ChattState Offers TnCIS Trip to Spain


Chattanooga, TN — Chattanooga State Community College has partnered with the Tennessee Consortium on International Studies (TnCIS) for several years to offer students a chance to study abroad, explore new cultures and learn more about the language spoken in the country of their choice. During the 2015 trip to Spain scheduled for June 2-23, 2015, students may choose between the following classes: SPAN 1020, Beginning Spanish II; SPAN 2010, Intermediate Spanish I; or SPAN 2020, Intermediate Spanish II.

Those students interested in this opportunity will need to apply online and pay a non-refundable $100 fee no later than December 3, 2014 for early acceptance. Eligible students will be notified of acceptance by December 12, 2014. The total fee for the program is $3,900. This program fee also includes excursions, class instruction for three hours per day, five days a week; and living arrangements with a local family who will provide three meals each day for the student.

To help pay for this cost, Chattanooga State offers a Tiger Travels Funding Award of up to $3,500. Eligibility requirements include:

  • GPA of 2.0 or better in all college-level coursework
  • Must be a degree-seeking student
  • Student must maintain full-time enrollment during the 2015 Spring semester
  • Successfully complete at least 12 college-level credit hours at ChattState by the end of Spring 2015
  • Must participate in the planning of the annual International Festival during Spring 2015
  • Must participate and submit proof of participation in four diversity, international, or multicultural events in addition to the International Festival
  • Submit a formal 500-word essay that addresses specific goals, objectives, impact, and efforts to promote international awareness
  • If awarded, student must agree to document the study abroad experience through e-portfolio and present a formal program campus-wide

The program is designed to provide students intensive language instruction while they experience Spanish cultures first-hand. English is spoken only as absolutely needed and during some excursions so as not to exclude beginners. The trips to various cultural sites will convey important information about both contemporary and historical Spain. These excursions may include Madrid, Salamanca and Avila, Ruta de los Castillos, and La Granja. While in Segovia, students will visit the Gothic Cathedral, the Alcazar de Segovia, the Roman Aqueduct and other points of interest.

Study abroad student coordinator Lalonie McCarter will hold an informational meeting to discuss all 18 trips offered through TnCIS and Chattanooga State at 12 p.m. on November 12 in the C.C. Bond Humanities building, room 202. For more information about all available trips in 2015, visit or contact Juan Santillana, 423-697-2505,

Allied Health Information Sessions

The Nursing and Allied Health Division at Chattanooga State offers monthly information sessions for students interested in a health care career. Most sessions last one hour and are not mandatory, but strongly recommended. Radiologic Technology, EMS, Health Information Management and Dental Assisting are programs that require attendance at a session.

Program directors will explain the process for applying to a program, what to expect once admitted, discuss job opportunities, and answer questions.

The following sessions are scheduled through the remainder of the 2014 calendar year:

  • Health Information Management, October 28, 5:30pm, HSC-2106
  • Emergency Medical Services, October 29, 10am, CBIH-134
  • Physical Therapist Assistant: November 5, 3pm, HSC-2029
  • Dental Assisting: November 6 and December 4, 5:30pm, HSC-2028
  • Nursing: November 11, 9am, HSC-1083
  • Dental Hygiene: November 11, 1pm, HSC-2031
  • Emergency Medical Services, November 12, 10am, CBIH-134
  • Respiratory Care: November 12, Noon, HSC-2117
  • Health Sciences RX TN: November 13, 3pm HSC-2088
  • Radiologic Technology, November 13, 5:30pm, HSC-2060
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant (RX TN), November 18, 3pm, HSC-2088

For more information, visit or call 423-697-4450.

Fine Arts Announces November Programs

throughout the month of November in the C.C. Bond Humanities Theatre on the main campus of Chattanooga State Community College. All events are free to the public, unless otherwise noted.

The Brock McGuire Band, a traditional Irish band of musicians, will present an afternoon of music on Sunday, November 2 beginning at 2:30 p.m. The concert features a blend of instruments emphasizing mostly Irish music, but also sprinkling in impressive arrangements of American Old Timey, Bluegrass, French-Canadian, and other Celtic traditions.

Music and theatre fans will enjoy the Broadway allegorical musical, The Roar of the Greasepaint – the Smell of the Crowd beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, November 14 and Saturday, November 15 and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 16. Written by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley, the production includes Broadway standards Feeling Good, The Joker and Who Can I Turn to? The event is free to students, faculty and staff, $15 for other guests.

For those who love opera, the Opera Theatre students will present an evening of popular and beloved opera scenes at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, November 21 and Saturday, November 22.

A jazz concert featuring the ChattState Jazz Band members will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, November 24. The concert will feature an evening of great jazz standards under the direction of musical director Jay Stanfill.

A Student Applied Recital highlighting students of applied voice and instrumental study will be offered on Tuesday, November 25 beginning at 7:30 p.m.

For more information about Chattanooga State Fine Arts visit

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.