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Dr. Gretchen Potts honored for volunteer work

The day Dr. Gretchen Potts, assistant professor, Department of Chemistry, donated her personal computer to the WesTech/SoTech Community Technology Center proved to be fortuitous for a group of young students enrolled in a summer program there. WesTech/SoTech Community Technology Center, an arm of the Center for Community Career Education (CCCE) housed at UTC, readies local residents for the job market, and students for college by offering computer hardware and technology training courses.
Dr. Bill Henry, Dr. Gretchen Potts, and
Dr. Douglas Kutz

“I happened to mention to Dr. Potts that I needed to organize a field trip that used computer technology as its core for our summer job program,” said Dr. Bill Henry, WesTech Project Manager. “Dr. Potts was quick to volunteer the Chemistry Department’s assets. She organized not only a walk through of the labs, but also an interactive computer project of building atomic and molecular models. She also provided handouts and snacks for the students. Her efforts to encourage and recruit these young people as future students to the University went above the call of duty.”

For her efforts, Potts was recently presented with The Volunteer Service Award by the CCCE. She received an engraved paperweight and her name was added to the CCCE wall plaque.

“Without Dr. Potts’ help, our summer program would not have been the success that it was described by our grantor in Washington, DC,” said Henry.

The group also recognized Chemistry Department Chair Dr. Douglas Kutz, “whose leadership has created the type of environment that supports this type of volunteerism and cooperation,” said Henry.

You can learn more about the good work of the WesTech/SoTech Community Technology Center by calling (423)634-0175. Computer donations are welcome.

June 2, 2005

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