Archive for October, 2011

ACCC Volleyball Tournament, Nov. 5-6

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Cardinals to Host Volleyball State Championship

Gadsden State Community College will host the 2011 Alabama Community College Conference Volleyball Tournament at Beck Field House on the Wallace Drive Campus in Gadsden November 5-6.


All-USA Academic Team Nominations Open

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

All-USA Academic Team Nominations Open

Gadsden State Community College is accepting nominations for the All-USA Community College Academic Team which honors outstanding students from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines.

In partnership with USA TODAY, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, Phi Theta Kappa and the American Association of Community Colleges, nearly $500,000 in stipends will be awarded.   The All-USA Academic Team nominees will be eligible for statewide recognition and scholarships.  Each All-Alabama Team member will receive a medallion, a scholarship, and a state proclamation recognizing scholarly achievement.  The highest scoring nominee from each state will receive a $2,000 stipend.

To be eligible, applicants must be enrolled in a community college, have at least a 3.5 Grade Point Average and be on track to earn an Associate degree by August 31, 2012.  To submit an application, students should go to  Login using your Phi Theta Kappa login information or create a non-member account. Students do not have to be a member of Phi Theta Kappa to be eligible.  When logged in, select the fall scholarship link, answer the eligibility questions and then open the application. The enrollment key for the process is:  MDQ4OTY39445.  Please note the enrollment key is case sensitive, you may want to copy and paste it instead of retying it; also, be aware it is the letter O and not a zero.  All items on the application must be completed by November 1, 2011.

If further assistance is needed, Please contact Dale Hill at or (256) 549-8375 or Melissa Davis at or (256) 549-8383.

This is a great opportunity to receive national and state recognition.  Thank you for taking time to complete the application.

Alumni Association Awards

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Alumni Association Annual Awards Presentation & Picnic

The Gadsden State Alumni Association presented annual awards during the fall picnic held at the East Broad Campus.  Tom McElrath, president of the alumni association, presented five prestigious awards during the ceremony and honored the first Miss Gadsden State Carolyn Whitley Biggio by presenting her a bouquet of roses.  Biggio was at the event to represent the class of 1966.  She fondly shared some of her memories when tuition was $45 per quarter and the only two buildings on the campus were Allen and Browder Hall. 

Kai Wen received a $1,000 scholarship from the alumni association.  He is a sophomore pursuing a career in international business and has a 4.0 GPA.

Tammy Potter Morgan, mathematics instructor, and Jack B. Mayfield, Jr., industrial automation technology and automotive manufacturing technology instructor, were chosen to receive the Outstanding Instructor Award.  This award is given annually to honor instructors who go the extra mile for their students, making a difference in their lives and also the community. Potter has taught at Gadsden State for 15 years and Mayfield has been an instructor for 11 years.  Both have been very involved with campus and community activities.

Dr. Jim Prucnal, dean of financial and administrative services, was chosen as the Outstanding Alumnus.  He has over 30 years of experience in higher education and has been the recipient of many honors including the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Alabama Association of Higher Education in Business.  He has served as the president of the Alabama College System Financial Management Association and the Alabama Community College Association.  Prucnal is active in the Gadsden Civitan Club and serves on the Board of the All-Alabama Academic Team.  He was one of the founding members of the Gadsden State Alumni Association and is a lifetime member.

 Judge Allen Millican, who has served as Circuit Judge of Etowah County since 2001, received the Distinguished Service Award.  The association began awarding this distinction in 1994 to individuals who have given time, energy, and exceptional support to Gadsden State.  Judge Millican’s photo will join 30 previous winners on the wall of honor in the Meadows Library on the Wallace Drive Campus.  He is a graduate of Gadsden State, the University of Alabama, and the Birmingham School of Law.  He has been an avid supporter of the Court Reporting Program including being a keynote speaker for a convention held at Gadsden State this past summer.

The cookout and awards ceremony officially kicked off the annual membership campaign.  Graduates and friends of Gadsden State are encouraged to renew their annual membership for $20 or purchase a lifetime membership for $300.  More information is available at


Veterans Oral History Projects

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Veterans Oral History Project

The Gadsden State Realtime Reporting Program is participating in a Veterans History Project on November 10.  They will be recording oral histories of veterans from the community.  Terri Towe, realtime reporting instructor, and Janet Hereford, official court reporter, have met with some notable veterans in the area to begin the project.  On November 10, they will interview other veterans and transcribe their historical stories which will be submitted to the National Court Reporters Association.  The association will then send the historical documents to the Library of Congress.  In 2003 the National Court Reporters Association partnered with the Library of Congress to bring this project to fruition.  To date, the court reporters have transcribed over 2,000 oral histories.  For more information contact Terri Towe at 256-549-8627 /  or Janet Hereford at 256-549-5367 /