Category Archives: Community

Pellissippi State hosts Medic Mobile in Hardin Valley

Medic Regional Blood Center will host a blood drive at Pellissippi State Community College’s Hardin Valley Campus on Jan. 22.

The Medic Mobile is scheduled to be at the campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 22. The community is invited to participate in the blood drive. The Medic Mobile will be parked in the faculty/staff parking lot No. 1 near the J.L. Goins Administration Building.

Medic, a nonprofit organization, supplies 27 area hospitals with volunteer donations. Medic representatives say there is a need for all blood types. Potential donors must be at least 17 years of age and weigh at least 110 pounds. Donors should not fast before arriving. Medic suggests that donors eat a meal and drink fluids approximately three hours prior to donating. Participants also are asked to present photo identification and a list of current medications.

For more questions about donor eligibility, visit For more information about Pellissippi State, visit or call (865) 694-6400.

Pellissippi State, WordPlayers present ‘Junie B.’ holiday production

Elf legs with presents below

Pellissippi State Community College and The WordPlayers will present “Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!” Dec. 13-14, in a theatre production that promises fun for the whole family.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14. All performances take place in the Clayton Performing Arts Center at Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus. Ample free parking is available.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and students, $8 for youth ages 12-17, and $5 for children under 12. Order tickets by visiting

Written by Allison Gregory and based on the extremely popular “Junie B. Jones” books by Barbara Park, this fast-paced play is filled with over-the-top characters, witty dialogue, and hilarious situations.

“Junie B. will learn to cope with her challenged holiday spirit, will struggle to find the right gift and will brighten your holiday spirits,” said Charles R. Miller, Theatre program coordinator.

“Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!” is part of The Arts at Pellissippi State, which brings to the community cultural activities ranging from music and theatre to international celebrations, lectures, and the fine arts.

The WordPlayers is a 501(c)3 company of Christian theatre artists based in Knoxville. For more information about the troupe, visit

For more about The Arts at Pellissippi State, visit or call (865) 694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources at (865) 694-6607 or

Pellissippi State: Popular Holiday Spectacular launches complimentary tickets to ensure seating

Group of ballerinas in white tutus
The popular Holiday Spectacular at Pellissippi State Community College features the talents of more than 140 Pellissippi State students and faculty in eight different musical ensembles, as well as other performers, such as these ballerinas from Holiday Spectacular 2012.

Enjoy holiday cheer and entertain your hopes for a white Christmas at Pellissippi State Community College’s hugely popular Holiday Spectacular musical concert, offered in two performances, 6 and 8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 5.

Part of Pellissippi State’s Music Concert Series, the Holiday Spectacular is free and the community is encouraged to attend.

Because space is limited, the college is asking that guests arrive 30 minutes before each performance to receive a complimentary ticket. Tickets will be issued at the door to the first 485 guests, and having a ticket guarantees a seat.

The Holiday Spectacular, centered this year around the hopes of many East Tennesseans for a white Christmas, takes place in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the Hardin Valley Campus. The concert features the talents of more than 140 Pellissippi State students and faculty in eight different musical ensembles.

“The choirs and instrumental ensembles will offer traditional holiday music coupled with some beautiful contemporary settings,” said Bill Brewer, Music program coordinator.

“Besides the festive sounds of the season, the audience will experience a visual spectacle of lights and multimedia, along with graceful holiday dancers. Every audience member will leave the show with a taste of holiday cheer.”

The Music Concert Series is part of The Arts at Pellissippi State, which brings to the community cultural activities ranging from music and theatre to international celebrations, lectures, and the fine arts.

While all events in the series are free, donations are accepted at the door for the Pellissippi State Foundation on behalf of the Music Scholarship fund.

For additional information about the Music Concert Series or The Arts at Pellissippi State, call (865) 694-6400 or visit To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action at (865) 694-6607 or

‘Hoop: The American Dream’ author-photographer speaks here Nov. 14

Award-winning photojournalist Robin Layton visits Pellissippi State Community College this Thursday, Nov. 14, with a 3:30-5 p.m. presentation in the Clayton Performing Arts Center.

Layton is in Knoxville promoting her most recent book, “Hoop: The American Dream,” which captures more than 100 images of basketball hoops around the nation as it acknowledges basketball as a universal American experience and worldwide cultural touchstone.

Blonde female in front of a barn with camera in hand.
Photo by Shakti Chen of Robin Layton.

During her presentation here, Layton speaks about “Hoop” and her work throughout the years. In keeping with the theme of her recent work, “turning your passion to purpose,” she also will talk of inspiration.

Her art show at the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame is 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 13 and 14. The show is free and open to the public. Layton also leads a photography class at the Hall of Fame 5-6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, followed by a reception at 8 p.m. For more information about the events at Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, call (865) 633-9000.

Layton is the photographer of “A Letter to My Dog” and “Tom’s Big Dinners.” She is a photojournalist and fine artist, and her work has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, as well as been featured in the Smithsonian. One of her most iconic photographs is of Ken Griffey Jr. after his game-winning slide for the Mariners in the 1995 playoff against the Yankees.

Two-for-one special on handgun carry permit class at Pellissippi State

Always a popular course, the Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit Class at Pellissippi State Community College is sure to fill up quickly, thanks to special two-for-one pricing on the Saturday, Nov. 16, session at the Hardin Valley Campus.

The non-credit course is being offered through Pellissippi State’s Business and Community Services Division at the rate of $75 for any two students who register at the same time. Space is limited, and one person must register both students simultaneously in order for the two-for-one rate to apply.

Those who satisfactorily complete the eight-hour course earn a certificate to apply for a state carry permit. Completion of this or another handgun training course is required before applying for a Tennessee handgun carry permit.

The Pellissippi State course covers handgun parts, function, and operation; safety, cleaning, and storage; legal responsibilities of carrying a handgun; course review and testing; and firing range exercises.

Included is classroom instruction in the morning and range training after lunch. The instructor leading the class is certified both as a firearms instructor with the National Rifle Association and as a handgun instructor with the state of Tennessee.

The course meets at the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road, for classroom instruction. Range training takes place at a designated location off campus. Students must supply their own gun and ammunition. A $5 range fee for each student is payable to the instructor during class.

Another session of the course will be offered Dec. 21 for those unable to attend the two-for-one class on Nov. 16. The regular rate of $65 per person will apply to the December class, which also is at the Hardin Valley Campus.

To learn more or register, visit or call (865) 539-7167. To request accommodations for a disability, email

Pellissippi State–Pond Gap Elementary community garden needs volunteers

Volunteers are needed at two upcoming Saturday workdays for the Pond Gap Elementary School community garden, a project of Pellissippi State Community College.

Pellissippi State’s Service-Learning program has partnered with Pond Gap and the University of Tennessee to install the garden at the elementary school, and now volunteers are needed to help bring shape to the area.

“In November, we’re going to be shaping out the contours of the raised beds throughout the one-sixth-acre garden, and we’ll be adding compost and mulch to the beds,” said Matt Callo. Callo, Outreach AmeriCorps VISTA for the college’s Service-Learning program, is the full-time supervisor for the garden project.

Workday volunteer opportunities are available to all community members, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9 and 16. Volunteers can contact Callo for more information or to sign up. Those who can bring their own tools, such as shovels and rakes, for use on the workdays are encouraged to do so.

Work on Nov. 9 will include removing rock, composting and moving pine needle mulch. Work on Nov. 16 will include hilling up raised garden beds to be constructed along the natural contours of the land around Pond Gap. Each of the approximately 20 beds is 30 to 50 feet long.

The community garden serves not only as a volunteer opportunity for Pellissippi State’s Service-Learning students but also as a learning resource for Pond Gap Elementary students and an example of sustainable food choices for the greater community.

“Edible-curricula”-based school programming, community workshops and Service-Learning projects hosted at the garden will foster the skills needed to grow easily accessible and affordable produce for healthy lifestyles. The shared garden-care activities will connect schoolchildren and their families with local volunteers, and everyone will hone his or her gardening skills, make new friends, and even explore ways of making a viable career out of growing food.

Within the garden, Callo plans to grow a “you-pick” strawberry patch, as well as perennial fruits and vegetables such as asparagus, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries. Annual fruits and vegetables—among them, cucumbers, tomatoes, eggplant and peppers—also will be planted. Fruit trees likely will be part of the garden design, too, and they could include plums and native pawpaws. The majority of the food grown will be featured in the school cafeteria.

For more information about the community garden at Pond Gap Elementary School, contact Matt Callo at or 865.296.1792. For more information about Pellissippi State, call (865) 694-6400 or visit

Pellissippi State opens Ben Atchley Veterans Success Center Nov. 11

Pellissippi State Community College celebrates the grand opening of the Ben Atchley Veterans Success Center on Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11, with a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony. The community is invited to attend.

The ceremony begins at 3 p.m. in the courtyard outside the Educational Resources Center, where the new facility is housed. The Ben Atchley Veterans Success Center is located on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

The dedication will be attended by Pellissippi State student veterans, area dignitaries and elected officials. The Veterans Success Center’s namesake, Ben Atchley, an early and longtime supporter of Pellissippi State, also will be present.

Atchley, who was born in Knoxville in 1930, served in the U.S. Naval Reserves–Seabees (Construction Battalion) for 10 years, 1948-58. He was elected to the state House of Representatives in 1972, then to the Senate in 1976, where he served for 28 consecutive years. He retired from the Legislature in 2004.

The Ben Atchley Veterans Success Center will centralize veteran-related services—including tutoring, mentoring, advising, financial assistance and job placement services—at a single location. The facility plans to serve an estimated 125 veterans each year.

“We’re trying to provide an additional layer of support to an important group of students, and a growing group of students, who are returning to college after service in Iraq or Afghanistan,” said L. Anthony Wise Jr., Pellissippi State president.

“We want to provide the best possible environment for them to learn and grow while they’re here at Pellissippi State.”

Pellissippi State hopes the Veterans Success Center also helps increase retention among student veterans.

Statistics indicate that more than 88 percent of veterans using the Post-9/11 GI Bill abandon higher education pursuits after the end of their second semester of college, and only 3 percent graduate. Feelings of isolation are said to be a major contributing factor to veterans’ dropping out.

“The Veterans Success Center will offer not only the ‘formal’ network of support these students need,” said Ted Lewis, vice president of Academic Affairs, “but it will also provide them with an informal network through which they can work together, socialize and share common interests.”

The Ben Atchley Veterans Success Center was funded in part by grants from the Tennessee College Access and Success Network and the Tennessee Board of Regents Office of Access and Diversity.

For more information about the Veterans Success Center, call (865) 694-6400 or visit To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources at (865) 694-6607 or

Pellissippi State launches veterinary, medical assistant programs

Pellissippi State Community College is launching two new job training programs: Clinical Medical Assistant and Veterinary Assistant. Designed to meet the needs of today’s adults, the new programs begin in November.

“Programs of this kind are often geared to the traditional student — the recent high school graduate who is able to attend class two to three days during the week from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., for a semester or more,” said Debi Bolton, a manager in Business and Community Services. “We scheduled our programs with the busy adult in mind. Classes meeting either two evenings a week or on Saturdays.”

A free informational session on both programs is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, in Room 206, Alexander Building, at Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus. To register for the session, call (800) 830-2228.

Completion of the Clinical Medical Assistant program generally takes less than seven months, and the Veterinary Assistant program can be completed in two.

The CMA program combines 134 hours of classroom and online training with 160 hours of hands-on clinical experience at a local medical practice. Students learn to perform duties such as taking vital signs, preparing examination rooms, assisting with medical examinations and administering medication.

Students who successfully complete the program are eligible for national certification through the National Healthcareer Association. They are prepared for employment in a physician’s office, urgent-care facility or other clinical setting.

The CMA training program begin Nov. 9 and ends March 8. It meets 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. each Saturday at the Hardin Valley Campus.

The VA program includes 35 hours of classroom training and 24 hours of volunteer, hands-on training in veterinary facilities. Students learn how to assist vets and vet technicians with examining pets, feeding, and watering. They also learn how to clean and disinfect cages, as well as how to sterilize surgical, examination, and lab equipment.

VA training begins Nov. 5 and runs through Dec. 12, with classes meeting 6-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Classes are also at the Hardin Valley Campus.

For more information about these programs and other job training offered at Pellissippi State, contact Business and Community Services at or (865) 539-7167.

Pellissippi State: Non-credit right-brain drawing, pastels classes begin Oct. 16, 17

Discover your inner artist at non-credit classes being offered to the community this fall at Pellissippi State Community College.

“Our art classes have been popular in the past, and these two new classes are wonderful additions to our non-credit programming,” said Nancy Corum, a Business and Community Services coordinator.

“Right-Brain Drawing” is offered at Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus, 6-9 p.m. on Wednesdays, Oct. 16-Nov. 20. Cost is $119 and the instructor is Jennifer Austin Jennings.

“Right-Brain Drawing” is meant to help attendees who have the desire to draw—but don’t feel they necessarily have natural talent—to overcome typical challenges encountered when attempting to draw realistically. The class will teach attendees methods of rethinking how to perceive subject matter and how to translate that visual information into line, shape, and spatial arrangements.

Participants need to provide their own art supplies.

Jennings is a children’s book illustrator and artist who studied at the Dayton Art Institute in Ohio. She has been featured in exhibits by the Dogwood Arts Festival, the Knoxville Arts and Cultural Alliance, and the National Juried Show.

“Drawing With Pastels, Pencils and Charcoal” is set for 6:15-8:45 p.m. on Thursdays, Oct. 17-Nov. 21, on the Blount County Campus. The cost is $105 and instructor is Mary Ruden.

The class will teach the basics of drawing with charcoal, color and standard pencils, and pastels, in addition to the art of composition and how to balance drawings.

Attendees will work from a still life set up in class or from photos of people or places. Participants provide their own art supplies.

Ruden is an artist and sculptor who has taught adult education art classes for many years. Her sculptures, which include large outdoor sculptures, have been featured in the Dogwood Arts Festival, at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, and by the City of Knoxville.

For more information about these and other classes offered by BCS, visit or call (865) 539-7167. To request accommodations for a disability, email

Author, special-needs advocate headlines ‘Evening of Glamour’ at Pellissippi State

cover of a bookKnoxville native Keva Horry, an author and special-needs advocate, is featured at “An Evening of Glamour” at Pellissippi State Community College Thursday, Oct. 10.

Horry is the mother of Ashlyn Horry, who died in 2011, with former husband and seven-time NBA champion Robert Horry. She speaks about her daughter’s special needs and short life and of the book Horry wrote about that experience, “Glamorous Sacrifice: Life in the Shadow of Championships,” released earlier this year.

“Keva Horry will be speaking on her life as the mom of a special-needs child, the joys and challenges it brings, and of living in the shadow and spotlight of the NBA,” said Joy Ingram, associate professor of Liberal Arts. “She also will share some of the lessons her daughter taught her, as well as lessons we all can learn from Ashlyn’s beautiful but short life.

“October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, and by bringing Keva in to speak about her experiences, we hope to bring awareness to disabilities in general and to Ashlyn Horry’s legacy.”

African-American female wearing red and leaning on her hands“An Evening of Glamour” begins with a book signing by Keva Horry, 5-6 p.m. in the Rotunda of the Goins Building on Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus. Copies of “Glamorous Sacrifice” will be available for purchase. Horry’s presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Goins Building Auditorium, with a question-and-answer session to follow.

“An Evening of Glamour” is free and open to the public; seating is limited. Parking also is free and is available in any lot not requiring a staff parking pass.

Ashlyn Horry was born with a rare chromosome abnormality known as 1p36 deletion syndrome. The syndrome was not identified until she was 14 years old. Despite respiratory issues, seizures, and other physical and cognitive disabilities, Ashlyn lived to age 17.

Three years before Ashlyn died, the Horrys founded the Ashlyn Horry Foundation in her honor to serve as a source of information and hope to the families of those suffering with the same disease. Currently, there is no specific treatment or cure for the 1p36 deletion syndrome.

For more information about “An Evening of Glamour,” visit or call (865) 694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources at (865) 694-6607 or