Pellissippi State hosts 10th annual Festival of Cultures

Pellissippi State Community College’s popular Festival of Cultures celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, and the community is invited.

Celebrate 10 years of the Festival of Cultures with Pellissippi State Community College from 4-8:30 p.m. Friday, April 7.

The Festival of Cultures honors East Tennessee’s and Pellissippi State’s diverse community and heritage. This year’s 10th annual celebration will include not only the popular “Taste of International Food” but performers as varied as bagpipers and belly dancers, traditional rangoli kolam (Indian folk art) and even an international fashion show.

The event is free and open to the community and will be held in the Goins Administration Building on the college’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

Pellissippi State alumni Rashmi Gomatom, Neelima Mertya and Niloo Ranjan will return to the college to create rangoli kolam, a type of Indian folk art that has been a popular staple at the Festival over the past ten years.

Entertainers include: Bella Wang classical Chinese dancers, bagpiper Kelly Shipe, Debka and the Oasis Dancers, Carlos Gonzales, Ogya World Music Band and Dancers, Tollkretsen Skandinavian Dancers, Natana Manohari School of Performing Arts Indian classical dancers, John Hausmann on the sitar and Pellissippi State’s own bluegrass band, the Hardin Valley Thunder.

Booths will allow attendees to try Asian calligraphy, hair braiding and Spanish conversation. Additional exhibits will showcase the cultures of Brazil, Congo, Eastern Europe, Haiti, Kenya, Spain, Romania, Vietnam and more.

New this year, the Festival of Cultures will culminate in an international fashion show coordinated by Pellissippi State’s international students.

The Festival of Cultures is part of The Arts at Pellissippi State, an annual arts series that includes music and theatre performances, cultural celebrations, lectures and fine arts exhibits. The event is co-sponsored by Student Life and Access and Diversity at Pellissippi State, as well as Bellevue University.

For more information about The Arts at Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu/arts 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 accommodations@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State hosts Armenian Humphrey Fellow in April

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Tatevik Gharibyan
Tatevik Gharibyan

Pellissippi State Community College will host Tatevik Gharibyan, a Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow, April 2-8.

Gharibyan works for the Ministry of Education and Science for the Republic of Armenia, where she is a higher education policy development specialist.

“My goal is to explore how effectively higher education contributes to economic development and the wellbeing of society in America,” Gharibyan said. “I hope to connect with policy-makers and researchers who focus on the ethical internationalization of learning.”

As part of her work in Armenia, Gharibyan works with the European Union’s Erasmus+ program, which focuses on education, training and sport activities for youth — as well as the opportunity to study or volunteer abroad.

“I want to compare the education perspective of the American system with the European system,” Gharibyan said.

During her week at Pellissippi State, Gharibyan will spend time with administrators and may visit local civic organizations and businesses in order to help her research on America’s higher education system. She will lead a presentation to college students, employees and the community at 2 p.m., Thursday, April 6.

Humphrey Fellows are mid-career professionals from other nations who travel to the U.S. and spend one academic year at a university or other higher education institution. The program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, was established in 1978. Professionals from 24 countries participate.

Gharibyan’s fellowship year is sponsored by Penn State University.

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call 865-694-6400.

TSBDC names Blue Slip Winery as its 2017 ‘Rising Star’

Tennessee Small Business Development Center Knoxville Director Bruce Hayes, left, with Blue Slip Winery owner Linn Slocum, center, and Pellissippi State Community College President L. Anthony Wise Jr.

The Knoxville office of the Tennessee Small Business Development Center has named Blue Slip Winery as its 2017 Rising Star winner.

The Rising Star award is the highest honor TSBDC has to recognize growing small businesses in the Knoxville area. The award honors business owners who have achieved sustainability and success and who contribute to the growth and development of Tennessee’s economy.

“The Blue Slip Winery has come so far from its beginnings as a hobby for Linn Slocum,” said Bruce Hayes, director of Knoxville TSBDC. “Originally housed in only a small basement in the Old City, Blue Slip Winery expanded to become Knoxville’s first urban winery in 2014.”

“The restoration of an iconic landmark in the Southern Railway Station, mixed with Blue Slip Winery’s advancements in the wine industry has created a commodity for historic downtown Knoxville that locals and visitors can enjoy and watch grow,” Hayes said. “In recognition of her achievements and of the passion that allowed her to pursue her dreams, we’re honored to name Linn and the Blue Slip Winery as winner of the Rising Star Award.”

Pellissippi State’s Small Business Development Center serves Blount, Claiborne, Cocke, Jefferson, Knox, Sevier and Union counties. In 2016, it served 454 clients for a total of 1673 counseling hours. The TSBDC helped 28 new businesses start up, create 107 new jobs and retain 183 jobs. The firms TSBDC aided went on to create more than $11 million in new capital investment into the local economy.

The Small Business Development Center is affiliated with Pellissippi State and partners with the College on training opportunities and workforce development. TSBDC is a network of professional business consultants with 13 centers throughout Tennessee. For more information, visit www.tsbdc.org.

For more information about Pellissippi State, call 865-694-6400 or visit www.pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State invites community to hear poet Marilyn Kallet

Marilyn Kallet Photo
Marilyn Kallet

Pellissippi State Community College invites the community to celebrate National Poetry Month at a reading and book signing by author Marilyn Kallet.

Kallet will speak from noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, April 5, in room 2540 at the Strawberry Plains Campus, 7201 Strawberry Plains Pike. She will sell and sign books and take questions following the reading.

She will read from two of her works: “The Love That Moves Me” and “Packing Light: New and Selected Poems.”

Kallet is the author of 17 books, including “The Love That Moves Me.” She has translated Paul Eluard’s “Last Love Poems,” Péret’s “The Big Game,” and co-translated Chantal Bizzini’s “Disenchanted City.” She also is the Nancy Moore Goslee Professor of English at the University of Tennessee.

The reading and book signing is sponsored by Pellissippi State’s Creative Writing Club.

For more information about the event, contact the Strawberry Plains Campus at 865-225-2300. To request accommodations for a disability at this event, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at 865-539-7401 or accommodations@pstcc.edu.

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