The College System of Tennessee will honor its outstanding students, faculty and campus staff – and the College of the Year – during its first Statewide Outstanding Achievement Recognition (SOAR) celebration March 19-20 in Nashville.
The two days of activities will include judging and a dinner for finalists in each of the SOAR Award individual categories; a Student Honors Luncheon honoring members of the Phi Theta Kappa All-Tennessee Academic Team and the National Technical Honor Society, and the annual Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) Day on the Hill.
It will culminate Wednesday evening, March 20, with the SOAR Awards Dinner, when the Students, Faculty and Staff Members of the Year award winners and the College of the Year will be announced. Philanthropy and volunteer awards will also be presented.
“The mission of our College System and each of our community and technical colleges is the success of all our students and the development of Tennessee’s workforce. It’s appropriate that we recognize the outstanding students – and the outstanding faculty and staff members on our campuses who work with students daily to help them succeed,” said TBR Chancellor Flora W. Tydings.
The SOAR Awards Dinner will be held from 7 to 9:30 p.m. March 20 at the DoubleTree Hotel Downtown Nashville. Nikki Burdine, co-anchor of WKRN-TV’s Good Morning Nashville, will serve as master of ceremonies, and Tennessee Higher Education Commission Executive Director Mike Krause – a member of the Board of Regents – is the keynote speaker.
College of the Year finalists are Cleveland State Community College, Pellissippi State Community College and the Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Elizabethton. They were selected through a review of institutional data on three key metrics: performance improvement, overcoming obstacles and program expansion.
Eighteen finalists for the individual awards advanced through college- and regional-level competitions in East, Middle and West Tennessee to reach next Tuesday’s final interviews with a panel of judges. One winner in each the three categories for the Community Colleges and for the Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology (TCATs) – for a total of six individual award winners – will be announced at the awards dinner Wednesday evening.
Finalists for the individual awards are:
Community College Student of the Year/Program of Study:
TCAT Student of the Year/Program of Study:
Community College Faculty Member of the Year/Teaching Subject:
TCAT Faculty Member of the Year/Teaching Subject:
Community College Staff Member of the Year/Title:
TCAT Staff Member of the Year/Title:
All finalists will be interviewed by panels of judges on March 19, make a group visit to the new Tennessee State Museum in the afternoon and be recognized at the SOAR Finalists Dinner that evening.
March 20 activities include:
Major sponsors for the events include The Ayers Foundation, The Armistead Group, AT&T, BarberMcMurry Architects, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, CMT, Dollar General, Emsi, First Tennessee Bank, Follett, Greenwood Asher & Associates, Orcutt | Winslow, and Pilot Flying J.
The College System of Tennessee is the state’s largest public higher education system, with 13 community colleges, 27 colleges of applied technology and the online TN eCampus serving approximately 140,000 students. The system is governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents.