Pellissippi State book-and-rummage sale to benefit students

Prowling through the gently used items at the upcoming Second Hand Heart and Book Sale Fundraiser can pay off not only for attendees who grab great deals but also for students who attend Pellissippi State Community College.

The combination book-and-rummage sale is set for March 7 and 8 at the Hardin Valley Campus. Items available include books, CDs, DVDs, videos, vinyl records, magazines, calendars, puzzles, computer games and assorted household goods.

Pellissippi State’s Administrative Council and Support Staff Council are coordinating the sale. Proceeds go to the Pellissippi State Foundation, which supports student enrichment services by providing scholarships, new technology and equipment. Funds raised are earmarked for the coordinating councils’ scholarships.

The Administrative Council Scholarship awards $1,500 per academic year to a Pellissippi State student who demonstrates financial need, maintains a 2.5 GPA and meets other selection criteria.

Two Support Staff Council Scholarships are available either to a student whose parent is a Pellissippi State support staff employee or a student who meets Support Staff Council criteria. Six students were awarded Support Staff Council Scholarships last semester, with another five scholarships awarded spring semester.

Hours are as follows: Thursday, March 7, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., and Friday, March 8, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. The event takes place in the Goins Building College Center.

For additional information, call (865) 694-6400 or visit www.pstcc.edu. For information about scholarships and other Foundation giving opportunities, call (865) 694-6528 or visit www.pstcc.edu/foundation.

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

Pellissippi State welcomes alumni back to campus with free Bunny Brunch

bunny

If you are a graduate of Pellissippi State Community College and are looking for a spring celebration, the second annual Alumni Bunny Brunch Spring Homecoming is just the event for you. Scheduled for Saturday, March 23, the brunch is free to graduates and their families.

Hosted by Pellissippi State’s Alumni Association on the Hardin Valley Campus, the two-hour homecoming features an egg hunt, crafts booths, face painting and storytelling. The Easter Bunny will be available for photo sessions, and music will be provided by Hardin Valley Thunder, Pellissippi State’s bluegrass band. Attendees can decorate their own pancakes in the Cafeteria of the Goins Building.

“The Alumni Association strives to provide alums the opportunity to reconnect with former classmates, as well as with the college, while enjoying fun activities for the entire family,” said Brooke Pannell, coordinator of Alumni Relations.

Event hours are 10-noon­. Those planning to attend are asked to R.S.V.P. to the Alumni Office at (865) 539-7275 or alumni@pstcc.edu by Monday, March 18.

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

Pellissippi State leads two-year colleges nationally in study abroad students

Study abroad by American students has more than tripled during the past two decades, and Pellissippi State Community leads two-year colleges nationwide in the number of students who study abroad, according to a recent report on international education.

During the 2010-11 academic year, 174 Pellissippi State Community College students studied abroad. The numbers come from the most recent Open Doors Report, published by the Institute of International Education in partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Study abroad programs, part of the overall international education initiative at many institutions of higher learning, allow students to immerse themselves in another culture while studying a wide array of subjects ranging from history and art to genetics and environmental science.

Pellissippi State students who study abroad do so through the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies. TnCIS, which is headquartered at the college, coordinates study abroad as part of its mission of boosting international experience and culture in higher education across the state.

Founded in 2006, TnCIS offers study abroad opportunities to students enrolled at Pellissippi State and other Tennessee Board of Regents institutions. More than 400 students and 50 faculty members from Tennessee participated in the 2012 summer study abroad programs coordinated by TnCIS.

“Honestly, Tennessee is a leader as a state,” said Tracey Bradley, TnCIS director. “When community colleges from outside the state hear what we are able to accomplish in study abroad, there is a sense that it is untouchable.”

“We’re committed to making international education available and affordable to our students,” said Allen G. Edwards, Pellissippi State president emeritus, “because in today’s global economy, it’s essential for students to learn about and experience other cultures.” Edwards was instrumental in the founding of TnCIS, and the college’s current president, L. Anthony Wise Jr., is highly supportive of both TnCIS and study abroad.

“Our study abroad programs are designed to help students earn credits toward degrees and to develop a broader understanding of the world in which they study, live, and work,” said Wise.

A key factor in Pellissippi State’s study abroad success, he says, is the college’s robust scholarship program. Funded through the international education fee, study abroad scholarships at Pellissippi State total more than $300,000 each year.

“Scholarship support allows our students to travel to places they might never have imagined,” Wise said. “Very often they come back better students and citizens and with a much better sense of who they are and what they want to do.”

Across the state, more than one million dollars is being awarded in study abroad scholarship money.

“Scholarships are key to our success in Tennessee,” Bradley said. “It proves that many institutions in addition to Pellissippi State are committed to international education and to ensuring that our students are prepared for the global workforce.”

The 2013 summer study abroad programs offered by TnCIS are Austria, Brazil, China, Ecuador/Galápagos Islands, England, France, Great European Capitals, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, Peru, Scotland, South Africa and Spain. Three new study abroad experiences are also available this year: Eastern Europe’s Best, Iceland and Turkey.

For additional information about TnCIS, visit www.tncis.org or call (865) 539-7280. For more about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400.

Pellissippi State offers two open houses, chances to win a scholarship

Members of the community are invited to attend open houses at the Magnolia Avenue Campus and Strawberry Plains Campus of Pellissippi State Community College in early March.

Both events offer information for potential students, as well as a chance to win a $250 scholarship. There will be one scholarship drawing at each campus, and all attendees of the open houses are eligible to enter. The scholarships are provided by the Pellissippi State Foundation.

The open house at the Magnolia Avenue Campus takes place on Tuesday, March 5, and the open house at the Strawberry Plains Campus on Thursday, March 7.

Pellissippi State staff members will be on hand to share information regarding programs of study, admission, distance learning, financial aid and dual enrollment. The Fast Forward Dual Enrollment program at the college allows high school students to earn high school and college credit simultaneously for selected courses.

The open houses are free, and registering in not necessary. Pellissippi State’s Magnolia Avenue Campus is located at 1610 E. Magnolia Ave. Open house hours on March 5 are 5:30-7:30 p.m. The Strawberry Plains Campus is located at 7201 Strawberry Plains Pike. Open house hours on March 7 are 5:30-7:30 p.m.

For additional information, call (865) 694-6400 or visit www.pstcc.edu. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu. Requests should be made at least two weeks in advance.

Pellissippi State Music scholarship auditions set for March 28, April 4

You might think you have to be a Music major to earn a Music scholarship, but that’s not the case at Pellissippi State Community College. The scholarships are available to both Music and non-Music students, and scholarship auditions take place on March 28 and April 4 for students planning to attend Pellissippi State during the fall 2013 semester.

Thanks to the college’s new Associate of Fine Arts degree program, those students who are interested in pursuing a career or four-year degree in music can now earn a two-year degree that concentrates in Music. All credits transfer to other Tennessee Board of Regents institutions—Pellissippi State is a member of the TBR system—and the University of Tennessee as part of the statewide Tennessee Transfer Pathways program.

Long regarded as having one of the top Music programs in the area, Pellissippi State boasts an extensive and diverse Music faculty that leads freshman and sophomore courses required by most colleges and universities for their music degrees.

Courses include Beginning Conducting; Class Piano; Ear Training I-IV; Ensembles, Vocal and Instrumental; Introduction to Music Literature; and Music Theory I-IV. Applied instruction also is offered in the following: brass instruments, contemporary piano styles, guitar, percussions, piano, strings, voice and woodwinds.

For students who are not pursuing an A.F.A., Pellissippi State offers a variety of general music courses as well. They include Class Piano; Ensembles, Vocal and Instrumental; Fundamentals of Music; Music Appreciation; Private Instrumental Instruction; and Private Vocal Instruction.

Music scholarships are awarded annually by the Pellissippi State Foundation to recognize excellence in musical performance and academic achievement. The Foundation awarded 136 music-related scholarships to 57 Pellissippi State students this academic year.

Scholarship recipients are required to perform in one or more of Pellissippi State’s music ensembles. Two ensembles, Concert Chorale and Variations, focus on vocal performance. Six are instrument-based performing groups: the Bluegrass Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, Jazz Band, Percussion Ensemble and Studio Orchestra.

Many of Pellissippi State’s Music students take advantage of the college’s status as an All Steinway School. The Pellissippi State Foundation conducted the All Steinway School fundraising campaign in order to elevate the college’s Music program to world-class status. The community college now boasts 13 Steinway pianos in studios, practice rooms and performance venues.

To schedule a scholarship audition appointment on March 28 or April 4, call (865) 539-7178. For additional information regarding Music scholarships, call the Pellissippi State Foundation at (865) 694-6528 or visit www.pstcc.edu/foundation.

To learn more about the A.F.A. degree, call (865) 694-6400 or visit www.pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State concert showcases top student performers

The annual Student Honors Recital at Pellissippi State Community College features only the best student performers taking private instruction in voice or instrument. Members of the community are invited to the March 5 recital. The event is free, as is parking.

Each of 18 selected musicians will perform one piece, with musical styles ranging from bluegrass to classical. Selection by a panel of Pellissippi State faculty members is based on the talent and skill level of the students, as well as on the students’ academic achievement in traditional courses.

Singers will be accompanied by pianists performing on Steinway pianos, in keeping with Pellissippi State’s status as an All Steinway School. The Pellissippi State Foundation conducted the All Steinway School fundraising campaign in order to elevate the college’s Music program to world-class status. Pellissippi State now boasts 13 Steinway pianos in studios, practice rooms and performance venues.

Many of Pellissippi State’s performers are pursuing the college’s new two-year Associate of Fine Arts degree, concentrating in Music. All credits will transfer to other Tennessee Board of Regents institutions—Pellissippi State is a member of the TBR system—and the University of Tennessee as part of the statewide Tennessee Transfer Pathways program.

Some of the evening’s performers are also recipients of Music scholarships. The Pellissippi State Foundation awarded 136 music-related scholarships to 57 Pellissippi State students this academic year.

Auditions for students who will be enrolled at Pellissippi State during the fall 2013 semester and who are interested in pursuing a Music scholarship take place on March 28 and April 4 at the Hardin Valley Campus.

Scholarships are open to Music and non-Music students. Audition times can be scheduled by calling (865) 539-7178.

The student recital is part of the 2012-13 Pellissippi State Music Concert Series, 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.

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

The March 5 performance begins at 7 p.m. in the Clayton Performing Arts Center at the Hardin Valley Campus.

For additional information about the Pellissippi State Music Concert Series or The Arts at Pellissippi State, call (865) 694-6400 or visit www.pstcc.edu/arts.

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

Clinical Medical Assistant program offered at Pellissippi State

Employment in all occupations is expected to grow by 14 percent through 2020, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, with some areas experiencing more than double that rate. Health-care support occupations, for instance, are expected to expand by 25 percent, while the demand for medical assistants is expected to grow by 31 percent during the next seven years.

To meet the needs of area students seeking entry into the field, Pellissippi State Community College’s non-credit division is offering the Clinical Medical Assistant program, a series of Saturday-only classes that begin in March.

Consisting of 134 hours of classroom instruction and 160 hours of medical office externship, the total program is designed to be completed in only five months. Students who successfully finish the course are prepared to sit for national certification exams such as the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant exam offered through the National Healthcareer Association or the exam offered by the National Center for Competency Testing.

Pellissippi State is providing the program in collaboration with Boston Reed, a private educational institution based in California. Boston Reed, which has provided health-care training for more than 20 years, has 125 locations nationwide.

Students will gain practical experience in such skills as assisting with patient exams and minor surgery, taking patients’ vital signs, performing lab tests, administering medications, and conducting electrocardiography evaluations.

The series prepares participants to assist physicians in settings such as offices and clinics. The fee for the Pellissippi State offering is $2,995. Financial assistance, including payment plans, credit-based loans and scholarships, is available through Boston Reed: www.bostonreedcollege.com.

The Clinical Medical Assistant program is being offered through Pellissippi State’s non-credit division, Business and Community Services. Early registration is encouraged.

Classes meet on Saturdays, March 9-June 22, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Hardin Valley Campus. Externship placement is guaranteed by Boston Reed and will be discussed with students upon enrollment.

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

Landscaping class offered by Pellissippi State

Instant flower gardens. It’s a tempting thought during the winter season. While the upcoming landscaping class at Pellissippi State Community College won’t give attendees a full-blooming garden-on-the-spot, it will give them plenty of design ideas and how-to information.

“Landscaping Made Easy and Fun” provides eight hours of instruction to those seeking to learn more. Instructor Valarie Huffman, expert landscaper and owner of Instant Flower Gardens, will guide students through basic design principles, materials selection, plant installation and maintenance. Topics include flowering shrubs, small trees, flowers, and grasses, as well as mulching, fertilizing, watering, and pruning.

The non-credit course is being offered through Pellissippi State’s Business and Community Services Division. Classes meet on Mondays and Wednesdays, Feb. 25-March 6, 1-3 p.m. at Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus. The class fee is $79.

For information or registration, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs or call (865) 539-7167. The BCS website lists complete and current class schedules, as well as details on new course offerings.

Open house, chance to win scholarship at Pellissippi State’s Blount County Campus

Members of the community are invited to attend an open house at the Blount County Campus of Pellissippi State Community College on Thursday, Feb. 21. Scheduled 4-6 p.m., the event offers information for potential students, tours and opportunities to learn about community events hosted at the campus.

There is also a drawing for a $250 scholarship provided by the Pellissippi State Foundation. All attendees are eligible for the drawing.

Pellissippi State staff members will be on hand to share information with potential students regarding programs of study, admission, distance learning, financial aid and dual enrollment. Dual enrollment allows high school students to earn high school and college credit simultaneously for selected courses.

Tours of the campus building are ongoing throughout the two-hour event. A 2010 recipient of the Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award, the Blount County Campus includes plenty of parking for bicycles, as well as shower and changing facilities for people who ride their bikes to school. The campus also has convenient reserved parking for carpool vehicles and charging stations for alternative fuel vehicles.

The $22 million state-of-the-art campus opened in 2010. Pellissippi State has offered classes in Blount County since 1985.

Open house attendees can learn about the variety of community events hosted at the campus—among them, movies and guest lectures. In addition to the 100-seat West Chevrolet Auditorium, the campus has one classroom designed specifically for distance education.

The Manufacturing Tech Lab provides 2,500 square feet of space dedicated to workforce training, including the Claude F. Moon Welding Center. Pellissippi State’s Business and Community Services Division offers both industrial training and non-credit courses at the campus.

The open house is free, and there is no need to register. Activities take place in the William “Keith” McCord Lobby.

Pellissippi State’s Blount County Campus is located at 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Pkwy. For additional information, call (865) 694-6400 or visit www.pstcc.edu.

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

Pellissippi State faculty lecture revisits Cold War

David-Key“I grew up in the last throes of the Cold War,” said David Key, who teaches history at Pellissippi State Community College. “It shaped my early worldview.”

The Cold War was more than a political standoff between the U.S. and Soviet Union. It also impacted American culture through sports, television and film, according to Key.

Key gives his perspective on the long-term conflict in “The Cold War,” Feb. 21, 12:30-1:30 p.m., in the Goins Building Auditorium at the Hardin Valley Campus. The talk is part of the ongoing Faculty Lecture Series, which highlights the talents of faculty members and local experts.

The speaker promises an entertaining discussion that looks at the Cold War’s impact on popular American culture in the U.S. The lecture also covers the conflict’s evolution, from the Berlin Airlift in the 1940s to the Cuban Missile Crisis in the 1960s to the fall of the Berlin Wall beginning in 1989.

“Some of Pellissippi State’s students were born five years after the Berlin Wall fell,” Key said. “That makes it necessary to look back and see how foreign policy in the U.S. has changed as we’ve moved from the policy of containment to a new set of issues in the post-Cold War world.”

Key has taught history at Pellissippi State for 12 years. He currently teaches U.S. History and serves as the assistant director of the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies, which is housed at Pellissippi State. He will lead a history-focused study abroad program in May to Eastern Europe.

The Faculty Lecture Series is part of “The Arts at Pellissippi State.” The arts series brings to the community cultural activities ranging from music and theatre to international celebrations, lectures, and the visual arts.

The next lecture in the Faculty Lecture Series is faculty member Maggie Jenkins’ “What Dance Moves?” The event is March 21, 12:30-1:30 p.m., in the Goins Building Auditorium.

For more information, go to www.pstcc.edu/arts 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 humanresources@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State Community College, Knoxville, TN