Chattanooga, TN — When Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Kimberly McCormick, established the Faculty Fellows Program during 2014, several well-known and respected educators were named as inaugural fellows. The Social and Behavioral Science Division honored Bea Lyons as its fellow. A special “Tea for Bea” was recently held to serve as a springboard for the first endowed fellowship in celebration of the Social and Behavioral Science faculty who will receive funding to improve instruction for their students.
“Bea remains a universally respected member of our division, the college and the community. Her devotion to scholarship, student and faculty rights, access to academic support for all, and service to the community are widely admired,” says Interim Social and Behavioral Science Dean John Haworth.
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.
Surrounded by family, colleagues, former students and friends, Mrs. Lyons said, “it is such a lovely honor and truly humbling to be recognized in retirement. This event was a time for sharing memories and stories for over 30-plus years of teaching with these wonderful colleagues and it served as an opportunity for me to give back to Chattanooga State in support of faculty with the Faculty Fellows program.”
For more information about Faculty Fellows Endowments contact the Chattanooga State Foundation at www.chattanoogastate.edu/alumni-donors/foundation or call 423.697.2630.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 21, 2015) — The Tennessee Board of Regents will convene a special called meeting at 9:30 a.m. CDT May 27 to receive recommendations for presidential vacancies at community colleges and the director position at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Covington/Ripley.
The Board is anticipated to vote on new presidents at Chattanooga State Community College, Motlow State Community College and Southwest Tennessee Community College as recommended by TBR Chancellor John Morgan. The names of those being recommended will be released before the Board meets.
Scheduled to meet the same day will be the Audit Committee, Finance and Business Operations Committee, and Committee Chairs. All of the meetings are scheduled at the TBR System Office in Nashville.
The Audit Committee will meet at 10:30 a.m. CDT. The agenda includes
I. Review of Comptroller’s Office audit reports, corrective actions on performance audit findings, internal audit reports, and audits of Complete College Tennessee Act efficiency and other outcomes;
II. Legislation regarding notification of security issues;
III. Review of revisions to fiscal year 2015 internal audit plans;
IV. Review of proposed budget for system-wide internal audit;
V. Overview of risk assessment process; and
VI. Non-public executive session.
The Finance and Business Operations Committee will convene at noon with a working lunch to review proposed student revenue increase levels, recommended changes in maintenance fees and tuition, and incidental fee requests.
The Committee Chairs meeting is expected to begin at 1:30 p.m. Items for discussion on the agenda are
I. Finance and business,
II. Academic affairs,
III. Legislative review,
IV. Personnel and compensation, and
V. Draft June Board meeting agenda.
All meetings are open to the public and the press. Dial-in access will be available for the Board meeting and Finance and Business Operations Committee meeting. Those wishing to attend or participate should contact Sonja Mason at email@example.com or 615-366-3927 before 4:30 p.m. CDT May 25 so building security clearance or phone access can be arranged. Anyone with a disability who wishes to participate should use the same contact to request services needed to facilitate attendance. Contact may be made in person, by writing, by e-mail, by telephone or otherwise.
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Chattanooga, TN — The Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni Association (CPAAA) recently honored Chattanooga State employee, David McGlumphy, a radio announcer for the WAWL radio station, as Alumni Member of the Year during the Chattanooga Police Awards ceremony on May 12.
Humbled by the award, McGlumphy said, “I just show up and do things. I felt like a guppy in Chattanooga’s fresh water aquarium because I was surrounded by true heroes, people who save lives, were patrol officer of the year and so on.”
However, CPAAA volunteer coordinator Melinda Hickey paints a different picture of David who has served the organization since 2008. “David’s title is Sergeant at Arms. He attends every meeting and is always willing to participate in all volunteer activities. He quietly performs his job on the Board and is respected by the members of the CPAAA and the rank and file of the Chattanooga Police Department,” shares Hickey.
Mr. McGlumphy is a 1976 Chattanooga State alumnus and has worked for the WAWL since 2000.
The inaugural class of nuclear professionals from the Tennessee Valley Authority began training Monday in a new workforce development program offered by Chattanooga State Community College.
The students will complete a rigorous 20-week program to achieve a Senior Reactor Operator (SRO) Management Certification. The new certificate program builds on Chattanooga State’s existing relationship with TVA, which has hired a number of students who have completed one of the related engineering technology programs in Nuclear Power or Radiation Protection.
“The new SRO Certification program gives Chattanooga State a superb opportunity to showcase what we can do to build the skills and knowledge that nuclear power employees need to prepare for the industry’s future,” said Engineering Technology Dean Tim McGhee. “It is also the first opportunity for us to use the new nuclear reactor control room simulators we installed this spring, which were made possible by a grant provided by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam,” he adds.
The grant award of $960,550, part of a total of $1,290,786 in workforce development grants provided by Governor Haslam in 2013, funded equipment for the college’s new nuclear plant stimulation lab and an expansion of its advanced mechatronics program. The grant is part of Haslam’s “Drive to 55” effort to increase the number of Tennesseans with postsecondary credentials.
To supplement its new simulator, Chattanooga State has brought in new full-time and adjunct faculty drawn directly from the nuclear power industry to ensure the SRO Certification program focuses on real-world applications that can enhance the safety and reliability of nuclear power.
“SRO Management Certification is a nuclear industry program designed to give qualified, experienced nuclear employees similar knowledge and skills as the individuals who are responsible for controlling and operating nuclear power plants,” said Brian Finn, TVA Nuclear general manager of training. “While individuals who hold SRO Management Certification are not licensed to operate a plant, the program provides an in-depth understanding of the technical requirements needed for safe reliable operation.” According to Dean McGhee, “our relationship with TVA dates back to the origins of Chattanooga State many years ago. It is only fitting that we enter this new phase of our longstanding partnership as the College prepares to celebrate its 50-year anniversary.”
For more information about Chattanooga State’s nuclear training programs, visit https://www.chattanoogastate.edu/engineering-technology or call 423-697-4434.
Chattanooga, TN — Chattanooga State Community College Interim President, Dr. Fannie Hewlett, opened the 2015 Hats Off to Excellence Awards with a warm welcome followed by a presentation of the President’s Award, the most prestigious award on campus. Nominees are personally reviewed and selected by the president of Chattanooga State. This year’s recipients were Devon Langley, Evensville and Raven Sutton, Chattanooga.
Dr. Kimberly McCormick, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs recognized the following Summa Cum Laude students who have completed at least 40 hours of coursework, maintained a Summa Cum Laude Grade Point Average and will graduate on May 9, 2015.
Residing in the greater Chattanooga/Hamilton County area: Aaron Benjamin Arnold, Jeffrey Baker, Jennifer Christine Bergeron, Alan Christopher Bingham, Manuela Bresee, Kennedy Lane Bullock, Halle Louise Camilleri, Rachel Michelle Clark, Katharine Lindsay Cooper, Abigail Marie Cox, Martin Eugene Crittendon, Shaunna Petree Davidson, Justin Anthony Dempsey, Matthew Alan Dillard, Michael Rene Drachenberg, Lisa Lynn Ervin, Celeste Lorena Greene, Dillon H. Hall, Chava Shira Hoffman, Matthew Daniel Keeton, Joan Kilpatrick Kirby, Daniel Krieger, Hannah Faith Ledford, Joel Eugene Leigh, Joey Denise Desiree Lemons, John A. Madakacherry, Dillon Tucker Martin, Emily Marie McElroy, Daniel Thomas Meeks, Michelle M. Miller, Brittany Marie Moore, Ashley Faith Olsen, Megan Bukay Robbins, Stephen Taylor Rodemann, Geraldine C. Tokay, Collin Maurice Vandewalle, Valerie Anne Wallace, Dajourne Antelese Waller, Michael S. Wheatley, Joshua Heath White, Jarett James Worley.
Bradley County: Shawn Michael Joseph Carlton, John Arlin Goins, Joseph A. Young.
Grundy County: Ivy Sabrina Campbell, Emily Perfect Masters.
Knox County: Genevieve Ailie Ojala.
Marion County: Sheila S. Gholston, Megan Ashley Smith, Brianna Elaine Smith.
McMinn County: Andrew K Gott.
Monroe County: Samuel G. Morrow.
Rhea County: Meagan Shea Swatzell.
Roane County: Lindsey Grace Stickrod.
Sullivan County: Danna Michele Hubbard.
Wilson County: Brennan David Swindoll.
Catoosa County, GA: Jan Ball, Warren Bradley Chesnut, Corey Richard Crawford, Kaitlynn J. Gorby, Laura Kay Johnston, Kelsey Kile, Gregory Scot Rambin.
Dade County, GA: Kyle Scott Anderson, Lauren Christine Lefever, Ashlee Brooke Townsell.
Walker County, GA: Ariel Candace Cowan, Stephanie Brooke Holderfield, Lori A. McNabb.
Whitfield County, GA: Lindsay Heather Thomas Childers.
Jackson, County, AL: Macey Garrett Haggard, Brittany Leigh Ann Nelson, Jared Torbett.
Hamilton County Collegiate High School at Chattanooga State named Hannah Faith Ledford and Collin Maurice Vandewalle as its Class of 2015 Co-Valedictorians. Hannah plans to attend Bryan College and is the recipient of the Bryan College Presidential Scholarship. Salutatorian is Halle Louise Camilleri. All three students hail from the greater Chattanooga area.
Brianna Fears, one of the winners at the 2015 Chattanooga State Talent Show, performed two musical presentations.
Each academic division of the college named one student of excellence who stood out among the rest. Business & Information Technologies: Courtney Brooke Cantrell, Hixson; Engineering Technology: Jeff Blackwell, Hixson; Humanities & Fine Arts: Lindsey Grace Stickrod, Kingston; Mathematics & Sciences: Emily Marie McElroy, Chattanooga; Nursing & Allied Health, Radiologic Technology: Katelyn Kibble, Ooltewah; and Social & Behavioral Sciences: Brittany M. Moore, Chattanooga.
The Associated General Contractor Student Chapter Club (AGC) and their advisor, Assistant Professor of Civil and Construction Engineering Technology, Caitlin Moffitt, won Club of the Year and Club Advisor of the Year. This is the third year in a row that AGC has won this award. AGC supports the mission to “lead and improve the professional construction industry with Skill, Integrity, and Responsibility” through promoting these values in coursework, club activities, the work done at Chattanooga State and in the surrounding community.
Debbie Waggoner, a former counselor who passed away in 1995 from cancer at age 43, left an indelible impression upon the campus because of her commitment to students. So much so that an award, the “Debbie Waggoner Above and Beyond Award,” was named after her. Pam Lee, unit secretary in the Center for Academic Success and a 25-plus year Chattanooga State employee won the award this year. “Pam is a hard worker with a positive attitude and strong work ethic. She is known for remaining calm under pressure, treating people with dignity and respect, and possesses a strong ability to empathize with our students who are dealing with many struggles in life,” states Marsha Goolseby-Barker, director of Educational Planning and Advising.
Eye of the Tiger Awards are presented to students for outstanding contributions to the student life of Chattanooga State and/or to the community, or to students who have achieved academic success against seemingly insurmountable odds. This year’s recipients included Sara Walker and Heidi Tinklenberg of Hixson with Brittany Potter and Kenzie Conley of Dayton.
Community Awards are given in special recognition to individuals or entities within the community that have performed a special service for Chattanooga State. 2015 awards were presented to Inpatient Housing at CADAS; Dr. Becky Howard, principal, and Gina Nowell, teacher, Battlefield Elementary School; Geoff Rhodes, principal, and Jon Atman, P.E. teacher, Battlefield Primary School; Dr. Mike Johnson, president Chattanooga Area Dental Society, and Tennessee American Water Company, sponsor of Elementary Science Olympiad.
To explore opportunities for students, or to enroll at Chattanooga State, call 423.697.4404, visit the main campus at 4501 Amnicola Highway or click on www.chattanoogastate.edu.
Many students fresh out of high school have no idea what they want to do and Samantha Durkan was one of them. As a 2009 Murray County High School grad, Samantha said she was “kinda lost on what my career path should be,” but she went ahead and entered college at Dalton State with a concentration in general studies to please her parents. Bored with her choice, Samantha began looking into ChattState majors and classes. She says,” it was like a light bulb went off … all my life I had been obsessed with movies and TV and it was then I realized I could turn that passion into a career path at ChattState with a Media Technologies degree.”
The next time you are watching a television show or feature movie, pay attention to the people walking around behind the actors in a scene. The idea is to make the scene look like it would in real life. There is a title for this kind of work and ChattState Media Technologies grad Samantha Durkan has one of them – Background PA.
If you are thinking that the job of a Background PA doesn’t sound that glamorous, perhaps working on the sets of “42,” “American Idol,” “Term Life,” “Walking Dead,” “Resurrection,” “Red Band Society,” “Fast and Furious 7,” “The Nice Guys,” “Insurgent,” “The Accountant,” or “Rings” might change your mind.
The light bulb moment that Samantha experienced is a common occurrence for students who discover their niche. She says that “Chattanooga State and all the AMAZING teachers gave me so many opportunities that I never thought I would get out of a community college. (Media Technologies faculty) Chris Willis and Angela McClister were a big part in helping me be what I am today.”
Samantha recalls being mentored by McClister who has an extensive background in broadcasting and was able to give her advice about the fast-paced nature of film/TV work. Then the biggest opportunity given to her by Willis, who kept pushing her to work outside the classroom to gain experience, came when she was offered an internship on the film “42.” That film, recounting how Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in major league baseball back in 1947, was partially shot on location in Chattanooga at Engel Stadium in 2012. “I worked hard and had long days, but I enjoyed every minute of it,” she says. Durkan did so well that she was offered a full-time job and travelled with the movie all summer. “I got my foot in the door and I’ve been working in the film industry ever since,” beams Samantha.
“My experience with the Media Technologies program was everything I wanted it to be and more, and it’s only getting bigger and better,” shares Samantha. “They are listening to what students want and building classes to better teach the new class of future employees and entrepreneurs. My personal favorite is that ChattState is building a bond with community leaders and business owners. Graduates are fully-equipped to get a job because they have been building skills and connections the whole time they have been working hard to get their degree,” she adds.
With an exciting job and continuous opportunities, Samantha is poised to meet her next goal: assistant director.
For more information about the Media Technology program and how you can get started in a new career, please call the Business & Information Technologies Division at 423.697.4441 or visit www.chattanoogastate.edu/business-information-technologies.
Chattanooga, TN — When Dakota Shook graduates from Rhea County High School this week, he will have finished SAILS math, College Algebra, and Business Calculus thanks to the head start he was offered through the SAILS and Early College ECHO program at Chattanooga State Community College.
The SAILS program (Seamless Alignment and Integrated Learning Support) challenges students to complete college developmental math curriculum while Chattanooga State’s mathematics department offers early college math courses to high schools through its Early College Hybrid Online (ECHO) program in a blended learning format. Both programs were developed to foster student success.
“Dakota completed the SAILS program at record pace. He would work on it in class, during lunch, and at home on most days. It became a game to see how fast he could really go,” shares Dylan Prince, RCHS math teacher. “He was able to begin College Algebra through the ECHO program and received credit for his first college course before Christmas; then Dakota had time to kill so we talked him into taking a second ECHO course, Business Calculus, and he never slowed down!” boasts Mr. Prince.
“The SAILS program is a great alternative to the regular classroom because you can work at your own pace. It (the program) will tell you right then if you get the wrong answer and it will show you how to do the problem,” says Dakota. “I took the ECHO classes because I knew I would need them and it would allow me to finish college earlier,” he adds.
In addition to his educational successes, Dakota works part-time at Bi-Lo and is involved with Ducks Unlimited and FFA clubs. He plans to attend Roane State Community College and transfer to Tennessee Technological University to earn his Bachelor’s degree in Fisheries Science with an eye on becoming a game warden, fish biologist, or police officer.
For more information on programs that are available to high school students, contact Juliette Biondi at 423.697.3349 or email Juliette.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chattanooga, TN — The sixth “CEO Speaker Series – The Talk of the Town” will be presented on Thursday, June 11, from 8:00-9:30 a.m. at The Chattanoogan, 1201 Broad Street. Hosted by the Tennessee Small Business Development Center and The Company Lab, the CEO Series keynote speaker will be Sheila C. Boyington, co-Founder and President of Thinking Media.
The CEO series is an opportunity for local business owners and others to hear from successful entrepreneurs who started small businesses and have grown their organizations into major corporations. The keynote speakers share their growth challenges and successes in order to help mentor other area business owners. Cohutta Banking Company, a Division of Synovus Bank sponsors this event.
Thinking Media is the creator of Learning Blade® that is designed to increase the pipeline of students interested in STEM careers starting at the middle school level. Sheila also serves as a National Senior Advisor to STEMconnector® and Million Women Mentors® where she serves as the Co-Chair of the National State Efforts with Lt. Gov. of Iowa Kim Reynolds.
As a successful entrepreneur she and her husband Dane founded KeyTrain® that was acquired by ACT (where she also served as Vice President until 2012) and is one of the most effective systems for improving basic skills that has been used by millions of students/clients in high schools, community colleges, one stops and major corporations throughout the United States and abroad. She also created PictureRx® and CharacterEd.Net®, other technology tools. Sheila is well known for her passion, strong management and leadership skills. Those skills were used to gain high adoption of the Thinking Media tools.
Sheila has won numerous awards for her Entrepreneurship and Leadership including the Athena, Navigator of Entrepreneurship, DAR Citizen Award, Supernova, and Chattanooga Engineer Entrepreneur of the Year. Sheila is a Professional Engineer, and holds a Masters Degree in Civil/Environmental Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Florida. Sheila worked for environmental firms such as Black and Veatch and Parsons Engineering prior to founding Thinking Media.
While working with and for ACT, Sheila led efforts that developed programs focused on technical jobs that were part of the President’s Job Council, the National Association of Manufacturing’s – Manufacturing Institute, Veteran Programs among others. The Boyington’s have also served in numerous leadership roles including serving as the first Chairs of the Parent’s Advisory Board at Georgia Tech, Engineering Dean’s Leadership Council University of Tennessee of Chattanooga. They have sponsored activities related to STEM at University of Florida (Undergraduate Lab), Georgia Tech (President’s Scholarships), Girls Incorporated (Programs focused on STEM), and Girls Preparatory School (STEM Curricula).
The CEO Series is a cooperative effort between The Tennessee Small Business Development Center, The Company Lab, Chattanooga State Community College, Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Small Business Administration. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested two weeks in advance. The registration fee for this event is $10 online or $15 at the door (cash only); the registration deadline is June 10 at 2:00 p.m. Register and pay online at www.tsbdc.org/chscc. (Click “View Upcoming Training,” Topic = Managing a Business)
Chattanooga, TN — The Engineering Technology Division at Chattanooga State recently hosted the first VEX Robot Competition for high school age students in grades 9-12. Students participating from Ooltewah, East Hamilton and Central high schools spent several hours in Chattanooga State’s automation lab, carefully designing and building their robots in hopes of winning. That honor went to East Hamilton High School Team Tanner.
After observing the assembled robots, it became clear that this competition was clearly as much about critical thinking skills as it was engineering design. Robots were built from parts that resemble erector set pieces and each one was different. Students prepared for the competition by learning how robots work and how to program them. After building several bots for practice, student teams built one for the ChattState competition.
A raised floor made from plywood, sectioned off in grids, served as the playing field. Twelve tennis, golf and ping-pong balls sat outside the area. Robots controlled by designated student drivers picked up one ball at a time and dropped it onto the grid. Next, robots were guided to enter the grid via a ramp. Once on the grid, the challenge was to pick up any of the balls in the area and place them in one of five holders: one of two corner pockets, a raised table with edge, through a hole in a vertical wall, or on a tee made from PVC pipes. The corner pockets and raised table were the easiest challenges; however, that actually depended upon the robot design.
East Hamilton’s robot was built lower, wider and more like a tank that utilized jaw-like pliers to pick up the balls. On its way up the ramp, one of the treads came loose and had to be refitted, but once that was fixed, it was fairly easy to access the ramp and the driver was able to place several balls in the holders.
Competitors had eight minutes to pick up and drop the balls onto the grid, enter the playing area, retrieve the balls and place them in the holders. The power source was required to come from the motors provided in the VEX kit and batteries distributed on competition day.
This competition and collaboration was supported through Chattanooga State’s Faculty Fellows scholarship program that supports teaching, learning, and leadership development activities. Beth Ruta, Professor, Engineering Technology Department Head, and a Richard Lamerand Fellow collaborated on this competition with Lynda Pickett, an adjunct instructor and high school career and technology teacher at Ooltewah High School on the ENGR-1850 Introduction to Engineering Design course and a related course she teaches at the high school.
For more information about Engineering Technology or future VEX competitions, please contact Beth Ruta at 423.697.4468 or visit https://www.chattanoogastate.edu/engineering-technology.
Chattanooga, TN — Students in Chattanooga State’s Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) Division recently participated in the 2015 Tennessee postsecondary SkillsUSA competition. Of the 44 students who competed in 31 contests, the TCAT earned 11 gold, 8 silver and 3 bronze medals. The gold medal winners and advisors will travel to Louisville, KY for the national SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Conference from June 22-26.
In addition to the individual medal winners, TCAT Chattanooga received the James. D. King award for accumulating the highest number of points among Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology that have an enrollment greater than 500 students.
- Clay Jones: CNC Milling; Sam O’Rear, advisor
- Tiffany Hammond & Kristyn Huskey: Job Demonstration; Renee Richardson, advisor
- Jason Colson: Marine Service Technology; Jimmy Jones & Ed Grun, advisors
- Jace Davis & Eric O’Rear: Mechatronics; Ralph Gwaltney, advisor
- Cristy Campbell: Medical Terminology; Brenda Holland, advisor
- Cassidy Bell & Brenda Frieson: Nail Care; Elonia James, advisor
- Cherryfer Irizarry: Nurse Assisting; Brenda Holland, advisor
- Sam Carmichael: Power Equipment Technology; Jimmy Jones & Ed Grun, advisors
- Charles Smelley: Prepared Speech; Mike Mercer advisor
- Kevin Carter: Computer Numeric Control (CNC) Technician; Sam O’Rear, advisor
- Catherine Davin, Jeff Gilbert, & Chris McDaniel: Community Service; Mike Mercer advisor
- Zackary Patton: Diesel Equipment Technology; Michael Harris, advisor
- Kelsey Zani & Ashley Lowry: Esthetics; Rhonda Castleberry, advisor
- Rhonda Cannon: Medical Assisting; Cynthia Rutledge, advisor
- Anna Turner: Medical Math; Cynthia Rutledge advisor
- Justin Gambinocobb: Motorcycle Service Technology; Jimmy Jones & Ed Grun, advisors
- Matthew Hudson & Trent Northcutt: Robotics and Automation Technology; Jeff Long, advisor
- Theresa Lubinski: Technical Computer Applications; Mike Mercer, advisor
- Raymond Crenshaw: Extemporaneous Speaking; Renee Richardson,advisor
- Javier Irizarry: Industrial Motor Controls; David Burgess, advisor
- Deanne Bolton: Practical Nursing; Brenda Holland, advisor
For more information about programs in the Chattanooga State Tennessee College of Applied Technology, visit www.chattanoogastate.edu/tcat or call 423.697.4433.