Pellissippi State Community College recently hosted its annual employee recognition ceremony, honoring faculty and staff for outstanding service.
At this year’s ceremony, the Excellence in Teaching Award went to Christie Cunningham, assistant professor in Natural and Behavior Sciences. The award recognizes innovative teaching techniques and the positive impact they have had on students. Cunningham has integrated technology, hands-on activities, group projects and other learning methods to increase student engagement in her psychology courses.
The Innovations Award was bestowed upon Richard Smelser, Jacob Moore and Nadia Keyes from the Financial Aid office for the creation of a Default Aversion Unit that helps Pellissippi State graduates repay school loans. The DAU group offers budgeting and financial literacy events and an online live chat to help students identify their best repayment option. Since the DAU was implemented in 2013, the College’s student loan default rate has dropped from 22.7 percent to 16 percent. The award is given in recognition of a project that demonstrates success of creative and original instructional and learning-support activities.
The Gene Joyce Visionary Award was given to Gitti Negahban, associate professor in Business and Computer Technology, in recognition of her work on an outreach project that has made a positive impact on the community. Negahban has arranged for real-world jobs — serving local businesses and nonprofits — to be built into capstone projects for her Computer Science and Information Technology students. Students gain real-life experience that helps a local organization, while employers have the opportunity to meet students who might become their employees.
The Excellence in Teaching, Innovations and Gene Joyce Visionary awards carry monetary recognition ranging from $1,000 to $1,500. Recipients of the awards also received a plaque and medallion.
Additional award recipients — each of whom received $100, a plaque and a medallion — include:
- Outstanding Adjunct Faculty, Robyn James, Liberal Arts
- Outstanding Administrator, Melanie Paradise, Records
- Outstanding Contract Worker, Janet Cope, Blount County Programs
- Outstanding Full-Time Faculty, Jennifer Brickey, Liberal Arts
- Outstanding Support Professional, Donna Pasternak, Budget and Payroll
- Outstanding Technical/Service/Maintenance Worker, J.J. Patterson, Network and Technical Services
Funding for all awards is provided by the Pellissippi State Foundation. The Foundation works to provide student scholarships and emergency loans as well as to improve facilities and secure new equipment.
For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call 865-694-6400.
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All degree-seeking students who have been accepted to attend Pellissippi State Community College for the summer 2016 semester should make plans now to attend a New Student Orientation session.
The sessions are required of all new degree-seeking students, both freshmen and transfer. Reserve a space as soon as possible at www.pstcc.edu/orientation or by calling 865-694-6400.
Orientation gives new students the opportunity to meet with Pellissippi State students, faculty, and staff; learn about what they can expect in college and what the college expects of them; learn strategies for college success; explore degree, major, and transfer options; and discover campus services and resources such as financial aid, tutoring, and computer resources.
New Student Orientation dates and times:
- Tuesday, May 24, from 5-8:30 p.m.
- Friday, May 27, from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Both sessions will be held at the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.
Pellissippi State encourages parents, spouses and others supportive of the student to attend New Student Orientation. The application deadline for summer semester’s first four-week and full-term sessions is May 20. Classes begin May 31.
To sign up for an orientation session, visit www.pstcc.edu/orientation or call 865-694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability at this event, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at 865-539-7401 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Pellissippi State Community College acknowledged students for their outstanding achievements at the 2016 Academic Awards ceremony, which was held April 25 in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the Hardin Valley Campus.
Students Mikaela Kami Woods and Brenda Padre TIrado were named to the All-USA Community College Academic Team. They were nominated in recognition of scholarly achievement as members of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
Inductees into the 2014-2015 Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges were Victoria Culpepper, Hong “Rose” Do, Christina “Haley” Emitt, April Gilbert, Liat Koenig, Rebecca Lengfellner, Carlie Sims and Courtney Young.
Pellissippi State’s Altruist Scholar 2014-2015 is Mikaela Kami Woods. The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs Student Leadership Award winner is Julian Martinez. Outstanding Service-Learning Award winners are Mariana Marron and Abby Breeden.
Awards of Merit were presented in several academic disciplines to the following students: Jessica Anderson, Ryan Duncan, Ashley Elcan, Sharleen Foster, Chris Goode, Faiza Khan, Angela Lamberson, Thea McGhee and Felicia Murret.
For the third year in a row, Jerry Sherrod was selected by students to receive the Faculty of the Year Award.
For additional information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call 865-694-6400.
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Pellissippi State Community College’s Gamma Beta Phi chapter has received an “Exemplary Chapter” designation from the national Gamma Beta Phi Society, an honors and service organization for college students. Pellissippi State inducted 176 students into its inaugural Gamma Beta Phi class in fall 2014, a number which proved to be a record for the largest community college class of inductees in national Gamma Beta Phi history. For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call 865-694-6400.
The Center for Digital Education has recognized Pellissippi State Community College as a Top 10 Tech-Savvy Community College in its 2015-2016 Digital Community Colleges Survey. The survey analyzes how community colleges use a range of technologies to improve services to students, faculty, staff and the community. Pellissippi State placed ninth in the large colleges category, those with 10,000 students or more. For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call 865-694-6400.
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