Michael P. Hennen Hospitality & Culinary Center Dedicated at Chattanooga State

“A ROCKET to the brilliant idea of establishing a first-rate hospitality and culinary center at Chattanooga State in loving memory of the late Michael Hennen… and if we can capture Michael’s delightful zest for life in the students the center will hopefully produce, it will be a godsend for our area.” -Roy Exum

“There can be no better namesake than Michael Hennen because he epitomizes hospitality.” -Jon Kinsey

We are grateful for the outpouring of love and support in establishing the Michael P. Hennen Hospitality & Culinary Center at Chattanooga State. On August 30, 2015, one year and one month since the kick-off benefit, a ribbon-cutting and dedication was held on campus. Please enjoy our video highlights from the August 30th dedication held on campus and the July 2014 benefit held at Hennen’s:


A Toast & Roast honoring John Germ on Dec. 3

Chattanooga State Foundation presents Dinner of Firsts – A Golden Celebration! A combined event celebrating ChattState’s 50 years of service to our community and honoring our friend, John Germ. John is a first generation college graduate and has been

Dalewood Middle School students Tahj Cargle, Jamaal Ward, Eric Kelly and Jamicheal Wilson, from left, perform a science rap song for seventh-graders on May 20 at the Chattanooga, Tenn., school.

Dalewood Middle Schoolers win Science Genius at Chattanooga State, make national news

We were thrilled to see reporter Will Healy’s Chattanooga Times Free Press article celebrate the success of four local students from Dalewood Middle School who won Chattanooga’s first Science Genius rap competition held on campus earlier this month. Healy’s article was picked up by the Associated Press and is receiving national circulation, including in the U.S. News and World Report this week:

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A “Tea for Bea” to Celebrate First Faculty Fellowship Endowment

To demonstrate the importance of scholarship and those who are dedicated to student learning, each academic division on campus was asked to dedicate a faculty fellowship to a former faculty and/or administrator who demonstrated outstanding scholarship and dedication to teaching and student learning. The Social and Behavioral Sciences Division chose to honor retired faculty member Bea Lyons. Below is an excerpt announcing the award by Interim Dean John Haworth:

Remembering Paul M. Starnes

IMG_2986 2Longtime State Representative Paul Starnes died January 9, 2015.

John Germ, a Founding Chattanooga State Foundation Board member who served with Mr. Starnes on the Foundation Board, had this to say about him:

“Paul Starnes was a strong advocate for Chattanooga State. His leadership led to the creation of many programs and building projects that enhance the community and allow students to earn a valuable education. He was a strong supporter of the foundation and played an active roll in selecting leadership for the college. His tenure in the legislature led to many improvements in Hamilton County. Chattanooga State has lost a tremendous supporter and educational leader.”

The Chattanooga State Student Center is named in his honor. Read more about him here.

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Time to Apply for Chattanooga State Scholarships

Will you help us spread the word? It is time for students to apply for scholarships at Chattanooga State for fall 2015. Our priority deadline is March 1 for the upcoming academic year. Students who complete the application by the priority date will receive preference with regard to scholarship awards. Both Tennessee Promise eligible and adult students are encouraged to apply.

In partnership with Chattanooga State Community College and the Chattanooga State Foundation, more than $800,000 in combined scholarship funding is provided annually for qualified