Politics, security expert to speak at Pellissippi State showcase

Portrait of man in suit with flags behind himPellissippi State Community College hosts Steven P. Bucci as the featured speaker Tuesday, Feb. 4, at the Student Speech Showcase.

The showcase is sponsored by Pellissippi State’s Communication Club. The event begins at 7 p.m. in the Goins Building Auditorium and is open to the community. Ample parking is available.

Bucci will deliver a speech on the state of Greece and the issues that country faces. His talk is entitled “From Prosperity to Austerity and Back: Recent, Current and Emerging Issues in Greece.”

The guest presenter is director of the Heritage Foundation’s Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies. He is also a senior fellow for Homeland Security and Defense Issues in Washington, D.C. A retired U.S Army colonel, Bucci served as commander of the 3rd Battalion of the 5th Special Forces and as military assistant to former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.

“Bucci is one of those great speakers who can change the scope of how our students view the world and help them learn about things they might otherwise have not known,” said Susan Childress, a Liberal Arts instructor and Communication Club advisor.

The Student Speech Showcase also features four top student speech contest winners from the fall semester.

Student speakers are Charysse Young on the topic “Make Your Body Talk: You Need ASL Literacy,” Alexis Huddleston on “Learning to Learn,” Summer Burns on “Shoes for Everyone” and Josh Boling on “Believe It to Achieve It.” One of the speeches is in the informative style, and the others are persuasive. Each is five to eight minutes long.

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.

Pellissippi State offers free financial aid workshop

The process of applying for financial aid can seem overwhelming for both students and parents, but Pellissippi State Community College makes it easier on College Goal Sunday, a free workshop Jan. 26.

College Goal Sunday is 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Educational Resources Center of Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus. Ample free parking is available for the event.

Pellissippi State hosts College Goal Sunday to help current and potential students and their families navigate the steps necessary to apply for financial aid for higher education. Staff will be on hand to help students and parents in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Having a completed FAFSA on file is required for students to be considered for financial aid, including grants, scholarships and loans.

Those who are unsure if they’ll need financial aid are encouraged to attend the event as well. Attending guarantees that critical FAFSA deadlines have been met if applicants decide they need assistance later in the year. Completing the FAFSA establishes no obligation to attend college.

Students and/or their parents need to bring completed 2013 IRS 1040 tax returns or estimations of 2013 income, W-2 statements, current bank statements, driver’s licenses or alien registration cards, and untaxed income records for 2013 (Social Security, welfare, veterans benefits or TANF).

To see a full list of required documentation and to register for College Goal Sunday at Pellissippi State, visit www.tn.gov/collegegoalsunday.

College Goal Sunday is part of College Goal Tennessee, a nonprofit program that provides free information and assistance to Tennessee families applying for financial assistance for higher education.

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.