“Chattanooga State teachers helped me reach my goal by pushing me and helping me learn everything they had to offer,” states Brandon Havis, but even the most focused young man sometimes hits a snag. His ability to overcome obstacles says a lot about character. “I bombed out one semester, but I knew I wanted to finish school and I was willing to do anything needed to get back on track,” shares Brandon. “Lots of people were pulling for me such as Stephanie Hollis in Career Services and former department head Janet Pickard. I had to refocus and take summer classes but I did it!” he adds. As a 2013 graduate of Information Systems Technology with a concentration in Web Programming, Brandon says, “I love learning something new and technology always changes.”
Brandon is continuing his education through Western Governor’s University for a degree in Computer Programming, Systems Software. In the meantime, he works two part-time jobs. As a Revenue Auditor Supervisor at UPS, the company helps pay for his schooling. Brandon is an intern at TVA in the health and safety division, but also has worked in the Nuclear Operations Group and Nuclear Engineers Group. He was challenged almost immediately upon hire to offer training to other personnel on SharePoint with little prior knowledge of the software. Rising to the occasion, he did the research and presented a successful training, thanks in part, to the education he received at Chattanooga State.
After earning his associate degree in electrical engineering from Chattanooga State and a bachelor’s in information systems, John Morris spent years in preparation for his true calling: entrepreneurship. Gaining experience as well as learning how to, and not, to manage a business, John worked at TVA and Oak Ridge National Laboratory before making the decision to forge out on his own in a 3-person start up company called Consultec Scientific. He insists that family values and support are crucial when taking the big leap from corporate job security into the unknown. He says having a superior product, listening to customers and weighing each major decision carefully is the key to entrepreneurship. His most recent decision to step down as president and CEO of Oak Ridge-based Technology 2020 will steer him back to his first passion: pursuing other entrepreneurial interests.
Outstanding Entrepreneur of the Year: Innovation Valley Technology Business Association Navigator Award: October 2007
Federal Laboratory Consortium: Excellence in Technology Transfer – 2006
R&D 100 Award: Hybrid Solar Lighting – 2006
At age 22 I didn’t think I would be able to go to college and complete my education; but Chattanooga State gave me an opportunity to get started on my journey to success. With my Associate of Applied Science in Electrical & Electronic Engineering Technologies: Automated Controls alone; I am already employed as an applications engineer in my field of study at Tennessee Rand. I was beyond prepared for my career with the many tools and opportunities provided to me at this institution. I have many mentors that have taken a personal interest in my success as an individual. The time I invested at Chattanooga State has been the most rewarding experience I could have asked for; from the valuable knowledge I gained to the connections I built with members of the staff and community. As I currently continue my education at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga for my bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering I am confident the foundation built in my first degree is a sturdy stepping-stone on my path to success.
“The quality of art faculty at Chattanooga State was tremendous and diverse. Beyond solid foundation classes, the faculty provided me with the opportunity to visit art museums and galleries in Atlanta, Washington DC, and New York City. My studies at Chattanooga State formed how I understand and process my sensibilities in art making. These formative years continued to help me stand out in graduate school in Chapel Hill North Carolina and in the city of Nashville where I live and practice Art. ”
“Since earning my MFA, I have returned to Middle Tennessee where I teach foundation courses in drawing and design at Austin Peay State University. As a developing artist, I find it important to find time outside of the university setting. I have worked with established sculptors, Olen Bryant on woodcarving, and Gregg Schlanger on numerous installations. I have produced murals in the last year of 2013 for local establishments. Over the past two years of 2012-2013, I have worked as a visual coordinator for a local music venue and local music festivals. I also continue to develop my own interest in Art through a practice in sculpture and painting. I am currently developing my studio practice and look forward to finding gallery representation both locally and beyond. All of these endeavors contribute to my understanding of Art and the world we live in”
Chattanooga, TN — Two Chattanooga State students were recognized among 26 of the state’s highest achieving community college students at the 18th Annual Celebration of the All-Tennessee Academic Team sponsored by USA Today and Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) International Honor Society. During the ceremony on February 4 in Nashville, State Senator Bo Watson and Chattanooga State President James L. Catanzaro awarded medallions to Chattanooga State students Derek Dameron and Robert Barber.
The All-Tennessee Academic Team consists of students nominated by their colleges who will be considered for the All-USA Academic Team sponsored by USA Today and Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) International Honor Society. Each two-year college in Tennessee may nominate two outstanding students per campus. Students are selected in recognition of their academic achievement, leadership, and service to the community.
Phi Theta Kappa recognizes and encourages scholarship among two-year college students. To achieve this purpose, PTK provides opportunities for the development of leadership and service, creates an intellectual climate allowing exchange of ideas and ideals, promotes lively fellowship for scholars, and fosters stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence. Barber holds the position as vice president of leadership in the Alpha Beta Mu chapter of PTK while Dameron serves as current Student Government Association president.
Both men were recipients of scholarships from the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and plan to complete their bachelor degrees at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC). As a mass communication major, Derek is gaining valuable experience in his field by working with the staff in the Center for Distributed Education using various types of editing software. Robert is a computer science major with a background in Internet security and a minor in math who often tutors in the math lab.
“Robert and I were the first ones to be awarded and to me, it was symbolic reminder of how ChattState tries to lead our state and set the standard in everything we do. I hope every student that comes to our campus catches that same spirit and motivation that our school does its best to embody,” said Dameron.
Shares Robert, “During the ceremony, Dr. Catanzaro and Senator Watson bestowed upon Derek and me a Proclamation from the Tennessee State House of Representatives and awarded us with the Certificate for the All-State Academic Team. It was an honor to be recognized for our hard work.”
For more information about Phi Theta Kappa visit www.chattanoogastate.edu. Advisors to contact include Rachael Falu, 423.697.2412, email@example.com or Garrett Bouldin, 423.697.2512, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wendy and Brandon Buckner started The Hot Chocolatier in 2008. As a locally-owned Chattanooga, TN based company, the couple wanted to bring their experiences – from the various cities in which they had lived – back to the their hometown. The concept of The Hot Chocolatier became a reality when Wendy and Brandon began introducing artisan chocolates, confections, one-of-a-kind sculptures, showpieces, customized favors, and corporate/wedding gifts upon opening the doors of their first location within the Business Development Center along the North Shore area of downtown Chattanooga.
After visiting a number of shops/production facilities in Paris, France and Belgium as part of a travel study through a MakeWork grant in 2011, Wendy and Brandon felt that Chattanooga needed a retail artisan chocolate/gourmet dessert boutique-style shop to call their own. In August, 2011, the couple moved The Hot Chocolatier to Chattanooga’s Southside and expanded the menu to include in-house gourmet pastries and desserts. The Hot Chocolatier celebrated its fifth year anniversary in October 2013.
About the owners:
Wendy Buckner – owner & head chocolatier – received an Associate’s degree in Studio Art from Chattanooga State in 2001 and went on to graduate from The French Pastry School in Chicago, IL in 2005. Wendy has worked in several prominent patisseries and chocolate kitchens before developing The Hot Chocolatier. She also brings her training as a visual artist to her culinary experience.
Brandon Buckner – co-owner, designer & assistant chocolatier – received an Associates/Transfer Degree in Studio Art from Chattanooga State in 1995, transferred to UTC for a BFA in Painting in 1998, and went on to receive a MFA in Painting from the University of Iowa, Iowa City in 2005. His training in design and studio art makes him an asset in custom chocolate creations. Brandon created The Hot Chocolatier logo and package designs for products and also works at Diversified Companies as a Graphics Specialist.
Chattanooga, TN — ChattState welcomes motivational speaker, Inquoris “Inky” Johnson on Wednesday, January 29, for a series of presentations during Student Success Day.
Inky Johnson always dreamed of playing professional sports, but a football game on September 9, 2006, changed everything for him. A routine tackle turned into a life-threatening injury that paralyzed his right arm and left him with daily pain and constant physical challenges. Despite his impoverished up bringing and the devastating injury, Inky persisted to complete both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at The University of Tennessee. His story of relentless determination inspires audiences to embrace the challenges of life.
Arriving on campus the morning of January 29, Mr. Johnson will address students, faculty and staff beginning at 10:00 a.m. in OMN-124/126. Following the open presentation, the Student Success, “Just Talkin,” Series luncheon begins at 12:00 p.m. The ChattState Augusta R. Kolwyck Library Information Commons will host a book signing at 4:00 p.m. At 6:00 p.m. a public presentation event featuring Mr. Johnson will take place in the Humanities Theatre. For more information, contact Sandy Rutter at 423.697.4475 or email@example.com, or visit www.chattanoogstate.edu.
Sponsors for this event include the Student Government Association, ChattState Athletics, and the Building Outstanding Service Scholars (BOSS).
Founded in 1965, Chattanooga State is a public community college serving more than 11,000 students from Chattanooga and Hamilton, Rhea, Sequatchie, Marion, Bledsoe and Grundy counties.
I graduated from the Professional Actor Training Program and began working as a professional entertainer initially part time and now full time. The program is so unique and intensive, that the only way I can describe it is as a massive springboard that will catapult you towards a career in the entertainment industry. I came to the program with raw desire, eager to learn, and I left with a wealth of knowledge that I continue to draw from as a professional. I was a kid with a dream, and now I have Off Broadway shows, commercials for Nickelodeon, Sony, and Capitol One, and some television projects in the works under my belt all because of the great start that I got with PATP. I can’t recommend the program enough to someone who is serious about a career in show business. If you are ready to work hard, stop dreaming and start doing, then the Professional Actor Training Program is for you.
Last year, I had the life changing experience of completing my first year of the Professional Actor Training Program at Chattanooga State. Previously, I had graduated Cum Laude from Belmont University with a Bachelor of Music degree in Musical Theatre. I also enjoyed wonderful experiences working as a vocalist on a cruise ship, acting for several seasons in a professional theatre, and performing for arenas of children on a tour of Sesame Street Live. I had a good amount of knowledge and experience under my belt, but I lacked confidence and certain skills that were simply not a focus in Belmont’s training program. I clearly remember my first week of classes last Fall. After each class, I would think to myself, “This is what I have been craving to learn!” Throughout the year, I continued to be thrilled by the new performance techniques I was able to learn and practice in my classes. I was also amazed by the clarity with which my teachers presented these often abstract ideas, and the safe environment they provided for us to practice them.
Upon entering the Professional Actor Training Program, I already held a bachelor’s degree in music, had had many college theatre roles, had taken acting classes since childhood, and had a great agent in Nashville; however, the training I received at Chattanooga State is unlike anything else I have ever known. The two-year program is designed to create an autonomous actor. Why does this matter? Doesn’t every educational program encourage autonomy? In a word: no. The PATP training is highly specialized, sensitive, and magnanimous. Through rigorous work in scene study and improvisation, a culture of free self-expression, self-exploration, and emotional generosity weaves a small group of people together forever, beyond the span of two short years. Did I become a better actor? Undoubtedly. I filled my toolbox with the essential practical skills that make me feel easily prepared for any performing situation. The best reward, however, is that my perception as an artist and human being was truly cultivated in that time. The training is absolutely professional and intimately personal. What makes it special cannot be conveyed literally. It can only be felt first-hand.