Pellissippi State hosts 10th annual Festival of Cultures

Pellissippi State Community College’s popular Festival of Cultures celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, and the community is invited.

Celebrate 10 years of the Festival of Cultures with Pellissippi State Community College from 4-8:30 p.m. Friday, April 7.

The Festival of Cultures honors East Tennessee’s and Pellissippi State’s diverse community and heritage. This year’s 10th annual celebration will include not only the popular “Taste of International Food” but performers as varied as bagpipers and belly dancers, traditional rangoli kolam (Indian folk art) and even an international fashion show.

The event is free and open to the community and will be held in the Goins Administration Building on the college’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

Pellissippi State alumni Rashmi Gomatom, Neelima Mertya and Niloo Ranjan will return to the college to create rangoli kolam, a type of Indian folk art that has been a popular staple at the Festival over the past ten years.

Entertainers include: Bella Wang classical Chinese dancers, bagpiper Kelly Shipe, Debka and the Oasis Dancers, Carlos Gonzales, Ogya World Music Band and Dancers, Tollkretsen Skandinavian Dancers, Natana Manohari School of Performing Arts Indian classical dancers, John Hausmann on the sitar and Pellissippi State’s own bluegrass band, the Hardin Valley Thunder.

Booths will allow attendees to try Asian calligraphy, hair braiding and Spanish conversation. Additional exhibits will showcase the cultures of Brazil, Congo, Eastern Europe, Haiti, Kenya, Spain, Romania, Vietnam and more.

New this year, the Festival of Cultures will culminate in an international fashion show coordinated by Pellissippi State’s international students.

The Festival of Cultures is part of The Arts at Pellissippi State, an annual arts series that includes music and theatre performances, cultural celebrations, lectures and fine arts exhibits. The event is co-sponsored by Student Life and Access and Diversity at Pellissippi State, as well as Bellevue University.

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

Pellissippi State invites community to hear poet Marilyn Kallet

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Marilyn Kallet

Pellissippi State Community College invites the community to celebrate National Poetry Month at a reading and book signing by author Marilyn Kallet.

Kallet will speak from noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, April 5, in room 2540 at the Strawberry Plains Campus, 7201 Strawberry Plains Pike. She will sell and sign books and take questions following the reading.

She will read from two of her works: “The Love That Moves Me” and “Packing Light: New and Selected Poems.”

Kallet is the author of 17 books, including “The Love That Moves Me.” She has translated Paul Eluard’s “Last Love Poems,” Péret’s “The Big Game,” and co-translated Chantal Bizzini’s “Disenchanted City.” She also is the Nancy Moore Goslee Professor of English at the University of Tennessee.

The reading and book signing is sponsored by Pellissippi State’s Creative Writing Club.

For more information about the event, contact the Strawberry Plains Campus at 865-225-2300. To request accommodations for a disability at this event, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at 865-539-7401 or accommodations@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State Announcements: Students invited to adult, home school open houses

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Pellissippi State Community College invites area home-schooled students to an open house from 5:30-7:30 p.m., April 6 at the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Learn more about transfer degree programs and dual enrollment, which allows students to earn high school and college-level credit at the same time. Students who attend the open house can enter to win a $250 scholarship provided by the Pellissippi State Foundation. Although the open house is free, please RSVP at www.pstcc.edu/admissions/hsrsvp/. To request accommodations for a disability at this event, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at 865-539-7401 or accommodations@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State Community College invites adults considering college to an open house from 9:30 a.m.-noon, April 1 at the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Learn more about accelerated, online and evening programs; financial aid and even how to earn college credit for career and life experience. Although the open house is free, please RSVP at www.pstcc.edu/adult. To request accommodations for a disability at this event, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at 865-539-7401 or accommodations@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State speech showcase to feature Zenobia Dobson

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Pellissippi State Community College will host its fourth annual Student Speech Showcase March 21, featuring Zenobia Dobson as the keynote speaker.

Dobson is the mother of Zaevion Dobson, who was shot to death in 2015 as he shielded others from gunfire. Zenobia Dobson has since created the Zaevion Dobson Memorial Foundation in memory of her son to raise awareness of gun violence.

The Student Speech Showcase begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, in the Goins Building Auditorium, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The event is free and the community is invited.

In addition to a keynote address by Zenobia Dobson, Pellissippi State speech students Stephen Lumsdaine, Caelan Paul, Savanah Pope, Isaac Scott and Isabel Vazquez will present informative or persuasive speeches.

Zenobia Dobson is the 2017 advocacy award recipient from Knoxville’s Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Commission. She’s active in the Knoxville groups Moms On a Mission and Moms Demand Action and is a member of Martin Chapel United Methodist Church.

The Student Speech Showcase is sponsored by the Liberal Arts Speech Communication academic program.

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

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