Pellissippi State students earn top spots in national Math Bowl

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

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

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

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

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

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

Each year the contest consists of two rounds, one during the fall semester and one during the spring semester. In the Student Mathematics League contest, students are tested in many areas of mathematics, including geometry, trigonometry, algebra, probability and logic. Each round includes an exam of 20 multiple-choice questions. Students can use a calculator but no notebook or textbook. Pellissippi State Foundation — thanks to a grant from Oak Ridge Associated Universities — awards its top finishers in each subject with additional cash prizes.

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

 

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Pellissippi State names Ronni Chandler Alumna of the Year

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Ronni Chandler
Ronni Chandler

Pellissippi State Community College has recognized Vrondelia “Ronni” Chandler as its Distinguished Alumni Award winner for 2016.

Chandler is the executive director and CEO of Project GRAD, which focuses on increasing academic achievement, high school graduation rates and college-going and success rates for students from 14 of Knoxville’s urban schools.

Pellissippi State’s Distinguished Alumni Award is given to an individual in recognition of significant professional achievement, service to the community and support of the College and the Pellissippi State Foundation.

Chandler is both a graduate and former employee of Pellissippi State.

She began working at Pellissippi State in 1978, just four years after the College opened its doors at Division Street as State Technical Institute at Knoxville.

“I served in a number of different positions while at Pellissippi State. I was administrative assistant to the president, then admissions coordinator, then minority student affairs coordinator and finally the director of community outreach and engagement at the Magnolia Avenue Campus,” Chandler said.

She went back to school at Pellissippi State in the early 1990s.

“My degree was unfinished business,” Chandler said. “I went to UT the year after I graduated from high school, but my mom got sick and I withdrew. I always wanted to complete my college education.”

Chandler graduated from Pellissippi State in 1994, earning a general associate’s degree before transferring to Tusculum College, where she earned her bachelor’s in business and organizational management.

“The time I had the opportunity to be at Pellissippi State laid a great foundation for me and has had a great influence on me as a leader,” Chandler said. “I’ll forever be part of the Pellissippi State family.”

She has worked at Project GRAD Knoxville since its inception in 2001, first as a program director and now as executive director. Pellissippi State partners with Project GRAD each summer to host a Summer Institute for students from Austin-East and Fulton high schools; more than 2,000 students have gone through the program.

 “I’ve always had a love of leadership and coaching others, helping them to grow. I get that opportunity at Project GRAD. Who we are is in our name: Graduation Really Achieves Dreams,” Chandler said.

Since Project GRAD was founded in 2001, the graduation rate at Fulton and Austin-East high schools increased from about 50 percent to more than 80 percent. Approximately 57 percent of those students now go on to postsecondary education, and the completion rate for those students in higher education is 46 percent — far higher than the national average of 10 percent for students from low-income circumstances.

Chandler will speak at Pellissippi State’s December Commencement ceremony as the college’s Distinguished Alumni Award winner.

For more information about Pellissippi State Alumni, visit www.pstcc.edu/alumni or call 865-539-7275.

 

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Pellissippi State honors employees

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Winners of Pellissippi State's Innovations Award, from left, Richard Smelser, Nadia Keyes and Jacob Moore.
Winners of Pellissippi State’s Innovations Award, from left, Richard Smelser, Nadia Keyes and Jacob Moore.

Pellissippi State Community College recently hosted its annual employee recognition ceremony, honoring faculty and staff for outstanding service.

At this year’s ceremony, the Excellence in Teaching Award went to Christie Cunningham, assistant professor in Natural and Behavioral Sciences. The award recognizes innovative teaching techniques and the positive impact they have had on students. Cunningham has integrated technology, hands-on activities, group projects and other learning methods to increase student engagement in her psychology courses.

The Innovations Award was bestowed upon Richard Smelser, Jacob Moore and Nadia Keyes from the Financial Aid office for the creation of a Default Aversion Unit that helps Pellissippi State graduates repay school loans. The DAU group offers budgeting and financial literacy events and an online live chat to help students identify their best repayment option. Since the DAU was implemented in 2013, the College’s student loan default rate has dropped from 22.7 percent to 16 percent. The award is given in recognition of a project that demonstrates success of creative and original instructional and learning-support activities.

The Gene Joyce Visionary Award was given to Gitti Negahban, associate professor in Business and Computer Technology, in recognition of her work on an outreach project that has made a positive impact on the community. Negahban has arranged for real-world jobs — serving local businesses and nonprofits — to be built into capstone projects for her Computer Science and Information Technology students. Students gain real-life experience that helps a local organization, while employers have the opportunity to meet students who might become their employees.

The Excellence in Teaching, Innovations and Gene Joyce Visionary awards carry monetary recognition ranging from $1,000 to $1,500. Recipients of the awards also received a plaque and medallion.

Additional award recipients — each of whom received $100, a plaque and a medallion — include:

  • Outstanding Adjunct Faculty, Robyn James, Liberal Arts
  • Outstanding Administrator, Melanie Paradise, Records
  • Outstanding Contract Worker, Janet Cope, Blount County Programs
  • Outstanding Full-Time Faculty, Jennifer Brickey, Liberal Arts
  • Outstanding Support Professional, Donna Pasternak, Budget and Payroll
  • Outstanding Technical/Service/Maintenance Worker, J.J. Patterson, Network and Technical Services

Funding for all awards is provided 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 Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call 865-694-6400.

 

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Christie Cunningham
Christie Cunningham
Gitti Negahban
Gitti Negahban
Jennifer Brickey
Jennifer Brickey
Donna Pasternak
Donna Pasternak
J.J. Patterson
J.J. Patterson
Melanie Paradise
Melanie Paradise
Robyn James
Robyn James
Janet Cope
Janet Cope

 

Pellissippi State recognizes outstanding student achievements

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Pellissippi State Community College acknowledged students for their outstanding achievements at the 2016 Academic Awards ceremony, which was held April 25 in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the Hardin Valley Campus.

Students Mikaela Kami Woods and Brenda Padre TIrado were named to the All-USA Community College Academic Team. They were nominated in recognition of scholarly achievement as members of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

Inductees into the 2014-2015 Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges were Victoria Culpepper, Hong “Rose” Do, Christina “Haley” Emitt, April Gilbert, Liat Koenig, Rebecca Lengfellner, Carlie Sims and Courtney Young.

Pellissippi State’s Altruist Scholar 2014-2015 is Mikaela Kami Woods. The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs Student Leadership Award winner is Julian Martinez. Outstanding Service-Learning Award winners are Mariana Marron and Abby Breeden.

Awards of Merit were presented in several academic disciplines to the following students: Jessica Anderson, Ryan Duncan, Ashley Elcan, Sharleen Foster, Chris Goode, Faiza Khan, Angela Lamberson, Thea McGhee and Felicia Murret.

For the third year in a row, Jerry Sherrod was selected by students to receive the Faculty of the Year Award.

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

 

For a full list of student award winners, visit www.pstcc.edu/academicaffairs/studentawards

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