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Pellissippi State announces new Automated Industrial Systems concentration

Automation is at the technological cutting edge of manufacturing. Now training in that technology is available at Pellissippi State Community College, and it’s linked to a degree.

In fall 2013, Pellissippi State launched a new Automated Industrial Systems concentration within the Engineering Technology program. Students who graduate in Engineering Technology earn an Associate of Applied Science degree.

“Manufacturing is now high-tech. I don’t know of any manufacturing job that doesn’t include automation,” said Margaret Ann Jeffries, dean of Engineering and Media Technologies.

The new AIS concentration will train students to operate state-of-the-art automated manufacturing equipment, including programmable controller training systems, robotics and motor training equipment.

“In order for students to be ready to go to work,” said L. Anthony Wise Jr., Pellissippi State president, “we must continue to integrate newer technology into our training programs.

“The cutting-edge equipment used in our AIS concentration courses also will be used for our new and existing engineering technology, workforce training, and STEM [science, technology, engineering and mathematics] awareness programs.”

Much of the new training equipment was purchased through a $50,000 grant from DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee.

“At DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee, we specialize in robot design and programming and now have more than 800 robots on our production lines,” said Mike Brackett. Brackett is a DENSO Foundation board member and senior vice president of Corporate Services at DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee.

“Automation will continue to be critical in the future of DENSO and our automotive customers, meaning we need talented and knowledgeable people in this area.”

DENSO is not the only local manufacturer that uses automated industrial systems.

“Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. utilizes advanced automation and robotic systems throughout our production process,” said Kennon Rollins, engineer manager for Green Mountain. The Vermont-based company has a manufacturing facility at Forks of the River in East Knox County.

“With the advancement of automated control systems, the need for proficient skills in computers and electrical, pneumatic, and mechanical systems and controls has only increased. It is an absolute necessity to have not only technical knowledge but also critical thinking skills that can be used for troubleshooting or getting to a root cause of a problem.”

For more information about Engineering Technology and other academic offerings at Pellissippi State, call (865) 694-6400 or visit www.pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State hosts high school students in Winter Choral Concert

Pellissippi State Community College’s Winter Choral Concert features performances from two high schools, Hardin Valley Academy and Lenoir City High School.

The Winter Choral Concert is at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

“We invite different high school choirs to this concert each year to give them an opportunity to be on campus, to meet our students and to learn about our Music program offerings,” said Bill Brewer, Music program coordinator and associate professor.

The event is free and the community is invited. Donations will be accepted at the door for the Pellissippi State Foundation on behalf of the Music Scholarship Fund.

“The high school choirs will perform along with Pellissippi State’s own Concert Chorale and Variations groups,” said Brewer, “for an evening of fine choral music covering a wide range of styles and tastes.”

The Concert Chorale and Variations groups comprise a cross-section of students from a variety of majors. The Variations Ensemble is preparing for a study abroad and concert opportunity overseas in May 2014, in collaboration with the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies.

The Winter Choral Concert is the latest in a string of performances during Pellissippi State’s yearlong Music Concert Series. The 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. All piano performances and accompaniments are performed on Steinways, in keeping with Pellissippi State’s status as an All-Steinway School.

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

Pellissippi State: Local students invited to compete in ‘Frame x Frame’ audio-video competition

All local middle school, high school and college students are invited to participate in Pellissippi State Community College’s inaugural “Frame x Frame” competition, an audio and visual media contest.

Students will participate in age categories to tell short stories in video productions between two and 10 minutes long. The competition is free to enter. The deadline for entries is end of day, Friday, March 7.

“This is an opportunity for all students to put together a short audio and visual media production that tests their creativity and introduces them to industry professionals,” said Katie Lovette, an instructor in Engineering and Media Technologies and planner of the event.

“These films are ‘shorts,’ presentations of a moment in time. They can be animated, video or even pictures set to music. The theme, ‘Tell Us a Story,’ is open to encourage creativity among entries.

“Everyone will get feedback on their work from our judges, who are video production industry professionals, so it’s a valuable experience and a way to get critiqued.”

The entries for middle and high school students should be 2-4 minutes long, and the maximum length of any video should be 10 minutes. Entries should be brought in person to the lobby of the Bagwell Center for Media and Art on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Posted signs will direct participants where to leave their entries.

Each competition entry will be screened in the Bagwell Gallery during the “Frame x Frame” exhibit, March 17-26. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. The entries will be judged on March 19.

Prizes will be awarded to each age category’s winner. Awards include a scholarship to Pellissippi State.

For more information about the competition, visit www.framexframecompetition.wordpress.com or email framexframe@pstcc.edu. For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400.

Pellissippi State students named to All-Tennessee Academic Team

Pellissippi State students Victoria Baker and Sydney Youngman were recognized Feb. 4 in Nashville for academic accomplishments, as both were inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa All-Tennessee Academic Team. Pictured, from left, are Judith Sichler, Pellissippi State Phi Theta Kappa advisor; Baker; Marilyn Harper, director of Academic Support Programs; Anthony Wise, Pellissippi State president; Youngman, and Casey Lambert, PTK advisor. Additional PTK advisor Ann E. Kronk is not pictured.
Pellissippi State students Victoria Baker and Sydney Youngman were recognized Feb. 4 in Nashville for academic accomplishments, as both were inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa All-Tennessee Academic Team. Pictured, from left, are Judith Sichler, Pellissippi State Phi Theta Kappa advisor; Baker; Marilyn Harper, director of Academic Support Programs; Anthony Wise, Pellissippi State president; Youngman, and Casey Lambert, PTK advisor. Additional PTK advisor Ann E. Kronk is not pictured.

At a ceremony in Nashville on Feb. 4, Pellissippi State Community College students Victoria Baker and Sydney Youngman were recognized for outstanding academic achievement by being named to the 2014 All-Tennessee Academic Team.

In all, 28 community college students from the Tennessee Board of Regents system earned the honor. The Academic Team is sponsored by USA Today and the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, which recognizes students with a 3.5 grade point average or above.

“Pellissippi State is immensely proud of Victoria and Sydney and their academic accomplishments,” said L. Anthony Wise Jr., Pellissippi State president. “We recognize the hard work they’ve put into their studies. They know the value of investing in their future, and we wish them well.”

Baker completed an associate’s degree at Pellissippi State in December and is enrolled at the University of Tennessee. She plans to major in education for the deaf and hard of hearing.

Youngman will graduate from Pellissippi State in May. She plans to attend Middle Tennessee State University, where she will major in biochemistry. She hopes to pursue a career in the medical field.

“Each year, it’s a privilege to recognize the hard work, dedication and commitment these students have exhibited at their colleges,” said John Morgan, TBR chancellor.

“They’ve not only achieved a high degree of success in the classroom, but they’ve made significant contributions to their communities through their volunteer efforts and leadership skills.”

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

Pellissippi State hosts Young Inventors Fair

Young inventors are invited to bring their creations, innovations and science fair projects to Pellissippi State Community College for the Third Annual Young Inventors Fair Saturday, Feb. 15.

The Young Inventors Fair is noon-5 at the Strawberry Plains Campus, 7201 Strawberry Plains Pike.

Any student in elementary through high school with an invention or innovative science fair submission can participate. Contestants have the chance to win prizes and entry into the Southern Appalachian Science and Engineering Fair.

“The Young Inventors Fair is similar to a science fair, but it has an angle toward creation and invention,” said Jerry Burns, professor of Natural and Behavioral Sciences and organizer of the event.

“Unlike a typical science fair, this event is meant to reward students who have a great idea—even if the full science isn’t there, or if they weren’t able to feasibly follow through with the actual creation. It’s a way to reward students who think innovatively.”

Student projects are judged by a panel of faculty members from Pellissippi State, and winners are announced by age group.

“We feel like this event is a great way to get our name out to schools, to let them know that Pellissippi State has a new campus in the area,” said Mike North, Strawberry Plains Campus dean. “Students who participate in this Young Inventors Fair as middle-schoolers might return to Pellissippi State as college students.”

The Southern Appalachian Science and Engineering Fair is a regional science fair that takes place at the University of Tennessee’s Thompson-Boling Arena. It’s open to students in middle and high school, and students are qualified to enter after winning individual school science fairs.

The Young Inventors Fair could offer students a second chance to participate in the SASEF regional event if they didn’t win their own school science fair.

For more information about the Young Inventors Fair, email the Pellissippi State Science Club at science_club@pstcc.edu.

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 ranks at top for National Voter Registration Day

A student-led voter registration effort fall semester at Pellissippi State Community College ranked among the top highest in number of registered voters in the nation.

Pellissippi State’s National Voter Registration Day 2013 event registered 251 voters, earning the college a ranking of 21st in the nation in registering the most voters at individual events, according to National Voter Registration Day’s Communications and Field Report, prepared by Voto Latino.

National Voter Registration Day was Sept. 24. That day, there were 809 registration events around the nation, including at colleges, civic and community clubs, and other community service-oriented organizations.

“We partnered with Knoxville’s League of Women Voters to sponsor voter registration among college students, to help publicize the League of Women Voters, to help voters judge candidates and to help citizen organizations host effective candidate forums,” said Lisa Bogaty, associate professor in Business and Computer Technology.

Pellissippi State’s event took place all week at the Hardin Valley Campus. The college teamed up student, faculty and staff volunteers with members of the League of Women Voters Knoxville/Knox County.

Four classes at the two-year school also worked on various aspects of the event, from conducting marketing research to designing and producing posters to developing databases for surveys.

“It’s wonderful from a Service-Learning perspective, because each class has had an opportunity to learn and volunteer,” Bogaty said.

The Service-Learning program encourages Pellissippi State students to engage in a culture of civic engagement and altruism, partnering traditional academic experiences with opportunities for volunteerism and community service.

Overall, National Voter Registration Day resulted in 56,196 voters being registered among all 50 states.

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

Politics, security expert to speak at Pellissippi State showcase

Portrait of man in suit with flags behind himPellissippi State Community College hosts Steven P. Bucci as the featured speaker Tuesday, Feb. 4, at the Student Speech Showcase.

The showcase is sponsored by Pellissippi State’s Communication Club. The event begins at 7 p.m. in the Goins Building Auditorium and is open to the community. Ample parking is available.

Bucci will deliver a speech on the state of Greece and the issues that country faces. His talk is entitled “From Prosperity to Austerity and Back: Recent, Current and Emerging Issues in Greece.”

The guest presenter is director of the Heritage Foundation’s Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies. He is also a senior fellow for Homeland Security and Defense Issues in Washington, D.C. A retired U.S Army colonel, Bucci served as commander of the 3rd Battalion of the 5th Special Forces and as military assistant to former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.

“Bucci is one of those great speakers who can change the scope of how our students view the world and help them learn about things they might otherwise have not known,” said Susan Childress, a Liberal Arts instructor and Communication Club advisor.

The Student Speech Showcase also features four top student speech contest winners from the fall semester.

Student speakers are Charysse Young on the topic “Make Your Body Talk: You Need ASL Literacy,” Alexis Huddleston on “Learning to Learn,” Summer Burns on “Shoes for Everyone” and Josh Boling on “Believe It to Achieve It.” One of the speeches is in the informative style, and the others are persuasive. Each is five to eight minutes long.

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 offers free financial aid workshop

The process of applying for financial aid can seem overwhelming for both students and parents, but Pellissippi State Community College makes it easier on College Goal Sunday, a free workshop Jan. 26.

College Goal Sunday is 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Educational Resources Center of Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus. Ample free parking is available for the event.

Pellissippi State hosts College Goal Sunday to help current and potential students and their families navigate the steps necessary to apply for financial aid for higher education. Staff will be on hand to help students and parents in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Having a completed FAFSA on file is required for students to be considered for financial aid, including grants, scholarships and loans.

Those who are unsure if they’ll need financial aid are encouraged to attend the event as well. Attending guarantees that critical FAFSA deadlines have been met if applicants decide they need assistance later in the year. Completing the FAFSA establishes no obligation to attend college.

Students and/or their parents need to bring completed 2013 IRS 1040 tax returns or estimations of 2013 income, W-2 statements, current bank statements, driver’s licenses or alien registration cards, and untaxed income records for 2013 (Social Security, welfare, veterans benefits or TANF).

To see a full list of required documentation and to register for College Goal Sunday at Pellissippi State, visit www.tn.gov/collegegoalsunday.

College Goal Sunday is part of College Goal Tennessee, a nonprofit program that provides free information and assistance to Tennessee families applying for financial assistance for higher education.

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 students save classmate’s life

row of 5, male and female students with security officer at end of row
Pellissippi State Community College student Eric Flynn, center, suffered a heart attack during a class in early December. He was aided by, from left, students Jordan Sugg, Alice Holt and Mary Elizabeth Sands, and security officer Doug Walston, who administered CPR and provided other emergency care until emergency medical professionals could arrive.

For Eric Flynn, the 2013 holiday season was a time to feel particularly blessed.

During an English class in early December at Pellissippi State Community College, Flynn collapsed at his desk after suffering a heart attack. Two classmates, Alice Holt and Mary Elizabeth Sands, administered CPR and emergency care until help arrived—and aided in saving Flynn’s life.

“If they hadn’t been there, I wouldn’t be here,” Flynn, a single parent, said of Holt, Sands and Doug Walston, Safety and Security supervisor at Pellissippi State. “What [they] did means the world to me, to my children and to my family.”

During a small ceremony Monday, Dec. 16, L. Anthony Wise Jr., the college’s president, recognized Holt, Sands and Walston for their actions by presenting them each with a Pellissippi State shield.

“The Pellissippi State shield symbolizes power and strength,” he said. “The gold color symbolizes wisdom. You used all of those things to take care of Eric and give him the best possible chance of success. We thank you for your great and heroic action.”

Flynn, a Business Administration/Management student, says he was making his way from the parking lot to his classroom when he began to feel tired. He remembers walking into English class but doesn’t remember collapsing.

Holt and Sands, both Nursing students, noticed Flynn slump at his desk and immediately began administering CPR.

“We were working on portfolios, heard a noise and looked up to see Eric sort of slumped over,” said Holt. “We jumped up and ran over there.”

Another student called 911, and Walston and Jordan Suggs, a lab assistant, helped the first responders find Flynn and get him on his way to the hospital.

Sands, who works at Parkwest Medical Center, where Flynn was taken, checked in on him frequently, as did Holt, Walston and others. Flynn was hospitalized for 11 days and underwent an angioplasty and stent placement, a surgical operation that opens a partially blocked artery.

“Everyone was going the extra mile. You’ve had a lot of people pulling for you, even if you didn’t know it,” Walston said.

“It’s overwhelming to know how many people care,” Flynn said.

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

Pellissippi State puts out casting call for ‘Unnecessary Farce’

Comedic actors and actresses: Try out your talents at Pellissippi State Community College. Auditions get under way at the end of this month for the play “Unnecessary Farce.”

Auditions are open to everyone. They take place 7-9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 27-28, in Room 156 of the Alexander Building on the college’s Hardin Valley Campus.

“Unnecessary Farce” is the tale of a police sting gone awry after a bumbling mayor, a pair of lusty civil servants and a Scottish hit man are thrown together. This is a fast-paced, physical comedy that will require performers to have perfect timing and boundless energy.

Rehearsals will be 7-10:30 p.m. Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Pellissippi State presents “Unnecessary Farce” at 7:30 p.m., April 4, 5, and 11 and at 2 p.m., April 6 and 13. Tickets will be available at www.pstcc.edu/tickets.

“Unnecessary Farce” is one of the events that make up Pellissippi State’s arts series, The Arts at Pellissippi State. The series brings to the community cultural activities ranging from music and theatre to international celebrations, lectures, and the fine arts.

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