Phi Theta Kappa Holds Fall Induction


Chattanooga, TN — Established in 1918, Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society (PTK) serves to recognize and encourage academic achievement of two-year college students. The organization provides opportunities for individual growth and development through honors, leadership and service programming.

The Alpha Beta Mu chapter of PTK at ChattState recently held its fall induction ceremony for 58 of its newest members. Membership is based on superior academic achievement and is conferred only by invitation. Students must have completed twelve college-level credit hours with a cumulative grade point average of 3.5.

The following students were recently inducted into the Society: Ethel Sue Adams, Jana Leane Baker, Jessica N. Blair, Monica S. Bonner, Joshua Blake Branton, Melissa Renee Burcham, Jacob Tanner Bush, Cassandra Hope Butcher, Justin Howard Cabe, Amanda Kaye Cantrell, Eleanor D. Corbin, Cody Keith Cramer, Susan Nicole Crane, Benna Alisabeth Curole, Desiree Montina Decker, Tera Chea Denton, Matthew Alan Dillard, Paige Elaine Elgin, Robert Austin Elliott, Andres Marco Fraga, Kimberly Thomas Frank, Otniel A. Gonzalez, Valerie Kim Gramatikos, Bethany Alyce Guffey, Brandon Jennings Hendrick, Sarah Lynne Hill, Randee Lee Holland, Jeffrey Thomas Iley, Holly L. Jackson, Robert Guion Kropp, Hannah Faith Ledford, Lacy Autumn Long, Yasmin Altagarcia Lopez, Dillon Tucker Martin, Elena Melnik, Alina C. Murray, Mark Edward Parton, Ronald Dale Pemberton, Michael Keith Pruett, Kristy Richey, Cody Alexander Robinson, Henley Royer Schimpf, Dolores Catrina Shell, Amber Brummer Shelton, Adam Frederick Skipper, Steven A. Sklavenitis, Valerie, Jessica Smith, Jack Tary Stark, Amy Marie Strong, Briley Anna Stults, Griffin Cole Tedrick, Yvenitte Terilus, Cory A. Thomas, Melanie Walker, Kandace Renee Watkins, Paige Whittaker, Valeesa E. Woodard, and Brooke Calen Youngblood.

Rachael Falu, Assistant Professor of English, serves as advisor to the Alpha Beta Mu chapter. For more information about Phi Theta Kappa at Chattanooga State please visit

Bergeron Awarded ANS NEED Scholarship


Jennifer Bergeron

Chattanooga, TN — Jennifer Bergeron of Athens, TN, recently was awarded a $2,500 NEED Scholarship for Community College and Trade Schools by the American Nuclear Society (ANS). This award is for students in a two-year program who are planning a career in nuclear science, nuclear engineering, or a nuclear-related field and are enrolled or planning to enroll in a college or university located in the United States, but need not be a U.S. citizen. Up to four awards by ANS are made per year. Jennifer currently carries a 4.0 GPA. She is a sophomore in the Engineering Technology Radiation Protection program at Chattanooga State Community College and will be graduating in May 2015.

Established in 1954, the core purpose of ANS is to promote the awareness and understanding of nuclear science and technology. Scholarship recipients receive their awards in late August. Assistant Professor Lisa Miller, of the Nuclear Power Engineering Technology program encouraged Jennifer to apply, and she was the one who notified Ms. Bergeron of her award.

According to Bergeron, the scholarship represents hope. As a former genetics cancer research specialist in New Orleans who developed pancreatic cancer, Jennifer lost her health insurance coverage. She made the decision to move closer to her parents so she could try to get health insurance coverage as a student. She then enrolled in the Chattanooga State Radiation Protection program that was part of a larger journey to obtain information about her own experiences with radiation as a cancer patient.

Following graduation, Bergeron will begin an internship as a health physics technician in various local nuclear power plants. “I hope to use my experiences with radiation protection in scientific research. I believe my background in medical biology, combined with my cancer experience, gives me a unique perspective of the medicinal/biological applications of radiation,” shares Jennifer. “I plan to initiate an outreach program, where both scientists and patients can agree on a common nomenclature that takes away some of the ambiguity of radiation dose received by patients,” she states.

For more information about a career in engineering technology, please visit

Oak Ridge National Laboratory Accepts Wilkey as Intern


Brandi Wilkey

Chattanooga, TN — Brandi Wilkey of Dayton, Tenn., is your typical outdoorsy-type woman who loves to hunt, fish, and train her own hounds. Following high school, she had the opportunity to work at TVA Sequoyah as an insulator to earn money for college. Not knowing what she wanted to do with her life, she was introduced to the nondestructive testing program at TVA and decided to give it a shot. This opportunity landed her in the Engineering Technology Nondestructive Testing program (NDT) at Chattanooga State under Assistant Professors Jacqueline Smith and Tracie Clifford.

Wilkey explains that Ms. Smith and Ms. Clifford mentor their students and look for ways for them to earn on-the-job hours in order to earn the certifications that the NDT program requires. After applying online and submitting her resume, Wilkey received good news: she had been accepted into the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) internship program called Higher Education Research Experiences! This program applies to college students that include entering freshmen, undergrads, and recent associate or baccalaureate graduates. More than 200 students interned at ORNL and were divided into groups based on education level and major. Wilkey’s group consisted of 21 students from around the U.S. who were all undergrads, mostly in the engineering/engineering technology field, but also from forestry, fire safety and nursing programs. “Anyone can apply for the internship regardless of the path they are taking,” states Wilkey.

Brandi spent her summer working in the welding services division alongside welding technicians. She had the opportunity to do visual and dye penetrant tests, magnetic particle testing, ultrasonic testing, and radiography, working mainly on fabrications, piping and structural steel. She says she got the chance to do “a few jobs that were big and critical” – all of it a great learning experience! In addition to experiencing and seeing things most people never will, projects included basic maintenance, fabrication and upgrades to NASA and Homeland Security projects.

Due to Wilkey’s hard work and diligence, she was one of three students offered an intern extension until the end of this year. Brandi splits her time between ORNL and NDT program studies. Having made numerous contacts at Oak Ridge, she plans to use those networking opportunities to help land a job following graduation in 2015.

Nondestructive Testing (NDT) refers to quality control testing performed on a material or component that does not interfere with the future usefulness of the product. NDT (also known as NDE for Nondestructive Evaluation) is a broad, interdisciplinary field that plays a vital role in assuring the safe operation of equipment and systems, such as bridges, airplanes, petroleum pipelines, and boiler tubing. For more information about the NDT program, contact Tracie Clifford at 423-697-5725 or visit

Chautauqua Series Highlights American Heritage


Chattanooga, TN — Building on the rich American heritage of Chautauqua, Chattanooga State is proud to present the Chautauqua Series at 4:00 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month in the Kolwyck Library Mobile Classroom. The series is free and open to the public.

In 1874, people gathered on the shores of Chautauqua Lake in New York State to celebrate the first gathering and to enjoy speakers, teachers, musicians, and specialists who entertained and educated members of the community. Following this tradition, faculty members Joel Henderson, Ken Cardillo, Keri Lamb, Debbie Rudd, and Natalie Counts have brought together distinguished professors and practitioners who will offer members of the community a deeper glimpse into specialized topics in the field of Humanities.

According to one of the series organizers, Keri Lamb, assistant professor of Humanities, “These interactive sessions range from informative talks and discussions to workshops where attendees can practice or experience a particular craft in a hands-on way. Topics extend across a variety of disciplines, including art, music, literature, and theatre, and take place monthly in a relaxed, collegial setting.”

The next scheduled presentation on October 16 is entitled “The Traditional Roots of American Popular Music.” Denis Kiely, associate professor of English, will offer this lively, interactive musical presentation.

Future offerings in the coming months include:

November 20, 2014: “The Page is a Cold Bed,” featuring primarily contemporary poetry, presented by Associate Professor Bill Stifler

February 19, 2015: “Why Violence Sells: An Inquiry Into the Compelling Nature of the Torn and Traumatized Body,” addressing the history of violent entertainment, presented by Assistant Professor Dr. Keri Lamb

March 19, 2015: “Conquering Cape Town, South Africa,” highlighting Assistant Professor Rachael Falu’s real-life experiences teaching abroad in an unorthodox environment

April 16, 2015: Special session featuring Lila Quintero Weaver, author of Darkroom and Rick Bragg, author of All Over But The Shoutin’ as part of the Writers@Work program

For more information about the Chautauqua Series, visit or call Dr. Keri Lamb at 423-697-2546.

Nationally Recognized Guest Instructor Comes to ChattState

Chattanooga, TN — Nationally recognized guest instructor LeeAnne Krusemark will visit Chattanooga State Community College in October to teach a variety of topics through its Continuing Education program. As an adjunct online professor for Harvard Adult Education, Ms. Krusemark is also a journalist, author, and owner of an award winning southern California public relations business. She is a Chamber of Commerce past president and has been asked to speak at Senate-sponsored business conferences as well as the Department of the Army.

Krusemark will teach the following classes that include:

  • Seven Simple Secrets to Financial Freedom
  • Self-Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing
  • A Beginner’s Guide to Getting Published
  • Cash In with a Successful Home-Based Business, and
  • Save Money with Extreme Couponing, among others.

For a complete class listing and descriptions, please visit the website at

With Krusemark’s in-person lectures offered at more than 200 facilities nationwide, including Purdue, and her online publishing class offered at more than 1,000 facilities worldwide, including Harvard, she has provided inspiration to others during her comprehensive workshops.

Class prices range from $20-$39 each and materials fees are separate. For more information, or to register for a class, please contact Vincent Palmer at (423) 697-2670 or email

For additional questions regarding course content, please contact Professor Krusemark directly via email at

EPB “Powering Dreams” of ChattState Athletes


Chattanooga, TN — With a new attitude and direction on the campus at Chattanooga State Community College when it comes to athletics, student athletes are not only bringing home winning trophies, but have excellent grades to match their sporting proficiency.

For example, the Lady Tigers Softball team earned the Region TCCAA Tournament title earlier this year for the 19th time in 22 seasons and placed third in the NJCAA Division 1 Tournament in Utah in May. The team was also honored in June for academic achievement with a team GPA of 3.36.

One local business has taken notice of these achievements and as a result the college’s athletic department will have a major sponsor for its basketball, baseball and softball teams.

“EPB Fiber Optics invests a significant amount of our marketing dollars into community sponsorships and is committed to education. We are proud to support the college and the athletics program!” states Niki Phillips, Media Buyer for EPB Fiber Optics.

Called “Powering Dreams,” the partnership fits both the sponsor’s product as well as the athletes who dream of bigger goals both on and off the field. Unique opportunities with this sponsorship include hosting an EPB Night during a home basketball game this season and a new sports conference backdrop that co-brands EPB with the ChattState Tigers for use in media and special events. The sponsorship also includes full-page ads in the student newspaper, The Communicator; signage posted in the gym and on ball field fences; and sponsorship of the 2015 Athletics Hall of Fame Banquet.

Athletics Director Kim Smith and Head Basketball Coach Jay Price recently unveiled the sports conference backdrop during a meeting of college administrators that included Ms. Phillips and ChattState basketball players on September 22.

“We are grateful for EPB’s generous partnership,” said Smith. “The students are exemplifying leadership, spirit, pride and loyalty like never before, and it is an honor to have EPB recognize our athletes as they strive to make better lives for themselves in the classroom, during competition and in the community.”

For more information on Chattanooga State’s athletic program, please visit:

Engineering Technology Open House is October 23

Chattanooga, TN — The Engineering Technology Division of Chattanooga State Community College will hold an open house for students and parents on October 23 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Center for Engineering Technology, Arts & Sciences (CETAS) building on the main campus. Reservations for the event may be made through Felicia Elkins, Tech-Track coordinator, at 423-697-3252.

The Division of Engineering Technology offers education and training for the careers of the future. More than ever workers are retiring in fields requiring technical know-how such as in the STEM-related fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. In addition, as distribution centers, automotive manufacturers and chemical processors move into the area, the demand for highly skilled workers continues to increase.

The Engineering Technology Division offers four Associate of Applied Science degrees with twenty concentrations, a Pre-Engineering transfer program, and one Technical Certificate in Computer Aided Drafting. Participants will discover pathways for high demand, high wage STEM careers through Engineering Technology programs of study.

For more information visit or call the Engineering Technology Division at 423-697-4434.

Jones Named 2014 Outstanding Communication Educator


Outstanding Communication Educator of the Year. Jones, an associate professor of speech in the Humanities and Fine Arts Division at Chattanooga State Community College, came to Chattanooga State in 1995. Majoring in speech communication, she earned her Bachelor’s degree at Mississippi State University and Master’s degree at Texas Christian University.

Each year, TCA recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to communication education in the state of Tennessee, usually a teaching member of TCA. A presidentially appointed committee reviews the nominees and selects the winner who is formally recognized at the awards luncheon during its annual meeting. One of the main reasons that the committee selected Ms. Jones was attributed to her innovation in developing online speech courses at Chattanooga State.

Affiliated with the National Communication Association, TCA is a professional organization for communication scholars, faculty, and students who strive to improve communication education at all levels in Tennessee, encourage research in communication, and foster community recognition of effective communication.

ChattState Hosts Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic Presentation


Chattanooga, TN — In honor of National Pharmacy Week, Chattanooga State’s Pharmacy Technician Program will host a presentation on Tennessee’s Epidemic of Prescription Drug Abuse on Friday, October 24 at 11:00 a.m. in the Humanities Theatre. Angela McKinney Jones, the Director of the Tennessee Office of Prevention Services within the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, will be the keynote speaker to the campus community. The program is free and open to the public as well as health and educational professionals.

In 2010, the DEA ranked Tennessee 2nd (tied with Nevada) in the United States for the number of prescription opioids sold, with only Florida tallying a higher amount. In 2012, Tennessee reported 18,258,566 prescriptions to the Controlled Substance Monitoring Database. This represents a 25 percent increase in the number of controlled prescriptions dispensed from 2010 through 2012. In addition, drug-related overdoses have also dramatically increased at a greater rate in Tennessee than in the United States. Nationwide there has been a 127 percent increase; however, Tennessee has seen a 210 percent increase with 1,094 overdose deaths in 2012 compared to 342 in 1999. Overdose deaths from prescription medications are higher than those of cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens, and inhalants combined.

Chattanooga State’s Pharmacy Technician Program and Community Health Institute sponsor this important presentation. It is free and open to health professionals, educators, and anyone wanting more information on this critical health topic. In addition, the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office will sponsor a Drug-Take-Back program for anyone to safely turn in unwanted or unused medications for proper disposal from 9 a.m.-11a.m. near the CARTA bus stop located on the main drive of the Amnicola campus. There will be exhibit tables in the lobby of the Humanities Building prior to the 11 a.m. event. Organizations wanting exhibit space can contact Dr. Nancy V. Watts at

Midnight Madness Winners Announced


Deja Jackson and Montrell McKenzie with Athletic Director Kim Smith

Chattanooga, TN — Fans and spectators filled the ChattState gym on October 2 during its first-ever Midnight Madness. Local DJ Gary Mac announced the teams while scrimmages, a 3-point shootout, and a dunk contest went off like clockwork. Free food and t-shirts were snapped up shortly after the doors opened.

After a tough competition between Deja Jackson, Sydney Sims, and Kiera Jones, Jackson emerged as the winner of the 3-point shootout. Montrell McKenzie out slammed his teammates Tramon Moore and Chaunce Watikins to win the dunk contest. Both players received a ChattState Tigers shirt for their win from ChattState Athletic Director Kim Smith.

Although ChattState’s basketball season officially opened on October 4 during a jamboree in Lithonia, GA, the first home game will find the Tigers pitted against the Saluqis of Southwest Tennessee Community College on November 7. Women play at 5:30pm and men begin at 7:30pm.

To view the full schedules for basketball season see