Pellissippi State hosts presentations on universal design in education

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Sheryl Burgstahler

Pellissippi State Community College’s Universal Pathways to Employment Project will host two presentations for those who work with or teach individuals with disabilities. Sheryl Burgstahler, the founder of two renowned centers that promote access and technology, will speak Friday, March 2, on the college’s Hardin Valley Campus.

Burgstahler will give two presentations: “How to Create an Inclusive Campus” at 10 a.m. and “How to Make Your Course Welcoming and Accessible to all Students” at 11:15 a.m.

Both events are free and open to the community and will be held in the Clayton Performing Arts Center, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

Burgstahler is an affiliate professor in the College of Education at the University of Washington in Seattle. She holds degrees in mathematics, education and administration of higher education. She founded and directs the DO-IT (Disabilities, opportunities, internetworking and Technology) Center and the Access Technology Center. These two centers promote the use of assistive technology and other interventions to support the success of students with disabilities in education and careers. They also promote the development of facilities, computer labs, software, websites, multimedia, and distance learning programs that are welcoming and accessible to individuals with disabilities.

To request accommodations for a disability at one of these classes, call 865-539-7401 or email accommodations@pstcc.edu. UPEP is funded by a grant from the Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor.

Pellissippi State hosts Ron McCurdy for multimedia jazz concert

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Pellissippi State Community College and the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies will host a performance of “The Langston Hughes Project” by Ron McCurdy on Feb. 22.

The free concert begins at 11 a.m. in the Clayton Performing Arts Center, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

The Langston Hughes Project is a multimedia concert performance of Langston Hughes’ jazz poem suite “Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz.” The concert incorporates many musical styles including blues, gospel, progressive jazz and more. The “Langston Hughes Project” is designed to inspire people to become more curious about their past and to understand how to live, work and play together.

McCurdy is a professor of music in the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California. Prior to his professorship at USC, he served as director of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz at USC and as a professor of music and chair of the Afro-African American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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

Pellissippi State to host Cuban literacy campaign speaker

Pellissippi State Community College will host Griselda Aguilera Cabrera for three events on Wednesday, Feb. 21, on the Magnolia Avenue Campus.

Cabrera will give three presentations: two eight-minute showings of the documentary film “Maestra” at 8:35 a.m. and 9:40 a.m., followed respectively by a Spanish-only presentation and an English-interpreted Spanish presentation. Cabrera also will host a full-length, 35-minute showing of “Maestra” from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. followed by a question and answer session. Cabrera will be accompanied by Catherine Murphy, the director of “Maestra.”

All events will be in the Community Room on the Magnolia Avenue Campus, 1610 E. Magnolia Ave.

Cabrera was featured in the movie “Maestra,” a documentary film about the Cuban literacy campaign that virtually ended adult illiteracy in 1961. Only seven years old, Cabrera was one of the youngest volunteers in that campaign. Now retired from her career as an educator, she is involved in the Cuban Psychology Society’s Working Group on Identity and Diversity, participating in workshops and activities concerning homophobia, prejudice against people with HIV/AIDS, racial discrimination and domestic violence.

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call 865-694-6400. To request accommodations for this event, call 865-539-7401 or email accommodations@pstcc.edu

Pellissippi State students take top marks in state Math Bowl

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Pellissippi State Math Bowl Finalists
Math Bowl participants from left to right: Hollie Arnsdorff, Hannah Ruth Smith, Julia Williamson, Julie Coulombe, Kerrigan Magnus, Katelyn Bertou, Alex Shipe, Sarah Herrell.

Students from Pellissippi State Community College took eight of the top 15 places in a recent statewide mathematics competition among community colleges.

A total of 131 Pellissippi State students competed in the annual Pellissippi State Math Bowl in five divisions — survey of mathematics, calculus A and B, precalculus and statistics. Community college students from across the state also participated in the competition at their home college. Their scores were then compared to those of other students entered in the Math Bowl.

Pellissippi State student Timothy Beauchamp finished first in the statewide survey of mathematics division, while Hollie Arnsdorff scored first in the statewide statistics division. Jessie Li finished second statewide in calculus B. Katelyn Bertou and Edward Radford tied for first, while Alex Osbourne, Hannah Ruth Smith and Shane Hawkins tied for third in the statewide precalculus division.

The Pellissippi State Math Bowl is part of the annual State Mathematics Competition, sponsored by the Tennessee Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges. In addition to state prizes, Pellissippi State — thanks to a grant from Oak Ridge Associated Universities — awards its top finishers in each subject with additional cash prizes.

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call 865-694-6400.

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