October 24th, 2022

Dear Chattanooga State Community,

This month you’ve had an opportunity to read a little about each of the advisors and our last couple are featured below. Continue reading to learn more about Kyle Summers, Vicki Duncan, and Kellie Graves.

Registration opens November 7; schedule an appointment with your advisor today. Did you know that you do not have to pay for your classes when you register? In addition, we have something special this year for registration continue reading to learn more.


Meet Your Advisors


Kelli GravesKellie Graves, Business & Industry Advisor

Kellie has been advising students for 11 years. She has had a few different roles: planned and implemented fun activities and sports for Student Life and provided success strategies to students in the Student Support Center.

What are your best tips for success?

- Go to class, every class.
- Be present.
- Participate in school. Make it a priority.
- Complete as much schoolwork/homework as you can on campus—fewer distractions and more help available with all the resources here.
- Use the resources. If you need something, say something.
- Talk with your advisor. Don't wait until the last minute.
- If you are taking an online class, read everything several times.

What inspires you?
Watching the sunrise.


Vicki Duncan, Social & Behavioral Sciences AdvisorVicki Duncan, Social & Behavioral Sciences Advisor

Vicki has been advising since 2020. She started out working for Project AHEAD at ChattState and later in the Student Support Center assisting students with everything from Time Management to Test Anxiety. She has been in the education field for 25 years, starting out as a Special Education Teacher.

What is your best tip for success?
College is a great time to come out of your comfort zone.
Don’t be afraid to try new things.
Be open to new study tips and techniques.
Don’t get stuck doing what you have done in the past.

What quotation inspires you?
"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us"
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

(COVID was such a trying time for all of us, but I saw true resilience and tenacity in our students. I placed this quote on my work email so I would always remember the beauty of how strong we all are and can be, no matter the odds.)

What is your favorite random fact?
The “M’s” in M&Ms stand for “Mars” and “Murrie.”


Kyle SummersKyle Summers, Kimball, Transient, and Non-Degree Seeking Advisor

Kyle has been an advisor at ChattState for just under two years. Before he became an advisor, Kyle was a success coach.

What is your best tip for success?
Always ask for help and never suffer in silence. Everyone at Chattanooga State wants you to succeed.

What inspires you?
You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.



Student Resources


We have tons of resources to help you complete your goals from academic support to general support. Tutoring is an important service that can help you succeed in your classes. From writing to math tutoring and many subjects in between, we can help you pass or ace your classes.

Learn More about Tutoring

For a complete list of student resources, visit the Student Resources page.


Rebecca Ashford, Ed.D.