Pellissippi State Community College invites the community to enjoy a unique view of the total solar eclipse — from the ground and from the stratosphere — on August 21 at its Blount County Campus.
The family-friendly Tailgating in Totality event begins at noon and lasts until 3. Food trucks will be on campus, but attendees are welcome to bring their own food and beverages. Bring your own chairs, blankets, sunscreen and other supplies. Alcohol is not permitted on campus. Please do not bring pets.
Pellissippi State will furnish attendees with eclipse glasses until supplies run out. Parking is limited; arrive early.
Attendees will have a prime viewing spot for the total solar eclipse when it begins at approximately 2:30. The college will be streaming live footage from a high-altitude balloon of the eclipse as well. The footage, produced by Pellissippi State students in partnership with NASA, will provide a unique view of an eclipse from the stratosphere. Hardin Valley Thunder, Pellissippi State’s bluegrass band, will play from 1:15-2 p.m.
Enrollment and student services — including admissions, financial aid, advising and the bookstore — will be closed at the Blount County Campus all day, Aug. 21. These services will be open at all other Pellissippi State campuses.
For more information, visit www.pstcc.edu 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 email@example.com.
Pellissippi State Community College is one of only 55 educational institutions across the United States that will participate in a high altitude ballooning experiment — sponsored by NASA — during the August 21 total solar eclipse, and the college will host a viewing party and community event to mark the solar eclipse.
The total solar eclipse will move from the west coast to the east coast throughout the day of August 21. The moon’s shadow will come between earth and the sun at approximately 2 p.m. in East Tennessee. It’s the first coast-to-coast solar eclipse in the U.S. since 1918.
Pellissippi State is one of only three colleges in Tennessee that are participating in the NASA-sponsored effort.
Pellissippi State will launch a high altitude balloon to gather data and conduct experiments during the two-minute window of the total eclipse. Video from the balloon of the eclipse will be streamed live to NASA’s website.
Additionally, a viewing party and community event will be held at the Blount County Campus from noon-3 p.m. The free event, called Tailgating in Totality, will include food trucks, games and activities for children — plus a live stream from Pellissippi State’s high altitude balloon.
“This is an amazing learning opportunity,” said Lynn Klett, instructor in Engineering and Media Technologies, and a faculty advisor to Pellissippi State’s high altitude ballooning team. “The last total solar eclipse was years ago, so we have the opportunity to learn a lot about what happens during an eclipse. But high altitude ballooning has its own challenges that require critical thinking and problem-solving, whether you’re flying during a solar eclipse or not.”
As an example of those challenges, Pellissippi State’s balloon must be within the proper altitude range — 60,000 to 100,000 feet — precisely during the two-minute window of the total eclipse. The scientific equipment within the payload must be able to withstand temperatures of -60 degrees Celsius and survive a controlled fall from approximately 100,000 feet in space.
And that’s just the beginning.
Jerry Sherrod, associate professor in Business and Computer Technology and this project’s other faculty advisor, is working with predictive software to determine where the payload is likely to land.
“East Tennessee has geographic challenges when it comes to predicting where a 12-pound payload on a small parachute will land,” Sherrod said. “We don’t want the equipment to land in a lake or in the national park where it may be impossible to retrieve, or where the scientific equipment will be lost or damaged.”
Klett and Sherrod have been working with the students on the high altitude ballooning team — as well as students in their classes — not only to discuss the project, but to design experiments, improve the payload structure and create predictive algorithms for the device’s retrieval.
The high altitude ballooning effort is being funded through the NASA Science Mission Directorate and the Tennessee Space Grant Consortium.
For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu/cae or call 865-694-6400.
Pellissippi State Community College graphic design students will demonstrate their design skills at the annual Communication Graphics Technology Showcase 4-8 p.m. April 20.
The event is free and the community is invited. The showcase will be held in the Bagwell Center for Media and Art, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.
The theme of this year’s showcase is “The Future of Design.”
The showcase will give 24 students the opportunity to present their portfolios for viewing and evaluation by invited area design professionals. Each student has his or her own table display, business cards and resumes available to industry professionals. The event is like a graduation, celebration and potential job interview all rolled into one.
Participating students are Mark Allison, Adam Atchley, Jaima Baskin, Justin Blizard, Lucy Branam, Alex Bright, Paul Bush, Jessica Cole, Jordan Graham, Austin Hall, Kevin Harris, Kisha Jackson, Nicholas Jackson, Dane Jensen, Taylor Lawrence, Ayla LeCoultre, Ryan Oglesby, Sam Spann, Megan Stephenson, Brennon Toledo, Alexandria Walker, Chelsea Walker, Liz Wilson and Nick Wright.
The CGT Showcase is part of The Arts at Pellissippi State, an annual arts series that includes music and theatre performances, cultural celebrations, lectures and fine arts exhibits. Learn more about the CGT Showcase at www.pstcc.edu/cgt_showcase.
For more information, visit www.pstcc.edu/arts 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pellissippi State Community College theatre students will premiere their own original, one-act plays April 14-15 and 21-23.
The collection of plays, entitled “One’s Night,” will be held in the Clayton Performing Arts Center, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Show times are 7:30 p.m. April 14-15 and 21-22 and 2 p.m., April 23.
Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students, available at the door or online at www.pstcc.edu/tickets.
“We hope the community enjoys this special evening of never-before-seen and original short plays written, directed by and starring Pellissippi State theatre students,” said Pellissippi State professor and theatre program director Charles R. Miller. “Each of these one-act plays is the culmination of months of hard work and dedication — and is an incredible display of the talents and creativity of our students.”
The evening will include the original one-act plays “The Stubborn Artichoke and the Pompous Potato,” written by Olivia Webb; “Lauren Spencer is Ready to Die,” by Cypress Wade; “Serve and Protect,” by DeSean Blevins; “Alexandra,” by Jeremy Law and “Dominant Women,” by Olivia Webb.
“One’s Night” is part of The Arts at Pellissippi State, an annual arts series that includes music and theatre performances, cultural celebrations, lectures and fine arts exhibits. For more information, visit www.pstcc.edu/arts 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 email@example.com.