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

Pellissippi State Community College has named 920 top students to the fall semester 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:

Brandon Abele

Savannah Able

Liza Abrasaldo

Musa Abu Dayeh

Omar Abushehadeh

Melynda Adams

Melissa Aguilar

Samantha Akins

Aws Al hadeethi

Ali Alamri

Rusul Alani

Ashley Albritton

Turki Aldubaikel

Vincent Alfieri

Nicholas Alfieri

Yelena Aliy

Osama Aljunaydil

Jessica Allen

Julia Allison

Joseph Allston

Rayan Almubayrik

Nawaf Almutairi

Yousef Alshaqaq

Abdullah Altuwaijri

Alanood Al-Wadei

Nathaniel Ambrose

Evan Anderson

Cabot Anderson

Matthew Anderson

Joshua Anderson

Leslie Angerer

Niema Apiat

Juliana Appleby

Ben Aptaker

Miguel Aranda

Michele Archer

Nathan Armistead

Jessica Ashbrook

Megan Aslinger

Lynsey Atchley

Alexandria Atkins

Emma Atkinson

Geena Ausburn

Michael Avalos

Jalissa Avila

Jessie Babel

Ruth Ballinger

Drew Bandy

Jordan Barber

Jordan Barbour

Steven Barker

Carrie Barnawell

Jonathan Barnhill

Barbara Bearden

Lauren Beck

William Beck

Kaitlin Beeler

Joseph Beeler

Jaclyn Beeler

Chelsea Belcher

Eric Belew

Nick Belitz

Savannah Bell

Irina Belokobylko

Whitney Benge

Mark Bennett

Charles Bennett

Shawn Bergin

Caroline Berrong

Kayla Best

Morgan Best

Jacquelyn Bibby

Amy Bivens

Kourtney Blackburn

Kelsey Blalock

Emily Blanchard

Camber Blandford

Kendall Blankenship

Patrick Bledsoe

Gabriela Bledsoe

Taylor Blevins

Preston Blevins

Jesse Blum

David Bohling

Jordan Boring

Blair Bowden

Payton Boyd

Ashley Brabson

Elizabeth Bradley

James Bradwell

Abby Breeden

Lauren Brennan

Jason Brewer

Joshua Brite

Thomas Britt

Kennedy Brock

Travis Brock

Nina Brockman

Timothy Brooks

Trey Brooks

Richard Brookshire

Bryanne Brown

Garrett Brown

Laura Brown

Anna Brown

Camryn Brown

Caleb Brownfield

Michael Broyles

Teddi Bryant

Chelsey Buchanan

Thomas Buckner

Petr Bulkhak

Krista Burchfield

Thomas Burgett

James Burgett

Lisa Burleson

Abigail Burnett

Katherine Burns

Joe Busby

Leea Butler

Andrew Byram

Karri Byrd

Ian Cabage

Tyler Cage

Jonathan Caldwell

Cameron Caldwell

Jennifer Caldwell

Robert Camp

Adam Campbell

Sokun Carathers

Clinton Carbonell

Katelyn Carden

Kristen Carlson

James Carmichael

Kenneth Carr

Hannah Carr

Mandee Carroll

Grayson Carroll

Lancia Carter

Jane Cassidy

Destiny Caughorn

Trisha Caulfield

Jonathan Caylor

Jamison Chamberlain

Joan Chamberlain

Austin Chapel

Tiffany Chaperon

Robert Chapman

Megan Charette

Brigid Chemosit

Alicia Chesney

Taylor Childres

Mariah Childress

Robert Chumley

Samantha Clanton

Lindsey Clark

Chase Clark

Christopher Clinard

Michelle Cochran

Zachery Coffey

Ashley Colantoni

Devan Coleman

Devin Collins

Lauren Collins

Zachary Conant

Diane Conatser

Katelyn Conner

Chelsea Conner

Heath Cook

Katelyn Cooley

Morgan Coram

William Core

Micaela Cornett

Marisela Correa

Jeremey Correll

Allan Coste

Renee Cota

Christopher Covert

Stephen Cox

Christine Cox

Kathryn Crabtree

Stacey Craig

Samuel Craig

Brandi Crass

Pamela Crawford

Justin Crisp

Valerie Crist

Alexandra Croce

Jacob Cross

Andrew Crouch

Mary Croxton

Nick Csercsevits

Tracey Cullen

Victoria Culpepper

Gabriella Cummings

Maria Cutler

Cierra Dailey

Cassandra Daniels

Raven Daniels

Isaac Daniels

Desmond Darko

Caroline Darwin

Emilie Daunis

Jalpa Dave

Brittany Davenport

Austin Daves

Eythan Davich

Bryn Davies

John Davis

Liesel Davis

Howard Davis

Ashley Davis

Jennifer Davis

Ashley Davis

Madeline Davis

Kenneth Deal

Erica Dean

Jacob DeArmond

Jeffrey Deitsch

Amanda Del Moro

Alexis Denny

Kelsey Denton

Kara Denton

Robin Devereaux

Taylor Diakoff

John Dickinson

Brooke Dills

James Dixon

Hong Do

Kyle Dockery

Michael Dodge

Brianna Donahue

Brittany Donahue

Ian Doss

Michael Douglas

Kirsten Douglas

Kyle Draghi

Adam Draper

Charalee Dugger

Ryan Duncan

Anielle Duncan

Stormy Dunlap

Marc Dunn

Angela Duran Lamberson

Charles Edington

Theresa Edmiston

Ashley Elcan

Brenna Elliott

Daulton Ellis

April Ellis

Kevin Ellis

Christina Emitt

Deborah Ermolov

Dena Estes

Kristin Eubanks

Timothy Evans

Rachel Evans

Alisha Evans

Janelle Evans

Zachary Evans

Kira Evans

John-David Ezell

Robert Farmer

Courtney Farrington

Sydney Faulkenberry

Stephanie Faulkner

James Feagle

Arturo Fernandez

Lowell Fields

Rebecca Fields

Almondo Fiori

Kaitlyn Fisher

Michael Fleming

Gregory Flynn

Sharleen Foster

Savannah Foster

Eli Foster

Brooklyn Foust

Savannah France

Amanda Freuler

Lauren Frye

Katie Fuchs

Christopher Gallaher

Abigail Gallaher

Diana Galyon

Davis Gammons

Daniel Garey

Shantell Gasche

Cozette Gaspard

Kaylee Geiler

Abigail Gibson

Marissa Gibson

Margaret Gicheru

April Gilbert

Seth Giles

Joshua Giles

Joshua Gill

MacKenzie Gill

Faith Gilley

Estille Gilliam

Julia Glass

John Glenn

Jackson Goble

Scottie Godfrey

Rebecca Godfrey

Jennifer Goldberg

Samantha Gomez

Rebeca Gonzalez

Michael Goode

Charles Goodin

Gregory Gorman

Cassie Grace

Hannah Graham

Jonathan Graham

Richard Grant

Stephanie Grayson

Nicky Greene

Catherine Griffith

Catessa Grimes

Lisa Grizzard

Megan Grubb

Logan Gunter

Zachary Guzman

Nicholas Hager

Steven Halcomb

Quenton Hale

Chelsea Hale

Bradley Hall

Jacob Hall

Emily Hall

Austin Hall

Jesse Hamby

Anna Hamilton

Elizabeth Hamilton

Justin Hancock

Michael Hancock

Kevin Hanson

Jennifer Hardin

Olivia Hardy

Charity Harmon

Adam Harms

Bridget Harris

Cassie Hart

Jonathan Harter

Jacob Harvey

Janet Hastings

Jeremy Hatmaker

Anna Hawkins

Kendall Hayden

Heather Hayes

Brittany Hayne

Caitlin Heater

Ashley Heath

Lauren Heath

Adam Hedges

James Helton

Jessica Helton

Erik Heng-Fischbach

Rocky Henry

Kelli Hensley

James Hensley

Kayla Hensley

Blaine Henson

Kyle Hermansky

Connor Hester

James Hiatt

Eric Hickman

Zenia Higgins

Taylor Hill

Jaylynd Hill

Steven Hines

Tuan Hoang

Taylor Hodgins

Taylor Hodsden

Kelsey Hoebeke

Fiona Holland

Celia Hollon

Amy Holloway

Wesley Holmes

Nicole Holsinger

Andrew Homan

Taylor Horan

Kristen Horner

Caitlin Hoskins

Tyler Hoskins

Jacob Houston

Bethany Howard

Ryan Howard

Emily Howard

Tiffany Howard

Letticia Howell

Kelly Howington

Matthew Hubbs

Dylan Hubbs

Hayley Huckaba

Jerad Hughes

Samantha Hunt

Sarah Hunter

Makayla Hurd

Kristin Hylton

Dave Inso

Shannon Isbill

Jess Ivens

Brittany Jackson

Sarah Jackson

Amanda Jackson

Joshua James

Brittany Janous

Katelyn Janowicz

Nabeel Jaser

Lester Jenkins

Leah Jenkins

Taylor  Jensen

Jason Johns

Audrey Johnson

Juliana Johnson

Kaitlin Johnson

Kara Johnson

Ryan Johnson

Sandy Johnson

Michaela Jones

Jacob Jones

Kelsey Jones

Brian Jordan

Cierra Jordan

Elise Jorgensen

Stephanie Joseph

Dylan Junion

Ashalatha Kamujula

Seokyu Kang

Idan Kanter

Morgan Kay

Shanquaveion Keaton

Hannah Keech

Robert Keith

Brian Keith

Jonathan Kelley

Lindsey Kelly

Laura Kelly

Kyla Kelly

Nathan Kendall

Otis Kennedy

Ryan Kennedy

Marjorie Kennedy

Brianna Kenyon

Christian Kidd

Kuk Jin Kim

Sharyllynne King

Collin King

Katlyn Kirby

Liel Kirk

Amber Kissack

Hunter Kitts

Riley Kliethermes

Sau Kong

Kevin Konopka

Thomas Krobatsch

Maggie Kubarewicz

Beth Kucsmas

Maddie Kulpa

Megan Ladd

Zachary LaLone

Lauren Lamson

Danielle Landry

Michael Lane

Abigail Lane

Michael Lannom

Bianca Lapierre

Bridgette Latham

Shelby Latham

Joshua Laurent

Jacob Lawlor

Carlee Laws

Hannah Lawson

Quyen Le

Kandyn Leach

Ayla Lecoultre

Tina Lee

Stephanie Lee

Justin Lee

Young Hee Lee

Joohyuk Leem

Jessica Leffel

Danica Leija

Rebecca Lengfellner

Matthew Lennon

Christine Lentz

Kaitlyn Lewark

Nathan Lewis

Dorian Lewis

Nikolas Likourentzos

Robert Lilligren

Michael Lindsey

Mary Lindstrom

Carolyn Listar

Jason Littleton

Brianna Littleton

Yunfei Liu

Ryan Livesey

Dominic LoBianco

Kayla Lochman

Caroline Lonas

Caitlin Long

Jenny Looney

Erin Louthan

Nicholas Lovejoy

Julia Lowery

Katherine Lown

Justin MacDonald

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Taylor Maness

Sai Manikonda

James Manley

Jacob Mann

Elizabeth Mann

Amy Mann

Trevor Mannis

Tim Marcum

Maksym Markevych

Brett Marshman

Tamara Martin

Macy Martin

Julian Martinez

Matthew Matheson

Rebekah McBride

Justin McCarter

Lidia McCord

Jennifer McCormick

Brittany McCoy

Brianna McCurry

Justin McDuffie

Benjamin Mcfalls

Courtney McGhee

Kristen McGhee

Paige McGilvra

William McGovern

Jonathan McGuire

Tiffanie McKee

Carsen McKinney

Philip McKnight

Jennifer McLean

Eric McLean

Quinton McNabb

Zachary Meador

Michael Medina

Benjamin Meeks

Cara Megahan

Benjamin Mellon

Jacob Melton

Jason Melton

Abbey Merriman

Haley Metcalf

Robert Mihelic

Anna Milam

Tyler Miller

Jake Miller

Ashley Miller

Susan Minehan

Calvin Mitchell

John Mitchell

Katilyn Mitchell

Stephanie Mojica

Brittany Monday

Sarah Monroe

Tammy Montgomery

Eric Moore

Shawn Moore

Ruth Moore

Jacob Morgan

Kassandra Morgan

Kelli Morris

Robert Morrow

Richard Motzer

Taneesha Moultrie

Jordan Mroz

Susie Mubarak

Charlie Mubarak

Dylan Mulkey

Conley Munsey

Miranda Murr

Jakob Myers

Jacob Myers

Thomas Myers

Ashley Myrick

Jacob Nahirnyj

Nicholas Napier

Julian Nassar

Robert Neel

David Nelson

Tina Nelson

Christian Nelson

Quynh Ngo

Cung Nguyen

Khoa Nguyen

Van Nguyen

Thach Nguyen

Thao Nguyen Strong

Abbie Nipper

Mackenzie Nix

Cheyann Norman

Cindel Oakley

Carrie Ogle

Jong Min Oh

Darren Oldham

Dominick O’Neal

Haley Osborne

Olivia Osborne

Molly Ott

Matthew Overton

BaiLeigh Owen

Gina Page

Daniel Paige

Lucian Palcu

Lois Palcu

Mischka Pandy

Katelyn Parker

Grace Parkinson

Jacob Parks

Sawyer Parlier

Adrienne Parrott

Tristan Partain

Abigail Patey

Tina Patrick

Alyssa Patruno

Hannah Patty

Denise Payne

Madison Peeler

Dallas Pepper

Megan Perkins

Scott Peterson

Brian Phagan

Lan Pham

Elexus Phillips

Brynn Pierce

Sheena Pilkey

Janelle Piper

Kailyn Pitts

Tony Plastino

Devin Plemons

Mico Posey

Christopher Poston

Lindsey Powell

Danae Powers

Ethan Powers

Chris Pratt

Amber Price

Emily Price

Hannah Price

Ryan Prout

Corey Puckett

Alyssa Puckett

Shane Pulsford

Autumn Putnam

Mahmoud Qasim Agha

Aaron Qualls

Angeline Quinn

Dakota Ragon

Harshita Rajasagi

Sarah Ramsay

Rebecca Randolph

Alec Readel

Hannah Reagan

Edy Recendez

Heather Reece

Rachel Resciniti

Brenna Reyes

Blair Rhodes

James Rhoton

Dami Rice

Sean Riddle

Logan Riggs

Kane Ringley

David Ritchie

Allison Rittenhouse

Misti Rivers

Molly Roberson

Meaghan Robinson

Audrey Robinson

Jeremy Rochat

Caleb Rogers

Jonathan Roland

Jeffrey Roller

Kennon Rollins

Leighan Romanesk

Tammy Romines

Zackery Ross

Leslie Rowland

Hailey Rudd

Nicholas Ruggerio

Cassidy Ruiz

Caleb Rumgay

Brooke Runion

Cory Russell

Gabrielle Russell

Bobby Russell

Johnathan Ryan

John Samar

Dustin Samples

Shelby Sams

Dylan Sanders

Deanna Sanders

Stacey Sandoval

Kelly Sargent

Leia Sauceda Pulvermacher

Andreas Sauter

Demi Scarbro

Eric Schaefer

Margarita Schmid

Hayley Schneider

Amber Schuyler

Micah Scott

Cortnay Scott

John Scott

Micah Seaman

Rachel Self

Sara Sellers

Ben Sewell

Ankit Shah

Jamie Shapiro

Natali Sharp

Katelin Sharp

Jessica Sharp

Kanden Sharp

Tala Shatara

Ciara Sheets

Benjamin Sheets

Judah Shepherd

Rebecca Sifford

Diana Silvas

Savannah Silvas

David Silverberg

Megan Simerly

Suzanne Simmons

Caleb Simpson

Joshua Simpson

Carlie Sims

James Sircy

Jennifer Skeen

Corbyn Skeen

Samantha Slater

Joshua Slater

Amanda Slaton

Hristo Slavov

Lillian Smith

Katryna Smith

Laura Smith

Isaac Smith

Harrison Smith

Zachary Smith

Kody Smitherman

Lauren Smothers

Kelsie Snider

Hailey Sniderman

Elexis Snyder

Jacquelyn Sobel

Michael Sparks

William Spencer

Phoebe Spooner

Darwin Spradlin

Logan Stair

Shaun Starnes

Tyler Starr

Kevyn Sterchi

Juli Stewart

Erin Stidham

Minnie Stombaugh

Michael Strickland

Alayna Strickland

Anna Strong

Sara Strozyk

Schyler Sukienik

Corinne Sullivan

Shannon Sullivan

Melodie Summers

David Summey

Samantha Sumner

Chesnee Sumner

Amanda Swanson

Tara Swartz

Matthew Swearingen

Avalon Tacey

Fallon Tait

Yashar Taleb-Haghipoor

Daniel Tanasov

Kayla Tarbell

Mohannad Tayeb

Addison Taylor

Benjamin Taylor

Cody Taylor

Andrea Tedder

Anna Thomas

Noelle Thomas

Samuel Thomas

Robert Thompson

Kayla Thompson

Andre Thompson

Jasmine Threlkeld

Mary Thress

Madison Thress

Mikaela Thress

Abbie Thumler

Whittney Tindell

Makayla Tipton

Brenda Tirado

Eduardo Tomazeli

Audris Trammell

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Andrew Treadway

Ashleigh Treadway

Katelin Treece

Gregory Trinkle

Matthew Trotsky

Kenneth Tucker

Karenna Turley

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Keith Valentine

Andrew Valesky

John Vandergriff

Elizabeth Varnell

Matthew Varner

Courtney Vaughn

Miguel Velez Balladares

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Spencer Vickery

Eric Vidal

Marissa Vineyard

Jesse Vomfell

Tobias Vowell

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Stephen Waldrop

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Shauna Walker

Jonathan Walker

Mathew Wall

Anthony Wallace

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Lauren Watts

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Bethany Webster

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Heather Weixler

Michelle Welsh

Sarah Werkhoven

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Peyton Whaley

Mary Wheeler

Trent Whetsell

Caleb Whitaker

Macy White

Derek White

Holly White

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Amye White

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Ruth White

Thomas White

Courtney Whited

Ashley Whitehead

Makenzie Whitehead

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Anthony Williams

Nicholas Williams

Emma Williams

Briana Williams

Joshua Williams

Candace Williford

Erica Wills

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Katelyn Wilson

Kaitlyn Wilson

Amy Wilson

Kayla Wilson

Richard Wilson

Gordon Wilson

Patrick Wilson

Joshua Wilson

Kristen Wilson

Karessa Wimbley

Vicki Wine

Joseph Wing

Levon Winther

Camille Winton

Tiffany Wiseman

Brian Withrow

Chloe Wolfe

Mikaela Woods

Nicholas Woods

Jason Woodworth

Kaylee Worsham

Guyus Wyatt

Kasey Wybrant

Danny Wyrick

Saori Yamanaka

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Susanna Yoder

Charysse Young

Alyson Young

Courtney Young

Jonathan Young

Qianyu Zhang

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Two Pellissippi State students state’s only Grainger Scholarship winners

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Isaiah Maylott

Pellissippi State Community College students Jeffrey Roller and Isaiah Maylott have each earned a $2,000 Grainger Tools for Tomorrow Scholarship—the only recipients in Tennessee to receive the award this academic year.

Both Roller and Maylott are in the Engineering Technology degree program’s Electrical Engineering concentration.

The Grainger Tools for Tomorrow Scholarship supports technical education and promotes careers in technical areas of work. Grainger is an Illinois-based distributor of facilities maintenance supplies. Upon graduating, recipients also receive $2,500 worth of Grainger hand tools, each with a lifetime replacement guarantee.

“Pellissippi State is the only college in Tennessee that has students who receive this scholarship,” said Peggy Wilson. Wilson is vice president of College Advancement and executive director of the Pellissippi State Foundation, which oversees the awards.

“Grainger classifies Pellissippi State as a ‘veteran-friendly college,’ and each student who receives a scholarship from Grainger must be a veteran.”

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Jeffrey Roller

Roller, who served in the Marine Corps and as a civilian contractor in Afghanistan, plans to finish his associate’s degree at Pellissippi State in 2015.

“This scholarship has allowed me to continue going to college full time,” he said. “I can concentrate on keeping a high GPA so I can be more competitive for jobs when I graduate. It’s definitely helped.”

Maylott joined the Air National Guard in 2011 and is a radio frequency transmissions systems technician. He plans to graduate from Pellissippi State in 2015.

“I was excited to find out that I got the scholarship,” said Maylott. “I’ve never earned a scholarship based on military service and my grades. It was really an honor to be recognized for that. I’m also definitely looking forward to getting the tool set—that will be really helpful as I look toward my future career.”

“Grainger is investing in the future of American industry and local communities through the Grainger Tools for Tomorrow Scholarship Program,” said Russell Rumpp, Grainger’s market manager in Knoxville. “We are proud to partner with Pellissippi State and believe business and community college partnerships are one solution to building a stronger workforce.”

The Pellissippi State Foundation works to provide student scholarships and emergency loans, as well as to improve facilities and secure new equipment. For more information about the Foundation, visit www.pstcc.edu/foundation or call (865) 694-6528.

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

Pellissippi State certified as a veteran-friendly campus

The state recently certified Pellissippi State Community College as a “VETS Campus,” in acknowledgment of the institution’s efforts to ensure veterans experience a successful transition from military service to college enrollment.

“This designation is important because it recognizes Pellissippi State’s commitment to educating our men and women who have served in the military,” said Rachael Cragle. Cragle is Pellissippi State’s Advising director. She also is project director of the grants that help fund a number of the college’s student veteran support projects, including the Ben Atchley Veterans Success Center.

“This certification validates all of the work that Pellissippi State has done to establish our Veterans Success Center and to provide support for our student veterans,” said Cragle.

The certification is part of the Tennessee Veterans Education Transition Support (VETS) Act, which was passed into law earlier this year. The VETS Act recognizes colleges that not only deliver services to veterans but also “create a supportive environment where student veterans can prosper while pursuing their education.”

Pellissippi State opened the Ben Atchley Veterans Success Center one year ago this Veterans Day (Nov. 11) to provide space for veterans to gather, study, and relax, as well as to have access to advising and mentoring services.

The college provides pre-enrollment services—such as test preparation and help with benefits—through a partnership with the Veterans Upward Bound Program at the University of Tennessee.

The school communicates with its student veterans through email from enrollment to graduation and beyond, with the goals of improving retention rates and identifying situations that might require intervention. Pellissippi State offers veterans credit for military and other career experience through prior learning assessment, or PLA.

The college’s outreach programs to veterans are funded in part by a $37,982 Tennessee Access and Success Network grant and a three-year, $98,000 Tennessee Board of Regents Access and Diversity grant. Community partners include the Knoxville Rotary Club, the East Tennessee Military Affairs Council, and other non-profit and support groups.

For more information about Pellissippi State’s efforts to help student veterans succeed, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400.

Pellissippi State tops in Tennessee for associate’s degree graduates

For students like Daniel Mace and Chisa Huffman, May 2014 was a milestone month in their lives. Both graduated from Pellissippi State Community College, with Huffman planning to enter a post-grad nursing program and Mace to continue working toward a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.

The success of Mace and Huffman is definitely worthy of celebration, but the two students are also part of another cause for celebrating: they helped contribute to a new college record.

For the second year in a row, Pellissippi State leads the state in the number of associate’s degrees awarded by a two-year college.

In the 2013-2014 school year, Pellissippi State awarded 1,286 associate’s degrees—more than last year’s record-setting 1,265 degrees. According to the Tennessee Board of Regents, Pellissippi State’s governing body, the college also awarded 693 certificates.

“We’re incredibly proud to again be first in the state in the number of associate’s degrees we award,” said L. Anthony Wise Jr., Pellissippi State president. “But the importance of these numbers isn’t in the statistics—it’s in the lives that are changed when our students earn their degrees and reach their goals.”

Huffman entered the doors of Pellissippi State’s Blount County Campus in 2013, when she decided to return to school at age 30 to pursue an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing degree. She’s now enrolled in Pellissippi State’s partnership RN to BSN program with King College, taking her coursework at the Blount County Campus.

Mace, who as an employee of Thompson-Boling Arena actually helped build the Commencement stage he walked across, plans to enroll at Austin Peay State University and pursue a degree in mechanical engineering. Those classes are offered at Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus.

For more information about Pellissippi State and the many ways it offers to help students succeed, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400.

Pellissippi State associate professor of Spanish wins teaching award

portrait of femaleMarilyn Palatinus, foreign languages program coordinator and an associate professor of Spanish at Pellissippi State Community College, has been named this year’s Jacqueline Elliott Award recipient by the Tennessee Foreign Language Teaching Association.

The award honors exemplary work and recognizes outstanding service by foreign language educators at the postsecondary level. According to the TFLTA, Palatinus was recognized “in glowing terms” by her coworkers and colleagues for her support to foreign language at the college and to the TFLTA.

“I was very surprised and humbled to learn that my colleagues felt I deserved the award,” said Palatinus. “I’m so very proud of our program at Pellissippi State. We’ve been very successful because of all of our great faculty members.”

Jane Stribling nominated Palatinus for the teaching award.

“I was personally acquainted with the late Jacqueline Elliott,” said Stribling, an associate professor of French at Pellissippi State. “Marilyn demonstrates the debrouillard spirit which shone with Jacqueline—the ability to tackle any project and handle it with grace.”

Palatinus has taught Spanish at Pellissippi State for 25 years. She also formerly served as department head of Humanities.

“I’ve always been interested in different languages, and I studied Spanish in college and high school,” Palatinus said. After she completed graduate school, she and her husband spent two years in Panama, where she spoke Spanish every day.

She enjoys teaching the language to students and, she says, uses learning by experience—like her own immersive language opportunity in Panama—when possible.
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Palatinus put her passions for teaching and language into practice this summer when she accompanied Pellissippi State students to Spain for study abroad through the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies. It was the sixth summer she had taught Spanish on a TnCIS trip to Spain. TnCIS, which is based at Pellissippi State, organizes study abroad opportunities as part of its mission of boosting international experience and culture in higher education across the state.

Palatinus is the third foreign language faculty member from Pellissippi State to earn the Jacqueline Elliott Award. Beverly Burdette, who taught Spanish, and Joan Easterly, who teaches French, were recipients of the honor in 2011 and 2001, respectively. Elliott was a French professor at the University of Tennessee.

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

Pellissippi State faculty member’s art explores time, movement

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Artist Brian Jobe and his son, Russell, visit “Right Angle Reply (Tall Grasses)” at the Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum.

In a culture in which the passage of time is often rushed, one Pellissippi State Community College faculty member has unveiled an interactive public art installation designed to encourage visitors to pause in the moment and engage in their surroundings.
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Brian R. Jobe, an art adjunct faculty member, completed the permanent piece, titled “Right Angle Reply (Tall Grasses),” at the Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum during the summer. The 100-linear-foot pathway is constructed of brick, mortar, and paint and is designed to increase the mindfulness of visitors who walk through it.

“‘Right Angle Reply (Tall Grasses)’ is a series of open pathways allowing visitors to come in and interact with it at multiple points,” Jobe said. “The universal nature of the angled corridors creates a space of increased awareness for a person within the piece. When the zigzag motion slows visitors, they become more engaged and aware of their surroundings.
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“I hope that it can be a place for people to gather, rest, move and think. It invites all ages to walk through it, lean against it, sit on top of it or next to it. That interactive experience is something people will remember being part of, and it’s designed to be a destination spot for people to return again and again.”

Jobe’s projects are focused on altering foot traffic to engage walkers in a physical, sensory experience.

To complete “Right Angle Reply (Tall Grasses),” Jobe partnered with General Shale, Johnson & Galyon Construction, and Sequatchie Concrete, which donated materials and labor in full. He also worked with project consultants Christopher King of Smee + Busby Architects; John McRae, a professor at the University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design; and Carri Jobe, a painter and the artist’s wife.

“The use of brick and other modular building units suggests permanence, yet houses the fluid movement of the public within these passages,” said Brian Jobe. “There’s a terrific tension embedded in that dynamic of static and active.”
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For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400. For more about Brian Jobe, visit www.brianjobe.com.

 

Pellissippi State receives $1 million for students with disabilities

One million dollars in funds to integrate new educational and career training strategies for students with disabilities was awarded to Pellissippi State Community College Monday, Sept. 29.

“All of our students deserve an equal opportunity to learn,” said L. Anthony Wise Jr., Pellissippi State president. “This grant, the Universal Pathways to Employment Project, will help us deliver integrated education and career training to students with disabilities.”
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The Universal Pathways to Employment Project grant was awarded through the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy. The award is renewable for the next five years, for up to $5,199,269. Vice President Joe Biden announced the grant as part of a $450 million job-training initiative, jointly administered by the federal departments of Labor and Education, to fund programs at roughly 270 community colleges across the country.

At Pellissippi State, the funds will be used to coordinate and expand academic and career support services, expand partnerships with local school systems and employers, and assist student with disabilities in obtaining assistance—both at the college and in outside systems like public transportation or housing.

The grant also will be used to employ new staff to handle the funds and support services, as well as to train faculty and staff in support for students with disabilities.
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“This grant puts the needed supports in place for students with disabilities,” said Ann Satkowiak, director of Disability Services. “We’ll work to identify any potential barriers to graduation that exist for students with disabilities, which could include improving accommodations or making programs and courses more accessible.”
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Funding, grants and scholarships at Pellissippi State are managed by the Pellissippi State Foundation. The Foundation works to provide student scholarships and emergency loans as well as to improve facilities and secure new equipment. For more information about the Foundation, visit www.pstcc.edu/foundation or call (865) 694-6528.

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

Pellissippi State: Early Childhood Education intro course hits record enrollment for fall

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Hannah Wilson, an Early Childhood Education student at Pellissippi State Community College, interacts with a child through the program’s student club, “Club Ed,” which is devoted to community service and volunteerism. Students volunteer to provide children’s activities at community events such as Fantasy of Trees, Boo at the Zoo, and EarthFest and at Pellissippi State functions like the Festival of Cultures.

Enrollment in the introductory course of the Early Childhood Education degree program at Pellissippi State Community College is at an all-time high this semester.

Twenty-eight students signed up for Introduction to Early Childhood Education.

“These are great numbers for us. We’re so excited to have students interested in Early Childhood Education,” said Terenia Moody, Early Childhood’s program coordinator. “This semester, we’ve also introduced a new cohort program at the Magnolia Avenue Campus that is really taking off.”

An additional 21 students are taking the cohort courses offered at Magnolia Avenue. In a cohort, students begin, progress through and complete their coursework as a group. Cohorts encourage greater community and teamwork among students, as well as providing greater individualized attention from faculty.
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Pellissippi State gives students the opportunity to earn a short-term certificate, an Associate of Applied Science degree in Early Childhood Education and an Associate of Science in Teaching Pre-K-3.

“These different certificates and degrees offer our students a wide range of options for their futures,” said Moody. “They can pursue a career in child care right away, or they can transfer to a four-year institution and finish their education. Our students might be entrepreneurs, wanting to start their own center, or they might wish to be a teacher or a teacher’s assistant.”
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The program also has an active student club, “Club Ed,” which is devoted to community service and volunteerism. Students often volunteer to provide children’s activities at community events such as Fantasy of Trees, Boo at the Zoo, and EarthFest and at Pellissippi State functions like the Festival of Cultures.

For more information about Early Childhood Education, visit www.pstcc.edu/eced or call (865) 694-6400.

Pellissippi State vice president named Woman of the Year

portrait of female in red suitPeggy Wilson, Pellissippi State Community College’s vice president of College Advancement, has been named Woman of the Year in Education by the National Association of Professional Women.

“I’m honored and humbled to receive this award by an organization that seeks to empower and encourage professional women,” said Wilson, also the executive director of the Pellissippi State Foundation.
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The award recognizes “excellence, leadership and commitment to her profession, while encouraging the achievement of professional women.” The NAPW is the largest networking organization of professional women in the country, with more than 600,000 members.

Wilson has worked at Pellissippi State for 28 years. She was the first person in her family to graduate from college, the first employee at Pellissippi State to receive the Outstanding Administrator award and the school’s first female vice president. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Eastern Kentucky University and a master’s in education from Morehead State University.

“My greatest achievement is going from a girl wanting more than the mountains could offer to becoming the first female vice president at Pellissippi State,” Wilson said.

In addition to her other accomplishments, Wilson was named the 2001 Executive of the Year for the International Association of Administrative Professionals, Oak Ridge Chapter, and won the 2010 Excellence in Administration Otis L. Floyd Jr. Award from the Tennessee College Public Relations Association.
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Wilson serves in and supports a number of community and international organizations, including Rotary Club of Farragut and Rotary International, Knoxville Symphony League, the Cerebral Palsy Center, East Tennessee Historical Society, and East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. She and her husband, Joe, are members of Cokesbury United Methodist Church. Wilson has three children and three grandchildren.

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400. For more information about the National Association of Professional Women, visit www.napw.com.

Pellissippi State students named to summer 2014 dean’s list

Pellissippi State Community College has named 39 top students to the summer dean’s list. Students are eligible for inclusion upon completing 12 college-level hours in a semester with a 3.5-4.0 GPA. Pellissippi State honorees:

Julia Allison
Leea Butler
Joan Chamberlain
Dylan Chun
Ryan Clapp
Montana Coward
Jennifer DeFoe
Kelsey Dotson
Kelsey Elam
Morgan Everett
Angela Fields
Gregory Flynn
Sophie Fourniquet
Caroline Gowin
Hannah Hicks
Jessica Hughes
Jean Jamison
Jillian Jeffcoat
Marjorie Kennedy
Viola Kriston
Maddie Kulpa
Abigail Lane
Ahmad Mahmaud
Tim Marcum
Katilyn Mitchell
Robert Neel
Lynsey O’Barr
Dylan Powell
Cody Ricker
Mary Robinson
Joshua Roy
Yvette Satchel
Stephanie Shipp
Katharina Snyder
Edward Warren
Joshua Wilson
Brian Withrow
Kaylee Worsham
Courtney Young

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