Category Archives: Strawberry Plains

Pellissippi State recognizes veterans during Civic Engagement Week

Pellissippi State Community College is placing special emphasis on veteran fellowship and veteran strength with a planned Civic Engagement Week Sept. 10-17.

“Civic Engagement Week is about promoting a culture of altruism among our students. This year, the focus of Civic Engagement Week will be on veterans and their families,” said Cat Carr, AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer for Pellissippi State’s Service-Learning program.

“With nearly 100,000 troops home from Iraq and another 30,000 expected home from Afghanistan in the next year, it is crucial that communities understand the reintegration obstacles that veterans and military families face.”

On Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus, the week opens with “The Things We Carry: What War Does,” featuring guest speaker L. Caesar Stair III, a Vietnam veteran. The presentation is free and open to the public. It takes place in the Goins Building College Center 12:30-1:15 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10.

On Wednesday, Sept. 11, Pellissippi State faculty, staff and students pause for a moment of silence beginning at 9:03 a.m., as they remember the events of Sept. 11, 2001. Following the activity, guest speaker Clyde Luttrell, also a Vietnam veteran, delivers a brief address in the Courtyard.

Residents of the Ben Atchley State Veterans’ Home are on campus 10-11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 13, in the Courtyard for a meet-and-greet. Therapy dogs from HABIT (Human-Animal Bond in Tennessee) also will be on hand.

Pellissippi State’s Service-Learning students join others participating in Knoxville Stand Down for Homeless Veterans on Saturday, Sept. 14, at the National Guard Armory, 3300 Sutherland Ave. The special community service event, part of a nationwide support movement, provides area homeless veterans with clothing and other services.

Pellissippi State replays a recent “Dialogue” WUOT radio talk show broadcast that features Rachael Cragle, the college’s director of Advising, among others, in a segment dedicated to supporting veterans in East Tennessee. The replay is at 12:30 p.m. in the Goins Building Cafeteria Annex, Monday, Sept. 16.

Civic Engagement Week on the Hardin Valley Campus wraps up Tuesday, Sept. 17, with a special Constitution Day observance featuring Ron Bridges. Bridges, an associate professor in Natural and Behavioral Sciences at Pellissippi State, talks of veterans’ sacrifices as they uphold the U.S. Constitution. The presentation is 12:30-1:15 p.m. in the Goins Building Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

The Blount County Campus observes the National Day of Service and Remembrance at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, by the campus’ flagpoles. The event recognizes veterans and their service and includes an introduction to Service-Learning.

The Division Street Campus kicks off the week on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 10-11 a.m. in the Student Lounge, by providing students with the opportunity to learn more about volunteerism and electoral participation.

The campus marks the National Day of Service and Remembrance at 8-9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, in the Student Lounge. Students can attend “Protecting Our Financial Future” at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. in Room 118. “Celebrate Our Veterans” is 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, and Constitution Day is observed all day Tuesday, Sept. 17. Both events are in the Student Lounge.

The Magnolia Avenue Campus hosts its third annual Call to Service Volunteer Resource Fair 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11. The event introduces students and faculty to 35 agencies with community service opportunities and volunteer programs. The campus also hosts SunTrust Bank for a Finances 101 workshop Tuesday, Sept. 10. Three sessions are available: 9:10 a.m., 12:25 p.m. and 2 p.m. Topics include debt-free living, money management, retirement, investments and emergency preparedness, among others.

Students at the Strawberry Plains Campus have an opportunity to serve as part of a cleanup crew for the East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery the week before Veterans Day (Nov. 11). They can sign up for the service project during Civic Engagement Week as well as throughout fall semester.

For more information about Civic Engagement Week events, contact Pellissippi State’s Service-Learning program at (865) 694-6492 or visit service-learning@pstcc.edu. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

Carter High School to host ‘Registration Days’ for Pellissippi State

Pellissippi State Community College is reaching out to community members in East Knox County through its newly opened Strawberry Plains Campus and will host summer registration days for prospective college students at Carter High School.

“‘Registration Days’ at Carter High School will be an opportunity for anyone interested in registering for fall 2013 classes at Pellissippi State to apply, work with a Financial Aid representative and register for classes,” said Mike North, Strawberry Plains campus dean.

“Anyone interested in enrollment at Pellissippi State can come to one of the two registration days we will offer at Carter High School—you don’t have to be a Carter graduate. Interested high school graduates, adult learners or transfer students from other institutions can come on July 10 or 24 to get help with applying to Pellissippi State, financial aid, placement testing, or registration.”

Registration Days takes place 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Wednesday, July 10, and Wednesday, July 24. Pellissippi State staff from the Admissions, Financial Aid and Advising offices will be on hand to assist prospective students. Students can even take a placement test on site.

This is the first time a Pellissippi State registration event has been staged at a community high school.

“This is a new initiative for the college,” said North. “The Strawberry Plains Campus will close for several renovation projects and will not be able to provide enrollment services until it reopens later this summer.

“Carter High School is close to Pellissippi State’s Strawberry Plains Campus, and people in and around the community are familiar with the location.”

No reservation or registration is required. Interested students may walk in at any time July 10 or 24 and find assistance.

For more information, call the Strawberry Plains Campus at (865) 225-2300 or the Hardin Valley Campus at (865) 694-6400.

Pellissippi State: Randy Boyd honored with statewide philanthropy award

Photo of two men in suits holding a framed photo.
Randy Boyd (L) and Dr. Anthony Wise, Jr. (R)

Randy Boyd, president and CEO of PetSafe, has been honored by Pellissippi State Community College as a recipient of the 2013 Regents Award for Excellence in Philanthropy.

The award, bestowed annually by the Tennessee Board of Regents, recognizes individuals who make a significant impact on higher education in their communities. Boyd was nominated by Pellissippi State, which hosted a breakfast in his honor and presented the award in February.

Boyd’s PetSafe company develops pet behavior, containment, and lifestyle product solutions and services. PetSafe’s headquarters are in Knoxville. Its parent company, Radio Systems Corporation, was founded by Boyd in 1991.

In 2012, Boyd and his wife, Jenny, donated $1 million to the Pellissippi State Foundation. The donation was earmarked to go toward the purchase of Pellissippi State’s new Strawberry Plains Campus. The site began offering classes during the fall 2012 semester.

Pellissippi State acquired the former Philips Consumer Electronics’ East Tennessee headquarters in order to increase access to the college’s programs and work toward the fulfillment of the goals of the Complete College Tennessee Act.

A state program that funded community college capital projects contributed $8.5 million toward the $10 million cost. The Pellissippi State Foundation paid the remaining $1.5 million through private donations.

The addition of the Strawberry Plains Campus, located at 7201 Strawberry Plains Pike in East Knox County, gives Pellissippi State a total of five locations in Knox and Blount counties.

Boyd is involved with local education nonprofit organizations, serving as a board member for organizations such as tnAchieves (chair) and Knox County’s Great Schools Partnership. He has received several awards, including Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year for the Southeast in 2008, Tennessee Business Magazine’s CEO of the Year in 2009 and the University of Tennessee’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 2009. Boyd was inducted into Junior Achievement’s East Tennessee Hall of Fame in 2008.

For additional information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400. To learn more about giving opportunities, call (865) 694-6528 or email foundation@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State offers two open houses, chances to win a scholarship

Members of the community are invited to attend open houses at the Magnolia Avenue Campus and Strawberry Plains Campus of Pellissippi State Community College in early March.

Both events offer information for potential students, as well as a chance to win a $250 scholarship. There will be one scholarship drawing at each campus, and all attendees of the open houses are eligible to enter. The scholarships are provided by the Pellissippi State Foundation.

The open house at the Magnolia Avenue Campus takes place on Tuesday, March 5, and the open house at the Strawberry Plains Campus on Thursday, March 7.

Pellissippi State staff members will be on hand to share information regarding programs of study, admission, distance learning, financial aid and dual enrollment. The Fast Forward Dual Enrollment program at the college allows high school students to earn high school and college credit simultaneously for selected courses.

The open houses are free, and registering in not necessary. Pellissippi State’s Magnolia Avenue Campus is located at 1610 E. Magnolia Ave. Open house hours on March 5 are 5:30-7:30 p.m. The Strawberry Plains Campus is located at 7201 Strawberry Plains Pike. Open house hours on March 7 are 5:30-7:30 p.m.

For additional information, call (865) 694-6400 or visit www.pstcc.edu. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu. Requests should be made at least two weeks in advance.

Pellissippi State’s Strawberry Plains Campus pilots program for Second Harvest

Service-learning volunteer Ashley Lawhorn sorts snacks for deserving children.

Students from Pellissippi State Community College’s Strawberry Plains Campus have teamed up with Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee and others to get healthy snacks into the hands of deserving elementary and middle school kids in Knox County. This is the first time that college or university students have been involved in this type of partnership.

On Nov. 14 Pellissippi State students and staff sorted a pallet and a half of food items, including juice, milk, fruit and vegetables, provided by Second Harvest. The goods went into plastic bags donated by Walmart. Then members of Chilhowee Hills Baptist Church stepped in to deliver the bags to Carter Elementary and Middle schools and to Sunnyview Primary School.

The snacks provide nourishment for six weekends for some of the students participating in Second Harvest’s Food for Kids program. The program includes 18 counties and makes available 500,000-plus meals to more than 10,500 children.

The student effort is in keeping with Pellissippi State’s emphasis on service-learning, says Mike North, dean of the Strawberry Plains Campus.

“The idea came up after meeting with some Second Harvest representatives at a community breakfast,” he said, “and we agreed we would give it a try at Strawberry Plains. Even though our campus has only been open for a few months, our students are enthusiastic about reaching out to the community.”

One of those students is Pierce Wender. “I enjoy helping people,” said Wender, who is studying philosophy. “I’ve had plenty of people help me in the past, and it just feels good to pass it on.”

Second Harvest is thankful for the extra hands. “It’s helpful to Second Harvest that we only have to make one delivery,” said Sam Compton, youth programs manager, “and it helps the schools because they don’t have to do the bag packing. We are very excited about the possibility of continuing to work with Pellissippi State.”

Annie Gray, a Pellissippi State faculty member, coordinates the Service-Learning program for the college.

For more information about Pellissippi State’s service-learning opportunities, go to www.pstcc.edu/service-learning or call the college at (865) 694-6400. For information about courses offered at the Strawberry Plains Campus, go to www.pstcc.edu/strawberry or call the campus at (865) 225-2300.

Pellissippi State schedules spring-semester New Student Orientation sessions

Want to attend Pellissippi State Community College during the spring 2013 semester? Make plans now to attend a New Student Orientation session.

The sessions are required of all first-time degree-seeking freshmen. Orientation is recommended for transfer students and those who have been out of school for a while.

The sessions give new enrollees the opportunity to meet with Pellissippi State students, faculty, and staff; learn strategies for college success; explore degree, major, and transfer options; and discover campus services and resources such as financial aid. Pellissippi State encourages parents, spouses and others supportive of the student to attend as well.

A total of 10 sessions, two at each campus, are offered. Accepted students are urged to reserve their place in an orientation session as soon as possible. Dates, times and locations are as follows:

Tuesday, Dec. 4, 5:30-8:30 p.m.—Hardin Valley Campus

Thursday, Jan. 10, 5:30-8:30 p.m.—Magnolia Avenue Campus

Friday, Jan. 11, 9-11:30 a.m.—Magnolia Avenue Campus

Monday, Jan. 14, 1-3 p.m.—Blount County Campus

Tuesday, Jan. 15, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.—Division Street Campus

Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2-4 p.m.—Strawberry Plains Campus

Tuesday, Jan. 15, 5:30-7:30 p.m.—Blount County Campus

Wednesday, Jan. 16, 9-noon—Hardin Valley Campus

Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2-5 p.m.—Division Street Campus

Wednesday, Jan. 16, 5:30-7:30 p.m.—Strawberry Plains Campus

Pellissippi State’s spring 2013 application deadline is Jan. 7. Classes begin on Jan. 17.

Visit www.pstcc.edu/admissions/orientation or call (865) 694-6400 to make your reservation. To request accommodations for a disability, email accommodations@pstcc.edu or call (865) 539-7153.

Film festival returns to Pellissippi State with screenings at all five campuses

With theater screenings at all five Knox and Blount county campuses of Pellissippi State Community College, East Tennessee film enthusiasts will have a myriad of viewing options during the upcoming seventh annual Southern Appalachian Film Festival.

Scheduled for Nov. 12-17, SOAPIFF promotes and preserves the work of independent filmmakers. It also encourages film production and film culture in Southern Appalachia.

The six-day festival is sponsored by the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies. TnCIS (www.tncis.org) is located on the Hardin Valley Campus of Pellissippi State. The Hardin Valley Campus is in Knox County, as are the Division Street, Magnolia Avenue and Strawberry Plains campuses. The Blount County Campus is the fifth of the college’s locations.

SOAPIFF features full-length and short films in the following genres: Appalachian, art/experimental, children’s, cultural minorities, documentary, environmental, foreign/international, gender/women’s, gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender, independent and young filmmakers.

As part of this year’s festival, SOAPIFF welcomes film industry veteran Adam Leipzig to Pellissippi State. Leipzig, who has served as a Disney executive and as director of National Geographic Films, has brought more than 25 movies to the screen. A reception in his honor takes place on Nov. 12 at 6:45 p.m. in the Goins Building Auditorium on the Hardin Valley Campus.

The director of one of the documentaries being screened also makes an appearance. Documentarian Nancy Ghertner, who directed “After I Pick the Fruit,” visits the Hardin Valley Campus on Nov. 13. The screening of her film begins at 7:55 p.m. in the Goins Building Auditorium.

SOAPIFF also brings to Knoxville a well-known international artist, Lori Zimmerman. Zimmerman presents and discusses current trends in fiber art on Nov. 13 at noon in the gallery of the Bagwell Center for Media and Art on the Hardin Valley Campus.

A complete schedule of SOAPIFF screenings and activities can be found at www.soapiff.com.

For more about Pellissippi State, 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 student artist displays landscapes at Strawberry Plains Campus

The oil landscapes of artist and Pellissippi State Community College student Matthew Lawson are now on display in the Lobby of the College’s Strawberry Plains Campus. Lawson is the first artist to exhibit a collection at the newly opened campus, but Mike North, campus dean, says he hopes to see many more.

“At the start of the year, the staff and I talked about wanting to bring art on campus,” said North. “We talked about wanting it to come from the community here and, ideally, a student. That’s exactly what happened when we learned about Matt’s artwork, and we’re excited to feature him at the Strawberry Plains Campus.”

The community is invited to view Lawson’s paintings Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and Tuesday and Thursday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. The campus is at 7201 Strawberry Plains Pike.

Lawson’s painting career began, ironically, when he couldn’t join other students in an art class at Carter High School. His classmates were working with clay, but because of allergies, Lawson sat in the hallway painting. His teacher took a photograph of him and asked him to paint a self-portrait. The painting was entered into an art contest sponsored by VSA, the international organization on arts and disability. Ultimately, it was displayed around the country, even spending time in the Smithsonian.

That success, coupled with the inspiration Lawson got by watching artist Bob Ross on television, spurred him to pursue oil painting. So far, the aspiring pharmacist has given all his paintings to family members.

For more information about the display, call (865) 694-6400 or email Catherine Adaska, cladaska@pstcc.edu.

Register to vote at Pellissippi State

Are you registered to vote in November’s state and federal elections? If not, Pellissippi State Community College is making it easier and more convenient by offering voter registration at all five campuses Sept. 11-14. The activities are part of the college’s first-ever Civic Engagement Week.

At the Hardin Valley Campus, voter registration takes place in the Courtyard between the Goins and McWherter buildings and inside the Alexander and McWherter buildings. Registration is scheduled for the following dates and times:

  • Sept. 11, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Sept. 12, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Sept. 13, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Sept.14, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Also, on Sept. 25 the Knox County/Knoxville League of Women Voters will be on hand 10 a.m-1 p.m. to help with register voters. Weather permitting, the table will be set up in the Courtyard. If it rains, the table will be in the Goins Building Rotunda.

On Sept. 12-13 the Blount County Election Commission will have staff available at the Blount County Campus to answer questions and register voters. The event takes place 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Lobby.

The Division Street Campus will have registration forms available in Room 117 12:30-3 p.m. Sept. 13 and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 14. On Sept. 25 the Knox County/Knoxville League of Women Voters will be set up 10 a.m-1 p.m. in Room 117.

At the Magnolia Avenue Campus, voter registration will be facilitated by Iota Phi Lambda business sorority Sept. 17. The event is 10-noon in the Lobby. Again, on Sept. 25 the Knox County/Knoxville League of Women Voters will be on hand for voter registration 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Lobby.

At the Strawberry Plains Campus, registration takes place Sept. 11-14, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., in the Lobby.

According to the Knox County Election Commission, to be eligible to vote in Tennessee, voters must be a U.S. citizen, a resident of Tennessee and at least 18 years old on or before the next election. They may not have been convicted of a felony. If they have, their full rights of citizenship must have been restored or they must have received a pardon. As of Jan. 1, 2012, voters must present an acceptable photo ID at the polls.

For more information, call Pellissippi State at (865) 649-6400 or email faculty sponsors Annie Gray (ajgray@pstcc.edu) or Ann Kronk (aekronk@pstcc.edu).

Pellissippi State cuts ribbon on fifth campus

Exterior of Strawberry Plains Campus

As officials cut the ribbon on Monday, Aug. 13, a new era in education in East Knox County and the surrounding area will begin.

The Strawberry Plains Campus, Pellissippi State Community College’s fifth and newest location, will officially open. The community is invited to participate in the ribbon-cutting ceremony at 2 p.m. The campus is at 7201 Strawberry Plains Pike, and the event will be followed by tours and a reception.

Math, English and learning support classes are set to start Aug. 26, and that’s just the beginning, says Mike North, campus dean.

“We hope to connect with local businesses to provide a place for them to provide instruction for their employees, and we are already in cooperation with four-year colleges to offer four-year programs on this campus,” he said.

The facility has 223,000 square feet and offers multiple classrooms, open office space, gathering areas, private offices, a full-service cafeteria and kitchen, a theatre-style presentation room, and a warehouse area with loading dock. So far, about 30,000 square feet have been renovated into classrooms, computer labs, a distance learning classroom and office space. Additional space will become available in phases as enrollment increases.

Prospective students may apply for admission, take a placement test, register for classes and get financial aid information each Thursday through Aug. 16.

For more information about the ribbon cutting, contact Pat Myers, director of Alumni Relations and Foundation events at pmyers@pstcc.edu or (865) 539-7242. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

Learn more about Pellissippi State by visiting www.pstcc.edu or calling (865) 694-6400.