Thursday, July 28, 2011

Snead State FYI

Below is some important information for students coming to Snead State this fall.

Fall registration is now open for all students. Classes for the full Fall term and the Fall Mini I term begin Monday, Aug. 22.
  • If you are a returning Snead State student, you do not need to consult an advisor prior to registration UNLESS you have changed your major or if you just have a question about classes. 
  • New students may receive assistance with the registration process by visiting the Arab Center on Main Street in Arab or the Student Success and Career Center on the Boaz campus. Both are open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
  • New students are encouraged to participate in Parson Days (new student orientation) to be prepared for classes this fall. If you missed Parson Days in July, you have two more opportunities to participate: Friday, Aug. 19, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., and Saturday, Aug. 20, from 8 a.m. until noon.
New students starting classes this fall may have some new experiences. Here are some tips to be better prepared:
  • If you would like to know how to find your classes on that first day, call and schedule a campus tour. One of our knowledge employees or student leaders will not only show you where to find your classes, they will also provide you with important information about parking areas, campus life, and more! You may contact one of our Student Recruiters to schedule a tour: Lindsey Beck at (256) 571-0612,, or Michelle Machen at (256) 571-0611,
  • Have you signed up for an online class, but you aren't familiar with Blackboard (Snead State's learning system)? Visit for a selection of tutorials that will take you step by step through the system, so you can be more comfortable with your online class.
  • There are many ways for the College to contact students once they register for classes. Each student may be contacted by their instructor through the Blackboard system. Students are also given a student e-mail address through which they may receive correspondance from the College. The student e-mail address is separate from the Blackboard messaging system. It is important that you check both methods of communication several times during the week.
  • Snead State also utilizes social media sites to communicate with students. Even if you don't have a profile on these sites, you can view Snead State's page for information. (While you may view the page, you will not be able to ask questions or comment unless you have a personal profile on these sites.) Follow Snead on twitter at, or like our page on Facebook at
If you have questions that have not been addressed in this blog, feel free to contact Snead State:

Director's mission is 'to get students involved'

Courtesy of Lionel Green
The Sand Mountain Reporter

As a graduate of the University of Alabama, Brittany Wilborn knows the college experience is more than books and classes, exams and grades.

As director of campus engagement at Snead State Community College, Wilborn helps students know it, too.

Wilborn, 25, worked as a transfer advisor at Snead for two years before earning the position of campus engagement director in October. The 2004 graduate of Geraldine High School also attended Gadsden State Community College.

"It's my job to get all my students involved and to make sure they have things to do on campus," Wilborn said. "And not just your smart, high GPAs, cream-of-the-crop students, but everyone."

Wilborn, who manages Snead's Student Success and Career Center, touts the College Completion Agenda, an initiative geared to increase the number of students receiving their associate degrees.
"We're really pushing the College Completion Agenda and really focusing on getting our students to start at Snead and to finish here," she said.

"I'm the point person for our Student Success and Career Center. We're there to help them with admissions, financial aid, scholarships, career advising, tutoring programs ... just anything they need to do. We have it in our center under one roof," she said.

Wilborn said participation in campus activities and the College Completion Agenda go hand in hand.
"Statistically, the more involved students are, the better they perform academically," she said.

Shelley Smith, Snead's marketing and public relations director, agreed, saying participation in clubs and organizations enhances student leadership abilities.

"With organizations like Phi Theta Kappa, they also have scholarship opportunities," Smith said. "With Phi Beta Lambda, they go to state competitions where they actually build on their business skills and workplace skills.

"Even though they're involved in doing things like dances, they're also learning and building on the education they're getting in the classroom. So it's only going to add to what they're getting from their instructors out of the classes," she said.

Wilborn said organizations on the Boaz-based campus filter though her office.

"My office does a lot of the student activities, as far as the dances," she said. "We do Club Rush at the beginning to put our clubs and organizations out there. I'm directly responsible for our Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society and our Student Government Association."

Snead's enrollment of 2,100 students is an assortment of traditional students, such as recent high school graduates, and nontraditional students, ranging from the laid-off employee learning another skill to the stay-at-home mother looking to enter the workforce. Many commute to the college.

Despite the eclectic blend of students, Wilborn said Snead's population stays plugged in to community events.

"Our students are very proactive," she said. "If there's anything going on, they probably know about it before I do, and they are not hesitant to come to me and want to help and want to be involved.

"All the students are using Facebook and Twitter. If there's something going on, they're going to know about it, and they'll spread the word. That's one thing I found different from other community colleges is these students reach out to me and want to get involved and be a part of anything that's going on in the community."
Wilborn said Snead ultimately tries to prepare students for "the real world."

"We're just trying to put them in real-life situations that they can learn from," she said.

The joy of Wilborn's job is seeing students graduate and knowing their participation in Snead organizations helped them reach the next level.

"Through the clubs and organizations, some students were able to go to the University of Alabama or Samford or transfer period because of the scholarship opportunities that are gained by being involved at Snead," Wilborn said.

Phone system out of service Friday.

Snead State Community College announces that on Friday, July 29, the phone system at the College will be out of service.

The supporting equipment for the phone system is currently housed in the Administration Building on the Boaz campus, but in light of renovations at the building, the equipment must be moved to the McCain Student Success Center.

There is no timeframe for when the phone system will be back in service on Friday. Anyone who calls the College and cannot get through may contact college personnel through e-mail or social media sites ( or

Students with questions regarding fall registration, financial aid, or fall classes may contact the Student Services Office at

Snead State, D1 Huntsville host a Speed Camp Saturday

Athletes looking to improve their speed and agility still have time to register for a Speed Camp hosted by Snead State Community College and D1 Huntsville on Saturday, July 30.

Dallas Terrell, one of the featured trainers at the camp, is the 1997 World Record Holder Bench Press (DRUG FREE), two-time D1 Strength Coach of the Year, and Head Trainer at D1 Huntsville who has spoken for Nike and at seminars for Troy State, Samford, and UAH. He has trained with athletes including Todd Burns, Amobi Okoye, Ramzee Robinson, Philip Rivers, and Peyton Manning.

Brian Smalley is the second featured trainer at the camp. He is an ex-defensive back for Miles College and a Douglas High School graduate. He is the D1 Strength and Conditioning Trainer who has worked with athletes including Tim Tebow, Herschel Walker, and Kenneth Darby.

The camp will be held at the Lady Parsons Softball Field on Snead State’s Boaz campus. Participants ages 10-14 will attend from 8-9:30 a.m., and participants ages 15 and up will participate from 10-11:30 a.m. The cost is $40. Participants can register through the day of the camp.

During the Speed Camp, athletes will be provided a challenging, competitive environment, where each participant can build confidence, master acceleration, deceleration technique, and maximize physical athletic potential and performance.
For more information or to access a registration form, go to and select Athletics. Questions may be directed to Athletic Director Sean Abernathy at or (256) 840-4204.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Snead State Pre-Nursing Students Class Registration Information

This video contains important information on class registration. Please preview before registering for classes.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

New Student Orientation Quiz

Click on the link below to take the quiz for the New Student Orientation modules. The modules are available in earlier posts on the Snead State Experience blog. YOU MUST COMPLETE AND SUBMIT THIS QUIZ BEFORE YOU WILL BE CLEARED TO REGISTER FOR CLASSES. Registration for new students begins July 16.

Congratulations to Student Athletes on their Success

Five Snead State Community College athletes were recognized for their academic success by the NJCAA.

“Academics are such a critical aspect of the college experience at Snead, and our athletes are held to a high standard of academic excellence because of that. It’s important for our student-athletes to excel on the field or on the court, but it’s more important for them to excel in the classroom,” said
Snead State President Dr
. Robert Exley. “I congratulate these athletes for their hard work and dedication to their studies. I look forward to finding out just how far their Snead State education will take them in their endeavors.”

“I was delighted to hear of the recognitions earned by this group of Snead State students. Many of our faculty has commented to me that this is an indication that our athletes are students first. I congratulate the students and applaud the efforts of their coaches to encourage academic achievement,” said Chief Academic Officer Dr. Larry Miller.

Alex Edwards

Travis Salyers

Cal Hardie

Kim McIntyre

Meagan Box

The NJCAA recognized 1,470 student-athletes who met the requirements for Academic All- Americans. Five Snead State athletes were awarded this honor.

Superior Academic Achievement (GPA 3.8 or higher)

  • William Hardie of Breman, Ga. William played on the baseball team. He is majoring in business and will continue his education at Shorter College in the fall.

Exemplary Academic Achievement (GPA 3.6 or higher)

  • Meagan Box of Addision. Meagan played volleyball. She is transferring to Athens State University majoring in secondary math education.
  • James Alex Edwards of Marietta, Ga., He was a baseball player, and his major is engineering. He will transfer to Georgia Southern this fall.
  • Kimberly McIntyre of Harvest. She was a Lady Parson Volleyball player and plans to play volleyball at Reinhardt University. She is a biology major.
  • Travis Salyers of Woodstock, Ga. He played baseball and is majoring in engineering. He will continue his education in the fall at Georgia Southern.

Head Baseball Coach Gerry Ledbetter and Head Volleyball Coach Lisa Bright praised their athletes for their academic achievements.

“When Dr. Exley first came to Snead as the President, he encouraged us to recruit athletes who showed excellence on the field and in the classroom. These three student athletes are examples of making his encouragement a reality. I consider it a privilege and pleasure to have these young men as a part of our team, our community, and the Snead State family,” said Coach Ledbetter.

“I am very proud of both Meagan and Kim. They both worked extremely hard day in and day out to achieve this award, and they have a very bright future ahead of them. I look forward to seeing what all they can achieve at the next level both in the classroom and on the court for Kim,” said Coach Bright.

The 2010-2011 season marks the 28th year the NJCAA has recognized the success of its student-athletes in the classroom. With minimal changes, the NJCAA academic awards program has been in place since 1983. 

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Fall Registration opens for Current Students

Fall registration opens for current students today! As first-time freshmen, our current students participated in Parson Days to prepare for fall registration, but that is no longer required for those returning for another semester at Snead State.

When it comes to advising, current students may consult their assigned faculty advisors if asssitance is needed in one of these three areas:
  • Selecting Classes
  • Being cleared to register online - Once a current student has been cleared to register once, he or she does not have to be cleared again unless he or she has changed their major since the last registration period.
  • Activating the student Personal Identification Number (PIN) for online registration - The PIN is the student's six-digit birthdate (mmddyy).
Current students are encouraged to first contact their assigned advisor or an advisor within the same division as their assigned advisor. They may also contact general education advisors located in the McCain Student Success Center if they are unable to reach their assigned advisor.
Prior to registering for any semester, students must clear all financial obligations (parking fines, library fines/overdue books, athletic uniforms/books, etc.) from previous enrollment. 

Students may register for classes by accessing the College Registration website SSCC Online Registration. Internet Explorer Version 5 or Higher is REQUIRED to use the SSCC Online Registration web site.  Classes are listed in the interactive class schedule and will be taught provided a sufficient number of students register for the classes.

Students must also plan to pay tuition and fees. A student may pay online by Visa or Mastercard, by financial aid, or by the College's payment plan. A student who pays by check must print the registration form and mail the form with payment or come by the Business Office, located in the McCain Learning Resource Center. A student is not officially registered until tuition and fees are paid or financial assistance has been applied. Classes are automatically cancelled for any student who fails to pay tuition and fees by midnight of the day the student registers.
Once registration is complete, students are encouraged to retain a copy of the registration form for future reference.

Questions may be directed to the Student Services Office at