Summer Bridge Program Promotes Success At UTC

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

A group of 32 incoming freshmen got an early start this summer in the new UTC Summer Bridge Program, where they took the initiative to take steps towards academic achievement, experience extracurricular activities and develop leadership skills.

For four weeks, the students attended math, English, and first year studies experience classes.

“It’s an early opportunity for college success,” explained Dr. Beth Crawford, Summer Bridge faculty director.  “They connected with community partners, took field trips and performed generous acts of community service.

We will be tracking these students for retention and persistence to graduation.”

Students from the Bridge Program were invited to live as a cohort in Stagmaier Dormitory and enjoy meals on campus.  They attended an ice cream social and met faculty members in an informal setting.

In addition to academic enhancement, the Bridge Program introduced the students to the University’s community partners.

At the Creative Discovery Museum, students were invited to a science session and a private tour of this downtown attraction.  They learned there are many UTC alumni employed at the Creative Discovery Museum.

Three community service projects were completed by the students, who were divided into three groups to tackle different tasks.  One group assisted the Chattanooga Parks Department by helping to clean the Citizen’s Cemetery located across East Fifth St.; another cleaned the gardens at the Ronald McDonald House near campus on East Third St.; and another group painted food collection barrels at the Chattanooga Community Kitchen.

Participants enjoyed some lively activities on and off campus.  UTC Housing arranged for them to learn salsa dancing.  UTC Outdoors took the group for a rafting trip on the Ocoee River—“everyone loved it.” Dr. Crawford said.

When the students in the Bridge Program arrive for fall 2014 classes, their first math and English classes will be completed.


Public Education Foundation Hosts Free College Knowledge Lunch Breaks

High school parents & educators from all over the Tennessee Valley are invited to attend the Public Education Foundation's free College Knowledge Lunch Breaks.  Other adults who work with or advise students on the road to post-secondary success are invited as well.   These monthly lunch time workshops will focus on college related topics such as essay writing, ... (click for more)

Lee University To Present Homecoming Music Festival 2014

As a part of the Lee University Homecoming activities, the School of Music will present its annual Music Festival on Saturday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. in the Conn Center. This year’s festival program will include familiar student ensembles Campus Choir, Chamber Strings, Evangelistic Singers, Jazz Band, Ladies of Lee, Lee Singers, Symphonic Band, Voices of Lee, and a group new to the ... (click for more)

Additions And Improvements At Camp Jordan Arena Coming Soon

Additions and improvements are coming to Camp Jordan Arena in the near future. At the Thursday night meeting of the East Ridge city council, approval was given for buying new playground equipment. It will come from Gametime, a locally-based company. The VP of Marketing lives in East Ridge and made a proposal to set up the playground at Camp Jordan so his company could use it for ... (click for more)

Teenager Killed In ATV Accident Thursday Night

Damon Lee Jones, 15, was killed Thursday night in an ATV accident in Walker County. It was reported he was riding with a 17-year old, when they tried to enter a church parking lot, but ran into a cable barrier. The accident happened on Dunwoody Road in LaFayette. The other rider, identified as Timothy J. Wallin, was not injured.   (click for more)

Tom Dugan Was A Good Man

Tom was my boss for most of my 36 years at Carta.  At the ceremony where I was awarded my 30-year service award, Tom said, "Don disagrees with 85% of my decisions, but I wish I had 80 more employees just like him." This kind of indicates our relationship. When I asked him to help with my plans for a reunion for the group of Veterans that I served with in Vietnam, he quickly ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A Veterinarian’s Horse Sense

I suspect you’ve heard by now that a doctor in New York City, who volunteers with “Doctors Without Borders,” just got back from the African nation of Guinea on October 17 – last Friday – and on Thursday tested positive for the deadly Ebola virus. Luckily, he came in actual contact with only a few people but he reportedly rode a subway, took a taxi, went on a three-mile run and ... (click for more)