Tennessee Promise students planning to enroll at Pellissippi State Community College are invited to a free event planned to help them navigate through the final requirements needed to keep their funding.
“Registration Rocks” takes place 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday, June 2, on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.
At the event, students can sign up for advising sessions, verify their financial aid, tour the campus, sign up to attend summer New Student Orientation and meet with Pellissippi State’s Service-Learning representatives about opportunities available to complete the required eight hours of community service. Additionally, those who are eligible can register for classes.
For more information about Pellissippi State and its offerings, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at (865) 539-7401 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Calling all makers of doodads and inventors of thingamajigs — everyone is welcome to submit his or her creations at Pellissippi State Community College’s inaugural MakerPalooza in June.
MakerPalooza brings together creative sorts of all ages to show off their work. Perhaps it’s a computer program or a 3D printed item. Or a painting or sculpture. Or a remote-controlled vehicle, a hack, a rocket or a delicious cake. Bottom line: If it’s original and created, fabricated or otherwise made by an individual, Pellissippi State welcomes the creator to register.
“If you made it, bring it,” said Sarah Graham, student success coach for the Advanced Manufacturing and Prototyping Center of East Tennessee (aka, AMP!) grant at Pellissippi State and a planner of the event.
Register as a maker at www.pstcc.edu/emt. Space for participants to present their projects is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
The free event is Thursday, June 18, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the college’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. MakerPalooza is open to the community and is free to attend. The event is sponsored by Pellissippi State’s Engineering and Media Technologies Department.
Graham and Seth Giles, a student in the department, are planning MakerPalooza. They, along with Thanh Duong and Brenda Hale, also EMT students, recently participated at a similar event, Hack Tennessee in Nashville.
There, the group “hacked” a DJI Phantom 2 Quadcopter drone into a weed trimmer.
“Hack Tennessee was set up to help local people who had problems to ask teams of people, like our students from Pellissippi State, to help solve them. The man we helped needed a new way to use drones that had become technologically obsolete,” Hale said.
Pellissippi State’s team worked with a programmer to reprogram the drone to operate upside down, then used a 3D printer and everyday equipment from a hardware store to turn the drone into their super-powered weed trimmer, which they named the “LawnShark.”
For more about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at (865) 539-7401 or email@example.com.
Hey, young women, want to make your own 3D printer this summer?
Pellissippi State Community College is offering a hands-on 3D printing class — for young females exclusively — June 8-12.
In MakeHERSpace, one of the college’s summer camp classes, female students who are rising eighth- through 12th-graders will discover about everything related to 3D printing. Students will learn how to use the beginner-friendly modeling program SketchUp, as well as assemble — and keep — their own 3D printer along with a basic toolkit and starter supplies.
MakeHERSpace is 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. each day at the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The class costs $450. Reserve a space at www.pstcc.edu/bcs.
Students in MakeHERSpace also have an opportunity to tour the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and to receive mentoring from women in engineering- and technology-related fields. Even after the course is over, students will have access to thousands of free 3D designs they can print at home.
“This class is specially created for young women,” said Lynn Klett, a Pellissippi State instructor in Engineering and Media Technologies who is teaching the summer camp class.
“So often, engineering or manufacturing have this stigma of being ‘masculine’ or intimidating. But we want women to understand that they can invent, create, make. They can do anything they want to do.”
MakeHERSpace is sponsored through a NASA National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program grant. The grant seeks to boost enrollment in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields among women and underrepresented students. The funding also pays for scholarships and other recruitment and retention activities.
For more information about this and other summer camp classes offered by the college’s Business and Community Services Division, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs or call (865) 539-7167. To request accommodations for a disability, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about 3D printing and Pellissippi State’s Engineering Technology degree program, visit www.pstcc.edu/emt or call (865) 694-6400.
Pellissippi State Community College’s Spring Choral Concert on Thursday, April 30, honors the late Bill Brewer. Brewer, for many years the college’s Music program coordinator and choral director, passed away in March after a battle with cancer.
The concert is at 7 p.m. in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The event is free and the community is invited.
Donations will be accepted at the door for the Pellissippi State Foundation on behalf of the Music Scholarship Fund and the new Bill and Sharon Brewer Music Scholarship.
The event features the student vocal ensembles Concert Chorale and Variations, led by guest conductor David Stutzenberger. Several students will perform solos.
A slideshow of choir performances, including highlights from the annual Variations study abroad trips, will be shown, accompanied by recordings of choir presentations under Brewer’s direction.
In honor of Brewer, all of the college’s choirs will join together for performances at the end of the concert. For the final piece, “Climb Every Mountain,” anyone in the audience who has been a part of a Pellissippi State choir is invited to join the combined choirs on stage.
Following the concert, the public is invited to a reception that will include performances by alumni who were members of Pellissippi State choirs and who wanted to memorialize Brewer in song.
The Spring Choral Concert is the last of Pellissippi State’s 2014-2015 Music Concert Series. The series is part of The Arts at Pellissippi State, which brings to the community cultural activities ranging from music and theatre to international celebrations, lectures, and the fine arts. All piano performances and accompaniments are performed on Steinways, in keeping with Pellissippi State’s status as an All-Steinway School.
To sign up for notices about the 2015-2016 Arts at Pellissippi State, go to www.pstcc.edu/arts and click on the link at the bottom of the page.
To request event accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action at (865) 694-6607 or email@example.com.
Pellissippi State Community College graphic design students will display their coursework during the annual Communication Graphics Technology Student Design Showcase.
The free event is 4-8 p.m. Thursday, April 23, and the community is invited. The theme of this year’s showcase is “We’re Cooking Up Something Good.”
The student showcase is like a graduation, celebration and potential job interview all rolled into one. It gives this year’s 19 senior-level participants the opportunity to present their portfolios for viewing and evaluation by invited area design professionals. Each student has his or her own table display, and each makes business cards and resumes available to the attending industry professionals.
The CGT Student Design Showcase takes place in the Bagwell Center for Media and Art on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.
For more information about the showcase, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pellissippi State Community College hosts the University of Tennessee Medical Center’s Mobile Mammography Unit Monday, April 27.
Digital screenings are available to the public 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the college’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.
To qualify for screening, participants should be over age 40 with no current breast problems, no personal history of breast cancer and no breast implants. Participants also are required to have had their last mammogram no less than one year prior to the April 27 screening.
Insurance is filed for each participant. Participants over 40 who don’t have insurance may contact UT’s Breast Health Outreach Program to discuss options to cover the cost. To schedule an appointment or find out more, call the Breast Health Outreach Program at (865) 305-9753.
The Mobile Mammography Unit will offer digital screening mammograms at the Hardin Valley Campus again June 8 and Nov. 20.
For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400.
Pellissippi State Community College’s Magnolia Avenue Campus hosts a showing of “Say It Loud: Knoxville During the Civil Rights Era,” a documentary chronicling local events that were part of the Civil Rights Movement, Thursday, April 16.
The film runs 2-3:20 p.m. in the Community Room, and the community is invited to the free event.
The event also features a brief presentation by Theotis Robinson Jr., a retired vice president for diversity and equity at the University of Tennessee and a columnist for the Knoxville News Sentinel. Robinson was one of the first African-American students to desegregate the UT campus in 1961. His brief presentation and question-and-answer take place after the documentary.
“Say It Loud” uses archival footage, recently rediscovered, to study the African-American community in Knoxville and Civil Rights up to the 1970s. It was produced by the Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound, a unit of the Knox County Public Library.
“It’s an unusual documentary that lets these rare images tell the story themselves,” said Bradley Reeves, archivist at TAMIS.
The documentary is being screened as part of the Magnolia Avenue Campus’ American History II class. The campus is located at 1610 E. Magnolia Ave.
For more information, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 329-3100. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources at (865) 694-6607 or email@example.com.
All degree-seeking students who have been accepted to attend Pellissippi State Community College for the summer 2015 semester should make plans now to attend a New Student Orientation session.
The sessions are required of all new degree-seeking students, both freshmen and transfer. Reserve a space as soon as possible.
Orientation gives new students the opportunity to meet with Pellissippi State students, faculty, and staff; learn about what they can expect in college and what the college expects of them; pick up strategies for college success; explore degree, major, and transfer options; and discover campus services and resources such as financial aid, tutoring, and computer resources.
New Student Orientation dates and times:
Tuesday, May 19, 5-8:30 p.m.
Friday, May 22, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Both sessions are at the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.
Pellissippi State encourages parents, spouses and others supportive of the student to attend New Student Orientation. The application deadline for summer semester’s first four-week and full-term sessions is May 18. Classes begin May 26.
In honor of National Poetry Month, Pellissippi State Community College is celebrating its own faculty poets.
The college presents a Faculty Poetry Reading at 1 p.m. Friday, April 17, in the Goins Building Auditorium at the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.
The free event is open to the community.
The presentation features the poetry of several faculty members, and each poet-professor will read one or two original works. Featured faculty members are Edward Francisco, Patricia Ireland, Nicholas Morgan, Keith Norris, Barbara Anne Pharr, Heather Schroeder and Charles White.
“We want to enable our students in particular to see what talented faculty we have,” said Francisco, professor of English and writer-in-residence at Pellissippi State. “When they’re in the classroom, they might not know the talent of the person who is teaching them.
“Plus, April is Shakespeare’s birthday month. We couldn’t let that month go by without a celebration of language and literature at Pellissippi State.”
For more information about the event, call (865) 694-6638. To learn more 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
East Tennessee families of preschool students are invited to the free Family Literacy Night at Pellissippi State Community College 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 14. This event is held in the Educational Resources Center, room 120, on the Hardin Valley Campus. The college’s Language and Literacy in Early Childhood class is hosting the inaugural event.
The class’ students are planning a number of literacy activities tailored to preschool children and their families. The evening will include four activity stations, each of which is based on an individual book theme, and the event will feature a book walk, door prizes, and other child-friendly activities.
“Our students are responsible for creating and implementing activities for preschoolers and their families, as well as decorating their areas,” said Hope Denny, an instructor in Early Childhood Education. “I’ve had a lot of positive feedback from students so far, and we hope that this will be the start of an annual event.”
Family Literacy Night is supported by the local chapter of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The event celebrates the national Week of the Young Child, which is sponsored by the NAEYC.
“We wanted our students to be part of this national observance by putting what they’ve learned in class into practice,” said Denny. “Family Literacy Night is a great opportunity for our students to connect both with children and their parents.”
For more information about the event and 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 email@example.com.
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