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First Alum, First Woman Elected Chair of the Chattanooga State Foundation

The Chattanooga State Foundation announced that Dr. Maricela Rodriguez, a Chattanooga State alumna and local dentist, is the new Foundation Board Chair and President. She will serve a two-year term.

Alan Cates is the immediate past chair and president. Additional officers include Edna Varner as vice-chair and chair-elect, John Germ as treasurer, Britt Tabor as assistant treasurer and Roberta Miles as secretary.

Newest Board members include: Rowena Belcher, TVA retiree & community volunteer; Scott Mattice, Senior Vice President, Morgan Stanley; Reggie Piercy, Senior Vice President, Vision Hospitality; Keith Sanford, President & CEO, Tennessee Aquarium; Britt Tabor, Chief Financial Officer, Erlanger Health System; and Tom White, Senior Vice President of Investor Relations, Unum.

Founded in 1977, the Chattanooga State Foundation fosters a philanthropic community in support of the mission of Chattanooga State Community College. Gifts to the Foundation each year help support the greatest needs across campus for things not covered by tuition and fees including scholarships for deserving students and professional development for faculty and staff.

Learn more about the Chattanooga State Foundation at chattanoogastate.edu/give.

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New Alumni Board at Chattanooga State

Dr. Flora Tydings welcomed the new Alumni Board members to campus and stated how grateful she was for their service:

“You are making our dream of an Alumni Board a reality,” Tydings said.

We are so pleased to introduce you to our new Chattanooga State Alumni Board members: photo above (l-r): Dr. Jared Bigham, Morgan Smith, Sherri Shackleford, Dennis Tumlin, Dr. Flora Tydings, Jerry Wagner, Tabatha Armour and Gary Ainscough. Missing from

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Reconnect through easy online Alumni Form

Have you filled out our new and simpler online Alumni Form to stay connected with our growing Chattanooga State alumni family? It takes just a minute, and we would love to keep you in the loop!

A new alumni leadership board is forming this summer and alumni activities are in the works for this fall. Ensure you get invited by completing the Alumni Form today!

Interested in learning more about our new Alumni Board, please contact fellow alum Julie Davis, 423-510-8263 or email: juliecookdavis@gmail.com.

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50 Faces of Gratitude: Lydia Burroughs

by Lydia Burroughs – Alum, class of 2012

I am grateful to Chattanooga State for affording me the opportunity of launching my educational adventure towards becoming a CPA. Due to the wonderfully flexible format and educators that cared about my learning, I am a proud alumni with an AS degree from Chattanooga State, and I am now in the latter stages of my education. Furthermore, I am always touting to anyone thinking of attending college how much they would benefit by beginning their education at Chattanooga State, because I never felt like I was left behind and there was always someone I could go to if I needed further understanding on any subject. I also came away with professors that became lifelong friends that care about my successes!!!

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50 Faces of Gratitude: Barbara Morgan

by Barbara Morgan, retiree (secretary to the College presidents for 44 years!)

Chattanooga State was like a second family to me during my two years as a student and forty-four years as an employee. While a student, faculty and fellow students became friends and supporters and we received an education and graduated with degrees that gave us careers. During my years as an employee, I got married; had children; had grandchildren; and lost parents. My fellow employees were there with friendship and support for these life events as well as for day-to-day work responsibilities. Chattanooga State was a great place to be a student and employee and still is with all the caring faculty and staff that are there to support and assist all along the way. Miss my Chattanooga State family.