Chattanooga State Announces Excellence Award Winners

Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Shown, from left to right, are front, Lisa Phillips, Robert Prytula, Dr. Angela Everett; rear, Lori A. Robinson, Michel R. Matthews and Suzanne Myatt.
Shown, from left to right, are front, Lisa Phillips, Robert Prytula, Dr. Angela Everett; rear, Lori A. Robinson, Michel R. Matthews and Suzanne Myatt.

Chattanooga State Community College announced the selection of two staff members and four faculty members as the recipients of the 2011-2012 Excellence Awards. The Excellence Awards are the highest honor given to Chattanooga State employees. Award winners are nominated and selected by their peers in the support staff association, the professional staff association, and the faculty senate. The Chattanooga State Foundation sponsors the annual Excellence Awards and presents each of the recipients with $500.

 

Robert Prytula, associate professor and program director for Fire Science Technology, received the Excellence in Advising Award. Mr. Prytula’s duties include teaching Fire Science Technology courses, advising students, and program administration. A graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, he has worked at Chattanooga State since 2005. His wife Debora is also a Chattanooga State employee who works as a receptionist for the dental program, and regional health programs administrative assistant in the Division of Nursing and Allied Health.

 

Dr. Angela Everett, professor of Mathematics at Chattanooga State’s Kimball site, received the Excellence in Teaching Award. She earned both a B.S. and a M.S. degree in Mathematics from Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tn. In addition, she earned an Ed.D, in Mathematics Education from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Dr. Everett’s duties include teaching courses from elementary algebra to calculus. She also has the responsibility of operating the Math Lab at the Kimball site. She has been part of Chattanooga State’s faculty since 1997. A resident of Grundy County, Dr. Everett and her husband, Mike, have two children, Brett, 8,  Brady 6, plus her stepdaughter, Kayla, 19, who is a Surgical Technology student at Chattanooga State.

 

Lori A. Robinson, assistant professor and clinical coordinator for Sonography programs in the Division of Nursing and Allied Health, was recognized for Excellence in Teaching for the Technologies. A 1985 graduate of Chattanooga State, she completed the requirements for a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management through Bryan College’s Aspire program. Robinson has worked in the medical imaging field performing ultrasound, CT scan, MRI and x-ray for more than 26 years. She continues to work PRN at a local hospital performing CT scan and ultrasound to maintain her patient care and medical imager skills. At Chattanooga State, her duties include making the majority of the clinical visits to students training in the field, primary instructor for Abdominal Sonography courses and labs in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program, and assisting with lab instruction in physics, OB/GYN Sonography and Vascular Sonography courses. She and her husband, Don, will celebrate 26 years of wedded bliss in July of this year. They have one daughter, Rebecca Paige Robinson, 18, a student at Lee College who hopes to transfer to Chattanooga State’s nursing program in the fall.

 

Michael Matthews is the senior instructor for massage therapy at the Tennessee Technology Center’s Eastgate Town Center location. He has a diverse background that includes a B.A. degree in Geology from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, MI, a M.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and a diploma in Massage Therapy from the Tennessee Institute of Healing Arts in Chattanooga. Matthews worked as an adjunct instructor from 1990-1999 in Chattanooga State’s old hazardous material program before becoming the massage therapy instructor in 2007. He teaches the entire massage therapy curriculum, which is comprised of courses in Swedish, therapeutic, and deep tissue massage. In addition, he instructs his students in anatomy and physiology as well as business. His wife Susie Matthews, DVM, is the program director for the Veterinary Technology program at Chattanooga State.

 

The Tennessee Technology Center’s student services coordinator, Suzanne Myatt received the Professional Staff Excellence Award.  Her 10 years with the TTC has prepared her for  her numerous job requirements that include career services and counseling, student enrollment, admissions support, event planning, financial aid assistance, recruitment, SkillsUSA advisor, coordinator of the TTC Outstanding Student of the Year, and the graduation planning team. Ms. Myatt’s sister, Judy Mabe, is an instructor in the Dental Hygiene program at Chattanooga State. In her free time, Ms Myatt makes sure her Boston Terrier, Bailey, lives in the lap of luxury.

 

Lisa Philips is an administrative secretary who has worked at Chattanooga State since 2005. She also earned an associate of arts degree at Chattanooga State. Her job with Institutional Effectiveness requires organization, attention to detail, and the ability to meet strict deadlines for federal and state reporting. Additionally, she was involved with risk assessment, research and data, the College’s Quality Enhancement Plan, faculty evaluations (IDEA), and SACS accreditation. Currently, Mrs. Phillips is filling in as the administrative secretary to Chattanooga State President Jim Catanzaro. She has two sons, Michael and Matt. Michael, a UT grad with a double major in Business and Landscape Design, owns a landscaping business in Chattanooga that focuses on native plants. Matt, who has a Masters degree from Clemson University in Real Estate Development, is currently Project Manager and LEED Director for CBL & Assoc. He and his wife are expecting their first child in June.

 

For information about Chattanooga State Community College and its educational programs, call the Chattanooga State information hotline at 697-4404 or toll free at 866 547-3733. Information is available at on the Chattanooga State website at www.chattanoogastate.edu, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ChattState, and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ChattStateCC.


Lee Conducts Remote Piano Master Class With Juilliard Professor

As a part of Lee University’s 13th annual International Piano Festival, Dr. Michael Shinn of the Juilliard School in New York taught a live interactive master class for participating students.  Students performed for Dr. Shinn on a Yamaha DCFX Disklavier PRO concert grand piano on Lee’s campus while a similarly equipped high-tech “reproducing” instrument at Yamaha Artist ... (click for more)

Roger Shen Takes First Place In Lee’s Piano Competition

Roger Shen took first place in the 13th annual Lee University piano competition for the collegiate division. The award ceremony concluded the International Piano Festival and Competition held June 11-17 on Lee’s campus.  Third place was awarded to Chin-An Lin, with an honorable mention going to Tzu-Jung Peng. For the pre-collegiate division, rather than traditional first, ... (click for more)

Mae Beavers Hits New UT President For Reinstating Campus Diversity Office

Republican gubernatorial candidate Senator Mae Beavers expressed disappointment that the Chancellor of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Beverly Davenport, has announced plans to reinstate the Campus Diversity Office and hire a new director of the LGBT Pride Center. She said in May 2016 HB 2248 became law, which defunded the University of Tennessee’s Office of Diversity ... (click for more)

Wilkins Found With 2 Stolen Vehicles After Homeowner Catches Him In Break-In

Authorities said Jesse Lee Wilkins was found with two stolen vehicles after a resident on Thursday caught him stealing items from his residence on Cave Lane. Wilkins, 29, of 2906 E. 43rd St., was charged with aggravated burglary and two counts of theft over $1,000. When deputies arrived on a burglary call, they found Wilkins and the resident standing in the driveway. He said ... (click for more)

Exempt Volunteer Fire Departments From Procurement Policies - And Response (2)

The Hamilton County Commission just grouped a bunch of departments together in an attempt to reign in the CVB. I haven't spoken to any commissioners, but I truly believe it was unknowingly. By mandating that all non profits that receive 25 percent of their revenue follow county procurement policies, they might as well have padlocked all local volunteer fire departments. We expect ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Ghost & The Eclipse

So you don’t believe in ghosts, haints or spirits? And you don’t believe that smack in the middle of this August, it is going to be nighttime in the middle of the day? Then put on your seatbelt and sit next to me … First, the ghost. The 6 th Congressional District in the State of Georgia is in the northern part of Atlanta’s suburbs. It includes Roswell, Sandy Springs, Dunwoody ... (click for more)