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Pellissippi State: Randy Boyd honored with statewide philanthropy award

Photo of two men in suits holding a framed photo.
Randy Boyd (L) and Dr. Anthony Wise, Jr. (R)

Randy Boyd, president and CEO of PetSafe, has been honored by Pellissippi State Community College as a recipient of the 2013 Regents Award for Excellence in Philanthropy.

The award, bestowed annually by the Tennessee Board of Regents, recognizes individuals who make a significant impact on higher education in their communities. Boyd was nominated by Pellissippi State, which hosted a breakfast in his honor and presented the award in February.

Boyd’s PetSafe company develops pet behavior, containment, and lifestyle product solutions and services. PetSafe’s headquarters are in Knoxville. Its parent company, Radio Systems Corporation, was founded by Boyd in 1991.

In 2012, Boyd and his wife, Jenny, donated $1 million to the Pellissippi State Foundation. The donation was earmarked to go toward the purchase of Pellissippi State’s new Strawberry Plains Campus. The site began offering classes during the fall 2012 semester.

Pellissippi State acquired the former Philips Consumer Electronics’ East Tennessee headquarters in order to increase access to the college’s programs and work toward the fulfillment of the goals of the Complete College Tennessee Act.

A state program that funded community college capital projects contributed $8.5 million toward the $10 million cost. The Pellissippi State Foundation paid the remaining $1.5 million through private donations.

The addition of the Strawberry Plains Campus, located at 7201 Strawberry Plains Pike in East Knox County, gives Pellissippi State a total of five locations in Knox and Blount counties.

Boyd is involved with local education nonprofit organizations, serving as a board member for organizations such as tnAchieves (chair) and Knox County’s Great Schools Partnership. He has received several awards, including Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year for the Southeast in 2008, Tennessee Business Magazine’s CEO of the Year in 2009 and the University of Tennessee’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 2009. Boyd was inducted into Junior Achievement’s East Tennessee Hall of Fame in 2008.

For additional information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400. To learn more about giving opportunities, call (865) 694-6528 or email foundation@pstcc.edu.

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 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 graduates, families invited to ‘Green Screen and Goodies’

Already starting to worry about what holiday gift to get friends and family? If you’re a Pellissippi State Community College graduate, we have the perfect gift at the perfect price.

We invite you, with your family, to have a holiday portrait made at the Hardin Valley Campus the evening of Friday, Nov. 30. At “Green Screen and Goodies,” talented students from our Photography concentration will be on hand 5-8 p.m. to capture your essence in the TV studio of the Bagwell Center for Media and Art.

Attendees are encouraged to wear their favorite holiday outfit—as long as it’s not green: photos will be taken in front of a professional “green screen,” which allows for the addition of our computer-generated backdrop.

Participants will be able to select their favorite portrait and have it immediately sent to their personal email account.

The cost to have an individual or family photo taken is $10. All proceeds go to the Pellissippi State Foundation on behalf of the Alumni Scholarship and Photography funds.

To reserve your spot, simply email Alumni Relations at alumni@pstcc.edu or call (865) 539-7275 no later than Wednesday, Nov. 28.

Pellissippi State Foundation: ‘Backstage Pass’ offers new arts series sneak peek, auction opportunities

The Pellissippi State Foundation hosts a gala affair on Friday, Sept. 7, to kick off Pellissippi State Community College’s new arts series, “The Arts at Pellissippi State.”

“Backstage Pass” provides guests a behind-the-scenes look at the fall Arts at Pellissippi State activities. The series presents the best creative efforts of student, faculty, and professional presenters, offering music, fine arts, theatre, lectures, and international fare.

Backstage Pass also gives guests a chance to take part in a live auction. Among the items up for bid are a complete room makeover, a family memories video, graphic design services and a website design. Most of the auction items were donated by Pellissippi State students and faculty.

One auction item—the residential room makeover (estimated value $2,000)—could be used to change the function of a room, redesign a space or simply redecorate a room. Pellissippi State’s Interior Design Technology students will deliver a design proposal, floor plan, three-dimensional perspective, specifications sheet with ordering information and pricing, and samples of finishes, fabrics, and accessories.

The memories video (estimated value $1,500) is expected to be an especially popular auction item. Pellissippi State’s Video Production Technology students are offering a one-hour personalized production featuring the winning bidder’s family story and genealogy.

The college’s Communication Graphics Technology students will provide the lucky winner with graphic design services (estimated value $1,500-$3,000) that include three layout options. The options may be used for the bidder’s choice of a logo, poster, direct mail piece, brochure or billboard.

For those looking for the design and implementation of a website or the improvement of an existing one, Web Technology students will provide a package of services that includes five functional pages of a website (estimated value $8,000).

Backstage Pass takes place at Cherokee Country Club, 5138 Lyons View Pike, Knoxville. Proceeds from the special event will be used by the Pellissippi State Foundation to support The Arts at Pellissippi State.

Backstage Pass begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $100 per person and include a cocktail buffet.

For additional information or to purchase tickets, call the Pellissippi State Foundation at (865) 539-7351.

Pellissippi State Foundation: Local business executive, wife donate $1 million for Strawberry Plains campus

Randy Boyd, president and CEO of PetSafe, and his wife, Jenny, have donated $1 million to the Foundation of Pellissippi State Community College toward the purchase of the college’s new Strawberry Plains Campus. The facility, located just off of I-40 and Strawberry Plains Pike, is set to begin offering classes this fall.

Randy Boyd, who served as the two-year institution’s 2011 Commencement speaker, says he and Jenny made the contribution to the East Knox County site because they saw the potential to re-purpose a long-unused facility and to improve access to educational opportunities for thousands of students.

“Through my involvement with tnAchieves [a college-access scholarship program], we learned what an incredible asset Pellissippi State is to our community,” he said.

“By expanding the college’s facilities and making access to higher education more convenient to those in East Knoxville, we should be able to make college more likely for tnAchieves students, and for people of all ages, in that area.”

The Boyds say their hope is that the donation will not only allow more students to further their education but also encourage others in the community to support the expansion of educational opportunities.

Pellissippi State acquired the former Philips Consumer Electronics’ East Tennessee headquarters earlier this year in order to broaden access to the college’s many programs and to work toward the fulfillment of the goals of the Complete College Tennessee Act.

A Tennessee state program that funded community college capital projects contributed $8.5 million toward the $10 million purchase price. The Pellissippi State Foundation, which raises money to benefit students, paid the remainder using the contributions of the Boyds and other private donors.

The donation from Randy and Jenny Boyd plays a major role in Pellissippi State’s ability to increase its reach throughout the area. L. Anthony Wise Jr., president of Pellissippi State, expressed gratitude for the couple’s contribution on behalf of the entire college.

“Supporters like Randy and Jenny make it possible to expand access to our programs in East Knox County, as we work toward increasing success at the college as a whole,” said Wise. “The number of potential collaborative opportunities with business and industry and other educational institutions has increased significantly with this new campus.”

The Strawberry Plains Campus is located on 32.6 acres and boasts a 223,000-square-foot facility. Philips constructed the building in 1980, a project that took two years, then completed a major renovation and remodel in 2002.

The facility, which has been vacant since 2006 when Philips moved out, has open office space, gathering areas, private offices, a full-service cafeteria and kitchen, a theater-style presentation room, a warehouse area with loading dock, and a design wing once used by company engineers.

PetSafe, whose headquarters are in Knoxville, develops pet behavior, containment, lifestyle product solutions and services.

The purchase of the Strawberry Plains Campus, located at 7201 Strawberry Plains Pike, gives Pellissippi State a total of five locations. The Hardin Valley Campus is located in West Knox County. The Division Street and Magnolia Avenue campuses are located in Knoxville as well. The Blount County Campus is at 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Pkwy. (U.S. 321).

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

Register now for Pellissippi State’s May 1 golf fundraiser

On May 1, area golfers will gather at Egwani Farms to help raise funds for the Pellissippi State Foundation at the Eighth Annual Swing Big for Students Golf Tournament. Registration is open through April 27.

It’s all about the students. Amid the camaraderie, the hopes for a hole-in-one and the hushed tones during close putts, the golfers who participate in Pellissippi State Community College’s annual Swing Big for Students Golf Tournament do so knowing that they are helping area students.

The tournament, now in its eighth year, is hosted by the Pellissippi State Foundation. This year’s event takes place on May 1, and registration is open until April 27.

The Swing Big for Students Golf Tournament raises money that goes toward 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 2012 tournament will be awarded to a recipient of the Swing Big for Students Scholarship. The fund was established in 2010 for Pellissippi State students in Exercise Science or Sport Management.

Pellissippi State student Jolene Maurino, 2011 recipient of the Swing Big for Students Scholarship, and golfers at the 2010 tournament.

Jolene Maurino was the 2011 recipient.

“Returning to school after being in the workforce for several years has brought me a greater appreciation for the opportunity of education,” said Maurino. “I feel fortunate to have been selected to receive the Swing Big for Students Scholarship and offer my sincere gratitude.”

The fundraising event takes place at Egwani Farms in Rockford, and shotguns are scheduled at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. The cost is $100 per player or $400 for a four-person team. The entry fee includes 18 holes of golf, cart, driving range, snack, lunch and prizes. In case of inclement weather on May 1, a rain date is scheduled for May 15.

A limited number of sponsorship opportunities—ranging from $150 to $5,000—are still available. Tournament is sponsored by Pilot Travel Centers.

To learn more about sponsoring or to register, contact Pat Myers, tournament director, at (865) 539-7242 or pmyers@pstcc.edu. The registration form also is available online at www.pstcc.edu/golf.

Pellissippi State Foundation receives civil rights-themed art donation

When Herb Rieth traveled the highways of Mississippi in 2005, he was doing so as an art teacher and as a son. Rieth was at that time serving as an art instructor in Starkville, and he frequently made the 150-mile drive to Coldwater in order to visit his mother and stepfather.

Seven years later, Reith, now an art instructor at Pellissippi State Community College, has donated a mixed-media fabric piece to the school through the Pellissippi State Foundation that was inspired by those drives.

“Savage from the Outside: An Ode to Mose Wright” is 110 inches by 119 inches.  It was created by Rieth to pay homage both to Mose Wright, the great-uncle of Emmett Till, and to the struggles for civil rights that took place in communities across Mississippi.

The August 1955 death of the 14-year-old Till and the murder trial that followed one month later served as catalysts for the emerging Civil Rights Movement.

A famous photograph of Wright testifying during the trial in Sumner—taken by photographer Ernest Withers despite a judge’s orders prohibiting photographs—shows Till’s great-uncle pointing as he identifies a defendant in court. Wright’s testimony was believed to be the first instance of a black person’s testifying against a white defendant in a Mississippi courtroom.

Rieth’s art combines history and his own firsthand impressions of the Mississippi landscape. During his visits to Coldwater, he encountered the nearby community of Savage. Rieth knew the history of the Till events, yet he was struck by the geography of the Mississippi Delta region and the area’s role as the setting for strife and, eventually, monumental change.

“Savage is just a bump in the road,” said Rieth. “That area’s flatness is only broken by running tufts of large live oaks and cottonwood trees that serve as windbreaks.

“The roads border decaying towns that lay like broken shells of a great postwar American culture. The sharp contrast in geography that I saw while driving brought home the rupture in culture that riveted the country during that hot summer 50 years before. That was the inspiration for ‘Savage from the Outside.’”

Rieth decided to donate the piece to the Pellissippi State Foundation on behalf of the college, and it is now displayed in the McWherter Building on the Hardin Valley Campus. Students, faculty, staff and visitors can enjoy the art as both a beautiful addition to the facility and as an ode to the personal stories that helped shape the Civil Rights Movement.

This is not the first time the Foundation has received an art donation. Ed Harmon, a Blount County native and art collector, gave the school 20 paintings and prints. The pieces represent the works of local artists who focus on the landscapes of the Appalachian region.

An anonymous donor also gifted five pieces of art for the Library at the Blount County Campus. Donations to the college are coordinated by the Foundation, which works to support programs that directly impact students.

“Part of our mission is to provide opportunities for life, civic and cultural enrichment,” said Peggy Wilson. “We appreciate Herb Rieth’s willingness to share his beautiful and meaningful art with the entire community, and the Foundation would certainly encourage others to contact us regarding such gifts.” Wilson is executive director of the Pellissippi State Foundation, as well as vice president of College Advancement.

To discuss the possibility of making a donation, call the Foundation at (865) 694-6528 or email foundation@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State hosts dedication of Dr. Sharon Lord Music Suite

Dr. Sharon Lord
Dr. Sharon Lord

Pellissippi State Community College hosted a ceremony honoring well-known Knoxvillian Sharon Lord and dedicating the Dr. Sharon Lord Music Suite on Sept. 13. The suite is located on the Pellissippi Campus in the Alexander Building, where the event took place.

The Dr. Sharon Lord Music Suite was unveiled by Lord and the college’s Bill Brewer, Music program coordinator. The Pellissippi State Foundation received the gift from Lord on behalf of the Music program.

Lord, a community leader, motivational speaker and management consultant, provided an enthusiastic and memorable presentation. She spoke of the joy she receives from music and of her desire to create more joy by sharing music with others.

One of the highlights was an impromptu performance by Lord and her sister, Betsy. The duet entertained attendees with an a cappella song about their mother, Claudia. The words were written by Sharon Lord and set to the tune of the popular 1920s song “Has Anybody Seen My Gal?”

“My mother, Claudia Stuart, was my early inspiration for music,” said Lord. “She always dreamed of playing the piano and could play by ear on the black keys. My earliest memories are of Momma being able to play any song without sheet music.

“I thought she was magical. She seemed to know all the words to all the songs. She never got to take piano lessons, but she insisted that all six of her children take lessons.”

Dr. Sharon Lord
Dr. Sharon Lord

Also instrumental in laying the foundation of Lord’s lifelong love of music was William Barrett, a band director and math teacher.

“William Barrett was my mentor, inspiration and motivator in music beginning when I was in fourth grade,” she said. “He was determined to create a band in our high school. In order to do that, he would give free lessons and provide the musical instrument to promising students in grades four through six.

“I’ll never forget when he put an E-flat alto saxophone in my hands and I squawked the first sound out of that sax. I wasn’t much taller than the saxophone case. I could already read sheet music because of my exposure to piano lessons. I loved it!”

Lord expressed her delight at being honored by Pellissippi State.

“I have chosen throughout my life to contribute to the empowerment of children and adults,” she said. “Music is probably the most magical way to empower children—and the child in all of us. Music education should be the norm for every child. It is a privilege to contribute to the quality of music education at Pellissippi State.”

A Steinway Celebration concert featuring noted pianist William DeVan, an official “Steinway Artist,” took place immediately following the dedication ceremony. The concert celebrated Pellissippi State’s achievement of becoming an All Steinway School.

Also a supporter of the All Steinway School campaign, Lord has played key leadership roles on the local, national and international level in academia, business and government service.

A West Virginia native, she served as the U.S. deputy assistant secretary of defense during the administration of President Ronald Reagan and later as West Virginia’s secretary of human services. The author of numerous books and publications, she continues to speak internationally on topics of creative leadership, healthy lifestyles and managing challenging transitions.

The Pellissippi State Foundation kicked off the All Steinway School fundraising campaign in 2010 in order to elevate the college’s Music program to world-class status. Thanks to the campaign, the community college now boasts 13 Steinway pianos in studios, practice rooms and performance venues.

Not only is Pellissippi State the premier All Steinway community college in Tennessee, but it is also the fourth All Steinway community college in the nation and one of only about 120 All Steinway colleges and universities in the world.

For information on the Steinway Maintenance Society, call the Pellissippi State Foundation at (865) 694-6529 or visit www.pstcc.edu/steinway.

Pellissippi State marks ‘All Steinway’ achievement with celebration concert

William DeVan
William DeVan

Pellissippi State Community College will be immersed in “all things Steinway” on Sept. 13, as it shares with the community the achievement of becoming an All Steinway School.

The special Steinway Celebration concert, a free event to which the public is invited, features a performance by noted pianist William DeVan, an official “Steinway Artist.” DeVan is conducting a “master” class with Music students while at the college as well.

The concert is preceded by a dedication ceremony honoring Dr. Sharon Lord. Pellissippi State is recognizing the community leader, motivational speaker and businesswoman for her support and establishing the Dr. Sharon Lord Music Suite.

All activities take place on the Pellissippi Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

The Pellissippi State Foundation kicked off the All Steinway School fundraising campaign in 2010 in order to elevate the college’s Music program to world-class status. Thanks to the campaign, the community college now boasts 13 Steinway pianos in studios, practice rooms and performance venues.

Not only is Pellissippi State the premier All Steinway community college in Tennessee, but it is also the fourth All Steinway community college in the nation and one of only about 120 All Steinway colleges and universities in the world.

DeVan, one of the elite pianists who travel and perform as Steinway Artists, was a professor of music at Birmingham-Southern College in Alabama from 1980 until his retirement this year. Twice awarded Mellon Foundation grants, DeVan earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the prestigious Juilliard School in New York City.

DeVan performs a variety of musical selections on the 13th, showcasing one of Pellissippi State’s new Steinway pianos. Steinway representatives from New York City, the company’s headquarters, will be in attendance at the event.

Dr. Sharon Lord, a supporter of the All Steinway School campaign, has played key leadership roles on the local, national and international level in academia, business and government service.

The first female professor of educational psychology at the University of Tennessee (1969-80), Dr. Lord was instrumental in the creation of the university’s Women’s Studies program and the UT Women’s Athletics program, as well as the school’s Appalachian Center for Educational Equity. She also has been honored with the UT Outstanding Teacher Award and recognized for her work on human empowerment.

The West Virginia native served as the U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense during the administration of President Ronald Reagan and later as West Virginia’s Secretary of Human Services. The author of numerous books and publications, Dr. Lord continues to speak internationally on topics of creative leadership, healthy lifestyles and managing challenging transitions.

The Dr. Sharon Lord Music Suite dedication begins at 6:15 p.m. in the Alexander Building. Attendees are asked to gather in the Lobby of the Clayton Performing Arts Center, where they will be directed to the suite.

The Steinway Celebration concert gets under way at 7 p.m. in the Clayton Performing Arts Center. Free parking is available for both events.

Donations will be accepted at the door for the Pellissippi State Foundation on behalf of the Music Scholarship fund. During the 2010-11 academic year, more than 100 music-related scholarships were awarded to more than 80 Pellissippi State students.

For additional information about the Steinway Celebration, contact Bill Brewer, Pellissippi State’s Music program coordinator, at (865) 694-6701 or lwbrewer@pstcc.edu.

For information on the Steinway Maintenance Society, call the Pellissippi State Foundation at (865) 694-6529 or visit www.pstcc.edu/steinway.

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