Thursday, September 20, 2012

ATTENTION: Students!

Students, the mySnead system will be offline from Sept. 26-30. The system will be online again by Monday, Oct. 1. This will not affect your online classes or your access to Blackboard.

HOWEVER, during that period between Sept. 26-30, you will be unable to register or withdraw from classes using the mySnead system. Since the last day to withdraw from a Mini I class is Tuesday, Oct. 2, you will need to follow the procedure below to withdraw from a class between Sept. 26-30:

·        Go to the McCain Student Success and Career Center and manually complete a request to withdraw from a class with the Student Services Office; or

·        Submit a written request to withdraw from a class using your Snead State student e-mail account only to

If you have any additional questions, please contact the Student Services office at

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Gerhart Chamber Music Festival Begins Sept. 20

Snead State Community College is hosting the 2012 Gerhart Chamber Music Festival with performances on Sept. 20, 22, and 23 in the newly renovated Fielder Auditorium.

The festival welcomes back Gerhart musicians, violinist Michael Davis, pianist Jeffrey Cohen, cellist Bion Tsang, and violist Wayne Roden. The festival will also showcase former members of the Gerhart Children’s Chorus as they perform an arrangement of Amazing Grace accompanied by the Gerhart musicians.

The festival will open on Thursday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m. with the Homecoming Concert, during which the Alumni Choir will perform. The Gerhart quartet will perform selections from renowned composers such as Wolfgang Mozart and Johannes Brahms. The concert will take place in Fielder Auditorium in the Administration Building on the Boaz campus.  A reception will follow the concert in the new banquet room in the Administration Building.

As part of the festival, the musicians will lead a Chamber Music Master Class on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 1-4 p.m. at the Maze Music Building followed by a special Master Class Concert at 2 p.m. in Fielder Auditorium. A new addition to the Gerhart Chamber Music Festival is the availability of an Alexander Technique Seminar, led by SSCC’s own music instructor Dr. Barbara Hudson, on Sept. 22 beginning at 11 a.m. in the Maze Music Building. The Alexander Technique is a method used by performers or public speakers to ease muscle tension, neck and back pain and breathing difficulties associated with everyday activities. For more information on the Master Class or the Alexander Technique Seminar, contact Dr. Hudson at (256) 840-4147 or 

Closing the Gerhart Chamber Music Festival is the annual Gerhart Children’s Concert featuring the 2011-2012 Boaz Intermediate School Honor Choir, under the direction of Miriam Richey. The choir will perform folk and traditional song selections including familiar pieces such as “Oh! Susanna” and “Hallelujah!” from Handel’s “Messiah.” The Children’s Concert will begin at 2 p.m.

All of the events will be held in Fielder Auditorium located in the Administration Building at 220 North Walnut Street, Boaz, Ala. Admission is free to all events. The community is invited.

First Professor Emeriti Honored at Rededication

Snead State Community College will honor the first Professor Emeriti in the College’s history during a special rededication service for the newly-renovated Administration Building.

Dr. Bobbie Glassco of Horton served Snead State for 42 years in a multitude of roles, including a teacher of home economics, a teacher of sociology and Dean of Instruction. Mr. James Lambert of Boaz served Snead College for 28 years as an Instructor of Political Science and History and Division Director for Social Sciences.
The Rededication Service will take place on Sunday, Sept. 16, at 2:30 p.m. in Fielder Auditorium in the Administration Building on the Boaz campus. Music will be provided by former Snead State President Dr. Johnny McAlpine, his wife, Helen, and his daughter, Carla McAlpine-Franklin.

Following the Rededication Service, those in attendance will have an opportunity to tour the facility. A reception in the new banquet room honoring the newly named Professor Emeriti will follow the building tours.

On Tuesday, Sept. 18, the community is also invited to attend a special Open House and Ribbon Cutting for the Administration Building. The ribbon cutting will take place at 10:30 a.m. on the front lawn with tours of the building to follow. Lunch will be served at 11 a.m. in the gazebo at the quad behind the Administration Building.
Snead State Community College’s own musical ensemble are busily preparing for their concert season.

Under the direction of Sara Markham, the College Street Singers have started rehearsing with both the returning singers and the new members of the group.

Comprising the 2012 College Street Singers are:

  • Albertville – Ashley College, Katelyn Miller, Sally Kauffmann, Hannah Droze, Justin Bentley, Josh Waldrop and Brock Bearden (sound technician).
  • Arab – Deanna Kampmeyer.
  • Asbury – Blaike Patterson.
  • Boaz - Eric Claburn and Kahilil Oliver.
  • Cleveland – Leah Wiginton.
  • Florence – Daniel Dean.
  • Grant – Jessica Birdsong.
  • Guntersville – Blake Brock.
  • Oneonta – Bethany Hollis.
The College Street Singers are currently scheduling performance dates for the 2012-2013 season. To book the Singers, please contact the Snead State Fine Arts Department at (256) 840-4188.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Fall Payment Information

You can now make your payment at mySnead.  If you have an account balance due, please make your payment as soon as possible.  You can view a short video on making payments and review payment instructions at
Wednesday, August 15, 2012, OR YOUR CLASSES WILL BE DROPPED.
Login to mySnead to check your account balance and make payment.

You can view your account information by logging on mySnead,
·         Click on the Student tab
·         Account Information
·         Account Detail for Term and select the Fall 2012 term to view your current charges, payments, and anticipated financial aid. 
·         Your anticipated financial aid is listed under the “Authorized Financial Aid” heading toward the bottom of the page.  If the “Account Balance net of Authorized Financial Aid” field is zero or a negative number you are not required to make a payment.
·         If the “Account Balance net of Authorized Financial Aid” is a positive number you need to submit a payment.

·         If you do not see the financial aid you are expecting, please check your financial aid requirements:
o   Click on the Financial Aid tab
o   Financial Aid Status
o   2012-2013 Aid Year
o   Click on the blue hyperlink “unsatisfied requirements” and that will take you to a list of your requirements needed to finalize your financial aid. 

·         If “Terms and Conditions and Authorization of Charges” is listed with the “unsatisfied requirements” instructions are listed to the right side to locate the requirements.
o   Click on the FINANCIAL AID tab
o   Select the AWARD box
o   Select the bulleted AWARD FOR AID YEAR
o   Select 2012-2013
o   Select the RESOURCES AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION tab to satisfy the Authorization of Charges (choose yes or no)
o   Choose the TERMS AND CONDITIONS tab to satisfy the Terms and Conditions requirements (accept)
PAYMENT PLAN INFORMATION: Payment plans are available through Nelnet Business Solutions. Students must pay 50% down. The remaining balance will be split between two payments to be made in September and October. There is also a $40 enrollment fee. For more information, please visit Payment plans are only available through Thursday, Aug. 23.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Advising Information Regarding Biology

When planning your class schedule for the fall or in developing your two-year plan for classes while you're at Snead State, please consider the following information when choosing biology courses:

As of July 16, 2012, BIO 103 is not required as a prerequisite for BIO 201 (Anatomy & Physiology I) or BIO 220 (Microbiology).

 Students are still strongly encouraged to take BIO 103 prior to taking BIO 201, 202, and 220 because:

·      BIO 103 counts under Area III for transfer students.  BIO 201, 202, and 220 do not.

·      Four-year universities still require BIO 103 as a prerequisite.  Students to take BIO 201, 202, or 220 without taking BIO 103 may lose transfer credit.

·      Nursing programs at four-year universities require BIO 103.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Upward Bound Grant Renewed for Five Years

Snead State Community College’s TRiO Upward Bound program achieved a significant milestone during one of the most competitive grant seasons in the program’s history. Upward Bound’s grant was renewed in full for another five years.

Snead State’s program received $1.25 million for the next five years to continue to offer services to disadvantaged students. The College was among a limited number of U.S. institutions to receive grant renewals. Nationally, nearly one-quarter of existing programs did not receive funding.
“We are so excited to have recaptured this grant in such a competitive season,” said Marie Smith, Director of the Federal TRiO Programs at Snead State Community College. “The program has allowed the College to reach out and provide opportunities to students who may not have them otherwise.”
Upward Bound prepares low-income and potential first-generation college students to continue their education beyond the high school level. The grant renewal not only allows SSCC to continue to serve 50 students from Boaz, DAR, Asbury and Douglas High Schools, but also includes an extra 10 students with the addition of Brindlee Mountain High School.
“The program targets low-income and first-generation college students because sometimes their situations provide obstacles for them in the classroom. They earn low grades when they have the potential to earn As and Bs. Upward Bound offers another kind of ‘family’ to step in and help them turn things around,” said Mrs. Smith.
The TRiO Upward Bound program provides high school students with tutoring, academic advising, monthly workshops, college transfer tours, cultural events, and a six-week summer residential experience. From June 17-July 27, around 45-50 students will live on campus and participate in personal growth workshops, college and cultural visits,  and take courses in math, literature, composition, science, foreign language, and computer science.
The success of the Upward Bound program is assisting first-generation college students who in many cases have limited financial resources is an example of SSCC’s mission. Snead State strives for excellence in meeting the educational needs of students, and the College has set a priority of assisting students in finishing what they start – with the end goal a college degree.

Of all of the Upward Bound participants last year, 89 percent of them achieved at proficient level during high school on state assessments in reading/language arts and math, and 85 percent of the participants enrolled in postsecondary education by the fall term immediately following their expected high school graduation date. Seventy-nine percent of all Upward Bound participants who enrolled in postsecondary education during the fall term immediately following high school graduation enrolled for the fall term of the second academic year.

Upward Bound is one of two federally-funded TRiO programs available at Snead State.  The TRiO Student Support Services Program serves 160 students who are enrolled at the College. They also receive tutoring and academic advising services and participate in enrichment and cultural activities.
Snead State Community College has received funding for the TRiO programs since 2003. The College reapplies for the grant every five years.