from Grundy County High School but also from Chattanooga State with 64 college credits under her belt and a 4.0 GPA. Come May 2015, Emily will receive her Associate of Science degree as a general transfer student before she receives her high school diploma. This gives Emily a distinct advantage and advanced standing placement as a college sophomore or junior at one of the five colleges where she already has been accepted.

Chattanooga State’s Early College program has grown in popularity and is offered throughout high schools in its service area. The program is known for its quality and the ability to save thousands of dollars in tuition and expenses while accelerating students toward degree completion. “Early College is a great bargain,” shares Emily. “It allowed me to take classes at a significantly lower cost than at a four-year college or university,” she adds.

“My parents pushed me to take these classes, but I’m glad they did,” says Emily. “It has challenged me and I would encourage everyone to take these classes because it really will prepare them for life after high school,” she comments. Emily also received assistance from Chattanooga State’s high school program coordinator Juliette Biondi. “Juliette was especially helpful to me in answering all of my questions and making sure I was taking the right classes to get my degree,” states Emily.

Emily’s goal is to start a company that designs curriculum to run workshops across the country to promote self-respect and a better body image in teenage girls. Her employment and volunteer choices reflect this long-term goal. Emily works the front desk and kids’ zone at Tenacity Adventure Fitness in Tracy City. She is an active volunteer with a local youth group in the Sewanee area focused on faith, called Fire on the Mountain. Activities include delivering cookies to shut-ins and hosting Halloween parties at Blue Monarch long-term residential program for women and their children recovering from abusive situations. She volunteers on the Community Action Committee to help raise funds for the March of Dimes through her high school Business Leaders of America Club.

While her current hands-on employment and volunteer experience have helped prepare her for the career goal she set, her educational plan to major in English will ensure mastery of communication and critical thinking skills.

For more information about the Early College program and its benefits, see or call 423-697-3349.

ChattState Baseball Teams Boasts 3.11 Team GPA


2014-2015 ChattState Tiger Baseball Team

Chattanooga, TN — According to baseball head coach Greg Dennis, the squad finished up the Fall 2014 academic term with a team GPA of 3.11. Brennan Swindoll and Sean Williams finished with perfect 4.0’s while 17 additional team members made a 3.0 or better out of a total of 25 players on the team. This represents 68 percent of the squad. “This is another example of the fine quality of young men we try and recruit in here to Chattanooga State and the wonderful job this campus does from an educational standpoint of teaching these young men and guiding them down their educational pathways,” states Dennis.

Coach Dennis is quick to heap praise on faculty and staff for the remarkable job of teaching, mentoring, motivating and challenging students. He gives special thanks to employees from Library Services, Math Lab, Reading & Writing Center, Multicultural Services, Student Services, Financial Aid and Academic Support Services.

Additional thanks went to Anne Carroll, associate professor, social and behavioral sciences division, and assistant coaches Joe Wingate and Coty Green for guiding students toward classes and careers as well as keeping them on track both on and off the field.

For more information about Chattanooga State’s baseball program call Greg Dennis at 423.697.2418 or visit

ChattState Sponsors CPR in the Schools

Chattanooga, TN — Cardiac arrest can happen to anyone, anytime, without warning, and 92 percent of victims die before reaching a hospital. As the leading cause of death in the U.S., knowing CPR can triple the victim’s chance of survival. To prepare thousands of lifesavers, schools are training their students, faculty and staff in CPR. Chattanooga State Community College cares about the community and eagerly chose to help sponsor the CPR in the Schools program through the American Heart Association.

Patty Brown, director of marketing and communications at Chattanooga State, will present a CPR in the Schools Training Kit to Hixson Middle School on January 22 and one to East Hamilton High School on February 4.

The kit contains everything needed to conduct a class including 10 inflatable CPR manikins, kneepads, an air pump, and a facilitator’s guide. The bilingual Spanish and English DVDs demonstrate core skills of CPR so students may practice while watching. This format allows teachers to focus on facilitating the training class. The training kit is designed to be kept in a classroom or be transported between classes.

Developed by the American Heart Association using the latest science, the kit allows teachers and school nurses to train 10 students at a time. Students learn CPR in under 30 minutes and one kit can train thousands of students for years to come.

For more information about the CPR in the Schools program, contact Kim Enoch, American Heart Association at 423.763.4408 or email

Faculty Fellows Program Ensures Continuation of Excellence


Left to Right: Beth Ruta, David Wollert, Sherri Barnes, Bill Shifflett, Jody Hancock, Andrew Maginniss, Shawn Brabham.

Chattanooga, TN — Chattanooga State Community College employs some of the most qualified and dedicated faculty in the nation. To recognize past and current faculty for excellence in teaching, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Kimberly McCormick, created the Faculty Fellows program. The Faculty Fellows program highlights excellence from of the six academic divisions and honors former faculty who demonstrated scholarship and dedication to teaching and student learning. The following inaugural fellows were honored as namesakes for each division:

  • Engineering Technology: The Richard K. Lamerand Fellow
  • Social & Behavioral Sciences: The Bea Lyons Fellow
  • Mathematics and Sciences: The Dr. Gladys Crates Fellow
  • Humanities and Fine Arts: The Amanda Wynn Fellow
  • Business and Information Technologies: The Floyd Eaves Fellow
  • Nursing and Allied Health: The Dr. Howard Yarbrough Fellow
  • Adjunct Faculty: The Dr. Herbert Hooper Fellow

The purpose of the Faculty Fellows Program is to promote innovative curricular and co-curricular change, provide infrastructure for faculty to share pedagogical strategies and practices, support exploration of formative and summative assessments that can be applied in the classroom, build a campus learning community of scholarship and leadership, and provide an incentive and reward system that communicates the value and importance of quality curriculum development and instruction.

The goal of the Faculty Fellows Program is to engage faculty in a learning community that supports teaching and learning scholarship to promote student mastery and engagement. Indiana University Professor Emeritus George Kuh says, “High impact scholarship requires an educationally purposeful investment of time and energy that results in positive effects on student engagement and learning.”

Faculty Fellows applications for the 2014-15 academic year were recently reviewed by the Faculty Senate Fellows Selection Committee. Recipients will receive a $2,500 scholarship, an expense-paid trip to the annual League of Innovation Conference in Boston, Mass., and be presented with the John and Susanne Roueche Excellence Award upon completion of the Fellowship during the League Conference. Six tenured faculty members and one adjunct faculty member will be selected each year.

Beth Ruta, Department Head & Professor, Engineering Technology, the Richard K. Lamerand Fellow, will enrich and maintain high quality in the Associate of Applied Science General Engineering degree program using three specific strategies: team teach Introduction to Engineering Computation with Mathematics and Sciences Fellow Sherri Barnes, restructure the Introduction to Engineering Design course and collaborate with an adjunct instructor and high school career and technology teacher on this same course.

David, Wollert, Associate Professor of Biology, a Dr. Gladys Crates Fellow, has written a documentary that takes a very broad view of religion, focusing on common themes within eastern and western faith tradition while also examining science, and knowledge in general, from a unique philosophical framework.

Sherri Barnes, Associate Professor of Math, a Dr. Gladys Crates Fellow, is co-author and team-teaching Engineering Computations with Engineering Fellow Beth Ruta to develop the numerical methods portions of the course.

Shawn Brabham, Associate Professor of English, the Amanda Wynn Fellow, will design a capstone and service-learning honors course as part of the interdisciplinary Global Scholars series. As the epilogue to the Global Scholar’s journey, this seminar provides a safe environment for students to explore their own roles in society, and their responsibility to the world. The course combines and integrates the student’s academic achievements by culminating in a service-learning project that is documented through the use of ePortfolio.

William (Bill) Shifflett, Associate Professor of Accounting & Business, the Floyd Eaves Fellow, plans to develop a process to recruit minority students into majoring in accounting and enhance their success rate in completing a degree in accounting and obtaining employment in the field.

Jody Hancock, Program Director and Associate Professor, the Dr. Howard Yarbrough Fellow, plans her research project that is based on the 90 percent musculoskeletal injury rate within the sonography profession and the fact that no instructional recommendations have been made to address this issue, beyond awareness that the problem exists.

Andrew Maginniss, Adjunct Faculty, Physics Laboratory Technician, the Dr. Herbert Hooper Fellow, will focus on “redeveloping the Physics 2010 curriculum to be based off of an “active learning environment” where students will be guided as groups to discover the principles of physics through hands-on activities.

The Bea Lyons Social and Behavioral Sciences Fellow also was established, but not awarded this year.

For more information about the Faculty Fellows program, contact Dr. Kimberly McCormick, or call 423.697.2402.

Johnson Named Director of Hennen Culinary Center


Chef Shannon Johnson

Chattanooga, TN — Known by his friends and family as an aficionado of all things culinary, Chef Shannon Johnson brings more than 25 years experience in the field including beginning as a working chef to most recently leading menu innovation at the world’s most popular chicken restaurant chain. At Chattanooga State he will oversee the Culinary Arts portion of the Hospitality Management Program and direct the Michael P. Hennen Hospitality and Culinary Center. According to Johnson, his vision is to “map a path in hospitality with a focus on customizing the experience.”

Coming home to Chattanooga was bittersweet for him. He knew the late Michael Hennen personally and watched him grow up. “I want to give back to the community and evoke the same type of spirit that Michael had for hospitality and food,” says Johnson.

Chef Johnson is a graduate of Central High School in Chattanooga. His interest in culinary arts steered him to the globally recognized College of Culinary Arts at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI where he earned his associate degree in Culinary Arts. Continuing his education and gaining experience, he has studied at the Culinary Institute of America, Beringer Vineyards School for American Chefs, and the International School of Confectionary Arts.

His skills have been honed through a number of work experiences including Executive Chef for Walt Disney Company; Vice President of the Culinary and Menu Strategy teams at Applebee’s; Executive Chef, Director of Menu Innovation for McDonald’s Corporation; and most recently, leading Research and Development, QA and Sensory as Chief Food Innovation Officer for Kentucky Fried Chicken, US.

Throughout his career, Chef Johnson has been responsible for directing food development, ingredient and product improvement, and new product innovation and campaign menu testing to help drive measurable quality and convenience for restaurant guests.

If Chef Johnson’s first love is food, wine is a close second as proven by the Sommelier Certification he received from the Court of Master Sommeliers.

Johnson, a resident of Lookout Mountain, is exited about his new role and looks forward to the promising future of the program. For more information about the Hospitality Management Program visit or call 423-697-4462.

ChattState Hosts Heart Smart Saturday

Chattanooga, TN — Erlanger Health Systems and the UT College of Medicine Chattanooga, in partnership with Chattanooga State Community Health Institute, will present Heart Smart Saturday on January 31, 2015. Free and open to the public, the event will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Health Science Center on the main campus of Chattanooga State Community College located at 4501 Amnicola Highway.

A light healthy lunch will be served and free EKG screenings offered. Interested parties must call 423.778.LINK (5465) to make a FREE reservation for the event.

Charles L. Campbell, Chief, UT Erlanger Cardiology will facilitate the day’s presentations that address four topics of interest: Peripheral Vascular Disease by Dr. Walter L. Few; Sudden Cardiac Death by Dr. Brain Cooper; Heart Failure by Dr. Dharm Patel; and Women and Heart Disease by Dr. Carol Gruver.

For more information or to reserve a spot for the event, call 423.778.5465.

Twelve Sign with ChattState Tiger Softball


Softball Head Coach
Blythe Golden

Chattanooga, TN — Chattanooga State softball head coach Blythe Golden is proud to announce the signing of 12 athletes for the 2015-2016 season. The Chattanooga State Tigers are coming off of a strong 2014 campaign having won the Region 7 Championship, finishing third at the National Tournament, and compiling an overall record of 55-8. The Tigers are looking to have another strong season in 2015.

The Tigers have signed three pitchers for the 2015-2016 class. Emily Smith, Knoxville, TN); Alexis Bonano, Lakeland, TN; and Caroline Faulkner, Murfreesboro, TN, will all play key rolls in the circle for the Tigers. Behind the plate, the Tigers have added catcher Liv Chandlar, Tampa, FL, who will help anchor the battery for the signing class.

Utility player, Lillie McCrary, Pisgah, AL, will add power and depth for the Tigers with her strong bat and ability to play numerous positions.

The Tigers have added four infielders that will come in and make an immediate impact. Madison Kurtz, Clarksville, TN; Kayla Logoleo, Nashville, TN; Maddie Woodruff, Murfreesboro, TN; and Jennah McElheney, Winterville, GA; are expected to step in to replace graduating sophomores, Dana Horgan and Katy Richardson, while also adding depth to the Tigers infield.

The Tigers have added three outfielders for the 2015-2016 class. Harley Hennen, Heiskell, TN; Brooklyn Pendergrast, Murfreesboro, TN; and Andi Smith, Maynardville, TN; will all look to make a strong impact for the tigers, adding speed and depth in the outfield.

The final addition to the Tigers for the 2015-2016 year will be manager Megan McCroy, Ringgold, GA. Megan will take on a managerial role for the Tigers, assisting in all aspects of the Tiger softball program while gaining experience for future career plans.

For more information about Chattanooga State softball, see


ChattState Announces Young Writers Conference Winners

Sarah Page, Chattanooga State English instructor; Emily Rogers, Lookout Valley High School; Sarah Emrey, (meme winner), Boyd Buchanan; John Beasley, Boyd Buchanan; Daniel Ortega, Boyd Buchanan ; Jada S. Jones, Lookout Valley High School; Reagan McBryar, Boyd Buchanan and Stanley (Buck) Weiss, Chattanooga State English instructor.

Chattanooga, TN — Chattanooga State’s Humanities and Fine Arts Division (HFA) welcomed approximately 125 local high school junior and senior students to the main campus on January 15 for the 4th Annual Young Writers Conference. Students enjoyed the opportunity to attend a day of creative writing workshops taught by HFA instructors in a variety of writing genres. Sessions included writing workshops on fantasy, modernizing fairy tales, transformation, blues music, slam poetry, dystopian fiction, rap, meme, and found poetry.

The conference also produced a journal of the high school students’ poetry and short stories. Awards for excellence were presented to outstanding student writers for the top three short stories and poems during the event. In the short story category, Daniel Ortega, Boyd Buchanan, took first place for “The Fisher’s Son.” In second place was Jada S. Jones, Lookout Valley High School, “The Beginning,” and in third place, Reagan McBryar, Boyd Buchanan, “The Birchwood Haunting.”

In the poetry category, first place went to Emily Rogers, Lookout Valley High School for “Where I’m From.” In second place, John Beasley, Boyd Buchanan, “The Running River,” while third place went to Morgan Holman, North Sand Mountain School, for “I Am.”

Dr. Buck Weiss, Sarah Page, and Shawn Brabham coordinate the Young Writers Conference. Sessions this year featured the faculty talent of Bill Stifler, Josh Tucker, Evans Jarnfeldt, Dr. Jennifer Arbogast, Dr. Keri Lamb, Mollee Shannon, Lori Barton, Kristin Hutton, Julie Barcroft and Monica Brown.

For more information about the Young Writers Conference contact Dr. Buck Weiss at 423.697.5508 or email