Pellissippi State hosts author Jennifer Steil for book reading

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Jennifer Steil
Jennifer Steil

Pellissippi State Community College will host author Jennifer Steil for a reading of her book, “The Ambassador’s Wife,” and a Q-and-A session Tuesday, March 1.

The event begins at 12:30 p.m. in the Clayton Performing Arts Center, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The community is invited.

Steil, the wife of a real-life European Union ambassador, is the author of “The Ambassador’s Wife,” and “The Woman Who Fell From the Sky.” “The Ambassador’s Wife” earned the Best Novel award in the 2013 William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition. The book may be adapted into a television miniseries starring Anne Hathaway.

“The Woman Who Fell From the Sky” recounts Steil’s experiences as a newspaper editor in Yemen, including an account of the drama that unfolded after the “Yemen Observer” published incendiary cartoons of the prophet Muhammad.

Steil’s presentation is sponsored by Tennessee Consortium of International Studies. TnCIS, headquartered at Pellissippi State, organizes study abroad opportunities as part of its mission of boosting international experience and culture in higher education across the state. In the eight years since its founding, TnCIS has supported 2,656 students statewide in pursuing a global education. Pellissippi State worked with TnCIS to send 204 students to study abroad in 2015, setting an institutional record. For more information about TnCIS, visit www.tncis.org or call 865-539-7280.

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

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Pellissippi State Announcement: Students recognized for outstanding achievement

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Pellissippi State student award winners

Pellissippi State Community College students Brenda Tirado and Mikaela Woods were recently recognized for outstanding academic achievement by being named to the 2016 All-Tennessee Academic Team. The Academic Team is sponsored by USA Today and the Phi Theta Kappa honor society, which recognizes students with a 3.5 grade point average or above at community colleges throughout the Tennessee Board of Regents system. Pictured, from left, are Pellissippi State president L. Anthony Wise Jr., Tirado, Phi Theta Kappa advisor Casey Lambert, Woods, and Phi Theta Kappa advisor Judy Sichler.

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Pellissippi State Announcements: Upcoming concert and art exhibits, free to community

  • Pellissippi State Community College will host its annual Winter Choral Concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, in the Clayton Performing Arts Center. This showcase musical performance features two local high school choirs as special guests. The event is free and the community is invited.
  • “The Anxious Landscape Artist: Jeffery Morton” exhibit will be held at Pellissippi State Community College through Feb. 26 in the Bagwell Center for Media and Art Gallery. This free exhibit, by self-described East Tennessee transplant Jeffrey Morton, focuses on the importance of place in shaping and molding human life through depictions of East Tennessee’s geography and that other well-known transplant, kudzu. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • Pellissippi State Community College second-year photography students will exhibit their work during the annual Photography Student Show, Feb. 29-March 23 in the Bagwell Center for Media and Art Gallery. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The exhibit is free to attend and the community is invited.

 

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Afghan Humphrey Fellow to share message of hope, power of education

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Angela Niazmand“I believe education is the only way out of darkness.”

So says Angela Niazmand, a Humphrey Fellows scholar from Afghanistan, who will visit Pellissippi State Community College the week of Feb. 8. She will share a presentation at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, in the Goins Building Cafeteria Annex, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Niazmand will spend time shadowing Pellissippi State administrators to learn more about the community college model and how Pellissippi State interacts with its community.

“Afghan women are capable the same as other women in the world. They are enhancing their capacity and building their nation. I believe we should be strong and stay firm with our goals and not let life challenges stop us from moving forward. Try to challenge life difficulties; do not let life difficulties challenge you,” Niazmand said.

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

Before receiving the Humphrey Fellows award, Niazmand served as the acting registrar at the American University of Afghanistan. She holds two bachelor’s degrees, one in Dari language and literature from Kabul University and another in social science from the American University of Afghanistan. This year, she is based at Penn State University, where she is studying the American higher education system.

“My goal is to continue with my education in master’s degree and doctorate levels in higher education outside Afghanistan, then return to help the higher education system of my beloved country, Afghanistan,” Niazmand said.

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

 

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