Chattanooga State Community College co-hosted the 7th annual joint UTC/ ChattState Physical Therapy Forum at UTC on Thursday, Jan. 26. During the event, ChattState presented its PTA Alumni of the Year award to Felicia Jackson.
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.
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.
On behalf of the newly formed Board of Directors for the Chattanooga State Alumni Association, we invite fellow alumni to please join us for our first-ever Alumni Roadshow.
The events are free to attend with complimentary hors d’oeuvres until we run out, plus you will be able to
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
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: email@example.com.
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!!!
by Linda Murray Bullard –alum, writer, speaker, entrepreneur
I am grateful to Chattanooga State because it is the place where I started my road to success. I waited until after my sons were older to finish my Associate’s degree. Chattanooga State allowed me to do it when I was ready. I turned 50 years old the same year I graduated.