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• Paul Giblock of Farragut, a senior computer science major at East Tennessee State University, has been selected for one of 10positions granted nationally in the Tennessee Tech Research Experience for Undergraduates. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the summer program affords promising students an opportunity to work on a project under the direction of a faculty mentor from Cookeville’s Tennessee Technological University. Giblock, who currently serves as vice president of the campus chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery, was among a group of students from ETSU Honors College who traveled to Nashville earlier this year to present posters of their research to state legislators and to meet with Gov. Phil Bredesen.

• The Indiana Alpha Chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Society at DePauw University has elected Bradley Thomas Giordano of Knoxville to membership. He was installed as a member on May 1, during an induction ceremony at the college in Greencastle, Ind. Giordano, a 2002 graduate of Knoxville Catholic High School, is a senior at DePauw. He was previously named a Holton Memorial Scholar at DePauw and has been named to the dean’s list every semester since his freshman year. In addition to Phi Beta Kappa, he has also been elected to membership in Mortar Board, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Psi Chi, the national honor society in psychology. He will graduate from DePauw in May with a bachelor’s degree in psychology.

• The Bearden High School Foundation Board has contracted with Alumni Research, Inc., to collect and compile alumni information into a hardbound directory. Alumni Research is in the process of contacting BHS graduates who have provided telephone numbers and addresses to verify biographical information. If you are a BHS graduate and want to be included in the directory, contact Alumni Research, Inc., by telephone at 800-299-1230, or send information to them at 3333 U.S. Highway 19, Suite 6, Holiday, Fla., 34691. Contact information is also available at www.bhsfoundation.org.

• The next nationwide ACT test date for college-bound high school students is Saturday, June 10. Students must register online or have their paper registrations postmarked by the end of the day May 5. Late registration postmark deadline is May 19 (an additional $18 late fee is required for late registration after May 5). The ACT includes an optional writing test. Most colleges do not require a writing score, so students should check the admissions requirements of colleges they are considering before registering for the ACT. The cost is $29 without and $43 with the writing test. Students who opt to take the Writing Test will add 30 minutes to the normal 3-hour testing time.

• Egan Monroe, daughter of Harold Monroe and Mary Monroe-Ellis of Farragut, has accepted a Buschman Award and a Trustee scholarship from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. Monroe will graduate this spring from Knoxville Catholic High School where she is active in soccer, Girl Scouts, Interact Club and Y-Teens. She plans to major in nursing.

• Roane State Community College honored students at its annual Awards Night recently. The ceremony celebrated students who excelled academically during the 2005-06 school year. Local winners included Charles Furtner, radiologic technology scholastic award; Cathy Herrell, occupational therapy assistant award of recognition; Amanda Hopwood, Christine Mills Nursing Award; Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges; Christine Gantt, respiratory therapy outstanding academic achievement; Christine Ladd, Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges; Heather Fries, Campus Activities Board chairman; and Charles Williamson, Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges.

• Shaddi Hasan, an exceptional senior at Bearden High School in Knoxville, has been recognized as one of the country’s most outstanding high school seniors by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and has been awarded a $20,000 National Coca-Cola Scholarship for college. Hasan joined 249 of America’s most impressive high school students who competed for the 50 National Scholarships of $20,000 and 200 Regional scholarships of $10,000 during the Coca-Cola Scholars Weekend, held April 6-9 in Atlanta, Ga. Scholars were chosen from an initial applicant pool of more than 50,000 representing approximately 23,000 high schools nationwide. The 2006 Class of Coca-Cola Scholars interviewed with a National Selection Committee representing education, business, government and arts leaders from across the country. The Committee evaluated the scholars on their academic achievements, school and community leadership, and their desire to succeed. During the Scholars Weekend, the 2006 class was also recognized at a banquet held in their honor. Coca-Cola Chairman Neville Isdell gave the banquet keynote address and encouraged Scholars to reach for their dreams. Additionally, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation announced its historic increase of Regional scholarships from $4,000 to $10,000 to mark the Foundation’s 20th anniversary.

• More than 670 students from 35 schools in East Tennessee participated in a multichoice exam April 4 designed by mathematics professors for the Tennessee Middle School Mathematics Competition. Five hundred and forty students came to the Hardin Valley campus of Pellissippi State Technical Community College to participate in the competition, while the remainder took the exam at their school. The total number of participants is twice as many students as attended last year’s middle school math competition. Students from as far away as Crossville and Johnson City competed. The award for the top overall sixth-grade team went to West Valley Middle School, the award for the top overall seventh-grade team went to Robertsville Middle School from Oak Ridge and Jefferson Middle School from Oak Ridge was named the top eighth-grade team. The competition, supported and sponsored by Oak Ridge Associated University, was a collaborative effort of the mathematics departments at Austin Peay State University, Middle Tennessee State University, Pellissippi State, the University of Memphis, the University of Tennessee-Martin and Walters State Community College.

• Miami University students who achieved a 3.5 or better grade point average for first semester 2005-2006 have been named to the Dean’s List recognizing academic performance. Miami University is a state-assisted university located in southwestern Ohio offering more than 100 degree programs in humanities, science, engineering, business, education, fine arts and interdisciplinary studies. Those named to the Dean’s List are: Knox Kevin Golshani and Alexander Mason Smith of Knoxville.

• Students from Farragut Middle School recently took part in a creative writing contest sponsored by Modern Woodmen of America, a national provider of fraternal financial services and programs. Students composed essays on the topic, “If I Could Change One Thing… .” First place winner was Caroline Crawford, second-place winner was Daniel Xu, and third-place winner was Nadia Beydoun. All received trophies for their achievements.

• Jordan M. Greene, Robert T. Hall, Tyler Johnson, Jessica N. Lange, Laura A. Schoonmaker, Timothy J. Seneker and Lauren G. Senesac were named to the dean’s list for winter term 2006 at Furman University in Greenville, S.C. Students must earn a grade-point average of 3.4 or higher to be named to the dean’s list.

• Katherine Crytzer of Knoxville was named a 2006 Fellowship recipient by The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.

• Wal-Mart’s 21,000 suppliers and the U.S. Department of Defense’s 60,000 suppliers are learning about radio frequency identification technology or RFID. They’ve been mandated to start using the new technology to increase productivity and efficiency because RFID tracks inventory in the global supply chain. Now that megabusinesses, and many smaller ones, too, are learning the cost savings associated with RFID, the demand for trained personnel is booming. Pellissippi State Technical Community College said it is ready to meet the demand. The college is offering a course in RFID to help prepare students interested in working in the RFID field. Students receive a full semester of classroom instruction and visit the IDentiTRAK Technologies RFID Center of Excellence located in Knoxville for hands-on training in RFID software and hardware. The firm is a solutions integrator for RFID technology. RFID works by using a small integrated circuit and antenna tag placed on cases and pallets of freight. The chip is loaded with information about the contents and relays it to devices that scan cargo coming into or leaving a warehouse. Scanners inside stores also track inventory and data are relayed to computers for use in managing and monitoring the location and movement of cargo.

Wal-Mart estimates that it will save more than $8 billion a year when it is fully RFID compliant.

But while the demand for trained personnel in this emerging technology is booming, there’s a shortage in the supply.

The next RFID class at Pellissippi State is scheduled to begin with the Fall semester on September 9 and end on November 2. More information is available by calling the school at 865-694-6568 or visiting the website at www.pstcc.edu.

 

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