Maureen Baksh-Griffin, left, assistant professor of nursing at Cleveland State Community College, with Bill Seymour, Cleveland State president.

Cleveland State professor named a Smith Fellow

Maureen Baksh-Griffin, assistant professor of nursing at Cleveland State Community College, has been selected to participate in the 2015 Tennessee Board of Regents' Maxine Smith Fellows Program.

The Board of Regents is the governing body for 46 universities, community colleges and technology centers throughout the state. The Maxine Smith Fellows Program was created to provide opportunities for black Board of Regent employees to participate in a working/learning environment that would enhance work experience and career development.

Each fellow is assigned a mentor at either the the Board of Regents central office, Tennessee Higher Education Commission or a Board of Regents school. Baksh-Griffin, whose mentor is Anthony Wise, president of Pellissippi State Community College, is working on a project that relates student engagement solutions to psychosocial factors that affect their success.

Baksh-Griffin has been at Cleveland State for three years and currently teaches in the evening program. The part-time evening option is an initiative that allows students the opportunity to study nursing while working full-time.

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Mani Hull, right, presents the Tennessee Treasure award to William Lamb.

Lamb named 'Tennessee Treasure'

William Lamb, director of the Leonard Center at Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn., recently received the Tennessee Treasure award from Tennessee Campus Compact in recognition of his work with the Leonard Center.

The Tennessee Treasure is given annually to service-learning champions at TNCC-member institutions. There are currently 25 institutions of higher learning in TNCC, which is part of the nationwide Campus Compact organization.

In addition to serving as director of the Leonard Center, Lamb teaches courses on Christian benevolence and global missions, is a Gateway instructor for freshman classes and a lecturer in Lee's Summer Honors program.

"I am honored to be selected from among my peers as a champion of service-learning for the state of Tennessee," said Lamb. "Since launching the Leonard Center in 2003, we have seen thousands of students develop into scholars and servants, a signature part of the Lee experience. I look forward to continuing in building this partnership of Lee students, staff and faculty serving together to impact communities."

Lamb is co-author of "Answers to Questions Youth Workers, Parents and Pastors Ask" and is frequently published in ministry and leadership magazines. A U.S. Marine Corps veteran, he also serves as a chaplain for Bradley County Fire and Rescue and Sheriff's departments. He is in his second term as a member of the Tennessee Governor's Commission on Volunteerism and Service.

Hill, Morris receive scholarships

Georgia Northwestern Technical College students Austin Hill and Stephanie Morris have each received a one-time $2,000 Grainger Tools for Tomorrow Scholarship, which may be used for tuition, required fees, books and course-specific supplies.

Through the scholarship program, Grainger offers money to qualified community college and technical college students in industrial and public safety programs. Nearly 800 students have earned scholarships since the program's inception in 2006.

Hill is a student in the automotive technology program on Georgia Northwestern's Walker County campus and Morris is a student in the aviation maintenance technology program at the Aviation Training Center near the Floyd County campus.

Day care donates Nickels for Nepal

Children from Bowling family day-care center collected $150 for Nickels for Nepal. The center's children saved their money all summer to fund the donation, which will help provide a temporary shelter for a family in Nepal who lost their home in an earthquake.

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Mary Blackburn

Blackburn named Music Teacher of Year

Members of the Chattanooga Music Teacher Association recently presented the Teacher of the Year Award to Mary Blackburn.

Blackburn received a bachelor's degree in piano pedagogy from Bryan College, has Suzuki certification and teaches all ages from preschool to adult. She has taught at Cadek Conservatory, offered private instruction in her home, as well as private and classroom piano instruction as an adjunct faculty member at Bryan College.

The honoree has served as president of Chattanooga Music Teacher Association and on several committees. She and her husband, David, are parents of an 8-month-old son.

McDonald Charities scholarships presented

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Chattanooga recently presented more than 40 students with scholarships funded by local McDonald's owners. Each recipient was awarded $1,250.

"As local business owners, it is important to us to give back to the community that has given so much to us," said Art Holekamp, a McDonald's owner-operator. "We hope these scholarships will make a difference in the lives of these students who have worked hard for their success."

Recipients are Angela Bonds, Deja Hambright, Chelsea Johnson, Jasmine Pulliam, Domanique Rahman, Brandi Stamper, Thao Nguyen, Chai Park, Hiroshi Yanagida and Katrin Arango.

Also, Maria Diaz, Liena Fuentes, Brian Lopez, Matthew Martinez, Josue Robiero, Roy Roman, Brian Bailey, Hershel Beene, Kennedy Blair, Jake Brooks, Jordan Caylor, Samantha Cordell, Joseph Cox, Loran Daniels and Ashley Fenstermaker.

And Madison Franklin, Savannah Franklin, Chandler Hales, Zachary Harris, Kaitlin Kibble, John Maddux, Sarah Mason, Holly Merrell, Maria Moses, William Paturalski, Justin Pease, Christian Stewart, Savannah Viars, Sarah Wade, Wilbert Wheeler, Seonghoon Noh, Nathaly Trujillo and Anna Young.