Freedoms Foundation presenting seven awards
The Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge will present seven awards at its meeting Saturday at 1 p.m. in the community room of Collegedale City Hall.
The awards honor local citizens for their contributions toward the goals of the Freedoms Foundation or their civic work in the community. Honorees are:
* Distinguished Chapter Member and Spirit of '76 Award: Larry Henry
* Distinguished Citizen and Lifetime Achievement Award: Harold Coker
* Distinguished Military Service Award: Adm. (Ret.) Vance Fry
* Distinguished Teacher/Educator Award: Dr. Lucien Ellington
* Distinguished Teacher/Educator Award: Dr. Bill McClay
* Distinguished Volunteer Organization Service Award: Teresa Dinger, Siskin Hospital
* Distinguished Volunteer Organization Service Award: Vincent Oakes, director, Chattanooga Boys Choir
Berry newspaper wins state awards
The Berry College student newspaper, Campus Carrier, earned six awards for journalism excellence in the Georgia College Press Association's Better Newspaper Contest. Awards were announced during a ceremony at the GCPA Press Institute in Athens, Ga.
The newspaper received third place for general excellence in its division.
Campus Carrier staff awards included first in General Layout and Design Excellence; two second places in Best Campus Community Service-Features and in Improvement Excellence; and two third places for Best Campus Community Service-News and General Advertising Excellence.
Two professors win Pearson Product Award
Karen Wyrick, head of the Math Department at Cleveland State Community College, and John Squires, head of the Math Department at Chattanooga State Community College, have co-authored an eCourse series that recently won the Pearson Higher Education Product of the Year.
The Squires-Wyrick MyMathLab Series is based on lessons learned at the two colleges on ways to improve student learning and success in mathematics.
"We started the developmental math redesign in spring 2008 and, as our program gained national recognition, we talked with Pearson about developing a new approach for how students learn math," said Wyrick.
Squires said that "in no sense is this a traditional textbook. The material is organized into bite-size topics that students can learn in a fairly short period of time. Instead of being built around chapters, the material is put together in terms of weekly assignments, which we call Mini-Modules."
In addition to being available in college bookstores, MyMathLab Series is also marketed through retail companies such as Wal-Mart and Amazon.
Ocoee dancers tops at competition
The Ocoee Middle School dance team won first-place awards in both jazz and pom divisions at the Bone Yard Boogie Dance Competition, held in Dallas, Ga.
Additionally, three soloists from the Ocoee team swept the individual awards. Eighth-grader Emily Derrick won first-place soloist, seventh-graders Logan Griffith and Ashley Harper won second- and third-place soloists, respectively.
The Ocoee Middle School dance team is directed by Tria Montgomery.
Thornton studying in Italy
Wofford College student Katie Thornton is spending her spring semester studying in Italy.
Thornton, a member of the class of 2014, is the daughter of John and Eileen Thornton.
Wofford students may choose from 200 programs and 59 countries in which to participate in the study abroad program.
Susan Palmer Pierce is a reporter and columnist in the Life department. She began her journalism career as a summer employee 1972 for the News Free Press, typing bridal announcements and photo captions. She became a full-time employee in 1980, working her way up to feature writer, then special sections editor, then Lifestyle editor in 1995 until the merge of the NFP and Times in 1999. She was honored with the 2007 Chattanooga Woman of ...