Category Archives: Strawberry Plains

Pellissippi State hosts Pulitzer-nominated writer David Madden Nov. 5

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Pulitzer Prize nominee David Madden reads from his newest book on Wednesday, Nov. 5, beginning at noon on Pellissippi State Community College’s Strawberry Plains Campus.

Madden chooses excerpts from his newest collection of short stories, “The Last Bizarre Tale.” The reading is free and the community is invited.

“We are honored to have acclaimed author David Madden with us,” said Patricia Ireland, an English faculty member and advisor for the Strawberry Plains Creative Writing Club, which is sponsoring the event. “We feel certain he will serve as an inspiration to all of our aspiring writers.

“The fact that his reading is presented as a dramatic performance will certainly provide listeners with an entertaining and informative experience. He’ll be taking questions from the audience after his reading, so we hope everyone will stay for that part of the event as well.”

Stories in “The Last Bizarre Tale” include “A Walk with Jefferson at Poplar Forest,” “The Invisible Girl” and “Who Killed Harpo Marx?” among others. Copies of his books will be available to buy at the event.

Madden was born in Knoxville in 1933 and is the author of several novels, including “The Suicide’s Wife,” “London Bridge in Plague and Fire,” and “Sharpshooter: A Novel of the Civil War.” Both “The Suicide’s Wife” and “Sharpshooter” were nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Madden also is a prolific poet, short story writer and essayist, as well as an editor.

For more information about this event, visit www.pstcc.edu or call the Strawberry Plains Campus at (865) 225-2300. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State hosts workshop for high school creative writers

Pellissippi State Community College hosts a daylong Young Creative Writer Workshop Saturday, Nov. 1, at its Strawberry Plains Campus.

The event begins with check-in at 9:30 a.m., followed by morning and afternoon workshop sessions, then an end-of-day showcase. The workshop is free and lunch is provided. The workshop is open to all interested high school students.

“Students can pursue their interests in workshops about fiction and poetry writing, songwriting, screenplay writing, and performance skills,” said Patricia Ireland. Ireland is an English faculty member and advisor for the Strawberry Plains Creative Writing Club, which is sponsoring the event.

Workshops will be led by professional writers from Pellissippi State’s faculty, assisted by members of the Creative Writing Club.

“In addition to ‘workshopping’ their original writings,” said Ireland, “area high school students will have the opportunity to visit the Strawberry Plains Campus and interact with professors, students, and staff at Pellissippi State.”

The workshop is free, but registration forms are required and are due by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29. To register, contact Ireland at paireland@pstcc.edu or (865) 225-2340. Forms may be returned via email to Ireland or by fax to (865) 225-2301.

Pellissippi State’s Strawberry Plains Campus is located at 7201 Strawberry Plains Pike.

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.

Pellissippi State dedicates Jenny and Randy Boyd Building

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In recognition of outstanding support by Randy and Jenny Boyd of higher education opportunities in this area, Pellissippi State Community College has dedicated its Strawberry Plains Campus building in the couple’s honor.

The Jenny and Randy Boyd Building was dedicated today, May 9.

“We are naming this building in recognition of Jenny and Randy Boyd for their support of Pellissippi State Community College and their dedication to increased access and opportunities for higher education in East Tennessee,” said L. Anthony Wise Jr., Pellissippi State’s president.

In 2012, the Boyds donated $1 million to the Pellissippi State Foundation toward the purchase of the Strawberry Plains Campus. The campus, which is located at 7201 Strawberry Plains Pike, began offering classes in fall 2012.

“If we fail to give our children the opportunity to get the additional education and training they will need, we have failed them,” Randy Boyd said. “Our community colleges will see the majority of the growth in degrees in the next decade, and we are proud that one of the best in the country serves our community: Pellissippi State.

“Making college convenient and accessible is critical, and this new campus at Strawberry Plains will do that for East and South Knox county and neighboring counties. We’re happy to be able to help Pellissippi State fulfill its mission and that of our state with this new campus.”

Randy Boyd was Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam’s special advisor for higher education in 2013. In 2009, he helped start tnAchieves, which is a last-dollar scholarship and mentoring program for college students.

He also is a proponent of the governor’s “Drive to 55” campaign. The campaign’s goal is to increase the percentage of Tennesseans with college degrees or certificates to 55 percent by 2025.

Randy Boyd is founder, chairman and CEO of Radio Systems Corporation, maker of the PetSafe and SportDOG brands. He started the Knoxville-based company in 1991.

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

Pellissippi State to dedicate Jenny and Randy Boyd Building

In recognition of outstanding support of higher education opportunities in this area, Pellissippi State Community College will dedicate its Strawberry Plains Campus building in honor of Randy and Jenny Boyd on Friday, May 9.

The dedication ceremony begins at 10 a.m., and the campus is located at 7201 Strawberry Plains Pike. Tours of the building will follow.

“We are naming this building in recognition of Jenny and Randy Boyd for their support of Pellissippi State Community College and their dedication to increased access and opportunities for higher education in East Tennessee,” said L. Anthony Wise Jr., Pellissippi State’s president.

In 2012, Randy and Jenny Boyd donated $1 million to the Pellissippi State Foundation toward the purchase of the Strawberry Plains Campus. The campus began offering classes in fall of that year.

Boyd, who is chairman of Radio Systems Corporation, also was Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam’s special advisor for higher education in 2013. In 2009, he helped start tnAchieves, a last-dollar scholarship and mentoring program for college students.

Boyd is a proponent of the governor’s “Drive to 55” campaign. The campaign’s goal to increase the percentage of Tennesseans with college degrees or certificates to 55 percent by 2025.

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

Pellissippi State: High-schoolers invited to Creative Writer’s Workshop

Pellissippi State Community College invites local high school students to a Creative Writer’s Workshop Saturday, April 12, at the Strawberry Plains Campus.

The workshop is a free all-day event designed for current high school students who wish to gain experience in fiction and poetry writing, songwriting, screenplay writing, and performance skills. Lunch is provided.

“Young people who feel that hunger to write—whether it be fiction, poetry, plays or songs—need encouragement and motivation to pursue their abilities,” said Patricia Ireland, an English instructor at Pellissippi State.

“Our goal is to pair Pellissippi State’s professional writers with young, aspiring writers in order to offer personal feedback and inspiration, as well as an opportunity to see our campus and get to know college student writers.”

At the end of the day, students have the option of performing their original work at a showcase event. Check-in begins in the lobby at 9:30 a.m., followed by morning and afternoon workshop sessions. The showcase begins at 2:45 p.m.

Workshop sessions will be taught by professional writers from the Pellissippi State faculty, assisted by members of the Strawberry Plains Creative Writing Club.

Interested students should register by 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, with Ireland, paireland@pstcc.edu or (865) 225-2340.

The Strawberry Plains Campus is located at 7201 Strawberry Plains Pike.

For more information, contact Ireland, call (865) 694-6400 or visit www.pstcc.edu. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State hosting adjunct faculty recruiting fairs

Pellissippi State Community College has scheduled adjunct faculty recruiting fairs at two of its site campuses: the Blount County Campus on March 27 and the Strawberry Plains Campus on April 22.

“Pellissippi State relies heavily on a professional, experienced, well-trained body of part-time instructors,” said Ted Lewis, vice president of Academic Affairs.

Interested individuals are invited to each recruiting fair, where they can expect information sessions, meetings with department representatives and an overview of the application process. Both events are 6:30-8 p.m.

Pellissippi State adjunct faculty in most subject areas are required to have a master’s degree and at least 18 hours of graduate hours in the subject they wish to teach. Positions are open in Accounting, Chemistry, Computer Science and Information Technology, Economics, English, History, Mathematics, Microbiology, Spanish and Theatre, among others.

Candidates for adjunct faculty positions in three areas—Video Production Technology, Photography and Communication Graphics Technology—require a bachelor’s degree and three years’ work experience. To be considered for an adjunct position in Clinical Nursing requires an RN with MSN and three years’ clinical experience.

Pellissippi State’s Blount County Campus is located at 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Pkwy., and the Strawberry Plains Campus is at 7201 Strawberry Plains Pike.

For more information about employment at Pellissippi State and for a full list of open adjunct faculty positions, visit www.pstcc.edu/hr/employment 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.

Pellissippi State plans open houses at site campuses

Pellissippi State Community College will host open houses at each of its site campuses this month and next.

The events are free and open to all prospective students and their families.

“These open houses allow students to meet with Admissions and Financial Aid representatives,” said Leigh Anne Touzeau, assistant vice president of Enrollment Services, “as well as with other support services like Advising, Counseling Services, Student Life and Recreation, and some faculty.”

Open house locations and dates:

  • Division Street Campus: 5-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 26
  • Magnolia Avenue Campus: 4-7 p.m. Thursday, March 27
  • Blount County Campus: 4:30-6 p.m. Thursday, April 3
  • Strawberry Plains Campus: 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, April 8

Each open house is a drop-in event. Anyone who is interested may attend to learn more about Pellissippi State’s academic options, how to apply for financial aid and to the college, and the many resources available to students.

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 and Affirmative Action at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State hosts Young Inventors Fair

Young inventors are invited to bring their creations, innovations and science fair projects to Pellissippi State Community College for the Third Annual Young Inventors Fair Saturday, Feb. 15.

The Young Inventors Fair is noon-5 at the Strawberry Plains Campus, 7201 Strawberry Plains Pike.

Any student in elementary through high school with an invention or innovative science fair submission can participate. Contestants have the chance to win prizes and entry into the Southern Appalachian Science and Engineering Fair.

“The Young Inventors Fair is similar to a science fair, but it has an angle toward creation and invention,” said Jerry Burns, professor of Natural and Behavioral Sciences and organizer of the event.

“Unlike a typical science fair, this event is meant to reward students who have a great idea—even if the full science isn’t there, or if they weren’t able to feasibly follow through with the actual creation. It’s a way to reward students who think innovatively.”

Student projects are judged by a panel of faculty members from Pellissippi State, and winners are announced by age group.

“We feel like this event is a great way to get our name out to schools, to let them know that Pellissippi State has a new campus in the area,” said Mike North, Strawberry Plains Campus dean. “Students who participate in this Young Inventors Fair as middle-schoolers might return to Pellissippi State as college students.”

The Southern Appalachian Science and Engineering Fair is a regional science fair that takes place at the University of Tennessee’s Thompson-Boling Arena. It’s open to students in middle and high school, and students are qualified to enter after winning individual school science fairs.

The Young Inventors Fair could offer students a second chance to participate in the SASEF regional event if they didn’t win their own school science fair.

For more information about the Young Inventors Fair, email the Pellissippi State Science Club at science_club@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.

Pellissippi State campuses host free Black History Month events

Pellissippi State Community College is celebrating Black History Month with numerous events at its five campuses throughout February. Activities are free and the community is invited.

The Magnolia Avenue Campus starts the month-long activities with “Healthy Pelli: Campus Health Fair,” Wednesday, Feb. 5. Each Friday in February, the site hosts an African Jazz Cafe in the Lobby.

The Division Street Campus offers two films in February: Disney’s “Ruby Bridges” on the 11th and “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” on the 20th. Both are at 12:15 p.m. in the Student Lounge.

The Magnolia Avenue Campus hosts a “History of African-American Music: Freedom Songs, Blues and Jazz” 10:45 a.m.-Noon Wednesday, Feb. 12, in the Community Room. The presentation features local jazz artist Kelle Jolly.

The Blount County Campus presents the documentary “The Underground Railroad” Tuesday, Feb. 18, in the Educational Resources Center.

At the Hardin Valley Campus, Feb. 21 brings “A Celebration of African-American Art, Music and Literature.” The event is in the Goins Building College Center, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. It features an art display, performance by the Vine Middle School African Dancers and Drummers, poetry reading by Oak Ridge poet Rose Weaver, and “Taste of Soul Food.”

Also at the Hardin Valley site, Feb. 27 the community is invited to a Faculty Lecture Series presentation: “John Brown: Maniacal Egotist or Moral Crusader?” by Joy Ingram, an associate professor. The talk is at 2 p.m. in the Goins Building Auditorium.

Throughout the month, African-American history exhibits will be on display in the Community Room of the Magnolia Avenue Campus, the Lobby of the Strawberry Plains Campus, the Student Lounge of the Division Street Campus, and the Educational Resources centers of the Blount County and Hardin Valley campuses.

The theme of the display at the Magnolia Avenue Campus is “All About That Jazz”; Division Street, “Embrace African-American Heritage Board of Fame”; and Strawberry Plains, “African-Americans of Influence.”

Other ongoing events include African tea and coffee tastings:

  • Hardin Valley, Goins Building Rotunda, 8:30-10 a.m. Wednesdays
  • Division Street, Student Lounge, 9-10:30 a.m. Wednesdays
  • Strawberry Plains, Lobby, 9-10:30 a.m. Mondays

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.

National Day on Writing: Pellissippi State to host bestselling author Schoenewaldt

Portrait of woman with glasses with bookshelves behind herUSA Today bestselling author Pamela Schoenewaldt will be at Pellissippi State Community College’s Strawberry Plains Campus Monday, Oct. 21, to promote the love of language and literature.

Schoenewaldt, author of “When We Were Strangers” and “Swimming in the Moon,” presents a reading of her works to celebrate the National Day on Writing. The event, sponsored by the Strawberry Plains Creative Writing Club, also features free refreshments and fun activities. The community is invited to attend.

“I felt that Pamela would be an incredible inspiration to our students, because she is such a skilled writer with such interesting works,” said Patricia Ireland, who teaches English and is the faculty sponsor of the Creative Writing Club. “We’re very fortunate that we have someone with such professional ability living right here in Knoxville.”

Schoenewaldt will read from “Swimming in the Moon” and answer questions from the audience during the event, which takes place at noon in the Lobby.

“I’ve written short stories, poetry, and now novels; taught creative writing; and done professional writing for years,” Schoenewaldt said. “I find many similarities. To move people with words is exciting, deeply challenging, frustrating and exhilarating when it works.

“But it is work and requires the same discipline as any other endeavor for which you want results. Particularly with novels, there is so much to attend to at once: plot, character, theme, imagery, pacing, sound, mood, historical accuracy in my case. You have to really want a book to happen, and it takes sacrifice and being there on the job. The angel of inspiration will come, but if she comes and you’re not there, focused, she’ll go away.”

On the National Day on Writing, the Creative Writing Club will sponsor free activities all day. The group will award prizes for a campus contest for best original fiction work, best poem and best artwork.

The organization is the first official club to be organized on Pellissippi State’s Strawberry Plains Campus. Its members work to promote the power of the written word through readings, a published journal of creative writing and sponsorship of special events.

Schoenewaldt is a New Jersey native with degrees in English literature and film and television. She and her husband, physicist Maurizio Conti, lived in a small town outside Naples, Italy, for 10 years, and her short stories have been published in literary magazines in both the U.S. and Europe.

Schoenewaldt was writer-in-residence at the University of Tennessee, where she wrote her first novel and taught fiction, rhetorical, and professional writing. “When We Were Strangers” is a USA Today bestseller, was a Barnes & Noble Great Discovery Selection and was short-listed for the Langham Prize in American Historical Fiction.

For more information, call the Strawberry Plains Campus at (865) 225-2300 or visit www.pstcc.edu/strawberry. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.