The Arts at Pellissippi State kicks off with ‘Evening of Jazz’

Local band Five Plus Six comprises Vance Thompson's Marble City 5 plus six additional horn players. Five Plus Six will perform at Pellissippi State Sept. 3.
Local band Five Plus Six comprises Vance Thompson’s Marble City 5 plus six additional horn players. Five Plus Six will perform at Pellissippi State Sept. 3.

Come one, come all to the kickoff event for the fifth annual Arts at Pellissippi State.

“An Evening of Jazz With Vance Thompson and Friends: Ellington, Monk, and Beyond” is 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, in the Clayton Performing Arts Center at Pellissippi State Community College’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

The concert features Vance Thompson’s Five Plus Six group performing music by Duke Ellington, Thelonius Monk, Billy Strayhorn, Louis Armstrong and even Dolly Parton. The event is free and the public is invited.

“The group is high energy and a lot of fun,” said Thompson, who both leads the band and plays trumpet. Five Plus Six comprises the Marble City 5 plus six additional horn players. The group’s pianist, Keith Brown, is a Pellissippi State alumnus and faculty member.

The Arts at Pellissippi State brings to the community cultural activities ranging from music and theatre to international celebrations, lectures, and the fine arts. Typical of all concerts in the series, donations will be accepted at the door for the Pellissippi State Foundation on behalf of the Music Scholarship Fund.

Here are some of the other highlights of the fall 2015 season:

  • Knoxville Opera Company Presents: “A Spectacular Opera Season!” Sept. 3 in the Clayton Performing Arts Center
  • Knoxville Watercolor Society Exhibition, Oct. 5-23 in the Bagwell Center Gallery
  • Brock McGuire Band, Oct. 7 in the Clayton Performing Arts Center
  • Heather Schroeder: “From P!$$ed to Perfect: Tales of a Farm Woman,” Oct. 20, Goins Building Auditorium
  • “She Kills Monsters” by Qui Nguyen, Nov. 13-15 and 20-22 in the Clayton Performing Arts Center
  • The ever-popular Holiday Spectacular, Dec. 3 in the Clayton Performing Arts Center

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, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at (865) 539-7401 or accommodations@pstcc.edu.

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This week at Pellissippi State, Aug. 24-31

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Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit Class begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, at Pellissippi State Community College’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Cost is $70 for any two students who register at the same time. One person must register for both students simultaneously to qualify for the special pricing. Space is limited. Students who successfully complete the eight-hour training course can then apply for a state carry permit. An $8 range fee for each student is payable to the instructor during class. To register, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs or call 865-539-7167.

Community auditions for The Arts at Pellissippi State’s upcoming theatre season are 7:30-9:30 p.m., Sept. 1-2, in the Clayton Performing Arts Center at Pellissippi State Community College, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Men and women of all ages are encouraged to audition. Two contrasting monologues plus a headshot and/or resume are preferred but not required. Auditions will include cold readings from the upcoming productions “She Kills Monsters,” “Which Side Are You On: The Florence Reece Story” and “Still Life.” For more information, contact Charles R. Miller, head of Theatre productions, at cmiller@pstcc.edu.

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Pellissippi State TRiO supports students, thanks to continuing grant

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Yvette Satchel
Yvette Satchel, a Pellissippi State Community College Nursing graduate, utilized the college’s TRiO Student Support Services program.

At Pellissippi State Community College, every student comes with his or her own story: the single mother, the working professional, the high school graduate. And each student can find community in the college’s TRiO Student Support Services program. TRiO is part of a federal initiative that supports the unique needs of first-generation and low-income students and students with disabilities.

More than half of Pellissippi State’s students are the first in their family to go to college, and more than a third are from low-income households. An estimated 3 percent of Pellissippi State students have a disability.

“The students who come to TRiO aren’t less academically able or physically able necessarily,” said Mark Cotter, director of TRiO at Pellissippi State, “but many of them just didn’t grow up in a culture that’s familiar with college. TRiO is here to help level that playing field and show those students the ropes.”

Yvette Satchel, who graduated from the Nursing program in May, first heard about TRiO from another student.

“From the first day I stepped into the office, it felt like a home away from home,” she said. “TRiO helped me tremendously during my time at Pellissippi State. They were like family to me.”

Satchel acknowledges TRiO’s role in helping her earn her way into Phi Theta Kappa honor society, as well as in helping connect her to scholarships for tuition and study abroad.

In July, Pellissippi State’s TRiO Support Services Program received a federal grant for nearly $1.24 million over five years. The grant was awarded to only four community colleges in the state. The funds will pay to continue support services like tutoring, academic advising, career counseling and even financial literacy education. Each year, the grant will pay to enroll 160 students who demonstrate academic need in support programs that focus on improving students’ academic standing, retention rates and graduation or transfer rates.

“I’ll personally walk other students to the TRiO office so they know the support they can receive there,” Satchel said. “My motto for Pellissippi State has always been that there’s no way to fail here, because they give you all the tools you need to succeed. If you don’t do as you expected, then you didn’t use all the tools — like TRiO — at your disposal.”

This is the fourth time Pellissippi State has won the competitive TRiO Student Support Services grant. The college has operated the program for the past 15 years.

For more information about TRiO, visit www.pstcc.edu/trio or call (865) 539-7267. For more about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400.

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Tennessee Promise sessions scheduled September, October at Pellissippi State

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Pellissippi State Community College invites students entering college fall 2016 to attend one of the Tennessee Promise informational sessions the college has scheduled throughout September and October.

Tennessee Promise is a last-dollar scholarship and mentoring program that covers tuition and fees for community college students across the state. Although students who will be freshmen in 2016 won’t be eligible to receive funding until they begin school next fall, they should go ahead and apply now. The application deadline for Tennessee Promise is Nov. 2, 2015.

“It’s extremely important that students understand that they must meet this deadline to qualify to receive Tennessee Promise funding,” said Rebecca Ashford, vice president of Student Affairs at Pellissippi State. “If a student misses this deadline, there will not be another opportunity to take advantage of the Promise scholarship.”

The upcoming informational sessions will provide details about program requirements and deadlines, as well as highlight the educational offerings at Pellissippi State. The free sessions are offered at all five Pellissippi State campuses, 6-7 p.m.:

  • Sept. 14: Hardin Valley, Goins Building Auditorium
  • Sept. 16: Magnolia Avenue, Community Room
  • Sept. 22: Strawberry Plains, Lobby
  • Sept. 24: Blount County, West Chevrolet Auditorium
  • Sept. 28: Hardin Valley, Goins Building Auditorium
  • Sept. 30: Division Street, Educational Resources Center
  • Oct. 5: Hardin Valley, Goins Building Auditorium
  • Oct. 15: Open House — Hardin Valley, Goins Building Auditorium
  • Oct. 22: Blount County, West Chevrolet Auditorium
  • Oct. 26: Hardin Valley, Goins Building Auditorium

 “Tennessee Promise is an excellent opportunity for students throughout the state,” said Leigh Anne Touzeau, assistant vice president of Enrollment Services. “We hope the students in our region will take advantage of this scholarship at Pellissippi State.”

For more information, visit www.pstcc.edu/promise or call (865) 694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at (865) 539-7401 or accommodations@pstcc.edu.

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