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Seven Parsons Set to Continue Play at Next Level
Seven Snead State Community College baseball players have committed to continue their baseball careers at the next collegiate level of play. “We’ve had a tremendous season, and these seven players receiving offers to continue to play baseball was the icing on the cake,” said Snead State Head Baseball Coach Gerry Ledbetter. “I also had two more players that were offered but decided it was time to shift their focus solely to academics.” Boaz native Blake Truett and Pat Lecroy of West Palm Beach, Fla., signed with Martin Methodist in Pulaski, Tenn. Blake is the son of Chris and Janet McDowell. He majored in accounting and was named to the Alabama Community College Conference’s All North Second Team. Blake finished the 2013 regular season with 46 RBIs, eight doubles and two triples. He had eight stolen bases and a .261 batting average. He played shortstop for the Parsons and was named to the ACCC’s prestigious Golden Glove Team. He majored in accounting. First-baseman Pat Lecroy received several honors from the ACCC and was named an All-American. He was named to the All-North and All-Region First Teams for infielders. He had eight homeruns on the season. He has 37 RBIs and a .426 batting average. He finished the regular season with 52 hits and 13 doubles. He’s the son of Dennis and Christy Lecroy. Sam Eure, a catcher for the Parsons, committed to Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta, Ga. Sam was named to the ACCC All-North First Team and the All-Region Second Team. Eure has a .323 batting average and 26 RBIs. He recorded five doubles during the season and was also named to the Golden Glove Team for the ACCC. He is the son of Shannon and Guy Eure. He majored in business. Center-fielder Parker Madden of Woodstock, Ga., has signed with the University of West Alabama in Livingston. Parker was a member of the All-North First Team for outfielders and the All-Region Second Team. He was also named to the Golden Glove Team. Madden finished with a .355 batting average and 15 stolen bases. He recorded 12 RBIs. He’s the son of Roger and Missy Madden and majored in physical education. Mitch Cohen, originally from Alpharetta, Ga., has signed with the University of New Orleans. He’s the son of Marc and Sheryn Cohen and majored in psychology. As a left-handed pitcher for the Parsons, Mitch averaged eight strikeouts per game and ended the season with a total of 27 strikeouts and a 5.83 ERA. Right-handed pitcher, Preston Thompson signed with Union University in Jackson, Tenn. He majored in marketing and is the son of Rich and Trisha Thompson. He finished the season with a 5.86 ERA and 25 strikeouts. Hunter Payne signed with Harding College in Arkansas. He is the son of Kim and Robert Payne and majored in mechanical engineering. As a right-handed pitcher, he finished the season with a 3.26 ERA and 18 strikeouts.
Snead State searches for new Tennis Coach
Snead State Community College will spend the summer locating a new coach to lead the Women’s Tennis Program. “In the last few years, we’ve been moving in a different direction with our athletics program, including Women’s Tennis, and I have confidence that we can find a coach who will lead our players in a successful season. We are posting the position of Head Women’s Tennis Coach this week as a part-time position,” said Athletic Director Mark Richard. The College hopes to fill the position by July, giving the new Women’s Tennis Coach time to meet with the players and prepare for the new season. Steve Machen resigned from the part-time position after serving in the position for 18 years, during which he coached both of his daughters as part of the Snead State Tennis Team. “I will cherish my coaching memories of these past eighteen years. God has a plan and I have to trust that He will open up a new chapter,” said Machen. During Machen’s 18 years at Snead State, the Women’s Tennis Team has claimed the State Championship and the NJCAA Region XXII Championship for the last six years.
Teachers Participate in Unique Learning Opportunity at Snead State Community College
For the third year in a row, 18 high school teachers proved that learning can be fun when they participated in the IMPACTSEED program hosted by Snead State Community College. Teachers in the program learn new and cost-effective ways to engage student learning in physics and chemistry disciplines. Dr. Nouredine Zettili, Jacksonville State University physics professor, led scientific demonstrations involving electricity, magnetic forces, and other science-based experiments. IMPACTSEED (Improving Physics and Chemistry Teaching in Secondary Education) is a grant-funded project offered through the Alabama Commission on Higher Education. The grant funds educators from Marshall County, Albertville City, Guntersville City, Etowah County, DeKalb County, Marshall Christian Academy, and Oxford City school systems. The program also included participants as far away as Chilton County, Marion County, Russellville City and Baldwin County School Systems. The unique training spans two weeks beginning Monday, June 7. Snead State Physical Sciences Instructor Jarrod Shields said teachers have the opportunity to take afternoon lab activities that teachers implement in their own classrooms. “The best part about the program is the camaraderie that allows the teachers to exchange information and ideas,” Mr. Shields said. Snead State was awarded more grant money for the program this year and received $153,000. Because of the additional funds, Snead State was able to accept more local teachers into the program. “We are always happy to have Dr. Zettilli and the IMPACTSEED team here on our campus. College preparation in the sciences is so important for our students, especially those going into Nursing and Engineering,” said Dr. Jason Watts, Chief Academic Officer at Snead State Community College. “Having high school science instructors on our campus getting professional development directly from college science instructors is certainly one of the best ways to help them better prepare their students for college and their future careers. Having great, well-prepared teachers in our high schools is also one of the best ways to inspire students to pursue these high-demand fields,” Dr. Watts said. With the completion of the summer program, the teachers will have access to five additional chemistry and physics technology workshops on Saturdays during the upcoming academic year. Each session they attend will earn them continuing education units needed for professional development requirements. Because of the grant funding, the IMPACTSEED programs are free of charge to the teachers. Teachers who finish the summer institute receive free teaching kits and modules for their classrooms.
Snead State Community College’s Honor Society is named a ‘Five Star Chapter’
Snead State Community College’s Theta Iota Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society received special commendation during the Alabama Regional Convention for fulfilling all requirements to be named a “Five Star Chapter.” The chapter starts with the basic components of maintaining the honor society in level one all the way to level five. Phi Theta Kappa is an International Honor Society that concentrates on four areas of importance of PTK – Leadership, Service, Scholarship and Fellowship. “The success of our chapter shows the dedication and determination from the student’s eagerness to succeed in becoming a Five Star Chapter,” said Brittany Goble, PTK Chapter Advisor. “We hope to maintain this recognition throughout the upcoming years.” Mrs. Goble said she will rely on the incoming group of officers to guide the organization to maintain the Five Star Chapter status. The 2013-2014 officers are President Daniel Garcia of Albertville, Vice President of Leadership Carissa Starnes of Albertville, Vice President of Fellowship Karianne Buchanan of Boaz, Vice President of Scholarship Kaitlyn Fox of Springville, Vice President of Service Taylor Putman of Boaz, Public Relations Officer Glorie Zirkelbach of Albertville, Recording Officer McKayla Edmonds of Grant, and Membership Director Andrew Thompson of Boaz. The Five Star Chapter Development Plan guides each chapter to become an active and engaged honor society. This serves as a blueprint for developing a strong chapter and for earning local, regional and international recognition. Achieving this recognition takes work in the student’s classes and other extracurricular activities. “I’m excited to see our students so eager to excel within the opportunities available through Phi Theta Kappa. As a community college student, I considered my experiences with Phi Theta Kappa to be invaluable. Our students are learning to be stronger leaders not just on our campus but in their communities,” said Snead State President Dr. Robert Exley.
Snead State Instructor Receives Award for Innovative Use of Technology in the Classroom
A Snead State Community College instructor recently received a special award for his efforts in developing course curriculum using the very best in technology. Biology Instructor Dustin Smith was named a winner of a Blackboard Catalyst Award for Exemplary Course Program, which honors members of the community who design and develop exciting and innovative courses that represent the very best in technology and learning. Blackboard is the platform used by Snead State as well as thousands of other higher education, K-12, professional, corporate and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online. Dr. Smith has been with Snead State since 2010. The particular course that earned him the Blackboard Catalyst Award is Biology 201 – Human Anatomy and Physiology I. Courses are evaluated using the rubric by a peer group of Blackboard clients. After evaluating the courses, a Reviewer Council and Exemplary Course Directors determine the winner by considering the interaction and collaboration of the specific course. “The criteria for a course to meet exemplary status are extremely rigorous,” Dr. Smith said. “This course (Biology 201) has many features that allow students to focus on their personal learning needs.” “Snead State has set an example among Alabama education institutions of implementing cutting edge technology to enhance learning by engaging students. Dr. Smith’s work with this particular biology course serves as the perfect example of the dedication among our faculty to discover and implement new ways of learning,” said Snead State President Dr. Robert Exley. The Blackboard Exemplary Course Program Award, which has been a part of the annual Blackboard Catalyst Awards program since 2000, highlights technologically rich, engaging, well designed, and pedagogically sound courses that showcase best practices for the user community. Over 160 entries were evaluated in a peer-review process by more than 300 faculty and instructional designers based on course design, interaction, collaboration, assessment and learner support. The Blackboard Catalyst Awards program annually recognizes and honors innovation and excellence in the Blackboard global community of practice, where teachers and learners work every day to redefine what is possible when leveraging technology. Dr. Smith will be honored alongside other Blackboard Catalyst Award winners during BbWorld, Blackboard’s annual user conference to be held in July in Las Vegas, Nev.
Lecroy Gains All-American Honors
Snead State’s Patrick Lecroy has received honorable mention as a 2013 NJCAA All-American Division I baseball player. As an extremely talented denfensive first-baseman for the Parsons, Pat received two honors for his performance during the 2013 season. He was named to the All-North and All-Region First Teams for infielders. Lecroy is a sophomore from West Palm Beach, Fla., and has eight homeruns on the season. He had 37 RBIs and a .426 batting average. He finished the regular season with 52 hits and 13 doubles. “Pat came to us a walk-on, and I had no idea of the ball player he was. He got himself in shape and became an outstanding player. He was instrumental to our success this season,” said Snead State Head Coach Gerry Ledbetter. “He’s a mature leader, wonderful kid and the only player I know from Snead’s program to ever make All-American. “We hate to lose him. He’s had huge games for us. He tripled for the win against Shelton and had a walk-off homerun against Lawson that got us the win. He’s going to be hard to replace.” Pat has signed a scholarship to play baseball at Martin Methodist College. He is the son of Dennis and Christy Lecroy.
SSCC Employees Receive Awards of Excellence
Snead State Community College President Dr. Robert Exley, right, congratulates the college’s two NISOD Award of Excellence recipients Grover Kitchens, left, and Miranda Collier, center. Mr. Kitchens and Mrs. Collier were recognized during a special ceremony held Sunday, May 26, in Austin, Texas. Snead State Community College was well represented with two Excellence Award recipients at the 35th Annual NISOD International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence on May 26-29 in Austin, Texas. Miranda Collier of Sardis and Grover Kitchens of Gadsden received the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development’s Award of Excellence. The Award of Excellence is given by NISOD to emphasize the importance of teaching and leadership excellence in institutions of higher education. Mrs. Collier serves as the Public Relations Assistant at Snead State. In her role, she handles all of the College’s graphic design needs and serves as the sports information officer for the College. She has been with Snead State as an employee since 2008, but she is also an alumna of SSCC, having earned her Associate degree in public relations from SSCC. She has received numerous awards as part of the Public Relations Office, recently including two Bronze Medallion awards through the National Council of Marketing and Public Relations and three Awards of Merit and a Pyramid Award presented by the Alabama Community College System Public Relations Association. In November 2012, she also received the Alabama Community College System’s Chancellor’s Award in the category of Support Staff. Mr. Kitchens served as the Bookstore Operator for Snead State before assuming his current role as History and Political Science Instructor in 2008. He has developed coursework for both on-campus and online classes. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in finance from Jacksonville State University, his Master of Arts degree in public administration from JSU, and has completed graduate courses in history with the University of Alabama. He is currently pursuing his doctorate through UA. He was instrumental in developing a student organization for those with an interest in history, History@Snead, and he serves as the sponsor for three other student organizations as well. Mr. Kitchens has utilized experiences and material in his classes that he gained from participating in three National Endowment for the Humanities Landmark workshops. The workshops focused on topics such as the Civil War, African American History and Culture, Thomas Jefferson and Social Reform. He recently presented at the Community College Humanities Association National Convention on the implementation of information from the Thomas Jefferson workshop. “I would describe Mr. Kitchens and Mrs. Collier as innovative individuals with a passion for what they do. They are always looking for new opportunities to learn and to become better at what they do, which enables them to better serve our students. They both are deserving of this prestigious recognition,” said Snead State President Dr. Robert Exley. Since its inception in 1978, NISOD has worked to serve, engage, and inspire teachers and leaders through conferences, publications, web services, partnerships, programs, and more.
Director Resigns from Theatre Program, Continues to Teach
Snead State Community College is exploring options for the Theatre Program after accepting the resignation tendered by Program Director Johnny Brewer. Mr. Brewer will continue in his role as Speech Instructor for the College, but he has opted to relinquish his additional duties with the Theatre Program. Mr. Brewer has directed many popular theatre productions at the College, including “The Wizard of Oz,” “Camelot,” and “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown.” “Unfortunately, professionally and personally, circumstances at this time keep me from my continued volunteer status as Director of Theatre,” said Mr. Brewer. “I have loved the opportunity to serve the dedicated and talented students that have performed and represented Snead State well. I have also enjoyed serving the community with a cultural and interactive program that highlighted not only the college but the city of Boaz and the surrounding areas. I am appreciative of SSCC President Robert Exley for his efforts of revitalizing the performing arts program at the College. I thank the wonderful students and the tons of volunteer support and will cherish the many friendships I’ve made along the way. I will continue to be involved in the performing arts in Marshall County as well as in my position as lead speech and communications instructor at Snead State Community College.” “There are few individuals whose talent or service to Snead can match Mr. Brewer’s. His productions have entertained and amazed thousands of patrons, and he has inspired hundreds of performers as Director of Theatre. What some in the community may not know is that he is also among our finest instructors in his role as a Speech teacher. Johnny is a teacher students will talk about for the rest of their lives when people ask them what was best about their time at Snead,” said Chief Academic Officer Dr. Jason Watts. Dr. Watts said the College will explore different options so the College can continue to provide a quality experience for students interested in the Theatre Program. “Our theatre scholarship students are a group of very talented individuals who came to Snead not only to perform, but to learn and grow as performers. Snead State has made a commitment to provide all of them with the highest quality experience possible both in and out of the classroom. We will move forward quickly to meet the high standard our students and our community have come to expect.” said Dr. Watts.
Students Excel at PBL State Compeition
Members of the Phi Beta Lambda organization at Snead State Community College excelled at competitions held during the State Conference in Birmingham. PBL is the organization at SSCC for students interested in the fields of business and economics. The purposes of this organization are to develop competent, aggressive business leadership, and to create most interest and understanding in the intelligent choice of business occupations. Those students excelling at state competitions include: John Burns of Fyffe – first place in Justice Administration Zach Harrell of Guntersville – first place in Marketing Analysis and Decision Making; second place in Sports Management and Marketing Destiny Allman of Springville, Dillan Reed of Arab, Taylor Fox of Grant, and Kevin Keenan of Crossville – second place in Parliamentary Procedure (team event) Allman – third place in Hospitality Management Keenan – third place in Macroeconomics Megan West of Boaz – third place in Microeconomics
Baseball Team Wraps Up 2013 Season, Sets Tryout Date
OZARK, AL – Snead State Community College’s baseball team has wrapped up its 2013 season. The Parsons went 1-2 in their second appearance in a row at the Alabama Community College State Tournament. The 2013 season has proven to be a memorable one for the Parsons and one for the history books. Snead State broke the record for the most wins in a season and in its best showing ever, six players filled 14 spots on All-Conference teams. The team’s coaching staff includes Head Coach Gerry Ledbetter and Assistant Coaches Casey Underwood, Jerry Wayne Hallmark and David Russo. “Not only has our baseball team done well on the field but they have had a remarkable year in the classroom as well,” said Athletic Director Mark Richard. “The team has a collective grade point average of 3.03 and 13 of our 15 sophomores have already received their Associate degrees on schedule and will graduate this summer.” “Our coaches have put in a tremendous amount of time and effort to ensure that our players perform well both on the field and in the classrooms. We know our students are prepared to succeed at the next phase of their college careers and wish them all the best.” Four of the Parsons have already signed to continue their college baseball careers at the next level. Two additional sophomores are expected to sign in the next couple of weeks. Coaches agreed that the leadership and dedication from the sophomores on the team has been phenomenal and were one of several determining factors in the success of the team this season. “I’m very proud of my kids for how they’ve played and for their grades,” said Coach Ledbetter. “One reason I believe our program does so well is we have three of the best assistant coaches in the state – Hitting Coach Casey Underwood, Pitching Coach Jerry Hallmark and Coach David Russo. On a daily basis, they share the importance of getting an education and playing baseball. That went a long way with our team this year. I appreciate my assistant coaches and am proud of them.” “I also want to let the administration at Snead State know how much I appreciate them as well for their work not only with our baseball program but with our entire athletic department as well.” Snead State 6, Enterprise 5 Five of the nine starting Parsons collected RBIs Saturday against Enterprise State. Anthony Wagnon went 2-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI. Trey Shaw went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Parker Madden hit the ball well in the first game of the tournament but only managed to grab one base hit. He went 1-for-5 with two run scored and an RBI. He had a walk and a stolen base in the game. Sam Eure went 1-for-4 with an RBI walk in the ninth inning that helped force the game into extra innings with a 5-5 tie. Eure led off the bottom of the twelfth inning with a crucial double and was eventually the game winning run. Eure scored off a walkoff single by Jesse Thomas, who went 2-for-5 in the game. Thomas also recorded a homerun in the fourth inning. Reed Bright started for the Parsons and pitched an excellent outing despite giving up four runs. He went six innings and had nine strikeouts and gave up six hits. David Collins came in as relief and went the entire rest of the game for six innings. He only gave up one run on a homerun in the seventh inning. The two pitchers combined for 12 innings and 15 strikeouts. Collins was credited with his third win on the year as the Parsons defeated Enterprise 6-5. Southern Union 8, Snead State 2 The Parsons took on the ACCC Central’s number one seeded Southern Union on Sunday. The Parsons were defeated 8-2. Madden went 2-for-4. Blake Truett went 2-for-2 with two base on balls and a run scored. He also recorded a stolen base in the game. Trey Shaw went 1-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base in the game. Reed Bright led the Parsons on offense going 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI. Jamey Barnes started and went 4.1 innings and gave up five earned runs. He pitched well until he ran into problems in the fifth inning. He started the inning off with a base on balls, followed by four consecutive hits. Colton Clifton came in to relieve Barnes and pitched 0.2 innings. He also gave up an earned run. Preston Thompson finished the game. In three innings, he gave up no runs on one hit and recorded two strikeouts and a walk. Wallace-Dothan 6, Snead State 4 Snead State scored a run with an RBI single off the bat of Pat Lecroy to start game three of the tournament. LeCroy went 1-for-5. Wagnon went 2-for-3 with an RBI, a walk and a run scored in the game. Thomas had another two-hit game and went 2-for-5. Reed Bright went 1-for-4 with a base on balls and a run scored. Jakob Kirkwood went 1-for-4 with a hit by a pitch and a run scored. Daniel Moore started the game for the Parsons but gave up two, two-run homeruns in the first inning. Caleb Roberts came in for the second inning and gave up two unearned runs, which proved to later be the deciding factor in the game. Hunter Payne pitched 3.1 innings and gave up no runs on only one hit. He had two strikeouts and a walk. Ryan McNaughton pitched the final three innings and faced ten batters. He gave up one hit and no runs. He recorded two strikeouts and a walk in the 6-4 loss. Snead State Sets Tryout Date The Snead State Community College baseball team will hold an open tryout on Monday, May 20, at 2 p.m. for anyone interested in playing during the 2013-2014 season. Interested players must bring an updated physical, proof of insurance and a copy of their current transcripts to practice.
Snead State Holds Spring Commencement Ceremony
Samford University President Dr. Andrew Westmoreland The annual Spring Commencement Ceremony at Snead State Community College brought students, faculty and staff, family and special guests together to share in the successes and accomplishments of the approximately 190 graduates participating. Samford University President Dr. Andrew Westmoreland served as the Commencement speaker for Thursday’s ceremony, held in the Plunkett-Wallace Gymnasium. Dr. Westmoreland spoke on three life lessons the graduates could learn based on the life of a famous historical leader – Moses. Dr. Westmoreland reminded the audience of Moses’ journey as a baby left in a basket by the Nile River, only to be discovered and raised by Pharaoh’s daughter, as a boy raised as a Hebrew, and as a man who upon witnessing a Hebrew being beaten by an Egyptian stepped in to take matters into his own hands. “Moses killed the Egyptian. Then later on, he comes upon two Hebrews fighting. He steps in, only to have them ask him ‘who made you ruler of the world?’ They asked him if he planned to kill them as he had the Egyptian. And Moses realized, ‘What I did must have become known.’ What we do as leaders will also become known,” said Dr. Westmoreland. He advised the graduates to remember the three life lessons illustrated through Moses’ life: wise decisions require time; true leadership requires moral authority; and right relationships require transparency. He challenged them to be ethical leaders. “Do you know what is right when no one is looking? Look at Moses. He was used to free people and transform a nation. He learned his life lessons well,” Dr. Westmoreland said. Dr. Westmoreland told the graduates they were already leaders, and a few of those leaders were recognized by Snead State Community College President Dr. Robert Exley for their accomplishments while dealing with challenging circumstances. Ellen Stephens of Albertville and Clarence Warden of Guntersville worked at the Kendall/Berry factory in Albertville for more than 30 years. Too young and without adequate resources to retire, they suddenly faced the challenge of “restarting their work life,” said Dr. Exley. “Not only did they both have the courage to do just that, they have done so with great success.” Trent Hundley of Guntersville started at Snead State in 2006 on a basketball scholarship, but due to unfortunate circumstances, had to withdraw from school in 2008 before graduating. Recently, he enrolled in the Ready to Work program available through the Snead State Workforce Development Program, and was able to use that experience to return to Snead. His return hasn’t been an easy journey. An injury prevented him from playing basketball, and he also suffered the loss of his mother. “Trent stayed the course to finish what he started. He will transfer to a four-year university and major in physical therapy,” Dr. Exley announced. Erin Kelley of Arab attended SSCC as a Presidential Scholar with dreams of one day becoming a teacher. “She impressed me with her tenacity and determination as she pursues her academic students and her dream to be a teacher even though she deals with a challenging speech disorder. Erin exemplifies the courage of so many of our students as she refuses to allow this or anything else to limit her dream.” Amidst the celebration Thursday night came a somber moment during which Dr. Exley honored a student who was killed this spring before having an opportunity to receive his diploma. The late Paul Marin was to receive his Associate degree as the top student in the Computer Science Technology Program at Snead State before he lost his life in an automobile accident in April. Mr. Marin was awarded his Associate degree posthumously to his family during the Commencement Ceremony Thursday night. Pictured, from left is Snead State President Dr. Robert Exley, guest speaker Dr. Andrew Westmoreland, President of Samford University, Chief Academic Officer Dr. Jason Watts, Mr. Marin’s wife, Holly, and their three children. The late Paul Marin was a top student in the Computer Science Technology program. He was nominated for the League for Innovation in Community College’s Terry O’Banion Student Technology Award. He came to America from Romania eight years ago, and he told his instructors, “It was my dream to come to this country to obtain a good education and to be able to provide for my family.” While pursuing an Associate degree, Mr. Marin worked two jobs. He was married to Sardis native, Holly Goforth Marin. At the time of his death, he and Mrs. Marin were expecting their third child. Mrs. Marin along with their children – including the newest addition to the family – crossed the Commencement stage Thursday night to accept a framed Associate degree awarded posthumously to Mr. Marin. “Mother Teresa once said, ‘I’m a little pencil in the hand of a writing God, who is sending a love letter to the world.’ As evidenced through his life, Paul served as an instrument to write a love letter to the world through his integrity, his dedication to excellence, his sacrifice for his family and most of all through his life testimony. We are blessed to have had Paul as a Snead State Parson, and along with his family, we miss him today,” said Dr. Exley. Honoring student success and achievement continued not only with the presentation of certificates and degrees but also with the presentation of student awards. Vice President for Student Services Jason Cannon presented the Civitan Best All-Around Student Award to Bria Dupree of Birmingham. Vice President for Student Services Jason Cannon presented the James B. Allen Award to Brady Keel of Boaz. Bria Dupree of Birmingham received the Civitan Best All-Around Student Award. The Civitan Award is presented annually to the Best All-Around Student of the graduating class. To be eligible for this award, the student must have attended Snead State Community College for at least three semesters and attained a minimum cumulative academic average of 3.0 on a four-point scale. In addition, the student should have participated in extracurricular and community activities. The student is elected by a vote of the faculty from a list of eligible graduates who are participating in the graduation ceremonies. Brady Keel of Boaz was awarded the James B. Allen Award presented annually to the Outstanding Student of the graduating class. This award is a gift of the late James B. Allen, United States Senator from Alabama. To be eligible for this award, the student must have exhibited outstanding qualities of leadership and service, attained a minimum cumulative academic average of 3.5, and attended Snead State Community College for at least three semesters. The student is elected by a vote of the faculty from a list of eligible graduates who are participating in the graduation ceremonies. Keel and Erin Kelley of Arab were recognized as this year’s members of the All-Alabama Academic Team. The All-Alabama Scholarship program is a complement to the All-USA National Academic Team Program, which is sponsored by USA Today, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and the American Association of Community Colleges.
Snead Alumnus Accepts New Position
A Snead State Community College alumnus continues to achieve success within the college environment. Dr. Stuart D. Noel, formerly of Boaz, was named the Academic Division Dean for English at Georgia Perimeter College in Atlanta. Dr. Noel served as interim dean for three years before accepting the permanent post on April 1. Also, he served as Chair of the Department of English from 2006-2010. As the Academic Division Dean for the English Division, Dr. Noel oversees the English division and individual English departments and leads the English discipline faculty in academic strategic planning. Working closely with the Vice President of Academic Affairs, he serves as an advocate for the division’s Department Chairs and their faculty to ensure efficient management of the division’s resources. He also assists in developing new and innovative programs to enhance academic quality and strengthen student success. Dr. Noel serves as the liaison between Georgia Perimeter College and external organizations and works with the College’s Grants and Sponsored Programs, Institutional Advancement, and community initiatives to obtain external funding. In addition to his responsibilities as an Academic Division Dean, Dr. Noel serves as an Associate Professor of English. He was promoted from Associate Professor to Professor of English effective July 1. The first of Dr. Noel’s four degrees was earned at Snead State. He graduated with an Associate in English in 1984. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Auburn University and his Master’s and Ph.D. from Georgia State University. He has been working with Georgia Perimeter College since 1998. Georgia Perimeter College currently operates five campuses and serves more than 26,000 students. Dr. Noel continues to maintain his connection to his alma mater as a lifetime member of the Snead State Alumni Association.
Parson Baseball Team Fills Up All-Conference Teams
In its best showing ever, six players from the Snead State Community College baseball team filled 14 spots on All-Conference teams in the Alabama Community College Conference. “This has been an exciting year for our team,” said Coach Gerry Ledbetter. “This has been the second year in a row we’ve made it to the state tournament. We broke the school record for season wins. And, now we have a remarkable showing on our ACCC conference teams.” First-baseman Pat Lecroy of West Palm Beach, Fla., received two honors for his performance during the season. He was named to the All-North and All-Region First Teams for infielders. Lecroy is a sophomore and has eight homeruns on the season. He has 37 RBIs and a .426 batting average. He finished the regular season with 52 hits and 13 doubles. Center-fielder Parker Madden of Woodstock, Ga., was also named the All-North First Team for outfielders, and catcher Sam Eure of Kennesaw, Ga., was named the solo catcher to the All-North First Team for catchers. Madden and Eure were named to the All-Region Second Teams. They are both sophomores. Madden currently has a .355 batting average and 15 stolen bases. He finished with 12 RBIs. Eure has a .323 batting average and 26 RBIs. He recorded five doubles during the season. Boaz native and shortstop Blake Truett and second-baseman Trey Shaw of Alexandria were named to the All-North Second Team for infielders. Both are sophomores, and Pelham’s Reed Bright, a freshman, was also named to the Second Team for outfielders. Truett finished the 2013 regular season with 46 RBIs, eight doubles, and two triples. He has eight stolen bases and a .261 batting average. Shaw recorded 24 RBIs with a .271 batting average. He had 18 stolen bases on the year. Bright has a .286 batting average and nine stolen bases. He had five doubles. Five Parsons were named to the prestigious Golden Glove Team, which recognizes superior defensive play. Truett, Madden and Eure were all named to the First Team. Shaw and Bright received Second Team honors. Bright was named to the All-North Second Team for outfielders but received Golden Glove honors for pitching. He finished the regular season 4-3 with a 3.8 ERA. He recorded 50 strikeouts and 24 earned runs.
Four Parsons Move to Next Level
Four students in the basketball programs at Snead State Community College signed and sealed their commitments to continue their play at the next level Thursday afternoon. Not only have the student-athletes excelled on the courts but in the classroom as well. All four players will graduate with their Associate degree tonight. “We are extremely proud of our students and their accomplishments both on and off court. We believe Snead State has prepared them to be successful in their future and look forward to seeing their success grow even bigger,” said Athletic Director Mark Richard. The Alabama State Hornets picked up commitments from Snead State guard DeMarcus Robinson and forward Brandon Graham. Robinson is a 5-foot-11 guard. He averaged 16 points and 2.6 rebounds in 29 games for the Parsons. Robinson also received offers from South Carolina State, Georgia College and Clayton State in Georgia. “DeMarcus is one of the best guards I have ever had the good fortune to coach,” said Coach Welborn. “He exhibits exceptional athletic abilities in spades, and that’s what every coach dreams of in a player. He can make any shot, any pass, any move that is required at the highest levels of basketball. I am blessed to have had the opportunity to coach such a talented player. He is a high-academic, high-character guy.” Coach Welborn spoke positively about Robinson’s uncanny ability to make clutch shots and to lead a team through example and actions more than words. “I have enjoyed my time at Snead State, and I have learned a lot of new stuff and met a lot of new people,” said Demarcus, who’s from Jonesboro, Ga. “I became a better student athlete and am excited for the new the opportunity at Alabama State. I appreciate all of my teachers and coaches at Snead State for helping me make it to where I am today. I will miss my teammates; they are some great people. I’ll remember them for the rest of my life.” The 6-foot-6 Graham was a standout at Munford High School before signing with Snead State two years ago. He averaged 8.6 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists at a sophomore and declined offers from Florida A&M and Clayton State to become a Hornet. “Through hard work and dedication in skill development, Brandon has become a force who can score from the block or the arc. His tenacity on the boards and his ability and willingness to pass the ball are special. He will do great things at Alabama State,” said Coach Welborn. Coach Welborn also mentioned Graham’s diligence and commitment to excellence in the classroom. He said his academics have been his primary focus. “I’ve had a fun time the last two years at Snead State. I’ve made a lot of friends and have had some wonderful teammates over the last two years. I’ve had some nice teachers that have really helped me out and wanted me to succeed,” said Brandon. Robinson was a first team all-region and All-North Division selection after finishing the season forth in scoring in the Alabama Community College Conference. Graham was a second-team choice to the All-North Division team. Brandon and Demarcus have played together for the past two years and are excited for the opportunity to continue to play together. “It’s going to be an easier transition to have my teammate going with me to Alabama State. It’s going to be another fun and exciting two years,” said Brandon. Austin Watkins, a native of Decatur, signed with Fisk University in Nashville. Watkins finished his sophomore year averaging 6.6 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. He totaled 44 assists on the year. He was a 6-foot-2 starting guard for the Parsons. “My last two years have been a great experience for me. I learned a lot working with Coach Welborn. Because of the time I’ve spent at Snead State, being a part of this team, I have improved my skills on the court, and I’m ready to take the next step. I’m proud to become a part of the Fisk athletic program,” Watkins said. Watkins was the recipient of the team’s Jimmy Griffin Award. The recognition goes to a Snead State player with the biggest heart and passion. Coach Welborn said Watkins exemplified that in his work ethic on and off the court. “Austin Watkins is one of the toughest players I have ever met. His leadership and intangibles are off the charts. He takes on his responsibilities and leads others well. To me, that is a great sign of maturity and manhood. I am humbled to have coached a man of Austin’s character and work ethic.” Not only have Robinson, Graham and Watkins excelled on the court but in the classroom as well. All three have attained a GPA greater than 3.0. Coach Welborn, who just finished his first season with the Parsons, is excited for the opportunities that his players have earned. “I know they’ll continue to excel academically at their universities. These are some of the most selfless men I have ever coached. These men were not my recruits. But I came in and asked them to believe in what I was trying to build at Snead State. They didn’t have to buy in, but to their credit and character, they did. And our program and team was better for it,” said Coach Welborn. “As good as they are on the court and in the classroom, they are even better people. They have proven themselves to be men of integrity and truthfulness.” Fort Payne’s Diamond Elston will be joining the women’s basketball team at Birmingham Southern this fall. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and finished at Snead State with a 3.4 GPA. “I’ve enjoyed being a part of the team at Snead State, but I’m excited about the new opportunity to play for the Panthers,” said Elston. “I have learned a lot working with Coach Plummer. My time at Snead has really prepared me for the next step, and it has been a great learning experience both on the court and off the court.” Elston played center for the Lady Parsons. As a 6-foot-1 sophomore, she finished fifth in the ACCC in blocks per game with 1.7 and was fourth overall with a 49.2 field goal percentage. She averaged 8.25 points per game and show 73.2 percent from the free throw line. “Diamond stood out as a leader on our team. Her skills have matured over the last two years, and she has set herself apart as an academic role model as well,” Plummer said. “I expect her to be an impact player at Birmingham Southern from day one.” Four students in the basketball programs at Snead State Community College signed and sealed their commitments to continue their play at the next level Thursday afternoon at the Norton Social Sciences Building. Front row, from left, is Demarcus Robinson, Brandon Graham, Austin Watkins and Diamond Elston. Back row, from left, is Men’s Assistant Coach Drew Wilson, Men’s Head Coach Jay Welborn. Demarcus and Brandon signed with Alabama State. Austin signed with Fisk University in Nashville. Diamond signed with Birmingham Southern.
Snead State Pins Class of 2013 Registered Nurses
The moment symbolized two years of hard work and sacrifice, but it was with mixed emotions that 53 Snead State Community College students crossed the stage in the Bevill Center to receive their pins as members of the 2013 class of Registered Nurses. The special pinning ceremony for the RNs was held Tuesday, May 7, as friends, family, and Snead State faculty and administration attended to celebrate the students’ accomplishments. “I want to congratulate you on making it to this day,” said Snead State President Dr. Robert Exley. “This is a calling, not a career. You are not only health care providers but healers as well. Never forget the power of your word, touch or simply being in the room with your patients and their families. I challenge you to be a healer in your hearts and to deeply care for your patients and their families as well.” Class President Kari Brock of Sardis welcomed everyone to the ceremony and explained the closeness of her class. “This has been a crazy ride, but we’ve made it. We’ve supported each other, and now it’s our turn to make a difference. I encourage you to never lose your pride and passion for nursing,” said Brock. The guest speaker of the evening was Rachel Smedley, a nursing instructor at Gadsden State Community College. Rachel is also a clinical instructor for Snead State Community College. Rachel read Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” and encouraged the group to take the road less traveled. “You are part of an elite group of the population called nurses. It’s an ever-changing field; you will change it, and you will be changed by it. Always remember to take the road less traveled,” said Smedley. Members of the Snead State RN Class of 2013 are: Albertville – Christen Biddle, Misty Brogdon, Thomas Brueggeman, Dan Bryan, Ashley Chambers, Ashley Clontz, Ashley Cooley, Amber Ennis, Stephanie Johnson, Desi Kyriakopoulous, Trey Long, Michelle Maher, Constance Pams, Stefanie Price, Bobby Smith and Monica Zavala. Alexandria – Joanna Davis. Arab – Kristin Waldrop. Attalla – Tammy Lawrence. Baileyton – Colton Fortner. Birmingham – Ty Chambers. Boaz – Kimberly Arnold, Leah Ballentine, Lisa Bowen, Lillie Dixon, Jessica Fant, Chrissy Hutt, Laura Lotfi, Kareena Lowery, Chase Oglesby and Jade Sanders. Blountsville – Josh Misenhimer. Bowden, Ga. – Tiffany Holloway. Crossville – Patricia Willis. Dawson – Brianna Coffey. Douglas – Melissa Parrish. Eva – Melissa Hayes. Fairfield – Jakita Dial. Gadsden – Esco Ward. Guntersville – Haley Anderson, Heather Anderson and Kinya Sampson. Hanceville – Amy Parkins. Horton – Craig Eagle. Huntsville – Hayley Simmons. Ivalee – Bridgett Horsley. Northport – Michael Hall. Oxford – Walkita Easley. Rainsville – Roxana Mendez and Rachel West. Rainbow City – Mara Rodriguez. Rodentown – Luke Nelson. Sardis – Kari Brock.
Women’s Basketball Team Welcomes Four New Players
Coach Jarrod Plummer welcomed four new players to his 2013-2014 women’s basketball team recently. Holly Pond’s Taylor Terry will join the Parsons this fall. She is the daughter of Tim and Daphne Terry. As a senior, she was named to the All-County, All-County Tournament, All-Area and All-Regional teams. She was also the Northeast Regional MVP and a member of the Class 3A First Team All-State. She also boasts a 3.23 GPA. “Taylor has a great work ethic and comes from a winning program at Holly Pond. She is smart on the court and off as well,” said Coach Plummer. Larian Scott is from Pinson Alabama and will be graduating from Clay-Chalkville High School. As a senior she was named to the All Area team. She’s the daughter of Larry and Wanda Scott. “Larian is a very athletic wing that will help us with her quickness and shooting ability,” said Coach Plummer. “She is quiet off the floor but we expect her to make a big noise on the floor.” Buckhorn’s Sierra Fearn is sure to make an impact on the floor and in the classroom. She has a 3.7 GPA and was named to the 1st Team All-State in 2012 and received honorable mention All-State in 2013. She is the daughter of Stephanie Chandler. “Sierra is a hard-working guard that will bring a lot of energy to our program. Her intensity will elevate her to another level, as well as her teammates,” said Coach Plummer. Aleeya Epting is joining the Parsons from Fairfield High. She is the daughter of Vanessa and Alfred Epting. She averaged eight points, seven rebounds and two assists per game last season when her team went 29-6. "Aleeya is a good athlete that will work hard, and she has a great attitude about life and is a joy to be around. We welcome her to our family here at Snead State," said Coach Plummer. Snead State recently welcomed Holly Pond’s Taylor Terry to its 2013-2014 team. Pictured are her dad, Tim Terry, Taylor, and Taylor’s mom, Daphne Terry. On the back row is Coach Scott Adams and Snead State Coach Jarrod Plummer. Larian Scott Signing: Larien Scott will join the Parsons this fall as a member of the women’s basketball team. Pictured are her Dad, Larry Scott, Larian and Snead State Coach Jarrod Plummer. Sierra Fern is one of the newest members of the upcoming year’s women’s basketball team at Snead State. Pictured are her mom, Stephanie Chandler, Sierra and Snead State Coach Jarrod Plummer. In the back is Buckhorn’s Coach Steve Clemons. Aleeya Epting is joining the Parsons from Fairfield High. She is the daughter of Vanessa and Alfred Epting. She averaged eight points, seven rebounds and two assists per game last season when her team went 29-6.
Snead State Hosts Sigma Kappa Delta Induction
Snead State welcomed 43 new members into its English honor society, Sigma Kappa Delta, at a ceremony held Sunday, May 5, in Fielder Auditorium. “My college English teacher taught me the power of literature. She encouraged me, and as a result, I fell in love with English,” said Snead State President Dr. Robert Exley. “I, too, want to encourage you to accept your gifts and to think while you write.” “At Snead State, we’ve given you the opportunity to see things you never have before. I encourage you to re-examine what you know, to keep reading and to keep a journal. It will be something you’ll enjoy looking back at one day.” The ceremony was led by current officers of the organization, which include Emmauel Morales-Ramirez as president, Cinthia Zavala standing in for Yadira Patino as vice-president, Lauren Cain as secretary and Bethany Rohlfs as historian. New officers for the 2013-2014 year were also presented. Those include President Sarah Leighann Hayes, Vice-President Brett Austin Kent Glass, Secretary Morgan Patterson and Historian Jessica Lee. Members Delia Gueverra and John Bradford served as marshals. Membership into the honor society at Snead State requires completion of twelve transferable semester hours with a 3.3 GPA and at least a “B” average in all English courses. Members do not have to be English majors. English instructor Mrs. Pamela Moore is the faculty sponsor of SKD. Sigma Kappa Delta welcomed the following students into its organization: Albertville – Magon Leeann Canady, Camila Cruz Carreno, Lorena Franco, Sarah Hayes, Riley Ray Jones, Charles W. Long, Hunter Ray Nicholson, Magdalena Pablo, Michelle Louise Patton, Carissa Starnes, Rebekah S. Stone and Glorie Zirkelbach Altoona – Brett Austin Kent Glass and Joni Goss. Arab – Tiffane Frazier and Michael Brian Young. Boaz – Jana Beth Anderson, Karianne Buchanan, Nathan Gowens, John Paul Gray, Terri Joyce Kilgo, Landon N. King, Jessica Lee, Tonya Neal, Christopher D. Patterson, Tara Thomas, Logan Brandon Thrasher and Morgan Taylor Tinsley. Crossville – Kaitlin Dixon and Baylee Jolley. Fyffe – Alexandria Duke. Gadsden – Christine Posey. Grant – Miriam Tanya Cooper, McKayla Edmonds and Jacob Rice. Guntersville – Chasity Jackson, Larissa G. Newman and Morgan Patterson. Oneonta –Kaitlin Wadkins. Ranburne – Julia Daniel. Riverside – Amanda J. Taylor. Springville – Kaitlyn Fox. Union Grove – Brandon Mathew Hawes.
Marshall County Juniors Complete MCYL Program
Twenty-nine local high school juniors successfully completed the 2012-2013 Marshall County Youth Leadership Program hosted by Snead State Community College. The students were recognized during a graduation banquet on Thursday, May 2, at the new training facility at Progress Rail in Albertville. The group is under the direction of Snead State Recruiters Lindsey Beck and Michelle Machen. “You should be honored and proud to be part of such an elite group,” said Ms. Beck. “It has been a privilege to work with such a great group. Michelle and I appreciate your hard work and dedication. We want to especially thank our advisors and the businesses who have partnered with us during this year.” Boaz High School’s Jessamy Munoz spoke about her MCYL experience. “I learned a lot and gained friends from across the county. I learned how to be a better me and that I can’t lead if I don’t know where I’m going,” said Ms. Munoz. “I learned to lead by example. I have witnessed my potential and leadership ability.” Arab High School junior Laura Green also shared her experience about the program. “With a busy senior year coming up, I am better prepared to take on everything that’s coming up. I know now how to write a resume and how important professional dress is,” said Ms. Green. “I finished the program with better communication skills and am prepared to be a better leader in my senior class using the skills and knowledge I learned from Marshall County Youth Leadership.” The final student speaker of the night was Gavin Gilliland, a junior at Brindlee Mountain High School. Gavin dreams to one day become a pediatrician. “I have learned a vast amount of leadership skills that I would never have been able to without Marshall County Youth Leadership,” said Mr. Gilliland. “I have learned leadership strategies like servant leadership. Our leaders are vital to society, and I want to influence better leaders in our community. The strengths I have to become a leader in my community will be because of the skills I learned here.” Snead State Community College President Dr. Robert Exley congratulated the graduates of the program and thanked them for their dedication and hard work. He left them with a challenge to take on for the rest of their lives. “If you’re going to leap the Grand Canyon, you don’t do it in two leaps, you make one. My challenge to you is to not set limits. If you only take one leap, that’s only accomplishing half of your goal. Stretch yourself, be confident, positive and action- oriented,” said Dr. Exley. “Don’t let financial reasons limit your dreams on college. If you put the time and energy into your education, you’ll find a way to get to where you want. Don’t talk about your dreams – make them happen.” Dr. Exley also spoke to the graduates about the importance of compassion and empathy in today’s world. “Never have a limit on your compassion. When people hurt you, don’t lose your compassion. Empathy is my favorite virtue. Empathy is the ability to feel how others are feeling. No limits on your compassion lead to empathy.” Members of the Marshall County Youth Leadership Class of 2012-2013 include: Albertville High School: Madison Daugette, Madison Hulsey, Dustin Kelly, Warren Stewart and Anna Woodham. Arab High School: Joe Crowder, Laura Green, Alex Morgan, Macy Morgan, and Paisley Varano. Asbury High School: Lauren Bozarth and Josie Pelham. Boaz High School: Cody Carroll, Jessamy Munoz, Caleb Tarvin and Lee Thompson. Brindlee Mountain High School: Sydney Daugette and Gavin Gilliland. DAR High School: Kayla Branum, Kaylee Mercer, Mikala Patterson and Jacob Shelton. Douglas High School: Anna Kate Brock, McKenna Hancock, Stephanie Kubick and Cassie Long. Guntersville High School: Morgan Gaston, James Tangman and Samantha Thomas.
Snead State Baseball Team Headed to State Tourney
The Snead State Community College baseball team defeated Calhoun Community College on Thursday, May 1, in two games played at Calhoun. The wins secured a playoff spot for the Parsons in the ACCC Tournament coming up May 11-16 at Eagle Stadium in Ozark. The wins also broke a school record for wins in a season. Snead State defeated Calhoun in game on 10-8 and in game two 11-3. Parker Madden led the Parsons offense in game one and went 3-for-5 with three runs scored and three RBI’s. One of those hits included a bases-clearing triple in the second inning. Same Eure went 2-for-5 with two RBI’s. Trey Shaw went 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI sacrifice-bunt. Jakob Kirkwood went 2-for-5 with a run scored and collected an RBI. Pat LeCroy, Blake Truett and Anthony Wagnon all collected an RBI for Snead State. Mitch Cohen started the game and went three and a third innings. He gave up six runs on eight hits. David Collins came in for relief and pitched an excellent five and two-thirds innings. He gave up six hits and one earned run. He recorded the win. Madden had a big game the second time around for the Parsons as well. He went 3-for-5 with two runs scored, an RBI double and stolen base. Wagnon went 1-for-2 with two RBI’s, two walks and a stolen base. Eure boosted his batting average by going 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. LeCroy collected another RBI and went 2-for-5. The offensive MVP of game two was Shaw. Shaw went 3-for-4 and collected two doubles and had four RBI’s. Reed Bright started for the Parsons and pitched all seven innings. He gave up three runs on eight hits. He recorded seven strikeouts. Parsons Fall in Final Series at Home Against Calhoun In an effort to beat the weather, Saturday’s games were moved to Friday at Snead State. It was the final two games of the series and the final home games of the season. Nick Baldwin led Snead State in game one and went 2-for-4. He had a double and was the only run scored for Snead State. Jesse Thomas went 1-for-4 and had the only Parson RBI. Casey Wiggins went 1-for-2 with a walk and hit by a pitch. Andrew Tetrault had another hit for the Parsons as he went 1-for-4. Preston Thompson started for Snead and went two innings. He gave up one run on two hits. Kalen Thompson came in for the next two innings and gave up only one run but recorded the loss. Caleb Roberts threw one inning and surrendered dive runs. Hunter Payne, Ethan Hunter and Jamey Barnes went for the rest of the game and gave up a combined three runs. The Parsons were defeated by Calhoun 5-2 in game two. Jake Shumate and Wiggins each collected an RBI. Tetrault went 1-for-4 with a run scored. Thomas went 1-for-3 and a run scored. Cody Mize went 1-for-3 with two stolen bases. Daniel Moore started the game and threw two scoreless innings. Colton Clifton threw one and a third innings and recorded the loss. Ryan McNaughton threw two and two-thirds innings. He collected four strikeouts and gave up one hit. Taylor Miller pitched the last inning. The Parsons finished the regular season with a 31-23 overall record and a 15-17 conference record. State Tournament Information The bracket for the State Tournament can be found online. Snead State will take on Enterprise at 9 a.m. on Saturday. The tournament is being held May 11-16 at Eagle Stadium in Ozark.
Snead State Holds Spring PTK Induction
Snead State Community College held its largest Phi Theta Kappa induction on Tuesday, April 16. This spring, the College inducted 128 members into the honor society. PTK was established in 1918 and is the largest honor society in American higher education. It recognizes and encourages the academic achievement of two –year college students and provides opportunities for individual growth and development through honors, leadership and service programming. The ceremony was led by the current PTK officers: President Brady Keel, Vice-President of Leadership Sarah Haygood, Vice-President of Service Katie Bobo, Vice-President of Scholarship Jessica Goss and Vice-President of Fellowship Kayla Waddle. The special speaker for the evening was the Alabama Region I Vice-President of PTK John Clements, a student at Northeast Alabama Community College. Spring 2013 inductees include: Addison Lauren Lowery Albertville Jessica Bearden Andrew Borham Souleyman Cherif Eric Claburn Adam Cravens Eva Crump Camila Cruz-Carreno Hollie Dobbins Elizabeth Epperson Lorena Franco Daniel Garcia Jared Gore Brandy Grizzard Erika Guevara Martinez Sarah Hayes Amparo Hernandez Dyllon Howell Riley Jones Elaine Owens Maggie Pablo Julian Patino Michelle Patton Harley Peppers Harley Jo Peters Karla Rauda Whitney Sanders Kaley Sawyers Ami Scott Samantha Searels Jacob Simmons Taylor Sims Carissa Starnes Whitney Sutton Will Towers Glorie Zirkelbach Alpharetta, GA Mitch Cohen Altoona Morgan Fleming Haley Fulenwider Joni Goss Amanda Salter Jessica Summerford Arab Carrie Banister Hannah Bannister Jennifer Black Evan Brock Lara Caves Elizabeth Childs Matthew Jordan Jaclynn Kampmeyer April Lankford Brandi Pate Vanessa Pate Dillan Reed Alex Tankersley Courtney Thomas Jamey Warren Ardmore, TN Megan Honea Attalla Melissa Norton Antrina Patrick Boaz Jana Anderson Karianne Buchanan Justin Childers Bridgett Coffey Scarlett Crews Tyler Freeman Dallas Gibson John Paul Gray Terri Kilgo Jessica Lee Natasha McDowell Brenna Mitchell Alexandria Morris Errin Patterson Chris Patterson Ashley Robinson Bethany Rohlfs Holly Scott Tyler Smith Tiffany Stevens Tara Thomas Andrew Thompson Logan Thrasher Moran Tinsley Collinsville John Bradford Keelie Wilkes Crossville Kaitlin Dixon Baylee Jolley Savannah Keener Jacob Underwood Fort Payne Justin Garmany Fyffe Ali Duke Gadsden Melanie Turner Grant Monica Cooper Maston Edmonds McKayla Edmonds Justen Rhyne Jacob Rice Dylan Stewart Charlie Walker Guntersville Bryneth Buckner Brody Daniel Chelsey Gargis Jennifer Garner Dyllon Howell Ayla Kirby Connie Marsinko Tonya Neal Larissa Newman Charles Rush Christopher Rush Patti Rush Steven Tesney Horton Jo Anne Brown Robert Debter Huntsville Ricky Lang Jr. Laceys Springs Mary Graves New Hope Megan Stapler Oneonta Kaitlin Wadkins Pinson Bria Dupree Rainbow City Natalie Conner Leslie Crawford Ranburne Julian Daniel Springville Kaitlyn Fox Union Grove Brandon Hawes Maegan Hood
Snead State Announces Results for Recent Race
Guntersville’s Josh Dobosz was the top finisher in the Jennifer Garmany Hallmark Memorial Scholarship 5K. Dobosz, age 27, posted a time of 19:57. The overall female winner, Brandi Garmany of Arab, finished in 22:11. The race featured 140 area participants. It was the second year for Snead State Community College to host the race to raise funds for the scholarship. The race is sponsored by the SSCC Nurses Association in honor of former classmate Jennifer Garmany Hallmark. Jennifer enrolled at Snead State in the 2008. In the spring of 2011, Jennifer achieved her dream of becoming a registered nurse. Jennifer was recognized for maintaining the highest GPA in her class as both a first-year and second-year RN student. But before Jennifer could claim her diploma, she – along with her husband, her in-laws, and her nephew – were killed as a result of the April 27, 2011, tornados that hit Arab. The race marked the two-year anniversary of the tragic day. If you would like to make a donation to Jennifer’s scholarship fund, please contact Dr. Amy Langley, Director of Health Sciences, at email@example.com or call 256-840-4185. Complete race results by age groups are as follows: Male Overall Winner: Josh Dobosz of Guntersville, 19:57 Female Overall Winner: Brandi Garmany of Arab, 22:11 Male Age Groups 75-79: Don Self of Boaz, 38:04 60-64: Jerome Bryant of Geraldine, 29:30; Arron Rogers of Arab, 30:00; Jonathan Watts of Guntersville, 43:56 50-54: Randy Turner of Crossville, 22:00; Scott Self of Boaz, 26:23; Jack Self of Boaz, 26:55; Richard Cederholm of Albertville, 35:56; Mark Hood of Union Grove, 42:42; Randy Smallwood of Union Grove, 49:06 45-49: Chuck Ellis of Albertville, 50:34 40-44: Patrick Sularin of Union Grove, 28:46; Kenneth Eddleman of Holly Pond, 31:31; James Washington of Arab, 32:11; Scott McCormick of Boaz, 34:08; Leonard Peplinski of Grant, 46:59; Jason Watts of Boaz, 49:53 35-39: Adam Stimpson of Boaz, 23:55; Jonathan Story of Guntersville, 24:29; Jeremy Duncan of Madison, 25:09; Jamie Bradshaw of Union Grove, 26:59; Jason Garmany of Arab, 33:15; Trent Compton of Arab, 39:33; Jay Prosser of Guntersville, 40:21 30-34: Adam Goss of Union Grove, 21:11; Robert Miguel of Albertville, 22:46; Josh Garmany of Arab, 40:11; Stan March of Arab, 51:12 25-29: Cody Yarbrough of Arab, 21:12; Daniel Clanton of Arab, 21:58; Adam Self of Boaz, 24:58 20-24: Josh O’Brien of Union Grove, 28:41; Andrew Hood of Union Grove, 42:41; Cad Smallwood of Union Grove, 49:41; Sam Davis of Union Grove, 49:41 15-19: Caleb Smith of Union Grove, 23:33; Noah Walker of Arab, 28:15; Cameron Lubert of Falkville, 28:52; Todd Henry of Albertville, 29:22; Andrew Washington of Arab, 33:53; Jamey Warren of Arab, 48:14 10-14: Alex Peplinski of Grant, 25:30; Gage Mason of Guntersville, 37:16 1-9: Brody Robinson of Collinsville, 36:29; Will Compton of Arab, 39:33 Female Age Groups 60-64: Karen Watts of Guntersville, 34:51 55-59: Vicki Yarbrough of Arab, 44:24 50-54: Michelle Henderson of Fort Payne, 31:16; Donna Graves of Fort Payne, 42:01; Lisa Boyles of Crossville, 43:19; Darlene Butler of Crossville, 43:20; Joyce Miller of Joppa, 48:04; Saundra Handley of Joppa, 48:19; Paula Parker of Union Grove, 49:14; Jackie Davis of Union Grove, 49:48 45-49: Janie Baugh of Fort Payne, 30:28; Nena Edwards of Albertville, 39:18; Donna Hood of Union Grove, 42:41; Cindy Smallwood of Union Grove, 49:13; Kris Bolding of Arab, 49:48; Renona McCullars of Albertville, 50:34; Annette Cederholm of Albertville, 51:14 40-44: Tammy Wilson of Union Grove, 36:35; Jetta Phelps of Hartselle, 49:42; Stephanie Eddleman of Holly Pond, 51:16 35-39: Debra Williams of Boaz, 29:38; Rachel Bloodworth of Albertville, 33:16; Jennifer Morris of Boaz, 33:57; Amy Duncan of Madison, 35:35; Sandy Chamblee of Crossville, 42:00; Sheryll Griffin of Arab, 49:49 30-34: Kristi Rowe of Union Grove, 25:43; Chrystal Ellis of Albertville, 29:32; Amanda Mason of Guntersville, 33:06; Heidi Smallwood of Union Grove, 33:07; Maria Andres of Albertville, 34:28; Mandy Chastain of Albertville, 37:03; Lindsey Giambrone of Guntersville, 43:55; Jamie Eddings of Albertville, 47:03; Mandy Garmany of Arab, 49:28; Candace Cleland of Guntersville, 49:29; Tamara Allen of Arab, 51:13 25-29: Jessica Clanton of Arab, 25:06; Linda Buckley of Guntersville, 28:00; Kayla Harper of Union Grove, 30:04; Melanie McCormick of Boaz, 30:32; Renee Bearden of Geraldine, 35:52; Hannah Scott of Albertville, 36:17; Kacie Kirkland of Guntersville, 37:41; Krissy Roberson of Arab, 38:48; Maura Lowery of Boaz, 39:49; Jessica Stephens of Union Grove, 49:17; Alana Rogers of Northport, 50:03; Erin Corbin of Hollypond, 51:14 20-24: Kayla Brisendine of Arab, 29:25; Jenneth Lardner of Boaz, 33:10; Susan Eudy of Fyffe, 41:33; Brittney Alexander of Tuscaloosa, 49:06; Amber Pack of Union Grove, 50:03 15-19: Samantha Dooley of Boaz, 25:33; Dayleigh Dorsett of Boaz, 30:25; Morgan Vines of Arab, 33:42; Kayla Maze of Arab, 48:36; Emilee Burgett of Arab, 49:50, Chelsea Phelps of Hartselle, 50:26 10-14: Kaitlyn Morris of Boaz, 26:09; Jaelee Price of Boaz, 29:13; Lucy Price of Albertville, 31:35; Maddie Compton of Arab, 40:08; Kaitlin Carroll of Boaz, 42:04; Leetha Eddings of Albertville, 47:03; Angie Gunthrey of Arab, 49:49 1-9: Ari Hallmark of Arab, 33:02; Lilli Garmany of Arab, 37:14; Marli Ellis of Albertville, 39:55 Overall results in order of completion can also be found at here. ------------------------- Photo, top left: Guntersville’s Josh Dobosz was the top finisher in the Jennifer Garmany Hallmark Memorial Scholarship 5K held at Snead State Community on April 27. Dobosz, age 27, posted a time of 19:57. Photo, middle: Three generations of the Self family participated in the Jennifer Garmany Hallmark Memorial Scholarship 5K on Saturday, April 27. All three finished in the top three in their categories. Don Self, far right, was the oldest to participate in the race and at the age of 76 finished the race in 38:04. Pictured from the left are his son and grandson, Jack and Adam Self. The Selfs are all from Boaz. Photo, bottom right: Ari Hallmark finished first in her age division in the race that honors her mom, Jennifer Garmany Hallmark. Ari , age 8, finished with a time of 33:02.
Snead State Prepares for Final Series of Regular Season Play
The Snead State Community College baseball team will play at Calhoun Community College Thursday. The double-header will mark the first two games in the final series of the 2013 regular season for the Parsons. Snead State will welcome Calhoun to campus this Saturday for the final two home games of the year. The Parsons will take the field at noon. Snead State currently has a two-game lead over Calhoun Community College for third place in the northern division of the Alabama Community College Conference. The third place team will advance to the State Tournament being held May 11-16 at Eagle Stadium in Ozark. Snead State is current 29-21 on the season and 13-15 in conference play. Calhoun Community College is 23-27 and 11-17. Snead State’s Patrick Lecroy leads the northern division of the ACCC in hitting with 52 hits and a 0.426 batting average. He also leads the division in RBI’s with 37. Snead Splits Games Against Lawson State Snead State took on Lawson State at home on April 27. Same Eure went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a stolen base. Jakob Kirkwood went 1-for-4 and had two RBI’s. Pat LeCroy and Parker Madden both had hits for the Parsons. Despite being held to only five hits the entire game, the Parsons managed to score three runs in the 5-3 loss. Kalen Thompson started the game and went only a third of an inning. He gave up four runs on four hits, a walk and a hit on the batter. Colton Clifton relieved Thompson and went four and two-thirds innings. He gave up no runs and only three hits. David Collins threw an inning and gave up one run on a balk. Hunter Payne finished the game for the Parsons. He went the last three innings and gave up only three hits and no runs. Snead Snead improved their hitting in time for game two on Saturday. The Parsons won 6-5. They doubled their hit totals from the first game. They ended with 10 hits. Reed Bright went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. Trey Shaw went 2-for-3 with two RBI’s and a double. Parker Madden also collected an RBI for the Parsons and went 1-for-4. The big story for the Snead State offense was sophomore Patrick Lecroy. Lecroy went 2-for-4 with two RBI’s that both came off his last inning two out, two run walk-off homerun that gave the Parsons the victory. Preston Thompson started for Snead State and went three and a third innings. He gave up three earned runs. Caleb Roberts went just over an inning and gave up one run. Ryan McNaughten came in for the last two and a third innings and was credited with the win, making him 4-0 on the year.
Tennis Team Claims Sixth Title in a Row
The Snead State tennis team recently won the NJCAA Region XXII Women's Tennis Championship at the Jimmy Johns Tennis Center in Decatur. This was the sixth Alabama Community College Conference regional title in a row for the Lady Parsons. The win qualifies Snead State to attend the national tournament in Tucson Arizona May 4-9. The team won 16-of-18 possible points and won seven out of nine positions. “This was one of the most challenging seasons during my eighteen years with the Snead State tennis program in respect to weather,” said Coach Machen. “The team had several matches that had to be cancelled and could not be made up. Even with the challenging weather the team posted 10 wins and only three losses, all of which were against four year universities and colleges. If you know one of our players, please join me in congratulating them on their hard work paying off.” Coach Machen also received the Region XXII Coach of the Year award. Members of the tennis team include Makinly Baird of Decatur, Natalie Conner of Gadsden, Samantha Dooley of Boaz, Lindsey Elrod of Arab, Erin McAllister of Guntersville, Alex Poole of Powell, Katie Sharpton of Cullman and Jordyn Wagner of Decatur. The Snead State tennis team recently won their sixth NJCAA Region XXII Women's Tennis Championship in a row. Pictured left to right are Makinly Baird of Decatur, Samantha Dooley of Boaz, Natalie Conner of Gadsden, Jordyn Wagner of Decatur, Erin McAllister of Guntersville, Alex Poole of Powell, Katie Sharpton of Cullman, Lindsey Elrod of Arab and Coach Steve Machen. Coach Machen also received the Coach of the Year award.
Students Honored During Awards Day
Hannah Williams of Albertville received the President’s Award in the Technical Division. Students were honored for their achievements during the annual Awards Day at Snead State Community College on Thursday, April 18. Snead State President Dr. Robert Exley presented the President’s Award to a student majoring in an academic field and a student pursuing a technical field of study. The Academic Award went to Terry L. Duckett of Albertville, and the Technical Award went to Hannah L. Williams of Albertville. The Dean’s Awards, presented by Chief Academic Officer Dr. Jason Watts, are also given in two categories – Academic and Technical. Mary S. Harper of Albertville received the Dean’s Award for the Technical Division. Alexander B. Tankersley of Arab received the award for the Academic Division. The ceremony also served as a time of remembrance for a Snead State student. Paul Marin of Sardis was enrolled in the Computer Science program when his life was claimed in a four-vehicle collision on Friday, April 5. Mr. Marin worked two jobs in his career field. He was the top student in the Computer Science program, and Technology Division Director Greg Randall presented the Computer Science award to him posthumously. The award will be given to Mr. Marin’s family. To View More Photos From Awards Day, visit our Facebook page! Other award recipients included: Accounting – John Paul Gray of Sardis. All-Alabama Academic Team members – Brady Keel of Boaz and Erin Kelley of Arab. Biology – Outstanding Student Achievement in Biology I: Dylan Stewart of Grant; Outstanding Student Achievement in Biology II: Glorie Zirkelbach of Albertville. Business – Miriam Tanya Cooper of Grant and Amy Holmes Stone of Crossville. Chemistry – Inorganic Chemistry: Will Towers of Albertville, Misty Walker of Horton, and Alex Tankersley of Arab; Organic Chemistry: John Bradford of Collinsville. Cosmetology – Monica Greenleaf of Altoona, Natasha McDowell of Boaz, Jenny Lassetter of Fyffe, Jessica Holland of Albertville, and Jennifer Garner of Guntersville. Economics – Tanya Cooper of Grant. Electronics – Jeff Collins of Albertville. English – Yadira Patino of Albertville and Erin Kelley of Arab. History – Charles E. Rush, Christopher Cody Rush, and Patti Rush of Guntersville. Mathematics – Sophomore Award – Ethan Hunter of LaFayette, GA; Freshman Award – Matthew “Boss” Shell of Arab. Music – Lea Hitchcock of Guntersville. Nursing –Highest GPA in First Level RN – Brittany Bearden of Sardis; Highest GPA in Second Level RN – Melissa Parrish of Guntersville. Office Administration – Melissa Norton of Attalla. Political Science – Timothy Handley of Boaz. Psychology – Jan Evans of Boaz and Dylan Stewart of Grant. Carl Roebuck Science Scholarship to Snead State – Kelli A. Sheridan of Albertville. Some students continuing their education at other institutions were awarded scholarships. The scholarship recipients included: Auburn University – Katie Bobo of Fort Payne, Corrine Champion of Albertville, Jon Honea of Albertville, Dyllon R. Howell of Guntersville, Heather Humphries of Arab, Clint Kelley of Guntersville, Jason Nicholas Light of Guntersville, Charles Long of Albertville, Allison Meeks of Geraldine, Leah Miller of Horton, Caleb Perry of Boaz, Robert Rutland of Guntersville, Edgardo Santos of Albertville, and Emily J. White of Boaz. Berry College – Erin McAllister of Guntersville. Jacksonville State University – Bonnie Aguirre of Grant, Kayla Centers of Crossville, Lyndsie Erin Kelley of Arab, Victoria Jordan Luther of Geraldine, Melanie Brianna Pullen of Sardis, Holly Justine Scott of Boaz, and Keelie S. Wilkes of Collinsville. University of Alabama – Brady Keel of Boaz, Leah Miller of Horton, and Landon Naylor of Boaz. University of Alabama in Birmingham – John Bradford of Collinsville, Victoria Champion of Albertville, Eva Crump of Crossville, Bethany Rohlfs of Boaz, and Hillary Word of Boaz. University of Montevallo – Brandi Pate of Arab and Jessika Kozinski of Arab. Several organizations were also recognized for their hard work throughout the year. Those clubs included the Pan Latino Club, which received the Club of the Year Award, Phi Beta Lambda, College Bowl, Ambassadors, Phi Theta Kappa, and Student Government Association.
Snead Dominates Shorter College
Snead State defeated Shorter College Tuesday afternoon at home 11-0. Parker Madden went 1-for-1 with two runs scored, a walk and a stolen base. Brett Burgess went 1-for-2 with a run scored and stolen base. Jakob Kirkwood had two RBI’s off of a first inning homerun. He went 1-for-2 with a run scored. Pat Lecroy joined Kirkwood in the homerun column for the game when he went deep in the second inning with a two-run blast. Andrew Tetrault had two RBI’s for the Parsons and went 1-for-3 with a double. Justin Garmany and Jesse Thomas both collected an RBI. Hunter Payne earned the win going four innings with two hits, two walks and four strikeouts. David Collins and Harrison Bright combined to go the last three, which completed the shutout.
Snead Baseball Splits Series with Wallace Hanceville
Snead State took on Wallace Hanceville Wednesday afternoon in baseball action. Wallace defeated Snead 10-0 in game one. Patrick Lecroy went 2-for-3. Anthony Wagnon and Brett Burgess collected two other hits for the Parsons. Robert Pettet started for Snead State and went just over three innings and gave up four hits and seven runs. David Collins and Mitch Cohen came in as relief. Combined, they went three and two-thirds innings and gave up three runs. The Parsons came back in game two to defeat Wallace 7-1. Parker Madden had a great offensive game and went 3-for-3 with two RBI’s, a run scored, a walk and a double. Jakob Kirkwood went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored. Brett Burgess collected an RBI off a sacrifice fly. Lecroy went 1-for-3 with a walk, double and an RBI. Reed Bright had an excellent game, shutting out six innings and only giving up one hit in the second inning. He earned the win. Hunter Payne pitched the final inning for the Parsons, giving up one run. The Parsons are 20-16 overall and 8-10 in conference play. The Parsons will travel to Hanceville Saturday to take on Wallace State. They will return home Monday to play Shorter College. The first game will begin at noon. ----------------------------------------------------- Snead State’s Parker Madden had a great offensive game against Wallace State Wednesday afternoon. During game two, Parker went 3-for-3 with two RBI’s, a run scored, a walk and a double.
SSCC Students Selected to All-Alabama Academic Team
Erin Kelley, Dr. Robert Exley, Brady Keel Two sophomores represented Snead State Community College during the All-Alabama Academic Team Recognition Luncheon on Friday, March 22, at the Renaissance Hotel in Montgomery. Brady Keel of Boaz and Erin Kelley of Arab were among 50 students representing two-year colleges within the Alabama Community College System. All-Alabama Academic Team students are nominated by their respective colleges. Students selected must possess a minimum GPA of 3.25, be involved in campus activities and have completed a minimum of 12 semester hours at the institution. “You have truly distinguished yourselves through excellence in academic and technical pursuits, commitment to personal and professional skills development, and conscientious and passionate devotion to your career future,” said ACCS Chancellor Dr. Mark Heinrich to all of the All-Alabama Academic Team honorees. “It is an honor and pleasure to recognize you as being among the best and brightest within the Alabama Community College System.” Brady is the son of Marsah Cryar and Chris Keel. He currently holds a 4.0 GPA at SSCC and majors in Telecommunications and Film. He is a Presidential Scholar at SSCC, president of Phi Theta Kappa, the academic honor society for two-year colleges, and vice president of the Student Government Association. He is also a participant in Snead State Theatre. His goal after graduation this Spring is to attend the University of Alabama on a Presidential Scholarship to pursue a Bachelor degree in Telecommunications and Film. His plans are to be a film producer or film director. The daughter of Paul and Cheryl Kelley, Erin maintains a 3.9 GPA and majors in Elementary Education. She is one of Snead State’s Presidential Scholars, an Ambassador, and member of Phi Theta Kappa. She was awarded the PTK Distinguished Member Award. Erin plans to attend Jacksonville State University on a Presidential Transfer Scholarship to pursue a Bachelor degree in her chosen field of study. Her goal is to teach elementary-aged children and make a difference in their lives. “Erin and Brady have established themselves as academic and student leaders at Snead State,” said President Dr. Robert Exley. “We are proud of their successes and honored to have them represent the excellence we see within all of our students. We look forward to seeing where their determiniation and commitment take them as they leave our College to follow their chosen educational and career path.” The All-Alabama Academic Team Recognition Program was founded in 1995 to complement the All-USA National Academic Team Program sponsored by USA Today, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and the American Association of Community Colleges.
Snead State Students Celebrate Community College Month
Representatives from Snead State Community College visited with Senator Clay Scofield during the annual Legislative Day in Montgomery on March 14. Shown, from left, are Allison Meeks, Ginny-Lynne Sexton, Brett George, Sen. Scofield, Arlos Luque-Nieves, Brady Keel, and Vice President for Student Services Jason Cannon. It was a day to celebrate the achievements of the Alabama Community College System and its students as representatives from the ACCS’ colleges, including Snead State Community College, participated in the 2013 Legislative Day on Thursday, March 14. Students Brady Keel of Boaz, Ginny-Lynne Sexton of Guntersville, Allison Meeks of Geraldine, Arlos Luque-Nieves of Boaz, Sarah Haygood of Boaz and Brett George of Crossville represented Snead State at the event. “It was a great honor…to represent SSCC in Montgomery. I felt that the opportunity we had as students to promote the school was very important. It helped us to get out name out there and show the leaders in our state how essential and wonderful community college is,” said Ginny-Lynne. More than 230 students and College administrators attended Legislative Day which started with a Legislative Breakfast, giving state legislators an opportunity to interact with students and representatives from community colleges. The Snead State students were joined by Representative Kerry Rich, R-Albertville. “My peers and I ate breakfast with our state legislators to discuss the importance of community college and hear about others’ experiences while in the community college system. It was inspiring to hear about other people’s accomplishments and share all the experiences I have had the privilege of having while attending Snead,” said Brady. ACCS Chancellor Mark Heinrich shared stories of success and triumph involving some of the students attending the breakfast, including Snead’s own Sarah Haygood. Sarah is a dual enrollment student at Snead State who earned her Associate degree while still a junior in high school. Now a high school senior, Sarah still attends SSCC and is involved in several student organizations, including Ambassadors, Student Government Association and Phi Theta Kappa. Alabama Governor Robert Bentley addressed the crowd before signing the proclamation declaring March as Community College Month. Following the breakfast, the students were bused to the Capitol, where they were able to sit in and be recognized during sessions of the House of Representatives and Senate. The Snead State students had an opportunity to visit with Senator Clay Scofield, R-Arab, before returning to Boaz. “My eyes were opened even more to the opportunities within community colleges, not only here at Snead State, but all over Alabama. I was truly inspired by hearing the stories of numerous students who attend a community college. The genuineness and care displayed by the state representatives, senators, and board members reassured me that community colleges, statewide, would continue to have a bright future,” said Allison. “I’m glad I was able to represent Snead because they have given me so many opportunities to further my career. Not only were we able to meet people in our Senate, we were able to see that they truly care about our education and bettering the future generations,” said Brett.
Snead State Phi Theta Kappa Chapter Recognized at Regional Convention
BOAZ – Snead State Community College’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa earned two important awards during the Phi Theta Kappa Regional Convention March 1 and 2 at Jefferson State Community College in Brewton. The Theta Iota Chapter was designated as a Five-Star Club, an achievement of PTK’s Five Star Chapter Development Program. The program, which reflects the scholarly ideals of PTK, serves as a blueprint for developing a strong chapter and for earning local, regional, and international recognition. The Five Star Chapter Development Program helps chapters to organize their projects and initiatives starting with the basic elements of running a chapter in Level One to becoming competitive in Phi Theta Kappa programming in Level Five. Snead State sophomore Erin Kelley of Arab earned the Distinguished Chapter Member Award. Distinguished Members are selected based on a student's embodiment of the Hallmarks of the Society, emphasizing participation in Society programs. This award is the highest honor given to a chapter member. “I’m very proud of our Phi Theta Kappa chapter. To earn these important recognition, they have to put in a lot of hard work in addition to the work they put into their classes and other extracurricular activities. Snead State challenges our students to strive for academic excellence, and our PTK student have achieved that challenge,” said Director of Campus Engagement Brittany Goble, who serves as the PTK Chapter Advisor. Phi Theta Kappa is an International Honor Society that concentrates on four areas of importance to PTK – Leadership, Service, Scholarship, and Fellowship. Sarah Brooke Haygood of Boaz, Erin Kelley of Arab, Brady Keel of Boaz, Jess Goss of Douglas and Jordan Luther of Geraldine represented Snead State at the Regional Convention.
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