Tennessee College Of Applied Technology To Hold Commencement Services Saturday

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

The Tennessee College of Applied Technology (formerly the Tennessee Technology Center) at Chattanooga State Community College will hold Commencement Services on Saturday at 10 a.m. in the gymnasium located in the Health and Fitness Center on the main campus.


Danni B. Varlan, TBR Regent, will deliver the Commencement address. Varlan was appointed to the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) on September 29, 2010, representing the second congressional district. She is the major gifts and annual giving officer for East Tennessee Children’s Hospital in Knoxville, Tennessee. In addition to her professional position, Varlan is active in her community and serves on numerous boards including the East Tennessee Economic Development Council, Knoxville Habitat for Humanity, and the Blount County Salvation Army Advisory Board.


Mrs. Varlan has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgia State University and is married to U. S. District Court Judge Thomas A. Varlan. The Varlans have four children.


The 2013 graduation marks the first time that the TCAT Division will incorporate traditional academic regalia – academic colors, banner and the ceremonial mace – in the ceremony. Hugh Vines, the longest tenured TCAT faculty member, will carry the ceremonial mace, which leads the processional of graduating students. Dr. Mike Ricketts, TCAT Division dean will carry the banner. The banner represents the colors of the college, royal blue and burnt orange, while the boarders of the division banner indicate the various programs of study.


Special recognition will be given to the 2013 National Technical Honor Society members, National SkillsUSA gold, silver and bronze award winners, and national delegates. In addition, Tennessee SkillsUSA gold and silver award winners and state officers will be acknowledged. Special awards given to Robert E. Hawfield, math instructor, for teaching excellence and Mary K. Kamuiru, 2012-2013 outstanding student of the year for Tennessee, will be highlighted.


Retiring faculty members include Katherine D. Veal, senior instructor, practical nursing (LPN), who retired December, 2012 with 17 years of service; Kevin LaBron Lawson,

Master instructor, collision repair, who retired May, 2013 after 24 years; and Michael R. Matthews, senior instructor, massage therapy, retiring August, 2013 with 5 years of service.


School Reformist Dr. Tiffany Anderson To Speak In Chattanooga On Education Reform

Dr. Tiffany Anderson will present, Putting Schools at the Center of a Community, at the next Chattanooga 2.0 Talk on June 2 from 5:30-7 p.m. at Dalewood Middle School, located at 1300 Shallowford Road in Chattanooga. This event is free and open to the public.  Dr. Anderson’s model of bringing community services and connections into schools has been featured on NPR, The ... (click for more)

Commissioner McQueen Reconvenes Special Task Force On Student Testing And Assessment

Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced Wednesday the reconvening of the special Tennessee Task Force on Student Testing and Assessment to further study and identify best practices in testing at the school, district, and state level. Comm. McQueen formed the first iteration of this assessment task force shortly after taking office in 2015 as a result of feedback from ... (click for more)

Woman, 26, Who Was Set To Testify In Murder Trial, Is Shot And Killed On Elder Street

A 26-year-old woman who was set to testify in an upcoming murder trial was shot multiple times and killed on Wednesday morning. Chattanooga Police responded to the 2100 block of Elder Street on a report of a dead person on the side of the road near Old Ringgold Road and Westside Drive. Police located Bianca Horton.  P olice established a crime scene.  Chattanooga ... (click for more)

Attorney For Bobby Stone Hits Berke, Fletcher For Commenting On Pending Case

The attorney for Bobby Stone on Wednesday said it was "fundamentally wrong" for Mayor Andy Berke and Police Chief Fred Fletcher to comment on the case in which Mr. Stone is charged with domestic assault against his wife, Berke advisor Lacie Stone. Attorney Lee Davis said the comments were unfair and "a disservice to the court." Mayor Berke denied any inappropriate contact ... (click for more)

Case Handled Like Any Other? - And Response

It is interesting that Chief Fletcher would deem the handling of the Mayor's encounter as typical or normal. Is the Chief asking the public to believe that all misdemeanor domestic violence arrests include a 4-hour taped interrogation, and delayed reporting after a visit to the Chief’s house. Of course, we believe that Chief Fletcher. April Eidson * * *  I ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The American Dream, 2016

On this, the week of commencement, junior high graduations, and achievement at every level is displayed, we stand with hope and wonder as the next wave of promising Americans gives our nation the reason we pray for our next tomorrow. On Monday, as Vice President Joe Biden addressed 950 cadets who would become 2nd Lieutenants by the end of the day at the United States Military ... (click for more)