2 From Chattanooga State Music Program Perform In The King And I



Many of the Chattanooga State music faculty perform in the southeast, including with the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra.  Dr. Jennifer Arbogast, an assistant professor of music, continues that tradition with a musical performance as Anna in “The King and I” at Signal Mountain Playhouse, which runs through July 26.

Appearing alongside Dr. Arbogast is one of her students, vocal performance major Kimberlin Lacy. “Perhaps the most wonderful part of this show has been the opportunity to share this experience with Kimberlin,” shares Dr. Arbogast, “she has blossomed into a lovely young performer who has carried herself with incredible professionalism throughout the process.”

jarbogast2Dr. Arbogast describes the whole team at Signal Mountain Playhouse as “fantastic.” She calls Allan Ledford her “dream director” and was completely sold on the experience when she found out that he would be directing. Besides working with other ChattState performers, Dr. Arbogast has had the chance to work opposite of Seth Carico, a professional opera singer under contract with Deutsche Opera Berlin. “I’ve learned a lot from watching him work and working with him, and it’s been an inspiration for me as an artist to continue to sharpen my own skills,” says Dr. Arbogast.

Ms. Lacy adds, “It has been great working with Mr. Ledford. He is a wonderfully constructive critic who has helped me really develop ‘Tuptim,’ to make the character my own. With such amazing energy, the cast and crew are a pure joy to work alongside.”

Dr. Arbogast teaches voice, music appreciation, and musical theatre at Chattanooga State. She holds a doctor of arts degree in vocal performance from Ball State University, where she studied with internationally acclaimed soprano, Dr. Mei Zhong. In addition to Signal Mountain Playhouse, she has performed with the Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga, Artisti Affamati, and Chattanooga State.  Dr. Arbogast has musically directed more than dozen shows, including “Xanadu,” “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown,” “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” and “Avenue Q.”

Having been recommended to Chattanooga State’s music program by her high school choir director, Ms. Lacy successfully auditioned for a music scholarship. She begins her final year at Chattanooga State this fall. Darrin Hassevoort, dean of Humanities and Fine Arts, calls Ms. Lacy, “a rising star.”

kimberlin2Ms. Lacy studies voice with Dr. Arbogast, performs as a member of the Concert Choir under the direction of Dean Hassevoort, and also appears in opera theatre and musical theatre productions. Most recently at Chattanooga State, she was seen as Yum-Yum in “The Mikado,” Olive Ostrovsky in “25th Annual…Spelling Bee,” Calliope in “Xanadu,” and was in the ensemble of “Nutcracker Christmas Carol” through Chattanooga State’s Repertory Theatre. Additionally, she was a member of the 2014 Senior Ensemble at Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga, where she played Lady Caroline in “Dear Brutus” and was in the ensemble of “Jekyll and Hyde.”

The Chattanooga State music department provides a comprehensive program for a student’s first two years. It is designed to meet the educational requirements of students whether they are preparing to earn a music degree, interested in private instruction for a specific instrument, or seeking to fulfill general education credits. Dean Hassevoort shares that some of their recent graduates have attended and graduated from Bryan College, Lee University, UTC, Radford University in Virginia, and the prestigious Peabody Conservatory housed at John Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland.

For more information about Chattanooga State’s music program and scholarship opportunities, please call 697-3383 or visit http://chattanoogastate.edu/humanities-fine-arts/theatre-arts.

Engineering Technology Open House

Chattanooga, TN — The Engineering Technology Division of Chattanooga State Community College will hold an open house on July 17 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Center for Advanced Technology 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. 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 www.chattanoogastate.edu/engineering-technology/ or call the Engineering Technology Division at 423-697-4434.

Looking Back While Looking Ahead

Dr. Fannie Hewlett Reflects on Her 35-Year Career at Chattanooga State

Chattanooga, TN — June 30th will mark the end of Dr. Fannie Hewlett’s illustrious career at Chattanooga State. Hired as a psychology instructor in 1976 at Cleveland State, a colleague notified Hewlett of an opening for a psychology instructor at Chattanooga State in 1979, that would be closer to home and an easier commute for her. The rest, as they say, is history. Prior to 2001, Hewlett served as an instructor, department head and dean before being named Vice President for Academic Affairs. In 2011, her academic role expanded and she was named the college’s first Provost.

With a smile, Hewlett remembers the late 1970s. Known as “The Growing Years,” she recalls a completely different campus look than the current one that included only a Technology Center, Instructional Materials Building (Library), Student Center and a Physical Education Building. “The community college movement reached its zenith in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s and Chattanooga State experienced exponential growth,” states Hewlett.

According to Hewlett, the most exciting thing to happen in education during her tenure was a refocusing from a “teacher driven process to a learner driven process” where institutions became more concerned with students and the way instructors approach teaching. As technology entered the picture, it was critical for faculty to move forward. She cited keeping abreast of changes occurring to meet the outcome goals of TBR (TN Board of Regents) and SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, accrediting agency) as challenges facing future academic administrators.

One of the things Hewlett is most proud of is her administrative team. Through the years she has employed the strengths of her staff to achieve academic goals. “When the RODP (Regents Online Degree Program) was first introduced, all TBR institutions were expected to participate as part of a collaborative initiative focusing on increasing access opportunities for students and to provide funding even if we were not using it,” she recalls. Under the leadership of Dr. Hewlett and her staff, what was once a program operating in the red here at Chattanooga State, now brings in more than $1 million each year.

Known for her vivacious personality, it is not hard to believe that Dr. Hewlett stays motivated by what the next day holds. “There is a new challenge around every corner,” says Hewlett. Although awards hold meaning to her, she cherishes the ones that have to do with teaching or administrative excellence, a measurement that says, “what I do matters.”

Dr. Hewlett was present when Governor Haslam visited Chattanooga State to announce the recently enacted law called Tennessee Promise. She has hopes it will make education more affordable to a great many students. Although Tennessee Promise benefits graduating high school seniors in Tennessee with a 2.0 GPA or greater beginning in 2015, more than 55 percent of Chattanooga State students are age 25 and older. Hewlett’s advice to those students is to find a job at a company that pays for your education. Older students need to stress to employers how additional education will benefit the company.

As June 30th approaches, Dr. Hewlett looks forward to spending more time with her husband of 40 years, Jesse, her children and grandchildren, traveling, and catching up on recreational reading. Hewlett is a long-time member of Warren Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church and enjoys working with Charisma Club, a small civic club in Chattanooga.

Reflection aside, Dr. Hewlett says she will miss the people of Chattanooga State the most, but “I am ready to enjoy what I’ve been working toward all my life,” says Hewlett.

SAILS Program Transforms Math Readiness

Chattanooga, TN — When the SAILS Program (Seamless Alignment and Integrated Learning Support) was piloted at Red Bank High School several years ago, educators had high hopes. During its first year of the statewide expansion, statistics show that “786 out of 1,043 students in Hamilton County who participated in the SAILS Program wiped out their need for developmental math in college,” states Dr. Robert Denn, Dean, Honors and Special Programs at Chattanooga State. “Many schools had near or at 100 percent completion rate,” he adds.

The SAILS Program introduces the college developmental math curriculum in the high school senior year. By embedding the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) Learning Support Math competencies in the high school Bridge Math course, students can get a head start on their college career. Students who successfully complete the program are ready to take a college math course, saving them time and money while accelerating their path to graduation.

Looking ahead to the 2014-2015 school year, 1,495 students from all 19 high schools in Hamilton County will be participating in the SAILS Program thus potentially eliminating the need for remedial math classes when they graduate. As part of Governor Haslam’s Drive to 55 Initiative, SAILS has attracted national attention for its innovative and practical solution to the college readiness program, and Chattanooga State is leading the way in transforming the college-readiness landscape in the State of Tennessee.

For more information about SAILS, visit http://www.chattanoogastate.edu/high-school/sails or contact Dr. Robert Denn at 423.697.2648.

ChattState “Plays” Riverbend

Chattanooga, TN — ChattState was back at Riverbend in 2014 “playing” to the crowds. Former students stopped by the tent to praise the college for their role in helping them succeed while potential students lined up to ask questions and to get information about available programs.

The mother of ChattState’s very first Joe, David Miller, stopped by the tent and wrangled a telephone conversation with director of marketing and communications Patty Brown to praise Chattanooga State. Dr. Miller is a now doctor of veterinary medicine with an equine practice in Florida.

More than two-dozen ChattState employees and recruiters volunteered during the festival. ChattState volunteer coordinator Dale Grisso estimated that more than 2,200 visitors stopped by to fill out contact cards during the 10-day event.

One of the biggest draws appeared to be the new Tennessee Promise program recently signed into law by Governor Bill Haslam. Beginning with the class of 2015, all seniors who graduate high school with a 2.0 GPA (grade point average), or better, will be offered two years of FREE education at any community college in Tennessee.

ChattState is well known for its giveaways and of course the biggest source of coolness during the festival: fans, which were in evidence throughout the festival and at the Bessie Smith Strut. More than 3,500 fans were dispensed keeping a good portion of the Riverbend attendees cool.

ChattState is now accepting students for the fall 2014 semester. Summer orientation sessions for first-time students begin this month. To apply, visit the campus, set up an orientation date, or to request more information, see www.chattanoogastate.edu or call 423-697-4404.






Dayton Site Offering Lego Robotics Camp

Building on the excitement and previous success of youth and teen camps offered on the main campus of ChattState, several camps have expanded into Rhea County. Lego Robotic Camps will be offered during two sessions at the ChattState Dayton site, located at 200 4th Avenue. A camp for children 8-10 years of age will be held from June 16-19. Children who are age 11 and older can enjoy a camp from June 23-26. Cost is $109 per student.

For more than 80 years, Lego’s have enriched the lives of children by stimulating learning and development through play – a key element of Lego philosophy. As children continue to learn and enjoy their Lego experiences, Lego education spans the continuum from preschool through university to provide valuable lessons in all curriculum subjects from STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) to humanities, language and literacy.

Established in 1998, First Lego league is an annual science and technology competition for children and youth ages nine to 16. The Lego Robotics Camp will be using this concept to design, program, and manipulate Lego robots, and campers will compete as if in a real robot competition. Campers also will use Lego NXT kits to have fun and learn to solve real-world problems by applying STEM concepts.

To register, parents may call the Office of Continuing Education at 423.697.3100 or use the online registration process at this link: http://www.chattanoogastate.edu/continuing-education/.

Area Counties Dean’s List Announced

Chattanooga State is proud to announce that the following students from the counties of Catoosa, Dade, Walker, Marion, Grundy, Rhea, Sequatchie and Bledsoe have attained Dean’s List status for the 2014 spring semester. Eligibility requirements to make the Dean’s List includes students who have completed 12 or more hours of college-level work with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher for that semester.

Catoosa: Jodi N. Archer, Jan Ball, Brian A. Born, McKenna E. Brauch, Brandon M. Case, Warren B. Chesnut, Cassandra A. Cooksey, Corey R. Crawford, Courtney M. Crawford, Devinne N. Crumley, Mariah K. Feliciano, Jolie K. Focht, Kandi Gates, Amanda T. Griffin, Kelsey Kile, Jorge L. Loa, Joseph A. McGee, Jeffrey B. Parton, Jaime K. Pennington, Melissa S. Peponis, Branden Peterson, Gary R. Price, Gregory S. Rambin, Luis A. Ramirez, Cody A. Robinson, Henley R. Schimpf, Dakota J. Stewart, Brandon K. Tinsley, Phouthavy D. Vongphaiboun, Johnathan R. Walden, Morgan M. Wallin, Autumn L. Watkins, Jonathan T. West, James A.Williams, Christin A. Willingham, and Emily Yelverton.

Dade: Kyle S. Anderson, Justin D. Bell, Andrew S. Blaylock, Jonathan C. Forshee, Larry R.C. Johnson, Lauren C. Lefever, Chad C. Miller, Alex N. Page, Macalah C. Smith, and Brandon H. Whetzell.

Walker: Laura D. Ayres, Angel M. Blake, Bradley L. Campbell, Gabriel S. Cannon, Lacie M. Clark, Ariel C. Cowan, Chris T. Cronnon, Mallory N. Crowder, Benna A. Curole, Krystal N. Delashmitt, Andrey Didenko, Lucretia-Shante G. Faunteroy, Tracey E. Fountain, Taylor C. Fricks, Joshua N. Glenn, Charles W. Goss, David J. Graves, John G. Guthrie, Samantha K. Hale, Andrea Hall, Peyton S. Hise, Haley M. Kokoszka, Daniel R. Lee, Raynell A. Littleton, Melisa R. Martinez, Ronald D. Pemberton, Coty L. Riddle, Hannah C. Rose, Kristen L. Skidmore, and Kathleen L. Tusa.

Marion: Danielle H. Adams, Nolan D. Arnold, Kaitlyn T. Atkins, Haley E. Atterton, Stephen W. Barnes, Kirby R. Bennett, Megan B. Bodet, Danielle M. Bryant, Jessica D. Burdette, Cassandra H. Butcher, Corey J. Carter, Gillian E. Carter, Kassidy P. Carter, Alexis D. Case, Olivia P. Case, Lindsay E. Cooper, Emily A. Dagnan, Joshua A. Dagnan, Desiree M. Decker, Tiffany N. Dixon, Allan M. Duggar, Matthew J. Eiseman, Sheila S. Gholston, Helen R. Hamilton, Stephen R. Hargis, Justin D. Havner, Carrie E. Hickman, Carrie E. Hill, Erika L. Hughes, Danesha L. Ivory, Angela M. Jones, Mary K. Jordan, Jennifer D. Nunley, Connie B. O’Neal, Brittany D. Olton, Rickey D. Pace, Nevin R. Parker, Lavonda L. Pickett, Kelli A. Poe, Vicky L. Posey, Andrew J. Reames, Ashley B. Rector, Chase A. Reeves, Logan A. Rich, Colton L. Shipley, Martha B. Sitz, Chastity D. Sutterfield, William T. Thomas, Zachary H. Thomas, Laura A. Turner, Erin B. Watson, and Megan A. White.

Grundy: Savannah D. Camp, Ivy S. Campbell, Gabriela Layne, Emily P. Masters, Jeremiah D. Partin, Breighana A. Payne, Joseph C. Sanders, and Whitney E. Winton.

Rhea: Jennifer E. Armstrong, Christie Butler, Kenzie M. Conley, Cayla M. Cox, Wren H. Crumbley, Jose L. Cruz, Jordan C. Edwards, Heather D. Everett, Alexandria B. Fisher, Jason M. Forsten, Isabella J. Gann, Ashley N. Godoy, Timothy J. Hampton, David M. Hankins, Micah D. Hardyman, Brandon J. Hendrick, Whitney S. Henley, Rebecca S. Hilleary, Leah M. Holloway, Hannah P. Jones, Seth T. Jones, Zachary C. Keltch, Kendall N. Martin, Jacqueline C. Matthews, Kristin D. Nichols, Kaitlyn M. Rogers, Katlyn M. Rose, Sydney M. Shaver, Chrissy L. Smith, Meagan S. Swatzell, Sara E. Tallent, Jillian K. Turner, Brandi L. Wilkey, and Lori A. Wilkey.

Sequatchie: Michelle L. Akins, William K. Arnold, Bobby J. Bickford, Cindel L. Brower, Trevor R. Cheatham, Daniel T. Dawson, Sara M. Denmark, Ashley B. Farley, Rikki J. Fyfe, Jordan J. Halabrin, Carisa A. Hall, Christian D. Harbin, Katelyn E. Henry, Jessica L. Higgins, Justin E. Hineman, Kelsie R. Key, Mallory P. Key, Anne E. Lowe, Jonathan A. Mattson, Erica F. Maurer, Cameron J. Miller, Jacob A. Mullins, Amy M. Nash, Rebecca Place, Elizabeth G. Rapp, Jeremy D. Seifried, Mollie J. Skyles, Joshua D. Smith, and Randie L. Stocker.

Bledsoe: Bryan P. Burgess, Zachary K. Campbell, Kara J. Cook, Kayla H. Heard, Kenzie B. Heard, Lynn S. Horan, Ami M. Iverson, Michaela D. Johnson, Alicia A. Maddox, Michael D. Maddox, Lucas C. Marsh, Jack O. Marshall, Catelyn A. Muller, Edith Perez, Karina Perez, Walter E. Poling, Stacy J. Prokop, Sarah A. Roe, and Kayla D. Wooden.

Congratulations to these students on their academic accomplishments! Now is the perfect time to begin planning for fall 2014. For more information call Chattanooga State at 423-697-4404 or visit www.chattanoogastate.edu.

Karen Hutton Headlines July CEO Speaker Series


Chattanooga, TN — The Tennessee Small Business Development Center and The Company Lab continue their commitment to small business entrepreneurs as they present the third installment of their “CEO Speaker Series – The Talk of the Town” on Tuesday, July 15th from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Keynote speaker, Karen Hutton, CEO/Owner of HUTTON and Hutton Construction, Inc., will share her entrepreneurial knowledge and answer questions from attendees.

“Home of the Go Getters” and “This is no Place to Dream Small,” is what you will see bannered outside HUTTON’s office and is the first hint of what’s going on inside of 736 Cherry Street.

“Hutton Dream Team“ is what Karen refers to the company’s more than 140 Team members. Karen’s unique sense of excitement and contagious energy spills over to the assembling of this dynamic team, which has fulfilled a personal and lifelong dream. Real Estate, Development, Construction, Property Management, Accounting and Legal Teams all share the DNA thread of “passion, commitment, character and enthusiasm”. Striving to always be “good, better, best” and accepting that change is an everyday occurrence is the HUTTON way.

Karen’s father, David Hutton, Sr., a man of humble beginnings grew up in a family of sharecroppers, picking cotton, and he later became a successful pioneer in the shopping center industry. Mr. Hutton taught Karen that hard work, integrity and a little luck are keys to success in life, both personally and professionally.

HUTTON and Hutton Construction, Inc. have developed 840 national retail projects in 35 states in the last 16 years. Hutton will deliver over $300 million in developments in 2014 and Hutton Construction, Inc. exceeds $82 million in annual revenues.

Karen graduated from the University of Alabama, with a B.S. degree in Business.

Major sponsors for this event include Cohutta Banking Company, a division of Synovus’ Bank; Chambliss, Bahner, & Stophel, P.C., Aqqolade, LLC, and C-W-C Office Furnishings and Supplies. The event will be held at the Sheraton Read House located at 827 Broad Street, and begins with a complimentary continental breakfast. Chattanooga State President James L. Catanzaro will preside over the event.

This event 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. Seating to this event is limited and on a first come, first serve basis. RSVP online at https://www.tsbdc.org/chscc (scroll and click “view upcoming training”).

TVA Donates $5,000 to Summer Camp Program


Chattanooga, TN — The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) recently donated $5,000 toward the support of Chattanooga State’s Teen Enrichment and Summer Camp programs. Rob Manning, TVA’s Executive Vice President of External Relations and Nancy Mitchell, Customer Service Manager, presented the check to Dr. James L. Catanzaro, president of Chattanooga State.

This donation will aid Chattanooga State in reaching out to the youth of the Valley to promote structured, yet exciting, youth programs that intrigue and interest students. Camps are offered to children between the ages of 10 and 13 and have grown in popularity to include more than 300 students. The camps include 3D Animation, AutoCAD, Computer Programming, LEGO Robotics, Robotic Programming, Digital Illustration, Graphic Design, Web Page Design as well as the more advanced camps of Advanced LEGO’s, Mobile Apps II and Robotics II.

Each camp promotes STEM concepts that are required for a career in engineering. According to the U.S. Department of Labor data released February 1, the total number of engineers in the United States will increase from 1.51 million to 1.67 million between 2010 and 2020, representing a change of 10.6 percent. Chattanooga State offers careers in six of the current top ten engineering technology fields: civil, mechanical, electrical/electronic, industrial, environmental and nuclear.

According to Vincent Palmer, manager, business and industry training, “There is an ever-growing demand for Chattanooga State’s camps from parents, students and local educators. Having successfully expanded our camps into rural areas last year, the College still was forced to turn away numerous youths due to a lack of funds and space.”

For more information about Summer Youth Camps, call (423) 697-3100 or visit www.chattanoogastate.edu.

Lady Tigers Take Third in NJCAA Division I Tournament

Chattanooga, TN — After finishing third in the Region VII tournament in 2013, the Lady Tigers were hungry for more and got close enough to taste it before falling to the team that beat them not once, but twice – Central Florida, dashing any chance of bringing home the tournament title. The Lady Tigers took third place in the 2014 National NJCAA Division I Softball Tournament during play at St. George, Utah.

Two ChattState players were honored at the tournament. Sophomore 3rd baseman Khadija Neely from Roanoke, AL was awarded Defensive Player of the Tournament and freshman outfielder Courtney Crawford from Ft. Oglethorpe, GA was awarded All Tournament.

Fighting their way to the top began with a 10-1 victory over 13th seed Darton State on May 14. Next, they defeated 12th seed North Central Texas 11-4 on May 15 before falling to 8th seed Central Florida 4-2 on May 16. Now in the losers bracket, the Lady Tigers still had a chance at the title and hung on through a 2-0 win against 6th seed Odessa and a 10-3 win against 7th seed Southern Union State before the final fall to nemesis Central Florida 6-3 on May 17, the final day of the tournament. In the end, Central Florida fell to first-time tournament winners Angelina College of Lufkin, Texas.

Chattanooga State Community College softball has a long illustrious history of success. Blythe Golden, head coach, Amanda Brooke Lindsey and Caitlin Ortiz, assistant coaches, coach the Lady Tigers Softball team. Kim Smith serves as athletic director and Dr. James L. Catanzaro is president. For more information about ChattState softball, visit www.chattanoogastate.edu.