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Pellissippi State faculty members spend summer researching Icelandic geology

Female with water and island behind.
Kathleen Affholter, a Pellissippi State Community College associate professor of geology, traveled to Iceland over the summer to study the island’s unique geology, including collecting soil and rock samples such as zeolite minerals.

Iceland, a sparsely populated island of glaciers, geysers and volcanoes, is again making international news, with the world waiting to see if the Bárdarbunga volcano will spew more than just lava from its latest eruption. In 2010, an ash cloud from the Eyjafjallajökull volcano closed much of Europe’s air space for nearly a week.

Iceland’s unique geology drew two Pellissippi State Community College faculty members to the Northern European country for a two-week research trip this summer. The visit was supported by the National Science Foundation.

Kathleen Affholter, an associate professor of geology, traveled throughout Iceland with a research team, collecting soil and rock samples for DNA analysis from an archaeological site, glaciers, and volcanic mountains.

Affholter was joined on the trip by Pete Lemiszki, an adjunct faculty member who also teaches geology. The two traveled to Iceland at the invitation of a computer science professor at Earlham College, Charles Peck, who secured the grants and awards for the trip.

hands holding several rocks

“Geologically speaking, Iceland is very young,” said Affholter. “To paraphrase volcanologist Thor Thordarson, if the Earth is a year old, Iceland was born less than two days ago. The ice caps covered Iceland five hours ago, and they melted only a minute ago.”

According to Affholter, “Iceland is the only place in the world where you can stand on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, a ‘divergent plate boundary’—a place where two tectonic plates are separating.” The country, which lies between the North Atlantic and Arctic oceans, straddles the ridge.

The divergent plate boundary, she says, creates volcanic systems, geysers and geothermal energy in the stark, stunning landscape. Iceland is growing, because the shifting of the plates causes molten rock, or magma, to erupt and the new rock that forms pushes the older rock toward the coastlines.

The group of researchers pulled together by Peck included not only Affholter and Lemiszki but also students from Earlham College and the University of California, San Diego. The American team was aided by researchers from the University of Iceland.

The group gathered rocks of varying ages from different locations around the island. Older and newer rocks may differ in a number of ways—in the amounts or types of bacteria they contain, for example—and the group used a university lab in Akureyri to extract DNA from the samples for further study back in the U.S.

While in Iceland, Affholter and one of the students also wrote a brochure about the zeolite minerals found there. The crystals form in holes caused by trapped gas in the country’s basalt rock. Zeolite crystals are unique, in that they can hydrate and dehydrate. Among their other applications, they are used to eliminate odors in diapers.

The fact that magma is, literally, the bedrock of Iceland presents a unique opportunity for geologic study, and the island is consequently a popular place to visit for geologists as well as other scientists, says Affholter.

“The students and professors on this trip were biologists, geologists and computer scientists,” she said. “It’s important to see how science is no longer compartmentalized. All of our disciplines are needed to do our research.”

This summer isn’t the first time Affholter has traveled to Iceland. She instructed the geology students on a Tennessee Consortium for International Studies trip there in 2013. TnCIS, which is headquartered at Pellissippi State, coordinates study abroad as part of its mission of boosting international experience and culture in higher education across the state.

For more information about Affholter’s trip, visit her blog, geologyslam.wordpress.com. For more information about Pellissippi State and its programs, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400.

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.

For more information about TnCIS, visit www.tncis.org or call (865) 539-7280. For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400.

Pellissippi State to host Humphrey Fellows in February, March

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Engin Ayvaz

Pellissippi State Community College will host two Humphrey Fellows during February and March in an effort to foster understanding about the role of community colleges in the United States.

Humphrey Fellows are mid-career professionals from other nations who travel to the U.S. and spend one academic year at a university or other higher education institution. The program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, was established in 1978. Professionals from 24 countries participate.

Pellissippi State first welcomes Engin Ayvaz, director of the school of foreign languages at Yasar University in Izmir, Turkey, from Feb. 23 to March 1. He is being hosted by Boston University and is a professional affiliate of the English language studies department at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

March 23-29, Pellissippi State will host Dr. Nohier El Medany, who is a physician, clinical pathologist, medical manager and certified trainer for the Egyptian Ministry of Health. She is a fellow at Tulane University.

Both fellows will give a presentation during their time on campus, and each free lecture will be open to the community.

Dr. Nohier El Medany
Dr. Nohier El Medany

Ayvaz will speak at 12:25 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 27. Dr. Medany will speak at 11:50 a.m., Monday, March 24. Both presentations will be held in the Goins Building Auditorium on the college’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

“Topics could include Arab Spring and the revolutions and uprisings in the Middle East,” said college president emeritus Allen Edwards. “Dr. Medany might discuss the role of women in Egypt.”

While in the United States, Humphrey Fellows spend the year completing non-degree graduate level study, leadership development and professional collaboration with U.S. counterparts. During their time at Pellissippi State, Ayvaz and Dr. Medany will meet with groups on campus and in the community.

“We hope that these influential fellows will return home and perhaps introduce the concept of community colleges to countries that need to bring higher education and technical and health education programs to the masses,” Edwards said.

“Many countries are spending money to build selective universities, even though those institutions might not provide an efficient and effective way of educating and developing a large middle class.”

The Humphrey Fellows’ visits to the college are sponsored by Pellissippi State and the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies.

TnCIS, with headquarters at Pellissippi State, organizes study abroad opportunities as part of its mission of boosting international experience and culture in higher education across 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. For more information about TnCIS, visit www.tncis.org or call (865) 539-7280.

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.

Young filmmakers address making a difference at ‘Give a Damn?’ showing, Q&A

Poster with 3 young men, picture of the world, and information about eventCan you make a difference? Students and the community have the opportunity to pose that and other significant questions to three young activist filmmakers Pellissippi State Community College is hosting on Friday, Feb. 7.

The filmmakers will take part in a question-and-answer session after the showing of their feature-length documentary, “Give a Damn?” on the Hardin Valley Campus. Refreshments will be served at a reception with the trio following the film and Q&A.

“Give a Damn?” is a documentary about two idealistic friends who convince a third friend (who is not so sure he ‘gives a damn’) to join them as they attempt to immerse themselves in poverty while traveling across three continents. The filmmakers choose to subsist on $1.25 per day — the amount on which an average resident of Kibera, one of Kenya, Africa’s largest slums, lives.

“The goal,” explains the ‘Give a Damn?’ website, “was to make a funny, adventurous and compelling film about the ability young people have to make a difference in … poverty and injustice.”

The documentary stars the film’s creators: Dan Parris, a Biola University graduate and owner of Speak Up Productions LLC; David Peterka, founder of the nonprofit organization When The Saints; and Rob Lehr, a graduate of Missouri State University who operates Hambone Productions.

Lehr serves as the skeptic among the friends in the documentary, and the film ultimately makes the case that the current generation can have a profound impact on global social issues.

Parris, Peterka and Lehr will be present for the screening, which begins at 11:50 a.m. in the Goins Building Auditorium, as well as the Q&A and reception.

The event is open to everyone. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Parking is free and convenient.

The documentary screening is sponsored by Pellissippi State and the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies, with support from the college’s Service-Learning program.

TnCIS, which is based at the college, organizes study abroad opportunities as part of its mission of boosting international experience and culture in higher education across the state. More than 425 students and 65 faculty from across Tennessee participated in TnCIS’ summer 2013 study abroad. There are 18 study abroad programs planned for summer 2014. For more information about TnCIS, visit www.tncis.org or call (865) 539-7280.

Now in its third year, the Service-Learning program allows Pellissippi State students and faculty to integrate meaningful community service and reflection with more traditional learning experiences, teaching civic responsibility and strengthening communities. For more information about Service-Learning, call (865) 694-6492 or email service-learning@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.

Two Pellissippi State cohort students to study in Scotland this summer

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Jacob Johnson, a student at Pellissippi State, will study abroad in Scotland this summer as part of the new Communication Studies cohort. Students enrolled in cohorts enter college together and finish together as one dynamic group. Another Communication Studies cohort begins in August and is open for registration.

Enrolling in a cohort at Pellissippi State Community College means that students enter college together and finish together as one dynamic group. For two students enrolled in the new Communication Studies cohort, it also means studying abroad together this summer in Scotland.

From June 4 through June 24, Jacob Johnson and Bonnie Walker will take classes for college credit while in Scotland. They do so through the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies. TnCIS, based at Pellissippi State, coordinates study abroad opportunities as part of its mission of boosting international experience and culture in higher education across the state.

This summer, TnCIS is coordinating 18 different study abroad experiences for Tennessee students. Last year, more than 400 students and 50 faculty members from the state participated in TnCIS’ study abroad programs.

For Johnson, the 21 days in Scotland represent his first journey outside the U.S. A seasoned traveler within the country, Johnson says he looks forward to experiencing a different culture while developing skills such as public speaking. He also likes the “stateside” aspect of cohort studies.

“It’s pretty cool to see the same people in classes,” he said. “You already know people, and everyone can help each other to make sure you get what you need out of class. With Communication Studies, I have lots of options. I can get a job or go on for a four-year degree in business, communications or marketing.”

Portrait of a young, Caucasian female wearing a black shirt.
Bonnie Walker, a student at Pellissippi State, will study abroad in Scotland this summer as part of the new Communication Studies cohort.

Walker has previously traveled outside the U.S., but she is equally excited about her study abroad in Scotland. Her career plans include further studies in international affairs, and she hopes to land a job that involves work overseas.

Though her preference is to have a job based in Asia, Walker says that she is open to employment in a wide variety of locales. She, too, likes the cohort aspect of studying at Pellissippi State.

“By being in a cohort, you get to see the same professors on a regular basis,” she said. “That continuity is great, especially if you need help in your studies.”

First offered during the fall 2012 semester, the new Communication Studies cohort is for incoming students planning to enter a communication field such as journalism, mass communication, interpersonal communication, conflict resolution, argumentation and debate, or speech writing or performance. The course of study is two years, including summer. Students enrolled in the Communication Studies cohort take 12-16 hours of credit classes during fall and spring semesters.

The summer semester of the Communication Studies cohort consists of 6 credit hours and is centered this summer on study abroad in Scotland. Faculty involved with the program conducted fundraising activities to assist cohort students with the study abroad fees. Those who did not wish to study abroad elected to take the summer classes on campus. The first group of Communication Studies cohort students graduates from Pellissippi State in May 2014.

For some students, a potential roadblock to attending college is the worry that scheduling classes around work, family, and other activities may be difficult and result in additional time spent in pursuing a degree. The cohorts offered by Pellissippi State are designed to take the worry out of students’ plans.

Not only do enrollees have the support of fellow students pursuing the same discipline of study, but they also have a predetermined set of classes mapped out over the course of four or five semesters. Cohort students do not have to be concerned that a required class will be full and, therefore, unavailable to them.

Class sizes for cohorts are limited to allow for more in-depth individual and group instruction. Students chosen to be part of a cohort will have demonstrated the maturity and self-motivation to work well in teams and manage their time effectively.

Other cohorts available at Pellissippi State: Associate of Science General Education Certificate, Associate of Science in Teaching, Culinary Arts and Industrial Maintenance. All of those cohorts are now enrolling students for fall 2013. Cohorts available for spring 2014 include Computer Accounting, Culinary Arts and Management.

Another Communication Studies cohort begins this August, with graduation slated for spring 2015. Upon successful completion, students may earn an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree in Speech Communication or in Mass Communication. They are then eligible to transfer to any state university as a junior.

Pellissippi State’s fall 2013 application deadline is Aug. 14. Classes begin on Aug. 24.

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

Pellissippi State leads two-year colleges nationally in study abroad students

Study abroad by American students has more than tripled during the past two decades, and Pellissippi State Community leads two-year colleges nationwide in the number of students who study abroad, according to a recent report on international education.

During the 2010-11 academic year, 174 Pellissippi State Community College students studied abroad. The numbers come from the most recent Open Doors Report, published by the Institute of International Education in partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Study abroad programs, part of the overall international education initiative at many institutions of higher learning, allow students to immerse themselves in another culture while studying a wide array of subjects ranging from history and art to genetics and environmental science.

Pellissippi State students who study abroad do so through the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies. TnCIS, which is headquartered at the college, coordinates study abroad as part of its mission of boosting international experience and culture in higher education across the state.

Founded in 2006, TnCIS offers study abroad opportunities to students enrolled at Pellissippi State and other Tennessee Board of Regents institutions. More than 400 students and 50 faculty members from Tennessee participated in the 2012 summer study abroad programs coordinated by TnCIS.

“Honestly, Tennessee is a leader as a state,” said Tracey Bradley, TnCIS director. “When community colleges from outside the state hear what we are able to accomplish in study abroad, there is a sense that it is untouchable.”

“We’re committed to making international education available and affordable to our students,” said Allen G. Edwards, Pellissippi State president emeritus, “because in today’s global economy, it’s essential for students to learn about and experience other cultures.” Edwards was instrumental in the founding of TnCIS, and the college’s current president, L. Anthony Wise Jr., is highly supportive of both TnCIS and study abroad.

“Our study abroad programs are designed to help students earn credits toward degrees and to develop a broader understanding of the world in which they study, live, and work,” said Wise.

A key factor in Pellissippi State’s study abroad success, he says, is the college’s robust scholarship program. Funded through the international education fee, study abroad scholarships at Pellissippi State total more than $300,000 each year.

“Scholarship support allows our students to travel to places they might never have imagined,” Wise said. “Very often they come back better students and citizens and with a much better sense of who they are and what they want to do.”

Across the state, more than one million dollars is being awarded in study abroad scholarship money.

“Scholarships are key to our success in Tennessee,” Bradley said. “It proves that many institutions in addition to Pellissippi State are committed to international education and to ensuring that our students are prepared for the global workforce.”

The 2013 summer study abroad programs offered by TnCIS are Austria, Brazil, China, Ecuador/Galápagos Islands, England, France, Great European Capitals, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, Peru, Scotland, South Africa and Spain. Three new study abroad experiences are also available this year: Eastern Europe’s Best, Iceland and Turkey.

For additional information about TnCIS, visit www.tncis.org or call (865) 539-7280. For more about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400.

TnCIS study abroad available to students at Pellissippi State

With three new exciting educational opportunities—Iceland, Turkey and Eastern Europe’s Best—the list of study abroad options offered by the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies to college students in summer 2013 has now reached 18.

Hagia Sophia, located in Istanbul, Turkey, was once a church, later a mosque and now a museum.

TnCIS, which is located on the Hardin Valley Campus of Pellissippi State Community College, sponsors study abroad programs for students at Pellissippi State and other institutions in the Tennessee Board of Regents system. TBR governs all public colleges and universities outside the University of Tennessee network. Students now have a smorgasbord of programs from which to choose: Austria, Brazil, China, Eastern Europe’s Best, Ecuador/Galapagos Islands, England, France, Great European Capitals, Greece, Iceland, India, Ireland, Italy, Peru, Scotland, South Africa, Spain and Turkey. Pellissippi State supports study abroad for its students through scholarships funded by an international education fee. Financial aid, student loans, Hope scholarships and academic scholarships also may be applied to the costs. Higher education students interested in participating in one of the TnCIS programs must apply to and be accepted at Pellissippi State. Iceland—a scientist’s wonderland “Students on the science-based Iceland trip will have a July they will never forget,” said Jerry Burns, the Iceland trip’s program director and Chemistry professor at Pellissippi State. Students will earn credits in General Chemistry II under Burns or in Physical Geology under Kathleen Affholter, a Pellissippi State Geology professor. The group will stay in several different locations across the country during the three-and-a-half week trip. Students will have access to lab space at the University of Akureyri and the University of Reykjavik. Highlights of the chemistry class include analyzing the iron content of the sand on the Black Sand Beach and determining why some glaciers are blue. Affholter’s students will focus on plate tectonics, volcanoes, earthquakes and glaciers. “Iceland is on a divergent plate boundary that goes all through the Atlantic Ocean,” Affholter said. “It’s in Iceland where it’s at the surface. I hope we can stand with one foot on the North American Plate and one on the Eurasian Plate.”

Spice bazaar in Turkey.

East meets West in Turkey Students who need credits in programming, economics or advanced CAD are in luck. Their courses are available through study abroad in Istanbul, Manisa and Izmir, Turkey. TnCIS participants take coursework in all three locations. Part of the time is spent at Manisa’s Celal Bayar University, one of the country’s largest academic institutions. The Turkey program is directed by Ali Sekmen, chairman of the Computer Science Department at Tennessee Technological University. Principles of Economics 2010, Java Programming 3110, and Advanced CAD Techniques will be taught by faculty from TTU and Dyersburg State Community College. Students will be based in Manisa, a large city in western Turkey on the Aegean Sea. Classes visit cultural and historic sites in the cities of Istanbul and Izmir. Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey and the second largest metropolitan area in Europe. Izmir is the third largest city in Turkey and the second biggest port after Istanbul. Eastern Europe’s Best Study abroad students have the opportunity in 2013 to take history, photography, and art in the capitals of Eastern Europe’s Hungary and Czech Republic and Central Europe’s Austria. David Key, TnCIS’ assistant director and a Pellissippi State faculty member, looks forward to teaching History 2020 with a Cold War emphasis in Budapest, Prague and Vienna. “It will give the students a unique opportunity to study the U.S. and understand its place in the world,” he said. The Prague (Czech Republic) Museum of Communism, the Sigmund Freud Museum in Vienna (Austria) and Budapest’s House of Terror—a kitschy museum that focuses on the city’s struggle against fascism and totalitarianism—are on his course to-do list. Annette Fournet, a Southwest Tennessee Community College faculty member who directs the Eastern Europe program, will teach photography. Stacy Jacobs with Roane State Community College will teach Art Appreciation and Special Topics in Art History. To learn more about TnCIS study abroad opportunities, go to www.tncis.org. For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400.

Pellissippi State hosts art exhibit featuring student study abroad perceptions

Scott McGugin's "Tracks of Confusion"

A dictionary definition of “paper trail” explains that it is “documentary evidence of one’s actions … a track record of opinions that tells, literally, where one is coming from.”

For art and culture enthusiasts, “Paper Trail” is an exhibit at Pellissippi State Community College that offers attendees the chance to experience cities such as Vienna and Rome through the eyes of student artists.

Slated for Nov. 6-23, “Paper Trail” features drawings, photos and sketchbooks created by Pellissippi State students who studied abroad in Austria and Italy during the summer 2012 Tennessee Consortium for International Studies programs. The collection explores landscapes, people, food, and cultures the students encountered while studying photography, drawing, art history, and economics.

TnCIS is sponsoring the exhibit. The consortium, which is headquartered at Pellissippi State, coordinates study abroad opportunities as part of its mission of boosting international experience and culture in higher education across the state. The organization provides affordable, high-quality study abroad opportunities to students enrolled at Pellissippi State and other Tennessee Board of Regents institutions.

More than 400 students and 50 faculty from Tennessee—183 students and 22 faculty from Pellissippi State—participated in this past summer’s study abroad. TnCIS has planned 18 study abroad programs for summer 2013.

“Paper Trail” is one of the events that make up Pellissippi State’s new 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.

An opening reception is scheduled for Nov. 8, 3-5 p.m. Regular exhibit hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The showing is in the gallery of the Bagwell Center for Media and Art on the Hardin Valley Campus. The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public. Group tours from schools, art classes or artist groups are welcome and may be arranged with advance notice.

To learn more or to schedule a group tour of the exhibit, call (865) 694-6400 or email Linnette Legg at llegg@pstcc.edu. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

‘Internationalization in a World on the Edge’ Oct. 24 at Pellissippi State

Pellissippi State Community College and the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies host a presentation on Oct. 24 by global studies expert Richard Slimbach.

In “Internationalization in a World on the Edge,” Slimbach explores the current best practices in international education. The presentation begins at 11:50 a.m. in the Goins Building Auditorium on Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Slimbach is a professor of global studies and the coordinator of the Global Studies program at California’s Azusa Pacific University. He has a Ph.D. in comparative and international education from the University of California, Los Angeles, and he is the author of the 2010 book “Becoming World Wise.”

Slimbach founded Azusa’s Master of Arts in Transformational Urban Leadership program, which focuses on the planet’s one billion slum dwellers. Azusa Pacific has eight campus locations in Southern California.

During the one-hour presentation, Slimbach discusses the increased need for colleges and universities to internationalize and some of the ways to approach it: foreign language study, discipline and area studies, campus diversity activities, study abroad, service learning, international research. He also addresses ways in which internationalization can better balance its academic and economic mandates with desired student learning outcomes.

TnCIS, whose headquarters are at Pellissippi State, coordinates study abroad opportunities as part of its mission of boosting international experience and culture in higher education across the state. More than 400 students and 50 faculty from across Tennessee participated in the summer 2012 study abroad programs coordinated by TnCIS. There are 18 study abroad programs planned for summer 2013.

For additional information about TnCIS, visit www.tncis.org or call (865) 539-7280. For 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.

Study Abroad Fair Oct. 3 at Pellissippi State

Pellissippi State Community College serves as the host location for the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies’ annual Study Abroad Fair on Oct. 3. The free event is open to the community.

TnCIS, which is headquartered at Pellissippi State, coordinates study abroad opportunities as part of its mission of boosting international experience and culture in higher education across the state. It provides affordable, high-quality study abroad opportunities to students enrolled at Pellissippi State and other Tennessee Board of Regents institutions.

The Study Abroad Fair gives attendees the opportunity to learn about the 2013 summer study abroad programs, as well as obtain information about study abroad scholarships available to Pellissippi State students. More than 400 students and 50 faculty from Tennessee participated in the 2012 summer study abroad programs coordinated by TnCIS.

The 2013 summer study abroad programs are Austria, Brazil, China, Ecuador/Galapagos Islands, England, France, Great European Capitals, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, Peru, Scotland, South Africa and Spain. Three new study abroad experiences for 2013 are also available: Eastern Europe’s Best, Iceland and Turkey.

The TnCIS Study Abroad Fair takes place at the Hardin Valley Campus in the Goins Building Rotunda. Hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

For additional information about TnCIS, visit www.tncis.org or call the TnCIS office at (865) 539-7280. For additional information about enrollment at 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.