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Four Snead State Community College employees received 2023 Chancellor’s Awards as sponsored by the Alabama Community College System.

Chancellor’s Awards recipients are chosen in the categories of Administrator, Faculty and Support Staff from each college within ACCS. This year’s Chancellor’s Awards recipients from Snead State include Director of Admissions and Recruiting Tristin Callahan in the Administrator category, Industrial Systems Technology Instructor Dr. Todd Freshwater and Office Administration/Business/Computer Science/Sociology Instructor Kelly Snyder in the Faculty category, and Custodian Susan West in the Support Staff category.

“This year’s recipients are a great representation of the exceptional work our employees do every day. They serve in different areas at our college, but they all have a vital role in supporting our students’ success. They are conscientious and work hard at their jobs. We’re proud to have Mrs. Callahan, Mrs. Snyder, Dr. Freshwater, and Mrs. West as part of the Snead State family,” said Snead State President Dr. Joe Whitmore.

Mrs. Callahan as been a part of the Snead State family for nine years, seven of which as a full-time employee. She began her career at the College serving as a Library Clerk. She eventually became a Student Success Navigator before being appointed as the Director of Admissions and Recruiting. She is an alumna of Snead State, having earned her Associate degree in 2015. She holds a Bachelor degree from Jacksonville State University and an MSACE Student Services in Higher Education.

“As a first generation, dual enrollment, traditional and transient student at Snead State, I have a unique perspective that helps me relate to all of our students,” Mrs. Callahan said. “I love helping people and watching them succeed. Meeting students at recruiting events, assisting them with admissions and enrollment, and awarding their degrees to transcripts when they graduate is the best part of my job.”

Dr. Freshwater joined the faculty at Snead State in 2020. He holds an Associate degree from Gadsden State, a Bachelor degree from Jacksonville State University, a Master degree from Athens State University and an Ed.D. from Liberty University. He brings over 20 years of industry experience to the classroom. He also served on a SACSCOC Accreditation Narrative Committee, the Library Committee, and the Admissions Appeal Committee.

“The best part of my job is working with students who truly wish to learn and improve their career opportunities,” Dr. Freshwater said.

Mrs. Snyder has been a full-time instructor at Snead State for 25 years, placing her in the top 5 among faculty who have been at the College the longest. She has served as Program Director for Office Administration and as a member of the Academic Advising Council, the SACSCOC QEP Committee, SACSCOC Leadership Team, Distance Learning Committee, Business Committee, and Library Committee. As part of her work with the College’s SACSCOC QEP Committee, she developed the College’s Quality Enhancement Plan theme: GPS: Guiding Parsons to Success. She holds an Associate degree from Snead, Bachelor and Master degrees from Auburn University, and certifications in Digital Marketing, Social Media Marketing, and Microsoft Office Specialist. She has completed additional post graduate coursework in Sociology and Computer Science.

Mrs. Snyder had deep connections to Snead State. Her parents attended Snead, and as an alumna of the College, she hopes to pass the legacy on to her children. Her niece currently attends Snead. Mrs. Snyder also met her husband, Matt, while both of them were instructors at Snead. Matt teaches Biology and is currently the Division Director for Natural Sciences.

“My parents played a huge part in my becoming an instructor at Snead State. Without their encouragement and support early on, there would not have been the opportunity to even apply for my instructor position at Snead. Life experiences have definitely played a part in helping me excel as an instructor. The experience of being a mom to my two children with all of the rewards and responsibilities that comes with that job has made me a better educator over the years,” she said.

“The most positive aspect of my job is first simply getting to say that I have the privilege to be employed at Snead State. Snead is a family, and I am honored to be a member of that family. Another positive aspect is being able to make a difference in the lives of my students. I hope that in the 25 years I have been here, I have positively impacted my students because I know they have done that for me,” Mrs. Snyder added. “The tradition that Snead offers is one I am proud to say that I have experienced both as a student and as an educator. It is an honor to say that ‘I get to go’ to Snead to work each and every day. I am thankful for that.”

Mrs. West has been at Snead State for 26 years, beginning as an Admissions Clerk before deciding to serve in a completely different role as Custodian. She holds an Associate degree.

“I like to think that the buildings I take care of are clean and a pleasant environment for students who come to classes each day,” Mrs. West said.

The Chancellor’s Awards began 33 years ago as a way to reward and encourage outstanding performance, creativity, and dedicated service. The awards ceremony is held in conjunction with the annual conference hosted by the Alabama Community College Association in November each year.

Snead State Community College’s Theatre Department is presenting its fall production called “Silent Sky” in November.

Written by Lauren Gunderson, “Silent Sky” is the true story of 19th century astronomer Henriette Leavitt. The play explores a woman’s place in society during a time of immense scientific and heart-bound discoveries. With music and math bursting forth onstage, Henrietta and her female peers change the way society understands both the heavens and Earth.

Snead State’s production is directed by Theatre Instructor Kyle Dean Steffen. Performances will be at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3, and Saturday, Nov. 4, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 5. All performances will be in the Bevill Center auditorium.

Admission is free, but donations will be accepted at the door. The community is invited to attend.

“Silent Sky” was first commissioned and first produced by South Coast Repetory with support from the Elizabeth George Foundation. Original music was by Jenny Giering.

Snead State Community College recently donated over 4,000 books to Ingram State Technical College to use with the statewide prison education program. Snead State’s Maintenance Department as well as student-athletes with the Baseball Team, Women’s Basketball Team and Cheerleaders assisted Ingram representatives in loading the books for transport on Tuesday, Sept. 26.

Snead State Community College partnered with Ingram State Technical College to contribute to statewide prison education efforts.

On Tuesday, Sept. 26, Ingram State parked a truck in front of the Story Administration Building at Snead State. Joining representatives from Ingram, the Snead State Maintenance Department and student-athletes with the Baseball Team, the Women’s Basketball Team and the Cheerleaders moved boxes of library books from Snead State’s library to fill the truck.

“As we continue to improve our student experience by transitioning to a complete virtual library, we donated over 4,000 books to Ingram’s prison education program,” said Snead State President Dr. Joe Whitmore. “The books will be used in prison libraries across the state. We are proud to partner with our sister college and President Annette Funderburk in this effort.”

The decision to move to an entirely online library came after a recommendation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), the body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states. The partnership with Ingram provided an opportunity to repurpose the library books while supporting a program with another college within the Alabama Community College System.

Snead State Community College is proud to announce the Dean’s List for the Summer 2023 semester. Students must hold a minimum of 3.50-3.99 grade point average and be enrolled in 12 or more hours of regular college level courses to be eligible for the Dean’s List.

Snead State congratulates the students earning this achievement:

Cade Elizabeth McIlwain, Jade Guadalupe Chavez, Elisa D. Diaz Ramirez, Keila Franco, and Nancy T. Saucedo.

Eric Stephen Snell.

Emilee Grace Vickers.

Jared S Brown.

Alison Lanier Blackburn, Jadon Li, Aubrionia Reese, Victoria Sogol Vatany, and Belen Wilkes.

Daniel Lebron Corbin, Anne-Marie Harris Dunn, and Connor Warren.

George Floyd Dobbins IV, Kimberly Lyn Garmon, Taylor Leigh Presley, and Odalis Jose Sebastian.

Canton, MI
Emily Nicole Popa.

Chicago, IL
Cameron Willis.

Quentin L. Chapman.

Madelyn Grace Byrne.

NaKya M. Weakley.

Fort Payne
Jocelyn Jalee Liles.

Galena, KS
Riley McNemar.

Gibsonia, PA
Morgan Roupe.

Nicholes Cole Foster, McCallister Finn Heatherly, Montana Leigh McWhorter, and Ryan Oswalt.

Chandler Duong Phung.

Amanda Renee Brothers.

Megan Davis and Jack Ryan Pimm.

Lexington, KY
Aine Frances O’Rourke.

Memphis, TN
Hannah Ward Chacellor.

Teri Ashley French.

Cleophus Gaines and Norma Catherine Villa.

Hallie Oswalt.

Pell City
Lauren Danielle Buchanan.

Smiths Station
Jaelee Kristine Zeh.

Southport, FL
Abby Steverson.

Dawson Josiah England.

Chad Stubbs.

William Ryan Owens.

Snead State Community College is pleased to announce its President’s List for the Summer 2023 semester. To be eligible for the President’s List, a student must maintain a perfect grade point average of a 4.0 (all A’s) and be enrolled for 12 or more credit hours of regular college-level courses.

Snead State offers congratulations to the students who received this achievement:

Mark Edward Adams, Judd Ferguson, and Yssell Vaitiary Tamez.

Alexander City
Shelby Leigh Gray.

Jordan Mackenzie Hutchins.

Jada Shanta Banks, Emery Baxter Dent, Madison Kinard, Lillian Rose Krampe, and Kieley Shull.

Alyxandria Lazette Harrigan and Samuel Day Wilson.

Michael Drake Brown.

Katherine Graham, Maycee C. Mahan, Mallory Faith Wills, Heather Michelle Wilson, and Jeffrey Wilson.

Taylor Ann Toledo.

Madyson Mayer.

Fayetteville, GA
Davis Edwards.

Anna Kate Prestridge.

Alexandrea Caroline Roper.

Bryan Lopez.

Lauren Binkley and Maryam Moradi.

Mary Bronwen McNaughton.

Endia Vranee Brooks.

Savannah Alison Baumgardner, Christopher Hinton Bryan, Judson N. Lindsey, and Lillian G. Tears.

Zachary Blake Williams.

Orange Beach
Abigail Lee Simmons.

Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Alexa Knott.

Madison Bailey Maxwell.

Phenix City
Carley Christine Dyer.

Alexa Wade.

Carley Paige Bell.

Spanish Fort
Lily-Mei Gentry and Ashlyn Rowe Hudson.

Megan Dooley.

Saige Schweitzer.

The Snead State Community College Marketing team Taylor Beck, left, and Shelley Smith received two Pyramid Awards during the annual Alabama Community College System Public Relations Association conference.

Snead State Community College’s Public Relations/Marketing team was recognized during the annual Alabama Community College System Public Relations Association (ACCSPRA) Pyramid Awards banquet on Wednesday, Sept. 6.

Snead State Director of Marketing/Public Relations Shelley Smith and Marketing and Communications Specialist Taylor Beck comprised the team receiving two Pyramid Awards, the top place in each category.

The team won the top spot in the Radio Ad category, for a fall registration spot that promoted fall registration and career choices. The second award came in the Newswriting category for an article spotlighting the College’s 125th anniversary.

The Pyramid Awards were developed by ACCSPRA to recognize the efforts of community college marketing and recruiting departments within the Alabama Community College System. Two-year institutions within the organization had the opportunity to enter their work in a variety of categories. The Pyramid Awards ceremony was held in conjunction with ACCSPRA’s Annual Conference on Sept. 6-8, held at The Lodge at Gulf State Park.

The community is invited to support the College Street Singers at Snead State Community College during an upcoming fundraiser.

The College Street Singers will host Sweets and a Song, a fundraiser to offset costs for the students’ trip to Orlando, Fla., to perform at SeaWorld later this year.

Sweets and a Song will be held Thursday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m. in the Commons of the Story Administration Building, located at 220 North Walnut Street in Boaz.

During Sweets and a Song, the students will perform solos and duets, and during the performances, attendees can enjoy desserts with their coffee or water. Tickets are $5 per person and may be purchased at the door the night of the event or from a member of the College Street Singers.

The College Street Singers is a student performance ensemble that began at the College in 1974. The program provides scholarships to the students, who perform at College functions and events within the community. The College Street Singers will travel to Orlando and perform at SeaWorld Nov. 29-Dec. 2.

The Snead State Community College Fine Arts Department announces the rehearsal schedule for the Community Wind Band this fall.

The Community Wind Band is a concert band comprised of Snead State students, adults within the Snead State area, and area high school students who have demonstrated excellence in All-State tryouts. College credit is available for students who would like to participate with the Community Wind Band as a credit course.

The rehearsal and performance schedule is as follows:

  • Sept. 18, Rehearsal, 6:30-8 p.m., Room 107, Maze Music Building
  • Oct. 2, Rehearsal, 6:30-8 p.m., Room 107, Maze Music Building
  • Oct. 16, Rehearsal, 6:30-8 p.m., Room 107, Maze Music Building
  • Oct. 30, Rehearsal, 6:30-8 p.m., Room 107, Maze Music Building
  • Nov. 13, Rehearsal, 6:30-8 p.m., Room 107, Maze Music Building
  • Nov. 27, Rehearsal, 6:30-8 p.m., Bevill Center Auditorium
  • Dec. 3, Concert, 3 p.m., Bevill Center Auditorium

For more information, contact Community Wind Band Director Mike McGee at mike.mcgee@snead.edu or (256) 840-4148.

Snead State Community College crowned the 2023 Miss Founders Day winners during the pageant on Saturday, Aug. 19. Pictured from left are Gracie Koch, first runner-up in the Snead State division, Miss Founders Day-Snead State Madeline Emery; 2022 Miss Founders Day-Snead State Julie Ramirez; Miss Marshall County Ashley Gattis; Miss Founders Day-High School Ginna Carr; and first runner-up in the High School division Lila Jane Bonds.

Snead State Community College ended its 125th anniversary year with a bang at the Founders Day Festival and Pageant on Saturday, Aug. 19.

The event kicked off with the second Miss Founders Day Pageant. The College welcomed back the reigning Miss Founders Day Julie Ramirez of Albertville to crown the winner of the Snead State division. The College’s First Lady Janet Whitmore crowned the winner of the high school division. Miss Marshall County Ashley Gattis also assisted with the pageant.

Eighteen contestants entered one of the two divisions. The winner of the Snead State division is Madeline Emery, and the first runner-up is Gracie Koch.

Madeline, 19, is from Susan Moore and is majoring in Early Childhood Education. She is the daughter of Randall and Angie Emery. She is the colorguard instructor at Boaz High School and works part-time at Double K Nutrition.

Gracie is a political science major with plans to pursue a career in human rights and immigration law. She is a Snead ambassador and a representative for the epilepsy foundation.

The winner of the high school division – open to juniors and seniors in high school – is Ginna Bess Carr, and the first runner-up is Lila Jane Bonds.

Ginna is a senior at Guntersville High School. She is the daughter of Lee Carr and Ashley McKinzie. Ginna is a varsity cheerleader and plays golf for the Wildcats. She interned with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes of North Alabama. She plans to attend Snead State in the fall and major in Communications and Public Relations. After finishing her degree, she plans to obtain a Master’s degree and become a children’s minister.

Lila Jane is a junior at Douglas High School. She is the captain of the colorguard for the Pride of Douglas Eagle Band. She is also the captain of the dance company at Kohl Academy of Performing Arts. She participates in productions at the Whole Backstage Theatre. Her most recent roles include student choreographer in “Lion King Jr.” and co-narrator in “Cheaper by the Dozen.” She was also selected to serve as a member of Marshall County Youth Leadership.

Following the pageant, Snead State held an opening ceremony to dedicate a new time capsule to replace the one removed last year from the cornerstone of the Story Administration Building.

Then an evening of food, games, entertainment and festival vendors led up to a fireworks display.

Amos Willingham has officially made it to The Show.

Willingham, 24, of Rome, Georgia, is a relief pitcher prospect for the Washington Nationals. The organization selected him in the 17th Round of the 2019 MLB Draft out of Georgia Tech, by way of Snead State Community College.

Earlier this week, Willingham was called up to join the Nationals during the team’s series against Seattle after working his way up in the minor leagues for the last several years.

On Wednesday, Willingham made his debut against the Mariners, becoming the first-ever Snead State Baseball player to play in an MLB game. Washington took down Seattle 4-1 with Willingham pitching in the eighth. Facing four batters, he threw 17 pitches, of which 14 were strikes and gave up just one hit that was unfortunately a solo homerun. His fastballs averaged between 96-99 MPH.

“This is such a huge moment for Amos, and we can’t duly express how proud we are for him to get this opportunity,” said Snead State Head Baseball Coach Casey Underwood. “He’s such a great guy and tremendous baseball player. Amos’ success also marks a major milestone for our program, as he’s the first former Parson to ever pitch or play in the MLB.”

“We’re so proud of Amos for reaching this milestone in his career,” said Snead State President Dr. Joe Whitmore. “He was a model student-athlete during his time at Snead and will forever be remembered as one of the best Parsons to play the game. We wish him the very best as his career progresses.”

Willingham starred for the Parsons from 2016-2018. Over two seasons, he appeared in 26 games including 12 starts. Pitching a total of 103.2 innings, tallied 87 strikeouts and posted a 4.77 ERA.

At Georgia Tech for the 2018-2019 season, Willingham posted an 8-2 record in 18 appearances and 13 starts, pitching 69.1 innings of work for a 5.19 ERA. He finished with 42 strikeouts and an opponents’ batting average of .285, while also pitching a part of a combined shutout. He was instrumental in leading Georgia Tech to a 43-19 record and No. 3 National Seed in the NCAA Tournament where Atlanta played host to the NCAA Regional.

In the minor leagues, Willingham pitched 145.1 innings to record 139 strikeouts and post a 3.84 ERA. This year alone, he went 4-1 and picked up five saves (on six save opportunities) with a 1.90 ERA. He tallied 25 strikeouts in 23.2 innings of play.

The Nationals love Willingham’s four-seam fastball, which has averaged around 95 MPH for the past two years. He’s also worked to develop a slider and change-up, too.

“I came into the spring after [pitching in the Arizona Fall League], and I knew this could be a big year for me,” Willingham told reporters in Seattle on Monday, per The Washington Post. “I needed to go in and take care of everything that I needed to do, and I knew there would be opportunities to move up. I had no idea that it would happen this fast. “I don’t know if my heart’s gone below 100 beats per minute the whole time,” Willingham said. “But we made it here and ready to go.”