Pellissippi State offers new classes focusing on the recording arts

No longer will students interested in the recording arts industry have to enroll in classes in Nashville or Florida, both of which are known nationwide as “go-to” markets for study of the industry. Thanks to new class offerings by Pellissippi State Community College, students will have the opportunity to enroll in recording-related courses locally.

Careers in the recording arts and sound industry are expected to see growth into the future, according to the current edition of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook. Job growth for broadcast and sound engineering technicians, for instance, is predicted to increase at a rate of 10 percent through 2020, adding approximately 11,600 jobs to the 116,900 industry positions analyzed in 2010.

New recording-related courses at Pellissippi State include the following:

  • History of the Recording Industry (RATS 1042)
  • Audio Processing and Ear Training (RATS 1080)
  • Recording Techniques I (RATS 1400)
  • Special Topics in Recording Arts, Technology and Science (RATS 2000)
  • Dialogue Editing and Post-Production (RATS 2090)
  • Music Editing and Sound Design (RATS 2091)
  • Recording Techniques II (RATS 2400)
  • Recording Arts, Technology and Science Capstone (RATS 2910)

The new offerings are in addition to courses covering sound and recording that are already part of the Video Production Technology concentration. Those courses include “Pro Tools Intro” (VPT 2015), “Pro Tools Advanced” (VPT 2016), “Sound Production (Audio Fundamentals)” (VPT 1015) and “Special Topics: Recording Techniques” (VPT 2016).

Registration for Pellissippi State’s fall term begins on April 1. For a complete listing of and course descriptions for recording-related classes, visit or call (865) 694-6400.

April 20 Dough Dash 5K Run/Fun Walk still accepting participants

It’s not too late to sign up for the April 20 Dough Dash 5K Run/Fun Walk to take place at Pellissippi State Community College’s Blount County Campus. Those who register by April 6 pay $20 per participant, and those who register after that date up until event day pay $25.

The Alumni Association-hosted 5K run/fun walk serves as a fundraiser for the Pellissippi State Foundation’s General Scholarship Fund.

Dough Dash provides the opportunity for participants to run a 5K course or walk up to one mile. Medallions will be awarded in the categories of Male/Female Top Three Overall, Male/Female Top Master and Grandmaster, and Three Deep Male/Female in various age groups.

The event is part of the Run and See Tennessee Grand Prix, which encourages runners to compete in races throughout Tennessee and bordering states.

The event begins at Pellissippi State’s Blount County Campus. The 5K and fun walk courses consist of an on-campus asphalt trail, and the 5K continues on scenic off-campus back roads. The run and walk end on the campus, which is located at 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Pkwy. in Friendsville.

Dough Dash begins at 8 a.m., and on-site registration is 7-7:30 a.m. No refunds will be given.

Participants may register online or by mail. To register online, go to To register by mail, print out the entry form at and mail it with your payment to Pellissippi State Alumni Association, P.O. Box 22990, 10915 Hardin Valley Rd., Knoxville 37933-0990.

For additional information on the Dough Dash, contact the Alumni Relations Office at (865) 539-7275 or

To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action at (865) 694-6607 or Requests should be made at least two weeks in advance.

Five-year study: Pellissippi State contributes $244 million annually to local economy

Pellissippi State Community College pumped an average of $244 million each year into the local economy during the past five years, a recent study shows.

The 25th annual analysis of the economic impact of the college on the Knox and Blount county area reveals that the value of business volume, jobs and individual income amounted to about $1.22 billion in the 2007-2012 period, or an average of $244 million each year.

Local business volume—the total amount generated locally by businesses from the college’s direct and indirect expenditures—was $589 million for the five-year period, says Fred H. Martin, an educational consultant who completed the study. Of that total, $479 million came from non-local revenues, such as state appropriations, state and federal contracts and grants, and federal and state student financial aid revenues.

Although Pellissippi State had an average of only 477 full-time-equivalent employees per year during the period, the total employment created and sustained by the college’s expenditures was estimated at 40,238 jobs for the five years. Of that number, 32,421 were created by external or new funds.

Using the more conservative of two different calculations, Martin has estimated that the impact of the college’s expenditures on personal income in the area amounted to about $631 million during 2007-2012, of which $523 million came from external or new funds.

Of the college’s $1.22 billion total economic impact, about $1 billion ($200 million each year) can be attributed to the infusion of new non-local revenues.

“This impact would likely not have occurred without the presence of Pellissippi State in the area,” said Martin.

The economic impact study notes that each dollar of local revenue coming into Pellissippi State generated a “return on investment” of around $3.73 in local business volume. The individual income generated ranged from $4.01 to $4.25, for a total return on investment of at least $7.74.

The study also estimates that people who have a two-year associate’s degree can expect to earn about $350,000 more in a lifetime than those who have only a high school diploma. For the most recent class of Pellissippi State graduates, this difference could add up to an additional $386 million in lifetime earnings, plus about $2.1 million in additional annual tax contributions.

The report also describes a number of benefits to society that are proven to accompany higher levels of education.

“The results of this economic impact study clearly demonstrate that Pellissippi State continues to be a major contributor to the economic base of Knox and Blount counties,” Martin said.

March 28 Pellissippi State concert showcases jazz and bluegrass

Always one of the most popular events in the Music Concert Series presented by Pellissippi State Community College, the annual Jazz Band and Bluegrass Concert combines two very different genres for one evening of musical showmanship. Selections from the Thursday, March 28, concert will highlight the performers’ talents at both improvisation and ensemble work.

First to take the stage is the Pellissippi State Jazz Band, performing jazz classics. Hardin Valley Thunder, Pellissippi State’s bluegrass ensemble, follows with music ranging from ballad style to upbeat bluegrass. The group, which debuted in 2009, draws its repertoire from both the traditional and the contemporary.

Attendees can expect the concert’s piano music to be performed on Steinways, in keeping with Pellissippi State’s status as an All Steinway School.

The 2012-13 Music Concert Series is one component of the college’s arts series, “The Arts at Pellissippi State.” The series brings to the community cultural activities ranging from music and theatre to international celebrations, lectures and the fine arts.

Only two performances remain in this season’s Music Concert Series at Pellissippi State: the Instrumental Concert, featuring the Studio Orchestra, on April 18 and the Spring Choral Concert on May 2.

Like all events in the series, admission to the performance is free. However, donations are accepted at the door for the Pellissippi State Foundation on behalf of the Music Scholarship Fund.

The concert begins at 7 p.m. in the Clayton Performing Arts Center at the Hardin Valley Campus. Ample free parking is available.

For additional information about the Pellissippi State Music Concert Series or The Arts at Pellissippi State, call (865) 694-6400 or visit

To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action at (865) 694-6607 or

Pellissippi State hosting Medic blood drive to help with urgent need

Pellissippi State Community College regularly hosts blood drives with Medic Regional Blood Center, but the event scheduled for March 27 is special in that there is currently an urgent need for O negative blood.

Medic serves Knox County and 19 surrounding counties in the region, providing blood products to multiple hospitals. The organization must collect 350 pints of blood every day of the workweek, even when needs are not at urgent levels, to meet the demand.

Blood and its components are used for transfusions, as well as in the treatment of cancer patients and those with clotting disorders. One donation can help up to three people.

All donors at the upcoming drive will receive a buy-one-get-one-for-50-percent-off entree coupon for Ruby Tuesday. More important, donors will play an instrumental role in keeping the blood supply at necessary levels to serve community members in the East Tennessee region.

Donors must be at least 17 years of age and weigh at least 110 pounds. They should not have fasted prior to arriving. In fact, Medic suggests that donors eat a meal and drink fluids approximately three hours prior to giving blood. Participants are asked to provide photo identification and a list of all current medications to Medic personnel at the site.

Event hours are 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. The mobile unit will be parked in the F-1 lot at Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus.

Additional information on the donation process can be found at For more information about Pellissippi State, call (865) 694-6400 or visit

To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action at (865) 694-6607 or

Pellissippi State: Tony Award-winning alumnus Levi Kreis stages one-night performance

Photo of man sitting on a stool looking forward and grabbing his right upper arm with his left hand.
Photo credit: Terri Johnson for Triple Fire Photography

Levi Kreis garnered a 2010 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical, thanks to his electrifying performance as Jerry Lee Lewis in “Million Dollar Quartet” on Broadway. Now he has scheduled a one-night performance at Pellissippi State Community College.

The Saturday, March 30, event brings the Pellissippi State alumnus and Oliver Springs native to the stage for an evening of cabaret-style vocals and piano. This is Kreis’ only Tennessee appearance during his Flying Solo tour, which also includes dates in Chicago, New York City, Atlanta, Houston and Washington, D.C.

The Pellissippi State performance takes place in the Clayton Performing Arts Center at the Hardin Valley Campus. Ample free parking is available.

While a student at Pellissippi State, Kreis studied music. His debut album was released in 2005, and his songs have been featured on television shows such as “The Vampire Diaries,” “Sons of Anarchy,” and “The Apprentice.” He has appeared late night with Jimmy Fallon and David Letterman, as well as on “The View.”

Kreis sings and plays piano, but he is perhaps best known as a stage actor. He toured with the national production of “Rent,” then went on to originate the Jerry Lee Lewis role, for which he was recognized with the Tony Award.

“Million Dollar Quartet” is based on the legendary 1956 impromptu jam session of Lewis, Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash that took place in Memphis at Sun Record Studios. The play dramatizes the historic event and larger-than-life personalities of the four recording stars.

In addition to the Tony, Kreis received significant praise for his work in the original production, including in a 2010 review by Charles Isherwood in The New York Times. Isherwood said of Kreis that “his thrashing keyboard style is an impressive approximation of Mr. Lewis’s febrile dexterity.” Kreis’ more recent solo show has been rated five-star by the Chicago Tribune.

For a performer who has gained international recognition, Kreis remains grounded in East Tennessee tradition. He refers to his music as “conscious pop,” explaining that it’s difficult to categorize his style as fitting into any existing box.

“I grew up in Oliver Springs hearing the same old hymns that Jerry Lee sang,” said Kreis. “I always wanted to be a gospel singer, but in a language where all faiths and all religions could come to the table and enjoy being encouraged.”

The Kreis performance is one component of Pellissippi State’s arts series, “The Arts at Pellissippi State.” The series brings to the community cultural activities ranging from music and theatre to international celebrations, lectures, and the fine arts.

Kreis performs at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 and can be ordered online at If tickets are still available on the 30th, they can be purchased one hour before performance time at the box office.

For additional information, call (865) 694-6400 or visit

To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action at (865) 694-6607 or

Get to know Levi Kreis in the “Million Dollar Quartet” clip below:

“Million Dollar Quartet” performance on “The Late Show with David Letterman”:

Pellissippi State presents ‘What Dance Moves?’ faculty lecture March 21

mjenkinswebThe Faculty Lecture Series at Pellissippi State Community College features a range of presentations, from history and hobbits to Shakespeare and economics.

Finding uncharted territory in this eclectic group might not be easy, but Pellissippi State faculty member Maggie Jenkins has done it.

“What Dance Moves?” brings audiences of the Faculty Lecture Series a fresh subject and gives Jenkins a rare venue to talk about how her art form has impacted society.

The event is Thursday, March 21, 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the Goins Building Auditorium on the Hardin Valley Campus.

“I have focused on how dance interacts with, shapes and sometimes downright controls community values throughout history, political movements, social concerns,” said Jenkins.

The scope of the lecture is broad, beginning with the dithyrambs of ancient Greece and moving toward dance in the 21st century. Jenkins does offer one caveat: This is not a dance history lecture. And it promises to be visual.

For the last few months, she has viewed and collected several video clips for her presentation. Some of them come from the world literature classes she has taught for many years.

Jenkins has an ideal background for this lecture. She earned a master’s degree in English from the University of Tennessee in 1972 and followed up with a master’s degree in dance from UT in 1982. While teaching English literature and composition, she also performed with dance companies and ran a dance studio.

She has always seen her vocation and avocation as complementary, with each experience informing the other.

“I enjoyed the balance throughout the years. I did not see anything separate between them, as a matter of fact,” she said. “Every time I’m teaching something in literature class, I’m very much aware of a choreographer or a piece of a ballet, something that would connect historically to what we’re studying. It’s just impossible to separate the two.”

For more information, go to or call (865) 694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action for Pellissippi State at (865) 694-6607 or

Pellissippi State art faculty member named to City of Knoxville Public Arts Committee

jeffJeffrey Lockett, Art professor and program coordinator at Pellissippi State Community College, has been invited by Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero to serve a three-year term on the City of Knoxville Public Arts Committee.

The committee was created in 2008 to enrich the lives of Knoxville residents and visitors through the involvement of professional artists in integrating public artwork throughout the city. The members oversee all the artwork in downtown Knoxville, Lockett says, including approximately 50 sculptures along Gay and Church streets and in Krutch Park.

Lockett’s work has been included in countless local, regional, and national exhibitions and is housed in such collections as the Harriet V. Cornell Museum of Fine Art in Florida and the Ewing Gallery at the University of Tennessee. He has served as an instructor and visiting artist for multiple arts institutes across Tennessee. Lockett is the owner of Highland Pottery.

jeff2Lockett earned a bachelor’s degree in art from Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., and an M.F.A. in ceramics from UT. He has been a full-time member of Pellissippi State’s Art faculty for the past 23 years and currently teaches Ceramics I (Handbuilding) and Ceramics II (Throwing).

For more information about Pellissippi State’s art course offerings, visit or call (865) 694-6400. To learn about upcoming exhibits, go to

Learn golf, sound investing, dulcimer and more at Pellissippi State

Greet spring’s arrival by learning something new in one of the many non-credit classes offered at Pellissippi State Community College. The Business and Community Services Division boasts options that range from sports-related and music classes to financial workshops, genealogy research, and writing courses.

Classes beginning soon include the following:

“Street Hip Hop” – Mondays, March 18-April 22, 5-6 p.m.; $65. Learn several styles of this dance, such as popping, waving, isolations and breakdancing. Hip hop provides great exercise and is not as difficult as one might think. Instructor Wojciech “V” Wiktor is an experienced choreographer and dance instructor.

“Rules of the Road for Sound Investing” – Tuesdays, March 19-April 9, 6:30-8:30 p.m. (Blount County Campus); $65. This class gives students a better understanding of the key principles of saving and investing, while also providing tips on identifying and avoiding the most common investment mistakes.

“Beyond Basic Genealogy” – Thursdays, March 21-April 25, 6:30-9 p.m.; $75. Instructor Sam Maner, local author of several genealogical publications and previous worker, shares his years of genealogy expertise with class participants. Field trips include visits to the health department and a local cemetery.

“An Introduction to Golf” – March 25-28, April 8-11 or May 6-9, 6-7 p.m.; Target Golf, 5311 W. Beaver Creek Dr., Knoxville; $65, plus $10 facility fee paid to instructor at first class. This four-hour class over four consecutive days provides consistent practice in the basic mechanics of golf. Students will also learn course etiquette and golf cart operation, and they will play a hole.

“Making Money Writing and Selling Articles and Short Stories to Magazines” – Mondays, March 25-April 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; $99. The emphasis of this class is getting written material published. Topics include best query practices, copyright protection and manuscript preparation.

“Tennessee Estate Planning – It’s Not Just Having a Will!” – Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 26-28, April 16-18 or May 21-23, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; $49. Students will learn about the legal documents needed to plan for disability or death, as well as a brief overview of state and federal death taxes.

“Beginning Appalachian Dulcimer (I)” – Tuesdays, March 26-May 21, 5:30-7 p.m.; Blount County Campus; $95, plus $30 material fee paid to instructor at first class. No musical experience is needed for this popular nine-week class. Dulcimers required at first class. Instructor can provide sources, including inexpensive cardboard-body dulcimers. Limited to first 12 registrants.

“Intermediate Appalachian Dulcimer (III)” – Thursdays, March 28-May 23, 5:30-7 p.m.; $95, plus approximate $40 material fee paid to instructor at first class. Students who have already completed “Novice Appalachian Dulcimer (II)” can continue to develop their skills with instructor Rudy Ryan. Limited to first 12 registrants.

“Introduction to Scuba Diving” – April 6-7, 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Ski/Scuba Center, 2543 Sutherland Ave., Knoxville; $212, plus $87.25 course material fee paid to instructor at first class. This weekend course introduces the fundamentals, as well as covers training needed for qualifying dives for SSI certification. All equipment is provided. Students must pick up a book and DVD for home study about three days before class.

“’Hablando Español’ (Talking Spanish)” – Mondays, May 6-June 10, 7-9 p.m.; Blount County Campus; $110, includes book. Designed for those with little or no prior instruction in the Spanish language, this course provides a fundamental understanding in speaking, reading and writing basic Spanish.

“Living Single: Financial Strategies for Women” – Thursday, May 9, 6-9 p.m.; $35. This three-hour workshop is specifically for single women who wish to create a sound financial roadmap. Topics include the basics on investments, savings, debt reduction, insurance and planning for the unexpected.

Unless otherwise noted, classes are at Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus. For information on additional classes or to register, call (865) 539-7167 or visit The BCS website lists updated class schedules and information on new course offerings.

Community invited to free Green Bag Lunch Series at Pellissippi State

Pellissippi State Community College is placing an environmental spin on the traditional brown bag lunch by offering a series of free lunchtime events featuring discussions led by Pellissippi State faculty members and guest presenters.

The Green Bag Lunch Series kicks off Wednesday, March 20, and continues on selected Wednesdays and Thursdays through April 24. All sessions are free, and the community is invited to take part. Attendees are invited to bring a bagged lunch. Cookies and beverages will be provided.

Presented by Pellissippi State’s Sustainable Campus Initiative Committee, the Green Bag Lunch Series consists of six luncheons focused on the discussion of a wide range of environmental topics. Scheduled this spring:

March 20, noon-12:45, Lighting the Fire of Conservation Ethics, presented by Pellissippi State English faculty member Heather Schroeder (Faculty-Staff Dining Room, Goins Building, Hardin Valley Campus).

March 28, 12:30-1:15 p.m., Envisioning Green Policy, presented by Kayla Stover and Anthony Stachowiak of the Green Policy Collective. Stover and Stachowiak are sociology faculty members at the University of Tennessee.

April 3, noon-12:45, Making Your Life Green—Starting at Home, presented by Margaret Ann Jeffries, Engineering and Media Technologies department head at the college.

April 11, 12:30-1:15 p.m., Tennessee: A Pioneer in Sustainable Agriculture, presented by Pellissippi State Natural and Behavioral Sciences faculty member Chris Milne.

April 18, 12:30-1:15 p.m., Business Practices and Sustainability, presented by Pellissippi State faculty representing business, accounting and economics.

April 24, noon-12:45, The Mathematics of Sustainability: A Math Awareness Month Green Bag Presentation, presented by Pellissippi State Math faculty member Michael Finley.

Except as noted, all sessions of the Green Bag Lunch Series take place in the Cafeteria Annex of the Goins Building on the Hardin Valley Campus. The series is free, and registration is not required.

For additional information, call (865) 694-6400 or visit

To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action at (865) 694-6607 or Requests should be made at least two weeks in advance.

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