CECS Newsletter, Volume 4, No. 2, Spring 2017
Dr. Daniel J. Pack
Greetings from the beautiful city of Chattanooga,
On Tuesday, April 18, the college held a memorable Spring 2017 Awards Banquet in the Roth Reading Room in the campus library, overlooking the Tennessee river and the Chamberlain Pavilion. On that evening, we collectively recognized the accomplishments of our students, staff, and faculty during the past academic year. We had over 200 students, staff, and faculty honored for their distinguished academic performance, research advancements, service, and community engagement. I came away from the banquet with a renewed sense of pride in the College and a grateful heart for its people, alumni and friends who made the recognitions possible.
In this edition of e-News, we share some of those accomplishments that occurred during the past three months. You will find stories about the accomplishments and community service of Mr. Albert Woodard, this year’s commencement speaker and one of our many distinguished alumni, and our students competing head-to-head (and winning!) against teams from universities throughout the nation at regional and national competitions. You will also find the good news of one of our academic programs being nationally recognized. In addition, I hope you will read the story of the newly established CECS Student Success Center and its inaugural director, Ms. Julie David. I know that you will enjoy reading the heartwarming story of our students working with local non-profit organizations to design and showcase products which made a positive impact on the lives of persons who daily face a variety of physical and developmental learning challenges. Also, for the sports fans, be sure to take a look at the story highlighting the classroom, lab, athletic accomplishments of some of our current students – including one May, 2017, graduate who signed as a free agent with the Baltimore Ravens of the NFL. On Friday, May 5th, and Saturday, May 6th we also welcomed 184 new alumni of the college at the commencement ceremonies.
We had a difficult time selecting stories for this issue of e-News, as there is so much good news to share. I am grateful to our students, staff, faculty, alumni, and friends of the College of Engineering and Computer Science for their continued dedication toward the mission of the College.
We are certain of the College’s momentum to move upward and forward for continued success. Just take a look at the overwhelming evidence!
Daniel J. Pack, Dean
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