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Pellissippi State dedicates Jenny and Randy Boyd Building

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In recognition of outstanding support by Randy and Jenny Boyd of higher education opportunities in this area, Pellissippi State Community College has dedicated its Strawberry Plains Campus building in the couple’s honor.

The Jenny and Randy Boyd Building was dedicated today, May 9.

“We are naming this building in recognition of Jenny and Randy Boyd for their support of Pellissippi State Community College and their dedication to increased access and opportunities for higher education in East Tennessee,” said L. Anthony Wise Jr., Pellissippi State’s president.

In 2012, the Boyds donated $1 million to the Pellissippi State Foundation toward the purchase of the Strawberry Plains Campus. The campus, which is located at 7201 Strawberry Plains Pike, began offering classes in fall 2012.

“If we fail to give our children the opportunity to get the additional education and training they will need, we have failed them,” Randy Boyd said. “Our community colleges will see the majority of the growth in degrees in the next decade, and we are proud that one of the best in the country serves our community: Pellissippi State.

“Making college convenient and accessible is critical, and this new campus at Strawberry Plains will do that for East and South Knox county and neighboring counties. We’re happy to be able to help Pellissippi State fulfill its mission and that of our state with this new campus.”

Randy Boyd was Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam’s special advisor for higher education in 2013. In 2009, he helped start tnAchieves, which is a last-dollar scholarship and mentoring program for college students.

He also is a proponent of the governor’s “Drive to 55” campaign. The campaign’s goal is to increase the percentage of Tennesseans with college degrees or certificates to 55 percent by 2025.

Randy Boyd is founder, chairman and CEO of Radio Systems Corporation, maker of the PetSafe and SportDOG brands. He started the Knoxville-based company in 1991.

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

Pellissippi State to dedicate Jenny and Randy Boyd Building

In recognition of outstanding support of higher education opportunities in this area, Pellissippi State Community College will dedicate its Strawberry Plains Campus building in honor of Randy and Jenny Boyd on Friday, May 9.

The dedication ceremony begins at 10 a.m., and the campus is located at 7201 Strawberry Plains Pike. Tours of the building will follow.

“We are naming this building in recognition of Jenny and Randy Boyd for their support of Pellissippi State Community College and their dedication to increased access and opportunities for higher education in East Tennessee,” said L. Anthony Wise Jr., Pellissippi State’s president.

In 2012, Randy and Jenny Boyd donated $1 million to the Pellissippi State Foundation toward the purchase of the Strawberry Plains Campus. The campus began offering classes in fall of that year.

Boyd, who is chairman of Radio Systems Corporation, also was Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam’s special advisor for higher education in 2013. In 2009, he helped start tnAchieves, a last-dollar scholarship and mentoring program for college students.

Boyd is a proponent of the governor’s “Drive to 55” campaign. The campaign’s goal to increase the percentage of Tennesseans with college degrees or certificates to 55 percent by 2025.

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

Support students at Pellissippi State golf tournament

Enjoy a fine day of golf while supporting college students who are pursuing higher education opportunities at Pellissippi State Community College’s 10th Annual Swing Big for Students Golf Tournament.

This year’s Swing Big for Students event takes place Monday, May 12, at a new course location: Green Meadow Country Club in Alcoa.

The Swing Big Signature Sponsor for 2014 is Pilot Travel Centers. Thanks to Karen’s Jewelers, the Hole-in-One sponsor, a player who sinks that perfectly timed hole-in-one could walk away with a diamond ring.

The tournament, hosted by the Pellissippi State Foundation, raises money for programs that directly impact deserving students. Funds have been used not only to provide student scholarships and emergency loans but also to improve facilities and secure new equipment. A portion of the proceeds from the 2014 tournament will be awarded to a recipient of the Swing Big for Students Scholarship.

“Our students have amazing stories to tell,” said Pat Myers, tournament director, “and extraordinary skills and talents to share as they enter the workforce in East Tennessee. Thanks to the community support of the Swing Big for Students tournament, the Pellissippi State Foundation is able to provide outstanding educational opportunities to these students.”

According to Christian Hardin, a former recipient of the scholarship funds, “The Swing Big for Students scholarship allowed me to purchase books for the semester. I’m grateful for the scholarship and for the opportunity of attending college.”

The 18-hole “shotgun scramble” tournament offers morning and afternoon rounds. The cost is $100 per person or $400 for a team of four. The entry fee includes 18 holes of golf, cart, driving range, snacks, lunch and prizes.

Participants can register and pay online at www.pstcc.edu/foundation/golf. Registration must be completed by May 8.

In the case of inclement weather on May 12, contact Green Meadow at (865) 982-8783.

Sponsorship opportunities for Swing Big for Students begin at $150, and a limited number are still available. To learn more about sponsoring, contact Myers at (865) 539-7242 or pmyers@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State hosts annual Faculty Senate Book Sale

Pellissippi State Community College will stage its annual Faculty Senate Book Sale in late March and early April, and the community is invited to take part.

The Book Sale kicks off at the Blount County Campus, running 8 a.m.-6 p.m. March 24-25 and 8-noon March 26 in the upstairs lobby.

The sale then moves to the Hardin Valley Campus, where it’s scheduled 9 a.m.-6 p.m. March 31-April 1 and 9-noon April 2 in the College Center of the Goins Building. The sale wraps up at the Magnolia Avenue Campus lobby, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. April 7-8.

The Faculty Senate Book Sale raises funds that go to the Pellissippi State Foundation for student scholarships.

“This is really a community event,” said Ashley Boone, a book sale planner and associate professor of Mathematics. “A lot of students and community members look forward to the sale, because the prices are so good for these books, music, and movies.”

All type of books will be available—fiction to nonfiction, craft to cook books—as well as collectible magazines like National Geographic. Other items likely to be offered: movies and CDs.

Donations have been made by Pellissippi State faculty, staff, and students and community members.

The Blount County Campus is located at 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Pkwy., Hardin Valley at 10915 Hardin Valley Road, Magnolia Avenue at 1610 E. Magnolia Ave.

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.

Pellissippi State: Blount County Campus hosts Faculty Senate Book Sale March 24-26

Pellissippi State Community College’s Blount County Campus hosts its annual Faculty Senate Book Sale in late March, and the community is invited to take part.

The sale runs 8 a.m.-6 p.m., March 24-25, and 8-noon, March 26. It takes place in the upstairs lobby of the Blount County Campus, 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Pkwy.

The event raises funds that go to the Pellissippi State Foundation for student scholarships.

“This is really a community event,” said Ashley Boone, a book sale planner and associate professor of Mathematics. “A lot of students and community members look forward to the sale, because the prices are so good for these books, music, and movies.”

All types of publications will be available—from fiction and nonfiction to craft books and cookbooks to collectible magazines such as National Geographic. Other items likely to be offered: movies and CDs. Donations have been made by Pellissippi State faculty, staff and students, as well as community members.

Used books, movies and CDs in good condition will be collected until March 21. Bring donated items to the Blount County Campus.

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

Honda grant to help urban high-schoolers at Pellissippi State’s Summer Institute

Pellissippi State Community College’s Summer Institute will get a boost this year to include a new STEM—science, technology, engineering, mathematics—emphasis, thanks to a $46,760 grant from the American Honda Foundation. The grant was awarded through the Pellissippi State Foundation.

“The grant will help fund academic programs for urban high school students that will provide rigorous exposure to relevant STEM career fields,” said L. Anthony Wise, Pellissippi State president.

“This exposure will broaden the educational opportunities for these students and allow them to consider new fields of study for college and career.”

The Summer Institute takes place on the Hardin Valley Campus each summer and is open to rising sophomores from Austin-East and Fulton high schools. The institute is affiliated with Project GRAD Knoxville, which seeks to boost excellence in education, particularly in schools in urban Knoxville.

The American Honda Foundation grant funds four new STEM programs at the 2014 Summer Institute: Alternative Energy, Robotics, Aquabiotics and Photographic Science. The grant also supports professional development, a new instructor, field trips and equipment.

“Through grant giving, the American Honda Foundation seeks to develop youth in the areas of math, science, engineering, technology and literacy,” said Alexandra Warnier, manager of American Honda Foundation. “We are proud to partner with Pellissippi State on its important contribution in this area and look forward to the impact and results that will be achieved.”

The Summer Institute has been offered annually since 2001 and serves about 150 students per year. Since 2005, 946 students participating in the institute have gone on to graduate from high school and earn a college scholarship for up to four years.

Summer Institute participants from Austin-East and Fulton who continue on to attend college at Pellissippi State have a higher GPA average and take fewer pre-college-level courses than students from those two high schools who enroll at Pellissippi State but didn’t take part in the summer program.

To learn more about the giving opportunities available through the Pellissippi State Foundation, visit https://giving.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6528. For more information about Pellissippi State and its programs, go to www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400.

Pellissippi State student awarded local, national EWI scholarship

Widow. Parental caretaker. Displaced worker trying to earn a college degree to improve her value in the workplace.

If anyone needed a helping hand to pursue an education, it was Barbara “Lugene” Bearden.

Bearden is a student at Pellissippi State Community College, and her need—and efforts to do well in school—did not go unnoticed by the Pellissippi State Foundation and the Knoxville Chapter of the Executive Women International. The two entities partner each year to distribute $3,000 in scholarships to deserving candidates.

Bearden was recently recognized by the EWI local chapter with an ASIST (Adult Students in Scholastic Transition) Scholarship. The support was awarded by the Pellissippi State Foundation.

The mother of two grown children, Bearden is one of three students at Pellissippi State who each received a $1,000 scholarship from EWI Knoxville Chapter this year. She has since been named one of the 12 winners of a national EWI scholarship for $2,000.

The ASIST scholarship is available to adults facing economic, social or physical challenges who are looking to improve their situation through educational opportunities.

“The Pellissippi State Foundation is proud to partner with Executive Women International to provide scholarship opportunities to women who are working to better their lives by going back to school,” said Peggy Wilson. Wilson is the college’s vice president of College Advancement and executive director of the Pellissippi State Foundation.

“We like to recognize these women’s hard work as they pursue opportunities to improve their lives.”

Bearden was born and raised in Knoxville. She has been a widow for 10 years. After she lost her job due to downsizing, she cared for her mother, who passed away in 2011. Bearden is now studying Business Administration, concentrating in Management, at Pellissippi State and maintains a 3.65 GPA.

“While searching for a new job, I found that all the companies hiring for the position I knew how to perform required a minimum of an associate’s degree with work experience,” she said. “At age 54 and as a widow, I could not afford to start back to work at minimum wage and work my way back up.

“I need and want to find employment with a company where I will be of service, and where I will be well compensated for my expertise. With more than 25 years of working as an administrative assistant, along with my education from Pellissippi State, I feel confident that I will make a top-notch manager in any office.”

EWI Knoxville Chapter also awarded $1,000 scholarships to Pellissippi State students Leslie Ferrer and Riitta-Maija Lehtinen.

Ferrer is a native of Indiana and has three adult children with her husband, Jeff. She is pursuing Spanish and maintains a 3.8 GPA. Lehtinen immigrated to the United States from Finland and is majoring in Interior Design Technology. She maintains a 4.0 GPA.

For more information about the Pellissippi State Foundation and its many giving opportunities, visit www.pstcc.edu/foundation or call (865) 694-6528.

Pellissippi State students named SouthEast Bank Scholars

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Pellissippi State Community College and SouthEast Bank officials presented Pellissippi State students with scholarships in November. Pictured, from left, are SouthEast Bank president Monty Montgomery, Pellissippi State vice president of College Advancement and executive director of the Pellissippi State Foundation Peggy Wilson, student Sydney Youngman, Pellissippi State president L. Anthony Wise Jr. and SouthEast Bank scholarship director Tommy Schumpert. Additional student recipients Jerri Reed and Michael Smith are not pictured.

The Pellissippi State Foundation and SouthEast Bank announced last month that three Pellissippi State students have been selected to receive the SouthEast Bank Scholars award for the 2013-2014 academic year.

The recipients are Jerri Reed, Michael Smith and Sydney Youngman. The scholarship will provide each student with $3,000 annually to reduce the cost of education and assist in accomplishing academic and personal goals.

“We are very appreciative of SouthEast Bank’s generous support of these deserving students,” Peggy Wilson. Wilson is the college’s vice president of College Advancement and executive director of the Pellissippi State Foundation.

Reed, Smith and Youngman join a prestigious group of students chosen by their respective postsecondary institutions around the state for exceptional character, academic commitment and community involvement.

“SouthEast Bank is proud to support Pellissippi State Community College in awarding scholarships that help keep our future leaders right here in Tennessee,” said Monty Montgomery, SouthEast Bank president.

“We are a true community bank operated by local employees who live and work alongside the people we serve, and we are committed to using our resources to reinvest in our schools, organizations, and neighborhoods.”

If a Pellissippi State student furthers his or her education at a Tennessee four-year university, the funds extend two additional years.

For more information about the Pellissippi State Foundation and its many giving opportunities, visit www.pstcc.edu/foundation or call (865) 694-6528.

Pellissippi State honors couple on National Philanthropy Day

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Pellissippi State Community College honored longtime supporters Joe and Judy Johnson at a National Philanthropy Day celebration by the Great Smoky Mountain Chapter of the Associate of Fundraising Professionals in November. From left are Peggy Wilson, vice president of College Advancement and executive director of the Pellissippi State Foundation; Joe and Judy Johnson; and L. Anthony Wise Jr., Pellissippi State president.

Pellissippi State Community College and the Pellissippi State Foundation honored Joe and Judy Johnson at a National Philanthropy Day celebration Nov. 14.

Joe and Judy Johnson are longtime supporters of Pellissippi State. Joe was chairman of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees from 2011 to 2013, and the couple supports an endowed scholarship for Music students named in honor of Mary Costa.

“The Johnsons truly ‘walk the talk’ through their involvement with their church, higher education and other community organizations,” said Peggy Wilson, vice president of College Advancement and executive director of the Pellissippi State Foundation.

“We give not only to have the joy of giving but also to help our fellow man,” the Johnsons said.

Joe and Judy were honored during a luncheon of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Great Smoky Mountain Chapter (www.afpknoxville.afpnet.org), Nov. 14 at Cherokee Country Club. Other East Tennessee organizations and companies also recognized volunteers and fundraisers at the event.

For more information about the Pellissippi State Foundation and Pellissippi State giving opportunities, visit www.pstcc.edu/foundation or call (865) 694-6528.

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Pellissippi State Community College is a member of Tennessee’s Community Colleges. Tennessee’s Community Colleges is a system of 13 colleges offering a high-quality, affordable, convenient and personal education to prepare students to achieve their educational and career goals in two years or less. We offer associates degree and certificate programs, workforce development programs and transfer pathways to four-year degrees. For more information, please visit us online at www.tncommunitycolleges.org.

Pellissippi State Foundation announces new Executive Committee

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Todd Moody

The Pellissippi State Community College Foundation Board of Trustees has chosen its officers for 2013-14. The Foundation secures financial support for educational and cultural activities that are above and beyond the ongoing operational expenses of Pellissippi State.

Todd Moody will serve as the chair of the board, and Tom Ballard will fill the role of vice chair. Moody is an attorney at Hagood, Tarpy and Cox, PLLC. He earned a bachelor’s in political science and a law degree from the University of Tennessee. Ballard is director of innovation and entrepreneurial activities for Pershing Yoakley & Associates, P.C. He has a bachelor’s degree in communications from UT.

In addition to Moody and Ballard, members of the Executive Committee include

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Tom Ballard
  • Andrew Lorenz, secretary
  • Rick Rushing, treasurer and chair, Finance Committee
  • Heather Overton, parliamentarian
  • Sherri Gardner-Howell, chair, Projects Committee
  • L. Anthony Wise Jr., president, Pellissippi State
  • Joseph Johnson, past chair, Board of Trustees

For more information on the Foundation, visit www.pstcc.edu/foundation or call (865) 694-6528.