Pellissippi State celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

graphic with dragon that says culture and diversityPellissippi State Community College celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with an assortment of food and festivities on Wednesday, Oct. 1. Hispanic Heritage Month is Sept. 15-Oct. 15.

The Pellissippi State event takes place 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Goins Building College Center on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. It is free and open to the community.
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“We will celebrate the histories, cultures and contributions of Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America,” said Gayle Wood, director of Access and Diversity, which sponsors the event.

Activities will include performances of Latin dances by Tiffany Weddle and of Spanish and South American music by classical guitarist Chris Lee. Attendees can sample chicken fajitas and pork carnitas, as well as chips and salsa and non-alcoholic sangrias.

Hispanic Heritage Month began as a weeklong observation in 1968 and expanded under President Ronald Reagan in 1988. In September, a number of Central and South American countries—among them, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and Nicaragua—celebrate the anniversaries of their independence.
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Hispanic Heritage Month is one of the events that make up Pellissippi State’s 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. This year, the series celebrates Pellissippi State’s 40th anniversary.

For more information about The Arts at Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu/arts 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.

August kicks off third annual Arts at Pellissippi State

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Pellissippi State’s alumni art exhibit, “A Look in Both Directions,” will include a variety of artwork, including paintings like this one by artist Paige Burchell.

Pellissippi State Community College launches the third season of its community arts series, The Arts at Pellissippi State, in August.

The series brings to the community cultural activities ranging from music and theatre to international celebrations, lectures, and the fine arts. The 2014-2015 Arts at Pellissippi State includes a number of special performances and exhibits to commemorate the college’s 40th anniversary.

This year, events get under way with the inaugural art exhibit at the Blount County Campus: “Quantum Confusion,” featuring the mind-bending artwork of Denise Stewart-Sanabria. The show runs Aug. 18-Oct. 18.

Talented Pellissippi State alumni artists return to the Hardin Valley Campus Aug. 25 for a commemorative anniversary art exhibit, “A Look in Both Directions.” Artists include Sharon Bachleda, Paige Burchell, Jessica Burleson, Pete Hoffecker, Daniel Huxtable, Steven Kempster, Jamie Schneider, Pamela Simpson, Bill Warden, Elliott White and Dean Yasko. The exhibit will run through Sept. 12 at the Bagwell Center for Media and Art on the college’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

Bestselling author Mark Bowden gives a public presentation and book signing on Sept. 18. Bowden is the author of “Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War” and “The Finish: The Killing of Osama Bin Laden,” as well as an essayist in Pellissippi State’s 2014 Common Book, “The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2013.”

His presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The book signing and a question-and-answer session follow.

Pellissippi State’s Theatre program presents “Server Alley” Nov. 14-16 and Nov. 21-23. This is the world premiere of the comedy/drama by New York playwright Alex Gherardi and examines the lives of restaurant servers. In co-production with The WordPlayers, the college presents “A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas” Dec. 12-13.

The college celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month in October and American Indian Heritage Month in November. Other upcoming Arts at Pellissippi State performances include musical concerts, such as the ever-popular Holiday Spectacular, faculty lectures and more.

For more information about these and other events in the 2014-2015 Arts at Pellissippi State series, visit www.pstcc.edu/arts 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 to host Humphrey Fellows in February, March

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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.

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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.

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