Mobile Library Classroom Dedicated


At center, Victoria “Vicky” Leather with current Dean, Susan Jennings to her immediate left,
is surrounded by former colleagues and friends during the recent classroom dedication.

Chattanooga, TN — The Kolwyck Library & Information Commons (KLIC) at Chattanooga State Community College hosted a dedication of the Victoria P. Leather Mobile Classroom on Friday, February 13. A crowd of colleagues that included ChattState retirees, faculty, staff, and students gathered to celebrate the library’s new resource. KLIC underwent an extensive renovation in 2014 that included plans for a second classroom – a dream expressed by Victoria “Vicky” Leather, retired Dean of Library Services. To honor Mrs. Leather for her 30-plus years of service, the current Dean, Susan Jennings, made sure that dream became a reality – “Vicky always wanted a second classroom to facilitate teaching and learning activities. I wanted a mobile classroom to be flexible. So both of our dreams were realized in the creation of this classroom,” shares Jennings. “Gorgeous!” exclaimed Mrs. Leather, when asked her first reaction to seeing the completed renovation, “I love the lighting,” she added.

The glass encased Mobile Classroom is double the size of the original, more-traditional classroom that is still used. The Mobile Classroom can be configured as needed and has the ability to seat 50-80 people. The latest technology allows for wireless devices to connect and provides versatility in teaching and learning.

In addition to the Mobile Classroom, KLIC is light and airy, provides Wi-Fi, comfortable seating, a large bank of computers, with study and collaborative areas. While printed books and periodicals are still physically present, the majority of KLIC’s resources are electronic and include electronic books, journal articles, music and videos.

Retirement has not been a time for rest and reflection for Mrs. Leather. As a well-known advocate for students, faculty and staff of ChattState and as a lifelong educator, it is not surprising that she wanted to continue learning. Mrs. Leather became a student herself by enrolling in music courses at nearby UTC.

The Victoria P. Leather Mobile Classroom is located inside the Kolwyck Library Information Commons (KLIC) on the main campus of Chattanooga State Community College. Call 423.697.4448 or visit for more information.

NRC Scholarships Support ChattState Students


Front row from left are Taylor Vice, Jennifer Bergeron-Woods, and Jeremy Mason.
Back row from left Jacob Bianculli, Jeremy Whitworth, Riley Wooden, Brandon Hendrick, and Patrick Burgess.
(Recipients not pictured are Jeff Blackwell, Kelli Poe, George Widmann, Jennifer Smith, and Matthew Dillard.)

Chattanooga, TN — The United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has awarded $146,845 to fund scholarships for students in nuclear-related programs at Chattanooga State Community College.

The donation made to the Chattanooga State’s Nuclear Scholarship Program will provide 32 scholarships to full-time students majoring in one of four nuclear-related programs of study in the Engineering Technology Division. The awards will be made over a two-year period beginning Fall Semester 2015, and the scholarships will average $4,000 per year (two semesters).

The NRC’s support of Chattanooga State students will ensure educational opportunities for students wishing to pursue careers in the nuclear power industry and other nuclear-related careers.

Chattanooga State offers a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree in Engineering Technology with four concentrations: Nuclear Power Engineering Technology, Radiation Protection, Non-Destructive Testing Technology, and Quality Assurance/Quality Control. The nuclear-related programs are aligned with the Nuclear Uniform Curriculum Program.

Students interested in enrolling in one of the four nuclear-related concentrations will be informed about the possibility to receive scholarship support. Students wishing to apply must complete a scholarship application; provide transcripts, and two letters of recommendation. Applications are now available, and the deadline for submission is March 31, 2015. To apply, see

For more information on nuclear-related fields or scholarship opportunities call Tami “Lisa” Miller at 423.697.3279 or email

March-April Nursing & Allied Health Information Sessions

The Nursing and Allied Health Programs at Chattanooga State offer monthly information sessions for students interested in health care careers. Most sessions last one hour and are not mandatory, but strongly recommended. The following programs require mandatory attendance: Radiologic Technology, EMS, Health Information Management and Dental Assisting.

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

The following program sessions are scheduled during March and April 2015:

  • Pharmacy Technician: March 3, 10am; HSC-2118
  • Physical Therapist Assistant: March 4, 3pm, HSC-2029
  • Emergency Medical Services: March 4 & 18; April 1, 15 & 29,10am, CBIH-134
  • Dental Assisting: March 5 & April 9, 5:30pm; HSC-2028
  • Radiologic Technology: March 19 & April 13, 5:30pm, HSC-2060
  • Health Information Management: March 24 & April 21, 5:30pm, HSC-2106
  • Dental Hygiene: April 3, 1pm, HSC-2031
  • Respiratory Care: April 8, 3pm, HSC-2117
  • Health Sciences RX TN: April 7, 3pm, HSC-2088
  • Nursing: April 14, 9am and 5pm, HSC-1083
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant (RX TN): April 16, 3pm, HSC-2088

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

March Fine Arts Calendar

Chattanooga, TN — The Humanities and Fine Arts Division at Chattanooga State Community College is anticipating the warmth of spring as they offer several musical performances and theatrical productions. All events are free, open to the public, and presented at the Chattanooga State Humanities Theatre, 4501 Amnciola Highway, unless otherwise noted.

The Masterworks Choral Concert will take place on March 3 at 7:30 p.m. featuring choral and instrumental masterworks presented by the Chattanooga State Concert Choir and performances by Chattanooga State students, faculty and members of the Chattanooga Symphony.

The Association of Visual Artists (AVA) will host the Chattanooga State graduates and transfers exhibit throughout the month of March, beginning March 6 from 5:30-8:00 p.m. at the AVA Landis Student Gallery. Call Mark Wood at 423.697.3149 for more information or visit

Postponed from an earlier date, the St. Elmo Trio will now present their concert on March 8 at 2:30 p.m. The St. Elmo Trio includes: Jim Lees, piano; Heidi Barker, violin; and Suzanne Sims, cello, who will perform a chamber concert featuring works by Tchaikovsky, Schumann, and Lieberman.

Romance and revelry abound in the loving musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s comedic play, Love’s Labour’s Lost, on March 27 & 28 at 7:30 p.m. and March 29 at 2:30 p.m. Songs by Michael Friedman. Book adapted by Alex Timbers.

Next, David Walters, piano instructor at Chattanooga State and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, will perform a solo piano recital on March 30 at 7:30 p.m. featuring works by Mozart, Brahms, jazz-influenced Russian composer Nikolai Kapustin, and a piano transcription of a recording by legendary jazz pianist Bill Evans.

Voice students of Dr. Jennifer Arbogast from Chattanooga State and Professor David Tahere from Covenant College will collaborate on a recital featuring vocal music from a variety of eras on March 31 at 7:30 p.m.

For more information about these events, call 423.697.2460 (Music) or 423.697.3246 (Theatre). Visit to view all upcoming events.

Smile! It’s Dental Assistants Recognition Week


Front Row L to R: Sierra Johnson, Chattanooga; Kayla Higgins, Soddy-Daisy;
Brittany Burchfield, Harrison; Danielle Albanna, Cleveland; Molissa Allen, Signal Mtn.
Second Row, L to R: Jaquisha Walker, Chattanooga; Carly Humble & Hallie Hibbs, Chickamauga;
Jada Morris, Estill Springs, TN; Christina DeFriese, Ooltewah; Shalyn Jones, Cleveland.
Third Row, L to R: Ali Slayton, Mountain Grove, MO; Alyse Gaddis, Katy Johnson, & Hayley Wilson, Chattanooga: Kenzie Herd, Pikeville; Olivia Kostival, Gallipolis, OH; Heather VanMetre, Chattanooga; Brooklyn Travis, Soddy-Daisy.
Back Row, L to R: Hannah Turner, Ringgold; Megan LaFerry, Cleveland; Jasminka Durakovic, Chattanooga;
Hayley Everett, Soddy-Daisy; LaShonda Collier, Chattanooga.

Chattanooga, TN — Dental Assisting continues to diversify and expand. Whether working chairside with the dentist, taking X–rays or managing the business office, teaching or working in insurance or sales, dental assistants are vital to the success of the dental practice. It’s a date being remembered this year by the Chattanooga State Dental Assisting Program.

Dental Assistants Recognition Week, scheduled for March 1–7, 2015, is a week long tribute to the commitment and dedication dental assistants exhibit throughout the year.

“Dental Assisting: Embracing the Changes of the Profession” is the theme for the 38th annual Dental Assistants Recognition Week: time for dental assis­tants to receive greater recognition for their own unique and diverse contri­butions to the dental profession and the dental health care of the public.

The American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA) has been the rec­ognized voice of dental assisting for over 80 years. It remains committed to promoting quality dental health care to the public and enhancing the public image and stature of the dental assisting profession.

The ADAA, the American Dental Association, the Canadian Dental Assistants Association and the Canadian Dental Association sponsor Dental Assistants Recognition Week.

Writers@Work Welcomes Rick Bragg & Lila Quintero Weaver


Rick Bragg

Chattanooga, TN — Listening to oral storytelling during his childhood while growing up in the Appalachian foothills of Alabama helped Rick Bragg hone his writing abilities. As a Pulitzer Prize winner for feature writing, a best selling author, newspaper writer and current journalism professor at the University of Alabama, Rick Bragg comes to Chattanooga State Community College as its featured author during the award-winning Writers@Work series April 13-17, 2015.

“My grandfather on my daddy’s side and my grandma on my momma’s side used to try and cuss their miseries away. They could out-cuss any damn body I have ever seen. I am only an amateur cusser at best, but I inherited other things from these people who grew up on the ridges and deep in the hollows of northeastern Alabama, the foothills of the Appalachians. They taught me, on a thousand front porch nights, as a million jugs passed from hand to hand, how to tell a story,” shares Bragg.

Mr. Bragg won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing in 1996 for his work at The New York Times. He is the author of two best-selling memoirs, All Over But the Shoutin’ and Ava’s Man, as well as The Prince of Frogtown and his newly released biography, Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story. Bragg has told stories and taught writing at Harvard University, the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, Boston University, the University of South Florida, and other colleges.

Before joining The New York Times in 1994 as a domestic correspondent, he worked at several newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times and the St. Petersburg Times, covering murders and unrest in Haiti as a metro reporter, the Oklahoma City bombing, the Jonesboro killings, the Susan Smith trial, and more as a national correspondent based in Atlanta. He later became the paper’s Miami bureau chief just in time for Elian Gonzalez’s arrival and the international controversy surrounding the Cuban boy.

Bragg attended Harvard University as a Nieman Fellow from 1992 to 1993 (“the only real college I ever had”) and in addition to his Pulitzer Prize; he is the recipient of the American Society of Newspaper Editors Distinguished Writing Award and 31 other national, regional and state writing awards. He has had stories included in Best Newspaper Writing 1991, Best of the Press 1988, and two journalism textbooks on good writing and foreign reporting.


Lila Quintero Weaver

In addition to Bragg, Writers@Work also will welcome Lila Quintero Weaver, author-illustrator of a debut graphic novel that explores the connections between immigration and race, Darkroom: A Memoir in Black and White (The University of Alabama Press, 2012). Darkroom is the story of Weaver’s family’s immigration to the American South from Argentina in 1961 when she was five years old. Their arrival in Alabama coincided with significant developments in the Civil Rights Movement, including the dismantling of Jim Crow laws, a night of racial violence that exploded one block from the family’s back door, and a tense and protracted period of public school desegregation. Because Weaver is also a lifelong dabbler in the visual arts, she created Darkroom as a graphic novel through her own hand-drawn images.

A native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Lila Quintero Weaver grew up in Alabama, where she still resides with her husband. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama. Darkroom, her first book, was named a finalist in the Small Press Expo’s Ignatz 2012 award for “Promising New Talent” and listed in Notable Books for a Global Society by the Children’s Literature & Reading Special Interest Group of the International Reading Association. In addition to writing and making art, her passions are social justice and hunger alleviation.

In an interview for Publisher’s Weekly, Weaver explained that she chose the graphic novel format because “words alone didn’t seem to convey the emotional weight I felt about the events and issues the book depicts.”

Writers@Work will hold three free public events. On Monday, April 13, join the writers at the Chattanooga Public Library Auditorium downtown a 6:00 p.m. for readings, book signings and a Q&A session. Tuesday, April 14 brings the writers back to the main Chattanooga State campus Humanities Theatre at 7:00 p.m. where the public can enjoy a “Behind the Writer” interview, dessert reception and book signing. On Wednesday, April 15, Bragg and Weaver will appear at the Hunter Museum beginning at 6:30 p.m. for readings, book signings and a dessert reception.

The on-campus events will focus on Chattanooga State student writers, faculty and staff. Events will take place periodically throughout the week of April 13-17 in the Library Mobile Classroom in the IMC building. For more information about the event, please contact Erica Lux at

Corky Coker Keynotes CEO Series on March 3


Corky Coker is March 3
CEO Series speaker.

Chattanooga, TN — The fifth installment of the “CEO Speaker Series – The Talk of the Town” will be presented on Tuesday, March 3, 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 Joseph “Corky” Coker, CEO of Coker Group.

The CEO series is an opportunity for local business owners 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. LBMC, Cohutta Banking Company, Kumquat, Cornerstone Community Bank, First Tennessee Bank, and Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C sponsor this installment.

Mr. Coker believes in the principles and values of hard work that this country was founded on and applies them to every aspect of his life and business style. Drawing strength from faith and family, he is also a leader in humanitarian efforts and has participated in a number of mission trips.

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 $15 online or $20 at the door (cash only); the registration deadline is February 27 at 2:00 p.m. Register and pay online at   (Click “View Upcoming Training,” Topic = Managing a Business) *A payment link will be included in your registration confirmation email.

Biology Club Celebrates Darwin Day


From left, Samantha Whitson, Kayla Collins and Erica
Parker participate in the Darwin Day scavenger hunt.

Chattanooga, TN — People around the world celebrate and honor contributions made by famed scientist Charles Darwin annually on his birthday. Chattanooga State’s Biology Club, science class students, as well as science faculty and staff, observed Darwin’s 206th birthday on February 12. Hosting a series of fun events for students on campus helped to promote science literacy, intellectual bravery, perpetual curiosity, and the hunger for truth.

Anyone arriving for class in the Omniplex building could not help but notice Darwin Day sidewalk chalk art. Once inside, there were a number of bulletin board displays and a special Darwin Day scavenger hunt in place designed to challenge students. According to Biology faculty member Carolyn Dodson, “Darwin Day is about more than just Charles Darwin. It’s about celebrating intellectual curiosity and scientific thinking. It’s about the human hunger for truth.” Ms. Dodson teaches General Biology, as well as a biology course for aspiring elementary teachers. “I see first-hand the importance and necessity of promoting sound scientific thinking, beginning with our elementary students.”

Biology Club students were excited to participate. Returning adult student Andy Paul has taken a particular interest in the club and helped with the Omniplex displays. Although taking a rigorous 20-hour course load, he’s also interested in participating in extracurricular activities, hoping to get the most of his college experience. Having spent several years as a professional ball player and as a medical sales representative, he has returned to school in order to pursue a career as a physician’s assistant.

Of course, Darwin’s name is not without controversy. The famous Scopes Trial pitting science against religion occurred just up the road in Dayton, TN back in 1925. Darwin’s name continues to be an unfortunate symbol for those who see a conflict between evolution and religious faith. One of Chattanooga State’s Faculty Fellows, David Wollert, is currently producing a documentary film addressing the relationship between science and religion. Wollert teaches microbiology and plans to have the film completed later this spring. According to Wollert, “Science represents a universal and cross-cultural language of sorts. As such, it has the potential to help bring cultures of diverse religious faiths together. That’s a major point of the film and one of the main reasons I chose to produce it.”

For information about Darwin Day or Chattanooga State’s Biology Club, please contact Carolyn Dodson, David Wollert, or Margaret Venable via the Math and Science Division at 423.697.4442 or visit


Sara Cross and Riley Hargis at station 4 of the Darwin Day scavenger hunt.


Real World Projects Enhance Learning


Seated, L-R: Kevin Silvers, Jarret Wilhoit, Garrett Jewsome, Robert Byerley, Garrett Potter
Standing, L-R: Robert Wallace, Brandon Green Jeff Parke; Liza Blair, Arts Manager, Creative Discovery Museum;
Shannon Johnson, Director of Exhibit Development and Evaluation, Creative Discovery Museum; Bethany Griffith, Carl Gren;
Dan Wood, Design/Drafting Faculty Lead, Chattanooga State. Not pictured: Edward Thomas and Ronny Dorsey

Chattanooga, TN — Students enrolled in the Design Capstone course through the Chattanooga State Design/Drafting Engineering Technology program are participating in two design projects at the Creative Discovery Museum in downtown Chattanooga.

One of the projects is a re-design of the outdoor plaza adjacent to the front entrance to the museum. The intent of the re-design is to make the plaza space more interactive, engaging and functional. The project could potentially involve structures to provide shading for the area, “green design” exhibits and outdoor, interactive exhibits.

The second project is a repurposing of the existing Back Alley Theater that currently has a children’s stage with lighting and soundboard, a ballet bar and a puppet theater. The new design will keep the performance stage intact, but introduce a puppet making area and a newly designed and relocated puppet theater. The student projects may also introduce additional architectural elements into the space to enhance the experience of the children and families and provide a more three-dimensional feel to the theater space. Another purpose of the new design is to introduce children to various types of puppetry – including marionettes, hand puppets and shadow puppets.

Students in the course recently met with Shannon Johnson and Liza Blair, both with Creative Discovery Museum, to hear them share the vision and mission of the Museum as well as the vision and design intent for the two projects. “We are delighted to have been asked to participate in the student project for the Design Capstone course at Chattanooga State, and we look forward to seeing the student’s ideas and designs,” stated Shannon Johnson, Director of Exhibit Development and Evaluation.

The Design Capstone course is intended to provide a culmination of the skills acquired in the Design/Drafting program. The projects selected for the course are intended to represent real world experiences with real clients, real buildings and realistic solutions within a project team environment. In the past, the course has included a redesign of the library at the Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences, redesign of Abba’s House children’s area, and a gazebo for a local public park.

Design /Drafting program provides a firm foundation in computer-aided drafting (CAD) and design emphasizing solid modeling and simulation, manufacturing processes, blueprint reading and analysis, and project management. The program equips graduates to pursue a multitude of career options like engineering design, industrial design, design and simulation specialization, or CAD system administration.

For more information about the Design/Drafting Engineering Technology program at Chattanooga State, email Dan Wood at or call 423.697.4486. If you would like more information about Creative Discovery Museum, visit or call 423.756.2738.

8th Annual Community Health, Fun & Wellness Expo Plus “Operation Medicine Cabinet”

The Community Health Institute at Chattanooga State will host the “8th Annual Health, Fun, and Wellness Expo” Friday, March 6, 2015, from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in the Health Science Center located on the Amnicola campus. This is a large comprehensive health fair that is open to the public offering numerous free health screenings, food, music and massages that includes exhibits from area health professionals and wellness-related organizations. Parking is free and easily accessible.

The Lions Club will be collecting used eyeglasses to help those in need at the event. In addition, the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office will conduct “Operation Medicine Cabinet,” a drug take back program where the public may turn in unwanted medications for proper disposal to help keep medications out of the hands of children and our water supply. Those wishing to turn in medications can simply drive through the drop off circle without having to leave their vehicle. Pharmacists will also be available to answer questions.

For information regarding sponsorship or exhibitor registration, please contact Dr. Nancy Watts at