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Pellissippi State partners with Family Justice Center to prevent violence

3 people standing in a row, 2 holding a plaque together.
Dr. L. Anthony Wise Jr., president of Pellissippi State Community College, marks a new partnership with the Family Justice Center during a signing ceremony Thursday, Aug. 7. He is joined by Amy Dilworth, director of the Family Justice Center, pictured at center, and Rebecca Ashford, vice president of Student Affairs.

Student safety is of paramount importance at Pellissippi State Community College, and to help preserve the health and wellness of both students and employees, the college is partnering with the Knoxville Family Justice Center to implement the Campus SaVE Act.

“We are very fortunate and grateful to have a partnership with the Family Justice Center,” said Mary Bledsoe, dean of students and assistant vice president of Student Affairs at Pellissippi State. “They provide valuable, important resources to our students who encounter or know someone who is in a dangerous situation.

“Pellissippi State is committed to supporting the survivors of violence as they seek to work through those situations. There are safe places on our campuses for them to go to find that support.”

Pellissippi State and the Family Justice Center signed a memorandum of understanding Thursday, Aug. 7.

With the Family Justice Center, Pellissippi State will provide training to students and employees on how to deal with violence, stalking, and trauma. One of the training tools is a video for new students. The video includes interviews with campus security staff, other college employees and Justice Center spokespeople. It gives tips on how to prevent dangerous situations and offers solutions for how to deal with such situations if they arise.

In addition, the Family Justice Center will provide training to Pellissippi State employees on how to work with victims of trauma. The center also will serve as a referral agency for any of those victims.

In the coming year, Pellissippi State will provide workshops for victim support groups, covering topics such as applying for college, writing resumes and exploring career options. Pellissippi State will provide mentoring for Family Justice Center clients who enroll.

The Campus SaVE Act, or the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act of 2013, affects both colleges and universities. Higher education institutions are required to educate students, faculty, and staff on the prevention of rape, domestic and dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

The SaVE Act was put into effect as part of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, which was signed into law in March 2013. The SaVE Act applies to all students on campus, not just women.

“The SaVE Act gives us an outline for preventing domestic and sexual violence and for responding appropriately when victims of violence come onto our campus,” said Rebecca Ashford, vice president of Student Affairs.

The Knoxville Family Justice Center offers a variety of services to Knox-area victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, including counseling, support groups, safety planning, housing, and other assistance.

For more information about the Campus SaVE Act, visit or call (865) 694-6400.

The facts about Tennessee Promise

Gov. Bill Haslam’s Tennessee Promise will bring significant changes to the state’s higher education landscape, so we’re taking this opportunity to address several common questions and misconceptions about the new initiative, specifically as it impacts Pellissippi State.

Tennessee Promise is part of the state’s Drive to 55 campaign, which aims to increase the percentage of Tennesseans with college degrees or certifications to 55 percent by the year 2025. Through Tennessee Promise, graduating high school seniors will be eligible to earn an associate’s degree or certificate free of tuition and fees.

For complete details on Tennessee Promise, visit

  • Who is eligible for Tennessee Promise? Any high school senior who graduates from an eligible Tennessee high school or home school program and anyone who completes a GED or HiSET diploma before 19 years of age can apply for funds. The program will launch with the high school graduating class of 2015. Tennessee Promise students who graduate from high school in spring 2015 must begin college in fall 2015 to receive funding.
  • What will students be required to do? To get Tennessee Promise funding, students must take the following steps in their senior year of high school:
      1. Apply for the Tennessee Promise program by November 1.
      2. Attend mandatory meetings related to completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and applying to college.
      3. Complete the FAFSA by February 15.
      4. Attend New Student Orientation.
      5. Maintain continuous enrollment as a full-time student (12 credit hours), maintain a 2.0 GPA and complete at least eight hours of community service each term.
  • What does Tennessee Promise fund? Tennessee Promise is a last-dollar scholarship—that is, it will cover tuition and fees after other assistance (except for loans and work-study) has been applied. It won’t cover books or the cost of attendance fees, such as travel and gas expenses.
  • How will funds be administered? Tennessee Promise funds will be administered by the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation through higher education institutions. Students will never receive funding directly.

About 25,000 high school seniors are expected to apply to higher education institutions in fall 2015 through Tennessee Promise. The initiative is estimated to cost about $34 million per year, and the funds will come from existing sources, including modifications to the HOPE Scholarship.

Pellissippi State students pass stage-fighting exam

Ten Pellissippi State Community College students recently passed a skills proficiency test with the Society of American Fight Directors. The test, the first administered in Tennessee in almost 20 years, was the result of more than a semester of instruction by Bob Borwick, Pellissippi State adjunct faculty member and certified SAFD instructor.

The students are Greg Congleton, Jordan Cook, Carolyn Corley, Thomas Crout, Julianna Meyers, Hunter Overby, Barrie Paulson, Steve Trigg, Kristina Walker and Deb Weatherington.

They tested with Dale Girard, an SAFD fight master and director of stage combat studies at North Carolina School of the Arts. By passing the exam, the students earned a much sought-after theatrical skills status in the world of professional theatre.

Borwick is the only SAFD certified instructor in the state, and he teaches exclusively at Pellissippi State. The course to prepare for the SAFD skills proficiency test is THEA 2222 Special Topics (Stage Combat). Plans are under way to offer the course again in spring 2015. Business and Community Services also has a non-credit Stage Combat course available.

For more information, email Charles R. Miller at For more about Pellissippi State, visit or call (865) 694-6400.

Pellissippi State: Orientation sessions set for new fall enrollees, special sessions for veterans

Students who have been accepted to attend Pellissippi State Community College for the fall 2014 semester should make plans now to attend a New Student Orientation session. Two special sessions have been scheduled for veterans.

The sessions are required of all first-time degree-seeking freshmen and are recommended for transfer students. Reserve a space as soon as possible.

Orientation gives new enrollees 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 campuses, dates and times:

  • Hardin Valley Campus—June 24, 5-8:30 p.m.; Aug. 5, 5-8:30 p.m.; Aug. 8, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Aug. 22, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Strawberry Plains Campus—Aug. 11, 9-11:30 a.m., 1-3:30 p.m. and 5:30-8 p.m.
  • Blount County Campus—Aug. 12, 9-11:30 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m.; Aug. 18, 5:30-8 p.m.
  • Magnolia Avenue Campus—Aug. 12, 5-8:30 p.m.; Aug. 13, 8:30-noon
  • Division Street Campus—Aug. 13, noon-3:30 and 5-8:30 p.m.

The June 24 and Aug. 8 orientations on the Hardin Valley Campus include a special session for veterans.

TnAchieves students have assigned orientation dates in July. For more information about those dates, visit

Pellissippi State encourages parents, spouses and others supportive of the student to attend New Student Orientation. The application deadline for fall semester is Aug. 13. Classes begin Aug. 23.

To sign up for an orientation session, visit or call (865) 694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability, contact Disability Services at or (865) 539-7153.

Pellissippi State: Two grads take part in STEM-related Research Experiences for Undergraduates


Two graduates of Pellissippi State Community College have earned a place in TN-SCORE’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates program, which provides a pathway for undergraduates to transition to a graduate program.

The vision of TN-SCORE, or Tennessee Solar Convention and Storage using Outreach, Research and Education, is to advance STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) research in Tennessee schools.

Michelle Lehmann will be an intern with Siris Laursen at the University of Tennessee, and Lucas Thal will pursue research at Vanderbilt University under the guidance of David Cliffel.

“I was ecstatic when I found out I’d been accepted for the internship,” said Lehmann. “I felt like all my hard work over the past couple of years had paid off and I was on the road to achieving my career goals.

“I am going to be a chemical engineering major at the University of Tennessee,” said Lehmann, who graduated from Pellissippi State in May. “I plan on working in research in alternate energy or developing cleaner, more efficient processes for industry. I’m a proponent of the principles of green chemistry and want to do what I can to reduce our impact on the environment.”

Lehmann’s research over the summer will involve developing catalysts to make energy conversion and storage of solar power more efficient. She also will work with a newer form of solar power that uses the principles of photosynthesis.

Lucas-ThalThal graduated from Pellissippi State in 2012 and is currently at UT pursuing a dual bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and cellular and molecular biology and in chemistry. He’s on track to graduate in 2015. He plans to attend graduate school, then hopes to embark on a career in sustainable energy.

“I was overjoyed to find out I was chosen to be part of this competitive REU program,” said Thal.

“Over the course of 10 weeks this summer, I will be studying under Dr. Cliffel, whose research focuses on the electrochemistry of PS1, a redox protein involved in the light reactions of photosynthesis in plants, algae and cyanobacteria.”

Research Experiences for Undergraduates is a competitive, eight- to 10-week program in which students receive a $4,000 stipend, housing and supplies. Participating students must be enrolled full time at a Tennessee community college or four-year institution. Students present their research at the TN-SCORE annual conference.

For more information about Pellissippi State and its programs, visit or call (865) 694-6400.

Pellissippi State students named to spring semester 2014 dean’s list

Pellissippi State Community College has named 918 top students to the spring semester 2014 dean’s list. Students are eligible for the dean’s list upon completion of 12 college-level hours per semester of college coursework with a 3.5-4.00 GPA. Pellissippi State honorees include the following:

Tesfaye Abdela
Aws Al Hadeethi
Ali Alamri
Taylor Albert
Ashley Albritton
Jenna Albrycht
Abdullah Al-Fadhili
Cody Alford
Yelena Aliy
Daniel Allen
Joseph Allston
Alexandra Amanns
Austin Anderson
Cabot Anderson
Sarah Anderson
Ben Aptaker
Miguel Aranda
Major Armstrong
William Arwood
Karolina Assadova
Alexandria Atkins
Jenna Aungst
Geena Ausburn
ShannaRosa Autry
Jalissa Avila
Ahmad Awad
Mohammad Awad
Mohammad Ayesh
Shwan Baban
Lydia Badgett
Krystallee Bailey
Jordan Baker
Jacob Balfe
Destiny Ballew
Frankie Ballew
Peramuda Bandara
Emily Banks
Jordan Barber
Steven Barker
Carrie Barnawell
Courtney Barnes
Sierra Barnett
Renee Barnum
Kristen Bass
Laura Bautz
Carmen Bean
Nathan Beane
Barbara Bearden
Holly Beason
Morgan Beckett
LeIna Beckner
Hailey Beeler
Eric Belew
Erdenesuvd Bell
Savannah Bell
Charles Bennett
Sarah Bennett
Amie Berney
Caroline Berrong
Titus Berry
Morgan Best
Ryan Best
Felicia Bishop
Zachary Bishop
Ashley Black
Nicole Black
Kourtney Blackburn
Shawn Blair
Emily Blanchard
Kendall Blankenship
James Bledsoe
Patrick Bledsoe
Johnathan Blevins
Dagny Block-Ward
Samuel Blount
Jesse Blum
Taylor Bobich
Simon Jude Boka
Emily Boling
Jordan Boring
Carmen Bowers
Joshua Bowers
Alex Bowman
Daniel Boyer
Elizabeth Bradley
James Bradwell
Alyssa Bragg
Lucas Branch
Heather Breazeale
Tonya Breeden
Krista Breedlove
Kevin Brendle
Lauren Brennan
Kendra Brent
Jason Brewer
Cullen Briere
Nancy Bright
Kennedy Brock
David Brooks
Jennifer Brooks
Anna Brown
Laura Brown
Raymond Brown
Fallon Browning
James Bufton
Petr Bulkhak
Kyle Bumpus
Wyatt Bumpus
Brandon Bunch
Jackson Burdette
Landon Burke
Lisa Burleson
Richard Burlison
Clint Burner
Katherine Burns
Timothy Burns-Carver
Jack Bush
Jacob Butler
Leea Butler
Justin Bybee
Mercedes Byrge
Jennifer Caldwell
Timothy Campbell
Vincent Cannon
Bradley Cantrell
Derrick Cantrell
Sokun Carathers
Clinton Carbonell
Kristen Carlson
Kenneth Carr
Mandee Carroll
Lancia Carter
M. Carter
Phillip Carter
Chris Caserta
Courtney Cash
Elizabeth Cassidy
Trisha Caulfield
Jamison Chamberlain
Joan Chamberlain
Elizabeth Champagne
Tiffany Chaperon
Kendra Chapman
Mikayla Char
Victoria Chavez
Brigid Chemosit
Kessel Cherney
Alicia Chesney
Eric Childers
Taylor Childres
Mariah Childress
Jun-Cheng Chin
Vanessa Civil
Samantha Clanton
Ellen Clark
Rachael Clark
James Clenney
Trevor Cloninger
Brenda Cochran
Maycie Cochran
Matthew Cofer
Zachery Coffey
Heather Coin
Daniel Collins
Devin Collins
Emily Collins
Laura Collins
Lisa Collins
Patsy Collins
Tara Collins
Amanda Colton
Daniel Combs
Caitlin Cook
John Cook
Jordan Cook
Karen Cooke Franqui
Meghan Copeland
Matti Coppinger
Micaela Cornett
Allan Coste
Christopher Covert
Kaitlyn Cox
Laura Cox
Mariah Cozart
Adam Crabtree
Kathryn Crabtree
Rachel Craig
Stacey Craig
Brandi Crass
Taylor Crawford
Autumn Crocker
Catherine Crockett
Courtney Crouse
Anna Crozier
Hannah Cruze
Victoria Culpepper
Betty Culver
James Cummings
Kendall Cupp
Jonathan Curtis
Nathan Curtis
Samantha Curtis
Maria Cutler
Cierra Dailey
Cassandra Daniels
Isaac Daniels
Jason Daniels
Bryn Davies
Allan Davis
Howard Davis
Jennifer Davis
Matthew Davis
Kenneth Deal
Erica Dean
Jacob DeArmond
Macy Deel
Jennifer DeFoe
Daniel DeFord
Edward Deiderich
Amanda Del Moro
Lindsay DeLay
Kriste Dempsey
Sarah Dennis
Brandon Denton
Kurt Denton
Emanuelly Maria de Oliveira Sobreira
William Derington
Brian Diggs
Joni Dipatri
James Dixon
Christopher Donaldson
Abigail Donnald
Matthew Donnell
Colby Dorcely
Kirsten Douglas
Michael Douglas
Adam Draper
Taylor Drinnen
William Duckett
Kyle DuCote
Anielle Duncan
Kimberly Duncan
Thanh Duong
Thomas Duran
Angela Duran Lamberson
Sarah Edens
AnnaMarie Edwards
Christopher Edwards
Christy Elkins
Maggie Elliott
Daulton Ellis
Christina Emitt
Paige Ensor
Robbeline Enyenihi
Macy Etter
Kristin Eubanks
Cody Evans
Isaac Evans
Janelle Evans
Joshua Evans
Wasif Faisal
Daisy Falin
Christopher Fancher
Megan Fandrich
Kaitlin Farmer
Courtney Farrington
Serhang Fatih
Erin Favier
Patrick Feiten
Cody Ferguson
Leslie Ferrer
Angela Fields
Richel Finfrock
Cynthia Finger
Brenna Finn
Almondo Fiori
Kaitlyn Fisher
Tyler Fisher
Tawney Flores
Gregory Flynn
Jesse Ford
Megan Ford
Alicia Forkum
Heidi Fortner
Justin Foster
Savannah Foster
Sharleen Foster
Brooklyn Foust
Jeffery Foust
Aaron Frank
Amanda Freuler
Kelli Friedmann
Bridgette Fritz
Rina Funada
Brittany Gagne
Ronnie Gainey
John-Michael Galbraith
Abigail Gallaher
Christopher Gallaher
Daniel Garey
Alice Garland
Charles Garrett
Chloe Gaston
Jarrad Gately
Alexandria Gay
Daniel Geisel
Anthony Georgiafandis
Natasha Ghezawi
Margaret Gicheru
Kourtni Giles
Joshua Gill
Lauren Gillespie
Shimikia Gillespie
Estille Gilliam
Erin Gilliland
Julia Glass
John Glenn
Lauren Glisson
Charles Godfrey
Scottie Godfrey
Rosendo Gonzalez
Michael Goode
Charles Goodin
Zara Goodlaxson
Elissa Goodson
Isaac Goodson
Andrew Gordy
John Grant
Richard Grant
Christopher Green
Gus Green
Nicky Greene
Gavin Gregg
Elizabeth Griffith
Jeanne Griswold
Brianna Gross
Megan Grubb
Logan Gunter
Zachary Guzman
Rebekah Gyger
Jordon Haberer
Nicholas Hager
Joshua Halcomb
Steven Halcomb
Bradley Hall
Emily Hall
James Hamblen
Angela Hamby
Laura Haney
Brandon Harrell
Ashton Harrison
Cassie Hart
Nathaniel Hartley
Janet Hastings
Sara Haun
Avery Hawk
Kelli Hawthorne
Jackie Hayes
Sherri Hayes
Brittany Hayne
Jessica Haynes
Caitlin Heater
Ashley Heath
Lauren Heath
Adam Hedges
Jessica Helton
Emma Henderson
Alana Henley
Keilitza Henriquez
Rocky Henry
Justin Hensley
Taylor Hepperly
Kyle Hermansky
Katilyn Hibbert
Jeffrey Hickman
David Hicks
Christopher Higgins
Cole Hill
William Hill
Chelsea Hines
Taylor Hodgins
Celia Hollon
Kristen Horner
Jacob Houston
Alec Howard
Cody Howard
Kelly Howard
Kerry Howell
Weixin Huang
Katasha Huber
Hayley Huckaba
Alexis Huddleston
Bryan Huddleston
James Huddleston
Wesley Huffaker
Emily Huffman
Candice Huffstetler
Jerad Hughes
Sabrina Hughes
Anna Humphreys
Samantha Hunt
Brearah Hunter
Makayla Hurd
Erica Hurst
Kristin Hylton
Drew Iles
Shannon Isbill
Lamisha Isom
Jonathan Jackson
William Jaggers
James Jarnigan
Nabeel Jaser
Leah Jenkins
Shannon Jenkins
Taylor Jensen
Jared Jett
Kalyn Jett
Brandon Johns
Stephanie Johnsey
Audrey Johnson
Benjamin Johnson
Casey Johnson
Erik Johnson
Juliana Johnson
Kaitlin Johnson
Kara Johnson
Lacy Johnson
Brandi Jones
Holly Jones
Jared Jones
Sara Jones
Brian Jordan
Elise Jorgensen
Seairra Judd
Richard Justice
Tyler Justus
Vasu Kalaria
Ali Kameh
Seokyu Kang
Idan Kanter
Stephanie Kaser
Andrew Kasper
Whitney Kaul
Kenny Keaton
Noah Keener
Kristian Keil
Jonathan Kelley
Laura Kelly
Lindsey Kelly
Otis Kennedy
Katrina Kepf
Gracita Kesterson
Khalid Khan
Christian Kidd
Hearan Kim
Derek King
Shae Kinser
Tyler Kinser
David Kirkland
Hunter Kitts
Christian Klenk
Mckayla Klippel
Jared Knaffl
Rebekah Knause
Douglas Knight
Rick Kravat
Thomas Krobatsch
Maddie Kulpa
Matthew Labelle
Megan Ladd
Hannah LaForlette
Lauren Lamson
Andrew Landguth
Michael Lane
Pierce Lane
Rosita Lane
Lauren Lange
Catherine LaRue
Rachel Laughters
Kendall Lawrence
Carlee Laws
Ashley Lawson
Janie Lay
John Lay
Madison Lay
Nhu Le
Cade Leach
Kandyn Leach
John Lee
Michelle Lehmann
Riitta-Maija Lehtinen
Andrew Leming
Rebecca Lengfellner
Christine Lentz
Chelsea Lessard
Alan Lewis
Belinda Lewis
Kandyce Lewis
Robert Lilligren
Patricia Linaburg
Karda Linderman
Mary Lindstrom
Preston Linebaugh
Heather Lively
Ryan Livesey
Noya Livne
Dominic LoBianco
Amber Long
Angela Long
Caitlin Long
Jennifer Loveday
Kaitlynn Lusk
Clint Lynch
Taylor Lyon
Justin MacDonald
Daniel Mace
Marcus Maitlen
Daniel Maley
Amy Mann
Jacob Mann
Trevor Mannis
Megan Mansfield
Kylie Marcotte
Victoria Marler
Brett Marshman
Tamara Martin
Terence Martin
Zachariah Martin
Brittany Martinez
Julian Martinez
Amber Marzec
Taylor Mason
Patrick Maycann
Isaiah Maylott
Stephanie Mays
Heather Mazey
Michelle McAlister
Rebekah McBride
Ariel McCasland
Shaun McComas
Melody McComb
Eric McConaty
Emily McConnell
Brittany McCoy
Angela McGee
William McGovern
Brett McGregor
Jonathan McGuire
Tiffanie McKee
Philip McKnight
Emily McNeil
Michael Medina
Victoria Mellen
Jacob Melton
Jason Melton
Abbey Merriman
Gregory Mersing
Sara-Betsy Meyer
Julianna Meyers
Jeffrey Miessau
Michaela Mikos
Cheyenne Miller
Jairus Miller
Jake Miller
Tyler Miller
Susan Minehan
Carolyn Mitchell
Joshua Mohammed
Stephanie Mojica
Brittany Monday
Christopher Monhollan
Lori Monroe
Richard Monroe
Krysten Moody
Laura Moody
Eric Moore
Julia Moore
Karter Moore
Adam Moreno
Brandon Morgan
Kate Morrissey
Alexis Morrow
Nikita Mounger
Tricia Mounger
Agiimaa Munkhsukh
Conley Munsey
Alexia Murriel
Jacob Myers
Jakob Myers
Madison Nabors
Loraine Napoles
Novita Neal
David Nelson
Lauren Neubert
Nathaniel Newman
Quynh Ngo
Brian Nguyen
Cung Nguyen
Thao Nguyen Strong
Branceford Nichols
Lauren Nicholson
Thomas Noll
Cindel Oakley
Melanie Ogle
Darren Oldham
Morgan Onusic
Angel Ortiz
Mollie-Kathleen O’Shaughnessy
Aboubakr Ouddi
Hannah Overton
Caitlin Owen
Benson Oyier
Ana Karolina Paiva
Miranda Paiva
Lucian Palcu
Andrea Pappas
Nithya Paranthaman
Jacob Parks
Jimmy Parks
Sawyer Parlier
Amie Parrott
Veronica Patterson
Sandra Patty
Allison Pavelchik
Denise Payne
Hannah Payne
Nathan Payne
Anthony Pennington
Lisa Pennington
Dallas Pepper
Megan Perkins
Amber Perrin
Jessica Perry
David Peters
Austin Phipps
Alex Pickett
Sheena Pilkey
Janelle Piper
Tony Plastino
Robert Plumley
Joe Polakiewicz
Amber Poole
Richard Poppert
Terry Porter
Brittany Powell
Phyllis Powell
Audrey Prate
Chris Pratt
Amber Price
Natalie Price
Selena Price
Jonathen Pritchett
Kalie Pritchett
Nichole Proctor
Ryan Prout
Kenton Pryor
Alyssa Puckett
Corey Puckett
Amanda Putnam
Mahmoud Qasim Agha
Jackson Quiggins
Timothy Quinn
Spencer Raby
Dakota Ragon
Stephanie Rainey
Nicole Ramirez
Ryan Ramirez
Caleb Ramsey
Josie Ramsey DeLozier
Jennifer Randolph
Denise Rayder
Samantha Rayder
Hannah Reagan
Randall Reagan
Edy Recendez
Madeline Reddick
Jacklyn Redmon
Susan Renaud-Mitchell
Rachel Resciniti
Kacie Reynolds
Chandler Rhea
Kelsey Rhode
Blair Rhodes
Ethan Richardson
Justin Rifenburg
Amanda Riggs
Kelsey Ritter
Rebecca Ritter
Misti Rivers
Molly Roberson
Elena Roberts
Mackenzie Roberts
Amanda Robinson
Meaghan Robinson
Jeremy Rochat
Leighan Romanesk
Don Roth
Samantha Rouse
Ashley Royal
Hailey Rudd
Nicholas Ruggerio
Cassidy Ruiz
Matthew Rumbolt
Brooke Runion
Alizabeth Russell
Bobby Russell
Gabrielle Russell
Angelia Ryker
John Saah
Ana Salas
Valeria Sanabria
Deanna Sanders
Jordan Sangid
Dylan Sauls
Kyle Savery
Allie Scherf
Matthew Schilling
Christine Schlachter
Chula Schlesinger-Fleming
Margarita Schmid
Brenna Schneider
Hayley Schneider
Cortnay Scott
David Scott
John Scott
Halie Sellers
Katie Sellers
Tyler Sexton
Donna Seymour
Ankit Shah
Jessica Sharp
Katelin Sharp
Donna Shedd
Ciara Sheets
Kelsey Shepherd
Lilianna Sheridan
Alischa Shiverdecker
Steven Shumate
John Shurina
Cameron Siems
Mason Sigmon
Debbie Silcox
Lincoln Sills
David Silverberg
Christopher Silvey
Samantha Simpson
Adam Sims
Amy Sims
Carlie Sims
Ryan Sims
Darian Singleton
James Sircy
Michael Sisi
Oumar Sissoko
Corbyn Skeen
Jennifer Skeen
Amanda Slaton
Lisa Smalling
Matthew Smallwood
Amy Smith
Barry Smith
Isaac Smith
Kalyn Smith
Kimberly Smith
Kurtis Smith
Laura Smith
Marguerite Smith
Matthew Smith
Michael Smith
Sheri Smith
Summer Smith
Kody Smitherman
Lauren Smothers
Elexis Snyder
Katharina Snyder
Adam Soliman
Madeline Sommer
Channing Sosville
Anna Sparks
Shaunda Spell
Phoebe Spooner
Thomas Stafford
Logan Stair
Mark Stanifer
Shaun Starnes
Paul Steciw
Colten Stephens
Megan Stigall
Daniel Stinnett
Daniel Stinnett
William Stooksbury
Matthew Studwell
Joseph Sullivan
Melodie Summers
Savannah Summers
David Summey
Chelsea Sutphin
Samantha Sweet
Matthew Swindle
Avalon Tacey
David Tallent
Michael Tate
Benjamin Taylor
Cody Taylor
Mathew Taylor
Andrea Tedder
Noelle Tewell
Zack Thayer
Tyler Thibert
Anna Thomas
Kayla Thomas
Noelle Thomas
Andre Thompson
Jefferson Thompson
Kayla Thompson
Patrick Tidwell
Kendall Timko
Cory Tindell
Makayla Tipton
Tiffany Tipton
Brenda Tirado
James Titlow
Diego Tomas-Felipe
Milton Tookes
David Torres
Hayley Torres
Chloe Tragesser
Canh Tran
Cuong Tran
Madison Trentham
Gregory Trinkle
Rita Trythall
Kenneth Tucker
Tatiana Tumminello
Bethany Tunstall
Karenna Turley
Stewart Turnbull
Kristina Turner
Ashley Utley
Andrew Valesky
Jesse Vanzant
Catherine Varga
Courtney Vaughn
Candace Viox
Alyssa Vito
Tobias Vowell
Stephen Waldrep
Tara Walker
Danielle Wallace
Dillon Wallace
Presley Wallace
Haley Ward
Miranda Ward
Daniel Warren
Edward Warren
Blue Waters
Christy Watson
Kaitlyn Watson
Sarah Watson
Lauren Weakley
Suzanne Weaver
David Webb
Emily Webb
Shannon Webb
Lydia Weeks
Ashley Weisneck
Heather Weixler
Brianna West
Shauna West
William West
Cassidy White
Judah White
Macy White
Marylee White
Tavish White
Ashley Whitehead
Hannah Whitehead
Timothy Whitehead
John-Robert Whittington
David Wiedenbeck
David Wilkey
Angeliccaa Williams
Destiny Williams
Khloe Williams
Nicholas Williams
Robert Williams
Candace Williford
Amy Wilson
Bethany Wilson
Kayla Wilson
Priscilla Wilson
Sana Marie Wilson
Xena Wilson
Vicki Wine
Levon Winther
Jonathan Witherspoon
Brian Withrow
Natasha Witt
Chloe Wolfe
Jordan Wolfenbarger
Whitney Wolff
Amanda Womble
Emily Wood
LuAnn Wood
Rachell Woods
Tina Woods
Kaylee Worsham
Gina Wrubel
Kasey Wybrant
Saori Yamanaka
Yasir Yasir
Myranda Yearout
Nicole Yelder
Susanna Yoder
Charysse Young
Sydney Youngman
Ruoxia Zhao
Jason Zuker

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Pellissippi State honors graduate hopes to inspire others

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Be kind. Be courageous. Follow your dreams.

Those are the messages Chisa Huffman wants to share with others as a new honors graduate of Pellissippi State Community College.

Huffman took home an associate’s degree in Nursing from the college’s Commencement ceremony on May 10. She also was inducted into the 2013-2014 Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges and received a Service Leadership Excellence Award, a Distinguished Service Award Medallion, and an Outstanding Graduate Award.

“I didn’t do this [going to nursing school] just for me,” she said. “I did this for everyone who has the odds against them, for the kids that don’t have a good life—to show them that they can do it.”

Huffman was one of those children who didn’t have a “good life,” but she chooses not to dwell on what in her past could easily have held her back. Instead, she focuses on what in her life helps her succeed, and she shares that message, mostly through her own example, with others.

“Chisa is one of the most inspiring students I have encountered in over 16 years of teaching,” said Susan Heyde, who teaches in the Administrative Professional Technology program. “Her vision is to give hope to those in need. Her leadership is demonstrated through her actions, and she has a heart to change lives.”

Huffman was 30 years old when she enrolled at Pellissippi State’s Blount County Campus in 2013.

“I didn’t know what I wanted to do after high school. I had no guidance. I had no one telling me that college was an option,” Huffman said. That didn’t stop her from earning an LPN (licensed practical nurse) from Blount Memorial Hospital.

At Pellissippi State, Huffman met with an academic advisor, who, she said, “looked at my grades and my experience and helped me find my path.” She applied to and was accepted into the college’s Bridge to Registered Nurse Pathway, which provides LPNs a fast-track opportunity to become RNs.

Once in school, Huffman got involved with the college’s Service-Learning program. In Service-Learning courses, students learn in the classroom and they also team with community partners in service opportunities. Community service, for Huffman, translated into mentoring and tutoring outreach.

“Service-Learning brings people back to people,” she said. “In one of my service projects, I worked to mentor a young girl whose parents were incarcerated. That was very meaningful to me, because I came from that type of background. So being able to help a child past that was amazing.”

Huffman says the most important personal quality she has nurtured in herself, and the most important quality she hopes to inspire in others, is courage.

“Most people wouldn’t see that as a skill,” she said, “but nursing and school aren’t just about being able to perform skills. You can be scared to think that you might not be able to help. Courage is having the strength to fight that fear within.”

Having earned an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing and passed the mandatory NCLEX exam, Huffman is now qualified to embark on a career as a registered nurse. But she still has more to achieve.

Come fall, she plans to be back at Pellissippi State. She’ll once again be taking classes at the Blount County Campus, this time pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing through Pellissippi State’s partnership RN to BSN program with King College.

And no doubt, as she pushes on to attain her own dreams, she’ll be helping others to reach theirs.

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Pellissippi State students rank tops in Math League competition

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Pellissippi State Community College students, left to right, Matt Rumbolt, Khoa Nguyen, Scott Maxwell and Boone Cornell placed tops in the first and second rounds of the Student Mathematics League competition for the 2013-2014 school year.

Pellissippi State Community College students ranked among the top participants in the annual Student Mathematics League Math Competition. The contest is a two-round nationwide event sponsored by the American Mathematics Association of Two-Year Colleges.

“Pellissippi State has competed in this contest for at least 13 years in a row,” said Bobby Jackson, associate professor of Mathematics. “This year, we had a total of 154 students who took part in at least one of the two rounds. In the final rankings, Pellissippi State finished in eighth place in the Southeast Region and first in the state of Tennessee.”

In the first round of competition, which took place in November, Boone Cornell placed first and Ravenne Hall placed second among 94 Pellissippi State students. Simon Boka, Timothy Frantz and Phillip McKnight tied for third place. Cornell tied for 20th place among all Southeast Region students for the first round of competition.

In the second round of competition in March, Scott Maxwell placed first, Khoa Nguyen second and Matt Rumbolt third among 77 Pellissippi State students. Tied for fourth place were Dylan Junion, Jonathan McGuire and Dylan Sauls.

The AMATYC competition includes a fall and spring component involving more than 8,000 community college and junior college students from 165 institutions. Results from both components are tabulated and released in May.

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Pellissippi State student awarded prestigious scholarship to study abroad

Young female in portraitPellissippi State Community College student Ciara Sheets is the recipient of the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad this summer.

Sheets is one of only two community college students in the state to receive the award. She plans to study biology during a summer study abroad program to Ecuador with the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies.

“I am thrilled to have won the award. It’s such an honor,” Sheets said.

“I’ll be going to the Galapagos Islands and am taking my Biology II course there, getting to take hikes and visit caves and natural observation points. We’ll take a trip to the observatory where scientists like Charles Darwin and others have studied.”

The Gilman Scholarship offers grants for undergraduates—particularly those who are typically underrepresented in international studies, such as students of limited financial means, community college students and minority students—to pursue academic studies or career-oriented internships abroad. The program is intended to better prepare students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world.

“Ciara is participating in our Ecuador program, a four-week course in the Galapagos Islands that focuses on the study of biology and genetics. It’s a unique program that offers field work with an outdoor laboratory,” said Tracey Bradley, executive director of TnCIS.

“Study abroad opportunities are traditionally thought of as arts or humanities related, but we’re very proud to offer one that is strongly science based.”

Sheets plans to graduate from Pellissippi State in May 2015 and then attend the University of Tennessee to pursue pre-veterinary coursework.

TnCIS, whose headquarters are at Pellissippi State, organizes study abroad opportunities as part of its mission of boosting international experience and culture in higher education throughout the state. More than 425 students and 65 faculty from across Tennessee participated in the summer 2013 study abroad programs organized by TnCIS. There are 18 study abroad programs planned for summer 2014.

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Pellissippi State recognizes outstanding student achievements

Pellissippi State Community College acknowledged students for their outstanding achievements at the 2014 Academic Awards ceremony. The event took place April 29 in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the Hardin Valley Campus.

Students Victoria Baker and Sydney Youngman were named to the All-USA Community College Academic Team. They received the honor in recognition of scholarly achievement as members of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

Inductees into the 2013-2014 Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges were Leina Beckner, Katherine Chambers, Betty Edwards, Andrew Frantz, Lisa Grunwald, Christian Harris, Tresse Hicks, Joyanna Hirst, Chisa Huffman, Christina Kampas, Morgan Lay, Belinda Lewis, Cassie Lopez, Lori Monroe, Michelle Morgan, Whitney Oslonian, Neel Patel, Sandra Pringle, Ethan Richardson, Chelsea Temple, Jordan Toney and Janice Vowell.

The Pellissippi State Altruist/Scholar is Daisy Falin. Service Leadership Excellence Award winners are Chisa Huffman and Andrea Pappas. Campus Leadership Award winners are Andrew Frantz (Hardin Valley), Sheila Hayden (Division Street), Angela McGee (Blount County), Kari Sanders (Magnolia Avenue) and Rachel Skyles (Strawberry Plains).

Colby Dorcely and Barbara Alfonzo-Tinoco were named winners of the Outstanding Achievement Award–International, presented to students with international backgrounds in recognition of diligence in the pursuit of excellence.

Awards of Merit were presented to students in several areas: Jerri Reed (Citizenship), Kalyn Smith (Communication Graphics Technology), Derrick Barrow (Engineering Technology/Civil Engineering), Whitney Wolff (Interior Design Technology), Rachel Collier (Engineering Technology/Mechanical Engineering), Heath Long (Nursing freshman) and Jason Childers (Nursing sophomore).

Outstanding Graduate Awards went to Krystalee Bailey, Alexander Bishop, Sophie Bogdanski, Laura Bourque-Kliethermes, Chris Caserta III, David Copcutt, April Coward, Eric Cutshaw, Emily Davidson, Emily Davis, Christopher Elliott, Daulton Ellis, Madeline Enderle, Robbeline Enyenihi, Matthew Gibbs, Lisa Grunwald, Brighton Hatfield, Jessica Haynes, Chisa Huffman, Wallace Hynds, Brandi Jones, Michelle Lehmann, Andrew Leming, Belinda Lewis, Victoria Long, Daniel Mace, Nicholas McCloskey, McKalie Merriman, Lori Monroe, Nikita Mounger, William Overby, Andrea Pappas, Joshua Patterson, Nadine Raines, Michael Smith, Laurie Spoon, Robert Tallent, Jefferson Thompson, Andrew Valesky, Tavish White and Sarah Zarczynski.

Jerry Sherrod was selected by students to receive the Faculty of the Year Award.

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