SOAR Awards

March 29 & 30, 2022

With opportunities for Tennesseans to attend college at an all-time high thanks to Tennessee Promise and Tennessee Reconnect, the Tennessee Board of Regents will honor six outstanding students, faculty and staff members and two colleges of the year in its third annual Statewide Outstanding Achievement Recognition (SOAR) Awards.

2022 SOAR Winners

Community College of the Year
Walters State Community College 

Technical College of the Year
Tennessee College of Applied Technology Elizabethton 

Community College Student of the Year
Zennia Nesmith, a psychology major pursuing an Associate of Science degree at Chattanooga State Community College

College of Applied Technology Student of the Year
Clifton Alex Floyd, an information technology student at TCAT Shelbyville

Community College Faculty Member of the Year
Dr. Elvira Eivazova, associate professor of biology at Columbia State Community College

College of Applied Technology Faculty Member of the Year
James Cochrane, information technology and infrastructure management instructor at TCAT Shelbyville

Community College Staff Member of the Year
Rob Keel, human resources analyst at Motlow State Community College

College of Applied Technology Staff Member of the Year
Karen Larsen, curriculum and compliance coordinator at TCAT Jackson

Advisor of the Year
Pedro Martinez, an advisor/counselor for 11 years at Volunteer State Community College

Volunteer of the Year
Regent Danni Varlan, recognized for her 12 years of service as a member of the Board of Regents representing the 2ndCongressional District; as a board member of the Foundation of the College System of Tennessee; for being a mentor, and for her work at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.

Benefactor of the Year
FedEx, recognized for its many contributions to and support of the system and its colleges, including aviation maintenance and aircraft mechanics technology students and programs. FedEx employees also contribute their time and expertise by serving on college advisory boards and the board for the Foundation of the College System of Tennessee. 

Partnership Award
Roan State Community College and Materials and Chemistry Laboratory Inc. of Oak Ridge and President and CEO Barry Stephenson and his wife Lucy Stephenson, for many years of work with and support of Roane State, including creation of the college’s innovative “Labin-a-Box” program that provides STEM kits and lesson plans to local classrooms. 

 

SPONSORS

SOAR would not be possible without support from amazing partners to TBR—The College System of Tennessee which include:

Presenting Sponsor

The Ayers Foundation


Event Sponsors

BlueCross BlueShield Tennessee

D2L

Education Champions

College Champions

Friends of TBR

PREVIOUS SOAR AWARD WINNERS

Community College of the Year
Columbia State Community College 

Technical College of the Year
TCAT Shelbyville 

Students of the Year, Community College
Deborah Carol Hale, a pre-K education major, Chattanooga State Community College.

Student of the Year, Technical College
Brian Shanley, a collision repair major, TCAT Oneida-Huntsville.

Faculty Member of the Year, Community College
Candace Justice, director of instructional design and associate professor of English, Walters State Community College.

Faculty Member of the Year, Technical College
Jennifer Wright, technology foundations instructor, TCAT Shelbyville.

Staff Member of the Year, Community College
L. Angela Webb, director of police services and public safety at Southwest Tennessee Community College.

Staff Member of the Year, Technical College
Rob Alford, special industry training coordinator, TCAT Pulaski.

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Community College of the Year
Roane State Community College

Technical College of the Year
TCAT Hohenwald

Students of the Year, Community College
Dominic Marcoaldi, Nashville State Community College

Student of the Year, Technical College
Ryan Olivia Cross, TCAT Paris

Faculty Member of the Year, Community College
Kathleen McAdams, Nashville State Community College

Faculty Member of the Year, Technical College
Mike Sledzinski, TCAT Knoxville

Staff Member of the Year, Community College
Sharon Edwards, Motlow State Community College

Staff Member of the Year, Technical College
John Lee, TCAT Elizabethton

2022 SOAR Awards Information