Saasha Jones is the recipient of the Bushtown Community Service College Scholarship Award, her third time to receive the award since 2008.
The $500 scholarship began in 2006. It is funded by Hamilton County Commissioner Warren Mackey. Eligible applicants must be a Bushtown resident, enrolled for 12 or more credit hours majoring in a field that promotes community service/community impact.
Jones received a bachelor's degree in business marketing from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2012 and will receive an MBA this month. She plans to work in global management consulting with a focus in human resource management.
Jones said receiving the scholarships helped her buy books and work fewer hours, which gave her time to participate in internships.
"I interned for the Launch entrepreneurship program at Howard and Tyner high schools [and] worked for GEAR UP at Orchard Knob Middle School. I also worked part-time at Student Support Services, which hired me as a graduate assistant while I pursued my master's in business administration."
MakeWork announces six recipients in a variety of creative disciplines who will receive individual grants totaling $150,000 for projects directly tied to social good. Each project was selected for developing tools and models that strategically integrate artists into local efforts related to affordable housing, youth education, crime prevention and more.
MakeWork grant winners and their projects are:
• Sybil Baker: Literary Art/White Elephant: Platforms for Progressive Vision in Action
• Kevin Bate: Public Art/The McCallie Walls Project: A Drive Through Gallery
• Christie Burns: Music/World Music Weekends: A Cultural Dialogue and Celebration
• Rondell Crier: Art Education/Urban Heroes: Youth Arts Initiative
• Judy Mogul: Film/Field Play: Environmental Art Program
• Greg Pond: New Media/Progress and Pride in Chattanooga: A Look into Patten Towers
Since 2008, MakeWork has awarded more than $1 million to 101 individuals living and working in Chattanooga. Funding for MakeWork is provided by the Lyndhurst Foundation.
Lee University School of Religion honored Dr. Donald N. Bowdle as the first recipient of its Distinguished Alumni Award.
Bowdle attended Bible college at Lee in the 1950s, then returned in 1962 to teach at the school for 50 years.
During his career at Lee, he received the Excellence in Teaching and Excellence in Scholarship awards, and was the 2010 Distinguished Faculty Educator recipient, presented by the Church of God. He has also served Lee in numerous academic leadership roles, including dean of Lee College's Division of Religion and chairman of the Department of Bible and Theology.
• Dr. Hannah Matis was named the Distinguished Alumna of Lee University's Department of History, Political Science and Humanities.
Upon graduation from Lee in 2003, Matis was accepted to a master's program in medieval studies at Durham University in England. Following her completion of that degree, she returned to Lee and taught for one semester. While teaching at Lee, she was accepted into the Ph.D program at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville to study classical languages before going on to the medieval studies program at Notre Dame, where she completed her doctorate last year.
She is now a post-doctoral fellow at Notre Dame, focusing on Celtic monasticism.
Jan Ramsey has been appointed by Gov. Bill Haslam to the Tennessee Arts Commission board to represent the 3rd Congressional District.
The commission is a statewide agency that funds and supports arts experiences to ensure all Tennesseans have access to and may participate in the arts.
Ramsey is active with several nonprofits and civic groups, including the Republican Women's Club and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chattanooga. She serves on the advisory council for The Next Door Chattanooga and is a member of Bayside Baptist Church. She is married to Claude Ramsey, former Hamilton County mayor, and they have two children and five grandchildren.
Stan Pethel, professor of music at Berry College in Rome, Ga., has been awarded the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Plus Award. The honor recognizes ASCAP members whose works were performed in the media as well as members whose catalogs have prestige value.
Pethel has 1,200 works in print for choir, orchestra, symphonic band, brass ensembles and solo instruments with piano.