Pellissippi State hosts inaugural James Agee Conference for Literature and Arts

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Pellissippi State Community College invites aspiring writers, scholars and fans of Appalachian literature to attend the inaugural James Agee Conference for Literature and Arts, Sept. 9-10.

The free conference will feature dozens of scholarly and creative presentations led by noted Appalachian authors and scholars, including Pellissippi State’s own English assistant professor Charles Dodd White and writer-in-residence Ed Francisco. Leading a master class on creative nonfiction will be Karen McElmurray, the author of “Strange Birds in the Tree of Heaven,” which won the Thomas and Lillie D. Chaffin Award for Appalachian Writing. A poetry master class will be led by Linda Parsons, poet, playwright and editor of “Now & Then” magazine. Finally, novelist Mark Powell will lead a fiction master class. Powell is author of “The Dark Corner” and “Prodigals.”

A keynote presentation and book signing by Crystal Wilkinson, author of “Blackberries, Blackberries,” “Water Street” and “The Birds of Opulence” will complete the two-day schedule. Wilkinson, a Kentucky native, is writer-in-residence at Berea College.

The James Agee Conference for Literature and Arts will be held on Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus. To register for the free event, or for more information, visit

Event attendees will have time to network with other writers and creators, meet and mingle with the featured authors and speak to local publishing houses.

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit or call 865-694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability at this event, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at 865-539-7401 or


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Pellissippi State opens auditions for ‘Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson’

Auditions are open for Pellissippi State Community College’s upcoming production of “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.”

Auditions will be held from 6:30-10 p.m., Aug. 29 and 30, in the Clayton Performing Arts Center at the college’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Auditions are open to the community and will be held for 13 roles, all within the 20- to 30-year-old age range, all ethnicities and including a mix of male and female roles.

“Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” is a satirical emo rock musical and dramatized retelling of the controversial presidency of Andrew Jackson. The play, by Michael Friedman and Alex Timbers, discusses the role of populism in the actions of America’s seventh president and draws parallels to today’s political climate.

The play’s performance dates are Oct. 28-30 and Nov. 4-6. Rehearsals will be held in the evenings and on weekends. More information about auditions and rehearsals is available at

“Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” 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 and the fine arts. For more information about The Arts at Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc/edu/arts or call 865-694-6400.


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Community invited to celebrate making at Pellissippi State’s ‘MakerPalooza’

Tinkerers, knitters, bakers, carvers, illustrators, programmers, cultivators and all kinds of makers will display and demonstrate their creations at Pellissippi State Community College’s second annual MakerPalooza on June 18.

MakerPalooza 2.0 will be held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Megalab of Pellissippi State’s Strawberry Plains Campus, 7201 Strawberry Plains Pike. The event is free and open to everyone.

“Makerpalooza celebrates STEAM — science, technology, engineering, art and math — education and the National Day of Making,” said Sarah Graham, a planner of the event and a completion coach of the Southeastern Education and Economic Leadership Consortium grant at Pellissippi State.

“We’re excited to host a variety of makers this year from farmers to welders to knitters and everything in between,” she added. Last year’s successful and inaugural Makerpalooza also featured a variety of technical and craft creations and their makers.

Seth Giles, advanced manufacturing master lab technician in the Megalab and co-planner of Makerpalooza, said, “Makerpalooza creates an environment that rewards accomplishment — after all, who doesn’t want to show off their creations? — and also shares information with other makers on how to achieve a task or complete a project, as well as on how a creator arrived at his or her solution.”

Makerpalooza 2.0 is sponsored by Pellissippi State’s Engineering and Media Technologies department. For more information about Makerpalooza, visit

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit or call 865-694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability at this event, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at 865-539-7401 or


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Pellissippi State: Orientation sessions set for new fall enrollees

All degree-seeking students who have been accepted to attend Pellissippi State Community College for the fall 2016 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. New Student Orientations are free, but students and their guests who wish to attend need to RSVP at RSVP early, because space at each session is limited.

Students are encouraged to attend orientation at the campus they’ll be attending for class. Dozens of orientation sessions will be offered throughout the summer, with unique sessions for Tennessee Promise students, veteran students, international students and transfer students. Sessions begin in June and continue through mid-August.

All orientation dates, times and locations are available online at

Pellissippi State encourages parents, spouses and other adult guests supportive of the student to attend New Student Orientation, too. They’ll receive special information in separate sessions. The application deadline for fall semester is Aug. 12. Classes begin Aug. 22.

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; learn strategies for college success; explore degree, major, and transfer options; and discover campus services and resources such as financial aid, tutoring, and computer resources.

For more information about New Student Orientation sessions, visit or call 865-694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability at this event, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at 865-539-7401 or


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