Pellissippi State recognized as ‘Green Achiever’ for sustainability work Green Achiever award logoPellissippi State Community College was recognized as a Knoxville leader in sustainability initiatives at a GoGreenET event May 14.

Attended by L. Anthony Wise Jr., Pellissippi State president, and Karen Lively, the college’s new sustainable campus coordinator, the event included recognition of the school as a “Green Achiever,” a program dedicated to recognizing East Tennessee businesses for sustainability initiatives.

“Pellissippi State is proud to join the ranks of other East Tennessee Green Achievers,” said Wise, “and we look forward to continuing to be a leader in environmentally responsible initiatives and programs that reduce our carbon footprint and benefit our students, faculty, and staff.”

“It was wonderful to see how many businesses and organizations in the area are adopting greener practices,” Lively said.

To be recognized as a Green Achiever, Pellissippi State completed a survey outlining more than 100 ways an organization could encourage green business practices. Green Achievers must have accomplished at least one item in each category and have scored at least 30 points.

“It’s very exciting that Pellissippi State met most of the criteria in the recycling, energy and water conservation, and waste reduction categories,” said Lively. “We’ve already implemented some effective sustainability measures and will be incorporating even more in the future, such as providing reusable bags and water bottles to students at New Student Orientation and constructing a solar pavilion.”

Pellissippi State has launched a number of green programs through its Sustainable Campus Initiative in recent years. The college employs recycling, water refilling stations, purchase of “green block” renewable energy, automatic light switches and faucets, hybrid vehicles for staff and faculty use, electric charging stations for alternative fuel vehicles, and replacement of traditional lighting with low-energy LED in the Clayton Performing Arts Center.

Pellissippi State students even voted to enact a sustainable campus fee of $10 per student for each semester. The funds go toward initiatives to make the college a healthier, more environmentally friendly space.

One recent initiative embraced by students and the full-service Cafeteria on the Hardin Valley Campus is Meatless Monday, an international movement aimed at reducing meat consumption by encouraging everyone to avoid meat one day of the week. is an online resource hosted by the Greater Knoxville Business Journal. The site provides information to guide East Tennessee businesses and organizations toward improved environmental responsibility and energy efficiency.

For additional information on the college’s sustainability efforts, call at (865) 694-6400.

Pellissippi State recognizes outstanding students

Pellissippi State Community College acknowledged students for their outstanding achievements at the 2013 Academic Awards Ceremony, which took place in the spring in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the Hardin Valley Campus.

Students Maggie Jane Barta and Caleb Joshua Knox Bost were named to the All-USA Community College Academic Team. They were nominated by Pellissippi State President L. Anthony Wise Jr. in recognition of scholarly achievement.

Edwar J. Aguiar Chinchilla and Munira B. Punjvani were the recipients of the Outstanding Achievement Award–International, presented to students with international backgrounds in recognition of the pursuit of excellence.

Inductees into the 2012-13 Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges were Ashley Blair, Tonya D. Blasco, Colby Brooks, Jonathan J. Caylor, Mark Cragle, Lauren Foster, Lacy Hayes, Patrick Jarman, Jonathan C. Jones, Linda J. McLin, Michael W. Nance, Casey Owens, Christopher P. Pappas, Sridevi Ponnuchamy, Elizabeth Spenser, Katherine Swisher, Jennifer W. Talley, Valerie Clarke Tipton, Leah Watkins, Kelly Wright, Ricardo Zapata and Stacey Zupka.

Awards of Merit were presented to students in several academic disciplines: Ines Mena-Solano, Civil Engineering (Engineering Technology); Jacob Boling, Mechanical Engineering (Engineering Technology); Jonathan Jones, Interior Design Technology; Lisa Kaminski, Communication Graphics Technology (Media Technologies); and Ronald Harness, Video Production Technology (Media Technologies).

Outstanding Graduate Awards were given as well. Recipients included the following: Linda Hinkle, Behavioral Sciences; Kelly Wright, English; Niloo Ranjan, Mathematics; Abigail Cacace, Natural Sciences; and Lydia Pair, Nursing.

Students in Liberal Arts were recognized with Excellence Awards in the following subjects: Brittany Scrivner, French; Katelyn White, History; and Jessica Evans and Robert Tallent, Spanish.

Business and Computer Technology Outstanding Graduate Award recipients and their disciplines of study: Jane Sellers, Health Care Office Administration (Administrative Professional Technology); Karen Akins, Computer Accounting (Business Administration); Bobby Snodderly, Management AHEAD Program (Business Administration); Leah Watkins, Management (Business Administration); Sandra Sila-Massengill, Marketing (Business Administration); and Caleb Cooper, Networking and Communications Systems (Computer Science and Information Technology).

Business and Computer Technology Outstanding Student Award recipients and their disciplines of study: Kerry Jett, Business (Administrative Professional Technology); Candace Gilbert, Culinary Arts (Business Administration); Tammy Jo Johnson, Hospitality (Business Administration); Sarah Werling, Programming (Computer Science and Information Technology); and Jennifer Shannon, Paralegal Studies.

The Engineering and Media Technologies Outstanding Graduate Awards were presented to Sonja Girardi, Civil Engineering (Engineering Technology); Benjamin Manuel, Mechanical Engineering (Engineering Technology); Jennifer Talley, Interior Design Technology; Casey Owens, Communication Graphics Technology (Media Technologies); Rachel Emerson, Photography (Media Technologies); Jared Wilson, Video Production Technology (Media Technologies); and Alexander Briggs, Web Technology (Media Technologies).

The Electrical Engineering Outstanding Student Award was presented to Patricia Eckhart. Travis Silcox was named the recipient of the Mechanical Engineering John C. Mauer Award of Excellence.

The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs’ ACBSP Student Leadership Award was presented to Christopher Alexander.

Faculty member Beverly J. Rogers was selected by students to receive the Faculty of the Year Award. Rogers is an associate professor of Nursing at Pellissippi State.

For additional information about Pellissippi State, visit or call (865) 694-6400.

Creative learning for children continues with Pellissippi State’s summer classes

Summer months may give children the chance to take a break from school, but they also give them the opportunity to explore topics they might remember long into adulthood. Children as young as 6 can have fun learning about subjects ranging from art and history to acting and computers in Pellissippi State Community College’s summer creative learning classes.

Creative learning camps for kids continue through July, with classes beginning on July 8. Early registration is encouraged. The youth summer course selection for July, offered through Pellissippi State’s Business and Community Services Division, includes the following:

“Girls on the Run”—July 8-12, 9-noon; ages 8-12; $75. This summer camp introduces participants to the physical-activity-based Girls on the Run program and helps them prepare for the 10-week fall season. Fee includes healthy snacks, water and a gift. Space is limited.

“Self-Defense for Teen Girls”—July 8-12, 2-4 p.m.; ages 13 and up; $95. Attendees learn basic self-defense skills, safe-dating strategies, predator awareness, escape techniques and assault prevention in an age-appropriate way.

“CreACTivity”—July 8-12, 1-4 p.m.; ages 8-10; $115. Students explore and expand their abilities in all areas of acting for the stage, with the chance to display their skills in a showcase performance. Instruction provided by The WordPlayers.

“ImaginACTion”—July 15-19, 1-4:30 p.m.; ages 11-13; $125. Participants use imagination and technique to create characters for the stage in this active class. The class is capped off with a showcase performance. Instruction provided by The WordPlayers.

“Claymation”—July 15-19, 1-4 p.m.; ages 8-15; $119. Working in small groups, attendees write a script, create clay figures, take photographs and compile a short animated movie. Includes a movie premiere featuring all final projects.

“The Amazing History Adventure”—July 15-19, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; ages 9-13; $169. Presented in conjunction with historic Ramsey House, this day-camp experience offers hands-on activities, games and crafts based on early American history. Participants must register by July 8 and should visit the BCS website for a list of materials to bring each day. Classes meet at Ramsey House, 2614 Thorngrove Pike, in East Knox County.

“App-tastic”—July 15-18, 9-noon; ages 8-15; $115. This four-day class teaches students how to build their own app that will work on an iPhone, iPad, iPod or Android with Wi-Fi capabilities.

“Manners Come From the Heart”—July 15-16, 10:30-noon; ages 7-12; $65. This class helps younger students develop tools to make friends easily and feel confident as they learn manners for all occasions.

“Confident Teens in Today’s Changing World”—July 17-18, 12-1:30 p.m.; ages 13 and up; $65. Students learn how to boost confidence and decrease feelings of awkwardness in this social skills class.

“Keyboarding and Basic Computer Skills”—July 22-25, 9-noon; ages 6-10; $115. Youngsters have fun learning their way around the computer in age-appropriate activities, including doing online searches and making greeting cards.

“Microsoft Office Sampler”—July 22-25, 1-4 p.m.; ages 8-15; $115. Attendees can get a head start on future job skills by learning the basic tools for creating documents (Word), presentations (PowerPoint) and spreadsheets (Excel).

“Cambridge ACT Test Prep Class”—July 20, 8:30-noon (pre-test); July 29-20, 5-8 p.m. (math/science); Aug. 5-6, 5-8 p.m. (English/reading); Aug. 10, 8:30-noon (post-test); $425, with $100 discount to those registering by July 5. Students preparing to take the ACT gain test strategies in this curriculum, which has a solid record of improving scores. Must register by July 12.

Unless otherwise noted, all courses are at Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus. Participants may bring snacks or money for snack machines (optional).

For additional information or registration, visit or call (865) 539-7167. The BCS website lists updated class schedules and information on new course offerings.

Pellissippi State Engineering Tech student benefits from prestigious Grainger scholarship

Esther Dyer, dean of Pellissippi State’s Division Street Campus, views the new display case frame created by students Ted Maitlin and Ben Manuel (not pictured). Maitlin and Manuel created the frame to hold fliers at the campus. The frame was part of a project for both an Engineering Technology class and the college’s Service-Learning program.
Esther Dyer, dean of Pellissippi State’s Division Street Campus, views the new display case frame created by students Ted Maitlen and Ben Manuel (not pictured).

When Ted Maitlen thought about his future, he did not picture himself on a college campus.

“I never thought school was for me,” he said. “I didn’t do well in high school. I never really saw college as an option.”

Maitlen has turned that image on its head at Pellissippi State Community College.

As a top student in Engineering Technology’s Industrial Maintenance concentration, the 29-year-old just completed the academic year with support from the prestigious Grainger Tools for Tomorrow scholarship.

The scholarship provided $2,000 for tuition and fees. Upon graduation this fall, Maitlen also will receive a customized Westward toolkit worth $2,500 from the company, a leading supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products.

Maitlen began classes at Pellissippi State fall 2011. Prior to college, he served three years in the Army before being discharged and returning to East Tennessee. When he reenlisted six months later, he was deployed to Iraq, where his unit provided security for high-level officials, including U.N. inspectors present for the country’s first election.

Back at home, though, the recession took a toll on Maitlen’s civilian career. His employer cut jobs, and his position as a crane operator was eliminated. He struggled to find work and eventually decided to give college a try.

Maitlen started by visiting Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus and picking up some information about Industrial Maintenance. He also met with Pat Riddle, the concentration’s coordinator and a faculty member. Once Maitlen made the commitment to enroll, he has worked steadily toward a degree.

Part of his motivation rests in securing a better career with a good company. Even more powerful, he says, is his desire to provide a more secure future for his family.

A husband and the father of two, Maitlen attends class in the day, doing homework in between and in the evening. He also helps his 5-year-old son and 10-year-old daughter with their homework.

“There’s not much I’m more proud of than those two,” he said.

Riddle recommended Maitlen for the Grainger Tools for Tomorrow scholarship. He described the student as a hard worker, a self-starter, someone willing to help his classmates.

But when asked about the recommendation, Riddle mentioned first a modification Maitlen made to a Humvee in Baghdad that made his team’s patrols safer. According to Riddle, Maitlen figured out a way to cool the fuel solenoid by rerouting the windshield washer fluid.

“This allowed us to stop and restart our vehicle without having to get out and lift the hood (a two-man job) to pour water over the solenoid in order to cool it,” Maitlen said.

Pretty impressive considering that Maitlen was not technically even the unit’s mechanic.

“That kind of quick thinking and problem solving, that’s almost at an instinctual level with him. It’s one of the things that impress me about Ted,” Riddle said.

Maitlen is the fourth Pellissippi State student to earn a Grainger scholarship and one of 100 nationally to receive it for the past academic year. The scholarships are coordinated by the Pellissippi State Foundation.

To learn more about enrolling at Pellissippi State, visit or call (865) 694-6400. To find out more about scholarships, go to

Pellissippi State kicks off creative learning for kids beginning June 3

Pellissippi State Community College is offering a wide variety of summer creative learning classes in June and July for children as young as 7. All classes are open for immediate registration.

Classes in June begin on June 3, and the late summer classes begin on July 8. The June youth summer course selection, available through Pellissippi State’s Business and Community Services Division, includes the following:

“The CSI Experience”—June 3-7, 9-11 a.m.; grades 5-8; $105. Students will have the chance to solve a mock crime using simple forensic techniques. Lab activities may include fingerprinting, blood typing with simulated blood and more.

“Adventure Into the Digital Science Classroom”—June 3-7, noon-2; grades 5-8; $105. A class for the “not so faint,” this course begins with virtual dissections and then moves on to actual dissections using forensic techniques.

“Girls on the Run”—June 10-14, 9-noon; ages 8-12; $75. This summer camp introduces attendees to the Girls on the Run program and helps them prepare for the 10-week fall season. Fee includes healthy snacks, water and a gift. Space is limited.

“Confident Teens in Today’s Changing World”—June 10-11, 12-1:30 p.m.; ages 13 and up; $65. Students will learn how to boost their confidence and decrease their feelings of awkwardness in this social skills class.

“Self-Defense for Kids”—June 17-21, 2-3:30 p.m.; ages 7-12; $85. Using role play and games, participants will learn basic self-defense techniques, as well as strategies covering escapes, strangers and bullies.

“Jewelry and Wearable Art”—June 17-21, 9-noon or 1-4 p.m.; ages 10 and up; $119. Students will leave this course with several completed pieces, which may include bracelets, earrings, pendants and more.

“Young Artist”—June 24-28, 9-noon or 1-4 p.m.; ages 8-15; $119. Activities may include basic drawing, figure drawing, perspective drawing, book and journal making, oil pastels, polymer clay, portraits, or sculpture.

“Manners Come From the Heart”—June 25-26, 10:30-noon; ages 7-12; $65. This class is meant to help younger students develop tools to make friends easily and feel confident as they learn manners for all occasions.

All courses listed take place at Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus. Participants may bring snacks or money for snack machines (optional).

For additional information or registration, visit or call (865) 539-7167. The BCS website lists updated class schedules and information on new course offerings, as well as descriptions of the youth summer classes that begin in July.

College names spring dean’s list honorees

Pellissippi State Community College has named 986 top students to the spring semester 2013 dean’s list. Students are eligible for the honor upon completion of 12 college-level hours per semester of coursework with a 3.5-4.0 GPA. Pellissippi State honorees include the following:

Grace Aaron
Samuel Aikens
Karen Akins
Dina Alani
Brett Alden
Christopher Alexander
Jayson Alexander
Ryan Alexander
Ariana Alfaro
Cody Alford
Abdulrahman Alharthi
Yelena Aliy
Daniel Allen
Janell Allen
Rachael Allen
David Alley
Andrew Anderson
Breanna Anderson
Carlos Anderson
Delonda Anderson
Evan Anderson
Natalya Andreeva-Smith
Raghu Arimilli
Luke Armitage
Alicia Armstrong
Tess Arnold
Narine Artiniyan
William Arwood
Anna Astorga
Patrick Atchley
Alexandria Atkins
Jenna Aungst
Kyle Aungst
Christine Austin
ShannaRosa Autry
Michael Avery
Denisha Avrett
Haven Axmacher
Lauren Bacon
Krystallee Bailey
Carman Bain
Steven Baker
Victoria Baker
James Bales
Kathryn Bales
Camelia Baran
Courtney Barnes
Christian Barnett
Sierra Barnett
Jessica Barnhill
Jason Bartlett
Kallie Bartlett
John Barton
Abigail Baumann
Allie Bays
Amy Beam
Carmen Bean
Brittany Beavers
Lauren Beeler
Chelsea Belcher
Su Bell
Eric Benson
Mary Bertou
Ryan Best
Darby Biasotto
Brittany Bishop
Felicia Bishop
Ashley Blair
Michael Blair
Kathryn Bland
Tonya Blasco
Chad Blaylock
Johnathan Blevins
Dagny Block-Ward
Jesse Blum
Jason Bodak
Ryan Boggs
Trisha Bolton
Charla Boring
Jordan Boring
Amanda Bornhoeft
Caleb Bost
Jeffrey Boswell
Analise Botello
Chris Botsis
Blair Bowden
Carmen Bowers
Jason Bowers
Joshua Bowers
Samantha Bowers
Sarah Bowers
Lauren Bowser
Daniel Boyer
Andrea Boyter
Lauren Brabston
William Brackett
Troy Bradley
Andrew Brandon
Angela Breen
Cullen Briere
Lee Bristol
Amanda Brock
Anne Broome
Allison Brown
Tyler Brown
William Brown
Fallon Browning
Cheryl Brownlee
Benny Brummette
David Bryant
Ericka Bryant
Connor Buchanan
Jacob Buchanan
John Buchheit
Kevin Buckner
Petr Bulkhak
Kyle Bumpus
Audrey Burge
Brittany Burkett
Matthew Burkhart
William Burkhart
Telmen Burnee
Katherine Burns
Perry Burris
Abigail Burroughs
Christopher Bus
Timothy Bustin
Emily Butters
Kayla Byrd
Abigail Cacace
Jonathan Cagle
Morgan Cain
Jonathan Caldwell
Zackary Caldwell
Billy Calwell
James Campbell
Kaitlin Campbell
Kirsten Campbell
Sarah Campbell
Timothy Campbell
Kelli Canan
Richard Cantrell
Emily Card
Geoffrey Card
Corey Cardwell
Miranda Carpenter
Cameron Carr
Daniel Carrell
Jacob Carroll
Mandee Carroll
John Carter
Lauren Carter
M Carter
Shaun Carter
Timothy Carter
Chris Caserta
Deanna Castellaw
Alexandra Cave
Jonathan Caylor
Rebecca Cesare
Adam Chadwick
Melanie Chandler
Brandon Chapel
Elizabeth Chapman
Jonathan Charles
Kyle Charnley
Jonathan Chase
Brittany Chesney
Logan Chesney
Edwar Aguiar Chinchilla
Justin Church
Christopher Clark
Trista Clark
Ellen Clark-Musnicky
Amy Clayton
James Clenney Jr.
David Cline
Patrick Clow
Zachery Coffey
Darcy Coffy
Michael Cole
Andrea Collins
Emily Collins
Caitlin Cook
John Cook
Nick Coover
Zachary Copeland
Jeremey Correll
Kevin Coughlin
Katie Counts
David Cox
Jessica Cox
Adam Crabtree
Rachel Craig
Samuel Craig
Savannah Craney
Kandace Crisp
Catherine Crockett
Lindsey Crouch
Andrea Crowe
Hannah Cruze
Hayley Cruze
Douglas Dagley
Cierra Dailey
Cassandra Daniels
Jason Daniels
Grace Daugherty
John Daugherty
Niraj Dave
Emily Davidson
Allison Davis
Hope Davis
LaVicka Davis
Louis Davis
Matthew Davis
Ryan Davis
Parker Day
Charles Deaderick
Natalie Decker
Samuel Degregorio
Edward Deiderich
Kevin Deike
Nicholas Dejulia
Lindsay Delay
William DeLozier
Kristen Dempsey
Sarah Dennis
Kyle Denton
William Derington
Clark Derrington
Prithviraj Dhandapani
Taylor Diakoff
Dustin Diden
Joseph Didgeon
William Dieter
Priscilla Dixson
Hoang Do
Brandi Dockins
Jacob Dohm
Elizabeth Donaldson
Zachary Dorsett
Anthony Drawdy
Taylor Drinnen
Charalee Dugger
Darren Dunlap
Lee Dunlap
Laurel Dunn
Marc Dunn
Thomas Duran
Vanessa Durham
Katrina Duval
Jeffrey Eaton
Taneka Ebberts
Nathan Eckel
Patricia Eckhart
John Ecklund
Sarah Edens
AnnaMarie Edwards
Betty Edwards
Christopher Edwards
Melissa Edwards
Devyn Elam
Lucas Eldridge
Jake Elkins
Daulton Ellis
Cody Elswick
Rachel Emerson
Deborah Ermolov
Ruth Esty
Rickey Eubank
Kristin Eubanks
Isaac Evans
William Evers
Cody Ewing
Daisy Falin
Amanda Fancher
Megan Fandrich
Deirdre Farmer
Clarke Farnham
Maria Farnham
Leslie Ferrer
Kerry Fifer
Gabriel Figueroa
Caroline Fine
Richel Finfrock
Almondo Fiori
Emma Flaming
Aaron Floch
Ashley Fortenberry
Heidi Fortner
Justin Foster
Sharleen Foster
Sophie Fourniquet
Brooklyn Foust
Keith Fowkes
Aaron Frank
Matt Franklin
Timothy Frantz
Krista Freeman
Krista Freeman
Patrick French
Sara French
Thomas Frost
Ryan Froula
Christopher Fuerst
Jonathan Gaddis
Refik Gara
Vasile Garbulet
Grace Garlington
Chelsea Gartrell
David Gaul
Daniel Geisel
Jacob Gencay
Kayla Gentry
Anthony Georgiafandis
Sean Giacomini
Matthew Gibbs
Sandra Gililland
Lauren Glisson
Paul Goan
Scottie Godfrey
Ilya Gofman
Breanna Goins
Raven Goller-Brown
Alyssa Gollwitzer
Rebeca Gonzalez
Natalie Goodin
Zara Goodlaxson
Kaci Goodrich
Elissa Goodson
Isaac Goodson
Neelima Gorti
Michael Grabeel
Kelsea Grala
Christopher Green
Hannah Green
Gavin Gregg
Meredith Grimes
Lisa Grunwald
Christopher Guider
Logan Gunter
Arturo Guzman
Stacey Haden
David Haines
Angela Hamby
Derrick Hamilton
Valerie Hamilton
Ashley Hancock
Laura Haney
Fred Harber
Christian Hardin
Erika Hardin
Tommy Hardin II
Jesse Harper
Alyssa Harrelson
Christian Harris
Sable Harris
Ashton Harrison
Nathaniel Hartley
Janet Hastings
Brighton Hatfield
Sharon Haverfield
Avery Hawk
Jessica Hawkins
Sherri Hayes
Tyler Hayes
Jessica Haynes
Hillary Hays
Pamela Hays
Ashley Heath
Nicole Hedger
Dustin Heidel
Sarah Heinemann
Brandy Heller
Heather Helton
Samuel Henegar
Alana Henley
Alexander Henry
James Henson
Kaila Herd
Miranda Herding
Julianna Herod
Aaron Hess
Jessica Heywood
Gary Hickey
Joshua Hickey
Lucas Hietala
William Hill
Chelsea Hines
Linda Hinkle
Chandler Hinton
Joyanna Hirst
Matthew Hobbs
David Hodge
Hannah Hodge
Peter Hoffecker
Kelsey Holloway
Rachel Hopkins
Mackenzie Horner
Grant Howard
Holly Hudson
Kyle Hudson
Wesley Huffaker
Candice Huffstetler
Paige Hughes
Virginia Hughes
Laura Hulen
John Human
Kimberly Humbard
Kara Hunter
Maleah Huskey
Jake Hutsell
Muhammad Iqbal
Fatima Itmaizah
Chloe Ivens
Taylor Jackson
William Jaggers
James Jardet
Patrick Jarman
James Jarnigan
Andria Jaszay
Leah Jenkins
April Jennings
Christine Jensen
Kerry Jett
Karen Sharp Jimenez
Stephanie Johnsey
Audrey Johnson
Eugene Johnson
Grace Johnson
Jesse Johnson
Luke Johnson
Taneiqwa Johnson
Zane Johnson
Bradley Jones
Chelsea Jones
David Jones
Johnathan Jones
Jonathan Jones
Daniel Judiscak
Antoinette Juhl
Sarah Juhlin
Amber Julian
Joe Junemann
Richard Justice
Loni Kadron
Matthew Kane
Robert Karnes
Richard Keeble
Kelly Keheley
Sandra Kelley
Nathan Kendall
Kayla Kennedy
Beverly Keys
Emily Keyser
Lizan Khorsheed
Hearan Kim
Jieun Kim
Alyssa Kinder
Eric Kinder
Stephen King
Hannah Kirby
Amber Kissack
Jenny Kitts
Alex Klein
Matthew Kleinschmidt
James Knickerbocker
Matthew Krebs Jr.
Chad Lamon
Lauren Lamson
Abby Lancaster
Rosita Lane
Lauren Lange
Victor Lara
Olga Lavrinovich
Ashley Lawson
James Lawson
Janie Lay
Morgan Lay
Trang Le
Victoria Leake
William Ledford
Cortnee Lee
Elizabeth Lee
Ji Ho Lee
John Lee
Michelle Lehmann
Sydney Lehnert
Riitta-Maija Lehtinen
Andrew Leming
Chelsea Lessard
Tina Lett
Belinda Lewis
Samantha Lewis
Warren Lewis
Whitney Lewis
Joshua Lindamood
Nathan Lindquist
Filipp Lisovoy
Christopher Little
Noya Livne
Olivia Lobertini
Lee Logsdon
Jan Lomax
Jon Lomax
Angela Long
Caitlin Long
Neila Long
Victoria Long
Erin Lovegrove
Keana Lowe
Kevin Lowe
Tanya Lowe
Seth Luedtke
Antonio Lugo
Jose Luna Garcia
Brandon Lusby
Ashley Lynn
Lauren Lynn
Taylor Lyon
Justin MacDonald
Breanna Maginness
Daniel Maley
Andrew Malone
Rahel Mammo
Caleb Mangum
Jacob Mann
Jade Mann
Kendall Maples
Michaela Maples
Patricia Marsh
Serena Marsh
Joshua Martin
Kirsten Martin
Tamara Martin
Timothy Martin
Antonio Martinez
Amber Marzec
Bryan Mason
Jeffrey Mason
James Massengill
Philip Mathews
David Mathis
Mason Matlock
Vanessa McAfee
Erin McAlister
Lauren McAllister
Brianne McClanahan
Brianne McClanahan
Anna McClure
Shaun McComas
Rachel McConkey
Dustin McConnell
Jeremiah McCoy
Sandra McCroskey
Jordan McCullough
Simona McFalls
Katherine McGaha
Kayla McKee
Tiffanie McKee
Kara McLain
Rachel McMahan
Lauren McMillan
David McNeil
Emily McNeil
Allison Medley
Jorge Mejia
Maria Mejia
Victoria Mellen
Benjamin Mellon
Cortney Melton
Garrett Melton
Abbey Merriman
McKalie Merriman
Christina Metz
Robert Metz
Sara Betsy Meyer
Zachary Meyers
Alexander Michael
Alexandra Miller
David Miller
Denna Miller
Jordan Miller
Dustin Milotte
Susan Minehan
Kevin Miner
Cameron Mitchell
Stephanie Mojica
Lori Monroe
Richard Monroe
Abigail Moore
Eric Moore
Erica Moore
Jessi Moore
Adam Moreno
Dillon Moretto
Clayton Morgan
Michelle Morgan
Robert Morrow
Aaron Morton
David Moseley
Tricia Mounger
Mason Mulkey
Leslie Muller
Agiimaa Munkhsukh
Sharita Murphy
Alexia Murriel
John Music
Adam Myers
Rachel Myers
Steven Myers
Gladys Nance
David Nelson
William Newell
Brittney Newman
Cung Nguyen
Van Nguyen
Travis Nicely
Chelsea Nicley
Abbie Nipper
Mary Noe
Victor Noe
Corey Norman
Travis Norman
Miranda Norris
Evan Norton
Philip Odisho
Kathryn Oliff
Chelsea Oliver
Alexandra Onusic
Morgan Onusic
Lydia Oprea
Andrew Orndorff
Mirriam Osborn
Whitney Oslonian
Daniel Ostrom
Travis Outlaw
Hannah Overton
Casey Owens
Emily Ownby
Daniel Pack
Kimberly Page
Miranda Paiva
Glenn Palmer
Whitney Palmer
Andrea Pappas
Ryan Parker
Amie Parrott
Logan Parrott
Danny Pate
Akshay Patel
Neel Patel
Nihar Patel
Veronica Patterson
Gisell Paula
Allison Pavelchik
Denise Payne
Hannah Payne
Anthony Pennington
Lisa Pennington
Danny Pennington IV
Heather Perez
Jordan Perkins
Megan Perkins
Sarah Perkins
Jessica Perry
Erica Peters
Lauren Peters
Scott Peterson
John Phillips
Sharde Pianowski
James Pickens
Landon Pierce
Tony Plastino
Robert Plumley
Billy Pogue
Charles Pogue
Joe Polakiewicz
Richard Poppert
Dorothy Potter
Amber Price
Taylor Pride
Allen Prince
Sandra Pringle
Jonathen Pritchett
Amy Proctor
Nichole Proctor
Kenton Pryor
Davina Pyant
Megan Queen
Joy Raby
Spencer Raby
Walter Radny
Puya Rahmanian
Nadine Raines
Nicole Ramirez
Ryan Ramirez
Jessica Rand
Jessica Raney
Jessica Raney
Niloo Ranjan
Daryl Ray
Robert Raymes
Nadia Abdul Razak
Johnathan Reagan
Whitney Redington
Mark Reece
Taylor Regan
Susan Renaud-Mitchell
Micah Reppuhn
Ronald Retherford
Kelsey Rhode
Rachel Rice
Emily Richards
Kye Riehl
Sarah Ritchie
Rebecca Ritter
Rachel Roback
Jason Roberts
Jeff Roberts
Tiffany Roberts
Jacqueline Robinson
James Robinson
Lauren Robinson
Mary Robinson
Alisha Robson
Jeremy Rochat
Jose Rodriguez
Stephanie Rodriguez
Matthew Rogers
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Alina Rotar
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Joshua Roy
Alexandra Rozanski
Delaina Ruddell
Trace Rule
Alizabeth Russell
David Russell
David Russell
Gabrielle Russell
Kimberley Russell
Kyle Russell
Rodica Rykhlov
John Saah
Rula Safadi
Joshua Sales
Laresa Sallee
John Samar
Valentyna Samonik
Amanda Sandlin
Jordan Sangid
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Ashley Satterfield
Kayla Satterfield
Allie Scherf
Susan Schneider
Rebecca Schwartz
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David Scott
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Ankit Shah
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Daniel Stinnett
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Pellissippi State honors employees and retirees

Pellissippi State Community College recently hosted its annual recognition of employees for outstanding service, longevity and retirement.

At this year’s ceremony, the Excellence in Teaching Award went to Denise Reed, an associate professor in Business and Computer Technology. The award recognizes innovative teaching techniques and the positive impact they have had on students.

Denise Reed
Denise Reed

Reed was instrumental in the launch of Pellissippi State’s Accelerated Higher Education Associate’s Degree program. AHEAD allows students to earn an Associate of Applied Science degree with a major in Business Administration and a concentration in Management in only 16 months. Reed is also on the college’s Service-Learning advisory board and is a faculty advisor to the Rotaract Club, a Rotary Club student affiliate.

Marilyn Harper
Marilyn Harper

The Innovations Award was bestowed upon Marilyn Harper. This award is given in recognition of a project that demonstrates success of creative and original instructional and learning support activities. Harper, director of Academic Support Services, was recognized for her work in improving the use of tutoring resources at Pellissippi State’s Academic Support Center.

(L-R) Celeste Evans, Chuck Wright and Terri Strader
(L-R) Celeste Evans, Chuck Wright and Terri Strader

Two teams were honored at the ceremony with the Gene Joyce Visionary Award, which recognizes external outreach projects that have a positive impact on the community. The team of Celeste Evans, Terri Strader, and Chuck Wright was honored for its work toward establishing criteria by which students with credentials in industrial, trade, and military fields may be awarded credit for prior learning.

(L-R) Keith Norris, Rob Lloyd and Trent Eades.
(L-R) Keith Norris, Rob Lloyd and Trent Eades.

Another Gene Joyce Visionary Award was given to the team of Trent Eades, Rob Lloyd and Keith Norris for the trio’s efforts in promoting and producing Pellissippi State’s Faculty Lecture Series. The series, which is free and open to the public, features Pellissippi State faculty presenting educational and often entertaining lectures on everything from stem cell research to solar power.

Tracy Rees
Tracy Rees
Kathy King
Kathy King
John Ruppe
John Ruppe

The Excellence in Teaching, Innovations and Gene Joyce Visionary awards carried with them monetary recognition ranging from $1,000 to $1,500. Recipients of the awards also received a plaque and a medallion.

Rachael Cragle
Rachael Cragle

Additional award recipients—each of whom received $100, a plaque and a medallion—included the following: Outstanding Adjunct Faculty, Tracy Rees; Outstanding Administrator, Rachael Cragle; Outstanding Contract Worker, Rebecca Harmon; Outstanding Support Professional, Kathy King; Outstanding Technical/Service/Maintenance Employee, John Ruppe; and Outstanding Full-time Faculty, Jonathan Fowler.

Funding for all awards was 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.

Rebecca Harmon
Rebecca Harmon

Pellissippi State also recognized employees at five-year increments of service, as well as council presidents and retiring employees. This year’s faculty and staff retirees included Bill Galyon, Dorothy Giles, Carl “Pete” Jones, Larry Morgan, Teresa Myers, Brenda O’Neal, Bonnie Powell, Robert Sayles and Catherine Williams.

As this year’s recipient of the Outstanding Full-time Faculty Award, Fowler carried the college’s mace at the 38th Annual Commencement Ceremony. Reed, recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award, gave the Commencement address. Pellissippi State’s Commencement took place May 10 at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum.

Jonathan Fowler
Jonathan Fowler

This year, Pellissippi State conferred a record number of 1,393 associate’s degrees. Approximately 938 students also completed certificates during the academic year. In 2012, another graduation record was broken when 1,166 students were awarded associate’s degrees.

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

Pellissippi State graduates earn degree on accelerated path, as a group

A row of people standing in front of buildings and trees.
Front row, left to right: Lee Blackburn, Rick Stogsdill, Heather Hatfield, David Carr, Diane Mannis, Brandi Dockins, Amber Slaterbeck, Amy Proctor, Harmonie Wallace and Denise Reed. Second row, left to right: Jim Wolfenbarger, Walter Radny, Philip Woods, Bobby Snodderly, Elizabeth Donaldson, Sevaughn Green, John Carter and Joe Junemann. (Bridget Webb is not pictured.) Photograph by Austin Webb.

Pellissippi State Community College’s Accelerated Higher Education Associate’s Degree program gives working adults the chance to earn a two-year degree in 16 months—an option that has grown more popular, and in some cases essential, for students.

At Pellissippi State’s 2013 Commencement Ceremony on May 10, AHEAD marked its sixth year with the graduation of its Management cohort, the first cohort the program offered when it was launched. Students in the cohort earned an associate’s degree in Business Administration with a Management concentration.

In a cohort, a group of students follows the same schedule and progresses through the program together.

“Getting to work with a team that you stay with through the whole thing was appealing to me. I knew I would have a good support system,” said David Carr, a new AHEAD Management graduate.

“You know everybody’s strengths and weaknesses, and who you can depend on to do what. It’s not like a regular class where you’re on a different team, with different people. You form more of a bond and do better work.”

AHEAD is a full-time program, and many students balance school with full-time jobs and family.

“It’s fun, it’s challenging, it’s worth the struggle,” said Lee Blackburn, a 2013 graduate in the Management cohort who worked as a construction subcontractor while a Pellissippi State student. “Juggling work and school and home, it’s tough. But it’s worth it.”

AHEAD faculty member Denise Reed agrees. “You have to have such a determination that you’re going to succeed and do this,” said Reed, “and I’m just so proud of them for all they accomplish in such a short amount of time.” Reed  has taught classes in AHEAD’s Management cohort from the beginning.

AHEAD provides two ways for students to accelerate their studies: credit for prior learning and shorter-length courses.

“I do work full time, so this was the best, quick way to do it,” said Heather Hatfield, who also graduated with the cohort. “You need to be dedicated and focused in order to finish. It is not a traditional class, for sure. It is for those who are committed and wanting that degree.”

Pellissippi State offers several AHEAD programs in the cohort-style format: Computer Accounting, Culinary Arts, and Management, all in the Business Administration major; Industrial Maintenance, in Engineering Technology; the Associate of Science in Teaching; and the A.S. 41-Hour General Education Certificate.

To learn more about AHEAD and other cohort programs, visit or call Celeste Evans at (865) 539-7381.

Pellissippi State offers five-day training to be solar photovoltaic installer

In only five days, students who enroll in the Solar Photovoltaic Training Series at Pellissippi State Community College will be prepared to enter the growing field of solar design and installation. Those who complete the course will also be eligible to take the optional North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners exam. The series is offered through the Business and Community Services Division.

Solar photovoltaics, the conversion of solar power to electricity, is a growing field in Tennessee. As of May 2012, Tennessee is second only to California in the number of solar photovoltaic installers employed. Approximately 670 individuals worked as installers in the state last year, according to the U. S. Department of Labor.

No specialized knowledge is required to take the class. Basic high school math is reviewed, and the foundations of electricity and electronics are covered. Students then go on to the design and installation portions of the coursework. Additional topics include photovoltaic history, market developments and safety.

The class is May 20-24, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., at the Hardin Valley Campus. The cost is $799, plus a textbook fee of $175. The fee for the optional NABCEP exam is $125.

To register or to learn more about this and other classes, call (865) 539-7167 or visit The BCS website lists updated class schedules and information on new course offerings.

DENSO gift boosts Pellissippi State Engineering Technology program

The DENSO North America Foundation has presented the Pellissippi State Foundation with a $50,000 donation for new equipment and technology that enhances Pellissippi State Community College’s Engineering Technology degree program.

Providing students with the equipment and technology that they will use upon graduation is a key priority at Pellissippi State.

“Pellissippi State and DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee have collaborated since 1992,” Pellissippi State President L. Anthony Wise Jr. said. “This partnership has included training programs for DENSO employees, programmatic and curriculum recommendations for our academic programs, and donations from DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee and the DENSO North America Foundation.”

DENSO’s gift pays for Mechatronics Training Systems, also called MecLabs, and thermography equipment for Engineering Technology, as well as for workforce training and STEM—science, technology, engineering, and math—awareness.

Students enrolled in Engineering Technology and participants in Business and Community Services training will benefit from the new equipment and technology. Knox County and Blount County students will also be introduced to the new MecLabs.

“This equipment will be used to generate interest at middle and high schools by providing demonstrations and hands-on activities for students with the goal of encouraging potential careers paths involving science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” said Wise.

To learn more about giving opportunities, email or call (865) 694-6528. For more information on Engineering Technology and other academic offerings, visit or call (865) 694-6400.

Pellissippi State Community College, Knoxville, TN