Roane State has open house for home-schoolers, private school students

Roane State Community College will host an April 3 open house for home-school students, private school students, and their families.

The open house will be Thursday, April 3, from 6-8 p.m. in the City Room at the college’s Oak Ridge campus, 701 Briarcliff Ave.

Visitors will learn about Roane State’s academic programs and its dual enrollment program, which allows students to earn college credit and high school credit at the same time. Guests will also be able to meet with Roane State faculty and staff.

For more information about the April 3 open house, contact Priscilla Gitschlag at (865) 354-3000 ext. 2200, or [email protected]. Please RSVP by March 31.

Honors: Jutta Bangs receives Certified Global Business Professional credential

Jutta Bangs

Jutta Bangs

Roane State Community College’s Jutta Bangs has been awarded the Certified Global Business Professional, or CGBP, credential by NASBITE International.

Bangs has more than 20 years of experience in the global business industry. She is the director of the Tennessee Small Business Development Center, which assists future and existing business owners with training and confidential counseling. [Read more...]

Roane State to host workshops on applying for USDA grants

Farmers, ranchers, and rural small business representatives are invited to upcoming workshops on applying for a federal grant that supports renewable energy projects.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Energy for America Program, or REAP, promotes rural economic development by assisting rural business to become more energy efficient. Grant funds can cover up to 25 percent of eligible projects.

Roane State Community College will host two workshops on applying for the grant. Representatives of Lenoir City-based ARiES Energy will prepare grant applications for those interested. [Read more...]

Roane State’s ACE program, MasterCraft showcase carbon fiber part

ACE Boat

This MasterCraft boat on display at the Downtown Knoxville Boat Show featured a carbon fiber bow cover. (Submitted photo)

Roane State Community College’s Advanced Composites Employment program and boat manufacturer MasterCraft teamed up to demonstrate how composite materials can be used in the boating industry.

One of the goals of Roane State’s ACE program is to promote how composite materials such as carbon fiber can benefit businesses. Tru-Design, a partner in the ACE program, designed and manufactured a carbon fiber bow cover for MasterCraft that was on display at the Downtown Knoxville Boat Show March 6-9.

The carbon fiber bow cover offers consumers a lightweight but strong part.

“The ACE program training is a real benefit for manufacturers in this area,” MasterCraft design engineer Adam Larson said. “The program provides manufacturers with a pool of well-trained individuals with hands-on experience in composite materials.” [Read more...]

Roane State’s ‘Death by Chocolate’ with Bill Bass postponed due to weather

Bill Bass

Bill Bass

Roane State Community College’s Death by Chocolate fundraiser featuring Body Farm founder Bill Bass has been postponed to Feb. 20 due to weather.

The event, which had been scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 13, will now be held from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20, in the O’Brien Theatre at the Roane County campus in Harriman. The chocolate tasting, featuring dozens of samples from area businesses, begins at 6 p.m. The lecture by Dr. Bass will start at 7 p.m. Proceeds from ticket sales will be used for student scholarships.

Bass founded the University of Tennessee’s Anthropological Research Facility, an outdoor laboratory dedicated to the study of human decomposition. The facility, often referred to as the “Body Farm,” was featured prominently in the novel “The Body Farm” by best-selling author Patricia Cornwell. [Read more...]

Roane State has book sale in Oak Ridge on Tuesday, Wednesday

The Coffey Library at Roane State Community College’s Oak Ridge campus will host its annual “Love Your Library” book sale on Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. each day.

The sale will include paperbacks, textbooks, cookbooks, computer software books, children’s books, craft books, and more. Only cash and checks will be accepted. Checks need to be payable to the Roane State Foundation. Prices range from $1-3.

The campus is located at 701 Briarcliff Ave. For more information, contact Christi Moss at (865) 354-3000, ext. 4739, or [email protected].

Roane State faculty members plan record-breaking underwater stay

Jessica Fain Diving

Jessica Fain, an adjunct instructor at Roane State Community College, emerges from the moon pool at Jules’ Undersea Lodge. Fain has logged more than 100 hours in underwater habitats and labs. (Photos courtesy RSCC)

HARRIMAN—Two Roane State Community College faculty members plan to live and work under the surface of the sea for 72 days this fall.

While underwater, associate professor of biology Bruce Cantrell and adjunct instructor Jessica Fain will offer the most unique educational experience in the college’s history and raise awareness of issues affecting the oceans. During their stay, Cantrell and Fain will also set a world record for the longest time spent living underwater.

Roane State and the Marine Resources Development Foundation in Key Largo, Fla., are partnering on the Classroom Under the Sea project. Cantrell and Fain plan to start their underwater adventure Oct. 4 and resurface on Dec. 15. They will live in Jules’ Undersea Lodge, which is in the lagoon at the Marine Resources Development Foundation’s facilities.

“Roane State professors have taught in a variety of locations as part of our mission to bring higher education to the communities we serve,” Roane State President Chris Whaley said. “What Bruce and Jessica are planning is certainly new territory. While their project is unique, their expertise, spirit of adventure and passion for teaching are representative of what make community colleges so special.” [Read more...]

Spotlight: Two Roane State alumni awarded doctorates in same semester

Chester Goad

Chester Goad

Scott Sills

Scott Sills

Two Roane State Community College alumni completed their doctorates during the fall semester, and their dissertations have been added to the Roane State Library.

Dr. Scott Sills earned a Ph.D. from the University of Westminster in London, England, and Dr. Chester Goad received his doctorate in educational leadership (with an emphasis in special education) from the University of the Cumberlands.

Dr. Sills is a reproductive endocrinologist in private practice in Newport Beach, Calif. His dissertation is titled “An evidence-based policy for the provision of subsidized fertility treatment in California: Integration of array comparative genomic hybridization with IVF and mandatory single embryo transfer to lower gestation and preterm birth rates.”

Dr. Goad, director of disability services at Tennessee Tech University, conducted his doctoral research on the topic “A study of service delivery models and leadership in postsecondary disability programs in Tennessee.” [Read more...]

Roane State offering iPad Basics workshop Jan. 30, Oak Ridge campus

If you received an iPad this holiday season and want to learn how to get the most out of it, then Roane State Community College has a workshop for you.

The college’s Community Outreach and Professional Training Department is offering an iPad Basics workshop on Thursday, Jan. 30, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at the college’s Oak Ridge campus, 701 Briarcliff Ave.

The cost is $69 per person. [Read more...]

Death by Chocolate event at Roane State to feature tasty treats, lecture by Bill Bass

Bill Bass

Bill Bass

Enjoy an evening of delectable desserts from local chefs and a fascinating lecture by Body Farm founder Bill Bass at the Roane State Foundation’s Death by Chocolate fundraiser on Feb. 13.

The event will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13, in the O’Brien Theatre at Roane State’s Roane County campus in Harriman. The chocolate tasting, featuring dozens of samples from area businesses, begins at 6 p.m. The lecture by Bass will start at 7 p.m. Proceeds from ticket sales will be used for student scholarships.

Bass founded the University of Tennessee’s Anthropological Research Facility, an outdoor laboratory dedicated to the study of human decomposition. The facility, often referred to as the “Body Farm,” was featured prominently in the novel “The Body Farm” by best-selling author Patricia Cornwell. [Read more...]

Registration under way for Roane State’s spring semester; fee deadline is Jan. 6

Registration is under way for the spring 2014 semester at Roane State Community College.

Students need to be aware when they register that the college has a Jan. 6 fee deadline. Students who have registered must pay their fees by Jan. 6 at 4:30 p.m. Eastern to keep their class schedules for spring semester.

Students can pay fees at www.roanestate.edu. They need to log in to RaiderNet and click “Your Account” to get started. [Read more...]

Healthcare employers invited to participate in Roane State job fair

Employers are invited to participate in a Feb. 26 job fair for Roane State Community College students who are pursuing careers in health care.

The fair is planned for Wednesday, Feb. 26, from 1-4 p.m. at Roane State’s Oak Ridge campus, 701 Briarcliff Ave. Setup begins at noon.

Employers are asked to register by Feb. 14. There is no registration fee. To register online, visit www.roanestate.edu/placement. [Read more...]