Pellissippi State to host Humphrey Fellows in February, March

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Engin Ayvaz

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.

Dr. Nohier El Medany
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 or call (865) 539-7280.

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit or call (865) 694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources at (865) 694-6607 or

Pellissippi State hosts Knoxville Opera for ‘Magical Music of Shakespeare’

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“The Magical Music of Shakespeare” is the theme of a special Knoxville Opera Company performance at Pellissippi State Community College on Monday, Feb. 24.

The KOC program features musical selections from operas and Broadway musicals that were inspired by Shakespeare plays, among them, “Romeo and Juliet,” “Hamlet,” and “Othello.” Performers include University of Tennessee Opera Theatre alumni. Brian Salesky is executive director and conductor of the Knoxville Opera.

“The Magical Music of Shakespeare” is at 2 p.m. in the Goins Building Auditorium on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The event is free and the community is invited.

“We’re delighted to have the Knoxville Opera come to present a program of Shakespeare-inspired opera,” said Carol Luther, professor of English at Pellissippi State.

“Shakespeare’s influence has spread to many other arts. The musical adaptations reveal new facets in Shakespeare’s plays and once again confirm his genius.”

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit or call (865) 694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources at (865) 694-6607 or