Two students were selected to represent Gadsden State Community College as members of the All-Alabama Academic Team. Sunnie Norris of Heflin and Sarah Wiedeman of Alexandria will be honored at a dinner in Montgomery
where they will be recognized by the Alabama Community College System and receive $1,000 academic scholarships from the All-USA Academic Program.
Norris, a political science major, plans to become a pro-life lobbyist as she continues her education at Auburn University. At Gadsden State she is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, student ambassador, student leadership representative, and a member of the student disciplinary committee. She volunteers with Save-A-Life Pregnancy Crisis Center, Vacation Bible School, and the Disciple Now Weekend -True Love Waits. Norris began her classes at Gadsden State while in high school by taking advantage of the Dual Enrollment Program. “During this experience, I found such benefits as instructors who knew me by name and many leadership opportunities. Gadsden State allowed me to build a foundation of classes to ultimately transfer to a four-year college,” said Norris.
Wiedeman is pursuing a career in nursing and plans to attend the University of West Georgia to complete her degree. Her goal is to provide medical care while serving on the mission field. At Gadsden State she is president of Phi Theta Kappa, captain of the Cross Country Team, and a Student Support Services tutor. She is a Eucharistic Minister at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, a Sacristan in training, and volunteers at the Center of Concern. Weidman said, “I have excelled in my classes at Gadsden State mostly due to the wonderful faculty and the student teacher ratio. My instructors have inspired and encouraged me to achieve my goals.”
All-Alabama Academic team members are nominated by the faculty and reviewed by a committee. To be eligible, students must have a 3.25 minimum GPA, must complete at least 12 hours at the nominating college and be involved in campus activities. Each community college in the Alabama Community College System nominates two students. The team nominees are also entered in the All-USA Academic team competition, which is sponsored by USA Today and Phi Theta Kappa.
For more information about the All-Alabama Academic Program, please contact Dale Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Administrator Named to National Advisory Board
Dr. Michele G. Bradford, director of diversity and compliance at Gadsden State Community College has been selected to join the Campus Legal Advisor (CALA) Advisory Board. CALA is the newsletter created to help campus administrators discover how to create legally sound policies and procedures with expert guidance. The publication also details the responsibilities of institutions under the ADA, FERPA, and other federal laws and provides advice-driven articles to help resolve problems with students and staff. Bradford will serve on the board with Dr. Kathleen Boone, Daemen College, New York; Pamela Connelly, Esq., University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Darron Farha, Esq., Valparaiso University, Indiana; Laverne Lewis Gaskins, Esq., Valdosta State University, Georgia; Dr. Kim McCabe, Lynchburg College, Virginia; Edwin Ramos, Esq., Huertas Junior College, Puerto Rico; Kevin Scott, Esq., Fox Rothschild LLP, Pennsylvania and Allan Shackelford, Esq., attorney and consultant for nonprofits and higher education institutions, Michigan. Bradford will serve on the CALA Advisory Board for a minimum of two years.