Pellissippi State launches sustainable garden, food pantry

Annie Gray
Annie Gray, program coordinator of Service-Learning at Pellissippi State, shows off lettuce grown in the Hardin Valley Campus Garden.

Pellissippi State Community College is building on a history of sustainability and service with a new campus garden and food pantry.

The garden, which is located on the Hardin Valley Campus, is not only an outdoor education and community service hub, but a supplier of local produce to the college cafeteria. A significant portion of the food produced will help low-income students at Pellissippi State.

“What makes this project unique is not only the sustainability aspect, but the emphasis on providing for students in need and educating them about healthy food choices amid real concerns about poverty,” said Annie Gray, Service-Learning coordinator and leader of this project.

The Hardin Valley Campus Garden will complement a new food pantry that will support college students who struggle with chronic hunger issues. Most of the garden’s produce — 75 percent — will supplement the food distributed through this new Pellissippi Pantry, which also will partner with Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee.

The remaining food from the garden will supplement Hardin Valley Campus cafeteria food offerings, available to anyone.

The Pellissippi Pantry will be available on all five Pellissippi State campuses in Knox and Blount counties. It will offer qualified students healthy packaged and fresh food, as well as nutrition education. It will launch for at-risk students this summer.

Research shows there’s a need for this type of outreach. A 2015 study out of the University of Wisconsin has shown that, nationally, about 52 percent of community college students experience ongoing food insecurity, or the inability to readily access healthy or nutritious food. Atlantic magazine has reported that 22 percent of community college students nationwide reported they’d gone hungry due to a lack of money.

Pellissippi Pantry will operate on a basis of confidentiality. Students will be identified to workers only by an ID and will be able to discreetly pick up food at a pre-specified time and location.

Pellissippi State has a history of launching sustainable and service-oriented gardens. In partnership with other local organizations, the college opened the Pond Gap Elementary School community garden in 2013 as part of the Service-Learning program. That community garden has been a widely-regarded success in enhancing curriculum and after-school programs and providing healthy food for Pond Gap students and their families.

For more information about how to support the Pellissippi Pantry or the Hardin Valley Campus Garden, contact the Pellissippi State Foundation at www.pstcc.edu/foundation or call 865-694-6528. For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call 865-694-6400.

 

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Pellissippi State students earn top spots in national Math Bowl

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Student Math League 2016
Pellissippi State Community College finished first in the state in the 2015-2016 Student Mathematics League competition. The competition’s two rounds have five winners apiece, and those students’ scores constituted the college’s final standings. Among the 11 top place finishers: (back row, left to right) Trent Walker, Brendan Sweet, Michael Bryant and (front row, left to right) Joey Allston and Michaela Shoffner.

Pellissippi State Community College finished first in the state, while students earned top spots in the regional Student Mathematics League competition, which was held over the course of the last academic year.

Pellissippi State had 94 students take part in the 2015-2016 contest. In the first round of competition in October, the top five Pellissippi State students were Joseph Allston, Zachary Dossett, Jimmy Finnegan, Hani Patel and Son Quang. In February’s round two competition, the top five places were earned by Michael Bryant, Brendan Mauer, Michaela Shoffner, Brenda Sweet, Trenton Walker and Nicholas West — with Bryant and Walker tying for fifth place.

Those top five individual scores constitute the college’s overall score. In the final standings, Pellissippi State placed first in the Tennessee competition and fifth among 18 schools in the southeast region. Individually, Pellissippi State student Allston finished 11th in the southeast region while Patel tied for 20th place.

 “This is a very challenging math contest, and we are proud of our students’ accomplishments,” said Bobby Jackson, a mathematics professor at Pellissippi State.

Pellissippi State has taken part in the Student Mathematics League Contest for more than 15 years. The contest is sponsored by the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges. Nationally, 178 schools participated this year.

Each year the contest consists of two rounds, one during the fall semester and one during the spring semester. In the Student Mathematics League contest, students are tested in many areas of mathematics, including geometry, trigonometry, algebra, probability and logic. Each round includes an exam of 20 multiple-choice questions. Students can use a calculator but no notebook or textbook. Pellissippi State Foundation — 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.

 

Download this press release: 2016 Student Math League Winners

Pellissippi State: Orientation sessions set for new fall enrollees

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All degree-seeking students who have been accepted to attend Pellissippi State Community College for the fall 2016 semester should make plans now to attend a New Student Orientation session.

The sessions are required of all new degree-seeking students, both freshmen and transfer. New Student Orientations are free, but students and their guests who wish to attend need to RSVP at www.pstcc.edu/orientation/. RSVP early, because space at each session is limited.

Students are encouraged to attend orientation at the campus they’ll be attending for class. Dozens of orientation sessions will be offered throughout the summer, with unique sessions for Tennessee Promise students, veteran students, international students and transfer students. Sessions begin in June and continue through mid-August.

All orientation dates, times and locations are available online at www.pstcc.edu/orientation/schedule.

Pellissippi State encourages parents, spouses and other adult guests supportive of the student to attend New Student Orientation, too. They’ll receive special information in separate sessions. The application deadline for fall semester is Aug. 12. Classes begin Aug. 22.

Orientation gives new students the opportunity to meet with Pellissippi State students, faculty, and staff; learn about what they can expect in college and what the college expects of them; learn strategies for college success; explore degree, major, and transfer options; and discover campus services and resources such as financial aid, tutoring, and computer resources.

For more information about New Student Orientation sessions, visit www.pstcc.edu/orientation 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.

 

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Pellissippi State: Orientation sessions set for new summer enrollees

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All degree-seeking students who have been accepted to attend Pellissippi State Community College for the summer 2016 semester should make plans now to attend a New Student Orientation session.

The sessions are required of all new degree-seeking students, both freshmen and transfer. Reserve a space as soon as possible at www.pstcc.edu/orientation or by calling 865-694-6400.

Orientation gives new students the opportunity to meet with Pellissippi State students, faculty, and staff; learn about what they can expect in college and what the college expects of them; learn strategies for college success; explore degree, major, and transfer options; and discover campus services and resources such as financial aid, tutoring, and computer resources.

New Student Orientation dates and times:

  • Tuesday, May 24, from 5-8:30 p.m.
  • Friday, May 27, from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Both sessions will be held at the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

Pellissippi State encourages parents, spouses and others supportive of the student to attend New Student Orientation. The application deadline for summer semester’s first four-week and full-term sessions is May 20. Classes begin May 31.

To sign up for an orientation session, visit www.pstcc.edu/orientation 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.

 

Download this news release: NSO Summer 2016

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