Pellissippi State writer-in-residence publishes two books

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Pellissippi State Writer-In-Resident Edward Francisco
Pellissippi State Writer-In-Resident Edward Francisco

Pellissippi State Community College writer-in-residence and English professor Ed Francisco has published two books — a literary textbook and a collection of poems for children.

“Mallory’s World from A to Z” was co-created by Francisco and his great-niece, Mallory Dillon, and published by Celtic Cat Publishing. The collection of alphabetical poems in large part features Ed’s and Mallory’s favorite animals, from the farm to the zoo. Nine-year-old Mallory illustrated each poem with an original drawing — sometimes illustrating a poem that had already been written, other times creating a drawing that later inspired Francisco’s poetry. Inspired by poet laureate Richard Wilbur’s Opposites series, the whimsical poems and illustrations appeal to children and parents.

“The Literary Relationships of Robert Coles and Walker Percy: An American Search for Meaning” is published by Edwin Mellen Press. The textbook explores the literary relationship and personal friendship of Robert Coles and Walker Percy, as well as the concept of “thirdness,” or the idea that humans exist and operate as trinities — that all humans have an internal mediator who can observe and reconcile the dual natures of man’s soul and man’s body.

Coles was a child psychiatrist, Harvard professor and author, winning the Pulitzer Prize, MacArthur Award, Presidential Medal of Freedom and National Humanities Medal. Percy was an author from Louisiana with interests in philosophy and semiotics. His works were awarded the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award, and he helped found the Fellowship of Southern Writers.

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

 

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Pellissippi State named one of ‘Great Colleges to Work For’

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The Chronicle of Higher Education has named Pellissippi State Community College one of America’s “Great Colleges to Work For.”

Only 93 institutions across the country are recognized as a 2016 Great Colleges to Work For, and only 25 of those — including Pellissippi State — are two-year institutions.

“Pellissippi State is proud to be recognized by both Great Colleges to Work For and by our own employees as a great place to work,” said L. Anthony Wise Jr., Pellissippi State’s president. “We strive to provide not only the best education for our students, but the best working environment for all of our employees.”

Now in its ninth year, The Chronicle’s Great Colleges to Work For survey is one of the largest and most respected workplace recognition programs in the country. The Chronicle awards colleges based upon institutional audits and the result of anonymous surveys distributed to college employees as part of a random sample.

Pellissippi State was recognized in two categories — Job Satisfaction and Teaching Environment. To earn an award for teaching environment, faculty members must report that the institution recognizes innovative and high-quality teaching. To earn recognition for Job Satisfaction, employees must report satisfaction with job fit, autonomy and resources. Results also are reported for small, medium and large institutions, with Pellissippi State included among large institutions, or those that have 10,000 or more students.

“The colleges and universities that make the list are highly rated by their employees for creating great working environments, an important achievement that helps them recruit top academic and administrative talent,” said Liz McMillen, editor of The Chronicle.

The Chronicle of Higher Education is the top professional source for news, jobs and information for college and university administrators and faculty. For more information about Great Colleges to Work For, visit www.chronicle.com. For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call 865-694-6400.

 

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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 Announcements, Oct. 19

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Charles Dodd White, assistant professor of English at Pellissippi State Community College, has received the 2015 Thomas and Lillie D. Chaffin Award from Morehead State University in Kentucky. The award, which includes a prize of $1,000, recognizes outstanding Appalachian writers. White is the author of “A Shelter of Others,” “Lambs of Men” and “Sinners of Sanction County.” Previous winners of the Chaffin Award include Denise Giardina, Silas House and Donald Ray Pollock.

Julie Reed leads a book discussion at Pellissippi State Community College’s Magnolia Avenue Campus 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22. Reed will speak about the history and culture of the Cherokee in Appalachia. The event is free and open to the community. The Magnolia Avenue Campus is located at 1610 E. Magnolia Ave.

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