Head shot of alum Jeannie Gritton

ChattState Grad Fosters Excitement for Gamers

    Meeting Jennie Gritton is enlightening. Within minutes of initial conversations about her career, one can be certain that she obviously knows her “stuff” well. Jennie is a software engineer for one of the largest video game companies in the world – Electronic Arts (EA).  Named “Rookie of the Year” during her first year at EA in 2007, Jennie has been instrumental in the development of Madden NFL 08-12, NCAA Football 08-10, Dead Space 3, Battlefield Hardline, and is now in the process of developing a Star Wars game.Preparing for her gaming career at age 14 proved to be a challenge since her high school did not offer any programming classes and she had no computer at home. “It wasn’t until I graduated high school, bought a computer with a loan and went on to Chattanooga State that I was first introduced to programming and Web development,” recalls Jennie.

Head shot of alum and new board chair for ChattState Foundation Dr. Maricela Rodriguez

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.

new Chattanooga State Alumni Board members seated left to right at board room table: Dr. Jared Bigham, Morgan Smith, Sherri Shackleford, Dennis Tumlin, Dr. Flora Tydings, Jerry Wagner, Tabatha Armour and Gary Ainscough.

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

ALUMNI featured including photo of alum Tabatha Armour and 3 members from Class of 1967, the first graduating class of ChattState

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.

Head shot of Lydia Burroughs – Alum, class of 2012

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!!!